UK Terror Suspect’s Family Expresses Sadness over Killing

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The family of Michael Adebolajo, one of the suspects in the murder of a soldier in Woolwich, United Kingdom, has condoled the Lee Rigby family over his murder, expressing profound distress over the death.

The family, through its lawyers, Ennon & Co Solicitors, in a statement made available to CODEWIT Wednesday, said they were shamed and distressed over the involvement of Adebolajo in the murder and the agony it brought upon the family.
While describing the murder as senseless, the family called for the perpetrators of the heinous to crime be brought to justice.

The statement read: "Nothing we say can undo the events of last week. However, as a family, we wish to share with others our horror at the senseless killing of Lee Rigby and express our profound … distress that this has brought on our family. We send our heartfelt condolence to Lee Rigby's family and loved ones’.

"We wish to state openly that we believe that there is no place for violence in the name of religion or politics. We believe all right-thinking members of society share this view wherever they were born and whatever their religion and political beliefs."

The statement added: "We wholeheartedly condemn all those who engage in acts of terror and fully reject any suggestion by them that religion or politics can justify this kind of violence. We unreservedly put out faith in the rule of law and with others fully expect that all the perpetrators will be brought to justice under the law of the land."

The family, however, prayed for Rigby's soul to rest in peace, praying that the Lord should comfort his parents and loved ones and provide them the strength and fortitude to cope with tragedy.

"In all the circumstances and in respect to ongoing police investigations, this is the only statement we wish to give. We ask that we are not contacted for further comments," the statement added.

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2015 ELECTION: Lamido, Amaechi’s Posters Flood Abuja

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The Campaign pictures of the embattled Rivers State Governor Hon. Chibuike Amaechi , posters bearing his photograph and Governor Sule Lamido for the 2015 presidential election now litters some parts of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Governor has denied having any ambition to contest the 2015 election against President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that it might be the handiwork of his political detractors’ flooding some parts of FCT with his posters.

Governor Amaechi’s poster with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, logo, pested along the highway and some bus stop especially, the Federal Housing Estate Kubwa, Dutse bus stop and some other bus stops were struggling spaces with Church Crusade posters and were posted early morning of the Democracy Day.

Commenting on the appearance of his posters in Abuja, Governor Amaechi who spoke through his Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari said that he neither has no political ambition for the 2015 presidential election nor printed posters.

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NIGERIA: Judge Queries ‘State of Lagos’ in Criminal Charge

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A Lagos High Court judge, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, has faulted the prosecutorial power of Lagos State using ’The State of Lagos State’ and urged the state counsel to address him on it on the next adjourned date, July 1.

Justice Adebajo raised the issue in a criminal charge in charge No. LCD/58/2013 filed by state against a businessman, Femi Omotayo.
When the matter came up in court on Monday for the arraignment of the accused person, Justice Adebajo on its own, raised a preliminary objection and requested the state counsel, Olaitan Soetan, to address the court on the competency of the charge sheet as same bears the ‘State of Lagos.’

The case was further adjourned to July 1 for the state to address the court on the competency of the charge, before the arraignment and trial could commence.
However, the accused was not present in court.
Meanwhile, counsel to the complaint, Mr. N. J. Akunne, holding a watching brief said: ‘’We will meet with the officials in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for further actions especially with respect to the court's request.’’

Before the objection of the judge, Omotayo was to be arraigned in the court on a six-count criminal charge bordering on the issuance of dishonoured cheques.
The offence is contrary to section 1(1) (2) of the Dishonoured Cheque Act Cap 102, laws of the federation 1990.

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NIGERIA: Akwa Ibom Outlaws Maltreatment of Widows

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The tradition of seizing the properties belonging to deceased married men  and subjecting their widows to several practices such as shaving of the head and making them drink the water used to clean the deceased husbands, among others, have now become illegal and an offence against the state in Akwa Ibom State.

The state government, in a bill passed by the House of Assembly and signed by the governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, outlawed the custom which maltreat widows after the deaths of their husbands, declaring it as unlawful and inhuman.

In his Democracy Day speech, the governor declared that it had become unlawful for widows to be maltreated in Akwa Ibom State, saying defaulters of the new law would risk a penalty ranging from fines to three years imprisonment.

While reacting on the new law, the First Lady of the state, Chief (Mrs) Unoma Ekaette Akpabio commended the House of Assembly and the governor for the pro-women law, describing the passage of the new law as a breakthrough for womenfolk in the state.

According to her, “I  appreciate the state House of Assembly and the state governor for standing with the womenfolk through this law. Akwa Ibom State has, in the last five years, shown itself as pro-masses and pro-women government."

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Suntai Will Be Back Soon, Says Taraba’s Acting Gov

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The acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, has assured the people of the state that the governor of the state, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, would soon be discharged from the hospital.

Suntai is currently on admission at John Hopkins Hospital in the United States of America.
The acting governor, who disclosed this yesterday in a broadcast to the people of the state to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day, revealed that the medical condition of the governor had remained progressively stable.

“We are pleased to note that the medical condition of our leader, Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, has remained progressively stable and he is expected to be discharged soon from John Hopkins Hospital in the USA, where he has been receiving further treatment after his initial round at a German Hospital,” he disclosed.   

Expressing gratitude to God for the miracle of rescuing Suntai and his personal aides from the air mishap that occurred on October 25, 2012 and their miraculous healing, Umar said he and the good people of the state were truly indebted to all who stood by and prayed for the state during its moment of trial.

The acting governor noted that as a committed and loyal lieutenant of Suntai, he had carried on the good works began by him since inception on May 29, 2007, stressing that he did not embark on any major project outside the development rolling plan articulated by the ailing governor.

He added that some of the projects had been executed steadfastly to a logical conclusion while others were at advanced stage.

Enumerating some of the projects, the acting governor noted that the 72-kilometre Jalingo-Sunkani-Garba Chede Road, which was a federal road had reached 99 per cent completion, while he had completed the process for the award of the 237-kilometer Bali-Serti-Gembu Road, which was another federal road being executed by the state government in line with the vision of Suntai.

Umar equally added that the construction of four kilometers of roads in each of the 16 local government areas of the state was progressing steadily, saying the projects had been certified completed in eight local government areas in the last assessment conducted by the technical committee for the projects, while the remaining eight local government areas were also at advanced stages of completion.
Umar, however, said since assuming office as acting governor, he, in conjunction with other state government functionaries had succeeded in stabilising the accounts and finances of the state by settling all monies owed to banks as well as honouring the state government obligations to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), CSDP, among others just as the state had successfully commenced the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) with various components for 8,600 youths.

And in an effort to ensure maximum productivity, the acting governor disclosed that he had approved the re-instatement of the monthly over head costs (running costs) of MDAs effective from May, 2013 just as the government was concluding negotiations for the payment of new minimum wage to local government workers in the state and also had constituted committees for the payment.

Assuring the people of the state of the  security of their lives and property, Umar insisted that despite the unexpected breach of the peace in Ibi and Wukari local government areas, which had long been brought under control, the security situation in the state had continued to be in top form.

He said the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the state government had begun the probe of the circumstances surrounding the eruption of the violence in the areas.

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NIGERIA: Soldiers Deployed in Ile-Oluji as Ondo Sets up Judicial Inquiry

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Soldiers had been drafted to Ile-Oluji, the headquarters of Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State where three persons were killed and eight policemen, including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and several civilians were critically injured.

The incident occurred during a two-day protest of the people of the community against the monarch of the town, the Jegun, Oba Stephen Suulade Adedugbe, who they accused of blocking the citing of a Federal Polytechnic allegedly proposed for the town.

The critically injured, according to the state Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), Mr. Wole Ogodo, were referred to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) for treatment.

The PPRO also disclosed that the police had arrested 47 suspects in connection with the violence, during which the monarch was chased out of the palace and parts of the palace torched.

Worried by the situation, which paralysed activities in the ancient town for three days running, the state government yesterday instituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the disturbance, essentially on the one in question and on any other similar one in the town.

The panel, according to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Rotimi Adelola, would look into the causes of the disturbance.

Adelola said the panel would also identify those involved in the crises and the extent of such persons involvement and recommend appropriate sanctions against them.

The panel is also mandated to stock of the losses or damages occasioned during the crises and make appropriate recommendations to government on the subject of the terms of references or any other matter connected with the crises.

The panel has Hon. Justice Nelson Adeyanju, as the chairman, while Mr. Ajose Kudehinbu, and Chief Olugbenga Ale, would serve as members with Mr. Fredrick Oye, serving as the secretary.

Meanwhile, the state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Wednesday stated that there was no plan to establish any polytechnic in the town explaining  that the state government had not been contacted on any issue concerning citing of higher institution in the community.

The governor said the panel of inquiry set up on the matter was mandated to get to the root of the matter vowing that anybody found culpable would be dealt with in line with the law.

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NIGERIA: Soldiers Uncover Warehouse with Military Hardware in Kano

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Operatives of the Nigerian Army Special Forces on Tuesday night, raided a warehouse stuffed with sophisticated military hardware at Gaya road of Bompai in Kano city.

The special troops were said to have stormed the Bungalow, after arresting the occupant of the house, where the large cache of arms and ammunition were discovered beneath the sitting room and in some wardrobes in the house.

An official of the security told journalists under the condition of anonymity that the discreet operation was carried out, following a tip-off by a suspect who is under investigations.

Security sources revealed that the warehouse belongs to a foreigner from the Middle East, which is located at Bompai, few metres away from the state police headquarters and the headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

It was revealed that  highly sophisticated military hardware that include about 40 Air to surface Missiles, 50 bombs, 200 Rocket Propeller Launchers, eight AK-47 riffles, 200 military hand grenades, uncountable numbers of live ammunition and some military hardware.

The discovered weapons  were taken to the headquarters of the military in Bukavu Barracks and two other nationals of the Middle East have been arrested in connection with the startling discovery of the military hardware.

The spokesman of the Joint military Task Force (JTF), Captain Ikedichi Iweha, neither denied nor confirmed the shocking discovery but pleaded understanding, stressing that: “We are going to issue a statement.”

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NIGERIA: Tambuwal, Ihedioha Harp on Unity

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal,  Wednesday advocated the building of strong democratic institutions in Nigeria.

In a goodwill message to commemorate the Democracy Day, Tambuwal said strong institutions were needed in the governance of the country in order to deepen democracy and sustain it for the future generations of Nigerians.

According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mallam Imam Imam, Nigerians needed to nurture and protect the country’s democracy by participating actively in the governance process at local, state and federal levels.

He urged the political elite to imbibe the cardinal principles of democracy such as openness and transparency, as these would impact positively on governance and the well being of the people.

“We should not forget so soon, the devastating effect of military rule and how past dictatorships have stunted the growth of the country and severely hampered the freedom of choice of Nigerians,” he said.

On his part, Tambuwal’s Deputy, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, commended Nigerians for their patience and resilience in preserving the unity and integrity of Nigeria in the last14 years of democracy.
Ihedioha urged all citizens to remain steadfast and committed to the task of nation-building and the quest for a better Nigeria.

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The Cultural Web: Aligning Your Organization’s Culture with Strategy

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What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the term corporate culture? A great many people refer to the classic phrase coined by the McKinsey organization, that culture is "how we do things around here". And while that may be true, there are so many elements that go into determining what you do and why, that this definition only scratches the surface.

Whether you can define it or not, you know that culture exists. It's that ethereal something that hangs in the air and influences how work gets done, critically affects project success or failure, says who fits in and who doesn't, and determines the overall mood of the company.

Culture often becomes the focus of attention during periods of organizational change – when companies merge and their cultures clash, for example, or when growth and other strategic change mean that the existing culture becomes inappropriate, and hinders rather than supports progress. In more static environments, cultural issues may be responsible for low morale, absenteeism or high staff turnover, with all of the adverse effects those can have on productivity.

So, for all its elusiveness, corporate culture can have a huge impact on an organization's work environment and output. This is why so much research has been done to pinpoint exactly what makes an effective corporate culture, and how to go about changing a culture that isn't working.

Fortunately, while corporate culture can be elusive, approaches have been developed to help us look at it. Such approaches can play a key role in formulating strategy or planning change.

The Cultural Web, developed by Gerry Johnson and Kevan Scholes in 1992, provides one such approach for looking at and changing your organization's culture. Using it, you can expose cultural assumptions and practices, and set to work aligning organizational elements with one another, and with your strategy.

Elements of the Cultural Web

The Cultural Web identifies six interrelated elements that help to make up what Johnson and Scholes call the "paradigm" – the pattern or model – of the work environment. By analyzing the factors in each, you can begin to see the bigger picture of your culture: what is working, what isn't working, and what needs to be changed. The six elements are:

  1. Stories – The past events and people talked about inside and outside the company. Who and what the company chooses to immortalize says a great deal about what it values, and perceives as great behavior.
  2. Rituals and Routines – The daily behavior and actions of people that signal acceptable behavior. This determines what is expected to happen in given situations, and what is valued by management.
  3. Symbols – The visual representations of the company including logos, how plush the offices are, and the formal or informal dress codes.
  4. Organizational Structure – This includes both the structure defined by the organization chart, and the unwritten lines of power and influence that indicate whose contributions are most valued.
  5. Control Systems – The ways that the organization is controlled. These include financial systems, quality systems, and rewards (including the way they are measured and distributed within the organization.)
  6. Power Structures – The pockets of real power in the company. This may involve one or two key senior executives, a whole group of executives, or even a department. The key is that these people have the greatest amount of influence on decisions, operations, and strategic direction.

These elements are represented graphically as six semi-overlapping circles (see Figure 1 below), which together influence the cultural paradigm.

Using the Cultural Web

We use the Cultural Web firstly to look at organizational culture as it is now, secondly to look at how we want the culture to be, and thirdly to identify the differences between the two. These differences are the changes we need to make to achieve the high-performance culture that we want.

1. Analyzing Culture As It Is Now

Start by looking at each element separately, and asking yourself questions that help you determine the dominant factors in each element. Elements and related questions are shown below, illustrated with the example of a bodywork repair company.

Stories

  • What stories do people currently tell about your organization?
  • What reputation is communicated amongst your customers and other stakeholders?
  • What do these stories say about what your organization believes in?
  • What do employees talk about when they think of the history of the company?
  • What stories do they tell new people who join the company?
  • What heroes, villains and mavericks appear in these stories?

Examples (car bodywork repair company):

  • We are known as having high customer complaints, shoddy work.
  • Staff members talk about the founder starting the company with a $1,000 loan..
  • The message is that we do things the cheapest way we can.

Rituals and Routines

  • What do customers expect when they walk in?
  • What do employees expect?
  • What would be immediately obvious if changed?
  • What behavior do these routines encourage?
  • When a new problem is encountered, what rules do people apply when they solve it?
  • What core beliefs do these rituals reflect?

Examples:

  • Customers expect a newspaper and coffee whilst they wait, or a ride to work.
  • Employees expect to have their time cards examined very carefully.
  • There's lots of talk about money, and especially about how to cut costs.

Symbols

  • Is company-specific jargon or language used? How well known and usable by all is this?
  • Are there any status symbols used?
  • What image is associated with your organization, looking at this from the separate viewpoints of clients and staff?

Examples:

  • Bright red shuttle vans.
  • Bright red courtesy cars – compact, economy cars.
  • The boss wears overalls not a suit.

Organizational Structure

  • Is the structure flat or hierarchical? Formal or informal? Organic or mechanistic?
  • Where are the formal lines of authority?
  • Are there informal lines?

Examples:

  • Flat structure – Owner, Head Mechanic, Mechanics, Reception.
  • The receptionist is the owner's wife so she goes straight to him with some customer complaints.
  • It's each mechanic for himself – no sharing tools or supplies, little teamwork.

Control Systems

  • What process or procedure has the strongest controls? Weakest controls?
  • Is the company generally loosely or tightly controlled?
  • Do employees get rewarded for good work or penalized for poor work?
  • What reports are issued to keep control of operations, finance, etc…?

Examples:

  • Costs are highly controlled, and customers are billed for parts down to the last screw.
  • Quality is not emphasized. Getting the work done with the least amount of direct costs is the goal.
  • Employees docked pay if their quotes/estimates are more than 10% out.

Power Structures

  • Who has the real power in the organization?
  • What do these people believe and champion within the organization?
  • Who makes or influences decisions?
  • How is this power used or abused?

Example:

  • The owner believes in a low cost, high profit model, and is prepared to lose repeat customers.
  • The threat of docked pay keeps mechanics working with this model.

As these questions are answered, you start to build up a picture of what is influencing your corporate culture. Now you need to look at the web as a whole and make some generalized statements regarding the overall culture.

These statements about your corporate culture should:

  • Describe the culture; and
  • Identify the factors that are prevalent throughout the web.

In our example the common theme is tight cost control at the expense of quality, and at the expense of customer and employee satisfaction.

2. Analyzing Culture as You Want it to Be

With the picture of your current cultural web complete, now's the time to repeat the process, thinking about the culture that you want.

Starting from your organization's strategy, think about how you want the organization's culture to look, if everything were to be correctly aligned, and if you were to have the ideal corporate culture.

3. Mapping the Differences Between the Two

Now compare your two Cultural Web diagrams, and identify the differences between the two. Considering the organization's strategic aims and objectives:

  • What cultural strengths have been highlighted by your analysis of the current culture?
  • What factors are hindering your strategy or are misaligned with one another?
  • What factors are detrimental to the health and productivity of your workplace?
  • What factors will you encourage and reinforce?
  • Which factors do you need to change?
  • What new beliefs and behaviors do you need to promote?

4. Prioritize Changes, and Develop a Plan to Address The

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Key African Ally Nigeria, Should Get U.S. Support

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During Secretary of State John F. Kerry's first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa last week, he had the opportunity to publicly bolster a key U.S. ally. Instead, he singled out Nigeria for criticism at the very time the country is engaged in a pitched battle to defend itself against radical Islamic terrorists who have pledged to overthrow the government and replace it with an Islamic state.

It was a puzzling choice by the U.S., coming at the very moment that Nigeria is reporting major progress in combating the group Boko Haram. Nigeria has deployed 2,000 soldiers to its northern regions to destroy well-equipped terrorist training camps utilized by these Islamists. Public chiding is not what Nigeria needs. It doesn't help Nigeria in its fight and ultimately does not best serve American interests.

Nigeria is presently at war and on the other side are terrorists who may be receiving help from al Qaeda and al Qaeda-linked fighters. Nigeria's goal is to retain its grip on three northern states, preventing Boko Haram from solidifying its grip on the region and fundamentally destabilizing Nigeria.

The very name Boko Haram tells us what we need to know about the group — it translates to "Western education is forbidden." The group began launching its terrorist strikes in Nigeria in 2009 and has continued since then. The Associated Press estimates that Boko Haram has killed more than 1,600 people since 2009, and thousands more Nigerians have been wounded.

The group has specifically targeted the country's Christians, including suicide bombings inside churches. In recent months, it has fulfilled a pledge to target Nigerian women and children by taking them hostage.

Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Muhammad Shekau has modeled himself on Osama bin Laden, living in hiding while periodically circulating videos released to the media which show him against a backdrop of guns delivering harsh threats and preaching jihad.

Shortly after Boko Haram executed its most deadly attack to date by killing at least 180 people in a suicide bombing in northern Nigeria's largest city, Shekau appeared in a video stating: "I enjoy killing anyone that God commands me to kill — the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams."

Today, Boko Haram's Islamic fighters are reportedly using anti-aircraft guns mounted on trucks to fight the Nigerian soldiers attempting to rein in the group.

America should be more sensitive to fact that Nigeria feels that unprecedented firepower is required to protect itself and to prevent the country from being overrun by radical Islamists. We ourselves have spent more than a decade in large-scale wars overseas to disrupt terrorist networks and overwhelm regimes that harbored groups that threaten our national security.

The U.S. has a vital strategic interest in ensuring that al Qaeda cannot establish strong footholds in Africa, establishing bases of operation that, while they may target mostly Africans in the short term, will eventually seek to harm us in the long run too.

Given the strategic implications of the fight now underway in Nigeria, the U.S. should be looking for additional ways to assist, as opposed to publicly chiding the government there. America is correct to want human rights respected even as fighting continues, but many legitimate questions can be raised as to whether we have done the same in battle when our soldiers and our citizens have been the ones under fire.

Regardless, any concerns America may have about Nigeria would be better hashed out among the allies in private. Instead of making critical statements in the presence of journalists, whose reports then filter out with rapid speed all across the globe and become unhelpful headlines, we should look to influence Nigeria's behavior through building trust and credibility. Ironically, that is the same recipe for success that America is recommending to the leadership in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, as it confronts the challenges of succeeding on the battlefield against terrorists while simultaneously winning over hearts and minds.

In private, we should be frank with our allies about what we expect, but when we embarrass them publicly we work against our own interests by emboldening the terrorists. Rather than leading Boko Haram to question the degree to which America stands with Nigeria, we should be sending the strong message that Nigeria's war on terrorism is supported by the greatest military power on the planet.

Nigeria is fighting an existential battle to keep its nation intact and to combat the same twisted and radical Islamist terrorism which has targeted the United States and continues to threaten our national security. America should give Nigeria all the help it can.

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