Insecurity: FG adopts new strategy

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The Federal Government on Tuesday agreed to collaborate with some state governments to curb the escalating cattle rustling in the country, especially in the North-West and North-East Geo-political Zones.

The agreement followed a meeting held at the Ministry of Defence, between the security Chiefs and some Governors from the Northern States.

The Head of The Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi, told newsmen that the meeting was held at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari

Danladi said the president mandated him to call the meeting following the request by Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State.

In order review, discuss and come up with modalities leading to the effective tackling of the current security concerns affecting Kaduna State and its neighbouring Katsina, Zamfara and Kebbi and Niger in the North West, Plateau, Benue and Nassarawa States

The essence of having your Excellencies is to have first hand information as well as your views about the activities of these bandits and the way forward.

"While the Chief of Defence Staff, the service, the Inspector General of Police the DG SSS and the Commandant General of the Civil Defence, will share their ideas about tackling the challenge," he said.

Also briefing newsmen, Gov. El-Rufai said that issues of mutual and common interest were discussed, and far-reaching decisions were reached at the meeting.

“We are looking at forests that have become the haven of bandits in our states, this have been expanded to look at other forests in the North central that had also being a source of banditry and criminality. We are discussing with the ministry of Defence, the IGP and Commandant of Security and Civil Defence Corps to address issues of security and the forests ."

"We made substantial progress in our discussions with the security chiefs," the governor said.

He said the governors of each of the states affected have put in place post-operation plan, including dealing with Internally Displaced Persons, activating the State Emergency Management Agencies to deal with any emergency

He said the governors would also ensure the presence of law enforcement in and around the forest so that civil population will continue to live in peace.

“So we have a comprehensive strategy in place not only on the military operation but also on how to ensure that there is peace and security at the post-operations," El Rufai said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Ismaila Aliyu, the Governors of Kaduna state, who led the Governors of Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Nasarawa, Benue the Deputy of Zamafara state, while other states sent representatives.

Also in attendance were all the Service Chiefs, the Inspector General of Police, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and a representative of the Director General of the State Security Service.

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NIGERIA: Shared funds not from Excess Crude Account –Presidency

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The Presidency has denied reports that it is set to empty Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account (ECA) in order to fund a recently announced bailout for states to enable them pay salaries.

Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina made the clarification on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 while describing the report as incorrect.

Adesina stated that the ECA balance was intact and that the funds to be used for the bailout would be drawn from dividends paid to the Federation Account by the NLNG.

“The measures approved by President Buhari definitely do not include drawing down the remaining balance in the Excess Crude Account or the “liquidation” of the account as some media outlets have wrongly reported,” Adesina said.

“No such decision has been taken or approved by President Buhari, and last week’s meeting of the National Economic Council clearly concluded that the Excess Crude Account should be left untouched at this time,” he added.

“Last week’s meeting of the national economic council clearly concluded that the Excess Crude Account should be left untouched at this time,” Adesina said.

Buhari, on July 6, approved a three-pronged bailout package which will also include a debt relief programme designed by the Debt Management Office (DMO).

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GHANA: Ruling party reclaims parliamentary seat in by-election

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Ghana's ruling party reclaimed a parliamentary seat from the main opposition on Tuesday in a closely contested by-election seen by both parties as a referendum on President John Mahama's rule ahead of a national election in 2016.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will view its victory in the rural Talensi seat in Upper East region as evidence that it remains viable heading into the December 2016 election season after a series of setbacks.

Mahama's government won election in 2012 but is facing power shortages that cause prolonged electricity blackouts that have angered voters and hurt businesses.

It has also been forced into an aid programme with the International Monetary Fund in an attempt to restore fiscal stability and jumpstart rapid GDP growth. [ID:nL8N0ZG42S]

Growth has slowed sharply since 2014 due to a fall in global commodity prices for the country's exports of gold, oil and cocoa and a fiscal crisis viewed by many as the result of government mismanagement of the macro-economy. [ID:nL8N0ZJ38H]

In addition, severe flooding and a fire in June in the capital led to the deaths of 150 people.

The disaster was the worst in the West African country in decades and exposed infrastructure problems in what was until 2014 one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.

The next election, when Mahama is set to take on opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, will be a repeat of 2012, and analysts say it will be closely contested. Ghana has one of the most stable democracies in a region that experiences regular changes of power.

The NDC's Benson Tongo Baba won 42.3 percent of the vote in Talensi to beat the New Patriotic Party's Wuni Thomas Buanab who obtained 27.9 percent, the Electoral Commission said.

Six other contestants from smaller political parties won the rest. Turnout was 64.2 percent. The by-election will not change the balance of power in parliament where the ruling party now holds a majority of about 27 seats.

The seat became vacant after the opposition representative resigned to become a chief. Chiefs are an integral part of Ghana's system of authority, and the law bars them from engaging in partisan politics.

The by-election was peaceful, except for sporadic clashes between loyalists of the two rival parties that drew intervention by the police and army, poll observers said.

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NIGERIA: IG authorises special stop and search operations

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase has directed the commencement of special 'stop and search' operation on roads and highways across the country.

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Abayomi Shogunle, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, that the directive was sequel to intelligence report before the IGP.

Sequel to intelligence report, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has directed the commencement of special stop and search on Roads and Highways nationwide.

"The general public is advised to cooperate with Police operatives, by providing answers to questions that may be asked, as well as allowing their vehicles to be searched," he said.

He stressed that during the operation, emphasis would placed on roads in and out of major cities and towns.

He enjoined citizens to bear with the Police during the operation, which would be a temporary measure to address the issues contained in the intelligence report.

Abayomi said that the measure was in no way a return of roadblocks in the country,and therefore urged citizens to report to the nearest police station, unprofessional conduct by any police personnel.

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NIGERIA: EFCC arrests ex-governor Sule Lamido and his two sons over money laundering allegations

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido and his two sons, Mustapha and Aminu, over money laundering charges.

The three men were reportedly arrested by EFCC officials early on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

They were subsequently flown to Kano at about 2:30 pm, according to Punch.

“The former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, and his two sons, Mustapha and Aminu, were arrested this morning by operatives of the commission,” a source said.

“They were actually arrested very early this morning, they were with us for hours before they were flown to Kano for possible arraignment on Wednesday (today). They left Abuja Airport around 2.30pm. It is most likely that they would be arraigned tomorrow (Wednesday), that I can tell you,” the source added.

Lamido and his sons have been accused of diverting billions of naira in government funds to unauthorized accounts for their own personal use.

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APC expels former Gombe state governor

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News reaching us from our sources say the former Gombe state Governor-Danjuma Goje has been expelled by the APC state chairman.

The Gombe state APC Chairman, Magaji Doho announced Goje's expulsion on Tuesday at the party secretariat.

Doho said “Having gone through the rigours of campaigns and the 2015 general elections, some of our members, led by Senator Danjuma Goje, have decided to have parallel state executives of the party."

He also said “Secondly, one of our senators representing Gombe-South, Danjuma Goje, is grossly involved in anti-party activities and we have, therefore, decided to expel him from the party from the first day of July, 2015, to instill discipline in our great party. We have expelled Goje from the APC because of his activities, disloyalty and going contrary to the constitution of the party.”

The party chairman accused Goje of engaging in anti-party activities.

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NIGERIA: SUV loaded with explosives recovered before detonation

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Major Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defence Headquarters' spokesman, has said in a statement that the Anti-terror effort  were able to recover a jeep filled with explosive devices in Maidugri and that more searches are being conducted to stop terrorist attacks. The statement reads:

    "A jeep full of Improvised Explosives Devises was among the weapons recovered by troops conducting Cordon and Search Operations after suicide bombing attacks on Zabamari  Muna near Maiduguri. The jeep along with 2 Hilux vehicles being used by terrorists were destroyed in the course of pursuit and encounter with a group of terrorists trying to escape after simultaneous attacks on targets in the communities Thursday and Friday.

 

    A total of 6 suicide bombers had detonated themselves around the garage killing scores of people while some people were also wounded. A soldier also died.

    Military Explosives Ordinance experts backed by Police Bomb Disposal Units are continuing with vigorous search for any bombs that might have been hidden or left unexploded in the area.

    Meanwhile, all other offensive operations of counter terrorist campaign against terrorists continuing in various fronts. Additional deployment of men and equipment to enhance the scope of the mission both within the country and at borders are also continuing."

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16-year old girl dies after not having bowel movement for 8 weeks

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A teenager in the United Kingdom has died from a heart attack, after not having bowel movement for 8 weeks.

According to Telegraph, 16-year old Emily Titterington had a phobia of using the restroom and would frequently withhold her stools for up to two months.

Eventually her bowel grew so large it compressed her chest cavity and caused the displacement of other organs.

Titterington's death was revealed during an inquest which heard how her life could have been saved with appropriate treatment but she had refused to be medically examined.

Home Office pathologist Dr Amanda Jeffery said her symptoms were in keeping with a condition known as "stool withholding", which is more frequent in children.

According to the inquest, Titterington who had mild autism, suffered with bowel problems for most of her life but doctors had been unable to pinpoint the cause.

Furthermore it was learnt that  in the period leading up to her death, Emily's mother had battled in vain to persuade her to be medically examined.

Emily collapsed at her home in St Austell on February 8, 2013, and though paramedics desperately tried to revive her, she was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Describing the evening that led up to her death, Paramedic Lee Taylor said he came to Emily's home that evening and found her looking pale as she complained of pain between her shoulders.

But she refused to go the hospital. However later on when he came back to the house after her parents called again he said "as she moved away I could see that her abdomen was grossly extended. Her lower ribs had been pushed out further than her pubic bone – I was shocked."

During the inquest, it was also revealed that Titterington hadn't used the convenience in 6 – 8 weeks, although her family had tried a number of different remedies for her bowel condition including homeopathic pills, and a technique known as Body Talk, which involved so-called "distance healing".

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APC denies involvement in police invitation of Deputy Senate President

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied any involvement in the police invitation of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Sunday, July 5, 2015, accused the APC of being behind the invitation adding that the ruling party was not happy about Ekweremadu’s election into the post.

The Deputy Senate President was reportedly invited as part of an investigation on an alleged forgery of Senate Rules on the election of principal officers.

The APC made its comment on Sunday in a statement issued by National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.

It reads:

“However, if, as the PDP claims, the petition concerns alleged altering of the Senate’s Standing Rules on the process of electing Presiding Officers, that is a clear case of forgery which the police have a duty to investigate. Questioning the right of the police to carry out their duties in this regard amounts to intimidating the security agency.”

“Forgery is a crime that is being regularly investigated by the police, and it beggars belief that such investigation will now be interpreted to mean that Nigeria is descending into dictatorship or that democracy and the enjoyment of personal freedoms are now endangered. These claims by the scaremongering PDP are farfetched and preposterous.”

“President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that at every point, the law must be supreme and everyone must respect the law, if the nation’s democratic system is to survive.”

“Extrapolating a police invitation of anyone, no matter his status, to mean the onset of dictatorship is itself an invitation to lawlessness and anarchy, which permeated the long but ineffective rule of the PDP.”

Ekweremadu is expected to report at the Police Headquarters in Abuja on Monday, July 6.

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NIGERIA: Party’s crisis deepens as Atiku’s loyalists plot to silent Tinubu

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It has emerged that the absence of the Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party on Friday, July 3, was due to a plot by some members to humiliate him.

According to an official of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), Tinubu was aware that there were ulterior plans against him and his loyalists.

“Tinubu knew that some people were prepared to fight him. He would have been humiliated by some people.

“Those who were to humiliate him were on ground but his absence saved the day,” the official said

He said the leadership of the party was aware that the meeting was prone to spark ugly scenes, so it thought of barring journalists from covering the gathering.

“We tinkered with the plans of barring journalists from covering the event. We knew that anything could happen but we didn’t want to be ridiculed in the public.

“The President’s men refused to buy into the campaign that the National Chairman was compromised by Saraki.

“They didn’t see any evidence to that effect. Rather they believe that those who want him out were angry that that their agenda of encircling the president failed.

“They were angry that Oyegun was called up at 4am by forces from Lagos to do a dirty job. They even dropped the name of the President in all those dirty jobs. Instead of apologising to Mr President for lying with his name they are insisting that the National Chairman must go,” the source explained.

He said the party should be “happy that PDP did not elect one of its own senate president. Saraki saved the party because there was nothing we would have done if they had elected one of their own as senate president. They formed a quorum, we were lucky that it did not go into their head to elect one of their own as senate presidents. And the mistake was because somebody in his desperation to have everything lied that the President called a meeting and took our lawmakers to a place they were not supposed to be.”

According to him, Atiku’s loyalists were not in support of Oyegun’s removal because they were bent on nailing Tinubu.

“The other tendency which is loyal to the former Vice President does not want the structure of the party changed. It is against allowing Tinubu to take everything or call the shot in APC. It believes that the Vice President is a product of Tinubu and that should be enough for him.”

He noted that“both Buhari’s men and that of Atiku worked together to save Oyegun. However, I don’t think the fight is over, it may be the beginning.”

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