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Boko Haram: NDLF Calls On President Goodluck Jonathan To ‘Step-Up Or Quit’

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum (NDLF) yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to “step up or quit” office if he is unable to eliminate Boko Haram.

In a statement released in New York and signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Bukola Oreofe, the group charged that the Jonathan administration has demonstrated gross ineptitude in matters of state, including on Boko Haram, and that he should either step up or quit office in order to prevent country-wide imminent chaos.

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Columnist: Hannatu Musawa

Blurred Lines By Hannatu Musawa

In proper democracies, the driving force of opposition political parties is not only to wrest power from the ruling political party, but also to exhibit its democratic tendencies and principles, especially while carrying out its internal processes. The emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) into the political space in the country was a welcome development to many disillusioned, exasperated and also discerning Nigerians, who craved for change or a credible and capable option to the party ruling since 1999.

When, the merger of opposition parties morphed from a dream into a real phenomenon last year, it was literally as if Christmas had come early for many Nigerians. People who, like myself, had toiled with every ounce of strength we had since 2003, to see that Nigerians were given an alternative choice for their future, rather than to perpetually be lumped with only one political brand, felt relief and saw real hope for the first time in this republic.

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Sambisa Forest: Call For Jihad To Free Abducted 200 Girls

By Dr. Peregrino Brimah

Again we make a passionate call to Nigeria’s youth and indeed all willing youth worldwide, to take part in this great Jihad against the cursed men of Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest. Allah knows best, but this is a true Jihad and the type Muslims should endeavor for—where the enemy is clearly delineated, a murderer, an oppressor and a mischief maker.

Boko Haram has kidnapped our children and taken them deep into Sambisa forest. The Nigerian military have resigned. They have never and will not go after Boko Haram. Our parents in Borno got motorcycle’s and dared to follow Boko Haram’s tracks into the forest, but pulled out after several kilometers realizing they were on their own, abandoned by the military whose job it is to secure and defend the people.

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Insecurity In Nigeria: Government Not Doing Enough, Muslim/Christian Partnership Says

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Inter-faith Activity & Partnership For Peace (IFAPP), a national platform for interfaith dialogue among Muslim and Christian clerics and leaders, has strongly condemned last Monday’s Nyanya Bus Park bombing, citing provisional figures released by the Minister of Health of 236 victims and 72 deaths.

“This latest act of mass murder clearly shows that the Nigerian government is not doing enough to protect public places where large numbers of ordinary Nigerians routinely gather,” the group said in a statement signed on Monday by Mallam Nuruddeen Lemu & Rev. Fr. George Ehusani.

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‘Rapist’ Police Office Adekunle Awe Trying To Suppress Reports And Evidence, NOPRIN Says

By SaharaReporters, New York

Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) on Monday said it has received credible information that DPO Adekunle Awe of the Onikan Police Station, who was last week accused of raping a female detainee in his custody, is reaching out to journalists to suppress further reporting of the case.

NOPRIN last week sent a petition to the Chairman of the Police Service Commission over the allegations, which were made by a detainee, Idowu Akinwunmi, a national of the Republic of Benin.

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Gov Kashim Shettima of Borno addressing parents at Chibok

Parents Say 234 Girls, Not 129, Were Abducted From Nigerian High School Raided By Boko Haram

By SaharaReporters, New York

Tears flowed freely on Monday when Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima and Senator Ali Ndumi arrived Chibok, where parents said that 234 girls, not the 129 that has been widely reported, were actually abducted by Boko Haram militants last week from the Girls Secondary School in Chibok.

They also confirmed that 39 of them have been able to escape.

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EFCC Arraigns Land Speculator For N8.4m Scam

By Wilson Uwujaren

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today arraigned one Usman Salis before Justice Dije Abdu Aboki of Kano State High Court on a 3-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and forgery.

The accused person is said to have induced one Alhaji Jibrin Umar to part with N8, 400, 000 (Eight Million Four Hundred Thousand Naira Only) under the guise that he is a land agent authorised to sell a property located at Tsamiyar Boka, Hotoro in Kano metropolis.

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Delta Zonal Medical Director, Accountant, Others, Suspected In Hospital Equipment Fraud

A fraud involving the Zonal Medical Director (ZMD) of the Ughelli Central Hospital, in the Delta State, Dr. Moses Eyovwerhuvwu, the Accountant, Mr. Azuka, and other officials of the hospital has been uncovered.

The current fraud said to be rocking the hospital, is the second in less than two years of the appointment of the ZMD who has been described as a ‘master of fraud,’ that strives in corruption.

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Drunken Policeman Fired 20 Shots, Brutalized Food Seller Talks About Close Shave With Death

One of the two victims of a brutal attack by a drunken mobile police officer recounts her experience. Tafa Mohammed, the police officer at the center of the controversy, was caught on camera assaulting two women at Obalende in Lagos.

Funmilayo Adebayo, the victim who was beaten, dragged, and then dipped into putrid muddy water, told SaharaTV that she is slowly recovering from her wounds. But, she has now been warned by her medical doctors not to lift heavy objects due to the internal injuries she suffered from the beating.

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State Of Emergency: Before You Remove Those Governors By Inibehe Effiong

The emergency powers granted the president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Section. 305 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and under the Emergency Powers Act 1961 does not enable or vest him with the power to remove a governor in whose state a state of emergency is declared.

Under the present constitutional regime, an elected state governor can only cease to hold office by impeachment, resignation, permanent incapacitation, death and by expiration of tenure. Any attempt to remove an elected state governor under the guise of declaration of the so-called “full state of emergency” will be unconstitutional.

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ASUP And COEASU Strikes: Federal Government Is Playing Games With The Future Of Nigeria’s Youth

ERC Calls for Mass Protests and Demonstrations

The refusal of the Federal Government to meet the demands the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the consequent shutdown of the Nation’s public Polytechnics and Colleges of Education for months now is worrisome.

The blame for the prolongation of the strikes and the consequential suffering of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education students lies on the shoulders of the President Jonathan government. We urge students, parents, workers and concerned members of the public to join the two unions in their struggle to save public education.

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ACF Calls For Probe Into Sources Of Boko Haram Funding, And Logistics

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF,) on Monday reacted to recent allegations of “confusion and arrogance” by Governor Murtala Nyako, of Adamawa State, by the Federal Government, while acts of genocide continue in the north.

The ACF in a press statement issued by their national publicity secretary, Alhaji Muhammadu Ibrahim, insisted that the Federal Government must probe into the governor’s allegations to discover the sources of Boko Haram’s funding, logistics and also their sponsors.

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Northern Governors to Meet in Abuja Thursday

By SaharaReporters, New York

The plot thickens following events in Nigeria in recent days, with governors from the Northern states about to embark on a major initiative. SaharaReporters obtained a recently issued release calling for a rare gathering of governors from the northern states that will address a number of issues. Among the issues will be matters of security, and what some are calling a ‘crisis’ between northern herdsmen and farmers.

The release was issued by the office of Murtala Nyako, governor of Adamawa State, who has called the central government in Abuja, including the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, largely ineffective, “arrogant and confused.”

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Nigerians Student Protest In Malaysia at the Embassy

Nigerians in Malaysia today took to the streets to protest against what they call extortion, torture and abuse of Nigerian nationals by Malaysian police and immigration officers. They marched to the Nigerian embassy and accused officials of refusing to issue or renew their passports when needed. They also said the ambassador has completely abandoned them to their fate which has made Malaysian police mistreat Nigerian nationals in the

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PHOTONEWS : Burnt School Buildings And Bunk Beds Where Boko Haram Abducted 200 High School Girls In Nigeria

By SaharaReporters, New York

Borno State governor Kashim Shettima today visited the school where Boko Haram militants abducted some 200 students from the Government Girls secondary school in Chibok. Over 190 girls are still missing from the school according to the principal of the school and parents in the area.

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