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Foreign Intervention? Inherent Surveillance System Is More Elastic

By Francis Agu

Since after the Nyanya bus park Abuja bombings that killed and maimed lots of people, there have several calls by well meaning Nigerians for a paradigm shift from the present national security measures to a more proactive manner of responding to terrorists attacks. A notable voice among these calls is the former vice president Atiku Abubakar (Daily Newswatch April 15 2014) who also suggested for a foreign intervention. In this perspective, my main purpose here is to view the foreign military intervention approach as a short-term measure, while emphasizing that a digitized surveillance system beginning with a civil registry proves to be more elastic as it synchronizes all the activities of the security agents.

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Abuja Residents Hail Court Judgment, Feel Sigh Of Relieve Over ‘Park and Pay’ Policy

By SaharaReporters, New York

Following the landmark ruling by the Abuja High court on the immediate suspension of the ‘park and pay’ policy in the Federal Capital Territory Administration, residents in Abuja said that they can now breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over unnecessary police harassment, and extortion of money, by ironically, the enforcement officers of the scheme.

Many motorists in Abuja had expressed happiness, even joy, over the decision of the court. The court order calls for the immediate end to the practice of police harassment of ‘park and pay.’ It was an aggressive policy many motorists and residents of the capital city felt that only the judiciary could address as the last hope of the common man.

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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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President Jonathan dancing and singing at political rally in Kano a few hours after some 100 persons were killed in Abuja bombin

SR Speaks : Why Is President Jonathan Dancing As Nigeria Burns?

By SaharaReporters, New York

In the days after a series of bomb explosions at Nyanya motor park in Abuja killed at least 200 and maimed many more, President Goodluck Jonathan has hit the road, dancing at campaign rallies.

This latest example of callous indifference by the president has left many Nigerians shocked and indignant, with Mr. Jonathan facing sharp criticism in the Nigerian print and social media.

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Nigeria Should Change Name to “United Rep. Of Songhai” - Prof. Akin Oyebode

Professor Akin Oyebode, is a Professor of International Law And Jurisprudence at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), who is also a delegate at the ongoing National Confab in Abuja. He suggested here in this interview, among other things, that “Nigeria” is a colonial name bequeathed by the colonial ruler, Lord Lugard, as suggested to him by his “girl friend”, Flora Shaw.

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Nigerians Neck-Deep In Corruption And Sins And Still Praying For More Grace To Abound? By Dr. Wumi Akintide

Nigerian political leaders, the President included are some of the worst in the world. The President takes special pleasure in assuring Nigerians and the world of his transformation agenda which inflict more pains than joy to the silent majority of Nigerians who have to endure daily hardship, power outages and heavy traffic on dangerous high ways leading to the air ports and major cities across the country. You wonder if the Murtala Mohammed airport in Lagos or the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja are really air ports or motor parks where aviation staff, airline staff, customs officials and drug enforcement agents compete as they beg for tips and kickbacks from passengers trying to to catch their flights to get out of the heat and the traffic logjam at the airport.

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PHOTONEWS : Scene Of The Abuja Bus Station Bombing

A powerful bomb planted in a Volkswagen Golf car ripped through a packed bus station in Nyanya, Abuja today killing 71 person and injuring some 123 people according to the Nigerian police.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the nature of the attack bears the signature of Boko Haram, an Islamist terror group operating from Northeastern Nigeria.

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NLC Press Statement: Terror Attacks In Abuja Unacceptable

The bomb blasts early this morning at a Nyanya Bus Stop, Abuja, which left scores dead, especially workers, is as barbaric as it is condemnable. It is a sore reminder that the battle against terror is far from over. It is also a reminder that there are no safe havens.

While our hearts go to the victims and their families, we as citizens must be vigilant and resolute at all times. We must stand together as one family united by grief and threat to our collective well-being. Every bomb that goes off takes something away from us, yet we will never surrender. We will defeat this enemy with our collective resolve and focus.

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Nigeria Name Should Change From “Nigger Area” To “United Rep. Of Songhai” - Prof. Akin Oyebode

Professor of International Law And Jurisprudence at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Akin Oyebode, who is also a delegate at the ongoing National Confab in Abuja suggested among other things that “Nigeria” is a colonial name bequeathed by colonial ruler, Lord Lugard as suggested to him by his “girl friend”, Flora Shaw.

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President Jonathan on the scene of the bombing

PDP Expresses Shock Over Abuja Blasts Blames Attacks On Opposition

The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned as barbaric, monstrous and extremely wicked, the bomb attack which claimed the lives of innocent
Nigerians in Nyanya, Abuja on Monday.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Monday said the party was shocked and has remained grief- stricken since it received the news of the gruesome attack and killing of Nigerians pursuing their legitimate endeavors.

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N10bn Jet Charter Scam: NNPC Rents Protesters To Stave Off Probe Of Profligate Alison-Madueke

By SaharaReporters, New York

In a desperate bid to steer public sympathy to its side, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday in Abuja rented a crowd of mostly women to stage a protest in support of the embattled Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Ms. Alison-Madueke has been embroiled in a financial controversy over the N10 billion she spent on chartered jets.

Two of the protesters confided in a correspondent of SaharaReporters that their organizers had promised to give each protester N5000 after the event.

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Nigerian Secret Police Detain Citizen Who Tweeted Photos Of The Boko Haram Jailbreak At Their HQ

By SaharaReporters, New York

Onimisi Ciaxon, a Nigerian citizen, tweeted six photos of the Boko Haram jailbreak after security agents regained control of the situation at the headquarters of the State Security Services (SSS) in Abuja. He was arrested shortly after his photos brought attention to the events that took place outside the Nigerian secret police, which is also known as the “Department of State Security,” on March 30, 2014. He has been in detention for 10 days now.

In one of the photos, Mr. Onimisi offered a bottle of water to one of the soldiers. He also took a photo of a soldier and tweeted it to give an accurate sequence of events that transpired during that day.

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Diezani Alison-Madueke, Goodluck Jonathan Vs The Nigerian People

By Dr. Olusegun Fakoya

Understandably, glasses are clicking in Abuja in celebration of the latest rating of Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa. Whilst the euphoria and jubilation concerning this self-inflicted ego booster by a lacklustre government desperate to cling to any measure of achievement is still ongoing, it is apt to reflect on some of the fundamental issues that have held us back as a country and fatally impeded our march towards progress and development.

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Issues In The Boko Haram Alleged Jailbreak By Onyiorah Chiduluemije Paschal

Like wild fire in the harmmatan season, the news of the invasion of the State Security Service office at the Headquarters in Abuja broke out and spread at about noon on Sunday, 30th March, 2014. At first, one had wondered how our highly revered and dreaded men of State Security Service could allow this kind of ugly incident to be their “portion”, just in the same way I was loath to accept this invasion perspective.

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