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Crisis Over President Jonathan’s Planned Visit To Escravos

By SaharaReporters, New York

The recent bloody crisis that engulfed some Delta state riverine communities following the controversial $16 billion Gas City Project, which is located at Ogidigben of Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, is said to be rearing its ugly head again as the people of the Kpokpo /Okpeleama Communities, have warned President Goodluck Jonathan, for his own personal interest they say, to put off for now, his next scheduled visit, part of a foundation laying ceremony at the Escravos Export Processing Zone (EPZ).

Issuing the warning on behalf of the communities is an influential Niger Delta Activist, Chief Bello Oboko, who advised President Goodluck Jonathan to put off the foundation laying ceremony in order not to risk the anger of neglected stakeholders.

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Ondo Police Claim Arrest Of 14 Suspects

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Ondo State police have claimed the arrest of fourteen suspected armed robbers and kidnappers. A police statement alleged that the suspects had been terrorizing residents of the state capital, Akure, as well as surrounding towns. The suspects, who were reportedly arrested after a tip-off from members of the public, were paraded at the police command’s headquarters on Igbatoro Road in Akure. In recent months, residents of the state had seen a spike in armed robbery attacks. The Ondo State Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, revealed that the arrested suspects were part of a larger gang that had carried out incessant attacks all over the state.

Mr. Eke said his command had received numerous complaints and distress calls from victims of armed robbery attacks.

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Military Retracts Earlier Statement About Rescue Of Girls Abducted From Secondary School In Chibok

By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigeria’s armed forces have formally issued a retraction to the unfolding story of the kidnapping of more than 100 female students in the country’s northeast Monday.

The statement, issued by Chris Olukolade, a Major General who also serves as Coordinator, and the Director of Defense Information, centers on a discrepancy of fact, and concerns a mis-quote from the School Principal whose students were abducted in the Monday siege. In an attempt to set the record straight, Olukolade’s statement reads as follows:

The controversy that has been generated around the efforts at securing the lives of the abducted students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok is unfortunate.

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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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List Of Bombing Victims Hospitalized From Monday’s Explosions Released

By SaharaReporters, New York

As police and other government security personnel continue to sift through the rubble following Monday’s terrorist attacks in Abuja, names of some of the victims were formally released by area hospitals.

SaharaReporters obtained a list of many of the victims, whose ages, gender, and professions vary. In the release, conditions of their wounds, treatment, and overall medical status remain a closely guarded secret, shared largely with closely related family members, or much of the information about each individual’s condition is unknown, and not issued publicly.

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Buhari To Sue PDP Over Boko Haram Allegation

By SaharaReporters, New York

Former Military President of Nigeria and three-time presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari has threatened to institute legal action against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should the party fail, within seven days, to retract its statement linking him to terrorism in the North-East.

After Monday’s blast that claimed dozens of lives at the motor park in Nyanya, Abuja, National Publicity Secretary of the ruling Party, Olisa Metuh accused Buhari and other leaders of the All Progressives Party (APC) of masterminding the attacks for their selfish political ambitions.

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Land Owners Accuse Imo Government Of ‘Insensitivity’

By SaharaReporters, New York

Landowners of the cash crops uprooted by the on-going excavation of debris along the Otanmiri stream in Imo state, have called the state government led by Rochas Okorocha, as being “insensitive” to their plight.

The land, which belongs to Umu Oyima Owerri, in Imo State before the excavation began, was used mostly for farming and the raising of livestock.

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PHOTONEWS: : NNPC Rents Protesters For Alison-Madueke

In a desperate bid to steer public sympathy to its side, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)  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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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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A little child stripped by parents due to suffocating heat on Arik’s flight 3107

Arik Air Apologizes For Horrendous Treatment of Passengers On New York Bound Flight W3107

By SaharaReporters, New York

Arik Air Flight W3107 was a nightmare for the dozens of travelers who boarded that flight back on March 31st 2014. It was late, and adding insult to injury, it was also a flight noted for a lack of air conditioning. SaharaReporters, and the television arm of the network, SaharaTV, obtained two video clips from uncomfortable travelers aboard that flight, that showed scores of irritated, and clearly uncomfortable passengers openly complaining to staff, and at least two apologies from the flight captain. His announcements drew a ‘Bronx Cheer’ of sarcasm, as dozens of the passengers could be seen fanning themselves to keep cool by waving magazines, note pads, and travel guides.

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Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar III,

Military Persecuting Nigerian Muslims, Says Sultan Of Sokoto’s Group

By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigerian Muslims under the leadership of Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Muhammad Abubakar III, have accused the country’s military of persecuting Muslims and carrying out indiscriminate killings without adhering to rules of engagement.

The allegation was contained in a statement distributed by the Islamic body, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). The Sultan of Sokoto chairs the body. The JNI demanded that the Federal Government and others concerned must urgently address the issue, adding that the mistreatment of Muslims was getting out of hand.

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Delta Government Denies Paying N500m Ransom For Release Of Kidnapped Clarke

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Delta State Government has refuted the claims of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) that it paid a ransom of N500m to abductors of Mr. Ebikeme Clarke, son of Chief Edwin Clarke.

On Monday, MEND had branded last week’s kidnap of Ebikeme as “a cleverly orchestrated fraud stage-managed by the victim” to con a N500m ransom out of the security vote of the Delta State Government.

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Steve Oronsaye recommended the merger of the EFCC and ICPC

President Jonathan Scraps NAPEP, FRC; Refuses To Merge EFCC, ICPC And CCB

By SaharaReporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan’s government today approved the recommendation of a committee headed by former official of the Civil Service, Steve Oronsaye on the scrapping of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC).

However, it turned down the recommendation of the merger of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB). The proposal for the renaming of the Code of Conduct Tribunal as Anti Corruption Tribunal was equally rejected.

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Delta State Students Protest Non-Prosecution Of Bursary Scam In UNILAG

By SaharaReporters, New York

Students from the Delta State extract at University of Lagos (UNILAG) protested today in front of the institution’s gate in a loud, though peaceful gathering. They were protesting a financial scam they say continues in their bursary, and is led by the personnel of the Commission for Higher Education in their State.

The students, mostly members of the National Association of Delta State Students Union (NADESSTU) had accused bursary officials of theft and fraud, pointing out that fake names were generated as the beneficiaries of the bursary at their school in UNILAG.

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Ebikeme Clark

MEND Says Kidnap Of Ebikeme, Son of E.K. Clark, Was Stage-Managed

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) today declared that last week’s kidnap of Ebikeme Clark, the son of Chief E.K Clark, was actually ‘a clever orchestrated fraud’ masterminded by the “victim,” whom it says stage-managed his own abduction.

For his release, the Delta State Government paid a ransom of 500 million Naira from its security vote, MEND said in a statement, which was shared amongst all those involved in this scam.

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