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boko-haram-blows-Bridge-in-YobeEight people have been killed by suspected members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, who attacked Katarko town in the outskirt of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Katarko is 22 kilometers south of Damaturu and a community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State which is the state’s stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Residents say the insurgents stormed the town around 7:30 in the evening on Monday and first attacked the military base in the town before having access to some houses, killing eight residents in an attack that lasted for over seven hours.

“They came here and launched an unsuccessful attack on the military base before embarking on some selective killings within the town living us with eight casualties presently being prepared for burial,” a resident told Channels Television in Damaturu.

Residents say the insurgents carried out their attack until 2:30 in the morning without further resistance.

During the violence, the insurgents blew off the Katarko Bridge linking Damaturu to their stronghold; Buni Yadi, the capital of Gujba Local Government Area. The bridge connects Yobe and neighbouring Borno and Adamawa States.

This is the first time Boko Haram militants are attacking Katarko, since the commencement of serious hostility by the insurgents in 2009.

Meanwhile, two Boko Haram suspects have been arrested in Damaturu metropolis in possession of Improvise Explosive Devises (IED) with the intention of causing havoc in the troubled northeast state.

Although authorities decline comment on the arrest, residents confirmed that the suspects were arrested at separate locations with the devises, with the first member of the sect arrested revealing the where about of his second after arrest.

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United States President, Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make “excuses” based on a history of dependence and colonization.

Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion that all of African nations’ problems resulted from “onerous debt imposed by the West.”

“At some point, we have to stop looking somewhere else for solutions and you have to start looking for solutions internally,” Reuters quoted Obama as saying to the enthusiastic audience.

“And as powerful as history is, and you need to know that history, at some point, you have to look to the future and say, ‘OK, we didn’t get a good deal then, but let’s make sure that we’re not making excuses for not going forward.’”

Next week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington will convene economic and political leaders from across Africa to discuss the continent’s development and the U.S. role in partnership and investment.

Obama’s remarks amounted to a rejection of comments last month from Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who said Western “neo-colonial” domination of Africa has impeded the continent’s development.

Nguema blasted what he said were too-low exchange rates, problems with natural resources’ pricing and Western-imposed “barriers to international trade” at a summit of the 54-nation African Union.



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Willie ObianoThe governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has received a donation of one million dollars to be invested in the State’s security and one billion Naira for the agriculture sector.

The donation is coming barely 48 hours after the Court of Appeal in Enugu upheld the election of Governor Obiano.

After the court judgment, the governor begun to pay courtesy visits to well-meaning people of the state irrespective of party affiliation to support in building a better state.

The donation was made in one of such visits to the political leader of Ukpo community, Prince Arthur Eze.

The governor, who was in company of the deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Victor Umeh and other dignitaries, urged the people of the state, both home and in the diaspora, to emulate the gesture and support his administration.

At the home of the political leader of Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area, Governor Obiano told Prince Arthur Eze that his administration’s agenda were hinged on agriculture, oil and gas, trade and commerce, and industrialisation with security as an enabler, which is an indispensable aspect.

He called on him and his people to, regardless of their political leaning, help and support his administration towards building a better state for the future of the children of the state.

In his response, the political leader of Ukpo community commended the effort of the governor and his political will in practically ridding the state of crime and criminality which had enveloped Onitsha and its environs in less than four months in office.

For the national chairman of the APGA, Victor Umeh, it was a commendable stride which would go a long way in transforming the state while believing that the governor will make judicious use of the funds.


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The youngest female weightlifter to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal, Nigerian Chika Amalaha has failed a doping test, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said on Tuesday.

She failed an in-competition test after winning the women’s 53kg competition on Friday, testing positive for banned diuretics and masking agents, Reuters reports.

Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Games, CGF chief executive Mike Hooper said in a statement.

“The athlete’s A sample was found to contain both amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents under class s5 of WADA’s Prohibited List,” he said.

“Ms Amalaha has pursued her right to have her B sample tested, which will take place at the accredited laboratory in London on July 30.”

Amalaha was Nigeria’s first gold medal winner in Glasgow, equalling the Games snatch record of 82kg with her first attempt before reaching 85kg on her third.

Her combined total of 196kg was also a Games record, and according to the International Weightlifting Federation she is the youngest women to win a weightlifting title in Games history.

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Willie-Obiano2In the spirit of the celebration of the Eid El Fitri, the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has announced the appointment of a Special Adviser from the Hausa Community.

For the very first time in the state, the special adviser will be advising the governor on matters concerning the Hausa people living in the state.

This was made known when the Hausa community came to pay homage and pray with the governor to mark the Eid El Fitri celebration at the governor’s lodge in Amawbia.

The leader of the delegation, Sule Momodu, explained to the governor the reason for their visit which was to identify with him in their celebration and also to pray for continued peace and tranquility in the state. he  emphasised that since the governor’s assumption of office, there had been peace and security.

The governor commended them for their comportment in the state and urged them to continue to live peacefully with the people of the state while being vigilant in their places of residence.

He also charged them to keep preaching peace and shunning division for continued peaceful coexistence.

The governor formally announced the appointment of a Special Adviser from amongst them and asked the leader of the delegation to forward their choice personality to him for confirmation and appointment.


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GUNRUNNING: Illegal Arms Dealing Lands NSCDC Officer In Police Net

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The police in Asaba, Delta State, have arrested one Felix Ibrahim, an operative of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in the state, over alleged involvement in illegal arms operations.

DSP Celestina Kalu, police public relation officer in the state, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect, said that he was arrested in Ogwashi-uku town on a tip-off by the police detectives attached to the command last Thursday, adding that the suspect is currently helping the police for further investigation.

She said that the detectives recovered 6 different Ak 47 rifles including a large chunk of ammunition from the suspect adding that the suspect 33, upon interrogation confessed to the crime that he bought the arms and ammunitions as his own contributions to assisting Ogwashi-Uku community in combating crimes.

It was gathered that the suspect among two others of the officials of the corps have been arrested severally over allegation of stealing and possession of illegal arms, among others but DSP Kalu further disclosed that the suspect had made useful information to the police that may lead to the arrest of other sponsors.

The police added that he would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation into the case is completed.

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The DEmmanuel Uduaghanelta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has decried lack of maintenance culture among civil servants in Nigeria.

During an unscheduled inspection tour of ultra-modern equipment and facilities at Nana College, Warri, one of the recently constructed and equipped colleges in the state Governor Uduaghan lamented the unkempt state of the recently installed facilities in the school.

He stressed that his administration would not condone situation where government property was taken for granted.

The Governor, who inspected the school Laboratories, library and classrooms, assured the state indigenes that he had embarked on a continuous monitoring of government property to prevent misuse.

Governor Uduaghan later participated in a Social Studies lecture for Junior Secondary students where he rendered advice on career choice.

In an interview, the governor observed that, obviously, the teachers were yet to understand how to manage the ultra-modern equipment in the recently constructed and equipped colleges, warning the teachers that there will be constant monitoring of how such equipment are used to ensure that they stand the test of time and also used for the purpose they were acquired.

The Governor also warned pregnant women and nursing mothers against payment for medical services, since the cost of their Medicare was covered by the State Government’s Free Maternal and under-five Healthcare programmes.

He gave the warning while giving antenatal talk to pregnant women at the Mother and Child Centre of the Central Hospital, Warri.

While urging the women to ensure that their children got routine immunisation, he advised them on effective family planning.


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SUICIDE: Man, 43, Kills Self Over Inability To Pay Rent

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A 43-year-old auto mechanic, Obi Orji, killed himself yesterday in Minna following his inability to pay his house rent and threat of eviction from his landlord.

LEADERSHIP gathered that Obi committed suicide by drinking a poisonous chemical in the early hours of yesterday in Minna.

Obi who resides at Kateren Gwari, Minna, it was learnt, had been unable to meet his obligation of paying his house rent which was put at N35,000 annually.

He committed the act after his wife and five children had left for Church for the morning mass, leaving only him at home by the time he took his life.

It was further learnt that he committed suicide following the expiration of the date he gave his landlord to pay his house rent.

A colleague of the deceased at Mechanic Bye Pass, Minna, said Obi’s landlord, simply identified as Alhaji Lateef, had constantly traced him to his workshop at the Mechanic bye-pass in Minna, threatening to forcefully evict him out of the house if he failed to pay his rent at the appointed date.

It was learnt that when the date expired and the deceased could not meet the obligation, he decided to take his life instead of facing the embarrassment and humiliation from his landlord

When LEADERSHIP visited Minna General Hospital yesterday, the body of the deceased had been deposited in the mortuary and a mortuary attendant confirmed to LEADERSHIP that a body of a man that committed suicide was brought to the mortuary but further enquires could not be made from the hospital management following the strike by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).


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Aston Villa is reportedly interested in Victor Moses as manager Paul Lambert looks to bolster his side ahead of the new season.

Report says Lambert wants Moses on loan for the campaign and is waiting for a response from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

After struggling on loan at Liverpool last season, it is believed the Super Eagles winger will be farmed out again, kickOffNigeria.com reports.

The former Wigan star has become very much sought after by Premiership clubs in the past few days, with West Bromwich Albion also linked with a move for him.

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unnamed4Hamza El Rufai, one of the sons of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Chieftain of the APC, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, died on Tuesday morning in a car crash in Abuja.

His father took to his Facebook page to announce his son’s death.

“From Allah we came and to Him we shall return. Please join our family in praying for the repose of the soul of my son Hamza El-Rufai who died this morning in a motor accident in Abuja,” he said.


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Police, Army Clash: 5 Dead In Zuru

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Barely few hours to Eid-el Fitri celebration that climaxed the 30-day- Muslim Ramadan fasting, operatives of the Nigerian army and the police clashed yesterday, resulting in the death of one soldier and four policemen. .

LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Zuru Local Government Area (LGA), had gone out in company of a lady to cool off at a drinking joint in the town when the incident happened.

The report had it that the DPO, after cooling off, was driving back home, when a fast driven car overtook him in a reckless manner which provoked his anger and he in return sped off and over took the car and blocked it at the front.

However, inside the car that overtook the DPO were two soldiers from the 242 Light Tank Battalion of the Nigeria Army in the town.

An argument ensued between the DPO and the two soldiers who were said to be in mufti at the time and the police officer was in uniform.

But this did not deter the soldiers as they pounced on the DPO and rained blows on him, giving him the beating of his life.

This scenario, according to reports, drew the attention of two other policemen who were mounting security at one of the first generation banks in town, who, on getting to the spot, they discovered that it was their senior officer that was being manhandled by the soldiers.

This led one of the policemen to fire a shot that hit and killed one of the soldiers instantly.

It was reported further that when the area commander in charge of the zone heard of the ugly incident, he took four of his men with the intention to go for a fence mending mission with the commanding officer of the battalion.


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A suicide bomber has killed a cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the southern city of Kandahar, officials told the BBC.

Hashmat Karzai was greeting a well-wisher to his house when the man blew himself up. One report said explosives were hidden in the bomber’s turban.

Mr. Karzai had been receiving guests on the festival of Eid –il-Fitr marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

He was a campaign manager for Ashraf Ghani, one of two presidential hopefuls vying to replace Hamid Karzai.

There was no immediate claim for the assassination.

It follows a series of attacks carried out by the Taliban and their allies as votes are rechecked in the bitterly disputed election.

Hashmat Karzai was influential and a key backer of Ashraf Ghani.

The BBC says he had emerged as a significant power-broker in the politics of Kandahar, the most important city in the south of Afghanistan.

The Karzai family had been split by a long running feud, the BBC reports.

Hashmat, who had a pet lion, was the head of a security company with major United States contracts, and had been implicated by some family members in the killing of a cousin – a charge he denied.

His own father was murdered by another family member 25 years ago.


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Tobi Badmus allegedly tortured to death by police Officers of the 'B Division' of the Ondo State Command of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) have a case to answer over the gruesome death of a 20-year old boy, Mohammed Oluwatobi Badmus, and his father has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, calling for justice.

Oluwatobi died last week in Akure at a private hospital after he was allegedly tortured by men of the division over allegations concerning a cell phone.

Tobi was the only son of a popular hotelier, Raheem Afolayemi Badmus, who owns the Ages hotel at Ajipowo Estate on Ondo road, and he told our correspondent his son was hale and hearty before his untimely death.

He recalled how Tobi came home to break the Ramadan fast with him during the week at his residence, adding that he had talked to him over some of his unholy behavior during the fasting period and promised to deal with him, before he ran away from the house to his uncle's place in Okuta Elerinla Estate.

"He was filled with life and expectations when we broke the fast together last week. Certainly, death was not one of the tasks of my only son, not even cheap death from the supposed law enforcement agents who tortured him with large dose of chemical substance, which he inhaled and later passed out".

He said he received a call informing him that his son’s corpse had been deposited at the hospital’s morgue. Father of torture victime, Raheem Afolayemi Badmus has petitioned Police IG

"Some of my friends that called him over the unfortunate incident found it difficult to break the news to me and it was later I was told what transpired on the day,” he said.  “The elder sister (Oluwaseun) told me that she was in the house at the early hours and was called by one of our neighbors who asked her to come to Danjuma Street where she was told that they wanted to see her because his brother (Tobi) had stolen a smart phone in a prophet's church.

"Truly, they discovered such type of phone was in Tobi's possession and when they inquired, how he managed to get the phone because I learnt, the pastor also wanted to know how he got the phone because he confirmed, Tobi was never at the premises of the church.”

He added that Tobi was taken to the police station along with his uncle, Sola, and was tortured before being released, but that he died some hours later. 

In the petition sent to the IGP, signed by his lawyer, Bakare Asani, Mr. Badmus alleged that Tobi died has a result of injuries received in police custody.

Narrating the death of her brother to our Correspodent, Oluwaseun, said Tobi was taken to the Police station at 'B division' in Oke Aro, Akure, for allegedly stealing a smart phone from a nearby church within their neighbourhood by one Prophet Bisi Adedugbagbe of the Celestial Church of God, Ife-Oluwa Parish in Akure.

SaharaReporters learned that the Prophet told his close friend and officer at the police division, Corporal Adesola Awodeyi, to arrest the late Tobi and to torture him to make him confess to the crime.

His sister said he was brutally torture at the station after spending close to an hour in detention.

"I was at home when some people close to prophet Bisi called me, that my younger brother, Tobi, had stolen a smart phone from his church. It was surprising, and I told him my brother can't do such.

"Immediately I called my mum’s uncle (brother Sola) where Tobi was staying to made inquiry over the allegation and if he saw any phone with Tobi but he confirmed he saw a phone with him and [had] already collected the phone.

She said she told the clergyman that his uncle had confirmed finding such a phone in Tobi's possession, and that she called Tobi on his own phone to meet her at the prophet's church.

She said that although Tobi agreed to go there, the prophet was impatient and advised that they go and meet Tobi wherever he was.

"On getting to Tobi's place, it was argument all through, with claims that the phone doesn't belong to the prophet. The prophet now told us that he had already informed the police at B division Oke Aro about the matter. 

"It was at that point, Tobi suggested we move down to the Police station, where he believed the matter would be resolved. Although I was against it but since he said we should go, I obliged him".

She further stated that three police offers, led by a corporal with the name tag 'Adesola Awodeyo' held several talks with the Prophet at the front of the Police station before they arrested Tobi.

When they were dragging him away, she said she hear use of the term, 'Baptismal Room,' and believed that was where he was tutored.

"Close to an hour later, the prophet and the cohort (Policemen) with whom he carried out the plot came out with my brother with his face swollen and his eyes bulged as well blurred and reddish and couldn't compose himself while he can't also stand on his legs".

Oluwaseun further stated that instead of the policemen to take Tobi back inside the station, he was handed over to them with directions that they go home.

She disclosed further, that they drove back home in the Prophet's vehicle with argument and anger over the maltreatment in the station.

She said that when the prophet dropped them and departed, her brother’s condition worsened.  He was crying, vomiting and holding his stomach and complaining of a headache. 


"I picked my phone and called prophet Bisi who pleaded we take him (Tobi) to the hospital and that he would join us there," she said.

SaharaReporters was told that the boy was rushed to the State Specialist Hospital Akure, but that he could not be attended to because of the ongoing strike of doctors.

He was later rushed to a private hospital identified as 'Liberty Hospital' in Oluwatuyi quarters also in Akure, where doctors directed them to their family hospital.

Our reporter was told that at the family hospital, they were again referred to another private clinic, 'Hope Land Hospital' at Lafe junction in Akure, where Tobi later died.

SaharaReporters visited the hospital but the doctor was not available to comment on the incident, but a nurse told our correspondent that a medical report indicated that the deceased inhaled a thick dose of some chemical substance.

"The boy was brought in here and he was breathing through the help of oxygen and we attended to him immediately after they had collected a card.

"Report with us showed that he had inhaled a heavy dose of canisters substance which has already damaged his brian and caused a serious disorder in his body system before he died," she said.

Days after Tobi’s death, Oluwaseun told SaharaReporters that the police, in an effort to cover up the case called her to come over to the station to write a statement for the deceased because they had forgotten to one, but that she declined.

The public relations officer of the Ondo State Command, Oluwole Ogodo confirmed that the incident was reported in the police station, and that the Akure Area Commander has been asked to commence an investigation into Tobi’s death.  He said the findings would be made public when concluded.

He confirmed that the killer policeman and the prophet are already under arrest.
Body of late Tobi Badmus
Born on June 2, 1994, late Tobi was a graduate student of Idris Premier College at Ilesha Garage Akure.

Sources said that the late Tobi had already received admission into a university but that his father deferred it, as he wanted Tobi to complete his Quranic studies, where he was already leading prayers.

Meanwhile, the body of the deceased has been deposited at the hospital morgue but his family is crying for justice, convinced that their son died unjustly.


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Tom OlumoyaEffective enterprise risk management framework is a fundamental prerequisite for business success, a business consultant reiterated on Tuesday. 

In Nigeria, there’s the risk of infrastructure challenges, change in government policies just to mention a few.

The CEO, Deon Consulting Services, Mr Tom Olumoya, who was the guest on ‘Business Morning’, ‎said most businesses do not factor these risks into their planning and so ignore the possibility of being able to manage the situation and protect their investments.

According to him, developing an effective risk and compliance management framework helps an organisation to take advantage of business opportunities as well as increase their competitive strength.

He said this would go a long way in enlarging the coasts of business ventures and reduce the mortality rate of Small and Medium Enterprises, as it is an essential management tool for developing a strong business structure.

“If a business owner cannot properly analyse the risk, he can bring someone in to do it. But people do not want to pay, but their businesses end up paying for it,” he said.

According to him, forecasting political risks, social risk and other risks that are external, would help the business owner plan well.

“It is, however, important that before you can hire a risk manager, you must be sure to check out their background. Have they worked for any company before? They have to have a substantial resume before you can hire them to ensure that you do not bring them in, they zap your money and nothing different,” the consultant said.

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Nigeria's gold medallist Chika AmalahaNigerian gold medallist, Chika Amalaha, has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games for failing a drugs test.

The 16-year-old won weightlifting gold with a combined total of 196kg in the women’s 53kg category.

Her ‘A’ sample was found to contain both amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which are both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents. Amalaha will now have a ‘B’ sample tested on Wednesday.

The Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive, Mike Hooper, said: “We have issued a formal notice of disclosure to an athlete following an adverse analytical finding as a consequence of an in-competition test. That athlete is Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha who was tested on July 25th. That athlete has now been suspended from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”

Hooper added that “the substances are diuretics and masking agents. In general terms, these substances are on the prohibited list for two reasons – firstly in weight category sports they can be used to unfairly aid weight loss … and secondly, their use has been reported in attempts to mask the presence in the body of other prohibited substances.

“The relevant processes, as detailed in our anti-doping standard for the Games, are now being followed and Ms Amalaha has pursued her right to have her B sample tested. This will take place at an accredited laboratory in London tomorrow, 30 July. Upon receipt of those results the process will continue.”

Amalaha won gold last Friday, as Dika Toua took silver to secure Papua New Guinea’s first medal of Glasgow 2014, with India’s Santoshi Matsa winning bronze.

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Osun Guber: INEC Accredits 29 Observers

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As the build-up to the August 9 governorship election in Osun State intensifies, 29 domestic and international observers have been accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This was disclosed by the chief press secretary to INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, yesterday, who further stated that the European Union delegation in Nigeria will lead the pack of other international observers to monitor the governorship poll, which will be the second to be conducted by the commission this year.

Other foreign observers include the United States Mission to Nigeria, the High Commission of Canada, the British High Commission as well as the Embassies of Switzerland, Kingdom of Netherlands, Federal Republic of Germany and France.

Among the domestic observers are the Forum for State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria (FOSIECON), the Justice Development and Peace Commission, Nigeria Bar Association Election Working Group, NEPAD Nigeria, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, etc.

The commission further noted that while 20 candidates have been cleared for the election, a total of 1.4 million voters are expected to vote.

Leading the pack of candidates are the incumbent, Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Iyola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Further breakdown of voter population as unveiled by the commission shows that 745,828 (about 53 per cent) of the eligibe voters are female while 661,394 (about 47 per cent) are male.

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El-Rufai Loses Son To Auto Crash In Abuja

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Former Nigerian Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir El-Rufai has lost his son to a car crash, the second child to die in three years.

Hamza El-Rufai died on Tuesday morning.

El-Rufai himself broke the unfortunate news on his faceboook page at about 8am.

The post read thus: “From Allah we came and to Him we shall return. Please join our family in praying for the repose of the soul of my son, Hamza El-Rufai who died this morning in a motor accident in Abuja.”

The late Hamza will be buried today in line with Islamic injunctions.

It would be recalled that El-Rufai lost his eldest daughter, Yasmine, in November 2011.

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Hamza El-Rufai Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, has lost a son, Hamza, to a car crash in Abuja.

The former minister and political activist announced his son’s death today.

"From Allah we came and to him we shall return,” the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader wrote in a brief obituary.

“Please join our family in praying for the repose of the soul of my son Hamza El-Rufai, who died in a motor accident in Abuja." Hamza, 23, is a student of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai, and was billed to graduate in 2015.

Hamza’s death comes just three months after El-Rufai's elder brother lost his daughter, Zainab El-Rufai Mohammed, to sickle cell anaemia. 

Zainab was survived by her husband Mohammed and a baby boy.

In November 2011, Nasir also lost Yasmin, his eldest daughter, to epilepsy in the  United Kingdom. She was 25 at the time of her death. Nasir El-Rufai and the late daughter, Yasmin

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George OsahonThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Nigeria, saddled with the responsibility of ensuring compliance to petroleum laws, regulations and guidelines in the Oil and Gas Industry, is exploring the use of computer in its service delivery, with a view to ending some of the challenges in the sector.

Seles providers often times are made to face time consuming processes, resulting in delay in product delivery, which has a multiplier effect on the availability of the product.

On Channels Television’s programme, Sunrice Daily, on Tuesday, a senior official of the DPR, Mr George Osahon, said that with the computerisation, what sales providers in the industry do manually would be achieved with the use of a computer in their comfort zone within a short period of time.

“We are going computerised. People will go online, fill the form, pay and even collect their certificates online. Everything is done online.

“That is what we want to introduce to members of the public and if they get any challenge with the online process, there is a number to call. If you go on our website, part of it will tell you that if you have any questions to ask us, fill the forms and we will respond. Any question you have about the industry, we will respond to you,” he said.

With the new online process, a process that usually takes approximately two weeks before certificate is received will now take approximately 72 hours.

“If you fill your form online, DPR will give you a small token and ask you to use that for whatever you want to do. We are starting with this and are making sure that everything will be computerised,” he said.

Mr Osahon explained that handling of petroleum issues and monitoring filling stations were becoming too difficult for the DPR to handle, which led to the decision to involve technology in the handling of petroleum matters.

“In handling Petroleum Products, the DPC will not be going to petrol stations over the next 10 years to check what quantity of fuel is sold for a litre. We should go computerised. If everything go well we will be able to achieve that.

“All filling stations are supposed to provide the information to the DPR all the time. We will collect the information and use the computerised system to check if they are complying with the system,” the director with the DPR said.

With the computerised system the quality control issue will also be addressed.

Most petroleum products sold in Nigeria come from outside the country by import and they are tested in laboratories before they are distributed to various filling stations.

Currently, the DPR goes to filling stations to check if pumps have been adjusted.

He advised the public to be sure that they “see what amount is written on the dispensing machine and to endeavour to tell the fuel attendant the particular amount they want to buy”.

Mr Osahon emphasised that asking the fuel attendant to ‘fill the tank’ could result in sharp practices that would be short-changing the buyer.

He further said that the grading of fuel would likely commence when things improve in the sector.


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Ladoja Condemns Plot To Impeach Ajimobi

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Former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has condemned the alleged plan by the state lawmakers to impeach the incumbent governor, Abiola Ajimobi, describing it as wrong.

Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan yesterday, the leader of Accord Party who washed off the hands of Accord lawmakers in the state House of Assembly from purported moves by the state lawmakers to impeach Governor Abiola Ajimobi, maintained that the timing of such planned moves was wrong if it is true at all.

“I know what it means to be impeached as I have been a victim of impeachment before and I don’t wish it for my brother, Ajimobi. If the purported moves by the lawmakers to impeach the governor are true at all, Accord lawmakers in the Assembly are not part of it.

“We have met our lawmakers and we have told them that Accord will not be part of any moves to impeach the governor, if at all the report is correct,” he said.

The former governor maintained that whatever Ajimobi’s alleged misconduct might be, the state lawmakers should have published such misconduct before their purported moves.

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