The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 2nd April, 2015

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Court Stops AIT From Further Broadcast Of Lion Of Bourdilion

An Ikeja High Court presided by Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe yesterday granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the African Independent Communication, AIT, from further broadcasting the documentary ‘Lion of Bourdilion’, which allegedly presents wrong impression of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

“I hereby order an interlocutory injunction in this suit restraining the defendant from further airing, publishing or disseminating broadcasting the documentary ‘Lion of Bourdilion’ which it started broadcasting on March 1, pending the determination of the substantive suit,” the judge said.

Ruling on an application brought before the court by Tinubu’s counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, the judge held that the interlocutoty injunction was pending the determination of the substantive N150 billion libel suit filed by the former Lagos State governor against Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT.


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25 Die, Others Injured Celebrating Buhari’s Victory

No fewer than 25  persons died in Abuja, Kano, Makurdi and Kontagora yesterday, while celebrating the victory of President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

While 17 of the victims died in Kano, four died in Abuja, three in Kontagora, Niger State and one in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, while several others sustained injuries.

However, police authorities in Kano claimed only seven bodies of unknown person were discovered by their men after the celebration, Tuesday night.



Senate Presidency, South East May Lose Out As APC Shops For President

Following the release of the results of National Assembly elections held last Saturday by the  Independent National Electoral Commission, indications have emerged that the South East Geo-Political Zone may have lost the opportunity to produce the next Senate President of Nigeria.

The Zone did not vote for any candidate of the APC in the last election, thereby shutting out itself in the reckoning for such a post.



North, S-West Ganged Up Against N-Delta – Asari Dokubo

THE Niger Delta People Salvation Front/Niger Delta People Volunteer Force, NDPSF/NDPVF, led by Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has described General Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the presidential election as a conspiracy by the North and South-West against the Niger Delta, South-East and Middle Belt geo-political regions.



Governor Aliyu Tasks INEC On The Mode Of Next Election

Niger State Governor Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to give clear directive on the mode of voting to be adopted in the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections to avoid confusion.

Aliyu regretted the type of confusion experienced in the presidential election when both the card readers and the manual system were used.

The governor, who was defeated in the senatorial election, said that he called the winner David Umaru, seven times to congratulate him, but stressed that his phone calls were neither picked or returned.



At Last, Relief Comes For Over 85, 000 Military Pensioners

Relief has finally come the way of over 85, 000 military pensioners who have been languishing in pains and protesting non-payment of arrears of their 33% increment, from 2010 to 2013, as the federal government has commenced payment of the arrears.

The payment, Pension and You, gathered would be paid quarterly and the money for the first of this year that will be ending by this month has already been paid into the pensioners bank accounts.

Recall that military pensioners had before now protested severally including two attempts to protest to the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly but, they were stopped by soldiers of the Guards Brigade in November 2014 and January this year, with some of the pensioners threatening to cause problems during the 2015 elections.



Obama Calls President-elect, Buhari

US President Barack Obama spoke to Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, praising both for their role in the country’s first democratic transfer of power.

Obama spoke to the men separately to “commend them for their leadership during Nigeria’s election,” the White House said.

Obama’s administration has lavished praise on Buhari and Jonathan following an election in Africa’s most populous country and its largest economy.



Boko Haram Puts Lake Chad’s Boatmen Out Of Business

Hunched up in the prow of his canoe, Mahamat simply watches time slip by, like dozens of boatmen in Guite on Lake Chad who no longer dare sail for fear of Boko Haram fighters.

“We’re here, but we do nothing. We don’t have work any more,” the Chadian sailor says in a resigned tone, looking wearily over at a group of men seated on the ground, playing cards.

The ruthless Islamists of the Nigerian sect have brought such insecurity to Lake Chad that most trade among the four countries whose borders meet there — Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger — has dried up for months.



Dozens Die In Yemeni Factory Explosion

AN explosion at a dairy factory in Yemen’s Hodaida port killed at least 25 workers, medical sources said, with conflicting accounts attributing the blast to an air strike by a Saudi-led alliance or to a rocket landing from a nearby army base.

The incident would appear to be one of the biggest cases of civilian deaths since a Saudi-led coalition began an air campaign against Houthi militia on March 26.

The September 26 website of Yemen’s factionalised army, which mostly sides with the Houthis, said 37 workers were killed and 80 wounded at the dairy and oils factory “during the aggressive air strikes which targeted the two factories last night.”



Buhari Speaks To CNN On Boko Haram, Corruption, Other Ills

President-Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has said that corruption was allowed to fester in the country for too long and that he is determined to eradicate the menace.

Buhari also said that lack of weapons, leadership and training were responsible for the protracted war with the Boko Haram insurgents, assuring that he would work closely with neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroun to end the menace as soon as he assumes office.

He made the submission, yesterday, in an interview with cable network, CNN, which The Guardian monitored.

On his victory, he said: “I am not surprised because of how we came into the merger. The main opposition parties in Nigeria decided to come together to face the ruling party. It means we had the strength, experienced political parties and politicians across the length and breath of the country. So, it is not surprising.



Hoodlums Attack APC Supporters In Ekiti

SUSPECTED party thugs yesterday went on rampage attacking the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Ado-Ekiti, beat up members who were celebrating the victory of the presidential candidate of the party, Gen Mohammed Buhari in last Saturday’s poll.

The hoodlums allegedly attacked APC secretariat shortly after its members held a victory procession in Ado Ekiti to mark the victory of Buhari.

The party’s spokesman, Hon Taiwo Olatubosun, who spoke about the Incident, accused Governor Ayodele Fayose and the Police of complicity in the attack, saying the party had earlier got information that plan was being hatched by some top officials in the Government House to prevent any celebration in the State.



Obama, Ban-Ki Moon, Carrignton, Hollande, Others Greet President-elect

The World rose in unison yesterday to endorse Saturday’s election won by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

The United Nations, the United States, France and the European Union observer team in separate statements commended the polls’ outcome and hailed outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for being magnanimous in victory.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and other world leaders congratulated President-elect Buhari on his hard worn victory.

In a statement from in New York, Ban said he had spoken to Jonathan and Buhari on the outcome of the polls as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He commended Jonathan for his leadership qualities throughout the electoral process and his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process.  He also applauded the INEC for organising the elections in a professional and credible “manner under challenging circumstances”.  The UN Chief called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections.



Buhari: Jonathan Has Nothing To Fear From Me

NIGERIANS got yesterday a glimpse into how the Muhammadu Buhari presidency will be run.

There will be no discrimination, religion, ethnicity or gender. The president-elect said.

Gen. Buhari promised to work for those who voted for him, those who voted against him and those who did not vote at all.

He pledged to govern instead of ruling.

Gen. Buhari said he harboured no ill-will against anyone despite the rancour of the elections which was occasioned by his eligibility for the poll.

He extended a hand of friendship and conciliation to President Goodluck Jonathan and his team, adding: “Jonathan has nothing to fear from me.”



Capital Market Records Gain, Naira Firms Up

Nigeria’s main shares index soared to its biggest daily gain this year and bond yields dropped as investors cheered Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in a presidential election that passed without disruption.

The main shares index closed 8.3 per cent higher at a near three-month high yesterday as markets in Africa’s biggest economy welcomed the outcome of the closely-fought vote.

“The peaceful conclusion of the election has allayed the fears of foreign investors about the market,” Ayodeji Ebo, head of research at Afrinvest told Reuters, referring to the bourse.

He said most listed firms, especially banks, were trading at a discount to their true value, attracting foreign investors.

“Investors were waiting on the sidelines to see election concluded in a peaceful manner. So everyone is taking positions now while those that are in are not willing to sell,” Ebo said.

Foreign investors fled Nigerian markets starting late last year, unnerved by political uncertainty before the vote as well as the sharp fall in the global price of oil, which weakened the currency, triggering devaluation in November.

The stock index crossed the psychologically important 34,000-point level to stand at 34,392 points, extending gains to a ninth consecutive session — its longest winning streak this year — as President Goodluck Jonathan accepted his defeat.

The naira gained 0.46 per cent to 217 against the dollar on the parallel market, a black market dealer said.



Aliyu, Mimiko, Fayose, Others Shun Meeting With Jonathan

GOVERNORS Aliyu Babangida (Niger), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) yesterday shunned a meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum with President Goodluck Jonathan.

The forum’s chairman and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, said some of the PDP gover?nors could not make it to the meeting because the notice was short.

Among the PDP  governors who met with Jonathan were Theodore Orji (Abia); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Liyel Imoke (Cross River).

Idris Wada (Kogi); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe); Murktar Yero (Kaduna); Jonah Jang (Plateau); and Sullivan Chime (Enugu) attended the meeting.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting, Akpabio maintained that the party will not lose any of its states during April 11 governorship elections.



Fire Sparks Panic At MMIA’s Arrival Hall

THERE was confusion at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos yesterday, as fire outbreak in one of the offices belonging to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) forced inbound passengers  to scamper for safety.

The smoke from the outbreak enveloped the  arrival E finger, forcing passengers to abandon their luggage at immigration and customs checkpoints to avert being choked by smoke.

Most passengers and airport workers that rushed out waited anxiously outside the arrival hall, awaiting fire rescue team to put out the fire.

But FAAN security officials moved into the terminal to ensure no passenger was trapped.

A combined team of FAAN fire and aerodrome officials  as well as the Port Health Unit also mobilised their trucks and ambulance to the terminal.

The MMIA Police Commissioner, Mrs.  Dorothy Gimba, deployed policemen to the terminal to ascertain the extent of the incident.

For about two hours, flights that came had to wait in the aircraft before the passengers could alight into the terminal building for immigration and customs clearance.

Confirming the incident, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Mr. Yakubu Dati said  the smoke was traced to some offices at the E wing section of the terminal on the ground floor.

He said: “There was a minor smoke incident at the “E” arrival wing of the international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 1.13pm today (yesterday).


Henry Igwe

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