The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 9th April, 2015

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VANGUARD:

Ojukwu Would Have Saved Nigeria One Year Of Bloodshed If He Had Behaved Like Jonathan – Danjuma

Former Chief of Army Staff and ex-Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (retd) declared, yesterday, that President Goodluck Jonathan averted civil war in the country by conceding defeat to the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) even before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced the final result of the March 28 presidential election.

Danjuma, who spoke shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Jonathan, said if former Biafran warlord, late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, had done what President Jonathan did by conceding defeat, the Nigerian civil war would have been avoided. Danjuma said the President had set a record in the history of the country by conceding defeat.

 

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VANGUARD:

Okrika Agog For Patience Jonathan

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday arrived in her home town, Okrika, in Rivers, to a warm welcome by her people.

Jonathan’s visit is the first since the March 28 Presidential election, in which her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, conceded defeat to the President-elect, Maj.-Gen Muhammadu Buhari.

 

VANGUARD:

Buhari To Unfold APC’s Job Creation Master plan On May 29

Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State says President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will unfold the All Progressives Congress (APC) master plan on job creation and social security related issues on May 29.

Wamakko disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a thank you visit in Tambuwal, headquarters of Tambuwal Local Government Area of the state.

 

VANGUARD:

Train Kills Boy Who Had Earphones On

An unidentified young man, who had earphones on, was killed by a passenger train at Cappa area for Oshodi, Lagos, yesterday.

He was reportedly standing on the rail tracks.

Reports said the Ogun-bound mass transit train was leaving its Oshodi station to Mushin, when the accident occurred.

 

VANGUARD:

Claims Of Poll Manipulation In C’River Laughable – Duke

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, has debunked claims by opposition parties in Cross River State that the presidential and National Assembly elections were manipulated to favour Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Duke said the party’s victory was not unexpected given that the state had been a solid PDP state since 1999, with the state recording impressive growth under the leadership of the party.

 

VANGUARD:

Ohaneze Drags Oba Akiolu To Human Rights Commission

As reactions continues to trail the threat by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu to drown Igbo in Lagos if they failed to vote his candidate, Akinwumi Ambode, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Saturday’s governorship elections in the state, Igbo groups in Lagos have dragged the Oba to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

 

VANUARD:

20-Man Robbery Gang On Rampage In Lagos, 2 Arrested

Robbers went on rampage in the early hours of yesterday in Iju-Ishaga area of Ifako Ijaye, Lagos, leaving in their trail the death of a local vigilante man.

However, two of the robbery suspects were reportedly arrested by anti-robbery policemen attached to Iju division.

The bandits, numbering 20, stormed the area at about 2a.m. and attacked residents of Nelson Cole, Iyabo Williams, Alafia and Hope streets. While they were operating, members of the vigilante group were said to have foiled the operation, following the alarm raised.

Unfortunately for one of the guards, identified simply as Matthew, was beaten to death with a stone by the armed bandits at Alafia Street, after several shots fired at him did not penetrate his body.

The robbers were said to have opened fire on sighting policemen. But they reportedly bowed to the superior fire power of the police team as two of them were arrested.

 

VANGUARD:

Police Arrest 49 Over DPO’s Death In Oyo

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested 49 suspects allegedly involved in the killing of a Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Ikeokwu Nworgu, at Adekile area of Ibadan, where a kidnappers’ den was discovered.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, who disclosed this while parading the suspects yesterday, also confirmed that no fewer than 30,000 policemen would be deployed for Saturday’s election to prevent possible breakdown of law and order during the poll.

 

DAILY TIMES:

Kano Court Convicts Man For Stoning Jonathan’s Adviser

A Magistrate’s Court in Kano has convicted one Yusuf Suleman to eight months imprisonment or a fine of N40,000, after pleading guilty to a three-count charge of incitement, assault and disturbance of public peace by assaulting Hajiya Baraka Sani, Special Adviser to the President on Agriculture. The court, presided over by Ibrahim Khalil Muhammad, had heard that the young man was said to have led a group of youths,which pelted Hajiya Baraka Sani, Special Adviser to the President on Agriculture, with stones, when she went to the Giginyu polling unit to cast her vote, during the last general election, but, was allegedly chased away by some aggrieved persons.

DAILY TIMES:

Kaduna Traditional Rulers Not Slaves, El-Rufai Tells Yero

The Kaduna State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday,flayed Governor MukhtarRamalanYero for stopping the meeting between Professor YemiOsinbajo, the Vice-President- elect and Southern Kaduna traditional rulers. He condemned Yero for disrespecting the traditional rulers and trying to treat them as if they were his slaves. El-Rufai candidate, who spoke while featuring on a Nagarta Radio Kaduna programme, argued that Yerowas insensitive to have stopped Osinbajo, from meeting with the respected monarchs.

 

DAILY TIMES:

Dismissed Soldier In Police Net Over Robbery Allegation

A dismissed member of the Nigerian Army, 27-year-old Ugo Williams was recently arrested for armed robbery in Lagos. Ugo, who was arrested alongside his gang members, Obinna, Aku and chibuzor Obeta is alleged to be notorious for car snatching and selling of parts of stolen vehicles. The gang however, met its waterloo when it tried to snatch a Honda End-of-Discussion Salon Car at the Olosan Junction in Mushin, Lagos. The victim(names withheld) was reportedly returning from work when the gang stopped him at the junction. Seeing that Ugo was in army uniform, he stopped to know why he was been ordered to park. Daily Times gathered that immediately the man parked, the gang jumped into the car and ordered him at gun point to go to the nearest ATM to withdraw all he could in his account. Unfortunately, the ATM within their reach could not dispense cash, so out of frustration, the gang members attacked the victim and took his car to the Mushin Akala area where they vandalised it preparatory to selling off the parts. But as fate would have it, two days after the incident, the victim was trekking along Mushin road when he suddenly recognised the dismissed soldier as one of his assailants of 48hours ago.

He raised the alarm and people around helped to apprehend the robber who was taken to the Olosan Police Division and was subsequently transferred to the State Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ikeja for discrete investigation.

 

THE NATION:

Fayose Courting Disaster; Ekiti Should Not Follow Him

Among the many reasons President Goodluck Jonathan lost reelection, the extreme tomfooleries of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, which manifested especially in uncouth advertisements against the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, must rank very high. Mr Fayose has always been high-strung. During the last presidential and National Assembly campaigns, he was excessively so: peevish, disorganised, intemperate, sometimes distraught, but more often inane and immoderate. Early this week, attempting to stave off the plan by the state’s 19 APC lawmakers to impeach him on the grounds of eight constitutional infractions, he once again deployed the idiosyncratic and loutish methods of a gangster.

 

THE NATION:

Fayose, Deputy, Others Lose Bid To Stop Impeachment

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and his deputy, Olusola Kolapo, yesterday lost the bid to stop moves for their impeachment.

A Federal High Court in Abuja rejected their prayers for interim orders restraining House of Assembly Speaker Adewale Omirin and other All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers, the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola and others from proceeding with the impeachment plot.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling on their motion ex-parte, granted them leave for substituted services of all processes in relation to the suit, on the defendants.

 

THE NATION:

Why Lagosians Should Vote Ambode – Fashola

First let me thank you all for turning out to vote on March 28 and for doing so peacefully to make history by electing the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the presidential and National Assembly elections.

Once again, I must address you as we approach Saturday’s elections, when you will be electing a governor who will continue after me and consolidate on the progress we have built together.

You will also be electing members of the State House of Assembly who will make laws on your behalf to assist the governor and his team in the Executive arm.

Although your votes will be cast for one political party or the other, let me remind you that you will actually be voting for your wellbeing, security, prosperity and future.

You will also be voting for the future of your children. You will be choosing candidates and a party that you will entrust your lives to.

Think hard, think clearly and think deeply. Ask yourselves a few questions.

 

Henry Igwe

Henry Igwe

Copywriter. Sanguine. God understands me.

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