8—VANGUARD, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Boko Haram: Declare state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe now, Clark tells Buhari •Accuses Adamawa, Borno, Yobe govs of frustrating efforts to end Boko Haram By Henry Umoru ABUJA— FORMER Federal Commissioner for Information and South- South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently suspend all democratic institutions in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states and declare a state of emergency in the states to allow for full military control. Addressing journalists, yesterday, at his Asokoro residence, Abuja, Clark, who condemned in very strong terms, the resurface of Boko Haram insurgents in these states and the abduction of over 110 innocent secondary schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, said he had sleepless nights when the ugly news of Dapchi broke out. He, however, accused Governors Bindo Jibrilla; Kashim Shettima and Ibrahim Geidam of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states respectively of frustrating efforts of the Federal Government to nip the unfortunate war in the bud because of what he described as the governors’ selfishness and what they stood to gain. Clark added that the Borno State governor took advantage of being the Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum to always travel out of the state and abandon his people. In an open letter to Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Clark said: “The political dimension of the fight against the insurgent has not been adequately considered; yet this is the point of the fear in the containment fabric. "The governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, to Nigerians and interested observers, as criminal aloof, and distant from a situation that is primarily their responsibility in each one’s respective state where he is the chief security officer, and behaving like any other governor in Nigeria. "It is in the light of this obvious, gross dereliction of constitutional duty of these civilian governors that I am here, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency in each of those states. “In an emergency situation, which is total, and in which the civilian administration is completely neutralised for a period of six months, a sole administrator is more likely to take a very pragmatic military view and strategy against those tormenting his territory; and will be assimilated and fully involved in the military operation. "Above all, I recommend this drastic action because the people of those states need immediate succour, and peace, to return to normalcy that will enable them participate as integral parts of the Nigerian nation. “Once again I congratulate the armed forces for their brilliant job. But we will be deceiving ourselves if we continue to believe that we can defeat the Boko Haram by allowing the state government to operate side by side with the military. “Today, we are confronted with the remnant of Boko Haram moving in and out of Nigeria carrying out attacks and engaging in frequent suicide bombings in Sambisa forest, which had earlier been the headquarters of Boko Haram but now taken over by our gallant forces. "But let me warn that the battle is not over yet unless the Federal Government takes an unprecedented drastic action to flush out the disturbing and periodic actions of the insurgents. “I have had sleepless nights thinking about the recent easy abduction of over 110 innocent secondary school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State, while we are still lamenting and grieving over the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls on April 14, 2014. "These have no doubt thrown a big challenge to the wonderful work being carried out by the military in terminating the insurgence from the North East of Nigeria. “I submit that the present security situation in the country, particularly in the North-East, where the insurgents are still challenging the territorial integrity of Nigeria, bombing and killing innocent citizens and the recent abduction of over 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, which has now attracted global and local attention, like the case of Chibok schoolgirls, can no longer be regarded as a normal situation." SEMINAR: From left, Chairman, Maryland School, Rev Alayande Ajibola James; Executive Director, Corona Schools, Mrs Yoyin Adeshina; Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, Keynote Spaeker and Executive Consultant, Edumark Consult, Mrs Yinka Ogunde at Total School Support Seminar/Exhibition, in Lagos.Photo: Akeem Salau. NNPC’s N774m fuel subsidy to drop •As landing cost falls to N166 per litre By Udeme Akpan THE N744 million under recovery or fuel subsidy currently incurred by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is set to drop as the landing cost has already fallen from N171 per litre to N166 per litre. Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, with the responsibility to publish template targeted at guiding investors and users of petroleum products as well as the general public, has not made its data public for several months. But investigation by Vanguard in Apapa, Lagos, where imported petroleum products are stored before they are lifted to other parts of Nigeria, showed that the landing cost, which previously stood at N171 per litre, dropped a few days ago as a result of the fall in oil price from $70 to $66 per barrel in the international market. Consequently, Vanguard gathered that the total cost of imported fuel, including marketer’s margin, insurance, storage and distribution has fallen from N185 to N180 per litre. The drop in total cost was mainly attributed to the recent fall in the price of crude oil from $70 to $67 per barrel, meaning that refinery owners now pay less for crude oil than before, thus resulting in low price, and by extension subsidy or under recovery US worried about Nigeria, other African countries’ debt overhang THE United States of America has expressed worry about the heavy indebtedness by African countries a few years after they were relieved of their debts by international financial institutions. The US Department of State, during a background briefing on the first trip of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson to Africa, said such loans were unhelpful to the continent. Mr. Tillerson will meet with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and also leaders of Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya during his travels from March 6 to 13. To date, debt reduction packages under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries, HIPC, Initiative have been approved for 36 countries, 30 of them in Africa, providing $76 billion in debt-service relief over time. In 2005, to help accelerate progress toward the UN Millennium Development Goals, the HIPC Initiative was supplemented by the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, MDRI. Nigeria was one of the countries that benefitted from the debt relief under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. About $12 billion debt was cancelled for Nigeria in a deal that saw the country repay about $18 billion. The burgeoning debt by the Nigerian government since then, especially during the Muhammadu Buhari, has been of concern to observers. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, however, allayed the fears in an interview on Friday when he said the borrowed sums were judiciously being utilised for massive infrastructural projects across the country. PDP chair: Adedoja approaches court for accelerated hearing of his suit By Dirisu Yakubu ABUJA—LESS than a week after the defection of foundation members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including Professors Tunde Adeniran and Jerry Gana to Social Democratic Party, SDP; another chieftain of the party, Professor Taoheed Adedoja has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, seeking an accelerated incurred by the NNPC. Traders said the fuel subsidy was not fixed but rises or falls, depending on developments in the international oil market and other variables. Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, had yesterday, put the corporation’s daily fuel subsidy at N744 million. Over 46m Nigerians defecate openly—FG By Suzan Edeh B AUCHI—FEDERAL Ministry of Water Resources has disclosed that Nigeria has the highest number of persons, who practice open defecation with an estimate of over 46 million. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Hussein Adamu, disclosed this during the official celebration of local government wide open defecation free status by Dass Local Government Area under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria, SHAWN, project held at Waziri Mazadu Primary School at Dass Local Government headquarters, Bauchi State. The minister, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Musa Ibrahim, said more than two third of the Nigeria population were without access to basic sanitation facilities, adding that efforts in time past to address the challenge yielded minimal results. He commended UNICEF and the UK for supporting the implementation of the SHAWN project in Nigeria, which he noted, had been implemented in 70 local government areas of the six states of Bauchi, Benue, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Jigawa, adding that the project had been extended to 100 LGAs in eight states. hearing of the suit he filed against the election of Prince Uche Secondus as the national chairman of the party. Lawyers to Adedoja, one of the aggrieved PDP national chairmanship aspirants at the December 9, 2017 convention the party, Messrs Rickey Tarfa & co, yesterday, approached the court to request an accelerated hearing to an earlier suit filed on December 18, 2017 on behalf of its client, Prof. Adedoja whose name was “unlawfully excluded from participating in the December 9 national chairmanship election of the PDP.” According to Adedoja in a chat with Vanguard, yesterday, “all the defendants/ respondents in this case, including Prince Uche Secondus, PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had long been served with the originating processes in the earlier suit. “The abridgement of time sought by Rickey Tarfa is to enable the case to be heard by the Federal High Court expeditiously as the aim of the suit bothers wholly on the right of Adedoja to participate in the said convention coupled with the need to urgently determine the right of the parties in the suit, to enable INEC deal with the valid and authentic national chairman of PDP with respect to the scheduled conduct of any primary election or any activity of the party requiring any correspondence with INEC.”
Vanguard, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018—9 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 2 dead, 96 injured in Jos school bus accident By Marie-Therese Nanlong JOS—TWO children died, while 96 others sustained injuries in the accident involving pupils and staff of Our Lady of Fatima Nursery and Primary School at Mararaba Jamaa junction, Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State, on their way to school at Kuru Jenta. About 96 others, who were involved in the crash, are receiving treatment at Plateau State Specialist Hospital, where Governor Simon Lalong paid them a visit while touring facilities in the hospital. Proprietress of the school, Reverend Sister Florence Golam, who was seen calming the frightened children, said she had no details of the accident. She said the Headmaster, who can say what transpired, could not be reached. Parents of the pupils thronged the hospital premises, while staff were attending to the injured in the casualty ward. PEUGEOT: From left— General Manager, Marketing and Strategy, Mr. Bawo Omatsigbe; Executive Director, Finance, Alhaji Jumat Olafuyi, both of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria, PAN; Chairman, Executive Motors Ltd., Dr. Ayodele Ogunsan, and Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria, Mr. Boyi Ibrahim, at the conferment of award on Executive Motors by PAN for their contributions to sales expansion of the Peugeot brand in Nigeria, in Kaduna. Boko Haram: S-Arabia donates $10m arms, relief aid to Nigeria By Kingsley Omonobi THE Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated $10 million to Nigeria for arms and relief materials for the internally-displaced persons’ crises in the country. Leader of the Saudi Arabian delegation, Nasir Bin Mutlak, duirng a visit to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Ali, disclosed that the aid package, which was in cash and military equipment, was aimed at assisting the IDPs in the North- East in particular, and meeting other essential needs of the military. According to Nasir Bin Mutlak, “our country and Nigeria have continued to have very good relationship. Our mission in the Ministry of Defence is to help our brothers in the IDP camps in the North- East. “The $10 million is from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre and the Saudi Court sacks Kogi monarch, warns against contempt By Boluwaji Obahopo LOKOJA—A Kogi State High Court sitting in Isanlu, headquarters of Yagba East Local Government Area, has sacked the Oba of Egbe, Abiodun Agbana, for lacking constitutional power to mount the throne. The court made the ruling in an injunction brought by By Henry Umoru A BUJA—SENATE President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has asked the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Security, to visit Zamfara and conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the killings that recently occurred in the state. In a tweet on @BukolaSaraki, Senator the claimant, Captain Folunrunsho Aremu (retd) against the monarch and three others, challenging the selection and appointment of Agbana as the paramount ruler of Egbe land. Delivering judgment, Justice Obayomi, who invalidated the appointment and asked parties to return to status quo, banned the state Saraki said: “I have directed the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Security to visit Zamfara on Tuesday (today) to get a first-hand assessment of the security situation in the state and report back to plenary.” In a related development, Saraki has also weighed in on the response of United Nations’ Secretary General, Antonio government, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Yagba Traditional Council from going ahead with the coronation, saying Agbana resorted to self-help while the case was before the court. He said failure to obey the direction contained in the order by any of the defendants will amount to contempt of court. Senate panel to assess Zamfara killings Guterres, to the attack in Rann, Borno State, describing the commitment of the body to stay in North- East as commendable. Saraki is in Ghana and will address the country’s parliament on The Future of Good Governance in Africa, in commemoration of 25 years of uninterrupted parliamentary democracy in Ghana. Development Fund. It is meant to show solidarity with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism and to show support for IDPs.” Mutlak also said the delegation will visit the states in the North-East affected by Boko Haram insurgents to ascertain the level of support they need and report back to their country. Responding, Ali commended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the huge support, noting that aside from assisting in tackling challenges at IDP camps, the aid will go a long way in helping acquire strategic military equipment needed to tackle terrorists challenges. He said: “As you may be aware, we have the Multi- National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, comprising Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin Republic, fighting to stop the spread of terrorism in the region. “We have refugees from Cameroon, Chad and Niger, worsening the already tough situation with IDPs in the country. Your intervention will go a long way in helping us tackle these challenges.” Other members of the delegation were Khalid Bim Abdulrahman Al-Mani and Muhammad Bin Addidat Al-Namla. Fuel dealer sues IGP for N10.5m By Demola Akinyemi ILORIN—A chieftain of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, in Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulkareem Sanni, has sued the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the sale of his 1,000 litres of petrol and detention of his staff, asked for N10.5 million compensation. The plaintiffs’ counsel, Dr. Dauda Osu, yesterday, told an Ilorin Federal High Court that the IG’s monitoring team came to RABSAN Ventures Limited, along Gaa Akanbi, Ilorin, on February 20, and that despite explanations that the 1,000 litres of PMS was reserved for family Kano, Lagos legislative summit underway By AbdulSalam Muhammad K A N O — GOVERNOR Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has hinted that a summit between Kano State and Lagos State Houses of Assembly was in the pipeline. A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, quoted Ganduje as saying that the two assemblies have a lot in common, being from the most populous states of the federation, and there is need for them to copy some legislative work from each other. He said: “Most of the Kebbi North endorses Buhari, Bagudu for 2019 By Kabir DanKatsina B IRNIN-KEBBI— STAKEHOLDERS of All Progressives Congress, APC, from Kebbi North Senatorial District, comprising Argungu, Augie, Bagudo, Arewa, Dandi and Suru Local Government areas of Kebbi State, have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Bagudu of the state for reelection in 2019. Speaking during a meeting at Argungu yesterday, the caucus leader, Ambassador Isah Argungu, told the members and friends, the officers forced the staff to sell the product, and went on to arrest and detain the staff for two days. He also told the court that he was curious about the attitude of the IG’s men, who insisted that his staff, a stroke patient, must take them to his residence, and that because he refused their directive, they beat him in the presence of his wife before taking him away. He also noted that the monitoring of petrol stations was not the schedule of the Police, but that of Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR. Justice N. I. Afolabi granted the relief of the plaintiff’s counsel to serve the IG the court process and adjourned to March 15 for further hearing. memorandums of understanding signed by Kano and Lagos states recently, need some legislative roles before they can become practical.” In his speech, Speaker of the state Assembly, who was represented by his Deputy, Engineer Hamisu Chidari, said: “What I find even more apt and timely is the inclusion of the longoverdue review of the Standing Rules of Kano State House of Assembly, which were last updated 10 years ago.” On his part, Chairman of Legis 37 Nigeria, Salim, represented by Musa Isa, appreciated the relationship between his firm and Kano State government. gathering that they have agreed to re-elect President Buhari and Governor Bagudu based on their good performance after three years in office. Ambassador Argungu said: “President Buhari has restored security, improved economy, united politicians and is fighting corruption. “He also disbursed soft loans, through the Bank of Industries, to many women and youths in the northern part of the country.” On Bagudu, the caucus leader noted that the governor has transformed Birnin-Kebbi to a model town, which previous governments fail to do after 16 years in office.