1. The police on Sunday said a blast at Morocco
road in Suleja town in Niger on Sunday injured one person and
destroyed five vehicles
Morocco road is at the heart of the commercial area in Suleja.
It was learnt that the people in the area became suspicious of a
parked vehicle without number plate and immediately took measures
to keep away from it before it exploded.
The Commissioner of Police in Niger, Alhaji Ibrahim Maishanu, who
confirmed the story to journalists, said that one person was
injured as a result of the blast which affected vehicles.
``I am at present on my way to Suleja to assess things for
myself,'' he said.
The Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Mohammed Shaba,
said that the agency would be moblising to Suleja.
``We will be responsible for the treatment of the injured
He said the agency would also seek to speak to other persons, who
might have lost valuables as a result of the blast in line with
the agency's mandate of providing financial assistance to such
This is the first blast to affect Suleja this year, after
Christmas Day blast in Madalla.
2. IBB says all leaders have stake in national security
Former President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, has said that leaders at
all levels must be involved in providing security in the country.
Gen. Babangida said this in Kano on Saturday when he paid a
condolence visit to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, in his
palace, over the multiple bomb blasts that killed about 200 people
The former military President, who ruled the country between 1985
and 1993, said it was the responsibility of not only the Federal
Government, but leaders at all levels, to ensure peace and
stability in the country.
He also charged the leaders to carry out their responsibilities in
such a manner as to promote understanding among different parts of
The former military president commiserated with the Emir and the
people of Kano over the incident and prayed for the restoration of
peace and security in the state.
In his response, the Emir called for continuous prayers for peace
and stability to reign in the state and the nation
3. Labour ministers says`` Workers' welfare, major priority of
Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister of Labour and Productivity, has stated
that enhanced welfare of the Nigerian worker is a major trust of
the present Administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Chief Wogu stated this on Friday in Abuja when he received the
executive of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council
(JNPSNC), led by its National Secretary, Mr Omokhuale Marcus.
``The administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan is a pro-people
administration, the welfare of Nigerian workers whether in the
Civil Service or the Private Sector is the main concern of the
``You can agree with me that this administration has been able to
achieve at least 80 per cent of what it set out to do for the
Nigerian workers as part of its Transformation Agenda.’’
The ministers, in reaction to some of the issues raised by the
Council on the implementation of the New National Minimum Wage,
said that Federal Government had kept its own side of the New
National Minimum Wage bargain.
``I also agree with you that there is a need for Federal
Government to advice State Governments which are yet to comply
with this Act to do so.''
On the request by the Council to scrap the National Housing Fund,
Wogu stated that Government would consider their earlier position
on Staff Housing Loan Board.
Chief Wogu, however, noted that the National Housing Fund was
created by an Act.
``Where there is an Act, it is either you repeal, you amend or you
totally set it aside and that is purely the duty of the National
``I will reach out to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation
with your request that the National Housing Fund Act should be
repealed, amended or reviewed’’.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Marcus stated that the purpose of the
visit was to present a number of issues that centered on the
welfare of Nigerian workers.
``Some of the issues we want to discuss with you are the National
Housing Fund, implementation of the New National Minimum Wage.
``Others are the reform that was carried out by the Administration
of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in regards to outsourcing in
the Civil Service’’.
Mr. Marcus, however, lauded the Administration of President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on its role of ensuring an improved
National Minimum Wage.
He also commended the Minister for his efforts at ensuring
industrial harmony in the Nation’s volatile labour sector.
4. ECOWAS /Commonwealth Men's Handball Championship for Abuja
The Abuja-based Commonwealth Handball Association (CHA) has
scheduled the ECOWAS/Commonwealth Men’s Handball Championship for
Abuja from April 18 to April 22.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Chief Executive Officer of the
Association, Malam Garba Attahiru, said that the championship
would be hosted by the FCT Sports Council.
The countries to take part in the competition include Nigeria,
Ghana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Benin Republic
According to the statement, Design and Build Company (D&B Company)
is partnering with the CHA to provide branded jerseys for all the
Mallam Attahiru also said that the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)
was expected to mobilise some secondary schools within the
territory to attend the championship.
The statement said that the minister of the FCT would provide free
accommodation and feeding for all the participating teams
5. CNPP, NBA commend Sokoto guber election
The Sokoto State chapters of the Conference of Nigeria Political
Parties (CNPP) and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), have
commended INEC and the security agencies for a hitch-free
gubernatorial election on Saturday.
In separate interviews on Sunday, chairmen of the chapters
described the election as free and fair, and expressed the hope
that the result should be acceptable to all the contestants.
The state chairman of the CNPP, Alhaji Abba Sidi, said he was
happy to note that INEC was able to supply the required electoral
materials on time.
``We found that in all the centres we visited that materials
required for the election were delivered on time and were
adequate,'' he said.
He also commended the security agencies for providing ``tight
security'' at all polling centres and the entire state.
Alhaji Sidi called on political parties to maintain the peace that
was witnessed during the voting process, and accept the result of
the election in good faith.
He also called on the people of the state to accept the result of
the election as the wishes of the majority.
Also, the Sokoto State chairman of the NBA, Al-Mustapha Abubakar,
said the association was satisfied with the conduct of the
``The conduct of the election was very transparent, free, fair and
credible,'' he said.
He commended INEC for ensuring the availability of electoral
materials at all polling stations.
:6. Gov. Suswam appeals for unity among people of Benue
Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue has urged the people to unite in the
interest of development in the state.
Mr. Suswam was speaking Sunday at St Theresa's Parish, Makurdi, in
a thanks-giving mass in honour of Mr Fidelis Audu, Chairman,
Makurdi Local Government Council.
The governor, who was represented by Dr Eugene Aliegba, the
Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, said peace was
necessary for sustainable development.
He called on the people to desist from fomenting trouble on the
account of their political differences but to play the game of
politics according to the rules.
He said politics ought to be devoid of violence and advised them
to shun violence.
The Governor promised to transform the state in spite of
distractions from his political rivals.
In his sermon, Rev. Fr. John Ikponko advised the parishioners to
always assist those in need.
Rev. Fr. Ikponko, who read from Mark 2: 1-12, urged the people to
continue assisting others even when it seemed difficult to do so.
The cleric advised against helping people for pecuniary
He called on them to support those who were not likely to return
their good deeds in any way.
"You should render your assistance to both the low and the
less-privileged too because, you will receive more of God's
blessing if you offer to the down-trodden," the priest said.
He stressed that, Jesus and God are not selective with their
mercy, love, kindness and generosity among others, adding that,
they should emulate them in order to be worthy ambassadors of the
Mr. Audu, in whose honour the thanksgiving mass was being
celebrated, warned the congregation against rumuor mongering and
called on them to desist from the 'Pull Him Down Syndrome'’.
He also called on them never to waiver in their faith but to keep
their trust in God even in times of difficulties.
PDP's Wamakko wins Sokoto governorship poll
The immediate past governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko,
has been declared winner of Saturday's governorship election,
beating 29 other contestants.
Announcing the results in Sokoto on Sunday, the Chief Returning
Officer, Prof Abdullahi Zuru, said that Wamakko polled 518,247
votes to beat his closest rival, Alhaji Yusha'u Ahmed of the ANPP,
who polled 131, 048 votes.
Prof. Zuru said the CPC candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Yabo, came
third with 7, 323 votes.
He said Wamakko scored 71.18 per cent of the 728,108 votes cast in
Prof. Zuru, who is the Vice Chancellor of Kebbi State University
of Science and Technology, Aleiro, noted that 43, 618 votes were
According to INEC, the state has 2,453, 857 registered voters.
Police deploy officials ahead of Sokoto guber polls result
The Police in Sokoto have deployed armed officers and men across the
state to forestall a breakdown of law and order ahead of the release
of Saturday's gobernatorial election result.
The deployment is against the backdrop of a press conference earlier
on Sunday by the ANPP, rejecting the outcome of the election, even
while the final result had not been made public.
Cleric rejects calls for sovereign national conference
A cleric, Pastor Effa Emmanuel, on Sunday dismissed calls for a
Sovereign National Conference outside the confines of the National
Assembly, describing such calls as abnormal.
The cleric rejected the calls when he spoke to journalists at a church
service organised to mark the fourthanniversary of the World Royal
City Church in Abuja.
``I think it is a misnomer when you say Sovereign National Conference
and you are having it outside the confines of what the constitution
provides for you; you are tacitly trying to tamper with the
sovereignty of the nation.
``If you want to have a national conference, you need to call the
House of Representatives and the Senate who are already representing
us, in addition with local chiefs.’’
Pastor Emmanuel, nonetheless, stressed that the current challenges
facing the nation could be effectively tackled by the National
Assembly, which ``represents the totality of Nigerians.’’
He, however, canvassed a specific role for the Church in the House of
``The House of Representatives is not complete; I think the Church
ought to have representatives in the House because the Church is an
agent of social cleansing and transformation
``Besides, I think different ethnic groups and social institutions
need to be represented in the National Assembly,’’ the pastor said.
The ANPP called for an outright cancellation of the election, alleging
that it was marred by irregularities.
The Sokoto State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adisa Bolanta, told
journalists that the deployment of law enforcement agents was to nip
in the bud a possible sponsored protest by those who felt aggrieved.
Alhaji Bolanta had earlier denied any police complicity as alleged by
the ANPP, which claimed that the law enforcement agents had aided the
PDP to rig the election.
"Any trouble maker caught by law enforcement agents would face the
full wrath of the law.
"However, I implore all law abiding residents of Sokoto State to
continue to go about their normal activities as the law enforcement
agents are up to the task of maintaining order anywhere in the state,"
The final collation of the election results was ongoing as at the time
of filing this report 6pm Nigerian time and Sokoto metropolis was