Nigerian Troops Raid Hideout Of Suspected Militants Killing 14 In Kano

Smoke billowed from a house inhabiting suspected Islamist militants planning an Easter Sunday attack on the city of Kano after soldiers from the Joint Task Force hit the building with explosives and gunfire.
The resulting gunfight lasted four hours. Residents said they saw  a dead soldier hurriedly moved from the scene of the gunfight while some were injured apparent from gunfire.
A military spokesperson said some 14 militants were killed in the shootout. The military had acted on a tip-off from residents that noticed suspicious movement of vehicles by militants in Unguwa Uku area on Zaria Road highway. (Source: Sahara reporters and Agencies)

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Patience Jonathan Flown Abroad Again

There are indications that the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, has been flown abroad for medical treatment in an undisclosed German hospital.
Unconfirmed reports had it that the First Lady’s health might have relapsed, thereby necessitating her going abroad to receive fresh medical attention.
Mrs. Jonathan was conspicuously absent at a Good Friday service held at the Aso Villa Chapel on Friday although her husband attended with his mother, Eunice.
The President is currently in Lagos for the Easter break without his wife.
Her last public appearance was in France where she received a Global Women Leader for Peace Award 2013.
Our correspondent learnt that she returned to the country briefly after the event before embarking on a fresh trip.
But unlike the trip to France, a presidency source who pleaded anonymity, said Mrs. Jonathan did not embark on the current trip with her full entourage.
When contacted on the telephone, Mrs. Jonathan’s spokesman, Mr. Ayo Osinlu, confirmed that the First Lady was not in the country.
Osinlu however denied reports that Mrs. Jonathan is abroad for medical attention.
He said she was abroad attending to her foster mother who is sick. However, he did not disclose the country where the First Lady is attending to the ailing woman.
But investigations by our correspondent showed that Mrs. Jonathan may be in Germany.
It was further learnt that she is expected back in the country this week.
The source however could not say exactly when she will be back.
An online news medium, SaharaReporters, had reported on Saturday that Mrs. Jonathan  was sick again and was shuttling between Spain and Germany in search of treatment.
The report quoted a source as saying the First Lady was also contemplating receiving medical treatment from a United States hospital.
Mrs. Jonathan disappeared from the country for several weeks last year to attend to her failing health.
During the period, both the Presidency and Osinlu denied that the First Lady was receiving treatment abroad for an undisclosed ailment.
Specifically, Osinlu said Mrs. Jonathan was vacating abroad after the rigour of hosting a conference of African First Ladies.
But during a special thanksgiving service held in her honour recently at the Aso Villa Chapel, the First Lady admitted that she was sick and “died” for a week.

(Culled from CKN Nigeria)

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Sure-P Largesse Tears Lagos PDP Apart…Bode George accused of hijacking funds.

According to report reaching us, the much publicised Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (Sure-P), is tearing the Lagos PDP apart. We can authoritatively reveal that the funds have now been turned to campaign money for the second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan, as it has now been converted to a largesse for distribution to members of the ruling PDP across the states of the federation.

We gathered that the largesse sent to the Lagos state chapter of the PDP has already begun to tear the party into shreds in the state as members have risen against the control and distribution of the largesse by the convicted party leader, Bode George. In a written statement by a group of Concerned PDP Stakeholders, Lagos State with the title “2015: RECIPE FOR SECOND TERM FOR JONATHAN FROM PDP LAGOS, SACK SHELLE, OYEDELE, B.G, AND OTHERS IF YOU WANT LAGOS 2015″ the party stalwarts condemned the decision of those handling the largesse in Abuja to put Bode George in sole control of its distribution in Lagos state. Part of the statement reads:

“We are shocked to see that the Sure-P programme in Lagos has been hijacked by the Bode George faction again!

They have given Union some slots but what about the neutral non-aligned people? They have continued with the politics of exclusion in Lagos State PDP and this will no longer be accepted.

The group therefore calls on the National Chairman of PDP, The Chairman of the South West Caretaker Committee, The Chairman of the Sure-P – Dr. Christopher Kolade, Federal Minister for Finance and Supervising Minister – Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to remove Bode Oyedele immediately if the Sure-P is to succeed in Lagos State.

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Breaking News: Armed gang involved in the deadly airport forex heist arrested by the Police!

We have it on good authority that the robbers that struck at the Lagos Airport some days ago, killing several people and carting aways millions of dollars from Bureau de Change operators have been arrested by a crack team from the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) in lagos. Some of them were caught with left over of the stolen foreign currencies. …More on this later on this site.

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Weird Judgement: Drug dealer is sentenced to write a 5,000 essay

A cannabis dealer is learning his lesson after admitting possession of around 2lb of the drug.

Terry Bennett, 32, was ordered by a judge to write a 5,000 word essay on the dangers of drugs and their effect on society.

Judge Julian Lambert set the assignment because a shoulder injury meant Bennett was unfit to do community work.

The dealer said: “It was a shock to be given such an unusual punishment. It’s been ages since I last wrote an essay.

“I asked the judge if I could write a balanced argument for and against cannabis, but he said that since it’s illegal, I should only write about the bad things.

“I’m just going to write about certain dangers caused by cannabis that people might not necessarily know.”

Bennett admitted possession with intent to supply in January and was given a one-year suspended jail sentence with 240 hours of unpaid work by Bristol crown court.

Judge Lambert was later told about his injury, sustained in a snowboard crash six years ago, and ordered he write the essay and hand it in to probation officers by April 4 to avoid jail.

The focus is on how cannabis causes psychosis, its cost to the Government, how it can be mixed with glass by dealers and its link to cancer.

Father of two Bennett, who left school at 16 and who lives with his mum in Cold Ashton, Glos, said: “I’ve already done a bit of research.”

He added: “I’ve got a drugs conviction so for me to take on a more serious role in society, it is imperative that I prove I am clean and steering clear of cannabis, purely because it is illegal.”

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The Standard Tissue

He sits by the bar, eyes weary from the extended hours of his day. Sorry excuses for Friday night friends dance, laugh and skip around him. Shallow company, but all so happy, so entirely happy.

Eventually he lets go. A little. Takes more frequent sips and occasionally, even a mouthful at one go. In a world of misfits, he fits in just fine.

The liars of tomorrow would tell him that his feelings, of whatever nature, are irrelevant and should not be considered. People come and go, walking right through you like you don’t exist. These people who think you insignificant should be then thought of as..insignificant.

The cycle repeats itself with no questions asked, because the stale but stinging awkwardness is just that good a deterrent.

One by one they approach, and he tries his best (not to detest but) to smile and exchange routine greetings that go nowhere.

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THE THIRD FORUM

The man dies in him who keeps quiet in times of moral crisis.
– Prof. Wole Soyinka.
Countrymen and women, at times like this when the ship of state slips further down the precipice there is the imperativeness of a salvage mission. At times like this when the Ruling party is at war with itself and governance left to suffer. At times like this when corruption occupies the driver’s seat at every level and facet of our national life. At times like this when the Opposition, the Civil Society groups and Labour Unions have gone to bed and efforts of the opposition parties to form a broad based coalition suspect. At times like this when our moral margins have been stifled, values messed up and the requisite call and courage for change at its lowest ebb, there is more than ever before a strident call to halt the drift and save our nation from Golgotha.
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NATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR

Dr. Mike Uyi
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