Nine Killed In Somali Market Car Bombing

Burning of cars at the scene where a car bomb exploded in Mogadishu,/ AFP

At least nine people were killed and several wounded when a car loaded with explosives blew up near a mall in a busy market in the Somali capital on Monday, police said.

“The blast occurred close to Mogadishu mall and it has caused death and destruction. Nine civilians were confirmed dead and several others are wounded,” police officer Ahmed Moalin Ali said.
Source:https://www.channelstv.com/2019/02/04/nine-killed-in-somali-market-car-bombing/

Dangote Refinery Will Not Sell Petrol At Regulated Price’

The President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has said premium motor spirit (PMS) or petrol that will be refined from Dangote Refinery will not be sold at Federal Government’s regulated price.

This ends the speculation about how much the pump price petrol from the first private refinery will attract when it begins operation next year.

Dangote spoke on the sidelines of the visit of Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele to the refinery in Lagos.

Dangote said though the plan is not to concentrate on export entirely, he noted that petroleum products from the refinery will be sold at export rate.

He said it is the duty of the Federal Government to determine the price of fuel, adding that he doubts whether fuel subsidy will continue but if it does, the government can engage the company to find a mid-ground on how to tackle the issue of subsidy.

He said: “We are not here to concentrate on export but pricing of products depends entirely on the government. If there will be subsidy, which I doubt very much, that is the job of government not the job of Dangote to determine what the price will be. But price of our export is what we sell, which will depend on what the market is internationally, and locally if there will subsidy, the government will carry that responsibility and not us. Government has to engage us and see how they can find a mid-ground on that.”
On job creation, Dangote said the refinery and petrochemical project is transformational. Considering that Nigeria depends on importation to meet its fuel consumption needs and the attendant huge subsidy to keep pump price at regulated price of N145 per litre, he said the project will create massive jobs.

According to him, most filling stations don’t sell fuel because of lack of fuel in view of issues around importation, adding that when the refinery begins operation, it will put these filling stations and their workers back to work.

He said: “Currently, more than 26,000 people are working on the project and at the height of the project, the number of workers will soar to about 80,000 people and there will be more than 50,000 workers living internally in the company.”

Emefiele promised the apex bank’s assistance to other refineries’ licencees whose banks can vouch for their credit worthiness.

Emefiele said: “CBN’s support depends on the company’s capacity. I have not seen any other person that has received government licence to set up a refinery. In any case, you don’t come directly to CBN, you have to go through your bank and your bank has to assess your capacity to be able to take on the project.

“My suggestion is that if there are people that have interest in CBN’s support, they should go to their banks and if their banks are able to display their credit worthiness to be able access such facility, CBN is ready to support them in naira and dollar that they need to import equipment that will enable them conduct their businesses.

“I have not seen any, if I see any through their banks, I can assure they will receive this kind of support Dangote got from CBN.”
The CBN supported Dangote Refinery, which will cost $9 billion (N75 billion) and the fertiliser plant which will cost $2 billion with N50 billion. The apex bank chief also stated that the refinery and petrochemical project is funded by 60 per cent of Dangote’s equity with the remaining 40 per cent funded by debts from local and foreign banks and CBN’s support.

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Trump comments spark Iraqi demands for US exit

Iraqi politicians on Monday hit back at Donald Trump after the US president said he plans to keep American forces in the country to spy on Iran.In an interview with CBS television, Trump reaffirmed his determination to pull the United States out of “endless wars” in Syria and Afghanistan but said American troops would stay on in Iraq, partly “to be looking a little bit at Iran”.

“We spent a fortune on building this incredible base. We might as well keep it,” he said, referring to Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq that he visited in December.

“If somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we’re going to know it before they do,” he said in the interview aired on Sunday.

His comments sparked a new round of demands in Baghdad for US forces to leave the country.

“The Iraqi constitution rejects the use of Iraq as a base for hitting or attacking a neighbouring country,” President Barham Saleh said.

Saleh said US forces were in the country legally under an agreement between the two countries, but that “any action taken outside this framework is unacceptable”.

Iraq’s government plays a delicate balancing act between its two main allies, Washington and Tehran, which are bitter enemies.

The US has been leading a coalition to crush the Islamic State group which grabbed swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014, and multiple offensives have since ousted the jihadists from all but a sliver of territory in eastern Syria.

Baghdad’s position has also been complicated by Trump’s shock December decision to pull troops out of neighbouring Syria, prompting pro-Iran factions to step up calls for an accelerated US withdrawal from Iraq.

Sabah al-Saadi, a member of parliament in the bloc led by influential anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, has proposed a bill demanding a US pullout.

Trump’s latest remarks had made passing such a law “a national duty”.

Deputy speaker of parliament Hassan Karim al-Kaabi, also close to Sadr, said they were a “new provocation”, weeks after the US president sparked outrage in Iraq by visiting US troops at Ain al-Asad without meeting a single Iraqi official.

Officially, Iraq says there are no American bases on its soil — only instructors deployed at Iraqi bases.

Kurdish MP Sarkawt Shams tweeted that the mission of US troops in Iraq was “to help Iraqi security forces against terrorism, not ‘watching’ others”.

“We are expecting the United States to respect Our mutual interests and avoid pushing Iraq into a regional conflict,” he said.

Washington has had troops in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. At the height of its fight against insurgents, it had up to 170,000 US troops in the country, before a partial withdrawal starting in late 2011.

Source:https://guardian.ng/news/trump-comments-spark-iraqi-demands-for-us-exit/

Fake Naval Officer Nabbed In Cross River

A man identified as James Solomon, who has been parading himself as a naval officer attached to the office of the Chief of Naval Staff in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, has been arrested.

The commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Victory, Rear Admiral Julius Nwagu, confirmed this to journalists on Monday.

According to Nwagu, the 25-year-old imposter, who hails from Abi Local Government Area of the state, has admitted to the crime and would soon be handed over to the Police for prosecution.

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Some of the items recovered from him included the Nigerian Navy camouflage which he was putting on at the time of arrest, a fake Nigerian Navy Identity Card, copies of recruitment forms and applicants credentials for the Navy, ATM cards, and a computer.
Source:https://www.channelstv.com/2019/02/04/fake-naval-officer-nabbed-in-cross-river/

Troops kill 4 Boko Haram terrorists, recover weapons in Borno

Troops of 118 and 119 Task Force Battalions of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in northern Borno have neutralised four Boko Haram terrorists in an encounter Saturday night at Mallam Fatori, a border town in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State.

A statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Theatre Comman’s Deputy Director Public Relations indicated that “on Saturday the 2nd of February 2019, a group of Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack the town taking advantage of darkness, but met their Waterloo in an encounter with gallant troops of 118 and 119 Task Force Battalions.”

The spokesman said that the vigilant troops engaged the terrorists with heavy fire power and instantly despatched 4 of the attackers to the great beyond, while some of them escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to him, the fleeing surviving terrorists abandoned some of their weapons and equipment which were recovered by the troops.

“The recovered items include, 1 Light Machine Gun, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade 7 (RPG 7) tubes, 3 Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs, 3 Rocket Propelled Grenade Chargers, a belt of 200 rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO type) ammunition, 5 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition and 4 Hand Grenades”, Colonel Nwachukwu noted.

He stressed that the gallant troops are unrelenting and are further exploiting their success, as they engage in hot pursuit of the fleeing insurgents.

He, however, said three soldiers sustained various injuries during the encounter, adding that they are all in stable condition and receiving medical attention.

Source:

http://dailypost.ng/2019/02/04/troops-kill-4-boko-haram-terrorists-recover-weapons-borno/

2019 election: Buba Galadima reveals how Atiku will defeat Buhari in North West

Buba Galadima, the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation, has said that Atiku Abubakar will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the North West when the presidential polls hold this February.

Galadima stated this while speaking on Channel Television’s Sunday Politics.

He also claimed that Atiku will divide the votes 50 to 50 with Buhari, even in the president’s home state, Katsina.

“I want to say that in the Northwest, namely Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa and Kaduna, Atiku will defeat Buhari 60 to 40 per cent on the minimum,” Galadima claimed.

Galadima also said that there is no likelihood of President Buhari defeating Atiku in the North East, except Borno where he opined that no elections are likely to hold because “20 local governments will be voting from Maiduguri IDP camps”.

He added that the mammoth crowd seen at venues of recent APC rallies are charades, as people were paid to attend the presidential campaigns of the ruling party.

“Every campaign that Buhari goes to in an APC controlled state, local governments are empowered with twenty to forty-five million naira to purchase people and bring them to these rallies, and suddenly Buhari starts addressing the crowd and they all disappear because they must fulfil the contract for which they were brought in,” Galadima added.

Source:http://dailypost.ng/2019/02/04/2019-election-buba-galadima-reveals-atiku-will-defeat-buhari-north-west/

Breaking: Body found in wreckage of footballer Sala’s plane

British investigators said Monday they had spotted a body in the wreckage of a plane that disappeared in the Channel two weeks ago carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot.

Sala, 28, was flying from France to join his new club, Premier League side Cardiff City, when the light aircraft disappeared on January 21 north of the island of Guernsey.

A wreck was found on the seabed on Sunday and closer inspection by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) confirmed both that it was the missing plane, and that a body was inside.

“Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage,” the British government’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in a statement.

“The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.”

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The AAIB also released a grainy image showing a part of the fuselage with the aircraft registration. The depth indicated on the image was 67.7 metres (222 feet).

Sala’s father Horacio earlier spoke of his shock that the plane had been found, after a private search organised by the family.

“I can’t believe it. It’s a bad dream,” he told Cronica TV from his home in Progreso, Argentina, before the news about the body was announced.

Sala was flying to Cardiff after transferring from French team Nantes in a 17 million euro ($19.3 million) move — a record deal for the Welsh team.

The plane, a Piper PA-46 Malibu, vanished from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey, with British pilot David Ibbotson the only other person aboard.

– ‘Best we could have hoped for’ –
Local police called off the search after a few days, saying it was very unlikely anyone would still be found alive.

But Sala’s family launched a crowd-funding campaign for a private search, which raised over 300,000 euros.

They hired shipwreck hunter David Mearns, whose vessel used sonar equipment to identify the plane wreckage on Sunday morning within a few hours of starting the search.

Another vessel, hired by the AAIB, then used its remotely operated vehicle to survey the seabed.

“Based on analysis of ROV video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft,” the AAIB said Monday.

Suspected debris from the plane washed up on the Normandy coastline in France last Wednesday, further dampening any hopes of finding the footballer and his pilot alive.

“This is about the best result we could have hoped for the families,” Mearns had earlier told Sky News.

Top footballers were among more than 4,500 contributors to a crowdfunding page to look for the wreckage, launched by Sala’s family.

Horacio was the only relative to stay behind in Argentina as the others rushed to France and Guernsey to try to help with the search.

“I talk to them every day,” he said.

“They kept saying days were going by, and that there had been zero word on Emiliano, or on the plane.”

At Cardiff’s match against Bournemouth on Saturday, Sala’s photograph appeared on the front cover of the matchday programme.

The two captains laid floral tributes on the halfway line before what the club called a “silent reflection”.

Sala’s name, in the Argentina colours, was also spelled out behind one of the goals as supporters held cards aloft.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said Sala would have been “really proud” of the team after they won 2-0 in their first home match since the plane vanished.

Programme notes, penned by owner Vincent Tan and the rest of the Bluebirds’ board, said events had shaken “Cardiff City to its very core”.

Source:https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/02/breaking-body-found-in-wreckage-of-footballer-salas-plane/