Shiites Abandon Borno Protest After Police Threat

A planned protest by Shiites in Borno State was shelved following a threat by the police.

Due to the relatively low popularity of the Shiite IMN in Borno State, the news of their proposed procession came as a surprise to most of the residents in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The Borno State police command later warned the Shiite group to “drop the idea of the planned procession.”

The police commissioner, Damian Chukwu, also said that embarking on the procession was illegal because the Borno State government had issued a statement banning all kinds of procession in the state.

Officials of the Borno State government, who preferred to be anonymous in this report, said they were not aware of the ban on religious processions in the Boko Haram troubled state.

The police chief warned the Shiites to adopt “lawful means of championing their cause”, and not through road processions.

“We just got information that the Shiite group is trying to embark on public procession in Maiduguri and the state government had already issued a statement banning that procession,” he said.

“I want to say that we are in support of the ban because the law banning public procession without permission is still in force.

“We know the group will always want to carry on with the procession without even trying to seek permission. We hereby advise them to please shelve the procession in the interest of peace,” he added.

Mr. Chukwu warned that the police would do everything within its constitutional powers to maintain peace in the state.

On Friday, the atmosphere was somewhat tense as police deployed its officers to all the strategic locations within Maiduguri. Anti-riot vehicles and armoured personnel carriers were moved to locations where it was suspected that the planned Shiite procession would take place.

Heavy security presence was seen at the MaiSaje Mosque, where the police intelligence indicated the IMN might kick start their protest. The same situation was noticed at the Fodiya Centre, near a spot called Yan Nono in Bulumkutu along the Kano-Maiduguri highway.

After the Jumat prayers at the MaiSaje Friday mosque, some group of young men waited to see if the protest by the Shia group would take place.

One of them, who sought anonymity for security reasons, said “we just want to see if truly they would begin the procession; we would have dispersed them by tagging them as Boko Haram members”.

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I Will Abandon Some Of Jonathan’s Policies- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said that he will reverse or abandon some inherited economic policies of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan if they hamper his plan to create massive jobs for Nigerian youths.

At a meeting in the Presidential Villa with Executive Members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, President Buhari directed the Ministries of Industries, Trade and Investment, and Finance, as well as the Central Bank and other relevant government agencies to evolve before next year’s budget, new policies to boost domestic manufacturing.

“We are in difficult times economically, but we’ll continue to do our best for manufacturing to pick up. We must begin to behave as if we have no oil at all. “We will gladly have policy somersaults, if it will mean more jobs, particularly for youths. I campaigned on three major planks. To effectively secure our country, provide employment through revamping the economy, and wage a relentless war against corruption. I intend to keep faith with these promises,” the President said.

He lamented that the textile industry that employed about 320,000 people in the past only parades about 30,000 now. “It shows the carelessness of past governments, if almost 300,000 people lose jobs in a single sector. We have a clear idea of how we can stimulate employment and we will work very hard to do so,” President Buhari told the MAN delegation.

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Kanye West ‘Furious’ At Scott Disick For ‘Abandoning’ Kourtney Kardashian & Kids

After reports claimed Uncle Kanye West had stepped in to support Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s children after their split, it’s now being rumoured that the musician is absolutely FURIOUS with the self-proclaimed Lord.

And we all know you should NEVER mess with Yeezus, right? Even if he does let you finish whatever argument you might have.

Scott, 32, has reportedly not been home for a month, missing daughter Penelope’s third birthday yesterday.

After photos emerged of ‘The Lord’ looking kinda cosy with rumoured ex-girlfriend Chloe Bartoli in France, it was reported that Kourtney, 36, had had enough and dumped him after nine years together.

Now, it’s claimed Kanye, 38, is absolutely fuming with Scott’s apparently choices, and is willing to step in and help be a ‘strong male figure’ to their three kids – five-year-old Mason, two-year-old Penelope, and seven-month old Reign.


A source told People: “Kanye is furious, maybe the most furious of everyone. He’s saying that a real man doesn’t abandon his family like Scott is doing.

“He has made it crystal clear that he’s willing to step in and be a strong male figure to the kids if they need him to be. He feels strongly about that.”


Friends, Associates Abandon Jonathan As Visitation To Villa Drastically Reduces

Following his loss in the March 28 presidential election, most of the friends and associates of President Goodluck Jonathan have abandoned him to his fate. The Presidential Villa has become a shadow of its boisterous self.

President Jonathan’s friends and associates, who had turned the Villa to their second home before the election, have deserted the place. The number of friends and associates the President received on a daily basis has drastically reduced since he lost the election.

While about 800 people daily visited the Presidential villa before the election, fewer than 150 visited in the last couple of weeks.

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Naira Devaluation: Importers Abandon Cargoes at Ports

Congestion at the ports is beginning to gather momentum as importers have abandoned their cargoes following the continuous slide of the Naira against the American dollar which currently stands at N250 to $1.

Besides, there has also been a steady increase in number of abandoned containers particularly at the Tin Can Island port.

Stakeholders confirmed to Vanguard that the worsening  exchange rate  situation has prompted the Tin Can Island Customs Command to increase its official transaction rate from N165 to all-time high N199 to a dollar.

Confirming the development, the Customs Area Controller in charge of the Tin Can Island Customs, Mr. Zakari Jibrin said recently that the Auto Policy of the Federal Government and the upcoming 2015 election has caused importers to abandon their cargoes at the port.

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