Saturday, January 19, 2019

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    EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram ‘demands immunity’

EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram ‘demands immunity’

Contrary to reports that Boko Haram leaders did not give any pre-condition for ceasefire, TheCable can report that immunity from prosecution was one of their demands.Alex Badeh, an air chief marshal and defence chief, had announced the ceasefire on Friday and disclosed that the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls would be released as part of the deal.But attacks on some Borno villages at [...]

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    Boko Haram’s factionalisation ‘mars ceasefire’

Boko Haram’s factionalisation ‘mars ceasefire’

The factionalisation of Boko Haram has cast serious doubts over a ceasefire agreement announced by the federal government, but security chiefs who spoke with TheCable said "this was not unexpected".Alex Badeh, an air chief marshal and chief of defence staff, had announced on Friday that Boko Haram had declared a ceasefire.The over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the insurgents in April [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: How Idriss Déby brokered ceasefire

EXCLUSIVE: How Idriss Déby brokered ceasefire

Between July and August 2014, some Boko Haram commanders wrote two letters to the president of Chad, Idriss Déby Itno, asking him to broker a ceasefire deal with the Nigerian government, TheCable has been informed by senior government officials.Déby passed the letters to his security agencies to authenticate and give him a feedback in order to determine if they were [...]

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    Kwankwaso refuses to step down for Buhari

Kwankwaso refuses to step down for Buhari

Kano governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, will not step down for Muhammadu Buhari in the race for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), TheCable has been informed.There has been tremendous pressure on Kwankwaso to step down in order to boost the chances of the former head of state, but several meetings between the supporters of both aspirants have [...]

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    THE QUESTION: Was Obasanjo giving Jonathan a hint?

THE QUESTION: Was Obasanjo giving Jonathan a hint?

There you have it: former President Olusegun Obasanjo saying he is still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that he has never left the PDP and that he will never leave the PDP.But there is a catch: as long as Buruji Kashamu is a leader of the party in the south-west, "I cannot be active."Obasanjo, who has been [...]

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    Tinubu, Saraki ‘back Buhari’ for APC’s ticket

Tinubu, Saraki ‘back Buhari’ for APC’s ticket

National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, will throw his weight behind Muhammadu Buhari in the race for the party's presidential ticket, TheCable understands.Former governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki, will also support the former head of state in the indirect primary election scheduled for December 2, having shelved his own ambition.Already, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State [...]

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    3 take-aways from Adamawa impeachment saga

3 take-aways from Adamawa impeachment saga

And so the Adamawa governorship bye-election scheduled for Saturday, October 11, will no longer hold. A federal high court in Abuja ruled on Wednesday that constitutionally, Murtala Nyako was the substantive governor when his deputy, Bala Ngilari, purportedly resigned. He should have sent his "resignation letter" to Nyako and not to the house of assembly.Nyako had openly said Ngilari should [...]

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    Pressure on Kwankwaso to withdraw for Buhari

Pressure on Kwankwaso to withdraw for Buhari

Malam Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is under pressure to step down for General Muhammadu Buhari in the race for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), TheCable understands.In recent times, supporters of the former head of state have been campaigning for his adoption as the consensus candidate of the party for the February 14, 2015 presidential election.However, with the party's [...]

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    THE QUESTION: Will Ekiti regret voting Fayose?

THE QUESTION: Will Ekiti regret voting Fayose?

It was celebrated poet, Gabriel Imomotime Okara, that invoked the anxiety of the morning after a celebratory event in his poem, The Fisherman’s Invocations. In the poem, Okara asks that now that the celebration has ended, will the ‘child-front’ settle down and face the task before him?For the people of Ekiti State, their child-front is a certain Ayodele Fayose. His [...]

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    THE INSIDER: Drama in Taraba… Suntai goes missing and the hunter is hunted

THE INSIDER: Drama in Taraba… Suntai goes missing and the hunter is hunted

The unfolding story in Taraba state reads like a thriller: the governor survives a plane crash, loses his memory, is replaced in the interim by his deputy who then schemes to unseat him… and the deputy too is about to be unseated before his plan materialises.Meanwhile, Governor Danbaba Suntai, still recovering from the mishap and expected to face a medical [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Shekau’s killed ‘impersonator’ named as Isa Damsaka [updated]

EXCLUSIVE: Shekau’s killed ‘impersonator’ named as Isa Damsaka [updated]

The name of the Boko Haram commander killed in Konduga, Borno State, by Nigerian soldiers last week is Isa Damsaka, security sources have told the TheCable.He also went by two other names ─ Bashir Konduga and Bashir Mohammed ─ as Boko Haram commanders use various names, an official explained.Damsaka was the man seen in Boko Haram videos posing as "Abubakar Shekau" since 2013, one [...]

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    Jonathan under ‘intense pressure’ to drop VP

Jonathan under ‘intense pressure’ to drop VP

Ahead of the February 14, 2015 presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan has come under intense pressure to drop Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo as his running mate.Although there has not been any reported rift between the duo ─ unlike former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar ─ the major argument being canvassed against the retention of the former [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Tinubu returns to Nigeria ‘this week’

EXCLUSIVE: Tinubu returns to Nigeria ‘this week’

Former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will return to the country on this week after a month-long absence, TheCable understands.There have been speculations on the state of his health, with some reports suggesting he had been in coma and unable to recognise his family members.However, one of his former commissioners, [...]

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    THE INSIDER: How Sheriff sneaked into Jonathan’s party, sparking off outrage and denial

THE INSIDER: How Sheriff sneaked into Jonathan’s party, sparking off outrage and denial

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is not about to be off the pages of newspapers. He looks like someone who is beginning to love the limelight, no matter how dim or blinding.For ages he has been accused of sowing the seeds of the Iroko that Boko Haram has become today ─ with his engagement of, as it turned out, a group [...]

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    THE AFTERMATH: Adamawa loss hits Atiku hard

THE AFTERMATH: Adamawa loss hits Atiku hard

Times were when former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was considered a political wizard ─ the indomitable strategist who knows how to win when it matters the most. The victory of President Olusegun Obasanjo in the 1999 general was attributed, in the main, to the political prowess of Atiku and he immediately looked like a president in waiting. In 2003, he played [...]

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    Fears mount over Maiduguri’s possible fall to Boko Haram as Islamic State ‘dawns’

Fears mount over Maiduguri’s possible fall to Boko Haram as Islamic State ‘dawns’

There are now genuine fears of a copycat Islamic State being fully established in Nigeria, taking after the group that has now established a quasi-state on Iraqi territory.Security experts fear that Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, is seriously in danger of being captured by Boko Haram, in what would be the insurgents' biggest statement of intent so far.Bama, the [...]

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