Brazil legend Pele in critical condition

Pele

Pele

Brazil legend Pele in ‘special care’ as condition worsens at Sao Paulo hospital
REPORTS claim that Brazil icon Pele is currently in ‘special care’ as his condition worsens.
By: Anthony Chapman

Pele is in ‘special care’ in hospital
The 74-year-old was admitted to a Sao Paulo hospital suffering from a urinary infection on Tuesday after undergoing surgery on kidney stones at the beginning of the month.

Doctors at the Albert Einstein Hospital had only recently said that Pele was in a stable condition with his illness, but news agency AFP claims that the three-time World Cup winner’s condition is now worsening.

To receive the best care he was transferred in order to be monitored in a special care unit

Hospital statement
Following his recent discharge on 15 November, Pele’s personal aide Jose Fornos Rodrigues had told Reuters: “He made some tests and will be discharged tomorrow. Everything is fine.”

Pele is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, having made 656 competitive appearances for Santos, whilst also holding the record for Brazil’s top goalscorer with 77 goals in 92 games.

“Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) remains in hospital. To receive the best care he was transferred in order to be monitored in a special care unit,” read a statement released by the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.

Source: Express Uk

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OPEC maintains current oil output despite falling petroleum price

OPEC President, Diezani Alison-Madueke,

OPEC President, Diezani Alison-Madueke,

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite l
BY GEORGE JAHN

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC oil ministers decided Thursday to keep their production target at 30 million barrels a day, despite an oversupply of crude and plunging prices.

The global price of crude oil fell after the announcement, trading down $2.85 at $74.90 a barrel. As recently as June it was around $115.

The decision in Vienna was mostly expected — OPEC oil power Saudi Arabia had indicated before the meeting that it favors the status-quo. The Saudis are the top producers within the 12-nation organization and effectively decide the cartel’s policy.

Some less well-off members had favored a cut, to reduce supplies and push prices back up. But because of booming shale production in the U.S, that would not have made a sizable dent in supply.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries still accounts for a third of the world’s oil sales, but the 32-percent fall in prices is straining the tenuous image of unity it strives to project.

Analysts say that by opposing an output cut, Saudi Arabia appears to be hoping to drive prices below the level at which shale oil production is economical. That, in theory, would force shale producers — particularly in the U.S. — to cut back, re-establishing OPEC’s dominance of the energy market.

Experts say shale oil production turns too costly at the $60 a barrel level. That means that if the Saudi strategy works, consumers would benefit in the short run — and OPEC over the longer term once prices rise.

Source: AP

Sports Tragedy: Sportsman Dies After Being Hit on The Head By Ball on Field of Play

Hughes

Hughes

Australia batsman Phillip Hughes dies

Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.
Australia team doctor Peter Brukner said he passed away in hospital, never regaining consciousness.
Hughes, who also played for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, was hit by a delivery from bowler Sean Abbott.
“It’s an understatement to say we’re completely devastated,” said Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland.
“The word tragedy gets used too often in sport, but this freak accident is a real life tragedy.”
Australia captain Michael Clarke read out a statement on behalf of the Hughes family at a news conference held at St Vincent’s Hospital, where the player, who would have been 26 on Sunday, was treated.
Speaking on behalf of parents Greg and Virginia, sister Megan and brother Jason, he said: “We’re devastated by the loss of our much-loved son and brother, Phillip. It’s been a very difficult few days.
“We appreciate all the support we have received from family, friends, players, Cricket Australia and the general public.
“Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family shared that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket New South Wales medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you.”
A clearly emotional Clarke then stood up and left the room.
Hughes, batting for South Australia, collapsed face first on the ground after being hit by a bouncer from 22-year-old Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales.
Hughes had been wearing a helmet but the ball struck him at the top of the neck, causing the injury.
He had CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the ground before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he had a 90-minute operation to relieve pressure on his brain.
Abbott and members of the Australian national team, including Clarke, visited Hughes in hospital.

But his death was confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away,” said Brukner.
“He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday.
“He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.
“As a cricket community, we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.
“Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.”
Speaking at the news conference, Brukner explained that Hughes had died as a result of “vertebral artery dissection”.

He said the artery had been compressed, causing it to split and leading to a “massive bleed” into the brain.
Brukner said the injury was “freakish”, adding: “Vertebral artery dissection is incredibly rare. If you look in the literature, there is only 100 cases reported. There is only one previous example caused by a cricket ball.”
Dr Tony Grabs, who treated Hughes at St Vincent’s, said scans had shown that the stricken cricketer needed surgery quickly to help get the pressure down in the brain.
“He had extensive surgery to remove some of the skull from around his brain to help allow the brain to expand,” added Grabs.
However, his recovery did not go as hoped.
“Over a period of the first 24 to 48 hours, he did not make very much improvement and unfortunately, as a consequence of the injury, he died,” said Brukner.
The Australian flag was lowered to half-mast over the Sydney Cricket Ground where Hughes suffered the horrific injury. Flags were also lowered at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott paid tribute to Hughes, describing him as “a young man living out his dreams”.
“His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. What happened has touched millions of Australians,” he said.
“For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration. He was loved, admired and respected by his team-mates and by legions of cricket fans.”
Australia coach Darren Lehmann tweeted: “RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family.”

Source: BBC

How I was drugged and raped by my future husband at age 17- Star Actress Joan Collins

Joan Collins. Picture by Independent

Joan Collins. Picture by Independent

Joan Collins speaks out about being raped by her future husband at 17

By ELLA ALEXANDER

Joan Collins has decided to share her memory of being raped in a new documentary created by former Miss World winner Linor Abargil, who was stabbed and sexually assaulted six weeks before the competition.
Brave Miss World raises awareness of sexual violence and tells the stories of other rape survivors.
Collins previously spoke of rape in her memoir, The World According to Joan, when she asserts that the late actor Maxwell Reed drugged and then sexually assaulted her.

“I was raped when I was seventeen years old,” said Collins.
She had recently graduated from Rada and had been signed by Rank film studios. The actress recalls a date she went on with Reed, during which he said that he needed to take a bath and left her with a rum and coke and some books to read.
“The books were porn, which I’d never seen before. Hardcore porn,” the 81-year-old said in the documentary.
“The next thing I knew, I was out flat on the sofa in that living room and he was raping me. And what he had given me was a drug. He had drugged my drink.
“It was what is called in those days a Mickey Finn. Which I think today would be Rohypnol. It felt so horrible. That I… That I’d done this thing.”
Her story comes amid allegations made by numerous women that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them – claims his lawyers have firmly denied.
Out of shame and guilt, Collins continued her relationship with Reed and eventually agreed to marry him. She remembers crying on the evening prior to her wedding, but her father told her that people had already been invited so it was best to go through with it.
“It wasn’t my fault but I didn’t know, I went out with him. And maybe I shouldn’t have gone out with him. He was much older than me, and he was a famous star,” she said.
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“And anyway the bottom line is that he called me, and I went out with him again. And after I’d been going out with him for a few months, he asked me to marry him.
“And I thought, ‘Well I better because you know, he took my virginity.’ I really hated him, but I was so filled with guilt, that he had done this thing to me.”
The couple divorced four years later in 1956. The incident, unsurprisingly, haunted her for a while to come.
“It took a long time to be able to really trust any man,” she said.
Collins has been married five times, and is currently wed to husband Percy Gibson since 2002. They renewed their vows in 2009.

Source: The Independent

How SSS is colluding with Sheriff- Australian negotiator Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis: SSS is working for Sheriff

Fredrick Nwabufo

Stephen Davis, the Australian negotiator who sparked off a controversy by naming two prominent Nigerians as sponsors of Boko Haram, has accused the State Security Service (SSS), also known as DSS, of doing the bidding of Ali Modu Sheriff, one of the alleged sponsors of the terror group.

Davis had in August named Ihejirika Azubuike, former chief of army staff, and Ali Modu Sheriff, former governor of Borno state, as sponsors of Boko Haram. Both denied the allegation.

Davis is now accusing the Nigerian secret security agency of shielding Sheriff from justice and doing his bidding.

In a statement made available to TheCable, the Australian negotiator also raised the issue of arrest of some community workers known as Shehuri North Community Development Youth Empowerment Association in Maiduguri.

The group is accused of working for Boko haram.

According to Davis, the Shehuri association is a small group of young men and women who provide community service for people affected by insurgency.

He alleged intimidation of Theophilus Danjuma, chairman of the Victims’ Support Fund, and deputy chairman of the fund, by the SSS with the aim of stopping them from intervening in the case of the arrested members of the Shehuri group.

He also alleged that the arrest of  members of the group was on the behest of Sheriff who declared afterwards that those who framed him as a sponsor of Boko Haram had been arrested, and were undergoing interrogation.

The SSS, however, reacted to one of Davis’ claims.

Speaking with TheCable, spokesperson of the service, Marilyn Ogar, denied that the SSS was shielding the former Borno state governor, adding that he was entitled to protection just like every Nigerian.

“Is Sheriff a member of the SSS? Is he working with us? They say we are trying to shield him, how? How can somebody say we are trying to shield Sheriff? He does not work with us. He is a Nigerian, and every Nigerian comes under the protection of the SSS. We do not have exceptions. This is a democracy and it is election period so people can come up with all sort of propaganda. The SSS is a government institution owned by the people and managed the people,” she said.

On the arrest of the community workers, she said the officer in charge of such matters would verify the claim.

Here is a full text of Davis’ statement.

The untouchable sponsors of Boko Haram: Who is SSS the protecting?

A little over one month ago I wrote about a small group of young men and women who go out into the community each week to provide food to the widows whose husbands have been killed by Boko Haram. These young people are true humanitarians. They have no government funding. They are not wealthy people. They struggle to support their own families but still they reach out to the poor, the widows, those who have lost their homes in Boko Haram slaughter of countless villages.

The Shehuri North Community Development and Youth Empowerment Association in Maiduguri has been locating girls who have escaped from Boko Haram camps, providing food, ensuring the escaped girls can get medical support and verifying their stories in order that the President’s Victim Support Fund chaired by General (ret.) Danjuma might provide ongoing support and trauma counselling.

The Shehuri group has made formal application for funding to continue the victim support work and the additional work they do in locating and verifying the identity of escaped girls for relocation and protection from the Federal Government.

Five weeks ago the State Security Services arrested some of these fine young community workers on the pretext that they are Boko Haram sympathisers.

Several weeks ago I was optimistic that General (ret.) Danjuma, as Chairman of the President’s Victim Support Fund, would find the case for acknowledging the valuable work of these community workers deserving of his support. The Shehuri North Community Development and Youth Empowerment Association had recently met with Ambassador Gana, Deputy Chairman of the Fund and written to him seeking funding for the ongoing work with escaped girls and boys. The SSS seems to also have General Danjuma and Ambassador Gana intimidated to the degree that they have remained mute on this matter.

On hearing of the arrest of members of the Shehuri North Community Development and Youth Empowerment Association I immediately sent a message to the DG-SSS. He has chosen to ignore my communications.

These young men and others whom I have known have been held by the SSS without charge for weeks. They have been denied access to legal representation. Their families are distraught. How does a wife and mother support her family when her husband is locked up by the SSS without explanation for an indeterminate period?

It is not just the Shehuri members who are being targeted by the SSS. I have known Junaidu Idris, a resident of Maiduguri, for many years. When we needed a respected and trustworthy Kanuri speaker to assist in the June 2011 peace discussions with Baa Fugu’s family we asked Junaidu and he graciously accepted at some risk to himself. Governor Shettima had then recently been elected and joined the dialogue. Junaidu was not paid for his services and saw it as his duty as a citizen of Nigeria. In May this year when we again needed a Kanuri speaker to travel with us to assist in the handover of a large group of girls in Borno State Junaidu agreed to travel with the government’s medical team. Again he did not seek any funds. The SSS has arrested Junaidu for providing such support to efforts to return kidnapped girls to their families. He too has been held without charge and without access to legal counsel. Governor Shettima who knows Junaidu well has chosen to stand in the shadows and ignore the arrest of these innocent people in Maiduguri. Maybe he too feels intimidated by the SSS.

The Director General of the SSS has chosen to ignore the total innocence of these young men. Rather, we now hear former Borno Governor Sheriff announcing on air that those who allegedly “framed” him have been arrested and are undergoing interrogation. So now we see that the SSS is doing Sheriff’s bidding. The SSS has arrested people who have been supporting girls who have been kidnapped, raped and abused but managed to escape from Boko Haram camps and is interrogating these young men in order to intimidate the general population and ensure Sheriff is free to continue his sponsorship of Boko Haram.

The SSS has not touched Sheriff. The EFCC has not touched Sheriff. The Cameroon Government arrested Sheriff in 2012 on matters related to Boko Haram but political muscle saw him released. The Nigerian public cannot be blamed for concluding Sheriff is above the law and more powerful than any agency of political office in Nigeria.

The arrest of ordinary. Law abiding citizens who have been trying to help the victims of Boko Haram should make every law abiding citizen disgusted.

Is there still a Constitution in Nigeria to protect these people?

Has the SSS become a law unto itself? To whom is it accountable?

When will these innocent people be freed?
Source: The Cable

News Headlines Nov 27. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

News Headlines Nov 27. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers. Compiled by Demola Adefajo for demoadefa.wordpress.com

The Punch
FG to buy N9.2bn cooking stoves for women
N’Assembly siege: Senate sets up panel to probe IG
PDP, Mu’azu reject Tukur’s return as party chairman
Obasanjo blasts Jonathan again
It’s not right to call Tambuwal speaker –IG
APC not an Islamic party, says Amaechi
Buhari says PDP will destroy Nigeria
I’ll support APC candidate if I lose – Atiku
Court rejects Jonathan’s letterhead in Leadership journalists’ suit
APC accuses PDP of fuelling Ibadan violence
Bayelsa speaker in trouble over anti-Jonathan comment
Tambuwal, Oyegun meet over plot to impeach Speaker
PDP screens Jonathan, Tafawa-Balewa for 2015 race
Buhari, Atiku in marathon tour to woo delegates
ACF accuses Jonathan of plotting to scuttle democracy
Deputy CBN Governor says naira not devalued
Devaluation: Banks face losses on borrowed funds
Labour faults FG’s austerity measures
Reps committee wants Shell to pay $3.6bn damages
Gang abducts Kwara special adviser’s daughter, nabbed
77-year-old community leader remanded for N65m fraud
‘We chained businessman inside toilet for four days’
No plot against Ambode, says Pitan
PDP’ll not rule Lagos, says Oba Akiolu
Fayose’s agents after us – Ekiti speaker
Crisis brews within C’Rivers PDP
NFF will decide on Keshi –Ministry
Peters loses life battle to cancer
Moses out till 2015
FIFA’s reputation badly damaged – Valcke
Why cash reserve ratio was raised–CBN
AMCON approves Heritage’s takeover of Enterprise Bank
Mobile: The future is here
Don’t blame me for naira devaluation –Okonjo-Iweala
Some hard truths about Nigeria’s economic situation
The lawlessness in Ekiti
The hell called Lagos traffic
NLNG’s subsidy on cooking gas hits $50m
Nigeria’s oil fortunes face terrorism threat –Dangote
World oil markets await OPEC decision today demoadefa.wordpress.com
Attributes of award winning enterprises
How devaluation of the naira affects you
Mental health consequences of sexual assault
Go for screening, you can treat prostate cancer
Researchers find stem cells that help nails regenerate
Tricks Abuja shop assistants use to cheat customers

ThisDay
CBN: Monetary Policies Meant to Curb Frivolous Dollar Demand
Inching Towards Opposition, Obasanjo Takes on Jonathan Again
Police Arrest Dangote Impersonator, Plotted to Abduct Beauty Queen
Boko Haram Kills 20 Villagers Near Chibok
Carnage on Roads: Commission Proposes Amendments to FRSC Act
Police to Carry out Mock Security Exercise in Abuja
S’Africa’s Supreme Court Adjourns Okah’s Case Indefinitely
FEC Approves N60.8bn for Engineering Infrastructure in FCT
14-year-old Bride Killed Her Husband, Witness Tells Kano Court
Terrorism: Lake Chad Member Countries to Send Draft Resolution to UN, AU
VC Indicts Staff over Illegal Sale of LASU Land
Gunmen Kill Mobile Policeman, Passenger in Bayelsa
PDP Screening: Tafawa Balewa’s Son Withdraws from Presidential Primaries
PDP Screens Jonathan, Balewa, Insists Elections Must Hold in North-east
PDP is Going to Kill Nigeria, Buhari Warns
Abiola’s Wife Denies Collecting PDP Nomination Form
Naira Devaluation: We Warned Jonathan against Looming Dangers, Says APC
Tambuwal, APC Leadership Meet over House Crisis
APC Anoints Peterside as Rivers Gubernatorial Candidate
Abia Govt Denies Disqualification of Orji’s Son
Amaechi: APC is Not An Islamic Party
Court Reserves Judgment in Suit to Remove Mu’azu
Kwankwaso: 2015 Elections will be Hitch-free
Ekiti Assembly Crisis: Fayose’s Illegality in Governance will Not Hold, Says Omirin
APC Ticket: Group Tips Nda-Isaiah, Fashola over Buhari, Atiku
Abaribe, Nwaogu Withdraw from Guber Race
Abia 2015: PDP Clears Ogah
Okorocha: PDP is Fanning Embers of Division among Ethnic Nationalities
NDIC: Banks Can Withstand Impact of Oil Price Decline
CBN Warns against Counterfeiting of Naira
Carlyle Group Holds 18% Stake in Diamond Bank
AMCON Completes Sale of Enterprise Bank to Heritage Bank
FCMB Partners Cornerstone on Insurance Coverage
NSE Index Rises 1.37% as Equities Remain Attractive
African Focused Reinsurer Gets UK Regulators’ Approval
Bonga Oil Spill: House Orders Shell to Pay $3.6bn Fine
Substandard Goods: SON Moots Stricter Penalties for Culpable Foreign Nations
Breach of Contract: Telecom Subscribers to Get Refunds from January 2015
Arik Airline Increases Flight Frequency on Domestic Routes
Yola Disco Loses N150m Monthly Due to Boko Haram Attacks
Presidential Cttee Member Fingers Retired Military Top Brass in Oil Theft
Minister Unveils ‘Switch to .gov.ng’ Initiative for Federal Civil Service
SMEDAN, CWG Collaborate to Boost MSMEs with Technology Tools
Kolade, Others Proffer Ways to Grow the Economy
Women Can Lead 21st Century ICT Industry, Says Zinox Boss
NCC Commends MTN Ambassadors on Youth Development
MTN Business Harps on Importance of Cloud Services for SMEs
ASUS Announces G751 Gaming Laptop
Journalists Charged on Entrepreneurial Skills
Injured Victor Moses out for Rest of the Year
Elegbeleye Rues AFCON 2015 Miss
‘Approval of LMC Governance Structure to Stabilise League’
Inyama, Bassey, Other Nigerians for CAF Duties in E’Guinea
Martins, Dempsey: Seattle’s Odd Couple
Bankers Games’ Football S’finals to Hold Nov 23
Yaya Toure, Benatia Nominated for UEFA Player of the Year
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:Danny Hands Zenit Vital Win over Benfica
The Lessons Beyond the Tears
Presidential Birthday, the Hidden Messages

The Vanguard
Rage of impeachment hawkers
2015: PDP screens Jonathan, Tafawa Balewa
Paul Bassey calls for Keshi’s replacement
Amasiemaka blasts NFF over Keshi
Inyama, Bassey, two other Nigerians in CAN party
Ebola: Have schools jettisoned preventive measures?
Policeman kills first class graduate
LMC speaks on NFF ratification of board structure
Fence-climbing lawmakers suspected thugs —IGP
2015: Dakuku Peterside emerges Rivers APC consensus gov candidate
Delta: It’s me versus all others — Okocha
2015: Voter cards grow wings on the Plateau
Manufacturers lament increase of monetary policy rate
NEXIM Bank offers N300bn loan guarantee to exporters
LMC speaks on NFF ratification of board structure
Victor Moses ruled out until 2015
Bankers Games: Organisers announce date for semi final fixtures
2015: Dakuku Peterside emerges Rivers APC consensus gov candidate
Delta: It’s me versus all others — Okocha
Bayelsa lawmakers move against Speaker over comment against President
Chime mops up Vanguard in Enugu
Senate: Ogun Central has been poorly represented — Laoshe
I can fix Nigeria if elected —Okorocha

The Nation
Why I took to armed robbery, by musician
Foundation begins training
Rivers APC okays Peterside as consensus governorship candidate
Firm sues NIIA over intellectual property rights
Women Arise handled 2000 gender-based violence cases in two years, says activist
Seven die in Aba-Enugu road crash
Mrs. Akinjogbin dies at 56
‘70% of sexual abuse victims under 18’
Buhari urges Bayelsa voters to kick out PDP
Gunmen kill policeman, passenger in Bayelsa

The Tribune
Naira devaluation: House committee faults CBN
Oyo PDP congress: Alao-Akala, Teslim take battle to Abuja
Boko Haram will overrun Nigeria except… —Buhari
OBJ again, attacks Jonathan •Speaks on Boko Haram, economy
IGP refuses to recognise Tambuwal as Speaker •Reps adjourns abruptly as IGP calls him just ‘Alhaji Tambuwal’
We never planned to impeach Fayose —Omirin
Peterside may emerge Rivers APC gov candidate
PDP disowns appeal screening committees
Ebonyi PDP organises 100,000-man rally for Jonathan

National Mirror
Fayose seeking to wield absolute power, Ominrin warns
…denies demanding N135m to screen commissioner-nominees
EFCC arraigns octogenarian over N65m fraud
Ibadan bedlam: Oyo APC, opposition parties bicker
Ondo PDP crisis: Court reserves judgment for Nov 28
Women aspirants charged to defend democracy, human rights
…Ogbara tasks female politicians on media patronage
Sacked LG workers drag Kogi before Ombudsman
Plateau: FIRS seals 16 firms over N110m debt
Plateau PDP denies receiving Dariye, Tallen
Katsina spends N2bn on federal varsity
PDP screens Jonathan, insists on polls in North-East

Police IG Confronts Reps, says Tambuwal is no longer Speaker

Police IG meets Reps, insists Tambuwal is no longer Speaker

The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Wednesday declared that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, no longer occupies his seat after defecting from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to All Progressives Congress, APC.
The police boss made the blunt comments as he appeared before the House committee investigating the invasion of the National Assembly by police last Thursday.
The committee invited the IG to explain the barricade of National Assembly which led to chaos as some lawmakers scaled the fence to gain entrance.
At the meeting, Mr. Abba pointedly refused to address Mr. Tambuwal as speaker, triggering angry responses from members of the committee.
The IG referred to the speaker as “Alhaji Tambuwal”.
When confronted by lawmakers, Mr. Abba said he would not comment further on the case since it is before a court.
The hearing was adjourned abruptly as Mr. Abba stood his ground.
The police chief accused Mr. Tambuwal of leading a band of “thugs” to invade the National Assembly and assault police officers on duty.
He said security was strengthened around the National Assembly on Thursday to prevent likely invasion of the premises by political thugs.
Mr. Abba said there was credible information that the National Assembly was going to be penetrated.
“The police high command directed the Commissioner of Police, FCT, to strengthen the security arrangement in the assembly, the police headquarters and the INEC headquarters,” he said.
“In the process of safeguarding the security of the National Assembly on the 20th of November, we collaborated with the National Assembly Sergeant-at-Arm according to laid down procedures.
“Members were being asked to identify themselves before they could be allowed into the premises.
“The invasion of the National Assembly by large number of suspected thugs caused a reinforcement at the second gate.
“We saw how security at that gate was compromised and we are investigating the issue of teargas thrown at people,’’ Mr. Abba said.
The police chief said officers were “physically beaten, disobeyed and many other things”.
He told the lawmakers his decision to order a siege on the assembly was in support of democracy.
“From the day I was appointed acting Inspector General of Police, in my maiden speech I made a pledge that policing all over the world has gone beyond the issue of arresting suspected criminals, investigating and prosecuting offenders. Policing worldwide and Nigeria inclusive, which I pledge to be part of, now include the support of the development of democracy,” he said.
Mr. Abba continued: “I want to state that that pledge was not just for the words, I meant it. Since then all my effort has been in that direction in addition to other responsibility on my shoulder.
“2015 elections are around the corner and political activities and politicking has heightened. As a result of that, I discussed with my colleagues and told them that we should make all efforts to make our election credible and peaceful. In the last meeting we had in two weeks ago, I told them to be focused on efforts that will enable the police control the activities of political thugs and to mop up arms.
“I told them to do everything within the limit of the provision of the law to ensure that people do not take laws into their hands, so that we can have credible and safe conduct of the 2015 elections.”
He said the invasion of the assembly was partly in response to an earlier threat by the APC to cause mayhem in Abuja.
“On the 19th of November, members of a political party including their leaders and a serving Governor conducted a rally at the Eagle square. They proceeded in a procession to the headquarters of the Nigeria Police and made uncomplimentary statements among which was the fact that what they were doing that afternoon was just a tip of the iceberg of what they will be doing in subsequent days,” he said.
“They promised to come back on the 20th to continue the procession with the blockage of the police headquarters, and even promising to extend to other areas including the National Assembly and the headquarters of INEC.
“Bearing in mind what happened in the parliament in Burkina Faso on 30th October 2014, security was strengthened and it included that the operational procedures of the security of the National Assembly, must be complied with. That is why the arrangement of self-identification were made for members to identify themselves, and that went around and some of the principal officers of the National Assembly complied and that went on.
“Until when that was disrupted on the arrival of Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal. With the disruption of the arrangement by quite a number of suspected thugs, the second gate was not only closed but reinforcement.
He said the teargas fired by police merely “exploded”.
“And to answer to the teargas, yes. Unfortunately, the tear gas exploded outside the gate and that is being investigated, the circumstances is being investigated. We saw how security arrangement at that gate was compromised and we saw how people we suspect to be thugs crossed the fence and that resulted in the unfortunate incident were tear gas exploded,” the police chief said.

Source: Premium Times