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Police Arrest Soldier Selling Weapons To Kidnappers

30 June 2019 - 12:36am


 

The police command in Kaduna State has arrested a 32 old Nigerian Army soldier, Lance Corporal Koza Yabiliok, for allegedly selling ammunitions to suspected kidnappers.

The command has also arrested 61 other criminal suspects for various offences across the state in the last two weeks.

Lance Corporal Yabiliok serving in one of the military units in Jaji Military Cantonment, Kaduna State, told newsmen while he was being paraded by the police that he sold each of the live ammunition for N400.

He said he sold the ammunition to his customer because he never knew he was a kidnapper. “He told me that, he needed the ammunition for protection of their cattle against rustlers. That is why I sold them to him. I never knew he is a kidnapper.”

The Commissioner of Police, Ali Aji Janga, while speaking said some 62 suspects were arrested for different crimes ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide and cattle rustling, among others.

He said: “Suspects arrested include; eight suspects for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, car snatching and illegal possession of live ammunition; four suspects for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and cattle rustling; three suspects for criminal conspiracy, causing hurt, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.”

He, however, confirmed that the suspects are undergoing a series of investigations and which they will be charged to court after.

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Police: No Hiding Place For Bandits In Buhari’s Katsina

30 June 2019 - 12:29am


President Buhari in his farm

FILE PHOTO (24 Feb 2019): President Buhari visits his farm

Though President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state is Nigeria’s third most violent place in the country, the Katsina state police command is huffing and puffing that there is no hiding place for bandits.

In a statement by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, the command said its either they surrender or face the consequences.

"In a couple of weeks to come there will be no hiding place for any bandit. They should either surrender or face the consequences.

He believed that the strategy put in place by the security agencies couple with the cooperation of the general public in giving out actionable intelligence is yielding the desired results.

The strategy put in place by the security agencies couple with the cooperation of the general public in giving out actionable intelligence is yielding results.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on June 17, 2019, directed the immediate implementation of the long-term strategic security plan for the Northwest geopolitical zone, which was collectively drawn by security agencies and state governments.

Following the President’s directive, people in the state have started seeing signs of peace returning across the eight front lines LGAs bordering the famous Rugu forest in Safana LGA of the state.

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Adamawa Rolls Out Six-man Committee On Cattle Ranching Amidst Locals Discontent

30 June 2019 - 12:19am


 

The Adamawa state government on Saturday in Yola inaugurated a 6-man committee for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Program

Chief Crowther Seth, deputy governor of the state, while inaugurating members of the committee, charged them to find a lasting solution between herders and farmers in the state.

Professor Ambrose Voh, chairman of the committee, however, denied the program had anything to do with the controversial Ruga issue.

He added, "Strategies have been designed not only for Adamawa to key into the program, but to be ahead of others. The existing 68 gazetted grazing reserves in the state will be used to kick start the ranching program. Two members of the Adamawa committee are actually members of the national team."

Checks revealed that 'ruga' is a Hausa word for 'Fulani pastoralists settlement', better known as a cattle ranch.

There are however discontent among indigenes of the state who feel that the program is a ploy by the federal government to amass their ancestral lands for the exclusive benefit of Fulani pastoralists.

Public views sampled among various groupings revealed bitter suspicion, as the general understanding is that the program is nothing but the controversial 'Ruga initiative', rejected in Benue state.

Gyan Pam, a resident of Yola, argued that "this program as outlined, focuses only on Fulanis, just as it is fixated with their trade. Because cattle herding is a single branch of the livestock sector."

Pam said further, "Whether, in the livestock transformational program as proposed by the federal government, is there any plan for my people to rear pigs and other animals?"

Other concerns as expressed, bother on the nationality of the herders, as the federal government had at several fora insisted that killer herdsmen, were foreign nationals from either Mali or Senegal.

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OXFAM Tells Nigerian Communities To Participate In Budget Processes

30 June 2019 - 12:03am


 

With local government fiscal autonomy now in force, civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities in Adamawa State have been urged to participate in budgeting processes for rapid community development planning.

Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), has declared June 1, 2019, as the effective date for the implementation of local governments' financial independence in Nigeria.

In view of the need to harness and deploy resources to drive development at the grassroots level, OXFAM has tasked communities in the State to mobilize and decide what development project would be included in the budget.

Community Development Planning (CDP) template, designed and identified as portent instrument, through which citizens can participate in budget formulation, implementation, and monitoring.

Olumide Ojo, OXFAM's PROACT Project Manager, led a team of advocacy experts on a two-day campaign to create awareness among communities and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) on participatory governance.

He said: "We're here in Yola the State capital to mobilize critical stakeholders to participate in all the processes of budgeting. We want to mobilize people at the grassroots to demand for a right to make inputs in the budget formulation."

Faleye Usman, also of PROACT, noted that "the era in which budgets are formulated without adequate citizens' engagement and participation is over as a tool for citizens budget engagements have been design to foster citizens participation".

He further stressed that besides promoting citizens participation in governance, community budget engagement will promote equity and transparency.

On PROACT's objective, Saratu Abiola, said the project is being implemented in northern Nigeria, primarily to improve food security and resilience of vulnerable rural people. She said the immediate target is to lift 35,000 households out of poverty in Adamawa and Kebbi States.

Abiola said the two states were selected based on poverty index, occasioned by insurgency and climate change conditions.

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#SaveOndoFromInsecurity: Ondo State Indigenes, Youth Group Tackle Akeredolu On Twitter, Demand End To Rising Kidnappings, Other Crimes

29 June 2019 - 11:49pm


Ondo State, with the sobriquet Sunshine State, is known for its tranquillity and conducive environment, has now become an unpleasant place for travellers and residents, many of whom have been victims of kidnappers.

The spate of kidnappings and ritual killings in the state has sparked several reactions from indigenes of the state.

The indigene, who took to Twitter to demand the government’s action and the commitment of security agencies, said: "Residents and even security officials in the state are no longer safe.”

Addressing the governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, a Twitter user, @realoladele, said: “Dear Arakunrin Akeredolu, Our Parents are no longer SAFE. Our children are no longer SAFE. Our friends are no longer SAFE. Our Farmers are no longer SAFE. Our Security officers are no longer SAFE. We are all no longer SAFE in Ondo State. #SaveOndoFromInsecurity THANK YOU.” 

Dear Arakunrin Akeredolu,

Our Parents are no longer SAFE.
Our Children are no longer SAFE.
Our friends are no longer SAFE.
Our Farmers are no longer SAFE.
Our Security officers are no longer SAFE.
We are all no longer SAFE in Ondo State.#SaveOndoFromInsecurity

THANK YOU 🙏 pic.twitter.com/nMCKK9rnpi

— Ọládélé Dàda (@realoladele) June 29, 2019

Another Twitter user, @arakunrinajos, said: “Everyday, even on Sundays, @RotimiAkeredolu travel around the country with armed officers and blaring sirens, speeding like 'there is no tomorrow. What we have for defence and protection are our phones and maybe a key holder. #SaveOndoFromInsecurity.

"Some tiny broom wavers are here to defend their paymasters, forgetting those ones have bulletproof vehicles and armed security men. Myself, wailers, hailers and the fencists have nothing. Absolutely nothing to defend us. #SaveOndoFromInsecurity.”

Oluwafemi Sanni‏, @Iam_fahmooh, said: “Our lives matter in Ondo State, we demand an immediate end to kidnapping. #SaveOndoFromInsecurity”

Also, @tims1807 tweeted: “How do we attract investors to our state when there is no assurance of safety from kidnapping? @rotimiakeredolu must act to#SaveOndoFromInsecurity”

Aarosoye Ayokunle, from Akure, the state capital, also tweeted: “What is the essence of security vote if our lives aren't secured? @RotimiAkeredolu @MBuhari #SaveOndoFromInsecurity.”

Under the #SaveOndoFromInsecurity hashtag is another tweet from @AjayiOlawande, he said: “We cannot afford to let the pathway to Yorubaland be desecrated by these marauding Fulani herdsmen. If they successfully overrun Ondo, nowhere is safe in the South-west. #SaveOndoFromInsecurity.

Another user, @CitizenTosin, also urged the security agencies to close ranks and work together to fish out criminals within the state.

“There's the need to #SaveOndoFromInsecurity, due to constant cases of kidnapping and banditry. Let the security agencies close ranks and work together to fish out these criminals,” he tweeted.

Social media commentator, Kayode Ogundamisi, who is also from Ondo state, joined the Twitter campaign and shared the #SaveOndoFromInsecurity while tagging the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; President Buhari; and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Youth Group Tackles Akeredolu

The Ondo State Youth network, the body believed to be the originator of the #SaveOndoFromInsecurity hashtag on Twitter, also said: “The primary responsibility of the government is the provision of security and better welfare for citizens. In the case of Ondo State, it seems we do not have a government as kidnappers have taken over.”

The group expressed disapproval of the state government’s ‘nonchalant attitude’ to incessant kidnapping within the state, saying: "we all can't afford to get a police escort to accompany us everywhere we go to.”

Meanwhile, SaharaReporters contacted the public relations officer of the Nigeria Police force, Ondo state command, Mr. Femi Joseph but he refused to talk to our correspondent.

Mr. Joseph ended the call after our correspondent told him he was calling from SaharaReporters.

Multiple calls placed to the PRO after the first call were not answered.

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Police Arrest 20-year-old Wife For Killing Husband In Anambra

29 June 2019 - 11:35pm


Makoduchukwu Ndubisi

Makoduchukwu Ndubisi Nigerian Tribune


A 20-year-old woman, Makoduchukwu Ndubisi, has reportedly stabbed her husband, John Bosco Ngu, to death in Anambra State.

It was gathered that the incident happened at Nsugbe in the Anambra East Local Government Area of the state.

The Nigerian Police, Anambra  State command’s Public Relations Officer, Haryana Mohammed, said the deceased has been taken to a nearby morgue while investigation to the killing has commenced.

Mohammed stated, “Today (Saturday) at about 8 am, police detectives attached to 33 Police Station Onitsha arrested one Makoduchukwu Ndubisi, 20, of No 16 Donking Street Nsugbe in the Anambra East LGA of Anambra State.

“The suspect allegedly had a scuffle with her husband, one John Bosko Ngu, aged 35 years, of the same address and stabbed him on his chest with a sharp knife.

“The scene was visited by police detectives and the victim rushed to Boromeo Hospital, Onitsha, for medical attention but was certified dead by a medical doctor.

“The corpse was deposited at the hospital mortuary for autopsy; exhibit recovered and the case is under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.”

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Nigerian Army Arrests 25 Bandits In Sokoto, Zamfara

29 June 2019 - 11:26pm



No fewer than 25 bandits have been arrested by the Nigerian Army in the forests of Sokoto and Zamfara states.

According to a statement issued out on Saturday by the Army spokesman, Col Sagir Musa. He added that various weapons and ammunition were recovered from them.

He said: “Following reinvigorated operational strategies and robust anti banditry operations injected into the activities of Operation HARBIN KUNAMA III, troops have in renewed efforts arrested several gangs of bandits terrorizing Isa, Rabbah, and Burkusuma communities around Sububu Forest in Sokoto State as well as in Batsari, Safana and Kankara in Dumburum Forest of Katsina state.

“Similarly, troops deployed in Super Camp covering Bena, Jega, Danko, and Wasagu encountered and annihilated an unconfirmed number of bandits and destroyed five ( 5) bandits’ camps in Gando Forest of Kebbi State.” 

Col. Musa further said quoting Maj. Gen Hakeem Otiki, that after the bandits were killed, the troops destroyed 25 motorcycles and some five camps during the operation. Adding that states like Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara have witnessed successful operation activities in recent times.

Items recovered include eight AK47 rifles, two general purpose machine guns, two G3 rifles, and three Dane guns. Others are nine AK47 magazine and 48 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition. 

Troops of Operation HARBIN KUNAMA III have in a renewed efforts arrested several gangs of bandits terrorizing Isa, Rabbah and Burkusuma communities around Sububu Forest in Sokoto State as well as in Batsari, Safana and Kankara in Dumburum Forest of Katsina state. pic.twitter.com/amfqXGFuCj

— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) June 29, 2019

“The operation is to facilitate the return of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons back to their homes, creating an enabling environment for economic activities to strive and instill confidence in the locals to remain in their villages and continue their normal lives unmolested,” he said.

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Biodun Fatoyinbo Rape Scandal: President Buhari’s Aide Wants Police Investigation Into Busola Dakolo Allegation

29 June 2019 - 2:53pm


Tolu Ogunlesi

Tolu Ogunlesi


Tolu Ogunlesi, a special aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, says the Nigeria Police Force should investigate the rape allegations against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the founder and senior preacher of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).
 
Ogunlesi, who made the comment on Twitter, said the allegations should not be allowed to fizzle out just as an earlier allegation by Ese Walter, who in 2013 claimed that the pastor raped her.
 
Busola Dakolo, the wife of musician Timi Dakolo, had told YNaija in an interview how she was raped multiple times by Fatoyinbo when she was a teenager.
 
In the first instance of the alleged rape, Busola said Fatoyinbo came to her family house as early as 6 am and raped her. She said she was 16 years old at the time.  See Also Scandal 'Be Happy A Man Of God Disvirgined You', Busola Dakolo, Wife of Timi Dakolo, Narrates How Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Raped Her 0 Comments 1 Week Ago
 

Fatoyinbo has denied the allegation and threatened to institute legal actions against Busola.
 
Tweeting about the alleged rape, Ogunlesi said: “This COZA matter needs to involve law enforcement o. This is no longer a matter for the ‘Church’ alone to deal with - not even sure said ‘Church’ has any appetite or willingness to deal with the issue. This matter calls for immediate Police/DSVRT investigation
 
“This appears to be a horrific and longstanding pattern of sexual abuse and rape. These allegations must not be allowed to go un-investigated, the way Ese Walters’ allegations were treated. Time also for COZA Board (if any) to step up - but that’s admittedly very unlikely.
 
“The story within COZA will be that this is an attack by the Devil, targeted at an anointed man of God, and which must be resisted. On account of this 99% of church members are going to take their Pastor’s side, by default. You can already see their arguments (and attacks) online.”

Video of Inside Story: Timi Dakolo’s Wife, Busola Dakolo Accuses COZA Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Of Rape Inside Story: Timi Dakolo’s Wife, Busola Dakolo Accuses COZA Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Of Rape Inside Story: Timi Dakolo’s Wife, Busola Dakolo Accuses COZA Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Of Rape

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Timi Dakolo Announces 7 Days Of Protest Against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Over Rape Allegations

29 June 2019 - 1:32pm



 

Timi Dakolo, popular Nigerian musician, has announced the mobilisation of a seven-day protest to demand justice for his wife, Busola Dakolo and others who have come forward to accuse Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion in Abuja (COZA) of rape.

According to a flyer, the protest will take place at COZA (Lagos and Abuja), Ministry of Justice and the Police Headquarters. 

Dakolo on Friday detailed how Fatoyinbo allegedly raped her as a teen in Ilorin.   

But Fatoyinbo has refuted the claims, stating that he has never raped anyone before.  

In a post on Instagram on Saturday, @timidakolo, the musician posted a flyer containing information of the planned protest with the caption, #notinmychurch.
 

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Boko Haram Takes Over Nigerian Navy Base On Lake Chad

29 June 2019 - 12:07pm

 

The video showed some members of the terrorist group jubilating in one of the ships belonging to the Nigerian Navy in Lake Chad.

They shot into the air as a sign of victory, chanting "Allah Akbar" (God is the greatest).

Four of the naval officers captured alive were made to introduce themselves while being recorded before they were eventually executed by the terrorist group.

Three of the naval officers introduced themselves as Ebirek Adewale with official number X12907, Muhammed Muhammed, and Aliyu Adamu, an excavator operator.

The fourth naval officers in the video released by the terrorist group said, “I was drafted from naval Air Wing, Port Harcourt, under the command of Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder to Naval Base, Lake Chad, Baga, Borno State.

“Our base was attacked on the 26th to 27th. We are on our way to escape. I was captured by the Army Kalaifa (sic) and now we are under their detention as prisoners of war.”

The insurgent group in the new video documentary released footage of the victories it has recorded in a series of attacks against the Nigerian military.

The video showed different gun battles between the insurgent group and the military with the Boko Haram group having the upper hand. 

The Boko Haram sects also showed some armoured personnel carrier, guns and other battle arms taken from the military.

Another part of the video showed the insurgent group setting ablaze a Nigerian flag and that of the Nigerian Army in a camp of the Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force, Baga, Borno State.

The insurgent group also showed its members overrunning the base, killing all military personnel around and taking over all cars and arsenal belonging to the Nigerian Army.

The Nigerian government has on different occasions claimed victory against the terrorist group saying the terrorist group had been confined to the outskirt of Borno.

This claim is, however, contradictory to the daily killings by the insurgent group in different parts of Borno with the latest being the overrunning of a military base in Yobe State.

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US Extradition: High Court Judge Threatens To Withdraw From Kashamu Case

29 June 2019 - 11:37am


Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu

Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu

A judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Okon Abang, has threatened to withdraw from a suit brought by a former Senator for Ogun East district, Buruji Kashamu, to stop his extradition to the United States of America concerning drugs-related indictment.

The former senator wants the court to prevent the federal government from extraditing him to the US for a trial.

Abang, who claimed to have given judgment in two suits in 2015 on the same matter, said he threatened to withdraw from the fresh suit filed last year if it is related to the issue of extradition.

The judge’s reaction, on Thursday, came in the wake of an observation by a counsel representing the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Joseph Sunday, who drew the attention of the court, to the fact that he had in 2015, delivered two judgments on the extradition suit.

According to Sunday, those judgments had been set aside by Lagos court of appeal and that the appeal on the said judgment is before the Supreme Court.

However, the lawyer representing Kashamu, Ifeoma Esson, said the new suit of was not related to the previous judgments Abang gave in 2015, explaining that the suit at hand has to do with the unlawful invasion and siege laid to his client’s house for six days by operatives of the NDLEA.

She further told Abang that the current suit is challenging the violation of Kashamu’s fundamental right to dignity of person and freedom of movement.

Kashamu had in the second suit, FHC/ABJ/CF/530/2018, sued the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami and the NDLEA, urging that the two respondents should be stopped from extraditing him to the US.

Following the arguments of the parties, Abang judge adjourned the hearing of the substantive case until September 30.

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Ebola Virus: ECOWAS Honours Adadevoh

29 June 2019 - 9:14am


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The 2018 ECOWAS Prize of Excellence has been posthumously awarded to Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh for her selfless role in preventing the fatal spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

The prize was presented at the 55th Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on Saturday in Abuja.

The award was also presented to former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan and Madam Germaine Acogny, a Senegalese dancer and choreographer responsible for developing African dance and the creation of several dance schools in France and Senegal.

The wife of the former UN secretary-general, Nane Annan, the son of Adadevoh, Bankole Cardoso and Acogny received the awards and cash prizes of 20,000, $10,000 and $15,000 each.

Adadevoh, who was confirmed to test positive for Ebola virus disease on August 4, 2014, and was being treated, died on August 19, 2014.

She is renowned for her contributions towards curbing the spread of Ebola virus in Nigeria by placing the patient zero, Patrick Sawyer, in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian government.

Also, the wife of Annan, who gave an appreciation speech on behalf of the recipients, expressed gratitude to ECOWAS for the award.

“Thank you for this generous recognition of the immense contribution to the objectives of ECOWAS by my husband and dear friend.

“I would also like to thank ECOWAS on behalf of the two other laureates, two outstanding women of West Africa, the late Dr Ameyo Adadevoh her selfless sacrifice to curb the spread of Ebola in Nigeria.

“And Madam Germaine Acogny for the quality and richness of your artistic production,” she said.

She also said the Kofi Annan Foundation was working with ECOWAS and other partners in West Africa to strengthen democracy and elections, resolve conflicts, support reconciliation and improve food security.

Annan, who died on August 18, 2018, was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the UN from January 1997 to December 2006.

He and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize and were also the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Annan joined the UN in 1962, working for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Geneva office.

He went on to work in several capacities at the UN Headquarters including serving as the Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping between March 1992 and December 1996.

He was appointed the Secretary-General on December 13, 1996, by the Security Council, and later confirmed by the General Assembly, making him the first office holder to be elected from the UN staff itself.

He was re-elected for a second term in 2001 and was succeeded as Secretary-General by Ban Ki-moon on January 1, 2007.

REMEBERING DR. STELLA ADADEVOH!
She was a Nigerian physician. She is credited with having curbed a wider spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria by placing the patient zero, Patrick Sawyer, in quarantine despite pressure from the Liberian government. She would have been 62 today. pic.twitter.com/vtezzEl4I7

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) October 27, 2018

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EFCC To Arraign Saraki For Diverting N12 Billion From Treasury Of Kwara State

29 June 2019 - 9:07am


Day 1 and 2 of Senate President Saraki's corruption trial

Bukola Saraki Sahara Reporters Media

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun the process to arraign Bukola Saraki, immediate past President of the Nigerian Senate for allegedly diverting money from the treasury of the Kwara State.

The EFCC is alleging that Saraki illegally withdrew the funds while he was the Governor of the state between 2003 and 2011.

According to the anti-graft agency, Saraki used the said fund to purchase houses and four flats in Lagos from the Presidential Implementation Committee for the Sale of Government Property through shell companies.

The EFCC said Mr. Saraki, through his companies, had taken loans worth N1.36 billion from the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank) between 2005 and 2006.

In a bid to offset the loan, the anti-graft agency said the ex-governor began to divert N100 million from the coffers of the state monthly. See Also CRIME 'It's Not Personal With Saraki, If You Are Not Corrupt You Won't Be Investigated' Says Magu 0 Comments 1 Month Ago

The agency had in May sealed Saraki’s house located at 15a, 15b and 17 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The properties sealed are mostly houses declared by Saraki and he was subsequently placed under strict restriction by the anti-graft agency.

The agency in an affidavit deposed to by Ojilibo Stanley on behalf of the EFCC, the agency said it had established a case of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and conspiracy against Saraki.

The EFCC had, while presenting evidence against Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in 2016, alleged that he owned houses on MacDonald Road but there were discrepancies in the addresses.

The EFCC witness, Michael Wetkas, had said an investigation revealed that House No.15 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, and Block 15 Flat 1 to 4 on the same street belonged to Saraki.

According to him, “the Senate President bought the properties from the Presidential Committee on Sale of Federal Government Landed Properties in Lagos through his companies.”

The EFCC also said Saraki had through his companies between 2005 and 2006 taken loans worth N1.36bn from the Guaranty Trust Bank and Intercontinental Bank (now Access Bank).

The affidavit sworn to by Stanley stated that on February 28, 2005, the Presidential Implementation Committee on the sale of Federal Government Landed Properties wrote a letter conveying to Saraki the approval of then-Minister of Lands and Housing for the sale of properties at 15 and 17 Macdonald Road, Ikoyi. See Also CRIME Saraki Under Strict EFCC Surveillance As His Houses Are Seized 0 Comments 1 Month Ago

The EFCC said sequel to the letter Saraki wrote dated March 8, 2005, to Guaranty Trust Bank requesting N200 million loan to finance the acquisition of the properties on March 24, 2005, GTB approved the loan to partly finance the purchase of the properties.

The anti-graft agency said on October 11, 2006, another personal loan of N380m was granted to Saraki by GTB to partly finance the acquisition of properties located at 17 and 17A Macdonald Road, Ikoyi.

The commission further claimed that on January 30, 2007, a personal loan of N380m was again granted to the former governor to partly finance the same properties.

It said on April 28, 2009, another personal loan of N400m was obtained by Saraki to develop the same properties.

The affidavit said, “The personal loans used to acquire the properties were later liquidated with the proceeds of the applicant’s (Saraki’s) criminal breach of trust or misappropriation of funds of the Kwara State Government.

“The applicant (Saraki) procured one Abdul Adama who was his personal member of staff to receive cash from then-Controller of Finance and Account of Government House, Kwara State, Mr. Isiaka Kareem, on a monthly basis, the sum of N100m.

“While the applicant was the governor of Kwara State, the total sum of N12bn was withdrawn in cash from the Kwara State Government House’s account domiciled in Zenith Bank.”

Saraki had stated in an affidavit he deposed to in support of the origination motion that acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was on a revenge mission because of the role he (Saraki) played in blocking his confirmation as EFCC chairman.

He  said, “Apart from the instigation by my political adversaries, my close contacts have confirmed to me that the 4th respondent (EFCC) renewed its harassment as a way of punishing me for the decision of the Senate not to clear acting chairman of the EFCC, Alhaji Ibrahim Magu, to be appointed as the substantive chairman of the commission.”

He maintained that the allegations levelled against him were not new as he had been charged before the CCT and emerged victorious.

The case has been adjourned until July 2, 2019.

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How We Killed Several Boko Haram Terrorists, Destroyed Part Of Their Sambisa Settlement -Nigerian Air Force

29 June 2019 - 9:02am


 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has destroyed terrorists’ hideouts and killed Boko Haram insurgents at Gobara and Bakassi in Borno State.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, added that the operation was conducted on Friday in separate air raids.

According to Daramola, the settlements were two of the targets selected for an attack in the intensive air interdiction operations launched by the ATF on Wednesday.

He explained that the attack on Gobara, a settlement in Sambisa forest, was carried out by two Alpha jets after intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions had identified a segment of the settlement being used by Boko Haram terrorists fighters to store their logistics and other equipment.

The statement said: “The jets scored accurate hits in the target area, leading to the destruction of some of the structures and equipment as well as the killing of several terrorists.

"In a similar vein, another active camp belonging to Islamic State of West Africa province (ISWAP) elements located at Bakassi on the fringes of Lake Chad in Northern Borno, was successfully attacked and several terrorists killed in air strikes carried out later in the day."

The air force stated further: "Overhead the target area, the NAF ISR platform observed the significant presence of ISWAP fighters who were attempting to flee the location, upon hearing the sound of the aircraft.

"The attack platforms were vectored to the area of concentration of the terrorists, unleashing their munitions on the target and causing significant damage to the camp and neutralizing many terrorists."

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Christian Association Of Nigeria Distances Itself From COZA Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Rape Scandal

29 June 2019 - 6:52am



The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) has distanced itself from the rape scandal rocking the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) and its founder, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo. 

CAN President, Rev. Supo Ayoukunle, said the association did not have the authority to look into the matter.

It will be recalled that Busola Dakolo, a popular photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo accused Pastor Fatoyinbo of raping her twice as a young girl.

However, Fatoyinbo denied the allegation in a statement issued out and posted on his Instagram page stating that he would press charges against Busola Dakolo, her husband and others involved directly and indirectly in the rape accusation.

While reacting to the issue, the CAN president's media aide, Pastor Oladeji Adebayo, said CAN would not interfere in the matter as it only serves as a mouthpiece between the church and the government. 

“I am sorry CAN does not intervene in how churches are running. Churches belong to denominations and these are the two bodies that regulate how pastors run their ministries, not CAN. CAN deal with intrareligious matters and stands between the church and the government,“ he told New Telegraph.
 

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Nigerian, Ayoola Adisa Ajayi, 31, Arrested In US For Kidnapping, Killing University Student

29 June 2019 - 5:22am


 

After an exhaustive weeklong investigation, Salt Lake police somberly announced Friday that they believe a University of Utah student missing since June 17 was murdered.

A man who police said she met up with on June 17 in a North Salt Lake park was arrested in connection with the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown announced in a press conference on Friday that Ayoola Adisa Ajayi, 31, of Salt Lake City, has been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice, and desecration of a body.

"It is with a heavy heart that I address you today," Brown said in announcing the arrest.

“The man charged with these horrific and tragic crimes is the person of interest” referenced at Thursday’s press conference, Brown said on Friday.

“I will not be saying the killer’s name again.”

Brown further said Ajayi claimed he last communicated with Lueck on June 16 and denied seeing photos or her online profiles, which evidence found on his devices disputes.

The police chief also said that neighbors observed the suspect burning something in his backyard.

Ajayi was taken into custody at 9:20 am at an apartment complex at 1028 S. West Temple by a SWAT team.

He was later booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, desecration of a human body and obstruction of justice.

He is being held without bail.

The SWAT team had Ajayi exit an apartment at gunpoint and walk toward waiting officers with his hands on his head.

In a picture of the arrest, it appears Ajayi is talking to someone on his cellphone.

Salt Lake police confirmed Friday that at some point, the SWAT team talked to him by phone to have him come out of the apartment.

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Alison-Madueke Money Laundering Scandal: UK Police Arrive Nigeria For Further Investigation

29 June 2019 - 4:43am


Diezani Alison-Madueke

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Detectives from the United Kingdom have arrived in Nigeria for what appeared a final lap of investigation ahead of preparation for the trial of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The detectives, who met with the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for additional fact-finding, have already spent a week in the country, The Nation is reporting.

It was not certain if the latest bend of the investigation will last longer than a week, but there were indications that the detectives gathered more evidence and sought a few clarifications on some findings at their disposal.

It was learnt that the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 2019, signed into law about a week ago by President Muhammadu Buhari, might help in the bid to confiscate Diezani’s assets at home and abroad. 

The commission has so far traced N47.2 billion and $487.5 million to the ex-minister.

The agency also claimed that Diezani has N23,446,300,000 and $5 million (about N1.5 billion) in various Nigerian banks.

The EFCC has also secured final forfeiture orders on the following assets of Diezani: about $37.5 million Banana Island property; Heritage Court Estate, Plot 2C, Omerelu Street, Diobu Port Harcourt; 135 Awolowo Road/ Plot 808 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi; and 7, Hurnburn Street and 5, Raymond Street, Yaba, Lagos.

An investigation by The Nation revealed that the detectives from the UK came to fill some gaps in their investigation which has spanned almost four years.

The ex-minister, who was arrested since October 2, 2015, has been restricted to the UK with her probe costing fortunes

Although there had been issues on whether or not to extradite Diezani, it was gathered that the depth of the ongoing probe revealed that she can be tried either in Nigeria or in the UK.

A reliable source said: “The detectives from the UK have been in Nigeria for a week in line with the ongoing investigation of Diezani.

“It is a major case the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK has been collaborating with the EFCC to probe.

“A few weeks ago, EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was also in London to compare notes with similar agencies on this case.

“You will recall that Magu in November 2018 made it clear that Nigeria was tired of waiting for the trial of Diezani by the UK.

“But after the initial issues between EFCC and UK agencies, there were talks which revealed that those at the London end were making painstaking investigations.

“After Magu’s visit to London, the investigation of Diezani assumed enhanced dimension because some grey areas were cleared.

“The coming of the detectives from London was meant to fill some gaps, get additional evidence and crosscheck a few findings on their part.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “I think these detectives are on the final lap of the ongoing probe of Diezani.

“We are hopeful that the latest bend of the investigation was in preparation for the trial of the ex-minister.”

Asked how long the UK detectives will stay in Nigeria, the source said: “I really don’t know. But it has been hectic in the last week.

The source, however, confirmed that the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2019, signed into law about a week ago by President Muhammadu Buhari, might help in confiscating Diezani’s assets at home and abroad

The top source said: “The new law will certainly assist the EFCC and other security agencies in bringing some of these looters to justice.

“The new law will hasten EFCC’s action on Diezani and suspicious assets traced to her.

“Don’t forget that Sections 7, 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004 mandate the agency to seize suspicious assets.

Section 7 says: “The commission has power to (a) cause any investigations to be conducted as to whether any person, corporate body or organization has committed any offence under this Act or other law relating to economic and financial crimes.

“(b) cause investigations to be conducted into the properties of any person if it appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income.”

Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004 empower the anti-graft agency to invoke Interim Assets Forfeiture Clause.

“Section 28 of the EFCC Act reads: ‘Where a person is arrested for an offence under this Act, the Commission shall immediately trace and attach all the assets and properties of the person acquired as a result of such economic or financial crime and shall thereafter cause to be obtained an interim attachment order from the Court.’

Section 13 of the Federal High Court Act reads in part: “The Court may grant an injunction or appoint a receiver by an interlocutory order in all cases in which it appears to the Court to be just or convenient so to do. (2) Any such order may be made either unconditionally or on such terms and conditions as the Court thinks just.”

No official of the EFCC was willing to make any comment at press time.

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, said the new law will enable other countries to also provide information to Nigeria, which could be used by the Attorney-General of the Federation to pursue such prosecutions.

He said: “It is intended to ensure that where there is a property that is subject of crime or there are crimes committed outside Nigeria or within Nigeria and the person leaves Nigeria, the provisions of the Act authorizes the Attorney-General of the Federation, which is the designated authority in Nigeria, to pursue and use every means to prosecute the offence within and outside Nigeria.

“This Act does not apply to offences which are of political nature and it doesn’t apply to offences which relate to the military profession or offences which are not regarded as offences in the laws of Nigeria but which may be offence in the laws of other countries.

“It also enables us, Nigeria, to trace the proceeds of crime to restrain, constrain and in other matter, ensure that the proceeds of crime within or outside Nigeria is not disposed of on the basis of reciprocity.

Besides the properties in Lagos, the commission allegedly claimed in a document that Diezani allegedly bought choice mansions in Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Yenagoa in Bayelsa State.

The document said: “On plot 10, Frederick Chiluba Close, in the serene, upscale Asokoro District of Abuja, lies a tastefully built and finished duplex.

“In the compound, there are also a guest chalet, boys’ quarters, an elegant swimming pool, fully equipped sports gym and a host of other amenities.

“Investigators have discovered that the property acquired by the ex-minister in December 2009, at the cost of N400 million (Four Hundred Million Naira) was never declared in any of the asset declaration forms filed by Alison-Madueke.

“Also linked to the former Minister in Abuja is a mini estate at Mabushi, Abuja. The estate located on Plot 1205, Cadastral Zone B06, Mabushi Gardens Estate, houses 13 three bedroom terraced houses, each with one bedroom en-suite maid’s quarters.

“It was purchased on April 2, 2012, at the princely sum of N650 million (six hundred and fifty million naira).

“In Aso Drive, Maitama, Abuja, Alison-Madueke reportedly acquired a 6-bedroom en-suite apartment made up of three large living rooms, two-bedroom guest chalets, two bedroom boys quarters, two lock-up garages and a car park. It was bought on July 20, 2011, for N80 million (eighty million naira).

“Down South in Nigeria’s oil city of Port Harcourt, the former minister’s acquisitive appetite took her to Heritage Court Estate, located on Plot 2C, Omerelu Street, Diobu Government Residential Area, Phase 1 Extension, Port Harcourt.

“The Estate which is made up of 16 four-bedroom terrace duplexes is equipped with, among other facilities, a massive standby power generating set. Alison-Madueke did not blink as she shelled out N900 million (nine hundred million naira) for it on May 30, 2012,

“In neighbouring Bayelsa State, an apartment with two blocks of flats, all en-suite, and with a maids quarters were also traced to her. The house located on Goodluck Jonathan Road, Yenagoa is sitting on a large expanse of land.

“Realtors have placed estimated values running into hundreds of millions of naira on the property. The apartments have four living rooms, eight bedrooms, and gold-plated furniture.

“Aside from jewellery and property, Alison-Madueke allegedly has N23,446,300,000 and $5 million (about N1.5 billion) in various Nigerian banks.”

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Tax Evasion: Court Upholds FIRS N32.6 Billion Claims Against Shell, Agip, Total

29 June 2019 - 4:36am


 

A federal high court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Chuka Obiozor has ordered four multinational oil companies, namely Shell Nigeria Exploration and production company Limited, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (DEEPWATER) Limited, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited, and Total E&P Nigeria Limited to pay a total sum of $17,900,484.80 as penalty  and interest respectively on the imposed education tax of $75,381,332.00.

The judgment of the court was as a result of an appeal filed before the court by Federal inland revenue service (FIRS) against the judgment of the Tax Appeal Tribunal that set aside the demand notice including penalty and interest and ruled in favour the oil companies.

Dissatisfied with the decision of the tribunal, FIRS filed an appeal before the Federal high court.

In a notice of appeal filed and argued before the court, by Barrister Ladipo Ojo, the appellant contended that FIRS issue a notice of assessment and serve it on Shell Petroleum Company, following which the company raised the objection that the basis period used was incorrect.

FIRS responded by withdrawing the assessment and re-issue same and inform the companies, the observed Error and corrections were over the proper basis period and the parties whose names it should be addressed to, the error to be corrected were never the amount of $75,381,332.00.

The error in the original assessment notice does not preclude the Tax Payer from discharging its Tax obligations arising thereof, which in this case should have been the payment on the due date of the tax liability owed.

The companies were not only privy to the amount involved in the assessment but also wilfully held on to Government Revenue for almost two years

Mr. Ladipo Ojo further submitted that FRIS had, therefore, discharged its obligation to serve the assessment on the representative of the contract area in tax matters pursuant to section 39 of the Petroleum Profit Tax Act.

Consequently, the demand notice for the penalty and interest are valid, therefore the appeal should be allowed while the judgment of the Tribunal should be set aside, and also uphold the FIRS demand note.

In his judgment, Justice Obiozor upheld the submission of Mr. Ladipo and allow the appeal.

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Intellectual Robbery In Nigeria: The Example Of Melrose Publishers By Elias Ozikpu

29 June 2019 - 4:27am


 

Nigeria is one of the leading countries in the world where copyright protection is non-existent. Those who violate the intellectual right of others in Nigeria are so confident that they openly display or hawk their products on the streets with an amazing degree of impunity. In Lagos, for instance, pirated books, movies and musical videos are littered in every corner of the city, made available in a quality that embarrasses the original creator of the work and at a price that is aimed at sentencing the creator of the work to the permanent arms of starvation and penury.

Our collective tragedy is that the Nigerian system has totally failed to work for its people, not just in the aspect of policy-making but also in the aspect of protecting the intellectual endeavour of its creative people, thereby leaving them at the mercy of rodents. I have, in fact, argued elsewhere with vigour that it is the entire Nigerian system that has failed, and that irrespective of any field of endeavour one may decide to choose, the failed system we live in is by default programmed to hunt us.

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), supposedly set up to protect intellectual properties in the country and to actively combat violators, is a major joke. Perhaps it would have been much better if this Commission never existed. The Commission is only interested in generating funds from the registration of intellectual properties. Whatever violation takes place after any work has been registered is the sole responsibility of the organisation or individual who registered the violated work. This accounts for why the proliferation of pirated books and other creative works in Nigeria has remained alarmingly consistent.

The result is that copyright violation in Nigeria is pervasive and may remain so for a long time. For instance, on the 19th day of January, 2018 a Federal High Court in Lagos delivered judgement in a suit between MultiChoice and the Copyright Society of Nigeria. The former had dragged the latter to court seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the latter from asking or demanding them to obtain copyright licence for the broadcast and communication to public of musical works on the radio and television channels operated and distributed by MultiChoice. The irony of this suit is that MultiChoice who reportedly infringed on the intellectual property of another were the first to rush to court demanding that the court grants them an order of perpetual injunction restraining Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria from further demanding payment for their songs which MultiChoice used without obtaining permission. I must say that the level of intrepidity exhibited by MultiChoice is amazing and only possible in a country like Nigeria where the atmosphere for copyright violators appears to be extremely conducive.

Like several creative thinkers across Nigeria whose work is displayed in Alaba, hawked on the streets of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Aba, etc. I am equally a victim of gross copyright violation and my eyes drip with blood, not with tears. I wrote previously that an Ogun State-based publishing house, Melrose Books and Publishing Limited, surreptitiously published my literary work (Heroes of the Night) and confidently sold the rights of the book to Macmillan Publishers, Universal Basic Education Commission and the Federal Government of Nigeria. With the help of the Federal Government and Universal Basic Education, Heroes of the Night got circulated to all secondary schools across Nigeria and Melrose got hugely paid but kept the proceeds to themselves. They are probably buying cars for themselves, buying houses, travelling across the world at liberty, sending their children to the best schools in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world whilst the creator of the work they so hugely benefit from lives a penurious life! Can no one see the brazenness of this theft and the severe moral turpitude that accompanies it? But that is not all. Upon filing a lawsuit against Melrose Publishers, the company swiftly reacted by calling me a “gold digger”! Amazing! Really, really amazing indeed! Like Professor Ola Rotimi would say: “because the farmer owner is slow in catching the thief, the thief now calls the farm owner thief.”

Faced with what became a naked reality, Melrose directors eventually decided to offer me N5, 000,000 to abandon the suit, which I immediately dismissed without hesitation. Reacting to my rejection in a conversation vide WhatsApp, their representative sent me a message which, based on the context of our conversation, I considered a threat and I did not hesitate to make that clear to him. I have since sent screenshots of the conversation to those who should be in the know in the event that ANYTHING HAPPENS during the pendency of this suit or after it.

Theft of intellectual property is a major crime anywhere in the world, and those who engage in it are hardened criminals. It is, in fact, the same as barging into someone’s house in the dead of night, clutching a gun and making all sorts of psychotic demands.

One of the reasons intellectual robbers have so much courage in Nigeria is that they are not without the knowledge that our country’s legal system is overly sluggish and are confident therefore that no matter the depth of their crime, the same legal system which ought to penalise them in a timely fashion, will inadvertently aid them. So, they generously spend the money made from the stolen intellectual property to fight the very person who created it. Odious!

For Melrose Publishers, since their clandestine publication of my play (Heroes of the Night) came to light, all that has preoccupied their thoughts has been how they can get away with this monstrous crime. But what they do not know is that when a farmer climbs to steal palm fruit, he cannot prevent the bunch from making a sound upon landing on the ground. This one did not just land, it made a loud cry on the face of the earth and now the palm fruit owner and his people have gathered at the scene.

I am therefore inviting concerned Nigerians and fellow writers to pay very close attention to this matter as shenanigans of all sorts are getting ready to unfold. Do not forget, when an egg-stealing cobra is surrounded with sticks, he does not apologise for his crime; he relies on his venom to plot an escape.

Elias Ozikpu is an activist and a professional playwright, novelist, essayist and polemicist.

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Nigerian Government Seizes N200 Million-worth ‘Fake’ Roofing Sheets In Uyo

29 June 2019 - 3:46am


 

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it has seized substandard aluminum sheets worth over N200 million from various aluminum companies in Uyo.

The Director, Inspectorate and Compliance Directorate, Mr. Obiora Manafa, disclosed to journalists on Friday in Uyo.

Manafa stated: “We are here to evacuate substandard roofing sheets found here. We have aluminum roofing sheets and galvanized roofing sheets.

“The minimum thickness of aluminum roofing sheets is 0.4 millilitres.

“There are a lot of consequences using the roofing sheets because anyone buying it will not have value for his money.

“Once you buy it, any little wind will blow your roof off. These are the reasons we are trying to discourage some Nigerians from importing substandard products.

“People go out there, import these products knowing full well that Nigerian standard is 0.4 millilitre yet they bring it in,” he said.

Manafa reiterated that the aim was to discourage the importation of substandard products into the country and to save the hard-earned resources of Nigerians.

He said that the ongoing exercise would be carried out in every part of the country and warned the perpetrators to desist from the practice.

He explained that the minimum standard required of an aluminum sheet was 0.4mm instead of 0.25mm, which some companies use for the production of roofing sheets.

The director also urged the Federal Government to return SON to the ports to check the influx of substandard products because some of the products come into the country without SON’s Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) certificate.

Manafa advised would-be buyers to either go with qualified engineers to buy the product or go with the required measuring instrument to verify the standard length and width of the sheet they intended to buy.

He urged would-be buyers to consult any of the state offices of SON for guidance.

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