No Plea Bargain for Treasury Looters in Nigeria – AGF
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said there will be no plea bargain for those charged with corruption cases in Nigeria.
He also said the federal government had put in place a formidable team of public prosecutors to take on the government’s anti-corruption war at various courts in the country
Malami made the disclosure yesterday when the BringBackOurGirls campaign movement visited him at his office in Abuja.
The AGF restated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to bring all perpetrators of corrupt practices that led to the heightened insurgency to book.
The AGF said:
“We have put in place a national prosecution team that comprises all stakeholders for the purpose of prosecuting the charges presented before the courts.
The committee will be saddled with the responsibility of preferring the relevant charges and ensuring that charges are preferred in line with the dictates of the law without compromise.
It is not just about having a team that will be prosecuting but ensuring that the relevant audit is taken as it relates to previous prosecutions to ensure that those that are found wanting are brought to book, and then the future of prosecution in this country is further enhanced by having in place an effective legal team that will involve legal drafters for efficient drafting of charges.
In addition, there will be efficient investigators that will ensure that adequate proof of evidence that will establish the required ingredients of an offence are put in place, and competent prosecutors that will ensure that the required evidence is presented before the relevant courts for the purpose of establishing guilt.
I cannot imagine someone being responsible for monumental deaths of our citizens and then going scot-free arising from a plea bargain as a policy.
It has never been the policy of the government to compromise on terrorism and financial crimes. It will never be tolerated by the office of the AGF”
– Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice
Fuel pump price will be N86.50/litre from Jan 1, 2016
The pump price of petrol (fuel) i.e. (PMS) will be N86.50 per litre from January 1, 2016.
In a statement signed by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Executive Secretary, Farouk Ahmed, the PPPRA said:
“The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), hereby announces the implementation of the revised components of the Petroleum Pricing Template for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Household Kerosene (NHK).
This follows the approval of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, for the implementation of the revised template.
Accordingly, the Ex-depot price of PMS shall be N77.00 per litre, while the pump price shall be N86.50 per litre in line with the prevailing market trend. This new price regime is with effect from 1st January 2016.
All Marketers are hereby advised to adhere strictly to the PPPRA Ex-depot and pump prices, as PPPRA in conjunction with relevant government agencies shall enforce compliance
– Farouk Ahmed, Executive Secretary, PPPRA
Nigerian Shiite leader charged to court
Shi’ite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky charged with criminal conspiracy, remanded in prison.
The leader of the Shi’ite Islamic group in Nigeria, Ibrahim El-zakzaky, has been arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court 1, Zaria Road, Kaduna and charged with criminal conspiracy and inciting public disturbances.
El-zakzaky who was arraigned alongside some followers by the police, was however remanded in prison custody.
It could not be confirmed if the plea of the accused was taken or if they had legal representation.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, told our correspondent on Tuesday that the Shi’ite leader was being prosecuted for incitement and public disturbances among other charges.
She said, “The Shi’ite leader has been arraigned in court where he was charged with criminal conspiracy, inciting public disturbances among others; he has been remanded in prison custody and the case adjourned.”
The Shi’ite members had had a clash with the Army about two weeks ago during which about 20 persons were killed.
El-zakzaky was subsequently taken into custody by the Army before he was released to the police for investigation.
The Army had accused the Shi’ite group of attempting to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, but the Islamic movement said the soldiers simply attacked “defenseless people.”
Following the bloody clash, armoured tanks were said to have demolished the Hussainiyya shrine and the residence of the leader of the sect in Zaria.
Video footage drama as Nnamdi Kanu appeared in court
There was drama at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday December 23, 2015 during the purported trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra pirate radio station and a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The embattled Nnamdi Kanu refused to enter a plea on a six-count charge of terrorism on the ground that he will not be given a fair trial.
Kanu was brought before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on charges of treason, importation of illegal goods and possession of fire arms preferred against him by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Kanu expressed his lack of confidence in the trial judge, owing to information available to him.
The judge who was not averse to Kanu’s position, later directed the return of the case file to the court’s Chief Judge for reassignment to another judge.
The trial judge quit!
Watch the drama below:
Army Arrests Female Suicide Bomber
The Nigerian army has arrested a female suicide bomber and has given an update on the most recent suicide attacks in Adamawa and Borno states.
Photo: The arrested female suicide bomber, Fatima Babagapchia.
An update about the sad turn of events in the two states was given by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the acting director of army public relations. Read it below:
”At about 8.00am two suspected female suicide bombers detonated themselves at Madagali Market in Adamawa State in which 17 people were killed and 44 others suffered various degrees of injuries.
”Similarly, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, has shed more light on the suicide bombings in Maiduguri, Borno State in which 26 people were killed while 85 others were injured on Monday morning at a news briefing. It should be recalled that 14 female suicide bombers attempted to attack Maiduguri, Borno state capital on Sunday but were repelled by gallant troops.
”He revealed that teenage female suicide bombers tried to force themselves into Maiduguri with the intent carrying out massive and coordinated suicide attacks using 4 different routes into the city; Asuwari, Mulai Kura, Baderi village Nine Damboa Road and Jameri village. They were however intercepted by the troops. Unfortunately 3 of them detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at various places Monday morning killing 26 Persons and injuring 85 others.
”It should be noted that out of the 14 suicide bombers 7 were gunned down by the troops not 10 as earlier reported while 3 of them escaped in the ensuing confusion. Sadly, the escaped terrorists detonated their IEDs in 2 separate locations. One of them went to a house requesting for a kettle of water to perform ablution but blew herself close to a Mosque killing herself and one person, while 13 others sustained injuries. While the other detonated her bomb at Baderi general area. However, one of them, Fatima Babagapchia, was apprehended during the operation.
”The GOC praised the gallantry of the troops for being vigilant at all time. He commended the troops courage by eliminating the suicide bombers and arresting some of them, which he believes have averted what would have been a major disaster if they had gain entry into the town. Speaking to newsmen during an interview, the suspected suicide bomber Fatima said she lives with her parents in Bullunkutu Abuja, in Maiduguri before abducted with 6 other females in Monguno town. She admitted that being a divorced mother of a baby girl, she was never involved in terror activities since her abduction last year. She further said, Boko Haram terrorists took her along with others 5 females in a vehicle through unknown routes before arriving the outskirt of Maiduguri where she managed to escape and passed the night in a nearby village.”
Two weeks back, two women suspected to be Boko Haram suicide bomers were killed by Cameroon forces in Kolofata.
It’s very difficult re-building PDP – Olisa Metuh
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, stated in Abuja on Saturday Dec 26, 2015 – that:
“We have been rebuilding, but it is not easy. We are rebuilding, but there are different forces, and contending interests (working against it). It is not easy.
On one hand, we are dealing with a ruthless ruling party, and we also have some divisive elements in our party who are genuinely accepting some influence in the administration of the party.
Knowingly or unknowingly, they are embarking on distractions and distractions that would rather be in the interest of the ruling party than our growth.
But since we lost the election, we have tried to remain focus and retain the support of a very large number of our members to remain focus in opposing this government.
Some of our members misconstrue an opposition party to be a party that insults people because that was what the APC was doing.
People want us to insult the President and the ruling party to remain in opposition. Because we are not doing that, our people are not comfortable with that.
They believe that we are too soft and they believe that we are too academic. They want us to be insulting the people. It was not by insulting the former President that gave the APC victory.
We fueled partisan support for the APC in some part of the country”
– Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary