Nigerian News: Special Edition

EFCC invades former customs comptroller general’s residence

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday invaded the residence of the immediate past Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, in Abuja.

Customs . Ex-Comptroller General Customs-Service Abdullahi Dikko Inde

The operatives of the anti-graft agency stormed the residence of the former Customs Comptroller General in two white colored Toyota buses with registration numbers RSH 555 ABJ, and BWA 645 GA.

An operational van of the Nigerian Customs Service on guard duty to the resident was sighted a few meters away from the besieged residence.

Reports from Nigerianeye say there was a heavy deployment of security operatives for operation comprising armed riot policemen attached to the EFCC and gun wielding plainclothes operatives.

Some of the armed operatives took positions at the gate of Dikko’s residence while their counterparts were observed discussing in groups.

It was gathered that the operatives were acting on intelligence report to conduct the search on the residence for the former CG.

There are reports that Abdullahi Dikko is outside the country.

The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, had given the indication on Wednesday that the commission would arrest more prominent Nigerians for corruption in the weeks ahead.

The EFCC’s Acting Chairman made the comment while speaking at a meeting with online media practitioners and broadcast media managers.

Olu Falae . kidnapped

Anenih gave me N100m to support Jonathan – Olu Falae

The N100m I got Was For SDP to Support Goodluck Jonathan – Olu Falae

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae has stated that he collected N100 million from the ex-Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Anenih.

Chief Olu Falae stated that the money was purely an inter-party affair between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, which he is the National Chairman. He further stressed that the money was given to the SDP to campaign for the PDP in the 2015 presidential election, that both parties prior to the 2015 general elections entered into working agreement.

“In the build up to the presidential election, the PDP approached the SDP which I chaired. The then ruling party solicited for our support in order for President Goodluck Jonathan to win the March 28 presidential election”.

“Anenih related with me as the chairman of the PDP BoT and I did same as the SDP National Chairman. He wrote to me as PDP BoT chairman and I wrote back as SDP National Chairman stating conditions/terms for the alliance”.

“It is true that N100 million was given to my party to endorse and work for the Jonathan’s candidature in the 2015 election. We used the money for that purpose and we effectively campaigned for the PDP since we did not have presidential candidate in the election. The money was not for me”.

“Thank God I’m a retired civil servant. I have all the documents to prove all that transpired between the two parties.”

“With all the money PDP has and having spent 16 years in power, how would I know that the money was from the arms deal? No reference was made to the arms deal. So, they should not bring me into the arms issue. The relationship was purely interparty affairs.”

Tony Anenih, in a letter addressed to the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu had mentioned thatOlu Falae and some former governors were given N100 million each in the build up to the 2015 presidential election.

The letter also stated that Tony Anenih gave another group from Katsina State N35 million, while second republic Presidential Adviser on National Assembly, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, got N63 million. Tony Anenih had stated that the money was transferred to him on the instruction of former President, Goodluck Jonathan for specific assignments.

Breaking Times

Uche Ekwunife

Sacked PDP Sen. Uche Ekwunife defects to APC before fresh poll

A former member of the House of Representatives, Uche Ekwunife, who later represented Anambra Central ​at the Senate, before her election was annulled by the appeal court, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Appeal Court in Enugu had on December 6 ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh election in the zone within 90 days.

Ms. Ekwunife, who had begun preparation for the repeat poll, on Friday confirmed her defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to journalists in Awka.

“It’s better now for me to join the APC.

“Let the heat be there; I am already on campaigns for my return to the senate, to complete my contract with the people of Anambra Central District,” she said.

Ms. Ekwunife said her plans for her constituents under the APC would soon be made public.

NAN

Jim-Nwobodo

Jim Nwobodo dumps PDP for APC

A former minister of information, and governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, on Friday defected to the All Progressive Congress.

Nwobodo, a former Senator and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, attended an APC meeting, reportedly convened by Foreign Affairs minister, Dr. Jeffrey Onyeama, in Enugu.

He declared his membership of the party at the meeting, to the surprise of most of the APC members present at the event.

A former PDP senator from Enugu State, Chief Fidelis Okoro, also defected to the APC at the meeting.

Okoro was in the Senate between 1999 and 2007.

There were indications that the former PDP bigwigs’ defection did not go down well with the some APC members, who openly voiced their dissatisfaction with the development at the meeting.

The party faithful could not hide their surprise, and shock, when Nwobodo arrived at the venue of the meeting in company with Okoro.

Some APC members, who apparently understood the duo’s mission at the meeting, voiced their disapproval.

Chairman of the party in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, who appeared to have prior knowledge of the defection, got the aggrieved party members to calm down before Nwobodo made his declaration speech.

In his declaration speech, Nwobodo had harsh words for his old party, PDP.

Nwobodo condemned the PDP, and blamed the party’s leadership for allowing five governors to leave for the APC in the build up to the 2015 general elections.

According to him, he is joining the APC to move the people of Enugu State into the mainstream at the federal level.

Drawing from his experience as a governor, he said it was not good being in the opposition.

He said members of the APC in Enugu State should not to be discouraged by the electoral losses they suffered in the state in the past.

“You must always lose, what matters is the ability to rise again.

“I must condemn our former party, PDP – I know we had problems.

“I told our former chairman, how come did we allow five governors to leave the party?

“I am not looking for a job, I am talking because I want peace.

“I want our people to be part of the Federal Government at the centre.

“I had a problem being an opposition governor.

“I am not coming into APC because I want anything.

“I want our people to be reintegrated and have our own share of the Federal Government resources,” Nwobodo said.

Nwobodo recalled that while he was in PDP, his wife had always been an active member of the APC.

He pointed out that the slogan “change” did not start now with the APC.

According to him, it started in 1983, when he was an opposition governor.

Nigerianeye

Court Martial . Nigerian soldiers on trial 2

Court Marshal: 3,032 pardoned soldiers reject redeployment to N-East

Court Martial . Nigerian soldiers on trial

The 3,032 soldiers, who were pardoned in August, 2015 for various offences during military campaigns against the Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast have rejected posting to the northeast front lines.

The soldiers explained that they were never really pardoned and re-integrated into the Army, but rather, re-sentenced to the war front to go and die.

This position of the 3,032 soldiers created anxiety in military circles. They claimed to have been subjected to ill treatments after their pardon.

According to sources, the soldiers complained that they have not been fully re-instated into the Nigerian Army, because attempts by them to report to their units were rejected at their bases since they have no re-instatement letters.

The soldiers also said that since they have been kicked out of the barracks they have not been paid for seven months making their families who live off-barracks begging for food.

One of the soldiers who spoke to some newsmen on grounds of anonymity said:

“Look at me; I have put in about 28 years of my life serving this country. I have seen action in Liberia; I have been to Rwanda, Sudan and even served overseas and we the Nigerian troops did very well and were decorated in some occasions.

But, our experience in fighting to save our motherland is too sad a story for the outside world to know. We are not cowards. We held on for over four months facing Boko Haram.

I just want to say that after the Army dismissed about 5,000 of us, 3032 of us were pardoned last August. Since that time, the Army Authority has treated us like prisoners of wars.

We were told to assemble in Jaji on August 17, which we did. Then on August 19, the General Officer Commander, GOC, of 1st Infantry Division, Maj. Gen Adeniyi Oyebade gathered us and without prior noticed moved us to Nigerian Army training Centre, NATRAC, Kontogora. Some of us found ourselves there in bathroom slippers. We were just taken straight to the place. Then, without any additional clothes or uniform, we were subjected to what was clear punishment, not training for another three weeks.

Still in the clothes we came, we were again relocated to 333 artillery Barracks, Njetilo, Maiduguri. We got nothing but constant insults as cowards. We were there without uniforms no arms. They just left us there and we were abused and told to assemble at every two hours through these days for another three weeks.

In Jaji, we went through another round of punishment, not training. Yet, we were not given any letter to show that we are still serving soldiers.

So when the Commandant came and said we were going back to the North East, without clearing our status, we felt we have been punished enough”

– Nigerian soldier, spoke anonymously to newsmen

MTN

MTN Nigeria acquires Visafone

The embattled (yet to pay NCC fine) South African telecoms giant’s Nigerian subsidiary, MTN Nigeria, said that it had acquired Visafone, the only surviving Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) network in Nigeria’s telecommunications industry.

MTN Executive, Amina Oyagbola, made this known in a statement in Lagos – on Thursday.

Ms. Oyagbola said the acquisition of Visafone was in line with a continued commitment by MTN to improve the quality of broadband services for its subscribers.

According to MTN’s Oyagbola:

“We are committed to exploring avenues for meeting our customers’ increasing data needs in line with our vision ‘to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers’.

As we work to maximise our data capabilities towards achieving broadband of international quality, our objective is to ensure that Nigerians experience a boost in the quality of broadband internet services.

This will translate to the much needed enhanced data speeds and value to enhance personal and business productivity.

The acquisition of Visafone highlights MTN’s commitment to Nigeria. More capacity will facilitate enhanced product/service offerings and experience in the data space to the delight of our valued customers.

Voice is still King. However, data is becoming increasingly important in our everyday lives and our energies are focused on enhancing data and internet services to the benefit of our customers and the country at large”

– Amina Oyagbola, MTN Executive

NND

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