President Buhari departs on a 3-day official visit to Kenya; Nigerian Muslim women in Hijab decry harassment, stigmatisation; Reasons why we handcuffed Metuh – Prisons; PDP trying to destroy my relationship with Buhari – Tinubu; We will soon recover additional $750 million Abacha loot – FG . . .
President Buhari departs on a 3-day official visit to Kenya
President Buhari this morning left Abuja on a 3-day state tour to Kenya where he will join his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries at a memorial service for Kenyan soldiers who were killed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia. He will proceed to Nairobi on Thursday for bilateral talks with Kenyan government officials. At the conclusion of his visit, President Buhari and President Kenyatta will jointly preside over a Kenya-Nigeria Business Forum.
Nigerian Muslim women in Hijab decry harassment, stigmatisation
Nigeria Muslim women yesterday expressed concerns over the alleged stigmatisation and harassment of women in hijab, the women’s veil, across the country.
The National Amirah of Al-Mu’minaat Organisation, Hajia Nimatullah Abdullateef, who addressed reporters in Lagos ahead of the World Hijab Day, noted that Muslim women were worried by the way the Army harassed their colleagues within and outside conflict zones because they wore hijab.
She said hijab is a symbol of the Muslim woman’s faith and adherence to Allah’s injunction.
According to her, Muslim women remember the harassment, persecution, emotional and psychological anguish women in hijab suffered recently in Nigeria, especially after President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that the nation might consider a ban on the Islamic dress code, if terrorists continued to use it as a cover to bomb innocent people.
Hajia Abdullateef decried the attempt by authorities of the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in its Ibadan, Oyo State office, to legislate and limit the hijab standards in Nigeria.
Reasons why we handcuffed Metuh – Prisons
The Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) yesterday insisted that it was its right under certain situations to handcuff any inmate.
NPS defended the handcuffs placed on the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, when he appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja, last Tuesday.
Metuh is alleged to have received N400 million as part of funds meant for arms, from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November 2014.
The NPS said putting handcuffs was the discretion of the prison officer and in order because the service must prevent any security breach.
Its Pubic Relations Officer, (PRO), Francis Enobore, who spoke with our correspondent, dismissed allegations by the PDP and its governors that NPS maltreated Metuh in a bid to play out a script orchestrated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “The use of mechanical restraints in prisons is as old as the institution and it’s determined by many factors. The officer studies the security situation and takes the appropriate decision to secure the inmate.
“Part of the factors include disposition of the prisoner, security concerns along the route, court premises, mode of the relations or friends of the inmate, the security situation in the country, intelligence available to the officer and others.”
“Note that the primary responsibility of the prisons is safe custody of inmates therefore, whether in the yard, on transit, in court or hospital the officer is bound to ensure that security is not compromised.“
PDP trying to destroy my relationship with Buhari – Tinubu
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says there is a deliberate plot by some individuals to rub his name in the mud through fictitious reports in various blogs and the social media.
He said the smear campaign was tagged, ‘Destroy the reputation of Tinubu and his relationship with Buhari’.
Tinubu said this in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Sunday Dare, on Tuesday.
He said most of those behind the act were aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party that had failed to recover from the defeat in the 2015 election.
Tinubu alleged that some of them were being probed for corruption and had decided to push him into the controversy to whip up public sympathy.
He said, “The individuals behind the plot are mostly scared PDP elements made frightened by the Buhari anti-corruption campaign. They direct this falsehood at Tinubu in the futile mission of trying to drive a wedge between the President and Tinubu to disrupt the progress being made against corruption and to destabilise the APC.
“But their PDP is already something by-gone, buried under the mass of its corruption and wrongdoing. They fight for a cause that has no cause. They are mercenaries of all the ills and defects that the people want excised from our body politic. Thus, we must do the people a public service.”
The former governor of Lagos State said he never granted any interview regarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to run for re-election in 2019.
He also denied reports that he partook in the $2.1bn arms scam.
Tinubu said he had a list of the blogs that were carrying the false news and would soon expose their sponsors.
He said, “In the last six weeks, the Tinubu Media Office has monitored the stream of false, distorted media accounts written against Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We have learned that there is a concerted, wilful campaign tagged, ‘Destroy the reputation of Tinubu and his relationship with Buhari.’
“As part of this ugly plot to cultivate the worst of lies against the national leader of the APC, several blogs and online sites recruited to launch this smear campaign have manufactured stories to advance this sinister plan to taint the public mind with gross lies disguised as news reports and interviews.
“Fallacious headlines such as ‘Reasons why I collected N9m-Tinubu’ and ‘I will not return N9m-Tinubu”. “I am afraid PDP will stop Buhari in 2019 – Tinubu,’ are being paraded. Try as hard as they can the creators of these false tales and misleading headlines will fail miserably.
“Their stories cannot stand up to the slightest scrutiny. They are patently false and we condemn in the strongest terms those involved in this anti-Tinubu racket.”
Tinubu said such a smear campaign was nothing but libel and would not be taken likely.
The APC leader said some of them had even gone as far as cloning the letter head of his media office, warning that those behind the campaign would soon be brought to justice.
He added, “While these fellows may think themselves cunning, they might have outwitted their very selves. In writing these stories, they have committed clear libel. In abusing the media office letterhead and name, their misrepresentations amount to forgery.
“They laugh now but walk on thin ice. Soon, that ice will break and they shall have nothing but the weight of their wrongdoing to blame for their predicament that will soon come.
“After identifying the bloggers and paid hatchet writers perpetrating these wrongs, the Tinubu Media Office is taking the step to alert the public to beware and be weary of hatchet writers, false prophets and paid bloggers. The Tinubu Media Office has the names and online sites recruited for this campaign and will not hesitate to make them know if they do not desist from their negative mission.”
We will soon recover additional $750 million Abacha loot – FG
The Federal Government yesterday said that it would soon embark on the recovery of additional $750 million said to be “Abacha loot” yet pending.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami disclosed this during an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Justice in Abuja.
The Minister further stated that his ministry was aiming at recovering on behalf of the Federal Government £6.9 million said to have been misappropriated by a former governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
He said: “In respect of of the recovery of looted assets, the ministry will engage in an agree waive policy of using Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements or other bilateral and multilateral instruments to seek cooperation with other jurisdictions to ensure the repatriation of illicitly- acquired assets in foreign jurisdictions.
“The collaboration will equally involve the engagement of foreign- based Counsel to attend to matters on behalf of the Federal Government. Low- hanging fruits being targeted in this initiative include $750 million ‘Abaca loot’ as well as the sum of GBP 6.9 million of the ‘Ibori loot’.
“On the long run, the ministry will be in a position to coordinate the recovery of billions of Dollars in foreign jurisdictions, based on current estimations.”
On the issue of terrorism, the AGF said, “My ministry is currently processing approximately 800 terrorism cases for prosecution . The resources required for the successful prosecution of these cases as well as the general coordination of the Criminal Justice Sector as envisaged under the ACIA, were fully captured in the original proposal made by the ministry to the Ministry of Finance.
“The successful prosecution of the above priorities will require the necessary balance of personnel capacity including staff training, travels and tours, resource capacity in terms of adequate budgetary allocations and legislative support by the National Assembly through the passage of all requisite Bills, as may be presented by the executive arm.
“The anti-corruption campaign will involve the deployment of resources by the ministry to assess and prosecute the requisite cases in collaboration with the anti-corruption agencies, pursuit to the overriding powers of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in Sections 150 and 174 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“In respect of measures to ensure the expeditious prosecution of terrorism, the ministry’s efforts will be anchored on the successful implementation of the administration of criminal justice Act 2015, ACJA, and the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act 2013.”
All reports . source: Nigerianeye