EFCC Should Quiz Dogara, Lasun, others For Financial Scam – Jibrin; 10 standing committees inserted N284bn projects in budget – Hon. Jibrin; We have defeated Boko Haram – Nigerian Army; Jonathan responsible for the present economic situation – Fr. Mbaka; Troops ambush Boko Haram militants in Borno; El-Zakzaky health deteriorating – Shiite followers; OBJ Meets PMB, Delivers Messages From Liberian & Gambian Presidents; Why we attacked Catholic Church in Niger State – Suspect; Buhari & Obasanjo in close door meeting; Budget padding: I ‘ve been vindicated – Obasanjo . . .
EFCC Should Quiz Dogara, Lasun, others For Financial Scam – Jibrin
A member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jubrin, on Monday accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, of perpetrating financial fraud on behalf of entire members of the House. Jibrin, who was sacked by Dogara as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, said the magnitude of corruption perpetrated by Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun, Chief Whip, Hassan Ado Doguwa and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, is in contrast to the anti-corruption position of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He asked Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the Speaker and the other three principal officers of the House for financial fraud. In a statement issued on Monday, Jibrin alleged that the Speaker is running the finances of the House like his personal estate. He said: “Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his senior cabal namely – Deputy Speaker of the House, Yussuff Lasun, Whip Ado Doguwa and the Minority leader, Leo Ogor had promoted corruption so badly in the House that if President Muhammadu Buhari with his disdain for corruption and corrupt people have the slightest idea, he will ban the quartet permanently from the Villa before they eventually allow for proper and unbiased investigation by the House.
10 standing committees inserted N284bn projects in budget – Hon. Jibrin
The former chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Sunday, gave a startling revelation on how 10 standing committees allegedly inserted constituency projects worth N284 billion into the 2016 budget without the knowledge of their members. He also alleged that the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, secretly persuaded him to smuggle N20 billion into the budget through Service Wide Vote.
He, however, exonerated the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, and three other principal officers from the alleged scandal now rocking the padding of the 2016 budget by the House leadership, adding that the budget inputs inserted on their names were exclusively carried out by the speaker, his deputy, Yussuff Lasun; Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.
We have defeated Boko Haram – Nigerian Army
The Nigerian Army said it has defeated the Boko Haram insurgents especially in consideration that there were no longer camps of terrorist group anywhere in the North-Eastern part of the country. Army Spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said this while addressing journalists at the inauguration of Strategic Communication Course for senior officers at the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information, Bonny Camp, Lagos.
Usman, assured Nigerians that the military was winning the war against the insurgents said there were no more terrorists clustered in a particular place in the area. He said that, “the situation in the North-East has tremendously improved. The military operations or the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North-East is hinged on three things, first, defeating the Boko Haram terrorists which have been accomplished and making room to facilitate humanitarian assistance which is also ongoing, then restoration of law and order for good governance to take place.
He said that roads that were hitherto close are now open to the extent that, “we have trans-border trade. Take for instance; just recently, the important road that links Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon was just re-opened, We have come to the point that we can beat our chest and decisively say we have dealt with Boko Haram.’’
Jonathan responsible for the present economic situation – Fr. Mbaka
I’ve no regrets predicting President Goodluck Jonathan’s fall – Fr. Ejike Mbaka
Fiery and controversial Enugu Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, on Sunday said he had no regret over his 2015 prophesy of change, where he had predicted that former President Goodluck Jonathan would be defeated in the last general elections. He dismissed claims that he fell apart with Jonathan over the latter’s refusal to grant his request for oil well as “lies from the pit of hell.”
Mbaka, who spoke through his media aide, Maximus Ike Ugwuoke, ahead of his 21st priestly ordination anniversary, said he would not regret the 2015 change prophesy despite the current sufferings Nigerians were experiencing. The priest maintained that the Jonathan administration, which he alleged ran a wasteful government, should be held responsible for the present economic situation in Nigeria.
Troops ambush Boko Haram militants in Borno
The Nigerian Army says troops on Operation Lafiya Dole early yesterday ambushed Boko Haram militants around Musafanari in Borno State.
A statement from army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the troops ambushed the militants crossing into the Sambisa forest from Komala and Musafanari.
He said the ambush party killed two Boko Haram militants while two soldiers sustained gunshot wounds, adding that the wounded had since been airlifted and were receiving treatment at a military medical facility.
He added that the troops also recovered two AK-47 rifles, four AK-47 rifle magazines fully loaded, 25 litres of petrol and food items. Also recovered were a motorcycle and two bicycles among other items.
El-Zakzaky health deteriorating – Shiite followers
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has raised alarm over the deteriorating health of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. El-Zakzaky had been held in “protective custody” since the 14th day of December 2015 when the Movement clashed with the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State last year. The group, also known as Shiites, expressed fear that El-Zakzaky who had been under “protective custody at the Department of State Service detention facility, might die due to his failing health.
The Chairman, Resource Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Prof. Abdullahi Danladi insisted that El-Zakzaky needed urgent medical attention following injuries he sustained when members of the group clashed with the Nigeria Army last year. Danladi added that El-Zakzaky’s wife and other members were critically wounded and were still on various military detention facilities across the north. Danladi said El-Zakzaky’s wife had bullets lodged close to her spinal cord, noting that a doctor had said that an attempt to remove the bullet may lead to her being paralysed.
OBJ Meets PMB, Delivers Messages From Liberian & Gambian Presidents
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday delivered messages from the Presidents of Liberia and Gambia to President Muhammadu Buhari. Obasanjo made this known while answering questions from State House correspondents after a closed meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
The former president said he updated president Buhari on the outcome of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Africa Export-Import Bank, which he attended in Seychelles Island. “I have some messages for the president. Not too long ago, I was in Liberia and The Gambia and the presidents of these two countries had some messages that they would want me to deliver to the President. Also, only yesterday I came back from Seychelles Island, where I attended this year’s Annual General meeting of Africa Export –Import Bank . . .” he said
Why we attacked Catholic Church in Niger State – Suspect
One of the men who allegedly attacked a Catholic church in Niger state has opened up on why he did it. 18-year old suspect, Abba Usman, said that some female members of the church should be blamed for playing musical instruments so loud, dancing and making noise while a Juma’at prayer was going on at the mosque opposite the church on Friday, July 15 ; Nigerian Tribune reports.
He said, “We went to the church to teach them a bitter lesson so that they will never disturb the peace of the mosque again, especially on a Friday when we are having a prayer. They have the whole of Sunday to themselves and we have never disturbed them from doing their own programmes”. “We all entered the church and vandalised some of their property, while we took some of their musical instruments and other valuables. I went for two of the microphones with the aim of selling them, but I was not lucky as I was caught with them,” the suspect stated.
Buhari & Obasanjo in close door meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari and Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, on Monday held a private meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja. The former president arrived at the villa about 12:50pm, and he proceeded into a closed-door meeting with the president.
Both men had had a series of such private discussions since Buhari assumed power on May 29. Obasanjo had visited Buhari for private talks on November 10, and on August 8, and he returned to the villa a month later. Both men, who go into record as the only Nigerians who have presided over the country as military heads of state and civilian presidents, seem to be enjoying a good relationship. As with all previous meetings, the matters discussed at Monday’s meeting were not disclosed to the media.
Budget padding: ‘I ‘ve been vindicated’ – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reiterated his earlier position in 2012 that rogues and armed robbers filled the legislatures in Nigeria. The ex-president was referring to the padding controversy of over N40 billion in the House of Representatives. Obasanjo while attending the Fourth annual conference of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies in Lagos had said in 2012: “Integrity is necessary for all systems and institutions to be strong.
Today, rogues, armed robbers are in the state houses of assembly and the national assembly. What sort of laws will they make?” Fielding questions from State House Correspondents on the mind-bogging, revelations in the House of Representatives after meeting privately with President Mohammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, Obasanjo said that the institution stinks.
He urged Nigerians to vote credible people in the parliaments, advising President Buhari to be wary. He said: “Well, if you said that I have said it in the past and if they are people who didn’t believe what I said in the past then you now say that what has come out confirms what I said in the past, then you can say what I said in the past is what I will say now.
Why my regime was toppled in 1985 – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday declared he was removed from office in a coup d’etat on August 27, 1985 because he was planning to purge the military hierarchy of corruption. The president specifically pointed a finger at two of his top subordinates in the army then, former Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Babangida and two-time National Security Adviser (NSA), General Aliyu Gusau, as arrowheads who toppled his military government in August 1985 to save themselves from his corruption drive.
In an interview published in The Interview magazine, Buhari challenged Babangida and Gusau to tell the truth as to why they carried out the coup against him. The President was quoted in the statement as having said: “I learnt that Aliyu Gusau, who was in charge of intelligence, took import licence from the Ministry of Commerce which was in charge of supplies and gave it to Alhaji Mai Deribe, a Maiduguri-based businessman, who has since passed on.
“It was worth N100,000, a lot of money at that time. I confronted them and took the case to the Army Council in a memo. I wanted Gusau punished.”Azu’s statement had quoted Babangida as having told The Interview in its December edition that there was nothing in the memo, which, Buhari said he submitted to the Army council.
“Don’t forget that I was one of Buhari’s closest aides. I was the Chief of Army Staff. So, I had an important position, an important role to play within that administration. I don’t think it had to do with a memo,” Babangida said.
But throwing a challenge which revealed that the past may neither have been forgotten nor forgiven, Buhari dares Babangida and Gusau to come clean on why they removed him, asking The Interview to choose whose story to believe.