EFCC probes Buhari’s ministers; NJC dares DSS, refuses to suspend judges; Dangote Acquires Gas Processing Company In The Netherlands; Boko Haram sets conditions to free 83 more Chibok girls . . .
EFCC probes Buhari’s ministers
The Presidency may have ordered the EFCC to probe some ministers in the Buhari administration, according to sources. To that effect, the EFCC may have opened investigations into activities of some serving ministers in the Buhari administration.
Sources say a minister from the south west and another from the south east geopolitical zones respectively may be under probe as we published this report.
Details later . . .
NJC dares DSS, refuses to suspend judges
The National Judicial Council (NJC) may have drawn the battle line with the Department of State Security (DSS) following the agency’s recent arrest of nine judges for alleged corruption. The DSS had stated that it was waiting for the NJC to suspend the senior judges suspected in the judicial corruption allegations, since the DSS contended, they cannot arraign a serving judges in court unsuspended.
The NJC decided against suspending six of the judges contrary to the expectation of the DSS. It will be recalled that the remaining three had earlier been recommended for suspension by the NJC for misconduct. The NJC however is insisting on the DSS providing evidence of its allegations of corruption against the judges before any official sanction can be taken against them.
The NJC’s refusal to suspend the six serving judges is believed to be delaying their arraignment in court. The two Supreme Court Justices – Justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro – who were among those arrested and granted administrative bail by the DSS have already gone back to their duty posts while the NJC has formally written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the confirmation of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Those under investigation apart from Justices Ngwuta and Okoro are the suspended Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya; Justice Adeniyi Ademola (Federal High Court); suspended Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice I. A. Umezulike; suspended Justice Kabiru Auta of Kano State High Court; Justice Muazu Pindiga (Gombe State High Court); Justice Bashir Sukola and Justice Ladan Manir, of the Kaduna State High Court.
Dangote Acquires Gas Processing Company In The Netherlands
Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has completed the acquisition of Twister B.V, a company headquartered in the Netherlands. DIL is owned by the richest African, Aliko Dangote,
Reports say the Dangote acquisition was part of its strategy to meet Nigeria’s gas requirements because Twister B.V. delivers reliable, high-yield and robust solutions in natural gas processing and separation to the upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors. Its unique separation capabilities are designed for augmenting production and streamlining processes, and, to capitalize on high-yield gas processing for maximising revenues.
The Twister B.V. was formerly owned by Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1 before its recent acquisition by DIL together with its partner – First E&P.
The acquisition complements DIL’s portfolio of investments in the upstream, midstream, and downstream segments of the Oil & Gas sector. The company will help design and build the gas plants which would be critical in processing gas from oil fields for transportation via Dangote’s planned sub-sea pipeline (EWOGGS) for ultimate consumption by various industries and power plants.
Speaking on the new acquisition, Aliko Dangote, President and CEO of Dangote Industries Limited said it “was an important acquisition for us. Twister’s cutting edge gas processing technology is fundamental to delivering our strategy to unlock about 3 bcfd of gas in order to meet Nigeria’s gas needs.”
Boko Haram sets conditions to free 83 more Chibok girls
There are indications that the leadership of the Boko Haram sect might table two major conditions to be met by the Federal Government to seal the deal for the release of more of the Chibok girls in captivity. Reports indicate that negotiations for the expected next phase of the release of 83 Chibok girls has already begun.
Of the 219 girls still missing, a source said that only 114 were left in the captivity of the sect while the rest had long been married off by top commanders and converted to Islam. There are fears in government circles that those Chibok girls are now Boko Haram members, having married the sect members and become radicalized. The remaining 83 girls are believed to be with a top Boko Haram leader.