Nigerian Army raises battalion to remove Gambia President Jammeh; Biafra: Abuja Court suspends Kanu’s trial Till February 10; Metuh asks Abuja court to allow Dasuki testify in his trial; Kudirat Abiola: Supreme Court grants Lagos leave to re-open case against Al-Mustapha; Biafra: Buhari committed felony in 1983, not me, Kanu to Court; Jonathan approved N80bn special funds for Dasuki; Nigeria May Lose $550m Abacha’s Loot To US – Prof. Sagay; U.S., release $550m ‘Abacha loot’ – Nigeria; Former Niger Delta Agitators Back Buhari; Buhari jets out to Gambia Friday for ECOWAS mission; Buhari assures Malala of safe return of Chibok girls . . .
Nigerian Army raises battalion to remove Gambia President Jammeh
Nigerian Army has raised an army battalion to be deployed to The Gambia after Jan 19 to forcefully remove President Yahya Jammeh if he fails to step down on January 19. Premium Times reports that the battalion, christened ECOMOG NIBATT 1, was drawn from the 19th Battalion in Okitipupa, Ondo State, and units from across the country. Army HQ has instructed about 800 nominated officers and men to report at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, for a crashed course on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency.
Biafra: Abuja Court suspends Kanu’s trial Till February 10
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed Feb. 10 to rule on whether or not it will dismiss the treason charges preferred against a pro-Biafra leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and quash charges preferred against Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who were charged along with Kanu. The court will rule on an application on the competence of the charge against Kanu, the first defendant. The four defendants are standing trial for alleged treasonable felony and terrorism.
Metuh asks Abuja court to allow Dasuki testify in his trial
Ex-PDP spokesman Olisa Metuh has asked the federal high court, Abuja, to subpoena Sambo Dasuki, ex-NSA to testify in his trial. Emeka Etiaba, counsel to Metuh on Wednesday, reminded Justice Okon Abang of a pending subpoena before the court to invite Dasuki as the next witness. Abang advised defence and prosecuting counsels to liaise with the authority holding Dasuki to release him to appear in his court. Abang said after the approach to release Dasuki is refused, then they can come back to him. Abang adjourned hearing to Feb 21 and 24.
Kudirat Abiola: Supreme Court grants Lagos leave to re-open case against Al-Mustapha
The Supreme Court, Thursday, gave Lagos State the nod to appeal against the discharge and acquittal of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha over the murder of Kudirat Abiola. Al-Mustapha was an ex-chief security officer to the late dictator Gen. Sani Abacha. He was accused of complicity in the murder of Kudirat, wife of late Moshood Abiola, the June 12, 1993 presidential election winner annulled by ex-dictator Ibrahim Babangida. Lagos State approached the court seeking permission to challenge a Court of Appeal judgment that freed Al-Mustapha on July 12, 2013.
Biafra: Buhari committed felony in 1983, not me, Kanu to Court
Detained pro-Biafra leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of committing treasonable felony against Nigeria. Kanu made reference to the Dec 31,1983 military coup that brought Buhari to power. He prayed that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja should quash the 11-count treason charge against him and three other pro-Biafra agitators. The said coup ousted the democratically elected government of President Shehu Shagari.
Jonathan approved N80bn special funds for Dasuki
Ex-National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.) received over N80 billion to execute projects. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan approved N80.83bn to NSA (May 20, 2013- March 2015). Documents showed payments were made in five batches from two special fund accounts: the Stabilisation and Residual Account and Development of Natural Resource Account. Some of the funds were spent on projects such as dam construction, protection and surveillance. Dasuki is on trial for alleged misappropriation of $2.2bn arms procurement deal.
Nigeria May Lose $550m Abacha’s Loot To US – Prof. Sagay
Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Prof. Itse Sagay, disclosed that Nigeria risked losing another $550m recovered from the Abacha family to the US. In a media parley on asset recovery jointly organized by PACAC and Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Prof Sagay said the amount represents a separate tranche from the earlier $480m forfeited to the US following a court judgment in August 2014.
U.S., release $550m ‘Abacha loot’ – Nigeria
Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Prof. Itse Sagay has on behalf of the federal government called on the US government to release the looted $550million by Nigeria’s ex-military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha. Sagay at a media conference on asset recovery and asset return in Abuja, said the government wanted an unconditional return of the country’s stolen wealth. The media parley was jointly organised by PACAC and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.
Former Niger Delta Agitators Back Buhari
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Program, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd), yesterday held an emergency meeting with the leaders of ex-agitators from all the nine Niger Delta states and stakeholders in Benin City, Edo State. The meeting had leaders, state coordinators and members from all the nine Niger Delta states in attendance with the stakeholders pledging their support for the Muhammadu Buhari- led administration.
Buhari jets out to Gambia Friday for ECOWAS mission
President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja to Banjul the capital of Gambia on Friday to meet with President Yahya Jammeh and the President-elect Adama Barrow in his capacity as the Chief Mediator for ECOWAS in Gambia’s political impasse. Buhari will be joined by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Chairperson of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Koroma and ex-Ghanaian President John Mahama the co-meditator in The Gambian mission, following the resolution of ECOWAS in Abuja on Monday.
Buhari assures Malala of safe return of Chibok girls
President Muhammad Buhari said that Nigeria was ‘unrelenting in its efforts to ensure the safe return of the Chibok girls who remain in captivity’. Responding to a letter written to him by Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund, Buhari said while he cannot divulge details of ongoing negotiations to secure release of the girls due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations, ”rest assured, however, of the doggedness, commitment and sincerity of Nigeria towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls, and indeed all others still in captivity”.