Buhari to visit Sambisa Forest; Fuel pump price: Lawmakers summon Emefiele, Kachikwu; EFCC Boss-Senate Saga: Buhari sticks with Magu; NJC shuts federal courts in Bayelsa for 6 months; Buhari is surrounded by praise singers & sycophants – Emir Sanusi; SGF denies awarding PINE contracts; Adichie named among 50 world’s greatest leaders . . .
Buhari to visit Sambisa Forest
President Muhammadu Buhari (photo: PMB as C-in-C in battledress| Nigerianeye) is scheduled to visit the infamous Sambisa Forest in the embattled northeast of Nigeria. Sambisa Forest is a former official game reserve-turned former enclave, settlement, hideout and last stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast. The president will visit the last battleground of the Boko Haram on Monday to declare open the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC 2017). After liberating the forest, the Nigerian military declared the huge forest as a proposed site for a military institution, building roads into it and kick-starting the new status of Sambisa Forest with the hosting of the annual Small Arms Competition. The competition which starts on Monday is expected to be hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari with the service chiefs in attendance.
Fuel pump price: Lawmakers summon Emefiele, Kachikwu
The House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of Petroleum Products Pricing has summoned the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to appear before it next Monday over the alleged diversion of millions of dollars meant for the importation of premium motor spirit (PMS). Chairman of the committee, Raphael Nnanna-Igbokwe, while making his observation during its investigative hearing on Thursday, declared Alagu wanted, alleging that his company fraudulently sourced and received foreign exchange to the tune of $26 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) using the importation of fuel into the country as a front. Igbokwe expressed displeasure over the denial by the company via a letter to the committee, that it did not engage in the importation of fuel and therefore didn’t source and receive forex from the CBN.
EFCC Boss-Senate Saga: Buhari sticks with Magu
There were indications on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari will insist on Mr. Ibrahim Magu becoming the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after the Senate twice turned down his confirmation. The President appears set to overrule the Department of State Services (DSS) whose report had said that Magu was not fit for the seat. The President, it was learnt, will soon make his position on the embattled acting EFCC boss known. Although a memo on Magu from the DSS to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) leaked to the press on Friday, there were indications that it was part of the plot to stop Buhari from re-nominating the Acting EFCC chairman. In the memo, which Magu had responded to, the DSS attached 12 documents against him. The memo, signed by Folashade Bello for the DG of DSS, said, inter alia: “ I am directed to forward the attached documents in respect of the report earlier dispatched by this Service to the Presidency on the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim MAGU.
NJC shuts federal courts in Bayelsa for 6 months
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has shut down the federal judiciary (the federal superior courts) in Bayelsa State. Bayelsa state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kemasuode Wodu and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Yenagoa and Sagbama lamented that federal courts including the National Industrial Court (NIC) had been shut for six months. About 10,000 cases are pending at different Federal High Courts in Yenagoa, Bayless State, following the closure of the courts by the NJC. Speaking in Yenagoa on Friday, Kemasuode described the situation as worrisome, saying the two courts were closed down because the presiding judges, Justice Hajiya Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court, and Justice Terseer Agbadu-Fishim of National Industrial Court (NIC) were being investigated by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged judicial corruption.
Buhari is surrounded by praise singers & sycophants – Emir Sanusi
The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has sent a warning to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the Emir, the President should be careful because he is surrounded by praise singers and sycophants. These men, he said, are the real “enemies” of the government who could “destroy” his efforts. “I feel sorry for the people in government because they are surrounded by enemies.” he said. He also pleaded with Buhari not to resist criticisms, explaining that the President needed people who will tell him where he goes wrong. The Emir spoke at the 10th Kehinde Sofola (SAN) memorial lecture in Lagos.
SGF denies awarding PINE contracts
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal has denied involvement in contract awards in the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) being investigated by the Senate. He said on Friday in a statement issued by the Director Press, in the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, that newspaper reports linking him to alleged ‘N1.3 billion Contracts’ and ‘contracts awarded to 20 ghost firms’ were untrue. The statement reads, inter alia: ”The general public should not be misled into believe that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has the authority or power to award contracts. This, indeed, is not the case. As with all awards of contract in government, the PINE projects under investigation went through what is referred to as due process in public expenditure. The contracts were awarded only after the requisite clearances were obtained from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)” Lawal said.
Adichie named among 50 world’s greatest leaders
Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been named among 50 greatest world leaders in the 2017 Fortune magazine ranking. The ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ author was ranked at number 42 on the Fortune list. Ms. Adichie’s book ‘Americanah’ won the “One Book, One New York” campaign from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on September 15, 1977. She is a writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She was described in the Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature” Adichie published a collection of poems in 1997 (Decisions) and a play (For Love of Biafra) in 1998. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005).