The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has claimed that the then federal government of former President Goodluck Jonathan delayed in responding to the abduction of 276 Chibok girls from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, on the night of 14–15 April 2014. JONATHAN FIRED BACK! . . .
US First Daughter Ivanka Trump Delighted To Meet Escaped Chibok Girls In The White House
US President Donald Trump and US First Daughter, Ivanka Trump met with two Chibok schoolgirls (from Chibok village) in Northeast Nigeria who had escaped from their Boko Haram abductors . . .
PDP crisis: Sheriff urges Supreme Court to shun Makarfi appeal; No ransom was paid for release of 82 Chibok girls – Lai Mohammed . . .
Osinbajo cannot replace Buhari in 2019 if president dies – Prof. Ango Abdullahi; Osinbajo confirms rescue of another Chibok schoolgirl – Femi Adesina; Jonathan’s six-year-presidency a wasted opportunity for Ijaw people – Dickson; British govt reacts to coup rumors in Nigeria . . .
In the BBC series of Letters From African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani profiles the lawyer who brokered the release of 82 women captured by Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram . . .
Boko Haram Releases 82 Kidnapped Chibok Girls; Released 82 Chibok Girls Arrive Abuja to meet Buhari at 4pm . . .
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”.
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Osinbajo formally welcomed 21 Chibok girls to Nigeria
On Thursday evening, Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo led some top government officials to visit the girls at the DSS Medical Centre, Airport Road, Abuja, where they are currently receiving medical attention. Osinbajo said that only one of the 21 released Chibok girls has a baby . . .
Buhari Sacks Christian Pilgrims Commission Boss
President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the sack of Mr. John Kennedy Opara as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission. The announcement came barely two hours after Opara attended the third session of the 9th synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), with the theme, ‘The poverty of riches’ in Abuja.
A statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal said, the decision was with effect from Thursday, May 19, 2016. Buhari, however, thanked him for his invaluable services to the nation and wishes him well in his future endeavours.
Court dismisses Tarfa’s bid to stall trial
At the commencement of proceedings on Friday, a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere on Friday refused to stay proceedings in a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ricky Tarfa. Justice A. A. Akintoye rejected Tarfa’s application filed through his counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), seeking to restrain the court from hearing a 27-count charge against him, until the Court of Appeal decides an appeal on the matter.
The EFCC arraigned Tarfa on March 10 for allegedly offering a N5.3million gratification to a judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, in order to compromise the judge. The commission alleged that Tarfa transferred the money in several tranches to the judge and that the offence was contrary to Section 64 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No.11, 2011. The charge also included allegations of wilful obstruction of authorised EFCC officials, refusal to declare assets and making false information.
EFCC Moves Fani-Kayode to Lagos
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has moved the former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode to Lagos.
Speaking to newsmen, Fani-Kayode’s special assistant on media, Jude Ndukwe said that no reason was given by the anti-graft agency for the former minister’s transfer.
“They just want to stress him, take him away from his family in order to break him. We do not know why he was moved, we just want to believe it is one of the antics of the EFCC to just harass him and keep him away from as many of his relatives and associates as possible, ” Ndukwe reports.
Apologize to Nigerians on Chibok girls, group tells Jonathan & Fayose
A Civil Society Organization, Africa Arise for Change Network, has asked ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to apologize to Nigerians for not believing that over 200 girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.
Jonathan and Fayose, both of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had said the girls’ abduction was a hoax designed by the then opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to destabilize the government.
The group blamed the long captivity of the girls on the failure of Jonathan’s government to take immediate action after the girls were abducted from their school.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday, the National Coordinator of the group, Nkechi Odoma, commended the present administration and the military for the sustained onslaught on the insurgents and the rescue of two Chibok girls.
She expressed confidence that the military would rescue more Chibok girls from their Boko Haram captors in the days ahead.
Buhari Gives Navy Marching Orders to Stop Vandals in Niger Delta
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Chief of Naval Staff to reorganise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta to deal effectively with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.
A statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said Buhari gave the assurance at a meeting with the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr. Andrew Brown.
The president assured oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Federal Government was taking all necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals and criminals.
The president told Brown that the operations of the JTF were also being enhanced with increased support and cooperation from the United States and Europe in the areas of training, intelligence, equipment and logistics.
“We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy. I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region,” Buhari said.
Militants blow up Escravos pipeline in Delta
Niger Delta militants have blown a section of the Escravos gas trunkline behind salvation city, near Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West local government area of Delta state.
A source disclosed that the incident happened in the early hours of Friday.
The source described the attack as a “big blow” to gas production in the country, revealing that the facility belongs to phase two of the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline owned by the Nigerian Gas Company Limited (NGC).
Efforts made to confirm the development from Isa Ado, spokesman of operation Pulio Shield, the joint task force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, did not yield any result, as he refused to answer calls on his mobile telephone.
Escravos Lagos pipeline recorded an attack in February, resulting in the shortage of 3,132 megawatts (Mw) of electricity, and difficulties for operators of power generation plants.
It also affected the gas supply through the gas pipeline from Olero Creek.
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a new militant group, has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks in the region.
Lagos Court jails ex-NIMASA boss, Omatseye for five years
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency, Mr. Raymond Omatseye, to five years in prison for a N1.5bn contract scam.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned for engaging in contract splitting and bid rigging estimated at over N1.5bn while he was the DG of NIMASA.
The offence, according to the EFCC, contravened Section 58(4) (d) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
Omatseye was also charged with money laundering contrary to Sections 14(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004.