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! . . .
Boko Haram insurgency: Buhari creates intelligence sharing centre in Maiduguri; Many people are suffering because of decisions I took as president — Jonathan; Buhari orders audit of recovered assets within one month; Oba of Benin visits Abuja; EFCC releases ex-SGF from detention; Corruption: Lagos judge withdraws from bribery trial; Boko Haram attacks: Police boss places command officers on red alert; Makarfi to contest PDP presidential ticket in 2019 – aide . . .
$1.3bn Malabu oil deal: Reps may have resolved to invite Jonathan; Lagos court orders FG to name officials who returned looted funds; Presidency disowns Osinbajo over remarks on nominees’ Senate confirmation; Lagos court to hear Evans’ case against police July 13 . . .
Presidency speaks on rumoured coup plot by Army officers; Ifeanyi Ubah arrested for economic sabotage punishable by death – DSS; Jonathan, Dickson can’t be separated —Bayelsa PDP; Customs seize container with 440 guns imported from Turkey; Why Buhari could not be treated in Nigeria – Health minister . . .
IPOB orders remembrance of Biafran fallen heroes on May 30; Niger Delta Group Knock Dickson Over Jonathan Comment; Senate probes DSS recruitment; Female suicide bombers hit University of Maiduguri again!;Ifeanyi Ubah: NNPC challenges Lagos court’s jurisdiction to hear suit; Ifeanyi Ubah to stay in prison custody till May 25; Osinbajo signs three executive orders; We’ll remain loyal to Nigeria – Nigerian Air Force . . .
Suspended NIA boss did not brief Buhari, NSA about N15bn Ikoyi cash — Presidency; ’Against the Run of Play’ contains distorted claims – Jonathan; I will reveal how Jonathan was removed in my forthcoming book — Tinubu; Those asking Buhari to resign are expressing their opinion – Femi Adesina; Abuja House Raid: Wike Accuses IGP Of Plot To Kill Him; N17bn Recovered Through Whistle-blowing Policy – EFCC; Nigeria’s getting out of Recession – Lai Mohammed; Assassination Attempt On Sen. Melaye: Police Arrest 6 Suspects . . .
FGN admits Boko Haram leader Shekau is still at large; Senate suspends Ndume for 6 months; Senate draws battle line over Magu with Buhari; Senators will regret not screening Buhari’s list of RECs – Prof. Sagay; Buhari sends 2 new ministerial nominees to senate; Bishop Kukah denies collecting money from Jonathan; Nigerian military searching for elusive Boko Haram leader – Defence minister; Senate summons Prof. Sagay over ‘controversial comment’; Senate is an arm of government that must be respected – Presidency; Dokpesi got N2.1bn for 2015 presidential campaigns – 1stBank manager . . .
Jonathan denies $1.3b Malabu oil deal bribe; EFCC finds N632.2m in ex-Enugu Chief Judge’s account; Nigeria Seeks $400m World Bank Loan to Rebuild North East; CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial to Jan. 17; Nigerian government re-arraigns Justice Ademola, wife & senior lawyer; Rivers Govt Has Sued Police Over Probe Into Rerun Election – Wike; Joe Agi SAN charged with bribing judge with N30 million & BMW; Southern Kaduna crisis: El-Rufai announces arrest of masterminds; APC welcomes Ndume’s removal as Senate Leader; Sahara Reporters publisher arrested by police; NDDC Denies N80bn Misappropriation Allegation By Militant Group; Ekweremadu, defect to remain Deputy Senate President – Senate APC caucus . . .
Jonathan denies $1.3b Malabu oil deal bribe
Ex-President Godluck Jonathan on Wednesday denied collecting $466m kickback from the $1.3 billion OPL 245 Malabu oil deal involving Shell and ENI. In a statement by his Media Adviser Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan said: “We wish to make it clear that former President Jonathan was not accused, indicted or charged for . . . bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement body the world over . . . the negotiations and transactions for the oil block deal predate the presidency of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan which began on 6th May 2010 and ended on 29th May 2015.
EFCC finds N632.2m in ex-Enugu Chief Judge’s account
EFCC agents have traced over N632.2million to former Enugu State Chief Judge Innocent Azubuike Umezulike’s account. Some of the lodgements came from lawyers, businessmen, politicians and litigants, an EFCC source said yesterday. Justice Umezulike is alleged to have been operating an account without a Bank Verification Number (BVN). Three properties allocated to the ex-CJ may be confiscated, The Nation learnt. The former Chief Judge has been invited for interrogation on January 17 on some of the “shocking” lodgments.
Nigeria Seeks $400m World Bank Loan to Rebuild North East
Nigerian government Tuesday said it was seeking $400 million World Bank loan to rebuild the North-east of Nigeria after the destruction of its infrastructure and social system by Boko Haram. Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North-east Initiative (PCNI), Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd), stated this during a visit by a Sub-Committee of the PCNI to the service chiefs in Abuja. Danjuma, represented by the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Tijani Tumsah, said the federal government was committed to rebuilding the North-east.
CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial to Jan. 17
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki to Jan 17, to enable the prosecution to present more witnesses. CCT Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, adjourned the matter following request for more time by the prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs SAN. Umar said the tribunal was following the provisions of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). “We are bound by the ACJA; we are trying to be lenient with all the parties. This matter is hereby adjourned to Jan. 17 for continuation of hearing,
Jacobs had said some of the prosecution witnesses were in Lagos and that time was needed to enable him to produce them.
Nigerian government re-arraigns Justice Ademola, wife & senior lawyer
The Nigerian government yesterday re-arraigned suspended justice of the Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola and his wife, Olabowale on amended charges bordering on gratification and illegal possession of arms. Arraigned alongside the two is Joe Odey Agi SAN, accused of bribing Justice Ademola N38m through his wife and son Ademide. The defendants pleaded not guilty. the FG plans to call 14 witnesses to prove its case when the trial commences on Monday, 16th January. Thirteen exhibits have also been filed by the federal government.
Rivers Govt Has Sued Police Over Probe Into Rerun Election – Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has announced that the Rivers state government has approached the court to challenge the setting up of the Nigerian Police Special Joint Investigation Panel on the Dec 10, 2016 rerun election in Rivers state. Wike told the panel headed by a deputy commissioner of Police (DCP), Damian Okoro, that they were established by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, with a predetermined goal, with the aim of assisting the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Election Petitions Tribunal.
Joe Agi SAN charged with bribing judge with N30 million & BMW
The federal government on Wednesday arraigned Joe Agi SAN, a judge of the Federal High Court Lagos, Adeniyi Ademola, and his wife, Olubowale, on an 11-count charge in Dec 2016 for alleged fraud. They were later granted bail on self recognisance; to pay N50 million each as bail conditions; also to submit their international passport, pending the determination of the matter. They were indicted for allegedly conspiring to collect N30 million gratification from a company belonging to Mr. Agi, Joe Agi and associates, in March 2015.
Southern Kaduna crisis: El-Rufai announces arrest of masterminds
The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced the arrest of the alleged masterminds of the attacks in the southern part of Kaduna state. El-Rufai revealed this when he visited the state Commissioner of Police – without naming names. He said his administration would ensure that all those involved in the attacks in the region are prosecuted in accordance with the law. The Nigerian military on the other hand, embarked on a cross-border patrol of Plateau and Kaduna states to prevent any spillover of recent attacks in the region.
APC welcomes Ndume’s removal as Senate Leader
APC welcomed the replacement of the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, with Ahmed Lawan (photo: right). In a statement by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, it said it views the change “as concrete expression of faith by the APC Senate Caucus in our efforts to resolve the lingering issues that have trailed the election of Senate leadership”. Sen. Lawan from Yobe State was the preferred candidate of the APC leadership to emerge as Senate President on June 9 last year, which could not happen because Dr. Bukola Saraki (photo: left) was elected the senate president against the wish of the party leadership.
Sahara Reporters publisher arrested by police
Omoleye Sowore the publisher of SaharaReporters has been arrested by the Lagos police command. The Lagos State police spokesman, SP Dolapo Badmos, on Wednesday confirmed Sowore’s arrest for alleged threat to life and blackmail on a London based journalist, Lekan Fatodun. Sowore was picked up in his home by policemen attached to Area ‘F’ command, Ikeja. after a petition by Fatodun alleging that Sowore published a story on alleged money laundry against him – alleging he was assisting politicians to move money out of Nigeria.
Sahara Reporters publisher released by police
The publisher of Saharareporters Omoyele Sowore who was arrested Wednesday by the Lagos police command in his Lagos home has been released. SaharaReporters on its twitter handle @SaharaReporters said that he has been released: ”Omoyele Sowore has been released from police detention . . . more details to follow.” Sowore was picked up in his home by policemen attached to Area ‘F’ command, Ikeja. after a petition by London-based journalist, Lekan Fatodun alleging that Sowore published a story on alleged money laundry against him.
NDDC Denies N80bn Misappropriation Allegation By Militant Group
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has denied an allegation by the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC) that the commission spent N80 billion to prosecute the election of a former governor in the South-South zone of the country. In a statement in Port Harcourt by its Head, Corporate Affairs, Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, NDDC described the allegations by the militant group published in one of the national dailies, headlined: “Another Niger Delta Militant Group Announces Resumption of Hostilities” as unsubstantiated and unverifiable.
Ekweremadu, defect to remain Deputy Senate President – Senate APC caucus
24 hours after APC senate caucus sacked Sen. Ali Ndume as Majority Leader and replaced him with Sen. Ahmed Lawan, a plot by the senators to reclaim the seat of the Deputy Senate President emerged during plenary on Wednesday. Two members of the caucus called on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to defect to the APC during the session. Sen. Ndume also hinted that the APC caucus might be planning Ekweremadu’s ouster. Ekweremadu is of the minority Peoples Democratic Party.
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DSS accuses Wike of planning breakdown of law and order in Abuja; Rivers: 15-man panel to probe Wike, others; SSS accuses Wike, Saraki’s aide, others of plotting to destabilise Abuja; UN unanimously adopts Nigeria-sponsored resolution to curb, recover illicit financial flows; DSS arrests Saraki’s aide, three others; Ibori freed, FG begins ex-Delta governor’s extradition process; U-TURN: Jonathan disowns comment on 2019 elections . . .
IG Protect me from Dino Melaye – Remi Tinubu; EFCC grills pilot who flew N1.299b cash for Fayose & Obanikoro; Lawyers & judges are slowing down Nigeria’s anti-corruption war – Buhari; $2.1b arms scandal: ‘I collected N100m approved by Jonathan’ – Okupe; ABA militants vow to declare Niger Delta Republic on August 1st; EX-IGP Arase took away 24 police vehicles – Acting AIG Ibrahim; IG Protect me from Dino Melaye – Remi Tinubu: The petition . . .
IG Protect me from Dino Melaye – Remi Tinubu
Senator Oluremi Tinubu has written a petition against Senator Dino Melaye. In the petition with reference number SOT/Vol.2/135 which was addressed to the acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and dated July 18, 2016, the senator, who is the wife of the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said Melaye threatened her life on the floor of the Senate last week.
She said Melaye had a penchant for violence as he had engaged in fisticuffs with his colleagues when he was in the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2011. The complainant alleged that a particular lawmaker had even died after being beaten up by Melaye. She, therefore, urged the IG to protect her from harm.
IG Protect me from Dino Melaye – Remi Tinubu: The petition
EFCC grills pilot who flew N1.299b cash for Fayose & Obanikoro
A pilot has told the EFCC how he flew a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, with N1.299 billion cash for Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose. Capt. Ahmed Bashir Borodo said the cash was wrapped with green military tarpaulin bags before it was loaded onto the chartered aircraft registered HS125-800 5N-BMT, owned by Gyro Air Limited.
He said the bags were so heavy that only three people could carry one at a time. Also, the General Manager of Gyro Air Limited, Mr. Jide West, has disclosed that about $25, 200 was paid for the two chartered flights from Lagos to Akure and Akure to Abuja.
EFCC detectives grilled Borodo and West during the weekend The session was part of the ongoing probe of Fayose for allegedly receiving the N1.299billion slush funds from Obanikoro through his associate, Abiodun Agbele.
Lawyers & judges are slowing down Nigeria’s anti-corruption war – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said the judicial arm of government was yet to perform its functions to the satisfaction of Nigerians given the reforms brought about by the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). The president stated this at the National Judicial Institute (NJI) Abuja, while declaring open a Workshop for Nigerian Judges organized by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in conjunction with the NJI.
The President also said the Judiciary must take steps to ensure that it was not perceived as being partisan. He said Judges must be aware of the sensitivities of the public and take steps towards avoiding even a shred of a doubt regarding their independence.
“In justice, integrity is a necessity. Hence, Judicial Officers and all other members of this sector must always demonstrate manifest integrity,” the president said. He advised the judiciary to be in the forefront of efforts to develop rights-based jurisprudence as an element in the multi-disciplinary approach advocated in the fight against corruption.
He also said as an arm of government, the judiciary had a role to play in the fight against corruption by enforcing the applicable laws.
Photo L-R: The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed; President Muhammadu Buhari; Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay; Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; President, Commonwealth Judges and Magistrate Association, Justice John Vertes and the Administrator, National Judicial Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo, at the International Workshop on Criminal Justice Administration, Development and Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, in Abuja on Monday | NAN
$2.1b arms scandal: ‘I collected N100m approved by Jonathan’ – Okupe
Former Senior Special Assitant, SSA, (Media and Publicity) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has admitted collecting more than N100million from the Office of National Security Adviser(ONSA) under the embattled Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.). Okupe said part of the cash was a N10milion vote to furnish his rented apartment.
The ex-President approved the release of the funds from his security vote, Okupe said. He also faulted the EFCC for making his heart-related challenge, called sinus bradycadia, public. Okupe and his companies are under probe for allegedly receiving N162million illicit payments to him and his companies by Dasuki and Chanchaga Local Government Area in Niger State.
ABA militants vow to declare Niger Delta Republic on August 1st
Adaka Boro Avengers (ABA) said on Sunday that it had concluded arrangements with other militant groups to declare the Niger Delta region an independent republic on August 1. The militant group also gave the Federal Government an ultimatum to withdraw its personnel and establishment from the region before the date of its declaration of independence.
It also ordered all northerners and people of the South West to vacate its territory. ABA, in a statement issued by General Edmos Ayayeibo, its spokesperson, mandated the Federal Government to use the three weeks’ notice to “move out all military personnel and all government agencies out of the Niger Delta,” and warned that “failure will lead to destruction of military barracks and personnel.”
“We, the Adaka Boro Avengers and all the freedom fighters in the Niger Delta region have met and come to a conclusion that we are declaring the Niger Delta Republic three weeks from today July 18, 2016. So we are by this notice calling on the Nigerian government to move out all military personnel and all government agencies out of the Niger Delta. Failure will lead to destruction of military barracks and personnel . . ., the group said.
EX-IGP Arase took away 24 police vehicles – Acting AIG Ibrahim
The immediate-past Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Solomon Arase, on Monday, denied the allegation by his successor, Acting IGP Ibrahim Idris (photo: below), that he (Arase) took away 24 police vehicles while leaving office. Reports say that Idris, yesterday, in an interaction with some reporters in Abuja, alleged that from preliminary investigations, the former IGP Arase alone took 24 vehicles, while some of the retired Deputy Inspector-Generals of Police (DIG) also went away with quite many.
He said the police had already written to Arase and others to return the vehicles they took, as the former IGP was entitled to only four vehicles. However, reacting in a statement from London, where he is billed to attend the graduation ceremony of his son, Arase expressed shock over the allegation. He wondered why Idris, who could have sent him a “text message”, decided to address the media on the issue. He also denied receiving any letter from his successor on the development.
Arase said: “I suspect there must be a disconnect somewhere because every information needed by my successor are provided in my handover notes. “I’m also not aware that any letter was written to me because if there was any dropped in my house, someone would have alerted me.
Paul Le Guen is the new Super Eagles coach
The Technical and Development Committee (TDC) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Monday, named Frenchman, Paul Le Guen as the new Super Eagles head coach, subject to agreement on personal terms. Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, a member of the technical committee, Paul Bassey said Le Guen is to be assisted by Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo. Alloy Agu is the goalkeeper’s trainer.
Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has reassured of the desire of his federation to see the country qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. Speaking to journalists, Monday, after a meeting with members of the technical committee of the NFF, Pinnick said the decision to get a quality coach was taken after the failure of the national to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).