Israeli cybersecurity contractors hacked into President Muhammadu Buhari’s private e-mail and gave the materials to Cambridge Analytica, a firm hired by former President Goodluck Jonathan . . .
Buhari writes Reps to address joint session of the National Assembly; Nigeria Must Never See War Again – Buhari; Metuh: Court orders Dasuki to enter witness box, rejects Jonathan’s application against subpoena; Court orders EFCC, police to arrest ex-pension boss, Maina; Buhari summons Kyari & Oyo-Ita for ‘fighting’ during Federal Executive Council meeting; IGP files application in court seeking bench warrant against Innoson & 4 others over alleged forgery . . .
Metuh: Court orders Dasuki to enter witness box, rejects Jonathan’s application against subpoena; Metuh: DSS bows to court order, produces Dasuki; I Don’t Have N1bn To Give Jonathan, Metuh Tells Court; Looters’ Trial: Justice Galadima Replaces Salami As C’ttee Chair; Appear next Tuesday or face arrest – Senate warns IG of Police, Idris; Court dismisses Diezani’s application for trial in Nigeria; Dasuki attacks Buhari: They disobeyed four court orders for my bail; Dasuki Appears In Court, Pleads Loss Of Memory . . .
Buhari met Ohanaeze, Igbo governors, ministers & lawmakers; Buhari told World Bank to focus on Northern Nigeria – Kim; At APC South-west Leadership Meeting: ‘Presidential Ticket Open to All’ – Akande; Fear grips Southwest as Boko Haram Sr members are arrested in the region; South African President Zuma begins two-day visit to Imo State today; NNPC shuts Kaduna & Warri refineries over operation costs; Osinbajo Denies Approving 2 NNPC Contracts; NNPC To Intensify Oil Search In 7 Hydrocarbon Basins; Lethal Weapons Recovered From Nnamdi Kanu’s Residence – Police; EFCC, I spent N3.5 Billion on sick children – Patience Jonathan; Politicians grabbed power firms’ shares under Jonathan – Ex-minister; Police IG Idris asks court to stop Saraki, Senate from investigating him; Alleged N2.1b laundering: EFCC, let my mum rest in peace – Patience Jonathan . . .
We don’t need minister’s approval to award contract – NNPC replies supervisory ministry; Gunmen kill 11 in Rivers; Atiku & Jonathan Meet over 2019 Presidency; Baru replies Kachikwu: No law mandates me to discuss contracts with you; Suspend Kachikwu & Baru – Senate panel chair urges Buhari; Police boss protests Senate’s closure of National Assembly Police Division . . .
NIA admits ownership of seized N13bn, says Jonathan approved it
THE mystery surrounding the ownership of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218, 000 recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission . . .
I am under investigation for corruption – Ex-President Jonathan
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Jonathan said that he could not make comments about the investigations.
“Of course, obviously, I would be investigated. in fact I am being investigated. Investigations are going on. I would not want to make certain comments because government is working.
It would not be proper for immediate past president to make certain statements. I will allow the government do the work. I wouldn’t want to make serious comments on that.
After all the investigations, the stories will be properly documented. I have just left office and I should allow the president and his team do what they think is best for the economy.”
– Former President Goodluck Jonathan
The former Nigerian president disagreed with claims that his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari inherited an empty federal treasury.
“It is not true; there is no way that he would have inherited an empty treasury and at the same time give bailout to the states. It’s not possible.
Nigeria is a fairly robust economy but sometimes, we over politicize some issues and make it look so bad. It was not that bad. Some people ask questions like I was the president of Nigeria since independence; I was the president for 5 years.
It is routine in Nigeria from the collapse of the first republic, people blamed corruption. When the second republic collapsed, the military blamed corruption. If there is a major change in government, one political party taking over from another one, there must be issues.”
– Former President Goodluck Jonathan
He said that his government could not tackle the corruption in the oil industry because of certain people – people he did not name in the Bloomberg TV interview.
However, he said about another industry: “In the area of fertilizer subsidy, we cleaned up and the corruption was removed. I wanted to do the same thing in the oil industry but the same people who are accusing us of corruption are the very people that were frustrating it.”
President Buhari jets to London for medical treatment
The president’s Twitter handle, @NGRPresident, tweeted on Sunday, “During the holiday, the President will see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist for a persistent ear infection.”
View the president’s twitter handle statement, below:
President Buhari proceeds on 10-day
vacation, from Monday June 6, 2016
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Reasons Nigerian Banks Are Sacking Workers
Reasons Nigerian Banks Are Sacking Workers; Raymond Dokpesi Escapes Assassination, Police Detail Shot Dead . . .
Nigerian banks started trimming of staff to suit the economic situation. Last week, two banks, Ecobank and Diamond Bank sacked over 1060 staff citing economic downturn as reason for the cut. Reports say the recent sack has increased the number sacked bank workers in the banking industry in the past one year to about 8,500.
The federal government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, intervened and requested the banks to stop the sacking for now. Whether the banks have stopped sacking according to government’s request is open to conjecture.
Reports indicate that there are 7 major reasons why the banks’ are sacking, below:
1. The fall in global oil prices by nearly 60% from $115per barrel to about $44 per barrel in nearly 2 years, thus resulting in lower government revenues, thereby decreasing bank deposits.
2. The introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) triggered the withdrawal of about N2.9 trillion of government funds from the banks and moved same into the Central Banks of Nigeria (CBN) vaults.
3. Nigerian banks are also faced with significant pressure from the abolition of commissions on turnover (COT), which came into force on January 1, 2016.
4. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has beamed its searchlight on the banks, leading to the arrest of some bank CEOs.
5. The banks are under allegations that they helped the Jonathan administration to launder public funds of over $115m into private pockets. As a result, some banks were forced to return some undisclosed amounts of money to the federal government.
6. The worsening foreign exchange crisis in the CBN, banks and the parallel market.
7. The current galloping inflation in Nigeria.
Raymond Dokpesi Escapes Assassination, Police Detail Shot Dead
Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of Daar Communications – owners of Africa Independent Television (AIT) escaped death on Saturday in what appeared to be an assassination attempt in Abuja.
According to Signal NG, Sergeant Den Gaius of the FCT Police Command, a police detail attached to Dokpesi was shot dead during the operation by the heavily armed assailants.
The suspected assassins, numbering four were sighted in a Honda Accord car. According to an eyewitness account, they accosted the deceased in front of Child Care and Awareness Clinic at No 7, Fez Street, Off Kumasi Crescent Wuse 2 Abuja at 2.30am on Saturday, June 4, 2016.
The FCT Police Command was yet to officially react at the time of filing this report.
Tompolo is in Libya, we’ll get him dead or alive – Militant group
Tompolo flees to Libya . . .
Tompolo is in Libya, we’ll get him dead or alive – Militant group; Osinbajo to act as President for 10 days; Militant group threaten to bomb Aso Rock . . .
Tompolo, has fled to Libya, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) alleged on Monday. The group which threatened last week to test six missiles in the Niger Delta states, beginning from tomorrow, said in a statement, below:
“The Military can’t locate Tompolo but we have identified where he is now.” Gen. Akotebe Darikoro, Commander, General Duties; Gen. Torunanaowei Latei, Creeks Network Coordinator; Gen. Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro, Pipelines Bleeding Expert and Gen. Pulokiri Ebiladei, Intelligence Bureau of JNDLF.
Presently, Tompolo is in Libya and we’ll get him dead or alive for betraying us in supporting the federal government against us.”
Osinbajo to act as President for 10 days
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he has transmitted a letter to the National Assembly intimating the federal lawmakers of his 10-day vacation starting today.
Buhari disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the Nnamdi Azikwe International, Abuja shortly before leaving for London where he is expected to attend to his ill-health.
With the letter to the National Assembly, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to act as President for the period Buhari will be away.
Militant group threaten to bomb Aso Rock
A militant group in the Niger Delta, The Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, has threatened to attack the presidential villa in Abuja.
In a statement on Monday, the group said it has listed key areas in the country to carry out its attacks and that occupants of the listed areas to “vacate urgently”.
Some of the buildings the group threatened to attack are the police headquarters, defence headquarters, NNPC towers, CBN headquarters, national assembly, military formations across the country, among others.
The group vowed to lay the foundation for the breakup of the country, adding that former President Goodluck Jonathan should not be brought into the rebirth of militancy in the Niger Delta.
The statement reads: “The followings occupants of these buildings should as a matter of urgency vacate in them immediately IN THEIR OWN INTEREST to save their lives because our fight is not for ANY HUMAN BLOOD but to destroy all those infrastructures that were built with our oil and gas monies in this country. We will make federal government and oil companies to suffer as they have made the people of Niger Delta region suffer over the years.
“We shall fire these Missiles’ simultaneously at the night, as this will enable every Nigerians to see the movement of the MISSILES and equally to believe us of our seriousness attached to the final breakup as predicted by the United States of America (USA).
“We equally advise the diplomatic community to be neutral on this issue as wrong comments against us will be seen as saboteurs. Where they are staying presently will not be affected which is not part of our targeted areas of destruction in the country.”
The militants boasted that the deployment of war arsenal in the region cannot stop them from operating, vowing to embarrass the air force.
They also warned oil companies from repairing destroyed pipelines.
“We shall embarrass the self acclaimed Nigerian Air Force with their recent deployment of fighter aircraft, helicopter gunship and surveillance aircraft when at this digital age, countries are talking about missile development, and they still condescend so low of their present obsolete equipment,” they said.
“Note, we are going to destroy the ones they have deployed to Escravos, Forcados in Delta State; Bonga oil field, Agbami offshore and Brass in Bayelsa; Bony in Rivers; Qua Iboe Terminal in Akwa Ibom State, and Opuekeba in Ondo State if they fails to remove them before time. Our crack team has taken inventory of their equipments. Even the present suffering from a rare ear disease known as Meniere’s disease by President Muhammadu Buhari will not win any sympathy to save our action against the federal government. The name Nigeria as a country will come to an end this week.”
I’ve met all my bail conditions to EFCC, charge me to court – Fani-Kayode; Niger Delta Avengers blow up three more oil facilities; Nigerian Anglican bishops meet Buhari over vandalism & herdsmen’s attacks; PMB Meets GEJ & OBJ Over Niger Delta Avengers . . .
I’ve met all my bail conditions to EFCC, charge me to court – Fani-Kayode
Ex-Spokesman to former President Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode said yesterday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC should release him since he has met all his bail conditions or charge him to court.
A statement signed yesterday by his Media Assistant, Jude Ndukwe and made available to Journalists in Abuja yesterday read, “This is to refute the false information being peddled by a section of the media that former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who has remained illegally detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since May 9, 2016, has not met his bail conditions as set by EFCC.
“Chief Fani-Kayode has since fulfilled the conditions for his bail but rather than take the honourable path of releasing him pending any charge brought against him, the anti-graft agency moved him from Abuja to Lagos where they obtained a questionable warrant to further detain him illegally for another three weeks.
Niger Delta Avengers blow up three more oil facilities
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) launched three more devastating attacks on Nigeria’s’s oil facilities in the Niger Delta region in the early hours of Friday, threatening to bring oil production to zero level soon. The militants blew up ENI’s Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba and Clough Creek-Tebidaba pipelines both in Bayelsa State and Shell’s 48 inch export line at the Forcados Terminal, Burutu Local Government area of Delta State.
The militant group claimed on its Twitter account it had blown up the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba pipeline hours after attacks on the Clough Creek-Tebidaba pipeline. “At about 3:30am our (@NDAvengers) strike team blew up the Brass to Tebidaba Crude oil line in Bayelsa,” the group said.
In a second tweet, it said:”At 3:00 am today @NDAvengers blew up the SPDC Forcados 48″ Exportline. “We warned SPDC not to go ahead with repair works but they refused. This is an example to all other multinationals.” The NDA boasted that their violent acts have brought Nigeria’s oil production to just 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), from 2 million bpd, “without killing a soul.”
Nigerian Anglican bishops meet Buhari over vandalism & herdsmen’s attacks
Anglican Bishops on Friday visited the Nigerian State House in Abuja – on a mission. They sought to know from President Muhammadu Buhari what his administration is doing to tackle the spate of insecurity, especially pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta and herdsmen’s attacks in some parts of the country. The bishops tabled their request before the President during a meeting they had with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari (middle) with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Primate of Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicolas Okoh (4th left) and others praying after a meeting with the President at the State House in Abuja on Friday. Pic: State House
The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, who led the bishops to the meeting, disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents. Okoh said, “We told him (the President) many things, but part of it is that we are all looking for solutions to issues of the herdsmen; the issue of vandalism; on security in one way or the other because the people are asking us and we want to have explanation for the people whom we lead.”
Okoh said, “(His response was) very favourable. He gave us detailed explanations of what he is doing to ensure that these things are solved. So, we have hope; we have a message for our people.”
PMB Meets GEJ & OBJ Over Niger Delta Avengers
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday night met behind closed doors with former President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential villa, Abuja. President Buhari equally met with former president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday in presidential villa. Reports indicate that Buhari met his two former predecessors In view of growing concerns over the spate of attacks on oil pipelines in the Niger Delta by the Niger Delta Avengers.
The meeting between Buhari and Jonathan was held inside the president’s residence at about 9:00pm. Although details of the separate meetings were not officially made known, it was gathered from sources that the meeting between Buhari and Jonathan was not unconnected with the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region, which is threatening to cripple Nigeria’s economy.
It would be recalled that, while he was away from the country for several weeks, there was a media report that Jonathan had gone on self -exile to Cote D’ivoire, ostensibly to avoid an EFCC arrest – an allegation Jonathan described as wicked and malicious.
Buhari also met privately with former President Obasanjo who paid him a visit in Aso Rock on Friday. The former president arrived the Presidential Villa, in the company of Otunba Johnson Fasawe, at about 12.35 pm. After meeting President Buhari behind closed doors, Obasanjo left the Presidential Villa without speaking to journalists.
Buhari Gives EFCC Permission to Probe Goodluck Jonathan; Rivers rerun poll: I’m ready for Wike, Amaechi vows; Nigerian troops kill 40 Boko Haram terrorists, destroy Alajeri camp — Army; Militants Overrun Police Station; Tragedy averted as Lagos-bound plane returns to Port Harcourt after fire alarm . . .
Buhari Gives EFCC Permission to Probe Goodluck Jonathan
The Presidency has stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is free to investigate former President Goodluck Jonathan for corruption.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, also explained that there was no secret pact between President Buhari and Jonathan to exclude the ex-President from the list of corrupt people to be probed by this administration.
He added that the President does not teleguide the EFCC. Another Presidential Spokesman, Shehu Garba, said the anti corruption war is not a witch hunt.
Rivers rerun poll: I’m ready for Wike, Amaechi vows
The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Ameachi, on Saturday vowed that he was ready for Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyeson Wike, in the rerun National and State Assembly elections on March 19.
The immediate past Governor of Rivers State on radio programme monitored in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and tweeted by Rivers Watch on its Twitter handle, alleged that Governor Wike, ran to head the state to steal money and so desperate that he can sell his mother.
Amaechi said: “Nyesom wike is here to steal money. He was my Chief of Staff.
“We will chase Wike’s boys out of the water now we have Dakuku Peterside as DG NIMASA.
“People still want me back as governor.
“I will be here till the March 19 re-run election.
“Let’s see what Wike can do.
Nigerian troops kill 40 Boko Haram terrorists, destroy Alajeri camp — Army
The Boko Haram camp in Alajeri, Guzamala local government area of Borno State has been destroyed by Nigerian troops of the 113 Battalion fighting insurgency in the North East, Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said on Saturday.
Militants Overrun Police Station, Steal Bank’s ATM
A gang of heavily armed men suspected to be militants on Saturday overran a police station, having overwhelmed the policemen on duty, and carted away several arms and ammunition in Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Reports say the hoodlums attempted a raid on a United Bank for Africa (UBA) branch in the same area, but failed.
They were however said to have escaped with the bank’s Automated Teller Machine, which is suspected have a reasonable amount of cash in it.
Amassoma, a coastal town, like many Ijaw areas, is some 30 kilometres away from Yenagoa, the state Capital and is home to late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, former governor of the state.
Tragedy averted as Lagos-bound plane returns to Port Harcourt after fire alarm
A Lagos-bound Air Peace plane on Saturday made an air return some minutes after taking off from the Port Harcourt International Airport, according to an official. The General Manager, Public Relations, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
FG apologises to Nigerians over nationwide blackout
The Federal Government on Friday apologised to Nigerians for the poor power situation the country has been witnessing in the past few weeks.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, blamed the situation on gas shortage, vandalism and sabotage.
He also said all efforts were being made to rectify the situation and ensure a gradual improvement in the power situation.
The minister said the routine maintenance by the Nigeria Gas Company had affected the supply of gas to power stations, forcing down power supply from an all-time high of 5,074 MW to about 4,000MW.
He added that a combination of unsavoury incidents further crashed the power supply to about half that figure.
Mohammed said, “There will be a decent improvement in the power situation from this weekend, thanks to on-going remedial efforts that will double the current power supply to 4,000WM. Getting back to the 5,074MW all-time high that was reached earlier will take a few more weeks.
Ooni of Ife marries new wife in Edo
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, got married to his new wife, Wuraola Obanor, from Edo State, at a traditional marriage held in Benin, the Edo State capital on Saturday.
The wedding rites was performed in the traditional Benin culture at the residence of the bride on Ewere Street, Etete, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state. Although the monarch was not physically present, he was, however, represented by his father, HRH Omooba Oluropo Ogunwusi.
Ex-Delta state governor, Felix Ibru is dead
Delta State governor and one-time Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Felix Olorogun Ibru is dead! Olorogun Felix Ibru The 80-yrs old business tycoon, was said to have passed on after a brief illness.
Until his death Ibru holds the position of President General of the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU) He was born on 7 December 1935 at Agbarha-Otor in the Ughelli North local government area of Delta State to Chief Peter Epete Ibru and Chief (Mrs). He was the scion of the Ibru family.
CBN gas explosion: Police confirm 3 dead, 10 in critical condition
The Cross River Police Command has confirmed three persons dead and 10 in critical condition due to Friday’s gas cylinder explosion at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Calabar.
Mr John Eluu, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Eluu said 20 members of staff of the bank were injured in the explosion which occurred at about 11 a.m., while two others were in critical condition.
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Jonathan’s nephew dead, Kanu rejects secret trial; Buhari goes to Egypt; Tarfa & N225k donation, Sheriff cannot fly—BoT members; Psquare controversy . . .
Jonathan’s abducted nephew found dead in Bayelsa
Mr. Samuel Oki, a nephew of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was today found dead in a creek in Otuoke community, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The 35-year-old was reportedly kidnapped on Wednesday alongside the 72-year-old foster father of Jonathan, Chief Inengite Nitabai.
It was learnt that some fishermen from the former President’s community in Otuoke, discovered Oki’s decomposing body floating on Otuoke river while fishing, two days after the abduction.
Biafra: Kanu rejects FG’s request for secret trial
The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing a six-count treason charge, has opposed an application by the federal government to conduct his trial in secret. FG had in the application it filed before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, decried that all the witnesses billed to testify against Kanu and two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who are facing trial with him, have declined to appear in court.
Buhari departs Nigeria for Egypt
President Buhari has departed Abuja for Egypt where he will be attending the Business for Africa, Egypt and the World Forum.
N225, 000 donation for judge’s father-in-law’s funeral, not bribe – Rickey Tarfa
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Rickey Tarfa, has described as untrue the allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he gave a bribe of N225,000 to Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court.
Tarfa said this in a further affidavit filed on Friday before the court and deposed to by the head of his chambers, John Odubela
The EFCC had, in a counter-affidavit to a N2.5bn fundamental rights enforcement suit filed against it by Tarfa, alleged that the senior advocate bribed Justice Yunusa with N225, 000 on January 7, 2014.
PDP Chairman: Sheriff cannot fly—BoT members
Members of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party have vowed that they would do everything possible to ensure that Senator Ali Amodu Sheriff is not retained as the national Chairman of the party because of what they say is the “huge luggage that he carries”.
Psquare controversy: Paul denies sacking Jude as Manager
Contrary to the news that surfaced on social media following one half of pop duo, P-Square, Peter Okoye’s outburst that the group has sacked their elder brother- manager, Jude, Paul has distanced himself from the claim.
Paul took to his Twitter page to say, ‘This is where I belong and this is where I stand…you do music in the studio, not on social media, you have family issues, you discuss that in close doors, not on social media…Family is family, blood is blood…If you don’t do family business, then who am I to you?”
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