$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 . . .
INEC begins Dino’s recall Process July 10; Osinbajo in Addis Ababa for 29th AU Summit; $20m fraud allegation: Court orders Patience Jonathan to pay EFCC N50,000; Nigeria now in a state of emergency – Speaker Dogara . . .
President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly rejected files brought to him in London for his perusal and approval, according to reports. . .
VP Osinbajo & ex-VP Sambo in closed-door meeting; Kano Assembly to probe Emir of Kano; Osinbajo’s report recommends sack of SGF Lawal & NIA boss Oke; Court remands ex-FCT minister in Kuje prison . . .
Buhari’s letter not clear on transfer of power to Osinbajo: Report; President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter (dated 7th May, 2017) to the Senate; Reactions after Saraki read Buhari’s letter; Alleged bribery: DSS presents video evidence on Hon. Lawan; N11bn Stolen Oil: Tanker Drivers Debunk Allegation Of Sabotage; Ifeanyi Ubah sues DSS seeking release from detention; N3 Billion loot: How we broke into Ex-NNPC boss, Yakubu’s house – EFCC tells court; NASS Increases 2017 Budget by N143bn . . .
Buhari leaves Nigeria for medical attention in London; Osinbajo will take charge of Nigeria in my absence – Buhari; DSS arrests Ifeanyi Ubah over N11 Billion petrol theft; Why we are detaining Ifeanyi Ubah – DSS . . .
President Muhammadu Buhari is back! The president arrived on Friday to Nigeria after nearly two months away on medical vacation in London, United Kingdom. The presidential jet that conveyed Buhari landed at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna at 7.40am . . .
FG explains plea to banks not to sack workers – Udo Udoma; 2 ex-Ministers in EFCC net over $115m Diezani cash; Niger Delta Militants’ attacks push oil price to $51; Bombing threats: Osinbajo meets South-South govs, service chiefs & others; 2013 Apo killings: ECOWAS court imposes $3.3m fine on Nigeria; Killing of woman in Kano: Northern govs, Ohanaeze, Okorocha, APC chairman meet; Stephen Keshi is dead; CAF Commiserates With NFF On Stephen Keshi’s Death; CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial to June 15; I was joking about Decree 2 – CCT Chairman; Senate summons Chris Ngige over threat to banks . . .
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
NE | Report
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.”
Buhari’s vacation; Saraki & CCT, MASSOB, Biafra Referendum, Supreme Court, Tinubu, Dokpesi & AIT . . .
Osinbajo takes over, as Buhari begins 5-day vacation
President Muhammadu Buhari began a short vacation from today, February 5 to Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
A statement on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, said “While President Buhari is on vacation, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will perform the functions of the President.
“In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, President Buhari has dispatched a formal notice of his vacation to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Bukola Saraki loses bid to stop trial at CCT
Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday, had his appeal seeking to stop his trial over alleged false assets declaration, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), dismissed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
In the lead judgment taken by Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, the court held that the CCT was properly constituted to exercise jurisdiction over Saraki’s trial.
It also resolved the issue of whether the tribunal had jurisdiction to try criminal matters and issue bench warrants against Saraki.
The seven-member judges of the apex court had in a unanimous judgement, ruled that Saraki should go and face his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
MASSOB to FG – ‘Conduct referendum for Biafra secession now’
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), yesterday, asked the Federal Government to quickly conduct a referendum in the south-east geopolitical zone as a precursor to secession or face the total shutdown of socio-economic activities in the region and beyond.
The pro-Biafra group vowed to unleash its potent force towards making Nigeria ungovernable if its stance was not heeded by the Federal Government.
MASSOB Director of Information, Samuel Edeson in a statement to newsmen in Enugu yesterday, said: ”We shall use everything at our disposal to fight Nigeria government especially through civil disobedience. We are going to call for sit at home in all Biafra land and Lagos. MASSOB will drag former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the International Crime Court, ICC, for all the atrocities he committed against Biafra since 1970.
“We are asking for justice for the massacre of Odi people, the Tiv, Jukum and the massacre of MASSOB members in Aba, Okigwe and Onitsha including the killing of six Igbo traders in Apo, Abuja. MASSOB will be taking her campaign to United States of America, United Kingdom, France and China embassies in Abuja. MASSOB therefore calls on all people of old eastern region, Delta, parts of Kogi and parts of Benue State to support the referendum that would soon take place in Biafraland. Our freedom is non negotiable”
I’m disappointed in Supreme Court judgment – Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki, has reacted to the Supreme Court decision on his CCT trial. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said:
“After listening to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the appeal he filed to challenge the process of arraigning him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki hereby states as follows :
“He expresses disappointment over the Judgment of the apex court in the country on the six grounds of his appeal
“He however will like to put it on record that the facts of the substantial matter are not before the Supreme Court since the apex court was only invited to rule on some preliminary issues in the process of commencing the trial.
“The Senate President believes he will have his day in the court to prove his innocence of the charges preferred against him during the trial proper.
“Dr. Saraki will like to thank everyone who has expressed support for him from the beginning of the case.
“He assures everyone that at the end of the day truth will prevail and justice will be served.”
Tinubu & Dokpesi settle libel suit out of court
The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has agreed to accept to an out-of-court settlement over a libel sut against AIT. Tinubu agreed to an unreserved apology from the Chairman of DAAR Communication Plc, Chief Raymond Dokepsi as settlement for the libellous documentary “Lion of Bourdillon” aired on Africa Independent Television, AIT during the closing end of the 2015 presidential election campaigns in Nigeria.
Lawyer to Tinubu, Wole Olanipekun(SAN) and Dokpesi’s counsel Chief Mike Ozekhome(SAN) Friday presented the terms of settlement reached on 29 January, 2016 before the trial court Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe.
The terms of agreement include among other things, a retraction of the broadcast by AIT, an apology by AIT, which should be aired daily for a quarter.
The trial court subsequently adopted the terms of settlement.
Letter of retraction:
Retraction and Apology by DAAR Communications Plc to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Further to the terms of settlement in Suit No: ID/196GCMW/2015 between Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Daar Communications Plc filed as a result of the broadcast of a documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdilon’ and which terms were adopted at the High Court of Lagos State on 5th February, 2016 as the judgment of the court, the defendant, Daar. Communication Plc, hereby retract and apologies to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as follows;
1. Daar Communications Plc, acknowledges that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is an outstanding. Political leader of unblemished character and integrity, as well as a leading public figure and opinion moulder who has made and continues to make immense, colossal and gargantuan contributions to the progress and development of the nation in general. And Lagos State in particular.
2. Daar Communication Plc admits that in airing the said documentary, it had no intention whatsoever to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which it respects and attests to.
3. Daar Communications Plc hereby makes a public and unequivocal retraction of the said documentary titled ‘Lion of Bourdillon’, which was broadcast on its television station, AIT.
4. Daar Communications Plc hereby tenders unreserved apology to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the broadcast of the documentary on its television station, AIT.
5. Daar Communications Plc prays that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will live long to make more enormous contributions to the advancement of our nation, Nigeria, Lagos State and the world at large.