Hello Nigeria, this is Breaking Radio. From the headlines and news of major local and international news sources, Breaking presents the Breaking Radio from Lagos; Nigeria’s mega city. You can head over to breaking.com.ng on your mobile phone for direct links to news on one page. It is September 8 2016. and I bring you some hot stories of the day.
Buhari’s track record so far is unimpressive, a source of frustration. EFCC is incompetent – British Press
Hausa kill Fulani, Fulani Kill Hausa and vice versa over girl in Lagos
After IGP Deploys 25,000 Police Personnel,
DSS, Police advised INEC to postpone Edo governorship Election
3 killed as Hausa, Fulani clash in Lagos
No fewer than three persons lost their lives in a clash between Hausa and Fulani traders in Abbatoir, Agege area of Lagos, yesterday, while several others were injured. However, Lagos State Police Command said only one person died. Property were also destroyed in the clash that disrupted business activities at the popular cow market. There are different accounts of what cause the clash. A version alleged that the Fulani stormed Oworose Hotel along the railway line, two days earlier and beat up some commercial sex workers and their male customers, majority of who were Hausa. They were also alleged to have dispossessed their victims of their valuables.
Another version attributed the clash to the battering of a Hausa girl by a Fulani man, which was said to have been reported to the Seriki Fulani, one Bello Damopaba, but he was accused of not taking any action. Irked by his alleged silence, some persons suspected to be Hausa, it was gathered, stormed the traditional ruler’s palace, Tuesday night, and destroyed property, among which were three vehicles belonging to him, his deputy and the secretary.
Vanguard gathered that yesterday’s fight was a reprisal on the Hausa over the destruction at the Seriki’s palace. When Vanguard visited the abattoir at about 2p.m. yesterday, the Hausa traders were just settling down for business, with police vans and those of the OP MESA stationed at strategic positions. Eyewitness account One of the traders, who gave his name as Garba, said: “We were just settling down for business at 7a.m. when we saw over 500 Fulani with their sticks, marching towards our end and hitting everybody in sight. “The Hausa repelled the attack and hacked their leader. They quickly carried their dying leader and took to their heels. But they were surrounded by other Hausa, who were at the other end. “When they saw that there was no place for escape, they ran inside the main complex, that is, the slaughter side. From there they started shooting their arrows indiscriminately. “One of our men was hit on the neck, while another had his neck slashed with a knife at Kara Junction. “These Fulani are robbers, who usually attack people coming to buy cows. They are not traders. They were sleeping in the market until the demolition, which made it impossible for them to find a roof over their heads. “They attacked the hotel because there was no hiding place for them to run to after attacking customers.” Spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmus, however, said that the command was able to quell what would have been a serious crisis between Hausa and Fulani in the area. From the Vanguard.
An unnamed trader blamed the Fulanis for the trouble, as reported in the Punch.
“The Fulani in the market are not tolerant. Any little disagreement, they would start threatening mayhem. The government should be proactive because the Hausa have vowed to avenge their slain brothers. The battle is always at night when people have gone to bed. We are not safe,” he said.
Lagos is in Nigeria’s West, and belongs to the Yorubas, both the Hausa and Fulani tribes are both foreign to the region.
Buhari’s track record so far is unimpressive, a source of frustration. Buhari’s EFCC is incompetent! – British Press
The greatest bashing of Nigeria’s Buhari ever is here as Evening Standard rips the president to shred.
Says Buhari’s track record so far is unimpressive.
Further goes on to say Buhari’s Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is said to be under-resourced and incompetent.
At the EFCC, multiple case files have been opened but are often incomplete or missing, it is claimed.
The report describes Buhari and EFFC as frustrating for investigators at Britain’s National Crime Agency, who are trying to probe the alleged laundering of money through London banks and properties.
Reiterates Buhari’s governing style as a source of frustration. Say he is slow in his decision-making, which allows the EFCC to wallow in indecision.
Cites the Legal dispute over $85 million frozen in a NatWest bank account in London belonging to Etete which is meandering through the UK courts, yet the Nigerian government has not even sent a proceeds-of-crime submission to the judge. The funds remain frozen and the case languishes.
The paper said Buhari’s approach is not bring in much-needed funds from corruption cases, not bringing in revenue for an ailing economy ravaged by low oil prices, and that the oil blocks involved are not being developed.
The Evening Standard concluded by saying other western firms can be forgiven for shying away from investing in Buhari’s Nigeria.
This is the full report from the Newspaper, titled – Murky saga of an ex-minister and ‘siphoned-off’ oil millions
Under pressure: Nigerian Prime Minister Muhammadu Buhari is struggling to tackle corruption
Even by Nigerian standards, the alleged siphoning off of $1 billion (£750 million) from a $1.3 billion international investment in a lucrative oil block through “fees” to a former oil minister’s company and assorted middlemen has been shocking.
Jonathan Fisher called it “grand corruption”. High Court Judge Mr Justice Edis declared: “Given the large sums of money involved that are effectively paid to a former minister to a bank account in the Middle East, the whole exercise is backed by murky instructions.”
The saga of OPL245 — a huge Nigerian oilfield containing an estimated nine billion barrels of crude — began in 1998 when the then petroleum minister, Dan Etete, awarded the licence to Malabu Oil & Gas, a Nigerian company with no assets and no employees, for $20 million, seemingly a tiny fraction of its real value.
Over the next decade, there were a number of legal wranglings between Shell and Malabu over ownership of the field.
Eventually, in 2011, the field was sold by the Nigerian government to Eni and Shell.
The two oil giants paid the government but $1.09 billion was subsequently sent to Malabu.
Shell and Eni insist they did not know this would happen. The arrangement — memorably described by a middlemen as a “safe-sex transaction” — was controversial enough.
But then it was claimed in High Court proceedings that the beneficial owner of Malabu was none other than Etete, the former oil minister who awarded the oil block to Malabu in the first place. Etete denied this, saying he was just a consultant.
So, the Nigerian state only retained $208 million — the signature bonus paid by Shell.
The remaining $1 billion-plus was channelled to bank accounts in London, Switzerland and offshore locations allegedly controlled by Malabu, Etete and five other Nigerian companies whose beneficial owners were not known.
Anti-corruption campaigner Global Witness’s Barnaby Pace says: “The $1 billion that went missing was equivalent to 80% of Nigeria’s health budget but the money did not benefit the country’s citizens. The deal proves how critical it is that the public can find out who the real owners of companies are so that criminals cannot disguise their identities.” ENI and Shell deny wrongdoing.
The case also highlights the dangers faced by oil corporations operating in Nigeria.
For Shell, the OPL 245 block is crucial because it could replenish its proven global oil reserves by a third. It is adamant it only paid the government and not Malabu or Etete. But investigations into the OPL245 affair continue in the UK, Italy and Nigeria.
“Shell is co-operating with the authorities and is looking into the allegations, which it takes seriously”, the company said. “Shell attaches the greatest importance to business integrity.”
For Italy’s ENI, the saga has taken a far more bizarre twist. According to reports in the Italian press, extraordinary allegations have now been circulating that ENI chief executive Claudio Descalzi and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi are linked to Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.
Other claims have also been circulated in what Italian prosecutors regard as a conspiracy to topple the two men, with Renzi being targeted because of his support for Descalzi.
The reports claim prominent Nigerians who lost out in the OPL 245 sale are involved in the plot. They allegedly include former ministers, an attorney general and members of former Nigerian president Sani Abacha’s family.
In Nigeria, the OPL245 affair is a major challenge for President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected last year on an anti-corruption ticket. “We shall strongly battle another form of evil that is even worse than terrorism — the evil of corruption”, he declared.
His track record so far is unimpressive. His Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is said to be under-resourced and incompetent.
Multiple case files have been opened but are often incomplete or missing, it is claimed.
Sources say this is frustrating for investigators at Britain’s National Crime Agency, who are trying to probe the alleged laundering of OPL245 money through London banks and properties.
Last week, the two governments agreed criminal assets stolen in Nigeria and seized in Britain can be returned to the West African country, but such breakthroughs are rare.
Buhari’s governing style is also a source of frustration. Critics say he is slow in his decision-making, which allows the EFCC to wallow in indecision.
In the OPL245 case, a legal dispute over $85 million frozen in a NatWest bank account in London belonging to Etete is meandering through the UK courts, yet the Nigerian government has not even sent a proceeds-of-crime submission to the judge. The funds remain frozen and the case languishes.
Buhari’s critics say his approach means that much-needed funds from corruption cases are not bringing in revenue for an ailing economy ravaged by low oil prices, and the oil blocks themselves are not being developed.
Meanwhile, as the scandal drags on, other western firms can be forgiven for shying away from investing in Buhari’s Nigeria.
After IGP Deploys 25,000 Police Personnel,
DSS, Police advised INEC to postpone Edo governorship Election
The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services, have warned the general public that credible intelligence availed the agencies indicate plans by insurgent/extremist elements to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between 12th and 13th September, 2016. Edo State, is amongst the States being earmarked for these planned attacks by the extremist elements.
This was contained in a statement jointly issued by the Police and DSS in Abuja. He said, public would recall that similar threats were issued during the May Labour Day and Democracy Day celebrations as well as the Ed-el-fitr holidays in July, 2016. However, the security agencies were able to decisively disrupt and thwart the insurgents’ plan. In the same vein, while election is important, the security agencies cannot allow the peace of the country to be disrupted, and we will continue to remain vigilant and ensure consolidation of the successes gained in the current counter-insurgency fight.
It is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats.
While the Police/DSS remain mindful of the inconveniences this request may cause the various political stakeholders, it is our strong resolve that security agencies need not be distracted from ensuring a peaceful and secured Nigeria now and always.
Members of the public are hereby assured that the security agencies will continue to remain focused and committed and are being enjoined to remain vigilant. The attention of the Security Agencies should be drawn to any observed unusual movements or actions by groups or individuals in their neighborhoods.
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