Copy of Obasanjo? He’s the grandpa of Nigeria’s corruption – Reps ◉ We don’t earn 10m – Reps ◉ Boko Haram hinders aid to Cameroon refugees ◉ FG to build 1000km pipeline to get oil from Niger Republic ◉ Crazy Nigerian killer to be kicked out of the UK once he is ‘fit for release’ ◉ CBN and its naira puppet show

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  • Obasanjo? He’s the grandpa of Nigeria’s corruption – Reps
  • We don’t earn 10m – Reps
  • Boko Haram hinders aid to Cameroon refugees
  • FG to build 1000km pipeline to get oil from Niger Republic
  • Crazy Nigerian killer to be kicked out of the UK once he is ‘fit for release’
  • CBN and its naira puppet show

 

PressTV: Boko Haram hindering aid to refugees in Cameroon, UN says

The United Nations says the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists are hindering relief operations meant for tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees living in dire conditions in northern Cameroon.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday that one of its teams had earlier this month been able to visit previously inaccessible border areas of Cameroon’s Far North Region.

Leo Dobbs, a UN spokesman, said the team had managed to help pre-register more than 21,000 refugees who had fled acts of terror by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria in a span of two years and had been living for months with mainly impoverished host families.

“It was the first time we have been able to visit these people and there are believed to be many more,” he said.

Dobbs said the refugees in northern Cameroon “urgently need assistance.”

UN figures show about 27,000 refugees are living outside of camps in areas such as Fotokol, Makary and Mogode districts in the Far North Region.

Dobbs said the UNHCR “would like to help and have helped in a little way, but the continuing Boko Haram threat is a hindrance to regular access.”

The UN official said that while some of the refugees in northern Cameroon were staying with poor host families, most were sleeping outdoors in the open, in makeshift shelters or on dirt floors in classrooms.

“Others were in abandoned villages whose residents had fled Boko Haram attacks earlier,” he said.

The UNHCR is encouraging people to relocate to Minawao camp further from the border, which is home to nearly 60,000 refugees, Dobbs said.

Cameroon has been fighting Boko Haram since 2014. A joint regional force from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon has helped retake swathes of territory from the militants, who come from northeastern Nigeria. However, the terrorist group still poses a security threat to civilians in the four littoral countries surrounding Lake Chad.

ThisDay: Falconets Stranded in Abuja Hotel

Players of the national Under-20 female team, the Falconets were the victim of the cash squeeze plaguing Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as they were left stranded yesterday in their Serob Hotel in Abuja following the failure of the federation to cough out transport fares and allowances owed them.

The Falconets returned to Nigeria on Wednesday from Papua New Guinea after their early exit from the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

THISDAY learnt last night that federation officials led by General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, haggled for more time with players to raise the transport fares of N20, 000 per player but the Falconets insisted they would not vacate their hotel rooms unless they were paid all their bonuses and allowances.

Sanusi pleaded with the players to see reasons with the federation which was cash strapped and could not pay the transport fares and allowances.

THISDAY further learnt that the harsh financial times made things difficult for the team as they survived on a zero-budget in Papua New Guinea in the Pacific region.

“NFF secretary pleaded for more time to raise money for the transport fares to enable us return to our clubs. They told us that we will not be evicted from the hotels as they earlier threatened but pleaded for our understanding as there was no money to offset our bonuses and allowances for now,” one of the players who did not want her name in print confided in THISDAY yesterday.

DailyTrust: Constitutional Amendment Ready By January 2017 – Senate President

Senate President, Bukola Saraki yesterday said the ongoing process to amend the 1999 Constitution would be completed by January next year.

Hosting the national executive of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), led by its president, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmud (SAN), Saraki said the National Assembly wants the Constitution to be amended before the election year.

“On the issue of Constitution Amendment, we started very early on this because we know it can be a problem if it comes close to election year. Our view is that we have simplified the process. We are working on the earlier document which was completed in the last Assembly but was not signed into law. We try to take important issues first and the members of the committee are working tirelessly on this. By the time it will be ready, we will send it to the Speakers of States Assembly,” he said.

On the issue of Electoral Act, Saraki said, “we started this process very early and it has gone through second reading, gone through public hearing. Stakeholders have contributed. Some of the issues like postponement of elections, electoral voting, some of the un-envisaged cases like the case in Kogi State have been taken into consideration and I believe the sooner we can pass the amendments, the better it is in the interest of Nigerians.”

Earlier in his speech, the NBA president said the Bar was interested in the amendment of the Electoral Act, especially as regards the postponement of elections on the basis of security related issues, Constitutional amendments, Justice Sector Reforms particularly the ICPC, EFCC, Prisons Reforms and the Legal Aid Council. He specifically said that the Legal Aid Council is in dire need of funds to carry out its duties.
Also from the Daily Trust

Obasanjo Wants to Bring Down Buhari’s Govt – House of Reps

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s recent statements are aimed at bringing down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, the House of Representatives said yesterday.

The lower chamber was reacting to comments made by the ex-president at a lecture in Lagos in which he dressed down the National Assembly describing it as “a den of corruption by a gang of unarmed robbers.” The former president also hit out at the judiciary, the military and the presidency.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, House spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), hit back at Obasanjo, accusing accused him of introducing corruption in the National Assembly the first day he assumed office as president in 1999, and blackmailing every government that he is not part of.

“It is unfortunate that he has started his very familiar method of bringing down governments. He did it to Alhaji Shehu Shagari, he did it to Gen. Buhari, he did same to Gen. Babangida, he attempted to bring down Gen. Abacha before he imprisoned him for treason; he made frantic efforts to derail the government of President [Umaru Musa] Yar’adua when he couldn’t use him. He supported President Goodluck Jonathan but when he refused to take dictation, he turned against him. He supported President Buhari, but since he has sensed that Nigeria is having economic difficulties under him, he has pounced to derail his government.

“The way Chief Obasanjo talks gives the impression that he is a lifetime opposition leader who has never held any office. What did he do about the issues he raised in his eight years as President?” he asked.

On the former president’s position that the House was threatening the life of the suspended former chairman of its appropriation committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who exposed the corruption perpetrated in the 2016 budget, Namdas said Obasanjo had allowed himself to be hoodwinked.

“We have repeatedly maintained that there was no ‘padding’ of the 2016 Appropriation Act, which is a legitimate document passed by the National Assembly, authenticated by the Clerk to the National Assembly as provided in the Acts Authentication Act and assented to by Mr. President. It is most unfortunate that a former President of Chief Obasanjo’s stature would allow himself to be hoodwinked and procured by a renegade member of the House, who embarked on massive propaganda and lies just because he was removed from office,” he said.

Namdas, who said the House would ordinarily not join issues with Obasanjo, said all the ex-president’s allegations on the National Assembly were outright lies and misstatement of facts.

He also said the budget of the National Assembly is not high as alleged by Obasanjo, adding that the federal legislature was “grossly underfunded and is hampered from effectively and legitimately carrying out its constitutionally assigned functions.”

Namdas said the National Assembly Budget funds a bureaucracy of about 5,000 civil servants and has some agencies under its purview such as the National Assembly Service Commission with its own staff of about 500.

“National Assembly Budget also funds the National Institute for Legislative Studies, which is a legislative think-tank and highly rated academic institution that serves both National and State Houses of Assembly and even international legislators,” he added.
Namdas said no member of the House of Representatives receives N10m every month, adding that the amount each member takes monthly was not anything near what directors in some agencies take individually.

He said “Undoubtedly, the former president Obasanjo is understandably angry with the National Assembly as an institution having foiled his ambition for a third-term in office even after trying to corrupt the members with a bribe of at least N50m each. Lest we forget, the person who introduced corruption to the National Assembly is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.”

Lawyers differ over ex-president’s remarks

Meanwhile, senior lawyers have also reacted to the former president’s comments.

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief OCJ Okocha (SAN), said it is serious and disturbing that a former president and the National Assembly can be engaged in allegations and counter allegations.

“What this shows is that we need to really show seriousness in this war against corruption. We cannot continue to live with just allegations, specific incidents should be focused on and thorough investigation carried out and anybody found to have corruptly enriched himself or other persons should be dealt with accordingly. We can’t just continue to be making allegations against people or institutions and leave it at that.”

Abiodun Layonu (SAN) said he believes that Nigeria and Nigerians will be the ultimate beneficiaries of the verbal confrontation. “When Obasanjo reveals what he knows and any investigation is carried out and the National Assembly comes out with what they have, Nigeria will benefit. It should be encouraged.”

He said the comments should be taken seriously “even though the speaker is known to be given to exaggeration.”

Also commenting, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) said the House of Representatives is not far from the truth in terms of allegations of corruption under Obasanjo’s presidency. He said corruption is not just in the giving and receiving of bribe, adding that mis-governance, which was prevalent under Obasanjo, is the worst form of corruption.

He said it was under Obasanjo’s administration that Nigeria was rated as the most corrupt country for three years under anti-corruption bar of Transparency International. He said Nigerians still remember how the former President wanted to remain in power against the provisions of the Constitution and how he turned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to “an attack dog” to go after his political enemies. He added that Nigerians still remember the numerous scandals like Halliburton, the National Identity Card scandals that happened under his watch.

“Obasanjo cannot be the yardstick of measuring ethical standards,” Ozekhome said.

Obasanjo’s consistent attacks on N/Assembly

Daily Trust reports that this is not the first time former President Obasanjo will be coming down hard on the National Assembly. Earlier in January this year, Obasanjo wrote a letter to the leadership of the National Assembly where he accused both chambers of corruption.

In July this year, Obasanjo, during a visit to the presidential villa, said the allegations of budget padding in the National Assembly by suspended lawmaker Abdulmumin Jibrin had vindicated him, adding “if there are people who didn’t believe what I said in the past, then you now say that what has come out confirms what I said in the past.”

In October this year too, Obasanjo, while speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during the opening of the 8th National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment, said constituency projects by members of the National Assembly must stop.

Vanguard: NBA Admits Corruption in Bar, Bench

Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has admitted corruption in the Bar and Bench but promised to deal with the canker worm headlong.

President of NBA, Abubakar Mamood Balarabe, who spoke at the opening session of National Executive Council of the NBA in Minna, Niger State, yesterday, said the association was aware of the declining state of the profession but said it would continue to be the voice of the voiceless and protect the independence and integrity of the profession.

He said: “We are conscious of the declining state of the legal profession, considering the challenges and myriad of problems we are facing, but NBA will not abdicate its responsibility.

“We will continue to be the voice of the voiceless, we will speak for the judiciary and protect the independence and integrity of the legal profession, both the Bar and the Bench, just as we intend to fight and fish out the bad eggs in the system.

“NBA will always cooperate with the Federal Government to fish out bad eggs but this should be done in accordance with due process and the rule of Law.”

He said the NBA was aware of the cataloque of frivolous petitions levelled against judges by lawyers, adding that such petitions would be investigated.

He added that serious actions awaited any lawyer found to have been involved in any sort of frivolous petition against any judge.

The NBA president said allegations against his members were under investigation, assuring that if the allegations were established, the NBA would come out with disciplinary measures on those concerned.

He called on Niger State Government to look into the state of Minna High Court towards improving the facilities there.

In her address, the Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Maria Sanda Dzokogi, said the judiciary was currently passing through a trying period, saying the Bench looked up to the Bar to be their voice and protect them.

Deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Muhammad Ketso, who declared the council opened, on behalf of the state governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, called on the NBA to ensure that the rule of law was adhered to always, describing the rule of law as the tripod upon which the instruments of peace, unity and justice stood in defence of all Nigerians.

He said the administration was taking systematic steps towards having efficient justice delivery system in the state, adding that efforts were being intensified towards adopting some critical prosecutorial documents on code of conduct for prosecutors, policy on prosecution and guidelines for prosecutors.
The news continues.

in the United States; Two killed, four wounded in Louisville park shootings

Two people were killed and four wounded when gunfire erupted on Thursday at a park crowded with people gathered for a football tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, a police spokesman told reporters.

Police did not have a motive for the two related shootings in Shawnee Park or suspects in custody, spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

Two men were dead at the scene, and the wounded suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

“When you have a tragedy like this take place, certainly it puts a damper on anyone celebrating” the Thanksgiving holiday, Mitchell said.

The shootings took place as hundreds of people gathered in the park along the Ohio River for the annual Juice Bowl Football Tournament, a tradition dating back to the 1950s.

Next, from Nigerian Guardian,

Disasters Loom At Airports Over Obsolete Traffic Tools

New equipment waste away in NAMA store

Air traffic controllers in the country are currently finding it difficult using some of the outdated navigational aids at airports nationwide.

The equipment, some of which were installed in the 1980s, have either completely gone bad or are malfunctioning at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and others.

The Guardian learnt that the country is constantly at the risk of air disasters due to poor communication between air traffic controllers and pilots flying both domestic and international aircraft into the airports.

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) says the situation persists, not for lack of new navigational aids to replace the old ones, but lack of funds to install modern tools purchased more than one year ago.

And, on Ondo Elections

From the Premium Times: Governorship Battle in Ondo – How Parties, Candidates Will Perform

Despite the call for postponement by some of the parties, the governorship election in Ondo State will hold on Saturday as scheduled. There is an increased tempo of campaigns and political activities by the various actors. The drumbeats of war are dying down. The candidates are reaching out. And as the Election Day draws near, the candidates and their parties are becoming even more conscious that the voter armed with his voter card is king.

So much has gone into preparations for the elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said on Tuesday that all was set for the exercise. According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, all the sensitive and non-sensitive materials are on ground for the election. “Ad-hoc staff have been trained, stakeholders have been sensitized and security has been mobilized.”

The race is now before the candidates, whose only goal is to win and become the next governor of Ondo State. Having emerged from their respective party primaries as victors, they are prepared to test their popularity among the electorates whose votes would determine their fate on Saturday.

About 28 political parties and their candidates are standing for the coming election. However, only four of the parties have shown seriousness in the race. This informed the invitation of only four candidates for the Ondo 2016 governorship debate which held in Akure on Monday. The candidates are Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC; Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy, AD; Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and Olu Agunloye of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.

PARTY CONTROVERSIES

Three of the four parties, PDP APC and AD, had entered the race for Alagbaka from controversial primaries and prolonged litigations. While the APC and the AD appeared to have managed to quell the legal storms that rocked their political campaigns, the PDP’s troubles have failed to abate. The SDP, which held a modest primary, had Agunloye without any contention.

The September 3 primaries of the APC was destined for tribulations. It began its faulty march to the election with so many candidates showing interest in the ticket. Then came the endorsement of Olusegun Abraham, one of the aspirants, by a national leader, Bola Tinubu. The crisis started. It spilled over into the primaries and with allegations of fraud and doctoring of the delegates’ list, the APC was no longer a home at ease with itself. Mr. Abraham, the runner up, went to court and he is still in court, but Mr. Oke left for the AD. Ajayi Boroffice, who did not leave the party, had become withdrawn, after reaching a truce with Mr. Akeredolu to halt hostilities. But the decision of the party to have Mr. Akeredolu fly its flag stood.

Mr. Oke’s trip to the AD met with a legal backlash, as some of the old members of the party refused to recognize him as the party’s candidate. A youth group within the party protested his entrance and sudden emergence as the candidate of the party after replacing Akin Olowookere, who was earlier picked as the candidate. A youth group in the party questioned the decision of the leadership to circumvent the process of membership of the party in admitting Oke. The party’s legal adviser, Kehinde Aworele, went to court to seek the nullification of the candidature of Mr. Oke on the grounds that he was not properly elected as the flag bearer of the party. His sojourn in the courts came to an end recently when he was prevailed upon by the elders of the party to let peace rain. The legal adviser has since joined in the campaigns for the man he rejected initially.

The PDP is currently embroiled in legal intra party conflict which has distorted its hitherto smooth-sailing campaigns. Two factions of the party laid claims to the ticket to run for the office. The Ahmed Makarfi faction in the state is led by the governor, Olusegun Mimiko, and is the most formidable and better organised. It produced Eyitayo Jegede as its candidate. The Ali Sheriff camp, chaired in the state by Biyi Poroye, successfully elected businessman Jimoh Ibrahim as its candidate for the governorship election. Confident that it had followed all due process in compliance with the Electoral Act, the Makarfi group submitted Mr. Jegede’s name to INEC as the authentic candidate for the party. However a High Court decision changed that status quo as Jimoh Ibrahim became the candidate of the party. This development sucked out the steam off the campaign of Mr. Jegede, who had started his run earlier than the rest of them. He rode on the wings of the state government as the anointed of the government and governor, Mr. Mimiko. His campaign train thinned out as the legal tussle to reclaim his place on the INEC list of candidates lasted.

Mr. Jegede through the ordeal, although relocated to Abuja to focus on the legal battle, continued to reach his supporters through radio jingles. He had no time for large rallies and city-to-city rides, to assure the people to vote for the PDP. A strong supporter of Mr. Eyitayo’s PDP, Moses Adekunle, had complained that the fears within his camp are that should the people vote for the PDP and the court fails to deliver judgment in his favour, the unintended outcome of a Jimoh Ibrahim governorship, would, as he said, “inflict pain and hardship” on the people of the state. Some of his supporters had moved to other parties. Yet others sat on the fence, hoping that a favourable judgment few days to the election could reignite the Eyitayo movement and rally him to victory. That judgement came from the Appeal Court on Wednesday and INEC has since restated that Mr. Jegede is PDP candidate.
On now to the FCT.

Daily Trust: Reps Ask FCT Minister to Halt Demolitions

The House of Representatives has asked the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello to direct the department of development control to stop further demolitions of small and medium businesses, pending the outcome of engagement with the committee on FCT.

The House also urged the minister to immediately commence review of the Abuja master plan to reflect current social, economic and demographic realities.

The decision was reached after the adoption of a motion by Rep Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP, Abia).

The House mandated its committee on FCT to engage the minister and relevant agencies of the ministry on the matter and report back within two weeks.

and from Nigerian Guardian,

Obasanjo Is Grandpa of Corruption in Nigeria, Say Reps

The House of Representatives is neither a den of corruption nor a gang of armed robbers. The lower legislative chamber made this rebuttal yesterday following claims by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that its dealings were steeped in unscrupulousness.

It said the former leader lacked the moral right to question its integrity, concluding no office holder was ever as corrupt as the retired General. Obasanjo, at the First Akintola Williams Annual Lecture in Lagos during the week, had described the nation’s legislature as stinking to high heavens.

Spokesperson for the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, who briefed reporters at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, particularly described Obasanjo as greatest in the annals of corrupt leadership in the country.

The lawmakers cleared the air on controversy surrounding alleged padding of the 2016 budget and allegation by Obasanjo that the N115 billion budget of the Assembly was over bloated.

They said his tirades come with little surprise since singlehandedly the National Assembly had aborted his purported and unconstitutional bid for a third term in office.

The lawmakers noted: “The House of Representatives would ordinarily not join issues with the former President, as he has held an office that deserves respect and reverence. However, because of the material misstatement of facts, outright lies and falsehoods, and mischievous innuendoes introduced in his statement, we are left with no option but correct him.
“Have we forgotten the sacks of money displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives, being bribe paid by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to some members to impeach Speaker Ghali N’abba? Have we forgotten that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo used his position as president to extort money from businessmen and contractors with his government to build his presidential library?

“The list of his corrupt acts while in office is endless. Unquestionably, he is the greatest corrupt person ever to hold office in Nigeria. He remains the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and lacks the moral authority to discuss corruption or indeed abuse of office, as he remains the most corrupt Nigerian on record.

“Undoubtedly, former President Obasanjo is understandably angry with the National Assembly as an institution, having foiled his ambition for a third term in office, even after trying to corrupt the members with a bribe of at least N50 million each. Lest we forget, the person who introduced corruption to the National Assembly is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.”

and, according to Premium Times,

Frustrated by pipeline vandals, Buhari seeks crude oil supply from Niger Republic

The Nigeria Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is exploring the possibilities of piping crude oil from Niger Republic for refining in Kaduna, NNPC Group Managing Director, GMD, Maikanti Baru, said on Friday.
Mr. Baru who visited on Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i in Kaduna, said President Muhammadu Buhari was personally committed to the project.
He said it was important to explore alternative crude supply to Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, which has been affected by vandalism of pipelines and age.
“Due to challenges with the aged refinery and crude oil pipelines that had been breached severally, the operations of the refinery has been epileptic.
“This we are determined to resolve through various intervention methods including evaluation of alternative crude oil supply from Niger Republic through building of a pipelines of over 1,000 kilometers from Agadem to Kaduna.
“That efforts is being championed by Mr. President himself.
“We have already started engagements with the Nigerien Minister of Petroleum and the Chinese that are operating the field at Agadem.”
Mr. Baru also pledged to sustain efforts at enhancing energy supply to power industries in Kaduna through the development of Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline, as well as development of power plants in Kaduna and Abuja.
“These projects will be given special attention during my tenure,” he said.
The GMD disclosed that the College of Petroleum Resources in Kaduna would start operation on January 1, 2017, and thanked the state government for undertaking to construct internal roads in the school.
He urged the governor to sensitise residents of Kaduna against sabotage of the nation’s oil assets due to its adverse effect on the community, environment and national economy.
Responding, Mr. El-Rufa’i said the corporation has assumed a new toga since Mr. Baru took over, adding that prompt remittances by the corporation to the Federation Account has remained consistent.
“We are very interested in the NNPC because how well you do affects our lives as states and as a country.
“This is why many of us are quite gratified you are in charge, and already results are beginning to show as remittances to the Federation Account are higher, state governors are happier than before,” he said.
The governor pledged to support the gas pipeline project because of its tremendous potentials to the social and economic stability of the state.

From the Punch,
Ondo election: ATMs run out of cash as Akure residents make panic withdrawals

Scores of residents of Akure were frustrated on Friday following the inability of many automated teller machines to dispense cash as early as 10am.

The public holiday declared by the state government worsened the situation because bank customers could only rely on the ATMs for cash withdrawals.

Our correspondent observed that some of the ATMs at Alagbaka area where almost all the banks have their branches were not dispensing cash at around 10:30am.

Some of the frustrated customers loitered around the machines, while some sat close to the device in anticipation that bank officials would come and load cash or rectify the errors that prevented the machines from dispensing cash.

The situation is not different at Oyemekun Road, as the ATMs located there were either not functioning or had run out of cash as at 11:30am.

One of the customers who expressed frustration at the malfunctioning ATMs, Blessing Hassan, said she had spent more than an hour waiting for the two machines at Adegbola Junction to dispense without success.

Hassan said she needed the money to buy things in preparation for the election holding on Saturday.

She said, “The machines around the place are not working. And I can’t go to Alagbaka because some people came from there and told me that the machines over there also did not dispense cash.

“This is unfair; since the bank officials knew ahead that today (Friday) is a public holiday, they ought to have assigned some of their workers to keep loading the machines with money and to promptly rectify any error, to make for hitch-free operations.”

However, some of the machines resumed cash dispensing some hours after.

From Daily mail UK,

Crazed Nigerian killer who stabbed a top academic to death on his doorstep as he walked to post announcements for the birth of his 10-day-old daughter will STAY in UK until he’s fit for release from mental hospital, judge reveals

A crazed Nigerian killer who stabbed a father to death on his doorstep will be kicked out of the UK once he is fit for release.

British taxpayers will continue to foot the bill of Femi Nandap’s incarceration and mental health treatment during his sentence at Broadmoor secure hospital in Berkshire, until he is deemed safe to be in the public, a judge has revealed.

Student Nandap, 23, was suffering from cannabis-induced psychosis when he murdered academic Dr Jeroen Ensink, 41, as he left his flat in Islington, north London, in December last year.
Dr Ensink, a renowned water engineer and a dedicated humanitarian, had gone out to post cards announcing the birth of his 10-day-old daughter Fleur on the day of the attack.

Earlier this year, Nandap admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility and was handed a hospital order with no time limit by an Old Bailey judge.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard, QC, has now held a further hearing to discuss whether to make a further deportation order in the event the killer is ever safe to release from Broadmoor.

He outlined the issues and said the Home Office had confirmed that Nandap’s continued leave to remain in Britain had been ‘cancelled’ and now he has ‘not got any right to remain in the UK’.

He said: ‘In these circumstances, if the time came, if he were close to being released, Broadmoor hospital would inform the Home Office immigration enforcement section and they would consider whether he should be deported.

‘In those circumstances, the Crown are not asking me to make an order. I can see the reason why and I am not proposing to make one. It seems to me it would be covered in other ways.’

Earlier, the court had heard how Nandap came to Britain to study African studies and economic development on a student visa.

In Spring last year, he became psychotic from smoking cannabis and believed voices telling him he was a ‘Messiah’.

In May 2015, he was arrested for wielding a knife in public and punching and biting a police officer. While on conditional bail, Nandap went home to Nigeria where he was treated for mental illness.

His sister informed British police about his condition in August and handed in a certificate saying he was unfit to travel.
On his return in October, Nandap had stopped taking anti-psychotic drugs. Then just six days before the killing, charges against him were dropped at magistrates court in December.

The prosecution admitted the decision to drop charges against Nandap of having a knife and assaulting a police officer was wrong.

Dr Ensink’s widow Nadja has demanded an inquiry into how Nandap was free to carry out the killing.

She said in October: ‘If a person with a history of mental health problems is found wandering about with a knife, and attacks a police officer, then that person must be referred to a secure unit for proper assessment and treatment and not given bail so easily.

This represents a failure of the health and judicial system that should protect the public and care for those with severe mental illness.’

Dr Ensink, originally from Holland, worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He was committed to improving access to water and sanitation in deprived countries.

From Financial Mail,
Nigeria: The naira puppet show

The optimism that greeted Nigeria’s decision to float its currency in June has given way to frustration, as the naira is yet to settle at a fair value almost six months since the policy shift from a fixed to floating exchange-rate system.

The currency has been trading at a rate of N315/ US$ in the interbank market, but the rate in the parallel market, where most Nigerians buy and sell foreign exchange, has been much lower, at about N460/$ .

Experts believe the official rate does not reflect the true value of the currency, as the Central Bank of Nigeria is reportedly interfering with market operations by advising operators on how much to bid.

Meanwhile Nigeria’s domestic intelligence agency, the department for state services (DSS), arrested some parallel market operators this month and reportedly instructed them at what rates to trade. A spokesman for the Bank welcomed the action, and claimed that those arrested were unlicensed operators involved in speculation.

With the arrests unleashing further uncertainty on the market, the authorities appear to be oblivious to the damage being done to the economy. As an import-dependent economy, the supply of foreign exchange is crucial to sustaining activities in virtually all sectors of the economy. The inevitable hoarding that is likely to follow the DSS’s actions will make it more difficult for Nigerians to access foreign exchange.

The question is: why has the Central Bank refused to allow the naira to float freely? The short answer is political interference.

Since he assumed office, President Muhammadu Buhari has let it be known that he opposes the devaluation of the naira. On a number of occasions before the Bank’s policy shift, he said he was not going to “kill” the naira. After being somewhat convinced that a float was necessary, and having reluctantly given the go-ahead for the policy to be implemented, he stated at a forum with business leaders that he failed to appreciate the economic explanation behind the policy.

Observers are convinced that by manipulating the market to forestall a further decline of the naira, the Central Bank is carrying out the wishes of the president.

This has raised concerns about whether the Bank is able to act independently to fulfil its mandate of achieving monetary stability. Stakeholders are of the opinion that the Bank, under governor Godwin Emefiele, is weak and incapable of acting independently.

Lagos-based banker Ope Simpson notes that recent policy reversals by the Bank have fuelled this view. “They are not able to stand firm on their positions. When the new foreign exchange policy was launched, they chose five banks as primary [foreign exchange] dealers and then went back and made all the banks primary dealers,” he says.

“In another development, they allowed people to pay using cheques into savings accounts, then turned around and said it was illegal. When there are these mixed signals, it shows that either the Bank is making wrong initial decisions, or has come to realise that these decisions are wrong, or that there is interference from somewhere.”

The independence of the Bank has been a regular topic of debate. Immediate past governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi fought attempts by the legislature to place the bank under its regulatory purview. But he was hastily removed from his post by former president Goodluck Jonathan for embarrassing revelations about unremitted funds.

Given the prevailing situation, these questions are being asked again as stakeholders seek a decisive solution. The consensus on the way forward is that the current half-hearted approach must be abandoned in favour of a full market-based approach. If the objective is to allow market forces to set the prices, attempts to interfere will undermine the process.

A distinction must be made between professional intervention and interference. Whereas the latter has sometimes been necessary to smooth out bumps, the former is damaging and fuels instability — as has been experienced over the past months. The Bank has to decide what its overall strategy is soon.

More delays may be too costly.

 

These are just some of the news reports over the past 24 hours.

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