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What is good for the eagle is good for the falcon; pay Falcons $30,000 each says SERAP
Senator responds to El-Rufai’s claims he paid Fulani herdsmen to stop killing innocent people
NFF allegedly gave Falcons 10,000 Naira as transport
Shi’ite: Borno elders urge Buhari to draw lessons from ongoing crisis
Wike’s CSO was spotted among partisan crowd – Police
Discrimination Exists Among Buhari’s Security Details, NOPRIN Alleges
Armed Intruder Kills APC’s Abia Senatorial Candidate In Lagos
Ugochukwu Nwosu, a senatorial candidate for the Abia-North constituency in the 2015 general election under the umbrella of All Progressives Congress (APC), has been murdered by a suspected robber in his residence at Shakiru Oleko Street, Agric, Ikorodu in Lagos. Mr. Ugochukwu died in the private hospital where he was rushed to for treatment after the lone intruder stabbed him in the abdomen. According to Punch Newspaper, Ugochukwu was stabbed by an intruder who broke into his apartment.
NUPENG gives notice of 3-day warning strike in Jan 2017
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has given notice of a 3-day nation-wide warning strike from the first week of January 2017, over unresolved labour issues with multinationals operating in the oil and gas industry.
President of the union, Mr. Igwe Achese, in a statement, yesterday, said the decision was taken at the end of the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday. He warned that the 3-day warning strike was preparatory to a nation-wide strike if there was no intervention by the Federal Government. The union stated that the date in January would be communicated to all its members but advised them to start wearing red bands to work from next week while members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, had been instructed also to put green leaves on their tankers as a protest preparatory for the commencement of the 3-day warning strike next month.
SERAP alleges unfair treatment, discrimination against Falcons; drags FG, NFF to UN
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the UN Working Group on the issues of discrimination against women in law and in practice requesting the body to “use its mandates and position to urgently ask the Nigerian government and the Nigerian Football Federation to end the discriminatory and unfair treatment of the players of the Super Falcons of Nigeria who recently won the African Women Cup of Nations. The organization urged the Working Group to “request the authorities to immediately pay each player of the Super Falcons of Nigeria the sum of $30,000 USD for winning the African Women Cup of Nations. This is the equivalent of what the government paid their male counterparts for winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.”
Ghana’s Main Opposition Party Leads In Early Poll Results
Results from Wednesday’s general election in Ghana have begun trickling, with early signs that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has momentum in numerous parts of the country. A SaharaReporters crew monitoring the election from Accra, the capital of Ghana, reported that the NPP, led by Nana Addo Dankwa, is leading, according to provisional poll results from at least 60 percent of polling units across the country and the official results declared in parliamentary competitions.
Senator Lambasts El-Rufai for Paying Fulani Herdsmen for Assasination
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As the Senator representing Kaduna South Senatorial Zone, I hereby wish to make my assertion, and indeed, views and position of my constituency on some very vexing and serious utterances made by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state as it concerns the survival and wellbeing of Southern Kaduna.
This is from the outcome of Newspapers’ and online captions quoting Governor Nasir el-Rufai as saying that he has had to trace some of the murderous Fulani herdsmen that have been killing defenceless, innocent Southern Kaduna natives and destroying their villages. The news sources said that after tracing them, he told them that he was also a Fulani man and paid them sums of money to stop the massacre, burning and tearing down of scores of communities in Southern Kaduna.
That not done with, the governor also uttered a very bizarre threat that he has compiled for arrest and prosecution, names of persons asking the people of Southern Kaduna to defend themselves against the obvious inability of the Chief Security Officer of the state – Governor Nasir El-Rufai – to secure their lives and property and save them the trauma of being under perpetual fear of further unprovoked violence.
Knowing how swiftly he reacts to any untoward issue unfairly thrown at him in the media, I have waited for days to hear or read a rebuttal from him but to no avail. This therefore confirms these unfortunate utterances as truly that of the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
I wish to state that these statements are not only unfortunate, callous, insensitive, crude and demeaning of his office and intelligence, it throws him up as a bigot and hatter of Southern Kaduna and we are holding him as an accomplice in the ongoing genocide in Southern Kaduna.
According to the Leadership Newspaper of 4th December, 2016 under the headline: “Foreigners Behind Southern Kaduna Massacre – El-Rufai, he was quoted as saying about what happened during the 2011 post presidential election violence:
“Some of them (Killer Fulani) were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal,” adding that “Many of these people were killed, cattle lost and they organised themselves and came back to revenge. We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people, trying to trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger Republic and so on to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging you to stop the killing .
“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem, some we paid.”
What a startling and an unacceptable revelation!
In the light of the above I wish to state as follows:
That there was never in a time in 2011 that Fulani from Mali, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal were killed in Southern Kaduna with their cattle. This is a silly and an absurd lie. Southern Kaduna is not a junction of these countries. So how could they have all converged on Southern Kaduna on their usual migration back home? The Governor just invented this lie to make excuse for his imported murderous Fulani kindred to continue their extermination of our people and the occupation of our lands.
As the main political leader and representative of Southern Kaduna at the Federal level, despite many overtures of trying to meet with the governor over the insecurity in my zone with no success, he has never deem it fit to inform me of these actions so as to seek my views and that of my constituency over the matter. This is a very curious development, especially as I was able to make the Senate to pass a resolution asking the Federal Government to declare a State of Emergency on Security in Southern Kaduna last month. I expected him to cash on that, using his connection with the President and Commander-in-Chief. But, he was obviously not concerned.
In the light of the above, the Federal Government, especially the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, the Directorate of State Services, SSS, the Directorate of Military Intelligence, DMI and sundry agencies should look no further for the solution to the unrelenting killings in Southern Kaduna. El-Rufai must be held to produce the killers of innocent Nigerians since he has been able to identify them and their locations. This will lead to their sponsors in Nigeria and other places. Nigeria should then use its diplomatic relationship and extradite these murderers of its citizens, plunderers and arsonists to face justice in Nigeria.
After Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s term in office, it should be possible to prosecute him for being an accessory to mass murder, since he has refused to reveal these findings to the rightful authority for actions to stop the evil that is spreading to many states today.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai should also state how much of Kaduna State scarce resources have been moved to these killers and whether he has the authority of the law to so spend the money on enemies of Southern Kaduna and Nigeria.
El-Rufai should also be investigated to find out if these moneys were not further put into the buying of more arms and the recruitments of more killers, who we strongly believe, are also jihadists.
Though he has ferried much undisclosed amounts of money to murderers, I am pleading with Kaduna State indigenes and residents to ask why he has stubbornly refused to render basic assistance of rebuilding of even a home, or any form of monetary assistance to the surviving victims in Southern Kaduna. Most are still left without food and shelter despite the modest assistance that some of us, churches, NGOs etc have continued to render from time to time.
I am constrained to add that Nasir el-Rufai with his lack of will to show commitment to the insecurity in Southern Kaduna, and his resolve to carry on with over six Cattle Grazing Reserves in Southern Kaduna, he is actually creating new, permanent “conquered” settlements for his Fulani kinsmen. I said this because his Fulani brothers have killed people and chased them out from their communities and are now fully settled with their families and cattle in several villages in Kaura, Sanga and Jema’a Local Government Areas, while the governor turns his eyes the other way round.
My conviction on this is based on the findings that the State government was able to wage a concerted war against cattle thieves and bandits in the expansive forests and hills of Birnin Gwari environs and easily succumbed the criminals, but has refused to extend even a fraction of that effort to save precious human lives and human communities in Southern Kaduna. The simple reason is that just as it is in the interest of law abiding Fulani to recover their cattle and goats in Birnin Gwari from same rogue Fulani, it is also in the interest of Fulani to leave our damaged and, yet to be ruined communities, weak and helpless for them to easily take over.
I hinged my believe on the above based on threat the governor gave against Southern Kaduna trying to defend itself from the unprovoked aggression. He said in that story:
“There are people that are sending a message, defend yourselves. We will get them. Defend yourself is hate speech. You can’t defend yourself if there is a government. We are going to arrest and prosecute all those that pass that message.”
To me, this is very strange and ridiculous. But it is also pregnant with meanings. Why is the governor saying that Southern Kaduna should not deploy self-defence when El-Rufai’s Fulani marauders come hacking them down and burning their communities with the governor unable to tame his brothers?
In what way will it benefit Southern Kaduna if it does not defend itself and it’s population killed, survivors sent out as refugees? Because it is clear that instead of El-Rufai stopping the carnage, it seems to be rising the more since he has gone to give them money. It is only the Fulani that will gain, of course! That is the meaning. It cannot be that Nasir el-Rufai is unaware that section Chapter VII, Article 51 of the Human Right Charter of the United Nations and Section 33(2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria has affirmed self-defence as a Human Right.
I see this as a threat to scarce Southern Kaduna from standing up to the his Fulani killer brothers.
Based on this, I call Governor Nasir el-Rufai to first arrest me.
Because I am calling on Southern Kaduna, once more to use every available legitimate means to defend their lives, property and communities. History will not forgive our generation if we succumb to threats and blackmail and fail to defend ourselves and get wiped out. As the Senator of the beleaguered area, I cannot support that we become sitting ducks each time they come killing. Again, if El-Rufai will not defend us, let us defend ourselves.
On the 15th of August 2016, Dr. Haruna Usman, Chairman, Kaduna State Chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association said, as revealed in several news publication the next day, that the mindless killings and destruction of Ninte village, near Godogodo in Jema’a LGA was carried out by his members in what he said was reprisal against the murder of a Fulani ardo in the village.
Again, on the 7th of November 2016, Abdullahi Hassan Mohammed (Wanban Jema’a) of Jema’a Foundation; Ahmad M. Yandeh, of Mobgal Fulbe Development Association and Abdullhamid Musa, Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Zone III addressed a press conference in Kaduna and again, said that it was Fulani that have been carrying out the bloodshed and arson in Southern Kaduna. They said they were defending themselves. The killings of infants; pregnant women; the burning to ashes children and women and very aged people; the burning down of entire villages; the burning of churches; the stealing of livestock, looting and burning of food and crops on farmlands; the further occupation of the villages, all as “ self defence.” The Fulani chieftains are walking free and the killings are ongoing.
But, when the 85 year old traditional ruler of in Misisi village, in Kaninkon Chiefdom, in Jema’a LGA, John Zogo was killed by Fulani armed men with six others during a phony meeting with soldiers, instead of a Fulani ardo to be held to account for the killings, it was the district head of late baba Zogo, the District Head of Goska, Mr Moses Barde that was arrested and detained illegally for weeks by the police in Kaduna.
Mr Moses Barde is just one of several other southern Kaduna men held on trump up charges after their communities have been ravaged, while the armed Fulani armed men continue to freely prowled over our communities. This scale of injustice is rear anywhere in the world.
I call on all Southern Kaduna natives, all Hausa and Fulani of our area who are genuinely interested in peace to forget about political, tribal and religious leanings and come together in prayers and for genuine dialogue amongst ourselves as the last option left for peace and security in Southern Kaduna.
I want to add that my colleague and I in the National Assembly will continue to do our best to secure Federal assistance to add to what we are doing at home against this evil.
However, as it has become manifest through the utterances, actions and inactions of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Southern Kaduna must prepare to defend itself using every possible means of defence that is lawful against killer Fulani who are now on the loose more than ever, even as we search for solutions to this heinous crime against our land.
Thank you, gentlemen.
Sign: Senator Danjuma Tella Laah,
(PDP, Kaduna South Senatorial District)
Wednesday, December 7th 2016.
Nigerian Journalist Detained for Writing ‘Offensive’ Story Against SSS – NUJ
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kogi council, has dragged the State Security Service, SSS, to a Federal High Court, Lokoja, over ‘unlawful’ arrest and continued detention of its member, Friday Ogungbemi.
Mr. Ogungbemi, a Lokoja-based journalist and publisher, was arrested and detained by the SSS, also called DSS, on November 30 over alleged offensive publication in the November 23 – December 15, 2016 edition of the Policy and Lawmakers magazine.
The NUJ, which filed the suit on behalf of the journalist, is seeking enforcement of his fundamental human rights and N5 million damages for unlawful incarceration and infringement on his fundamental rights.
The NUJ’s counsel, J.U. Usman, filed the motion on notice on Tuesday.
Mr. Usman sought four reliefs, including an order enforcing the journalist’s rights to personal liberty, freedom of movement and fair hearing being violated by the respondent since Nov. 30.
He also sought an order of the court to enforce the rights being infringed upon by the respondent’s continued detention of Mr. Ogungbemi at the DSS detention facility “which is unreasonable, illegal, unconstitutional, null and void”.
The NUJ also demanded 5 million Naira only as compensation for his unlawful arrest and detention and asked for further order(s) the court might consider just and appropriate to make for the redress of the infringement of his rights.
The reliefs, according to the counsel, are based on three grounds including that the applicant had no criminal records and that his arrest and continued detention over the publication was unreasonable, illegal and unconstitutional.
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No Salary Increment for Workers in 2017 Budget
The Federal Government has proposed a budget of N7,281,361,611,853 for the year 2017. The proposed budget represents an increase of 19.95 per cent over the 2016 Appropriation of N6.07 trillion.
This came as President Muhammadu Buhari formally told the Senate, yesterday, that he would present the budget proposal before a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives next Wednesday.
In a letter read by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at plenary, President Buhari said the 2017 budget would contain proposals and packages that would lead Nigeria out of the present economic recession.
An online news portal, Economic Confidential, yesterday, reported that a highly placed Presidency official confirmed the budget details in Abuja, adding that the government pegged the exchange rate at 305 Naira to a dollar.
According to the online news portal, “the source disclosed that the 2017 budget was based on a crude oil benchmark price of $42.5 per barrel and a production estimate of 2.2 million barrels per day.
“In the 2016 Budget, the crude oil benchmark price was $38 per barrel, while production level was 2.2 million barrels per day. Crude oil production level, however, dropped to 1.9 million barrels per day due to the activities of Niger Delta militants.
It said: “The 2017 budget is ready and has been considered by the Federal Executive Council (FEC). A total spending of N7,281,361,611,853 is proposed for 2017.
“Next year’s budget was also predicated on an exchange rate of N305 to a dollar. The figure was the prevailing exchange rate as at the time the 2016-19 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, (MTEF) was prepared in August 2016,” the official said.
A glance at the 2017 Budget shows that the government proposed N2.078 trillion as capital expenditure and N2.9 trillion as recurrent expenditure. The 2017 capital and recurrent expenditures rose by 15.44 per cent and 9.43 per cent over the 2016 Appropriation figures of N1.8 trillion and N2.65 trillion respectively.
No salary increment for workers in 2017 Budget
There was no provision for new minimum wage or salary increment for government workers in the proposed budget for next year. The government, however , retained the social intervention programme of N500 billion in the 2017 Budget.
“I don’t think we should be talking about salary increment or new minimum wage. What will really assist Nigerians and the workers are the social intervention programmes and investments in infrastructure.
“Most of the government policies are targeted at reducing unemployment and poverty and wealth creation. These are areas of benefits for Nigerians and the workers,” the source said.
The Presidency official, however, politely declined to give details of the domestic and foreign borrowings in the 2017 Budget, saying the details would be provided by the President during the budget presentation.
Economic recovery and growth plan
A senior officer of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning also confirmed the budget details in Abuja. The officer revealed that President Buhari would launch a new economic recovery and growth plan for Nigeria before the end of December 2016.
He added that the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, would be at the National Assembly within the week to brief the legislators on the new economic recovery and growth plan.
“This is a long term economic plan for the nation. It is a more comprehensive economic plan. It will position Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development. It is not just about growth; it encompasses development,” the ministry’s official said.
The source confirmed that the government had achieved a 75 per cent performance ratio of the pro-rated budget for January-September 2016, while the recurrent expenditure had been funded 100 per cent. The 2016 Appropriation, according to the source, will run till May 2017.
“The 2016 Appropriation has a legal backing to run for one year from May 2016 when it was assented to by the President till May 2017,” the source said.
President Buhari had on November 25, 2016, warned that his government would not allow a repeat of the padding of 2016 Budget in the 2017 Budget.
The President gave the warning at a meeting with members of the Governance Support Group (GSG), led by Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The President said: “I am waiting for the 2017 Budget to be brought to us in council. Any sign of padding anywhere, I will remove it.”
The President noted that he had been in government since 1975, variously as governor, oil minister, head of state, and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), “and never did I hear the word ‘padding’ till the 2016 Budget.”
He promised that such would never happen again under his watch. He assured that the government stands by its tripod campaign promises of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, but lamented that some people are deliberately turning blind eyes to prevailing realities in the country.
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MTN Urges Senate to Approve NCC’s Data Price Floor
UK Crime Agency Beams Searchlight On Jibrin’s Alleged Five Foreign Accounts
IPC Begs DSS to Release Detained Journalists
Biafra Dares Army, Launches Operation David Dance
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FEC appoints five transaction advisors for $1b Euro bond
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved five transaction advisors for the planned floating of a $1billion Eurobond.Briefing state house correspondents yesterday after its meeting in the Presidential Villa, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun said that the planned bond was already getting “significant interests” from investors just as issuance commences in January 2017.
Adeosun, joined at the briefing by Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed and that of Information, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that the advisors Nigeria approved are: Citi Group, Standard Chartered, Stanbic IBTC, White & Case, Banwo and Ighodalo, Africa Practices Communication as community advisers.
According to her, the Federal Government hopes to get competitive pricing.The minister said the appointed advisors are expected to run issuance programmes for the next three years to avoid the cumbersome process of re-tendering and selection.
She explained that the $1 billion Eurobond was part of the funding for capital projects in the 2016 budget, which runs till March 2017.“My memo, which was approved by council was for the appointment of transaction parties for the $1 billion Eurobond issue.“The $1 billion Eurobond programme is part of the funding for 2016 budget and we hope to be able to commence the process in January.
“We are confident that we will be able to complete the transaction expediently with significant interest. The oil price stability obviously is helping us. There is currently quite a bit of demand for emerging markets papers. Nigeria’s paper is currently trading around seven to eight per cent mark,” the minister said.
Further, Adeosun explained that the five parties that have been appointed “would run any Eurobond issuance programme that we do for the next three years, so that we don’t have to keep on re-tendering. Unless there is a major problem with any of them they will be our parties for the next three years.”
“The process that produced the five parties was competitive after which certificate of no objection was obtained from the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) for their appointment,” she explained.
NCAA gives Arik 24-hr deadline to return passengers’ luggage
•CPC summons airline
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday directed Arik Air to return luggage of its London-Lagos passengers within 24 hours.The apex aviation regulatory body also directed the airline to compensate scores of passengers that could not retrieve their baggage as at yesterday. Each passenger is to be compensated with $150 (60, 000 Naira) for every 24-hour of delay, according to aviation rules.
NCAA’s Director of Consumer Complaints Department, Adamu Abdullahi, urged aggrieved passengers to remain calm as the authorities work hard to resolve the issue.
Abdullahi confirmed that the agency has directed Arik to compensate every passenger of $150 in consonance with extant laws.He said: “We have sent the letter to the airline and it also contains a directive that every bag must be here within the next 24 hours.
“A directive is a directive and we will hold Arik Air’s management responsible, and I can assure you that they will abide by the directive.”The management, however, blamed the incident on the use of a smaller aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 on the route, due to maintenance on the wide-body allocated A330-200 plane.
Spokesperson for the airline, Banji Ola, said the airline’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft had been hit by a handling company in New York, necessitating the deployment of the B737-800 on the Lagos-London route.
In a related development, the Consumers’ Protection Council (CPC) has summoned the management of Arik to explain the ugly development and alleged poor treatment of Nigerian passengers that patronised the airline.
Scores of London -Lagos passengers on Sunday and Monday arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos without their luggage. As at yesterday, some of the passengers were yet to retrieve their luggage.
Tougher times ahead, says Oyedepo
The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Dr. David Oyedepo, has said that Nigerians will experience harsher economic challenges.
He, therefore, enjoined them to draw closer to God in order to survive the impending tough economic climate.
Oyedepo said this on Tuesday during the opening session of the annual Shiloh programme of the church in Ota, Ogun State.
“It looks tough presently but it’s going to get tougher in the days to come. Obedience to the terms of covenant will put you in total command. When all your obedience is fulfilled, all opposition is brought down,” he said.
Alluding to the Bible, the bishop said that recession was not a new phenomenon, urging the audience to be committed to God to overcome the financial challenges.
“However, from scriptures, all the children of the covenant, who walk according to biblical truth will always enjoy exemptions from the gross darkness and evils plaguing the world,” he said.
According to a statement from the church, the opening session was witnessed by over 2,000 delegates from 41 countries.
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NFF insults us with 500,000 Naira – Super Falcons
Super Falcons players have described the 500,000 Naira given to each of the players by the Nigeria football Federation (NFF) before their semi-final match against South Africa during the just-concluded CAF African Women Championship as an insult.
The players who spoke to a group of journalists at the pool side of their Agura Hotel lodge yesterday wondered why the Sports Ministry and the NFF should ask them to make do with such token, while their counterparts in the final match ,Cameroon were given massive motivation and support to win the competition.
“Can you imagine that they are asking us to manage the token which they gave us in Cameroon until when they get money? You now wonder when they will get the money, as we have been fed with such stories previously without positive results. This is rubbish and an insult on the entire team . When we qualified for this competition, nobody gave us anything, rather they presented a miserly 10,000 Naira each to us as transport, but we didn’t complain.
“Now we still went ahead to conquer Africa irrespective of our poor preparation and they are here telling us stories.
“Tell Nigerians that we are not leaving this hotel until our match bonuses are paid completely.
“Imagine the kind of motivation that the Cameroon government gave their girls in order to win the cup. I can tell you authoritatively that each of the players were paid money worth 17 million Naira for their semi-final defeat of Ghana and were promised a whopping 22 million Naira each if they could win the trophy.
“But we are here begging the NFF to pay us our match bonuses which is not up to 20,000 dollars each.
“Is it a crime for one to represent her country in sporting events again? They did this to the Under-17 and Under-20 teams, but they won’t succeed this time as we are bent on collecting every single kobo before leaving this place”, one of the foreign-based players said.
$793,800 bribe: EFCC grills Justice Ajumogobia’s children
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday grilled the children of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia at the Lagos office of the commission for several hours.
Impeccable sources within the EFCC told The PUNCH that the judge’s children were grilled as part of the investigations into the allegations that their mother received a total of $793,800 in several tranches from different sources unlawfully between 2012 and 2015.
Ofili-Ajumogobia was alleged to have collected bribes through a company account in Diamond Bank, Nigel & Colive Ltd, which she owns jointly with her children.
It was through the said account that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Obla, allegedly paid a N5m bribe to the judge.
It was learnt that the EFCC had invited the judge’s children since last week but they refused to honour the invitation.
Operatives were said to have stormedOfili- Ajumogobia’s home located on 18 Lai Ajayi-Bembe Street, Parkview, Ikoyi with a search warrant on Wednesday.
However, on getting to the home, the children were said not to be in the house but the judge’s brother-in-law, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia (SAN), who is a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, went to speak with the detectives.
He was said to have promised to ensure that the children were brought to the EFCC office in the afternoon.
A detective said, “About a week ago, we gave an invitation letter to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and asked her to give it to her two children. However, they never honoured the invitation. So, today (Wednesday), we went to the house with a search warrant but they refused to open the door. A former Minister, Odein Ajumogobia, who happens to be the judge’s brother-in-law, promised us that he would bring the children around 3pm, so we left.
“We invited her children because their names featured in our investigation. So, we invited them to hear their own side of the story. The minister honoured his promise because the children were brought to our officer around 3pm.”
It was learnt that the children were still being grilled as of press time.
The EFCC had on November 28, arraigned Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia and Mr. Godwin Obla on 30 charges bordering on bribery, corruption and money laundering.
The EFCC, in the charges, alleged that Obla, while appearing in a suit numbered FHC/L/C/482c/2010 before Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, offered a gratification of N5m to the judge to allegedly induce the judge to refrain from acting in the exercise of her official duties as a public officer.
Obla, the EFCC claimed, paid the money from the account of his company, Obla & Company Limited, with United Bank for Africa, to Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia through the bank account of Nigel & Colive Ltd in Diamond Bank Plc.
The EFCC claimed that the judge and the SAN acted contrary to sections 64 (1) and 97 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011.
But they both pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The judge was accused of receiving a total of $793,800 in several tranches from different sources between 2012 and 2015 “so as to have a significant increase in your assets that you cannot reasonably explain the increase in relation to your lawful income.”
The EFCC told Justice Oshodi that Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia violated Section 82(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11, 2011.
The judge was further accused of forging a deed of assignment between County City Bricks Development Co. Ltd and Nigel & Colive Ltd dated July 5, 2010, which the EFCC claimed was purportedly prepared and signed by Charles Musa & Co.
The offence was said to be contrary to Section 467 of the Criminal Code, Cap C17, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.
Govt gives Lagosians till December 16 to pay taxes
The Lagos State Internal Revenue Service says all taxpayers that have yet to fulfil their obligation have between December 1 and 16, 2016, to remit overdue taxes and levies to avoid prosecution.
The Executive Chairman of LIRS, Mr. Ayodele Subair, on Wednesday stated that the agency had, in the last few months, embarked on massive advocacy and enlightenment programmes, educating Lagos taxpayers on the laws bordering on tax administration and the benefits of paying taxes as and when due.
He said, “In spite of the significant decline in the allocation from the federation account, the Lagos State Government is still embarking on massive infrastructural development and renewal. These projects cannot be achieved if taxpayers refuse to discharge their civic responsibility to the state.
“Taxpayers are hereby advised to clear all outstanding payments on or before December 16, 2016, failing which the state government will commence criminal prosecution of offenders in line with relevant provisions of the Personal Income Tax Act, 2004 (As amended).”
The LIRS boss explained that the taxes and levies expected to be remitted to the government within the grace period comprised the Tax Audit Liability of back years, the Personal Income Tax (PAYE, Direct Assessment, Self-Assessment), Withholding Tax, Hotel Occupancy and Restaurants Consumption Tax and Land Use Charge and Ground Rent.
“LIRS has put all the necessary machineries in place to ensure the enforcement of the tax law with effect from December 17, 2016, when the grace period lapses. We advise all taxpayers to comply because the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on taxable persons or corporations that fail to remit their taxes and levies,” Subair added.
Anxiety in Cross Rivers as S’Court Delivers Judgment Friday on Case Challenging Ayade’s Candidacy in 2015 Poll
Anxiety has enveloped the political space in Cross River State following the expected judgment by the Supreme Court scheduled for December 9, 2016 in a pre-election matter filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Joe Agi, challenging Governor Ben Ayade’s qualification to contest the 2015 governorship election as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In the suit no.SC256/2016 pending before the Supreme Court, Agi who came second to Ayade during the PDP governorship primaries, is alleging that Ayade lied about his date of birth by supplying false information and conflicting age declaration documents, on oath, to the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), thereby committing perjury.
Agi is also praying the court to declare him the rightful candidate of the party who was duly returned at the 2015 governorship election held on April 11, 2015.
When the matter came up for hearing September 27, the PDP through its counsel, Mr. N. Ibegbulam, denied Ayade and aligned themselves with the submission and prayers of Agi, who is praying the court to declare that Ayade was not qualified to be fielded as candidate of the PDP.
Counsel to Ayade, Wole Olanikpeku (SAN), had countered the argument of the PDP’s counsel, saying he was raising a fresh issue altogether and urged the apex court to reject the prayers the PDP who had aligned themselves with Agi’s prayers.
After listening to the arguments of the counsel in the matter including Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who defended Ayade, the panel justices led by Justice Bode-Rhodes Vivour, reserved judgment for December 9.
Reacting to the development, the IPAC in the state called on the NJC to probe the rejection of Ayade by the PDP counsel at the Supreme Court, saying the development was strange.
THISDAY findings indicated that despite the visible anxiety among his supporters, Ayade has remained composed and has been going about the normal running of the state’s affairs with extra vigour.
There has been no official comment about the impending judgment from the state government, but some of the governor’s aides and public servants who confided in THISDAY said they were very anxious and tensed up.
However, they prayed and hoped that Ayade would emerge victorious at the Supreme Court, just as he did at the High Court and the Appeal Court.
Supporters of Agi have been holding prayers on weekly bases for the victory of their principal at the Supreme Court.
THISDAY also gathered that some supporters and close aides of Ayade and Agi have relocated to Abuja ahead of the judgment.
Borno elders beg Buhari to intervene in Shiite crisis
The Borno Elders Forum has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, calling on him to intervene in the crisis rocking Kaduna State in relation to the proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also called Shiite, in the state.
The BEF, in an open letter to the President, by its Chairman, Usman Galtimari, urged Buhari to note that the situation with the Shiites in Kaduna was similar to what happened in Borno in the early days of the Boko Haram sect activities.
While pointing out that it was neither in support nor against the Shiites, the forum warned that the situation in Kaduna must be handled with care to prevent a repeat of what happened in the North-East with Boko Haram.
The letter read in part, “From what we read and heard in the print and electronic media, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria has been branded as an insurgency group and therefore outlawed. We see what is happening in Kaduna State as similar to what happened in Borno State back in 2009 leading to a sorry state of affairs in the State.
“Your Excellency may concur with us that there is the need to draw lessons from our recent and indeed ongoing crisis in the North-East and pockets of other crisis across the country. It is therefore necessary to take all the available routes to avert any further incidents.
“We wish to appeal to you to arrest the Kaduna situation and amicably settle all contending issues so that peace will reign in central Nigeria. Our harrowing experiences in the North-East should be enough to guide us as a nation to cultivate peace and peaceful co-habitation.”
Wike’s CSO withdrawn for participating in APC rally – Police
The Nigeria Police Force has said that it redeployed the Chief Security Officer to the Rivers State Governor, DSP Promise Nwosu, for taking part in a political rally organised by the All Progressives Congress.
Describing his action as gross professional misconduct, it stated that Nwosu was found among the protesting party faithful on November 17, 2016, in a manner prejudicial to discipline and displaying conduct unexpected of an officer of his calibre and office.
This was contained in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah.
The statement was in reaction to allegations by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, that the CSO’s withdrawal was meant to make him vulnerable to physical attacks during the forthcoming legislative rerun in the state.
Wike had announced the withdrawal of his CSO last Monday and alleged that the police were partisan and plotting to compromise his security, stressing that he was looking up to God and the youths to protect him.
But in its first reaction to the allegation, the police stated that the CSO’s participation in the political rally of an opposition party to the governor in a clandestine and suspicious manner was considered mischievous and detrimental to the security of the state and public order.
The police added that his alleged action was contrary to his oath of office which constituted an offence.
Awunah said when questioned by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in Rivers State, the former CSO demonstrated brazen indiscipline and showed disrespect to the senior officer, “exhibiting conduct that violates all known norms of the force.”
He said, “In the course of monitoring the public protest, an Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in Rivers State observed the presence of the CSO among the protesting partisan crowd as illegal, unlawful and outside prescribed schedule of the duties of a CSO.
“The active presence of the CSO to the governor in a partisan crowd of an opposition party to the governor in a clandestine and suspicious manner was considered mischievous and detrimental to the security of the state and public order and also contrary to his oath of office which constitute an offence against discipline.
“The CSO to the governor, when challenged by a superior officer demonstrated brazen indiscipline and showed disrespect to the senior officer, exhibiting conduct that violates all known norms of the force.
“Accordingly, the CSO was officially queried for discreditable conduct, insubordination, engaging in partisan political activities, illegal duty and act unbecoming of a public officer.”
The police spokesman further explained that as a result of the gross misconduct and apparent partisanship by Nwosu, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, ordered his redeployment pending further disciplinary action.
“To this end, the IG has also constituted an investigative inquiry into the officer’s open engagement in political activities, disrespect to senior officers and unethical practices,” Awunah added.
He stressed that it was imperative that police officers were insulated from partisan politics, noting that the IG had warned all police officers in any capacity to desist from acts that portrayed the force in a bad light and questioned the integrity of the personnel.
In addition, the Force said any police officer, especially CSOs, Aides-de-Camp and orderlies attached to political officer holders or senior government officials who engaged in activities outside the official schedule would be removed and made to face severe disciplinary action.
“It is instructive to maintain that the redeployment of the CSO to Governor Wike must not be misconstrued or misinterpreted as it is widely reported in the media. The Police Force must not be drawn to direct partisan politics and acts that are inimical to peace and public order,” the police stated.
Discrimination Exists Among Buhari’s Security Details, NOPRIN Alleges
The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria has written to the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, alleging discrimination against different sections of the presidential security guard.
The group said a discriminatory practice has left the victims with several months in unpaid salaries and allowances, a crisis it said is capable of causing disharmony amongst personnel.
NOPRIN said Mr. Monguno should “intervene and ensure a just treatment and resolution of the complaints and grumblings among many State House (Presidential Vila) security staff over their suspicion of diversion and consequent non-payment of arrears of their risk caution allowance which was approved by the president for all State House security.”
Mr. Monguno could not be reached for comments.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said he had no knowledge of the allegations.
NOPRIN said it received a list detailing the nine different issues the officials raised before writing the petition.
The issues are as follows:
1. That the security staff members affected are those whose primary responsibility is to cover any presidential movement within the South West, South-South and South East, including the Vice President and visiting Presidents of foreign countries.
2. That arrears of one year and three months were approved for all the State House Security Staff and payment commenced in October 2016.
3. That all the Presidential Villa security staff were given forms from the office of the NSA to fill for this allowance, and they all filled the Presidential Villa security staff personal data form in January and again in November 2016.
4. That, however, while those at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, have been receiving alerts for their paid allowance since October, their counterparts at the Lagos Unit 239, Dodan Barracks, Lagos – 63 in all – are yet to receive any payment.
5. That the office of the NSA is in charge of this fund, and that the affected security staff have made representations to his office without any respite.
6. That even for those paid in Abuja, not all of them of the same rank received the same amount; for example, while some received as high as N1.67 million each, others received as low as N75,000 each.
7. That however, some of the superior officers who were initially underpaid were later paid their full allowance after they protested, but not the same for junior officers who cannot openly complain.
8. That some of the security staff also complain of being discriminated against by being labelled ‘PDP Police’.
9. That Squadron Commander PMF 24 Villa Abuja, Abdullahi Ibrahim (CSP) has threatened the affected security staff with transfer if they continued to complain.
The group, therefore, demanded an “investigation into the reason behind the apparently dubious and discriminatory payment, underpayment and withholding of allowances meant for the Presidential Vila security staff.”
These are just some of the news reports over the past 24 hours.
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