Wednesday, 30 September 2015

FG Introduces Mobile Classrooms For IDPs

The Presidential Initiative for the North East, PINE on Tuesday launched mobile containerized classrooms for children in IDP camps at the Dalori Quarters IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was represented at the event by Dr Maryam Masha said,

“The facilities would help school age children at the IDPs’ camps to receive quality education before finally returning to their liberated communities.”

Desperate Boko Haram Now Poisoning Borno Water Sources

Boko Haram insurgents have added a new weapon to their arsenal. They have resorted to lacing water sources in areas where they have been routed with deadly poison.

Disclosing the latest war strategy of the insurgents to newsmen on Wednesday, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Tukur Gusau said,

“Information reaching the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole,indicates that Boko Haram terrorists have now resorted to poisoning water sources like wells and streams in areas they were dislodged from by troops or areas threatened by offensive operations.

“Credible information available to the Theatre Command indicates that though no human life has been lost as a result of the barbaric act of the terrorists, some cattle were killed after drinking water from some poisoned sources.

“The latest being the poisoning of the cattle water ponds in Kangallam village along Marte and Abadam axis in Borno State, where a large number of cattle died after drinking water from the ponds.”

He advised the people to avoid drinking water from locations where the terrorists have recently been forced out.

Saraki Receives Ministerial Nominees List (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang on Wednesday presented the President's list of ministerial nominees to the Senate.

See pictures of the Senate President receiving the documents.

Hajj Stampede : Nigeria's Death Toll Now 64

The number of Nigerians who died in the recent Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia has risen to 64 with 71 persons injured and 244 others still unaccounted for.

Mallam Uba Mana, Head of Public Relations of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON disclosed this to newsmen in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. He said that NAHCON was doing everything possible to establish the fate of those still missing. He said ;

“This briefing is just to give you an update of the situation of things as regards those that died, injured and those still missing after the stampede . We have 64 Nigerians dead from the stampede, 71 injured and 244 still missing.

“Out of those that died, 48 are from States Pilgrims Welfare Board, 12 from tour operators. Those that are missing are from states pilgrims board and 18 from tour operators. We have set up various committees to track those missing and we are not limiting the search to Makkah,Mina or Medina but the whole of Saudi Arabia as helicopters were used to airlift victims to the nearest hospitals with several hospitals used.”

The NAHCON spokesman disclosed that the missing pilgrims are from  Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Ekiti, FCT, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ondo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states.

He added that while dead pilgrims are to be buried in Mecca at the expense of the Saudi government, families who want the remains of their loved ones flown to Nigeria can do so at their own expense.

His words;
“The commission will do all that is humanly possible to assist families of the dead get a befitting burial for their loved ones but if they intend to have the body sent home,I don’t think the Saudi authority will pick the bills.”

PMB To Address The Nation.

As part of the activities marking Nigeria's 55th independence anniversary, President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday October 1st, address the nation in a national broadcast.

According to a statement released by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina, the broadcast is scheduled for 7 am.

Army Chief Reassures On December Deadline For Defeating Boko Haram

Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has reassured that Nigerian troops would meet the set target of defeating Boko Haram insurgents by December.

A statement released by Army spokesman Col Sani Usman in Abuja on Wednesday disclosed that Buratai gave the assurance during a routine visit to the front line troops in the Northeast.

The statement quoted the Army Chief as saying ;
"I want to reassure Nigerians that Nigerian Army is ever determined to succeed in meeting up with the set deadline of defeating Boko Haram terrorists by the end of this year."

It also said Gen Buratai defied the Sallah holidays to visit and boost the morale of the troops at the front lines of the counter insurgency operations.

Places visited by Buratai include the Headquarters, 33 Artillery Brigade, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi, where he addressed troops on the on-going operations.

He also visited the 301 Artillery Regiment, Gombe and Biu where he inspected two units;231 Tank Battalion and 331 Artillery Regiment in Aboge Largema Military Cantonment.

He used the opportunity to decorate newly promoted officers with their new ranks.

We Have Zoned 2019 Presidential Ticket To North - PDP

The People's Democratic Party, PDP has said that it will choose its presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections from the North.

The Acting National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday while receiving the report of the Ike Ekweremadu Post Election Review Committee.

He vowed that PDP would not repeat the mistakes of the 2015 general elections.
His words :

“We the members of the party and the National Working Committee have revolved that our presidential candidate for 2019 general elections will come from the North.

“We won’t make the mistakes we made in the past. We are going to move the party forward and all our members should know that we have resolved to respect the constitution of the party.

“We will also abide by zoning and all organs of the party are to be carried along in deciding or debating the reports of this committee.”

In his remarks, Senator Ekweremadu cautioned against dumping the report on the shelf as had been the practice in the past, if the party must redeem itself from its present predicament.

What will Buhari tell the nation on October 1st?

President Buhari to address the nation tomorrow by 7am http://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2015/09/president-buhari-to-address-nation.html

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Outrageous Lives Of Female Captives In Boko Haram Camps

In the past few months, hundreds of women of different ages have been rescued by government forces from Boko Haram captivity.

As camp after camp of the insurgents is sacked, more and more of the women are released. As they breathe the air of freedom, one common thread can be seen running through them.. They all have harrowing tales of woe to tell.

Some of these women share their stories in this encounter with LEADERSHIP's Kareem Haruna.

Some five months ago, troops of the Nigeria Army had made several rescue operations during raids of camps around Sambisa forest , and of the over 400 of the women that were helped to regain freedom, 214 of them, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) data, were found to have been in various stages of pregnancy for unknown Boko Haram ‘husband's."

Just recently, soldiers of the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army had made yet another rescue of women trapped in villages that fell under the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists. Some of the women, according to some soldiers that took part in the ‘Lafiya Dole’ counter-insurgency operation, were prevented from joining their fleeing neighbours by the attacking Boko Haram terrorists because they also used them as cannon fodder in times of attacks.

Some of the women who were rescued from Bama axis of Borno state, where Boko Haram insurgents were still holding sway before soldiers moved in to tackle them, said they practically lost all their rights and dignity as women during their captivity in the Boko Haram camps.

A mother of four, Fanna Ali, who is in her mid 20s was very economical with the details of her horrific stay under the guard of Boko Haram.

“I have no words to explain what my children and I went through when Boko Haram took over our village and held us there for over four months. Everyday I cried for myself and my children; but the Boko Haram people….they had no mercy at all…..”, said Fanna trailing off in tears.

“We came from Usmanti village”, she said. “Boko Haram had prevented us from leaving when we heard that other residents of various communities around us had left. We were cut off from everything including medical care and good food. We only depended on what was permitted or given to us by Boko Haram terrorists. It was just some weeks ago that the Boko Haram had to flee as the soldiers came. That was how we were lucky to escape too. I have four children for my husband…but I can’t remember their actual birthdays, because I have recently been finding it difficult remembering things like dates. Some of my children were always having running stomachs; some always cried of body pains. I still have back pains and I am here waiting to be given some medications. "

Zara Modu, a woman in her early 30s said she came from Kijelli, a remote village in Konduga local government area. She also has three children. She said,

“Boko Haram have been troubling us in Kijelli so we had to find a way to escape to Konduga through the help of the soldiers.”

She said one of her children has been ill so bad that he urinates blood.

Modu Musa, a 45-year- old villager said she also made it to Konduga from Fadan village alongside other members of her community.

“We have suffered so much in the hands of Boko Haram who had forcefully kept us in Fadan village. Many attempts by most of our community people to escape to Maiduguri was met with terminal punishments like shooting to death or outright slitting of throats like that of animal. They seized our herds of cattle and goats. They dispossessed us of our food and other valuables. We lived in fear until the soldiers finally came. The Boko Haram terrorists had forced many of our people, especially the youth, to join them in whatever they were doing”.

A pregnant woman in her early 30s, who declined mentioning her name, said even if she was to deliver her baby, she would be in fresh dilemma of trying to identify who the real father was.

“Maybe God has destined that I will end up being pregnant for people I don’t know”, said the woman in tears. “I lost my husband to Boko Haram and now I am pregnant for people I never knew…they used women as if we were animals and they gave us crumbs or scraps when they cared to feed us from what they ate…”

Yagana Yurahim, said she became a captive of the Boko Haram for three months after the insurgents had invaded their hamlet near Yale village in Konduga Local Government area, killing some men that refused to follow them to fight soldiers.

“After killing our men and forcing some of our young boys to go, some of them were asked to remain behind and watch over the women and children”, said Yagana, who is in her early 40s.

“Some of the women that attempted running were killed, while others were lucky to escape unhurt. We were all scared of running because the terrorists had warned that they would kill us if we attempt running. They would gather us in a house and one of them would be forcing us to learn how read Quran.”

“Our luck came when the soldiers came attacking. They all abandoned us and fled; that was how the soldiers came in and took us to Maiduguri."

Source: LEADERSHIP

Iran Blames Hajj Tragedy On Saudi Prince.

Iran has alleged that the convoy of Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud caused panic among pilgrims which resulted in the stampede that left 725 persons dead and 863 injured.

Insisting that Saudi Arabia must accept responsibility for the tragic incident, the spokesman for Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Keyvan Khosravi, told Iranian news agency that
“Sources revealed that the convoy of Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud caused panic among millions of pilgrims and started the stampede that has so far claimed the lives of 1,300 in Mina, near Mecca, on Thursday.

“The large convoy of Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, the King’s son and deputy crown prince, that was escorted by over 3,500 security forces, including 200 army men and 150 policemen, sped up the road to go through the pilgrims that were moving towards the site of the ‘Stoning the Devil’ ritual, causing panic among millions of pilgrims who were on the move from the opposite direction and caused the stampede.”

Thursday's stampede was the worst incident to occur in Mecca during the hajj since 1990, when 1,426 pilgrims also lost their lives in a stampede.

Hajj Stampede : See The Nationalities Of The Victims

The victims of last Thursday's stampede in Saudi Arabia cut across nationalities. The trouble happened as pilgrims were going to stone the devil

See the breakdown of the victims according to their countries of origin.

Algeria(3 killed, 6 injured); Bangladesh( 4 dead); China (1 dead); Egypt( 8killed, 20 injured); Turkey( 4 dead), Netherlands (1dead); India( 4 dead, 2 injured); Indonesia(3 dead, 1 injured); Iran (131 dead,60 injured); Morocco(87 dead); Nigeria( 8 dead, 6 injured) Oman( 5 injured) ; Pakistan(7 dead) and Sudan (1 dead, 2 injured); Unknown(558 dead, 761injured).

This is the figure as at Friday.

Source: THE NATION

Prominent Northerners Want To Reverse Our Gains - Army

The Army said it has detected plans by certain prominent elements from the northeast to scuttle the ongoing war on terror.

Army spokesman Col Sani Usman said that some people were bent on reversing the gains of the fight against the militant group, Boko Haram. He said that the mischief makers were engaging the services of nongovernmental organizations and marabouts to perpetrate their unwholesome plans.

He warned that the Army was aware of those planning to sabotage its efforts and would not hesitate to deal with them.

His words ;
“The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and send a very strong warning to some prominent individuals and political groups who hail from Borno State in particular and North-East generally, that there is information of plans by some highly placed individuals and political groups to scuttle the fight against terrorism and insurgency in this country.

“The unscrupulous individuals and their cohorts are determined to reverse the gains made and scuttle our efforts of achieving the Presidential directive to defeat Boko Haram terrorists within three months. They are enlisting the services of some non-governmental organisations in this grand design.

“It has come to our knowledge that they are employing every means to see that our operation does not succeed in order for them to continue to enjoy certain benefits.

“It has been revealed that they are employing the services of   marabouts and other unethical means in order to frustrate our efforts and the operations in addition to campaign of calumny.

“We are aware of their clandestine meetings and other diabolical efforts to achieve their nefarious aims. This would not be tolerated.

“Therefore, such individuals and groups should be warned in unmistakable terms that anyone found would be dealt with accordingly.”

Friday, 25 September 2015

Hajj : How The Stampede Happened

Photo: How Saudi security forces caused the stampede by fencing off walkway & closing the gate http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/09/photo-how-saudi-security-forces-caused.html

200 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender To Nigerian Troops

The Nigerian Army declared on Friday that more than 200 Boko Haram Fighters gave up their arms following the capture of Banki on the border with Cameroun by Nigerian troops.

Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Yusha’u Abubakar told newsmen that after the fall of Banki on Thursday, over 200 insurgents willingly submitted themselves to Nigerian forces.

He said, “I have just received information from our troops about an hour ago that over 200 Boko Haram insurgents surrendered to them.”

Nigeria's military chiefs say they are doing everything possible to achieve President Buhari’s December deadline for the complete defeat of Boko Haram.

Buhari In New York City (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for New York on Thursday night after observing Sallah prayers in Daura.

See photos of his arrival at JFK International Airport.

Credits : Vanguard

1 year old boy, home alone burnt to death in Abuja.

In a Friday morning fire incident that happened in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, the Isah family had their Sallah ruined when their one year old son was consumed in a fire incident.

Mrs Isah had lit up the stove before locking the door behind her, leaving the toddler alone in their single room apartment as she dashed out to buy condiments.

By the time Mrs Isah returned, the toddler had dragged the lighted stove upon himself, setting himself and the house on fire.

Sources said the toddler was dead before help could come and has already been buried according to Islamic rites.

Tragedy In Yobe : Constable Guns Down Two Inspectors, Kills Self

Reports coming from Nangere Police Division in Yobe State say that a Police Constable in the early hours of Friday, shot two Inspectors to death and then turned the gun on himself.

Eyewitnesses said the trouble happened over a disagreement on a homicide case being handled at the station.

Details later.

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African Pilgrims Didn't Cause Hajj Stampede - NAHCON

The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has rejected the insinuations in certain quarters that the stampede which led to the death of over 700 pilgrims in Mina, near Mecca was triggered by African pilgrims.

Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar said at a news conference in Mecca, Saudi Arabia that it is unfair for anyone to blame Africans taking part in the pilgrimage for the tragic incident.

His words :
“At this time of electronic age and the close circuit cameras installed in Mecca and environment, the authorities can easily know how the stampede started and what caused it."

He however urged the pilgrims to abide by the time tables provided by the Saudi authorities to forestall a reoccurrence of the ugly incident.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, three Nigerians have been confirmed to be among those who died in the stampede.

NAN

2 Staff, 2 Policemen Killed in Robbery Attack on Kogi Bank

Two staff of a new generation bank and two police officers attached to the bank were killed in a daylight armed robbery attack on the bank located at Ogaminana in Adavi local government area of Kogi State.

Reports have it that the robbers who struck around 10 am carted away 25 million naira meant to pay the salaries of the local government's workers.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ACP. Williams Aya, who confirmed the incident, said that no arrest has been made, even as the police are on the trail of the robbers.

CSJ Urges Buhari To Release Funds Into Economy

President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to stimulate economic activities and reverse the current negative growth of the country's GDP.

Specifically, the Centre for Social Justice, CSJ on Thursday urged Buhari to as a matter of urgency release funds for investment into capital projects to stimulate economic activities.

A statement released in Abuja by CSJ's Lead Director, Mr Eze Onyekpere called President Buhari's attention to the recent warning by the governor of the Central Bank that the economy is at risk of going into recession by 2016 if proactive measures were not taken.

The apex bank's governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele had on Tuesday at the Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja said that the economy had remained fragile as a result of many factors.

Consequently, the CSJ has called on President Buhari to constitute his economic team without further delay.

The group also called on Buhari to quickly unveil his economic agenda as "public and private stakeholders cannot continue groping in the dark and imagining the content of the government’s economic agenda.”

Source : THE PUNCH

Some Pilgrims With African Nationalities Caused Hajj Stampede - Saudi Prince

According to official accounts, 717 persons died while 863 others were injured in a stampede that occurred in Mina, near Mecca as over two million pilgrims were taking part in the ritual to throw stones at the devil.

Already, Nigeria is confirmed to have lost two illustrious citizens in the most tragic event to have occurred during Hajj in more than two decades. They are Prof Tijani El-Miskin of the University of Maiduguri and editor and girl child rights campaigner, Bilkisu Yusuf.

While Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Nayef has ordered an investigation into the incident, a number of reasons are being speculated to have caused the sudden chaos that led to the tragedy.

While Saudi health minister, Khaled al-Falih, said the stampede occurred because many pilgrims moved “without respecting the timetables” established by authorities, Iran's head of Hajj Commission, Said Omahi has a contrary view.

The head of Iran’s Hajj organisation, Said Omahi , told Iranian news agency, Irna, that two paths close to the scene of the incident had been inexplicably closed off by the Saudi authorities, resulting in the build-up of pilgrims.

However, the most damning reason so far adduced for this tragic event is the one put forward by the Head of the Central Hajj Committee, Prince Khaled al-Faisal.

He is reported to have told
Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV that the stampede was caused by
“some pilgrims with African nationalities."

Does that suggest that the pilgrims who moved "without respecting the timetables" set by the authorities are the "pilgrims with African nationalities"?

Thursday, 24 September 2015

For The Girl Child, It's One Voice Lost

And so, Bilkisu Yusuf, one of the most strident voices for the girl child died in the Mecca tragedy too?

"Bilkisu Yusuf attained heights that she direly wanted the GIRL CHILD to surpass thru society's COLLECTIVE ACTIONS. What a most PAINFUL LOSS!

"Bilkisu Yusuf was an extraordinary woman & professional. A distinguished journalist who gave plenty RESEARCH & VOICE to the GIRL CHILD. SAD." Oby Ezekwesili


Aunt From Hell Abducts Sister's 3 Children, Sells 2

The police in Abuja recently paraded before the public, six members of a child trafficking syndicate. Prominent among them was a medical doctor and a certain Faith Nuhu who abducted three of her own sister's children and sold two to the group.

Faith reportedly abducted the three children Grace Musa Idris,  13 years, Philip Musa Idris, 3 years and Paul Musa Idris from their home in Kafachan, Kaduna State on the pretext of going to buy them biscuits from a nearby shop.

However, Faith quickly took the children to a bus station where they boarded a vehicle to Owerri in far away Imo State.

As the journey progressed, Faith cleverly abandoned 13-year-old Grace along the way, apparently for asking too many questions. This action later became Faith's undoing as passers-by who saw Grace wandering took her to a nearby police station where operatives contacted her parents and began the search for her siblings.

By the time the police grabbed Faith, she had already sold the other two children for six hundred thousand naira to one Evelyn Ojiaku who runs an illegal maternity home in Owerri, Imo State.

Investigations revealed that Faith Nuhu had earlier sold her own day old baby to Evelyn Ojiaku whose Royal Maternity Clinic is located along Okigwe road for one hundred thousand naira.

Members of the syndicate paraded at the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja are Chigozie Goodwill, Mrs. Evelyn Ojiaku, John Ojiaku, Elizabeth Onyemaobi, and Dr. Amadi Godwin Uzoma.

That Sylvester Ajayi May Walk Again

For 32 years when he served Nigeria at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Mr. Sylvester Ajayi didn't suffer a major health challenge. But when it was time to undergo tests at the Gwarimpa General Hospital in order to register for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the year he retired from the civil service, he was diagnosed with diabetes type 1.

Though he was surprised at the outcome of the diagnosis owing to many years of good health and a lifestyle devoid of high sugar consumption, 62-year-old Ajayi on the advice of his doctor started using drugs to manage diabetes. He also took up light exercises as further advised by his doctor.

However, sometime in January, the man who worked for over three decades as woodsman started feeling weak each time he returned from walking or his light exercise.

Things came to head, when in February, Ajayi felt so weak that he asked his wife Roseline to help him whenever he needed to turn over in bed.

“I knew that something was wrong when sometime in February, he asked me to help him turn over while we were in bed,” Roseline told Abuja Metro  at her Gwarimpa home.

Closely following the difficulty in moving his body in bed was the swelling of his hands and legs. And soon, the Ajayis sought the help of a physiotherapist. After weeks of treatment with no improvement even after the couple had spent almost all their savings, the physiotherapist advised that Ajayi undergoes an MRI scan. But the couple couldn’t only raise N60,000 after months of saving and this was a far cry from the huge sum needed for the test at the State House Clinic, Abuja.

“We had to beg them that we will run around and make it up to N70,000. We told the doctor at the clinic to look at the date my husband was asked to undergo the test and when we finally came. They took mercy on us and conducted the test,” Roseline narrated with much sadness.

The printed result from the MRI scan showed that Mr. Ajayi is suffering from Severe Cervical Spondylosis.  This disease also known as arthritis of the neck has few risk factors like aging, genetic factors and jobs that have to do with vigorous movement of the neck. The former FHA woodsman fits into the first and last risk factors.

For most of his adult life,Ajayi prided himself as a hardworking woodsman who gave his best each time there was work to do.

“I am the kind of person that will work till midnight and be the first to start work by 6am the next day,” he said.

Sadly, now, the man who loved working hard cannot even do basic things like feeding, clothing and bathing himself. His swollen hands and legs lay credence to his wife’s disclosure that she does all of these simple things for her husband.

“As you see him, I am the one that takes him to the bathroom. I feed him and assist him in wearing his clothes,” she said.

Added to spending all of their savings, Mrs. Ajayi has to leave her kiosk to help her husband whenever he needs her, hence their inability to pay their children’s’ school fees. In fact, they find it hard to feed and depend on handouts from friends.

This explains why the Ajayis felt helpless when they were told that they would have to raise a minimum of N2m for the family’s breadwinner to undergo corrective surgery that will make him walk again and be able to provide for them.

“I appeal to Nigerians to come to my aide as we were told that I need no less than N2m to undergo surgery and post surgery treatment at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan,” Ajayi pleaded.

He is still upbeat that he has a lot in him to contribute to the development of the country.  He said,
“Aside from being able to fend for my family after my surgery, my dream is to build a school to train woodsmen like me, gardeners, painters and all other handymen to provide quality service in the construction industry. Unlike now when those learning these skills do so at illegal spots in the city and are regularly harassed by FCT officials.”

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Source : ABUJA METRO

Boko Haram Attack Baga, Monguno Again

Residents report that Baga and Monguno towns in the northern part of Borno State have come under renewed Boko Haram attacks.

According to a Monguno indigene who went to celebrate the Sallah at home from one of the IDP camps in Maiduguri,
” we learnt that Baga was attacked at about 12 midnight and by 2am, we were attacked at Monguno. I do not know the number of casualties but certainly, many people were killed by the insurgents.”

Ibrahim Mammadu and others who had gone to celebrate Sallah in their home towns had to beat a quick retreat to Maiduguri owing to the attacks.

” We had to trek down from Shagari low cost to Bakasi last night because the soldiers would not allow us to come in with our vehicle following the restriction for Sallah. I do not think this Boko Haram is over as government wants us to believe," he said.

DAILY POST

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Closure of Two Paths Near Devil Stoning Ritual Caused Saudi Stampede - Omahi

Said Omahi, Head of Iran's Hajj organization has blamed the stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia that killed 717 persons and injured 863 others yesterday on the closure of two of the paths near the site of the Stoning of the devil ritual.

His speech on state television which was monitored by Associated Press revealed that the closure left only three routes to the devil stoning site.

However, Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry has said that the stampede may have been caused by two waves of pilgrims meeting at an intersection.

Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki said high temperatures and fatigue could also have contributed to the disaster, the deadliest event to afflict the Hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades.

Troops Destroy Boko Haram Fuel Dump

Information emanating from the Nigerian Army indicate that soldiers fighting insurgency in the Northeast have discovered and destroyed a major fuel storage facility used by Boko Haram terrorists.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman said in a statement he released on Thursday that soldiers discovered the fuel dump at Ladu Bumbawa Ward of Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

He noted that the insurgents had earlier captured seven persons at Gajere, namely the Chief Imam and some ward heads and their deputies. They had kept them at a location where they also stored fuel.

It was three of the captives who were able to escape that led the troops to the facility.

“Following a tip off by well meaning citizens, troops of 3 Division yesterday swooped on and dismantled a Boko Haram fuel dump located at Ladu Dumbawa ward, Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

“Suspected Boko Haram terrorists had abducted seven persons in Gajare and took them to the same location. Those kidnapped were three local ward heads called ‘Lawani’ and their respective deputies, as well as the Chief Imam of the town.

“However, through sheer guts and bravery, three of them escaped and reported the matter to the security agents, which led to the rescue of the rest and discovery of the well-concealed terrorists’ fuel depot which was later destroyed by troops.

“The troops have further blocked the terrorists’ supply route that led to Babangida in Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State, where they mostly get the supplies.”

He also said that efforts are ongoing to knockout all the supply routes of the militants to hasten their defeat.

Thugs Attack Senate President At Sallah Prayer Ground

News Agency of Nigeria reports that thugs who disguised as worshippers disrupted Eid-el-Kabir prayers in Ilorin on Thursday by pelting Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki with stones and sachets of water.

The ensuing melee led to the Emir of Ilorin abandoning his annual message while the Imam also could not deliver his sermon.

According to NAN, Saraki's security details were forced to fire shots in the air and deploy tear gas, causing worshippers to scatter in different directions.

Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi told newsmen that the trouble was started by hoodlums who wanted to extort Sallah gifts from the Senate President.

He added that arrests have already been made.

BREAKING : Mecca Stampede Toll Rises

Saudi authorities say that Mecca stampede toll has risen to 220 dead and 450 injured.

Photo Of Dbanj Sharing Koko Garri To His Fans

Hope the Koko Master remembers his Abuja Fans too.

What is good for Lagos is also good for Abuja.

The Senate Has Integrity Problem Under Saraki - Ex Minister

The continued stay of Dr Bukola Saraki as Senate President is hurting the integrity of the upper chamber.

This is the opinion of a former Minister of State for Education, Mr Kenneth Gbagi. He called on the Senate President to resign in the light of corruption charges preferred against him by the Federal Government at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Gbagi who spoke with pressmen in Abuja on Wednesday said that with Saraki as Senate President, the public will not have confidence in any actions taken by the upper house.

The ex Minister and one time Legal Aide Council Chairman said ;
“We have a problem in Nigeria where we don’t have people of honor, dignity and integrity. The mere fact that the Senate President has lied by doing anticipatory declaration indicates that he has no business being a senate president living with tax payers money.

“Nigerians will not have faith in anything that comes out of his senate that is shared or presented by that   kind of person. The entire international community will not believe in the passage of any Bill under his leadership.

“He (Saraki) cannot be seen to sit in that house now as Senate President because whatever he does questions the integrity of the entire senate."

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

I Raped The Small Girl To Get Rich - Engineer

A 46 years old electrical engineer who was caught in the act raping an 11 years old girl in Kaduna has confessed that he committed the crime purely to make ritual money

Baba Mohammed was caught red-handed while defiling the little girl in her father's home by her elder sister who raised the alarm that attracted neighbors to the scene.

In his confessional statement, Mohammed said that he was instructed to have carnal knowledge of a minor to activate the potency of a wealth creation charm prepared for him by a Maiduguri based spiritualist.

“I was given the charm from one man in Maiduguri, Borno State. The  man said I should rub it on any girl of between 10 and 11 years of age and then sleep with her after which I will have a lot of   wealth ,” he said.

However, the victim told Badarawa/Malali Concerned Forum in whose office the suspect was being held prior to hand over to the police that Mohammed had violated her on three previous occasions silencing her with fifty naira each time and a strict warning to not disclose what had transpired between them.

We Can't Hide Anymore - Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the passing away of Chief Mrs HID Awolowo has put an end to his decision to stay out of public glare.

He spoke at the Ikenne home of the Awolowos where he had gone with his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan to commiserate with the family of the late matriarch.

His words :
“Within this period, my wife and I have been hiding. We don’t even go out. We thought we’ll be hiding for at least 12 months.

“But in this particular case, we could not hide. So, we’ve come here to console and encourage our brothers and sisters that we are together.”

No Social Gathering For Kaduna Residents On Sallah Day

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has banned all forms of social gathering in the state during the Eid-el-fitri celebrations.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan disclosed this on Wednesday in Kaduna. In a statement he made available to newsmen on Wednesday, he said that no recreational center will be allowed to operate during the festivities.

The statement:
“All parks and recreational centres, including Gamji Gate Park, the Amusement Park, Kaduna, and other related places will not be opened for social gatherings.

“The Murtala Muhammad Square,Kaduna, will, as usual, host the Eid-el-fitri prayers. It will, however, not be opened for any social gathering or celebration except for the Eid-el-fitri prayers.

“Government regrets any inconvenience that may arise from such restrictions and security activity.

“The people of Kaduna State are encouraged to report to the nearest security agency any suspicious persons or groups engaging in unusual activity.

"The state government wishes the Muslim Ummah successful and hitch-free Sallah celebration throughout the state."

Plateau Gov Shares 40 Million Naira Rams For Sallah

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has released the sum of N40m, forty million naira for the procurement of rams and cows for the Muslim Faithful during the Eid-el-fitri celebrations.

Lalong who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Mr Yusuf Hawaja said that the welfare of the people would always be his priority.. He added that it has been the tradition of the state government to give rams and rice to the Muslim community during Sallah Celebrations.

According to Hawaja, “The Lalong administration will not relent until it achieves its goals of ensuring the welfare of his people. More good things will come and we will continue to render services to the people.”

Troops Capture Boko Haram Commander, Rescue 241

Insurgent group Boko Haram suffered a major loss on Wednesday when Nigerian troops captured one of its key commanders, Bulama Modu along with 43 other fighters.

Bulama Modu is a member of Boko Haram’s highest organ, the Amir Cadre. He was captured in northern Borno when the troops destroyed the insurgents' Janguoriri and Bulatori camps.

Army spokesman, Col Sani Usman confirmed the breakthrough. He said that 241 women and children were rescued during the operation.

Col Usman disclosed that arms and ammunitions, including bows and arrows were discovered from Bulama Modu who confessed that he sometimes used a horse to carry out his attacks. He however did not say whether the horse was recovered or not.

He noted that some of the insurgents had buried their weapons in the sand as they fled from the superior fire power of Nigeria's Special Forces.

His words :
“Please recall that yesterday, advancing troops along Banki axis made tremendous progress in which they cleared two Boko Haram terrorist camps at Jangurori and Bulatori villages.

“In addition to that, the troops have also arrested 43 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, including one of the Boko Haram kingpins in the area, Bulama Modu, who is an ‘Amir’ of Bulakuri. The troops also rescued 241 women and children during the operation.

“To further confirm what was said earlier about the terrorists abandoning their commanders and burying weapons, one Mohammed Modu led troops to where he buried his AK-47 rifle at Jangurori village.

“Apart from arms and ammunition, bows and arrows recovered from Bulama Modu, the kingpin, he confirmed that the terrorists also gave him a horse to enhance his deadly pursuits.”

This Captured Boko Haram Leader Can't Read The Quran (video)

Captured Boko Haram (ISIS) leader can't pray or read Quran (video) http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/09/captured-boko-haram-isis-leader-cant.html

Fulani Herdsmen Kill 35 In Midnight Raid

Unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday killed 35 people including the village head and a police Inspector in a midnight raid on Allawa village in Shiroro local government area of Niger State.

Sources said that the gunmen invaded the village unexpectedly at midnight and started shooting indiscriminately at the villagers.

By the time the invaders left after two hours of sustained shooting, 35 persons had lost their lives, several villagers were left with several degrees of injuries while many houses were burnt down.

Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Bala Elkana who confirmed the attack said that the Police were yet to confirm the casualty figures.

Movement Restricted In Borno Over Sallah Celebrations

To ensure safety during the Eid-el-fitri celebrations, the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maiduguri has imposed a restriction on movement across Borno State.

A statement released by the Army spokesman in the state, Col Tukur Gusau directed that
“the general public in Borno State be informed  that a restriction on vehicular movements will be observed during the Eid-el-Kabir  celebrations throughout the state.

“All movements involving the use of vehicles, bicycles and animals like horses, camels and donkeys in Maiduguri will be restricted as from Wednesday 5:00pm (1700hrs) September 23, 2015.

“Similarly, all vehicular movements into and out of Maiduguri town will also be restricted within the period till further notice.”

Buhari’s Eid-el-Kabir Message To Muslims

As part of his Eid-el-Kabir message to Muslims, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the days of Boko Haram terrorists are numbered.

His words ;
“Boko Haram’s reign of terror in parts of the country will be finally over very soon as the ongoing military onslaught against the terrorist sect will continue relentlessly until total victory is achieved.

Also, a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina said that President Buhari has congratulated Nigerian Muslims ”... as they join the global Islamic community in celebrating Eid-El-Kabir, President Buhari urges Muslims and other Nigerians to rededicate themselves to a greater acceptance and internalisation of its lessons of piety, faithfulness, dedication, fortitude, obedience, sacrifice and selfless service which are for the benefit of all mankind.

" The President calls for more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all as his administration strives to lead the nation towards rapidly overcoming its current security,economic and developmental challenges.

” President Buhari assures all Nigerians that their safety, well-being and progress remain uppermost in his thoughts and actions, and that he will continue to work with all his might to deliver the positive changes in national life which they expect after his election and inauguration as Head of the Government of the Federation.

” The President seizes this opportunity to extend heartfelt commiserations to families in Maiduguri and North-Eastern Nigeria who have sadly lost beloved relatives in recent terrorist attacks.

"President Buhari’s thoughts and prayers for Divine solace are with all those who have been callously plunged into mourning by mindless terrorists, when others are celebrating this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.”

Buhari’s Eid-el-Kabir Message To Muslims

As part of his Eid-el-Kabir message to Muslims, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the days of Boko Haram terrorists are numbered.

His words ;
“Boko Haram’s reign of terror in parts of the country will be finally over very soon as the ongoing military onslaught against the terrorist sect will continue relentlessly until total victory is achieved.

Also, a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina said that President Buhari has congratulated Nigerian Muslims ”... as they join the global Islamic community in celebrating Eid-El-Kabir, President Buhari urges Muslims and other Nigerians to rededicate themselves to a greater acceptance and internalisation of its lessons of piety, faithfulness, dedication, fortitude, obedience, sacrifice and selfless service which are for the benefit of all mankind.

" The President calls for more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all as his administration strives to lead the nation towards rapidly overcoming its current security,economic and developmental challenges.

” President Buhari assures all Nigerians that their safety, well-being and progress remain uppermost in his thoughts and actions, and that he will continue to work with all his might to deliver the positive changes in national life which they expect after his election and inauguration as Head of the Government of the Federation.

” The President seizes this opportunity to extend heartfelt commiserations to families in Maiduguri and North-Eastern Nigeria who have sadly lost beloved relatives in recent terrorist attacks.

"President Buhari’s thoughts and prayers for Divine solace are with all those who have been callously plunged into mourning by mindless terrorists, when others are celebrating this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.”

Buhari’s Eid-el-Kabir Message To Muslims

As part of his Eid-el-Kabir message to Muslims, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the days of Boko Haram terrorists are numbered.

His words ;
“Boko Haram’s reign of terror in parts of the country will be finally over very soon as the ongoing military onslaught against the terrorist sect will continue relentlessly until total victory is achieved.

Also, a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina said that President Buhari has congratulated Nigerian Muslims ”... as they join the global Islamic community in celebrating Eid-El-Kabir, President Buhari urges Muslims and other Nigerians to rededicate themselves to a greater acceptance and internalisation of its lessons of piety, faithfulness, dedication, fortitude, obedience, sacrifice and selfless service which are for the benefit of all mankind.

" The President calls for more patience, fortitude, tolerance, endurance, patriotism and a greater willingness to make personal sacrifices for the good of all as his administration strives to lead the nation towards rapidly overcoming its current security,economic and developmental challenges.

” President Buhari assures all Nigerians that their safety, well-being and progress remain uppermost in his thoughts and actions, and that he will continue to work with all his might to deliver the positive changes in national life which they expect after his election and inauguration as Head of the Government of the Federation.

” The President seizes this opportunity to extend heartfelt commiserations to families in Maiduguri and North-Eastern Nigeria who have sadly lost beloved relatives in recent terrorist attacks.

"President Buhari’s thoughts and prayers for Divine solace are with all those who have been callously plunged into mourning by mindless terrorists, when others are celebrating this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.”

I Want To State That I Am Not Guilty - Saraki Tells Tribunal

“I am the Senate President and I have respect for the rule of law. Mr. Chairman, I observed that they have made reference to the good work the Senate has done in the administration of criminal justice. If there is an allegation of false declaration of assets, the Code of Conduct Bureau shall refer the person involved to the tribunal after giving the person an opportunity to explain if the facts are true. But in this case, I was not given the opportunity.

“I thought the CCB should have called me and given me the right to fair hearing. I am hearing about the charges for the first time. We are all here and the whole world is watching when we said we are in new Nigeria. I want to state here that I am not guilty.”

After the theatrics that preceded his entry into the dock on Tuesday, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki gave the above lecture to the Code of Conduct Tribunal before taking his plea.

After the defense counsel's argument that the tribunal lacked the powers to entertain the matter had been countered by the prosecution counsel, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar ruled that he had jurisdiction over the case. His words.

“It is in the view of the tribunal that the trial before it is criminal in nature and it has jurisdiction over criminal matters. The defendant should therefore proceed to the dock.”

As Saraki grumbled his way to the dock, he wondered why the tribunal had chosen to be ignorant of the conditions under which an accused could be brought to trial.

I Want To State That I Am Not Guilty - Saraki Tells Tribunal

“I am the Senate President and I have respect for the rule of law. Mr. Chairman, I observed that they have made reference to the good work the Senate has done in the administration of criminal justice. If there is an allegation of false declaration of assets, the Code of Conduct Bureau shall refer the person involved to the tribunal after giving the person an opportunity to explain if the facts are true. But in this case, I was not given the opportunity.

“I thought the CCB should have called me and given me the right to fair hearing. I am hearing about the charges for the first time. We are all here and the whole world is watching when we said we are in new Nigeria. I want to state here that I am not guilty.”

After the theatrics that preceded his entry into the dock on Tuesday, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki gave the above lecture to the Code of Conduct Tribunal before taking his plea.

After the defense counsel's argument that the tribunal lacked the powers to entertain the matter had been countered by the prosecution counsel, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar ruled that he had jurisdiction over the case. His words.

“It is in the view of the tribunal that the trial before it is criminal in nature and it has jurisdiction over criminal matters. The defendant should therefore proceed to the dock.”

As Saraki grumbled his way to the dock, he wondered why the tribunal had chosen to be ignorant of the conditions under which an accused could be brought to trial.

Buhari To Meet Putin, Obama, Other World Leaders At UN Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday leave Abuja for New York where he will attend the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The president will use the opportunity to hold a series of meetings with notable world leaders. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina said in a statement he released on Tuesday that Buhari is scheduled to have meetings with UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban-Ki Moon, President Barack Obama of the United States of America, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladmir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of China, and Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India.

The statement also said that the meetings will focus on domestic developmental issues, bilateral relations, the war against terrorism, countering violent extremism, the enhancement of global security, peace-keeping operations, climate change and the adoption of a post-2015 global development agenda.

Three governors, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State will accompany Buhari on the trip.

Also scheduled to be on the entourage are the National Security Adviser and permanent secretaries in the Federal Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance, Health, Industry, Trade and Investment.

According to the statement,
“President Buhari is also scheduled to address the World Leaders Summit on ‘Violent Extremism’ – to which he was personally invited by Mr. Ban-Ki Moon during the Secretary-General’s recent visit to Nigeria.

“Also on the President’s busy schedule in New York are a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, a high-level roundtable on South-South Cooperation organised by President Xi Jin Ping of China and the United Nations, and participation in the launching of an updated global health strategy for women and children.”

President Buhari is also scheduled to meet with former President Bill Clinton of the United States, Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain, and the United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education.

Buhari is expected to conclude his visit to New York on September 29 and return to Abuja the same day.

The bribe taking killer cop

Bribe-taking policemen allegedly shoot at couple, kill wife http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/09/bribe-taking-policemen-allegedly-shoot.html

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

There Is Still Hope For Chibok Girls - Army Chief.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai on Monday assured that the Chibok Girls would be rescued. More than 200 girls were abducted at night from their hostel in Chibok High School in April 2014 as they prepared for their final exams. A few later escaped but the majority have remained in captivity ever since.

Gen Buratai gave the assurance while addressing newsmen at the Third Quarter Conference of the Chief of Army Staff which took place at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

He maintained that while the military has a fair idea of their location within Sambisa forest, the safe return of the girls remains the priority.

His words ;
“The issue of the Chibok girls is very crucial. We are making all efforts to clear the terrorists and after clearing them we rescue the Chibok girls in one piece. I believe that the girls must be somewhere within the general area of the forest but we are not yet sure exactly where they are but as soon as this is confirmed we will attempt to see what we can do to bring them back in one piece. It is very crucial because their safety is very important.

“They could be somewhere else, so we are taking this issue in piecemeal so that we are sure of where we are and how we are going about it and we believe that we can find a solution to it very soon."

He added that the Army is working together with the Air Force and the Department of State Services to achieve the objective.

Voice In Latest Boko Haram Audio Belongs To Adamu, Not Shekau - Buratai

The latest audio recording of terror group, Boko Haram has been described by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai as a desperate attempt by the insurgents to find relevance.

He disclosed that the voice claiming to be Abubakar Shekau in the recording which called President Buhari and his military chiefs liars belongs to a certain Adamu.

He said,
“I think the new Boko Haram leader, in the latest audio is just trying to sound relevant but as far as I am concerned he is irrelevant in the scheme of things, he is irrelevant to me.

“ Have you seen any of them coming out apart from the suicide bombings? You can see the number of terrorists that are escaping from their camps; he is just making noise to remain relevant."

Sunday's Bomb Blasts Among Boko Haram's Last - Army Chief.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has assured that Sunday's bomb blasts in Maiduguri will be among the last acts of Boko Haram as they have provided the military clues about their remaining areas of operation.

He urged the residents to remain calm as measures were being intensified to prevent a reoccurrence.

Buratai stressed that Sunday's bomb blasts "will be among those that will be the last. You can be counting them. They have opened up another window where we can now focus on where these attacks are coming from.

“It will not be possible for them to penetrate other areas, for now we have knocked them off areas along from Yobe and some parts of Borno.

“Immediately this incident happened, I gave a directive and we will comb that area thoroughly to identify where they are operating from.’’

Drama At Tribunal As Senate President Refuses To Be Docked

A drama ensued on Tuesday morning in Abuja at the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting as Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki initially refused to enter the dock to answer to the 13-count corruption charge preferred against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The trial had begun at 10.32 am but Saraki succumbed to the wish of the tribunal to mount the dock at 11. 24 am.

Following the Senate President's refusal to stand up when his case was mentioned, Tribunal Chairman Justice Danladi Umar insisted that he should leave his seat and enter the dock.

When Saraki who was sandwiched by friends and colleagues called the bluff of the tribunal by remaining seated, Justice Umar queried ;

“Where is the prosecution?  Is the accused person here?”  Meanwhile he was looking directly at Saraki from his elevated position.

Prosecution Counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs answered immediately;
“My Lord, I cannot see him. I think the right thing is for him to enter the dock first, then we will announce our appearances. Thereafter, the charges will be read to him."

But defence counsel, Mr J B. Daudu had a contrary opinion.
“With profound respect to the chairman and member of this tribunal, I disagree with my learned brother that we should enter appearances first. The order of this tribunal was that the accused should be produced today. It was not for him to enter his plea. The case was earlier adjourned for mention,” he argued, citing an Appeal Court decided case  in Igbeke vs FRN, ‎2015, 3 Nigerian Weekly Law Report, NWLR.

Eventually, Dr Saraki reluctantly mounted the dock to enter a plea of "I want to say that I am not guilty" after complaining that the tribunal did not give him a chance to rectify the anomalies in his assets declaration forms.

As I Appear Before The Code of Conduct Tribunal - By Senate President Saraki

See the statement Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki released after his appearance before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja on Tuesday.

“Today, I appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for the commencement of my trial in a case concerning the asset declaration form I filled in 2003 after I have explored the opportunity to defend my fundamental human rights in other courts.

“My appearance in court today once again demonstrates my belief in the rule of law and respect for the judiciary of our country.

“As I stated while taking the plea in the case, I reiterate my belief that the only reason why I am going through this trial is because I am Senate President. If I were to be just a Senator, I doubt if anybody will be interested in the asset declaration form I filled over twelve years ago.

“This belief stems from the fact that Section 3 (d) of the Code of Conduct  Bureau and Tribunal Act provides that If there is a breach or non-compliance with any section of the law, the person involved should be given the opportunity to either admit or deny and that in the case of a written admission, no reference to the Tribunal shall be necessary. So, If the CCB had followed the guidelines, procedure or the due process provided in its own law, we won’t be having this trial.

“It is my humble opinion that this case is a vivid example that there is still flagrant disregard for due process in our polity. This trial is not only being observed by Nigerians alone, the international community is watching because Nigeria is a key member of this community. So, the executive, legislature and judiciary should  do the right thing that will truly demonstrate that we have imbibed the spirit of positive change.

“It is however necessary for me to thank my colleagues in the Senate for the solid support and solidarity they  demonstrated for me. I also thank my counsel for the brilliance they have shown in  presenting our case and the supporters who were present in the Tribunal in their hundreds. I want to assure you that I am innocent of all the charges and will clear my name in due course.

“May God continue to bless our country.”

Treasury Single Account Records Over 66% Compliance - FG

About 600 out of the 900 federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs have so far complied with President Muhammadu Buhari's directive on Treasury Single Account, TSA.

The Federal Government had set September 15th as the deadline for all MDAs to comply with the new policy which seeks to eliminate corruption by ensuring that all monies belonging to Federal Government's institutions are kept in unified accounts under the Central Bank of Nigeria.

According to the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, who gave an update on the exercise shortly after the month’s Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting,  the process was slow at the beginning owing to teething problems.

He said that in spite of initial challenges, the Federal Government has recorded a huge success with the exercise. He added that while 600 MDAs had fully complied with the directive, others are still at different stages of compliance.

He also said that contrary to stories making the rounds that some MDAs were exempted from the exercise, the Federal Government had not excluded any of its agencies from complying with the directive.

His words:
“The TSA is in place and there is a clear cut directive from the government that all MDAs without exception must comply.

“My office is working closely to enlist and enroll MDAs so that they can be able to access and utilize their resources. This policy is to make all MDAs to be effective and operational."

Federation Accounts Allocation Fell By 13.5% In August - FG

Allocations shared by the three tiers of government from the Federation Account fell by a margin of 13.5% (N69.19bn) from N511.79bn in July to N442.6bn in August 2015.

According to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Anastasia Nwaobia who briefed journalists at the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee meeting,  the amount was shared under three distributable sub-heads.

Here are the sub-heads:

Statutory Allocation ; N369.1bn

Value Added Tax (VAT) Distribution; N62.17bn. 

Refund by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC);  N6.3bn.

Out of the amount shared under statutory allocation, the Federal Government received N168.6bn, representing 52.68 per cent, while states and local governments got N85.52bn and N65.93bn respectively.

On the basis of the 13% derivation formula, the nine oil producing states shared an additional N27.87bn.

Lover From Hell

Woman cuts off married lover's manhood because he wouldnt leave his wife for her (photos) http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/09/woman-cuts-off-married-lovers-manhood.html

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Army Rescues 139 Captives From Boko Haram.

The Nigerian Army says that its troops have continued to rescue people held captive by Boko Haram militants. In the latest development, 139 people were rescued.

Acting Army spokesman, Col Sani Usman said in a statement he released on Saturday that the troops have continued to destroy the camps used by the terrorists.

Col Usman said the troops rescued 62 captives who were fleeing from the insurgents at Bitti and Pulka. He added that the Special Forces also rescued another set of captives at Bama comprising 22 women, 15 men and 40 children.

The Army Spokesman said the troops were still combing and destroying all known camps of the terrorists at Bama, Banki and Pulka.

He said the former captives who were looking emaciated and frail, were being taken care of by the Army pending the arrival of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

Buhari Commiserates With The Awolowos Over HID's Passing

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the Obafemi Awolowo family over the passing of their matriarch, Chief Mrs Hannah Dideolu Awolowo.

The President sent his message of condolence on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria to the children, grand children and great grand children of the famed “Jewel of Inestimable Value” on the death of their matriarch, who died just before she turned 100.

In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina, the president said he joined millions of admirers to mourn Mrs Awolowo who he said "will be long remembered and celebrated as the famous spouse and pillar of strength of the late nationalist, political leader and sage.”

According to the statement, “President Buhari believes that Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo will always be honoured too for the indelible legacy of very significant, behind-the-scene contributions to communal, state, regional and national development which she has left behind.

“The President prays that God will comfort Chief (Mrs.) Awolowo’s family, relatives, friends, associates and admirers, and grant them the fortitude to bear her loss.

“He also prays that the Almighty will receive the late matriarch’s worthy soul and grant her eternal rest from her long, earthly service to her renowned spouse, family, community and country.”

Kidnapped Professor Shot By Abductors, Rescued By Police

Professor Emmanuel Ogundele of University of Agriculture, Makurdi who was kidnapped at the school on Thursday by unknown gunmen was on Friday rescued by the Nasarawa State Police Command.

According to the spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, ASP Ismaila Numan, Prof Ogundele was rescued by the B Division following a tip-off.
He said that on sighting the police, the kidnappers shot Ogundele in the leg and fled, abandoning him in a pool of his own blood. He added that the police were able to arrest one of the abductors while two escaped.

According to ASP Numan, Prof Ogundele is in stable condition at an undisclosed hospital where he is receiving treatment.
He said that the arrested kidnapper would be handed over to the Benue State Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.

John Obi Mikel Scores Two

Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel is now a father. Here is a photo of the player and his twins that he posted on Instagram on Friday.

He neither disclosed the sex of the babies nor the identity of their mother.

"Missing" Bauchi Aircraft Was On Lease - Yuguda

Isa Yuguda, former governor of Bauchi State has said that the state's Embraer 145 aircraft declared missing and "discovered" in Morocco by the present administration is on lease to Overland Airlines.

Mallam Yuguda said that contrary to the claim by incumbent governor Mohammed Abubakar that the plane had been missing, he had captured the full details of the aircraft in his hand over note.

He recalled that he dedicated a full paragraph of the executive summary of his hand over note to his successor to the subject of the aircraft.

Governor Mohammed Abubakar had while marking his 100 days in office declared that the aircraft registered 5N-BJM was missing but had been discovered in Morocco.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Bailout Funds : States To Pay Back Over 20 Years

The Central Bank of Nigeria has fixed a tenor of 20 years for the repayment of bailout funds given to 27 states of the federation to offset workers' salary arrears.

However, Ogun State which accessed 18.9 billion naira opted for a tenor of 10 years.

The apex bank's spokesman, Ibrahim Muazu said that the National Economic Council has approved its decision.

According to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, 18 states have so far accessed the bailout funds. They include Kwara, Zamfara, Osun, Niger, Bauchi, Gombe, Abia, Adamawa, Ondo, Kebbi, Ekiti, Imo, Ebonyi, Ogun, Plateau, Nassarawa, Sokoto, Edo and Oyo.

How Senate President Reacted To The Warrant For His Arrest.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal yesterday in Abuja issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki for failing to appear before it to answer charges of false declaration of assets.

See Saraki's reaction in this statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Yusuf Olaniyonu.

“Following the development in the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) today, Friday, September 18, 2015 when the Tribunal chose to ignore the subsisting order of a Federal High Court by sitting, we hereby state our position as follows:

“While the Senate President, Dr.Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated and maintains that he is ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon.

“It is for this reason that Dr. Saraki, having satisfied himself that the case filed by the CCB and the manner in which the case was filed show that he will not be given justice, resorted to the Federal High Court for the determination of the issues of competence of the prosecutor as well as compliance with the procedure stipulated in the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

“The Federal High Court on Thursday, September 17, 2015, therefore ordered that all parties in the case should appear before it on Monday, September 21, 2015. The implication of this ruling by a Court of competent jurisdiction is that the sitting today has been overtaken by event. It is for this reason that Dr. Saraki chose to go about his normal official schedule.

“Today at the Tribunal, Counsel to the Senate President, Mr. M. A. Mahmud (SAN), raised a motion stating that there is a pending constitutional matter before the Federal High Court to be decided on Monday and that the Tribunal should halt the trial until the constitutional matter is disposed of.

“We are however dismayed that the Tribunal chose to disregard the order of the Federal High Court and the motion to suspend hearing till Monday when all parties are expected to argue their positions on the constitutional matter.“It is also a surprise to us that despite the application by the lead counsel to the Senate President that he will produce Dr. Saraki on Monday and the personality of the person involved as the number three man in the country, the Tribunal insisted on ( a warrant of arrest as if its intention is simply to embarrass Dr. Saraki.

“We are not unmindful of the fact that the Tribunal is acting under political influence and external pressure. This is dangerous to our democracy. The conduct of the Tribunal today left nobody in doubt that it cannot do justice on the matter before it.

“It is also clear that today’s decision is an abuse of the rule of law which portends danger to our judicial system.

“The Tribunal has equally set a bad precedent in the way and manner it conducted itself during the proceedings.

“We want to emphasise the fact that this is not part of any war against corruption but using state institutions to fight political opponents and seeking to achieve through the back door what some people cannot get through democratic process.

“We need to caution here that in a desperate bid to settle political scores and nail imaginary enemies, we should not destroy our democratic institutions and heat the polity for selfish reasons. Let us all learn from history.”

Tribunal Orders Arrest Of Senate President

The Code of Conduct Tribunal presided over by Justice Danladi Umar yesterday in Abuja issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki for failing to appear before it to answer charges of false declaration of assets preferred against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Justice Umar ordered the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase to arrest and present the Senate President before the tribunal on Monday to take a plea on the 13-Count charge against him.

The Federal Government had on September 11th, filed a suit against the Senate President before the Code of Conduct Bureau. Among the 13 charges against him are ; failure to declare property on Plot 2A, Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; failure to declare property on No 1, Tagus Street, Maitama, Abuja (Plot 2482, Cadastral Zone A06, Abuja) and failure to declare property No 3, Tagus Street, Maitama, Abuja , claiming to own property on No 42, Gerard Road, Ikoyi and earning N110, 000,000 per annum at a time the property was under construction; failure to declare N375m GTB loan converted to 1.5m Pounds Sterling and used to purchase property in London; operating a foreign bank account; transfer of $3.4m from GTB to foreign bank account during his tenure as governor and failure to declare leasehold interest in No. 42, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, Ikeja,  making anticipatory asset declaration of a house in Ikoyi in the assets declaration form he submitted to the CCB in 2003.

After listening to the arguments of both the prosecution and defense counsels, the Judge who was not pleased with Saraki's absence issued a warrant for his arrest.

“The accused is expected to respect the summon of this court and respect the constitution which he has sworn to protect as a senior citizen of this country.

“I hereby order a bench warrant to be issued on the defendant. The IGP and other relevant security agencies are to produce him in court on the next adjourned date. No court of co-ordinate jurisdiction can halt the proceedings of this tribunal. This tribunal calls on the Senate President to come and stand his trial.”

Northern Group Demands Resignation Of Senate President

Embattled Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has been called upon to resign from office. Making the call in Abuja on Friday, the Northern Ethnic Nationalities Unity Congress, NENUC said that Saraki was dragging the office of the Senate President in the mud.

The call came on the heels of the bench warrant issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal , CCT for the arrest of the Senate President over allegations of false declaration of assets dating back to 2003.

In a chat with newsmen yesterday, the National President of NENUC, Mr Bako Benjamin said that the group found it disgusting that Dr Saraki has chosen to seek court protection rather than come before the tribunal to clear his name.

He urged the Senate President to present himself before the Code of Conduct Tribunal as seeking to hide under court protection is an admission of guilt.

His words ;
“Let the Senate President come to equity with clean hands. Let him defend himself against all the charges levelled against him in the spirit of the new wind of change blowing across the country.

“Seeking protection from the law courts is sending a strong signal that he (Saraki) has something to hide.”

NENUC went on to give Saraki three days to resign from office as Senate President. Bako Benjamin said the group will initiate impeachment proceedings against Saraki if he fails to heed the call.

This woman's husband needs to get into the ring with Floyd Mayweather

Man batters wife in Lagos...see what he did to her (photos) http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/09/man-batters-wife-in-lagossee-what-he.html

Break the Internet and spread awareness of breast cancer

Angela Layne Bowen has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She wants to educate the public and help save others.

Her words as posted on Facebook :
Angela Layne Bowen.

I know I will be judged for this photo. Well I'm prepared for it. By posting this picture I hope it will cause you to talk and tell your Mother, wife, sister, daughter, cousin or anyone you know to get a mammogram. In 30 days I will celebrate my 44 years of life. My wish is that I touch 100 and save them from walking this path. I've been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Soon I will lose my breast. I want to spare as many from this journey I am taking. Tag me, repost, even share this photo. Let's break the internet to bring awareness. Thank you for your love, Angela Layne Bowen.

Photography by Craig Merritt Titled: Breast Cancer I have it, it doesn't have me.

Alibaba, 2Face To Perform At Abuja Show

Ace comedian, Alibaba, 2Face Idibia and a host of other artists are billed to perform at the maiden edition of MC Amana's show tagged "Dis - Speakable Me in Abuja.

The event is slated for 27 September 2015 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

According to the organizers, Sundiata Events, the show will feature music, stand up comedy and dance.

They promised a September to remember and an “unforgettable night for the residents of Abuja and environs desirous of premium entertainment packaged in the best traditions of MC Amana."

Other artists expected to perform at the show are Niyola, Tony One Week, MC Abbey, Chigurl, Chuks D General, Onome Da Saint, Kenny Blaq, Short Cut, Igos, Nwando, DJ Alex and DJ TTB.

EFCC Arrests 3 Fake EFCC Operatives Over N20m Attempted Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested three men masquerading as its operatives at Area 3, Garki, Abuja over their alleged roles in an attempted 20 million naira fraud.

The three men were identified as Yakubu Dankaba (aka Yakubu Hamisu), Yahaya Baba and Usman Abdulhakeem (aka Chairman).

A statement issued by EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren stated that the men posing as EFCC operatives wrote a letter to the Director of FCT, Abuja Water Board with the intention of defrauding him of 20 million naira.

In their letter to the FCT Water Board Director , the trio allegedly informed him that he was under investigation. Thereafter, they offered to help him quash the investigation if he could part with 20 million naira.

Uwujaren said that on sensing that he was about to be scammed, the Water Board Director alerted the anti graft agency which swung into action and arrested the impostors.

He added that they would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

EFCC Arrests 3 Fake EFCC Operatives Over N20m Attempted Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested three men masquerading as its operatives at Area 3, Garki, Abuja over their alleged roles in an attempted 20 million naira fraud.

The three men were identified as Yakubu Dankaba (aka Yakubu Hamisu), Yahaya Baba and Usman Abdulhakeem (aka Chairman).

A statement issued by EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren stated that the men posing as EFCC operatives wrote a letter to the Director of FCT, Abuja Water Board with the intention of defrauding him of 20 million naira.

In their letter to the FCT Water Board Director , the trio allegedly informed him that he was under investigation. Thereafter, they offered to help him quash the investigation if he could part with 20 million naira.

Uwujaren said that on sensing that he was about to be scammed, the Water Board Director alerted the anti graft agency which swung into action and arrested the impostors.

He added that they would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Buhari Suspends Visit To Cross River State.

President Muhammadu Buhari's much anticipated visit to Cross River State for the groundbreaking ceremony of a 260km dual carriage way has been put on hold.

Mr Christian Ita, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ben Ayade told newsmen on Thursday that the information was conveyed to the governor through a letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.

He said that the Presidency attributed the suspension of the visit to a letter written to the President by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nana Fatima Mede which indicated that the proposed dual carriage way would affect the Cross River National Park.

Four Gay Men Arrested For Defilement In Jigawa State

The Jigawa State command of the Nigerian Security And Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC on Wednesday arrested four men for allegedly defilling a 16 years old boy named Umar Sani.

The suspects are accused of severally defiling the said Umar Sani of Taura local government area over a period of two years.

Umar is said to have personally reported the matter to the state command of NSCDC when he could no longer stand the abuse.

Jigawa State Commandant of the NSCDC, Dr Mohammed Gidado said that the suspects were arrested after medical examinations confirmed that the complainant has been violated anally.

He said that the suspects identified as Auwalu Idris, 41; Nazifi Abba, 25; Abdullahi Rabiu, 28; and Abu Zaid Yusu, 18, admitted to having committed the offense after rigorous interrogations.

He added that the suspects have already been arraigned before a magistrate court for prosecution.

EFCC Declares MD Of Saraki's Company Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared a former Director of the defunct Société Générale Bank Nigeria, SGBN Plc and Managing Director of Bukola Saraki's Carlisle Properties and Investment Ltd, Mr Kingsley Izuagbe wanted.

A statement released by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Head of Media and Publicity, EFCC said that Izuagbe is implicated in the discrepancies in the Senate President's assets declaration forms. He is also wanted for laundering about 3.6 billion naira.

The full statement :

:”Kennedy Izuagbe, a former Director of Societe Generale Bank Nigeria Plc and Managing Director of Carlisle Properties and Investment Limited, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“Izuagbe, 45, who is being investigated in a case of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of over N3.6 billion, has gone into hiding and all efforts to reach him have proved abortive.

“He is linked to the several shady deals and gross financial misconducts that took place in the bank, in which several millions of naira were granted as loan without due diligence.

“The suspect, who is believed to have fled the country, is a native of Iviukhua village, near Agenebode, Etsako East local government area of Edo State.

“The EFCC enjoins members of the public with information on the whereabouts of Izuagbe to contact any of its offices in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Gombe and Kano, or the nearest police station.”

Military Discovers Fake Boko Haram Office In Maiduguri

A secret office used by Boko Haram to produce identification documents for its members has been uncovered by troops of the Nigerian Army, 7 Division, Maiduguri, Borno State.

The office located at the busy post office area of Maiduguri was allegedly manned for the terror group by two accomplices identified as John Zakaria and Makinta Umar. They are said to have made useful statements to the military.

A statement issued by Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col Tukur Gusau confirmed the story.

The statement :

“The arrest of the accomplices was made possible after a Boko Haram terrorist who was earlier arrested confessed to Joint Investigation Centre that the suspected persons were in the business of producing ID cards for the terrorists group.

"The items recovered from the accomplices include; computer laptops, memory sticks, still camera among others.

"During preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the accomplices produces fake National Identity Cards and other documents for the terrorists in a Business Centre located in Maiduguri.

“These documents enable the terrorists to move freely to various destinations and carry out their terrorists activities, killing and inflicting hardship to the Law abiding citizens in the country.

“The documents also facilitate the smooth movement of the terrorists to neighbouring countries to network with other terrorists.

“This act by the accomplices is detrimental to the ongoing effort of the various security agencies under Operation Lafiya Dole."

At last, somebody finds the solution to prostitution

A politician's prostitution solution.. 'Men should marry more than one wife!' http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/09/a-politicians-prostitution-solution-men.html

See what Buhari will do for Boko Haram if they release Chibok Girls.

Well, what is sweeter than freedom? What would make hardened criminals like Boko Haram fighters happier than a sweet "go and sin no more, your sins are forgiven?"

President Muhammadu Buhari is offering Boko Haram insurgents amnesty and reintegration into the larger society and the only condition is the release of the abducted Chibok girls.

In an interview with the AFP on Wednesday, President Buhari who is on a three day visit to France said that the Federal Government has been talking with captured Boko Haram fighters and could give them amnesty if the terror group handed over more than 200 girls kidnapped from Chibok High School on the night of 14 April 2014.

His words :
“We are trying to see whether we can negotiate with the Boko Haram prisoners in our custody for the release of the Chibok girls.

“If the Boko Haram leadership eventually agrees to turn over the Chibok girls to us, the complete number, then we may decide to give them (the prisoners) amnesty.”

We Don't Expect To Stop Boko Haram 100% - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that although the military is on course to defeat Boko Haram within the three months deadline, unconventional attacks like suicide bombings may continue for some time.

His words :
“The main conventional attacks, where Boko Haram use armoured cars they took from the Nigerian troops, or mounted machine-guns on pick-up vehicles and so on, we believe by the end of the three months, we will see the end of that.

“What may not absolutely stop is the occasional bombings by the use of improvised explosive devices.

“We do not expect a 100 per cent stoppage of the insurgency.”

We Don't Expect To Boko Haram 100% - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that although the military is on course to defeat Boko Haram within the three months deadline, unconventional attacks like suicide bombings may continue for some time.

His words :
“The main conventional attacks, where Boko Haram use armoured cars they took from the Nigerian troops, or mounted machine-guns on pick-up vehicles and so on, we believe by the end of the three months, we will see the end of that.

“What may not absolutely stop is the occasional bombings by the use of improvised explosive devices.

“We do not expect a 100 per cent stoppage of the insurgency.”

We'll Crush Boko Haram By December - Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has said that the military is on course to crush Boko Haram and end its activities within the three months deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buratai gave the assurance during a chat with newsmen soon after he declared open the
Nigerian Army Finance Corps 10th Biennial Training Conference, 2015.

He said that if the army continues to win the war every as is presently the case, the deadline is achievable.

“We will end Boko Haram very soon. It is possible to meet the three months deadline. We are very close to the insurgents. We are winning them on daily basis," he said.

Families Of Dead Mecca Crane Collapse Victims To Get N70m Each

The government of Saudi Arabia will pay 70 million naira to each of the families of the six Nigerians who died in the recent crane collapse on the Holy Ka'aba Mosque in Mecca.

They have also been granted two Hajj slots each against next year to be fully paid for by the Saudi Arabia government.

The Saudi government approved a compensation of one million Saudi Riyals to each of the families of the 111 people who lost their lives in the crane tragedy.

According to local newspaper Arab News,  ‘King Salman ordered the payment of the following to the families of the victims: SR1,000,000 to the family of each person killed in this accident; SR1,000,000 to each injured whose injury resulted in permanent disability; SR500,000 to each of the other injured.

“The king also issued directives to host two family members of the deceased as the king’s guests to perform Hajj next year.

“The injured who cannot perform Hajj this year can perform it next year as the king’s guests. The families of the injured who stay in hospitals for treatment shall be granted visiting visas to take care of the injured during the remaining period of Hajj and return to their country.”

The crane which collapsed on the Grande Mosque on September 11 killed 111 people and left 331 others injured.

Although authorities are still studying the report of the Accident Investigation Committee, strong winds are believed to have played a major part in the tragedy.

EFCC To Quiz Jonathan's Former Adviser

Former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr Kingsley Kuku is expected to appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, 30th September 2015.

Mr Kuku who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan was invited by the anti graft agency to answer questions on allegations of abuse of office, embezzlement of funds and fraudulent diversion of resources.

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