Saturday, 31 October 2015

Those indicted for corruption will be confronted with the documents that incriminated them - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says that he is not losing any sleep over accusations that he has been selective in his anti-corruption war because those indicted will be confronted with documents that incriminated them.

He said that some powerful Nigerians are constituting stumbling blocks to his government's anti-corruption crusade in order to derail the project. 

His words ;
“I cannot tell you offhand how much we have recovered (in looted funds) but those who said we have been selective, if they have not been involved in corruption, they would not mind; they will even encourage us to get whoever has compromised his position in the trust given to them.

“So, I see it in the papers, I watch it on the screen but I have never lost sleep over it because those who are not corrupt should only encourage us to even do more.

“But those who are interested, those who have abused the trust will go to any length including bribing people to give false information.

“I have not been selective. Whoever is caught, the documents that incriminate him or her will be used to prosecute him (or her) for Nigerians to know really who has abused trust.

“The stumbling blocks are big, corrupt Nigerians that have the capacity to compromise the integrity of a lot of people, either the law enforcement agencies or journalists to make sure that they discourage the government from pursuing them and recovering public funds from them or punishing them. Those who aspire to public office, we will make sure what they are going to get is service and not looting.”

Not all nominees will be ministers - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that he plans to have a lean cabinet.

Speaking from New Delhi in an interview with NTA and Channels Television, President Buhari said that because of lack of funds, his government may not appoint more than 21 ministers as opposed to the 42 that operated under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Buhari was in New Delhi to attend the third summit of the India-Africa Forum.

The president said that he only sent 36 ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation to meet the constitutional requirement that each state of the federation must have a representative in his government.

He said that not all the 36 nominees would be ministers as some would only sit in the cabinet to fulfill the constitutional provision of one representative from each state.

“Yes, there used to be 42 ministers, I think we will be lucky if we can have half of that now because we cannot afford it.

“Others may not be substantive ministers but they will sit in the cabinet because that is what the constitution says and we cannot operate outside the Constitution,” he said.

When asked pointedly if he would be appointing less than 42 ministers, he retorted,
“Of course! Unless you can volunteer to be paying them (ministers).”

29 More Senior Officers Retire From Nigeria Customs

Barely 24 hours after five Deputy Comptrollers General of Customs (DCGs) voluntarily retired from the Service, another 29 senior officers have toed the same line, bringing the total to 34.

The Nigeria Customs Service has described the retirements as part of its current reorganization process but LEADERSHIP reports an inside source as attributing it to irreconcilable differences between the senior officers and
the new Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd).

The five DCGs who kick started the voluntary retirements include John Atte, in charge of Finance Administration and Technical Services , Adewumi Akinade, in charge of tariff and trade; Austin Nwosu, strategic research and policy; Musa Tahir, Enforcement , Investigation and Inspection and Ibrahim Mera,  Human Resources Development.

LEADERSHIP WEEKEND quotes the inside source as saying that Col Hameed Ali has not had a smooth relationship with the top cats at Nigeria Customs Service since his assumption of office as Controller General.

“Being that the new CG is not a career Customs officer, I believe his ideals about the workings of the agency, is at variance with that of the DCGs.

“I'm not surprised they took this step, they must have strongly disagreed with the CG regarding some issues and decided it was time to take a bow,” the unnamed source said.

The Pastor, the Minister, the Tribunal and the N70m bribe

The Federal Government has dragged the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe before the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja on four-count charges bordering on false declaration of assets and bribery.

Orubebe whose trial commences at the CCT on November 9 was recommended for trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The charge sheet signed by Mr Peter Danladi, a senior lawyer at the CCB reads;

“That you, Godsday Peter Orubebe, while being a Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of Niger Delta Affairs, on or about June 29th 2011 did make a false declaration in your asset declaration form by failing to declare plot 2722 Kyamu District Abuja on assumption of office on 26th September 2007 and on leaving office (at the end of your tenure), on June 29, 2011and you thereby committed an offence under section 15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap C15 and as incorporated under paragraph 11(1) & (2) of Part 1, Fifth Schedule to the Constitution  and punishable under section 23(2) of the CCB & T Act.“That you Godsday Peter Orubebe, while being a Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, on or about June 29, 2011 did make a false declaration in your asset declaration form by failing to declare plot 2059 Asokoro district, Abuja on assumption of office on September 26, 2007 and on June 29, 2011 and you thereby committed an offence under section 15 of the CCB & T Act, and punishable under section 23 (2) of the CCB & T Act.

“That you Godsday Peter Orubebe while being a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs on or about September 19, 2012 asked for and accepted the sum of fifty million naira from one Pastor (Dr) Jonathan Alota, as bribe for the contract awarded in favour of his company, Chemtronics Nigeria Limited and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10 of the CCB & T Act, and punishable under Section 23(2) of CCB & T Act.

“That you Godsday Orubebe, while being a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, on or about 2013 asked for and accepted the sum of twenty million naira from one Pastor (Dr.) Jonathan Alota as additional bribe for the contract awarded in favour of his company Chemtronics Nigeria Limited  for the construction of skill acquisition Centre at Edo State for the sum of one billion seven hundred and ninety nine million, nine hundred and fourteen thousand two hundred and fifty naira eighty eight kobo only (₦ 1,799,914,251.88K) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 ofCCB & T Act”.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Nobody Can Say When Insurgency Will End - Gowon

Former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon has said that the deadline given to the military to defeat Boko Haram and end terrorist activities is not sacrosanct.

He spoke in Abakaliki on Tuesday during a working visit to Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.

His words;
“I can tell you this; nobody can really talk about when any particular operation is going to end. And as a (former) commander-in- chief, I know this.

“Yes, you can say you target a particular time, but it may finish before that time or it may go slightly beyond. To end it, that is the most important thing.

“I assure you that I have absolute confidence in our military that they are going to really deal with the situation as they are doing at the moment.

“May the spirits of these poor little children who are being brainwashed to carry out such heinous crimes rest in peace."

Air Force Bombs Boko Haram Facilities In Sambisa Forest

Nigerian Air Force jets have destroyed workshops, vehicles, fuel and ammunition dumps belonging to terror group Boko Haram in Sambisa forest.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations & Information, Air Commodore Dele Alonge who made this known in a recent statement said that the strikes were made possible by the use of drones and the ATR-42 aerial surveillance aircraft.

He assured that the success of the strikes would enhance the achievement of the December deadline for ending insurgency in the country.

The statement ;
“In a renewed drive to further degrade the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) assets, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha jets have successfully carried out air strikes and destroyed the sect’s vehicle workshops, fuel and ammunition dumps all within the Sambisa forest.

“This feat by NAF came as a result of a painstaking Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) efforts by the NAF’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and ATR-42 platforms.

“The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, wishes to assure all Nigerians that with these successful strikes on the insurgents, their capabilities have been further degraded to pave the way for the final onslaught by the land forces to meet the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to bring insurgency in the Northeast to an end."

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

FG's Fresh Charges Against Dasuki.

The Federal Government on Monday filed four fresh charges against former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki.

The new charges bordering on
retention and concealment of funds, which are alleged to be “part of proceeds of an unlawful act” contrary to sections 15(2) (a), (d) and (3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) are in addition to the earlier one count charge of illegal possession of firearms.

The charges allege that on July 17, 2015, various amounts of money comprising $40,000, N5m and $20,000 as well as illegally possessed firearms were  recovered from Dasuki’s house at 13, John Khadiya Street, Asokoro, Abuja,

It is also alleged that $150,000 and N37.6m were recovered during searches on Dasuki's houses at Sultan Abubakar Road and Sabon Birni Road, Sokoto, on 16 July 2015.

The firearms said to have been recovered from Dasuki include
five Tavor assault rifles; one Macro Uzi rifle with serial number 60244; 20 magazines (ammunition); one packet of Ministry of Defence APG calibre gun; and a Luger gun with number, 033373, a small magazine containing 16 rounds of ammunition; a bigger magazine containing live rounds of ammunition; one magazine with 16 rounds of live 9mm ammunition and 36 rounds of live ammunition.

Dasuki is accused of acquiring the firearms without requisite licence,  contrary to the provisions of section 27(1)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges and was granted bail on self recognition and seizure of his international passport.

APC Grateful As Supreme Court Dismisses Wike's Appeal

The All Progressives Congress, APC has hailed the Supreme Court's dismissal of the suit filed by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike challenging the relocation of the Rivers State Elections Petition Tribunal from Portharcourt to Abuja. 

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday dismissed Wike's suit challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the petition of Dakuku Peterside, APC's governorship candidate in the April 11th 2015 elections.

According to Chris Finebone, APC's Publicity Secretary, Rivers State, the Supreme Court's judgment affirms the hope of the ordinary man in the Nigerian judicial system.

“As a party, the APC is grateful that all seven eminent jurists of the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that there was sufficient violence before, during and after the elections to justify the relocation of the tribunal to Abuja.

“The significance of all seven eminent justices of the Supreme Court speaking in one voice in today’s judgment is that the faith, hope and confidence of the ordinary Nigerian to get justice is assured in the Nigerian judicial system,’’ he said.

He also said that the party was happy with the recognition by the apex court that Rivers State was a theater of war, hence the need to protect the lives of the tribunal members.

Behold the 8 official candidates for FIFA presidency

The deadline for declaration for FIFA presidential candidacy passed on Monday 26 October 2015.

See the profiles of the eight candidates who beat the deadline as presented by AFP Sports.

PRINCE ALI BIN AL HUSSEIN

The 39-year-old brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah was a member of his country’s special forces, specialising in parachute jumps. The prince was on the FIFA executive from 2011 until this year when he first challenged Sepp Blatter for the presidency. Prince Ali championed the cause of allowing women to play football in a hijab. He has repeatedly demanded greater transparency within FIFA and promised to increase the share of revenues sent back to the national associations. He has condemned the “backroom deals” that he says are one of the biggest causes of FIFA’s long-standing troubles. The prince has been one of the main advocates of releasing the Garcia report into the 2010 votes that gave the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

MICHEL PLATINI

One of the greatest footballers of all time and until he was implicated in a Swiss criminal investigation into FIFA, one of the sport’s most skillful politicians. After being co-chairman of France’s 1998 World Cup organisation, he became president of UEFA in 2007 and has since been re-elected twice. But the Frenchman’s 90-day suspension while FIFA investigates a 1.8 million euro ($2 million) payment from the world body without a written contract has seriously hit the chances of the man who was once hot favourite. Platini, 60, made his name as a sports administrator by pressing for football’s riches and decision-making to be spread between members.

JEROME CHAMPAGNE

The 57-year-old was a French diplomat in Oman, Los Angeles and Brazil before becoming a protocol advisor for the 1998 World Cup organisers. He joined FIFA in 1999 and rose to become deputy secretary general under Sepp Blatter, leaving in 2010. “I am not ashamed of the FIFA years,” he told AFP. Though not a footballer, Champagne was a freelance journalist for the magazine France Football. Champagne had tried to challenge Blatter in the election this year but could not get the required five signatures from national associations to enter. He has vowed to bring in greater transparency, stronger ethical standards and modernise the world body’s administration.

DAVID NAKHID

The mystery candidate in the FIFA race. Nakhid, 51, was captain of Trinidad and Tobago and played club football with Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Waregem in Belgium and New England Revolution in the UnitedStates. His main administrative post has been running his own chain of football academies. Nakhid said it is time for football’s power to be moved away from Europe and that it will need a former player to reform the world body. “I cannot be reckless. I am committed to transformation that is fair and even-handed and will deal with all or any breaches and improprieties,” he said.

TOKYO SEXWALE

The South African anti-apartheid campaigner, who entered the race on Saturday, wants to make history by becoming the first African to head football’s governing body in its 111-year history. A former politician and one of his country’s wealthiest men Sexwale, 62, was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela. He served 13 years of an 18-year jail term on Robben Island on terrorism charges. A member of South Africa’s 2010 World Cup bid team he serves on FIFA’s anti-racism and anti-discrimination committee, likening racism to “a monster that is trying to infiltrate sporting fields”. He is also a FIFA media committee member.

SHAIKH SALMAN BIN BRAHIM AL KHALIFA

The soft-spoken Bahraini royal took over an Asian confederation in turmoil in 2013 after Mohamed bin Hammam was kicked out in disgrace, but he now enjoys an iron grip on the body. Enjoys strong backing from Kuwaiti power broker Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah, one of the most influential figures in world sport and a major player in both FIFA and the Olympic movement. This year, Shaikh Salman was re-elected unopposed for a full, four-year term and became a FIFA vice president into the bargain. But he has been dogged by allegations that he was complicit in Bahrain’s harsh crackdown on pro-democracy activists in 2011, charges he denies.

GIANNI INFANTINO

The 45-year-old Swiss lawyer joined UEFA in 2000 and became general secretary in 2009. Multi-lingual, Infantino’s original role was to deal with legal, commercial and professional football matters. He was subsequently appointed as director of legal affairs and club licensing division in 2004. He worked on fostering close contacts with the European Union, the Council of Europe and governmental authorities. Prior to joining UEFA he had a lot of experience working in sport. He had been an advisor to various football bodies in Italy, Spain and Switzerland before then working as the general secretary of the International Centre for Sports Studies at the University of Neuchatel.

MUSA BILITY

President of the Liberian Football Association, Bility’s candidacy is something of surprise. He is one of a select band of Africans to stand for the presidency following current acting FIFA head Issa Hayatou in 2002 , and Sexwale this time around. “If we are to change football, then we have to make sure that those (that) have been running FIFA for the last 20-25 years have nothing to do with it,”the 48-year-old Bility told the BBC after announcing his candidature.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Governor's Lawyer Loses $100,000.00 In Hotel Room, Refuses To Invite Police

A senior lawyer representing Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa at the elections petition tribunal has reportedly lost $100,000.00 in a hotel room in Asaba, the state capital.

It is believed that the parallel market value of the stolen money is about N22.3m.

THE NATION reports that Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Baba Alkali Usman who confirmed the theft said that four arrests comprising two males and two females were made.

Usman however said that the police were constrained to release the suspects when the lawyer whose money was stolen refused to lodge a formal complaint.

He said,
‘We received a case of stolen money from Grand Hotel by the chief security officer of the hotel, who reported that one of his guests lost the sum of$100,000. We incidented the matter at the Police ‘A’ Division and requested that those who worked overnight and those who had the keys to the chalet and those on night duty on that day appear at the police station.

“We visited the scene of the incident. When we did not see the complainant, we had to release those four persons pending when the complainant will come and formally lodge a complaint.

“But the CSO petitioned the Police ‘A’ Division and the matter was transferred to the State Criminal investigation Department. We released the four suspects when the complainant still failed to turn up. We held four suspects .Two of them – members of staff of the hotel, but the other two are not members of staff. The only connection is that one of them is the boyfriend to one of the suspects."

Sources at the hotel said that the money was stolen from room 111 where one of the governor's counsels was lodged.

Source: THE NATION

"Pastor" Arrested For Killing Hunchback, Removing Genitals.

A pastor and suspected ritualist, Marshall Nwankwo of Dikeukwu community, in Umuahia is in Police net for allegedly murdering a hunchback, Mr Ukata Iheme for ritual purpose.

According to Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Onyeke Udeviotu, the pastor was arrested following information that he was seen with the hunchback on the day of his disappearance.

Upon interrogation, the suspect was said to have made useful statements leading to the discovery of the shallow grave from which the decomposing body of the victim was recovered last Tuesday.

Sources close to the community said that following the hunchback's disappearance on 10th of October 2015, the community contacted the police and also made announcements on local radio stations.

According to the youth leader of Dikeukwu community, Mr Chukwudi Egwu,

“We got information that the hunchback was seen on that fatefulday at Dubai market Onuimo, drinking wine with the pastor.

‘’Some people also said they later came to a beer parlour at Dikenta village drinking together. But the pastor denied setting eyes on him that day.”

Egwu revealed that a pair of shoes belonging to the hunchback was found when the youths conducted a search on the pastor's church.

His words ;
“This boosted our morale and as we continued combing the area, we also saw his shorts in a nearby cassava plantation.

‘’It was at that point that we combed the entire place and saw a mount of red soil which we strongly believed must be a grave.

“We, therefore, decided to contact the Police who came and we opened the shallow grave and found his decomposing body inside, with his genitals and hunchback missing.”

The suspect  reportedly  committed the crime with an accomplice, Emeka Okoye who is now on the run.

Meanwhile, Police spokesman Udeviotu has appealed for calm as investigation is still ongoing.

Troops Destroy 20 Terrorists Camps In Borno

Front line troops of the 5 Brigade, Nigerian Army over the weekend completely destroyed camps apparently abandoned by fleeing Boko Haram militants at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their adjoining villages in Borno State.

According to the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman,
“During the operation which is ongoing, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well-fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa.

“The camps include some at the gateway to Kerenowa, Gumada and Dogon Gida. In addition, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp.

“Among facilities discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns, among others.

“The troops have also cleared Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, along the road linking Marte, New Marte and Kerenowa.

“It is apparent that Boko Haram terrorists lacked the will to fight as they are in obvious disarray, abandoning their camps fleeing and leaving behind vehicles, solar panels used to power devices, food and other logistics,beddings, various IEDs-making devices, cables and cords.

“The advancing troops’ morale remains very high and they exude confidence and zeal to destroy all known Boko Haram camps along their axis of advance.

“We still reiterate our call for citizens to remain confident in the ability of our troops to eliminate all remaining vestiges of the terrorists before the year runs out in line with Presidential directives.

“Citizens are also requested to kindly provide useful and credible information to the military about any known terrorists or sympathizers.”

Insurgents Arrested At IDP Camp

Four terrorists were arrested on Sunday as they tried to enter the Pompomari Internally Displaced Persons camp in Damaturu, Yobe State.

The Executive Secretary, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Musa Jidawa confirmed the development on Sunday.

He told newsmen in Damaturu that the first two suspects tried to enter the camp, disguised as visitors going to see their relations in the camp.

They were however identified as Boko Haram insurgents by security operatives and IDPs who were screening visitors to the camp.

Two other insurgents who came separately later were also identified and apprehended.

Jidawa said that the last suspect's father, mother and child are taking refuge at the camp.

He said that “a member of his Turo Kura village identified the suspect and raised an alarm, saying he belong to the sect and the suspect’s father, also an IDP at the camp, confirmed it, which led to his arrest.’’

The suspect's father who pleaded anonymity told reporters that he narrowly escaped death at the hands of his son before running to the IDP camp for refuge.

“I have nothing to do with him; he should be arrested and killed just like he killed others,'’ he said.
Jidawa assured that security at the camp has been reinforced to ensure the safety of the occupants m

Army Chief Reassures On December Deadline For Ending Insurgency

Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has once again assured that the December deadline given by the President to flush out Boko Haram terrorists remains feasible.

Buratai who gave the assurance during a visit to the 3 Division, Nigerian Army, Jos said that the armed forces have stepped up their operations against the insurgents. He added that the tempo of the operations regarding troops and equipment has been raised.

He also noted that bombings by the militants of soft targets has increased in the past two weeks, while assuring that the military was studying the pattern and would soon come up with a solution.

In El-Rufai's Kaduna city?

As seen in Kaduna state (photos) http://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2015/10/as-seen-in-kaduna-state-photos.html

Celebrating Wike's Sack

Amaechi's wife celebrates Tribunal sack of Gov. Wike (photos) http://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2015/10/amaechis-wife-celebrates-tribunal-sack.html

Smugglers forced us to lift ban on rice importation - Customs Boss

DIRECTOR-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali, Rtd has told the Senate that the activities of smugglers forced the organization to lift the ban on importation of rice through land borders.

Speaking before the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Import Duty Waivers, Col Ali said that apart from reducing the revenue generation of the agency, the ban had also caused the death of a sizeable number of its personnel through desperate smugglers.

He stressed that the commodity was so common within the nation's land borders that the ban no longer made sense.

His words;
“We decided to lift the ban on rice importation through the land borders because we discovered that we have developed the capacity and then we have the wherewithal to collect duties at the borders and this products are coming through the borders.

“We then agreed that the restriction, which we were convinced was not a pro-government policy, but a restriction placed by us, so we say, let us lift the restrictions and collect money because we need money and these people need to bring their rice.

“If we don’t allow them, the alternative is that they will smuggle it and we don’t want it especially when we were losing our men daily while trying to stop them . That is what we want, we are all Nigerians.”

The Senate Committee led by Senator Adamu Aliero, APC, Kebbi Central, had invited Col Ali to explain the reasons behind his unilateral lifting of the ban which is believed to have been put in place by former President Goodluck Jonathan through a presidential directive.

We must diversify the economy - CBN

The CBN Deputy Governor, Corporate Services Directorate, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, has called for the diversification of the Nigerian economy.

Speaking on the topic, “Diversifying the Revenue Base of Nigerian Economy" at the investiture ceremony of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, Adelabu said that the time has come for Nigeria to diversify her economy, having failed to do so when oil was above $100 a barrel.

His words ;

“The dwindling oil prices and reduction in volume of crude oil production are affecting us, with revenue nose diving, because we relied so much on crude oil. We lost the opportunity to diversify between 2009 and 2014 because we had relative stability in exchange rate, and oil prices went up as high as $110.

“We should have diversified in the period of boom. Now we don’t need anybody to teach us that we have to look at other areas of revenue. This is a challenge to everybody especially to the banking industry.

“Banks need to look at other sectors in terms of lending. Fortunately we are blessed with almost every resource on the earth. Agriculture is a sector we must focus on. We have lots and lots of solid mineral resources; and we should focus on developing them.

" Most importantly, we have to patronise local products. Every Nigerian should deemphasize consumption of imported goods, because by doing so, we are helping other countries. We should all patronise locally made goods.”

We Won't Devalue Naira, CBN Tells Sanusi

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN on Saturday rejected the call by the Emir of Kano, Mallam Mohammed Sanusi II for further devaluation of the naira.

The Kano Emir had on Friday called on the Federal Government and the CBN to further devalue the naira and remove fuel subsidy.

“It is wrong to continue with the fuel subsidy. It is wrong to continue to pretend that you can keep the naira at a certain level, when the price of oil is falling, without depleting your reserves. You have to make a choice,” he said.

However, speaking at the Investiture of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) in Lagos on Saturday, the Deputy Governor, Corporate Services Directorate of the CBN, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu dismissed Sanusi's call.

He said that the official position of the CBN on the matter is that
"... there will not be any further devaluation of the naira.

“We have made the official position known to the public. There could be comments from various quarters of the economy but we have made our official position known”, he said.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Buhari Troubled By Situation In Northeast

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the security situation in the Northeast of the country as a great source of concern for him.

The president spoke through a message delivered on his behalf by a high powered delegation he sent to Adamawa and Borno states to commiserate with the people on the incessant suicide bombings by Boko Haram.

The delegation was led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal. He was accompanied by
the Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Mala Mai Buni, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Munguno, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu,  Permanent Secretary, office of the SFG Bukar Maina and a leading member of the APC Alhaji Modi Mahmood.

In his message, President Buhari said ;

“The security situation in the North-East remains a great source of concern for me. Although there are clear indications that the military is recording great successes in the theatre of operations, the enemy has been able to carry out his murderous campaign by attacking soft targets using Improvised Explosive Devices.

"His intention is to create widespread fear amongst the civilian population since he cannot subdue our armed forces. The sporadic tactics used by these criminals is a sign that they are under intense pressure in the forests and in the countryside where they previously enjoyed a lot of freedom of action.

“The sheer tenacity displayed by our troops in the last three months has resulted in degrading the capacity of the enemy significantly. I am confident that the ability of the enemy to attack and seize towns and villages has been virtually neutralized.

“Having said that, our people cannot continue to be the victims of a senseless war, living in perpetual fear and deny the right to pursue their legitimate undertakings in peace. As a leader, I want to assure our citizens in
every part of Nigeria that the government is doing everything humanly possible to bring to a swift end, the suffering and losses occasioned by this insurgency. I deeply sympathize with the families who have lost loved ones.

“As I said a few times in the past, desperate actions such as the detonation of IEDs will take a longer time to eradicate even as our optimism continues to grow that Boko Haram as a fighting force will be crushed by the year’s end. After that, we hope all displaced communities will be returned to their towns and villages. But even when this is about to happen, there will still remain vital tests and challenges. We must work hard to eradicate all forms of extremism. Citizens must join hands with security forces in the effort to detect unrepentant terrorists embedded in our neighbourhoods. We must all be watchful over any suspicious activity and report same to law enforcement agents for their prompt action."

See what ex-President Jonathan told world leaders about GEJ Foundation

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is a very busy man right now.

He has been busy dispatching invitation letters to leaders across Nigeria and the entire world for the official launch of his Goodluck Jonathan Foundation which is planned for the third quarter of 2016.

See a sample of the letter below.

Dear ……..

On Friday, 29th May, 2015; I completed my term of office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and successfully handed over government to President Muhammadu Buhari.

I immediately proceeded on a long deserved break; I have enjoyed a delightful time with my family and close friends.

Now, well rested, I am back to work; to continue to serve and dedicate my life to promoting peace and prosperity for all. I have set up an office where I can be reached and members of my staff are poised to serve you and respond to your enquiries at all times.

Furthermore, I will be devoting the rest of my life and energy to making the world a better place. I am currently finalising efforts to set up The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. More details on the work of the foundation will be available at the launch, which I believe should take place by the 3rd  quarter of 2016.

As I start this new phase of my life of renewed service to humanity, I look forward to your continuous support, counsel and cooperation.

Please do accept the assurance of my esteemed regards.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Sokoto State Set To Immunize 1.8m Against Measles

The government of Sokoto State, Nigeria has concluded plans to Immunize about 1.8m children against measles in all 23 local government areas of the state. The exercise will last from November 21 to November 25.

The State's Executive Secretary, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Sani Labaran disclosed the plan to newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday during a rally to mark the World Polio Day.

He said that the 4 day exercise would be targeted at children aged between 2 months and 4 years.

He also emphasized the state government's commitment to routine immunization and the prioritization of health services.

Female Suicide Bomber Kills 3 In Maiduguri

Barely a day after terrorist attacks killed 28 people in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, a female suicide bomber on Saturday detonated her bomb in the Dala Yazaram area of the city, leaving three persons dead and many others injured.

An eyewitness, Shuaibu Umaru told AFP that there were two suicide bombers but one was apprehended before she could activate her device.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, a member of the Civilian JTF was killed in the blasts along with four suicide bombers.

“Four female suicide bombers at about 7:45am today in the morning attempted to enter the Dala Ajeri area of Maiduguri but were intercepted by the civilian JTF (joint military task force).

“Three of the female suicide bombers detonated the explosions in their bodies immediately and the fourth one was intercepted but later died,” it said.

How PDP, APC reacted to the Election Petition Tribunal's annulment of Gov Wike's election.

The Rivers State Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Saturday afternoon annulled the election of Nyesom Wike as governor of Rivers State.

Citing card reader accreditation as the basis for its decision, the tribunal headed by Justice Suleiman Ambrosa ordered fresh elections within 90 days.

See how Nyesom Wike's PDP and Dakuku Peterside's APC reacted to the tribunal's judgment.

A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE AND RAPE ON DEMOCRACY :

This is how the Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah described the judgement which he alleged is a gang up, conspiracy and falsehood by the APC and the Federal Government against the people of Rivers State.

According to Obuah, "There is no other reason why the tribunal hurriedly delivered the contraption it called judgment in less than 24 hours after adopting the written addresses on a matter that lasted over four months than to pre-empt the judgment of the Supreme Court against the tribunal by the PDP which comes up next week

“The good thing is that by the hurried judgment, the tribunal chairman has exposed his partiality and shot himself in the leg by defying all legal procedures and going ahead to deliver judgment on the APC petition when there is an impending matter hinging on the appeal at the Supreme Court just as he refused to vacate his seat as chairman of the election petitions tribunal for the State Governorship Election Petitions despite PDP’s resentment on questions of integrity and impartiality. Notwithstanding all this, in the end we shall have the last laugh.

“Men have today Saturday, October 24, 2015 after being compromised served their immoral judgment, God would soon give justice in the governorship election in Rivers State."

A DEADLY BLOW TO IMPUNITY AND HOOLIGANISM - APC

To the petitioners, APC,  Justice Suleiman Ambrosa's ruling is a deadly blow to impunity and hooliganism.

See the statement issued by APC spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the judgement.

”What has come across from this judgement is that there is no shortcut to free, fair and credible elections. This is part of the wind of change that is blowing across the land and touching all arms of government under the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

”Elections are about the expression of the will of the people, and they must always be free to express themselves, irrespective of what some desperate politicians may feel."

He also described the judgement as an indication that  the era of impunity and hooliganism is over, and that the only way for elections to have legitimacy is for them to be free, fair and credible.

Emergence of teenage suicide bombers a major challenge - Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigerian Armed Forces are defeating Boko Haram and other security challenges in the country, even though the emergence of teenage suicide bombers remains a challenge.

He said this during an interactive session with members of staff of the Nigerian High Commission in London.

His words
"The major challenge is the emergence of teenage suicide bombers among the insurgent group.

"Sometimes, we are shocked that very young girls are used as suicide bombers. But at home everyone has come to terms with the fact that we have to live together as Christians and Muslims.

"We must not allow division in us as Nigerians; we must come together to fight this menace called Boko Haram. No religion will accept these atrocities of Boko Haram.

Osinbajo informed his audience that President Buhari’s mandate to the military to end insurgency by December is being achieved, even as efforts are on to de-radicalise insurgents and educate their victims. 

Boko Haram In Fresh Plot To Poison Water Sources - Army

The Nigerian Army has alerted the public of a fresh plot by Boko Haram terrorists to poison water sources in the Northeast of the country.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 33 Artillery Brigade Bauchi, Major Joseph Adekunle Afolasade made the disclosure in a press statement on Friday.

The statement reads;
“The command wishes to inform the general public that Boko Haram terrorists plan to buy a large quantity of rat poison and other poisonous items from markets in Nigeria to enable them poison water sources, particularly in the north-eastern states.

“The Nigerian Army Theater Command, therefore calls on the general public, particularly the market men and women vending such items to be vigilant."

The military called on the public to report anybody buying rat poison in large quantities to the authorities.

Top Bankers In EFCC Net Over N2.8b Pension Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested two top managers of a commercial bank in Abuja for their roles in laundering N2.8b pension fund linked to the former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina has been at large since the EFCC charged him, alongside former Head of Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye with stealing billions of naira of pension funds through a phony biometric exercise.

The two bankers, Danjuma Zubairu, group head, private banking and Abubarkar Gwambe, an account officer, in the Abuja Central Business District business unit of the bank, were arrested by the EFCC on Thursday on suspicions of running proxy accounts for Maina.

A document on the preliminary investigation by the EFCC said that ;

"The accounts, which have over time witnessed massive inflow of slush funds include two corporate and three individual accounts.

"The first individual account opened in the name of Abdullahi Faizer, had a turnover of N1.5billion while the other operated in the name of Nafisatu Aliyu recorded a turnover of over N100 million.

"The corporate accounts of Cluster Logistics had a turnover of N500million and $400,000 USD. Drew Investment and Construction and Kongolo Dynamics Cleaning Limited recorded turnovers of N54 million and N509 million respectively.

"All five accounts have different opening packages. Four of the accounts were allegedly opened by one Khalid Aliyu, a relation of Maina, who was an employee of the bank. The said Khalil is currently at large. But investigation established that Abdulrasheed Maina is the one operating the accounts."

Reliable EFCC sources revealed that detailed analyses of telephone conversations, text messages and email communications established the connection between Maina, the bankers and the accounts.

It was also disclosed that the money was mostly moved through bureau de change operators to Maina in his hideout which is suspected to be the United Arab Emirates.

I am comfortable with women - Buhari

The Presidency has dismissed comments credited to a certain Gideon Samani that President Muhammadu Buhari nominated just a few women for ministerial positions because he is shy around women.

Samani had on Thursday, paraded himself at a public event as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters.

Debunking Samani's claim that Buhari is uncomfortable around women, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina also described him as an impostor as the office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters does not exist.

In a statement he issued on Friday, Adeshina said that Buhari who has a wife and many daughters cannot be uncomfortable with women but in fact has the highest consideration for Nigerian women in the affairs of the nation.

According to the statement,
“The claim  that President Muhammadu Buhari is shy around women, purportedly made by one Gideon Samani yesterday and published by a national newspaper today is totally fallacious.

“The subsequent attribution of the supposedly “low number” of female ministerial nominees to President Buhari’s alleged shyness around women is  therefore baseless and a figment of the imagination of the said Mr.Samani, who was falsely described as the “Senior Special Assistant (Political Matters) to the President.

“The assertion by the alleged Presidential aide that President Buhari is “very shy dealing with the opposite sex” because “he has been interacting mostly with men,” was received by the President with  shock and consternation.

“For one thing, there is no Senior Special Assistant, Political Matters, in the office of the President for now and Mr. Samani who was said to have spoken as the Representative of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation at a public function yesterday, is not an aide of the President.

“Mr Samani is certainly not an official spokesman of the President. Therefore, he could not have spoken on behalf of President Buhari, who is the President of all Nigerians, men and women alike.

’’President Buhari has a wife,  many daughters and female relatives whom he loves dearly. He also had a mother that he adored. How then could he be shy in the company of women, to the point of allegedly not appointing them into public offices, on account of not being comfortable in their company?

“Nigerian women can be assured that the President holds them in the highest esteem and will always give  them due consideration in the discharge of his official responsibilities.

“The statements attributed to Mr Samani are untrue and unauthorized. They should therefore be disregarded.”

Confessions Of A Boko Haram Terrorist

Recently, security operatives arrested five persons suspected to be involved in the October 2 bombings of Kuje and Nyanya suburbs of the Federal Capital Territory.

The suspects identified one Haulaki, already in military custody as one of their leaders in Abuja.

Here are the confessions of Haulaki as revealed in his recent chat with Vanguard.

“I am married and my wife is currently pregnant. I had just primary education which I did not finish. I am an Igbira man and my people are mainly Muslims. I came to Abuja seven years ago to learn auto mechanic at Games Village and I graduated four years after, before establishing my own workshop at Galadimawa Roundabout.

“In 2013, I joined the Boko Haram. There is a mosque along the road before Total Filling Station, in Aiyoke area of Okene, Kogi State. Though I rented an apartment very close to the mosque and one of the sons of the landlord of that house, who is my friend, Abubakar, who was killed during operation visited that mosque and he introduced me to the Imam and the owner of the mosque, Mustapha who is currently in the custody of security agents.

“Mustapha was the one who indoctrinated me into the Boko Haram sect. He urged me through his teachings which were mainly on Fridays after the Jumat prayers, Saturdays and Sundays to be faithful to God and do his wishes and I should also oppose those going against the teachings of Prophet Muhammed.

“Mustapha usually urged us to support the cause of Jihad in the North Eastern part of the country in any way we can and when we cannot donate ourselves or money to the cause, we should at least pray for those waging the war. In some of his teachings, he told us that western education was a sin and working for the government was also a sin. He then asked those who have gone through secondary and university education to destroy their certificate.

“A lot of people, who were graduates from the secondary and university in that mosque, destroyed their certificates. That singular gesture endeared me to the sect. Aside Abubakar, I met some other young men, like , Usman , Abduljalal, Abu Hamza, Bilal and Haroun.

“These men were highly devoted to the course and they told me that they usually rob unbelievers and use the money to support the course. Abu Hamza is our leader and also one of the bomb manufacturers . He was the one who led us to rob two banks in Owo, Ondo State and Okene in Kogi State, and it is through that means that he raised money for bomb materials and others.

“He was the one who also thought Usman how to make the bombs. I am a very good driver and my duty is to drive vehicles to various destinations. I usually don’t ask if there is bomb in those vehicles or not. All I do is to follow instructions.

“A few months ago, some security agents came from Kaduna and arrested Abu Hamza and took him away. Few days to the Sallah, Usman was also arrested in Abuja and I got instructions from very senior members of our sect to move all the ready made bombs and the materials out of Usman’s house in Suleja and I moved them to my brother’s house who is also a member of our sect at Iddo area of Abuja.

“I also gave, two AK -47 rifles and some bombs to a senior member, Abu Husssien who took them to Okene, Kogi State. Few days before the last sallah some vigilante men arrested and handed me over to the military intelligence who detained and later handed me over to the police special team. I regret joining the Boko Haram Sect,” he lamented.

Source: Vanguard

Friday, 23 October 2015

Task Force Arrests 30 In Raid On Abuja Blackspot

A joint task force comprising DSS, military, Civil Defense and police personnel arrested about 30 suspects during a raid at a blackspot in Nyanya, an Abuja suburb.

The police said that the raid was a preventive measure to nip crime in the bud.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole who confirmed the raid said that the operation followed a tip-off that some crime suspects were hiding there.

“Yes, a Joint Task Force, comprising the police, DSS, the military and the civil defence corps carried out an operation in Nyanya and arrested some suspects. The task force was set up by the IG and it was being led by the police.

“The suspects that were arrested are currently being processed; the operation was meant to prevent crime and frustrate criminals before they commit crimes and it will continue throughout the FCT,” she said.

N1.35b Fraud : Court Admits Evidence Against Lamido, Two Sons

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday tendered details of bank accounts allegedly used by former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido and his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha to steal public funds before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The former governor and his sons are facing 27 corruption charges bordering on breach of trust, money laundering, and unlawful diversion of public funds amounting to N1.35b.

Lamido is alleged by the EFCC to have abused his office as governor of Jigawa State between 2007 and 2015 by collecting kickbacks from contractors, with the bribes paid into accounts run by his sons.

He is also accused of awarding contracts to companies in which he had interest, with his sons serving as fronts.

Four companies accused of  involvement in the fraud were also joined as defendants in the case. They are Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminum Limited and Speeds International Limited.

At the hearing on Wednesday, the EFCC called four witnesses (all bank officials) to tender exhibits before the court.

The witnesses are Mr. Longji Tupkop, a Relationship Manager with United Bank for Africa, UBA, PW-1; Mr. Kabir Mashi, Regional Manager, Unity Bank Plc, Kano North, PW-2; Mustapha Baba of Unity Bank Plc, PW-3; and Onyiche Agbaghara  of Keystone Bank Plc PW-4.

After admitting the documents in evidence, the court adjourned the case till November 24th and 25th for further hearing.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Mrs Oyo-Ita Is New Head of Service

Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita on Thursday formally took over from Mr Danladi Kifasi as Head of Service of the Federation.

In a brief handover ceremony in Abuja which also marked Mr Kifasi's formal retirement, the new Head of Service pledged to make the Civil Service more efficient and timely in their service to Nigerians.

She called for an innovative civil service that will help the new government to meet the huge expectations of Nigerians.

"Today marks yet another important milestone in our desire to improve and re-engineer the Federal Civil service to effectively work as a machine for formulating and implementing government policies and programmes.

“At a time such as this when expectations of our people on the new government are so huge, we have to be innovative and reposition ourselves to deliver efficient, timely and quality services to meet the desires of our people,” she said.

She also urged civil servants to key into government's agenda for change, social transformation and poverty reduction.

What Amaechi Told The Senate During Ministerial Screening

Former Rivers State Governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has at last been screened by the Senate.

Here are the answers he gave to the questions put to him at the Red Chamber.

*.Whether I become minister or not, it will be on record that I once attended the Senate screening.

*.My administration worked to restore the old glory of Port Harcourt.

*.We now have almost 24-hour power supply in Rivers State.

*.Rivers State was the first state to introduce Fiscal Responsibility Law.

*.My administration redefined governance and repositioned Rivers State.

*.Governors’ Forum acts as check to FG’s excesses.

*.I was born to fight for my rights.

*.I don’t like corruption.

*.I was chased out to Ghana because I fought for my rights.

*.Resources are in the Niger Delta and they should be treated fairly.

*.We must diversify economy and invest in education.

*.We must remove corruption and invest in power.

*.Without improved power supply, there can’t be industrialization.

*.I was never indicted by any panel.

*.Corruption is a wide concept and very difficult to define.

*.Present mono-economic situation in Nigeria cannot address unemployment.

*.If we keep to rule of law and keep away impunity, government will function.

Source : THE NATION

Nigeria needs leaders with godly attributes - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, in Abuja, told the Christian Legislators Fellowship of Nigeria that the country needs leaders with integrity, transparent character, faithfulness and other godly attributes to overcome her present challenges.

Buhari who was represented at the 6th Annual Breakfast of the
Christian Legislators Fellowship of Nigeria by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ibukun Odusote, said;

“The time has come for Nigeria to have godly leaders in a permanently changing world. Change, though usually resisted, is the most constant component of life.

“Thus the need of a Godly leader in our ever changing world cannot be over- emphasized. Whenever God’s people have been without godly leadership, the result has been disastrous.

“Throughout scripture, God has given us various principles for godly leadership.

“Godly leaders serve others instead of demanding to be served.  Godly leaders need to accept the responsibility which God has given them, and a godly leader must be a man with godly commitments, conduct, character and convictions.

“Your Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, if you love Nigerians, please choose to feed them, not just by words but by your actions at the National Assembly, in the various offices, in the market, in the streets and most especially in the church of God.”

Abuja Bombing Suspect Pleads Guilty

Abdulwaheed Nasiru, one of the five suspects in the October 2, 2015 bombings of Kuje and Nyanya in the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday pleaded guilty to the charges of terrorism preferred against them by the Federal Government.

Nasiru admitted being in possession of twelve Improvised Explosive Devices and materials for the production of such devices.

Nasiru was arrested with the four other accused persons behind the military cemetery along the Abuja airport road on October 6.

Abdulwaheed Nasiru, the 4th accused person and Abdullahi Nasiru, the 5th accused had requested for the charges to be interpreted for them in Naija language.

While admitting guilt, Nasiru denied ownership of the explosive devices.

"No bi me get am. Na mai frend get am, " he told the court in Naija language.

The rest of the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The five accused persons,
Abdulazeez Muhazab, Ishaka Salihu, Mohammed Jimoh, Abdulwaheed Nasiru and Abdullahi Nasiru‎ are standing trial before Justice Abdukadir Abdulkafarati on five count charges of terrorism.

Passenger Slumps Aboard Lagos - Abuja Flight

A passenger on Wednesday slumped at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, aboard an Air Peace flight 4P7140 from Lagos

Sources at the airport said that the incident happened as passengers were disembarking from the aircraft.

They also said that it took the emergency response team of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN up to 30 minutes to show up at the scene with an ambulance.

It was however learnt that the crew of Air Peace were able to administer oxygen and stabilize the patient before the arrival of the airport's health officials.

“The crew was able to get oxygen to revive the passenger and he was a bit stable before he was transferred to the Port Health officials of FAAN, who delayed for about 30 minutes; but the good news is that the man is okay,” an eyewitness said.

The Deputy General Manager, Public Affairs, FAAN Abuja, Mrs. Henriatta Yakubu, however dismissed claims of late response by Port Health Officials. She said that they rushed to the scene as soon as they received a distress call from the crew of Air Peace.

The patient was reportedly discharged from the FAAN clinic around 6pm on Wednesday.

Golden Eaglets Trounce Chile 5 - 1

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria's blistering start to the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup continued on Wednesday with a 5 - 1 thrashing of host country Chile.

The Nigerian team had started the tournament on a bright note with a 2 - 0 victory over the USA on Saturday.

In Wednesday's match played at the Estadio Sausalito Vina Del Mar, the eaglets got their first goal just after 25 seconds through man of the match Samuel Chukwueze.

Team captain Kelechi Nwakali made it 2-0 in the 17th minute from the penalty spot.

Additional goals from Chukwueze in the 61st minute and Victor Osimhen in the 66th and 86th minutes completed the rout.

The Chileans got their consolation goal in the 81st minute through Marcello Allende.

The Golden Eaglets who sit atop Group A with 6 points from two matches are already through to the second round but will play their last group match against Croatia on Friday.

Did Ohakim Pay $2.9m Cash For Abuja House?

Did former Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim pay N270m (equivalent of $2.9m) cash for a property at Asokoro, Abuja in...? Does Chief Ohakim actually own the said property located at Plot No. 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, otherwise known as No.60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Asokoro, Abuja?

These are allegations the EFCC is trying to prove before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

At the resumed hearing of the case against Ohakim on Tuesday, prosecution witness, Ishaya Dauda told the court that Ohakim paid N270m in cash for a plot of land at No. 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, also known as No.60, Kwame Nkrumah Street, Asokoro, Abuja.

He also tendered statements which he said the former governor volunteered on the subject matter as exhibits.

Following Chief Ohakim's arraignment before the court on July 8 on a three-count charge of money laundering, Justice Ademola had admitted him to bail on self recognition on July 9, 2015.

At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, Ishaya Dauda, a Senior Detective Superintendent with the EFCC said Chief Ohakim was invited by the anti graft agency in 2013.

His words ;
“I gave him the petitions to go through and asked him if he would be willing to volunteer a statement or not and he answered in the affirmative. I then administered the word of caution and EFCC statement form on him. I also asked him whether he understood the word of caution and he said yes; then, he signed the form, indicating that he understood the word of caution.”

Dauda said that the former governor made five different statements between 2013 and 2015 in addition to the EFCC Assets Declaration Form which he filled.

Copies of the five statements allegedly obtained from Ohakim on January 25, 2013; January 31, 2013; June 18, 2015; June 22, 2015 and June 29, 2015, were tendered and admitted in evidence as exhibits EFCC 1 - 5.

Testifying further, Dauda said ;
“Working on the intelligence reports at our disposal, after the accused person had declared his assets, it was discovered that there was no banking transaction for the purchase of the property. We found out that only cash payment was made in respect of the property. So, we took the accused person to the property. When we brought him back to our office, we asked him who owns the property and he said he rented the property through one Abu Sule, Managing Director, Tweenex Consociate H.D. Limited.”

At this juncture, the court adjourned till November 12 and 13 for continuation of hearing.

Again, Saraki Refuses To Enter Dock

Once again, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki created a drama at the Code of Conduct Tribunal as he refused to mount the dock when his case was called.

Saraki who was accompanied by 34 Senators and 50 lawyers anchored his decision not to mount the dock on the fact that a higher court had already heard his case.

Objecting to Saraki's action, prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs said that it is the tradition for an accused to enter the dock when his case is called. He said that once an accused person's plea is taken, he must always mount the dock during proceedings.

“My Lords, when a matter is called where arraignment has taken place, the first thing is for the accused person to go into the dock. I, therefore, apply that the accused be directed to move into the dock.

“Things must be done properly. The proper thing is for him to go to the dock,” he said.

However, citing Section 122 of the Evidence Act, Saraki’s lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), argued that Code of Conduct Tribunal was required to take judicial notice of the proceedings pending before the Court of Appeal.

He informed the CCT that the higher court had already heard and reserved judgment in the case.

He said :

“My Lords, going by the Supreme Court's decision in FRN vs Ibekwe, a situation like this, the lower court has to exercise certain restraint and await the outcome of the decision of the Appeal Court.”

However, the tribunal Chairman, Justice Umar upheld the prosecution counsel's position and ordered Saraki to enter the dock.

“The accused person must take his proper place,” he ruled.

Thereafter, Saraki moved into the dock following which the tribunal adjourned till November 5 to await the judgement of the appellate court.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Final Onslaught: Army Warns Boko Haram To Surrender

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday issued a final call for the surrender of Boko Haram insurgents who wish to escape an impending final onslaught.

The Army high command also demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the 219 Chibok girls still in the custody of the terrorists.

The warning follows President Buhari's Monday meeting with the service chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

At that meeting, the President was briefed on the state of the counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast and the strategies to achieve the December deadline for ending the insurgency.

A statement issued by Army spokesman, Col Sani Usman on Tuesday said ;

: “This is to finally warn all Boko Haram terrorists wherever they are, to desist from all acts of terrorism, surrender themselves and face the law now.

“We wish to inform them that we are aware of all their hideouts, camps and enclaves. They should follow their colleagues who have so far surrendered.

“Failure to surrender will result in serious consequences as our troops have closed up with them.

“We equally appeal to members of the international community and the world at large, to kindly persuade Boko Haram terrorists and their international collaborators to desist from acts of terrorism and renounce their membership of the terrorist organization forthwith.

“They should also immediately and unconditionally release all abducted persons in their custody, including the Chibok schoolgirls.”

Fleeing Boko Haram Fighters Kill 20, Burn Village

20 persons traveling in four cars met their untimely deaths on Wednesday when they were shot by Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from an attack on their camp by the Nigerian military.

According to an eyewitness, the travellers were killed around Jingalta village, about 70 kilometers north of Maiduguri, Borno State.

He said ;
“We received information of an attack by Boko Haram gunmen on four cars near Jingalta village where they shot dead all 20 occupants of the vehicles before setting the cars ablaze.

“The gunmen were fleeing a military operation against one of their enclaves in the area around 9:30 am (0830GMT) when they came across the vehicles on the highway and opened fire on them."

The terrorists who were fleeing in pick up trucks and motorbikes are also reported to have looted and burnt a village which had already been deserted by its residents.

Photos : Buhari Launches 260km Super Highway Project In Cross River

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday launched the 260km Calabar to Katsina Ala Super Highway Project at Obung. Cross River State.
See the launch in pictures.

Photo credits : Vanguard

FIFA Beams Searchlight On Amos Adamu

FIFA's Ethics Committee disclosed on Wednesday that it is investigating former FIFA Executive Committee member, Dr Amos Adamu for breaching the world football governing body's code of ethics.

Adamu was a member of the executive committee of FIFA from 2006 - 2010 when he got a three years ban from all football activities for allegedly demanding money for world cup votes.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

78 Year-old Man Slits Own Throat In Kano

78 years old Hassan Ciroma met his painful end on Monday when he reportedly slit his own throat at an abattoir in Kano City.

Eyewitnesses said that the septuagenarian was earlier sighted at the blacksmithing section of the market where he was said to have purchased a butchery knife.

“We mistook him as one of the numerous butchers plying their trade, but we were shocked soon as he turned the same knife against himself,” said an eyewitness.

He added that the man's grotesque cry of agony triggered pandemonium among the people in the market, most of whom did not have the stomach to watch the bizarre scene.

However, Vanguard reports that the Police are viewing the incident from a different perspective.

Kano State Police Command's spokesman, ASP Magaji Musa Majia told Vanguard ;

: “We rushed to the scene and met the septuagenarian in his pool of blood, rushed him to the nearest medical facility where he gave up the ghost.

“We are working on two leads and the likely outcome of our investigation would certainly reveal whether it is suicide or otherwise.”

He added that the command had deposited the remains of the deceased at the hospital for autopsy.

Buhari Fires Head Of Service

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday fired the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi.

However, no reason was given for the action.

How Adultery With Friend's Wife Landed 21 Year-old Man In Hospital

21 year-old Onyebuchi Orima of Ugbona village in Ishieke community, Ebonyi State, Nigeria is battling for his life in a prayer house after a sexual encounter with his friend's wife.

THE NATION'S correspondent gathered that Onyebuchi had been having an illicit affair with the woman to the chagrin of his friend, Friday Nwankwo.

Reports have it that after their latest escapade, Onyebuchi developed severe pains in his manhood. He was taken to some local hospitals for treatment but to no avail.

The persistent pains forced Onyebuchi to a prayer house as a last resort. There he was said to have confessed his adulterous relationship with his friend's wife to the Pastor who advised him to equally confess to his friend, Friday Nwankwo in order to salvage his deteriorating health.

After the confession was made, Friday reportedly gave Onyebuchi a bill of two hundred and fifty thousand naira (N250,000.00)  to reverse the spell which had been cast on his manhood.

Friday Nwankwo said he contacted a witch doctor to prepare the spell when he discovered that his friend had been sleeping with his wife.

Saraki's Suite: Appeal Court Adjourns Indefinitely

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday declared an indefinite adjournment in Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki's suit seeking to stop the Federal Government from proceeding with its case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Saraki is accused of false declaration of assets while he was the governor of Kwara State.

The Court of Appeal had slated Monday for judgment as to whether Saraki should face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, but surprisingly, a senior registrar at the court told all parties to the case that the matter had been adjourned indefinitely. 

No reason was given for the adjournment.  Also, lawyers, journalists and other interested persons who had besieged the court premises could not access the courtroom as the main entrance was locked.

N700m Job Levies: EFCC Grills Abba Moro For 8 Hours

Former Interior Minister, Mr Abba Moro was the guest of EFCC for eight hours on Tuesday.

Operatives of the anti graft agency questioned him over the management of the 700 million naira collected from candidates who applied for recruitment into Nigeria Immigration Service in 2014.

Moro's interrogation is expected to continue on Thursday.

The EFCC had earlier quizzed former Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Mr. David Parradang and the Secretary to the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prison Service Board, Mr. Sylvanus Tapgun on the same subject matter.

How FG Revived 14 Vehicle Assembly Plants

The Federal Government has revived the 14 vehicle assembly plants which operated before the National Automotive Policy.

This was disclosed in Lagos on Tuesday by the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr Aminu Jalal during a stakeholders meeting of the Committee on implementation of the National Automotive Policy.

He said that the new entrants into the automobile manufacturing business were equally doing well.

He disclosed that government was in talks with a bank over a vehicle financing scheme to help Nigerians purchase made in Nigeria cars without hassles.

He said that government had to break the operations of the assembly plants into three because of the huge investments needed to set them up.

His words ;
“The reason why we break the assembly operations into three is that a new vehicle assembly plant is quite expensive to set up.

“If you are setting it up, the minimum you can do will cost you over $50 million (N11 billion)for about 10,000 units per year.

“After about a year, they start with SKD 2 (Semi-Knocked Down), which is a painted body, bringing in the internal and external fittings.

“Then you move to SKD1 where you have a body that is not painted, you have to paint it and so on.

“Then you move to CKD 1 (Completely- Knocked-Down) when you have to weld all the pieces together, paint and do the assembly.

“That is a transition in 12 months to the next phase."

Jalal added that while Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company and Ashok-Leyland have achieved CKD status, other assembly plants were at different levels of development.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Mrs Buhari Advises Women On Healthcare

Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the President has advised Nigerian women, especially expectant and nursing mothers to avail themselves of proper medical attention to avoid exposure to unnecessary health hazards.

Mrs Buhari spoke through a speech delivered by the wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi at the Oji River General Hospital during her advocacy and community sensitization visit there.

She expressed sadness over the rate of maternal mortality during pregnancy and child delivery and stressed the need for precautionary measures to remedy the situation.

She advised all pregnant women to avail themselves of antenatal services for the good of themselves and their unborn children.

Mrs Buhari Advises Women On Healthcare

Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the President has advised Nigerian women, especially expectant and nursing mothers to avail themselves of proper medical attention to avoid exposure to unnecessary health hazards.

Mrs Buhari spoke through a speech delivered by the wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi at the Oji River General Hospital during her advocacy and community sensitization visit there.

She expressed sadness over the rate of maternal mortality during pregnancy and child delivery and stressed the need for precautionary measures to remedy the situation.

She advised all pregnant women to avail themselves of antenatal services for the good of themselves and their unborn children.

World Bank Regrets Delay In Disclosing Abacha Loot Disbursement

The World Bank has asked for more time to provide details on how it disbursed the assets recovered from late maximum ruler, Gen Sani Abacha and how same was used by Nigerian authorities.

The bank made the disclosure following a request by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)  for information on the handling of assets recovered from the late Head of State.

In a letter dated October 15, 2015, the World Bank through Ann May of its Access to Information Team, AIT wrote:

“In response to your request under AI3982, we would like to inform you that we are still considering your request and need additional time to provide you with a more comprehensive response.

“In most cases, we will be able to respond within twenty (20) working days from receipt of a request for information. However, we may need additional time in special circumstances, for example, if the request is complex or voluminous or if it requires further review by or consultation with internal World Bank units, external parties, the Access to Information Committee, or the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.

“We regret any inconvenience that a delay may cause you and, if one does occur, will aim to minimize it as much as possible. We will notify you promptly of any updates to the status of your request. Thank you for your interest in the World Bank."

Tokunbo Mumuni, SERAP's Executive Director welcomed the decision of the World Bank to do a thorough job on their request. He said ;

“We welcome the Bank’s decision to thoroughly consider the request. This thorough process shows the seriousness the Bank attaches to the request, and will hopefully contribute to a positive outcome that will serve the interest of justice and millions of Nigerians who want to know about disbursement of Abacha loot.”

SERAP had pursuant to the World Bank’s Access to Information Policy approved by the Board on June 30, 2005, sent an access to information request on 21 September 2015 to Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group urging him to “exercise the Bank’s prerogative to release documents relating to spending of recovered assets stolen by Late General Sani Abacha”.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

UN Lauds Buhari Over Fight Against Boko Haram

The United Nations has commended the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for its achievement in the fight against terrorism.

The message was conveyed by Mr. Weixiong Chen of the UN Counter Terrorism Centre who led a delegation to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Dr Peter Ekpendu.

Mr Chen praised the government and the Nigeria Prisons Service for the
“appreciable success that has been recorded in the counter-terrorism, reformation and rehabilitation drive of the prisons service through the support of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), European Union and other development partners."

He pledged to seek logistical and infrastructural support from international donors for the prison service so as to sustain the gains so far made.

The Comptroller General thanked the UN team for their effort in helping Nigeria to combat violent extremism which he said has redefined the country's security architecture.

He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his support for the de-radicalization of terrorists in prison custody.

Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Offers Cars To Low Income Earners

Peugeot Automobile Nigeria, PAN has designed a scheme to help medium and low income earners purchase Peugeot cars and pay in installments.

To give effect to the scheme, PAN, last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on auto loan alliance with the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in Abuja.

The alliance between PAN and FCMB offers Nigerians who wish to own brand new Peugeot cars the opportunity to do so with a monthly payment plan spread out over five years.

Stressing comfort, safety, quality and reliability of Peugeot cars as attested to by users over the last 30 years, the Managing Director of PAN, Mr Ibrahim Boyi said that the alliance with FCMB is aimed at enabling low and medium income earners to own brand new cars.

His words ;
“You can’t take Peugeot off the roads. Some cars produced 30 years ago still ply the roads in Nigeria. This is the quality; this is the heritage we are preaching.

“We offer yet another opportunity with the FCMB for our prospective customers to relive the legacy, heritage and experience of Peugeot cars.

“Our cars today are better. They are modern to meet the developments in the markets.”

The Group Managing Director of the FCMB, who also doubles as the Regional Director, Abuja and North, Mr Olajire Awofisibe, said that the scheme offers Nigerians the opportunity to own brand new cars instead of buying used cars from Europe.

He said that the alliance with Peugeot Automobile is yet another move from the bank which has empowered over 400,000 Nigerians with loans to help more Nigerians own brand new cars.

“Instead of buying fairly used motor vehicles, why don’t you go for new ones at even a better price?’’ he said.

According to Awofisibe, repayment plans depend on model of vehicles chosen and the cash flow of the customer.

He said that the package covers free vehicle registration, free tracking, three years free maintenance service and discounted free insurance premium.

Abuja Chamber Of Commerce Builds Database For SMEs

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd has built a database to help its members and other interested business concerns take advantage of global trends in business development.

The president of the ACCI, Mr Tony Ejinkeonye said this at the Abuja International ICT Conference and Expo 2015. He disclosed that the Chamber will liaise with other chambers across the world to expose its members to contemporary best business practices.

He added that the conference was organized to help members to harness ICT to enhance their businesses.

He said ;

, “You cannot separate business from ICT. Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is a business concern. ICT is a tool for business. We are doing this conference to enhance the business of our members and members of the business community.

“We know that no business can survive without ICT tools. So we have to make the opportunities open to them to realise the potential in aligning their businesses with the latest ICT trends. Look at what is happening to organisations like Jumia and Konga. They don’t have a shop anywhere and yet they record turnovers running in billions.”

Who needs a broken record?

“The opposition seems to have run out of ideas so soon. Daily, we hear the same jaded, hackneyed allegations from them. I think they really are to be pitied. They need help.

“A broken record that repeats itself ceaselessly is of no use than to be thrown away."

This is how the Presidency responded to the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP that the probe of former governor Godswill Akpabio of Cross River State by the EFCC was a ploy by the ruling APC to weaken their party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Now that they have started politicizing corruption. . . It's okay. . .

Naira Loses At The Parallel Market

The Naira on Friday lost N0.5 against the US dollar at the parallel market.

The Nigerian currency ended the day at N225.5 to the dollar as the previous value of N225.

Forex traders attributed the loss to increased demand from businessmen and travellers for the dollar.

Naira Loses At The Parallel Market

The Naira on Friday lost N0.5 against the US dollar at the parallel market.

The Nigerian currency ended the day at N225.5 to the dollar as the previous value of N225.

Forex traders attributed the loss to increased demand from businessmen and travellers for the dollar.

Naira Loses At The Parallel Market

The Naira on Friday lost N0.5 against the US dollar at the parallel market.

The Nigerian currency ended the day at N225.5 to the dollar as the previous value of N225.

Forex traders attributed the loss to increased demand from businessmen and travellers for the dollar.

Soldiers Kill Suicide Bomber At Army Barracks

Nigerian troops on Sunday foiled a suicide bomb attack at an army base in the Northeast of the country.

A source told AFP that the suspected female suicide bomber was shot at when she defied the order of the guards to stop at the gate for security checks.

According to Babakura Kolo, a member of the Civilian JTF,
“Soldiers at Maimalari army barracks this morning (Sunday) foiled a suicide attack by a female bomber.

"The woman approached the barracks around 7:00 am (0600 GMT) and headed towards the gates.  Military guards at the gates shouted at her to stop for security checks but she ignored them and continued walking towards the gates.

“She continued walking with her handbag slung on her shoulder, despite repeated shouts from the soldiers asking her stop.

“One of the soldiers opened fire on the woman and the handbag exploded, blowing the woman to pieces.”

No other casualty was recorded in the incident which the Army described as an attempted suicide attack on the barracks.

Police Recover 81 8 Cattle, Kill 3 Rustlers In Falgore Forest.

The Kano State Police Command has raided the notorious Falgore forest in Tudun Wada local government area of the state.

During the raid, 72 suspected cattle rustlers were arrested while 818 cattle were recovered.

Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammad Katsina disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday, while parading the suspects and the animals at Kwanar Dawaki in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of the state.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, the suspects were also paraded before the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje.

The Commissioner of Police said that In addition to the 818 cattle, the police also recovered a large cache of arms, fake military and police uniforms and  charms used by the suspects.

He said that the police killed three suspected cattle rustlers including the notorious Senegal-born Umaru Dogo Ndaiye who led the raid and sacking of Gidan-Kare village in Sumaila Local Government Area of the state.

He said ;
‘’Ndaiye was gunned down when he engaged our men in a gun battle who were on special duty at Falgore forest by Gazobi village.‘’

He later gave up while receiving treatment at the hospital. A revolver pistol and 224 rustled cattle were recovered from him while four other members of his gang were arrested."

He added that two other bandits were also killed during the gun battle while one policeman was injured.

Governor Ganduje who expressed worry about the rising cases of cattle rustling in the state said that the recovered animals would be returned to their rightful owners.

Nigeria To Export 10 Million Tons Of Grains By 2019 - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration's determination to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production. He said that his government plans to achieve the capacity to export 10 million tons of grains and other processed foods annually by 2019.

Buhari said this in a message to the Green River Project, an agricultural initiative sponsored by Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, and its partners, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and Oando, an indigenous oil and gas company.

The message was read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Arc. Sonny S. T. Echono.

The President said that government was returning marketing corporations as the main platform for the raising of 740,000 market-oriented young agricultural entrepreneurs.

He added that government has set up the Youth Employment in Agriculture Program (YEAP) to help 20,000 school leavers and rural youth leaders in each state of the federation and groom 18,500 university graduates into  agribusiness entrepreneurs.

He also said that government plans to inject  a total of 6,000 units of tractors and implements, 15,000 power tillers, 20,000 planting and post harvest equipment to mechanise an estimated 4 million hectares of land nationwide, through the
Agricultural Equipment Hiring Enterprises (AEHEs).

President Buhari noted that
" the Green River Project has become more important at this time in our national life when oil has ceased to become the cash cow of our economy. We have no option than to turn to agriculture.

”Diversification of our economy is no longer something to pay lip service to”, he said.

USA Begins Counter-insurgency Operations In Nigeria

American troops on Saturday began drone surveillance and intelligence gathering operations over Sambisa forest in Northeast Nigeria.

According to AFP, this marks a significant escalation in Washington's contributions to the war against Boko Haram insurgents.

Already, many militants have been sighted in Sambisa forest which is believed to be the fortress for Boko Haram.

Reports have it that about 145 of the 300 military personnel promised by President Barack Obama to Cameroon have arrived the country.

LEADERSHIP reports that the
US drone base in Cameroon will provide intelligence support to the multi national coalition fighting Boko Haram, the radical Islamist group that seeks to carve a separate state for itself out of Nigeria .

The drone base in Cameroon is reported to be the thirteenth surveillance base established by the United States in Africa. In West Africa, there are U.S. surveillance facilities in Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, and  Cameroon.

Akpabio : EFCC To Quiz Akwa Ibom, Bank Officials Over N108.1b Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has penciled down some staff of the Akwa Ibom State government for questioning over the alleged misappropriation of N108.1b by former governor Godswill Akpabio.

Also to be questioned are officials of the banks which Akpabio allegedly used for the unlawful deals.

The anti graft agency had on Saturday grilled ex-Governor Akpabio for several hours for the second day running over his alleged misuse of government funds while in office.

THE NATION reports that Akpabio arrived the Abuja Headquarters of the EFCC at about 11.45am and was still there after 7pm.

He was reportedly accompanied by his attorney, Mr Ricky Tarfa, SAN, and two other friends, Wole Arisekola and Segun Odubela.

An official of the EFCC told newsmen ;

“We are going to interrogate some officials of Akwa Ibom State Government and a few banks.

“Some of these officials were named in the petition by a lawyer-activist, Mr. Leo Ekpenyong.”

Ekpenyong had alleged in his petition that Akpabio fraudulently diverted state funds while serving as governor.

His words ;
“Between January –December 2014, it is on record that the trio of Godswill Akpabio and two others made illegal but substantial withdrawals of cash from a designated state government-owned account with Zenith Bank with account number: 1010375881 amounting to N22.1 billion.

“It is worthy of note that reasons for such ungodly cash withdrawals against financial regulations and due process laws range between sundry use and unjustifiable expenditures by Godswill Akpabio and his numerous surrogates and proxies.

“For example, a whopping N18 billion was withdrawn fraudulently from the state FAAC account with the United Bank for Africa in tranches of N10 million and above by Mr. Isobara in a surreptitious manner to conceal their dishonest intention.

“The cumulative aggregate of these monies stolen by Godswill Akpabio from the coffers of government as pocket money is the annual budget of some states in Nigeria put together.”

The Nation

Saturday, 17 October 2015

2015 Hajj Tragedy Deadliest Ever

According to figures collated by AFP from various governments across the globe on the number of their pilgrims killed in this year's Saudi Arabia Hajj stampede, the 2015 Hajj tragedy has become the deadliest in the history of the annual event.

With the death toll at 1748, the 2015 Hajj tragedy has surpassed the previous highest toll of 1426 recorded in the tunnel stampede of the 1990 Hajj.

See the breakdown of the death toll from the 2015 Hajj tragedy as collated by AFP from foreign governments.

- Iran: 464 dead

- Egypt: 177 dead

- Nigeria: 145 dead

- Indonesia: 129 dead

- India: 101 dead

- Pakistan: 87 dead

- Bangladesh: 79

- Cameroon: 76 dead

- Niger: 72 dead

- Senegal: 61 dead

- Mali: 60 dead

- Chad: 52 dead

- Benin: 34 dead

- Morocco: 36 dead

- Ethiopia: 31 dead

- Sudan: 30 dead

- Algeria: 28 dead

- Burkina Faso: 22 dead

- Ivory Coast: 14 dead

- Libya: 10 dead

- Somalia: 8 dead

- Tunisia: 7 dead

- Kenya: 6 dead

- Ghana: 5 dead

- Mauritius: 5 dead

- Tanzania: 4 dead

- Burundi: 1 dead

- Iraq: 1 dead

- Jordan: 1 dead

- Netherlands: 1 dead

- Oman: 1 dead.

Source: AFP

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