Saturday, 30 April 2016

Northern governors' defense of Fulani herdsmen: what other Nigerians are saying.

The decision by the 19 governors of Northern states under the umbrella of the Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF to take sides with Fulani herdsmen has touched on raw nerves in other parts of the country.

The NSGF had after its meeting in Kaduna on Friday taken exception to the labeling of Fulanis as criminals following repeated destruction of farmlands, houses and killings by herdsmen in their host communities in the North Central, South South, South West and South East regions of Nigeria.

The Northern governors had said that it was an insult to label Fulanis criminals for criminal activities committed by herdsmen.

Reacting to the position of the NSGF, Afenifere, a pan Yoruba socio-cultural organization told the 19 Northern states governors to bury their heads in shame for tacitly supporting the criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen.

Here is a statement issued by Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin on Saturday.

“It (the northern governors’ position) is a sign of unfeeling, uncaring for any group today to come out and say that those who have been causing problems and killing people in the Middle Belt and the South are not Fulani herdsmen. They have killed in Agatu land, Enugu; a traditional ruler was killed in Delta State; they killed Chief Olu Falae’s guard and also kidnapped Chief Falae himself. For some people to gather and call themselves northern governors, and have no sympathy for lives than to be defending the Fulani herdsmen, shows clearly that it is a tragedy of monumental proportion to be in the same country with these elements. You also begin to wonder if the blood of human beings runs in their veins because anybody that has human blood running in his veins will not come and say that Fulani herdsmen are not responsible. What nonsense.

“I think the northern governors should bury their heads in shame. I do not think they are fit to be in the comity of civilized human beings. If the attackers are not Fulani herdsmen, where have they struck in the North-West? Why are their activities only in the Middle Belt and in the South? That is the question these northern governors should answer. When militants were blowing up pipelines in the South-South, were they not called Niger Delta militants? Do they want us to call them Yoruba herdsmen?”

In its reaction, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC described the position of the Northern governors as a tacit support for Fulani herdsmen terrorism.

“The statement by the northern governors is disappointing and a tacit support for criminality and the ongoing Fulani herdsmen terrorism.

“If they are interested in peace in Nigeria, they ought to be more concerned about the implication of the activities of the Fulani herdsmen rather than a perceived insult on the Fulani race.

“The IYC condemns the stand taken by the northern governors and calls on southern leaders to brace up for the challenges ahead.

“Furthermore, we wish to state that part of the reason Boko Haram grew to become a national problem was the tacit support given to them by northern political leaders and this Fulani herdsmen terrorism is taking the same pattern; hence it must be taken seriously,” said IYC spokesman Eric Omare in a chat with Vanguard.

Fight corruption but remember the economy, Murray-Bruce advises Buhari

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East) got on his Twitter handle on Saturday to drop a bit of advice for President Buhari.

Ben Murray-Bruce
@benmurraybruce
I admire President Buhari for fighting corruption. Yet in doing that, he mustn't forget our priority: Security for Nigeria and the economy

Enugu killings: Twitter user carpets Gov Ugwuanyi for Abuja visit

Citizen Uche is not happy with Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for his recent visit to President Buhari in Abuja and he took to Twitter to express his disappointment.

Uche Chuta
@nnabros
If I was governor and "herdsmen" had just killed people of my state, I won't come to Abuja for photo ops with Buhari but I'm just Uche ...

Saraki in Delta State to condole with Senator Nwabuoshi (Photo)

Senate President, Bukola Saraki was in Delta State on Friday on a condolence visit to Senator Nwabuoshi who recently lost his father.

Saraki at Ekweremadu's book launch (Photo)

Photo of President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki at dinner for the launch of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu's book 'Who Will Love My Country'

Army set to dislodge Boko Haram from Sambisa forest

Nigerian troops are all set to dislodge Boko Haram terrorists and destroy all their camps and hideouts in the Sambisa forest.

The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mansur Dan’ali, told newsmen during an inspection tour of the under-construction Army barracks in Gusau on Saturday, that soldiers were about to invade the forest and clear it of all the insurgents terrorizing the Northeast.

He noted that the present administration has made immense impact on the war against terrorism and cattle rustling.

”We have been working seriously, going round the world, collaborating with other countries in fighting terrorism at the national, regional and international levels,’’ he said.

He added that the new barracks which would be completed in the next three months is a proof of President Buhari’s commitment to the welfare of the military.

”You know, President Muhammadu Buhari is seriously concerned about the welfare of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies as we have noticed from the attention given to them lately."

NAN

Ezekwesili advises Buhari: Your economic policies are opaque and archaic

Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education has picked holes in President Muhammadu Buhari's economic policies.

Likening Buhari's present economic policies to what he offered during his stint as military Head of State between 1984 and 1985, Ezekwesili described them as opaque and archaic.

The ex-Minister who spoke at The Platform, an annual public policy forum presently going on in Abuja said that Buhari’s policies are hurting the poor and vulnerable people they are supposed to help.

She noted that the command and control economic policy which did not work for Buhari in 1984 would also not work in 2016.

“During that era, inflation spiralled. During that era, jobs were lost. During that era, the economic growth level dipped.

“That era wasn’t the best of eras in economic progress.

“What did not work in 1984 cannot possibly be a solution in a global economy that’s much more integrated.

“In over one year, the president is still holding to the premise that command and control is the only way out. In a year we have lost the single digits inflation status we maintained in past administrations,” she said.

Ezekwesili also faulted Buhari's foreign exchange policies which she said are killing local industries.

“The president comes into this economic philosophy on the premise that he does not want the poor to suffer. I can relate to that, a leader must, especially a leader who knows that most of his votes came not from the elite but from the poor.

“The problem though is that the intention and the outcome are diverged.

“The weakest and the most vulnerable suffer the impact of inflation the most. Enormous power is being abused as a result of opaque economic policies.

“Companies are suddenly finding themselves unable to produce because they’re unable to access foreign exchange.

“Mr. President should sit with his team and look at the economic evidence that speaks loudly. It’s time to sit back and review the well-intended idea of command and control economic principle," she concluded.

Police denies ordering arrest of petrol hawkers

Police authorities have issued a clarification on Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase's order on the arrest of illegal sellers of petroleum products.

Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olabisi Kolawole made the clarification in a statement she issued in Abuja on Saturday.

“Further to the Nigeria Police Force directives on the activities of unscrupulous elements who engage in illegal sale of petroleum products, there is need to make some clarification that the directive was specifically targeted at those who are involved in hoarding and diverting the petroleum products.

“However, those with genuine intention to use the products for their legal and genuine business are allowed to purchase the products,” she said.

The police warned that every effort would be made to checkmate those who have been inflicting suffering on Nigerians.

Fulani not responsible for killings by herdsmen - Northern governors

The 19 governors from the northern states under the umbrella of the Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF have decried the labeling of Fulanis as the brains behind atrocities being committed by herdsmen across the country.

The Chairman of the NSGF and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima said after a meeting of the forum in Kaduna on Friday that it is an insult to consider criminals as Fulani.

“We want to unequivocally condemn the recent killings in Enugu and other parts of the country. But we equally condemn the politicization or permit me, the ‘ethinicisation’ of the whole crisis.

“It goes beyond Fulani. If anything happens, they say Fulani herdsmen. To me, it is an insult.

“Kidnapping in this country originated in the Southeast, were they called Igbo kidnappers? We have a great national challenge and we want to call on all and sundry to come and let us solve our common challenges as a people, because the blood of paternity that binds us together supersedes whatever differences that might divide us,” he said.

El-Rufai set to end kidnapping in Kaduna

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed his determination to ensure the safety of lives and property in Kaduna State by putting an end to the rampant kidnappings in the state.

During a town hall meeting in Kachia, Kachia Local Government Area of the state on Saturday, El-Rufai said the frequent abductions in the state have been giving his administration sleepless nights.

“We have put in place as part of our statutory function, security measure to put an end to the menace once and for all,’’ he said.

He added that a kidnap kingpin was recently arrested by police in the state while several arms were recovered from his gang.

Friday, 29 April 2016

PINE donates relief materials to Borno IDPs in Taraba

The Presidential Initiative for the North East, PINE, has donated relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs from Borno State being camped at different locations in Taraba State.

The materials were received on behalf of the displaced persons by Gov Darius Ishaku from the Secretary of PINE, Alhaji Umar Gulani,

Gulani assured the IDPs of Federal Government's commitment to put an end to insurgency and communal clashes across the country to enable them return to their communities.

"The materials we have brought for you today are meant to alleviate your sufferings at the moment.

"Government is working tirelessly to put an end to all forms of insurgency and crisis across the country so that you go back home.

"I, therefore, urge you to be at peace with your host community and among yourselves as a mark of appreciation and support to government’s efforts."

The relief materials according to News Agency of Nigeria included bags of maize, beans, millet,  mattresses, buckets, plastic cups and cartons of soap.

Buhari receives Gov Ambode in Abuja (Photo)

Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode was at the State House, Abuja on Friday on a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He lauded Buhari on his purposeful leadership, especially his recent trip to China where he secured investment agreements worth over $6b.

Ambode said the agreements would benefit Lagos especially as regards the Lagos-Kano rail line and the Lagos metro project.

FRSC personnel conducting tyre watch at Banex Junction, Abuja (Photos)

Men of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC on Friday 29 April conducted a tyre watch at Banex Junction in Wuse area of Abuja.

The Corps used the occasion to call for a change of attitude among Nigerians on the use of expired tyres.

Referees chairman wants foreign coach for Super Eagles

Owing to what he described as the failure of Nigerian coaches to separate coaching from business, the President of the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, Tade Azeez has advised the Nigeria Football Federation to hire a foreign coach to rebuild the Super Eagles.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in a telephone chat that a foreign coach is the only way forward for the NFF.

"If the board believes they can get a foreigner that will work very well and they know that they have a way of paying the salaries without affecting them, I support the agitation for a foreign coach.

"This is because our indigenous coaches cannot separate their coaching abilities from business.

"They are all businessmen, who have interest in one player or the other and because they want to make money, they force such players on Nigerians.

"That has been the problem with them. They are not after the best players representing us and I think as professionals, they should be able to differentiate between coaching and business. I doubt if any of them can do that,’’ he said.

The Super Eagles have not had a substantive coach since the shock resignation of Sunday Oliseh on February 26, 2016.

Federal government must take action to disarm cattle rearers - Murray-Bruce

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East) has called on the Federal Government to disarm cattle rearers in the country.

He said while speaking on the floor of the Senate in the wake of Monday's killings at Nimbo community in Enugu State that if the activities of Fulani herdsmen were the checked, the situation could lead to reprisals and ultimately plunge the country into war.

"That day is here and that day is now when retaliation begins. The civil war was fought in a conventional fashion with one army facing another army.

"You are going to have a guerrilla warfare; it is not a war anybody can win; it will cause a destruction of Nigeria.

"We must urge the Nigerian government to take action to disarm cattle rearers.

"As far as I am concerned you need a license to own a gun; nobody has a right to own a gun without a license.

"This is a very serious issue. Motion after motion has been presented here. From the North, from the South, from the East to the West, everybody is affected.

"What is going to happen now people are going to read religion and ethnicity into this fight.

"Once that happens illiterates who do not have the knowledge that we have will start retaliating and that day is now,” he warned.

Fleeing terrorists: Senate invites security chiefs for update.

Following a motion by Sen. Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) on the recent attack on Nimbo Community in Enugu State by armed Fulani herdsmen, the Senate has summoned the nation's security chiefs to brief it on the activities of terrorists fleeing the Northeast.

Sen. Utazi had raised a point of order to make the subject matter an issue of public concern with a seven-prayer motion.

"There is wide spread fear of more attacks as there have been recurring attacks on communities in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area.

"About three months ago, a neighbouring community to Nimbo was attacked, scores of people killed, houses, barns, farm produce set ablaze.

"The regularity and audacity of these attacks has become a pattern and the whole people of Uzo-Uwani are facing a clear danger of extermination.

"I am worried that Boko Haram terrorists fleeing the sustained onslaught of the military in the North East, may be fleeing South West massing around communities and wreaking havoc on their way.

"We are witnessing terrorism in the southern part of Nigeria beginning with the South East.

"By some reports, herdsmen attacks killed about 80 people in 2013 and by 2014 it had risen to 1229," he said, urging the Federal Government to urgently check the activities of herdsmen.

Giwa FC in fresh trouble, fined N3.65m

The League Management Company, LMC has imposed an additional fine of N3.65m on Giwa Football Club for failing to honor its rescheduled week 11 Premier League game against Rangers International FC in Abuja.

An analysis of the new fine shows that Giwa would pay a penalty of N2m to LMC for failing to show up in Abuja for the match against Rangers,N1m to Rangers to offset their bills and N650,000 to the match officials in accordance with Rule B (13.25) of the laws governing the league.

The club had previously been fined N6.5m for crowd trouble and banished to Ilorin for her next three home games.

Giwa FC in fresh trouble, fined N3.5m

The League Management Company, LMC has imposed an additional fine of N3.65m on Giwa Football Club for failing to honor its rescheduled week 11 Premier League game against Rangers International FC in Abuja.

An analysis of the new fine shows that Giwa would pay a penalty of N2m to LMC for failing to show up in Abuja for the match against Rangers,N1m to Rangers to offset their bills and N650,000 to the match officials in accordance with Rule B (13.25) of the laws governing the league.

The club had previously been fined N6.5m for crowd trouble and banished to Ilorin for her next three home games.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Buhari assures of task force to patrol Gulf of Guinea

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that plans are underway to raise a multilateral task force to patrol the Gulf of Guinea.

Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adeshina said that Buhari gave the assurance during a meeting with the French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian in Abuja.

He said that Buhari thanked the French government for assisting his administration in its efforts to end Boko Haram insurgency.

“When we got into office in May last year, Boko Haram was effectively controlling at least 14 local government areas. But now, it is no longer so, and they have resorted to attacking soft targets with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

“We are determined to secure all of our territories effectively. We are doing our best and our troops are now operating in the Sambisa Forest,” he said.

Le Drian who noted that all terrorists are common enemies of the free world promised France's continued support for Nigeria's fight against terrorism.

Enugu Gov Ugwuanyi smiles as he's condoled by Buhari on herdsmen attacks (Photos) .

President Muhammadu Buhari conveyed his condolences to the government and people of Enugu State on Thursday when he received  Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at the Statehouse, Abuja.

More than fifty persons were killed and many houses burnt down when armed Fulani herdsmen attacked some communities in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on Monday.

See photos below.

Boko Haram: Army reacts to stories of disquiet in the war front

RE:DISQUIET IN THE WAR FRONT AS SOLDIERS COMPLAIN OF UNPAID ALLOWANCE

The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to some stories going round the media circles with the title “Disquiet in the war front as soldiers complain of unpaid allowance” alleging that there was problem in the Nigerian Army due to non-payment of allowances to some soldiers serving in the North East.

In particular, they were alleging non-payment of outstanding peacekeeping operations allowance of troops that served in Guinea Bissau under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States and operation allowances to some troops in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, among others.

The issues contained in such publications are not true nor correct. While some media treated the matter professionally, giving the military benefit of doubt and sought to know the truth, while others mischievously went to town with the false story without recourse to ethics of the profession and bothering to find out from the military.

The effort of the former is quite commendable and really appreciated, while that of the latter is quite unfortunate.

For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to inform the public that the issue of non-payment of peacekeeping operations allowance is a minor internal military administrative matter which was treated and resolved accordingly and has no bearing on the fight against terrorism and insurgency as they mischievously alleged.

It should be reiterated that the alleged non-payment of operations allowance among the returnee peacekeepers was due to administrative hitches which was solved to the point that all outstanding peacekeeping operations have been paid and the last batch payment was done last Tuesday.

As regards to payment of operations allowances, it is borne out of deliberate mischief and failure to comply with the new measures aimed at ensuring probity and accountability in the Service. All officers and soldiers are now paid their operations allowance directly into their account.

All those that did not receive theirs was due to non-compliance with the directive of giving correct account details or duplication of names due to recent postings. This has been explained to all those affected and efforts were on to rectify same shortly.

We wish to state further that those soldiers involved or complaint to the media are very few compared to the soldiers in the operation area who are working assiduously to finally clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.

Majority of our troops have been receiving their allowances regularly. The very few indiscipline ones cannot be used to distract us, neither should they be used as yardstick to measure troops general well being and performance.

Already issues relating to troops welfare have been of utmost priority to Mr President and the Army leadership is doing everything possible to ensure troops' high morale.

We would like to once again thank those responsible media outfits that showed understanding and maturity in reporting issues of national defence and security professionally.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations

France to help Nigeria increase military capabilities

France on Thursday in Abuja promised to help Nigeria increase its military capabilities in order to contain security threats around its territory in the Gulf of Guinea and the Sahel region.

The promise was announced In a communique read by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Amb. Danjuma Sheni at the end of the maiden meeting of the
France-Nigeria High Defence Committee.

"Deliberations focused on areas of mutual interest aimed at strengthening the cordial bilateral relations between both countries on security and defence.

"Accordingly, discussions were held in four thematic areas; strategic dialogue, military technical cooperation, intelligence and equipment procurement.

"To this end, the regeneration of the Lake Chad for the economic enhancement of the people in that region was stressed, the meeting also considered the need for increased support for the Multinational Joint Task Force as well as security of the geo-strategic Gulf of Guinea.

"In the area of Military Technical Cooperation, the meeting identified training programmes for the Armed Forces of Nigeria, equipping of the Special Forces and Special Boat Services.

"At the end of the deliberations, the High Defence Committee endorsed Joint Border Exercises proposal by the EFS for the third quarter of 2016 in Nigeria with the view to strengthening cooperation between neighboring Armed Forces and prevent threats of terrorism in the region.

"Agreed that France will assist in the analysis of Boko Haram recovered assets and share the products of the analysis with the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

"Agreed in promoting multi-lateral intelligence sharing in support of the Multi National Joint Task Force.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the France-Nigeria High Defence Committee was one of the fruits of President Buhari's last visit to France.

NYSC set to deploy medical personnel to IDP camps

In its effort to support government in helping Internally Displaced Persons, the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC plans to deploy medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals to IDP camps across the country.

The newly appointed The Director General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen. Sule Kazaure, disclosed this in Yola on Thursday while flagging-off the NYSC intervention programme at Damare IDP camp.

"This programme, which is designed to bring succour to the inmates in this centre, is also intended to compliment government’s efforts towards provision of the welfare needs of members of IDPs nationwide.

"The scheme, therefore, will deploy the services of corps professionals such as medical doctors, nurses, pharmacist, etc to the centres to assist Federal Government in the provision of medical and other sundry needs of the IDPs.

"Specifically corps members will be participating in medical outreaches, environmental sanitation, educational intervention and general awareness creation on healthy living," he said

He also enjoined well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to support government in rehabilitating IDPs in the country.

NFF shares throwback photo of Kelechi Iheanacho

The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF just tweeted this throwback photo of Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho representing Imo State in a tournament.

The NFF
@thenff
Super throwback of our rising
@67Kelechi representing Imo state in a junior tournament
#ThrowbackThursday #Iheanacho

May day: FG declares Monday a work free day

To commemorate this year's workers day celebration, the Federal Government has declared Monday May 2 a public holiday.

In this regard, Interior Minister , Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) has congratulated Nigerian Workers for their resilience, hard work and commitment to the change agenda of the Buhari administration, despite the prevailing challenges.

He urged Nigerians to continue to support the President in his quest to "fight corruption, ensure security of lives and property and stabilize the economy through creation of jobs and diversification of the economy."

See faces of Boko Haram leaders caught while fleeing Sambisa (Photos)

These unrepentant and hardened insurgents which include Musa Kalile Sabakara (an Ameer), Babagana John (an informant and also seller of foodstuffs), Isah Abakar (an Ameer) and Usman Abasa, (who specializes on cattle rustling and selling of food stuffs), as well Bukar Gujja (a tailor who prepare clothes for the terrorists) and Bukar Kahalifa (also a tailor who prepares the dress for the Boko Haram terrorists were arrested by troops on Thursday after they sneaked into Kala Balge from Sambisa forest.

Troops capture Boko Haram logistics personnel, recover vehicles, foodstuff (Photos)

Troops raided a Boko Haram logistics base in Dikwa on Wednesday.

The raid led to the arrest of five terrorists (3 adults and 2 minors) and recovery of 1 truck, 2 Golf cars painted in mud, 4 bicycles and 3 x 5kva power generating sets, as well as 55 bags of corn.

The minors were dressed in Boko Haram's new uniform.

This gallant soldier died defending Naija from Boko Haram (Photo)

His was known as Abdul Jalal according to a tweet by someone who knew him

He made the ultimate sacrifice for defending the country from terrorists when he got hit by a BH landmine in the Northeast.

RIP gallant soldier.

NYSC begins intervention program in Adamawa State IDP camps (Photo)

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig Gen Sule Kazaure this Thursday, kicked off the intervention program of the NYSC at Internally Displaced Persons camps in Adamawa State.

Soyinka on Buhari's handling of herdsmen attacks

Literary icon and Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka is not convinced that the Buhari administration has any solution to the rampant attacks by Fulani herdsmen across the country.

Here is what he said.
“I have yet to hear this government articulate a firm policy of non-tolerance for the serial massacres that have become the nation’s identification stamp.

“I have not heard an order given that any cattle herders caught with sophisticated firearms be instantly disarmed, arrested, placed on trial, and his cattle confiscated. The nation is treated to an eighteen-month optimistic plan which, to make matters worse, smacks of abject appeasement and encouragement of violence on innocents.

“When I read a short while ago, the Presidential assurance to this nation that the current homicidal escalation between the cattle prowlers and farming communities would soon be over, I felt mortified.

“He had the solution, he said. Cattle ranches were being set up, and in another 18 months, rustling, destruction of livelihood and killings from herdsmen would be ‘a thing of the past’. 18 months, he assured the nation. I believe his Minister of Agriculture echoed that later, but with a less dispiriting time schema.

“Neither, however, could be considered a message of solace and reassurance for the ordinary Nigerian farmer and the lengthening cast of victims, much less to an intending tourist to the Forest Retreat of Tinana in the Rivers, the Ikogosi Springs or the moslem architectural heritage of the ancient city of Kano."

Military fears herdsmen attacks may assume Boko Haram dimension.

The military has expressed fears that attacks by Fulani herdsmen on host communities could assume the dimension of Boko Haram insurgency if not checked.

The Head, Defence Headquarters Committee on Persistent Clashes between Herdsmen and Farmers, Maj. Gen. Edward Nze expressed this concern during a courtesy visit to the Acting Governor of Benue State, Benson Abounu at the Government House in Makurdi.

Nze later told newsmen that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, was worried that the activities of herdsmen have become a threat to national security.

He added that his committee would be proceeding to Enugu State after assessing the Benue situation.

How former Defence chief bought N320m house for son in Abuja

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has been told how a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh allegedly used public funds to acquire a 320 million naira mansion for his 28 years old son in Abuja.

Air Commodore Aliyu Yishau, Rtd, told the court that he was the Director of Finance and Accounts of the Nigeria Air Force when Badeh was the Chief of Air Staff between September 2012 and December 2013.

Yishau was testifying as prosecution witness PW1 in the trial of Badeh who is being prosecuted on a 10-count charge of breach of trust and corruption for allegedly stealing about N3.97 billion from NAF’s account.

Under cross-examination by Badeh’s lawyer, Akin Olujinmi SAN, Yishau said the N320 million house was the second  such property acquired in Wuse 2, Abuja by the former Chief of Defence Staff for his children, having earlier on acquired house No 19, Kumasi Crescent, Wuse II,   for his first son, Alex Badeh Jnr at N260 million.

He added that N60m was spent in renovating the house while a further N90m was expended on furnishing.

Explaining how he came about the information, the witness said he always went to Badeh's house to collect cash for the transactions.

“I collected the money from the 1st defendant’s (Badeh’s) residence. I took it to my house and asked them to come and collect it. I took the money to his house and he asked me to remove the equivalent of N260 million to pay for the house. I deducted the N260 million equivalent from the normal monthly N558.2 million I took to him.

“He  always authorised the deduction for payment whenever I took the monthly money to him. I did not give the house renovation job to Salau. I paid N60 million for the renovation of the house based on the instruction of my boss, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh,” he said.

Explaining how he paid for the furniture at No:19 Kumasi Crescent, Yishau said:
“When I received instruction from my boss, I directed my office at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters to liaise with Alex Badeh Jr and effect the payment of the N90 million.

“In my statement to the EFCC, I said the 1st defendant has two property in Wuse 2 that cost N260 million and N320 million. The house that cost N320 million is the house adjacent to No. 19 Kumasi Crescent, which was purchased from Honourable Bature.

“That was the one purchased for the last son of the 1st defendant, by name Kam. I cannot remember the address, but can identify it,” he said.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Police recruitment: 806,646 apply for 10,000 vacancies

According to an update issued by the Police Service Commission, PSC in Abuja on Wednesday,  806,646 people have so far applied for the 10,000 vacancies in the Nigeria Police Force.

The update was contained in a statement issued by the Head of Press and Public Relations Unit, PSC, Mr Ikechukwu Ani.

“As at 9:35am on Wednesday April 27, 2016, 806,646 applicants have submitted applications.

“A breakdown shows that 232,857 applied as ASPs, 190,415 as Inspectors and 383,374 as Constables.

"Submission of forms ends on the May 13, 2016, thereby giving applicants six weeks," he said.

The PSC disclosed that although application is free and online, there have been reports of fraudsters trying to swindle applicants in the guise of helping them obtain the forms or secure recruitment into the force.

The Chairman of the PSC, Mr Mike Okiro has however pledged to ensure a transparent recruitment exercise. He also warned his personnel against receiving bribe from applicants.

“I am aware of the pressure from applicants but workers should rise above board and protect the integrity and sanctity of the exercise,” he said.

Police recruitment: 806,646 apply for 10,000 vacancies

According to an update issued by the Police Service Commission, PSC in Abuja on Wednesday,  806,646 people have so far applied for the 10,000 vacancies in the Nigeria Police Force.

The update was contained in a statement issued by the Head of Press and Public Relations Unit, PSC, Mr Ikechukwu Ani.

“As at 9:35am on Wednesday April 27, 2016, 806,646 applicants have submitted applications.

“A breakdown shows that 232,857 applied as ASPs, 190,415 as Inspectors and 383,374 as Constables.

"Submission of forms ends on the May 13, 2016, thereby giving applicants six weeks," he said.

The PSC disclosed that although application is free and online, there have been reports of fraudsters trying to swindle applicants in the guise of helping them obtain the forms or secure recruitment into the force.

The Chairman of the PSC, Mr Mike Okiro has however pledged to ensure a transparent recruitment exercise. He also warned his personnel against receiving bribe from applicants.

“I am aware of the pressure from applicants but workers should rise above board and protect the integrity and sanctity of the exercise,” he said.

You're not alone: APC chieftains storm tribunal for Saraki (Photos)

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC Timi Frank and Kawu Baraje were at the Code of Conduct Tribunal to lend their support to Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki who is being tried for false and anticipatory declaration of assets.

Frank, Baraje and Saraki have something in common. They all decamped from PDP to APC.

Buhari orders arrest of Fulani herdsmen behind Enugu killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police and other security chiefs to hunt down the herdsmen behind the killings on Monday at Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Buhari’s order was conveyed in his address delivered by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the public presentation of  Senator Ike Ekweremadu's book,  "Who will love my country: Ideas for building the Nigeria of our dream’’ in Abuja on Wednesday.

The full text of the statement containing Buhari’s directive on the Enugu massacre is reproduced below.

" Following continuing reports of attacks by “herdsmen” on communities across the country, particularly Monday’s attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State, President Muhammadu Buhari assures all Nigerians, once again, of his administration’s continued commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property in all parts of the country.

"President Buhari unreservedly condemns the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.

"Acting on the president’s directive, the Inspector-General of Police and heads of the nation’s other security agencies are already taking urgent steps to fully investigate the attacks, apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

"Ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons is now a priority on the Buhari Administration’s agenda for enhanced national security and the armed forces and police have clear instructions to take all necessary action to stop the carnage.

"In keeping with the president’s directive, the inspector-general of police, the general officer commanding the 82nd Division of the Nigerian Army, and the director of the Department of State Security in Enugu State have visited Ukpabi Nimbo to personally oversee investigations into the attack on the community and ongoing efforts to apprehend the culprits.

"Meanwhile, President Buhari is scheduled to meet with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi later today to receive further briefing on the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and discuss additional measures to forestall similar attacks and restore public confidence.

"The president urges all Nigerians to remain calm and assured of his administration’s readiness to deploy all required personnel and resources to remove this new threat to the collective security of the nation."

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