Latest news in nigeria archive (March 3 – 11, 2017)

NEMA Deploys Rescue Helicopter, Ambulances to Kaduna

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has deployed a rescue helicopter, three (3) Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Ambulances and three (3) Rapid Intervention Vehicles to Kaduna State to join other stakeholders in providing support for Emergency operations in the State, following the closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The helicopter is to be used for medical patrol while the three MICU ambulances with the Rapid Intervention Vehicles are stationed along Jere and Katari Towns, Kaduna-Abuja road and Kaduna International Airport.

REPENTANT ARMED BANDITS AND VIGILANTES SURRENDER WEAPONS TO TROOPS OF I DIVISION NIGERIAN ARMY

Following the peace initiative by the Zamfara state government together with 1 Division Nigerian Army which started in 2016, repentant armed bandits and livestock rustlers have continued to surrender their weapons to the military in the State.

On Wednesday 8th March 2017, repentant armed bandits and local vigilante group called “’Yansakai” in Ruwan Tofa, ‘Yar Galadima and Babban Doka in Maru Local Government Area, Danwaren Daji in Tsafe Local Government Area, as well as Mada in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State, handed over large quantities of dangerous arms and ammunition.

These includes 3 AK-47 Rifles, 1 foreign made Pistol, 1,169 Dane Guns, 323 Locally Made Pistols, 54 X Locally Made Revolvers, 102 Locally Made Multi-Barrel Pistols and 22 X Locally Made Double Barrel Rifles.

Yobe Govt Constructs Solar Powered Borehole at Gashua Prison

Yobe State Government has constructed and donated a solar powered borehole at Gashua prison to address water scarcity in the area.

The project would alleviate shortage of portable water being faced by inmates and the communities around the prison.

Commissioning the project, the Commissioner of Water Resources in the state, Engineer Mohammed Suraj Wakil explained that the state governor, Ibrahim Geidam directed the immediate construction of the borehole after being briefed about the challenge and lack of access to clean and portable drinking water.

The Controller of Prisons Yobe State Command, Alhaji Isa Sabo Kashuri who was represented by the officer in charge of Gashua prison, CSP Abdulhameed B Shehu commended the state government for the gesture and promised to manage the borehole effectively.

EFCC Arraigns Suspected Native Doctor for N5.6m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 arraigned one Clement Joseph alias Dr. Omale, before Justice O. A. Otaluka of the FCT High Court sitting in Lugbe, Abuja on a 7-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N5.6million.

Joseph and his accomplices who are currently on the run allegedly connived and fraudulently defrauded one Bola Akintola of the said sum under the pretext of having a mystical power to deliver her of untimely death.

The offence is contrary to Section 8 (a) and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

Particulars of Count Seven of the charge read:
“Clement Joseph (Alias Dr. Omale), Mr. Paul (at large), Mr. Papa (at large), Mr. Ifeanyi (at large) and Mrs. Ments (at large) on or about the 29th day of June 2016 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court with the intent to defraud obtained the sum of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira only) from Mrs. Bola Akintola under the false pretence that you are a native doctor/ herbalist and the money was required for the purchase of materials for the cleansing of blood money contained in a polythene (Ghana Must Go) bag to prevent the untimely death of Mrs. Bola Akintola which representation you knew to be false.”

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, Elizabeth Alabi asked the court to fix a date for trial and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody pending trial.

Justice Otaluka adjourned to March 23, 2017 for commencement of trial.

How Guber Aspirant Received N160m from ONSA – Witness

Mustapha Mohammed, a witness in the trial of a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Haliru Bello and his son, Mustapha Mohammed on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 told Justice A. R Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja how over N160million was paid to Umar Tafida Kebbi, a former governorship aspirant in Kebbi State by former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

Bello and his son are on trial alongside their Company, Bam Project and Properties Limited on a 4-count charge of money laundering preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

They were alleged to have collected N300million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, being part of the funds meant to fight insurgency in the North-East of the country.

Mohammed, a banker with United Bank for Africa, UBA, who was led in evidence by Adebisi Adeniyi, counsel to EFCC, said that, “on March 23, 2015 an inflow of N163,800,000 was made from BAM Projects and Properties Limited to Hijrah Textile Nigeria Limited whose sole signatory was Umar Tafida Kebbi, a former gubernatorial aspirant and a traditional title holder”.

According to him, the balance on the account before the inflow was N25million. He went on to tell the court how N10million was withdrawn in 16 tranches on March 25, 2015 and another N2.8million, all on same day.

Mohammed, who testified as PW4 stated that sometime in November 2015, a letter was sent to the Compliance Unit of UBA from EFCC requesting it to come with some documents regarding Hijrah Textile Nigeria Limited which included account opening package, mandate card, statement of account from January 2011 to December 2015, as well as the instrument used in crediting and debiting the account.

The letter to EFCC Chairman with the attached documents was admitted as Exhibit PL8, while the other letter with instruments used was admitted as Exhibit PL9.

Thereafter, Justice Mohammed adjourned to May 10, 2017 for further hearing.

Absence of Defence Witness Stalls Nyame’s N1.64bn Fraud Trial

The trial of Jolly Nyame, a former governor of Taraba State, who is being prosecuted for a N1.64 billion fraud could not go on, March 8, 2017 as expected as his defence team did not produce its witnesses in court.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Gudu, had on February 14, 2017 dismissed his no-case submission as lacking in merit, and ordered him to begin his defence today.

The trial judge had held that: “Having had a close look at the evidence and exhibits, I hold that this case requires him to provide information and give explanation with regards to evidence presented by the prosecution, and so he is ordered to enter into his defence in the interest of justice.”

At the resumed sitting, Olalekan Ojo, counsel for Nyame, told the court that he had challenges in bringing three witnesses, which the defence had earlier told the court that it intends to call, to testify in defence of Nyame.

“We had conducted conferences with one of the witnesses, but unfortunately, the witness was unable to be here,” he said.

He informed the court that the first defence witness was a police officer from Gombe State, and “we have decided that it will be necessary to have a subpoena served on him in order to compel his presence in court.”

He thereafter, pleaded with the court for an adjournment, as “failure to bring our witnesses to court was not anticipated”.

Justice Banjoko, who had earlier ruled that the trial would be on a day-to-day basis, was however, compelled to adjourn to April 24, 2017.

DHQ Gets New Spokesperson

A new Director Defence information has been appointed. He is Major General John Enenche. He replaced Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar who is now the Director of Information Management in the Department of Civil Military Affairs, Army Headquarters.

Until his appointment as the new Defence Spokesman, Major General Enenche was the Defence Liaison Officer at the Defence Headquarters.

Again, Dariye Loses Bid to Scuttle N1.162bn Fraud Trial

Joshua Dariye, a former Plateau State governor has again lost his bid to scuttle his N1.162 billion fraud trial, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja, on March 6, 2017 threw out his motion seeking for his lordship to be disqualified from the trial.

Dariye, who is facing a 23-count charge for allegedly diverting the state’s Ecological Fund to private companies including Ebenezer Retnan Ventures and Pinnacle Communications Limited, had in January lost in a similar bid, having applied to Justice U.I. Bello, the Chief Judge, CJ of the FCT High Court, accusing the trial judge of “manifest and undisguised bias”, and seeking for the case file to be transferred to another judge.

Oil Theft: Military Destroys 80 Illegal Refineries

Troops of joint operation DELTA SAFE have intensified raids operation against crude oil theft with destruction of 80 illegal refineries across Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States recently.

In Bayelsa state, troops patrol around Obhoyohan and Ngiri Creeks in Nembe Local Government Area discovered and destroyed 7 illegal refineries containing 150,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil. Three suspects were also arrested in connection with the illegalities, and are currently undergoing investigation.

While in Delta State, troops patrol around Sara Abileye Swamp in Warri South West Local Government Area discovered a network of 6 illegal refineries made up of 4 storage tanks, 2 dug out pits filled with products suspected to be stolen crude oil.

Similarly, troops destroyed 9 illegal refineries comprised of 4 ground pits and 3 metal tanks filled with product suspected to be stolen crude oil at Katu near Camp 5 in Warri South West. This is in addition to 7 illegal refineries earlier destroyed around Opunami Creek.

NCC Insists on Quality Service from Telecom Operators

Worried by the degenerating Quality of Service (QoS) provided by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other service providers, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday declared a state of emergency on the Quality of Service.

As part of measures to cushion the situation and ameliorate the recurrent inaccessibility to foreign exchange (forex) by operators, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta yesterday told the operators that the Commission had written to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and he was favourably disposed to addressing the forex needs of the operators.

Court to Rule on Ashinze’s Statement March 21

A Federal High Court in Abuja will on March 21 rule on whether to admit in evidence the statement of Col. Nicholas Ashinze, in a charge brought against him by the Federal Government.

Ashinze was a former aide to ex National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki. He is being prosecuted on corruption related offences by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

At the resumed trial, The EFCC had sought to tender the statement of Ashinze and other document found in his house during a search.

But Ashinze vehemently objected to the admission of the documents on the ground that they were not part of the proof of evidence.

Justice Kolawole has however fixed March 21 to rule on the issue.

Corruption: Court Fixes March 25 for Ex-President’s Physician Fiberesima’s Arraignment

The arraignment of Dr. Fortunate Fiberesima by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Peter O. Affen of the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja earlier scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 could not go on after all.

Justice Affen has fixed March 25, 2017 for the arraignment to hold.

Fiberesima, former Chief Executive Officer, State House Medical Centre, Abuja, is alleged to have Abused his position as the Chief Physician to the President in 2012 to award contracts to a company where he has interests.

EFCC Arraigns Three for N30m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 arraigned the trio of Giwa Useni John, Pius Iorye Uganden and Nancy Uganden before Justice O. A. Otaluka of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court sitting in Lugbe, Abuja on a 5-count charge of bordering on issuance of dud cheque and criminal breach of trust to the tune of N30 million.

John and his co-accused allegedly in 2013 paraded themselves as members of the Federal Government Ad-hoc Committee on the sale of the Federal Government of Nigeria Houses in the FCT with the intention to defraud innocent people of their hard earned money.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The judge, while fixing March 21, 2017 for commencement of trial ordered the defendants to be remanded in Kuje Prison pending perfection of their bail terms.

Breaking: Ex-Governor Bala Ngilari Of Adamawa Jailed five years

A High Court in Yola, Adamawa State has sentenced a former Governor of the state, James Bala Ngilari to five years’ imprisonment without the option of fine.

He was found guilty of corruption charges filed against him in September 2016 by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The court presided over by Justice Nathan Musa, said that the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Ngilari violated the Public Procurement Act of the state by awarding contract for the procurement of 25 vehicles for his commissioners at the cost of N167 million without following due process.

He said Ngilari’s action amounted to executive lawlessness.

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE GRADUATES SUPER MUSHSHAK INSTRUCTOR PILOTS

In continuation of the Chief of Air Staff’s renewed effort to reposition theNigerian Air Force (NAF) into a highly professional force through capacity building initiatives, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated the first set of SuperMushshak Instructor Pilots.

The successful conversion of these pilots will enhancepilot training which will in turn impact positively on operational effectiveness of the NAFespecially in its fight against insurgency and other criminalities within the country.

Explosion Kills 3 Suicide Bombers, Destroys Fuel Tankers in Maiduguri

Three suspected suicide bombers have been killed after one of them detonated an explosive device by a stationed fuel tankers early this morning along Damboa Road Maiduguri.

Two other fuel Tankers were also burnt as a result of the explosion.

The spokesperson to the National Emergency Management Agency *NEMA) North-East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim disclosed that the bodies of the three suicide bombers have been evacuated by emergency workers.

$1.6bn Oil Scam: Diezani’s Ally, Omokore Breached Contractual Agreement – NPDC MD

The managing director, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited, NPDC, Yusufu Matashi, on Thursday, March 2, 2017 told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that his company allocated 7, 553, 733 barrels of crude oil to Atlantic Energy under a Strategic Alliance Agreement (SAA).

He gave this revelation under cross-examination by Lawal Rabana, SAN, representing Jide Omokore who is facing trial alongside Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere, David Mbanefo, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited on a 9-count amended charge of criminal diversion of about $1.6billion alleged to be proceeds of sale of petroleum products belonging to the federal government.

Customs Duty: NCS Gives Deadline for Clearance of Vehicles

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has approved a grace period of one month, between Monday 13th March to Wednesday 12th April 2017 for owners of all vehicles within the Country whose customs duty has not been paid, to do so.

Consequently, all motor dealers and private owners of such vehicles are advised to visit the nearest Customs Zonal Office to pay the appropriate Customs Duty on them.

ENI speaks on $1.6b Malabu oil block, Says No Fraud Was Committed

The Board of Directors of Eni(Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited) yesterday said the transactions which resulted in the auctioning of $1,616,690,656.78 Malabu oil block were not fraudulent.

The oil firm said it based its position on the outcome of forensic investigations into the block.

It disclosed that an independent US law firm conducted the investigations and returned a not guilty verdict.

Pinnacle Trading & Investment Nig. Ltd is NOT EFCC Auctioneer

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission hereby wishes to dissociate itself from the activities of a certain Messrs. Pinnacle Trading & Investment Nig. Ltd. who have been parading themselves as auctioneers purportedly appointed by the Commission to dispose of impounded petroleum products aboard MT Good Success and MT Asteris.

The general public is hereby warned to refrain from engaging in any activity in relation to the auctioning of any vessel or petroleum product on behalf of the Commission, as EFCC has not duly authorized anyone to act on its behalf in that regard.

The sources of the fraudulent letter of engagement being paraded by Messrs. Pinnacle Trading & Investment Nig. Ltd., are currently being investigated, with a view to bringing them to book.

JOINT SECURITY OPERATIONS FOR THE DISMANTLING OF ILLEGAL AND UNLAWFUL SECURITY OUTFITS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

The Nigeria Police Force in joint operations with the Personnel of the Military and Department of State Service commenced yesterday 28th February, 2017, operations to halt and rid the country of illegal/unlawful security outfits constituting National Security Threat and Threat to the protection of life and property of Nigerians across the country.

Credible intelligence reports at the disposal of the Force revealed that some of these illegal Security outfits have started acquiring weapons and conducting covert military training in different locations across the country.

It is evident that in 2013, Federal Republic of Nigeria official Gazette dissolved and proscribed illegal Security outfits such as Nigerian Maritime security Agency (NMSA), Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps and the Nigerian Merchant Navy Petroleum Security and Safety, Peace Corps of Nigeria and other quasi illegal security outfits.

However, it has been observed that Nigerian Maritime Security Agency NMSA, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Maritime Security Agency and National Task Force to Combat Illegal Importation/Smuggling of Arms and Ammunition, Light and Chemical/Weapons are still operating outside their mandates and purposes for which they were registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission.

For avoidance of doubt the Peace Corps of Nigeria under the leadership of one Akor Dickson was registered as an NGO but with brazen impunity, total disregard to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, opened illegal training camps in some States of the Country, where thousands of youths and other persons without proper background check and screening are receiving converts Military training.

It is consequent upon the above and the veracity of intelligence reports from reliable sources, indicating that subversive elements/groups and terrorist affiliates have infiltrated the Peace Corps of Nigeria secretly to ruin and destroy the existing peace currently being enjoyed in the country that the Peace Corps of Nigeria secret training camps were closed down in the FCT, Kwara and Niger States.

During the preliminary investigation into the activities of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, it was discovered that personnel of the Corps are extorting money from unwary youths throughout the Country under the guise of recruitment; amounts ranging from Fifty Thousand Naira (#50,000) to Hundreds of Thousands of Naira are being paid by innocent Nigerians to the Peace Corps of Nigeria. Once you paid the money you are automatically recruited. Anyone who must have paid money under any pretence to the Peace Corps of Nigeria should report their case at the nearest Police Station in where they are across the country.

The Peace Corps of Nigeria has unlawfully turned itself into a security outfit without authorization and establishment by the Federal Government of Nigeria, as such, have deviated from the purposes for which they were registered as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) by the Corporate Affairs Commission.

The Corps has no legal authority to wear uniform, parade itself as Security outfit, post their personnel on guard duties, and use ranking, insignia, badges of rank which are semblance of that of the Police, Military and other paramilitary organizations without the approval of Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Nigeria Police Force and other Security Agencies will not fold their arms and allow lawlessness to be unleashed on the society.

It is in furtherance of the above that the Nigeria Police Force, the personnel of the Military, Department of State Service, had in a joint security operations swooped on the Head office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria on the 28th February, 2017 situated opposite Jabi Lake, Utako District, sealed off the building and effected the arrest of one Mr. Akor Dickson, the Leader of Peace Corps of Nigeria and Forty Nine (49) others (on the attached list) for investigation in the interest of public safety and security. They will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

This joint security operations will be implemented throughout the country to halt the illegal activities of all these proscribed illegal Security outfits such as Nigerian Maritime Security Agency (NMSA), Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps and the Nigerian Merchant Navy Petroleum Security and Safety, Peace Corps of Nigeria and other quasi illegal security groups.

Parents and Guardians are advised to prevail on their children and wards to return home from the illegal military camps opened in some states of the country by the Peace Corps of Nigeria as the activities of the Corps in totality is unlawful.

CSP JIMOH O. MOSHOOD
Force Public Relations Officer

INEC Director Faces Prosecution for N16m Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has concluded arrangements to prosecute a Deputy Director of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC in Akwa Ibom State, and former Electoral Officer in Rivers State, Gogo Anderson Waribo for his alleged collection of N16million from the infamous N23billion Diezani Allison Madueke’s 2015 general election bribery funds.

Waribo was arrested by operatives of the anti-graft agency following intelligence report that some INEC officers conspired with some staff of Fidelity Bank to defraud the Federal Government of several millions of naira.

Although, he has consistently denied involvement in the fraud, investigation revealed that the INEC Deputy Director’s name is on the list of beneficiaries of the money. He is alleged to have received the sum of N16 million through his First Bank account on March 27, 2015. Waribo allegedly gave N5 million from the N16 million to Peter Popnen, an ex- INEC official.

The suspect will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.

EFCC Docks Bauchi Unionists for N217m Loan Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today arraigned the duo of Usman B Abdurahman (KILISHIN DAS ) and Hafizu Dauda of the Bauchi State Judiciary before Justice M. A Sambo of the Bauchi State High Court on a 6-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining of goods under false pretence and presenting false documents.

The suspects who are Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, (AUPCTRE) Judiciary Branch, Bauchi State were arrested following a petition by a top judicial officer in the state, alleging that sometime in 2009 the association entered into contract agreement with De-Damak Nigeria Limited to supply 3,000 unit of motorcycles at the cost of N217,000,000 for distribution to its members, based on management guarantee and irrevocable standing payment order (ISPO) by the High Court of Bauchi State.

But the unionists allegedly diverted many units of the motorcycles and sold them to M. D. Tofa Investment Limited in Kano. It was also discovered that even the few names submitted by the union as beneficiaries of the loan for remittance were fictitious; others were either retired or dead, while majority could not be found in the central data base of the Bauchi State civil Service.

Count two of the charge reads, “ that you USMAN B. ABDURAHMAN and HAFIZU DAUDA, Sometime between October and November 2009 in Bauchi, Bauchi State within the jurisdiction of this High Court ,while being the Secretary and Treasurer, respectively for the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, (AUPCTRE) Judiciary Branch, Bauchi State, and in such capacities did with intent to defraud obtained as loan, 3000 units of motorcycle models AX 100 and CG 125 respectively valued at =N= 217, 000, 000. 00 (Two Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira only), from De-Damak Nig. Ltd under the false pretence that the motorcycles were to be distributed to members of the (AUPCTRE) union which you only utilized part and diverted 1, 170 Units valued at =N= 87, 050, 000. 00 (Eghity Seven Million, Fifty T

Sen. Umaru Dahiru seeks Tambuwal removal, faults APC primary
… Court to Rule on Amendment to the Bid March 10, 2017

The Federal High Court in Abuja will on March 10 give ruling on whether to allow or refuse an application seeking to amend an originating summon pleading for the removal of the Sokoto state governor, Malam Aminu Waziri Tambuwal from office on the account that the primary election of the All Progressive Congress (APC) that produced him for the 2015 governorship election was not validly conducted.

The application filed by Senator Umaru Dahiru, an APC governorship aspirant and argued by his counsel Mr. Ikoro I. Ikoro sought to amend the originating summon filed against the APC, Tambuwal and the Independent National Electoral Commission as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendant respectively before the April 11, 2015 governorship election.

In the amendment been sought, Senator Dahiru is now asking the Federal High Court to remove Governor Tambuwal from office and declare him as the winner of the December 2014 APC Primary Election.



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