Latest news in nigeria today archive (February 18 – 24, 2017)

Court Orders Forfeiture of 17 Vehicles of Ex-Customs Boss to FG

Justice S.M Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna today February 24, 2017 gave an interim order, forfeiting the seventeen vehicles found in the warehouse of former Comptroller General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde, to the Federal Government.

The order was sequel to an ex parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission seeking among others, the forfeiture of the vehicles to the Nigerian Government, pending the conclusion of investigation and determination of the case.

In his ruling, Justice Shuaibu held that “the seventeen (17) vehicles which are now in the custody of the applicant ( EFCC) and as properly described and listed in the schedule marked exhibit EFCC 2 attached to the affidavit in support of the application are hereby forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria in the interim pending conclusion of the investigation.”

Dasuki Asks Court to Consolidate Charges Against Him

Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Mohammed, Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has alleged before an Abuja High Court that the federal government planned to ambush him with double jeopardy in the two criminal charges brought against him at the Federal Capital Territory high court in Abuja and pleaded that the two charges be consolidated in the interest of justice, fair play and due process.

Dasuki who has been illegally detained after being granted multiple bails by courts, said that the federal government in the quest to nail him has engaged in gross abuse of court and legal process by instituting various criminal charges against him on just one issue of the office of the National Security Adviser.

In a fresh motion he filed to challenge the alleged abuse of court process by government, Dasuki said that it was wrong in law and even against natural justice for the government to prosecute him on two different charges on the same alleged arms fund diversion.

In the motion filed by his lead counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu SAN, the ex NSA insisted that the two charges be consolidated by the authorities of the court in the interest of justice in order to rescue him from double jeopardy planned for him by government.

The motion on notice was brought pursuant to sections 6(6)(a); 36(5) & (9) of the 1999 constitution (as amended); section 1(1); 208;396 (3); 491 & 492(3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015; section 25 of the Interpretation Act

Dasuki sought an order of the court consolidating charge no. FCT/HC/CR 2015 between FRN VS COL. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) & 4 others with charge No. FCT/HC/CR/2015 between FRN VS Bashir Yuguda, Col. Mhammed Sabo Dasuki & 4 others.

The ex NSA also applied for an order compelling the Federal Government to amend charge No. FCT/HC/CR 2015 between FRN VS COL. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) & 4 others with charge No. FCT/HC/CR/2015 between FRN VS Bashir Yuguda, Col. Mhammed Sabo Dasuki & 4 others in line with his request for consolidation

He also demanded for another order declaring that the simultaneous prosecution of the two charges against him from one issue is unconstitutional and prejudicial to his right to fair trial and is consequently and abuse of court process.

In a 28 paragraph affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by one Dolapo Kehinde, it was stated that Dasuki is standing trial on two different charges from the same issue of alleged diversion of N51.7B and breach of public trust when he was the NSA.

The deponent claimed that Dasuki will be put to great disadvantage because the trial is constitutionally unfair to subject any person to more than one trial on the same subject matter and that the defendant stand the risk of double jeopardy with trial on two sets of charges which bother on the same set of facts.

It was also claimed that trial on two sets of charges from one issue will bring hardships to the court and Dasuki if the 15 witnesses testify in two different proceedings over the same issue and the same transaction.

The affidavit further claimed that the prosecution will not be prejudiced if the two charges are consolidated but will serve the interest of justice and the effective administration of criminal Justice.

In the alternative, Dasuki prayed that his name be struck out from one of the two charges in the interest of justice.

The others parties in the matter are former Director of Finance and Administration, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shuaibu Salisu; former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Babakusa and two firms: Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

When the matter came up yesterday, Counsel to Dasuki Mr. Ahmed Raji SAN announced that he has a pending motion seeking consolidation of the two charges against his client but the prosecution counsel Mr. Rotimi Jacobs SAN complained that the new motion was to frustrate and delay the trial and urged the court not to entertain demotion.

However, Justice Baba Yusuf said that since the motion has been filed and served it will not serve any purpose for the court to close its eyes on it.

He then adjourned hearing of the motion till March 2, 2017

GOC 7 Division Receives UK Defence Adviser

The Royal British Army has expressed readiness to assist the Nigerian military in training support and capacity building in the effort to bring an end to insurgency in the North East.

The Defence Adviser to the United Kingdom in Nigeria, Brigadier General Charles Calder who assumed duty recently made this known when he paid a courtesy call on the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor

General Charles said that the UK Government will significantly expand its training assistance to all Nigerian Army training institutions.

The Acting GOC commended the UK Government for previous supports and training given by the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT) geared towards capacity building and development of personnel of the Division.

NCS Targets N1.1tr Revenue in 2017

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has charged all Customs Area Controllers (CAC) to ensure strict compliance with extant laws to enable the Service achieve its 2017 revenue target of N1,100, 000,000,000.00 (One Trillion, One Hundred Billion Naira).

The CGC gave this directive during a strategy meeting with the CACs where he said Area Controllers must either “shape in or ship out” as there is no place for complacency in a Service that plays the crucial roles of revenue collection and border security.

Harping on knowledge based service delivery, the CGC declared 2017 as a year of training and re-training,stressing that “ignorance will not be excuse for any officer as there will be refresher courses for officers in batches this year.”

The strategy meeting which provided another opportunity for management members and the CACs to share experiences and map out strategies for optimum performances resolved as follows:

• Customs Area Controllers to step up supervisory role on their subordinates.
• Ensure tighter border security.
• Block revenue leakages.
• Punish erring officers and promptly reward hardwork.
• Robust stakeholder engagement for mutual understanding.

The meeting coming on the heels of recent seizures of 661 pump action rifles, underscored the need for the Service to resharpen operational strategies for higher productivity.

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.

It would be recalled that the vessels and their operators were arrested by the Nigerian Navy, for engaging in illegal activities and handed over to the EFCC.

By virtue of two judgments of Justice I.N Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on 15th December, 2015, their operators were convicted and the vessels and their contents totaling 4,882.097 metric ton of Premium Motor Spirit and Crude oil, forfeited to the Federal Government.

For the avoidance of any doubt, EFCC has not entered into any contract with, nor appointed Messrs. Pinnacle Trading & Investment Nig. Ltd., to act on its behalf on any matter, whatsoever.

Anyone found to be parading himself as an auctioneer or agent under whatever guise in respect of the vessels MT Good Success and MT Asteris and their contents, should be reported to the Commission or the nearest police station.

ICPC Compels Benue Polytechnic to Award Certificate to Student 7 Years after Graduation

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has facilitated the release of the Statement of Result to a former student of the Benue State Polytechnic, Mrs. Monica Kyasamkombo, after seven years delay.

Mrs. Kyasakombo who read Marketing at the Makurdi Study Centre of the Ugbokolo based school in 2008, had her certificate wrongly withheld by the school management after completion of the programme.

Mrs. Kyasakombo, in her petition to ICPC, disclosed that she had enrolled as a Higher National Diploma (HND) student in the institution in January, 2007. At the completion of her studies in December, 2008 the institution failed to issue her any evidence of having attended the school or completing her studies there.

Her repeated efforts to get the school to release her Statement of Result or certificate failed prompting her to petition ICPC.

Acting on the petition, ICPC launched an investigation into the matter and directed the institution to issue the petitioner her statement of result pending the release of her certificate.

Out of gratitude, Mrs. Kyasakombo wrote a letter of appreciation to the Commission, expressing her gratitude for the prompt attention her petition received which has led to the issuance of her statement of result.

Acting further, ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta has directed that steps should be taken (through the National Board for Technical Education) to prevent such occurrences in the issuance of certificates to graduands in all polytechnics across the nation.

Amnesty International Report, Biased, Lacks Merit – Global Amnesty Watch

The Global Amnesty Watch (GAW) has described the recent report by Amnesty International (AI) about the Nigerian Army as biased, unprofessional and lacking merit which does not reflect the realities on ground.

The President of GAW, Philip Agbese, at a Press Conference in Abuja today (February 23, 2017) described the latest report by Amnesty International on Nigeria as a ridiculously new low in a bid to blackmail military and security institutions while openly supporting terrorists, insurgents, separatists and fifth columnists and treating Nigerians as the enemies.

GAW said: “AI has issued several reports that openly lie against Nigeria, its government and critical institution, apparently with the sole intent of undermining them.”

The Global Amnesty Watch, an organization out to address the use of international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) by some big countries to undermine their territorial integrity, sovereignty and the national laws of the country said, it is rightly concerned that the plots to destabilize otherwise stable countries is gathering pace instead of slowing down in the face of global outrage over the damage being done.

According to GAW, “it is unfortunate that rather than face the reality and point out the state actors that are exporting suffering across the world, AI is pursuing a sick obsession of defending killer groups like the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualization of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and even accused the military of being harsh in its operations against Boko Haram even when it admitted that the terror group was committing crimes against humanity”.

GAW further explained that AI failed to recognize the current threats the nation and its citizenry face under Boko Haram’s campaign of terror and horror, and its threat to the collective existence of man in this part of the world.

“The NGO threaded a dishonorable path with suggestions that those who commit crimes against the law of the land hide under the cover of human rights to evade the consequences of their actions”, GAW said.

While commending the Nigerian Military for doing their best to halt threats to citizens as exemplified by Boko Haram, IPOB, Avengers and other groups complicit in crimes against humanity, Global Amnesty Watch sees Amnesty International as constantly demonizing nations that are battling terrorism and setting the ground for killers to embed themselves among migrant populations to spread to these other peaceful countries.

Since the formation of GAW over one year ago, it has undertaken researchers and visits to countries where the people are facing one threat or other for the purpose of verifying the claims usually made by NGOs and other groups that profit from crisis”.

Whereas AI relies on two newspapers to write its report on countries across the world, Global amnesty watch, will ensure that does not only visit scenes of incident but will go further to consider actions with existing legislature and in conformity with the Universal Convention on Human Rights”, they revealed.

Police Search for Kidnapped German Archaelogists

The Inspector General of Police IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, concerned with the unfortunate incident of the kidnap on the 22nd December, 2017 at about 0855hrs of the two Germans archaeologists, working in collaboration with National Commission for Museum and Monuments on the relics of NOK Culture in Nigeria in an excavation site at Janjala area of Kagarko LGA of Kaduna, deployed Special Police Forces comprising the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), the Anti Kidnapping Unit, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), the Police Mobile Force, Police Surveillance Helicopters and Special Investigation Team on kidnapping and terrorism Cases under the Command of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations to Janjala Village under Kagarko LGA of Kaduna State to search and rescue the two Germans unhurt and arrest the perpetrators.

The team is already on the ground working in synergy with the Kaduna State Police Command and the local indigenes of towns and surrounding villages where these German Archaeologists were kidnapped.

Though the two (2) Germans archaeologists have Police officers attached to them for their protection at the NOK Archaeology Research Project Centre they did not go with the Policemen to the excavation site where they were kidnapped.

Two (2) locals in the company of the Germans archaeologists were killed during the kidnap attack.

The Special Forces and Police Investigators deployed are in contact with the colleagues of the victims and have provided additional security for their safety.

In order to achieve prompt result, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department has also been mandated to coordinate the investigation aspect of the operations.

ICPC Docks PSC Director over N11.75m Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has arraigned the Director of Finance in the Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr. Emmanuel Ibe, over alleged mismanagement of N11, 750, 000 belonging to PSC.

Mr. Ibe was arraigned by ICPC on a 9-count charge before Justice C.N. Oji of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 21, Apo.

Counsel to ICPC, Golden Iwuagwu, while pressing the charge against the Director averred that he fraudulently paid N11, 750, 000 to some selected staff of PSC in March 2015, as airfare and airport taxi allowances to travel from Abuja to seven states within Nigeria on official duties even while there were no connecting flights from Abuja to any of those states.

He told the court that Mr. Ibe allegedly facilitated the payment of the money to the said staff of PSC to travel from Abuja to Bauchi, Niger, Benue, Kaduna, Kogi, Nassarawa and the FCT, thereby contravening Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section.

The charge sheet reads in part, “That you Emmanuel Ibe, in the month of March 2015, or thereabouts, at Abuja, being the Director of Finance of the Police Service Commission did use your office to confer corrupt advantage upon selected staff of the Police Service Commission by paying them the sum of N11, 750, 000 as return airfare and airport taxi fare for flights between Abuja and the FCT, Kogi, Bauchi, Kaduna, Nassarawa, Plateau, Benue and Niger states when there are no commercial flights between Abuja and these states thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.”

Mr. Ibe pleaded not guilty to the charge when they were read to him by the trial judge, Justice Oji. His counsel, S. M. Nwosu, then asked the court to grant him bail on self-recognition, reiterating that the alleged offence was bailable.

Justice Oji in his ruling on the bail application admitted him to bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a Director in the Public Service of the Federation.


In accordance with the Nigerian Army’s policy of zero tolerance to unprofessional conduct as well as its uncompromising stance on discipline and commitment to the rule of law, 6 Division Nigerian Army has charged, tried and found Private Suleiman Olamilekan of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt guilty of the maltreatment of Miss Ebere Ohakwe.

He was accordingly sentenced to 28 days Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) and the forfeiture of his salary for same number of days to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

It would be recalled that there was a report in the social media that the soldier maltreated one Miss Ebere Ohakwe at Omagwa Checkpoint along Port Harcourt – Onitsha Road on 30th January 2017.

This prompted the decision of the authorities of the Headquarters 6 Division to thoroughly investigate the matter with the view to serving justice adequately as required by the laws of the Nigerian Army.

Consequently, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Enobong Okon Udoh ordered the immediate arrest of the soldier and his Guard Commander for investigation and disciplinary action.

He also invited the victim to his office and assured her that the matter would not be treated lightly.

We wish to assure the general public that proactive measures have been put in place to forestall a reoccurrence of such misconduct in the future.

We will equally welcome prompt and accurate reports of any such misconduct within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States to appropriate superior authority via the following numbers: 09072509436, 09072509437 and 09072509438.

We also wish to reassure the general public of our commitment to their safety and security as required by the laws of our great nation while soliciting the support and cooperation of all towards eradicating all forms of criminality within our society.

Health Ministry Defends Budget On Diaspora Matters

The Honourable Minister, Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has defended its proposed 2017 Budget on Projects and Programs related to Nigerians in the Diaspora.

The budget defence which was held at the instance of the National Assembly, House of Representatives committee on Diaspora, in Abuja recently, was to ascertain the commitment of the health sector towards the welfare and protection of Nigerians abroad.

Speaking with journalists at the venue, Professor, Adewole said that the budget defence was beneficial to the Health Ministry because it would enable the Ministry re-priotise its needs and focus for the benefit of Nigerians in the diaspora.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Mrs. Rita Oji, in her remarks at the meeting urged the health ministry to make maximum use of the instrumentality of the National Assembly which is invested with the power of appropriation during budget planning for the benefit of Nigerians.

She said that her Committee was poised to assist concerned Ministries come up with good budget lines that would give preference to the needs and yearnings of Nigerians wherever they live.

US to Share Intelligence with Nigeria – Africom Commander

Nigeria has been described as an important nation that is very strategic, not only to Africa but to the whole world while her success determines Africa’s success in the social political and economic emancipation of the continent of Africa.

The Commander of the United States African Command (AFRICOM), General Thomas Waldhauser, said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin at Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

General Waldhauser said he was happy with the level of warm cordial relationship between the United States and Nigeria.

He pointed out that the USA would do all that is needed and necessary to make Nigeria succeed in its leadership role in Africa, especially in its untiring effort at wiping terrorism from Nigeria and the West African Sub-Region.

The Commander AFRICOM stated that the United States is committed to maintaining productive and fruitful relationship with Nigeria by stepping up her assistance in the areas of training, intelligence sharing, capacity building and hardware.

He noted that fight against terrorism is a multifaceted problem that demands concerted efforts of the world body to completely eradicate in the interest of mankind.

Poor funding of ICPC, Others Worries Senate

The Senate has observed that the fight against corruption in Nigeria may be scuttled by the growing underfunding of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and other anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Chukwuka Godfrey Utazi, who raised the concern during the budget defence of ICPC at the National Assembly Complex noted that poor budgetary allocation to the Commission would hinder ICPC from attaining its set targets.

He said, “If we want to fight corruption, we must fund the fight. You want to fight corruption without funding? It won’t work. Agencies like ICPC need to get into the consciousness of Nigerians. They need to do enlightenment and educate the people on the ills of corruption. This will help us to look at the ‘cause’ which is less expensive than what we are doing now by running after the corrupt.”

Senator Utazi assured ICPC that the Senate would ensure improved budgetary allocation to the Commission.

His words, “There must be a total overturn in the budgetary process. We will make a case that you get what you deserve to do your work. We have done that for others before, so we will do it again.

‘We are going to see what the Committee will do. We will engage the relevant people concerned including our colleagues from the House of Representatives to look at the paltry sums being given to you.”

Earlier, the Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, lamented that inadequate funding was hindering the performance of the Commission.

He told the Committee that some operations of the Commission were delayed and others left unexecuted in 2016 because of insufficient funds even while they were captured in the budget.

ICPC had submitted a budget proposal of N5.8 billion for 2017 to the National Assembly.


A total of N465.149 billion has been distributed as Federal Allocation for the month of January, 2017 between the Federal Government, State Governments and Local Government Councils.

The communiqué issued by the Technical sub -Committee of Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the end of the meeting indicated that the Gross statutory revenue received is N324.990 billion which is higher by N76.275 billion when compared with the N248.635 billion received in the month of December, 2016.

The shared amount comprised the Month’s Statutory distributable revenue of N282.406 billion, Value Added Tax of N73.522 billion, Exchange gain of N48.371 billion and Excess PPT Account of N60.850 billion.
There was also a N6.330 billion refund to the Federal Government by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Therefore, from the Net Statutory revenue, Federal Government received N133.192 billion (52.68%); States received N67.557 billion (26.72%); Local Government Councils received N52.083 billion (20.60%); while the Oil Producing States received N20.620 billion as 13% derivation revenue.

Furthermore, from the Revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT), Federal Government received N10.587 (15%); States received N35.291 billion (50%) while the Local Government Councils received N24.703 (35%).

The Communique further explained that there was a revenue increase of $74.91 million in Federation export sales due to a rise in the volume of Crude oil export by 1.490 million barrels and an increase in the average price of Crude Oil from $47.30 to $49.57 per barrel
during the period under review.

However, the Force Majeure declared at Forcados, Qua Iboe and Brass Terminals remained in place.

Federation revenues increased despite the Force Majeure and the
Shut-down of pipelines for repairs and maintenance due to leakages and sabotage.

PPT collection increased significantly while revenues from Companies Income Tax (CIT), Value Added Tax (VAT), Import Duty and Royalty decreased slightly.

Kenechukwu N.Offie (Mrs)
Director Information, OAGF
February 21, 2017.

Nigeria steps nearer to devaluation with central bank dollar sale

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s central bank took a step nearer to outright devaluation of the naira currency on Tuesday, providing 23 commercial banks with a combined $370.8 million at forward exchange rates up to 15 percent weaker than the official rate.
On Monday, the central bank effectively devalued the local currency for private individuals, who account for about 20 percent of total foreign exchange demand in the country.
On Tuesday, it said it sold dollars using one- and two-month forward exchange rates to commercial banks whose bids ranged from 315 naira to 360 naira per dollar, up to 15 percent weaker than the official rate of 305 naira that commercial importers typically use.
Forward exchange rates are rates at which banks agree to exchange one currency for another at a future date.
Selling the dollars at new one- and two-month forward rates may set expectations for the central bank to allow the naira to trade at a weaker level in the future, after the government had kept it at an artificially strong value according to critics.
Banks bought $216.5 million in one-month forwards, and $154.3 million in two-month forwards, said the central bank.
Nigeria’s dollar supply has been throttled by foreign currency restraints and low exports of crude oil. The government devalued the naira last June but still kept it at just over 300 to the dollar – as much as 40 percent stronger than black market rates in the following months.
Despite calls from businesses and economists, the government had refused to take steps to devalue the naira further until now, while President Muhammadu Buhari, a staunch opponent of devaluation, has been on medical leave in Britain for over a month.

Xenophobic Attacks: Dabiri-Erewa Seeks Intervention of African Union

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has called on the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within South African borders.

She equally called on the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa.

In a statement issued in Abuja, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, described the attacks as an unnecessary setback.

The Nigerian Community in South Africa led by Mr Ikechukwu Anyene confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday.

Anyene said that the union had reported the incident to the Nigeria mission and South African police.

“As we speak, five buildings with Nigerian businesses, including a church have been looted and burned by South Africans”, Anyene said.

Disturbed by this renewed attacks, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa advised Nigerians to be extra cautious as it looks like South African government seems to have no control over these attacks.

The SSA, however, urged restraint on the part of Nigerians and warned that further attacks without any reprimand may have dire consequences.

Dabiri-Erewa said the attention of the AU was being called to intervene because information had it that there will be another xenophobic attacks against foreigners on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.

“These attacks should not be allowed to continue because it is a big setback,” she said.

It will be recalled that Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa had two weeks ago met with South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr Lulu Aaron-Mnguni on the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
Mr Aaron-Mnguni then promised that the South African government was investigating the matter.

“We have lost about 116 Nigerians in the last two years. And in 2016 alone, about 20 were killed. This is unacceptable to the people and Government of Nigeria,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa
SSA to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora

MNJTF Receives 15 Tactical Vehicles, 30 Motorbikes

The Headquarters Multinational Joint Task Force (HQ MNJTF) Ndjamena – Chad today Friday 17 February 2017 hosted a delegation of Council of Ministers from Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Commissioner for Peace and Security African Union (AU). The delegation was led by The Executive Secretary and Head of Mission LCBC Engr Sanusi Imran Abdullahi.

In his welcome remarks, the Deputy Force Commander MNJTF, Brigadier General Moussa Mahamat Djoui who represented the Force Commander (FC) Major General Lamidi Adeosun who was on operational visit to Baga and Diffa welcomed the delegation to the headquarters. He used the medium to thank them for the visit and assured them of MNJTF commitment to ensure Boko Haram terrorist (BHT) are defeated in the shortest possible time.

While making a remark, the Head of Mission / Executive Secretary LCBC stated the intention of the visit which according to him was to show to our Ministers what we can do. He went further pointed out that in LCBC there is no demarcation, no nations, as we all work as one and as a team for a common mandate / objective.

While commending the officers and men of MNJTF on behalf of the Council of Ministers of the LCBC, The Honourable Minister of Water Resource of Nigeria Engr Suleman H Adamu expressed his appreciation for the fantastic brief on activities and achievements of the MNJTF in bringing Peace and Security in the Lake Chad region.

The Honourable Minister Wished the Commander MNJTF, officers and men of MNJTF God’s guidance in the discharge of their duties.
The visit was attended by:
– HE Ismail Chergui (AU), Commissioner Peace and Security.
– HE Mohammed Dauda Nigerian Ambassador to Rep of Chad.
– Suleman Adamu Hon. Minister of Water Resources Nigeria.
– Hadidja Bukar Abba Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs Nigeria.
– Yerima Mandja Hon. Minister of Livestock Central African Republic.
– Siddik Abdel Karim Hon. Minister Water and Sanitation Chad.
– M Marouf Moussa Representing The Governor Far North Region Cameroon.
On his part, the Commissioner for Peace and Security AU said that AU is prepared to do everything possible by way of motivation to show appreciation and encouragement for the sacrifices of the gallant MNJTF troops in the fight against terrorism.

Honourable Minister Siddik Abdel Karim thanked the Heads of States of LCBC for the great initiative to effectively implement MNJTF. He also expressed appreciation on the achievements of MNJTF and encouraged officers and men to continue with their relentless sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

The visit witnessed a detail brief in the activities, achievements and prospects of the MNJTF and visitations.

In other to enhance mobility of troops in the various sectors, 15 tactical vehicles and 30 motorbikes were handed over to the Commander MNJTF who took advantage of the occasion to heartily thank the delegation from the AU and promised that MNJTF will keep working as a team to ensure success of its mandate. While performing the ceremony of handing over the keys to the Force Commander, the Commissioner for Peace and Security AU once more expressed his satisfaction and promised that more support to the MNJTF is still to come.

Army Warns Disloyal, Disgruntled Elements

The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a campaign of calumny on social media platforms by some individuals or group of persons.

The faceless persons have been making spurious and unfounded allegations bordering on payment of troops operations allowances, rotation in the North East and comparing troops’ pay to what obtains in neighbouring countries.

The fabricators are most probably being sponsored by the categories of people that frustrated themselves out of the Army and political self-defeatists.

They are clearly sentimental and lack knowledge of the Nigerian Army of today.

However, investigation is ongoing to determine the full identity and source of this mischief and all those found connected with it will be dealt with in accordance with the extant provisions of the military justice system.

We wish to reiterate that the Nigerian Army is a voluntary Service.

We are not running a conscript Army, all those not satisfied are at liberty to apply for voluntary retirement or discharge as the case may be.

We cannot afford to have disloyal or disgruntled elements in the system.

Anybody caught to be involved in this ignominious campaign would have himself or herself to blame.

The Nigerian Army of today cannot be compared with that of any other period. So much has been done in the areas of operations, training, general administration, logistics and general welfare of troops and their families.

The families of our fallen colleagues are being given adequate attention commensurate with the established terms and conditions of service.

Additionally, the concern on troops welfare has been extended to their families through the creation of the Barracks Investment Initiative Programme (BIIP) in which officers and soldiers families and dependents actively participate.

The Nigerian Army has an elaborate exit plan for all officers and soldiers involved in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East this year, subject to operational exigencies.

That is why all efforts must be geared towards mopping up the remnants of the desperate terrorists still bent on causing mayhem wherever they can.

Any soldier who is not satisfied with the professional drive of the Nigerian Army and that of the government can do himself a world of good by voluntarily discharging from the Nigerian Army.

Otherwise all must desist from rumour mongering and outright falsehood which are unprofessional and have no place in today’s Nigerian Army.

Fifth columnists will not succeed in their mischief as they will be fished out and dealt with.

Visa Racketeer Bags Four Years

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 13, 2017 secured the conviction of Olugbenga Fanbunmi, who was arraigned before Justice Mamman Kolo of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court on one-count charge bordering on advance fee fraud.

Fanbunmi, who holds a diploma from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State, is a member of a syndicate that specializes in forging bank statements, employment records, international passports, national identification card, and supporting documents needed to process visas for the United Kingdom.

His nefarious activities date back to 2005 during which he mastered the art of forging documents for “abusive visa applications”. Between 2007 and 2016 he helped to forge bank statements as part of documents to process UK visa for 11 people. He had succeeded in helping 15 people obtain visas to travel to the UK where they were forced into prostitution.

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge on February 9, 2017.

Venture more into humanitarian activities, Aisha Buhari urges privileged Nigerians

Wife of the President, Her Excellency Mrs. Aisha Buhari has charged privileged Nigerians to do more in the lives of the less privileged with a view to increasing the feeling of humanity among citizens. She made the call during the distribution of gift packs to patients at the four district hospitals in Abuja; Asokoro, Garki, Wuse and Maitama in commemoration of her birthday, On Friday 17th February, 2017.

Mrs. Buhari, who was speaking through Senior Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Hajo Sani, further said that imbibing the spirit of giving will spread love and amity in the polity. She said these gifts exemplify the work that Her Excellency’s project, Future Assured is doing all over Nigeria, especially to the less privileged.

“Her Excellency wants to remember the less-privileged on this important day and that is why she is sharing with them. She wants to touch their lives and wants them to feel her on this symbolic day” said Dr. Hajo Sani.

NSCDC Is Not Recruiting

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu wishes to inform the general public to disregard rumours making the rounds that NSCDC is recruiting or doing replacement secretly and favouring children and candidates of top government functionaries or influential persons in Nigeria.

The Corps is not recruiting as widely speculated on the internet and various social media platforms. Beware of 419 and fraudsters who have hacked into NSCDC’s website to dupe innocent and desperate job seekers.

Be informed that when it is time for recruitment, the process will be published in National Dailies and Electronic Media.

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