16 killed in Maiduguri suicide bomb attacks

Suicide bombing
Suicide bombing

The Police Command in Borno on Monday said 16 persons were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in multiple suicide bomb attacks on Sunday at Muna area of Maiduguri.

The Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, confirmed the incident in a text message sent to journalists in Maiduguri.

Chukwu said the incident occurred when a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a crowded area, killing 13 people and wounding five others.

He said two other female suicide bombers also detonated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies and injured 13 persons.

“On 22/10/2017 at about 20: 20 hours a male suicide bomber detonated IED strapped to his body at Muna Garage, killing himself and thirteen persons, while five others sustained injuries.

“In another development at Muna Dalti, two female suicide bombers detonated IEDs killing themselves and injuring 13 others.

“The Injured persons were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment and corpses were evacuated.

“Police EOD teams have been deployed to sanitise the scene. In all, 16 persons were killed and 18 others injured in the three explosions,” the commissioner said.

Also, Satomi Ahmad, the Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said the agency had conducted rescue exercise at the scene of the attack.

Ahmad said the state government would provide free medical treatment to the victims.

He called on the people to be vigilant and provide useful information to security agencies.

“We have recorded about 13 suicide bomb attacks this year at Muna area. The area is vulnerable and I advise residents to be more vigilant,” the chairman said.

UN faults Nigeria’s claims, says three Borno LGAs cut off by Boko Haram


No fewer than three local government areas in Nigeria are still cut off due to the presence of Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations has said.

The claim is coming weeks after the military command in northeast Nigeria announced that no part of Borno state was under the control of the deadly group.

The UN said despite efforts by the military, some locations in Borno state, including three whole local government areas, remained inaccessible to aid workers as a result of the threat posed by the Boko Haram sect.

The report issued by the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian (OCHA), said Boko Haram hostilities that slowed down due to the rainy season might increase in the coming months.

“Insecurity, presence of mines, improvised explosive devices, and unexploded ordinances had continued to slow down the response of humanitarian agencies in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states” said OCHA’s monthly report for September 2017, titled, “North-East Nigeria: Humanitarian Situation Update.

“Most roads to the south, south-west and east remain unusable due to security concerns and most humanitarian personnel movement is done through air assets. Cargo, however, is being transported via road with armed escorts as a last resort.”

The UN agency added that, “No humanitarian aid is currently reaching locations in these LGAs outside of the LGAs’ main towns called ‘headquarters’. Major humanitarian supply routes towards the west, north-west and north are open for humanitarians without the use of armed escorts. Following advocacy efforts, Konduga and Mafa are now also accessible to aid groups without military escorts.”

The UN said it was battling with paucity of funds due to the failure of donors worldwide to fully meet their financial commitment towards the North-east.

The director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, told journalists the Army would not immediately comment on the report until it studied its details.

Our achievements are real, not propaganda and lies – Buhari

Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari said his Administration has recorded concrete achievements which are there for all to see, contrary to the opposition’s statement that the Administration is running on propaganda and lies.

The President, who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the assertion at the opening of the two-day Nigeria Governors’ Forum Conference for Media Handlers of States’ Chief Executives in Abuja on Monday.

“For our Administration, our achievements are there for all to see. We are delivering in the broad areas that formed the plank of our policies: Security, fight against corruption and the economy, which includes the massive provision of infrastructure, ease of doing business and agriculture, just to mention a few,” he said.

Providing facts and figures, the President listed the Administration’s achievements in ending subsidy and yet ensuring the availability of petroleum products; in raising power generation, transmission and distribution, in the massive provision of infrastructure; in tackling insecurity and making a success of the agriculture revolution, among others.

“Those who accused this Administration of ‘propaganda and lies’ in the fuel supply sector, for example, did not tell Nigerians that whereas they paid between N800 billion and N1.3 trillion as ‘subsidy’ yearly in their time, without making the products available even at regulated prices, this Administration is not paying any subsidy, yet all products are currently available at competitive prices and fuel queues are now history.

“In their time, they paid subsidy of N3.7 billion daily in 2011; N2.2 billion daily in 2012 and 2013, and N2.5 billion daily in 2014, all for products that were never available.

“Those who accused this government of ‘propaganda and lies’ also said we have not achieved anything in the power sector. Comment is free, facts are sacred, as they say. When this Administration assumed office on 29 May 2015, available power on the grid totalled 2,690MW, transmission capacity was around 5,000MW and distribution capacity was 4,000MW.

“As at 4 September 2017, the available power that can be put on the grid was 6,619MW; the transmission capacity was simulated at 6,700 MW (up from 5,000 MW in 2015) but the distribution capacity was 4,600 MW, which was what was put on the grid. On September 12, 2017, production of power reached an all-time level of 7,001MW,” he said

President Buhari said it is an irony that those who presided over a budget of N18 billion for roads, N5 billion for power and N1.8 billion for Housing in 2015 are now accusing those who spent N198.25 billion on roads, N91.2 billion on power and N71.559 billion on housing in the following year of non-achievement?

“Because of the increased spending in these areas, the massive debts owed to contractors are being settled so they can recall workers who were laid off and re-open closed work sites. As a matter of fact, during the implementation of the 2016 budget, we paid 103 construction companies executing 192 projects, and they, in turn, employed 17,749 people directly and 52,000 people indirectly in works.

“So far this year, 47.169 billion Naira has been paid to 62 contractors working on 149 projects to continue work on roads and bridges and keep people at work. Similar payments are being made to supervising consultants and to contractors in Housing and Power Sectors of the Ministry,” he said.

The President also said highlighted the achievements that have been recorded by his Administration in the area of the Economy, wondering whether it is ‘propaganda and lies “that headline Inflation has now fallen for the eighth consecutive month; that foreign exchange reserves are up to $32 billion, from $24 billion a year ago: that oil production is at nearly two million barrels per day and that Home-grown School Feeding Programme now being implemented in 17 States is benefiting more than three million public primary school children and more than 30,000 cooks across 20,000 schools.

He said close to 200,000 youths are now benefiting from the N-Power Programme, which recruits unemployed graduates to work as teachers, agricultural extension workers, and health extension workers; that the Government Enterprise & Empowerment Programme (GEEP), which provides micro-credit to farmers, traders, and artisans, now has in excess of 1 million beneficiaries, with women accounting for 56% of that number, and that at about $1.8 billion, the capital inflows in the second quarter of 2017 were almost double the $908 million in the first quarter.

“If our achievements are based on ‘propaganda and lies’, as they claim, why is our agricultural revolution achieving so much success: We have commissioned the 120,000 MT per annum WACOT Rice Mill in Argungu, Kebbi State. We have commissioned the 60,000 MT per annum Edo State Fertilizer Company Limited.

“What about the commissioning of OLAM’s 750,000 MT per annum Integrated Poultry Facility in Kaduna State? Do you know that 15 moribund Fertilizer Blending Plants have now been revived and in operation across Nigeria, under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, creating 50,000 direct jobs and 70,000 indirect jobs?” the President asked.

He said when the Administration assumed office in 2015, Boko Haram was active in at least 10 states, could stroll into Abuja at a time and target of their own choosing to cause maximum havoc, in addition to holding territories and collecting taxes.

“Today, Boko Haram has been so degraded that it lacks the capacity to carry out any organized attack, while also increasingly losing the capacity to even attack soft targets. Importantly, Boko Haram no longer holds any territory. The same vigour is being used to address the herdsmen-farmers’ clash, kidnapping for ransom and other crimes,” the President said.

He said the biggest challenge facing government information managers is how to project the achievements of their principals against the background of worsening cases of disinformation and fake news, adding that the best way to tackle the problem is to remain focused, refuse to be distracted or intimidated and also to use facts and figures to counter the purveyors of disinformation and fake news.

Buhari fires Maina, demands probe, report immediately

Abdulrasheed Maina
Abdulrasheed Maina

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the “immediate disengagement” of Abdulrasheed Maina, ex-chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), from the civil service.

Maina, who has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over some allegations of fraud levelled against him, was reinstated into the civil service under controversial circumstances.

He was posted to the ministry of interior.

But in a statement on Monday, Femi Adesina, spokesman of the president, said Buhari had ordered a probe of the circumstances of Maina’s recall.

Adesina also said the president directed that the probe report be submitted to the office of his chief of staff before the close of work on Monday.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate disengagement from service of Mr Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms,” the statement read.

“In a memo to the head of the civil service of the federation, the president equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the ministry of interior.

“The report is to be submitted to the office of the chief of staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, before the end of work today, Monday, October 23, 2017.”

Maina’s recall had attracted criticisms, especially from opponents of the government.

Ayo Fayose, governor of Ekiti and a fierce critic of Buhari, had “likened the anti-graft war to Satan calling Judas Iscariot a sinner“.

Edo to unveil domesticated EGRP at Alaghodaro Investment Summit

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo

The Edo State Government is to unveil its economic blueprint fashioned after the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan (EGRP) of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, on April 5, 2017.

The 168-page EGRP document covers years 2017-2020 and has been described by experts in economics and public administration as a well articulated set of guiding principles for the economic management.

In line with the provisions of the EGRP for the growth of the nation’s non-oil sector, the Godwin Obaseki-led government in Edo State will at the Alaghodaro Investment Summit showcase its ambitious agricultural programmes that gave birth to the Edo Fertiliser and Chemical Company, which was commissioned by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, in Auchi, to boost the local production of fertiliser in the state.

The Edo Fertiliser Plant and Chemical Company Limited, is a public-private venture which has the capacity to produce about 60,000 metric tones of fertiliser per annum.

Also to be paraded at the Investment Summit which will be attended by captains of industry, is the Edo State Saro Farm in Sobe, Owan West Local Government Area of the state, where harvest is currently ongoing.

The Public-Private Partnership initiative with Saro Agro Sciences Ltd., a leading company in agribusiness, was conceived by Governor Godwin Obaseki to create jobs for thousands of youths across the state.

According to Obaseki, the maize farm is part of his administration’s accelerated agriculture initiative to boost job creation in the state, as between 50,000 to 80,000 agricultural jobs would be created before the end of the year in the state.

The first phase of the initiative targets job creation for 1,000 farmers through the cultivation of 5,000 hectares of maize farms across five local government areas of the state.

The Edo Industrial Park which has received positive reviews by development analysts will top discourses at panel and technical sessions during the three-day Alaghodaro Investment Summit in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

On completion, the industrial park will be linked to the Azura-Edo Independent Power Plant (IPP) under construction, situated close to Nigeria’s main trunkline, the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) which is only 1km from the Azura-Edo project site.

On job creation, the 200,000 job target of Edo State will be reviewed at the summit side by side with the sectors that can produce the highest number of jobs, as encapsulated in the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan.

Infrastructure is top priority for the Obaseki administration which informed the creation of a separate Ministry of Infrastructure in the state to drive the realisation of the Gelegele Seaport, the expansion of the Benin Airport in partnership with the federal government and the construction of intra-city and inter-state roads amongst other projects.

Ease of Doing Business is a major item that received the EGRP attention. At the moment, Nigeria is ranked No. 169 out of 190 countries. The plan envisages improved ranking to around No 100 within the plan period..

The efforts of the Edo State Government in removing barriers to trade and investment includes the signing into law, the Private Property Protection Law. The law has criminalised the activities of Community Development Associations in the state.

The CDAs were notorious for harassing land owners by making them pay all sorts of illegal levies and fraudulently sold people’s property until the PPA Law was put in place by the Obaseki-led government.

According to Dr Alex Oti, a banker, “The ERGP represents the first blue print by this administration to not only deal with the present economic meltdown, but also to ensure growth in the medium term.”

Why PDP isn’t playing role of opposition properly, says Gov Dickson

Governor Seriake Dickson
Governor Seriake Dickson

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not playing its expected role as an opposition because most of its leaders lack experience.

Addressing reporters in Yenagoa, his state capital, on Sunday, Dickson said he remained optimistic that the party would bounce back to winning ways ahead of the 2019 general election.

The governor, who headed the PDP reconciliation committee, said there were internal forces within the party that were working against the emergence of a cohesive and strong PDP.

“I have invested enormous efforts in rebuilding the PDP and the work of rebuilding hasn’t been successful.

“PDP has a lot of work to do to become a formidable opposition party and I think that most PDP leaders lack the experience of opposition.

“But I remain optimistic. I pray the party overcomes its internal challenges, and I have been very prayerful because Nigeria needs a strong PDP as the country has seen the failure of the APC.

“Nigeria needs PDP, and I remain hopeful that the party survives,” he said.

He said he remained resolute in his call for the restructuring of the country, adding that his call was borne out of patriotism and quest for fiscal federalism.

“The Niger Delta people love Nigeria and have sacrificed to support the economic base of Nigeria,” he said.

“My support for restructuring is for the overall interest of our people. We love Nigeria and will want a better deal in a truly federal structure.

“There is an urgent need to have an all-embracing discussion to strengthen our unity and take decisions on the terms of the federation.”

Friendly: Argentina to unleash Messi, Aguero, Dybala on Eagles

Lionel Messi in previous Argentina engagement against Nigeria's Super Eagles
Lionel Messi in previous Argentina engagement against Nigeria's Super Eagles

Argentina will throw their entire armada against Nigeria when the Albiceleste confront the Super Eagles in a friendly international in Krasnodar, Russia next month.

Argentina have become Nigeria’s regular customer at the World Cup since the Super Eagles debuted in the competition in 1994. The South Americans have won all four encounters.

In the team list released by Argentina manager, Jorge Sampaoli at the weekend are some of the world’s most dreaded strikers, including Skipper Lionel Messi, Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero and Juventus star, Paulo Dybala, as well as Angel di Maria and Javier Mascherona.

The match at the Krasnodar Arena Stadium on November 14 will come four days after Nigeria’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Constantine on November 10.

This game will be the third friendly game between both countries, who have also met two times at the final of the Olympic Games football event.

Nigeria won the first encounter between both nations at the Olympic Games in 1996, while the Argentina took the gold medal through an Angel di Maria goal in China 2008.

Argentina, who have confirmed qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will meet hosts Russia on November 10 before facing the Super Eagles four days later.

Nnamdi Kanu is in Abaribe’s custody, FG tells court

Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe
Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe

The Federal Government has replied to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s application seeking to withdraw as one of the sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, describing the application as belated.

The government, in its counter-affidavit and written address filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja to oppose Abaribe’s request, told Abaribe that Kanu was in his custody and he had to produce him for the continuation of his trial.

It stated in its counter-affidavit that Abaribe was aware that Kanu “has long violated the bail conditions handed down by this honourable court” on April 24, 2017 before September 11 when he claimed to have lost contact with the defendant.

The counter-affidavit read in part, “That it was at this point at violating the conditions at the bail that the senator surety ought to surrender the 1st defendant and or bring up this application; “That this application is belated and ill-timed;

“The applicant failed to apply to the court timeously, stating on oath that the defendant bound by recognizance to appear before this court had violated the bail condition given by this court.”

The prosecuting counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, argued in the written address that Abaribe “failed woefully” by allegedly aiding and abetting Kanu to flout his bail conditions.

The written address stated, “My lord, the surety has failed woefully to abide by the terms of the contract he entered into with this court and therefore cannot claim frustration.

“My lord, we urge that the court hold, that surety having refused to do what he ought to have done pursuant to section 174 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 aided and abetted the 1st defendant in the flouting of the bail conditions of this court and should forfeit the bond he entered into.”

Denying that Kanu was not in the custody of the Nigerian Army, the Federal Government stated in its counter-affidavit that the defendant remained in Abaribe’s custody.

“That the military activities in Abia State tagged ‘Operation Python Dance II’ was a routine exercise in its second year carried out by the military at the end of every year.

“That the 1st defendant is not in the custody of the Nigerian military or any other security agency in that regard.

“That the 1st defendant is in custody of the applicant (Abaribe).”

Kanu was absent from court when his case came up on October 17, 2017, but his co-defendants with whom he was being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony were produced in court by prison officials.

Abaribe’s lawyer, Ogechi Ogunna, informed the court of the motion by his client seeking to withdraw as Kanu’s surety but the judge said she would not hear it until the senator first produced the missing defendant.

She gave Abaribe and the two other sureties up till November 20 to produce the defendant in court.

Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra on Sunday insisted that the Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari knew the whereabouts of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

It asked the government to produce Kanu without further delay in order not to provoke the group to go into armed conflict with the government.

In a statement issued in Awka, Anambra State by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB accused Buhari and some leaders in the South-East geopolitical zone of conspiracy of silence on the issue.

“We are asking Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and South-East governors to produce Nnamdi Kanu because they or their representatives all participated in countless meetings in Abuja and Enugu where the modus operandi of the genocidal Operation Python Dance II was agreed and ratified.

“It was as a direct result of military invasion of the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and massacre of 28 innocent unarmed civilians with many missing that has led us to once again politely ask that our leader be presented to us dead or alive.

“It is becoming clear to everybody that Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and South East governors are desperately trying to draw IPOB into armed confrontation and militancy to justify their genocidal clampdown on innocent people of the South-East and South-South.”

Wembly starting to feel like home, says Pochettino as Spurs hit Liverpool 4-1

Spurs thrash Liverpool at Wembley
Spurs thrash Liverpool at Wembley

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his team are starting to feel at home at Wembley after a Harry Kane double gave them an emphatic 4-1 victory over Liverpool.

Spurs capitalised on a poor defensive display from the Reds in front of a Premier League record crowd of 80,827 to claim their sixth win of the season and move level on points with second-placed Manchester United.

It represents a second successive win for Tottenham at what is their temporary home for this season while a new 61,000-seater stadium is built on the site of their old ground at White Hart Lane.

They had previously failed to win at the national stadium in their first three league fixtures of the season, having also struggled there last season during their Champions League campaign.

“The team is starting to build confidence at Wembley,” said Pochettino. “It is important to make this feel like home, it is key for us. It seems like we are starting to show that here.

“It is the third season that we are trying to catch someone. Manchester City are doing very well, they have an amazing squad and one of the best managers in the world.

“We see what happens, we believe, we will try to catch them. We are focused every day.”

Kane opened the scoring for Spurs on Sunday after four minutes as Kieran Trippier’s chipped pass went over Dejan Lovren’s head and the England striker took the ball around Simon Mignolet, who had rushed from his goal, to score from 12 yards.

Eight minutes later Spurs doubled their lead as Hugo Lloris’ long throw was not dealt with by Lovren, who missed a header on the halfway line and Kane was able to square to Son Heung-min to slot home.

Liverpool got a goal back as Jordan Henderson’s wonderful cross-field pass found Mohamed Salah, who outpaced the Tottenham defence and finished off the inside of the post with a scuffed shot.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp responded by taking off Lovren for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after 31 minutes, but Dele Alli added a third for Spurs just before half-time as he lashed in a volley from 18 yards.

Kane got his second in the 56th minute as he followed up a rebound from Jan Vertonghen’s shot after Mignolet failed to clear a free-kick.

Liverpool’s best chance in the second half fell to Philippe Coutinho but his shot from the edge of the area was pushed on to the crossbar by Lloris with a one-handed save.

They dropped to ninth in the table – 12 points behind leaders Manchester City – while Spurs prepare for a meeting with United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Despite Kane’s 15 goals for club and country this season, one question mark over the 24-year-old had been his lack of league goals at Spurs’ temporary home.

Those demons can now be put to bed as Kane finally scored under the Wembley arch, with his 29th shot at the stadium.

Ballon d’Or nominee Kane worked tirelessly in attack and caused the Liverpool defence nightmares with his movement, hold-up play and composure in front of goal.

It was his fourth double in the league this season and he has now scored 45 goals in 2017 for Spurs and England.

One slight worry for Tottenham was when manager Mauricio Pochettino brought the striker off in the 88th minute with what looked like a hamstring problem.

This fixture was Klopp’s first Premier League game as a manager on 17 October, 2015.

Liverpool have conceded 16 goals in the league this season, their worst defensive record after nine top-flight games since 1964-65.

They have struggled most on the road, conceding 15 goals, the most in the league this season.

Defensive performances like Sunday will make the failed pursuit of Southampton and Netherlands Virgil van Dijk in the summer hurt even more.

Lovren will be singled out for his errors, but even after his substitution and Joe Gomez moved to centre-back alongside Joel Matip, Liverpool still looked a shambles.

Mignolet is another who will have nightmares about the game, at fault for both of Kane’s goals.

The Belgium international has made 13 errors leading to goals in the league since making his Liverpool debut in 2013, three more than anyone else.

“We had it felt like 60, 70% possession, but after 2-0, you saw the goals, what we did around the goals… easy to defend,” Klopp told BBC Sport. “We have defended situations like this all season.

“We had our chances, scored one, and the game was on the table. Being down one goal at Tottenham, you can fix it. The third is down to completely not concentrating off the ball. Four mistakes from us.

“It is my responsibility. I don’t coach the type of defending for the first throw-in. The second goal, we miss the ball and then Son is quicker. We put it on a plate.

“It’s not about confidence. It’s just about being 100% spot on. It was a really average day for us today.”

Reds captain Jordan Henderson added: “I know Dejan Lovren came off but it could have been any of us that came off.

“We got back into it but concede a sloppy goal that kills us. A disappointing day and frustrating.”

EFCC launches fresh manhunt for recalled fugitive director, Abdulrasheed Maina


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has launched a fresh manhunt for a former head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Maina was sacked from the civil service in 2013 and was in 2015 placed on the wanted list of International Police (INTERPOL) by the EFCC.

Maina was secretly reinstated to the civil service, with promotion, despite being wanted for alleged corruption.

Additional details obtained by Premium Times show that the embattled civil servant was issued a letter of reinstatement dated October 2 by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation.

The Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Dambazau, earlier on Sunday absolved himself of any culpability in Maina’s reinstatement, saying it was done by the Head of Service.

The October 2 letter claimed that Maina’s case was reviewed and that a decision was taken that he be reinstated.

The same letter also gave his new posting as acting director of the Department of Human Resources at the Ministry of Interior, the reinstatement which was at the behest of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who gave a favourable legal advice on the case.

Malami’s spokesperson, Salihu Othman, however said he was unaware of his boss’s role in the deal.

Irked by the news of Maina’s silent re-entry into the country, the EFCC leadership convened an emergency meeting on Sunday to strategize on the case.

A source, who was part of the meeting, said the commission’s boss, Ibrahim Magu, who was out of Abuja when PREMIUM TIMES broke the Maina story, convened a meeting of operatives working on the case.

As part of the fallouts of the meeting, according to our source, operatives were detailed “to smoke out Mr. Maina wherever he mmight be”.

Maina is said to be shuttling between Kaduna and Abuja since he sneaked back into the country.

Aside the Ministry of Interior, Maina’s new work place, detectives are said to have spread around the city, including a safe house that is said to have been offered Maina by one of the nation’s security agencies.

Also being closely watched by operatives are Maina’s many houses in Abuja including one EFCC sources said he bought in June 2015 for a massive $2 million cash.

The EFCC is also said to be deeply angry at how someone that was put on the wanted list of INTERPOL could be helped by government officials to sneak back into the country and then rewarded with a promotion to higher office.

The commission suspects sabotage, according to a highly placed official.

Documents seen by our reporter show the many correspondences between the EFCC and Interpol on the request to put Mr. Maina’s name on the agency’s wanted list.

The commission first wrote the Inspector General of Police in November 2015, a few days after Magu assumed office, asking for Maina’s name to be flagged by Interpol.

However, the letter was declared missing by the office of the Commissioner in charge of Interpol at the Force Headquarters, making the commission to make the request again.

On January 12, 2016, Interpol wrote to the EFCC again requesting for additional details to enable it publish the red alert. EFCC replied the letter, providing the details requested.

However, a search for Maina’s name on the Interpol website returned no record.