Boko Haram attacks Madagali again, kills 5

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Boko-Haram terrorists invade Borno village again
Boko-Haram terrorists invade Borno village again

Yusuf Muhammed, Chairman Madagali Local Government Area has confirmed the killing of five people in Kaya village by suspected Boko Haram insurgent.

Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) through telephone ,Muhammed said that the incident occurred on Thursday at about 10 pm.

He said several people injured , while houses and other properties were destroyed during the attack.

He said following the frequent attacks on towns and villages in the area many people were fleeing the area to other parts of the state and neighboring Cameroon Republic.

”Five persons killed in midnight attack in Kaya Village a suburb of Gulak town by suspected Boko Haram members.

”Three days ago, three persons were also killed in another attack in Pallam village.” Muhammed said.

He said that that from Jan. 1 to date , the area recorded about 10 deadly attacks.

Adamawa Police command spokesman, Othman Abubakar, also confirmed the attack.

Abubakar said that the command was still gathering information about the incident.

I went into a coma when Jonathan called me after election

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Buhari with APC Leaders
Buhari with APC Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he went “temporarily into a comma” when ex-President Goodluck Jonathan called him on phone to say he had conceded the 2015 election.

Buhari said his predecessor had stayed long enough in office to have caused problems at the round off of the election.

Buhari said however, Jonathan’s decision to concede defeat was great, adding that he won the election because of the commitment of Nigerians and the use of permanent voters cards (PVCs).

Buhari was speaking when he hosted some top members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to a dinner at the presidential villa in Abuja.

“The PVCs worked well in 2015. That was why when the former president rang me, I went temporarily into a coma,” Buhari said.

“I will never forget the time. It was quarter past 5pm and he said he called to congratulate me and that he had conceded.

“He asked if I heard him, and I said yes. I thanked him for his statesmanship.

“The truth is after being a deputy governor, a governor, vice-president and president for six years, and he took that decision is great. He could have caused some problems. He had stayed long enough to cause problems.”

John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s national chairman, urged Buhari to continue beyond 2019.

He said doing otherwise would mean that all what the president had struggled for would come to nothing.

“We are firmly, totally and completely behind you and when you make up your mind soon as I hope you will, you will find an army behind you,” Oyegun said.

“Those who wish you well are already working and it is my hope that you will agree eventually that continuity is important and critical. Otherwise, all what you have struggled for will come to nothing.

“You have said it that you are not an ethnic jingoist. I know this because I have known you for a very long time.

“For some of us, when these things are said, we find it painful but I hope there will be proper rendition of what you said today and it will start clearing the air.

“The only thing I will add is that you have had a most challenging 2017 in every respect, including your son’s predicament.

“It is our prayer that all the struggles you have been through, all the efforts you have put in for this country, the mind that you have to improve the lot of the ordinary man of this country, that we will begin to see results in 2018 and see the essence of the man, Muhammadu Buhari.”

Gunmen abduct five Sahara Energy oil workers in Niger Delta

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Militants in speed boat
Militants in speed boat

Five oil workers have been kidnapped in Nigeria’s restive southern Niger Delta region, an area regularly hit by militant attacks and abductions, police told AFP on Friday.

Suspected militants seized the workers on Wednesday near the Ajoki community, which borders Edo and Delta States, said Delta State police spokesperson, Andrew Aniamaka.

“The police in partnership with the military are working to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt with the perpetrators arrested and brought to book,” Aniamaka said.

The workers are employees of Sahara Energy Oil Company, a Nigerian energy firm.

“The oil workers were in a boat en route to an offshore location when the gunmen arrived,” said local resident Ajugu Fidelis, who witnessed the abductions.

“(They) stormed the waterside and ordered the workers into their boat amidst gunshots and sped off to an unknown location.”

The incident happened a few hours after the Niger Delta Avengers, a rebel group known to attack oil pipelines, issued a statement warning the government it was ending a 2017 ceasefire agreement.

The NDA’s targeting of oil and gas infrastructure in 2016 led to a slump in output that helped tip Nigeria into recession.

Kidnapping has long been a problem in Nigeria’s southern states where high-profile individuals, including the families of prominent politicians, are regularly seized.

But as the economy stalled in recent years, the abductions have begun to happen further north as well.

On Tuesday, two Americans and two Canadians were kidnapped by unidentified armed men in an ambush in northern Kaduna state.

Two of the group’s Nigerian police escorts were shot dead during the abduction.

Court dismisses Union Bank’s claim to Ikoyi flat

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Osborne Towers
Osborne Towers

The Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed the claim of Union Bank Plc to Flat 7B, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The court described the bank as a busybody, just as it ordered the permanent forfeiture of the property to the Federal Government.

The flat attracted public attention in April last year when large sums of money – $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 (about N13bn) – were recovered from it.

The money, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was stashed away in iron cabinets and “Ghana-must-go” bags in the apartment.

The anti-graft agency later traced the ownership of the apartment to Mrs. Folashade Oke, the wife of the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke.

It claimed that its investigations revealed that Folashade bought the property with proceeds of fraud by her husband.

It urged the court to order the permanent forfeiture of the property to the Federal Government.

In a ruling on Friday, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, granted the EFCC’s prayer, dismissing the objection by Union Bank, which claimed to have interest in the property.

The judge said she found from the papers filed before the court, that the bank had already sold the property to Chobe Ventures Ltd., a company owned by Mrs. Oke.

Justice Olatoregun held, “It appears to me that the interested party (Union Bank) is a busybody, who is crying more than the bereaved, having transferred all its rights on the property, the subject matter of this suit.

“The interested party has no legal reason to lodge any complaint on the steps being taken by the EFCC on the property, having divested its interest by the outright sale of the property to Chobe Ventures.

“I find the interested party’s motion, seeking to vacate the interim order of forfeiture granted by this court on November 9, 2017, as unmeritorious and same is struck out.

“From the affidavit evidence before the court, the applicant (EFCC) has shown clearly that the property sought to be forfeited was reasonably suspected to have been acquired with the proceeds of unlawful activities of Mr. and Mrs. Ayodele Oke in the name of Chobe Ventures.

“The fund belongs to the Federal Government of Nigeria, which, at the material time, is under the control of Ambassador Ayodele Oke.

“The respondent, Chobe Ventures Ltd., refused and neglected to either file any process or appear in court.

Sterling Bank lauds NDIC examination reports

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Yemi-Adeola, outgoing MD, Sterling Bank
Yemi-Adeola, outgoing MD, Sterling Bank

Sterling Bank on Friday commended the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) for the high quality of its bank examination reports.

It said that the reports had contributed to the safety and soundness of the banking system.

The corporation said in a statement in Lagos that management of the Sterling Bank gave the commendation during a courtesy call and formal introduction of its new Managing Director, Abubakar Suleiman to NDIC.

The statement said that Sterling Bank team was led by the outgoing Managing Director, Yemi Adeola, and was received by the Managing Director of the NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim.

It said Ibrahim received them along with the two executive directors namely Prince Aghatise Erediawa and Mrs Lola Abiola-Edewor.

The statement said that Adeola informed the NDIC management that the selection procedure for the new managing director of the bank was a rigorous process handled by KPMG, a consulting firm.

Adeola said that the bank was optimistic that the courtesy call would further strengthen the excellent relationship between the bank and the corporation.

He also briefed the corporation on the future outlook of the bank, which he said, included the planned expansion of its Non-Interest Banking (NIB) window.

Adeola informed the NDIC management of the bank’s plan to apply for a license for a stand-alone NIB as soon as possible.

He said that the decision was informed by the feasibility studies conducted by the bank, judging from the potential market and financial resources of customers expected to embrace NIB.

In his response, Ibrahim thanked the management of Sterling Bank for the visit and promised to sustain the cordial relationship.

He expressed optimism that appointment of capable hands into the banking system would improve the performance of the sector.

Ibrahim also assured the incoming managing director of Sterling Bank of the corporation’s support towards the growth of the bank.

We‘ll appeal judgment against review of Ibadan chieftaincy, says Ajimobi

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Gov. Abiola Ajimobi
Gov. Abiola Ajimobi

The Oyo State Government says it will appeal the judgment which declared unconstitutional and illegal the Commission of Inquiry recommending the elevation of some Ibadan high chiefs to Obas.

Justice Olajumoke Aiki of Oyo State High Court had on Friday declared the retired Justice Akintunde Boade’s Commission of Inquiry which reviewed the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Chieftaincies as unconstitutional and illegal.

The state government had on Aug. 27, 2017 elevated some Ibadan High Chiefs, except one and some district heads (Baales) as obas, an action which pitted them against Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan.

The Osi Olubadan and former governor of the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, had filed a suit to challenge the propriety of the Justice Boade Commission of Inquiry.

Reacting to the judgment of the court on Friday in Ibadan, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi said that the state will appeal the verdict.

The governor made the assertion at the inauguration of a block of classrooms donated by Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN) to Community Secondary School, Ajara in Ibadan.

Olujimi was a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and an indigene of Ajara community in Ibadan.

“Today’s judgment on the Olubadan Chieftaincy review will be appealed immediately. We have embarked upon the exercise, not for joke, but for the good of Ibadan and the people.

“We will not relent in making Ibadan great and the greatness shall come from various ways, one of which is the review exercise.

“You should not expect people to accept change and radical policy for that matter, but we shall get there.

“We will not allow the forces of retrogression to overtake the progress Oyo State is making,” Ajimobi said.

The governor commended Olujimi over the gesture, calling on other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate this.

He also advised parents to provide necessary means for their wards as a means of making them proud in the future.

The governor said that the event indicated that the School Governing Board (SGB) policy of his administration has continued to yield good results.

Ajimobi stated that many states had enjoyed transformative outlooks through the intervention of the community in their schools.

“APC administration since 2017 has established a foundation of peace and security that gave birth to modernisation of the state through massive physical infrastructure, opening of our tourism potentials and the rebirth of our educational policies.

“Today, we are celebrating another milestone in the success of the SGB policy as our foremost lawyer, Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), has reinforced our faith in restructuring our education.

“We must all work hand-in-hand to change the face of education in our state the more as we have been getting positive results from our various policies on education. I therefore call on other people with means to do same,’’ he said.

Earlier, Olujimi said he was happy to have contributed to the growth of education, especially in his own community.

He said that he would donate another four blocks of classrooms to Community Secondary School, Ajara, apart from the block being inaugurated.

The former minister called on the students to do more in their studies so as to become great in the future and pay back to their community like he did.

“The SGB policy of the present administration is laudable as it has paved the way for somebody like me to contribute to the development of education in my locality and Oyo State.

“It is left for you students to reciprocate this gesture by forging ahead in attaining success in your academic pursuits.

“The state has done its bit. It is your responsibility as beneficiaries of the progressive policy of the state administration to re-launch your efforts at achieving greatness,’’ he said.

Senate commends NEITI, says intervention saves extractive sector from collapse

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Waziri-Adio, NEITI Executive secretary
Waziri-Adio, NEITI Executive secretary

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura says NEITI’s intervention in the management of Nigeria’s extractive sector has saved the sector from imminent collapse.

Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator Yahaya Kaura stated this in Abuja when NEITI appeared before the Committee to defend its 2018 budget proposal.

Senator Kaura explained that the monumental corruption that characterized the oil and gas industry since inception has resulted in a situation where the natural resources became a curse rather than a blessing to the citizens.

“We are aware of the courageous work that NEITI has done and the sanity that its intervention has brought to the sector in spite of mounting challenges. NEITI’s bold and courageous disclosures have drawn attention and beamed the torch light on the sector that is the lifeline of the nation”, Senator Kaura stated.

He expressed his Committee’s delight and satisfaction over the excellent work done so far by NEITI especially in the last two years and promised to support the agency in ensuring that it gets the required resources to enable it fulfill its mandate.

“We have very high regards for you and your agency because we know you are transparent,” Senator Kaura added. “I personally commend the Executive Secretary and his able team in NEITI for walking the talk”

Senator Kaura called on other agencies of government to emulate the competence, professionalism and integrity exhibited by NEITI in the discharge of its duties.

Presenting the budget, the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio appealed to the committee for support in ensuring adequate appropriation so that the agency will continue to deliver in its mandate.

He told the committee that the driving philosophy of NEITI remains the promotion of a culture of learning and achieving much with less and commended the government for supporting the operations of NEITI even when the pronouncements of the agency appear to challenge the status quo.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the NEITI to remain professional, bold and courageous in confronting institutional, governance and man-made obstacles that frustrate transparency and accountability in the extractive sector especially the oil and gas industry.

Adio identified the “automation of NEITI audit process, timely and regular reporting, and multi-stakeholders’ mobilization towards using the EITI framework for reforms” as key priorities of the agency.

He used the forum to renew his appeal to the National Assembly to see its relationship with NEITI as that of critical partners in the monitoring and oversight functions. One way to achieving this, he added, is for the National Assembly to “Ensure that NEITI reports are publicly debated at plenary sessions of the Senate and House of Representatives, pay attention to the recommendations contained in the report and ensure that remediation occurs.

“This will guarantee that the on-going reforms in the sector championed by NEITI’s advocacy impact the citizenry. This is not what we can do all alone by ourselves. We need you and others to play their parts”. Adio concluded.

Trending Video: ICRC boxes of cash not in Nigeria, says anti-corruption agencies

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ICRC
ICRC

The anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria have denied alleged recovery of huge Red Cross boxes containing millions of dollars in a trending video.

The video which has gone viral shows huge boxes containing large amounts of cash in the United States (US) dollars with the logos and emblems of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on all of them.

In response to the video, officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC told PRNigeria in confidence that they are not aware of the recovery or the existence of boxes of Red Cross containing US dollars anywhere in Nigeria.

Meanwhile the ICRC has also issued a disclaimer condemning the video showing cash in trunks.

In its official statement on the trending video, ICRC said that “A video recorded in 2011 showing the illegitimate use of the ICRC emblem on storage trunks holding cash has popped up on social media periodically over the last two years, including in early 2018. We want the following to be understood clearly: The ICRC has nothing whatsoever to do with the storage or transport of cash alleged by this video and we strongly condemn the misuse of our name and logo in this manner.

“The misuse of the ICRC emblem in the video is a dangerous abuse of ICRC’s name and the particular meaning and purpose of the Red Cross emblem, which is the visible sign of the protection conferred by the Geneva Conventions to the victims of armed conflicts.

“The video fuels false conspiracy theories, such as money laundering, that harm the reputation the organization has built by assisting people affected by war over the last 155 years.

“Though we are not aware of any incidents as a result of this video, we are concerned about the impact such a blatant abuse of the emblem may have on the security of our staff and activities in the countries where we operate, where trust by all sides is essential to protect our staff and enable our humanitarian action towards those most in need.

“The ICRC is a strictly neutral, independent and impartial humanitarian organization that seeks to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.”

Aisha Buhari shares videos of senators criticising president’s performance

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Buhari and wife, Aisha
Buhari and wife, Aisha

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, on Friday shared videos of senators criticising her husband’s government. Mrs. Buhari, on her verified Instagram page, reposted videos by two senators, Isah Misau and Ben Bruce, accusing her husband of appointing incompetent persons because they “belong to the cabal.”

The first video from OakTV that Mrs. Buhari reposted showed Misau at the floor of the Senate Thursday condemning Buhari for appointing “an incompetent person” as the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.

Misau accused the president of “doing nothing” since he was elected, adding “the president has not taken anything to change this country.”

Misau also said 50 per cent of the ministers in Buhari’s administration “are not performing”.

The second video, also from OakTV, showed Ben Murray-Bruce, who supported Misau’s stance saying Nigeria is becoming lawless. “We either have a government or we don’t…” he said.

The third video showed Misau saying the government has only three months to correct the anomalies, saying “it’s as if the president is not in charge.” He advised the leadership of the National Assembly to have a “one –on- one” with the president.

The end of the third video showed former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu, protesting the language used by his colleague on the president.

Most of those who commented on the postings commended the president’s wife for “her courage” to be on the side of the people despite her position. Others even urged her to join politics.

Mrs. Buhari had in an interview with the Hausa service in October 2016 voiced out her concern that her husband’s government had been hijacked by a few individuals.

She said those who “caged” her husband did not even vote for him and that she feared they might cause him the anger of ordinary Nigerians.

In his response, while on a visit to Germany, Buhari said it was not in his wife’s place to comment on the administration.

Ajimobi’s c’ttee on review of chieftaincy law illegal – Court

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Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo
Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday declared the judicial commission of inquiry set up by Gov. Abiola Ajimobi to review the 1957 Chieftaincy Declaration of Ibadanland as unconstitutional, illegal and of no effect.

Gov. Ajimobi had on May 19, 2017, set up the commission headed by retired Justice Akintunde Boade to review the 1957 chieftaincy declaration and other related chieftaincies in Ibadan.

The commission had submitted its report to the governor on Aug. 18, 2017 recommending 32 beaded-crown Obas in Ibadan while the Olubadan would remain as paramount ruler of Ibadanland.

But former governor of the state and Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, had dragged Ajimobi and Boade to court, claiming that the composition of the committee would affect his ambition of becoming the Olubadan.

Delivering judgment, Justice Olajumoke Aiki, said Sections 10,12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law do not empower the governor to set up the committee.

Aiki also said that the governor cannot delegate power on what he does not possess.

“Wearing of beaded crown is outside Sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law.

“The procedures of part 2 and 3 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law under Sections 10,12 and 25 do not empower the governor to set up any commission of inquiry to review the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration.

“All powers, be it legislative or judicial, must be traced to the validity of the constitution.

“The governor of Oyo State exercised his power outside the power conferred on him by the chiefs law and I declare the exercise as unconstitutional and illegal,’’ the judge said.

Aiki restrained the governor from accepting and implementing the report of the committee.

Counsel to Ajimobi, Nurudeen Adegboye, told NAN after the court session that the decision to appeal the judgment rests with his client.

But counsel to Ladoja, Babatunde Akinola, commended the judge, saying the judgment was well delivered.