Twin Bomb Explosions Rock Borno
Suspected suicide bombers reportedly hit Kimba area of the Biu Local Government Area (LGA) and Sabon-Ngeri, both located in Borno State, killing several persons on Friday.It was gathered that the first suicide bombing took place in Kimba village of Biu Local Government Area at 8:30am, which reportedly killed two people.
The second suicide bombing took place at 12 noon in Sabon Gari, which is reported to have killed three people.
Meanwhile, tShe Nigerian military has reportedly arrested another wanted Boko Haram suspect, Abdullahi Abubakar along the Borno-Adamawa border on Friday.
Abubakar, who is number 58 on the list of 100 wanted Boko Haram terrorists recently released by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was arrested by the vigilant troops at the Uba Askira area along the border of Borno and Adamawa State.
It is learnt that the suspect is currently undergoing interrogation at an undislosed military facility.
The Brigade Commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade in Mubi, Adamawa State, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, who confirmed the arrest said the troops indeed arrested a Boko Haram kingpin, but refused to provide further details.
Former DSS DG, Are Says his Ordeal Bothers on Vindictiveness
Former Director General, Col. Kayode Are has reacted to Wednesday’s eviction from No 50, Alexander Road, Ikoyi, Lagos was claiming it was act of vindictiveness.
He said the order came from incumbent Director General of DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura because he (Are) was aware that Mr. Daura had long marked him for poor treatment because of the disciplinary measures he took against him (Daura) while he (Are) was his boss in service.
Daura, had shortly after assuming office, wrote to Are, who headed the same agency under President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, to vacate the residence.
According to him, the allocation of the house to Are was questionable and as such, he was occupying a property that belongs to the agency.
But Are had obtained a court injunction restraining the DSS from evicting him from the residence.
That, however, did not stop the DSS, that stormed the house in three vehicles and forcibly broke in.
Reacting, Are said: “I have lived here for five years. Five of us are enjoying this benefit but I am the only one being treated this way.”
He said after Daura directed him to vacate the property, he explained that the allocation to him was in order just like those of his predecessors and successors.
Are said the DSS DG insisted he must quit and gave him a December 31 deadline to leave.
“On Tuesday, an injunction from the Federal High Court, Lagos, was served on them (DSS),” the former DSS boss said.
“But as you can see, they are disobeying the court order,” he lamented.
“All I’m saying is that nobody should be allowed to use public institutions to settle personal scores with people,” he stated.
Adamawa Ex-Finance Commissioner Bags 10 years
It was a rude shock to a former Commissioner for Finance and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Adamawa state during Boni Haruna’s administration, John Elias, when the full weight of the law descended on him yesterday. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment without option of fine by a Federal High Court sitting in Yola, presided over by Justice Bilkisu Bello Aliyu.
The judge on Friday also ordered the Corporate Affairs Commission to shut down his company, ALHAKIM NIGERIA LIMITED as well as pay the state sum of N51.5 million which he stole while he held was in office.
The presiding judge who delivered the judgment under section 3 (2) of the miscellaneous act said the judgment will serve as a deterrent to occupiers of public office who may want to filter resources meant for developmental projects.
Aliyu noted that Elias ought to have protected the public trust giving to him by living above board but instead; he decided to help himself with resources of the state and hence have to be punished.
The judge convicted Elias on count 3 and 4 charges and sentenced him to 10 years on each charge though the two convictions would run concurrently.
“I hereby sentenced the first accused, John Babani Elias for 10 years imprisonment on count 3 and another 10 years imprisonment on count 4 but the two sentences will run concurrently.
“In addition, the first convict must return/refund the sum of N51.5 million to Adamawa state local Government joint account fund from where it was stolen and diverted by him and his Company.
“With regards to the second convict ALHAKIM NIGERIA LIMITED, I sentenced it to pay a fine of N5 million on the offenses in count 3 and 4 it is convicted of. In addition, the company would wound up by Corporate Affairs Commission as provided by section 3(2) of the miscellaneous offenses and all its assets forfeited to federal government of Nigeria,” Aliyu ordered.
Catholic Knights Appeal for Calm in South East over Protest
Catholic Knights have appealed for calm in the South East following the persistent protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the continuous incarceration of its leader and Radio Biafra Director, Nnamdi Kanu by the Department for Security Service, DSS.
The Knights of Saint Mulumba, Nigeria has appealed to the protesting youths to sheath their swords.
The order made this appeal on Friday, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while fielding questions after briefing newsmen to mark the opening of its 36th Annual Convention, on the theme, The Church in Nigerian and its role in Democracy Governance.
The Supreme Knight, Bro. Anthony Onuh expressed worries over the continuous protest by IPOB in the area.
Onuh said the continuous protest has ruptured the peace that has been enjoyed by the people of Igbo extraction and hampered economic activities in the area.
The Supreme Knight also said the appeal was necessary in the interest of peace and unity of the nation which he said was in a trial period.
He said that the nation was facing several challenges which threaten the peace of the nation, adding that protest in South East was unnecessary and avoidable.
Ex-Chairman of Daar Communication, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has been released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after being interrogated for three days.
Chief Dokpesi was arrested and interrogated on allegations of complicity in the $2.1bn scam brought against former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki.
Speaking to newsmen after his release, Dokpesi said “It was a change of environment; it was quite peaceful, quite okay.”
“I was granted bail yesterday, where they asked me to get two Directors of the federal government. I’m to also deposit my passport, but my lawyer was not available, and I said that I was not going to sign until he was”.
“But then, I think what they said was that the allegation was alleged conspiracy, the issuance, the transfer of funds, what do they call it?… money laundering and then misappropriation of public funds”.
“But I’m a loyal Nigerian citizen; I’m a patriotic Nigerian citizen. I have no problem and I said they are free. I would still go back. I am strong in spirit; I’m toughened.”
Pandemonium as Policeman Allegedly Kills Youth in Lagos
Aggrieved youths in Badagry, Lagos State, on Friday, violently protested the alleged killing of one Mr Joshua Sewuji by an unidentified policeman from the Badagry Police Division.
The protesters resorted to damaging and burning police posts and tyres on the roads to prevent easy movement around the town.
The protesting youths carried different placards some of which read: “Enough is Enough of This Police Brutality’’, “We Are Tired of Police Killing People’’ and “No More Extortion From the Police’’ among others.
Some police traffic wardens were also assaulted by the irate youths.
It took the timely intervention of the Nigerian Army from Topo and Ibereko Barracks to prevent the violence from escalating.Soldiers were placed at different strategic locations in the town to prevent further breakdown of law and order.
There were two different accounts of the incident which led to the death of the victim.
Mr Yemi Akande, who claimed to have witnessed to the incident, said that some boys were just relaxing when some policemen came to arrest them.
“Around past 10 p.m. last night, some boys were just talking and eating when policemen on night patrol came to arrest them for no reason.
“The victim challenged them, asking to know the reason for their arrest and one of the policemen just shot the boy in stomach and he died instantly.
“As soon as they saw that he was dead, they ran away in their vehicles,’’ he said.
Another eyewitness account by a man who simply identified himself as Idowu, said the policemen came and shot at the gathering of people.
Dalung Drums Support for Dream Team
Minister of Youth and Sports Development Barr Solomon Dalung on Thursday congratulated the nation’s represen-tatives in the ongoing CAF U-23 Football Championships in Senegal which serves as qualification for the football event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Nigeria drew 2-2 with the pharaoh’s of Egypt on Wednesday.
In a telephone conversation with the Chief Coach Samson Siasia, Dalung urged the players to strive to qualify for the Olympics. “We are very proud of our boys, they played very well. They could have won the match but we are happy with the one point. I commend your efforts, and I want every Nigerian to support the team. Nobody wants the victory more than you do but sometimes in sports there are upsets and surprises” said Dalung.
Dalung urged Nigerians to get behind the boys and pray for their success.”Sports, especially football is the nation’s unifying force. I am appealing to Nigerians to get behind the team and pray for their success because victories in football further unite and give Nigerians joy” said Dalung.
Former Presidential Candidate Kidnapped in Kogi
ABUJA: A former Presidential candidate and National Chairman of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima has been reported kidnapped at Obajana in Kogi State.
The ACPN nominated Chief Galadima as its presidential flag bearer in the just concluded March 28, 2015 presidential election, but returned to man the affairs of the party shortly after he lost to president Muhammadu Buhari.
Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima
It was gathered that the ACPN chairman was picked by his abductors after Obajana in Osaro, Kogi State while on his way to Ilorin, the Kwara State capital to attend the burial of one of his elder brothers.
Confirming the development, the National Chairman of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh, said, yes, “My colleague has been kidnapped.”
Ameh, who is also the Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, disclosed via a text message that, “My colleague, the National chairman and former presidential candidate of ACPN, in 2015 general election, Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima has been kidnapped.”
“He was kidnapped today in Osaro in Kogi State on his way from Abuja to attend the burial ceremony of one of his elder brothers in Ilorin,” he said.
He revealed further that “Report reaching us has it that his abductors have made contact with his family and they are demanding for N40 million ranson.”
Police Restrict Movements on Bayelsa Waterways
The Police in Bayelsa said on Friday that movement of some water transportation facilities and river craft activities would be restricted during the governorship election in the state on Saturday.It also announced that movement of persons, motor vehicles and tricycles would be restricted from the hours of 6am to 6pm on the election date.
This is contained in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Asinim Butswat, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, in Yenagoa.
It said that the restriction was from 7 p.m. on Friday to 7 a.m. on Sunday, adding that boats fitted with 200 horsepower engine and above was not permitted to move during the period.
“Any person or group of persons who violates this order will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
“Likewise, movement of persons, motor vehicles and tricycles will be restricted d on the election date, from the hours of 6am to 6pm.
“Only those on essential services will be allowed to move,” it said.
It urged the electorate to go out and exercise their franchise “by casting their votes for candidates of their choice.”
The statement warned that the command would deal with political parties and candidates who fomented trouble during and after the poll.
It will be recalled that Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, had on Tuesday in Yenagoa, announced that 14,000 policemen had been deployed for election duty.
The statement said that the police had increased patrols and intensive surveillance in all parts of the state.
“All political parties and their contestants should desist from any act capable of disrupting the election process.
“ They are advised to abide by the peace accord they had earlier signed and comply with the regulations guiding the electoral process,” it said.
The statement said the police had synergized with other security agencies to ensure smooth and credible election.
Former NIMASA DG Rearranged on Fresh Theft, Fraud Charges
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday arraigned a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, on new charge of converting N2.6billion.
He was also accused of defrauding the Federal Government to the tune of N795.2million.
Akpobolokemi was arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba along with three others – Capt. Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan – and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited.
In a 22-count charge, they were accused of converting a total of N2, 658,957,666 between December 23, 2013 and May 28 this year. The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Akpobolokemi and nine others, including two companies, were earlier arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu of the same court on Thursday.
They were accused of conspiring among themselves to convert N3.4billion belonging to NIMASA. They had also pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In the November 23 charge signed by Festus Keyamo and Rotimi Iseoluwa, EFCC said Akpobolokemi, Agaba, Nwakuche and Juan conspired to convert and converted N437.7million between December 23, 2013 and March 13, 2014 in Lagos.12 killed in Egypt’s restaurant attack
Dozen Killed In Egypt Bomb Blast
At least 12 people have been killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after firebomb was thrown into a restaurant.
It happened in the Agouza area in the city centre, local media said.
The Cairo Post newspaper said three masked men threw the device into the venue before fleeing.
The BBC reports that the target also contained a nightclub.
It is not known whether the attack was carried out by militants, who have been waging an insurgency in recent years.
2,000 Migrants Rescued From Mediterranean Sea
Italy coat guards said on Friday that rescuers pulled almost 2,000 migrants from 11 boats that were attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea and enter Italy.
Italian, British and Spanish navies took part in the 11 separate rescue operations on Thursday, as well as a ship operated by a non-governmental organisation, Doctors Without Borders, the coast guards said.
The figure was said to be the largest number of migrants saved en route to Italy since November.
The flow of migrants heading to Italy has slowed sharply in recent weeks, partly because of poor weather.
Many of the migrants come from sub-Saharan Africa and sail from Libya in boats provided by smugglers.
More than 140,000 migrants have reached Italy this year out of a total of almost 900,000 who have arrived in Europe, most of them entering via Greece.
Nigerians Are Beginning to Benefit from Buhari’s Foreign Trips – Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that Nigerians are beginning to benefit from the foreign trips of President.
The President has been facing public criticisms for embarking on what they termed ‘unnecessary’ trips.
However, Mohammed said foreign trips since assuming office are critical to the implementation of his administration key policies of enhancing security, jump-starting the economy, creating jobs and fighting corruption.
In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, the Minister said the outcome of all the meeting has been fruitful.He said, ”Nigerians, whether in the ruling or the opposition parties, have a right to ask questions about the activities of their President, but it is absolutely important that they do so from an informed, rather than partisan or sensational, standpoint,” he said.
The Minister explained that most of the President’s trips – to Nigeria’s neighbouring countries of Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, as well as to Germany, the US, France and the UN – were devoted to rallying regional and global support for the war against terrorism
”He was in Germany at the invitation of the G7 to solicit support from the Industrialized Nations for the war against terrorism. No one who has witnessed the killings and maiming in the past seven years by Boko Haram will call such trips frivolous. After all, the security and welfare of the citizens are the reason for the existence of any government.
”The President’s visit to South Africa was to attend the regular summit of the African Union; the trip to Ghana was aimed at fostering better relations with a brotherly country; the trip to India was for the India-Africa summit that provided the opportunity to explore ways of enhancing Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) from Indian investors, while the trip to Iran was to attend the forum of Gas Exporting Countries, a veritable platform for discussing how to better harness Nigeria’s abundant gas resources for industrial/domestic consumption and export, at a time of dwindling oil prices.
”The President also travelled to Malta to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, from where he travelled to Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change. The President’s second trip to South Africa since assuming office is for the China-Africa forum. On the few occasions that the President has embarked on a State Visit, he has tied that to an agenda that will further the quest for support for the war against terror and the efforts to enhance FDIs, thus stimulating economic growth and creating jobs,”the Minister said.
”President Buhari is well respected on the global stage for his high integrity, his transparency, his patriotism and his purposeful leadership. It is important to leverage this respect in such a way that Nigeria can become a major player, either in the realms of economy or global diplomacy,” the Minister said.