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2019 Elections: FG drags 2 INEC officials to court over electoral fraud

2019 Elections: FG drags 2 INEC officials to court over electoral fraud

By Dansu Peter

Sulaiman Ikhuoriah and Olugbenga Omotiloye
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has dragged two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the Federal High Court, Abuja on a five count charge of electoral malpractices in the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections held in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo state.

In a press statement from the Chamber of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Government slammed the charges against the defendants pursuant to Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Isah revealed the names of the culprits as Sulaiman Ikhuoriah, male, 36 years old of No.13 Aisosa Street, Off Okhoro Road, Benin City who served as Collation Officer for Ward 6 in Saint Maria Gorreti Secondary School, and Olugbenga Omotiloye, male, 50 years old of Plot 1, Longe Street, Okoh Central, Benin City, Edo State were accused to have falsified results in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate.

He disclosed that according to the charges filed by Magaji Labaran, a Principal State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecution of the Federal Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, they committed the offence in their capacity as electoral officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission on and around the 23rd day of February, 2019 during the Presidential and National Assembly polls in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state which is within the jurisdiction of the honourable court.

They were alleged to have conspired among themselves and with others now at large and upon receipt of an offer to procure the return of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the House of Representatives elections for Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in Edo State thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 123 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

Ikhuoriah was also alleged to without lawful excuse acted in breach of his official duty by placing a call to Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma and requested him through a telephone conversation for gratification for the purpose of delivering his ward to his party, the PDP during the elections. This he did erroneously thinking he was discussing with the PDP chairman, not knowing he was talking to Hon. Agbonyinma of APC.  By doing this, he has committed an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The Collation Officer is also accused to have received the sum of a hundred thousand naira as bribe for delivering the ward for his supposed paymaster, the PDP candidate; which is an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

On his part, and as count four, the Electoral Officer, Olugbenga Omotiloye while serving in his capacity as INEC electoral officer on the 2nd day of March, 2019 at Bishop Kelly, beside St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin City held a meeting with Honourable Ise-Edehen and collected the sum of one hundred thousand naira as gratification.

The sum collected is said to be in appreciation of his effort in ensuring that PDP won the election during the February 23rd National Assembly polls for Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area.

Isah equally detailed that count five, Omotiloye on the 25th February, 2019 was directed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide not to take the Senatorial election’s result to Eghosa Grammer School which he complied in clear breach of his lawful duty thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 123 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

To quote Count Three on the charge sheet, “That you Sulaiman Ikhuoriah, male, 36 years old, of No. 13 Aisosa Street, off Okhoro Road, Benin City, Edo State, on 26th February, 2019 at Mr. Biggs, opposite the NNPC Mega Filling Station, Sapele Road Benin City, received the sum of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only as bribe for delivering your Ward, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended).”

While Count Five details, “That you, Olugbenga Omotilayo, male, 50 years old, of Plot 1, Longe Street, Oko Central, Benin City, Edo State, on the 25th February, 2019 was directed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide not to take the Senatorial election’s result to Eghosa Grammer School which you complied in clear breach of your lawful duty, you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 123 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended).

A case summary deposed to by Magaji Labaran, stated thus; “My Lord, the summary of this case is electoral malpractices, perpetrated by the defendants who were the INEC Collation Officer and INEC Electoral Officer (E.O) respectively during the 23rd February, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Ikpoba-Okha LGA, Edo State. The defendants have acted in breach of their official duties by been involved in electoral malpractices including bribery and conspiracy.

“The defendants were invited for interview on the 27th day of February, 2019 and 5th day of March, 2019 following a petition by the member representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, E.J. Agbonayinma (Hon.), where his Techno Ponvair (Model LA7) with GSM No. 0803-428-5260 was exploited. Thus, some incriminating text messages between him and one Matthew Urhoghide (Senator), with GSM No. 0803-3385-5557, Adaeze Onubagu with GSM No. 0703-528-5622 were found on the device.

“The suspects made voluntary statements under caution, and admitted collecting the sum of N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only from Ise-Idehen (Hon.), as appreciation. My Lord, during the trial, the prosecution shall lead evidence to prove the guilt of the defendant based on credible and undisputed facts
By Dansu Peter

Sulaiman Ikhuoriah and Olugbenga Omotiloye
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has dragged two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the Federal High Court, Abuja on a five count charge of electoral malpractices in the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections held in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo state.

In a press statement from the Chamber of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Government slammed the charges against the defendants pursuant to Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Isah revealed the names of the culprits as Sulaiman Ikhuoriah, male, 36 years old of No.13 Aisosa Street, Off Okhoro Road, Benin City who served as Collation Officer for Ward 6 in Saint Maria Gorreti Secondary School, and Olugbenga Omotiloye, male, 50 years old of Plot 1, Longe Street, Okoh Central, Benin City, Edo State were accused to have falsified results in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate.

He disclosed that according to the charges filed by Magaji Labaran, a Principal State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecution of the Federal Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, they committed the offence in their capacity as electoral officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission on and around the 23rd day of February, 2019 during the Presidential and National Assembly polls in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state which is within the jurisdiction of the honourable court.

They were alleged to have conspired among themselves and with others now at large and upon receipt of an offer to procure the return of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the House of Representatives elections for Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in Edo State thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 123 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

Ikhuoriah was also alleged to without lawful excuse acted in breach of his official duty by placing a call to Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma and requested him through a telephone conversation for gratification for the purpose of delivering his ward to his party, the PDP during the elections. This he did erroneously thinking he was discussing with the PDP chairman, not knowing he was talking to Hon. Agbonyinma of APC.  By doing this, he has committed an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The Collation Officer is also accused to have received the sum of a hundred thousand naira as bribe for delivering the ward for his supposed paymaster, the PDP candidate; which is an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

On his part, and as count four, the Electoral Officer, Olugbenga Omotiloye while serving in his capacity as INEC electoral officer on the 2nd day of March, 2019 at Bishop Kelly, beside St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin City held a meeting with Honourable Ise-Edehen and collected the sum of one hundred thousand naira as gratification.

The sum collected is said to be in appreciation of his effort in ensuring that PDP won the election during the February 23rd National Assembly polls for Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area.

Isah equally detailed that count five, Omotiloye on the 25th February, 2019 was directed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide not to take the Senatorial election’s result to Eghosa Grammer School which he complied in clear breach of his lawful duty thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 123 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

To quote Count Three on the charge sheet, “That you Sulaiman Ikhuoriah, male, 36 years old, of No. 13 Aisosa Street, off Okhoro Road, Benin City, Edo State, on 26th February, 2019 at Mr. Biggs, opposite the NNPC Mega Filling Station, Sapele Road Benin City, received the sum of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only as bribe for delivering your Ward, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended).”

While Count Five details, “That you, Olugbenga Omotilayo, male, 50 years old, of Plot 1, Longe Street, Oko Central, Benin City, Edo State, on the 25th February, 2019 was directed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide not to take the Senatorial election’s result to Eghosa Grammer School which you complied in clear breach of your lawful duty, you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 123 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended).

A case summary deposed to by Magaji Labaran, stated thus; “My Lord, the summary of this case is electoral malpractices, perpetrated by the defendants who were the INEC Collation Officer and INEC Electoral Officer (E.O) respectively during the 23rd February, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Ikpoba-Okha LGA, Edo State. The defendants have acted in breach of their official duties by been involved in electoral malpractices including bribery and conspiracy.

“The defendants were invited for interview on the 27th day of February, 2019 and 5th day of March, 2019 following a petition by the member representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, E.J. Agbonayinma (Hon.), where his Techno Ponvair (Model LA7) with GSM No. 0803-428-5260 was exploited. Thus, some incriminating text messages between him and one Matthew Urhoghide (Senator), with GSM No. 0803-3385-5557, Adaeze Onubagu with GSM No. 0703-528-5622 were found on the device.

“The suspects made voluntary statements under caution, and admitted collecting the sum of N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only from Ise-Idehen (Hon.), as appreciation. My Lord, during the trial, the prosecution shall lead evidence to prove the guilt of the defendant based on credible and undisputed facts

Devil Takes Over Church As Pastor Pays Kidnapper To Abduct Rival Colleague In Edo ...Watch The Video As The Kidnappers Confess Here

Devil Takes Over Church As Pastor Pays Kidnapper To Abduct Rival Colleague In Edo ...Watch The Video As The Kidnappers Confess Here

 Pastor Pays Kidnapper To Abduct Rival Colleague In Edo

A certain pastor has been implicated after allegedly sending kidnappers to abduct a rival pastor.

Policemen in Edo state have arrested two kidnappers who confessed after being nabbed while trying to carry out an attack on a pastor during church service.

The criminals confessed that they were sent by another pastor to kidnap his rival in the ministry.

Members of the church were at the Wednesday counselling and deliverance service when the kidnappers drove into the church and requested to see the general overseer, Prophet Isaac Abraham.

Church members suspected something was amiss so they apprehended two of the suspects. Two others, who were allegedly armed, escaped. Both suspects were questioned and they confessed to the crime in a now-viral video.

Gideon Daniel, a soldier, and Oseni Igbiti, a security guard, both confessed after they were nabbed by church members in the process of carrying out the attack.

They shared message conversations between them and their sponsor and revealed they were each paid N200,000 to carry out the attack.

Prophet Isaac Abraham, whose church was attacked, claimed that when he confronted the men who escaped, they confessed that they were sent by Pastor Emeka Onu of Land of Solution prophetic mission int.

Watch video below: 

 Pastor Pays Kidnapper To Abduct Rival Colleague In Edo

A certain pastor has been implicated after allegedly sending kidnappers to abduct a rival pastor.

Policemen in Edo state have arrested two kidnappers who confessed after being nabbed while trying to carry out an attack on a pastor during church service.

The criminals confessed that they were sent by another pastor to kidnap his rival in the ministry.

Members of the church were at the Wednesday counselling and deliverance service when the kidnappers drove into the church and requested to see the general overseer, Prophet Isaac Abraham.

Church members suspected something was amiss so they apprehended two of the suspects. Two others, who were allegedly armed, escaped. Both suspects were questioned and they confessed to the crime in a now-viral video.

Gideon Daniel, a soldier, and Oseni Igbiti, a security guard, both confessed after they were nabbed by church members in the process of carrying out the attack.

They shared message conversations between them and their sponsor and revealed they were each paid N200,000 to carry out the attack.

Prophet Isaac Abraham, whose church was attacked, claimed that when he confronted the men who escaped, they confessed that they were sent by Pastor Emeka Onu of Land of Solution prophetic mission int.

Watch video below: 

Between Politics and Humanity: Why Zamfara Must Stop Fooling Us

Between Politics and Humanity: Why Zamfara Must Stop Fooling Us

By Richard Murphy

We must all finally accept that the elites in Zamfara state are resolute on having the other citizens of their state for diner. The red flag has been there all along but we collectively misread them, we rather saw the ‘poor people’ of Zamfara state as being their own enemies without realizing that they are victims of a greedy few that care nothing whether they live or die.

The orgy of violence that has gripped Zamfara state in recent months has had us all forgetting the other things that had gone wrong in that state. Incidentally, the killings in the state has been directly linked to mining activities taking place there. Before the violence, the people were deprived to the point of mining gold with the same utensils they use for cooking at home. The result was an epidemic of lead poisoning that killed scores of people and maimed hundreds, mostly children.

With the lead poisoning, the poor citizens that engage in artisanal mining were solely blamed for engaging in an activity that claimed their lives and those of their children. It never occurred to anyone at that time to see them as victims of power brokers that sit at the top of the pyramid while deploying them as slaves.

It appears these political elites soon realized that the possibility and prospect of gold mining on a larger scale, an operation that they contrived to go on below the radar and away from the Federal Government oversight. It is an arrangement that worked for them: there was no need to pay taxes to the state government that they control and no need to pay taxes to a federal government that was not in the loop.

The only obstacle then was the populace. The citizens of Zamfara state that were once used as brute labour for getting gold out of the ground suddenly became obstacles to the semi-mechanized mining for which they have imported foreign companies. They are obstacles first because they have to be sent away from the lucrative sites and secondly because they are ordinarily meant to be factors when considering compensation for indigenes of host communities.

It must be noted that illegal mining presents an opportunity that appears too juicy for these Zamfara politicians to ignore. It appeared low risk compared to treasury looting at federal or state level, which would normally come with consequences like protracted trials for corruption and possibility of jail term for anyone unfortunate enough to have their trial concluded. Even when not convicted for corruption being linked to theft of public funds will one day come with stigma.

Illegally mining gold does not carry such risks for these people so they have all the incentive needed to dig for the precious metal and anyone in the way of the enterprise is not seen just as a stumbling block but as a threat that must be neutralized.
What Zamfara politicians came with will make Hitler and his pogrom gang feel like amateurs. Across political and generational divides – past and present, ruling and opposition politicians – came up with a relocation plan that showed humanity at its most brutal. They contracted killers that first pretended to be cattle rustlers that were killing farmers for livestock. They later mutated into ‘bandits’ that kill on compulsion. The appellation of banditry is was a misnomer in the early days because these killers snuff life out entire villages without stealing anything of note. Bandits attack to dispossess people of their belongings and the amazement was that these killers were attacking and killing people in communities that appeared to have nothing of value to steal. Only later did it become apparent that what they were stealing was their victim’s land.

By unleashing terror against the citizens on such scale, the elites of Zamfara achieved their evil goals with such speed that the rest of us in Nigeria are only now beginning to appreciate what happened and is happening. The artisanal miners, the ones that are not suicidal or possessing death wishes among them, have since vacated their mining sites or volunteer their services to the semi-mechanized operations owned directly by the politicians or owned by them through foreign looking proxies. Communities that should have laid claim to the land where the mining operation is taking place have either fled the mindless violence unleashed against them or they have been wiped out.

The dark manner in which these politicians defiled their own state is rivalled only by the dubious way in which they have misled the entire country to misread the atrocities they have committed. Being fully aware of the criminality they are engaged in, they have managed the telling of what is happening to an extent that Nigerians now believe that violence is ravaging Zamfara because President Muhammadu Buhari does not have a grip on the security situation in the country in general but Zamfara state in particular. The reality however is that those who have the patience to review the situation will realize that the political class in Zamfara state are taking the entire country for a ride.

A fair appraisal of the situation will confirm that Mr President took the right steps. Ban the mining operations that were fueling the killings, deployed security and military to restore order and initiating engagement with stakeholders.  Had this been done when mining related violence first began to rear its ugly head in my Niger-Delta the cycle of violence that almost destroyed our homelands would have been avoided.

But even with the deployment of these well-intentioned measures, the politicians in Zamfara state found ways to truncate the good outcomes they were meant to achieve. They mobilize traditional and religious leaders to join their ranks or to come out as being part of the axis of evil that does not want the state to know peace. Their strategy was to demonize the military and security operations against the killers by falsely claiming that civilians were being harmed. They also instructed their contracted killers to export the violence into other states that are contiguous with Zamfara. They have also modified the nature of violence to include kidnapping in the shopping list of how they planned to own their state.

Meanwhile, these Zamfara politicians, religious and traditional leaders, knowing the crime they were involved in, had banked on President Buhari not being re-elected. They has this hope not because the President was not worthy of re-election but because they had perfected means of rigging the votes. So confident were they that they had prepared for the post-Buhari era. Their preferred candidate even threatened that the killings will increase if President Buhari is re-elected. He got re-elected so the Zamfara ruling clan and their opposition leader have made good on this threat by scaling up the body counts from their assassin-contractors. We do not need a soothsayer to tell us that politics and not national interest is behind the crisis and harvest of death in Zamfara.
Even as we seek security and other solutions to end the killings in Zamfara, which are rapidly seeping into other states, it is crucial that Nigerians and indeed the entire world marshal the courage to hold the elites of Zamfara state to account. They must be told in clear terms that they must stop trying to fool us with their false expression concerns about the situation when they are the ones that started it and have done even more to sustain the regime of deaths. If they are now being caught in the crossfire of the war they started it is not because they are victims it is because they are being consumed by the fire they started or that the dogs they unleash on others no longer recognizes their owners.

Murphy is a security expert and wrote this piece from Calabar.
By Richard Murphy

We must all finally accept that the elites in Zamfara state are resolute on having the other citizens of their state for diner. The red flag has been there all along but we collectively misread them, we rather saw the ‘poor people’ of Zamfara state as being their own enemies without realizing that they are victims of a greedy few that care nothing whether they live or die.

The orgy of violence that has gripped Zamfara state in recent months has had us all forgetting the other things that had gone wrong in that state. Incidentally, the killings in the state has been directly linked to mining activities taking place there. Before the violence, the people were deprived to the point of mining gold with the same utensils they use for cooking at home. The result was an epidemic of lead poisoning that killed scores of people and maimed hundreds, mostly children.

With the lead poisoning, the poor citizens that engage in artisanal mining were solely blamed for engaging in an activity that claimed their lives and those of their children. It never occurred to anyone at that time to see them as victims of power brokers that sit at the top of the pyramid while deploying them as slaves.

It appears these political elites soon realized that the possibility and prospect of gold mining on a larger scale, an operation that they contrived to go on below the radar and away from the Federal Government oversight. It is an arrangement that worked for them: there was no need to pay taxes to the state government that they control and no need to pay taxes to a federal government that was not in the loop.

The only obstacle then was the populace. The citizens of Zamfara state that were once used as brute labour for getting gold out of the ground suddenly became obstacles to the semi-mechanized mining for which they have imported foreign companies. They are obstacles first because they have to be sent away from the lucrative sites and secondly because they are ordinarily meant to be factors when considering compensation for indigenes of host communities.

It must be noted that illegal mining presents an opportunity that appears too juicy for these Zamfara politicians to ignore. It appeared low risk compared to treasury looting at federal or state level, which would normally come with consequences like protracted trials for corruption and possibility of jail term for anyone unfortunate enough to have their trial concluded. Even when not convicted for corruption being linked to theft of public funds will one day come with stigma.

Illegally mining gold does not carry such risks for these people so they have all the incentive needed to dig for the precious metal and anyone in the way of the enterprise is not seen just as a stumbling block but as a threat that must be neutralized.
What Zamfara politicians came with will make Hitler and his pogrom gang feel like amateurs. Across political and generational divides – past and present, ruling and opposition politicians – came up with a relocation plan that showed humanity at its most brutal. They contracted killers that first pretended to be cattle rustlers that were killing farmers for livestock. They later mutated into ‘bandits’ that kill on compulsion. The appellation of banditry is was a misnomer in the early days because these killers snuff life out entire villages without stealing anything of note. Bandits attack to dispossess people of their belongings and the amazement was that these killers were attacking and killing people in communities that appeared to have nothing of value to steal. Only later did it become apparent that what they were stealing was their victim’s land.

By unleashing terror against the citizens on such scale, the elites of Zamfara achieved their evil goals with such speed that the rest of us in Nigeria are only now beginning to appreciate what happened and is happening. The artisanal miners, the ones that are not suicidal or possessing death wishes among them, have since vacated their mining sites or volunteer their services to the semi-mechanized operations owned directly by the politicians or owned by them through foreign looking proxies. Communities that should have laid claim to the land where the mining operation is taking place have either fled the mindless violence unleashed against them or they have been wiped out.

The dark manner in which these politicians defiled their own state is rivalled only by the dubious way in which they have misled the entire country to misread the atrocities they have committed. Being fully aware of the criminality they are engaged in, they have managed the telling of what is happening to an extent that Nigerians now believe that violence is ravaging Zamfara because President Muhammadu Buhari does not have a grip on the security situation in the country in general but Zamfara state in particular. The reality however is that those who have the patience to review the situation will realize that the political class in Zamfara state are taking the entire country for a ride.

A fair appraisal of the situation will confirm that Mr President took the right steps. Ban the mining operations that were fueling the killings, deployed security and military to restore order and initiating engagement with stakeholders.  Had this been done when mining related violence first began to rear its ugly head in my Niger-Delta the cycle of violence that almost destroyed our homelands would have been avoided.

But even with the deployment of these well-intentioned measures, the politicians in Zamfara state found ways to truncate the good outcomes they were meant to achieve. They mobilize traditional and religious leaders to join their ranks or to come out as being part of the axis of evil that does not want the state to know peace. Their strategy was to demonize the military and security operations against the killers by falsely claiming that civilians were being harmed. They also instructed their contracted killers to export the violence into other states that are contiguous with Zamfara. They have also modified the nature of violence to include kidnapping in the shopping list of how they planned to own their state.

Meanwhile, these Zamfara politicians, religious and traditional leaders, knowing the crime they were involved in, had banked on President Buhari not being re-elected. They has this hope not because the President was not worthy of re-election but because they had perfected means of rigging the votes. So confident were they that they had prepared for the post-Buhari era. Their preferred candidate even threatened that the killings will increase if President Buhari is re-elected. He got re-elected so the Zamfara ruling clan and their opposition leader have made good on this threat by scaling up the body counts from their assassin-contractors. We do not need a soothsayer to tell us that politics and not national interest is behind the crisis and harvest of death in Zamfara.
Even as we seek security and other solutions to end the killings in Zamfara, which are rapidly seeping into other states, it is crucial that Nigerians and indeed the entire world marshal the courage to hold the elites of Zamfara state to account. They must be told in clear terms that they must stop trying to fool us with their false expression concerns about the situation when they are the ones that started it and have done even more to sustain the regime of deaths. If they are now being caught in the crossfire of the war they started it is not because they are victims it is because they are being consumed by the fire they started or that the dogs they unleash on others no longer recognizes their owners.

Murphy is a security expert and wrote this piece from Calabar.

E-X-P-OS-E-D: How Top politicians , traditional rulers fueling insecurity to sustain illegal gold mining business

E-X-P-OS-E-D: How Top politicians , traditional rulers fueling insecurity to sustain illegal gold mining business

By Dansu Peter

Citizens’ Rights Crusade Network, CRCN, on Sunday identified political players and public office holders as masterminds of the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and killings ravaging Zamfara State.

The group specifically alerted Nigerians that politicians benefiting from illegal gold mining in Zamfara were the ones sponsoring the endless unrest in the area. 

CRCN, therefore, called on the attention of the international community and relevant security agencies to save Nigerians from the hands of politicians causing unrest in the North West region.

National Convener of the group, Princess Ajibola, while addressing journalists in Abuja, warned that if the killings persist in Nigeria, the entire country faces the prospect of shortages that will result in increased food prices.

She said, “It is with this sense of alarm that we are calling attention to the security breaches and killings going on in North-West of the country. We should have ordinarily specifically mention Zamfara state where so called bandits have been wasting human life with incessant killings. But efforts by the Federal Government to curtail them have seen this contracted killers fanning out into Sokoto and Katsina States.

“The potentials are there for them to move further into Kebbi, Kano and just any state where their sponsors direct them to go. This relocation of the killers has been confirmed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.

“Our concern is that the North-West is a strategic remnant of food production axes that has not been destabilized by political jobbers that are deploying terrorism to extract political and economic advantage.


“Food supply from the North-East has earlier been reduced by Boko Haram terrorists, who happen to have political backers and sponsors. Food production in the North-Central trough has been hampered by killer militias, killer herdsmen and ethno-sectarian violence. That leaves the North-West as the last remaining source of certain categories of food crops and now Zamfara state, politicians in that state, are about plunging the country into hunger.


“It is most unfortunate that it is their greed for gold and illicit revenue from the precious metal is the reason they are prepared to starve the rest of the country to death. While the incessant killings were earlier classified as the handiwork of bandits, it has now been established that the killers were carrying out this killings to protect the illegal mining activities in the area.

“A Federal Government ban on mining activities in Zamfara state and environs has only sent the killers to commit more acts of violence, apparently on the instruction of their sponsors. Knowing the damage that the Nigerian military is capable of inflicting on them, they have escaped into neighbouring states were they continue to carry out attacks. These attacks are as mindless as they are senseless. The only ideology driving it is the instructions they take from the politicians that are sponsoring them. Their victims are random and have no history, connection or contention with the killers. They kill just to create the sense of insecurity that their sponsors crave.


“These politicians have been identified as comprising high level serving and former state government officials including some that had held ministerial appointments at the federal level in the past. The Zamfara state politicians have been found out to be the owners of the mining operations. At the very least they are partners with the foreign firms that mine gold in Zamfara state.



“The incentive for them is that the ongoing orgy of violence in and around Zamfara state has taken national attention away from the illegality of mining natural resources in manners that violate the provisions of the constitution about resource control. They possibly believe that while the nation deals with the violence they are sponsoring no one will remember to put them on trial for their crimes. The violence has also allowed them to decimate entire communities and scared the inhabitants away to allow for mining without having to pay compensation or other entitlements that host communities would have enjoyed.


“The killings they deployed have, unfortunately, impacted in unexpected ways, or they might have been aware of these consequences and their greed still allowed them to put themselves above the 200 million Nigerians that could be imperilled. The killings have snuffed life out of able bodied farmers who would have grown food crops in the next farming season. It has scared those still alive away from the region with the result that there would not be enough farmers around when the planting season begins.



“The general security outlook that has been created in the entire region is such that those that could potentially invest in agriculture against the next farming season will be compelled to take decisions that will not be friendly to large scale food production. The spread of these killers to other states will equally replicate these ugly prospects and outcomes in these places.


“These dangerous potentials call for concerns. You may wonder why we are here in Lagos raising alarm about far away Zamfara and states around it. We will mention just two instances. If these killings should disrupt rice production in Kebbi state then we are in for a tough time because we know how much rice from this place means to Lagos state. It the crisis impact tomatoes production not only will we have to face the crisis of paying so much for so little, we will also face the ugly prospect of job losses in companies that rely on tomatoes from the area for production.


“If these killings persist in Nigeria, the entire country faces the prospect of shortages that will result in increased food prices. It is doubtful that Nigerians can absorb the resulting price shock given the ongoing economic restructuring. Such potential spike in food prices has been known to have caused upheavals in many countries. It is an outcome we must avoid at all costs. If we allow things to get that stage, no part of the country would be spared.



“At this point we like to remind Nigerians that the sponsorship of Boko Haram by politicians was initially dismissed as conspiracy theory. But that was until key commanders of the terror group were being arrested in the homes of politicians and being linked to important members of the political class. We also want to remind you that those empowered by these politicians later became estranged from those that commissioned them as assassins of political opponents. Today Boko Haram is an international plague. They no longer respond even to those that first brought them together.



“It is on this note that we for decisive action (s) to be taken against the masterminds of politically motivated banditry, kidnapping and killings in Zamfara state and environs. These sponsors of the atrocities may serving and former political office holders in Zamfara State Government but to the extent that they threaten the peace of Nigeria, the whole gamut of the applicable laws should be thrown against them.”
By Dansu Peter

Citizens’ Rights Crusade Network, CRCN, on Sunday identified political players and public office holders as masterminds of the rising cases of banditry, kidnapping and killings ravaging Zamfara State.

The group specifically alerted Nigerians that politicians benefiting from illegal gold mining in Zamfara were the ones sponsoring the endless unrest in the area. 

CRCN, therefore, called on the attention of the international community and relevant security agencies to save Nigerians from the hands of politicians causing unrest in the North West region.

National Convener of the group, Princess Ajibola, while addressing journalists in Abuja, warned that if the killings persist in Nigeria, the entire country faces the prospect of shortages that will result in increased food prices.

She said, “It is with this sense of alarm that we are calling attention to the security breaches and killings going on in North-West of the country. We should have ordinarily specifically mention Zamfara state where so called bandits have been wasting human life with incessant killings. But efforts by the Federal Government to curtail them have seen this contracted killers fanning out into Sokoto and Katsina States.

“The potentials are there for them to move further into Kebbi, Kano and just any state where their sponsors direct them to go. This relocation of the killers has been confirmed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.

“Our concern is that the North-West is a strategic remnant of food production axes that has not been destabilized by political jobbers that are deploying terrorism to extract political and economic advantage.


“Food supply from the North-East has earlier been reduced by Boko Haram terrorists, who happen to have political backers and sponsors. Food production in the North-Central trough has been hampered by killer militias, killer herdsmen and ethno-sectarian violence. That leaves the North-West as the last remaining source of certain categories of food crops and now Zamfara state, politicians in that state, are about plunging the country into hunger.


“It is most unfortunate that it is their greed for gold and illicit revenue from the precious metal is the reason they are prepared to starve the rest of the country to death. While the incessant killings were earlier classified as the handiwork of bandits, it has now been established that the killers were carrying out this killings to protect the illegal mining activities in the area.

“A Federal Government ban on mining activities in Zamfara state and environs has only sent the killers to commit more acts of violence, apparently on the instruction of their sponsors. Knowing the damage that the Nigerian military is capable of inflicting on them, they have escaped into neighbouring states were they continue to carry out attacks. These attacks are as mindless as they are senseless. The only ideology driving it is the instructions they take from the politicians that are sponsoring them. Their victims are random and have no history, connection or contention with the killers. They kill just to create the sense of insecurity that their sponsors crave.


“These politicians have been identified as comprising high level serving and former state government officials including some that had held ministerial appointments at the federal level in the past. The Zamfara state politicians have been found out to be the owners of the mining operations. At the very least they are partners with the foreign firms that mine gold in Zamfara state.



“The incentive for them is that the ongoing orgy of violence in and around Zamfara state has taken national attention away from the illegality of mining natural resources in manners that violate the provisions of the constitution about resource control. They possibly believe that while the nation deals with the violence they are sponsoring no one will remember to put them on trial for their crimes. The violence has also allowed them to decimate entire communities and scared the inhabitants away to allow for mining without having to pay compensation or other entitlements that host communities would have enjoyed.


“The killings they deployed have, unfortunately, impacted in unexpected ways, or they might have been aware of these consequences and their greed still allowed them to put themselves above the 200 million Nigerians that could be imperilled. The killings have snuffed life out of able bodied farmers who would have grown food crops in the next farming season. It has scared those still alive away from the region with the result that there would not be enough farmers around when the planting season begins.



“The general security outlook that has been created in the entire region is such that those that could potentially invest in agriculture against the next farming season will be compelled to take decisions that will not be friendly to large scale food production. The spread of these killers to other states will equally replicate these ugly prospects and outcomes in these places.


“These dangerous potentials call for concerns. You may wonder why we are here in Lagos raising alarm about far away Zamfara and states around it. We will mention just two instances. If these killings should disrupt rice production in Kebbi state then we are in for a tough time because we know how much rice from this place means to Lagos state. It the crisis impact tomatoes production not only will we have to face the crisis of paying so much for so little, we will also face the ugly prospect of job losses in companies that rely on tomatoes from the area for production.


“If these killings persist in Nigeria, the entire country faces the prospect of shortages that will result in increased food prices. It is doubtful that Nigerians can absorb the resulting price shock given the ongoing economic restructuring. Such potential spike in food prices has been known to have caused upheavals in many countries. It is an outcome we must avoid at all costs. If we allow things to get that stage, no part of the country would be spared.



“At this point we like to remind Nigerians that the sponsorship of Boko Haram by politicians was initially dismissed as conspiracy theory. But that was until key commanders of the terror group were being arrested in the homes of politicians and being linked to important members of the political class. We also want to remind you that those empowered by these politicians later became estranged from those that commissioned them as assassins of political opponents. Today Boko Haram is an international plague. They no longer respond even to those that first brought them together.



“It is on this note that we for decisive action (s) to be taken against the masterminds of politically motivated banditry, kidnapping and killings in Zamfara state and environs. These sponsors of the atrocities may serving and former political office holders in Zamfara State Government but to the extent that they threaten the peace of Nigeria, the whole gamut of the applicable laws should be thrown against them.”

Insecurity: Celebrities lead solidarity walk for end to banditry, kidnappings in north-west

Insecurity: Celebrities lead solidarity walk for end to banditry, kidnappings in north-west

By Dansu Peter

Veteran Nollywood actor, Larry Koldsweat, on Friday led other Nigerian celebrities in a solidarity walk to call  for an end to banditry and kidnappings in north western part of the country.

The celebrities under the auspices of Human Rights Monitoring Group, called on the world to take notice that high ranking politicians such as Governors, Ex- Governors, Ministers, traditional rulers from Zamfara State are behind the resurgence of killings in the north-west.

Addressing the well-attended rally, which held from the Unity Fountain to the presidential villa, Abuja, Koldsweat urged Nigerians to rise up against politicians that are sponsoring these killings all over Zamfara State with a firm demand that they stop it now. 

His speech below.

Fellow compatriots,
We are gathered here today as patriotic Nigerians who do not want to be complicit in an injustice being perpetrated against other Nigerian. Our march is about not being complicit by remaining silent in the face of grievous harm being done to our compatriots in several states of the country. What the perpetrators of this crime are banking on is that they have gotten away with their evil in some places and they can therefore spread their deadly merchandise to other parts of the country.

We speak to the killings in Zamafara and its environs. Those facilitating these killings began by making us initially think it was a case of petty crime gone wrong. It later became cattle rustlers killing victims to steal cow. Then we began hearing of armed bandits. Even their harmed bandits have later been discovered to be militias that were unleashing violence as a smokescreen while the mineral resources, gold, in Zamfara state was being mined by the tonnes while the environment is degraded beyond comprehension and the citizens deprived of their livelihood.
Our shock as a nation upon finding out about this pillaging of Zamfara and neighbouring communities should have been a red card for the people benefitting from this evil to call it quits and scamper away like the criminals that they are.

But this is not the case. These people have resolved to dare our collective will as a people and to test the capacity of Nigeria to respond to their felonious activities with the powers of a sovereign state.

Instead of being contrite and seeking out escape route from criminal trials that will naturally follow their evil deeds, they have decided to embark on further provocations. On top of the theft of natural resources of Zamfara, killing of its citizens under the pretext of being bandits and destroying the environment, they have resorted to kidnapping. They have shown by their modus operandi that they receive instructions from entities that are no different from those dishing orders to Boko Haram terrorists.

The trend we have seen is that they are now exporting their security threat to other parts of the country in a desperate bid to prevent the full scale of their atrocity in Zamfara from coming under scrutiny. They have moved into Katsina state and we are aware that they have design on other states unless they are decisively stopped by security agencies.

We have been able to ferret out information. The new spate of banditry and kidnappings are masterminded by high ranking political actors in that part of the country. The bandits pulling the trigger to kill innocent Nigerians are but mere puppets. The hand pulling the strings for these killers to commit evil are higher up and highly placed hence the efficiency with which they have evaded detection and being held to account for the mass murder that has been committed in Zamfara.
The high-ups that have been identified include serving and former Governors of Zamfara state, serving and former high ranking cabinet officials of Zamfara state and federal appointees such as Ministers, Deputy Governors and their allies. The traditional rulers and a sprinkling of religious leaders are, tragically, also part of the axis of evil.

Their grouse is nothing other than the wise decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to the illegal activities of gold miners. These illegal miners have now been proven to be business associates of these politicians, who continue to benefit from the crimes being committed by the criminal activities of the miners.

The recent kidnap of the traditional ruler of a neighbouring community is in reaction to the President’s ban on illegal mining. It is an attempt these criminals and their minions to bully Mr. President into submission, forcing him to restate illegal gold mining.

But we assert that this criminal plot shall fail. Not only shall it fail but any attempt to try the will of the Nigerian people would be rejected and those making such attempts made to face the full weight of the law. We shall reject such evil plot with the benefit of the lessons learnt from the Niger-Delta where politicians manipulate militants just to have their way while holding the country to ransom.

Dear Compatriots, in our solidarity with the innocent citizens of Zamfara State and the rest of the north-West people who are being tormented by these criminal elements and their political allies, we have clear cut outcomes that we envisage.

Our first demand is to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice to immediately review the development in Zamfara state and come up with a list of what those masterminding the crisis in Zamfara state can be charged with. The AGF must also create a list of the politicians and officials that can immediately go on trial since we recognize that a couple of those involved currently enjoy immunity.

 The head of the snake will be cut off when it has exited the hole of immunity it is hiding in but pending that time other parts of the body can be cut off. So the country should be able to do something about the other members of the syndicate that has satanically cheapened the value of human life in Zamfara state.

Our second demand is to the security agencies. The era of playing nice guys with these bandits is past. They have shown disdain for Nigeria as a country and should be put in their place. We have seen videos that they posted to dare not just the security agencies but also the sanctity of Nigeria as a nation. Encounters with these so called bandits must therefore be made expensive for the criminals in human cost. Any surviving ones apprehended should have information extracted from them using internationally acceptable interrogation techniques with a view to tracing their links with their sponsors.

Furthermore, we demand from the few remaining political, religious and traditional leaders in this area that have not joined the band of criminals to provide the leadership needed to defeat the evil that has been spawned in their midst. It they failed to take such steps, history will lumped them alongside the criminals that have made it possible for this evil to thrive.
Perhaps the greatest demand yet is to the people of Zamfara state. They must shake off the label of being the victim. The law is on their side and we enjoin them to use the law. They know the people behind their travail.

 They have the facts what these people have done wrong. The people of Zamfara state must disavow these leaders that have failed them using all legally approved processes and actions. Leaders that slaughter their own citizens for food are not worthy of being referred to as leaders. They are evil, have no business being in charge of anywhere and should be disowned by the people.

We urge other Nigerians to rally behind the people of Zamfara state. They should mobilize the rest of the world to wade into this matter before another section of the country is destroyed by the greed of a few people that destabilize their own state while building oasis of paradise in Abuja and other world capitalsInsecurity: Celebrities lead solidarity walk for end to banditry, kidnappings in north-west

Veteran Nollywood actor, Larry Koldsweat, on Friday led other Nigerian celebrities in a solidarity walk to call  for an end to banditry and kidnappings in north western part of the country.

The celebrities under the auspices of Human Rights Monitoring Group, called on the world to take notice that high ranking politicians such as Governors, Ex- Governors, Ministers, traditional rulers from Zamfara State are behind the resurgence of killings in the north-west.

Addressing the well-attended rally, which held from the Unity Fountain to the presidential villa, Abuja, Koldsweat urged Nigerians to rise up against politicians that are sponsoring these killings all over Zamfara State with a firm demand that they stop it now. 

His speech below.

Fellow compatriots,
We are gathered here today as patriotic Nigerians who do not want to be complicit in an injustice being perpetrated against other Nigerian. Our march is about not being complicit by remaining silent in the face of grievous harm being done to our compatriots in several states of the country. What the perpetrators of this crime are banking on is that they have gotten away with their evil in some places and they can therefore spread their deadly merchandise to other parts of the country.

We speak to the killings in Zamafara and its environs. Those facilitating these killings began by making us initially think it was a case of petty crime gone wrong. It later became cattle rustlers killing victims to steal cow. Then we began hearing of armed bandits. Even their harmed bandits have later been discovered to be militias that were unleashing violence as a smokescreen while the mineral resources, gold, in Zamfara state was being mined by the tonnes while the environment is degraded beyond comprehension and the citizens deprived of their livelihood.
Our shock as a nation upon finding out about this pillaging of Zamfara and neighbouring communities should have been a red card for the people benefitting from this evil to call it quits and scamper away like the criminals that they are.

But this is not the case. These people have resolved to dare our collective will as a people and to test the capacity of Nigeria to respond to their felonious activities with the powers of a sovereign state.

Instead of being contrite and seeking out escape route from criminal trials that will naturally follow their evil deeds, they have decided to embark on further provocations. On top of the theft of natural resources of Zamfara, killing of its citizens under the pretext of being bandits and destroying the environment, they have resorted to kidnapping. They have shown by their modus operandi that they receive instructions from entities that are no different from those dishing orders to Boko Haram terrorists.

The trend we have seen is that they are now exporting their security threat to other parts of the country in a desperate bid to prevent the full scale of their atrocity in Zamfara from coming under scrutiny. They have moved into Katsina state and we are aware that they have design on other states unless they are decisively stopped by security agencies.

We have been able to ferret out information. The new spate of banditry and kidnappings are masterminded by high ranking political actors in that part of the country. The bandits pulling the trigger to kill innocent Nigerians are but mere puppets. The hand pulling the strings for these killers to commit evil are higher up and highly placed hence the efficiency with which they have evaded detection and being held to account for the mass murder that has been committed in Zamfara.
The high-ups that have been identified include serving and former Governors of Zamfara state, serving and former high ranking cabinet officials of Zamfara state and federal appointees such as Ministers, Deputy Governors and their allies. The traditional rulers and a sprinkling of religious leaders are, tragically, also part of the axis of evil.

Their grouse is nothing other than the wise decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to the illegal activities of gold miners. These illegal miners have now been proven to be business associates of these politicians, who continue to benefit from the crimes being committed by the criminal activities of the miners.

The recent kidnap of the traditional ruler of a neighbouring community is in reaction to the President’s ban on illegal mining. It is an attempt these criminals and their minions to bully Mr. President into submission, forcing him to restate illegal gold mining.

But we assert that this criminal plot shall fail. Not only shall it fail but any attempt to try the will of the Nigerian people would be rejected and those making such attempts made to face the full weight of the law. We shall reject such evil plot with the benefit of the lessons learnt from the Niger-Delta where politicians manipulate militants just to have their way while holding the country to ransom.

Dear Compatriots, in our solidarity with the innocent citizens of Zamfara State and the rest of the north-West people who are being tormented by these criminal elements and their political allies, we have clear cut outcomes that we envisage.

Our first demand is to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice to immediately review the development in Zamfara state and come up with a list of what those masterminding the crisis in Zamfara state can be charged with. The AGF must also create a list of the politicians and officials that can immediately go on trial since we recognize that a couple of those involved currently enjoy immunity.

 The head of the snake will be cut off when it has exited the hole of immunity it is hiding in but pending that time other parts of the body can be cut off. So the country should be able to do something about the other members of the syndicate that has satanically cheapened the value of human life in Zamfara state.

Our second demand is to the security agencies. The era of playing nice guys with these bandits is past. They have shown disdain for Nigeria as a country and should be put in their place. We have seen videos that they posted to dare not just the security agencies but also the sanctity of Nigeria as a nation. Encounters with these so called bandits must therefore be made expensive for the criminals in human cost. Any surviving ones apprehended should have information extracted from them using internationally acceptable interrogation techniques with a view to tracing their links with their sponsors.

Furthermore, we demand from the few remaining political, religious and traditional leaders in this area that have not joined the band of criminals to provide the leadership needed to defeat the evil that has been spawned in their midst. It they failed to take such steps, history will lumped them alongside the criminals that have made it possible for this evil to thrive.
Perhaps the greatest demand yet is to the people of Zamfara state. They must shake off the label of being the victim. The law is on their side and we enjoin them to use the law. They know the people behind their travail.

 They have the facts what these people have done wrong. The people of Zamfara state must disavow these leaders that have failed them using all legally approved processes and actions. Leaders that slaughter their own citizens for food are not worthy of being referred to as leaders. They are evil, have no business being in charge of anywhere and should be disowned by the people.

We urge other Nigerians to rally behind the people of Zamfara state. They should mobilize the rest of the world to wade into this matter before another section of the country is destroyed by the greed of a few people that destabilize their own state while building oasis of paradise in Abuja and other world capitals.
By Dansu Peter

Veteran Nollywood actor, Larry Koldsweat, on Friday led other Nigerian celebrities in a solidarity walk to call  for an end to banditry and kidnappings in north western part of the country.

The celebrities under the auspices of Human Rights Monitoring Group, called on the world to take notice that high ranking politicians such as Governors, Ex- Governors, Ministers, traditional rulers from Zamfara State are behind the resurgence of killings in the north-west.

Addressing the well-attended rally, which held from the Unity Fountain to the presidential villa, Abuja, Koldsweat urged Nigerians to rise up against politicians that are sponsoring these killings all over Zamfara State with a firm demand that they stop it now. 

His speech below.

Fellow compatriots,
We are gathered here today as patriotic Nigerians who do not want to be complicit in an injustice being perpetrated against other Nigerian. Our march is about not being complicit by remaining silent in the face of grievous harm being done to our compatriots in several states of the country. What the perpetrators of this crime are banking on is that they have gotten away with their evil in some places and they can therefore spread their deadly merchandise to other parts of the country.

We speak to the killings in Zamafara and its environs. Those facilitating these killings began by making us initially think it was a case of petty crime gone wrong. It later became cattle rustlers killing victims to steal cow. Then we began hearing of armed bandits. Even their harmed bandits have later been discovered to be militias that were unleashing violence as a smokescreen while the mineral resources, gold, in Zamfara state was being mined by the tonnes while the environment is degraded beyond comprehension and the citizens deprived of their livelihood.
Our shock as a nation upon finding out about this pillaging of Zamfara and neighbouring communities should have been a red card for the people benefitting from this evil to call it quits and scamper away like the criminals that they are.

But this is not the case. These people have resolved to dare our collective will as a people and to test the capacity of Nigeria to respond to their felonious activities with the powers of a sovereign state.

Instead of being contrite and seeking out escape route from criminal trials that will naturally follow their evil deeds, they have decided to embark on further provocations. On top of the theft of natural resources of Zamfara, killing of its citizens under the pretext of being bandits and destroying the environment, they have resorted to kidnapping. They have shown by their modus operandi that they receive instructions from entities that are no different from those dishing orders to Boko Haram terrorists.

The trend we have seen is that they are now exporting their security threat to other parts of the country in a desperate bid to prevent the full scale of their atrocity in Zamfara from coming under scrutiny. They have moved into Katsina state and we are aware that they have design on other states unless they are decisively stopped by security agencies.

We have been able to ferret out information. The new spate of banditry and kidnappings are masterminded by high ranking political actors in that part of the country. The bandits pulling the trigger to kill innocent Nigerians are but mere puppets. The hand pulling the strings for these killers to commit evil are higher up and highly placed hence the efficiency with which they have evaded detection and being held to account for the mass murder that has been committed in Zamfara.
The high-ups that have been identified include serving and former Governors of Zamfara state, serving and former high ranking cabinet officials of Zamfara state and federal appointees such as Ministers, Deputy Governors and their allies. The traditional rulers and a sprinkling of religious leaders are, tragically, also part of the axis of evil.

Their grouse is nothing other than the wise decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to the illegal activities of gold miners. These illegal miners have now been proven to be business associates of these politicians, who continue to benefit from the crimes being committed by the criminal activities of the miners.

The recent kidnap of the traditional ruler of a neighbouring community is in reaction to the President’s ban on illegal mining. It is an attempt these criminals and their minions to bully Mr. President into submission, forcing him to restate illegal gold mining.

But we assert that this criminal plot shall fail. Not only shall it fail but any attempt to try the will of the Nigerian people would be rejected and those making such attempts made to face the full weight of the law. We shall reject such evil plot with the benefit of the lessons learnt from the Niger-Delta where politicians manipulate militants just to have their way while holding the country to ransom.

Dear Compatriots, in our solidarity with the innocent citizens of Zamfara State and the rest of the north-West people who are being tormented by these criminal elements and their political allies, we have clear cut outcomes that we envisage.

Our first demand is to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice to immediately review the development in Zamfara state and come up with a list of what those masterminding the crisis in Zamfara state can be charged with. The AGF must also create a list of the politicians and officials that can immediately go on trial since we recognize that a couple of those involved currently enjoy immunity.

 The head of the snake will be cut off when it has exited the hole of immunity it is hiding in but pending that time other parts of the body can be cut off. So the country should be able to do something about the other members of the syndicate that has satanically cheapened the value of human life in Zamfara state.

Our second demand is to the security agencies. The era of playing nice guys with these bandits is past. They have shown disdain for Nigeria as a country and should be put in their place. We have seen videos that they posted to dare not just the security agencies but also the sanctity of Nigeria as a nation. Encounters with these so called bandits must therefore be made expensive for the criminals in human cost. Any surviving ones apprehended should have information extracted from them using internationally acceptable interrogation techniques with a view to tracing their links with their sponsors.

Furthermore, we demand from the few remaining political, religious and traditional leaders in this area that have not joined the band of criminals to provide the leadership needed to defeat the evil that has been spawned in their midst. It they failed to take such steps, history will lumped them alongside the criminals that have made it possible for this evil to thrive.
Perhaps the greatest demand yet is to the people of Zamfara state. They must shake off the label of being the victim. The law is on their side and we enjoin them to use the law. They know the people behind their travail.

 They have the facts what these people have done wrong. The people of Zamfara state must disavow these leaders that have failed them using all legally approved processes and actions. Leaders that slaughter their own citizens for food are not worthy of being referred to as leaders. They are evil, have no business being in charge of anywhere and should be disowned by the people.

We urge other Nigerians to rally behind the people of Zamfara state. They should mobilize the rest of the world to wade into this matter before another section of the country is destroyed by the greed of a few people that destabilize their own state while building oasis of paradise in Abuja and other world capitalsInsecurity: Celebrities lead solidarity walk for end to banditry, kidnappings in north-west

Veteran Nollywood actor, Larry Koldsweat, on Friday led other Nigerian celebrities in a solidarity walk to call  for an end to banditry and kidnappings in north western part of the country.

The celebrities under the auspices of Human Rights Monitoring Group, called on the world to take notice that high ranking politicians such as Governors, Ex- Governors, Ministers, traditional rulers from Zamfara State are behind the resurgence of killings in the north-west.

Addressing the well-attended rally, which held from the Unity Fountain to the presidential villa, Abuja, Koldsweat urged Nigerians to rise up against politicians that are sponsoring these killings all over Zamfara State with a firm demand that they stop it now. 

His speech below.

Fellow compatriots,
We are gathered here today as patriotic Nigerians who do not want to be complicit in an injustice being perpetrated against other Nigerian. Our march is about not being complicit by remaining silent in the face of grievous harm being done to our compatriots in several states of the country. What the perpetrators of this crime are banking on is that they have gotten away with their evil in some places and they can therefore spread their deadly merchandise to other parts of the country.

We speak to the killings in Zamafara and its environs. Those facilitating these killings began by making us initially think it was a case of petty crime gone wrong. It later became cattle rustlers killing victims to steal cow. Then we began hearing of armed bandits. Even their harmed bandits have later been discovered to be militias that were unleashing violence as a smokescreen while the mineral resources, gold, in Zamfara state was being mined by the tonnes while the environment is degraded beyond comprehension and the citizens deprived of their livelihood.
Our shock as a nation upon finding out about this pillaging of Zamfara and neighbouring communities should have been a red card for the people benefitting from this evil to call it quits and scamper away like the criminals that they are.

But this is not the case. These people have resolved to dare our collective will as a people and to test the capacity of Nigeria to respond to their felonious activities with the powers of a sovereign state.

Instead of being contrite and seeking out escape route from criminal trials that will naturally follow their evil deeds, they have decided to embark on further provocations. On top of the theft of natural resources of Zamfara, killing of its citizens under the pretext of being bandits and destroying the environment, they have resorted to kidnapping. They have shown by their modus operandi that they receive instructions from entities that are no different from those dishing orders to Boko Haram terrorists.

The trend we have seen is that they are now exporting their security threat to other parts of the country in a desperate bid to prevent the full scale of their atrocity in Zamfara from coming under scrutiny. They have moved into Katsina state and we are aware that they have design on other states unless they are decisively stopped by security agencies.

We have been able to ferret out information. The new spate of banditry and kidnappings are masterminded by high ranking political actors in that part of the country. The bandits pulling the trigger to kill innocent Nigerians are but mere puppets. The hand pulling the strings for these killers to commit evil are higher up and highly placed hence the efficiency with which they have evaded detection and being held to account for the mass murder that has been committed in Zamfara.
The high-ups that have been identified include serving and former Governors of Zamfara state, serving and former high ranking cabinet officials of Zamfara state and federal appointees such as Ministers, Deputy Governors and their allies. The traditional rulers and a sprinkling of religious leaders are, tragically, also part of the axis of evil.

Their grouse is nothing other than the wise decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to the illegal activities of gold miners. These illegal miners have now been proven to be business associates of these politicians, who continue to benefit from the crimes being committed by the criminal activities of the miners.

The recent kidnap of the traditional ruler of a neighbouring community is in reaction to the President’s ban on illegal mining. It is an attempt these criminals and their minions to bully Mr. President into submission, forcing him to restate illegal gold mining.

But we assert that this criminal plot shall fail. Not only shall it fail but any attempt to try the will of the Nigerian people would be rejected and those making such attempts made to face the full weight of the law. We shall reject such evil plot with the benefit of the lessons learnt from the Niger-Delta where politicians manipulate militants just to have their way while holding the country to ransom.

Dear Compatriots, in our solidarity with the innocent citizens of Zamfara State and the rest of the north-West people who are being tormented by these criminal elements and their political allies, we have clear cut outcomes that we envisage.

Our first demand is to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice to immediately review the development in Zamfara state and come up with a list of what those masterminding the crisis in Zamfara state can be charged with. The AGF must also create a list of the politicians and officials that can immediately go on trial since we recognize that a couple of those involved currently enjoy immunity.

 The head of the snake will be cut off when it has exited the hole of immunity it is hiding in but pending that time other parts of the body can be cut off. So the country should be able to do something about the other members of the syndicate that has satanically cheapened the value of human life in Zamfara state.

Our second demand is to the security agencies. The era of playing nice guys with these bandits is past. They have shown disdain for Nigeria as a country and should be put in their place. We have seen videos that they posted to dare not just the security agencies but also the sanctity of Nigeria as a nation. Encounters with these so called bandits must therefore be made expensive for the criminals in human cost. Any surviving ones apprehended should have information extracted from them using internationally acceptable interrogation techniques with a view to tracing their links with their sponsors.

Furthermore, we demand from the few remaining political, religious and traditional leaders in this area that have not joined the band of criminals to provide the leadership needed to defeat the evil that has been spawned in their midst. It they failed to take such steps, history will lumped them alongside the criminals that have made it possible for this evil to thrive.
Perhaps the greatest demand yet is to the people of Zamfara state. They must shake off the label of being the victim. The law is on their side and we enjoin them to use the law. They know the people behind their travail.

 They have the facts what these people have done wrong. The people of Zamfara state must disavow these leaders that have failed them using all legally approved processes and actions. Leaders that slaughter their own citizens for food are not worthy of being referred to as leaders. They are evil, have no business being in charge of anywhere and should be disowned by the people.

We urge other Nigerians to rally behind the people of Zamfara state. They should mobilize the rest of the world to wade into this matter before another section of the country is destroyed by the greed of a few people that destabilize their own state while building oasis of paradise in Abuja and other world capitals.

Teachers Sacked By Terrorist In North-East Back To Classrooms – TRCN

Teachers Sacked By Terrorist In North-East Back To Classrooms – TRCN

By Dansu Peter

The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Segun Ajiboye Ajiboye has disclosed that some of the school teachers who were sacked by terrorists in the north-eastern part of the country are back to classroom.

He said that the Council had commenced the process of bringing back to the classrooms, teachers who have deserted the northeast zone due to terrorism attacks.

Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, he said that the plan was to re-motivate and change the psyche of the traumatised teachers to return to school.

According to him, some of the teachers lost their certificates to terrorism but have been restored by the intervention of the Council.

The TRCN boss disclosed that bringing back the teachers would improve knowledge impartation on students in North-eastern part of the country.

"Actually it is disheartening we are affected we can't pretend. We have lost so many teachers to insecurity especially in the northeast. It created trauma. Pupils left the schools. They don’t want to come.

"The teachers themselves left because of what has happened to their colleagues. What we are doing is to bring back our teachers especially in the northeast. A lot of interventions are going on to re-motivate the teachers and change their psyche.

"So many of them left the teaching profession they don’t want to come back but now sanity is returning and our teachers are coming back. Some of them lost their certificates to insurgency", he said.

On the deadline to register as professional teacher, Ajiboye disclosed that full enforcement against unregistered and unlicensed teachers would begin in January 2020, adding that any teacher not registered by the Council by December 31, 2019 will not be allowed to practice anymore in Nigeria.

He said letter of reminder was being written to Commissioners of Education and the Education Secretary in Federal Capital Territory on the need to ensure that practising teachers in their states get valid license before the deadline.

"That deadline stands. In fact the Minister of Education has directed that TRCN should do a letter to Commissioners of Education and Education secretary in the FCT to remind them about the deadline. By December 2019 anyone not registered and licensed by TRCN may not allowed in our classrooms. by January 2020 enforcement will begin", he declared.
By Dansu Peter

The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Segun Ajiboye Ajiboye has disclosed that some of the school teachers who were sacked by terrorists in the north-eastern part of the country are back to classroom.

He said that the Council had commenced the process of bringing back to the classrooms, teachers who have deserted the northeast zone due to terrorism attacks.

Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, he said that the plan was to re-motivate and change the psyche of the traumatised teachers to return to school.

According to him, some of the teachers lost their certificates to terrorism but have been restored by the intervention of the Council.

The TRCN boss disclosed that bringing back the teachers would improve knowledge impartation on students in North-eastern part of the country.

"Actually it is disheartening we are affected we can't pretend. We have lost so many teachers to insecurity especially in the northeast. It created trauma. Pupils left the schools. They don’t want to come.

"The teachers themselves left because of what has happened to their colleagues. What we are doing is to bring back our teachers especially in the northeast. A lot of interventions are going on to re-motivate the teachers and change their psyche.

"So many of them left the teaching profession they don’t want to come back but now sanity is returning and our teachers are coming back. Some of them lost their certificates to insurgency", he said.

On the deadline to register as professional teacher, Ajiboye disclosed that full enforcement against unregistered and unlicensed teachers would begin in January 2020, adding that any teacher not registered by the Council by December 31, 2019 will not be allowed to practice anymore in Nigeria.

He said letter of reminder was being written to Commissioners of Education and the Education Secretary in Federal Capital Territory on the need to ensure that practising teachers in their states get valid license before the deadline.

"That deadline stands. In fact the Minister of Education has directed that TRCN should do a letter to Commissioners of Education and Education secretary in the FCT to remind them about the deadline. By December 2019 anyone not registered and licensed by TRCN may not allowed in our classrooms. by January 2020 enforcement will begin", he declared.

Fraud: Protesters move for removal of CBN Deputy Gov over corruption

Fraud: Protesters move for removal of CBN Deputy Gov over corruption

By Dansu Peter

Dr Joseph Nnana
Hundreds of protesters this morning besieged the presidential villa gate to demand the immediate removal of a Central Bank of Nigeria deputy governor, Dr Joseph Nnana over corrupt activities.


Nnana who is presently a Board Chairman at the Nigeria Export Import Bank,NEXIM is being fingered to be behind some corrupt and fraudulent activities going on in the bank.


The protesters under the aegis of the Awareness For Good Governance Group (AGGG) said It is disheartening to note the absolute misgivings and unethical conduct of some cursed breeds occupying sensitive position of offices most especially in the financial sector which is supposed to operate on a clean slate.


The Convener of the group, Princess Ajibola said, "we observed with stark dismay the recent dubious engagements of one Dr Joseph Nnana, a former Deputy Governor (Economic Policies) at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who was appointed barely one year ago to serve as the board chairman of NEXIM

"We regret to publicly announce the fraudulent and nepotistic crave of Dr Nnana who has soiled his already filthy hands with cans of worms without traces of professional approach and have proven to the world that he is not fit to occupy any public office; not even a treasurer of any hamlet developmental Union talk less of a reputed public treasury like NEXIM Bank.

She said as a group, the Awareness For Good Governance platform is a formidable front vested with the sole interest of encouraging good leadership style in the public and financial sector of the economy.


"We all know our beloved country is rated among the third world country. However, our developmental stride is not limited because Nigeria under the pragmatic leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari accord zero tolerance to corruption.


"As an unrepentant Apostle of corruption, the said Nnana who is unqualified to occupy the position of the organization's Chairmanship is personalizing the affairs of the Bank by allowing his emotions to take the lead while he steers activities of the bank to the murky waters of frustration, looting and scandals.


She said recently, Nnana

authorized the payment of over 100 million naira as severance package for his girlfriend, one Saratu Umar who was once a staff of the bank but was sacked due to her widely attested negligence and incompetence.

"Furthermore, our group noted the latest scheming of Dr Nnana and his cabals by illegitimately recommending and approving mass sack of staff of the bank perceived to opposed his corrupt minded posture, abuse of public office and lack of due process in his self-seeking and serving interest as an dictator without focus.


"The ongoing mass sack through threats and intimidation by Nnana is to allow him his cronies and allies, mostly from his State of Origin amass illegitimate public fund at the expense of the formerly standard but now crippling organization under the watch of corrupt stenched filled Nnanna.

"AGGG further gathered that Dr Nnana's latest hobby is the comic act of threatening to use the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to witch hunt many of his staff who are contributing their best quota towards the organizational development of the establishment.


"We want to equally caution the EFCC and the entirety of its hierarchy to desist from allowing the fake helmsman of a revered organization to use them for shaming purposes without proper investigation. In effect, we are tasking the EFCCC to investigate Dr Nnana's role when he served a Board Member in Nigeria's apex bank before his appointment as Chairman, NEXIM bank.

"It is also worthy of note, NEXIM bank is not just a financial sector but a trade policy financial institution aimed at diversifying the Nigerian economy into a non oil dependent economy.


"To this end, allowing a renowned rogue to pilot the affairs of this noble institution is a clog in the wheels of Nigeria's developmental goals and in effect painting our beloved nation on a negative timeline.

"We are calling on Mr President and the relevant authorities to invoke punitive measures against the newly identified advocate of corruption - Dr Nnana - before he totally infect the few good personnel remaining in the hierarchy of NEXIM bank.


"It is time to save NEXIM Bank and its staff from this ugly quagmire embodied in the misdeeds of a supposed public officer drenched and dripping the filthy gown of corruption"she said
By Dansu Peter

Dr Joseph Nnana
Hundreds of protesters this morning besieged the presidential villa gate to demand the immediate removal of a Central Bank of Nigeria deputy governor, Dr Joseph Nnana over corrupt activities.


Nnana who is presently a Board Chairman at the Nigeria Export Import Bank,NEXIM is being fingered to be behind some corrupt and fraudulent activities going on in the bank.


The protesters under the aegis of the Awareness For Good Governance Group (AGGG) said It is disheartening to note the absolute misgivings and unethical conduct of some cursed breeds occupying sensitive position of offices most especially in the financial sector which is supposed to operate on a clean slate.


The Convener of the group, Princess Ajibola said, "we observed with stark dismay the recent dubious engagements of one Dr Joseph Nnana, a former Deputy Governor (Economic Policies) at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who was appointed barely one year ago to serve as the board chairman of NEXIM

"We regret to publicly announce the fraudulent and nepotistic crave of Dr Nnana who has soiled his already filthy hands with cans of worms without traces of professional approach and have proven to the world that he is not fit to occupy any public office; not even a treasurer of any hamlet developmental Union talk less of a reputed public treasury like NEXIM Bank.

She said as a group, the Awareness For Good Governance platform is a formidable front vested with the sole interest of encouraging good leadership style in the public and financial sector of the economy.


"We all know our beloved country is rated among the third world country. However, our developmental stride is not limited because Nigeria under the pragmatic leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari accord zero tolerance to corruption.


"As an unrepentant Apostle of corruption, the said Nnana who is unqualified to occupy the position of the organization's Chairmanship is personalizing the affairs of the Bank by allowing his emotions to take the lead while he steers activities of the bank to the murky waters of frustration, looting and scandals.


She said recently, Nnana

authorized the payment of over 100 million naira as severance package for his girlfriend, one Saratu Umar who was once a staff of the bank but was sacked due to her widely attested negligence and incompetence.

"Furthermore, our group noted the latest scheming of Dr Nnana and his cabals by illegitimately recommending and approving mass sack of staff of the bank perceived to opposed his corrupt minded posture, abuse of public office and lack of due process in his self-seeking and serving interest as an dictator without focus.


"The ongoing mass sack through threats and intimidation by Nnana is to allow him his cronies and allies, mostly from his State of Origin amass illegitimate public fund at the expense of the formerly standard but now crippling organization under the watch of corrupt stenched filled Nnanna.

"AGGG further gathered that Dr Nnana's latest hobby is the comic act of threatening to use the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to witch hunt many of his staff who are contributing their best quota towards the organizational development of the establishment.


"We want to equally caution the EFCC and the entirety of its hierarchy to desist from allowing the fake helmsman of a revered organization to use them for shaming purposes without proper investigation. In effect, we are tasking the EFCCC to investigate Dr Nnana's role when he served a Board Member in Nigeria's apex bank before his appointment as Chairman, NEXIM bank.

"It is also worthy of note, NEXIM bank is not just a financial sector but a trade policy financial institution aimed at diversifying the Nigerian economy into a non oil dependent economy.


"To this end, allowing a renowned rogue to pilot the affairs of this noble institution is a clog in the wheels of Nigeria's developmental goals and in effect painting our beloved nation on a negative timeline.

"We are calling on Mr President and the relevant authorities to invoke punitive measures against the newly identified advocate of corruption - Dr Nnana - before he totally infect the few good personnel remaining in the hierarchy of NEXIM bank.


"It is time to save NEXIM Bank and its staff from this ugly quagmire embodied in the misdeeds of a supposed public officer drenched and dripping the filthy gown of corruption"she said

Masked Gunmen Shot Imo APC Chairman Dead After Political Meeting

Masked Gunmen Shot Imo APC Chairman Dead After Political Meeting

Ifeanyi Ozoemena
The All Progressives Congress chairman in Logara/Umuohiagu Ward in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, Ifeanyi Ozoemena, was killed by suspected assassins last night Tuesday, February  19th. 

According to reports, Ozoemena had just finished presiding over a political meeting in his ward and was on his way to his house when he was accosted by some masked men who shot him dead at close range.  The men rode in a tinted SUV.

Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi,  investigations into the killing has started and that the culprits will soon be apprehended. He added that the body of the deceased has been deposited in a morgue. 
Ifeanyi Ozoemena
The All Progressives Congress chairman in Logara/Umuohiagu Ward in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, Ifeanyi Ozoemena, was killed by suspected assassins last night Tuesday, February  19th. 

According to reports, Ozoemena had just finished presiding over a political meeting in his ward and was on his way to his house when he was accosted by some masked men who shot him dead at close range.  The men rode in a tinted SUV.

Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi,  investigations into the killing has started and that the culprits will soon be apprehended. He added that the body of the deceased has been deposited in a morgue. 

BREAKING: NJC Receives Fresh Petition Against Onnoghen From EFCC

BREAKING: NJC Receives Fresh Petition Against Onnoghen From EFCC


Justice Walter Onnoghen

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has EFCC submitted a fresh petition against the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen

The antigraft, according to source reliable submitted the petition to the newly constituted investigation panel set up by NJC.

The committee is to reconvene on the 13th of February 2019 for their final report.

Onnoghen has been given 7 days to respond to the new petition, our source said.

Details Later

Justice Walter Onnoghen

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has EFCC submitted a fresh petition against the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen

The antigraft, according to source reliable submitted the petition to the newly constituted investigation panel set up by NJC.

The committee is to reconvene on the 13th of February 2019 for their final report.

Onnoghen has been given 7 days to respond to the new petition, our source said.

Details Later

Judgements Now "For Sale" Under Onnoghen - 20 SANs Allege, Vow to Tackle Corrupt Colleagues

Judgements Now "For Sale" Under Onnoghen - 20 SANs Allege, Vow to Tackle Corrupt Colleagues

Justice Walter Onnoghen
Twenty (20) Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) who are not on the same page with their colleagues rooting for the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday deplored what they termed the rot in the judiciary.

They accused some SANs of procuring judgments and court orders by corrupt means.

Messers Ebun Sofunde, Kayode Sofola, Kola Awodein, Ademola Akinrele, Osaro Eghobamien,  Babatunde Fagbohunlu, and  Wemimo Ogunde said it was regrettable that petitions filed by litigants and members of the public linger for years on end without resolution.

Joined by Dr. Eyimofe Atake, Mrs. Olufunke Adekoya, Mr. Oluwafemi Atoyebi,

Mr. Yemi Candido-Johnson, Mr. Olasupo Shasore,  Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, Jibrin Okutepa, Mr. Olumide Sofowora, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, Mr. Olatunde Adejuyigbe, Dr. Adewale Olawoyin, Mr. Adeniyi Adegbonmire,  and Mr. Oyesoji Oyeleke, the SANs said the crisis of confidence now  shaking the judiciary and the legal profession in Nigeria is unprecedented.

Their words: “We feel obliged to make this intervention for two primary reasons:

(i) A recognition that the events which have resulted in this debacle is in fact a manifestation of and response to a deeper malaise in the administration of justice and justice delivery in Nigeria; and

(ii) A concern that the crisis of confidence that is currently shaking the judiciary and the legal profession in Nigeria is unprecedented.

“In making this intervention, we do not propose to delve into the merits or demerits of the respective positions that have been taken by the different actors regarding the suspension of Justice Onnoghen.

“Our focus in making this intervention given the context of the unfolding events is to examine the underlying factors that have engendered or perpetuated the undoubted loss of confidence in the judiciary and the legal profession and to proffer suggestions for a much needed reform.

Continuing, they said: “Certain facts are hardly contestable:

*There is a widespread perception that there is corruption in the judiciary and this perception is supported by anecdotal evidence.



*Unscrupulous litigants and some complicit lawyers, including some Senior Advocates, procure judgments and orders by corrupt means.

*It is also beyond dispute that the system for self-regulation in the judiciary and the legal profession has failed.

*Lack of transparency and a deep appreciation of the basic ethos of governance in the processes and procedures of the relevant institutions lay at the very heart of the challenges the Bench and the Bar are currently facing.

*There is a perception that the National Judicial Council (NJC) has been ineffective in exercising discipline where high-ranking judicial officers are involved and that its proceedings and internal processes are unduly opaque.”

Citing examples of alleged contradictions in the nation’s Judiciary and the helplessness of the Nigerian Bar Association, the SANs said: “Similarly, the Nigerian Bar Association is notorious for its inefficacy in respect of disciplinary issues.

“Petitions filed by litigants and members of the public linger for years on end without resolution. The Nigerian legal profession and justice system have known better days.

“We recall the golden era of our judiciary, when judgments of Nigerian courts were cited with approval in foreign courts. Sadly, this is no longer the case.

“In our view, the incessant examples of contradictory decisions that have afflicted Nigerian jurisprudence in all facets of law further fuel the perception of incompetence and corruption by the Nigerian judiciary and the legal profession.”

Calling for urgent reforms in the judiciary, the senior lawyers said: “It must be obvious to everyone that the time has come for urgent self- introspection and evaluation with the ultimate aim of a robust systemic reform of the Nigerian judiciary and the legal profession.

“Therefore, this group has been established to collaborate with stakeholders in an effort aimed at achieving broad consensus on, and implementing a process that will lead to the review and reform of the following critical aspects of our justice delivery system:

* The composition, constitution, functions and internal controls of the National Judicial Council.

* The process for the appointment, continuing education and promotion of judicial officers.

* The process for the discipline and regulation of judicial officers.

* The terms and conditions of service of judicial officers.

* Judicial ethics, values and the relationship of the Bench with the Bar.

* The process for the appointment of lawyers to the Body of Benchers.

* The composition, constitution and internal controls of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.

* The process and criteria for the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

* The roles and responsibilities of Senior Advocates of Nigeria as leaders of the Bar.

* The regulation and discipline of Legal Practitioners.

* Ethics, values and standards of legal practice.

* The composition, constitution and internal controls of the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association.

They said: “The need for action is urgent. We will commence our work immediately, and we will operate on the basis of transparency, objectivity and inclusiveness.

“We will soon publish details of how we propose to engage and collaborate with all stakeholders, especially the Nigerian Bar Association.

“Let us act now to save our profession and our nation.”

Source: The Nation
Justice Walter Onnoghen
Twenty (20) Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) who are not on the same page with their colleagues rooting for the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday deplored what they termed the rot in the judiciary.

They accused some SANs of procuring judgments and court orders by corrupt means.

Messers Ebun Sofunde, Kayode Sofola, Kola Awodein, Ademola Akinrele, Osaro Eghobamien,  Babatunde Fagbohunlu, and  Wemimo Ogunde said it was regrettable that petitions filed by litigants and members of the public linger for years on end without resolution.

Joined by Dr. Eyimofe Atake, Mrs. Olufunke Adekoya, Mr. Oluwafemi Atoyebi,

Mr. Yemi Candido-Johnson, Mr. Olasupo Shasore,  Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, Jibrin Okutepa, Mr. Olumide Sofowora, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, Mr. Olatunde Adejuyigbe, Dr. Adewale Olawoyin, Mr. Adeniyi Adegbonmire,  and Mr. Oyesoji Oyeleke, the SANs said the crisis of confidence now  shaking the judiciary and the legal profession in Nigeria is unprecedented.

Their words: “We feel obliged to make this intervention for two primary reasons:

(i) A recognition that the events which have resulted in this debacle is in fact a manifestation of and response to a deeper malaise in the administration of justice and justice delivery in Nigeria; and

(ii) A concern that the crisis of confidence that is currently shaking the judiciary and the legal profession in Nigeria is unprecedented.

“In making this intervention, we do not propose to delve into the merits or demerits of the respective positions that have been taken by the different actors regarding the suspension of Justice Onnoghen.

“Our focus in making this intervention given the context of the unfolding events is to examine the underlying factors that have engendered or perpetuated the undoubted loss of confidence in the judiciary and the legal profession and to proffer suggestions for a much needed reform.

Continuing, they said: “Certain facts are hardly contestable:

*There is a widespread perception that there is corruption in the judiciary and this perception is supported by anecdotal evidence.



*Unscrupulous litigants and some complicit lawyers, including some Senior Advocates, procure judgments and orders by corrupt means.

*It is also beyond dispute that the system for self-regulation in the judiciary and the legal profession has failed.

*Lack of transparency and a deep appreciation of the basic ethos of governance in the processes and procedures of the relevant institutions lay at the very heart of the challenges the Bench and the Bar are currently facing.

*There is a perception that the National Judicial Council (NJC) has been ineffective in exercising discipline where high-ranking judicial officers are involved and that its proceedings and internal processes are unduly opaque.”

Citing examples of alleged contradictions in the nation’s Judiciary and the helplessness of the Nigerian Bar Association, the SANs said: “Similarly, the Nigerian Bar Association is notorious for its inefficacy in respect of disciplinary issues.

“Petitions filed by litigants and members of the public linger for years on end without resolution. The Nigerian legal profession and justice system have known better days.

“We recall the golden era of our judiciary, when judgments of Nigerian courts were cited with approval in foreign courts. Sadly, this is no longer the case.

“In our view, the incessant examples of contradictory decisions that have afflicted Nigerian jurisprudence in all facets of law further fuel the perception of incompetence and corruption by the Nigerian judiciary and the legal profession.”

Calling for urgent reforms in the judiciary, the senior lawyers said: “It must be obvious to everyone that the time has come for urgent self- introspection and evaluation with the ultimate aim of a robust systemic reform of the Nigerian judiciary and the legal profession.

“Therefore, this group has been established to collaborate with stakeholders in an effort aimed at achieving broad consensus on, and implementing a process that will lead to the review and reform of the following critical aspects of our justice delivery system:

* The composition, constitution, functions and internal controls of the National Judicial Council.

* The process for the appointment, continuing education and promotion of judicial officers.

* The process for the discipline and regulation of judicial officers.

* The terms and conditions of service of judicial officers.

* Judicial ethics, values and the relationship of the Bench with the Bar.

* The process for the appointment of lawyers to the Body of Benchers.

* The composition, constitution and internal controls of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee.

* The process and criteria for the conferment of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

* The roles and responsibilities of Senior Advocates of Nigeria as leaders of the Bar.

* The regulation and discipline of Legal Practitioners.

* Ethics, values and standards of legal practice.

* The composition, constitution and internal controls of the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association.

They said: “The need for action is urgent. We will commence our work immediately, and we will operate on the basis of transparency, objectivity and inclusiveness.

“We will soon publish details of how we propose to engage and collaborate with all stakeholders, especially the Nigerian Bar Association.

“Let us act now to save our profession and our nation.”

Source: The Nation

BREAKING: Babatunde Hunpe, Badagry House of Reps APC Candidate Escapes Assassination

BREAKING: Babatunde Hunpe, Badagry House of Reps APC Candidate Escapes Assassination


Babatunde Hunpe
Some masked armed men suspected to be hired assassins on Wednesday night stormed the residence of Mr. Babatunde Hunpe, the House of Representatives candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC in Badagry Local Government.

Hunpe escaped the armed men by miracle, an eye-witness who spoke to News Proof said.

The assassins numbering about eight,  all masked according to the eye-witness stormed the residence of the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on the Environment,  at about 2:00am on Wednesday, ransacked the whole residence in search of the APC candidate, but to no avail.

The suspected assassins eventually left when they could not find their target. They took away valuables including phones of his wife.

Details soon

Babatunde Hunpe
Some masked armed men suspected to be hired assassins on Wednesday night stormed the residence of Mr. Babatunde Hunpe, the House of Representatives candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC in Badagry Local Government.

Hunpe escaped the armed men by miracle, an eye-witness who spoke to News Proof said.

The assassins numbering about eight,  all masked according to the eye-witness stormed the residence of the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on the Environment,  at about 2:00am on Wednesday, ransacked the whole residence in search of the APC candidate, but to no avail.

The suspected assassins eventually left when they could not find their target. They took away valuables including phones of his wife.

Details soon

What We Actually Do We Stolen Used Female Pants - 19yrs old Pants Thief Makes Shocking Revelation

What We Actually Do We Stolen Used Female Pants - 19yrs old Pants Thief Makes Shocking Revelation


Used Pants Thief
Used Pants Thief
Source: Vanguard News
Amidst worried over the new trend of stealing ladies panties, a 19 years old pant thief, Chinonye Okorie arrested in Onisha, Anmabra state has confessed that women used pants are used for money rituals.

Okorie, according to Vanguard News was arrested on the On January 11, 2019, at about 6:48am by the policemen attached to Central Police Station (CPS), Onitsha, Anambra State. He who allegedly stole the pants that had been washed and spread on a line at No. 21 Umuna Street Odoakpu, Onitsha, said he intended to sell them for N80, 000.

One of such pant thieves was caught in a female hostel at Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese-Ijebu on Monday. The suspect, as gathered, disguised as a woman selling ice cream to gain access into the hostel. 

But as he was leaving, some students, out of curiosity, demanded to know what was in the bulky bag he was carrying only to discover that it was filled with pants.

Also on January 9, 2019, a middle-aged man, simply identified as Ifeanyi, was almost lynched after he was caught stealing ladies’ pants at a students’ hostel located at Mgbakwu in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

In the last couple of months, stealing of panties for ritual purposes has gradually replaced killing of humans and harvesting of human parts which used to be the norm. 

Investigations reveal that the discharge from a lady’s private part on any stolen pant is believed to be vital for money ritual. 

Consequently, from Imo to Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Anambra, among other states in the country, stealing of pants has been on the increase. Pant thieves caught by residents, were, in many instances, lynched before the arrival of security agents. 

Meanwhile, some of the perpetrators were said to have devised means such as disguising as women to steal pants spread on lines to dry. Female hostels and dormitories are worst hit, as several students have had their pants stolen.


Used Pants Thief
Used Pants Thief
Source: Vanguard News
Amidst worried over the new trend of stealing ladies panties, a 19 years old pant thief, Chinonye Okorie arrested in Onisha, Anmabra state has confessed that women used pants are used for money rituals.

Okorie, according to Vanguard News was arrested on the On January 11, 2019, at about 6:48am by the policemen attached to Central Police Station (CPS), Onitsha, Anambra State. He who allegedly stole the pants that had been washed and spread on a line at No. 21 Umuna Street Odoakpu, Onitsha, said he intended to sell them for N80, 000.

One of such pant thieves was caught in a female hostel at Ogun State College of Health Technology, Ilese-Ijebu on Monday. The suspect, as gathered, disguised as a woman selling ice cream to gain access into the hostel. 

But as he was leaving, some students, out of curiosity, demanded to know what was in the bulky bag he was carrying only to discover that it was filled with pants.

Also on January 9, 2019, a middle-aged man, simply identified as Ifeanyi, was almost lynched after he was caught stealing ladies’ pants at a students’ hostel located at Mgbakwu in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

In the last couple of months, stealing of panties for ritual purposes has gradually replaced killing of humans and harvesting of human parts which used to be the norm. 

Investigations reveal that the discharge from a lady’s private part on any stolen pant is believed to be vital for money ritual. 

Consequently, from Imo to Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Anambra, among other states in the country, stealing of pants has been on the increase. Pant thieves caught by residents, were, in many instances, lynched before the arrival of security agents. 

Meanwhile, some of the perpetrators were said to have devised means such as disguising as women to steal pants spread on lines to dry. Female hostels and dormitories are worst hit, as several students have had their pants stolen.

BREAKING: Masked Uniform Men Whisk Dino Melaye Away From Hospital Bed

BREAKING: Masked Uniform Men Whisk Dino Melaye Away From Hospital Bed

Dino Melaye
Masked persons suspected to be policemen have reportedly stormed the Police Clinic in Garki, Abuja, whisking away embattled Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye.

The officers forced the lawmaker, who was on the hospital bed, into an unmarked vehicle and drove him to an undisclosed location

Mr Melaye was arrested last week after police laid siege on his home in Maitama, Abuja, for eight days.

He turned himself in after hiding in the house for days. Mr Melaye has been in the hospital since then.

Police accuse the senator of being involved in the shooting of an officer in his native Kogi State.

A close associate of the Kogi senator confirmed this to our Correspondent.

Our correspondent learnt that the evacuation of the lawmaker was carried out around 2:15 pm Friday in commando style.

Melaye, who has been having a running battle with the Force, was rushed to the clinic for medical attention after he slumped last Friday.

Before he was moved to the clinic after slumping, the lawmaker had barricaded himself in his house in Maitama, Abuja, for eight days, vowing never to give himself up for arrest.

The Force PPRO at Force Headquarters, Abuja, Jimoh Moshood, promised to get back to our reporter when he was called for confirmation of the news.

He has yet to do so at the time of filing this report.
Dino Melaye
Masked persons suspected to be policemen have reportedly stormed the Police Clinic in Garki, Abuja, whisking away embattled Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye.

The officers forced the lawmaker, who was on the hospital bed, into an unmarked vehicle and drove him to an undisclosed location

Mr Melaye was arrested last week after police laid siege on his home in Maitama, Abuja, for eight days.

He turned himself in after hiding in the house for days. Mr Melaye has been in the hospital since then.

Police accuse the senator of being involved in the shooting of an officer in his native Kogi State.

A close associate of the Kogi senator confirmed this to our Correspondent.

Our correspondent learnt that the evacuation of the lawmaker was carried out around 2:15 pm Friday in commando style.

Melaye, who has been having a running battle with the Force, was rushed to the clinic for medical attention after he slumped last Friday.

Before he was moved to the clinic after slumping, the lawmaker had barricaded himself in his house in Maitama, Abuja, for eight days, vowing never to give himself up for arrest.

The Force PPRO at Force Headquarters, Abuja, Jimoh Moshood, promised to get back to our reporter when he was called for confirmation of the news.

He has yet to do so at the time of filing this report.

Boko Haram: How Borno, Yobe Governors promote insurgency - Elizebeth Robertson

Boko Haram: How Borno, Yobe Governors promote insurgency - Elizebeth Robertson


Boko Haram Shekau
Elizebeth Robertson, a renowned expert in Counter-Insurgency and Confliction Resolution based in Geneva has made a shocking revelation on the involvement of Yobe and Borno State governments in promotion of insurgency in north east Nigeria. 


Robertson lamented that in spite of the efforts made by the Nigerian government and a multi-national military operation, Boko Haram has remained a major security concern.

According to Reobertson in an electronic statement, the Borno and Yobe States governors have failed to empower their youths as the governments of some other northern states have been doing like giving meaningful work tools, hence the rising cases of extremism amongst the youths. 


She wrote, “There is a perplexing situation around Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād better known as Boko Haram or other terrorist groups operating in the Lake Chad Basin comprising north-east Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. In spite of the efforts made by the Nigerian government and a multinational military operation, Boko Haram has remained a security concern that has in recent weeks worsened as terrorists launch daring attacks that should not be possible given the scale of decimation that the Nigerian military had unleashed on the group.

“It is glaring that certain key factors make it possible for Boko Haram to remain a threat. The group continues to have access to a limitless pool of uneducated, unemployed, impoverished and easy to radicalize youths. The clerics in the area have not been brought on board to tailor preaching that insulate youths against being easily recruited, brainwashed and radicalized. The Borno state government, which is the epicentre of the insurgency, and Yobe state have failed to invest in social intervention programmes that will lessen the allure of the empty promises Boko Haram uses to lure youths into its ranks.

“The Borno and Yobe States Governors have failed to empower their youths as the governments of some other northern states have been doing like giving meaningful work tools, access to financing and skill acquisition to their youths to make them realise that a life of gainful existence is possible. Interventions like these are needed as follow-up programmes that would have make the achievements of the military enduring anywhere they have flushed out Boko Haram.

“Not only has the political class in Borno and Yobe states failed to take preventive measures itemized above they have also failed to properly rehabilitate Boko Haram fighters that had initially surrendered. They are instead left to experience a disenchantment that is worse than the one that made them renounce Boko Haram, which makes recidivism a guaranteed outcome. This poor approach to managing surrendered and repentant terrorists and reintegrating them into the society and the continuous failure to address the joblessness of youths supports the view that they are deliberately kept in this state so that they are available to be recruited for the use of the terrorists groups that reportedly answer to some politicians.

“The end of these terror groups does not appear in sight as the political class in the region has become fixated on only military solutions, an attitude that is the driver for the resurgence of the terrorists even when they have been decimated. There can be no room left for vacuum whenever the military pushes Boko Haram out of an area. The state governments should have been implementing programmes that ensure Boko Haram has no pool of youths to recruit from while also making gainful engagement more rewarding than joining the terrorists.

“The Borno and Yobe state governments must also address the complicity that has been repeatedly established against them in the series of high profile abductions that had rocked the north east of Nigeria. The kidnap of school girls in Chibok and Dapchi have been linked to aides of the governors of both states, who seem to use the negotiation following these abductions as legitimate cover to have contacts with these terrorists without being indicted.

“The responsibility is for the Federal Government of Nigeria to pressure the governors of Borno and Yobe state to ensure they stop supporting the terrorists by way of inaction. The Federal Government must in turn come under pressure from its international partners and countries with which it has collaboration to fight terrorism. The governors of these states must learn that they cannot continue to promote conditions that strengthens Boko Haram while expecting the Nigerians military to sort of the problems they engendered.”

Boko Haram Shekau
Elizebeth Robertson, a renowned expert in Counter-Insurgency and Confliction Resolution based in Geneva has made a shocking revelation on the involvement of Yobe and Borno State governments in promotion of insurgency in north east Nigeria. 


Robertson lamented that in spite of the efforts made by the Nigerian government and a multi-national military operation, Boko Haram has remained a major security concern.

According to Reobertson in an electronic statement, the Borno and Yobe States governors have failed to empower their youths as the governments of some other northern states have been doing like giving meaningful work tools, hence the rising cases of extremism amongst the youths. 


She wrote, “There is a perplexing situation around Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād better known as Boko Haram or other terrorist groups operating in the Lake Chad Basin comprising north-east Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. In spite of the efforts made by the Nigerian government and a multinational military operation, Boko Haram has remained a security concern that has in recent weeks worsened as terrorists launch daring attacks that should not be possible given the scale of decimation that the Nigerian military had unleashed on the group.

“It is glaring that certain key factors make it possible for Boko Haram to remain a threat. The group continues to have access to a limitless pool of uneducated, unemployed, impoverished and easy to radicalize youths. The clerics in the area have not been brought on board to tailor preaching that insulate youths against being easily recruited, brainwashed and radicalized. The Borno state government, which is the epicentre of the insurgency, and Yobe state have failed to invest in social intervention programmes that will lessen the allure of the empty promises Boko Haram uses to lure youths into its ranks.

“The Borno and Yobe States Governors have failed to empower their youths as the governments of some other northern states have been doing like giving meaningful work tools, access to financing and skill acquisition to their youths to make them realise that a life of gainful existence is possible. Interventions like these are needed as follow-up programmes that would have make the achievements of the military enduring anywhere they have flushed out Boko Haram.

“Not only has the political class in Borno and Yobe states failed to take preventive measures itemized above they have also failed to properly rehabilitate Boko Haram fighters that had initially surrendered. They are instead left to experience a disenchantment that is worse than the one that made them renounce Boko Haram, which makes recidivism a guaranteed outcome. This poor approach to managing surrendered and repentant terrorists and reintegrating them into the society and the continuous failure to address the joblessness of youths supports the view that they are deliberately kept in this state so that they are available to be recruited for the use of the terrorists groups that reportedly answer to some politicians.

“The end of these terror groups does not appear in sight as the political class in the region has become fixated on only military solutions, an attitude that is the driver for the resurgence of the terrorists even when they have been decimated. There can be no room left for vacuum whenever the military pushes Boko Haram out of an area. The state governments should have been implementing programmes that ensure Boko Haram has no pool of youths to recruit from while also making gainful engagement more rewarding than joining the terrorists.

“The Borno and Yobe state governments must also address the complicity that has been repeatedly established against them in the series of high profile abductions that had rocked the north east of Nigeria. The kidnap of school girls in Chibok and Dapchi have been linked to aides of the governors of both states, who seem to use the negotiation following these abductions as legitimate cover to have contacts with these terrorists without being indicted.

“The responsibility is for the Federal Government of Nigeria to pressure the governors of Borno and Yobe state to ensure they stop supporting the terrorists by way of inaction. The Federal Government must in turn come under pressure from its international partners and countries with which it has collaboration to fight terrorism. The governors of these states must learn that they cannot continue to promote conditions that strengthens Boko Haram while expecting the Nigerians military to sort of the problems they engendered.”

Insurgency: Court Asked To Stop Security Agencies From Disclosing Security Spendings To Public

Insurgency: Court Asked To Stop Security Agencies From Disclosing Security Spendings To Public


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has been asked to refuse the request  to make available to the public details of security spendings in the war against insurgency.

According to the suit filed by a lawyer,  Mr.  Osaze Agbonifo, releasing security spending to the public will breach the provision of Freedom of Information Act.

A civil society organisations,  Global Integrity Crusade Network,  had applied for the release of security spending on insurgency in the North East of Nigeria under the Freedom of Information Act.


But reacting to the development, the civil rights lawyer said the disclosure of such to any unauthorized body will be a breach of the provision of the Freeodm of Information Act and not in the interest of the country’s image.

Respondents in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/159018, are the Office of the National Security Adviser,  Ministry of Defence, State Security Service, National Intelligence Agency, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy,  Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Immigration Service. 

In the suit dated December 20th, 2018, filed by Oghenovo Otemu, the plaintiff asked the court for an order restraining the respondents from releasing details of security spendings to any CSOs acting under the FOI Act.

 The plaintiff in the suit asked for an order restraining the respondents from releasing or furnishing Global Integrity Crusade Network or any civil society organization,  persons or entities that have applied for any for any information relating to OR connected with the world against insurgency in the North East Under the FOI Act.

He also asked the court not to allow the respondents release the following information:

*The amount received as budgetary allocations from the federal government of Nigeria for counter terrorism operation in the year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

*The list of security hardware and equipment procured for counter terrorism operations in the  year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 so we can confirm, if the approved budgetary allocation were used for the intended purpose.

*List of contracts awarded,  executed on ongoing in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as of list of newspapers,  journala and other media outfit wherein the bidding exercise for the said contracts were published to be able us ascertain if the the procedure laid down in the Public Procurement Act No. 65 of 2007 were duly followed.

*The breakdown of coat expended by your office on personnel running in the year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to enable us ascertain if more that one third of the budgetary allocation meant for counter terrorism operations was not used for payment of allowances to only top management staffer.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has been asked to refuse the request  to make available to the public details of security spendings in the war against insurgency.

According to the suit filed by a lawyer,  Mr.  Osaze Agbonifo, releasing security spending to the public will breach the provision of Freedom of Information Act.

A civil society organisations,  Global Integrity Crusade Network,  had applied for the release of security spending on insurgency in the North East of Nigeria under the Freedom of Information Act.


But reacting to the development, the civil rights lawyer said the disclosure of such to any unauthorized body will be a breach of the provision of the Freeodm of Information Act and not in the interest of the country’s image.

Respondents in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/159018, are the Office of the National Security Adviser,  Ministry of Defence, State Security Service, National Intelligence Agency, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy,  Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Immigration Service. 

In the suit dated December 20th, 2018, filed by Oghenovo Otemu, the plaintiff asked the court for an order restraining the respondents from releasing details of security spendings to any CSOs acting under the FOI Act.

 The plaintiff in the suit asked for an order restraining the respondents from releasing or furnishing Global Integrity Crusade Network or any civil society organization,  persons or entities that have applied for any for any information relating to OR connected with the world against insurgency in the North East Under the FOI Act.

He also asked the court not to allow the respondents release the following information:

*The amount received as budgetary allocations from the federal government of Nigeria for counter terrorism operation in the year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

*The list of security hardware and equipment procured for counter terrorism operations in the  year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 so we can confirm, if the approved budgetary allocation were used for the intended purpose.

*List of contracts awarded,  executed on ongoing in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as of list of newspapers,  journala and other media outfit wherein the bidding exercise for the said contracts were published to be able us ascertain if the the procedure laid down in the Public Procurement Act No. 65 of 2007 were duly followed.

*The breakdown of coat expended by your office on personnel running in the year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to enable us ascertain if more that one third of the budgetary allocation meant for counter terrorism operations was not used for payment of allowances to only top management staffer.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.

JUST IN: Boko Haram Most Wanted Chief Commander Arrested In Lagos ...See Photo

JUST IN: Boko Haram Most Wanted Chief Commander Arrested In Lagos ...See Photo

Umar Abdulmalik
Umar Abdulmalik
The Inspector General of Police Taskforce, known as the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Thursday, reportedly arrested one Umar Abdulmalik, said to be one of the most wanted Boko Haram leaders, in his hideout in Lagos.

Although the information filtered out to the social media space through the Instagram handle of one of the operatives, the police are yet to officially confirm the arrest.

According to the operative known as Otunba Koko, the suspect, who was said to be the mastermind of the Kuje and Nyanya, Abuja bombings of 2015, was also the gang leader of Galadimawa Roundabout killing of seven police officers.

He was also accused of being the mastermind of the death of police officers at Lugbe and Gwagwalada, both in Abuja.

He was also said to be the overall commander of Edo and Ondo States multiple bank robberies, and several killings in Okene axis of Kogi.

The IRT operative also claimed that the suspect was the grand commander of the attack and prison break in Niger State early this year, where he lost one of his eyes during the operation, although he helped over 100 prisoners to escape.

In a post on his Instagram handle @otunba_okoko_irtabjconnect,

the IRT operative wrote: “Glory be to God Almighty, Umar the most deadly and most wanted Boko Haram leader in Abuja and mastermind of the Kuje and Nyanya Abuja bombings of 2015.

“Gang-leader of Galadimawa Roundabout seven police officers killing, Lugbe police officers killer, Gwagwalada area police killings all in Abuja.

“Overall Commander of Edo and Ondo State multiple bank robberies, several killings in Okene axis of Kogi.

“He was the grand commander of the attack and rescue operations of the prison in Niger State early this year where he lost one of his eye during the operation and also over 100 prisoners escaped.

“The most wanted suspect was arrested by a Special IRT team in Lagos today after he escaped with bullet wounds from Abuja three weeks ago when IRT teams arrested four of his gang members and recovered 4 AK47 Rifles and hundreds of ammunitions.

“Today is one of the happiest moments of my life. Kudos to Nigeria Police force, Kudos to IGP Ibrahim Idris.”

Attempts to reach the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, proved abortive as repeated calls put across to him got no response, neither did he reply the follow-up text message sent to his phone.
Umar Abdulmalik
Umar Abdulmalik
The Inspector General of Police Taskforce, known as the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Thursday, reportedly arrested one Umar Abdulmalik, said to be one of the most wanted Boko Haram leaders, in his hideout in Lagos.

Although the information filtered out to the social media space through the Instagram handle of one of the operatives, the police are yet to officially confirm the arrest.

According to the operative known as Otunba Koko, the suspect, who was said to be the mastermind of the Kuje and Nyanya, Abuja bombings of 2015, was also the gang leader of Galadimawa Roundabout killing of seven police officers.

He was also accused of being the mastermind of the death of police officers at Lugbe and Gwagwalada, both in Abuja.

He was also said to be the overall commander of Edo and Ondo States multiple bank robberies, and several killings in Okene axis of Kogi.

The IRT operative also claimed that the suspect was the grand commander of the attack and prison break in Niger State early this year, where he lost one of his eyes during the operation, although he helped over 100 prisoners to escape.

In a post on his Instagram handle @otunba_okoko_irtabjconnect,

the IRT operative wrote: “Glory be to God Almighty, Umar the most deadly and most wanted Boko Haram leader in Abuja and mastermind of the Kuje and Nyanya Abuja bombings of 2015.

“Gang-leader of Galadimawa Roundabout seven police officers killing, Lugbe police officers killer, Gwagwalada area police killings all in Abuja.

“Overall Commander of Edo and Ondo State multiple bank robberies, several killings in Okene axis of Kogi.

“He was the grand commander of the attack and rescue operations of the prison in Niger State early this year where he lost one of his eye during the operation and also over 100 prisoners escaped.

“The most wanted suspect was arrested by a Special IRT team in Lagos today after he escaped with bullet wounds from Abuja three weeks ago when IRT teams arrested four of his gang members and recovered 4 AK47 Rifles and hundreds of ammunitions.

“Today is one of the happiest moments of my life. Kudos to Nigeria Police force, Kudos to IGP Ibrahim Idris.”

Attempts to reach the state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, proved abortive as repeated calls put across to him got no response, neither did he reply the follow-up text message sent to his phone.

JUST IN: How Gunmen Killed Jonathan's Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh In Abuja Yesterday

JUST IN: How Gunmen Killed Jonathan's Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh In Abuja Yesterday


Alex Badeh
Some yet to be known gunmen have reportedly killed a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.)

According to reports,  the retired military officer was killed on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway on his way back from his farm.

Badehwas said to have been shot along with his driver on Tuesday.

He was appointed by the former President Goodluck Jonathan as the Chief of Defence Staff in 2012

Until his death, he was standing trial for alleged diversion of funds meant for arms purchase.


The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the incident in a statement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), who died today, December 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along the Abuja-Keffi Road.

“On behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss.

“We pray that the Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest,” the statement read.

The late Badeh, who was 61 years, was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in 1979.

He was born in Vimtim, in the Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He attended the Vimtim Primary School. Vimtim and went on to obtain his secondary school certificate from the Villanova Secondary School in 1976 before proceeding to the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Badeh was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 21 Regular Course on January 3, 1977, and was commissioned as Pilot Officer on July 3, 1979.

The retired military officer was promoted Air Vice Marshal on January 3, 2008.


Alex Badeh
Some yet to be known gunmen have reportedly killed a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.)

According to reports,  the retired military officer was killed on the Abuja-Keffi Expressway on his way back from his farm.

Badehwas said to have been shot along with his driver on Tuesday.

He was appointed by the former President Goodluck Jonathan as the Chief of Defence Staff in 2012

Until his death, he was standing trial for alleged diversion of funds meant for arms purchase.


The Director of Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed the incident in a statement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), who died today, December 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along the Abuja-Keffi Road.

“On behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss.

“We pray that the Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest,” the statement read.

The late Badeh, who was 61 years, was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in 1979.

He was born in Vimtim, in the Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

He attended the Vimtim Primary School. Vimtim and went on to obtain his secondary school certificate from the Villanova Secondary School in 1976 before proceeding to the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Badeh was admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 21 Regular Course on January 3, 1977, and was commissioned as Pilot Officer on July 3, 1979.

The retired military officer was promoted Air Vice Marshal on January 3, 2008.

Meet Tumsah Brothers Whom Buhari's Panel Just Recovered 23 Brand New Bulletproof Cars, 63 Other Luxurious Cars, Assorted Properties

Meet Tumsah Brothers Whom Buhari's Panel Just Recovered 23 Brand New Bulletproof Cars, 63 Other Luxurious Cars, Assorted Properties


Tijani Tumsah

Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, the Chairman of The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Funds (SPIPRPP) revealed his panel has recovered an assortment of 86 brand new luxury and sophisticated cars from the duo; 23 of these vehicles are bulletproof

The panel made the disclosed in Abuja, yesterday.

Obla also said it has also has submitted the names of 39 alleged treasury looters to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for the purpose of restricting their movement out of the country. He said the action was in accordance with the provisions of the Executive Order No 6 of 2018.

“The panel is investigating the Tumsah brothers, Tijani Tumsah (vice chairman, Presidential Initiative on North East) and Ibrahim Tumsah (director, Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing), for alleged abuse of office, corruption and possession of unaccounted suspicious wealth beyond their legitimate earnings.

“The panel has recovered an assortment of 86 brand new luxury and sophisticated cars from the duo; 23 of these vehicles are bulletproof without the requisite permits.

“Also recovered from them are several choice properties, located in highbrow areas of Abuja and a quarry in Kuje, the Federal Capital Territory.

“The panel has since obtained an interim order of forfeiture from an FCT High Court; in respect of these properties.

“In a counter move, typical of corruption fighting back, the duo recently approached the Court of Appeal which held that the panel does not have the power to obtain interim forfeiture from the FCT High court, pursuant to the EFCC Act but from the Federal High Court, pursuant to the recovery of public property (special provision) Act, 2004, which has mischievously been misinterpreted and deliberately propagated by the appellants to mean that this panel has no power to prosecute any matter in any court.

“Some of these other pronouncements obviously reached ‘per incuriam’ have been challenged at the Supreme Court. The investigation of these two brothers continues.”

Still on recovery of properties, the panel said it has recovered 18 Innoson SUV vehicles from former commissioners of the National population Commission, who unilaterally appropriated to themselves their assigned official vehicles at the end of their tenures.

Another recovery of over N43 billion was unserviceable loans for the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).

He said: “The SPIP, in collaboration with the FMBN, has recovered for the bank previously unserviceable loans in excess of N43 billion.

“This recovery is expected to boost the bank’s capacity and reposition it to better perform its statutory role of facilitating the provision of housing for all Nigerians.”

“The panel received intelligence on sharp practices at NEXIM Bank and proceeded to investigate.

“Findings revealed that rather than promote export and import activities, the previous management of NEXIM Bank, in connivance with persons of similar fraudulent disposition, engaged in insider illegalities and embezzlement to the tune of N523,200,000 cash and land valued atN1.5 billion; recovered from Aso Bank to NEXIM Bank.

Tijani Tumsah

Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, the Chairman of The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Funds (SPIPRPP) revealed his panel has recovered an assortment of 86 brand new luxury and sophisticated cars from the duo; 23 of these vehicles are bulletproof

The panel made the disclosed in Abuja, yesterday.

Obla also said it has also has submitted the names of 39 alleged treasury looters to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for the purpose of restricting their movement out of the country. He said the action was in accordance with the provisions of the Executive Order No 6 of 2018.

“The panel is investigating the Tumsah brothers, Tijani Tumsah (vice chairman, Presidential Initiative on North East) and Ibrahim Tumsah (director, Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing), for alleged abuse of office, corruption and possession of unaccounted suspicious wealth beyond their legitimate earnings.

“The panel has recovered an assortment of 86 brand new luxury and sophisticated cars from the duo; 23 of these vehicles are bulletproof without the requisite permits.

“Also recovered from them are several choice properties, located in highbrow areas of Abuja and a quarry in Kuje, the Federal Capital Territory.

“The panel has since obtained an interim order of forfeiture from an FCT High Court; in respect of these properties.

“In a counter move, typical of corruption fighting back, the duo recently approached the Court of Appeal which held that the panel does not have the power to obtain interim forfeiture from the FCT High court, pursuant to the EFCC Act but from the Federal High Court, pursuant to the recovery of public property (special provision) Act, 2004, which has mischievously been misinterpreted and deliberately propagated by the appellants to mean that this panel has no power to prosecute any matter in any court.

“Some of these other pronouncements obviously reached ‘per incuriam’ have been challenged at the Supreme Court. The investigation of these two brothers continues.”

Still on recovery of properties, the panel said it has recovered 18 Innoson SUV vehicles from former commissioners of the National population Commission, who unilaterally appropriated to themselves their assigned official vehicles at the end of their tenures.

Another recovery of over N43 billion was unserviceable loans for the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).

He said: “The SPIP, in collaboration with the FMBN, has recovered for the bank previously unserviceable loans in excess of N43 billion.

“This recovery is expected to boost the bank’s capacity and reposition it to better perform its statutory role of facilitating the provision of housing for all Nigerians.”

“The panel received intelligence on sharp practices at NEXIM Bank and proceeded to investigate.

“Findings revealed that rather than promote export and import activities, the previous management of NEXIM Bank, in connivance with persons of similar fraudulent disposition, engaged in insider illegalities and embezzlement to the tune of N523,200,000 cash and land valued atN1.5 billion; recovered from Aso Bank to NEXIM Bank.

JUST IN: APC Guber Candidate, David Mark, Top FG's List of 39 LOOTERS Sent To Immigration For Travel Ban

JUST IN: APC Guber Candidate, David Mark, Top FG's List of 39 LOOTERS Sent To Immigration For Travel Ban

Buhari

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Funds (SPIPRPP) said it has submitted the names of 39 alleged treasury looters to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for the purpose of restricting their movement out of the country.

Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday, and added that the action was in accordance with the provisions of the Executive Order No 6 of 2018.

Although details of the list were not made public, the panel said it contained those currently under its investigation including the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, former Senate President, David Mark, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and the Tumsah brothers, among others.

At a press conference, yesterday, Obono-Obla confirmed “the presidential panel has requested the NIS to place a travel ban on some persons who were alleged to have abused their offices and looted our commonwealth.”

He further revealed that the panel, in partnership with the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, is investigating Nigerians allegedly implicated in the Paradise Panama Papers. He said the “findings would be made available to Nigerians; in due course.

“The panel is investigating the Tumsah brothers, Tijani Tumsah (vice chairman, Presidential Initiative on North East) and Ibrahim Tumsah (director, Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing), for alleged abuse of office, corruption and possession of unaccounted suspicious wealth beyond their legitimate earnings.

“The panel has recovered an assortment of 86 brand new luxury and sophisticated cars from the duo; 23 of these vehicles are bulletproof without the requisite permits.

“Also recovered from them are several choice properties, located in highbrow areas of Abuja and a quarry in Kuje, the Federal Capital Territory.

“The panel has since obtained an interim order of forfeiture from an FCT High Court; in respect of these properties.

“In a counter move, typical of corruption fighting back, the duo recently approached the Court of Appeal which held that the panel does not have the power to obtain interim forfeiture from the FCT High court, pursuant to the EFCC Act but from the Federal High Court, pursuant to the recovery of public property (special provision) Act, 2004, which has mischievously been misinterpreted and deliberately propagated by the appellants to mean that this panel has no power to prosecute any matter in any court.

“Some of these other pronouncements obviously reached ‘per incuriam’ have been challenged at the Supreme Court. The investigation of these two brothers continues.”

Still on recovery of properties, the panel said it has recovered 18 Innoson SUV vehicles from former commissioners of the National population Commission, who unilaterally appropriated to themselves their assigned official vehicles at the end of their tenures.

Another recovery of over N43 billion was unserviceable loans for the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).

He said: “The SPIP, in collaboration with the FMBN, has recovered for the bank previously unserviceable loans in excess of N43 billion.

“This recovery is expected to boost the bank’s capacity and reposition it to better perform its statutory role of facilitating the provision of housing for all Nigerians.”

“The panel received intelligence on sharp practices at NEXIM Bank and proceeded to investigate.

“Findings revealed that rather than promote export and import activities, the previous management of NEXIM Bank, in connivance with persons of similar fraudulent disposition, engaged in insider illegalities and embezzlement to the tune of N523,200,000 cash and land valued atN1.5 billion; recovered from Aso Bank to NEXIM Bank.

“We have also secured a commitment from the culprits to pay back the balance

“We will give you updates as the need arises.
Buhari

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Funds (SPIPRPP) said it has submitted the names of 39 alleged treasury looters to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for the purpose of restricting their movement out of the country.

Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday, and added that the action was in accordance with the provisions of the Executive Order No 6 of 2018.

Although details of the list were not made public, the panel said it contained those currently under its investigation including the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, former Senate President, David Mark, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and the Tumsah brothers, among others.

At a press conference, yesterday, Obono-Obla confirmed “the presidential panel has requested the NIS to place a travel ban on some persons who were alleged to have abused their offices and looted our commonwealth.”

He further revealed that the panel, in partnership with the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, is investigating Nigerians allegedly implicated in the Paradise Panama Papers. He said the “findings would be made available to Nigerians; in due course.

“The panel is investigating the Tumsah brothers, Tijani Tumsah (vice chairman, Presidential Initiative on North East) and Ibrahim Tumsah (director, Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing), for alleged abuse of office, corruption and possession of unaccounted suspicious wealth beyond their legitimate earnings.

“The panel has recovered an assortment of 86 brand new luxury and sophisticated cars from the duo; 23 of these vehicles are bulletproof without the requisite permits.

“Also recovered from them are several choice properties, located in highbrow areas of Abuja and a quarry in Kuje, the Federal Capital Territory.

“The panel has since obtained an interim order of forfeiture from an FCT High Court; in respect of these properties.

“In a counter move, typical of corruption fighting back, the duo recently approached the Court of Appeal which held that the panel does not have the power to obtain interim forfeiture from the FCT High court, pursuant to the EFCC Act but from the Federal High Court, pursuant to the recovery of public property (special provision) Act, 2004, which has mischievously been misinterpreted and deliberately propagated by the appellants to mean that this panel has no power to prosecute any matter in any court.

“Some of these other pronouncements obviously reached ‘per incuriam’ have been challenged at the Supreme Court. The investigation of these two brothers continues.”

Still on recovery of properties, the panel said it has recovered 18 Innoson SUV vehicles from former commissioners of the National population Commission, who unilaterally appropriated to themselves their assigned official vehicles at the end of their tenures.

Another recovery of over N43 billion was unserviceable loans for the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).

He said: “The SPIP, in collaboration with the FMBN, has recovered for the bank previously unserviceable loans in excess of N43 billion.

“This recovery is expected to boost the bank’s capacity and reposition it to better perform its statutory role of facilitating the provision of housing for all Nigerians.”

“The panel received intelligence on sharp practices at NEXIM Bank and proceeded to investigate.

“Findings revealed that rather than promote export and import activities, the previous management of NEXIM Bank, in connivance with persons of similar fraudulent disposition, engaged in insider illegalities and embezzlement to the tune of N523,200,000 cash and land valued atN1.5 billion; recovered from Aso Bank to NEXIM Bank.

“We have also secured a commitment from the culprits to pay back the balance

“We will give you updates as the need arises.

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