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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.

Proscribe IMN or Face Court Action, Rights Group Tells AGF

Proscribe IMN or Face Court Action, Rights Group Tells AGF


the Islamic Movement (IMN)
A Pro-Democracy and Civil Rights group in Nigeria, Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN) has threatened court action, if the Attoney-General of the Federation and Minister ofJustice, Abubakar Malami fails to proscibe and declare as a terrorist organization,  the Islamic Movement (IMN) within 72 hours.

The rights group, in a letter to the AGF,  signed by Mr. Akan Augustine Eneji, Director of Research and Evaluation, said it has observed with disenchantment how Islamic extremists under the aegis of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites continue to breach national peace, cause mayhem and makinf life unbearable for innocent citizens.

He said there is no gainsaying the fact that IMN is not a registered organization at the Corporate Affairs Commission under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAP C20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which implies that it cannot be sued or tried as an entity for crimes committed by its members and has no basis to exist in our country.

Emoji said from the wealth of oral and documentary evidence made available to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, to look into the clash that occurred between IMN and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State between 12th – 14th December, 2015 as captured in its widely publicized final report, IMN has never ceased to be a violent organization.

The group said the December, 2015 clash with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai led to a subsequent military operation which uncovered cache of arms and ammunitions purported to have been procured by IMN with the backing of one of the foreign Islamic Republics.

The group further said, "Being the foregoing as it may, a careful reading of the combined provisions of Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 and Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 establishes that IMN by its activities and characters ought to be proscribed and designated as a terrorist group just like Boko Haram and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). For purposes of clarity, we have identified the many infractions committed by IMN since it came into existence in Nigeria to wit; Acts of Terrorism: Section 1 Subsection (1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 prohibits all acts of terrorism and financing of terrorism while Section 1 Subsection (2) of the Act prescribes a maximum of death sentence for any person or body corporate who willingly commits an offence relating to terrorism either directly or indirectly within or outside Nigeria".

He also said,  "There are overwhelming evidence contained in the report of the Kaduna Judicial Commission of Inquiry to show that IMN is law unto itself. As it happened in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja recently, members of IMN are fond of confronting law enforcement agencies in order to rescue any of its members arrested or kept in custody in connection with acts of terrorism. This is a blatant breach of Section 6 the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and the offence attracts imprisonment for a term not less than 20 years.

"Sir, we submit that the above infractions are substantial enough to nail IMN as a terrorist group without much ado. As the situation stands, the refusal of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to proscribe IMN all along has contributed to the spread of terrorism in Nigeria. We are at a loss as to why the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice neither utilized the final report of the Kaduna Commission of Inquiry nor set up another panel to fully deal with an issue as sensitive as IMN at the national level even though he has the power to do so under our laws.

"It is on record that the leadership of IMN and thousands of its followers have been jailed a number of times, but they remain adamant about converting Nigeria to an Islamic State at all cost. Unless and until the government develops the courage to tackle the excesses of El-Zakzaky and the confrontational, un-cordial, dramatic and deadly IMN at once, the much anticipated peace in Northern-Nigeria as a whole will remain a mirage. The contribution of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to the anti-terror efforts to make Nigeria safe again is quite commendable and must be sustained no matter whose ox is gored.

"We therefore give the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice 72 (Seventy Two) hours ultimatum from the date hereof to activate the necessary statutory procedures with a view to proscribing IMN for setting up or pursuing acts of terrorism. In the event that this ultimatum expires without any positive actions taken, we shall not hesitate to drag the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice being the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria to a court of competent jurisdiction in order to compel him to do the needful in the interest of peace, national security and safety of innocent citizens who now live in fear of IMN".





the Islamic Movement (IMN)
A Pro-Democracy and Civil Rights group in Nigeria, Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN) has threatened court action, if the Attoney-General of the Federation and Minister ofJustice, Abubakar Malami fails to proscibe and declare as a terrorist organization,  the Islamic Movement (IMN) within 72 hours.

The rights group, in a letter to the AGF,  signed by Mr. Akan Augustine Eneji, Director of Research and Evaluation, said it has observed with disenchantment how Islamic extremists under the aegis of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites continue to breach national peace, cause mayhem and makinf life unbearable for innocent citizens.

He said there is no gainsaying the fact that IMN is not a registered organization at the Corporate Affairs Commission under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAP C20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which implies that it cannot be sued or tried as an entity for crimes committed by its members and has no basis to exist in our country.

Emoji said from the wealth of oral and documentary evidence made available to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, to look into the clash that occurred between IMN and the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State between 12th – 14th December, 2015 as captured in its widely publicized final report, IMN has never ceased to be a violent organization.

The group said the December, 2015 clash with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai led to a subsequent military operation which uncovered cache of arms and ammunitions purported to have been procured by IMN with the backing of one of the foreign Islamic Republics.

The group further said, "Being the foregoing as it may, a careful reading of the combined provisions of Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 and Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 establishes that IMN by its activities and characters ought to be proscribed and designated as a terrorist group just like Boko Haram and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). For purposes of clarity, we have identified the many infractions committed by IMN since it came into existence in Nigeria to wit; Acts of Terrorism: Section 1 Subsection (1) of the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 prohibits all acts of terrorism and financing of terrorism while Section 1 Subsection (2) of the Act prescribes a maximum of death sentence for any person or body corporate who willingly commits an offence relating to terrorism either directly or indirectly within or outside Nigeria".

He also said,  "There are overwhelming evidence contained in the report of the Kaduna Judicial Commission of Inquiry to show that IMN is law unto itself. As it happened in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja recently, members of IMN are fond of confronting law enforcement agencies in order to rescue any of its members arrested or kept in custody in connection with acts of terrorism. This is a blatant breach of Section 6 the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 and the offence attracts imprisonment for a term not less than 20 years.

"Sir, we submit that the above infractions are substantial enough to nail IMN as a terrorist group without much ado. As the situation stands, the refusal of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to proscribe IMN all along has contributed to the spread of terrorism in Nigeria. We are at a loss as to why the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice neither utilized the final report of the Kaduna Commission of Inquiry nor set up another panel to fully deal with an issue as sensitive as IMN at the national level even though he has the power to do so under our laws.

"It is on record that the leadership of IMN and thousands of its followers have been jailed a number of times, but they remain adamant about converting Nigeria to an Islamic State at all cost. Unless and until the government develops the courage to tackle the excesses of El-Zakzaky and the confrontational, un-cordial, dramatic and deadly IMN at once, the much anticipated peace in Northern-Nigeria as a whole will remain a mirage. The contribution of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration to the anti-terror efforts to make Nigeria safe again is quite commendable and must be sustained no matter whose ox is gored.

"We therefore give the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice 72 (Seventy Two) hours ultimatum from the date hereof to activate the necessary statutory procedures with a view to proscribing IMN for setting up or pursuing acts of terrorism. In the event that this ultimatum expires without any positive actions taken, we shall not hesitate to drag the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice being the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria to a court of competent jurisdiction in order to compel him to do the needful in the interest of peace, national security and safety of innocent citizens who now live in fear of IMN".




BREAKING: Fr. Mbaka Shot In Enugu

BREAKING: Fr. Mbaka Shot In Enugu


Ejike  Mbaka
Rev. Fr. Ejike  Mbaka

The fierce Catholic Church preacher and Rev. Father, Ejike  Mbaka has reportedly been shot in Enugu.

The Priest escaped an assassination attempt, a statement according to released by his ministry.


This is coming amidst controversies generated by Mbaka’s message last Sunday, which has attracted wide criticisms, including from the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria.

Mbaka through a statement signed by  Chief Aka Emmanuel, President, National Adoration Family, Chief Okolo Godwin, President, Adoration Fathers’ Associations World Wide, Mrs Ann Aligwe,-President, Adoration Mothers’ Association World Wide, Chukwu Agoziem, President,  Adoration Youths’ Association World Wide and Barr Ike Maximus Ugwuoke- Media Chief, said he was shot in Emene, near Enugu, the State capital.

The statement made available to reporters in Enugu on Saturday read: “It is with rude shock and utter surprise that we received the report of the attempted assassination plot of the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria last made Thursday evening by some unknown gunmen who fired gunshots at him on his way along Emene road Enugu.

“This incident has added to several other assassination plots targeted at Fr Mbaka since after the first plot that was carried out on him on his way from the Bishop’s house where he had gone to answer an impromptu call by his Bishop during the regime of Governor Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State.

“This  assassination plot against Fr Mbaka is coming barely few days after the 2018 Harvest and Bazaar of the Ministry whereat Fr Mbaka had come under massive media attack for asking Peter Obi, the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate for the 2019 General election who attended the Bazaar programme, to make public his support or donation for the Church Project  of the Ministry.

“Many Supporters of Peter Obi and even clergies have misconstrued this as embarrassing to Peter Obi and to the Catholic Church and this has consequently given rise to the statement issued by the Catholic Bishops  Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that same Thursday on the issue. The issue had lingered in spite of the apology, which Fr Mbaka in his characteristic humility had tendered at the altar to Peter Obi and anyone who may have been in any way form and kind been offended at the Bazaar event.

“We have refrained from making any official statement on the ongoing media attack against Fr Mbaka over the Baazar incident because he had held us from joining issues with the Church Clergies and hierarchies on the subject, but we cannot continue to keep silent especially now that the issue is taking the dimension of the plot to exterminate his life.

“We recall that the last time Fr Mbaka raised alarm over threat to exterminate him was in early 2015 when he faced a similar persecution by some church hierarchy and the PDP Government following his 31st December Prophecy of the imminent defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan led PDP Government by President Mohammadu Buhari at the 2015 General Election.

“Today, with the 2019 general election around the corner, it appears that history is repeating itself. The contemporaneousness of the recent attack of Fr Mbaka by gunmen with the Peter Obi and the CBCN saga leaves us to a safe conclusion that the attack on Fr Mbaka may have either been politically engineered or ecumenically endorsed, and thus we will not hesitate to call on the security agencies in this country to beam their searchlights and leave no stone unturned in getting to the root of this issue.

“Fr Mbaka’s life means so much to us and many poor and voiceless Nigerians for whom he lives and so we cannot be silent on the face of any threat to his life real or perceived.  The graphics narration of the sinister assassination plot as recounted by Fr Mbaka himself during the last Friday’s all night Adoration vigil should not be taken lightly and we charge the security agencies in this country to rise to the situation.

“We continue to thank God for His continuous miraculous protection of Fr Mbaka and for His Special Supernatural Security (SSS) of Fr Mbaka and the Adoration Ministry. We are by this medium sending a strong warning to wherever the assassination plot against Fr Mbaka is coming from, be it the politicians or their supporters or the Church that we shall not fold our hands and keep watching. We shall not only expose the source of this threat to the life of Fr Mbaka at the fullness of our investigations but we shall also match same with equal force in self-defence.

“While we have the faith that God will fight our cause, we believe even more in the defence of our faith through our good works and actions.”

Ejike  Mbaka
Rev. Fr. Ejike  Mbaka

The fierce Catholic Church preacher and Rev. Father, Ejike  Mbaka has reportedly been shot in Enugu.

The Priest escaped an assassination attempt, a statement according to released by his ministry.


This is coming amidst controversies generated by Mbaka’s message last Sunday, which has attracted wide criticisms, including from the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria.

Mbaka through a statement signed by  Chief Aka Emmanuel, President, National Adoration Family, Chief Okolo Godwin, President, Adoration Fathers’ Associations World Wide, Mrs Ann Aligwe,-President, Adoration Mothers’ Association World Wide, Chukwu Agoziem, President,  Adoration Youths’ Association World Wide and Barr Ike Maximus Ugwuoke- Media Chief, said he was shot in Emene, near Enugu, the State capital.

The statement made available to reporters in Enugu on Saturday read: “It is with rude shock and utter surprise that we received the report of the attempted assassination plot of the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria last made Thursday evening by some unknown gunmen who fired gunshots at him on his way along Emene road Enugu.

“This incident has added to several other assassination plots targeted at Fr Mbaka since after the first plot that was carried out on him on his way from the Bishop’s house where he had gone to answer an impromptu call by his Bishop during the regime of Governor Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State.

“This  assassination plot against Fr Mbaka is coming barely few days after the 2018 Harvest and Bazaar of the Ministry whereat Fr Mbaka had come under massive media attack for asking Peter Obi, the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate for the 2019 General election who attended the Bazaar programme, to make public his support or donation for the Church Project  of the Ministry.

“Many Supporters of Peter Obi and even clergies have misconstrued this as embarrassing to Peter Obi and to the Catholic Church and this has consequently given rise to the statement issued by the Catholic Bishops  Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that same Thursday on the issue. The issue had lingered in spite of the apology, which Fr Mbaka in his characteristic humility had tendered at the altar to Peter Obi and anyone who may have been in any way form and kind been offended at the Bazaar event.

“We have refrained from making any official statement on the ongoing media attack against Fr Mbaka over the Baazar incident because he had held us from joining issues with the Church Clergies and hierarchies on the subject, but we cannot continue to keep silent especially now that the issue is taking the dimension of the plot to exterminate his life.

“We recall that the last time Fr Mbaka raised alarm over threat to exterminate him was in early 2015 when he faced a similar persecution by some church hierarchy and the PDP Government following his 31st December Prophecy of the imminent defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan led PDP Government by President Mohammadu Buhari at the 2015 General Election.

“Today, with the 2019 general election around the corner, it appears that history is repeating itself. The contemporaneousness of the recent attack of Fr Mbaka by gunmen with the Peter Obi and the CBCN saga leaves us to a safe conclusion that the attack on Fr Mbaka may have either been politically engineered or ecumenically endorsed, and thus we will not hesitate to call on the security agencies in this country to beam their searchlights and leave no stone unturned in getting to the root of this issue.

“Fr Mbaka’s life means so much to us and many poor and voiceless Nigerians for whom he lives and so we cannot be silent on the face of any threat to his life real or perceived.  The graphics narration of the sinister assassination plot as recounted by Fr Mbaka himself during the last Friday’s all night Adoration vigil should not be taken lightly and we charge the security agencies in this country to rise to the situation.

“We continue to thank God for His continuous miraculous protection of Fr Mbaka and for His Special Supernatural Security (SSS) of Fr Mbaka and the Adoration Ministry. We are by this medium sending a strong warning to wherever the assassination plot against Fr Mbaka is coming from, be it the politicians or their supporters or the Church that we shall not fold our hands and keep watching. We shall not only expose the source of this threat to the life of Fr Mbaka at the fullness of our investigations but we shall also match same with equal force in self-defence.

“While we have the faith that God will fight our cause, we believe even more in the defence of our faith through our good works and actions.”

Music Star, Small Doctor, Armed Gang Arrested ...See Photo

Music Star, Small Doctor, Armed Gang Arrested ...See Photo

Small Doctor
The police in Lagos have arrested popular musician Adekunle Temitope aka Small Doctor and three of his band members for alleged illegal possession of firearms.

They were nabbed around Oshodi after threatening to shoot traffic policemen, Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal said yesterday.

The commissioner said to have paraded the suspects before few reporters who were at the command headquarters, frowned at the artiste’s conduct.

He said he had a pending case at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

Edgal alleged that the musician opened fire at his show in Agege, which left four persons injured.

He said: “You would have thought the incident would have made him to be wiser, but surprisingly today (yesterday), I got a situation report from traffic monitors on Oshodi Expressway alleging that four gunmen in green unregistered Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) threatened to shoot them.

Small Doctor (2nd left) and his arrested armed band members
Small Doctor (2nd left) and his arrested armed band members
“He brought out a gun and threatened to shoot the policemen. Fortunately, the DPO and other policemen at Shogunle intercepted the suspects and arrested them.

“When they were brought here, it was discovered that one of them was the same Adekunle Temitope aka Small Doctor with three others. They were arrested with a functional rifle, a cartridge and personal items.

“I am concerned, as one will expect that a popular musician like him will be a role model, but his character is nothing to emulate.”

The police boss urged celebrities to stop involving in activities that do not portray them well.
Small Doctor
The police in Lagos have arrested popular musician Adekunle Temitope aka Small Doctor and three of his band members for alleged illegal possession of firearms.

They were nabbed around Oshodi after threatening to shoot traffic policemen, Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal said yesterday.

The commissioner said to have paraded the suspects before few reporters who were at the command headquarters, frowned at the artiste’s conduct.

He said he had a pending case at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos.

Edgal alleged that the musician opened fire at his show in Agege, which left four persons injured.

He said: “You would have thought the incident would have made him to be wiser, but surprisingly today (yesterday), I got a situation report from traffic monitors on Oshodi Expressway alleging that four gunmen in green unregistered Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) threatened to shoot them.

Small Doctor (2nd left) and his arrested armed band members
Small Doctor (2nd left) and his arrested armed band members
“He brought out a gun and threatened to shoot the policemen. Fortunately, the DPO and other policemen at Shogunle intercepted the suspects and arrested them.

“When they were brought here, it was discovered that one of them was the same Adekunle Temitope aka Small Doctor with three others. They were arrested with a functional rifle, a cartridge and personal items.

“I am concerned, as one will expect that a popular musician like him will be a role model, but his character is nothing to emulate.”

The police boss urged celebrities to stop involving in activities that do not portray them well.

Boko Haram: Nigerian Women stage solidarity rally to thank Buhari over troops’ successes in 3 years

Boko Haram: Nigerian Women stage solidarity rally to thank Buhari over troops’ successes in 3 years

...Pay tributes to fallen heroes

By Dansu Peter

The Women Arise for Change and Good Governance (WACN) Thursday, staged a solidarity rally in appreciation of President Muhammadu Buhari over his fight against insurgency in the country.

The women group also at the rally paid glowing tributes to soldiers who recently lost their lives in an attack by the Boko Haram insurgents in Melete area of Borno State.

WACN, however, urged the Nigerian military not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, which it described as a monumental tragedy.

Jaiyetola Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the  group, urged President Buhari to remain steadfast and resolute on his convictions, assuring that Nigerians were strongly behind him.

According to her, “Sir, you are our leader, father, husband and uncle and, we know, you are not only sad, but grieving the loss of our valiant soldiers in Metele, who were attacked and killed in Borno, Northeastern Nigeria. From afar, we sighted your grieving soul and came to wipe your tears.

“We shall remain forever pained at this monumental tragedy. As you reflect over the sorrow visited upon our nation by these irreligious and satanic creatures, incensed by the swords of the devil, we stand firmly behind you.

“The Nigerian women you are seeing now have decided to stand with you in this tormenting moment of the nation.  We have prayed and invoked the spirit of Almighty God to put an end to the scourge of Boko Haram terrorism.  We are unanimously chorusing NO to the evil forces within which have besieged our land.


“Nigerian women have passed an irrevocable vote of confidence in your leadership and the exceptional performances of troops in the battlefield against Boko Haram.  This is a battle they must win and they have already won it several times. Therefore, no amount of distractions should deter us from finally conquering the enemy after our country.

“Once again, Nigerian women are pleading with you Mr. President not to let us and the nation down by either succumbing to the antics of enemies or be distracted by the effects of   the recent attacks on Metele.  It is one community Boko Haram terrorists have been fruitlessly attempting to recapture month, after month.

“Boko Haram  have made several attempts to capture Metele which are usually repelled by Nigerian troops. Mr. President must remain focused on rescuing the country from the claws of evil men.”


Security Operatives from the Presidential Villa who received the women commended the orderly manner of the rally and promised to deliver their messages to the appropriate channels.

...Pay tributes to fallen heroes

By Dansu Peter

The Women Arise for Change and Good Governance (WACN) Thursday, staged a solidarity rally in appreciation of President Muhammadu Buhari over his fight against insurgency in the country.

The women group also at the rally paid glowing tributes to soldiers who recently lost their lives in an attack by the Boko Haram insurgents in Melete area of Borno State.

WACN, however, urged the Nigerian military not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, which it described as a monumental tragedy.

Jaiyetola Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the  group, urged President Buhari to remain steadfast and resolute on his convictions, assuring that Nigerians were strongly behind him.

According to her, “Sir, you are our leader, father, husband and uncle and, we know, you are not only sad, but grieving the loss of our valiant soldiers in Metele, who were attacked and killed in Borno, Northeastern Nigeria. From afar, we sighted your grieving soul and came to wipe your tears.

“We shall remain forever pained at this monumental tragedy. As you reflect over the sorrow visited upon our nation by these irreligious and satanic creatures, incensed by the swords of the devil, we stand firmly behind you.

“The Nigerian women you are seeing now have decided to stand with you in this tormenting moment of the nation.  We have prayed and invoked the spirit of Almighty God to put an end to the scourge of Boko Haram terrorism.  We are unanimously chorusing NO to the evil forces within which have besieged our land.


“Nigerian women have passed an irrevocable vote of confidence in your leadership and the exceptional performances of troops in the battlefield against Boko Haram.  This is a battle they must win and they have already won it several times. Therefore, no amount of distractions should deter us from finally conquering the enemy after our country.

“Once again, Nigerian women are pleading with you Mr. President not to let us and the nation down by either succumbing to the antics of enemies or be distracted by the effects of   the recent attacks on Metele.  It is one community Boko Haram terrorists have been fruitlessly attempting to recapture month, after month.

“Boko Haram  have made several attempts to capture Metele which are usually repelled by Nigerian troops. Mr. President must remain focused on rescuing the country from the claws of evil men.”


Security Operatives from the Presidential Villa who received the women commended the orderly manner of the rally and promised to deliver their messages to the appropriate channels.

Gov. Ortom And The Involvement Of A B'Haram Suspect Tashaku In Benue State Security And Many unanswered Questions

Gov. Ortom And The Involvement Of A B'Haram Suspect Tashaku In Benue State Security And Many unanswered Questions


Tashaku and Samuel Ortom
Fulani herdsmen have been killing the people of Benue State for a very long time. I wrote an article titled: "Again, Fulani Herdsmen Attack Tiv Farmers: A Report By James Uzondu in 2012". The article highlighted some of the attacks that occurred in Benue State in 2012 when Goodluck Jonathan was the President and Gabriel Suswam was the governor. A letter was written to Suswam and Jonathan by some elders in the community informing them of the planned attacks but they did nothing to avert the attacks which took place and claimed more than 30 lives with scores injured. 

Since Governor Samuel Ortom of the Benue State was sworn-in on May 29, 2015, there have been Fulani herdsmen attacks recorded in Benue State but not on a high frequency till the January 2018 attacks that occurred in Logo and Guma Local Government Councils of Benue State followed by other subsequent high frequency attacks. 

Dooshima Akaazua writes that militia leader, Terwase Akwaza also known as Gana in 2016, in a recorded phone conversation explained why he refused to associate himself with the state's Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF). He had refused a N300 million offer by some elements to join in killing his people in the name of herdsmen which he admitted when Channels TV's Charles Erukaa interviewed him at his hometown in Gbishe, Katsina-Ala Local Government.

According to her, Gana said he refused to join the CJTF because of a certain Alhaji Aliyu Tashaku, a Boko Haram suspect who was the leader of the group. He said they were involved in shady activities which he didn't want to be involved in after he accepted the amnesty programme of the state in 2015. There were several warnings to Ortom concerning his romance with Tashaku but insisted on working with him for unknown reasons. It is the CJTF that metamorphosed into the state's Livestock Guard vested with the responsibility of enforcing the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law across the state under the leadership of the Boko Haram suspect. 

In April 2018, Tashaku was arrested after bugged phone conversations linked him with the killings of 2 priest and 17 parishioners in Mbalom community in Benue State.

There have been many unanswered questions among which are:

(1) Why was Ortom interested in engaging the services of Tashaku when there were many experienced security experts better than him? 

(2) Was Ortom not aware that Tashaku was a Boko Haram suspect? 

(3) If he was aware, what did he find so unique in Tashaku that he could not disengage him? 

(4) After engaging Tashaku, he was given several warnings about Tashaku's involvement with Boko Haram. Why did he ignore such warnings? 

(5) Investigation by EFCC revealed that the state government started paying the sum of N20 million monthly into the account of the Boko Haram suspect from December 2017 to April 2018 when he was arrested. What was the payment for? Has Ortom publicly denied paying money to his account? 

(6) Most of these attacks  took place successfully because some members of the community collect money from the herdsmen to conspire with them to kill their people. It is just like robbing the bank. It is extremely difficult  to successfully rob a bank without having accomplices working in the bank so it is to most of the killings that take place. Who are the Tiv sons and daughters who are accomplices in these killings? 

(7) Before engaging the services of Tashaku, why didn't Ortom consult the Commissioner of Police, DSS or Military Intelligence to be informed of Tashaku's status? 

(8) If Ortom claims not to be aware of Tashaku's records and tenacity to unleash terror on innocent lives, what guarantee do the people of Benue State have that there are no more his type in the present Livestock Guard? 

(9) After Tashaku was arrested by security agencies for such act, why was he still released without any major penalty for his crimes? 

If Ortom was not truly aware of Tashaku's records and tenacity to unleash terror on innocent lives, this chaotic situation only underlines the obvious fact that Ortom has shown gross incompetence in handling security issues in the state, from herdsmen killings to other security challenges.

Tashaku and Samuel Ortom
Fulani herdsmen have been killing the people of Benue State for a very long time. I wrote an article titled: "Again, Fulani Herdsmen Attack Tiv Farmers: A Report By James Uzondu in 2012". The article highlighted some of the attacks that occurred in Benue State in 2012 when Goodluck Jonathan was the President and Gabriel Suswam was the governor. A letter was written to Suswam and Jonathan by some elders in the community informing them of the planned attacks but they did nothing to avert the attacks which took place and claimed more than 30 lives with scores injured. 

Since Governor Samuel Ortom of the Benue State was sworn-in on May 29, 2015, there have been Fulani herdsmen attacks recorded in Benue State but not on a high frequency till the January 2018 attacks that occurred in Logo and Guma Local Government Councils of Benue State followed by other subsequent high frequency attacks. 

Dooshima Akaazua writes that militia leader, Terwase Akwaza also known as Gana in 2016, in a recorded phone conversation explained why he refused to associate himself with the state's Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF). He had refused a N300 million offer by some elements to join in killing his people in the name of herdsmen which he admitted when Channels TV's Charles Erukaa interviewed him at his hometown in Gbishe, Katsina-Ala Local Government.

According to her, Gana said he refused to join the CJTF because of a certain Alhaji Aliyu Tashaku, a Boko Haram suspect who was the leader of the group. He said they were involved in shady activities which he didn't want to be involved in after he accepted the amnesty programme of the state in 2015. There were several warnings to Ortom concerning his romance with Tashaku but insisted on working with him for unknown reasons. It is the CJTF that metamorphosed into the state's Livestock Guard vested with the responsibility of enforcing the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law across the state under the leadership of the Boko Haram suspect. 

In April 2018, Tashaku was arrested after bugged phone conversations linked him with the killings of 2 priest and 17 parishioners in Mbalom community in Benue State.

There have been many unanswered questions among which are:

(1) Why was Ortom interested in engaging the services of Tashaku when there were many experienced security experts better than him? 

(2) Was Ortom not aware that Tashaku was a Boko Haram suspect? 

(3) If he was aware, what did he find so unique in Tashaku that he could not disengage him? 

(4) After engaging Tashaku, he was given several warnings about Tashaku's involvement with Boko Haram. Why did he ignore such warnings? 

(5) Investigation by EFCC revealed that the state government started paying the sum of N20 million monthly into the account of the Boko Haram suspect from December 2017 to April 2018 when he was arrested. What was the payment for? Has Ortom publicly denied paying money to his account? 

(6) Most of these attacks  took place successfully because some members of the community collect money from the herdsmen to conspire with them to kill their people. It is just like robbing the bank. It is extremely difficult  to successfully rob a bank without having accomplices working in the bank so it is to most of the killings that take place. Who are the Tiv sons and daughters who are accomplices in these killings? 

(7) Before engaging the services of Tashaku, why didn't Ortom consult the Commissioner of Police, DSS or Military Intelligence to be informed of Tashaku's status? 

(8) If Ortom claims not to be aware of Tashaku's records and tenacity to unleash terror on innocent lives, what guarantee do the people of Benue State have that there are no more his type in the present Livestock Guard? 

(9) After Tashaku was arrested by security agencies for such act, why was he still released without any major penalty for his crimes? 

If Ortom was not truly aware of Tashaku's records and tenacity to unleash terror on innocent lives, this chaotic situation only underlines the obvious fact that Ortom has shown gross incompetence in handling security issues in the state, from herdsmen killings to other security challenges.

Metele Village Massacre of Over 100 Soldiers By B'Haram: At Last Buhari Breaks Silence

Metele Village Massacre of Over 100 Soldiers By B'Haram: At Last Buhari Breaks Silence

AFTER series social media backlashes over deafening silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the massives killing of over 100 Nigerian soldiers by the dreaded sect group, Boko Haram, the President has broken his silence.

The President in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed deep shock and said immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.

This is coming as the Nigerian Army yesterday confirmed the attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists on troops of the 157 battalion at Metele.

The confirmation was made through a statement by the Army authority in Abuja at the weekend.

Reacting to the tragic incident, the President said that his administration remains ever committed and focused on the security of military personnel and other citizens.

He said “No responsible Commander-in-Chief would rest on his oars or fold his hands to allow terrorists to endanger the lives of its military personnel and other citizens.

“Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed in ending the renewed threat.

“In the coming days, I am engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking.” he said

The President noted that fighting terrorism has taken a global dimension, which necessitates international collaboration among states facing similar security challenges.

He reassured Nigerians of his continued commitment to their security and of his efforts to sustain the momentum in the previous significant successes recorded against the terrorists.

He, however, advised Nigerians against making a political capital out of national tragedy, stressing that members of the armed forces are one family who are commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians.

The Nigerian Army while confirming the attack however debunked the video been circulated in the social media, asserting it was fake.

The Army described the attacks as unfortunate, but urged Nigerians to exercise caution regarding the death of the fallen heroes in that there are laid down procedures to be followed on the matter.

The statement reads, “The attention of the NA has been drawn to several social media, print, electronic and online publications about the recent attack on 157 Task Force Battalion at Metele.

“Whilst it is true that there was an attack on the location on 18 November 2018, it has however, become necessary to correct several misinformation being circulated with regards to this unfortunate event.

“It is important for the public to note that the NA has laid down procedures for reporting incidents that involve its personnel who fall casualty in action. Out of respect for the families of our gallant troops, the NOKs are first notified before any form of public information so as to avoid exacerbating the grief family members would bear, were they to discover such from unofficial sources.

“Furthermore, it suffices to observe that several social media, print and online publications have been brandishing false casualty figures as well as circulating various footages of old and inaccurate BHT propaganda videos and alluding same to be the attack on 157 Task Force Battalion.

“Whilst it is understandable how such misinformation can spread in this era of social media frenzy, the spurious circulation of some of these videos only contribute to further propagate the propaganda intent of the terrorists; to misinform the populace and portray themselves as what they are not.

“So far, the situation is that the location is under control as reinforcing units have been able to repel the terrorists and stabilize the situation.

“The NA sincerely, wishes to thank the various arms of government, MDAs and sister security agencies that have stood with her in these trying times; by commiserating with the families of the fallen heroes who have paid the supreme price for the defence of our dearly beloved country.

“The necessary support being given the NA by the Federal Government and the goodwill of the Nigerian populace will undoubtedly continue to spur the NA towards the ultimate defeat of the highly degraded BHTs.”
AFTER series social media backlashes over deafening silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the massives killing of over 100 Nigerian soldiers by the dreaded sect group, Boko Haram, the President has broken his silence.

The President in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, expressed deep shock and said immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.

This is coming as the Nigerian Army yesterday confirmed the attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists on troops of the 157 battalion at Metele.

The confirmation was made through a statement by the Army authority in Abuja at the weekend.

Reacting to the tragic incident, the President said that his administration remains ever committed and focused on the security of military personnel and other citizens.

He said “No responsible Commander-in-Chief would rest on his oars or fold his hands to allow terrorists to endanger the lives of its military personnel and other citizens.

“Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed in ending the renewed threat.

“In the coming days, I am engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking.” he said

The President noted that fighting terrorism has taken a global dimension, which necessitates international collaboration among states facing similar security challenges.

He reassured Nigerians of his continued commitment to their security and of his efforts to sustain the momentum in the previous significant successes recorded against the terrorists.

He, however, advised Nigerians against making a political capital out of national tragedy, stressing that members of the armed forces are one family who are commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians.

The Nigerian Army while confirming the attack however debunked the video been circulated in the social media, asserting it was fake.

The Army described the attacks as unfortunate, but urged Nigerians to exercise caution regarding the death of the fallen heroes in that there are laid down procedures to be followed on the matter.

The statement reads, “The attention of the NA has been drawn to several social media, print, electronic and online publications about the recent attack on 157 Task Force Battalion at Metele.

“Whilst it is true that there was an attack on the location on 18 November 2018, it has however, become necessary to correct several misinformation being circulated with regards to this unfortunate event.

“It is important for the public to note that the NA has laid down procedures for reporting incidents that involve its personnel who fall casualty in action. Out of respect for the families of our gallant troops, the NOKs are first notified before any form of public information so as to avoid exacerbating the grief family members would bear, were they to discover such from unofficial sources.

“Furthermore, it suffices to observe that several social media, print and online publications have been brandishing false casualty figures as well as circulating various footages of old and inaccurate BHT propaganda videos and alluding same to be the attack on 157 Task Force Battalion.

“Whilst it is understandable how such misinformation can spread in this era of social media frenzy, the spurious circulation of some of these videos only contribute to further propagate the propaganda intent of the terrorists; to misinform the populace and portray themselves as what they are not.

“So far, the situation is that the location is under control as reinforcing units have been able to repel the terrorists and stabilize the situation.

“The NA sincerely, wishes to thank the various arms of government, MDAs and sister security agencies that have stood with her in these trying times; by commiserating with the families of the fallen heroes who have paid the supreme price for the defence of our dearly beloved country.

“The necessary support being given the NA by the Federal Government and the goodwill of the Nigerian populace will undoubtedly continue to spur the NA towards the ultimate defeat of the highly degraded BHTs.”

How We Were Actually Attacked By Boko Haram - Escaped Soldier Narrates Ordeal, Says Killed Colleagues Over 100

How We Were Actually Attacked By Boko Haram - Escaped Soldier Narrates Ordeal, Says Killed Colleagues Over 100

Boko Haram Kills Nigerian Soldiers

Indications emerged yesterday that the attack on troops by Boko Haram insurgents at Metele village, Guzamala Local Government Area, Borno State, which claimed many lives on Sunday, was possible because the attackers disguised as friendly soldiers.

A soldier, who escaped the attack by a whisker, said an advanced team of the insurgents had come into the base as friendly forces and went into the office of the commander where they fired him and five other soldiers that were with him in the office.

According to the source, the troops became confused when they heard the sound of gunshots from their commander’s office.

He said: “We saw some people dressed in full military uniform who came into our camp, but we thought they were friendly forces.

“They went straight to the office of our commander and shortly after, there were gunshots in the office.

“We became confused, waiting for orders but it was too late. Boko Haram had already surrendered us.

“They killed the commander with five other soldiers that were with him in the office.

“Before we knew it, there was heavy fire from Boko Haram from all sides of the camp with more fire at the entrance.

“One of our anti-bomb vehicles tried to charge through the barbwire but got hooked. It was a terrible fight.

“We couldn’t do much because their number and fire power were more than our own.”

Meanwhile, the army command in Maiduguri has evacuated the bodies of the soldiers that were killed by Boko Haram insurgents.

A military source disclosed that more than 70 bodies were evacuated to Maiduguri by the military after the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole and the GOC, 7 Div yesterday went to Monguno and strategised on recovering the bodies.

The Nation checks revealed that the first rescue and evacuation team was foiled after Boko Haram launched an attack on them and they were forced to withdraw.

The military source who spoke on condition of anonymity said more than 100 soldiers were feared dead in the Metele attack.

He added: “As at today, the bodies of some of the dead soldiers have been evacuated and brought to Maiduguri. More than 70 bodies have been brought, but I am sure many may not have been recovered.

“I am not sure, but the soldiers that died in that attack will be more than 100.”

The Nation could not verify the story with the army authorities yesterday as calls and text messages to the Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Chukwu Texas, were not responded to.

The Nation checks also revealed that Boko Haram has sacked six military formations from that axis since September, each coming with a heavy casualties on the side of the Nigerian troops.

It will be recalled that Nigerian troops in Metele suffered a similar attack in September this year when about 18 Nigeria soldiers were killed while another 151 soldiers and six officers were declared missing in the same area in another devastating attack on 157 Battalion on October 8, 2018.

However, the official figure released by the military was that only seven soldiers were killed while 16 others were injured. They claimed to have killed at least 76 Boko Haram fighters in Metele as at then.
Boko Haram Kills Nigerian Soldiers

Indications emerged yesterday that the attack on troops by Boko Haram insurgents at Metele village, Guzamala Local Government Area, Borno State, which claimed many lives on Sunday, was possible because the attackers disguised as friendly soldiers.

A soldier, who escaped the attack by a whisker, said an advanced team of the insurgents had come into the base as friendly forces and went into the office of the commander where they fired him and five other soldiers that were with him in the office.

According to the source, the troops became confused when they heard the sound of gunshots from their commander’s office.

He said: “We saw some people dressed in full military uniform who came into our camp, but we thought they were friendly forces.

“They went straight to the office of our commander and shortly after, there were gunshots in the office.

“We became confused, waiting for orders but it was too late. Boko Haram had already surrendered us.

“They killed the commander with five other soldiers that were with him in the office.

“Before we knew it, there was heavy fire from Boko Haram from all sides of the camp with more fire at the entrance.

“One of our anti-bomb vehicles tried to charge through the barbwire but got hooked. It was a terrible fight.

“We couldn’t do much because their number and fire power were more than our own.”

Meanwhile, the army command in Maiduguri has evacuated the bodies of the soldiers that were killed by Boko Haram insurgents.

A military source disclosed that more than 70 bodies were evacuated to Maiduguri by the military after the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole and the GOC, 7 Div yesterday went to Monguno and strategised on recovering the bodies.

The Nation checks revealed that the first rescue and evacuation team was foiled after Boko Haram launched an attack on them and they were forced to withdraw.

The military source who spoke on condition of anonymity said more than 100 soldiers were feared dead in the Metele attack.

He added: “As at today, the bodies of some of the dead soldiers have been evacuated and brought to Maiduguri. More than 70 bodies have been brought, but I am sure many may not have been recovered.

“I am not sure, but the soldiers that died in that attack will be more than 100.”

The Nation could not verify the story with the army authorities yesterday as calls and text messages to the Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Chukwu Texas, were not responded to.

The Nation checks also revealed that Boko Haram has sacked six military formations from that axis since September, each coming with a heavy casualties on the side of the Nigerian troops.

It will be recalled that Nigerian troops in Metele suffered a similar attack in September this year when about 18 Nigeria soldiers were killed while another 151 soldiers and six officers were declared missing in the same area in another devastating attack on 157 Battalion on October 8, 2018.

However, the official figure released by the military was that only seven soldiers were killed while 16 others were injured. They claimed to have killed at least 76 Boko Haram fighters in Metele as at then.

JUST IN: Offa Bank Robbery Gang Leader, Adikwu Dies In Police Custody

JUST IN: Offa Bank Robbery Gang Leader, Adikwu Dies In Police Custody

Micheal Adikwu

Micheal Adikwu, the prime suspect and gang leader in the Offa bank robbery where at least 32 people were killed on April 5, 2018 is dead.  

Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kamaldeen Ajibade, SAN disclosed this at a Kwara State High Court today, when five of the six principal suspects were brought to court.  The five suspects arraigned were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.  

However, Michael Adikwu, a dismissed police constable who was said to have confessed to being the mastermind of the bloody operation was not in court during the arraignment. When the case came up, Ajibade, who said that his office received the case file of the robbery operation on Monday evening explained that the head of Police investigation team, Abba Kyari informed him that one of the suspects, Michael Adikwu was dead.

Ajibade said the police was yet to give details of Adikwu’s death and that the five suspects brought to court could not be charged until an amendment was made on the charge sheet.  

According to him, we have the names of six suspects on our charge sheet, but they brought five suspects, we cannot go on with the case until we amend the charges because we can not prosecute a dead person. The Attorney General also said that the case could not go on because the suspects had no legal representation.  He, however, urged the court to adjourn the case so that the charges could be amended and the suspects could get legal team to represent them.  It would be recalled that two lawyers who were representing the suspects announced their withdrawal from the case last week.  

Justice Halima Salman adjourned the matter till November 30, 2018 and ordered that the suspects get a legal team.
Micheal Adikwu

Micheal Adikwu, the prime suspect and gang leader in the Offa bank robbery where at least 32 people were killed on April 5, 2018 is dead.  

Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kamaldeen Ajibade, SAN disclosed this at a Kwara State High Court today, when five of the six principal suspects were brought to court.  The five suspects arraigned were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.  

However, Michael Adikwu, a dismissed police constable who was said to have confessed to being the mastermind of the bloody operation was not in court during the arraignment. When the case came up, Ajibade, who said that his office received the case file of the robbery operation on Monday evening explained that the head of Police investigation team, Abba Kyari informed him that one of the suspects, Michael Adikwu was dead.

Ajibade said the police was yet to give details of Adikwu’s death and that the five suspects brought to court could not be charged until an amendment was made on the charge sheet.  

According to him, we have the names of six suspects on our charge sheet, but they brought five suspects, we cannot go on with the case until we amend the charges because we can not prosecute a dead person. The Attorney General also said that the case could not go on because the suspects had no legal representation.  He, however, urged the court to adjourn the case so that the charges could be amended and the suspects could get legal team to represent them.  It would be recalled that two lawyers who were representing the suspects announced their withdrawal from the case last week.  

Justice Halima Salman adjourned the matter till November 30, 2018 and ordered that the suspects get a legal team.

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