Jonathan Sacks IGP Suleiman Abba, Appoints Arase As Acting

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has sacked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba with immediate effect.

The sack was announced by the president’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati, in a statement on Tuesday.

A Deputy Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase, was appointed to act in his stead.

Mr. Abba’s removal and the assumption of office of his replacement is with immediate effect.

Mr. Abati’s statement read in full, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has relieved the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba of his appointment and duties with immediate effect.

“President Jonathan has also appointed Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase as Acting Inspector-General of Police, also with immediate effect.

“Until his appointment as Mr. Abba’s replacement, Mr. Arase was the Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.

“Mr. Arase holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Law, as well as  Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science and Strategic Studies.

“He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.”

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Buhari Reveals Comprehensive Plan for the Boko Haram Ravaged North-East

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled a comprehensive plan for the Northeast – the zone hardest hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The economy of the states, especially Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, is reeling under the effect of the killings and general insecurity.

Gen. Buhari told a Borno State delegation led by Governor Kashim Shettima, which visited him in Kaduna on Sunday, that Lake Chad will get special attention so as to create jobs in agriculture for the teeming youths.

He promised to give priority to ending the insurgency to bring stability to the zone.

Besides, the search for oil along the Chad Basin will be funded.

There will also be collaboration with neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon to curtail Boko Haram’s transborder movement;cut supply of arms and block recruitment and training of recruits.

Gen. Buhari said the stability of the Northeast would be a project because nothing can be achieved without peace and security.

Shettima was accompanied by Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi, and some elders, led by the Chairman of Borno Elders Forum Amb. Usman Gaji Galtimari.

The president-elect also assured the delegation that the receding of the Lake Chad will be addressed through the transfer of water from Central African Republic to the lake to boost its commercial activities for fishing and irrigation farming.

He recalled that he once read a document raising fears about the Lake Chad receding, which he handed over to then President Olusegun Obasanjo. Gen. Buhari said Lake Chad could create millions of jobs through agriculture.

He maintained that prospecting for oil in the Lake Chad basin would not only increase the export potential but also to balance cross regional perceptions and manage agitations so as to enhance the country’s stability.

He promised to pay special attention to the economic potential of the Northeast so as to make it attractive for investments.

Shettima said Borno people felt so much attached to General Buhari being a former Military Governor of the old Northeast with headquarters in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital and looked up to him with so much hope. He pleaded with the incoming President to pay special attention to the affairs of the state.

The Shehu of Borno urged the president-elect to consider a Federal Government takeover of the welfare of youth volunteers fighting insurgency in the state, noting that the state government had been spending so much managing the Boko Haram insurgency.

He pleaded for Gen. Buhari’s intervention on resumption of commercial airlines flights to Maiduguri international Airport, which has been suspended for almost two years.

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Presidency Rules Out Possibility of Rescuing Chibok Girls Before May 29

The Presidency has ruled out the possibility of rescuing the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls before May 29 handover date.

Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs Doyin Okupe said in a statement weekend that the incoming government of General Muhammadu Buhari would have to devise the best approach to find and rescue the girls.

President Jonathan had on March 5, 2015, while speaking on an AIT breakfast programme, Kakaaki, assured Nigerians that his administration would rescue the girls kidnapped from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram one year ago.

“The good story is that they’ve not killed them (the girls) because when terrorists kill, they display so that they use it to intimidate the people in the society. So, these girls are alive. And so, we’ll get the girls”, the president had said.

But Okupe, in his Facebook post on Saturday, fore closed the feasibility of rescuing the girls before May 29, disclosing that the issue of the missing Chibok schoolgirls would be part of the handover notes currently being prepared by President Jonathan’s administration.

He said well-meaning Nigerians of good conscience would have to dialogue with the incoming administration of retired General Muhammadu Buhari on the best new approach to rescue the schoolgirls.

“One of the issues that will be in the handover notes will be the missing girls. What is reasonable and expedient for well-meaning men and women of good conscience is to dialogue with the incoming administration on what best new approach to employ to find and rescue the Chibok girls”, Okupe said.

According to the presidential aide, “not much can be achieved, except mischief, by continuing to flog this administration on this matter”.

Jonathan had, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to submit their handover notes to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by April 20 (today).

Okupe also alleged weekend that conspiracies from within and outside the country over the girls’ abduction were responsible for Jonathan’s loss at the March 28 presidential election.

He said these conspiracies were aimed at depicting President Jonathan’s government as incompetent and holding it to ransom against the 2015 general elections.

He further claimed that the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), the group championing the rescue of the missing girls, was formed “to sustain and internationalise the embarrassment”.

“One of the reasons the Chibok girls were kidnapped was to present Jonathan’s administration as incompetent and hold it to ransom against 2015 elections.
“One of the reasons the BBOG (Bring-Back-Our-Girls movement) was formed was to sustain and internationalise the embarrassment.

“One of the reasons President Jonathan lost the election was a national and international conspiracy predicated on this carefully choreographed and assiduously sustained perception”, Okupe wrote.

It would be recalled that the House of Representatives had on Wednesday, via a motion of urgent public importance by Abike Dabiri-Erewa (APC, Lagos), urged Jonathan’s administration to rescue the girls before May 29.

Similarly, the Chibok community in Abuja had said in a statement Wednesday that they were hoping that Jonathan would keep his words by rescuing the girls alive before vacating office on May 29.

“Despite the gloomy picture of what is happening in the community, we’re still hopeful that our girls will come back alive. We’re hoping that Mr President will keep his words by bringing the girls back alive before leaving office on 29th, May, 2015. Even if he fails to achieve it, we’re hopeful that the president-elect will bring back our girls alive”, the community had said.

The National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) had assured Nigerians  during a media chat in Abuja last Wednesday that the Nigerian troops prosecuting the terrorist war would invade the Sambisa Forest in Borno before the swearing-in of Buhari.

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah had equally said during an interview with journalists in Abuja last Thursday that there was hope of rescuing the schoolgirls since the insurgents “are now on the run”.

“Yes, by the time we capture Sambisa forest completely, we will be able to find out where the girls are”, the army chief had said.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, had on May 25, 2014 while receiving a solidarity rally organised by the Citizens Initiative for Security Awareness, said the Nigeria’s security leadership had located where the insurgents were holding the abducted schoolgirls.

Badeh had said the military had the capacity to rescue the abducted girls but would not use force so that the girls would not be killed in the guise of rescuing them.

“We want our girls back, we can do it, but where they are held, can we go with force? If we go with force, what will happen? So, nobody should come and say the Nigerian military does not know what it is doing. We know what we are doing. We can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back”.

The president-elect, Buhari, had in a statement last Monday pledged to act differently and do everything possible to rescue the girls from captivity.  He had, however, warned that the new approach must begin with “honesty” in admitting that the girls’ whereabouts were unknown.

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Man Walking For Buhari From Lagos Arrives In Abuja in 13 Days!

A 33 year old Hashimu Suleiman, who trekked from Lagos to Abuja to celebrate the victory of the President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari arrived today, to a rousing crowd of Abuja residents who trooped out to catch a glimpse of him.

He arrived to Abuja around 5pm, and was in the company of security operatives protecting him from overzealous fans looking to take photographs with Mr. Suleiman.

Hashimu Suleiman vowed to embark on a solo trek from Lagos to Abuja if All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari emerged as the  winner of the March 28th general election.

Suleiman’s arrival in Abjua caused traffic jams along the Kubwa expressway where thousands of fans gathered to see him.

Speaking to the Journalists in the midst of crowd Suleiman said that he wanted to fulfill a promise he made two years ago. “I made a promise for this mission to show my love for the leader of the masses, General Muhammadu Buhari  and for the 13 days journey I have embarked upon, I have condemned five pairs of canvass shoes.”

However, there are questions that Suleiman did not address to the reporters who interviewed him upon his arrival to Abuja.

Ahmad Salkida, who witnessed Mr. Suleiman’s arrival to Abuja, said that “I am not good at maths or physics but did Suleiman use a compass or other modern equipments to track his movements?”

“What is the expert accound on the number of hours a man like Suleiman needs to cover such a distance?” he added.

Hashimu Suleiman told reporters at the scene that the journey took 13 days. However he did not provide important details on the time he left Lagos or the going away celebrations he may have had.

Significantly, Mr. Suleiman also did not explain his walking and resting schedule along the arduous 746Km journey, which would be more than a 9 hour drive by car.

Mr. Suleiman also did not explain the people he met along his more than two week walk, or where he stayed during the journey.

President-Elect Buhari does not know Mr. Hashimu, but he promised to see upon his arrival to Abuja. As at time of filling this report he was being led into the City Center by an unprecedented crowd who accompanied and policemen who are controlling the crowd around him.

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US To Sanction Patience Jonathan, Orubebe, Shema, Others For Election Violence, Rigging etc

The United States government appears set to sanction Nigeria’s ?first lady, Patience Jonathan, a former Niger Delta minister, Godsday Orubebe, ?and ?the ?governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, and other Nigerians accused of either disrupting the just concluded elections, or instigating violence.

The U.S. said Monday that it will impose visa restrictions on any Nigerian found to have incited violence or interfered with the electoral process.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said in a? statement that the U.S. will shut its doors on people involved in any form of violence during the polls.

“Anyone found to have incited violence or interfered with electoral processes will be unwelcome in the United States and subject to visa sanctions,” Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said.

Although Ms. Thomas-Greenfield did not give names of those considered for sanctions, Mr. Orubebe, appears one of the most likely targets.

The former minister openly disrupted the process of collation of the presidential election results in Abuja on March 31, as the event was broadcast live by the international media.

Accusing the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, of bias, Mr. Orubebe for several minutes asked Mr. Jega to stand down before the process could continue.

The former minister received worldwide condemnation for his actions, and later apologised.

Mrs. Jonathan had said at the ?ruling ?Peoples Democratic Party Women Campaign in Calabar, Cross River State, early March, that anyone chanting change should be stoned.

“I’m telling you, anyone that comes and tell you change, stone that person,” she said. “What you did not do 19 kilikili, is now that age has caught up with you, you want to come and change? You can’t change rather you will turn back to a baby. You will turn back to a baby. From old age nothing, so nothing like change. Rather (it) is continuity.”

The sanctions may also target Mr. Shema of Katsina state, who was caught on tape prodding his supporters to attack and kill opposition members and their supporters. He described members of the opposition as “cockroaches”.

The deputy governor of Rivers State, Tele Ikuru, had also during a campaign rally in the state, called on
??the ?people to fight and redeem the state from the All Progressives Congress, APC, even if it means shedding their blood.

“It is necessary for the sake of your fathers, for the sake of your mothers, for the sake of your brothers and sisters and for the sake of your children. Every Rivers man must stand up to fight this evil among us,” Mr. Ikuru said. “If it demands your blood, so be it.”

Also, in January, the Kaduna State governor, Mukhtar Yero, was caught on tape threatening violence against the APC.

Mr. Yero vowed swift “revenge” if ever attacked by any one “born of woman”.

The U.S. may also target the former militant leaders in the Niger Delta who threatened war if President Goodluck Jonathan lost the elections.

The ex-militant leaders, among them, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, leader, Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force; Victor Ben Ebikabowei, aka, Boy Loaf; and Government Ekpudomenowei, aka, Tompolo, made the threat in January.

Several other politicians may also be sanctioned after investigations into dozens of election-related violence are completed.

Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said, while the elections were generally without a significant scale of violence, and irregularities in some parts of Nigeria, some people were resolved to undermine the will of Nigerians and interfere with electoral processes, resorting to violence and voter intimidation.

She said the U.S. regretted any loss of life and property during the process, adding that violence and rigging was unacceptable in a democratic electoral process.

She commended the Independent National Electoral Commission and its chair, Attahiru Jega. She also encouraged Nigeria and other nations to continue to explore the use of relevant technologies in future elections.

She said, “Despite some technical glitches, it is clear that technology and use of social media-INEC’s online posting of results for each polling unit, live tweeting of results, the use of biometric permanent voter cards and electronic card readers- improved efficiency and limited fraud.”

The US President, Barack Obama, had before Nigeria’s general elections said successful elections and democratic progress will help Nigeria meet the urgent challenges Nigerians face today.

Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said, “Now more than ever, it is up to all Nigerians to stay united so that Nigeria can move forward with a clear set of priorities for the future”.

She said the U.S. welcomed all commitments made by the outgoing and the incoming presidents towards a peaceful transition process.

“This next phase is critical as the world continues its hopeful watch for what happens in Nigeria,” she said.
She said the conclusion of a peaceful electoral process in Nigeria will serve as an example to other nation preparing for elections.

She said, “Nigerian democracy will be a beacon across the continent and beyond”.

Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said the US looked forward to the inauguration of the president elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29 and the beginning of a new chapter of the relationship between the two countries.

PT

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Doyin Okupe Insists Buhari Has No Certificate

The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, has said that he stands by his words that the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, is not an electable leader.

Many critics of the All Progressives Congress candidate, including the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who, in the buildup to the March 28 presidential election, condemned Buhari, had subsequently apologised after he won the election.

But Okupe, on Monday said he would stand by his words that Buhari, who he said had no West African Senior School Certificate, was not eligible to contest for President.

He stated on his official Facebook page, “These are very interesting times in our nation. An election has come and gone. A victor has emerged and the loser has conceded.

“Yet some of our folks are behaving as if we have just gone through a war between two hostile nations. The APC agents all over the place are unrelenting in their tirades of abuses, insults and lies against President Goodluck Jonathan, his aides and supporters.

“It is shameful that we are still saddled with denying falsehood and fabrications in the social media and even by hitherto highly respected newspapers.

“Missing $20bn found in an account in Zenith. PGEJ returns tons of dollars to federation accounts. N2tn spent on elections by PGEJ. Okupe says Chibok girls will not be found. How many lies, deliberate falsehood and evil propaganda, outright curses and attacks must we suffer just because we lost an election in which we were never disgraced?

“Buhari polled 15m (56 per cent) while Jonathan scored 12m (46per cent). Those who talk to us disparagingly should respect the sentiments of the 12m Nigerians who voted for Jonathan.

“Of course, we have our reservations about the results but we will pass on that for now. We have lost this election but this is not and can never be a crime. We are all Nigerians and having lost does not make us less. We should be allowed to bow out peacefully and constitutionally on the 29th of May.

“Yes, I said Buhari was not electable. I also said his victory will not happen. I said and I still insist that Buhari has no WASC certificate. I said a lot of things to promote my candidate and many things to put his opponent down.

“I have no regrets for any of the statements I made. Lai Mohammed said worse. This is the nature of politics. For anyone who cares to listen. We will be back, period.”

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Looter Dr Angela Uwakwem: The MD FMC Owerri Goddess Of Corruption

Fejiro Oliver

When in 2006, Dr (Mrs) Angela Uwakwem, a Chief Consultant Ophthalmologist displaced the then Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri Medical Director, Dr Ohadugha in a boardroom politics, not many knew that a new queen of corruption has just emerged in the health sector.

Although she had earlier being an Acting MD in 2003 before she came back in 2007, her stay has brought the once revered hospital to her knees due to her corrupt practices, as atrocities upon evil are committed without delay and careless abandon.

As a pointer to the evil days that will befall FMC, it was discovered that her Dr Benneth Uwakwem husband who claims to have studied Dental Medicine in Philippines had qualifications that are laced with lies. The disciplinary committee of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCAN) set up to investigate the husband claim as a Dental Surgeon sent him back for his Houseman ship in University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) as a level 17 civil servant.

He works in FMC, Owerri and once headed the Dental Department despite his alleged quackery qualification. Because of the husband, Mrs Angela has made the unit management very independent of the hospital management.

The spirit of fraud invoked.

In 2014, the staff arrears for 2013/2014 was released by the Ministry of Health to pay workers. Typical of her style, one of our reliable sources revealed that she went to Abuja and with her cronies always willing to assist her; she got a fake virement and diverted the million into her private purse.

In a bid to justify her fraudulent action, she used the arrears meant for the staffers to buy CT scan at an inflated rate and without due process. This singular action brought about serious issues between her and the Chief Accountant who refused to take part in the illegal buying, by refusing to sign. This has angered her and we can report that she has decided to get the Chief Accountant sacked. Barring any last minute change, the position will be advertised in any National Daily. She has already redeployed the Accountant to head the store while her partner in crime was put there as the Head of Account pending when the advert for a replacement is done.

With the blood of looting flowing through her veins, we gathered that she pays herself overtime millions of Naira every month, without paying those who do same with her, such as her drivers and admin staffs. This payment is against the financial regulation guiding her office as they are already being paid from the National Treasury into her Consolidated Salary. While she milks the hospital dry, she gives a peanut of Ten Thousand Naira monthly to all Heads of Department to run their office.

Our checks revealed that she has locked out the hospital drivers from their offices for participating in the last JOHESU nationwide strike.

Turns hospital into cash cow.

Aware that her time is up to quit office, Mrs Angela has began to outsource sensitive departments to phony companies allegedly owned by her, her husband and cronies. The departments which rakes in money to the hospital such as plant unit, drivers and laundry services has all been outsourced to yet to be identified companies which sources claim are owned by her.

Citing a circular that originated from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004 which was never implemented in any hospital for over 11 years, she has suddenly found love in it to enrich her accounts.

Investigations revealed that this outsourcing is due to a memo from the Ministry that all Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) should henceforth be sent to the ministry account. In order to circumvent this payment, she has decided to outsource the departments that are lucrative who will pay her some percentage before the balance is paid into the Ministry account. In her wisdom, she claims to spend million in buying diesel, fuel and toiletries from the IGR. Her husband company according to a source is responsible for buying diesel and fuel for the hospital.

All appointment made last year was backdated in order to beat the IPPIS. With this, she was able to retire the money looted from personnel cost.

Clinical services not spared the outsourcing

This reporter can authoritatively state that plans have already been concluded by her to outsource the department of Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory and Radiography.

In the minutes of the last meeting held last week which was attended by Top Management Committee (TMC), she fell out with the TMC members who kicked against the outsourcing. From the minutes, we gathered that only the Head of Nursing service, who is her ally, supported the outsourcing. A multi million amenity complex built in the hospital has already been outsourced to a retired Nurse, who is her friend, with a silent agreement of financial gains.

The Laboratory will be outsourced to Darlex Lab Ltd owned by a former Senator, Eze Ajoku.

The pharmacy unit has already being outsourced partially as staffs under the NHIS can no longer get drugs at cheaper rate from the NHIS pharmacy store. Her own constituency of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) is at daggers drawn with her over her corrupt practice and dictatorial style. Workers are no longer entitled to call food despite staying overnight to care for patients. Information gotten is that she promised to set up a committee to look into it which has not been done.

Boasts of her survival power.

While she engages in this brazen daylight robbery, she beats her chest that she cannot be removed, squealed sources. With Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as her godfather and Senator Emeka Ihedioha solidly behind her, she boasts that nobody can remove her. Since Duno Lulu Briggs left as the Chairman of the Hospital Board, she uses other board members who she remotes control to have her way in looting FMC to coma.

Calls placed to her were not answers neither SMS replied.

*** To be continued.

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US Moves To Extradite Wanted Drug Baron Buruji Kashamu

The government of the United States of America has begun fresh moves to extradite Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu to face drug trafficking charges, which he has been evading for several years now.

This was revealed by his lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, in a petition to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

In the petition, Oluyede also accused former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, of being behind the plot to extradite Kashamu.

According to Oluyede, “Kashamu’s enquiry revealed that indeed there had been moves by US officials within the region to secure the assistance of the head of the INTERPOL division in Nigeria, Mr. Solomon Arase, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, for the arrest and delivery to the US officials of Kashamu for transportation to the US without following the due process required by the Nigeria Extradition Act.

“Mr. Kashamu’s informant revealed that Arase has confirmed that Donna Chabot approached him in January 2015. The said Ms Chabot is an attaché with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and  Customs Enforcement at the American Embassy route Des Almedies BP, 49, Dakar, Senegal and requested that INTERPOL Nigeria assist in the abduction of Kashamu for the purpose of his forcible transportation to the U.S. to face trial before Judge Norgel.”

According to Saharareporters, the name of the self-acclaimed philanthropist and a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came up in a Court ruling dated September 25, 2009 by Judge Charles R. Norgle of the United States District Court in Chicago, Illinois in which the Judge upheld Kashamu’s indictment by the U.S government on drug trafficking charges and conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the country. Kashamu was described by the U.S government as the kingpin of the drug cartel.

In his response, Kashamu published several rebuttals in the newspapers and alleged that he was not the one being sought after by the United States Government, but that the alleged crime was committed by one of his brothers who is now dead. Kashamu, in his defence, also claims that he had been cleared by a British Court and produced what purports to be the decision of a Magistrates’ Court in England. Kashamu also referred to his issuance of German visa sequel to his clearance by international security agencies as a further proof that he is not a fugitive and that the U.S. may have been looking for a wrong person.

However, the matter is far from over as the United States government insists that the man the U.S government is looking for is no other person than Buruji Kashamu, not his brother and that the government of the U.S. still regards Buruji Kashamu as a drug kingpin and a fugitive from the United States law.

The U.S. further states that it has never withdrawn its warrant of arrest against Kashamu, maintaining further that the charges against Kashamu remain pending and will request for his extradition from Nigeria in due course.

The United States Government has also accused Buruji Kashamu of using fraudulent means to obtain a German Visa in 2009. The U.S government notes in its brief that Kashamu communicated with German officials using the name “Buruji Kashamu Shodipe” instead of Buruji Kashamu. According to the U.S. government, Kashamu was indicted in the United States under the name “Buruji Kashamu” and the warrant of arrest against him was issued in that same name. It is the position of the U.S. that any confusion by German officials that led to the issuance of a Schengen visa to Kashamu may have been caused by Kashamu’s use of the surname “Shodipe” in his application and communications with the German consulate.

Saharareporters investigation has revealed that there is indeed, a pending criminal action against Mr. Buruji before the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois involving fifteen people. The Case 1:94-cr-00172 is before Hon. Judge Charles R. Norgle. While Kashamu’s other coconspirators had been jailed, Kashamu’s case is being held under the fugitive Calendar.

In February, 2009, Kashamu hired a team of lawyers to appear for him in the case for the purpose of filing a Motion requesting the Court to quash the arrest warrant which his lawyers led by Pravin B. Rao did.

In the Motion to quash the arrest warrant, Mr. Pravin Rao made copious reference to the United Kingdom’s extradition proceedings in which Kashamu was freed after spending five years in British jail. His lawyers also pleaded res judicata and argued that the U.K. decisions are final and should therefore, be binding on the U.S.

In its response, the United States government disagreed with Kashamu on all four grounds and argued that Kashamu’s Motion to quash arrest warrant should be denied by the Court. On September, 25, 2009, the District Court Judge upheld the U.S. position and denied Kashamu’s Motion to quash his arrest warrant. The judge also declared Buruji Kashamu a fugitive.

However, Kahamu’s lawyers  filed another Motion praying the Court to reconsider its decision of September 25, 2009.

Trouble started for Kashamu when in March 1994, defendant Kary Hayes, a passenger arriving at O’Hare International Airport  (“O’Hare”) on a flight from Zurich, Switzerland, was arrested after he tried to smuggle into the United States a suitcase containing approximately 14.16 pounds of heroin. Hayes was one of a long line of couriers in a heroin smuggling operation allegedly led by Kashamu.  The government charged Hayes and other couriers after this initial arrest. Many of these couriers cooperated and provided information about their contacts with Kashamu.

On May 21, 1998, a grand jury charged Kashamu and others in a Second Superseding Indictment with conspiracy to import heroin into the United States in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 963. Between July 7, 1998 and January 27, 1999, nine of the fourteen defendants named in the Second Superseding Indictment pleaded guilty. These nine defendants admitted their participation in the heroin smuggling organization and all acknowledged that Kashamu, the man they called “Alaji” or “God,” was the person ultimately in charge of the heroin smuggling organization. Some of these couriers, including defendants Catherine Cleary Wolters and Nicholas Fillmore, Jr., had visited with Kashamu at his residence in Benin in connection with the heroin smuggling organization.

One of the couriers, defendant Ellen Wolters, had a romantic relationship with Kashamu. The smuggling trips and trips to visit Kashamu in Benin were documented by, among other things, money transfer orders from Western Union and American Express, flight records, credit card charges, hotel records, and telephone call detail records. The telephone records, for example, reflected calls from the couriers to Kashamu’s residence in Benin.

Kashamu was ordered detained following his December 1998 arrest and he was incarcerated  in London’s Brixton Prison during the pendency of extradition proceedings based on the government’s warrant in the instant case.

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Where Is Femi Fani-Kayode?

By NewsRescue

We reported yesterday that the PDP party campaign committee chairman, former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode was on the run as Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan was going after all party members who embezzled a sum totaling N2 trillion($11 billion) meant for campaigning and rigging.

Today Nigerians are continuing to search for the whereabouts of Femi Fani-Kayode who has not appeared in public or made a tweet since April 9th.

His last known public address was on April 6th when he criticized the Lagos state chief for his thuggish statements.

ffk missing

 

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@DeleMomodu Says @femigbaja, @Bukolasaraki Better As Senate President, Speaker

He shared this view on Channels Television’s Politics Today during a conversation on the structure of the incoming government in Nigeria and setting its agenda.

While admitting that former Benue State Governor, George Akume is another top contender for the position, he said that Saraki is a much younger and vibrant politician who hails from one of the APC’s strongest holds, Kwara State.

“Saraki appeals to a lot of us younger folks because the next Senate is going to have maybe about 20 or more governors who are Senators. So we need a man who understands them very well.

“I remember when Saraki was Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, he was able to hold the forum very well, he was able to carry his colleagues along in policies and in so many other ways.

“He’s a man who has schooled at home and abroad and for me we are going to need a lot of that at this time.

“Nigeria has gone through so much in the past. So we need men who can hit the ground running. Not just politicians but people with extensive global networks and I think Saraki has that.”

He added that the incumbent Senate President, David Mark should not be ruled out of contention as he might be interested in retaining his position.

He, however, expressed doubts that the All Progressives Congress, APC would allow that when they have a majority in the Senate.

Mr Momodu also shared his views on the leadership of the House of Representatives.

“One name you cannot ignore today is Femi Gbajabiamila. Femi made his name in the House of Reps for being very vocal (and) very powerful. He rises up to the occasion, he does not shy away from doing what is expected of him as a legislator,” he said.

On the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Momodu expects this to be between the South-East and South-South region of the country.

“There may be two people that will come up. The first, of course, will be the Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation, and that is the Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi.

“If you go to the South-East, you’re likely to be talking about Dr Chris Ngige, (who is) also a former governor and a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Momodu noted that he had written an article published in the dailies in which he stated his expectations and named persons he felt would be right to be in the cabinet of the new government.

According to him, there are major ministerial positions he also expects the new government to take seriously.

“APC, I believe is blessed with a lot of very great minds. Of course Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State will be available to serve that government because his tenure as Governor will be expiring on May 29.

“I don’t see how anybody is going to ignore such a man,” he said.

The publisher also advised President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to “look beyond APC” and pick Nigerians from any part of the world who have distinguished themselves.

“We need men of accomplishment, we need women of solid characters,” he said, adding that former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke is one of such persons.

He also said that all geopolitical zones in the country must be represented in the new cabinet “whether they voted for you or not”.

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Obasanjo Plotting My Extradition to US, Says Kashamu

A Peoples Democratic Party chieftain in Ogun State and the Ogun East senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of working with local and foreign security agencies to extradite him to the United States of America through illegal means.

Buruji said Obasanjo was involved in the alleged plot to extradite him to the United States over drug-related indictment in the US because of the defeat the former President had suffered in the PDP.

The senator-elect, through his lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, said this in a petition to the National Human Rights Commission, seeking investigation into the alleged plan to abduct him and forcibly extradite him to the US.

The petition, dated April 15, 2015 and addressed to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, was entitled, “Prince Buruji Kashamu: Abduction plans by United States of America’s agents in collaboration with law enforcement agencies in Nigeria.”

“The current plan to abduct him (Kashamu) is an admission by the US authorities that there is no case against him and is a design instigated and commissioned by Obasanjo who seeks revenge against him for the comprehensive political defeat Obasanjo suffered because of Kashamu in the PDP,” Oluyede wrote.

Oluyede urged the NHRC to urgently intervene “in accordance with the jurisdiction expressly given to your commission by the National Human Rights Act 1995 as amended to carry out an inquiry into the matter in order to establish the culpability and compromise of certain institution in this despicable plan and to protect our client’s fundamental human right to liberty, life and dignity of his person.”

Kashamu said despite previous court decisions both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom exonerating him of the alleged offences, “desperate politicians” were still mounting pressure on the Attorney General of the Federation to resuscitate the US indictment against him in Nigeria and extradite him to the US.

Oluyede, however, said that the pressure on the AGF did not work because the US authorities had never made a request for Kashamu to be extradited to the US as required by the Extradition Treaty with the US and Nigeria, as well as the Nigerian extradition law.

The petition read further, “Kashamu’s enquiry revealed that indeed there had been moves by US officials within the region to secure the assistance of the head of the INTERPOL division in Nigeria, Mr. Solomon Arase, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, for the arrest and delivery to the US officials of Kashamu for transportation to the US without following the due process required by the Nigeria Extradition Act.

“Mr. Kashamu’s informant revealed that Arase has confirmed that one Donna Chabot approached him in January 2015. The said Ms Chabot is an attache with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the American Embassy route Des Almedies BP 49 Dakar Senegal and requested that INTERPOL Nigeria assist in the abduction of Kashamu for the purpose of his forcible transportation to the US to face trial before Judge Norgel.”

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