Alleged Defamation: Tinubu Sues AIT for N150 billion

A former Lagos State governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has formally sued African Independent Television (AIT) for the sum of N150 billion over an alleged defamatory documentary being aired on the station.

The decision of Tinubu to sue the station followed the refusal of AIT to meet the conditions set out in a letter by his lawyer Tunji Abayomi, to the broadcast station asking it to stop further airing of the documentary titled “Unmasking The Real Tinubu.”

Mr. Tunji Abayomi, had few days ago written to the Daar Communications, demanding an apology for the contnt of the documentary and further airing by the AIT.

The letter which also demanded for N20billion (Twenty Billion Naira) as cost of damage done to the reputation of its client failing which the client will sue the company, stated that the documentary was pre-occupied with political resentment and hatred neither warranted, necessary, proper, or justified.

But in its response, Daar Communications Plc rejected in their entirety the demands of Tunji Abayomi and co on behalf of Bola Tinubu and instead demanded a complete withdrawal of the letter under reference, which must be given wide publicity as that accorded the letter from the chambers of Tunji Abayomi.

Mike Ozekhome’s chambers on behalf on behalf of DAAR communications declares that AIT, in transmitting the documentary was only carrying out its constitutional responsibility to uphold the fundamental objectives of the constitution.
But not satisfied with the response of Daar Communications, Tinubu’s counsel, Tunji Abayomi proceeded with the filing of a suit demanding for a damage of N150 billion.
Although, details of the suit are still sketchy, Abusidiqu gathered that no less than four senior lawyers, including  Wole Olanipekun, Femi Falana and Tunji Abayomi are all line up behind Tinubu to prosecute the case.

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President Jonathan and Diezani Madueke Crowned World King And Queen of Corruption Respectively

I address you once again in the course of our nation’s history. I am disillusioned, disenchanted, disturbed and disorganized by the magnitude and intensity of corruption exhibited by the Jonathan’s administration.

I am bold to say without reservations that the government of Gooduck Ebele Jonathan is the most corrupt in the history of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I give you reasons why any Nigeria who has got blood flowing through his veins and not kerosene should not commit the satanic sacrilege of voting for Jonathan or the PDP.

These economic cankaworms, financial scavengers and national devourers have succeeded in rewinding our national life by 20 years. The anointing of Diezani Alison Madueke (Minister Of Petroleum) by president Jonathan as the untouchable, uncrowned Prime Minister of Nigeria elucidates the degree of the looting of national treasury. This messenger of Mr president (Deziani) has been indicted by six(6) reports namely:

1- The Farouk Lawal Report
2- The Senate Report on Subsidy
3- KPMG Report on the oil sector
4- The Aik Imuokhode Report
5- The Ribadu Report
6- The NEITI Report

Despite all these indictments, the darling favourite of Mr president is every Wednesday immaculately attired and cosmopolitantly fashioned in DIAMONDS attending the Federal Executive Council Meeting under the watchful eyes of an unperturbed and conquered president.

Suffice me therefore to explain why the almighty petroleum ministry under Jonathan have neither minister of state or Special Adviser. FCT ministry as small as it is have a Minister of State. The same petroleum ministry under president Obasanjo had four(4) ministers namely:

The substantive Minister, the Minister of State, Minister of State Gas and Minister of State Energy. Yet with a special Adviser ( Late Alhaji Rilwan Lukman) today, Deziani is the alfa and omega in the petroleum industry and the national treasurer of PDP and the presidential campaign.

Now with this massive irredeemable and record breaking looting of our common patrimony, who ia that sane Nigerian who support a man who on national TV defended his demented proposition that stealing is not corruption? Nigerians must come out of their gullible cocoons and operate in an active mileau.

Say NO to the man who meet dollar at #119 and today is #225. Vote out the man who petrol at #65 and is today sold for over #90. Resist the party that says 16 is great than 19.

Sweep out the man who granted clemency to corrupt Nigerians and villified the honest. In 2010, lagos-Abuja by air is #15,000, today is #35,000 by Arik.

Femi Fanikayode, Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe should all learn from the experience of Labaran Maku. No amount of pacakaging, window dressing, boju-boju and bolekaja politics will redeem or sell rotten eggs.

Good rediance to bad rubbish. Mr president, Otuoke by road, safe journey.

– Otunba Dino Melaye.

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Chad President Reveals Location of Boko Haram Leader Shekau, Urges Him to Surender

President Idriss Deby of Chad has revealed that his forces know where Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau is hiding telling him to surrender in his best interest.

Deby told journalists during a press conference that the Chad military and government has narrowed down the location of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

“He was in Dikwa two days ago. He managed to get away but we know where he is. It’s in his interests to surrender,” President Deby said during the international press conference.

President Deby added that “?Abubakar Shekau must surrender. We know where he is. If he doesn’t give himself up he will suffer the same fate as his compatriots.”

The Chadian military has been part of a transnational military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency originating from northeast Nigeria, and has been the target of Boko Haram’s violence in the past.

This news comes as the one year anniversary of the mass abduction of 250 girls from Chibok, Nigeria nears. Boko Haram has been responsible for the death of thousands of people, mostly from Nigeria’s northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. The threat from Boko Haram was used by Nigeria’s Security Services to postpone Nigeria’s presidential elections.

Neither the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan or any other government official have commented on President Deby’s statements.

 

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2015 Election: Military Breaks Silence, Explains Why It Suggested Postponement of Polls

LAGOS — The military, yesterday, broke its silence on the controversy surrounding the shift in election date, saying its position had no political undertone.

Rather, it said the reason for its suggestion for a shift was to enable it take delivery of the long awaited weapons with which to tackle terrorists in the North eastern part of the country.

Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, gave the explanation while receiving drugs and other items worth over N70 million donated by the Association of Pharmaceutical Importers of Nigeria, APIN to assist the Nigerian Armed Forces in the war against insurgents.

He attributed the delay in the delivery of the weapons to the seeming prolonged action in tackling the Boko Haram insurgents, boasting that since the arrival of the weapons, the military had made visible head way.

He said: “I do not want to bring politics into it, whoever wants to bring politics into what we are doing, it’s left for him. I want whoever is saying that to know that war machines are not picked up from the shelf, if it were, we would have got them.

“When you make orders, it takes time to produce and it takes time also to train on them. So, we did not place the orders today, we had placed orders before now and when they started coming, we asked for more time to combat the insurgents before the elections. I can guarantee you that there is no politics in the demand for shift in date, it is just because we were receiving the equipment.”

Calling on the need for the civilian populace to support the military in the ongoing fight against insurgency, Badeh said: “Part of the overall strategy of tackling insecurity is to build synergy with the civil populace, especially for support and vigilance in reporting the activities of suspicious elements and the movements of insurgents.

“This is borne out of our strong conviction that the war against insurgents is not a war for the armed forces alone. As I have always said, when the military is at war, it is not the military alone that is at war, rather it is the entire nation.

“Accordingly, all instrument of national power, ranging from diplomatic, informational, military to economic are employed to ensure that threats to national security are contained and defeated.”

Commending the APIN and other companies who earlier made similar donations to the military, Badeh noted that such gesture was a clear demonstration of concern and support for the military in the ongoing war against terrorists, despite antics of some unpatriotic persons.

Earlier, President of the APIN, Sir Nnamdi Obi, disclosed that the association was “making available to the Nigerian Armed Forces over N70 million worth of drugs that cut across various therapeutic class.

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Okonjo-Iweala, PDP, PPPRA Gives Conflicting Reasons for Fuel Scarcity

Nigeria’s finance minister and coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), have all given conflicting reasons why the nation is currently faced with fuel scarcity which has seen long queue in petrol stations.

While the PPPRA the government agency responsible for pricing and regulation of petroleum products blamed the scarcity and long queues on the failure by the government to pay fuel marketers who import the product into the country, the finance minister said the scarcity is as a result of “disruption of pipelines and logistical issues.”

The PDP on the other hand accused the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) of sabotaging fuel supply to humiliate the government weeks before national elections.

The PDP said the opposition All Progressives Congress of compelling marketers to either divert or refuse to sell petrol to embarrass the government.

At a meeting with the Senator Committee on Petroleum, the PPPRA said the scarcity was a result of issues in the sector which led to the devaluation of the naira, and confirmed that the claim of fuel marketers about subsidy backlog was correct.

“What actually complicated it was the devaluation of naira twice,” the agency’s Executive Secretary, Farouk Ahmed, told lawmakers. “The first one that took place on November 28 devalued naira from N155 to N168 to $1 while the second one that took place on February 18 brought the exchange rate to N199 to $1.”

“Marketers were not sure of the actual delivery cost and we had to draw a new template as advised by the CBN. The delay we have now is caused by the November devaluation.”

But Okonjo-Iweala at a news briefing Tuesday, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala strongly denied any link between the scarcity that has left long queues at filling stations across the country, and a failure by the government to pay fuel marketers.

“I want to emphasize that contrary to some unfounded speculations, the queues are not caused by payment issues,” Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said.

The minister strongly rejected suggestions that the fuel shortage was triggered by payment issues, describing that claim as “unfounded speculations”.

“As you know, we paid the marketers a total of N320.8 billion from the Excess Crude account in two instalments in December last year. This underscores the fact that we are taking payment of marketers very seriously indeed. We’ve been in constant touch and talking with the marketers and a week ago we reached an agreement with them on their core concerns which we have addressed.

The contradictions notwithstanding, the petroleum marketers who are at the centre of it all stated last week Friday that the government’s failure to clear subsidy backlog, made worse by the recent devaluation of the naira, was behind the crisis.

This position was reiterated on Tuesday by the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, who warned that the scarcity would persist until the government facilitates payment subsidy claims.

 

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Plot To Use RECs To Pass No Confidence Vote On Jega Suffers Temporary Setback

Alleged plots to recruit Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, to instigate a no-confidence motion against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega today came unstuck after a meeting of the RECs scheduled for today was shifted.

Jega was expected to meet with the 36 state reps to review the commission’s preparedness for the March 28 and April 11 election, a meeting the presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will see Resident Electoral Commissioners on its side passing a vote of no confidence on Jega.

Abusidiqu had reported last week that the commission has been hit by crisis following the backing of some of the commissioners by the presidency and the PDP to insist on the use of Temporary Voters Card (TVC), against Jega’s insistence of using the Permanent Voters Card (PVC), which he said will help to check rigging.

READ: Crisis Hit INEC Over Use of PVC as Presidency, PDP Back Commissioners to Insist on Use of TVC

The meeting scheduled for today in Abuja has been shifted to next week. The shift, it was gathered, was to enable the RECs prepare for and monitor Saturday’s test run of the card readers to be used for the election.

Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu said that since the commission had already planned to carry out a mock election, where the card readers would be used, it was decided that the RECs meeting be put off till after that exercise.

“As you already know, this weekend we are going to 12 states to demonstrate how the Card Reader works. We have chosen two states from each of the geopolitical zones; we will be at any ward the REC of the state will select for the exercise. It is on that strength that the RECs meeting was shifted”.

Today’s meeting was to evaluate the preparation of the commission ahead of the March 28 and April 11 polls with a special focus on the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) across the country.

 

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Reps Pass Resolution Asking Jonathan Not To Sack Jega

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution against any plan to remove the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Attahiru Jega ahead of the general election on March 28.

The House also warned President Goodluck Jonathan against such moved which it said could derail the nation’s democracy. It resolved to subject anyone involved in moves to remove Jega to judicial prosecution in Nigeria or at the International Criminal Court, ICC.

The House resolution that was pushed through by the All Progressives Congress, APC, majority was despite strong objections by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, caucus in the chamber.

The House resolution came as Speaker Aminu Tambuwal told a civil rights group that any premature removal of Jega could derail the country’s democracy.

The motion to sanction anyone involved in the alleged plot to prematurely nudge Jega out from the country’s election management body was brought to the House floor by Rep. Ali Ahmed (APC,Kwara).

Moving the motion titled: “Threat to further tamper with the status quo arrangement for the 2015 general elections”, Ahmed noted that “the initial postponement of the general elections for the six weeks due to the security concerns related to the Boko Haram insurgency has further heightened the tempo for pre-election violence.”

He stated that there were already threats and insinuations about further alterations to the status quo arrangements and regulations for the elections, arguing that “any alteration in the status quo arrangements in whatever form at this crucial stage would invariably lead to further postponement of the dates of the elections”.

According to him, the “threat to tamper with the status quo may take several forms including but not limited to illegal removal of the current INEC chairman”.

He further submitted that “there is already documented evidence from several sources that any change in status quo arrangements, especially removal of the INEC chairman, “presents a possibility of violence” and would occasion the sowing of seeds of major crises”.

Ahmed reminded the House that civil society organizations and some notable Nigerians have already sounded “a note of warning”, and threatened a “showdown” should the Federal Government go ahead to remove Jega.

Quoting Section 157(1) of the 1999 Constitution, he said that Jega could only be removed from office on only two grounds based on “his inability to discharge the functions of the office or for misconduct as determined by two-thirds majority of the Senate”.

 

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Chad Accuses Nigeria of Stalling Onslaught against Boko Haram

Nigeria had refused to let Chadian troops continue with their campaign to recapture territories controlled by Boko Haram, Reuters reported yesterday.

In a span of six weeks the Chadian troops had been able to recapture Malam Fatori and Damasak on the border with Niger Republic and Gamboru and Ngala on the Cameroonian border.

They also sacked the insurgents from the ancient town of Dikwa, bringing them within 45 kilometres of Bama, Borno state’s second largest town.

But diplomats told Reuters it would be an embarrassment to President Goodluck Jonathan who is seeking re-election, for a smaller nation to tackle Nigeria’s security problems.

Reuters said in their forward base in the town of Gamboru on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Chadian soldiers displayed dozens of guns seized from Boko Haram and a burnt-out armoured vehicle painted with black and white Arabic script.

“We turned back because Nigeria did not authorise us to go any further,” army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa said.

Nigeria’s spokesman for operations in the northeast, Mike Omeri, said cooperation between Chadian and Nigerian forces had brought some major military adding that successes and any issues would be resolved via existing command structures.

But the Chadians say there have been no joint operations between the two forces. Chad’s offer to join a Nigerian offensive to capture Baga, site of one of Boko Haram’s worst atrocities in January, was rebuffed, Bermandoa said.

Officials from Chad, Niger and Cameroon say lack of cooperation from Nigeria has for months hampered efforts to put together a regional taskforce against Boko Haram.

Chad was compelled to take unilateral action in January, under a deal that allows it to pursue terrorists into Nigeria, after Boko Haram violence started to choke off imports to its economy.

With Niger and Cameroon deploying thousands of troops on their borders, blocking escape routes for Boko Haram, the tide may be turning.

Francois Conradie, analyst with South African-based NKC Research, told Reuters that if the current offensive could be sustained, Boko Haram could quickly be driven out of the remaining towns it holds.
He warned that the sect would, however, remain a deadly rural guerrilla force.

 

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War Against Boko Haram: We’ll Avoid Civilian Casualties, Rights Abuses- Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Tuesday in Abuja that utmost care was being taken by the Federal Government to avoid collateral damage to the lives and properties of civilians as the military intensifies its ongoing offensive against Boko Haram.

Speaking at an audience with the new South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Noh Kyu-Duk, President Jonathan said that everything possible was also being done by the military to avoid human rights violations in the theatre of operations in the North Eastern states.

“We are sticking to international best practices in prosecuting the war against terrorism and doing our best to ensure that we don’t have cases of human rights abuses in the North-East.

“We are consistently monitoring the situation and have investigated previous reports of such abuse which were mostly blown out of proportion for political reasons.

“Our military has a reputation for discipline and we have insisted on that discipline and control for the safety of civilians in the North-East.

“The purpose of the entire operation is to save our people from the brutal tyranny of Boko Haram, so we cannot tolerate human rights abuses or willfully impose further suffering on them,’’ President Jonathan said.

The President also told Mr. Kyu-Duk that Nigeria’s entire security architecture was being reviewed, restructured and strengthened to ensure greater safety for Nigerians and foreign workers in all parts of the country.

“We are inviting all our friends in the international community, particularly those that are more technologically advanced, to complement our efforts to build a more secure and prosperous country in which our people and foreigners can live in peace and safety,” President Jonathan told the new South Korean Ambassador.

The President urged Mr. Kyu-Duk and his Indonesian counterpart, Mr. Harry Purwanto, who was also at the Presidential Villa to present his letters of credence, to work for the strengthening of existing trade and economic relations between Nigeria and their countries.

The new ambassadors thanked President Jonathan for receiving them and assured him that they will do their best to promote stronger economic and cultural relations between their countries and Nigeria during their tenure in Abuja.

 

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Boko Haram Leader Shekau Releases New Video of Two Men Beheaded for Spying

The leader of the Boko Haram insurgents group, Abubabakr Shekau, has released a new video which shows two beheaded men, who were accused of spying, a parody of the modus operadi Islamic State group.

The SITE intelligence group said the video, called “Harvest of Spies,” was posted on the sect’s twitter handle, the group’s new media arm.

According to it, the video is much slicker than previous ones, saying it borrows certain elements from IS productions, such as the sound of a beating heart and heavy breathing immediately before the execution.

Boko Haram had said, in social media messages last month, that it was considering swearing allegiance to IS.

Speaking before the execution, the two victims on their knees said that they went to Baga, Borno State to witness what was going there when the Boko Haram captured them.

Other media reported that a man identified as Dawoud Muhammad of Baga town, in response to questions, said that a police officer paid him N5,000 to spy and promised to make him so rich he would never have to farm again.

The video which was delivered in Hausa, written in English, French and Arabic, does not show the actual beheadings but the two bodies after the executions, with heads on the chests.

Boko Haram previously published only one beheading of a pilot whose plane went missing in September.

The Boko Haram began emulating the Islamic State group last August, declaring it had established an Islamic caliphate in territory it controls in north-eastern Nigeria.
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Troops Kill 73 Boko Haram Fighters in Failed Konduga Attack

No fewer than 73 Boko Haram terrorists yesterday fell to the superior firepower of the Nigerian troops during a failed attempt by the insurgents’ bid to retake Konduga town in Borno State.

One Nigerian soldier was reportedly killed in the attack which lasted over five hours, security sources said.

According to one of the soldiers stationed in Konduga, the terrorists tried to attack the military base using herds of cows and a car filled with improvised explosive devices.

“They intended to take us by surprise but even before they came we had pre-information about them and we laid ambush after securing our territory,” the soldier told journalists in Maiduguri by telephone.

“Initially they flocked a herd of cows into Konduga in order to create some kind of detour and confuse us to enable the suicide bomber attack from another side; but we were able to gun the vehicle from afar before it got near and the car exploded. After that, the terrorists came in large numbers and we engaged in several hours of shooting with them.”

“We counted about 73 of them that were killed and many others who got injured escaped. But we lost a soldier during the shootout,” the soldier said.

Residents of Maiduguri were alarmed by the sight of two military jets hovering over Maiduguri and moving to and fro the direction of Konduga for hours.

“We continued to engage them from 7 a.m. to about 1p.m. when an air force jet came to give us backup,” the soldier added.

Konduga has repeatedly been attacked for over 15 times in the last 10 months as Boko Haram terrorists are bent on capturing the town as part of their strategy to launch an attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, but they have been bloodied in each attempt.

 

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Niger Delta Ex-Militants Warn Against Another Polls Shift…Say Region Free To Support Any Party

Former leaders of some militant groups in the Niger Delta yesterday declared that any further shift in the election dates will lead to chaos in the country. The ex-warlords, General Aboy, General Bonny and General Gentle in a statement released after their deliberations today stated that indigenes of the oil rich region are free to support any presidential candidate of their choice.

The full text of their communique reads: “We the ex-militants and leaders of communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria having deliberated, considered the state of the nation, and the Niger Delta, the tension and fragile peace, the feelings of our people and the potential for severe breakdown of law and order in the land, have decided certain non-negotiable conditions for peace and continued co-existence. They are:

“We insist that elections must hold on March 28’h and April 11th 2015 as currently announced. We reject any further cancellation, postponement or rescheduling.

“We abhor and reject any military deployment and intervention in the political and electoral process. We hail and adopt the decision of the Judiciary that the Armed Forces have no role in elections and will strongly resist any participation of the Armed Forces in elections.

“We insist that the elections must be credible, free and fair. We insist that for this to happen, the elections must hold on March 28th and April 11th, and the Armed Forces must be excluded.

“We demand that the INEC and its Chairman be independent and be allowed to do their work free from pressure from the Armed Forces or the Federal Government. We insist that their preparation and plan for the election be allowed to materialize including tools and requirements for the elections.

“We reject and deny any pronouncements that there will be breakdown of law and order or mayhem in the Niger Delta if any particular candidate is not returned as victorious in the elections.

“We assure and promise that the Niger Delta will be peaceful and accept the result of transparent, credible, free and fair elections that will occur on March 28th and April 11th.

“We condemn any statements or plans that convey the Niger Delta as being undemocratic or supporting one particular candidate exclusively.

“We reiterate that citizens of the Niger Delta in exercise of their Constitutional rights may support any party or candidate of their choice in a peaceful manner, and assure their safety and security in this choice and in the aftermath of the elections.

“We inform that, it is the failure to hold transparent, credible, free and fair elections on March 28th and April 11th 2015 that may lead to chaos, insecurity and problems in the Niger Delta.

“We further inform that any attempt to deploy soldiers, or intimidate and harass citizens in the Niger Delta prior to, during and after the elections will be strongly resisted and may break the peace of the land.

“We individually, and collectively on behalf of our communities and people solemnly sign this Declaration and also put the country on notice that these demands are the only conditions for peace in the Niger Delta and the continued peace of Nigeria as well as mutual and equitable enjoyment and benefit from the resources in the Niger Delta.”
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