ICC Acknowledges APC’s Petition against Patience Jonathan, Set to Probe the First Lady for Inciting Violence

The International Criminal Court, ICC, said it would investigate allegations of incitement against the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, The Cable, an online newspaper reported yesterday. The decision to investigate and possibly prosecute the First Lady followed a petition submitted to the ICC by All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organization, APCPCO.  The Director-General of the APCPCO, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State had last week signed the petition against the First Lady, alleging incitement during her recent campaign speeches in some sections of the country. Following the petition, The Cable had sought confirmation from the Office of The Prosecutor, OTP, at the ICC over the issue.

The OTP in its confirmation of the petition claimed to have formally received the petition and would consider it within the ambits of the law. It said: “Under Article 15 of the Rome Statute, the Prosecutor of the ICC may receive information on crimes within the jurisdiction on the Court (also called ‘communications’),” The Cable quoted the OTP to have said.

Response

It said: “With regards to your enquiry, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court can confirm receipt of the communication referred to since the sender of the communication has made this fact public in the media. “The Office will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, as it does with all such communications.”

The online medium had also quoted the United Kingdom branch of APC to have also confirmed receipt and adoption of the petition. “The ICC, based in The Hague, has sent confirmation to APC-UK, that an investigation will begin against Mrs Jonathan, who repeatedly called for the stoning of opposition APC members as captured in the videos released earlier this month,” the party was quoted to have said.

“The criminal case investigation ICC reference number is: OTP-CR-83/15,” it added. Mrs. Jonathan has drawn mixed reactions on some of her statements, including statements urging supporters to stone anyone that comes to preach change to them. Also yesterday, Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, had in a statement affirmed that Nigerians, who provoke violence ahead of, during and after the elections could be liable to sanctions from the ICC.

The statement

He said: “Following my statement of February 2, and my Office’s subsequent visit to Nigeria from of February 3 to 5, I reiterate my previous message. “At a time when abhorrent levels of violence already plague parts of the country, I recall that the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’ or the ‘Court’) has jurisdiction over Rome Statute crimes committed on the territory of Nigeria.

“Any person who incites or engages in acts of violence in the context of the upcoming elections or otherwise— including by ordering, inciting, encouraging or contributing to the commission of crimes that fall within ICC’s jurisdiction— is liable to prosecution; “Either by Nigerian courts or by the ICC. No one should doubt my Office’s resolve to prosecute individuals responsible for the commission of ICC crimes, whenever necessary.

“Violence is not a solution. The conduct and outcome of elections in Nigeria, free from violence, will not only prevent further instability in the country, but will also send a clear message that electoral competition does not have to result in violence and crimes that shock the conscience of humanity.”

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100% PVC Collection Not Possible –Adeola

The chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts and Lagos West Senatorial District Hon. Solomon Adeola has stated that a 100 percent Permanent Voter Card PVC collection before election is not possible due to a variety of reason.

Speaking to hundreds of APC youth leaders from Lagos West Senatorial District who paid him a solidarity visit ahead of the March 28, 2015 election, Hon. Adeola said from INEC statistics Lagos state has attained 81% PVC collection adding that the collection rate will definitely improves further before the end of time allotted for collection.

“It is not possible to have a 100% PVC collection. Lagos has attained 81% as at last count. Some people would have been deceased while others like Youth Corp members would have relocated from where they register and may not want to make effort to go to their old location” he said adding that those complaining or petitioning of PVC collection at this point are not prepare for election and only dreading their imminent defeat at the polls.

Hon Adeola urged the youth leaders to continue to preach for those with PVCs not to sell their cards as some political parties are bent disenfranchising even those that already have PVCs for nefarious ends.

He said he is going to organized for the first time in the history of the district youth symposium with eminent resource persons as a way of identifying problems confronting youth and a channel for empowerment schemes. He called on the youth to work hard for the desired change that is coming adding that since the advent of our nascent democracy in 1999, this is the first time that the opposition is far ahead of the ruling party in popularity and rating by reputable polling organisations.

The leader of the Youth in Lagos West Mr. Lukmon Jimoh said the APC youth in the district are poised to deliver all wards in the district to APC as people are tired of PDP rule in Nigeria.

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Suspected Stowaway Found Dead on An Arik Air Plane Bound for US

A suspected stowaway reportedly died in the undercarriage compartment of an Arik Air aircraft Airbus A 345 Registration CS-TFX at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The corpse, whose identity was yet to be ascertained, had been deposited at an undisclosed mortuary following due diligence by the relevant aviation and security agencies.

Arik Air in a statement by its spokesman, Adebanji Ola, the airline said: “‘A stowaway was today discovered on an Arik Air plane at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

“Arik Air engineers were checking the aircraft in preparation for a flight when the body of the stowaway was discovered in the main wheel well of the aircraft.

“Investigations are still on to determine where the stowaway originated.

The aircraft has been fumigated by the Port Health authorities while the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) officials are carrying out their investigation.”

A statement by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, which also confirmed the incident, said FAAN was reviewing footage of the CCTV and airside security operations with a view to identifying the gaps and personnel failure, if any, in order to take remedial actions.

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You’re An Irresponsible Governor, Jonathan Attacks Fashola Over Lagos Robbery Incident

President Goodluck Jonathan today descended heavily on Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola, calling him an irresponsible and callous person. The presidency used the harsh words in reaction to comments credited to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, blaming President Goodluck Jonathan for the robbery incident that occurred in Lekki?, on Thursday because  the policemen who should have been responsible for security in the state had been deployed to serve Jonathan.

?Fashola had been quoted of saying Jonathan should be held responsible for the deaths of the people who were killed during the robbery incident carried out by men in army fatigues, in two banks near the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge at about 5pm local time. Fashola had stated that Jonathan’s presence in the state led to a drastic reduction in the number of policemen available to counter the robbers during the operation. ?

Addressing State House correspondents in Abuja today, Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said Fashola’s claim was irresponsible and callous of someone of his status, adding that it was regrettable that the governor will chose to play politics with a serious incident that led to the loss of some lives.

According to the sopkesman “The comment credited to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to the effect that the robbery incident that occurred yesterday in Lekki?, Lagos State was due to the presence of President Jonathan in Lagos. And the governor allegedly said that all the policemen who should have been responsible for security in the state had been deployed to serve President Jonathan.

“You will all recall that yesterday President Jonathan sounded the gong closing the business of the day at the Nigerian Stock Exchange. We consider the statement attributed to governor Fashola as ?grossly and utterly irresponsible. We expect that a man of his status who is governor of a state should speak more responsibly. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever that the entire police formation in Lagos State would be deployed to protect the President of Nigeria.

“The visit of the president to Lagos or any part of the country does not necessitated the depletion of the police force active in that particular state of environment. President has a defied  team that protects him anywhere he goes. And again President Jonathan does not  need the entire police force in Lagos State to protect him, in a state where he is loved by the people and where as we have seen he enjoys overwhelming support in the lead up to the 2015 presidential elections.

“We not only consider Governor Babatunde Fashola’s statement as irresponsible, we also think that it is unintelligent because it flies in the face of facts and it just does not add up. And we hope that Governor Fashola in an attempt to play politics will not continue as his party does to play politics with the lives of people. People died in that unfortunate incident and President Jonathan commisurate with the affected families. But we will find it really cheap and disgusting that the governor of a state will now see that, an occasion of bereavement affecting the number of families as an opportunity to play very cheap and irresponsible politics.”

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Presidency Directs EFCC to Commence Secret Investigation of Opposition Members, Leaked Document Reveals

Abusidiqu has obtained a leaked document emanating from the Presidency which directed the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to commence secret investigate on the official and personal finances of key members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

The document dated February 19, 2015, was allegedly written and signed by the Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, Jones Arogbofa directed the chairman of the anti-graft agency to investigate the finances of the opposition members and report back on March 16, 2015.

“I have been directed by the C-inC to intruct your agency to clandestinely investigate the personal and official finances of the following present and former government functionaries and report back by the 16th of March”, the document quoted Arogbofa as saying.

He went further to list the names of those to be investigated, top of whom include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, Former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Taraba State, Aisha Alhassan.

Others are Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Senator Bukola Saraki, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Governor Aliyu Wamako of Sokoto State and a host of others

See the letter below:

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Nigerian Troops Completely Dislodges Boko Haram from Adamawa

Troops of 33 Brigade Nigerian Army today concluded the dislodgement and clearing of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) from Lame/Burra forest, which traverse Ningi and Torro local government areas of Bauchi State.

During the operation which started since last weekend, a large number of terrorists were killed, their weapons and equipment destroyed. Similarly, a sizeable number of arms, ammunitions, foodstuffs, Hilux vehicles, motorcycles and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered by the troops.

The recovery include 3 Hilux vehicles, 12 motorcycles, 4 AK-47 rifles, 1 Fabrique Nationale rifle, 1 Small Machine Gun (SMG), one Police Teargas pistol, 36 Primed IEDs, 56 rifle magazines, over 500 rounds of 7.62 milimetre ammunition, 6 jerrycans of groundnut and palm oil and several IED making materials amongst others.

It will be recalled that the forest has been notorious hideout of the Islamic jihadists from where they organize raids, kidnappings and attacks on hapless and innocent citizens and security forces.

With this, the surrounding communities would enjoy increased peace and security in their respective areas. Impressed by the professional manner in which the feat was achieved, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General KTJ Minimah, commended the troops for a job well done.

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Bloody Day In Lagos As Boat-Riding Robbers Attack FCMB, Kill 3 Policemen, 3 Others…Cart Away Millions Of Naira

No fewer than three policemen and three civilians were on today shot dead by some dare-devil gunmen who stormed the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos where they robbed a branch of Chief Subomi Balogun owned First City Monument Bank, FCMB.  at the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos, after they had reportedly robbed a bankm FCMB.

The gang members dressed in military camouflage and numbering about 12, were said to have gained access to the bank using speedboats, with which they had crossed the lagoon channel between Ikoyi and Lekki. Once they alighted from their speedboats, the heavily armed gang stormed the bank and allegedly made away with huge sums of money but not without some casualties.

Immediately they finished their operation, which reportedly lasted just about 25minutes, they hit the road to go back to their speedboats. They were said to have released hails of bullet that killed three policemen, a member of staff of the bank, a nearby fish seller and a passerby.

However, the state Police Spokesman, Kenneth Nwosu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the Commissioner of police has already swung into action in a bid to arrest the gunmen.

He said, “The Commissioner of police was there after the incident to ascertain what really happened. We are on top of it. But I can confirm that only three policemen were killed and no one else. The robbers attacked First City Monument Bank, Lekki. I can assure you that we would get the perpetrators. Full scale investigation has commenced.”

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Rumblings In EFCC Over Poor Staff Welfare, Corruption As Lamorde, Adegboyega Lock Horns

Loud rumblings have started creating tension in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC where operatives and other officials are complaining bitterly about unpaid allowances, corruption in the agency and poor leadership of its Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.
According to messages being circulated by the staff of the Commission, the complaints by the staff have also pitched Lamorde and Secretary to the Commission, Mr Aremo Emmanuel Adegboyega against each other.
As a result, Adegboyega was said to have refused to join Lamorde to the Senate on Tuesday to defend the Commission’s budget. According to the messages being shared by the staff of the Commission, “The EFCC Secretary has been battling the Management of the Commission especially the Executive Chairman and the Director of Finance and Account on issues of Staff unpaid  Allowances and Welfare. The Secretary, Mr. Aremo Emmanuel Adebgoyega, has refused going with them for Budget defence, arguing that until the Management pay Staff their allowances. So, they thought he was in need of money, they now credited his account with his own 25% of the allowance. He, the Secretary, told them that they should go and remove their money from his account and  that as a “SAN”, there is nothing he wished to have, which he has not gotten in life. Rather, all he is saying is that these children (staff) be given their entitlements (allowances).”
An obviously disturbed staff who initiated the conversation, voiced their frustration saying “am just so confused, why is this country DERAILING in all aspect. This is an Office that is expected to FIGHT corruption. Imagine that Mr. Adegboyega who is not even an Investigator or Operative, but rather the Commission Secretary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has been the one insisting the Management of EFCC must do the right thing. This is quite disgusting and unfortunate. What can staff do now? Since any protest is seen as “Mutiny”. May God bring Change to this country. God bless Nigeria.”
Apart from the message in the protest message, it was further gathered that “before the Secretary to the Commission was pushed to the point of confronting the Chairman on Tuesday, he has been ridiculed to the point that a lady who is our head of Human Resources is more powerful than Mr Adegboyega and does not take instructions from him. Because of whatever is between her and the Chairman, she decides who to sack at will and now, there are 11 senior officers she has listed for sack for failing promotion exam. Where does she get her power from? We are worried.”
In another message being circulated by disgruntled officers of the Commission titled “THE INEFFECTIVENESS AND GIMMICK OF THE NIGERIA ANTI GRAFT AGENCY, EFCC, UNDER THE STEWARDSHIP OF IBRAHIM LAMORDE”, they accused Lamorde of swimming in corruption, tribalism, ineptitude and destroying the gains of his two predecessors. The message written in form of an article/petition riddled with errors is reproduced below unedited:
“Most of us are aware that the Anti graft Agency, known as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, was established to fight both Economic and Financial Crimes as a result of the persistent corruption bedeviled our country. The agency had extremely done well during the stewardship of Nuhu Ribadu, in spite of accusations that trailed the Commission of witch hunting opponents particularly those that are not loyal to the ruling party. However the emergence of Mrs. Farida Waziri as the Commission’s head, tremendously transformed its activities in motivating staff and operatives through salary increment, promotions and training unlike the era of Nuhu Ribadu when Operatives worked day and night without good salary and all. During Farida’s era, the high number of Police officers seconded to the Commission were slashed down and she ensured regular recruitments  of Cadets who are the permanent staff. She introduced many initiatives into the commission by copying the Scotland Yard Police, FBI, SSS etc and also created more departments and units but as fate would have it, immediately after the demise of President Umaru Yaradua, the present leadership of Ebele Jonathan who is breeding corruption, brought Ibrahim Lamorde back into the Commission to frustrate and also give soft landing to corrupt public officials and politicians who are loyal to the present administration of Goodluck Jonathan who cannot distinguish between stealing and corruption. As all Nigerians know, Lamorde was the Director of operations during Ribadu’s administration and was an Acting Chairman when Ribadu was forced to proceed for NIPSS studies.
He, Lamorde was not made to run as substantive Chairman, rather he was posted to Ningi as an AC, CID. The resurface of Lamorde back to EFCC among other issues was to ridicule Farida Waziri and the legacies she introduced into the commission. Lamorde ensured that all the corrupt Police being redeployed by Farida Waziri are brought back to the commission, one Supritendant of Police from Sokoto and Chief Superintendent of Police from Adamawa who has head strategic Units over time in the commission and also, investigated the highly corrupt  Ex Bayelsa Governor Diyepriye Alameiseghia have resurfaced back in the commission through Goodluck Jonathan who is Alameiseghia’s boy. The said CSP is one of the EFCC most corrupt Police officers and was later redeployed to the NSA office to help actualize the corrupt tendencies of Sambo Dasuki especially in arms purchasing deal, citing the current security insurgency.
Lamorde has also ensured all corrupt Police officers that have over stayed in the commission, are being given preferential treatment. Consequently, Senior Police officers in the EFCC are busy making millions by extorting huge amounts of money from corrupt public officials as well as awarding contracts to their cronies. Lamorde has frustrated all Pensions and Subsidy cases, violated Federal character whereas Adamawa state has exhausted its quota in the Commission and the North East, by extension. Business tycoon, Oil Moguls and Politicians like AA oil, Yusuf Agabi, PDP Aspirant in Nasarawa State, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State etc have been given clean bills despite various petitions against them. Similarly, Staffs and Operatives that are not Police officials are being marginalized, witch hunted, indicted and even dismissed for minor misconduct whereas, Police officers are consistently given soft landing by redeploying them back to their mother organization for any offence or misconduct committed. It was during the Lamorde’s era that the commission’s staff embarked on protests in 2013 for non promotion, marginalisation and poor remuneration. The EFCC under Ibrahim Lamorde’s administration lacks the moral obligation to fight corruption, instead it is witch hunting innocent staff as well as compromising high profile cases.
The recent publication by the agency that it has recorded over hundred conviction cases, is nothing to celebrate rather they are cases that either emanates from issuance of Dud cheques, Internet fraud,etc while there was no Corrupt public officials or Politicians among them. We challenge the EFCC Chairman to publish the names of the convicted names. The first lady has been at the arrow head in running the EFCC. We call on well meaning Nigerians to join hands in fighting this menace of Corruption before it fights and kill us. Let’s share this message to all our contacts so as to transform our Dear country as part of the campaign to Anti Corruption Crusade. We surely need Change and nothing but Positive Change.”

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Count Me Out of Interim Government – IBB

Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has said that he is not in any way involved in alleged plans to set up an interim government to scuttle the chances of his former boss, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the APC from being elected president. IBB in a statement today said he has chosen to make the denial for record purposes.

According to him “Following different reports and analyses in the print and on-line media, it has become expedient in the life of our political history to make certain clarifications to avoid unwarranted cynicisms usually promoted by naysayers, alarmists and political apologists to score cheap political mileage. One would have ignored this lazily scripted and well orchestrated political permutation as the usual run-of-the-mill chit-chat and ridiculous permutation that is often on sale in our political lexicon, but for record purposes, this statement becomes instructively appropriate.

“To state the obvious, let it be on record that I am not in any way connected with alleged “plans” to encourage, promote, orchestrate or moot, the idea of an interim government or whatever “contraption” so called. I did state categorically in 2011 that I was quitting partisan politics and wouldn’t want to be ordered around in any way or form as seeking public office in whatever guise. I took that decision when I attained the age of 70 and I stand by that decision till date. Having been privileged to preside over the affairs of this great country for eight unbroken years as a Military President, I can declare with all sense of modesty that I have seen it all. And I give all praises and thanks to the Almighty Allah for giving me the rare opportunity to contribute my quota to the development of my fatherland. That opportunity remains my highest, most enduring moment in my entire trajectory through life’s bramble forest.

“When we introduced the idea of an “interim government” during our time as a Military Government, we had in mind to enthrone a democratic government in the shortest possible time in sync with the agitations of the people, after the inconclusive elections of 1993. That was a stop-gap measure because we were determined to quit office at the set date of August 27, 1993. Having left office since 1993 and with the benefit of hindsight, I think what we did was auspicious enough to reassure our people that we were ready to leave office and keep the country going. The end result of our patriotic action is another topic for another day. Suffice it to say that the circumstances we found ourselves in 1993 are totally different from what obtains today in our democratic journey as a nation with flourishing opportunities.

“Let me state in emphatic terms that Professor Attahiru Jega and his colleagues in INEC have to be encouraged, motivated, animated and commended for the sheer courage and determination they have shown thus far in their preparations for the March 28 and April 11 elections. They have demonstrated their sense of patriotism in a manner that underscores their readiness for the elections and love for country. Rather than condemnation, they deserve our commendation. They need to be encouraged to deliver on their statutory obligation to the Nigerian state. I have no doubt in my mind therefore, to state unequivocally, that elections will hold on the appointed dates in line with the unflinching assurances from INEC. Those mooting the idea of an interim government and trying to drag my name into it should please look elsewhere. I shared some of these thoughts with my guest, former President of South  Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki in my Minna home a couple of days back and we both stressed the all-important role of Nigeria in the continent and the need for credible elections at those appointed dates. We cannot afford not to get our elections right this time round.

“Our security agencies also deserve our commendation especially with the successes already recorded in the fight against the Boko Haram. This is the real Nigeria Army of my expectation. I am not only proud of the military uniform, I am betrothed to it. It is a symbolic and very unique institution that nurtured me on how to dominate my environment. Whether retired or serving military officers, we all share common professional affinity and collegiate loyalty. The unity of the country is paramount in our hearts and our sense of loyalty to the Nigerian state is unequivocal. I commend my colleagues in uniform, both senior and junior officers, for the sheer determination they have shown in combating the Boko Haram menace and preparing the ground for credible elections.

“I expect all the political parties to conduct themselves within the ambit of the law. They must continue to educate their members and the electorates on how to make the forthcoming elections more credible than previous ones. We must appreciate the creativity and innovation of the card reader which INEC has introduced to make for better election credibility and transparency. In a digital world where almost everything is driven by technology, the offer of the card reader is a welcome development. We may not get to the fullest merit of this, but it is a good way to start. This is one way to bridge the technological gap between those developed and under-developed nations of the world. Let us repose confidence in the system in the interest of the unity of our great country.

“Finally, let me state that I do not have a tweeter handle. All the statements being credited to me by way of tweets should be discountenanced.”

 

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With Elections Just Two Weeks Away, Jonathan Directs Niger Delta Militants To Take Over Oil Pipelines, Waterways

NNPC Calls It Community Based Contract

Just about two weeks to the general elections, a memo from the Presidency has directed Niger Delta ex-militants, namely: Gen. Tompolo, Asari Dokubo and Gen. Shoot At Sight to take over Nigerian waterways and oil pipeline protection from Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)) with effect from March 16.

The militants operating under seven names were allocated their regions and areas of control as follows: 1. Egbe Security River One to handle Bayelsa, 2. Gallery Security takes charge from Mosinmi to Ore, 3. Close Body Protection -Edo State, 4. Adex Energy Security-Rivers. 5. Donyx Global Concept-Lagos and Ogun, 6. Oil Facilities Surveillance-Delta, and 7. New Age Global Security -Mosinmi-Ibadan.

The government however appointed one Engr. Molokwu of the Energy and Technical Department of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC as the Coordinator of the “contracts.”

The latest move by the Jonathan administration is believed to be another way to open the waterways for his kinsmen to steal and sell the nation’s oil at will as well as create avenues to bring in heavy weapons into the creeks ahead of the forthcoming elections.

In a swift reaction to media enquiries, the NNPC said “In a bid to effectively combat the growing scourge of pipeline sabotage that has impacted negatively on its operations, the Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the renewal and extension of the pipeline protection contract to some of its host communities.

Explaining the rationale behind the renewal of the contract which was first awarded in 2011, the Corporation stated that there has been a noticeable increase in the spate of attacks on crude oil, products, and gas pipelines since the expiration of the first community-based contract in 2012 leading to frequent production shut-ins and deferrals of gas supply to power plants.

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“The pipeline protection contract is part of our community engagement programme across our host communities aimed at getting community members to help in the task of protecting the pipelines around their communities.

“It would be recalled that while the earlier pipeline protection contract to the communities which lasted from 2011 to 2012 subsisted, breaches to our pipelines were minimal which conduced to the rise in production. The recent rise in the frequency and intensity of willful attacks on our pipelines dictates that we step up our community engagement programme to help stem the tide of the pipeline vandalism scourge.

“In the current programme, we have not only renewed the contracts for the three initial community-based companies involved in the 2011 contract, we have extended the programme to five other community-based companies in other states where we have a high concentration of pipelines stretching from the Niger Delta to the Ondo, Ogun, Oyo and Lagos States.

“The contracts do not in any way obviate or undermine the responsibility of the police and other security agencies to protect the pipelines. They are actually designed to complement the work of the security agencies by raising the alarm and drawing the attention of security agencies to any suspicious movements around the pipelines right of way,” the Corporation stated. It called on the media and other members of the public to desist from reading political meanings to the Corporation’s operations.
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Corrupt Niger State Governor’s File: How He Squandered Millions In The Name Of Rewarding Commissioners (Series 1)

Secrets Reporters

While civil servants in Niger State complain about the poor standard of living caused by poor and late payment of salaries; the billboard governor and self acclaimed Chief Servant of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu Muazu is busy making the rich richer and the poor poorer.

In documents seen by Secrets Reporters which led to the forceful abduction of its Editorial Chairman, Fejiro Oliver by the Department of State Security Services (SSS) under the instruction of the Niger State Government where he was put in SSS detention for 3 days and prison for 11 days, we can authoritatively report that millions of Naira which would have made impact on the lives of citizens were thrown at the feet of four commissioners in the name of hardwork.

The document with memo number SSG/S/033, dated January 2, 2012 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Daniel C. Shashere; the commissioner for education, Dr Peter Sale Sarki was rewarded with a cash price of N5 million and a land at the Three-Arms Zone which is close to the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat.

The memo read: ‘Following council decision to reward public office holders who distinguished themselves in the discharge of their duties during the period 2007-2011, the Government of Niger State has decided to reward you with cash price of N5 million and a plot of land at the Three-Arms-Zone’. The memo stated that he was voted third position thus qualifying for the award.

The Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matene was not left out of the largesse as he smiled to the bank with N9 million and a plot of land at the same area. His position was not stated.

Frisking away the State treasury, the Chief of Staff was stoned the sum of N9 million and a plot of land at the same place. His position like Matene was also left out in the memo.

Another beneficiary of the largesse was the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural development, Dr Ibrahim Babamini Sule. He was made N9 million richer with similar plot of land. Ironically he was stated as taking the first position in the council judgment.

It is not clear what parameters were used in judging the quartet that were made wealthier by the common wealth of Nigerlites.

According to sources who confided in us, the many corrupt acts of the governor is the reason behind his desperate bid to impose his stooge on the state as the next governor, knowing that he will be facing the jailer if another person is elected.

He is currently gunning for a slot at the Nigerian Senate which has become a retired home for looters of its nation.

 

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Deaths Recorded as Soldiers and Civilians Clash in Kaduna

An undisclosed number of persons have died from a clash that erupted between a contigent of Nigerian soldiers and civilians in Kaduna.

Although, the cause of the clash is yet to be ascertained, a source said the clash occurred in the town of Gidan Waya near Kafanchan in the troubled southern Kaduna area of Kaduna State.

“We received a coded message about a clash between soldiers and some of the local residents,” said the source. He added: “The clash resulted in a few deaths. However, we are yet to confirm the cause of the fight and the actual number of casualty.”

As a result of the clash, students of the Kaduna State College of Education located in southern Kaduna today fled the institution in droves

Efforts to reach the spokesperson of Nigerian Army, for further details proved abortive as at the time of this report.

 

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