EFCC accuses DSS of shielding officials from probe; Contract scandal in the defence ministry lands Brig. General in military court; Military Deploy Troops To Delta Over Avengers; Senate scraps Excess Crude Account . . .
The EFCC on Tuesday cried out over the refusal of the DSS to release its officials implicated in the $2.1 billion arms scandal for interrogation. The EFCC in a statement in Abuja, signed by its Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, regretted that all other security agencies, including the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air force and the Nigerian Navy have all complied with its request and released officers indicted in the arms probe report except the DSS.
The DSS, it was learnt has warned the EFCC not to dare it by insisting that its officers should appear before the anti-graft agency, warning that it had no right to subject its officials to such scrutiny. The EFCC replied inter alia: “It is important to state that it is not strange for the EFCC to invite (for questioning) officers of other law enforcement agencies alleged to be complicit in any case being investigated by the Commission. But there are protocols in doing this; and part of that protocol is to write to the heads of such agencies, requesting that the officer(s) in question be released to be interviewed . . .”
A contract scandal in the ministry of defence headquarters in Abuja has landed a brigadier-general in military court. Mansur Dan-Ali, a retired brigadier-general and minister of defence, Danjuma Nanfo, the immediate past permanent secretary in the ministry, and LYM Hassan, a brigadier-general and coordinator of peacekeeping.
According to TheCable, Hassan is now in detention and facing court-martial. At the court martial, which began on October 30, 2017, Dan-Ali, Nanfo, and Hassan have disclosed how money was shared from a $1.4 million contract without the job being executed. The contract was for the relocation and refurbishment of Level 2 Ministry Hospital under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) following a directive from the UN.
The Nigerian military has deployed troops to the Niger Delta, especially in Delta state over threats recently posed by the Niger Delta (south-south) militant group, the Avengers. There was palpable fear and panic amongst residents and others in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West council area of Delta state on Monday as residents and leaders sighted military aircrafts and gunboats around their communities.
There were reports that military aircrafts were seen hovering around the palace of the Gbaramatu paramount ruler in Oporoza, just as many gunboats were seen patrolling in the delta waters in different communities across the kingdom on Tuesday. According to Leadership, military sources on Monday evening told leadership on phone that there was no cause for alarm as the hardware seen were only meant for routine patrol of the Escravos and Trans-Forcados Pipeline and not any special operation targeting specific communities.
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a resolution abolishing the Excess Crude Account (ECA) setup in 2004 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Rose Oko (PDP, Cross River) and 44 others, tagged: “ The Excess Crude Account: an illegality and a drain pipe”.
However, while Oko advocated for the suspension of the ECA, Senator Mohammed Hassan (PDP, Yobe) moved for the amendment of the prayer to recommend the scrapping of the account, which was supported by all. The Senate also passed a resolution requesting the executive to pay the amount above the oil benchmark into the Federation Account in compliance with the Constitution. The senators however voted against the constitution of an Ad-hoc committee to investigate the revenue that accrued to the ECA from 2004.