Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of N7.6bn Linked To Diezani; Emefiele, Udoma, Adeosun brief Buhari on economy; Separatist Biafra: ‘Anyone Who Tries To Arrest Me Will Die’ – Nnamdi Kanu; FG’s plan to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu case of double standard – Afenifere; I won’t go on exile, Nnamdi Kanu; Federal Government Declares Friday, 1st And Monday 4th Sept 2017 As Public Holidays To Mark Id El Kabir; Revocation of Kanu’s Bail: AGF Biased, Pandering to Arewa Youths – Ohanaeze Ndigbo; Boko Haram Factions Ready for Talks – Ex-commander . . .
The Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of a sum of N7,646,700,000 (N7.6+billion) allegedly hidden in a bank by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.
The court had on August 9, 2017, ordered the interim forfeiture of the sum said to have been illegally kept in Sterling Bank Plc. The order granted by the vacation judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor, followed an ex parte application argued before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC also alleged that Mrs Alison-Madueke stashed the money in three banks, and the Federal Government had since February last year, through an order granted by another judge, Justice Muslim Hassan also of the Federal High Court, recovered part of the money from the other banks.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received almost a two-hour briefing from the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele.
The Ministers and CBN Governor updated the President on the ‘improving economy’, implementation of the 2017 Budget, preparation for the 2018 Budget, revenue strategies, combined cost reduction and debt management. Also discussed were monetary policy strategies and their economic impact, among others.
President Buhari, while reminding the Ministers and CBN Governor that reviving the economy was one of the major planks on which the campaign of his party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – was based, expressed gladness that things were looking up after two years of his stewardship.
Urging them to keep it up, the President noted that the main aim of government was to bring succor to Nigerians across all walks of life. President Buhari also declared that he was pleased with the progress being made on different fronts.
The secessionist agitator and leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has boasted that anyone who tries to arrest him will die. He said this in reaction to the call of the federal government that his bail should be revoked. Speaking on Sunday at Boys Technical College (BTC) in Aba, Abia state, Mzi Kanu said, inter alia, below:
“Where we are, is Biafra Land. Aba is the spiritual capital of Biafra land. We started in Aba in 2015 at CKC (Christ the King Catholic Cathedral) . . . I’m a Biafran and we are going to crumble the zoo. Some idiots who are not educated said that they’ll arrest me, and I ask them to come. I’m in Biafra land. If any of them leaves Biafra land alive know that this is not IPOB. Tell them that’s what I said.
. . . Tell Buhari that I’m in Aba and any person who comes to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in Biafra land will die here. I’ll never go on exile I assure you. Some people talk about restructuring, are we doing restructuring of Nigeria now? Are we doing fiscal federalism? Are we doing devolution? What we want is Biafra!
. . . We are going to boycott Anambra state election. After Anambra 2017, in 2019, there’ll be no elections in Biafra land. Signed and sealed. My message is that there’ll not be election in Biafra land ever again until they give us date for referendum . . . “
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said on saturday that the attempt by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, to secure the re-arrest of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was an exercise born of prejudice and discrimination. In a statement by its president-general, Chief John Nwodo, Ohanaeze, the organization said, inter alia, below:
“I am amazed that the distinguished attorney is prepared to contest the superiority of the provisions of the constitution on fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and freedom of association over an erroneous judicial proclamation violating those rights. I am equally miffed by the audacity with which the Attorney-General displays his bias without regard to his oath of office . . .
. . . A few hours ago under the watchful eyes of the chairman of the Northern governors forum and in total defiance of the Head of State’s proclamation of the rights of a citizen of Nigeria to live anywhere in Nigeria and to do business anywhere in Nigeria, the Arewa youths, pretending to withdraw their quit notice, gave qualifications to the Head of State’s proclamation, issuing conditions for enjoyment of citizenship status.
These same Arewa youths are supposed to have been arrested on the orders of the governor of Kaduna State and the Inspector General of Police for acts of treason, conversion and sedition. As the chief law officer of the federation, the Attorney-General looks the other way. He does not go to court to seek an order of arrest or prosecution . . .
. . . I urge the Attorney-General not to exacerbate our already tense nation by commencing a legal action which portrays him as biased, insensitive and misdirected.”
— Chief John Nwodo, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Chief John Nwodo and Ohanaeze Ndigbo accused Malami of gratifying the treasonable sentiments of the Arewa youths of northern Nigeria who had issued an ultimatum to Igbos in the region to leave and also demanded Kanu’s return to detention.
The Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, on Sunday said the Federal Government was biased in handling the case of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnmadi Kanu.
Afenifere’s publicity secretary, Yinka Odumakin, accused the FG of refusing to arrest northern youths who issued a quit notice to Igbos, but was planning to arrest Kanu.
It warned that Kanu’s re-arrest would overheat the polity. Odumakin stated:
“The idea of re-arresting Kanu will overheat the polity, more so when youths in the north that issued a notice to quit were not arrested. Even after the Kaduna State Governor and the Vice President ordered their arrest, the police did nothing.
The Minister of Internal Affairs said the youths were not arrested because they claimed they were misquoted, but a few days ago, the youths in the presence of some governors withdrew the order.
The government is giving the impression that what is red line for someone from a particular region is green line for someone in another part of the country; I think it is better the government engaged to bring down the tension rather than strong-arm tactics that would overheat the polity.
There is a clear double standard and that is not good for inclusiveness. What the government should do is ensure even application of the law and engage more youths more rather than indulge in sabre-rattling”
— Yinka Odumakin, Publicity Secretary of Afenifere
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has dared the Federal Government to re-arrest him. He is threatening that anyone who attempts to arrest him will be crushed. Kanu spoke on Sunday at the Boys Technical College (BTC) on Faulks Road in Aba North Local Government Area of Abia State.
The IPOB leader, who is being accused by the Federal Government of breaching the bail conditions, was received by members of IPOB Faulks Road Zone I and some of the group’s sympathizers and supporters.
Describing Aba as the “Spiritual Land of Biafra”, Kanu reassured his supporters that he would not go on exile. He urged them and believers in Biafra to be strong and resolute. He used the forum to reiterate that there would not be election in Anambra in November or any part of “Biafra Land” even in 2019, unless the group’s clamor for a referendum got the blessings of government.
Kanu who paid tribute to those reportedly killed at the National High School in Aba by security agencies said: “Where we are is Biafra land. Aba is the spiritual capital of Biafra land. We started in Aba in 2015 at CKC (Christ the King Catholic Cathedral). That day, heaven authenticated our move that IPOB will restore Biafra and that’s what we’ve come to do. We died in Aba at National High School.
Some of IPOB members who spoke to reporters at the venue said that they shunned church to listen to their leader and a man that God destined to use to liberate the people of the Southeast and the old Eastern Region from the hands of corrupt and insensitive leaders.
The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as Public Holidays to mark the Id-el-Kabir Celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country’s democracy.
Gen. Dambazau further urged all Nigerians to join hands with the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Minister assured citizens of their safety in all parts of the country, emphasizing that security agencies have been directed to maintain the peace and protect lives and property.
He condemned in strong terms the prevalence of Hate Speeches in the country and warned that the government would henceforth deal with perpetrators according to the law, while emphasizing that the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualizing the full potential of Nigeria.
The Honourable Minister wishes all Nigerians a most rewarding and Happy Id-el-Kabir celebration.
Two factions of Boko Haram may be ready for talks with the federal government, Abdulkadir Abubakar, a former commander of the group is claiming. Abubakar, also known as Abu Muhammad, was the chief intelligence officer of the terror group and one of its top commanders, until his arrest in June by the military in Buni Yadi in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his cell in Maiduguri that the Albarnawi and Mamman Nur factions of Boko Haram were willing to dialogue and co-operate with the government to defeat the most visible leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau.
Speaking, inter alia, Abubakar said that Shekau (photo: left) has been the major obstacle to peace, since the insurgency began in 2009. “Shekau is not willing to surrender due to his high handedness. Unfortunately, the government and military authorities accorded priority to dealing with Shekau, who is bloodthirsty.
“Albarnawi has indicated interest in dialogue with the government to end the insurgency and provide a lasting solution to the crisis. Albarnawi discusses this with members of his circle. And I can assure the government that he would co-operate to achieve peace.
“The two factions are willing to co-operate with the Nigerian government to defeat Shekau,” he said. Abubakar’s claim about the readiness of the factions to dialogue with the Nigerian authorities could not be verified, as he had been incarcerated since June. He insisted that the groups were predisposed to a peaceful resolution of the eight-year-old crisis.