Stand against anti-corruption fight and get crushed – Buhari; Fayose fails to get Zenith bank account de-frozen; Why Twitter blocked Niger Delta Avengers’ account; Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman granted N250m bail each; Niger Delta Avengers Twitter account blocked . . .
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that masterminds of artificial hindrances made to slow down the anti-corruption war of the present government (his administration) will be dealt with. The president vowed that masterminds of such acts would get crushed.
Buhari stated that he was undaunted in the fight against corruption and other social vices in the country, saying that no degree of campaign of hate would deter him or his administration.
He stated that the level of rot perpetrated, especially by the immediate past government, was alarming and has to be cleansed. The president spoke while breaking the Ramadan fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with some low members of the society, drawn from physically challenged persons, hair dressers, keke Napep operators, taxi drivers, butchers, traders, road transport workers, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the Buhari support organization among others.
President Buhari said inter alia, below:
“We are committed to tackling corruption in this country, but whoever tries to deter us from fighting corruption will suffer the consequences . . .”
- Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President of Nigeria
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, failed to have his personal bank account de-frozen as the suit he filed against EFCC has been adjourned to September 30 by Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti.
The EFCC also filed a counter-affidavit against Fayose. It submitted nine exhibits to be relied on to prove its case against the Ekiti governor.
Mike Ozekhome SAN appeared for Fayose. Rotimi Oyedepo appeared for EFCC – the 2nd defendant. Oluwaseun Omotoso was counsel to the 3rd defendant (Zenith Bank).
The EFCC froze Fayose’s account over alleged money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion believed to be part of the N4.7 billion slush funds (arms procurement cash dollars) from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Twitter suspended the account of Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), yesterday, following the group’s announcement on the micro-blogging site that it had carried out five attacks on key oil installations in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria – in the last few days.
Twitter does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons but a spokesman said that the Avengers account was suspended in line with the company’s policy, which detailed specific rule pertaining to violent threats.
The rule says that “you may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.”
The Avengers allegedly contravened this rule by using a Twitter account as its main form of communication, using it to publicize claims of attacks and as a platform to criticize the Nigerian Federal Government.
Twitter has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related twitter accounts since the middle of 2015, most of which were linked to the Islamic State group (ISIS or ISIL).
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and former Finance Minister, Nenadi Usman and three others charged with money laundering, were, yesterday, granted bail by a Federal High Court in Lagos, in the sum of N250 million.
Fani-Kayode was arraigned alongside Nenadi Usman, and Danjuma Yusuf. Also charged was a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd. The accused were arraigned by the EFCC on a 17 count charge of unlawful retention, unlawful use and unlawful payment of money in the tune of about N4.9 billion. They had each pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Ruling on the bail application, the trial Judge, Justice Sule Hassan held that there was no evidence that the accused will interfere with trial if granted bail. Moreso, the judge noted that denying the accused bail, especially as the court’s vacation was near, and would span throughout the expiration of August, will not serve the interest of justice.
He accordingly admitted the first, second, and third accused to bail in the sum of N250 million each with two sureties each in like sum. The judge added that each of the sureties must exhibit evidence of landed properties in Lagos, and must submit their international passport with the courts registry. The judge further ordered that all documents must be verified by the EFCC within seven days. He fixed October 19, 20, and 21 for trial.
The Twitter account of Niger Delta militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has been suspended – on Monday morning.
The account has been a means of dispatching information mostly on their attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, to the general public.
The NDA’s twitter handle is displaying: “This account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline.”