Osinbajo receives 2017 Budget from National Assembly; Court orders forfeiture of N449.6m recovered from Lagos shop; Politicians under security watch over Buratai’s coup alarm; Army Yet to Make Arrests After Buratai’s Coup Warning – Army Spokesman . . .
The Presidency on Friday confirmed that the National Assembly has formally transmitted the 2017 Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly last week to the Presidency. The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President, Mr. Laolu Akande, confirmed this on his Twitter handle, @Akandeoj. He said the document was formally received in the office of the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday. Mr. Akande wrote on his twitter handle: “2017 Budget -Appropriations bill now officially received in the Acting President’s office and undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration,”
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Mr. Ita Enang in a closed door session presented the document to Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A Federal High Court on Friday in Lagos ordered the final forfeiture of the N449.6 million found in an abandoned Bureau de Change at Victoria Island to the Federal Government. The money was recovered in Lagos by the EFCC. The forfeiture order was made by Justice Mohammed Aikawa, following a motion on notice taken before him by the EFCC. When the case was called on Friday, Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Idris Mohammed, told court that the interim order of April 19 was advertised in a newspaper on May 11, to bring the case to the notice of Tauheed and any interested party.
He said that apart from the newspaper publication, Tauheed was also served with the motion on notice. Mohammed urged the judge to order the final forfeiture of the money since neither Tauheed nor anyone else came forward to claim it. Justice Aikawa, in a short ruling, granted the application. “This court ordered, among others, that the respondent (Tauheed) and any other interested party should show cause, within 14 days, why the interim forfeiture of N449, 597,000 should not be made final.
Some Nigerian politicians are under security watch following the revelation by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) that some unnamed politicians were hobnobbing with some unnamed senior and/or junior army officers. Lt. Gen. Buratai also cautioned the unnamed politicians, who are said to have been placed under surveillance by security agencies, not to influence soldiers.
There are reports that Lt. Gen. Buratai was disturbed that the ongoing professionalization of the military might suffer a major setback if politicians were allowed to “infiltrate the system”.
The COAS is believed to have set in motion a pre-emptive move by the military authorities as a result of intelligence reports that some politicians were out to infiltrate the Armed Forces. The Nation reports that a source confirmed that “The COAS decided to cry out following intelligence on the attitude of some politicians who were uncomfortable with the anxiety over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari.” Gen. Buratai’s warning to officers was to protect democracy, stress that the Armed Forces must subjugate themselves to civilian authority, pledge the military’s loyalty to the Presidency and caution politicians that officers cannot be used for political mischief, the source said
Following the revelation by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, of attempts by some unnamed politicians to infiltrate the military in a suspected coup plan occasioned by speculations and rumors over ailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s health concerns, the Nigerian Army said Thursday that it was yet to make any arrests.
Lt. Gen. Buratai on Tuesday had warned officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to steer clear of politics and politicians, whom he claimed were attempting to influence them. He said the Nigerian Army headquarters had received information that some individuals had been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. No arrests so far by the Nigerian Army the spokesman stated.