House of Reps panel orders Magu’s arrest; Nnamdi Kanu has no means of livelihood – Nigerian Army; CBN threatens to blacklist exporters withholding forex proceeds; PDP calls on Buhari to suspend NNPC boss Baru; Rights group storms British High Commission, insist UK must extradite IPOB’s Kanu to face trial in Nigeria; Patience Jonathan slams N2billion suit on EFCC . . .
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions on Wednesday ordered an arrest warrant against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu. He is to be brought before the committee on November 7 to answer questions in connection with a petition the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, sent to the House. Jonathan’s wife had petitioned the House, alleging harassment of her person and firms linked to her associates by the EFCC, the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency. She also told the House that her personal bank accounts and those of the firms had been frozen on the directive of the EFCC.
The chairman of the panel, Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, said on Wednesday that Magu had shunned “several invitations” to appear in connection with the matter. The NDLEA and FIRS had been appearing before the committee to respond to the petition. The matter had earlier been adjourned till Wednesday but again, Magu did not turn up and the EFCC sent no representations to the session. After a motion on arrest warrant moved by the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr. Kingsley Chinda, the panel passed a resolution for Magu’s arrest.
The Nigerian Army has said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a fugitive from justice, has no means of livelihood. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, stated this in Abuja at a two-day media conference on the military’s enhancement of human rights. According to the army’s PR boss Mazi Kanu used “propaganda” to convince people to believe him.
Brig. Gen. Usman said, inter alia: “ . . . That is why those people following him have entered into a one-chance vehicle. This is somebody standing trial in a criminal case. Sometimes, whether we like it or not, we want to stand against the truth. But no matter how long, the truth will come to pass on October 17 [Kanu’s court-adjourned date for hearing]. This is an individual without a means of livelihood . . . You know that somebody is in a criminal case, and you believe in him . . .”
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is threatening to sanction exporters who fail to repatriate foreign exchange (forex) proceeds from their businesses into the Nigerian economy. The CBN Director (Banking Supervision) Abdullahi Ahmad, who issued the warning on Thursday during the Bankers’ Committee meeting in Lagos, spoke of a provision in the CBN Foreign Exchange Manual that mandates all exporters to repatriate their proceeds back to the country to support the local currency and the economy.
The manual stipulates that proceeds of oil and non-oil exports are to be repatriated into the export proceeds domiciliary accounts of their exporters’ accounts within 90 days for oil exports and 180 days for non-oil exports. Where this policy is violated, the collecting bank will be liable to a fine of 10 per cent of the Free On Board value of the transaction, including other appropriate penalties as provided in the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act. Where the exporter fails to repatriate the proceeds into the domiciliary account within the stipulated period, the exporter will be barred from participating in all the segments of foreign exchange market in Nigeria.
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru over the allegation of corruption in the corporation.
The party also demanded that Baru be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation and prosecution.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated this a press conference at the Wadata House PDP headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
The Advocates of Social Justice For All (ASJA) organized a protest match to the British High Commission in Abuja, to demand the extradition of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdu Kanu, back to Nigeria to face his treasonable charges. The protesters numbering over 1,000 stormed the British High Commission. The protesters expressed disappointment with the British Government that despite the overwhelming evidence that Kanu is currently hiding in the UK, the embassy is feigning ignorance the it does not know about his whereabouts.
The former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, had claimed that Kanu fled to London through Malaysia. Ex-governor Kalu said, “Kanu was not taken away by the military. Kanu went to Malaysia from where he travelled to the United Kingdom. Addressing newsmen during the protest, Patriot Venatius Asongo, Executive Director of ASJA said, inter alia:
“It is most Satanic of the UK to continue according Kanu celebrity treatment when it cannot condone its own equivalent of IPOB. National Action, NS131 and Scottish Dawn are proscribed as extremist groups in the UK even when they have committed a tenth of the atrocities IPOB has unleashed on helpless Nigerians . . . We find this not only irresponsible but also an attempt to precipitate crisis in Nigeria and catalyst IPoB into something as ferocious as ISIS . . . “As we make this demand, may we also specify that the High Commission returns the fugitive terrorist alive . . .”
Nigeria’s ex-First Lady and wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has slammed a N2billion suit on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mr. Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday fixed November 16, 2017 to hear the N2 billion Fundamental Rights suit brought against the EFCC by ex-First Lady.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the wife of the former president Goodluck Jonathan had filed the suit in June to challenge her alleged incessant harassment by the EFCC. At the resumed hearing, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) announced to the court of his readiness to move his client’s application. Justice John Tsoho, however, refused to entertain the suit on the grounds that the respondent was not represented in court. The suit was brought pursuant to Order 2 Rule 1 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules 2009 and Sections 34(1), 36(1), 37, 42 and 44 of 1999 Constitution as amended.
The applicant is praying for an order for general damages and compensation in the sum of N2billion. She averred that the amount would serve as compensation for the violation of her fundamental rights by the commission. She is also seeking a declaration de-freezing all her bank accounts and those of her relatives held down by the EFCC under the guise of investigation of proceeds of crime. Mrs Jonathan first came under EFCC’s search light in May 2016 when the commission arrested a former Special Adviser to the President on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.