Gunmen invade Maina’s house, handcuff guard; Our depots are empty, we’re not hoarding fuel — Independent marketer; There is no change of guardS – EFCC; 4 killed in fresh Southern Kaduna attack; Soldiers repelled Boko Haram attack at checkpoint . . .
Gunmen, some in military uniform and others in mufti, raided the Kaduna home of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, on Christmas Eve (Sunday). The spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, who confirmed the incident, noted that the command got a report from the Divisional Police Office in Kawo regarding the raid.
“We got a report from the DPO Kawo of Police Station regarding the raid on Maina’s house. But we are yet to confirm whether they are really officials of the EFCC. Investigation is ongoing,” According to an eyewitness account, the gunmen came in a Hilux van, armed with guns and stationed in front of the house.
The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) have stated that their members’ depots are empty, maintaining that they are not hoarding fuel and are therefore not responsible for the crippling fuel crisis. In a statement signed by Olufemi Adewole, DAPPMA’s executive secretary, the association said there are always issues when the NNPC takes on the role of “sole importer” as it currently does.
According to the DAPPMA, “It is on record that any time NNPC assumes the role of sole importer there are issues of distribution, because it is marketers who own 80% of the functional receptive facilities and retail outlets in Nigeria. Historically, DAPPMA members imported about 65% of the nation’s total fuel consumption. Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) imports about 15 percent and PPMC/NNPC imports the balance of 20% . . . Our members’ depots are presently empty . . .”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to speculation that Ibrahim Magu would be removed as the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency. In a tweet sent out from its official handle on Tuesday morning, the commission insisted “there is no change of guards”. The update read: “#Alert: For the avoidance of any doubt, there is no “change of guards” at the EFCC. Ibrahim Magu remains the acting EFCC Chairman.
“Purveyors of #fakenews concerning the EFCC are hereby warned to desist from such mischief as the anti-graft agency remains committed to its mission.” Yesterday, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay, also dismissed speculations that Magu has been sacked. His ‘removal’ has been a subject of debate in the last few days, following the declaration by the Nigerian Senate that it he is not regarded as EFCC chairman.
Four people were killed in a fresh southern Kaduna attack on Unguwan Mailafiya community by unknown assailants. Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to the Kaduna state governor on Media and Publicity confirmed the attack to newsmen in Kaduna on Monday. He said the Military Authorities notified the State Government of the attack on the community which occurred late last night Sunday Dec. 24, following an attack at Nimdem on the Saturday night Dec. 23.
According to Aruwan, “The state government has been working with security agencies to fortify the general area and enhance security in the area. He reassured citizens of their safety, saying the Commander of Operation ‘Safe Haven’, has temporarily moved to Kafanchan to coordinate the operation, “Negative elements must not be allowed to undo all the hard work done to restore peace and security, adding that, government commiserates with the victims and their families. All our communities are enjoined to stand together, and support the security agencies to thwart what looks like a predetermined plot to create anarchy around this period, which has failed . . .”
Nigerian troops on Monday repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents at a security checkpoint few kilometres away from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the incident occurred at about 5: 30 PM, at Moloi area, on the outskirts of the city. The insurgents were said to have torched some houses and vandalized vehicles on Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu Road.
Reports said the insurgents attacked and shot sporadically causing villagers to flee their homes. Soldiers deployed to the area engaged the insurgents and repelled the attack. The insurgents attacked the ED security section and torched houses. NAN reports, however, that security had been beefed up in the metropolis to thwart any breach of peace while people were going about their normal activities.