We’ll bomb Abuja in a series of attacks soon – Boko Haram; 3 suicide bombers hit University of Maiduguri; Ex-FCT minister Bala Mohammed gets N500m bail; Boko Haram confirms 82 Chibok girls’ swap deal with Nigerian government in new video; Aljazeera concisely chronicles the infamous Boko Haram abduction; Boko Haram video clip is mere propaganda — Nigerian Army; Corruption: Governor (no ID) agrees to refund $2.5 million; Okezie Ikpeazu is the governor of Abia state – Supreme Court; Moon sighting committees agree on May 27 for commencement of Ramadan in Nigeria; Kano anti-corruption agency suspends Emir probe; Why I visited VP Osinbajo – Ex-VP Sambo . . .
Boko Haram threatens to bomb Abuja
Nigerian-based terrorist group, Boko Haram, has threatened to bomb Abuja Nigeria’s federal capital. A Boko Haram fighter threatened in a video that the group will bomb Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The Boko Haram Islamist group released a video in which some of their commanders were released in exchange for 82 Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls – to the Nigerian government.
“More bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja that you feel is secured,” said the man in the video in Hausa. As he spoke, he was flanked by four other armed men.
In a second video seen by Reuters, one of a group of four females covered in full-length Muslim veils claiming to be among the abducted girls said she did not want to return home.
Both videos are yet to be authenticated bythe Nigerian government. Mediator and lawyer Zannah Mustapha said some of the abducted girls refused to be released, fuelling fears that they have been radicalized by the Islamist group – in their captivity.
Three suicide bombers were killed early Saturday morning as they attempted to gain access into the Department of Works, University of Maiduguri in Borno State. The incident occurred at 1.10am, Saturday. A security guard at the University was also killed by the explosions. Meanwhile, the corpses have been evacuated by rescuers from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, (BOSEMA).
The University Public Relations Office, Ahmed Mohammed, who spoke with journalists, said he was yet to ascertain the damage or casualty figure as a result of the incident. The university authorities and security agencies are expected to provide more updates on the attack.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Gudu on Friday granted a former Minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed, bail in the sum of N500m with two sureties in like sum. He was remanded in Kuje Prisons on Wednesday when the EFCC arraigned him before Justice AbubakarTalba on a six-count charge of bribery to the tune of N864m and false declaration of properties in Abuja and Kaduna.
According to the EFCC, the ex-minister accepted N550m gratification from Aso Savings and Loans Ltd in respect of house 2599 and 2600 Cadastral Zone AO4, Asokoro, Abuja sometime in 2014. Ruling on the bail application Justice Talba held that the court was satisfied that the defendant had placed sufficient evidence before the court and was consequently granted bail.
The judge then asked the prosecution and the defence counsel to meet and agree on the conditions and communicate same to the court within the earliest possible time. The matter was thereafter stood down for 30 minutes for the counsels to agree. When the court reconvened, the prosecution counsel, Johnson Ojogbane, announced that they had agreed on the conditions for bail. The judge thereafter affirmed the bail conditions and adjourned the case to July 4 for hearing.
The Boko Haram group has, in a new video release, confirmed the earlier claims by the Federal Government that some of the arrested terror group’s members, particularly terrorist commanders, were swapped with the recently released 82 Chibok schoolgirls in a deal it entered with the Buhari administration.
In the video clip the terrorist group claimed that some of its commanders who had been arrested by security agents were exchanged with the 82 recently released Chibok girls. However, in the latest video released to Ahmad Salkida, a journalist who had previously involved in various negotiations between government and Boko Haram, the group countered the Nigerian government’s claims that only five of its commanders were released.
In a series of tweets, Mr Salkida said: “The video has Shuaibu Moni, one of the swapped Boko Haram commanders issuing threats to the Nigerian government and President Muhammadu Buhari. The commander in the video declared that it is not true that only 5 commanders were released, warning of imminent bombing of Abuja.
Aljazeera concisely chronicles the infamous Boko Haram abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in the village of Chibok in Borno state of Nigeria; the protestations against their abduction; the Nigerian government seeming inaction; and the recent swap deal and release of 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls by the Boko Haram to the Nigerian government in May, 2017.
Nigeria: 82 Chibok girls freed by Boko Haram
82 Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls released by the armed group Boko Haram have arrived in the capital, Abuja, where they will meet the president. The girls were handed over as part of a prisoner swap on Saturday. They are among more than 200 students kidnapped three years ago from the northeastern town of Chibok.
The Nigerian Army on Saturday said threats issued by recently released Boko Haram members in a video clip distributed by the group is just propaganda and should be ignored.
In a statement the Nigerian Army said, inter alia:
“The attention of Nigerian Army has been drawn to two video clips released by one of the released Boko Haram terrorists in exchange for the abducted Chibok school girls . . . As you are all aware, he was a direct beneficiary of the process that led to the release of 82 of the abducted girls . . . We wish to solicit for more support, cooperation and understanding of the public . . . We should not give in to terrorists’ propaganda and empty threats. We have come to a very critical stage of the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria that require more patriotism and security consciousness by all and sundry. Gone were the days when people glamorize terrorists and their criminal acts.”
The state governor (ID not yet released) accused of building a hotel with $3 million of the controversial London-Paris Club loan refund is reported to have sneaked into the Presidential Villa in Abuja in search of soft-landing, according to The Nation. It was gathered on Thursday that the embattled governor had been roaming the corridors of power (the Presidential Villa) in desperate search for help. He was said to have offered to refund the balance of $2.5 million quietly to the EFCC without being further investigated, given that one of the proxies used to launder the funds had already surrendered $500,000 to the EFCC.
A government source said: “The governor was looking visibly disturbed, but it was obvious he was seeking help. The manner he managed his shuttle to the Villa suggested that he had something up his sleeves.
Supreme Court Upholds Nomination, Election of Ikpeazu as Abia state Governor The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the election of Okezie Ikpeazu as Abia State Governor on the grounds that he was properly nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). Delivering judgment in three separate suits challenging the eligibility of Ikpeazu in the 2015 governorship election by Sam- son Ogah and Friday Nwosu, the apex court dismissed the suits on the grounds that they lacked merit. In the lead judgment written by Justice Musa Datijo Mohamed and read by Justice Ejembi Eko, the court held that the appellant failed to prove his allegation that the tax clearance of the governor was forged.
A ccording to the judge, tax of civil servant are normally deducted from source and being an employee of the state government at the time, Ikpeazu’s tax was deducted at source, adding that if there are any irregularities, it is not the governor that should be held responsible. ThisDay
The Nigerian-based National Moon Sighting Committee has agreed with the Southwest sub-committee on May 27 as the possible start date for this year’s Ramadan. The two committees reached the agreement at an interaction in the Bodija headquarters of the Southwest League of Imams and Alfas in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Thursday evening.
The interaction afforded the two committees to share experiences on moon sighting techniques and the need to harmonize start date for the fasting exercise in Nigeria. At the end of the interaction, the two groups announced May 27 as the possible start date, based on the guide by astronomical science indicating that the moon would be most likely sighted the day before. Members of the national committee, led by its chairman, Dr Hafiz Wali, said they were in Ibadan to meet with the league and the Southwest moon sighting committee with a view to harmonizing the start date of Ramadan between the northern and southern parts of Nigeria.
They said the move became necessary because it is only in Nigeria that the two parts of the country start and end Ramadan at different times due to moon sighting inaccuracies. Dr. Wali said his committee would continue to work with regional committees to ensure that the Nigerian Muslim community operates a unified Ramadan process. He promised to transmit the agreement to the Sultan of Sokoto, who set up the national committee to achieve harmony of process.
The Kano State government’s anti-corruption agency has suspended probe into the financial dealings of the Emirate council. The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission was investigating alleged misuse of N6 billion.
The state’s House of Assembly launched a separate investigation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II, following allegations of funds misappropriation, “defamation of character, breach of oath of office/oath of allegiance, abuse of office privileges and protocol, and political and religious interference”. The chairman of the anti-corruption body, Muhyi Gado, said the commission was suspending its probe “indefinitely”. He said the commission could not continue as the House was also conducting an investigation. Mr. Gado declined further comments.
But a source told PREMIUM TIMES that the commission viewed the investigation by House of Assembly as interference and an effort to scuttle the probe. “We are not happy with the coming in of the House of Assembly into this matter and we cannot continue doing the same thing with them; that is why we allowed them to do it themselves,” the source said. “You see many would rather see the House interference as purely political while our own has nothing to do with that. We do things professionally according to the dictate of laws.” The source said the commission was prepared to resume the probe if the House allowed it.
Former Vice President in the Jonathan administration, Arc. Namadi Sambo stated to the Nigerian press at the Presidential Villa why he came to see the Vice President and the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN in Aso Rock on Thursday.