Boko Haram insurgency: Buhari creates intelligence sharing centre in Maiduguri; Many people are suffering because of decisions I took as president — Jonathan; Buhari orders audit of recovered assets within one month; Oba of Benin visits Abuja; EFCC releases ex-SGF from detention; Corruption: Lagos judge withdraws from bribery trial; Boko Haram attacks: Police boss places command officers on red alert; Makarfi to contest PDP presidential ticket in 2019 – aide . . .
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the setting up of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for the purpose of gathering and sharing intelligence among the security agencies in the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement Wednesday, said this was to tackle the desperate actions of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast using underage girls as suicide bombers.
“This phase of the war will be intelligence-driven and the new centre is expected to intensify the harvesting and sharing of intelligence so as to bring to an early closure, the desperate last-minute activities of the terrorists,” Shehu said. He said President Buhari also ordered a military crackdown on bandits operating in rural communities in Zamfara State following fresh attacks on some communities in Shinkafi and Maradun Local Government Areas.
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has said that many people are suffering because of some of the decisions he took in office as Nigeria’s president. At the final leg of his 60th birthday celebration which ended in his home village Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the ex-Nigerian leader insisted that he and his team made sacrifices for the development of the country while in office despite the turn of events.
He acknowledged the plight of many of his aides who are currently facing court cases and other forms of trials in several parts of the country, noting that governance remains a challenging task for which personal pleasures must be relinquished. Jonathan while addressing several youth groups said, inter alia:
“So, I am speaking to the future of this country, whatever sacrifices I have made as an individual or I discussed with my political party and others, because elections is not only about one person, we know a number of persons that are in court, not even me yet, who are suffering because of me. Politics is all about the people, so the decision I took, though I made the pronouncements, but it affected everybody. So, if we have made this kind of sacrifice and people are still sacrificing now, my plea with you is that you know that this country is in your hands . . .”
President Muhammadu Buhari who vowed to put in place measures to check embezzlement and diversion of recovered assets has ordered the audit of recovered assets within one month. The president gave the assurance while inaugurating the Audit Committee on the Recovery and Management of Stolen Assets within and outside Nigeria at the First Lady Conference room in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Stressing that recovered assets must be accounted for, he directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and corporate bodies to give the committee the necessary support. The committee, which has three members including Mr. Olufemi Lijadu, Mrs. Gloria Chinyere Bibigha and Mr. Mohammed Nami, was given one month to carry out its assignment.
Buhari added that the decision to inaugurate the audit committee was the next step in ensuring that all returns filed by the various agencies were accurate and consistent with actual recoveries made. He said the committee is expected to judiciously undertake an audit of all recovery accounts established by government agencies from the date of opening such accounts up to April 10, 2017.
His Royal Majesty, Omo N, ‘Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolor, Oba Ewuare II — the Oba of Benin, on Wednesday made an historic visit to Nigeria’s federal capital city, Abuja, after his coronation in October 2016.
The Oba arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport around 5:00 p.m with his wives, to a brief royal reception and adoration of some of his subjects resident in Abuja. The Benin monarch was received by some Benin traditional chiefs, prominent Benin indigenes and friends who reside in Abuja.
Chief Odigie Oyegun, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), an Edo indigene was at the Airport to receive the Monarch. The APC chieftain said the visit by the Oba was historic being his first after his coronation. “ . . . The Oba’s visit is bringing peace, hope to the country and change in the nation . . .” Chief Oyegun said, inter alia.
The EFCC has released a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim. According to the EFCC the agency had earlier obtained a warrant to detain Anyim for 30 days. Reports indicate that Anyim was released on Tuesday after handing over his passport to the EFCC.
A source at the EFCC said, “Anyim was released on administrative bail after he had surrendered his passport. He is expected to return some money to the EFCC and also report back every two weeks.” Anyim is being investigated for allegedly collecting N520m from a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), on the eve of the 2015 presidential election.
He also allegedly awarded contracts worth N13bn to companies he had interests in. Anyim, a former Senate President was accused of false assets declaration and using proxies and companies in which he had interest to corner contracts from the ecological funds. Anyim allegedly awarded contracts to some companies linked to him through which ecological funds were diverted.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court ( Court 55) in Igbosere on Wednesday withdrew herself from the case of a fellow judge, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa, who was charged with unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000.
Justice Akintoye said her decision to withdraw from the case was based on a petition written by the embattled Justice Nganjiwa, asking that his case be transferred to another judge, for fear of bias.
“In view of the letter written by the defendant to the administrative judge, the file of this case is no longer with me; this case has been transferred to another court,” Justice Akintoye informed the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Wahab Shittu, on Wednesday.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has ordered all commissioners of Police in charge of state commands and their supervising Assistant Inspectors General of Police and other Police formations nationwide to be on red-alert with effect from November 21, 2017.
The directive, according to the IGP, is to nip in the bud and prevent the spread of the renewed Boko Haram attacks on soft targets such as Mosques, Churches, markets, schools, motor parks, farm lands, settlements, villages, towns and cities in the North East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as well as contain other criminal activities all over the country.
The IGP also ordered the Police Joint Team to pay particular attention to the security of IDPs camps and liberated areas in the mentioned states, with a view to quelling the recent attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State and other vulnerable states in the country.
Ex-National Deputy Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the current Adviser (Hausa Media Services) to Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, current chairman of the PDP caretaker committee, Barr. Abdullahi Ibrahim Jalo has confirmed that Sen. Makarfi will contest the 2019 presidential ticket of the PDP. Barr. Jalo said this in a chat with journalists, in Gombe, on Thursday.
Barr. Jalo described calls by some aspirants contesting for the position of the party’s National Chairman for Makarfi to resign from his position as Chairman, Caretaker Committee, as not only diversionary but a calculated attempt to scuttle the December 9 national convention of the party.
He described as ‘untrue, fallacious and misleading’ claims by some of the aspirants suggesting that Makarfi is working to impose Prince Uche Secondus as National Chairman of the party. He however, confirmed that Sen. Makarfi is contesting for the presidential ticket of the party in the 2019 general election.