News This Week reveals the Shiite imbroglio in Nigeria, Fraud cases, Politics, Corruption matters, Buhari, EFCC, Kidnapping, Pro-Biafra rumblings, Detention of Nnamdi Kanu etc . . .
Commission inaugurates 5-man panel to investigate Army, Shiite clash
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has inaugurated a five-man panel to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the clash between the Nigerian Army and members of the Shiite Islamic sect in Zaria.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, who inaugurated the panel in Abuja on Monday, said that the investigation became necessary following a complaint tendered before the commission by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Alleged Fraud: Court grants Dasuki, four others bail
A High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday granted former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki and four others bail. The court granted them bail on the condition of provision of N250 million bond each and a surety. n like sum.
The four others granted bail along side Dasuki are; former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; a former director of finance at the office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu; a former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; his son, Sagir, and two firms Dalhatu Investment Limited and Jabbam Ada Global Services.
EFCC set to probe Bode George and other PDP chiefs
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is concluding arrangements to invite some chieftains of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for questioning, a top source at the commission has said. The plan is part of the ongoing investigations into the arms procurement scam and the party’s 2015 presidential campaign fund.
It was gather that the commission had compiled a list of the PDP chieftains to be invited while the anti-graft agency was awaiting directives to summon them. They might appear before the commission this week.
Okonjo-Iweala fingered in N1.17 Billion ‘suspicious’ transfer
How a ministerial directive can override a presidential approval;
Where the money was returned to after it was withdrawn from the account of the Authority; and
Whether the withdrawal was politically motivated given the time of the withdrawal
The committee has hinted of the likelihood of inviting the ex-minister.
Tension builds up in Southeast over continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu
We are taking urgent action to sanitise defence procurements – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said that his administration was taking urgent and appropriate actions to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the nation’s Armed Forces. The President stated this when the British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Michael Fallon, visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari observed that the procurement of equipment for Nigeria’s Armed Forces, which followed due process in the past, had become open to corruption and shady deals under the last administration.
“They just put foreign exchange in a briefcase and travelled to procure equipment for the military.
“That is why we have found ourselves in the crisis we are now facing,’’ he said.
ISIS figures on Boko Haram attacks, killings a hoax – Lai Mohammed
The Federal Government on Monday reacted to claims made by the Islamic State on attacks number of deaths caused by Boko Haram in the last two months. In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the claims as a hoax, saying the imaginary figures were part of ISIS strategy to shore up the morale of its dispersed and defeated fellow terrorists in Nigeria.He said ”Apart from these fake figures, we are aware of the planned release of old videos of Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria through the terrorists’ preferred channel to give the impression that they have continued to carry out spectacular attacks. Those videos are neither recent nor genuine.
We received N12m ransom from kidnap of Okonjo-Iweala’s mother – Suspect
A 27-year-old man, Peter Nweke, on Monday admitted that his gang was paid N12 million ransom when they abducted Prof. Kamene Okonjo in 2013. A statement from the police in Enugu said Nweke, who hails from Umumba Ndiagu in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State, made the disclosure during interrogation.
The suspect said that he was contacted by one Ifeanyi Chukwuemeka from Iselle Uku in Delta who linked him to one of the Okonjo’s family members that helped them to perfect the kidnap. He said that Chukwuemeka disguised as a corps member seeking for assistance and entered the compound and made away with the mother of former finance minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.