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The Cameroonian troops were reported to have done that while pursuing Boko Haram members, say villagers; FG, states, LGs share N370bn; Kanu refuses to enter plea on terrorism charges; Judge withdraws from Kanu’s trial; Kaduna Refinery Begins Daily Supply Of 3.2m Litres Of Petrol – NNPC.
Military has met deadline on Boko Haram – Nigerian govt
The Federal Government on Wednesday declared that the December 2015 deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari to the military authority to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents has been met and that the terrorist group has been degraded to the extent that it could no longer carry out any spectacular attacks.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this during an interaction with journalists in Lagos
The Minister said, “From what I saw during my trip to the liberated areas of Borno State, which is the epicentre of the war, and the briefings I received from the Chief of Defence Staff and the Theatre Commander, I can confidently say that our gallant military has largely met that deadline.
“I can say that the war against Boko Haram is largely won. I can confidently say this because just recently, I led a delegation to the hotbed of the insurgency – Maiduguri, Konduga, Kaure and Bama. Let me remind you that, until just four months ago, Bama was the headquarters of the self-declared Caliphate of Boko Haram.
It was the war’s Ground Zero, from where the terrorists called the shots, collected taxes and dispensed jungle justice. The palace of the Emir of Bama, whom they sacked, was their operational headquarters. Also, Konduga was attacked several times by the insurgents who wanted to use it as a launching post to attack Maiduguri.
Cameroon troops kill 70 Nigerians while pursuing Boko Haram members, say villagers
Cameroonian troops have killed at least 70 residents while chasing Boko Haram insurgents in the Gwoza area of Borno State, fleeing villagers told Associated Press. Troops entered Kirawa-Jimni village on Sunday, asked where Boko Haram insurgents were and started shooting, residents said.
“We didn’t know what was going on but the Cameroonian troops suddenly appeared and began to ask us for Boko Haram terrorists,” said Muhammed Abba, a resident of the village and deputy commander of a local group of civilians set up to fight the extremists in Gwoza. “Before we could say a word, they started firing.
That scared most of us and we began to run.” Abba said that when people returned on Monday, they found 70 corpses littering the ground. The Borno State spokesman for a civilian self-defence group, Abbas Gava, confirmed the reports, saying he received calls from residents of Ashigashiya village near the border with Cameroon.
”They said the soldiers were in hot pursuit of the Boko Haram terrorists who ran into Kirawa-Jimni. The soldiers did not waste time upon arrival as they immediately opened fire on the villagers,” he said. Kirawa-Jimni is a border community near Cameroon, located around the area where Boko Haram insurgents once held sway.
FG, states, LGs share N370bn
The three tiers of government, yesterday, shared N 369.88 billion as revenue that accrued into the Federation Account and proceeds from the Value Added Tax, VAT, in the month of November.
The figure represented a decrease of N103.95bn when compared with the N473.83bn distributed in the previous month.
Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, who briefed journalists at the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC, meeting in Abuja blamed the fall in revenue on the continued crashing of crude oil price at the international oil market.
She attributed the decline in allocation to reduction in revenue which was caused by shutdown and shut-in of production at various terminals during the period.
Adeosun said non-oil revenue was firming up and now playing a major role in the federation revenue at a time that oil revenue has continued to fall.
Her words: “The gross statutory revenue of N297.45 billion received in the month was lower than the N400.3 billion received in the previous month by N102.86 billion.
Kanu refuses to enter plea on terrorism charges
The embattled director of the pirate ‘Radio Biafra’ and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division refused to enter a plea on a six-count charge of terrorism on the ground that he will not be given a fair trial.
Kanu was brought before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on charges of treason, importation of illegal goods and possession of fire arms preferred against him by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Kanu expressed his lack of confidence in the trial judge, owing to information available to him
His words : “I will not sacrifice the due process of the law founded in the principles of natural justice upon the altar of speedy release from detention. In other words I will rather remain in detention than subjecting myself to a trial that I know amounts to perversion of justice.
Judge withdraws from Kanu’s trial
Soon after his case was called for hearing, the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, sought the court’s permission to address it, which the judge granted without objection from his lawyer, Vincent Obetta and the Director of Public prosecution (DPP) of the Federation, Muhammad Diri, who led prosecution team.
Kanu said he lacked confidence in the court, and that based on information available to him, he knew he will not receive fair trial before the court.
“I will not sacrifice the due process founded upon the principle of natural justice on the altar of speedy release from detention. In other words, I will rather remain in detention than to subject myself to a trial that I know amount to perversion of justice
“There have been several rulings delivered by competent courts of jurisdiction, which the DSS never respected.”
On ending his statement, the judge asked his lawyer if he (the lawyer) agreed with what his client said about the court. Obetta answered in the affirmative and proceeded to justify his client’s position by arguing that his client was at liberty to decide whether or not he has confidence in a court before which he was to stand trial.
The judge who was not averse to Kanu’s position, later directed the return of the case file to the court’s Chief Judge for reassignment to another judge.
Kaduna Refinery Begins Daily Supply Of 3.2m Litres Of Petrol – NNPC
The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) has begun daily production of 3.2 million litres of petrol.
This is contained in a statement signed by MR Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday in Abuja.
It said that the plant began production with an initial PMS yield of about 1.5 million litres, adding that had ramped up its daily yield to 3.2 million litres.
“The injection of this volume into the system will significantly impact ongoing special intervention efforts designed to bring relief to motorists across the country,” it stated.
The statement stated that the deployment of NNPC staff in the monitoring of fuel distribution and retail system at filling stations nationwide had started yielding positive results in Abuja and environs in less than 48 hours.
Nigeria ‘to decide’ on MTN’s fine after court case
Nigerian authorities will wait for the outcome of a court case filed by South African telecoms firm MTN before deciding on whether to enforce a $3.9 billion fine, a spokesman for the telecommunications ministry said.
The ministry spokesman contradicted a source in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), who earlier said “appropriate action” would be taken against MTN if it failed to pay the fine by a December 31 deadline for failing to disconnect users with unregistered SIM cards.
Nigeria has been trying to halt the widespread use of unregistered SIM cards amid worries these are being used for criminal activity, including by Boko Haram sect.
The NCC slapped a $5.2 billion fine on MTN in October but after weeks of negotiations reduced it by 25 percent this month, setting a deadline for December 31, Reuters reported.
However, the operator was still not prepared to pay the reduced fine and said last week it would challenge the penalty in a Lagos court.