Obanikoro Strikes 'Amnesty' Deal With FG, Agrees To Testify Against Fayose, Others Over $2.1b Arms Fraud
The embattled former Minster of State for defense, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro may have struck a deal with the Federal Government to stand as a prime prosecuting witness against some allies who are involved in the $2.1 billion arms scam, New Telegraph reports suggests

According to NT, the Federal Government may have concluded plans to make use of a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Mussiliu Obanikoro, as prosecution witness against the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and a former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in the ongoing probe of $2.1billion arms deal involving a former National Security Adviser (NSA) to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Fayose, had earlier been indicted by a military panel, which alleged that Fayose was among those given the money released by the former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), in the build up to the 2015 general elections.

Saturday Telegraph gathered from sources within the presidency that Obanikoro, who flew into the country during the week, and surrendered himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had been penciled as one of the prosecution witnesses to be used against Fayose, when he is eventually brought to justice.

Although, the governor enjoys immunity as guaranteed by the constitution, indications emerged that he might be prosecuted as soon as he finishes his tenure. Obanikoro, who is alleged to have also soiled his hands in the arms deal, would in return be left off the hook and not prosecuted as expected, as an agreement had been reached that the Federal Government would file a nolle prosequi (no case submission) against the former minister.

The source, who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, explained that, with the manner the deal was brokered, Obanikoro, who was in the United States, had no choice but to agree and return home.

“The former minister offered to nail Fayose and reveal the secrets between them after much pressure, so that he can save himself. He was told that they will let him go if only he could help them, by standing as a prosecution witness against Fayose.

“They have been on it since March, but it took some time before he could agree to play along with them. He was also accused of fraud, that’s why he didn’t want to come back home until they gave him this chance. “It was an opportunity to redeem his image and walk freely.

He took a wise decision by accepting the offer to be a prosecution witness because he can’t continue to hide in the United State. There is no place like home”, the source said. Obanikoro had been in the news lately over reports that he had confessed to the EFCC and revealed all that transpired between him and Fayose. He was reported to have admitted that he gave Fayose the sum of N2.3billion from the NSA.

Another source, who claims to be privy to the details of the negotiations,said that the powers that be had already made up their minds to nail Fayose and that is why the Muhammadu Buhari-led adminstartion is exploiting that option.

“You know that a sitting governor has immunity, but we are prepared to wait till 2018, by then, he would have finished his second term in office and there won’t be any immunity for him. One thing is certain; a lot of people would have been convicted by then, including some of his indicted aides.

“And if all those indicted with him are already in jail before his tenure ends, tell me how he won’t face his own music. It is only a matter of time before the long arm of the law catches up with him”, the female source said.

However, Fayose, apparently disturbed by the turn of events, had earlier issued a statement, alleging that the return of the ex-minister from the United States was an “arranged and compromised” move that is tailored towards nailing him. Fayose described Obanikoro’s voluntary return and his surrender to the EFCC as an orchestrated plot to see that he is “implicated at all costs”.

“Those who arranged the dramatic and compromised return of Senator Obanikoro to Nigeria obviously did so in continuation of their project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ but I am not bothered because my election was legitimately funded.

“However, if this is why they are intimidating judges and the judiciary, it won’t work as far as my own matter is concerned as no one can play God. As far as I am concerned, I am busy here in Ekiti attending to the welfare and well-being of my people.

I won’t be distracted” While the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajeren, did not respond to text message sent to him on the matter, Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, said his boss was aware of the anti-graft agency’s plan.

He however said the governor would not trade words with the commission. Olayinka said: “We already know what they want to do, but we are not perturbed. We don’t need to respond to their actions, we shall meet in court”.

Source: New Telegraph

SHOCKER: 'Corrupt' Judge Disguises Sneaks To Kuje Prison, Apologises To Inmate Over Wrongful Sentence
A certain unnamed judge of the Federal High Court was alleged to have sneaked into Kuje Prison in the Federal Capital Territory to apologise to an inmate for wrongful conviction.

A reliable source said according to The Nation: “The judge disguised and went to the prison yard on September 13. 

The convict was jailed for being in possession of cocaine.

“But the Federal High Court judge met with the convict and expressed regrets for wrongful conviction.

“He said he knew that the convict was a victim of a set up and his conscience was troubling him.

“He offered to assist the convict in whatever manner to make his stay in prison comfortable.

“But security agencies have picked up the visit of the judge and they have started investigating it.”

8yrs Old Child-bride Dies ON First Honeymoon Night During Intercourse
File Photo: A Nigerian Man Married to a child
Source: Facebook
An 8 years old child bride has reportedly died after her first intercourse with 40 years old husband in Yemen.

Although officials have denied the news, but Yemen locals have come out in their numbers to protest the shocking death of the minor. 

Highlighting the dangers and cruelty involved in child bride stories, the young girl identified as Rawan died on her wedding night after first intercourse.

Arwa Othman, head of Yemen’s House of Folklore and a leading rights campaigner, said the girl was married to a 40-year-old late last week in the town of Meedi in Hajjah province, north-western Yemen. 

“On the wedding night and after intercourse, she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture which caused her death. They took her to a clinic but the medics couldn’t save her life,” Othman said. 

Othman further said authorities had not taken any action against the girl’s family or her husband. A security official in the provincial town of Haradh denied any such incident had taken place. 

Musiliu Obanikoro
Confessing like a just converted Born Again' Christian, the embattled former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro may soon be  let out of custody by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following indications that he has agreed to make refunds of the money he allegedly collected from the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), report according Sahara Reporters New York suggests

Obanikoro, an ex-minister was accused of receiving N785 million from ONSA while in office.

His friends and associates are understood to be rallying around him to raise funds as a first step to secure his bail.

Obanikoro is understood to be targeting  N100 million as the first installment of the refund.

From ONSA, about N4.685 billion was transferred to Sylva McNamara Limited, a company allegedly linked to the ex-Minister.

Obanikoro told EFCC interrogators that N3.880 billion of the N4.685 billion was allocated to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and  Senator Iyiola Omisore.

He also said he handed over $5.377 million (about N60 million then) cash to Fayose at Spotless Hotel, Ado-Ekiti in the presence of the former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Dr. Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.

He said the balance of N785 million was expended on alleged anti-Boko Haram campaign in Lagos and the South-West.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The ex-minister has been cooperating with detectives and he appears willing to refund some cash out of the N785 million traced to Sylvan McNamara.

“I think his associates and friends have rallied around him, having discovered that the bulk of the cash from ONSA went to Fayose and Omisore.

“I think he might initially refund N100 million to get bail reprieve in order to prevail on others who benefited from the N785 million to repay the slush funds.

“The refund is one of the issues delaying the granting of bail to the ex-minister.”

Obanikoro had said:  “The balance of N785 million were used to prosecute the following: 1. procurement of souvenirs for the promotion of anti-Boko Haram insurgency in Lagos; 2. N200million for surveillance activities; 3. N200 million and other remaining funds were for operations managed by Taiwo Kareem.

“Taiwo Kareem impressed the former NSA with his management of pre and post-election funds. To God be the glory, the two elections were carried out without any loss of life

“When bomb blast occurred in Lagos on the 25th of June 2014, the NSA was disturbed and told me of his commitment to ensuring that such doesn’t reoccur.

“He expressed the grave consequence that the reoccurrence will have not only on Lagos but the economy of the entire country.

“He emphasized the need for local input to complement the activities of security agencies. This is how Sylvan McNamara was introduced.”

The EFCC had discovered that Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, allegedly owned by Obanikoro and his sons,   was used to launder the N4.745 billion.

The company, which was incorporated in November 2011 had the following as its directors: a close aide of the ex-minister, Ikenna Ezekwe (700,000 shares) of 51 Simpson Street, Ebute-Metta; Idowu Oshodi (299,000 shares) of 8, Prince Tayo Adesanya Street, Park View Estate, Ikoyi; and Elizabeth Adebiyi (1,000 shares) of 3, Adedoyin Street, Ijeshatedo, Surulere.

Ikenna Ezekwe’s account has been de-frozen by the EFCC since the slush funds were not traced to him.

Ezekwe has also been removed as the director of the slush company.

A document said: “To set the stage for the use of the company for money laundering, the board of directors on May 7, 2012  passed a resolution that the company should open an account and appointed Mr. Gbolahan Obanikoro, Ikenna Ezekwe, Ms. Theresa Matuluko (Secretary) and Mr. Babajide Obanikoro as the signatories to the account.

“The board added that the signing combination be that any of the signatories can sign alone.”

EFCC claimed that when it was time to illegally draw the N4.745 billion from ONSA as the war chest for Ekiti Governorship poll, ex-minister Obanikoro made the account of Sylvan Mcnamara Limited available and coordinated the disbursement.

Contacted, Obanikoro’s spokesperson, Jonathan Eze, said he was not aware of the development.

Another source close to him, however, said: “it is true.”

SH New York

Appreciation stimulates in variously. And when it comes from a mother, it is more endearing and bubbles emotions of happiness in the person infinitely. The stream of joy from this simple act strengthens and fires the zeal to spiritedly step out to do more.

Mothers’ or women by their nature are hard to please because of their meticulousness. They are critical and painstaking. They have more time to observe family members and everybody. The verdict of a mother is often faultless and when they chose to dole out blessings, it is because they are more silently studious in the family or community and knows who deserves it.

Hajiya Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s President Muhammedu Buhari is one mother who is not given to simplicities. She is someone who cannot be easily impressed or satisfied. Aisha Buhari is strict and only appreciates what is genuine and humanly inspiring. These are the virtues that motivates her as a wife and mother. 

In Brussels, the capital of Belgium, Hajiya Aisha Buhari received a prestigious award for her enormous contributions on women and girl-child education, much as her other numerous pursuit of noble causes in Nigeria and around the world. 

The award presented to her by the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander is in recognition of her outstanding role in gender equality and empowerment. She has proven that outside her role as the superintendent of the home or domestic affairs, as wife of President Buhari, she has competencies to stretch her energy to other areas of service to humanity.

This is in spite of her confinement to the Kitchen by her husband. The award also justifies the recognition of her selflessness and sacrifice for service to humanity which has become her abiding passion, as evident in her opening remarks at the award event under the theme “Women’s Role in Global Security,” during the Women’s Forum in the Crans Montana, staged in Brussels.

Also, Hayiya Aisha Buhari has not failed on the home front, but she is desirous to see to the betterment of the lives of humans, especially women, as manifest in her innovative mobilization of other first ladies globally and wives of governors in Nigeria to support and crusade the complete eradication of diseases such as tuberculosis, which have been a human scourge for ages.

To complete her excitement or pleasure and without doubt or hesitation, Aisha instantly dedicated the award to the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Army under the command of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

She conveyed her unrestrained feelings in these endearing words; “I whole-heartedly dedicate this award presented to me by the Belgian deputy Prime Minister …. to the Nigerian Military men and women who have lost their lives and those at the war front battling to restore peace.’‘

Not many Nigerians may understand or fully comprehend the importance of Aisha’s remarks, while dedicating the award to the unfaltering men and women of the Nigerian Army. At home in Nigeria, much as the international community, Nigeria is reputed for everything odd, but the country is today positively hailed for defeating Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs).

Nigeria has carved a niche for itself as one country in the world with the capacity to humble terrorists and foreign nations which are still suffering under its peril look unto Nigeria as a country where something can be emulated.

Indispensably however, the success of BHTs war in Nigeria is the collective efforts of the Nigerian military and even civilians’ as the badge of Civilian Joint task Force (C-JTF) on the terror war attests. But it is also not in doubt also that the Nigerian army under a tactful leader, Gen. Buratai went to extremes in ensuring their father land is not perpetually held hostage by bands of terrorists.

The record of their dedication, performance and endurance in the BHTs war to lift Nigeria to this enviable pedestal of peace and global veneration is in public domain.

But briefly put, it was under Gen. Buratai that insurgents began to voluntarily surrender themselves to Nigerian army, vowing never to get back to terrorism again. It was under the same Buratai that Nigerian territories (14 LGAs) in the Northeast which the terrorists annexed were reclaimed and a bubbling rural and community life long been deprived by the people have been restored. These accounts can go on endlessly.

But what most people have failed to acknowledge is the fact that the triumph over Boko Haram insurgents, the joys of a restored life to thousands of Nigerians and the improved international image of Nigeria came with a heavy, unquantifiable cost to families and the nation.

Hardly do Nigerians speak about Nigerian soldiers felled by bullets or bombs of the terrorists in the course of exchange of gun fire. They don’t even want to be reminded that these soldiers too are human beings, who also have families (wives and children) to feel their absence.

Its self-gratifying to feel satisfied that a soldier’s job is to die in battle. Not contesting it because he signed his life away upon enlistment into the army. But do the women married to soldiers and their children deserve no modicum of sympathy for losing dear ones or being widowed or orphaned by the circumstances’ of death of their families’ breadwinners? Aisha is saying, these soldiers do not only deserve sympathy, but love and affection or even assistance to trudge the rough paths of life without the pillars of their families.

It is the plea and a call to change of disposition by a mother, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, wife of President Buhari . She has essentially pricked the conscience of Nigerians and the entire world by dedicating the award to the irrepressible men and women of Nigerian soldiers.

By this simple gesture, she is tasking every Nigerian to wake-up from slumber in appreciating soldiers still battling the war and their colleagues who are dead. A mother is always a mother, and Aisha has exhibited the natural virtue of kindness known only to motherhood by this award dedication and Nigerians should listen.

Ola writes from Brandenburg Technology University, Cottbus, Germany.

Boko Haram Attack: 83 Nigerian Soldiers MISSING
Premium Times Exclusive - At least 83 Nigerian soldiers, including a commanding officer, are still missing days after they came under a Boko Haram attack, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Top level military sources monitoring the development told this newspaper that the soldiers were still missing in action as of Friday morning, four days after the attack.

The Army confirmed the attack in a statement on Tuesday, but has not given further updates. It did not also admit 83 soldiers were missing.
The latest update from several military personnel, follows our earlier report on how  Nigerian troops drowned in a river as they scampered for safety in the face of a superior firepower from the terrorists.

While about 22 of the fleeing soldiers were later rescued by their Nigerien counterparts and dispatched to a hospital in Diffa, southern Niger, several others were fatally wounded after Boko Haram opened fire on them when they jumped into the River Yobe.

The Army leadership has established contact with the 22 soldiers —including two that sustained serious gunshot wounds— recuperating in the Niger hospital, PREMIUM TIMES understands.

The missing Commanding Officer of 223 Tank Battalion in Gashigar, was identified as K. Yusuf, a lieutenant colonel.

Military sources said the troops could not withstand Boko Haram because they had only two light armour tanks to work with.

Even the two tanks were withdrawn from the battlefront in Damasak to Gashigar, leaving soldiers in Damasak and other small units nearby with no tank.
“May God touch the heart of our dear president to equip the Army,” the source said. “How have we offended him that has made him not to equip us as promised?” one source said. “May God touch his heart to forgive. Our men are dying daily here.”

Besides the poor equipment, the renewed show of strength by Boko Haram has frightened many, coming after months of relative success by Nigerian troops.

Since the beginning of this year, the Army had maintained that troops were clearing the sect’s remnants across the troubled Northeast as a precursor to a new phase of winding down combat operations.

The Buhari administration claimed credits for the “improved morale” of the troops which had made it possible for previously displaced residents to return to their communities and commence rebuilding efforts.
Corruption returns
But high-ranking sources on the ground told PREMIUM TIMES the latest setback was because poor morale had returned to the battlefield.

“On the day they were dislodged, troop’s morale was at the lowest ebb and troops were not ready to face the terrorists,” security sources said.
The sources said the soldiers have had to endure months of unpaid salaries and their allowances also being held by their superiors.

All military sources who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES asked that their identities be protected because of the sensitivity of the issue.
This turn of event had compelled some commanders on the battlefield to go out of their way in search of financial support to keep their men fed — albeit poorly.

“The cause of the low morale was due to their being fed once a day and the insensitivity of the authorities to pay them their allowances,” the source said. “Only part payment of their allowance for August has been paid to date.”

“The commanders on the ground go out of their ways to incur debt in order to feed their troops.

“The ration cash allowance meant for feeding was last paid for the month of August. So the Commanding Officers on the ground are the worst hit,” the sources said.

The sources blamed alleged greed of a few brigade commanders for the situation the troops now find themselves.

“Some brigade commanders reduce the official feeding ration of N500 per day to a meagre N300 just to make money. Our findings reveal that most locations outside Maiduguri only feed their troops once a day with mostly beans,” the sources said.

The sources said this “insatiable craze for quick money” bears a stark similarity with what obtained under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
“The last administration doled out a lot of money to the theatre of operations which was mismanaged,” the source said.

Other sources said the current pain is part of the consequences of a new distribution policy put in place by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who came in a little over a year ago.

“The present Chief of Army Staff, in his good effort to minimise waste, decided to check these excesses by reducing maintenance allowance for the various units by half.

“So the commands are not too happy with the development and have resorted to looking into troops feeding money,” one source said.
They, nonetheless, described the policy as “a patriotic one” which was put in place to check the commanders’ use of allowances by “to settle political godfathers and patronise women”.

Army spokesman, Sani Usman, did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for comments.

Nigerian troops are fighting alongside their counterparts from Cameroon and the Republic of Niger.

Monday’s development marked the first time in more than two years that Nigerian troops would come under superior firepower that required foreign military personnel to come to their rescue.

A similar incident last occurred in August 2014 when about 480 troops crossed the border into Cameroon while fleeing Boko Haram.
The insurgency, which began in 2009, has left approximately 20,000 people dead and displacement of millions.

Boko Haram leaders recently engaged in negotiation with the Nigerian government which led to last week’s release of 21 of the over 200 girls kidnapped from Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

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