Professor Chukwuma Soludo
Professor Chukwuma Soludo
Professor Chukwuma Soludo, a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor may have joined the BIAFRA agitators as he justified the secessionist agitation for a breakaway, describing in as intelligentsia.

In making case for the secessionist, Soludo advised the Federal Government to free Nnamdi Kanu as a first step of resolving the agitation for a Biafra State. Soludo, who reviewed a Book, titled “The Politics of Biafra and The Future of Nigeria” written by former House of Representatives member, Hon. Chudi Offodile, said keeping Kanu in prison would not do Nigeria any good as a nation., New Telegraph reports this morning

Soludo was quoted as saying:

“Kanu threw a bait and Nigeria accepted it. I think he is a most popular political prisoner today and should be released; he may be a subject of the next political campaign. He may be like the late Obafemi Awolowo, who came out of prison after being charged for treason and embraced by all ” Soludo explained. He said Kanu and his followers were in the main stream of the struggle and that he would be surprised if anybody tells President Mohammadu Buhari to ignore this group of intelligentsia. Soludo said any elite group, who goes to the government in a bid to negotiate on their behalf unjustly will be consumed by this monster they created.

“Let me agree with Professor Wole Soyinka that said the declaration of the state of Biafra is an idea which can be resolved with dialogue.” He said what the various agitators like MASOB, Biafra Movement, new Biafra division were craving for is a fairer Nigeria with equity, fair play and even development, adding that the Igbo land had been underdeveloped in terms of infrastructure in spite of so many political appointments given to its children.

He said that if Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu and Nnamdi Azikiwe, who died as Nigerians were alive today, they would have towed the line of the new Biafra movement. He said Bakassi changed the map of Nigeria, the day it was ceded to Cameroon and wondered why Biafra too cannot change it. Reviewing the book, Solu-do said it is a must read by all because it captures and provides essential insights, analytical comments and excellent peace of research in Nigeria’s attempts to forging a sustainable unity and a Biafran dialogue as it is impossible to hold people hostage in their country.

“The book tells Nigerians the steps it can take to save its fragile independence and way forward,” he said

Also speaking on the struggles, former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Kalu, said it was true that the South East had been neglected and marginalized in terms of infrastructural developments.

He said the area required urgent attention by the Federal Government. Those present at the launch were former Vice President, Dr. AlexEkwueme, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of SokotoDiocese; formerMinister of Aviation, Hon Osita Chidoka; former Speaker House of Representatives, Ghali Na’ bba, Senator Ken Nnmani, former Deputy Speaker, Hon Emeka Ihedioha and host of others.

Edo Election: Defeated PDP In Bloody Protest, Threaten To Go Into Militancy ...Watch Video
One person, at least was seriously wounded on Thursday when anti-riot policemen fired teargas to disperse supporters of the PDP who were protesting against the result for Oredo council area in Wednesday’s governorship election in Edo State.

The victim fell and hit his head on the tarred Aduwawa Road when the teargas was fired by the heavily armed security operatives that manned the entrance of the headquarters of INEC office in Benin City.

Security had patiently appealed to the protesters to conduct themselves orderly and leave the premises of INEC for over an hour before they fired the teargas canisters.


The protesters had gathered, alleging that the results were overturned by the electoral umpire in favour of the ruling APC, threatening fire and brimstone if the right thing is not done.

Bearing placards with various inscriptions, the protesters made up of mostly women and youths in their numbers called the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole and his APC unprintable names.

Inscriptions on some of the placards were “INEC took bribe from APC, PDP won the 2016 election,’ INEC give us our actual results,’ ‘INEC give PDP their true result’, amongst others.

According to some of them, the PDP won the election in all the eighteen council areas of the state, adding that the state governor Adams Oshiomhole allegedly stormed INEC at the wee hours of Thursday to induce the electoral body to upturn the figures.

One of the protesters Mrs. Lindsay Tes Sorae said the people will not accept the release being released by the electoral umpire, alleging that the governor gave orders to INEC to change the results.

Also, Princess Eba told journalists that they were already in high spirit earlier this morning, noting that there hopes were being dashed as the results were being announced from the various council areas.

“If APC win, they should win squarely, we will have no problem with that. But let them announce the right result of which PDP won in almost all the council areas.

“As at yesterday evening we were already jubilation get because PDP was leading but what we are hearing now is different from the votes that were generated from the polling units.”

Mike Enahoro warned that if INEC did not give Edo people their mandate “we will be forced to go into militancy.”

For his part, Osaro Agbonhiamen insisted that the votes of the people should be allowed to count as they came out en-mass on Wednesday to exercise their franchise.

Mrs. Ehis Julie Atiti said she saw what happened at George Idah Primary School, alleging that some thugs snatched a ballot box at one of the polling unit while INEC staff was beaten to pulp.

Atiti said that “it took the intervention of soldiers to recover the box and the collation centre was transferred from the primary school to Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre. I wonder were all these policemen where when such criminality happened.”

Imade Chukwuma said that the result from Oredo as announced does not tally with the results from all the party agents, adding that “all the agents should be told to come with their collation sheets and recounted to determine the actual valid votes.”


Sources: ChannelsTV, NaijNews

Abdulmumin Jibrin
It seem nothing is yet heard of the monumental fraud perpetrated by Nigerian legislatures in the name of serving the nation as fresh allegation by the suspended and sacked Appropriation Committee Chairman, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin has, again reportedly raised alarmed that all House of Reps member illegally get N10 million monthly as running cost to run nothing.

Jibrin, representing APC- Kano Kiru-Bebeji Constituency, has given Presiding and Principal Officers 7 days “to make public the total amount they have received as running cost in their entire stay in the House, failure of which I will proceed with necessary legal action to compel them to make the total amount”.

The former House of Representatives Chairman on Appropriation, gave this ultimatum in a letter titled:


” BURDEN OF PROOF OF EVIDENCE: RUNNING COST OF HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES” .

Mr. Jibrin who was suspended for 180 legislative days on Tuesday, directed the letter to all members of the House of Representatives.

Read the letter below……………………………….

TO ALL HONOURABLE MEMBERS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
ABUJA
My dear Colleagues,


BURDEN OF PROOF OF EVIDENCE: RUNNING COST OF HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

I wish to draw your attention to the fact that since you suspended me yesterday and the suggestion of the Ethics Committee report that my allegations were generalized and without proof, I have come under intense public scrutiny and pressure to prove that there exists systemic corruption in the House. I have taken it as a responsibility to prove to the public that the House is a den of systemic corruption. As colleagues, I have bound with many of you and built a life-long friendship.

I have some of you that I hold in high esteem. If you end up at the receiving end of the actions I will be taking up in the next few days, I want you to know there is nothing personal but commitment and fervent desire to ensure that corruption is wiped out of the House and reforms that will restore the battered image of the House and take back the House to the Nigerian people is implemented.

Consequent upon the above and before I proceed with the aggressive steps I intend to take, I hereby DEMAND that if you have illegally taken or stolen any money meant for the RUNNING COST OF YOUR OFFICES FOR YOUR ENTIRE STAY IN THE HOUSE, YOU SHOULD RETURN THE MONEY WITHIN ONE WEEK TO THE CLERK OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLARITY, I AM REFERRING TO ABOUT 10MILLION NAIRA YOU COLLECT FROM TAX PAYERS’ MONEY MONTHLY. THE CLERK WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH OFFICIAL ACCOUNT DETAILS, FAILURE OF WHICH I WILL TAKE NECESSARY ACTION TO ENSURE THAT YOU RETURN ANY MONEY STOLEN AND STAND WITNESS AGAINST YOU IN CASE OF PROSECUTION.

I have written to the Clerk of the National Assembly to stand by in anticipation. In the face of the revenue challenges and biting hardship the country is currently facing, there is no better time the country needs such money than now.

In the case of the Presiding and Principal Officers, in addition to my demand in this letter which applies to them too, I have written them yesterday and gave them 72 hours ULTIMATUM to make public the total amount they have received as running cost in their entire stay in the House, failure of which I will proceed with necessary legal action to compel them to make the total amount each of them have received public.
There are other issues of monumental corruption in the House that I will be raising in the following weeks which we must all deal with, but first lets get done with this one.

Thank you.
God bless.

Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin PhD MBA
APC-Kano
Kiru-Bebeji Federal Constituency
Kano

See some tweets by Jibrin



Buhari's minister
There are strong indications that the former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, his Rivers State counterpart Rotimi Amaechi and 30 other serving minister of President Muhammadu Buhari have incurred the wrath of the Code of Conduct Bureau over non-verification of the assets declared as a public officer to the bureau, News Punch understands.

A fresh report monitored via the Punch  Newspaper says 30 of the serving minister will face the bureau probe over non-compliance of assets declaration verification procedure.

The bureau reportedly has begun  massive verification of assets declared by top serving and former public officers at the federal, state and local government levels.


A statement by the Chairman of the CCB, Mr. Sam Saba, released by the Press and Protocol Unit of the bureau on Thursday, stated that the exercise involved physical appearance of the concerned public officers before the bureau for conference and field verifications of their declared assets.

Conference verification requires public officers to present documents relating to their declared assets to designated officials of the bureau.

On the other hand, field verification involves public officers taking CCB officials to locations of their declared landed, fixed and other assets that could not be conveniently moved to the bureau’s office.

He stated that by virtue of Paragraph 11 of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as amended), “every public officer is required to submit to the Code of Conduct Bureau a written declaration of all properties, assets and liabilities and those of his/her spouse (if not a public officer) and his unmarried children under the age of 18 years.”

He added that any statement in the declaration, found to be false by any authorities or persons authorised to verify it, “shall be deemed to be a breach of the code”.

He stated, “To this end, the Bureau has commenced its 2016 4th Quarter Cycle of Conference and Field Verification of Assets of top public officers. Accordingly, letters of invitation have been dispatched to ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, service chiefs and other top public officers.

“All invited public officers are to note that failure to honour the invitation by the CCB in this regard is a breach of the provisions of the constitution and could lead to prosecution at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“Public officers not yet invited are to await their letters of invitation.”

He listed 76 public officers that had been invited by the bureau with a threat of the possibility of prosecution if they fail to honour the invitation.

Among the 76 invitees are 30 ministers whom, according to the bureau, have yet to submit themselves to the exercise.

According to the bureau, ministers who have yet to submit themselves for the verification are Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation); Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing); Ibe Kachikwu (Petroleum Resources (State);  Abubakar Malami (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice); Adebayo Shittu (Communications); Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Solid Minerals and Steel Development); Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture and Rural Development).

Others include Senator Aisha Alhassan (Women Affairs and Social Development); Solomon Dalung (Youths & Sports Development); Osagie Ehanire (Health (State)); Usani Usani (Niger Delta Affairs); Prof. Anthony Anwukah (Education (State)); Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture), and Gen. Ali Mansur (retd.) (Defence).

The list also includes Senator Udo Udoma (Budget and National Planning); Ibrahim Jibril (Environment (State)); Suleiman Adamu (Water Resources and Rural Development); Mustapha Shehuri (Power (State)); Prof. Claudius Daramola (Niger Delta Affairs (State)) and Kemi Adeosun (Finance) as those who have not submitted themselves to verification.

The rest are Prof. Isaac Adewole (Health); Okechukwu Enelamah (Trade, Investment and Industry); Geoffrey Onyema (Foreign Affairs ); Muhammadu Bello (Federal Capital Territory); Senator Hadi Sirika (Aviation (State)); Hajiya Khadija Bukar (Foreign Affairs(State)); Senator Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment); Heineken Lokpobiri (Agriculture and Rural Development (State));  Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technology); and Abubakar Bwari (Solid Minerals (State) ).

The rest of the public officers still expected to submit themselves to the bureau are the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Oyo-Ita Ekanem; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olanishakin; Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Abubakar Sadique; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibas Ibok.

Also on the list are the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase; Chairman, Police Service Commission, Chief Mike Okiro; Controller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Babatunde Mohammed; Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Waziri Adio; Director-General of National Pension Commission, Mrs. Chinelo Amazu; and Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Export Promotion Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo.

Also yet to turn up for the CCB verification are the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure; Executive Secretary, Nigeria Sao-Tome & Principle Joint Development Authority, Kashim Tumash; Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru; Controller-General of Federal Fire Service, Anebi Garba; Director-General, Budget and National Planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze, and Managing Director, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Commission, Ibrahim Umaru.

Others include the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Adamu; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Mrs. Hadiza Usman; Managing Director, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Ahmed Kuru, and Controller-General of MSCDS, Muhammad Abdullahi.

The Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, who are on the list, are Ntom Chukwu, Folusho Adebanjo, Emmanuel Inyang, Maigari Dikko, Joshak Habila, Shuaibu Gambo, and Hyacinth Dagala.

An Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Bube, is also on the list.

Military officers, whose names appear on the list, are Real Admiral Joseph Osa (Commandant, Operation Delta Safe) and Major General M. A. Koleoso (GOC Tradoc).

The CCB also listed a number of Federal Commissioners of the Civil Service Commission and three Group Executive Directors of the NNPC, who are yet to submit themselves to the CCB’s verification.

In the statement, the CCB stated that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and five other ministers, among 15 other former and serving public officers, had submitted themselves to the asset verification.

Buratai recently became the target of scathing public scrutiny when reports of his choice $1.5m properties, which he claimed were acquired in the name of his wife in Dubai, hit the public space.

Saba, confirmed to our correspondent on the telephone that all the 15 persons, whose assets had been verified, had been issued a certificate of Conference Verification/Field Verification.

“The Chief of Army Staff was the first to be issued his certificate. We started issuing to others last week,” he said.

Responding to further inquiry about whether the certificate issued by the CCB implied that the cleared public officers were free from liability of criminal prosecution, Saba stated, “Even though the tribunal (Code of Conduct Tribunal) is the institution with the power of adjudication in asset declaration breaches, the certificate means that from our own end, we are satisfied with the verification that we have done.”

The five cleared ministers are Abdulrahman Dambazau (Interior); Zainab Shamsuna (Budget & National Planning); Adamu Adamu  (Education); Aisha Abubakar (Minister of Trade, Investment & Industry (State)); and Amina Mohammed (Minister of Environment).

The rest of the former and serving public officers already cleared by the CCB are the immediate past Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim; Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood; a former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, and a former Controller-General, Nigerian Prisons Service, Ezenwa Peter.

They also include the Acting MD/CEO, Niger Delta Development Commission, Semenitari Tamunoibim; Controller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Ibrahim Ali (retd.); Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi; and Federal Commissioner, Civil Service Commission, Hope Ikrirko.

The CCB boss commended those that had turned up for the exercise.

Buhari
The Senate on Thursday deliberated on President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for six commissioners to be confirmed for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and five commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC).

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki read the two letters from the President during the day’s sitting, regarding the confirmation of the commissioners.

Buhari, in the letters, explained that he is seeking the confirmation in accordance of section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).


The six commissioners for INEC are: Mohammed Kudu Haruna (North-central); AVM Ahmed Tijani Mu’azu (North-East); Abubakar Ahmed Nahuche (North-West); Prof Okechukwu Obinna Ibeanu (South-East); May Agbamuche Mbu, (South-South) and Dr Adekunle Ladipo Ogunmola (South-West).

The NPC commissioners are Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji (Oyo State), Barrister Patricia Iyanya (Benue), Benedict Ukpong (Akwa Ibom), Dr Haliru Bala (Kebbi) and Gloria FateyaIzonfuo (Bayelsa).

It will be recalled that the Senate had on Tuesday expressed concern that the electoral umpire has not lived up to its responsibilities, particularly with the incessant inconclusive elections being witnessed under the current leadership of the electoral body.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who sponsored the motion, reasoned that INEC was not effective due to inability of the President to appoint Commissioners to represent about 20 States.

Sunday Dare
Mr. Sunday Dare, the former media aide to the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has attributed Nigeria current recession to the recklessness of the former ruling Party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The former Media aide to Tinubu, who was just appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Executive Commissioner, (South West) the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in facebook post quoted some tweets allegedly tweeted by Ashaka Saleh, a journalist working with Voice of America.

The post reads

"I challenge PDP to name one Country on planet earth whose treasury is disbursed in such a manner and not suffer what Nigeria is economically suffering today...Just name only one oh!!!"

"1) Ex-CDS, Alex Badeh dug a pit toilet to hide $32 million dollars
2) I got order from above to pay Tompolo N13 billion for Maritime university land -Nimasa DG
3) N950 million was shared in my house -Shekarau
4) My boss asked me to get $11 million dollars from the CBN -Dasuki Account Officer
5) The President asked me to change N10 billion to foreign currency for PDP delegates -Dasuki
6) I gave N100m each to Odili, Jim Nwobodo, Bode George and others -Yuguda
7) I got N2.1b from Dasuki for publicity -Dokpesi
8) I got N650m from Dasuki for my Abuja burnt office -Thisday Obaigbena
9) I collected N350m from Dasuki for consultation -Iyorchia Ayu
10) Bafarawa collected N3 billion for spiritual purposes
11) N12. 7 billon naria for deceased NEPA staff grew wings and disappeared
12) Bode-George and Dabo -N100 billion naira
13) Olisa Metuh took N400 million naira
14) Aziboala, GEJ's cousin took N6 billion naira
15) Tony Anenih - N400 million naira
16) Lucky Igbinedion - N16 billion naira
17) Former Air Chief Amosu - N2 billion naira
18) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor - $35 million dollars
19) Olu Falae took N100 million naira
20) Fayose took N3 billion naira
21) Nenadi Usman took N3.5 billion naira
22) Femi Fani-Kayode took N740 million naira
23) Patience Jonathan is claiming $31 million dollars, she has sued the Nigerian state
And I add:
24) No need to mention that of Diezani Alison Madueke, her cronies Kola Aluko & Jide Omokore
Tweets from Voice of America Correspondent ~Ashaka Saleh"


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