Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Monday appeared before Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges investigating him over alleged SUV Jeep impounded by the Nigerian Customs Service.

While responding to questions posed to him by the Committee Chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu and other members, if he was involved in importation of a bulletproof SUV Jeep worth N370million and subsequently evaded payment of Customs duties, he said that he was neither an importer nor involved in the importation of the said vehicle by using any agent on his behalf.

He added that there was no document linking him with the said vehicle.

“Thank you members of the Senate Committee for inviting me. I am not an importer, I have no agent involved in importing the vehicle on my behalf”, he said

Saraki said he was further encouraged that his appearance before the Committee would clear him of any complicity in the alleged evasion of custom duties over the vehicle.

He said the onus was on the Senators to protect the institution from those trying to pull the Senate down at all cost, stressing that the only difference between the military administration and that of democracy was the National Assembly.

It would be recalled that Senator Ali Ndume raised a motion through order 14 and 15 of the Senate rules, calling for investigation of the Senate President on the report in some online media that the SUV bullet proof Jeep impounded belonged to him.

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It is unclear the senator took to dancing floor after he was confirmed by Ahmadu Bello University authority.

The Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, has told the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions that the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, graduated from the university as Jonah Daniel Melaye with a Third Class in BA Geography.

He said this while appearing before the panel at a hearing on Melaye’s certificate scandal.

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Just as the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, confirmed to the Senate Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions that the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, graduated from the university as Jonah Daniel Melaye with a Third Class in BA Geography, multiple examination officers of the same institution have disagree.

Tweet by Sahara Reporters, who has been at the center of the Senator's certificate brouhaha implies the examination officers of ABU in Geography department disagreed, saying Melaye could not have graduated having unable to fulfill his course requirements 

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The Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, has told the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions that the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, graduated from the university as Jonah Daniel Melaye with a Third Class in BA Geography. 

He said this while appearing before the panel at a hearing on Melaye’s certificate scandal. Details soon as the saga continues

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The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ibrahim Garab, has confirmed Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi State, graduated from the school, but with third class grade

Mr. Garba made the confirmation at the investigative hearing of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Monday.

He said, “From records, Mr. Melaye “formerly known as Daniel Jonah Melaye” graduated from ABU with Third Class BA Geography in 2000.

Mr. Melaye said he formerly changed his name.

The Federal Civil Service Commission today, March 27, 2017, commenced interviewing shortlisted candidates into the federal government ministries and agencies.

According to a statement signed by the Chairman of the Commission, Mustaph Sulaiman, the interview will continue daily in line with the timetable prepared by the commission.

The statement gives further details on all the relevant information shortlisted candidates need to know with regards to the interview.

Federal Ministries/agencies with Vacancies:

Federal Ministry of Education.
Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity.
Federal Ministry of Finance iv Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
Federal Ministry of Transport.
Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation.
Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation.
Bureau of Public Procurement.

The lists apply to applications received by Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) submitted during the 2016 Recruitment Exercise.

See instructions below:
All shortlisted Applicants are expected to check for their names under their State of Origin, below.

Thereafter, check the Timetable to see when your Ministry/cadre has been scheduled for Interview.

Candidates are expected to adhere strictly to the date/time as scheduled for their Ministries/Cadres.

Shortlisted Candidates should come along with their means of Identification (e.g. Driver’s License, National ID card, International Passport, etc) and two (2) passport size photographs.

Candidates are also expected to come along with Originals of their Credentials and two (2) photocopies of each duly endorsed by them.

1. Monday, 27th March – 9 Am – Federal Ministry of Education

2. Tuesday, 28th March – 9 Am – Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment
Federal Ministry Of Trade & Investment

3. Wednesday, 29th March, 9 Am – Federal Ministry of Information,
Federal Ministry Of Finance, Bureau Of Public Procurement.

4. Thursday, 30th March, 9 Am – Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, Federal Ministry of Science & Technology, Federal Ministry of Transport.

5. Friday, 31st March, 9 Am – Office of The Auditor General for the
Federation, Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation

6. Monday, 3rd April, 9 Am – Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

It can be recalled that the Commission released lists of successful candidates shortlisted for interview into the Federal Ministries penultimate week. 

All over the world, soldiers are reputed as fearless and courageous professionals who mortgage their lives in strange climes for the service and salvation of humanity. But Nigerians have added a peck to it.

Nigerians now perceive Nigerian soldiers as the most fearless, courageous and engagingly combative breed of officers in the protection of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of their country, Nigeria. And it is not a mistake. Elsewhere in the world, where Nigerian soldiers have served in peace keeping missions, they are applauded as the best ground troops.

The endearing sobriquets on the Nigerian Army is incited by its effective, splendid and timely defeat of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the country, under the commanding ingenuity of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai.

The final defeat of BHTs became manifest by the penetration and demolition of Camp Zero in Sambisa forest in Nigeria’s Northeast state of Borno. Camp Zero served as the terrorists' most fortified haven and the last stronghold of the insurgents, but Nigerian soldiers demystified and captured it.

After the capture of the once dreaded forest by Nigerian troops, Buratai promised to secure the location as a monument of the defeat of terrorism for the people of Borno, Nigerians and the world. And the Nigerian Army has lived up to its words. Soldiers have currently occupied the place and journalists are also operating freely in the zone. After audaciously repossessing Sambisa forest, soldiers have launched its physical restructuring, with the construction of access roads and other modern amenities.

Furthermore, for the final cleansing and official re-indoctrination of Sambisa forest, a former colonial game reserve, fouled by terrorists, the Army Chief opted for it as venue of the 2017 Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship. The arms championship is a training exercise among Nigerian Army formations and designed to sharpen the marksmanship skills of soldiers in active service.

Though, the Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship is held regularly, but it is discernible that the 2017 edition of the championship is remarkably unique in two respects.

Firstly, Nigeria’s President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari will be represented at the event by a high powered delegation to be led by the Honourable Minister of Defence to declare the arms championship open in Sambisa forest. The presidential blessings to the 2017 event is symbolically the ceremonial declaration of the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, the restoration of durable peace and the return of normalcy to the once troubled Nigeria’s Northeast region.

The event is also significant as a fulfillment of President Buhari’s campaign covenant with Nigerians to end Boko Haram insurgency and expeditiously embark on the rebuilding of the region ravaged by terrorism. The Almighty God has always favoured President Buhari to lead Nigeria at its most troubled times and in keeping faith with his pact with humanity and destiny. Buhari has never reneged on his words or ever disappointed Nigerians. The defeat of BHTs is the fulfillment of yet another such pact, which destiny placed on his shoulders and he sealed with Nigerians.

The COAS relived the essence of the arms championship in Sambisa forest as the finality of death of terrorism thus, “We also want the place to be dominated by our troops and also to get firm control, so that we will continue to dominate the area.”

As the world continues with the outpouring of encomiums on Nigerian military for the timely defeat of Boko Haram terrorists, most Nigerians least believed this pleasant hour, day and respite would ever be witnessed in their lifetime. Currently, scores of nations around the world are under the scourge of terrorism. And some have suffered this unenviable fate by far number of years than Nigeria’s nearly eight years battle with Boko Haram insurgents and its subsequent defeat.

Yet, these countries are still battling to surmount terrorism and the prospect of defeating this devious sect remains blurred till date. What is most awesome and pleasantly confounding in the Nigerian case is how a changed political leadership of the country as symbolized by President Buhari; the overhauling of the Nigerian military and the appointment of Gen. Buratai as the arrowhead of this counter-insurgency war, defeated terrorism within the shortest time in world history of anti-terrorism wars.
Agreed, there was the unfortunate incident of terrorism which unexpectedly berthed in the land and tormented the people for years. But sometimes, from evil, goodness could sprout. Here lies the optimism that Nigerians could still turn the misfortune of terrorism into a worthy asset with the final eclipse of Boko Haram terrorism in the country.
In this direction, the country must not forget that history has elevated Nigeria on a podium of pride among nations threatened by terrorism. Maiduguri or the Northeast region has assumed the character of a destination and city, unarguably qualified to be graded in the Guinness Book of Records as the first city in the world that crumbled and defeated terrorism.

Therefore, in future time, when the rebuilding process in the Northeast would have been completed, Nigeria’s political leadership would be acting positively and beneficially by fiddling with the idea of elevating Maiduguri into the status of a tourist destination for the world to visit, feel and experience the regeneration of a city once tormented by terrorists.

This solemnity also beckons on all religious leaders to step up their tempo of spiritualism in the Northeast and elsewhere to cleanse the desecrated land and most importantly, to also atone for the blood of the thousands of innocent people mowed down by terrorists in schools, eateries, market places, on the highways, churches, mosques, offices and so forth.

By so doing, they shall assist humanity recover faster from the tragedy and please God, the Creator. They can collectively work to erect an edifying sanctuary of God where all Nigerians can once in a while, stray into to worship, and seek the face of God and the forgiveness of sin for mankind.
But generally, there are manifold lessons other Nigerian leaders must learn from the current leadership of the Nigerian Army. President Buhari directed Buratai from the beginning to instantly end terrorism in Nigeria and the Northeast, to enable him to quickly rebuild the devastated region. The Army Chief adhered strictly to this presidential directive by providing simple, decisive and disciplined leadership that led to the compliance with the directive and the defeat of the terrorists.

In other words, Lt. Gen. Buratai has allowed other subordinate leaders in Nigeria to mirror through him, the administration of President Buhari’s commitment to the complete smothering of insurgency in Nigeria. And this feat has been achieved because the Nigerian Army, an institution which knows its onions, has demonstrated in words and actions, a total loyalty and commitment to this presidential inclination by defeating terrorism and the difference is obviously very clear. If other lesser leaders in Nigeria show this commitment to national assignments given to them, President Buhari would have fewer problems as Nigeria’s leader.

Bawa is a security expert and sent in this piece from Maiduguri, Borno State.
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