We'll Engage You In War If You Shun Dialogue - Army Warns Niger Delta Militants
The Nigerian Army has said it would attack the Niger Delta Avengers if government’s effort to dialogue with the group and other militant groups fails.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai declared this yesterday at the inauguration of newly built ultra-modern 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army headquarters complex and an Olympic-size swimming pool in Port Harcourt.

Buratai urged militant groups in the Niger Delta region to explore democratic means to make their needs known rather than resorting to violence.
“Government is still committed to dialogue, and whereby this cannot go on, then, we could resort to other means.

“The non-kinetic (force) means has always been the first before government can resort to the kinetic means.

“So, there is need for the Niger Delta Avengers to see reason and dialogue with government,” he said.

Buratai, who was represented by Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Enugu, said the military would provide security for July 30 legislative rerun election, if need be.

He said the Army was faced with shortage of accommodation, offices and other infrastructure needed for optimal performance by troops.

The Chief of Army Staff informed current intervention effort in renovating dilapidated structures and building new ones, despite challenges of dwindling national resources.

“The newly built RSM accommodation quarters and brigade administrative headquarters will provide a conducive atmosphere for higher productivity by officers and soldiers.

“Also, the Olympic size swimming pool will avail troops opportunity to continue to train and prepare for amphibious operation in our maritime environment,” he said.

Buratai commended Brig.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, immediate past Commander of 2 Brigade Port Harcourt, for seeing to the completion of the projects in a period of six months.

Earlier, Brig-Gen Stevenson Olabanji, Commander, 3 Brigade, Kano, said he embarked on the projects with focus to improve command and control operations of the brigade.

“On assumption of office, I thought it wise to build a structure that would accommodate all the staff branches and sub-units of the brigade.
“Similarly, the Olympic size swimming pool came about as a result of death of some soldiers because of their inability to swim.

“The swimming pool will enhance troops confidence and increase chances of survival in emergency situation during the conduct of operations on waterways and creeks,” he said.

Meanwhile, Asawana Deadly Force of Niger Delta (ADFND), the militant group which earlier gave a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to grant the Niger Delta region an autonomous sovereignty or risk the bombings of the Niger Bridge, Lagos Main Land Bridge, Forcados Terminal, among other important places, yesterday, said issued the Federal Government the “last warning” to do what it demanded or it would carry out the attack without further notice.

In a statement by the leader, Commander Olomubini Kakarakokoro, a.k.a No Mercy, ADFND said: “The Federal Government should not take us for granted any more. Our patience is running out and we have decided to let the world know our grievances and pains again. We are sounding this as a last warning before the whirlwind gets down. The tsunami that would descend in coming days will be severe for the current government to handle.”

“We bet you, the government will not be able to handle what would happen in the Niger Delta in the days ahead. The operations that would follow our plans are strategic and all operations will be codified as our goals have been codified in a one line mission statement. Our mission is simple; give us our rightful dues as producers of Nigeria oil wealth – that is our sovereign state.

“The Federal Government cannot continue to give us crumbs. We own the oil and will no longer accept outsider’s controlling the oil blocs that are in our land. Alternatively, we want 60 percent of our oil blocs because we own the resources that sustain the country.

“When it gets down they would say the opposition is behind it, but we don’t care. All over the world, militia groups emerge for a reason and we have made our reasons clear and vivid. We would not give you the peace you want to continue the exploitation of our people. Again, we want to see proactive government action on major federal government projects in the Niger Delta, like the multi-billion dollar Export Processing Zone (EPZ) and the already approved Federal University of Maritime in Okenrenkoko, Delta state.

“For us, this is not about Jonathan, Tompolo and other persons they are pointing fingers at as masterminds of this well planned attacks. This is about us – the unemployed people of Niger Delta. This is about our mothers and children who are being ripped off. And some have said why now; it is simple. There is time for everything. This is the time for change and we want the change in the Niger Delta, now!”

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BREAKING: APC 'Names' Imo Senator-elect As Ekweremadu's Replacement
Barring last minutes change, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC may have resolved to replace the embattled Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu with the newly elected Senator from Imo State, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

This revelation was disclosed by the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Daily Sun Newspaper reports this morning.

According to Daily Sun, Okorocha  has said the Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu would soon be ousted from office with the assured victory of the All Progressive Congress(APC) in the Imo North Senatorial re- run poll held last Saturday.

This was as he slammed the Deputy Senate president for relocating to Imo state during the election.

The Imo state Governor , who spoke  through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, stated  that the position of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate president is at the moment under heavy threat as the APC Senator in the waiting from Imo State Benjamin Uwajumogu will take over the seat as it is an aberration that a PDP senator from the South-East is deputy to an APC Senate President because, before now, APC could not produce a senator from the South-East zone.

According  to Okorocha , “Senator Ekweremadu had known that such development was not only feasible but inevitable and that was why he fully funded the candidate of the PDP in the re-run senatorial poll in Okigwe zone and also re-located to the state three days to the election date.
He added , the victory of the APC in the re-run poll for Okigwe senatorial zone is a victory for the whole of South-East APC in particular and the people of the geo-political zone in general”.

He alleged that the PDP in the state had never won any election since 2003, but had written results for themselves using intimidation and harassment to achieve their goal of producing results and forcing INEC to declare them winners on the basis of the false results.

However, he noted that with the results recorded  in the last Saturday’s re-run election in the affected areas only shows the new spirit of APC in the state where Benjamin Uwajumogu is leading with  8,000 votes even though the election was declared inconclusive.

Meanwhile, Ekweremadu in a sreaction said the Imo State governor is on a wild goose chase. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Uche Anichukwu, the Deputy Senate President  he was not bothered by the “wishful” prospect of an APC senator from the South East.

Ekweremadu said contrary to the allegation by Okorocha  that he was in Imo State  during the rerun poll so as to influence the result,  he was actually in his constituency for his annual Ikeoha Scholarship and Bursary Awards/Adult Literacy Day same day the rerun poll held, noting that the last time he visited Imo was in 2015.

He  wondered how Okorocha would be able to appoint a deputy senate president for the Senate, when he could secure any principal office for any of the two House of Representatives members in Imo State.

“The Deputy President of the Senate visited Imo State for the last time in 2015. It is also instructive that the governor’s claim comes on the heels of another statement by some All Progressives Congress (APC) elements in Ezeagu Local Government Area on Sunday where they whined bitterly over the huge solidarity shown by the good people, stakeholders, and traditional rulers of Enugu State to Senator Ekweremadu during his annual Ikeoha Scholarship and Bursary Awards/Adult Literacy Day at the Council headquarters on the same Saturday, June 23, 2016.

“For the same party to also claim that the same Ekweremadu who was empowering his people at Ezeagu in a well reported event on the same Saturday was also in in Imo State at the same time to influence election is just another showcase of the buffet of lies, deceit, and confusion that has become the order of the day in the ruling party”.

“The Senate has a ranking rule, and if Okorocha was not able to secure a principal office, even Deputy Majority Whip for the two House of Representatives Members from Imo State, it is left to imagination how he would be able to appoint a Deputy President for the Senate. He is on a wild goose chase”.

He advised the Imo governor and APC leaders in the South East  to “preoccupy themselves with ending the invasions and killings by purported herdsmen, gross marginalization of Ndigbo in the distribution of opportunities and the blessings of democracy as well as the worrisome trend of inconclusive elections”.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu is facing Senate Standing  Order forgery trial with the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and tow other officials of the national assembly.

Source: Daily Sun

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30 Ex-Gov In Trouble As FG Reopens Abandoned Corruption Cases From 1999, Those Affected Will Shock You
Some Govs Who Served from 1999 to 2015
This may not be the best time for some ex-governors as the Federal Government through the office of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abukakar Malami has dusted off some abandoned corruption case files from 1999 to 2015, involving 30 former governors, News Punch has learnt reliably

The AGF has reportedly ordered the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to immediately to effect the prosecution of the cases, Punch Newspaper reports this morning

Some of the ex-governors, according to one of the sources, include some, who had been convicted for charges preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Others are currently undergoing trial on charges initiated against them by the EFCC at either the various divisions of the Federal High Court or the High Courts of their home states.

There are about five of the former governors, who are now serving senators.

Some of them had served as senators after completing two terms as governors.

The sources did not disclose the names of those on the list so as not to bungle further investigations where necessary.

The affected personalities, it was learnt, served as governors for either one or two terms between 1999 and 2015, and are from all the six geopolitical zones in the country.

It was also confirmed that majority of those on the list belonged to the two dominant political parties, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.

Another source, however, confirmed that a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who was convicted in the United Kingdom for fraud-related charges and still serving his prison terms, was on the list.

Apart from Ibori, two former governors from the South-South, are said to be on the list.

Five of the former governors are from the South-East, and three from the South-West.

The ex-governors, whose cases would be reopened, included six from the North-West; six from the North-East, and eight from the North-Central, Our source says

Part of the AGF’s letter, sighted by our correspondent on Monday, indicated that the cases against some of the former governors had been investigated some years ago but charges were never filed against them.

The letter partly  read, “It is clear that some of these governors and other politically-exposed persons have not been charged to court despite the fact that the ICPC has concluded their investigations concerning allegations levelled against them for one reason or the other.

“It is the position of the present administration that all ex-governors that the ICPC had long concluded investigations into the various allegations levelled against them should be immediately prosecuted.”

The letter also gave the Chairman of the ICPC a 14-day ultimatum to “remit the duplicate case files concerning the politically-exposed persons investigated by the ICPC over the years” to the office of the AGF.

The letter indicated that this was in the exercise of the powers vested in the AGF by Section 174(1) of the Constitution as well as sections 105 (3) and 106 (a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

The AGF’s letter also requested files of other high-profile cases involving politically-exposed persons.

The AGF letter defines high-profile cases as cases “involving alleged misconduct amounting to economic sabotage; involving complex financial transactions or property movement; involving any of the suspects, who is a politician, a public officer or judicial officer; and where the subject matter involves government or corruption of its official or involves the abuse of office.”

Such judiciary officers, it was learnt, would include judges allegedly involved in economic sabotage, including financial transactions.

It could not be confirmed on Monday whether the AGF’s office had received any response from the ICPC regarding the request.

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the AGF, Mr. Salihu Isah, could not be reached on Monday as his telephone line indicated that it was switched off.

Excerpts From Punch Newspaper

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What the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo today with President Muhammadu Buhari earlier today behind-closed-door has been vaguely disclosed by the former

Obasanjo,  speaking with State House correspondents explained why he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso rock Presidential villa today, July 25th. 

According to THE NATION, Obasanjo said, “Not too long ago, I was in Liberia and Gambia and I have messages these two countries will want me to deliver to the president.

“Also, only yesterday I came back from Seychelles Island where I attended this year’s Annual General meeting of Africa Export Development Bank. And there are aspects of the proceedings that I think I should update the President,” he added

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Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that the emerging revelation on the padding of the 2016 budget in the National Assembly goes to confirm his earlier position that lawmakers are “armed robbers and rogues.”

Obasanjo, who spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, declared that the best way out of the current mess was to ensure that only men of integrity are elected into the National Assembly.

It would be recalled that at a 2012 event in Lagos attended by two former Nigerian leaders, Yakubu Gowon and Ernest Shonekan, Obasanjo had described the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly as institutions filled with “rogues and armed robbers.”

The ex-president went on to tell the reporters who met with him at the Villa today that he was sure that the fresh revelation would make those who did not believe him when he made his first statement to do so now, stressing that there is no need to investigate the allegations and counter-allegations of the 2016 budget padding in the National Assembly.

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Again, Obasanjo In Secret Meeting With Buhari At Aso Rock
As usual, former military and civilian President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa this afternoon, News Punch has learnt.

The content of their secret tete-a-tete remained unknown as at press time.

Obasanjo arrived the presidential villa at about 12 noon in the company of one of his daughters and was taken straight to President Buhari's office.

Obasanjo has held several such secret meetings with Buhari since assumption to office last year

Details later

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