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Ex-EFCC: Kogi Gov, Abubakar Audu’s Son, Muhammed Arrested for Alleged Fraud

The operatives of the Nigerian''s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested Muhammed Audu, son of the late Pri...

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Ex-EFCC: Kogi Gov, Abubakar Audu’s Son, Muhammed Arrested for Alleged Fraud

Ex-EFCC: Kogi Gov, Abubakar Audu’s Son, Muhammed Arrested for Alleged Fraud

The operatives of the Nigerian''s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested Muhammed Audu, son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu, a former governor of Kogi State, for his alleged involvement in an alleged fraud.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 for allegedly diverting the funds to the tune of several millions of US Dollars and billions of Naira, which were donated to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, to his personal use.

Investigations revealed that the suspect allegedly used two of his companies, Mediterranean Hotels Limited and Mediterranean Sports, to divert the funds, which he could not account for.

The suspect will soon be charged to court as soon investigations are concluded. EFCC
The operatives of the Nigerian''s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested Muhammed Audu, son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu, a former governor of Kogi State, for his alleged involvement in an alleged fraud.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 for allegedly diverting the funds to the tune of several millions of US Dollars and billions of Naira, which were donated to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, to his personal use.

Investigations revealed that the suspect allegedly used two of his companies, Mediterranean Hotels Limited and Mediterranean Sports, to divert the funds, which he could not account for.

The suspect will soon be charged to court as soon investigations are concluded. EFCC

US sanctions Iranian officials for barring candidates from upcoming elections

US sanctions Iranian officials for barring candidates from upcoming elections

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
WASHINGTON — The United States slaps sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week’s parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.

The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime’s supreme leader.

“The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime’s malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says in a statement.

— AFP
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
WASHINGTON — The United States slaps sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week’s parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.

The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime’s supreme leader.

“The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime’s malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says in a statement.

— AFP

Nigerian Military Does Not Have Manpower, Technology To Defeat Boko Haram —Borno Governor, Zulum

Nigerian Military Does Not Have Manpower, Technology To Defeat Boko Haram —Borno Governor, Zulum

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno State, has expressed concern over the lack of manpower, equipment and technology by the Nigerian Government to fight Boko Haram terrorists.

Zulum expressed his worry on Wednesday when he hosted members of the House of Reps committee on Defence in the state.
He said, “Nigerians almost celebrated the demise of Boko Haram in 2016 and 2017.

“I have always admitted that the Federal Government has done well under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari. At a time, about 20 local government areas were displaced but after May 29, 2015, almost all the roads were opened and the local government retrieved.

“But notwithstanding the gains that we had, between March 2019 till date, we have experienced horrific and simultaneous attacks throughout the state.

“I therefore, plead with Mr President and as well as the Nigerian military to revisit the strategy used during 2016/2017 that we were almost celebrating the demise of Boko Haram so that we can deal with the insurgents once and for all.

“Take my words, the military doesn’t have the manpower; they don’t have the equipment, they don’t have the technology. Kindly advise the Speaker and the Senate President to tell Mr President to approve the massive recruitment of soldiers.

“We need about 100,000 more to be recruited into the Nigerian Army. They should come and employ the locals whether they have western education or not.

“We have to tell each other the truth, you cannot fight this war without manpower, technology, and proper funding.

“One important thing that we have to do is to take the fight into their enclaves. The whereabouts of the Boko Haram are known to all of us. It is known to the people of Borno State. It is known to the military. It is known to all of us.”


Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno State, has expressed concern over the lack of manpower, equipment and technology by the Nigerian Government to fight Boko Haram terrorists.

Zulum expressed his worry on Wednesday when he hosted members of the House of Reps committee on Defence in the state.
He said, “Nigerians almost celebrated the demise of Boko Haram in 2016 and 2017.

“I have always admitted that the Federal Government has done well under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari. At a time, about 20 local government areas were displaced but after May 29, 2015, almost all the roads were opened and the local government retrieved.

“But notwithstanding the gains that we had, between March 2019 till date, we have experienced horrific and simultaneous attacks throughout the state.

“I therefore, plead with Mr President and as well as the Nigerian military to revisit the strategy used during 2016/2017 that we were almost celebrating the demise of Boko Haram so that we can deal with the insurgents once and for all.

“Take my words, the military doesn’t have the manpower; they don’t have the equipment, they don’t have the technology. Kindly advise the Speaker and the Senate President to tell Mr President to approve the massive recruitment of soldiers.

“We need about 100,000 more to be recruited into the Nigerian Army. They should come and employ the locals whether they have western education or not.

“We have to tell each other the truth, you cannot fight this war without manpower, technology, and proper funding.

“One important thing that we have to do is to take the fight into their enclaves. The whereabouts of the Boko Haram are known to all of us. It is known to the people of Borno State. It is known to the military. It is known to all of us.”


Turkish defence ministry says two soldiers killed as Russia deploys Su-24 Bombers in Syria

Turkish defence ministry says two soldiers killed as Russia deploys Su-24 Bombers in Syria

At Syrian Military’s Request, Russia Deploys Su-24 Bombers


At the Damascus 's request, Russia deployed its Su-24 bombers which struck the Turkish backed militant rebels to prevent them from advancing and allowing Syrian government forces to “successfully repel all attacks” on Thursday.

According to the Russian military, Turkish backed terrorists/rebels in Idlib launched a massive offensive on Syrian army positions near Nairab, under the cover of Turkish artillery, adding that four Syrian soldiers were wounded by the Turkish artillery barrage. AP reported on Thursday.

“The militants’ actions were supported by the Turkish artillery fire, which allowed the militants to break through the Syrian army’s defenses,” it said in a statement.

The military added that at the Syrian military’s request, Russian Su-24 bombers then struck the militants to prevent them from advancing and allowing Syrian government forces to “successfully repel all attacks.”

Turkey’s Defense Ministry also confirmed that two Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province while five other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

 Russia’s T-90A tank

The deaths bring to 15 the number of Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib.

A ministry statement posted Thursday on Twitter said Turkey’s military is responding to the attack. It did not provide further details, or say where in Idlib the attack occurred.

The ministry claimed that as many as 50 Syrian government soldiers were killed and that five tanks, two armored personnel carriers and other equipment were destroyed.

It was not immediately clear whether it was the Russian airstrikes that killed the two Turkish soldiers.


(AP contributed to this post)
At Syrian Military’s Request, Russia Deploys Su-24 Bombers


At the Damascus 's request, Russia deployed its Su-24 bombers which struck the Turkish backed militant rebels to prevent them from advancing and allowing Syrian government forces to “successfully repel all attacks” on Thursday.

According to the Russian military, Turkish backed terrorists/rebels in Idlib launched a massive offensive on Syrian army positions near Nairab, under the cover of Turkish artillery, adding that four Syrian soldiers were wounded by the Turkish artillery barrage. AP reported on Thursday.

“The militants’ actions were supported by the Turkish artillery fire, which allowed the militants to break through the Syrian army’s defenses,” it said in a statement.

The military added that at the Syrian military’s request, Russian Su-24 bombers then struck the militants to prevent them from advancing and allowing Syrian government forces to “successfully repel all attacks.”

Turkey’s Defense Ministry also confirmed that two Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province while five other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

 Russia’s T-90A tank

The deaths bring to 15 the number of Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib.

A ministry statement posted Thursday on Twitter said Turkey’s military is responding to the attack. It did not provide further details, or say where in Idlib the attack occurred.

The ministry claimed that as many as 50 Syrian government soldiers were killed and that five tanks, two armored personnel carriers and other equipment were destroyed.

It was not immediately clear whether it was the Russian airstrikes that killed the two Turkish soldiers.


(AP contributed to this post)

Nigeria: Court adjourns further Hearing on Sowore, Bakare's Fundamentals Rights Suit to March 25

Nigeria: Court adjourns further Hearing on Sowore, Bakare's Fundamentals Rights Suit to March 25

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, On Wednesday heard the application seeking the enforcement of fundamental rights filed by human rights activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.

The duo are challenging the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, and Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), for their illegal arrest and detention.


Ekwo adjourned further hearing to March 25, 2020 after the regularisation of the processes by all parties involved in the case.

The activists had on November 15 and 20, 2019 filed separate suits marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1407/2019 and FHC/ABJ/CS/1428/2019. 

They asked the court to declare that their unlawful detention by the Department of State Services was "illegal as it violates their fundamental right to liberty". 

Sowore and Bakare also asked the court to order the Department of State Services to pay them N500m each as damages for their detention and violation of fundamental rights.

They also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further violating their fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and howsoever without lawful justification.

Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, while Bakare was arrested on August 5 for participating in the protest.

The two men were held in custody from that time until December 2019 when they were finally released on bail.

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Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, On Wednesday heard the application seeking the enforcement of fundamental rights filed by human rights activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.

The duo are challenging the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, and Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), for their illegal arrest and detention.


Ekwo adjourned further hearing to March 25, 2020 after the regularisation of the processes by all parties involved in the case.

The activists had on November 15 and 20, 2019 filed separate suits marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1407/2019 and FHC/ABJ/CS/1428/2019. 

They asked the court to declare that their unlawful detention by the Department of State Services was "illegal as it violates their fundamental right to liberty". 

Sowore and Bakare also asked the court to order the Department of State Services to pay them N500m each as damages for their detention and violation of fundamental rights.

They also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further violating their fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and howsoever without lawful justification.

Sowore was arrested on August 3, 2019 for calling on Nigerians to take to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to demand a better country from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, while Bakare was arrested on August 5 for participating in the protest.

The two men were held in custody from that time until December 2019 when they were finally released on bail.

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