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President Biden tells Israeli PM Netanyahu US won’t support counterattack against Iran: Report

President Biden tells Israeli PM Netanyahu US won’t support counterattack against Iran: Report


The US president told the Israeli prime minister during a call yesterday that the US will not support any Israeli counterattack against Iran, Axios has cited a senior White House official as saying.


Joe Biden also told Benjamin Netanyahu the joint defensive actions by Israel, the US and other countries in the region led to the repelling of the Iranian attack, according to the White House official.


“You got a win. Take the win,” the US president told Netanyahu, according to the official.


The official said that when Biden told Netanyahu that the US would not take in any offensive operations against Iran and would not support such operations, the Israeli prime minister said he understood.

During a telephone conversation, the  two leaders spent 25 minutes on the phone, with the US president saying the US will continue to support Israel in its defence but reportedly also that it will not participate in any offensive actions against Iran.

There are also reports that Israel has been offering assurances to the US that any next steps it takes will be done in consultation, giving warning to the US prior to any military action being taken. We’re seeing leaders in Washington now looking forward to what this next step by Israel might be.


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the US does not seek further conflict with Iran. Those words were echoed by Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state. But he added the US is willing to defend Israel and its own personnel in the region.


Source: Aljazeera news 

The US president told the Israeli prime minister during a call yesterday that the US will not support any Israeli counterattack against Iran, Axios has cited a senior White House official as saying.


Joe Biden also told Benjamin Netanyahu the joint defensive actions by Israel, the US and other countries in the region led to the repelling of the Iranian attack, according to the White House official.


“You got a win. Take the win,” the US president told Netanyahu, according to the official.


The official said that when Biden told Netanyahu that the US would not take in any offensive operations against Iran and would not support such operations, the Israeli prime minister said he understood.

During a telephone conversation, the  two leaders spent 25 minutes on the phone, with the US president saying the US will continue to support Israel in its defence but reportedly also that it will not participate in any offensive actions against Iran.

There are also reports that Israel has been offering assurances to the US that any next steps it takes will be done in consultation, giving warning to the US prior to any military action being taken. We’re seeing leaders in Washington now looking forward to what this next step by Israel might be.


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the US does not seek further conflict with Iran. Those words were echoed by Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state. But he added the US is willing to defend Israel and its own personnel in the region.


Source: Aljazeera news 

Islamic Republic of Iran says it warned US its bases will be targeted if it backed an Israeli response

Islamic Republic of Iran says it warned US its bases will be targeted if it backed an Israeli response


The Islamic Republic of  Iran has warned US its bases will be targeted if it backed an Israeli response against Tehran.


According to Mohammad Bagheri who is the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, an Israeli response to the Iranian military operation would be “much bigger”, Tasnim reports.


The Iranian news agency quoted him as saying that the reason for last night’s attack was that Israel had crossed Iran’s red lines.


Bagheri added that Iran has conveyed a message to the US through the Swiss embassy that if it participated “in further aggressive Zionist moves through its bases or military assets across the region, and this is proven to us, its bases and assets and personnel in the region will have no security”.


He added: “We will see it as aggressor as well and react accordingly.”


The Islamic Republic of  Iran has warned US its bases will be targeted if it backed an Israeli response against Tehran.


According to Mohammad Bagheri who is the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, an Israeli response to the Iranian military operation would be “much bigger”, Tasnim reports.


The Iranian news agency quoted him as saying that the reason for last night’s attack was that Israel had crossed Iran’s red lines.


Bagheri added that Iran has conveyed a message to the US through the Swiss embassy that if it participated “in further aggressive Zionist moves through its bases or military assets across the region, and this is proven to us, its bases and assets and personnel in the region will have no security”.


He added: “We will see it as aggressor as well and react accordingly.”

EU Commission chief condems Iran, calls for restraint

EU Commission chief condems Iran, calls for restraint


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has condemned Iran’s attack on Israel and called on all sides to avoid further escalation.


“I strongly condemn Iran’s blatant and unjustifiable attack on Israel. And I call on Iran and its proxies to immediately cease these

attacks,” von der Leyen wrote on X, calling “all actors” to restore stability in the region.


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has condemned Iran’s attack on Israel and called on all sides to avoid further escalation.


“I strongly condemn Iran’s blatant and unjustifiable attack on Israel. And I call on Iran and its proxies to immediately cease these

attacks,” von der Leyen wrote on X, calling “all actors” to restore stability in the region.

Iran—Israel War: Attack and counter-attack – what comes next?

Iran—Israel War: Attack and counter-attack – what comes next?

Israeli Forces continue Gaza Strike despite Iran's Attack



There is a danger of miscalculation that makes this a very dangerous moment. The April 1 attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Iran says that was an attack on its soil. It quotes the Vienna Convention from 1961 that says you shouldn’t attack any diplomatic premises, embassies or consulates.


The Israelis says that was a legitimate target. They point to the people they killed, which were top Iranian military officials, including two generals out of the seven fatalities.


It took Iran 13 days before it responded. Iran says that’s totally legitimate under the UN Charter. Article 51 of the UN Charter says nothing should impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a member state of the United Nations.


So we’ve had one complete cycle of this. We’ve had an attack and we’ve had a counter attack. I think the danger now is if it goes beyond this cycle, if Israel responds again.


By:  


Al Jazeera's diplomatic editor



Israel continue it's attacks on Gaza



The Iranian attack on Israel has not deterred Israeli Forces from continuous pounding the Gaza Strip in the past few hours.

According to report, in an overnight strike, a number of residential buildings were destroyed in the Nuseirat refugee camp where there were casualties who were transported to the al-Awda and al-Aqsa Hospital for medical treatment.

Here in Rafah, we have been hearing the constant buzzing of Israeli surveillance drones since the early hours as they gather intelligence for potential targets. Confrontation and fighting are still raging in the northern part of Gaza.

According to eyewitnesses on the ground in the north of Nuseirat refugee camp, Israeli drones have been opening fire against people. They also said Israel is demolishing houses and destroying agricultural land which could be a sign, according to experts, that Israel is expanding the corridor that it has recently established splitting the north and the south of the Strip.


Israeli Forces continue Gaza Strike despite Iran's Attack



There is a danger of miscalculation that makes this a very dangerous moment. The April 1 attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Iran says that was an attack on its soil. It quotes the Vienna Convention from 1961 that says you shouldn’t attack any diplomatic premises, embassies or consulates.


The Israelis says that was a legitimate target. They point to the people they killed, which were top Iranian military officials, including two generals out of the seven fatalities.


It took Iran 13 days before it responded. Iran says that’s totally legitimate under the UN Charter. Article 51 of the UN Charter says nothing should impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a member state of the United Nations.


So we’ve had one complete cycle of this. We’ve had an attack and we’ve had a counter attack. I think the danger now is if it goes beyond this cycle, if Israel responds again.


By:  


Al Jazeera's diplomatic editor



Israel continue it's attacks on Gaza



The Iranian attack on Israel has not deterred Israeli Forces from continuous pounding the Gaza Strip in the past few hours.

According to report, in an overnight strike, a number of residential buildings were destroyed in the Nuseirat refugee camp where there were casualties who were transported to the al-Awda and al-Aqsa Hospital for medical treatment.

Here in Rafah, we have been hearing the constant buzzing of Israeli surveillance drones since the early hours as they gather intelligence for potential targets. Confrontation and fighting are still raging in the northern part of Gaza.

According to eyewitnesses on the ground in the north of Nuseirat refugee camp, Israeli drones have been opening fire against people. They also said Israel is demolishing houses and destroying agricultural land which could be a sign, according to experts, that Israel is expanding the corridor that it has recently established splitting the north and the south of the Strip.


I strongly condemn the large-scale attack launched on Israel by Iran — UN Secretary General

I strongly condemn the large-scale attack launched on Israel by Iran — UN Secretary General

Statement by the Secretary-General of the United Nations regarding attacks by the Islamic Republic of Iran targeting Israel condemned in a strong term the serious escalation represented by the large-scale attack launched on Israel by Iran.


I strongly condemn the serious escalation represented by the large-scale attack launched on Israel by the Islamic Republic of Iran this evening. I call for an immediate cessation of these hostilities.


I am deeply alarmed about the very real danger of a devastating region-wide escalation. I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East.

 

I have repeatedly stressed that neither the region nor the world can afford another war

Statement by the Secretary-General of the United Nations regarding attacks by the Islamic Republic of Iran targeting Israel condemned in a strong term the serious escalation represented by the large-scale attack launched on Israel by Iran.


I strongly condemn the serious escalation represented by the large-scale attack launched on Israel by the Islamic Republic of Iran this evening. I call for an immediate cessation of these hostilities.


I am deeply alarmed about the very real danger of a devastating region-wide escalation. I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military confrontations on multiple fronts in the Middle East.

 

I have repeatedly stressed that neither the region nor the world can afford another war

Do Something-Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu: Significant real estate business leaders are crying in Lagos

Do Something-Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu: Significant real estate business leaders are crying in Lagos

A profile picture of a crying black woman
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Since January 2023, no Governor’s Consent has been signed by the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Successive governors of Lagos State have adopted the Tinubu governorship style of delegating the signing of Governor’s Consent to two Commissioners who are members of the executive cabinet. 


This is to speed up the process of obtaining Governor’s Consent and to remove delays usually caused by the Governor’s tight schedule. This is the style adopted by the present governor but alas it is not working as it ought to. While Governor Tinubu designed a template that made it possible to obtain a Governor’s Consent in one month, the experience under this administration is a situation where it is difficult to get this very important document in even a year.


This situation has devastating effect on construction industry and property developers who requires Governor’s Consent to access loan facility for their projects and associated job opportunities for the entire construction value chain including engineers, surveyors, architects, bricklayers, electricians, carpenters, tilers and building material suppliers in general. It has also severely reduced revenues accruable to government through consent fees, capital gains tax, registration fee, income tax and so on. 


According to impeccable sources from the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Lagos State Branch, many transactions are kept hanging until the Governor's consent is signed.


Sanwo-Olu
Also, sources from Nigeria Bar Association alluded that this situation has caused a lot of frustration for lawyers who are often charged with processing this document at the Lands Registry of the State.


In the same situation, impeccable sources from the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry also confirmed that the chamber is contacting the Governor.


When you buy a property from a vendor with a Certificate of Occupancy, the legal title you can obtain to become a legal owner is the Governor's Consent. This consent is a crucial step in the property transaction process, and not signing it by the governor or his appointed commissioners has a significant negative impact on the real estate sector. 


They are also used as collateral to obtain money from banks and other financial institutions for business and other reasons. Furthermore, real estate developers require a registered title to make their projects viable, as it is a crucial factor influencing prospective buyers' purchase decision. The title converts interest in a property from equitable interest to registered interest, making it legally transferable. 


This is an urgent appeal for help from the large business community in Lagos State who are adversely affected by this situation to His Excellency Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu, who himself is a seasoned professional in the real estate industry to use his good office to intervene on this matter and to generally improve on the ease of doing business in Lagos State.


By a concerned Stakeholder


A profile picture of a crying black woman
Credit:Adobe stock

Since January 2023, no Governor’s Consent has been signed by the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Successive governors of Lagos State have adopted the Tinubu governorship style of delegating the signing of Governor’s Consent to two Commissioners who are members of the executive cabinet. 


This is to speed up the process of obtaining Governor’s Consent and to remove delays usually caused by the Governor’s tight schedule. This is the style adopted by the present governor but alas it is not working as it ought to. While Governor Tinubu designed a template that made it possible to obtain a Governor’s Consent in one month, the experience under this administration is a situation where it is difficult to get this very important document in even a year.


This situation has devastating effect on construction industry and property developers who requires Governor’s Consent to access loan facility for their projects and associated job opportunities for the entire construction value chain including engineers, surveyors, architects, bricklayers, electricians, carpenters, tilers and building material suppliers in general. It has also severely reduced revenues accruable to government through consent fees, capital gains tax, registration fee, income tax and so on. 


According to impeccable sources from the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Lagos State Branch, many transactions are kept hanging until the Governor's consent is signed.


Sanwo-Olu
Also, sources from Nigeria Bar Association alluded that this situation has caused a lot of frustration for lawyers who are often charged with processing this document at the Lands Registry of the State.


In the same situation, impeccable sources from the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry also confirmed that the chamber is contacting the Governor.


When you buy a property from a vendor with a Certificate of Occupancy, the legal title you can obtain to become a legal owner is the Governor's Consent. This consent is a crucial step in the property transaction process, and not signing it by the governor or his appointed commissioners has a significant negative impact on the real estate sector. 


They are also used as collateral to obtain money from banks and other financial institutions for business and other reasons. Furthermore, real estate developers require a registered title to make their projects viable, as it is a crucial factor influencing prospective buyers' purchase decision. The title converts interest in a property from equitable interest to registered interest, making it legally transferable. 


This is an urgent appeal for help from the large business community in Lagos State who are adversely affected by this situation to His Excellency Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu, who himself is a seasoned professional in the real estate industry to use his good office to intervene on this matter and to generally improve on the ease of doing business in Lagos State.


By a concerned Stakeholder


How Gombe Court Jails Three Fraudsters for Employment Fraud

How Gombe Court Jails Three Fraudsters for Employment Fraud


Justice J.A Kereng of the Gombe State High Court sitting in Gombe, on Monday, April 8,2024 convicted and sentenced the duo of Ibrahim Abdullahi and Umar Usman to various jail terms for obtaining the sum of N682,847.00 ( Six Hundred and Eighty- Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty-Seven Naira only) under false pretences . He also sentenced Mohammed Sala Soja to six years imprisonment. All the three convicts were jailed for employment fraud. 

 


Abdullahi and Usman were separately arraigned on three count charges of cheating and employment scam by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.



The charge against Ibrahim Abdullahi reads: "That you, Ibrahim Abdullahi sometimes in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM Card properties of Aminu Adamu Idris and Muhammed Saidu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM to obtain loan to the tune of N682,847(Six hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Forty Seven Naira only) without their consent and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law ".

 



The charge reads "that you, umar Usman sometimes in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM Card properties of Aminu Adamu. Idris and Muhammed Sadu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM to obtain loan to the tune of N682,847 (Six Hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Forty Seven Naira only) without their consent and there by committed an offense contrary to section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law ".  

 

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they were read to them.


In view of the defendants' pleas, prosecuting counsel, A.B Kware prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. However, counsel to the defendants, R.A. Anthony pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as the defendants are first- time offenders who are remorseful for their actions.


Justice Kereng convicted and sentenced Abdulahi to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only and Usman bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N50,000.

 

The convicts bagged their imprisonment when they allegedly approached their victims in October 2022 about some phony job opportunities in a private liability company in Gombe State. They directed their victims to each open an account with Polaris bank which they did and surrendered the account details as well as their ATM Cards to them. The convicts in return gave their victims the sum of N10,000 each . After a while, the victims had issues with Polaris bank’s transactions and went to the bank to make enquiries only to be confronted with an outstanding loan of N682 ,847. All efforts to distance themselves from the loan proved abortive and reported the case to the EFCC.

 

In a similar development on Monday, 

Justice Kereng also convicted and sentenced one Soja to six months imprisonment. He was arraigned on three count charges of intent to defraud, cheating and employment scam by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


One of the charge reads "that you, Muhammed Sala Soja sometimes in July 2023, at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did make a false document titled "2023 recruitment invitation for marshal's basic course" which knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 362 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 364 of the same Law. "


Upon arraignment, he pleaded guilty to the charges, prompting the prosecution counsel, AB Kware to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.  


However, counsel to the defendant, I.S Gada pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as the defendant who was remorseful for his actions is the breadwinner of his family and has a medically challenged father to care for”.

 

Justice Kereng then asked Kware if the defendant was a first time- offender and the prosecution counsel responded that though the defendant had made restitution to the victim of crime, he was convicted by same court on February 14 2024 for a similar offence".


 Responding, the judge said, “ based on the plea of the defence counsel coupled with the fact that the defendant has restituted the victim of crime and his father’s medical condition, I will give him a second chance. The defendant is hereby convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment with an option of fine of N150,000

Soja still has other pending cases with the EFCC .



Source: EFCC


Justice J.A Kereng of the Gombe State High Court sitting in Gombe, on Monday, April 8,2024 convicted and sentenced the duo of Ibrahim Abdullahi and Umar Usman to various jail terms for obtaining the sum of N682,847.00 ( Six Hundred and Eighty- Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty-Seven Naira only) under false pretences . He also sentenced Mohammed Sala Soja to six years imprisonment. All the three convicts were jailed for employment fraud. 

 


Abdullahi and Usman were separately arraigned on three count charges of cheating and employment scam by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.



The charge against Ibrahim Abdullahi reads: "That you, Ibrahim Abdullahi sometimes in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM Card properties of Aminu Adamu Idris and Muhammed Saidu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM to obtain loan to the tune of N682,847(Six hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Forty Seven Naira only) without their consent and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law ".

 



The charge reads "that you, umar Usman sometimes in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM Card properties of Aminu Adamu. Idris and Muhammed Sadu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM to obtain loan to the tune of N682,847 (Six Hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Forty Seven Naira only) without their consent and there by committed an offense contrary to section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law ".  

 

Upon arraignment, the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges when they were read to them.


In view of the defendants' pleas, prosecuting counsel, A.B Kware prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. However, counsel to the defendants, R.A. Anthony pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as the defendants are first- time offenders who are remorseful for their actions.


Justice Kereng convicted and sentenced Abdulahi to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only and Usman bagged two years imprisonment or a fine of N50,000.

 

The convicts bagged their imprisonment when they allegedly approached their victims in October 2022 about some phony job opportunities in a private liability company in Gombe State. They directed their victims to each open an account with Polaris bank which they did and surrendered the account details as well as their ATM Cards to them. The convicts in return gave their victims the sum of N10,000 each . After a while, the victims had issues with Polaris bank’s transactions and went to the bank to make enquiries only to be confronted with an outstanding loan of N682 ,847. All efforts to distance themselves from the loan proved abortive and reported the case to the EFCC.

 

In a similar development on Monday, 

Justice Kereng also convicted and sentenced one Soja to six months imprisonment. He was arraigned on three count charges of intent to defraud, cheating and employment scam by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


One of the charge reads "that you, Muhammed Sala Soja sometimes in July 2023, at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did make a false document titled "2023 recruitment invitation for marshal's basic course" which knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 362 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 364 of the same Law. "


Upon arraignment, he pleaded guilty to the charges, prompting the prosecution counsel, AB Kware to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.  


However, counsel to the defendant, I.S Gada pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy “as the defendant who was remorseful for his actions is the breadwinner of his family and has a medically challenged father to care for”.

 

Justice Kereng then asked Kware if the defendant was a first time- offender and the prosecution counsel responded that though the defendant had made restitution to the victim of crime, he was convicted by same court on February 14 2024 for a similar offence".


 Responding, the judge said, “ based on the plea of the defence counsel coupled with the fact that the defendant has restituted the victim of crime and his father’s medical condition, I will give him a second chance. The defendant is hereby convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment with an option of fine of N150,000

Soja still has other pending cases with the EFCC .



Source: EFCC

LP SEEKS REVIVAL THROUGH STAKEHOLDERS’ COLLABORATION, TO CONDUCT AN ALL-INCLUSIVE CONGRESS

LP SEEKS REVIVAL THROUGH STAKEHOLDERS’ COLLABORATION, TO CONDUCT AN ALL-INCLUSIVE CONGRESS


"COMMUNIQUE' AT THE END OF A STAKEHOLDERS MEETING OF THE LABOUR PARTY LP HELD ON MONDAY, 8TH APRIL 2024 AT THE AGNL EVENTS CENTRE, GUDU DISTRICT, ABUJA FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, FCT.


PREAMBLE 


Owing to the current vacuum in the leadership of the Labour Party LP, the NLC Political Commission consequent on its status in the Constitution of the Labour Party LP as a registered trustee of the Labour Party LP, a status that was further buttressed by a Federal High Court Consent Judgement delivered on March 20, 2018 by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, convened this stakeholders meeting to address the leadership void in the Labour Party LP and to discuss the repositioning of Labour Party LP to deliver it's mandate as the political vehicle for the emancipation of Nigerian workers and people.


RESOLUTIONS OF THE STAKEHOLDERS' MEETING 


1- The STAKEHOLDERS MEETING noted the vacuum in the leadership of the Labour Party LP following the expiration of the supposed tenure of the immediate past National Working Committee, NWC of the Labour Party LP elected on 10th June 2019 in Akwanga Nasarawa State National Convention.


2- The STAKEHOLDERS MEETING following the unanimous adoption of a motion moved to accept the recommendation made in the address by the NLC Political Commission Chairman resolved that in order to reposition the Labour Party LP from a mere platform for contesting elections to a viable political vehicle for the emancipation of Nigerian workers and people, the following steps must be taken immediately:


i- Constitution of a Transition Committee under the leadership of the NLC Political Commission and working with all Stakeholders with a mandate to set up structures at National, States, Local Government Areas and Ward level for the conduct of an All-Inclusive- and expansive national convention of the Labour Party LP.


ii- The STAKEHOLDERS MEETING passed A VOTE OF NO-CONFIDENCE on the purported Labour Party LP National Convention held in Nnewi, Anambra State on 27th March 2024 and regarded it as INCONSEQUENTIAL the leadership that claimed to have emerged the illegal Nnewi Convention.


iii- That the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and all the relevant security organizations in Nigeria are hereby notified and should be officially written immediately to recognize the TRANSITION COMMITTEE AS THE INTERIM LEADERSHIP of the Labour Party LP pending the conduct of an All - Inclusive and Expansive National Convention of the Labour Party LP.


iv- That the Transition Committee once constituted should FULLY TAKE OVER THE SECRETARIAT of the Labour Party LP all over Nigeria.


v- That the Transition Committee shall immediately set up an assets recovery process of all the properties of the Labour Party LP. 


The Transition Committee shall also ensure that ALL THE CASES OF FRAUD, IMPERSONATION AND FORGERY OF GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS PENDING AGAINST A FEW DISCREDITED FORMER OFFICERS of the Labour Party LP are forensically audited and CULPRITS ARE DILIGENTLY PROSECUTED as demanded by the leader of the Labour Party LP - Mr. Peter Obi.


It is unfortunate that the actions of these few dishonourable characters have splashed mud on the white satin of the Labour Party LP.


vi- That the Transition Committee shall within three (3) months of its constitution ensure the conduct of an All - Inclusive And Expansive National Convention of the Labour Party LP starting from WARD CONGRESSES to LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONGRESSES, to STATE CONGRESSES & Culminating in an All-inclusive and Expansive National Convention in Abuja.


vii- Pursuant to the forgoing, the Transition Committee is mandated by the Stakeholders meeting to begin the process of REVALIDATION OF CURRENT MEMBERS of the Labour Party LP and the REGISTRATION of NEW MEMBERS through the issuance of new membership cards and receipt of membership dues for the purposes of the conduct of an All inclusive and expansive national convention of the Labour Party LP.


It is expected that this National Mobilization drive will yield in the first instance a total membership strength of Ten (10) million Labour Party LP card carrying members drawn from across all workplaces,marketplaces, professional groups, ethnic and religious organizations that Nigerian workers and people belongs to.


viii- The STAKEHOLDERS MEETING recognized, affirmed and commended the support of critical stakeholders in the Labour Party LP for their continued support and faith in the Labour Party LP.


We promise that your steadfast solidarity will surely count !


ix- Finally, we reiterate that the Labour Party LP is a party for all Nigerians regardless of ethnic, religious, regional, social and economic orientation or status.


Signed:


1: Prof. Theophilus Ndubuaku 

For: Chairman 

NLC Political Commission 


2: Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, Mni

Former President 

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC 


3: Comrade S.O.Z Ejiofor 

Chairman 

Board of Trustees, BoT 

Labour Party LP 


4: Engr. Gambo Daniel Balarabe

National Coordinator, CSF


5: Dr. Moses Paul (Mo)

Coordinator,

Obedient Movement 


6: Chief Yohana Yilpwan Margif

Labour Party LP Plateau State Governorship Candidate 2023


7: Dr. Kingsley Oghogho Okundaye

Coordinator, LPPMC


8: Hon. Jonathan Awake

Kaduna State Labour Party LP Governorship Candidate 2023


9: Barr. Ihekwoaba Paul

For: Disabled Persons, PWD in Labour Party LP"


Labour Party LP 

Forward Ever !

Backward Never !


"COMMUNIQUE' AT THE END OF A STAKEHOLDERS MEETING OF THE LABOUR PARTY LP HELD ON MONDAY, 8TH APRIL 2024 AT THE AGNL EVENTS CENTRE, GUDU DISTRICT, ABUJA FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, FCT.


PREAMBLE 


Owing to the current vacuum in the leadership of the Labour Party LP, the NLC Political Commission consequent on its status in the Constitution of the Labour Party LP as a registered trustee of the Labour Party LP, a status that was further buttressed by a Federal High Court Consent Judgement delivered on March 20, 2018 by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, convened this stakeholders meeting to address the leadership void in the Labour Party LP and to discuss the repositioning of Labour Party LP to deliver it's mandate as the political vehicle for the emancipation of Nigerian workers and people.


RESOLUTIONS OF THE STAKEHOLDERS' MEETING 


1- The STAKEHOLDERS MEETING noted the vacuum in the leadership of the Labour Party LP following the expiration of the supposed tenure of the immediate past National Working Committee, NWC of the Labour Party LP elected on 10th June 2019 in Akwanga Nasarawa State National Convention.


2- The STAKEHOLDERS MEETING following the unanimous adoption of a motion moved to accept the recommendation made in the address by the NLC Political Commission Chairman resolved that in order to reposition the Labour Party LP from a mere platform for contesting elections to a viable political vehicle for the emancipation of Nigerian workers and people, the following steps must be taken immediately:


i- Constitution of a Transition Committee under the leadership of the NLC Political Commission and working with all Stakeholders with a mandate to set up structures at National, States, Local Government Areas and Ward level for the conduct of an All-Inclusive- and expansive national convention of the Labour Party LP.


ii- The STAKEHOLDERS MEETING passed A VOTE OF NO-CONFIDENCE on the purported Labour Party LP National Convention held in Nnewi, Anambra State on 27th March 2024 and regarded it as INCONSEQUENTIAL the leadership that claimed to have emerged the illegal Nnewi Convention.


iii- That the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and all the relevant security organizations in Nigeria are hereby notified and should be officially written immediately to recognize the TRANSITION COMMITTEE AS THE INTERIM LEADERSHIP of the Labour Party LP pending the conduct of an All - Inclusive and Expansive National Convention of the Labour Party LP.


iv- That the Transition Committee once constituted should FULLY TAKE OVER THE SECRETARIAT of the Labour Party LP all over Nigeria.


v- That the Transition Committee shall immediately set up an assets recovery process of all the properties of the Labour Party LP. 


The Transition Committee shall also ensure that ALL THE CASES OF FRAUD, IMPERSONATION AND FORGERY OF GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS PENDING AGAINST A FEW DISCREDITED FORMER OFFICERS of the Labour Party LP are forensically audited and CULPRITS ARE DILIGENTLY PROSECUTED as demanded by the leader of the Labour Party LP - Mr. Peter Obi.


It is unfortunate that the actions of these few dishonourable characters have splashed mud on the white satin of the Labour Party LP.


vi- That the Transition Committee shall within three (3) months of its constitution ensure the conduct of an All - Inclusive And Expansive National Convention of the Labour Party LP starting from WARD CONGRESSES to LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONGRESSES, to STATE CONGRESSES & Culminating in an All-inclusive and Expansive National Convention in Abuja.


vii- Pursuant to the forgoing, the Transition Committee is mandated by the Stakeholders meeting to begin the process of REVALIDATION OF CURRENT MEMBERS of the Labour Party LP and the REGISTRATION of NEW MEMBERS through the issuance of new membership cards and receipt of membership dues for the purposes of the conduct of an All inclusive and expansive national convention of the Labour Party LP.


It is expected that this National Mobilization drive will yield in the first instance a total membership strength of Ten (10) million Labour Party LP card carrying members drawn from across all workplaces,marketplaces, professional groups, ethnic and religious organizations that Nigerian workers and people belongs to.


viii- The STAKEHOLDERS MEETING recognized, affirmed and commended the support of critical stakeholders in the Labour Party LP for their continued support and faith in the Labour Party LP.


We promise that your steadfast solidarity will surely count !


ix- Finally, we reiterate that the Labour Party LP is a party for all Nigerians regardless of ethnic, religious, regional, social and economic orientation or status.


Signed:


1: Prof. Theophilus Ndubuaku 

For: Chairman 

NLC Political Commission 


2: Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, Mni

Former President 

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC 


3: Comrade S.O.Z Ejiofor 

Chairman 

Board of Trustees, BoT 

Labour Party LP 


4: Engr. Gambo Daniel Balarabe

National Coordinator, CSF


5: Dr. Moses Paul (Mo)

Coordinator,

Obedient Movement 


6: Chief Yohana Yilpwan Margif

Labour Party LP Plateau State Governorship Candidate 2023


7: Dr. Kingsley Oghogho Okundaye

Coordinator, LPPMC


8: Hon. Jonathan Awake

Kaduna State Labour Party LP Governorship Candidate 2023


9: Barr. Ihekwoaba Paul

For: Disabled Persons, PWD in Labour Party LP"


Labour Party LP 

Forward Ever !

Backward Never !

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS DESTROY NOTORIOUS TERRORIST'S KINGPIN's DEN IN ZAMFARA, NEUTRALIZE TERRORIST

NIGERIAN ARMY TROOPS DESTROY NOTORIOUS TERRORIST'S KINGPIN's DEN IN ZAMFARA, NEUTRALIZE TERRORIST

Nigerian Army troops deployed  for Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations have raided the den of a notorious terrorist kingpin known as Yellow Janbros at Dangunu Village in Maru Local Government Area  of Zamfara State, resulting in the elimination of a terrorist and recovery of fire arm. Nigerian Army said on its official social media handles.


According to the reports, during the operation on 8 April 2024, troops successfully attacked the den of the notorious terrorists  responsible for kidnappings and other acts of terrorism in parts of North West Nigeria. The troops overpowered and dislodged the terrorists and neutralized one of them. The gallant troops also recovered one AK- 47 Rifle, One AK-47 Magazine, 30 rounds of 7.62 mm Special and one hundred and fifty bags of stolen grains . The terrorists' enclave have been completely destroyed.


The Nigerian Army remains committed mitigating security challenges and will leave no stone unturned to rid the nation of terrorists and insurgents.

Nigerian Army troops deployed  for Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations have raided the den of a notorious terrorist kingpin known as Yellow Janbros at Dangunu Village in Maru Local Government Area  of Zamfara State, resulting in the elimination of a terrorist and recovery of fire arm. Nigerian Army said on its official social media handles.


According to the reports, during the operation on 8 April 2024, troops successfully attacked the den of the notorious terrorists  responsible for kidnappings and other acts of terrorism in parts of North West Nigeria. The troops overpowered and dislodged the terrorists and neutralized one of them. The gallant troops also recovered one AK- 47 Rifle, One AK-47 Magazine, 30 rounds of 7.62 mm Special and one hundred and fifty bags of stolen grains . The terrorists' enclave have been completely destroyed.


The Nigerian Army remains committed mitigating security challenges and will leave no stone unturned to rid the nation of terrorists and insurgents.

EFCC Denies Stopping Service of Charges on Binance Chief

EFCC Denies Stopping Service of Charges on Binance Chief


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, wishes to react to a news report in a leading national newspaper entitled: “EFCC Stopped Service of Charges on Binance Chief, FIRS Alleges”. The report is untrue, misleading and removed from the facts before the court.


At no time did the court bailiff approach the EFCC to serve any of the Binance executives in its custody with a charge. At the last sitting of the court, counsel to the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Moses Ideh, did not lodge such a complaint before the court. He only told the court that the Service was yet to serve the defendants.  


The Commission, therefore, finds the news item preposterous and embarrassing. The public is enjoined to ignore it entirely.

 



Source: EFCC


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, wishes to react to a news report in a leading national newspaper entitled: “EFCC Stopped Service of Charges on Binance Chief, FIRS Alleges”. The report is untrue, misleading and removed from the facts before the court.


At no time did the court bailiff approach the EFCC to serve any of the Binance executives in its custody with a charge. At the last sitting of the court, counsel to the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Moses Ideh, did not lodge such a complaint before the court. He only told the court that the Service was yet to serve the defendants.  


The Commission, therefore, finds the news item preposterous and embarrassing. The public is enjoined to ignore it entirely.

 



Source: EFCC

EFCC’s Position on Malabu Oil Fraud Case and Associated Issues

EFCC’s Position on Malabu Oil Fraud Case and Associated Issues


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced a review of developments around the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case, including the dismissal of the charges against a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja and the conduct of the prosecuting counsel, Offem Uket


 The review will entail exploration of the option of appeal and possible change of counsel in view of the Commission's dissatisfaction with the handling of the case by Uket


Nevertheless, this intention has no nexus whatsoever to the spew of speculations imputing compromise by parties to the charge, currently making the rounds in some sections of the media


 EFCC is not obliged to embrace such narratives as it neither accused any of the parties of any unsavoury conduct nor made any conclusive statements about any investigation on the matter.


 The public is enjoined to ignore effusions of mischief makers on the matter and await the next course of actions


Source: EFCC 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced a review of developments around the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case, including the dismissal of the charges against a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja and the conduct of the prosecuting counsel, Offem Uket


 The review will entail exploration of the option of appeal and possible change of counsel in view of the Commission's dissatisfaction with the handling of the case by Uket


Nevertheless, this intention has no nexus whatsoever to the spew of speculations imputing compromise by parties to the charge, currently making the rounds in some sections of the media


 EFCC is not obliged to embrace such narratives as it neither accused any of the parties of any unsavoury conduct nor made any conclusive statements about any investigation on the matter.


 The public is enjoined to ignore effusions of mischief makers on the matter and await the next course of actions


Source: EFCC 

NIGERIAN ARMY: TROOPS BURST KIDNAPPERS’ DEN APPREHEND 3 SUSPECTS AND RESCUE VICTIM IN TARABA STATE

NIGERIAN ARMY: TROOPS BURST KIDNAPPERS’ DEN APPREHEND 3 SUSPECTS AND RESCUE VICTIM IN TARABA STATE

 




In a swift and successful operation, the Troops of 6 Brigade Nigerian Army have demolished a kidnappers' den, rescued a victim, and apprehended three suspected kidnappers in Taraba State. The operation, which took place in Kofa Adamu village of Takum Local Government Area, resulted in the safe release of a victim held captive by the criminals.


Acting on credible intelligence regarding the activities and hideout of suspected kidnappers who abducted Mr. Hussein Adamu on March 26, 2024, in Kofa Adamu village and demanded a ransom of 2 million Naira, troops from the 93 Battalion/Sub-Sect 3A OPWS swiftly moved in and cordoned off the area and eventually rescued the victim. Furthermore, three suspected kidnappers involved in the abduction were arrested during the operation.


The rescued victim is currently receiving medical attention at a secured facility, while the apprehended suspects are in military custody undergoing interrogation.


This successful operation highlights the commitment of the 6 Brigade Nigerian Army to combating crime and ensuring the safety of the people of Taraba State. The Commander 6 Brigade/Setor 3 OPWS, Brigadier General KC Uwa commended the troops for their proactive response and urged the public to continue supporting the military by providing timely and credible information on any suspicious movements or activities of criminals within the state.










Source: Nigerian Army Social media page 

 




In a swift and successful operation, the Troops of 6 Brigade Nigerian Army have demolished a kidnappers' den, rescued a victim, and apprehended three suspected kidnappers in Taraba State. The operation, which took place in Kofa Adamu village of Takum Local Government Area, resulted in the safe release of a victim held captive by the criminals.


Acting on credible intelligence regarding the activities and hideout of suspected kidnappers who abducted Mr. Hussein Adamu on March 26, 2024, in Kofa Adamu village and demanded a ransom of 2 million Naira, troops from the 93 Battalion/Sub-Sect 3A OPWS swiftly moved in and cordoned off the area and eventually rescued the victim. Furthermore, three suspected kidnappers involved in the abduction were arrested during the operation.


The rescued victim is currently receiving medical attention at a secured facility, while the apprehended suspects are in military custody undergoing interrogation.


This successful operation highlights the commitment of the 6 Brigade Nigerian Army to combating crime and ensuring the safety of the people of Taraba State. The Commander 6 Brigade/Setor 3 OPWS, Brigadier General KC Uwa commended the troops for their proactive response and urged the public to continue supporting the military by providing timely and credible information on any suspicious movements or activities of criminals within the state.










Source: Nigerian Army Social media page 

NIGERIAN ARMY: 35 ARTILLERY BRIGADE INTERCEPTS LARGE QUANTITY OF DRUGS IN OGUN STATE, HANDS OVER EXHIBITS TO NDLEA

NIGERIAN ARMY: 35 ARTILLERY BRIGADE INTERCEPTS LARGE QUANTITY OF DRUGS IN OGUN STATE, HANDS OVER EXHIBITS TO NDLEA


The Nigerian Troops of 35 Artillery Brigade has again intercepted a vehicle conveying hard substances.


 According to a statement issued by Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the 35 Artillery Brigade Mohammed Goni confirmed that a Mazda model vehicle with Registration Number NRK 622 SB conveying large quantity of substance suspected to be Canabis Sativa at Mologbede village in Odeda LGA of Ogun State on Friday, 29 March, 2024.





The Commander 35 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Mohammed Tajudeen Aminu who commended the troops for their effort urged them to continue to remain vigilant in their various locations. 


The handing over of the 441 wrapped pieces of Pawpaw sized Cannabis Sativa weighing 223Kg and the Mazda vehicle to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency Ogun State Command took place on Tuesday, 03 April 2024.



The Commander represented by the Officer Commanding 35 Provost Company Major Gadzama Abdullahi reiterated that the Brigade will continue to sustain all efforts in collaborating with other security agencies to get rid of crimes and other social vises in the State.


The Commandant NDLEA Ogun State Command, Commander of Narcotics Jane Ibiba Odili in her remarks stated that she was highly excited over the synergy that exists between the  Military and other security agencies in State. 



Odili said General Aminu has truly been very supportive to NDLEA operations which has led to significant successes achieved by the Agency as this was not the first time such large quantity of Cannabis Sativa was intercepted by the military and handed over to the Agency.


She further stated that with the support of the military, NDLEA was able to break boundaries, burst drug syndicates and achieve a holistic outcomes in their overall drug fighting efforts.


The Nigerian Troops of 35 Artillery Brigade has again intercepted a vehicle conveying hard substances.


 According to a statement issued by Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the 35 Artillery Brigade Mohammed Goni confirmed that a Mazda model vehicle with Registration Number NRK 622 SB conveying large quantity of substance suspected to be Canabis Sativa at Mologbede village in Odeda LGA of Ogun State on Friday, 29 March, 2024.





The Commander 35 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Mohammed Tajudeen Aminu who commended the troops for their effort urged them to continue to remain vigilant in their various locations. 


The handing over of the 441 wrapped pieces of Pawpaw sized Cannabis Sativa weighing 223Kg and the Mazda vehicle to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency Ogun State Command took place on Tuesday, 03 April 2024.



The Commander represented by the Officer Commanding 35 Provost Company Major Gadzama Abdullahi reiterated that the Brigade will continue to sustain all efforts in collaborating with other security agencies to get rid of crimes and other social vises in the State.


The Commandant NDLEA Ogun State Command, Commander of Narcotics Jane Ibiba Odili in her remarks stated that she was highly excited over the synergy that exists between the  Military and other security agencies in State. 



Odili said General Aminu has truly been very supportive to NDLEA operations which has led to significant successes achieved by the Agency as this was not the first time such large quantity of Cannabis Sativa was intercepted by the military and handed over to the Agency.


She further stated that with the support of the military, NDLEA was able to break boundaries, burst drug syndicates and achieve a holistic outcomes in their overall drug fighting efforts.

#PHOTOS: HOW NIGERIAN TROOPS OF JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION UDO KA RAIDS IPOB/ESN B44 CAMP IN IMO STATE

#PHOTOS: HOW NIGERIAN TROOPS OF JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION UDO KA RAIDS IPOB/ESN B44 CAMP IN IMO STATE


The Nigerian Army in a statement has confirmed the troops of operation Udo Ka raided the IPOB in Imo State.


According to the reports, the Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA in continuation of its operations to stamp out the criminalities of IPOB/ESN from the South East Nigeria has raided and cleared the notorious Monday Oluchi Ogu Camp also known as B44 Camp in Imo State. 


The Nigerian Army said the raid operations commenced on Thursday 28 March 2024 and was aimed at clearing known Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate the Eastern Security Network (ESN) Camp located at the border of Njaba River bothering Awo-Omama Community in Oru East Local Government Area and Ezoiha community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State.


"During the clearance operations that continued on Friday troops came in contact with the criminals. Due to the superior fire power, the terrorists were forced to flee into the nearby bushes with various degrees of injuries and gunshot wounds. Troops further encountered and detonated some of the planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) meant to hinder troops movements. "


It is disheartening to discover that some innocent Ndigbos some reported kidnapped were gruesomely murdered and buried in shallow graves in the Camp without any form of dignity. As part of the Nigerian Army Civil Military Cooperation Relations, forensic analysis of some of the exhumed corpses will be done for a beffiting burial.  


Other items recovered include, Three IEDs, One RPG bomb, One motorcycle, Seven Baofeng handheld radios, local jewelries, a foreign ATM card, two SIM cards, two voters cards, Plate numbers of stolen vehicles and a toolbox.


The Force Commander Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA; Maj Gen HT DADA wish to assure all citizens of the NA's committments to ensure peace and stability in the region. The general public are enjoined to continue providing timely, reliable and credible information through its Toll free line *193* and press Option 2 to speak directly to a representative.


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The Nigerian Army in a statement has confirmed the troops of operation Udo Ka raided the IPOB in Imo State.


According to the reports, the Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA in continuation of its operations to stamp out the criminalities of IPOB/ESN from the South East Nigeria has raided and cleared the notorious Monday Oluchi Ogu Camp also known as B44 Camp in Imo State. 


The Nigerian Army said the raid operations commenced on Thursday 28 March 2024 and was aimed at clearing known Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate the Eastern Security Network (ESN) Camp located at the border of Njaba River bothering Awo-Omama Community in Oru East Local Government Area and Ezoiha community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State.


"During the clearance operations that continued on Friday troops came in contact with the criminals. Due to the superior fire power, the terrorists were forced to flee into the nearby bushes with various degrees of injuries and gunshot wounds. Troops further encountered and detonated some of the planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) meant to hinder troops movements. "


It is disheartening to discover that some innocent Ndigbos some reported kidnapped were gruesomely murdered and buried in shallow graves in the Camp without any form of dignity. As part of the Nigerian Army Civil Military Cooperation Relations, forensic analysis of some of the exhumed corpses will be done for a beffiting burial.  


Other items recovered include, Three IEDs, One RPG bomb, One motorcycle, Seven Baofeng handheld radios, local jewelries, a foreign ATM card, two SIM cards, two voters cards, Plate numbers of stolen vehicles and a toolbox.


The Force Commander Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA; Maj Gen HT DADA wish to assure all citizens of the NA's committments to ensure peace and stability in the region. The general public are enjoined to continue providing timely, reliable and credible information through its Toll free line *193* and press Option 2 to speak directly to a representative.


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Governor Adeleke Sets up Implementation Panel on the White Paper on Contract Review Committee

Governor Adeleke Sets up Implementation Panel on the White Paper on Contract Review Committee


In pursuance of his commitment to transparency and accountability, Governor Ademola Adeleke has set up an eight man panel  for the implementation of the report and white paper on the Committee for Review of Contract awarded during the administration of former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.


Governor Adeleke had in 2022 set up the contract review committee after assumption of office through an executive order. The decision followed  humongous contract corruption inherited from the previous administration.


The new panel is charged with enforcing the recommendations of that original review committee and the subsequent  white paper approved by the State Executive Council.


Members of the committee include Hon Kolapo Alimi,Esq, Commissioner for Information;  Hon Wole Jimi Bada,Esq, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice;  Hon Dosu Babatunde,Esq,Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters; Hon Jola Akintola, Esq, Commissioner for Health; Mr Bashiru Bello, Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Works and Infrastructure; Bello Sheriff, Senior Special Assistant on Bureau of Social Services  among others.


Terms of reference of the panel include enforcing the recommendations in the committee report and white paper,  ensuring prosecution of culprits through relevant agencies and implementing all institutional recommendations to prevent reoccurrence of distortions in contract award and management.


The committee is expected to commence operations immediately by giving effect to each of the committee recommendations as approved by the State Executive Council.


Governor Adeleke reaffirms his commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of state resources, vowing to implement the white paper on previous contract awards.


“We have a duty to secure state assets and resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations. We have a responsibility to enforce accountability as a precaution against leadership recklessness. I urge this committee to pursue all legal means to implement the recommendations of the contract review committee”, Governor Adeleke was quoted as saying.


The inauguration of the Committee comes up soon.


Signed:

Mallam Olawale Rasheed, 

Spokesperson to the State Governor


In pursuance of his commitment to transparency and accountability, Governor Ademola Adeleke has set up an eight man panel  for the implementation of the report and white paper on the Committee for Review of Contract awarded during the administration of former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.


Governor Adeleke had in 2022 set up the contract review committee after assumption of office through an executive order. The decision followed  humongous contract corruption inherited from the previous administration.


The new panel is charged with enforcing the recommendations of that original review committee and the subsequent  white paper approved by the State Executive Council.


Members of the committee include Hon Kolapo Alimi,Esq, Commissioner for Information;  Hon Wole Jimi Bada,Esq, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice;  Hon Dosu Babatunde,Esq,Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters; Hon Jola Akintola, Esq, Commissioner for Health; Mr Bashiru Bello, Permanent Secretary , Ministry of Works and Infrastructure; Bello Sheriff, Senior Special Assistant on Bureau of Social Services  among others.


Terms of reference of the panel include enforcing the recommendations in the committee report and white paper,  ensuring prosecution of culprits through relevant agencies and implementing all institutional recommendations to prevent reoccurrence of distortions in contract award and management.


The committee is expected to commence operations immediately by giving effect to each of the committee recommendations as approved by the State Executive Council.


Governor Adeleke reaffirms his commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of state resources, vowing to implement the white paper on previous contract awards.


“We have a duty to secure state assets and resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations. We have a responsibility to enforce accountability as a precaution against leadership recklessness. I urge this committee to pursue all legal means to implement the recommendations of the contract review committee”, Governor Adeleke was quoted as saying.


The inauguration of the Committee comes up soon.


Signed:

Mallam Olawale Rasheed, 

Spokesperson to the State Governor

NEWS RELEASE: Governor Adeleke Sets up Implementation Panel on the White Paper on Contract Review Committee

NEWS RELEASE: Governor Adeleke Sets up Implementation Panel on the White Paper on Contract Review Committee

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In pursuance of his commitment to transparency and accountability, Governor Ademola Adeleke has set up an eight man panel  for the implementation of the report and white paper on the Committee for Review of Contract awarded during the administration of former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.


Governor Adeleke had in 2022 set up the contract review committee after assumption of office through an executive order. The decision followed  humongous contract corruption inherited from the previous administration.


The new panel is charged with enforcing the recommendations of that original review committee and the subsequent white paper approved by the State Executive Council.


Members of the committee include Hon Kolapo Alimi,Esq, Commissioner for Information; Hon Wole Jimi Bada, Esq, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice; Hon Dosu Babatunde, Esq, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters; Hon Jola Akintola, Esq, Commissioner for Health; Mr Bashiru Bello, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure; Bello Sheriff, Senior Special Assistant on Bureau of Social Services  among others.


Terms of reference of the panel include enforcing the recommendations in the committee report and white paper, ensuring prosecution of culprits through relevant agencies and implementing all institutional recommendations to prevent reoccurrence of distortions in contract award and management.


The committee is expected to commence operations immediately by giving effect to each of the committee recommendations as approved by the State Executive Council.


Governor Adeleke reaffirms his commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of state resources, vowing to implement the white paper on previous contract awards.


“We have a duty to secure state assets and resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations. We have a responsibility to enforce accountability as a precaution against leadership recklessness. I urge this committee to pursue all legal means to implement the recommendations of the contract review committee”, Governor Adeleke was quoted as saying.


The inauguration of the committee comes up soon.


Signed:

Mallam Olawale Rasheed, 

Spokesperson to the State Governor

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In pursuance of his commitment to transparency and accountability, Governor Ademola Adeleke has set up an eight man panel  for the implementation of the report and white paper on the Committee for Review of Contract awarded during the administration of former Governor Gboyega Oyetola.


Governor Adeleke had in 2022 set up the contract review committee after assumption of office through an executive order. The decision followed  humongous contract corruption inherited from the previous administration.


The new panel is charged with enforcing the recommendations of that original review committee and the subsequent white paper approved by the State Executive Council.


Members of the committee include Hon Kolapo Alimi,Esq, Commissioner for Information; Hon Wole Jimi Bada, Esq, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice; Hon Dosu Babatunde, Esq, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters; Hon Jola Akintola, Esq, Commissioner for Health; Mr Bashiru Bello, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure; Bello Sheriff, Senior Special Assistant on Bureau of Social Services  among others.


Terms of reference of the panel include enforcing the recommendations in the committee report and white paper, ensuring prosecution of culprits through relevant agencies and implementing all institutional recommendations to prevent reoccurrence of distortions in contract award and management.


The committee is expected to commence operations immediately by giving effect to each of the committee recommendations as approved by the State Executive Council.


Governor Adeleke reaffirms his commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of state resources, vowing to implement the white paper on previous contract awards.


“We have a duty to secure state assets and resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations. We have a responsibility to enforce accountability as a precaution against leadership recklessness. I urge this committee to pursue all legal means to implement the recommendations of the contract review committee”, Governor Adeleke was quoted as saying.


The inauguration of the committee comes up soon.


Signed:

Mallam Olawale Rasheed, 

Spokesperson to the State Governor

FATF Grey List: EFCC, NFIU Step up Exit Plan

FATF Grey List: EFCC, NFIU Step up Exit Plan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 mapped out fresh strategies geared towards Nigeria’s exit from Financial Action Task Force, FATF’s Grey List.


The strategies arose from a courtesy visit of the Director and Chief Executive Officer of NFIU, Hafsat Abubakar Bakari to the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ola Olukoyede at the Commission’s corporate headquarters.


Bakari,  in her speech,  stated that the visit was driven by a kindred spirit, need for stronger bridges of relationship and the FATF challenge. “Our visit today is a recognition of the shared history and a step towards building the foundations of a stronger partnership. We are also here to discuss the steps we need to take together to ensure that Nigeria exits from the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force in the near future.”


 In a presentation, the NFIU’s boss outlined the various intelligence-generating and sharing modalities her Unit has been undertaken to serve relevant agencies across the country. She also laid bare how the NFIU has been enforcing compliance obligations of reporting entities to it. She pledged greater effectiveness and integrity of intelligence to tackle corruption, insecurity, banditry,  terrorist financing and other threats to peace and progress of the nation.  “I assure the Commission that we will continue to carry out our assignments with utmost integrity and effectiveness”, she said.  


Olukoyede in his remarks assured her of EFCC’s total involvement and commitment in all that are needed towards the exit. “We are together in this. The EFCC has been playing major roles in driving the exit action plan. And I assure you that we will not rest on our oars, not necessarily to satisfy the international community alone but for the overall growth and development of our nation.  “Foreign interests alone must not drive us to do what is right but the interest of our country. We should always do what is right at all times, not just to satisfy any foreign interests but because right is right,  Let’s carry out the action plan to grow our economy.”


 The FATF, February 2023, added Nigeria to its list of countries under monitoring, designated as “Grey List.” This listing required the country to implement an action plan comprising 19 items before May 2025 to avoid the greater danger of upgrade to the “Black List” which comes with dire economic consequences. 


Olukoyede expressed optimism that the combined works of the EFCC, NFIU and other relevant agencies will assist Nigeria to exit the grey list.


He reiterated his commitment towards preventive frameworks in tackling economic and financial crimes, stressing that it is cheaper to prevent corruption than to fight it.

 


Source:  EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 mapped out fresh strategies geared towards Nigeria’s exit from Financial Action Task Force, FATF’s Grey List.


The strategies arose from a courtesy visit of the Director and Chief Executive Officer of NFIU, Hafsat Abubakar Bakari to the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ola Olukoyede at the Commission’s corporate headquarters.


Bakari,  in her speech,  stated that the visit was driven by a kindred spirit, need for stronger bridges of relationship and the FATF challenge. “Our visit today is a recognition of the shared history and a step towards building the foundations of a stronger partnership. We are also here to discuss the steps we need to take together to ensure that Nigeria exits from the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force in the near future.”


 In a presentation, the NFIU’s boss outlined the various intelligence-generating and sharing modalities her Unit has been undertaken to serve relevant agencies across the country. She also laid bare how the NFIU has been enforcing compliance obligations of reporting entities to it. She pledged greater effectiveness and integrity of intelligence to tackle corruption, insecurity, banditry,  terrorist financing and other threats to peace and progress of the nation.  “I assure the Commission that we will continue to carry out our assignments with utmost integrity and effectiveness”, she said.  


Olukoyede in his remarks assured her of EFCC’s total involvement and commitment in all that are needed towards the exit. “We are together in this. The EFCC has been playing major roles in driving the exit action plan. And I assure you that we will not rest on our oars, not necessarily to satisfy the international community alone but for the overall growth and development of our nation.  “Foreign interests alone must not drive us to do what is right but the interest of our country. We should always do what is right at all times, not just to satisfy any foreign interests but because right is right,  Let’s carry out the action plan to grow our economy.”


 The FATF, February 2023, added Nigeria to its list of countries under monitoring, designated as “Grey List.” This listing required the country to implement an action plan comprising 19 items before May 2025 to avoid the greater danger of upgrade to the “Black List” which comes with dire economic consequences. 


Olukoyede expressed optimism that the combined works of the EFCC, NFIU and other relevant agencies will assist Nigeria to exit the grey list.


He reiterated his commitment towards preventive frameworks in tackling economic and financial crimes, stressing that it is cheaper to prevent corruption than to fight it.

 


Source:  EFCC

EFCC Arrests Man for Issuing Death Threat against Olukoyede

EFCC Arrests Man for Issuing Death Threat against Olukoyede


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, March 18, 2024, arrested one Kayode Cole for issuing a death threat against the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ola Olukoyede.


Cole was arrested at the Lugbe axis of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.



The suspect made the death threat through his Instagram page handle: “1billionsecretss”, while commenting on a story posted by a popular Instagram blogger, Instablog9ja on February 1, 2024.


Instablog9ja had posted a story with a caption: “A Religious Sect Is Laundering Money for Terrorists. We Traced N7 Billion Fraud Proceeds to another Religious Group- EFCC Chairman”.


Reacting on the comment section of Instablog9ja, Cole stated that the EFCC Chairman will be dead in six months.

 “He will be dead in six months. This man will be dead in 6months remembered, I said it”, he said.


In the course of interrogation,  the suspect claimed that he was just “chasing clout.”

He will be handed over to the appropriate authority for further investigation and prosecution.


Recall that the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, had on Wednesday, January 30, 2024, at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, during a one-day dialogue on “Youth, Religion, and the Fight against Corruption.” revealed that the Commission had uncovered how a religious sect in Nigeria is laundering money for terrorists.


The EFCC boss also stated that another religious body was found to be protecting a money launderer after some money suspected to have been laundered was traced to the organization’s bank account.

 



Source: EFCC


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, March 18, 2024, arrested one Kayode Cole for issuing a death threat against the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ola Olukoyede.


Cole was arrested at the Lugbe axis of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.



The suspect made the death threat through his Instagram page handle: “1billionsecretss”, while commenting on a story posted by a popular Instagram blogger, Instablog9ja on February 1, 2024.


Instablog9ja had posted a story with a caption: “A Religious Sect Is Laundering Money for Terrorists. We Traced N7 Billion Fraud Proceeds to another Religious Group- EFCC Chairman”.


Reacting on the comment section of Instablog9ja, Cole stated that the EFCC Chairman will be dead in six months.

 “He will be dead in six months. This man will be dead in 6months remembered, I said it”, he said.


In the course of interrogation,  the suspect claimed that he was just “chasing clout.”

He will be handed over to the appropriate authority for further investigation and prosecution.


Recall that the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, had on Wednesday, January 30, 2024, at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, during a one-day dialogue on “Youth, Religion, and the Fight against Corruption.” revealed that the Commission had uncovered how a religious sect in Nigeria is laundering money for terrorists.


The EFCC boss also stated that another religious body was found to be protecting a money launderer after some money suspected to have been laundered was traced to the organization’s bank account.

 



Source: EFCC

NIGERIAN ARMY: SITUATION REPORT ON THE ATTACK AND KILLING OF MILITARY PERSONNEL ON PEACE MISSION BY OKUOMA COMMUNITY

NIGERIAN ARMY: SITUATION REPORT ON THE ATTACK AND KILLING OF MILITARY PERSONNEL ON PEACE MISSION BY OKUOMA COMMUNITY


The troops of 181 Amphibious Batallion, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State While on peace mission to OKUOMA community in BOMADI LGA of Delta State were surrounded by some community youths and killed on Thursday, 14 March, 2024. The unfortunate incident occurred when the troops responded to a distress call after the communal crisis between the Okuama and Okoloba communities both in Delta State. 


The reinforcement team led by the Commanding officer was also attacked, leading to the death of the Commanding officer, two Majors, one Captain and 12 Soldiers. 


The Chief of Defence Staff ( CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa has directed the immediate investigation and arrest of those involved in the heinous crime. The occurrence has been reported to the Delta State Govt.  

 

 However, the military remains focused and committed to its mandate of maintaining peace and security in the country. So far, a few arrests have been made while steps in place to unravel the motive behind the attack. Additional details later.


TUKUR GUSAU

Brigadier General

Acting Director, Defence Information. 

16 March, 2024.


The troops of 181 Amphibious Batallion, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State While on peace mission to OKUOMA community in BOMADI LGA of Delta State were surrounded by some community youths and killed on Thursday, 14 March, 2024. The unfortunate incident occurred when the troops responded to a distress call after the communal crisis between the Okuama and Okoloba communities both in Delta State. 


The reinforcement team led by the Commanding officer was also attacked, leading to the death of the Commanding officer, two Majors, one Captain and 12 Soldiers. 


The Chief of Defence Staff ( CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa has directed the immediate investigation and arrest of those involved in the heinous crime. The occurrence has been reported to the Delta State Govt.  

 

 However, the military remains focused and committed to its mandate of maintaining peace and security in the country. So far, a few arrests have been made while steps in place to unravel the motive behind the attack. Additional details later.


TUKUR GUSAU

Brigadier General

Acting Director, Defence Information. 

16 March, 2024.

Nigeria needs strategy overhaul!

Nigeria needs strategy overhaul!

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



As of today, the basic problem with Nigeria on the war against terrorism is that she is following a defective strategic front. This is what the situation is and it is very sad! All the empirical evidence in the last ten or so years have shown that Nigeria has been following a wrong policy in her counterterrorism warfare and all eyes can see it. The problem is that we are fighting unconventional warfare in which our security forces are not trained in terms of equipment, strategy and mindset. To get things right, the reboot must start from the military academy and the method of recruitment, for the people who are recruited to fight unconventional warfare might not be exactly the same as those who are recruited to fight conventional warfare. In other words, it is a multidimensional problem which must start from the military and its structure.


For Nigeria, her problem with terrorism dates back to the Maitatsine Riots of the early 1980s, during the Shehu Shagari era. A Judicial Enquiry was set up and its Report was prophetic. For example, it saw the plans being developed and suggested ways of ameliorating the social crisis which was bound to get deeper. Had the Judicial Report on the Maitatsine Risings been taken seriously and implemented, starting from the time of Shagari, Nigeria would most certainly not have gotten to where she is at the moment, if not nipped in the bud. It’s not possible! But the political will, even the interest, was not showing. That’s why we are now spending about 20% of our national budget on something that was preventable. Regrettable, there is no end in sight! It is now inevitable for Nigeria to go back to the Maitatsine Report if she must find a solution. It is important dear fatherland learns from other places about how to prevent a never-ending war by engendering an effective Defence Budget.


In 1959, General Dwight Eisenhower in his last major speech as President of the United States of America warned about the entrenchment of a military industrial complex. Of course, Eisenhower’s warnings foretold the future. Unfortunately, Nigeria is among the countries that are currently bearing the brunt of not taking his forebodings about the future seriously. The fact of the matter is that the military industrial complex, once entrenched, becomes self-perpetuating, leading to ever-increasing Defence Budgets and never-ending wars. President John. F. Kennedy, who succeeded Eisenhower, took the warning seriously by appointing Robert McNamara, the then Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s largest corporations, Ford Motors, as his Defence Secretary. McNamara’s job was to devise and implement _Planning, Programming, Budgeting Systems_ (PPBS) in order to streamline the Defence Budgeting System, eliminate waste and duplication and make it more effective.


In 1983, President Shagari, in his 2nd Term, brought in the late Omowaye Kuye as Director of Budget to work out a PPBS across the board, not just for the military but also Housing, Health, Roads and other sectors. Sadly, that regime did not last 100 days! Basically, if Nigeria is to avoid the trap of a never-ending terror war, it’s time she devised her PPBS in order to have a more cost-effective Defence Budget which will at the same time robustly tackle terrorism. There is no alternative! The PPBS should also be applied to all the internal security mechanisms: Military, Police, Civil Defence, Intelligence Agency, even Customs Service.


That 287 innocent schoolchildren could be kidnapped from a school and Nigerians are moving on as if nothing has happened is not only surprising but also infuriating. So, where are the Emirs and why are they keeping silent in the face of a deep cavity in their region’s future? For God’s sake, is there something the suffering masses need to know which successive governments have been keeping away from us? By the way, who says Kuriga cannot happen to the Southwest and who says Ekiti cannot resurrect, especially in the region’s low-hanging states? In rebooting therefore, it’s better for other regions to learn fast and get fully prepared. Since it may not be politically expedient to hire mercenaries, Nigeria must develop and equip Special Forces with the fierce urgency of now even as technology such as sensors, drones, aerial surveillance systems, magnetics and artificial intelligence must not only be incorporated but also be at the heart of the reevaluation of the Defence package. Data scientists and forensic experts such as industrial chemists, biochemists and others in that mould must also be incorporated into the heart of the new strategic framework.


Nigeria has to start anew as she has already fallen into a trap. Those in authority are well-advised to move into the realm of critical thinking and take more than a cursory look at the magnificent works of the past such as the former Commander of the British Land Forces, Lt. General Frank Edward Kitson’s path-breaking ‘low intensity operations’. Originally published in 1979, about 17 contemptuous chapters of Kitson’s work are still not published and that’s on the orders of successive British governments, for it gives a valuable insight into the nature and strategies of the anti-insurgency warfare.


Throughout history, once policy is not separated from procurement, a never-ending war becomes an option because some people are bound to benefit from the spoils of a failed system. Tragically too, the more out-of-school children the country produces, the more it continues to feed the war machine because those untrained and uncatered-for children are ready recruits. Since counterinsurgency war in Nigeria has become as big a business as the Ministry of Works, the country must reevaluate its spending pattern if it must make headway. Feeding the procurement machine without working out the strategic imperative can only be likened to moving amiss. So, Nigeria must embrace a collective sense of responsibility and countermeasure devoid of ethnic and other primordial sentiments if she is to make any gains in the onslaught on the blood money merchants.


One advantage that Nigeria has today is that she has as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces a man who came into office from the managerial background. So, President Bola Tinubu must see the current war against terrorism and banditry as a crisis of project management and strategy. Thus, Nigerians expect Tinubu as a proven manager of men and resources to deploy his proven managerial skills which he demonstrated as governor of Lagos State into the war against terrorism and let the madness come to an end now.


Well, yours sincerely has never been an apostle of the declaration of a state of emergency because its usefulness has not been felt in Nigeria. The more reason the presidents has Tinubu also has to up his game for Nigerians will be disappointed if he goes the Muhammadu Buhari way. At a time like this, Nigerians need clarity on some burning issues and the national government needs to communicate to Nigerians but it seems as if the president’s men are not looking in that direction. The notorious truth is that we can’t keep talking about attacking insecurity in Nigeria without building trust and this is where sincerity of purpose on the part of the government is most useful. So, the president has to recalibrate his plans. He also needs to change his style, if need be. Tinubu will do well by suspending other not-so-important engagements for decisive decisions that will make his regime different from his predecessors. Nigeria is burning and the president needs to reassure Nigerians that he is up to the task. In sane climes, the police and army chiefs would have long relocated to the forests to rescue the victims.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _●[email protected]

 _●08098614418 - SMS only_

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



As of today, the basic problem with Nigeria on the war against terrorism is that she is following a defective strategic front. This is what the situation is and it is very sad! All the empirical evidence in the last ten or so years have shown that Nigeria has been following a wrong policy in her counterterrorism warfare and all eyes can see it. The problem is that we are fighting unconventional warfare in which our security forces are not trained in terms of equipment, strategy and mindset. To get things right, the reboot must start from the military academy and the method of recruitment, for the people who are recruited to fight unconventional warfare might not be exactly the same as those who are recruited to fight conventional warfare. In other words, it is a multidimensional problem which must start from the military and its structure.


For Nigeria, her problem with terrorism dates back to the Maitatsine Riots of the early 1980s, during the Shehu Shagari era. A Judicial Enquiry was set up and its Report was prophetic. For example, it saw the plans being developed and suggested ways of ameliorating the social crisis which was bound to get deeper. Had the Judicial Report on the Maitatsine Risings been taken seriously and implemented, starting from the time of Shagari, Nigeria would most certainly not have gotten to where she is at the moment, if not nipped in the bud. It’s not possible! But the political will, even the interest, was not showing. That’s why we are now spending about 20% of our national budget on something that was preventable. Regrettable, there is no end in sight! It is now inevitable for Nigeria to go back to the Maitatsine Report if she must find a solution. It is important dear fatherland learns from other places about how to prevent a never-ending war by engendering an effective Defence Budget.


In 1959, General Dwight Eisenhower in his last major speech as President of the United States of America warned about the entrenchment of a military industrial complex. Of course, Eisenhower’s warnings foretold the future. Unfortunately, Nigeria is among the countries that are currently bearing the brunt of not taking his forebodings about the future seriously. The fact of the matter is that the military industrial complex, once entrenched, becomes self-perpetuating, leading to ever-increasing Defence Budgets and never-ending wars. President John. F. Kennedy, who succeeded Eisenhower, took the warning seriously by appointing Robert McNamara, the then Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s largest corporations, Ford Motors, as his Defence Secretary. McNamara’s job was to devise and implement _Planning, Programming, Budgeting Systems_ (PPBS) in order to streamline the Defence Budgeting System, eliminate waste and duplication and make it more effective.


In 1983, President Shagari, in his 2nd Term, brought in the late Omowaye Kuye as Director of Budget to work out a PPBS across the board, not just for the military but also Housing, Health, Roads and other sectors. Sadly, that regime did not last 100 days! Basically, if Nigeria is to avoid the trap of a never-ending terror war, it’s time she devised her PPBS in order to have a more cost-effective Defence Budget which will at the same time robustly tackle terrorism. There is no alternative! The PPBS should also be applied to all the internal security mechanisms: Military, Police, Civil Defence, Intelligence Agency, even Customs Service.


That 287 innocent schoolchildren could be kidnapped from a school and Nigerians are moving on as if nothing has happened is not only surprising but also infuriating. So, where are the Emirs and why are they keeping silent in the face of a deep cavity in their region’s future? For God’s sake, is there something the suffering masses need to know which successive governments have been keeping away from us? By the way, who says Kuriga cannot happen to the Southwest and who says Ekiti cannot resurrect, especially in the region’s low-hanging states? In rebooting therefore, it’s better for other regions to learn fast and get fully prepared. Since it may not be politically expedient to hire mercenaries, Nigeria must develop and equip Special Forces with the fierce urgency of now even as technology such as sensors, drones, aerial surveillance systems, magnetics and artificial intelligence must not only be incorporated but also be at the heart of the reevaluation of the Defence package. Data scientists and forensic experts such as industrial chemists, biochemists and others in that mould must also be incorporated into the heart of the new strategic framework.


Nigeria has to start anew as she has already fallen into a trap. Those in authority are well-advised to move into the realm of critical thinking and take more than a cursory look at the magnificent works of the past such as the former Commander of the British Land Forces, Lt. General Frank Edward Kitson’s path-breaking ‘low intensity operations’. Originally published in 1979, about 17 contemptuous chapters of Kitson’s work are still not published and that’s on the orders of successive British governments, for it gives a valuable insight into the nature and strategies of the anti-insurgency warfare.


Throughout history, once policy is not separated from procurement, a never-ending war becomes an option because some people are bound to benefit from the spoils of a failed system. Tragically too, the more out-of-school children the country produces, the more it continues to feed the war machine because those untrained and uncatered-for children are ready recruits. Since counterinsurgency war in Nigeria has become as big a business as the Ministry of Works, the country must reevaluate its spending pattern if it must make headway. Feeding the procurement machine without working out the strategic imperative can only be likened to moving amiss. So, Nigeria must embrace a collective sense of responsibility and countermeasure devoid of ethnic and other primordial sentiments if she is to make any gains in the onslaught on the blood money merchants.


One advantage that Nigeria has today is that she has as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces a man who came into office from the managerial background. So, President Bola Tinubu must see the current war against terrorism and banditry as a crisis of project management and strategy. Thus, Nigerians expect Tinubu as a proven manager of men and resources to deploy his proven managerial skills which he demonstrated as governor of Lagos State into the war against terrorism and let the madness come to an end now.


Well, yours sincerely has never been an apostle of the declaration of a state of emergency because its usefulness has not been felt in Nigeria. The more reason the presidents has Tinubu also has to up his game for Nigerians will be disappointed if he goes the Muhammadu Buhari way. At a time like this, Nigerians need clarity on some burning issues and the national government needs to communicate to Nigerians but it seems as if the president’s men are not looking in that direction. The notorious truth is that we can’t keep talking about attacking insecurity in Nigeria without building trust and this is where sincerity of purpose on the part of the government is most useful. So, the president has to recalibrate his plans. He also needs to change his style, if need be. Tinubu will do well by suspending other not-so-important engagements for decisive decisions that will make his regime different from his predecessors. Nigeria is burning and the president needs to reassure Nigerians that he is up to the task. In sane climes, the police and army chiefs would have long relocated to the forests to rescue the victims.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _●[email protected]

 _●08098614418 - SMS only_

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