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REPORT: Recent recruitment marred by corruption, list flooded with non-applicants — Police

REPORT: Recent recruitment marred by corruption, list flooded with non-applicants — Police


The  Nigeria Police Force has raised that alarm about the irregularities and alleged corruption in the recently released names of successful candidates in the ongoing 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise.


According to report, upon careful scrutiny of the list released on the Police Service Commission (PSC) portal, it was discovered that Nigerians who never applied, candidates who failed the Computer Based Test, and those screened out due to medical reasons made it to the final list.


Source: Nairaland 


The  Nigeria Police Force has raised that alarm about the irregularities and alleged corruption in the recently released names of successful candidates in the ongoing 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise.


According to report, upon careful scrutiny of the list released on the Police Service Commission (PSC) portal, it was discovered that Nigerians who never applied, candidates who failed the Computer Based Test, and those screened out due to medical reasons made it to the final list.


Source: Nairaland 

PRESS RELEASE: PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE ONDO STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

PRESS RELEASE: PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE ONDO STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Ondo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in the State and Local Government offices.


In line with the provision of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, two (2) political parties conducted fresh primaries to replace their earlier nominated candidates and their running mates by the deadline of 10th June 2024. The parties are the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) while five (5) parties replaced their running mates only. They are the African Action Congress (AAC), the Action Democratic Party (ADP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).


Overall, seventeen (17) political parties are fielding candidates for the election. No political party has nominated a female candidate while one (1) candidate nominated by the African Democratic Congress (ADC) is a person with disability (a paraplegic). The final list also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age and academic qualifications.


The list has been published at our office in Akure and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information. 


COMMENCEMENT OF CAMPAIGN BY POLITICAL PARTIES IN PUBLIC 


With the publication of the final list of candidates, the next activity is electionering campaign. 


As provided by Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, campaign by Political Parties in public shall commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day. 


Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 19th June 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 14th November 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.


As parties commence this critical phase of the election, the Commission once again reminds candidates, agents and their supporters of the provision of the law and the Commission's guidelines governing such activity. For emphasis, parties shall conduct their campaigns with civility and decorum devoid of inciting language, violence, voter inducement and other infractions in accordance with the provisions of Section 92-97 of the Electoral Act 2022. 


The Ondo State Governorship Election is scheduled to hold on Saturday 16th November 2024.


Sam Olumekun mni 

National Commissioner & Chairman, 

Information and Voter Education Committee

Thursday 13th June 2024

The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Ondo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in the State and Local Government offices.


In line with the provision of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, two (2) political parties conducted fresh primaries to replace their earlier nominated candidates and their running mates by the deadline of 10th June 2024. The parties are the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) while five (5) parties replaced their running mates only. They are the African Action Congress (AAC), the Action Democratic Party (ADP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).


Overall, seventeen (17) political parties are fielding candidates for the election. No political party has nominated a female candidate while one (1) candidate nominated by the African Democratic Congress (ADC) is a person with disability (a paraplegic). The final list also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age and academic qualifications.


The list has been published at our office in Akure and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information. 


COMMENCEMENT OF CAMPAIGN BY POLITICAL PARTIES IN PUBLIC 


With the publication of the final list of candidates, the next activity is electionering campaign. 


As provided by Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, campaign by Political Parties in public shall commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day. 


Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 19th June 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 14th November 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.


As parties commence this critical phase of the election, the Commission once again reminds candidates, agents and their supporters of the provision of the law and the Commission's guidelines governing such activity. For emphasis, parties shall conduct their campaigns with civility and decorum devoid of inciting language, violence, voter inducement and other infractions in accordance with the provisions of Section 92-97 of the Electoral Act 2022. 


The Ondo State Governorship Election is scheduled to hold on Saturday 16th November 2024.


Sam Olumekun mni 

National Commissioner & Chairman, 

Information and Voter Education Committee

Thursday 13th June 2024

IPOB Leader Simon Ekpa must be prosecuted, Finnish government giving him support says Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff

IPOB Leader Simon Ekpa must be prosecuted, Finnish government giving him support says Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff

Ekoa

Nigeria's chief of defence staff (CDS),  Christopher Musa has said Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), must be arrested and prosecuted.


Musa, on Wednesday during a Channels Television special broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 2024 Democracy Day said Ekpa is based in Finland and has continued to issue the sit-at-home order in IPOB’s and Kanu’s names.

The Nigerian Army General accused the government of Finland of shielding Simon Ekpa, a self-proclaimed prime minister of the IPOB.


It should be noted that Nnamdi Kanu has not been convicted of any crime yet despite his incarceration since his abduction by Buhari led APC government.

Ekoa

Nigeria's chief of defence staff (CDS),  Christopher Musa has said Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), must be arrested and prosecuted.


Musa, on Wednesday during a Channels Television special broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 2024 Democracy Day said Ekpa is based in Finland and has continued to issue the sit-at-home order in IPOB’s and Kanu’s names.

The Nigerian Army General accused the government of Finland of shielding Simon Ekpa, a self-proclaimed prime minister of the IPOB.


It should be noted that Nnamdi Kanu has not been convicted of any crime yet despite his incarceration since his abduction by Buhari led APC government.

How Agunloye Received N5.2m in Alleged $6b Mambila Power Project Contract Fraud — Witness

How Agunloye Received N5.2m in Alleged $6b Mambila Power Project Contract Fraud — Witness


A prosecuting witness in the trial of former Minister of Power and Steel, Olu Agunloye on Monday, June 10, 2024 narrated before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie of the Federal Capital City,  FCT High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, how multiple transfers were made in favour of Agunloye by Jide Sotirin, a staff of Sunrise Power and Transmission Ltd.


Agunloye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on seven-count charges  bordering on official corruption and fraudulent award of Mambila Power Project contract to the tune of $6billion (Six Billion US Dollars).


The witness, Adebayo Ilori, a compliance officer with Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB,  

while being led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Abba Mohammed, 

disclosed that “Sometimes  in October 2022, the bank received a letter from EFCC requesting for some information on the account opening package, statement of account and certificate of identification on two customers, Olu Agunloye and Jide Sotirin. Upon receiving the letter, Wale Agunbiade, head of the Unit went ahead to generate the statement of account from the computer system of the bank”.


“Upon receiving the account opening package and statement of account, we compared the information generated because the statement of account was generated from the bank’s application by imputing the customer’s details on the computer system and all the parameters requested, which was then printed out. Then the bank compared what was printed and what was on the system to ascertain the accuracy of documents. 


“The bank further prepared a covering letter and certificate of identification with the requested documents, which was signed by Wale Agunbiade, and then dispatched to the EFCC.”


When shown the acknowledgment copy of the said documents from the EFCC and GTB’s response by prosecution counsel, the witness confirmed that they were genuine, following which they were admitted by the court as exhibits.


Further in his testimony, the witness stated that Sotirin was the signatory to the account from which he transferred a total sum of N5, 221,000 (Five Million, Two Hundred and Twenty-one Thousand) to Agunloye, allegedly in relation to the Mambila 

Power Project contract award.


The witness established that Sotirin on August 10, 2019, transferred the sum of N3,600,000 from his account to Agunloye. On October 22, 2019, he transferred 

N500,000 to Agunloye and equally did so on November 13, 2019  to the tune of N1,121,000.


“On exhibit EFCC (1b), the name of the account holder is Agunloye Olu and it is a  naira account. On 10 August 2019, there was a transfer credit of N3,600,000 from Sotirin Jide Abiodun in favour of Agunloye Olu. Also on 22 October 2019, there was a credit transfer of N500,000 from Sotirin Jide Abiodun to Olu Agunloye and on 13 Nov 2019, there was a credit transfer of N1,121,000 from Jide Sotirin Abiodun to Agunloye Olu,” the witness stated. 


The matter was adjourned till June 11, 2024 for cross-examination. 



Source: EFCC 


A prosecuting witness in the trial of former Minister of Power and Steel, Olu Agunloye on Monday, June 10, 2024 narrated before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie of the Federal Capital City,  FCT High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, how multiple transfers were made in favour of Agunloye by Jide Sotirin, a staff of Sunrise Power and Transmission Ltd.


Agunloye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on seven-count charges  bordering on official corruption and fraudulent award of Mambila Power Project contract to the tune of $6billion (Six Billion US Dollars).


The witness, Adebayo Ilori, a compliance officer with Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB,  

while being led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Abba Mohammed, 

disclosed that “Sometimes  in October 2022, the bank received a letter from EFCC requesting for some information on the account opening package, statement of account and certificate of identification on two customers, Olu Agunloye and Jide Sotirin. Upon receiving the letter, Wale Agunbiade, head of the Unit went ahead to generate the statement of account from the computer system of the bank”.


“Upon receiving the account opening package and statement of account, we compared the information generated because the statement of account was generated from the bank’s application by imputing the customer’s details on the computer system and all the parameters requested, which was then printed out. Then the bank compared what was printed and what was on the system to ascertain the accuracy of documents. 


“The bank further prepared a covering letter and certificate of identification with the requested documents, which was signed by Wale Agunbiade, and then dispatched to the EFCC.”


When shown the acknowledgment copy of the said documents from the EFCC and GTB’s response by prosecution counsel, the witness confirmed that they were genuine, following which they were admitted by the court as exhibits.


Further in his testimony, the witness stated that Sotirin was the signatory to the account from which he transferred a total sum of N5, 221,000 (Five Million, Two Hundred and Twenty-one Thousand) to Agunloye, allegedly in relation to the Mambila 

Power Project contract award.


The witness established that Sotirin on August 10, 2019, transferred the sum of N3,600,000 from his account to Agunloye. On October 22, 2019, he transferred 

N500,000 to Agunloye and equally did so on November 13, 2019  to the tune of N1,121,000.


“On exhibit EFCC (1b), the name of the account holder is Agunloye Olu and it is a  naira account. On 10 August 2019, there was a transfer credit of N3,600,000 from Sotirin Jide Abiodun in favour of Agunloye Olu. Also on 22 October 2019, there was a credit transfer of N500,000 from Sotirin Jide Abiodun to Olu Agunloye and on 13 Nov 2019, there was a credit transfer of N1,121,000 from Jide Sotirin Abiodun to Agunloye Olu,” the witness stated. 


The matter was adjourned till June 11, 2024 for cross-examination. 



Source: EFCC 

Minimum wage cries Envelope the air in Abuja as Nigeria marks June 12 Democracy Day (VIDEO)

Minimum wage cries Envelope the air in Abuja as Nigeria marks June 12 Democracy Day (VIDEO)

THE SAD REALITIES OF JUNE 12, 2024 ANNIVERSARY IN A NIGERIA OF ANYTHING GOES!



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THE SAD REALITIES OF JUNE 12, 2024 ANNIVERSARY IN A NIGERIA OF ANYTHING GOES!



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June 12 Democracy Day: Nigeria Has Deteriorated Into Classical State Capture — Peter Obi

June 12 Democracy Day: Nigeria Has Deteriorated Into Classical State Capture — Peter Obi

Peter Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general election Peter Obi has voiced concerns about Nigeria’s democratic progress, claiming that the country has deteriorated into a state of “classical state capture.”


Obi stated this in a statement to mark Nigeria’s June 12 Democracy Day celebrations where many Nigerians are protesting of hunger, inflation and maladmiration of the Tinubu led APC government. Reflecting on the nation’s 25-year journey towards democracy, Peter Obi questioned whether Nigeria has truly upheld democratic principles.


He stated that while the transition in 1999 seemed promising, the country has since shifted into a system where governance benefits a select few, leading to widespread deprivation. True democracy should prioritize the welfare of its citizens, uphold their rights, ensure that laws are respected, and hold leaders accountable."


Obi said: ”The consequences of not being a true democracy have led to leadership failures that have resulted in uncontrolled systemic corruption, high levels of insecurity, lack of freedom of speech, increasing poverty rates, and unprecedented levels of hunger and hardship, which remain unsolved and are growing geometrically.


”True democracy should be people-oriented, where the rights of citizens are respected, the laws are obeyed, the leaders remain accountable to the people, and people’s welfare and care, especially for the poor, become paramount and high priorities.


”Unfortunately, the opposite is the case in our situation. To further illustrate that we are not truly democratic and have only produced the vices enumerated above, we are now ranked as follows: In the measurement of democracy, we have a democracy index score of 4.23, which ranks us low on the Global Democracy Index.


”In the Corruption Perception Index, we are ranked 145th among the 180 countries measured, showing a high level of corruption in Nigeria. In the Rule of Law Measurement, we are ranked 120th out of 142 countries measured in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index, indicating that Nigeria suffers from gross disobedience to the rule of law.


”The 2024 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) describes Nigeria as one of West Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists.


”Nigeria ranks 112th out of 180 countries where journalists are regularly monitored, attacked, and arbitrarily arrested. We are ranked 109th out of 125 countries measured on the Global Hunger Index.


”Let us, therefore, use the commemoration of June 12 as an occasion to return to a truly democratic nation. We achieved that feat on June 12, 1993, by collectively voting for democracy in Nigeria. We must stand in defence of Nigeria’s democracy today.”

Peter Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general election Peter Obi has voiced concerns about Nigeria’s democratic progress, claiming that the country has deteriorated into a state of “classical state capture.”


Obi stated this in a statement to mark Nigeria’s June 12 Democracy Day celebrations where many Nigerians are protesting of hunger, inflation and maladmiration of the Tinubu led APC government. Reflecting on the nation’s 25-year journey towards democracy, Peter Obi questioned whether Nigeria has truly upheld democratic principles.


He stated that while the transition in 1999 seemed promising, the country has since shifted into a system where governance benefits a select few, leading to widespread deprivation. True democracy should prioritize the welfare of its citizens, uphold their rights, ensure that laws are respected, and hold leaders accountable."


Obi said: ”The consequences of not being a true democracy have led to leadership failures that have resulted in uncontrolled systemic corruption, high levels of insecurity, lack of freedom of speech, increasing poverty rates, and unprecedented levels of hunger and hardship, which remain unsolved and are growing geometrically.


”True democracy should be people-oriented, where the rights of citizens are respected, the laws are obeyed, the leaders remain accountable to the people, and people’s welfare and care, especially for the poor, become paramount and high priorities.


”Unfortunately, the opposite is the case in our situation. To further illustrate that we are not truly democratic and have only produced the vices enumerated above, we are now ranked as follows: In the measurement of democracy, we have a democracy index score of 4.23, which ranks us low on the Global Democracy Index.


”In the Corruption Perception Index, we are ranked 145th among the 180 countries measured, showing a high level of corruption in Nigeria. In the Rule of Law Measurement, we are ranked 120th out of 142 countries measured in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index, indicating that Nigeria suffers from gross disobedience to the rule of law.


”The 2024 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) describes Nigeria as one of West Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists.


”Nigeria ranks 112th out of 180 countries where journalists are regularly monitored, attacked, and arbitrarily arrested. We are ranked 109th out of 125 countries measured on the Global Hunger Index.


”Let us, therefore, use the commemoration of June 12 as an occasion to return to a truly democratic nation. We achieved that feat on June 12, 1993, by collectively voting for democracy in Nigeria. We must stand in defence of Nigeria’s democracy today.”

Rain of Curses, Negative Comments trail @INECNIGERIA on X Over Democracy Day Message

Rain of Curses, Negative Comments trail @INECNIGERIA on X Over Democracy Day Message

 

Although the supreme court of Nigeria had ruled in favour of the President Bola Hamed Tinubu as duly election in the matters of the 2023 general election. The Truth remained with the populace that the All Progressive Congress APC had lost the good will of the people and never won the last general election in Nigeria but that INEC was complicit in the election frauds that ensure APC and Tinubu been declared and returned as duly elected in the 2023 general election.


As occasioned by hunger , hardship and inflation in the land and obvious maladmiration of the APC LED federal government, some Nigerians were raining curses on the INEC official handle in response to the democracy day message, while others were training the umpire with negative comments.

 



Free, fair and credible elections are not visible in Nigeria under Prof Manhood Yakubu led INEC 

 

Although the supreme court of Nigeria had ruled in favour of the President Bola Hamed Tinubu as duly election in the matters of the 2023 general election. The Truth remained with the populace that the All Progressive Congress APC had lost the good will of the people and never won the last general election in Nigeria but that INEC was complicit in the election frauds that ensure APC and Tinubu been declared and returned as duly elected in the 2023 general election.


As occasioned by hunger , hardship and inflation in the land and obvious maladmiration of the APC LED federal government, some Nigerians were raining curses on the INEC official handle in response to the democracy day message, while others were training the umpire with negative comments.

 



Free, fair and credible elections are not visible in Nigeria under Prof Manhood Yakubu led INEC 

How EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture of N204.8m, 15 Properties for Fraud Victims

How EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture of N204.8m, 15 Properties for Fraud Victims


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday June 10, 2024 secured the final forfeiture of  the sum of N204, 849, 859:00 (Two Hundred and Four Million, Eight Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty-nine Naira), 15 properties and eight high-end vehicles before Justice Inyang.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja for  fraud victims.

 

The properties, money and vehicles were recovered from Jedidiah Ibrahim Ezenwa, which he illegitimately acquired through his companies: Jedidiah Cement Industry Ltd., Omega Global Resources, Jedidiah Universal Transport Hephz Ltd, Afrinvest Asset Management Ltd, The Gurguru Company Ltd, Josien Holdings Ltd, Prince Hephzibah Ibrahim Ezenwa and Prime Ebulah Properties Ltd from his victims, Ibrahim Amusan, Afri Invest Ltd, Joisen Holdings Ltd and Jack Welch Petroleum Services Ltd.


The properties include: four bedroom ensuite apartment at Guzape, Asokoro New Extension, Abuja; five bedroom semi-detached duplex and one- room boys quarter in Chevy View Estate; Block LXX, Plot 19-20, Buckingham Court F, Sherifat Animashaun Street, Ajtran, Eti-osa Local Government Area,  LGA, Lagos; one unit of four- bedroom terrace duplex – Block B, House 3 at No. 15, Chief Bamidele Eletu Avenue, Osapa – Lekki, Lagos; three bedroom apartment on Plot 7, Block XXii, Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos; and a five bedroom semi-detached duplex and one- room boys quarter on Block LXX, Plot 21-23, Buckingham Court B, Sherifat Animashaun Street, Chevy View Estate, Ajtran, Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos, State.

Others are: four bedroom terrace duplex, located on Plot No. 48 Block R, Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Federal Housing Estate (Malaysian Estate), Benin – Asaba Expressway Asaba, Oshimili South L.G.A, Delta State; four bedroom terrace duplex located on Plot No. 18A Block S, Core Area, Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Federal Housing Estate (Malaysian Estate), Benin – Asaba Expressway Asaba, Oshimili South L.G.A, Delta State, and Sub-plot No. TRCD29/Plot No. 4851 located on Citiscape Villa, Guzape District, Cadastral Zone A09, FCT.


The eight vehicles include: one white SLK 350 Mercedes Benz; one black Selverado 4x4 Hilux; one Hummer Jeep, H3 black; BMW X6 Wine Red SUV; one black CLS 63 Mercedes Benz; one cobalt ITZ Chevrolet saloon, a BMW Z40 IL black and white, and one Mercedes Benz G-Wagon SUV, Chassis No. WDCYC7AFZAX183776 (BLACK).


The final forfeiture of the properties were granted by the court through EFFC’s  counsel, Ibrahim Buba  who had earlier secured an interim order of forfeiture which was  followed up with a publication in national dailies for anyone to show cause why the properties and items should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government.


With no objection coming from any quarters within the court-stipulated time frame, the Commission applied to the court for their final forfeiture to the victims

Jerry U. Musa, a defence counsel,  showed up for the defendants during the final forfeiture proceedings and objected to

 EFCC’s power to investigate the case, which he described as “a mere breach of contract.”


Justice Ekwo, who disagreed with the defence counsel held that “It is a contract scam and the EFCC had power to investigate and prosecute it by virtue of Section 6 of its Establishment Act.” The judge further held that the EFCC through its counsel Buba convinced the court that the money, properties and vehicles were proceeds of crime.  He thereafter ordered them to be finally forfeited to the victims through the Federal Government.


The journey to the final forfeiture began when the victims petitioned the Commission, alleging conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence, fraudulent conversion of funds and money laundering against the defendants.


Investigations showed that the first defendant, Jedidiah Ibrahim Ezenwa had approached the petitioner, Ibrahim Amusan through Messrs Hamilton Resources International for purchase of United States Dollars, having claimed to be a dealer  in foreign currency. On the strength of his claim, the petitioners transferred a total sum of N1, 904, 090, 000. 00 (One Billion, Nine Hundred and Four Million, Ninety Thousand Naira) to the second defendant, Jedidiah Cement Industry Ltd in exchange for an equivalent amount in dollars.


Furthermore, Afri Invest Ltd, Hakan & Bath Ltd and Jack Welch Petroleum Services Ltd through the petitioner, later

 transferred the sum of N1, 274, 090, 000. 00 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Seventy-four Million, Ninety Thousand Naira) to the second defendant's Unity Bank account number  in exchange for United States Dollars.


However, instead of the first defendant and his companies providing the petitioners with the dollar equivalent of the funds as captured in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties, he converted the funds to his personal use by acquiring properties and vehicles with the money.

 

Source: EFCC 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday June 10, 2024 secured the final forfeiture of  the sum of N204, 849, 859:00 (Two Hundred and Four Million, Eight Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty-nine Naira), 15 properties and eight high-end vehicles before Justice Inyang.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja for  fraud victims.

 

The properties, money and vehicles were recovered from Jedidiah Ibrahim Ezenwa, which he illegitimately acquired through his companies: Jedidiah Cement Industry Ltd., Omega Global Resources, Jedidiah Universal Transport Hephz Ltd, Afrinvest Asset Management Ltd, The Gurguru Company Ltd, Josien Holdings Ltd, Prince Hephzibah Ibrahim Ezenwa and Prime Ebulah Properties Ltd from his victims, Ibrahim Amusan, Afri Invest Ltd, Joisen Holdings Ltd and Jack Welch Petroleum Services Ltd.


The properties include: four bedroom ensuite apartment at Guzape, Asokoro New Extension, Abuja; five bedroom semi-detached duplex and one- room boys quarter in Chevy View Estate; Block LXX, Plot 19-20, Buckingham Court F, Sherifat Animashaun Street, Ajtran, Eti-osa Local Government Area,  LGA, Lagos; one unit of four- bedroom terrace duplex – Block B, House 3 at No. 15, Chief Bamidele Eletu Avenue, Osapa – Lekki, Lagos; three bedroom apartment on Plot 7, Block XXii, Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos; and a five bedroom semi-detached duplex and one- room boys quarter on Block LXX, Plot 21-23, Buckingham Court B, Sherifat Animashaun Street, Chevy View Estate, Ajtran, Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos, State.

Others are: four bedroom terrace duplex, located on Plot No. 48 Block R, Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Federal Housing Estate (Malaysian Estate), Benin – Asaba Expressway Asaba, Oshimili South L.G.A, Delta State; four bedroom terrace duplex located on Plot No. 18A Block S, Core Area, Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Federal Housing Estate (Malaysian Estate), Benin – Asaba Expressway Asaba, Oshimili South L.G.A, Delta State, and Sub-plot No. TRCD29/Plot No. 4851 located on Citiscape Villa, Guzape District, Cadastral Zone A09, FCT.


The eight vehicles include: one white SLK 350 Mercedes Benz; one black Selverado 4x4 Hilux; one Hummer Jeep, H3 black; BMW X6 Wine Red SUV; one black CLS 63 Mercedes Benz; one cobalt ITZ Chevrolet saloon, a BMW Z40 IL black and white, and one Mercedes Benz G-Wagon SUV, Chassis No. WDCYC7AFZAX183776 (BLACK).


The final forfeiture of the properties were granted by the court through EFFC’s  counsel, Ibrahim Buba  who had earlier secured an interim order of forfeiture which was  followed up with a publication in national dailies for anyone to show cause why the properties and items should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government.


With no objection coming from any quarters within the court-stipulated time frame, the Commission applied to the court for their final forfeiture to the victims

Jerry U. Musa, a defence counsel,  showed up for the defendants during the final forfeiture proceedings and objected to

 EFCC’s power to investigate the case, which he described as “a mere breach of contract.”


Justice Ekwo, who disagreed with the defence counsel held that “It is a contract scam and the EFCC had power to investigate and prosecute it by virtue of Section 6 of its Establishment Act.” The judge further held that the EFCC through its counsel Buba convinced the court that the money, properties and vehicles were proceeds of crime.  He thereafter ordered them to be finally forfeited to the victims through the Federal Government.


The journey to the final forfeiture began when the victims petitioned the Commission, alleging conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence, fraudulent conversion of funds and money laundering against the defendants.


Investigations showed that the first defendant, Jedidiah Ibrahim Ezenwa had approached the petitioner, Ibrahim Amusan through Messrs Hamilton Resources International for purchase of United States Dollars, having claimed to be a dealer  in foreign currency. On the strength of his claim, the petitioners transferred a total sum of N1, 904, 090, 000. 00 (One Billion, Nine Hundred and Four Million, Ninety Thousand Naira) to the second defendant, Jedidiah Cement Industry Ltd in exchange for an equivalent amount in dollars.


Furthermore, Afri Invest Ltd, Hakan & Bath Ltd and Jack Welch Petroleum Services Ltd through the petitioner, later

 transferred the sum of N1, 274, 090, 000. 00 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Seventy-four Million, Ninety Thousand Naira) to the second defendant's Unity Bank account number  in exchange for United States Dollars.


However, instead of the first defendant and his companies providing the petitioners with the dollar equivalent of the funds as captured in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties, he converted the funds to his personal use by acquiring properties and vehicles with the money.

 

Source: EFCC 

June 12 Democracy Day: Tinubu must go, we are hungry – Nigerians protest hardship

June 12 Democracy Day: Tinubu must go, we are hungry – Nigerians protest hardship


As Nigerians mark the June 12 Democracy Day celebration, some aggrieved citizens on Wednesday protested against the current state of the country.

The aggrieved Nigerians took to the streets to protest against the hunger and economic hardship.


In Lagos State, some protesters who gathered in Ikeja said it’s time for President Bola Tinubu’s administration to be removed from power.


They anchored their demand on the economic hardship Nigerians are facing, stressing that “Nigerians can’t feed their families comfortably under Tinubu”.

As Nigerians mark the June 12 Democracy Day celebration, some aggrieved citizens on Wednesday protested against the current state of the country.

The aggrieved Nigerians took to the streets to protest against the hunger and economic hardship.


In Lagos State, some protesters who gathered in Ikeja said it’s time for President Bola Tinubu’s administration to be removed from power.


They anchored their demand on the economic hardship Nigerians are facing, stressing that “Nigerians can’t feed their families comfortably under Tinubu”.

𝐓𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐛𝐮 𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐄𝐚𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐞

𝐓𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐛𝐮 𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐯𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐄𝐚𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐞


President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday slipped while boarding the parade vehicle at the venue of the 2024 Democracy Day.


The President had approached the vehicle shortly after he arrived at the Eagles Square, Abuja venue of the programme.

Our correspondent observed that the President lost his footing momentarily as he was about to step onto the vehicle.

Nairaland 


President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday slipped while boarding the parade vehicle at the venue of the 2024 Democracy Day.


The President had approached the vehicle shortly after he arrived at the Eagles Square, Abuja venue of the programme.

Our correspondent observed that the President lost his footing momentarily as he was about to step onto the vehicle.

Nairaland 

EFCC to Summon El-Rufai and others for investigations over alleged N423 billion fraud in Kaduna State

EFCC to Summon El-Rufai and others for investigations over alleged N423 billion fraud in Kaduna State


The Nigeria's anti corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has constituted a group of investigators to examine the alleged mishandling of N423 billion by a former governor of Kaduna State Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and certain prominent figures in his eight years administration.


Sources confirmed that the 64 years old El—Rufia will be summoned by the investigators for questioning as well as other individuals who held the position of Finance commissioners between May 29, 2015, and May 29, 2023.


Also all the accountant generals during his eight-year tenure of the former governor, and the chairpersons of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) from 2018 to 2023 will be summoned by the agency .


All former managing directors of the Kaduna Market Development and Management Company Ltd within the period from May 29, 2015, to May 29, 2023, and the former managing directors of Kaduna Roads Agency (KADRA) from October 11, 2017, to November 2021, with the exclusion of Amina Ja’afar Ladan, an engineer who had a brief one-month tenure.


“We are in receipt of a petition from an NGO. So, we have started investigation in the matters raised in the petition.


“The report of the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Kaduna State House of Assembly is also handy. We will soon invite el-Rufai and some members of his team for interrogation.


“The Special Task Force on Monday (yesterday) held a long session on the contents of the petition and the report of the Ad-Hoc Committee.”


“The report of the House of Assembly has actually laid a solid foundation for the probe by our team.” A source within the agency said .


The Nigeria's anti corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has constituted a group of investigators to examine the alleged mishandling of N423 billion by a former governor of Kaduna State Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and certain prominent figures in his eight years administration.


Sources confirmed that the 64 years old El—Rufia will be summoned by the investigators for questioning as well as other individuals who held the position of Finance commissioners between May 29, 2015, and May 29, 2023.


Also all the accountant generals during his eight-year tenure of the former governor, and the chairpersons of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) from 2018 to 2023 will be summoned by the agency .


All former managing directors of the Kaduna Market Development and Management Company Ltd within the period from May 29, 2015, to May 29, 2023, and the former managing directors of Kaduna Roads Agency (KADRA) from October 11, 2017, to November 2021, with the exclusion of Amina Ja’afar Ladan, an engineer who had a brief one-month tenure.


“We are in receipt of a petition from an NGO. So, we have started investigation in the matters raised in the petition.


“The report of the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Kaduna State House of Assembly is also handy. We will soon invite el-Rufai and some members of his team for interrogation.


“The Special Task Force on Monday (yesterday) held a long session on the contents of the petition and the report of the Ad-Hoc Committee.”


“The report of the House of Assembly has actually laid a solid foundation for the probe by our team.” A source within the agency said .

Shehu Sani to Tinubu: Release #EndSARS protesters in the spirit of June 12

Shehu Sani to Tinubu: Release #EndSARS protesters in the spirit of June 12


Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani on Monday urged President Bola Tinubu to release all #EndSARS protesters that are still in detention.


Sani said Tinubu should release the detainees in the spirit of June 12.

According to the former lawmaker's posting on X, “In the spirit of the June 12 struggle which we fought 30 years ago, I call on the President to release all persons still held in the Nigerian Prisons because of the #EndSARS protest.”

Will Tinubu led APC government release them?

Many of the protesters were killed at Lekki Toll gate in Lagos by men of the Nigerian Army , the panel of enquiry revealed in it's report.
Also in Ibadan, Ogbomoso and Osogbo, protesters were shot dead by security operatives.
 APC leadership in Nigeria is a disaster to humanity.


Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani on Monday urged President Bola Tinubu to release all #EndSARS protesters that are still in detention.


Sani said Tinubu should release the detainees in the spirit of June 12.

According to the former lawmaker's posting on X, “In the spirit of the June 12 struggle which we fought 30 years ago, I call on the President to release all persons still held in the Nigerian Prisons because of the #EndSARS protest.”

Will Tinubu led APC government release them?

Many of the protesters were killed at Lekki Toll gate in Lagos by men of the Nigerian Army , the panel of enquiry revealed in it's report.
Also in Ibadan, Ogbomoso and Osogbo, protesters were shot dead by security operatives.
 APC leadership in Nigeria is a disaster to humanity.

Labour Rejects ₦62,000, ₦100,000 ‘Starvation Wage’: But We Cannot Declare Strike Now — NLC

Labour Rejects ₦62,000, ₦100,000 ‘Starvation Wage’: But We Cannot Declare Strike Now — NLC

NLC President Ajaero Breaks Silence on Minimum Wage Dispute, says the labour Union Cannot Declare Strike Now



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced that it will not embark on a strike action tomorrow, Tuesday, to demand a new national minimum wage.

This decision was made known by the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, at the ongoing International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ajaero said: “We cannot declare strike now because the figures are with the President.”

He added that the tripartite committee’s proposals are awaiting the President’s decision, and the NLC’s National Executive Council will deliberate on the new figure once it is announced.

NLC President Ajaero Breaks Silence on Minimum Wage Dispute, says the labour Union Cannot Declare Strike Now



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced that it will not embark on a strike action tomorrow, Tuesday, to demand a new national minimum wage.

This decision was made known by the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, at the ongoing International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ajaero said: “We cannot declare strike now because the figures are with the President.”

He added that the tripartite committee’s proposals are awaiting the President’s decision, and the NLC’s National Executive Council will deliberate on the new figure once it is announced.

The Iran's SIX for June 28 Snap Presidential Election

The Iran's SIX for June 28 Snap Presidential Election

The contest should be between the experienced IRGC and Basij operatives, Ghalibaf and Zakani


The Iran's Guardian Council has announced the final list of six candidates approved to compete in the presidential election scheduled for June 28. 


According to the interior ministry, the all male list consists of senior government figures such as hardliner Saeed Jalili who is Ali Khamenei's representative in the Iranian Supreme National Security Council.


Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the current Parliament Speaker and Masoud Pezeshkian, a 'reformist' parliamentarian. Also in the approved list is Mostafa Pourmohammadi, a former minister of justice and interior, 


The Guardian Council also gave endorsement to Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, a current Vice President, and another hardliner, Tehran Mayor Alireza Zakani. 

According to a report by Iran International, several high-profile figures were disqualified from running, including ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former parliament speaker Ali Larijani, and former Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri.

The pattern of selection is similar to the 2021 election, when Ahmadinejad and Larijani were rejected and only a second-echelon 'moderate' candidate was allowed to run. The result was a low-turnout election when Ebrahim Raisi passed the line in the first round.


Some analysts in Iran have told the local media that the race now will most likely be between Jalili, a former nuclear negotiator and an opponent of an agreement with the West, and Ghalibaf who is considered a more flexible politician. 


In any case, the issue of relations with the West and the fate of Iran's nuclear program are under the purview of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.


Meanwhile, Jalili, 58, is making his third presidential bid, having been a significant figure in Iran's nuclear negotiation team and holding various senior positions within the ministry of foreign affairs. Jalili, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Imam Sadiq University, is noted for his uncompromising conservative stance.

Former IRGC general Ghalibaf, 63, who is the current Parliament Speaker, is known for his military and political experience.


The only reform leaning candidate, Pezeshkian, 69, has served as health minister and chancellor of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. He is also a trained cardiac surgeon, holding a medical degree from Tabriz University.


Pourmohammadi, 64, infamous for his role in the "Death Commission" during the 1980s, has been a polarizing figure due to his past actions as deputy intelligence minister.


Ghazizadeh Hashemi, 53, currently serving as Vice President, head of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs, and an ENT surgeon, has maintained a conservative stance throughout his political career, representing the Mashhad and Kalat electoral district in Parliament for several terms. He holds a medical degree from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences.


Mayor of Tehran, Zakani, 58, noted for his confrontational style and conservative views. holds a Ph.D. in nuclear medicine from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He has been an outspoken critic of the nuclear deal and a key figure in the conservative camp supporting the crackdowns on women defying compulsory hijab.


The snap election follows the sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi who died in a helicopter crash on May 19 along with his entourage.


The candidates' approval by the Guardian Council, a body of clerics known for its allegiance to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, highlights the clerical rulers' continued grip on power.


 The upcoming elections are expected to see record low participation as the population rejects the sham polls rigged by the country's theocratic dictator.

The disqualification of heavyweights such as outspoken Ahmadinejad and Larijani came with mixed reactions from among the public.


 Ahmadinejad was highly unlikely to get through, but many thought that Larijani, as a quiet insider, will make it to final stage considering Khamenei's comment after his "unfair disqualification" in 2021.


On the other hand, the 'reformists' must be somewhat disappointed as only one of their official candidates has his credentials approved, Iranian analyst and Iran International contributor Behruz Turani said. 


The only reform-minded candidate, Pezeshkian's chances to win the presidency is uncertain because of his ethnic voter base, something that Khamenei is known to detest.

The final battle will be among "revolutionary" Jalili, insider Ghalibaf, and ambitious Zakani, observers say.


Khamenei sees no difference among them although he definitely does not like Jalili's link to the over-ambitious and ultra-hardliner Paydari party, according to sources.


In view of the security situation in the post 2022 protests, Khamenei's ideal candidates are more likely Ghalibaf and Zakani, both experienced IRGC and Basij operatives with a proven track record of suppressing dissent.


The contest should be between the experienced IRGC and Basij operatives, Ghalibaf and Zakani


The Iran's Guardian Council has announced the final list of six candidates approved to compete in the presidential election scheduled for June 28. 


According to the interior ministry, the all male list consists of senior government figures such as hardliner Saeed Jalili who is Ali Khamenei's representative in the Iranian Supreme National Security Council.


Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the current Parliament Speaker and Masoud Pezeshkian, a 'reformist' parliamentarian. Also in the approved list is Mostafa Pourmohammadi, a former minister of justice and interior, 


The Guardian Council also gave endorsement to Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, a current Vice President, and another hardliner, Tehran Mayor Alireza Zakani. 

According to a report by Iran International, several high-profile figures were disqualified from running, including ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former parliament speaker Ali Larijani, and former Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri.

The pattern of selection is similar to the 2021 election, when Ahmadinejad and Larijani were rejected and only a second-echelon 'moderate' candidate was allowed to run. The result was a low-turnout election when Ebrahim Raisi passed the line in the first round.


Some analysts in Iran have told the local media that the race now will most likely be between Jalili, a former nuclear negotiator and an opponent of an agreement with the West, and Ghalibaf who is considered a more flexible politician. 


In any case, the issue of relations with the West and the fate of Iran's nuclear program are under the purview of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.


Meanwhile, Jalili, 58, is making his third presidential bid, having been a significant figure in Iran's nuclear negotiation team and holding various senior positions within the ministry of foreign affairs. Jalili, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Imam Sadiq University, is noted for his uncompromising conservative stance.

Former IRGC general Ghalibaf, 63, who is the current Parliament Speaker, is known for his military and political experience.


The only reform leaning candidate, Pezeshkian, 69, has served as health minister and chancellor of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. He is also a trained cardiac surgeon, holding a medical degree from Tabriz University.


Pourmohammadi, 64, infamous for his role in the "Death Commission" during the 1980s, has been a polarizing figure due to his past actions as deputy intelligence minister.


Ghazizadeh Hashemi, 53, currently serving as Vice President, head of the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs, and an ENT surgeon, has maintained a conservative stance throughout his political career, representing the Mashhad and Kalat electoral district in Parliament for several terms. He holds a medical degree from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences.


Mayor of Tehran, Zakani, 58, noted for his confrontational style and conservative views. holds a Ph.D. in nuclear medicine from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He has been an outspoken critic of the nuclear deal and a key figure in the conservative camp supporting the crackdowns on women defying compulsory hijab.


The snap election follows the sudden death of President Ebrahim Raisi who died in a helicopter crash on May 19 along with his entourage.


The candidates' approval by the Guardian Council, a body of clerics known for its allegiance to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, highlights the clerical rulers' continued grip on power.


 The upcoming elections are expected to see record low participation as the population rejects the sham polls rigged by the country's theocratic dictator.

The disqualification of heavyweights such as outspoken Ahmadinejad and Larijani came with mixed reactions from among the public.


 Ahmadinejad was highly unlikely to get through, but many thought that Larijani, as a quiet insider, will make it to final stage considering Khamenei's comment after his "unfair disqualification" in 2021.


On the other hand, the 'reformists' must be somewhat disappointed as only one of their official candidates has his credentials approved, Iranian analyst and Iran International contributor Behruz Turani said. 


The only reform-minded candidate, Pezeshkian's chances to win the presidency is uncertain because of his ethnic voter base, something that Khamenei is known to detest.

The final battle will be among "revolutionary" Jalili, insider Ghalibaf, and ambitious Zakani, observers say.


Khamenei sees no difference among them although he definitely does not like Jalili's link to the over-ambitious and ultra-hardliner Paydari party, according to sources.


In view of the security situation in the post 2022 protests, Khamenei's ideal candidates are more likely Ghalibaf and Zakani, both experienced IRGC and Basij operatives with a proven track record of suppressing dissent.


NIGERIAN ARMY: TROOPS SECURE MAJOR VICTORIES IN COUNTER TERRORISM OPERATIONS ACROSS ,KADUNA, ZAMFARA, ABIA STATES

NIGERIAN ARMY: TROOPS SECURE MAJOR VICTORIES IN COUNTER TERRORISM OPERATIONS ACROSS ,KADUNA, ZAMFARA, ABIA STATES


Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed for counter terrorism operations across the country have achieved major successes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency in Kaduna, Zamfara and Abia states, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to national security and the safety of citizens. 


In Kaduna State, troops in a decisive operation conducted a two-day fighting patrol to Kajuru and Kachia Local Government Areas, during which they engaged and neutralized five terrorists in a fierce combat at Dantarau. After defeating the terrorists, the gallant troops recovered a cache of arms, including 2 AK-47 rifles, one fabricated submachine gun (SMG), 9 AK 47 magazines, 250 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition, 2 motorcycles, and two handheld radios.


 This victory significantly disrupted terrorists' activities along the Maro-Enugu community axis, bolstering security in the general area.


Relatedly in Zamfara State, troops deployed along the Gusau-Tsafe-Funtua road, responding to a distress call successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt in the Angwan Chida area of Tsafe Local Government Area. During the rescue operation, troops engaged the terrorists attempting to abduct occupants of a Toyota Corolla in a fierce shootout, neutralizing two terrorists and rescuing four passengers The operation resulted in the recovery of two AK-47 rifles, three magazines, 31 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one motorcycle, and the vehicle involved in the attempted abduction. 


In Abia State, troops conducted a successful raid operation to an identified IPOB/ESN enclave located in Igboro Forest, in Arochukwu Local Government Area. Despite encountering three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by the terrorists, troops successfully recovered three locally fabricated Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and a locally fabricated Artillery Gun. The terrorists were forced to flee, as they succumbed to the superior fire power of the troops. One soldier who sustained a minor injury from shrapnel is receiving medical attention and recuperating. The destruction of this camp represents a significant blow to the terrorist elements operating in the area.


These successful operations underscore the Nigerian Army's unwavering dedication to combating terrorists' activities. The effective raids and fighting patrols have not only disrupted the activities of the terrorists, but also restored a sense of security and confidence among the affected communities. The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of its citizens and continues to make substantial progress in the fight against terrorism.



Source: Nigerian Army 



Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed for counter terrorism operations across the country have achieved major successes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency in Kaduna, Zamfara and Abia states, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to national security and the safety of citizens. 


In Kaduna State, troops in a decisive operation conducted a two-day fighting patrol to Kajuru and Kachia Local Government Areas, during which they engaged and neutralized five terrorists in a fierce combat at Dantarau. After defeating the terrorists, the gallant troops recovered a cache of arms, including 2 AK-47 rifles, one fabricated submachine gun (SMG), 9 AK 47 magazines, 250 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition, 2 motorcycles, and two handheld radios.


 This victory significantly disrupted terrorists' activities along the Maro-Enugu community axis, bolstering security in the general area.


Relatedly in Zamfara State, troops deployed along the Gusau-Tsafe-Funtua road, responding to a distress call successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt in the Angwan Chida area of Tsafe Local Government Area. During the rescue operation, troops engaged the terrorists attempting to abduct occupants of a Toyota Corolla in a fierce shootout, neutralizing two terrorists and rescuing four passengers The operation resulted in the recovery of two AK-47 rifles, three magazines, 31 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one motorcycle, and the vehicle involved in the attempted abduction. 


In Abia State, troops conducted a successful raid operation to an identified IPOB/ESN enclave located in Igboro Forest, in Arochukwu Local Government Area. Despite encountering three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by the terrorists, troops successfully recovered three locally fabricated Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and a locally fabricated Artillery Gun. The terrorists were forced to flee, as they succumbed to the superior fire power of the troops. One soldier who sustained a minor injury from shrapnel is receiving medical attention and recuperating. The destruction of this camp represents a significant blow to the terrorist elements operating in the area.


These successful operations underscore the Nigerian Army's unwavering dedication to combating terrorists' activities. The effective raids and fighting patrols have not only disrupted the activities of the terrorists, but also restored a sense of security and confidence among the affected communities. The Nigerian Army remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of its citizens and continues to make substantial progress in the fight against terrorism.



Source: Nigerian Army 


Bandits abduct Catholic priest in Kaduna

Bandits abduct Catholic priest in Kaduna


Bandits have abducted the presiding priest of St. Thomas Parish, Zaman Dabo Community, in the Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Rev. Father Gabriel Ukeh.


The parish priest was said to have been abducted at the parish rectory in the early hours of Sunday.

The Vicar General (Pastoral), Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Kazah, disclosed this on Sunday in a press statement obtained by PUNCH Online.

He said, “While we solicit for fervent prayers for his urgent and safe release, we equally condemn this act of incessant kidnappings for ransom of innocent and defenceless citizens of our communities, and we call upon the government to horn its security intelligence as we approach the celebration of Sallah.

Source: Nairaland 


Bandits have abducted the presiding priest of St. Thomas Parish, Zaman Dabo Community, in the Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Rev. Father Gabriel Ukeh.


The parish priest was said to have been abducted at the parish rectory in the early hours of Sunday.

The Vicar General (Pastoral), Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Kazah, disclosed this on Sunday in a press statement obtained by PUNCH Online.

He said, “While we solicit for fervent prayers for his urgent and safe release, we equally condemn this act of incessant kidnappings for ransom of innocent and defenceless citizens of our communities, and we call upon the government to horn its security intelligence as we approach the celebration of Sallah.

Source: Nairaland 

Hope dashed: Our pains, their gains!

Hope dashed: Our pains, their gains!

By Bolaji O. Akinyemi 


Tinubu 

My last engagement on this social street was, titled; "as  e dey pain us, e dey sweet them". My intention was to make clear to the masses the hopelessness of looking for hope where none may come from. The crass disparity between the political class and the masses who voted them to power is an institutional separation. Until that wall erected by the political class is brought down, we can as well forget about the dividends of democracy!


 Responses to the said article is very warm and encouraging, the applause is needless if it doesn't initiate aggression and provoke People-centered action at liberating the oppressed from their oppressors!


 The miseries of the masses are the meats of our political elites! So, it is of necessity that they keep creating miseries that will bring meats on their table for sharing!


Creating miseries, this they do in every way possible and by all means achievable!


Is Tinubu the creator of all our miseries? Obviously not! However, the miseries of the masses was at all time high at the exit of Buhari but much was expected from the protagonist of the Renewed Hope agenda. Instead, on the very first day of the inauguration of the Renewed Hope agenda, he created the worst misery ever experienced in the life of the nation called Nigeria, with profound unmistakable statement; *Subsidy* *is gone!* 


The hope Ambassador has not even entered the office when he, by himself, dashed it!


 No thanks to the spirit that took hold of him and put those words in his mouth. We are left at the mercy of an unidentifiable spirit for irresponsibility of an identifiable elected leader!



Hope dashed, he headed for Lagos after creating such a messy misery upon which the floods of inflation has taken over the market. He was driven in his home state in opulence of power, in the words of Omoyele Sowore, "with such unending petro-gas-guzzling convoy" involving well over a hundred vehicles!


His convoy was long enough to add to the list of Guinness world records in our kitty as a nation!


@officialABAT ,  it is sad when leaders act like the poor don't matter. Your Excellency,  the hallmark of a Democrat should be making the difference and setting a standard. You squandered the goodwill of the masses when it mattered! Expecting the populace to endure untold and inhumane hardship that was brought upon them by your policy while your flamboyance is on the tax payers from whom austerity is demanded, is unjust!


 Living large at the expense of people experiencing life-threatening poverty is unfair!


 You must demonstrate that leadership is by example and cut down on your flamboyant abuse of power.


Dear fellow countrymen, we are worse off when our political support to anyone in our political class is tinted by tribe and religion. The social demography of our nation should not be mistaken. There are two tribes socially in Nigeria; we, the oppressed and our oppressors! 


The President has given us a reason to rise, by changing the national anthem that allows serving our fatherland in oppression to our motherland where no one is oppressed!


There are two religions: Godliness and the ungodliness. The traits of ungodliness in our oppressors, no religion in the world supports!


 Their bellies are their gods; not even our lives are sacred in their bid to fill it! 


Supporting Tinubu's government or any other at all costs, irrespective of negative implications of their policies is not a good quality of citizens in need of good governance. If we were in doubt of Buhari's performance, that won't be at the tail end of his administration when it became visible to the blind that horror was upon us as a Country. But Tinubu led the voices from APC of their desire to continue from where Buhari stopped. That his appointees are demonizing Buhari to excuse the failure of this Government is unacceptable and the masses must frown at it!


Sad still, is the failure of the 4th Estate of the realm whose trusted duty to the people has been abdicated for survival. Our society is at an all time low in social advocacy!


 Citizens' consciousness of their rights is practically nonexistent! Voices of Advocacy for decades are silent for morsels or have shamefully cross carpeted to the sides where daily crumbs are guaranteed from the bread of men dressed in purple, rewards of their royal stewardship!


 Grey heads close to the grave are not excused from this hunger survival instinct!


Political education and advocacy is the only hope for good governance going forward. No partisanship ideology is healthy for the masses at this time. Objectivity squarely built on the need of the masses must be placed in the public. Analyses of things as they are and as they affect the people must be our engagement with the masses.


Opinion leaders and influencers must stand with the people whose followership brought them to recognition by politicians who are ready to pay them well to reach the masses who entrusted their loyalty to them!


Silence on the leaked memo allegedly signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the President for approval is nothing but proof of our pains as the gains of our political leaders!


1billion naira for minimum wage committee is incredibly unbelievable!


 A committee that's largely made up of people in statutory positions like governors, ministers, labour leaders, Nass members etc. whose transportation and accomodations are already being taken care of by their respective authorities and positions!


 How can this be justified! 


Little surprise, that our labour leaders hurriedly left the negotiation table!


 He who takes his share and walks away lives to share another day. One thing is clear, all traditional structures of support on the side of the people have been bought! It is left to the people what to do with themselves. We can no longer cry to the people we used to cry to. No calls on voices of reasoning that are no longer reasonable! There is a clash of class!


 Poor masses must come out of their timidity. Enough of allowing a class to create pains to sustain their own gains.  Time to reorganise ourselves is now!


Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.


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By Bolaji O. Akinyemi 


Tinubu 

My last engagement on this social street was, titled; "as  e dey pain us, e dey sweet them". My intention was to make clear to the masses the hopelessness of looking for hope where none may come from. The crass disparity between the political class and the masses who voted them to power is an institutional separation. Until that wall erected by the political class is brought down, we can as well forget about the dividends of democracy!


 Responses to the said article is very warm and encouraging, the applause is needless if it doesn't initiate aggression and provoke People-centered action at liberating the oppressed from their oppressors!


 The miseries of the masses are the meats of our political elites! So, it is of necessity that they keep creating miseries that will bring meats on their table for sharing!


Creating miseries, this they do in every way possible and by all means achievable!


Is Tinubu the creator of all our miseries? Obviously not! However, the miseries of the masses was at all time high at the exit of Buhari but much was expected from the protagonist of the Renewed Hope agenda. Instead, on the very first day of the inauguration of the Renewed Hope agenda, he created the worst misery ever experienced in the life of the nation called Nigeria, with profound unmistakable statement; *Subsidy* *is gone!* 


The hope Ambassador has not even entered the office when he, by himself, dashed it!


 No thanks to the spirit that took hold of him and put those words in his mouth. We are left at the mercy of an unidentifiable spirit for irresponsibility of an identifiable elected leader!



Hope dashed, he headed for Lagos after creating such a messy misery upon which the floods of inflation has taken over the market. He was driven in his home state in opulence of power, in the words of Omoyele Sowore, "with such unending petro-gas-guzzling convoy" involving well over a hundred vehicles!


His convoy was long enough to add to the list of Guinness world records in our kitty as a nation!


@officialABAT ,  it is sad when leaders act like the poor don't matter. Your Excellency,  the hallmark of a Democrat should be making the difference and setting a standard. You squandered the goodwill of the masses when it mattered! Expecting the populace to endure untold and inhumane hardship that was brought upon them by your policy while your flamboyance is on the tax payers from whom austerity is demanded, is unjust!


 Living large at the expense of people experiencing life-threatening poverty is unfair!


 You must demonstrate that leadership is by example and cut down on your flamboyant abuse of power.


Dear fellow countrymen, we are worse off when our political support to anyone in our political class is tinted by tribe and religion. The social demography of our nation should not be mistaken. There are two tribes socially in Nigeria; we, the oppressed and our oppressors! 


The President has given us a reason to rise, by changing the national anthem that allows serving our fatherland in oppression to our motherland where no one is oppressed!


There are two religions: Godliness and the ungodliness. The traits of ungodliness in our oppressors, no religion in the world supports!


 Their bellies are their gods; not even our lives are sacred in their bid to fill it! 


Supporting Tinubu's government or any other at all costs, irrespective of negative implications of their policies is not a good quality of citizens in need of good governance. If we were in doubt of Buhari's performance, that won't be at the tail end of his administration when it became visible to the blind that horror was upon us as a Country. But Tinubu led the voices from APC of their desire to continue from where Buhari stopped. That his appointees are demonizing Buhari to excuse the failure of this Government is unacceptable and the masses must frown at it!


Sad still, is the failure of the 4th Estate of the realm whose trusted duty to the people has been abdicated for survival. Our society is at an all time low in social advocacy!


 Citizens' consciousness of their rights is practically nonexistent! Voices of Advocacy for decades are silent for morsels or have shamefully cross carpeted to the sides where daily crumbs are guaranteed from the bread of men dressed in purple, rewards of their royal stewardship!


 Grey heads close to the grave are not excused from this hunger survival instinct!


Political education and advocacy is the only hope for good governance going forward. No partisanship ideology is healthy for the masses at this time. Objectivity squarely built on the need of the masses must be placed in the public. Analyses of things as they are and as they affect the people must be our engagement with the masses.


Opinion leaders and influencers must stand with the people whose followership brought them to recognition by politicians who are ready to pay them well to reach the masses who entrusted their loyalty to them!


Silence on the leaked memo allegedly signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the President for approval is nothing but proof of our pains as the gains of our political leaders!


1billion naira for minimum wage committee is incredibly unbelievable!


 A committee that's largely made up of people in statutory positions like governors, ministers, labour leaders, Nass members etc. whose transportation and accomodations are already being taken care of by their respective authorities and positions!


 How can this be justified! 


Little surprise, that our labour leaders hurriedly left the negotiation table!


 He who takes his share and walks away lives to share another day. One thing is clear, all traditional structures of support on the side of the people have been bought! It is left to the people what to do with themselves. We can no longer cry to the people we used to cry to. No calls on voices of reasoning that are no longer reasonable! There is a clash of class!


 Poor masses must come out of their timidity. Enough of allowing a class to create pains to sustain their own gains.  Time to reorganise ourselves is now!


Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.


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Boko Haram kills 20 in Niger State

Boko Haram kills 20 in Niger State


No fewer than 20 persons were allegedly killed by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect at Bassa community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Out of the 20 deceased, 10 youths were purportedly slaughtered and their heads handed over to members of the community while the gunmen videoed them holding the heads.

The incident occurred at about 8 am on Friday.

Boko Haram unleashed terror on the victims, who only returned to their village to pick up some food items after they fled the community following the last attack on their village.

A source from the village claimed those killed were because they refused to be recruited as members of the dreaded sect, adding that the sect told them that anyone who refused to join them would be met with a similar fate.



Source: Nairaland

No fewer than 20 persons were allegedly killed by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect at Bassa community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Out of the 20 deceased, 10 youths were purportedly slaughtered and their heads handed over to members of the community while the gunmen videoed them holding the heads.

The incident occurred at about 8 am on Friday.

Boko Haram unleashed terror on the victims, who only returned to their village to pick up some food items after they fled the community following the last attack on their village.

A source from the village claimed those killed were because they refused to be recruited as members of the dreaded sect, adding that the sect told them that anyone who refused to join them would be met with a similar fate.



Source: Nairaland

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abuja


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, June 6,  2024, arrested four suspected internet fraudsters in Abuja.


The suspects were arrested during a sting operation at the Kubwa axis of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,  Abuja, following intelligence and surveillance on their alleged fraudulent activities in the area.

Items recovered from the suspects include four brands of mobile phone.


They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 



Source: EFCC 


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, June 6,  2024, arrested four suspected internet fraudsters in Abuja.


The suspects were arrested during a sting operation at the Kubwa axis of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,  Abuja, following intelligence and surveillance on their alleged fraudulent activities in the area.

Items recovered from the suspects include four brands of mobile phone.


They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 



Source: EFCC 

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