More money for the terrorists as Sanusi floors Nigerian govt; court awards him N50 million damages.

A Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services from arresting or harrassing the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido. The court also ordered the DSS to release Mr. Sanusi’s passport to him immediately while also awarding the embattled CBN boss N50 million…

National Conference: Delegates advocate death penalty for corrupt officials

Some delegates at the ongoing national conference yesterday advocated death by hanging for corrupt officials to tackle the growing incidence of graft and large scale theft of public funds in the country.A retired general in the Nigerian Army, Geoffery Ejiga, lamented that the country was deteriorating and urged his colleagues to rise up and salvage the situation.He said that at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference, he had suggested capital punishment for corrupt officials or politicians but his views were unpopular as he was said to be speaking as a military man.

Arewa Consultative Forum laments spate of killings in 17 northern states

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, yesterday, lamented that the entire northern states were being consumed by crises, saying 17 of the 19 states in the region were either being attacked by criminal gangs including  Boko Haram insurgents and herdsmen.ACF said the massive attacks had led to the death of thousands of innocent citizens as well as loss of property worth billions of Naira.A  statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Muhammad Ibrahim, yesterday named some of the states under siege from Boko Haram terrorists or herdsmen attack as Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kaduna among others.

Presidency’s initiation of Constitution amendment divides Senate

There was a sharp disagreement among senators yesterday following the consideration of new proposals to further amend the Constitution.Specifically, a new proposal, among others, seeks to empower the President to initiate the process of making a new constitution for the country.The Bill entitled: “Additional report of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution on a Bill for an Act to further alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and for other matters connected therewith, 2013” was sponsored by the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

PENGASSAN warns Jonathan against secret sale of refineries

Victor AHIUMA-YOUNG PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has advised the Federal Government against any attempt to secretly sell the four public refineries without following due process and addressing all labour concerns. The umbrella body for senior employees in  Nigeria’s petroleum industry, threatened that any attempt to discreetly privatize the refineries,…

The Zoo’s Army Says 288 Rifles, 35 Rockets Seized From Terrorists In Cameroon

The military claimed on Tuesday to have seized 288 rifles and 35 rockets from terrorists in Cameroon at the weekend. A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information at Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, attributed the seizure to the collaboration in fighting terrorism in the sub-region, as Cameroon security forces made the huge seizure of arms that were apparently meant for use by terrorists operating in Nigeria.In addition to the rifles and Rocket Propelled Guns, he said that locally made IEDs were also recovered following a fierce encounter at Abugasse in Cameroon, a location close to the Chadian border.Other items recovered included pistols, mortar bombs, sub-machine guns and various calibres of ammunitions. following the arrest of.Olukolade said two suspects believed to be major arms suppliers to the terrorists in Nigeria were also nabbed in Abugasse.   They had in their possession a Toyota Jeep and over 50 Cameroonian Passports.It will be recalled that the Cameroonian authorities recently pledged to back Nigeria’s counter-terrorism efforts.  The renewed offensive by Nigerian troops on terrorists has continued to record various arrests and recovery of arms especially near the country’s border with Cameroon.Among them, the arrest at a check point during the weekend of a terrorist driving in a green Peugeot vehicle with registration Number Bauchi 264 AA heading to Maiduguri from Alagarno, led to the recovery of 15 AK47 rifles and 12 magazines and various  yet-to-be- assembled rifles.Olukolade said the offensive on terrorists on various fronts is continuing, adding that the Alagarno, area as well as various points of the Sambisa forest and its suburbs, have been witnessing intense operations since Monday. Apart from several dead terrorists, he said 14 vehicles which were either being used for operation or hidden by the terrorists in various parts of the forests and theatres have been destroyed.  Various calibre of weapons and ammunitions were also recovered in the course of fighting and subsequent searches.

Federal Government Too Powerful, Needs Restructuring –Atiku

A former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said the restructuring of the current federal arrangement in the country should be a major focus of delegates at the on-going national conference. Atiku said the Federal Government in the current arrangement was too powerful.In a speech delivered at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, on Tuesday, the…