A group, Oke Ndigbo, has threatened to release a list of about 242 public officers in Nigeria, who use about 312 armoured cars, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC. Its threat came against the backdrop of the case involving Aviation Minister, Princess Oduah, who was fingered in the purchase of two armoured cars by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA. The group lamented the virulence of the attacks on the minister by people from the South-West zone, since the armoured car debacle became public knowledge. In a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Mr Jude Nworah, the group said that the South-West has 38 percent or 118 of such cars, adding that the first government official in the first four years of this Republic to import armoured Mercedes Benz Jeep into the country was a former governor from the zone. It said: “We have done our research; we have the figure of the purchase and other details, and even the ones he uses today. Even the National Security Adviser’s office can’t dispute this accurate data. We would do the best of sending this list to the National Assembly, EFCC, ICPC for full public investigation of the involved
A classical drama played out, yesterday, in Owerri Magistrate Court 3, as armed policemen, in a commando style, bundled the 182 accused persons they brought to court, back to their custody. It was not very clear why the police decided to storm the court in that manner, instead of prosecuting the matter they filed against the suspects. Our correspondent gathered that the 182 accused persons were part of the 203 persons arrested in Owerri by the police last Thursday, for allegedly assembling in Owerri unlawfully before proceeding to AnambraState for the gubernatorial election that was held last weekend. Three-count charge were slammed in suit OW/503C/2013, against the accused persons but no plea was taken before the drama played out. Our correspondent noticed that the police started moving the accused persons from the court room gradually and before people fully appreciated the plot, only 62 persons were left.
THE Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta on Sunday claimed responsibility for the killing of two soldiers and a policeman in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. MEND, in a statement by its famous spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, also claimed responsibility for the attack on Afam Gas Plant on November 2, 2013, thereby sabotaging gas supply to Shell Afam Station. Some unknown gunmen, who were suspected to be kidnappers, had stormed the Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Mgbosimiri axis of Port Harcourt and killed two soldiers and one policeman.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has said high level corruption, inadequate infrastructure and rising unemployment, among others, in the country have been the bane of development. The CBN also stated that in spite of the impressive macro-economic performance, it has failed to translate to development. The Deputy‑ Governor (Operation), Mr. Tunde Lemo stated this in his speech presented, weekend, at Egba Economic Summit in Abeokuta, the OgunState capital. According to Lemo, the CBN had intervened in the challenges by providing N300 billion power and airline intervention fund and another N200 billion commercial agriculture credit scheme with a view to boosting the economy.
THE Abubakar Baraje-led splinter group of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has challenged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, account for the $5 billion which has allegedly disappeared from the nation’s Excess Crude Account, ECA, warning that the revelation must not be swept under the carpet. According to the group, “the current administration is running for a price award of the most corrupt admini-stration in the annals of gover-nance in Nigeria,” urging Nigerians to rise against the level of corruption in the country. The Baraje-led PDP has in its fold the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State; Governor Aliyu Babangida of Niger State; Governor Aliyu Wama-kko of Sokoto State; Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Governor Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State and Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State.
The Presidency insisted on Sunday that it did not recognise Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, hence the absence of President Goodluck Jonathan at the retreat organised by the Amaechi-led faction of the Forum in Sokoto. Jonathan was billed to deliver the keynote address at the retreat where the resource peesons included the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwwal; Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka; and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah. Special Adviser to Jonathan on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, told The PUNCH that the NGF recognised by the President was the faction led by Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang. Gulak said the retreat at Sokoto on Saturday was not an event of the authentic NGF but a show of the “Amaechi Governors Forum.”
All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Anambra State governorship election, Senator Chris Ngige,
ENUGU—Igbo leaders met in Enugu, yesterday, to articulate common position for the South-East geo-political zone for the proposed National Dialogue. The meeting held at Zodiac Hotels Enugu for over four hours was attended by Professor Ben Nwabueze, Mrs. Uche Azikiwe, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, Senator Anyim Ude, Chief Dozie Ikedife, Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi, Chief Nduka Eya, Archbishop Anthony Obinna, Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa, Senator Offia Nwali, and Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd). Others were Chief Mbazulike Amechi, His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, Senator Ben Obi and Dr. Aja Wachukwu, among others. Prof. Nwabueze, who spoke with newsmen after the closed-door meeting, said that the essence of the parley was to articulate a
Six years after taking over the mantle of leadership of the once agrarian Bauchi State, Governor Isa Yuguda has brought in a lot of positive changes to the state and given it a notch in terms of development projects. But as his tenure draws to an end in 2015, the governor, in this interview, maintains that he will not interfere in the process that will lead to the emergence of his successor, as the people of Bauchi State will handle it from the grassroots to the top. He also explains why Nigeria should not break up. What is the difference between the Bauchi of today and that of six years ago, when you took over as governor? I think the difference could be best appreciated by those who were here six years ago and returning now. My predecessors did their best but, sadly, the situation I met on the ground on assumption of duty was not the best for our people. So many things were not in good shape and in all sectors of the economy, ranging from health care services to education, water supply, security,
Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, is alleging the disappearance of $5 billion from the Excess Crude Account and asked for explanations from relevant government agencies. The Rivers State governor spoke at a retreat organised by the NGF at Giginya Hotel, Sokoto and attended by many governors. Besides about 15 governors present at the retreat, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, National Chairman of the breakaway faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), aka nPDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, former Kwara State governor, Dr Bukola Saraki, Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Uwais, also attended and spoke at the event hosted by the Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko.