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400 Boko Haram terrorist killed in battle to retake Bazza, Michika, Madagali

Heavy fighting between Nigerian troops and Boko Haram terrorists ensued yesterday in Adamawa State as soldiers backed from the air by Nigerian Airforce attack helicopters launched an attack to retake territories in the possession of Boko Haram.
In the ensuing battle that continued into the night, Vanguard gathered that about 400 Boko Haram terrorist had been killed while there were casualties on the part of the Nigerian soldiers.


Tb Joshua Synagogue Church, Nigeria & S’Africa bicker over state of mortuary facilities

Three weeks after 116 people, of whom 84 South Africans lost their lives when a six-storey guest house attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, collapsed, fresh indications have emerged that the South-African government and the Nigerian authorities in Lagos are bickering over alleged inadequate mortuary and facilities which may have led to the decomposition of the victims corpses beyond recognition.


Nigerian Army to trial Lt. Col, 15 others over Chibok girls

The Nigerian Army has concluded arrangements to arraign 16 soldiers over the April 14, 2014,


Group demands probe of Nigerian politicians who received Malabu bribe

Dan Etete

An anti-corruption group, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate Nigerian politicians indicted by Italian investigators in the acquisition of a OPL 245 oil field by Eni, the parent company of Nigeria Agip Oil Company.

In the petition signed by its chairman, Debo Adeniran, CACOL, urged the EFCC “to file appropriate charges against anyone found culpable in this matter at the end of your due diligent investigation”.

The anti-corruption group also demanded that for the investigation of Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, accused of abusing his office; and Dan Etete, a former minister during the military regime of Sani Abacha.

Italian prosecutors recently opened a probe into the acquisition of OPL 245 and have placed the company, its former Chief Executive Officer, Paolo Scaroni, and current CEO, Claudio Descalzi, under investigation for alleged international corruption as regards the deal.

The prosecutors alleged that Eni used at least half of the $1.1billion naira to purchase the oil field in 2011 to bribe Nigerian politicians, intermediaries and others.

Both Scaroni and Descalzi, Eni’s former and present CEO’s allegedly oversaw the payments to parties who helped secure the sale.

Italian prosecutors in May 2014, asked the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service to freeze $85m in assets related to Malabu Oil & Gas, a company owned by Dan Etete, a former Nigerian oil minister whom the prosecutor claimed was involved in the sale.

CACOL further demanded that “other scandals with international dimensions should be revisited in order to check this culture of corruption, impunity and recklessness that is pervasive in the country”.

OPL 245 deal has come under scrutiny in the National Assembly for the role played by Mr. Etete who was said to have awarded the rights to the block to Malabu Oil and Gas in 1998, at a time when he was close to then-military dictator General Sani Abacha.

PREMIUM TIMES has reported extensively on the scandal.

In February 2014, the House of Representatives called for the outright cancellation of the award of OPL 245 to Shell and Agip for identified flaws in the resolution agreement among Malabu Oil and Gas, Shell and Agip with the federal government acting as obligor.

South Africa Busts Another Secret Arms Deal By The Zoo Nigeria, Seizes $5.7 million

South African authorities have confiscated yet another US$5.7 million arms money from Nigeria, nearly three weeks after seizing $9.3 million in cash transported by two Nigerians and an Israeli for arms purchase, South Africa-based City Express reported Monday. Nigeria's National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd)

As with the first deal, South Africa’s Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority seized the $5.7 million (about N952 million) for allegedly being the proceeds of illegal transactions, the paper said.

The news came more than two weeks after two Nigerians and an Israeli national were arrested in South Africa after they attempted to smuggle US$9.3 million apparently meant for buying arms for the Nigerian intelligence service.

The men landed at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg, on September 5 in a private jet from Abuja with the money stashed in three suitcases.

At the time, the South Africa Revenue Service, SARS, said customs officers became suspicious when the passengers’ luggage were unloaded and put through the scanners.

The National Prosecuting Authority, NPA, in South Africa said there was an invoice for helicopters and armaments intended to be used in Nigeria.

Two black plastic suitcases, filled with 90 blocks each containing US$100,000 in notes, with combination locks, were seized, as well as two pieces of hand luggage also containing US currency, according to City Press.

The Israeli national, Eyal Mesika, had the combination to open the locks.

Under South African laws, a person entering or leaving the country is expected to carry cash not exceeding US$2,300, or the equivalent in foreign currency notes.

The news of the first transaction sparked anger in Nigeria after it emerged the private jet involved belonged to the head of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Ayo Ortisejafor.

Mr. Oritsejafor, a close ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, said the plane had been leased to a third party and he could not be blamed for its schedules.

The Nigerian government later admitted it was behind the arms deal, claiming it acted out of desperation for arms to defeat extremist sect, Boko Haram.

An investigation planned by the Senate into the transaction has yet to begin while the House of Representatives threw out a motion seeking a probe.

The South African newspaper, City Press, said documents in its possession show that the first consignment was personally signed off by the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who issued the end-user certificate for the transaction.

An entire “shopping list” was supplied with the certificate, which included everything from helicopters to unmanned aircraft, rockets and ammunition, it said.

The latest transaction, according to the paper, was between Cerberus Risk Solutions, an arms broker in Cape Town, and Societe D’Equipments Internationaux, said to be a Nigerian company based in Abuja.

The paper said the deal fell apart after Cerberus which had earlier received from Nigeria R60 million (N1.02 billion) in its  account at Standard Bank, tried to repay the money as it it could not resolve its registration formalities with the South African authorities.

“Cerberus was previously registered as a broker with the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), but the registration expired in May this year,” City Press said.

“The marketing and contracting permits also expired at the same time. The company has since applied for re-registration, but the application lay in the NCACC’s mailbox for more than two months.

“Sources told Rapport that Cerberus apparently tried to pay the money back to the Nigerian company, after which the bank became suspicious,” the paper reported.

The paper added that while the NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit subsequently obtained a court order in the South Gauteng High Court to seize the money, the NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube, said there were no indications the two transactions were related.

“However, both are now the subject of a criminal investigation and all possible information and connections are being investigated,” Mr. Mncube was quoted as saying.

Group begs the zoo Army to forgive mutineers

By Daniel Abia Snr. Correspondent, P/Harcourt
International Ministers Forum (IMF) has appealed to the Nigerian Army and the Federal Government to avoid the temptation of killing the 92 soldiers alleged to have committed various degrees of offences following their refusal to confront the Boko Haram terrorist sect in the battle of Konduga.
The forum said killing of the soldiers would be a plus to the insurgents who believe that they have already inflicted enough pains on the country even as they keep advancing in acquisition of more territories.
This is even as the forum alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has witnessed more bloodletting than the Nigerian civil war and other civil crises put together in the history of the country.
Speaking exclusively in a telephone interview in Port Harcourt at the weekend, the President of the Forum, Apostle Eugene Ogu, said there was nothing wrong if the soldiers were honest enough to say that they would not be able to confront the Boko Haram because the insurgents were better equipped.
“The position of the soldiers is the true reflection of the country under the present leadership. You don’t send soldiers to go and fight terrorists who are better armed than the federal troops.
“I am sure that the soldiers who obeyed the orders to go for the fight must have been killed by Boko Haram.
“I want to warn the Nigerian Army and the Federal Government not to make the mistake of killing those soldiers. But because of the laid down norms in the Army, they can only be retired from the military and their entitlements paid,” Ogu advised.
“Should the soldiers be killed for exercising their fundamental rights of speaking out their minds, then those involved in the exportation of US$9.3million must as well be executed for an attempt to import arms and ammunition into the country.
The cleric who was also the Rivers State chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), said Nigeria needs a holistic surgery as a nation, adding that when the soldiers raised alarm over poor fighting equipment, President Jonathan’s aide, Dr. Doyin Okupe was busy defending such inadequacies.

Jonathan’s adviser loses father to Boko Haram

The father of the former Special Ad­viser on Political Matters to Presi­dent Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak has lost his father to the insurgency in his hometown, Gulak, in the Northern Senatorial District of Adamawa State.
The decomposed body of late Alhaji Ali Gillari ,who was among those trapped in the community when the insurgents struck, was found after three days of his demise in his residence.
Announcing his death to newsmen, the state Acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, in a press statement issued by his spokesman, Solomon Kumangar, said the man died in his residence in Gulak.
The governor lamented the death of Gillari and oth­ers who lost their lives in similar circumstances and commiserated with their families .
He particularly sym­pathised with Gulak on the  loss of a great father, whom he decribed as a man of in­tegrity and a devout Muslim.
He prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the de­ceased, saying that he died at a time the society relied on his useful advice and wealth of experience.
Recall that for over four weeks, Boko Haram insur­gents overran Michika and Madagali local government areas of the state, during which many residents were killed while others escaped to Yola, the state capital.
Some residents of Gulak, who escaped from the town, told newsmen in Yola that many old people that needed medical attention were ei­ther held hostage or grue­somely murdered by the insurgents.
According to them, there were also some elderly people who made efforts to escape through the hills to neighbouring Cameroon but died on the way.
Checks by Daily Sun re­vealed that many houses, in­cluding the family house of former governor, Boni Ha­runa were razed by the sect.