Two suspected kidnappers were shot dead during a gun duel with the police along Factory Road, Aba, Abia State on Monday, April 17. Read the rest of this entry »
Though yet unconfirmed, the reported death of Abubakar Shekau,leader of the blood-thirsty Boko Haram sect brings to focus the largely unacknowledged efforts of the immediate past Federal Government, led by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.Shekau had been reported dead in battles with troops numerous times,only for him to resurface and taunt the government and wreak more havocs.However, towards the tail end of theJonathan administration, especially the six weeks of routing by the military shortly before the last general election, reports also filtered in that the cat with nine liveshad finally been killed.From that period to date, the leader of the insurgents is yet to make a public appearance.On Wednesday this week, the Chadian leader Idris Derby disclosed that Shekau may have indeed been killed and that the insurgents have already appointed a new leader, Mahamat Daoud, who he said is ready for talks with Nigeria.Even if he resurfaces, Shekau is already a damaged leader for the group – credit for which should richly go to the outgone Jonathan administration.This is because the outgone administration had accomplished almost 95 percent of the anti-terror job in the fight against the insurgents.It is on record that Jonathan’s administration spent a whopping N4.62 trillion on national security in five years.
President Muhammadu Buhari has a controversial multi-billion naira pipeline protection and waterways security contract to think about, as a heritage from the Goodluck Jonathan administration.The mentioned agreement was sealed between the Federal Government and a company linked to Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, a former NigerDelta warlord.Olanrewaju Suraju, a chairman of the CivilSociety Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), thinks there would be no justification for the new administration to continue the contract. According to him, more crude oil has been lost to pirates, oil thieves and“the water ways are still largely insecure and thousands of barrels of crude oil are still lost daily in oil theft and pipeline vandalisation.”The data by the CSNAC shows crude oil theft increased from 250,000 barrels per day before the contract to 400,000 barrelsper day after signing the contract.Experts also remind Buhari that the duty to protect the country’s maritime areas and stop piracy and oil theft is the primaryfunction of the country’s Navy and relevant law enforcement agencies, as perthe constitution.The recent statement by the CSNAC, dated June 7, 2015, reads in part:It is“improper delegation of duty to assignsuch an enormous task to a private company instead of equipping the relevant agencies to enable them carry out their constitutional role effectively.“Also, the Nigerian Navy and other law enforcement agencies should be equippedwith the necessary equipments and resources required to enable them appropriately safeguard our waterways, inorder to curb crude oil theft and pipeline vandalisation.“That way, our economy would experiencetremendous revamp as the profit that will be made from the sale of crude oil which hitherto would have been lost can be utilised for the benefit of the Nigerian people.”Ahmed Ramalan, a chairman of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, also called for the contract to be revoked as a means of revamping the economy.Other ex-militants under the aegis of the National Coalition of Niger-Delta Ex-agitators have also called for the contract to be reviewed.Global West Vessel Specialist Agency Ltd, a company linked to Tompolo, secured the$103 million contract in 2012, during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.Tompolo was one of the Niger Delta militants who accepted the Federal Government’s amnesty programme in 2010.
Barely one week after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the UnitedStates government has asked him to revisit the $182 million Halliburton briberycase and diligently prosecute all those involved in the scandal.President Buhari has, consequently, directed the appropriate security agenciesto reopen investigations into the case and make appropriate recommendations, it was gathered on Friday.Informed security sources disclosed to Saturday Tribune that the U.S. governmentmade it clear that unless those involved were prosecuted, part of the bribe money,about $140 million, recovered and still in the US, would not be repatriated to Nigeria.“Following this development, President Buhari has directed the investigation committee made up of representatives of all security agencies to dust off the file andcomplete the investigations and charge those indicted to court,” the source said.By Friday afternoon, key security officers involved in the investigations were seen by Saturday Tribune gathering files and dusting off documents on the case.The case was investigated four years ago by a security panel headed by retired AIG Ahmadu Ali, who at the end of the case charged a former personal aide to a former Head of State to court but the case was later struck out due to lack of diligent prosecution.Jeffry Tesler, who was the go-between in the payment of the bribes paid to secure the contract for the final phase of the multibillion naira Nationa Liquefied Natural Gas project was sentenced to 21 months in prison and forfeited $148.964 million from his Swiss accounts to the United States government.The American government’s report on the Halliburton bribery scandal had indicted three former Nigerian leaders, a former number two citizen, a minister, intelligence chiefs and corporate giants in the list of bribery beneficiaries.One of the indicted corporate titans, a construction company that allegedly handled the distribution of the money later opted for plea bargaining and paid the sum of $25 million to the government.The source added that the go-between, Jeffry Tesler had served out his prison sentence and returned to England.The security source further disclosed to Saturday Tribune that the case file would soon be reopened “and all those who were invited during the investigation will soon appear again.”The source source said, “My brother, this is a serious case now because the government of the day is very eager to prosecute anybody indicted in it so as to serve as a deterrent to others.”Source:Tribune
Two suicide bombers leading a band of terrorists were among over a score of those of them who died as troops succeeded in repelling the terrorist attack on Shetimari in Borno State yesterday (Thursday) evening.Over 12 rifles and 1 machine gun were captured from the terrorists group as the attack was repelled. Also recovered from the group were rocket propelled grenadesand some bombs.Troops conducting mopping up operation are still combing the area while others arein pursuit of those who are on the run.Incidents of suicide bomb attacks were also recorded in Jimeta Yola and Maiduguri yesterday evening. Details are still forthcoming.Meanwhile, the offensive operations in Sambisa and other forest enclaves of the terrorists are continuing with intelligence activities, aerial surveillance and highly coordinated air bombardment backed by ground assaults.
Kanayo Awurum, 29, has been arrested bythe Lagos State Police Command for allegedly selling his son for N450,000 in the Egbe, Ikotun area of the state.He allegedly sold the two-year-old boy, identified as Samuel, to a middle-aged women.Kanayo, who worked as a painter, reportedly lied to his wife, Kelechi, that one of the women was his relative in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and the boy was going to live with her.It was learnt that the police had apprehended the three women he sold hisson to namely Nkechi Obi, Cecilia Nwatu and Gladys Nwobodo for allegedly buying the child.Kanayo told his friend Emmanuel, who is still at large, that he had some financial difficulties, and wanted to sell his son for N450,000 so the women, who were working with Kanayo’s friend, identified only as Emmanuel, visited the man and his wife to purchase the boy.He added that his plan was to stabilise his family with the money as his wife was pregnant with another child.He said,“I met Kelechi in our secondary school days in 2005.It was in 2010 that we started living together. In December 2012, she gave birth to Samuel.We were then living in Owerri, Imo State. Iwas working as a painter and also acted inmovies.I was an upcoming actor so I was not well paid.“From 2014, I started to have financial difficulties, and I wanted to come to Lagos to hustle.The idea to sell my child came in March 2015 when I finally decided to travel to Lagos.It was a friend, Emmanuel, who linked me to the women.I asked him to lend some money to me and he said I should use what I had to get what I wanted.“I did not tell my wife that I wanted to sell our child.I lied to her that one of the women who came was my elder sister in Port Harcourt and our son was going to stay with her.My wife did not like the idea, but I convinced her that it was for our good.“So, when we came to Lagos, we rented an apartment on Oluwaseyi Street in the Egbe area of Lagos.I was paid N450,000 for the boy.That was what I used to pay for the rent.”Kelechi, 28, said it was when she pesteredKanayo to bring her child home for a visit and the boy was not brought by the ‘relative’ that she suspected a foul play.She said:Samuel was two years and two months old when Kanayo said he was taking him to stay with his sister in Port Harcourt.In April, he went to Owerri for a painting work and promised that his sister would bring Samuel on a visit.On the day he promised, no one showed up.He also failed to come back to Lagos whenhe promised.I then told our landlord and one of his friends in Lagos, called Coach.Then, they agreed to trick my husband to come back home.When he arrived, they began to ask him questions and he later confessed that the boy was not actually with his relative.They went to report the matter at the Ikotun Police Division. That was how he was arrested.”Kanayo led the police to the home of one of the women he got arrested.She said, she paid Kanayo 650k not 450k and she only did itbecause she had a deformed10year old son that her Husband didn’t know about and wanted a male child desperately to bear the family name.‘My boy has the Down syndrome. He could not talk.” She said.The 2 year old Samuel has since been reunited with his Mom.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA says it will not vacate the premises of embattled Senator elect, Buruji Kashamu who is wanted for allegeddrug related offences in the USA.NDLEA said this in reaction to an order from a Federal High Court in Lagos today directing officials of the agency to vacate the premises of Kashamu. In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, NDLEA said it has not received the reported court injunction and that the siege is within the law. Read the statement below;“The NDLEA does not believe that any court will issue an order preventing a government agency from performing its statutory responsibilities in a lawful manner. The agency has therefore refused to be distracted and will continueto maintain presence at the residence. It is advisable that Kashamu respects the law by submitting himself to the due process of the law. The NDLEA wishes to reiterate that his rights like that of other citizens shall be respected and the due process of law followed in this case.The agency is prepared to further increase her public rating and goodwill in the areas of suspect handling, respect for human rights and the rule of law. We are prepared to explore all legal means in handling this case to a logical conclusion. According to official record, Kashamu has been a target of both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for over 20 years and was further indicted by the Grand Jury in the Northern District of Illinois, United States on heroin trafficking charges” the statement read
A youth corps member,Miss Idowu servingin Kwara state was founded dead on Sunday night in Ilorin, the state capital.The Lagos-based corps member was an indigene of Ogun state and lived at Tanke along University road.The deceased’s corpse was found on Sunday night around GRA Ilorin.However, her family has been contacted while her corpse would be released today on the insistence of the family.The deceased served with the state broadcasting coprpation, (Radio Kwara), Ilorin.Speaking with our correspondent, the police PPRO, Mr. Okasanmi Ajayi, said, “We are stiill investigating, we cannot conclisuvely say it is a case of abduction orritual killing because no part of the body was missing.It could be a case of a hit and run careless driver or an accident outrightly.“I can’t confirm that she was raped because all the examinations conducted on her does not show any sign of rape andwe are still investigating but I cannot say exactly what happened.“As far as we are concenrned, it was a reported case of “found dead” with a broken skull and bruishes, for now I can’t tell you whether it was a case of whether rape, abduction or kidnapping.He said the corpse would be released today (yesterday)while investigation would continue to unravel the.Circumstances surrounding the death of the youth corps member.NYSC PRO in the state, Oladipo Morakinyosaid a corps member died and death is a natural phenomenon and we have done the needful by contacting her family.“It is only the medical expert that can diagnose what actually kill her and this is beyond the scope of our scheme.The most important thing is that a corps member died and the NYSC has done the necessary thing that we are expected to do. we have contacted the family.”Source:Leadership
Two buildings were reportedly set ablaze following an altercation between a motorcycle passenger and the rider which resulted in the death of the rider.
Leadership reports that the passenger slapped the rider to death with an object suspected to be charms at Iyana Ira, in Ijanikin area of Lagos state and took to his heels when he discovered the gravity of hisoffence.It was reported that when the commercial motorcycle operator stopped in front of thepassenger’s residence on Wednesday evening, an argument ensued over the payment of N50. The passenger was said to have entered his apartment and came out with the suspected charms and slappedthe rider with it.According to a police sergeant attached to the department of criminal investigation, Panti, Yaba, who spoke under the conditionof anonymity, immediately the man killed the operator he took to his heels to evade arrest or being mobbed.He said angry people who had witnessed what transpired set the residence of the suspected killer ablaze and also went to the residence of his mother and in the same vein set it ablaze, rendering many residents homeless.The divisional police officer of Ijanikin police station, SP Robinson Eregare, was said to have led a team of policemen to the scene and arrested four suspects and has quickly transferred the case to the department of criminal investigation, Panti, Yaba.Just recently, a Lagos prophet was jailed for reportedly brutalising an Okada Rider who refused to pay N120,000 for a deliverance prayer.
A girl, Omasan, 21, allegedly murdered her younger brother, Laju, in Ugbuwangue, Warri South Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday.
Laju, a student of Yonwuren College, was said to have bled to death from a stab to his chest by Omasan, following a disagreement over sharing of house chores.
Trouble, Vanguard learned, started when Laju, the only male child of the family, insisted that he had already fetched water and was too tired to do any other chore.
A family source said in the fight that ensued, the boy reportedly brought Omasan down and ran away.
The sister dashed into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, pursued and stabbed Laju in the chest.
“He fell to the ground, screaming, and calling for help as neighbours rushed to his rescue,” the source said.
The victim was confirmed dead at the Warri Central Hospital, where doctors revealed that he had lost too much blood.
Omasan’s attempt to run away from her crime failed as she was caught and handed over to the police.
The family source added: “These kinds of fights and quarrels have been recurring in the home. They have always fought and settled, but this particular one just got out of hand.”
At press time, Laju had been buried in front of his father’s compound in the Itsekiri community in Warri.
Police Public Relations Officer in Delta State, Celestina Kalu, confirmed the teenager’s death, adding that investigation into the case had commenced.