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=> Dasuki Challenges FG For Disobeying Court Order - Vanguard
Former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has challenged the audacity of the federal government to put him on trial on the alleged mismanagement of fund meant for purchase of arms.
He told an Abuja High Court Friday that government has no moral and legal rights now to prosecute him having been in contempt of three high courts that admitted him on bail but which were not obeyed.
When the matter came up today, defense counsel, Joseph Daudu SAN brought an “unless application” challenging the disobedience of the Federal Government to the earlier bail granted Dasuki.
Daudu submitted that the Federal Government cannot go ahead with the trial, having disobeyed an order of court which granted bail to the accused person.READ FULL NEWS....
=> Borno Elders Reveal Real Sponsors Of Boko Haram -Naij.com
A group under the the umbrella of the Borno Elders Forum has alleged that persons indicted in the diversion of funds meant to purchase arms for soldiers combating insurgency in Northeast Nigeria are the real sponsors of Boko Haram.
The group said: “Much has been said about the sponsors of Boko Haram. With the horrifying revelations about the ‘Arms Deal’, it is no longer necessary to continue delaying the search for the real sponsors of Boko Haram. Those who collected such huge sums of money from the national treasury and converted same for their unending greed and avarice should be regarded as part and parcel of the sponsors of Boko Haram. Get them and you will get the rest.
“The people who sponsored the activities of Boko Haram or those who deliberately turned away from their official responsibilities on security issues, or those who looted the funds meant for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram, and those who spoke or continue to speak in their favour are all one and the same.
“They all individually and collectively aided and sponsored the Boko Haram insurgency. They colluded to ensure the death of our brave soldiers, our innocent people and the near total destruction of our society. Nigerians should stand by us and collectively assist to bring those responsible to book. “
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» Jonathan Linked To Arms Deal Scandal -Naij.com
Ahmed Raji, Dasuki’s lawyer, noted that the arms deal investigation cannot be discussed without reference to the former president.
“The national security adviser will normally carry out the instructions of his president,” he told AFP.
“You cannot talk about this matter without talking about President Jonathan,” Raji added.
It is uncertain if President Buhari will prosecute his predecessor while many political experts say that Buhari will most likely not do so.
When Buhari was elected president in 2015, he said in his acceptance speech: “President Jonathan has nothing to fear from me.”
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=> Money Laundering: Diezani In London Police Net Again, Granted Bail - TheNation
Former Petroleum Resources Minister Mrs Diezeani Alison-Madueke yesterday showed up at the Charing Cross Police Station in London as part of the investigation into the allegation of money laundering against her.
According to a report on Television Continental (TVC), Mrs Alison-Madueke was granted bail on the same condition given earlier and given a June 21 date to return.
Last October, the former minister was arrested by the UK National Crimes Agency, alongside four others.
She was accused of fraud and money laundering in the United Kingdom using a network of relatives and businessmen.
=> Lassa fever patient responding to treatment – LUTH-Punch
The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Idi-Araba, Lagos has said that the patient that contacted Lassa fever disease was responding to treatment at its isolation ward.
The Public Relations Officer, LUTH, Mr. Kelechi Otuneme, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday.
Otuneme said that the hospital’s medical personnel and health workers had been working together to ensure that the patient was well and healthy.
”The management had to lodge the health workers within the LUTH premises for safety and fast treatment for the patient,” he said.READ FULL NEWS....
=> Statement destruction: Metuh granted N300m bail
A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Friday granted the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh), bail in the sum N300 mIllion.
He is also expected to provide two sureties in like sum.
Metuh is standing trial for destroying the statement he made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives during investigation into his alleged involvement in the diversion of arms procurement fund.
He was arraigned by the EFCC on a two-count charge on Thursday.
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=> Buhari’s N795m budget for website update a fraud –Reps
Some members of the House of Representatives yesterday, expressed displeasure over the N795m budgeted for website update in the corrected version of the 2016 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari. They also frowned at the N536m earmarked to link cables from drivers’rest room, guest house to the Aso Villa, describing it as a fraud.
The lawmakers also asked Buhari to apologise to Nigerians over the unnecessary controversy he allowed to trail the 2016 Appropriation bill. They further described the corrected version of the N6.08trn budget proposal submitted to the House as wasteful and a fraud.
The legislators insisted that the act has caused the country an embarrassment in the eyes of the international community. Some members of the House, who made their dissatisfaction with the budget known during the debate on the Appropriation bill, accused the government of corruption.READ FULL NEWS....
=> Militants Step Up Bombing Of Pipelines In Delta
MILITANTS continued bombing of oil installations, last night, in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The details were still sketchy this morning?, but it was learned that they blew up the Abiteye flow station and Sagara to Chevron pipeline
“Some of are already trapped in our communities because of the bombings, the target for now may be Chevron facilities,” a worried riverside dweller told Vanguard.READ FULL NEWS....
=> N1.04tn Fine: MTN Seeks Out Of Court Settlement -Punch
Telecommunications Company, MTN Nigeria, has said it is considering settling out of court with the Nigerian Communications Commission over the N1.04tn fine imposed on itOn Friday, at the resumed hearing of the suit it filed to challenge the N1.04tn fine, MTN’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), pleaded with the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, to give parties 60 days to explore the option of settlement out of court.
But the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who was sued as the 2nd defendant, told the court, through his lawyer, Mr. Dipo Okpeseyi (SAN), that parties had been finding it difficult to settle out of court.
He urged the court to take it that all the court papers in the matter had been properly filed and served and that the case was still ongoing.
“This is a matter of national importance. There have been concessions in the past and nothing happened,” Okpeseyi noted.
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=> APC to spend N500bn on moving people out of poverty – Lai Mohammed- VanguardThe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Buhari Administration will intensify the fight against corruption in order to conserve funds to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable people in the society, including women and children.
In his remarks during a courtesy visit to Women FM 91.7, the premier radio station dedicated to women and family issues, in Arepo, Ogun State, on Thursday, the Minister said the government is determined to address some of the challenges confronting women and children through a sustained fight against corruption, so that available funds could go into reversing the high rate of infant and maternal mortality, poverty, unemployment, lack of potable water among others.
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=> John Kerry Carries Buhari’s Anti-corruption Campaign To Davos - PMNews
United State Secretary of State, John Kerry has given President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign drive a larger reach at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Kerry in his speech at the forum, he made reference to Buhari’s fight against corruption in Nigeria and how individuals pocketed money meant for arms deal.
“It has been reported that over 50 people including government officials stole over $9billion in Nigeria.
He added that money that was meant for arms to fight Islamist sect, Boko Haram, was pocketed by generals in the most populous black nation in the world.
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