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Goodluck Jonathan departs Nigeria for Zambia for his AU Election observer assignment (photo)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan departed Abuja earlier today for Zambia ahead of the southern country's General Election scheduled to take place on October 11, 2016.

Jonathan will be leading the Short Term team of African Union Elections Observation Mission (AUEOM) from the 1st to 15 of August

Image credit: Build Up Nigeria
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President Muhammad Buhari orders security agencies to deal decisively with Herdsmen and farmers clashes

President Buhari has ordered security agencies to deal decisively with all acts of banditry and criminality perpetrated in the name of herdsmen/farmers clashes. He gave the order while delivering his address at the graduation ceremony of course 24 at the National Defence College in Abuja today August 5th.

“On the matter of herdsmen/farmers' clashes, I wish to state that this Administration will not tolerate or condone acts of banditry and criminality, under any guise. As such, our security agencies have been mandated to deal with such acts decisively"he said
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PDP congratulates Buhari, GEJ, Okonjo- Iweala on the commissioning of Abuja-Kaduna railway

The opposition party took to their twitter handle to congratulate Pres. Buhari on the commissioning of the Abuja-Kaduna railway today July 26th. The party also extended congratulations to former President Goodluck Jonathan for the conceptualization of the project. They also commended former Finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the "work put into the structure & funding of the project". See the rest of the tweets after the cut .
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Dino Melaye alleges Remi Tinubu has released N75m to sponsor a protest against him in Abuja

Senator Dino Melaye has alleged that Senator Remi Tinubu has released N75 million to sponsor a protest against him. He made the allegation in a post on his Facebook wall this evening. He wrote; A civil rights movement, Committee for the Defence of Women's Rights, has uncovered a plan by the wife of a former governor of Lagos State and chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu to sponsor a protest against Senator Dino Melaye this coming Wednesday in Abuja.

The organisation said she has released N75 million to Lagos State APC Woman Leader, Mrs. Kemi Nelson through one of her sisters simply identified as Funlola. The National President of CDWR, Prof. Taibat Majekodunmi, made the revelation in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja. Already, the protesters have stormed Abuja and have booked for 300 rooms in many Hotels in hotels in Abuja. She said, "We have it on good authority that N75 million has been released by Senator Okuremi Tinubu to Mrs. Kemi Nelson through Mrs. Tinubu's sister called Funlola. The money is to organise a protest in Abuja on Wednesday against the chairman, Denate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dino Melaye, with 1,000 protesters from Lagos. "The protesters have booked for 300 rooms in some in hotels in Abuja. Why did she not organise a protest against the hardship of Nigerian women and widows.

As we speak, Alade market in Ogba area of Lagos has been destroyed and all the women rendered shopless. Oluremi Tinubu did not organise protest about that. "Against the provisions of the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kemi Nelson doubles at the State APC Women leader in Lagos and also the zonal women leader of APC in the South West. This will show her greediness and why the Tinubu dynasty has taken over Lagos.

"Women were killed in Kano and Abuja and Mrs. Tinubu is the chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs. She did not organise protest over these killings. Mrs. Tinubu has not protested against the skyrocketed price of tomatoes in the market. In the same vein, kerosine is now over N200 per litre and she didn't organised any protest to that effect. "Instead, she has taken advantage of the prevailing poverty in the land to hire hungry women in the land to partake in an unproductive protest against Dino Melaye.

Women like Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Hajiya Gambosa Sawaba, Sarah Jubril, fought for woman race without attacking any man. Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu should emulate the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghandhi, Benazir Bhutto and our own dear Dora Akunyili. "You can imagine what N75 million will do in the lives of widows and hungry Nigerian women. We dare Mrs. Tinubu to go ahead with her planned N75 million protest in Abuja. We will also mobilise Nigerian women against this ostentatious display of wealth while the average Nigerian women wallow in abject poverty."
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I remain loyal to APC, says Bukola Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Sarakion Mondayrestated his loyalty to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC). Saraki also reiterated his belief that the President Buhari's government will redeem its electoral promises made during the 2015 general elections.

The Senate President spoke at the 10th Abuja Housing Show where top government officials and prominent stakeholders in the housing sector brainstormed on the theme: “Expanding Access To Affordable Housing In Africa.” Acknowledging the presence of the APC National Organizing Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso who earlier kick-started discussions at the summit, Saraki assured that the APC government is unwaveringly committed to the social welfare of the people while re-affirming his unalloyed loyalty to the party.

"The Senate and the National Assembly as a whole believe very strongly that we must make a difference in the housing sector," he said. The Senate President, reacting to observations that the existing housing laws need respective amendment and repeal, charged the organizers of the Summit to take a further step by forwarding a document of laws requiring amendments to the National Assembly. "I assure you that action will be taken instantaneously," Saraki promised. Saraki asserted that the Senate has commenced the review processes of several laws affecting property rights and access housing in the country. According to him, the review of the National Housing Fund Act is on-going and would be completed before the end of the year.

According to the APC National Organizing Secretary, Senator Izunaso, housing deficit in Nigeria is pegged at 17million housing units. "As at today, only 10 per cent of those who dream to own a house in the country can afford it, as against the 92 per cent house owners in Singapore. The central objective of the Summit, however, is to come up with feasible strategies on how to end the problem of homelessness in Nigeria," Izunaso said. Other personalities at the Summit include the representative of the Speaker of House of Reps, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Çakıl, TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, among other investors.
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Dasuki files new suit, demands N15bn compensation & public apology from FG, says he's been in solitary confinement

Detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has dragged the federal government to an Abuja High Court challenging his continued incarceration since December last year.

In the new suit, Dasuki asked the court to order his immediate release from detention either conditionally or un-conditionally.

Dasuki, who claimed that his fundamental right to freedom of liberty and dignity to life had been grossly violated by the federal government with his detention, prayed for an order of the court to compel the federal government to pay him N15 billion as general damages and compensation for his alleged illegal detention in violation of his rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

He also prayed the court to compel defendants in the suit to jointly and severally tender a public apology to him to be published in two national dailies for the violation of his rights.

Defendants in the court action are the Department of State Security Service (DSSS), National Security Adviser (NSA), Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Dasuki asked the court to declare that he was entitled to his rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of movement, private and family life and to acquire and own properties as enshrined in the 1999 constitution. He also wants the court to declare that his arrest and continuous detention since December 29, 2015 in the custody of the DSSS and NSA by officers of the federal government without allowing him access to his medical personnel, members of his family and without charging him to court within the time prescribed by law is wrongful, unlawful, un-constitutional and a violation of his right granted by the country’s constitution.

Dasuki said upon his release on bail at Kuje prison on December 29, 2015, he was re-arrested by the operatives of the DSS and had since been kept in solitary conferment, thereby impairing his ability to provide for his family.

The affidavit indicated that the concern and apprehension of his family became compounded when president Muhammadu Buhari in his maiden Presidential media chat of December 30, 2015 said that Dasuki will not be released because of the weight of charges against him and that he may likely jump bail. Dasuki claimed that unless the court comes to his rescue by protecting him and order his immediate release, his right to life, human dignity, personal liberty, privacy, family life, freedom of movement and right to own properties already impaired and violated by the defendants will continue to be impaired and put in jeopardy. The case has been assigned to Justice Peter Kekemekun. The court is however on vacation.

Source: Thisday
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EFCC invite and question Doyin Okupe for allegedly receiving N85m from Dasuki

The EFCC last week invited former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, to their office, to question him for allegedly receiving N85million from embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) The former presidential aide is accused of receiving N50million cash from Dasuki and a company linked to him received additional N35million from the office of the NSA.

Okupe is not being detained by the EFCC however after he told them he has a heart condition and presented a medical report as proof. So for now, he comes from home to answer questions.

A few months ago, Okupe took to Facebook to say that he received money from Dasuki on several occasions for the running of his office but never partook in the campaign "I was not paid arms deal money. The NSA paid for the running of my office monthly from August 2012.

Dasukigate was in 2014. I did not take part in the campaign.” he tweeted in May
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EFCC reportedly seize properties worth N1.350bn belonging to Fayose

The EFCC has reportedly seized properties worth N1.350billion belonging to Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose. The properties are said to be located in highbrow areas of Lagos and Abuja. Four in Lagos and two in Abuja.

The houses seized are located at: 44, Osun Crescent and 32, Yedseram Street in Maitama, Abuja; and houses 3, 4, 6, and 9 in Plot 100, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to the N All the houses in Lagos were paid for by Abiodun Agbele, the detained associate of the governor who is currently under investigation.

Agbele allegedly paid over N880 million for the Lagos properties. Sources said the duplexes were “acquired within 180 days in office by Fayose.”

“We have discovered that he paid for the houses through his associate’s company, De-Privateer Limited of Agbele.

“De-Privateer remitted slush funds into three accounts including FCMB (0519693019), First Bank of Nigeria (1000070240) and Zenith Bank (1014016919).

“The payments were made as follows: First Bank—N40m (29/1/15); N39.5m (30/1/15); N132.5 (30/1/ 15); N3.2m (4/2/15); N980, 000(4/2/15); N200m (17/2/15); N47m (13/2/15); N50m (13/2/15).

“The lodgements in an account in Zenith Bank (1014016919) included N42.5m (9/4/15); N25m (23/4/15); and N229m (6/3/15).

“About N200million was paid into FCMB account 0519693019 on March 9, 2015.”

He said the anti-graft agency seized the properties by invoking sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004 which empower the anti-graft agency to invoke Interim Assets Forfeiture Clause.

The properties were seized recently over allegations that Fayose received N1.219bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser when Col.

Sambo Dasuki through a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro. They are also accusing Fayose of allegedly receiving bribe money from contractors in the state.

You can read the rest on The Nation The EFCC also invited and questioned former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, on Thursday July 14th at their office on his alleged role in the $15bn arms scam.
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I am not afraid of incarceration or death - Fayose

Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose who is being investigated for allegedly receiving N1.3 billion from the arms deal fraud, says no amount of intimidation and harassment will make him shut his mouth as he is not afraid of incarceration or death. Fayose said this during a rally organized by a newly formed Ekiti State Private Sector Union in Ado Ekiti today July 8th; “They said I collected a sum of N1.3 billion from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki to fund my election. Some even said I collected it through Mr Musiliu Obanikoro. Let me put it on records that I did not know Col Dasuki, and Obanikoro has not come out openly to indict me, because he has not returned from abroad. No act of intimidation and harassment will shut my mouth. I will continue to talk about national issues. Somebody from Ekiti gave President Buhari N1.5b for campaign, but today he is being seen as a saint. When you want to campaign or do marriage , people will give you money and my own can’t be an exemption. Would I now return the remaining money after the campaign? I am not afraid of incarceration or death. APC problem is 2018 and as the God liveth, they are going nowhere. We will stand up and defend our state and the money they said they have gotten through anti-corruption should be spent for Nigerians. "
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Reveal: How Fayose’s Man Spread Money Into Accounts

Latest revelations have shown that Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose’s associate Abiodun Agbele wired the sum of N1.35billion into three different accounts to pay for four of the five duplexes the governor allegedly bought in Lagos.

The fifth duplex, which cost about N200million, is located in the federal capital, Abuja. According to detectives, the laundering of the cash was staggered to cover up the details from the prying eyes of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

But the EFCC still uncovered the lodgments in the following accounts: FCMB belonging to Siqnachor (0519693019), First Bank of Nigeria (1000070240) and Zenith Bank (1014016919) of Still Earth Limited. The owner of Still Earth Limited, Oyindamola Adeyemi, has claimed that her company neither secured a contract from Fayose, nor offered him kickback.

The facts on how Fayose, through his detained associate Agbele, paid for the duplexes are now contained in EFCC's official documents. A top source said: “The payments were effected through De-Privateer Limited, which is owned by Agbele. The governor and his associate knew that they were involved in money laundering and they cleverly opted to stagger the funds.

“We have retrieved the list of lodgments made by De-Privateer into three accounts, including FCMB belonging to Siqnachor (0519693019), First Bank of Nigeria (1000070240) and Zenith Bank (1014016919) of Still Earth Limited.

The breakdown of some of the remittances is as follows: First Bank—N40m (29/1/15); N39.5m (30/1/15); N132.5 (30/1/ 15); N3.2m (4/2/15); N980, 000(4/2/15); N200m (17/2/15); N47m (13/2/15); N50m (13/2/15). The lodgments in an account in Zenith Bank (1014016919) include N42.5m (9/4/15); N25m (23/4/15); and N229m (6/3/15). Agbele, also through De-Privateer, paid N200million into the account of Siqnachor Integrated Limited in FCMB (0519693019) on March 9, 2015.

The EFCC source added: “You can see what Fayose did with state funds within the first six months in office. This is just a segment of our ongoing investigation of the governor.

“We are yet to shift focus to other areas where state funds were diverted into personal use or associates’ accounts.” Responding to a question, the source said: “We are going ahead with Friday’s interaction with three more people on the five properties bought by the governor.”
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Federal High Court affirms Okezie Ikpeazu as Abia State Governor, dismisses the Tax Certificate forgery suit against him

Justice A.I Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Owerri, has affirmed the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. Former governorship aspirant, Barr.FridayNwosu also dragged Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to court over alleged forged tax certificates. However, the court ruled today that the plaintiff, (Nwosu) was unable to prove that the tax documents where forged and dismissed the matter.

In a related development, an Abia State High Court in Osisioma granted a motion filed by Ikpeazu for extension of the order restraining the Chief Judge of Abia State, the President Abia State Customary Court of Appeal and any other judicial officer from swearing in Mr. Uche Ogah, as governor of the state. The order was extended to18th July, 2016.
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Saraki, other High Profile "Looters" in Soup as FG Gets Special Prosecutors

The Federal Government has set up 20 teams of prosecutors, comprising 80 lawyers, who will handle high profile criminal cases investigated by law enforcement agencies, including the EFCC.

Sources say each of the teams had four lawyers with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria as the leader.

The lawyers have been specially trained for the serious tasks of dealing with looters of our money.

According to Punch, the Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption was very much involved in the training of the special prosecutors.

The training, which ended in June, lasted for over one month.

Sources in the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja confirmed to Punch that one of the teams of prosecutors had been assigned the forgery case recently instituted against Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu and others.

The new prosecuting team will fully take over the forgery case from the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mohammed Diri, when the trial resumes on Monday.

gathered that President Buhari is not happy with the slow pace of dealing with looters and this new team is to ensure justice is served for the good of Nigeria in good time.
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Is it true? Senator Ben Bruce Used The Bank Loan To Acquire A $5m Mansion In US

An investigation by SR has revealed that Senator Ben Murray-Bruce may have illegally diverted the loan he obtained from Union Bank of Nigeria for business to purchase a posh property in Beverly Hills, California in 2007.

Ben Bruce has been in the spotlight lately after the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) on June 23, 2016 seized several of his Silverbird media companies for failing to make payments on billions of naira in loans.

The self-proclaimed Commonsense Senator was one of the most vocal senators during the #BuyNaijaToGrowTheNaira, a movement that criticizes those who needlessly import foreign goods.

He touted his reputation for building businesses in Nigeria to champion the importance of domestic investment in goods.

But several banking sources in Nigeria told SR that the N11billion loan Ben Bruce took out from Union Bank around 2007 was supposed to be used to construct the Abuja Entertainment Center.

According to the sources, instead of using the loan to fund his Nigerian business operations, he diverted it to purchase an opulent property in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and London.

Los Angeles County Property Assessor’s Office, the Records office, and the Special Investigation unit haveconfirmed to SR that the Nigerian senator from Bayelsa State purchased a property on August 6th, 2007 and remains the owner. The address is 605 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

A public records search, also confirmed by municipal employees in Los Angeles County, assessed the value of Senator Ben Bruce’s land at $3.1million. The value of the mansion and other structures at the property was estimated at no less than $795,000.

The senator’s Beverly Hills swanky property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a swimming pool and is estimated to be at least 2,777 square feet. Assessments of real estate platforms show that the property is worth $5million as of today.

SR said they also obtained a bond receipt document that confirmed Ben Bruce’s ties to the property.

The document also listed Stella Albright as having a connection to the property. A public records search of Mrs. Albright found that she was a board member of a company, Dream Magic Studios LLC, alongside Senator Ben Bruce.
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Politics Update: Saraki Ready For War With Presidency

Late on Monday evening, some PDP people were sending messages to Bukola Saraki's aides online, urging that they tell him to fight dirty with President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that was the only way for him to escape going to prison with regards to the cases forgery and corruption against him.

This morning, sodeeqstarblog observed that Saraki and his aides started taking jabs at the government of President Buhari. After Saraki tweeted that, see what his media aide posted...

More like that Saraki camp is insisting that there is another government within Buhari government?
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Lawmakers In Abuja Fight Over Jeeps, Constituency Projects

Members of the House of Representatives are still sharply divided over which car to purchase for official use. According to Daily Sun sources at the Executive Session of the House, lawmakers deliberated on different issues. Top on their "selfish agenda" was questions arising on why the leadership of the House settled for the Nigerian made Peugeot 508, rather than the more prestigious Toyota Prado Landcruiser SUV.

Senators bought Prado, Nigerians shouted and nothing happened. So, Reps too want to follow. It was also gathered that lawmakers, many of whom are now in possession of the 2016 budget details, took turns to express grievances over the spread of constituency and zonal projects. Some lawmakers raised objections to Abdulmumin Jibrin’s position as Chairman, Appropriations Committee, demanding that he be removed to salvage the reputation of the House which, they insisted, had been severally damaged by the controversies that surrounded the 2016 budget.

Jibrin, who was not at Wednesday’s plenary, has been accused of allocating projects worth N4 billion to his Bibeji/Kiru Federal Constituency. Only few minutes into the commencement of plenary, Speaker Yakubu Dogara called on the House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila to move the motion for the House to go to an executive session. An hour and half later, when the House reverted to plenary, Dogara did not speak on what was discussed even as lawmakers displayed conviviality, most of them chatting in clusters and back slapping.

But Daily Sun learnt that the executive session was characterised by complaints as lawmakers took turns to say that they have been shortchanged with regard to the spread of constituency projects. Many lawmakers pointed fingers at principal officers who they said cornered projects that should have been shared to other constituencies in their states and zones. A lawmaker, told Daily Sun that majority of lawmakers weren’t disposed to the purchase of SUVs owing to the reduction of the allocation to the National Assembly from N150 billion in 2014, N120 billion in 2015 and to N115 billion, this year.

“If you look at what has happened in the last three years, I don’t think lawmakers should still be talking about what kind of car we should be given. This year we have only N115 billion as allocation, where do they expect the leadership of the House to get money to buy SUVs?" He said that members were disappointed that the tradition of principal officers influencing allocation of more money for projects in their constituencies and zones to the detriment of others was still the practice. “People are really disappointed that the culture of principal officers taking a lion share of constituency projects, leaving those in their states and even their geo-political zones with almost nothing is still the order of the day." Speaker Dogara and Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin are former PDP men who joined APC. Some lawmakers are said to have insisted that they stop that practice in this era of change.
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Photo: Saraki receives amended Gender Equality Opportunity (GEO) Bill

The Gender Equality Opportunity (GEO) Bill which suffered major setback in March this year, has been amended and was passed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the sponsor of the bill, Senator Abiodun Olujimi today.

The bill which among other things was designed to address women's freedom of movement, female economic activity, girls' access to education, equal rights for women in marriage, divorce, property/land ownership and inheritance, appropriate measures against gender discrimination in political and public life and prohibitions of violence to women, was rejected by majority of the male senators as they felt the bill if passed will give women more power and this according to them was against the African culture.

Some of the senators even alleged that the bill if passed will turn some women into prostitutes and lesbians. Anyway the bill has been amended. It passed its first reading today and hopefully it would get accelerated hearing and will be passed into law.
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Attacks on oil installations: FG, Niger Delta Govts evolving common strategy to end economic sabotage

In a meeting summoned on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari, the federal government and Niger Delta states have started developing a common and united strategy to deal with the recent resurgent militant attacks on the nation's oil installations.

According to the Senior Special Assistant-Media & Publicity In the Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande,at a meeting held yesterday at the Presidential Villa, and presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, governors from Niger Delta states, three ministers and military service chiefs met behind closed doors to discuss the situation, and forge a common strategy to halt what is considered by both federal and state governments as acts of economic sabotage by the militants.

At the end of the meeting, which lasted over two hours, it was made known that the federal government is proceeding on a collaborative strategy with the governments, communities in the Niger Delta region and other relevant stakeholders towards tackling the situation holistically.

Disclosing this at the end of the meeting, Delta State Ifeanyi Okowa who briefed State House Correspondents said the meeting identified the need for synergy between the federal and the state governments as a very important step going forward. Elaborating on the collaboration, Governor Okowa said “one thing that we have identified is the synergy between the federal government and states is very important and this meeting has actually revealed a lot of issues and we believe that the collaboration between the Federal Government and States would help us to tackle the issues in the Niger Delta” Governor Okowa disclosed that a lot of decisions were taken at the meeting after they were briefed by Service Chiefs.

He said “we have taken a lot of decisions which we think will help us to mitigate what is going on currently in the states particularly in Delta and Bayelsa”, reiterating the belief that “we are going to find a solution very soon”.

Still on the outcome of the meeting, he added that it was decided that military presence in the region should be de-escalated, though it was agreed that the forces should be kept to provide security and presence while government begins immediate engagement process with the communities in the affected areas.

Asked by press about the fate of the amnesty programme, Governor Okowa noted that the Presidential Adviser on the Amnesty Programme briefed the meeting and stated that the programme was actually still on-going. He added that“we have a Special Adviser in charge of Amnesty and he is doing a lot of work.” Those at the meeting were Governors from the Niger Delta states which include Governors of Edo, Ondo, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa, Abia, and the Deputy Governor of Cross River. On the side of the federal government were the Minister of Defense, Rtd. Major General Mohammed Dan Ali, Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

Military service chiefs were also in attendance led by the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin and all the Service Chiefs who briefed the meeting on the security situation in the region.
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Saraki Again? ₦300m Vanishes in His Bedroom; Police Arrests His Aides & Accountant

The Nigeria police in Ilorin, Kwara State, questioned and then released several domestic aides as well as some members of the security detail assigned to Senate President Bukola Saraki in connection with the mysterious disappearance of N300 million from the senator’s bedroom in Ilorin.

According to SR investigation, the money that went missing at Saraki's home had just been ferried there by the Kwara State government in different foreign exchange denominations. What? SR reports that Saraki called on Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed to provide the huge cash to enable him provide largesse to his supporters in Ilorin at the start of the Ramadan season. This is not the first time a gargantuan sum of cash connected to Saraki grew wings and disappeared. Last year, agents of the Department of State Security (DSS) attached to the embattled Senate President stole a huge sum of money that the owner of a bureau de change, who is a cousin of former military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, was ferrying to Saraki. Months after their arrest, the DSS agents have yet to be formally charged to court for robbery. A source in the agency told SR that the DSS and Saraki were colluding to cover up the case.

“Senator Saraki does not want the public to start asking questions about the source of the money. And the DSS does not want the role of our agents to become public knowledge,” the source disclosed. Two reliable sources in Ilorin confirmed the latest heist of the illicit cash approved by Governor Ahmed of Kwara State and sent to Saraki’s home. Saraki anointed Ahmed as his successor.

One of our sources claimed that this was the second time in a month that large sums of money disappeared from the Senate President’s Ilorin mansion. Just imagine how government money is flying.
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Expose: PDP as Sponsors of Niger Delta Avengers - APC

The All Progressives Congress has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party of sponsoring the new terror group, Niger Delta Avengers, to launch series of attacks against oil pipelines in Nige Delta.

The South South zone of the APC, in a meeting held in Benin City, Edo State, on Friday, condemned the act of sabotage with regards to the renewed attacks in the region, and said the main objective of the Niger Delta Avengers was to frustrate and derail President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The APC said: “The zone is cocksure that the nefarious and ruinous activities of the ‘Avengers’ are not driven by any patriotic and altruistic impulse.” In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the party said, “We have compelling reasons to strongly assert that these activities are sponsored and instigated by the opposition PDP to derail and frustrate the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari because of its determination to fight against corruption, stabilise and put our country on the path of sustainable development.

The communiqué, signed by APC National Vice-Chairman South South, Hilliard Eta, and Zonal Secretary, Steven Ezekwem, also rejected the inclusion of Niger Delta region in the “imaginary State of Biafra”.

The party, which described the inclusion as “dubious”, said, “Niger Delta is not, cannot and will never be part of Biafra.”
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Update: Presidency Releases Details Of Recovered Loots

The Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency has released an interim report of the Multi-Billion loots that has been recovered from Big Looters, both in cash and assets, in Nigeria from May 29, 2015 till date.

Below are the official details of the recovered loots:

In Naira - over N78.3 billion has been recovered

In Dollars - over $185.1 milion has been recovered

In Pounds - over 3.5 million pounds recovered so far

In Euros - Over 11,000 euros recovered so far

Recoveries under interim forfeiture (Cash and Assets)

In Naira - over N126.5 billion has been recovered

In Dollars - over $9 billion has been recovered

In Pounds - over 2.4 million pounds recovered so far

In Euros - Over 303,303 euros recovered so far

The government said once the money is free from exhibit it would be used for the good of all Nigerians.
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