​Herdsmen killings: Edo APC berates PDP over money gift to victims families

                     APC & PDP
BENIN CITY —All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, yesterday, said Governor Godwin Obaseki will not be distracted with what it described as the “Greek gift¨ being given to some families of victims of herdsmen killings in the state by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The party regretted that the PDP was politicizing “the pains the families of the victims are passing through,” adding that the people of the state know the sincerity of the Obaseki-led administration to check the excesses of herdsmen, therefore, would not allow the governor to be distracted by the ¨antics of the PDP.”

While the state secretary of APC, Lawrence Okah described the criticisms and actions of the chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, who donated N200,000 to one of the families of victim of herdsmen killings as shameful, a chieftain of the APC, Mr Washington Osifo, said Chief Orbih was seeking relevance with his actions.

According Okah,“this is not supposed to be a political matter because it has to do with the lives of our people. But it is shameful that the PDP is going about giving money to some victims that is a Greek gift. When did Orbih become a father Christmas? For us as a party we will remain focused to fulfil our promises to Edo people and that is what the governor is doing.”

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​Amnesty: Militants give FG 4-week ultimatum to reinstate Boroh

         BGen. Paul Boroh (retd)
YENAGOA —A coalition of nine militant groups in the Niger Delta, under the aegis of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, has given President Muhammadu Buhari four-week ultimatum to reinstate sacked Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd).

They threatened to resume fresh attacks on oil facilities across the region if Mr. President failed to reinstate the former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta on the expiration of the ultimatum.

Leader, RNDA, ‘General’ Johnmark Ezonbi, who handed the threat, yesterday in a statement after an enlarged meeting of the militant groups in the creek of Bayelsa State, said it was obvious that the Federal Government was toying with the destiny of the Niger Delta region.

They alleged that nothing tangible had been recorded since the coming of the current All Progressives Congress-led government at the centre.

Ezonbi said, “I want to warn that any intruder into our planned action in four weeks’ time if the Federal Government fails to reinstate Gen. Paul Boroh will be severely dealt with without mercy. Our attack will make security agencies in the creek very small.

“We are fully ready to take on anybody as we have the instrumentality of warfare that will make the biggest military might to marvel at our coordinated attacks.

“We are ready to dirty our rivers and creeks with our oil, it is better we spill it than allow government use it to develop other parts of the country.

“We are not unmindful of the roles played by self-styled leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the South-South region by sponsoring falsehood against the person and office of Boroh for his blunt refusal to grease their palms to the detriment of the Amnesty Programme meant strictly for ex-militants and agitators.

“We have always known those leaders to be anti-Niger Delta since the coming on board of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government as the latter kicked against the establishment of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko.”

He said Boroh had made concerted efforts to put the amnesty programme back on track with the regular training of ex-militants and payment of monthly stipends without delay.

He added, “The RNDA declares Prof. Charles Dokubo unfit for the job because of his age. He has long lost touch with happenings in the creeks.

“The Federal Government will hear from us at the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum as no single stone will be left unturned as the Buhari-led administration prefers to go back to the recession period where Boroh played a major role by visiting the creeks with other stakeholders to prevail on the ‘boys’ to drop their arms and embrace peace.”

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​Nigerian lawyers to earn another $17m from Abacha loot

ABUJA—Nigerian lawyers freshly engaged by the Federal Government to assist with the repatriation of $321 million stolen by Sani Abacha, former military ruler, will be paid $17 million (over N6 billion) for their services.
This amount, according to online portal,

TheCable , is nearly thrice what was already paid to Swiss lawyer, Enrico Monfrini, for the same job which he was yet to complete before Nigeria mysteriously decided to engage the services of another set of lawyers.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, suddenly appointed Oladipo Okpeseyi, SAN, and Temitope Isaac Adebayo, in 2016 apparently to duplicate the job of the Swiss lawyer.

Incidentally, Okpeseyi and Adebayo were lawyers to the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, the legacy party of President Muhammadu Buhari, while Malami was legal adviser to the party.

“We understand the new lawyers are going to be paid $17 million but we are monitoring the situation closely.

“If a case of duplication is established, there will be consequences. This government takes the anti-graft war as a priority, as you well know, and this particular transaction is of interest to us,” an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said.

Monfrini was initially engaged by the Federal Government in 2000 and has worked in the recoveries since then.

The Federal Government had, between 2013 and 2014, used the services of the Swiss lawyer to recover the funds in Luxembourg.

The monies were then domiciled with the Attorney-General of Switzerland, awaiting onward transfer to Nigeria under a strict agreement to avoid “misappropriation” as was the allegation about previous recoveries.

In documents seen by the online portal, the Swiss lawyer was given briefs and payment terms to cover the entire recovery process, up to the return of the monies to Nigeria.

Under the agreement, Nigeria undertook to pay 4% of the recovered Luxemburg assets as professional fees and expenses to Monfrini, in addition to roughly $6.8 million in fees for the $250 million Liechtenstein recoveries.

Working with Mohammed Bello Adoke, who was Nigeria’s attorney-general at the time, the lawyer traced about $321 million worth of Abacha loot to Luxembourg which was recovered.

The Federal Government did not repatriate the funds until Jonathan left power in 2015.

However, a letter of intent was signed by Nigeria and Switzerland in March 2016 under the new Attorney-General to ensure the restitution.

Malami and Didier Burkhalter, Swiss Foreign Minister, signed the document on behalf of both governments.

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​Halt these killings, Mr President

IT is only three months into the year 2018, and the number of Nigerians murdered in their villages and homes by gunmen masquerading as Fulani herdsmen is approaching the 500 mark.
From the New Year Day massacres in Benue State which prompted a mass burial televised live, more fronts of barbaric atrocities have been opened in Taraba, Plateau, Zamfara, Kogi, Ebonyi, Kaduna and most of the states in the Central and Southern parts of the country. The killers appeared to “welcome” President Muhammadu Buhari in his belated condolence visit to Benue with the slaughtering of two policemen sent to restore the peace in the state.

Shortly after the President returned from his condolence visit to Dapchi in Yobe State where he met with state government officials and the families of the 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on 19th February 2018, another 52 innocent souls were wiped out in Borno, Kogi and Plateau States.

It is high time that we, as nation, sat down to identify exactly what is happening to us. Who really are these people we glibly refer as “armed Fulani herdsmen?” Exactly what is their agenda or mission in Nigeria? These questions are pertinent because shortly after the mass burials in Benue in January, the Directorate of State Services (DSS) claimed in a report to President Buhari that a terror group, the Islamic Stat in West Africa (ISWA), was behind the Benue killings.

This report did not draw much traction in the public space because Nigerians have grown skeptical over the body language of the Federal Government and its security agencies which prefer to style these attacks on indigenous communities as “farmers/herders clashes”. It is time to ask ourselves what manner of “herdsmen” would continue to attack and murder our citizens so relentlessly and remorselessly and yet our police and military contingents sent to arrest the situation appear unable to cope? Exactly what has the Army’s Operation Cat Race (Ayem Akpatuma) achieved so far?

We wish to draw President Buhari’s attention to the fact that Nigerians are holding him firmly to his campaign promise to secure the nation. This was top of his three-point agenda which persuaded Nigerians to vote for a change of ruling party and government in 2015. Unfortunately, instead of insecurity and insurgency reducing in scale, we are seeing a widening and an escalation of it. That the Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted while the Chibok abductions have not been solved is a pointer to the fact that we have lost more ground to insecurity under Buhari’s watch.

Condolence visits are not enough. Nigerians are getting tired of them. We want a firm and decisive step taken to secure all Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds or political affiliations.

We want action taken NOW!

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​Coup Trial: IPOB raises alarm over non-service of its members with amended charge

               IPOB members
ENUGU —THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has raised the alarm over alleged failure of the Federal Government to serve its members charged to court along with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu with the amended charge as ordered by the trial judge. Those being tried include Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi, Bright Chimezie Ishinwa and Chidiebere Onwudiwe.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful yesterday.

The statement entitled, “We must not allow this travesty of justice to continue,” read:

“We hereby place the Nigerian Judiciary and the world at large on notice that less than 24 hours to the commencement of trial of those charged with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as co-conspirators in a plot to overthrow the government of Major General Muhammadu Buhari, retd, they are still to be served an amended charge as ordered by the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako at the last hearing over four weeks ago.

“This flagrant disregard of court ruling is nothing new to this administration but it is particularly disheartening when the defendants have been in detention without trial for upwards of three years.

“In no other supposed democratic country will such blatant detention be sanctioned without trial except in Nigeria. Why is it that something as routine as filing of charges against those accused of having committed a crime, is proving difficult for the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Department of State Services, DSS, in this instance?

“Is it because the men are innocent and deserve unreserved apology from the government over their incarceration for abridgement of their freedom or is it because the government has lost its way and can longer proceed with the sham trial?

“Information reaching us now has it that Justice Binta Nyako has concluded plans with the office of Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, to adjourn/postpone the court case between the federal government and the Biafrans still held illegally in Kuje Prisons, thereby subjecting and exposing these innocent Biafrans to inhuman and degrading treatment.”

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​Reinstate Boroh or face fresh attacks on oil facilities, Militant groups tell Federal Government

Ten Niger Delta militant groups, including the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, have given the federal government four weeks to reinstate the sacked Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Retired General Paul Boroh.
The militants warned that they would unleash fresh attacks on oil installations and facilities across the Niger Delta region if the sack of Boroh was not reversed.

The Leader of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers RNDA, General Johnmark Ezonbi, said in statement on Monday that that it had become obvious that the federal government was toiling with the destiny of the region.

“The federal government will hear from us at the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum as no single stone will be left un-turned as the administration preferred to go back to the recession period where Boroh played a major role by visiting the creeks with other stakeholders to prevail on the “boys “to drop their arms”and embrace peace.

Boroh, they said, had succeeded in setting a template for the smooth operation of the amnesty office.

The group said that all its striking units across the Niger Delta have been put on red alert to “commence operation zero oil to cripple the economy’’.

They said they would embark on a well- coordinated destruction of all major delivery oil pipelines after the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum without looking back.

                Paul Boroh
“I want to warn that any intruder into our planned action in four weeks time if the federal government fails to reinstate General Paul Boroh will be severely dealt with without mercy because our attack will make security agencies in the creek very small “.

“We are fully ready to take on anybody as we have the instrumental of warfare that will make the biggest military might to marvel at our coordinated attacks. We are ready to dirty our rivers and creek with our oil, it is better we spill it than allow government use it to develop other parts of the country.

They stated that Boroh had made concerted efforts to put the Amnesty programme back on track with the regular training of ex militants and payment of monthly stipends without delay.

Professor Charles Dokubo was last appointed to replace Boroh.

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​Suspected thugs, kidnappers, robbers finger Dino Melaye as arms supplier

LOKOJA— The Nigeria Police, yesterday, paraded two suspected political thugs with two AK-47 and five pump action guns allegedly working for the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye.
Jimoh Moshood and the alleged thugs hired by Dino Melaye, Melaye, 3 others charged with illegal possession of firearms
The two suspects— Kabiru Saidu aka Osama, 31, and Nuhu Salisu aka Small, 25, were paraded by the Police Force Headquarters Public Relation Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, at the Kogi State Police Command in Lokoja.

According to him, they were arrested after a gun battle with a Police team, which lasted for several hours on January 19.

However, reacting to the allegations, Senator Melaye said it was an orchestrated lie by the governor and the Police to shut him up, and that he had never seen the arrested suspects.

Meanwhile, parading the two kidnappers alleged to have been supplied guns and ammunition by Senator Melaye, Moshood said the Senator had been ignoring Police invitations to clear his name from the allegation.

Moshood said the two suspects, Osama and Small, were members of a notorious gang behind numerous kidnapping and robbery cases in the state.

He said: “Working on actionable intelligence, the Kogi State Police Command personnel and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, trailed and arrested the two suspects after a gun battle with the Police team on January 19 at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.

“During investigation, they confessed to several kidnappings and robberies in different towns across the state and its environs for which they have been on the wanted list of the Police for more than two years.

“During interrogation, they further confessed they were political thugs recruited by some mischievous politicians in Kogi to cause mayhem, disruption of peace, and destruction of lives and properties in the state.”

‘Saidu fingered Dino Melaye’

Continuing, the Police spokesman said: “They also confessed to belong to the gang of a dreaded and vicious kidnap-for-ransom gang under a gang leader whose whereabouts is being investigated.

“According to the gang leader, Kabiru Saidu, he has been working as a political thug for a politician, who introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met at Airport Road, Abuja inside Senator Melaye’s car in December 2017.

“The suspect further confessed that Senator Dino told him to start working for him as a political thug and they should recruit and train more thugs to work for him in preparations towards 2019 general election to enable him challenge his political opponents and disorganise Kogi State.”

Moshood said the suspects further confessed that Dino handed over a bag containing one AK-47 rifle, two pump action and N430,000 for them to share.

He said a case of criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms had been filed by the Police against the two suspects and Senator Dino Melaye.

It’s Kogi govt’s frame-up —Melaye

Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye in his reaction to the allegations, said it was a frame-up and an orchestrated attempt by the state government to discredited him.

The Senator said he had never seen the suspects in his life and did not have anything to do with them.

Melaye said the move was an attempt by the Kogi State government to shut him up and prevent him from speaking the truth about governance in the state.

The Senator noted that he contested and won elections into the House of Representatives and the Senate without working with political thugs, saying the plan had been exposed about six weeks ago.

Melaye’s words: “This is an attempt to shut me up and stop me from speaking the truth. But they have failed. It is an orchestrated lie by the governor and the Police.

“I have tweeted about it six weeks ago; that they want to set me up because I got a tip-off from government house when they met to set me up.

“You can see the conflicting statements by the criminals. I heard one said I gave two AK-47 and pump action, while the other said I gave only one rifle and that I gave N430,000 to train militia, and that I met them on Airport Road in December 2017.

“But they didn’t give a date and time. I don’t know anybody. I have not involved myself with any thug. I became member House of Representatives and Senate without thug. If this is an attempt to shut me up they have failed.”

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