Military dissociates self from call to overthrow government



The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Tuesday dissociated the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) from the circulation of document, calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement issued by Navy Capt. Muhammed Wabi, Deputy Director of Defence Information, the DHQ accused a group, “Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP)’’ as being behind the document.

Wabi alleged that the document called for the setting up of an “interim government’’ in placed of the elected government.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) wishes to dissociate itself from the rascality and intentions as espoused in a document being circulated by a faceless group named Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP) calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place establish an illegitimate interim government.

“The AFN outrightly condemns the undemocratic and demonic actions of the author of the document.

“Accordingly, members of the public are enjoined to discountenance the content of the documents being circulated by NCP and equally condemned in totality, the call to derail our hard earned democracy,’’ the statement said.

It said that the armed forces was “very mindful of its constitutional responsibilities’’ and would not be misled into any act that would undermine democracy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“The AFN remains unflinchingly loyal to the Constitution, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The statement said all relevant law enforcement agencies had been advised to unravel those behind the seditious document for appropriate actions.



Human rights day: NHRC urges youths to shun crimes, defend rights



The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has appealed to youths to stay off crimes, but defend their rights for the development of the nation.


The commission made the appeal  on Tuesday in Lagos as  Nigeria joins the rest of the  world to mark the  2019  International Day for  Human Rights.


The South-West Commander, NHRC, Mr Lucas Koyejo, gave the advice in Lagos when he spoke with the Nigeria News Agency .


Koyejo said that many youths were into various crimes.


He urged them to be more active and vocal in promoting whatever concerns the nation saying that no one would step down for them to occupy leadership.


The commander speaking on the theme of this year said that the UN picked it to draw the attention of the youth to their responsibilities and the need for others to support them.


NAN reports that the UN had set aside Dec.10 of every years as the International Day for Human Rights.


This is year’s theme is: “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.’’


Koyejo said, “The UN knows that the youth are the future leaders of the world.


Unfortunately, some youths in present day Nigeria are not as proactive as youths of old.


A lot of our youths are not interested in their rights or government policies that will affect their future.


The youth need to be interested in governance. That is the difference. Nobody will be discriminated against, because the future belongs to them.


They must stand up for their rights,” he said.


Also, a human rights lawyer and a Civil Society leader, Mr Malachy Ugwummadu, spoke on the role of the youth in promoting human rights and peace.


He said that Nigerian youths have the population to make the needed positive changes.


Ugwummadu, who described the youth population in Nigeria as a “critical mass” for a change, called on them to be knowledgeable about their rights and the laws of the country.


We have a law: `Not too young to run’. They must know about it and other laws concerning them.


One major challenge is the division among the youth. They must be united if they want to bring about any positive change.


They must network across all ages and genders. They should improve on themselves, and collectively take up national issues,’’ he said.


Similarly, Mr Duke Amaliechi, the National Coordinator of Youth for Human Rights International, said that youths had a  great responsibility before them.


He said that was why the UN was advising them to stand up for their fundamental human rights.


Amaliechi said that there were lots of injustices going on in the society.


He  said that the youth should speak out against perceived injustices in the society  and  participate in governance.


He advised them not to become tools of crisis or destabilisation in the hands of politicians.


He said that only those with poor mindsets would collect money from people to kill fellow human beings or cause crises.


Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Peter Dada

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Jega advises Africans to restrategise on corruption fight



The former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega, has advised African countries to restrategise their approaches in fighting corruption.

Jega gave the advise while reviewing a book titled: “Curbing Electoral Spending” launched by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Monday in Abuja.

The launched was to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day organised by the commission in collaboration with Nigeria Shippers Council, Maritime and Transport Stakeholders.

Here in Nigeria, where corruption is in the increase compared to other African countries, we need to take the fight seriously.

It is a day for sober reflection for us and for reviewing our experiences and restrategise to find better ways and means of improving the successes in the fight against corruption,” he said.

Jega commended the EFCC for its successes as well as other anti-corruption agencies for their contributions to tackling the crime in the Nigeria.

While we commend them, they also need to intensify their efforts in the fight against corruption because we see that the more effort that is made, the more difficult it becomes.

The EFFCC and other anti-corruption agencies need to continue to demonstrate that there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption.

We will want to see a rededicated effort in terms of effective utilisation in governance of resource saved from corruption,” Jega added.

The Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Sadiq Radda, said that fighting corruption required political will and determination of the leaders.

Radda said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had made remarkable success in the fight so far.

I believe, first and foremost, we should acknowledge the political will and the determination of the government led by the president to lead the fight.

Without the support of the president, I think the kind of momentum we have regarding the fight against corruption woudn’t have been this much,“ he said.

Radda also commended the current synergy between various arms of the government in the fight against corruption.

He said that today, the executive arm of government had said no to corruption, the judiciary was friendly to the executive, while the judiciary also said that corruption must be fought.

Radda said with ongoing efforts to have electronic declaration of assets and the whistle blower policy yielding result, people no longer hid money in the graveyards or ceiling.

Nigeria has signed quite a number of mutual legal assistance with countries of the world to ensure that thieves are tracked around the world and brought to face justice.

Today, a former attorney general of the federal is under arrest because of mutual legal assistance of Nigeria with the UAE; more arrests are coming. A lot of successes has been recorded.

“I can say with the EFCC and ICPC of today, looters will have no hiding place in the world, because wherever they go, they will be arrested and brought back to the country,” Radda said.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Yuletide: Police ban use of fireworks in Enugu



The Police Command in Enugu State has reiterated its ban on use of fireworks, knockout and bangers this Yuletide.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Enugu.

Amaraizu noted that the ban was due to their explosives safety and security implications.

He said: “Their usages are capable of diverting the attention of security agencies from knowing when things are going wrong in our environment.

“It could also ignite an inferno when thrown either knowingly or unknowingly to inflammable materials in our environment and considering the dry season and its associated situations.’’

According to him, the command is advising the public, parents and caregivers to warn their children and wards against the use of fireworks.

The police spokesman noted that the command, in partnership with other sister security agencies and relevant stakeholders, had been directed by the commissioner of police to fish out violators.

Violators will be made to face the consequences in line with the relevant sections of the law.

“The command further advises members of the public to be security conscious and law abiding,’’ he added.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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NASS will help turn Nigeria into military power house in Africa — Defence committee



NASS will help turn Nigeria into military power house in Africa — Defence committee


Kaduna, Dec. 9, 2019 The House of Representatives Committee on Defence, says the 9th National Assembly will work towards turning Nigeria into a military power house in Africa.

The Committee Chairman, Mr Babajimi Benson, said during  an oversight visit of committee to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Defence and Defence Industries  Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), in Kaduna on Monday. 
“The 9th assembly has for the first time put military in its agenda. 

“One of the things we put is to encourage home grown  production of military hardware and software. 
peaceful country is a wealthy country.” 
pleased with what  it saw in the various institutions.

“Today we are here and we have seen outstanding feat by Nigerian army.

“They created MRAP they named after it Ezugwu who created it as a serving Major General.

“We have started manufacturing and producing them locally, and definitely we are in right projection.”

The committee chairman assured that the NASS will push for the to release of funds appropriated to all defence institutions and formations to enable them execute new projects and complete ongoing ones.

Benson aknowledged the development being achieved in the institutions and pledged that more funds would be appropriated for effective training and retraining of military personnel.

Earlier, the Commandants, AFCSC, AVM Lawal Alao and NDA,  Maj.-Gen, Jamil Sarham, as well as the Director General DICON, Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu told the committee that the money budgeted for them was judiciously used. 
They urged the committee for more funds to complete ongoing  projects, training, innovations and researches.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the committee inspected completed and the ongoing projects at the three military institutions.  
Edited by: Maharazu Ahmed


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Police arrest wanted kidnap kingpin, others in Katsina state



The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a 20-year-old notorious kidnap kingpin, Aliyu Sani of Sabuwar-Unguwa quarters, Katsina.

The Command’s Relations Gambo Isah made the disclosure to newsmen at a news briefing on Monday in Katsina.

He said that the suspect was apprehended on Wednesday, Dec.4, in Katsina, following a tip-off.

Sometime in April, the suspect conspired with one Abdulrahman Danfillo, 25, of the same address, now at large, deceived and abducted one Abubakar Muhammad and Aliyu Ahmed, all of Sabuwar-Unguwa, Katsina.

The suspects took their victims to bandits at Gora forest, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State as kidnap victims.

The father of Abubakar Muhammad was compelled to pay the sum of N150,000 as ransom before his release, while Aliyu Ahmed is able to escape from the den of kidnappers,” he said.

He said that investigation was ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the syndicate.

Isah also said that the police were able to arrest three persons for sending threat messages and made several phone calls intimidating one Shua’ibu Bala, 36, of Gozaki in Kafur Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the suspects threatened to kidnap the victim or any member of his family if he failed to pay them N150,000 as requested.

According to him, the Operation Puff Adder led by DPO, Kafur succeeded in arresting the syndicate at Unguwar Iliya village, Kafur when the suspects went to collect the ransom of N150,000 as demanded.

He said that during investigation, 23 cows suspected to have been stolen by the suspects were recovered from them.

The police spokesman said that the suspects confessed to have committed the crimes and that they would be charged to court after investigation.

Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/ Tukur Muntari.

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ICPC, EFCC sensitise Sokoto residents to zero-tolerance for corruption



The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences and the Economic and Crimes on Monday staged separate rallies in Sokoto to solicit for a collective support against all forms of corruption.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the commissions organised the rallies in Sokoto metropolis as part of activities to celebrate the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day.

The day is observed every Dec.9 since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on Oct. 31, 2003 to raise public awareness against corruption.

In his message, ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said the theme for the year, ‘United Against Corruption’, was not limited to anti-corruption agencies alone, but to every eligible Nigerian.

According to him, fighting corruption is an obligation of every citizen, in view of the fact that the after effects of corruption are not limited to those directly involved, but to all citizens.

Therefore, for the fight against corruption to succeed, you, the Nigerian citizen, need to contribute your quota,” he said.

Owasanoye, who was represented by ICPC Commissioner in Sokoto State, Mr Musa Alkali, also identified some of the effects of corruption on a nation.

When a country’s institutions are weakened by corruption, for instance, its security forces will not be trusted; its borders will become porous, criminality will fester and insecurity may be internationalised.

The key question to be asked here is, ‘What are the immediate causes of corruption and its debilitating effects on the society.

Would it not be better if the entire society join hands to tackle it.

The battle against corruption is currently raging and it is our belief that it is not the sole responsibility of the ICPC or government alone, but the collective responsibility of each and everyone of us as citizens of this great country, Nigeria.

As we explore the options of collaboration and cooperation in the fight against corruption, we shall intensify activities to detect and investigate acts of corruption, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of office,” he said.

On his part, the EFCC head in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mr Abdullahi Lawal, said the zone had made tremendous impact in the course of its operations over time.

According to Lawal, the zone has 151 cases still under investigation, while 49 were already in its legal department.

He said the commission had also secured four convictions out of 20 prosecutions from the 236 petitions it received.

We have recovered over N910.9 million monetary recoveries, four vehicles and 53 tricycles on investigation; and five houses and two shops marked from our various operations between January to date,” he said.

Lawal, while noting that the dangers of corruption were enormous and negative to national development, said the fight against corruption was one for every patriot to join hands and bring to an end.

Edited by: Moses Solanke and Abdullahi Yusuf

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Ikoyi Passport Office to go tough on touts — Yari



Control , Ikoyi Passport office, Lagos, has said the office will no longer tolerate the activities of touts within the office vicinity

Yari told Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Lagos, while appreciating the Immigration for the award given to him on Dec.7 in Abuja during the service’s end of the year dinner and awards night.

NAN reports that Yari was given the award of the service in exemplary leadership that entailed ability to simplify passport issuance process.

Yari, appreciating the NIS, said the office aimed to eliminate totally the activities of the touts in the year 2020.

The touts usually double cross innocent citizens on their way to the centre promising to get them international passports.

Such promise, most times, never worked thereby ending up in duping the citizens,” he said.

The PCO, therefore, pleaded with Nigerians, who were desirous of obtaining international passports to visit the centre directly.

He further said the Passport Office would strengthen its existing structures to improve service delivery in 2020.

He said, “the particular area we plan to intensify effort on is curbing the activities of quacks who hijack applicants.

The office had taken some measures already but the measures would be intensified come year 2020.

Yari further promised to exceed 2019 delivery by issuing more passports to applicants in 2020.

“Since the issuance of e-passports started in Ikoyi more than 50,000 passports have been issued to applicants for passports with both five years and 10 years validity,’’ he stated.

Edited /Donald Ugwu

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EFCC secures 1,900 convictions, recovers N794bn in 4 years — Magu






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Abuja, Nov. 9, 2019 Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), says the commission has so far secured 1,900 convictions and recovered N794 billion in four years.

Magu disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day with the theme:  “Zero Tolerance for Corruption”.

Our scorecard in this regard speaks volumes; for the four years that I have been in-charge of the commission, we have secured about 1,900 convictions, including top government officials.

Former governors; captains of industry, oil subsidy merchants and scores of players in the private sector.  Former military chiefs and civil servants have also been convicted as well as many illegal oil bunkerers in the Niger Delta.

On recoveries, there is no law enforcement agency in Africa that has equalled the phenomenal recoveries that the EFCC has made.

In the four years under my watch, we have recovered more than N794 billion and have ensured hundreds of properties forfeited to the government, “ he said.

He added that in the Port Harcourt Zone of the EFCC, a total of 244 trucks were forfeited to the government owing to illegal oil bunkering activities in the region.

As a commission, we are not unrelenting in our determination to completely eradicate corruption from Nigeria through our fight against corruption.

Those who doubt our resolve must sooner come to terms with the fact that the EFCC is a marathoner and when it comes to the fight against corruption, we never give up.

This was recently demonstrated last week when, after 12 years of legal hide and seek that took us to the Supreme Court and back, the long convoluted trial of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu (ended).


This trial was brought to closure with his conviction and sentence to 12 years imprisonment without an option of fine for stealing over seven billion naira from the treasury of Abia State Government.

This brings to three, the number of former state governors that were convicted of corruption within one year on my watch, “ he said.

Magu said the commission would go into partnership with various sectors in the fight against corruption as  everybody needed to be involved in the fight to achieve a sustainable result.

We have chosen to partner with various sectors because we want to go into not only fighting corruption alone but select very notorious sectors and partner with them.

“Let us go into sectoral approach in the fight against corruption. We will go with the health sector first because there is a lot of problem in the hospitals with the doctors. This approach might change the narrative. ’’

Edited /Chukwudi Ekezie

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EFCC secures 171 convictions in Ibadan Zone



The Economic and Crimes , Ibadan Zonal Office, says it secured 171 convictions out of the 268 corruption related cases prosecuted in the last 11 months.

Mr Friday Ebelo, the Head of the Commission’s Zonal Office in Ibadan, made the disclosure on Monday in Ibadan during a news conference to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that some countries of the world came together under the auspices of the United Nations to pass the Against in December 2003.

In the last one year, particularly from January 2019 till date, the zone received 691 petitions; 213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate.

‘’In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons out of which 268 were prosecuted and 171 convicted,” he said.

Ebelo said that the zonal office of the commission also recovered huge sums of money in both local and foreign currencies from January till date.

These include a total of N211,134,927.26 (Two Hundred and Eleven Million, One Hundred and Thirty-Four thousand, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Seven, Twenty-Six kobo).

For the foreign currencies, we had $136,289 (One Hundred and Thirty-Six Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty-Nine United States Dollars), €2000 (Two Thousand Euros) and £765 (Seven Hundred and Sixty-Five British Pounds).

Our investigations also led to temporary freezing of 1044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded.

‘We equally have several laptops, android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders,” he said.

The EFCC Zonal head called on Nigerians to stand to be counted in the fight against corruption, saying “corruption poses existential threat to individual and nation’s survival.

We must personalise the fight against the monster if we truly desire a corruption-free Nigeria. We can’t sit on the fence and expect success in this campaign.

We must all get involved. It is a winnable war if only we show doggedness and commitment,” he said.

Ebelo said that the last one year witnessed a beehive of activities with unprecedented successes, adding the zone contributed its modest quota to the global fight against corruption.

He said that the event was global and the essence was to enlist all stakeholders to collectively and individually get involved in the fight against corruption for the good and progress of mankind.

“As you all know, much more than before, the EFCC has upped the ante of the anti-corruption campaign in our country with verifiable evidence to prove that our efforts are yielding positive results,” he said.

(Edited by: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo)

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