Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SSS Statement detailing how Nigerian Lawmaker Ran Boko Haram


On 3rd November, 2011 about 2030 hours at Gwange area, Maiduguri, Borno State, a joint security operation led to the arrest of Ali Sanda Umar KONDUGA, acclaimed spokesman of the Boko Haram sect, widely known in the media as Usman AL-ZAWAHIRI. He was a former political thug operating under a group widely known as ECOMOG.

2.      His arrest further confirms the Service position that some of the Boko Haram extremists have political patronage and sponsorship. This is moreso as AL-ZAWAHIRI has so far made valuable confessions in this regard. Highlights of some of his admissions are:

i.       That he was recruited by a political party stalwart in Maiduguri, Borno State;
ii.      That following the compulsory registration of all SIM  cards nationwide, he was asked to steal a SIM card which he used in sending                                                                                                                                                                                                         threat text messages      

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jonathan Threatens Sudden Justice to Terrorists, Sponsors [Thisday]

National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi

By  Ahamefula Ogbu       
Worried by the slow grind of the justice system, especially in dealing with cases arising from the frequent terrorist attacks by Boko Haram, President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday promised “sudden justice” for promoters of violence in the country.
He expressed confidence in the preparedness of his administration not only in squaring up with the assailants but also defeating them, especially as he had reinforced security institutions to deal with those who have refused to repent, be rehabilitated and reintegrated into normal society.
He however made a case for the review of the justice system of the country to make it less adversarial by considering the introduction of suspended sentences and parole.
Jonathan, who spoke at the State House, Abuja during the inauguration of the reconstituted Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, said the society should have a place for correctional approach in the penal system to make it more redemptive with the protection of human rights in mind.
Sounding tough on the security challenges the country has been facing, the president said he would not spare the sponsors and perpetrators of the violence in the country.

High Court Halts Operations of Nationalised Banks [Thisday]

CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

By Davidson Iriekpen
The Federal High Court in Lagos has temporarily halted the operations of the three commercial banks that were recently nationalised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
They are Mainstreet (from the defunct Afribank), Keystone (Bank PHB) and Enterprise (Spring Bank).
Ruling on the ex-parte application filed by Chuks Nwachuku on behalf of some aggrieved shareholders of the former banks, the presiding judge, Justice Charles Archibong, restrained the banks from further dealing with the assets, businesses and operations of the three banks pending the determination of the motion on notice filed by the aggrieved shareholders.
The shareholders, among whom are Boniface Okezie, Adeyemi Kehinde, Adebowale Bolanle and Cole Alexander, in the motion ex-parte are seeking for an order to restrain the three new banks, the CBN, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) from further dealing with the assets, businesses and operations of the nationalised banks.
The shareholders had gone to court to challenge the nationalisation of the three banks, saying that the actions violated their rights to freedom from compulsory acquisition of property guaranteed under the constitution and the prohibition of nationalisation of enterprises contained in Section 25 of Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission Act Joined as respondents in the suit are the three nationalised banks, the CBN, NDIC, AMCON, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the three banks and the Minister of Finance.
In the suit, the shareholders argued that the revocation of the licences of the banks by the CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was prejudicial to their rights to invest in public quoted companies in accordance with the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) Act and the Investment and Security Act (ISA).
Part of the reliefs sought by the shareholders include a declaration that the action of the CBN, NDIC and the AMCON in purporting to transfer the assets, businesses and operations of the nationalised banks to the new banks is a breach of their fundamental human rights to freedom from compulsory acquisition of property as guaranteed by the constitution.
They are also seeking for an order of the court for the respondents to jointly and severally pay them punitive damages to be determined by the court through their lawyer for the diminution in the value of their shares of the nationalised banks as a result of the unlawful and malicious conduct of the CBN governor.
The shareholders are equally seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the three new banks, the NDIC and the AMCON from offering for sale or advertising or representing to any person, any intention or offer for sale or transferring or purporting to transfer to an person any interest in the assets, businesses and operations of the three nationalised banks.
They also want the court to make an order granting the nationalised banks a period of six months or an extension of time within which to recapitalise or attain any requisite level of recapitalisation as determined by the court and free of any interference from the CBN or its governor.
The court has fixed hearing of the substantive motion for November 28, 2011.
The CBN had set September 30 deadline for all banks in the country to recapitalise but on August 5, it revoked the licences of the three banks and nationalised them.
Following its action, the NDIC had taken them over and proceeded to creating three bridge banks to take over the assets and liabilities of the affected banks in the interim.

Reacting to the ruling last night, the CBN said it was a rumour as none of its lawyers was aware of the suit in respect of the nationalised banks.
Speaking through its spokes-man, Mohammed Abdullahi, the apex bank said: "We have heard the rumours and we have spoken with our lawyers who have all confirmed that no process or processes have been served in respect of the nationalised banks. So the whole thing is a rumour as far as we are concerned.”

Gbenga Daniel's trial commences tomorrow [Thisday]

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Otunba Gbenga Daniel

Justice Olarenwaju Mabekoje of the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta, will tomorrow commence hearing on the alleged 16-count charge on former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

THISDAY gathered that the hearing would look into the allegations levelled against Daniel, which include among others allegation that he stole some funds from the state, which is contrary to Section 390 (4) (f) of the criminal code law, CAP 29, laws of Ogun State, 1978.

In the particulars of  his offences, Daniel was said to have allegedly converted the sum of $1,000,000 belonging to the state government.

Security Forces Stop Embattled Bayelsa Governor from leaving Goverment House [Thisday]

Governor Timipre Sylva

By  Chuks Okocha   and Segun James

Indications that Governor Timipre Sylva may face harsher times ahead emerged Monday  as hundreds of security men deployed to maintain the peace in the state barred him from coming out of Creek Haven, the seat of the Bayelsa State government.
Consequently, Sylva could not participate in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward congresses which began yesterday in the state ahead of Saturday’s governorship primary election from which he has been barred from contesting by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
However, he is still, statutorily, a delegate to the primary election.
Some governors, who spoke with THISDAY in the aftermath of Sylva’s disqualification, said it was capable of setting a bad precedent for other governors.
Fierce-looking policemen, in battle-gear mood, barricaded the gate to the Creek Havens and the PDP state secretariat.
Stern looking men of the Nigerian Police mobile force took over all strategic locations in and around the state capital even as men of the Joint (military) Task Force (JTF) were on high alert as the ward congresses took place at the state party secretariat. And in order to ward off any breakdown of law and order, the secretariat was condoned off and all traffic to the area diverted.

Corps members storm NYSC for redeployment from North East posting

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Many young graduates from tertiary institutions who were posted to the northern States of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi and Gombe states besieged the national headquarters of the National Youth Service Corps in Abuja in search of redeployment.
This  came on a day the management of the scheme released a new date and venue for the Batch ‘C’ Orientation course for corps members posted to Borno and Yobe states. 
The states are  known to have obvious security challenges caused by the Islamist fundamentalist group, Boko Haram.

Court orders FG to pay El Rufai N1 million as damages

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 An Abuja Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered the Federal Government to pay the sum of N1m as general damages to a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, for refusing to renew his international passport in 2009.
The court also ordered the government to renew the former minister’s international passport.

President Jonathan appoints new bosses for PPPRA and DPR [Thisday]

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President Goodluck Jonathan

By Ahamefula Ogbu       
In a bid to rejig key parastatals in the petroleum industry ahead of the reforms, President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday announced the appointments of Mr. Reginald Chika Stanley as the new Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and Mr. Osten Oluyemisi Olurunsola as new head of Department for Petroleum Resources (DPR).
Both appointments, according to the Presidency, take immediate effect.
Stanley, who until his appointment was Group General Manager of the Business Development Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), replaces Mr. Goody Chike Egbuji while Olorunsola replaces Mr. Andre Obaje.
A statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said Olorunsola was until his appointment, Vice-President (Gas) at Shell Upstream International.

Sylva Appeals to JEGA to stop PDP primaries in Bayelsa [ThisDay]

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Governor Timipre Sylva

By  Davidson Iriekpen and Chuks Okocha 
Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva, has appealed to the Chairman of the Indepen-dent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to direct the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to conduct a fresh governorship primary in the state.
He said the primary would amount to a contravention of Section 86 of the Electoral Act, 2010 
The governor in letter signed by his lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, argued that by scheduling to conduct a fresh governorship primary in the state, the party was about to change or substitute his name as its candidate for the governorship election.

Reps stop FRSC new number plates, licences [PUNCH]

FRSC Commander, Osita Chidoka
The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the Federal Road Safety Commission to stop the issuance of new vehicle number plates and driving licence.
In a resolution it passed in Abuja, the House directed its Committee on FRSC to investigate the “rationale, necessity and circumstances” for the commission’s decision to replace the existing number plates and driving licence.
The House also noted that the job of the commission was to ensure safe driving on the highways and not revenue generation.
The committee was given four weeks to complete the assignment, while the FRSC was ordered to stop the implementation of the policy pending the outcome of the investigation.