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Boko Haram leader, Shekau send new threats to Chadian President


Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has issued a threat to Chadian President Iddris Deby following the killing of his fighters in an offensive led by the Chadian leader.

In a 5 minutes audio message obtained by The Nation, Shekau said his fighters will be coming after President Deby.


The Boko Haram leader who insisted that the Chadian leader is fighting against the enthronement of Islam, claimed that Allah made his fighters kill over 90 soldiers from Chad in an ambush which led to declaration of war on the insurgents by President Deby.

Shekau said;

“Today is Monday, 6th in the month of, Insha Allahu, Shaaban, the Hijirah of the Prophet of Allah, from Meccah to Medinah, 1441.

“We believe after this introduction, we heard certain things from Chad from a certain individual named Idriss Deby.

“He came out fully dressed up with the ambition of fighting the religion of Islam, that is he wants to fight us because we said we will work for the enthronement of Islam, we are Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad.

“Our aim is to follow the tenet of the Koran; our aim is to follow the tenets of the prophet; our aim is to practice Islam the way the Prophet of Allah left instructions before dying and handing over to knowledgeable scholars, who have also passed it down to me.

“Idris Daby, I will address you now. I am insha Allahu taalla, Abubakar ibn Mohammed Shekau, the Imam of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad.

“I decided to send you this message quickly. Don’t think because you’ve fought battles in ignorance not according to the tenet of Islam, and today, because we said we will work for Allah, you think you will triumph over us.

“First, even Pharaoh was frightened. Idriss Deby, fear Allah, repent and become a Muslim.

“Be careful, all these aggressions with weapons, insha Allah, you will not defeat us.

“Because of this, you can’t do anything to us. That area in which we were victorious, that Allah made us to kill you your men (killing of 90 Chadian soldiers), it is not that we are in enmity with human beings but anybody that is in enmity with Allah, is also our enemy. This is the summary.”

The Boko Haram leader also told his followers;

“My fellow brethren, take heart and endure. This kind of thing has happened to many. They endured and Allah gave then victory.

“We are together in the night and also at dawn; insha Allah we are together. Allah knows the servants that are working wholeheartedly and in sincerity, and he knows the kind of victory he will give to them. Allah will give us victory.

“My brethren, be consoled and stand firm; be full of prayers; continue with the work and may Allah help us and nobody will vanquish us since we said we will work for Allah.

“Idriss Deby you are in trouble. Idriss Deby you are in trouble; Idriss Deby you are in trouble. You made us to be calling your name because you are fighting Allah. People of Chad, rise up.

“The kind of life you are living is not according to the Koran, not from the hadiths of his prophet.

“But if you think you can do this, Allah is a helper and he is stronger than all. May Allah help us.”


#Newsworthy…

Buhari visit Kebbi state. Why?


President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is gradually moving towards food sufficiency as the agric revolution in parts of the country is yielding positive gains.

The President who was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival called on Nigerians to leverage on the gains of culture to build bridges of love and unity


It was an array of agric produce on display at the venue of the cultural festival. More striking are thousands of bags of rice turned into a huge pyramind with the unique display of the culture of the prople of Argungu such as the Durbar led by the Emir amid a procession of the food truck tug of war among others that were displayed to the admiration of guests.

The excitement is noticeable as the annual festival was put on hold 2 years ago as a result of insecurity in the State so having it this year means alot to the people


President Buhari led the Federal Government delegation to celebrate the 26th edition of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival.

While praising Nigerian farmers for their determination to help the country attain food security, the President also called for the unlocking of other tourist sites across the country to boost the tourism sector.

Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu wants the success of rice revolution in the country extended to other agric produce

The Emir of Argungu, Samaila Mera says the festival provides an opportunity for the people to tell their story of strength and resilience in the face of challenges


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Atiku call for SARS reform


Former Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has called for the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), days after a Remo Stars player identified as Kazeem Tiyamiyu (Kaka) was allegedly killed by some operatives of the security outfit deployed to Sagamu-Abeokuta road.

In his tweet, the former Vice President stated that the reform of the Nigeria Police especially the SARS unit, is long overdue. He added that the police was created to protect the life and property of citizens and not to put them into harms way.


Atiku tweeted;

The reform of the Nigeria Police, especially the SARS unit, is long overdue. [email protected] is meant to protect the life and property of our citizens and not to put them into harm’s way. -AA


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Boko Haram: Shekau warns Buhari not to visit borno again

gives updates about abducted chibok girls


Abubakar Shekau, the factional leader of Boko Haram sect, has given a condition under which the remaining Chibok school girls that are being held in captivity, would be released.


In a video released, Shekau said the schoolgirls would be set free if the federal government let go of the sect members currently in detention.

In the video, Shekau warned President Buhari not to return to Borno as his members are fully on ground in the north-east and would attack the president if he ever returns to Borno.

President Buhari was in Borno state on Wednesday February 12th on a condolence visit to the government and people of the state following last Sunday’s attack by the sect members in Aonu community that left over 30 travelers dead while many others were abducted.

Recall that the sects abducted about 276 female students from Chibok girls Secondary School. Over 100 of them are still in Boko Haram captivity while others have been released by the sect.


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Upadte: Abubakar, Adoke released on bail


Immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), has been granted bail on fresh money laundering charges.

He was granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, earlier today.

The second defendant, Aliyu Abubakar, was also granted bail.


Justice Binta Nyako imposed the same terms and conditions of the bail they were earlier granted by Justice Idris Kutigi of the Gwagwalada Division of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on January 30.

Justice Kutigi had granted each of the men N50m bail with a surety, each.


Adopting the same conditions on Monday, Justice Nyako directed that the defendants should deposit their passport with the FCT High Court.

Defence lawyers – Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Mr. Olalekan Ojo(SAN), who said their clients had already met the bail conditions, pleaded with the court to make a specific order barring the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from re-arresting them once the release order is served on the commission.


The judge said such order would not be necessary as there would be no basis for their rearrest or continued detention once the court’s release order is served.

Adoke and Abubakar had earlier pleaded not guilty to the seven counts of making payments of dollar equivalent of about N600m in violation of money laundering law.

The prosecution, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, alleged that they committed the offences in September 2013.

The judge fixed April 1 and 2 for trial, The Punch reported.


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Stop allocating LGs to caretaker committee – Lawyers tell AGF


A Senior Advocate, Oba Maduabuchi, has called on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) to direct the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) to stop payment of monthly allocations to councils without democratically elected chairmen.

Malami recently described the operation of caretaker committees at the local government level as illegal, unconstitutional and directed all affected state governments to disband them with immediate effect.


In a letter addressed to the Oyo State Attorney General, Prof. Oyewo Oyelewo and dated January 14, 2020, Malami described the caretaker committees as illegal and unconstitutional.

In addition, in the said letter with reference number HAGF/Oyo/2020/Vol.l/l, the AGF further stated that the Committees amount to a breach of the provisions of Section 7(1) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).


In a statement in Abuja, Maduabuchi said governors have developed a nauseating propensity for treating the 1999 constitution with levity.

He said Section 7(1) of the 1999 constitution guaranteed a system of democratically elected local government councils and urged the various governors to ensure their existence under a law which provides for their establishment, structures composition, finance and function.


“It is elementary knowledge that it is the same constitution that established the office of every state government and also that of the president. The same constitution also set up the three tiers of government all independent of each other unless as limited by the same constitution.

“But the first thing almost every governor does is to dissolve the local government councils as elected by the people and in their stead, appoint what is known as interim management to run these Councils.”

The senior lawyer observed that this virulent assault on our grundnorm (the constitution) has resulted to various litigations and the courts have all maintained that the governors did not have the vires to either dissolve the duly elected Local Government Chairmen or to appoint interim management committee in their stead.

The lawyer explained that the AGF “is both a person and authority within the contemplation of section 287 of the 1999 enjoined to enforce the judgments of the superior courts in Nigeria. He is the chief law officer of the federation and he has the power nay duty to ensure that the constitution is protected and obeyed.


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Nigeria, U.S to sign pact on looted assets


Dr Umar Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations in the Office of the Minister disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

The Minister is expected to, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, sign a tripartite agreement with Nigeria, the Island of New Jersey and the United States of America.


The agreement is for repatriation of 321m US dollars looted assets and as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to recover more stolen funds stashed abroad.

He said the meeting is an annual event between Nigeria and U.S.aimed at reviewing bilateral relations and taking necessary steps to advance mutual interest in all diplomatic areas among the two countries.

“The meeting is not an ad hoc event for addressing impromptu concerns, but a friendly binational meeting that holds annually devoid of intervening concerns or relating to the internal affairs of the participating states.”

Some other Nigerian government delegates expected to be part of the meeting include: the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) as well as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Sadiya Umar Faruk.


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Operation Amotekun: AGF, Malami insist illegal


The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) has insisted that the South-West Security Network code-named Amotekun is illegal.

Malami insisted on his earlier position that any security outfit not supported by extant laws remained illegal.


According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Gwandu on Thursday, January 23, 2020, the minister once again declared Operation Amotekun illegal during a Radio Nigeria programme “Nationwide Politics.”

Malami argued that the right thing to do is to ensure the constitutionality of the security outfit.


He said, “The planning, execution, consummation of whatever security arrangement must be naturally grounded in law, rooted in the constitution and tolerated by the law.

“For any arrangement to stand within the law, the bottom line is that constitutionality and legality must be factored.


“Provided that there is an aberration relating to constitutional compliance, I think the right thing to do is to ensure constitutionality and legality both in spirit, planning, concept, and consummation.

“If you are talking of regional arrangement, for example, at what point did the state assemblies come together as a region for the purpose of coming up with a statue or a law that can operate within the context of the Constitution taking into consideration the Federating arrangement that does not allow or tolerate a regional state House of Assembly arrangement.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government and south-west governors have finally reached an agreement at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, January 23, 2020, on Operation Amotekun.

At the end of the meeting, Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu told State House Correspondents that they have agreed to draw up a legal framework for Amotekun.


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Imo verdict: Abubakar Atiku accuses PDP


Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has likened the comment of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the judgement of the Supreme Court sacking Emeka Ihedioha as Imo state governor, to a call for anarchy.

The PDP chairman had described the verdict as a judicial coup, called for its reversal and the resignation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko.

Bagudu, who is also the governor of Kebbi State said the statement was contemptuous and disrespectful to the nation’s democracy.


He said it was unfortunate that those who are supposed to defend the judiciary are the same people disparaging them because the judgement on the Imo election did not go in their favour.

Atiku Bagudu released the statement in Abuja today, on behalf of APC governors.


“Following the verdict of the Supreme Court in respect of Imo State election petition, which declared Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the March 9, 2019 Governorship election, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) proclaimed the judgement as “miscarriage of justice” and alleged that the judiciary is “heavily compromised” and has “lost credibility”.

“These are depressing allegations coming from supposedly democratic leaders who should ordinarily be in the forefront of protecting and defending the judicial institution as the sanctuary of our democracy. It is contemptuous and disrespectful to our democracy.
“This is most unfortunate and condemnable. We call on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy in the country to rise to the defence of our democratic institutions, especially the judiciary.


“We must prevail on the PDP leadership and all politicians to exercise restraint by demonstrating unalloyed loyalty and respect for our democratic institutions, particularly our judiciary, which is the most important pillar of democratic governance.

“To allege that a judgement delivered by Supreme Court Judges is “procured” simply because it does not favour the PDP is an invitation to anarchy.


“It is on record that President Muhammadu Buhari has at all times stated his commitment to democracy and rule of law. Our party has lost elections we thought we would win. Equally, our party has been stopped from participation in elections by the judiciary, for example in Rivers State.

“The case of Zamfara where we won the election but the Supreme Court in its wisdom nullified all our votes and declared PDP candidates as winners is another experience. In addition, our party members have lost many cases, and even though our views differ from the judgement delivered, we do not disparage the judiciary, yet our views of the judgement differ from the court.

Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu

“As Progressive Governors, we hereby declare abiding faith in our judiciary and will at all times respect all decisions of our Judges at all levels no matter the circumstances. Our party and our members believe in the sanctity of our judicial institution as the last hope for justice for our people.

“We wish to unequivocally state our resolve to work with all democrats in the country to ensure adequate protection of democratic governance by respecting all judgements from our courts”.


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GOTEL Debt: Atiku is a liar! – John Chiahemen


John Chiahemen, the man accused by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of disappearing with the N150m he claimed he paid to settle the bills of foreign consultants hired by his media company GOTEL has fired back.

In an exclusive exchange, the Nigerian TV producer and editor now based in South Africa hinted about suing Atiku for libel as he revealed that his lawyers, who are very familiar with the matter, will be “responding adequately on my behalf in the first instance in the coming hours”.

He described Atiku’s statement as ‘shameful and libellous’.


“The true picture will be very different from what that shameful and libellous statement alleges”, he said.

In a statement on Thursday, Atiku Abubakar sought to extricate himself from unpaid claims running into thousands of dollars by consultants hired for his Yola-based media company, GOTEL. He heaped all the blame on John Chiahemen, the Ahmadu Bello University alumnus, who he said GOTEL hired in 2003 ” to lead the planning, design, build-out and rollout of TV Gotel Africa to be based in Abuja”.


“To this end, Chiamehen was given a free hand by the founder and board of the company to run the affairs of Gotel.

“Requisite resources, as requested by Chiamehen were made available. On his own part, Chiamehen had committed to a revenue profile of N150 million, among others.


“But by 2016, there were concerns that the Chiamehen management was only long in promises and short in performance, prompting the then board to empanel an adhoc visitation committee to examine the state of the company. The findings of that committee were damning.

“Consequently, the committee recommended the need for a comprehensive audit of the company. The audit revealed serious fiduciary infractions by the Chiamehen led management.


“Further to the audit report, a board meeting was convened to consider the auditor’s report. However, before that meeting, Mr. John Chiamehen bolted and has refused to make himself available to account for the huge resources put in his charge.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the funds dedicated to the payment of salaries of staff, both local and expatriates that were engaged by Chiamehen himself were made available to him. All those concerned are advised to contact Mr. Chiamehen accordingly.

“On the 14th of December 2016, a formal petition on alleged breach of trust, fraud and misappropriation of funds against the former managing director/CEO was filed at the FCIID (Interpol) for investigation.

“Mr. Chiamehen is encouraged to make himself available to give account of all monies put in his charge during his tenure as MD/CEO of Gotel”.

Atiku’s statement was signed by Paul Ibe, his media adviser.


#Newsworthy

Atiku finally reacted to owing his foreign workers in GOTEL


After days of silence, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to claims that he is owing some foreign workers recruited for his media company, GOTEL.

In a statement today, his media office rebutted the claim, saying “Nothing can be further from the truth”.

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Atiku owe his international workers


It emerged from the statement that money to pay the workers of Gotel, both local and foreign was given to their recruiter, John Chiahemen, a famous journalist and that the matter had once been reported to the police. The statement claimed Chiahemen had since disappeared.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the funds dedicated to the payment of salaries of staff, both local and expatriates that were engaged by Chiahemen himself were made available to him. All those concerned are advised to contact Mr Chiamhemen accordingly”.


“To retool its operations, Gotel had in 2013 hired one Mr John Chiahemen to lead the planning, design, build-out and rollout of TV Gotel Africa to be based in Abuja.

“To this end, Chiahemen was given a free hand by the founder and board of the company to run the affairs of Gotel.


“Requisite resources, as requested by Chiahemen were made available. On his own part, Chiahemen had committed to a revenue profile of N150 million, among others.

“But by 2016, there were concerns that the Chiahemen management was only long in promises and short in performance, prompting the then board to empanel an adhoc visitation committee to examine the state of the company. The findings of that committee were damning.


“Consequently, the committee recommended the need for a comprehensive audit of the company. The audit revealed serious fiduciary infractions by the Chiahemen led management.

“Further to the audit report, a board meeting was convened to consider the auditor’s report. However, before that meeting, Mr. John Chiahemen bolted and has refused to make himself available to account for the huge resources put in his charge.


“For the avoidance of doubt, the funds dedicated to the payment of salaries of staff, both local and expatriates that were engaged by Chiahemen himself were made available to him. All those concerned are advised to contact Mr. Chiahemen accordingly.

“On the 14th of December 2016, a formal petition on alleged breach of trust, fraud and misappropriation of funds against the former managing director/CEO was filed at the FCIID (Interpol) for investigation.


“Mr. Chiahemen is encouraged to make himself available to give account of all monies put in his charge during his tenure as MD/CEO of Gotel”.

The foreign workers who were recruited from CNN, NPR, CNBC and other reputable networks between 2014 and 2015 accused Abubakar, of breaching a year’s contract they had with GOTEL as consultants. They claimed they are owed several months of salaries, running into thousands of dollars.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar

The affected persons include David Guinan, Ebong Udoma, William Chu, Devon Petley, Susie Iliyan, Teddy Vuong, Hannington Osodo, Kostas Sergiadis and Richard Spcrupulos.

Osodo in a demand notice sent to Atiku by the legal firm Olumide Aju, in 2017, demanded $38,100 as his outstanding salary. Atiku ignored the letter, according to reports.


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Amotekun: Malami has no power to proscribe Leopard – Femi Falana

…forbid him from proscribing any group


A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the law forbids the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami from proscribing any group in the country.

“The Attorney General of the Federation, Malami SAN, has no power whatsoever to proscribe any organisation in Nigeria,” the activist and human right lawyer said during an interview on Politics Today, a Channels TV programme.

Falana was reacting to the statement of the Minister of Justice who on Tuesday declared the new Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun as illegal.


Falana attributed the statement credited to Malami as diversionary and hypocritical considering the existence of security groups in the northern part of the country, which the minister has not pronounced as illegal .

“In this case, the statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation is clearly diversionary and hypocritical. Hypocritical in the sense that the governments of Kano and Zamfara states have set up Hisbah Commission. Just recently, the Hisbah operatives in Zamfara State arrested a police officer caught in the midst of three women.”


Falana cited several other instances of paramilitary groups recognised by the government including the recent neighbourhood watch set up by the Lagos State government, adding that the Federal Government had to approach the court before it could proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

He said the minister should have advised the government appropriately, stressing that while Malami occupies the position of an attorney general, the concerned states also have their independent attorneys- general.

Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami

Falana, however, advised the South West state governors to ask their respective State Houses of Assembly to enact laws to back up the initiative.

He said such law should spell out operational models of Amotekun, the funding strategies as well as areas of partnership with the Nigerian police.


#Newsworthy…

Don’t believe fake news about Atiku’s arrest – EFCC


In a statement on Friday, January 10, 2020, Mr Tony Orilade, the commission’s acting spokesperson dismissed the report of Atiku’s alleged arraignment before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja, Lagos, as fake.

“The attention of the commission has been drawn to an online report which claimed that the commission on Thursday, January 9, 2020, arraigned former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.


“We wish to state categorically that nothing of such took place.

“The Commission also wishes to state that no statement or press release emanated from the spokesperson of the Commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, to that effect as claimed in the report.


“Nor was there any involvement of any sort from the Commission’s prosecutor, Joy Amahian, in the imaginary arraignment.

“The story remains the authors imagination of fake news.

Atiku Abubakar

“The Commission, therefore, urges the general public to disregard the fake news as handiwork of mischief makers,” the statement read in part.

The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), had in a separate report some days ago asked the former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to return stolen resources and apologise to Nigerians.


#Newsworthy…

Atiku owe his international workers


Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar faces the prospect of legal suits from former foreign workers of his Yola based Gotel Africa Media Limited over unpaid salaries, running into thousands of dollars.

The workers who were recruited from CNN, NPR, CNBC and other reputable networks between 2014 and 2015 accused Abubakar, of breaching a year’s contract they had with Gotel as consultants. They claimed they are owed several months of salaries, according to a report.


The affected persons include David Guinan, Ebong Udoma, William Chu, Devon Petley, Susie Iliyan, Teddy Vuong, Hannington Osodo, Kostas Sergiadis and Richard Spiropoulos.

Osodo in a demand notice sent to Atiku by the legal firm Olumide Aju, in 2017, demanded $38,100 as his outstanding salary. Atiku ignored the letter, according to reports.


According to the team, their mission was to launch an international news channel based in Abuja for Atiku but barely 10 months after they arrived Nigeria, they were forced to leave with major outstanding salaries despite having valid work visas issued by the Nigerian Government.

Narrating his ordeal, Chu revealed that all the promises made to them by Atiku’s company were never fulfilled.


“Before I left New York, John Chiahemen and Gary Alfonso gave me the rundown of what I’d be doing when I arrived.

“I was told that I’d be based in Abuja for a year. I was told that the project was fully funded, to the tune of several millions of United States dollars.


“I was told that we had a facility ready to build out and funds budgeted for equipment. None of this was true.”

Guinan, who was hired in 2014 to act as Gotel’s Director of Television and Digital Media, said, “I was told to bring my family, my wife and our baby girl, who wasn’t even two years old at the time.


“My contract promised a three-bedroom house in Abuja and a driver. From the moment we landed almost nothing promised was delivered.

“We were immediately placed in substandard accommodations, a motel and unfriendly staff.”


Osodo from Kenya and former producer with Reuters, said, “I lost most of my belongings due to indebtedness.

“My house was repossessed by the bank because of delayed payments by Gotel.

Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku

“By the way, I couldn’t make the payments for months because I had banked on the contract I signed that bore the name and bond of Abubakar Atiku.”

NobleReporters culled that Atiku’s media aide Paul Ibe did not respond to the demands by the ex-workers.


#Newsworthy…

Exchange between Atiku and Son, Mustapha after Chelsea clash with Arsenal.

…they Merry together


Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and his son Mustapha had a hilarious exchange on Twitter just after Chelsea defeated Arsenal in a premier league match played at Emirates Stadium today December 29.

The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 general election was quite happy when Aubameyang opened up the scoreline for Arsenal in the match. He however slowed down after Arsenal lost the match following two quick goals Chelsea players, Jorginho and Tammy Abraham scored in the last 7 minutes of the match.

Here is the exchange between Atiku Abubakar and his son below;

Between Atiku Abubakar and his son Mustapha after Chelsea and Arsenal


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Update: 1 killed, 4 arrested in Abuja bank failed robbery, Atiku reacts in incident

...reinvigorated security in the new year


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to Saturday’s bank robbery in the Mpape area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He commended the security operatives who arrived at the scene on time to foil the attack.


Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, called for improved security of the country and its people next year.

“I am proud of the proactiveness of the Nigerian Army and Police in foiling the bank robbery in Abuja,” he said in a tweet.


The former Vice President added, “It is my hope that this will be the face of a reinvigorated security in the new year.”

His tweet came hours after a group of armed men attacked the commercial bank located at Mpape, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).


The suspects were said to have gained entry into the banking hall after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.

Their hope of successful and well-planned operation was, however, dashed as they came to the end of the road after they were trapped inside the bank.

Abubakar Atiku


This was as a result of the prompt response by security operatives made up of men of the Nigeria Police Forces, Nigerian Army, and the Department of State Services (DSS) who positioned themselves strategically in the area.

An exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the security personnel ensued thereafter, resulting in the death of one of the attackers while four others were arrested.


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Falana tells AGF – If you don’t tell DSS to release sowore, you’re in debt to be demoted.

…Malami has not taken cognizance of the legal implications

Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says Abubakar Malami risks being removed as the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) if he fails to secure the release of Omoyele Sowore.

Last Friday, Malami took over Sowore’s case from the Department of State Services (DSS), and with this development, Falana, counsel to the activist, asked him to use his office to secure Sowore’s release.

The AGF, however, said he cannot take any decision on Sowore’s release. Responding in a statement on Tuesday, Falana said the AGF has not taken note of the legal implications of taking over the case.

“With respect, Mr. Malami has not taken cognizance of the legal implications of taking over a pending criminal case in exercise of the powers of an Attorney-General under the common law and the Constitution,” the statement read.

“In the case of State v Ilori (1983) JELR 51804 (SC) the Supreme Court dwelt in extenso on the powers of an Attorney-General under section 193 of the 1979 Constitution which is in pari materia with section 174 of the 1999 Constitution. In that case Eso JSC of blessed memory said inter alia:

“An Attorney-General, who proposes to act under his powers to institute and undertake, take over and continue or discontinue criminal proceed­ings would need to bear in mind public interest, interests of justice and the need to prevent abuse of legal process before he exercises his powers, since if he ignores any of these, he would run the risk of exposing himself to removal or reassignment by his appointor, and above all and this is most important also to public opinion.

“‘The powers of the Attorney-General under s. 191, (and notwithstanding sub-section (3) thereof) are still a matter for his quasi-judicial discretion and one within his complete province. He still possesses the constitutional powers in full and the responsibility for any decision thereupon rests solely on him.

“Since Mr. Malami has taken over the case of FRN v Sowore v Another he is deemed to possess ‘the constitutional powers in full and the responsibility for any decision thereupon rests solely on him.’

Therefore, he cannot like Pontius Pilate wash of his hands with respect to the illegal detention of Sowore by the State Security Service. Furthermore, since section 287 of the Constitution has imposed a legal obligation on all authorities and persons in Nigeria to comply with the decisions of all competent courts the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Malami is duty bound to direct the State Security Service to release Sowore on bail in compliance with the valid and subsisting order of the federal high court.”

Falana also said on legal principle, they are compelled to ask the AGF to direct the DSS to release Sowore without further delay. Sowore, convener of Revolution Now Movement, was arrested in August for planning a nationwide protest.

Despite a court order granting him bail, the activist has been denied his freedom. He was briefly released after 124 days in detention but was rearrested less than 24 hours after, and he has been in DSS custody since this time.

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AGF, Malami – I cannot tell DSS to release Sowore.

…requesting the release of Sowore

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Monday, December 16th indicated that he could not ask the Department of State Service to release Omoyele Sowore from custody.

The minister said in the statement that he could not take a unilateral decision on the release of Sowore without recourse to the court, where the ‘RevolutionNow’ protests convener and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony, among others.

This is contained in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, who stated that Malami was reacting to “the claim that a lawyer sent a letter to the AGF requesting the release of Mr. Sowore”.

The statement appeared to be a veiled reference to the letter by Sowore’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), sent to the AGF on Friday to demand the release of the convener of ‘RevolutionNow’ protests from the custody of the DSS.

The AGF’s takeover of the case was informed by the widely condemned invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja by the operatives of the DSS to rearrest Sowore on December 6. Falana who heads the defence team of the two men informed Malami that Sowore had, since his rearrest on December 6, been kept in the DSS custody without the backing of any detention order of court or arrest warrant.

He stated that his letter became necessary after two lawyers in the team visited the DSS headquarters in Abuja to demand Sowore’s release but were advised to direct their request to Malami.

In a statement making a veiled reference to Falana’s letter on Monday, Malami said in the statement issued by Gwandu, “When parties submit their issues for determination to a court of law, they lack exclusivity of decision over such issues without recourse to the court. We remain guided by the established tradition and will not take unilateral decision without recourse to the rule of law”.

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AGF, Abubakar Malami – We will probe alleged invasion of court by DSS officials to re arrest sowore.

Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has said that the Federal government has set up a committee to investigate the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court Abuja premises by DSS officials to effect the re-arrest of publisher and convener of Revoluion Now protest, Omoyele Sowore.

Malami made this known to newsmen after he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho.

Fielding questions from newsmen, Malami refuted claims that his visit was to discuss the rearrest of Sowore with Justice Tsoho.

“The truth is that I am not here about Sowore’s case. I am here to visit his lordship to congratulate him on his appointment. But one thing about the judicial process is that it is not the only case in which the Federal Government is involved as you rightly know. We have multiple cases that are more serious than that of Sowore pending before the court generally. So the case of Sowore is certainly not an exception. So I cannot be here for an exclusive case when we have multiple thousands cases against the interest of the government pending within the judicial circle not exclusively restricted to the Federal High Court.

We are committed to the sanctity of the judiciary and the judicial system. As a government, we have established a tradition of respect for rule of law. We have established a tradition of interest in the independence of the judiciary. You can rightly remember that as a government we assented to an amendment that gave effect to the independence to the judiciary at the state level, among others.

And Mr. President has put in place a committee that will see to the execution of the amendment to the Constitution that has been passed as it relates to the independence of the judiciary. So, I think we have an established of respect for the sanctity of the court, the sanctity of the courtroom and court premises, respect and interest for the independence of the judiciary. So our credentials relating to legislative processes, our credentials relating to upholding the independence of the judiciary are speaking for us as a government”.

When asked if he was appalled by the conduct of the DSS furing Sowore’s rearrest, Malami said

“Whatever affects the integrity of the court is a worrisome issue for us. I can never be preemptive of an incident over which I was not a live witness to. But one thing I am certain of is that the government has put in place mechanism for investigation of the reported incident. So I would not like to be preemptive in terms of a conclusion, one way or the other, without allowing the consummation and conclusion of the investigation process”.

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Bill to change Abubakar saraki’s University to ‘Kwara state University’ passes second reading.

A bill to revert the name of Abubakar Saraki university to Kwara State University, Malete, has been passed through second reading at the state House of Assembly on Wednesday.

The 8th Assembly among several laws had passed and amended the law establishing the state varsity to Abubakar Saraki university in honour of the late political gladiator, Olusola Saraki.

The Kwara State House of assembly however noted that the changes of the state university to suit an individual was not done appropriately, citing that several things that were supposed to be put in place to effect the changes were also not provided.

The House also said that the amendment was done without recourse to the effect it would have on the institution.

Reading the resolution of the House, the Speaker, Hon Yakubu Danladi Salihu referred the bill to the House Committee on Tertiary education to conduct a public hearing on the matter on a yet to be picked date.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous provisions) Amendment Bill 2019, and Kwara state Teaching Service Commission (Amendment Bill 2019) also passed through second reading Wednesday.

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