Eye witness alleged that four persons that were arrested during the operation are members of the IPOB group.
Men of the Nigerian security forces have uncovered a hide out where arms are stored at Effium in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
A source told newsmen that a combined team of security personnel stormed the arsenal location.
Members of the Department executed the operation for State Security, DSS, and the Nigerian Army.
Several items were recovered which include, AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one pump action rifle, one double barrel Dane gun, five single barrel Dane of guns, two locally produced pistols, and one locally manufactured pistol.
Security operatives found up to 600 different kinds of ammunition, including those for General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG).
The suspects that were arrested during the operation have been detained for interrogation and prosecution.
Residents of the area speculate that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and those sponsoring the Ezza-Effium crisis own the arsenal.
Eye witness alleged that four persons that were arrested during the operation are members of the IPOB group.
They also informed newsmen that the shrine serves as a protective camp for IPOB, and others have also be discovered.
The spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunanya, did not make any comment on the operation.
He explains that it’s okay for the DSS to work with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies.
Afunanya assures Nigerians that the DSS would keep and maintain internal security in Nigeria.
The Service also pledged to be transparent and accountable in the investigation of the killing, promise to liaise with appropriate authorities to achieve this objective.
Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, DSS, says it has detained its operative who allegedly shot a newspaper vendor, Ifeanyi Okereke dead in the Three Arms Zone of Abuja on Thursday while on the convoy of Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The Speaker had in an earlier statement on Friday, identified the killer security operative as one Abdullahi .M. Hassan,in a statement he personally signed.
Gbajabiamila also said the operative has been handed over to the DSS for investigation and appropriate administrative and judicial procedures while pledging to ensure that there is justice for the deceased vendor.
While also confirming that the security operative involved in the shooting incident is its staff, the DSS, in a statement by Peter Afunanya, its Public Relations Officer, said Hassan has already been withdrawn from the Speaker
It added that as part of its disciplinary procedures, the operative has been taken into detention, while a detailed investigation into the killing of the Vendor has commenced.
“The Service condoles with the family of the deceased and his loved ones. It has promised a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident and will surely keep to this,” Afunaya said.
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has approached a High Court of Justice in Plateau State for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing.
This is coming after the police, again, sent him an invitation which may not be unconnected with his previous appearance before the Department of State Services (DSS) over his comments on the security situation in the country while featuring on a radio programme.
Speaking during a press conference on Monday in Jos, Mailafia’s legal team said the suit has been filed challenging the letter of invitation.
The legal team is also asking the court to make a judicial pronouncement on the letter.
He described the invitation as an intimidation, harassment, persecution, and witch hunt.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has invited 10 leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State for an ‘important meeting’.
According to a letter from the security agency, the politicians are to attend the meeting scheduled to hold on Saturday at the DSS Command Headquarters in Benin City, the state capital.
A copy of the letter, dated August 20, 2020, and addressed to one Tony Adun who is also known as Kabakaba, was obtained by Noble Reporters Media on Friday.
While the DSS did not disclose the agenda of the meeting, it is suspected to be in connection to the forthcoming governorship election in Edo.
“I am directed to invite you (Adun) to an important meeting with the State Director of Security,” part of the letter read.
Adun was asked to attend the meeting with the National Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), and eight other leaders of the APC in the state.
They include Ehis Adams – APC Leader in Oredo, Osaro Idahosa – APC Leader in Ikpoba-Okha, and Okunbor Roberts – APC Leader in Ovia South-West LGA.
Others are ‘Atarodo’ – APC member, Kingsley Amedo – APC member, Richard Obe – APC member, Osarobo Idehen – APC member, and Dr Emma – APC member.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed September 19 to conduct the election in Edo State.
In compliance with its Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election and in accordance with Section 34 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), INEC cleared 14 candidates for the poll on July 18.
The electoral umpire stressed that with the publication of the final list of candidates, no political party can withdraw or substitute any of the nominated candidates, as well as tamper with the list and particulars of the candidates in a manner inconsistent with the intendment of the Constitution and the Electoral Act.
A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, has been re-invited by the Department of State Security (DSS) for questioning.
Mailafia spoke to reporters in Jos on Monday as he prepared to honour the security outfit’s invitation.
“I don’t know the reason but I am going as a good citizen, as a loyal and obedient citizen of this country, to honour every authority and to listen and to help them in the course of their inquiry,” he said.
Mailafia was questioned by the DSS, barely a week ago, in connection with comments he made about the leadership of Boko Haram.
He was released after more than six hours of grilling.
After his release, the DSS said Mailafi’s claim that a governor from the North is the leader of Boko Haram is false.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) also fined Lagos-based radio station, Nigeria Info, for airing Mailafia’s comments.
After his initial release, Mailafia said he was privy to “very sensitive information” and should have “taken more care to corroborate some of the information I received.”
The Department of State Services (DSS) has criticised the claim by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, that a governor from the north is the leader of the Boko Haram sect.
In a statement issued on Friday, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, described the claim as fake news, saying it only lends credence to the service’s alert about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to cause a total breakdown of law and order.
According to the secret service, Mailafia as a directing staffer at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), has unrestricted access to security agencies.
“It is disappointing that he never took advantage of these to reach any of the security or related agencies to share the so-called information at his disposal. This, he has agreed to be a grievous error on his part,” Afunanya said.
Mailafia was on Wednesday invited by the service to its office in Jos, the Plateau State capital, over the claim he made in an interview on a radio station in Abuja.
After his release from the DSS custody, Mailafia insisted he stood by his claims.
The service, however, warned that it will ill not stand idly and watch those it describes as disgruntled and aggrieved elements take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in the polity.
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PRESS RELEASE DSS REITERATES WARNING AGAINST EFFORTS TO SUBVERT THE NATION
On 27th July, 2020, the Department of State Services (DSS) alerted the nation about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions; take advantage of developments in the country and cause a total breakdown of law and order. It also revealed that part of the orchestrations was to engage in divisive acts as well as use inciting statements to pit one group against another.
With the latest occurrences in the country, Nigerians may have no reason to doubt the Service’s earlier pronouncement. Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya’s recent outburst aimed at playing to the gallery and creating unnecessary tension is a confirmation of his group’s desperation to breach the peace.
Mailafiya, as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and currently, a Directing Staff at Nigeria’s foremost Policy Research Institute, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, has unhindered access to government platforms. It is expected that he should be conversant with official information management protocols.
But regrettably, he chose to cross the lines of decorum and conduct expected of a personality of his status. It is disappointing that he never took advantage of these to reach any of the security or related agencies to share the so-called information at his disposal. This, he has agreed to be a grievous error on his part. It, however, suggests his mischief and determination to use the fake news he spewed to incite the people under his control.
It is even more condemnable that Mailafiya, who had profusely apologized during his visit to the Service’s Plateau State Command for his ignoble statement, would, afterwards, announce to the world that he stood by his misguided eruption.
Similarly, the Service also wishes to warn others, who in the guise of political mobilization and supposed pursuit of group interests, engage in hostile and subversive activities, to desist forthwith from advancing their inimical and parochial causes.
The Service will not stand idly and watch disgruntled and aggrieved elements take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in the polity.
In line with its mandate of detecting and preventing threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria, the Service hereby reiterates its previous warning that it will henceforth not condone unruly conducts of persons and groups that ought to know better.
In this regard, it will not hesitate to, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with such persons and/or groups, no matter how highly placed, that may wish to test its resolve. It will, nonetheless, continue to support participatory democracy in the country and therefore urges all players to abide by the rules of the game.
On the other hand, the Service implores law-abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses without fear. It assures them of protection and pledges to strengthen existing measures designed to achieve this objective.
Peter Afunanya, Ph.D Public Relations Officer, Department of State Services, National Headquarters, Abuja 14th August, 2020
The Department of State Services has released a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, after questioning him for more than six hours.
Dr. Malaria was on Tuesday questioned by officials of the agencies in Jos, the Plateau State Capital in connection with comments he reportedly made on Monday about the leadership of Boko Haram.
It is not clear if the DSS is through with their questioning but the former CBN chief was released after Reverend Gideon Para Mallam presented himself as his surety.
Following his release from custody, the former CBN Deputy Governor thanked his family members, the media for their support while in detention, adding that he didn’t regret the comments he made.
“Since yesterday there has been a lot of support voluntarily from the media, I want to thank them for their courage.
“If I had retracted anything, I don’t think I would have been able to leave this place because the youths of this country are fed up, all these killings have made people fed up.
“Those who tolerate it are committing great evil, we must remain steadfast, I love Nigeria, we must love our country”.
The former CBN Deputy Governor buttressed that he does not support or promote violence and will never support evil.
“We must seek the progress of our country, we must work for peace, my name means peace, I am a servant of the people, I don’t use violence and do not promote the use of violence”, he added.
While Dr Mailafia was being questioned, a protest was held demanding his release and calling for an end to the killings in Southern Kaduna, the same issue he was commenting about that led to his invitation.
During a radio programme on Monday, Dr. Mailafia reportedly said repentant Boko Haram members had revealed that a serving northern governor was a leader of the terrorist group.
Dr Mailafia, who was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, was also reported to have linked bandits terrorising Southern Kaduna and elsewhere to the terrorists, adding that they moved weapons across the country even during the COVID-19- lockdown.
The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has uncovered plans by some persons and groups to take advantage of the latest developments in parts of the country to destabilise it.
In a statement signed on Monday, the DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, said some prominent personalities and socio-cultural groups have resorted to divisive acts through inciting statements aimed at pitting individuals, groups and ethnic nationalities against another.
While the Service did not disclose any names, it said it is, without doubt, aware of such plans and their sponsors.
The DSS, therefore, warned that it will no longer tolerate the orchestrations by subversive and unscrupulous elements to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country.
It also noted that it is working assiduously with relevant authorities and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the sinister objective is not achieved.
The Service reiterated its commitment to the internal security of Nigeria, saying that it will, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with planners of the mayhem.
“Law abiding citizens are urged to go about their normal businesses and disregard the antics of agents of destabilization. They should, however, avail the Service and related agencies with useful information about the activities of criminals and groups intent on instigating violence in the country,” the statement read.
Unknown to Ibrahim Magu, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Department of State Services (DSS) to investigate him as far back as 2018, TheCable can report.
The DSS, which has a financial crimes unit, played the central role in unearthing the allegations for which the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is now facing a presidential probe.
The president was said to have been shocked when the DSS provided a comprehensive dossier on Magu which was “damning”.
“If Magu was a man who can read the signs, he should have asked himself why the president did not re-present his name to the senate for confirmation as EFCC chairman since the new national assembly was inaugurated,” a senior presidential source told TheCable.
The current senate has never turned down any nominee of the president, unlike the previous one which refused to confirm Magu.
However, it would appear Magu eventually got wind of the moves against him as he tried to ingratiate himself with the president.
“He came to the mosque at the presidential villa to say Jumaat prayers along with the president on June 5, but the president was not very comfortable with it,” the source said.
“President Buhari prefers to pray with his family and personal aides, so he was not happy when Magu wangled his way to the mosque after the partial lifting of lockdown.
“An instruction was then issued that he should not be allowed to come to the mosque.”
The trigger for the DSS investigation, according to the source, was the report of the presidential committee on audit of recovered assets.
The three-member committee was inaugurated on November 22, 2017 by Buhari to audit all assets recovered by agencies of the federal government from May 29, 2015 when his government was inaugurated.
The committee was headed by Olufemi Lijadu, with Mohammad Nami and Gloria Bibigha as members.
Lijadu is now the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) while Nami was appointed chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Bibigha works in the office of the auditor-general of the federation.
The committee submitted its report six months behind schedule because of the extent of the work, and the aspect on EFCC “took the president by surprise”.
The report said the EFCC reported a total naira equivalent of N46,038,882,509.87, while the naira equivalent of the foreign currency lodgements were N37,533,764,195.66, “representing a shortfall of N8,505,118,314.21″.
“These inconsistencies cast a serious doubt on the accuracy of figures submitted by the EFCC. It is the committee’s view that the EFCC cannot be said to have fully accounted for cash recoveries made by it,” the report noted.
“While EFCC reported total Naira recoveries of N504,154,184,744.04, the actual bank lodgements were N543,511,792,863.47. These discrepancies mean that EFCC’s actual lodgement exceeded its reported recoveries by N39,357,608,119.43.”
Buhari immediately asked the DSS to investigate Magu.
While DSS identified several properties allegedly owned by Magu in Dubai, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) played a major role in providing intelligence on his alleged financial dealings.
NFIU, the central national agency that handles disclosures and intelligence in the financial sector, used to be under the EFCC but was excised and made an independent body in July 2018 despite Magu’s opposition.
A source disclosed this to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media), saying he was moved to detention at the end of questioning by the panel on Tuesday.
He was arrested on Monday and whisked to the presidential villa in Abuja where the panel set up to probe the commission has been sitting.
Some of the aides of the anti-graft czar had earlier moved his personal belongings out of his official residence in the Maitama area of the nation’s capital while security operatives raided his residence at Karu, still in Abuja.
A family source said the security operatives who carried out the operation found nothing incriminating in the house.
They were said to have left with some documents.
Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu over some “weighty” allegations.
The AGF had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Magu over some “weighty” allegations, including the diversion of recovered loot.
In addition to allegedly re-looting the recovered loot, Malami accused the acting EFCC chairman of insubordination and misconduct.
An EFCC source said Magu went to the panel with documents to prove that Malami’s allegations were false but surprisingly he has not been asked any question on that.
“He went to the panel with many documents. He has a lot of files on him to respond to the allegations. Surprisingly, the panel has not asked him any question on the issues raised against him,” the source said.
Following a N10m judgment delivered by a Federal High Court in the case involving the purchase of a SIM card previously owned by the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, the Department of State Services has now filed an appeal.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had in May ordered the DSS to pay a trader, Anthony Okolie, who was detained for 10 weeks without charge for buying Hanan’s old SIM card.
Okolie subsequently filed a human rights suit against the DSS, Hanan, and telecoms firm, MTN.
While the court absolved Hanan and MTN of blame, it ordered the DSS to pay Okolie N10m for trampling on his rights.
After winning the case, Okolie’s lawyer, Mr Tope Akinyode, vowed to recover the judgment debt and threatened to institute contempt proceedings against the Director-General of the DSS over non-payment.
However, the DSS has lodged an appeal over its defeat and the security agency is seeking to obtain a stay of execution to bar Okolie from enforcing payment of the judgment sum until the appeal is determined.
Reacting to the development, Akinyode, who is also the National President of Revolutionary Lawyers’ Forum, said the application for stay of execution would be opposed and his client would be asking the court to compel the DSS to pay the judgment sum into an interest yielding account to be designated by the court.
The lawyer said, “We are vehemently opposing the application for stay of execution. It’s a frivolous ploy by the SSS to delay payment. We will be asking the court to compel them to make payment into an interest yielding account designated by the court and whoever wins at the appellate court will harvest the money.
“Also we’ll be cross appealing against the remaining two defendants, especially the daughter of the president about who we were able to place convincing evidence of her involvement before the trial court.”
The case has been fixed for July 7, 2020, for argument by the parties.
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may be suspended from office, as the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami has allegedly listed 22 offences he claims Magu has committed while in office.
This was among the fallout of the invitation extended to him on Monday, where he was reportedly quizzed for several hours, and later detained in a police cell at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) a source told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media)
The sources said, “By not allowing him to go back to his office was an indication that he might be suspended.
“It is obvious that the Presidency has concluded plans to look for a new candidate for the office”.
The quizzing of Magu is expected to continue on Tuesday, as the AGF is said to have submitted a list of about 22 offences he is accusing the EFCC boss of having committed before the panel headed by headed by Justice Isa Ayo Salami, a retired president of the Court of Appeal.
Some of the 22 allegations are as follows:
Alleged discrepancies in the reconciliation records of the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Finance on recovered funds
Declaration of N539billion as recovered funds instead of N504b earlier claimed
Insubordination to the office of the AGF by not seeking his approval on some decisions
Not providing enough evidence for the extradition of ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke
Alleged late action on the investigation of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) leading to legal dispute
Not respecting court order to unfreeze a N7billion judgment in favour of a former Executive Director of First Bank
Alleged delay in acting on two vessels seized by Nigerian Navy leading to the loss of crude
Alleged favouring of some investigators called Magu’s Boys
Reporting some judges to their presiding officers without deferring to the AGF
Alleged sales of seized assets to cronies, associates and friends
Alleged issuance of investigative activities to some media prejudicial to some cases.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it did not arrest Mr Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Service’s Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, said this in a statement on Monday.
He added that the DSS has since been inundated with inquiries over the reported arrest of Magu, stressing that the Service has no connection with the incident.
Afunanya issued the statement after reports emerged that the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency had been arrested by DSS officials in Abuja.
When contacted, Magu’s S.A. on Media, Tony Amokeodo, told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) that his boss was not arrested but only invited to answer questions regarding some allegations against the agency.
Amokeodo explained that Magu was invited to appear before a Federal Government panel set up to investigate the allegations of corruption levelled against him.
According to him, the panel is sitting at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested a 32-year old Boniface Oburuku for theft of a hand bag, belonging to an international guest from the Republic of Mauritius.
The bag contained her two Samsung mobile phones, an international passport, United States Dollars, Nigerian and Mauritian currencies.
Oburuku committed the crime on June 11, 2019 at an event organised by the EFCC to mark the year’s National Democracy Day and Anti-Corruption Summit at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, which had in attendance, President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian security chiefs, respected citizens and global leaders.
The statement released by the anti-graft agency partly read;
“The Commission swung into action through intelligence on the suspect all over the country, which showed that he was constantly on the move from Mpape area of the FCT to Jabi and later to Gwagwalada, all in the FCT. He finally settled in Lagos where he was arrested.
“Investigations also revealed that to breach security at the day’s event, Oburuku dressed smartly in a black suit and claimed to be of the Department of State Security (DSS) and was allowed access into the venue by security agents on duty without presentation of an invite.
“While confessing to the crime, Oburuku apologized to President Buhari, the EFCC and his Mauritian victim. He called on others who are into fraudulent and criminal activities to turn a new leaf.
A former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has arrived the Federal High Court, Abuja, in solidarity with rights activist and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, who is standing trial for treason.
Sani walked into the courtroom shortly after the commencement of proceedings for the day.
During the trial in February, Sani together with Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka and Prof Chidi Odinkalu all made appearances to support Sowore.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has adjourned the trial of rights activists, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare until April 1, 2020.
Ojukwu, who was angry at the way the prosecution was delaying the trial, adjourned the case at the instance of the objection raised by lead defence counsel, Femi Falana, when the first prosecution witness, Rasheed Olawale, was giving evidence out of the summary statement.
Falana urged the court to limit and restrict the witness to the summary of the statement that was made available to them by the prosecution.
He argued that the evidence being given by the witness was mischievous and alien to section 36 of the constitution that guarantees fair hearing.
In his own submission, prosecution counsel, A.A Aliyu, asked the court to dismiss Falana’s objection on the grounds that the evidence given by the witness would not amount to miscarriage of justice as painted by the defence.
The trial judge therefore asked the prosecution to reproduce the witness statement in details to accommodate whatever evidence the witness want to give whenever it was called upon.
The judge said, “Serve them these evidence, I don’t know what is difficult in that. Serve them all the evidence you want to rely on.
“That should not be difficult and that is the provision of the law.”
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Security(DSS) to pay N200,000 as damages to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore.
The judge said the cost is the consequence of the prosecution’s attempt to delay the trial.
At the court session on Wednesday, Aliyu Halilu, prosecution lawyer, said the charges against the defendants have been amended but that they are yet to be served on them.
Haliyu asked the court to adjourn the case till Thursday for the trial to commence.
Olumide Fusika, Sowore’s counsel, opposed Halilu’s request for an adjournment and asked the court to strike out the case for “lack of diligent prosecution”.
He said even if the adjournment is granted, the trial cannot commence on Thursday because the prosecution is yet to comply with the order of the court which asks it to furnish the defence with statements of the witnesses they intend to call.
Fusika said the prosecution is more interested in subjecting his client to ridicule than trial.
He said Sowore has not seen his family since he was arrested and that if not for “the support of well-wishers, maybe he would be sleeping under a bridge”.
Sowore’s lawyer also said: “This morning, my colleague Marshal approached Mr Halilu to request if there was anything to be served on us and he gave the impression that there was nothing.”
When asked by the judge, a clerk in the court, said indeed Marshal came to him to inquire if the prosecution had filed new processes. He said he directed the counsel back to the prosecution lawyer.
But the prosecution denied the inquiry and asked the judge to reject the submissions of the defendant.
Delivering a ruling, the judge said: “The honourable court views the delay as uncalled for and the application for adjournment as frivolous in view of the reasons for the adjournment sought.”
“Each party is entitled to five adjournments. The prosecution has almost exhausted her five adjournments even before the commencement of trial. There are consequences for every infraction.
“Premised on the provision of section 396(6) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, the prosecution has earned the award of cost against them. Prosecution shall pay a cost of N200,000 to the defence as a consequence of frivolous adjournments.”
Sowore and Bakare are standing trial on seven counts of treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking and insulting the president.
The National Examination Council (NECO) has reached out to the Department of State Services (DSS) for support in tackling cases of impersonation and malpractices ahead of its 2020 exams.
Abubakar Saddique, chairman of NECO’s governing board, disclosed this when he led Abubakar Gana, acting registrar of the council, and the management team on a visit to the office of Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the DSS, in Abuja.
According to Saddique, the initiative was among several other measures introduced by the council to checkmate cases of malpractices before, during and after its exams.
The chairman of NECO’S governing board explained that the several initiatives trawled by the exam body to tackle malpractices had minimal success because of lack of adequate security architecture in place.
“Our council has put in place measures aimed at checking examination malpractice. Despite this, without adequate security architecture, such measures will not yield the desired results,” he said.
“Among the measures we introduced is the biometric capturing of candidates to check impersonation at examination centres.
“We, therefore, appeal to the personnel of DSS to strengthen their collaboration with NECO to prevent any form of malpractice before, during and after the conduct of the Council examination.”
On his part, Gana said that aside the biometric capturing, the council has procured additional 20 pick-up Hilux vans for examination logistics.
He said NECO’s partnership with the DSS would enable the exam body grapple with the challenges arising from globalisation and use of technology to prevent abuse.
“The world is experiencing rapid changes resulting from rapid development, these changes revolve around two major phenomena of emerging technology and globalisation,” he said.
“While these two phenomena have their advantages, they also come with disadvantages, especially when abused, which result in the scourge of examination malpractice, which has assumed a global dimension.”
In his reaction, Bichi reiterated the DSS’ commitment to upholding transparency and credibility in exams conducted by NECO.
The Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State has fixed 12th February 2020 for a hearing of the lawsuit filed by Anthony Okolie against President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter Hanan, Mobile Telephone Network (MTN) and the Department of State Service (DSS).
Okolie was arrested and detained by the DSS for a period of 10 weeks for using an MTN sim card previously used by Hanan Buhari.
“The sim card became redundant and was recycled to the market for sale (after Hanan stopped using it),” Okolie’s lawyer Tope Akinyode said.
“Okolie lawfully bought the sim card after years of redundancy unknown to him who the previous owner was.”
Akinyode said Okolie’s detention was unlawful because he has the receipt for the purchase of the sim card and all other documents pertaining to the sim card.
In the lawsuit, Okolie is demanding a N500m compensation and public apology for the violation of his fundamental human rights.
The case has been assigned to Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of Court 2, Federal High, Asaba, Delta State and will come up before the court on 12th February 2020.
Akinyode maintained that the lawsuit will serve as “an eternal caution against flagrant abuse of power by public officers.”
Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has announced his plan to attend the burial of his parents scheduled for February 14, 2020.
Kanu who revealed this through IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, however, refused to disclose the security arrangements put in place for the burial in view of its sensitivity.
He said the burial would follow the normal burial preparation, according to the custom of the land.
“The burial of our leader’s parents burial will be 14th of February 2020.
“We are not going to disclose our security arrangements because they are much enemies who wish to destroy or destabilize every effort made for the successful burial of these father and mother of our leader.
“IPOB is on ground and nothing will change our resolve to protect the environment.
“We are peaceful and will maintain it to last point. But nobody should try IPOB,” Emma Powerful said.
The IPOB leader lost his father Eze Israel Kanu, four months after his mother, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, also died.