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Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has approved the appointment of Alhaji Garba Sanda Mani as the new Head of Service of the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Alhaji Abdu Labaran, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.
The statement said the appointment took immediate effect.
It said Mani’s appointment was based on his track record of service.
‘’Your selection is in recognition of your track record of service and on the conviction that you will serve faithfully, diligently and in the best interest of the state,’’ the statement said.
It said the appointee was born on Oct. 15, 1959; he began his working career in 1983 in the old Kaduna State as a Master Grade II officer in the office of the Secretary to the State Government.
It said Mani is an Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduate of Political Science, 1982.
The statement said the appointee also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy (MIAD) from the same university in 2012.
It said the new Head of Service is also an alumnus of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, where he successfully completed the Senior Executive Course 32 in 2010.
It said Mani was appointed a Permanent Secretary in 2007, an office he has held until his present appointment.
BOOK LAUNCH ON PRESIDENT BUHARI 4A&B. L-R; President of Niger Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Tchad, Idriss Deby, Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State, Dr Yakubu Gowon, Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and one other during a book launch on President Muhammadu Buhari tittle: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria by Mr John N Paden held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 3 2016.
All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday described President Muhammadu Buhari as “a true democrat”.
He spoke in Abuja during the public presentation of a book entitled: “Muhammadu Buhari – The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria”.
Tinubu, one of the reviewers of the book, also described Buhari as a disciplined and focused person right from his youthful days.
The former Lagos State Governor said Buhari was in haste to bring change as a young leader, but as an older leader, Buhari “is now slow and steady”.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon and former United States Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell also eulogised the President.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife Dolapo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and his wife Toyin, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and his wife, former Vice President Namadi Sambo, APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun attended the ceremony.
There were also Presidents Idris Deby of Chad, President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.
Presidents of Cameroon and Equitorial Guinea sent representatives.
Tinubu said: “Essentially, the book explores how his professional career, his personal life and prior experiences in government shaped and prepared him for the momentous assignment he now has.
“From the book’s pages, we see a man who has lived his life on assignments that always intersected with vital moments in the nation’s history. He was a man on assignment, when, in the military, he served bravely in a civil war to keep Nigeria united.
“He was on national assignment when he became military head of state in a well-intentioned effort to straighten things out, and set Nigeria on a better path.
“When he ventured into politics and competed for the Presidency, culminating in his 2015 election victory, he was still on assignment, showing that there was no other way for this nation to go but the way of democracy, no matter how difficult the path may be.
“Now, as sitting President, he is on an assignment, against time, to undo the wrongs of nearly two decades of bad governance.
“Such is the life of this man. Always in the public eye, doing things in his different, disciplined and Spartan way. From this compelling narrative, neatly demarcated into three parts and 24 chapters, the reader is able to glean the quintessential Buhari.”
According to him, the book makes an educative and informative reading as he called for re-introduction of history as a subject in Nigerian schools.
“The book is a timely narrative. Apart from being a senior officer to Buhari, Tinubu said Gen. Theophilus Danjuma and Buhari enjoyed a professional and personal friendship unparalleled in Nigeria’s history.
“His words confirm that Buhari was a man prepared for leadership ahead of a time like this.
“The formation of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is an important event that the book addresses. The merger was the result of teamwork, belief in the democratic will of the people and a commitment to national purpose.
“Many of us invested ourselves, our heart, body, mind and soul in this project for national salvation. Many did not want it to happen and fought to undermine the good we sought to accomplish. Many others straddled the sidelines, neither completely in nor completely out, but waiting to see how the prevailing winds might blow before making their move.
“Muhammadu Buhari never wavered for one moment on this journey. Proving to be a focused leader, he acted with single-minded determination that showed no fear or doubt in the rightfulness of the cause we pursued.
“So many people made contributions that made the historic merger possible. It would be impossible to give each person the accolades they deserve in a concise work such as this one. However, it is an account that we must begin to chronicle fully, and with care, for it is the story of when reform came to the land.
According to him, the founding fathers of the APC had three challenges while forming the ‘new’ party.
The first challenge, he said, was learning the right lessons from the aborted attempt at political cooperation in 2011.
“Talks mainly between the CPC, led by Buhari, and the ACN, led by myself, later joined by the ANPP and the progressive wing of APGA, would go more smoothly and would reach the desired finish-line this time. There would be a merger and there would be a presidential candidate agreeable to all. A winning combination had been joined.
”It would give the PDP, which had boasted of 60 continuous years in power, more than it could handle. After the successful merger and the birth of APC, it was time to pick a flag bearer. At the Lagos convention, President Buhari emerged as the new party’s choice in a transparently-honest process. His speech to the convention was greeted with ovation, even by those who had opposed him.
”This set the tone for the campaign to come. But first, there was the sticky issue of selecting a running mate. After careful study and discussion, it was agreed that we should field a religiously-balanced ticket given the sensitivities of the moment.
”Based on this conclusion, the name of Yemi Osinbajo, renowned law professor and former Lagos State Attorney-general during my tenure as governor, was proposed as an excellent running mate.
“Osinbajo was also a pastor in the largest church in the entire country, and this would answer those who wrongfully tried to paint Buhari as intolerant.”
Noting that President Buhari made three electoral promises on Security, Corruption and Employment, Tinubu said: “On security, success has been recorded in decimating Boko Haram. On corruption and the rule of law, Buhari continues to plough new ground.”
Another reviewer of the book, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, challenged APC governors to replicate the change mantra in their states.
“We must support Buhari so that we can take our country back from the enemies, the looters,” he said
The Special Guest of Honour, former President Obasanjo said that the book confirmed what he knew about Buhari but didn’t represent a definitive assessment of the President.
Gen. Gowon, who is the chairman of the occasion, said Buhari fought many battles to get to where he is today.
“He deserves every word of praise today,” he said.
The President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs Nike Akande, said Nigerian business community remained grateful to President Buhari for the establishment of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment under the chairmanship of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
This, she said, was a clear demonstration of the Buhari-led administration’s resolve to fix the investment climate issues in the economy and enhance private sector competitiveness.
”He has given Nigeria a leadership that the country deserves at this critical moment of our history. In the last 16 months, Nigeria’s image has improved internationally,” she added.
The author, Prof. Paden, described the book as an attempt to introduce Buhari to the international audience since Nigerians already knew who Buhari is.
He said: “This book seeks to answer the questions: who’s President Buhari and how he’s grappling with the many challenges of Nigeria. My initial motivation was to introduce President Buhari to the international audience on the assumptions that Nigerians already knew their president.
“But increasingly, I came to feel that, perhaps, Nigerians might find it useful to review. I also wanted to address the issue of leadership.
“In the past, one such period was the civil war, another was the time of influx of petroleum dollars. The book follows Buhari through his challenges in and out of the office, his military training in the UK and elsewhere, his roles in military regime, including his time as military head of state for 20 months, his detention, his reemergence as a civil society leader and his eventual engagement in politics in the Fourth Republic since 1999.”
President Issoufou, who spoke in French, also lauded the efforts of President Buhari’s administration in fighting Boko Haram to a standstill.
Muslim cleric docked for beating, threatening to bathe pastor with acid by yungcrae(f) : 10:32 pm On Oct 05, 2016
For allegedly threatening to bathe a pastor with acid and destroying his church, a 40-year-old Muslim cleric, Saheed Gbadamosi, was on Tuesday hauled up before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
A resident of Aboru area of Iyana-Ipaja, a Lagos suburb, Gbadamosi, is being tried for breach of peace, assault and threat to life.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, the accused committed the offences on Sept. 4 at his residence. He said the accused with others still at large conspired and assaulted Pastor Emmanuel Ugbo by beating him, destroying church property and threatening to pour acid on him.
“The accused and his accomplices beat up the complainant and damaged four chairs valued at N4,000 and mixer valued at N35,000 being church property.
“The accused and others also threatened to bathe him with acid if he refused to stop converting his `clients’ to his church.”
Nwosu said the accused stormed the complainant’s church with hoodlums armed with different types of dangerous weapons and attacked the complainant.
“The complainant was in the fellowship with his members when the accused stormed the church with hoodlums carrying iron rods, sticks and other dangerous weapons.
“The accused obstructed the complainant from performing his duty as a pastor by chasing away all his members before descending on him,” he told the court.
The offences, Nwosu said, contravened Sections 56, 166, 170 and 348 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused may be sentenced to a minimum of three years imprisonment on conviction, according to the Criminal Law.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. The Magistrate, Mr A.A. Adesanya, adjourned the case to Oct. 10 for mention.
President ‘didn’t foil 1985 coup despite hint’
Boko Haram demanded from the Federal Government €5billion (about N1,706,850,000,000) to free 219 Chibok girls . The Euro exchanged for approximately N341.37 last night.
President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly got wind of the August 27, 1985 coup d’état against him as a military Head of State but he did not foil it to avoid executing some senior Army officers.
These facts are contained in the book, “Muhammadu Buhari: The challenges of leadership in Nigeria”, authored by Prof. John Paden.
The book, which was presented to the public on Monday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, contained some unknown issues about the President.
But the insider’s account on the botched negotiation between Boko Haram and the Federal Government provided fresh insights into the plight of the Chibok girls.
Some excerpts from the book are: “An additional issue was the status of the Chibok girls. Secret negotiations had been held regarding an exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the girls.
“On several occasions, prisoners were taken to Maiduguri to facilitate an exchange. But these negotiations stalled when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of €5billion for the girls.
“The dilemma for the DSS, which was handling the negotiations, was that a military assault to rescue the girls would almost certainly result in their deaths at the hands of their Boko Haram captors.
“But the Nigerian government was not going to accede to Boko Haram’s extra-ordinary demand for a vast sum of money which would no doubt be used to fund future attacks.
“One or two girls were able to escape their captors in May, but the rest remained captive and the impasse continued
“The Chibok girls were not alone in their grim fate. Hundreds if not thousands, of persons had been captured by Boko Haram in the North-East. Buhari would need to continue degrading Boko Haram until he could tighten the noose around its Sambisa hideouts and bring a close end to this painful episode.”
On why Buhari placed his ministers on lower salaries and allowances, the author said the President wanted to make ministerial appointment less attractive as a way of curbing corruption in public office.
He went on: “Buhari was trying to eliminate the allure of ministerial appointments as a means of accruing wealth either through receiving a generous salary or through exploiting power for corrupt personal gain.
“Of course, the effort to combat corruption also required creating disincentives for corrupt practices strong enough to dissuade ministers from ‘chopping’ on the side. The penalty if caught would be dismissal and public shaming.”
Concerning the arrest of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, the author said the ties between the President and ex-Prime Minister David Cameron made it possible.
“Yet the close ties between Buhari and British (former) Prime Minister David Cameron facilitated efforts to launch a coordinated effort to bring money launderers to book, as demonstrated in the role of the London Metropolitan Police in the case of Diezani Alison-Madueke.”
The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK arrested and quizzed Mrs Alison-Madueke and four others on October 2, 2015 for alleged bribery and corruption and money laundering.
Also the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has interrogated between three and five more suspects since Mrs Alison-Madueke’s interrogation by the NCA.
The same NCA had last year obtained permission from a Westminster Magistrate’s Court to seize £27,000 from Mrs Alison-Madueke and two other women.
Regarding the counter-coup of August 27, 1985 which led to Buhari’s removal as a military Head of State and the emergence of ex-President Ibrahim Babangida, the author said the President knew a plot was coming but he did not want to shed blood.
The book reads: “The question has arisen subsequently as to whether Buhari knew about the countercoup in advance.
“Given his ‘appreciation’ of complex situations, it is argued by some, how could he not have known? Some of those closest to Buhari at the time have subsequently argued that he did know a countercoup was coming. They insist that Buhari calculated that to preempt this plan would have meant executing six or eight senior officers. This he was unwilling to do.”
The book explained that Buhari was detained after the 1985 coup in Akure and Benin from August 27, 1985 to December 1988.
The book states: “Babangida also tried to look for ways to indict Buhari personally, but his integrity and grassroots popularity helped protect him.
“After the Babangida countercoup, three of the ministers were retained. Babangida also set up the Aboyade probe into the finances of Buhari and some key ministers but the investigators could find no evidence of any personal aggrandisement on his part during his term as Head of State.
“Significantly, the three ministers retained from the previous administration by Babangida-Lukman, Bali and David-West— strongly defended the integrity of Buhari and his close associates, and no charges were ever brought against Buhari.
“Meanwhile, Buhari had been taken from Lagos by plane to Akure in Ondo State. After a few months in Akure, he was taken to Benin City in the south of the country, where he would stay under house arrest until his release in December 1988.”
Court orders arrest of Gombe ex-gov over N25bn fraud by yungcrae(f) : 11:29 pm On Oct 05, 2016
A Federal High Court, sitting in Jos, Plateau State, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, for refusing to show up in court.
The EFCC said in a Facebook post that Goje, who is being charged with an alleged N25bn fraud, might be arrested on Wednesday (today) if he failed to show up in court.
The statement read, “A Federal High Court, sitting in Jos, Plateau State, on October 4, 2016 (Tuesday) issued a bench warrant against former Governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje, for refusing to show up in court. The warrant is however to take effect by 8am on October 5, 2016, if he fails to show up in court again.”
Among several charges, Goje, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, is accused of illegally awarding a N1bn contract for the supply of dictionaries to secondary schools while he was governor of the state.
At the last sitting, a prosecution witness, Salisu Abaji, said the ex-governor awarded a contract for the supply of dictionaries for over N1bn to Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board without following procurement process.
He was also alleged to have paid 85 per cent of the contract sum upfront to the supplier, Real and Integrated Hospitality Company, as against the prescribed 15 per cent as contained in the UBEB guidelines when he was the governor.
The prosecution witness, who is a former secretary to UBEB, made this testimony against his former boss.
He further submitted that one Aliyu el-Naffty, former UBEB chairman, also an accused person standing trial along with Goje, awarded the contract the same day and ordered the advance payment based on the directive of the then governor.
Another prosecution witness and former storekeeper to Gombe State Government House, Mr. Mohammed Aliyu, concluded his testimony by tendering receipts of all payments made to the food contractor to the government during the eight-year administration of Goje from 2003 to 2011.
However, Abaji admitted that he played a role in the award and payment of the said amount as upfront to the contractor.
This he did under cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mr. Adeniyi
Meanwhile, the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, said enforcement alone could not stop corruption, adding that the commission would also focus on preventive measures in the fight against corruption.
The EFCC boss said this at the unveiling of the EFCC Creative Youths Initiative against Corruption in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said, “We are the first to recognise that enforcement alone cannot win the war against corruption. Prevention is an effective and necessary weapon that must be employed in conjunction with enforcement, and there is no group of Nigerians better equipped to wield that weapon than the youth.
“Let us bear in mind that the task to rid the nation of the corruption cankerworm cannot be left to the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies alone. We are all stakeholders in the war and cannot let the future generations down; it is for their future that we must sacrifice our today. Let us work together for our dear nation; let us join hands to build for our children the future we desire.”
Magu said the EFCC would not relent in its efforts to rid the nation of corruption. He added that the commission would continue to recover stolen assets and funds.
“Let me clarify that EFCC will continue to vigorously enforce its mandate alongside engaging in preventive initiatives such as this. Therefore, even as we appeal to the old and the young to shun corruption and other forms of fraud, expect to see more investigations, more arrests, more trials, more convictions and more recovery of stolen assets,” Magu said.
The event attracted pupils from several schools across the country.
Aisha Buhari’s Future Assured partners with Medicaid Cancer Foundation in Kebbi State by yungcrae(f) : 11:49 pm On Oct 05, 2016
As part of the Pink October cancer awareness activities, the wife of the president is screening 1000 women for bre*st and cervical cancer free in Kebbi state. The screening is being carried out as a joint venture between the Medicaid Cancer Foundation, an initiative of the wife of the Kebbi State governor Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu and Future Assured, an initiative of Mrs Buhari. This is in addition to the 2000 being sponsored by the Kebbi state government.
The bre*st Cancer Awareness month activities began in Sir Yahaya Hospital Birnin Kebbi with training and capacity building for 66 healthcare workers in the state. The training is being carried out jointly by Medicaid Cancer Foundation, Society for Family Health and the Nigerian Medical Association.
In a live radio and tv show, Dr Bagudu spoke on the relevance of early detection and ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She also answered questions from callers. Women across Kebbi state have been mobilized for the screening which starts in Bunza on Thursday 6th October. In addition, a ‘See and Treat’ intervention method is being used for any positives picked for cervical cancer by use of cryotherapy on the spot.
MCF as an organization that has been in existence for the past 8 year and has been involved in awareness, screening and treatment of cancer patients who can’t afford this on their own
It is in light of this work the wife of the President of the is partnering with Medicaid Cancer Foundation to sponsor an additional 1,000 women for bre*st and cervical cancer screening and treatment in Kebbi State.
Mrs Buhari’s Future Assured is an initiative that improves the health and well-being of women and children through advocacy, community mobilization and health promotion.
The Medicaid Cancer Foundation an 8 year old is particularly worried about the increasing practice of bringing very late and graphic cases to public attention in the North especially through social media and wishes to promote skills that will make early detection of cases easier so that outcomes can be improved. All activities are in line with the National Cancer Policy.
1. Walk Against Cancer: Go Pink Walk- 8am, 7th October 2016.
2. Free Cervical and bre*st Cancer screening for women in 4 LGAs – Birnin Kebbi, Bunza, Arewa and Nagaski.
3. Training exercise for 66 health workers across the state on Cervical Cancer screening using visual inspection, Holding in Sir Yahaya General hospital From 4th October.
4. Setting up and donating start up materials to the 4 LGAs.
5. Media chats and sensitization forum in Waziri Umar Polytechnic, Bunza, Ngaski and Arewa LGAs.
6. Cancer awareness and Fundraising evening in support of Cancer victims in the state.
6. Launch of a film on Cancer awareness starring Rahama Sadau, and similar educative songs by rapper Morell and Sadiq Zazzabi
Several of Nigerian governors wives have NGOs that focus on Cancer advocacy and are expected to be in Kebbi State this week. They include Bolanle Ambode of Lagos, Florence Ajimobi of Oyo, and Amina Abubakar from Niger state.
FG to spend N150 Billion as intervention funds on tertiary education by yungcrae(f) : 12:02 am On Oct 06, 2016
The Federal Government plans to spend N150 billion as regular and normal intervention for public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education this year.
The government, which disclosed that tertiary institutions in the country were eligible to access the fund, said the cash would be disbursed to all beneficiary institutions in the country.
The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, spoke in an interview with reporters at the 7th TETFund interactive forum jointly organised by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) in Lagos with the theme: “Sustaining Education Tax Collections and Disbursements under a Depressed Economy.”
He explained that the cash would be released to the beneficiary institutions in trenches after they have met the conditions to access the funds.
Dr. Baffa added that private universities would not benefit from the disbursement of the cash.
He said: “We are proposing to spend N150 billion as regular, normal intervention and this is the one that is shared among the beneficiary institutions on equality of Universities, equality of Polytechnics and equality of Colleges of Education.
“All our beneficiary institutions are going to benefit; for all Universities, it is the same amount, for Polytechnics, the same amount and all Colleges of Education, the same amount.
“Private Universities will not benefit; no and not through the intervention of TETfund because TETfund is for public tertiary institutions defined by the law to mean public Universities, public Polytechnics and public Colleges of Education. There is no plan in the pipeline and not in the near future for public funds to be extended to private Universities.
“It is not about application, they are entitled to TETfund intervention and allocation is given to them. And so, it is only left for all beneficiary institutions to meet the requirements and conditions for access and they can draw. These conditions of access are very straightforward but the key thing is transparency and accountability.
“You can’t draw subsequent intervention until you account satisfactorily for the previous one. It is as simple as that. We have an excellent monitoring and evaluation system. We don’t release these funds 100 per cent. We release them in three trenches. If you meet certain conditions, we give you first trench. If you utilise that, we go to the field, monitor. And if we are satisfied that the money has been used judiciously and it has reached the level that it is expected, then we treat your request for second trench.
“We process your second trench releases, you go and utilise it, when you are done with using the second trench, you notify us. We come to the site, monitor and evaluate what you have done and then we will process your application for the last and final trench. So, it is all about transparency and accountability and judicious use of public funds in public interest.”
He stated that the oil sector accounts for 80 per cent of education tax collection in the country.
According to him, the FIRS has a major role to play by ensuring the improvement in the education tax collections that are made available to TETFund for disbursement to the public tertiary institutions.
Baffa said: “At the moment the oil sector accounts for about 80% of education tax collection. We are optimistic that when the non-oil sector is harnessed and developed, the economy would be a lot healthier with the attendant implication of national prosperity and development. We are very positive about the implication of this to education tax collections.
“We shall continue to keep our tab on all TETFund beneficiary institutions by ensuring all our guidelines and processes for accessing and utilization of interventions are strictly adhered to.
“We shall continue to be guided by our establishment Act in disbursing and distributing interventions equitably among the beneficiary institutions. And in all these, we shall continue to remain committed to protecting the public interest by ensuring that there is optimal value for money for every project in every beneficiary institution.”
He said President Muhammadu Buhari was deeply concerned about the low ranking of Nigeria’s university globally.
“Mr. President is deeply worried about the low ranking of Nigeria’s tertiary education institutions and so TETFund has been challenged to reverse the trend.
“To achieve this would require among other things focused and targeted inflow of funding in our beneficiary institutions through the fund.
“We also intend to work closely with regulatory bodies in the education sector such as the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to ensure that quality and standard are improved and sustained,” he added.
FG accuses Shell of stealing crude oil, demands $406m by yungcrae(f) : 12:15 am On Oct 06, 2016
The federal government is demanding $406.75 million at the minimum from the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and its surrogate Shell Western Supply & Trading Limited for alleged crude oil theft.
The amount, according to court papers in Lagos, represents the shortfall of the money paid by the multinational oil firm in the account of the Nigerian government with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), for crude oil lifted in 2013 and 2014, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday.
The federal government’s legal team led by Professor Fabian Ajogwu accused the Anglo-Dutch oil multinational of not declaring or under-declaring crude oil shipments during the period, following a forensic analysis of bills of lading and shipping documents.
Ajogwu, armed with sworn affidavits of three U.S.-based professionals, claimed that Shell cheated Nigeria of the revenue.
The three professionals employed
by the federal government are: Professor David Olowokere, a U.S. citizen who is the lead analyst at Loumos Group LLC, a technology and oil and gas auditing firm based in U.S.; and Mr. Jerome Stanley, a counsel in the law firm of Henchy & Hackenberg, a law firm based in U.S. and head of the legal team engaged by Loumo Group LLC.
The third professional is Mr. Micheal Kanko a citizen of the U.S. and resident of the state of Arizona, who is the founder and current chief executive of Trade Data services Company.
The experts were able to track the global movements of the country’s hydrocarbons, including crude oil and gas, with the main purpose of identifying the companies engaged in the practices that led to missing revenues from crude oil and gas export sales to different parts of the world.
In reconciling the export records from Nigeria, with the import records at ports in the United States of America, the experts found mind-boggling discrepancies.
The Nigerian government averred, for instance, that on the 6th of January 2013, the defendants lifted crude oil using the vessel AUTHENTIC and shipped same to BP Oil Supply of 28301 Ferry Road, Warrenville, Illinois, USA at the port of Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America.
The shipment had the bill of lading number ALMYSVDM161212A3. This particular shipment, the experts unearthed, was not declared to the relevant authorities in Nigeria, resulting in a shortfall of 660,712 barrels of crude oil in the value of $72,678,320 as revenue to the Government of Nigeria.
On the 3rd of January 2013, Shell and its surrogate company lifted crude oil that resulted in a shortfall of 979,031 barrels in the value of $107,693,410.
On the 14th of December 2014, Shell also lifted crude oil using the vessel EAGLE TUSCON and shipped same to Shell Deer Park of 5900 Texas 225, Deer Park, TX77536, USA at the port of Houston, Texas, United States of America, with bill of lading number AETK0909US14.
The shipment was not declared to the relevant authorities, resulting in a shortfall of 499,048 barrels of crude oil in the value of $54,895,280 as revenue to the Nigerian Government.
Shell, with its allied company, was also alleged at three different times to have shipped crude on board EAGLE TUSCON, EAGLE SEVILLE and OVERSEAS EVERGLADES that resulted in a shortfall of 3,697,737 barrels of crude oil, bringing the total value of the shortfall to $406,751,070.
Last January, the federal government, through its legal representative wrote a letter to the defendants drawing their attention to the discrepancies.
It asked them to clarify the discrepancies with documentation as a prelude to the repayment of the revenue and debt they now owe the government.
To date, the federal government has not received any payment from the defendants, pursuant to the said letter, nor the requested documents.
The federal government averred that it had suffered huge and enormous financial losses as a result of the defendants’ under-declaration of the value of the crude oil they lifted and exported to the U.S.
It is now seeking a court order compelling the two companies to pay into the Federal Government of Nigeria account with the CBN, the sum of USD 406,751,070, being the total value of the missing revenue from the shortfall/undeclared/under-declared crude oil shipments of the country, made by the companies to U.S.
The government is also demanding interest payment at 21 per cent per annum on the sum of $406,751,070 until the entire sum is liquidated.
Shell, in addition, is being asked to pay general exemplary damages in the sum of $406,751,070 and the cost of instituting the legal action.
The presiding judge, Mojisola Olatoregun Isola has adjourned till October 20, 2016 for mention of the case.
Nigeria has also sued Chevron, Total and Agip asking for a total of $12.7 billion for alleged non-declaration of some 57 million barrels of crude shipped to the U.S. between 2011 and 2014.
The oil firms are among up to 15 oil majors targeted by the Nigerian government for the recovery of $17 billion in deprived revenue.
CUSTOMS: Presidency, Customs vow to end smuggling of poisonous rice by yungcrae(f) : 1:05 am On Oct 06, 2016
The Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractices, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kebbi State government and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have resolved to check the massive smuggling of expired and poisonous rice into Nigeria by various land borders.
The agencies, at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, said intelligence report showed that batches of rice contaminated by dirty waters of the creeks through which they were smuggled were finding their way into various markets, which has made unsuspecting Nigerians consume poisonous rice capable of causing cancer and other ailments.
They also said rice preserved with poisonous chemicals and reagents were being shipped into the country from mostly Asian countries.
Speaking at the media briefing, Chairman, Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractices, Dahiru Ado Kurawa, explained that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was determined to end the importation of rice as the country has the capacity to cultivate rice to meet local demand.
He lamented that Nigeria remains the biggest importer of rice in the world, and the importation of rice through seaports puts heavy pressure on the nation’s foreign exchange.
He said about “600 million metric tonnes of rice is cultivated worldwide. Nigeria imports three million metric tonnes and of the 600mmt only 40mmt is traded internationally across borders. Meaning most countries cultivate and consume. That aside, 80 per cent of rice worldwide is cultivated in small farms of two hectares or less.”
In his remarks, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hammed Ali, stated that the service would deploy helicopters and drones to monitor the popular illegal routes used by smugglers to flood Nigeria’s markets with contaminated rice.
“We know there are porous borders all over Nigeria. We can’t cover all of them even if we’re to deploy all our men. So, we’re going to deploy helicopters and drones to patrol these borders because we’re determined to end smuggling via land borders; 99 per cent of all the smuggled rice is contaminated and unfit for consumption. That is why you see young people in Nigeria suffering cancer. So, if you must import rice, use the seaports,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Acting Director-General of NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said the agency was involved in the rice production value chain to ensure farmers stick to best practices.
“We’re not farmers but we’re deeply involved in the rice value chain. We ensure the rice is grown on proper soil, the proper fertilizer applied and the right processes and procedures followed,” she said.
Amaechi is behind gang-up against Jonathan – Niger Delta Group by yungcrae(f) : 2:33 am On Oct 06, 2016
The forum of Niger Delta Clan Chiefs and Elders has observed with dismay the heightened gang-up by political detractors within the current Government to completely tarnish the reputation of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
The forum which rose from an emergency meeting in Warri, Delta State, Tuesday, fingered the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi as being the arrowhead behind efforts to clamp down on former President Jonathan and his wife Patience Jonathan, with whom Mr. Amaechi has had a long history of political rivalry and conflict, respectively.
In a communique made available to the media, the group through its spokesman, Chief Comewell Derioteidou, urged President Buhari not to be further drawn into a conflict with the Niger Delta on the advice of enemies of the region, whose sole aim is political capital, but to see how amicable resolutions can be reached in order to douse escalated tensions and promote peace in the region.
The group expressed dismay that the statesmanship of the former President in conceding defeat voluntarily in spite of the many controversies surrounding the election is being mocked by the Nigerian nation and warned that the Niger Delta people will not sacrifice their own for Nigeria.
According to Chief Derioteidou,”Our people will not fold our arms and watch the good name of Jonathan destroyed by politicians. We have heard all sorts of amounts being bandied in the media against Jonathan’s wife and wonder why Abacha’s wife, YarAdua’s wife and the others who have universities in their name are not being subjected to the same scrutiny.
Why is Jonathan being picked on? What are they afraid of? Did he not leave them with the power?” The group further wondered why the Abachas who are renowned looters are enjoying clemency while leading voices of the Niger Delta are being clamped down.
“It portents danger for everyone,” the group added. “Crisis in the Niger Delta at this time of economic downturn is grave crisis for Nigeria. It is high time the attacks are put to an end. Amaechi and his buccaneers must know that they are not unknown to our people.” Chief Derioteidou maintained.
Gas shortages: Dangote Cement resorts to use of coal to power factory by yungcrae(f) : 3:03 am On Oct 06, 2016
would use 12,000 metric tonnes of coal each day, adding that the move was unusual in an era when power generation is shifting away from coal.
Coal used to generate U.S. power fell in April to its lowest monthly level since 1978, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a June report. Natural gas, meanwhile, surpassed coal as the United States’ top fuel source for the third straight month, the EIA said.
Currently, Nigeria is plagued by gas shortages with militants in the Niger Delta regularly disrupting Nigeria’s oil and gas production.
Dangote, Africa’s biggest cement producer, has an annual production capacity of 43.6 million tonnes and targets output of between 74 million and 77 million tonnes by the end of 2019 and 100 million tonnes of capacity by 2020. The company has invested more than $5 billion to expand outside its home market in the past few years.
Dangote said Nigeria has become a cement exporter generating $1.25 billion of sales as against annual imports of $2.5 billion which the country would have spent before the sector was liberalised in 2002.
BREAKING: Senate rejects Tinubu’s bill seeking special grant for Lagos by yungcrae(f) : 3:24 am On Oct 06, 2016
Consequently, the bill, SB 112, failed to scale second reading for committee stage.
It sought one per cent of federally generated revenue as special grant for Lagos State in view of the former Nigeria capital’s socio-economic significance.
More to come…
#WorldTeachersDay: Buhari remembers primary school teacher by yungcrae(f) : 3:50 am On Oct 06, 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari has joined people all over the world to mark the World Teachers’ Day.
On Twitter where #WorldTeachersDay is the top trend, the President remembered one of his primary school teachers, Kasimu Zangon-Daura.
“We Didn’t Know It Was CBN Governor’s Wife We Kidnapped” – Suspect by yungcrae(f) : 4:23 am On Oct 06, 2016
A member of the group that kidnapped Margaret, the wife of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, last week has said he and his gang members were not aware of the identity of the people they abducted.
Margaret and four other persons in her company were kidnapped on Friday along the Benin-Agbor Expressway by armed gunmen.
They were, however, set free less than 24 hours after.
But one of the suspects, Musa Muhammad, said they only embarked on random kidnapping without knowing the identity of their victims.
Muhammad and five other members of the gang, who have been identified as Fulani, are at present telling the police all they know about the kidnapping of Margaret at the headquarters of the Edo State Police Command in Benin.
Muhammad was said to have been arrested a few hours after they released Margaret.
He then led the police to the five other members of the gang who have been arrested so far.
Three other members of the gang are said to be on the run.
REVEALED: How officials steal food meant for people displaced by Boko Haram, IDPs narrate by yungcrae(f) : 6:23 am On Oct 06, 2016
Internally displaced persons in Borno State, who were sacked from their communities by Boko Haram, have accused camp officials of continuously stealing and selling food meant for them.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in early September ordered the new Inspector General of police to arrest all persons accused of stealing food meant for IDPs in Borno state.
The order was given shortly after the Nigerian Senate showed its anger over the same theft cases in the displaced persons’ camps.
Officials managing IDP camps within and around Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have always denied allegations of diverting food donated for the feeding of the displaced persons, mostly women and children.
The Medicines Sans Frontier last week issued a second statement this year in which it claimed hundreds of children with acute malnutrition face the risk of dying due to lack of sufficient relief aides and water.
But in Dalori camp, one of the largest in Borno State, residents said officials continued to keep them in hunger and deprivation because food items were being stolen secretly from the stores at night and taken to the open market for sale.
This was made known when the wife of the Borno State Governor, Nana Shettima, visited some of the camps on Tuesday to monitor the special feeding system for minors which was introduced when a Senate committee led by Oluremi Tinubu visited the camps last week.
The visiting senators had made a personal donation of N2 million to help the children under the age of seven feed properly.
Mrs. Shettima’s task was to ensure the mainly protein meals get to the kids.
The displaced persons, however, seized the moment to speak about their plight to the press.
Woroma Tijjani, a male IDP in his 60s said the food being dished out was grossly insufficient.
“The measure of grains or rice they give a family, for two or three days aren’t enough for just a day. But everyday at night we see them sneaking out our food and taking them outside.”
Fatima Uba, a female IDP from Bama, said “we know government do bring enough food into the camp and are being kept in the stores here; but they won’t bring out enough food for us to cook and eat.”
“The women in the kitchen won’t give us the raw food items to cook by ourselves. Instead, they would rather cook in the kitchen and then dish out portions that won’t be enough for us to feed.
“At night they usually connive with the store officials who would sneak out the food at night and the women would go to sell them for N800 ($2) a measure in the market.
“The officials too won’t listen to our complaints each time we tried to report the matter, because they make so much money from the sales.”
Earlier in August, there was a protest by displaced persons after which the Borno State Government banned central cooking of meals for the displaced persons
The government introduced household feeding system which allows the displaced persons to cook their own food, after receiving uncooked portions from camp officials.
gov-shettimaIn June 2016, the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, ordered the investigation and possible prosecution of camp officials accused of stealing from the camps’ food store.
It is unclear if the investigation panel made up of the police and other security agencies carried out the governor’s order.
Despite the earlier reports, the camp officials still steal food meant for IDPS, the displaced persons said.
An angry IDP, Ibrahim Ali, a retired local government worker, said, “it may be very difficult to stop them because the system is corrupted.”
“They always know how to cover their dirty tracks here in the camp because government officials lack the routine inspection system.”
Mr. Ali said the corrupt officials know beforehand when an investigation or inspection team is visiting, and they would quickly make things up.
“We don’t always get access to the top officials each time they come here.”
Senate President, Bukola Saraki has lost in his bid to have the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar excused from his trial.
The CCT Chair, in a ruling this morning, refused Saraki’s application to that effect.
Saraki is being tried over alleged corruption and false assets declaration.
Saraki had asked Umar to recuse himself from the trial for allegedly making some prejudicial comments in the course of proceedings.
The tribunal said the allegation by Saraki was unfounded, spurious and based on speculation.
It adjourned to November 7 for continuation of trial.
Fantastic corruption! Misgovernance is the worst form of corruption by yungcrae(f) : 7:15 am On Oct 06, 2016
In Act-V, Scene-IV of William Shakespeare’s play, Richard III, King Richard III yells out loudly this famous phrase, “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!” In the middle of a battle, his horse was killed, while the king wandered to find it in the battlefield for hours, killing everything coming his way with fatalistic rage.
In this play, Shakespeare shows that inconsequential things, like a horse, could become more important than a whole kingdom. The sense in this line is ironic, as King Richard III wanted something insignificant to complete an important task. The king here meant that if he did not find his horse, he would lose his kingdom.
This play graphically captures the present wild goose chase of the PMB administration’s so-called anti-graft war to the detriment of every other aspect of the nation.
Nigeria is crumbling
Right under our very nose, Nigeria is crumbling like a pack of cards, in a manner that is unquantifiable, unqualified and inexorable. Many Nigerians seem to be numbed and dumbfounded at this incongruity. How come the most prosperous country in Africa, number one, as rebased by World Bank and IMF, with over $500b, in 2015, has suddenly been brought to her knees in 16 months? There is mass disinvestment and capital flight. Nigeria’s economy recorded a total decline of $2.1bn in investment inflow to $647 million in PMB’s first year in office. From PDP’s fuel subsidy, APC now dishes out dollar subsidy.
It is often said that nothing in this life is new, and that whatever that is happening here today has happened somewhere before. Says Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been done will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” This is why many Nigerians are now clamouring for a paradigm shift of strategy on how to think outside the box and vote meaningfully during elections. To have leaders who are ill-equipped mentally and intellectually lead millions as a nation, in our present digital age, is most dangerous. This has been our quagmire as a people: Our inability to elect credible leaders, devoid of primordial parochial considerations.
Lord Chesterfield (1694 – 1773), British statesman and writer, once wrote:
“The perfect knowledge of history is extremely necessary; because, as it informs us of what was done by other people, in former ages, it instructs us what to do in the like cases. Besides, as it is the common subject of conversation, it is a shame to be ignorant of it.”
What manner of “Change”?
Many challenges we are currently facing in Nigeria already have solutions provided by the history of other nations far ahead of us, but who had experienced such challenges in the past. The problem is that our leaders lack capacity for research and a deep sense of world history, thus the ceaseless turpitude of misgovernance. A government that voluntarily promised us “change”, is suddenly “changing” the narrative, saying “change begins with me””. No sir, you voluntarily promised Nigerians change. We believed you. You cannot now rewrite history. We are suddenly being cajoled to believe that it is a crime for a Nigerian to send his children abroad to study, a culture Nigerians have enjoyed for over 300 years. Government is suddenly telling us it is treason to ride good cars, live in beautiful houses, or wear imported clothes. Even most of our nationalists of the 20s, 30, 40s, 50s and 60s schooled abroad. Indeed, Sapara Williams, the first Nigerian lawyer, was called to the English Bar (Middle Temple Inn), London, on 1st of November, 1879. Herbert Macaulay studied Civil Engineering in Plymouth, England from 1891 to 1894. Tafawa Balewa, former Prime Minister, schooled in the University of London Institute of Education in 1944. Zik of Africa schooled in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania, in 1932 and 1934, respectively. Obafemi Awolowo (degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of London and called to the English Inner Temple Bar on November 19, 1946). Ahmadu Bello (Local Government Administration, England, in 1948). Odumegwu Ojukwu, was sent by his father, Sir Louis Ojukwu, in 1946, to United Kingdom at the age of 13, to study at Epsom College and Lincoln College, Oxford University, England. Yakubu Gowon (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom, 1955 – 1956) and Ph.D, political science, University of Warwick, England, in 1983). Olusegun Obasanjo (MONS Officers Cadet School, Aldershot, England, 1958 – 1959 and at Wellington, India, in the 60s. Major Nzeogwu Chukwuma Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England, in the late 50s and early 60s).
So, who is browbeating us that it amounts to unnecessary “foreign taste” for Nigerians to train their children abroad, when our same leaders’’ children are all in Ivy League schools abroad, mostly with tax payer’s money? Who is fooling who? It is now suddenly a crime to be wealthy, or to have plenty money in your account, or even keep a domiciliary account. The naira is on a free fall like Esan Egbabonalimni acrobats (N120 naira to one Ghanaian cedi) and N500 to one US Dollar! Because investors and other Nigerians panicked and withdrew their money from bank vaults in one fell swoop once they were given a temporary reprieve from an earlier ill – advised ban. Voodoo economics! Government’s fiscal and monetary flip-flop has destroyed our naira. We are being forced to embrace poverty, destitution and hardship as puritanic virtues; to queue up for essential commodities (“Essenso”), as we did under the then General Buhari in 1984 – 1985.
Where are the trillions we were regaled with, as having been “recovered” from corrupt politicians, or repatriated from Dubai, UK, US, Switzerland, etc.?
How much TSA is idling away in the icy vaults of CBN? How much “loot” (a pet word), has been “recovered” from thieving politicians, with an insatiable bacchanalian propensity for primitive acquisition? Who are they? So much for bare-faced propaganda.
Many Nigerians have short memories, or deliberate selective amnesia. Like the Bourbons of European history, who learnt nothing and forgot nothing. I, for one, do not buy into such hogwash, balderdash, such poppy cock, such gibberish, gobbledygook and malarkey. Because the very purveyors of these ethical inanities, flap doodle and banality, are themselves swimming, with their families, in opulence, affluence and the good things of life, using our commonwealth resources. A leader should lead by example, not by precepts. A leader commands respect, not enforce it. A leader says do as I do, not do as I say. A leader leads from the front, not from the rear. A leader inspires, animates and enkindles, not discourages or distresses. Nigerians are being made sacrificial lambs on the altar of governmen’st indolence, cluelessness, ineptitude and directionlessness. We are worse off today than we were 16 months ago. The government has dragged us by the neck from prosperity to asphyxiating recession. Infrastructure has decayed abysmally, with virtually every national institution in tatters and schism. The World Bank has just authoritatively pronounced Nigeria, as a leading light in the unenviable league of the poorest nations in the world. Transparency International has even recently adjudged Nigeria as one of the most corrupt nations on the face of mother earth. All these, inspite of government’s much celebrated and trumpeted “anti-corruption war”. Elections are either made inconclusive, or brazenly rigged with official connivance, in a most atrocious, ignoble and hideous manner. Smiles have since turned to frowns, laughter to lamentations, plenty to want, joy to melancholy, celebration to grouch and hope to disillusionment. All these within 16 months! Nigeria appears to be driving on auto pilot, cataclysmically. God, please, come to our aid. You have always proven yourself to be a Nigerian!
At 56, Nigeria is still practising pseudo “feeding bottle” democracy, where popular dissent, criticism and plurality of ideas are treated as treason, with incredible paranoia on the part of government. Deification, fawning, canonisation, bootlicking and cult-worshipping of those at the helm of affairs, have become the order of the day. Ethno-religious crisis, mutual suspicion, nepotism, cronyism, tribalism, historical revisionism, political banditry, decimation of opposition, social crimes and economic anaemia have heightened, with mass retrenchment, unemployment and inflation on a geometrically spirally ascension. Hunger, squalor, despair, disillusionment, despondency, hopelessness, haplessness, pauperisation, witch-hunting, sensational media trials, pains, pangs, blood, anguish and gnashing of teeth, have enveloped our people. At 56, Nigeria still wears baby diapers, flogged, demeaned, degraded, raped, despised, vanquished and tormented by her own uncharitable and prodigal children, led by eccentric, self-centred and wayward leaders, since our flag independence in 1960. God, rescue us.
There is graveyard silence and morbid fear in the land. Freedom, liberties, human rights, rule of law, transparency and accountability are decimated, nay murdered. A bag of rice has risen geometrically from N7,000.00 in 2015, to over N20,000.00 now; fuel from N86.00 to N145.00 per litre; cement from N1,200.00 to N2,500.00, and still counting. Stealing, even of pots of soup, garri, beans, rice, condiments, etc., has become rampant. The new talk by government to sell the remaining commanding heights of our national assets and economy is corrupt, cheap and puerile. They now want to sell Nigeria to themselves. They have already sold our yesterday, mortgaged our today for peanuts, and now desire to auction our children’s future. Nigerians must rise up and say no to this “Alawada keri keri” histrionics, theatricality and buffoonery. Nigerians should resist this archetypal Nichollo Machiavellianism and sorry state of somnambulism.
Checkout What This 13-Year-Old Boy Did With Old Butter Tubs In Calabar (Photos) by yungcrae(f) : 8:02 pm On Oct 06, 2016
This is a story that originated from a colleague somewhere in Calabar. Read what he has to say below:
“The raw diamonds I’m always talking about…The ingenuity of people never ceases to amaze us. Tony is a 13-year-old boy who finds old margarine tubs and damaged solar panels from rubbish around the slum communities. He then wires it all up, connects a switch, lights and a USB charging point.
Now he can charge his phone and have light at night-time!
He’s made three families happy already by enabling them to have light in their household.
This the what Nigerian need and not BSc holders every where with empty brains”
See more photos: http://latestnigerianews.com.ng/checkout-what-this-13-year-old-boy-did-with-old-butter-tubs-in-calabar-photos/
Gov. Ambode Appoints US Fugitive As Lagos New DG Of Safety Commission by yungcrae(f) : 8:19 pm On Oct 06, 2016
lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode approved the appointment of Hakeem Olaogun Dickson as the new Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission on Tuesday.
Mr. Dickson previously served as an internal auditor at the now defunct Nigeria Airways before working as an accountant, auditor, and tax adviser for Coopers and Lybrand, CPA in Newark, New Jersey in the United States. He is currently the CEO of Citiwide Construction and Transport Nigeria Limited.
The soon-to-be public servant, however, was found guilty of committing credit card and bank fraud in 1992. A U.S. District Court in New Jersey sentenced him to 24 months incarceration, which would be followed by a “supervised release” of three years.
Mr. Dickson was discovered, however, to not have served his full sentence.
According to a legal brief, “For 20 years, Defendant [Mr. Dickson] successfully evaded all United States government efforts to locate and arrest him. He has not served the 24 months sentence lawfully imposed on him in June 1992.”
Read the court ruling below:
United States of America v. Hakeem Dickson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
May 8, 2012
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PLAINTIFF,
HAKEEM DICKSON DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Debevoise, Senior District Judge
Defendant, Hakeem Dickson, filed a motion seeking pursuant to 18 U.S.C.A. § 3585(b) to adjust his sentence of 24 months incarceration imposed upon him by this Court on June 25, 1992 by giving him credit for a total of 17 months he served on the same sentence in Lagos, Nigeria.
The facts are undisputed and present an unusual situation. On June 14, 1991 Defendant, a United States citizen, was arrested on a complaint charging him with bank and credit card fraud. On October 29, 1991 he pled guilty to Count One of a four count indictment which charged that from August 29, 1990 to September 10, 1990 he knowingly and willfully executed and attempted to execute a scheme to defraud a federally insured institution in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344 and 2.
On June 25, 1992 Defendant was sentenced to 24 months incarceration followed by a term of supervised release of 3 years. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $14,400. Voluntary surrender was ordered for August 3, 1992.
Intervening events, according to Defendant, caused him to fail to surrender. In the summer of 1992 violent clashes between Muslims and Christians occurred in Lagos, Nigeria. During these clashes two of Defendant’s sisters were killed and the family home was burned to the ground. Following his sentencing Defendant returned to Lagos to bury his sisters, assess the damage to his father’s house and to take his mother for treatment.
When Defendant arrived in Lagos, he was arrested at the airport and was told that since he was convicted in the United States he would also serve time in Nigeria. He was retained in custody until December 10, 1993, a total of 17 months.
Upon his release by the Nigerian authorities, Defendant apparently lived a constructive life in Nigeria, serving in public capacities. On December 4, 1998, he was elected Mayor of Surulere for a three year term. In 2004 he was appointed as Special Adviser to the Honorable Minister of Works, Senator Oluseye Ogunlewe for a period of four years with a focus on roads. He was also appointed as the special advisor to the then President of Nigeria. He served as a committee chairman of All Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) for the drafting of laws, regulations and punishments for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission. Considering the nature of Defendant’s criminal activities in the United States, these are remarkable posts for Defendant to have held. Defendant now owns a factory which manufacturers concrete blocks, paving stones and kerbs, employing 20 people.
It is on the basis of these facts that Defendant seeks to credit the 17 months he served in Nigeria against the 24 months sentence imposed in the United States on June 25, 1992. Although Defendant’s request has a certain common sense appeal, he has found no basis for it in the law.
The government has a slightly less benign account of the critical period. The government had urged at sentencing that Defendant be remanded forthwith or at least surrender to the Bureau of Prisons no later than the following Monday, June 29, 1992. The court noted that while on bail Defendant returned on three occasions after being given permission to leave the country. The Court also took account of Defendant’s wish to spend more time with his one year old son, who suffered severe medical problems. Thus the August 3, 1992 surrender date.
Defendant made no request for leave to depart from the country, and on September 23, 1992 the government advised the Court that Defendant had failed to surrender as ordered, and attempts to locate him were unsuccessful. The Court entered an Order revoking Defendant’s bail and issuing a warrant for his arrest. For the next 20 years Defendant successfully evaded all government efforts to locate and arrest him. The newly filed January 27, 2012 motion purports to fill the void. Defendant spent 17 months of the period in prison because of his United States conviction, and then went on to lead a successful political and business life.
18 U.S.C. § 3585(b), pursuant to which Defendant seeks credit for the 17 months he spent in prison in Nigeria, provides:
Credit for prior custody. A defendant shall be given credit toward the service of a term of imprisonment for any time he has spent in official detention prior to the date the sentence commences –
(1) as a result of the offense for which the sentence was imposed; or
(2) as a result of any other charge for which the defendant was arrested after the commission of the offense for which the sentence was imposed; that has not been credited against another sentence.
There is a serious question whether Defendant comes within the plain meaning of this provision. It is doubtful whether the 17 months imprisonment was “a result of the [scheme to defraud a federally insured institution] for which the [June 25, 1992] sentence was imposed” or “as a result of any other charge for which [Defendant] was arrested after the commission of the offense for which the [June 25, 1992 sentence] was imposed.
Regardless of the statutory construction, this Court does not have jurisdiction to grant the relief Defendant requests. The authority to grant credit pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3585 (b) rests solely with the Attorney General, acting through the Bureau of Prisons. United States v. Wilson, 503 U.S. 329, 334 (1992). The government cites in support of its position that § 3585 does not provide jurisdiction for the district court to adjust a sentence or grant credit in the manner requested by Defendant. Escribano v. Schultz, 330 Fed. Appx. 21, 24 (3d Cir. 2009); United States v. Kelly, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121183 (W. D. Pa. 2009).
For 20 years, Defendant successfully evaded all United States government efforts to locate and arrest him. He has not served the 24 months sentence lawfully imposed upon him in June 1992. The law forbids granting the relief he seeks, and the equities of the situation point to no other outcome. The motion will be denied. The court will file an order consistent with the foregoing.
The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday said religions abhor killing.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Abubakar spoke when Innocent Idibia, a musician popularly called 2Face, paid him a courtesy call in Sokoto.
Abubakar added that Islam and Christianity preached peace and love among their faithful.
According to the sultan, no human being can claim to love God without loving his neighbour.
“Religion is a personal choice of an individual. Therefore, nobody can force any religion on anybody. Suicide bombers are going to hell.”
Ekiti Begins Payment Of N5,000 As Social Welfare Stipend To 10,000 Residents by yungcrae(f) : 10:13 pm On Oct 06, 2016
The Ekiti State Government on Wednesday announced the commencement of the implementation of its Social Welfare Scheme for the needy, aged and unemployed.
Under the scheme, 10,000 beneficiaries already shortlisted, would receive N5,000 each monthly.
Gov. Ayo Fayose, who launched the scheme, said beneficiaries cut across various strata of the society.
He said the money was being paid directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
According to the governor, the programme was designed to reduce the financial challenges faced by the beneficiaries.
The governor assured that in spite the current economic downturn, his administration would still find ways of helping the downtrodden to enable them live in some level of comfort.
He said the beneficiaries cut across the physically-challenged, the albinos, visually-impaired, the aged, among others.
The governor said no fewer than 6,000 beneficiaries had their accounts credited with the money on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the kick-off date.
He explained that by directly crediting accounts of beneficiaries, the state was eliminating fraud and ensuring that the real beneficiaries get the money.
Nigeria’s economic crisis may spill to W’Africa – IMF by yungcrae(f) : 10:31 pm On Oct 06, 2016
The International Monetary Fund has warned that the current economic crisis in Nigeria may spill over to the rest of West Africa with negative consequences.
It also raised the alarm that Nigeria was spending too much of her revenue to service debts, noting that this was not sustainable.
The Assistant Director and Head of Fiscal Policy and Surveillance Division, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, Catherine Pattillo; and the Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, Vitor Gaspar, said this on Wednesday at a press conference on the IMF Fiscal Monitoring Report as part of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC, United States.
They insisted that the fact that about 45 per cent of the Federal Government’s revenue was being paid as interest on the nation’s debt was a worrying development.
Pattillo said, “The slump in oil production and slow growth have created challenges for Nigeria. But one statistic that is quite striking to me is that the debt profile is weakening and the interest account payment is more than 45 per cent of the Federal Government’s revenue. The priority is a big challenge.
“On the fiscal side, the important priority should be in safeguarding fiscal sustainability, which means, importantly to increase non-oil revenues and implement an independent price-setting mechanism that minimises fuel subsidy. So, these are two priorities, while also of course, improving public service delivery so that citizens can see the benefits of good governance and services financed by the government.
“So, these are the challenges. As you know, Nigeria is a very important economy in the African region and its success has positive spill over for the region, particularly in West Africa, and its challenges create difficulties for its neighbours.”
On his part, Gaspar said, “Message number one is that if you look at the global debt and deficit landscape in the world, you’ll see that the countries that have the highest public sector deficit are oil exporters; Nigeria is in debt and it is a country much hit by very low oil prices.
“That is a general message because it applies to oil exporters in general; the group of oil exporters have shared some characteristics.
“The most important point, in my view, is that for countries in sub-Saharan Africa to deliver on the SDGs, the key challenge is the building up of revenue mobilisation capacity through tax capacity building; that’s a key priority.”
He added, “These countries must improve their capacities to raise revenue, and why is that so? Because there is such need in term of public infrastructure, there is such need in terms of public education; there is such need in terms of health.
“For these group of countries, public finance/fiscal policy is part of the overall development strategy, and in that, tax capacity is a fundamental cornerstone.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has condemned multilateral funding agencies and Western nations for blocking an attempt by Nigeria to generate electricity from coal on the excuse that the project is not ‘green’.
She said this at the ongoing annual meetings of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, United States of America on Wednesday.
According to her, it is hypocritical to block the project at a time Nigeria needs power most.
Although Adeosun did not give details of the project, she said it was blocked because of its likely contribution to carbon emission, but noted that most developed countries still relied on coal as a means of generating electricity.
The minister, who spoke on infrastructure funding for Africa, said, “I think there is a need for consistency around bankable projects that can attract investments. Yes, we do need macroeconomic stability. We also do need consistency of policies by the multilateral institutions and Western countries.
“Let me give you an example. In Nigeria, we have coal and there is power inadequacy. It doesn’t take a genius to work out what it will take to get coal-fired power. Yet, we are being blocked. I think there is some hypocrisy in that. We have an entire Western industrialisation that was built on coal-fired energy and that is the competitive advantage that has been used to develop Britain, where I grew up. Now, Africa wants to do it, and they are saying it’s not green, we can’t do it and that we should go and do solar and wind, which are the most expensive power projects in the world.
“Yes, we are going to have the narrative around infrastructure; we must invest in infrastructure, but we must also make sure the playing field is level. The West, after polluting the atmosphere for 100 years, and when Africa wants to explore its resources, they say no.
“Yes, we would come up with bankable projects and we would behave ourselves, but I think we also need to be firm.”
Top Nollywood and Ghollywood actor Majid Michel is now a minister of God. Not only is he constantly sharing the word of God on his IG page, he now goes from church to church to minister. On October 4, the Ghanaian actor was seen ministering at a Church – Zoe Sanctuary where he performed deliverance. See more photos after the cut…
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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday announced that it had commenced the integration of biofuels production from selected energy crops through its agriculture development programme.
It stated that it had started mobilising to site on a first large-scale commercial biofuels venture in Nigeria, adding that it would plant an energy crop known as Jatropha and convert the extracted oil from its seeds to biodiesel to fuel diesel engines.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed this during the Environment Dialogue on the Diversification of the Nigerian Economy – the Role of Jatropha.
The GMD explained that the increasing negative impact on the environment due to the exploitation of fossil fuels was promoting a global search for alternative energy that could be obtained from renewable sources.
Baru, who was represented by the Group General Manager, Renewable Energy Division, Mr. Rabiu Sulieman, said, “As one of its key focus areas, the NNPC is currently diversifying its products portfolio for enhanced and sustainable energy mix. This, we are doing by integrating biofuels production from selected energy crops with a robust agric development programme.
“Based on commercial considerations, Jatropha ranks second to oil-palm as the biofuel of choice for biodiesel production in the NNPC biofuels programme.
Baru said, “Though the feedstock for this first project slate is sugarcane, we intend to cultivate Jatropha plants around the peripheries of the plantation and sidelines of the internal road network.
“This will safeguard against livestock encroachment, while the oil that will be extracted from the Jatropha seed will be converted to biodiesel to fuel the diesel engines of the plantation machineries.”
Meanwhile, Global oil benchmark, Brent crude, traded above $52 per barrel on Wednesday for the first time since June, as data showed a fifth straight weekly decline in the United States crude inventories.
Dino Melaye Buys 93-Year-Old N180Million Rolls Royce From US (Photos) by yungcrae(f) : 11:23 pm On Oct 06, 2016
SENATOR Otunba Dino Melaye is in the news again! This time, he has not challenged the Lion and Jewel of Bourdillion to a fight.
Latest information is that Melaye, Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), representing Kogi West in the National Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has bought a classic Rolls Royce estimate at $400,000 (N180 million).
A report revealed that the Rolls Royce was acquired two years ago in Las Vegas, United States of America.
The picture of the Rolls Royce was secretly taken in his garage, during a visit to his residence in the high brow Maitama District of the FCT in Abuja, during a visit on Wednesday.
A source close to the Senator described Senator Dino Melaye as “very smart, he actually got the car from Las Vegas two years ago. At that time, he was busy committed with anti-graft crusade as Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) but decided to keep it in secrecy.”
Checks have confirmed that the Rolls Royce which is a 1923 model is 93 years old, and is used by only a few persons in a special grade.
While no reason has been given why Dino Melaye had decided to keep it for the last two years unannounced, it is believed that he would steal the show in the National Assembly whenever he brings the car.
Breaking news: Gunmen invade Lagos school, kidnap principal by yungcrae(f) : 1:58 am On Oct 07, 2016
Gunmen suspected to be militants on Thursday morning invaded Igbo Nla Model College in Epe, Lagos, whisking away the principal.
It was however unascertained if students of the college were kidnapped, as there were contradictory reports as at the time of filing this report.
It was learnt that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Sqaud (SARS) have been deployed on a rescue mission in the school.
Gunmen have abducted a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Mr. Nnamdi Abbah.
This came less than 24 hours after another chieftain of the party, Mr. Boris Neenwi, was killed in Tai Local Government Area of the state.
Meanwhile, Senator Magnus Abe has condemned the alleged murder of his supporter, Boris Neenwi and three others in Tai LGA on Monday.
Abe, who is the senatorial candidate of the APC in Rivers East senatorial district, called on the Inspector General of Police to unmask the killers.
Speaking through his media aide, Mr Parry Benson, he described the late Boris as his staunch supporter, adding that the deceased just completed a law degree programme.
In a similar vein, the APC condemned the reported murder, saying that the victims were shot dead in Tai local government.
Meanwhile, Abbah, who is a former Caretaker Committee Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area of the state, was taken away by gunmen, Tuesday night on Elekahia axis of East-West road, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
The victim, according to a source that pleaded anonymity, was kidnapped around 8pm while returning to his house.
The source said that the victim was driving towards Obiri Ikwerre end when he was stopped by the gunmen around Elekahia and taken away.
Confirming the incident, Chizy Enyi, who is a close relation, said no contact had been established between the family and the kidnappers after the incident.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni said: “I am not aware of it yet. I will find out from the DPO in that area.”
Meanwhile, APC chairman in the state, Dr Davies Ikan, reacting to the killing of Neenwi, gave the names of the others killed alongside with him as Manager Nkoba (male), Nornubari Love day (male) and Cecilia Loveday, a female.
He said: “Monday, October 3, 2016 was another sad day for members of the Rivers State APC, as a prominent member of the party, Neenwi, was felled by the bullets of assassins in Nonwa Tai. Killed alongside Neenwi were Manager Nkoba, Nornubari Loveday and Cecilia Loveday.
”Neenwi was a former Councillor, who hailed from Yeghe community. He recently finished his law programme from the University of Maiduguri.
“We call on security agencies in Rivers State and at the federal level to leave no stones unturned to ensure that all those who have a hand in the killing of Neenwi and the young people who were gruesomely killed along with him are apprehended and made to face justice,” he said.
[BREAKING] Recession: National Assembly invites Buhari by yungcrae(f) : 3:57 am On Oct 07, 2016
The National Assembly has passed a motion to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to address the legislature on efforts being made by his administration to on the current economic recession.
The Senate passed the motion on Thursday in concurrence with the House of Representatives.
House of Reps to Investigate N65 ATM Charges By Banks by yungcrae(f) : 4:15 am On Oct 07, 2016
The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to investigate the N65 being charged customers by commercial banks for Automated Transaction Machine (ATM).
The house directed its Committee on Banking and Currency to investigate the charge and other related rates paid by banks’ customers.
The resolution followed a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance moved by Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP-Kogi), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigerian banks charge N65 extra on other banks ATM different from the holders’ bank after each third transaction.
Moving the motion, Yusuf expressed concern that banks across the country had been extorting N65 from customers from every bank transaction while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) failed to act.
He said that recently, banks in the UK were asked to pay customers monies collected from them in the name of bank charges.
Also contributing on the matter, Hon. Aminu Suleiman (APC-Kano) accused the CBN of not doing its job as a regulatory agency.
The house referred the matter to the Banking and Currency committee and was directed to report back in four weeks for further legislative action.
‘22 top federal officials sacked over budget padding’ by yungcrae(f) : 4:41 am On Oct 07, 2016
A total of 184 civil servants were disciplined for their different roles in the padding of the 2016 budget.
This was contained in Buhari’s authorised biography, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, written by Prof. John Paden and presented to the public on Monday.
Of the 184, Paden said 22 top officials were dismissed from service.
He said the President viewed the padding as an attempt to scuttle his administration’s innovations, hence his decision to wield the big stick against the culprits.
The author wrote, “Buhari himself was frustrated by earlier padding of the budget by bureaucrats in some of the ministries.
“This was interpreted by the Buhari team as an attempt to scuttle the innovations proposed by the President by inflating their costs.
“When Buhari found out, he was reported to be angry and ordered a purge of the ministries involved from the Director-General down.
“Twenty-two top officials were dismissed, including the budget director. In all, 184 civil servants were disciplined.”
He added that even after the budget had been adjusted downward by the National Assembly, the country would still have to borrow $3.5bn, as a result of the drop in oil prices.
In February, Buhari had while addressing the Nigerian community in Saudi Arabia, vowed that all those involved in the padding of the 2016 national budget, which led to the discrepancies in the document, would face severe punishment.
He had said the alterations, which he described as embarrassing and disappointing, made the document, being debated in the National Assembly at that time, completely different from what was prepared by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
Describing those responsible for the distortion of the budget proposals as entrenched interests, the President had said since he had been holding public offices, he had never heard about budget padding before the incident.
Buhari had added, “The culprits will not go unpunished. I have been a military governor, petroleum minister, military Head of State and headed the Petroleum Trust Fund.
“Never had I heard the words budget padding. Our Minister of Budget and National Planning did a great job with his team.
“The minister became almost half his size during the time, working night and day to get the budget ready, only for some people to pad it.
“What he gave us was not what was finally being debated. It is very embarrassing and disappointing. We will not allow those who did it to go unpunished.”
Reaffirming his government’s zero tolerance for corruption, Buhari said the war against corruption was a monumental task that he was determined to tackle successfully.
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