Terrorists Who Tried To Kill Me Still Legally Active In Nigeria – Weekly Quotes

A photo collage used to illustrate the story.

 

The security of lives and properties remains the main responsibility of all governments in the world and concerns have continued to grow regarding operations of various groups threatening global peace.

This concern plays a major role in building our quotes for the past week. While Nigeria still battles to get rid of bandits and the Boko Haram sect, President Erdogan of Turkey hinted within the week that there might be yet another group to worry about.

Below are major quotes from last week, selected from some of the stories we have published, that mirror the greater phase of what transpired between October 17 to October 23; they are not just showcasing Nigeria’s challenges but what the world is grappling with.

1. “The perpetrator of the heinous failed coup of July the 15th, FETO, is still illegally active in Nigeria, and we are continuously sharing our intelligence with the Nigerian interlocutors and authorities.”

President Muhammadu Buhari received the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the State House, Abuja.

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey says members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) that attempted to push him out of power on July 15, 2016 through a failed coup are currently in Nigeria.

 

2. “Nigeria is an important strategic partner of China in Africa. China-Nigeria cooperation has been the pacesetter of China-Africa cooperation.’’

This video grab taken on May 18, 2020 from the website of the World Health Organization shows Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech via video link at the opening of the World Health Assembly virtual meeting from the WHO headquarters in Geneva, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. World Health Organization / AFP.

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will use the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Nigeria to promote a strategic partnership to new heights.

 

3. “The launch of the eNaira is a culmination of several years of research work by the Central Bank of Nigeria in advancing the boundaries of payments system in order to make financial transactions easier and seamless for every strata of the society.”

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The Central Bank of Nigeria reveals that President Muhammadu Buhari will unveil the eNaira on Monday.

 

4. “Abdullahi Umar Usman is by way of financial transaction connected to Surajo Abubakar Muhammad (who was sentenced to life imprisonment in UAE on charges of financing terrorism [Boko Haram]). This report shows the nexus between separatists’ agitation, terrorism financing, and disruptions of peace in the country.”

A file photo of Mr Sunday Adeyemo.

 

The Nigerian Government says it has established a connection between Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, and a firm being investigated for terrorism.

 

5. “I say with all confidence that I do not think that the Nigerian Government possesses the political will to end police brutality because they benefit from our indignity; they lack proactive action, political will, and implementation of policies.”

ENDSARS Advocate, Rinu Oduala

 

#EndSARS advocate, Rinu Oduala, criticizes the Nigerian Government, saying it lacks the political will to end police brutality across the nation.

 

6. “One year later, and despite ample opportunities for the families of those allegedly killed and those alleging a massacre to present evidence, there has been none: No bodies, no families, no convincing evidence, nothing. Where are the families of those who were reportedly killed at the toll gate? Did they show up at the Judicial Panel of Inquiry? If not, why?”

A file photo of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

 

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed claims there is no evidence to show that any protester was killed at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020.

 

7. “Speak out against the invasion of communities in Nigeria by your kinsmen from foreign countries.”

File photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom asks Fulanis, indigenous in Nigeria, to speak out against the invasion of communities in Nigeria by their kinsmen from other nations.

 

8. “Yesterday (Wednesday), we saw a protest in Lagos and everybody that was arrested in connection with the protest has been released, except an individual that was caught with dangerous weapons and who confessed to the police that he joined the protest to cause mayhem.”

In this photo taken on August 23, 2021, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, briefs reporters on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says he has ordered the release of those arrested during the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests in the state.

 

9. “Any politician caught encouraging illicit drug use won’t be spared.”

File photo of NDLEA Chairman, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd)

 

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, warns politicians against sponsoring or encouraging the use of illicit drugs.

 

10. ‘‘As a positive outcome, eight major Agreements/MoUs on a number of the key sectors including Energy, Defense Industry, Mining and HydroCarbons among others were signed today. We have agreed that implementation is to commence immediately.”

President Erdogan and President Buhari exchange pleasantries

 

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina revealed that Nigeria and Turkey have signed eight major Agreements and Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) on a number of the key sectors.

 

11. “Politics is not something that should cause anybody to lose his or her life. We are moving towards the electioneering period, and I just want to use this opportunity to appeal to you all.”

A photo combination of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.
A photo combination of Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde announces an end to the political difference between him and the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose.

13. “It will be a flash in the pan. Some legislators will get pissy. And then in a few weeks, they will move onto something else. Meanwhile, we are printing money in the basement, and we are fine.”

This handout image obtained November 4, 2019 courtesy of Facebook, shows the new company logo for Facebook. Eric BARADAT / FACEBOOK / AFP

 

A former Facebook worker reportedly tells US authorities that the platform has put profits before stopping problematic content, weeks after another whistle-blower helped stoke the firm’s latest crisis with similar claims.

 

13. “I have ordered our foreign minister to declare these 10 ambassadors as persona non grata as soon as possible.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, his wife, Dr Aisha M Buhari, President of Turkey H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan accompanied by his wife during the Visit at the State House Abuja.

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells his foreign minister to expel the ambassadors of 10 countries including Germany and the United States who appealed for the release of a jailed civil society leader.

 

We Will Not Be Distracted, Our Convention Still Holds In October – PDP

A photo of the Peoples Democratic Party's emblem.
A photo of the Peoples Democratic Party’s emblem.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention Organising Committee (NCOC) says it will go with the planned National Convention scheduled for October 30 and 31, 2021.

In a statement on Sunday, the Secretary of the NCOC, Governor Seyi Makinde, said the convention will take place regardless of the “distraction” posed by a case instituted at the High Court in Kaduna to prevent the event from being held.

The case, which was launched by Uche Secondus, suspended chairman of the PDP, sought to stop the preparation for the convention, pending the hearing of his chairmanship case in the court of appeal.

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While playing down Secondus’ suit, Governor Makinde said the party is “aware of the actions of a few misguided PDP members who have approached the High Court in Kaduna in an attempt to prevent our great party, the PDP from holding its National Convention on October 30 and 31, 2021.

“Notwithstanding their right to approach a court of competent jurisdiction to air their grievances, we maintain that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP has acted in good faith in fixing our convention for October 30 and 31. It is not meant to witch-hunt anyone or to truncate anyone’s mandate,” the statement added.

“Therefore, we call on all members and supporters of the PDP to ignore this distraction as we prepare to host a convention that will send a clear signal to Nigerians that the PDP is the only party that has the will and the might to rescue Nigeria from the catastrophe that we have been enduring for the past six years.

“We are aware that a clearly united PDP is a threat to the forces that seek to divide us. Therefore, we urge our teeming supporters nationwide to keep the faith as we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that we will not be distracted from our goal.”

The governor further noted that the PDP is determined to strengthen its party structure and to put in the work needed to unify and restore the nation back on the path to economic prosperity and greatness.

On behalf of the PDP, Makinde urged all party faithful to continue to rally support even as the opposition political party prepares to host its National Convention.

Ogoni 9: We Demand Exoneration Not Pardon For Saro-Wiwa, Others – KSWF

 

 

A file photo of the late activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. Photo: [email protected] Saro-Wiwa.

 

The Board of Directors of Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation (KSWF) says they will not accept the proposal by President Muhammadu Buhari to grant pardon to Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni activists executed by the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, in 1995.

In a statement signed on behalf of the board of directors by Dr. Owen Wiwa, the KSWF asked President Buhari to grant their earlier request for the exoneration of Saro-Wiwa and eight others made by the family of the late activist.

“Ken Saro-Wiwa and the other eight Ogonis were not criminals. They were innocent activists unjustly murdered for fighting for a just cause on behalf of their oppressed community.

“The path to true peace in the region begins with justice. The cleaning up of the environment for which they campaigned and died for is a first good step.

“The exoneration of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni activists, judicially murdered on November 10 1995 is another step towards peace.

“The family of Ken Saro-Wiwa have made a request for the exoneration of Ken Saro-Wiwa to the President in the past and are still waiting for a response. We urge the President to again consider this request as a path to justice and peace.

“The family and the Foundation have not asked any individual to ask for pardon or clemency for Ken Saro-Wiwa on our behalf, nor are we aware of any group of Ogonis making such a request,” the statement read.

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On Friday, President Buhari had in a statement by his special media aide, Femi Adesina, urged Ogoni leaders to sensitise indigenes on the value of protecting national assets like pipelines and other oil installations.

The president had noted that willful damages usually create more havoc on the environment and hamper development in the area.

In his address to the Ogoni leaders, President Buhari said the Federal Government is committed to the cleaning up of Ogoniland so that indigenes can regain their lives, return to farms and reactivate economic activities.

“You will need to educate the people of Ogoniland and the region more that when pipelines are broken; the damage is more to the immediate environment and the people. The majority farmers and fishermen struggle because the fishes now move to the deep sea,’’ he said.

The President said bad industry practices coupled with security challenges had resulted in massive spills with attendant environmental degradation of Ogoni, leading to agitations and strife.

Buhari also stated that the government would end all pending issues on sons of Ogoniland.

“Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished representatives of the people of Ogoni Land, I note the need to ensure completion of a segment of the East-West road traversing Ogoniland, and steps will be taken to ensure delivery under the Infrastructure Development Fund as earlier conceived. We intend to complete this vital artery of Nigeria.

“Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring clemency and national integration as part of this administration’s bid to lay the foundation for genuine reconciliation and bring closure to the issues of Ogoniland.

“The unfortunate incidents of the early 1990s leading to the loss of lives of distinguished sons of Ogoniland and the collateral judicial processes are indelible in our memories.

“Despite the grievous circumstances, the Federal Government will consider the request for the grant of pardon to finally close the Ogoni saga,’’ President Buhari noted.

According to the President, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), had been granted a license to operate OML11, which will stimulate economic activities and integration in the zone.

Anambra Polls: Ensure No Group, Individual Stirs Chaos, Buhari Tells Security Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a security meeting in Abuja on October 21, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies to ensure that no group or individual is allowed to stimulate anarchy and chaos in Anambra State.

According to the president, peace must be maintained in Anambra, even if it requires dominating the state ahead of the governorship election scheduled for November 6.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, disclosed this after a security meeting presided by President Buhari at the State House on Thursday.

He explained that the President gave the injunction because the implications of sabotage by non-state actors on the Anambra poll would set a dangerous precedence for future elections in the country.

In a similar vein, Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, said the security alert level in Anambra needed to be upped in a bid to ensure that people were not disenfranchised in the coming election.

At a media chat following a meeting with the President, the minister noted that escalating security within Anambra was done purposely to wither the operations of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and to engender a calm atmosphere and embolden the people to vote.

President Buhari having a chat with Vice President Osinbajo.

 

Before the briefing by his cabinet members, President Buhari presided over a security meeting with the nation’s service chiefs and heads of intelligence agencies.

The meeting was attended by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, among others.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, led the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, and other security chiefs to the meeting.

Mr Monguno having a chat with the service chiefs.

 

They are Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao; Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

Although the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, was absent at the meeting, he was represented by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sanusi Lemu.

NHRC Chief, Ekiti AG, 70 Others Elevated To SAN

The Nigerian Bar Association is the umbrella body of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in the country, and a member of all statutory bodies that regulate the Nigerian Bar and Bench.

 

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee has elevated 72 lawyers to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

In Nigeria, the SAN is awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, is expected to swear in the new senior advocates during an inauguration ceremony to be held on December 8 at the Supreme Court premises in Abuja.

Notable among the newly-elevated lawyers are the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Dr Anthony Ojukwu, and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Ekiti State, Olawale Fapohunda.

Below is a full list of those to be conferred with the honour:

ACADEMICS

Prof Bankole Akintoye Sodipo

Prof Christian Chizundu Wigwe

Prof Ajagbe Toriola Oyewo

Prof Rasheed Jimoh Ijaodola

Prof Oluyinka Osayame Omorogbe

Dr Josephine Aladi Achor Agbonika

Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi

Prof Edoba Bright Omoregie

Prof Abiola Olaitan Sanni

Dr Anthony Ojukwu Okechukwu

ADVOCATES

George Audu Anuga

Simon Asember Lough

Eko Ejembi Eko

Ayo Abraham Olorunfemi

Reuben Okpanachi Atabo

John Ogwu Adele

Shaibu Enejoh Aruwa

Eyitayo Ayokunle Fatogun

Jacob Johnson Usman

Tajudeen Olaseni Oladoja

Salman Jawando Ayinla

Adeola Rasaq Omotunde

Mathew Gwar Bukka

Mohammed Ndayako

Hassan Usman El-Yakub

Ishaq Magaji Hussaini

Samuel Atung

Mohammed Abdulhamid

Kabiru Aliyu

Mohammed Abdulaziz Sani

Uche Sunday Awa

Uchenna Chinyere Ihediwa

Philip Ndubuisi Umeh

Peter Aguigom Afuba

Felix Anayo Onuzulike

Benjamin Chukwudi Uzuegbu

Benjamin Nworah Osaka

Ikenna Okoli

Edwin Sunday Chukwujekwu Obiora

Emeka Jude-Philip Obegolu

Clement Onwuenwunor

Chijioke Ogugua Precious Emeka

Anthony Obinna Mogboh

Victor Ugwuezumba Opara

Kamasuode Wodu

Charles Udoka Ihua-Maduenyi

Sammie Abiye Somiari

Ogaga Ovrawah

Charles Dumbiri Mekwunye

Ikeazor Ajovi Akaraiwe

Marcellous Eguvwe Oru

Mark Okebuinor Mordi

Ehiogie West-Idahosa

Fredricks Ebos Itula

Ibrahim Idris Agbomere

Anthony Ademuyiwa Adeniyi

Bolarinwa Olotu

Adekola Olawale Fapohunda

Adekunle Akanbi Ojo

Olaotan Olusegun Ajose-Adeogun

Rotimi Sheriff Seriki

Olukayode Oluwole Adeluola

Adeyinka Moyosore Kotoye

Oluwasina Olanrewaju Ogungbade 65. Afolabi Fatai Kuti

Francis Omotosho

Ayodeji Adedipe

Adeleke Olaniyi Agbola

James Akingbola Akinola

Muritala Oladimeji Abdul-Rasheed

Dauda Adekola Mustapha

Kazeem Adekunle Gbadamosi

P&ID Scandal: EFCC Re-Arraigns Nolan, Two Others

James Nolan was arraigned by the EFCC in Abuja on October 18, 2021.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday re-arraigned two British nationals, James Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), before Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

They were re-arraigned for their alleged complicity in the controversial Process and Industrial Development gas processing contract, leading to the $9.6 billion arbitral award to P&ID Limited by a United Kingdom commercial court.

The defendants, both directors of Goidel Resources Limited – a Designated Non-Financial Institution (DNFI) – and ICIL Limited, were re-arraigned on 32 counts bordering on money laundering.

Count 21 of the charge read, “That you, ICIL LIMITED, JAMES RICHARD NOLAN and ADAM QUINN (at large) between January and December 2008 in Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, used the total sum of N52,202,392.91 when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed proceed of your unlawful activities to wit: tax evasion and failure to submit value added tax returns, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).

Another count read, “That you, ICIL LIMITED, JAMES RICHARD NOLAN and ADAM QUINN (at large) between January and December 2009 in Abuja within the Abuja Judicial Division of the Federal High Court, used the total sum of N26,366,748.91 when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed proceed of your unlawful activities to wit: tax evasion and failure to submit value added tax returns, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (2) (d) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 (as amended by Act No. 1 of 2012).”

After the charges were read to them, the third defendant (Nolan) pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges.

Quinn, who is at large, was not available to take his plea but the prosecuting counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, requested that his plea be recorded as “guilty” which the judge granted.

In view of Nolan’s not guilty plea, Iheanacho asked the court for a trial date.

The defence counsel, Micheal Ajara, on his part applied to the court for the defendant to continue enjoying the bail granted to him by Justice Okon Abang, which the prosecuting counsel did not oppose.

Justice Okorowo, thereafter, adjourned the matter until December 13 for the commencement of the trial.

Delisting CJTF From Groups Recruiting Children, A Step Forward – UNICEF

UNICEF is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world.
UNICEF is one of the world’s most recognised social welfare organisations.

 

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the delisting of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) from the United Nations Secretary-General’s report on Children and Armed Conflict as one of the armed groups recruiting and using children in north-east Nigeria, is one step forward for child protection.

“This is a welcome development for the children of Nigeria,” UNICEF Chief of Maiduguri Field Office, Phuong Nguyen, said on Monday. “But we must remember that this is the first step in a long journey.

“I urge the leadership of the CJTF to establish child protection units across its offices to prevent future recruitment and use of children and consistently model its agreement to not use children for any kind of role.”

In his latest report released this year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres credited the delisting to a significant reduction in the number of children recruited into the ranks of the CJTF and the group’s commitment to the implementation of an action plan it signed with the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) in 2017 to stop the recruitment and use of children.

Children have borne the brunt of the protracted conflict in north-east Nigeria. At least 3,500 young children were recruited by parties to the conflict as combatants between 2013 and 2020.

Girls and boys have been used as suicide bombers, spies, labourers, cooks, messengers, and wives. Girls recruited by armed groups often suffer gender-based violence, including rape.

Children used as soldiers are at great risk of death or disability while undergoing armed training and initiation rites, as well as during combat.

They are forced to witness or participate in tortures and killings, triggering lifelong physical and mental health challenges. Similarly, they are denied access to education, nutrition, and conducive living conditions, among other grave violations of their rights.

“Recruiting children into armed groups steals their innocence and the protection they need,” Nguyen added. “We should not forget – deploying children as soldiers imperils peace and perpetuates the cycle of generational violence.

“I call on other armed groups and parties to the conflict to immediately stop the recruitment of children and safely reintegrate them with their families and communities, where they belong.”

Formed in 2013 with the aim of supporting efforts of the Nigerian military to protect communities from Boko Haram attacks, the CJTF expanded in size and influence in the region.

At the height of its operations in 2016, the group was listed in the annexes of the Secretary- General’s Annual Report for Children and Armed Conflict for the recruitment and use of children.

Since signing the 2017 Action Plan, however, the CJTF has released more than 2,000 children from its ranks, with many of the children enrolled in school and provided with psychosocial support by UNICEF.

Ranching Is Private Business, Acknowledge Edo Method – Obaseki Tells FG

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that ranching is a private business and must be treated as such.

Speaking after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday, Obaseki said Edo people would rather invest privately in the ranching business. Obaseki told newsmen at the State House that the clashes between farmers and herders could be resolved with a full implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP).

He, however, urged the Federal Government to “acknowledge” the Edo State model. Throwing some more light on the model of his state, Obaseki said those involved in ranching are expected to provide the land.

The governor stated that during his interaction with President Buhari, he tabled his people’s opinion as regards the ranching practice. Further making a case for his state, Obaseki said the NLTP should be able to “help Edo people benefit from the funding that is now being made available for people who want to go into the livestock business and have made investments in ranches and other similar livestock programmes,”.

Obaseki explained that the private view of the ranching exercise is a key reason the Edo State Government is yet to promulgate a law banning open grazing.

“As you know, most southern states have passed laws relating to open grazing but Edo State has not. Because we want to ensure that whatever laws we pass are laws that we can enforce.”

At the briefing, the governor also debunked rumours suggesting that he would be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated that as a politician of repute, his conscience would not allow him to betray those who gave him shelter when there was a political storm.

Obaseki explained that he did not leave the APC on his own terms, but was forced out, an action he says will not allow him to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)where he got support in his time of need.

“I think I’ve shown that I’m a politician with integrity and I have made it very clear that I didn’t leave the other party on my own. I was pushed out of the party, and someone else gave me cover, gave me an opportunity.

“It will not be the right thing to do to now leave who helped you, who gave you the umbrella in your storm, and then go back to the person who pushed you out.”

READ ALSO: [Defection Rumours] I Won’t Return To Where I Was Pushed Out – Obaseki

A Case For E-Transmission 

President Muhammadu Buhari in an elbow bump with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State during the governor’s visit to the Nigerian leader at the State House on Wednesday, September 13th, 2021. Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina.

 

Reacting to the Senate’s decision to reverse its earlier resolution on electronic transmission of election results, Governor Obaseki said he remains a proponent of the course.

According to the governor, PDP would not have won the last election in Edo State, but for the deployment of technology by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“If not for the technology utilised by INEC, and God, I may not be governor today. So, I am one of those people who believe that we cannot and should not have elections in this country, going into the future, without transmitting results electronically from the polling units, because for elections to be credible, they have to be seen as transparent and once you have voted, you should be assured that your vote will count.

“With technology today, it is possible and INEC has shown it from my elections, that as soon as you voted, and the results have been counted in the polling units, then that result should be made available, such that you already know what you expect to be collated at the ward collation points.

“What has happened in many cases in the past is that people go and vote, the votes are counted in the polling units. They know, but by the time it gets to the collation point, it changes.

“But this time around, because of the transparency, everybody will see and know what they are expecting to be collated from the polling units. That is what happened in my election.

“So, I am a very strong advocate for electronic transmission of results from elections and I want to also note that from my personal experience, INEC has the capacity, INEC has the technology, and also the understanding of how these things should work,” Obaseki said.

 

8,634 Drug Traffickers Arrested, Seizures Worth N100bn Made In 8 Months – Marwa

Ex-Lagos governor, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd) resumes as the new NDLEA Chairman on January 18, 2021 in Abuja.

 

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), says the agency has arrested over 8,634 suspected drug traffickers between January and August 2021.

Marwa, who disclosed this at the Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, also explained that the NDLEA made seizures of more than N100 billion in drugs and cash during the period.

“Our consistent targeting of drug trafficking organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8,634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over N100 billion in cash and drugs. Perpetrators will go through the criminal justice system, with their fundamental human rights being strictly upheld,” the NDLEA boss stated.

He added that, “against the backdrop of the strong linkage between illicit drug consumption and insecurity, it is worthy of note that Nigeria made its first seizure of 74.119 kg of Captagon brand of amphetamine, presumably destined for use, to fuel insurgency and other violent crimes and criminalities, which Nigeria is currently grappling with”.

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Marwa assured the international community of Nigeria’s preparedness and determination to go after the assets of drug barons and traffickers in any part of the country.

“Nigeria will remain undaunted in adopting dynamic strategies to counter new approaches adopted by organised criminals, in order to make drug trafficking unattractive while ensuring forfeiture of the criminally-derived assets, a tested and powerful deterrent to the proliferation of drug crimes and criminalities,” he declared.

According to him, the Nigerian Government has exhibited political will by demonstrating high commitment to the protection of public health and safety with the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign, a call for civil action for all Nigerians to buy in and take full ownership of the fight against the menace of illicit drugs.

“More so, Nigeria’s drug control efforts have received a tremendous thrust with unprecedented stakeholders’ involvement; we have engaged civil society groups, non-governmental organisations, academia and governments at all levels, public enlightenment is also being strengthened with remarkable media visibility, even as the youths are regularly sensitized on social media platforms on the ugly consequences of illicit drugs and related criminalities.

“Our consistent targeting of drug trafficking organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8,634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over N100 billion in cash and drugs within the first eight months of this year. Perpetrators will go through the criminal justice system, with their fundamental human rights, being strictly upheld.”

Mr Marwa appreciated all international partners who he said: “in the spirit of shared responsibility, deserve to be appreciated for their great support through technical assistance, information and intelligence sharing, capacity building and training specifically in the area of countering the use of information and communication technology for criminal purposes”.

According to him, the partnerships have given a great boost to Nigeria’s counter-narcotics strategies.

The NDLEA boss further stated that Nigeria is happy to report that the EU-funded, UNODC sponsored Cannabis Cultivation Survey is expected to bring to the fore, the full extent of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria, and make it easier to target measures to contain this perennial menace.

He told the global gathering that appropriate strategies have also been adopted to address the stigmatisation of people who use drugs, including meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and groups such as women, girls, children (out of school and homeless), internally displaced persons and so on.

General Marwa explained how one of the challenges of the pandemic is the proliferation of online sales of drug cookies and use of courier services to move illicit drugs.

He, however, stressed that the agency has been able to intercept, trace and dismantle most of the drug cells involved.

Police To Deploy 34,587 Personnel For Anambra Governorship Election

File photo of Nigeria’s IGP, Usman Alkali Baba.

 

The Nigeria Police Force is set to deploy over 34,000 personnel to Anambra State, ahead of the November 6 polls.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba disclosed this while meeting with various state police commissioners and heads of formations in Abuja.

According to him, three helicopters will also be deployed for surveillance during the poll in addition to animals and other equipment.

IGP Alkali Baba further stated that the police are collaborating with sister agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the conduct of a peaceful election in the state.


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Earlier on Wednesday, the IGP had also assured the nation of the commitment of the force to securing public space and upholding the democratic values ahead of the gubernatorial election.

During a strategic meeting held at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, with Commanders of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadrons in the country, IGP Alkali Baba said the force will channel its resources to contain the activities of criminal elements in the South-East.

The police boss further stated that the leadership of the NPF has commenced the reorganization, re-equipping, training and re-orientation of the PMF with the goal of strengthening its operational capacity and re-situating the unit to accomplish the task of confronting violent crimes in the country.

He charged the Squadron Commanders to upscale their supervisory roles to ensure their personnel demonstrate a high level of professionalism, firmness, courage and respect for human rights while carrying out their duties.

The police chief also noted that the NPF in the coming days will be implementing a robust national security action plan to refocus the internal security dynamics of the country.

In his words, an integral part of the plan would be to protect personnel and materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The IGP noted that the Police Mobile Force, “will as usual, form a critical component of the operational plan, to deter any subversive elements that could threaten or disrupt the smooth conduct of the election”.

He reiterated that the force will continue to do all within its powers to combat all forms of criminality including banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, and violent extremism, amongst others, across the nation.

CBN Gives New Framework, Set To Bar BVN Violators From Banking Services

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

 

In line with its objective of promoting financial system stability, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a Revised Regulatory Framework for Bank Verification Number (BVN) operations and Watch-List for the Nigerian Banking Industry.

In a communique issued on Tuesday, the CBN said the framework enhances the effectiveness of customer due diligence and “know your customer” processes as part of the overall strategy for promoting a safe and efficient banking and payment system.

According to the circular signed by Musa Jimoh, CBN’s director, payments system department, the Watch-list is a database of customers identified by their BVNs, who have been involved in confirmed cases of breaches.

Under the new framework, breaches on the part of the customer could see the individual getting barred from entering a new relationship with any participant (banks).

Where a financial institution chooses to continue an existing business relationship with holders of an account/wallets on the watch-list, the account holder “shall be prohibited from all electronic channels such as but not limited to ATM, POS, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, USSD including the issuance of third-party cheques”.

However, inflows may be allowed, provided these are from legitimate sources.

The new framework further stipulates that a customer with watch-listed BVN shall not reference accounts, access or guarantee credit facilities.

As defined by the framework, breaches on the customer’s part include; use of forged documents; forgery; compromise; complicity and connivance.

Also included in the list of breaches are; duplicate enrolment, use of fictitious information, receipts of proceeds of deception, deception, receipts of fraudulent proceeds and any infractions on AML/CFT laws, and dishonest acts.

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Others listed are; non-cooperation with efforts (as stipulated in the Regulation on Instant Interbank Electronic Funds Transfer) to reverse wrong credit, erroneous, multiple or duplicated payments or credits; and any infringement of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015.

Those who misuse identity and financial information, indulge in identity theft and breach of confidentiality will be punished in line with the new regulations.
The CBN will also punish customers for falsification, concealment of relevant information, conspiracy, extortion, false representation and any other fraudulent infraction.

Banks and other financial institutions involved in BVN operations were mandated by the CBN to ensure all operating accounts/wallets were linked with the signatories’ BVNs within 24 hours of NIBSS making BVN available.

The instruction also noted that operators must “enroll all mobile money wallets (except Tier 1) subscribers on the BVN database and link their wallets (except Tier 1) with their BVNs within 180 days of the issuance of this framework”.

“Ensure that BVN details of all signatories, directors and beneficial owners are linked to their respective non-individual accounts/wallets (except Tier 1). This is also mandatory for Non-resident Non-Nigerian Directors (NRNND) of corporate accounts,” the communique partly read.

The CBN said it will continue to monitor industry developments and issue further guidance as may be appropriate.

Nigeria Determined To Target Assets Of Drug Cartels, Marwa Assures At UN

Ex-Lagos governor, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd) resumes as the new NDLEA Chairman on January 18, 2021, in Abuja.

 

Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has assured the international community of Nigeria’s preparedness and determination to go after the assets of drug barons and traffickers in any part of the country.

According to a statement on Tuesday by NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA boss gave the assurance in his presentation at the ongoing third committee session of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

“Nigeria will remain undaunted in adopting dynamic strategies to counter new approaches adopted by organised criminals, in order to make drug trafficking unattractive while ensuring forfeiture of the criminally derived assets, a tested and powerful deterrent to the proliferation of drug crimes and criminalities,” Marwa declared.

He added that the Nigerian Government has exhibited political will by demonstrating high commitment to the protection of public health and safety with the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign, a call for civil action for all Nigerians to buy in and take full ownership of the fight against the menace of illicit drugs.

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“More so, Nigeria’s Drug Control efforts have received a tremendous thrust with unprecedented stakeholders’ involvement; we have engaged civil society groups, non-governmental organisations, academia and governments at all levels, public enlightenment is also being strengthened with remarkable media visibility, even as the youths are regularly sensitized on social media platforms on the ugly consequences of illicit drugs and related criminalities.

“Our consistent targeting of Drug Trafficking Organisations has resulted in the arrest of 8, 634 suspected drug traffickers and the seizure of over 100 billion Naira in cash and drugs within the first eight months of this year. Perpetrators will go through the Criminal Justice system, with their fundamental human rights, being strictly upheld.”

Mr Marwa expressed appreciation to all international partners who he said: “in the spirit of shared responsibility, deserve to be appreciated for their great support through technical assistance, information and intelligence sharing, capacity building and training specifically in the area of countering the use of information and communication technology for criminal purposes”.

According to him, the partnerships have given a great boost to Nigeria’s counter-narcotics strategies.

The NDLEA boss further stated that Nigeria is happy to report that the EU-funded, UNODC sponsored Cannabis Cultivation Survey is expected to bring to the fore, the full extent of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria, and make it easier to target measures to contain this perennial menace.

He told the global gathering that appropriate strategies have also been adopted to address the issue of stigmatisation of people who use drugs, including meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and groups such as women, girls, children (out of school and homeless), internally displaced persons and so on.

General Marwa explained how one of the challenges of the pandemic is the proliferation of online sales of drug cookies and use of courier services to move illicit drugs.

He, however, stressed that the agency has been able to intercept, trace and dismantle most of the drug cells involved.

Part of the successes of Nigeria’s drug war efforts, Marwa noted is the recent “first seizure of 74.119kg of Captagon brand of Amphetamine, presumably destined for use, to fuel insurgency and other violent crimes and criminalities, which Nigeria is currently grappling with.”