Court Orders Detention Of Dalori For Allegedly Diverting $2.8m, N6.5bn, Investors’ Funds

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud

 

The Federal High Court in Nyanya, Abuja has ordered the detention of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Transportation and Construction Services Limited, Babagana Abba Dalori, in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Muawiyah Idris gave the order while ruling on a bail application brought before the court by his (Dalori’s) counsel, Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), following his arraignment by the EFCC for criminal charges.

According to a statement by the Commission, Dalori is being detained for allegedly diverting $2.8million and N6.5billion of investors’ funds.

The EFCC had on September 2, 2019, arraigned him and his company, before Justice Idris on three separate charges – two counts bordering on a N95,530,000 fraud; two counts bordering on obtaining N4million by false pretence; and eight counts bordering N30,908,000 fraud.

Dalori is also being prosecuted by the EFCC before Justice Venchak Gaba of the FCT High Court, Kwali, for an alleged N10million fraud.

Following his arraignment before Justice Idris, Gadazama had moved the application for his bail arguing that the case against him was civil.

He also urged the court to release him on health grounds. The bail application was, however, vehemently opposed by counsel for the EFCC, Maryam Ahmed, who urged the court to deny the application for bail in the interest of justice.

In arguing against the application, the EFCC had also attached 145 petitions in the counter-affidavit, stressing that the EFCC needed more time to investigate the allegations.

Citing Section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, Justice Idris dismissed the bail application and held that the charges against Dalori, were criminal in nature and which he must answer for, noting that the charges bordered on criminal diversion, and obtaining money under false pretence, and criminal breach of trust.

The trial judge also dismissed the argument for bail based on health grounds, noting that there were no medical documents attached in the application.

According to the court, the EFCC was able to prove beyond reasonable doubts that Dalori used investors’ money to trade in Forex, as indicated in the confessional statement by a representative of Forextime Limited (the Forex company he used for the transaction), which was attached in the EFCC’s counter-affidavit.

Consequently, Justice Idris ordered that he should be detained in the custody of the EFCC for the next two months, allowing time for the anti-graft agency to carry out more investigations into shady dealings linked to him, even as more petitions against him continue to pour in.

Specifically, Dalori is alleged to be running a Ponzi scheme, which he has allegedly used to defraud unsuspecting investors to the tune of N6.5billion. So far, the EFCC has received a total of 146 petitions, with 128 petitions already established against him involving the N6.5billion fraud.

“Investigations into his shady dealings also revealed that he traded with investors’ fund to the tune of $2.8million in Forex at a loss, and also gave a N500million tip in order to secure a contract, which, however, flopped.

“Further investigations into the petitions, also exposed his fraudulent activities, which involved diverting investors funds to personal use, to acquire properties, including four filling stations, one hospital, supermarket, watermelon farm, fish and poultry farm, a sachet water factory, houses and estates, and three quarries in Kano, Ogun and Abuja.

“Findings by the EFCC also showed that Dalori’s claim of investing funds in transportation through Galaxy Transportation was false as investigators could not trace any existing bus used for transport by his Transportation company,” the statement read.

Five Killed As Suicide Bombers Attack Dalori IDPs Camp

Five Killed As Suicide Bomber Attacks Dalori IDPs Camp

A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber on Wednesday attacked an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dalori, Borno State.

A source from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed this to Channels Television during a telephone interview.

According to the source, five persons – including the assailant – were killed during the attack while the number of injured victims has yet to be ascertained.

More to follow…

FG Urged To Pardon Forcefully Recruited Boko Haram Members

Boko Haram - Insurgency - COWAAA civil society organisation has appealed to the Federal Government to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect who were forcefully recruited into the group.

The Coalition of Women Advancement in Africa (COWAA) said that the reprieve would enable government to further decimate the population of the dreaded group.

The Executive Vice President of COWAA, Mrs Jummai Pukat, made the call while addressing a news conference in Abuja on Monday.

According to Mrs Pukat, granting amnesty to such members of the group would assist the military in sustaining the onslaught against the leadership of the sect.

Commending the efforts of the military in the fight against terror, COWAA called on the Nigerian Armed Forces to intensify efforts aimed at ensuring that innocent lives are not wasted by the insurgents.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff has reassured Nigerians that the war against the terrorist in the northeast would soon be won.

Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar made the statement on Monday during his Easter visit to the troops in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

While describing as unfortunate the insurgents’ insistence on destroying the peace of Borno State and the entire Nigeria’s northeast, he applauded the commitment of officers and men of the Armed Forces.

Chief Of Air Staff Restates Commitment To War On Insurgency

Chief Of Air Staff On InsurgencyThe Chief of Air Staff has reassured Nigerians that the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast will soon be brought to an end.

Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar made the statement on Monday during a visit to observe the Easter holiday with the troops in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The Chief of Air Staff said that it was unfortunate that a group of persons were bent on destroying the peace of Borno State and the entire Nigeria’s northeast.

He, however, applauded the commitment of officers and men of the Air Operations Unit of the Joint Task Force saying the Nigerian Air Force would continue to treat issues affecting their welfare with utmost urgency.

During the visit, the Air Chief paid homage to the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Garbai, where he assured the monarch that the end to insurgency was at hand.

In his response the Shehu of Borno lamented the damage the Boko Haram insurgents have done to the kingdom which has been in existence for over 1,200 years.

Departing the palace of the monarch, the Chief of Air Staff also visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dalori where the force has an emergency hospital for an ‘on the spot assessment’ of the situation of the camp.

The Commanding Officer of the 79 Composite Group Medical Centre, Wing Commander Solomon Irmiya, and the Administration Officer of NEMA, Isa Yusuf, both commended the Air Chief for his visit but also seized the opportunity to talk about the condition of the camp.

They called for more support for the IDPs.

IDPs Vacate Schools In Maiduguri

IDPsThe Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have vacated public schools within Maiduguri town where they have been sheltered by the Borno State Government.

On Tuesday, the State Emergency Management Agency evacuated the IDPs to alternative camps for the reopening and commencement of academic session in public schools.

Three public schools had already been vacated as thousands of relocated IDPs adjust in their new camps.

Borno State education officials said that the closure of schools had been a setback for the state, but the plan is to get the kids back to their classes as soon as possible.

Six out of the 23 makeshift camps for the IDPs in Maiduguri were located within boarding public schools.

The schools were shut down to make room for dislodged persons from local council areas in the heat of the insurgency.

Displaced persons from the Government College Maiduguri had stayed the longest in the temporary shelter, following the taking over of their town by the outlawed Boko Haram since May, 2014.

On Sunday, the IDPs from Gwoza Council Area of Borno State protested their evacuation from public schools within the capital city where they found temporary shelter for more than a year.

An IDP, Adamu Modu, told Channels Television that:” The truth is we have been fighting for our return home.

“Our leaders have been telling us that the terrorists are still seen in our town. Our cry is that we need the government to help us return home since the rainy season is setting in, we can go back to our farms and begin to help ourselves.”

But a representative of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Satomi, said that security reports indicated that returning the nearly 6,000 IDPs to Gwoza is not a good idea.

Other evacuees from the Women Teachers’ College and Yerwa Girls’ Secondary School were split between the Dalori and Gubio road camps respectively.

Humanitarian officials said that there are nearly two million refugees in Maiduguri either living in makeshift camps or with relatives within the host community.

Victims Of Boko Haram Attacks Move To Maiduguri

Boko HaramRecent attacks by the outlawed Boko Haram in Borno villages has thrown locals of rural communities in panic as many are now migrating to Maiduguri.

Three elderly women have been burnt alive in their huts while a boy got shot in a late evening attack on Mairi-Mai-Mmube village, 11 kilometres away from the capital city of Borno.

Friday began like any other day until the terrorists came calling, announcing their arrival with gunshots as explained by the locals.

“After the Magrib prayers yesterday we all sat outside with friends when we heard gunshots. We escaped in different directions and only returned when we felt they have left. We met all our homes burnt and our possessions looted,” one of the locals said.

From the rubble of what used to be home, they picked the pieces of their only possessions, determined to flee to safety. Even the children were well aware that all was not well with their village.

Surrounding villages are not taken chances as they have also started migrating in droves to Maiduguri, the safest town in Borno.

Mairi-Mai-Mmube is only five kilometres from Dalori where more than 60 people were killed in a similar attack one week earlier.

Community leaders say at least 10,000 people have been displaced as rescue workers commence documentation for the newest set of Internally Displaced Persons in the state.

The Senator representing Borno Central at the National Assembly, Bashir Garbai, is not happy with recent directives suggesting that the internally displaced persons living in Maiduguri can now return to their homes.

He told Channels Television that concluding the insurgents have been decimated is living in denial.

Recent events in the theatre of operation has shown that the anti-terrorism war is far from over. The renewed vigour with which attacks are carried out lately has dampened the hope of people making the much desired peace a mirage.

Dalori Attack: FG Urges More Vigilance Among Villagers

daloriThe federal government has blamed the repeated insurgent attacks on villages in northeast Nigeria on poor intelligence gathering by locals.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir, has been talking to the Borno State government and victims of the latest attack in Dalori.

Babachir was accompanied by the Minister of State for Health, Foreign Affairs and that of Power, on an on-the-spot assessment on the insistence of the President.

Before the last Saturday’s attack on Dalori, a village barely five kilometers to Maiduguri, Borno state has been world famous as the epicentre and most affected Nigerian town by insurgency.

Residents have lost count of the number of attacks carried out by the outlawed terror group which has left many dead, maimed or displaced.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says no fewer than 65 villagers were killed in the most recent attack in Dalori.

The Federal Government believes that if locals begin to play surveillance and intelligence gathering roles, such attacks could be averted.

Community leaders in Dalori have continued to count their losses, days after the deadly encounter with the outlaws.

One of the locals spoke to Channels Television in Hausa, “They burnt all our cars and took off with some. This has been our source of livelihood and it has been helping us. Today we solely depend on God and we need urgent help.

“We have no plans of going anywhere because this is the land of our grandparents and indeed death can find you everywhere.”

The Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, expressed worry about the level of devastation and despair insurgency has brought upon people of the state.

The state emergency agency has started constructing temporary shelter for the now homeless and displaced Dalori villagers, who have overnight become refugees in the only place they have ever known as home.

Borno villages have been witnessing series of attacks since the federal government’s directive that civil authorities be re-established in liberated towns.

Senate Leadership Meets With Service Chiefs

SenateThe Senate leadership has met with Service Chiefs to review the fight against Boko Haram in the north eastern part of Nigeria.

The meeting was however held behind closed doors.

The meeting between the Senate leadership and the Service Chiefs may be connected with the recent terrorist attacks in Dalori, Borno State where over 60 people were killed and many injured.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, revealed that the Senate leadership held frank discussions with the Service Chiefs and reviewed the security situation in the northeast.

On January 30, suicide bombers launched an attack on Dalori village in Borno State, killing over 60 persons.

There have been conflicting reports about the death toll.

The National Emergency Management Agency has put the death toll at 65 which is less than the earlier figure of 85, given after the attack.

IDPs Get Free Eye Surgery In Borno

IDPsFifty visually impaired Internally Displaced Persons in Borno State have benefitted from the corrective surgeries sponsored by the Nigerian Air Force.

The beneficiaries were picked out from the Dalori makeshift camp, home to over 20,000 people dislodged from Bama local council of the state.

The surgery followed months of sustained free medical care across the 20 makeshift IDP camps in Maiduguri.

The Nigerian Air Force medical team said that it has discovered that an alarming number of the elderly have developed medical conditions ranging from high blood pressure to impaired vision.

Many of such cases are reported every other day in the Air Force sick bay at the Dalori camp.

Officials say the surgery is in phases, the first phase covers 50 persons with eye issues.

Bama local council has suffered the most devastation and destruction in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists. Locals were killed and maimed in their hundreds and properties vandalised.

The result is thousands of traumatised people evacuated after months of captivity under Boko Haram rule.

The grateful IDPs believe if more public spirited organisations and individuals engage in such humanitarian services, the world would be a better place to live in.

Conflicting Death Toll Trails Dalori Attack

Dalori-attack-Boko-HaramThe National Emergency Management Agency has put the death toll in the attacks on Dalori village in Borno State at 65 which is less than the earlier figure of 85.

In a statement on Monday by the spokesman for the agency, Sani Datti, NEMA said 65 persons lost their lives and 136 persons injured in the weekend attacks.

Earlier report on Sunday say 85 persons were killed while 62 others sustained injuries and are receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Maiduguri the capital  of the state.

Most of those affected were fleeing women and children who ran into suicide bombers in a nearby village, an official of the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Dalori, which is less than 10km from Maiduguri, came under attacks on Saturday evening, with the agency’s Emergency Response Team immediately mobilised for rescue along with the Police Anti bomb Squad, NSCDC, Nigerian Army, Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigerian Red Cross.

Victims were evacuated to Umaru Shehu Hospital, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and Borno General Hospital for medical attention and 40 persons were confirmed dead.

According to NEMA, the community buried 25 deaths beside those that were taken to the hospitals.

Explaining the incident, the agency said that the suspected insurgents came into the village and started shooting sporadically.

“This put the villagers and the neighbourhood into pandemonium, with residents running helter-skelter.

“Some of the villagers that succeeded in moving out, including those in the nearby IDPs camp (Dalori Camp II), gathered under a big three where people normally gather in the evening to do menial trading activities.

“Unknown to them, one of the suicide bombers sneaked into their midst and detonated explosive devices killing scores of people and injuring many,” NEMA further explained.

Buhari To Seek More Global Unity Against Terrorism In France, Britain

LaKE CHADPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will be seeking more global efforts against terrorism during his visit to France and Britain on Wednesday.

At his first stop in Strasbourg, France, President Buhari will on February 3 address a special session of the European Union Parliament to be attended by members of the executive and legislative arms of the Union.

War Against Terrorism

Other issues that President Buhari would focus on in his address are violent extremism, corruption, Nigeria and Africa’s current security, economic and developmental challenges, and the need for greater support from the European Union and advanced nations for their rapid resolution.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said that Buhari would also hold talks with the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz and the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker on the same issues.

After talks with the EU officials, President Buhari will leave Strasbourg for London to join other world leaders at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference scheduled to open in the British capital on Thursday, February 4.

The President will use the opportunity of his participation in the conference which is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations to continue his push for more global understanding, collaboration and support for Nigeria and other countries in the frontlines of the war against terrorism who are striving to overcome its very adverse effects on affected populations.

He is due back in Nigeria at the weekend.

Nigeria is facing acts of terrorism in the north, perpetrated by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram. The sect is attempting to establish an Islamic State and end Western education in the region.

On Saturday a village in Borno State, Dalori, was attacked, with 85 persons killed and over 60 injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram sect is suspected to have executed it. The group has carried out similar attacks in the past in the region and some other major cities in the north.

Buhari Urges North-East Residents To Be More Vigilant

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called on all Nigerians, especially those that are resident in areas previously ravaged by terrorists, to be more vigilant and ready to work with security operatives in ending the war against insurgency.

President Buhari said this on Sunday, in his reaction to the spate of suicide bombings in Chibok market, Dolari Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) camp in Borno State and the Gombi market in Adamawa State.

He said that the insurgents had suffered immensely from the sustained bombardments of their camps and hide outs by the Nigerian military and had resorted to using desperate measures to gain cheap media attention.

“I urge all citizens wherever they live to own the war against terror and to be part of the fight because it is the only way we can finish the remaining work that needs to be done to make our country safe again,” the President said.

President Buhari said that the terrorists had been rendered weak, confused and homeless after repeated bombings and ravaging of their camps and hide outs by the military, forcing them to find their way back into the society to wreak havoc, like the case of the Dolari IDP.

“Having lost the war, they are seeking ways and means to gradually find their way back into society. They are not returning to contribute but to cause more havoc. They are so desperate to embarrass the government and the people that they have no qualms attacking isolated communities and markets,” he added.

The President noted that the materials for the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were locally sourced by the insurgents, urging Nigerians to be more circumspect and report suspicious purchases and movements of unusual components in any part of the country, especially the North East.

President Buhari extended his condolences to all the people of Chibok, Gombi and Dolari who lost loved ones in the recent attacks and prayed that the Almighty God will comfort them and grant the injured persons quick recovery.