I Am Not Losing Sleep Over Threats – Fani-Kayode

Fani-Kayode, EFCC ArrestsThe former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has responded to the threat of a law suit by Mr Chibuike Amaechi, saying he is not losing any sleep over it.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to Femi Fani-Kayode on Media, Jude Ndukwe, says he has been inundated with calls concerning the threat by the Minister of Transportation, to sue him for defamation over the recovered 43 million Dollars issue, though he is yet to be formally communicated to on it.

“We have not received any court processes or letters from Amaechi but when we do so, our lawyers will respond vigorously and appropriately.”

Repentant Armed Bandits, Vigilantes Surrender Weapons To Army

army2Repentant armed bandits and livestock rustlers have continued to surrender their weapons to the military in Zamfara state, this is following the peace initiative by the state government together with the 1 Division Nigerian Army which started in 2016.

On Wednesday March 8, 2017, repentant armed bandits and local vigilante group called “’Yansakai” in Ruwan Tofa, ‘Yar Galadima and Babban Doka in Maru Local Government Area, Danwaren Daji in Tsafe Local Government Area, as well as Mada in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State, handed over large quantities of dangerous arms and ammunition.

In a statement by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said, 3 AK-47 Rifles, 1 foreign made Pistol, 1,169 Dane Guns, 323 Locally Made Pistols, 54 X Locally Made Revolvers, 102 Locally Made Multi-Barrel Pistols and 22 X Locally Made Double Barrel Rifles, were handed to 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army in the presence of some state government officials and representatives of the various heads of security agencies in the State.

Over the last few months over a thousand assorted weapons have been surrendered across the North West Zone.

Amnesty International Defends Report On Extra-Judicial Killings

amnesty2Amnesty International Nigeria has been defending the damming reports on the Nigeria Military.

The report alleges that the military engages in the killing of innocent civilians in the north east region of Nigeria.

An official of Amnesty International Nigeria, Morayo Adebayo, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, explained that the report was thoroughly investigated and collated from individuals and NGO’s over time, by the body.

She also alleged that 150 members of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), were killed by the military in the period under review.

Global Rights Watch Accuses Army

The Global Rights Watch, Amnesty International had earlier urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his commitment on accountability and ensure security officers found guilty of maltreatment and dehumanising citizens, face the full weight of the law.

Amnesty International Nigeria condemned death penalty as capital punishment gradually being embraced by states, underscoring that it must be abolished.

The conflict and crisis in the north east and the issue of continuous torture of citizens by the Nigeria security forces.

In the 2016 report, the Human Rights Watch group urged the Nigerian government to keep its promise on accountability and human rights.

Lafia Airport To Begin Operation Within Two Years – Al-Makura

Armed Forces Remembrance: Al-Makura To Employ 100 LegionnairesThe Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has given an assurance that in the next two years, the Lafia airport will be ready for operation.

He said the ongoing Lafia Airport, when completed will be the most viable alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport which is in Abuja.

“With the commitment of the contractors, there is every assurance that in the next two years the airport will be ready for use”.

The governor affirmed that with the 65 kilometer road to be constructed from the Airport to Keffi, passengers from Abuja will be able to access the Airport within one hour ten minutes.

He explained that depending on the location of passengers in Abuja, the Lafia Airport will be closer to those around Karu, Asokoro and other locations in Abuja looking at the distance to the Abuja Airport and that of Lafia.

He further maintained that the airport will also open up more business channels and activities that will boost both the economy of the state, FCT and equally create employment opportunities for the people.

He added that the people of the state and business partners interested in the project should be rest assured that the Airport will be a reality.

Foreign Exchange Inflows Fall In 2016

Nigeria's External Reserves Rise FurtherThe total Foreign Exchange inflows into Nigeria falls at 46.86% in 2016, the lowest value since the series started in 2007, a new set of data released on Wednesday by the statistics office.

The report shows that Nigeria receives capital importation totaling 5.12 billion Dollars in 2016 lower than 9.64 billion Dollars inflow in 2015.

The decline cuts across direct, portfolio and other investments into Africa’s largest economy in 2016 when the economy went into a recession and the value of the local currency became lower than 40%.

The report says that the total portfolio investment was down by 69.81% but the Foreign Direct Investments was 27.83% between 2015 and 2016.

Meanwhile, other investments portfolio increased by a mere 3.48% in 2016 was due to increase in loans.

UNILORIN Seeks Global Partnership To Fight Cyber Insecurity

UNILORIN Seeks Global Partnership To Fight Cyber InsecurityThe Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, has called for concerted global efforts to fight the menace of cyber insecurity.

Prof. Ambali said in Ilorin that he was worried about the upsurge in web-hacking by unscrupulous elements in the global society.

He said that the recent allegation by the United States government that Russia interfered with its 2016 presidential election was a testimony that no nation or institution was immune to cyber-crimes.

The Vice-Chancellor explained that the recent hacking of the University of Ilorin website was a major challenge that the university management had successfully tackled.

He said that the university management employed the service of an expert and it immediately swung into action to rectify the anomaly and secure the institution’s website.

“The incident delayed the programme of the institution and made the students to go through some stress, but all data are still intact, students and staff have no cause to worry,” he said.

While commenting on the expectations of the university community in the year 2017, Prof. Ambali said that 2016 was a prosperous year for the university because about 20 projects were commissioned.

He said many members of the institution’s staff won research grants while a host of others benefited from staff development programmes nationally and internationally.

He stated: “The year 2017 will be more rewarding as more projects will be executed, staff training will be improved upon and welfare package for staff and students will remain top priorities.”

The VC also commented on the recent petition accusing him and his immediate predecessor, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, of wrong doing, describing it as a disgrace to the authors.

Northern Governors Seek Abolition of Indigene-Settler Dichotomy

Northern Governors Seek Abolition of Indigene-Settler DichotomyThe Governors of Nigeria’s 19 northern states are seeking the abolition of the indigenes-settler dichotomy which they have identified as one of the major causes of communal conflicts in the region.

This is part of the resolution reached at the end of their two-day meeting with traditional rulers in Kaduna state.

Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, addressed journalists at the end of the meeting.

He decried the increasing level of insecurity and wanton destruction of lives and property in the region describing it as a cause for concern.

He said that abolishing the indigene/settler agitation will not only eliminate crisis in all parts of the country, but will also foster national integration and development.

According to him, every Nigerian should have a sense of belonging wherever they are residing in as much as such citizens abide by the traditional norms and values of their host communities.

The governors also linked the killings and other acts of violence against fellow Nigerians in Southern Kaduna and other communities as politically motivated from both within and outside the region.

They called on those they describe as ‘Conflict Entrepreneurs’ to desist from instigating crisis or face prosecution.

The forum, while commiserating with victims of the Southern Kaduna attacks and that of the recent accidental bombing in Borno state, also commended the federal government for providing the necessary leadership to security forces to defeat Boko Haram insurgency and for the drive to rid the country of all forms of vices that confront the society.

The meeting ended with a resolution that all the states must work closely in order to deal with peculiar security challenges confronting the region as well as ensuring that peace is restored in all troubled areas.

Youths Take Protest to Northern Governors Meeting

Youths, Rivers, Elano InvestmentsA coalition of Northern Youth Associations, have taken their protest to the venue of the northern governors meeting at the Government House in Kaduna State.

The aim of the meeting is a call for the governors to revive the region’s development and economy.

While chanting solidarity songs and marching towards the Government House, the protesters lamented that despite the north is blessed with abundant natural and human resources, the region has remained poor and backward in terms of development.

They however called on the governors to address the security challenges , poverty and underdevelopment in the region and ensure that its citizen’s are given the right education.

But the protest was disrupted midway by the Police on the grounds that the Kaduna State Security Council has banned all forms of processions until further notice.

Meanwhile, the meeting of the governors was held behind closed doors at the Chambers of Government House Kaduna.

On Monday, the governors met with Traditional Rulers of the region where they discussed issues on security and economy.

A communique is expected to be issued by the forum’s chairman and Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima on the resolutions reached during the meeting.

Buhari Condemns Attack On Mosque In University Of Maiduguri

Muhammadu Buhari, New Year, Unity, NigeriaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the terrorist attack at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri on Monday Morning.

The President has expressed sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the University Community, families of the victims, the government and people of Borno State.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, “President Buhari believes that this appalling attack on a Revered place of worship and Ivory Tower shows that the perpetrators have no true understanding of Islam, adding that their despicable acts of terrorism are cowardly, criminal, unjustifiable and punishable before God Almighty and the laws of the land”.

He reassured communities in Borno and others in the Northeastern part of the country that his administration will continue to ensure that terrorism never triumph over peace-loving Nigerians.

He restated the need for Nigerians to remain more vigilant even as the security agencies continue to use all means at their disposal, to combat the remnants of insurgents and their sponsors.

The President wished those injured in the attack a speedy and full recovery, and comfort for families of the dead.

Chelsea Extend EPL Lead With Crystal Palace Win

Chelsea, Liverpool, EPLChelsea are sitting confidently at the top of the English Premier League (EPL) table as they move nine points clear.

The Blues also equalled a club record on Saturday as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to secure their 11th successive win at the Selhurst Park.

Diego Costa netted the lone goal with the visitors’ first attempt on target as he headed in from Azpilicueta’s drifted cross.

Jason Puncheon would have levelled the score for Palace but headed wide and fired a free-kick narrowly over.

Chelsea had earlier won 11 matches between April and September 2009.

Third-placed Arsenal will host Manchester City on Sunday, before Liverpool visit Everton in the Merseyside derby on Monday.

Justice Ademola’s Trial Stalled In Abuja

Justice Ademola’s Trial Stalled In AbujaThe absence of Justice Adeniyi Ademola at the FCT High Court In Abuja, has stalled his prosecution.

Ademola of the Federal High Court, was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, over allegations of corruption and illegal gratification at the FCT High Court.

According to his lawyer, Mr Jeph Njikonye, he is yet to be served the charges by the court bailiffs

The trial judge, Justice Jude Okeke in his ruling, adjourned the case to December 13, 2016 for hearing, after the defendant’s lawyer volunteered to accept service on behalf of his clients.

Lead prosecuting counsel, Mr Segun Jegede, said he was going to ask the court to give an order for service on the defendants, through substituted means but that it was no longer necessary since the defense counsel had approached him before the proceedings, volunteering to accept service on behalf of the defendants.

Ademola was one of the judges arrested by the officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) on October 8, 2016.

Officials of the DSS, had raided the homes of some judge and subsequently arrested some of them.

After their arrests the security agency said they were fingered for misconduct and corrupt practices.

One of the judges is already facing trial over allegations of corruption although he has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.

Trump Won’t Pursue Clinton Probes On Email, Charity – Aide

US ElectionPresident-elect Donald Trump will not pursue investigations against his former Democratic rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server while secretary of state or her family’s charity, MSNBC said in a report that a Trump senior adviser did not dispute.

During their bitter presidential campaign, the Republican Trump vowed to jail Clinton and crowds at his rallies chanted “Lock her up.” He now believes she “has been through enough,” MSNBC reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified source.

Addressing the report in an interview with MSNBC, senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway did not deny it and indicated it was correct.

“Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal then perhaps that’s a good thing,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

During the campaign, opinion polls found that many Americans did not find Clinton trustworthy.

The FBI investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first term, concluding earlier this year that her actions were careless but that there were no grounds for bringing charges.

The Clinton Foundation charity has also been scrutinized for donations it received while she led the State Department.

Clinton acknowledged her use of a private email server was a mistake and denied links between foundation donors and her work as secretary of state. There has been no evidence that foreign donors to the foundation obtained favors from the State Department while Clinton headed it.

Congress can pursue its own investigations regardless of whether Trump opts to appoint a special prosecutor, as he vowed during the campaign.

U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has said he will continue investigating Clinton’s use of a private server.