$9.6bn Gas Deal: Every Nigerian Should Support FG In Fighting Judgement – Aondoakaa

A former Attorney General of the Federation, Michael Aondoakaa on Monday called on Nigerians to support the Federal Government against the recent judgment delivered by a British court.

Aondoakaa made the call on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily.

He said the support is needed because the Federal Government is heading in the right direction.

The Justice Minister added that rather than blaming the Federal Government, Nigerians should rather throw support behind the Federal Government.

“I’m concerned because I am a Nigerian. This is not a time to blame anybody. It’s time for us, every Nigerian no matter what to support the Federal Government to fight this judgment. The judgement can cripple small businesses.

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“I think the government is going in the right direction. First, we must know what transpired because fraud vitiates all judgements. If the judgement has been made and an allegation of fraud is established, the person has to refund the money.

“It doesn’t matter because fraud can be discovered at any time. And once information and evidence is concrete enough to prove fraud, then it validates the judgement. That’s the position of the law,” he said.

Speaking further, he said the contract purportedly entered into the country was nothing but a fraud.

According to him, the contract violates the Public Procurement Act and other well-known laws of the country.

“Section 2 to 3 of the Infrastructural Regulatory Commission stipulates that such concession must be approved by the Federal Executive Council. It is a fundamental issue that can be raised anywhere that touches on fraud.

“If it is not brought to the Federal Executive Council, why was it not brought. These are the questions to ask on the foundation of the contract. And if the foundation of the contract is founded on fraud, it cannot stand,” he said.

Aondoakaa’s comment comes three weeks after the British judge gave the green light for the Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) company to seize more than $9 billion in assets from the Nigerian government over a failed natural gas deal.

The private firm — widely reported to be registered in the British Virgin Islands — was founded by two Irish business partners for the purpose of executing the 2010 deal with the Federal government.

FG Donates Relief Materials To Daura Flood Victims

File Photo of Flood

 

The Federal Government has donated relief materials to victims of Daura community in Katsina State.

The flood victims will also be receiving additional assistance from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says, “Contrary to the allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari has turned his back on the people of Daura, we can confirm that pre-assessment relief materials were dispatched to the victims within 48 hours of the floods.

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“Ten trailer loads of building materials including zinc, planks and cement, as well as tons of grains, cereals and other edibles have so far been delivered.

“The flood victims also received blankets and mattresses”.

Mr Shehu said that the materials were delivered to and signed for by stakeholders while the Emir of Daura, Umar Faruk Umar welcomed the prompt emergency response from NEMA officials.

According to him, NEMA has promised that in line with establishment practices all over the country, as soon as the assessment of the damage to the flood-ravaged communities is reported upon, more food items and building materials would be dispatched.

 

#Revolutionnow Protest: Court Orders FG, DSS To Explain Sowore’s Detention

When A Country Is Rotten, You Cannot Fix It By Going To The Local Govt – Sowore
A file photo of Mr Omoyele Sowore.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Inspector General of police toexplain why Omoyele Sowore and all other persons arrested and detained in connection with the peaceful protest held on August 5, 2019 should not be unconditionally released.

The court also ordered the DSS and the IGP to appear before it on the next adjourned date of September 4, 2019.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the order while ruling on an exparte application brought by a Lagos lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje in a suit challenging the FG, DSS, IGP and the AGF on his right to peaceful protest, assembly and association.

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Ogungbeje, who filed the suit on behalf of himself and others who participated in the #Revolutionnow protest asked the court to also declare as unconstitutional and illegal, the police clampdown of the protesters and the arrest of Sowore by the DSS.

He also asked the court to make an order for the immediate and unconditional release of those arrested and detained.

But instead of ordering the release of those detained, justice Oweibo granted Ogungbeje leave to serve the DSS and the IGP so he could hear from them on the next adjourned date especially on why Sowore and others should not be immediately released.

FG Secures Court Order To Proscribe IMN

Shiites protest in Abuja

 

The Federal Government has obtained an order to proscribe the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Justice Nkeonye Maha, the vacation judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, issued the order in a ruling in which she also designated the activities of the Shiite organisation in any part of Nigeria “as acts of terrorism and illegality.”

A lawyer in the chamber of the Attorney-General of the federation who asked not to be named confirmed that the Solicitor General, Dayo Akpata obtained the experte order on behalf of the Federal Government.

READ ALSO: Again, Shiite Protesters Clash With Police In Abuja

The Federal Government had filed the suit before the court few days after the protest by members of the shiite group clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police in Abuja.

The clash which turned bloody left Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Federal Capital Territory Command, Usman  Umar, and an NYSC member serving with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, killed with many others injured and properties destroyed.

FG Partners Siemens To Distribute 25,000MW Of Electricity By 2023

FG Partners Siemens To Boost electricity generation

 

The Federal Government has signed an agreement with German-based company Siemens to distribute 25,000 megawatts of electricity by the year 2023.

The partnership comes after President Muhammadu Buhari met with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel on August 31, 2018.

At the end of the signing, President Muhammadu Buhari urged Siemens, the Transmission Company of Nigeria and the Electricity Regulator to work hard to achieve 7,000 megawatts of reliable power supply by 2021 and 11,000 megawatts by 2023 and overall grid capacity to 25,000 MW.

“Despite over 13,000 megawatts of power generation capacity, only an average of 4,000 megawatts reliably reaches consumers. Now, we have an excellent opportunity to address this challenge.

“Our goal is simply to deliver electricity to Nigerian businesses and homes. My challenge to Siemens, our partner investors in the Distribution Companies, the Transmission Company of Nigeria and the Electricity Regulator is to work hard to achieve 7,000 megawatts of reliable power supply by 2021 and 11,000 megawatts by 2023 – in phases 1 and 2 respectively.

“After these transmission and distribution system bottlenecks have been fixed, we will seek – in the third and final phase – to drive generation capacity and overall grid capacity to 25,000 megawatts.”

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He reaffirmed commitment to developing Mambilla hydroelectric and various solar projects across the country.

“With our strong commitment to the development of Mambilla Hydroelectric and the various solar projects under development across the country, the long-term power generation capacity will ensure adequate energy mix and sustainability in the appropriate balance between urban and rural electrification.

“No middlemen will be involved so that we can achieve value for money for Nigerians. We also insist that all products be manufactured to high quality German and European standards and competitively priced.

“This project will not be the solution to ALL our problems in the power sector. However, I am confident that it has the potential to address a significant amount of the challenges we have faced for decades,” he added.

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Ruga: Nasarawa Governor Sule Urges Farmers, Herders To Embrace Peace

 

The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has asked farmers and herdsmen across the country to embrace peace.

The governor made the appeal in a statement by his Director General, Strategic Communication and Press Affairs, Yakubu Lamai.

His call follows the Federal Government’s suspension of the Ruga programme aimed at tackling the recent clashes that have led to the loss of several lives and properties.

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According to the statement, the governor said he believes in peaceful coexistence, inclusiveness as well as embracing all citizens be they, herders or farmers.

He also promised to support initiatives by the Federal Government towards ensuring peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers.

Sule also stressed the willingness of his administration to assist the government in providing initiatives aimed at fostering peace, as well as nurture harmonious relationship between herders and farmers.

Falana Asks Court To Compel FG To Recover $40bn, N481bn

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Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana (file)

 

Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja in which he is seeking to compel the Muhammadu Buhari administration to recover the sum of $40 billion and N481 billion based on the audit of the extractive industry carried out by the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), an agency of the Federal Government.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Tayo Soyemi for Falana and Falana Chambers.

According to the statement, in the originating summons, Mr Falana is asking the Federal High Court to grant the following reliefs:

1. A DECLARATION that by the express provisions of Sections 2 (a), (b) and 3 (f) of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Act, the 1st defendant is under a legal obligation to recover the unremitted sums of $22.06Billion and N481.75 Billion Naira owed the Federal Government of Nigeria by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (‘NNPC”); the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (“NPDC”) and other oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria.

2. A DECLARATION that by the express provisions of Sections 2 (a), (b) and 3 (f) of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Act, the 1st defendant is under a legal obligation to recover the sum of $28Billion lost in revenues that are due to the Federal Government of Nigeria due to failure to review the terms of the 1993 Production Sharing Contracts “PSCs”with International Oil Companies, in line with Section 16 (2) of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act, Cap D3, Laws of the Federation, 2004.”

3. A MANDATORY ORDER of the court directing the 1st defendant to recover the unremitted sums of $22.06Billion and N481.75 Billion Naira owed the Federal Government of Nigeria by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”); the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (“NPDC”) and other oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria.

4. A MANDATORY ORDER of the Court directing the 1st defendant to recover the sum of $28Billion lost in revenues that are due to the Federal Government of Nigeria due to failure to review the terms of the 1993 Production Sharing Contracts “PSCs” with International Oil Companies, in line with Section 16 (2) of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act, Cap D3, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

In the affidavit in support of the originating summons, Mr Falana stated that he had confirmed from NEITI that the Federal Government had failed to recover the outstanding sums of $22.06 Billion and N481.75 Billion owed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (‘NNPC”) and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (“NPDC”) and other unremitted payments by some International Oil Companies.

In addition to the unremitted fund, the senior advocate wants the government to recover the sum of $28 Billion oil revenues which according to him, were lost due to the failure to review the terms of the 1993 Production Sharing Contracts “PSCs” in line with Section 16 (2) of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act, Cap D3, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Mr. Falana who attached the audited reports of the NEITI to the supporting affidavit further stated that “Nigeria is presently losing much needed revenue due to the failure of the Federal Government to ensure that all payments due to the Federal Government of Nigeria from all extractive industry companies involved in the Production Sharing Contracts, including taxes, royalties, dividends, bonuses, penalties, levies and such like are duly paid to the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

The suit is based on the provisions of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Act which have imposed a duty on the Federal Government to implement the audit reports of NEITI.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and NEITI are the defendants in the suit. Although the Federal High Court has not fixed a date for the hearing of the suit, the defendants have not filed their defence.

Security Expert Warns FG On Dangers Of Proposed Settlement For Herdsmen

 

A security and defence intelligence expert, Group Captain Felix Iheanacho (retired) has warned the Federal Government on the dangers of its proposed settlement for herdsmen.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Iheanacho said the move is not a welcome development.

He noted that the communities meant to host the herdsmen were already reacting, suggesting that problems could arise if the Federal Government goes ahead with the plan.

“We have been seeing reactions. Most of the communities and areas where these settlements are proposed are already expressing resentment on this plan.

“I, therefore, think it deserves to be looked into. We need to review that plan because I see it as not a welcome initiative by those communities they are intended for.

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“I can see some problems arising therefrom if we do that without carrying those communities along with us,” he said.

When asked if the problem arose from the timing of the proposal or the idea, the security expert replied saying: “It is not just the timing, it is also the idea because we are looking at modernity. Culture is not static, culture is dynamic.

Iheanacho, however, wants the government to synchronize its farming methods in line with international best practices.

Speaking on recent attacks that that ravaged parts of the country leading to the several loss of lives and properties, the intelligence analyst said the nation lacks the political will to address the situation.

He, therefore, urged the political class to “do more. We need to develop the necessary political will and we also need to show concrete action to make sure that we stem this tide of insecurity.”

His warning comes two days after Federal Government announced it had begun to establish “Ruga Settlements” for herdsmen in 12 pilot states nationwide.

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammadu Umar said the farm settlements when fully established would address the incessant clashes between Fulani cattle rearers and farmers.

Aisha Buhari Criticises FG’s Social Investment Programme

Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has faulted the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government, saying the programme has failed to achieve its aim in Kano and most parts of Northern Nigeria.

Mrs Buhari mentioned this during an interactive session with women as part of the presidential inauguration ceremony at the State House in Abuja.

The wife of the President, who specifically mentioned the conditional cash transfer component, questioned the method used in executing the programme.

She also faulted the amount of money spent on the purchase of mosquito nets.

“They have spent $16 million buying mosquito nets. I did not get it, but maybe some people have gotten it. I didn’t get it. But I feel that, that’s my personal opinion, $16 million is enough to fumigate Nigeria,” she said.

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Generally, Mrs Buhari did not agree with the method adopted for the programme.

She said, “I was expecting the social investment programme, N500 billion to be utilised in a different method; in order to achieve the aim. But I don’t know the method they used. Most of the Northern States did not get the money. I don’t know – my state didn’t get the money. I don’t know if your state got the money.”

Continuing with her criticism, Mrs Buhari explained that the programme worked well in some state and that for other states where it did not succeed, a different approach should have been used.

She added, “In my state, one local government benefitted from it, out of 22 local governments. I didn’t’ ask what happened and I don’t want to know.”

Although the wife of the President is concerned about the performance of the programme in her state, she suggested it was worse in Kano.
“For it to fail woefully in Kano is not a good sign,” she said.

Boko Haram Has Gone Beyond FG’s Capacity, Says Obasanjo

Obasanjo Calls For Stronger Opposition In Nigeria
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

 

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has decried the high level of insecurity in Nigeria, stating that the Federal Government alone cannot tackle the menace.

Speaking at the second session of the seventh Synod of the Anglican Communion, Oleh Diocese, in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, Obasanjo called for greater collaborating among several African governments in tackling terrorism.

“Intelligence was poor and governments embarked on games of denials while paying ransoms which strengthened the insurgents and yet governments denied payment of ransoms.

“Today, the security issue has gone beyond the wit and capacity of Nigerian government or even West African governments,” he stated.

According to him, insecurity must be taken seriously at all levels and be addressed at once without favouritism or cuddling.

He regretted that Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not treated as they should at the beginning.

“They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone.  They are now combined and internationalised with ISIS in control.

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“It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youth in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African fulanisation, African islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change,” Obasanjo said.

While noting that intelligence was poor and governments embarked on games of denials, he condemned a situation whereby payments for ransoms which strengthened the insurgents were made “yet governments denied payment of ransoms.”

He however wants the Federal Government to see to the right welfare packages for troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists.

He lamented that “soldiers were poorly trained for the unusual mission, poorly equipped, poorly motivated, poorly led and made to engage in propaganda rather than achieving results.”

Ngige, Labour Trade Blames Over NSITF Board Inauguration

The faceoff between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Federal Government continued on Tuesday with a blame game over the inauguration of a new board for the National Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

While the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, spoke on behalf of the Federal Government, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba represented the labour union.

Both appeared as guests on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, a day after Ngige swore in a new board for the Fund following a two-year delay.

Prior to the inauguration, NLC members last week protested against the Minister for his alleged failure to inaugurate the board of National Social Insurance Trust Fund with Frank Kokori as the chairman.

Wabba criticised the Minister for the delay in the constitution of the board, blaming the action on an alleged lack of communication between the Federal Government and the labour.

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He, however, insisted that Kokori was not recommended by the labour, insisting that his appointment was based on a recommendation from the Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) being a member.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba                                               Labour Minister, Chris Ngige

“We are social partners in this particular issue. It’s a labour market institution. We shouldn’t wait until the 11th hour. Labour should have been informed. Even him Kokori should have been informed.

“Even up to now, there is no formal communication to him. After the Minister invited him to his house and had dinner to say you have been appointed, there is no formal communication to labour.

“The issue of Kokori’s appointment was not the issue mainly, it was inaugurating the board. So clearly speaking, there is a breakdown in communication. That communication which was made public to Nigerians only came at the eve of the inauguration two days ago,” he stated.

But reacting to the allegation, the Minister accused the NLC President of being economical with the truth.

According to Ngige, Wabba came to his office claiming that the Vice President had instructed the NLC to bring a nomination.

“I did not recommend Mr Kokori for an appointment. The NLC President is being economical with the truth. I told them that this name you people have inserted is an invalid nomination.

“It was on that basis that I asked Mr Kokori to give me his Curriculum Vita (CV). As a matter of fact, this NLC President came to my office and lied to me that the Vice President asked them to bring a nomination.

“And I told him, it cannot stand. You know what the Act says. Based on that, I wrote to the Vice President pointing out that I should nominate. As at two weeks ago, the Vice President said he didn’t see them,” he said.

‘Give Us A Sense Of Belonging’, Taraba Attack Victims Beg FG

A community leader, John Kunwei speaks to Channels Television following attacks on some communities in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State.

 

Victims of the attack on some communities in Ardo-Kola Local government area of Taraba state have asked the Federal Government to give them a sense of belonging.

Some of the victims who spoke to Channels Television on Sunday said they escaped by the grace of God as many of their friends, family members and assets were lost in last week’s attack.

While accusing the security agencies deployed to the area of not being stable, they want the state and federal governments to come to their aid.

A community leader, John Kunwei who spoke in Hausa dialect, said the attack is the first on Kona community, stressing that it will affect their farming fortunes this year.

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“Our cry to the government is that, when something like this happens, let there be security agencies all over the place for peace to reign.

“What has never happened to the Kona people has befallen them. It is pathetic and surprising, that it has also led to the death of many unaccounted for with properties also destroyed.

“We are pleading with the state and federal governments to mediate in this crisis and give us a sense of belonging so that everyone will return home and farm as the rainy season is getting to its peak.

“Most of them came here with nothing, in fact, feeding, shelter and security is a big problem at the Kona Garu primary and secondary school as they have become displaced persons in their own land,” he stated.

His comment comes less than a week after suspected herdsmen killed some people, burnt down several houses and injured many others.

The attackers were said to have ridden on motorcycles and shot sporadically, which led to the death of five persons and several houses burnt.