IGP Orders Investigative Panel To Probe Navy, Police Clash

ondo election, IGP, Police menThe Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an independent panel to investigate the recent clash between the Nigeria Police and Navy clash.

Following the clash, two officers were reported dead while others wounded are currently receiving treatment.

According to the IG, the recommendations of the report will be followed and those behind the unfortunate incident will be severely punished to serve as a deterrent to others.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, in the South-South States, Mr Emmanuel Inyang, represented the IG in Calabar, the Cross River State capital to commemorate with his men and those of the Navy on the unfortunate incident.

He also inspected the half burnt down Akim Police Barracks and also visited victims of both the Police and the Navy at their various hospitals in the company of the Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship Victory.

Addressing officers of the Command, he urged them to remain law abiding regardless and prevent reprisal attacks.

NSA Fund Scandal: Presidential Committee Indicts Over 300 Contractors

NSA FundsThere are more revelations from the Presidency on contracts allegedly awarded by the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) from 2011 to 2015.

A committee set up to examine the contract transactions has indicted more than 300 companies and prominent citizens including serving and retired officers of the Armed Forces.

According to the report, over seven billion Naira has so far been recovered from the companies and individuals.

Also another 41 billion Naira is to be refunded by the indicted companies while further investigation by the EFCC is still ongoing.

The committee has further established that one of the indicted companies was overpaid to the tune of 7.9 million euros and 7.09 million dollars.

Below is the full statement by the Presidency.

PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE INDICTS OVER 300 ONSA CONTRACTORS, RECOVERS OVER N7 BILLION, ASKS FOR THE REFUND OF N41 BILLION, RECOMMENDS FURTHER INVESTIGATION OF CONTRACTS VALUED AT OVER N75 BILLION

A committee set up to probe contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) from 2011 to 2015 has indicted more than 300 companies and prominent citizens including serving and retired officers of the armed forces.

Over N7 Billion has been recovered so far from the indicted companies and individuals.

Another N41 Billion is to be refunded by the indicted companies while further investigation by the EFCC has been ordered to determine whether another N75 Billion should be recovered from some of the companies for unexecuted or partially executed contracts.

The committee further established that one of the indicted companies, Societe D’Equipment International was overpaid to the tune of 7.9 Million Euros and $7.09 Million.

The committee which is different from the committee that is investigating the Defence Arms and Equipment Procurement, discovered that there was a total disregard of salient provisions of the Public Procurement Act in the award of contracts by ONSA.

Several contractors were apparently over paid, while others were given full upfront payments contrary to their contract terms and agreements in force.

There was also evidence of payments to individuals and companies by ONSA without any contractual agreement or evidence of jobs executed. The committee further discovered that somecompanies failed to meet up their tax obligations for contracts executed.

The Committee has made attempts and succeeded in recovering some of the funds from these individuals and organizations amounting to Three Billion, Five Hundred and Thirty Seven Million, Five Hundred and forty Nine Thousand,
Two Hundred and Twenty Three Naira and Four Kobo (N3,537,549,223.04), Eight Million US Dollars ($8,000,000.00) and houses worth Five Hundred and
Twelve Million Naira (512,000,000.00) from 32 companies. The Committee also established that some individuals and companies received monies without evidence of contractual agreements or jobs done. The amount received by
these individuals was Seven Billion One Hundred and Four Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Naira only (N7,104,925,000.00).

In a similar vein, the Committee revealed that some companies that failed to execute contracts or did so partially were to make refunds. The total amount to be refunded is Nineteen Billion, Eight Hundred and Ninety Six Million, five
Hundred and Thirty Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Twenty-five Naira and thirty kobo (N19,896,539,125.20) only, Forty Three Million Seven Hundred and Seventy One Thousand, Four Hundred and Thirty Three US Dollars and
Seventy-Three Cents ($43,771,433.73) and 2 houses in Abuja worth Two Hundred and Sixty Million Naira (N260,000,000.00).

The Committee also revealed that 15 companies were awarded contracts that require further investigation to ascertain the status of their contracts. The total value of the contracts awarded in this category was Eleven Billion Seven
Hundred and Twenty Six Million Five Hundred and Seventy One Naira only (N11,726,571,161.00), Two Hundred and Two Million, One Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety US Dollars only ($202,136,890.00)
and Four Million, One Hundred and Fourteen Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Two Euros and Ninety Six Cents (€4,114,752.96).

The Companies investigated by the committee include:
a. Abrahams Telecommunication Limited and Value Trust Investment Limited RC 1050628 and RC133792.
b. Bilal Turnkey Contractors Limited RC 616389.
c. Circular Automobile Limited RC 953549.
d. Continental Project Associates Limited RC 1201210.
e. Da’voice Network Solutions Limited RC 658879.
f. Foretech Investment Limited RC 759046.
g. Forts and Sheild Limited RC 1148793.
h. GDP Associated Limited RC 830715.
i. Hakimco Automobiles – RC 904389.
j. Hamada Properties and Investment Limited RC 635720.
k. International Resources Management Company RC 228657.
l. Investment Options Limited – RC 133484.
m. Jakadiya Picture Company Limited RC 270972.
n. JBE Multimedia Investment Limited RC 48875.
o. Kamala Motors Limited RC 845545.
p. Key Information Services Limited RC 297516.
q. Leeman Communications Limited RC 499781.
r. MCAF Associates RC 734745.
s. Moortown Global Investment RC 968416.
t. Syntec Nigeria Limited RC 220165.
u. Trafiga Limited RC 1098961.
v. Trim Communications Limited RC 261180.
w. Securicor Emergency and Safety RC 431246.
x. Sologic Integrated Services Limited RC 744982.
y. Wada Autos Limited RC 1082513.
z. Zukhruf Nigeria Limited RC 306244.
aa. 2020 Nigeria Limited RC 1090292.
bb. A and B Associates Limited RC 279980.

The individuals and companies that received payments without contractual agreements are:

a. Honourable Bello Matawalle.
b. Brigadier General AS Mormoni-Bashir (the former Principal General Staff Officer at the ONSA and still a serving military officer).
c. Alhaji Umar Sani.
d. Dr Yakubu Sanky.
e. Baba Bala.
f. Ambassador Clement Layiwola Lasseinde (a Director in the ONSA).
g. An architect from Baitil Atiq Travels and Tours.
h. Alhaji Shuaibu Salisu (The former Director of
Finance and Administration at the ONSA).
i. Colonel Bello Fadile (rtd) (Special Adviser to Lt Col Sambo Dasuki; former NSA).
j. Mr Otunla Jonah Niyi.
k. Otunba Adelakun.
l. Alhaji Bashir Yaguda.
m. Dr Tunji Olagunju.
n. Miss Oluwatoyin Oluwagbayi.
o. Lt Col MS Dasuki (rtd) {The former NSA}.
p. Honourable Maipata Mohammed Abubakar.
q. Mohammed Suleiman. From Musaco investment and properties.
r. Ibrahim Abdullahi also from Musaco investment and properties.
s. Alhaji Aliyu Usman.
t. 18 other officers that served in the ONSA.

The companies that out rightly failed to execute contracts or did so partially, and have therefore been asked to refund various sums which are as follows:
a. A and Hatman Limited.
b. Abuja Consulting Limited.
c. Afro-Arab Investment.
d. Agbede A Adeshina and Co.
e. Aleppo Systems Nigeria Limited – RC 947255.
f. Amp Africa Holdings and Solar Services.
g. Apple Drops Nigeria Limited – RC 1102219.
h. Apt Security Limited – RC 165189.
i. Autoforms Integrated Enterprises Limited – RC 1234829.
j. Axis Consulting Services Limited – RC 1151145.
k. Belsha Nigeria Limited.
l. Community Defence Law Foundation – RC/IT No 56854.
m. Complus International Service Limited.
n. Cosse Limited – RC 316214.
o. Daar Investment and Holdings Limited.
p. Dalhatu Investment Limited – RC 404535.
q. Destra Investment Limited.
r. Development Strategies International Limited – RC 361191.
t. DFX/White Zebu BDC – RC787658/RC1049919.
u. Duchy Concepts Limited RC392281.
v. Fara Security Limited RC 694607.
w. Fimex Gilt Nigeria Limited RC 143150.
x. First Aralac Global Limited RC939512.
y. Fix-HYL Global Investment RC1129654.
z. Good year Properties Limited RC1168828.
aa. Image Merchant Promotions Limited RC 416703.
bb. Interglobal Limited RC 189188.
cc. Jos Peace Dialogue Forum CAC/IT/No75434.
dd. Kakatar Limited RC 443321.
ee. Leaderette Nigeria/Norden Global
RC 422129/RC1119925.
ff. London Advertising Limited UK BASED.
gg. Mithra Oil Limited RC 620979.
hh. NigerLink BOG (Under Musaco Investment) RC 834592
ii. Iban Global (Under Musaco Investment)
jj. Musaco Investment (Bank Charges)
kk. Mystrose Limited RC 475579.
ll. NAF Holding Company Limited.
mm. Peach Tree Communications Limited RC 410115.
nn. Perception BDC RC 740741.
oo. Pioneer Ventures RC 69776.
pp. Proptex Nigerian Limited – RC 116801.
qq. Prosedec Interglobal Limited RC 619845.
rr. Real Property Investment Limited RC 294761.
ss. Sinash Communications Limited RC 333134.
tt. Skytick International Limited RC 798693.
uu. Soject Nigeria Limited RC 74991.
vv. StellaVera Development Company Limited RC 713258.
ww. Teracon AG SWISS BASED.
xx. Wehsec Farms Limited RC 713258.
yy. African Cable Television Limited RC 1113903.
zz. BCN Nigeria Limited RC 509693.
aaa. Brains and Hammers RC 655673.
bbb. Concept Options Ultimate Limited RC 604167.
ccc. Elizade Nigeria Limited RC 11544.
ddd. Emerging Platforms Limited RC 922205.
eee. EMI System Nigeria Limited RC 248986.
fff. Hadassa Investment and Security RC 709085.
ggg. Kala Consulting Solutions Limited RC 98562.
hhh. Pioneer Ventures.
iii. Nan Bizcom Nigeria Limited RC 680708.
jjj. Nerres Limited RC 1138835.
kkk. Plectrum Consulting Limited RC 937931.
lll. Protech Consultant RC 301426.
mmm. Summit Publications Limited RC 304671.
nnn. Telios Development Limited RC 468351.
ooo. Urban Abode Nigeria Limited RC 651613.
ppp. RCN Networks Limited RC 439720.
qqq. Sail International Limited RC 97863.
rrr. Suburban Broadway Limited – RC 469689.
sss. Geronimo Middle East and Africa.
ttt. Julius Berger RC 6852.
uuu. Romgat Morgan Nigeria Limited RC 902020.
vvv. Stallion Motors Limited RC 178627.

Contracts awarded to the following companies are to be further investigated:
a. 2020 Nigeria Limited RC 1090292.
b. Acacia Holdings Limited RC 940978.
c. Africair Incorporated US Company.
d. Augusta Westland Limited.
e. Almond Project Limited.
f. Bam Project and Properties.
g. Bob Oshodin Organisation Limited RC 790662.
h. Coral Builders Limited RC 397748.
i. Dan Clington Nigeria Limited RC 940978.
j. Law Partners and Associates BN/UY/004566.
k. Magnificient 5 ventures Limited BN/2299463.
l. MPS Global Services Limited.
m. One plus Holdings Nigeria Limited RC 695999.
n. Quadsix Nigeria Limited RC 1177968.
o. Reliance Reference Hospitals

Garba Shehu
SSA to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 24, 2016

Illegal Bunkering: Nigeria Navy Destroys 20 Wooden Boats, 2 Barges In Rivers

Nigeria NavyThe Nigeria Navy Shipyard Pathfinder (NNS Pathfinder) in Rivers State has again made good its promise to come down hard on illegal bunkerers and other sea robbers.

The base captured over 20 wooden boats and two barges containing about 100 litres of substances suspected to be crude oil products.

It also uncovered channels through which the bunkerers lay their pipes to siphon petroleum products in Bodo and Bolo creeks in the state.

In an operation that required the use of fire arms and inflammable substances, gun boats were on patrol to ward off any possible attacks from militants.

The Head of Operations, NNS pathfinder in Rivers State, Usman Yahaya, told Channels Television that the operation is a regular exercise. According to him, the environmental impact of their activities are unavoidable.

While the Nigeria Navy continues to fight illegal bunkering and other illegal maritime activities, the waste of resources and impact on the environment remain issues of concern.

Navy Hands Over 20 Suspected Oil Thieves To EFCC

Crude Oil thievesThe Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, with headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has handed over 20 suspected crude oil thieves to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The handing over of the suspects took place on Wednesday at the command’s Forward Operating Base, Formoso, Brass, Bayelsa State.

The suspects including 18 Nigerians, one Camerounian and one Ghanaian were on board the vessel MV ELMINA.

The Commanding Officer, FOB Formoso, Capt. Noel Madugu, said the suspects were arrested at Sangana River in Brass Local Government Area of the state.

He said that during the time of arrest, the captain of the ship could not provide the relevant documents  to lift crude oil.

Capt Madugu also said the suspects declared they were loading Automated Gas Oil (diesel), but when the products were tested, it was discovered to be crude oil.

Capt Madugu, who paraded the suspects before handing them over to the officials of the EFCC, Port Harcourt office, noted that the culprits were arrested around 1.30am local time on August 7, 2014.

The commanding officer said: “About 1.30am, August 7, 2014, MV ELMINA was intercepted coming out of the creeks of Sangana River entrance in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

“The vessel and her crew were intercepted by NNS BOMADI while on routine patrol of the area.

“Upon arrest, the actions of the crew during interrogation indicated that they had carried out the dubious activity as they refused initially to answer their radio until several warning shots”.

Madugu said the ship was however boarded and discovered that she was loaded with crude oil.

According to Capt. Madugu, the vessel was safely escorted and anchored at Brass River where she was detained for further interrogation.

Madugu gave the names of the suspects as Lucky Osiebe, captain; Adakole Onmoniji, Chief engineer; Monday Esemutoye; Tonwoye College; Collins Ograko; Odaba Divine; Dutie Ezetu; Frederick Onwoievbe;  Bonley Atangeho and Dover Abruda.

Others, according to Madugu, are Joe Richard, Campala Lewis, Efe Godday, Aaron Amohefe, Reuben Dabbi, Joseph Koey,  Ponmile Gideon, Wafo Marcel, Dominion Agbo and Akinbolu David.

The Nigerian government had ordered the Navy and other security agencies to tackle oil theft in the Niger delta region,as it was affecting revenue generated from crude oil sales.

 

Life Beyond Oil: Fashola Advocates Reforms That Eliminate Corruption

The Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola is concerned about the country’s response to the abundance of oil.

At the 30th anniversary lecture of the law firm of George Etomi and Partners, Governor Fashola spoke on the topic “Life Without Oil”. The Governor believes that such a future was not reasonably foreseeable.

He wants more focus on how the country can develop herself and her people away from oil.

“The question that seems more appropriate is whether a better life with oil is possible. The answer I will offer is an emphatic yes. The road to that better life is not too difficult. It requires us to eliminate corruption at all levels of the oil industry. It requires us to reform NNPC especially in terms of personnel and replace them with more committed professionals.

“The road to that better life requires us to understand that although oil is currently selling at over $100 per barrel, it has not always been so and will not remain so,” he said.

Governor Fashola also referred to statement credited to Senator Chris Anyanwu a few days earlier on the floor of the Senate, during the consideration of the 2014 Budget, that the Navy does not have enough money to fuel her ships, as well as the complaints of the Inspector-General of Police that he did not have enough money for his men. He called on Nigerians not to keep quiet about the need for the country to move in the right direction.

Students Accuse Nigerian Navy Of Lying

The Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technologies has accused a Naval Rating officer with the Nigerian Navy of shooting two students of the college and denied that some students paraded by the Navy on Thursday for impersonating naval officers are students of the college.

The Navy paraded some students whom it accused of impersonating Naval officers, claiming they are students of the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technologies but the students and school authority are accusing the Navy of a cover up for the alleged shooting of two of their colleagues.

Some Naval Ratings were alleged to have shot at some of the students following an argument.

The Navy has however announced an inquest into the shooting incident.

Channels Television visited some of the students in the hospital where they have undergone surgery for gunshots as well as the college. 

Naval Chief Warns Officers Against Oil Theft

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba has warned that any officer involved in crude oil theft will be severely dealt with.

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba.

At a meeting with Senior Naval Officers, Vice Admiral Ezeoba admitted that some officers may have been compromised in the oil bunkering theft in the country.

Vice Admiral Ezeoba however warned that the Nigerian Navy will not tolerate any form of ineptitude and complacency.

He added that the Navy has taken necessary strategies to tackle the menace, which include the deployment of new vessels to flashpoints in the country.

The latest flashpoint identified by the Navy is the Brass Corridor, which consist of Forcados and Escravos.

The Senior officers also took their turns to sign the Performance Contract, with a mandate to curb the activities of crude oil thieves.

Nigeria Army steps up counter terrorism operations

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Onyeabo Ihejirika says the Nigerian Army is adopting a new strategy to fighting terrorism in the country.

He said “the Nigeria Army cannot always depend on a set pattern of operations”.

General Ihejirika made the remark at the graduation ceremony of 1,952 soldiers from Basic Counter Terrorism Course 6 at the Nigerian Army Training Centre Kontagora, Niger state.

Nigeria has been grappling with the upsurge of terrorist attacks in the northern region that has claimed many lives and raised fear among citizens and doubts over the capability of security forces.

Terrorist attacks including the killing of Italian and British hostages earlier this year raised calls for the military to adopt new tactics and skills in counter terrorism.

26 persons arrested for possesion of illegal items

26 persons alleged to have imported prohibited goods have been arrested by men of Federal Operations Unit,Zone a ,Lagos State  of the Nigeria Customs Service.

The comptroller in charge of the unit, Mister Dan Ugo said goods seized from those arrested include fake drugs, cannabis ,fairly used clothes and vehicles worth over a N100 million.

He said that men of the service will not go to sleep until they rid the nation of criminally minded persons.

Defence College drafts policy to curb insecurity in Nigeria

The Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Thomas Jonah Lokoson

The National Defence College says it is ready with the national security policy which it was commissioned to come up with to tackle the growing insecurity in the country.

The policy, according to the commandant of the college, Rear Admiral Thomas Jonah Lokoson, who was speaking at an event to commence the 20th anniversary of the college, is in its draft stage and has been sent out to other players in the sector to make their input which will be collated and submitted to the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd).

Other achievements of the college according to the commandant include the training of participants made up of 622 Nigeria Army officers, 295 officers of the Nigerian Air Force, 255 officers of the Nigerian Navy, 55 Nigeria Police officers, 105 senior civil servants and 138 officers from other countries.

He also added that in its 20 years of  existence the college has  been playing important roles in national security  and professional  development   of strategic  leaders  required to meet the global challenges of maintaining peace and security not only in Nigeria but internationally.