Lagos PDP Calls On SSS To Arrest Tinubu

pdpThe Lagos State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party has called on the State Security Service (SSS), to arrest the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, for allegedly making comments capable of worsening the country’s security challenges.

In a statement signed by the Chapter’s publicity secretary, Taofik Gani, the party claimed that Tinubu’s comments were “inflammatory, inciting and criminal utterances capable of worsening the current security challenges in the country.”

The Party made reference to statements made by the former Lagos governor, stating that Bola Tinubu “had stated publicly that in the coming elections at Ekiti and Osun states, anyone who attempts to rig will be murdered and roasted.”

“The statement was made at LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, during the investiture of the APC National leader as Chancellor of the Higher Institution.”

The PDP expressed concern over the comments which they described as criminal and was intended to target their members. “We are indeed worried that such inflammatory, inciting and criminal pronouncements can be made in our country at this period that we are confronted with serious security problems in some parts of the country.”

The Party further alleged that the APC leader had prepared a list of targets and will use the elections as decoy to hit them.

“We recall well that a similar careless statement made by a Presidential Candidate, who is also a member of APC is believed to have also aggravated the violence in the North. The situation in the north may not have been this bad if the Security Agencies had acted fast. Hence, this current agent provocateur must be swiftly curtailed.

“The Security Agencies, especially SSS must not be cowed by his over bloated status, but arrest him and even prosecute him.”

The party has called on the security agencies to interrogate Tinubu, stressing that failure to do so would be seen as either an act of compromise or docility, which would portend great danger for the polity.

“The security agencies must therefore act fast to prove that they are on top of security issues in the land,” the party insisted.


JNI Demands Immediate Release Of Arrested Kogi Varsity Boko Haram Suspect

The leadership of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji  Sa’ad Abubakar II,  has demanded  the immediate release of an alleged Boko Haram recruitment officer and spiritual leader in Kogi state,  Dr. Mohammed Yunus.

The association  claimed Yunus was not a Boko Haram member.

Yunus,  a lecturer with the Kogi State University and four others  were  arrested  by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) on October 29 over an allegation that they were planning to attack Igala land in Kogi State.

However, the JNI in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, noted that  after a thorough investigation by the religious body, it discovered that the said lecturer was not connected with the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

According to the JNI, the lecturer could not have been a member of Boko Haram because those who have been following the trend of the sect knew that  “even ordinary members of the Boko Haram hardly deny their connection to their ideology.”

The JNI  therefore  argued that it would  be doubtful that a whole “spiritual leader and recruitment officer” of the sect  would shed tears publicly while denying any link to that ideology.

It added that it would sound contradictory also that a leader of Boko Haram would still maintain his position as a university lecturer when in fact, the first requisite for one to be a member of the group was to abandon  anything connected with western education.

Kwara Launches New Security Outfit Ahead Of Yuletide

The Kwara state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed has flagged off operation harmony, a joint security outfit comprising the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, State Security Service (SSS) and members of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

He charged the merged patrol and rapid response squad, to rid the state of crime and restore the state reputation for security and low crime rates, while presenting 15 vehicles to the command.

The Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed

Governor Ahmed lamented the disturbing crime rate in the state and how it has increased despite the reputation of the state for peace and low crime rates.

The event, he added, is a testimony to his resolve to overcome identified security challenges by boosting the enforcement capacities of the security agencies.

He also noted that the birth of Operation Harmony was an implicit confidence his administration has in the ability of security operatives in the state to sustain peace given necessary incentives and support.

The Governor commended the officers and men of various security agencies in the State for their roles, “in keeping our streets safe, our homes secured and our neighbourhood protected”, acknowledging that efforts of the agencies in tackling crime were dwarfed by the scale of security challenges they confront.

Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, in his remarks, explained that the flag-off of the Operation Harmony was timely due to the expected upsurge in crime and criminality as the year is coming to an end.

Responding on behalf of the security agencies, the state Commissioner of Police, Agboola Oshodi-Glover assured that the security men had been briefed to respect the rule of law and not indulge in acts contrary to the constitution.



SSS Parades Suspected Kidnappers Of Rhodes-Vivour’s Wife, Daughter

Three suspected members of a gang that kidnapped the wife, daughter and driver of a Justice of the Supreme Court, Bode Rhodes-Vivour, were on Tuesday paraded by the State Security Service (SSS), alongside other suspected criminals.

The suspected kidnappers had in May, this year, kidnapped the two women and the driver in Edo state.

Parading the suspects before the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole in Benin, the state capital, the state director of the SSS, Bello Bakori, said the suspects had confessed to the crime and that three members of the kidnappers of the judge’s wife are still at large.

He added that Mrs Rhodes-Vivour and her daughter had been kept in a house in Upper Sakpoba area of Benin City from where the suspects were arrested.

Justice Rhodes-Vivour’s family was held captive for 18 days by their captors.

SSS Parades Two Chinese Nationals Over Illegal Mining

The Niger state command of the Depatment of State Security  (DSS), has paraded two suspected illegal miners in Katugba Town in Paikora local government area of the state.

Parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Minna, the director, Larry Obiagwu mentioned that the suspects, Lu Xiaoyong and Huaiming Geng who are Chinese nationals were arrested at the site of the illegal mining.

He mentioned that the suspects are to be arraigned at the Federal High Court.

However the suspects who spoke through an interpreter denied the charges.

SSS Rescues 16 Pregnant Ladies From Abia Baby Factory

The State Security Service (SSS) in Abia State has rescued 16 pregnant women from a home in Aba, run by a purported Non-Governmental Organization, Home Cross Foundation International, and arrested the man in charge.
The 16 ladies, aged between 17 and 37 years, are indigenes of Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Abia, and Imo States, and were found at various stages of pregnancy at 3 Anyamele Street, off Nicholas Avenue, in Umungasi area of Aba.
It was gathered that the ladies upon delivery were given the sum of N50,000 and sent away while their babies were sold to people from different parts of the country.

While denying the allegation of involvement in child trafficking, the owner of the organisation, Ndudim Hyginus, said his foundation was duly registered with the Ministry of Women Affairs and was only rendering assistance to victims of unwanted pregnancy, which he said was not illegal.

Mr. Hyginus, who is currently in detention, said when he was arrested in 2004 by the police over the same matter, he went to court against the police and NAPTIP and was awarded N4 million damages, which he said the authorities were yet to pay.

A press statement by Matthew Obodochi of the State Security Service, warned “those hiding under NGOs to perpetrate modern form of slave trade to desist from such illegalities as the security agencies will stop at nothing to ensure that they are apprehended and made to face the law.”

The SSS also urged members of the public “to continue to give useful information on criminal elements in their midst to security agents for public good.”

Similar cases have been reported in different parts of Nigeria’s South-East in recent times, the latest being the rescue of 24 pregnant young girls by security operatives in Imo State in May. The state governor, Rochas Okorocha, later directed that the girls be taken care of by the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development while he approved the immediate release of the sum of N10 million for their upkeep and to ensure safe delivery of their babies.


Terrorism Charges: Ndume Asks Court To Stay Proceedings

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has fixed October 2nd, 2013 for the adoption of addresses in the appeal brought before it by Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume asking it to stay proceedings in his trial for terrorism charges.

The trial is being conducted by the federal government at the Federal High Court in Abuja following the indictment of the senator on alleged involvement of sponsorship of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.

The senator had approached the court of appeal to overturn the ruling of the Federal High Court Judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, who admitted as evidence against the senator alleged call logs from GSM providers, which indicated that the lawmaker had telephone conversation with one of the Boko Haram commanders, Ali Konduga.

He asked the appellate court to invalidate the admitted evidence on the ground that the judge erred in law when he admitted non admissible documents, which the senator described as radical and fundamental against him.

However, his motion for stay of proceedings could not be entertained by the Justice Dauda Yahaya-led three man panel following the sudden objection to the motion brought by the federal government to the court by its counsel Mr. Thompson Olatigbe

The court ordered both parties to file their written addresses and exchange same between now and October 2, 2013 when they will be formally adopted.

Justice Kolawole had on December 11 and 14, 2012 admitted in evidence certain, DVDs containing call-data records, including findings based on investigations carried out by a Special Investigation Panel (SIP), of the State Security Service (SSS).

Presidential Cmte Consults With Boko Haram Inmates In Kuje Prison

The Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the crisis in northern Nigeria has debunked reports that some members of the committee are demoralised following incessant attacks in some parts of the country at a time the committee is yet to carry out their assignment.

Chairman of the committee and Minister for Special Duties; Alhaji Kabiru Turaki said this at the Kuje Prisons on Thursday, where the committee members started consultations with inmates of the prisons who are members of Boko Haram.

He expressed optimism that the committee will come up with useful consultations that will enable them give recommendations which let peace to reign in the northern part of the country.

The committee had earlier visited the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) before the visit to Kuje Prisons.

Alhaji Turaki also gave the assurance that the committee is poised to carry out their assignment with all sense of diligence.

Claiming that the detained insurgents are cooperating with the committee, the Minister did not disclose what was discussed but said they were seeking ways to have constructive dialogue with Nigerians across board.

He appealed for understanding and prayers for them to succeed.

“As some of you may have noticed, we have had very useful discussions with some inmates that are being held here on the allegations of being either members of Jamatul Alhus Sunnah (Boko Haram) on accounts of terrorism or acts related thereto.”

“We want to assure Nigerians that this committee is poised to make sure that we carry out this assignment with all sense of responsibility, with all honesty and with diligence” he said.

He further adds that “we have had cause, in the past, to speak to members of Jamatul Alhus Sunnah and in doing so to tell them that members of this committee are people of proven integrity, are accomplished Nigerians that have been carefully selected by Mr. President to come and do this national assignment.”

Still looking

Mr. Turaki, while clarifying that the committee’s brief was not to secure or grant amnesty but to encourage dialogue among stakeholders, said the essence of the committee was not to get the group to cease fire alone but to attain total ceasefire.

“We do not have any grudges against anybody, do not harbour any ill feeling or prejudices against anybody. We have resolved and we have pledged and will continue to pledge that in carrying out this assignment, we will do it with the fear of God, high sense of patriotism and nationalism. We shall be guided by sense of decency and the feeling of trying to ensure that at the end of the day there is more peace in Nigeria.”

“We are still looking for ways of having dialogue- constructive, honest and frank dialogue- with all major stakeholders across board. And so we will continue to solicit the support and cooperation of not only the people that are considered to be directly or indirectly involved in these issues, but other Nigerians” he added.


Iran Denies Training Suspected Nigerian Terrorists

The Islamic Republic of Iran has denied allegations that it had trained militants arrested in Nigeria on charges of planning attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets in Nigeria.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said such allegations were “made up as the result of the ill will of enemies of the two countries’ good relations”, Iranian state television reported on Friday.

“Iran and Nigeria have friendly and close relations and despite the vast efforts of the two countries enemies, in recent years relations and cooperation have always improved” he said.

The State Secret Service (SSS) on Thursday confirmed the arrest of Abdullahi Mustapha Berende and two other Nigerians in December after Berende, allegedly made several suspicious trips to Iran, where he interacted with Iranians in a “high-profile terrorist network”.

According to the SSS, Berende and his Iranian handlers were involved in “grievous crimes” against Nigeria’s national security.

Berende, who will now be charged in court, admitted to reporters at the SSS headquarters that he had carried out surveillance for the Iranians.

In 2004, Israeli sources said an Iranian diplomat was arrested on suspicion of spying on the Israeli Embassy in the Federal Capital Territory. Tehran denied any arrest.

In 2010, authorities at a Lagos Port found a hidden shipment of rockets, rifle rounds and other weapons from Iran, supposedly bound for Gambia.

A Nigerian and an Iranian face criminal charges over the shipment.


SSS Nabs Kidnappers of FCT Auditor-General

Edo State Command of the State Security Service (SSS) have apprehended the alleged kidnappers of  Auditor-General of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Fred Omoaka, and a lecturer of the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.

The state Director of the SSS, Mr. Bakore Tukur while parading the suspects before Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and journalists said the suspects were arrested at various locations in the state.

According to the State Director SSS, kidnappers of the Auditor-General were arrested in the process of collecting the sum of N10 million ransom.

The command also recovered locally made guns and cut-to-size shot gun from them.

The suspects when interrogated by the governor explained their level of involvement in the crime.

On his part, Governor Adams Oshiomhole commended the service for its efforts in combating kidnapping and expressed optimism that criminals in the state would be defeated; stressing that Nigeria would win the war against criminals.

Mr. Tukur revealed that when investigation is concluded they would be charged to court. He also thanked the state government for assistance rendered to the agency in combating criminals in the state.

NNPC spokeman says search for missing staff has been intensified

The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC on Tuesday affirmed that it has not in any way called off the search for one of its staff who was reported to be missing since late September while commuting from Lagos to Abuja, a statement from the Acting Group General Manager Public Affairs, Fidel Pepple .

Mr. Sylvester Emefiele, an Electrical and Electronics Technologist who is a staff of the NNPC Transformation Office under the Corporate Planning and Strategy Division of the Corporation, was last seen after boarding an Abuja bound Abanje Transport Company vehicle from Ikorodu in Lagos on September, 23. 2012.

Pepple explained that the Corporation is working assiduously with detectives from the State Security Service and the Nigeria Police to locate his whereabouts as soon as possible.

“Our target is not only to locate and rescue Mr. Emefiele but also to ensure as much as possible that he is unhurt. Thus immediately the matter came to the notice of Management the GMD promptly instructed that steps be taken not only to ensure his safety but also to protect his immediate family from anything untoward,” Mr. Pepple said.

The NNPC spokesman explained that in line with the Corporation’s standard security procedure, the Security Department quickly informed the leadership of the Nigeria Police and the State Security Service at the FCT Abuja level but later escalated the matter to the national level when clues emerged that the crime could have gone beyond the boundaries of the FCT.

“Though I may not be able to give you a blow by blow account of what we have done as a Corporation since 23rd September, 2012, due to the obvious implication for the investigation, I can confirm that the SSS has since assigned an Assistant Director to take full charge of the case. At our own level we have a regular Management review session under the direct supervision of the Group Executive Director in charge of Cooperate Services,” he said.

On the concerns reportedly raised by the Emefiele family over the handling of the case by the Corporation, Mr. Fidel explained that the Corporation has done much and still doing everything within its powers to rescue the missing staff and ensure the safety and comfort of his family.

“We totally understand the agony and pain the family is going through at this period and we share in their hurt and tribulations. Before now we had offered the family police protection which was turned down; even at that we have intensified regular interface with the family through our security department as well as the staff welfare unit,’’ he stated.

Ritualists kill seven year old boy in Nasarawa

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command of the State Security Service (SSS) has paraded two men who allegedly killed a seven year old boy in Nasarawa state for ritual purpose.

Assistant Director, Operations of the Service, Mister Ibrahim Halilu said the two men, John Yakubu and Ishaya Dakulung were arrested on Sunday afternoon in the Asokoro district of the FCT with the fresh human head while they were looking for a buyer.

Mister Halilu who said the suspects will soon be charged to court, warned parents to closely monitor the movement of their children during the holiday period in order to forestall the activities of evil minded persons.

One of the suspect, John Yakubu who spoke in Hausa said the victim who is an only child of his parents was lured to a river side in New Karshi, Nasarawa state, before severing his head from his body while his partner, Ishaya Dakulung claimed that he was only helping his friend to get a buyer with a promise of being paid  N250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand naira).