Metuh & EFCC; Nigerian boy in ISIS video; PDP ex-chairman & EFCC, IMF . . .
EFCC confirms Metuh’s investigation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the investigation of Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, over his alleged involvement in the 2.1-billion-dollar arms contract scam.
The EFCC spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed Metuh’s investigation to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday. He said that Metuh was being investigated over the N1.4 billion traced to the account of a company, Destra Investment Limited, linked to him in the arms contract scam
EFCC arrests PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh
Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested the National Publicity Secretary Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh. He was picked up at his residence located at Drive One, Prince and Princess Estate, in the Games area of Abuja today.
It was learnt that four officials of the commission stormed his residence in the early hours of the day and asked him to follow them to the commission’s headquarters, at Wuse Zone 2. Metuh’s Special Assitant, Mr. Richard Ihediwa, confirmed the arrest of his boss.
He said, “Upon enquiry on the reasons for the invitation (by the EFCC officials), the officials stated that he has some issues to clear with the commission.
Boy in ISIS video is my grandson – Nigerian man
A London-based cab driver, Sunday Dare, has said a young boy nicknamed Jihadi Junior, who appears in an Islamic State video is his grandson. Nigerian-born Dare made the claim in an interview with Channel 4 News on Monday.
The boy, Isa Dare, was featured in a shocking new ISIS execution video wearing military uniform and declaring, “We are going to kill the kaffir (non-believers) over there.”
Isa’s mother, Grace Khadijat Dare, 24, is said to have fled London and married the boy’s father a Swedish jihadi fighter, Abu Bakr, who has been killed.
The boy and his parents featured in footage exclusively obtained by Channel 4 News from an American Muslim convert and film-maker, Bilal Abdul Kareem, and first broadcast in 2013.
“He’s my grandson. I can’t disown him. I know him very well,” the TV station quoted him as saying. “He’s propaganda. They are just using a small boy. They are just using him as a shield.”
Court fixes Thursday for ruling on ex-PDP chairman’s bail application
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed Thursday for ruling on ex-Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Haliru Bello, and his son’s bail application. Bello and his son, Abbah Mohammed, were arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on four counts of money laundering involving about N300m, which they allegedly collected from the office of the National Security Adviser.
Justice Mohammed ordered the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to ensure that Bello, who was wheeled into the court in a wheelchair, was monitored in hospital and remanded the PDP chieftain’s son in Kuje Prison till Thursday.
The EFCC had filed charges against Bello, who is also a former Minister of Defence, and his son, along with their firm, Bam Properties.
Both men pleaded not guilty to all four counts.
Detained Pro-Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu welcomes baby boy
Uchechi Okwu Kanu, wife of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the director of Radio Biafra Nnamdi Kanu, has been delivered of a baby boy. The birth of the baby boy was announced in a message on one of the facebook pages of Biafra.
The message reads, “Good morning great Biafrans with joy in our hearts and celebration of new arrival to IPOB family, our first lady the wife of our eminent leader Joshua Nnamdi Kanu has delivered a healthy baby boy, mother and child are in good health.”
Kanu has been in detention since October, 2015 after he was arrested for leading the agitation for the actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
No IMF programme needed for Nigeria, says Lagarde
No IMF programme needed for Nigeria, says Lagarde
Africa’s biggest economy Nigeria, battling a revenue shortfall caused by the global oil shock, does not need assistance from the International Monetary Fund, the group’s head said on Tuesday. “Let me be very clear: I’m not here nor is my team here to negotiate a loan with conditionalities, we’re not programming negotiations,” said IMF managing director Christine Lagarde.
“Frankly, given the determination and resilience displayed by the presidency and his team, I don’t see why an IMF programme is going to be needed,” she told reporters in Abuja.
Lagarde was speaking after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari on a four-day visit that will also see her hold talks with the central bank governor and business leaders.
Nigeria, Africa’s number one oil producer, has seen revenues dive over the last year because of the fall in global crude prices, causing a cash crunch that has forced it to tighten spending.
The naira currency has also slumped and GDP growth stalled to under 3.0 percent, while inflation is nudging 10 percent.
Lagarde described the talks as “excellent” and said they touched on “the challenges ahead stemming from the oil price reduction” and the need to find different revenue sources.
Drama as former PDP chairman, Haliru Bello, is docked in wheelchair over Dasuki’s stolen funds
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, arraigned the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Haliru Bello, before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. Bello who was docked along with his with his son, Abba, on a four-count criminal charge bordering on alleged N300million fraud, took his plea in a wheelchair.
They are facing trial alongside a firm, BAM Projects and Properties Limited.
The anti-graft agency alleged that the accused persons, through the firm, withdrew the sum of N300m from an account the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
The fund was said to have been transferred to the accused persons, 11 days to the 2015 presidential election, by the embattled former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, rtd.
Both Bello and his Son, pleaded not guilty to the charge dated December 23 but amended on December 30, 2015.