Special Report From Nigeria

Read special report on Nigeria. Did Buhari’s aide doctor the 2016 budget & will Buhari release Pro-Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to Ohanaeze Ndigbo?  . . . .

Security on trail of Mu’azu & Jonathan’s Secretary, Tukur

Security agencies are “watch-listing” former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Adamu Muazu (photo below: right) and a former Principal Private Secretary to former President Goodluck Jonathan,  Hassan Tukur (photobelow: left), it was learnt yesterday.

Adamu Muazu

The two influential personalities are said to have been placed on the watch list over the alleged diversion of cash meant for arms into the 2015 election campaign and payment of huge ransom to unknown Boko Haram agents.

Jonathan . Hassan Tukur ex-prez Jonathan's principal secretary

– EFCC to quiz ex-PDP chair on alleged diversion of $2.1b arms cash

– EFCC on his trail over N600m shared to six chairmen of PDP mobilization committees. He is believed to be in Asia

– EFCC interested his role in the botched deal with fake Boko Haram chiefs involving payment of huge cash

Missing Budget: Senate says Buhari’s aide “doctored” budget

The Senate has accused the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Senate, Ita Enang, of changing the contents of the 2016 appropriation bill before making the document available to the lawmakers.

President Buhari presented the 2016 budget proposal last December before a joint session of the National Assembly.

sen. Ita-Enang

At its plenary on Thursday, the Senate said Sen. Enang, changed the contents of the original document as presented by Buhari.

The senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, disclosed this at the end of the executive session that lasted over two hours.

“What he distributed is different from what was presented by Mr. President and we have resolved not to address any version until we receive the version presented by Mr. President,” Mr. Saraki stated.

The chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Aliyu Sabi, further emphasised the Senate allegation when he briefed journalists after plenary.

CBN . Gov Godwin Emefiele said, 'The CBN remains a very independent institution, just like it was under my predecessor' . STR.AFP via Getty Images

Senate summons CBN governor over fall of Naira  

The Senate Thursday summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, over the continuous depreciation of the Naira.

The upper chamber said that Emefiele should appear before it by 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday January 19, 2016 to explain the continuous weakening of Naira against the Dollar.

The invitation followed a Point of Order raised by the Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, over the matter.

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, asked Senator Ndume to convey Senate’s resolution inviting him to the CBN governor.

Saraki said, “The leader in line with our rules, 42:1 did mention this and in line with our rules also we must get the views of the Senators that we should stand this down till Tuesday next week.

“Leader, you convey and invite the Central Bank Governor to come on Tuesday by 11 to present this before the Senate.’’

Ndume had said it was expedient for the Senate to invite the CBN governor to brief it on the free fall of the naira.

‘Release Nnamdi Kanu to us we will make him realise the futility in his pro- Biafra stance’ – Ohanaeze to Buhari

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to release the detained director of the pirate ‘Radio Biafra’ and leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu to Igbo leaders, assuring that they would make him realize the futility of continuing his pro- Biafra stance.

Nnamdi Kanu

Chairman of state presidents of Ohaneze in the seven Igbo -speaking states, Dr. Chris Eluemunoh told reporters in Awka that Igbo leaders were equally concerned with the security challenges posed by the activities of the pro-Biafra group, adding that once Kanu was released to Igbo leaders, they would sit him down and discuss with him and make him realize the negative effects of continuing with efforts to actualize the Republic of Biafra.

According to Eluemunoh, a lot of discussions on how to tackle the issue of insecurity in the country were going on among Igbo leaders, adding that they believe that Kanu’s issue could be better handled and resolved if he was released to enable Igbo leaders get involved in the matter.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo logo

He said: “IPOB and MASSOB (the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra) can operate as pressure groups and not as secessionist groups. Many Igbo people are residing in other parts of Nigeria and there is no way they can abandon their investments to return to the East in the name of Biafra.”

Ita Enang, reacts to “doctored” budget allegation

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly (Senate), Ita Enang, says he will not respond to an allegation by the Senate that he doctored the 2016 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in December.

Buhari . 2016 Budget presentation to NASS

But speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, Sen. Enang, said he would not comment on the development.

He said the matter was between “two of my bosses”, in reference to the presidency and the National Assembly.

“I do not want to comment on the matter at the moment,” Mr. Enang said. “It is a very sensitive matter involving two of my bosses – the National Assembly and Presidency. I don’t want to talk about them.”

Tompolo 2

N13 Billion fraud: Tompolo fails to appear in court

Ex-Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a. Tompolo, has shunned the order of a Federal High Court in Lagos to unconditionally appear today to answer a 40-count of alleged N13bn fraud leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Hearing in the substantive charge filed by the EFCC was adjourned to today.

The order, which was granted in Charge No: FHC/L/553c/2015, was sequel to a motion ex-parte brought by the EFCC.

All his co-accused, including a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, were present in court.

The commission had asked Tompolo to appear on December 17, 2015 for questioning in respect of the N13 billion land acquisition controversy for Nigerian Maritime University, NMU in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, with a threat to declare him wanted should he fail to appear.

MR | Special report

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