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How I shared the N260 Million paid into my account from Dasuki’s office – Tony Anenih
How I shared the N260 Million paid into my account from Dasuki’s office – Tony Anenih . . .
Ex-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BOT) chair Tony Anenih has explained how he disbursed the N260 million paid into his bank account from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) believes the cash came from the allegedly misappropriated $2.1 billion arms funds.
Anenih wrote to the EFCC to state, among others, that he gave N63 million to a group coordinated by a former Special Assistant to former President Shehu Shagari (National Assembly Liaison), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, for the 2015 presidential election.
Yakassai may be invited for interrogation over the “curious” payment, NE learnt yesterday.
Anenih was said to have told EFCC that he didn’t benefit from the money, but that he only shared it, following instructions.
Why I called Nigeria a zoo – Nnamdi Kanu
Th leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, described Nigeria as a zoo and accused Governor Rochas Okorocha of Islamising Imo State in an interview he granted an online medium, Sahara Reporters.
He, however, said in one of the statements he made to the Department of State Services after he was arrested at a Lagos hotel on October 14, 2015 that he made the said comments in order to facilitate societal change.
Kanu and two others have been charged with treason and other related offences on account of his agitation for the secession of the South-East and other areas of the country to form a sovereign state of Biafra.
He confirmed in the statement, dated October 24, 2015, that he made the comments, calling Nigeria a zoo to justify his belief that the only language its people understood was violence in the interview with Sahara Reporters.
He said he also accused Okorocha of Islamising Imo State in the said interview.
Kanu stated, “A Sahara Reporters’ interview was played by officers of the DSS on October 24, 2015, as part of my interrogation and I acknowledged that it was me that gave the interview and the answers I provided were done by me.
“As I have earlier stated in past interrogation, the statements I make are purely designed to elicit reaction that will facilitate the desired change which is needed.
“In the interview, I made reference and said, ‘the zoo has come to an end, they keep killing our people…’.
“In the interview, I also said ‘the language the people hear in the zoo is violence. If they fail to give us Biafra, Somalia will be a child’s play’, yes, I stated that in the interview.
“Again, I was asked (and I said), ‘If they do not give us Biafra, there would be no one living in the zoo,’ yes, I said so.
Dopkesi sends greeting cards to President Buhari and VP Osinbajo
Despite his ongoing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the founder of DAAR Communication, Chief Raymond Dopkesi, on Tuesday sent season’s greeting cards to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The giant cards bearing goodwill messages on Eid el Maulud, Christmas and New Year was taken to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, by a team led by the communication outfit’s Chairman, Mr. Raymond Dokpesi Jnr.
hey were received on behalf of the President by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, who was joined by a Director of Information, Mr. Justin Abuah.
The message on the giant card read, “The chairman, Board of Directors, Management and staff of DAAR Communications Plc, proprietors and operators of Raypower FM, Africa Independent Television and Faaji FM, most heartily felicitate with Your Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and family on the occasions of Eid Maulud, Christmas and New Year 2016.”
The delegation later moved to the Vice President’s office where they were received by his Senior Special Assistant Documentation, Mr. Sesan Adeboyejo.
PDP issues warning to Buhari and EFCC – ‘Don’t Kill or poison Olisa Metuh’
The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate release of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who was Tuesday morning invited and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
This was according to a statement by Prof. Adewale Oladipo, the National Secretary of the party.
Read statement below;
This development, which did not come to us as a surprise given series of threats to our party’s spokesman by the APC and the Federal Government, who are obviously not comfortable with our stance on the confused state of the nation under their watch, is a continuation of APC’s grand design to silence and decimate the PDP.
The arrest of Chief Metuh today underscores the growing political intolerance in our country and the foisting of a police state which was last Wednesday underscored by the President and Commander-in-Chief himself, who defended why a government in a democracy should flout constitutional provision and brazenly disobey court orders.
This onslaught against our spokesman, according to intelligence available to us is part of a larger script by the government to ensure that PDP wings are finally clipped in their mission to install a dictatorial one-party state in the country.
The excesses of security agencies under this government, especially the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) and the EFCC, in abridging the human rights of PDP members have become worrisome and a threat to our democratic evolution.
Nigerians and the international community will recall that on a number of occasions, the PDP, through its spokesman has been outspoken on some undemocratic proclivities being exhibited by the APC-led Federal Government in the last seven months.
The PDP insists that for whatever reason Chief Metuh was arrested, his rights as a citizen under the law must not be trampled upon. We therefore demand for his immediate release and that due process of investigation and prosecution concerning him should be strictly adhered to.
We state this because we have been made aware of top directives to break Chief Metuh and if possible poison him during his detention by the EFCC. Chief Metuh, has since his arrest at about 10 am, has been kept incommunicado, with his lawyers denied access to him.
The PDP declares the arrest of our spokesman as the last straw that may break our democracy. We therefore forewarn the Federal Government and its agencies to save our democracy and forthwith release our National Publicity Secretary.
We are also calling on the international community and well-meaning Nigerians to stand up for this democracy, which our party nurtured for 16 years and deepened to a level where the opposition, for the first time in our political history, had the opportunity to win in a general election.
Pro-Biafran leader, Ralph Uwazuruike to set up parallel govt in Southeast and Southsouth, Election to hold, February 22
Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra leader Ralph Uwazuruike has announced plans to set up a parallel government in the Southeast and Southsouth. Election will hold on February 22 into wards, provinces, districts, regions and zones of the Southeast and Southsouth, which it said are Biafra territories.
Speaking during the presentation of the 2016 Biafra Budget at the Ojukwu Memorial library, Uwazuruike announced the appointment of Rev. Fr Samuel Aniebonam, a Catholic Priest, as the Chairman of the Biafra Independent National Electoral Commission (B-INEC).
His words: “In line with our principle of non-violence towards establishing a sovereign control over the territorial boarders of the New Biafra, a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Samuel Aniebonam has been appointed the Chairman of Biafra Independent National Electoral Commission, (B-INEC).
“The Chairman, with other anointed men and women of God as members, will supervise the internal election into the offices of the new Biafra Government on February 22.” The separatist leader said the election will be by open ballot, popularly known as Option A4.
“Our election will not be like Nigeria’s election, it will be a transparent one. In Biafra, there won’t be electoral fraud. The tenure of the elected Regional Governor or Minister would be four years and nine months. There shall be no second tenure.
“Once you are defeated, you won’t appeal in a tribunal against your opponent. This is why members of the commission would be men and women of God.”
Bill Cosby arraigned on sex assault charge
Bill Cosby Remains Free After Paying $1 Million Bail in Sexual Assault Case . . .
Bill Cosby remains free after paying bail set at $1 million in an Elkins, Penn., courtroom on Wednesday, where he answered to the only criminal charges brought against him in the wave of allegations from more than 50 women that he committed sex crimes against them over the past four decades.
The Cosby Show star, 78, who has always maintained his innocence, entered no plea to a charge of aggravated indecent assault during his arraignment in a courtroom outside Philadelphia. The felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. He made no statement to the many reporters who gathered to see him enter the courtroom wearing a bulky sweater and carrying a cane.
Photo: Bill Cosby appears in court. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)
Cosby surrendered his passport and was fingerprinted and photographed before his release. His preliminary hearing is set for January 14.
Photo: Cosby’s mugshot (Cheltenham Township Police Department)
The charge stems from Andrea Constand’s claims that Cosby assaulted her during a dinner at his home, where he had promised to give her career advice on the night of Jan. 4, 2004. The civil suit alleged that Cosby gave her “herbal pills,” before he “touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated her.” She also claimed that she had a blurry memory of what had happened the next morning when she woke up still at his home with crumpled clothes.
Though Constand reported the incident in 2005, the district attorney declined to file charges and the civil lawsuit was settled in 2006. However, new light was shed on the case over the summer when a deposition in that lawsuit was unsealed. In it, Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes to women for sex, although he continued to claim he was innocent.
A new district attorney reopened the Constad case last year, and the comedian is being charged days before reaching the statute of limitations. That date has already been reached in most of the cases in which Cosby has been accused.
Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents several of the women, said that they’ll support Constad. “Many of my clients will be willing to testify and we look forward to a just result,” she said in a news conference.
President Muhammadu Buhari hosted his first Media Chat on NTA
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hosted his first presidential media chat by 8:00 pm local time at the presidential villa in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Wednesday night.
The president answered questions from a panel of journalists on a number of national issues.
The presidential media chat was aired by Nigeria’s national TV the NTA and syndicated to other TV networks in Nigeria.
Watch the Presidential Media Chat below . . .
President Buhari gives reasons for not releasing Dasuki & Kanu
Criminal Charges: Dasukigate & Pro-Biafra questions & answers
President Muhammadu Buhari has given reasons why the federal government refused to release a former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), and the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, despite several court directives to the contrary.
Speaking during his first presidential media chat at the presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday night the president said, inter alia:
“If you see the atrocities these people committed against this country, we can’t allow them to jump bail.
(On the ex-NSA, Dasuki) They would just say to Central Bank give so and so, 40 billion Naira just like that; 40 billion.
Travel to London to see his doctor, what of the over two million people displaced, most of them orphans whose fathers have been killed, what type of government do you want to run? We cannot allow that.
(On the IPOB leader, Kanu) Despite having two international passports, one for Britain and the other for Nigeria, Nnamdi Kanu did not use any of them to come into the country.
He smuggled in equipment with which he came in to preach hate messages”
– Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, President of Nigeria
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IPOB members want to leave Nigeria
The agitating members of a pro-Biafra movement have stated that they want to leave Nigeria. They said that they are tired of this “forced marriage” imposed on Nigeria, which unfortunately includes the geographical area they claim as Biafran territory.