NIGERIAN NEWS DESK: News in Brief

PDP crisis: Sheriff urges Supreme Court to shun Makarfi appeal;  No ransom was paid for release of 82 Chibok girls – Lai Mohammed . . .

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TRENDING IN NIGERIA: Pro-Biafra IPOB, Dickson, Jonathan, Senate, Suicide bombers, Ifeanyi Ubah, Osinbajo

IPOB orders remembrance of Biafran fallen heroes on May 30; Niger Delta Group Knock Dickson Over Jonathan Comment; Senate probes DSS recruitment; Female suicide bombers hit University of Maiduguri again!;Ifeanyi Ubah:  NNPC challenges Lagos court’s jurisdiction to hear suit; Ifeanyi Ubah to stay in prison custody till May 25; Osinbajo signs three executive orders; We’ll remain loyal to Nigeria – Nigerian Air Force . . .

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New Video: ‘Boko Haram Is Not Crushed’ – Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a new video to debunk the recent Nigerian government claim that the Islamist terrorist group has been crushed and flushed out of its fortress Sambisa forest stronghold . . .

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From Nigeria – FRONTPAGE NEWS

We complied with Nigerian fund transfer rules – MTN; Amaechi Begged Me To Cancel Fayose’s Election – Justice Ngwuta; Fani-Kayode re-arrested by EFCC; Arms cash: Dasuki’s trials to be conducted in one court; Judges under probe should step aside – NBA; Arrested judges should step aside – Prof. Nwabueze; Senate Passes North East Development Commission Bill; Oba Ewuare II gets staff of office as 40th Oba of Benin; DSS planted ‘huge sums of money’ in my house — Justice Ugwuta; ‘We won’t ask Nigerian judges accused of corruption to step aside’ – NJC to NBA; Nigerian govt apparatuses under threat of corruption – Osinbajo; Chibok girls: Buhari’s daughter faults Ezekwesili over franchise infringement; Court dismisses N500m suit against Olisa Metuh & wife . . .

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News Trending in Nigeria

DSS Arrests of Judges: Judges are corrupted by senior lawyers – Sagay; Buhari nominates Dauda Bage, Paul Adamu as Supreme Court Judges; Nigerian Air Force Carries Sorties Over Sambisa Forest; Senate Rejects Motion To Summon DSS boss, Daura Over Judges’ Arrests; House of Reps To Probe Judges’ Arrests; Judge rolls on the floor, begs DSS boss over N500m bribe; Police Role in Aborted Arrest of Judge in Port Harcourt Exposed; Delta Gov. Okowa Slumps in Asaba Government House . . .

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ISIS’s West Africa Affiliate Claims 40 Coalition Troops Killed In Northern Nigeria

A deadly new (breakaway) faction of the Nigerian-based Boko Haram terrorist organization, referred to by the U.S. President Barack Obama (when he met aside with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday during the UN General Assembly in New York) as the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) affiliate in West Africa, said Tuesday that it had killed more than 40 troops from a coalition force in northeast Nigeria . . .

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Zuma begins two-day state visit to Nigeria March 8; FG to unbundle NNPC into 5 operational zones; Why we collected N50 billion from MTN — Nigeria; Abduction: 14-yr-old Ese Oruru 5 months pregnant; Immigration job scam: Court grants ex-minister, Moro bail, Dasuki of escalating Boko Haram crisis – FG . . .

South Africa . President Zuma at parliament in Cape Town answer on govt expenditure on his private residence. , August 6, 2015. AFP Photo.Rodger Bosch

Zuma begins two-day state visit to Nigeria March 8

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will begin a two-day state visit to Nigeria on March 8, the Presidency has announced. In a statement on Wednesday, the Presidency said Zuma was travelling to Nigeria at “the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“During the State Visit, President Zuma is expected to address the Joint Session of the National Assembly of Nigeria, and will, together with President Buhari, address the South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum,” the Presidency said.

NNPC . Emmanuel Kachikwu, new NNPC GMD

FG to unbundle NNPC into 5 operational zones

The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, on Thursday said that a major overhaul of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) system would be announced in the next one week. Kachikwu stated that NNPC would be unbundled to four or five main operational zones comprising 30 companies to be headed by a director each.

In his remarks at the 2016 Annual Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum organised by Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) Nigeria Council, Kachikwu said:

“For the national oil company, a lot of work is going on; I am sure some of you have seen the effects.

“But within the next one week, we are going to be announcing some really major overhaul of the system; one that hasn’t been done in over 20 years.

“The effect of that would be to quite frankly unbundle the huge company into four to five main operational zones.

“The upstream, downstream, midstream, refining and of course every other companies that are trending to the venture group,” he said.

Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu

Why we collected N50 billion from MTN — Nigeria

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has cleared the air over the controversy trailing the role of the Ministry in the out-of-court settlement by MTN Nigeria, and its payment of N50 billion to the Federal Government.

In a statement released on Wednesday by the Minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Victor Oluwadamilare, he described as strange and curious, a report by a section of the Nigerian media that Nigerian Government sidelined its own regulator, NCC by striking a secret deal with MTN. Contrary to the reports, the statement noted that there was no negotiation of any kind by the Communications Minister and MTN over the fine regime imposed on it by the NCC.

Ese Oruru abduction. Yunusa a.k.a. Yellow & Ese Oruru

Abduction: 14-yr-old Ese Oruru 5 months pregnant

The 14-year-old Ese Oruru, the Delta State-born girl-child, resident in Yenagoa in Bayelsa state, who was abducted by Yunusa Dahiru, alias Yellow, but rescued by the Police in Kano, has been discovered to be about five months pregnant. (Photo above: Yunusa a.k.a. Yellow & Ese Oruru)

A directive was given to a team from the Medical Department of the Police Force to carry out a comprehensive medical examination on the girl at the Police Medical Facility in Area 1, Garki, Abuja.

The white Hijab she wore on her arrival from Kano on Tuesday may have been used to cover the pregnancy, according to reports.

Abba Moro

Immigration job scam: Court grants ex-minister, Moro bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday granted bail to a former Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, and others with whom he was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of defrauding graduate applicants to the tune of N675m in the botched March 15, 2014 National Immigration Services recruitment exercise.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted bail to Moro on self-recognition, but imposed on the two others, bail sum of N100m each with one surety in like sum. All the accused persons including Moro are, however, to deposit their passports and other travel documents with the court registrar throughout the period of their trial.

The other accused persons, who were granted bail, are a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, and former director in the ministry, Mr. F.O Alayebami. Moro, Daniel-Nwobia and Alayebami were on Monday arraigned along with the firm contracted to execute the recruitment exercise, Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd.

NASS

We’ll Pass 2016 Budget On March 17 – NASS

The National Assembly has categorically said that it will pass the proposed 2016 Appropriation Bill into law on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

At a joint press conference addressed by the chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje and Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin respectively, the committees said they will lay their final collated reports before both chambers on Wednesday, March 16 after which it will be considered and passed the next day.

For his part, Senate Appropriation Committee chairman, Senator Goje said a lot of diligent efforts had been put into the 2016 Budget, adding that the two chambers have interacted with the various Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA’s).

“The various sub committees of the two chambers have interacted with there various respective MDAs, the Committees have produced their reports and all the Committees of the two chambers have fully submitted their reports.

Jonathan & Dasuki . Arms deals?

FG accuses Dasuki of escalating Boko Haram crisis

The federal government has claimed that the inability of the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki to procure arms caused the increase in insurgency in the North East.

The counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Dipo Okpeseyitan (SAN) stated this position in opposition to an application by Dasuki asking a Federal High Court in Abuja to discharge him from the five-count charges of unlawful possession of firearms and money laundering.

Dasuki had through his counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), contended that despite the orders of three courts for his bail to enable him prepare for his defence, the DSS has refused to comply with the orders. He therefore begged Justice Adeniyi Ademola to prohibit any further hearing in the case and order his discharge. He added that disobeying court orders was discouraging foreign investors.

The judge has adjourned the case to April 4 for ruling.

Nigeria . CDS Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh

Badeh faces 10-count charge for diverting N3.97b NAF funds

ALL is set for the trial of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, for diverting N1.1 billion, among others, meant for Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to buy a choice mansion for himself in Abuja.

Other allegations against Badeh include alleged spending of NAF funds to build a shopping mall worth N878,362,732.94; another N650 million for the purchase of a commercial plot of land and $2 million on a duplex in Abuja.

He was also accused of lavishing N240 million on another semi-detached duplex; buying a duplex for about N260 million for his son, Alex Badeh Jr. and spending N90 million to furnish the duplex. The  EFCC listed Badeh’s alleged financial recklessness in the 10-count charge filed against him at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, who spoke with our correspondent, said: “The arraignment of the ex-CDS will be on Thursday; the court has given the date.” Baden was slammed with a 10-count charge.

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NAF & Chibok girls, King Turner & DSS, FG & Vice Chancellors, Gov. Wike & Prof Itse Saga, Fr. Mbaka’s former parishioners . . .

NAF denies locating missing Chibok schoolgirls

The Nigerian Air Force has denied reports that it’s operatives had located the missing girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.

The Director,   Public Relations and Information of the NAF, Group. Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in an electronic mail on Saturday that the claim misrepresented an interview he granted Channels Television on February 12, 2016.

According to him, what was said was that the NAF had the capacity to identify possible areas where the girls might be held.

Famuyiwa said that while the NAF had not identified the specific location of the missing secondary school girls who were abducted in April 20, 2014, the service had been working hard with surveillance aircraft covering a wide area in the search for the girls.

The girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

Watch Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa of the Nigerian Air Force, below:

Bayelsa King Turner

King Turner petitions DSS over invasion of his home

King Amalate Johnnie Turner, the Obanema of Opume Kingdom in Bayelsa State, in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria (photo: right), also a close associate of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has petitioned the Department of State Security (DSS or SSS). In the petition, King A. J. Turner said that agents of the DSS invaded his private residence on Maitama district of Abuja on February 8 in what he described as a violation of his constitutional rights.

King Turner . DSS raided & broke down the king's doorKing Turners house in Abuja raided by DSS

King Turner said:

The incident was so disturbing to our client particularly when there is no allegation that warrants the invasion of the officers from your department against him,” Mr. Turner said in the petition through his lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, and dated February 10th.

More specific is that there was no time formal and/or informal invitation was extended to him at any point in time whatsoever to report at your office for questioning in any capacity nor was any valid search warrant presented to him, his agent, privies or any one whatsoever acting on his behalf ordering the search of the said residential premises.”

– King A. J. Turner, The Obanema of Opume Kingdom, Bayelsa State

Armed SSS operatives stormed Mr. Turner’s Maitama home last Monday and reportedly carted away some vital documents.

King A. J. Turner is a close associate of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigeria . coat of arms

FG sacks 13 University Vice Chancellors

The Federal Government has sacked the Vice Chancellors of 12 federal universities established by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Also affected by the sack is the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Vincent Tenebe.

In the statement announcing the sack, the government gave no reason for the action.

A short statement by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu in Abuja, on Saturday, simply said President Muhammadu Buhari, had approved the appointment of new Vice Chancellors for the Universities.

But the decision is already generating ripples, with some members of the intelligentsia claiming that it is only the Governing Council of NOUN of which Mr Tenebe is a member, that could only remove him.

Wike . Rivers State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Okocha presenting publications of the state judiciary to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Thursday in Port Harcourt during the opening of the 2015:2016 Legal Year

Photo: Rivers State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Daisy Okocha presenting publications of the state judiciary to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Thursday in Port Harcourt during the opening of the 2015:2016 Legal Year

Wike became governor over dead bodies – Prof Itse Saga 

Governor Nyesom Wike climbed into the governorship seat over dead bodies. This was the contention of the Head of Presidential Anti-corruption Committee, Prof Itse Sagay. Sagay voiced his concern over some recent rulings of the Supreme Court on election petitions, particularly those held in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

Sagay, who spoke with newsmen at the Olu Palace, Warri on Saturday, warned that the rulings, which allow people who were declared winners without elections in spite of copious evidences of irregularities and heavy human and material casualties, set a dangerous precedent in the history of elections.

“The judgements are very perverse, particularly relating to Akwa Ibom and Rivers. Everybody knows that there were no elections in those two states.

“Everybody knows that people like Wike climbed into the governorship seat over dead bodies and over bloods of human beings. There were no elections, they wrote the results; the evidence is there,” he said.

Law . Professor Itse Sagay

According to Sagay (photo: above), what the Supreme Court has done is to set the clock of electoral excellence and fairness and credibility back by, ” I do not want to say a thousand years, but certainly it is taking us back to where we were before Jega came in and sanitize the system.”

“We are going to have primitive and barbaric electoral culture; ‘kill as much as you can, destroy as much as you can, create as much catastrophe, but if you can find yourself on that seat, you are confirmed, regardless of the means by which you got there’.

“That is a very major setback to democracy and the rule of law,” he said.

Father Ejike Mbaka

We’re like orphans – Fr. Mbaka’s former parishioners

The exit of Enugu Catholic fiery priest and Director of Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka from the Christ the King’s Parish, GRA, has not only left a vacuum in the church, the large compound of the church now looks empty.

Reports say that majority of the parishioners  might have also left with him, adding that the church is about to embark on house-to-house visitations to members to convince them to return to the parish.

The Sun reporter source said a member of the church who would not want his name in printvclaimed that many of those attending church services since Mbaka was posted are majorly people from the Matre Day Parish, Trans Ekulu where his successor, Rev. Fr. Theodore Ozoamalu, was transferred from.

Said the source: “It is a pitiable situation in our church; many of our people have moved with Fr. Mbaka; I can confirm to you that over 80 per cent of the parishioners have not been attending services here.”

He further revealed that many of the parishioners who sold olive oil and other items at the Adoration ground have lost their jobs as a result of the transfer. The large crowd that thronged the church every Sunday and Wednesday has suddenly disappeared, giving way to near desolation and quietude.

“Even the blind can see that the place has lost its bubbling self,” said a parishioner. Evidently so; it no longer appears the same activity-filled CKC Catholic Parish. The big space with stadium-like stand used for adoration in the church, has suddenly become empty.

After about 20 years as a parish priest, Rev. Fr. Mbaka finally left the church a fortnight ago on transfer to Our Lady of Rosary Parish, Emene, a suburb of Enugu. The circumstances that preceded his transfer appeared controversial. While the church claimed it was a routine transfer, some people within and outside the church saw it as punitive, attributing it to his political stance and comments since the last general elections.

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Nigerian News Report: Special Edition

EFCC invades ex-comptroller general’s residence; Anenih gave me N100m to support Jonathan – Olu Falae; sacked PDP lawmaker defects to APC before fresh poll; 3,032 pardoned soldiers reject redeployment to N-East; MTN Nigeria acquires Visafone . . .

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BringBackOurGirls group stormed AGF’s office: WATCH VIDEO

The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) activists led by former Nigerian Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, stormed the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF)  and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) in Abuja . . .

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