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Bombing of 3rd Mainland Bridge, Bonga Field & More: New Militant Group ‘Asawana Deadly Force’ Emerges

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent efforts to bring peace to the crisis ravaged by militants in the Niger Delta may witness yet another hindrance as a new militant group emerges.

Another new militant group, ‘Asawana Deadly Force of Niger Delta’ (ADFND), have emerged yesterday in the oil rich Niger Delta region, threatening to cripple the oil industry across the nine Niger Delta states unless the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government grants them, “Niger Delta Republic in the next couple of days.”

In a statement by its leader, Commander Olomubini Kakarakokoro, a.k.a No Mercy, the group said that:

“Except our demand for Niger Delta Republic is granted, without further notice to the Federal Government, we shall proceed to bomb Bonga field flow station, Asaba- Onistha Bridge, Third Mainland Bridge and other major bridges in the Southern part of the country, just for a start.

“The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency, withdraw all the military check points from the riverside areas of the Niger Delta, else we shall proceed to match against any baby military formation in the region without further notice.

“We are most dreaded, deadly and dangerous group in Niger Delta. Our team is comprised of specialists in different fields of war, and is poised to win the struggle for a Niger Delta State. Our struggle is not for monetary benefit or the so-called monthly N65,000 amnesty stipend. It is for the liberation and the development of the Niger Delta region.

“We therefore, warn every other group or persons as regards the fake dialogue process embarked upon by the Federal Government to know that they are not doing that for us. We are taking over from our brothers, the Niger Delta Avengers.

“As we speak all preparations and plans are on ground to strike and bring down the crude oil production to 0%, irrespective of the of the military presence in the region. The Federal Government will hear from us.”

 

MY OPINION

If this group succeeds in executing any of their plans on the soil of Nigeria then we may have no other choice than to push for the resignation of that senile octogenarian clueless and certificateless Buhari. He is not just failing Nigeria, he has completely failed Nigerians. He came to power just to witch hunt people that offended him in the past. He has made Dansuki the greatest criminal in the world because Dansuki was among those that orchestrated is arrested in the past.

Buhari is busy chasing his personal enemies while the country is sinking. That unholy political matrimony that gave birth to APC is a fundamental mistake. E nor go better for Tinubu for making Buhari president. That man is better of as a Fulani cattle rearer.

Buhari has not been able to solve any problem he inherited from previous administrations. But rather, his unfortunate tenure has created more problems for us.

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was able to flush out Boko haram from all their hitherto captured areas in Nigeria before the general election but today they have recaptured some of these areas again. APC government under Buhari keeps winning the war against terrorism on the pages of news papers. Lie lie Muhammad is the greatest lier in the universe.

Well over two million Nigerians have lost their jobs in different banks and companies. Multinational companies and investors are running from Nigeria on a daily basis courtesy of the obsolete cum archaic economic policies of Buhari that is obnoxiously garnished with illiteracy in an unprecedented crescendo.

This Buhari of a man has no other plan for Nigerian other than northernizing and Islamizing the nation. He has indirectly empowered his kinsmen from the Fulani extraction to go and be killing innocent Nigerians unopposed. We never knew that these simple looking duns hopping around with their cattle could be this dangerous not until their elder brother became president. He even went ahead to instruct soldiers not touch any Fulani man killing people simply because they are is brothers.

Today, Nigeria’s defense is controlled by one region and religion.
Air Force- North- Muslim
IG of Police- North-Muslim
DG of DSS- North- Muslim
Chief of Army Staff- North- Muslim
NSA- North.Muslim
Immigrations- North- Muslim
Civil defense- North- Muslim
Defense Minister- North.- Muslim
Prison- North Muslim
Custom- North Muslim.

Yet this Buhari of a man is telling me that he is the president of Federal Republic of Nigeria? No no, he is the president of the northern Nigeria. Some of us are not surprised, he said on BBC news that he won’t rule the country equally. He said he will attend to issues based on the outcome of his election. Meaning regions that didn’t vote for him wont get anything in his government. And he expect us to fold our hands and keep quiet in the south. No no no, we own the oil, and we are more educated and enlightened.

Hunger, poverty, starvation, destruction, incarceration of personal enemies etc are the features of Buhari government.

If the PDP are so busy with internal politics and refuse to play opposition, indefatigable cum dogged comrades like us will take it upon ourselves to speak the truth to power because the power of the people is greater than those in power.

Comr (Tutor) Iso Godfrey Iso
A public affairs analyst cum human right crusader writes from Onitsha.

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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes

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A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.

 

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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.

 

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N24Billion Fraud: Appeal Court Okays Trial Of Ex-Accountant General, Otunla, After Refunding N6.4 Billion To Nigerian Government

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has set aside the judgment of a lower court barring the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from initiating either civil or criminal proceedings against former Accountant-General of the Federation, AG-F, Jonah Oguniyi Otunla.

In a judgment, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal marked: CA/A/657/2021, on Monday, January 30, 2023, held that Otunla failed to prove that there was actually a non-prosecution agreement between him and the EFCC.

The court upheld the arguments of the lawyer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Sylvanus Tahir, SAN, and resolved the four issues, identified for determination, in favour of the Commission.

 

Justice Danlami Senchi, who read the judgment, noted that Otunla did not provide any written commitment, except his words and that of his lawyer, that such an agreement existed.

Justice Senchi held that Otunla could not halt his prosecution by merely claiming that there was an agreement, which existence he failed to establish with any credible evidence.

 

“In the instant case, there is no evidence to support the pleading of the respondent (Otunla) that he will not be prosecuted; that criminal or civil proceedings should not be instituted or initiated against him.

“There is no plea bargain or any documentary evidence relating to the President Panel for the Recovery of Funds. On the whole, the appeal is meritorious and it is allowed. The judgment of the Federal High Court, in suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/2321/2021 delivered on the 16th day of July 2021 delivered by honourable Justice I. E. Ekwo is hereby set aside,” he said.

 

Other members of the panel – Justices Stephen Adah and Elfreda Williams-Daudu – agreed with the lead judgment.

The EFCC investigated Otunla in relation to two cases: The alleged diversion of about N24 billion meant for disengaged staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and the N2 billion allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.

 

In July 2021, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja upheld Otunla’s claim of an existing verbal agreement between him and the then-acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, that he would not be prosecuted if he made a refund to the Federal Government.

Justice Ekwo, in the 2021 judgment on the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/2321/2021 filed by Otunla, held among others, that, in view of the assurance given to him by Magu, which informed his refund of the money, he could no longer be prosecuted for his actions while in office between 2011 and 2015.

 

Otunla had, in an affidavit, claimed that Magu promised him that he would not be prosecuted should he return funds traced to him and companies linked to him and his associates.

He stated that sometime in 2015, he was invited by a team of EFCC investigators to probe the alleged diversion of funds from the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, pension funds. Otunla said he later met with Magu, in the course of the investigation, when the then acting EFCC chair told him in person to “refund the monies linked to your companies and nobody will prosecute you.”

 

He said, based on Magu’s promise, he had a reconciliatory meeting with the team of investigators, where he immediately undertook to make available some funds as refunds.

In line with the agreement, Otunla said one of the companies linked to him – Stellar Vera Development Ltd – refunded N750 million, another company – Damaris Mode Coolture Ltd – refunded N550 million, while the two firms later made an additional joint refund of N2,150,000,000.00 (Two billion, One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only).

 

He added at a point, he raised several managers’ cheques for N10 million in favour of the EFCC, which he handed to the Economic Governance Section.

Otunla said, in all, he made a refund of N6,392,000,000.00 (Six Billion, Three Hundred and Ninety-Two Million Naira only) to the Federation Account through the EFCC.

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