Maina’s Son Faisal Jumps Bail And Flees To The US
The war against graft and fraudulent practices in Nigeria has suffered another blow as a major suspect has jumped bail and fled to the United States.
According to revelations from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, former head of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, has faded from the agency’s view and fled to the United States of America.
The 20-year-old Faisal, who was granted a N60 million bail with a surety in the like sum, reportedly pulled the daring caper to the USA, by sneaking through the border to the neighbouring Niger Republic (that place again?).
Faisal had been on the run since his father, with whom he’s standing trial was re-arrested in Niger Republic and had be remanded in Kuje prison since last December. We guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree in fading Faisal’s case, did it?
Counsel to the EFCC, Mohammed Abubakar, confirmed the embarrassing development on Thursday at the resumed hearing of Maina’s money laundering trial before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
How the wily, young Maina was able to slip through the EFCC net shouldn’t surprise public but the authorities have a lot of explaining to do. The Mainas are repeat offenders, his watchers were the ones caught sleeping on the job while Faisal pulled a Houdini. Sad stuff.
Faisal and his father are currently facing fraud charges in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
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6 Dead Several Injured In Abuja Market Inferno
A tragic morning of tears and anguish was recorded at at Tippee Market on 3rd Avenue, in the Gwarinpa area of the FCT, Abuja, when an early Thursday morning fire killed no fewer than six persons. Several others were said to have had various degrees of injuries too.
According to an eye-witness account, the inferno started around midnight early Thursday. Residents of the estate around the market were roused from their peaceful sleep by piercing screams from traders trying to put out the fire.
It was learnt that efforts to bring the fire under control was futile, as the helpless shop owners and residents lacked what it takes to fight a fire of such magnitude.
The Abuja Fire Service reportedly showed up late at the scene, about 2 hours after the fire started raging. The raging fire reportedly started from an electric spark in one of the shops at the market.
Eye-witnesses say the fire’s victims might be from among some of the traders and shop owners who usually pass the night at their shops. They were trapped and couldn’t escape from the raging inferno.
Not much could be salvaged from the shops and houses severely damaged or totally burnt in the incident. The extent of the damage hasn’t been made public yet.
Five of the unfortunate dead were recovered from the scene of the fire and taken to the morgue while one was burnt beyond recognition. The injured were rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention.
This blaze is just another in the long line of many recorded across the country. What legislation should the government pass to prevent further market fires?
Should the Fire Service have offices within a kilometer radius of major markets or should shop owners be banned from sleeping in their shops? What do you think?
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Preside Over Nigeria And Not Just Fulani – Angry Governor Ortom Rebukes President Buhari Over Herdsmen Impasse
It appears the time to put an end to the raging herdsmen crisis is now or never, as another governor, this time that of Benue, Governor, Samuel Ortom fired a scathing rebuke to President Buhari over the impasse.
A smoldering Governor Ortom berated the president for taking a backseat in the raging killer-cum-criminal herdsmen controversy and not calling his Fulani kinsmen to order for the part in the ugly crisis.
Ortom made his displeasure on the raging matter known in a Makurdi Press Conference after he came out of Covid-19 induced isolation. It was a true no-holds-barred session where the governor opened up and aired his grievances.
Recall Governor Ortom had initially been at the forefront of cries for the presidency to rein in the marauding herdsmen during the incessant farmers-herders clashes recorded in Benue State during his first term in office as governor.
Excerpts of Governor Ortom’s statement read, “When I talk, I was being castigated, I was being vilified, nothing bad that was not said against me, I am this and that but the reality is here and it is not just happening in Benue State today, it is happening in the entire country.”
He continued, “You are the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, you are not the President of Fulani. You are the President of everybody and I owe you a duty as a stakeholder in this nation to let you know that what is going on is wrong and this has the potential of dividing this country…”
It appears everyone is saying it as it is on the raging herdsmen crisis rocking the entire country, from the North to the South, right now. Kudos to leaders who have found their voices on the matter.
The question is, what steps should the president take to quell further ugly incidents and skirmishes between his embattled kinsmen and the rest of embittered Nigerians? What would you do if you’re President Buhari on the herdsmen crisis?
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Suspected Militants Abduct Personnel, Steal Arms In Audacious Ambush Of Bayelsa NSCDC Officials
It seems the unknown gunmen have yet again taken the lead in another battle against security officials in Nigeria, this time in Bayelsa State.
In an audacious attack in recent times, gunmen suspected to be militants have overpowered officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, abducting one official and making away with their arms.
Unconfirmed sources in the riverine community of Amabulou, in Ekeremor LGA, the location of the brazen attack, said the desperate gunmen ambushed and engaged the NSCDC officials in a gun battle before moving in to abduct one of them after subduing them.
The NSCDC officials were said to be on routine oil assets patrol duty along the river before they got jumped by the outlaws. Fortunately, no loss of life was recorded in the attack.
It is understood the abducted official was later released without the paying of any ransom but same can’t be said of the arms taken from the security agents. Hope we’re not looking at the right tools in the wrong hands already.
While condemning the attack on security agents in security stakeholders meeting at the Government House, Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said government wouldn’t hesitate sanction any community found culpable of aiding and abetting criminals in the state.
The NSCDC and the Bayelsa State government are already making plans, alongside community leaders and other stakeholders, to forestall another brazen attack like the Amabulou attack.
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DSS Blocks Residence Of Critical Cleric Recently Barred From Preaching In Kano
Typical of the Department of Security Services’ (DSS) modus operandi, they’ve occupied the residence of another government critic in the city of Kano.
Heavy security presence was spotted around the residence of Sheik Abdujabbar Nasiru Kabara, a Muslim cleric and Kano government critic, in Gwale of Gwale Local Government area of Kano metropolis.
His offence? The popular Islamic cleric was accused of incitement and teaching on fiery topics by the Kano State government. The Ganduje government also ordered all schools run by the embattled cleric be shut down pending investigations.
Sheik Abdujabbar, a follower of Qadiriyya sect, is deemed as too controversial by many scholars in the state. He recently got into hot water with fellow Islamic scholars who accuse him of attacking the companions of the Prophet of Islam.
His Shia tilt is what has pitched him at against other scholars in a largely Sunni society. Isn’t there any religious freedom and tolerance anymore in the country?
Fortunately, there’s been no exchange of violence between the DSS officials stationed at Sheik Abdujabbar’s residence and his teeming supporters, who are watching the development with very keen interest.
It is hope the face-off between the state government and the cleric would be resolved peacefully.
Is the Kano State Government guilty of heavy-handedness in Shiek Abdujabbar’s case or it the house arrest an infringement of the cleric’s rights? What do you think?
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President Buhari Extends IG of Police Mohammed Adamu’s Tenure By 3 months
It appears the controversy over the tenure of Mohammed Adamu’s tenure as the Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police continues as President Buhari has okayed his stay in office.
Adamu who was supposed to have handed over command to the most senior office in the Police while going on retirement on 1 Feb 2021, took everyone by surprise when he showed up for work on Tuesday. What’s going on? Please read further…
News of Adamu’s protracted retirement refused to leave the front pages, especially when the presidency saw no need to discuss his replacement. Not even when Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, was rumoured as Adamu’s replacement on Tuesday evening.
President Buhari has on Thursday, however, poured water on rumours AIG Zanna Ibrahim’s nomination as new IG of Police, with the announcement of the extension of Mohammed Adamu’s tenure by another 3 months.
Shocked? Oh, please don’t be. That’s Buhari’s way of using silence to confuse stakeholders and every other person on everything.
Mohammed Adamu was among top officials who received President Buhari on his return from Daura on Tuesday. That should have been a sign to everyone.
Now the question is, has Mohammed Adamu performed creditably well to get a 3-month extension as IG of Police? Your opinions are welcome.
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Enugu’s Eke Community Protest Against The Commissioning Of Unfinished N400m Project
The winds of protests has blown to another part of Nigeria, and this time it’s in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, where the people have a big axe to grind with government officials.
The people of Eke community, in Enugu State on Thursday, were seen in the streets with various placards protesting against the commissioning of an unfinished project by the government.
While project commissioning is a good thing, the community’s grouse was the road project earmarked for launching by the visiting government delegation from Abuja, the Enugu-Eke-Ogui Uno-Eke Eke-Obodo Amankwo-Oma Eke road, isn’t finished yet.
Members of the community, however, came out in massive droves, with placards bearing various inscriptions and to stop project from being commissioned until it is completed. Talk about people who are tired of getting played.
The project said to be under the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government, is understood to be listed as an ecological fund project and didn’t look anything like the N400 million value placed on it.
Great to see our people have woken from their slumber and are flipping the scripts by resisting what is term as “developmental fraud”. It’s either the project is done or it’s not. No midway point. Kudos to the people of Udi LGA.
Can you remember the last uncompleted project that was commissioned around your community?
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IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu’s Account Shutdown For Violating Rules On Hate Speech – Facebook
Social Networking site, Facebook, has come public with the reason for the ban on the shutdown of the account that used to belong to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu, who had for years been the biggest campaigner for the secession of the Southeast region of Nigeria from the country, had his page pulled down on Tuesday by Facebook.
The Social networking site said in a statement that Kanu’s page was removed for repeated violation of its community rules on harm and hate speech.
Kanu had posted a video of a the military wing of IPOB, the Eastern Security Network, attacking and killing cattle in a herders’ settlement. An apparent breach of the rule because the controversial video could incite violence and ethnic division.
Kanu had used his Facebook page as a key platform to communicate with his followers across the world. And most of the messages encouraged violence against different ethnic groups in the Nigerian nation.
A serial offender, Kanu seemed to have worn people at the media company out with his repeated violations. The end of the road was only a matter of time for the IPOB leader on Facebook.
Nnamdi Kanu now joins the dubious list of celebrities dropped from Facebook including former US president, Donald Trump, who was axed from the platform last January, even as president of the United States.
Do you agree with Facebook on the axe of Nnamdi Kanu’s account?