Saturday, 31 March 2018

Special Report: Nigeria's Ruling Party's "List Of Looters"


1. Patience Jonathan – Former first lady
Probe for alleged $20million fraud, claiming ownership of $15.5million, N3billion in her sister’s bank account, N2.1billion linked to her late mother.
2. Azibaola Robert – Cousin to former president
Probe for alleged $40million fraud
3. Diezani Alison-Madueke – Former Minister of Petroluem
Various offences – diverted $115m to different people

News Release: Nigeria's Opposition Party Former Publicity Scribe Replies Ruling Party On Release Of Corruption List

Oliseh Metu; Former PDP Publicity Scribe

My attention has been drawn to the recent release of names of 'looters' by the APC led Federal Government through the Minister of information, Lai Mohammed. By this publication the federal government has breached our constitution by seeking to burden me with two criminal trials on the same charge, one before Justice Okon Abang and the other before the media.

News Release: "We Advise Former Leaders To Take Advantage Of The Various Fora Where People With A History Of National Security Can Offer Advice"-----President Buhari

President Buhari

The Presidency wishes to appeal to prominent Nigerians, who have national influence, to use their influence wisely and not continue to engage in public declarations that are likely to inflame emotional passions and threaten National Security.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Speech: "We thank The Almighty God For Granting Us The Opportunity To Celebrate Another Easter"---President Buhari

President Buhari

Fellow Compatriots,

I am indeed delighted to join our Christian brothers and sisters to commemorate this year’s Easter celebration.

We thank the Almighty God for granting us the opportunity to celebrate another Easter at a time of great promise and hope for our dear nation, despite the challenges we also have.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Speech: "Asiwaju Tinubu Is Widely Known As A Political Strategist"---Buhari

Tinubu

I am happy to be here with you to celebrate the birthday of my friend and political partner, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.  I call on all Nigerians to join me in celebrating this man.  Asiwaju Tinubu is widely known as a political strategist.  But strategy is barren unless wedded to a higher purpose than just itself.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

News Release: Int’l Inquiries Into State Aided Killings In Nigeria As A Missing Point In Gen T.Y Danjuma’s Call

Danjuma

The call made on Saturday, 24th March 2018 by a former Army Chief and Defense Minister in Nigeria, Retired Lt Gen Theo Danjuma to all Nigerians of non Muslim faith particularly members of Christian faith in Northeast, North-central and Southern parts of the country to defend themselves against the ongoing widespread massacres across the country by radical armed Islamic groups such as Islamist Fulani and Boko Haram killers; particularly his strong accusation that the Nigerian Armed Forces are complicit in the killings, is weighty and an irrefutable opinion of a grounded Amicus Curiae from Military Citadel.

News Release: Obasanjo Heads Advisory Council For Intra-African Trade Fair


African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has inaugurated an Advisory Council for the inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2018), with former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as Chairman.

Jean-Louis Ekra, a former President of Afreximbank, is the Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Council, which is charged with providing guidance for the preparations for the trade fair scheduled to hold in Cairo from 11 to 17 December 2018.

News Release: "The Nigerian Army Views The Statement Made By The Former Chief of Army Staff As Most Unfortunate"


1. The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to the unfortunate statement made by a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, during the convocation ceremony of the Taraba State University on Saturday 24 March 2018 in which he categorically asserted that the Armed Forces of Nigeria was colluding with militias and other criminal elements and was unable to provide security for the citizens of Taraba State.  He further called the people of Taraba State to take up arms and defend themselves.  The Nigerian Army views this statement made by the former Chief of Army Staff as most unfortunate at this critical time that the military has embarked upon demilitarisation of the North Central Region of the Country.

News Release: Ibori Shows Evidence of Police Corruption as His London Case Enters Appeal Stage

Ibori

As the case between the London Metropolitan Police and Chief James Onanefe Ibori and associates entered the second day at Court of Appeal on Thursday 22/3/2018 in London, Ibori’s legal team showed overwhelming evidence of police corruption. In a press statement dated Friday 23 March 2018, Chief Ibori’s Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, said that a police officer, DC John McDonald was mainly at the end of Ibori’s finger pointing because that particular officer was at the heart of the cases which started in 2006, and he has been the topic of several police investigations and is now accepted by the British Crown Prosecution Service as being corrupt. 

Friday, 23 March 2018

Article: Why Buhari Must Jail Corrupt Politicians Now

President Buhari

By SKC Ogbonnia

The latest Transparency International (TI) report disrating Nigeria’s war against corruption did not come as a surprise. But the report did not tell the whole story.

The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari has done a commendable job on the war against corruption compared to the situation under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). At least, unlike in the past, corruption is not being advertised as a way of life. Corrupt politicians, for instance, are being paraded back and forth to police cells by the anti-corruption agency. The optics alone is a measurable deterrence and, of course, miles above what was obtainable under former president Goodluck Jonathan. Yet, there is a perplexing problem: Muhammadu Buhari is not doing exactly what Nigerians elected him to do.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

News Release: Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Urged Nigeria Not To Sign The AfCFTA Agreement In Kigali


The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) on Wednesday strongly supported the move by the Federal Government on its refusal to sign the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Special Report: Statistics Of Lopsided Appointments In Security & Paramilitary Establishments Fuelling Fulani Jihadism And Regime Aided Killings In Nigeria


It is recalled that we had in our last public statement, dated 14th March 2018 and titled: Government False Labeling and Lopsided Security Appointments Fuel and Escalate Janjaweed Jihadism in Nigeria; informed that lopsided appointments in security and paramilitary establishments in Nigeria particularly since June 2015 have largely been responsible for intensification and escalation of the ongoing killing spree mostly, if not all targeted at non Muslims particularly members of the Christian faith in Nigeria or any part thereof. We also rejected in totality the false labeling by the present central Government of Muhammadu Buhari and its mainstream media apologists of the killings as “Fulani Herdsmen/Farmers clashes”.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Article: The Fuss About Biotechnology


Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu

Science, technological innovation and a fundamental understanding of nature are among the major drivers of progress. Today’s advances in the treatment of human disease have been made possible by the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928 and the DNA double-helix structure by Watson and Crick in 1953.  These discoveries have saved the lives of countless people battling withbacterial infections; the number one cause of death in the last century and made possible today’s advances in the treatment of human diseases. Significantly, advances in the agricultural sciences and plant breeding through Green Revolution, has also saved millions of people from starvation.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Special Report: "My Lord, You Have Just Convicted An Innocent Man Today" By Charles Okah

Charles Okah

The number 7 represents a significant number for me.  I had spent 7 years in prison awaiting trial, I was born on the 7th month of the year, and judgement day for my terrorism trial was on the 7th day!

I therefore had no doubt in my mind that coupled with our innocence, the 7th day of March, 2018 wasn't just a coincidence and  would be the day of my freedom.

Special Report: U.S. Obtains Swiss Bank Records For Congo Corruption Probe


Courtesy: ICIJ

A Swiss court has confirmed ongoing criminal investigations into the businesses of Dan Gertler, an Israeli diamond dealer suspected of large-scale corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Article: insecurity And The Clamour For State Police


By Jaye Gaskia

Whenever the question of restructuring and devolution of powers have been raised by the contending factions and fractions of Nigeria’s prodigal ruling class, one of the issues that have always been brought to the fore is that of State Police, alongside that of fiscal federalism.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Special Report: The Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji Résumé

Eboe-Osuji

Eboe-Osuji was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and practised briefly there. After obtaining his master of laws degree from McGill in 1991, he worked as a barrister in Canada, having been called to the Bar in Ontario and in British Columbia in 1993.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

News Release: Disarming The Innocent & Arming The Violent: Nigeria Police As A Failed Internal Security


Security Agency Despite Squandering N1.2trillion Public Funds Since 2015The recent directive issued by Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotum Idris to 37 State and FCT Police Commands to immediately retrieve and recover arms (un-prohibited firearms or gaming/hunters guns) legitimately borne by various State, rural and urban communities’ vigilantes in Nigeria particularly in the country’s insurgency ravaged Northeast Zone and agro-Jihad-threatening Southeast, South-south, North-central and parts of Northwest (i.e. Southern Kaduna and other areas with dominant Christian populations) is totally condemned.

Report: Organized Crime And Corruption Reporting Project's(OCCRP) New Investigation


For refugees and poor migrants, travel can be terrifying, with no guarantee of a welcome at the end. For the one percent,​ ​it's a different story, as a growing number of cash-strapped countries invite them in​ ​—​ ​as long as they bring plenty of money.

In the Gold for Visas project, reporters for​ ​OCCRP probe the shadowy business of selling visa-free travel and even citizenship to the rich, including some who would rather not say where that money comes from.

These stories​ ​were​ ​produced as part of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a partnership between OCCRP and Transparency International, in cooperation with Global Witness.

Click here to read report

Thursday, 8 March 2018

News Release: UCLG Africa Celebrates International Women’s Day 2018


There are issues we should all be ashamed of. Think of your mother, sister, daughter being harassed by someone in the workplace, school, public space, public transport, or simply in the street. Unfortunately, this happens time and again on our continent, and the horrific statistics of women that lose their lives after being beaten by their husbands; women who are badly wounded following a dispute with parents or relatives; not to mention the many migrant women that suffer all kinds of humiliations including rape, human trafficking, and other undignified treatment.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Special Report: New Funding For African Countries From The U.S. State Department And The U.S. Agency For International Development, Others


Source: U.S. Department Of State

Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced nearly $533 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region, where millions are facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or prolonged drought. While humanitarian aid is truly life-saving, this assistance will not solve these crises, most of which are largely manmade.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Special Report: Qualities Of An Accomplished Leader In Office


On 25th February 2018, Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights & Good Governance Organizations (SBCHROs) held a media briefing at Sharom Hall of the All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Onitsha. The group in the media briefing outlined 12 (Twelve) Core Achievement Parameters Of A Democratic Leader

Thursday, 1 March 2018

News Release: MEND On Henry Okah's Failed Appeal Case

Okah

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND)
 is disappointed but not surprised at the absurd verdict of the South Africa Constitutional Court, in the Appeal of Henry Okah versus The State on Friday, February 23, 2018.