Former President Goodluck Jonathan, his then defence minister, Aliyu Gusau, former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and the immediate past Chief of Naval Staff, Usman Jubrin, an admiral, may soon have to answer questions on an alleged N2.4billion house boats rent scandal for the Nigerian Navy.
An ongoing investigation into the conducts of officials of the immediate past administration indicate that Mr. Jonathan instructed Mrs. Alison-Maduekwe to release funds from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to the defence chiefs to rent 13 House Boats to fight oil theft in the Niger Delta.
The boats were hired for N2.4 billion, an amount experts believe is more than enough for the country to buy the boats outright.
Authoritative security sources investigating alleged financial misdeeds of the Jonathan administration said their market surveys showed the boats rented for that princely sum could have been acquired for keeps at N100million each, bringing the total cost to N1.3billion.
Our sources said the decision to rent the boats was taken by the former defence minister, Mr. Gusau, and some of the recently retired service chiefs without seeking the advice of military officers familiar with such procurement, including those on the ground in the Niger Delta area, who were of the opinion that the cost of renting the boats was too high. Read More →
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Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele to ensure the outstanding tuition, stipends and allowances of all amnesty beneficiaries were paid without further delay.
This is as the European Union (EU) has strengthened its partnership with the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, under which the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) is domiciled, to seek ways of ensuring that the programmes meets up with its mandate.
This was confirmed in a statement yesterday by the Head of Communications, Amnesty Office, Mr. Daniel Alabra.
Following the directive, Alabra said, the CBN has successfully credited the accounts of students in the following 10 institutions: Nilai University, Malaysia, universities of Strathclyde, Westminster and Dundee in UK, Liberty University, Virginia, USA, New York Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, Lynn University, USA, Edinburgh University, UK, and University of Essex. Read More →
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Confusion has continued to trail the decision of the Niger Delta ex-militant commanders to convey a meeting on the next frontier of their agitations scheduled to take place in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital this Saturday, even as Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, the convener and the ex- militant leaders insisted that the meeting will hold as scheduled.
Tompolo on Thursday denied that the meeting convened by him and other ex-militant generals under the aegis of the dreaded Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) was to reactivate militancy in the region and frustrate the administration of President Muhammad Buhari.
But in a move to douse the palpable tension created by the announcement of the meeting in the state, Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, called for the postponement of the proposed meeting of the leaders of ex-agitators in the Niger Delta by the convener. Read More →
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The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, on Friday alerted the public on the new tricks deployed by kidnappers.
The JTF also urged the public to be security conscious and be wary strange movements around them.
This was contained in a statement issued by Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, Spokesman of Operation Pulo Shield in Yenagoa.
It said that the kidnappers now dress in military uniform, describing such act as mischievous and dubious.
According to Ado, the hoodlums who abducted the wife of ex-Bayelsa acting governor recently dubiously and mischievously claimed they were sent by the Commander Joint Task Force. Read More →
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President Muhammdau Buhari on Friday in Abuja directed the central command of the military to relocate to Maiduguri, Borno, to intensify the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
Buhari, who gave the directive in his address after his inauguration, said it was impossible to achieve victory against the insurgents if the command continued to operate from Abuja.
He said that the command center would relocate and remain in Maiduguri until the insurgents were subdued.
He appealed for patience from Nigerians to enable his administration to settle down and face the challenges in the nation.
“My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble. Read More →
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BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
Ateke Tom was a general in the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND. In this interview, the soft spoken ex militant General bares his mind on his expectations from the incoming All Progressive congress, APC led government at the centre. He dismisses fears that hostilities may resume in the region when President Goodluck Jonathan finally bows out of office on May 29. He fielded questions on why he rears lions in his Okrika residence. Excerpts:
What are your expectations from the President Elect, General Muhamadu Buhari
I expect him to lead the country on the right path, provide quality leadership. And I am sure the President Elect will make positive impact.
I am sure he knows what to do, he knows what the country expect from him. He should give all Nigerians opportunity to contribute meaningfully to his government.
Let me just add that the Niger Delta still needs serious attention. He should develop the region. Later, we will tell him some of the things we expect him to give special attention to.
There are fears that some boys in the Niger Delta may resume hostilities, militancy at the end of President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure
No! No! I don’t see militancy coming back again in the region. Niger Delta will be very peaceful than what it was under President Jonathan.
Well I want to say that nobody will go back to the creeks. Anybody who does that has no reason for that and should be treated as a common criminal. We don’t have any reason to resume militancy in the region. So there will be peace. Read More →
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Chairman and Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku, has said he would resign as head of the Presidential Amnesty Programme after May 29.
Kuku’s statement followed calls by some influential Niger Delta individuals and groups on the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to scrap the programme.
Head of Media and Communication in the Presidential Amnesty Office, Dan Alabrah, in a statement quoted Kuku as saying that he would be returning to his village in Ondo rather than serving under the new government. Read More →
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