The Chief of army staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai has stated that the sack of service chiefs over the recent escalation of Boko Haram attacks won’t end insurgency in the country.
In an interview with TheCable and THISDAY/ARISE in Lagos on Tuesday February 11, Buratai averred that President Muhammadu Buhari should not be pushed into sacking his service chiefs “because he knows where the problems are”.
“I am tempted not to comment on this particular issue because I am directly involved. However, I want to believe that whatever happens, the commander-in-chief is the right arbiter, and he knows where it pinches, he knows where the problems are. I think the decision should be left to him. He should not be pushed or prompted in this regard
“We are into a very serious issue which should not be taken lightly. This is why when you say a particular crop of leaders in the military should be removed for whatever reason, it sounds very odd because we are not addressing the issues. I am not saying this because I am the chief of army staff and I do not want to leave. No, that is not the issue. It is beyond that because this is a national issue, an issue of national pride and national interest. Those who would cry loudly against the service chiefs are within, and they are the ones who should be more vocal in the things that are not going right.”
The Army Chief also dispelled claims of Boko Haram starting off in 2009. He stated that it’s been difficult to wipe out Boko Haram because the “brainwashing and indoctrination” that created the group started off over 30 years.
Buratai also insisted that the Nigerian army has won the war against insurgency as Boko Haram insurgents do not control any territory in Nigeria.
Why queues for petrol returned last weekend– NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has explained why queues for petrol returned at some filling stations in Abuja last weekend.
The petrol queues were blamed on “low loadouts” at depots. Garba Deen Muhammad, NNPC spokesman added that purchases by residents who recently returned after the public holidays also contributed to the queues.
Muhammad further revealed that efforts are ongoing to address the situation. The statement read;
“The NNPC Ltd notes the sudden appearance of fuel queues in parts of Abuja. This is very likely due to low loadouts at depots which usually happen during long public holidays, in this case, the Sallah celebrations.
“Another contributing factor to the sudden appearances of queues is the increased fuel purchases which is also usual with returning residents of the FCT from the public holidays.
“NNPC and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), in conjunction with our marketing partners, have taken necessary measures to ramp up loadouts from all depots.
“We assure all residents of the FCT, and indeed all Nigerians, that we have ample local supplies and national stock in excess of 2.5 billion liters, with sufficiency of more than 43 days.
“The NNPC Ltd hereby advises motorists not to engage in panic buying as supplies are adequate as will become increasingly evident in the coming days.”
UK government recovers $23m Abacha loot
About $23.5 million in looted funds by allies and family of former Nigerian dictator, the late Sani Abacha, has been recovered by the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom.
The NCA which said the looted funds were recovered after the USDOJ requested enforcement of the U.S. forfeiture order relating to the seized monies after nearly seven years of litigation and international negotiations to secure the recovery order, further disclosed that it is part of a wider pool of funds identified by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) as having been stolen out of Nigeria in the 1990s by Mr Abacha and his accomplices.
A statement shared on the U.K.’s crime agency website on Thursday May 5, also revealed that the funds have now been transferred to the Home Office of the UK for onward transmission to the USDOJ.
Billy Beattie, Asset Denial Senior Manager at the NCA, said the civil recovery of assets is a powerful weapon in the fight against corruption.
The official also added that the NCA is committed to ensuring that the UK is not a haven for criminals to launder their proceeds of crime.
The statement added;
“The NCA is committed to ensuring that the UK is not a haven for criminals to launder their proceeds of crime, and the civil recovery of assets is a powerful weapon in this fight.
“We work closely with the UK and international partners to tackle the threat posed by corruption, which disproportionately impacts the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.
“We are committed to ensuring that those who perpetrate corruption do not benefit from their actions.”
Emir of Ilorin drums support for AbdulRazaq
The Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, on Tuesday hailed the hands-on approach of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in delivering quality governance to the state.
The first class traditional ruler declared that it would be good to have the governor run for another term in 2023.
“Governor AbdulRazaq has been hardworking. In fact he is a field man. I think he spends more time on the fields attending to public needs than in his office,” the Emir said at the Bareke (the traditional Eid homage by the monarch), a tradition that dated back to colonial years.
“May God continue to guide you, protect you and assure success for him in all his endeavours.
“I wish the governor is willing to do another term in office. It is an individual’s right assigned in the constitution of Nigeria that the governor that spent four years in the first term can also contest for a second term.
“Your Excellency, go ahead with aspiration to become a second term governor of Kwara state,” Sulu Gambari said.
Earlier, AbdulRazaq had commended the Emir for his fatherly roles, especially for promoting peace and cultural heritage of the emirate.
“I welcome Your Royal Highness and distinguished members of your entourage to Government House on another occasion of Bareke.
“This is a tradition that is rooted in history and culture. It is a testament to the excellent relationship between the traditional institution and the government.
“We do not take that for granted. Rest assured that this administration will always honour and respect the legacies of the House of Sheikh Alimi.
“Your Royal Highness, our administration is committed to peace, unity and general well-being of the largest majority of our people.
“And within a space of three years, we have made Kwara workers one of the best and promptly paid workforce in central Nigeria,” the governor said.
AbdulRazaq stated that his administration’s commitment to collective good was evident across all sectors and explained that health indices have improved, with upgraded facilities across the state.
“We have taken roads and other developmental projects to the remotest corners of our state; and we have standardised basic education. Today, unlike before, Kwara competes strongly with its peers in things that truly matter.
“But this is just the beginning. Over the next few years, our state will be the go-to place for national and international events.
“This is thanks to the different facilities we are building. When people come to see our Durbar, they will go away with beautiful memories of a peaceful state with some of the most modern artistic structures and tourist attractions.
“We thank Your Royal Highness for your fatherly role at all times. We wish you good health and long live on the throne of Sheikh Alimi. Eid Mubaarak!”
Gunmen behead Nigerian Army couple in Imo
Gunmen on Saturday shot dead and then beheaded a couple who were operatives of the Nigerian army.
Military sources told SaharaReporters that A.M Linus, a sergeant first class in the army, and his lance corporal wife were on their way to Imo State when the incident happened.
After beheading the couple, the gunmen were said to have called their family members to mock them. A gory video of the incident seen by SaharaReporters showed the gunmen putting the heads on the victims’ chests after the incident.
“It’s so sad that we soldiers are no safer. The man was a member of the 19 regular intakes while the wife was of the 79RI.
“They were on their way to Imo state on Saturday when the incident happened. You won’t believe these gunmen as we speak still used their phones to make calls to their family members, making jest of them and threatening to kill them as well.
“This couple just married recently, even their photoshoot caused a lot of criticism, and seems they were punished for it. Though the man is married to another woman with grown-up kids, he suddenly eloped with this young soldier. I was told the girl also had kids before joining the army as well.
“The man still has a father; his brother is also a soldier working at a battalion in Kaduna. The lady was also raped before they were beheaded,” a soldier told Sahara Reporters.
Attacks by armed men have increased in the South East in recent times. The attacks often target security agencies and government facilities.
The latest development came a few hours after gunmen invaded a military checkpoint in Agulu, Anaocha LGA of Anambra State on Saturday and opened fire on soldiers, killing one in the process.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), an outlawed group, has been linked to the deadly attacks in the region. But the group has repeatedly denied its involvement in the attacks.
The leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently detained in Abuja where he is facing trial for treason.
Zamfara INEC’s office razed by fire
One of the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Zamfara State has been gutted by fire.
The affected facility is said to be INEC’s office in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of the state.
Locals told Channels Television that the fire started at about 9pm on Monday and razed almost the entire building.
They said although firefighters arrived at the scene in good time to put out the fire, their efforts were unsuccessful as a result of the lack of water in their tank.
While the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, an eyewitness told Channels Television via telephone on Tuesday May 2, that nothing was removed from the burnt INEC office.
FRSC decorates 50 newly promoted officers in Kaduna
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kaduna Sector Command, on Friday, decorated 50 newly promoted officers with their new ranks.
Addressing the officers in Kaduna, the FRSC Sector Commander, Mr Hafiz Mohammed, urged the newly promoted to do more, adding that much is expected from them.
Out of the 50 personnel decorated, 11 are Senior Marshal Inspectors and 39 are Assistant Road Marshals.
Mohammed told the promoted officers that discipline and dedication were the bedrock of growth in the service.
He charged the promoted officers to put in their best while performing their constitutional duties.
Mohammed urged the officers to come up with new ideas that would promote the corporate mandate of the Corps.
Also, the Deputy Corps Commander, Technical Service Department, Mrs Robina Maji, urged the officers to be dedicated to duty, noting that promotion comes from God.
“To who much is given, much is expected,” she said.
Also Chief Inspector Justin Bature, who spoke on behalf of the promoted officers, thanked the management team of FRSC for finding them worthy of the promotion.
He advised those that did not make the promotion to keep their faith and be dedicated to their duty so that they would be promoted in the next promotion exercise.