Connect with us

News

No Suspects of Boko Haram Financiers Released, your allegation spurious – Malami replies Sahara Reporters

Published

on

None of the suspected financiers in respect of whom remand orders were procured by the Federal Government was at any time ordered or facilitated to be released by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

This was disclosed by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in a statement issued to newsmen on Friday 24th September, 2021.

The report by Sahara Reporters of the alleged release of 300 suspects by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is a malicious misrepresentation of facts relating to the ongoing investigation of terrorism financing suspects in Nigeria.

It is important to reiterate at this point that the fight against the menace of terrorism is an ongoing operation characterized by intelligence gathering, arrest, investigation, and prosecution.

The story is inherently contradictory and substantially mischievous. The contradictions in the story can best be understood from the point of the analysis of the affidavit that was said to have been procured by Sahara reporters as deposed before a court in relation the subject matter.

By their own showing, the Office of the Attorney General, has deposed to an affidavit on account of which an order of a Court was obtained, seeking for the continued detention of those financiers that were alleged to have been in custody. This, by implication, established that the matter is effectively submitted to the jurisdiction of the court.

It is common knowledge that where a matter is submitted to a Court of law, it is only through the judicial process that any subsequent action can possibly be taken.

The question then arising from the claim of Sahara Reporters is this:
When was an application filed in Court by the office of the attorney general by which the release of the purported suspects was procured?
It amounts to approbation and reprobation for the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to, in one breath, obtain an order seeking for continued detention of the alleged financiers of Boko Haram and at the same time having them released.

Sahara reporters must have lost their sense of logic in view of their inherent illogical position
If the interest of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation was to have the people released, the idea of approaching the Court for an order of the court seeking for extension or time to have them in custody couldn’t have even arise in the first place.

The most important, and in fact, interesting aspect that people would like to know about the mischief associated with the position of Sahara Reporters story was who are the custodian of these people alleged to have been taken into custody.

One needs to know by which communication or correspondence or application was their release procures since the matter is already pending before the court of Law, and they were taken to custody on account of Court order.

It does not add up for the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to procure the release of someone that has been in custody on account of Court order without approaching the Court.

The public, in essence, are entitled to know which application was it that was subsequently filed to procure the release financiers.

When was the application filed, before which court was it taken and which lawyer is it that has taken the application and where is the Court order on which account the release was effected?
Your credibility as a news medium remains terribly tainted and I wonder when it will ever be redeemed!
We are also amazed that an allegation of bribe taking is made.

The public is entitled to know who the originator of the bribery was.

Who facilitated the giving of bribe? Who accepted or collected the bribe on behalf of the Attorney General? Who were the vendors and facilitators? Expect, perhaps, if Sahara Reporters in their own rights were the perpetrators and indeed, vendors of the bribery allegation.

Sahara Reporters are simply using the hard earned reputation of the Attorney General of the federation as an associated ploy to re-enact their lost glory and goodwill to win a reading consideration of the public against the background of the fact that people have lost faith and confidence in them.

They are indeed, battling to see what they can sell in terms of fabricated stories in line with their tradition of fabricating lies and sharing same in the public media space.

The public are entitled to know further information arising from their wield, unfounded and baseless allegation which is characterized by mischief and falsehood.

The report by the Sahara Reporters is what it is, a spurious fabrication.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Council Chairman commends Gov Lalong for strengthening Democratic system

Published

on

By Tongnaan Dada Bawa, Jos

Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong have been commended for strengthening democracy in the state by ensuring smooth transition from one elected representatives to another at the grass-root level.

Chairman Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council, Hon. Ernest Da’a who gave this applause at the swearing-in ceremony of the Council’s Deputy Chairman at the Local Government Secretariat noted that history has been made by this uncommon disposition which has ushered in new elected leaders to replicate the Rescue Administration’s policies and programmes at the third tier of government.

In a statement Signed by
Opiah O. Valentine
Assistant Chief Information Officer of the council on Friday, disclosed that the Council Chairman, while thanking the electorate in Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area for voting overwhelmingly for all candidates of the All Progressive Congress APC, in the just concluded elections promised that, they will discharge their duties with the fear of God.

He added that his administration will give priority to staff salaries and welfare as well as on-going projects with a view to ascertaining their viability and possibly complete those that will be beneficial to the people and government.

Da’a who challenged the elected leaders to be upright in their dealings with all and sundries also said that they will be judged by their actions and inactions and advised that they must work assiduously to take the APC to all nooks and crannies of their communities.

On her part, the newly sworn-in Deputy Chairman Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council, Hon. Helen Wapmuk pledged to be dedicated and committed in the discharge of her duties adding that with God on their side, they will not disappoint the people.

In his remark, the Long Pan and President Qua’an-Pan Local Government Traditional Council, Nda Emmanuel Dabang who was represented by the Long Jan, Miskoom Safiyanu Allanana speaking through the Long Kwo, Miskoom Fidelis Attahiru appealed to the citizens to be law-abiding and support government policies so as to attract dividends of good governance to their communities.

There were Goodwill messages from the Honourable Member representing Qua’an-Pan North Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Eric Dakogol, Commissioner for Secondary and Higher Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Wapmuk and APC Chairman Qua’an-Pan Local Government Area, Kangmi Jibrin Haruna.

In another development, Hon. Damar Yaksun representing Doemak Goechim Ward and Yakubu Sarki representing Kurgwi East Ward have emerged as Leader and Deputy Leader respectively in the Qua’an-Pan Local Government Legislative Arm.

While Congratulating them on a successful election, Director General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari called for qualitative representation from the lawmakers for developed and progressive society.

Ari advised the people to always respect constituted authorities irrespective of age and academic qualifications, adding that the emergence of the two principal officers in the Legislative Arm is divine as God can give leadership to whom He pleases.

In their separate remarks, the Leader Legislative Arm, Damar Yaksun and the Deputy Leader, Yakubu Sarki promised to adopt open door policies in overseeing the affairs of the Legislative Arm and thanked other Lawmakers for finding them worthy to serve these capacities.

Continue Reading

News

EFCC Detains Ex- Kano Governor, Kwankwaso Over Alleged Fraud

Published

on

A former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Saturday, turned himself in for interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This came weeks after this newspaper reported how the top member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shunned previous invitations by the anti-corruption agency.

His decision to turn himself in could have been made to avert possible arrest which our reporter learnt was being planned by the commission.

Top EFCC officials, who asked not to be named because they had no permission to speak on the matter, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Kwankwaso arrived at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja before noon on Saturday.

“This was after repeated invitations not honoured by him,” one of the sources said.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson, could not be immediately reached for comments.

A close aide, who sometimes speaks for Mr Kwankwaso, said he would get back to our reporter, but had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.

Petition
The former governor is being investigated over a 2015 petition by Concerned Kano State Workers and Pensioners, who alleged that he violated the Kano State Pension and Gratuity Law of 2007 in the management of pension remittances amounting to about N10 billion contributed between 2011 and 2015.

Mr Kwankwaso, earlier governed Kano State between 1999 and 2003, before he returned for his second term from 2011 to 2015.

The 64-year-old also served as the senator representing Kano Central between 2015 and 2019.

According to the petitioners, Mr Kwankwaso had directed that pension remittances be used for housing development, largely to favour the pensioners.

A tripartite deal was later reached between Kano State Pension Trust Funds as the investors and Kano State Investment and Property Limited and Kano State Housing Corporation Limited as developers on a 60:40 sharing ratio.

However, after contracts for the construction of 1,579 houses were awarded for the development of ” Kwankwasiya, Amana, and Bandarawa Cities”, the petitioners alleged, Mr Kwankwaso “manipulated” the process to terminate the term of the agreement and made outright allocations in favour of his aide and cronies.

The alleged manipulation happened in May 2015, the month Mr Kwankwaso left office as Kano’s governor.

Mr Kwankwaso is not the only politically exposed person who shunned an invitation by the EFCC last week, findings by this newspaper show.

As of the time of filing this report, Mr Kwankwaso had been grilled for hours by EFCC operatives.

It is not clear yet if he will be released on bail or pass the night in custody.

(PREMIUM TIMES)

Continue Reading

News

Agric sector lifts 4.2m Nigerians out of poverty in 2 years –Minister

Published

on

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, on Friday, said that 4.2 million Nigerians had been lifted out of poverty, through the agriculture sector in two years.

The minister disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, to commemorate the 2021 World Food Day under the theme: “Our Actions are our Future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life’’.

“As part of our effort to ensure food security, a total of 446 potable water points were provided to rural communities nation-wide with 286,500 households having access.

“We have also installed 11,952 electrical facilities, as well as the provision of 5Nos, 500KVA transformers to the rural areas, to facilitate access to electricity for food processing activities.

“In addition, through our various empowerment initiatives along production, processing and marketing of agricultural commodities, we have lifted a total of 4,205,576 Nigerians out of poverty in the last two years.

“This is going to continue as part of Mr President’s promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years.

“It is on record that agriculture was the only sector in Nigeria that recorded marginal growth during the COVID-19 lock-down period, spanning through the 4th quarter of 2019 to the first and second quarters of year 2020 with an average contribution of 24.23 per cent to the country’s GDP,” he said.

“The impressive 2021 second quarter growth rate of 5.01 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product released on Aug. 19 by the National Bureau of Statistics has crop production and food manufacturing as major contributors.

“The Green Imperative programme, which is expected to address the long standing problem of agricultural mechanisation is underway.

“The programme would ensure adequate supply of tractors and other implements to farmers on a public-private partnership arrangement.

“The model adopted is sustainable and would ameliorate the challenge of low production, due to lack of sufficient machinery,” he said.

He also disclosed that the Agricultural Trust Fund Bill had passed second reading at the National Assembly which, if passed into law, would address emergency funding for agricultural activities in the country.

However, the minister acknowledged the challenges bedeviling the sector’s productivity.

“The insecurity bedeviling many farming communities in the North has greatly affected food production in the last three to four years, and the farmer/herder clashes, banditry, cattle rustling all posed serious setbacks to our food systems,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the National Livestock Transformation Plan, would address all the problems associated with the country’s livestock production activities and guarantees adequate supply of quality meat for domestic consumption and for export. (NAN)

Continue Reading

Trending

%d bloggers like this: