The row over the dismissed former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, has deepened with fresh facts emerging that a minister begged a detective to spare the suspect. There were indications yesterday that the minister might have played a vital role in the reinstatement of Maina. Security agencies were also said to be probing allegation that Maina has a Nigerien passport, following an alert that he was smuggled out of the country through Niger Republic. Investigation revealed that the controversy surrounding the reinstatement of Maina suggested complicity by many government officials and top security agents. It was learnt that President Muhammadu Buhari would have to be “more painstaking” to be able to tackle the
The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has challenged the court order proscribing his group and declaring it a terrorist group. In a statement on Friday, Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said the motion challenging Wednesday’s court order was filed on Friday. According to the motion, dated September 21, Mr. Ejiofor argued that IPOB is a non-violent organisation; therefore the decision of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to issue an order, based on a motion made ex-parte, was illegal. A motion ex-parte is a motion heard by the court without the presence of the other party/ parties. The lawyer added that his client, whose whereabouts has been unknown since the violent crisis in Abia started two weeks ago, was not allowed fair he
Politicians on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, mostly from the northern part of the country, are presently jittery over the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical sojourn in London, United Kingdom (UK). New Telegraph investigations revealed that following the prolonged stay of the president in London, some APC bigwigs who are jostling to succeed him should he fail to re-contest the 2019 election began scheming and opened consultations, but have suddenly slowed down. One of the APC presidential hopefuls recently made overtures to PDP in the course of its recently held non-elective National Convention in Abuja. A highly placed source told New Telegraph that the APC stalwart has already started talking with PDP over his imminent return to ...
It was exactly 33 years ago today that General Muhammadu Buhari’s first voyage to tackle corruption was swallowed up by the internal dissension within the military that led to his ouster. The morning after the coup on August 27, 1985, Nigerians were gripped by the image of the unbending and tough talking Head of State being taken away from Dodan Barracks by soldiers. Thirty three years on, and in his second coming as a civilian president, Nigerians are now bemused by the claim that rats this time have forced Buhari to abandon his office. But rats and Buhari in the metaphorical sense have come a long way. It is a link that goes back at least 34 years. Middle aged Nigerians would remember the 1983 presidential campaign of the late lawyer, activist, and politician, Dr. Tunji B
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a rail line from Kano to his hometown in Daura, Jibia local government areas of Katsina state, Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, Kano to Maiduguri, Makurdi to Jos, Gombe to Yobe to Borno, Jigawa to Niger Republic. This was disclosed by Rotimi Ameachi, the minister of transportation, at The Osasu Show Symposium in Abuja on Friday. Amaechi said the transportation infrastructure in Nigeria has been mismanaged for many years, and so much has to be done to restore the railway activities, and drive the economy. He said: “concession this narrow guage, and we have successfully done that to the extent that we are able to sign an agreement with GE. By October GE will take over the narrow guage and begin to run from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri. “When they
The leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF), Chief Asari Dokubo, has said Biafra will be known as United States of Biafra. In a 13-minute clip currently trending on social media, he also revealed that he has been involved in drafting the Biafran constitution. Dokubo stated that the ‘confederating units’ of Biafra may be decided by referendum. According to him, revenue will be divided 70% to the confederating units and 30% to the central Government. He noted that the Biafra government will be in charge of defence, foreign affairs, judiciary and other national issues.
The International Criminal Court, ICC, in The Hague is considering SERAP’s petition on the allegations of widespread, systematic and large-scale corruption in the electricity sector since the return of democracy in 1999 and under the governments of former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria. Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, in a statement on Wednesday by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale, said that, “SERAP can confirm that the ICC is now considering our petition. We have received communication from Mark P. Dillon, Head of Information and Evidence Unit of the ICC indicating that the court will give due consideration to our petition.” “SERAP appreciates the prompt attention to this matter by the ICC. We urge the court to
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the nation’s service chiefs to ensure that all threats to the unity of the country are dealt with. Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, made this known after a meeting between the President and the Security chiefs on Tuesday. Olonisakin said the meeting, which lasted several hours, was to update the President on some security developments that came up while he was away on medical vacation in the United Kingdom. “We have been meeting with Mr. President for the last three hours. We updated him on all security issues around the country, within the country and outside the country, where our troops are,” Olonisakin said. “Of course, we have just updated him because he is aware of what’s been happening. He has been receiving regular briefings
The return of President Muhammadu Buhari after more than 100 days in the United Kingdom has altered political calculation of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Chief Sam Nkire stated this on Monday while reacting to the news of President Buhari’s return. He said there was evidence that the leadership and members of the PDP had been forced to swallow their words about taking over government in 2019 from the APC. He said some members of the opposition party agreed that President Buhari’s return had altered their electoral calculations and dislocated their plans for 2019, making it imperative for them to tinker with their game plan. He said President Buhari’s return would quicken the speed of the train taking Nigeria to the promised land through radical