NIGERIAN ARMY RECORDS SUCCESS IN JUST TWO DAYS OF OFFENSIVE AGAINST TERRORISTS AND OIL THIEVES DURING OPERATION CROCODILE TEARS

Troops of the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, currently on the ‘operation crocodile smile’ simulated training exercise in the Niger Delta region on Sunday bumped into crude oil stealing enclaves where suspected oil thieves were arrested.

The troops who were boarding gunboats as well as speedboats also arrested some individuals with large quantity of substances believed to be illicit drugs.

The spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said the operation, aimed at training soldiers on how to tackle crimes common to waterlogged terrains of the Niger Delta, was “so far a success”.

He said the soldiers on training were able to turn a simulation exercise into real situation by arresting and confiscating equipment that help oily crimes to thrive in the creeks.

His statement reads;

“Troops of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army involved in the field training exercise nicknamed “CROCODILE SMILE” mounted on gunboats and speedboats have been making tremendous progress as they also raided suspected criminal hideouts in the creeks around Ajaosolo, Okogho, Opumani, and Obodo general area.

While conducting the exercise, on Sunday 28th August 2016, they intercepted suspected illegal oil bunkerer with 1 “Cotonou Boat” laden with crude oil, 3 X 40 Horse power Yamaha Speedboats and 5 X 200 Litres of illegally refined diesel oil.

“Similarly, the troops continued conducting the training exercise near Bomadi town, Bomadi Local Government Area and Pendo and Tuomu of Bururtu Local Government Area of Delta State respectively. Two suspects; Mr. Tokolo Sawyer and Miss Showman Ebi-ere were arrested at “Loveth Plaze”, while Mr Kingsley Ebidimo and 7 others with unidentified mission were equally arrested at Pendo as they were found to be in possession of substance believed to be Marijuana, 1 Axe, 2 Cutting Saw and a long iron bender in their hideouts. The suspects and exhibits have been handed over to the Nigeria Police at Bomadi.

“The troops have continued with their field training exercise, more so as they received 2 more supporting weapons, Main Battle Tank, 2 Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and 3 Scorpion Tanks from the Headquarters of Nigerian Armour Corps.

In addition, as part of the training exercise, the troops have been carrying out patrols along waterways in the creeks, in that process, they recovered 2 “Cotonou Boats” and a 75 Horse Power Speedboat, 30 X 200 Litres plastic drums containing liquid suspected to be illegally refined crude oil in the creeks at Ovwahwa in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State in the afternoon of Sunday 28th August 2016.

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“Three suspected persons, Messrs College Owahwa, Joseph Katte and Olisa Patrick found around the vicinity have been arrested. They are currently being questioned.

Following intelligence reports, 2 illegal crude oil refineries were identified and destroyed by the exercising troops traversing Ayakoromo and Esaba water ways in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

“At about 5.00pm same day, 2 Pumping Machines and sets of new pipes used for the construction of illegal refineries and siphoning were found in the bush. Two suspects were interrogated to ascertain their involvement on the recovered items. The troops have continued their training exercise without hitch.

In addition to the training exercise, troops are equally carrying out free medical outreaches at central area Sapele and near Olu of Warri’s in Warri.

Source: PREMIUM TIMES.

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NIGER REPUBLIC SHIPPING COMPANIES RETURN TO NIGERIA AFTER 10 YEARS ABSENCE

Shipping companies in Niger Republic are to return to Nigerian ports in October for cargo clearance, 10 years after they pulled out of Nigeria.
A Representative of the national shipping council of Niger Republic, Mr Idi Hamissou, made the disclosure in an interview with a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikeja on Sunday.

Hamissou spoke to NAN on the sidelines of a forum with media executives, hosted by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shipping Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, to announce the unveiling of reforms at Nigerian ports.

The envoy said that shipping companies in his country had resolved to return to Nigeria to do business, following the latest reforms being implemented by the NSC.

Nigerian ports have for years, been notorious for imposing a regime of taxations and sustaining a legacy of under-hand activities.

The development forced many shipping companies to relocate to neighbouring countries, especially Benin Republic, which now handles over 40 per cent of cargo meant for Nigeria, analysts say.

“We had used Nigerian ports since 1958 but the concession of the ports drove our shipping companies out of Nigeria in 2006. “But going to Togo, Ghana and even Cameroon has not been easy for our shipping companies, so we’re returning to Nigerian ports next month, to be fully on ground in October.’’

Hamissou said that Niger Republic and Nigeria shared a strategic land border, spanning some 1,600 km, making it imperative for the two nations to take advantage of business opportunities existing between them.

Bello said the NSC had spent about one billion Naira in the past one on ICT infrastructure to ease the stress of doing business at the ports, noting that agencies at the ports would eventually be pruned from 10 to two. He said the trucking system at the ports had also been overhauled, explaining that every truck operator would have no fewer than six trucks to be allowed to operate at the ports.

“We’re working with the National Automotive Council on the matter because having 7,000 trucks daily on the Apapa-Lagos axis is unimaginable.

“We have to increase the efficiency of the ports to boost business at Nigerian ports; we are asking for a review of the Act establishing the NSC to give us teeth to bite,’’ Bello stated.

The executive secretary disclosed that the NSC was also working with the governments of Kogi, Kaduna and Enugu States for the development of parks for trucks conveying cargo as part of efforts to remove articulated vehicles from highways.

He expressed his optimism that the port reforms would boost businesses in Nigeria and make various agencies at the ports to increase their revenue targets.

Source: NAN.

THIS IS WHY HON. ABDULMUMIN JIBRIN SUED DR IDRIS AHMED OF CUPS AT HIGH COURT FOR N5 BILLION DAMAGES!

Can you imagine the flamboyant Lawmaker representing the poor people of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State has sued Dr. Ahmed Idris of CUPS for a N5Billion damages! This was as a result of the citizens anti corruption battled which the Nigerian masses via coalition of Civil Society Organizations championed by Citizens United for Peace and Stability (CUPS) led against the National Assembly known as ‪#‎OccupyNass‬.

In the build up to the anti corruption, anti impunity protest, Nigerians utilized the best and most power democratic tool, the social media to mobilized and vented their frustrations against the list of individuals at the National Assembly that are involved in the act of corruption and impunity known as “budget padding”.

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The budget padding saga resulted to delay which has impacted negatively on the lives of Nigerians. But because it was the most revealing moment to Nigerians on how the crooks among our Lawmakers have been siphoning the taxpayers money, Nigerians fully sacrificed their patience and overlooked the unnecessary delay in the implementation of the 2016 Annual National Budget. One of the most shocking and mind boggling revelations was how Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin, the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee sneaked in a fictious projects worth N4.169 billion to his constituency.

If only he succeeded, such money will be siphoned and shared among all parties involved. It was confirmed by the Executive Arm of Government and we are asking if this is not a punishable offense? Another Committee that committed similar atrocities, is the Works Committee that sneaked in 80 Road Projects and each project worth over N500 million. Multiply N500 million and help yourself with the figure that was meant to be stolen through our Lawmakers.

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For God sake, how many times these Lawmakers together with the Senators alongside their collaborators from the Ministries have successfully carried out such gigantic stealing without the knowledge of poor citizens, or with the knowledge of their fellow politicians from other arms of Government? This recent Administration of PM ambushed the crooks and nailed them appropriately. This is one of the outstanding achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari that deserves people commendation.

It was at that explosive moments of the thieving revelations that citizens via social media platforms exercised their rights of expression and freedom of association, we all rained condemnation and expressed reasonable quantum of emotional outburst as a result of the such monumental stealing. This was because, these individuals particularly, Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin that was caught red handed was never reprimanded nor charge to court. What a nation?

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The supposedly culprit that appeared to be a high class citizen, more superior than millions of Nigerians, simply because he is a politician and a serving Member of the National Assembly. He had now summoned courage to single out one person, Dr. Ahmed Idris, out of thousands of Nigerians that vented their frustrations against his act of stealing via his office and sued him.

The step taken by the Lawmaker to institute a legal case against Dr. Ahmed Idris was not his single decision. It may be recalled that the few corrupt elements as members of the National Assembly made strenuous effort to induce the Assembly to enact laws that will regulate the power of social media which is serving as the only threat to the thieving Politicians and their cronies in public offices. Such several attempts failed because it negates the Constitutional rights enshrined to to favor citizens in terms of freedom of Expression and Freedom of Association. From all indication, the crooks in National Assembly have not relent, they are behind the idea of using one of them to pin down one of the citizens that have always remain the voice of the poor voiceless citizens. The tactics is that, if Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin will buy himself a judgment, such verdict will open up a door for the crooks to tender it before National Assembly by way of presenting it as a judgment evident enough to establish an abuse of social media and this will be instrumental to reasons that will premise the enactment of the law that will reduce the power of social media. This is where they are coming from and we have seen where they are going to! Hon. To the crooks that are scheming for this, hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin is the bait, Dr. Idris Ahmed is the piece of meat on the bait and our Freedom of Expression and Association is their target.

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It requires a “successful” political conman that was capable of sneaking in N4.196 billion into a National Budget to play such a script. His success was never an issue to anyone not until, he decided to use the proceeds of his sharp practices as a typical over ambitious Nigerian politician, whose companies never pay tax and yet has the courage to use his ill gotten wealth to intimidate fellow citizen. This is to say, such a politician is capable of evading tax and is capable of cutting corners in all contracts executed in his private companies. This is evident from his flamboyant and extravagant lifestyle. This is why some individuals have advised that the authorities to pay attention by way of carrying out sort of forensic findings in the actives of the likes of Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin whom responsibilities in the National Assembly has been too lucrative under his oversight (fantastically corrupt) functions as the Chairman and member of the following Committees:

– Federal Ministry of Finance and its Parastatals, Federal Revenue, Preparation of Revenue framework/Estimate for the Federal budgets, Sovereign Wealth Fund – SWIA, Tax Matters, Fiscal matters, Government investment in banks and Statutory Corporations and Agencies, Insurance and Insurance of Government properties and assets amongst others.

Through deals upon deals, the Lawmaker carved himself a plaque of expensive lifestyle which can be seen from the photos of his elitist wedding against the true living condition of the poor citizens of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency that has no single project that worth N40 million. But, his wedding events and gifts items alone has consumed over N200 million and his personal house where he had planned to keep his most expensive bride worth close to a billion Naira.

This is an eye opener to the Nigerian citizens on how individuals that have no single record or passion in given people true representation to their people always smuggled into politics just for the milk and honey. They get away with billions and lesve the poor citizens wallowing in abject poverty while they go about lavishing it on personal lifestyle.

THIS IS NOT HEALTHY FOR OUR DEMOCRACY, IT IS A PLOY AGAINST OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY WITHIN POLITICAL AND PUBLIC CIRCLE. AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL.

Source: Elombah

WORLD CLASS NICKEL DISCOVERED IN DANGOMA VILLAGE KADUNA, FG TO SIGN MINING CONTRACT WITH AUSTRALIAN FIRM

A private mining syndicate has made a potentially “world class and highly unusual” Nickel discovery in Nigeria, The Australian, an Australian national newspaper is reporting.

The private mining syndicate is reportedly headed by Hugh Morgan, a mining industry veteran.

“The discovery is unusual because the nickel is found in small balls up to 3mm in diameter of a high purity in shallow soils in what could be the surface expression of a much bigger hard-rock nickel field,” the newspaper said.

“The nickel balls, rumoured to grade better than 90 per cent nickel and thought to be a world first given their widespread distribution, offer the potential for early cashflow from a simple and low-cost screening operation to fund a full assessment of the find that has exploration circles buzzing.”

Details of the discovery are sketchy, according to the newspaper, but it was rumoured to be close to Dangoma, a small farming town about 160km northeast of the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Checks by PREMIUM TIMES showed that Dangoma is located in the North-West state of Kaduna.

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When asked to comment last week, Mr Morgan reportedly said it was for the Nigerian government to make an announcement.

Kayode Fayemi, the Minister for Solid Minerals, will be among the speakers at a three-day Africa Down Under mining conference at Perth’s Pan Pacific Hotel, Australia, in September.

Mr. Fayemi is to speak first on Wednesday, September 7, and Mr Morgan will follow along with consulting geologist Louisa Lawrance. Mr Morgan is listed as speaking as a director of the private company Comet Minerals.
Olayinka Oyebode, Mr. Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary, said he had no details of the discovery, but confirmed his principal is scheduled to be in Australia next week.

“I know there is a mining conference coming up in Australia where the Honourable Minister is supposed to make a presentation,” Mr. Oyebode told PREMIUM TIMES via phone on Monday.

“But I don’t have an advance knowledge of what he’s going to talk about but, generally speaking, he’s going to market Nigeria.”

Mr. Oyebode asked this newspaper to give him till Monday evening for Mr. Fayemi’s reaction on the nickel discovery in Kaduna. But an official of the ministry, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said Mr. Fayemi’s delegation would most likely sign an exploration deal with the Australian syndicate at the conference.
Nickel is primarily sold for first use as refined metal. About 65 percent of it consumed in the West is used to produce stainless steel.

The world’s largest producers of Nickel include The Philippines, Indonesia, Russia, Canada, and Australia, according to the US Geological Survey.

In August, Mr. Fayemi told Bloomberg that one of the Nigeria government’s priorities is to meet its annual steel demand of 6.8 metric tons, from a current output of less than 2.5 metric tons, produced mainly from scrap iron.

“In two to five years, we want to have started production of iron ore, lead, zinc, bitumen, nickel, coal and gold at a serious scale,” Mr. Fayemi had said.

Source: PREMIUM TIMES.

N10 BILLION ILLEGAL “OFFICE RUNNING COSTS” SHARED BETWEEN JIBRIN, DOGARA AND OTHERS

A former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Friday accused some senior lawmakers in the House of living large by appropriating illegal allowances to themselves at the expense of Nigerian taxpayers.

The lawmakers, who currently serve in different capacities as principal officers of the House, have allegedly shared more than N10 billion amongst themselves as “office running cost,” a subhead legislators have used for years to corner illegal allowances to themselves.

Nigerians have complained about these illegal allowances for years but this is the first time in Nigeria’s history that a serving lawmaker would open up on the sharp practices.

Mr. Jibrin disclosed the details in an email to PREMIUM TIMES Friday night as part of the unfolding budget padding scandal he triggered more than a month ago.

The 10 principal officers and the funds they have allegedly received so far as running costs included the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, who allegedly got the largest share of N1.5 billion.

Others on the list included Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, N800 million; Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, N1.2 billion; his deputy, Buba Jibril, N1.2 billion; House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, N1.2 billion; and his deputy, Pally Iriase, N700 million.

The rest included Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, N1.2 billion; Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde, N700 million; Deputy Minority Whip, Binta Bello, N700 million; and one Chuma he listed as Minority Whip, N700 million. But contrary to what Mr. Jibrin stated in his statement, PREMIUM TIMES could not find any lawmaker by the name Chuma with the designation of Minority Whip.

Similarly, Mr. Jibrin listed Mr. Barde as Deputy Minority Leader who has been in the House since 2007. But findings by this newspapers showed that Mr. Barde was first elected in 2003 and he serves as Minority Whip. Our Efforts to get Mr. Jibrin to clarify these ambiguities were unsuccessful as calls to his known telephone number was neither answered nor returned.

Although the latest allegations primarily targeted the familiar names Mr. Jibrin had been waging political and media war against for weeks, it nonetheless, marked the first time the Kano lawmaker would openly accuse Mr. Gbajabiamila of being a beneficiary of fraudulent proceeds.
The inclusion of Mr. Gbajabiamila did not however entirely come as a surprise to observers. He was among the principal officers who jointly signed a statement last week to castigate Mr. Jibrin and threaten him with sanction when the House resumes from its recess in September.
In his statement on Friday, Mr. Jibrin said he listed Mr. Gbajabiamila and other principal officers to show that he was not only waging a war to remove Mr. Dogara from office but also to stop the questionable office running largesse, which he described as the sole unifying force for the 360-member House.

“Most of these members use it to acquire properties, cars and live a life of luxury they never lived before coming to the House,” Mr. Jibrin said.
Mr. Jibrin said he would continue the fight because “It is only when the legislature comes with purity that effective oversight will be carried out and investigative hearing to expose fraud and corruption can be undertaken.”

Mr. Jibrin said he was waging the campaign with the hope that it would bring about a lasting turnaround in the fraudulent premise upon which many aspiring lawmakers readily base their ambitions.

“The consequential effect of dealing with corruption in the House, especially the allowances issue, will take its toll on even elections. Candidates usually spend so much money hoping that they can recoup from the huge allowances they will receive when elected into House.
“When you know that there is no such money in the House to be shared, I am sure nobody will want to put in so much money just to win an election to the House.

“The resultant effect will be that only people who truly want to serve will vie for the office, and voters will be obliged to vote according to the dictate of their conscience. This is just one advantage,” Mr. Jibrin said.
Mr. Jibrin made the first revelations about the fraudulent manipulation of 2016 budget on July 21, a day after he was eased out as chairman of the powerful appropriations committee.

This week, he celebrated the first month of what experts described as of one Africa’s biggest parliamentary scandals and ascribed his perseverance to his natural desire for political advocacy.
“I have said it repeatedly that this activism has been running in my blood, and thankfully the fallout of the 2016 budget became the trigger and provided me with the right avenue.”
Mr. Jibrin, therefore, implored Nigerians to remain steadfast and vigilant as he leads the cause to liberate it from those he described as corrupt elements.
“As we continue this struggle to wipe out corruption and restore sanity in the House of Representatives, I will continue to urge Nigerians to remain vigilant as these corrupt elements can go to any length to change the narration and evade justice,” Mr. Jibrin said.

Mr. Dogara’s spokesman, Turaki Hassan, did not answer PREMIUM TIMES’ calls seeking comments for this story.

Abdulrazak Namdas, the spokesperson for the House, could also not be reached for comments as his listed telephone line was switched off the several times our reporter called.

Source: PREMIUM TIMES.

JIBRIN CONFESSES TO RECEIVING N650 MILLION AS PART OF N10 BILLION ILLEGAL “RUNNING COSTS” ALLOWANCE

For the first time since he began a self-appointed campaign to fight corruption in the legislative arm of government, Abdulmumin Jibrin, the sacked Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, has confessed to being a beneficiary of questionable office running costs allowance.

Mr. Jibrin had on Friday revealed how Speaker Yakubu Dogara and nine other Principal Officers of the House allegedly received N10billion in illegal allowances under the guise of running costs for their various offices.

According to the Kano lawmaker, Mr. Dogara allegedly got the largest share of N1.5billion followed closely by Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa; Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; Deputy Majority Leader, Buba Jibril; who he alleged, received N1.2billion each.

Others are Deputy Speaker, Yussuf Lasun, N800million; Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema, N800million; Deputy Chief Whip, Pally Iriase, N700million; Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde, N700million and his deputy, Binta Bello, N700million.

Mr. Jibrin, however, said he regretted accepting his own share of N650million, adding that he would explain how he spent his own share.

“I have records and account of how I spent every penny that I have taken. In fact, it has been published in a 150-page book”, Mr. Jibrin said. “However, I have never been comfortable with the money! Thank God the wasteful allowances regime has reached its Waterloo! The country and House will be better off!”

Mr. Jibrin, who represents Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State in the House of Representatives, was removed as Chairman of the Appropriation Committee on July 20, 2016 by Mr. Dogara. But the embattled lawmaker denied he was sacked, saying he resigned instead.

Source: Information Nigeria

JAPAN PLEDGES $30 BILLION AID TO AFRICA OVER THE NEXT 3 YEARS

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told African leaders on Saturday that his country will commit $30 billion in public and private support for infrastructure development, education and healthcare expansion in the continent.

Resource-poor Japan has long been interested in tapping Africa’s vast natural resources, even more so since dependence on oil and natural gas imports jumped after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster shut almost all of Japan’s nuclear reactors.

Abe, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to attend the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), said the package would be spread over three years from this year and include $10 billion for infrastructure projects, to be executed through cooperation with the African Development Bank.

“When combined with investment from the private sector, I expect that the total will amount to $30 billion. This is an investment that has faith in Africa’s future, an investment for Japan and Africa to grow together,” he told a gathering of more than 30 heads of state and government from across Africa.

The $30 billion announced on Saturday is in addition to $32 billion that Japan pledged to Africa over a five-year period at the last TICAD meeting in 2013. Abe said 67 percent of that had already been put to use in various projects.

“Today’s new pledges will enhance and further expand upon those launched three years ago. The motive is quality and enhancement,” he said.

Japan’s overall direct investment in Africa totaled $1.24 billion in 2015, down from about $1.5 billion a year earlier, according to the Japan External Trade Organization, which does not provide a breakdown of sectors.

Its presence in infrastructure projects ranges from roads, ports and airports to power plants.

In comparison, rival China made a single investment of $2 billion in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea in the month of April 2015 alone.

A tranche of Japan’s new package will go towards various power projects to increase production capacity by 2,200 megawatts across the continent, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Money will also be spent on training 20,000 mathematics and science teachers throughout Africa, as well as 20,000 experts on how to handle infectious diseases.

Chadian President and current African Union Chairman Idriss Deby, attending the summit, urged Tokyo also to support efforts to tackle a lack of security, including that arising from terrorism.

“At the recent African Union Summit, we did say how it was important to mobilise the international community to counter all these scourges,” he said.

“I urge all our partners, and in particular Japan, to contribute to the African Fund Against Terrorism that was set up and established by the Kigali summit,” Deby said, in reference to an AU meeting held in Rwanda in July.

(Additional reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo; Editing by Aaron Maasho and Dale Hudson)

Source: Reuters.