President Buhari Resends Magu’s Nomination as EFCC’s Boss, Declines Senate’s Request for Sack of SGF Babachir Lawal

The senate on Tuesday, received a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, on the renomination ofIbrahim Maguas chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Senate president Bukola Saraki read Buhari’s letter on the floor of the Senate.
The senate had rejected Magu’s nomination on December 15 2016, following a “security report” before it.
Magu was accused of having links to a “questionable businessman,”who has been arrested by the DSS, and a bank MD, who is being investigated by the EFCC.
President Buhari’s first letter for Magu’s confirmation was sent to the Upper Chamber in July 2016.
Buhari also declined Senate’s request for sack of the Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.
According to the Senate, President Buhari, in his second letter, “noted that he’s unable to act on the Senate recommendations on Babachir Lawal based on the following reasons;
The letter says only 3 out of the 9 members of the Ad-hoc Committee appended their signature on the report… thus makes it a minority report and not a committee report.
It also states that Engr. Babachir Lawal was not given an opportunity to defend himself before a panel of the Ad-hoc Committee.
The Company alleged to be owned by Babachir Lawal was not invited to defend itself on the allegations laid since its decision forms the fulcrum of the Senate’s resolution on the committee report.
Reacting to the letter, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc committee, Senator Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central), said that “everything in that letter is a lie.”
“Corruption in the Judiciary & others is treated with Insecticide while corruption in the govt is treated with deodorant,” Sani added.
Sani said that Lawal was invited before the committee and his secretary received the letter and acknowledged receipt.
He also stated that three adverts appeared in three newspapers where Babachir Lawal and others connected were also invited.
Sani added that he will make available a copy of the invitation letter sent to Babachir Lawal to the clerk of the Senate.

Diezani Allison-Madueke: Former Petroleum Minister returns $153m to FG

Justice Muslim Hassan gave the order following exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday, issued an interim order of forfeiture to the Federal Government of 153.3 million dollars belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.

The monies were said to be domiciled with three Nigerian  banks.

Justice Muslim Hassan gave the order following exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The commission averred that out of the total sum, about N23 billion was domiciled with Sterling Bank Plc, N9 billion with First Bank Plc and about 5 million dollars with Access Bank Plc.

After issuing the interim orders, the court also issued 14 days to Sterling Bank and any other interested party to appear and prove the legitimacy of the monies, failing which the funds would be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

He said that sometime in December 2014, Diezani invited Okonkwo to her office where they hatched the plan of how the cash would be moved from NNPC to Okonkwo for safe-keeping.

According to him, Diezani instructed Okonkwo to ensure that the money was “neither credited into any known account nor captured in any transaction platforms” of Fidelity Bank.

Awolusi said that Okonkwo accepted and implemented the deal leading to the movement of the sums from NNPC to Fidelity Bank.

Counsel EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, moving the exparte application on Friday, urged the court to order an interim order of forfeiture.

He also urged the court to order Sterling Bank and others who were joined as defendants to appear in court and show why  the funds should not be permanently forfeited.

Oyedepo brought his application pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006 and Section 44(2) of the 1999 Constitution, and argued that granting the application was in the interest of justice.

He adjourned to the case to Jan. 24 for the respondents to appear in court to show why the funds should not be permanently forfeited.

Ambode: Governor promises to make life comfortable for Lagosians

Ambode also said the New Year will bring limitless possibilities and happiness for residents of Lagos.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has promised to make life more comfortable for Lagosians in 2017.

According to Vanguard, Ambode said the New Year will bring limitless possibilities for residents of Lagos.

The Lagos state Governor said this while addressing Lagosians at the One Lagos Fiesta, in the early hours of Sunday, January 1, 2016.

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He said “Our vision remains the same: to create a smart mega city where business and creative opportunity abound; where physical and social amenities are world class; and where lives and property are safe and secured.”

Ambode also said 2017 is a special year for Lagos, because the state will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its creation.

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“We are undoubtedly the world’s largest and most celebrated black city state. But we also recognize the need to reflect and be strategic and this is why our approach to governance has been low in hype and flop but high in performance by keeping our promises to you at all times. We promise not to disappoint you in this New Year.”

Governor Ambode also offered to grant amnesty to cult members who renounce their membership of cult groups.

Buhari: Sambisa has fallen, dammit!!!

Boko Haram hasn't been entirely
defeated, but nothing gladdens the heart like
sacking the bastards from Sambisa Forest.

I have a little confession to
I spent the better part of 2016 harassing the
life out of Army Spokesperson, Colonel
Kukasheka Sani Usman.

I’d call the Colonel at odd hours for a
clarification on some of his statements or a
story making the rounds.
I’d call Usman to demand answers to all
kinds of questions. I got under his skin.
“Sir, is it true that….?”
On those rare occasions when he wouldn’t
pick up, I’ll send a text message, half
expecting a reply.
But Colonel Usman always replies. “It’s not
true…”, he’ll text back.
You could almost sense the irritation in his
“Was there a mutiny among the fighting
forces?….did soldiers drown in a River in an
an attempt to escape Boko Haram fighters…
are soldiers getting shortchanged? Are they
begging for water and food?”
On one occasion, Usman even said he would
put me on a plane to the war ravaged North
East to see things for myself.
He was that tired of me.
Don’t blame me, Colonel. As a journalist, I
was trained not to take things at face value.
I was hired to be nosy, to interrogate
everything–even those that appear factual on
I have chosen a profession hinged on ample
doses of skepticism.
It is a miracle that Usman didn’t have me
shot in 2016. Sorry, that was only a joke. But
I’m sure you catch my drift. I heckled the life
out of the army spokesperson.
And I’m not even sorry.
When it comes to reporting the war against
Boko Haram, the journalist sometimes
doesn’t know who or what to believe.
But when my cellphone rang on Christmas
Day, I knew better than to doubt the
information being passed across.
The call was from a soldier right there on the
frontlines. “Sambisa has fallen…Sambisa has
It was a voice from a place called ecstasy
and relief…and excitement.
I was still torn between dialling Col Usman’s
number or not when President Muhammadu
Buhari sent out the following message.

“I was told by the Chief of Army Staff that
the (Sambisa) Camp fell at about 1:35pm on
Friday, December 22, and that the terrorists
are on the run, and no longer have a place to
hide. I urge you to maintain the tempo by
pursuing them and bringing them to justice”.
Hours later, I wrote a piece asking that we
treat the news of the recapture of Sambisa
Forest by our troops with cautious optimism
because we’ve been here before.
But forgive me if I’m wrong, dear readers.
There’s something about this latest news
concerning the exploit of our troops that
warms the heart.
I have seen pictures of our Soldiers tearing
Boko Haram flag apart. I have seen videos
like this one below:
And I have seen pictures like this:
For once, the hashtag #SupportOurTroops
should mean something.
Make no mistake, we haven’t won the war
against Boko Haram. Not yet.
There’ll be the sporadic bombs here and
there. There’ll be the occasional soft target
attacks here and there. There’ll be the odd
suicide bombings in marketplaces. Boko
Haram won’t go away simply because we’ve
chased them out of their homes. This is an
unconventional, asymmetric warfare. Wars
like this don’t end at the snap of a finger.

Boko Haram is likely to regroup someplace
But getting back that vast swathe of land
called Sambisa and turning same into a
training camp for the Army is some wonderful
Christmas present amid all the doom and
gloom of the last couple of months.
It suddenly looks like we can be proud of our
army again; after years of watching them flee
from Boko Haram fighters because they were
poorly equipped and demoralised.
We can choose to leave that Champagne on
ice until such a time when we hear of bombs
and Boko Haram invasions no more. That’s
perfectly okay, especially if you are like me.
But meanwhile, can you pick my calls,
Colonel Usman? Believe me this last time…I
come in peace.
Sambisa has fallen, dammit!!!