Presidency declines comment on ex-minister’s arrest

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The Presidency has technically declined to comment of the latest ordeal of a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke, who was reportedly arrested in London on Friday, October 2.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina responded “I will get back to you” when Channels TV reached out to him to confirm the arrest and if it was on the request of the Nigerian governement.

In a latest development, the former minister’s Asokoro, Abuja home was said to have been raided and sealed by operatives of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). It was reported that vital documents were taken from the house.

Mrs Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday along with four other persons in relation to corruption allegations being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.

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Govt to relocate IDPs back to their hometowns

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The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) said it had concluded arrangements with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to relocate some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Maiduguri to their hometowns.

The Chairman of BOSEMA, Alhaji Ahmed Satomi disclosed this on Friday when he visited Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, the Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, in Maiduguri.

He said that arrangements had been concluded for the building of IDPs camps in Bama, Monguno, Dikwa, Konduga and Damboa.

According to him, these IDPs locations will ease the relocation of the displaced persons from already overpopulated Maiduguri.

He said that the state government was ready to work with the Federal Government, particularly NEMA, to ensure that facilities like schools in Maiduguri, currently accommodating IDPs, were freed so as they could return to their former use.

Satomi said he was in NEMA office to seek areas of further assistance to the displaced persons, adding  that the Federal Government, especially NEMA, has been of tremendous help to the state in the care of the victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

He restated the state government’s commitment to get students back to school “as soon as possible,” hence the need to relocate the IDPs from some of the schools that were serving as camps for the displaced persons.

He, however, said that the return of all the IDPs in Maiduguri back to their hometowns would depend on the advice of the military, but insisted that some towns had already been cleared for displaced persons to move back.

The Northeast Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mohammed Kannar told the BOSEMA chairman that his agency remained committed “to returning the more than one million IDPs to their homes.

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Senate says ‘screening will be thorough’ as nominees’ list remains unopened

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The Senate has said it will thoroughly screen the persons nominated for Ministerial positions as the list submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari remains unopened until next Tuesday.

Speaking on Thursday in Abuja, the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, said there would be no delays in the screening of ministerial nominees, but the process will be thorough.

“I wish to assure Nigerians that the screening exercise will be thorough just the way the nomination process was thorough,” Ndume said.

He however said the highly anticipated list will remain unopened until the Senate resumes plenary next week.

“The communication from Mr. President, which contains the list of the ministerial nominees and which remained sealed as I am talking to you, will be opened by the Senate President as soon as we resume plenary on Tuesday.

“It will appear on the Order Paper on Wednesday morning and the Senate will set up the necessary legislative procedure for the screening exercise.”

Buhar’s Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari and Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters (Senate), submitted the ministerial list on Wednesday, the 30th of September.

It was said to contain only 21 names, instead of the expected 36.

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‘Rescuing Chibok girls requires adequate patience, planning’ – Army

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The Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar in a press conference declared that the Nigerian Army is not in a hurry to rescue the missing Chibok girls who were abducted in April 2014 because the operation required adequate patience and planning.

He also noted that the issue of low morale in the Nigerian military has now become a thing of the past, and that soon the issue of insurgence in the state will be a thing of the past.

Read his statement below;

“The issue of the low morale of the Nigerian military men has now become a thing of the past. The operation to recover the Chibok girls is alive and still ongoing. We have continued to make rescue efforts, and we will do all within our powers to bring the girls.

“However, we will not rush to do this. It requires diligent intervention and a high-level operation to rescue the girls. In due time, every captive of Boko Haram will be released. A lot of achievements have been recorded recently, and this cannot be disconnected from the high morale of the army.

“We want to assure our citizens that soon, insurgency will be a thing of the past. But, it is not only about the military or the North-Eastern region. It is our collective duty to ensure that there is peace in the country.

“The Nigerian army has put together a multilateral cooperation. Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon are partnering to ensure we win the terrorism war.”

“The Defence Headquarters has brought out a committee to work out modalities to set up a safe horizon. This is a place where terrorists who decide to surrender will go. Once they are there, they will be spared of any molestation and given treatments conforming to international best practices.

“A terror group can only survive on information. Information has been identified as one of the key elements relied on by terrorist groups to perpetrate their heinous crimes. It is for this reason that we seek collaboration with the media. We are not sleeping. We are cooperating with the relevant agencies in the fight against the terrorists.”

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Ex-minister granted bail, to be charged to court for money laundering

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Ex-minister, Deziani Alison-Madueke who was arrested in London on Friday, October 2, has been released on bail.

After being detained for hours, report said she was granted bail. But the London Police have confirmed that the former minister would be charged to court for money laundering.

Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday along with four other persons in relation to corruption allegations being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.

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NIGERIA: Multiple bomb blasts rock FCT

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A twin bomb has exploded  in the Kuje Prison area, a busy commercial centre  in Abuja. Terror group, Boko Haram is believed to have carried out the attack.

As at press time, there is little information as to the details of the blast, but it was gathered that the bombs went off around 10pm today, October 2.

Details shortly.

UPDATE:

It was gathered that the suspected terrorists also blew up a police station in Kuje.

The first occurred in front of the police station, while the second went off at the Kuje main market – the explosions happened 15 minutes apart.

The third blast was said to have occurred in Nyanya Bus Station, where two bombings in 2014 killed dozens of people.

The Commissioner of Police for the Federal Capital Territory, Wilson Inalegu, has confirmed the blasts but could not ascertain the number of casualities. Reports say many died in the attack and many more injured.

“I am already at the scene of the bomb blast but cannot tell you anything now,” Inalegu who was at the scene of the blasts told Premium Times on the telephone.

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