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Nov

Some Hard Questions For The Buharists - FFK

Written by Alaba Johnson.

Some Hard Questions For The Buharists - FFK

This is indeed the time for us to answer some hard questions and speak some home truths. It is a season that shall separate the men from the boys. It is a time that the holy and wholesome light of truth shall overwhelm and expose the evil darkness of doublespeak and deceit.

It is a season that the enunciation and exposure of the ugly realities of the day must not be sacrificed or compromised on the alter of political expediency or on the table of fear.

Thankfully there are a few courageous and discerning voices that have risen to the occasion, made the relevant observations and asked the right questions. Amongst them are Mr. Bayo Oladeji and Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje. Permit me to begin with the former.

Oladeji, a seasoned and experienced journalist who writes for the Leadership Newspaper, wrote the following on his Facebook page on 31st October 2014. Add a comment

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28
Oct

2015: Buhari Replies Gumi

Written by Alaba Johnson.

2015: Buhari Replies Gumi

A group under the aegis of Buhari Youth Congress for Change (BYCC) has lambasted the Kaduna based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over his open letter to former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari urging him to abandon his 2015 presidential ambition.

The group called on the Islamic scholar to stop interfering in Nigerian politics but should instead engage in preaching peace and unity of the country.

Speaking on behalf of the group, national coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Katagun called on Nigerians to disregard the statement by the Islamic scholar.

According to him, “Dr. Gumi made a lot of mistake with such statement because he is an Islamic scholar well respected. We expect him to have called on the General personally if he wants to advice him and not in the public like he did.

“Part of the letter also read that the General is too old to rule the nation forgetting that one who makes a good leadership starts from the age of 60 years. Add a comment

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17
Sep

No Nation Survives Without Justice – El-Rufai

Written by Alaba Johnson.

No Nation Survives Without Justice – El-Rufai

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said on Tuesday that a nation which did not thrive on justice and equity was bound to fail.

According to him, justice, equity and fairness remain the fulcrum of development and unity of any nation.

The former minister stated this at the home of the late governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, in Jama’ah Local Government Area of the state.

Specifically, El-Rufai was at the palace of the paramount ruler of Kpop Gwong, Col. Paul Zakka-Wyoms (retd.), to formerly intimate him about his governorship ambition. Add a comment

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15
Sep

SERAP invokes FOI, asks CBN to provide information on alleged money laundering to Boko Haram

Written by Alaba Johnson.

SERAP Invokes FOI, Asks CBN To Provide Information On Alleged Money Laundering To Boko Haram

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has issued a Freedom of Information request to Mr Godwin Emefiele asking him to “urgently provide information about the persons involved in alleged money laundering through the Central Bank of Nigeria to fund the activities of the Boko Haram, which have contributed to the unlawful killings of innocent Nigerians and destruction of property.”

SEAP in a statement signed by Signed Adetokunbo Mumuni, Executive Director, also asked Mr Emefiele to provide “within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter information on the exact nature and duration of any such transactions.”

The organisation threatened “all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request.”
In the request dated 15 September 2014 and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organization said that, “Given the involvement of the CBN in this matter and the fact that you are the governor of the bank, we believe that you will be able to use your position and leadership to provide appropriate records and information on what exactly happened.”

“SERAP is concerned about the damaging allegation especially given that the CBN as a regulatory body has a responsibility under the UN Convention against Corruption and other national laws to prevent money laundering in banks, and to ensure that its systems are transparent and accountable to the Nigerian people,” the organization said.

The organization also said that, “It is necessary to provide clarity as to what exactly happened through the CBN if the bank is to continue to play a leadership role in the fight against corruption and money laundering, and to enjoy the public trust and confidence essential for its effectiveness.”

“Providing the information would also help to ensure full accountability for those involved in international crimes, and contribute to the process of providing effective remedies for victims,” the organization added.

According to the organization, “By virtue of Section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011, SERAP is entitled as of right to request for or gain access to information, including information on any transaction or money laundering activities that may have been carried out through the CBN, and the said information is in the custody or possession of any public official, agency or institution.”

The organization also said that, “By virtue of Section 4 (a) of the FOI Act when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or urgency to whom the application is directed is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within 7 days after the application is received. By Sections 2(3)(d)(V) & (4) of the FOI Act, there is a binding legal duty to ensure that documents containing information relating to alleged money laundering through the CBN is widely disseminated and made readily available to members of the public through various means.”

According to the organization, “The information being requested does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure by the provisions of the FOI Act.
The information requested for, apart from not being exempted from disclosure under the FOI Act, bothers on an issue of national interest, public peace and concern, interest of human rights, social justice, good governance, transparency and accountability.”

“The disclosure of the information requested will give SERAP and the general public a true picture and a clear understanding of the extent of the involvement of the CBN in any money laundering to Boko Haram,” the organization also said.

It would be recalled that a Perth-based international adviser to Nigeria, Dr. Stephen Davis, who for four months was involved in negotiations on behalf of the federal government with commanders of Boko Haram for the release of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the sect last April, has named a former top official of the Central Bank of Nigeria among those that have provided funds and other logistics to Boko Haram to commit crimes under international law.
Similarly, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has stressed that information about a suspected financier from the CBN of the Boko Haram was passed to President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to him, “Stephen Davis also mentioned a Boko Haram financier within the Nigerian Central Bank.

Independently we are able to give backing to that claim, even to the extent of naming the individual.

In the process of our enquiries, we solicited the help of a foreign embassy whose government, we learnt, was actually on the same trail, thanks to its independent investigation into some money laundering that involved the Central.

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09
Sep

US Air Marshal in 'Quarantine' After Syringe Attack in Nigeria

Written by Alaba Johnson.

US Air Marshal in 'Quarantine' After Syringe Attack in Nigeria

A federal air marshal is in quarantine in Houston today after being attacked last night by an unknown assailant at the Lagos, Nigeria airport wielding a syringe.

U.S. law enforcement officials told ABC News they were alarmed by the bizarre, unprovoked attack because the assailant was apparently able to inject an unknown substance into the back of one of the air marshal’s arms.

The air marshal was traveling with a team of other marshals when the attack took place in an unsecured area of the airport terminal in Lagos, the officials said.

He was able to board the United Airlines flight to Houston he was scheduled to work and was met early this morning in Houston by FBI agents and health workers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Amid fears the substance could contain some form of the Ebola virus, the air marshal was immediately put into quarantine. The FBI said he was screened "on-scene... out of an abundance of caution."

An FBI spokesperson said, “The victim did not exhibit any signs of illness during the flight and was transported to a hospital upon landing for further testing. None of the testing conducted has indicated a danger to other passengers."

Health experts say most infectious agents would not immediately manifest or make the patient contagious.

While the unknown assailant ran away and could not be located, officials said the other air marshals on the team were able to secure the needle and bring it on the flight for testing in the U.S.

U.S. air marshals travel undercover in plain clothes and it would not be immediately obvious to an attacker that his target was an American law enforcement agent, officials say.

“While there is no immediate intelligence to confirm this was a targeted attack, this is our reminder that international cowards will attempt to take sneaky lethal shots at our honorable men and women abroad,” said Jon Adler, the national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

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