Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Amaechi Is A Liar, Wike Never Booked 150 Hotel Rooms For Guests In Lagos – Rivers Group

The Rivers Support Initiative, RSI, has faulted a recent statement credited to Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, that Rivers Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike procured 150 hotel rooms in Lagos for guests in celebration of his award on Saturday by a national daily, as the Best Performing Governor in 2016.

In a statement signed by Barr. Collins Ibekazi Enyindah, Secretary General of Rivers Support Initiative, the group slammed Amaechi for trying to rubbish the governor, whom the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo has desribed as Mr. Project.
According to Enyindah, “How can a sane person wake up to the figment of his own imagination to raise such an unfounded allegation knowing the same to be untrue, particularly when on the day of the said occasion, the hotel allocated only 17 rooms to Governor Wike and his guests, as other awardees were said to have also taken up available spaces in the ever busy hotel”, the group argued.
The statement added that “it may also provoke the sense of reminiscence of the people of how over 1.8 trillion naira of tax payers money was allegedly siphoned by Amaechi while he was governor of Rivers State to finance the formation of the fragile contraption called APC, and for which he was personally rewarded with the office of Minister of Transportation, described as a grade A ministry for his personal benefit.”‎
RSI further posited as follows: “We only hope the Minister realizes that the era of carting away people’s money to finance interests that have no direct benefit on Rivers people is over. Our people will certainly no longer tolerate a man who has since abandoned them, without even a hut in his village to establish affinity.
“It is obvious that Mr. Amaechi has lost his bearing, and there is a total disconnect with Rivers people and what is happening around them, and should concentrate on the job given to him in Abuja for which Rivers people are expecting him to attract legitimate benefits due them as of right and leave Governor Wike alone to concentrate on the good works he is doing in the state, and for which the Acting President appropriately nicknamed him ”Mr. Project”.
“Talking about recklessness in spending of public funds, ‎coming from a man who was associated with reckless spending of public funds while in office as Governor of Rivers State can only amount to a kettle calling a pot black”, the statement added.

Diezani’s Poll Cash: EFCC To Arraign Top INEC Chief Over N16m Bribe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has concluded arrangements to prosecute a Deputy Director of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, in Akwa Ibom State, and former Electoral Officer in Rivers State, Gogo Anderson Waribo for bribe-taking.
Mr. Waribo allegedly collected N16 million from the N23 billion slush fund linked to former petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, during the 2015 general election, with the aim of influencing the outcome of the election.
He was arrested by EFCC operatives following report that some INEC officers conspired with some staff of Fidelity Bank to defraud the Federal Government of several millions of naira, EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said Tuesday.
Although Mr. Waribo denied the allegations, investigation revealed that the INEC Deputy Director’s name was on the list of the “bribe takers”, Mr. Uwujaren said.
It was revealed that he received N16 million through his First Bank account on March 27, 2015 and gave N5 million to Peter Popnen, an ex- INEC official.

Boko Haram Has Relocated To Kogi, Army Arrests 4 High Profile Members – Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Tuesday vowed to deal with Boko Haram terrorists who have relocated from the northeast to Borno state.
While speaking at the seventh edition of the National Security Seminar entitled: “Consolidating on the Gains of Counter Terrorism Operations in Nigeria”, he said ;
“Kogi is now a haven for Boko Haram, because many of them have relocated to my state.
“Just last night, four high profile Boko Haram members were arrested in Kogi by the military.
“I want to assure them that they have chosen a wrong place to relocate, because we will never allow them.
“We will work together with the armed forces to consolidate on the victory and gains recorded in the North-East”.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mugabe Dismisses Corruption Allegations As He Turns 93

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe brushed aside persistent allegations of corruption against senior officials yesterday as he celebrated his 93rd birthday, saying rumor-mongers were merely targeting “big fish” in his administration.
In comments to be aired on state media yesterday, the world’s oldest leader said he would act if shown evidence – even though graft scandals involving ministers and even members of his own family are regular fare in local newspapers.
“I think the big fish, more of it has been talk, talk and talk. People have not come out and actually said here is a case against a big fish,” Mugabe said in the pre-recorded interview.
“Or are people afraid to come out and even come to us and say ‘This one is stealing so much, investigate the person?’ If there is evidence, we will pursue that evidence and certainly we will deal with those persons.”
Despite the almost daily slew of scandals involving state tenders and contracts reported in Zimbabwe’s free-wheeling private media, investigations are rare and arrests even rarer.
The anti-corruption commission is currently fighting the higher education minister and his deputy, who are accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a state fund. They deny the charges.
Parliament has also penned several reports recommending investigations into irregular tender allocations, including at several state-owned firms. The reports have been ignored.
Transparency International said in October Zimbabwe ranked poorly on corruption and was losing at least $1 billion annually to graft, with police and local government officials among the worst offenders.

Sick Buhari Submits 2nd Letter On Extension Of Vacation At Plenary, The Date For His Return Will Leave You Speechless (See Letter)

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has read the letter from Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari extending his vacation for the 2nd time to allow him address his health challenges.
The President had written to the National Assembly, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.
Most Nigerians have been in doubts about Buhari's health condition, saying those photos seen on social media where old photos of Buhari in london.
Dr Saraki have revealed a letter from Buhari asking the house of assembly to extend his stay for the 2nd time in london, the date of Buhari's return will leave you speechless.

EFCC Includes Women In Anti-graft War

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has revealed that the agency is incorporating women in the anti-graft war.
Mr Magu made the revelation on Tuesday while visiting the Chairman of Channels Media Group Mr. John Momoh.
He also denied allegation that a suspect recently died in the EFCC custody.
The lawyer to the family, Mr Paul Edeh, led relatives of the victim to the Ministry of Justice, where they had a private meeting with the Justice Minister.
Mr Edeh said that the Minister gave a directive that the issue be investigated and promised to get back to the family in a matter of days.
Wife of the deceased, Mrs Susanne Nunugwo, lamented that she had not been able to see the corpse of her husband since his death, two months ago.
She requested that her husband’s name be cleared as he had been declared guilty by the EFCC and was no longer alive to defend himself.
This will be Magu’s second visit to Channels Television since taking over as Acting Chairman of the EFCC.

Buhari - I Need More Time To Rest (Read More)

The President, Muhammadu Buhari has said that he needs more time to rest before returning back to the country.
This is according to a press statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in an update on  Buhari’s health.
“President Buhari wishes to reassure Nigerians that there is no cause for worry.
“During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating that the President stays longer than originally planned.”
“Thanks to millions of Nigerians who have been sending good wishes and praying for his health and well-being in mosques and Churches throughout the country.
“The President is immensely grateful for the prayers, show of love and concern”.
The president left the country in January 2017, on an annual leave and a medical vacation which he wrote to the National Assembly of his intentions to extend.
Its now about 32 days since he left Nigeria.