FBI Indictment: PSC Suspends DCP Abba Kyari

Acting on the recommendation by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, to suspend the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, over his indictment by United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Police Service Commission (PSC), yesterday, approved the IG request and has suspended Kyari

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, had Sunday recommended the immediate suspension of Deputy Commisioner of Police and Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Mr. Abba Kyari.

He had also set up a four-man Special Investigative Panel (SIP) headed by Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Force Criminal Investigations, DIG, Joseph Egbunike, to investigate all the allegations contained in the relevant US court documents served the Nigeria Police by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

This is as some groups have warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against using the case of a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to cover up the international umbrage against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over Kyari’s indictment.

However, a statement issued by the spokesman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, said the suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31, 2022.

“The Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office.

“Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States,” it said.

In addition, the statement stated: “The commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.

“The Commission’s decision, which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police, who is currently on leave.”

Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California had ordered the FBI to arrest Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a $1.1million fraud, perpetrated by Abbas Ramon otherwise called Hushpuppi.

The US court documents showed that the American prosecutors had first sought a court warrant to arrest Kyari on February 12, 2021, while another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.

But Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Kyari and hold him in a US custody was unsealed on July 26, 2021.

Hushpuppi had narrated to the US court how he allegedly bribed Kyari to arrest and jail one of his rivals in Nigeria over the disputed sharing formula of $1.1million scam of a Qatari businessman.

Following this development, youths in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who have warned the EFCC to stay away from using Saraki’s case to cover up Kyari’s allegation said the anti-graft agency must stay away from chasing shadows.

EFCC, at the weekend, had invited Saraki for questioning on Saturday, raising widespread reports about alleged arrest, with many accusing the anti-graft agency of attempting to use his case to mask the gravity of Kyari’s indictment and make it seem like the government was fighting corruption.

The PDP youth, under the aegis of South-south Youth Vanguard, cautioned EFCC against chasing shadows.

In a statement by its National Chairman, James Akpofure, the group advised the anti-graft agency to go after those reaping and looting the country and stop acting like an attack dog for the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government.

“The earlier the EFCC knows that it was established to fight corruption in the interest of the public the better. It should stop doing the bidding of the government in power. By working for the interest of the people, the comity of nations will see us as toeing the right path to meet international best practices.”

Another group, Northern Youths Transparency Vanguard, also criticised the invitation and alleged arrest of Saraki as an attempt to divert attention from the grave corruption charges against Kyari, who is wanted in the US on charges related to wire fraud and money laundering.

President, Northern Youths Transparency Vanguard, Mallam Inuwa Sabo, in a statement, accused EFCC of trying to distract public attention from the serious implications of a decorated policeman fraternizing with a known fraudster.

Sabo alleged that EFCC helped to circulate a story that the former senate president had been arrested over renewed corruption allegations, when a topical and humongous case of corruption of international magnitude was hanging over the head of Kyari.

“It is no news to Nigerians that the EFCC has continuously investigated allegations of corruption and raised trumped up charges against the former senate president, which when tested in the courts, have always fallen flat. Still, the EFCC and their paymasters and cyber peddlers keep fanning the flames of hyperbole and ingenious propaganda with Saraki’s name under renewed allegations of corruption.

“If fighting corruption means much to the EFCC, they should address the concerns of Nigerians about the red-hot Abba Kyari relationship with the convicted scammer,” the statement said.

Abba Kyari: Why US is out to expose Buhari’s govt.

A chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP. Olusegun Bamgbose,has said that the United States may be out to expose the President Muhammadu Buhari government over its failure to heed to multiple calls to unban Twitter in Nigeria and also address widespread killings fuelled by corruption and religious intolerance..

Bamgbose, who was reacting to the move by US authorities to arrest and extradite Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, over his involvement with international fraudster, Ramos Abbas also known as Hushpuppi, pointed out that Buhari’s aides, advisers and ministers are not well-groomed in international diplomacy and warned that the Federal Government should expect more of these from the United States and other countries with sufficient and damning evidences against key corrupt officials occupying government offices.

According to him, the US government is in possession of some shocking secrets of the Buhari government but have decided to remain silent for reasons best known to them.

“There is a saying that one good turn deserves another, this is also applicable in international relations and diplomacy,”

“It’s on record that the United States condemned in clear terms the continuing ban on Twitter in the country, saying the action ‘has no place in a democracy’ and that ‘Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are fundamental to prosperous and secure democratic societies’

“This was made known to the public by State Department spokesperson Ned Price, he emphatically called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to reverse its Twitter ban.

“However, unfortunately, the Federal Government turned deaf ears and chose to snub the United States. The repercussion is here, in essence, Abba Kyari’s saga could be the backlash of the Federal Government turning down the US call to reverse the Twitter ban.

“Unknown to many, American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Kyari on February 12, 2021, another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021, but these were turned down by the Judge.

“Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Mr.Kyari and hold him in United States custody was unsealed on July 26. There is always a price to pay when the right thing is not done at the right time.

“Many of Buhari’s Aides, Advisers, and Ministers are not well-groomed in international diplomacy. The Federal Government should expect more of these from the United States.

“Last week the FBI agents had a second meeting with Nigeria’s Police IG to demand Abba Kyari’s arrest and extradition.

“One will strictly advise the Federal Government to release Abba Kyari to the FBI. Currently, the Federal Government wants Igboho extradited to Nigeria from the Benin Republic, there is therefore no basis to withhold Abba Kyari from facing trial in the US.

“In the few weeks to come there will be more revelations that may portray the Presidency in a bad light. The United States has classified Buhari’s Government as being rude and unfriendly.

“All these could be traced to the Twitter ban and some other developments aimed at gagging press freedom. Refusal to release Abba Kyari will certainly not help the already strained relationship between the two countries.

“Let Abba Kyari go and defend himself, after all, a clean conscience fears no accusation. The earlier the better for Buhari’s to know that Nigeria cannot stand alone. The Twitter ban should be reversed forthwith.

“Press freedom should not be tampered with, the United States should not be pushed to expose hidden things about this government.

“The US government knows a lot about Buhari’s government that will shock many Nigerians. However, for reasons best known to them, they have decided to keep mute.”

Breaking: Armed Gunmen Storm Burial Ceremony in Ogwuash-Uku in Delta State

Armed men suspected to be kidnappers reportedly stormed a funeral in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, voiceairmedia report.

It was learnt that the armed men stormed the funeral in a move suspected to be an attempt to kidnap a popular social media critic of the APC of Buhari and activist, Ken Eneduwa.

An eyewitness who prefers anonymity told our Correspondent that the heavily armed men who were in mufti, came in unmarked car stormed the venue of a burial ceremony, of late Mrs Eneduwa, and were heard making enquiry on the whereabout of Ikechuckwu Ken Eneduwa, the activist son of the diseased that was being buried.

The eyewitness further stated that the armed men were sure of the presence of the APC critic since it was his mother’s funeral.

‘But some key top Delta State government officials who were equally present at the burial saved the day for the Eneduwa family’, a rather sad eyewitness said.

‘We were even told that attempt was made by the officials to pick Ken’s wife, Ifeoma, who was also at the event but was equally resisted by the youths of the town’, the eyewitness added.

Eneduwa has been one of the vocal critics of the government of President Buhari and has leveraged his huge social media following, especially on his facebook page to canvass for open and fair democratic process in the country.

He spear-headed the debate on the purported fraudulent award of the Ogwashi-Ukwu.

As at the time of writing this report, Ken Eneduwa’s whereabouts and that of his wife remains unknown.

Speaking on the development via a telephone interview, the counsel to Ken Eneduwa, the critic and activist, Pelumi Olajengbesi confirmed the incident.

Olajengbesi described the incident as an unfortunate one and a sad narrative in the life of our country.

Olajengbesi further stated that there is a need for us to address the issues of insecurity in our country.

The federal government must wake up to responsibility and rejig the security architecture of the country.

There has been increase in the arrests of critics of the government in recent time.

Recall that a popular critic of the government, Abubakar Idris, who is popularly known as Dadiyata was abducted from his home in August 2019 and has remained missing.

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Police Arraign Fake Navy Officer in Nasarawa

The Police Command in Nasarawa State, on Sunday, said it arrested one Nasiru Ahmed, a fake Naval Officer.

This was contained in a statement signed by ASP Ramhan Nansel, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, on behalf of Bola Longe, the Commissioner of Police in the state, and made available to newsmen in Lafia.

The statement said the Police personnel attached to the New Karu Division, while on intensive surveillance patrol, arrested one Nasiru Ahmed ‘M’ 32 years of age, an impostor, notorious criminal and serial fraudster.

“Nasiru Ahmed usually dresses in military camouflage of the Nigeria Navy, approaches Point Of Sale (P.O.S) operators at different locations within Karu LGA, under the guise of conducting transactions and sending fake bank alerts into their mobile phones in lieu of cash.

“The suspect, in most cases, intimidates, harasses and assaults P.O.S operators whenever they complain about the money given to him not reflecting in their bank accounts,” the statement added.

It further explained that during a search on Nasiru Ahmed, the following exhibits were recovered – two sets of Navy uniforms, two sets of boots, one set of knee guards and one dagger, which he admitted using for his nefarious activities.

The Commissioner, in the statement, directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, for further investigation.

CP Longe, therefore, warned criminal elements in the state to either repent or leave the state, warning that if caught, they will be dealt with decisively.

By Oluwaseyi .

Police arraign man for allegedly burning wife’s hut in Jigawa

The Police in Jigawa have arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly burning the hut of his wife in Birniwa Local Government area (LGA) of the state.

The Spokesman for the state police command, ASP Shiisu Lawan, confirmed the arrest to newsmen on Wednesday in Dutse.

He said that the suspect was arrested after the police received a report from Kuzoyara village on June 11.

According to the report, at about 1 a.m., the suspect, a resident of Dandari village in Machina LGA, Yobe state, allegedly went to the house of his in-laws at Kuzoyara village and set his wife’s hut on fire for turning down his request to go back to his house after they had a misunderstanding.

The PPRO added that that as a result, another hut belonging to the suspect’s mother in-law got burnt to ashes, destroying many valuable items.

Lawan, however, said that no life was lost in the incident.

He added that the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) is investigating the incident.

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With the aid of local vigilante, Maiduguri safer than Abuja ― Zulum

The Governor of Borno state, Governor Babagana Zulum, Friday said that he is using the local vigilante in addressing the numerous security challenges in his state.

Zulum spoke in Owerri, when he received an invitation letter for a distinguished Leadership Award to be bestowed on him (Zulum) by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo state Council, from Chris Akaraonye, NUJ chairman, represented by Emma Odibo, Secretary of the Union.

Zulum who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant, SSA, on Media, Baba Shaikeh Haruna, said that local vigilante was part of the indigenous efforts put in place by the Zulum’s administration to protect the lives and properties of his people.

According to Zulum: “We, in Borno state, have been experiencing security challenges for 12 years, however, a lot of transformation is taking place but part of what we are doing to put under control the security situation in the state is to engage the local vigilante; they have taken over the policing of the state to the extent that they had driven the insurgents far away from the state to Sambisa forest.

“Another thing, we have been able to do is to operate a cabinet of all Nigerians to see that nobody complain of being marginalized.

“If you come to Maiduguri, you will not believe it, it is even safer than Abuja. Sometimes the way people analyze the security issue in Borno, it is not the way you see it when you come to the State.

Billionaire; Obi Cubana disclose Source Of his Wealth

Ever since Obi Cuabana’s mother’s burial in Oba, there have been several questions surrounding his source of wealth, considering the lavish nature of the ceremony.

However, the entertainer has urged Nigerian youths to stop seeking illegal means to make money, stating that he does not have “soap” to cut for anyone.

While speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Tuesday 20th of July, Obi mentioned he got his breakthrough when he made his first million naira after his National Youth Service Corps program in Abuja.

In his words, That was the first N1.1 million I made before I joined contract work in Abuja. I signed a contract with PPMC, made a little money, then bought my Mercedes V-boot. I invested the money I made into a garden beer parlor before I established Cubana Group.

Miracle can’t give you money because the pastor needs the money more than you. Native doctor can’t give you money either. If you want money, you have to work hard.

If you are in your 20s, work now. I am 46 years (old), I have done my first half. I don’t know why someone who is just 20 years (old) will say he has not made it when he still has 50 years 60 years ahead. There is no soap to cut for anybody, there is no soap anywhere, work, pray, be good, make your own soap.

Court dismisses Suit Seeking To Sack Uzodinma & Deputy

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the petition to nullify declare the governor and Deputy governor’s seats vacant.

Forwarded by Mcfyne C. Chikwedu, the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1085/2020 sought the sack of Governor Hope Uzodinma and his deputy, Prof Placid Njoku on the argument that their election did not meet the constitutional requirement to be declared winner of the March 9, 2019 gubernatorial election of Imo State.

But Justice Taiwo Taiwo on Monday, July 19 ruled that the applicant had no locus standi and that the suit was patently ‘non-justiciable.’

The judge also held that the case was a frivolous one since the Supreme Court already ruled on the matter and confirmed Uzodinma as the rightful winner.

He stated that his court was not an election tribunal that could sit on appeal over elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

To this end, the court awarded Chikwedu INEC N250,000 as cost for bringing such a frivolous and meaningless suit to the court for adjudication.

INEC and the Attorney-General of the Federation were the first and second defendants, respectively.

“If I may ask, was he (Chikwedu) a contestant in the Imo Governorship Election in 2019? He only described himself in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the affidavit in support of the originating summons thus: ‘(1) That I am the plaintiff in this suit and an indigene of Ikeduru LGA of Imo State. (2) That by virtue of my position I am conversant with the facts of this case.’
“These averments are not enough to cloth the plaintiff with the toga of locus standi.

“It is a notorious fact that the issue of the Imo State governorship election has been litigated up to the Supreme Court; the Apex Court in the land on the 14th of January, 2020 and it was held among other things that Senator Hope Uzodinma is the winner of the Governorship Election of Imo State and that the Certificate of Returns be issued to him.

“This court cannot shut its eyes to these facts…This case has no legs to stand on. It is dead on arrival and nothing can be done to resuscitate it. I need to state that cases of this nature ought not to be permitted to see the light of day if not for the constitutional provision as to fair hearing.

“I am of the well-considered view that parties should desist from bringing such time-wasting suits to court knowing fully well that they have no chance to succeed. The time of the court is very precious.

“This case is dismissed in its entirety. This is the judgment of the court,” the judge ruled.

No chance to emerge the winner of 2023 elections — Presidency tells PDP

The Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu has said there is no way the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is winning the 2023 general elections.

Shehu, who spoke shortly after observing the Eid-El-Kabir prayers in Daura, Katsina State said the PDP was living false hopes of reclaiming power in 2023, accusing the opposition party of giving false hopes to Nigerians that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will be out of power by the next elections.

The presidential aide said it was time the PDP snaps out of the illusion because the masses will still reckon with President Muhammadu Buhari and will never abandon him.

“The President enjoys unshakable support not only in his hometown but also across the country and it is enough for the opposition to admit that the President matters a lot for the ruling party and Nigerians in general, again he constitutes a political obstacle they cannot dismantle come 2023,” he said.

He continued; “We believe the PDP and other opposition parties are nursing false hopes of taking power comes 2023.

“The masses will never abandon President Buhari’s leadership and the APC. I assure you that in 2023, the masses will be waiting for the President to show the way in courtesy of what he has been building for the country in terms of infrastructure and wellbeing of young people in the country.

“Nobody will take the risk by inviting another party to come and take over in 2023.”

By Airview News

Nigeria, UAE to track illegal gold trade ― Minister

he federal government in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to track huge illegal movement of gold from Nigeria to Dubai.

Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, announced this in the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum.

According to Adegbite, Nigeria government is currently negotiating a bilateral agreement with the UAE to check every gold entering Dubai from Nigeria.

He noted that huge quantity of gold were being moved from Nigeria illegally on a daily basis to Dubai, adding that the gold passed through UAE police freely unknown to them that royalties were not paid to Nigeria.

“The UAE collect their own charges on gold that arrived in Dubai airport but Nigeria government has told UAE to ask anyone entering Dubai with Nigeria gold to present certificate of exportation got from Nigeria before allowing them to pass.

“We have agreed with UAE to seize any gold from Nigeria without certificate of exportation; we told them that the value of the gold will be shared equally as an incentive for UAE to eradicate illegal exportation of gold from Nigeria to Dubai.

“All we expected from whoever that is travelling from Nigeria to Dubai with our raw gold is to pay royalty to the Nigeria government and such person will be given certificate of exportation.

“The certificate of exportation will be automatically integrated into the Nigeria Customs Services system, our law accepts exportation of gold but royalty must be paid,” he said.

(NAN)