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Malami Shares Why Ibori’s Loot Won’t Be Returned To Delta State

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The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has given a detailed rationale on Tuesday, March 9, as to why the loot recovered from former Delta State Governor, James Ibori will be used for federal projects.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that Malami, earlier on Tuesday with the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, announced the return of £4.2 million recovered from Mr. Ibori and his friends.

The funds, set to arrive in the country within two weeks, are expected to be used for the construction of the second Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road, and Lagos-Ibadan Express road and not returned to the Delta State Government where it was pilfered from.

“The major consideration relating to who is entitled to a fraction or perhaps the money in its entirety is a function of law and international diplomacy,” Mr. Malami said during his Tuesday appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Furthermore, Malami stated that the law which was alleged to have been breached by Ibori was a federal law and that the parties of interests involved in the repatriation of the funds were national and not sub-national governments.

“All the processes associated with the recovery were consummated by the federal government and the federal government is, indeed, the victim of crime and not sub-national,” he said.

When pressed on whether the British government had insisted that the money be spent on certain projects, Mr. Malami said it was not “a matter of insistence but a matter of negotiation between two sovereign states.”

Ibori was convicted by a UK court in 2012 after pleading guilty to 10 charges of fraud and money laundering.

But the negotiations for the repatriation of his looted assets lasted for over seven years, due to what Mr. Malami described as “judicial processes” which require all appeals to be exhausted before final forfeiture is granted.

“This hampered the speedy recovery of the looted assets,” he said.

Mr. Malami, who also doubles as the Minister of Justice, said the government is pursuing the recovery of other looted assets, including more Ibori assets amounting to over £100 million.

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Wither Nigeria? Middle-Belt Launches Country’s Flag, Currency And Coat Of Arms Amid Calls For Succession(PHOTOS)

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Wither Nigeria? Middle-Belt Launches Country’s Flag, Currency And Coat Of Arms Amid Calls For Succession(PHOTOS)

Where is Nigeria really heading to? Every group is just springing up from every corner and announcing self-succession.

The citizens of the Middle-Belt have reportedly issued their own flag, currency, and coat of arms, according to reports.

Here are photos of their currencies, coat of arms and proposed country flag.

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How Yar’Adua, Jonathan Tried To Jail Me Over Their Presidential Ambitions – El-Rufai

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The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said former Presidents, the late Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan, almost put him in prison because they thought he was a threat to their presidential ambitions.

El-Rufai, in an interview published in The Point, said although Jonathan was his very close friend from when he was the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, he persecuted him because he believed those who told him that he (El-Rufai) was a threat to his second term ambition.

The governor said his persecution started in 2006 when he was in charge at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He said, “Jonathan was convinced by his own circle too that I was a threat and that if he was going for a second term in office, he had to take me out of the race. And so, Jonathan continued the persecution that Yar’Adua started.

“I have been associated with running for President, as I said, since 2005, 2006, about 15 years. I’ve suffered for this, I’ve even been exiled for it and Jonathan tried to put me in prison for it.

“My name being mentioned with regard to presidential aspiration has been on since 2006, since I was running the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. People were speculating that the then President Olusegun Obasanjo was preparing to hand over to me. It was part of the reasons I was exiled. The late President Yar’Adua was told, according to those around him, that Obasanjo shortlisted two names to succeed him –

Yar’Adua’s name and mine. It was totally false.

“But Yar’Adua believed that, and he thought that I was a threat, and all the hullabaloo, lies and persecution that got me exiled for 23 months were as a result of that.”

He maintained that no one could intimidate or blackmail him into doing what he would not do unless they offered superior logic.

On the insecurity in Kaduna State, he said the government was working hard, and using the carrot and stick approach to gradually solve the problem.

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Insecurity: FG Rejects PDP’s Offer To Help, Says Opposition Playing Cheap Politics

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The federal government has turned down the offer of assistance from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the party is merely playing politics with serious national issues.

Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said if the PDP had done its homework properly, it would have known that most of its recommendations were already contained in the outcome of the federal government’s Town Hall Meeting on National Security, which was held in Kaduna on April 8, 2021.

On Monday, the opposition party had extended help to the All Progressives Congress-led federal government, saying it was ready to support the ruling party in finding solutions to the country’s mounting security challenges.

The PDP had asked the federal government to consider state police, set up a National Borders Protection Force and employ the use of technology as well as recruit more security personnel as part of measures to contain banditry and terrorism in the country.

It also said the ruling party’s failure to manage the country’s diversity was part of the country problems, adding that it was ready work with the administration to save the country.

But the APC-federal government, through the information minister, has responded to the PDP’s offer in strong terms, saying the opposition party played ‘cheap politics while playing the ostrich.’

Mohammed said: “Unfortunately, the recommendations by the PDP have exposed the opposition party’s gimmickry, and the fact that it was merely playing politics with serious national issues, especially security.”

Reacting to the PDP’s accusation that the federal government was running a government of exclusion, he flayed the party for forgetting, conveniently, that the current administration had consistently engaged Nigerians on topical national issues, including security, the fight against corruption, terrorism, infrastructure and farmer-herder conflict.

He said the Town Hall Meeting series, launched in 2016, had so far been held 18 times across Nigeria.
Mohammed said it’s always a no-holds-barred opportunity for the government to engage with critical stakeholders, briefing them on government policies and programmes and getting their feedback, thus ensuring inclusion and deepening of democracy.

He also read the 10-point recommendations from the Town Hall Meetings, saying Nigerians should judge for themselves which of the two parties is ahead of the other.

“With the theme: “Setting Benchmarks for enhanced Security and National Unity in Nigeria”, the Town Hall Meetings reached the following resolutions:

“That the governance of human society should be based on Law rather than the whims and caprices of human beings and must be obeyed by all as all persons are equal before the law including the lawgivers.

“That there is an urgent need for political restructuring and not separation.

“That the Judiciary be decentralized and reformed through Constitutional Amendment to remove the unitary control of the Superior Courts.

“That governments at all levels should ensure free, qualitative and compulsory Primary Education for all children of school age.

“That the military, police and other security agencies should be expanded in number, retrained, provided with modern equipment and technology to cope with emerging security challenges.

“That both religious and traditional leaders should encourage and promote inter-marriages for unity as contained in the 1999 Constitution as amended, Article 15, 3(c) which prescribes inter-marriages among persons from different places of origin, or of different religious, ethnic, or linguistic association or ties.

“That the establishment of state police should be supported by the National and State Houses of Assembly to enable State Governments to have firm control in addressing security issues.

“That traditional rulers should be given their age-long role of maintaining peace and security within their domain.
“The Local Government Autonomy be actualised to enable them to have control of their areas including the ungoverned spaces in tackling security challenges.

“And finally that the farmers/herders clashes be addressed by establishment of ranches, grazing reserves with modern amenities to check the trans-humans of the herders.”

He said the recommendations are more encompassing and more far-reaching than the political gimmickry which the PDP embarked upon yesterday.

He said the PDP did not acknowledge this national engagement that featured panelists from academia and civil society.

Mohammed said: “The lead presenter was Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, and the four discussants were Mrs Ibukun Awosika, the erstwhile chairperson of the First Bank; Prof. Saka Nuru, a renowned veterinary surgeon; Prof Chudi Uwazuruike, an academic and a former member of the House of Representatives, and Prof Kokunre Eghafona, also from the academia.

“The stakeholders who attended included all the service chiefs, members of the legislative and executive arms of government, civil society organisations, traditional and religious leaders, women and youth groups as well as labour. There can be no better engagement than this.

“Now, we have gone a step further. We have taken those resolutions to the National Economic Council, chaired by the Vice president and which also includes all the state governors. As a prelude to adopting the recommendations, the NEC has directed all state governors to organise state-wide consultations on them, and then revert to the Council in its next meeting.

“You can now see that the PDP was more interested in playing politics with national challenges than helping to find solutions to them. They presented as original thinking some of the same resolutions that we are already been working to implement, without a single reference to those same recommendations that emanated from our Town Hall Meeting of April 8, 2021.

“Finally, I want to comment on one other issue raised by the PDP at its play-to-the-gallery press conference. The PDP alleged that kidnappers and bandits are not being brought to justice. This is apparently aimed at the federal government. It is shocking that a party that ruled this nation for all of 16 years does not know that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences. The PDP should therefore call out the states, including those being controlled by it, to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits.

He berated the PDP for not acknowledging that that the federal government had successfully prosecuted thousands of Boko Haram members in an ongoing exercise.

“We are now seeking the cooperation of the judiciary to continue with the trial of arrested terrorists,” he said.
The minister acknowledged the challenges facing the nation, saying the government is doing everything possible to tackle them.

“We call on all Nigerians to support the efforts of the federal government to tackle the challenges. We advise those bent on playing cheap politics with the challenges to have a rethink. This is no time for politics,” he concluded..

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