President Muhammadu Buhari in a meeting in his house with the Vice president Osibanjo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Hon. Dogara has decided to make a trip to London for treatment and assure Nigerians that the government will go smoothly even with his absent in Aso Rock.
Ibrahim Abubakar Lajada made his intensions known to Nigerians as he promised to run for 2019 Presidential election.
Lajada who is a mount billionaire in abroad has made education as his major point of concern has this to say. “Our education system in Nigeria is not one in which we should be very proud of. Yes, Nigeria does have excellent schools, colleges, and learning institutions, but our standards are not set as high as other countries. For example, our country does not fund our schools adequately. Teachers teach with not enough books, no supplies, or books that are often over 30 years old. How can we expect our children to be up to date with the world’s information if our teaching materials are not new?
This and many more points he said was his major points of interest when he becomes a president.
A 95-count charge was earlier preferred against him before it was reduced to six by EFCC. The charge includes dishonestly converting to personal use money belonging to Niger State, amounting to about N5 billion. Babangida and Nasko were brought into the court room at about 8.40a.m. by EFCC, led by its lead counsel, Gbolahan Latona and three other lawyers. The accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them by the presiding judge, Justice Aliyu Maiyaki. The court, however, stood down for 30 minutes, after commencement of the case, to enable counsel involved to compare notes on oral application by EFCC to amend its charges. On resumption of proceedings, counsel to the first and second accused, Ayodele Oladeji and Mamman Mike Osuman, did not object to the amended charges. The first count charge accused the duo of committing illegal act of criminal breach of trust in 2015, contrary to Section 97 of the Criminal Code. The second charge is of withdrawal of N540 million for personal use, contrary to Section 111 of Penal Code and punishable under Section 104 of same code. Also, the former governor was in the third count charge accused of dishonestly converting to personal use over N1.725 billion, belonging to the state government, contrary to Section 311 of Penal Code punishable under Section 304. Youths protest Despite the heavy security presence within the court premises, many pro-Babangida supporters, mostly youths, took over the major roads leading to the court premises with different placards in support of the former governor. The former governor, who was picked up by the anti-graft agents from his Abuja home three weeks ago, arrived the Minna High Court 11, presided over by Justice Aliyu Maiyaki at exactly 8:40a.m. in a black Toyota land cruiser SUV with number plates NPF 6914C. The judge, after listening to the arguments from both prosecution and defence counsel, ordered the two accused to be remanded in Minna Prison custody till May 3 for the ruling on the bail application.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has released a statement clarifying his earlier statement on President Buhari working from home. According to Mohammed, President Buhari will be working from home only for today.
In the statement issued in Abuja, the Minister said the President only decided to work from home today, not that he has decided to work from home henceforth.
He said the headlines in a section of the media,
”Buhari to now work from home – Lai Mohammed,” is a misrepresentation of his statement at the briefing. Quoting verbatim the relevant section of his briefing, Mohammed said: ”He (the President) wanted to rest TODAY and he asked the VP to preside over TODAY’S meeting. In addition, he also asked that all his files be taken home to him and he will be working from home TODAY.”
Not very good news as The Senate, on Wednesday, disclosed that the 2017 budget is missing and alleged that the Nigeria Police stole the documents needed to pass the 2017 budget.
The allegations were made following a presentation by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Danjuma Goje, regarding the invasion of his home last week, by officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
Goje said the policemen took N18 million, $19,000 and four thousand Saudi Riyadh from his house
“In addition, they also took my laptop and to make matters worse they took 18 files from my office. I am so traumatized now and I don’t know which files is missing, which files is available now. Some of these files have to do with the work I am doing,” Goje said.
“Like I told you, we are holding a meeting on the budget that last Thursday that they came. So from Thursday to now we have not been able to meet because some of the papers are not around, many of us are traumatised, my house as a politician is a beehives of activities; people are coming from all over the country to sympathise with me. I have no time to sit and from today we are trying to start sitting again as appropriation committee to see what we can do with the budget.”
He added: “I want to apologise to my colleagues that we could not keep to the timetable you gave us to lay the budget yesterday (Tuesday) and to get it passed (Wednesday); and I think it is not our own fault, it is the fault of the police because the police interfered with the whole of the budget process and I hope Nigerians will not turn out to blackmail the national assembly because the process were truncated by the police.”
Subsequently, the Upper Legislative Chamber directed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) , Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to immediately return those documents and a computer which were taken away from the official residence of Sen. Goje. In addition, the Senate also asked the Police to tender a public apology to the National Assembly.
Senate President Bukola Saraki revealed that the Police had informed the Senate Committee on Police Affairs that the operation in Goje’s house was carried out based on a false lead from a whistle blower. He said the Senate would not take that excuse and stated that an immediate official explanation on the operation must be provided to the Senate.
“This matter is very serious, just as Senator Goje has said. It is now over five days with no statement or comments from the Police to tell us why this raid was done or to tell us where these files which are very important to the appropriation process.
“Sadly, I must tell you informally that the chairman of the Police Committee told me this morning (yesterday) that the Police are saying that it has something to do with a whistle blower. If it has to do with a whistle blower, then the whistle blower misled them.
“If a whistle-blower misled them, I think that this matter that has come out publicly like this to embarrass a Senator should be well handled. I think the Police, like in a civilised society, needs to come out and accept responsibility.
“If somebody has given you any wrong informatio, tell the public what you are doing with that person and if it is an intelligence officer that got the house wrong, come out and tell us. For five days now, nothing. I think it is unfortunately.
“I also got an information that the House of Representatives has also set up an adhoc committee on this matter and this committee that is set up should work closely with the House, particularly to ascertain the circumstances surrounding why they went to Senator Goje’s house.
“If truly it was a whistle blower and he gave them wrong information which is what the IG is telling them, what are they doing about that wrong information? Have they come out to make a public apology for this wrong raid?
“These are issues that the committee would look into and the files that are still in Police custody which Goje has told us is affecting the works before us, also needs to be brought publicly and formally to him because it was taken publicly.”
The Senate announced the establishment of an adhoc committee to begin an immediate investigation into the police operation and also to investigate the alleged assassination attempt of Senator Dino Melaye.
The adhoc committee has Senator Jibril Barau (APC, Kano State) as chairman, also includes Senators Isa Misau (APC, Bauchi State), Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu), David Umoru (APC, Niger State).
Afterwards, IGP, Ibrahim, met privately with the Senate President, Saraki, supposedly to tender an unofficial apology over the invasion
The Economic Financial Crime Commission to probe senior money laundering Geniuses.
The SGF Babachir Lawal said this in an interview with State House reporters after meeting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).
The President, according to a statement today by his spokesman Femi Adesina, has also directed the suspension of the SGF from office pending the outcome of the investigations.