IPOB, Ohanaeze youths give DSS 48 hours to release Abaribe

Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has given the Department of State Services (DSS) 48 hours to release Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

It said if Abaribe’s arrest by DSS was simply by standing surety for its leader, Nnamdi Kanu and for allegely supporting IPOB, then all those who stood surety for murderers, kidnappers and rapists are equally guilty of the offence as charged.

IPOB said the move against Abaribe by DSS makes a nonsense of the Nigerian judicial process and mockery of the law, wondering if standing surety for an individual is tantamount to supporting that person’s cause?
The group said: “So, Abaribe must be released within the next 48 hours, and if he is not released before 6:00p.m. today, IPOB will call for a day of rage against the fascist government of Nigeria and its agents in the South East and South South. Let Britain and the rest of the civilised world not say they were not warned.”
Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma…

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FG, Switzerland sign pact on asset repatriation

•Hire experts to search for more looted funds

Nigeria is set to partner foreign consultants, comprising legal practitioners and other experts in Switzerland, on a voluntary offshore asset repatriation scheme.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bern, Switzerland on the sidelines of a meeting held at the Nigerian Embassy, recently.

Malami said under the scheme, experts will collaborate with the Swiss government to target funds that have not been identified in ongoing investigations.

Since 2015, $322 million Nigeria looted funds have been repatriated from Switzerland.
According to Malami, Switzerland has been chosen as pilot nation for the scheme, given the existing partnership on asset repatriation between both countries.

“The success of the scheme in Switzerland will determine the inclusion of other nations,’’ the minister said.
He also disclosed that the Federal Government…

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320 soldiers drop their weapons, retire from military

Three hundred and twenty military personnel, comprising 262 from the Nigerian Army, 44 from the Nigerian Navy and 14 from the Nigerian Air Force have voluntarily who bowed out of the Armed Forces.

The personnel dropped their arms after  six-month skill acquisition and entrepreneurial training at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre(NAFRC), Oshodi, Lagos.

Bidding them farewell, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)  Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, urged them to continue to contribute their quota towards surmounting threats to lives and property within their domiciled area.

“You will have to prove in your relationships that you have passed through a highly disciplined system such as the military.

“I believe you are all capable of succeeding and positively influencing whatever environment you find yourselves after now,” he said.

The CDS said he had no doubt that the training they have passed through at the Centre would expose them to several entrepreneurial and management…

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Budget; PANDEF Rejects Reduction Of Maritime University Grants

Ben Dunno, Warri

The Pan Niger Delta Forum, (PANDEF) has described as unacceptable the reduction made from the 5billion naira initially approved for the take off of the Maritime University,  Okerenkoko, Warri South Local Government Area, by the National Assembly in the 2018 Appropriation Act.

It has therefore called for the immediate reversal of the deliberate reduction of the sum by the National Assembly in the interest of peace and wellbeing of the Niger Delta people who had made so much sacrifice for growth of the nation.

It also lamented the refusal of non-implementation of financial provision in the ACT establishing the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, and urged that this be done as a matter of urgency in order to guaranty the financial independence of the institution.

Making these demands in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Dr. Alfred Mulade, PANDEF noted that its concern was borne out of the fact that these Institutions are both…

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Obasanjo visits Bode George 20 years after silent feud

In an historic, passion-filled reunion, former President Olusegun Obasanjo paid a condolence visit to Chief Bode George Saturday morning on the recent loss of his son.
In the eight years of Obasanjo’s administration, Chief Bode George was effectively his alter ego, his most intimate confidant who was a storm trooper in the toughest period of the Obasanjo’s administration.
The atmosphere at the Ikoyi residence of Chief Bode George was woven with warmth, with sobering unifying affection and with a deepening of genuine healing on both sides. It was a significant reunion that may be a bellwether for a new political rapprochement and a forging of forces in the South West and at the national front. Party stalwarts and family members welcomed Chief Obasanjo, among whom were Engineer Seun Philipps, Chief Dapo Sarumi, Chief Okanlawon Shoboyede, Chief Mrs Kofo Bucknor, Dr Remi Akitoye, Chief Mrs Onikepo Oshodi, Captain Tunji Shelle, Mr Debo Dallas, Mr Biodun Ejemai, Mr Tola Animashaun,…

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