Buhari On Babachir: We Only Asked Him To Go Because There Was a Serious Allegation, Not Because There Was Any Evidence Against Him

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has just stated the reasons why he fired the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and relieved him of his duties.

Mr Lawal was sacked in 2017 following the recommendation of a three-man panel headed by Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, which investigated the allegation against the former official.

He was alleged to have awarded contracts worth N500 million through the Presidential Initiative on North-East, a rehabilitation programme under his office, to a company in which he had interests.

Speaking on Wednesday at a town hall meeting, tagged: “The Candidates,” organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja, Mr Buhari said he terminated the appointment of Lawal because the allegation against him was a strong one.

The president stated this while responding to questions on why the oust SGF was seen campaigning for his re-election instead of being behind bars for the crime he allegedly committed.

Buhari said unlike during the military regime, he has to be careful not to arraign those accused without evidences.

“That is not fair criticism of the government. I do not think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in this dispensation which we looked the other direction,” he said.

“I told you why I have to be careful.

“The public should help us.

“If there are strong allegations that are backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated and contracts awarded, then we will take them before the courts through the EFCC and ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.

“If we just take people, in as we did during the military, and lock them up, the present democracy, a multi-party democracy, does not approve of that.

“If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted.

“So, if there is strong allegation, the government may decide to ask people to go, like in the case of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, we asked him to go.

“The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC,” the president said.

Buhari who said his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, advised those making allegations to be able to provide evidence why those they are accusing should be prosecuted.

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Pochettino in trouble! Kane injured, Son gone, another star is out of Tottenham

Mousa Dembele has been presented as a Guangzhou R&F player after completing his transfer to China from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mousa Dembele has been unveiled as a Guangzhou R&F player after completing his £11m move from Tottenham Hotspur to the Chinese Super League

Photographs posted on the Chinese club’s website showed the Belgian midfielder posing with a club scarf in front of the Guangzhou crest after sealing his move. He was also given a tour of the training facilities by coach Dragan Stojkovic.

Dembele was officially unveiled as a Guangzhou player after completing his medical in China

Tottenham confirmed in a statement they had reached agreement with the Chinese Super League side subject to international clearance. The statement read: ‘We have reached agreement with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F for the transfer of Mousa Dembele, subject to international clearance. We wish Mousa all the best for the future.’

The Belgian midfielder, 31, has completed his switch subject to international clearance

Guangzhou have paid Spurs £11million for a player who made 249 appearances in all competitions for the London club since signing from Fulham in 2012. With just six months remaining on his contract, Spurs allowed the 31-year-old to leave and Guangzhou R&F pipped Super League rivals Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande to his signature.

Dembele was given a tour of the Guangzhou R&F training facilities by coach Dragan Stojkovic

He has only appeared 13 times this season, with the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko earning more playing time. Dembele has also not played since suffering an injury and being substituted after just seven minutes in their victory at Wolves on November 3. The midfielder has made 82 appearances for Belgium during a 12-year international career, and has featured at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, as well as Euro 2016.

Dembele will undergo pre-season training with Guangzhou before the season starts in March

The midfielder said in an interview shown on Spurs’ Twitter account: ‘I’ve always had a good experience here. I go away with an unbelievable feeling and with a certain love for the club. You always want this, because you have a long period at a club, you have a lot of love for the club but sometimes you separate in a bad way and I don’t feel that way.

The 31-year-old midfielder has not played since suffering injury at Wolves in November

‘Even the reaction I’ve had from the supporters, everyone is positive with me. They’ve wished me a lot of luck and happiness. The club is part of my family now.’ Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen said: ‘You have to ask the players who have played against Mousa or with Mousa to get the appreciation he deserves. Sometimes it made me angry a bit that people talked about the best midfielders in the Premier League and haven’t named Mousa, but I feel like he got that appreciation over the last two years.’

Dembele has appeared just 13 times for Spurs this season after falling down the pecking order 

Ekweremadu reveals how thieves broke into Senator’s Car, takes huge sum of Money

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Thursday, shocked his colleagues when he revealed how some thieves broke into the luxury car of a senator and stole huge sums of money.

He lamented that the multi-million naira Close Circuit Television devise installed in the National Assembly was not functional as of the time of the incident.

Ekweremadu stated this while responding to a point of order raised by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, complaining about a burglary case which occurred in her office during the yuletide and New Year break.

The deputy senate president who presided over the session sympathized with Tinubu, but noted that the incident in her office was not an isolated matter because a similar incident happened in the House of Representatives.

He said, “A colleague came for a transaction and left some money in his car during the Christmas break. Some people broke into the car and removed some money.

“Since he parked his car close to the main Senate complex, he thought that the CCTV camera would capture the activities of the burglars but regrettably, the CCTV did not work when it was checked and it is really embarrassing.”

He therefore directed the National Assembly management to investigate all burglary issues that had been reported so far, and furnish the leadership of the federal parliament, the outcome of its investigations as soon as possible..

Tinubu, who came under order 43 (personal explanation), had raised the alarm that the incident in her office was giving her serious concern.

He said, “My office was closed on 7th December because of my constituency engagements. My staff resumed on Wednesday January 9 and reported a case of burglary in my office.”

She urged the Senate to direct the National Assembly management to replace all the items stolen in her office.

Liverpool star explains why Klopp has excelled in Premier League this season

After guiding the club back to the Premier League’s top four and among Europe’s elite in the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp has received praise from Reds midfielder Fabinho for his man-management style, with the Brazilian also stating that the German knows what is best for his players’ development.

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Klopp has earned wide acclaim ever since joining Liverpool in 2015, with the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss introducing an entertaining brand of football and overseeing a notable improvement in team who lead Premier League champions Manchester City by four points at the top of the table. He has also been praised for his impact on the players themselves, with Klopp putting trust in youngsters and ensuring others have improved.

Fabinho is one of those to have made significant strides, as the Brazilian struggled to get in Liverpool’s team initially after joining from Monaco for a reported £44 million in July. There were reservations about Fabinho’s positioning and suitability to Klopp’s system, but he has become a more regular starter in recent months and he saluted his manager’s influence.

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“The relationship with the coach is good,” the midfielder told Liverpool’s official website. “He has a different way of speaking to each player. He understands things about us, things we need to improve on. He’ll tell you what he wants you to do on the pitch concerning movement, so that when we’re on the pitch we understand the best options for us. The relationship I have with him is very good.”

With Liverpool enduring something of a defensive injury crisis, Fabinho had to fill in at centre-back in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion and he felt comfortable there. “I’d already played the previous game as a centre-back against Wolves,” he added, referring to the Reds’ 2-1 defeat in the third round of the FA Cup. “I think it went well, I had a good understanding with Ki-Jana Hoever [against Wolves], the communication was good.”

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The former Monaco man added: “Regarding positioning, I improved throughout the game in this aspect. I did well, and in the last game against Brighton, I think I played well. Playing alongside [Virgil] Van Dijk helped, he’s really vocal, he guided us. He helped me a lot. I had good communication with Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and also with Hendo [Jordan Henderson]; they were the players closest to me on the pitch. In general, I think it was a good game. In this position, which I haven’t played in a lot, I think I adapted well. There are some aspects, such as positioning, that I need to improve on. If I were to play in this position more, I’d improve on these things, but that’s natural.”

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Liverpool come up against Crystal Palace this weekend looking to, at least, maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Just In: Nigerians Urges The Presidency To Examine Dispassionate Responses To The Debate On Social Media Platforms

Despite what appears to be Mr. President’s less-than-average performance at the Town Hall Meeting, however, there were regular loud cheers and clapping from a section of the audience, even when His Excellency wasn’t coherent enough for his audience to process his answers.

It is advisable for the Presidency to examine dispassionately Nigerians’ responses to the debate on social media platforms if that will afford Mr. President the opportunity to know what his citizens think of him and his administration and make adjustments as necessary.As the camera occasionally beamed on the audience, the countenance of ministers and presidential aides left no one in doubt that they were concerned about the performance of their Chief Executive.

President Muhammadu Buhari struggled to answer the routine questions that the moderator of the first edition of Town Hall Meeting, Kadaria Ahmed, posed to him and his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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The Vice President regularly came to the defence of his principal, which prompted Ms Ahmed to, at some point in the debate, urged Osinbajo to allow Mr. President to answer his own questions.

Though the series was put together to afford presidential candidates and their running mates the opportunity of informing the electorate of their plans for the country ahead of the February 16 presidential election, Mr. President’s outing leaves much to be desired in that regard.

As the head of government, most of the questions were, understandably, directed at Buhari. The first question — Why do you want to re-contest? — met with a: “I’ve said it before that if my party nominates me, I will contest.”

After belabouring it for a long time, he rounded off where he should have started from, how he has delivered on his three main electoral promises. Were the President subjected to time restriction.

The Daura-born retired general adopted his unique style of starting from the most irrelevant point while answering many other questions.

When Ms Ahmed turned to Osinbajo the first time and asked if he had anything to add to the reason his boss gave for seeking re-election, he appeared reluctant, perhaps so as not to create a wrong impression about his boss.

The first law in Robert Greene’s book,The 48 Laws of Power, must have crossed his mind: Never Outshine the Master. But he appeared to have, at the end of it all, as the VP provided the much-needed fillip to make the session worth the efforts and investment.

End Of The Road: I Have Ordered EFCC To Charge Babachir Lawal To Court, Buhari Reveals

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President, has stated why he relieved Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, of his duty.

Mr Lawal was sacked in 2017 following the recommendation of a three-man panel headed by Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, which investigated the allegation against the former official.
He was alleged to have awarded contracts worth N500 million through the Presidential Initiative on North-East, a rehabilitation programme under his office, to a company in which he had interests.Speaking on Wednesday at a town hall meeting, tagged: “The Candidates,” organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja, Mr Buhari said he terminated the appointment of Lawal because the allegation against him was a strong one.The president stated this while responding to questions on why the oust SGF was seen campaigning for his re-election instead of being behind bars for the crime he allegedly committed.Buhari said unlike during the military regime, he has to be careful not to arraign those accused without evidences.“That is not fair criticism of the government. I do not think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in this dispensation which we looked the other direction,” he said. I told you why I have to be careful.The public should help us. If there are strong allegations that are backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated and contracts awarded, then we will take them before the courts through the EFCC and ICPC and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.

“If we just take people, in as we did during the military, and lock them up, the present democracy, a multi-party democracy, does not approve of that. If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted. So, if there is strong allegation, the government may decide to ask people to go, like in the case of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, we asked him to go.The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC,” the president said.Buhari who said his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, advised those making allegations to be able to provide evidence why those they are accusing should be prosecuted.

 

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SHAME! Two Yahoo Boys Seen Fighting Over Money Received From A Client, Delta State (video)

Two yahoo boys seen fighting over the money received from a victim, this morning, at Asaba Mall, Delta State. The rate at which yahoo boys keep increasing is alarming, see how Nigerians reacted to this;
clasicebruzy wrote “Are they fighting? eshi_clement The cameraman is nothing to talk about.. Mtcheeeew!”, another user  iam.adaugo said ” Hope none is my crush sha😭😭🏃🏃, zeus__r You for not stop nah make you find out… obehi_obehi Why you stop to record? preshking1 Dis ones are not yahoo boys. See as dem be, the_rhymes “For this Asaba? Who you be?” 😅”.

Recall Nigerian young man Adekunle Dada who is a suspected Yahoo Yahoo boy ran out of luck yesterday as he was caught up in the act while trying to steal someone’s underwear in Okpella, Edo State. The young man who was severally dealt with was forced to confessed that a mutual friend introduced him to an Hausa man identified as ‘Collect’. The Hausa man told him that the new secret to getting rich quick lies in ritual using underwear.In the video which has now gone viral, the suspect said ‘Collect’ paid for the motorcycle that brought him to the street to steal underwears before he was apprehended. Watch the video below:

 

 

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BOKO HARAM ATTACKS! Do not let the insurgent attack spread to other parts of the region, it will be very bad, Religious leaders plead with government, security operatives

The Co-Chairman of Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, has spread the allarm that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East may spread to Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states in no time.

He added that the spread could lead to the displacement of thousands of people in the states.

 

 

Onuoha made the call at the 2nd IDFP General Assembly in Abuja yesterday, stating that the security challenges facing the country, including kidnapping in the South-West, armed robbery and militancy in the South-East, and South-South needed to be urgently addressed.

The cleric said the perceived lopsidedness in the leadership of the security forces should be addressed, pointing out that the security situation during the 2015 elections was not as bad as it is today.

He said, “In Borno and Yobe states, the Boko Haram insurgency has taken a dangerous dimension, leading to increasing loss of soldiers and policemen. This sad situation could spread to states like Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba leading to the displacement thousands of people who will seek refuge in the overcrowded Internally Displaced Persons camps.”

 

 

The Bishop urged the faith community to pray for the success of the forthcoming elections and peace in the country.

Onuoha said, “We have built more powerful individuals while our institutions remain weak. Those who have presented themselves for elective positions should be willing to accept the outcomes of the elections.”

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Sagay gives more details why CJN Walter Onnoghen should be tried by The Tribunal and not NJC

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, (SAN), has explained why Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen’s assets non-declaration charge cannot first be determined by the National Judicial Council (NJC).

In a report by The Nation, the eminent Law professor, citing constitutional provisions, argued that not every offence committed by a judicial officer must first be brought before the NJC.

He said: “By the very logic of the powers of the NJC, cases arising out of a breach of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act and the Code of Conduct provision in the Constitution cannot come before the NJC.

“If the NJC first decides the matter before the defendant is arraigned in court or at the Tribunal, what happens if the NJC finds the defendant liable and removes him from office as a Judge?  In that case, he ceases to be a Judicial Officer as well as a Public Officer.

“Can he, therefore, be tried as a public officer before the Code of Conduct Tribunal?  The answer is no, because he is no longer a public officer.

“The extant provisions of the Constitution and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act would be rendered nugatory by a prior NJC involvement.”

Faulting the arguments that the prosecution ought to comply with the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Nganjiwa vs. F.R.N., the PACAC chair said: “It should be noted first that this judgment contradicts the clear provisions of the Code of Conduct as established in the Constitution which gives the Code of Conduct Tribunal jurisdiction over all public officers, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria.  (See 5th Schedule, Part One, of the 1999 Constitution).

“Moreover, the Court of Appeal in Nganjiwa’s case was directing its judgment to a judicial officer committing an offence in the process of carrying out his duties as a judge in a court namely: demanding bribe from a party to the case before him.

“Therefore, the ratio decidendi in this case is much narrower in scope than is being touted by our all mighty Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs).  Filling an Assets Declaration Form is totally outside the ambit of a judicial officer’s work. It applies to all public officers.

“If one may ask – should a drunken judge behind a car steering wheel kill an innocent pedestrian, will the offence be taken before the NJC, before the police can act on the crime?

“Indeed, in spite of its defects, the Court of Appeal judgment in the Nganjiwa’s case expressly limited reference to the NJC only to cases of a judicial officers’ misconduct in court whilst exercising his authority as judge in case before him in court.

“According to the court: ‘It must be expressly stated that if a Judicial officer commits theft, fraud, murder or manslaughter, arson and the likes, which are crimes committed outside the scope of performance of his official functions, he may be arrested, interrogated and prosecuted accordingly by the State directly without recourse to the NJC. These classes of criminal act are not envisaged and captured by the provisions of paragraph 21, Part One of the Third Schedule.’

“This demonstrates the hollowness and invalidity of the argument that every offence committed by a judicial officer must first be brought before the NJC, before the law enforcement agencies can entertain it.”

Besides, Sagay believes that the NJC cannot be expected to be fair in Justice Onnoghen’s case.

“Almost all the Senior Advocates of Nigeria have argued that even in a case involving the breach of the Code of Conduct, for which the law has already made express provisions, the matter shall be taken to the NJC rather than to the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“They can’t be serious.  They must obviously be speaking tongue in cheek.  Even a baby, three months old, must realise that no one can get justice against the CJN at the NJC.  The CJN is not only the Chairman of the NJC, he is also the appointor of 20 out of the NJC’s 23 members.  The CJN is the NJC.

“Only a grossly ignorant man or an extremely mischievous one could seriously suggest that a matter involving the CJN should be brought before the NJC for adjudication.

“Therefore, the whole idea of taking the present case to the NJC is a nonstarter, for that would make the CJN the Chief Judge of his own case – a clear violation, not only of the Constitution, but also of a long standing common law principle coming all the way from MAGNA CARTER in the year 1215,” the PACAC chairman said.

Sagay was of the view that the substance of the charge against Chief Justice Onnoghen “is deliberately being abandoned by the SANs and some other lawyers”

“Why is Nigeria such a Theatre of the Absurd?  Today, we are only talking about preliminary objections, interim injunctions, challenge of jurisdiction, wrong procedure, etc., etc.  Nobody is talking about the substantive issue any longer.  That is now lost in the sands of time.

“Did he do it?  Did he not do it?  The questions we should all be asking are contained in the front page of The Nation Newspaper of Tuesday 15th January, 2019: Did the CJN fail to submit a written declaration of all his assets and liabilities within prescribed period of three months after being sworn it?

“Did he omit to declare a domiciliary (US dollar) account No. 870001062650 maintained with Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited? Did he falsely omit to declare a domiciliary (Euro) account No. 93001062686 maintained with the bank?

“Did he falsely omit to declare a domiciliary (Pound Sterling) account No. 285001062679 with the Bank?

Did he falsely omit to declare an e-Saver Savings (naira) account No. 5001062963 maintained with the bank? Did he falsely fail to declare naira Account 010001062667?”

Sagay advised Nigerians not to be distracted by what he called a vicious and fraudulent campaign intended to sacrifice the substance and justice of the case on the altar of technicalities, adding that the truth must not be the first casualty in the matter.

Governor El-Rufai Declares That The Northern Region Is Very Ready For The Restructuring Of Nigeria

The burning issue of restructuring Nigeria has brought some top leaders of the country together to rub minds on how best to achieve the desired goal.
The Vice President, Prof.  Yemi Osinbajo, governors of Kaduna and Oyo states, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Abiola Ajimobi respectively and other prominent Nigerians yesterday stressed the need for the country to be restructured to overcome myriad of problems confronting it as a nation.
 
Speaking at the event, Governor El-Rufai stated unequivocally that people of the northern part of the country were ready to embrace restructuring which has dominated public discourse for quite a long time. He spoke in Ibadan while presenting a keynote address at the Bisi Akande colloquium with the theme “Nigeria: Achieving National Unity Through Peaceful Restructuring”, held at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. el-Rufai, who  emphasised that the view was personal said: “The coincidence of the mind-set of most of the military leaders being of Northern origin must not be confused with that of the ordinary Northerner.
 
I want to state here and now, that not only is the North ready, willing and able to embrace inclusive restructuring of our polity, but to add that those that speak loudly against it represent no one. Most of them have never held elective offices, and therefore do not appreciate that the North with its natural endowments stands to be the biggest beneficiary of restructuring.” At the colloquium which formed part of the activities marking the 80th birthday anniversary of Chief Bisi Akande, el-Rufai maintained that restructuring was an important matter, despite efforts by certain sections of the nation’s elite to trivialise it.
 
 
 
“With all sense of responsibility, I believe some Nigerians have made a career and livelihood around “restructuring” without deep thought, or a clear plan or implementation strategy. For them, it is a tool to alienate rather than convert our compatriots to the nation-building imperative that restructuring offers. Rather than the hard graft of solving our governance problems, this group would rather grab headlines and mouth sound-bites at opportunities like this. You can almost sense that this people actually dread restructuring becoming public policy, having succeeded in living off a serious national imperative for so long. We must be mindful of this class of people”, he added.
 
 
Also speaking on restructuring, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who also threw his weight behind restructuring, noted that for it to be successful it should not be made to pass through the National Assembly, but should be pursued through the law courts. He made allusion to Lagos State and the old Western Region led by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo saying, “the most important thing to bear in mind when talking about restructuring is that all of us have stressed the gains of restructuring. When we are talking of restructuring, we should look at it that it is achievable through the court system. The only way that has succeeded so far is the one done in Lagos under Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. In the court of law using the same constitution we have today, we can get it done through the court.
 
 
Also complaining or agitation will not help, we need to go and contest these issues in the court of law.” Governor Ajimobi said, the  celebrator, “Chief Akande, best captures the essence of restructuring in one of his addresses entitled: ‘Devolution of Powers and National Restructuring’, which he delivered at the APC-USA Second Annual Convention held in Washington DC, in October, last year. He cautioned that mere sloganeering on restructuring without any clear definition, peaceful and workable strategy is an invitation to chaos.
 
However, he noted further that making appropriate amendments to the 1999 Constitution for equitable re-arrangement and redistribution of existing local government areas and states must precede restructuring. “In other words, Chief Akande was reminding those that have turned the clamour for the geo-political restructuring of Nigeria into a mere political slogan to consider the basic prerequisites for undertaking such a fundamental expedition before setting the country on a journey with no clearly defined destination. Restructuring goes beyond sloganeering. It should be rooted in conviction and clearly stated path to achieving the objective.”
 
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