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Manhunt For Maina By Charles Ofoji.


By Charles Ofoji

If any Nigerian still had doubt that our country is a cassava republic, it must have been finally expunged by the failure of the security agencies to arrest a common civil servant called Abdulrasheed Maina. Last Wednesday, the Senate drilled the Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar over his failure to capture the embattled chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), after Senate President David Mark issued a warrant for his arrest.

Listen to what Abubakar told the Senator Paulinus Igwe-led Senate Committee on Police. He promised to hunt for Maina with INTERPOL, which will help track him down abroad. I dey laugh o! My ribs o! According to him, the police will soon declare Maina wanted, using INTERPOL.

He also told the Senators that he was prepared to place monetary ransom on the head of the fleeing felon. He assured the senators that the force would deploy every means to arrest the run-away civil servant. Abubakar further told the senators that he withdrew the police attaches from Maina immediately the Senate issued the warrant of arrest and since that time, the man absconded and has not been seen. My countrymen and women, this must be some kind of comedy for a depressed populace. Which one was easier? To withdraw the police orderlies and bodyguards and then send other policemen in search of him or to direct the same policemen attached to him to arrest him forthwith? Is it not strange that Abubakar was telling the Senate of what he would do, instead of telling them how far he has gone is going after Maina overseas? The fact remains that the police knew at each point where Maina was. It was their men and women who guarded him, until he vamoosed from the geographical space called Nigeria.

If Maina disappeared by some kind of magic from Nigeria as the IGP told the Senate and found his way to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as reported in the media, then it must be stuff for a Hollywood blockbuster. He must be a movie star and eligible for an Oscar. But this, in my view, was not the case. Mr. Abubakar merely took some punches and embarrassment for some powerful people who covered Maina with “presidential immunity”. With such, he could not have been arrested. How could the police tell us, while the film played out, that they never knew his whereabouts when at each time, about a dozen of their own men and women guarded him? This kind of story is unbefitting of a fine officer I know the IG to be. But then again what options did he have against the superior powers that precluded him from doing his job?

Unfortunately, the Nigerian nation has been reduced to a conundrum by the ruling class. It is a country where the rich and mighty are above the law due to historic corruption. If not how could an ordinary civil servant have grown so mighty to be untouchable. This writer once wrote that the real cankerworms tearing down the Nigerian fabric are the civil servants. Apart from their daily sucking of the Nigerian milk, there can be no looting or embezzlement by our elected officers without their collaboration.

To maintain the status-quo and ensure that nothing changes, those in-charge rule the country by abracadabra. The more the citizens look the less they see. But sometimes, the citizens get an unimpeded view of the state of things. Public outrage normally follows. Then the government is compelled to take some drastic measure to give the people the feeling that their country is after all not a cassava republic. Just as the Judiciary last week, despised by the public, attempted to purge itself by wielding the hammer against three of its controversial high-profile members – three justices mired in corruption allegations. Because of overwhelming public outcry, the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended their compulsory retirement on account of corruption.

The same thing was what happened in Maina’s case. It was alleged that someone very powerful was playing the music to which he danced. Some pointed fingers at the presidency. The angry speech of the Senate President, Senator David Mark, as he issued Maina’s arrest warrant clearly buttresses this. Nigerians got another rare picture of what was going on. There was another outcry. The music stopped; the dance stopped as well. Maina automatically became an ordinary citizen again. The presidency could no longer afford to shield him from facing a different kind of music. Nevertheless, perhaps, it conceded to him an easy passage as the public was cuckolded with the hocus-pocus of a manhunt.

It would not be un-Nigerian if it later emerges that Maina actually left the shores of this country on a ticket or on a plane paid by the taxpayers. How could a flamboyant man like him, who is wanted by the authorities, pass through the Nigerian immigration, wherever his point of exit was, without being noticed? I disagree. Some kind of cover was provided. But who was protecting Maina? The President himself? The Vice-President or Secretary to the government of Nigeria? And why was he spared? Whoever it was must be an accomplice to the crime Maina is believed to have committed. The sad thing is that, because as typical of Nigeria, he will never be prosecuted. So, we will never get to know.

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The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

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Weeks After Parking Spot Stabbing Incident, Lagos Police Spokesperson In Public Outburst With Reporter.


Lagos PPRO Ngozi Braide
By Citizen Reports

Only weeks after the Lagos State Police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, allegedly attempted to stab another female police officer over a parking spot at the Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, a female journalist said Ms. Braide today in the same premises threatened to fight with her.

The journalist, a PM News reporter who requested anonymity, said she had gone to obtain a comment from Miss Braide on a story she was working on, but said the spokesperson became furious, threatened a fight, and ordered her to leave the office.

According to the journalist, “She became angry and told me that my friends and I are peddling lies that she fought with a CSP in public.  Miss Braide went on to call me all sorts of names and accused me of blackmail. She went on to order me to leave the office but I told her that I will not leave because the Lagos State PPRO’s office is a public office and does not belong to her.  At this point she got up from her seat and charged towards me as if she wanted to fight me.  I still stood waiting to see what she will do next. She walked towards me and she said, ‘Take your dirty body out of my office. This is my office.

You and your friends can go on to say all things and blackmail me. I don’t care.’  At this point some journalists held her and prevented her from fighting me.”

She said she was shocked and dismayed at Ms. Braide’s behavior but was not surprised as the spokesperson has quarreled with other reporters before and even gone as far as threatening a superior police officer with a dagger over a mere parking space at the police headquarters.

“She fought with this female CSP until her breast was exposed,” the reporter said.  “Other policemen had to restrain her that day.  This is something that happened in public and is well known but she is lying, denying that it never happened.”

She said she did not blame Ms. Braide, as the Inspector General of Police and some other journalists were shielding her, giving her the opportunity to continue to misbehave, but expressed the hope that the spokesperson does not one day stab the commissioner or even the IGP.

For herself, she said she would contact her lawyer and then petition the authorities. “This is a threat to my life and defamation of character,” she said.
In a previous incident, Ms. Braide was reported to have threatened to stab a senior police officer, identified as Cynthia Ibeama, over the use of a parking spot in the office premises.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

LEADERSHIP Publisher Sam Nda-Isaiah A Conman, Says Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam.


By SaharaReporters, New York

Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has dismissed the publisher of LEADERSHIP Newspapers, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, as a conman hiding under the umbrella of journalism to extort money from, and blackmail Nigerians who refuse to advertise with him.

Mr. Gaidam, who made the claim in a strongly-worded protest letter he caused to be circulated around the country and published in several dailies today, threatened to take action against Nda-Isaiah if he continues in his unethical practices.

“He has committed grave ethical infractions that strike at the very core of the integrity of journalism,” the governor said of the publisher, adding that Nda-Isaiah’s brand of journalism will expose the profession to ridicule.  “The publisher has decided on a deliberate editorial policy to fabricate lies against us, ridicule our institutions, pillory our achievements and maliciously libel our functionaries all because we refused to yield to his unceasing demand for advertisement patronage. Recently, he has invested enormous editorial energies to malign and lie against the government and people of Yobe state – he is likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”

The governor cited an incident this month in which the newspaper published an editorial attacking the State government, followed by a personal comment in Mrs. Nda-Isaiah’s column that he attributed to his having refused to place advertisements in Leadership.

Mr. Gaidam also offered a 2008 example of conflict between the government and Leadership concerning a N10 million payment to the newspaper for the publication of special supplements.

“This followed Nda-Isaiah’s visit to Damaturu where he met our late governor, Senator Mamman Ali,” the governor’s complaint said.  “But the project did not even go half-way when the governor passed on. Leadership stopped the supplements following Governor Mamman Ali’s death and to date there is no explanation on this or a refund of the balance of the money collected.  This, however, did not stop us from placing adverts in the paper whenever we saw the need to do so. But on almost all occasions we have had reason not to patronize the paper; we never fail to receive harassing calls from Nda-Isaiah or some members of his staff.”

He said his government recognizes the media’s responsibility to alert it to its duties, which is why it does not regard all negative stories about his administration as a declaration of hostility or as a slight on individuals.

The governor further said: “Some negative stories can be constructive and redemptive.  But there is a world of difference between critical journalism and blackmail journalism. It is blackmail journalism when a publisher abuses the privilege of his medium to traduce and manufacture lies against people simply because they refused to place adverts in his or her news medium.”

Having made his case, Mr. Gaidam urged the public to discountenance any future insults or campaign of disinformation against the Yobe government or its officials that Leadership may engage in, as there is more to what the newspaper writes than meets the eye.
Excerpts from Governor Gaidam’s Letter:
“We are writing to call public’s attention to the disturbingly unethical practices of Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, publisher and chairman of Abuja-based Leadership newspaper. Since November 2011, we have been victims of Nda-Isaiah’s blackmail. He has committed grave ethical infractions that strike at the very core of the integrity of journalism. We feel obligated to state the facts because we are concerned that Nda-Isaiah’s brand of journalism will expose the profession to ridicule.The publisher has decided on a deliberate editorial policy to fabricate lies against us, ridicule our institutions, pillory our achievements and maliciously libel our functionaries all because we refused to yield to his unceasing demand for advertisement patronage. Recently, he has invested enormous editorial energies to malign and lie against the government and people of Yobe state – he is likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

“In one week, Leadership wrote an editorial titled “Yobe and the Murder of Korean Doctors” on February 13, 2013 where it tendentiously accused Yobe state governor of being responsible for the regrettably cold-blooded murder of three Korean doctors in our state (about which the security agencies with the support of the state government are working tirelessly to unravel). We wrote a rejoinder (in Daily Trust, Blueprint, People’s Daily and The Nation on February 15, 2013) calling attention to the untruth of the editorial’s claims and pointing out the many inaccuracies that informed its conclusions. A few days after our rejoinder, Nda-Isaiah again dedicated his personal column, under the title “Yobe Governor Should Be Held Responsible for This” (February 18, 2013), to hurl coarse invectives and repeat the same false statements against us. He called the governor a “sadist” and his media adviser a “thuggish underling,” among other unsavoury insults. That is clearly beyond the pale.

“So, why is Nda-Isaiah so fixated on Yobe state and its officials? Well, it is because we have had occasions to spurn his entreaties for advertisement patronage, and he seems unwilling to accept the fact that it is absolutely our decision to choose which media to patronise with our advertisements.As a state government, we do place advertisement in the media from time to time. We do so because we think it is the best way to record our achievements and inform our people at home and elsewhere about our programmes, projects and policies. In doing this, we are guided by the imperatives of availability of funds and the reach and relevance of the media we patronize. We have in the past had occasion to place advertisements in Leadership when we thought it was appropriate to do so.

“For instance, in late 2008, Yobe state government paid ten million naira to Leadership to publish special supplements on the state. This followed Nda-Isaiah’s visit to Damaturu where he met our late governor, Senator Mamman Ali. But the project did not even go half-way when the governor passed on. Leadership stopped the supplements following Governor Mamman Ali’s death and to date there is no explanation on this or a refund of the balance of the money collected.This, however, did not stop us from placing adverts in the paper whenever we saw the need to do so. But on almost all occasions we have had reason not to patronize the paper; we never fail to receive harassing calls from Nda-Isaiah or some members of his staff.

“As a government, we recognise the media’s responsibility to alert us to our duties. That is why, as a policy, we do not regard all negative stories about our administration as declarations of hostility or as slight on our persons. Some negative stories can be constructive and redemptive. But there is a world of difference between critical journalism and blackmail journalism. It is blackmail journalism when a publisher abuses the privilege of his medium to traduce and manufacture lies against people simply because they refused to place adverts in his or her news medium.

“Of course, we recognise the importance of advertisement to the survival of the news media. As a government accountable to God and the people, we spread our adverts as best we can within the resources available and the possibilities of local consumption. There are many national dailies which are happy to receive adverts from us but would never resort to blackmail if they did not. The relationship between advertiser and medium must necessarily be based on trust, not blackmail, coercion or extortion.

“With the foregoing, we believe the people of Yobe state and Nigerians who have followed the bizarre and unbelievable saga between Leadership and the Yobe state government are now better informed about the context in which the newspaper picks and targets the state government and its officials in an unfair and unprofessional manner.We, therefore, ask the public to discountenance any future insults or campaign of disinformation against the Yobe government or its officials that Leadership may engage in. Anyone who sees such libellous material from the newspaper should recall the above historical background and know that there is more to what the newspaper writes than meets the eye.”

Again, Police And SSS Trade Words Over Killers Of Governor Oshiomhole’s Aide With (PHOTOS).


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

The credibility of Nigeria’s security agencies was again brought into question today as wild accusations and counter-accusations rang out in the public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions looking into the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, the Private Secretary to Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

The governor, in his testimony before the committee, reiterated his position that Mr. Oyerinde was killed by his political opponents.  He said that the police deliberately went to arrest innocent people in order to give the impression that they were working, and thereby divert attention from the real culprits.  The police, he insisted, are trying to cover up the real criminals who perpetrated the dastardly act.

The Director General of State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpenyong, gave a detailed account of how the service carried out its investigations and arrested its own batch of suspects.

DIG Peter Agana and DCP Chris Ezeike testified on behalf of the police, and they sought to fault Governor Oshiomhole’s testimony, describing it as frivolous, baseless and unfounded.  Ezeike said that the police investigation of the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the murder of Mr. Oyerinde revealed that he had had a problem with his landlord.  He said they were also exploring the politically-motivated killing theory as well as the multiple fatal accidents that involved the convoy of Governor Oshiomhole.

The police further insisted that their own suspects are the actual killers of Oyerinde, and that his wife, Funke, was invited to identify the suspects.   The suspects, he said, were taken to the scene of the crime and all of them admitted the role they played in the crime.

Ezeike denied that he told anybody that he wanted to meet with the Governor privately on the matter as had been alleged by the Governor.  He maintained that the SSS transferred seven suspects to the police, and not the six earlier paraded, and that Lawal Abubakar who was arrested in Kano was not handed over to them.

“They (SSS) did not transfer any report either preliminary and concluded, and no single item stolen from the deceased’s house as exhibit was handed over to the police by SSS,” he said.  Muhammed Abdullahi, who was the ring leader, confessed that the gun they used was locally-made gun but the SSS maintained that it was a double-barreled gun that was used to commit the crime.

The police admitted that the suspects arrested by SSS are actually criminals because they confessed to many crimes they have carried out in Edo State and its environs.   The Governor and the human rights lawyer Femi Falana told the committee that so far, there were two contradictory reports on the case, and that there is a need for the President or National Security Adviser (NSA) to set up another Independent Panel to investigate and reconcile the two versions of both Police and SSS.

The Attorney General of Federation described the case as complicated and that it is difficult to determine which version to believe.
In a very strange case, the SSS and the police have paraded a different set of suspects, each of which confessed to having killed Oyerinde in his residence in Benin City.

The public hearing was attended by leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress, civil society organizations, and others.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

 

NSUK Killings: God’s Word To Nigerian Leaders And Military By Wale Odunsi.


By Wale Odunsi

“So soldiers killed four undergraduates and over 24 hours later, Education Minister maintains a deafening silence. No one has resigned; no one thinks it is appropriate to apologize…Who says Nigeria is not a jungle.” – My father, a septuagenarian and civil war survivor, asked rhetorically a day after the gruesome murder of NSUK students.
For years decades, the Nigerian Military have never failed to remind us that we are in a country where the amount of respect for bloody civilians can barely buy a loaf of ‘Agege’ bread or a bag of ‘pure water’.

The intolerance, arrogance and zero-decorum they display when handling civil matters is best seen than heard and when we complain, the top echelon claim that the subordinate officers who carry out despicable acts are the “bad eggs”. But have the bad eggs taken over the basket?

Personally, I think it’s high time the National Assembly pass into law a bill legalizing extra-judicial killings. That way, we will at least know beforehand, that those who derive pleasure in cutting short the lives of defenseless citizens have no case to answer.

On Monday February 25, 2013, Nasarawa State University Keffi, NSUK, had its share of severe batter from the usual suspects. Reports say soldiers had been invited to the school by the state government, the school authority – or both. Their mission was to quell a peaceful but tensed rally by learners of the institution, protesting recurrent water scarcity in and around the campus. The students had barricaded the inter-state road stretching through the façade of the school main gate.

I got wind of the crisis at exactly noon from a friend studying Accounting. The Jambite was in a confused state of mind as we spoke over the phone and I could tell. He was jittery, narrating in an unbalanced voice what initially sounded like a film trailer. According to him, the men in khaki fired directly at the crowd after taking strategic positions in a way that suggests they were facing the enemy. By the time they were done, no fewer than three students had lost their lives, a few more with gunshot injuries and many others badly bruised. The soldiers then moved from one hostel to the other, flogging the helpless ones who escaped unhurt. Haba, broad daylight slavery in one’s country!

Moments later, I called two other friends; the story was same. At this point I became extremely worried. To stay abreast of the situation with their safety in mind, I kept in touch hourly with all three till the end of that day. If I had been that attached, one can imagine the trauma of the parents/guardians in their homes, shops, and offices while the sad event lasted. Some might have in fact experienced a heart attack.

But for how long will this ugly trend persist, till doomsday? As we have always advocated, the attitude of military personnel and other law enforcers must be thoroughly scrutinized on a regular basis. Deploying armed troops to deal with internal issues of tertiary institutions is unacceptable and stand condemned. The actions of whoever sent out the invitation, the Oga who gave the order and the soldiers themselves will go down as another senseless killing of promising future leaders. These occasional youth-cleansing attacks are crime against humanity and I urge the United Nations Human Rights Council, UNHRC, to investigate this recent incident. Lest we forget, an exact scenario almost played out late last year at the University of Abuja.

Only a week before the NSUK disaster, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa whose articles I find interesting, wrote on “Media – Military Relationship In Nigeria” (seehttp://saharareporters.com/article/improving-media-military-relationship…). In paragraph two, the brilliant officer wrote: “The military is increasingly concerned about its image and reputation mainly on its professional disposition and the civil-military relations that could improve its relationship with the media. The media – military relationship in Nigeria in most cases has been insalubrious and often contemptuous. The basic explanation is that the history, natures and cultures of the two institutions are however fundamentally adversative… The military however is hierarchical, regimental with great inner pride and loyalties. It is non-democratic, action oriented, audacious, intolerant and impatient to outside interference – all these are tendentious, and must be so if it is to be effective in exercising its constitutional responsibilities.” Although I totally understand the context of which he was arguing, his colleagues may well put that the strength to successfully achieve such enormous responsibilities into warfare and defense of the nation, not the poor masses!

If Nigeria was a state where people regard value, the press should have been inundated with resignation letters of Nasarawa State government officials, Commandant of the Keffi Army Barracks and especially, the Vice-Chancellor the school, Prof. Shamsudeen Onyilokwu Onche.

Now that the news has generated national and international uproar, those indicted will as usual deny; the rest in positions of authority will force out of their mouths lame emotional speeches and condolence statements. Lobatan! End of story.

I wish that the spirits of the dead will not let the murderers rest. Their souls have protested and their voices have reached the Most High God who has sent a statement in which I find solace.

“Verily I say unto all in Nigeria permitted to carry firearms: By this, I mean the Military, Police and State Security Service, ye shall not count yourselves worthy of eternal rest yet.  From up here, I see how excited ye get whenever ye brandish the barrels of your guns at my people. Continue to kill them, ye need not halt. Too many damage ye hath done, but remember, judgement is mine.

Woe I say woe unto ye corrupt leaders: By this, I mean both elected and appointed public officials; serving and retired. Have thou heard that the cry of the students killed was scarcity of water? If ye hath judiciously used the abundant wealth I deposited in thine land; if ye hath put in place necessary infrastructure which are visible even in less-endowed countries; if ye hath ensured provision of basic amenities – decent road and rail network, uninterrupted electricity supply, quality health care service, grants for the poor, the aged and the jobless, many late souls from thine country would not have passed away so soon.

I eagerly anticipate all that fall in the categories mentioned. A special prosecution awaits thy souls. I advise, be fully prepared to argue thy briefs. Ye have a lot of explanations to give me thy God. For it shall come to pass, all man shall give account, every single account of thy time on earth”.
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Twitter: @WaleOdunsi

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

“Deliberate Propagation of Falsehood”: Minister of Justice Rejects Testimony of Ministry of Justice Over Oyerinde’s Murder.


The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke has roundly denied that the Ministry is “confused” about the situation in Edo State where the police and the State Security Service have different reports and different sets of suspects in the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, an aide of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

In a letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Public Petitions of the House of Representatives today, the AGF repudiated comments made yesterday at a public hearing by Mr. O.T. Olaitigbe, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation on his behalf and the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Testifying at the hearing yesterday, Mr. Olaitigbe had said that the Ministry was “confused” and could not proceed with the prosecution of the suspects because of the need to harmonise the two reports.

Mr. Adoke said the comments were a figment of Olaitigbe’s imagination at best, and far from the truth.

Declaring he was “shocked, embarrassed and utterly disappointed” by Olaitigbe’s comments, the AGF said the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions had been instructed only to inform the Committee as follows:

1.    The Federal Ministry of Justice had examined the powers of the State Security Service as provided by Section 3 of the National Security Act, Cap.N.74 LFN, 2004 and the powers of the Nigeria Police Force as provided by section 4 of the Police Act Cap. P.19 LFN, 2004 and had come to the reasoned conclusion that the power to investigate crimes of the nature under consideration (murder) resides with the Nigeria Police  Force while the power to gather intelligence lies  with the State Security Service; and

2.    Murder, the offence allegedly committed by the suspects is exclusively within the jurisdiction of the States in the Federation. The Criminal Procedure Act, Cap., C. 38 LFN, 2004 is very clear on this matter.

The Federal Ministry of Justice, the AGF therefore stressed, has no power to prosecute murder cases that as occur as an offence committed against State law and that the matter was  already been handled by appropriate authorities in Edo State.

Expressing his regret over the misrepresentation and the apprehension that Olaitigbe’s testimony has generated in the minds of Members of the Committee and the general public, the AGF disclosed that he has instituted an internal investigation into the matter and that appropriate measures will be taken to discipline any officer found wanting in this “deliberate propagation of falsehood.”

Full text of the letter:

HAGF/NASS/2013/VOL.1/2                             28th February 2013

The Chairman,

House of Representatives,

Committee on Public Petitions,

National Assembly Complex,

Three Arms Zone,

P.M.B 141,

Garki,

Abuja.

RE: INVITATION TO INVESTIGATE HEARING

My attention has been drawn to the representations made by Mr. O.T. Olaitigbe, Deputy Director, Public Prosecutions of the Federation on behalf of my office and the Federal Ministry of Justice at the Public Hearing organised by your Committee on 27th February 2013 on the alleged complicity and improper investigation in the murder of Oyerinde Olaitan, an Aide to the Edo State Governor.

2.      It has been widely reported in the electronic and print media that Mr. Olaitigbe while making his presentation to the Committee, stated among other things that the Ministry of Justice was confused as a result of the investigation reports it had received from the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service (SSS) which appeared to have indicted different sets of suspects for the alleged murder of Oyerinde and that the Ministry could not proceed further with the prosecution of the suspects because of the need to harmonise the two reports .

3.      I wish to completely disassociate myself from the comments purportedly made on my behalf by Mr. Olaitigbe as the comments were at best, a figment of his imagination and very far from the truth. Mr. Olaitigbe was under firm instructions to inform the Committee that:

(a)    the Federal Ministry of Justice had examined the powers of the State Security Service as provided by Section 3 of the National Security Act, Cap.N.74 LFN,  2004 and the powers of the Nigeria Police Force as    provided by section 4 of the Police Act Cap. P.19 LFN, 2004 and had come to the reasoned conclusion that the power to investigate crimes of the nature under consideration (murder) resides with the Nigeria Police  Force while the power to gather intelligence lies  with the State Security Service, and

(b)    murder, the offence allegedly committed by the  suspects is exclusively within the jurisdiction of the States in the Federation. The Criminal Procedure Act,  Cap., C. 38 LFN, 2004 is very clear on this matter. The Federal Ministry of Justice therefore has no power to   prosecute murder cases as murder is a state offence committed against State law and that the matter was  already been handled by appropriate authorities in Edo State.

4.      In view of the foregoing clear instructions and position, I am shocked, embarrassed and utterly disappointed by the representations reportedly allegedly made on my behalf by Mr.Olaitigbe. I have accordingly instituted an internal investigation to unravel the mystery and appropriate measures will be taken to discipline any officer found wanting in this deliberate propagation of falsehood.

5.      In the meantime, I wish to assure your esteemed Members and the general public of the principled stance of my office on this matter as already elaborated above and to inform you that my office was never at any material time confused as to the steps to be taken in this matter. I sincerely regret the misrepresentation and the apprehension that it has generated in the minds of Honourable Members of the Committee, as well as the general public.

6.      Please accept the assurances of my highest regards and consideration.

MR. MOHAMMED BELLO ADOKE, SAN, CFR

Honourable Attorney General of the Federation

and Minister of Justice

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Daring to share…


“We are therefore Christ‘s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
2 Corinthians 5:20

Several years ago, I was in a Bible study where a physician shared various medical issues people of the Bible experienced.

In one example, he discussed how Jonah would have looked after spending three days in the belly of a fish submerged in seaweed, seawater, and the fish’s digestive acids. If you have ever had your hands in water for an hour, you know how wrinkled and gnarly they look. Now, think of your whole body wrapped in seaweed and submerged for 72 hours in salt water.

And this was no ordinary fish; it was especially prepared for Jonah. That fish was so large that it could swallow a whole man. To get to this size, the fish had to be around for a while. Once the fish vomited Jonah out and onto the Mediterranean shore, probably in Syria, it told Jonah to go to Nineveh, a three-day journey across a dry, hot desert.

Bleached white when he came out of the fish, I’m sure he was quite a sight walking across the hot desert with the sun baking his skin. Can you imagine what his clothes and skin must have looked and smelled like? No one was going to offer him a ride in that condition. No wonder the people of Nineveh took notice of him. As he walked for a solid day through the ungodly Nineveh, the largest city in the world at that time, Jonah proclaimed their destruction because they denied God.

If a bleached-white guy was walking down your street, sunburned, smelly, predicting your annihilation, would you immediately put on sackcloth and ashes and pray to the God this guy is proclaiming? I think not, but the very existence of this man, somewhere, out there in Nineveh, caused even the king to strip off his clothes, put on sackcloth, sit in an ash heap, and ask God to forgive his people.

Now, that is an evangelist!

Prayer: God, thank you for your word and the example of Jonah. Thank you that I can be a witness no matter what I look like. I just need to be in the right place at the right time, wherever you want me to be, so that I might share what you have done for me through the sacrifice of Jesus, my Lord. Amen.

Devotion: How have you shared what you have witnessed about Jesus Christ to others?.

By Fred Gillett, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

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