The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that their security remains a priority in this present administration. The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed who made this known in Abuja on Sunday assured the public that the Government has put in place adequate security measures to stop any terrorist attack in Abuja and the country at large. He also said that there was no cause for alarms as security agencies have not let their guards down, also reminding them that there has been no terrorist attack in Abuja since the President assumed office in 2015. In a statement signed by his aide, Segun Adeyemi, the minister said “We know that the terrorists who have been massively degraded and put on the run have been looking for soft targets to attack
Former Vice-president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted to a campaign on twitter calling for dissolution of SARS in Nigeria. According to reports available to BigPen Online, Alhaji Abubakar who is also a top contender for the 2019 presidential election took to his twitter handle @atiku to express his opinion on the issue. “The arbitrary harassment of young Nigerians by police (who should be protecting them) has no place in a democratic society. "The #EndSars protest shows Nigerian youths are upset and the matter needs urgent attention. Everyday we encourage or young people to become entrepreneurs. Buying a laptop to earn a living shouldn't attract harassment. "I commend our young people for protesting these injustices peacefully online and encourage the IG of @Pol
A Federal High Court in Abuja has frozen seven separate accounts which, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, were used by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to launder the sum of N10bn said to be derived from the proceeds of the Paris Club refund. Justice Gabriel Kolawole directed on Wednesday that the freezing order would last for 45 days within which the EFCC must either institute charges in respect of the transactions against the relevant suspects or apply to the court for an extension of the order. The judge also gave seven days to the account owners, if interested in seeking the setting aside of the freezing order, to file an application which must be served on the EFCC. The frozen accounts are 0002184449 with Jaiz Bank Plc and operated by HAD Properties
The ongoing slave trade in Libya has attracted attention from people all over the world with everyone condemning it in its entirety. Senate President, Bukola Saraki had lend his voice against this ongoing menace, saying it is a slap to Nigerians. Saraki stated this after Kaka Baba Bashir, Senator representing Borno Central presented a motion to the house on the urgent need to protect Nigerian citizens from being sold into slavery. “Libya slave trade is a slap on us all if a state like Ivory Coast is taking steps to address this act when we have not done so, Saraki said. The senator, Kaka Baba Bashir who moved the motion described this heinous act as a “sickening crime against humanity”. According to him, “This is a humiliation not to just Nigeria and Africa as
An investigator attached to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday that former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu allegedly used the state funds to purchase second hand clothes popularly known as Okrika. The investigator, Mr. John Ejim, make this revelation on Tuesday, after tendering several bank documents used by Slok Nigeria Limited, a company belonging to Kalu, before the court in regards to the ongoing trial. Kalu, his Commissioner of finance, Udeh Jones Udeogu, and Slok Nigeria Limited, are standing trial before the court, on 34 counts charge bordering over alleged N3.2 billion fraud, brought againat them by the EFCC. At the resumed trial of the defendants, the witness who was led-in-e
A gas explosion which occurred on Monday at Orji, a suburb town in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has left four persons dead and many others injured. This is coming few days after a truck, laden with diesel, rammed into an 18-seater bus at the Umuaka bridge end of the Owerri-Orlu Expressway, killing about 19 people who were burnt to death. Sources said policemen from the Orji division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Ude Umanta, a Superintendent of Police, as well as others who were drafted from the command headquarters, had confirmed the incident which caused heavy traffic in the area. The incident, the source said prompted Diamond and First bank branches located around the filling station to close for the day, as their facilities were affected by the explosion. Eyew...
Police officers attached to Government House Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday throw caution to the wind, firing tear gas to disperse student who were on protest match. BigPen Online correspondent reports that several protesters were badly injured in the ensuing commotion. Also vehicles were also damage in the ensuing confrontation, our source said. The source said some of the protesters were arrested and detained by Anti-Terrorism Police Squad attached to the Governor. Update: Sources said anti-riot police men and officers of Anti-Terrorism Squad attached to the Government House battered the students who were mobilised by the National Association of Delta State Students (NADESSU). The students were in the state from various institutions across the country
The trial of a former official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Fidelia Omoile, who is facing trial on a one- count charge bordering on bribery to the tune of N112, 480, 000.00 (One Hundred and Twelve Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira only) has commenced at Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State. The matter, brought before the trial judge, Justice E.O Abang by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) came up on Thursday, 16 November, BigPen Online can report. Recall that Omoile was a former INEC official in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State during 2015 general elections . She is among scores of INEC officials being prosecuted by the EFCC for their suspicious transactions and exposure to the infamous ...
In a bid to forestall incessant clashes between farmers/herdsmen in Delta state, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Zanna Ibrahim in collaboration with the Delta state Government has inaugurated a Peace Committee. The inauguration took place on Thursday at the conference hall of the Police Command Headquarters, Asaba, the state capital. The CP noted that the Committee is constituted to promote harmonious relationship between farmers and herdsmen in the State and should act in alternative dispute resolution of conflicts between herdsmen andfarmers. He further charged the members to ensure that they pro-actively nip in the bud any tendencies that would bring about such misunderstanding betweencommunities and Herdsmen likely to cause the breach of the
The Econmic and Financial Crimes Commission is currently enmeshed in a scandal in which its officials has been accused of sharing 53 houses seized by the defunct Maina-led Pension Reform Taskforce Team. According to a petition to the Senate and DSS, by David Adodo, chairman of concerned federal pensioners, the total recovered assets was worth N1.63 trillion from alleged Pension thieves, and that many more of such authenticated revelations are coming. Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwajereh, when contacted said, according to Adodo, some EFCC staff who were members of the tasskforce were used in the recovery of the assets. The petition sighted by Nation newspaper read: “The defunct Maina Led Pension Reform Task Team recovered assets worth N1..63 Trillion from alleged Pension loot