Friday, January 22, 2016

POLL: Has Metuh Finally Won Back His ‘Freedom’?.

Olisa Metuh is turning out as much a hero as he may or may not be a villain. Since his arrest five days into the new year for allegedly laundering N400m out of the $2.1billion arms procurement fund, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman has been in detention. As at Friday, he had spent 17 straight days in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

On January 19, when he was first taken to court in handcuffs, Metuh received significant public sympathy for the “disgrace” – save for the likes of Adams Oshiomhole, governor of Edo state, who said : “If those accused of lesser crimes are handcuffed and paraded by the police and get no sympathy from the public, Mr. Metuh and others, accused of diverting huge public funds, should not have sympathy.”

UN Appoints Amaechi To Research Institute.

Ban Ki Moon, secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), has appointed Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, as a member of the United Nations Institute For Training And Research (UNITAR).
According to PRNigeria, a media group for government and military press releases, Amaechi’s appointment took effect from Jan 1, 2016.
“The Hon. Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban ki-moon to serve as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) for a Three Years Term beginning from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018,” the statement read in part.

N50 Stamp Duty Is Per Transaction, Not Per N1000 – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has clarified that the N50 stamp duty imposed on bank customers is to be charged per transaction and not per volume of N1,000. Hence, irrespective of the amount, the sum of N50 is to be charged provided such a transaction is N1000 and above.
Director, Corporate Communications CBN, Mallam Ibrahim Mu’azu, who said this in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP Friday yesterday, said it has become necessary to make the clarification following some misconceptions among members of the public.

Syrian Army Continues Destroying Daesh Positions on Several Fronts

The Syrian army together with the country's air force destroyed numerous Daesh terrorists’ positions, and struck heavy casualties on different militant groups in several provinces in the last 24 hours.

Earlier in the day, the Russian General Staff said that the Syrian army has been conducting offensives "on ten fronts," while preparing military operations in three more directions. Several militants' positions in Latakia, Aleppo, Dara'a, Damascus, Hama and Homs provinces came under attack.

Photo: Man who raped and beat a woman to death with a dumbbell executed in Alabama

 A 43-year-old man convicted of raping and beating a woman to death with a dumbbell has been executed by lethal injection in Alabama.

Christopher Eugene Brooks was convicted of the capital murder of 23-year-old Jo Deann Campbell, a woman he met when they worked at a camp in upstate New York. According to the court record, Ms Campbell was seen speaking to Brooks at a restaurant where she worked on 30 December 1992, and later told a friend someone was spending the night in her living room. The next day, police found her partially clothed body under the bed in her apartment in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood.

Dasuki’s Lawyer Links Jonathan To Arms Deal

A lawyer defending Sambo Dasuki in court appears to have indicted former president, Goodluck Jonathan, in the ongoing arms deal probe in Nigeria.  Ahmed Raji, one of the lawyers of Sambo Dasuki, the embattled former National Security Adviser to Jonathan stated that the arms deal probe cannot be discussed without reference to Jonathan. “The national security adviser will normally carry out the instructions of his president,” Ahmed Raji told AFP.

International Military Review – Yemen, Jan. 20, 2016

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Libya destroyed by the west, $7 billion in gold and silver missing

Hang the Bankers
A declassified email sent on April 2, 2011 to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reveals the invasion of Libya was launched to prevent Muammar Gaddafifrom establishing a pan-African currency based on Libya’s gold Dinar.

According to the document posted on the US State Department website advisors to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of Muammar Gaddafi, told sources the Libyan government held 143 tons of gold and a similar amount in silver valued at more than $7 billion. The gold and silver was to be used to establish an alternative currency to the French franc for African Francophone countries.

Buhari Interfering With Court System, Joseph Daudu Suggests

Joseph Daudu, lead lawyer for embattled National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki has suggested President Muhammadu Buhari might be interfering with the court system.
Daudu who claimed Buhari was reverting to his old autocratic habits from his days as military ruler in the 1980s, believes that there is an affront on the judiciary.
“He (Buhari) emphasised he was a changed man, open to democratic principals. But interfering with the court system, trying to find your own rule of law, is not good,” he told AFP at his office.
“It makes the outcome suspect.”

Melaye: Once I Was Blind, But Now I Can See

Dino Melaye, an All Progressives Congress (APC) senator representing Kogi west, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2016 budget as holy. Speaking on Thursday while making his contribution to debate on the 2016 appropriation bill on the floor of the senate, Melaye said he was once blind, but he could now see. Maintaining that the budget would serve the interest of Nigerians, he called on upper legislative chamber to pass it. “I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for giving us, for the first time in 17 years, a holy budget,” he said.

Falae One Of ‘Cleanest Men In Africa’ – Fasehun

Founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Dr. Frederick Fasehun has expressed his support for onetime Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae, saying, “he is one of the cleanest men to come out of Africa.” Fasehun made the remark in light of the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal that has seen many high profile politicians being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and being linked to the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party. The anti-graft agency had accused Falae, of receiving N100 million from Tony Anenih, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Troops Annihilate Boko Haram terrorists In Marte, Recover GPMGs, Others [PHOTOS]

Troops of 153 task force base, on Thursday, at old Marte, continued chase of Boko Haram terrorists after they carried out an unsuccessful attack at about 5:50pm on Wednesday.
During the operation, troops killed 5 additional fighters.
The casualty on the part of the Boko Haram sect now stands at 21.
Equipment recovered are 1 MC-H3 tube panhand aml 90 gun with registration number 0182; 1 36milimeter handset grenade; 7 pieces of 60milemeter bodies and 3 AK47 rifles.
The Army has now recovered 10 AK47 rifles in all.