The Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday recalled half of its operatives assigned to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, TheCable can report.
This is coming ahead of Monday’s talks between Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the nPDP team to be led by Dogara.
Saraki is also a member of nPDP, the faction that broke away from the PDP in 2013 to team up with APC for the 2015 elections.
According to a story published by The Cable, security operatives attached to the two presiding officers of the national assembly were directed to report to the DSS headquarters “with immediate effect”.
No reason was given for the withdrawal, although it is believed to have been at the instance of the presidency.
Sources at the national assembly confirmed the recall of the operatives.
The nPDP had recently issued an ultimatum to APC for a meeting, complaining that it had been marginalised by the ruling party after helping them to oust the PDP from power in 2015.
There are speculations that nPDP members will defect from APC and present a candidate to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019.
Direct Your Bail Request To Probe Panel, IGP Tells Magu’s Lawyer
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has asked Tosin Ojaomo, the counsel for the embattled former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, to direct the request for his client’s bail to the Presidential panel investigating his activities in the office.
The IG said the police were not investigating Magu and is accordingly, not being detained by the force but by the panel headed by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.
Adamu said this in a letter dated July 14, 2020, in response to the bail application filed by Ojaomo for the release of his client who had been in police custody since July 6.
The letter with reference CB:7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.489/171 titled, ‘RE: Application for bail,’ was signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IG, DCP Idowu Owohunwa.
It read, “Your letter OOC/TOL/89A/07/2020 of July 10th, 2020 on the above-underlined subject, refers.
“The Inspector-General of Police directs that your attention be drawn to the fact that the Nigeria Police Force is not investigating CP Ibrahim Magu (your client) and he is accordingly, not being detained by the police but by the Presidential Panel that is investigating the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, advises that you consider redirecting your request to the Chairman of the Presidential panel for appropriate attention.”
Braimoh’s Death: Lagos Assembly Directs Lawmakers To Undergo COVID-19 Test
Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly have been directed to undergo the COVID-19 test following the sudden death of its member, Tunde Braimoh, last Friday.
Temitope Adewale, representing Ifako Ijaiye Constituency I, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday.
Adewale said he had submitted himself for the COVID-19 test and the result was negative.
He said: “As directed by the leadership of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Sunday, I went and submitted myself for the COVID-19 test, and I have gotten my result. The test result came out Negative.
“To this end, it is our collective responsibility to be more careful and observe all the stipulated and given rules to help us prevent the transmission of this deadly virus.
“Wash your hands for 30 seconds regularly, avoid social gatherings, maintain social distancing, and at all times wear a face mask.
“The use of hand sanitizers should become a habit and finally, avoid touching your face and nose.”
Adewale, Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, said there was a need to fight the pandemic, which was beyond keeping safe but also to also know their status.
The lawmaker thanked his constituents for their love, support, and care, adding that he won’t be receiving any visitors for now
The Lagos lawmaker also commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, for their proactive and tireless fight against the pandemic.
Fighting Corruption Will Get More Difficult In Nigeria —- VP Osinbajo
The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has spoken on why the fight against corruption in the country may continue to get difficult on a daily basis.
Mr Osinbajo spoke on Tuesday at the 20th-anniversary regional webinar organized by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offenses Commission (ICPC).
His speech was titled, “Combating corruption and illicit financial flows: New measures and strategies.” and was made available to journalists by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.
He noted that aside from the difficulties, many people will also get frustrated for standing against corruption.
“The fight against corruption is nuanced and hydra-headed, it is not going to get easier by the day; as a matter of fact, it will get more difficult by the day and many will become discouraged in standing up against corruption.”
“…Over the years, massive public resources and assets have been directly stolen, diverted, deliberately misapplied to gratify corrupt tendencies, stashed in foreign jurisdictions or mired in and susceptible to pilferage by the inequitable and unjust international economic system that continues to undermine the social and economic development aspirations of poor countries, especially from Africa.”
“Without effectively combating corruption and IFFs (Illicit Financial Flows) and promoting international cooperation for asset recovery and asset return, Africa cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 16 of the SDGs is devoted to corruption.”
“Our experience in Nigeria, as in other developing countries, is that anonymous corporate ownership covers a multitude of sins, including conflict of interests, corruption, tax evasion, money laundering, and even terrorism financing.”
Mr Osinbajo, however, said the current administration had given anti-corruption agencies the will to operate independently in carrying out their activities without government interference.
He disclosed that to win the war against corruption, the country “must protect, even more, whistle-blowers – persons who come forward with information against corruption.”
“We must protect those who are ready to fight against corruption and who are prepared to do so without necessarily disclosing their identities and even those who are ready to disclose their identities.
“We must make corruption expensive for those who engage in it and send the unequivocal message that corruption simply does not pay.
“It is the unenviable but noble task of the ICPC and other anti-corruption agencies to make corruption unattractive to its disciples and facilitate new approaches to stemming IFFS and promoting asset recovery and return.”
“The thing that we must take note of is that corruption fights back. And it is fighting back and it has the resources to do so.”
BIG STORY11 hours ago
GoKada CEO Brutally Murdered In Apartment, Head, Limbs Cut Off
BIG STORY1 day ago
BREAKING: Nigeria Army Redeploys 34 Generals, 5 Colonels In Another Major Shakeup
BIG STORY1 day ago
Evacuation: You Can Book Flight Tickets From Nigeria To Canada NOW!
BIG STORY1 day ago
Sijibomi Ogundele (Sujimoto): Meet The Agege Boy That Built A $400Million Company
BIG STORY11 hours ago
Gone At 23! Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot Dies In Auto Crash
BIG STORY2 days ago
I Only Prayed With Magu In Dubai, Didn’t Launder N573m For Him, Alleged Pastor Omale Speaks