Wike Audio: Nigeria Police Invite Foreign Forensic Experts, Recover Corpse Of Slain Officers

The Nigeria Police will hire foreign forensic experts to investigate the leaked audio where Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike was heard threatening to kill uncooperative electoral officials.

The audio was released days after the Rivers re-run election that was marred by violence leading to the death of at least two police officers.

It was reported how Mr. Wike could be heard in the audio threatening to kill some electoral commission, INEC, officials whom he claimed had received money but were yet to deliver on their promise.

On Wednesday, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, confirmed that the forensic investigators would be invited.

He said that forensic experts from outside the county would assist a panel to analyse the audio recordings.

Mr. Idris said the panel to investigate incidents in Rivers elections would be inaugurated on Thursday. He said the police would legally deal with any of its officials involved in election fraud in Rivers.

The Rivers Government has already set up its own commission to investigate the violence that marred the elections while the PDP has rejected the police investigation and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent panel on the matter.

The police chief also promised to prosecute those behind the killing of police officers during the re-run elections.

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Reps To Invite Army Over Ogoni Killings

The House of Representatives Committee on Army on Tuesday said it would invite the Nigerian Army to explain its roles in killings that took place in Ogoniland in February.

The committee stated this shortly after visiting communities affected by the army raid in Gokana and Khana local government areas of Rivers State.

The military had allegedly invaded some suspected criminal hideouts in Yeghe community in Gokana, leading to several deaths.

During the invasion, the soldiers searched the house of ex- militant leader, Mr. Solomon Ndigbara and later demolished several buildings including that of Ndigbara.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Rima Shawulu-Kwewun, said the army would be invited for questioning, pointing out that the invitation would enable the security agency to get fair hearing on the matter.

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Alleged N1trn Rail Contracts Scam: Reps Invite Amaechi, NRC MD, Others

Members of the adhoc committee of the House of Representatives on failed rail contracts have summoned the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi; Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, Seyi Sijuwade; former Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr Mohammed Bello Haliru; and former Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, to explain their roles in the alleged N1 trillion rail contracts scam.

The adhoc committee is headed by Ehoizuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, PDP, Ikpoba/Oha Federal Constituency. They are expected to appear before the committee tomorrow  during the investigative hearing.

Chairman of the adhoc committee, Agbonayinma, confirmed that all the stakeholders had been duly informed and were expected to show up unfailingly tomorrow.

Asked why the Minister of Transport was invited, despite the fact that he is barely three months old in office, Agbonayinma said:  “The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, was also invited to tell us all he knows, though he just assumed office but you know government is a continuum.

“This 8th House is 100 per cent in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s crusade against any form of corruption.

“We are not out to witch-hunt anybody but anyone found wanting in the course of this investigative hearing will be adequately exposed although as you are aware, not until it is proven by a competent court that such persons are guilty you can’t say they are guilty.”

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Arms Deal: EFCC To Invite Okonjo-Iweala, Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that it will invite top officials in the Goodluck Jonathan administration that had a hand in the disbursement of funds related to the arms purchase.

According to Vanguard Newspapers, a top EFCC source said top on the list is the former Minister of Finance & Coordinating Minister of the Economy in the last Administration, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

This is coming on the heels of the anti-graft agency’s resolve to re-open the case of the former Rivers state Governor, Dr. Peter Odili.

Reports say Odili allegedly received N100m from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The former Governor has since debunked saying he collected N100m from the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Dr Adamu Muazu and not Dasuki.

Okonjo-Iweala. was accused of illegally disbursing funds to the former National Security Adviser.

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Diezani: British Authorities Invite “Persons Of Interest”, See Names Here

As the British authorities continue their investigation into the activities of the former Minister of Petroleum Resource Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was arrested in London and released on bail last Friday on allegations of bribery, corruption and money laundering, the law enforcement agencies in the UK have extended their dragnet to interrogating “persons of interest”.

The former minister was arrested by the British National Crime Agency (NCA) alongside four other people, but was granted bail after over five hours of questioning.

Even though the identities of the four other people arrested along with Mrs. Diezani-Alison were not disclosed, sources said that they were domestic staff and aides of the former minister.

NCA said investigations on the former minister were commenced in 2013 by the British authorities under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and transferred to it earlier this year.

Sources in the UK’s financial crimes bursting units said yesterday that they had invited the persons of interest to assist them with their investigations in relation to the former minister’s time when she held sway over the Nigerian oil and gas sector.

Those who have been invited include a UK-based real estate agent; Chairman/CEO of Aiteo Oil and Gas, Mr. Benedict Peters; the husband of Mrs. Melanie Spencer, from whom £10,000 was confiscated last week when the NCA arrested the former minister; and one Mr. Kevin Okyere, a Ghanaian national.

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