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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Police Recover Caches Of Arms In Lagos– Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, on Monday, announced the recovery of caches of arms in FESTAC area of the state.

Owoseni said the recovery was made at 6th Avenue and that two AK 47 Riffles, 24 AK 47 fully loaded magazines, one Browning Pistol and magazine were recovered.

Other arms recovered, he said, included 951 ammunition of 752 mm size and 1,107 ammunition of 6mm size.

Owoseni, who confirmed this during his weekly briefing on the activities of the command, stated that the Police are doing their best possible to uncover the persons behind the stockpile.

He, however, did not say if anyone was arrested in connection with the recovery.

The commissioner further said that in the last two weeks, 28 robbery suspects and two kidnap suspects were arrested.

He added four of the robbery suspects were shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with the police.

Owoseni said 16 different types of guns, 24 AK 47 magazines, one pistol, 1, 083 ammunition, three cutlasses and 10 vehicles were recovered from the suspects.

The suspects, arms, ammunition, vehicles and other items were shown to newsmen at the state Police Headquarters, Ikeja.


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Army Kills Seven Militants In Bakassi, Recover Arms

Troops from the 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Calabar, at the early hours of Friday, repelled an attack on its soldiers by killing seven armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of Cross River State.

Capt. Kayode Owolabi, Army Public Relations Officer who disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Calabar, said the militants attacked the Army post in Efut Esighi.

Owolabi linked the militants to be `boys’ of the most wanted militant leader, Benjamin Ene a.k.a `G1’, who has been on the wanted list of security agencies in the state.

“The very determined troops from the 13 Brigade and Operation Delta Safe, repelled an attack from armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area this morning.

“The militants tried to attack the Army post in Efut Esighi. Some of them were wearing Nigerian military camouflage.

“We recovered 250 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, rocket propelled gun luncher, GPMG belt links and various charms on their bodies. Other militants escaped with very serious gun shots injuries.

“There was no casualty on the side of the military. Our men were in full combatant during the attack.

“We have also destroyed their camps and shrines in the creeks,’’ he said.

The APRO said the 13 Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Bulama Biu, had warned that no militant group or criminal under any guise would be spared.

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Recover Stolen Funds, Prosecute Looters, Sanusi Tells Buhari

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has advised the Federal Government not only to recover looted funds from individuals and groups, but should also prosecute culprits to serve as a deterrent to others.

He gave the advice in a lecture he delivered on the deregulation of the downstream oil sector and Nigeria’s economic development at the National Defence College, Abuja on Wednesday.

He called on the Federal Government to ensure that those who looted the nation’s treasury were punished for their actions.

Sanusi said that it was not enough for those who diverted huge amounts of money from the nation’s treasury to be made to return what they stole.

The emir said that the right thing to do was to recover the stolen funds and imprison the culprits to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said that the ongoing campaign against corruption and the intensified onslaught on insurgency demonstrated the government’s commitment to economic development.

The emir stated that the current economic recession facing the country was self-inflicted.

He said that the fact that the economy was in recession should not be a surprise since it was a product of bad policies.

Sanusi said that the country was made bankrupt by unrealistic policies and failure of those in charge of the government over the years to take corrective measures.

He said, “Nigeria is bankrupt; we are bankrupted by a policy that was foolish, that was unrealistic, and unsustainable, and by all means our refusal over the years to listen.

“We are surprised that we have an economic recession; we are actually surprised that we are in recession? We created the recession.”

The former Governor of the CBN, who commented on the issue of the removal of fuel subsidy, said that it was a scam designed to benefit a few in the country.

He faulted the claims that that subsidy was meant to benefit the poor.

The emir said that the country was losing $20m on every 30,000 metric tonnes of kerosene imported into the country.

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Troops Recover Viagra, Other Sex Drugs From Killed Boko Haram Militants

The Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops on Thursday night ambushed and killed some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from the Sambisa forest.

A statement issued by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the terrorists were ambushed at their crossing point along Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road.

It quoted Mr. Usman as saying the troops recovered several items, including arms and ammunition from the terrorists who were fleeing to Alagarno general area.

“Troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, both of 25 Task Force Brigade, staged a deliberate ambush against Boko Haram logistics elements on motorcycles and bicycles.

“The elements were crossing from Sambisa forest to Alagarno general area around Nyaleri yesterday night.

“During the operation, the troops killed two Boko Haram terrorists, wounded several others and recovered some arms, ammunitions and other items.

“Specifically, they recovered one AK-47 Assault rifle, one hand grenade, four AK-47 magazines loaded with ammunition,” the statement said.

He said the troops also recovered assorted food items, sex enhancing drugs such as Viagra, foot wears and bathroom slippers.

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Police Arrests 11 Armed Robbery Suspects, Recover 18 Vehicles In Ibadan

The suspects, who were paraded at the state Police Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, included two exconvicts, who were released from prison few weeks ago. Police Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade, while speaking with journalists, said all the suspects have given confessional statements and they would soon be arraigned in a court of law.

While warning criminally- minded persons to stay away from the state, he said the command would continue to improve on its crime bursting strategies to ensure the state was crime-free, adding that the command has re-engineered and re-invigorated its swift anti-robbery squad for effective crime bursting It would be recalled that two weeks ago, the state police command recovered 20 vehicles and arrested 15 suspected armed robbers.

Various items recovered from the suspects paraded yesterday include one locally made double barrel pistol, seven live cartridges, one Honda Accord car with registration number JJJ 691AX, one Toyota Camry car with registration number AKD 226 DN, a Toyota Camry car with registration number AAA 593 DL, one LG Plasma TV, one Toshiba Plasma TV, one unregistered Toyota Highlander, one green Toyota Highlander with registration number ABJ 42 KU and one ash coloured unregistered Toyota Camry, among others. Speaking on the armed robbery suspects and serial burglars that have been terrorising the inhabitants of Ibadan and its environs, the police boss said the four gang of robbers (Olusola Adenle, 37; Rasaq Femi, 23; Paul Olaitan, 20; and Sani Abdulahi, 26) had successfully broken into a home at the Egbeda area of Ibadan and carted away various household items.

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EFCC Vows To Recover All Stolen Public Funds

The Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC) has vowed to recover all public funds siphoned under the guise of arms procurement by prominent Nigerians now in its custody.

The commission’s acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, who gave this hint at events to mark this year’s international anti-corruption day in Abuja, said his men were working hard to recover the stolen funds, even as he disclosed that substantial amount of money had been recovered from fraudsters.

“I can assure you that the commission is on top of that investigation. We will spare no effort to ensure that we recover every kobo of public funds that have been stolen in the guise of arms procurement and the culprits brought to justice,” he said.

Magu, who declared at a seminar organized by the Inter-Agency Task Team, a common platform for anticorruption and accountability in the country, disclosed that the commission had secured 78 convictions from 280 cases filed in court this year, while 1,881 cases were investigated.

Besides, he said several interim and final forfeiture orders were given by courts even as funds were being recovered.

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Security Operatives Recover 386 Stolen Animals From Rustlers

The Kaduna State Government says at least 386 stolen cattle have been recovered from rustlers by security operatives in two local government areas of the state.

In a statement issued by the spokesman for the state Governor, Samuel Aruwan,  security operatives arrested eight of the rustlers and recovered a total of 159 cattle from them in Lere Local Government Area of the state, while another 194 stolen cows were also recovered from another group of rustlers in Kubau Local Government Area by a police patrol team.

The statement further explained that the security operatives effectively carried out the operations following a tip off from residents of the areas that a group of suspected rustlers were migrating out of the villages with suspected stolen animals.

It further read that the Patrol Team, who were alerted immediately, moved into action, arrested the suspects and recovered the animals from them.

The recovered animals include 386 cows and 30 sheep.

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Buhari Reveals Those Frustrating Efforts To Recover Loots, Stolen Assets

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, descended on the judiciary, saying the overall levels of judicial service delivery in the county still leave much to be desired.

President Buhari said he was perturbed that more than ever before, “allegations of judicial corruption have become more strident and frequent.”

Flagging-off the 2015 All Nigeria Judges’ Conference  in Abuja,  yesterday, Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, accused corrupt lawyers and judges of sabotaging his efforts to recover stolen assets.

He said: “Further on point of negative perception, there is both local and international dissatisfaction with the long delays in the trial process. In the past few years, this has become especially so for high-profile cases of corruption, especially where they involve serving or former political office holders.

“As my lords are undoubtedly aware, corruption transfers from public coffers to private pockets, resources required to deliver social and economic justice.

“Government’s attempts to recover such assets in accordance with the law are often faced with dilatory tactics by lawyers sometimes with the apparent collusion of judges.

“These tactics are often not directed at reaching any conclusion or affirming innocence or guilt, but at stalling trials indefinitely, thus denying the state and the accused person the opportunity of a judicial verdict. I wish to echo the sentiments of the vast majority of Nigerians in saying that we cannot afford to continue on this path.”

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Troops Kill 4 Suicide Bombers, Recover Bombs, Cash

Troops based on a tip off, ambushed and killed 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists on a suicide bombing mission to Gubula, Madagali Local Government Area, Adamawa State.

Apart from 2 AK-47 rifles recovered, the troops also recovered some Unexploded Ordinances (UXOs), mortar bombs and cash sum of N153,385k was retrieved.

The Nigerian Army also appeals for continued vigilance, security consciousness and above all cooperation with the military and security agencies to enable them successfully defeat the terrorists.

Police Arrests 72 Rustlers, Recover 818 Cattle

Police in Kano have arrested 72 suspected cattle rustlers in the notorious Falgore forest in Tudun Wada Local Government Area of State. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Muhammad Katsina, disclosed this while presenting the suspects and the animals to newsmen at Kwanar Dawaki in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of the state on yesterday.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the suspects were presented in the presence of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Katsina said the police had also recovered 818 cattle in addition to large cache of arms, fake military and police uniforms as well as charms used by the suspects.

According to him, the police also killed three of the suspects, including one Umaru Dogo Ndaiye, a Senegalese national who led a gang of bandits that maimed, raped and ransacked the entire Gidan Kare village in Sumaila Local Government Area of the state.

‘’Ndaiye was gunned down when he engaged our men in a gun battle who were on special duty at Falgore forest by Gazobi village.

‘’He later gave up while receiving treatment at the hospital. A revolver pistol and 224 rustled cattle were recovered from him while four other members of his gang were arrested,’’ he said.

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Rivers APC Supports Plan To Recover Looted Funds

The All Progressives Congress in the Rivers State welcomed the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate and recover the funds allegedly looted by the immediate past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

“We received with great joy news of the resolution by President Buhari to go after those who stole Nigeria blind and virtually grounded the country’s economy,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davis Ibiamu Ikanya, said.

“For six years we shouted ourselves hoarse that Jonathan’s administration was the most corrupt in the history of this nation and sadly nobody believed us but the recent revelations have proved us right.”

Ikanya added, “If not by the grace of God and the resolve of Nigerians to vote out that visionless government, the ship of our nation would have been grounded by now.”

Ikanya, speaking from Port Harcourt, said the impending recovery of stolen funds and stoppage of systemic leakages as the beginning of the journey towards building the ideal Nigerian nation.

He said the ruling party commended the governments of USA and Britain for supporting the APC Government in its efforts to recover Nigeria’s looted funds stashed in foreign banks by “agents of wickedness.”

Ikanya pleaded with Nigerians to see reason and support the administration of President Buhari in his efforts to clean the rot of the past administration and put our nation on a sound footing.

“The next three months may be hard as predicted by Mr. President but we wish to assure our fellow countrymen and women that these are necessary steps and for the good of our dear country,” Ikanya said.

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U.S. Will Assist Us To Recover Stolen Money- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said his administration had received firm assurances of cooperation from the United States and other countries in his quest to recover and repatriate funds stolen from Nigeria.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while granting audience to members of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Adesina quoted Buhari as saying that it was now up to Nigeria to provide the international community with the facts and figures needed to drive the recovery effort.

He said he would be busy, in the next three months, getting the facts that would help in recovering the stolen funds. “In the next three months, our administration will be busy getting those facts and the figures to help us recover our stolen funds in foreign countries,” Adesina quoted the President as saying.

Citing the report submitted by the Ahmed Joda-led transition committee, President Buhari said that several revenue-generating institutions in the country had been compromised.

On insecurity, the President was also quoted as telling the traditional rulers that they would play a key role in stemming terrorism and insurgency in the country.

This, he said, they would do by assisting the government with cost-effective intelligence gathering.

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Buhari Vows To Recover Billions Of Stolen Money In The Next Three Months

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja assured State Governors that the days of impunity, lack of accountability, and fiscal recklessness in the management of national resources are  over in Nigeria.

Speaking at a meeting with the Governors in the Presidential Villa, President Buhari  also vowed that funds stolen  by government officials who abused their offices in the recent past will  be recovered and systemic leakages stopped.

“There are financial and administrative instructions in every government parastatal and agency. But all these were thrown to the dogs in the past. Honestly, our problems are great, but we will do our best to surmount them.

“The next three months may be hard, but billions of dollars can be recovered, and we will do our best, ” the President told the governors.

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Recover N4trn From Oil Firms, NEITI Tells Buhari

Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), yesterday, indicted oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria of defrauding the country to the tune of $19.1 billion, about N3.82 trillion, over the last couple of months, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the recovery of the money from the companies.

NEITI, in a statement in Abuja, disclosed that the amount represents clear cases of underpayments, under-assessments of taxes, royalties, rents, among others, revealed in its several independent audit reports which have not been adequately addressed in the past.

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Plateau Gov., Lalong, Sets Up Committee To Recover Stolen State Funds

In his efforts to recover state funds allegedly misappropriated by the Jonah Jang administration, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has directed all government agencies yet to submit their financial statements to the debt management office and the transition committee to immediately do so to a newly constituted committee-led by the deputy Governor Sonni Tyoden.

Governor Lalong gave the order on Thursday in a press release through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle.

Mr. Lalong had accused the Jang administration of leaving a N104 billion debt for the state.

The governor also directed that all employments, appointments and contractual obligations made in the last days of Jang administration should be put on hold without further delay.

“The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong has directed all Heads of Boards and Parastatals in Plateau State to stand down on all employment and absorption directives issued in the last days of the Jang Administration pending the completion of the Prof. Sonni Tyoden led Transition Committee report,” the statement said.

He, however, assured Plateau citizens that once the committee’s work is completed and its report submitted to the government, the issue of employment will be revisited.

The Jang administration had placed embargo on employment since assumption of office in 2007.
But the former governor allegedly offered employment to some persons without due process shortly before leaving office, and backdated the appointments.


Recover All Looted Funds – UPP Tells Buhari

The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has been called upon to recover all looted public funds to kick-start a fresh economic reform.

Making the call Monday, the National Chairman of the United Progressives Party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, also asked the incoming administration to declare a state of emergency in the power sector.

Okorie made the call when he led a delegation of the party’s executive on a courtesy visit to Buhari at the Defence House, Abuja.

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Military Recovers Weapons From Borno Terrorist Bases

The military said several weapons and equipment were captured during a raid on terrorists’ camps in Alagarno in the Borno State. A statement from the Defense Headquarters in Abuja confirmed that the weapons captured include armoured vehicles, several arms and ammunitions of various sizes.

Other items recovered included power generating sets, grenades and Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), bows and arrows, megaphones and rolls of copper cable.

The military added that cordon and search as well as mop up of the community is still on going to make the environment safe for displaced locals to return.

 The Defense Headquarters added that aside being one of the strongholds of terrorists in the State, Alagarno also provided routes used by the terrorists to neighbouring towns and countries. “The thick forest in the area had made it a safe haven for the terrorists for a long time as the terrain was not easily accessible and it was endowed with natural hideouts from aerial bombardments. Alagarno is the major haven of terrorists ahead of Sambisa forest,” Defense Headquarters said.

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Police Recover Over 7,000 Stolen PVCs

The Police in Delta on Thursday said it had recovered 7,565 stolen Permanent Voter Cards in the state. This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesperson of the state’s Police Command, Celestina Kalu, in Warri.

Ms. Kalu said the PVCs were stolen from the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.

The police spokesperson said Shakira Adewale, an INEC employee in Oghara, reported a case of stolen PVCs at the Oghara Police Station on February 10 and named the night guards as suspects.

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