Buhari bad business for corrupt politicians, civil servants – Presidency

A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, says the Buhari government is bad business for a number of parliamentarians, civil servants and

A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, says the Buhari government is bad business for a number of parliamentarians, civil servants and security agents.

Mr Shehu said corrupt politicians, public officers, police officers, Customs and Immigration officials who hitherto benefited from corrupt practices during previous administrations were uncomfortable with the Buhari administration.

Mr Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, stated this in a special feature titled: “The Real Price of Changing the Change (1)’’, issued in Abuja on Sunday.

According to the presidential aide, as Mr Buhari is busy fighting corruption, the corrupt politicians and civil servants are equally busy praying for return of the old order where they had their days illegally amassing public wealth.

He said: “The list of people who oppose the Buhari government and yearning to `change the change’ include a number of parliamentarians, policemen, customs officials, immigration officials, civil servants now rooting for other political parties, not leaving out those various businesses and platforms owned by these political parties directly or indirectly.

“The Buhari win in 2015, and the possibility of four more years have crumbled their dreams of endlessly looting the state and the growing list of achievements of the administration is not doing any good for them.’’

Mr Shehu observed that top opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members had been granting interviews and addressing zonal political rallies talking about “CHANGING THE CHANGE” in next year’s general elections, without defining what exactly that means.

He, however, stated that Nigerians needed to be reminded of what the reversal of the achievements of the three years of the Buhari government would amount to.

“The real meaning and cost of the `Changing the Change,’ is that if they win the next election, they will not take us back to where we were in 2015, they will mostly reverse the progress the APC has brought to the nation.

“The main reason for the defeat of the PDP in 2015 was corruption. The present administration at the centre led by President Muhammadu Buhari has so far presented a corrupt-free image of itself,’’ he said.

He added that the Buhari administration had also succeeded in abolishing grand corruption at the top, as attested to by the American President, Donald Trump.

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He said the government had significantly brought down the level of corruption in the country but, however, warned that corruption was fighting back.

“Although he said he was unafraid and would not bend, the President’s concern, and fear on the part of many is that if a corrupt leader takes over, it will be happy days all over again for former Oil Minister Diezani Allison-Maduekwe who has so far forfeited 153 million dollars, N23.4 billion, and 4 million dollars and 5 million dollars in separate accounts.

“Change the Change’ would mean she will get the money back. So would the former Managing Director of the maritime agency, NIMASA, get back GBP 578,080 seized from him and the Ikoyi apartment owners have back their 43.4 million dollars; N23 million and GBP 27,800.

“The hidden owner of the Lagos cash shop may then step forward to reclaim their N449.6 million; the ex-Naval Chiefs will have returned to them the already forfeited N1.8 billion; the Governors Forum paid back their N1.4 billion and the major oil marketers, from whom the EFCC has so far seized N328.9 billion will smile their ways to the bank.

“The banks themselves will equally join the party, happily getting back N27.7 billion they `ate’ from taxes they failed to remit; the scion of the Akinjides, Jumoke will have N650 million awarded to her,’’ he said.

Mr Shehu further stated that those scammers in INEC who coughed out N1 billion would equally get the money back and charges standing against them in court may be dropped.

“But the happiest of them all will be Mrs Jonathan, who will get the first priority when the refunds start coming for obvious reasons.

“The former First Lady would not anymore need lawyers to keep her mountain of gifts, counted in huge millions of dollars, billions of Naira, hotels and buildings,’’ he added.

He equally noted that the early casualties of ‘changing the change’ may include initiatives like the Whistle Blower policy by which the government was able to recover stolen or concealed assets through information provided by citizens.

According to him, this has changed the ethical and moral tone of the business transaction space in the country.

The whistle blower is entitled to between 2.5 and five per cent of amount recovered.

The presidential aide said that `change the change’ might also result to scrapping the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), which he described as the biggest tax revolution since independence.

“The Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) now being implemented, and about which many of our rich citizens are unhappy may be scrapped.

“A recent report shows that there are four million new taxpayers, including companies and individuals, resulting in N700 billion increase in tax revenue in 2017,’’ he said.

According to him, Mr Buhari is also bad business for importers of diesel and generators because he had raised electric power availability from 2,600 MW in 2015 to 7,000 MW.

He said the Buhari-administration was targeting 10,000 megawatts by the end of 2018.

“Another formidable group unhappy with the change and wish it reversed are the importers of diesel and generators. Nigeria ranks as the second biggest importer of generators all over the world.

“Buhari is bad business for them because he has raised electric power availability from 2,600 MW in 2015 to 7,000 MW and is targeting 10,000 megawatts by the year’s end.

“Increased power availability means less purchase of generators and less consumption of diesel.

“Noticeably, they are rooting for parties that are bent on changing the change,’’ he maintained.

The presidential aide also identified other rooters of `changing the change’ campaign to include the beneficiaries of the malaria economy which costs Nigeria N132 billion and 300,000 lives annually.

According to him, this is an economy now threatened by the administration’s National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) by which tens of millions of long-lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITN) are being freely distributed.

“A part of this order is now made in Aba, Nigeria,’’ Mr Shehu explained. (NAN)

IG deploys policemen for Easter

INSPECTOR-General (IG) Ibrahim Idris has ordered massive deployment of personnel throughout the country for crime prevention and control during the

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INSPECTOR-General (IG) Ibrahim Idris has ordered massive deployment of personnel throughout the country for crime prevention and control during the Easter celebration.

A statement by the Force spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood, in Abuja yesterday said Idris had directed Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of zonal commands and Police Commissioners nationwide to be on ground throughout the celebration to supervise and implement the security arrangements.

Moshood said the deployment would cover places of worship, recreation centres, venues of celebration, other public places and private facilities.

He noted that “consistent surveillance, intelligence gathering and continuous raid of criminal hideouts, black spots, flash and vulnerable points are already ongoing and will be sustained throughout the period”.

“Vehicular and foot patrols and adequate visibility policing will also be embarked upon to guarantee safety of lives and property throughout the period,” the statement said.

The spokesman implored the public to cooperate with the police highway patrol teams, the Special Anti-Robbery Squads and other police units deployed to prevent crime on highways and major roads across the country.

He said the personnel were under instructions to be civil, polite but firm in ensuring the security and safety of travellers and other road users throughout the country.

Moshood reiterated the assurance of the Police’s renewed commitment to ensure adequate safety of lives and property during the Easter period and beyond.

“The IG, while wishing Christians across the country a happy Easter celebration, enjoins them to extol the virtues of Jesus Christ by propagating peace and love, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political inclination,” the spokesman added.

 

 

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Naval, Police Officers Wounded As Communities Clash In Kwara

Pictures from the boundary dispute in Kwara State   Three policemen and a naval officer were wounded on Wednesday as

Pictures from the boundary dispute in Kwara State

 

Three policemen and a naval officer were wounded on Wednesday as a result of the ongoing boundary dispute between Offa and Ijagbo communities in Kwara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi, told journalists that the wounded security officers have since been treated and discharged.

According to the police spokesperson, no life was lost in the attack.

READ ALSO: Communities Clash In Kwara Over Land Ownership

Explaining the how the dispute started, Okasanmi said both communities have been in the boundary dispute for many years.

This existing feud he revealed snowballed into crisis on Wednesday when some youths from Ijagbo started firing gunshots during a truce meeting called by the Chairmen of both Oyun and Offa local governments.

Policemen Okasanmi said further have been drafted to restore normalcy to the two communities with arrests made while those found guilty he promised, will be dealt with according to law.

 

Photo of a building situated in the area where the clash took place

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Two policemen missing in Benue herdsmen attack

The Benue State Police command at the weekend declared four of their men missing after a patrol vehicle in which they operated

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The Benue State Police command at the weekend declared four of their men missing after a patrol vehicle in which they operated was set ablaze.

It was ambushed by suspected herdsmen in Logo Local Government.

The incident occurred in Tse Akpam village, Azege, Mbaya, Tombo ward on Saturday.

It was gathered that the police patrol team came under attack when they responded to a distress call that herdsmen and their cattle were destroying crops and setting houses ablaze in Tse Akpam village.

A community leader in Azege, Unande Timothy, said on telephone that the police patrol team went after the herdsmen.

He said at a point there was no road for the patrol vehicle and they parked the van and continued to chase the suspects on foot.

According to Unande, some herdsmen retreated to set the patrol vehicle ablaze.

Benue State police spokesman Moses Yamiu, said the police had launched a search for their missing men who he said were on confidence-building patrol when they were ambushed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Yamu confirmed that the herdsmen set their vehicle ablaze.

However, two of the missing policemen returned unhurt. Benue State police commissioner Fatai Owoseni confirmed their return.

He said “Two officers rejoined their colleagues. Unhurt. Hoping to see the remaining two.”

Suspected herdsmen still continued with their killings at the weekend with attacks on palm wine tappers in Kaduna and policemen in Benue.

They were linked with the killing of four persons and injuring of one in an attack on Bakin Kogi village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State yesterday.

It was learnt that the victims were palm wine tappers who came from other communities to conduct their business.

A source told our correspondent on telephone that four of the palm wine tappers were attacked and killed in the bush. One escaped with serious injury.

He said: “Those killed were palm wine tappers, but they are not members of the community. They do come from another community.

“They were tapping palm wine when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen. I cannot tell you where they came from for now. But they are not from our community here.

“Policemen have visited the place and evacuated their bodies. The area is calm as I speak with you.”

Another source claimed that “the attackers in their numbers around 9am, stormed the village from the outskirt, and shot sporadically at innocent persons, killing four and injuring one.

“Other people at the scene escaped unhurt while the victims died of bullet wounds,” the source added.

Commissioner of Police Austin Iwar requested for more time to confirm the story.

“I cannot confirm this to you now. Give me till tomorrow,” he said.

The Command’s spokesman, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, was quoted to have confirmed the incident though he was yet to get full details as at press time.

“The police spokesman in the district and the Area Commander said they were collating assessment reports in the affected community,” he said.

Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi 11 yesterday advised herders to rein in the criminals among them.

He also urged them to imbibe the culture of patience and perseverance even in the face of provocation by farmers or their local community.

The Emire spoke at the weekend in Minna, the Niger State capital, during a meeting between traditional rulers/North’s leaders and Fulani herders’ associations organised to end  killings and incessant clashes between herders and farmers.

He urged stakeholders to liaise with governors of Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa and Kano states who had indicated interest to allocate grazing reserves, with a view to developing such land to house their cattle.

. Emir Sanusi said Fulani “are neither terrorists nor criminals “as perceived by some Nigerians. He described them as law abiding citizens who respect constituted authorities.

He urged Nigerians to avoid ethnic profiling whenever a crime is committed by persons of certain tribe, adding that criminals have no tribal marks.

The Lamido of Adamawa,  Muhammadu Barkindo Musdafa, attended the meeting. Former Ahmadu Bello University Vice Chancelor Prof. Ango Abdullahi and Dr. Aliyu Tilde, among others, were there.

They met with the leadershipof Fulani socio-cultural groups, such as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBA), Miyetti Allah Katul Houre and Gan Allah Fulani Development Association.

The Zonal Chairman of the National Executive Committee of MACBA, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, said governors ought to emulate Governors Willie Obiano (Anambra) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi  (Enugu) who had effectively stemmed the recurring clashes between farmers and herders in their states when other governors and the Federal Government were at a loss on what to do.

He said the two governors were open-minded in their approach to tackling the clashes, adding that through stakeholders meetings which included the leadership of the herders associations, farmers’ unions, traditional rulers and community leaders across all the local government areas, they understood the causes of the clashes and found amicable ways of addressing them.

Siddiki said measures, which had worked in stemming the tide of violent conflicts among herders and farmers in the two states, should serve as models to other governors.

“Conflict between herdsmen and farmers has a long history; the solution has been to engage all stakeholders to find an amicable of resolving such,” he noted and urged politicians “to avoid exacerbating the conflict for selfish reasons”.

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80% of policemen are security men to prominent Nigerians – Police

The Nigeria police has decried the the current indiscriminate allocation of policemen to provide security for prominent individuals in Nigeria.

The Nigeria police has decried the the current indiscriminate allocation of policemen to provide security for prominent individuals in Nigeria.

Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 5, Rasheed Akintunde, said only 20 per cent of policemen are engaged in protecting lives and ensuring peace in the country while 80 percent are personal securities.

Mr. Akintunde said this on Thursday while addressing officers and men of the Police Headquarters in Bayelsa, during his tour of the Arda.

“The remaining 80 per cent are just busy providing personal security to some `prominent people’ on guard duties.

“Every big man wants personal security, they want a number of policemen to come and secure them and their family members, instead of supporting the police to work and ensure a safer environment.

“Honourable members want police security, even Reverend Fathers, Bishops now want police security, so the remaining 20 per cent police the whole country.

“If we can redistribute policemen from some government formations and deploy them to work on their core duty, it will yield positive result,’’ he said.

The AIG, however, urged all the officers in the command to be on their toes and be committed to their duties.