DSS accuses Wike of planning breakdown of law and order in Abuja; Rivers: 15-man panel to probe Wike, others; SSS accuses Wike, Saraki’s aide, others of plotting to destabilise Abuja; UN unanimously adopts Nigeria-sponsored resolution to curb, recover illicit financial flows; DSS arrests Saraki’s aide, three others; Ibori freed, FG begins ex-Delta governor’s extradition process; U-TURN: Jonathan disowns comment on 2019 elections . . .
DSS accuses Wike of planning breakdown of law and order in Abuja
Abuja (Vanguard) — The Department of State Services, DSS, has accused the governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, of recruiting youths in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to create mayhem in the city that would lead to a breakdown of law and order.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, spokesperson of DSS, Tony Opuoyo, said the service had arrested some of the recruited youths while the ring leader, who, it said, was a personal aide of the President of the Senate, was on the run. Also, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police, Damien Okoro, to lead a 15-man panel, set up to investigate the alleged audio recording of Governor Wike and other violence recorded during the December 10 re-run election.
Other members of the panel include intelligence, investigative and forensic experts from the Police and DSS. The panel, which has begun operations, has 30 days to work and submit its findings.
Rivers: 15-man panel to probe Wike, others
Abuja (The Nation) — The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police, Damien Okoro to head a 15-man panel tasked with the responsibility of investigating the alleged audio recording of Governor Nyesom Wike and other violence witnessed during the rerun election. The panel include intelligence, investigative and forensic experts from the police and the Department of the Security Service (DSS).
Highlighting the terms of reference of the panel, the IGP said: “You are to conduct a thorough investigation into the role of security agents before, during and after the election; examine the role of any police officer or security agents, whose actions or activities individually or collectively affected the conduct of the election.
“Conduct a forensic analysis on the audio report by Sahara Reporters against Governor Wike as it concerns the election; examine any other matter that is relevant to the conduct of the elections and make recommendations and implementation strategies to guide future elections”. The panel, which started work on the 17th of December has 30 days to work and submit its findings.
SSS accuses Wike, Saraki’s aide, others of plotting to destabilise Abuja
Abuja (Premium Times) — The SSS has accused the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of working with Ikenga Ugochinyere an aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki to destabilise Abuja during the yuletide with a view to casting federal authorities in bad light. The aide is supposed to help Mr. Wike mobilise hoodlums to execute the violent plan.
The SSS statement distributed by PR Nigeria, reads:
“The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the general public that it has uncovered a sinister plot by the Rivers State Governor Nyesom WIKE to disrupt machinery of governance in strategic Federal Government agencies by provoking a violent breach of peace in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, today, 22nd December, 2016 and beyond especially at this yuletide season.
To achieve this, the Governor had secured the services of one Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, a Personal Aide to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki (Sen), to mobilise some hoodlums to execute their plan,”
– Tony Opuiyo, SSS Spokesman
UN unanimously adopts Nigeria-sponsored resolution to curb, recover illicit financial flows
United Nations, New York (Daily Trust) — The UN General Assembly on Thursday, unanimously adopted Nigeria-sponsored resolution on: “Promotion of International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financial Flows” in order to foster sustainable development.
The resolution reiterated “its deep concern about the impact of illicit financial flows, in particular those caused by tax evasion and corruption, on the economic, social and political stability and development of societies”.
At the adoption, Akinremi Bolaji, Minister Plenipotentiary and Head, Second Committee, reiterated his earlier calls on members to pursue policy coherence and create an enabling environment to combat illicit financial flows.
DSS arrests Saraki’s aide, three others
Abuja (New Telegraph) — Armed agents of the Department of State Security on Friday morning invaded the offices of the National Youth Council of Nigeria headed by the Senior Special Adviser on Youth Matters to Senate President, Ikenga Imo Chinyere, and arrested him and three others.
The offices were ransacked after the security agents used sledge hammers and other tools to force their way in. They made away with documents and other items in the raid which it is feared may be politically motivated.
There has been no word from DSS or the Senate president.
Ibori freed, FG begins ex-Delta governor’s extradition process
Abuja (Punch) — The Federal Government has commenced the process of extraditing a former governor of Delta State, Mr. James Ibori, from the United Kingdom, The PUNCH can confirm. The Southwark Crown Court had, on April 17, 2012, sentenced Ibori to 13 years in prison after the ex-governor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250m from the Delta State treasury.
He was released on Wednesday following a court order that declined the UK government’s request for an extension of his sentence. The UK Home Office had opposed Ibori’s release on the grounds that the process of the permanent forfeiture of his assets had yet to be completed. According to the BBC, the UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, did not intend to deport Ibori to Nigeria until he handed over £18m of the “proceeds of crime” he alleged the ex-governor held.
Impeccable sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told The PUNCH on Wednesday that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), had directed the EFCC to forward the file containing the 170 charges earlier brought against Ibori in Nigeria. The EFCC operative told one of our correspondents that the Federal Government would liaise with the British government to ensure that Ibori was extradited to Nigeria.
U-TURN: Jonathan disowns comment on 2019 elections
Abuja (NigerianEye) — Former President Goodluck Jonathan has debunked online reports which claimed that he spoke about 2019 elections during a meeting with his kinsmen in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. A statement issued by Jonathan’s media aide, Mr.Ikechukwu Eze, reads:
“Our attention has just been drawn to a fabricated online publication alleging that the former President Goodluck Jonathan made comments on the 2019 elections, while hosting his kinsmen in Otuoke last Tuesday.
Those reports are false and bear no truth whatsoever. The former President was not in Otuoke on Tuesday, neither did he make the comments attributed to him. In fact, he has only just returned to his community to spend Christmas having been away for two weeks. So he could not have been hosting anyone there last Tuesday.
Of what good is it to our national development efforts if some people spend so much energy spreading falsehood about fellow citizens and our nation?
The former President wishes his fellow compatriots a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year in advance, and advises all to always channel their efforts towards working to attain the nation of our collective dreams.”