Make Yoruba Language A Compulsory Subject – Lagos Assembly To Ambode

Lagos State House of Assembly Thursday at plenary called for a stakeholders’ summit on the promotion of the teaching of Yoruba language in private and public schools.

The resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Sanai Agunbiade and seconded by Mr Segun Olulade, the Chairman, House Committee on Health.

Agunbiade spoke in commemoration of the 7th Anniversary of adopting Yoruba language for deliberations every Thursday in the Assembly which commenced on Feb. 5, 2009.

He said, “This House calls on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to direct Commissioner for Education to take a quick step to ensure that syllabus in public and private schools in the state make the teaching and learning of Yoruba language compulsory.

“That we should convey a Stakeholders’ Summit to look at the challenges in teaching Yoruba in schools as well as to ensure that Yoruba Language is taught at least three times in a week both in private and public schools.”

According to him, it has become necessary to call a meeting of Tutor General, PTA and all other stakeholders in education sector to know the problems.

“Most schools today do not speak Yoruba Language again and other indigenous languages. In fact, many parents frown at their children whenever they speak Yoruba.

“We should ensure that Yoruba Language does not go into extinction. Other people embrace their language, we should also be proud of ours.

“We should meet with all heads of Education Districts, if teachers are not enough, we should employ more. We don’t have any justification for not teaching and embracing our language,” he said.

Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, Chairman, House Committee on Education said the responsibility was on the government and parents to ensure that Yoruba language did not go into extinction.

He said, “It’s a must that we bequeath the language to our children. The National Policy on Education and our constitution mandate the teaching and learning of our indigenous languages.

“We need to call on all in charge of education to make teaching of the language compulsory in Lagos. Indigenous Languages will promote love and unity,” he said.

According to him, Feb. 21 is the International Mother Language Day as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Mr Segun Olulade, the Chairman, House Committee on Health also called for the promotion of Yoruba language, culture and tradition.

Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho (Mushin I) said, “We have thrown away our language, there is nothing to be ashamed of in speaking our language. She decried the habit of punishing or making students pay fine for speaking Yoruba language in schools.

The Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said, “it is not our making that we were born here, others speaking their indigenous languages are progressing in other climes.

“We need to encourage our language, and be proud of it. Using our indigenous language to teach our children yields better results as posited by late Bola Ige and Prof. Wole Soyinka.

“We will call for a stakeholders’ summit on this motion to promote teaching and learning of Yoruba in schools as most private schools do not embrace it again,” Obasa said.

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Letter: How Ogbeni’s O’MEALS Sustains My Relatives In The Village

By Mike Ogundele

Sir, I wish to commend Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for starting the Osun Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme and sustaining it, in spite of the reported cash crunch that hit the state and many others in the federation.

I have relations, especially in rural areas of Osun, whose children are still in school because of the free food served in public schools.

It never occurred to me that it was anything serious when I read sometimes ago that the governor was invited by the British Parliament to speak on school feeding, but I started having the feeling that something good is happening in the state when officials of Partnership for Child Development of the Imperial College in London and World Bank came to Osogbo on the same matter, not long afterwards.

I learnt that the children eat sumptuous meals every school day and this has helped the parents, especially the peasants, who are the majority in the state.

The interesting thing about the Osun experience is that it is inexpensive. The state government, I learnt, spends about N1.6 billion every year on about 252,000 pupils. This comes to about N50 per child in a day. The programme employs over 3,000 cooks and indirectly engages farmers and other food producers since, to be able to feed these pupils, 15,000 whole chickens, 254,000 eggs, 35 heads of cattle and 400 tonnes of catfish are purchased weekly from farmers and food vendors. This is empowerment for farmers and job creation opportunity for thousands of others in the state. The feeding is complemented with a deworming programme that makes the child to derive the maximum benefit from the food eaten.

The importance of good nutrition for a growing child is invaluable. A hungry child will not have developed brains to be able to have proper cognition in class and the psychological state of mind to enable him or her be happy in a school environment.

I am happy to read that the Federal Government is taking over the school feeding in the whole federation but my candid advice to other states is to start feeding their own school children and not wait for the Federal Government.

 Mike Ogundele,

Osogbo, Osun State

We Shall Not Relent In Fighting Corruption – Osinbajo

Pressure from some Nigerian elites to slow down the ongoing fight against graft would not deter the Buhari presidency from ridding the country from the problem of corruption, according to Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

“We get regular messages from some Nigerian elites saying cool down,” the Vice President disclosed regarding pressures on the presidency to relent in the anti-corruption fight, during a meeting today in his office with a delegation from the Moslem Congress of Nigeria.
“It is a very strange morality that some of those people have, very complicated but cutting across all tribes and religious differences,” he noted. However he observed encouragingly that the masses of the Nigerian people on the contrary have a clearer understanding of right and wrong. According to him, “the masses don’t have that problem.”
Although some elites are saying “it is not a big deal,” and that government should merely ask the looters of the commonwealth of the nation to return the money and go, Prof. Osinbajo expressed gladness that “a new tribe of Nigerians who would not compromise their values but would maintain a sense of right and wrong is now emerging”.
“The man on the street is very clear, so whatever some of these elites say, we shall keep our focus on the masses who voted for us,” the Vice President declared. He said it is simply unacceptable that in the last 16 years there is not a single federal government completed road project, not to even talk of rail. “The reason is corruption,” he asserts, adding that the cost of projects are often inflated as people entrusted with public trust struggle to enrich themselves at the expense of the people.
He said it was the same inordinate desire for enrichment that explains why money meant to procure arms were being distributed among persons at a time when the territorial integrity of the nation was being attacked.
“The insurgency has gone on for 6 years because government could not adequately equip the military,” he stated
But the Vice President assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari and himself would not relent. He said the president and himself have no other agenda but  “the progress of this country.”
Continuing, he reassured that “Mr. President and I are extremely focussed on what we need to do. We will focus on critical things, infrastructure and social investments.”
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation from the Moslem Congress of Nigeria, Imam Abdulahi Shuaib conveyed the support of the organization to the government in its programmes including anti-corruption, and expressed readiness to offer assistance. According to him, “we are thankful that our candidates of choice in the election emerged.” He said the choice of the President and Vice President were made by God Himself during last year’s presidential election.
The Vice President also received delegations from the Nigeria Society of Engineers, NSE and the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency Reform, FOSTER, a group composed of NGOs involved in different issues in the Niger Delta areas.
At his courtesy meeting with the NSE, Prof Osinbajo praised the engineers and highlighted the importance of the profession in national development. “There is no question at all that engineers are central to the development of the society,” he noted. The NSE delegation was led by its President, Engineer Otis Anyaeji.
Speaking earlier while receiving FOSTER, the Vice President restated the government’s commitment to the development of the Niger Delta. He also commended the group for coming together to develop a common framework to support the process of development in the area. The group which said it adopted a common framework in order to avoid duplication was led by Mr. Richard Oshowole.

 

#DasukiGate: Why I Collected N25m From Metuh – Witness

A witness in the ongoing trial of the National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, and his company, Destra Investment Limited on Thursday, 4 February told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that, he was paid a total sum of N25m out of the N400 million arms fund linked to the PDP spokesperson.EFCC

Abba Dabo, while being led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, told the court that, he was paid a total sum of N25m, through the second defendant’s company account, Destra Investment Limited on December 16, 2014.

Dabo, a retired public servant and special adviser on political matters in the office of the former Vice President, was a former Editor of Sunday New Nigerian, and Gaskia Tafi kwabo, and also one time Deputy National Chairman, PDP North.

According to him, the said money was for the purpose of media and publicity campaign for the PDP presidential election.

Explaining how the money was expended, Dabo told the court that he created a media support system and a website called “WhatsApp Nigeria” to run media advocacy campaign for the party.

“I raised a team of facilitators and young internet experts were also employed to manage the website,” Dabo stated.

The witness further told the court that, he was shocked to hear through the media that the money given to him by Metuh was part of the funds set aside to procure arms for fighting insurgency.

“Therefore, I decided to return the money to EFCC,” Dabo said.

Justice Abang, at the instance of counsel to the second defendant, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, adjourned to February 9, 2016 for further hearing.

Metuh is being tried for allegedly receiving N400 million from former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), who is also being tried for laundering $2.1 billion.

Sterling Bank Presents N50m To State Of Osun

Foremost Nigerian financial institution, Sterling Bank on Wednesday presented a cheque of N50 million naira to the government of the state of Osun to facilitate the state’s C of O Fast Track Scheme.

Find photos from the presentation below

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right); his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (left); Regional Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Ademola Adeyemi (2nd left);  and Osogbo Business Manager, Mr Abiodun Jegede, during the presentation of 50 million naira cheque in support of Osun Certificate of Occupancy Fast Track Scheme at government house, Osogbo, State of Osun on Thursday 04-02-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right); his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (left); Regional Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Ademola Adeyemi (2nd left); and Osogbo Business Manager, Mr Abiodun Jegede, during the presentation of 50 million naira cheque in support of Osun Certificate of Occupancy Fast Track Scheme at government house, Osogbo, State of Osun on Thursday 04-02-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (left); Regional Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Ademola Adeyemi (2nd left); Osogbo Business Manager, Mr Abiodun Jegede (2nd right) and Chairman, Osun Certificate of Occupancy, Mr Deji Akinsola, during the presentation of 50 million naira cheque in support of Osun Certificate of Occupancy Fast Track Scheme at government house, Osogbo, State of Osun on Thursday 04-02-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (left); Regional Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Ademola Adeyemi (2nd left); Osogbo Business Manager, Mr Abiodun Jegede (2nd right) and Chairman, Osun Certificate of Occupancy, Mr Deji Akinsola, during the presentation of 50 million naira cheque in support of Osun Certificate of Occupancy Fast Track Scheme at government house, Osogbo, State of Osun on Thursday 04-02-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); the Regional Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Ademola Adeyemi (left) and Osogbo Business Manager, Mr Abiodun Jegede, during the presentation of 50 million naira cheque in support of Osun Certificate of Occupancy Fast Track Scheme at government house, Osogbo, State of Osun on Thursday 04-02-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); the Regional Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Ademola Adeyemi (left) and Osogbo Business Manager, Mr Abiodun Jegede, during the presentation of 50 million naira cheque in support of Osun Certificate of Occupancy Fast Track Scheme at government house, Osogbo, State of Osun on Thursday 04-02-2016

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Amaechi Inspects Airport Project In Ido Osun (Photos)

Minister for Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi on official visit to the state of Osun, in company of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola today visited site of the Moshood Abiola International Airport, Ido Osun to certify the level of work done on the project.

Ameachi who also inspected federal government roads in the state, expressed satisfaction on the level of development under the administration of the Ogbeni.

The governor used the opportunity of the visit to appeal for federal government’s support for the airport project stating, “the state have a written commitment from the centre to share the cost of project 50/50 before embarking on it.”

In response, Mr. Amaechi stated that he will bring up the matter before President Muhammudu Buhari.

“I will bring up this matter before the president and the Federal Executive Council. I assure you that it would be included in the report of the inspection tour.” Mr. Amaechi noted.
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Photonews: Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Inspects School Contruction Project In Ede

Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday evening, inspected a revolutionary school construction project in Ede, with the Deputy governor Mrs. Laoye-Tomori and other aides.

Here are photos of the inspection tour at the Seventh day Adventist High School, Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a White attire (2nd right); his Deputy Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (right); the Project Manager, Engr Ajibola Obakin (left). During the inspection of the on going Construction of Seventh day Adventist High School Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a White attire (2nd right); his Deputy Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (right); the Project Manager, Engr Ajibola Obakin (left). During the inspection of the on going Construction of Seventh day Adventist High School Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a White attire (2nd right); his Deputy Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (right); the Project Manager, Engr Ajibola Obakin (left). During the inspection of the on going Construction of Seventh day Adventist High School Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a White attire (2nd right); his Deputy Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (right); the Project Manager, Engr Ajibola Obakin (left). During the inspection of the on going Construction of Seventh day Adventist High School Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a White attire (2nd right); his Deputy Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (right); the Project Manager, Engr Ajibola Obakin (left). During the inspection of the on going Construction of Seventh day Adventist High School Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a White attire (2nd right); his Deputy Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (right); the Project Manager, Engr Ajibola Obakin (left). During the inspection of the on going Construction of Seventh day Adventist High School Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016

Supreme Court Upholds Ikpeazu, Udom’s Election

The Nigerian Supreme court sitting in Abuja late Wednesday night, upheld the election of Abia state governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Mr. Emmanuel Udom.

Osun Defender recalls that though the election petition tribunals that heard the case had declared them winner but, they lost the cases filed by their position at the Court of Appeal.

Dissatisfied by the ruling of the various court of appeal, Abia Governor, Dr. Ikpeazu dragged Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA to the supreme court.

Like wise, Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom dragged Umana Okon Umana of the All Progressives Congress, APC before the supreme court to challenge his Appeal Court victory.

However, the Supreme Court laid to rest, conflicting judgement of the Tribuanl and Court of Appeal on who the winners are by giving a ruling validating the results of April 11 governorship election.

The court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal, which nullified Mr. Udom & Ikpeazu’s election.

The Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Udom and Mr Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won the lawfully cast votes in the April 11, 2015 election.

The court further said full details of the ruling would be provided on a February 15, 2016.

James Ibori Released From UK Prison

Former governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori has completed his prison terms in the United Kingdom. But he is yet to be a free man, as he was immediately re-arrested.

TheNEWS learnt that Ibori jailed 13 years in April 2012 by a Southwark Crown court in London was released by prison authorities on 22 January.

He was released from Her Majesty’s Prison in Bedford, outside of London, where he finished his prison term. He was also initially at the Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire.

“He is out of here”, a prison source at Bedford confirmed on Tuesday night.

Our sources said Ibori was re-arrested to face another charge, which borders on the confiscation of his ill-gotten assets, estimated to be about 250 million pounds. The case initially billed for May, will now come up in June, sources told us this afternoon.

We cannot however confirm Ibori’s new prison.

Fifty-seven year old Ibori was jailed for using UK financial institutions to launder hundreds of millions of pound sterling he stole from public funds in Delta State.

His journey to jail began with his arrest On 13 May 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates under Interpol arrest warrants, issued from United Kingdom courts and enacted by the Metropolitan Police.

He had earlier made a mockery of Nigeria’s legal system, walking away free from the multi-billion fraud charge levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, including the $15 million bribe he offered the then EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu.

Ibori’s case and extradition became one of the longest, most complex and expensive operations mounted by Scotland Yard in recent years.

Prosecutors alleged that companies owned by Ibori and his family were beneficiaries from the sale of state assets, including shares in Econet, a GSM telephone operator, as well as crude oil deliveries.

Before his conviction, UK juries two years earlier found James Ibori’s sister, Christine Ibie-Ibori and his mistress, Udoamaka Okoronkwo, guilty on counts of money laundering, in a verdict delivered at the Southwark Crown Court, London.

On 27 February 2012, Ibori himself was docked, accused of stealing US$250 million from the Nigerian public purse. He pleaded guilty to ten counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. Among possessions confiscated were a house in Hampstead, north London, for £2.2million, a property in Shaftesbury, Dorset for £311,000, A £3.2m mansion in Sandton, near Johannesburg South Africa , a fleet of armoured Range Rovers valued at £600,000,a £120,000 Bentley Continental GT, A Mercedes-Benz Maybach bought for €407,000 cash, that was shipped direct to his mansion in South Africa

After the sentencing hearing, Sue Patten, head of the Crown Prosecution Service central fraud group, said it would bid to confiscate the assets Ibori had acquired his riches “at the expense of the some of the poorest people in the world.

Also jailed with him apart from his sister and mistress were his wife, Theresa Nkoyo Ibori, his lawyer, Bhadresh Gohil and his financial advisors, Daniel McCann and Lambertus De Boer.

While in prison, Ibori continued to exercise a lot of influence on the politics of his Delta state, with the present governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, regarded as one of his disciples.

Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, two term governor of the state, who succeeded him in 2007 is his uncle.

Born in Oghara, 57 years ago, the young James Onanefe Ibori was educated at Baptist High school, now Oghareki Grammar School. From there, he went to the University of Benin, where he studied economics and statistics. After his university education, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he worked at Wickes DIY, married his wife, Theresa and tainted his record with two convictions for theft and credit card fraud, that were to later haunt his political career in Nigeria.

He became governor of Delta state in 1999 and held forte for eight years.

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Bristow Helicopter Crashes Into Atlantic Ocean In Lagos

Another Bristow helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos area on Wednesday morning.

The chopper, our correspondent gathered, disappeared from radar after it took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.

The chopper crashed at 136.70 nautical miles from AEHA Field in Bonny Island, inward MMIA.

There are 11 people on board the helicopter at the time of the accident.

The Spokesman of the National Emergency Agency ( NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview.

He said personnel of the Nigerian Navy and other emergency handling agencies have rescued all the passengers alive.

Farinloye said,” It is Bristow Helicopter that ditched into the high seas. Nigerian Navy and others have rescued the occupants. Nobody died. We are still trying to get the coordinates of how the chopper crashed into water.”

Officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said the chopper’s debris had been recovered.

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ICC Accepts Falana’s Petition, May Order Arrest Of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has confirmed that it is considering the petition submitted to it by human rights lawyer Femi Falana, SAN over alleged crimes against humanity committed in the context of the arms procurement scandal.

If the decision to investigate and prosecute the players involve sails through, the court will order the arrest of those involved, including one Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former coordinating minister of the economy and minister of finance.

The ICC revealed this in a letter dated 1 February 2016 with reference: OTP-CR-32/16 and signed by Mark P. Dillon, Head of Information & Evidence Unit of the ICC.

The letter reads in part: “The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges receipt of your documents/letter. This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

Falana had in a petition dated 19 January 2016 requested the ICC to “investigate allegations of crimes against humanity committed against the Nigerian people by some former and serving military as well public officials and private persons who engaged in the criminal diversion of $8 billion earmarked to procure equipment for the armed forces to fight insurgency”.

Among the public officials was Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was finance minister during the Jonathan presidency. Okonjo-Iweala responded that Falana was out of touch with the mandate of the ICC and that roping her in the petition, Falana was doing the bidding of his corrupt paymasters.

 

Falana’s petition reads in part: “On account of the deliberate refusal of the former military authorities to equip and motivate the members of the armed forces involved in combat operations the insurgents have killed about 25,000 soldiers and civilians including children and displaced over 2,000,000 people. Having compromised the security of the people of Nigeria by collaborating with the terrorists the former military authorities deliberately encouraged the brutal killing of innocent people including ill-equipped officers and soldiers.”

“During a visit to Borno state in 2014, former President Jonathan revealed to some selected leaders of the community that it was when Alhaji Modu Ali Sheriff caused the extra judicial killing of the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf that the group declared war on the Nigerian people. Even though President Jonathan knew that Alhaji Sheriff was a major sponsor of the terrorist group the government did not charge him to court under the Terrorism Act applicable in Nigeria.”

“In order to divert the attention of the Nigerian people and the international community from the afore mentioned crimes against humanity, scores of soldiers were put on trial before courts-martial for demanding for equipment to fight the well-armed members of the Boko Haram sect. The military courts convicted the soldiers and sentenced them to various terms of imprisonment while 70 were sentenced to death. Over 3,000 others were dismissed from the Nigerian Army in similar circumstances.”

“Having investigated and confirmed that the said soldiers were sacrificed to cover up the criminal negligence of the former military authorities the current Army leadership has ordered the recall and reinstatement of the 3,000 dismissed soldiers and commuted the death sentence of 66 out of 70 convicts on death row to 10 years’ imprisonment.”

“The inquiry conducted by the Presidential Panel on arms procurement has established that the bulk of the sum of $2.1 billion and N643 billion ($4 billion) earmarked for the purchase of military hardware to fight terrorism was criminally diverted by the former government through the office of the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). It has also been confirmed that the said Col. Dasuki colluded with some serving and retired military officers and civilians to divert the sum of $2 billion and N29 billion set aside for the procurement of fighter jets and other equipment for the Nigeria Air Force.”

 

“As if that was not enough, the sum of $322 million and £5.5 million from the Abacha loot which was illegally transferred to Col. Dasuki by a former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for prosecuting the war on terror has also been criminally diverted. Part of the stolen fund was used to fund the campaign for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections.”

“Apart from diverting the fund for acquiring military equipment some corrupt public officers also stole money set aside for acquiring the necessary gadgets and equipment for securing the Nigerian people. For instance, the $470 million contract awarded in 2009 for the installation of CCTV cameras in Abuja, the seat of the federal government, was poorly executed due to corrupt practices. Thus, the identification of terrorists who launched bomb attacks in public places in Abuja has been frustrated by the government officials who stole the contract sum.”

“Notwithstanding the deliberate refusal of the military authorities to purchase arms and armament due to the criminal diversion of the security fund, Col. Dasuki gave a lecture at Chartam House in London on February 8, 2015 where he claimed that Nigeria had acquired adequate equipment to prosecute the war on terror. At the time he was addressing his London audience Col Dasuki was well aware that the fund for procurement of weapons had been stolen by himself and his cohorts.”

“However, out of the fear that he could be made to account for his role in the diversion of the security fund the then Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Barde disclosed, while he was retiring from the service on July 30, 2015, that the armed forces led by him lacked the equipment to fight the terrorists. In his reaction to the disclosure Col. Dasuki stated sometime in August 2015 that the equipment ordered by the Jonathan Administration had not arrived the country!”

“It is submitted that the former public officials, serving and military officers as well as civilian collaborators who engaged in the criminal diversion of the security fund are liable to bear full responsibility for the death of about 25,000 people who were killed by the Boko Haram sect and the over 2,000,000 people displaced by the terrorist organisation.”