FG Sacks Heads Of Government Owned Media Organisations

The Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the disengagement during a meeting he held with the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Monday .

The Minister directed the disengaged Chief Executives to hand over to the most senior officials in their various establishments.

He thanked them for their service to the nation and wished them  “best of luck” in their future endeavours.

The affected Chief Executives are the Directors-General of NTA, Mr. Sola Omole, FRCN (Mr. Ladan Salihu), VON (Mr Sam Worlu), NOA (Mr. Mike Omeri), NBC (Mr. Emeka Mba) and the Managing Director of NAN (Mr. Ima Niboro).

President Buhari Sacks DG Budget Office

President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the former Director-General for the Budget Mr. Yahaya Gusau, announced today in a press release from his Senior Special Adviser for Media and Publicity Femi Adesina. The press statement issued by Mr. Adesina expressly states that the new appointment is connected to “officials responsible for budget scandal.”

The Buhari administration has been repeatedly confronted with embarrassing revelations connected to its budget provided to the National Assembly for approval in December 2015. News broke in January 2016 that the Presidency stole the budget from the Senate chambers hours before it was due to be reviewed by Senate members. Interviews with sources by SaharaReporters found that Ita Enang, the Senior Special Adviser to the President for National Assembly Matters (Senate), was involved in this theft and was inconspicuously trying to reintroduce a new budget.

Following this scandal, more details emerged that there were unnecessary and lavish allocations in the budget which provoked outrage on social media and among many National Assembly members. President Buhari stated that he would find the culprits responsible for placing these expenses into the budget without his approval.

Mr. Tijiani Mohammed Abdullahi was appointed to replace Mr. Gusau today, according to Mr. Adesina’s statement.

Additionally, President Buhari approved the appointment of Mr. Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze as the Special Adviser on Planning to the Minister of Budget and National Planning. Mr. Akabueze is not replacing anyone and this is a new role created by President Buhari, according to Mr. Adesina during a phone conversation with our correspondent.

The full press release can be found below:


President Buhari Officials Responsible For Budget Scandal

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr. Tijjani Mohammed Abdullahi  as the Director-General (Budget).

Mr. Abdullahi, a fellow of the Certified National Accountants of Nigeria, and a banker of repute with experience in managing public finance, will replace the current Director-General (Budget), Mr. Yahaya Gusau.

The new Director-General (Budget) is expected to work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning to efficiently deliver on the mandates of the Budget Office of the Federation.

President  Buhari has also approved the appointment of Mr Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze as the Special Adviser on Planning to the Minister of Budget and National Planning.

Mr Akabueze who is the immediate past Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos State, has worked in senior management positions in Citi Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa, NAL Merchant Bank, Sterling Bank and BIA Consulting Limited, among others.

He is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; Fellow, Institute of Credit Administrators and Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Bankers.


Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

February 15, 2015

It’s Govt Duty To Ensure Success Of Indigenous Firms – Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said all arms of government have a duty to ensure the success of indigenous manufacturers as a way of rebuilding the economy and putting Nigerian youth to work.

Saraki while receiving a delegation from the Innoson Motor Manufacturing Company, Nnewi, led by Chief Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman and founder of the company, in his office today (Monday) said government should use legislative actions and policy initiatives to protect the local industries as a deliberate way of reviving the economy.

Innoson Motors is the only Nigerian company manufacturing automobile of different ranges and it is based in Nnewi, Anambra State.

He said one of the actions government should quickly introduce is to ensure that local industries are patronized by government agencies so that Nigerian manufacturers can enjoy the advantages accruing from the big market that her population offers.

“That is why this eighth Senate is determined to amend the Procurement Law to ensure that government agencies patronize Made in Nigeria products. I am sure the House of Representatives is in support of this. It is our joint responsibility to ensure that you succeed. If you are successful, a lot more small and medium scale enterprises will draw inspiration from you and they will become successful.

“That will help to create jobs which is one of the mandate presented to us by the youths of this country during the last elections. We in the legislature will look at all laws and help to create an enabling environment for local businesses to thrive in Nigeria”, he said.

The Senate President said using laws to protect locally made goods is not peculiar to the country as it has been done in the United States under President Herbert Hoover in 1933 while India and China have also enacted similar laws in the past.

He lamented a situation where a company like Innoson only sold about 3,000 vehicles in 2015 when Nigerians buy about a million vehicle annually, adding that If Nigerians patronise Made in Nigeria cars it will force foreign manufacturers to set up plant here.

In his remarks, Mr Alfred Nwosu, said the Innoson Group started from manufacturing of motor cycles and graduated to tricycle before it is now producing different range of utility and luxury vehicles.

He said the Group has 7,000 Nigerians on its pay roll while there are 300 youths from the Niger Delta area undergoing training that were hitherto held abroad.

Nwosu commended Saraki and the Senate leadership for their prompt response to the request for audience sent by the company, an opportunity that had eluded the company in the past.

“In less than 48 hours of contacting the Senate President, we were told to come over. We are encouraged by your views on Made in Nigeria goods. What we need is the support, encouragement and inspiration from decision makers like you”, he said.

Also yesterday, the Senate President urged the South East Amalgamated Market Traders Association (SEAMATA) to look inwards in view of the present economic challenges facing the country.

He specifically charged members of the executive of the association who visited him in Abuja that it is time for them to find ways of producing locally most of the goods they have been importing into the country.

Earlier, the President-General of SEAMATA, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo had called for urgent measures by the Federal Government to ease their access to foreign exchange that is used to import the goods they sell.

Ezenwankwo said that 70 per cent of traders in the South East would be thrown into the labour market if nothing urgent is done to enable the traders access forex. He lamented a situation where goods imported by the traders since December 2015 are still lying at the ports accumulating demurrage simply because the clearing authorities are yet to receive confirmation from the countries of origin of the consignments.

He called on the Federal Government to fix an exchange rate for the Naira rather than leaving it at the mercy of market forces.

He added: “The $10,000.00 limit of what one can take across our borders is another major constraint to our business.”

Halliburton Scam: How Ex-NBA Pres JB Daudu, Damian Dodo And 3 Others Shared Money

Mr. Damian Dodo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, has told interrogators how five lawyers, who prosecuted multinational firms implicated in the $185 million Halliburton bribery scandal, were paid close to $26 million as legal fees. EFCC operatives Dodo, who was interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for over eight hours, last Thursday, said the five lawyers were duly engaged by the Federal Government to handle the case and bring culprits to book, having been  indicted by their respective home countries. Dodo’s defense is contained in a response he made to the EFCC, a copy of which Sunday Vanguard obtained last night.

Meanwhile, EFCC operatives were said to be scrutinizing government accounts, last night, to ascertain where the refund was made. The four other lawyers involved in the case, it was also learnt, may be grilled by the anti-corruption agency. In  his response to the EFCC, Dodo  maintained that he and the four other lawyers carried out their job so successfully that the Federal Government, in appreciation, conferred  on some members of the legal team  national honors.

The SAN explained that the five top lawyers involved in the prosecution of the companies reached an understanding with a former Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, to be paid from fines  imposed on the indicted companies since he had complained that the Federal Government did not have a budget for their legal fees. He pointed out that they followed the precedent set in the case involving Pfizer and Kano State Government on one hand, and the Federal Government on the other, in which the drug manufacturing company was made to pay the legal fees of the lawyers involved in the amicable settlement of the matter.

In the response to  the EFCC, it was stated that the legal team, raised by Adoke, was led by the then President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Joseph B. Daudu, with Mr. Emmanuel C. Ukala, Chief Godwin Obla, Roland Ewubare and Dodo as members. The companies  involved in the bribery scandal, and which opted for payment of heavy fines and non-prosecution by Nigeria, were: Halliburton Energy Services; Siemens AG; TSKJ, Technip of France: Snamprogetti of Italy; Kellog, Brown and Roots of the U.S; Japan Gas Corporation; and Julius Berger, JB, which was accused of acting as a conduit for the illegal transfer of $5 million.

To avoid prosecution, JB immediately opted to pay a fine of $35 million to Nigeria and, accordingly, was left off the hook. The professional fee in respect of the settlement by JB was paid into the account of JB Daudu and Co on behalf of the legal team. Siemens similarly opted for out of court settlement and paid  €30,000,000 to the Nigerian government.

The legal fee from the company was paid into the account of Godwin Obla of Obla and Co on behalf of the legal team. The settlement with Snamprogetti was reached by the legal team on December 10, 2010, and the sum of $30 million was recovered from the firm and paid into the account of the Federal Government while the legal fees for the lawyers were paid into the account of Godwin Obla for and on behalf of the team.

In the case of Halliburton Energy Services, the settlement attracted $32.5 million for the Federal Government while the legal fee went into the account of D.D. Dodo and Co. for and on behalf of the team. Japan Gasoline Corporation  attracted a settlement fine of $26.5 million for Nigeria and the legal fee for the settlement went into the account of D.D.Dodo and Co. In the statement to EFCC, Dodo said,”But in all, the professional fees and costs due the legal team as received by the trio of J.B.Daudu, Godwin Obla and D.D.Dodo were disbursed to members of the legal team as directed by their leader, J. B.Daudu.”

The statement went on:  “It is worth pointing out that relevant agencies of government were involved in the settlement agreements including the offices of the National Security Adviser and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. “The Secretary of the EFCC, Mr. Emmanuel Akomaye, witnessed three of the agreements, namely, Snamprogetti,Halliburton and Japan Gasoline Corporation on behalf of the Federal Government.”

The senior lawyer defended the payments made to them, arguing that the fees were legal. Quoting clause six of the agreement reached with the Japan Gasoline Corporation, Dodo, said,  “The Federal Government of Nigeria confirms that the reimbursement of the government legal costs to the designated counsel in the terms of the agreement is lawful under the Nigerian laws and regulations, and the government counsel has confirmed to the Federal Government of Nigeria that no proceeds of such reimbursement will be provided to any government officials”.

However, the EFCC,  set to invite all the lawyers involved in the case separately for their statements, does not seem satisfied with the submission by Dodo. The anti-graft body, Sunday Vanguard discovered, is trying to ascertain how the lawyers arrived at the legal fee of ten percent and, if indeed, the $200 million said to have been recovered from the culprits, was remitted to the coffers of the Federal Government. EFCC in search of accounts

As at last night, the operatives were combing records to confirm which accounts of  government the Halliburton fines were paid into and when. There were indications also that the former ministers and other top players in government linked with the matter may be invited to state their own side of the story. Irony of Halliburton case The irony in the case is that while the different countries, whose the multinational companies paid bribes to get major contracts for the construction of the LNG trains in Bonny Island in Rivers State, have since been convicted for bribery, Nigerian officials, who aided and abetted the scam, are still walking free and enjoying their loot.

The top officials are said to be wielding both political and economic power, thereby making it very difficult to bring them to trial. Most of them are said to have threatened to descend on the system if any move is made to prosecute them. But the current Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has warned that the Halliburton case and other criminal cases have not been closed. Malami said that given the zero disposition of the Buhari administration, it would be impossible to close such cases.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/02/halliburton-185m-bribery-scandal-efcc-yet-to-locate-refund/

SERAP Calls For Tougher Sanctions Against Corrupt Lawyers

Following growing allegations of corruption against some senior lawyers and their alleged complicity or facilitation of judicial corruption, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called “for tougher sanctions against those found to be involved if large scale political corruption is to be meaningfully combated and corruption-free judiciary is to become a reality.”

In a statement dated 14 February 2016 and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organisation said, “It’s not only professional misconduct but also a crime for a lawyer to knowingly assist or induce another to break, violate or attempt to violate the rules of professional conduct or commit a corrupt act and other action prejudicial to the administration of justice that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty,trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.”

The statement reads in part: “Lawyers are officers in the temple of justice but improperly influencing a public official to achieve results by means that violate lawyers’ rules of professional conduct or knowingly assisting a judge or judicial officer in conduct that violates applicable rules of judicial conduct or other laws is a clear negation of this sacred duty.”

“Yet, corrupt lawyers and judges often get away with their misconduct and crime. This impunity has contributed to the spo­radic and lax prosecution and punishment of officials responsible for large-scale corruption, while, conversely, imposing severe sanctions for petty corruption and criminals, so as to give the impression of justice. This situation violates the underlying legal and moral assumptions that all persons will be treated equally, fairly, and with respect.”

“Any lawyer who acts in such a way as to be directly responsible for the act of corruption or acts as part of a conspiracy to corrupt should face liability as a “principal” offender.” Even where a lawyer is not directly responsible for the act of corruption but facilitates or otherwise provides assistance to a principal offender, he/she should be liable as an accessory or accomplice. This accountability mechanism for lawyers and judges must follow due process of law.”

“The obligation on lawyers not to engage in illegal activities is vital in upholding professional standards and obviously extends to the activities of bribery and corruption, as lawyers must not themselves breach, or facilitate a breach, of the law.”

“For the sake of the legal profession, the cause of justice and effective remedies for victims of large scale corruption such as the arms procurement scandal, appropriate authorities particularly the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have to speak out strongly against corruption in the legal profession.”

“The NBA has to provide strong leadership including by strongly and publicly speaking out against corruption in the legal profession and the judiciary, promoting tougher sanctions against corrupt lawyers even if those involved are senior members of the bar including SANs, and judges and creating, developing and actively promoting anticorruption initiatives for the legal profession if it is to remain credible, relevant and add value to the ongoing fight against large scale corruption in the country.”

“The NBA in fact has an abiding responsibility to consistently and proactively promote and ensure lawyers’ compliance with anti-corruption and ethics rules, and to encourage lawyers to carry out their professional duties diligently and conscientiously and refrain from doing anything which would expose the legal profession to ridicule.”
Adetokunbo Mumuni
SERAP Executive Director
Lagos, Nigeria
Twitter: @SERAPNigeria

FG, Global Partners Complete Assessment Mission In Northeast

The Federal Government, the World Bank, European Union, and the United Nations have concluded a two-week recovery and assessment mission in the Northeastern States ravaged by insurgency as part of its on-going Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA) programme.

Led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Dr. Mariam Masha, the recovery and assessment team visited Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Borno and Yobe States during which the team actively engaged with State Governors, decision-makers as well as top government functionaries, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector players, Traditional Rulers, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Emergency Management, Humanitarian and Relief agencies and other active partners in the recovery efforts in the affected States.

In the course of the tour in the affected areas, the team of officials visited several camps and resettlement centres for the IDPs in the different states as well as insurgency –ravaged public institutions like hospitals, markets and military formations. The team also gained first hand knowledge of human and physical conditions in the camps and resettlement centres affording them the opportunity to empathize with the people and also reassured them of the commitment of the Buhari administration towards addressing their challenges.

In furtherance of the importance of the recovery and assessment mission, the team’s top level engagements with relevant stakeholders centred on sector recovery and needs assessment strategy in the three major components of Infrastructure and social services, peace building, stability and social cohesion as well as the economic recovery of the affected people in the six States.

The field visit by the technical and humanitarian experts from these critical global institutions primarily focused on validating the processes through which data are to be collected and how to develop internationally acceptable mechanisms to maintain contact with focal points in all the States.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had last month unveiled this assessment programme which is a joint, high-level collaboration between the Government of Nigeria and development  partners – the World Bank, EU and the UN – aimed at supporting Government in its short, medium and long term efforts towards peace building and sustainable recovery in the North East region of the country.

It is a follow up to the agreements reached with the North-East states in respect of the sector and component work plans, data collection modalities and timelines and provision of quantitative and qualitative information by the States.

This assessment will also form the pivot for planning a broad-based public sector recovery programme for the NE, as well as leverage, synchronize and inform the financing initiatives and projects of Nigeria’s development partners, civil society organizations and private sector groups and organisations.

Like Osun, Like Kaduna: How School Feeding Programme Helps The Poor, Returns Kids To Schools

Parents in Kaduna have been reacting to the free school feeding recently introduced by the state government.

The feeding program for primary school pupils in the state was launched on January 19 by the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

A cobbler, Kabiru Abu, said the free feeding program for primary school children has taken off the burden of providing school meal for his three children.

Mr. Abu, who works at the popular Sati market, Badarawa area of Kaduna, said his three children attend LGEA primary school in Badarawa.

“Let me tell you that this feeding program is not for the children only, it is also for us who are parents in the state,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

“I’m a cobbler who barely makes between 1000 and 1500 naira a day and I have three school children.

“Before now they will come to me every day in the market to collect money for break during school hours.

“Sometimes I do borrow to give them N20 each, but now that has been taking care of by the state government through the school feeding program.”

Mr. Abu also spoke of his children’s joy for the program.

“For me, it is like taking care of one big responsibility for five days. Every morning they do not wait for their mother to give them food anymore because they know that at 10 a.m. they will be fed in the school.

“One amazing thing that is happening now is how the children are getting more committed to learning. Any time I return home from the market, they are always in a rush to show me something they learnt from school which has never been so.

“Apart from taking off the burden of breakfast for me, my wife no longer wakes up in a rush every morning to prepare something for the children to eat or drink before they leave for school,” he said.

When asked if the government also provides school uniform and books for his children, he said, “Not yet but I have trust in this government and I am sure they will soon do that.”

“You can see that virtually all the schools in Kaduna are witnessing massive transformation. More classroom blocks are being built and renovations is taking place all over the state and the feeding of course, books is not going to be a problem, I am sure about that.

One of Mr. Abu’s wards said he is happy he does not need to go to his father’s work place to get money to buy food in school anymore.

“We do not come to Baba again because we eat well in the school and we are happy about that. They serve us with rice and beans, moi-moi, yam and egg,” the primary four pupil said.

Another parent, Zainab Sani, said she does not believe any program could benefit the poor in Kaduna better than the feeding program.

“This program came at the right time,” the widow, who resides in Kakuri area of Kaduna, said.

“I have two children who are all in primary two and my problem has always been how to provide feeding at break time.

“I am a tailor and have been struggling to provide for my orphans. My two children, Hafsat and Balki, will always return home during classes to say its break time that they need food. Sometimes they will not return to school that day again.”

She said the situation has changed since the Kaduna government began the feeding program.

“They are always in school now and will only return during closing time. It is a great initiative by the government,” she said.

Another mother, Rebecca Bitrus, shed tears while speaking about the program. Her only child, Usman, who attends LGEA school on Aliyu Makama road, Barnawa, has been returning home happy since the program began; talking about the food they are given in school.

“And for me I have no reason to worry for what to give him every morning to take to school again,” she said.

The free feeding program also seems to be achieving one of its aims of returning out of school children to schools. Nigeria has over 10 million out of school children, the largest in the world, according to the United Nations; with many of them in Northern Nigeria including Kaduna.

While speaking on the increased enrolment since the program began, a teacher said it was already leading to over congestion of schools.

Adama Mohammed, the headmistress of one of the benefitting public primary schools, said the feeding program was a success so far but the state government needed to hasten the renovation and building of new classroom blocks to reduce the number of children in the classes.

“With the increased enrolment , student population in some classes doubled and feeding in such over-populated classes could be unhygienic,” she told PREMIUM TIMES

While launching the programme in January, Governor El-Rufai said the programme would feed1.5 million pupils in the state’s public primary schools

“We are conscious that it would save parents break-time money, empower the women within the community who have been selected as the catering vendors and expand the market for farm products”.

He also said that the school feeding programme is directly creating 17,000 jobs for catering vendors, each of whom will need to employ workers to help them deliver.

“In seeking to take care of our children, we are creating jobs, boosting demand and exposing our people to new skills and hygiene standards and providing extra income.

Also responding to the issue of renovating the schools and building more classrooms blocks the governor said, “We inherited a baleful legacy of dilapidated schools, inadequate classrooms, and no furniture for 50 per cent of the pupils. The schools also often lacked water and toilet facilities.

“It is a massive commitment to fix the more than 4000 public primary schools in the state and transform them into conducive places for the delivery of quality education. We will strive to complete the rehabilitation within our term of office.”

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Adeboye Charges Ooni To Promote Unity, Progress Of Yoruba People

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, has tasked the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, to work for the unity and progress of Yoruba people.

Adeboye gave the charge during his courtesy visit to Oba Ogunwusi in his palace, in Ile-Ife, on Wednesday.

He commended the new Ooni for the maximum development and steps taken in repositioning the entire Yoruba race for greatness and urged him not to relent.

Adeboye said that if there was unity among all Yoruba groups across the country, the lost glory would be restored, “for united we stand and divided we fall”.
In his response, the Ooni commended Pastor Adeboye for his spiritual support and guidance and enjoined other religious leaders to emulate him. (NAN)

AGF, NDLEA Agrees On Extradition Of Kashamu

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the authorities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Saturday agreed with the Senate to halt the alleged abduction of the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, to the United States.

Kashamu had alleged penultimate week that the anti drug agency was conniving with the authorities of the US government to abduct him from Nigeria, through unlawful means.

Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, had in a petition to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, claimed that NDLEA operatives had perfected strategies to forcefully take him to the US in order to answer drug related charges.

He had urged both the NDLEA and the office of the Attorney-General to drop the alleged plan and follow the rule of law in prosecuting Kashamu.

It specifically directed the two government establishments to stay any further action on Kashamu’s alleged drug charges in America, pending thorough investigation of issues raised in Kashamu’s petition against them.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said the parties had resolved to halt further action on the matter pending the determination of the suit on the matter at the court.

Anyanwu said, “The Senate, AGF, NDLEA have unanimously agreed to stop further harassment, intimidation, abduction and extradition of Kashamu until the conclusion of the matter at the law court.

“We had also agreed that the rules of law and due process must be followed in the case.”


12 VCs Not Sacked, Tenure Expires 15 February – Faborode

Prof. Michael Faborode, the Secretary-General, Committee of Vice-Chancellors (CVC), says that the tenure of vice-chancellors of nine Federal Universities will expire on Feb. 15 and that it will be wrong to describe their removal by President Muhammadu Buhari as a sack.

Faborode, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja, said that it would not be fair to say that the vice-chancellors were sacked.

Media report on Saturday was that the Federal Government had sacked the Vice Chancellors of 12 Federal Universities that were established by the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The report added that the Vice-Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) was also sacked.

The affected universities are: Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State, Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State and Federal University, Wakari, Taraba State.

Others are Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Federal University, Ndufe-Alike, Ebonyi State and Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

Also affected are Federal University Gashua, Yobe State, Federal University, Gasau, Zamfara State and Federal University, Kebbi.

“The tenure of the vice-chancellors of nine of these universities expires on Feb. 15″, Faborode said.

“It will be unfair to say that they were sacked; they have exhausted their tenure; when your tenure is not renewed; it does not mean you are sacked. I do not know the reasons why the vice-chancellors of the other three universities were affected,’’ he added.

We Don’t Know The Location Of Missing Chibok Girls – Nigeria Air Force

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Saturday that though it is working hard on it, it is yet to locate where the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State on 14 April, 2014 are being kept.

The Air Force said this in repudiation of reports in some newspapers earlier in the day which indicated that it has located where the abducted girls are being kept in Sambisa forest.

The newspapers had based their stories on an interview granted by Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, director of NAF Public Relations, to Channels television.

But the NAF Director of Public Relations in a statement he also signed said the reports are a misrepresentation of the interview that was aired on Friday, 12 February, 2016.

Group Captain Famuyiwa said what he told the television station is NAF’s ability to identify POSSIBLE LOCATION that the girls might be in.

He quickly added that NAF is working, using its surveillance aircraft to identify possible location of not only the Chibok girs, but other captives.

“Hence, the NAF wishes to categorically state that it has at no time identified the specific location of the Chibok girls.

“However, it is working round the clock with surveillance aircraft covering the over 157,000 km2 area of the North East in order to identify the position of not only the Chibok girls but other Nigerians that might have been held captive,” said Famuyiwa.

“Towards the realization of this goal, the NAF had from January 2016 to date using aircraft, ISR platforms such as ATR-42, B-350 and CH-3 UAV flown surveillance missions totaling over 346 hours consuming about 85,887 litres of Jet A-1 and 3,830 litres of Mogas costing N15,337,862:50 and $19,150:00 respectively.

“Therefore, whilst the specific position of the Chibok girls is not yet ascertained by the NAF, we have not folded our arms on the surveillance flights and will continue to use these flights to degrade the capacity of the terrorists and as soon as possible locate the position of the Chibok girls and other Nigerians that are under captivity,” said the NAF Director of Public Relations in the statement.