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Arms Deal: Oritsejafor Knew About The $9.3m Cash Transfer – Report



Indications have emerged that President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, whose jet was used to move the sum of $9.3 million cash to South Africa may be involved, despite his denial that he knew nothing about how his jet got to South Africa as it had been leased out.

This came as Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola described the ongoing controversy as a shame, saying it had made Nigeria a laughing stock amongst the committee of nations.

New York-based online news platform, Sahara Reporters reports that Pastor Oritsejafor, President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, coordinated the movement of the cash, whose original destination was Cyprus and not South Africa. The news platform who credited the information to a top security source further reported that the ‘lease excuse’ being used by Oritsejafor to claim innocence was concocted in August to enable Pastor Oritsejafor deny knowledge of the deal, should any backlash surface. Reports have said that the documents tendered by the three men who flew the money into South Africa on a private business jet included an invoice from a company identified as Tier One Services, to a company in Cyprus, ESD International Group Ltd, for the supply of helicopters and ammunition, laying credence to the information by Sahara Reporters’ security source.

In its defence of the movement of the $9.3 million, the federal government had claimed that the officials were going to use the money to buy arms from Tier One in South Africa, a company that sells security products. However, the company was said to be unlicensed for the sale and rental of arms and ammunition in the country. The transaction was also said not to have been registered with the appropriate South African agency, as required by laws regulating transactions relating to arms in the country.

Pastor Oritsejafor’s Bombardier jet was on September 5 seized by South African authorities after the sum $9.3 million was found with an Isreali, Eyal Miseka and two yet to be identified Nigerians at the Lanserai airport.

Speaking at the 2014 Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Colloquium held at the University of Lagos, Fashola lamented that the government had made Nigeria a laughing stock due to way the issue has been managed. He asked if the late activists, Fawehinmi would have stood to watch things like this happen in the country.

“And this happened because of the value choices that we have made. Let us stop pointing fingers at those people, you all voted for them. They are representatives of the values we have chosen to live with,” quipped Fashola.

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  1. adesegun adejumo

    September 26, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I expect sahara to allowed fed.govt to conclude their investigation,knowing fully well d problem we are faced wit in d conutry,security matters shld nt be diiscuss on d pages of newspappers.d moni have beeen released,Ayo has no hand in it.

  2. glory samson

    September 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

    You know what this is all set up u dont knw who to frame but a pst cause he is a chritian abe those amination use by d militant what did nigeria does about it nothing while they knw it but pretend they dont where did they find nd who are the supplier of d gun u dont knw abe. Very soon God himself will fight dis injustice cause nothing is hidden in his eyes so nigerian govt be very careful.

  3. olly

    September 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    @adesegun plis dnt talk abt investigation ok, it has been appear dat dis geej govt. Is corrupt n dat d so call 9.3mdollas in south africa is a stolen money. N so d govt. Ofd day shuld nt cover it up cos dats wat d inept president knw hw 2do most useless govt.

  4. Lawan bukar ngare

    September 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm


  5. peace

    September 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    this is not about religion, is about our country. the CAN president is wrong and he most be ponished whoever he is. who knows whether the are the real boko harams? supplying arms to them. this matter should be investigated and funish whoever is with them even BADLUCk JONATHAN

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report



Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”


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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter



Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”


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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu



Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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