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Buhari Reportedly Gives NIA Marching Orders On Missing Oil Billions

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PMBStrong indications emerged on Friday that the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, has received marching orders from President Muhammadu Buhari to trace and recover billions of dollars of Nigeria’s oil money looted and stashed in foreign bank accounts by top officials of the immediate past administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
The NIA is a Nigerian government secret security agency tasked with over¬seeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence op¬erations, with operatives seconded to the country’s foreign missions across the world.
According to Saturday Sun, which quoted impeccable source close to the president, the amount of money being traced now is far above the missing $20 billion the former CBN Governor now Emir of Kano, Alh. Muhammadu Sa¬nusi II alerted the nation about.
It was gathered that soon after Buhari won the presi¬dential election in March, well-connected individuals and foreign governments have been giving him loads of documents and information on the where¬abouts of billions of dollars kept in foreign accounts by top officials of the Jonathan administration.
The handing over of incriminating documents have also been followed up with calls for probe espe¬cially of the oil sector where billions of dollars have been declared missing.
Apparently disturbed by the docility that has weighed down the Economic and Financial Crimes Com¬mission under the Jonathan administration, President Buhari, it was gathered turned to the NIA, which has a wider network in foreign in¬telligence gathering and put the agency to task.
To further demonstrate the seri¬ousness of his administration’s commitment to trace and recover the loot¬ed funds, the newspaper said the Director Gen¬eral of the NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, has been tapped for President Buhari’s trip to the United States tomorrow.
The U.S has promised to as¬sist the new administration with intelligence and other needed support to track and recover the looted billions.
Other top NIA officials al¬ready on ground in the U.S include a former Director of the Nigeria Financial Intel¬ligence Unit, NFIU, simply identified as Mr Wokoma.
The new role being given to the NIA, the newspaper learnt, is pending the time Mr. Buhari will reorganize and restructure the two main anti-graft agencies – EFCC and the ICPC.
Aside getting the assignment to trace the looted funds, the NIA, it was also learnt “is the one the president is using to screen some political appointees so far appointed and possibly the ministerial nominees as well”.

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  1. Ahmed

    July 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    This is very unsettling: “the amount of money being traced now is far above the missing $20 billion.” The $20 bn figure is already ludicrous, so I don’t know where we are supposed to find even more money.

    I would implore PMB not to go in search of ghosts, because I fear all he will find is emptiness.

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

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This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

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He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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