Those against Buhari are agents of corruption -Tsav

A former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav has said those against the presidential bid of the former Head of State, Maj.-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), are agents of corruption who do not mean well for the country.

Tsav in an interview with The PUNCH on Friday in Makurdi, noted that such people were either agents of corruption or were themselves corrupt and dishonest.

According to him, Buhari has been tested four times and at each of the times, he proved to be honest and incorruptible.

He said, “He was military governor but never stole. He was minister of petroleum and never stole. He was Head of State and never stole, rather he introduced discipline and orderly behavior in the society. He was head of Petroleum Trust Fund and he never stole money in the state treasury.”

The retired police boss maintained that people accused Buhari of being a religious extremist but forget the fact that his driver is a Christian.

Tsav noted that Buhari had no landed property in Abuja and Lagos or anywhere in the world unlike others who steal in Nigeria to own houses in major cities of the world.

The former CP pointed out that Nigeria was “decaying fast like a basket of tomatoes kept under the tropical sun”, arguing that under Buhari there would be sanity and orderliness in the country.

He said, “No terrorist will operate with impunity, no pastor or any religious leader would be involved in any arms deal. The level of corruption would be reduced, no person or group would own private jets to mock the ordinary people of this country.

“It is no wonder that everyone is afraid to talk in Nigeria. The love for money and position has compelled all Nigerians to remain quiet except general (Olusegun) Obasanjo and (Imo State Governor) Owelle Okorocha.”


INEC threatens political parties, others over election timetable violation

The Independent National Electoral Commission  says it will soon apply sanctions for non-compliance with its timetable for the 2015 general elections.

The commission’s Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday.

He advised people, politicians and  political parties to adhere strictly to the timetable.

Jega said, “The time table has long been issued and it is on our website.

“I will advise people, particularly politicians and political parties to adhere strictly to that timetable.

“The times when campaign will begin, when primaries will be conducted, when candidates will be nominated.

“That is very important because non compliance with the election timetable may also contribute to election offences.”

Jega also stressed the need to sanction anybody or political parties that violate the Electoral Act or guidelines issued by the commission.

He said, “The Electoral Act is clear of what constitutes campaign, there are challenges, of course.

“Recently, we have worked very closely with political parties.

“Now we have issued guidelines which clearly define what campaign is and which has identified what constitutes an offence in the process of campaigning.

“With these guidelines, we hope now that there will be no ambiguity, and therefore sanctions should apply.”

Kaduna police chief armourer kills self in custody

A Chief Armourer with the Kaduna State Police Command, Nambol Audu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, was found dead in the early hours of Friday in police custody, according to police authorities.

The chief amourer was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing firearms and attempted selling them to criminals.

He  was reported to have shot himself on the chest while in detention at about 5am on  Friday morning.

The command did not, however, explain how the detained police officer found the gun with which he shot himself in custody.

Confirming the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said  preliminary investigation revealed that the late officer killed himself, dismissing suggestions that Audu might have been murdered while in detention.

According to the commissioner, full investigation into the incident had commenced.

The late  Audu and two others were on Monday  arrested as they drove into the police armoury at night, where they loaded firearms into a private vehicle.

But parading the suspects before journalists on  Tuesday, the commissioner  said police officers on guard suspected foul play and stopped the vehicle from leaving the premises.

It was gathered that  upon interrogation, the commissioner said the State Armament Officer could not give satisfactory account of his action, which led to his arrest and the two other occupants of the vehicle – one Zingkur Joseph of Trade Centre, Jos and Samuel Adamu of Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Civilian JTF beheads 41 Boko Haram fighters

Forty one members of the Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, were beheaded by the vigilante group in a Borno village, Gur, it was gathered on Friday.

A member of the youth vigilance group in the area, Mala Yusuf, recounted that after a failed attack on Sabon Gari in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state, a combined team of military men and members of the vigilance group otherwise know as Civilian JTF, went after the insurgents and killed 41 of them.

He said the militants were pursued from Sabon Gari, in Damboa Local Government to Gur area around Mandafuma village, in Biu Local Government Area, where they engaged the sect members in a gun battle which lasted for about two hours.

He said after the clash, 41 members of the sect were killed.

He said as a proof that they were killed, the youth vigilance members severed the heads of the terrorists and brought their heads to show to the public.

He said,  “The vigilance beheaded the insurgents after the shootout and took their heads to Biu to show the people that the Boko Haram insurgents are human and not some beasts and so, people should not fear them but to join hands with security operatives to ensure that the sect, who are enemies of Islam and the people of Nigerians, are defeated.

We heard that the insurgent went to attack Sabon Gari, where people are just returning to their homes after three months of exile as internally displaced persons in various camps across the state. We went after them to foil the planned attack.

 “We were able to repell them and seeing that they headed towards Mandafuma in Biu Local Government, we went after them and we were able to ambush them at Gur.“We engaged them in fierce battle with the soldiers and 41 of them were killed, one of them was taken alive.”

Suspected killer of S’Africa’s football captain arrested

South African National Prosecuting Authority on Friday in Johannesburg, said that a suspect in the killing of the captain of South Africa’s national soccer team, Senzo Meyiwa, has been arrested.

Nathi Mncube, the authority’s Spokesman said the suspect, Zanokuhle Mbatha, had appeared in the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court east of Johannesburg.

He said the case was postponed until Nov.11.

Keshi calls up Uche, 24 others for AFCON qualifiers

Recalled Super Eagles’ Head Coach Stephen Keshi on Friday invited 25 players to camp for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Congo and South Africa.

In a statement by Ademola Olajire, the Assistant Director (Communications), Nigeria Football Federation, Spain-based striker Ikechukwu Uche was called up for the first time in nearly two years.

Nasarawa United midfielder Tony Edjomari is also getting his first senior team opportunity, while home-based defender Solomon Kwambe is also making a return.

Aaron Samuel, a scorer in the 3-1 win against Sudan in Abuja on Oct. 15, was also called up, as well as Hope Akpan, Sunday Emmanuel and home-boy Emem Eduok.

Team captain and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defenders Godfrey Oboabona and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Mikel Obi, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike and Babatunde Michael were also invited.

The statement said all the players were expected to report at the Bolton White Apartments in Abuja  Nov. 9.


44 firms sue FIRS over N1.5bn excess duties

Forty four companies, including Continental Re-insurance Plc have sued the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), demanding the refund of over N1.15 billion excess stamp duties paid to the FIRS.

The appellants include Industrial and General Insurance Plc, Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc, International Energy Insurance Plc, Lasaco Assurance Plc, Adic Insurance Ltd. and Standard Alliance Life Assurance Company Ltd.

Others are Unity Kapital Assurance Plc, Sterling Assurance Nigeria Ltd., Zenith General Assurance Company Ltd., Equity Assurance Company Plc, Oasis Insurance Plc, Union Assurance Company Ltd., and Mansard Insurance Plc.

Also in the list are Crusader Insurance Company Plc, Capital Express Insurance Ltd., Cornerstone Insurance Plc, Uni-trust Insurance Company Plc, Aiico Insurance Plc, Nicon Insurance Company Plc, Insurance PHB Ltd., and NEM Insurance Company Plc.

The others are Lead Way Assurance Company Ltd., Intercontinental Wapic Insurance Plc, Staco Insurance Plc, Fin Insurance Company Ltd., Mutual Benefit Assurance Plc, IGI Postal Life Assurance Plc and Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc.

Among them are Standard Alliance Insurance Plc, Gold Link Insurance Company Ltd., Crystal Life Insurance Company Ltd., Intercontinental Life Ltd., Consolidated Hallmark Plc, Zenith Life Assurance Ltd. and Anchor Insurance Ltd.

Others are Great Nigeria Insurance Company Ltd., Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc, UNIC Insurance Plc, Niger Insurance Plc, Prestige Assurance Plc, Guardian Express Ltd., Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc and UBA metropolitan Life Insurance Ltd.

The 44 companies had earlier sued FIRS at the Tax Appeal Tribunal to refund excess stamp duties paid on various increases on their share capital from January 2003 till March 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the resumed sitting on Friday in Abuja, Mr Nnamdi Ibegbu, adjourned the case till Dec. 2 for definite hearing.

The adjournment followed the absence of the counsel to the appellants in court.

Earlier, Ibegbu said the counsel to the appellants wrote a letter on Oct. 29, explaining the reasons for his absence in court and asked for the opinion of the respondent’s counsel.

Counsel to the respondent, Bright Igbinosa, stated that “in the interest of justice, I will not oppose the application.”