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News We’re fighting insecurity, be more understanding – Buhari to Nigerians
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News We’re fighting insecurity, be more understanding – Buhari to Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pledged that his administration will deal with bandits to ensure that they do not create havoc against access to farms and food production. He spoke to reporters at the State House after observing the Eid prayer, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. Buhari assured that law enforcement agencies are working hard to regain confidence among Nigerians. On ongoing efforts to tackle insecurity, Buhari drew attention to the series of meetings held in recent weeks. The President said part of the resolutions had been made public by the National Security Adviser and the others kept secret. “We are working very hard. We are hoping Nigerians will understand the problem. Nigerians know at what stage we came in in 2015, what state...
FG approves new security measures for South-East and South-South, tactics will no longer be disclosed
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FG approves new security measures for South-East and South-South, tactics will no longer be disclosed

New security measures to tackle the insecurity in the South-East and South-South region of the country has been approved by the federal government. Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali disclosed this at the end of the security meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with heads of security agencies on Tuesday May 11. Alkali also revealed that operational tactics will no longer be disclosed. He said; “We have some measures which we have outlined and have been approved by the council and we will see how we can change the narrative within the quickest possible means to restore law and order and restore peace in that area. “We solicit all law-abiding citizens to work with us to identify and deal with the situation. That is that; I may not go into the details of how we will do ...
We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno
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We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno

Apparently alarmed by the atrocities unleashed on the nation and its citizens by criminals, the Presidency on Friday vowed to do all within its powers to end the cycle of violence and restore peace and stability nationwide. This assurance came at the end of a crucial enlarged security meeting called at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday in the wake of rising security challenges in the land, which have threatened national unity and peace. Although the Presidency adjourned the meeting till Tuesday next week to take further briefings from concerned security heads and agencies, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno, said in a terse statement made available to Vanguard that Nigerian security agencies were set to put a...
Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency Over Insecurity
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Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency Over Insecurity

The house of representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency over Nigeria’s growing security challenges. The green chamber also resolved to invite Mohammed Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), service chiefs and paramilitary chiefs to appear before them to speak on the country’s security situation. The lawmakers passed the resolutions on Tuesday after an executive session that lasted for about four hours.
Appeal Court Acquits Raymond Dokpesi & His Firm, Daar Investment
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Appeal Court Acquits Raymond Dokpesi & His Firm, Daar Investment

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has discharged politician and media owner, Raymond Dokpesi and his firm, Daar Investment and Holding Company Limited, of the charges of money laundering breach of Procurement Act in relation to disbursement of the N2.1billion meant for arms purchase while Col Sambo Dasuki was the National Security Adviser (NSA) in 2014. In two unanimous judgments on Thursday, a three- man panel of Court of Appeal upholds the two appeals by Dokpesi and Daar Investment and proceeded to set aside an earlier ruling of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which rejected the no-case submissions made by the appellants. Reading the judgments on Thursday, Justice Elfreda Wiialims-Dawodu held the prosecution did not make out a prima facie case against the appellants and did not also establ...
Six Super Tucano aircraft to arrive in Nigeria By July – Garba Shehu
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Six Super Tucano aircraft to arrive in Nigeria By July – Garba Shehu

The Presidency, on Thursday, said six of the 12 Super Tucano fighter aircraft earlier ordered by the Federal Government will arrive in the country by July 2021. The Spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, announced this in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria’s Super Tucanos To Arrive Mid-July 2021’. It read, “Six of the twelve Super Tucanos are on track to arrive in mid-July 2021. With the remaining six shortly after that. There are 14 Nigerian pilots currently training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. “The Super Tucanos came off the production line in Jacksonville Florida and are now being equipped and flight tested. Nigerian pilots and maintenance personnel are training on these planes. Currently, the construction is ongoing, which will house the aircraft. “The Air-Ground-Integ...
EFCC Investigates Monguno’s Aide, Mohammed Jafaru Over Oil Depot, Properties
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EFCC Investigates Monguno’s Aide, Mohammed Jafaru Over Oil Depot, Properties

Brigadier-General Mohammed Jafaru, the director of Finance in the office of the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, is facing investigations over questionable ownership of multi-billion naira properties. In the course of over one-year-long investigation, arrests of accomplices and execution of search warrants, the commission made startling discoveries of assets linked to the general. DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that ownership of an oil depot, several filling stations, shopping plazas, mansions, plots in choice areas, among other assets in key cities were linked to Mr Jafaru. Investigations showed that he allegedly acquired the properties within the last five years. Sources familiar with the case told DAILY NIGERIAN that the general’s children own 90 percent of...
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How Buhari Stopped Monguno’s $2.5bn Arms Deal With Dubai Merchants

President Muhammadu Buhari withdrew an approval for Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser (NSA), to buy arms worth $2.51 billion from UAE in 2017 because the would-be suppliers are commission agents. Buhari’s withdrawal of consent came after Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff, pointed out anomalies in the contract signed by Monguno on March 27, 2017 with the International Golden Group (IGG), the Abu Dhabi-based arms suppliers. Also, following a N14 billion mark-up in an equipment purchase contract for the police by the office of the NSA in 2019, Buhari directed that henceforth, only the ministry of police affairs and the ministry of defence should be involved in arms procurement. This effectively ended the involvement of the office of NSA in the process, a developme...
EFCC Gets Court Order To Seize Properties Linked To NSA Monguno
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EFCC Gets Court Order To Seize Properties Linked To NSA Monguno

EFCC had obtained an interim forfeiture order in respect of the properties linked to a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Brigadier-General Jafaru Mohammed. Fresh facts have emerged as to how properties allegedly belonging to the National Security Adviser, Babagana Mungono, but held in proxy might be confiscated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). SaharaReporters gathered that the EFCC had obtained an interim forfeiture order in respect of the properties linked to a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Brigadier-General Jafaru Mohammed. In her ruling, Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo granted an ex parte application for interim forfeiture of the assets and property by the chairman of the EFCC, made on March 9. The court ordere...
Boko Haram Kills 22 Herdsmen In Borno
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Boko Haram Kills 22 Herdsmen In Borno

The insurgents also abducted some of the herders and went away with many cows. Members of the Boko Haram sect have killed 22 herders in Borno state. SaharaReporters gathered that the herdsmen were killed during the weekend in Monguno. President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno is from Monguno. A resident of the community told SaharaReporters that the insurgents also abducted some of the herders and went away with many cows. “We have recovered 22 dead bodies, all of them brutally killed,” he said. Boko Haram has increasingly targeted farmers, herders and loggers, accusing them of spying and passing information to the Nigerian military. They have also been raiding herding communities, stealing cattle, a valuable commodity in the re...
FG Won’t Engage Foreign Mercenaries On Insecurity – Babagana Monguno
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FG Won’t Engage Foreign Mercenaries On Insecurity – Babagana Monguno

The federal government has ruled out talks of engaging foreign mercenaries in the fight against insurgents and other forms of insecurity in different parts of the country. It also said negotiating with terrorists and bandits is not one of its plans to secure the country. National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), who stated this on Thursday during the weekly ministerial briefing at the State House in Abuja, said government would rather deploy all necessary forces to eliminate criminals. Responding to a question from journalists on renewed calls by North-east governors on the federal government to engage foreign mercenaries in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, Monguno said Nigeria has both the personnel and equipment to achieve victory over th...
FG Won’t Negotiate With Bandits, Terrorists – NSA, Babagana Monguno
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FG Won’t Negotiate With Bandits, Terrorists – NSA, Babagana Monguno

The Federal Government has declared it won't negotiate with terrorists and bandits. National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), who stated this during the weekly ministerial briefing at the State House in Abuja, said government would rather deploy all necessary forces to eliminate criminals. According to him, negotiating with the criminals would suggest weakness and incapacity on the part of government. He said the government would not succumb to blackmail and the use of criminals by proxies to harass innocent citizens. “While the government is not averse to talking it must apply the necessary force because you can’t trust these people. “Government wants to use military assets to eliminate them but if along the line, the come out, good. It pain...
No fly-Zone: Zamfara State House Of Assembly Rejects FG’s Declaration
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No fly-Zone: Zamfara State House Of Assembly Rejects FG’s Declaration

The Zamfara State House of Assembly has rejected the FG's declaration of no fly-zone in Zamfara State. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, through the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd), directed that Zamfara State be declared a no fly-zone, following the upsurge of banditry and insecurity in the State. BREAKING: Zamfara state House of Assembly passes vote of no confidence on #NSA Babagana Monguno over what they described as poor handling of security issues in the state. The lawmakers reject the Federal government's declaration of Zamfara State as 'no flight zone'
ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno
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ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the recent flight ban on Zamfara to other states affected by banditry. Buhari had on Tuesday declared Zamfara “a no-fly zone” and also and banned all mining activities in the state. The directive, disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, followed the release of 279 students of the Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area earlier abducted by bandits. In a statement on Wednesday, ACF’s National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, commended the directive and hailed the release of abducted girls. He, however, said there was need to replicate similar directive in other states such as Benue, Taraba and Borno where there are rumours that helicopters frequentl...
Bello Matawalle Rejects FG’s No-Fly Zone In Zamfara
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Bello Matawalle Rejects FG’s No-Fly Zone In Zamfara

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has reacted to the National Security Council’s decision to declare Zamfara State as a no-fly zone. The National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this at the end of National Security Council meeting on Tuesday. Monguno also announced that the federal government had banned mining activities in the state. He said the actions were taken as a result of the high level of insecurity in the state. But reacting to the development when Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), visited him on Tuesday, Matawalle said he is not sure the federal government understands the situation. “It seems the security council doesn’t understand where the nature of the security problems in Zamfara state...
Buhari Declares Zamfara No Fly-zone, Bans Mining Activities
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Buhari Declares Zamfara No Fly-zone, Bans Mining Activities

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that Zamfara State be declared a no fly-zone. The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Major General Babagana Monguno, disclosed. President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that Zamfara State be declared a no fly-zone. The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Major General Babagana Monguno, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Monguno said the President had also approved a ban on mining activities in Zamfara state to stop the rising insecurity. The NSA, who also revealed that all non state actors had been placed under surveillance, said the federal government would not hesitate to use kinetic means to restore normalcy in ...
NSA, Pantami Differ On 5G Technology
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NSA, Pantami Differ On 5G Technology

The Office of the National Security Adviser and the Minister of Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, yesterday differed on the deployment of the Fifth Generation in Nigeria. They spoke in Abuja at an investigative hearing on the status of 5G network in Nigeria, organized by Joint Senate Committee on Communications, Science and Technology, ICT & Cyber Crimes and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases. While Pantami said Nigeria was ready for the deployment of 5G; the ONSA expressed concerns about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the network’s equipment. ONSA Director of Communications, Bala Fakandu, said: “We’re aware that the deployment of 5G will come with different types of equipment and so we understand that the stakeholders in the telecommunicatio...
Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State
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Kagara Students’ Abduction: FG Delegation, IGP Adamu, Others In Niger State

A Federal Government delegation including National Security Adviser (NSA) Mohammed Babagana Monguno and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu are currently in Minna, Niger State capital. Also part of the delegation is the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi. The delegation is in Niger State as efforts to rescue the abducted students of the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, intensify. President Muhammadu Buhari has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a delegation team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College. Some gunmen had...
We need to support our security agencies with superior weapons and not with prayers – El-Rufai
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We need to support our security agencies with superior weapons and not with prayers – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has stated that Nigerian security agencies need to be supported with superior weapons and not with prayers.   The Kaduna state Governor said this at a town hall meeting organised by the national security adviser, which had governors from the north-west region and traditional rulers in attendance.   El-Rufai who noted that security should be the number one priority of the government and collective responsibility of all citizens, decried the attacks carried out on miltary men by bandits.   He said;   “This town hall meeting is not complete without other stakeholders because of the short notice. So, we agreed that this north-west be reconvened in the next two weeks. The date will be announced by the NSA and COAS. “Bandit...
FG Begins Nationwide Town Hall Meetings On Insecurity
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FG Begins Nationwide Town Hall Meetings On Insecurity

National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) is to lead a delegation of heads of federal law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies to townhall meetings in 6 geo-political zones. The meetings which were agreed upon after his meeting with service chiefs and heads of other security agencies have a direct assessment of the security situation across the country, get feedback and elicit recommendations on the pathway to lasting peace and security in the country. The first town hall meeting will hold in Kaduna State on Monday for the north-west geo-political zone. Those to attend the meetings are the 7 State Governors in the zone, traditional and religious leaders, lawmakers, non-governmental, youth and women groups.
Absence of second defendant stall Dasuki’s trial after he tested positive for COVID-19.
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Absence of second defendant stall Dasuki’s trial after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Justice H. Baba of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, adjourned the trial of a former National Security Adviser, NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) and four others to April 13, 2021.   At the resumed trial today, Obinna Mbata, counsel to the second and third defendants informed the court that the second defendant was absent due to ill-health, and urged the court to grant them an adjournment. “We got confirmation that he contracted COVID-19.   In the absence, we will be praying the indulgence of the court for a date sometime in April, subject to the convenience of the court.” However, prosecution counsel O. A. Atolagbe informed the Court that he had his witnesses in court but lamented the absence of the second defendant. &nb...
Protesters Disseminated Inciting Content On Social Media – Babagana Monguno
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Protesters Disseminated Inciting Content On Social Media – Babagana Monguno

THE National Security Adviser, Maj . Gen . Babagana Monguno ( retd.) , has said the social media was used to disseminate subversive content to incite violence during the #EndSARS protests, which rocked the country . Monguno, who spoke at the multi -stakeholders ’ workshop for the validation of the draft National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy 2020, organised by his office in Abuja on Wednesday, also attributed the rising cases of terrorism , fake news, and other criminal activities to the cyberspace . The NSA stated , “ We are witnesses to the use of social media to disseminate subversive content to incite violence and heightened tension, causing unrest and sparking widespread looting and destruction across the country. ” He , however , noted that the sophistication of cy...
Your Best Not Good Enough – Buhari To Service Chiefs
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Your Best Not Good Enough – Buhari To Service Chiefs

The President is unhappy with the current state of the security situation in the country. Disclosing this to State House Correspondents on Thursday, after a security briefing, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd.), said the President had charged managers of the nation’s security to redouble their efforts. According to Monguno, the President said, though the security chiefs had been doing their best, their best had not been good enough for the challenges facing the nation. He has therefore declared that excuses will no longer be tolerated, even as he said he expects everyone to live up to expectations. He also expressed displeasure over the lack of synergy amongst security forces and charged the various aspects of the security architecture to...
President Buhari Makes Fresh Commitment On Insecurity
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President Buhari Makes Fresh Commitment On Insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured he would spare no cost to guarantee the security of lives and property of Nigerians. The president spoke Thursday at a meeting with security and service chiefs in Abuja. National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd), said the president made the pledge during a closed door meeting with members of the National Security Council at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Monguno, who spoke to State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said the president also promised to use every resources available at his disposal to reduce the spate of violence and insecurity in the country. “Arising from this meeting, I will like to assure all Nigerians that Mr. President is fully on boa...
Mild Drama As Monguno, Kyari Meet In Aso Rock
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Mild Drama As Monguno, Kyari Meet In Aso Rock

After weeks of a reported rivalry between the Chief of Staff (Cos) to the President, Abba Kyari and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), they met yesterday for the first time. Kyari and Monguno were in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to witness the inauguration of a 12-member National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) by President Muhammadu Buhari. For weeks, the duo has been at daggers drawn, with the NSA accusing the CoS of undue interference in matters bordering on national security, a role which is originally within the purview of his (Monguno) office, among other scathing allegations. In a memo, the NSA had warned the president’s “all-powerful” chief of staff against meddling in security affairs in the presidency. He also warned the nation’...
The Tragedy Of The Abba Kyari Surrogate Presidency By Farooq Kperogi
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The Tragedy Of The Abba Kyari Surrogate Presidency By Farooq Kperogi

unmasking of National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno’s secret memo, which revealed that Abba Kyari, Buhari’s Chief of State, exercises presidential powers on Buhari’s behalf, is only the official confirmation of what I have written in many columns and social media updates in the past two years. The truth is that Buhari has no cognitive, emotional, physical, not to mention intellectual, capacity to be president. And, since nature abhors a vacuum, Abba Kyari has filled the void that Buhari’s emptiness has created. Sometime in the midpoint of last year, a northern retired general told me Abba Kyari said in private that people who vilify him don’t realize that without him Nigeria would be rudderless and descend into chaos. He is probably right. When a man who fancies himself as...
National Security adviser, Babagana Mongono, Allegedly at Loggerheads with Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, over National Security Matters
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National Security adviser, Babagana Mongono, Allegedly at Loggerheads with Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, over National Security Matters

National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, and the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, are allegedly at loggerheads over National Security matters. According to a report by Premium Times, Monguno has accused Kyari of interfering in security matters which he insists is not within the purview of Kyari's office. Read the report below Nigeria’s national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, has accused President Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, of undue and dangerous interference on matters bordering on national security. Consequently, Mr Monguno has fired a warning memo to all service chiefs to desist from taking further directives from Mr Kyari, according to documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES. Mr Monguno said Mr Kyari’s directives to service chiefs were sometimes...
Buratai Removed Top Army Officers From NSA Office
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Buratai Removed Top Army Officers From NSA Office

Crisis between two top Nigerian security chiefs, the Chief of Army Staff  Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai and the National Security Adviser retired Major Gen. Babagana Monguno, heightened on Tuesday when the former removed senior army officers from the office of the latter allegedly without sending replacements. Although President Muhammadu Buhari has not formally reinstated Mr Monguno as NSA, he still holds the fort in the office, advises the president on national security issues, attends cabinet and security council meetings. DAILY NIGERIAN exclusively gathered that the “mass transfer” of army officers critical to the smooth running of the office had laid bare the strategic office responsible for digesting intelligence reports and briefing the president. Mr Monguno, it was gathered f...
A President And His ‘Tired’ Service Chiefs By Olalekan Adetayo
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A President And His ‘Tired’ Service Chiefs By Olalekan Adetayo

On July 13, 2015, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in a sweeping shakeup of the nation’s security sector, approved the appointment of new service chiefs and a National Security Adviser. The appointments were made less than two months after his inauguration, having formally taken over the mantle from ex- President Goodluck Jonathan on May 29, 2015. The appointments of the new service chiefs were contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. The Presidency explained then that the move was part of the regime’s strategies to crush the Boko Haram insurgency. The new appointees, according to Adesina’s statement, were Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Abayomi Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen....
Dasuki Pictured With His Family After 4 Years In Detention
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Dasuki Pictured With His Family After 4 Years In Detention

Former National Security Adviser to ex -President, Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki, returned to his Abuja home 9pm Tuesday night after a 4-year incarceration. Dasuki had been in the Department of State Services’ (DSS) detention since December 29, 2015. Once he arrived at his residence he observed some moment of privacy. “The first thing he did was to pray. He went into a private mode and was there for several minutes. After that, he embraced every one in the house”, our source said. Dasuki was surrounded by his wife, children, relatives and some close associates. The atmosphere was very emotional as many cried at the sight of the retired colonel. “Dasuki remains strong; you know how military men are. He was actually the one comforting others, telling them to stop crying”, the source ...
Trump Sacks National Security Adviser, John Bolton
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Trump Sacks National Security Adviser, John Bolton

US President Donald Trump has fired his National Security Advisor John Bolton. "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," he wrote. "I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions," Mr Trump wrote, adding that a new national security adviser would be appointed next week. The firing comes amid reports of divisions in the Trump cabinet over a cancelled peace plan to invite the Taliban to the US.
Prices Of Food Items, Others Rise As Borders Remain Shut
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Prices Of Food Items, Others Rise As Borders Remain Shut

Prices of food stuffs and other commodities have increased in many border towns and most of the country’s cities as the borders remain partially closed, Daily Trust reports. The partial closure is as a result of joint security exercise conducted by the customs, immigration, and other security outfits aimed at securing Nigeria’s borders. The exercise started on August 20. The authorities said the security exercise was called at the instance of the National Security Adviser (NSA). Daily Trust reports that many Nigerians who do trans-border business have been experiencing difficulties in carrying out their trade. This has forced them to cut their demand even as they increased the prices of their little stocks, our reporters learnt. Worst hit are residents of border communities ...
Osun To Provide 20 Armoured Carriers For Proposed Southwest Security Network
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Osun To Provide 20 Armoured Carriers For Proposed Southwest Security Network

The Osun State Government has said it is making available 20 Armoured Personnel Carriers to the Western Nigerian Security Network, as part of its contribution to fighting insecurity in the region. The network is a security architecture designed by the south-west governors as a response to the spate of kidnappings, killings and other violent crimes within the region. It was gathered that the governors of the states in the region are at the stage of launching the outfit after approval was given from the Office of the National Security Adviser. The Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola, while addressing citizens of the state as part of the state’s 28th anniversary, said the state government was mindful of the need to maintain the peace in the state and in the south-west region. ...
El-Zakzaky, Dasuki, others held for national security, says Malami
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El-Zakzaky, Dasuki, others held for national security, says Malami

More light was on Friday was thrown into the continued incarceration of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki. The immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, told the Senate that El-Zakzaky, Dasuki and others were being held in the overall national interest. The Kebbi State ministerial nominee also told the upper chamber that under his watch as AGF, the Federal Government secured 59 terrorism-related convictions. Malami, one of the re-nominated ministerial nominees, spoke in the Senate chamber while answering questions for confirmation for as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Although Malami did not mention El-Zakzaky a...
El-zakzaky, Dasuki Must Not Die In Detention – HURIWA Warns Buhari
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El-zakzaky, Dasuki Must Not Die In Detention – HURIWA Warns Buhari

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Thursday cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against allowing former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky to die in detention. This was as HURIWA pleaded with world leaders to prevail on Buhari to respect the courts by releasing Dasuki and El-Zakzaky who have “languished in underground jails for over three years extralegally.” HURIWA stated that the, “continuous detention and duplication of charges against the duo by President Muhammadu Buhari is an act of treason against the constitution,” adding that “it is necessary that they are not allowed to die in detention following reports of their deteriorating health conditions.” In a statement...
No Immediate Plan To Ban Almajiri System — Presidency
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No Immediate Plan To Ban Almajiri System — Presidency

The Presidency on Friday clarified the Federal Government’s position on the Almajiri system, saying that while proscribing it remained an ultimate goal, there was no immediate plan to ban the system. The Presidency stated that in pursuing the objective of ensuring that every Nigerian child had compulsory basic education, the government would consult relevant authorities widely before taking a decision on whether to ban the Almajiri system or not. In a statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the Presidency noted that the reactions trailing the President’s speech at Thursday’s meeting of the National Economic Council were needless, as he had yet to pronounce a ban on the system. It said, “Indeed, the Federal government wants a situa...
FG To Proscribe Al-majiri, Others
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FG To Proscribe Al-majiri, Others

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno on Thursday disclosed that some groups like the Al-majiri groups would be proscribed by the Federal Government. He briefed State House correspondents at the end of NEC meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa Abuja. Noting that the groups are becoming a problem to the society, he said that education is every child’s right. He also pointed out that drivers of insecurity in the country included unemployment, poverty and increasing population.
Only God Can Police Our Border – Security Chiefs
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Only God Can Police Our Border – Security Chiefs

Security Chiefs yesterday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari said only God can police the country’s border. At the end of a security meeting with Buhari at the State House, Abuja, the country’s security chiefs blamed the porous border for the rising insecurity. The security chiefs including; the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique. Others are National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan- Ali, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director General of Department for State Service (DSS), Yus...
EFCC Probes Syndicate Fleecing Vips Over Buhari’s Cabinet
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EFCC Probes Syndicate Fleecing Vips Over Buhari’s Cabinet

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has instituted a probe into the activities of a syndicate ripping Nigerians off under the guise of safeguarding their nomination for President Muhammadu Buhari’s next cabinet. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt in Abuja on Saturday that the syndicate had successfully fleeced a number of Nigerians across all walks of life of millions of naira in the name of “processing fees.” The anti-graft agency’s action was triggered by a petition, dated May 17, 2019, sent by one of the victims. It was learnt that the syndicate forged a letterhead and created email addresses of the office of the Vice-President, National Security Adviser as well as the State House Protocol Department for this purpose. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the syndicate targets former and ser...
I Gave Fayose $5m, Obanikoro Tells Court
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I Gave Fayose $5m, Obanikoro Tells Court

Former minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, yesterday, told a Federal High Court, Lagos how he gave Fayose $5 million three days to the 2014 Ekiti guber polls in his hotel room in Ado-Ekiti. Obanikoro, who appeared as the fifth prosecution witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), testified before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun in the ongoing trial of the erstwhile governor, who is facing a N6.9 billion fraud charge, the Guardian reports. The anti-graft agency arraigned Fayose on October 22, 2018 alongside his company, Spotless Investment Limited, on 11 counts. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the court granted him bail in the sum of N50 million with one surety in like sum. Trial fully commenced on November 19, 2018 wi...
EFCC Recovers Property & Cash Worth N2.273b From Fayose, Omisore & Musiliu Obanikoro
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EFCC Recovers Property & Cash Worth N2.273b From Fayose, Omisore & Musiliu Obanikoro

EFCC has recovered property and cash worth N2.273 billion from Governor Ayodele Fayose, ex-Deputy Governor Iyiola Omisore and a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, out of the N4.685 billion allocated to them by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA). According to The Nation, the said cash, which was sourced from the $2.1 billion voted for arms procurement, was meant for the 2014 governorship campaign by Fayose and Omisore on the ticket of PDP. The trial of Omisore by EFCC is expected to begin any moment from now because charges have been preferred and filed against him. The EFCC is awaiting a date from the court for the arraignment of Omisore, who might be re-arrested. The prosecution of Fayose is withheld till after the completion of his tenur...
“The First List Was A Fraction, The Second List Is Coming” – FG Set To Release Fresh List Of Looters
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“The First List Was A Fraction, The Second List Is Coming” – FG Set To Release Fresh List Of Looters

The Federal Government is reportedly preparing a fresh list of looters that will correct the errors of the first two. Recall that Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had on Good Friday, March 30 and Easter Sunday, April 1 released two lists containing 29 names of alleged looters of the nation’s treasury. Following the release of the list, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the government of bias, saying FG deliberately listed many of the party’s members to damage its chances in the 2019 election. However, according to reports, the new list will contain names of former governors and ministers, many of whom decamped from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Bankers that facilitated the looting processes are also said to b...
U.S. President, Donald Trump Sacks His National Security Adviser, McMaster Via Twitter
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U.S. President, Donald Trump Sacks His National Security Adviser, McMaster Via Twitter

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced the replacement of his National Security Adviser, Gen. Herbert McMaster, with former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton. Trump announced on his Twitter handle that McMaster would handover to Bolton on April 9. Quote “I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. “I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. “There will be an official contact handover on 4/9”, Trump announced in a tweet. However, McMaster said in a statement released by the White House that he was leaving the position following his retirement from the U.S. Army. “After 34 years of service to our nation, I am requesting retirement fr...
NCC Sanctions Telecoms Operators; Bars Numbers
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NCC Sanctions Telecoms Operators; Bars Numbers

The Nigerian Communications Commission has suspended the operating licenses of some telecommunications operators for engaging in call masking. The commission also issued warning letters to others it said were caught engaging in the practice. A statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, said the telecommunications regulatory agency had also begun the second phase of investigation on the involvement of digital mobile operators in masking activities. Call masking is the act of concealing international calls coming into a country and presenting them as local in order to make profits from the difference in prices between local and international calls. “The NCC has recently been inundated with complaints from service providers and consume...
Ex-NSA Dasuki’s Trial Adjourns Until March 22 – Court
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Ex-NSA Dasuki’s Trial Adjourns Until March 22 – Court

FCT High Court on Thursday adjourned until March 22, hearing in the trial of Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), former National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan. Standing trial along with Dasuki are a former minister Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, former Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shuaibu Salisu, a former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir and their family company Dalhatu Investment Limited. They are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a 22-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and fraudulent diversion of public fund to the tune of N19.4billion. Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, adjourned the trial, after Dasuki’s counsel, Mr Adeola Adedipe,...
Nigeria President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs Over Insecurity
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Nigeria President Buhari Meets Security Chiefs Over Insecurity

President Muhamamdu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the nation’s security chiefs as part of efforts aimed at ending the spate of insecurity across the country. The meeting was held inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, led the security chiefs to the meeting. The new Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, attended the security meeting for the first time since his recent appointment. Apart from the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also attended the meeting. In a message posted on the Twitter handle, @NGRPresident, the Presidency said the security chiefs briefed Buhari on intelligenc...
Buhari To Champion Anti-Corruption Campaign At AU Summit
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Buhari To Champion Anti-Corruption Campaign At AU Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, AU.   A press statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Thursday says the highlight of the president’s engagements during the visit will be his statement under the historic theme for the AU Summit, namely: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”   “This is the first time in the 54-year history of the AU that anti-corruption will be made a theme of the gathering of the regional leaders,” the statement said.   On July 4, 2017 during the 29th Session of the AU, African leaders unanimously endorsed Mr. Buhari to champion the f...
Ill-Health Stalls Metuh’s Trial
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Ill-Health Stalls Metuh’s Trial

The trial of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Olisa Metuh, was stalled on Monday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, due to his ill–health. Metuh, who is standing trial alongside his company, Destra Investment Limited, was not in court, as Mr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), his counsel told the court that his client was on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Hospital. Ikpeazu, also presented a letter written to that effect by Dr O.C Ekwuegwu. He prayed the court for an adjournment to enable his client heal so that he would be fit enough to attend his trial. Counsel to EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, argued that the application was a ploy to further delay the case. He, however, said that he conceded to an adjournment even though reluctantly and asked the cou...
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Herdsmen After Our Land, Says Ortom

The last one week has been overwhelming for the people and government of Benue State, following the killing of 73 people by suspected herdsmen. Ahead of today’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari by Benue stakeholders, Governor Samuel Ortom speaks with MANAGING EDITOR (NORTHERN OPERATION) YUSUF ALLI in Makurdi. Excerpts:   Did you see the herdsmen attack coming?   Yes, I saw it coming. The bill was signed into law on the 22nd of May 2017, and in June, Miyyeti Allah Kautal Hore did a press conference and threatened that they will not accept the law and the law will not be implemented in Benue State.   The press conference was in the papers. It was on video and audio. In a normal situation, the security agencies would have picked them for threatening not ...
Olisa Metuh’s Corruption Trial: Supreme Court Berates SAN Defending Accused Firm
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Olisa Metuh’s Corruption Trial: Supreme Court Berates SAN Defending Accused Firm

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an application by Destra Investment Ltd, a company belonging to a former Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, challenging the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in its trial. The Court also condemned the action of the lawyer representing Destra Investment, Tochukwu Onwubufor, for insisting on his application despite constitutional provisions against his method of argument. Mr. Metuh and his company are facing a seven-count charge for alleged diversion of N400 million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. Destra Investment had through Mr. Onwubufor challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, venue of the trial, to entertain counts one and two of the charge. According to Mr. Onwub...

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