The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has interrogated a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), over his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms procurement scandal.
Highly placed sources said Ihejirika arrived the headquarters of the antigraft agency at 11:00am yesterday. One of the sources, who spoke in confidence with New Telegraph last night, said the former COAS was granted administrative bail, pending conclusion of investigation.
“A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), was today, February 21, 2018 interrogated on his role in the now infamous arms deal scandal. “Ihejirika, who came to the EFCC Headquarters, Abuja, at about 11am is being questioned as part of the ongoing investigations into the $2.1 billion arms scandal involving a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
“He is being questioned as related to the procurement of arms and ammunition during the time he held sway as Chief of Army Staff between September 2010 and January 2014.
“He (Ihejirika) will be released on administrative bail as soon as preliminary interrogations are over, as he has also requested to go back and gather more information, expressing unawareness as regards various documents and questions put to him by investigators”, the source said.
A former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Dasuki (rtd), has remained in the custody of the Department of State Service, over allegations that his office had misapplied the aforesaid cash.
Nigerian Navy trains officers to combat emerging security threats
The Nigerian Navy has recently raised the bar of training of its personnel owing to “security issues currently facing the country.” The Navy made this remark after concluding the two-day seminar tagged; “Consolidating Professional Training in the Nigerian Navy”, held recently at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Quorra auditorium, Apapa, Lagos.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), Rear Admiral, Obi Ofodile, reiterated that, “the purpose of training is to meet the current challenges, we are witnessing, because when we train well, then you can operate well, if you do not train well, you cannot operate well, because security issues and challenges we are facing today are a little bit more than what it used to be.
What we witness here in Nigeria is more of asymmetrical warfare, the enemy is not defined; we don’t even know where it is, so efforts to confront them are not conventional efforts.” He further reacted to security threats that linger, “it is ever changing and we want to further our training and close the gaps that have been created by the unimagined security challenges. So, basically decisions reached and recommendations made were religiously implemented. There are certain security challenges that we were not witnessing in 2016 like kidnapping that is not part of our job, we came in when the police couldn’t handle it.”
Cholera, Lassa Fever kill 14 in Bauchi
Nine people have been have confirmed dead following the outbreak of Cholera in Bauchi State. Briefing newsmen yesterday, Commissioner for Health, Dr Zuwaira Hassan, said five people also died of Lassa fever in the state. She however revealed that 324 cases of cholera were recorded while 26 patients are on admission at the isolated centre of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi.
According to her, a female student of College of Education, Kangere, was among the nine victims of cholera outbreak saying “the causes of the outbreak in the institution were as a result of sewage evacuation. Dr. Zuwaira also attributed the causes of cholera outbreak in the state to open defecation by residents.
“It’s unfortunate that our people defecate outside and the faeces pass through their drinking water while they don’t practice personal hygiene”. “In order to prevent more outbreaks, community volunteers have been going round to educate and sensitise the people and the Ministry of Health has chlorinate their water,” She added.
…reactions trail apex court judgement
Different reactions yesterday trailed the Supreme Court verdict that nullified the appeal of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN over the primary that produced him as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for last year’s election.
While the State chapter of APC and the government described the verdict as no issue, the camp of the runner-up in the election, Dr Segun Abraham described the verdict as victory for democracy. Abraham is challenging the September 3, 2016, governorship primary that produced Akeredolu as the candidate of the party. But Akeredolu through his lawyer challenged the processes of service of the court papers to him.
The Supreme Court has however dismissed the objection and remitted the case to Federal High Court for adjudication. While the camp of Abraham was jubilating after the verdict, Akeredolu in his reaction, assured the people of the state that there is no cause for alarm over the Supreme Court ruling which dismissed the appeal filed by him. But the Olusegun Abraham campaign organisation said it received the judgement with utmost respect for judiciary in Nigeria saying the judgement which is celebrated all over the world is a victory for democracy.
A statement by the Director General of his Campaign Organisation, Mr Eko Davies said “we urge the people of Ondo State to remain calm, collected and continue to hope in God through the judiciary for the expected judgement in the case between Dr Olusegun Abraham and Mr Rotimi Akeredolu to determine the authentic flag bearer of the APC in the 2017 Ondo governorship election.
“We also want to correct the falsehood being peddled by the Akeredolu organisation that there is no case in the matter. The judgement by Supreme Court today shows that we have a good case. “Mr Rotimi Akeredolu should toe the line of the noble and resign honourably.
The perpetrated fraud that attended the party governorship primary is open and fresh in the memory of all and sundry. Once again we felicitate with the good people of ondo state and lovers of truth all over the world in an assured victory through the court.”
However, the state chapter of APC said Akeredolu remained the governor despite the judgment being celebrated by Abraham’s camp saying the apex court’s verdict is a sheer approval to commence hearing of a case that has not begun.
The spokesperson of the party, Mr Steve Otaloro said “It has come to our notice that some political almajiris and confusionists have started misinterpreting the apex court’s verdict as outright removal of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu from office and to be replaced with the applicant, Abraham.
“It’s unfortunate that this group of people decided to confuse members of our party and the good people of Ondo State in favour of their leader. Without prejudice to the judgement handed down by the Supreme Court, every member of APC is convinced that the primary was free, fair and transparent.”
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