Personality Profile: IBRAHIM IDRIS – IG OF Police

IBRAHIM IDRIS, Acting Inspector-General, hail from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State, was born on 15th of January 1959, and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture. He also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.

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AIG Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17 years as Unit Commander, Squadron Commander, and Commandant. He served as Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa and Kano States and was also the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters.

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He was also at the United Nations Mission in Liberia and East Timor and was awarded “Medal of Merit” by the President of the Republic of East Timor in recognition of his service.

AIG Idris, who was in charge of Operations at the Force Headquarters before his appointment as the Acting Inspector-General of Police, will act in that capacity pending his confirmation.

Vuvuzela: First It Was CBN, Now, It’s FIRS 

No! Never! This wasn’t it! We never bargained for this. Silence at this juncture is a crime against public conscience. When we said ‘change’, we felt it should be a clear departure from the old order. A new thinking, a new way of doing things. Those who will cry will cry. They will bleat, they will gloat. But we cannot because of that keep mute. Things must change. Now, it’s job recruitment for their wards, children and bedmates, tomorrow it may be contract scam. 

About four years ago, a similar recruitment exercise was conducted clandestinely by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS. It was not announced, neither was it publicized. Resumés were collected, interviews were conducted and appointment letters were given to ‘successful’ candidates. Even the then Director-General of the FIRS, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okauru could not but align with the system.

Like it’s been said, the shock Nigerians recently encountered with the job shenanigans plaguing our nation is not only peculiar to the FIRS, it is idiosyncratic of most MDAs if not all. Only recently, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN did same recruitment without Due Process. The children of the privileged are always often favoured.

Mr. President, sir, your lieutenants (not all) have often shown that the difference between the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC is in the duo of you and your Vice President. A lot of underhand dealings go on right under your nose many of which are not made known to you. Expectedly, you cannot know everything but you must go further to keep a close tab on those working for you. Baba, you need an eagle eye lest your mission is rubbished!

Ògbéni Czar….Àse ñ t’Èdùmàrè

Mr President, Look No-where Else

Few weeks back, when the attacks of the so-called Niger Delta Avengers, NDA became sporadic, some of us said the government should look nowhere but the yesterday’s men in power. Many called for our heads and asked what were the reasons. We adduced, a people who inter alia asked that Nnamdi Kanu be freed, that the Federal Government should apologize for the death of DSP Alamieyeseigha, that the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi apologize to the South South. What more evidence did we need to arrive at such conclusion? 

The Avengers went further to threaten Mr. President, assuring whoever that cared to listen of his death if he dared enter the South South for the flag off the Ogoni Clean-Up. At the last minute after the Federal Government had deployed (ahead) its arsenal to the South South region in preparation for Mr. President’s visit, it had to succumb to the voice of reasoning considering the collateral damage that may have arisen. Only last week, an appendage of the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA under the incognito of Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF gave a stern warning of its readiness to throw missiles with effect from Tuesday, June 7. How sadly?!

While Nigerians were patiently waiting for the worst from the noisemakers to carry out their threat of bringing down several of government buildings in Abuja as earlier threatened, the South South Governors speaking from the mouth of Delta State honcho, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa shocked the world with the most flabbergasting comment that would surprise the globe. Delta State Governor advised, speaking on behalf of other governors, that the Federal Government should back down on its recent probe of past People’s Democratic Party, PDP members, particularly those from the South South. He claimed with such move, the Niger Delta Avengers would stop further attacks. Can anyone beat that?

Now the world can see who the REAL sponsors of the Avengers are. The world can see why hitherto there has been defeaning silence from their political leaders and traditional rulers. The world can see who is sponsoring who. Should Mr. President look any further as to who is behind the senseless attacks? Wallahi, if President Muhammadu Buhari fails to probe those who have brought upon our nation the current financial woes to a logical end. If he fails to prosecute them, jail them where necessary, hang them where apropos, posterity will forever judge him!

Ògbéni Czar….Àse ñ t’Èdùmàrè

 

Ex-President’s Son Jailed For Corruption Released

Karim Wade, son of Senegal’s former President was released from prison after being granted presidential pardon, a spokesman for President Macky Sall, and Wade’s lawyer said on Friday.

Wade, who served three years in prison, was convicted on corruption charges, sentenced to six years and ordered to pay a fine of $138 billion ($232.23 million) CFA francs.

The presidential decree included pardons for Wade and two others who had been sentenced for “illegal enrichment.”

A press release from the presidency added that payment of the fine was not covered by the pardon.

Wade’s lawyer Amadou Sall said his client left the West African country immediately after his release.

When President Sall was elected in 2012 he had pledged to fight corruption, but opposition members and critics said the decision to imprison Wade was a political move intended to eliminate dissent.

A United Nations panel also criticized the government last year, saying that Wade had been detained arbitrarily and calling for the payment of unspecified compensation to the former head of four ministries.

Wade’s Senegalese Democratic Party chose him as their presidential candidate for the 2019 polls while he was in prison but it was not immediately clear whether he was still eligible for the post. (Reuters/NAN)

South African Court: Zuma’s Appeal Blocked Over Corruption Charges

South African President Jacob Zuma failed on Friday in his appeal against a court ruling that corruption charges against him be reinstated.

The ruling is another setback for the leader who has been facing calls for his resignation.

The ruling puts further pressure on Zuma after a damning constitutional court judgment against him in March.

This is coming six weeks before local elections at which the ruling African National Congress faces a strong challenge from opponents seeking to capitalize on what they see as his missteps.

The rand cheered the ruling by the High Court in Pretoria, paring some losses after it fell more than 8 per cent to the dollar in the wake of Britain’s shock referendum vote to leave the European Union.

The court said Zuma and National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shaun Abrahams, who had appealed the earlier ruling alongside the president, had no grounds to do so.

“The matter is of course important for Mr Zuma. However, if the appeal does not have reasonable prospects for success, leave to appeal should not be granted”, Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said.

It was not immediately clear if Zuma would appeal Friday’s ruling, but legal analysts said he and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), could lodge a petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Ledwaba had in April ordered a review of a 2009 decision by the NPA to set aside hundreds of charges against Zuma, which he described in his ruling as “irrational.”

That decision by the NPA allowed Zuma to run for president the same month.

Then-national prosecutor Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision was based on phone intercepts presented by Zuma’s legal team that suggested the timing of the charges in late 2007 may have been part of a political plot against him.

The hundreds of corruption charges against Zuma relate to a major government arms deal in the late 1990s.

Zuma said in April that a government investigation into the arms deal had found no evidence of corruption or fraud but critics denounced the findings as a cover-up.

ANC spokeswoman Khusela Sangoni declined to comment on the ruling, referring questions to the Presidency where no official could be reached for comment.

The opposition Democratic Alliance party said Abrahams should now file the graft charges against Zuma, adding that “no man is or should be above the law.”

The South African leader has been beset by scandal during his tenure, but has managed to hold on to his post with backing from the ANC, which has been in power since the end of white-minority rule in 1994. (Reuters/NAN)

BREXIT: Buhari Praises Cameron As Courageous Statesman

President Muhammadu Buhari has empathised with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to resign in October.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

President Buhari said Nigeria had enjoyed remarkable goodwill, support and understanding under the capable leadership of the outgoing Prime Minister over the years.

Cameron announced his decision to resign in response to the outcome of a referendum that supported Britain to leave the European Union.

“This is a demonstration of courage by a democratic leader who respects the will of the people, even if he didn’t agree with their decision.”

Buhari noted that by ‘‘putting the will of the people before his political future, the Prime Minister proved himself to be a selfless leader with respect for democracy and voters’ sovereignty.’’

The President said “Nigeria looks forward to greater cooperation and consolidation of shared interests with Britain, despite the outcome of the referendum.’’(NAN)

Anyasi-Agwu Optimistic Nigeria Will Qualify In Her Group

Felix Anyasi-Agwu, Chairman Enyimba International FC of Aba, says he is optimistic Nigeria will qualify in Group B of the CAF 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

 

Anyasi-Agwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that Nigeria stood a chance in the group while describing the group as `ambitious’.

 

NAN reports that Nigeria is placed alongside Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia in Group B.

 

This was the outcome of the draw held at the Headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Anyasi-Agwu said, “Nigeria is a football playing nation, no matter who we are meeting, we stand a chance.

 

“Our purpose is to qualify and participate in the World Cup,’’ he said.

 

Anyasi-Agwu, who is a former Chairman of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee, said the Super Eagles needed to prepare better.

 

“I am also part of the team, so I will say that we need to do more, to prepare better.

 

“The group is an ambitious one. All the teams are aspiring to qualify as well.

 

“So we need to do much more than any other team and take ourselves to Russia 2018,’’ he said.

 

In the other pairings, Tunisia, Libya, Congo DR and Guinea were drawn in Group A.

 

Group C has Gabon, Mali, Cote D ‘ Ivoire and Morocco, while Group D has Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde.

 

Group E also has Ghana, Egypt, Congo and Uganda.

 

NAN reports that only the group winners will qualify for the finals. (NAN)

 

AMCON Takes Over Assets Of Afrijet Airlines

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), on Friday, took over the assets of Afrijet Airlines Ltd. owned by Chief Vitalis Ibe, over an unpaid debt of almost N10 billion.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Jude Nwauzor, Head, Corporate Communications, AMCON, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos.

The statement said the takeover was based on an interim injunction granted against the airline by Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division.

It said, “the obligor owes AMCON nearly N10 billion. AMCON purchased the Eligible Bank Assets (EBAs), sometime in 2011 from the defunct FinBank and Bank PHB.

“The order also affects Ibe’s Continental Aviation Services Ltd., AMCON has since appointed Prof. Gbolahan Elias (SAN), as Receiver/Manager. ”

The statement also said the receiver/manager at about 11a.m. on Friday simultaneously took possession of the assets of Ibe including Afrijet Plaza, the corporate head office of the airlines.

According to the statement, the office is located on Sheraton-Opebi Link Road Ikeja, Opebi, Lagos.

It said he also took over the obligor’s asset at Plot 22, Jimoh Odutola St., off Eric Moore Road, Surulere, Lagos, as well as his office at the Airport.

“The court order mandated the receiver/manager to also take over on behalf of AMCON any other offices, branches, stores and factories of Ibe.

“And his companies located and/or traced for the purpose of satisfying the indebtedness,” the statement added.

It said the court restrained Ibe and his companies from operating or tampering with the funds in his bank accounts under whatever name or guise in any bank or financial institution in Nigeria.

The statement said the court directed the Inspector General of Police to assist Elias in the enforcement of its orders, adding that no incident was however recorded during the enforcement.

“AMCON, under the leadership of Mr Ahmed Kuru, had recently increased the tempo of its recovery and was going after some of its 400 obligors whose total debts account for more than N4.5 trillion’’, the statement added. (NAN)

Babaginda Aliyu To Buhari, Diversify Economy

The immediate past governor of Niger state, Alhaji Babangida Aliyu, has called on the Federal Government to fast track the process of diversifying the economy in order to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.

Aliyu made the call on Sunday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society 2016 national unity Ramadan lecture titled “Ramadan: Modelling Change.’’

He decried the current economic crunch in the country and stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to remedy the situation instead of indulging in blame game.

“For many years we have been talking about the diversification of our economy but we kept on relying on oil.

“Now that oil prices have collapsed and hardship have come, and we need to diversify now; we need to have key economy issues discussed, agreed and implemented fast.

“Let us not leave people in the darkness of thinking that this government caused this, that government caused that, No.

“I think we should look at it that we made a mistake for many years by relying on a mono-economy and mono-culture of oil and this is the time to really diversify,’’ Aliyu said.

He called on Muslims to use the Ramadan period to pray for the nation, help the needy and change positively towards nation building.

Earlier, the Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyyah Mosque, Imam Fuad Adeyemi, said that the annual lecture was part of Islamic Society’s contribution to national development and spiritual awakening of Muslims in the country.

He said that the current economic situation in the country had led to difficulty in carrying out the society’s annual feeding programme (food bank) for indigent Muslims during Ramadan.

“Our food bank programme that usually feeds about 2,000 fasting Muslims with three course meals everyday during this month has also been negatively affected by the situation in the country,’’ he said.

He called on Muslims to use the Ramadan period to donate generously to the food bank programme.

He also urged them to donate money to commence work on the construction of its Mosque project at Guzape, Abuja which had been lying fallow for years.

“The contractor handling the Mosque project has requested for N50 million for work to commence on site, so this is the time for all of us to make the project see the light of day,’’ he said.

Ustaz Abubakar Siddeeq, an Islamic scholar, who delivered the lecture, described Ramadan as “a period of positive change,” which should be witnessed across the country.

According to him, Ramadan period help to cleanse and detoxify the system, apart from the spiritual blessings and favour from Allah.

He called on Nigerians and governments at all levels to brace up for change and contribute their quota to building a prosperous and virile nation.

“The changes we crave are deep and subtle. The initial change will be hard to bear, just like the period of fasting but at the time of breaking the fast, there will be joy and abundance,’’ he said.

The lecture was attended by important dignitaries who included Justice Muhammadu Uwais, former Chief Justice of Nigeria and Alhaji Suleiman Barau, Deputy Governor of CBN.

Mr Issa Aremu, Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Hajia Zainab Bagudu, Wife of Kebbi state governor and some prominent Islamic scholars were other dignitaries who attended the lecture. (NAN)