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BREAKING: NDLEA Declare Abba Kyari Wanted For Drug Trafficking |The Republican News

Embattled “Super Cop” Abba Kyari

The last is yet to be heard of the travails of the suspended commander of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigerian Police, Abba Kyari.
This is because Kyari has been declared wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).


The NDLEA said Kyari had compromised while heading the Force Intelligence Response Team.
NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi in a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, accused the suspended officer of being an active member of a drug cartel, with a video presented to journalists.


The NDLEA has therefore declared him wanted for illicit drug trafficking, saying Kyari repeatedly declined to honour invitations by the narcotic agency.
This declaration is coming a few days after the Police Service Commission ordered the Inspector General of Police to carry out a fresh investigation into Kyari’s links with internet fraudster Ramon Abbas who is awaiting sentencing in a U.S. court.


Kyari was earlier indicted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), which submitted evidence before a court alleging that the ‘super cop’ was using his position as an enforcer for the criminal activities of Hushpuppi.

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BREAKING NEWS: Police Arrest Embattled DCP Abba Kyari, Four Others For Several Charges |RN

Suspect: Suspended DCP Abba Kyari

The police have arrested a suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, and four other police officers.

Others arrested alongside Kyari include ACP Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, Inspector Simon Agrigba, and Inspector John Nuhu, while the fifth suspect, ASP John Umoru, is still at large.


They were arrested on Monday for their involvement in an alleged case of criminal conspiracy, discreditable, unethical and unprofessional conduct, official corruption, and tampering with exhibits in a case of illicit drug trafficking involving a perpetual transnational drug cartel, the police said.

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed their arrest in a statement in Abuja, revealed that they have been handed over to authorities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).


“The arrest of the officers was sequel to pieces of information received from the leadership of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on 10th February 2022,” said Adejobi who is a Chief Superintendent of Police. “In line with standard administrative procedure of the Force, the Inspector General of Police ordered a high-level, discreet, and in-house investigation into the allegations.


“The interim investigations report revealed that two international drug couriers identified as Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus, both males, were arrested at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on the 19th of January 2022 upon their arrival from Addis Ababa aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight ET917.


“The arrest led to the recovery of a substantial quantity of powdery substance suspected to be cocaine from the two narcotic couriers. The operation which was intelligence-driven was undertaken by a unit of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).”

Strong Ties

While the case and the two suspects were transferred to the NDLEA on January 25, Adejobi explained that the findings of the in-house investigation ordered by the police chief established “reasonable grounds for strong suspicion” that the IRT officers involved in the operation could have been involved in some underhand and unprofessional dealings, as well as official corruption which compromised ethical standards in their dealings with the suspects and exhibits recovered.

He added that beyond this, the police investigation also established that the international narcotics cartel involved in the case had “strong ties” with some officers of the NDLEA at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu who were said to be on their payroll.


The two arrested drug couriers, according to the police spokesman, confirmed that the modus is for the transnational drug barons to conspire with the NDLEA officers on duty and send them their pre-boarding photographs for identification, seamless clearance, and unhindered passage out of the airport with the narcotics being trafficked.


“The two arrested drug couriers also confirmed that they have been enjoying this relationship with the NDLEA officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport since 2021 and had in this instant case of 19th January 2022, been identified and cleared by the NDLEA officers as customary, having received their pre-departure photographs and other details prior to their arrival in Enugu, and were on their way out with the narcotics when they were apprehended by the police,” Adejobi recounted.


“The police investigations report also indicted DCP Abba Kyari, who has been on suspension for his alleged involvement in a different fraud case being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), for complicity in the allegation of official corruption, tampering with narcotics exhibit and sundry unprofessional conducts that negate the standard administrative and investigative protocols of the force, as well as extant criminal laws.


“It is to be emphasised that DCP Abba Kyari’s involvement in these allegations occurred while his suspension from service was subsisting. On the strength of the findings of the in-house Police Investigation Panel, the Inspector-General of Police ordered the immediate arrest and transfer of all the indicted police officers to the NDLEA authorities for conclusive investigation, while appropriate disciplinary actions are also being initiated against them by the Force leadership.

“The concerned officers include DCP Abba Kyari, ACP Sunday Ubuah, ASP Bawa James, ASP John Umoru (at large), Inspr. Simon Agrigba and John Nuhu. They have all been, accordingly, handed over today 14th February 2022 to the NDLEA authorities.”

In addition, the police spokesman said the IGP has formally requested the NDLEA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to ensure the identification, arrest, and investigation of the anti-drug agency’s officers found to be colluding with the international drug cartel involved in the case.

The police chief assured Nigerians of the force’s commitment to upholding the tenets and values of policing, in line with the agenda of ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standard, enhancement of the anti-corruption drive, and respect for the rule of law and inter-agency collaboration in the drive to stabilise the internal security order of the country.

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JUST IN: I’ll Not Release Nnamdi Kanu, He Should Defend Himself In Court  —Buhari |RN

Buhari stated this in an interview aired on Channels Television on Wednesday night which was monitored by SaharaReporters.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, should defend himself in court for peddling false information about his regime while he (Kanu) was overseas.
Buhari stated this in an interview aired on Channels Television on Wednesday night which was monitored by SaharaReporters.

There have been pressures on Buhari to release Kanu including a recent visit by some Igbo elders led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi.


During the visit on November 19, 2021, Buhari had told them he would not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary but said he would consider their demand though “a heavy one.”


But speaking on Wednesday night during the television interview, the President said, “There is one institution that I wouldn’t interfere with, that is judiciary, Kanu’s case is with the judiciary but what I wonder is when Kanu was safely in Europe, abusing this administration and mentioning too many things, I thought he wants to come and defend himself on the accusations.


“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to be abusing us from Europe as if he was not a Nigerian. Let him come here with us and then criticise us here. Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary, let him be listened to. But those who are saying that he should be released, no, we cannot release him.”


When asked about the possibility for political solution, Buhari said, “There is a possibility of political solution. If people behave themselves, all well and good but you can’t go to a foreign country and keep on sending incorrect economic and security problems against our country and thinking that you would not account for what you have been doing. Let him account for what he has been doing.”


Kanu, 54 from Abia State was first arrested in 2017 for demanding the secession of the South-East zone from Nigeria.
After about three years abroad, Malami at a press briefing in Abuja on June 29, 2021, announced that the IPOB leader was re-arrested in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria though Kanu’s lawyers said he was re-arrested in Kenya and whisked to Nigeria.
Upon his re-arrest in June 2021, Kanu was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako for terrorism-related charges brought against him by the AGF office.
Kanu has since been remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services in Abuja while his trial is to continue on January 18, 2022.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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BREAKING NEWS: Uche Nwosu, Okorocha’s Son-in-Law Arrested By Imo State Police Command, Not Kidnapped [video]


Former APC cubernatorial candidate in Imo State, Mr Uche Nwosu, was not kidnapped as it has been alleged by some online news outlets. Rather, he was arrested while attending boxing day church service in his village in Nkwere, Imo state as was confirmed by The Republican News

“Nwosu a son in-law of Chief Rochas Okorocha was taken into custody by Imo state police command while attending St. Peters Anglican Church Nkwerre by fully armed police officers

“He was driven away in a unmarked police vehicles, though the officers were on uniform and amidst some shooting in a video obtained by The Republican News,”


“The Imo state police command has also taken responsibility and refuted the fake news of his kidnap by unknown gunmen by some online news outlets.

The press release by the Imo State command obtained by The Republican News reads as follows.

IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND
PRESS RELEASE ….. 26/12/2021

ARREST OF CHIEF UCHE NWOSU

This is to inform the general public that chief Uche Nwosu was not kidnapped but was arrested by the police and Imo state police command is aware of the arrest and presently he is in police custody.

This is to refute the earlier news that has being making rounds on social media that he was kidnapped by unknown persons / gunmen.

The Commissioner of Police while using this medium to assure imolites of the command’s commitment in ensuring the safety of Life and prosperity this yuletide seasons, adviced the general public to always shun fake news .

CSP MICHAEL ABATTAM POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IMO STATE COMMAND.

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JUST IN: Cocharis Group’s Founder, CEO Chief Maduka Loses Wife, Charity |The Republican News

FILE: Dr Cosmas Maduka (left) and Mrs Charity Maduka (right)

By Kayode Oyero


The wife of the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Coscharis Group, Dr Cosmas Maduka, is dead, The PUNCH has learnt.

It was gathered that Mrs Charity Maduka, the Vice-President of the Coscharis Group, died on Saturday evening in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Her namesake and daughter, Charity, confirmed the death of her mother to The PUNCH on Sunday evening.

“I can confirm that she passed away yesterday (Saturday) evening,” a grieving Charity said amid muttered sobs in a phone conversation with our correspondent.

According to a profile on Coscharis Group’s website, Mrs Maduka was a co-owner of the company founded by her husband.

“In her capacity, she was once the Executive Director supervising the Administrative, Legal, Works / Maintenance, Export, Technologies teams of the organization from 1984 – 2003. Under her tutelage, she was able to grow the business by creating value via the various strategic departments she supervised within the organization.

“As a board member of the group, in the year 2005, she later became the Executive Chairman / COO of two of the subsidiaries of the Coscharis Group namely Coscharis Beverages Limited and Coscharis Properties Limited respectively,” the profile read in part.

The deceased was also a professional teacher and caterer. She attended Teachers’ Training College, Nsugbe in Anambra State from 1979 to 1981. Also attended Consertum Institute of Catering and Hotel Management, Idi-Araba, Lagos State from February to July, 1983.

“She had a brief stint as a teacher at Akamili Central School, Umudim – Nnewi between October and December 1981. Also at Tolu Primary School III, Tolu Village, Ajeromi Ifelodun / Apapa, LGA, Lagos between January 1982 and January 1983. She has equally attended various Leadership and Entrepreneurship training seminars/courses both home and abroad,” it added.

Mrs Maduka got married to Dr Cosmas in 1978 and the union produced three sons and a daughter. (Punch)

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JUST IN: We’ve In Custody Those Who Raided Residence Of Justice Mary Odili —IGP Alkali Usman |The Republican News

IGP, Baba Alkali Usman

The Inspector General of Police (IG) Alkali Usman has said operatives who raided the residence of Supreme Court judge, Justice Mary Odili have been arrested.

He disclosed this during an interview at a two-day capacity building workshop for security operatives in Lagos and Ogun organised by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone Two, held at Victoria Island, Lagos.


Justice Odili’s residence was on Friday night invaded by armed security operatives for reasons yet to be ascertained.


The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubarkar Malami (SAN), Department of State Services (DSS) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) all denied any involvement in the invasion which attracted widespread condemnation.

Following public outcry, the IG on Monday disclosed that an investigation into the incident had commenced and assured the perpetrators would be fished out and brought to justice.


Giving updates on the case, Usman said: “I have taken my time not to speak quickly on this issue to ensure that when I speak, I am able to give Nigerians information on what transpired or what has been done. To the best of my knowledge, we have been able to arrest the perpetrators and we are investigating the circumstances surrounding the invasion or siege on the judge’s residence.”

On the wee-hour attack at University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), Usman said the police and other security agencies were working to ensure the safe rescue of the six persons kidnapped.


“We have information that bandits attacked the University of Abuja and six persons were kidnapped. The police and other security agencies including the military are working to ensure the safe rescue of the victims,” he said.

The IG also dismissed reports that suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari has been recalled as he assured of adequate security in the forthcoming governorship elections in Anambra State.

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BREAKING: Lawless DSS Flies Nollywood Actor, Chiwetalu Agu To Abuja, Stops Family To See Him |The Republican News

Nollywood Veteran Actor, Chief Chiwetalu Agu

The actor was first arrested by the Nigerian Army on October 7, 2021, around Upper Iweka in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, who was arrested by the Department of State Services for interrogation, has been flown to Abuja as part of investigations for allegedly inciting members of the public.

The actor was first arrested by the Nigerian Army on October 7, 2021, around Upper Iweka in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The army had come out to say it arrested Agu for soliciting support for the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra.

He was subsequently handed over to the DSS for investigation and prosecution.

However, a relative of the Nollywood actor told Punch that the family had been denied access to him.

The relative, who wished to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the case, said Agu was first moved from Anambra to Enugu and then to Abuja.

He said attempts to see him in Abuja were rebuffed by the DSS.

“We spent two days trying to ascertain his whereabouts. We were later informed that he was moved to Enugu and then Abuja.

“We heard that the idea is to move him away from the South-East. We have made efforts to see him, but the DSS has not granted us access. Even the lawyers have not been allowed to reach him,” the relative said.

Agu, who has starred in several movies, including ‘Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story’, which is now showing on Netflix, has been a known supporter of the Biafra struggle. (Sahara Reporters)

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BREAKING NEWS: Joe Igbokwe’s House Set On Fire, He Claims IPOB Did It [Video] |The Republican News

The country home of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Joe Igbokwe has been set ablaze.

The house which is located at Nnewi was set ablaze ablaze on Sunday afternoon.

The chieftain of the APC in Lagos State alleged that his house was razed by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) insurgents.

“IPOB invaded my house in Nnewi about now. I am sure they raised down the my house giving the jerrycans of petrol I saw being offloaded from their Sienna car via CCTV.

“To God be the glory . Iam still alive. My Study is my greatest regret,” Igbokwe wrote on his known Facebook page.


Watch the video of. The House going up in flames below:

Joe Igbokwe has been engaged in battle of words with IPOB which he claimed placed bounty on his head.

When Nnamdi Kanu, the leaders of IPOB was arrested, Igbokwe made a post thanking God that his life was spared. (Journalist101)

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BREAKING: Buhari Orders Incorporation Of NNPC, Appoints Senator Ifeanyi Ararume As Chairman |RN

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, the State House has announced.

A statement on Sunday issued by Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, said the president gave the order in his capacity as Minister of Petroleum.

“This is in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, which requires the Minister of Petroleum Resources to cause for the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months of commencement of the Act in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the Company,” the statement said.


The statement said the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, had been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021.

President Buhari has also approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited, with effect from the date of incorporation of the company.

The President named Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as Chairman of the Board while Mele Kolo Kyari and Umar I. Ajiya were appointed as Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.


Other Board Members are; Dr Tajudeen Umar (North East), Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North Central), Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North West), Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo (South East), Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South South), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West).

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BREAKING NEWS: UAE Names Six Nigerians Among 38 World Sponsors Of Terrorism |RN

The decision was made when the Emirate federal cabinet met in the capital Abu Dhabi on Monday, according to state-run WAM news agency.

The United Arab Emirates on Monday designated six Nigerians as financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal activities.

The decision was made when the Emirate federal cabinet met in the capital Abu Dhabi on Monday, according to state-run WAM news agency.

SaharaReporters Media
Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad were the six Nigerians placed on the Middle-East giant’s watch list.

According to Peoples’ Gazette, the decision came about a year after the Nigerians were indicted for sponsoring Boko Haram.

A Nigerian government official said to be involved in sponsoring the dreaded sect that has killed over 100,000 civilians and security forces and inflicted untold economic damage on the country since its campaign began in 2009.

The government official has yet to be publicly identified by the Emirati authorities, amidst claims that some elements in the Nigerian government were mounting diplomatic pressure not to publish the name.

At least 47 other foreign nationals and entities were also added to the watch list by the UAE on Monday.

Following is the full list of added individuals:

1.      Ahmed Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alshaiba Alnuaimi (UAE)

2.      Mohamed Saqer Yousif Saqer Al Zaabi (UAE)

3.      Hamad Mohammed Rahmah Humaid Alshamsi (UAE)

4.      Saeed Naser Saeed Naser Alteneiji (UAE)

5.      Hassan Hussain Tabaja (Lebanon)

6.      Adham Hussain Tabaja (Lebanon)

7.      Mohammed Ahmed Musaed Saeed (Yemen)

8.      Hayder Habeeb Ali (Iraq)

9.      Basim Yousuf Hussein Alshaghanbi (Iraq)

10.     Sharif Ahmed Sharif Ba Alawi (Yemen)

11.     Manoj Sabharwal Om Prakash (India)

12.     Rashed Saleh Saleh Al Jarmouzi (Yemen)

13.     Naif Nasser Saleh Aljarmouzi (Yemen)

14.     Zubiullah Abdul Qahir Durani (Afghanistan)

15.     Suliman Saleh Salem Aboulan (Yemen)

16.     Adel Ahmed Salem Obaid Ali Badrah (Yemen)

17.     Ali Nasser Alaseeri (Saudi Arabia)

18.     Fadhl Saleh Salem Altayabi (Yemen)

19.     Ashur Omar Ashur Obaidoon (Yemen)

20.     Hazem Mohsen Farhan + Hazem Mohsen Al Farhan (Syria)

21.     Mehdi Azizollah Kiasati (Iran)

22.     Farshad Jafar Hakemzadeh (Iran)

23.     Seyyed Reza Mohmmad Ghasemi (Iran)

24.     Mohsen Hassan Kargarhodjat Abadi (Iran)

25.     Ibrahim Mahmood Ahmed Mohammed (Iran)

26.     Osama Housen Dughaem (Syria)

27.     Abdurrahaman Ado Musa (Nigeria)

28.     Salihu Yusuf Adamu (Nigeria)

29.     Bashir Ali Yusuf (Nigeria)

30.     Muhammed Ibrahim Isa (Nigeria)

31.     Ibrahim Ali Alhassan (Nigeria)

32.     Surajo Abubakar Muhammad (Nigeria)

33.     Alaa Khanfurah – Alaa Abdulrazzaq Ali Khanfurah – Alaa Alkhanfurah (Syria)

34.     Fadi Said Kamar (Great Britain)

35.     Walid Kamel Awad (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

36.     Khaled Walid Awad (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

37.     Imad Khallak Kantakdzhi (Russia)

38.     Mouhammad Ayman Tayseer Rashid Marayat (Jordan)


Following is the full list of the added entities:

39.     Ray Tracing Trading Co LLC

40.     H F Z A Arzoo International F Z E

41.     Hanan Shipping L.L.C

42.     Four Corners Trading Est

43.     Sasco Logistic L.L.C

44.     AlJarmouzi General Trading LLC

45.     Al Jarmoozi Cargo & Clearing (L.L.C)

46.     Al Jarmoozi Transport By Heavy & Light Trucks (L.L.C)

47.     Naser Aljarmouzi Ceneral Trading (L.L.C)

48.     Naser Aljarmouzi Cargo & Clearing LLC

49.     Wave Tech Computer LLC

50.     NYBI Trading – FZE

51.     KCL General Trading F Z E

52.     Alinma Group

53.     Al-Omgy & Bros Money Exchange.

Source: Sahara Reporters