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We Will Get Diezani, Says Magu |The Republican News

Says $300m loot stuck in UK

The EFCC needs less than 72 hours to comply with Tuesday’s court order mandating it and other security agencies to produce Diezani.

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Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has vowed that the anti crime agency will get former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to answer to allegations of graft leveled against her.

Magu, who made the disclosure in Abuja, yesterday, said the EFCC needs less than 72 hours to comply with Tuesday’s court order mandating it and other security agencies to produce Diezani.

In the event that the EFCC cannot, Magus said he would inform the court of their constraint as the former minister does not live in Nigeria, presently.

Magu, however, said the EFCC has already commenced legal process towards bringing her back, to face corruption trial.

He disclosed these at a session with newsmen and social media influencers at the Commission’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja, yesterday.

Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, had, on Tuesday, ordered EFCC, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Service and other security agencies to arrest and produce the former minister within 72 hours.

The order followed a motion ex parte filed by EFCC’s counsel, Msuur Denga, praying for a warrant of arrest against Alison-Madueke to enable the Commission arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.

The former minister has been residing in London since 2015.

Magu also said Nigeria’s looted $300 million remains stuck in the United Kingdom.

He also revealed the commission is collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and others, to stop vote buying in 2019.

The EFCC boss also lamented that a lot of Nigeria’s monies stashed abroad by some Nigerians are yet to be released, despite several promises by authorities of the countries where the funds are.

He added that the looted funds outside Nigeria were massive.

In a statement by the acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, yesterday, Magus said: “We will comply with the court order. In fact, it is in our character to do so. If we won’t comply with the court order, that means we have reasons to appeal against the court decision.

“We need less than 72 hours to produce Diezani. But she is being prosecuted by other law enforcement agencies outside this country. This is our predicament.”

Talking about the challenge in getting her, he said, “Another law enforcement agency is in the matter. You know she is in the United Kingdom. And we are making preparations to get her. We have already gone to the court, in fact that was our request for extradition that compelled the court to issue a warrant of arrest against her. I need just less than an hour. If she is here, I will get her immediately and take her before the court. Our problem is that she is another man’s country.”

On looted funds still hanging outside the country, Magu said: “More than 80 percent of the loot recovery outside this country is still hanging. Ask them why is it hanging? Why is it so difficult to repatriate this money, when you have established that this only came from Nigeria and you know that this person does not own this money? There is no justification. It’s not small money. We have over $300 million hanging in the United Kingdom.”

On the commission’s plans for next year’s elections, Magu disclosed EFCC is on the trail of politicians to ensure that they do not have the opportunity to sell ill-gotten properties to finance campaigns.   (The Sun)

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BREAKING NEWS: Buhari Returns From London After 10-Day Vacation |RN

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Muhammadu Buhari at the airport on his return

By Ike A. Offor

President Muhammadu Buhari who left for London today Saturday returned from his 10-working-day vacation to London

His Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, acted as the president while he was away in London.

Here are some photos from his arrival and Bashir Ahmad shared this tweet about his return too.

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London City Airport Closed After WWII Bomb Found In King George V Dock |RN

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London City Airport is still closed today as disposal experts work to make safe a WWII bomb which was found in the Thames nearby.

The device was found on Sunday and a cordon put up late on Sunday evening after discussions between the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police.

Transport for London said Docklands Light Railway services will not run between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal owing to the 214-metre (700ft) exclusion zone.

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport said: “The airport remains closed this morning following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock on Sunday.

All flights in and out of London City on Monday are cancelled and an exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area.

“I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.

“I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents. The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “The ordnance was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport and reported to the police at 5.06am on Sunday.

“At 10pm an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone to ensure that the ordnance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.

“There will also be disruption to inbound and outbound flights during the operation.

“London City Airport are urging passengers to contact their airline before travelling.”

Transport for London tweeted the airport was shut and road closures were in place.

The transport authority wrote: “The airport has been closed due to an emergency services incident.

“There are also additional local road closures due to the incident. Traffic is light in the area.”   (Evening Standard)

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Ecuador Could Kick Julian Assange Out Of London Embassy As Minister Says Situation Is ‘Unsustainable’

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The South American country is looking for a third country to mediate in the case of WikiLeaks founder Mr Assange, who has sought refuge in Knightsbridge for more than five years.

Foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told media on Tuesday that notable asylum cases in recent years have sometimes required mediation by a third party.

She called the current situation “not sustainable”.

Mr Assange has been at the embassy since June 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face accusations of alleged rape.

While Sweden has temporarily dropped that investigation, British officials say they would still arrest him on charges of bail jumping.

Mr Assange also fears a possible US extradition request stemming from the leaking of classified US documents.

 Last year, Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno warned Australian-born Mr Assange, 46, against making controversial political statements after he spoke out in support of the pro-independence movement in Catalonia.     (Evening Standard)

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President Buhari Returns After 107 Days Of Sick Vacation In London (Video)|RN

By Ike A. Offor,

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Nigerian Airforce flight touched down today, 19 August at Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport at 4:45 pm and he were received by the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osnbajo in the company of the service chiefs.

Buhari who has been away for 107 days for medical treatment in London, United Kingdom has been speculated by some folks from some quarters to be dead and some said that he was on a life-support machine.

The barrages of speculations about him and his ailment and how he turned out to be hale and hearty are something of a mixed feeling for some who wished or claimed that he was dead or on a life-support machine.

While his supporters will rejoice for his return, some critics will still be angered by his prolonged sick vacation without addressing the country or being specific on revealing his ailment, which many demanded to know.

Many photos that were released while he was away were claimed by the critics to be fake or photoshopped, and some of those critics who stood out from the rest are Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state and Mr Femi Fani-Kayode.

His supporters have said that Buhari’s return will strengthen the economy and security in the country, but some argued that his absence actually helped the economy and his presence before he left for London has not made the security in the country any better.

While Buhari was away, the Naira, the national currency got stronger against the dollars, which is why some have argued for Yemi Osinbajo to be made the president since him taking over the seat of leadership, has helped the economy than when Buhari is in charge.

Above all, it is good to have President Buhari back, and a great news for his family too and the country at large.

We hope his presence would check the menaces of both Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen and other security issues. Though some argued already that while he was here before leaving for London, the Fulani herdsmen operated without hindrance and the Boko haram proliferated and killed many.

Another thing is whether the President would address the issues of secessions by various regions and groups within the country. Nnamdi Kanu was released in his absence and has been seen as violating his bail conditions and it would be interesting to see if he takes action on that or he would allow him to carry on with his activities with Biafra secession.

Kanu has called for an election boycott in Anambra gubernatorial election, which comes up on November 18 and he has inaugurated the Biafran Secret Sevice a few days ago.

So, it will be interesting to see how Buhari reacts to these issues and his next line of actions. His action in imprisoning Nnamdi Kanu and disobeying court orders to release him unconditionally resulted in his fame around the world and many now think to stem such fame he must allow him to continue unhindered.

So, many will be watching to see what Muhammadu Buhari actions will be once he resumes duties in the next coming days.

 

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Buhari, Obasanjo In 40-minute Meeting In London |The Republican News

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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo met with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja House, London, Nigerian, on Wednesday, it was gathered.

Obasanjo was accompanied on the visit by a former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

The meeting between the two leaders, it was also gathered, lasted only 40 minutes.

President Buhari, who was said to have expressed gratitude for the visit, also reportedly told Oyinlola that: “Excellency, you are looking really fine” with both Obasanjo and Oyinlola reportedly replying that they were happy to see that he (Buhari) was looking fine too.

A source said, “After the exchange of courtesies, Buhari and Obasanjo left for another room in the house where they held a 40-minute meeting.”

The leaders were said to have come out of the meeting a few minutes before 10.00 p.m., following which the former president and Oyinlola were seen off by President Buhari.

There have been various visits to the president with recent reports saying he would return to the country very soon.  (The Sun)

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Buhari Has Not Left London, Presidency Counters Rumours |The Republican News

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The Presidency has dispelled the rumours making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari has left London for Nigeria. Contrary to that report, the Presidency said that he would soon return to the country.

President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, made the disclosure while dismissing reports saying the President has left London for Nigeria.

Ahmad, who took to his Facebook wall maintained that the President is still in London, adding that he would inform Nigerians properly when the time comes.

He wrote: “Like many of you, I also read that news about President Muhammadu Buhari’s return on Social Media platforms and many blogs.

“It’s all rumours, President Buhari hasn’t returned to the country yet, but he will very soon return and continue the good work he has been doing.

“As we all saw last week from the pictures of Nigerian Governors’ Forum visit to him, he is doing fine.

“When the time comes for Mr President’s return, the Presidency will properly inform Nigerians, like it usually does.

After initially spending over 50 days on medical vacation in London, the President had in May returned to the United Kingdom, UK, for follow-up medical check-up and is yet to return.   (The Sun)

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