Category Archives: Politics

Photo of Punch Reporter While Leaving Aso Rock on Orders of Buhari’s CSO

As we told you earlier, a Punch Newspaper reporter Lekan Adetayo was expelled from the vicinity of the Aso Rock presidential villa. Here’s a photo of him being led away after expulsion by CSO to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Why does Mr. President’s CSO want him out? I hear it’s about Buhari’s health. The details…

Chief Security Officer to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Abubakar, had earlier summoned Adetayo to his office and questioned him on 2 reports he considered uncomplimentary of Buhari and his administration.

He referred to the lead story of Punch on Sunday titled “Fresh anxiety in Aso Rock over Buhari’s poor health” and queried the motive behind it.

He also referred to the corespondent’s column, Aso Rock Lens, published on Saturday, and titled “Seat of power’s event centres going into extinction.”


Read Fayose’s Reaction To SGF & NIA DG’s Suspension

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has described the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal and Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, as an “afterthought and a prelude to the official cover-up of the N13 billion cash found in a residential apartment in Lagos.

Fayose slammed Federal Government for setting up a 3-man committee to investigate the crime and sidelining the anti-corruption agencies like EFCC and DSS.

Governor Fayose wondered why…
APC-led government unleashed EFCC, DSS on opposition figures and judges under investigation while setting up a committee to investigate its own officials accused of corruption.

Fayose statement reads:
“Would the President have set up a probe panel if these scams were linked to anyone in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or those members of his party that are not in his good books?


INEC Staff Return Bribe They Collected From Diezani

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said some of its staff accused of benefitting from a N3.4bn bribe money in the 2015 general elections have refunded their share.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, disclosed this when he visited the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, in Abuja.

A statement by spokesman of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, quoted the INEC chairman as saying that 70 of the affected staff in three states were still in denial.

Yakubu, according to Uwujaren, said they would be referred to the EFCC for further investigation.

The INEC chairman also said about five INEC political appointees, who are either National Commissioners or Resident Commissioners, were found wanting.

Also indicted, he said, are 21 retired staff mostly acting under the aegis of WANEO (West African Network of Election Observers).


My Position On The House EFCC Recovered $50m In Lagos – Ex-PDP Chairman Mu’azu

My attention has been drawn to news making the rounds that I own the building on No.16 Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. I want to state clearly that I built the said property and sold to prospective buyers of individual flats.

I have been a property developer since 1983 and I have developed and sold several properties all over the world, the property in queation happens to be one of them. I acquired the land and jointly develop it using a bank loan, I obtained about nine (9) years ago.

However all the flats have been sold to prospective buyers inorder to pay back the loan. I do not own or occupy any of the apartments. I sold all the apartments through established estate agents as such I have no knowledge or interest in who purchases or rents any of the flats.

I commend the efforts of the official of the EFCC and the government’s drive at fighting corruption and also the media in informing the public on illicit and corrupt proceeds. My response is not intended to jeopardise or interfere with the ongoing investigation of the anti graft and security agencies but to clear the misconception that the house in question belongs to me.


Buhari Appoints New Heads For 23 Federal Agencies [List]

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointments of Chief Executives and Directors for twenty three Federal Government Agencies. The list was released last night.

The names of the new appointees and the agencies are as follows:

1) National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)
Barrister Julie Okah-Donli – Director-General

2) National Centre for Women Development (NCWD)
Barrister Mary Ikpere-Eta – Director-General

3) Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF)
Bayo Somefun – Managing Director
Tijani Suleiman – Executive Director
Mr. Jasper Azuatalam – Executive Director
Kemi Nelson – Executive Director


Unfrozen Multi-Millions Dollars: Why I Rejoice With Patience

by Dr. Peregrino Brimah
Adapting from the words of late sage Fela Anikulapo Kuti in his mid-80s Confusion-Break-Bone (CBB) hit track, “shey na Patience alone dem go hold, what about the other treasury looters?”

Is Buhari’s system, last come first serve?

Or are we to have no patience for Patience, while we are in no hurry for everyone else?

Perhaps Patience came first because our anti-corruption policy discriminates against women?

Somebody help me here. Why has Patience been so targeted when Atiku is dignified with statesmanship? Atiku who looted Nigeria silly. There is no question about this. Even Atiku can never openly deny that he emptied our treasury and took massive chunks of the pauper’s loaf.

Why is Patience the one serially hounded while Obasanjo and Babangida, brazen thieves who looted Nigeria silly and divided-up its assets and oil wells among their coterie of vampire friends, are respected by this government as important figures?

Why is Patience the scapegoat when ICPC and EFCC indicted el-Rufai walks freely and governs a state in spite of his record of looting and corrupt privatization of Nigeria’s cherished assets?


Why Is Saraki Looking At President Buhari Like This?

For whatever reason, people are sharing this pic on social media, giving meaning to the look on the face of Senate President Bukola Saraki. What do you think? Is the look that bad?


Buhari Cancels Medical Trip To UK, invites doctors to Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a planned medical trip to the UK and invited doctors to Nigeria instead. The 74-year-old head of state spent 51 days on medical leave in London earlier this year, amid fears he was too ill to continue to lead Nigeria.

Buhari returned home on 10 March, temporarily ending ill-health rumours. However, soon after, the presidency said he was planning to travel again in April for further medical tests.

But it is now believed Buhari’s doctors will travel to Nigeria on Friday (31 March). The president was advised against leaving Nigeria, given the current economic crisis affecting the country.


Fayose Celebrates Tinubu’s Birthday With Newspaper Advert

One man you can’t help but admire is Governor Ayo Fayose, his style is unique. He celebrated APC national leader, Asiwaju Bolaa Tinubu with a full page advert, even though they are not in the same party.


I Didn’t Collect Any Penny From Jonathan -Bishop Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has dismissed insinuations that he was close to former President Goodluck Jonathan for what he could get off him.

He said those who thought they could smear him by warming up to President Muhammadu Buhari were responsible for fantasizing his relationship with Jonathan. He said: “Suddenly, journalists whom I knew were writing, hoping they would be given positions (by Buhari) and all those who were abusing me have gone full cycle.