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NPA: Amaechi Will Not Bow To Racketeers, Northern Groups Warn

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A coalition of Northern Groups has lashed out at those it described as maligning the Minister of Transport, Rt. Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi over events at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

The group in a communique issued after its meeting on Tuesday night, which was signed by Chairmen of Northern Youth Rights Protection, Comrade Haruna Abdullahi Maikano, Katsina State Concern Citizens, Abubakar Badamasi Funtua, Arewa Youth for Good Governance, Ibrahim Shehu Garko and APC Tiv Forum, Comrade Raphael Terkula along with other Executives and members who had converged on Abuja to condemn outrightly the attitudinal syndrome in defaming office holders to sabotage their offices.

“Our attention has been drawn to a publication by Thisday newspaper of Monday, November 08, 2021, where one unknowledgeable Louis Achi, extorted space in the medium to derail and prevaricate Nigerians on the working and functions of the Nigerian Port Authority, NPA and it’s management.

“It is quite unfortunate that certain individuals will hide under falsehood to portray the services and personality of the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and his teams in bad shape, commonly for flimsy political relevance,” it said.

The groups said tgat, “reading through the piece of writing, which was malignly sponsored, we the Northern Groups reiterate our stand on the truth and affirm our confidence in the person of Rotimi Amaechi for the good work he is doing in the Ministry of Transportation since his emergence as Minister.

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NPA: Amaechi Will Not Bow To Racketeers, Northern Groups Warn

“Closer look into the calibre of Amaechi, he’s a thorough breed professional who always uphold the santity of diligence and patriotism, we wonder why these misgruntles elements are after him and peddling rumour to tarmish his hard-earmed image and antecedents”.

They explained that in setting the records straight, they rose from series of meetings and came up with the communique to buttress the good deeds of Mr. Amaechi and to let Nigerians be well informed about mallacy of Luois Achi and his likes.

“Louis and his sponsors failed to reason along the parameters that NPA is an agency of government and not a family affair where an individual can doctor or impose control over the decision of the Managerial Board who legitimately have the right to decide and command functions relevant to the Act that establish the NPA.

“In one of the misfortune sojourn embarked on by the writer, he claimed that the Minister denied knowledge about the workings of the NPA, on what basis can a Minister in charge of an agency plainly deny access to the activities of the Agency he supervise?

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“We want to say it unequivocally that Amaechi is always in tune with the day-to-day operations in the NPA. The Bureaucracy of the Ministry gave room for a representative on the Board of NPA whose responsibility is to brief the Minister on the activities of the Agency adequately and that is much in place,” they pointed out.

The groups said that on the procurement of dredging equipment to replace Joint Venture arrangement of the 2019, the JV partners have been doing perfect jobs over the years which cemented the relevance of their existence on the jobs.

“In what criterial will the Minister order a revocation of contract he has no singular powers to halt. Award of contracts is a process that must observe certain procedural perusal, the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has major duty in this instance and such duties cannot be overlooked.

“Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has displayed patriotism to the course of building a sustainable transportation system across the country, this is glaring in the public awareness.

NPA: Amaechi Will Not Bow To Racketeers, Northern Groups Warn

“He has turned around the sector for better performance and Nigerians are proud of the achievements over the years. Amaechi is not new in the onerous task of redeeming qualities of moribond facilities, these he achieved as a legislator, an ex-Governor of Rivers State and is not relenting even as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are marvel to see antagonists not only to asperse Amaechi but to paint in black the workings of the NPA and Ministry of Transportation at large.

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“The Thisday interview as portrayed by Luois Achi went ahead to pour it’s diarrhea to manipulate the President and Federal Executive Council FEC, saying the appointment of the Executive Director, Finance and Administration to act as Managing Director was without any prejudice, there’s no uncertainty in the NPA, the closeness of the Minister with Mr. President is not sudden, relationship has existed in-between both before the appointment and no myopical backbiter can truncate that rapport and trust shared.

“As groups, we frown at the recklessness in the piece just as we vehemently warn these ingenuous individuals to desist from wrecking images of those saddled with the responsibilities of building a decent nation, guarded by truth and fairness,” they concluded.

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High Court Affirms Appointment Of 75 Obas Sacked By Abiodun

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An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta on Tuesday affirmed the appointment of the 75 coronet Obas installed by the former Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Amosun had upgraded the 75 village heads to Coronet Obas nine days to the expiration of his administration .

But on assumption of duty, Governor Dapo Abiodun set up a committee, which reviewed and recommended that the promotion of the traditional rulers from Baale to Oba be reversed.

In February, Abiodun announced the demotion of the Obas, as recommended by the committee chaired by the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle.

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Miffed by the development, the 75 Obas dragged the governor and other officials of the state government to court, asking for their reinstatement and payment of their entitlements.

The coronet Obas also got a interlocutory injunction that maintained their appointment as coronet Obas till the Court said otherwise.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi, in his judgement declared the removal of the Obas, null and void.

Akinyemi also granted the Obas a perpetual injunction, barring the defendants, the Ogun State Governor, State Commissioner for Local government and Cheiftancy Affairs, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Local government and Cheiftaincy Affairs or its agents from removing them from office except in fulfilment of the law.

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High Court Affirms Appointment Of 75 Obas Sacked By Abiodun

He also ordered that the claimants (the coronet Obas) be paid all renumeration attached to their offices from the date of their installation up till the moment of the judgement.

The Judge also ruled that the Obas were not given a fair hearing by the review committee set up by the State Governor, faulting the process.

On the argument raised by the defending counsel that the then Executive Council was misled before the appointment of the Oba, Justice Akinyemi ruled that there is know evidence of misleading in the evidence presented by the defence counsel and that if there was ever a misleading evidence ,it didn’t come from the claimants.

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He said the misleading evidence came from the State Ministry of local government and Chieftaincy affairs represented by the then Commissioner in the Ministry as a member of the then State Executive Council.

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Malami Begins Probe Into Reported Fraudulent Sale Of FG’s Recovered Assets

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Mr Malami says a syndicate reportedly from the ministry reportedly sold federal government’s recovered assets “without his knowledge”.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has set up a panel to probe alleged fraudulent sale of recovered assets of the federal government.

Mr Malami said the federal government was yet to commence sale of its recovered looted assets.

In a press statement on Tuesday, Mr Malami’s spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, acknowledged a media report, claiming that a “syndicate allegedly from the ministry sells federal government’s recovered properties without the knowledge of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”

“It is important to set the record straight that the office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has not officially started the sale of Federal Government’s property,” the statement read in part.

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Mr Gwandu also said the AGF neither approved nor ordered the sale of any property.

“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, SAN has set up a 5-member Committee to investigate and verify the authenticity of the media report which allegedly claims that syndicate from the Federal Ministry of Justice sells Federal Government’s recovered properties without the knowledge of the office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”

Mr Gwandu made reference to a circular signed by the Solicitor General of the Federation Umar Mohammed, dated November 29, 2021.

Malami Begins Probe Into Reported Fraudulent Sale Of FG’s Recovered Assets

The circular was titled, ‘The Constitution of a Committee to investigate the alleged sale of Federal Government of Nigeria’s Property by syndicate in the Ministry’.

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“A committee is hereby constituted to investigate the allegation with the view to unravelling the veracity or otherwise of the publication” the circular partly read.

According to the statement, the committee chaired by the Director Public Prosecution of the Federation, was inaugurated on Tuesday.

It is saddled with the responsibility of unveiling the accuracy of the publication and recommend ways of handling the matter in accordance with the provisions of the extant laws.

It is expected to complete the assignment within one week and submit its report of their investigation to the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice.

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“Individuals, groups, companies, institutions or organisations that claimed to have associated with the alleged syndicate from the Federal Ministry of Justice in relation to purchase of houses, landed property, vehicles, vessels, plants and machineries belonging to the Federal Government are encouraged to come out with any information, evidence or document regarding the alleged sales,” Mr Malami was quoted to have urged Nigerians.

Mr Gwandu said the “Secretariat of the Investigation Committee can be contacted at the Office of the Director Public Prosecution of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Justice and be reached within one week from 1st December, 2021 or via email: investigation.committee@justice.gov.ng.”

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Uneasy calm on Tuesday evening pervaded the Senate wing of the National Assembly as members of the Senate Committee on Army clashed over alleged lopsidedness in recent recruitments carried out by the Nigerian Army, NA.

The development happened during an interactive session between members of the committee and the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command of the Nigerian Army, Major General S.O Olabanji.

Trouble started when a member of the committee who doubles as the Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate, Senator Abdullahi Ibrahim Danbaba (PDP Sokoto South) took up General Olabanji on alleged lopsided nature of recruitment carried out by the Army recently.

But the acting chairman of the committee, Senator Abba Moro (PDP Benue South) who presided over the session, ruled Danbaba out of order, saying “this meeting is not for such enquiry.”

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Apparently irked by the development, another member of the committee, Senator Barinada Mpigi (PDP Rivers South East), raised the issue again, saying “lopsidedness in recruitment is not an issue to be put aside or rule against.”

Senator Moro again ruled against the enquiry, insisting that the session was not for review of recruitment made by the Army, but on Tactical Training and Doctrine men and officers.

“The questions being raised by my colleagues on alleged lopsided recruitments are being thrown to the wrong person. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt – Gen. Farouk Yahaya is the one who can do justice to such allegation or enquiry,” he said.

Angered by the insistence of Senator Moro that questions on recruitment should be entertained at the session, Senators Danbaba and Mpigi stormed out of the meeting.

Expressing his anger to journalists on what transpired at the session, Senator Danbaba said he walked out from the meeting with Senator Mpigi based on dictatorial action of Senator Moro.

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“He shouldn’t have ruled us out of order since the military man whom the question was directed to, did not complain.

Just in: Members of National Assembly fight over Army recruitment

“The issue of marginalization in recruitment has never been responded to, it is part of the oversight process of the committee to ensure that whatever is to be done should be done to ensure justice, the Nigerian Army like any institution of government in Nigeria is supposed to comply with provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and that constitution has made it very clear that the issue of federal character and representation is paramount as a constitutional issue.

“I’m not blaming the Army, the Army has been performing very well, but at the same time, the issue of recruitment is very very important.

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“I left the meeting, I stormed out with Mpigi because we were angry,” he said.

Defending his action, Senator Moro in a counter interview with journalists, said he had no any regret for ruling Danbaba out of order as far as the issue of alleged lopsided recruitment was concerned.

“Danbaba and Mpigi’s questions were directed to a wrong person. What explanation were they expecting from Commander, Training and Doctrine Command on recruitment.

“Besides, the committee had tabled the issue before the Chief of Army Staff few months ago with response bothering on physical and medical reasons for those recruited and those who failed in the exercise,” he stressed.

It was, however, gathered that Senator Danbaba vowed to take the matter to the Leader of the Senate, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi North) for formal complaint.

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