Here are the top stories this week.
Jonathan Left Behind N13.6 Billion Abacha Loot For Buhari
Strong indications have emerged that the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly left N13.6 billion loot recovered from former Head of State, late General Sani Abacha in the Nigerian treasury.
This disclosure was made known to pressmen by the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom at the end of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.
He said: “He revealed that Abacha loot as at the end of November 2015, stood at $26,000,389 and £19,000,033 for the dollar and pound accounts respectively.
“We were also briefed on updates on Abacha loots in Council. The Accountant General of the Federation reported that the dollar account as at November 2015 ending has a balance of $26,000,389.00 while the pounds sterling has a balance of £19,000,033.00. That is where we are today.”
Naira Appreciates Against The Dollar At Parallel Market
The Naira on Friday, December 18, appreciated against the Dollar at the parallel after weeks of free fall against the greenback.
The currency gained N10 to exchange at N270 to the dollar after it nosedived to N280 on Thursday.
At the official interbank window, it gained N0.03 to close at N196.97 to the dollar.
Traders said currency speculators were afraid that the Naira could sell below their expectations and this forced them to release foreign exchange for sale.
Also Nigerians living abroad would be coming home with a lot of foreign currencies during the Yuletide period which will also help reduce the pressure on the foreign exchange market and strengthen the Naira.
Don’t Remove Fuel Subsidy – NLC Warns Buhari
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has on Wednesday, December 16, stated that it has started mobilising all its relevant organs against plans by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to revert the pump price of petrol to N97 from next year.
This came in the wake of media reports quoting the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, as saying at the National Assembly that the government might change the price of petrol as well as adopt a strategy of gradual removal of subsidy.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who gave the workers’ position at a symposium to mark the 10th anniversary of Comrade Chuma Ubani’s death, said if Buhari wants to succeed in his programmes, he must be wary of the likes of Kachikwu.
CAN Reacts To Moves By Buhari To List Nigeria Among Arab Nations To Fight ISIS
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has on Wednesday, December 16, protested the attempt by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to subtly enlist Nigeria among Arab nations to fight ISIS, Vanguard reports.
According to a statement issued by the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, CAN said: “This singular gesture of the Buhari government betrays so much, and tends to confirm our fears that underneath everything this government is doing, there is an agenda with strong Islamic undertones, aimed at undermining Nigeria’s pluralistic character and neutrality regarding government’s affiliation to any one religion.
“While joining hands with other countries to fight ISIS is something good, our country must not be tagged as a Muslim or Arab nation.
Christians must make a public statement showing their discontent on this development which portends great danger to national unity and integration.”
Biafra: DSS Accuses Kanu Of Sponsoring Terrorism Against Nigeria
The Department of State Services, DSS, has on Tuesday, December 15, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was sponsoring terrorism against Nigeria.
According to Daily Post, counsel of the security agency, Moses Idakwo, who made this claim, urged the court to disregard a bail application by Kanu’s counsel, Vincent Obeta, because his case has to do with terrorism.
Speaking to the court, Idakwo said that the DSS had evidence of bank accounts owned by the accused person where funds, both in dollars and pound sterling, were allegedly used for financing acts of terrorism against the country.
He urged the court not to grant the accused bail, saying that Kanu had dual citizenship of Britain and Nigeria and would escape justice if granted bail.
Ex-Presidents May Have Been Implicated In #DasukiGate| Got Armoured Cars From Arms Deal
Strong indications have emerged that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under the leadership of retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki procured bullet proof vehicles for all former heads of state and presidents of Nigeria.
According to Daily Trust, a source, who craved anonymity, said the embattled NSA, who is facing corruption charges for extra budgetary expenditure under the Goodluck Jonathan administration in the alleged arms purchase deal, also purchased bullet proof cars for all former presidents and heads of states.
The source was quoted as saying that it had become necessary for Dasuki to expose the top beneficiaries which include former heads of state and presidents, for whom were bought bullet-proof Sports Utility Vehicles by the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, with funds approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Linda Ikeji Reacts To #DasukiGate | No Human Being Dead Or Alive Gave Me N240m
Popular Lagos Blogger, Linda Ikeji has reacted to allegations that she collected N240million from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
She made this disclosure known after Kayode Ogundamisi had on Facebook claimed that a popular female blogger in Lagos state received N240million from Dasuki.
Kayode, who didn’t particularly mention any names, took to Facebook to post a message saying that Dudafa Waripamo, Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to Jonathan, revealed that he gave N240 million to a ‘popular female blogger in Lagos’.
She said: “So, social commentator and activist Kayode Ogundamisi tweeted this today…he didn’t mention any names but I am now trending on Twitter. Many assume he’s talking about me…and you can’t blame them really. He said…popular! I’m somewhat popular! He said female.. I’m female…duh! Lol. He said Lagos…I live in Lagos…in a posh place called Banana Island..lol. #Flipsweave! #Just teasing!