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‘Blame Malami’ — Details of P&ID $9.6bn Judgement Emerge

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More details have emerged about the $9.6 billion judgement delivered in favour of Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), an Irish engineering firm against the Nigerian government.

A statement published on a blog, P&ID Facts, claimed that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration “is refusing to admit its own role in the P&ID case from 2015-2019 after it came into office” and blamed Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation, not negotiating while the legal proceedings were ongoing.

Read the statement below:

Appearing on CNBC Africa, Attorney-General Abubakar Malami sought to wipe his hands and the hands of the Buhari Administration clean when he stated, “[t]he government as a unit was delicately involved. And that was the government in 2010, the award was in 2012, and then three years thereafter the current administration under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari came into place. So the time when this administration came to place in 2015, the award was over three years, there was no appeal, no application for execution, no application to set the award aside.”

Attorney General Malami seems to have a case of amnesia.

Let’s set the record straight.

May 3, 2015: P&ID offers to settle the dispute with the Nigerian Government for $850mm. President Goodluck Jonathan indicates they are handing over the negotiations to the incoming Buhari Administration.

May 29, 2015: Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as the 15th President of Nigeria, but fails to appoint a cabinet for five months.

July 17, 2015: The Arbitration Tribunal found in favour of P&ID (i.e. – the Liability Award). The new Buhari Administration did not make any attempts at settling or negotiating with P&ID and did not make any effort to challenge the decision.

November 11, 2015: Attorney General Malami was sworn in November 11, 2015, just under three months after the Liability Award.

May 27, 2016: The Arbitration Tribunal wrote to the Nigeria Government confirming that: “As the parties will be aware from Procedural Order No 12, the Tribunal has decided that the seat of the arbitration in England. It follows that the Federal Court of Nigeria had no jurisdiction to set aside its Award.” Neither Attorney General Malami, nor any representative of the Buhari Administration did anything in response other than continue with the proceedings, thereby tacitly accepting the analysis of the Arbitration Tribunal.

June 24, 2016: Having failed to set aside the Liability Award by falsely claiming the seat of arbitration was in Nigeria; not England, Attorney General Malami wrote personally to the arbitrators to say “my office has taken over the handling of the above arbitration on behalf of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.” He asked for and obtained an extension of time to file a defence to quantum, and appointed his own legal team in place of the Ministry of Petroleum Resource’s legal team.

August 30-31, 2016: The Quantum Hearing (i.e. – the amount of damages payable) takes place in London. Attorney General Malami’s legal team conducted Nigeria’s defence at the quantum hearing. Expert witnesses as to quantum were called to give evidence and were cross-examined.
After the Quantum Hearing, Attorney General Malami instructed his lawyers to request a standstill agreement, which would take effect from the date of the Award.

This fact has never been publicly reported until today.

January 31, 2017: The Arbitral Tribunal issued a final award, ordering Nigeria to pay P&ID $6.5 billion plus $2.3 billion in uncollected interest as of March 2018.

February 17, 2017: The Award on Quantum was delivered to the parties on February 17, 2017. Despite the 60-day standstill having been agreed by P&ID, Attorney General Malami made no attempt to negotiate with P&ID during the 60 days following the handing down of the Quantum Award.

April 28, 2017: After the 60 days had expired, Attorney General Malami instructed his lawyers to write to P&ID’s lawyers and explained that “The delay was occasioned by the bureaucracy of the Federal Government in a bid to determine a reasonable strategy after receipt of the Arbitral award.” The Attorney General’s lawyers added: “we now have the authority of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to meet with the Claimant to negotiate the Terms of the Arbitral award.”

Today: In the lead up to the judgment by the English Commercial Court, Attorney General Malami allowed the time for acknowledging service in both the United States and London to lapse without filing any response. In both jurisdictions, Nigeria’s lawyers Curtis Mallet had to apply for ex post facto extensions of time and make the necessary apologies and explanations to the court.

In London, a senior Curtis Mallet partner explained that the Claim Form was “immediately filed and not passed up the chain of command” at the Ministry of Justice. The partner pleaded that “the delay was neither deliberate nor intended to be disrespectful to the Court.”

In the US, Curtis Mallet explained that the deadline was missed because they were in the process of being formally retained by the Nigerian Government and had been instructed to inquire about the potential for a settlement

The Attorney General’s pronouncements in the Nigerian press are a clear attempt to cover up his own incompetence and that of the Buhari Administration. This is a matter, which could have been settled shortly after he took office in November 2015 for $850 million. Instead, he personally took the decision to gamble on the arbitration and turned an $850 million liability into a $9.6 billion liability.

Meanwhile, P&ID is now focused on vigorously enforcing its legal rights in the UK, including seizing Nigerian assets to satisfy the award. This will begin as soon as possible.

A British commercial court had granted the company powers to seize Nigerian assets worth $9.6 billion over a failed gas processing deal where the federal government was said not have fulfilled its own part.

Malami had announced that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would prosecute all those involved in approving the deal.

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Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki Gets Double Honour Awards

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Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki the Member representing Yola north state constituency in Adamawa state house of Assembly Hon. Hamidu Sajo Lekki has been Honoured with Double award By G4 Media International

Alhaji Musa Yaro Speaking through Mr. Emmanuel Stephen the Leader of G4 media international and The official partner of the institute of criminal justice and criminology administration, the first criminal reform institute in Sub – Sahara Africa .

He described the nomination of Hon. Hamidu Sajo as a reward for services and national impact.

Alhaji Musa Yaro the Market chief of Jimeta ultra modern market in Yola north local government, describes the performance of Hon Sajo as equal to none as a member representing Yola north.

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Alhaji Musa Yaro said the nomination came as double Honour and additional value to a man of excellence and good representative of the good people of Yola north in the state Assembly.

He Said the Honour which has recognized the Best Legislator and voice of the Masses and coming from G4 media international and also followed by the Institute of Criminal justice and criminology administration.

“The double honour is given to an active performer of our today’s Democratic action member in the House who deserved this award at this moment of our political differences”,

Presenting the letter in Yola the Chairman G4 media international Emmanuel Stephen described Hon. Soja as a man worth and fits for the Double Award.

The Students , youths and good people of Yola north described Hon. Soja Lekki as a man with the love of his people.

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Army Arrests Bandits, Recovers Arms, Frees Kidnapped Victims in Zamfara, Katsina

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Suspected bandits and other criminals specialized in killing and kidnapping Nigerians have been arrested by troops of the Operation Sahel Sanity, a component of the Nigerian Army operating in the North-West zone.

This was revealed by the acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onywuko, in a statement on Friday.

SUSPECTED BANDIT BELLO IBRAHIM ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF A PUMP ACTION RIFLE  AND 3 LIVE CATRIDGES AT DANSADAU ON 17 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDIT BELLO IBRAHIM ARRESTED IN POSSESSION OF A PUMP ACTION RIFLE AND 3 LIVE CATRIDGES AT DANSADAU ON 17 SEPTEMBER 2020

The statement said the troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY have stepped up their quest to rout remnants of bandits and other criminal elements in the North West zone of the country.

It says the gallant troops have relentlessly redoubled their efforts in this regard recording more successes against the bandits and their collaborators across the Theatre.

“On 12 September 2020, troops deployed at Dandume while on patrol rescued 2 young girls kidnapped by bandits at Dandume LGA in Katsina State. The girls were rescued after a hot pursuit by the troops which forced the bandits to abandon their victims escaping troops’ wrath by the skin of their teeth. The victims who were reportedly kidnapped on 18 August 2020 have been reunited with their families”.

MOTORCYCLES RECOVERED BY TROOPS FROM SUSPECTED BANDITS ALONG KAYAWA AXIS ON 13 SEPTEMBER 2020
MOTORCYCLES RECOVERED BY TROOPS FROM SUSPECTED BANDITS ALONG KAYAWA AXIS ON 13 SEPTEMBER 2020

According to the statement, on 13 September 2020, following credible information, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Wuya recovered one AK-47 Rifle buried in a surgacane farm at Yarsabiya village in Anka LGA of Zamfara State. This prompted further search of the general area in anticipation of more similar recoveries. Relatedly, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru responded to a distress call and foiled a planned armed bandits attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State. The troops immediately mobilized and engaged the marauding bandits in a shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray and in the process abandoned 3 motorcycles which were recovered by the gallant troops.

Similarly, on 16 September 2020, troops deployed at Magami acting on a tip off arrested one Mr Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint. The suspect was identified by troops to be a member of a notorious bandit gang that recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State. Additionally, troops at Dangulbi also acting on credible intelligence arrested a suspected bandit named Basharu in a green tinted Golf III wagon car. Suspect have been on wanted list of bandits terrorizing locals in the general area.

SUSPECTED BANDITS COLLABORATOR IDRIS ISAH ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT YANKARA ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDITS COLLABORATOR IDRIS ISAH ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT YANKARA ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020

Furthermore, on 16 September 2020, troops on routine patrol encountered armed bandits at Baga Buzu in Zamfara State. The cowardly criminals engaged the troops from afar, but the troops responded with superior fire power forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray into the nearby forest with gunshot injuries as traces of blood were seen on their escape route. Nevertheless, during exploitation, troops recovered one AK-47 Rifle, 2 motorcycles, and one empty AK 47 Rifle magazine abandoned by the escaping criminals. Similarly, troops on fighting patrol encountered and pursued unconfirmed number of bandits on motorcycles at Kaiga Malamai. During the incident, the bandits abandoned 3 motorcycles and fled into the bushes.

The Army General said on 16 September 2020, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops location. The suspect claimed to be a native of Sabon Layi village in Faskari LGA, but investigation revealed that his claims were false as the villagers denied knowing him. Similarly, following credible information, troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State, who is reported to be engaged in illicit activities with bandits.

SUSPECTED BANDITS INFORMANT ISA INDO ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT FASKARI ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDITS INFORMANT ISA INDO ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT FASKARI ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020

Additionally, on 17 September 2020, troops deployed in Faskari responding to a distress call rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area. This was as a result of actionable information that bandits dressed in military camouflage uniforms were sighted with kidnapped victims, the troops responded quickly and made contact with the bandits forcing them to abandon the victims as they fled into the bushes. In the same vain, troops while on patrol at Chabas Chabas, swiftly responded to a distress call and rescued a Canter truck driver, 11 women and children who were on their way to Batsari Market but were blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi road. Also on 17 September 2020 troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim on a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village in Dansadau, Maru LGA of Zamfara state with one Pump Action rifle and 3 live cartridges carefully concealed in a bag. All arrested suspects are in custody understanding preliminary investigation and will soon be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting authorities for further action.

SUSPECTED BANDIT BASHARU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT DANGULBI ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020
SUSPECTED BANDIT BASHARU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT DANGULBI ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2020

Consequently, the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for their continuous successes and their commitment to duty. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until Northwest zone is rid of all criminal elements. While the good people of the Northwest are once again assured of troops commitment to the safety of lives and property within the zone, they are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with timely and credible information that will assist them in the conduct of their operations.

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G4 Media International Confers On Hon. Jingi Rufai Award For Excellent Leadership

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The Executive Chairman Mubi South Local Government area ,Hon. Jingi Rufai has just be awarded with the Nobel G4 Media International Award for Excellent Leadership , Peace And Human Development.

Presentation by Emmanuel Stephen on behalf of G4 Media International

Presentation by Emmanuel Stephen on behalf of G4 Media International

Hon. Rufai who spoke through his Council Secretary in a media Chat said he remains committed to peace,security and agricultural development in Southern Mubi.

He also explained that during his time he has been able to facilitate construction of two international Bridge and road linking Nigeria to Cameroon.

He also said his initiative to establish Local Hunters and vigilante has help to counter insecurity in the area.

 

Group picture with G4 Meida and Members of Mubi South Council

Group picture with G4 Meida and Members of Mubi South Council

About agriculture Hon. Rufai stressed that over 70million was spent on the purchase of Irish potatoes which today is currently yielding its harvest but called on more investors to help expand the vision

Mr Emmanuel Stephen Who represented G4 Media International Noted that despite issues on ground and the wrong mis-representation of southern Mubi the chairman has been able to achieve a lot in the few months of his chairmanship , he said indeed this is a proof of good governance by the chairman.

Emmanuel thanked the chairman for his true representation of the people and ask other chairmen to emulate him,saying the award is a result of diligence and good work.

Amongst the many Achievement of the chairman also include Sinking of 10 Boarwholes each across the 10 council wards of the Mubi south Local government area,

In Education the chairman is embarking on Scholarship scheme for indigene of the local government in Tertiary institution of Adamawa state which includes, Adamawa state University, Federal Polytechnic, College of Health Technology, College of Legal studies, National Teachers institute (NTI) and National open University among others,

In a good will message to the chairman,The Village Head, Alhaji Haruna Ahmed in his remarks , Said the Chairman is the First Best Chairman ever produce for the people of the Council, he urges the people to continue to support his administrations to enable him deliver the dividend of Democracy to the people.

Also Council vice chairman Hon. Samuel Iliasu in his speech also said his Boss is Focused, committed and ready to serve the good people of Mubi south Local government, and pray for God protection and Divine direction on him as he pilots the affairs of the Local government.

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