The APC Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF) under the Chairmanship of Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Sunday, commiserated with Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, over the recent attack on his motorcade at Baga town, Kukawa local government of the state.
Govenor Bagudu, was accompanied by his Jigawa State counterpart, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar, during the solidarity visit to Maiduguri.
The progressive Governors’ Forum Chairman told the governor that, they were in the state to sympathise with the government and people of the state over the unfortunate attack.
Bagudu assured Zulum of the sustained support and solidarity of all the APC Progressive Governors and prayed God, to continue to protect the governor and his people.
“ We are in Borno today, on behalf of all our colleagues, to wish our brother and colleague, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum happy Sallah.
“Secondly, to show sympathy and express our commiseration on the incident that happened in Baga few days ago.
” May God continue to protect you and indeed all the people of Borno State and may He help us defeat these enemies within and outside.
” They have for over a decade now challenged our collective resolve, but they would not break us,” Governor Bagudu said.
He added, “On behalf of all our colleagues, I want to assure you and the good people of Borno, that we are on this together.
“I remember in our first visit how full of admiration and appreciation he was of all the security services who were putting their lives and otherwise in discomfort of protection of our people.
“Definitely if it is not over, frustration will set in, but, I believe this will only energise us to do better collectively.
“On behalf of all our colleagues, I urge you to keep doing what you’re doing and may God, support you more and may God show us the day that will come, we celebrate the end of this tragedy we have been facing.”
Zulum while appreciating and thanking the entourage for the visit, told the visiting governors that he cannot afford to be silent in the midst of killings, because he has, by the oath he took on May 29, 2019, entered into a covenant with God, to defend the people of Borno.
Zulum also alleged sabotage in the prosecution of the war against insurgency in the northeast, stressing, ” the President needs to know the truth.”
“Let me also re-echo my previous position with respect to the insurgency in Borno State, I have said several times there is no doubt, the gravity of the insurgency cannot be compared with what had happened between 2011 – 2015.
“From 2015 to date, the President has done well, but the most important thing is, it’s good also to say the right thing.
“There is a sabotage in the system that will not allow the insurgency to end. The President has to know this important point.”
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, former Governor Kashim Shettima, Senator Muhammad Ali Ndume and some members of the Borno State Executive Council witnessed the solidarity visit.
Tailor Defence: Travel To U.S. If You Are Sure , Falana Tells Abba Kyari
Femi Falana, Human rights lawyer has challenged Nigeria’s deputy police commissioner Abba Kyari to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the District Court in the United States if he is not guilty of allegations against him.
Mr Kyari had denied any wrongdoing on Thursday after the news of his embroiling with Nigerian Internet fraudster Ramon Abass known as Hushpuppi, in a multimillion-dollar fraud.
Court documents revealed an order to arrest and detain Mr Kyari after Mr Abbas pleaded guilty to large-scale cyber fraud in the U.S. recently. The documents also exposed how Mr Abbas bribed Mr Kyari to arrest one of his gang members following a dispute presumably over the proceeds of crime. The police officer arrested and detained the gang member.
Claiming no wrongdoing, Mr Kyari, in a statement on Facebook, narrated how Mr Abbas called him two years ago to complain about a person threatening to kill his family.
He said the suspect was released after discovering there was no threat to anyone’s life, “and they are longtime friends who have money issues between them.
“Nobody demanded a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi,” claiming that he only introduced Mr Abbas, who paid N300,000 to his cloth vendor.
“Later, he saw some of my native clothes and caps on my social media page, and he said he likes them, and he was connected to the person selling the clothes, and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account,” added Mr Kyari. “The native clothes and caps (five sets) were brought to our office, and He sent somebody to collect them in our office.”
Reacting to Mr Kyari’s claims, Mr Falana said, “The United States and Nigeria have an extradition treaty which covers the offences allegedly committed by CP Abba Kyari.”
“If the police officer insists on his innocence, he may want to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the district court in the United States. Once the request is received by the federal government, the attorney general will commence extradition proceedings in the federal high court.”
Additional details in the indictment file contained how Mr Kyari left his job as a police officer and travelled to Dubai to enjoy a good time with Mr Abbas, who lived at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial capital.
Banditry: We Are Available to Help, Boris Johnson Tells Buhari
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK is available to assist Nigeria in its war against terrorism.
Johnson stated this while holding bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London on Thursday.
President Buhari had earlier reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.
“We are available to help,” he said.
At the meeting, the two leaders agreed that in a bid to bring the various forms of terrorism to an end, then it is important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.
According to a communique by the President’s special media aide, the two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, the leadership of the Commonwealth going forward, and other matters of mutual interest.
Nigeria’s power needs and efforts which are being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security, were also brought to the table.
IGP Orders Action on FBI’s Allegation Against Abba Kyari
The Inspector-General of Police has ordered a review of the allegations against Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Kyari has been accused of being bribed by suspected billionaire fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, but he denied the allegation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had also asked Nigerian authorities to track down Kyari over an allegation that the cop received money from Hushpuppi to help jail his associate.
Spokesman of the police, Frank Mba, in a terse statement, made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered an internal review of the allegations.
The statement read, ”Sequel to the receipt of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered an internal review of the allegations.
”The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.
”Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.”
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