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The Nigerian Army has approved the promotion of 123 officers from the ranks of Major to Lieutenant Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel.

According to the Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, a breakdown from the office of the Military Secretary (Army) indicated that 66 officers were promoted to the rank of Colonel from Lieutenant Colonel and 57 to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel from the rank of Major.

He said the promotions were sequel to the recommendations of the Army Promotions Board 3 and 4 and that the exercise cuts across all eligible officers within the rank bracket as reflected in the 2017 Nigerian Army Forecast of Events.

He said among those promoted to the rank of Colonel are the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Lieutenant Colonel KM Samuel and Lieutenant Colonel OO Diya of the 707 Special Forces Brigade.

Others are Lieutenant Colonel AM Tukur, Commanding Officer of 119 Task Force Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel MB Shehu, Commanding Officer, 158 Battalion and Lieutenant Colonel KC Uwa, Commanding Officer, 146 Battalion, while one other officer, late Lieutenant Colonel, Aliyu Suleman, was promoted posthumously.

Major MD Olaseni, and Acting Commanding Officer of 151 Task Force Battalion, Major OJ Okwoli were also promoted.
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Barr Ebun Adegboruwa says that the directive to seize funds of customers that have no BVN by banks is illegal

Hear him

I’ve received the certified true copy of the interim orders of the federal high court, coral Dimgba, J., granting various interim orders in favour fo the federal government of Nigeria, against all accounts in all banks that have no BVN. The said orders were said to have been granted at the behest of the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation.

I am very well concerned about how we deploy interim orders for permanent purposes, such as to forfeit valuable assets, without any or fair hearing from the person(s) concerned.

I think it is improper to obtain interim orders to freeze bank accounts of estates that are in dispute between the beneficiaries, of estates of deceased persons that are still being contested, of profits of companies that are still subject to litigation or other disputes, just to mention a few examples of the arbitrariness of these orders.

There is nothing in section 3 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011, that makes BVN a condition precedent for operating a bank account in Nigeria. Nothing at all. What the law requires is verifiable identity of the customer, such as name, address, photographs, identity cards, etc. BVN is policy decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a court of law should not based its orders on executive policies that are not backed by law.

I get truly worried with the way we adopt ex-parte applications to determine very serious and weighty issues of law.

The other point is the bindingness of an ex-parte Order upon the whole world and upon all millions of bank customers in Nigeria, who are not directly parties to the suit. How proper is it, for a court to seek to determine the rights of parties in their absence, in view of the clear provisions of section 36(1) of the 1999 Constitution and Article 7 of the African Charter.

Why this desperation, if one may ask? I support that money suspected to be proceeds of crime should be traced, isolated and forfeited, if the owner cannot successfully account for it. But to proceed to seek to forfeit all monies in all banks meant for all customers in Nigeria, on the ground of absence of BVN is manifestly illegal.

I therefore humbly urge the Honorable Attorney-General of the federation to review this case with a view to tempering the tenor of these rather outlandish orders.

The quest to scoop revenue for government should not be at the detriment of the constitutional and fundamental rights of the citizens. Which is why I have been praying that these orders are not real, but rather one of the usual social media gimmicks.

As it is said, take away your prosperity, take away your kindness and goodwill, but by all means just give me my rights and my freedoms.

The Nigerian Army said its troop in the North Eastern state of Borno have cleared an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents, neutralising three in the process.
According to a statement released by the Army, the troops of 3 Battalion under 22 Brigade on Friday, 20th October 2017 at about 11.30am while on routine patrol came under atatck from a Boko Haram insurgents’ambush close to Missini Village along Dikwa-Ngala road, Borno state.

The Army said the troops cleared the ambush and neutralised 3 Boko Haram terrorists.

The team also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number KO357026 and 39 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition from the terrorists.

Meanwhile, The Nigerian air strikes were also conducted by one Alpha Jet aircraft following intelligence reports indicating the presence of Boko Haram terrorists in the area.

This was disclosed in a statement by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya.

The statement reads: ” On 19 October 2017, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF ) Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE conducted an attack on a location in URGA area close to KONDUGA.

"Previous intelligence reports, gathered through Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions by NAF ISR platforms, had indicated the presence of a large number of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in DURWAWA settlement in the outskirt of URGA.

"Accordingly, one Alpha Jet aircraft was detailed to carry out air interdiction on the target. Overhead the location, the aircraft acquired and attacked the target twice with bombs.

"Subsequent Battle Damage Assessment revealed that the aerial attack set off a fire, causing damage to the Boko Haram Terrorists structures within the settlement and neutralizing most of the Boko Haram Terrorists while a few of them fled the location.

"The aerial attack by the NAF is in furtherance of efforts at ensuring the complete decimation of the Boko Haram Terrorists and breaking their will to continue their terrorist attacks on innocent Nigerians.”
The National President of Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Alhaji Gambo Gujungu has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has lost interest in fighting corruption.

According to Gujungu, the cases of the Secretary-General of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke, clearly showed that President Buhari has lost interest in the battle against corruption.

He noted that the vigour with which the President started the war against graft is losing steam.

“Many people voted for this government because of the personality of the President and I believe many of them were not disappointed with the way the government started by hitting the ground running in terms of its anti-corruption crusade,” he told Vanguard.

“However, the vigour with which the President started the war on corruption seems to be losing steam.

“Maybe corruption is fighting back. But President Buhari needs to keep up the steam because the fight is losing steam.

“Take for example the case of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and Director General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Amb Ayo Oke, who were suspended since April this year and investigated by the Acting President and the Attorney General of the Federation and the National Security Adviser.

“The report of the probe has since been submitted to Buhari but he has continued to keep mute over it when Nigerians are dying to see action taken against the officials.

“Unfortunately, as in other high profile corruption cases, he has chosen to keep silence over the matter, which is generating tension in the land.

“It is unfair and unhelpful to the anti-corruption fight. The attitude of Mr. President gives the impression that he has given up on the fight against corruption and this is quite unfortunate to say the least.

“Buhari must know that many Nigerians are not happy with his government’s response and handling of the controversial issue. Nigerians need to be assured that the President is not shielding his own people, those around him.

“They want to see him fight corruption no matter whose ox is gored so as to win their support. That is the only way to go”
Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have reiterated their collaboration in preventing the influx of substandard products from all entry points into Nigeria in the overall interest of the nation and its people.

In a statement released by both government agencies, this affirmation was made in Lagos yesterday during a working visit BY the SON Director General, Osita Aboloma to the NPA Managing Director, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman.

Welcoming the SON chief executive, Ms. Usman alluded to the noble intentions of the federal government in encouraging synergy among its agencies via the Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business.

The order, according to her, does not provide excuses for anyone to flood Nigeria with substandard and unwholesome products.

She stated that the NPA is more resolved than ever, to provide necessary support for all relevant agencies to effectively discharge their mandates at the Ports.

The NPA Managing Director urged SON, other agencies and stakeholders to take optimal advantage of the reforms being carried out at the Ports for greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Speaking earlier, Osita Aboloma expressed SON’s desire to promote synergy in tackling the menace of substandard products influx into Nigeria.

The Nation according to him, runs great risk from the influx of substandard and life-endangering products like steel reinforcement bars, electric cables, lighting bulbs, food and drugs among others.

Aboloma stated that less energy and resources would be required to apprehend substandard products at points of entry than what is currently being channelled towards surveillance and seizures in warehouses and sales outlets Nationwide.

He emphasized the provisions of the SON Act 14 of 2015 which mandates the agency to be present at all the Nation’s entry points to prevent the influx of substandard and life-endangering products into Nigeria.

The SON Director-General expressed worry at the danger to the lives of his organization’s operatives in the course of seizures on the highways, markets and warehouses across the Nation

He expressed appreciation to the NPA MD for the warm reception accorded his team during the visit.

Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has pledged a N10 million grant for any film shot in the state as he looks to explore avenues of developing tourism sites and promote tourism potential in the state.

The governor made the promise when he received Dr Chidia Maduekwe, the Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), in his office in Umuahia.
In a statement signed by Brian Etuk, the Head of Public Affairs, NFC, in Jos on Friday, Ikpeazu was quoted as saying that the production `should be 100 per cent shot in Abia.

Filmmakers were also charged by the governor to improve the quality of their products so as to compete with the global market, according to the statement.
The statement added that Ikpeazu promised that his administration would participate in the capacity building offered by NFC, saying that Abia played a key role in the revolution of the market and sales of Nollywood movies which has had multiplier effects on the nation economy.

"We have a policy to open up our market to genuine investors, private and public agencies amongst others through promoting `Make in Abia` instead of Made in Abia, proliferating more industries in the state,’’ the statement quoted Ikpeazu.