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Bayelsa: JTF recovers explosives, ammunition ahead of poll-PUNCH

As the people of Bayelsa State go to the poll today (Saturday) to elect their next governor, the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta has seized hand grenades, AK 47 rifle magazines, among other items believed to be meant for disrupting the election.

The Task Force Commander, Major General Alani Okunlola, disclosed on Friday that the force had seized 36 hand grenades, two AK 47 rifle magazines, a pair of military uniform, combat boots and a bag containing personal belongings.

The weapons and other items were recovered from five suspected political thugs, according to the JTF.Read more here…

EFCC probes fresh N3bn arms scandal-THE NATION

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) is  extending its investigation  of arms deals  during the Jonathan administration to a $3 billion contract said to have been awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) under the late General Andrew Owoye.

Several arms dealers , a military chief  and some other officials who served under Azazi have already been invited by the EFCC for interaction on the matter, The Nation gathered yesterday.

The  arms  dealers are being quizzed over the alleged inflation of N3billion contract for the supply of 20 units of K-38 patrol boats to the Nigerian Army by the disbanded  Presidential Implementation Committee on Marine Safety (PICOMMS).

The agency is  also understood to have made a breakthrough  in tracking how some of the $2billion arms  votes and extra-budgetary funds were  withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) based on orders from above.Read more here…

NSA Funds: Court Orders EFCC to Produce Dokpesi-THISDAY

The Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) to produce the  Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc,  Chief Raymond Dokpesi in court on December 14, 2015, to show cause why he should not be granted conditional or unconditional bail by the court.

Dokpesi has been in EFCC custody in the last one week over an alleged money laundering involving N2.1 billion, which is said to be part of the $2.1 billion funds of the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The trial judge, Justice Kolawole, while ruling in an ex parte motion argued by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on Friday, ordered that EFCC should be put on notice and appear on December 14, with the detained former boss of DAAR Communications.

In the exparte application filed on December 3, Ozekhome had prayed the court for an order to compel EFCC to produce Dokpesi, who is presently in its custody.Read more here…

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has justified the many foreign trips of the President, saying that such trips by President Buhari since assuming office are critical to the implementation of his administration key policies of enhancing security, jump-starting the economy, creating jobs and fighting corruption.

In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja and signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister said all the trips have started yielding fruits in terms of turning the tide in the fight against the insurgents, attracting investments in the range of billions of dollars, and securing global support for the administration’s anti-corruption fight.

“Nigerians, whether in the ruling or the opposition parties, have a right to ask questions about the activities of their President, but it is absolutely important that they do so from an informed, rather than partisan or sensational, standpoint,’’ he said

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