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Two Nigerians Reportedly on Board Oritsejafor Pane that Took $9.3m to S/Africa

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Private jet owned by President of the Christian Association
of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor that conveyed $9.3 million cash from Nigeria
to South Africa for an arms deal between the two countries, had Nigerian crew
members, and passengers from Israel and Austria, new documents  in Johannesburg have shown. There were three
Nigerians aboard the plane, the documents show.

PREMIUM TIMES obtained the manifest of the jet that
transported the huge sum, and has confirmed the identities of the passengers
and crew who delivered the controversial package. South Africa seized the money
early September, accusing the Nigerian government of violating its laws
regulating the transfer of cash.
Another payment by the Nigerian government for arms to
combat the extremist Boko Haram sect, was also confiscated. The second
transfer, totalling $5.7 million, was wired through the banks.
The South African ambassador to Nigeria was later quoted as
saying the money had been returned to Nigeria, a claim that has yet to be
verified.
Details of the first transaction, revealed by a South
African newspaper, City Press, said an Israeli and two Nigerians were aboard
the airplane that transported the sum to Lanseria airport in South Africa.
The first tranche of the money was conveyed to South Africa
on September 5 in two plastic bag suitcases and two hand luggage aboard an
airplane belonging to Ayo Oritsejafor, the chairman of the Christian
Association of Nigeria, CAN.
While the Nigerian government confirmed the transactions, it
denied violating any foreign law. The government also refused to provide the
names of those aboard the airplane.
In its report, widely quoted in the Nigerian media, City
Press said the Israeli passenger, Eyal Mesika, had the key to the combination
lock of the suitcases. The paper also said two Nigerian passengers were aboard
the plane. It quoted South African law enforcement officials.
The report however did not reveal the identities of the
Nigerians, and South African officials also declined to provide those details when contacted from Nigeria by telephone.
In an investigation that involved visiting South Africa, has obtained documents showing details of the transaction,
including the flight manifest of the airplane.
The listing shows that beside Mr. Mesika, the only Nigerians
on board the aircraft were crew members.
The other two passengers who conveyed the cash were
Austrians, the manifest shows.
The two Austrians are named, R. Wolfgang and M. Michael.
The flight crew members of the Project Eagle Air jet with
flight number: N808HE were Ojongbede R.T (captain), Fejoku U, (flight officer)
and George E.E (flight attendant).
The listing contradicts reports that the other passengers were
Nigerians, a claim that set off an intense controversy after the All
Progressives Congress, APC, accused a former militant leader, Dokubo Asari, of
being one of those aboard the plane.
The APC relied on unverified reports by some news website in making the false claim.
Mr. Asari denied the allegation and threatened legal action
against Lai Mohammed, the spokesperson of the APC.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES at the time, Mr. Asari
threatened to physically assault Mr. Mohammed if he failed to get justice in
the courts.
“After all the South Africa People have given the names of
people on the plane and if by next week we go to court and the court is being
manipulated not to give me justice, I will resort to self-help,” he said.

“I have the capacity to resort to self-help. I will not give
anybody any apology because if a man has mouth to malign me then I can use what
I have to fight for myself.”

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Police arrest four notorious cultists in Anambra

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Police arrest cemetery attendant with human skull

Four suspected cult members terrorising Anambra state have been arrested by the police.

The spokesman of the command, Haruna Mohammed, said that following intelligence report in Igbariam in Anambra East Local Government Area, the command’s Special Anti Cult unit (SPAC) arrested four of the suspects.

The suspected cultists are: Uyunwane Ikenna, 22; Mbam Onyeka, 21; Omaka Favor, 23 and Onyeka Osaegbu, 23 years. Exhibits allegedly found in their possession included a locally made single barrel pistol.

He said all the suspects have confessed to being members of Senior Vikings Confraternity Secret Cult ( SVC).

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Gunmen kill two politicians in Bayelsa

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Gunmen attack Akwa Ibom governor's former aide

 

Gunmen stormed Odeme Hotel and killed two policemen on guard.

The hotel is located at Alamesiagha road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, owned by Senator Emmanuel Paulker, representing Bayelsa Central in the National Assembly.

Reports say the men, who came in commando style, shot sporadically before carting away two service rifle of the policemen.

A witness said that the shooting lasted for about 30 minutes.

The Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Asinim Butswat said he was working on a statement about the incident.

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Army sets up Committee to Investigate allegations of Misconduct against Her Personnel during 2019 Elections

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Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram release video, lament obsolete weapons, accuse commanders of corruption

 

As a way of ensuring that Nigerian Army troops deployed for election security duties during the 2019 General Elections conducted themselves within laid down Rules of Engagement and the Code of Conduct, the NA has set up a 9-member investigative committee, headed by Maj Gen TA Gagariga with Brig Gen JM Ali, Brig Gen GO Adeshina,
Brig Gen MA Obari, Col AT Bitiyong, Col A Tanko and Col WA Bakare as members and Lt Col PAJ Ebuk as Secretary to investigate all allegations of misconduct against the NA during the just concluded general elections. The committee is to submit its report not later than 31st of March, 2019.

The committee, which has already commenced action, was inaugurated by the Chief of Administration (Army), Major General KAY Isiyaku on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS ) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and admonished to carry out their duties objectively, fairly and transparently in line with its Terms of Reference.

The committee’s Terms of Reference centered on thoroughly investigating the activities, actions and/or inactions of NA Personnel in all the States that alleged one infraction/wrong doing or the other.

The Committee is also to collate and thoroughly analyze all reports to determine the veracity of the allegations including the alleged assassination attempt on Rivers State Governor and the circumstances that led to the shooting to death of Lt Kurmi as well as that leading to serious injuries to an officer and some soldiers in the State.

The Committee is further mandated to visit all States where issues have been raised about the conduct of NA during and after the elections and also interact with Civil Society Organizations, sister security agencies and State Governors with claims against the Army.

It would be recalled that the COAS, Lt Gen TY Buratai has on many fora, consistently (both in words and actions), soundly indicated that, under his watch, NA personnel must remain apolitical, respect human rights and abide by the rule of law in all its official engagements within or outside Nigeria and in or out of conflict situation. NA troops were deployed for the elections under Operation SAFE CONDUCT that was set up to provide support to the NP and other security agencies to ensure hitch free and successful elections in the country.

The Chairman of the committee, Major General TA Gagariga has assured the COAS and all Nigerians of the commitee’s commitment, resolve and determination to objectively and professionally address the major issues as contained in the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

 

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