EFCC nabs Ifeanyi Uba over fuel subsidy scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the managing director of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited, Mr Ifeanyi Ubah.

Sources at the agency told Saharareporters that Mr. Ubah was arrested by a team of operatives at his Maitama home in Abuja.

A detective at the agency revealed that Mr. Ubah had ignored earlier invitations to the EFCC to voluntarily submit to interrogations regarding his role in the  multi-billion dollar oil subsidy scam.  Ubah is currently undergoing interrogation at the Abuja offices of the EFCC.

So far the EFCC has arraigned some 40 persons in connection with the scam.

-Sahara Reporters


Ghanaians ban ‘spirit child’ killing

Two children were accused of being "spirit children"

These children were accused of being possessed by evil spirits

Local leaders in northern Ghana have announced the abolition of the ritual killing of babies born with physical disabilities, who were believed to have been possessed by evil spirits.

“Spirit children” were thought to have been a sign of impending misfortune and given a poisonous drink to kill them.

One campaigner told the BBC that improved healthcare and education meant such beliefs were becoming less common.

Activist Raymond Ayine welcomed the ban, which covers seven towns.

But he said he could not guarantee that the practice had been eradicated from the whole country.

The BBC’s Vera Kwakofi says the Kasena-Nankana region, where the ban has been announced, is the part of Ghana where such beliefs are most widespread.

Sometimes, babies born at the same time as a family misfortune were also accused of being “spirit children” and killed.

The “concoction men” who used to give the children the poisonous drink have been given new roles; they will now work with disabled children to promote their rights.

‘Barbaric practice’


Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that he took a plastic doll to a soothsayer, saying it was a child with eating problems and physical disabilities.

“He consulted the oracles, jumped up and down and after this said that the oracles confirmed that the child was an evil child and that the child needed to be killed immediately, and that the child had already killed two members of my family,” he said.

Local chief Naba Henry Abawine Amenga-Etigo said that anyone caught trying to harm children from now on would be handed over to the police.

Mr Ayine, from the campaign group Afrikids, said he was “saddened that in today’s era, a child could lose its life because of such a barbaric practice”.

He noted that in rural areas where such beliefs are more common, women often give birth without ever seeing a midwife, let alone having a pre-natal scan. As a result, childbirth leads to complications more often than elsewhere, he said.

He also said that even before the official ban, there had been no recorded case of the killing of “spirit children” in the area for the past three years.

He put this down to awareness campaigns, as well as improved access to education that meant more people understood that physical disabilities had a medical explanation.

In other parts of northern Ghana, elderly women accused of being witches are sometimes forced to leave their homes and live in “witch camps”.


Is the National Orientation Agency still useful in Nigeria?


 Michael Omeri Agbo Omeri, DG NOA

jonchikadibie.com would like to beam its searchlight on the National Orientation Agency. According to the website of the NOA, its major role was “To develop a Nigerian society that is orderly, responsible and discipline, where citizens demonstrate core values of honesty, hard work and patriotism; where democratic principles and ideals are upheld; and where peace and social harmony reign”. This sure sounds like a not-s-funyy joke.

Now, can it be said that the NOA is still relevant in the scheme of things in Nigeria? Is this body another  guzzler of public funds that shows  justification for its existence? Is the DG failing in his duties to really make the NOA relevant to todays’ Nigeria, or is something else hampering its operations? 

Please, contributions to this topic will be most appreciated. Let us join hands and point the way forward. Government agencies must be seen to be living up to their intended roles..what is the point in having a NOA that does nothing..practically nothing in terms of doing the job it was created for?

Is the NOA really moving Nigeria to greatness? Is this just another comatose government agency that serves as another conduit pipe for stealing public money? When was the last time you heard of a public enlightenment campaign organised by the NOA anywhere in Nigeria, apart from the periodic charades organised in Abuja (to look busy)?

Kindly send your reactions in.

Thank you.

A Nation At War With Its People By Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe

Nigeria is crashing all around us and tottering towards a failed state. Yet, the custodians and squanderers of the country’s oil wealth in Abuja and elsewhere keep behaving as if they were presiding over a nation beset by mere hiccups.

The massacre of innocent civilians in the town of Baga, Borno State, is only the latest evidence of a space where life is nasty, brutish, and violently cut short. Initial press reports stated that some 185 people perished in fierce fighting between members of a militant Islamist sect, Boko Haram, and officers of the joint task force. But Senator Maina Lawan, who is from Baga, asserted that he counted 228 casualties when he toured the devastated town.  In addition, he said he found more than 4000 houses destroyed. Meanwhile, the Federal Government and the Nigerian military claimed that the death toll was 25.

Of course, the understatement of the scale of tragedies is a well known policy of the government. Whenever Nigerians die in scandalous numbers, the government trots out a casualty figure that often represents a mere 10 percent of the actuality.

In this case, whether the number was 228, 185 or 25, the conclusion is inescapable: too many innocent people lost their lives in a horrific, ill-conceived and poorly executed quasi-military operation. That’s the bottom line.

President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered an investigation into the massacre. It’s the usual ho-hum response. Nigeria is a place where, if you wait a day or two, another similarly dreadful event – even if not on quite the same scale as Baga – is bound to happen. The Presidency will then make its usual pledge to get to the root of things.

Here’s a safe prediction, then: Nothing will come out of the Baga investigation. No soldier much less an officer will ever be held responsible for mistaking unarmed, innocent people in Baga for discounted humans that deserved to be killed as if they were cattle.

At any rate, the horror in Baga is but one more illustration of a country in much deeper crisis than its leaders – and many citizens – acknowledge. Nigeria has actually been in a state of war for several years now, but there appears a conspiracy to conceal that fact. That war is, in large part, a product of the inherent incoherence of the concept of Nigeria.

If there’s a section of Nigeria where people are enthusiastic about the state of Nigeria, I’d like to know about it. At fifty two years old, Nigeria is besieged by at least four quasi separatist groups: Boko Haram, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, and the Oodua People’s Congress.

Of these four, Boko Haram – with its combination of religious fundamentalism and violent attacks – appears to have commandeered media attention. Some four years ago, the Nigerian state struck a so-called amnesty deal with MEND. But that deal is in reality shaky. It requires a steady funneling of cash into the pockets of a few ex-militant leaders, to the dismay of their frequently forgotten lieutenants. The recent killing of twelve police officers in Azuzuama, Bayelsa State, provided proof that militancy is very much alive in the Niger Delta.  

Besides, it appears as if MEND is being refashioned for a decisive role in the 2015 presidential election. In the last month, two friends of mine based in Abuja have told me that President Jonathan MUST win re-election – or re-selection – in 2015 because he has MEND as his trump card. Both men admitted that President Jonathan has been a woeful failure, even for the Niger Delta. Even so, they contended that, should Mr. Jonathan fail to secure the mandate to continue, then MEND is bound to ramp up violence in the Niger Delta, virtually shutting down Nigeria’s oil production. This prospect, both friends reasoned, would in the end strike fear in the hearts of the oil-dependent political and corporate ruling class in Nigeria, compelling them to support anything the president and his ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are willing to do to secure another four years.

I wish I could describe their scenario as nonsensical, but that would be self-deception. As another friend of mine once told me, Nigeria is a country where any absurdity makes sense. Yet, that projection of MEND as the final cause of a Jonathan re-election provides yet another proof that Nigeria is a wobbly country living on borrowed time. If Nigeria were a firmly established nation, then such decisive means of blackmail would not be in play.

The other side of the coin, of course, is that justice should be the first condition of a stable nation – to invoke words Wole Soyinka deployed in his prison memoir, The Man Died. In the context of Nigeria, justice would suggest that the natural resources in the Niger Delta belong to the people of the area, instead of being hijacked by a visionless national elite incapable of creative application of the intellect to generate the resources to better their environment. In the spirit of true federalism, I support the idea of each part of Nigeria deploying their resources towards development. The Niger Delta deserves to keep most, if not all, the resources from oil. Every other part of Nigeria has its own bequest of resources, natural and man-made, to fund development.

To return to my original point: a Nigeria where any form of blackmail can be used to decide an election is a misconceived country. It’s a recipe for the intensified deployment of violence as a means of achieving political and other ends.

What most troubles me about Nigeria is the apparent deafness of its politicians and broad elite to the signs of a widening chasm, an increasingly violent repudiation of a country founded on false platitudes. That we’re one Nigeria is a huge lie. That we need to be one Nigeria is an even huger lie. A country, like any other community, must be shaped and animated by a set of values and principles. A sense of justice is indispensable. But before we even get there, a sense of volition – the idea that every group that belongs to this national family did so out of free choice, not compulsion – must be demonstrated.

Nigeria’s Supreme Court recently authorized the Federal Government to proceed to indict Ralph Uwazurike and other MASSOB figures for treason. Given Nigeria’s political history, it was a bizarre verdict. Uwazurike and MASSOB are no threats to Nigeria; Nigeria is a threat to itself. When the machinery of the Nigerian state – the police, the legislature and the Presidency – cannot answer the simple question of who killed twenty or so men whose corpses were found floating on Ezu River, then why blame anybody or group who openly seeks a divorce from Nigeria?

As far as the Nigerian state is concerned, the fate of the Baga dead is sealed. Justice will not be done to the victims of the Baga massacre anymore than justice was done to those floating corpses. The Nigerian state is in the business of discounting the humanity of its citizens, treating its people as if they were dispensable inconveniences. Daily, the Nigerian state wages a war against its people. Each time the state murders innocent people in Odi, Zaki Biam or Amansea,  it fosters the normalization of anarchy. And as long as that anomaly persists, there will be a job for Boko Haram, for MASSOB, for the OPC, for MEND – and for other separatist groups yet unborn.

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Jonathan not probing Obasanjo – Gulak

Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Ali Gulak has said the president is not probing former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He told newsmen yesterday in Abuja that it was even the Jonathan’s administration that is being probed by the National Assembly through many investigative hearings and other probes into the affairs of governmental agencies and government officials.
Obasanjo on Sunday in Abuja at the 50th birthday thanksgiving service in honour of former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, said Jonathan should go ahead and probe his eight year tenure and stop harassing ministers who served during his tenure.
“I believe former President Obasanjo expressed his opinion or his fear. But I tell you President Jonathan has not said the administration will probe Mrs Ezekwesili,” Gulak said.
He also denied that the president is witch-hunting Governor Chibuike Amaechi by grounding his private jet. “The fact that you are governor and plying private jet does not mean you should do things that are not within the confines of the law and the fact that you are a governor does not mean you should flout the law. President Jonathan is ready to work with anybody who emerges as chairman of the forum,” he said.
Daily Trust

Abducted family of eight found in Cameroon

Abducted family of eight found in Cameroon

• We’ve established contact with our man –Customs


The Nigeria Customs Service yesterday said it has established contact with a Lagos-based Customs officer, Mr. James Gadzama Pallam who was abducted by gunmen with seven others including his wife, five children and a cousin in a village between Adamawa and Borno states.

Speaking on telephone in Abuja, Mr. Wale Adeniyi, national public relations officer, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Headquarters, said the officer was in good condition and doing well.Daily Sun had exclusively reported that the Customs officer and his family had been missing without a trace after attending his brother’s wedding in Maiduguri, Borno State on April 7.

Daily Sun gathered that gunmen in Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and said to be in police uniforms, intercepted the family around Firgi, a boundary town between Borno and Adamawa states on April 8.

Although Adeniyi did not say exactly where the officer was being held, he explained that the service was making frantic effort and arrangement to bring him back to re-unite with his family.  “Why did you (Daily Sun) not contact us before writing the story?

What I can tell you for now is that we have established contact with him and now making effort to bring him back to re-unite with his family,” he said. Adeniyi did not explain the type of effort being made and whether they were negotiating with the gunmen or involving other security agencies for their release.

Family sources, however, told Daily Sun that Pallam and other vitims were found in Yaounde, Cameroon Mr. Pallam’s relation, who was a former deputy speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly, Emmanuel Tsamdu, had told Daily Sun that the incident had been reported to the police in Borno State.

-Daily Sun

 Chris Brown has unfollowed Rihanna on Twitter (Picture:

Karrueche Tran, Chris Brown, Rihanna
Chris Brown has unfollowed Rihanna on Twitter (Picture: Xposurephotos.com/Getty)

Chris Brown has unfollowed Rihanna on Twitter sparking speculation that the on/off couple have split up again.

The snub came after RiRi started following her ex-boyfriend Drake on Instagram, and now the Fine China singer has stopped following her on the social networking site.

And to add further insult to injury Chris has started following his ex-girlfriend Karruche Tran on Twitter again.

At the start of the month, Chris, 23, went on radio to claim he was no longer with RiRi, but then when Rihanna’s tour reached LA on 8 April, the couple Instagrammed a picture of them back together in a car.


Over the weekend Chris’s dad, Clinton Brown, voiced his concerns over his son’s rekindled romance with 25-year-old Rihanna, saying he didn’t think they had ‘balance’ in their relationship.

Neither of them have commented on the split, but Chris tweeted: ‘Just remember to keep ya m*******kin head up!’ while Karruche tweeted a Kanye West lyric, ‘How you stay faithful in a room full of h**s?’