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So, Abdulrasheed Maina has suddenly taken ill too?

Maina, court

AT his last appearance at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Abdulrasheed Maina, former chair of the Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT, was in a wheelchair.

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IGP, Recruitment, Police, insurgency

Between the PSC, IG Adamu and Justice Inyang Ekwo

ON this day last week, an   Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to stay action on the employment of 10, 000 recruits into the Nigeria Police Force. The engagement of the recruits for community policing has led to bad blood between the Police Service Commission, PSC, chaired by a former Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith, and the Inspector General of Police. Each side claims it is the right authority to preside over the employment of the recruits. The issue got so bad that the warriors dragged themselves before President Muhammadu Buhari who many Nigerians thought should call the combatants to order. But in his usual way, the President took a vague position that only amounted to kicking the can down the road.

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Ile-Ife, Security operatives

The Police Service Commission, IGP and racketeers in power

THE ongoing feud between the Musiliu Smith-led Police Service Commission, PSC and Muhammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, over the recruitment of police personnel reflects how high and deep the culture of corruption, driven by self-interest, has permeated all sections of the Nigerian society, with or without the roof-top anti-corruption crusade of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

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Wadume and the arrangie masters

Following the cold-blooded murder of five members of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, by renegade elements of the 92 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Jalingo, Taraba State, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered investigation of the incident. The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, set up a seven-man joint investigative panel, comprising officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Police, Department of State Services and the Defence Intelligence Agency under the headship of Rear Admiral. I. T. Olaiya. Their remit was to unravel the circumstances surrounding the murder of the IRT men. The Olaiya panel released its findings about a week ago without appearing to have moved the investigation any further from where pandemonium struck, leading to the back and forth between the Police and the Army, after the premeditated killing of the IRT officers on August 6. The summary of the panel’s report has an echo of General Yakubu Gowon’s reconciliatory statement at the end of the Nigerian Civil War: No victor; no vanquished.

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Maina, EFCC, DSS

Was Abdulrasheed Maina a fugitive?

In July 2015, Abdulrasheed Maina who was last week arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services, reportedly escaped from the country to Dubai in the United Arab Emirate. He was the Director of Human Resources in the Ministry of Interior. But it was in his capacity as Chair of the Pension Reform Task Team, now defunct, that Maina had a run-in with the law. Or so it was reported. Maina alongside Steve Oronsaye, former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, OsarenkhoeAfe and Fredrick Hamilton, among others, were charged before a Federal High Court in Abuja on 24 counts bordering on fraud and obtaining by false pretences (is that a euphemism for 419?) to the tune of N2.1 billion in their management of the pension funds. Generally, the Nigerian Civil Service is a cesspool of fraud but perhaps this should not be surprising considering that heads of the Civil Service somehow manage to get entangled in issues of fraud and corrupt practices. It was only weeks ago that Winifred Oyo-Ita was sent on terminal administrative leave following corruption charges. As was the case with Oronsaye and the pension funds, Oyo-Ita was forced to forfeit properties and funds worth billions of naira.

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Sowore, DSS

Between the DSS and Sowore

This is the third straight week this column will be commenting on the arrest (properly speaking, abduction) and detention of Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the February 2019 election, publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of the #Revolution Now protest.

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Sowore, court

Insult the President and go to jail

AGENTS of the Department of State Services, DSS, arrested Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the February 2019 elections and founder of Sahara Reporters, in Lagos. Sowore neither was in a bush hideout or camp training to invade Abuja or any of our cities nor was he found with arms or an invading army that could suggest he was indeed getting ready for a bloody revolution, as state prosecutors have described his call for accountability.

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attacks

Xenophobic killings: South Africa, Nigeria and principle of diplomatic reciprocity

THE barrage of xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other African immigrants in South Africa came to a head last week with the murderous destruction of Nigerian lives and businesses by South Africans. These were coming only weeks after Nigerians became targets in series of isolated but sustained attacks launched against them and their businesses under the watchful gaze of the South African Police. Only recently, a Nigerian business woman died under suspicious circumstances while another well-known socialite was brutally assaulted and beaten by South African security agents. The situation last week was remarkably different as the attacks were evidently coordinated, fierce and as was the case in the past, appeared to enjoy some measure of official support.

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