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IDP: Legislators Query NEMA Boss Over Procurement Process



House of Reps
House of Reps

Irregularities in the procurement process of rice by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA for Internally Displaced People, IDP once again is on the front burner.

The House of Representatives concerned over the process adopted by NEMA has queried the Agency to explain why it rejected an offer by the World Food Programme (WFP) to donate rice to internally displaced persons but proceeded to use public funds to purchase 5000 metric tonnes of rice for the same purpose and handed over them to WFP.

The legislators maintained that it is questionable that rather than convince the international agency to patronise local rice processors in the country in order to generate income for the country and boost agriculture, NEMA decided to provide the requested rice to WFP for free.

But Mr Kayode Fagbemi, acting director, Relief and Rehabilitation of NEMA, who represented the director general, Engr Mustapha Maihaja, informed the lawmakers that the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, gave approval to the agency to split the 10, 000 metric tonnes of rice for internally displaced persons into two and give WFP one part in order to aid faster food distribution.

Tempers flared at the hearing when Mr Kayode refused to answer the lawmakers, including Hon Mohammed Nur Sheriff, who represents the worst hit areas of Bama/Ngala/Kalabalge of Borno State, on the rationale behind that decision and his failure to state where the items were supplied to since there were allegations that the IDPs have not received them.

NEMA staff attending to IDPs


Governments of the five (5) out of the six (6) states which were supposed to have received the rice had, in an earlier hearing by the committee, stated that they have not received any rice from the food intervention programme.

The committee members also sought to know where a quotation allegedly made by Olam Nigeria Ltd for supply of eight metric tonnes of rice which was presented by NEMA to the committee emanated from since Olam duly informed the committee that it did not give any quote to NEMA prior to his engagement for the contract.

Representative of Olam, Vice president, Rice, Reggie George, had earlier, while making a presentation before the committee, explained that his company got to know about the contract through the ministry of Agricultural during a meeting of Rice Processors Associations of Nigeria and though he did not bid or send a quote for the contract, he received an award letter from NEMA to supply rice worth N2.4 billion.

In his submission to the committee, representative of APM Terminal, Mr Daniel Odigbe, said as a terminal operator, 271 containers of rice were received and stored but all the containers have left the port after being cleared by the agency.

He said the rice shipment which was received between June (50 containers), August (120 containers), September (40 containers) and October 2017 (61 containers) incurred a total demurrage of N389, 781 million for storage and delivery.

APT granted waivers to the tune of N183 million based on request by NEMA and the fact that the containers were meant for IDPs and received N 206 million as total payment for storage, delivery and handling cost.

Representative of MAX Nigeria Ltd, the local branch of Maxline, China, Ms Blessing Ebri, said while making a presentation before the committee that a total of N200 million was paid for demurrage for the rice which landed in the port of Lagos in June, 2017, along with a standard import charge of N17 million, after several negotiations with NEMA for waivers which the company agreed on.

Also at the hearing, Dangote Company explained to the committee that it was not involved in rice distribution to IDPs, neither were they engaged by NEMA. The representative of the company said it was engaged in June 2016 by the CBN and given N2 billion for mop up of maize from farmers for off season use, which they did and later released to NEMA on directive by CBN.



Fake DSS officers Prowl Abuja banks, rob customers

Tell victim: “We will condemn your legs”




DSS officers used to illustrate the story
DSS officers used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: Daily Post]

Notwithstanding the presence of policemen at bank branches in Abuja, several bank customers are coming under attack by gun-trotting men who proclaim themselves as Department of State Security (DSS) operatives before robbing helpless bank customers outside the bank premises while policemen on guard look on.

The fake DSS officers who prowl from one bank to another target bank users walking out of bank building, forcing them into their vehicle where they are disposed of cash and valuables.

One of the victims, Mark Oamen, narrated his experience to SATELLITE TIMES saying: “On June 28, 2018, I withdrew the sum of N90,000.00 from the Utako branch of UBA on Obafemi Awolowo Way. As I stepped out of the bank, and walked towards my car, stern looking men in a blue Toyota Corolla blocked my way, shouted at me and commanded me to enter their car. They accused me of being a fraudster who had been on their watchlist. They told me:

“We are from the DSS and you have been on our watch, enter this car now or we condemn your legs”. Oamen said two men in the car threatened him.

Oamen further added that fear of being shot and his innocence forced him to obey them:

“As they drove away, they signaled to two policemen on the other side of the road that they will come back after they had taken me to their command.”

He further said that his demand to be taken to nearby Utako Police Station was ignored, as the men retorted that they do not report to the Police. Meanwhile, they searched him, took the N90,000 he had just withdrawn from the bank. They also seized his phone and his ATM (debit card), and requested for the pin of the ATM threatening to cripple him if he gives them a wrong pin. The men made it clear they will verify the correctness of the pin with their POS machine inside their car.

The men further searched Oamen and took away his identity card, and finally dumped him along the Expressway.

On how the scary incident finally ended, Oamen continued: “When they got to Katampe district by the popular Nicon junction, they asked: “Can any union member identify you in this park?”. I had told them that am member of the transportation union, I replied that I’m not sure. They zoomed off, further stopped again by Tipper garage along Kubwa road and repeated the question with a command that I should get down and check if I can be identified. Soon after I alighted, they zoomed off with all my valuables.

“With my card and pin that I was forced to release, they withdrew N100,000 from my account”.

When SATELLITE TIMES visited the branch where the incident took place for cross-check, a staff of the bank, Alex was obliged to invite Oamen back to the bank. Oamen permitted our reporter access to his statement of account which confirmed the withdrawals he had mentioned earlier.

Findings at Utako police station revealed that they have received several reports of such incidents.

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Police Promotion Scandal: NOPRIN mount pressures on President to investigate irregularities

… Reveals how officers perfect moves to get illegal promotion




IGP, Ibrahim Idris
IGP, Ibrahim Idris

A coalition of 46 Civil Society Organisations under auspices of the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) has mounted pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to order for an immediate investigation into irregularities in police promotion in Nigeria.

According to the coalition, an immediate investigation into irregularities in police promotion, should be part of government’s strategies to address police ineffectiveness and insecurity in the country.

Reacting to SATELLITE TIMES investigative report on police promotion, National Coordinator of NOPRIN, Okechukwu Nwanguma held that it was this type of irregularity, favoritism and corruption characterizing officers promotions in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) that is lowering morale, killing dedication, breeding disenchantment and indiscipline, and ultimately promoting insecurity in the country.

SATELLITE TIMES recently revealed how Jimoh Moshood, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) was promoted twice in six months while Abdulkarim Abdullahi, the personal Assistant to the current Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) whereas his Course 35 mates are Superintendent of Police (SP), having been promoted to that rank only last year.

Jimoh Moshood [Photo Credit: Daily Post]

The Police spokesman, Moshood, joined the Force in the year 2000 as Cadet ASP on Course 20. Within 18 years he has risen to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police. In 2015 Moshood was promoted to the rank of CSP, while in 2018 he was treated to double promotion at different times to the rank of ACP and DCP.

The Personal Assistant to the IG, Abdullahi, with AP No.57593 joined the Nigeria Police in year 2000 on Course 35. His coursemates of Course 35 were promoted to the rank of Superitendant of Police (SP) in 2017. Abdullahi is a beneficiary of the recent promotion to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police.

Yet another beneficiary is Charles Onoh, who until 2015 was the Escort Commandant to the former Vice President Namadi Sambo. Documents obtained by Satellite Times show that Onoh with AP No. AP86577 of Course 21, joined the force on 15th August, 2002. His rise to the position of Chief superintendent of Police started when he was serving the nation’s No. 2 Man.

The documents available to SATELLITE TIMES further showed that of a total of 630 officers promoted from SP to CSP, 49 were discovered to belong to two ineligible groups of Course 22 who joined the force in 2005 with AP No. ranging from 94075-98225 and those of Course 35 who joined in 2000 with AP No. ranging from 50304-87826. These 49 officers whose mates are still SP may have unduly favoured given that they had not spent the minimum three years on their last rank to qualify for the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER).

NOPRIN in a statement made available to SATELLITE TIMES alleged that: ” Moshood , the Force PRO was promoted to ACP in March 2018 amidst allegations that his promotion followed an intercepted phone call between a security officer attached to the President and the outgoing Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Mike Okiro where the security official solicited illicit promotion favour from Okiro on behalf of the PRO . This allegation has not been investigated. It ought to.

“Less than three months later, the same Moshood has again been promoted to DCP. The reason offered for this controversial promotion is that his fellow PROs in other uniformed services are wearing ranks equivalent of a DCP and therefore, he had to be brought up to level with those other ones.

“This justification sounds, in my view, wooly and preposterous. Are there no DCPs in the NPF who can be appointed to replace Moshood? Considering his many gaffes as PRO, why should he be retained as PRO?

“It is this type of irregularity, favoritism and corruption characterizing police promotions in the NPF that is lowering morale, killing dedication, breeding disenchantment and indiscipline, and ultimately promoting insecurity in the country.

“Many of Moshood’s mates and superiors who have been left behind by this unmerited promotion will never be happy, and rightly so and will not be encouraged to put in their best. I’m told that this is Okiro’s parting ‘gift’ as he exits the PSC and that many other officers benefitted from the ‘gift’ with some who did not merit it paying some fees. Already, I’m receiving complaints from grudging and disgruntled officers and what they say will outrage anyone concerned about fairness and how corruption and injustice can breed insecurity in a country”.

Base on this NOPRIN is calling President Buhari to order for an immediate investigation into irregularities in police promotion in Nigeria as part of government’s strategies to address police ineffectiveness and insecurity in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

Besides, the group also expressed it stand on state police, held that Nigeria Police is over-centralised. “Nigeria is too big a country to be policed by a one-size-fits- all central police. This centralised structure of the Nigeria police is one of the key factors militating against police efficiency and effectiveness. Everywhere, policing is local”.

It called on the National Assembly to commence the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the establishment of State police and also produce a bill that will guarantee the establishment of independent and professional state police services.

“Now, the Senate has also comes up to lead the push for state police.

NOPRIN believes that State Police should only be established on a basis of strict adherence to the principles of operational autonomy, and must be based on sound professional practice in appointment, operations and control.

There should be defined parameters of cooperation which provide, for example, that where a state does not fully cooperate with its counterpart or the Federal Police on any matter, the Federal Police should take over and deal with the matter as is common in other jurisdiction”..

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Scores feared dead in tanker explosion along Lagos-Ibadan expressway



Scene of the explosion along Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Scene of the explosion along Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Many are feared to have been killed as a tanker carrying fuel on Thursday exploded along Otedola Bridge in Lagos State.

The tanker was leaving Lagos when it got engulfed in fire, causing panic and leaving trapped victims of the explosion helpless.

Reports of the unfortunate accident spread on Twitter as many users shared pictures and videos as it happened.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and Lagos Fire Service were mobilised to salvage the situation, a tweet by the Rapid Response Squad read.

In another recent Tweet by the Rapid Response team, more emergency service ‘responders’ have been deployed to the scene.

“More emergency service responders are at the scene now. The police, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, LASTMA, Lagos Fire Service, other law enforcement agencies are all on ground,” the tweet read.

Casualty figures remain unknown as at the time of this report.

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