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DSS arrest Sowore ahead of Monday protests

Operatives of the Department of State Services have arrested pro-democracy activist and the convener of #RevolutionNow Protests, Omoyele Sowore.

It was gathered that Sowore was picked up at his apartment in the early hours of Saturday.

Sowore posted a distress tweet at exactly 1:25 am with an eyewitness confirming that his phone was forcefully taken from him.

The tweet read, ” DSS invades Sowore’s”.

He also tweeted  ” Ja p”,  confirming his phone must have been seized while trying to raise the alarm about his arrest.

His arrest and detention are not unconnected to #RevolutionNow, a series of planned protests against bad governance in Nigeria  scheduled for August 5, 2019.

More to follow…

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Melaye sleeps on the floor in DSS premises

After he was forcefully moved from the Police Hospital in Abuja to the Department of State Security Services (DSS) medical facility still within Abuja, Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial DIstrict in the National Assembly, has refused to enter the main building of the DSS centre.

Instead, he took position on the floor within the premises.

It was gathered that senator demanded from the security operatives the reason for bringing him to the DSS medical facility.

Afterwards, he refused to enter the hospital, since he claimed not to have been told the reason for his transfer from the Police hospital to the DSS quarters.

As such, he decided to stay put on the bare floor in the compound of the hospital.

SOURCE: Sahara Reporters

DSS breakdowns how politicians ‘bribed’ Oshiomhole in dollars

The Department of State Services (DSS) has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to prosecute Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for allegedly receiving at least $55million in relation to the nationwide primaries of the party.

Asides the presidency, the DSS also forwarded its findings to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“Total $55 million is what Adams is alleged to have received. Some party chieftains claim it is $80 million,” a source aware of the contents of the report had told SaharaReporters.

According to report, $17 million is what Oshiomhole allegedly received as bribe from Zamfara: $10 million for him, $7 million shared between Farouk Adamu, former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Niyi Adebayo, former Governor of Ekiti State; and other party chieftains. 

“Adamu was the collection coordinator,” said the source. “Hope Uzodinma, the APC governorship candidate in Imo State, gave $3 million; Rochas Okorocha, Governor of the state, offered $500,000 but it was rejected; Dapo Abiodun, the APC candidate in Ogun State, paid $5 million. The DSS also said some of the money was paid into Oshiomhole’s niece’s account.” 

At a glance, below, is a table showing those names confirmed by SaharaReporters to have been listed by the DSS report as paying or attempting to pay bribes, in millions or hundreds of thousands, to Oshiomhole and his cronies.

SourcePositionAmount
Zamfara —$17 million​​
Hope UzodinmaAPC Governorship Candidate, Imo State$3 million​
Rochas OkorochaGovernor of Imo State$500,000​ (Rejected)
Dapo AbiodunAPC Governorship Candidate, Imo State$5 million​
OthersUnknown 
TOTAL$55million/$80 million

Nigeria SSS gets new director after Senate’s ‘luck down’

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has appointed a new boss for the domestic spy agency after masked gunmen took control of the parliamentary building on Wednesday, causing a political uproar in the West African state.

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Matthew Seiyefa would act as the new director-general of the Department of State Security Service, replacing Lawal Daura who was sacked for what Mr Osinbajo’s office called the “unlawful takeover” of the parliamentary complex.

It is unclear why the masked gunmen – linked to the spy agency – took control of the building, but opposition lawmakers said it was an attempt to intimidate and block them from entering parliament after they defected from the ruling party.

Biafra will come even quicker if you arrest me – Nnamdi Kanu

he leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has said that if the Federal government re-arrests him, the Republic of Biafra would “come even quicker”.

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He said he is entitled to exercise his right to freedom of movement and can move to anywhere including Lagos.

According to the IPOB leader who spoke in Umuahia, nobody can stop him from visiting Lagos State if he wants to visit there, saying he was not bothered by threats by some elements that his safety would not be guaranteed in Lagos.

“If you arrest me, Biafra will come even quicker than we anticipate. I am not afraid of being arrested. I have been there before and if need be, I will also be there again.

“I will be very happy if they re-arrest me. If we are hoping for 90% compliance with the boycott of Anambra State Governorship election, my arrest will make the compliance 100%.

“But why will I be re-arrested and nobody is going to arrest Tanko Yakassai or Ango Abdulahi because of what they have been saying? Is it because they are Fulani? They own Nigeria? They are immune to arrest? Is arrest only meant for Biafrans and not for Fulani?

“Who will arrest Lawal Daura of DSS for flouting court order to release Bright Chimezie Isinwa of IPOB? The Fulanis say whatever they like and go free and nobody holds them accountable because they own Nigeria”, Kanu said.

According to him, “I go to anywhere I want to go. I don’t listen to threats. They motivate me rather than dampen my spirit. That thing people say I cannot do is what I love to do. When the time comes, I will go to Lagos if I have to go to Lagos”.

“I have friends with connections in Lagos, Fani Fayode is my friend and he is in Lagos. If I try to visit him in Yoruba land, then I must see him in Lagos”.

Kanu also denied promoting hate speech as being accused of by his critics, saying that condemnation of the injustices in Nigeria or the agitation for self- rule does not in any way amount to hate speech.

“I completely disagree with them. They are the pioneers of hate speech. Go through the text of speeches made by Ango Abdulahim, Tanko Yakassai or the ones made by one Abubakar. Are those ones not hate speeches? Unfortunately, I blame the deplorable state of education in Nigeria because they don’t know what hate speech is all about.

“Does asking for self-determination amount to hate speech? Or asking for referendum hate speech? Where did they go to school? I think they need to invest more in education because self determination is no way equal to war or hate speech”, Kanu said.

DSS uncover Terrorists plans to attack strategic areas ahead of Eid-el-Fitr celebration

The Department of State Services (DSS) said it had exposed a plan by suspected terrorists to stage series of coordinated attacks using explosives in different cities across the country during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

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According to Punch, the suspected terrorists’ plan was to hit populated places like markets, public parks, public processions, recreation centres, as well worship areas.

The DSS said that the plan by the suspected terrorists was to attack Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna and Maiduguri.

A director with the agency, Nnana Nnochiri, who briefed journalists in Abuja on Friday, however, said Nigerians should not worry and go about their activities as usual.

Nnochiri said, “In the past few weeks, this service has uncovered a sinister plot by terrorist elements to stage series of coordinated attacks using explosives on different cities across the country.

“Their aim was to hit on soft targets such as markets, public parks, public processions, recreation centres, as well as worship centres especially the Eid Praying grounds and other densely populated areas during the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebrations.”

Consequently, Nnochiri said that the service had arrested two suspects in connection with the foiled planned attacks.

Court says money found in Justice Ngwuta’s home ‘short by N22,000’ | Trial suspended

The trial of the suspended Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta, continued on Friday amidst a controversy over the actual amount of funds recovered from the judge’s residence.

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Mr. Ngwuta is among seven judges whose homes were raided by operatives of the State Security Service in October 2016.

The SSS had explained that it carried out the raid as part of investigations into allegations of fraud perpetrated by the judges, and that it recovered large sums of money in local and foreign currencies.

An operative of the SSS, John Utazi, who testified in court regarding the recovered funds had told a Federal High Court in Abuja that the amount of money recovered was N35.3 million in local currencies while large sums in foreign denomination were also found at Mr. Ngwuta’s residence.

The judge, John Tsoho, had earlier ordered that the recovered funds be kept in the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

When the matter was called on Friday, Mr. Tsoho drew the attention of the prosecution to the fact that the amount said to have been recorded as local currencies differed from what the court arrived at, after counting the money.

Mr. Tsoho said the money was short by over N22, 000 when it was counted following the order made by his court.

In an attempt to explain the reason for the difference, the prosecution counsel, Olufemi Fatunde, said she had had been told that the money was calculated using counting machines.

The witness, Mr. Utazi, however insisted that what he had stated to court, was what the SSS found.

The case was adjourned till July 3, for further hearing.

Court gives a conflicting ruling, blocks the release of Ifeanyi Ubah 

​An FCT High Court, Jabi on Thursday rejected the application of Ifeanyi Ubah, the chairman of Capital Oil to secure freedom from the custody of the State Security Service, SSS.

According to Premium Times, the ruling came after another court in Lagos said Mr. Ubah be released if he is not charged within 48 hours.

Mr. Ubah was arrested by the SSS on May 5, over alleged diversion of petrol kept in his tank farm in Lagos by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The NNPC had claimed that the petrol kept in Mr. Ubah’s farm valued at N11 billion, saying it was an attempt by the defendant to cause scarcity of the product in the country.

Justice Yusuf Halilu of FCT High court at the resumed hearing on the matter, granted the order following an ex-parte application brought before him by the Counsel to DSS, G. O. Agbadua.

According to Mr. Halilu, it is necessary to grant SSS application in the interest of justice to allow it carry out more investigations about the whole matter.

He said that the court had no power to disallow the agency from doing its work, stressing that the rule of law must prevail in the interest of justice.

The judge therefore granted the application for another more 14 days to allow the agency carryout more investigations about the matter, which it said was to ascertain the true position of the matter.

Mr. Halilu had earlier dismissed an application by Mr. Ubah praying the court to set aside its earlier order of May 10, which granted leave to DSS to detain the defendant in the agency custody.

“Nobody will stop the DSS from doing its work; the court has no power to grant such order by Ubah to release him conditionally or unconditionally.

“The DSS must always know that the rule of law thrive in this country, Ubah’s order was obtained lawfully but is hereby dismissed,’’ Halilu said.

Earlier, Ifeoma Esom, the Counsel to the defendant had also prayed the court to set aside it order of May 10 granting leave to the SSS to detain Mr. Ubah.

Those wishing Buhari dead should be arrested – NFD

The National Forum of Democrats has asked the national security adviser (NSA) and the Department of State Services (DSS) to identify and punish those behind the fake reports about President Muhammadu Buhari.

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It would be recalled that over the weekend there were false reports that Buhari had died in a London hospital.

But in a statement on Monday, president of the forum, Gambo Danbatta, said the website had evil intentions.

He said there should be global efforts to curb the menace of fake news which had now become a “growing international concern”.

“The persons behind the fake news site are deploying it for evil. They registered it from Scottsdale, Arizona, the US in October of last year and updated the site for this evil plot sometimes in April this year,” the president of the forum said.

“Thankfully, presidential aides were quick to calm Nigerians and assure them as the to the safety and health of Mr President.

“This has nothing to do with freedom of expression, which is not the same as freedom to lie, it is about criminals plotting to use fake news to destabilise the country.

“The office should work with the relevant stakeholders to shut down the fake site while creating an early warning system to identify similar sites that will proliferate in the days ahead and build the necessary alliances that would make it possible to shut them down within minutes.

“Our hope is that the real Metro newspaper would work with the British High Commission and the Nigerian authorities to track down those exploiting its name to commit crime.

“Those behind the fake news should be treated in this instance as no less than hackers who deserve to get the maximum punishment possible once identified.”