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Today's Headlines:Lai Speaks Again, Shekau Mocks New Service Chiefs, Abacha loot returned to Nigeria

1) Your Data Is Not Correct – Presidency Replies TI On Nigeria’s Corruption Rating

The Buhari Presidency Thursday night hotly disputed the latest corruption index published by Transparency International that ranked Nigeria 149th among 183 countries.

It was the worst ranking for Nigeria since 2015 and stamps asterisk of doubt over the effect of President Buhari’s anti-corruption policy.

Indeed the report flawed Buhari’s government anti-corruption credentials as the nation slipped from 146th in 2019 to 149th.

In a reaction today, the presidency said the administration deserves credit for diminishing corruption in the public service.

It said the Buhari government will continue to vigorously support prevention, enforcement, public education and enlightenment activities of anti-corruption agencies.

The government certainly did not agree with TI’s report.

“We are currently analyzing the sources of data used in arriving at the latest Transparency International (TI) report on Corruption Perceptions Index in Nigeria since by their own admission, they don’t gather their own data”, said Garba Shehu, an SSA media to the president.

2) I will not allow religious prejudice to influence my decisions, policies – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday vowed not to allow religious prejudice and partisanship influence his decisions and policies.

He warned that stoking ethnic and religious prejudices would not augur well for the development of the country, adding that his administration will continue to create the enabling environment for religious freedom as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

“I acknowledge that security is the first responsibility of Government but Government cannot do it alone. It requires stakeholders, such as yourselves. Therefore, I urge you to lend your support to the security agencies by providing information that may stem the tide of crimes and insecurity in the society.

3) You will soon lose credibility – Nigeria replies Amnesty International

The Federal Government of Nigeria said Amnesty International (AI) is becoming an irritant with disinformation and double standard and will soon lose its respect and credibility.

The government said this position in response to the AI allegation of cover-up in the handling of the purported crackdown and killings of EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos in October 2020.

In a release to mark 100 days of the Lekki Toll Gate incident, AI, a global movement on a campaign to end abuses of human rights, alleged Nigerian authorities were covering up in bringing the perpetrators of the purported killings to book.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed accused AI of disinformation and double standard.

Specifically, the minister said AI had no proof to justify its claim that 12 people were killed by the military at the Lekki Toll Gate.

“If Amnesty International has any proof, it should come out with it or shut up.

American government has vowed that they will search, arrest and prosecute anybody involved in the attack on Capitol Hill

“When Nigeria wanted to arrest and prosecute those hoodlums responsible for the killings of 37 Policemen, six Soldiers during the EndSARS protest, Amnesty International will find fault.

“At the Lekki toll gate incident in Lagos, they described the hoodlums as peaceful protesters, while the people who invaded capitol hill in the US were called insurrectionists.

4) Boko Haram leader Shekau: Nigeria’s new Service Chiefs will fail

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s factional leader, said Nigeria’s new Service Chiefs will fail and can’t do better than their predecessors.

Shekau stated this on Wednesday in a newly released video.

In the nine minutes, 56 seconds-long video, Shekau said he heard about the retirement of the previous service chiefs and their replacement with new ones but he said his message was to call them to Islam.

Shekau, in the video, mentioned the names and the roles of the new service chiefs and called them to repent because they can’t do anything to destroy his gang.

He called on those of them that are not Muslims to convert to Islam and warned those who are already Muslims not to think they will be able to do anything against him because their own version of Islam is ‘fake.’

“Leo Irabor, the head of the military, you should have sympathy for yourself, repent and convert to Islam. There is nothing you can do,” Shekau said.

He said Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru should not deceive himself because he has a Muslim background.

“Even if you are Muslim but you conduct polytheistic practices, you are no longer a Muslim,” Shekau said.

A source familiar with the activities of Boko Haram told HumAngle that members of the group are likely to conduct major operations to send a message to the new service chiefs that they are ready to fight.

5) Obasanjo almost put an end to my military career 21 years ago – Buratai

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai says former Military Head of State, Olusegun Obasanjo almost put an end to his military career 21 years ago.

He was then a major in the military when Obasanjo almost retired him.

Buratai, spoke while handling over to the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru at the Army Headquarters.

The Nation quoted Buratai as saying that his attainment of the rank of Lieutenant General and Chief of Army Staff were historic.

“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo almost retired me 21 years ago when I was a Major. My retirement after 40 years of Service is historic,hence, calls for gratitude,” he said.

Buratai did not reveal what he did that made Obasanjo wanting to retire him.

However, the retired amey general was grateful to Nigerian troops service at home and abroad, saying that the Army would not remain the same owing to his transformational leadership and landmark achievements.

6) $2.4b Abacha loot returned to Nigeria, $192m still in UK, France, Jersey

Swiss lawyer Enrico Monfrini, hired by the Nigerian government to help trace the billions looted by kleptocrat General Sani Abacha said $2.4billion has so far been recovered and repatriated to Nigeria.

However, another $192million is locked up in accounts in UK, France and Jersey.

According to Monfrini, $30m of the money is sitting in the UK to be returned, $144m is in France and a further $18m in Jersey.

Monfrini, who is entitled to 4 percent of the recovered loot spoke with the BBC, in a story that reveals how the loot was traced globally.

The whole tracking of the loot from 1999 began with a phone call.

7) Tension as Sule Lamido lambasts Tinubu, Fashola over attack on Fulani in South-West

The attack on Fulanis in the Southwest is leading to surmounting tension as former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido lambasts the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmad Tinubu, saying he has remained indifferent over the recent attack on Fulanis in the southwestern region of Nigeria, despite his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency in 2015.

Lamido lamented that Fulanis are being persecuted in the country, especially the southwestern part because they are Buhari’s tribe.

Lamido has also blasted the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, his counterparts in transportation and labour employment ministries, Rotimi Amaechi and Chris Ngige for not defending Fulanis in their region despite being with president Buhari.

They are reading Fulani through Buhari, who is also of Fulani tribe. They failed to understand that it is not every Fulani that supports Buhari. Even me, I am a Fulani by tribe but did not vote for Buhari.

8) Host Communities Throw Punches Over PIB During Meeting With Reps

The ongoing public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) on Thursday (today) ended abruptly as members of the host community threw punches.

Reports reaching Naija News at this time confirmed that there were disagreements during the meeting organized by the House of Representatives on PIB matters.

PUNCH reports that the physical combat started when the host communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas was called to the podium to make a presentation on who should represent the areas.

Naija News understands that opposition from some other bodies of host communities stirred up an uproar in the session, leading to an exchange of blows with the other side of the host members.

The development reportedly forced the lawmakers to seek the intervention of security operatives. The leaders of the oil-rich areas under the aegis of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas had on Tuesday, January 26 stood their ground to reject the 2.5 per cent proposed for them in the Petroleum Industry Bill 2020.

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