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Buhari Sacks Maihaja as DG NEMA, Appoints Retired AVM Muhammadu Alhaji

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President Sacks DG NEMA, Appoints Retired AVM Muhammadu Alhaji

​President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) as the new Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

AVM Muhammadu Alhaji

The Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Mustapha made the announcement through his Director Information, Wilie Bassey.

The statement said the appointment took effect from Thursday, 30th April, 2020, for an initial period of 4 years in accordance with Section 3 of the National Emergency Management Agency Act.

​The erstwhile Director General, Engr. Mustapha Y. Maihaja has been directed to handover all official matters to AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) immediately.

The President thanked the out-gone Director-General for his services and charged the new appointee to serve with diligence and commitment.

Maihaja’s four year tenure would have elapsed by April 2021, but his time at the disaster management agency had been dogged with series of controversies and allegations of corrupt practices which were widely reported.

The sacked NEMA DG had also been embroiled in crisis with his local chapter of the All Progressives Congress AP in Yobe as well as the House of Representatives which accused him in 2018 of mismanagement of resources as well as inefficiency.

A parliamentary committee was put in place to investigate the release of N5.9 billion Food Intervention in the North-east, N3.1 billion Food Intervention in the same region, release of N1.6 billion for Libyan returnees, release of N1.6 billion Flood Intervention for 16 states and donation of 6,779 Metric Tons of rice by the Chinese Government.

There was also the N33 billion fraud allegation levelled against the outgoing Director General by the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness.

The presidency had then queried Maihaja on the strength of reports submitted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Department of State Services (DSS).

But it was alleged that the damning reports were swept under the carpet by some powerful forces within the presidency ostensibly to save the job of the embattled DG.The query, dated January 15, 2018, with reference number SH/OVP/DCOS/LG&R/NEMA/367 was addressed to Maihaja and signed by Ade Ipaye, Deputy Chief it Staff to the President, office of the Vice President.

The documents showed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, acting on a directive from his boss, issued the query following a petition over several fraud allegations against the NEMA DG by one Abba Kyari Modu Gana in a petition dated November 11, 2017.

In the petition reportedly copied the presidency, especially the office of the vice president, who doubles as Chairman of the Governing Council of NEMA, the nation’s anti-graft agencies, leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly and others, Gana alleged fraudulent practices, fraud, embezzlement, diversion of public funds as well as illegal contract approvals against Maihaja.

The new DG Retired Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed from Maiduguri, Borno State was a former Chief of Policy and Plans at the Nigerian Airforce before his retirement.

Muhammad enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1981 and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in 1985. Muhammed did his primary and basic flying courses at 401 and 403 Flying Training Schools, Kaduna and Kano respectively. Subsequently, he completed Tactical Fighter Training at 117 Air Combat Tactical Group, Kainji.

The officer served as Military Assistant to the Chief Executive of the Nigerian Airways from 21 January 1997 to 16 January 1998. He also served as Security Officer, Wing Chief Administration, Fleet Training Officer and Fleet Captain Air Force One (Boeing 737 BBJ) between 26 January 2000 to 4 February 2013 at the Presidential Air Fleet. At HQ NAF, the officer served as Deputy Director Policy, Director of Transformation and Chairman Air Exposition and International Liaison between 4 February 2013 to 8 January 2015.

The Senior Officer was also the Senior Air Staff Officer at the Headquarters Training Command, Managing Director of Nigerian Air Force Investments, Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command and Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command prior to his appointment as the Air Secretary.

Muhammed holds BSc degree in Political Science and MSc degree in Strategic Studies. He also has Limited Combat Rating and United States Federal Aviation Administration License as well as Nigerian Civil Aviation Air Transport License with 5,566 flying hours. Air Vice Marshal Muhammed has flown several aircraft types which include: Air Force One (B737 BBJ), Alpha Jet, Gulf Stream 550, Dassault Falcon 900, Citation Jet, L39 ZA and Bulldog 123.

His decorations include General Service Star, Pass Staff College and Fellow Defence College among others. The senior officer is married and blessed with 5 children. His hobbies include reading, football and horse riding.
(With reports by PRNigeria)

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Again Fulani Terrorists Attack Omala LGA, Kill 3 in Ajokpachi

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Barely a few weeks after a deadly attack by Fulani herdsmen on the Agojeju-odo Community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State,  another community has suffered the same fate.

The Dare Devil Fulani Bandits on Tuesday launched a deadly attack on the Ajokpachi Odo Community, a neighbouring Community killing no fewer than three persons, and carting away Motorbikes, foodstuff while scores of people still missing.
The attack was said to have occurred when the Youths in the area on surveillance mission were ambushed and killed  by the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.
According to the locals , the fulani militia who have been engaging in fierce battle with the Agatus in Benue state for over a week now were relocating when they met the   youths who were holding a meeting in Ajokpachi Odo and openedfire on them.,
Among the confirmed dead were Musa Sule from Ajokpachi Odo , one youth from Bagaji Odo and another one from Ajomachi, a border village in Benue state who were attending  the meeting on how to protect their communities.

Victims of the Fulani herdsmen attack on Agojeju-odo

Unconfirmed reports have it that the terrorists have also earmarked other communities in the local government for similar attacks. This has resulted in the desertion of Agbenema, Opada, Ajedegbo and surrounding communities whose inhabitants are moving in droves to Abejukolo the local government headquarters.
SunriseNigeria could not reach the Divisional Police Officer of the local government as his line could not be reached.
However a Community Leader , Nifu Abuka, who spent all night in the bush for fear of his life  as a result of the incident, said since  the heinous attack on  Agojeju Odo, his people have been sleeping with one eye closed.
He added that the porous security situation in the area has made them vulnerable to incessant Fulani attacks and called on relevant government agencies to come to their rescue.
He explained that the age long  feud between Agatu and Fulani in Benue and Nasarawa states have made his community, which share boundary with Agatu in Benue state -susceptible to attack.
In an interview with our correspondent, a prominent indigene of the local government, Dr James Odaudu reiterated the age-long calls by stakeholders for the establishment of a military base,  especially the Navy, in the area,  since the marauders usually cross the River Benue from the neighbouring Nasarawa State to attack the Agatus in Benue state and and communities in Omala LGA in Kogi State.
He called on the Federal and Benue  state Governments to urgently deploy permanent Security outfits to the communities to save them from unwarranted
deaths in the hands of the heavily armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken over their farms and the  deserted  villages.
According to him, the people are tired of the usual condolences by those whose responsibility it is to protect them and said if left unchecked, the bandits will overrun not only the local government, but the whole of Igala Kingdom.
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Submit Yourself to the Law, Tinubu Media Group Tells Yahaya Bello

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The Tinubu Media Support Group, TMSG, has urged the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to heed the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, and submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the court of law.

According to the group, it has become necessary for Bello to clear himself of allegations of financial malfeasance while in office.

In a statement issued Sunday and jointly signed by its Chairman, Emeka Nwankpa and Secretary, Dapo Okubanjo, the group described the stand-off between the former governor and the EFCC as unnecessary, saying it is an affront on the sanctity of the law and the integrity of the President’s war against corruption.

The statement said: “We have carefully watched all the drama and subterfuge that continue to trail the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Governor Yahaya Bello, a senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the curious attempts to politicize the routine matter of the request by the graft fighting agency to ask former Governor Bello to meet with its investigators.

“For us, the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, asking the former Kogi governor to subject himself to EFCC’s scrutiny is a clear signal in this regard, not only on the position of law, but also on the stance of the President Bola Tinubu administration on anti- corruption.

“It should be clear by now to all Nigerians that strict accountability in governance occupies a cardinal place in President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. To serve this purpose, his government has shown zero tolerance to cases of corruption since assuming office.

According to the statement, the EFCC, by inviting the former governor Yahaya Bello, like it did with past and previous officials of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and others, is in tandem with its policy and character to nurture a culture of probity and accountability in governance.

The group added that as a staunch member of the APC, Bello has no reason to fear.

“We urge him to heed the advice of the Attorney General and make himself available to EFCC’s investigators as required by extant laws.

“We also advise members of the ruling party who have been up in arms against the anti- graft agency to be circumspect in their reaction to the issue,” the group added.

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