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Some highly-placed personalities are behind Badoo cult
National Leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, OPC, Gani Adams, has
alleged that some highly placed personalities are involved in the
notorious cult group, Badoo, that have carried out series of attacks in
the Ikorodu town. He made the allegation in a recent interview.

“For about two and half years, our coordinators in Ijede have been
giving us a lot of information about Badoo. We realized that some
highly-placed personalities were involved.

They use vacancy adverts, among others, to lure would-be Badoo members
and they put up some telephone numbers. When you call the numbers, they
will call you to come to their office and they will give you money for
empowerment, like N250,000.

From what we have gathered, they normally buy the (bloodstained) handkerchiefs for N500,000, N1m or N1.5m.

A common man cannot afford that money. It is being organised by some
prominent people. The Lagos State Government plays partisan politics
with the lives and property of people whereas the first duty of
government, whether federal, state or local, is to make sure the lives
of the citizenry are protected”he said

 In an interview with TVC yesterday, Adams refuted claims that some
monarchs were behind the secret cult group. According to him, he can
agree with allegations that some chiefs and groups are members of the
cult but he would never agree that a monarch is involved in the cults
activities.

Magu Will Be EFCC Chairman As Long As Buhari And I Remain In Office – Osinbajo 
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has said that as long as he remains
the Acting President and President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate as
president subsists, Ibrahim Magu will continue in office as the chairman
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

He made the declaration in Kaduna at the commissioning of the Zonal
office of the EFCC. According to Professor Osinbajo, “he will remain the
EFCC chairman as long as I remain the Acting President and as well as
Muhammadu Buhari remains the President”.

Police Service Commission Approves Redeployment Of Four Commissioners 
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the redeployment of
four Commissioners of Police for effective and efficient policing.

The affected officers are: Johnson Kokumo, the Commissioner of Police,
Armament, is now in charge of the Edo Command; David Akinremi, the
Commissioner of Police and Deputy Force Secretary, is now in charge of
the Taraba Command.

Others are: Garba  Umar, redeployed from Bayelsa  Command to Anambra
Command and Lawan Ado, Commissioner of Police, General Investigation,
FCIID, is now to head the Kwara Command.

The Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Mr Ikechukwu
Ani, made this disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Zambian President Declares State Of Emergency 
Zambian President Edgar Lungu has invoked a state of emergency in the
country after a series of apparent arson attacks, in a move likely to
trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism.

Several fires, including one that burnt down the main market in the
capital Lusaka on Tuesday, were described by Lungu as “premeditated acts
which if left unchecked could have serious… consequences”.

“My government has decided to invoke Article 31 (leading) to a state of
public emergency,” Lungu said in a nationally-televised address.

The state of emergency will be officially imposed after approval by parliament.

Zambia has enjoyed relative stability in recent years, but political
tensions have been high this year after the arrest and continued
detention of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

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Hichilema narrowly lost elections last year to Lungu, and has alleged that the result was rigged.

Hichilema was arrested in April on treason charges after his convoy allegedly refused to give way to the presidential motorcade.

He has since been moved to a maximum security prison and it is unclear when he will return to court.
Amnesty International has said Hichilema and five others arrested from his United Party for National
Development (UPND) are victims of a “cynical ploy to silence all political opposition in Zambia”.

The fire in Lusaka on Tuesday immediately led to accusations of blame
traded between Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF) party and the UPND.

FG Will Publish Looters Names, Says Malami 
The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Wednesday said the Federal Government would publish the names of treasury looters intermittently after it must have met some conditions.

A Federal High Court in Lagos had earlier on Wednesday gave a ruling
compelling the Federal Government to “immediately release to Nigerians
information about the names of high-ranking public officials from whom
public funds were recovered and the circumstances under which funds were
recovered, as well as the exact amount of funds recovered from each
public official.”

 Justice Hadiza Shagari gave the order while delivering judgment in a
suit filed against the Federal Government by a human rights advocacy
group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

The Federal Government had last year, through the Ministry of
Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed that it had
recovered cash sums of N78,325,354,631.82,   $185,119,584.61,
£3,508,355.46 and €11,250, among others, between May 29, 2015 and May
25, 2016.

The names of persons from whom the funds were recovered were, however, not made public.

SERAP had last year filed the suit, seeking a court order to compel the Federal Government to make the names public.

In a judgment on Wednesday, Justice Shagari, upheld the group’s argument
that “by virtue of the provisions of Section 4 (a) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2011, the defendants are under a binding legal
obligation to provide the plaintiff with up-to-date information” as
regards the names of the high-ranking public officials from whom the
funds were recovered as well as “the circumstances under which the
stolen public funds were returned.”

SERAP had, in its suit marked FHC/CS/964/2016, contended that by
releasing the names of the looters, the Federal Government had nothing
to lose.

While answering reporters’ questions at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Malami said the list would be published intermittently.

He said, “Let me place it on the record that we have Freedom of
Information Act in place. And the government is fully aware of its
responsibility.

“But we have to take into account and consideration, the fact that there
are some factors that have to be considered as far as making these
disclosures are concerned.

“There are matters that are sub judice in court. There are matters of reconciliation, compilations and other associated things.

“On the need and compliant basis, the Federal Government has been making public necessary statements.

“The disclosure will definitely be made, but it is contingent on
reconciliation of associated considerations as they relate to sub judice
principles; as they relate to concluding, reconciliation and
confirmation of figures.

“So that has been done and the government will at the appropriate time
make necessary disclosures perhaps intermittently against the background
of the prevailing conditions relating to the pendency of certain things
and associated things.”

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Kemisola Ade

Kemisola Adeyemi is the Assistant Editor of Kemi Filani News. She loves to write and write and write and hopes to own a publishing firm someday! Email: [email protected]

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