Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that he wrote four books during his imprisonment by the dictatorship regime of late Military Ruler, Sanni Abacha, adding that he also knew that Abacha would not be alive to release him from prison.
Obasanjo made this known on Saturday while speaking at the maiden edition of ASIS International, ASIS 206 Lagos Annual Leadership Retreat, held at the Marque Events Centre located in the premises of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta,
He said while in prison he was optimistic that, he was going to regain freedom without the approval of the Abacha regime that jailed him for no course, adding that the prison experience also afforded him the opportunity to get closer to God.
Obasanjo while speaking on another development deplored the current insecurity in the country, and canvassed for effective leadership, good governance, development and strong value system within the context of our culture and tradition to address security challenges confronting the country as a nation.
The former President however backed for the move to review the act setting up the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to reduce security threats in the country, but with a caution that such review should be supported by effective monitoring and control.
A Police Inspector with Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Ikorodu, Lagos State Command, Charles Omotosho has been arrested for allegedly extorting the sum of N5, 000 from a lady following an arrest for no just cause.
This was made known in a press statement made available to Penpushing which was issued by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, Abayomi Sogunle, adding that the alleged police operative was apprehended following a complaint by the victim, through twitter
‘On 16th May, 2018, the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) received a complaint from a citizen via Twitter [@ife_luv12] that a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Operative forced her to make a bank transfer of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) to the said SARS operative’s bank account following an arrest for no just cause’, the statement said.
‘PCRRU immediately registered the case (Tracking Number PCRRU316356) and initiated an investigation. The officer was promptly identified to be Inspector Charles Omotosho attached to Federal SARS, Ikorodu, Lagos State. He was immediately removed from front-line police duties and taken into custody’.
The statement added that, in the course of preliminary investigation, a copy of the officer’s statement of bank account was obtained and the entry of the said transfer discovered therein,stressing that It has also been established that there was a contact between the officer’s patrol team and the complainant and others at Ikorodu as contained in the complaint.
A new twist has occurred in the trial of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, as Federal Government said it is now turning a co-accused in the trial, Salisu Shuaib to a prosecution witness against Dasuki.
Penpushing report that Salisu Shuaib, former Director of Finance and Supply in the Office of National Security Adviser (NSA) under Dasuki, was dropped from the list of accused persons, who was initially charged alongside Dasuki and will now give evidence against his boss.
The Counsel to Federal Government, Rotimi Jacobs, confirmed to journalists that after the examination of the report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the alleged money diversion, it became imperative to drop Shuaib from the charge.
Jacobs explained further that instead of being a co-accused person, the former Director of Finance will now be used to as a witness to testify for the federal government in the trial of the five defendants.
Dasuki was charged for allegedly misappropriating and engaged in alleged criminal breach of trust by dishonestly transferring N3.5 billion into the account of Dalhatu Investment Limited, an offense punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code.
Penpushing reports that the former National Security Adviser has been in detention for over two years despite being granted bail by different courts, and like the re-arraignment of Wednesday, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf ordered that the five defendants should continue to enjoy the bail granted in 2015 when they were first arraigned on the alleged offense.
However, the federal government for the second time in 24 hours, on Thursday brought a 25-count amended charge against Dasuki and was granted another bail by Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of an Abuja high court after denying all the charges.
The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that it killed 15 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 49 persons in separate encounters between Boko Haram and troops in the Southern Lake Chad Basin.
The Spokesperson of the Army’s operation in the North-East, Operation Lafiya Dole, Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement, explaining that some of the insurgents were killed in the Lake Chad Island while others were killed in villages in Northern Borno on Tuesday.
“Troops dislodged the insurgents from their hideout after a fierce battle, killing 11 insurgents in Gomaran village of Southern Lake Chad Basin,” he said.
The army colonel added further that the troops also ambushed and killed four terrorists who were escaping from the military onslaught in Northern Borno and also revealed that the troops further engaged fleeing insurgents in Firgi and Moula, both in Bama and Dikwa council.
Gunmen have again attacked four villages in Birnin-Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State in an operations which lasted for about three and half hours.
Penpushing gathered from residents that the armed bandits attacked the villages on Tuesday around 5.00 p.m. which include Mashigi, Dakwaro, Sabon Gida, just as sources disclosed that ten bodies were recovered as at the time of this report.
A resident, Malam Umar also added that, aside from the ten corpses identified many are unaccounted for, while the armed bandits burnt houses and grains stock of the affected villages.
Similarly, Kaduna State Police Command Spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu, confirmed the attacks but could not provide details, ”yes I can confirm to you that there was an attack in Birnin Gwari, but it is sketchy for now. We will brief you when we get full details”.
The High Court sitting in Abeokuta on Wednesday discharged and acquitted the former Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture(FUNNAB),Abeokuta, Prof Olusola Oyewole and two others over alleged fraud of N842million,as the court ruled that the prosecutor has not established any prima facie against all accused.
Penpushing recalled that, the trio of Oyewole(former Vice-Chancellor), Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe(former Pro Chancellor) and Olusola Ilesanmi(Bursar) were arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on November 25,2016.
The arraignment followed a petition written by a group to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on November 25, 2016, alleging the former Vice Chancellor and others of 18 count charge which include fraud, abuse of office, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence among others.