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Buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in the Sahel, these young girls’ memories would only remain on the psyche of their parents; there wasn’t any enquiry or effort from the government to ascertain the location of their bodies
In the sandy grounds of the Sahara Salient, at an unknown distance from the remote village of Dapchi lie in unmarked graves, the bodies of five girls. No epitaph.
The Sahel is hyper-arid with sparse vegetation, grassland, and desert shrub where moisture collects.
Many sand seas and dunes field spiced with drought tolerant trees.
A convoy of 4×4 trucks of ISWAP (Islamic State in West African Province) Barnawi faction was on rampage in the early evening of 19th February 2018.
Young girls of a government secondary school were abducted and transported into the unknown. Muslims and Christians students were collective victims of Boko Haram madness.
Leah is a witness and still a victim of the tragedy that befell her mates and friends. Full of innocence they all had dreams to go to school. “I want to be a doctor,” Falmata always enthused.
In the dormitories or the refectory, they bonded by the common fraternity of youth and humanity.
Fatsuma Abubakar Jambo, 16 years; Falmata Mohammed, 14 years; Falmata Alhaji Inuwa, 16 years; Maimuna Adamu, 14 years; and Aisha Abubakar 15 years, all muslims, perished due heart attack and stress caused by the trauma of the abduction.
Their names were hidden and not mentioned when the girls were released and their fate was only explained by government spokespersons with brief and vague statements that they died of “shock”.
Buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in the Sahel, these young girls’ memories would only remain on the psyche of their parents; there wasn’t any enquiry or effort from the government to ascertain the location of their bodies.
Their parents, traumatized, were abandoned and no effort was made by the government to safeguard their emotional or psychological well being. The only Christian girl, Leah Sharibu, spent her 14th birthday in the custody of Boko Haram militants yet once again the government was loudly silent.
Ride it out politics I will call it. Nigerian government rode out the public outrage of the Dapchi kidnappings, the fleeting mention of the five dead girls barely at the beginning of their teens, the payment of ransoms and release of terrorists commanders. Husseini Maitangaran and Shuibu Moni who later led deadly Easter attack in Maiduguri.
Did the Chibok and Dapchi counters not fall silent or did the ink clocks and timers on the front pages of international media and social media accounts run out of batteries? The chicken has now come home to roost.
A detailed report released by foreign investigators cataloguing the subterfuge, connivance and dirty deals involving millions of euros linked to Mr Lawal Daura, Nigeria’s head of Department of State Services.
The proceeds stashed at Lamda Privat Bank in the Swiss-German principality, Liechtenstein, were alleged to have been siphoned by Daura through his accomplices from the funds meant for the ransom payments during the negotiations with Boko Haram insurgents for the release of Chibok and Dapchi girls.
The expose connected Daura, a Nigerian with Niger Republic dual nationality; and Pascal Holliger, a Swiss with dual nationality, Brazilian; David Kalu Otto, Nigerian/British citizen; Ian Gaylard, British; and Amit Sade, an Israeli with dual German nationality. The investigation involved millions euros fritted away during the hostage negotiation process using David Otto’s Company, TGS Intelligence Consultants Limited. All the companies that will be mentioned below were involved in the negotiations for the release of Chibok and Dapchi girls in conjunction with the Swiss Government.
They are namely TGS Security and Intelligence Consultants, Global Risk International and Doiyatech Communications Limited/Secindef. Doiyatech is a conglomerate of seven companies in which Yayale Ahmed holds a major interest and is a facilitator. There had also been periodic interventions made for and on behalf of Sade by Yayale to Daura.
Consequently Israeli police launched an investigation and subsequently arrested Sade and others on account of bribery and corrupting foreign government officials, in which Daura’s name is featured prominently.
Holliger, Otto, Gaylard and Sade have all in one way or another been associated with the Companies mentioned either directly as Directors or by proxy. Otto left TGS and became a director at International Risk Group before finally joining SECINDEF. A similar pattern can also be ascertained with Gaylard who left International Risk Group to join TGS before finally anchoring at SECINDEF. Mr Sade is the bonafide owner of SECINDEF.
The phoney firm TGS was dissolved in the UK company register. A Corporate search of TGS Intelligence Consult shows that the company name in UK was registered as company no. 0941752X. It was incorporated on 2nd February, 2015 with £100 and had registered address 181 Waveney Drive Chelmsfort Essex CM17QD England. The company was dissolved on 19th July 2016 surprisingly the company was contracted by Daura to teach and simulate “Driving Techniques,” ranging from rescue, evacuation and recovery to the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC Nigeria personnel in 2016.
The World Street Journal, in a detailed report on the negotiation published December 24, 2017, that €1 million euros was paid for the 21 hostages first freed, an additional €2 million euros accompanied the five Boko Haram commanders that were exchanged with the next batch of 82 girls.
While there were no official details of the amounts paid for the release of the Dapchi girls on March 21 this year, and the government insisting that no ransom was paid, sources within DSS said that millions of euros exchanged hands between Mr Daura and Boko Haram insurgents.
Pascal Holliger and David Otto facilitated the opening of corporate account ROXDUL AUTOMOBILE SERVICES -GmbH account no. 32570021 with Lamda Privat bank Liechtenstein, under the pseudonym AUWALU KALLAMU as the sole signatory. Auwalu and Kallamu are the Arabic synonyms of Lawal and Musa. False declaration of identity of a commercial entity was another trigger for the investigation as the account was opened using Niger Republic passport.
This might not be the first high profile Nigerian case of false declaration of identity. In Liechtenstein Mohammed Abacha and his brother Ibrahim opened accounts in the name of Mohammed Sani and Ibrahim Sani. Dedicated prosecutors in US Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative might as well take note.
Group calls on govt to quell Nigeria’s Crisis
Human rights Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, known as Association of Youths for Justice and Equal Rights, AYJER, has called on government at all levels to quell the current looming crisis in the country.
In a press statement, Chairman of AYJER from USA, Mr. Julius Gbolahan Motajo, who reiterated that the current state of Nigeria’s polity, condemned the gross ineptitude and misconduct shown by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, during the recent Osun guber elections, which he described as threat to democracy as it was characterized by violence perpetrated and malpractices of vote buying by politicians under the supervision of an electoral umpire that is expected to conduct free and fair elections.
He charged for an enabling voting atmosphere for eligible Nigerians who have attained the universal suffrage age of 18, also urging the youths to be resilient in their mandates of selecting credible candidates of their choices.
Mr. Motajo also called on for government’s intervention on security, through the enforcement of patriotic security agencies that would ensure the safety of Nigerians, mostly those in the north east/north central zones, urging them to beef up the security apparatuses to quell the onslaught of insurgency meted on innocent citizens, as he made reference to a recent case of massacre that took place in Jos, plateau state, where a family of nine were gruesomely murdered.
“During the just concluded osun state Governorship election, having denounced the activities of the INEC, and the intimidation meted on the electorate does not portray the electorate umpires in conducting a free and fair election.
“This organization reiterated that the recent political landscape is blowing an ill wind that is capable of disturbing the tents of Democracy.
“In Nigeria it is time to provide conducive atmosphere for those that had attained the age of 18, and above to confidently cast their vote for candidates of their choice. We call on all eligible voters especially the youths to be steadfast and ensure that they vote for the party that will deliver the dividends of Democracy to its citizens.
“It is no doubt that we vehemently condemned any party leader that is involved in the selling of the highest bidder of vote, this singular act does not encourage growth and development in the community.
“The media had been awash with snatching of ballot boxes, and shooting of gun at the polling stations by scaring the electorate is not healthy for our democracy.
“We urge the Government of the day to mobilize the law enforcement agencies to arrest culprits and bandits that go to polling stations to disorganised the polling state that sometimes culminate to stampede and stress.
“Government needs to send a large number of our law enforcement agencies to the crisis torn states to forestall and quell the insurgencies. Security apparatuses should be impartial in the discharge of their duties, rather than taking side on the part of the ruling party.
“The carnage for the herdsmen and farmers dual had caused untold hardship to the people of the Northeast, northwest and the north central. Only recently a family of about nine members were murdered in cold blood in plateau.” Motajo said.
Alleged corruption allegations: Oracle Magazine withdraws suits against Aiteo Group
…Commends Benedict Peter’s patriotism
The management of National Oracle Magazine said it has withdrawn suits filled against a foremost indigenous crude oil exploration company, the Aiteo group, compelling some government agencies to disclose all information and documents pertaining the business activities of organization.
The media house had sought an Order of Mandamus from the Federal High Court, Abuja to compel the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) and Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to release some vital information and documents pertaining the business activities of Aiteo Group.
But in a statement signed Saturday in Abuja, the Editor-in-Chief, National Oracle Magazine, Dr. Blessing Agbomhere, said his media organisation has discovered that “the corruption allegationsallegations leveled against Aiteo is an alarmist hoax being peddled by a pocket of individuals with vested interest to wear Aiteo Group and its promoters a black garment before the Nigerian and British governments.”
Dr. Blessing Agbomhere, who is also the Executive Secretary, Gatekeepers Foundation, while commending the promoter of Aiteo group, Benedict Peters, said investigations revealed that Aito group and it promoters have been in the petroleum business since year 2000, and about same time have invested billions of Naira, though borrowed, into the Nigerian oil sector.
While calling on Nigerian government to give the indigenous oil company all the necessary support, the statement said that “In furtherance of its investigation, National Oracle Magazine has discovered conspiracy by highly placed individuals against Aiteo Group and its promoters. All corrupt allegations against Aiteo is an alarmist hoax being peddled by a pocket of individuals with vested interest to wear Aiteo Group and its promoters a black garment before the Nigerian and British governments.
“National Oracle Magazine investigation reveals that the Aiteo Group and its promoters have been in the petroleum business about the year 2000, and about same time have invested billions of naira, though borrowed, into the Nigerian oil sector. What Aiteo Group has achieved today is a result of hard work, business intelligence and commitment to growing the Nigerian economy.
“Aiteo Group, an indigenous company, has contributed immensely to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas sector; empowering Nigerians in so many aspects of life. Rather than allowing individuals no matter how highly place to orchestrate clandestine plots to bring down Aiteo Group and its promoters, the Nigerian government must give Aiteo Group the needed support to continue to grow as Nigerians and the Nigerian government are the biggest beneficiaries of Aiteo’s growth.”
International Road Transport Organisation (IRU) Media Prize awarded to journalist Mike King from Breakbulk, USA
Mike King is a multi-award-winning journalist, as well as a shipping and logistics consultant
International Road Transport Organisation (IRU), the world road transport organisation today announces the winner of the 2018 IRU Media Prize on the future of transport and trade.
The IRU Media Prize celebrates the significant contribution of journalists to current debate within the transport sector, and coincides with the upcoming IRU World Congress in Oman, 6-8 November 2018, the new global event for road transport, mobility and logistics.
Mike King (@Break_Bulk) is a multi-award-winning journalist, as well as a shipping and logistics consultant. His piece, entitled “Trouble with Truckers” , addresses issues such as driver shortage and new opportunities for transport through e-commerce.
IRU received entries from across the world, signifying a strong interest in the industry among journalists. Mike King’s entry was one of three shortlisted. The other two finalists were Ilker Altun from Kargo Haber and Jonathan Andrews from Cities Today.
“I am looking forward to personally congratulating Mike in Oman at the IRU World Congress, where we will recognise his and the media’s important work to push debate around the critical issues for the road transport industry – and beyond,” said IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto.
The competition was open to journalists from international and regional media who published or broadcast original reports. Articles or broadcasts were submitted in English or Arabic, with eligible works published between 19 June and 10 October 2018. Stories were judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and clear reporting.
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