8—VANGUARD, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 LAUNCHING: From left, Kamil Hanacek, Business Director, MONET; Abubakar Suleiman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc; Chief Demola Seriki, Chairman, Primero Transport Limited, and Jan Silar, Business Director, Mikroelektonika, during the launch of enhanced Lagos Connect EMV Contactless Card, in Lagos. Biafra: Decision, a product of 12 Igbo leaders, Mbu reveals in his book •Says US, other world powers had sympathy for Biafra •How Ojukwu plotted my detention By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor ABUJA—CONTRARY to the generally held belief that the late Ikemba Nnewi, Odumegwu Ojukwu, singlehandedly spearheaded the Biafran war, Nigeria’s first permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Matthew Tawo Mbu, has revealed that the decision was a product of 12 top Igbo leaders, including Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who was the Governor-General of Nigeria. Others listed as supporters of the war in late Dr. Mbu’s autobiography, entitled “Dignity in Service,” which is to be launched tomorrow in Abuja, are: Dr. Michael Okpara, Sir Francis Ibiam, former Premier and Governor of Eastern Nigeria, respectively; and Supreme Court Justice, Sir Louis Mbanefo. The same book also listed educationist such as Dr. Alvan Ikoku; First Republic minister, Mr. K. O. Mbadiwe; Mr. N. U. Akpan, Mr. Joseph Echeruo, Mr. Ekukinam Bassey, Chief Samuel Mbakwe, Chief Jerome Udoji, and Chief Margaret Ekpo. “It is crucial to note that the decision of an entire people, the Igbo people to leave Nigeria, did not come from Ojukwu alone but was informed by the desire of the people and mandated by a body that contained some of the most distinguished Nigerians in history: Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s former Governor-General and first ceremonial President,’’ he said. Mbu, who died in February 2012 and was a minister in Ojukwu’s cabinet, said he had pleaded with Ojukwu, whom he described as his friend, to avert the 30-monthold civil war but he did not heed his wise counsel because of the support he got from others that they would break out of Nigeria, if the Igbo declared the state of Biafra. Mbu also recalled in the book that the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, who later became a super minister under General Yakubu Gowon’s Federal Government, had assured Ojukwu that the West would declare the Republic of Oduduwa once Biafra state was declared but that the assurance was a mere ploy by Awo. The former ambassador to the United States and United Kingdom, recalled: “We had the support of keeping Nigeria as an entity, but we needed to stop the hostilities, and they all agreed, let there be lesser friction at the centre. First Biafran cabinet meeting "The regions should have a little bit of autonomy that was the issue throughout those 30 terrible months of the civil war. The first Biafran cabinet meeting was held and articulated in Enugu by our head of government, Col. Ojukwu, and after subsequent meetings in Umuahia and Owerri, he summoned leaders of thought and took a resolution. US, other world powers had sympathy for Biafra “The United States and other major powers had great sympathy for Biafra. One fear that haunted other African nations was that if Biafra breaks they would also break up. Their enormous sympathy for Biafra notwithstanding, they preferred the option of exploring a more flexible federation for Nigeria. “Had the war lasted longer, there would have been a major intervention that would have changed the history of the civil war by the major powers. It was good it ended when it did. The suffering as being portrayed outside, the suffering of children on humanitarian ground was too compelling to ignore. How Ojukwu plotted my detention because of Biafra “We had the hawks and the doves, on the Biafra and the federal side that made the contest bloody. As the war progressed, I cautioned Ojukwu based on the realities that were obvious, especially the suffering of the civilian population. The hawks of the civil war were in their own world. “They convinced Ojukwu to detain me because of my advice of caution. I remember when I once came in from a foreign trip, Chief M. D. Yusuf, my friend said: 'Do you know how close you were to being detained? We were surprised you weren’t detained. Ojukwu was to detain you, your friend was to detain you, we knew he was going to detain you.' I said, 'Yes when I came back from my foreign missions, they saw me and they began to cry and said you are going to be detained, he is going to detain you' because I told him the truth. “My overriding interest was just to bring peace to the whole situation. That was how I led the Biafran diplomacy during the war and eventually signed the communiqué that ended the war. Some people who went on diplomatic mission never came back again. But I was going out and coming in frequently." Mavrodi’s death: MMM announces final shutdown THE management of the global Ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox, MMM, has announced a final shut down of operations. The Ponzi scheme in a statement on its official global website, weekend, said they were shutting down due to the death of the founder, Sergey Mavrodi, an ex-convict who died of heart attack on March 26. The scheme, which collapsed over a year ago in many countries, including Nigeria, has been a subject of controversy globally. Mavrodi launched his controversial scheme in 2011 and crashed in Nigeria in December 2016; with millions of naira belonging to Nigerians trapped in the scheme. Although the scheme announced a comeback in 2017, it could not launch operation before the renewed enthusiasm among its members fizzled out. On Friday, the scheme said continuous operation without Mr. Mavrodi made no sense. “Dear participants, after much deliberation, we have made the conclusion that FG vows to arrest those behind Offa killings •IGP orders redeployment of 3 PMF units to Taraba, Kwara By Demola Akinyemi & Joseph Erunke ILORIN—THE Federal Government, yesterday, vowed that those behind last Thursday’s armed robbery and killings in Offa, Kwara State, would be arrested and brought to justice to serve as deterrent to others. Recall that seven police officers and scores of residents were killed while the over two hours robbery on five commercial banks and one micro finance bank lasted. Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, who gave the assurance when he paid a condolence visit to Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatha Ahmed, at Government House, Ilorin, also visited the people of Offa and told the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, in his palace that the Federal Government would continue to improve on security to ensure adequate safety for all and sundry. The minister spoke as Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, ordered immediate redeployment of three units of Police Mobile Force, PMF, to Taraba and Kwara states, following killings and bank robbery experienced in the affected states last week. Mohammed, who claimed to represent the Federal Government during the condolence visits, said the entire nation was “shocked and grieving” by the dastardly acts committed in Offa. He was, however, quick to add that the state and entire public must learn from “the mistakes” of the incident, with a view to improving on the security architecture of the entire country. The minister said: “What happened in Offa on Thursday shocked the entire nation and is our prayers that the souls of all the victims will rest in peace and also that those badly injured would be continuing the system operation, without our leader and ideological inspire, is impossible and makes no sense,” the statement read in part. “We all carried out the tasks he assigned to us, since we had no doubt in his genius and rightness of the path he had chosen. We are firmly aware of the fact that none of us has a full view of his heeled and recover very soon. “I want to take this opportunity to also let you know that the entire country is grieving and sympathising with Kwara State and the entire people of Offa. But there is also a silver lining, despite the losses of the police, it is quite heartwarming to know that some of the suspects have been arrested. “I spoke yesterday with the IG and he assured me that all the people responsible for the dastardly act would be arrested and brought to justice." Responding during the minister’s visit, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed thanked the “Presidency for its intervention so far.” IGP orders redeployment of 3 PMF units to Taraba, Kwara Meanwhile, IGP Idris has ordered immediate redeployment of three units of Police Mobile Force, PMF, to Taraba and Kwara states, following killings and bank robbery experienced in the affected states last week. The development came as Force Headquarters announced, yesterday, that eight principal suspects in connection with the Offa bank robbery as well as 12 suspects directly responsible for the recent killings in Donga and Bali Local Government Areas of Taraba State, have been arrested. Force Headquarters’ Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, in a statement, yesterday, said the nation’s police chief ordered the deployment of three Police Mobile Force Units, high powered police investigation team, Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, with 10 crew members and antirobbery equipment to Kwara State and three additional Police Mobile Force units to Taraba State, respectively. conception’s profoundness and sequence of all the actions to achieve a final goal, declared in the 'MMM’s Ideology.' “Sergey Mavrodi’s broadmindedness scale is unprecedented. Therefore, any attempts to continue the system operation without him are bound to fail.
VANGUARD, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018—9 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 FG orders EFCC, ICPC to probe breaches of Public Procurement Act •Jail term awaits defaulters — Magu By Emmanuel Elebeke ABUJA—THE Federal Government has ordered Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Ofences Commission, ICPC, to investigate cases of infractions against the Public Procurement Act, 2007, with the hope of punishing any civil servant found to have colluded with contractors to subvert the Act. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, who dropped the hint at the 2018 Procurement Retreat for Chief Executive Officers of Federal Government agencies and parastatals in Abuja, weekend, vowed that any CEO found to have conspired with contractors to sideline the procurement process and procedures contrary to the act, would be dealt with. He said: “The ICPC and the EFCC are currently investigating cases of infractions which is against the Public Procurement Act (PPA), 2007, with the hope of punishing any civil servant found to have colluded with contractors to subvert the rules of the Act. “Any CEO who defaults or colludes with contractors or found to sidelined the procurement process and procedure, contrary to the provisions of the PPA, 2007 would be sanctioned.” The SGF, who was represented by Permanent Secretary for General Services in the Office of the SGF, Olusegun Adekunle, also said the Federal Government had ordered all its agencies and parastatals to adhere strictly to the 2007 Procurement Act in contracting projects. The retreat was organised by Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, entitled: "Public Procurement for Sustainable National Development." Mustapha said the CEOs of the parastatals, being the accounting officers of implementing agencies, had a crucial role to play in national infrastructure development, building skills and competencies that were critical for the execution of transparent and efficient public procurement that guarantees good value for money. He warned the CEOs not to do business with any government contractor without proper registration on the national database hosted by the BPP, adding that every government agency must henceforth have a full-fledged procurement department manned by BPP trained and certified officers. In her goodwill message, the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, said a good procurement process was critical to transparent and good procurement processes. Oyo-Ita, who was represented by Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Head of Service, Mr. Ndubuisi Osuji, said officers must stand firm and commit to play by the rules for a more efficient, transparent and costeffective contracting and execution of projects, urging them to be very thorough in applying the rules with high sense of responsibility. Jail term awaits defaulters —Magu In his remarks, Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, warned all public and civil servants, especially the heads of government agencies, to adhere strictly to the 2007 Procurement Act in award of contracts and procurement processes or risk jail sentence. He said: “For us everybody has a duty to fight corruption. I want to warn that only strict adherence to 2007 Procurement Act will save you from jail term. “Nothing will stop us in the fight against corruption, nothing. I say nothing, nothing at all. Nobody can stop the fight, it has come to stay and we are determined." 60TH BIRTHDAY: From left, Dr. Awele Elumelu, Group CEO, Heirs Holdings; celebrant, Emmanuel Nnorom; wife of the celebrant, Mrs Florence Nnorom, and Chairman, Heirs Holdings and United Bank for Africa Plc, Tony Elumelu, at the 60th birthday celebration of Emmanuel Nnorom, in Lagos, weekend. Emefiele emergesThe Guardian Economic Personality of the Year By Emmanuel Elebeke ABUJA— GOVERNOR of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has emergedThe Guardian Economic Personality of 2017, in recognition of his contribution to stabilizing the Nigerian financial sector amid recession as well as the bank’s effort at development financing. Presenting the award to Emefiele during a ceremony held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, weekend, President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, Prof. Segun Ajibola, commended him and his team at the CBN for their efforts at managing the Nigeria's financial sector and intervening in critical sectors of the economy, particularly agriculture. In his acceptance remarks, Emefiele expressed appreciation to The Guardian for selecting him for the award and commended the outfit for its foresight and thoughtfulness at publishing the report on “Financing the Economy.” Speaking on the economy, the CBN governor noted that the exposure of the Nigerian economy to global shocks was a reflection of the fact that Nigeria was unable to sufficiently produce what its people consume, hence the huge dependence on foreign goods. He attributed the inability of the country to sufficiently produce what it consumed to heavy dependence on the oil sector to provide the foreign exchange needed to finance the country’s imports and the poor diversification of the economy and low factor productivity in key non-oil sector. Emefiele said: “The CBN and the banks in Nigeria would continue to be catalysts to development, particularly as it concerned the vulnerable and needy in the society. ‘’The level of credit in the domestic economy channelled to productive private sector was critically below the levels required to place the Nigerian economy on the path of balanced, sustainable, and inclusive growths." Redeploys Nnanna, deploys new DGs Meanwhile, the CBN governor has approved the redeployment of Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna, from the Financial System Stability, FSS, Directorate to the Economic Policy Directorate. A statement by Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department of the CBN, Isaac Okorafor, also disclosed that the governor equally approved the deployment of Mrs. Aishah Ahmad to the Financial System Stability, FSS, Directorate, while Mr. Edward Lemetek Adamu Our accounts are up to date — NNPC By Michael Eboh ABUJA— NIGERIAN National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, said it has completed the audit of its financial statements up to December 31, 2016, assuring that its accounts were up to date. The NNPC, in a statement in Abuja, said audited backlog had since been formally approved by the board of the corporation in line with extant laws governing the operations of the national oil company. Chief Financial Officer/ Group Executive Director, Finance and Accounts of the NNPC, Mr. Isiaka AbdulRazaq, said the delivery of the audited financial statements would help foster better relations with stakeholders and further promote transparency and accountability in the corporation has been assigned the portfolio of Deputy Governor, Corporate Services. The statement read: “Following the assumption of duty of the two new Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on March 28, 2018, the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has approved the redeployment of Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna, from the Financial System Stability (FSS) Directorate to the Economic Policy Directorate. “The Governor equally approved the deployment of Mrs. Aishah Ahmad to the Financial System Stability (FSS) Directorate, while Mr. Edward Lemetek Adamu has been assigned the portfolio of Deputy Governor, Corporate Services. “Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, however, retains his portfolio as Deputy Governor, Operations Directorate. All the affected principal officers have since assumed duty in their new offices." AbdulRazaq said the drive to achieve the clean slate dated back to August 2015, when the current management of the Finance and Accounts Directorate took over the mantle of leadership and inherited a total of 65 unaudited financial statements for NNPC Group Corporate and its subsidiaries, covering 2011 - 2014. He, however, exonerated the past management of the NNPC from any wrongdoings, saying their inability to audit the accounts as at when due maybe due to circumstances beyond their control. He said: “There were, undoubtedly, challenges that led to the backlog, which may have been beyond the control of the previous managements. However, the important factor was not to look to the past. We saw an opportunity to challenge the problem and resolved to clear the arrears in the shortest possible time." FG to release another looters' list soon —Lai Mohammed By Demola Akinyemi I LORIN—MINISTER of Information and Communications, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said very soon, another list of looters would be released by the Federal Government. According to him, no amount of intimidation from any side will stop the release of the list. Mohammed said this in Ilorin, yesterday, in an interview with journalists on his way to Abuja after his condolence visits to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the people of Offa, Kwara State police command and the victims of armed robbery killings in Offa last Thursday where seven police officers and many civilians were killed, with several others wounded. Speaking on the release of the alleged looters' lists, he said: ”We are not going to ask anybody not to go to court,but what we are telling them is that they should re-examine themselves because when the government came out with its list, it was confident of the evidence it has. ”No government worth its salt would be challenged and would not come out to prove that what its saying is correct. ‘’When it comes to evidence, its for the courts to decide, but we want to make it clear that no amount of intimidation from any side would prevent government from releasing the next batch of looters' list and what you have seen so far is a tip of the ice bag when the list comes out."