The Federal Government has stopped a planned London trip by the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, whose houses were besieged on Thursday by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).
The operatives, who laid siege to Abuja, Kaduna and Sokoto residences of the former NSA, eventually vacated the premises later on Friday.
It was, however, gathered that the operatives went away with travel documents of the former NSA, thus frustrating his planned trip to London.
Sources had said that Dasuki intended to visit his ailing father, the former Sultan of Sokoto, who is receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment in a London Hospital.
It was learnt that the operatives, who had obtained a search warrant prior to the raid were looking for “incriminating documents” which could nail Dasuki following an ongoing probe into security funds under his watch.
Sources said that the government might be working on a conspiracy theory to kickstart the raid on Dasuki’s homes.
It was learnt that a theory was lately propounded to the effect that the seized $15 million security funds seized in South Africa during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was returned and said to have been used to purchase more military hardware.
Government sources were said to have, however, claimed that the equipment said to have been acquired with the funds could not be traced.
A theory was, therefore, formulated that the ammunition might have found their ways into the hands of some insurgents who might be planning further attacks.
Sources claimed that Dasuki might have been technically placed under house arrest as he could no longer travel to see his ailing father, following the seizure of his international passport.
It was also learnt that even though operatives have pulled out of Dasuki’s Abuja residence, a 24-hour surveillance of the house has been ordered to forestall any further moves from the former NSA.
A source in the know said: “The operation against the Ex-NSA was really well coordinated and right now, he appears to be under house arrest. They are looking for documents to link him with a conspiracy theory making the rounds that arms and ammunition purchased with the seized $15 million in South Africa had found their ways to some insurgents who plan to further attack the country.
“No one is sure how the theory came about but certainly the raid and seizure of the NSA’s travel documents have denied him of the plan to visit his ailing father in London. The man is in a hospital in London and Dasuki planned to visit him.
“He, Dasuki is almost under house arrest, because his papers have been seized and his home has come under 24-hour surveillance.”
Dasuki’s homes in Abuja, Kaduna and Sokoto came under a DSS raid on Thursday in an operation said to have been directly coordinated by the DGSS, Lawan Daura.
APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.
In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.
WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.
“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.
“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”
To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.
The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.
WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.
Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.
The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.
Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.
He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.
Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer
A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.
This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.
A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.
However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.
A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.
It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.
The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.
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