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Jonathan’s ex-CSO to face trial for treason

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The Federal Government may arraign former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to ex- President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Gordon Obuah, for treason, New Telegraph learnt yesterday.

A source said that Obuah, who was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS), may be arraigned before the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja.

Obuah, arrested last week on the heels of the raiding of former National Security Adviser (NSA) in the Jonathan administration, Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s house, it was gathered, was being investigated on security spending by the last administration.

The source said: “What I can say now is that the former CSO may be charged with alleged treasonable felony against the state. “I think he has been held (allegedly) incommunicado for a few days now. “It’s possible that the relevant security agency may soon freeze his accounts.”

However, it was gathered that the spate of arrests of some key personnel in the Jonathan administration and the former president’s perceived “nonchalant” attitude towards the travails of some of his former aides have caused rumbles in the camp.

A source in the camp of the former president said many of them were angry with him because he kept them in the dark, “giving no specific direction immediately after handing over.” There were also concerns that more of the former president’s associates might be arrested in what is regarded as a clampdown on top officials of the previous administration.

The source also dismissed a media report that close associates of the former president have gone into hiding. He said: “The report that we are all in hiding is not totally true; yes, there may be some elements of truth in it, but I don’t think we should take it as such. “If you say we are not coordinated, we are not having direction, yes; but not hiding. Hiding for what? The only unfortunate thing is that the former president appears unconcerned about the plight of his men shortly after he left government; he looks not bothered whether or not something is brewing or not.

“In my mind, and I think I am speaking the mind of most of us who worked for Dr. Jonathan, that by giving no specific direction immediately after handing over, he is sending a message of I care not and we are not happy at all. “Some of us warned shortly after the election that this man (President Muhammadu Buhari) will come after some of us; that we should put in place some specific measures, like legal and other strategic contingencies that any time the dictator strikes, we should have a readymade response.

“But what are we seeing now? Persecution, intimidation and witch-hunt; and the man for whom we are all being vilified is not bothered. It can only breed anger, especially when a man who served you as NSA is being publicly disgraced and you are saying nothing.

There is not even a post-election spokesman to speak for him. Is that what it means? “The irony is that this is a man you cannot trust to say you want to defend because he will disappoint you. Look at the way he conceded defeat without letting anyone know.

As far he is concerned, he is the good guy and all others are for themselves. There is no team spirit as it was immediately after Baba Obasanjo left office. We are unhappy, that is the truth.” But a top security source said that the president has directed the DSS to probe top shots of the past government.

“The new DSS is in charge of all top flight probes for now. For now, no one knows exactly what the president might do next, but clearly, all indications are to the effect that the new DSS is in charge of all top flight probes for now,” he said. The source said former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, might soon be summoned over her alleged involvement in the controversial spending of N10 billion on chartered flights while she was in office.

Investigations into the matter had been stalled by suits filed by the former minister.

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme

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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.

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Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo

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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.

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Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer

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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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