Monday, 31 October 2016

Workshop on chemical weapon protection begins in Abuja today

Spurred by the need to have a functional national protection programme in Nigeria, the Federal Government has initiated a workshop on assistance and protection against chemical weapons to begin in Abuja today.

The workshop is organised by the Political and Economic Affairs Department in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) in conjunction with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Hague, Netherlands.

Not A Single Nigerian Was Jailed Because Of What They Wrote About Me, Nor Any Went Into Exile - Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has implored Nigerians to continue to support democratic governance. The former leader spoke at a dinner he attended in the United States on Saturday evening.

“I urge the Nigerian lawyers in the US and those in the Diaspora to do their best to support the democratic institutions we have built,” Mr. Jonathan said.

The former president was the keynote speaker at the Nigerian Lawyers Association’s annual dinner and merit awards ceremony which held in New York. In his speech posted on his Twitter page yesterday, Jonathan mentioned some factors he considered to be his administration’s democratic credentials.

An Evangelist becomes a Mayor in Brazil.

A Brazilian evangelical pastor, Marcelo Crivella, has been elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro in the second round of municipal elections.

He won easily, beating left-wing candidate Marcelo Freixo by a margin of nearly 20 percentage points.

Mr Crivella has promised to bring law and order and basic sanitation to Rio's poorer neighbourhoods.

$2.2b Arms Deals: Dasuki To Call Jonathan As Witness

Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, who is on trial for alleged mismanagement of $2.1billion arms funds, would like former President Goodluck Jonathan to be his witness, it was learnt yesterday.

Dr. Jonathan has faulted the charges against Dasuki, claiming that the ex-NSA could not have stolen about $2.2billion votes for arms. “We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army,” he said in a recent interview at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom.

Nigerians in diaspora remit N23.5tr to economy in five years.

In five years, Nigerians in the diaspora remitted to the Nigerian economy S77.06 billion (about N23.5 trillion), according to the National Migration Policy report of 2015.

The remittances were made in bits for the five years of 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

The report was published for the Nigerian government by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with funding provided by the European Union (EU) under the 10th European Development Fund programme on “Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria.”

Bizzare Culture: Topless ladies pictured at a 'Manhood' celebration ceremony in Edo State(Photos)

A Facebook user Comrade Osiki Odion posted the photos on his Timeline, reporting a cultural event, Manhood Celebration. The event held on Saturday, October 29th, in Iulehaland in Uzebba,Edo State and it showed women at the event who were topless, see photos after the cut.

Photos: Troops foil another suicide bomb attempt on Bakassi IDP Camp

At about 9.00am Sunday morning, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed behind Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Damboa road, Maiduguri, on security duty, intercepted and killed a male suicide bomber who had attempted to sneak through the troops’ inner parapet towards the IDP camp.

A statement by Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman said the vigilant sentry sighted the bomber and laid in wait until the suicide bomber came close. The sniper instantly shot and killed the terrorist as he tried to force his way to the western flank of the IDP camp fence.

World Bank, IMF put pressure on Buhari to come up with economic blueprint.

President Muhammadu Buhari receiving IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde in Abuja.
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund, IMF, have piled pressure on the Federal Government to come up with an economic blueprint, if its drive for foreign loans was not to be stalled. Vanguard gathered that officials of both financial institutions have questioned the Minister of Finance and her team over the absence of a blueprint for which the loans being sought would be utilized. 

Sources at the Presidency said at the last IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings, that the Nigeria team was asked to produce an economic blueprint for which the IMF/World Bank Group will offer support. Specifically, Vanguard learned that the US Secretary of Finance and that of the United Kingdom, told the Nigerian team that without a comprehensive economic blueprint, Nigeria would not get support from IMF and the World Bank. 

Photos from Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps' wedding

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson, walked down the aisle in a lavish outdoor ceremony in Cabo on Saturday after secretly getting married on June 13th, in Arizona in the United States. The Olympic legend posted a picture of the ceremony on Instagram on Sunday which he captioned: 'My best friend.... I love you!!' His wife, now Nicole Phelps also shared a photo from the ceremony which she captioned: "Truly the happiest day of my life". Another photo after the cut...

Sunday, 30 October 2016


It was a busy day in Abuja, Nigeria's Federal capital as the Abuja Charity Carnival held colorfully. Being a carnival set up to raise funds and relief materials for Internally displaced Nigerians from the Boko Haram Insurgencies as well as other insurgency victims, it achieved its objectives by pulling tons of people who came to support the initiative.

Abuja stood still as participants started off from the Millenium park and marched the city daring the hot sun (yea, the weather just became hotter) all in a showcase of love and garnering more support for fellow citizens who are less privileged not by their making. The brains behind this idea and movement, are Abuja brands headed by Jakins A., Ngozi Agu and a Development Blogger DotunRoy who was on ground all through and spoke to the media about the aim and objectives of the charity carnival while applauding the success, because of the love and goodwill of fellow Nigerians and other nationals who made it happen.

Sunny Green drops new single featuring Linda Ochagla - Today Na Your Birthday.

Top Manex Productions Artist Sunny Green collaborates with popular singer&blogger Amb.Linda Ochagla in his new single titled "Today Na Your Birthday". 

"This song is dedicated to my boss Dir.Manex Johnson and everyone celebrating birthday around the world now and 2000 and forever." Rapper Sunny Green said. 

The smashing hit was produced by the famous Charles Creation, download it below.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Photos: Nollywood stars storm New Yam Festival to promote Nigerian culture.

Nollywood stars all dressed in their cultural attire stormed the 2016 New Yam Festival organised by the President of ACTORS Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Abuja Chapter, Agility Onwurah. 

The event which was held on Thursday, 27th November, 2016 at the Assent Garden, Abuja is to help promote the cultural richness of Nigeria, Agility said. 

The celebration showcased cultural troupes, food etc. Enjoy more pictures from the event after the cut...........

Friday, 28 October 2016

President Buhari meets former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon

President Buhari met with former Head of State, retired General Yakubu Gowon, yesterday, in a closed-door meeting.

Both leaders discussed for about an hour. What transpired during the meeting was not disclosed to State House correspondents. Gowon did not speak to reporters either.

The former Head of State also visited the Presidential Villa in August.

Oil, gas sector, key ways out of economic recession – Buhari


Despite the crash in the prices of crude oil in the international market, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, stated the oil and gas industry still remains a critical panacea to Nigeria’s economic woes. 

He said that though the country was diversifying its economy through agriculture, solid minerals amongst others, there was still need for a virile and efficient oil and gas industry to take care of our foreign exchange requirements. The president spoke yesterday in Abuja during the launch of the Short and Medium Term Priorities to Grow Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry (2015 – 2019), tagged the ‘7BigWins’, a new initiative by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. 

Ghana Passes Law 'To Evict Ministers'

Outgoing ministers in Ghana could be forcibly evicted from their official residences if they fail to move out in time, under new laws.

Ministers and other government officials are being given a three-month deadline to hand over state-owned homes and vehicles, from the date of the new president's inauguration.

The law targets presidential appointees who try to cling on to the perks of office after a new leader is elected.

Vice President Osinbajo To Speak At Harvard University On 'Nigeria In The World’

On the invitation of Harvard University, Boston, in the United States, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, would be delivering a lecture at the university's 'Nigeria in the World' seminar on Thursday October 27, 2016.

Professor Osinbajo will be talking on "Destroying Boko Haram and the Rebuilding of Nigeria's Northeast."

Photos: Loyal youth president presented a Range Rover Sport Car in Delta State.

Delta State Deputy Speaker, Hon. Osanebi Ossai Friday on Thursday, October 27th, presented a brand new Range Rover Sports car to Comrade Onwubolu Benjamin a.k.a Benbestic, the President General, Ndokwa National Youth Movement Worldwide. According to Obi Nwachi, who posted the photos, the gift us a way of appreciating Com. Benjamin's leadership". More photos after the cut...

EFCC grants Reuben Abati bail

EFCC has granted bail to former Spokesperson to former President Jonathan, Reuben Abati. The antigraft agency granted him bail yesterday October 27th. He was arrested on Monday October 24th and has been in EFCC custody where he was interrogated for allegedly receiving some money from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki who is currently being tried for misappropriation of $2.1 billion arms procurement fund.

As part of his bail conditions, Abati will have to drop his Passport and produce a surety of not below Level 16 in the Civil Service.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Who is fighting Nigeria’s Cause?

Two recent events have caused me great grief and have led me to write this blog post. The first is the arrest of some judges by the DSS and the second is the release of some of the Chibok girls.

In both incidences, discussions on social media and everywhere two or more Nigerians are gathered have been patterned mainly in ways that has little or nothing to do with the advancement of our great but underdeveloped Nigeria. As a result, we are making little progress towards the national development we seek.

What are the causes that dominate?

12 universities to benefit from 2016 Etisalat merit award

In furtherance of its commitment to youth development and the promotion of academic excellence, Etisalat Nigeria has listed 12 universities across the six geo-political zones of the country as beneficiaries of this year’s scholarship scheme, Etisalat Merit Award. The 2016 regional presentation ceremony holds in Ibadan, in November.

In addition to the institutions, hundreds of their students will receive grants, which have been increased by 100 per cent beginning from the current academic year.

Nigerian activist held in solitary in Japan after asylum rejected

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A prominent Nigerian asylum seeker and activist is being held in solitary at a Tokyo detention center, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release.

Elizabeth Aruoriwo Obueza was detained two weeks ago after authorities turned down an appeal against her asylum rejection, Obueza and her lawyer told Reuters.

Obueza, 48, campaigns for asylum seekers and the 4,700 people on "provisional release" from immigration detention--a status that lets foreigners out from detention but bars them from working and traveling freely.

Ex-BBC Journalist Declared Wanted In Nigeria

Nigeria’s anti-corruption body, EFCC is searching for Jamilah Tangaza, a former government official and former BBC journalist.

Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told the BBC Hausa service that the agency had declared her wanted following media reports that she had tried to jump bail.

Ms Tangaza was arrested by the EFCC in July over allegations of financial crimes while she headed a government agency in Abuja in charge of allocating land in the capital.

Nigeria's 169th position out of 189 countries in 2017 business ranking excites presidency.

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The Presidency yesterday lauded the 2017 World Bank reports on business which ranked Nigeria 169 out of 189 countries in the overall Ease of Doing Business. By the rating, Nigeria retained its position last year. 

Noting the development, the Presidency which was obviously excited about the development, stated that the score was an indication that measures put in place by the present government to bring about a healthy business climate were yielding positive results. A statement from the office of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated that the government was still committed to scaling up its reform activities to continue to arrest the past decline where the country fell from No. 94 in 2006 to 169 in 2016. The statement read: 

Scores of women besiege Lagos court over Patience Jonathan

Women numbering over 100 yesterday stormed the Federal High Court in Lagos, chanting solidarity songs on the freezing order placed on the bank accounts of ex-First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan. 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Sept. 22 ordered the freezing of some bank accounts belonging to Mrs. Jonathan. The Commission had said the action was due to the ongoing investigation into the alleged money laundering charge preferred against her. Meanwhile, Jonathan in a fundamental rights suit instituted against the EFCC, is asking for a court order, directing the unfreezing of her accounts. She is also claiming the sum of 200 million dollars against the commission as damages for allegedly infringing on her fundamental rights. 

Photos: Footballer, John Ogu takes daughter for baptism.

Nigerian footballer, John Ogu who plays for Premier League side Hapoel Be'er Sheva in ‎Isreal, had his daughter baptized yesterday. The couple welcomed their princess Ivanna in June this year.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Why Nigeria is a mediocre nation.

The first of October, in the year Two Thousand and Sixteen was Nigeria’s Fifty-Sixth Independence Anniversary. Some Nigerians and her friends had cause to celebrate; some were sad and complained bitterly, while others were just ambivalent – awaiting what the nation had in stock for them.

Why were people divergent in their attitude and assessment of the situation; you may want to ask? Without embarking on too much rigorous intellectual soul searching, we may have to place the situation on certain everyday happenings around us.

PDP warns EFCC against maltreating Fani-Kayode

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure that Femi Fani-Kayode does not die in their custody.

Fani-Kayode was arrested last Friday by the anti-graft agency for questioning over an undisclosed issue.

According to Dayo Adeyeye, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Fani-Kayode is battling some health issues, thus the decision of the EFCC to keep him in detention without allowing him access to his doctors might be fatal.

General Electric to take over Nigeria Railway Corporation next year

The Federal Government said yesterday that American company, General Electric (GE) would take over the management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) under a concession plan between January and March 2017.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, who made this known yesterday in Abuja while speaking at the first International Transportation Conference, said that the 18-month window period before the take-over is within legal documents signed between the Federal Government and the American company.

Adeosun explains 2017 budget figures

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, yesterday, said the Federal Government would put forward the sum of N6,866,335,052,740 as 2017 budget.

She told members of the Senate Committee on Finance, led by its chairman, John Owan Enoh (PDP, Cross River Central), that government would present the figure because it spends over N3 trillion on salaries, pensions and debt services, leaving a paltry amount for capital projects.

The committee members were on an oversight visit to her ministry.

Angry workers lock out NAFDAC boss

Workers of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration (NAFDAC) yesterday halted operational activities at the Abuja headquarters of the agency.

The workers restricted movement into and out of the premises and denied the acting Director-General, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, access to her office.

It was gathered that the development was in continuation of a protest against the management of the agency. The workers had disrupted operations at the headquarters of the agency since last week when they began their protest.

Enough is enough, Dance mogul lashes out at artistes who disrespect dancers,

Dance entrepreneur, Kaffy took to her IG page to lash out at artistes who request dancers to perform with them on stage then cancel at the last minute. She made a video and wrote:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! It's alright if artiste don't need us . We are artistes ourselves . It is very disrespectful for you to look down at and trample on people who in one way or the other contribute to where u are today. Dance is our widows mite to a lot of your careers . All u need to do is respect us. 

Every Public Official Is Under Investigation – Magu

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has said that every government official is under investigation without them knowing about it.

Magu who spoke in Kaduna on Tuesday said the bane of the fight against corruption in the recent past was lack of political will.

With the political will demonstrated by President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Magu said Nigeria will soon win the battle against corruption.

Senate Wants Toll Gates Re-Introduced

The question is will the money they collect from road users be used for the maintenance and not a certain group pocketing it? 

The Senate on Tuesday passed a resolution, backing reintroduction of toll gate policy on Nigeria’s federal highways.

Following a motion by Suleiman Nazif (APC-Bauchi), the Senate resolved to collaborate with other relevant bodies to study the toll gate policy and find “effective and efficient ways to carry out the policy in order to generate more funds for roads maintenance.”

Nigeria ranks 169th position in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business

The World Bank yesterday said that Nigeria ranked 169th position out of 190 countries in on its Ease of Doing Business index for 2017. The World Bank stated this in its Ease of Doing Business report titled, Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All, “published yesterday. 

The report indicated that Nigeria moved up by one point from 170th position on the 2016 ranking to 169th position for the 2017 ranking. The World Bank’s Doing Business ranking for 2017 covers 11 indicator sets and provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. 

'No plans to increase pump price of petrol' - NNPC

Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Muhammad Garba-Deen has denied reports that the corporation or the federal government is planning to increase fuel price above the current N145. He said this while reacting to reports earlier today quoting the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Department of the Corporation, Mele Kyari‎ saying that the 145 naira per litre is not sustainable.

Garba-Deen who spoke to Channels TV, said Kyari's statement was not taken in the right context.

Budget: Pres Buhari writes NASS to borrow $29.96bn external loan

President Buhari yesterday forwarded a letter to the National Assembly requesting legislative approval for external borrowing plan of $29.960 billion to execute key infrastructural projects across the country between 2016 and 2018. 

The president also requested for virement of N180.8 billion in the 2016 budget for provision of needed votes for some critical sectors across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT. President Buhari made the requests in two separate letters addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A must read: Yes We Can, A new Mind Set For Change Nigeria.

It's a break of a New Nigeria. I look through my eyes of faith and I know Nigeria will cross over all her trouble into her promised land of peace, prosperity and justice for all. However, in this era of change, we all have a role to play.

Are you are an Activist, a Politician, a Civilian, a Blogger , a Change maker, a voice on social media, are you a Nigerian? Then one attribute we must all embrace at this time is the power of a dream. The ability to see beyond our present circumstance and believe in the face of contrary evidence that Nigeria will rise again! Nigeria will not just rise above her problems but She will rise as the Giant of Africa and a force to be reckoned with in the world's economy. Yes we can! 

Strong Family Values Should Be Cherished & Nurtured- Aisha Buhari

While declaring open the three-day 16th National Women Conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Aisha Buhari advised that strong family values should be cherished and nurtured to surmount the challenges of poverty and crime in the country. The conference has as its theme: “Strong Family, Strong Nation.’’

She was represented by the wife of Imo State Governor, Nneoma Okorocha. She said;

“We must continue to emphasise the importance of strong family values.

I Also Fought Corruption but didn't make noise about it - Ex President Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his administration fought corruption in the country without making noise about it.

Mr. Jonathan said this on Monday while speaking at the Oxford Union of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

The immediate past Nigerian leader spoke on the theme “Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship”.

Nigeria reclassified polio endemic country

Federal Government, Monday, bemoaned reclassification of Nigeria as polio-endemic nation following recent outbreaks of wild polio virus in the country.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole at a media conference to mark this year’s World Polio Day, said though hope of the country to get certification as a polio-free nation from the World Health Organisation next year had been dashed by the fresh outbreaks, the country had put needed measures in place to defeat the disease.

Dangote Denies Sacking Workers Due To Recession

The Dangote Group of Companies has denied reports that the disengagement of 48 workers from the company was due to economic recession in the country.

Mr Tony Chiejina, its Head of Corporate Affairs, disclosed in Lagos on Monday that the 36 expatriates workers formed the bulk of those disengaged.

He said that the expatriates were disengaged because of job overlap, while the 12 Nigerians that were affected were in the procurement department whose services were now redundant due to growth in the company.

Be Inspired: No overnight success. It took Folorunsho Alakija over 30 years to become one of the most influential women on the continent.

Nigerian business tycoon and one of the richest black women in the world, second in Africa, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija with $1.82 billion fortune, shared her most challenging day in business with Peace Hyde for Forbes Africa TV. Bellow are highlights of the interview: 

1.1. There are no overnight success stories
It took Alakija just over 30 years to become one of the most influential women on this continent which goes to show that it takes time to achieve success.

It’s impossible to sell petrol at N145 per litre today – NNPC

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As Nigerians grapple with recession, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Monday reminded the nation that the sale of petrol at N145 per litre was no longer feasible with the current price of foreign exchange. 

The Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing, NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari, stated this at this year’s Oil Trading and Logistics Expo, OTL, holding in Lagos. He said: “We have a very difficult business environment. It is impossible today to import products at the current market price, at current fixed foreign exchange, FOREX rate. ‘’There is no way today you can take products to retailers and sell at N145. It is not possible. 

Former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed arrested by EFCC over N1trn Abuja land swap

The immediate past minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, was reportedly arrested by EFCC yesterday October 24th. According to Vanguard, he was arrested over suspected multiple criminal breaches, questionable schemes and alleged breaches while in office. His arrest followed a series of petitions filed against him by individuals and group since 2013.

FG plans special court for terrorism, financial crimes.

The Federal Government has has concluded plans to set up special courts for speedy trial of financial crimes and terrorism cases. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Barrister Obono Obla, who disclosed this to Vanguard in Abuja yesterday, said that government would come up with executive bill to be forwarded to the National Assembly for the establishment of the special courts. 

Obla also told Vanguard that lawyers had been stalling efforts towards securing successful prosecution of high profile cases in the country with their delayed tactics. He said: “We have also drafted the Special Criminal Courts or Special Crimes Court, which we intend to present a bill to the National Assembly for passage to facilitate speedy trials of terrorism, economic and financial crimes, corruption etc. 

Photos: EFCC docks man for N229m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, October 24, 2016 arraigned one Sunday Evbodaghe and his company, Sunnivik Rivera Nigeria Limited, before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court on a 4-count charge of stealing, forgery and obtaining by false pretence. More photos after the cut...

Monday, 24 October 2016


Tigris Experience is a monthly concert put together by ace Nigerian saxophonist Bidemi Treasure with the sole aim of using Music as a tool for promoting worthy causes.

With that vision, the maiden edition of the concert which featured ace Abuja based gospel artist started on the 27th of September, 2015. Since inception, Tigris have successfully held 13 editions of its free Monthly Smooth Jazz Worship music event tagged "THE TIGRIS EXPERIENCE." The concerts have being highly entertaining, educative, inspirational and it intimates people on the need to help change the society for good. Due to the high quality of the event, its audience has grown to an average of 200 monthly attendees. The Monthly event holds at Transcorp Hilton (Kano room) on every last Sunday of the month between 5.00pm to 7:30pm. 

How to get Nigeria out of economic recession — Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has listed ways for Nigeria to quickly get out of the current economic recession. Aregbesola spoke weekend during the one-year anniversary and first annual lecture of The Point Newspapers held at the Eko Hotel, Lagos. 

At the lecture with the theme, The Economics of Change, the governor said Nigeria must cut its dependence on foreign goods, increase local production and enhance entrepreneurship, adding these would help save the local currency which currently carries too much pressure. 

Police Recover 19 Cars, Suvs From Ex-IG Arase

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the purchase and distribution of vehicles by his predecessors.

It was gathered that the probe was informed by the discovery that retiring officers, including former IGs and Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, were in the habit of appropriating police vehicles for their personal use.

Findings by Punch on Sunday show that the probe, which is being handled by the Special Investigation Panel, had identified and recovered 19 police vehicles from former IG, Solomon Arase.

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