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The former National Security Adviser, Mr. Sambo Dasuki, yesterday raised an alarm over what he saw as a plot by the State Security Service (SSS) to implicate him in alleged security breaches.
He said Nigerians should know that the invasion of his house by the SSS was a sheer witch-hunt. He said it was sad that the operatives of the security agency broke into his ailing father’s house in Sokoto and broke his safe.

Dasuki, who spoke exclusively with the Nation correspondent on the phone yesterday, said he did not deserve such treatment because as the National Security Adviser he did not maltreat any Nigerian.
He said he was subjected to a 12-hour ordeal from 6pm on Thursday till 6am on Friday.
He said:

“The SSS operatives came in two trucks with a search warrant from a Magistrate Court. The warrant gave them the power to search for ‘illegal weapons and any incriminating item.’ You can imagine what that is supposed to mean.

“I left office on Tuesday and they got the warrant on Wednesday and executed it by 6pm on Thursday.

“From 6pm on Thursday, throughout the night till about 6am this morning (Friday), they were searching my house looking for incriminating items.

“They restricted my movement. I cannot go out and no one can visit me. All those who attempted to see me were stopped from doing so.

“In fact, my son was blocked from entering my residence. My two cooks, who used to come from their homes to prepare my meals, were also disallowed from leaving my house.

“The only person allowed was the man who feeds my dogs. And he only related with the dogs.

“By Friday morning, they packed away all the nine cars in my residence. I could not go out to perform the Eid-el-Fitr prayer because of the restriction.

Even when I sought permission to go to Eid Praying Ground, they promised to provide a vehicle but they never did.”
He added:

“This is just a witch-hunt; they are desperately looking for something to implicate me.

“They went to my father’s house including breaking into the ceiling to look for incriminating documents. They broke a safe in my father’s house.

“Also, my sister kept a 20-year old box in my father’s house, they also forced it open. What has my father got to do with this?

“And the old man is in hospital in London. He was shocked to hear that they broke into his house. The good thing is that they did not find anything.

“They brought the photocopy of a 2007 draft by my brother, Ahmed, and asked me to comment on it. Was I in office in 2007 as NSA? You can see the extent to which they are ready to go to implicate me,” he said.

The State Security operatives yesterday also confiscated his international passport and $40,000 cash found in his house.
They retrieved 3 rifles which were being used by members of the protective team while in office.
The disengagement of the Protective team was yet to be completed yesterday but the SSS asked him to explain how he came about the rifles.
However, at about 6 pm yesterday, SSS operatives were withdrawn from his residence.

Dasuki’s movement remains however restricted to within the country as his traveling documents are now with the SSS.
According to findings, the SSS team obtained statement from him from about 1 hour.

A source said:

“They seized the ex-NSA passport and raised issues on how he came about the $40,000 in his house. They went to the extent of asking him to give the details of how he came about the cash.

“On the rifles, they repeatedly questioned him on what he was doing with them. He took time to explain that they belong to members of the Protective Team guarding him. They became excited as if they had found an evidence against him.

“I think by the time the case gets to a court, Nigerians will know the truth or otherwise of their findings.

In regards to the allegations against him, about the purchase of arms, funds for counter-insurgency and the seized $15million in South Africa , Dasuki said:

“I read some of these allegations in The Nation but nobody has asked me some of these things they are saying. I was not even in charge of some of these things. How do I account for all?

“And if you want me to respond to these issues, you have to give me access to relevant documents. You do not need to restrict my movement. You can see that they are just out to set me up. Even if they find a knife in my house, they will say it is incriminating.”

“There are some who should account 10 times for some of these allegations they are raising but they are walking about freely, ” he added.

Dasuki, who sounded confident on the phone, said as a retired senior military officer and ex-NSA, he ought to be better treated.

“Everybody should know what is happening. They sent some low-level officers, looking for something to implicate me.

“It is just a witch-hunt. If you want me to make clarifications on any issue, in the spirit of democracy and the rule of Law, have the courtesy to invite me and as a gentleman, I will honour the invitation. Sending two trucks to lay siege on my house and restrict my movement is just abysmal.

“For a man who left office on Tuesday, where will I run to? I have nothing to fear.”

The former NSA said he was unfairly treated by the SSS because when he was in charge of the nation’s security, he was “cautious, careful and fair” in his approach.
He added:

“I was fair to all as NSA. Even when I had security cause to act on some issues, inflammatory comments and actions against the government of the day by those in the opposition, I exercised restraint. I did not restrict anyone’s movement, I never asked security agents to occupy anybody’s house.

“But that is the new change we have, this is our own definition of democracy. All I know is that everything has a beginning and an end in a democracy. I gave my best for this transition, which led to the victory of the opposition over the ruling party.

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Industy Nite Tour with Smirnoff heats up PH City, you are next!

Benin City experienced the Smirnoff Industry Nite rave on the 26th of June, 2015 and the whole town is still buzzing about what a night it was. Next stop on the list for Smirnoff/Industry Nite tour is Port Harcourt.

The party moves on to the coal city on the 18th of July at Edi’s Wine Bar in G.R.A.

So, if you’re looking for an exciting and epic weekend, make a date with Smirnoff for this Saturday and get ready to be wowed!

The artistes performing are all excited so you can be sure of mind blowing performances from Mr. Incredible; M.I, Ill Bliss, Kiss Daniel anda host of other musical talentsand of course, dropping the hottest tunes will be Smirnoff’s Brand Ambassador DJ SPINALL. Eddy’s wine bar in G.R.A will play host to this one of a kind party billed to begin by 10pm.

If Benin is anything to go by, you really don’t want to be told about this party. So, turn up!It’s all about top notch performances, the hottest music DJ in the land and a chance to be the first to enjoy the new Smirnoff Guarana. • Recap! 18th is the date, Eddy’s Wine Bar is the place and 10:00pm sets the night off so gear up as it promises to be full of “off-the-wall” awesomeness!

Keep up with updates and breaking news simply by following the hashtag #doubleside or on Instagram – @SmirnoffNG, Twitter: @SmirnoffNG and Facebook: SmirnoffNigeria.

Remember you have to be 18+ to party with Smirnoff.

Two entertainment heavy weights merge into Vanes Entertainment

With all sense of humility, we are proud to present the duo of Omo Obasuyi (aka) Mor Geezy and Osasumwen Emanuel Obasuyi (aka) Blake; Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Vanes Entertainment

The duo that both based in the USA, are definitely leaving no stone unturned as they aim to change the face of the Nigerian entertainment industry forever! As a statement of intent and a proof of their commitment to the cause, they recently floated Vanes Entertainment, a music label aimed at promoting the best and most talent artiste there is.

Omo Obasuyi, a businessman, and Osasu, an aeronautic engineer, have strong desire and passion to invest and make a difference in the Nigerian music industry irrespective successes achieved in their various professions (business & engineering).

Having undertaken an in-depth analysis of the nation’s music industry they are convinced that a lot still needs to be done to take it the industry to its zenith, thereby giving the practitioners ample opportunities to thrive. The CEOs seem to have the Midas touch following Vanes Entertainment successful signing of talent duo known as Room 25 and Sly, a sensational solo artiste.

These acts have released some smashing singles, while Room 25 recently dropped the visuals for their hit single “Battery Go Low”. These Mavericks are definitely not resting on their laurels are more singles and videos are soon to drop for the listening and viewing pleasure of the fans.

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Senior civil servants demand a minimum wage of N46, 000

The Association of Senior Civil Servants demanded a minimum wage of N46,000 for workers.
The union’s Secretary-General, Mr. Bashir Lawal, in Lagos State, on Wednesday, said that the existing N18,000 minimum wage was too little to meet the socio-economic demands of workers.

According to him, they arrived at a minimum wage of N46,000 per month after the union met with the National Public Service Joint Negotiating Council.
He said,

“In the past one year, we presented a proposal for salary review to the Federal Government but the government said that the price of crude had fallen. “We argued that if the price of crude is 30 dollars per barrel and the resources of the country are well managed, money will be enough to pay workers decent salaries.

“From the memo we submitted to the NPSJNC, we computed what it will take for an average worker to survive and we arrive at N66,000. “So, we took 75 per cent of that and we arrived at N46,000 minimum wage.

Lawal said that the new minimum wage demand will not cause crisis in the economic sector, he said:

“If the government believes that the amount will create crisis, we will tell them what to do to ensure that everybody will be carried along.”