Descent Into Impunity

TELL Cover 38Convinced it was doing its legal duty, the Directorate of Security Service, DSS, launched a probe into a development in Akwa Ibom state government house.

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But it ran into murky waters, and in the process drew flaks for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

We got curious: what informed the raid and what actually transpired in the course of the operation? From Abuja, Anayochukwu Agbo, general editor and head of Abuja bureau called to say that he had some unreported information about the operation in Uyo. The editorial board weighed this alongside some controversial appointments by the president without the statutory approval of the Senate. Are these going to be characteristic of the new government? The board mandated Agbo to probe further, and that involved having to go to Uyo. Agbo’s edge on information over the matter and his ability to creditably undertake short gun assignments qualified him for the job. He is also familiar with the southsouth geo-political zone, where he had worked before his deployment to Abuja. The result of that effort is what is served you in Descent Into Impunity: Worries Over Aso Rock’s Extra-Legal Moves.

While Agbo was in Uyo, Abiola Odutola, senior writer was rounding up an international assignment in Turkey, where he went in company of business reporters to attend the conference of ministers of finance of the G20 nations.

One of the highlights of the conference was the package that the wealthy nations have for developing countries, of which Nigeria is one. Thus the story, A New Rescue Package For Nigeria.

Complementing these are other stories including those on efforts towards the selection of a new Ooni of Ife and fresh controversy over the real perpetrators of the attack on the world trade center, the 14th anniversary of which came up last week.

Do have a blessed week!

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