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Nigeria’s Government Seeks Final Forfeiture Of Patience Jonathan’s $5.7million, N2.4billion

Sat, 2019-05-25 10:44


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos to order the final forfeiture of $5.7million and N2.4billion belonging to former First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan.

It said the money is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Moving an application for the final forfeiture, EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, said Mrs. Jonathan did not earn the money legitimately.

But, Mrs. Jonathan, through her lawyer, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), said the money was not stolen.

He said it was part of gifts from friends, adding that nobody complained that their money was stolen.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun on April 26, 2017 ordered the money’s temporary forfeiture based on an ex-parte application by the EFCC.

Mrs Jonathan appealed, but the Court of Appeal last January 12 upheld the temporary forfeiture.

The Supreme Court on March 15 affirmed the Court of Appeal judgment.

It directed the appellant to return to before Justice Olatoregun to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

In an affidavit in support of the ex-parte originating summons, an EFCC operative, Musbahu Yahaha Abubakar, said Mrs Jonathan opened a Skye Bank account on February 7, 2013.

“One Dudafa Waripamo Owei, who was the Senior Special Assistant to the former President, was one of the frequent depositors in the account.

“Another frequent cash depositor of funds reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities into the account is one Festus Iyoha, a steward at the State House, Abuja,” the deponent said.

The EFCC investigator said Iyoha made deposits with fictitious names.

Abubakar said between February 8, 2013 and January 30, 2015, $6,791,599.64 suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities was deposited into the account in cash.

He said Mrs Jonathan dissipated part of the funds, leaving a balance of $5,731,173.55.

 “If this funds are not forfeited in the interim, the operator of the account, Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan, will fully dissipate it,” the investigator said.

The commission said the N2.4billion was found in an Ecobank Nigeria Ltd account numbered 2022000760 in the name of La Wari Furniture and Baths Ltd.

The EFCC said the “purported” signatory to the account was one Ada Ifegbu, with a telephone number belonging to one Esther Oba.

 

The EFCC operative said the N2.4billion “was substantially the naira equivalent of the United States dollars given to one Chima Nwafor John of Ecobank Nigeria Ltd by one Esther Oba at the Aso Rock Villa.”

He said it was John who contracted bureau de change operators to convert the money to naira and deposit it to La Wari Furniture and Baths’s account.

The company is the second respondent.

Urging the court to order the final forfeiture, Oyedepo said: “The $5million was not the first respondent’s legitimate earning.

“She was a public servant and a salary earner. The sums cannot be her legitimate income. We urge the court to agree with us and forfeit the sum to the Federal Government.”

On the N2.4billion, Oyedepo said the opening of the account where the money is domiciled is “shrouded in mystery and fraud”.

He added that a director of La Wari Furniture and Baths, Mrs Oyewole Yemisi, when questioned by EFCC, claimed not to know anything about the company and that her signature was forged.

“She denied being part of the resolution that authorised the opening of the account in which the funds were warehoused. She said she was not part of the company,” Oyedepo said.

Besides, he said those who paid money into the accounts did not buy any goods from the firm.

“The money was not the proceeds of sale of any goods. We urge my Lord to hold that the money is proceeds of crime,” Oyedepo said.

But, Chief Adedipe said there was no evidence that the money sought to be forfeited is proceeds of crime.

He said Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud, which EFCC relied on, is targeted at fraudsters and anticipates “unlawful conduct”.

“It is not the law that if the EFCC finds money in an account and it doesn’t like the owner’s face, it comes to court and says ‘forfeit it’.

“The government is at liberty to apply for forfeiture, but the offence must be stated.

“The first respondent is the wife of a former deputy governor, governor, vice president and president. Even the current occupier of the office of the First Lady wants to build a university.

“In this country, First Ladies enjoy a lot of goodwill. She (Mrs Jonathan) stated that governors gave her money. Nobody wrote that she stole their money,” the SAN said.

Besides, Adedipe added that the anti-graft agency did not provide any evidence that her client stole money from government or any individual.

“All EFCC said is that they saw money in her account and assumed it was stolen. They didn’t say from whom. You don’t pick on your political opponents.

“We urge your Lordship to hold that the money is not proceeds of unlawful act. It’s not a crime to be given money,” Adedipe said.

La Wari Furniture and Baths’ counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the company is an ongoing business concern involved in the import and export of furniture and antiques.

“It is settled law that suspicion no matter how grave can never amount to legal evidence to prove the guilt or culpability of anyone either in criminal or civil proceedings.

“They have not brought anybody to complain that money is missing. It is not a crime that La Wari Furniture and Baths had made money.

“EFCC has not shown any predicate offence committed by La Wari Furniture and Baths. They threw a wide net into the sea looking to catch a fish.

“We urge your Lordship to refuse this application,” Ozekhome prayed.

Justice Olatoregun adjourned until June 24 for judgment.

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Man Allegedly Kills Wife, Son, Then Hangs Self Over Infidelity

Sat, 2019-05-25 10:43


Charles Enifa, a commercial motorcyclist, allegedly stabbed his wife and son to death, then proceeded to hang himself over allegation of infidelity.

The incident happened on Thursday, at 12, Obafemi Eruja Street, off Agbola Awojobi Street, in Aga Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Their bodies were discovered around 5am, after their  older children, Success, 12, and Favour, 10, opened the door and alerted neighbors.

Other tenants at the residence fled their apartments following the incidents.

Although it is not clear what exactly happened but people familiar with the family said the man has always disputed the paternity of the killed son.

Jamiu Odukoya, son to the deceased’s landlord, disclosed, that, the couple had been enmeshed in fights and disagreement in the past two years, and the man always claimed he was not the young boy’s father.

He said: “I do not live here. I was called this morning (Friday) that something has happened and I rushed down to the house…I came here around 10am. Before I got here, I went to the police station but I was told that the police were already at the scene. When I came here, I met alot of security people and emergency workers.

“What I heard was that one of the tenants killed his wife and son over infidelity. They had been having issues. I know that when my father was alive, he tried talking to them and even advised the man to let the woman go if he thinks the boy was not his son.”

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Gunmen Kidnap Filmmaker, Demand N10 Million Ransom

Sat, 2019-05-25 10:41


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Salisu Muazu, a popular northern filmmaker, has been kidnapped by gunmen who are now demanding N10 million ransom.

Mauzu was kidnapped on Thursday evening on Kaduna-Jos express way.

Sani Muazu, The victim’s elder brother, said they were traveling together with two other persons at the time of the incident.

“We were returning from a conference in Kaduna when we were stopped and robbed by some armed men around Jengre village,” he said.

 “They robbed us and I was able to escape, yet they went away with my younger brother Salisu and two other guys we gave a ride.

“They got in touch this morning  (yesterday) seeking a N10m ransom to process their release.”

Muazu appealed to Nigerians to offer prayers for the safe return of his brother and the other victims.

Both Sani and Salisu are based in Jos.

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Individuals, Organizations No Longer Benefiting From Nigeria’s Importation Hurl Insults At me, Says Emefiele

Sat, 2019-05-25 10:40


Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says individuals, organizations and representative of countries, both in Nigeria and abroad, who no longer benefits from Nigeria’s importation now hurl insults and abuses at him.

He said this on Friday during the Distinguished Leadership Programme Lecture of the School of Economics, University of Ibadan, held in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The CBN governor said he has developed unconventional methods to curtail the problem of excessive importation, and that this has earned him great enemies.

Emefiele, who has just been reappointed for a second term of five years by President Mohammadu Buhari, disclosed that insults and abuses are hurled at him at home and abroad by individuals, organisations and representative of countries who are no longer benefitting from the new policies that help reduce importation, grow local industries and farming and ultimately create more jobs for Nigerians.

He added that the efforts also helped reduce pressure on foreign exchange, increased foreign reserve and generally improved the country’s economy.

 

With the improvement, Emefiele disclosed that the current foreign reserve is able to finance a nine-month import bill.

The CBN governor explained that tackling Nigerian multiple economic problems in the face of dwindled crude oil prices, smuggling and dumping of foreign goods requires extraordinary measures which cannot afford to be conventional as may be advised by the Breton Woods institutions.

According to him, the economic recession of 2014 presented a daunting challenge to the apex bank. To exit the economic downturn, Emefiele revealed that the bank was forced to embrace some hard, unconventional methods in the overall interest of the country.

He listed the methods to include raising Monetary Policy Rate from 12 to 14 per cent in order to “rein in expected inflationary pressures that may result from exchange rate,” introduction of demand management approaches to foreign exchange in order to conserve foreign reserve and support domestic production, opening of different foreign exchange windows to take care of the interests of investors, exporters and other critical sector participants as well as introduction of risk-based supervision which include monitoring compliance of supervised institutions and assessment of the risk profile and governance management practices of banks.

One major idea, he said, was the development finance intervention which is the increase of lending to the agriculture and industrial sectors through targeted interventions schemes such as the Anchor Borrowers Programme, Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme and the Rural Sector Support Facility.

“In particular, we sought to improve domestic supply of four commodities (rice, fish, sugar and wheat) which consume about N1.3 trillion annually in our nation’s import bill,” he said.

He explained that the interventions have yielded results as many more farmers now grow higher quantity of food for local consumption which has largely reduced importation, reduced pressure in foreign exchange, created jobs and empowered more citizens economically.

The CBN governor further explained that the bank did not hand over cash to beneficiaries. Rather, they were given improved seedlings, herbicides, and so on, to prevent diversion of funds.

Similar approaches were adopted for the players in the manufacturing sector.

He further revealed that a sum of N30 billion has been set aside to support the creative industry in Nigeria.

While the interventions were introduced, Emefiele said he was being insulted, abused and criticised by adherents of conventional methods and those who would not benefit from the new innovations which he described as unconventional.

For restricting 41 (now 43) items from access to FOREX, Emefiele said the policy was faulted by critics, but pointed out that the unconventional policies helped Nigeria exit recession and have helped improved the economy at large.

He said: “In the view of some critics, for instance, our FX policies constitute exchange restrictions, rationing of FX, discretionary allocation based on priority categories, and multiple currency practice.

“Many are also unaccepting of our 41 items restriction and its recent increase to 43 items, regardless of its apparent successes.

“While there is sufficient evidence of significant reductions in our annual import bill, increased non-oil output and exports, and a robust BOP position, these critics assert that we are restricting trade and creating unfair competition.

“To our critics, who are against the imposition of the FX restrictions, conventional Monetary Policy requires that to encourage domestic production, we should impose higher tariffs and levies. However, our experience in Nigeria has shown that this practice has never worked due to certain inefficiencies in attaining these objectives”

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Nigeria Is The Future Of Mankind, Says German Ambassador

Sat, 2019-05-25 10:40


Bernhard Schlagheck, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, says Nigeria as the future if Africa is the future of world of mankind.

Schlagheck said this on Friday during delegation meeting of Follow the Money and Connected Development (CODE), a Non-Government Organization that focuses on governance and accountability, in Abuja.

The german ambassador said Germany and Nigeria shared similarities in diverse areas, adding that Nigerians could contribute towards growth of their country through tracking governance processes to ensure accountability.

Schlagheck said: “There are developments in every society that must be tracked. To achieve that, there is need for distinction of people to do such.

“Nigeria as the future of Africa is the future of the world of mankind that we can ask many important questions and of course this is also applicable in places like Germany, in Europe.

“Although there are obstacles in development processes, Nigerians should strive to focus on cross-fertilisation of good ideas to bring about meaningful growth in future.”

He commended the delegation for their effort in tracking expenditure of public funds to promote accountability and transparency in governance process in the country.

According to him, “this is something that can change things positively. I am quite happy to see many young activists willing to do so”.

Earlier, Mr Hamzat Lawal, Founder, Follow the Money and Chief Executive Officer of CODE, said that they were at the German Embassy to appreciate Schlagheck for his support to the organisation.

He noted that the support by Schlagheck had helped young people learn best practices on modern methods to track public fund spending.

He said they were in Germany this year and won the SDGs awards under mobilise-category, despite the fact that we applied for our papers late.

“Europe and US are struggling with illegal migration because people from other parts of the world are tired of how governments are not ensuring that the services delivered are efficient.”

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Unreturning Lawmakers 'Evacuate' Personal Belongings From National Assembly As Staff Mock Them

Sat, 2019-05-25 06:48




It was a sober reflection on the premises of National Assembly complex Abuja on friday as lawmakers who lost elections in their various constituencies evacuated their personal belongings from their offices .

Some of the aides to the lawmakers were  seeing removing property from their offices  into the waiting trucks . Some of the items include: refrigerators, plasma TV, water dispensers, printers , portraits photographs, rugs, flags and many other things .

Many have stealthily and surreptitiously moved their luggage shortly after the election results were announced to avoid disgrace and embarrassment.

Some of the staff were seen in group  discussing the inglorious exit of the senators and members of House of Representatives while others were making jest of them and gloating over their  misfortune.

When Saharareporters prodded the staff to  disclose the reason behind their excitement.  Many of them described the exit of the lawmakers as lesson of life adding that power is transient . 

One of the staff who pleaded not to be named said many of them were so much intoxicated with power, while it lasted, in such a way that they saw themselves as tin-gods with the positions they occupied.  He added that many of them did not deserve re-election judging by their hostile and aggressive treatment of Nigerians particularly those from their constituencies. 

He admonished the new lawmakers not to be carried away with  the allure of power or trappings of public office but to put citizens who elected them into the position of authority first. 

Recall that many federal lawmakers including senate President, Bukola Saraki  lost their seats during the Presidential and National Assembly election on 23rd February 2019. 

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Over 20,000 Youths Want Cleaning Job In Enugu

Fri, 2019-05-24 23:17


At  least  20,000 youth in Enugu State have applied for the state Cleaning and Beautification job which is an initiative of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Rev. Fr. Michael Ogbu, the coordinator of Enugu Clean Team Project (ECTP), , told newsmen in Enugu on Friday that the application was for the additional 1,000 workers approved by Gov. Ugwuanyi to  create more slots for interested youth in tghe state.

“After our announcement for recruitment of additional 1,000 staff, more than 20,000 persons applied with at least a school certificate.

“I can recall vividly that when we started the Enugu Clean Team Project, young people were reluctant to come for employment for the initial 1,000 workers in the project but now the story has changed,’’ Ogbu said.


 
According to him, apart from the procurement of new equipment to cover Enugu, Nsukka, 9th Mile Corner, Awgu and Oji River axis of the state, the employment of additional 1,000 staff will enhance the operational capacity of the project.
Ogbu also re-affirmed his commitment to fulfil the purpose  for which the initiative was  thought up which is to make the coal city the cleanest city in Nigeria
“ECTP management has put machinery in motion to ensure that Enugu State and Enugu city becomes the cleanest state and city in the country within the shortest possible time.

“I believe the governor and the state executive council are impressed with our performance and that is why we were graciously granted request to increase our staff strength with an additional 1,000 staff,’’ he said.
 He urged driver motoristsagainst reckless driving as some of the staff of the 'project' who on duty in the early hours of the day; he also pleaded with residents to make the job easier for the  these workers by desisting from indiscriminate  disposal of refuse

Ogbu explained that part of the reasons why the governor established the organization was to provide employment to young people and discourage them from going into crime in addition to keeping the environment clean.

The ECTP Project covers road and street sweeping, drainage clearing and de-silting, green verge areas and trees trimming as well as maintenance of ornamental flowers and parks within the state

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Flying Eagles Maul Qatar 4-0 In Fifa U-20 World Cup Opener

Fri, 2019-05-24 21:42


Flying Eagles of Nigeria started their World cup campaign on a high as they thrashed Qatar 4-0 in the opening match of the Group D match of the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.

The Nigerian team which is participating in the tournament for the first time mauled the Asian representatives at the Stadion Miejski in Tychy.

Maxwell Effiom got the first goal for the Paul Aigbogun's side on 12 minutes before Sweden based Henry Offia doubled the lead on 24 minutes with both assists from Captain Ikouwem Utin.

Manchester City’s Tom Dele-Bashiru got the third goal after the break on 68 minutes before Defender Aliyu Salawudeen completed the rout on 74 minutes.

The Eagles next play the USA on Monday and then face Ukraine on Thursday at the Bielsko-Bahalia stadium.

Earlier in the competition, West African neighbors Senegal thrashed Tahiti 3-0 to go top of Group A while Colombia dealt a huge blow to hosts Poland debut at the competition with a 2-0 thumping.

In Group B, Italy pipped Mexico 2-1 in a keenly contested match to go top of Group B, Ecuador also beat Japan by the same margin in the second encounter.

The tournament will run from May 23rd to June 15th, 2019.

 

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Masari Approves Death Penalty For Cattle Rustlers, Kidnappers In Katsina

Fri, 2019-05-24 21:02


 

Aminu Bello Masari, the governor of Katsina State, has signed into law that anyone convicted of cattle rustling or kidnapping in the state should be executed.
The former speaker of the House of Representatives also approved life imprisonment  in addition to a fine and compensation to victim for  anyone convicted of rape.
The governor  endorsed these punitive measures following spate of attacks in the State, the latest being the attack on three communities in Dan Musa, Faskari and Batsari local government areas which claimed  26 lives
In reaction to the killings President Muhammadu Buhari had summoned Governor Masari and ordered the Security Chiefs to investigate the killings.
The President also directed, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu ,  Acting Inspector General of Police, General AbayomiGabriel Olonisakin Chief of Defence Staff Abayomi to constitute an assessment team to intervene immediately the killings in the state and bring feedback.
The President instructed them to be meticulous in their assessment and find out how the  method of operations of criminals and put safety measures in place to forestall recurrence.

 

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On The Fulanisation Agenda By Egbeolowo Ridwan

Fri, 2019-05-24 20:33


It would have sounded unpleasant to the ears of they that heard TY Danjuma the day he said, "one thing we should know is that these generals including Buhari knows the problem of the country ranging from terrorism to the least problem we are faced. It's a pity that these people believe they can't create a future they won't live in". I must confess that I am in consensus ad idem with Danjuma's assertion. Danjuma may be a politician, or among those who mortgaged the future of this country, but the fact remains that his thought on that issue is nothing but a force to reckon with. The same way Obasanjo issued a statement on Buhari's FULANISATION agenda.

The annoying part may be that the same set of people who destroyed the very fabric of this nation are the one tackling each other like water and fire. Both Obasanjo, Buhari, Danjuma are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee; They are birds of a feather.  I remember vividly that  FFK once said Buhari was planning to Islamise Nigeria, many called for his head. Only if they had seen what he saw then, they wouldn't have allowed such an evil agenda to come into existence not to talk of coming to pass. Besides, What baffles me most is that this nepotistic murderous and blatantly corrupt regime doesn't even do much to hide it. I'm not Igbo but how can the presidency tag a whole tribe terrorist while those marauding Fulani herdsmen are protected and enabled. An unarmed and fearless indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB) was declared a terrorist organization by the almighty Federal government before one could pronounce N. I. G. E. R. I. A. what an irony of life! Whether the latest development on Buhari's fulanisation agenda is real or not, his modus operandi has made it audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that he is an ethnic bigot whose common sense has been shattered by tribalism, nepotism, favoritism, and cabalocracy. One would wonder why the Buhari- led administration is flooded by his kinsmen. 

That alone speaks volumes and shows the fact that we have employed a tribalistic fellow to manage the affairs of this nation... The only solution to avoid a repeat of the mistake we now have as president is to look beyond political horse trading and do everything possible to vote for a candidate whose passion for the masses is second to none. A leader who understands the principle of federal character. Not a leader who will further divide us.

In other hands, we the masses have chosen to throw reasonability to the wind. For how long are we going to sit on the fence? For how long are we going to be docile? The most worrisome aspect about our docility is that " We keep voting for the same set of people who could not liberate us from economic baptism from 1960 to date. after all, Chinua Achebe had it right when he said, " a man who does not know where the rain started to beat him cannot say where he dried his body. The rain that beat Nigeria began more than a decade ago, from the resolutions of the Berlin conference of 1884/1885 to the economic-driven amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates of Nigeria in 1914 by Lord Lugard.  Truth be told, The primary aim of the British in amalgamating the northern and the southern protectorates in Nigeria was simply economic. The amalgamation was nothing but a fraud, which is a blatant attack on our sensibilities.

This is one of the reasons why I said Nigeria never existed in the first place. As far as reality is concerned, Nigeria can never work as a nation. The foundation has been destroyed already, so there is virtually nothing the righteous can do. From premature independence to the economically driven amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates.

So it is just sad that our leaders are complicating issues by shying away from their responsibility. One would wonder that, with the way everything is going in this country, our leaders are still nagging over irrelevant issues that cannot in any way contribute to the development of this country. What a misplaced priority!

This is a call to sober reflection as it would interest my readers that I  am also a victim of this mess created by the same set of people we have at the helm of affairs today.

I just pray one day all youths in Nigeria will understand that no politician right now is working in their interest.. whether APC or PDP.

EGBEOLOWO RIDWAN IS A GRADUATE OF  ELEMENTARY EDUCATION/POLITICAL SCIENCE. HE CAN BE REACHED THROUGH HIS EMAIL:

SMARTWAYNE645@GMAIL.COM

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Fulani Herdsmen Have Turned Ondo Into Unsafe Place As They Kidnap, Rape Us, Ondo Women Lament

Fri, 2019-05-24 20:31



Worried by the insecurity in Ondo state, some aggrieved women have protested the rising cases of attacks, rituals and kidnapping by suspected fulani herdsmen. 

The women, who marched on  the street of Akure on Thursday through the Deji of Akure's palace and armed with leaves, said that enough is enough about the criminal activities of hoodlums who have taken over the state. 
They noted that Ondo state was no longer safe again as the hoodlums masquerading as "fulani herdsmen" have all  surrounded the forests and bushes  in the sunshine star
The protesters argued that the fulani herdsmen, who are always armed with  all kinds  of  weapons, would molest, maim, rape and even destroy their farmlands and livestock
One of the protesting women, Mrs. Uche Daodu who spoke to Sahara Reporters in Akure said they're worried about the rising case of kidnapping and attacks - most especially on the women in the state. 
Daodu noted that law enforcement agencies in the state have not been doing well enough to tackle the ugly activities of the fulani herdsmen. 
She vehemently complained that  the lives of the innocent residents in the state are in perpetual danger as the fulani herdsmen have found means to execute  their sinister activities.
"If you have noticed that the rates of kidnapping in Ondo State is now becoming too alarming including the cases of ritualists in the state.

"Already, we have learned that these set of people who are kidnapping and causing all these issues are the fulani herdsmen.

"These evil dowers (fulani herdmen) after perpetrating the act would run away into the bushes within the state where they currently stay and sleep.
"Also, almost everyday we are now hearing cases of kidnapping in fact blood shared is just too much in the state and the rate of raping cases is just too high. 
"Many that want to travel are scared because of the cases of kidnapping by fulani herdsmen on our road and due to the rampant case of missing persons just imagine the cases of missing underwares too.
"We have the belief that we cannot continue like this as Ondo state is known as a very peaceful state. So, when did all of a sudden this ugly situation started rearing its head" she queried. 

According to her, Ondo State which is  known as  a peaceful  state could become a hotbed of violence  if the authorities did not immediately face the security challenges posed by activities of the fulani herdsmen.
Daudo explained that women group have come out to sensitize females in  Ondo state to be very wary of the ‘criminals’ who target female folks for rituals.
While suggesting some ways out of the doldrums, Mrs. Daudo said that there was need for concerted effort by all security agencies in state to combat the dastardly activities of the criminal elements. 
"We are crying out now for justices and we want our traditional leaders to urgently do something about this as their evil acts are becoming too rampants in our dear state (Ondo).
"Because these people surrounded the forest in the state with terribble ammunition and we are now asking what is the law enforcement agency doing about it.
"We want more collaborations and proper synergies between the law enforcement and security agencies in the state - like the Police, NSCDC, Army, FRSC and NDLEA officials.
"We believe their collaborations will help stop all these evil machination that is currently going on in Ondo State becuase we the woman can't enter the village markets again as a result of attack and rape on us".

 

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Pro-Biafra Agitators Attacked Us With Sticks, Stones Say Police

Fri, 2019-05-24 19:51



The Anambra State Police Command has accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra of attacking its officers on duty in various parts of the state.

Haruna Mohammed, Police Public Relations Officer in Awka on Friday said the men were deployed to dismantle the flags and other insignias of the secessionist group against the May 30 sit-home-order.

He added that the Police was able to subdue the IPOB members. 

Mohammed said: "There was a report that the Indigenous People of Biafra came out in large number moving around with dangerous weapons and at the same time hoisting flags of the proscribed group on poles and billboards.

“Following the report, police operatives rushed to the scene in order to prevent them from mounting the flags but they engaged the police with catapults and stones.

“However, 12 suspects were arrested and over 50 flags with different inscriptions of IPOB/MASSOB and Biafran Independent movements recovered as exhibits.

“There was another intelligence report that some misguided elements suspected to be IPOB Members were sighted at various locations mounting Biafra flags along Ekwulobia -Uga Road in Aguata LGA of Anambra State.

“Police patrol teams pursued them and arrested 12 suspects while others escaped,  72 Biafran flags and items with Biafra inscriptions were recovered.”
 

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BREAKING: INEC Holds Emergency Meeting To Consider Zamfara Supreme Court Ruling

Fri, 2019-05-24 18:47



The Independent National Electoral Commission, has held an emergency meeting over the Supreme Court judgement on the general elections held in Zamfara State.

Festus Okoye,  INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, in a statement on Friday said the meeting is for the body to determine the next course of action. 

The statement reads in part, “Following the Supreme Court’s Judgement delivered today 24th May 2019 on the Governorship, National and State Assembly Elections held in Zamfara State, INEC held an emergency meeting to consider the Court’s decision.”

More to come.
 

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Patrick Ukah, Former Commissioner Of Information In Delta, In Millions Of Naira Scandal

Fri, 2019-05-24 18:41



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Patrick Ukah,  the immediate past Commissioner of Information in Delta state , is currently enmeshed in a  case of financial malfeasance running into several millions of naira.  Ukah was said to have  gone on a  bogus spending spree  claiming to have purchased  cameras and repaired transmitters for  the Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and Warri.


SaharaReporters reliably learned that Ukah, claimed to have purchased eight cameras for the two state- owned broadcasting outfits at  the sum of N18,721,738.00.
  However, finding  loopholes in Ukah's claim, the state's transition committee  decided  to launch  a probe into his supposed financial transactions,  confided a member of the committee  in our correspondent.


"We received some documents from the commissioner for information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, where huge sums of millions of naira were used to purchased cameras and repairs of transmitters at the Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and Warri. The documents shows huge fraud, corrupt and sharp practices to cover up the looting in the two broadcasting houses in Asaba and Warri.


"How can you purchase eight camera for N18.7 million.? As part of our duty, we as a committee had to carry out a market survey on the cameras. The camera make and model is Sony Digital HXR-NX 100 and with our findings, we discovered that one of the cameras is often sold for less than a N500,000 and the commissioner for information claimed to have purchased one each at the sum of N2.3 million by his calculation.


"Ukah also claimed to have bought four tripods and four wireless microphones at the sum of N9,654,750.00 for DBS, Asaba and Warri. This is nothing but outright fraud. In all the documents presented by Ukah to the transition committee shows that, he only succeeded in using the state owned media houses to corruptly and fraudulently amassed wealth to himself without recourse to improving the deteriorating current status of the broadcasting houses." a member of the committee  stated.

One of the Cameras Bought By Ukah
 In some of the documents presented by the state commissioner for information, Patrick Ukah to the committee and obtained by SaharaReporters, he claimed to have purchased eight cameras for DBS, Asaba and Warri at the cost of N18,721,738.00, repaired the FM coaxial feeder line at DBS, Warri at the cost of N16,620,000.00, repaired the back-up transmitters at DBS, Asaba, Ubulu-Uku and Warri at the cost of N43,000,000.00, as well as mast tensioning, painting and repairing at the cost of N11,150,000.00.


Continuing with the breaking down of the expenses incurred, the commissioner claimed that he purchased some equipment for DBS, Asaba and Warri, which he failed to name, at the cost of N12,553,750.00, provision and installation of antenna and repairs of another transmitters at the cost of N57,240,000.00, briefed governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the 2017 flood disaster in DBS, Asaba and restoration of the station back to air at the cost of N17,000,000.00, repair of faulty back up transmitters at DBS, Asaba, Ubulu-Uku and Warri at the cost of N68,380,000.00.


Meanwhile as mixed reactions have  continued to trail the monumental fraud and corrupt practices linked to the former informer commissioner, some of the addresses of contractors which Ukah claimed to have awarded the millions of naira contracts to, could not be located by our correspondent.


As at the time of filing this report, calls and messages put to the commissioner for information, Patrick Ukah were not responded to, but his Special Assistant on media, Samuel Ijeh, confirmed that the documents obtained by our correspondent were true copies of the documents submitted by his boss to the transition committee, adding that "But we later discovered that there some typographical errors" and when asked why his boss failed to carefully read through all the documents he submitted, Ijeh could not answer.

 

"We received some documents from the commissioner for information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, where huge sums of millions of naira were used to purchased cameras and repairs of transmitters at the Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba and Warri. The documents shows huge fraud, corrupt and sharp practices to cover up the looting in the two broadcasting houses in Asaba and Warri.


"How can you purchase eight camera for N18.7 million.? As part of our duty, we as a committee had to carry out a market survey on the cameras. The camera make and model is Sony Digital HXR-NX 100 and with our findings, we discovered that one of the cameras is sold for less than a N500,000 and the commissioner for information claimed to have purchased one each at the sum of N2.3 million by his calculation.


"Ukah also claimed to have bought four tripods and four wireless microphones at the sum of N9,654,750.00 for DBS, Asaba and Warri. This is nothing but outright fraud. In all the documents presented by Ukah to the transition committee shows that, he only succeeded in using the state owned media houses to corruptly and fraudulently amassed wealth to himself without recourse to improving the deteriorating current status of the broadcasting houses." a member of the committee  stated.

In some of the documents presented by Ukah to the committee and obtained by SaharaReporters, he claimed to have purchased eight cameras for DBS, Asaba and Warri at the cost of N18,721,738.00, repaired the FM coaxial feeder line at DBS, Warri at the cost of N16,620,000.00, repaired the back-up transmitters at DBS, Asaba, Ubulu-Uku and Warri at the cost of N43,000,000.00, as well as mast tensioning, painting and repairing at the cost of N11,150,000.00.


Continuing, the commissioner claimed that he purchased some equipment for DBS, Asaba and Warri, which he did not name, at the cost of N12,553,750.00, provision and installation of antenna and repairs of another transmitters at the cost of N57,240,000.00, briefed governor Ifeanyi Okowa on the 2017 flood disaster in DBS, Asaba and restoration of the station back to air at the cost of N17,000,000.00, repaired of faulty back up transmitters at DBS, Asaba, Ubulu-Uku and Warri at the cost of N68,380,000.00.


Meanwhile as mixed reactions  have continued to trail the monumental fraud and corrupt practices linked to the former information commissioner, some of the addresses of contractors which Ukah claimed to have awarded the millions of naira contracts to, could not be located by our correspondent.


As at the time of filing this report, calls and messages put to the commissioner for information,  were not responded to, but Samuel Ijeh, his Special Assistant on media, , confirmed that the documents obtained by our correspondent were true copies of the documents submitted by his boss to the transition committee, adding that "But we later discovered that there are some typographical errors" and when asked why his boss failed to carefully read through all the documents he submitted, Ijeh could not answer.

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Buhari Mobbed As Shi'ites Protest 'Unlawful' Detention Of El-Zakzaky At National Mosque

Fri, 2019-05-24 17:56


Thousands of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and some youth from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, stormed the National Mosque, Abuja, to demand the freedom of Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and wife, Zeenah El-Zakzaky.

President Muhammadu Buhari came to the mosque to observe his Jumat prayer when the youths moved in.

They were, however, blocked from entering the mosque by Police and Soldiers protecting the President. Buhari was smuggled out from the mosque by heavily armed military  men

Speaking at the front of the National Mosque, Engineer Abdullahi Muhammad Musa of the Academic Forum of Islamic Movement said the youths would continue to protest until El-Zakzaky is released.

"We are still here and if you like, you can come and kill us, we are ready to die. We have been killed, we have been oppressed and we have every right to challenge the oppressors.

"We know every one of the Army that came to kill our people. There must be a day that you will face the consequences of innocent people in Nigeria," he said.

El-Zakzay has been in the detention of the Department of State Services for four years after the military stormed his hometown in Kaduna, killing hundreds of his supporters including his children.

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INTERPOL Issues Arrest Warrant For Nigerian Man Over ‘Parental Abduction’ Of A 9-year Old From Brazil

Fri, 2019-05-24 17:02




The International Criminal Police Organization, also known as INTERPOL, has issued a Red Notice against Mr. Michael Olusegun Akinruli, a Nigerian who used to live in Brazil, for parental abduction of a 9-year old girl he had out of wedlock with Ms. Laurima De Jesus Pires, a Brazilian woman.

 

 The notice came 3 months after Mr. Akinruli defied a court order that mandated him to return Atinuke Folasade Pires Akinruli to the custody of his mother in Brazil, on or about February 3, 2019.

 

A Magistrate Court in Minas Gerais, Brazil, granted a 25-day travel authorization to Mr. Akinruli to visit Nigeria with his daughter, Atinuke, between January 9, 2019, and February 3, 2019, but Mr. AKinruli had since remained in Nigeria with the girl, in contravention of the Brazilian Court order.

 

On February 4, Ms. Pires, the mother of the child, said rather than return to Brazil with the child, Mr. Akinruli sent her an email notifying her of a court injunction obtained from a Lagos State Magistrate Court, granting him full custody of his daughter, Atinuke.

 

Ms. Pires, who has now taken residence at the Brazilian Embassy in Nigeria till she locates her child, said she has been denied access to the daughter and has no clue of her ex-lover’s whereabouts in Nigeria.

 

Ms. Pires met Mr. Akinruli in 2005, at the City of Belo Horizonte in the Minas Gerais. Their young love grew and they moved in together shortly after that. During this period of cohabitation, Atinuke was conceived and born in February of 2009.

 

However, three years after Atinuke’s birth, the love the two shared had begun to wax cold. “In 2012 I made a decision to separate because I could not bear to live with so many of his lies,” Ms. Pires said. “Living with someone who lies all the time is not easy at all.”

 

Ms. Pires moved out of their shared apartment with Atinuke, who was then 3 years old and went back to her parents’ house. According to her Mr. Akinruli had full access to baby Atinuke. “Michael always had contact and always participated in the life of our daughter,” she said.

 

In 2013, Mr. AKinruli, still living in Brazil, married a Nigerian woman but Atinuke remained in the custody of her mother. The battle over Atinuke’s custody, however, began in 2016 when Ms. Pires married another man.

 

“In the year 2016, I got married to my current husband,” she said. “In that same year 2016, Michael entered the justice system requesting (for) the guard of Keke was shared and also proposed to assume all the expenses with the studies of Keke”.

 

The court case in Brazil

In accordance with the Brazilian Family law, joint custody of Keke, Atinuke as fondly called by her mother, was granted. Ms. Pires said this was their living arrangement until Mr. Akinruli approached the court for a permit to bring Atinuke to Nigeria to continue her studies.

 

In a judicial order of a Court of First Instance in Minas Gerais, Ms. Pires claimed that Mr. Akinruli had previously filed for authorization to bring Atinuke to Nigeria for the period of two years. The mother denied to grant the travel's authorization, arguing that the father does not intend to return to Brazil.

 

However, while this proceeding was still on, Mr. Akinruli filed for a new permit, in limine, requesting to bring Atinuke to Nigeria for 30 days for the purposes of “leisure and familiar visit during the period of school vacation”.

 

Most motions in limine are filed by a party to limit or prevent certain evidence from being presented by opposing counsel at the time of trial. The purpose of a motion in limine is to prevent the introduction of matters at trial which are irrelevant, inadmissible or prejudicial.

 

The motion in limine was granted and, according to Ms. Pires, she only got to know of the order through a phone call from Atinuke at the airport. Mr. Akinruli’s Nigerian wife and the daughter he had with the Nigerian woman traveled to join him in Nigeria on February 1, 2019, two days before the mandatory return of Atinuke.   

 

In obtaining the travel relief which was granted in limine, Mr. Akinruli presented to the court a return ticket and evidence that he had enrolled both Atinuke and her stepsister in a school in Brazil.

 

According to the court papers: “The father produced evidence of fixed residence in this Capital, which consisted in an incorporated company legally registered. He, furthermore, proved to exercise the function of consul of Nigeria in Belo Horizonte. He proved to be a graduate student of 'Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais' (PUC-MG). He evidenced enrollment of both daughters (Atinuke and the sister Iwalewa) in a private school (Colégio Santa Maria). He evidenced the purchase of round trip tickets, with departure foreseen for 09.JAN.2019 and return foreseen for 03.FEB.2019.

 

“The Father represented that the purpose of the trip was to provide the conviviality of the daughters with the extensive paternal family and make her participate in the culture, habits, customs, religion, and language of his country. The father had evidenced to be the president of 'Instituto Iorubá', which aimed to promote Iorubá's culture and religion in Brazil. At last, he supplies (sic) the telephone and address of his sister (Paternal aunt of the infant's), where he stated that he intended to be hosted during their stay in Nigeria.

 

“He requested the interlocutory relief, arguing to have to buy the tickets and the need for the occurrence of the trip during the school vacation of the infant. 

He argued that not granting of the interlocutory relief would bring serious financial damages, besides making the trip of the daughter with the father and paternal sister unviable.

 

“The request was considered, in limine, as a leisure travel's authorization, with a familiar and cultural purpose, without intention of fixation of residence abroad. The motives of the request (plausibility of material right) were understood as relevant, as well as there might be the possibility that the occasional granting of the request, only in a final decision, could prevent the intention of the trip. Therefore, the case would stop being useful to the fulfillment of the interest of the requesting party and of the infant's. The effects of the interlocutory relief of the custody was granted in limine, to authorize the infant's trip abroad.”

 

The court case in Nigeria

Upon arriving in Nigeria, Mr. Akinruli, again approached the Lagos State Magistrate Court in Yaba with an ex-parte motion, seeking guardianship of Atinuke.

 

The court, not being aware of the full facts of the case, granted Mr. Akinruli guardianship of Atinuke in an ex-parte order issued on February 4, 2019, a day after Atinuke ought to have returned to Brazil.

 

On March 12, 2019, Ms. Pires filed a Preliminary Objection, praying the court to strike the ex-parte order for lacking in jurisdiction. The mother, through her lawyer, laid bare the fact of the case, while informing the court that there is a joint custody arrangement in Brazil.

 

Mr. K.O. Ogundare, the presiding Magistrate, not minding the plethora of reliefs sought by both parties, thereafter struck out the case for lacking in jurisdiction.

 

The endless battle for the custody of Atinuke has continued in Nigeria with her mother in total darkness about her whereabouts. “I have only spoken with Keke two times since she came to Nigeria,” an emotional Ms. Pires said, unable to fight back tears.

 

On one hand, in the Red Notice issued by INTERPOL, Mr. Akunruli’s home address in Lagos was given as 26 Aladesuru Street, Papa­Ajao, Mushin, Lagos State – Nigeria.

 

Visit to this address revealed that it is in fact not Mr. Akinruli’s current home address but his friend’s apartment where he used to squat until recently.

 

The friend, who refused to give his name, said Mr. Akinruli no longer stays in the apartment. “He has got his own apartment and moved out of here,” he said. Although, neighbors claimed that Mr. Akinruli still visits the apartment regularly and sometimes stays for days.

 

On the other hand, in the court papers filed at the Lagos State Magistrate Court said Atinuke now lives in Akure, Ondo State where she is allegedly schooling.

 

Ms. Pires said she is ready to stay in Nigeria until she finds her daughter and returns home safely with her. 


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JUST IN: Student Dies As School Collapses In Ondo

Fri, 2019-05-24 16:47


 

A section of St Andrew Grammar school, Ondo, has collapsed resulting in the death of one student.

The partial collapse of the school located at Ondo City, Ondo West LG, happened around 12noon, today, during school hours

A female student of Junior Secondary School 3 whose identity is yet to be confirmed, is the only victim as blocks that fell from the school building landed on her head.

An eye-witness who confirmed the collapse to SaharaReporters said the girl was taken to the Ondo State Teaching Hospital for medical attention.

However, a resident of the community who helped in carrying the student to the hospital said she had breathed her last before getting to the hospital.

The Principal of the school, who was simply identified as Mr Oladunjoye has reportedly fled the school.

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrived at the school, barricading the entrance and not allowing anyone go in or out.

 

 

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Gbenga Daniel Left Ogun A Failed State, Says Amosun

Fri, 2019-05-24 16:36


Ibikunle Amosun, outgoing Ogun State Governor, has said that his predecessor, Gbenga Daniel, left the state in a 'failed' condition when his tenure expired in 2011.

He stated that when he took over affairs of the state, the economy was very poor and there was a high level of insecurity. 

“When we came in 2011, Ogun State appeared to have failed as a State. Investors were running away from the State because of the high level of insecurity in the State but today, the State is ranked 4th on the list of State with the ease of doing business.

“As at the last count, our activities as a government has attracted 473 mega companies which some investing as much as N2billion. Not only that, we took the IGR of the State from the paltry sum of N700million to N7billion per month," Taiwo Adeoluwa, Secretary to the State Government who represented Amosun said while speaking at the launch of Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency.

Amosun noted that the state is better now and Dapo Abiodun, governor-elect of the state, will inherit an economically viable state.

“But we are not relenting on all these achievements. We know we have been very successful, but we need to consolidate on the success we have achieved and that is why we are establishing this agency.”

He also added that the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state has increased so is the ease of doing business in the state.

 

 

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Fulani Radio Station Is A Validation Of Obasanjo's Fulanization Claim, Says CAN

Fri, 2019-05-24 14:57


The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the Federal Government acquiring a license to set up a 'strictly Fulani radio station'.

Pastor Bayo Oladeji, the special assistant to CAN President Samson Ayokunle, said the plan was a validation of comments attributed to former President Olusegun Obasanjo about the planned Fulanisation of the country by the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

He said, “It was reported in the newspapers that the government planned to give the Miyetti Allah N100bn. The government denied it only for the Miyetti Allah to own up, saying it was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Who is fooling who?

“Why didn’t they set up a radio station for farmers too? Where is the radio station for the bandits in Zamfara, or for the Niger Delta militants? No single person has been prosecuted for the killings in the North-Central. Is the allegation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that there is a planned Fulanisation of the country not playing out now?”

“Every adult in the North listens to the radio, so why can’t they reach the herdsmen on the existing radio stations? Why do they need to set up a different radio station for them? They should stop fooling us."

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Supreme Court Upholds Fayemi's Election

Fri, 2019-05-24 13:38


The Supreme Court on Friday  set aside the appeal filed against Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State by the Peoples Democratic Party  and its gubernatorial candidate in Ekiti state, Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.
The five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Tanko Mohammed, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, while upholding Fayemi's victory at the July 2018 poll unanimously held that the suit challenging the outcome of the poll lacked merit.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Fayemi and the All Progressives Congress polled a total of 197,459 votes to defeated Olusola-Eleka and the PDP who placed second with 178,121 votes in the July 14, 2018 election.

Not satisfied with the outcome of the election Eleka had  taken his case to both Ekiti state election petition tribunal and Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal and both court dismissed the petition challenging the outcome of the July 2018 poll.
However,Eleka's  dream of being the governor of Ekiti  State has been shattered with the pronouncement of the Supreme Court which has the definitive verdict.

 

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