WHO IS THE BOSS? National Honours Award Committee ignores Presidential directive on George, Ibru, others

Published:3 Dec, 2012

The names of a  former National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, and other ex-convicts, are still on the national honours list,  The PUNCH has learnt.

Other prominent convicts whose names are  on the list  are a  former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun;  ex-Managing Director of Oceanic Bank, Cecilia Ibru; her former counterpart in the defunct Intercontinental Bank, Erastus Akingbola; and  other ex-managing directors of banks  convicted after they were conferred with the  national honours.

President Goodluck Jonathan  during the 2012 national honours awards in Abuja in September had said that he had directed the national honours award committee to withdraw the awards from awardees who had been convicted or undergoing criminal trial.

Investigation by The PUNCH showed that the committee had not been able to meet to carry out Jonathan’s order.

It was also gathered that 21 recipients of the 2010 and 2011 National Honours awardees had yet to receive their medals more than one year after they were conferred with the awards.

A senior government official told our correspondent on Sunday in Abuja that the members of the national honours award committee had not been able to meet due to “some logistic factors.”

“The committee has not even been able to meet since the last  ceremony in which Otunba Mike Adenuga and 148 others were honoured.”

Our source, however, assured that the case of George,  Ibru, Akingbola,  Balogun and others would be resolved  next year when the committee begins sitting.

Our correspondent was also informed that one of the greatest challenges facing the committee was funding.

“The national awards committee is in a serious financial crisis. There is no money because funding has been difficult and it will be difficult to perform very well when there is no money. But as soon as things improve, the committee would start sitting and we can assure you that everything will come  back to reckoning”, the source stated.

Jonathan’s directive on the removal of recipients  not worthy of the honours was contained in a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.

A source in the Presidency had confirmed to The PUNCH in September that,  “There is a letter to that effect, with a directive to find out the names of those who were indicted and who have (national) honours awards. I think the job is ongoing and almost being concluded. The office of the SGF has been mandated to find out the names of those who were indicted and have national honours.

“It is not all the people indicted that have national honours awards. For instance, you cannot strip somebody of a national honours award when he has none in the first place, even if he has been indicted. So the Office of the SGF is on it.

“Mr. President has given instruction that the names of the people should be compiled. As soon as the list is out, the President will do something about their case. The SGF is sorting out the names of those who were indicted and have national honours.

“For instance, the former Managing Director of Oceanic Bank Plc, Mrs.  Ibru, falls within the category. So also is the ex-MD of Intercontinental Bank, Mr.  Akingbola.”

George was sentenced in 2009 to a 30-month jail term by Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of the Lagos High Court for contract splitting and inflation when he was the chairman of the board of  the Nigerian Ports Authority.

Balogun pleaded guilty to eight counts of money laundering  in 2005 and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by Justice Binta Nyako.

Ibru was in 2010 convicted by Justice Dan Abutu of the Federal High Court in Lagos of bank and securities fraud. She was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and made to forfeit over N150bn in assets and cash.

 

via Punch

Related Posts

Recent Posts

Netflix Director Buys 600,000 Shares—Stock Soars

In a filing after the close, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) saw a rare insider buy. Director, Jay Hoag, disclosed the purchase of 600,000 shares. Data showed he bought 200,000 shares on three consecutive trading days: 07/21/16, 07/22/16 and 07/25/16. Average prices paid were $85.93-$87.60. The buying comes as the stock is down 23% YTD and 11% since earnings on July 18, when the company posted disappointing...

Congolese Musician Koffi Olomide Detained In Prison, Reaches Out To His Fans For Support

Congolese musician Koffi Olomide was arrested by Police at his home on Tuesday. He was taken to a court building, subsequently charged by a prosecutor with assault & battery and detained in prison pending the outcome of his case. This is coming after the music star was deported by the Kenyan government last week after a video emerged showing him kicking one of his female dancers at Nairobi Airport. The Music star has now released a...

Top Pope Aide Investigated For Australia Child Sex Abuse- Report

Vatican finance chief George Pell is being investigated by Australian police over child sexual abuse allegations, a report by the national broadcaster said Thursday, as the leading Catholic cleric denounced the claims as “totally untrue”. The new allegations against Pell being probed by police in Victoria State span two decades, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported, and came just months after the cardinal admitted he “mucked up” in dealing with paedophile priests in the state. When he...

Aviation Fuel Price Soars Above N240 Per Litre

The pump price of aviation fuel (popularly known as Jet A1) yesterday surged above N240 per litre, representing 100 per cent increase from the N120 per litre price sold about this time last year. The development also jolted the flight schedule of domestic airlines as cancellations and delays became the order of the day. Nigeria’s aviation industry has been hit by severe scarcity of Jet A1 with prices rising steadily from N120 per litre to N150, N180 and eventually...

How Nigeria Is Fighting Corruption – The Economist

  NIGERIANS know what to expect when they approach police checkpoints. “How can you appreciate me?” ask officers, AK-47s dangling languidly from their shoulders. “Happy weekend!” say security guards from the early hours of Friday morning. Or simply: “What do you have for me?” Nigeria, as David Cameron, Britain’s former prime minister, pointed out, is “fantastically corrupt”. In Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, it is 31st from the bottom. Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, wants to change...

Chairmanship: PDP Group Endorses Gbenga Daniel

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) New Era has backed a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD), to become the party’s next National Chairman. Members of the group, who addressed newsmen in Abuja Wednesday, said despite the fact that the party’s zoning committee had zoned the position to the south, the South-west should be given the opportunity to occupy the post for the first time in the history of the party. The group’s...

France Aims To Ease Religious Fears After Church Attack

President Francois Hollande sought Wednesday to head off divisions between France’s religious communities after the jihadist-claimed murder of a Catholic priest in his church, as calls mounted for tougher security measures. Hollande gathered top religious leaders at his Elysee Palace offices, as a violence-weary France struggled to come to terms with the latest attack, just two weeks after the Bastille Day truck massacre that killed 84 people. France’s large Catholic community was in shock after...

Man Who Spent $100,000 To Look Like Justin Bieber Dies

An autopsy report shows that a man who claimed to have spent $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber has died of drug and alcohol overdose. The 35-year-old man, Tobias Strebel, who went by the name Toby Sheldon’s body was found in a Motel in the North Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. The coroner’s report says Strebel’s body was in a state of “moderate decomposition.” Drugs found in his system include Valium, Xanax and alcohol,...

EFCC To Arraign Suspects For Duping Swiss National Of $530,000

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the leave of a Kano High Court sitting Kano, to arraign Saminu Umar Ta’ambu and Ahmed Maiturare of the popular kantin kwari textile market, Kano, for offences bordering on obtaining by false pretence. They allegedly used the name of Kano State government to induce a Swiss National, Mathias Hee, Owner of Okutex Ag, into supplying them with fabrics worth $530,000. Justice Dije Aboki gave the nod after hearing argument on the application...

El-Rufa’i Raises Committee On Army/Shiites Clash

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has set up a nine-man committee to produce a white paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Army/Shiites clash in the state. The Army/Shiites clash in Zaria last December had left many people dead. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Samuel Aruwan, Media aide to the governor, in Kaduna on Wednesday.El-Rufai said that the committee would commence work immediately and submit...

Police Nab South African Cocaine Trafficker’s Nigerian Accomplice

A Nigerian suspected of having sponsored a South African woman, Lerato Lekganyane, who was allegedly caught with 1.21 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on May 20, has been arrested.  The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) disclosed this on Tuesday at Lekganyane’s trial before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court, Lagos.  The unnamed Nigerian man and Lekganyane will be arraigned, (she for the second time) before...

Engage In Female Genital Mutilation, Go To Jail– Aregbesola

Worried by the recent rating of Osun State as number one on the hierarchy of the six Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) most endemic states, the wife of Osun State Governor, Alhaja Sherifat Abidemi Aregbesola has warned perpetrators of the risk of going to jail. Addressing a press conference in Osogbo, Alhaja Aregbesola  expressed  sadness that despite efforts being put in place to eradicate the practice, the recent rating by the National Demographic Heath Survey (NDHS) calls...

Fourth Substitute Pilot To Take Place During Extra-Time In This Season’s FA Cup – From Quarter-Finals Onwards

This season’s FA Cup will pilot the use of a fourth substitute by teams, the Football Association has announced. Pending approval by the International Football Association Board, from the quarter-finals onwards clubs will be able to make an additional substitution during extra-time. The move follows the scrapping of sixth-round replays, meaning drawn matches will go straight to extra-time...

Police Arrest Girl, 18, Over Sale Of Own Baby

Operatives from the Enugu State Police Command said they have arrested one   Okike  Ezinne,18, from Isu  Mbaneze in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, who is also the mother of an 18-month-old baby for allegedly selling the baby for N300,000. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu who confirmed the incident, said that Ezinne told the police that she had the baby girl out of wedlock and decided to keep her, except that life...

New: Ex-President Jonathan Indicted In Fresh Corruption Charges

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been implicated in fresh corruption charges laid against Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State.   The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has accused embattled Governor Olusegun Mimiko of using N15b from the federation account to sponsor his election.   The APC also claimed that Goodluck Jonathan personally ordered the release of the funds to Mimiko for his re-election.   This is coming after former NSA adviser, Sambo Dasuki recently spoke about Goodluck Jonathan’s role in the arms...

Pep Guardiola Considers Playing Fernandinho At Centre-Back ‘To Create Good Build-Up Play’

Pep Guardiola has raised the prospect of using midfielders Fernandinho or Fernando at centre-half as the Manchester City manager sets out his plans to make the team more creative and stylish. Guardiola regularly deployed midfielders Yaya Toure and Javier Mascherano as centre-backs during his time at Barcelona and utilised the likes of Javi Martinez and Xabi Alonso in defence with similar success at Bayern Munich.

Three reportedly killed during Hausa-Yoruba clash in Lagos

Three persons were reportedly killed in a clash between the Hausa and Yoruba community at Ijora Badia area of Lagos state yesterday July 26th. According to Vanguard, trouble started when a man named Ojo was allegedly attacked and stabbed to death by some Hausa boys in the area. The Yoruba youths in the area staged a protest that became violent. "For long, these Hausa boys have been attacking people here. They waylay people, dispose them of cash and belongings....

FG Should Extend Amnesty Till 2019 For Sake Of Peace – Ex-militants

Former Niger Delta militant leaders have requested the Federal Government to extend the terminal date of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the region to 2019.   The ex-militants, under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, made the request at a news conference in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Tuesday.   The National President, LPCDI, ‘General’ Reuben Wilson, (a.k.a Pastor Reuben) argued that the extension of the programme would provide an ample time for the beneficiaries of the programme studying abroad...

Opinion: Obasanjo Initiated Abuja-Kaduna Rail Project Not Jonathan

People tend to forget continuum in governance! Supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan have been giving the credit of the Abuja-Kaduna rail project to him. It was commissioned yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari.   Here is the historical timeline on the project:   ? The Modernisation programme commenced in 2006, with the signing of agreement between Nigeria and the CCECC for construction of a new standard gauge rail network Lagos-Kanoand Port Harcourt – Maiduguri and the Lagos Calabar lines to replace the existing...

Beyonce, Adele Lead The Nominees For The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Leading the 2016 MTV VMA nominees is Beyoncé, who’s up for 11 awards. Followed by Adele, who has a total of 8 nominations, seven of which are for her iconic “Hello” visual. The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will take place in Madison Square Garden, New York on Sunday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See the list of all nominees below... VIDEO OF THE YEAR Adele - “Hello” Beyoncé – “Formation”

“Illegal” Land Acquisition Leads To A Face-off Between Delta Indigenes And The Nigerian Navy

Scores of Oghara indigenes in Delta State yesterday blocked the Warri-Sapele highway protesting against what they described as forceful and illegal acquisition of their land by the Nigerian Navy Logistic Command, Oghara, Delta State.   The protesters who were majorly youths and the aged came as early as 8am and blocked the expressway for hours, thus preventing free flow of traffic.   The ex-Governor James Ibori kinsmen alleged that the navy through their military might, forcefully occupied the land, measuring 600 X 600...