How Auchi Poly student duped white woman of $267,000 via dating

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Monday arraigned one Akintunde Vincent Abiodun begore at a Lagos State High court sitting in Ikeja for alleged love scam.

The accused, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo state was said to have defrauded his victim, D. Bonnici of $267,000 online by claiming to be Christopher Williams from the United Kingdom.

According to the complainant, she met the 37-year-old man on a dating site on the internet and allegedly fell in love with him.

She said the accused started collecting money from her after he claimed he was in possession of gemstone worth $18,050,000 (Eighteen Million and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars), which he purportedly inherited from his father.

The complainant also added that Akintunde hoodwinked her into believing that he was coming to New Zealand to settle down with her, alleging that the money she sent to the suspect were received in Malaysia and Nigeria by persons bearing Norisha, Jalan Klan, and Mohammed Haizam Bin Fauzin.

She said all of them claimed to be friends of Akintunde.

The accused, who is facing a 14-count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence, pleaded not guilty.

In view of the plea, the prosecuting counsel, Sesan Ola prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody and also for a trial date to be given.

But counsel to the defendant, O.P. Daramola prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.

The prosecution, however, opposed the bail application on the grounds that the defendant had attempted to travel to the United States while on administrative bail and was similarly denied a Canadian visa.

In his ruling, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye dismissed the bail application.

He ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri prison and adjourned to 7 and 8 of March, 2017 for trial.

 

Source: www.nigerianeye.com

Xenophobia: We don’t want Nigerians in our country – South Africans

Following the brutal murder of a Nigerian resident in South Africa by the police on suspicion of being a drug peddler, some of the country’s citizens have come out in support of its police, saying they do not want Nigerians in their country.
Despite the fact that Nigeria was at the forefront of fighting for the liberation of South Africa from its apartheid masters, the citizens think that Nigerians should be sent packing because they are criminals, drug barons, armed robbers and kidnappers.

Taking to the social media after the murder of Victor Tochukwu Nnadi by the SA police, some South Africans believe Nigerians are not wanted in their country.

One Lucki Lucky wrote this:

“What was he doing in SA? Nigerians must get out of South Africa. These criminals are hated and unwanted here and that will NEVER change.

Nigerians are the seed of Satan. There is not going to be any kind of friendship between Nigerians and South Africans. Will Nigerians ever put it in the tiny skulls that South Africans hate them?

Anyway, which nation in the world like Nigerians? Nigerians are hated all over the world. In China, they slit their throats and in Brazil, they cut their stomachs open and leave them for dead.

We don’t need Africans, Middle Easterns and Asians in the country.”

Dube Mtulenga wrote:

“Why can’t Nigerians stay back in their country? I wonder what they want in South Africa. Many of them come into our country illegally and are often the perpetrators of crimes like robbery, rape, gang fighting, drug trafficking, among others in our communities.

If it takes killing them all one after the other, so be it. We don’t want them polluting our land. They should go back to their stupid country.”

Karen Rethabile also wrote:

“In my own opinion, very few South Africans love Nigerians and they know this very well. They come into our country, steal our money, sell drugs to our people, corrupt our young men and treat our women as prostitutes.

We don’t want them and they should go back to their corruption-infested country.”

Sibuso Kunene wrote:

“Nigerians are thieving, conniving bastards and should not even be allowed to enter South Africa. All they know is sell drugs, rape, kidnap and rob us while our policemen are not helping matters at all.

More of the idiots should be killed to send a message to them that they are not welcome here.”

For how long will Nigerians be disrespected, maimed, killed and insulted by their South African hosts while the government back home sits comfortably doing nothing? This is the big question that needs answers immediately.

WITNESS REPORT: How ‘One Million Boys’ are terrorizing Ibadan residents.

Unchallenged by elders in the community and without fear of law enforcement agents, they conduct their menacing activities in the open and residents are well-aware of their sophistication with dangerous objects. ?Sikiru Akinola writes about the deadly activities of young boys who are not up to 100 but are popularly called “one million boys”.


Kudeti, one of the most popular communities in Ibadan, Oyo state, houses the Cathedral Church of Saint David. Many successful Nigerians have lived in that community. The house of Adelabu Adegoke ‘Penkelemesi’, the late populist politician, is a stone’s throw from Adebipon Street, where ‘One Million Boys’, a notorious group, has recently turned to a ‘cathedral of violence’. Anytime they strike, the innocent residents and those who are unlucky to be at the right place at the wrong time always count their losses.

The crisis

Their base, which is opposite the Cathedral?, was always lively until tragedy struck, forcing many residents to leave their homes and abandon their shops for fear of being injured or killed.? The place is now like a graveyard.

On December 19, nobody had premonition that something bad was going to happen. At about 8 pm, while Muslims were almost ending the Ishai prayer, sounds of gunshots filled the air. Many could not wait till the end of their prayer.

A witness said the attackers arrived in a Micra car, one tricycle and more than five motorcycles. Some women later returned to pick their children. Innocent people were beaten and injured, shops and property were razed. While the operation lasted, the place became a no-go-area.

The casualties

A hairdresser, who had returned to get some things from her shop, got a bullet on her shoulder. She died before help came her way. A fragile old man, who could not escape, also sustained injuries and died the next day.

One Sikiru Muftau, leader of a rival gang, was unlucky as the lower part of one of his hands was chopped off. Muftau died before the severed part could be located.

?While families of those who lost their lives are still mourning, those who shops were razed have started appealing to government to help them.

Ayodele Opeyemi, who could not hold back tears, explained that she lost everything she laboured for, to the incident.

“From where I was hiding, something was thrown into my shop. They shot at the thing and it ignited fire,” she said.

“?One of them ordered them to set all other shops ablaze. Every shop close to the place was razed. It was after a part of where we hid caught fire that we decided to find another escape route.”

?She displayed the remnants of the burnt N90,000 that she kept in the shop before the incident.

?Ayinla Adededji, a barber who was in his shop when the incident happened, revealed that petrol-soaked bread was thrown into his shop. He said he was unsure whether the police were aware initially when ?the groups clashed three weeks earlier.

“In preparation for the festive season, I used my savings and loans to renovate my salon: tiled the floor, bought two new generators and four new clippers but everything is gone,” he lamented.

“I am grateful to God that I escaped their bullets, which were shot sporadically.”

How the fight started

Another resident said the fight broke out after a rival gang, led by one Indomie, 29,refused to lead his boys to join the group. However, another person gave a different account.

“There was a guy from the ‘Indomie’ camp who was caught with a stolen phone,” he said.

“Though A-bila was not around, his boys ‘disciplined’ the guy. The guy later went to inform ‘Indomie’ about the punishment meted out to him. Indomie’ led his boys to a reprisal, but he suffered severe injuries and was in the hospital for more than two weeks.

?”When they first clashed, the elders settled it for them. Both of them, ‘A-bila and Indomie were invited at the ‘State’ ( short word for the State headquarters of the Oyo State National Union of Road Transport Workers, Olomi) and they resolved it. They are not members of the NURTW but they just decided to invite them so that peace will reign in the community. ?We never knew they were going to clash again until that evening.”

Adekunle Ajisebutu, spokesman of Oyo police command, said nine suspects had been arrested in connection with the incidents.

Breakdown of the groups

?Before 2014, Abiola?, who leads the gang, was relatively unknown. It was learnt that the Soka issue — the ritual killer’s den of kidnappers that was discovered in Ibadan — brought him to limelight. ‘A-bila’, as he is fondly called, led others to search for his missing motorcyclist friend. And he immediately became the leader with the ‘victory’ recorded.

“There was a time a rival gang came to fight them. While others ran away, ‘A-bila?’, who was almost the youngest of the gang, led his boys and they overpowered the ‘enemies’. Since then, he has been accorded the right to lead and speak on behalf of the group,” a resident who knew Abiola from childhood said, asking not to be named.

“He should be around 28. His father is late but he has a mother, though I don’t know where she lives.? He was not that violent when he was in secondary school; he attended St. Lukes. Grammar School, Molete.

“It was after he returned from Lagos that his popularity as a thug began to soar. He is the darling of many politicians. In fact, the ‘Golf 3? car he uses was bought for him by a politician. He has contacts. His wife just packed in.”

?Most of the boys in his camp, it was learnt, are those who had nowhere to go after the demise of late garrison commander of Oyo politics, Lamidi Adedibu, whose Molete residence is a distance of less than 10 minutes to the area. ?They are all between the ages of 18 and 30, most of them in secondary schools, terrorising their teachers and colleagues.

The source continued: “Anytime they go to ‘war’, they come back with guns and other dangerous objects seized from rival gangs. And their arsenal increases, thereby threatening a peaceful future. Every day, they buy new clothes, okadas and are boyfriends to many beautiful girls, hence they see it as a gainful enterprise. Younger ones living in the community see their behaviour as one to be emulated.

?”The group formed by Abiola is populated by like minds he brought them together from one junction to the other. ‘One-million boys’ has more than one sub-group — from Beere, Born Photo, Mapo, Idi-Aro and Isale-Asaka, Kudeti, Idi-Arere, Eleta, Odinjo, Modina etc. They are more than these and that is why they are referred to as ‘one-million boys’. I cannot give the precise number of its member but they are up to 100. A-bila is the leader.

“‘Indomie’ does not belong to Abe-igi. Abe-igi Aanu, has been in existence for long. ‘Indomie’ is not the leader in the place because they don’t have caucus. What they do at the ‘base’ is to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. But since fight broke out, he has been made leader of the base.”

?An end in sight?

The State government, through Toye Arulogun, its commissioner for information, culture and tourism, has condemned the incident, threatening to use the full apparatus of government to deal with any individual who engages in any act that is inimical to the peace of the state.

But only time will tell if it’s just a threat or the police is indeed ready to incapacitate the ‘one million boys’

EFCC: Patience Jonathan’s $15.5m is a proceed of crime

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the federal high court in Lagos to dismiss a suit by Patience Jonathan, wife of the immediate past president.

According to THE NATION, the commission filed a counter-affidavit to Patience’s suit, maintaining that the $15.5 million, which the former first lady claims belongs to her, is actually “a proceed of crime”.

In the civil suit before Mohammed Idris, the former first lady is claiming that EFCC froze four of her accounts with Skye Bank in the name of four companies.

The companies are: Pluto Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Friday Davis), Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Agbor Baro), Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Ltd (represented by Dioghowori Frederick) and Avalon Global Property Development Ltd (represented by Taiwo Ebenezer).

The accounts, she said, have a balance of $15,591,700 (about N5 billion) belonging to her. However, on September 15, the companies pleaded guilty and were convicted for laundering the money.

But the judge refused to order the money’s forfeiture to the federal government, until the conclusion of the trial of the others named in the charge.

EFCC arraigned them with Waripamo Dudafa, a former special adviser on domestic affairs to Jonathan; Amajuoyi Briggs, a lawyer; and Adedamola Bolodeoku, a banker.

Dudafa, Briggs and Bolodeoku pleaded not guilty to the 17-count charge.

In the suit before Justice Idris, Jonathan is seeking an order to de-freeze the accounts and release her money.

Ifedayo Adedipe, her lawyer, said his client amended her processes. He said he also filed a motion to regularise them, which the court granted.

Oyedepo Rotimi, EFCC’s lawyer, said he would also amend his response to the suit.

“Leave will be granted to the respondent (EFCC) to file any amended process,” the judge held.

Rotimi accused the applicant of changing the companies’ address through which the suit was purportedly served on them.

“We are of the opinion that if you want to change the address of a party, it should not be the adversary who will change the address of another party,” he said.

“What we saw was [that] the applicant was changing the address of the other defendants and I don’t think that is tidy.”

The judge adjourned the case to January 18.

DSS Action on Judges Aimed at Denigration of Judiciary – NJC

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has said the action of the Department State Service (DSS) against the seven serving federal judges was a denigration of the entire judiciary as an institution.

A statement signed by the Acting Director of Information of the Council, Mr Soji Oye, made this known to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday night.

The Council said that by the act of the DSS, judicial officers were now being exposed to insecurity, adding that criminals might take advantage of the recent incidents to invade their homes under the guise of being security agents.

“The Council vehemently denounces a situation whereby the psyche of judicial officers in the federation is subjected to a level where they will be afraid to discharge their constitutional judicial functions.

“The Council will not compromise the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. The Council wishes, therefore, to reassure the public that any person who has a genuine complaint against any judicial officer is at liberty to bring it up to the Council for consideration,” he said.

Oye said further said the Council had never shielded any judicial officers suspected to have breached the code of conduct guiding the profession or other important law of the land.

He said that the Council insisted that the DSS must be restricted within its primarily concern with the internal security of the country.

In another development, Oye said the Council recommended Justice Sylvester Onnoghen to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointment as the next Chief Justice of Nigeria.

By the recommendation, Onnoghen is expected to succeed the outgoing CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who retires on Nov. 10

Onnoghen was born on Dec. 22, 1950, at Okurike Town, Biase Local .Government Area of Cross River.

He obtained the Bachelor of Law degree at the University of Legon, Ghana, in 1977 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria designate was pupil state counsel, Ministry of Justice, Ikeja, Lagos, and Ogun between 1978 and 1979.

He was partner in the Law Firm of Effiom Ekong & Company, Calabar, 1979 to 1988 and Principal Partner/Head of Chamber of Walter Onneghen & Associates, Calabar 1988 to 1989

Onnoghen was appointed High Court Judge, Cross River Judiciary, 1989 and Chairman, Cross River Armed Robbery and Firearms Tribunal, 1990 to 1993.

He was also Chairman, Judicial Enquiry into the Crisis between Student of the University of Calabar and Obufa Esuk Orok Community, Calabar in 1996 and chaired the Failed Bank Tribunal, Ibadan Zone, 1998, before his elevation to the Court of Appeal in 1998 to 2005.

Onnoghen, a Fellow, Chattered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Body of Bencher and Life Bencher was elevated to the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2005.

NSCDC Destroys 15 Illegal Refineries, Arrests 50 Vandals

The commandant-general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has said that the corps destroyed about another 15 illegal refineries and dumps in Rivers State and arrested 50 vandals.

Muhammadu who stated that this additional 15 illegal refinery brings the total figure of destroyed refineries in the state, under his watch, to 450.

He commended the effort of his men and officers nationwide, saying that the pro-activeness of the corps’ anti-vandal squad in the Niger-Delta area and other oil communities, based on intelligence report, aided in the clamping down of the illegal activities of the suspects and brought about the feat.

Fielding questions from some select journalists yesterday in Abuja, Muhammadu revealed that plans to deploy 5,000 armed officers to guard about 300 cattle ranches to be established by the federal government nationwide have been concluded.

He revealed that they have established a control center at the national headquarters that monitors pipelines in the South-South region of the country and have made very impressive arrests.

The NSCDC boss explained that as a leading agency in the protection of national assets, they are bent of meeting up with the various requests from the minister of solid minerals resources and Ministry of Agriculture, both requesting for 5,000 men as well as requests from Water Resources, Railway Corporation, and many others.

He said that 2,500 officers have so far been deployed to provide security in areas liberated in the North East.

Responding to allegations of corruption in the corps, Muhammadu dismissed the claims, insisting that he was operating a very transparent open door policy.

Plagiarism does less national harm than corruption and stealing – Adegbenga

Plagiarism is the “wrongful appropriation” and “stealing and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” and the representation of them as one’s own original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules.

PLAGIARISM IS NOT IN ITSELF A CRIME, but can constitute copyright infringement. In academia and industry, it is a serious ethical offense. Plagiarism and copyright infringement overlap to a considerable extent, but they are not equivalent concepts, and many types of plagiarism do not constitute copyright infringement, which is defined by copyright law and may be adjudicated by courts. PLAGIARISM IS NOT DEFINED OR PUNISHED BY LAW, but rather by institutions (including professional associations, educational institutions, and commercial entities, such as publishing companies).

Although plagiarism in some contexts is considered theft or stealing, THE CONCEPT DOES NOT EXIST IN A LEGAL SENSE, although the use of someone else’s work in order to gain academic credit may meet some legal definitions of fraud. “PLAGIARISM” SPECIFICALLY IS NOT MENTIONED IN ANY CURRENT STATUTE, EITHER CRIMINAL OR CIVIL. Some cases may be treated as unfair competition or a violation of the doctrine of moral rights. The increased availability of intellectual property due to a rise in technology has furthered the debate as to whether copyright offences are criminal. In short, people are asked to use the guideline, “if you did not write it yourself, you must give credit”.

PLAGIARISM IS NOT THE SAME AS COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. While both terms may apply to a particular act, THEY ARE DIFFERENT CONCEPTS, and false claims of authorship may constitute plagiarism regardless of whether the material is protected by copyright. Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights of a copyright holder, when material whose use is restricted by copyright is used without consent. Plagiarism, in contrast, is concerned with the unearned increment to the plagiarizing author’s reputation, or the obtaining of academic credit, that is achieved through false claims of authorship. Thus, plagiarism is considered a moral offense against the plagiarist’s audience. _(__Wikipedia__)_

I was surprised when the media was eroded with headlines such as “Change Begins with Me Campaign Suffered A Setback” due to Plagiarism.

Speeches of men that changed the face of the World need no reference when being used. Obama fall within this group by virtue of being the only Blackman to have presided over the affairs of United States.

You need no reference when quoting people like Aristotle, Zeus, Socrates e.t.c. The World already knows their speeches are free for all.

It took President Buhari’s Speech Writer’s ignorance to admit guilt on this. Most proverbs being used freely today belong to the Chinese; most people don’t even know and still use them like it’s theirs.

I am very sure that Barak Obama has quoted speeches from Shakespeare, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln e.t.c which his Speech Writer must have written them without citing them; yet Americans has not called for the head of Obama the ways Nigerians are calling for the head of President Buhari.
Though not acceptable by any Standard, plagiarism does less National harm than corruption and stealing which has faced the country under the past administration.

It will be recalled that President Buhari on September 8 launched the ‘reorientation’ campaign in Abuja as part of his government’s strategy to make Nigerians eschew “dishonesty, indolence, unbridled corruption and widespread impunity” and embrace daily introspection over their “immoral” conducts, so I am not surprised at the condemnation; using Plagiarism as an excuse.

I am also aware that some corrupt elements that are not comfortable with the ‘Change Begins with Me’ Campaign had used one Akin Fadeyi, creator of ‘Not In My Country’ to accused the Buhari administration of stealing his concept.

The corrupt elements claimed that Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed adapt Mr. Fadeyi’s ‘Not In My Country,’ for ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign but Lai Mohammed has denied the allegations, saying he started ‘Change Begins with Me’ before he was appointed Minister by the Buhari’s administration.

I know that the ‘Change Begins with Me’ campaign had earned President Buhari denigration from those who are used to corrupt practices but the Federal Government must make the campaign necessary so as to rally all Nigerians to clean the country of corruption and other discontent tormenting it.
Just like President Buhari has urged Nigerians to look beyond this incident and focus on the message of change which the country needs in order to restore our cherished value systems, I stand with President Buhari on the objectives of the ‘Change Begins with Me’.

God bless Nigeria.

– Adegbenga, a Freelance Journalist. kelvinadegbenga@yahoo.com

Graduate Impersonates Bishop Kukah To Defraud Oyedepo, Dantata, Others

A graduate of Political Science, Jehu Kwasu, has narrated how he impersonated the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah and defrauded prominent Nigerians of millions of naira.

Kwasu said his victims included Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, who he claimed gave him N500,000; the Chairman, Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, N1m; Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, N500,000; businessman, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, N2m.

He allegedly collected the sums for Internally Displaced Persons.

He said, “I collected N500,000 from Otudeko, CEO, Honeywell: From Admiral Kanu, I got N500,000. I also got N500,000 from Bishop Oyedepo and N2m from Dantata. I also got money from Gen. Wushishi and others.

“I opened a Guaranty Trust Bank account in Bishop Kukah’s name. I registered a SIM card in my name, but used Bishop Kukah’s picture on my True Caller account, so that when I call, his picture would appear (on the recipient’s phone.)”

Kwasu, who is serving a two-month sentence in the Keffi Prison, admitted on Friday in Abuja that he realised over N5.7m.

Police sources said only N1.7m was found in his bank account, adding that the suspect spent most of the money he made on girls and hard drugs.

It was gathered that Kwasu, the son of late Anglican Bishop, James Kwasu, also exploited his father’s name, to extort money from the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, when the latter was the Speaker, House of Representatives. The 25-year old explained that he defrauded his victims by soliciting money on phone to cater to IDPs in the country.

The cleric’s son stated that he obtained a passport with the name, Mathew Hassah Kukah Jehu, and also opened an account with the GTB in the same name.

He said, “I called people on the telephone and told them I was Bishop Kukah. I used his picture on my True Caller account, so that when I called people, they would think he was the one talking with them.

“I also obtained a passport in Bishop Kukah’s name which I used to open an account with GTB. The money I realised was paid into the account and I used an Automated Teller Machine card to withdraw it.”

Punch Metro gathered that Kukah was alerted to the scam by some people close to him. The cleric was said to have petitioned the police, which asked the bank to place a “no debit order” on the account.

Following his inability to withdraw from the account, Kwasu was said to have visited the bank to complain, where he was arrested.

Findings indicate that Kwasu had earlier been arrested and remanded in prison for impersonating Bishop Steven Akobe of the Anglican Diocese of Kabba, Kogi State, but was granted bail.

The police said Kwasu had also attempted to extort money from Senator David Mark, claiming to be Akobe.

“Mark said I should come for some money, so I sent my girlfriend. But she was arrested and I was taken to court and sentenced to two months imprisonment or N9,000 fine,” Kwasu stated.

It was gathered that the suspect, who had two female siblings, sold his deceased parents’ house in Kaduna for N10m and lavished the money on girls and a profligate lifestyle.

The Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, stated that Kwasu was arrested by the men of his command, after Kukah complained about his activities.

The CP said, “We received a petition from Bishop Kukah alleging that the boy had been impersonating him and extorting money from prominent people. So, my men went to work and were able to track the suspect and arrest him. He is a habitual criminal and I would like to advise the public against responding to emails or phone calls from unknown persons requesting financial support for one cause or the other.”

Mustafa also called on the public to report every suspicious phone call and email to the police for investigation.

Source : 

http://punchng.com/graduate-impersonates-bishop-kukah-defrauds-oyedepo-dantata-others/

We’ll Make Lagos Uncomfortable For Criminals – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday commissioned the newly rehabilitated fuel dump for the State Police Command, just as he reiterated his unwavering commitment to keep Lagos safe, secured and uncomfortable for criminal elements and their collaborators.

 

The facility, which has 33,000 litres capacity for both diesel and premium motor spirit (petrol), was rehabilitated by the State Government for the purpose of dispensing fuel to vehicles used for patrol and surveillance activities by the Police in the State.

 

Speaking at the commissioning, Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo, said provision of the facility was in line with his administration’s determination to further enhance security of lives and property in the State.

 

He said: “Since our inauguration, we have left nobody in doubt about our commitment to keep our State safe and secured. We have demonstrated commitment to this course through massive investment and the provision of modern security equipment to strengthen the crime fighting capacity of security agencies, especially the State Police Command.”

 

Till date, we have empowered security agencies with 100 Saloon Cars, 195 Ford Ranger Pick Ups, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Hilux and several others.

 

These were provided with the main objective of facilitating mobility of officers within the nooks and crannies of the State.

 

With this dedicated facility, the State Government has once again made a clear statement of its determination to make Lagos uncomfortable for criminals and their collaborators,” he said.

The Governor said he was not oblivious of the fact that the major requirement for efficient running of vehicles is regular fuel supply and maintenance, adding that such necessitated the approval he gave for the revamping of the old and dilapidated fuel dump at the State Police Command.

 

While expressing delight at the completion of the rehabilitation and handing over to the police, Governor Ambode urged the State Command to ensure adequate monitoring, as well as usage of the fuel only for the purpose intended.

 

Besides, Governor Ambode assured the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni of the readiness of the State Government to sufficiently service the facility for a 24/7 mobility of security vehicles.

 

Earlier, Owoseni thanked Governor Ambode for once again demonstrating that he is a worthy partner, adding that the commissioning and handing over of the facility was a milestone to the Police.

 

“The State Government has been at the forefront of supporting us both in terms of equipment and logistics. On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, I want to specially thank Governor Ambode and the State Government for supporting us in fueling the vehicles provided for us.

 

“We want to assure the good people of Lagos that we recognise that to whom much is given, much is expected. We will reciprocate this kind gesture by redoubling our efforts in other to make Lagos safer and more secured,” Owoseni assured.

UNICAL Bursar Suspended Over Alleged Fraud

The University of Calabar authority on Monday suspended the bursar, Mr. Peter Agi, over allegations of fraud, forgery and threat to life.

It would be recalled that academic and administrative activities in the university were interrupted for a few hours last week, following a protest by different groups comprising students and workers in support of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Zana Akpagu, on the one hand and the bursar, on the other.

Following the development, an inquiry was immediately set up by the management of the institution to look into issues that led to the protest.

In a letter of suspension signed by the Registrar, Mr. Moses Abang, the management of the institution alleged that the bursar had been found guilty of impersonating the vice-chancellor on the e-payment platform of the Central Bank of Nigeria, among others.

But, in a swift reaction, Agi said he was not aware of his suspension, adding that he was currently on sick leave with the knowledge of the management of the institution.

However, the letter of suspension read in part, “In an emergency meeting held today, August 22, 2016, the management considered recent developments on campus, especially your arrest by the Nigeria Police vide letter no. AB:3621/CRS/DFA/VOL.T/123 of August 17, 2016, on allegations of fraud, forgery and threat to life. It has become imperative that you step aside as Bursar and clear yourself of these allegations.

“Furthermore, management observed that you have been impersonating the vice-chancellor on the CBN e-payment platform by making final approvals and payments, a duty that is the responsibility of the vice-chancellor, who is the Chief Accounting Officer of the university.

“Again, you absented yourself from office without requesting any of your deputies to act for you, thus creating a vacuum in the administration of the Bursary.

“You deliberately refused to purchase an official car for the deputy vice-chancellor (administration) eight months after he was appointed into office. You have ignored several council and management directives on this.

“You bluntly refused to pay TETFUND contractors who have successfully executed jobs and rendered services to the university, even when such contractors have been cleared for payments. The consequence of this is that while other universities are already making progress and accessing the 2015 allocation, the University of Calabar cannot exhaust the 2013 allocation to qualify for the next tranche.”

The letter noted that the actions of the suspended bursar clearly manifested an orchestrated and a deliberate design to bring the institution to ridicule.

The letter therefore directed Agi to hand over immediately to Mrs. Atim Mensah, who is the most senior deputy bursar, while Mr. Joseph Odum should take over the previous duties covered by Mensah.

But Agi said, “I am not aware of any suspension. I have not been queried. I am aware of the guideline and rules on procedures in the appointment, suspension or otherwise of any principal officer of the university. I am currently on sick break and I wrote a letter to that effect copying all principal officers. So, for anybody to announce my suspension without the set rules amounts to nothing. I am still the bursar.”

Lagos To Install 13,000 CCTV Cameras To Fight Crime

Lagos State said yesterday that plans are underway to deploy 13,000 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras across the state, additional 6,000 streetlights and  security sensors to enhance surveillance and crime prevention.

The plan, the government said, will ensure safety of lives and property of residents.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Steve Ayorinde and other top government officials, who broke the news, assured residents that the CCTV would become operational from October.

The commissioner added that the government has concluded plans to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway through the removal of three roundabouts; namely the Fourth Roundabout (Elegushi); Fifth Roundabout (Jakande) and the Eighth Roundabout (VGC).

He said the affected roundabouts would be replaced by the use of traffic lights, expansion of the roads and provision of dedicated turning lanes as well as additional lay-bys.

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Lagos to install 13,000 CCTV cameras to fight crime

Lagos Urges Residents To Volunteer Information To Security Agencies To Combat Crime?

The Lagos State Government yesterday reassured residents of its ability to combat all forms of crime within the state just as it reaffirmed its commitment to prompt response to all crime incidents reported by residents to the various security agencies.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communication, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, spoke at the monthly interactive session held at Ikorodu with the theme ‘Securing our Communities’ organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for Community Development Committees (CDCs), Neighbourhood Watch, Community Development Associations and other relevant stakeholders.

In a statement, Bamigbetan urged residents not to hide any vital information on crimes from security agencies, saying that, “information gathering is an integral part of securing the environment as it is fuel on which both offensive and defensive operations are based.? “If proactive information intelligence is not provided to security agencies about a threat, the threat will eventually manifest,’’ he said. He said that the state government has provided enough equipment and resources, human and materials, to wipe out criminality in the entire state and is exploring ways to foster a structured relationship with all informal security agencies with a vision to holistically and collectively combating crime in the state.

He assured Ikorodu residents that the state government had zero tolerance for crime, be it kidnapping, stealing, and other criminal acts, urging them to remain calm as the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) was on top of the security challenges being faced at present.

“Lagos State Government has established a RRS Marine Police and is now working with the Naval authorities to ensure that the creeks are taken care of; monitoring and surveillance of these areas has increased and Lagos State is contributing its own quota to ensure that both the marine police and naval authorities are able to respond to challenges facing our creeks,’’ he said.

Earlier, the Sole Administrator, Ikorodu Local council, Gbolahan Ogunleye, earlier in his address assured all the security agencies in Ikorodu Division of his administration’s support in ensuring that operations are carried out judiciously, adding “security is everybody’s business and we all need to work hard to ensure a crime free society.”

In his own contribution, representative of the State Security Service, Ikorodu Division, Mr. Funsho Adeleke, implored residents not to leave security issues to government alone because people in the neighbourhood have vital information about those who reside in their various localities.

Adeleke, therefore, urged all residents in Ikorodu to volunteer vital and useful information that will be helpful to the office of the State Security Services in ensuring that all areas of the state are safe and secured.

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Wow: See The “Luxury” Prison Cell Of Brazilian Drug Lord, Jarvis Pavao. [Pictures]

Paraguayan authorities got a surprise when they raided a Brazilian drug lord’s jail cell… and found a three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference room and plasma TV.

Jarvis Chimenes Pavao, considered one of South America’s most dangerous drug traffickers, had been serving an eight-year sentence for money laundering at the Tacumbu prison in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion.

But little did anyone on the outside know what kind of lifestyle that really meant — until a powerful bomb was discovered inside the prison.

Chimenes Pavao, who was due for release next year but facing extradition back to Brazil on drug charges, had allegedly planned to use the plastic explosives to blow a hole in the prison walls and escape.

But his plan backfired when police poured into the prison to investigate and discovered his pimped out cell.

The “VIP cell,” as it was known to prisoners, had three rooms with en suite bathroom, a kitchen and conference room, air conditioning, stylishly tiled walls, plush furniture and a library complete with a DVD collection to watch on the big-screen plasma TV, AFP reporters saw during a visit.

The DVDs included the full collection of “Pablo Escobar,” a TV series on the feared Colombian kingpin who was killed in 1993, a hero of Chimenes Pavao’s.

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– Friends in high places –

The raid, which took place Tuesday night, has already shaken up the Paraguayan penal system.

Chimenes Pavao’s lawyer, Laura Acasuso, told reporters the corruption that enabled her client to turn his cell into a luxury suite reached all the way to the top.

“Six or seven justice ministers and six or seven prison directors” took bribes from Chimenes Pavao, she said.

Justice Minister Carla Bacigalupo was sacked almost as soon as the scandal broke. Her replacement, Ever Martinez, vowed a crackdown.

“We’re going to demolish Chimenes Pavao’s cell and take measures against the prison directors who allowed this inmate to enjoy these privileges,” he said.

Chimenes Pavao has now been transferred to a cell in a police special operations unit.

Among the 3,500 inmates at Tacumbu — double its capacity — many already say they miss him.

“I don’t know what’s going to become of us without him,” said a fellow prisoner, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said Chimenes Pavao was a generous benefactor who paid for a football pitch and chapel at the prison, as well as employing bodyguards among the inmates.

“He was the most loved man in this prison,” said another inmate, Antonio Gonzalez.

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– ‘Not a saint’ –

Like at many prisons across Latin America, most inmates at Tacumbu eat only irregularly and sleep on cardboard boxes or directly on the floor. Riots are common.

“It’s miserable,” said Josieux, another prisoner from Brazil. “Two inmates died of hunger and cold” in June, he said.

Things were different for Chimenes Pavao, who was arrested on the Brazil-Paraguay border — a hotbed of smuggling — and is accused of ordering the killing of business tycoon Jorge Rafaat in the same region last month.

To be transferred to the pavilion where he was held, inmates had to pay $5,000, plus weekly rent of $600, a former inmate, Osvaldo Arias, said in a TV interview.

In return, they were allowed to use cell phones, the internet and receive visitors anytime, he said.

“He never said he was a saint,” said Chimenes Pavao’s lawyer.

“But he was completing his sentence and helping out with the money he earns legally through his companies,” which employ 1,200 people, she said.

She said her client paid for lodgings for prison directors, toilets for the guards, the renovation of the prison library and the cooks’ salaries.

Kaduna To Install CCTV Cameras To Fight Crime

The Kaduna State Government is to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras across the state to fight crime.

Coordinator of the state security outfit,  “Operation Yaki”, Col. Yakubu Yusufu Soja, disclosed this at a news conference marking the first anniversary of the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna state.

He said work on the installation of CCTV cameras across the state has reached an advanced stage, adding that  unmanned aerial vehicle also known as drones were being procured for effective surveillance.

He said operatives of the security outfit, made up of the police, civil defence and the military, were being trained to use the new security gadgets.

He said further that the state government plans to procure  modern crime-detecting devices and more operation vehicles to the security  outfit in order to face the challenges of  intelligence gathering and surveillance throughout the state.

“It is hoped that if this tempo is sustained the rate of crime and criminality would be reduced to the barest minimum in the state in order to pave way for the development agenda of this administration,” Soja said.

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79-Year Old Mother-In-Law, Sisters-In-Law Beat Up House Wife Till She Lost Her Left Eye

A 52-year-old housewife, Olasunkanmi Lawal, has lost the use of one of her eyes after a scuffle with her mother-in-law, Aduke Awakan.

The mother of two was also said to have been attacked by her sisters-in-law, Bose Showole (39) and Oduntan Enitan (24), at their family house on Isale-Agbede Street, on the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.

Punch Metro learnt that the case was reported at the Adeniji Adele Police Station, leading to the arrest of the suspects.

The victim explained that she was attacked because she stopped giving money to the septuagenarian.

She said, “My husband and I live in the family house and we have been there since 1989. We have two children.

“However, my mother-in-law started keeping malice with me after I stopped giving her money. I lost my jewellery business due to the demolition of my shop in 2014 and because of that; I could no longer support her.

“On Saturday, January 16, around 4pm, I returned from work and I met her at home. When I greeted her, she shunned me. I was surprised because I never had any disagreement with her.

“Before I knew it, one of her children, Bose (Showole), punched me in the left eye. I fought back. Her grandchild, Enitan, used stone to hit me in the same eye, while the woman herself hit me with a chair. Blood started coming out from the eye.”

She said she reported the assault at the Adeniji Adele Police Station and from there, she was referred to the Lagos Island General Hospital, where the doctors told her she had lost the use of her left eye.

A medical report from the hospital, signed by one J.O. Owuye, said the victim was diagnosed with, “left periorbital swelling, abrusion at anterior chest wall.”

It was learnt that the police arrested the 79-year-old, but later released her on bail after the two other suspects, Showole and Enitan, were produced by the family.

Lawal, however, accused the Investigating Police Officer, Ajekigbe Sarah, of siding with the suspects against her.

She alleged that the IPO deliberately prevented her from completing her statement at the station.

“She stopped me midway and said I should go to the hospital for treatment.

“But when I returned to finish writing the statement, she said it was no longer necessary. Even the DPO queried her for the action,” she added.

Her father, Alhaji Ahmed Oshodi, called for justice.

But the septuagenarian suspect, Awakan, denied the allegations.

In her statement to the police she said, “It was about 4pm. I was at home when Alhaja (Lawal) came in and greeted me and I told her not to greet me again.

“Alhaja is the wife of my son. I asked her not to greet me because the previous day, she abused me indirectly and I decided not to reply her greetings again.

“So, when she came in and greeted me, I shunned her, but one of my daughters intervened.”

She said Lawal and her daughter had an argument which degenerated into a fight.

“I don’t know how she got injured in the eye,” she added.

Showole, in her defence, said she intervened because Lawal, who was her brother’s wife, was “abusing my mother and pointing a finger at her”.

“I pushed her hand and she slapped me on the face.

“Then we started fighting. She held my clothes and I did the same. I don’t know what happened to her eye,” she said.

Enitan denied involvement in the fight.

She said the fight was between Lawal and Showole.

The police, however, arraigned the trio before a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court on three counts of assault occasioning harm.

The charges read in part, “That you, Aduke Awakan, Bose Shobowale and Oduntan Eniola, on January 16, 2016, did unlawfully assault one Olasunkanmi Lawal, by giving her fist blows and injuring her with a crate of eggs and stone that led to injury in her left eye.”

The police prosecutor, I. Okeke, said the offence was punishable under sections 409, 171 and 170 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected summary trial.

The Magistrate, Mr. A.A. Adefulire, admitted them to bail in the sum of N20,000 with two sureties in like sum. The case was adjourned till March 24, 2016.

Corruption: ‘Nigeria’s Most Wanted Suspect Lives In UK’ – Buhari

In far away London, United Kingdom, and despite reports that he is on a five-day vacation, President Muhammadu Buhari told Daily Telegraph that one of the biggest suspects in the ongoing probe of corruption in Nigeria lives in their midst.

Buhari, who refused to mention any name, said this in an interview with the United Kingdom-based newspaper, Daily Telegraph .
He also spoke about Boko Haram, saying that his administration was ready to discuss with them on the missing Chibok girls.

“One of the biggest corruption suspects is in Britain, although, I am not going to name that person.
But, Britain has earned our respect in the way it deals with these matters.

“Our only problem is that it seems to be too thorough and it takes too much time. If there are obvious cases, like bank accounts, infrastructure, houses and hotels, I would hope they could do it quicker, so that we can claim these things back promptly.”

On Boko Haram, the president said: “As long as we can estsblish the bonafides of the leadership of Boko Haram, we are prepared as a government to discuss with them on how to get the girls back. But, we have not established any evidence of a credible leadership.
Asked if Abubakar Shekau was still the leader of the sect, Buhari said: “ I receive conflicting information about the status of Shekau. Some say he has been removed and replaced by a less charismatic terrorist” I think he must be on the run, because out of the 14 local governments that Boko Haram used to call their Caliphate, they do not control any now. They are scattered around the Sambisa forest and they have resorted to attacking soft targets, people in churches, mosques and market places, using improvised explosives devices.” Responding to a question on whether he asked the west for military assistance during the last G7 meeting, the president answered: “Yes. I did, but I don’t want to give details of that in public, at present. As you know, we already have foreign military help in terms of training missions”. While expressing disappointment that his predecessor in office
resorted to mercenaries, he also lamented the recent revelations of how military allocations were also misappropriated. Buhari asked rhetorically: “How is it that Nigeria’s military, which has a good record across West Africa, cannot claim back to 14 out of 774 local local governments from Boko Haram. They have to ask for mercenaries from South Africa?. How the mighty has fallen!”

On the threat of terrorism across West and North Africa, Buhari said: “I think we should be very worried because with technology, Boko Haram and other terrorists have become very mobile in all continents, not only in Africa, but also in Europe, America and Asia.

“For Africa and the Sahel, the demise of (Muamar) Ghaddafi’s regime led to a lot of armed and trained people, especially those from the Sahel, being dispersed. Fighting is the only thing they know and they are available at a fee. The danger is there and I am pleased that Europe has
realised it too”.

The president said he has not seen confirmed reports that Nigerians have been fighting for Isil in the Libya city of Sirte. On whether Nigerian in diaspora in the UK were being involved in Boko Haram, he replied:” No, but if I do, I will immediately raise the issue. “A number of Nigerianss use the migrant routes to come to the UK to claim asylum, saying their lices are at risk from Boko Haram. Is it legitimate for them to do so?”

$2.1bn Arms Fraud: I Will Testify Against Dasuki And Others At ICC- Senator Ndume

Senate Majority leader, Senator Ali Ndume says he is willing to testify against former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki and all those indicted in the $2.1billion arms deal at the International Criminal Court, ICC. Ndume said this in an interview with Daily Trust, while applauding the efforts of human rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, who says he will be approaching ICC to try all those indicted in the fraud with charges of War crimes:

“As far as we are concerned, these people shared blood money. Borno elders have made our position known on this through a statement they issued. We stand by our elders’ statement, that anybody who shared from the money meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram, is part of the sect, or they are sponsors of the sect. There are classes of Boko Haram – the army of Boko Haram, the supporters of Boko Haram and the sponsors of Boko Haram. Those people that shared the money for the purchase of arms are part of Boko Haram. We are supporting the government in the investigation and recovery of the funds. In fact, we are saying the government should take the case to Hague. We are very glad that somebody in the person of Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has taken the case further by going to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Kudos to him. If need be, I’m willing to testify at the ICC against those who collected the money meant for the Boko Haram war. This is because I am a victim too. We stand by Falana and we are going to support him to pursue the case at the ICC. We are not surprised that Falana has taken the case further because he is always by the side of the oppressed”.

Ndume also rubbished claims by PDP members that the probe was a witch-hunt against its members

“Dasukigate is not a witch-hunt because it is a fact that they shared the money meant for the Boko Haram war. Is the money stolen or not? They stole the money and they must be prosecuted for it. It has gone beyond politics. Apart from Falana, the international community has commended the country for trying to recover the arms money. John Kerry in particular said they were in total support of Nigeria.”

Couple Brutally Caned In Public For Crime Of Affectionate Contact In Indonesia (SEE PHOTOS)

A woman who was accused of being too friendly with a man she is not married to, as well as the man himself, were caned at a mosque in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Monday.

According to the Jakarta Post, the caning took place before a yelling crowd at Baiturrahim Mosque in Banda Aceh after the couple was sentenced according to the city’s Sharia bylaws, which criminalize “khalwat (affectionate contact by an unmarried couple).”

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“Take these punishments as a lesson. What has been done by these convicts should not be taken as an example. And, I hope their canings in Meuraxa district today will be the last ever,” Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin told the crowd, according to the Post. “And to the public, I ask that you do not isolate those who have been convicted here today. And also, those who have been convicted are reminded not to repeat the same mistakes.“

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‘I Will Transform The Nigerian Police To Be More People Friendly’ – Arase

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday canvassed for a strong Police Force for effective policing of Nigeria. Dambazau stated this during a familiarisation visit to the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, Abuja.  “Police is the most strategic as far as internal security is concerned.

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“The issue of Public safety and internal security mostly rests squarely on the shoulders of the police, the others are merely complimenting their efforts,“he said. He charged the police leadership to work toward changing the bad perception of Nigerians about activities of the police. “We must do a lot to change the perception about the Nigeria Police Force.

“We want to have strong police force that will be able to face emerging modern challenges. “We have a plan to look at the short and long terms in repositioning the Force,“he said. Dambazau stressed the need for a strong policy on carrier projection in the force.

On prison congestion, the minister said that the police had a major role to play in the decongestion of Nigerian prisons by ensuring in depth investigation of cases. He also said that there was a need for the police to investigate allegations thoroughly before taking the matter to court, to avoid delay.

“Where you don’t have detailed and almost near perfect investigation it will become very difficult to prosecute and more people will be awaiting trial,“he said. The minister charged the police to articulate policies that would enhance the welfare of both serving and retired officers.

Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, stressed the need to review the funding mechanism for the police. Arase said that it was only through adequate funding of the police that the performance gap in policing could be addressed. He reiterated the force’s support to the administration of the minister to succeed in its quest to reposition the police.

“In this regard, and trusting in your continuous support and motivation, permit me to affirm my determination to transform the police to a more people-friendly police,“he said. In a remark, the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mr Mike Okiro, charged officers and men of the Force to be committed to their duty.

Okiro said that they owed the Nigerian public a duty to provide security at all times. He commended the leadership of the police for its efforts at ensuring professionalism. The minister also inspected facilities at the complex, including the Police Hall of Fame and museum.

Senator Adeola Commends Ambode On Security, Explains ‘High’ Crime Statistics In Lagos?

The Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Solomon Adeola has commended the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for the huge investment in provision of security in Lagos state as only a secure environment is conducive to economic and social development.

Reacting to the recently commissioned Police helicopters, patrol boats, vehicles and other security gadgets by the governor of the state, Senator Adeola stated that the status of Lagos State as a mega city makes it imperative that its security must receive special attention from all tiers of government stressing that there is need for the Federal Government to further compliment the efforts of Ambode in provision of security in view of the status of the state as the former federal capital and the economic nerve centre of the nation.

“Lagos state deserves a special status in the area of security in view of its being the economic nerve centre of Nigeria and it burgeoning population as a megacity. There is need for more security infrastructure for the state as its population of over 20 million of all manner of people from across Nigeria and beyond indicates the likelihood of high incidents of crimes over time” the senator stated.

Senator Adeola who represents the largest senatorial district in Nigeria in terms of population said the level of criminality in Lagos State is not radically different from that of any other state adding that the seemingly high incidents is a reflection of the huge population of Lagos State which is  thrice or quadruple of most states of the federation.

“Reports of high incidence of crimes in Lagos in recent times are only a reflection of the dire economic situation of the nation and the massive concentration of people in millions in Lagos State. For instance if you have a 1% incidence of crime in a state of say 2.5million, then it is conceivable that percentage will be higher in a  cosmopolitan
state like Lagos with over 20million person couple with the reportage of the incidence by the media which is equally concentrated in Lagos” Senator Adeola argued.

The senator said that with the new equipment provided by Lagos State Government and a pledge by the Federal Government, criminals are in for a bad time in Lagos State.

Signed

Chief Kayode Odunaro

Rapist Jailed After The Woman He Tried To Rape Tracked Him Down On Facebook

A young woman who was sexually assaulted by a man she met outside a nightclub tracked him down on Facebook after he mentioned they had friends in common.

Chanel Purchase, 21, found the picture of 22-year-old James Huggett after trawling social media following the attack in April last year.
The man – who did not tell her his name – had offered to walk Miss Purchase home, but pinned her to the floor and tried to rape her just metres from her front door.
On Tuesday, Miss Purchase, from Sheerness, Kent, told how she believes combing Facebook helped bring her attacker to justice.
The young woman, who has waived her right to anonymity to warn others about the dangers women face, phoned police after the attack but immediately began her own investigations.
Although he did not tell her his name, and he does not have a Facebook account, the attacker spoke about their mutual friends which helped Miss Purchase track down the photograph.
She said: ‘It wouldn’t have been easy to confirm it was him and identify him if I hadn’t have found the picture so I think I helped solve the case.’
The attack took place after Miss Purchase had spent the evening out with friends at a nightclub close to her home. She had met Huggett outside who insisted that he walk her home.
She eventually agreed but, as they approached her house, Huggett pushed her to the ground and launched the assault, pulling down Miss Purchase’s underwear and attempting to rape her. When she struggled and screamed, he fled.
That night, Miss Purchase – who is planning to train as a midwife next year – called the police who immediately sent out officers to take a statement and DNA swabs.
Determined to see him swiftly brought to justice, Miss Purchase then trawled through social media in a bid to track him down.
After finding a photo of him, Miss Purchase informed police of his identity. Huggett, of Minster, Kent, was arrested the next day.
Speaking after his conviction last week at Maidstone Crown Court, she said: ‘I think he should get a few years. I will never feel safe if he was released.’
During the trial the jury heard a neighbour had been in bed when she heard a noise and looked outside to see what she thought was a scuffle between two people.
Prosecutor Simon Taylor said one was straddling the other and pinning them down. He said: ‘It was then that she saw the person on the ground was a female and heard her shout “get off me, and if you don’t get off me I’ll scream”.
The court heard how, when the woman screamed, the man ran off and the neighbour recognised the victim as Miss Purchase.
Huggett initially denied meeting the victim but then admitted seeing her outside the nightclub. He then claimed they cuddled
and kissed on the cheeks before he went home to change into jeans. 
But he denied trying to rape the woman and said Miss Purchase had mistakenly identified him as her attacker.
He later said that he had given a false alibi – including to his legal team – because he did not want to involve his parents in the trial as they grieving from the death of their son Craig.
‘I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident and it was only a couple of months before this,’ he told the jury.”
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Police Urge Lagos Residents Not To Report Crime First On Social Media

The Lagos State Police Command on Monday urged residents of the state not to report traffic robbery and other crimes first on social media but to the nearest police station.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Joseph Offor, who made the appeal on Monday, said the reports would help the police in strategising on how to combat crimes and forestall occurrence.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, had lamented that Nigerians were fund of reporting crimes first on the social media.

He noted that reporting first to the nearest police station would help the police to prevent further occurrence.

He also spoke about how some distress calls were actually blown out of proportion and advised the residents to always verify their information before causing panic.

The PPRO added that making false reports of crime incidents on social media was a cheap blackmail against the leadership of the Nigeria Police.

“People should endeavour to report every road traffic robbery to the police station so that we will know who to hold responsible.

“This will help us to strategise and come against those people behind the crimes.

“We are not denying the fact that we have a couple of traffic robberies here and there but we have arrested some of the suspects.

“We have also prevented some of them that were about to be committed.

“When somebody is a victim of a crime, he knows where to go,’’ Offor said.

“If you go to a police station to report, it will help us to have the statistics of crime being committed in that area; it will also help us in our planning.

“It will help us in our research but when people decide to report their cases to the social media, we see it as a cheap blackmail against the leadership of the Nigeria Police.

“And this is worrisome because it is not helping our statistics.’’

According to Offor, people making crime reports on the social media are not helping the system as planning and strategising cannot be based solely on statistics got from such reports.

 

 

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Adebayo Smith: CCT Trial; Between Advocates Of Justice And Judicial Exploiters

The contentious drama displayed at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on the 5th of November is yet another expensive embarrassment to the Nigerian judicial edifice. Seeing a set of lawyers led by three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) walked out on a presiding judge is completely strange to us, as citizens. Although court sessions have always been an intellectual war-ground for legal practitioners, but it never seemed to have turned out this way where decorum is discarded, and rascality usurps the legal stage. The intellectual manner at which cases are argued at courts of all jurisdictions makes the legal profession a super-endearing one among others.

It is disheartening to note that we have found ourselves at a junction where citizens can no longer distinguish between true advocates of justice and judicial exploiters!

In the recent time, it would be recalled that the CCT had a pause on the trial of the Senate President, awaiting the decision of the Appeal Court, which later on 30 Oct 2015 affirmed the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to try Senator Saraki. Before the tribunal would resume back on Nov 6 nonetheless, Saraki had already filed another application for stay of proceedings before the Supreme Court, urging her to halt the proceedings of the CCT pending the time his appeal would be finally determined by the apex court.

In a situation whereby Saraki had, before the Supreme Court, already challenged that the Appeal Court equally erred by affirming the legality of the proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, relying strongly on the argument that the CCT sat with only two members instead of three (a process he established as contravention of the provision of Paragraph 15 (1) of the Fifth Schedule of the Nigerian Constitution), one would expect that the CCT would accord the Supreme Court similar honour it accorded the Appeal Court on the case.

Surprisingly on Thursday, the Umar Danladi-led Tribunal refused to embrace neither any antecedent nor tradition as the Tribunal insisted that the trial must continue, regardless of the appeal at the Supreme Court. This blatant contradiction can never be said unbiased, obviously, especially when the match-out of the Saraki legal team already received some validations by the prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), who said: “they have rights to do what they did.” 

With a sincere appraisal of how Justice Danladi has, from the beginning, appeared desperate and opinionated on Saraki’s trial, plus how the initial Appeal judgement was allegedly arrested on October 19 before the eventual pronouncement on 30th of the same month, there’s no atom of doubt in the speculations that Saraki has fallen a victim of dubious process of justice. With the way things are moving in fact, it doesn’t look like the maxim of law that “every person remains innocent until proven guilty” is further welcome in the CCT/Saraki scenario. In as much as no one would seek that the CCT truncates the case notwithstanding, it is logical enough that Saraki should be allowed to enjoy his legal rights to the fullest.

Leaving Saraki out of the argument however, the public fracas between the ministers in the temple of ‘justice’ and the custodian of the same ‘justice’ is seriously bothering. It’s a daylight impunity how the CCT turned down the argument of the defence team, challenging the Tribunal and the federal government on the ill decision of daring and prejudicing the Supreme Court on the pending appeal case of the Senate President.

In summary of the whole game, what is deducible is that the on-going battle of superiority in the political realm has gotten itself translocated to the judiciary. As a diplomatic nation, the federal government has pivotal roles to play in ensuring that justice is not subverted. Most particularly, President Muhammadu Buahri’s administration needs to re-assure us that our democracy has not been subverted for tyranny.

 
 

Adebayo Smith writes from Lagos State. 

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Cross River Legalises Death Penalty for Kidnappers

Following the incessant spade of kidnappings in the country ,Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, monday signed into law a bill that prescribes death penalty for convicted kidnappers in the state.
The anti-kidnapping bill was one of 10 bills the governor signed into law at the state Executive Chambers witnessed by the Speaker and members of the state House of Assembly.

The law also empowers the state to seize assets as well as freeze accounts belong to convicted
kidnappers and those who aid and abet kidnapping in the state.

Contractor Sues FG Over Jonathan’s N9.2bn Stoves

A contractor handling the N9.2billion worth of clean cook stoves and wonder bags awarded by the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan has sued the Federal Government.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Fatima Mede, revealed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari of the ministry’s activities inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mede said the contractor approached the court to order the government not to terminate the contract following the emergence of a new administration.

The Jonathan-led Federal Executive Council had on November 26, 2014 approved N9.2billion inclusive of Value Added Tax for the procurement of 750,000 units of clean cook stoves and 18,000 wonder bags.
The contract was awarded to Messrs Integra Renewable Energy Services Limited and there have been several calls on the present administration to terminate the contract.
Confirming the legal action, Mede said the ministry had briefed the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation on the development.
She said the government would appear before the court to argue its case, however, she did not say if there were plans to terminate the contract.
She said

“The matter is in court right now, so there is a limit to how I can talk about the issue of cooking stoves.

“The contractor took government to court asking the court to grant an injunction for government not to terminate the contract.

“We will go there and argue our case, the government will go, we have briefed the Attorney General’s office.

“We will present our case on the issue that led to the contractor taking us to court, it will be explained and the court will decide.”

Mede said during her team’s meeting with Buhari, the President raised concerns over environmental degradation in the country.
She said the President was aware that the sustainability of the country would depend on how well the environment was managed and that the rate of desertification and afforestation in the country was alarming. Stating that over 43 per cent of Nigerians were affected by the effect of desertification.
The Permanent Secretary also pointed to the conflict between the herdsmen and farmers because of forced migration.
She said the President had directed that to reduce the rate at which wood was being cut down for cooking, the ministry should consider promoting the use of LPG especially in the cities.
Source: Punch

NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody Over Alleged Graft

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office.

Dr Paul Orhii

Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests.
An EFCC top source confirmed to Vanguard that the DG, who arrived the commission’s headquarters around 10am Monday had been making useful statement to its agents.

The source said: “It is true that the NAFDAC head was summoned by us and he is currently being quizzed in relation to allegations that he has been awarding contracts running into millions of Naira to companies close to him.

Asked if the man would be released today on self recognition, the source said he had no idea but that doing so might depend on whether the operatives were satisfied with his answers to issues raised against him.
Details shortly….

EFCC To Prosecute Goodie Ibru Over Alleged N1bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed 11 counts of fraud against the former Chairman of Ikeja Hotels Plc, Mr. Goodie Ibru, for allegedly defrauding the hotel to the tune of N1bn.

A copy of the charge sheet, numbered LD/117C/2015, was filed before Justice Raliatu Adebiyi of the Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court. Ibru was charged alongside three other corporate organisations, including Associated Ventures International Limited, IHL Services Limited and Clearview Investment Limited.

The alleged offence was said to have been committed between January and December 2010.

EFCC Set To Probe Jonathan’s Ministers, Aides

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded plans to commence the probe of the former President Goodluck Jonathan with investigations into the financial transactions of his ministers and aides.

The Punch learnt that the Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, had already directed that all petitions against former public officers at the federal level should be forwarded to him to be acted upon.

Findings showed that former ministers, special advisers, heads of parastatals and those of other Federal Government agencies would be invited for interrogation by the EFCC in few weeks from now.

Our correspondents learnt that the anti-graft agency would focus on those whose establishments attracted huge allocations from the Federal Government when Jonathan was in power.

Such ministries and agencies, it was learnt, included defence, petroleum resources and power.

Three top sources in the anti-graft agency confided in one of our correspondents that Lamorde was “determined to expose any corrupt act during the administration of the former President.”

One of the sources, who confided in one of our correspondents, explained that anti-graft operatives had yet to arrest any of the former ministers, special advisers and heads of agencies who served under the former President.

The source said, “I am not aware of anybody who has been summoned or interrogated by the commission. Those to be interrogated would be determined by the gravity of the allegations against them as contained in the petitions.

“What happened last week was that a directive was issued to move all petitions against public office holders under the former President to the office of the Chairman.

“The files will be studied and assigned to units to handle the investigations. It is based on the petitions that people will be summoned.

“Most likely next week, action would be taken on those petitions…”

But the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwajaren, denied knowledge of such a directive when one of our correspondents contacted him on the telephone on Monday.

“I am not aware of the directive you are talking about. It is not to my knowledge,” the agency’s spokesman said.

Reacting to the development, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo, said the party was not afraid of a probe.

According to him, the party and former President Goodluck Jonathan have nothing to hide, saying all the party is asking for is that any probe must be within the ambit of the law.

Jalo said the PDP as a political party discharged its duty of providing leadership for Nigeria for 16 years and that it did so transparently.

He said, “I am sure Nigerians still remember that it was because of PDP’s desire to deal with the scourge of corruption that our government under the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo established the EFCC and the ICPC. The records are there.

“All we are asking for is that there must be fairness and justice, whatever probe they want to carry out must have respect for the rule of law, good conscience and the fear of God.

“Such a probe must not be carried out based on vendetta or simply because somebody does not like the name or the face of somebody.”

Jalo also advised the All Progressives Congress-led administration to pay more attention to providing leadership to Nigeria, “rather than dissipating energy in the pursuit of trivialities.”

The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, had in an interview last week, said President Muhammadu Buhari would probe Jonathan’s government.

He had said that the present administration would recover billions of dollars, adding that “the world is too small a place for anybody to hide if you are running from justice.”

“It doesn’t mean that anybody that has ill-gotten wealth will not regurgitate it. They will. Remember when he (Buhari) went to Germany for the G7 summit, he met with President Obama and Obama told him to just give us information on where the loot is hidden and we will help you recover it and the government has been working on that. So, that shows that looters will never go free,” he had said.

Operatives of the Department of State Services had invaded the houses of Jonathan’s National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) on Friday forcing the former NSA to a house arrest for 24 hours.

The security agency in a statement the following day accused Dasuki of felony, misuse of power and possession of destructive weapons.

It said it recovered from Dasuki’s home seven high calibre rifles (high assault weapons), several magazines, military related gear and 12 new vehicles, including five bulletproof cars.

A top officer of the DSS had confided in one of our correspondents that Dasuki would face further interrogations this week.

Also, the ex-President’s Chief Security Officer, Gordon Obua, was being detained as part of investigations into the security spending at the Presidential Villa during his time.

A lawyer to Obua has raised the alarm about the detention of his client.

The lawyer, Onochie Onwuegbuna, said in a statement that Obua had been in detention since July 16 without being told what offence he committed.

Source – punchng.com

Okonjo-Iweala Responds To Oshiomhole’s Accusation That She Spent N1bn Of Govt Money On GEJ’s Re-Election

Oshiomhole accused the former minister of spending $1billion of government money for Jonathan’s re-election. She has responded.Read the press statement below…

Another false, baseless allegation against Okonjo-Iweala by governor Oshiomhole

The allegation by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State that former Minister of Finance Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala spent $1 billion out of the Excess Crude Account to fund the re-election bid of former President Jonathan is the kind of ludicrously false statement that has unfortunately become a trademark of the Governor in his public campaign of falsehood against Dr Okonjo-Iweala.

The statement is just another example of the numerical diarrhea that seems to have afflicted His Excellency in recent times in his effort to damage the reputation of the former Minister.
He has, within the last few months, asked Dr Okonjo-Iweala to explain all kinds of totally wild and unsubstantiated figures, ranging from $30 billion, $20 billion, $2.1 billion, N720 billion and now $1 billion.
To say the obvious, the accusations are totally lacking in credibility.
Governor Oshiomhole’s published comments also contain other falsehoods. For instance, he quoted Dr Okonjo-Iweala as saying that she and the Finance Commissioners of the 36 states approved the spending of $2.1 billion out of the Excess Crude Account, adding that the Commissioners had disowned the statement. This is also a complete distortion.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala never said the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) approved spending out of the ECA. Rather as the Commissioners themselves stated, the former Minister of State Finance informed them that former President Jonathan approved the expenditure to end the debilitating fuel queues across the country.
As Nigerians know, the Finance Ministry under Okonjo-Iweala regularly published details of revenue allocations from the ECA in national media. So Oshiomhole’s tortured “calculations” based on his “four figure tables” are mere political numbers conjured to achieve a political purpose. Nigerians can see through the elaborate antics.

Governor Oshiomhole’s latest statement, like earlier ones, labours to give the impression that the entire FAAC process which involves the Federal Government and the 36 states of the Federation is a personal monopoly of Dr Okonjo-Iweala.

This is, of course not true. FAAC is a long standing national platform for allocating revenues chaired by the Minister of State Finance. The governor’s insistence on pushing this clearly fictional narrative underscores his desperation.

It is instructive that Governor Oshiomhole is a key member of the committee set up by the National Economic Council to investigate the ECA spending. His continuing attacks against Dr Okonjo-Iweala seem to suggest that he has lost confidence in this platform which he deployed to make some of his initial false and baseless allegations. The Governor does not seem to appreciate that he is undermining the very credibility of the committee.

Once again, we ask: why are Oshiomhole and his cohorts so ready to sacrifice truth, precedent and decency in this political witch hunt against Dr Okonjo-Iweala?
We are confident that they will fail because truth will triumph.
Paul C Nwabuikwu

Media Adviser to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

EFCC Must Do More To Win Cases – Lawyers

Three prominent Lagos-based lawyers on Sunday said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) needed to do more in the area of prosecution and win cases, to justify its establishment.
The lawyers told NAN in Lagos that further EFCC loses in court would mar its popularity.
They said the commission needed to be more diligent in its prosecution of alleged corrupt public officials as a way to support the Federal Government’s anti-corruption crusade.
Mr Jiti Ogunye told NAN that the EFCC needed to be more committed and diligent in its investigation and subsequent prosecution of those accused of fraud.
Ogunye said the way the charge against Mr Femi Fani-Kayode was prosecuted by the EFCC had revealed the need for a review of its handling of the prosecution of suspects.
The EFCC s dilatory and cavalier prosecution ended up telling Nigerians that it was not sure of what it was doing.
The way the charge against Fani-Kayode was being changed showed that not much was properly done by the anti-graft agency.
It has an advantage as both the investigating and prosecuting body and so will not be excused for failure to bring those charged with corrupt enrichment to answer for their deeds.
The anti-corruption body ought to know the strength of the cases they are taking to court on the basis of their investigations, he said.
Ogunye said that the EFCC could justify its funding through tax payers’ money by ensuring that it gets guilty judgments, especially against those charged with public embezzlement.
Facts must be properly substantiated in the eyes of the law by the agency. The EFCC needs to carry out thorough investigation and painstaking, diligent and conscientious prosecution of its cases.
It must not allow extraneous factors, influence or pressure to affect the performance of its statutory duties, Ogunye saisaid.
Similarly, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Prof. Taiwo Osipitan, urged the EFCC to streamline the counts it brings against suspects.
The EFCC is fond of going to court with so many counts as charges. It is an indication that the prosecution is unsure of what it is doing when it brings about 40 to 50 count charges against a person.
One can almost assume that perhaps the prosecution is playing games or gambling with so many charges against one person.
The onus is on the prosecution to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and you don’t need too many charges to accuse someone of theft or fraud.
The judge in Fani-Kayode s case correctly stated that the principle of law is that an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
You really do not need several counts to convict someone because it ends up being bulky and time- wasting.
In the UK, USA or Canada, you will only find public prosecutors going to court with a maximum of six counts, Osipitan said.
To the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (Ikorodu Chapter), Mr Adedotun Adetunji, the EFCC needed to improve on its investigation of allegations against suspects.
The agency has to be more diligent in the investigation of financial crimes and the prosecution of offenders.
It needs to ensure more diligence so as to be able to prosecute more efficiently and effectively, Adetunji added.

APC Urges FG To Probe Past NLNG Payments, Condemns Grandstanding Opposition

Press statement from APC:

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Federal Government to urgently unravel what happened to the past Company Income Tax/Education tax as well as dividends paid to the Nigerian government by the NLNG, against the background of published reports that the funds were never paid into the Federation Account as they should have been.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also described as a glaring example of grandstanding opposition the attempt by the PDP to distort the facts about the source of the $2.1 billion that was approved for sharing by the three tiers of government by President Muhammadu Buhari.

”Whereas the Presidency corrected the initial erroneous report that the shared money was sourced from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), the skittish opposition continued to insist it was from the ECA and that it was part of the ‘savings’ by the Jonathan Administration.

”Well, we can tell Nigerians that the $2.1 billion was sourced from the $1.6 billion Company Income Tax/Education Tax paid to the FG on June 17th 2015, over two weeks after the Jonathan Administration left office, as well as the $500 million tax paid by Shell. We can tell Nigerians that this is the first time the payment of the Income Tax/Education Tax by the NLNG was being disclosed by any government, in addition to paying it into the Federation Account for sharing, hence those who call it their ‘legitimate’ earnings should be asked why they did not demand the sharing of such ‘legitimate’ earnings in the past.

”We can tell Nigerians that apart from the said $1.6 billion NLNG payment for 2015, NLNG also paid $1.4 billion as Income Tax/Education Tax in May 2014, paid $0.3 billion as Education tax to the FG in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and $1.2 billion in VAT and With-holding Tax to the FG since 2009. These payments are just those made in the past six years alone, hence there were other payments before then.

”In addition, dividend payments totalling $4,728,136,946 was paid to the FG between 2004 and 2009, out of which only $127,851,348.19 was credited to the FG’s Independent Account with JP Morgan, leaving a balance of over $4 billion. The questions to ask therefore are why all the past taxes and dividends were neither fully paid into the Federation Account nor shared by the three tiers of government and what happened to the funds,” it said.

APC said now that President Muhammadu Buhari has started to ensure that all funds due to the Federation Account are paid in there as well as plugging all financial leakages, in an effort to restore transparency to the system, it is important to let Nigerians know why all due funds were not paid into the Federation Account in the past and what happened to such funds.

The party also said that as part of the investigation, the PDP must be asked where it kept the $5.5 billion which it said was the dividend paid to the FG by the NLNG before the 29 May handover.

”Since, according to the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan asked that the money be ‘left for the incoming administration to manage’. it is important for the party, therefore, to tell Nigerians in which account the money was ‘saved’ because it is definitely not in the Federation Account,” it said
APC insisted that for any opposition to be credible, it must not only be factual and truthful, it must eschew pandering.
”Had the PDP embraced these cardinal principles, it would not have, in the rush to belittle the package that was approved for the states by President Buhari and to discredit his administration, engaged in outright lies and selective perception. While the PDP became fixated on the source of the money shared by the states, it forgot that there were were other measures in the package that included a special intervention fund of between N250b and N300b from the CBN as a soft loan available to states to access for the purposes of paying backlog of salaries.

”The PDP also forgot the debt relief programme designed to assist the states to restructure their commercial loans of N660b, with a view to extending the life span of such loans and reducing the states’ debt-servicing expenditures. That way, the states are freed from their perennial inability to pay workers’ salaries, and more funds are available to the various governments to use for the benefit of the people. They have forgotten that the only time in the country’s history that this kind of rescue package was made was also during the tenure of Muhammadu Buhari as military Head of State,” the party said.

It advised those who are showboating and distorting facts to tarry a while, as what they are seeing is just the first step in a long journey to clear the rot left behind by years of purposeless governance, plug all financial leakages, ensure that all funds due to the Federation Account are paid in there for the benefit of all Nigerians and bring to justice all those who have mismanaged or looted the commonwealth.

”The revelations concerning the deep rot in the system that will come in the weeks and months ahead will shock even the most ardent critics of the Buhari Administration’s salvaging efforts,” APC said.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Lagos,  2015

APC, PDP Battle Over $5.5bn NLNG Funds

THE All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to account for $5.5 billion realised from Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) since 2004.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also called on the Federal Government to urgently unravel what happened to the past Company Income Tax/Education tax as well as dividends paid to the Nigerian government by the NLNG, against the background of published reports that the funds were never paid into the Federation Account as they should have been.

Reacting to the question, the national leadership of the PDP said the APC was lying. It dismissed as untrue, accusations that former President Goodluck Jonathan had anything to do with the accounts of
the  NLNG, saying that PDP-led governments before the present saved the money for reinvestment.

PDP is grandstanding

However, the APC described as a glaring example of grandstanding, the attempt by the PDP to distort the facts about the source of the $2.1 billion that was approved for sharing by the three tiers of government by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It said: “Whereas the Presidency corrected the initial erroneous report that the shared money was sourced from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), the skittish opposition continued to insist it was from the ECA and that it was part of the ‘savings’ by the Jonathan Administration.

“Well, we can tell Nigerians that the $2.1 billion was sourced from the $1.6 billion Company Income Tax/Education Tax paid to the Federal Government on June 17, 2015, over two weeks after the Jonathan Administration left office, as well as the $500 million tax paid by Shell. We can tell Nigerians that this is the first time the payment of the Income Tax/Education Tax by the NLNG was being disclosed by any government, in addition to paying it into the Federation Account for sharing, hence those who call it their ‘legitimate’ earnings should be asked why they did not demand the sharing of such ‘legitimate’ earnings in the past.

“We can tell Nigerians that apart from the said $1.6 billion NLNG payment for 2015, NLNG also paid $1.4 billion as Income Tax/Education Tax in May 2014; paid $0.3 billion as Education tax to the Federal Government  in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and $1.2 billion in VAT and With-holding Tax to the Federal Government since 2009. These payments are just those made in the past six years alone, hence there were other payments before then.

“In addition, dividend payments totalling $4,728,136,946 was paid to the Federal Government between 2004 and 2009, out of which only $127,851,348.19 was credited to the FG’s Independent Account with JP Morgan, leaving a balance of over $4 billion. The questions to ask therefore are why all the past taxes and dividends were neither fully paid into the Federation Account nor shared by the three tiers of government and what happened to the funds,” it said.

APC said now that President Muhammadu Buhari has started to ensure that all funds due to the Federation Account are paid in there as well as plugging all financial leakages, in an effort to restore transparency to the system, it is important to let Nigerians know why all due funds were not paid into the Federation Account in the past and what happened to such funds.

Where is $5.5bn NLNG dividend?

The party also said that as part of the investigation, the PDP must be asked where it kept the $5.5 billion which it said was the dividend paid to the FG by the NLNG before the May 29 handover.

“Since, according to the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan asked that the money be ‘left for the incoming administration to manage’ it is important for the party, therefore, to tell Nigerians in which account the money was ‘saved’ because it is definitely not in the Federation Account,” it said.

APC insisted that for any opposition to be credible, it must not only be factual and truthful, it must eschew pandering.

“Had the PDP embraced these cardinal principles, it would not have, in the rush to belittle the package that was approved for the states by President Buhari and to discredit his administration, engaged in outright lies and selective perception. While the PDP became fixated on the source of the money shared by the states, it forgot that there were other measures in the package that included a special intervention fund of between N250 billion and N300 billion from the CBN as a soft loan available to states to access for the purposes of paying backlog of salaries.

“The PDP also forgot the debt relief programme designed to assist the states to restructure their commercial loans of N660 billion, with a view to extending the life span of such loans and reducing the states’ debt-servicing expenditures. That way, the states are freed from their perennial inability to pay workers’ salaries, and more funds are available to the various governments to use for the benefit of the people. They have forgotten that the only time in the country’s history that this kind of rescue package was made was also during the tenure of Muhammadu Buhari as military Head of State,” the party said.

It advised those who are showboating and distorting facts to tarry a while, as what they are seeing is just the first step in a long journey to clear the rot left behind by years of purposeless governance, plug all financial leakages, ensure that all funds due to the Federation Account are paid in there for the benefit of all Nigerians and bring to justice all those who have mismanaged or looted the commonwealth.

“The revelations concerning the deep rot in the system that will come in the weeks and months ahead will shock even the most ardent critics of the Buhari Administration’s salvaging efforts,” APC added.

Stop lying to Nigerians –PDP

Countering, the PDP in a statement by its National Publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, urged the APC to desist from misleading Nigerians on the NLNG, saying no government before now touched the money.

The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the misleading and outright falsehood by the APC. The truth is that the NLNG had been on a 10-year tax haven until 2014.

“Within this period, successive governments, right from President Olusegun Obasanjo never shared nor tampered with the cumulative dividends. Whatever taxes paid from the NLNG go through the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) and recorded as part of the income of the Federal Government.

“It is imperative to note that by the end of the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan, NLNG dividends had risen to a cumulative $5.6billion and not a single cent was ever taken from the funds.

“Although it is within the rights of the APC administration to spend the funds in any way they may decide, it is however, cruel for them to inflict on us all such malicious falsehood while the current Presidency, without the benefit of economic advisers and relevant statutory organs of government unilaterally decided to deplete the funds without thinking of the attendant future investments and financial obligations of Nigeria in the NLNG project.

“The APC must note that there is a limit to propaganda and lies. Now is the time for governance and this government has shown total unpreparedness to face the challenges of governance at the centre.”

#Pausibility: (Ad)Dressing A Cesspot. – Adebayo Coker

There is a Yoruba saying: ko si ba se ma se se ebolo ti ko ni run igbe. No matter how expensively garbed a beggar is, his beggarly mentality will have him betrayed.

These past few days, social media as well as the traditional media went agog with protests against the soulless wardrobe allowance of the members of the National Assembly. I am glad we are getting there gradually. My joy is that at the end, our consciousness will rise to a point that we will realize that the electors at all times retain the ultimate power to hire and fire at anytime, not necessarily only during the election year. There is a part of the constitution that says we can recall any elected official that is misbehaving or not performing to expectation. But I beg to differ on the recent hashtags because they are just unnecessary. Very unnecessary I must add.

Haven’t you read in the book of Political Insouciance, that it is better for millions of the populace to go hungry while their representatives loom large in opulence?

Haven’t you also read that it is better to clothe lawmakers because they are usually in a maddening state of nakedness anytime, anyway?

Just few weeks ago, I wrote about the pricey mementoes shared during the election period where I witnessed a particular contestant (now a Senator), throwing phones, GoTv, DSTv and gifting generators to the people of his constituency. I pointed out that such a ‘Progressive’ will stop at nothing to break even and even make humongous profit that will make the worst Shylock to cringe.

In case, you don’t know, the amnesty granted the ‘freedom fighters’ like Tompolo, Asari, Boyloaf and the rest of them that made us witness a ‘lasting peace’ in the Niger-Delta region should be consolidated by extending same to the people of this seeming cesspit because it would signify a rascal less on the street, a swindler less on the street, a ‘druggist’ less on the street, a paedophile less on the street, a prostitute less on the street, a killer less on the street. Isn’t it in the best interest of the nation if we have these people kept in a place and have them adorned with the best perfumery from Arabia to keep them from smelling of crime?

A man or woman whose mind operates at a high degree wavelength of corruption and whose heart is cold to the common yearning of the people – quality life- cannot be attuned to being a true representative of the people. The so-called progressives are closing ranks in this show of cold affection that has sedated them to the plight of the people. If not that we are still enslaved to the parochial politics of imposition, I know a certain principal officer in the House of Representatives who is widely known to be a buffoon in his constituency. He is one of the people justifying the billions of naira budgeted for the Assembly men. The same buffoon and his likes will sit, snore and only vote ay or nay yet he will want to wear expensive garbs at the expense of people he is voted to serve while they go naked.

A Robin Hood showmanship was put up by a certain entertainer turned politician who is trying his best shots at becoming populist in orientation. In case you don’t know Robin Hood, he is that Prince of the thieves who would rob the rich and give the loot to the poor. When I was young I saw him as a hero but looking closely as I grow older, I see that his acts of benevolence do not stop him from being referred to as a thief. If you would accept the bogus allowance in the face of our dwindling economic situation and try to be a populist by donating such to some perceived suffering individuals, you are no better than a Robin Hood.

Hack all the unreasonable allowances then we will start looking at you as a reasonable set of people with one eye.senate-building

Female Corps Member Raped To Death By 51 Year Old, Others In Kwara

A 51 year old man and his gang members raped a corps member to death.A prosecutor of the Kwara State Police Command, Mr. Matthew Ologbon, has informed an Ilorin Magistrate’s Court,that a female National Youth Service Corps member, Miss Yetunde Idowu was raped to death by a 51-year-old man, Abdullahi Tanko, and his gang members.
PUNCH Metro reports that, Idowu’ corpse was found at the Ilorin GRA.The police prosecutor told the court that on May 23, at about 12pm, the police found Idowu in a pool of blood.
Ologbon told the court that investigation by the police revealed that Tanko and his collaborators, now at large, tricked Idowu from her residence to Fate Road, where they raped her to death.He added that Tanko and his gang members raped the deceased inside their car.

He said,
  “After they had raped Idowu, they carried her dead body to a nearby junction. The police located Tanko’s house through the blood traces of the deceased and the suspected killer was arrested.The mobile phone of the deceased was found with Tanko.”
Yahaya ordered that Tanko be remanded in prison, while he adjourned the case till August 10, 2015.

Nigerian Bags 4 Years In Jail For Hacking An American Agency’s E-mail

Find the EFCC Press statement below …

Justice S. S. Ogunsanya of the Lagos State High Court on Thursday June 11, sentenced one Osarenwinda Idahor (a.k.a Ösas Idahor) to two years imprisonment on each of the two count charge bordering on possession of document containing false pretence.

The convict was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sequel to a petition from NASA OIG Computer Crimes Division Goddard Space Flight Centre, United States, alleging that the suspect hacked into NASA e-mail account to send scam messages for advance fee fraud.

NASA is the United States government agency responsible for the civilian space programme as well aeronautics and aerospace research. Further investigation by the EFCC revealed that the convict disguised himself to be one Mrs Carlow Charles, a cancer patient who wanted to donate the sum of $10,500,000 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) to the motherless, widows and less privileged.

The convict upon arraignment on 25th day of May 2015 pleaded guilty to the charge. Consequently, Justice Ogunsanya adjourned the case to June 11, 2015 for ruling and sentencing. When the matter was called June 11, Justice Ogunsanya sentenced the convict to two years imprisonment without any option of fine on each of the count charges. The sentences are to run concurrently. Media & Publicity 12th June, 2015

Breaking !! Sepp Blatter Resigns As Fifa President

Sepp Blatter has announced he will step down as president of Fifa, calling an extraordinary congress “as rapidly as possible” at which a successor will be selected.

The Swiss announced his decision at a hastily-arranged press conference on Tuesday after his secreatry-general Jerome Valcke had earlier been implicated in the US Department of Justice’s investigations into a $10m payment to indicted former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner.

Fear Of Buhari? Governor, Minister And PDP Chieftain Flee Nigeria On Democracy Day

Reports just reaching us indicate that a governor, minister and a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain have left the shores of Nigeria on a British Airways flight in a move to avoid being probed by the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari.

In a report published by Sahara Reporters, Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga, the current minister of industry, trade and investment, Tony Anenih, a PDP chieftain, and the governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam, departed Nigeria in a flight out of Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

The three were last seen boarding the BA flight scheduled for an 8am departure to London.

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According to the report, Suswam’s wife, Yemisi, also left yesterday to Houston in the US to avoid getting caught up in the sweep.

It was also learned that more party officials, ministers, several appointees and aides to President Goodluck Jonathan have either fled or are planning to flee the country in a move to avoid being probed by the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari.

Last week, the minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke travelled on the same flight with Buhari to London but efforts by the minister to start a conversation with the incoming president were rebuffed.

No Ex-Government Official Should Travel Out After May 29 – Former SGF

Next week, Nigeria may start hearing different tales of big men and women travelling for ‘medical checks’ or other flimsy excuses, all in a bid to escape arrest and possible prosecution for corruption.

But one man is thinking ahead of them. Former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, has charged the incoming Muhammadu Buhari government not to allow any top politician leave the country after May 29, especially those with cases to answer.

Yayale, who is the pro-chancellor and chairman of council of the Bayero University, Kano (BUK) gave the advice after presenting a paper at the 31st convocation lecture of the university.

In his paper titled; “The 2015 Transition: Realities, Expectations and the Challenges”, he said when Buhari takes over, his administration would discover many things and ask many questions.
“I want to inform you that whether there is proper briefing or not, the reality will become reality on May 29. After they have taken over they will see where to ask questions and in what we call public accountability, nobody should be allowed to go without accounting for what is not there.” Yayale said.
The major problem of the Nigerian economy, Yayale said, is not about its size, but its content. “The country is increasingly becoming mired in debts. After painfully exiting the Paris Club and other external debts, with a cash payment of over $12 billion, the foreign debts are piling.
“The domestic debt profile increased from $30.5 billion in 2010 to $47 billion in 2014. On the whole public debt has grown by $18 billion between 2010 and 2014. A major problem of this debt profile is that most of the debt is incurred on consumption (recurrent) and not investment (capital)”.

History Will Not Favour Jonathan — Junaid Mohammed

Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, in this interview with TOBI AWORINDE, evaluates the government of President Goodluck Jonathan
What do you think are the highlights of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration?
I believe, for most Nigerians, the highlight of Jonathan’s administration is the heightened terrorist activities in the country. Another is the enormous corruption, which, even by the standard of Nigeria, is unprecedented. There has never been any government in this country as corrupt, indolent and irresponsible as this government. Also, for a nation which has so many ethnic groups, religious differences, and identities, one was expecting a measure of inclusiveness. Unfortunately, Jonathan and his cabal are the most divisive set of people to have been at the top of an administration in this country.
Frankly speaking, I can’t think of anything I would regard as a positive highlight. Everything that I

can think of, which I consciously or otherwise associate with this President, is terribly negative. I hope I am not disappointing you, but I have nothing positive to say about the government.

Why is corruption believed to have thrived under Jonathan’s administration, despite the checks and balances that the constitution provides?
Checks and balances only work if they are being applied to control political will. It requires a measure of sincerity for him to use the checks and balances in order to tackle corruption. Clearly, the institutions are there. Clearly, most of the checks and balances are there. But as we see, the tragedy of Jonathan and his administration is that they have nothing but contempt for Nigerians and the institutions that make up Nigeria. So, he feels he can play with everybody’s intelligence. If you are caught involved in some malpractice and you happen to be one of his favoured people, he would say, ‘No, you are not corrupt; maybe you did a little bit of stealing.’
As you mentioned, there have been several allegations of marginalisation under Jonathan, especially by the South-West and the North. What is responsible for this?
There have been deliberate efforts to marginalise certain sections of the country. The background that somebody comes from, his culture and certain things that make him tick clearly influence whatever he does: good or bad. For example, I lived in Port Harcourt for four years as a federal commissioner. I noticed that within the same broad South-South zone, there are some people you can regard as conceited. They believe that apart from their village, settlement or creeks, there are no other people who live elsewhere. I suspect that is the same attitude Jonathan has; that apart from the Ijaws, there are no other human beings and that what is uppermost in his mind is that Ijaws must be gratified or favoured in everything. Where he cannot get Ijaws, he looks for other people from the South-South, or preferably from the Igbo. Therefore, if you come from that background, it is always safe. If you have no consideration for other people other than your own, it shows. I believe that it was a tragic mistake that we had to end up with this kind of character as a president because he is so unilateral in everything he does. I don’t see how that kind of person can successfully govern a country of almost 300 ethnic groups and do justice to all. He hasn’t done that; he has failed woefully and I am not surprised that he has. Don’t forget that he worked directly under me when I was at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission. Therefore, I know a little bit about him even before he became the acting president.
Are you saying the South-South ganged up with the South-East to marginalise other regions in the country?
If you compare man for man, the South-West has more people that are better educated with university degrees than the entire South-South. But when you look at the protocol list of the top 20 officials in the country, from the President downwards, there is only one Yoruba man. I am not trying to incite any unnecessary fears, but if all the appointees were chosen based on merit and there was no qualified Yoruba person who could be in that group of 20, I am prepared to concede. But the fact of the matter is that for every one out of those 20, there are thousands of Yorubas who are qualified but were not appointed. If you don’t call that marginalisation, then I don’t know what it is. You can make an excuse that maybe northerners like me are not educated. That was what Edwin Clark said until he had to admit at the National Conference that he was mistaken and he had become aware that the governors were also educated.
The reality is that there was a deliberate machinery set in motion to alienate certain sections of the country; the entire North and the South-West were particularly singled out for marginalisation and, to a large extent, that succeeded. Look at the economy, for instance; it is headed by a woman who started her career as a geographer that was bundled up and shipped to Nigeria to be made Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy. The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is an Igbo man. Within the CBN, there is an agency called the Assets Management Company of Nigeria. For the most part, it has been headed by Igbo men. The Nigeria Economic Summit Group is also headed by an Igbo man. The Securities and Exchange Commission, until two months ago, was headed by an Igbo woman. The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has been headed by an Igbo man.
If you look carefully, you will notice that the movers and shakers of the national economy are Igbos, and not because they are the best or the brightest, but simply because they could not find Ijaw people. Now that this so-called Coordinating Minister of the Economy has driven the economy into a ditch, we are being confronted with economic disaster for which every Nigerian, whether Igbo or non-Igbo will pay a price. We now have the highest level of unemployment in the history of this country, in addition to corruption.
Economic experts have repeatedly called for a diversification of the country’s economy. Do you think Jonathan’s government has done enough in the agricultural sector to reduce the country’s reliance on crude oil?
In all fairness, it takes a while to diversify the economy. Any talk of diversification of the national economy will have to focus on royalties or tangibles, as they say. How many people are employed in the oil sector today, compared to the number of people who are employed in the agricultural sector? Yes, oil contributes substantially to our earnings in foreign exchange. But in terms of gross domestic product, agriculture is still ahead of oil and it is the mainstay of the economy. I don’t know the latest, but when I was involved in the industry up to five years ago, I knew that the total number of people employed in the oil sector was not more than two to three million. And till now, over 60 per cent of employment in the makings of the national economy is based on agriculture. Whether we like it or not, it is agriculture that will have to be diversified for our economy to be called a diversified and balanced economy.
Secondly, it takes time to diversify any economy and when you look at oil on one hand and agriculture on the other, the two are miles apart. There is no connection between oil and agriculture. If anything, wherever you have oil exploration activity, it has the effect of destroying our soil and you cannot engage in agriculture without an enabling environment, in terms of land and water. For anyone to talk about diversification of a nation’s economy, he has to have a long-term view. It is not something a politician can do easily because if he gives himself a timeline, it would be a serious mistake. The process of diversification has many linkages and unless those linkages are understood, explored and are sincerely connected, there can be no diversification. This government has made a lot of noise about diversification of economy, but you don’t develop agriculture by making a noise about it.
What should Jonathan have done differently in tackling insecurity?
There is one word for it: merit. Since he came to office, every single key appointment in the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Nigerian security establishments like the State Security Service and the Police has been made on the basis of nepotism and corruption. For example, if you appoint an Inspector-General of Police for the purpose of manipulating elections, that is corruption. If you appoint Brigade Commanders, Battalion Commanders and General Officers Commanding, not on the basis of competence or professionalism, but on the basis of their ability to do their bidding and you then post them to areas where they will make money and perhaps, allow terrorists sponsored by the government to go scot-free, that is also corruption. If we had had the service chiefs we deserved, particularly in the Army, the situation of Boko Haram could have happened but certainly, it would not have risen to the ugly levels that we are witnessing. And I believe that if anybody is going to do anything about the security challenge, he is going to have to go back to the root of the problem.
How will Jonathan be remembered?
I don’t see him being favourably considered by history. But as far as I am concerned, he is already history. He will be remembered as the man who messed up security, the first president to be defeated in a reasonably free and fair election, and one whose government is the worst in terms of corruption.
Source: Punch

Gen. Buhari To Set Up Special Courts For Corruption

Special courts to prosecute sundry tax evasion cases and official graft are to be set up by President- elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), it was gathered yesterday. The courts, which will be in the Federal Capital Territory, would deal strictly with corruption and tax evasion offences by companies, individuals and government officials.

The courts are expected to lift the burden of acute delay in trials of offenders by regular courts so that the next government can get fast results in its avowed war against corruption. Senator Aloysius Etok, Chairman of the Anti- Money Laundering and Cyber Security Coalition at the National Assembly, yesterday, revealed that the coalition of senators and members of the House of Representatives had already got the nod of the President-elect to set up the courts.

Etok expressed optimism that the courts, when established, will take off the burden of such cases from the regular courts and give them accelerated hearing.

“We are confident that these courts will give accelerated hearing to tax evasion cases and other cases bothering on corruption,” he said. Senator Etok disclosed that the National Assembly is probing about 115 tax offenders.

Besides, the lawmaker also revealed that senators in the course of investigations found that about 50 contracting firms working with the Federal Ministry of Works operate with forged tax certificates.

“We’ll Politely Ask Those Who Stole Money To Return Them” – El-Rufai

If you stole money during the outgoing political dispensation, you’ll only be asked to return them….and as politely as possible under an APC government at the center, so says Kaduna State Governor-elect, Nasir El-Rufai.

El-Rufai was speaking to executive members of the National Union of Textile Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, who paid him a courtesy visit in Kaduna.

The Accidental Public Servant turned deliberate one added that it will be an imperative to recover looted funds because the APC will need the money to get down to the task of fixing a broken country.

“We will politely ask those who stole government money to return the funds. This is because the people, who are in government now, are there to work for themselves. But the APC government is made up of people who are ready to work for the masses and the betterment of the country”, he said.

Corrupt Officials In Buhari’s Govt Will Be Jailed – Prince Tony Momoh

With barely 20 days to the inauguration of General Muhammadu Buhari, former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh, has stated that the incoming president will not tolerate corruption.
Prince Momoh noted that any corrupt elected official who is found compromising his position will be jailed by the president-elect, Leadership reports.

Momoh, who was spoke during the maiden meeting of the One Voice Nigeria (OVN)-Discourse/Leadership Colloquium, also stated that the Buhari administration will follow fully, the rule of law and would not in any way tolerate any one compromising his position.

He commended the group for putting up a formidable force that fought tirelessly through the social
media which aided a great deal in the presidential victory of Buhari during the general election.

Chief-Tony-Momoh, former Minister of Information and Culture

“We didn’t have money for space in newspaper and to talk in the radio or television station about ourselves. If election was to have been conducted in radio and newspapers, we would have lost. But it was the voters that had the say, and they voted for Buhari,” he said.

The ex-minister also described Buhari as a simple man who did things without compromise and urged elected officials to be prepared to emulate the president-elect by following the rules and regulations without attempting to bend them.
Over the last four years, there have been several alarming and scandalous cases of corruption in Nigeria. Some perpetrators have been taken to court, some cases were never even investigated as many of the cases remain unsolved.
Many were of the opinion that President Goodluck Jonathan’s inability to expunge corruption, dented his chances of a second term. No wonder a 72-year-old former dictator-General Muhamadu Buhari intelligently capitalized on this singular factor (corruption) to win a historic presidential election with the slogan of “change”.

Meanwhile, it was reported that outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan and incoming president, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors at he Presidential Villa in Abuja to discuss the details of the handover with the latter expected to be inaugurated May 29.

I Didn’t Loot NDDC Funds – Patience Jonathan

Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Monday denied a media report that she was paid N3billion by the Niger Delta Development Commission to facilitate the agency’s 2015 Budget.

The report had claimed that apart from the sum, Mrs. Jonathan collaborated with a former Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, in a number of schemes that enabled them loot the resources of the NDDC.

But the President’s wife, in a statement by her media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, described the report as hoax.

Adewuyi further said the report was aimed at misleading unsuspecting members of the public and recruit them into their hate campaign against Mrs. Jonathan.

He added that the step was meant to again portray her as an overbearing and intrusive woman against her well known passion for peace and advancement of the cause of women and children in Nigeria.

The statement read, “Nigerians are very conversant with the workings of the National Assembly regarding passage of Budgets.

“Parliamentary process requires that the Appropriation Bill goes through first reading, second reading and third reading and subsequent harmonisation by the two chambers.

“One then wonders at which level of this process the First Lady influenced the passage of NDDC Budget that warranted her being paid N3billion for the alleged ‘Consultancy.’

“Therefore, it will be impossible for one single person to influence its passage or is the author trying to indict our lawmakers?

“The report is therefore, to say the least, dubious, diversionary, unfair, unkind, and totally unacceptable. Dame Patience Jonathan did no such thing.”