EFCC To Seize Patience Jonathan’s Property Nationwide.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has begun moves to seize properties belonging to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The commission started the probe in a bid to gather evidence against her, following the freezing of $20m traced to her.

EFCC has also set up a team of detectives saddled with the responsibility of identifying houses and property owned by Patience.

The operatives had been instructed from the office of the commission’s chairman to mark such houses.

The operatives are focusing attention on properties in Lagos, Abuja, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt.

“It would not be correct to conclude that the commission has halted the investigation into the activities of the former First Lady,” a source told Punch.

“The investigation is progressing and it is being handled by the office of the chairman of the commission.

“A team of operatives has been assembled to identify all her properties in the country with a focus on Abuja, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa.

“The responsibility of the team is to mark all such properties in preparation for a possible court action.”

Meanwhile Justice Babs Kuewumi of a National Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed December 7 to hear a suit filed by Mrs. Jonathan seeking to un-freeze her account.

EFCC had traced $5m to the personal account of the former First Lady. It froze the account domiciled in Skye Bank Plc last month.

Mrs. Jonathan’s troubles started when the commission froze the accounts of four companies traced to the Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.

The four firms identified as Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company had a total of $15,591,700 in their accounts.

Man Sets Wife, Son, Daughter Ablaze Over Property

A 43-year-old teacher, Gbemisola Edward, and her 11-year-old daughter, Dolapo, have been confirmed dead at an Ogun State hospital after suffering from severe burns.

The woman’s husband, Joshua, was said to have poured petrol on her, their daughter, and his seven-year-old son, Samson, and set fire on them.

It was learnt the incident happened on Thursday on Augustine Street, Ire Akari Estate, in the Ifo Local Government Area, Ogun State, after a disagreement between the couple.

Gbemisola’s son, Joshua Babatunde, 16, who escaped by a whisker, said his stepfather had wanted his mother to sell their three-bedroomed apartment, but she refused.

He said, “It was the scream of my mother that woke me up. Dolapo and Samson were also set ablaze. I wanted to put out the fire when my stepfather poured petrol on me as well. Before he returned with matches, I managed to escape and reported at the Ifo Police Station.

“He was working with a factory but was sacked some months ago. He then told my mother to sell the house so that he could use the money to start a business. But my mother said she would never sell the house she struggled to build.

“We moved into the house in January. The following month, he and Samson started living with us. It was a woman at our former residence in Iyana Ipaja (Lagos State) that bore Samson for him. He used to beat mum while we were in Iyana Ipaja.”

It was gathered that Joshua fled immediately the incident happened, while the victims were admitted to Aron Hospital, a private facility in the area.

Dolapo was said to have died a few minutes after she got to the hospital while the mother died on Friday.

Samson, who has burns in the head, hands and legs, is still responding to treatment.

Gbemisola’s brother, Wale, said she had always been abused by the husband, adding that constant beatings forced her to relocate from Iyana Ipaja to Ifo.

He said, “Their relationship had been fraught with quarrels since when he was living with my sister in our house at Iyana Ipaja. There was a time he threatened to kill her with a machete. He stole her money and fled.

“When he knew my sister had built a house, he went there to reconcile with her. She insisted that they needed to go to the registry which they did in February. I visited my sister two weeks ago. She said her husband had been threatening her again and that she had told him to leave by the end of August.

“It was on Thursday afternoon that I got a call that he set her and the children ablaze.”

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Dasukigate: Metuh, Wife Bought N500m Property In Banana Island– Witness

A prosecution witness, Junaid Sai’d, on Tuesday told Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja how the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, bought N500m property in Lagos.

Mr. Sa’id said the money was allegedly transferred to Daniel Ford International Limited in two tranches of N200m and N300m for the purpose of buying a landed property at Banana Island, Lagos.

Mr. Metuh is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly receiving N400million from a former NSA, Sambo Dasuki, who is facing trial for his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal.

Mr. Sa’id, a member of the team that investigated the case, gave a blow-by-blow account of the activities carried out since the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) petitioned the commission, which include the following:  a correspondence with Diamond Bank Plc to obtain the mandate and statement of accounts for Destra Investment Ltd; correspondences with other banks to obtain mandates and statements of accounts of individuals and companies relevant to the case as well as letters to ONSA and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

 According to him, responses from the CBN and ONSA confirmed that the former was given the mandate to pay N400m to Destra Investment Limited for the purpose of security services.

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EFCC Seals Off Property Of Dasuki, Serving General

Investigations into the alleged diversion of the $2.1billion arms fund has taken a new dimension as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stormed Kaduna at the weekend, evicting occupants and sealing off property believed to have belonged to the lead suspect and former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and his alleged accomplices.

The property include an hotel complex in the Government Reserved Area (GRA), Rabah Road, Malali and a housing estate at Sani Sami Road, within the same GRA. It was also learnt that one of the property, a mighty residential duplex located at 5C, Sultan Close, is said to belong to a former Commander of Operation Lafia Dole, a Major-General.

When the property was visited yesterday, red paint marked: “EFCC, Keep off, under EFCC investigation”, was written all over the building.

When the EFCC operatives stormed the house on Sunday evening, there was a birthday party going on there, but everyone was asked to vacate the premises immediately after which it was sealed off.

Eyewitnesses said the operatives went away with the General’s wife. However, the military officer’s whereabouts were unknown as at Press time.

In addition, a multi-million naira shopping mall, allegedly belonging to the General’s wife, was equally confiscated by the anti-graft agency, with the same inscription on it. But neighbours living close to the property argued that the mouth-watering edifice belongs to the General’s brother and not his wife as alleged.

Similarly, another property, a shopping mall along Sultan Road, which is said to belong to the General’s friend, an ambassador, was equally confiscated.

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Lagos Lawyer In Street Fight Over Late Father’s Property, Blinds Sister In The Process

A woman, Mrs. Ifeoluwa Oluwaloseyitan (nee Alalade), has lost her right eye after she was allegedly attacked with a plank by her step-brother Mr. Olusegun Alalade, over their late father’s estate on Ladipo Oluwole Avenue, off Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos.

Olusegun, who is a lawyer and his brother, Babasanjo Alalade, were said to have led some hoodlums to their father’s estate on Sunday, November 1, wielding cutlasses, among other weapons.

Punch Metro learnt that Ifeoluwa, her husband, Pastor Abraham Oluwaloseyitan; and her two elder brothers – Tunde and Kolawole – had been to the estate to inspect the painters working on one of the apartments therein.

Punch Metro gathered that Kolawole, who works in Abuja, had embarked on the renovation of the flat for him to be staying there whenever he came to Lagos.

Our correspondent learnt that they were about to leave the premises when the lawyer and his accomplices unleashed terror on them. Apart from the woman, the pastor was slashed in the head with a machete while Kolawole and others were also injured. But Tunde escaped unhurt.

It was learnt that a surgical operation was done on Ifeoluwa on Thursday to prevent the ‘ruptured’ eye from being infected.

One of the doctors treating her at the Lagos State University Hospital where she was admitted to confirmed to our correspondent shortly before the operation that the eye had become blind.

He said, “The trauma has ruptured the eye. The surgery we want to do is just to prevent infections. But medically, she can’t see with the eye.”

Narrating the incident to our correspondent, Ifeoluwa said Olusegun beat her severely and left her for dead.

She said, “It all started on Saturday when his younger brother, Babasanjo, used a machete to inflict wounds on a step-brother, Shola, in the palm inside our father’s estate. Babasanjo was arrested by the police from Man Centre Police Station but was released that same day. The lawyer was boasting before the policemen that he would deal with all of us.

“On Sunday, we went to the property to see the painters working on it. I was reading a magazine beside the gate when I saw the painters rushing out. I was approaching them to know what was wrong when Olusegun smashed a big plank on my forehead. He was hitting me, shouting ‘I will kill all of you’. He stopped when I pretended I was dead.”

Her husband, Pastor Abraham, said he wanted to rescue his wife when Babasanjo attacked him with a cutlass.

He said, “I moved her away from them (Olusegun and Babasanjo). Suddenly, they started clubbing me in the head. It was when two policemen came that they stopped beating me. Between Sunday evening and today (Thursday), I have spent over N200, 000 on her treatment alone. She is blind in one eye and her nose is affected too.”

Kolawole, one of Ifeoluwa’s step-brothers, accused the police of not handling the matter properly.

He said, “I am going to petition the Inspector-General of Police on this matter. Why would they release persons who attempted to kill? We are not happy with the way the matter is being handled by the police. It was because Babasanjo was released on Saturday that he was able to attack us on Sunday.”

Another brother, Tunde, said Olusegun had been ‘fraudulently’ administering their father’s property within and outside the state since he died in 2008, without giving them any share of the income.

But the lawyer denied attacking the victims. He said the apartment was under lock and key when Kolawole gained entry into it without his consent.

He said, “Tunde’s claims are not true. They were the ones that attacked me and I was injured in the head. I don’t know about the hoodlums and how Ifeoluwa got injured.

“They have been warned by the police to keep away from the estate. I just ejected a tenant from that place last month and locked the room. What was their mission on that premises on a Sunday? After all, they have sued me and my sibling.”

When contacted on the phone, Babasanjo simply told our correspondent that the squabble over the property “is already in court.”

One of the painters, Ayoola Henry, described the attack as ‘bloody’ saying he witnessed the incident from where he hid.

He said, “We were done with our work when Mr. Babasanjo, the lawyer and some people came with weapons and started attacking everybody. I ran to a corner but my partner was slightly injured in the leg. The lawyer was saying ‘I will kill everybody’. I am not sure whether it was the lawyer or Babasanjo that injured the woman (Ifeoluwa) because I was in shock.”

The Lagos State Police spokesperson, DSP Joe Offor, said he had yet to be briefed on the matter.

He said, “The officer in charge of the case is receiving treatment in a hospital. I will get back to you.”

Offor, however, had yet to do so as of press time.

Kaduna Recovering Illegally Acquired Land, Not Demolition of Houses – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Tuesday said he has no intention to demolish anybody’s house as it was being peddled, but to recover  school and hospital plots of land that were illegally acquired by some people.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr.  Samuel Aruwan at a news conference at the Government House, Kaduna, the governor said it was necessary to clarify government action on the issue of encroachment on land belonging to schools and hospitals in the state so as to dispel rumours that houses were going to be demolished.

According to the governor, the government is only interested in recovering the land and not to demolish any property and urged the people not to entertain any fair.

He added that  the recovery exercise will kick off Wednesday, explaining that the exercise is not targeted at witch-hunting anybody on political, religious or ethnic basis.

“Since after the town hall meeting in Zaria on Sunday, some people have started a campaign of calumny that El-Rufai has come to embark on demolition of  houses in Kaduna, but to set the records straight, we are only asking those who illegally occupied government owned institutions’ land to vacate the land.

“This government cannot allow the encroachment on schools and hospitals lands to continue. For instance, when we visited the state library in Zaria and Alhudahuda College, private buildings have almost taken over the institutions. This has serious effect on the learning atmosphere of such institutions.

Former First Lady Storms Liaison Office In Abuja, Takes Away N100m Property Worth

Shocking details of a raid on the Benue State Liaison Office in the Asokoro area in Abuja by the former First Lady of Benue State Yemisi Suswam has been provided to newsmen.

Witnesses told SaharaReporters that the raid was conducted by associates close to Yemisi Suswam operating under the cover of darkness. These witnesses told our correspondent that Yemisi’s associates drove two large trucks to the Liaison Office in Abuja, with the intent to cart out and steal all the expensive furnishings.

It was learned that Yemisi Suswan and her sister received a contract from the Benue State government to furnish and design the Benue State Liaison Office in Abuja, which sources said was an unlawful government contract due to conflicts of interest. It was also learned that because the former First Lady and her sister furnished the office they knew the exact items to steal.

The night-time assailants–under the direction of Yemisi Suswan–stole everything they could fit into their trucks, especially pricey gadgets, electronics, and home-office accessories. The items removed included television sets, refrigerators, rugs, plates, pots, DSTV decoders, and bed sheets.

It has also been learned that the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have identified a Police Sergeant, Shola Adeniyi, and another unknown associate to First Lady Suswam, as suspects in this brazen raid and have began investigating these leads.

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Enugu Tampered With Property Seized From Ex-Governor- EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alleged the Enugu State Government tampered with the assets of companies associated with the former governor of the state, Chimaroke Nnmani.

A complaint has been issued to the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The companies in question are Rainbownet Nigeria Limited, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nigeria Limited and Renaissance University Teaching Hospital.

The companies, which had last month pleaded guilty to a ten-count amended charge EFCC brought against them, are alleged to have failed to comply with lawful inquiry made by the commission.
Their assets are central to the review of facts of the four companies linked to the ex-governor which was fixed for Thursday.

Counsel to the EFCC, Kelvin Uzozie, told the court that he was still working to get a schedule of all the assets and properties of the companies.

He told the court that in the course of preparing the schedule it was discovered that some of the assets and properties had been taken over or tampered with by the immediate past government of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime.

“We discovered that most of the properties have been allocated to their friends, family members or political office holders. We are interested in getting all the assets as there was an interim forfeiture order by the court on the assets and properties. We believe it is not right for anybody no matter how highly placed the person may be to tamper with properties that are before the court. We want the properties to be harmonized,” said Uzozie.

Nnamani, who was governor for eight years until 2007, was first arraigned before Justice Tijani Abubakar in 2007.

The ex-governor was docked alongside Sunday Anyaogu, his then aide, and some firms linked to them are alleged to have conspired with other accused persons to launder funds from the state treasury, especially monies meant for the local government areas of Enugu state.

Justice Mohammed Yinusa has adjourned the case against the companies to July 7.

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