Fayose Withdraws N5m From Troubled Accounts

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday stormed the Ado-Ekiti Branch of Zenith Bank to withdraw cash from his accounts.

Fayose, who arrived at the bank’s premises on Onigari-Secretariat Road junction at 1.20 pm, was there for about two hours before emerging with two black bags, containing N5 million he withdrew from the accounts.

He served the branch manager, Mojeed Adekunle, the copies of a judgment which ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the bank to de-freeze the accounts.

Adekunle told the governor that his bank had received a copy of the judgment and would obey it. The processing of the cash  began after Fayose submitted a cheque.

A large crowd of residents milled around the bank. Some customers were temporarily denied entry by the bank’s security officials.

Fayose’s Chief Security Officer Gbenga Joseph engaged one of the bank’s guards in a shouting match for attempting to deny him  entry when his principal was inside.

The guard left his duty post for Joseph in protest. Mobile and regular policemen, outriders and reporters who accompanied Fayose stood outside the bank.  Their presence attracted a crowd.

The governor was in the bank till 3.20 pm. Speaking with reporters after the tranasction, Fayose accused the EFCC of “rascality”.

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EFCC Withdraws Charge Against Former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), yesterday withdrew the five-count charge brought against former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed.

The charges marked CR/43/2016 were earlier  filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sitting in Gudu.

When the case came up yesterday for his arraignment before Justice Abubakar Talba, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Larry Peters applied to withdraw the charge on the grounds that the Commission wants to put it’s house in order.

His application was not opposed to by counsel to the former minister, Chief Chris Uche (SAN).

Consequently, the charge was accordingly struck out by Justice Talba.

The former minister had also filed a motion for bail through his lawyer, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, before the said court.

The former minister who was last week released on bail upon order of court after weeks in custody, was in court with many relations, well-wishers and sympathisers.

He was arrested and detained since October 24, 2016, when he went to honour an invitation by the Commission.



Most Senior Elected Republican Withdraws Support For Trump Over Sexual Comment

The most senior elected US Republican official has said he will not defend Donald Trump, after remarks he made about groping women led to outrage.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to focus on defending seats in Congress, but did not end his endorsement of the party’s nominee.

Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Ryan should not waste his time fighting him.

Earlier Democratic rival Hillary Clinton cast doubt on Mr Trump’s apology for the 11-year-old remarks.

On Sunday, Mr Trump described his words as “locker-room talk”.

In a bitter televised debate, a month before the US presidential election, Mr Trump denied he had groped anyone.

Mrs Clinton tweeted on Monday that, if he stood by this assertion, he was “clearly not sorry”.

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Driver Clones Boss’ ATM Card, Withdraws N2.8m

A driver, who allegedly stole his boss’ Automated Teller Machine, ATM, card, and two other suspected fraudsters are currently being investigated by the Lagos State Police Command for cloning and withdrawing funds from their victim’s account.

It was learnt that the suspects, identified as Mayowa Adenuga, 25, from Ogun State; Jeremiah Ibitoye, 26, from Osun State, who specialise in cyber fraud; were arrested after withdrawing N2.8 million from a victim’s account.

 It was  gathered that the three-man group used an unknown software to deactivate the owners’ ATM pin number and stopped the victim from receiving withdrawal alerts on their registered mobile number.

According to Adenuga, “I stole my boss ATM card when he misplaced it. I returned it to him after my friends and I cloned the card with Revolar. “Since we cannot withdraw more than N100, 000 through the ATM per day, we use the POS to shop online.”



JAMB Withdraws 2016 Admission Lists Sent To Varsities, Others

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has withdrawn the list of recommended candidates for admission earlier sent to the tertiary institutions, the Board said in a statement on Sunday.

“This is to ensure that the University Senate perform its statutory responsibility of conducting the selection of candidates and refer it to JAMB for confirmation in line with the admission criteria of merit, catchment and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Minister of Education at the policy committee meeting,” Fabian Benjamin, the organisation’s head of media, said in a statement.

“The earlier list was sent to help fast track the process of admission so as to allow other tiers of institutions also conduct their admission.

“Candidates should not panic because this is part of the process of the 2016 admission exercise. JAMB regrets any inconvenience this decision would have caused the tertiary institutions

“The Board regrets any inconvenience it’s proactive step would have caused the tertiary institutions.”

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Nigeria Withdraws From Basketball Championships

The FIBA Africa Zone 3 U-18 Championship for Boys and Girls scheduled to commence from July 2 to July 9 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, will be held without Nigeria.

FIBA’s Administrative Secretary, Joe Apu, said in a statement on Friday in Lagos that the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) had withdrawn from the competition.

According to the statement, the competition is the qualifiers for the FIBA Africa U-18 Championships scheduled for Kigali, Rwanda in October. It said the winners and runners-up in Rwanda are to represent Africa at the 2017 World U-19 Championships for Men and Women.

“FIBA Africa Zone 3 was informed of Nigeria’s withdrawal via an email on June 27, five days to the commencement of the championships in Cotonou.

“No reason was given for the country’s withdrawal,’’ the statement said.

It added that the FIBA Africa Zone 3 President, retired Col. Sam Ahmedu, had confirmed the development.

The statement also quoted Ahmedu as saying: “It is indeed a sad development that Nigeria which is one of the top countries in the zone is withdrawing from the tournament.

“This will no doubt take some shine off the championships as it also denies Nigerian youth players the opportunity of competing with their peers at this level.

“It is coming on the heels of the recent visa imbroglio which denied the national U-17 girls team travelling to Spain for the World Championship.

“This means that Nigerian youths will not be participating in any international tournament this year,’’ the statement quoted Ahmedu as saying.

It noted that arrangements had been concluded for the Zone 3 qualifiers holding at the Halle des Arts, Cotonou, Republic of Benin on July 2.

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Lawyer Withdraws Suit Seeking Buhari’s Disqualification For Lack Of Certificate, His Life Allegedly Threatened

Legal practitioner, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, has filed a notice at the Federal High Court in Abuja to discontinue the suit he instituted seeking the disqualification of President Muhammadu Buhari for lack of certificate.

Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that Buhari was not qualified to aspire for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he claimed.

The notice of discontinuance dated June 27 and obtained reads: “Take note that the plaintiff in this originating summons, Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, hereby discontinues this action.”

Checks revealed that following the withdrawal of the suit from court, the trial judge, Justice Ademola Adeniyi will today sit and accordingly strike out the case.
Though Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe did not give any reason for withdrawing the case from court, It was gathered that it might not be unconnected with alleged threats to his life and members of his family.

In an interview last month, Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe had alleged that there were some subtle threats on him to withdraw the case from court.
He had said: Of course, I am concerned and my family and friends are too; I am not naïve and some subtle threats have already been made. For now it is small comfort that if anything happens to me, even if disguised as an accident or anything, Nigerians will know exactly who is responsible.

“In any case, it was Professor Wole Soyinka, I think, who once said in one of his books that ‘The Man Dies in Him Who Keeps Quiet in The Face of Tyranny’ or something of the sort. Speaking of which, I am amazed at the conspiracy of silence by Nigerians. It is astounding is it not, that in the light of this very apparent rape of our constitution, laws, indeed the very essence of our democracy, all of our civil society advocates and activists have gone deaf and dumb in the face of tyranny.

“All those voluble persons (and I don’t want to name them; they know themselves and Nigerians know them too), who pretend they are activists or keepers of the moral conscience of the nation astonishingly can’t see or appreciate what is happening. This country really misses Chief Gani Fawehinmi; he was the only fearless, credible, true and genuine conscience of the nation, not the pretenders we have today; all the others only make noise when it suits them and their interests but look the other way once they are compromised. None of us today, can tie Gani’s shoe-laces.”

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PDP Senate Caucus Withdraws Support For Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate caucus yesterday announced its withdrawal of cooperation with the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government.

The caucus said the resolution would subsist until the government “ceases the belligerent attitude towards PDP members.”

A communiqué read by Senate Deputy Minority Leader Emmanuel Bwacha, endorsed by Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio, Minority Whip, Philip Aduda and Deputy Minority Whip, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, said the resolution was adopted at a meeting of the caucus on Tuesday.

The opposition lawmakers said they examined their position “on the unwarranted threats to the legislative arm of government, particularly to the Senate leadership by the executive arm, as well as the on-going intimidation/persecution of the opposition party (PDP) by the ruling party (APC).

 It decided to: “Condemn in totality the orchestrated plot to remove the President of the Senate and his Deputy, through an illegal means.

“The deployment of state instrument of coercion to intimidate an independent arm of government like the legislature, is now a major threat to the survival of our democracy.

“The glaring witch hunt of perceived opposition elements in the polity is invitation to anarchy.

“The war against corruption should not be selective, must be fought with sincerity and not with the politics that is being played now with ‘war against corruption’.

“We therefore condemn in strong terms the sentiments displayed in fighting corruption. e.g. freezing of account of the Ekiti State Governor, is clearly a political witch hunt.

“Since the war against corruption has devolved into probing campaign funds, it should be extended to all parties, APC inclusive.

 “The PDP Senate Caucus therefore wishes to warn the Executive arm of government to act with caution on matters that have the potency to subvert our democracy.

“The Executive must therefore desist from these acts of lawlessness that are only typical in a military dictatorship.

 “The caucus therefore wishes to advise the APC led government to concentrate on the existing economic and security challenges that are threatening our survival as a nation.

“Finally, the PDP Caucus wishes to reiterate that we will no longer support the APC government until they cease the belligerent attitude towards PDP members.”

The APC criticised the decision in a statement by its National Secretary Mallam Mai Mai Buni. It wondered why the PDP caucus would quarrel with the “administration’s hugely successful war against corruption.”

The statement said: “The PDP Caucus must be reminded of their primary responsibility of lawmaking and representation of their constituents at the National Assembly. The APC advises the PDP Senate Caucus not to allow political shenanigans to becloud overall national interest.

 “The PDP Caucus allegations of a selective anti-corruption fight and “belligerent” stance of the current administration is hogwash and baseless. If the PDP and its agents have proof of corruption against anybody, the APC advises that they approach anti-graft agencies constitutionally mandated to handle such cases instead of declaring innocence on newspaper pages and other media outlets.

 “For the umpteenth time, the PDP and their agents do not have the luxury of dictating how the current administration and anti-corruption agencies carries out its legitimate duty of investigating and prosecuting cases of corruption, as long as it conforms to the rule of law.

 “The APC urges anti-corruption agencies not to be stampeded and blackmailed by this new plot and continue to employ all legitimate avenues in investigating and prosecuting ongoing corruption cases. The generality of Nigerians clamour for all looters of public funds to be brought to book. The APC assures Nigerians that the political will and sincerity of purpose of the current administration to tackle corruption remains resolute. “

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Edo Govt Withdraws Letter On Appointment Of Oba Of Benin

The Edo State Government has withdrawn a letter earlier issued on its approval on the appointment of the new Oba of Benin, saying it was issued in error.

In a retraction signed by the Secretary to State Government, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, dated May 25, 2016, the government stated: “In deference to the revered age-long tradition and respect for the sensibilities of the people of the great Benin Kingdom, the Government of Edo State hereby withdraws a letter issued on May 24, 2016 entitled: “Appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin”

“The said letter was issued in error as the rites of passage of the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin are still on.

“The government will, in due course, issue a fresh letter on the installation of the Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, in line with the age-long succession tradition of the Benin Kingdom and in line with Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979 (as amended) and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, after all necessary traditional rites are concluded.”

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Tinubu Withdraws Suit Against AIT After Apology For Embarrassing Documentary

The African Independent Television has apologized to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, for a documentary it aired before last year’s general election.

In a letter of apology tendered before a Lagos High Court on Friday, Daar Communications, the owners of the TV station, said they hold Mr. Tinubu in high esteem.

“Daar Communications Plc acknowledges that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is an outstanding political leader of unblemished character and integrity, as well as a leading public figure and opinion-moulder, who has made and continues to make immense contributions to the progress and development of the nation in general and Lagos State in particular,” read the letter.

“Daar Communications Plc admits that in airing the said documentary, it had no intention, whatsoever, to embarrass or diminish the high reputation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which it respects and attests to.”

The apology came amid an ongoing Economic and Financial Crimes Commission investigation of alleged illegal receipt of N2.1 billion by Raymond Dokpesi, the owner of AIT.

The TV station had begun airing a documentary on March 1st last year titled, “Unmasking the Real Tinubu: The Lion of Bourdillon, showcasing various properties and companies across Lagos purportedly owned by Mr. Tinubu, described as “Nigeria’s biggest landlord”.

The documentary also claimed that Mr. Tinubu was “charged with narcotics” in 1993 in the United States.

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Lawyer Withdraws Suit Seeking Metuh’s Release From EFCC’s Custody

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a Lagos-based lawyer, has announced the withdrawal of a suit he instituted against the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) seeking the release of the national publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, from the custody of the Commission.

Adegboruwa, on Monday, filed the suit before the Federal High Court, Lagos, alleging that Metuh’s fundamental rights have been violated.

Metuh was arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on January 5, 2016, in his house in Abuja and he has been kept in custody ever since, without access to his family, lawyers or doctors.

In the suit filed against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Adegboruwa contended that under Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, the EFCC had exceeded the maximum time allowed by law for detention of a citizen, without trial in any court.

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Buhari Withdraws Ministerial Nominee

President Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn the name of immediate past Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Musa Ibeto.

The President has sent a letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, notifying him of the withdrawal of Ibeto.

Exclusive report provides that the letter will be read at the floor of the Senate before screening commence on Wednesday.

Ahmed Musa Ibeto (Santurakin Kontagora) was born on January 15, 1959 at Ibeto headquarters of Ibelu District of Kontagora Emirate in Niger State.


Kashamu Withdraws Libel Suit Against Obasanjo

Senator Buruji Kashamu, has withdrawn a N20.1bn libel suit he instituted against former President Olusegun Obasanjo before a Federal Capital Territory court in Abuja.

The presiding judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, struck out the suit on May 26, 2015, following the notice of discontinuance of the suit filed by the plaintiff.

Kashamu had on February 6, 2014, sued Obasanjo for “maliciously and recklessly” publishing a letter titled, ‘Before it is too late,’ addressed to former President Goodluck Jonathan in December 2013.

He had asked the court to award him N20bn as aggravated and exemplary damages, and another N100m against Obasanjo for maliciously portraying him as a fugitive wanted for drug- related offences in the United States of America.

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