President Jonathan Approves Appointment of New NPA MD & Executive Directors for NPA/NIMASA

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. Habibu Abdullahi as the new Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
Mr. Abdullahi replaces Engr. Omar Suleiman who has been relieved of his appointment.
The new Managing Director hails from Kano State and was the Acting Executive Director (Finance & Administration) of the NPA. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Masters Degree in Public Administration.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati listed other appointment approved by the president to include three new Executive Directors for the Nigerian Ports Authority. They are Engr. David Omonibeke (Executive Director, Marine & Operations); Mr. Mohammmed Sani Saleh (Executive Director, (Engineering & Technical Services); and Mr. Olumide Oduntan, Executive Director, Finance & Administration).
Other appointments approved by the President are three new Executive Directors for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). They are Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, Executive Director, (Maritime Safety & Shipping Development); Barrister Obi Callistus Nwabueze, (Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage Services); and Mr. Baba Haruna Jauro, (Executive Director, Finance & Administration).
All the appointments are with immediate effect.

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FG Did Not Buy Cars for African First Ladies’ Summit – Presidency

The Presidency has refuted reports particularly in Daily Trust Newspaper that the Federal Government bought 200 exotic cars for the African Leader First Ladies Summit.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Rueben Abati, who described the described the report as utterly false and misleading.

This denial by the Presidency however contradicts the statement by Mr Ifeanyi Nihe, spokesman for Coscharis Motors who reportedly supplied the 200 exotic cars. While Abati said the Coscharis Motors offered to provide some cars for the event at no cost to the organizers
The African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) Mr Nihe according to the report by Daily Trust said that the company had supplied vehicles to the Federal Government but refused to state the number and cost.

Could it then be that Mr Nihe cannot declare differentiate between the Federal government from the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM).

Below is the full text of the statement from the Presidency.
PRESIDENCY REFUTES REPORT THAT 200 CARS WERE BOUGHT FOR FIRST LADIES’ SUMMIT
The Presidency has noted with dismay, the utterly false and misleading claim in the lead report in today’s edition of the Daily Trust newspaper that the Federal Government has purchased 200 new “exotic” cars for the African First Ladies Summit which formally opens in Abuja tomorrow.
The true facts of the matter are as follows:
The African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) which is holding its summit in Abuja is a Non-Governmental Organisation. Its activities are funded by stakeholders and members of the private sector who support and identify with its objectives.
In accordance with its modus operandi, the AFLPM set up several committees, including a finance committee to raise funds and sponsorship for the organization of its Abuja Summit.
As part of its own contributions to the successful hosting of the summit by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Coscharis Motors Ltd offered to provide some cars for the event at no cost to the organizers or the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Under an agreement signed by the committee and Coscharis Motors, all the cars will be returned to the company after the summit.
As indicated in the body of the report, the editors of Daily Trust were apparently well aware that they had no facts to support the claim in their banner headline that the Federal Government bought the cars in question.
Daily Trust admits in the report that it could not confirm if the cars were “bought outright or hired” yet it went ahead to publish the totally unsubstantiated headline claim – “FG BUYS 200 CARS FOR FIRST LADIES SUMMIT”.
It is highly regrettable that the Editors of the Daily Trust rushed to publish a completely erroneous report, the falsity of which should have been apparent to them.
Their very unprofessional and unethical decision to publish the unverifiable allegation can only be construed as another attempt to incite public anger against the Presidency and the Federal Government.
Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 25, 2012

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Unknown Gunmen Kills Two Indian Nationals In Maiduguri


Unknown gunmen Wednesday in Maiduguri attacked three Indian Nationals, kiliing two in the process, while the third man reportedly survived but is in critical condition at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
Sources told Abusidiqu.com that two of the three men were found dead with their throats slit.
Security sources disclosed that the circumstances under which the attack occurred is still being investigated.

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Nigeria Police Named as the Country’s Number One Bribe Takers

A report by a Non Governmental Organisation, CLEEN Foundation has fingered Officers and Men of the Nigerian Police as the number one bribe-taking public officials in Nigeria.
The report, which was presented on Tuesday in Abuja by the Head of the Foundation, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, opined that corruption was on the increase in the country and said apart from the Police, other public officials that take bribe were those serving in immigration, customs, prison and road safety.
According to Chukwuma, the findings of the survey indicate that there is an upsurge in bribery and corruption among government officials in Nigeria.
“Nearly one out of every respondents attested paying bribe or being asked to pay bribe by government officials before services could be rendered to them”
In terms of trend, demand has increased from 20 per cent in 2011 to 24 per cent in 2012.
The report of the survey indicates that among public officials who demand for bribes, the police stands at 70 percent, immigration 66 percent, custom 65 percent, prison officials 52 percent and road safety officials 51 percent.

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Pastor Bakare Threatens Legal Action against AIT

A legal tussle may just be brewing between Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare and the Africa Independent Television, AIT, as the fiery Pastor has threatened to sue the TV station for what he described as a false report about his appearance at the office of the State Security Service on the sermon he delivered on Sunday.

Bakare said that the television station, at a discussion segment alleged that he was detained by the SSS for over 48 hours and that he told the security agency that he was misquoted by the press.
In a letter by his solicitors, Tope Adebayo and Flora Ogbuitepu, Bakare said the reports were false.
The letter reads in full:

In your news broadcast, you alleged that our client was “detained for 48 hours by the State Security Service before he was released on bail.” In the news broadcast you also, stated that during interrogation by the SSS, our client “denied making certain statements in his speech and stated that he was misquoted by the press”. The foregoing statements credited to our client were never made by him neither at the State Security Services office nor at any other place. By your statements, you have injured the reputation of our client by portraying him as a man who lacks the temerity and courage to stand by his words before constituted authority.
In the pursuit of your calculated attempt to further injure the reputation of our client, on the 24th July, 2012 on or about 10.00am one Kunle Adewale broadcasted or caused to be broadcasted on his live progamme “Focus Nigeria”, wherein the topic for discussion on the programme was the supposed “ARREST AND DETENTION OF PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE BY THE SSS”. The anchor, in the person of Kunle Adewale commented on the false report that our client was arrested and detained for 48 hours by the State Security Service. He posited on the live broadcast that our client is “mixing politics with the pulpit” and urged Nigerians to call into the live programme and comment on the conduct of our client.
The comment/broadcast of Kunle Adewale during the live broadcast, insinuates that our client is a disgruntled politician who is hiding under the disguise of religion to instigate a change of government. The comment/broadcast also suggests that our client’s “message of enlightenment” is an incitement on Nigerians to revolt against the present Government.
The broadcast has no shred of truth. It is malicious, offensive and intended to disparage our client and cause him embarrassment and public condemnation. It is also intended to make our client lose the confidence of well informed Nigerians as well as his church congregation who are undaunted in their solidarity to democracy in Nigeria and their worship to God respectively.
OUR PETITION
The aforestated publication has grossly lowered the reputation of our client in the estimation of right-thinking members of the Nigerian society and the world in general. It has exposed our client, founder of Latter Rain Assembly and Convener of Save Nigeria Group to public odium and ridicule. Our client has been inundated with calls and text messages by friends and associates who are perturbed by the broadcast. This broadcast has exposed our client to the worst condemnation ever made against any Pastor and Human Rights Activist.
Much as our constitution recognizes freedom of speech and opinion, the freedom is circumscribed to the extent that a person is entitled under our laws to the right to a good name and reputation. Needless to state that the law places high premium on the reputation of an individual and more so, reputation of a public figure whose success, in the pursuit of his divine enterprise, depends on the confidence of the citizenry. It is against this backdrop that the law seeks to protect and safeguard the reputation of an individual which, as in often cases, is hard-earned.
Our client finds it totally unacceptable that a man who convened the peaceful protest on the removal of subsidy in Lagos would be so cowardly as to deny making the said speech or attributing the content of his speech to the misquotations of the press. It corrodes the reputation of our client to suggest that a man of his status who chooses to walk the path of honesty would use the Lord’s name for political gains or lie against the press.
OUR DEMAND
Consequent upon your broadcast, our client’s character and hard-won reputation has been battered coupled with the massive erosion of the confidence and wide acceptability he enjoys all over the world. Our client has instructed us to demand and we hereby demand the followings:
1. A retraction of the defamatory statement and an apology to be broadcasted in your daily news broadcast and the “Focus Nigeria” programme.
TAKE NOTICE that in the event that you fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the above demand within 48 hours (two days) of receipt of this letter, we will have no alternative but to explore the attendant instruction of our client to immediately commence legal action against you for defamation, without further recourse to you.
IT IS IN OUR MUTUAL INTEREST IF YOU ALLOW WISE COUNSEL TO PREVAIL.

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FG Takes Delivery of 200 Exotic Cars for African First Ladies Summit

If reports making rounds is anything to go by, the Federal Government might just be spending yet another huge sum of money, probably not provided in the 2012 budget for the purchase of 200 exotics cars for use by guests and officials of the African First Ladies Summit which kicked off in Abuja yesterday.

 

African First Ladies Summit with the theme “The African Woman: A Voice for Peace,” is convened by First Lady Patience Jonathan and spouses of African leaders are expected to be in attendance.
Information have it that the cars which comprises of 80 units of BMW X3 and X5 series with a market value of N13.5 million each, while the remaining 120 are exotic models of Honda, Jaguar and others have already been delivered to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Saturday.
Sources said Coscharis motors, the same company responsible for the supply of over 3,000 units of BMW series used during the 8th All African Games also known as COJA in 2003, is the company awarded the contract to supply the exotic cars, but it could not be ascertained if the cars were bought outright or hired as no government official was ready to speak on the record for this story.
A source said the transaction for the 200 cars was processed by the office of the Minister of State for Finance.
Attempts to seek explanation from the office were not successful as a spokesman declined comment.

 

 The purchase of these exotic cars by the Federal Government is coming at a time the government is supposed to be operating a “monetization” policy and cutting down waste as promised by President Goodluck Jonathan during the January 2012 fuel protest.

 

 

 

The Federal Government has begun taking delivery of 200 exotics cars ordered for use by guests and officials of the African First Ladies Summit which kicked off in Abuja yesterday, sources involved in the deal told Daily Trust.
First Lady Patience Jonathan is the convener of the event, with the theme “The African Woman: A Voice for Peace,” which is expected to be attended by spouses of African leaders.

The cars comprise 80 units of BMW X3 and X5 series with a market value of N13.5 million each, while the remaining 120 are exotic models of Honda, Jaguar and others.

Sources told Daily Trust that the vehicles were supplied by Coscharis Motors, and 180 units have already been delivered to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Saturday.

The cars are for use during the 7th African First Ladies for Peace Mission (AFLPM) summit scheduled for 24 to 27 July in Abuja. Already, African first ladies have begun arriving in the country since weekend for the four-day event.

There was conflicting information by last night on whether the cars were bought outright or hired, and no government official was ready to speak with our correspondents on the record for this story.

When Daily Trust contacted spokesman for Coscharis Motors, Mr. Ifeanyi Nihe, by telephone on Monday, he said the company had supplied vehicles to the Federal Government but refused to state the number and cost.

“I am not in the position to give out the real value of the transaction,” he said.

When asked which government agency was handling the transaction, Nihe said, “Our company is still talking with some officials of the government. I don’t know whether it is the First Lady’s office or not.”

Nihe also could not confirm to Daily Trust whether the cars were sold or leased out to the government for the event.

Coscharis Motors is the same company that supplied over 3,000 units of BMW series used during the 8th All African Games also known as COJA in 2003.

A source said the transaction for the 200 cars was processed by the office of the Minister of State for Finance.

Attempts to seek explanation from the office were not successful as a spokesman declined comment while the minister of state, Dr. Yerima Ngama, did not answer calls to his phone on Monday.

Also, attempts to get reaction from the office of the First Lady were not successful. Her spokesman Ayo Adewuyi could not be reached by telephone on Monday and yesterday.

The Federal Government is supposed to be operating a “monetization” policy under which government officials are paid monies in lieu of official vehicles. Ministries and agencies, including the Presidency, are also supposed to maintain pools of limited numbers of vehicles for official activities.

It is not clear what will happen to the 200 cars after the First Ladies conference, but such vehicles usually end up being auctioned at rock-bottom prices to the well-connected or government workers take possession of them.

The main objective of the African First Ladies summit, according to the concept paper, is to “facilitate the flow of authentic conversations and ideas that will create powerful new paradigm for the African woman.”

During the conference, the foundation laying ceremony of the secretariat of Mrs. Jonathan’s First Ladies Peace Mission is scheduled be performed in Abuja.

The foundation is to be laid on the disputed land allocated to former first lady Turai Yar’Adua’s Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation (WAYEF) in February 2010 but revoked by FCT Minister Bala Mohammed in November last year and reallocated to Mrs. Jonathan’s pet project.

The AFLPM was established in 1997 and aims at the prevention and management of conflict as well as the preservation of peace through civil and humanitarian diplomacy.

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Police Pension Fraud: Appeal Court Strikes Out Dangabar’s Application to Defreeze Account, Assets

The court of appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by Esai Dangabar, one of the six suspects who allegedly defrauded the Police Pension Office to the tune of N32.8 Billion naira (Thirty Two billion, Eight Hundred million naira). Dangabar filed the application, challenging the decision of Justice Lawal H. Gumi of the FCT High Court which ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to attach and take possession of his assets and to freeze his bank accounts.
According to the order, “all the bank accounts currently being operated and maintained by Inuwa Wada at keystone and Zenith Bank all totalling 11 in number are hereby temporarily frozen until the determination of the charge Number FCT/Cr/64/2012.

Similarly, all the bank accounts presently being operated and maintained by Esai Dangabar, Atiku A. Kigo and Veronica Onyegbula in the following banks: EcoBank, FCMB, Access Bank, Sky Bank, Fortis Micro Finance Bank, Aso Savings, GTB, Main Street Bank and Wema Bank are herby temporarily frozen pending the hearing and determination of all the said criminal charge No. FCT/64/2012 presently pending before this court”, the Judge ruled

But Dangabar, in an appeal dated May 16, 2012, raised three issues wherein he urged the appeal court to set aside the decision of the FCT high court. The issues he canvassed were:

that the forfeiture order breached his right to fair hearing as enshrined in Section 36 (1) of the 1999 Constitution;

That the order of attachment and forfeiture made on May 3, 2012 is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution as it takes away his property right and presumption of innocence; and that the freezing order of his account did not comply with Section 34 of the EFCC Act.

In a unanimous decision read by Justice Kolawole Bada, the Appeal Court resolved the three issues raised by Dangabar in favour of the EFCC. Two other justices who held the same view were Justices Bukar Chua and Husseini Mukhtar.

The court ruled that the interim forfeiture order pending the hearing of the criminal charge preferred against him is provided for under the EFCC Act. “The court, having been given that power, the exercise of it has not taken away the accused right to fair hearing”, the three justices reasoned.
The court further ruled that the provisions of Section 28 and 29 of the EFCC Act is validated by Section 44 (2) of the 1999 Constitution and is therefore constitutional. Additionally, the court ruled that the presumption of innocence cannot be interpreted to allow a suspect to retain the proceed of the alleged crime made against him. Accordingly, the court ruled that Section 34 of the EFCC Act was substantially complied with by the lower court.

The six suspects who were arraigned on March 29, 2012, on a 16 criminal charges bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust before Justice Mohammed Talba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, were Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, John Yakubu Yusufu, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula and Sani Habila Zira. Kigo was the director of the Police Pension Office, before he was made permanent secretary.

The properties belonging to Esai are: Block of 3 Bedrooms flats at Gwarinpa (6 units), along EFAB Estate, Life camp; a Block of Bedrooms flats (6 units) at Mabushi District, beside ministry of works; Estate of 4 Bedroom Duplexes (16 units) behind Wuye Modern Market, Abuja; a mini Estate at No.19, Ukpabi Asika Street, Asokoro, Abuja; 12 Units of 2 bedroom Flats at 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja; 5 Bedroom Duplexes 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja; 4 Bedroom Bungalows at 1, Waziri Ibrahim Crescent, Gudu District, Abuja;  2 Bedroom flat at Zone C, Apo Resettlement, layout. Others are: 5 Blocks of One bedroom flats at Zone C, Apo Resettlement layout, Abuja; Twin duplex of 5 bedroom & 3 rooms, 33, ML Wushishi  BQ 1 Crescent, Utako, Abuja; 2 Blocks of 3 Bedroom flats,  Area 3, Former NYSC Office, Abuja; 2 Bedroom , Area 2, Abuja, Behind Shopping , Complex , 3 Bedroom flats , 2 Goran village, along Adi Farms Ltd, Abuja-Keffi road,  180,000 Liters Storage Facility on a Land of about  5,000sqm, with Office Building, Workshop and 20 Loading Bay 1 Suleja,  Niger State.
The vehicles belonging to Dangabar which the EFCC has been ordered forfeited to the EFCC pending the determination of the criminal charges against him were seven trucks with registration numbers XH 909 RSH; XH 910 RSH; XH 912 RSH; XH 908 RSH; XH 911; XH 913 RSH and XH 460 KUJ.

Companies belonging to Dangabar and five others, forfeited to the EFCC were Water and Dam Services; Halas Investment Ltd; At homes; Sy- A Global Services Ltd; Jidag Technical Services Ltd; Damule Nig Ltd; Marine Logistics; Amd Global Logistics; Future Logistics Ltd; Jenago Services Ltd; H Takano Nig Ltd; Noni Anthony System Ltd; Saudauna Enterprise ltd;  Ulover International Resources Ltd; Somadok Express; Kechis Water Bottling Company; Kechis Events Managers; Kechis Straw; Kechis Plastic Extrusion company; Geopet Petroleum Services Ltd; Aina Farms: Otega Farms, Bannachi Global Links and Comm. Co. Ltd.

Dangabar’s bank accounts which the court ordered forfeited to the EFCC were: two Damule Nig Ltd accounts with FCMB, account number 0682060201527001 and 0421036411711; Damule Nig Ltd account with Main Street Bank account number 0421036411711; E. D. Laumara with Access Bank account number  040089772; three account numbers of Essai Dangabar Laumara’s with Access Bank are  040089765, 041803000000046 and 0418030000000036; Laumara E. Taure account with Skye  Bank is 1760011903; three of Amd Global Logistics account with Skye Bank are 330177000008, 3300070000037and     3270130000352. Two accounts of Future Logistics Ltd with Skye bank are 3301770000615 and 3210070000425.

Three accounts of Marine Logistics & Leisure Integrated in Skye Bank are 3301770000135, 3200070000025 and    3270130000303. Two Damule Nig Ltd accounts in Skye Bank are   3301770000720 and 3210070000607.
Dangabar’s Jenago Services Ltd account with Skye Bank is 1771173268;    Esai Dangabar Laumara   Ecobank   0141001008049; Jenago Services Ltd with Zenith Bank is 6216600883; Dangabar Mela Esai account with Zenith Bank is 6226600024; Taure Shuldi   Zenith bank account number is 1002761482 and Esai Dangabar account in Fortis Micro Finance Bank Plc is 001301003534.

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Pastor Arraigned For Allegedly Defrauding Church Members

The police in Lagos on Monday arraigned a 38-year old evangelist, Obiora Okoye, who allegedly obtained N1.6 million from his church members under false pretence.

Okoye, who resides at 3, Faith Estate, Toll-gate, Sango, Ogun, was arraigned at an Oshodi Senior Magistrate’s Court on a one-count charge of fraud.

Prosecutor Kehinde Olatunde said the accused in March, 2011 obtained N1.5 million from Chika Okoli with the pretext that he would procure a British visa for him and his wife.

Olatunde told the court the accused fraudulently obtained the money even when he knew that he did not own a travel agency or affiliated to any.

He said Okoye also promised to procure the complainant’s ticket and other travel documents.

Olatunde further said that the accused also obtained N103, 000 from Fidelia Ezonyeamu under pretence that he was going to help her brother, Michael Ezeifem adopt a child from a motherless baby’s home.

“Okoye organised prayer sessions and had been praying for Ezonyeamu’s brother, who had been married for two-years without a child.

“He promised to help them adopt a child from a motherless baby’s home, which he never did.”

The prosecutor said the accused absconded but was arrested by the police on 19 July, adding that the offence contravened Section 312 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011. Okoye pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. The presiding Senior Magistrate, Mr. M. R. Osho-Adebiyi, granted him bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He adjourned the case till 2 August for mention.

-PM News

 

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Ghanaian President, John Attah Mills is Dead

Ghana’s President John Atta Mills, who was most recently treated in the U.S. for an unspecified condition, has reportedly passed away.
His death reportedly occurred at the 37 Military hospital in Accra.
Questions about the President’s health had been swirling for almost a year. Regarding his frequent visits to U.S. hospitals – 3 this year alone – President Mills replied: ‘’I am going for a medical checkup. I go there to ensure everything is okay. I am going to see my doctors for some examination then I will come back and continue my work of building a Better Ghana.’’
Prof John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills was born on July 21, 1944 and was 68 years old at the time of his passing.
He was the third and current President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana and was inaugurated on Jan. 7, 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election.
He was last seen in Ghana on June 3 when he toured the plane crash site at Accra. The President was reported to be crestfallen for seeing the crash site. Critics however said he was looking poorly because he was dragged to that site when he was not feeling well.
He was expected to visit Nigeria in August for a one-day working visit with President Goodluck Jonathan to discuss the recent foreign retail trade brouhaha. Vice President John Dramani Mahama is expected to fill the executive’s functions in the interim. No plans have been announced as yet for his burial.

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EFCC to Arraign First Set of 20 Suspects Over Fuel Subsidy Fraud

By Wilson Uwujaren. EFCC Head of Media and Publicity

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has concluded arrangements to prosecute the first batch of 20 suspects implicated in the oil subsidy fraud. The suspects, comprising seven oil companies and 12 individuals, will be docked in Lagos courts.
The companies involved are: Nasaman Oil Services; Eternal Oil and Gas Plc; Ontario Oil & Gas Plc; Nadabo Energy Limited; Pacific Silver Line Limited, Axenergy Limited and Fago Petroleum and Gas Limited.
The 11 individuals involved in the scam are: Mamman Nasir Ali; Christian Taylor; Mahmud Tukur; Ochonogor Alex; Walter Wagbatsoma; Adaoha Ugo-Ngadi; Fakuade Babafemi Ebenezer; Ezekiel Olaleye Ejidele; Abubakar Ali Peters; Jude Agube Abalaka,  Abdulahi Alao and Oluwaseun Ogunbanbo.
Ezekiel Olaleye Ejidele is director of the accounting firm, Akintola Williams Deliote while Fakuade Babafemi Ebenezer is a staff of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulating Agency, PPPRA.
Nasaman Oil Services; Mamman Nasir and Christian Taylor are to face charges bordering on obtaining N4, 460, 130, 797. 94 (Four Billion, Four Hundred and Sixty Million, One Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven Naira, Ninety Four Kobo) from the Federal Government of Nigeria under false pretence. The sum is alleged to have been fraudulently obtained as subsidy payments from the Petroleum Support Fund for the purported importation of 30.5million litres of Premium Motor Spirit from SEATAC Petroleum Limited of British Virgin Islands.
In the same vein, the anti-graft agency will equally prosecute Abdulahi Alao and Axenergy Limited for allegedly obtaining the sum of N2, 640, 141, 707.75 (Two Billion, Six Hundred and Forty Million; One Hundred and Forty One Thousand; Seven Hundred and Seven Naira, Seventy Five Kobo) being payments received from the Petroleum Support Fund for the purported importation of 33.3 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit.
Others include Mahmud Tukur,  Ochonogor Alex; Abdulahi Alao and Eternal Oil And Gas Plc who will be docked for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N1, 899, 238, 946. 02( One Billion, Eight Hundred and Ninety Nine Million, Two Hundred and Thirty Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty Six Naira, Two Kobo) from the Petroleum support Fund for a purported importation of 80.3million litres of Premium Motor Spirit.
Also, Nadabo Energy Limited, Abubakar Ali Peters, Jude Agube Abalaka and Pacific Silver Line Limited are to be prosecuted for allegedly obtaining the sum of N1, 464, 961, 978.24 (One Billion, Four Hundred and Sixty Four Million, Nine Hundred and Sixty One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy Eight Naira, Twenty- Four Kobo ), being payments fraudulently received from the Petroleum Support Fund for a purported importation of 19.4million litres of Premium Motor Spirit.
Walter Wagbatsoma; Adaoha Ugo -Ngadi; Fakuade Babafemi Ebenezer; Ezekiel   Olaleye Ejidele and Ontario Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited will be arraigned for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N1, 959, 377, 542, .63 (One Billion, Nine Hundred and Fifty Nine Million, Three Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty Two Naira, Sixty Three Kobo) from the Petroleum Support Fund for a purported importation of 39.2 litres of Premium Motor Spirit.
Lastly, Fago Petroleum and Gas Limited and Oluwaseun Ogunbanbo are to be docked for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N979,653,110.20 ( Nine Hundred and Seventy Nine Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand, One Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira, Twenty Eight Kobo), from the Petroleum Support Fund for a purported importation of 33, 627, 84 litres of Premium Motor Spirit.
The 20 suspects are among the over 140 individuals and organisations involved in the on- going investigations into the subsidy payments by the EFCC. More suspects will be arraigned periodically as the investigation progresses.
This investigation is massive and extensive; and the Commission wishes to reassure Nigerians that every effort will be made to bring all those who defrauded the country in the guise of subsidy for imported fuel to book.

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US Court Grants Order to Confiscate Ibori’s $3 Million Fund and Property

A U.S District Court in the District of Columbia has granted the request of a restraining order by the United States Department of Justice against the over $3 million worth of funds and properties owned by convicted money launderer and former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori
This was announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton in a statement on the U.SDOJ website on Tuesday.

“Specifically, it seeks to restrain a mansion in Houston and two Merrill Lynch brokerage accounts. U.S. District Judge Lamberth granted the application and issued a restraining order under seal on May 21, 2012.
The department got the powers through an application it filed under seal on May 16, 2012, in the Columbia District Court, to register and enforce two orders from United Kingdom courts against more than $3 million in corruption proceeds related to Ibori.

“The United States is working with the United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police Service to forfeit these corruption proceeds,” it said.

Ibori was convicted in the UK of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced by a British court on April 18, 2012, to 13 years in prison.
He laundered those proceeds through a myriad of shell companies, intermediaries and nominees in several jurisdictions, including the UK, with the help of Gohil, Ibori’s former English solicitor.

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Exposed: Femi Gbajabiamila Fraudulent Past Revealed!

The Representative now angling to take over from Farouk Lawan as the new Mr. Intergrity in the house, Hon (?) Femi Gbajabiamila, has been exposed as a fraud who admitted to theft of his clients funds while serving as an attorney in the U.S. State of Georgia.

Femi Gbaja as he then was known later resurrected as Femi Gbajabiamila perhaps to hide his fraudulent past and is now positioning himself as an integrity activist in the House of Representatives.

The punishment for Femi Gbaja’s offence would have been outright debarment, however he played dead before a full panel of the Supreme Court of Georgia led by Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears,before the court could rule on the petition from his client, he filed a petition for Voluntary Discipline, filed under bar rule 4-227(b) in which he fully admitted to stealing $25,000 from his client. 

The name Femi Gbaja being the name he was being referred to in the case file, accepted payment of $25,000 as a personal injury claims and deposited those funds in his attorney trust account in January 2003. He failed to disburse the funds to his client; instead he withdrew the funds, closed his practice and left for Nigeria where he ran for elections to represent Surulere I Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representative under the banner of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 2003. Upon arrival in Nigeria, curiously, Mr. Femi Gbaja added another name to avoid detection, he is known in Nigeria with a compound name “Femi Gbaja-Biamila”.

A cursory look at his bio on the website of the National Assembly (www.nassnig.org) also betrays his crooked intention to avoid detection, while he gave his undergraduate degree college as the University of Lagos; his US education was shrouded in mystery as he claimed to have attended John Marshall Law School, USA. True, Mr. Femi Gbaja is a graduate of John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia and was admitted to the Georgia State Bar in June 2001 but in the United States alone there are two of such law schools, one in Chicago and another one in Atlanta, Georgia where Femi Gbaja graduated.

In the Georgia Attorney Directory, Femi Gbaja gave his address as 20, Mercy Eneli Street Surulere, Lagos. He is said to have refunded the clients money ($25,000) in 2006 and his lawyers have already submitted a certification of compliance of the Supreme Court ruling as of March 2007. Making him ineligible to practice law in the State of Georgia until February.

Source: Naijapundit

The United States Department of Justice has secured a restraining order against more than $3 million looted funds and a mansion in Houston, Texas owned by former Delta State Governor, Chief James Ibori, in the U.S.

Ibori is currently serving a 13-year jail term in the United Kingdom for corruption and money laundering.
The department got the powers through an application filed under seal on May 16, 2012, in U.S District Court in the District of Columbia, to register and enforce two orders from United Kingdom courts against more than $3 million in corruption proceeds related to Ibori.

This was announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton in a statement on the U.SDOJ website on Tuesday.

“The application, which was filed under seal on May 16, 2012, in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, seeks to restrain assets belonging to Governor Ibori and Bhadresh Gohil, Ibori’s former English solicitor, that are proceeds of corruption.

“Specifically, it seeks to restrain a mansion in Houston and two Merrill Lynch brokerage accounts. U.S. District Judge Lamberth granted the application and issued a restraining order under seal on May 21, 2012.

“The department was notified today that its application to unseal the restraining order was granted.

“The United States is working with the United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police Service to forfeit these corruption proceeds,” it said.

According to the application, Ibori served as the governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta State from 1999 to 2007, and misappropriated millions of dollars in Delta State funds.

He laundered those proceeds through a myriad of shell companies, intermediaries and nominees in several jurisdictions, including the UK, with the help of Gohil. Although Nigeria’s Constitution prohibits state governors from maintaining foreign bank accounts and serving as directors of private companies, Ibori and his associates accumulated millions of dollars in assets in the UK and U.S, according to the application.

Ibori was convicted in the UK of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced by a British court on April 18, 2012, to 13 years in prison.

Gohil was also convicted in November 2010 of money laundering and prejudicing a money laundering investigation and was sentenced by a British court to 10 years in prison.

“Instead of working to benefit the people of the Nigerian Delta, Governor Ibori pilfered state funds and accumulated immense wealth in the process,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer.

“He conspired with Mr. Gohil to funnel millions of dollars in corruption proceeds out of Nigeria and into bank accounts and assets maintained in the names of shell companies and nominees.

“Through the Criminal Division’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, our message is clear: the United States will not be used as a safe haven for the ill-gotten gains of corrupt foreign officials.

“This serves as a warning to those corrupt foreign officials who abuse their power for personal financial gain and then attempt to place those funds in the U.S. financial system,” said ICE Director Morton.

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents will continue to work with our law enforcement partners at the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section to investigate and prosecute those involved in such illicit activities and hold corrupt foreign officials accountable by denying them the satisfaction of their illegal earnings.

The case is being prosecuted by trial attorneys Woo S. Lee and Elizabeth Aloi of the Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.

“The case was investigated by ICE HSI’s Foreign Corruption Investigations Group, HSI Asset Identification and Removal Group in Miami and HSI Attaché London.

This case is part of the Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

“This initiative is carried out by a dedicated team of prosecutors in the Criminal Division’s Asset
Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, working in partnership with federal law enforcement agencies to forfeit the proceeds of foreign official corruption and where appropriate return those proceeds to benefit those harmed.

“Individuals with information about possible proceeds of foreign corruption located in or laundered through institutions in the United States should contact federal law enforcement or send an email to kleptocracy@usdoj.gov.

“ICE HSI’s Foreign Corruption Investigations Group in Miami targets corrupt foreign officials around the world that attempt to utilise U.S financial institutions to launder illicit funds.
“The group conducts investigations into the laundering of proceeds emanating from foreign public corruption, bribery or embezzlement.

“The objective is to prevent foreign derived ill-gotten gains from entering the U.S financial infrastructure, to seize identified assets in the United States and repatriate these funds on behalf of those affected by foreign official corruption,” the statement added.

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