Gunmen Attacks EFCC Office In Abuja, Issues Death Threat To Personnel

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says its headquarters in Abuja was attacked early today by gunmen.

“A major security breach was recorded at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as unknown gunmen attacked the office located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja,” the EFCC said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwajaren.

“The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked on the premises in the process. However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty.

Although the attackers did not succeed in entering the complex, they left a death threat for one of the EFCC’s detectives, the statement added.

“The hoodlums escaped in a getaway vehicle but not without leaving a message; a white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers was found to contain a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the commission.”

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Man Gets Six Strokes Of Cane For Stealing Waste Bin

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday ordered that 20-year-old Nasiru Mohammed, be given six strokes of the cane for stealing a waste bin.

 Zannah said that on the said date at about 7.30 p.m. at Utako, the convict and one other person now at large, intentionally and criminally stole a waste bin kept in front of the complainant’s house.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened Sections 79 and 288 of the Penal Code.

The prosecutor said that the convict admitted to committing the offence during police investigation and interrogation.

Following the plea of the convict, the prosecutor prayed the court to try him summarily, under Section 347 of the Administration of Criminal Justices Act, 2015.

The Nation

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Goal Initiative Set To Host 2017 Charity Football Fiesta In Abuja

A group, Goal Initiative, has concluded plans to host the ‘Goal 2017 Charity football fiesta’ billed for August 5th, 2017 at the Citybridge Sportsplex, City Park, Wuse II, Abuja.

Goal is a charity football exhibition, as well as a fiesta initiated to emphasize the need for assimilation of the less privileged into the society. The event is an embodiment of ‘The GOAL Initiative’, which was birthed to support less privileged children and promote the development of the ability of the youths in Nigeria.

This year’s event will be the 5th edition. Goal at 5, is slated to be a grand celebration of growth and a step towards expanding our reach to further enrich lives. This has led to a coalition amongst 6 non-governmental organisation, including Goal Initiative. The coalition has been created in order to promote the ideals of all organisations involved using the event as a platform to reach the public. especially the youthful population of Nigeria that inhabits the federal capital territory, Abuja.

The event is to feature Novelty football matches from 2 Female Teams in a Penalty Shoot-out and 4 All-Star Teams in a head to head feat, Powered by Royale Football Foundation. There will also be many side attractions for the spectators to indulge. It promises to be a fun-filled event as well as an impactful one.

Donations made will be used to provide for the immediate needs of the orphanages and will also be used to support the orphanages in setting up means to generate funds.

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Abuja Street Lights Gulp N1bn, Says FCTA

The coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Hajiya Safiya Umar, has disclosed that over N1 billion has been spent to power street lights and acquire about 22 generating sets to support lights in Abuja.

Umar, who made this disclosures during a meeting with street light contractors in her office said street lights on Herbert Macaulay Way, NEPA Junction, Wuse Zone 6 were being powered by the five generators.

Hajiya Safiya said, “Do not strive to outshine one another, but work together for the interest of the FCT. Always put the generating sets off when there is power from the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) so that the administration does not pay double.”

She also called for 24-hour surveillance of the transformers, noting that “though they belong to AEDC, any event of darkness will set ‘babanbola’ to work in vandalization. Unless you want us to be sacked, work as a team.”


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Video Of Federal Road Safety Officer Fighting A Motorist

A video has emerged of a female officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) struggling with the driver of a moving car in Abuja.

The video, recorded by the front seat passenger of the vehicle on his mobile phone, surfaced on Facebook on Wednesday morning.

It shows the driver and his passenger trying to stop the FRSC officer as she struggles to pull the handbrake of the vehicle from the seat behind the driver.

The video also caught a male officer of the FRSC shattered the front window on the passenger side of the car.

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Fire Guts Federal Secretariat In Abuja

A minor fire incident had on Saturday morning, guts one of the Federal Secretariat buildings housing the Ministry of Health.

The Director of General Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Felix Ogenyi, told pressmen in Abuja that the fire was caused by an ‘‘electrical spark”.

According to him, the fire happened on the third floor of the building and was immediately put out by the Fire Service.

His words: “The fire wasn’t a blaze. It was just a little fire spark on the third floor of the Ministry.

“Immediately when we saw the electrical fire spark, the Fire Service was called in and the fire was put out immediately.

“The fire was just at the corridor of the third floor. No office files were affected and no record of damage or loss of human lives.”

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Fire Guts House On The Rock Church In Abuja

Fire broke out on Sunday at the House on the Rock Church in Abuja. The church is located close to the National stadium Abuja and close to the City Gate.

Reports says that the building was visibly ablaze while fire fighters were struggling to put out the flames. The cause of the fire is yet unknown.

A member of the Church who spoke to the press said that the main building had not been in use for a while now as renovation work was going on.

Mr Joseph Peter who sounded sad said that he just left the church at about 1:00P.M. Sunday afternoon after the day’s service and all was well.

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abayomi Shogunle, head of the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), there were 7 fire-fighter trucks at the church premises trying to put out the fire. Shogunle also tweeted a video of the burning church.

Pastor Paul Adefarasin founded the Church in December 1994.

The ministry was established to be a vanguard 21st century Church with a vision of empowering believers for the fulfilment of their God-ordained destinies.

Since its’ inception the Church has grown far beyond the borders of Lagos, with over 40 daughter Churches and missions in Nigeria and across the globe.

The Abuja Church popularly called “The Refuge” by church members was formed in 1999 as a springboard for strategic ministry in the northern region of Nigeria and beyond.

The Church is popular for organizing and hosting the The Experience Lagos music and worship concert, which has brought several International music Artists to perform in Nigeria.

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Abuja Newspaper Distributors’ Association Condemns Demolition Of Structures By FCT

The Abuja Newspaper Distributors’ Association has described the demolition of the newspapers distributors’ stands and structures at Area One as reckless and inhumane.

This was contained in a statement co-signed by its Chairman, Joshua Orogun and General-Secretary, Emmanuel John.

The Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory had on Tuesday demolished newspapers distributors’ stands and structures at Area One, Abuja.

In a swift reaction, the association said properties running into millions of naira were destroyed during the incident.It also said it met with the Director of Development Control Department about two weeks ago where an agreement was reached about the construction plan for the distribution ground.

“We met the director about two weeks ago and an agreement was reached that we should continue to maintain the place and that the development control department would come up with the design of the structure we would build on the distribution ground,” the statement said.

“We don’t want to believe that the director is part of this conspiracy since we are already having a fruitful discussion with him; but if he is in the know, then it’s very unfortunate,” the newspapers distributors stated.

The group said it had spent over N14m to develop and maintain the land since 2000, noting that the plot was a refuse dump and a hideout for criminals before it was transformed.

It said, “This demolition is not only reckless, but it is also inhumane and insensitive. If they insist on pushing us out, we will have no other option but to do our business on the highway.”


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Government Will Not Do Everything For Us, Says Ex Senate President Ken Nnamani

At the unveiling of the Tree-Like Shield Foundation in Abuja, on Monday, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of supporting the vulnerable in the society.

The Foundation was launched to help vulnerable youths in the society get access to quality education.

Nnamani, who was also the Chairman of the day, stressed the importance of such gathering, saying “Government will not do everything for us. The main lesson is for people to get together to help the less privileged.”

He proceeded further to donate the sum of N250,000 to the foundation.

The unveiling which stretched into a panel discussion on “Impacting Positively in the Lives of the Vulnerable and Less Privileged Youths For A prosperous Nation,” had three discussants; Aisha Yesufu, Co-Convener, Bring Back our Girls (BBOG) group; Barrister Kayode Ajulo, Principal Partner, Kayode Ajulo & Co., and Mr. Tope Fasua, Chief Executive Officer, Global Analytics Consulting Limited.

Yesufu, in her remarks said that every girl-child in the country must be able to access quality education.

“Education is the key to breaking the shackles of poverty. We are not doing the vulnerable youths a favour by giving them education. When we help the vulnerable, we in turn doing ourselves a favour,” Yesufu stated.

Mr. Fasua in his address urged the society at large to support the Tree-Like Shield Foundation in providing education for the vulnerable.

Barrister Ajulo, who was represented by Barrister Pelumi Olajembisi at the panel discussion, charged government at all levels to create laws that protect the vulnerable.

His words: “We must engage the government in ensuring they see the relevance of advocacy and helping the vulnerable get quality education.”

Earlier, Managing Director of Stanbic Pension, Mr. Rotimi Adewale, had in his goodwill message encouraged the humanitarian idea of giving back to the society.

While commending Tree-Like Shield Foundation for its efforts in providing free education for the vulnerable, Adewale pleaded with participants at the unveiling to identify with relevant programmes of the Foundation by showing support and financial assistance in areas where needed. This he said would enable the foundation reach more young people.

The Tree-Like Shield Foundation has provided academic scholarships to more than five young people in Abuja, Enugu, and other states. It is hoping to expand its reach with support from donors.

The Foundation was established by Mr Kayode Odusote, and has Ms. Awoseyi Fikemi has its co-founder.


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Police Warns Against IPOB Protest In Abuja

The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command, Musa Kimo, has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, against its planned protest in Abuja.

Mr. Kimo gave the warning in a statement issued by the command’s spokesperson, Usen Omorodion, in Abuja on Sunday.

He said as a professional organisation, the command would not fold its arms and watch criminal elements hide under the guise of such protest to cause breakdown of law and order.

Mr. Kimo advised residents to go about their lawful duties without fear and molestation.

In a related development, Mr. Omorodion said the command arrested a member of an armed robbery syndicate at Robochi, Abuja on April 26.

He said Usman Mai-moto, 24, a principal suspect, was arrested with a stolen motorcycle by police operatives on routine patrol.

The spokesperson said the suspect confessed to have participated in the snatching of several motorcycles at gunpoint.

Mr. Omorodion said the suspect had given the police useful information that led to the arrest of one of his cohorts, Wisdom Peter, 18, who was arrested while trying to sell a stolen motorcycle.

He said the two stolen motorcycles had been recovered from the suspects.

“Frantic effort is being made to arrest their cohort said to be in possession of the firearm used by the syndicate for its robbery operations.’’

Mr. Omorodion said the command had also arrested three suspects who specialised in house breaking.

The suspects are: Mansur Aminu, 24, Emmanuel Aboki and Dauda Isa.

Items recovered from them include, two clippers, 11 SIM cards and one generating set.

He said the suspects would be transferred to the Command Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation and prosecution.


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Power Investment Meeting Hold In Abuja, Leading Investors To Meet With Nigeria’s Govt

Over 300 senior participants from Nigeria, the Americas, Europe and Asia will represent companies

On 12-14 October, the Annual Powering Africa: Nigeria Investment Summit will be hosted under the Official Patronage of Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and with the endorsement of the Bayelsa State Government, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, the Electricity Commission of Nigeria, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria and the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission.

Pre-meeting networking activities including the Powering Africa: Nigeria Golf Networking Day and the pre-meeting evening drinks reception hosted by Detail Solicitors will provide an exclusive relationship-building space prior to the start of the conference. Delegates are also invited to attend the Gala Dinner hosted in association with the EnergyNet “Off the Grid Club”, a programme dedicated to bringing together credible off grid technology providers, financiers and regional leaders to invest in and develop reliable and scalable power solutions for Africa. The evening will feature vibrant mix of arts and music entertainment, high level speeches and exclusive dining food.

Over 300 senior participants from Nigeria, the Americas, Europe and Asia will represent companies including the International Finance Corporation, FMO, CDC Group, AAPA Energy Ltd., Nexant, NetcoDietsmann, Control Risks,  Hannon Capital Partners, Mensah JB & Associates, Jackson, Etti & Edu, Voith Hydro Shanghai Ltd., Rook Solar Investment Limited, ILF Engineers Nigeria Limited, Chemtech Group, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Vestas, Diamond Development Initiatives, Engro Powergen Limited, Powerhive, Lubeserve Engineering Ltd, United Capital Plc, Rockwill Electric Corporation (Pty) Ltd, Multisol South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Vergnet, GAGE, SunFunder, ILF Engineers Nigeria Limited, Express Discount Asset Management Ltd.,  NAREVA HOLDING, Sahara Power, Rand Merchant Bank, United Bank for Africa, Mantrac, Quantum Power Operations Limited, GM Power and Gas, Total, Cornerstone, among others.

Decision makers confirmed to attend include:

  • His Royal Highness Mai Borgu, Emir of Borgu Kingdom, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Dr Anthony Akah, Acting Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission
  • Prof Eli Jidere Bala, Chief Executive Officer and General Director, Energy Commission of Nigeria
  • Eng Dr Abubakar Atiku Tambuwal, Deputy Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria
  • Ladi Hauwa Katagum, Acting Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)
  • Longe Yesufu Alonge, Head Power Procurement and Power Contracts, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET)
  • Kemela Okara, Hon. Commissioner, Trade, Industry and Investment, Bayelsa State Government
  • Chief Fidelis Uche Nnadi, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Enugu State Government
  • Prof. Bart Nnaji, Chairman and Founder, Geometric Power
  • Marcus Heal, Chief Executive Officer, Pan Africa Solar
  • Oti Ikomi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Proton Energy Ltd.
  • Dr. Ransome Owan, Group Managing Director, Aiteo Power, Infrastructure & Real Estate
  • Mohammed N. Mijindadi, Managing Director, GE Gas Power Nigeria
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Patience Jonathan In Fresh Trouble As EFCC Probes N5bn Abuja Hotel Linked To Her

There appears to be more trouble for former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan who has been in the news lately for over funds traced to some companies she is the sole signatory to.

Beside the $19 million frozen from the four company accounts the former first lady may also be explaining the source of fund for construction of an Abuja hotel said to be worth N5billion.

The EFCC is currently studying documents on how the Abuja hotel (names withheld) was built.

It has also dispatched a team of investigators to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and Port Harcourt, Rivers State for the purpose of establishing the ownership of four properties in the two cities.

The anti-graft agency is likely to confiscate the five properties once it is able to confirm that they belong to Mrs. Jonathan.

One of the pieces of evidence the EFCC has in its possession in its probe of the ex-First Lady is her cumulative pay and perks as a civil servant in Bayelsa State where she rose to the post of Permanent Secretary.

Sources said the pay details are far below the $31million which the ex-First Lady claimed as her legitimately earned money.

The EFCC is insisting that Mrs. Jonathan must account for how she came about the cash wired into the five accounts to which she is a signatory or forfeit it to the Federal Government.

One of the sources familiar with the probe said the money used in acquiring the properties under investigation appears to be gratification to Mrs. Jonathan when her husband was in power.

The source said: “Based on intelligence report, we have isolated five properties allegedly identified with the ex-First Lady. These properties include a N5billion hotel in Abuja and four others in Yenagoa and Port Harcourt.

“A special team has gone to verify all these assets in the affected areas including the contractors engaged, the mode of payment to them, relevant land registration documents, and associates used as fronts.

“In the next few days, we will start questioning all those involved in the acquisition or building of the assets. We are lucky that this investigation has a lot of e-transaction and computerization components. There is no hiding place for anyone involved.

“If at the end of the day the five assets belong to the ex-First Lady, we will approach the court to place all these assets under Interim Assets Forfeiture in line with Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004.”

Section 28 of the EFCC Act stipulates that: “Where a person is arrested for an offence under this Act, the Commission shall immediately trace and attach all the assets and properties of the person acquired as a result of such economic or financial crime and shall thereafter cause to be obtained an interim attachment order from the Court.”

Section 13 of the Federal High Court Act reads in part: “The Court may grant an injunction or appoint a receiver by an interlocutory order in all cases in which it appears to the Court to be just or convenient so to do.

“Any such order may be made either unconditionally or on such terms and conditions as the Court thinks just.”

Responding to a question, the source said: “If our investigation reveals that the assets are not owned by Mrs. Patience Jonathan, we will return them to their legitimate owners.”

On whether the commission is ready to defreeze the accounts where the $19million was freezed, the source said the commission is not close to doing so.

“We have retrieved documents on the pay package and monetized perks of Mrs. Patience Jonathan when she was a Permanent Secretary in the government of Bayelsa State. Her total emoluments do not tally with the funds remitted into the five accounts,” an EFCC source said.

“She owes us a duty to explain how she came about these funds. Our investigation showed that the funds came from gratifications; it is left to her to prove otherwise.

“The good thing is that the ex-First Lady was the one who sued EFCC demanding the release of her $31million. She has a duty as a former public officer to explain how she earned the funds. Did she declare these funds in her Assets Declaration Form as a Permanent Secretary?

“We are happy that the case is in court and the onus is on her to prove ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that she is the owner of the funds. If we had initiated the action, some people by now will be accusing EFCC of witch-hunt.

“But she went to court to exercise her rights under the law. The same law demands that you must seek equity with clean hands. I think the press should take more than a passing interest in what is going on in the court.”

The anti-graft agency claimed last week that it has established a prima facie case of money laundering against the ex-First Lady and 10 others.

The 11 suspects may face trial for money laundering if the recommendation of the investigative team is upheld.

The EFCC declared that “preliminary investigation has also indicted Mrs. Patience Jonathan.”

The other 10 suspects indicted by the investigative team are a former Senior Special Assistant ( Domestic / Household and Social Events to the former President), Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel; Damola Bolodeoku; Dipo Oshodi; Theodora Varinik; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited; Globus Integrated Services Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Skye Bank Plc. The report said in part: “Based on the investigation so far carried out, it has revealed that the four fraudulent VISA Platinum USD Card accounts used by Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan  has a cumulative balance of $14,029.881.79 which has been swept Post No Debit Card category.

“Again, her personal account, different from the four fraudulent VISA Platinum USD Card accounts, bears the balance of $5,841,426.17.

“Considering the above stated findings, we can safely conclude that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain proceeds of unlawful activities, retention of the proceeds of unlawful activities, money laundering contrary to Section 15(3) and 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and forgery contrary to Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act,  Cap M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004 have been established against the aforementioned suspects.”

Also, Mrs. Jonathan has admitted that she is the owner and signatory to the five accounts in which the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) found over $22.3million.

She said she has never received any monies from any unknown sources paid into the five accounts.

But she was silent on the sources of the cash wired into the affected accounts.

She however explained that the accounts were opened to facilitate her travel overseas particularly for medical treatment, sundry purchase for herself and her late mother Mrs. Charity Oba (Mama Sisi).

She indicted Wampemo-Owei Dudafa who was the Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to the former President Dr. Jonathan, and Skye Bank officials for registering phony companies for four of the five accounts.

A statement by her Media Office said: “Sometime in 2013, following the advice of top officials of the EFCC then in the company of Wampemo-Owei Dudafa who was the Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs to the former President Dr. Jonathan, that she should not travel oversees with cash otherwise she may contravene Money Laundering laws, Mrs. Patience Jonathan agreed to open accounts with Skye Bank Plc and directed Dudafa to see to it.

“Dudafa came with two bank managers (Officials) of Skye Bank Plc with the account opening forms which she duly signed.

“These accounts were all dollar based Platinum Visa cards in respect of five accounts.

“When the bank officials brought the ATM cards for the said accounts of which she is sole signatory, she discovered to her surprise that only one of these accounts bore her personal name while four were in the names of companies not known to her.

“She immediately complained about this anomaly to Dudafa and the bank officials, Demola Doledeoku and Dipo Oshodi came back to the villa with forms to change and convert the said accounts to the personal name of Mrs. Jonathan.

“This was her firm request which the bank officials promised to effect immediately and she duly completed account conversion forms and signed the mandate forms as a the sole signatory, but as it would appear, the said bank officials did not change the Account names despite her request.

“It was in 2014 or thereabout that she was given the ATM cards for all the five accounts with the bank officials promising to exchange the cards for the four reflecting her correct names. This again, the banks officials failed to do despite her repeated request.”

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