How Jonathan, Adoke, 28 Others Shared Abuja Recreation Centre Land- Senate Panel

A Senate panel, today, threatened to order the revocation of plots of land said to have been allocated to former President Goodluck Jonathan and 29 others in Maitama district of Abuja.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory ( FCT Abuja), Senator Dino Melaye who issued the threat during the budget defence of FCT administration, headed by the FCT Minister, Muhammed Bello, did so on the ground that plots of land in a reserved area for recreation were allotted to Jonathan and others.

Insisting that the plots of land allocated to Jonathan and others in the Maitama District fall within an area designated for erection of tourist structure for foreign visitors, Melaye said that his committee had directed that work should stop on-going construction and buildings in the area.

Melaye named former Justice Minister and Attorney-General of the Federation, Muhammed Bello Adoke;? former Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda; acting National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus; late National Security Adviser under Jonathan, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi among others, as beneficiaries of plots of land in the area.

Following Senate’s directive to all its standing committees last week to embark on oversight functions of agencies of government under them, Senator Melaye had stormed the plots of land in Maitama district along with members of his committee where they saw workers erecting structures on them.

Beside ordering the workers to stop work, the committee also summoned the FCT Minister to appear before them on the matter which he did today along with his Ministry’s Budget Defence.

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EFCC Raids Ex-VP Namadi Sambo’s Office In Abuja

The Abuja office of former Vice President Namadi Sambo was at the weekend raided by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Daily Trust reports.

The raid is in apparent search for more evidence on the unravelling $2.1 billion arms purchase scandal which has been linked to the ex-VP.

EFCC sources hinted that the former VP’s office is being investigated over allegations that some of the funds disbursed for political campaigns under the former NSA Sambo Dasuki were routed through the VP’s office.

Accordint to the report, the raid was carried out Saturday night in the central business district in Abuja.

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EFCC Seizes Former Chief Of Army Staff Ihejirika’s Abuja Estate [Photos]

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have swooped in on the assets of the former Chief Of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika’s assets, seizing his mini estate, along Jabi Airport road junction in Abuja.

These photos were obtained from Nairaland after they were uploaded by a citizen journalist.

The journalist claimed that these houses are property of Ihejirika.

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Kogi: As Bello Is Inaugurated, Faleke, Others Gather in Abuja to Celebrate Late Abubakar Audu


As the Kogi State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah was swearing in Yahaya Bello as Kogi State Governor, some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kogi State gathered in the Abuja residence of Former Governor Abubakar Audu to celebrate his evergreen political achievements.

Faleke was the running mate to the late Audu in the governorship election of the state who died before the poll was concluded.

He was billed to be sworn-in as the Deputy governor of Yahaya Bello, who replaced Audu in the election and was subsequently declared governor-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Instead, he choose to use the occasion of the Inauguration to celebrate Audu at his residence in Abuja.

Others in attendance at the celebration event include Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Buba Jibril, former minster for police affairs, Hon. Humphrey Abah, Comrade Isa Dan, Senator Abu Railway amongst others.

Speaking at the event, Faleke said even in death, he celebrates the victory of Prince Abubakar Audu, vowing to stand on the mandate.

“Today, a governor has been inaugurated in kogi, we did not go to court to object his inauguration because we know he will be sent out soon.”

“I was told the MC at the inauguration said the good people of Kogi State voted for Prince Abubakar Audu but their god voted for Bello.”

“Please, tell them our God is a God of justice. Those who have moral problems, those who cannot turn their eye to financial inducement will always have problem relating with the people.”

“Today, our supporters might not feel free to walk in to the Lugard House but before the end of the Year, we will occupy the seat of power. I am saying all this because of my strong confidence in the Judiciary.”

“Whatever am doing is on principle. Am doing all this because I believe we won the November 21st election. I will not allow the mandate to die. This is not about tribal fight, I am not against the Ebira nation but the process that produced Yahaya Bello as a supplementary governor.”

“This tough road we are passing through is to set a standard for the upcoming generation. We must be able to stand for the truth at all time.”

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N’Delta: Ex-Militants Resume Hostilities…Blow Up Pipelines Supplying Gas To Warri, Lagos, Abuja

Barely hours after a federal high court in Lagos issued an arrest warrant on ex-Niger Delta warlord, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, over alleged multi-billion naira fraud, some ex-militants, suspected to be regrouping in the creeks for fresh hostilities, Thursday night, blew up a gas pipeline in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State conveying gas from Escravos–Warri-Lagos-Abuja. The affected gas line is believed to be the property of the Nigeria Gas Company, NGC.

The attackers were said to be busy exploding bombs and shooting guns indiscriminately all through the night during which they blew up the gas pipeline from Escravos to Warri – Lagos and Abuja at three different points. They also struck at Opudebubor, Okpelama and Kpokpo area, Chanomi creek and Sahara, behind Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL.

Few hours before the attack, Tompolo had raised the alarm that some persons were planning to bomb crude oil facilities and pipelines and other facilities in the Niger Delta and attribute the havoc to him.

He cited those allegedly dissatisfied with the re-election of Governor Henry Seriake-Dickson of Bayelsa state as the mastermind of the alleged plot and urged them to desist from their plan.

His words, “I want to admonish those that are still aggrieved as a result of the outcome of the election not to resort to destruction of national assets, especially crude oil facilities and pipelines and attribute it to me because of my position on the election.”

He asserted that destroying crude oil facilities would not do the country any good and urged them “to support the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to succeed.”

Tompolo also alleged that he was being persecuted for refusing to support the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, in the Bayelsa election, Timipre Sylva in the just concluded election.

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Dasukigate: Beyond the Last Abuja Yam Festival By Gimba Kakanda

As the hunt for those who took part in the festival of thievery organized by President Goodluck Jonathan between 2011 and 2015 continues, what haunts the mind of many observers is the perception that everybody who was loyal to the past government and had either offered a service or asked to “perform” one – even if a mere expression of moral solidarity with the government – benefitted from its gifts of Yam sent through the embattled former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.  Statistically, that’s a scary number!

Sadly, some of the people who participated in that brazen sharing of our N1 trillion security vote and other extra-budgetary “allocations” proposed for our country’scounterterrorism have ended their allegiance to the GEJ-led administration a few days to, and after, the presidential election. They’ve built a new nest in the new ruling party.

This week, I saw a list of firms that had dealings with the Office of the National Security Adviser during the infamous festival, and it’s easy to tell that, if fairly investigated, the scandal may consume a sizable population of our political elite across all the political parties in the country, including the APC.

I know this son of a National Security Adviser who’s notorious in Abuja for drag racing in an exotic Italian sports car that even his father couldn’t have afforded if Nigeria were an institutionally strong place. A boy much younger than me could only afford that if, one, he experienced the “Mark Zuckerberg luck factor” or he’s a sports personality who’s secured endorsement deals with Automobili Lamborghini.  No, he’s not Dasuki’s son. This is why we must shift the date backward to see the evils of all the wolves who defected to the APC when the music of that Abuja Yam Festival stopped. 

The reason for the financial recklessness isn’t because GEJ was weak; it was because our institutions are weak, because it would’ve been impossible for even the president to have such amount of money withdrawn for dubious purposes with the complicity of the Minister of Finance and the CBN Governor, if our institutions were strong and designed to resist frauds and graft.

Buhari, like GEJ, is just a personality who, like all of us reading this, will only exist on the pages of newspapers 100 years from now. He’s not an institution, not immortal, and neither is his leadership meant to be forever. He’s a man who also thrives  on personal reasons, emotions and sentiments. He’s not infallible, that is. 

My point is, our advocacy for a new Nigeria shouldn’t be a call for a nation built on a personality cult. For Nigeria to be rescued, what’s needed is civic vigilance of both patriotic individuals and the Civil Society Organizations to “dictate” to the President what’s required and desired for a viable nation. These are strong institutions. 

If our institutions were strong, President Buhari himself wouldn’t have considered it wise to frown at the judgment of the judiciary in the cases of Dasuki and Kanu. It’s not a personality cult that builds a sane nation, it’s the wisdom of its leaders to give up their illegitimate rights and selfish interests for all institutions to uphold the values on which they are built. 

Aside from our dysfunctional institutions, the other culprit in the ruin of this nation is compliant society. Our people, instead of frowning at obvious acts of corruption, celebrate the existence of the evidently corrupt. And those who have escaped media trial are praised by their community as heroes of unjust and bigoted system. 

The last time I was in Minna, a relative asked, “You should be thinking of building your own place.” And even though she was only being candidly concerned, it’s not her ignorance of my ability that made her say so. It was her endorsement of the path of dishonour on which many before me had made fortunes. We both knew one “successful” neighbour who, occupying the middle-management cadre in the federal civil service, have acquired houses in Utako, Gwarinpa, and Katampe, alongside the four in Minna. He was a role model in this material society. He won’t be judged, because it’s already established that the pathway to financial glory is presentation of a fat proposal on the desk of a compliant principal or friend. I won’t be shocked to see that he’s a director on the board of one of the firms publicized as recipients of the presidential Yam delivered by Dasuki. 

All this is so because it’s already a tradition for the heads of a ministry, department or agency to ally and rush to Corporate Affairs Commission to register a company and bid for the very contracts advertised by their office. At the end, they invite the nosy juniors who are likely raise brows about the dubious procedures, for shares of the blood money.  Because “gofment money na our money; if you no steal am, another pesin go steal. If you no gree take am, another pesin go take am!” May God save us from us!

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Goodies Are Coming Out Of Abuja: A Rejoinder To @DeleMomodu By Ade Ilemobade

…”no matter how incompatible with the tenets of democracy this may be.”-@delemomodu.

There is no element of incompatibility with ”perpetual detention” of an accused while a case is ongoing in as much as a new charge(s) is filed in court despite the previous bail arrangement granted by any court of competent jurisdiction. We need to move away from this idealistic conceptualization of democracy and it’s tenets.

Recently, in France police arrested suspected islamic terrorist and locked them up without trial for days or the recent shooting of a man wielding a gun in front of police station in Paris. If these events happened in our clime Nigeria those with extreme idealism would say that it is extrajudicial killing. But these are what happened in a democratic nation, the cradle of the french revolution. No rule of law arguments over there…………………..

What the police did in France is justified because there is compelling governmental interest i.e national security to act in that mannerism given the recent terror attacks in Paris.

Epochal characterization of official corruption in our clime demands an extraordinary methodology @delemomodu.

Your sincerely has lived in various democracies in the western hemisphere for over 25years and I can tell you that there are so many instances when the so called democratic tenets are set aside to justify compelling governmental interest. So many examples of these events in international law, national legal instruments, political/philosophical literatures.

Please read my piece on this subject matter:

http://otunbailemobade.blogspot.nl/2016/01/philoquilox-fetishism-of-democratic.

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”Our President is being accused of bad faith for breaching the supposed gentleman’s agreement reached with the immediate past government not to probe its officers, especially the big man himself, President Goodluck Jonathan”, and some of his fat cats. Those supporting President Buhari are insisting that promises are meant to be made but not necessarily kept or unbroken. They argue that President Buhari knew things were very bad but didn’t know how horrible and terrible. And that now that he has come face to face with the grim reality he cannot afford to let those guys off the hook. It is such a serious matter that no covenant can stand in way of crime and punishment”. -@delemomodu

I totally disagree with the primera viewpoint. Moreover, what kind of unimplementable supposed gentleman’s agreement is that…… A man knows he and his officers have committed heinous crime against this country Nigeria and he thinks they can get away with treasonable offences with a slap on the wrist.

No NO No @mbuhari will never accept that and Nigerians will never accept such an agreement either. What kind of nation are we building for ourselves and the next generation. Please commot for road ahahhahhhah laugh.

”I will empower the Police and the secret services to operate better surveillance rather than lock up anyone indefinitely. I may not willy nilly allow those under trial to travel abroad but I will allow some measure of movements within our country. If the appropriate safeguards and undertakings are provided and given though, there is no reason why people with established medical ailments should not be permitted to travel abroad. With the co-operation of other nations and international criminal agencies, no country is a safe haven for the corrupt politician or ex government official. Indeed they may meet a greater Nemesis in the foreign climes that they desire to seek medical succour from. I believe the President may have been too hasty in concluding that those given bail to go abroad would necessarily abscond. I like to have a little more faith in our fellow citizens. After all there is nowhere that they can enjoy the trappings, privileges and expansive lifestyle that they relish than Nigeria”!

Simply put my honourable @delemomodu, this section is extremely idealistic. I imagine you have good intentions with your suggestions here but we are in Nigeria and not in Kukuhanaland with an ”Eldoradoic” romantic conception of human nature and behavior.

These people under investigation are not trustworthy, they betrayed Nigerian citizenry. They would do anything with the funds at their disposal to escape justice, even in the western society you are talking about @delemomodu It took the British government years to get Jordanian cleric out of Great Britain because he used the British law to frustrate the process of deportation thereby costing the British and the Jordanian Government financially.

Nigerian fugitives understand this fact very well. Historically, criminal political fugitives with resources are not easily deported the moment they get to the west because those countries are profiteurs and the criminals have enough political connections in high places to frustrate their deportation.

@delemomodu, they can relish their expensive lifestyle anywhere money talks: Dubai, Monte Carlo, Bahamas, Seychelles, etc no barrier please let us keep them at home in prison.

I can go on forever quoting examples but I leave the rest for the Nigerian Judiciary to adjudicate. God bless you @delemomodu for your contributions to national discourse.

OTUNBA ADE ILEMOBADE is a philosopher
Twitter: @pearl2prince

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What’s Going On In Abuja? By @DeleMomodu

Fellow Nigerians, I don’t know how many of you feel the way I feel but some things are not very clear to me. There is so much commotion in the land. It seems like we are still busy campaigning after election.

The two major political parties in Nigeria are permanently at daggers’ drawn. I thought elections were won and lost since March 2015. It would be one year soon in two months’ time. By now the politicians on both sides should have gotten over whatever malice existed then and learn to accept whatever fate befell them, good or bad. Let’s try to examine the causes and sources of friction and irritation. President Muhammadu Buhari’s credentials and antecedents as an anticorruption crusader were always well-known and substantially advertised.

His records as a maximum ruler from 1983-85 remain indelible. Most of his cult-followers have only one principal reason for turning him into some god they worship because they believe he has the capacity, resolve and courage to exterminate all the artful dodgers who stole their country blind and made life so miserable for them. It is my belief therefore, that President Buhari is determined not to let down his devotees. Anything less than chasing the corrupt leaders to the pits of hell would not be acceptable to those people. As a matter of fact, the not so tactful but honest statement by President Buhari that he does not think some of those arrested for economic crimes deserve bail actually resonates with many of those who want corrupt officials summarily dealt it, no matter how incompatible with the tenets of democracy this may be. Sooner than later, we may find ourselves at the crossroads of impunity and freedom.

I do not envy President Buhari at all. In him we find a largely incorruptible leader who requires the lethal powers of a full-blown dictator to operate anyhow he wants but is being bogged down by the demands of equity and justice in a democratic environment. It is indeed a big dilemma and I can’t wait to see how the Buhari government wriggles out of it. Our President is being accused of bad faith for breaching the supposed gentleman’s agreement reached with the immediate past government not to probe its officers, especially the big man himself, President Goodluck Jonathan, and some of his fat cats. Those supporting President Buhari are insisting that promises are meant to be made but not necessarily kept or unbroken. They argue that President Buhari knew things were very bad but didn’t know how horrible and terrible. And that now that he has come face to face with the grim reality he cannot afford to let those guys off the hook. It is such a serious matter that no covenant can stand in way of crime and punishment.

But members of the opposition who were in power for 16 years are kicking and raising a lot of dust. The vocal ones among them such as Governor Ayodele Fayose and Mr Olisa Metuh have not hidden their disdain for President Buhari. In the view of those two, the President is a tyrant who wishes to visit the personal iniquities of the parents on their children up to fourth generation if necessary. They see President Buhari as a vengeful and ruthlessly vindictive man who’s out to take his pound of flesh on those who have injured or offended him in any way in the past. The ding dong arguments go on unabated. Those on Buhari’s side are asking if the allegations against those arrested are true or false! They wonder if it is reasonable and not treasonable that defendants can say their enemies made them to commit fundamental sins. The debate seems very simple on the surface but much of it is still very complicated.

In the meantime, the polity is clearly heated up at the moment. The economy is bleeding dangerously. The crime rate is atrociously high. Unemployment is still incredibly rife. Poverty has not been dented and the populace is miserable. In short, the people are constantly on edge. Many Nigerians expect a miracle from Buhari. They are not ready or willing to accept our endless excuses especially the one about saying the time is too short to judge this government of necessity. Truth is we made promises to the people who thought there was a magic wand in Buhari’s pocket and he would use his talismanic powers to dismiss all our problems in a jiffy. But governance is never that simple. The scenario confronting Buhari is much worse, without trying to make excuses for him. Nigeria is very broke and Nigeria should never find itself in this type of peculiar mess after all the monies made in the past years which were recklessly frittered away. Any leader confronted by such an ugly monster would naturally be uncontrollably angry. And the President betrayed that frustration and anger at his last media chat.

My suggestion is that the anti-corruption war should continue unabated but with more focus on recovering looted funds before retribution and restitution. I do not know how the Judiciary can be of help in the fight but it should be possible to fast-track some of the cases but that may not be too easy knowing the preponderance of pending cases. But I will join those who would say the rights of every citizen must be respected. If I were President Buhari, I will not go against court orders no matter how frivolous those pronouncements can be sometimes.

I will empower the Police and the secret services to operate better surveillance rather than lock up anyone indefinitely. I may not willy nilly allow those under trial to travel abroad but I will allow some measure of movements within our country. If the appropriate safeguards and undertakings are provided and given though, there is no reason why people with established medical ailments should not be permitted to travel abroad. With the co-operation of other nations and international criminal agencies, no country is a safe haven for the corrupt politician or ex government official. Indeed they may meet a greater Nemesis in the foreign climes that they desire to seek medical succour from. I believe the President may have been too hasty in concluding that those given bail to go abroad would necessarily abscond. I like to have a little more faith in our fellow citizens. After all there is nowhere that they can enjoy the trappings, privileges and expansive lifestyle that they relish than Nigeria!

I’ve had this dispute with some top government functionaries in different governments in the past and my usual way of putting it is that we must never set fire to an entire village in order to catch some rats. We must do things methodically, lawfully and reasonably. We must seek and hope to protect the rule of law no matter how anxious we are to get justice and convict rogues. No civilian leader has the power let alone moral right to be the accuser, prosecutor and the Judge simultaneously. No matter the shortcomings of democracy, that’s the system we chose to practise. The President must always remember that it is on the platform of democracy that he came to power. He cannot, having attained the heights that he sought, dump democratic principles and ideals on the altar of expediency. That would be an unmitigated disaster. Democracy must be adequately protected lest we taint the modicum of credibility we’ve gained since this great man returned to power. If care is not taken, the international community may begin to grumble and ultimately give up on supporting a government they hope would restore hope not just to Nigeria, but the continent of Africa as a whole.

I expect the hawks to say who cares but we must care about our global image and how the world perceives us in the comity of nations. We cannot snub the civilised world while still thinking of doing serious business, seeking aid and securing loans that may ultimately take us out of the doldrums. We can fight our battles within the confines of our laws without damaging the innocent alongside the guilty. As the saying goes it is better that 10 felons go free than that one innocent man be hanged. Nothing can compensate the injustice of deliberately incriminating an innocent man who has being criminalised, tried, convicted and sentenced on the pages of newspapers, on radio, television and social media. It is a very heavy price to pay for the prejudice of intolerant politicians and people. May God grant our President more wisdom on how to solve the many intractable problems confronting our dear nation.

Of Davido, Sophia and Imade

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31: 8 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. – Isaiah 1: 17 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.” – Exodus 22: 22-23 These were the Biblical words that flooded to me as the devil tried its best to destroy a relationship of nearly 25 years. There is nothing more devastating than when communication breaks down between very intimate friends, especially male and female.

The once chummy relationship becomes dangerously affected and they rapidly metamorphose into sworn enemies. This is why some marriages collapse within months of consecration. The matter is usually much worse when children are born out of wedlock and there is no legal union between parents. No matter how lovey-dovey they were, once upon a time, the enmity grows at the speed of light. Families often become the biggest casualties as emotions freely run riot. The devil is an expert in the use of hearsay. Hearsay upon hearsay builds mutual distrust and mistrust. Sorry if I’m speaking in tongues and in parables. This is the best way I can describe the conflagration that engulfed the Momodus and the Adelekes which exploded globally on December 29, 2015, and raged all the way to January 7, 2016, when reason finally prevailed on both sides.

It was not an easy battle. It was a sad war. But I believe it was ordained to teach us fresh lessons about life and make us appreciate ourselves more and show the world that friends would always be friends no matter how daunting the challenges we confront. We thank God for good people. We are very blessed with those who intervened positively and ensured that we eventually sat down to talk. It reminded me of that popular advert by British Telecom: It is good to talk. But there are times when talking become impossible because the tongue and the mouth are quarrelling. Outsiders would never understand what went terribly wrong and how God miraculously brought everyone back from the precipice of the abyss. Let the saints say they’ve never been angry. Even Jesus Christ cursed a tree in anger.

The tongue is powerful. Nations have gone to war in anger and still returned to the negotiation table. That is the beauty of being able to bury your differences after a self-immolating fight. Many thanks to our father-figure, Professor Dayo Alao, for ultimately leading the peace initiative. We thank The Timi of Ede Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal Laminisa 1, Oba Adedokun Abolarin Aroyinkeye 1 The Orangun of Oke-Ila, Mr Wale Adeeyo, Mr Ademola Adeleke, Mrs Iyabo Ajibola-Momodu, Sophie Momodu, Mrs Mobolaji Momodu, Mr Dele Adeleke, Prince Adedamola Aderemi, Mr Gbolaga Ajayi, Dr Doyinsola Hamidat Abiola, Mr Femi Otedola, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Mr David Adeleke (aka Davido), The Emirate Airlines and all the government agencies that helped in the resolution process.

Specially the Immigration services at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) Lagos Zone deserve our commendation and gratitude. My star in the whole saga is Dr Adedeji Adeleke for maintaining a cool mien and being reasonable despite great heat and discomfort. But the heroine and only winner is baby Imade Aurora Momodu. To God be the full glory.

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FLASHBACK: EFCC Arrests Abuja Civil Servant Who Paid N60m Tithe To Redeemed Church

EDITOR: This is a repost of a news report first published by SaharaReporters in 2015.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a popular Abuja socialite who is also a top official of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Dr (Mrs) Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte. The suspect, a Grade Level 14 Officer with the Federal Ministry of Finance seconded to the Nigerian Prison Service as Head, Capital Accounts, was picked up Tuesday May 6 by operatives of the anti graft agency. And for several hours, she was grilled by investigators over allegations bordering on corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.

EFCC officials said they received tip-off regarding the suspect’s lifestyle which was inconsistent with her position as a public servant on a monthly salary of N121, 460 ($751).

The suspect owns several exotic cars and properties scattered over the (Federal Capital Territory) Abuja. Among her properties is a palatial mansion, a duplex with two-bedroom Boys Quarters at Sun City Estate, Abuja and another duplex at Karu Extension, Abuja, which is nearing completion.

Three luxury automobiles were recovered from her at the time of arrest. They include a Mercedes Benz ML 350 4matic wagon, Mercedes Benz GL 500 SUV and a Toyota Sienna.

EFCC sources said Imaobong’s arrest was triggered by intelligence report on suspicious inflow of huge funds into her account with a new generation bank.

Close scrutiny of the account by investigators literally opened a can of worms, as it came to light that the suspect is the promoter and signatory to the accounts of three companies: Abasiaga Global Resources Limited, Abasiono Nigeria Limited and Ememima Global Ventures Limited, the companies were established after she was posted to the Nigerian Prison Service and all the directors are her children (Dr. Etsu Daniel, Eme Faith and Uwen David).

She is also the owner of two other companies- Darima Properties and ID Petroleum

Sources revealed that several cash and cheque deposit into the accounts of these companies and the personal account of Imaobong in Zenith and Access bank could not be justified. The accounts of her companies are said to have recorded an inflow of not less than N200million between 2009 and now.

Another startling discovery by investigators for which the suspect has failed to provide an explanation, is the nearly N60million she paid in various branches into the account of Redeem Christian Church of God, a prominent pentecostal church in Karu, a suburb of Abuja. ‘There are instances in which she paid N5m, N7m and N6m into the church’s account. Obviously this cannot be tithe an EFCC investigator told SaharaReporters.

She must explain the source of the funds and the purpose for which the payments were made”, one of the investigators who pleaded not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter said.

Equally shocking, is the discovery of five names that consistently (on monthly basis) paid money into the private accounts of Imaobong at Zenith and Access bank since she arrived at the Nigerian Prisons Service as Head, Capital Accounts.

At press time, the socialite was still facing interrogators, unable to explain her sudden wealth. Sources informed SaharaReporters that she told her interrogators that she made her money doing contracts, contrary to provisions of the public service rule that forbids a serving officer to establish companies or prospect for contracts.

Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren while confirming the arrest warned public officers engaged in corrupt practices to desist or risk the wrath of the law. He said the agency was determined to ensure that officers who abuse their positions for self enrichment are brought to book.

He equally pleaded with the members of the public to stop celebrating corruption by asking questions when it is obvious that the lifestyle of certain persons can not be supported by their known sources of income.

Source:Sahara Reporters

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Abuja Hotels Forced To Close Down As Association Laments Multiple Govt Taxation

Hotel Owners Association Abuja laments over the Nigerian economy and how greatly businesses have been affected as a result of imposed multiple taxation by the Nigerian government and the Municipal Area Council.

“The general operating environment is still very challenging for us. I have already made mention of the lull in business so far in 2015” says Mrs Bola Onigbogi, President of Abuja Hotel Owners Forum. “But our regulatory environment has not kept apace. We have been saddled with new regulations and tariffs that has made our operations very difficult, she lamented.

Addressing members during its annual event Friday, 11 December 2015 in Abuja, Mrs Onigbogi, President of the association said, “The year started with a 40% increase on our electricity tariffs. Then we were asked to pay an additional 5% of our revenues to a new body called “FCT Entertainment and Events Center Department”. We have also had to enter into discussions with Abuja Municipal Area Council to discuss some of the new Tariffs and taxes that they have levied on us this year. A combination of this punitive regulatory regime and low sales has resulted in a cocktail of hardship for Hotels in 2015.”

Speaking at the annual event organised by the association, Mrs Bola Onigbogi, President of the association said hoteliers are made the guinea pigs for every regulatory experiment. “Can we also ask that our regulators synchronize their activities amongst themselves? She asked. She then added that “The situation where we are billed from multiple agencies on the same item has to stop. A good example is the 5% entertainment fee which we have been asked to pay. What then is the use of paying VAT?”
Mrs Onigbogi went on to state that the continues squeezing of the hotel owners will be counter-productive to the socio-economic balance of Abuja.

“Our member hotels who have closed shop and laid off workers in their hundreds are a testament to this. A quick count of the amount of taxes that we pay shows that we pay up to 40 different taxes in Abuja. Can anyone survive this onslaught? Can any business thrive under this regulatory environment?”.

The association President also noted that businesses have been greatly affected as a result of the dwindling economic crisis after the general elections, “This year has not been a perfect year for the hotel industry in Abuja. Our sales and occupancy figures are dependent on the activities happening in the Abuja socio-economic environment. It will not take a genius to decode that with the elections and handover of government, things have been pretty slow in Abuja.

“We should remind our regulators that HOFA is a body of law-abiding corporate citizens. We will always live up to our civic responsibilities as stipulated by the law. But where we are confused as to the veracity of any regulation, we will be forced to ask for an interpretation from the appropriate quarter”. She concluded.

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EFCC Combs Abuja Residence Of DAAR Communications Owner, Raymond Dokpesi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday combed the Abuja residence of the former Chairman, DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in continuation of its investigation into the controversial disbursement of $2bn arms procurement funds by the ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

It was gathered on Thursday in Abuja that Dokpesi was taken to his house in Abuja, where the operatives of the anti-graft agency searched the businessman’s residence for certain clues that might aid its probe.

It was not clear what the operatives looked for in the residence and if they succeeded in taking away any document.

After the search, the suspect was taken back to the EFCC headquarters, where he was kept overnight.

Dokpesi, had, in a statement on Wednesday, said the N2.1bn he collected from Dasuki’s office, was meant for publicity and media campaigns during the 2015 general elections, describing it as a contractual transaction.

A 13-man committee set up by the Office of the NSA to audit the procurement of arms and equipment in the Armed Forces and defence sector from 2007 to date had unearthed alleged illicit and fraudulent financial transactions on the purchase of arms during the period.

The committee had submitted an interim report to the Presidency.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, after the submission of the interim report, the total extra budgetary interventions so far articulated by the committee was estimated at N643.8bn

The committee also put the foreign currency component of the arms contracts at $2bn, an amount, it said, excluded grants from state governments and funds collected by the DSS and Police.

Meanwhile, the EFCC has arrested a former Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Marine Safety, Air Vice Marshal Salihu Atawodi (retd.), for alleged N600m arms scam.

It was learnt that the retired military officer was invited to the commission’s Abuja office by 11am on Thursday and was grilled for several hours.

A top operative of the commission said Atawodi was invited to the commission’s headquarters for alleged conspiracy, abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds.

He was alleged to have awarded contracts to the tune of N600m to one Alhaji Rabiu’s Hypertech Nigeria Limited for the procurement of military boats, which were not supplied.

The source said, “The commission is of the view that the contract for the supply of the military boats, which were awarded for N600m, were not supplied.

“He is being interrogated in connection with the alleged scam.”

The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the arrest and the ongoing interrogation of the AVM.

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Chairman Of Abuja Based Mosque Arrested In Connection With Dasuki’s Arms Deal Fraud

Dasuki says he got Jonathan’s approval for every penny withdrawn

Among associates of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki arrested in connection with the alleged looting of as much as 5billion dollars cash extorted under guise of fighting Boko Haram is a certain Alhaji Aminu Baba Kusa, who is a member of the National intelligence Agency (NIA) and the chairman of An-Nur Mosque, Abuja.

He was arrested along with his son, Mohammed Baba-Kusa, a former NNPC General Executive Director. Both are being probed on charges ranging from criminal conspiracy, theft, forgery, the diversion of public funds, to money laundering as the Nigerian government continues to clamp down on Nigerians who used Boko Haram as a means to loot the nation’s billions under the Jonathan administration.

Aminu Baba Kusa aka, ABK has long been accused of fraudulent dealings in the NNPC.

According to Elendu, “Baba Kusa ensured free flow of crude oil supplies to Vitoil contrary to the joint venture agreement. Even against established rules, he was said to always insist on serving Vitoil interests first before that of NNPC. Of course, a lot of perks came his way from Vitoil as his children attend some of the best schools in United Kingdom and Europe courtesy of Vitoil.”

Baba Kusa has been recognized for his illegal dealings for long. Since 2003 he was noted for shady deals involving Sahara energy and was protected then by Obaseki.

Dasuki withdrew as much as $600 million dollars from the Godwin Emefiele-led Central bank in the space of just four weeks prior to the elections under approval of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and millions more totaling billions of dollars over the years on pretext of arming the military.

One Abba M.T. Usman has also been arrested, he was allegedly paid to supply six helicopters and some ammunition, but none was supplied.

Others including AIT’s Raymond Dokpesi, former minister Bashir Yuguda and former Sokoto Governor Bafarawa were arrested. Dokpesi and Sokoto’s Bafarawa were arrested for allegedly receiving N2.1 and N4.6 billion respectively from the CBN Boko Haram funds dole-outs. Yuguda in his case reportedly got about N3 billion.

The administration was emptying Nigeria’s coffers ahead of the elections and various known launderers were employed to smuggle hard currency out of Nigeria. As much as 5 billion dollars was looted over he Boko Harm years in this way as the terror provided a cool opportunity to milk the nation humongous defense budget of about 18 billion dollars over the 4 Jonathan-Boko Haram years.

The Reason For Depreciating Naira

  • The continued crash in Nigeria’s dollar on the forex market has been directly related to the billions the Jonathan administration pulled out form the Central bank in unprecedented fashion.
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