How Fayose Forcefully Released Fani-Kayode’s Wife, Baby – EFCC …Denies Detaining Them

Released The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC), have denied reports that wife of former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and his 8-month old baby where detained by officials of the commission when she went to withdraw money from the Ado-Ekiti branch of Access Bank.

Fani-Kayode in a statement yesterday claimed that his wife and 8-month old baby were detained in the bank and where only freed after Ekiti State governor, Ayoele Fayose stormed the bank.

But the EFCC in a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren on Tuesday denied the allegation stating that she was only in the process of being taking to the police station having attempted to withdraw from an account account placed on ‘Psot No Debit’ before governor Fayose stormed the venue with thugs and his personal security to forcefully release her.

The Statement reads:
“The wife of Femi Fani Kayode and her child are not in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and were never detained by the Commission. Contrary to the media spin about the purported arrest of mother and child, a certain Chikwendu Sonia today attempted to withdraw money from an Access Bank account that had been placed on ‘Post No Debit’ Category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into the account.”
“She was intercepted by the bank while the Commission was notified but because it was late, the EFCC advised that the suspect be taken to the police station for processing and release on bail.”
“They were arranging to take the suspect to the police station when Governor Ayo Fayose stormed the bank with thugs and his personal security and forcefully secured the release of the suspect, with claims that the EFCC had no power to detain anybody in his state. He also vowed to close down the branch of the bank.”
“The said account, which had a balance of N 2,307,712.82 was flagged following investigation into the PDP Joint Trust fund when the Commission traced N1.1billion to the Zenith Bank account of Fani-Kayode. It was discovered that the account had two biometric identification numbers, one for Fani-Kayode and the other (with BVN 2205597283)for Sonia Chikwendu. The same BVN is linked to 2 other accounts in Diamond bank and 15 accounts in Guaranty Trust Bank.”
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FG Denies Swapping Boko Haram Prisoners For Chibok Girls

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has denied that the federal government swapped some Boko Haram prisoners for the 21 Chibok girls released by the terrorist group early Thursday morning.

Addressing a press conference on the release of the abducted girls, Mr. Mohammed said the girls were released following credible information from trusted negotiators among the leadership of Boko Haram.

He said the president, Muhammadu Buhari, gave directives to officials of the State Security Service after it was certain that the release of the girls was possible, based on the information provided.

“The moment we had a credible lead, we built confidence on our sources and the president gave authorities to the SSS to pursue the release if the girls.

“As soon as the necessary confidence was built on both sides, the parties agreed on the date and the location of the release of the 21 girls. Please note that this is not a swap. It is a release, the
product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides.

“As soon as agreements were reached; the parties decided on a place of exchange and the girls were released.

“They were immediately flown to Kaduna state where they are expected shortly; this afternoon to Abuja”, said Mr. Mohammed.

He said government had put in place medical, psychological and trauma experts, as well as social workers to help attend to the health needs of the girls upon their return to Abuja.

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Akpabio Denies Bribing Supreme Court Judges

Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has condemned social media reports linking him with bribery allegations against Supreme Court judges.

The State Security Services (SSS), over the weekend arrested seven judges, including two justices of the Supreme Court, in multiple raids across Nigeria. The SSS accused the judges of bribery and corruption.

Mr. Akpabio, who is the Senate Minority Leader, described as “spurious, baseless and false”, a story published on the social media that he bribed Supreme Court judges to swing the 2015 Akwa Ibom governorship election petition in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Udom Emmanuel.

The All Progressives Congress in the state, in February, had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Supreme Court judgment which declared Mr. Emmanuel winner of the 2015 Akwa Ibom governorship election.

“We wish to state most emphatically that Senator Akpabio is in no way involved in the alleged bribery of Supreme Court judges and so has no reason whatsoever to be scared over the arrest of the Judges,” Mr. Akpabio said on Sunday through a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Anietie Ekong.

The senator, who accused the APC in the state of sponsoring the story against him, said he never had any contact with any judge with the intention to offer bribe. He said he was exploring the option of going to court to protect his reputation.

The senator said it was sad for the APC in Akwa Ibom to celebrate the ordeals of one of the arrested judges of the Supreme Court, Justice Inyang Okoro, who is an indigene of the state, instead of the party to wait for the SSS to conclude its investigations.

He said “in the last few years”  the only time he had contact with Supreme Court justices was in December last year when the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, in which he is the vice chairman, visited the Chief Justice of the Federation and other judges of the apex court.

“Senator Akpabio, as a democrat, believes in the sanctity of the electoral process and so has not been involved in bribing any Judge as it is not in his character to do so. His election as a Senator which was seen as a no contest after a sterling performance as Governor of Akwa Ibom State was widely held as free and fair,” the statement said.

“Senator Akpabio like many other Nigerians learnt of the news of the arrest of the Judges/ Justiceson Saturday while he was in Irrua, Edo State when he along with the Senate President and other Senators attended the wedding of the daughter of their colleague, Senator Clifford Ordia.

“It is most disingenuous and reprehensible for Akwa Ibom State APC to attempt to link Senator Akpabio to something he has no knowledge of and impute he was gripped with fear when he was busy celebrating with his colleague on the marriage of his daughter in Irrua, Esan Central Local Government of Edo State.

“We condemn it in very strong terms and advice those whose stock in trade and preoccupation is to link Senator Akpabio to every ignominious scheme to desist from such pull-him-down syndrome.”

The Akwa Ibom state government has also issued a statement condemning similar media reports that linked Governor Emmanuel’s election to bribery.

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Judge Denies Stashing $2million As DSS Gives More Details, Says Wike Gave Him $2.5million Bribe

Justice Mohammed Liman, the Federal High Court Judge whose attempted arrest by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) was blocked by Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has been quoted as denying the allegation of stashing $2million in his home.

This is even as DSS sources said Liman allegedly took bribes from Governor Nyesom Wike to give favourable judgment to the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The sources also accused the judge of habitually crossing Nigerian borders to allegedly receive bribes from litigants.

The DSS had attempted to arrest the Judge, but his arrest was frustrated by Governor Wike sprang up late night to obstruct the arrest

Wike is alleged to have helped the Judge to move the $2million allegedly stashed in his home, but the Judge has denied the allegation.

“I’m not asking anybody to believe or disbelieve whether I stashed $2m, an amount that is equivalent to about N1b,” TheNigerianLawyer quoted the judge as saying in a statement.

“Perhaps you might think the SSS probably exaggerated the amount, but all these would have been relevant considerations if they had actually searched my house.

“If I had $2m or even a quarter of it I would have abandoned this horrible profession that has lost its dignity. In fact I have already lost interest in it and have made up my mind to say bye bye to it. I believe there is a life beyond every other thing.”

Giving more details into the matter, top official of the DSS told Premium Times on Sunday that operatives were still tracking Mr. Liman and would ensure his arrest in the coming days after the initial attempt was thwarted by Mr. Wike.

The source said Mr. Liman allegedly took bribes to subvert justice in the leadership tussle within the PDP which has left the party factionalised for several months.

Mr. Liman’s July ruling authenticated the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP which had been deemed illegal by Justice Okon Abang.

The PDP crisis culminated in another botched convention in August, although the opposing parties are currently working to end the quagmire.

“We received a petition that he (Mr. Liman) received bribes to give his ruling and our investigations confirmed it,” a top SSS official said.

The source added that Mr. Liman is “also a distributor” who receives bribes on behalf of other judges and helps distribute it.

“He travels across the border to Ghana, Republic of Benin and other West African countries to meet lawyers in hotels to take bribes for himself and his colleagues on the bench,” he said.

The source also said the amount involved in Mr. Liman’s botched arrest on Saturday morning was actually $2.5 million, and gave more explanation as to why operatives’ failed to arrest the judge or get the money.

“The vehicle that was used to cart away the $2million was faster than our men’s own,” the source said. “They just couldn’t catch up with them at such a high speed. It’s like chasing a 7-cylinder vehicle with a 3-cylinder.”

“We will arrest him in coming days; we have no doubt about this as we have enough evi?dence to nail him in court. By bringing Governor Wike in, he has worsened his own case.”

But Governor Nyesom Wike whom the SSS blamed for interfering to frustrate the planned Friday night arrest of Mr. Liman, in a statement early Sunday dismissed the allegations as an attempt by the SSS to divert attention from its gross desecration of the constitution.?

The SSS “concocted” the allegations to justify an “unconstitutional assault on the nation’s judiciary,” Mr. Wike said.

Mr. Wike said he didn’t know the judge, but he moved in to prevent him from being taken away because the mode of the SSS arrest did not comply with the dictates of the law.

“In the police, erring and corrupt policemen are first given orderly room trial, sacked and then appropriately prosecuted,” Mr. Wike said. “For judicial officers, the SSS has no role.”

“I am not in support of any judicial support being involved in corruption,” but “this impunity must stop.”

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Kwara Denies Receiving N1tr in Allocation

Kwara State government has debunked claims by a group, “Organising Kwara Political Action Group” that it has collected over one trillion naira in federal allocations between the last administration of Dr. Bukola Saraki and the current administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, the state government described the allegations as ill-informed and driven by deliberate falsehood.

The statement said that the State has witnessed unprecedented development from 2003 till date, saying that the Saraki administration implemented various road, electricity and water projects across the State including construction of township roads within Ilorin.

It listed other projects executed by Saraki to include the Kwara State University (KWASU), Ilorin International Airport and the International Aviation College, Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre, Upgrading of Asa Dam waterworks and Phase one of Ilorin Water reticulation projects, and urban and rural electrification project.

According to the statement, Governor Ahmed consolidated on the achievements recorded by his predecessor by completing most inherited projects and implementing new ones across all sectors, which have contributed to the State’s development.

These include the innovative City and Guilds of London-backed International Vocational Centre in Ajase-Ipo, KWASU’s ultra-modern Engineering Complex and renovation and equipping five general hospitals in Ilorin, Shaare, Omu-aran, Offa and Kaiama with state-of-the-art facilities.

The statement noted that the present administration also executed different rural and urban road projects across the State as well as people-oriented programmes such as youth empowerment scheme and Micro-credit Intervention scheme under which a cumulative N1.9b has been disbursed to over 50, 000 small business owners in the State.

In the Housing sector, the statement disclosed that Governor Ahmed in March flagged off the construction of 1, 000 hosuing units at Budo-Osho area of Tanke, Ilorin as part of effort to reduce the State’s housing deficit.

The statement added that the state government has commenced the implementation of critical grass-root developmental projects in 192 wards across the State under its N850m World Bank supported Community Development programme.

It also noted that it is completely untrue that workers in the State have not been receiving regular payments for the past three years, stressing that Kwara is one of the few states that have continued to pay salaries regularly despite the current economic downturn that has affected the capacity of most state governments to pay workers’ salaries.

On infrastructure, the statement stressed that the fact that the government had conducted a study on infrastructural needs of the State and has identified a N225 billion gap shows how visionary and serious the government is.

It added that the State government has outlined a plan to bridge the infrastructural deficit gap with the establishment of the Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund, (IFK). Under the IFK, the state government intends to inject over N11.1b to fund infrastructural projects including the construction of Geri-Alimi Diamond Underpass flagged off last week.

As regards the issue of water reticulation project, the statement explained that the project was broken into phases, noting that the first phase was executed by the administration of Dr. Saraki, while the second phase was implemented by Governor Ahmed during his first tenure.

According to the statement, the final phase, which will ensure adequate water supply to most neighbourhoods across Ilorin metropolis, is currently being implemented.

The statement also maintained that the Kwara State government has consistently demonstrated accountability and transparency to the people as evidenced by its monthly publication of federal allocation and JAAC figures.

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Tambuwal Denies Receiving N1bn To Help Pad Amnesty Budget

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal has denied news report of receiving some illegal funds to help in the padding of the Amnesty Office budhet.
SaharaReporters had reported that Tambuwal, helped a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, to receive N1bn from the Amnesty Office.
But Tanbuwal, in a statement by his spokesman, Imam Imam described the story, as it relates to Tambuwal, as false, mischievous, and without basis.
“For the records, Tambuwal has never engaged in legislative, political, administrative or business relationship with the persons alleged in the story.”
“Nwuche left the House of Representatives in 2003, the same year Tambuwal was elected into the National Assembly to represent Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency in the House.”
“He was not in the House of Representatives when Nwuche was in the House.”
“The history of the frosty relationship between then Speaker Tambuwal and elements close to former President Goodluck Jonathan (which both Nwuche and Kingsley Kuku were prominent members), is well known to Nigerians.”
“Speaker Tambuwal could not have had dealings with people who considered him antagonistic to the aspiration of their benefactor (Jonathan).”
“There is no iota of truth in the story as it relates to Governor Tambuwal.”
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EFCC Denies Receiving N750m Bribe To Clear FAAN MD Of Corruption

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to  a report entitled, ‘N3b Found In FAAN MD’s Bank Accounts Sparks Discontent Over His Clearance By EFCC And Shabby Running Of The Agency’, which appeared in the online news portal, Saharareporters, on Monday October 3, 2016  with claims that the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma was cleared of corruption allegations by the Commission after paying bribe to unnamed officials of the EFCC and the Ministry of Transport.

The EFCC is scandalized by this report which is capable of raising doubts in the mind of the public regarding the integrity of the agency.

As an agency that has zero tolerance for corruption, the Commission views with seriousness issues of integrity and has repeatedly asked those with evidence of corruption among the ranks of its officers to come forward, which in this case should have included the names of the officers allegedly involved, and the time and place where they collected the alleged gratification. But there was no such evidence in the report which to all intent and purposes appears contrived.

For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC wishes to state that at no time did it issue any clearance to any managing director of FAAN, which makes the story specious.

Mr. Wilson Uwujaren

Head of Media and Publicity

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Military Denies Report Of Boko Haram Attack In Chibok

The Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE has denied report of Boko Hara attack in Chibok, Borno state.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
said the the reported attack occurred at Kwamjilari village, 30 kilometres from Chibok.

“What happened was that, 2 persons were murdered at Kwamjilari village, (which is over 30 kilometres from Chibok, and very close to Sambisa forest), by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists looking for food.”

“We wish to reiterate that they weren’t killed outside or near a church as being bandied around.”

“The people from the said village are all in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Chibok. Those who went back to the village without authorization were moved back to Chibok 2 weeks ago.
Those killed went back on their own contrary to security advise.”

“Nevertheless, a patrol team was sent from Chibok went to the village this morning. Adequate measures would be taken to ensure no one go back to the village for now.”

Meanwhile, 5 civilians lost their lives in an ambush launched by insurgents in the Sanda area of Borno State.

According to the military, Boko Haram terrorists who were foraging for food, ambushed troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri, at Sanda general area, Borno State.

“Unfortunately, 5 civilians lost their lives at the incident and another died on the way to the hospital. Three soldiers also sustained injuries.”

“The wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri.”

“Consequently, another robust patrol team has been despatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists.”

“This unfortunate incident has brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation amongst all.”

“We would like to assure the public that we would not allow this isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North East.”

“Troops are on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed.”

“Additional security measures have also been placed to avert reoccurrence.”

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FirstNation Airways Denies Report Of Folding Up, Says Normal Operation Resumes September 15

FirstNation Airways has denied report that it is on the verge of folding up.

The airlines Head, Corporate Affairs, Mr Rasheed Yusuff stated this in a statement, stressing that it had only taken aircraft for maintenance which is not the same as winding up.

The airline suspended operations barely 24 hours after Aero Contractor suspended its operation over the state of the economy which it said was affecting it.

Yusuff promised its traveling passengers that the airline would return to normal scheduled flight operations by Sept. 15.

According to him, “FirstNation is not on the verge of folding up. In reality, since the airline launched services in 2011, the airline has built a strong followership and has been rated consistently as market leader on safety and schedule integrity.

“This reputation was reinforced by FirstNation’s achievement of International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification, which is the airline industry global benchmark for world class safety standard in record time of 12 months.”

The statement further stressed that the award of IOSA certification, within 12 months of application by FirstNation remains unrivalled in West and Central Africa.

It noted that this international attestation of FirstNation’s safety and operational standard, was contrary to the false and damaging impression that the media attempted to paint in the publications of Sept. 1.

The statement emphasised that the planned maintenance was orderly arranged with advance notification to passengers.

It stressed that service would be reinstated on or before September 15, 2016.

It said, “We are working to grow the fleet as well. All our aircraft have recently undergone C-Check and returned contrary to the blatant lies contained in the said publication.

“We currently have no aircraft undergoing C-Check anywhere in the world. Our first fleet of A320 were orderly returned to the Lessor and we maintained good relationship with the Lessor.”

The IATA Operational Safety Audit programme is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.

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