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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reopened a 12-year-old $1 million fraud case against Lagos lawyer and socialite Fred Ajudua.
The EFCC first instituted the suit against Ajudua in 2005 before Justice Morenikeji Obadina of an Ikeja high court.

The matter was however struck out in 2009 after Ajudua jumped bail and failed to appear in court on 24 occasions.
In the charge filed on February 9, 2005, the EFCC alleged that Ajudua and Joseph Ochunor sometimes in 1993 conspired to defraud one Ziad Abu Zalaf of Technical International Limited based in Germany.

The commission alleged that Ajudua and co-defendant at various times collected an aggregate sum of $1,043,000 from the German businessman under the guise of financing a fictitious contract awarded by the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC).

During the pendency of the suit spanning four years before Justice Obadina, Ajudua failed to appear for trial.
The development forced the court to issue a warrant for his arrest sequel to which the matter was struck out in 2009 by Justice Obadina due to failure of the anti-graft agency to produce the defendants.

When Ajudua resurfaced in 2013, the EFCC formally applied to the Lagos State Chief Judge to relist the matter and  was  re-assigned to Justice Josephine Oyefeso.

When the matter came up yesterday before Justice Oyefeso, EFCC counsel, Mr.  S. A. Atteh, informed the court that the commission had on January 25, 2017 filed a motion seeking to reopen the case.

But counsel to Ajudua, Mr. Morrison Quakers (SAN) informed the court that his client has already filed a preliminary objection against the motion filed by the EFCC.

The matter, however, could not proceed as the court refused to grant the request of EFCC counsel to respond to Ajudua’s preliminary objection orally.

 

 
Posted On Tuesday, 14 February 2017 01:55 Written by

SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Oghara, the home town of former Delta state governor, Chief James Ibori,was again host to the creme of Delta state political, traditional and clerical fields on Sunday as the Oghara community held a special thanksgiving service for the former governor.

The church service, which was held at the First Baptist Church, Oghara, was organised by the community to thankGod for the release of Iborifrom a United Kingdom prison, where he had served almost five years after conviction for money laundry charges.

The service had many political associates and followers of the former governor present. Among those at the event were the immediate
past governor of the state, who is also a cousin of Ibori, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Secretary to the Delta State Government, Festus Ovie-Agas,
Senators Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, Patric Osakwe and Ighoyota Amori.

Others were members of the Delta state executive and legislative arms of government, including the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Hon
Monday Igbuya and daughter of Chief Ibori, who is a member of the legislature; Erhiateake Ibori. Traditional rulers present included the Ovie
of Oghara Kingdom, Noble Eshemitan and the Pere of Akegbene-Mein Kingdom, Pere Kalanama VII.

Some artistes who graced the church service were Ras Kimono, Orits Wiliki and Ras Father.

Posted On Sunday, 12 February 2017 16:28 Written by

SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), Mr Ekpo Nta, has disclosed that the commission in course of their operations has seized 62 houses from one female public officer.

Nta said this while answering question during interaction at the Akwa Ibom Anti-Corruption Summit in Uyo on Tuesday.

The theme of the summit is; “Transparency and Accountability: a panacea to good governance and sustainable development.”

He expressed confidence that the anti corruption war was gradually yielding positive result in the country.

He said the commission had interim power to seize property of any public officer whose property was above the accruable income and could not be explained.

According to him, the property will be forfeited to the Federal Government after all litigations have been concluded.

The ICPC boss warned public officeholders not live above their income as the commission had the mandate of interim seizure of any public officer property that live above his or her income.

“There are many facets of corruption in Nigeria the commission will stop at nothing to bring anyone found to have contravened the anti-corruption crusade to book,” Nta said.

He added that the commission had successfully retrieved 40 vehicles that were stolen by retired directors of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and warned against trivialising the anti-graft war of the current administration.

Nta further said that the commission was prosecuting over 400 corruption cases in different courts in the country, adding that those found guilty at the end of the investigation would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

He said the commission had taken a step further by launching the campaigns in institutions of higher learning and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).

He explained that the anti-corruption module had since been introduced into the curriculum of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), adding such measures would go a long way toward entrenching moral values in students.

Nta said the commission had launched anti-corruption clubs in orientation camps, disclosing that such measures had assisted the commission to detect and arrested about 42 fake corps members at orientation camps in the recent times.

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom said that corruption had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nigerian system.

Emmanuel urged all and sundry to be in the vanguard of curbing the menace of corruption if the country must move forward.

“We must change our mindsets about the way we do things in the country,” Emmanuel said.

The governor decried what he described as illicit cash running into over 157 billion dollars leaving the shores of Nigeria abroad through fraudulent practices.

He identified corruption as the greatest enemy of development, adding that it was regrettable the wholesale repatriation of illicit funds across the borders to develop other nations.

According to him, if such cash are used within the shore of the country, the socio-economic life on Nigeria and Nigerians will have been positively impacted.

Posted On Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:12 Written by

Despite the pull out of hip-hop musician, Innocent Idibia, known as Tuface from the One Voice Nigeria protest against the federal government, various groups took to the streets in Lagos and Abuja on Monday.


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The conveners of the protest, Coalition of young Nigerians promoting good governance and citizen engagement, tweeted: “It is not about where you are from or your religion. We are first Nigerians before anything else that defines us!”

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Posted On Monday, 06 February 2017 12:43 Written by

SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: WARRI-POLITIICIANS, top government functionaries, friends and associates of the former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, waiting for his return to Delta State, have besieged the Osubi Airport, Osubi, near Warri and his country home at Oghara, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state. Among them was his long-time political soul mate, Chief Ighoyota Amori, who visited him in London soon after his release, Secretary to the State Government, Chief Festus Agas, Hon Alphonsus Ojo, Chief Sheriff Oberovwori, Chief Pius Ovbije, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, managing director of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief Williams Makinde, Chief Lovette Idisi, Mr. Austin Ayemidejor and Mrs. Philomena Oyarone. Despite the short notice about his arrival, the terminal 2 VIP room and arrival lounge of the Osubi Airport are overfilled and security personnel at the airport are finding it difficult to control the crowd.

A taxi driver at Oghara, Ejiro Onakpome, said: “We heard that he is already in Nigeria, we are anxiously waiting for his return to Oghara. We are also being careful in celebrating his anticipated return today, as it might just be another rumour like it was in December, last year.” But, an elderly woman, whom has already positioned herself at a vantage position in Ibori’s country home, said: “If we do not see Ibori, our hero today with our eyes, Oghara will not sleep, our illustrious son is finally returning home.”

Meanwhile, commercial activities are currently at a slow pace in the community, as the people seem ready to lock up their stalls once the former governor arrives. Commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, were carrying out several acrobatic displays awaiting his arrival. Live musical bands were seen performing at strategic locations, while bill boards, one of which bore the inscription: “Welcome Home”, have been erected along the road leading to his country home.


Posted On Saturday, 04 February 2017 15:46 Written by

SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday seized a property belonging to a former Assistant Director (Finance and Account), of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Mahmud Deji Sambo.

Sambo is facing trial with Musti Bukar for allegedly stealing N58 million belonging to the hospital.
The confiscated house was suspected to have been bought with the stolen money.

A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “The EFCC has secured the forfeiture of the property at Plot 114, Gamji Road, New GRA, off Bama Road, Maiduguri, belonging to Mahmud Deji Sambo, a former Assistant Director (Finance and Account), with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

“Sambo is being prosecuted on a three-count charge of stealing. The property, to have been acquired with proceeds of crime, was attached pursuant to an order by Justice M.T Salihu of the Federal High Court, Maiduguri.
“It will be recalled that Sambo and Musti Bukar were arraigned by the EFCC last April for alleged fraud perpetrated in the finance department of UMTH, to the tune of N58 million.

“They pleaded not guilty to the charges. So far, the prosecution has called 10 witnesses as trial continues.”
Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004, empowers the anti-graft agency to invoke Interim Assets Forfeiture Clause on any serving or former public officer or any Nigerian under probe.

Posted On Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:48 Written by

SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: 

Troops secure Banjul for Barrow’s return

More details of the peaceful battle to restore democracy in The Gambia became known yesterday.

After days of stand-off, former President Yahya Jammeh suddenly agreed to quit office, yielding to last-minute pressure from Guinean President Alpha Conde and his Mauritanian counterpart Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, who were with him between Friday and Saturday.

After agreeing to leave and save The Gambia from a major crisis, Jammeh was confronted by big challenge –  how to fly out.

The leaders, The Nation learnt, reached out to All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who authorised his private aircraft to be used to fly Jammeh out of Banjul, sources said. 

Jammeh’s exit paved the way for the return of President Adama Barrow to take office after he was sworn in on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal.

Tinubu’s VP-CBT Falcon Jet had been with President Conde, who is a close friend of the leading politician.

It was not until late on Saturday night that Jammeh agreed to go. Sources said Tinubu was contacted to allow the use of his jet to fly Jammeh out of Banjul.

He reportedly gave a condition: it should only be used “if it will facilitate the quick exit of Jammeh and lead to the restoration of peace and democracy in The Gambia”.

The plane eventually flew out with Jammeh, his wife, mother and President Conde on board.

Senegal, it was learnt, insisted on knowing those on board before allowing it to overfly its airspace.  This wish was granted.  Jammeh was flown to Equitorial Guinea where he will be on exile

Jammeh arrived at the airport amid a large convoy of vehicles and throngs of cheering supporters.

He stood on a small platform to hear ceremonial music performed by a military band and then walked down a long red carpet, surrounded by dignitaries.

He climbed the steps to the plane, turned and kissed and waved a Qur’an at those assembled.

It was an emotional farewell. Many soldiers, supporters and dignitaries were crying. Others in The Gambia were glad to see the end of a 22-year dictatorship which had little respect for human rights and freedom of speech.

Posted On Monday, 23 January 2017 04:30 Written by

SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: New York – The U.S. has commended Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its show of leadership in peacefully ousting former President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, after weeks of political stalemate.

The U.S. Department of State, in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Mark Toner, also welcomed the ongoing peaceful transition in the country and the commitment to democracy by the people. “The United States welcomes the ongoing peaceful transition of power in The Gambia and congratulates President Adama Barrow on his inauguration. “We applaud the commitment to democracy and the restraint shown by the Gambian people over the past weeks. “We commend the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other regional partners for their leadership in addressing the situation,” the statement said.

The U.S. also commended Jammeh for departing The Gambia peacefully and avoiding the use of violence. “We appreciate the decision by Yahya Jammeh to depart The Gambia peacefully. “We also echo President Barrow’s call for Gambians to unite and work together as brothers and sisters for the future of The Gambia. “The United States is proud of our close ties to the people of The Gambia and looks forward to working closely with President Barrow and his team to achieve the aspirations of all Gambians.”


Posted On Sunday, 22 January 2017 23:26 Written by

SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: A Senior Special Assistant to the President, Bashir Ahmaad has posted a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari watching Channels Television in his suite in the United Kingdom where he went on a 10-day vacation.

Ahmad tweeted: ”MBuhari on a phone call with @ProfOsinbajo while watching Sunday Politics on Channels TV this evening”

The picture serves to dispel evil rumours by some Nigerians on the social media that the president was dead.

Posted On Sunday, 22 January 2017 23:15 Written by

SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow on Saturday said he was returning to his country following Yahya Jammeh’s announcement to step down as president.

Barrow on his twitter handle, @adama_barrow, said “As Yahya Jammeh officially stepped down from office — I will be returning to my homeland, the Republic of The Gambia. #NewGambia.”

Barrow also told the Associated Press in an interview on Saturday that he would enter Gambia once a security sweep had been completed.

The new president also said that Jammeh would be leaving within hours on Saturday and told Gambians who had fled the country that they now had “the liberty to return home”. 

Barrow on Thursday took the oath of office as Gambia’s new president.

He was sworn-in about 5p.m. Senegalese time at the Gambian High Commission in Dakar, Senegal.

Barrow succeeded Yahya Jammeh, who lost in the Dec. 1 presidential election and refused to vacate office when his 22-year rule expired midnight on Thursday.

West African mediators spent several hours in talks with him on Friday after military forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) stopped actions to remove Jammeh by force to allow last-minute negotiations.

Jammeh, however, on state TV on Saturday, announced that he would step down in the interest of the Gambian people adding that it was his duty to “preserve at every instant” their lives.

He was also reported to have left the State House to join President Alpha Conda of Guinea to the airport, to begin a new life in exile.

 

Posted On Sunday, 22 January 2017 01:34 Written by
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