About 100million barrels of crude oil illegally shipped from Nigeria in 2015, kept in tank farms in Qingdao, China’s eastern Shandong Province, was secretly sold for $800million, and the money shared by ranking members of the President Mohammadu Buhari cabal, investigations have revealed.
Buhari’s late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, Late Group General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Minister for Power, Saleh Mamman, as well as the current GMD, NNPC, Mele Kyari were reported to have shared of the $800 million.
Also reported to have participated in the sharing was the now suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, Air Commodore Mohammed Umar Rtd, former Director-General, State Security Services, Mallam Lawal Daura.
Codenamed “The China Deal” illegal crude oil sale has become a subject of litigation in far-away Mexico following the refusal of the cabal to pay 5% of the value of 48 million barrels to SAMANO, an Americo- Mexican company that discovered the abandoned crude in Qingdao, Zhoushan and Rizhao, both in China.
Shortly before the 2015 general elections, several vessels of crude left the shores of Nigeria for China. By the time the crude berthed in the Chinese Port in Qingdao, oil buyers backed off after learning of a change of government.
The crude which had been discharged in several tank farms in the port city of Qingdao, Zhoushan, and Rizhao, were abandoned.
Upon Buhari’s inauguration, SAMANO approached certain officials of the new administration, alerting them of the Nigerian crude oil abandoned in China.
According to a court paper exclusively obtained, SAMANO, received a letter in August 2016 from Hamman Saleh, now Minister of Power, through his company, Northon Oil and Gas Services, inviting them to Nigeria to meet with Government officials to discuss the matter.
Sources confirmed that the invitation letter to SAMANO came after the company refused to send details of the found crude via electronic means.
A team from SAMANO, Mexico, led by Messrs. José Salazar Tinajero, arrived in Nigeria. He was accompanied by A. Nick Cadena, and Juan Carlos Jaramillo García, and they held a meeting at No 1 Gado Nasko Close, Asokoro, Abuja, the home of Air Commodore Umar, a close ally of President Buhari.
After the meeting, and with Buhari’s approval, Umar and other members of the cabal, including Mele Kyari, then GGM Crude, NNPC, set out to locate the crude oil
When Umar and Kyari got to China, they connived with others back in Nigeria and agreed to declare that the information was a hoax and that there was no crude oil in any of the tank farms in China. According to a sworn affidavit, Umar and late Abba Kyari had assured SAMANO of 5 percent of the total value of 48 million barrels of crude oil found. However, to their shock, between October and November 2015, SAMANO officials who had returned to Mexico, received intelligence from China that the crude had been sold.
The affidavit claimed that when SAMANO confronted the Nigerian government about their own share of the sale of the crude, they were rebuffed and some of their officials blackmailed, arrested, and locked up in Nigeria.
The affidavit alleged that the GMD NNPC, Mr. Kyari, had told a SAMANO representative via WhatsApp chat that the late Abba Kyari and Umar had taken advantage of the information they provided and sold-off the crude and that they should forget about the deal, promising to make things up for SAMANO.
A very reliable source said that after the sale, the Nigerian officials shared the proceeds and told President Buhari that the buyers were no longer willing to buy the crude because it had no DNA. According to the sources, crude oil secretly shipped to China in 2015 was over 100 million barrels. SAMANO was only able to trace 48 million barrels. The cabal was said to have found an additional 52 million barrels stored in other tank farms in China and sold them off.
SAMANO’s lawyer, Joaquin Esparza Mendez, said that the Mexican Court could not continue with the matter for lack of jurisdiction. He said the Judge had advised they file the case in Nigeria since the Whistleblowers Act for which they are relying on is domiciled in Nigeria.
Sources said that officials of SAMANO have no faith in the Nigerian judicial system and are very unlikely to file the case there. Instead, the Mexican company is said to be preparing to file the matter in a court in London once the pandemic is over.
I am in possession of documents relating to the crude deal, Vessels used, WhatsApp Chats, and others and will make them public as we continue to dig into the dirty deals.
Hajia Sadiya Farouq clears air on COVID 19 palliatives and what she said will definitely shock many Nigerians, especially those in South East and South South region.
“There’s hardly anyone in Nigeria who didn’t receive the Federal Government Palliative care in this trial COVID 19 Pandemic. All the tribes in Nigeria received the palliative, Infact it was evenly distributed.
“Hearing some tribe crying of marginalization, especially the Eastern parts of Nigeria and the South South that no palliative care was given to them tends to blackmail.
“Nobody in the Eastern or South Southern parts of Nigeria will say he or she didn’t receive any palliative from the government, especially the Federal government relieved cash transfer sent to their respective bank accounts. About 95% of them received the relief fund. Those I will say that didn’t receive the funds are children, those still in Primary and Secondary school but every average Igbo man and woman received the palliative care and the relief fund cash transfer.
“Asking me if this could be the reason for the increase in volume of their agitation has nothing to do with the Federal government relieved cash transfer because all of them received the relief fund through their individual bank accounts.
Agitation will not help this country to grow but doing the right thing not to blackmail the government”, the Nigerian most corrupt Minister concluded.
The minister has earlier raised eyebrows when she said that the federal government through her ministry is feeding all school children even during lockdown, when all kids were at home. One wonders if she fed these in their respective homes or via some invisible feeding tube duct.
The godfather of Lagos politics, Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2015, led the Southwest into an alliance with the north to birth the All Progressive Alliance (APC). His decision, evidently, was informed by the expectation that the two geopolitical regions will share power, invariably to the exclusion of the Eastern bloc. And ultimately that he, or the Southwest will take power by the time the north completes two terms in 2023. But it has proved to be a miscalculation.
Certainly, power play is about conspiracies and alliances. Tinubu is well within his right to do what he thought would best advance his political interest and that of his region. However, in backing President Muhammadu Buhari, he cut his nose to spite his face.
It may not have seemed obvious to many, but once Buhari took power in 2015, Tinubu’s political career was in jeopardy.
To navigate the president without bruises, the best Tinubu could have done was retire from active politics and assume the role of an elder statesman. He did not, he stayed on, wanting to be president and pushing hard to remain at the centre of political discourse. But power is jealous and if there is any holder of the highest office in the land who would tolerate a co-president, it is not Buhari. Things are beginning to unravel, fast.
Without Tinubu and by extension, the Southwest, Buhari could not have been president today. This is one fact that president’s men who now dominate the political space and brook no opposition will hate to admit, but it remains true, regardless.
But being essentially Buhari’s kingmaker, it was political naivety to decide to hang around in the expectation that he would share power. The old Machiavellian advice is that the prince must first destroy the one who made him king. Reason? Because he could decide tomorrow to make another king.
Writing in ‘The Prince’, the legendary Niccolo Machiavelli noted “… he who is the cause of another becoming powerful is ruined; because that predominancy has been brought about by astuteness or else by force, and both are distrusted by him who has been raised to power.”
Of course, it should have been obvious that, in helping to make Buhari president, Tinubu wasjeopardizing his political career and plunging the Southwest and by extension, southern Nigeria into political slavery whose only parallel in the country’s political history, is the late Emeka Ojukwu leading the Igbo to war in 1967.
With respect to the Biafra war, blaming Ojukwu for embarking on it could earn one exile in the Igbo country. But if truth be told, the war was avoidable and could have been avoided if Ojukwu had not been too stiff to listen to the likes of Zik and other intellectuals who understood better, international politics and diplomacy. This is not to say, nonetheless, that Ojukwu was not sufficiently provoked by the killings of the Igbo in the north in the aftermath of the July 1966 revenge coup that threw up Yakubu Gowon as head of state, and indeed the actions – or lack of it – of the Gowon-led federal side. Regardless, it was still in his hands to accept to fight or toe the path of diplomacy which, given the circumstances, was the best option and the only way to win international support for his secession quest. In the event, he went to war and only succeeded in sacrificing more Igbo lives and weakening the Igbo politically.
The consequence of that weakening is that it provided fertile ground for the emergence of hegemonic northern power. The imbalance so created is largely responsible for the crisis of Nigeria’s national identity. One mistake many Nigerians, particularly in the south, make is the assumption that the country is already formed and settled as a circular state. It’s not the case. There is the ever present quest to define the country, right of course, from the 1804 jihad.
Colonial rule put a stop to it, then in the post war years, the middle belt soldiers who dominated the army acted as a wedge. Tinubu’s alliance with Buhari has served to reenact that quest. Buhari is now, apparently, out to define the country. The Jagaban’s political miscalculation could yet prove too costly.
The old generals who I reckon, understand this are already raising alarm. But of course, the horde of naive, ignorant online crowd of crumb eaters are blurring the resistance line.
As it concerns the 2023 presidency, it should be clear to anyone with a functioning brain that President Buhari’s north has no intention of relinquishing power to the southwest or any zone for that matter. What many may not have realised, however, is that for the next three decades at least, if ever, and should Nigeria remain one, power will not leave the north. But in projecting, one must always leave space for the law of unintended consequences and the God factor.
But given Buhari’s antecedents, was there any grounds for the southwest particularly to have given him benefit of the doubt in 2015? Absolutely none in my reckoning. However, it would appear that emotion rather than sound political calculation informed their support for Buhari in 2015. It was, perhaps, more of spite for the East than love for Buhari. I had been amazed when, in the heat of the moment in 2015, before the election, the news editor of my then media platform branded a fellow reporter who didn’t buy into the Buhari presidential project a “bloody b*stard who is following the Igbo people to betray Yoruba by supporting Jonathan.”
In the lead up to the 2019 polls, I had on several occasions engaged my landlord – a backer of Buhari’s second term project who loves to discuss politics with me – on who between Atiku Abubakar and the president would make a better leader. My insistence was, of course, that Atiku would. After we exhausted all manner of issues he raised against the former vice president, he said finally that he would still back Buhari because Atiku was an “Omo Igbo project” and that “after Buhari, Yoruba will take power and after Yoruba, Hausa will take power again.” According to him, “we will be rotating it like that, Igbo people will never smell that place.” I had more of pity for his ignorance.
When in 2003, Buhari joined presidential race, he did so, apparently to stop the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo. Not because Obasanjo had performed badly as president, having taken power with the return of democracy in 1999, but because Buhari and the section of the north he represented believed that power had to return to the region.
In settling for Obasanjo in 1998/99, the intention of the northern military class was for him to do four years as compensation for MKO Abiola – the Yoruba had become uncontrollably agitated – and hand power back to the north. But not long after Obasanjo took power, it became clear that he was never going to leave it for anybody. This realisation led to agitations, criticisms of Obasanjo government was swift in the north, the climax of which was the Sharia crisis of 2000. To take power however, the anti Obasanjo forces in the north knew that ultimately, it was about going to challenge him at the polls. Buhari emerged as the arrow head of that challenge. And through speeches and actions that appealed to regional sentiments, he built cult following that saw him win elections convincingly in the north right from 2003.
Until 2014/15, Buhari was a regional hero who believed he could become president by winning elections in the north and never thought seriously about campaigning in the south. However, in 2014/15, the Tinubu led southwest gave him an undeserved national platform, and through heavy media propaganda, dressed him in the robe of a born again democrat. But old habits die hard. Once in power, Buhari did not hesitate to take off the borrowed garb of a nationalist and democrat to put on his original robe of sectionalism. Right from his first set of appointments, he made clear his intentions. And as it stands, he has completely consolidated power in the hands of the north. Buhari is an idealogue, usually idealogues are very resolute and persistent people. Say what you will, he is doubling down on nepotism. Shout ‘Fulanisation’ or ‘Islamisation’ all you will, he will only look for a hate speech bill or social media bill to shut you up rather than re-examine his ‘hate’ policies.
Possibly, when Buhari is done with the country – if he has his way – no southerner will, on the basis of election, ever become president except at the behest of the north. By suppressing votes in the south and inflating figures in the north, the administration is only trying to establish a pattern, a dangerous pattern which supporters of his party in the south are evidently too blind to see.
It is clear to the discerning where the president is headed. But the question is whether he would succeed. I had pointed out elsewhere that the project would fail, ultimately, because Nigerians are too many to be subjugated.
It would seem, from the actions of those controlling the levers of power, that there is an attempt to precipitate a national crisis with a view to using force to take over the country. But of course, this is a country of 200 million people. The advantage those who have “legitimate” right to bear arms are enjoying at the moment would be lost if there a total breakdown of law and order. And the country would break into fractions controlled by warlords such that it would take a miracle to have it again as one, stable country for anyone to control.
THE DIRTY POLITICS OF THE YORUBAS! THEY WOULD SUPPORT THE DEMONS FOR CRUMBS OFF THEIR TABLES PURELY TO CURRY FAVOUR!
Lord Abiodun Ogunseitan Founder of the reform party of Nigeria
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The Economic and Financial Crime Commision has stormed the house of the ex-governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha and his wife Nkechi Nneoma.
The outgoing governor of Imo state predicted on Wednesday about his arrest when he was warning that being a governor is like a sheild, but once you leave office, the mask and shield are removed. It is as if he knew what was coming to him.
He also as in a preemptive move warned the incoming governor, H.E. Emeka Ihedioha not to try to fight him that he will fight back.
The EFCC has also sealed his Eastern Palm University at Ogboko.
This is a developing story. Details later……
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The American president Donald J Trump again blasts Nigerian government for their inability to deliver and protect the lives of its people.
Trump had kick against the killings of innocent Nigerians in the country especially in the northern part of Nigeria by bandits.
According to him the Nigerian government must stop sleeping and find everlasting solution to the crisis that is taking thousands of lives, Trump also says that the poor are the ones facing the insecurity crisis most,’ adding that their lives are more exposed to jeopardy than the rich.
In a brief conclave with journalists the American president also condemned the Canadian citizen who was recently kidnapped in Nigeria by gunmen, pleading with the Nigerian federal government to take immediate action to save the Canadian citizen.
In the pass four years till date Nigerian have been going through a lot facing challenges like, insecurity, poor economy, corruption, lack of education and employment.
“Nigerians need leaders who are ready to work, who are ready to deliver when call to power, leaders who are corrupt-free, Nigerians need leaders who listen to the cry of the people, the Nigerian government must stop sleeping.
Americans are not perfect but we are working so hard to remain the world number-one and I know many African countries are looking up to Nigeria so their leaders should stop working for their selfish interest Trump says.
Trump also talked about president Buhari 10 day visit to the UK adding that, it is wrong for a president to travel without handing over power to his vice and not notifying the people he serves to know about his foreign trip.
Nigeria is a nice country recognized in the world, the country would have been second most powerful and most wealthy country in the world if not for the corruption that have taken over the minds of its leaders.
“However Donald Trump says, in the history of Nigeria leadership, the present government happens to be the worst ever. A government who don’t take legal actions to stop the killings of its people. The only government who don’t attack on terrorist but unleashed attack on innocent Nigerians. The only government who negotiate with terrorist, its time Nigerians need to rise and kick out bad government and fight for their pride.
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Forbes is about to publish a list of the richest president’s/despot’s kids on the planet and Yusuf Buhari made it to number 4 with a net worth of $2.3bn US dollars . Not bad when you consider that Yusuf’s father has only been President for 4years and that majority of the top ten rich kids have had the privilege of having their daddies in power for an average of 10yrs straight.
Yusuf also is the second richest African to make the billionaire thief club with daughter of Angolan president being the only other African to beat him to score 3rd on the list with a net worth of $10bn.
The daughter of late Venezuelan socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez topped the list with a whooping net worth (or should we say loot) of $6bn to dust Yusuf.
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Nigeria is a country that spring surprises when one least expect them. This time, the controversial Minister of Transport, Rotimi Ameachi may not have the means to justify why the lightings and air conditioners in the train coaches plying Abuja to Kaduna and other parts of Nigeria are powered with generators after plunging billions of dollars, mostly loans from China on the project.
Kubwa Rail station signage
That is aside the fact that all signage in the stations in Kubwa is written in Chinese Language. Could there be an underlying message to this? Could it be that the Chinese Government has taken over the management of the railway stations? No one knows. This is a government that thrives in secrecy and denials. But pictures, they say don’t lie.
An investigation was launched after LeadingReporters overhead some foreigners mocking Nigeria railway system as being the most ridiculous railway system in Africa.
The foreigners, who disembarked from the coach and hired an Uber Taxi to the city center were heard mocking Nigeria and the Minister of Transport on how Nigeria uses generating sets to power the lighting and the air conditioners in the coaches after plunging billions of Dollars in the project.
Our investigation revealed that the power generating sets are kept in the second coaches of the train from where it powers the lightings and Air conditioners.
Furthermore, it was learnt by our investigation team that fraud and ticket racketeering among the vendors have become a norm.
“The vendors remit daily and weekly returns to their Ogas both in the Ministry of Transport and in the company that manages the train”. A source said.
One of the vendors who was accosted and paid by our Reporter to reveal the behind-the-scene activities in the station stated that ticket racketeering has become a thriving business in the station.
“All we do is to hoard the tickets till few minutes to the departure of the train. At that point, customers who want to desperately travel will buy the ticket (which is ordinarily sold at N1,500) at any rate you give it to them. Most politicians can pay any amount you tell them. So, all we need is to get information from their aides that Ogas would be travelling, we would make it available to them for as much as N15,000 to N20,000. They pay with ease and in some cases; leave some “change” for the boys. Once you sort out the Ogas in the office, you can go home and sleep as a rich guy”
While government is claiming massive investment in the transport (rail) sector for which billions of Dollars have been taken as loan from Chinese Government, it should be noted that Nigeria railway system is the most archaic and out of trend railway system in Africa. Ghana, South Africa, Ethopia, Benin Republic, Rwanda and most other African countries have more innovative rail system than Nigeria, even though Nigeria spends more than these countries in the so-called rail transport innovation.
While we wallow in the self-belief that we are making headways in our transport system, it should be noted that those who benefit from our ineptitude and mediocrity are laughing at us.
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There is palpable anxiety over a plan to relocate the Nigerian Police School of Public Relations in Ilorin, capital of Kwara State, to Nasarawa, the home state of the Acting Inspector General Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The construction works going on in the school has been suspended pending further directives from the police hierarchy.
Situated on a vast land lawfully owned by the Nigerian Police in Ilorin, NPSPR is among key infrastructural projects captured in the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery Growth Plan of 2017 to 2020.
Documents obtained by PRNigeria indicated that the Police School of PR School project, which was conceived by the Police Management in 2017, was approved by the Presidency and captured in the 2018 Budget by the National Assembly.
The former IGP Ibrahim Idris had in July 2017 inaugurated a Committee of Professionals, Senior Police Officers and Force Public Relations Officer to set up the Nigeria Police Public Relations School.
With the endorsement of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, the police management team approved a memo from the then Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, on the establishment of the school in Ilorin and the appointment of CP Emmanuel Ojukwu (retd) as the Provost.
The contract for the project was awarded and payment made to the contractor who immediately commenced the construction of the structures that included auditoriums, classrooms, offices and other facilities in the school.
The ground-breaking foundation laying ceremony of the school in Kulende area of Ilorin was performed by Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Works, Olalekan Oladipupo, in the presence of eminent personalities, including retired top police officers and traditional rulers.
Receiving top police delegation in his palace after the foundation laying ceremony, the Emir of Ilorin, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, praised the Federal Government for siting the image-making school in Kwara State and pledged the support of the people in ensuring the speedy completion of the project in the Emirate.
Ojukwu said the school project was a further confirmation of the desire of the leadership to bequeath to the police and the entire nation a platform for the proper training and development of the police personnel on the art and science of public relations in a most conducive, peaceful and central city (Ilorin) in Nigeria.
However, the planned relocation of the project to another state in the North Central has generated a lot of controversies as people are wondering that how could a project of such magnitude that went through all due processes overnight be relocated from its original site to another state despite the level of work already carried out on the site.
Commenting on the issue, the Chairman of Third-Estate Forum, a think-tank group in Ilorin Emirate, Mallam Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, maintained that Ilorin remains the best option for siting such a landmark project.
Nagode said: “The work in the school has been suspended as we learn authoritatively that the current police hierarchy is planning to relocate the project to Nasarawa State.
“The current location of Nigeria Police School of Public Relations in Ilorin, a major town that links the South and North, made it central and accessible to all parts of the Country.
“Don’t forget that it also has an International Airport for air travellers and higher institutions of repute that could support the school academically.
“There is therefore no justification for PR School to be relocated to anywhere else.
“We had seen how some key Federal Government’s institutions were relocated to other states in the past.
“We can’t continue to tolerate that considering the fact that the latest project was passed into law by the National Assembly and was approved by President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari.”
The Force PRO, Frank Mba, however, denied the claim that the NPSPR’s project was either stopped or suspended pending its relocation to Nasarawa State when PRNigeria called him.
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CCT Chairman Umar Danladi and Ex-CJN Walter Onnoghen
By Clement A. Oloyede
The embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has convicted suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, accused of false and non-declaration of assets.
The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, while giving judgement in the case on Thursday, held that the prosecution had proven the case beyond reasonable doubt.
Umar held that Onnoghen is convicted as follows:
Removed from office as CJN and Chairman of NJC
Banned from holding office for the period of 10 years
The money in the 5 accounts that the defendant has failed to declare be confiscated, seized and forfeited to the FGN as it is proven that the money was gotten illegally and the defendant has not provided any evidence of how he got them.
Before his punishments were read to him, the tribunal gave opportunity for allocutus.
However, counsel to Onnoghen, Okon Efut (SAN), said the defence had nothing to say.
When tribunal asked Onnoghen if he has anything to say, he said “My Lord, I don’t”.
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