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DSS Submits Evidence Against Magu To AGF |The Republican News

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Department of State Services has submitted a report to the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), containing evidence implicating the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

The report, which was signed by one Folasade Bello on behalf of the Director-General of the DSS, was in response to a letter sent to the DSS by the AGF dated December 19, 2016 with reference number, HAGF/DSS/2016/Vol 1/7.

The DSS also attached 12 documents as evidence against Magu who was rejected by the Senate last week based on the damning security report.

According to the DSS, Magu while serving on the presidential arms procurement probe panel befriended a fellow member of the panel, Air Commodore Mohammed Umar (retd.).

Umar was later arrested and charged by the DSS sometimes last year for alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

According to the DSS, Umar said in his confessional statement that his company furnished Magu’s official residence in upscale Maitama.

It reads in part, “This is a copy of the confessional statement of the confessional statement of Air Commodore Mohammed Umar (retd.), a suspect hitherto detained and currently being prosecuted by the service.

“The statement confirms his ownership of Valcour SA Nigeria Limited, a company awarded the contract of securing and furnishing an official residence for Ibrahim Magu by the FCTA. Investigations revealed that this was facilitated after Magu was earlier shown the residence by one Uche Aleka, a close business associate of Umar who was introduced to Magu by the former.”

The security service said when Umar’s house was searched by operatives, several top secret documents, which emanated from the EFCC were found at his residence, evidence that Magu was providing him with sensitive information.

It added, “This is a copy of progress report with reference number SH/COS/24/A/7277 dated 25th May, 2016 on NNPC/NLG Brass Investments Accounts in Nigeria commercial banks from Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari, to the acting Chairman of the EFCC chairman. The letter is an official/classified document of the EFCC, which was duly received by the commission as indicated by the stamp on the document. However, it was recovered at Umar’s residence.”

The DSS alleged that Magu allegedly used his position to settle personal scores with his perceived opponents.

It concludes, “It has exposed Magu as a fraudulent officer and betrays the high confidence reposed in him by the President.”

All attempts to speak with the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, proved abortive as his telephone indicated that it was switched off.

In his response to the AGF last year, however, the EFCC boss denied all the allegations levelled against him by the DSS.

Magu his relationship with Umar was one of “professional acquaintance devoid of issues of conflict of interest” since their paths crossed when they became members of the arms procurement probe panel.

He said, “The claim that EFCC documents, including EFCC letters addressed to the Vice President and being investigation reports on the activities of Emmanuel Kachikwu and his brother Dumebi Kachikwu, were found in his home during a search by the DSS came to me as a surprise.

“If that is correct, he should be made to disclose how he came by such documents. I never discussed my official duties with him let alone give him documents pertaining to investigations being conducted by the commission.”

Magu further denied allegations that Umar rented the Maitama apartment for him. (Punchng.com)

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EFCC Hands Over Amosu’s $2.15m Hospital To Nigerian Air Force

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

A hospital with medical equipment worth about $2.15m which was seized from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), has been handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, The PUNCH has learnt.

The hospital, St. Solomon Hospital, which is located on Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, is said to have state-of-the-art equipment including a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine which costs well over $1m.

A reliable source at the EFCC told our correspondent that the EFCC could not manage the property and therefore decided to hand it over to the Nigerian Air Force medical unit.

He said, “The hospital has very expensive equipment including an MRI machine which is very rare. However, we could not manage the hospital so we handed it over to the air force pending the outcome of Amosu’s trial. It is assumed that the money used in buying the hospital was stolen from the air force.”

Other properties seized from Amosu included a house on Adeyemo Alakija Street, GRA Ikeja worth N250m; a duplex at House 11, Peace Court Estate, GRA Ikeja worth N110m; a N40m property located at NAF Harmony Estate, Asokoro base; a five-bedroomed house at Valley NAF Estate, Port Harcourt, worth N33m and a N95m house on Umaru Dikko Street, Jabi.

The Federal Government has also commenced moves to seize Amosu’s house at 50 Tenterden Grove, NW41TH, London worth about £2m.

Amosu as well as a former Chief of Accounts and Budgeting in NAF, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun (retd.); and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo (retd.), are currently standing trial before a Federal High Court for allegedly stealing N22.8bn from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force between 2014 and 2015.

The commission has seized 33 properties they allegedly bought with stolen funds.

Documents made available to our correspondent showed that besides the hospital, the EFCC had seized plazas, schools, mansions, farms and a quarry from Amosun, Adigun and Gbadebo.

While almost N2.835bn cash has been recovered from Amosu alone, Gbadebo has returned N190m. Adigun’s wife, returned some money as well.

The document further stated that properties recovered from Adigun were worth N9.6bn.

Calculations by our correspondent showed that the cash and assets which the air force men might forfeit permanently, add up to about N15bn which is more than three quarters of what they allegedly stole.

They have, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.   (Punchng.com)

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Magu Can Serve Indefinitely, Presidential Committee Tells Buhari

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Olalekan Adetayo, Adelani Adepegba and Ramon Oladimeji

The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to remove the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, whose confirmation was rejected by the Senate on Wednesday.

The committee further stated that Magu could continue in acting capacity indefinitely.

It was learnt that the committee had resolved to communicate its resolution to the President in writing.

The Chairman of the PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), told The PUNCH that the resolution was unanimous and that members were of the view that removing Magu would negatively affect the war against corruption.

He said, “I had a telephone conference with all members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption and we unanimously agreed that Magu is the best candidate in this country for that position and that he should continue acting indefinitely until he is confirmed and there should be no change whatsoever; otherwise, there will be a major setback in the fight against corruption.

“We observed that those who do not want him are those who are opposed to the fight against corruption. So, we are 100 per cent behind him.”

Meanwhile, the Presidency, on Thursday, said it would not respond to the rejection of the nomination of Magu until it received a formal communication from the Senate on the development.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, stated this on his Twitter handle.

“The Presidency will respond to the non-clearance of Magu as EFCC boss after it receives official communication in writing from the Senate,” Adesina wrote.

The Senate had, on Wednesday, rejected Magu’s nomination for the second time.

Also, a rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, described as illogical, the manner in which the Senate rejected Magu as the substantive EFCC chairman.

In a statement on Thursday by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organisation described as a slap on Nigerians the rejection of Magu by the Senate “on the pretext of conflicting and inconsistent reports on him (Magu) by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

SERAP posited that the Senate and the President had failed their legitimate governmental purpose of working together to promote and enhance the independence, integrity and effectiveness of the country’s main anti-corruption agency, the EFCC.

It argued that what the Senate should have done was to have “critically engaged with the two reports by the Department of State Services and provided Magu with meaningful opportunity to be heard,” before rejecting him.

“The entire process for the submission of Magu’s name for confirmation by the Senate, and the purported confirmation hearing by the Senate is utterly unsatisfactory,” SERAP declared.

The organisation argued that while it conceded that it was within the right of the Senate to accept or reject the nomination of anyone, such a right must be exercised “constitutionally, reasonably, logically and rationally.”

“He (President) should then take rational and reasonable measures to re-nominate him for confirmation.

“We also urge the Senate to carry out its duty to confirm Magu in line with constitutional and international requirements and without any political or ulterior considerations whatsoever,” SERAP demanded.

The statement read in part, “But by providing conflicting and inconsistent reports to the Senate on Magu’s confirmation, the government of President Buhari has not taken a logical, fair, and reasonable constitutional and international measure to promote, advance, establish and maintain an independent and effective EFCC.

“And the Senate, on its own part, would seem to have acted mala fide by picking and choosing the least favourable DSS report to reject Magu’s nomination.

“The proper and reasonable action the Senate should have taken in the circumstances of this case would have been to invite the leadership of the DSS to appear before it to explain the manifest contradictions and inconsistencies in its reports.”      (Punchng.com)

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Presidency Keeps Silent As Senate Blocks Ibrahim Magu Again

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John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, Eniola Akinkuotu, Leke Baiyewu and Olaleye Aluko

The Senate has requested that President Muhammadu Buhari nominate a replacement for the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, following the rejection of his nomination by the legislature on Wednesday.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly said the rejection had ended Magu’s chairmanship of the EFCC in acting capacity.

The decision was based on a security report on Magu by the Department of State Services.

Magu, however, denied the allegations against him in the report, saying the DSS never invited him to defend himself, urging the lawmakers to disregard the report.

After all questions had been asked, President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, who presided over the plenary, asked the Clerk to the Senate to confirm how many letters were received from the DSS.

He said, “Only one letter was received in my office on the 3rd of October, 2016, from the Department of State Services. Only one letter was received. The one of yesterday (Tuesday) was actually sent because a request was made again after the renomination. The one of yesterday, dated 14th March, 2017, was to reaffirm the content of the earlier letter.”

There were reports that the DSS issued two conflicting reports on Magu; one was addressed to the Clerk of the Senate, while the other was sent through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, who had refused to comment on the second letter when he was asked by journalists.

The Senate President, thereafter, put Magu’s nomination to voice vote and the nays had it.

Angered by the rejection, former Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, raised a point of order, in which he accused the Senate of double standard.

He said, “Yesterday, we got a letter from Nigeria Customs Service, signed by an Assistant Comptroller General (and sent) to the Clerk. We said that was not the right thing to do.

“This letter or report should have been written and signed by the Director-General of the DSS. By the wish of God and nature of democracy, the majority will have their way and the minority will have their say. All I am saying is that there are two letters here.”

Saraki, however, ruled Ndume out of order.

Melaye also moved a motion, saying, “The consequence of the decision of the Senate to reject the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu, I therefore move that the Senate, by resolution, ask the highest public officer in the EFCC to take over the leadership of the EFCC.”

Saraki, in his response, said, “The decision we have taken today is that we have not confirmed Ibrahim Magu as the chairman and, as such, it goes to show that it requires for the President to renominate another candidate. And in the interim, of course, somebody else will have to carry on that exercise.”

The Presidency, however, refused to state the next step it would take as a result of Magu’s rejection.

Although the Senate did not screen Magu in the first attempt to confirm his nomination on January 25, 2017, the lawmakers had stopped the process based on the DSS report on him, which it said was negative.

Among others, the DSS in the first letter, accused Magu of breaching the EFCC protocol by being in possession of the EFCC documents in his private residence during the chairmanship of Farida Waziri.

The DSS also cited his arrest, detention and suspension by the Nigeria Police. It also made a reference to Magu’s lifestyle, alleging that an individual paid N40m for the EFCC’s boss residence in Abuja.

The Senate, after rejecting Magu’s nomination in January, had communicated the rejection to the President.

But Buhari, in his response to the Senate, said the issues raised on Magu had been clarified and urged the lawmakers to confirm him as Chairman of the EFCC.

Consequently, the Senate discreetly wrote the DSS on March 7, 2017, asking for a new report on Magu.

Magu can’t head EFCC, DSS insists

The DSS replied the Senate on Tuesday, insisting on its earlier report on Magu.

The new letter read, “Your letter, NASS/CS/SA/01/17/08/02, dated 7th March, 2017, requesting security report on the above named nominee, refers.

“The security report being requested on Ibrahim Magu Mustapha, the nominee for the Executive Chairmanship position of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has already been submitted to the Senate via this service’s letter No. SV.114/2 of 3rd October, 2016, containing 14 paragraphs.”

The letter was signed by one F. O. Adams on behalf of the Director-General, DSS.

Reports cannot be ignored—Senators

The lawmakers, who drilled Magu for about two hours during the confirmation hearing for his appointment on Wednesday, insisted that the issues raised by the DSS could not be ignored.

Senator Dino Melaye, after several lawmakers had asked various questions to which Magu responded, recalled that there were two letters from the DSS, which had placed a moral burden on the EFCC boss.

He said, “Mr. Ibrahim Magu, nominee for the position of the chairmanship of the EFCC, having gone through these reports; the first report indicted you but, because of the letter from Mr. President, you are here again. Just yesterday, this report was received from the DSS. Paragraph 14 of that report reads thus: ‘In the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.’

“I conclude that there is a case right now in the police station, which you are aware of, where EFCC people raided a particular house and C of Os were taken and those C of Os were found in the market; and police have investigated and two of the C of Os have been returned to the owner.

“Under your watch as EFCC Chairman, do you still think you, after this report and as a result of what has happened to the C of Os of an innocent Nigerian, are qualified to be the Chairman of EFCC or we take you to Golgotha?”

Also, Senator Barnabas Gemade pointed out that there were “three major accusations” in the DSS report, “one which is dealing with security fact and the second one is that one Air Commodore Umar Mohammed secured accommodation for you, and the third one is an issue of integrity.”

He added, “They say that perception is very important and this issue is of integrity. They said Umar, whom I do not personally know, is a dubious personality and this report, therefore, tends to show that your friendship with this Umar Mohammed indicates that your integrity is also in question and you have not responded to that matter. As a senator, who is Umar Mohammed and what is your relationship with him?”

Magu slams DSS over reports

Magu, in his response, dismissed the DSS reports. He also said he knew Mohammed only when both of them were appointed as members of a presidential committee which probed the Nigerian military.

He said, “This paper (report he was holding) is the same paper (Melaye read). I have read it. There were two reports of such submitted to this office the same day and there were two of such reports submitted by the same law enforcement agency; two different reports submitted the same day about the same people. That goes to tell you the credibility of such an institution.

“I have respect for everybody in this hall (chamber) and I have senior brothers in this hall. Elder Gemade, please, what does it mean if an institution can submit two varying reports on the same person on the same day. Dino is my friend and we were fighting corruption together until he came to this house here and abandoned us. I have to be open.

“On the case with the stolen C of Os, it is not everything that is done in the EFCC that I have knowledge of. The EFCC is too big. Believe you me, if not now, I didn’t know there was a case pending against EFCC staff in police station. I will now go back and investigate it and give you  feedback after my investigation.

“My relationship with Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (retd.); I didn’t know him from Adam until we were appointed as members of the armed forces investigation panel; that was the first time I knew Umar Mohammed. The house I am staying actually belonged to the late (former Minister of Information) Dora Akunyili. After her burial, her son, who was staying in the US, was looking for money. That was how the house was got. It was rented. They call it ‘safe house.’

PDP, APC, Sagay, others react

Meanwhile, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party said the Senate had the right to either reject or accept the nomination of Magu as the chairman of the EFCC.

Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Bernard Mikko, stated the party’s position in an interview with our correspondent.

Mikko, a former member of the House of Representatives, said, “It is the right of the senators to either reject or accept Magu, but we need to fight corruption in this country.  Corruption is the major problem of Nigeria.

“We should join the Federal Government to fight the menace. I don’t want to believe that we must personalise the office of the chairman of the agency.”

But the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdulllahi, said Magu’s confirmation was not a matter for the party.

“Magu’s confirmation is not a matter for the party. We don’t want to politicise a routine administrative and constitutional process.

“However, we are confident that Mr. President’s commitment to fight corruption will proceed earnestly, regardless of who eventually gets appointed as the head of any of the anti-corruption agencies,” the APC spokesman added.

Also, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, slammed the Senate for refusing to confirm the appointment of Magu.

Sagay, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, added that Magu could continue to head the EFCC despite being rejected twice by the Senate.

He said this during an interview with one of our correspondents on Wednesday.

He added, “Members of the Senate know that Magu is an upright man, a man of integrity. They know he is fit for the job to fight corruption. Therefore the Senate’s decision to do what is wrong is for reasons which we do not need to guess.

“It is a perverse decision, they have done their worst but the only consequence is that Magu will continue to be acting chairman instead of substantive chairman but his power will remain intact.

“He can continue acting, of course. The President has the power to appoint an acting chairman. The Senate only confirms that appointment to make him chairman but the appointing authority is still the President so they cannot stop the President from appointing an acting chairman.”

But human rights lawyer, Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN), argued that it would be morally inexplicable for Buhari to nominate Magu as the acting Chairman of the EFCC for a third time after being rejected by the Senate twice.

Ozekhome said this in a statement titled, ‘‘The legal and moral issues of the second and final rejection of confirmation of Magu as EFCC chairman’’.

The senior advocate said, “Re-presenting his (Magu’s) name will raise more questions than answers as to why the insistence on one man. This is unlike the first instance when the Senate merely turned him down without any screening.

“That it was done shortly after the celebrated arrival of President Buhari from his medical vacation makes it more interesting and more significant as it underlines the independence of the legislature, the Senate.

“It is high time President Buhari looked for another competent Nigerian out of about 180 million people in the population.’’

On his part, the Chairman of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, Mr. Debo Adeniran, condemned the Senate’s fresh rejection of Magu.

Adeniran stated, “The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has also not demonstrated the capacity to defend the allegations of corruption and anticipatory declaration of assets for which he is being prosecuted and other sundry allegations that are still hanging like the sword of Damocles on his neck.

“The senate seems to be working in connivance with the Department of State Services.

“If Magu committed corruption crimes as a public official, the DSS report would have been forwarded to the ICPC. If it was fraud, it would have been forwarded to the Special Fraud Unit.’’   (Punchng.com)

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Seized N3bn Were Goodwill Gifts During Celebrations, Says Yakubu

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, has restated his claim that the $9,772,800 and £74,000 recovered from where he kept them in a house in Kaduna last month were gifts he got over a period of time.

In an affidavit, which he filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, the ex-NNPC boss however stated that the sums of money, which amounted to about N3bn, were not gifts he got “as a public servant or while he was a public servant”.

He explained that the funds were gifts he got through goodwill, which he enjoyed during various celebrations and ceremonies he hosted in a period of five years.

Yakubu, who left office as the NNPC GMD in August 2014, did not disclose the details of the ceremonies in the affidavit, but insisted that the money came from well-wishers and friends.

But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has maintained that the money is part of proceeds of crime, adding that the ex-NNPC GMD did not declare them as part of his assets when asked to do so as far back as 2015.

A counter-affidavit by the EFCC, opposing a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Yakubu, stated, “That investigation into the allegations against the applicant (Yakubu) is ongoing and the interim findings reveal that the monies found in his house are not gifts but are monies suspected to be proceeds of crime.

“That the monies were purportedly given to him as gifts within 2010 and 2014 during which period he served as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

“That he was a public servant as of the time the purported monies were given to him.

“That in July 2015, the applicant completed an asset declaration form at the office of the first respondent (EFCC).

“That the money recovered from the Gubbai safe in the sum of $79,772,800 and another £74,000 was not declared in the aforementioned asset declaration form.”

On February 13, upon an ex parte application by the EFCC, Justice Zainab Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Kano granted an order of interim forfeiture of the money.

Following the recovery of the money from his house on February 3, Yakubu has since February 8, been on remand in the custody of the EFCC in Kano.

On February 20, the ex-NNPC GMD filed a N1bn fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja against the EFCC and the Attorney General of the Federation (first and second respondents) for allegedly detaining him unlawfully.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed had on Thursday fixed Thursday for the hearing of the suit.

Through his lead counsel, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), Yakubu, on March 6, 2017 (Monday), filed “a further and better affidavit” in reply to the EFCC’s response to the suit.

In the said affidavit, the applicant denied the EFCC’s allegations, insisting that the money seized from him was not part of proceeds of crime but received as gifts during celebrations.

A lawyer in Raji’s law firm, Dolapo Kehinde, who deposed to the affidavit on Yakubu’s behalf, stated, “In specific reply thereto, the applicant (Yakubu) states that the monies in respect of which the applicant is being held by the respondents are ‘gifts and goodwill by well-wishers and friends’ given to him ‘during celebrations and ceremonies’ and not proceeds of crime’ as alleged’.

“Furthermore, I know that there is no investigation or ‘finding’ whatsoever by the first respondent that has proved contrary.”

The affidavit also stated that the applicant did not receive the money as a public officer or while serving as a public officer, but saved over a period of five years.

“In reply thereto, the applicant states that the monies concerned were not given to him as a public servant or while he was a public servant.

“The applicant humbly relies on Exhibit B hereof, where he is quoted as saying: ‘This was periodic savings for over five years’.”

It added that the EFCC, through its counter-affidavit, failed to justify “the unlawful detention of the applicant”.

In response to Yakubu’s fundamental human rights enforcement suit, the EFCC had filed  a counter-affidavit, in which it stated that the ex-NNPC GMD was not only being investigated for the money recovered from him but for other offences such as money laundering.

The counter-affidavit, deposed to by one of its investigating officers, Mr. Waziri Nitte, stated that with Yakubu’ description of the money recovered from him as gifts, he had violated other laws.

“The provision of Section 12 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act prohibits public officer from receiving gifts by virtue of his being a public officer,” the counter-affidavit stated.

The EFCC urged the court to dismiss the suit as “the applicant is using this application as a disguised attempt to frustrate investigation into this case.”

In an affidavit accompanying the main suit (the originating summons), Yakubu’s wife, Mrs. Sarah Yakubu, stated that her husband was undergoing medical treatment in the United Kingdom when the money was recovered.

She stated that her husband, whom she said was diagnosed of “a prostrate condition which may be terminal if not properly managed”, had to suspend his “medical procedure” in the UK in order to honour the EFCC’s invitation.

Sarah, who described Yakubu as the breadwinner of his family with many dependants, “has not been able to provide for his family, neither has he received any medical treatment with respect to the ailment he is suffering from”.

Mrs. Yakubu said her husband might die if not released from custody to enable him to attend to his health.

“I have consistently appealed to men and officers of the first respondent (EFCC) for the release of my husband because he is in excruciating pains and stands the risk of losing his life,” she stated.

She also accused the EFCC of instigating negative publicity against his husband on the Internet and through various media outfits.

She stated, “Notwithstanding the act that the respondents have not filed any charge against the applicant, they have continued to instigate wide publicity of the matters leading up to his arrest and detention.

“I also know that this negative publicity instigated by the respondents has adjudged the applicant guilty in the eye of the public without an opportunity of a fair hearing and in disrespect of the dignity of his person.”

However, the ex-NNPC boss had sought among other prayers a declaration that his continued detention, preventing him from travelling to the UK for the completion of his “medical procedure” was a violation or his rights to “dignity of his person, personal liberty, freedom of movement, private and family life as enshrined under sections 34(1), 35(1), (4) and (5); 37 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He urged the court to direct his release from the custody of the EFCC or grant him bail “on liberal terms and allow him to proceed to the United Kingdom for  completion of the medial procedure which he was undergoing there”.

He also sought an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further detaining him unlawfully “whether on reasons of suspicion or on on account of any purported investigation with respect to the allegations” for which he was being detained in breach of his rights.

He sought an order compelling the respondents to “tender public apology” to him in “two widely published national daily newspapers” and to pay to him N1bn as general damages for the violation of his rights as enshrined in the constitution.  (Punchng.com)

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Buhari’s Anti-corruption War Empty Without Amaechi’s Trial-PFN Leader

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Ovie Okpare, Warri

The Vice President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Simeon Okah, has called for the trial of a former Rivers State Governor and current Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, for his alleged involvement in corruption while serving as governor of the state.

Okah said the ongoing anti-corruption fight of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would not be taken seriously if “the likes of Amaechi and other cabinet members alleged to have stolen billions of naira belonging to their states for the 2015 general elections were not being tried.”

The cleric stated this on Thursday while addressing journalists at a press conference ahead of the 2017 Flock of Christ Mission World Convention taking place in Enerhen, Delta State.

Okah, who is also the South-South PFN Chairman, said Nigeria had remained underdeveloped because of corruption.

He warned that the youths would soon rise against their leaders if economic hardship and corruption were not thoroughly tackled by President Buhari.

He said, “Nothing has changed in the anti-corruption fight since President Buhari took over. The system which the Federal Government is using to fight corruption is not thorough. If it was, Rotimi Amaechi would not be walking as a free man in the streets. He (Amaechi) should be tried. He’s from the South-South; I’m also from the South-South.

“He was a governor who operated Rivers State as if it was his father’s personal business. He operated without a Chief Judge. He operated without the court for about four years. He’s the one the All Progressives Congress is parading as a saint. Is this not one of the things that destroyed this country?”    (Punchng.com)

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EFCC Controlled By Powerful Interests, Says ex-AGF, Adoke

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ex-AGF, Mohammed Adoke

 

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

A former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke (SAN), has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of being used by powerful interests.

Adoke, who has been charged by the EFCC for his alleged role in the $1.1bn Malabu scam alongside 10 others, said this in a statement on Friday.

He said, “I had informed Nigerians in my previous reactions that I had become a target of these powerful individuals for refusing to allow the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to be used to settle their private business interests and the fact that they had vowed to use their connections in government and with the EFCC to settle personal scores with me.

“It is now clear to me that the EFCC is working hands in glove with them and lending its institutional support to this devilish scheme.”

The EFCC had on Thursday, charged Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited, Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited, ENI SPA and three Italians for corruptly handing over $801,000,000 to Adoke; a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Dan Etete; Chairman of AA Oil, Mr. Aliyu Abubakar; and Etete’s company, Malabu Oil and Gas.

The $801,000,000 was said to be part payment for OPL 245, which is said to hold reserves of about 9.23 billion barrels of oil.

Adoke said instead of the EFCC pursuing the case in the interest of Nigerians, “we hear of how the interests of the Abacha family in OPL 245 were not protected or that the records of Malabu with the Corporate Affairs Commission were altered to exclude certain powerful individuals with close links to the EFCC and this administration.”

The ex-minister of justice added, “I am concerned that the EFCC has continued to allow its investigations/operations in respect of OPL 245 to be micro-managed and/or guided by some non-state actors and powerful families with professed ownership interests in the block.

“These non-state actors are hell bent on using state institutions as proxies in their nefarious quest to outsmart each other to the proceeds of Malabu’s divestment from OPL 245.”

The former attorney-general said in a bid to paint him as a corrupt person, the EFCC was fabricating evidence against him.

Adoke said he had taken a loan of about N300m to buy a property in Abuja but the EFCC was twisting facts to make it seem as if the money was obtained from the purported Malabu bribe.

He added, “While not going into the merits, it is pertinent to state that I had applied for a Mortgage in the sum of N300,000,000 from Unity Bank of Nigeria to purchase a property from Aliyu Abubakar, a property developer in Abuja. The bank paid the loan sum directly to the developer and when I could not meet up with the repayments or pay the balance; it opted to repossess the property.”   ( Punchng.com)

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