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EFCC’s Position on Malabu Oil Fraud Case and Associated Issues

EFCC’s Position on Malabu Oil Fraud Case and Associated Issues


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced a review of developments around the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case, including the dismissal of the charges against a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja and the conduct of the prosecuting counsel, Offem Uket


 The review will entail exploration of the option of appeal and possible change of counsel in view of the Commission's dissatisfaction with the handling of the case by Uket


Nevertheless, this intention has no nexus whatsoever to the spew of speculations imputing compromise by parties to the charge, currently making the rounds in some sections of the media


 EFCC is not obliged to embrace such narratives as it neither accused any of the parties of any unsavoury conduct nor made any conclusive statements about any investigation on the matter.


 The public is enjoined to ignore effusions of mischief makers on the matter and await the next course of actions


Source: EFCC 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has commenced a review of developments around the Malabu OPL 245 fraud case, including the dismissal of the charges against a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja and the conduct of the prosecuting counsel, Offem Uket


 The review will entail exploration of the option of appeal and possible change of counsel in view of the Commission's dissatisfaction with the handling of the case by Uket


Nevertheless, this intention has no nexus whatsoever to the spew of speculations imputing compromise by parties to the charge, currently making the rounds in some sections of the media


 EFCC is not obliged to embrace such narratives as it neither accused any of the parties of any unsavoury conduct nor made any conclusive statements about any investigation on the matter.


 The public is enjoined to ignore effusions of mischief makers on the matter and await the next course of actions


Source: EFCC 

How Man Bags Jail Term for Currency Racketeering in Lagos

How Man Bags Jail Term for Currency Racketeering in Lagos


The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 secured the conviction and sentencing of one Fabian John Itafor before Justice Kehinde Ogundare of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos for an offence bordering on currency racketeering. 


He was arraigned on a one- count charge.

The count reads: “That you, Fabian John Itafor on or about the 24th day of February. 2024 at Leisure Event Center, Wale Olateju Street, Victoria Island, in Lages within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court hawked the sum of N347,000.00 (Three Hundred and Forty-seven Naira) issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 21(4)l of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007."


He pleaded “guilty” to the charge when it was read to him.


Following his guilty plea,   prosecuting counsel, A.S. Wara  called on Jude Owolabi, an operative of the EFCC, to review the facts of the case.


Owolabi told the court that the defendant was arrested on February 24, 2024 , hawking naira notes at Leisure Event Center, Wale Olateju Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.


 "His arrest followed credible intelligence received by the Commission," he said. According to him, ATM cards, a POS machine, N347,000, $1 and 5 euros were recovered from him at the point of arrest.


“In his statement, he confessed that he was into money racketeering and hawking of Naira notes," he said. Defence counsel, Kolapo Gbadamosi, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy by granting him a non-custodial sentence or an option of fine.

Justice Ogundare convicted and sentenced him to three months community service with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only).


The Judge also ordered that the POS machine, N347,000, $1 and 5euro recovered from him at the point of arrest  be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 

Itafor bagged his imprisonment by flouting extant laws against Naira mutilation.  


Specifically,  he was arrested for hawking new Naira notes for commercial purposes.  


He was later prosecuted and convicted.

 

Source: EFCC 


The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 secured the conviction and sentencing of one Fabian John Itafor before Justice Kehinde Ogundare of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos for an offence bordering on currency racketeering. 


He was arraigned on a one- count charge.

The count reads: “That you, Fabian John Itafor on or about the 24th day of February. 2024 at Leisure Event Center, Wale Olateju Street, Victoria Island, in Lages within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court hawked the sum of N347,000.00 (Three Hundred and Forty-seven Naira) issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 21(4)l of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007."


He pleaded “guilty” to the charge when it was read to him.


Following his guilty plea,   prosecuting counsel, A.S. Wara  called on Jude Owolabi, an operative of the EFCC, to review the facts of the case.


Owolabi told the court that the defendant was arrested on February 24, 2024 , hawking naira notes at Leisure Event Center, Wale Olateju Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.


 "His arrest followed credible intelligence received by the Commission," he said. According to him, ATM cards, a POS machine, N347,000, $1 and 5 euros were recovered from him at the point of arrest.


“In his statement, he confessed that he was into money racketeering and hawking of Naira notes," he said. Defence counsel, Kolapo Gbadamosi, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy by granting him a non-custodial sentence or an option of fine.

Justice Ogundare convicted and sentenced him to three months community service with an option of fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira Only).


The Judge also ordered that the POS machine, N347,000, $1 and 5euro recovered from him at the point of arrest  be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 

Itafor bagged his imprisonment by flouting extant laws against Naira mutilation.  


Specifically,  he was arrested for hawking new Naira notes for commercial purposes.  


He was later prosecuted and convicted.

 

Source: EFCC 

Diverted N1.2bn was for Ekiti Security, not Election Funds -Witness

Diverted N1.2bn was for Ekiti Security, not Election Funds -Witness

Fayose

Aliyu Muhammed Abdulmukadaddas, 14th prosecution witness, PW14  in the trial of Abiodun Agbele, ex-aide of former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, that the sum of N1,219,000,000.00 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Nineteen Million Naira) transferred by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from the account of the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Colonel Sambo Dasuki was to address security matters in Ekiti State and not to finance elections.


Led in his testimony by prosecution counsel Wahab Shittu, SAN, Abdulmukadaddas, a retired staff of the CBN who posted the money disclosed that he was familiar with Sylvan McNamara Nigeria Limited's  Diamond Bank account 0026223114 where the lodgment was made.  


“We have paid N200 million to the company through a Diamond Bank account. We have paid N200billion to the company, N700million, N100billion, N255million to 0026223114 Diamond Bank account among other payments,” he said.


Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, the witness disclosed that the CBN verifies payments before lodgment is made. “All the payment has to be verified, and the verification is on the receiving account, and we must verify if it is okay before posting, and in this case it was okay, that was why we posted.”


Agbele is standing trial on 24 amended charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N1.219 billion paid into the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd.


Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, had on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, told Justice Dimgba that the Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd Diamond Bank account 0026223114 was created by one Taiwo Kareem for warehousing funds to deal with the issue of Boko Haram in Lagos, however, the lodgments into the account were allegedly spent on electoral matters by Fayose with the aid of Agbele. 


An earlier witness and former CEO of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo informed the court while being cross- examined by Ojo that the airlifting of the N1.219 billion cash from Lagos Airport to Akure Airport and to Zenith Bank Akure was based on the instructions of the management of the bank.


Justice Dimgba adjourned the matter till May 2 and 3, 2024 for continuation of trial. 


Source: EFCC 

Fayose

Aliyu Muhammed Abdulmukadaddas, 14th prosecution witness, PW14  in the trial of Abiodun Agbele, ex-aide of former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 told Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, that the sum of N1,219,000,000.00 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Nineteen Million Naira) transferred by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from the account of the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Colonel Sambo Dasuki was to address security matters in Ekiti State and not to finance elections.


Led in his testimony by prosecution counsel Wahab Shittu, SAN, Abdulmukadaddas, a retired staff of the CBN who posted the money disclosed that he was familiar with Sylvan McNamara Nigeria Limited's  Diamond Bank account 0026223114 where the lodgment was made.  


“We have paid N200 million to the company through a Diamond Bank account. We have paid N200billion to the company, N700million, N100billion, N255million to 0026223114 Diamond Bank account among other payments,” he said.


Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, the witness disclosed that the CBN verifies payments before lodgment is made. “All the payment has to be verified, and the verification is on the receiving account, and we must verify if it is okay before posting, and in this case it was okay, that was why we posted.”


Agbele is standing trial on 24 amended charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N1.219 billion paid into the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd.


Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, had on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, told Justice Dimgba that the Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd Diamond Bank account 0026223114 was created by one Taiwo Kareem for warehousing funds to deal with the issue of Boko Haram in Lagos, however, the lodgments into the account were allegedly spent on electoral matters by Fayose with the aid of Agbele. 


An earlier witness and former CEO of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo informed the court while being cross- examined by Ojo that the airlifting of the N1.219 billion cash from Lagos Airport to Akure Airport and to Zenith Bank Akure was based on the instructions of the management of the bank.


Justice Dimgba adjourned the matter till May 2 and 3, 2024 for continuation of trial. 


Source: EFCC 

EFCC Arraigns Three former Bankers, One Other for N15.9m Fraud in Enugu

EFCC Arraigns Three former Bankers, One Other for N15.9m Fraud in Enugu


The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 arraigned three former bankers, Ogbu Kingsley Ibekwem, Nwagbara Chidimma and Uwaezuoke Raymond and Chidubem Angela Mgbeke before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu State.


They were arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N15, 944, 100. 00 (Fifteen Million, Nine Hundred and Forty-four Thousand, One Hundred Naira).


One of the counts reads: “That you, Ogbu Kingsley Ibekwe and Chidubem Angela Mgbeke sometimes in January 2023 in Onitsha, Anambra State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; retaining the sum of N7, 996, 800. 00 ( Seven Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-six Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira) meant for evacuation to the Central Bank of Nigeria and property of Access Bank Plc Nottidge Branch, Onitsha which you knew or ought to have known to be proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 21 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 20 (b)”.


They pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them. In view of their pleas, counsel to the EFCC , Ahmad Yusuf Abdullahi, prayed the court for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded at Enugu State Correctional facility.  Defence counsel, O. O. Orji, however,  informed the court of a bail application already placed before it. 


Justice Umar thereafter adjourned the matter to May 22, 2024 for trial. The defendants were remanded at the EFCC custody pending the hearing of bail application.


Ibekwem, Chidimma and Raymond  were handed over to the EFCC on February 22, 2023  by Access Bank plc for pilfering N15, 944, 100. 00   before it was evacuated to the bullion unit of the bank for subsequent movement to the Central Bank of Nigeria. They were former staff of the Nottidge branch of the bank in  Onitsha, Anambra State.


Source: EFCC 


The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 arraigned three former bankers, Ogbu Kingsley Ibekwem, Nwagbara Chidimma and Uwaezuoke Raymond and Chidubem Angela Mgbeke before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu State.


They were arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N15, 944, 100. 00 (Fifteen Million, Nine Hundred and Forty-four Thousand, One Hundred Naira).


One of the counts reads: “That you, Ogbu Kingsley Ibekwe and Chidubem Angela Mgbeke sometimes in January 2023 in Onitsha, Anambra State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; retaining the sum of N7, 996, 800. 00 ( Seven Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-six Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira) meant for evacuation to the Central Bank of Nigeria and property of Access Bank Plc Nottidge Branch, Onitsha which you knew or ought to have known to be proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 21 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022 and punishable under Section 20 (b)”.


They pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them. In view of their pleas, counsel to the EFCC , Ahmad Yusuf Abdullahi, prayed the court for a trial date and for the defendants to be remanded at Enugu State Correctional facility.  Defence counsel, O. O. Orji, however,  informed the court of a bail application already placed before it. 


Justice Umar thereafter adjourned the matter to May 22, 2024 for trial. The defendants were remanded at the EFCC custody pending the hearing of bail application.


Ibekwem, Chidimma and Raymond  were handed over to the EFCC on February 22, 2023  by Access Bank plc for pilfering N15, 944, 100. 00   before it was evacuated to the bullion unit of the bank for subsequent movement to the Central Bank of Nigeria. They were former staff of the Nottidge branch of the bank in  Onitsha, Anambra State.


Source: EFCC 

How Emefiele Allegedly Awarded Multi-Billion Naira Contracts to Family & Associates - EFCC Witness

How Emefiele Allegedly Awarded Multi-Billion Naira Contracts to Family & Associates - EFCC Witness

A Seventh Prosecution Witness, PW7, in the trial of a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele on Monday, March 11, 2024 told Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Abuja, how Emefiele allegedly signed and approved award and payments of contracts to April 1616 Investment Limited and Architekon Nigeria Limited, companies that allegedly belong to Sa’adatu Ramalan Yero, his wife, Margaret Emefiele and his in-law respectively.


The witness,  Agboro Michael, an investigator with the ICPC,  led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo,SAN, was part of the investigation team that comprised the EFCC, ICPC, CCB, DSS and the Nigerian Police. He testified on the count-charge of abuse of office and conferring  an unfair advantage to a public officer and relatives, preferred against Emefiel


“My Lord,  these companies were awarded about 45 contracts to supply Toyota Vehicles. We were worried as investigators as to how a particular company would get bids concurrently to supply vehicles. We did our investigation, and discovered that the company was not even accredited by Toyot


“In the companies my Lord, one has Sa’adatu’s husband and siblings as directors, and the other one has Sa’adatu as the director of the company while she is still a civil servant.


“Document ‘F1’ shows the signature and approval of the defendant to pay the sum of N854, 700,000 (Eight Hundred Fifty-Four Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira)  His signature was number three on the document",  he said.  Testifying further, Michael said in ‘F3’, the defendant approved 1, 85,700,000 (One Billion, Eighty-five million, Seven Hundred thousand) for the supply of 47 units of Toyota Hilu


While ‘F4’ was the defendants approval to purchase for the bank an armoured Toyota Avalon car at the cost of N99,900,000 (Ninety-Nine Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira), and ‘F5’ was the approval to procure two units of Toyota Hilux for the bank, and all were bought from April 1616 Investment limite


Speaking on the findings of the investigative team on exhibit P26, page 86 of 107 on November 6, 2021. Michael said; “It is a credit into the account from the CBN to the tune of N41, 943, 400, 34 (Forty-one Million, Nine Hundred and Forty-three Thousand, Four hundred and Thirty four kobo


“Page 87 was also a credit in April 2016 from the CBN, N304, 853, 50 (Three Hundred and Four Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand naira, Fifty kobo


“26 January, 2021, April 1616 Investment Nigeria limited also received N304, 853, 720, 55 (Three Hundred and Four Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty Naira Fifty-Five kobo) from the CB


“On the 10th of February, 2021, the CBN paid N201, 23, 323, 31 (Two Hundred and One Million, Twenty-Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty-Three Naira, Thirty-One kobo


The approval of payment of March 24, 2021 was  N304,843,720,85, April 27, 2021 was 60,976,744,17 (Sixty Million, Nine hundred and Seventy Six thousand, Seven hundred and forty-four naira, Seventeen kobo) May 31, 2021 was a payment of 60,976,744,17 (Sixty Million, Nine hundred and Seventy Six thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty-four Naira, Seventeen kobo), and February 21, 2021 was a payment of N50,547,508,30 (Fifty Million, Five Hundred and Forty-Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Eight Naira Thirty kobo) were equally approved by the defendan


The witness further told the court that the team recorded the defendant’s statement under caution and video recorded in a conducive environmen


Testifying further, the witness said; “In 2019, again,  we discovered the defendant also used his office and position to confer a corrupt advantage to one of the staff of CBN, Sa’adatu Ramalan Yero to supply  one unit of Toyota Land Cruiser V8 at the cost of N73, 800,000 (Seventy-Three Million, Eight Hundred Thousand to her company April 1616 Investment Nigeria limited where she is a director, and equally a director in the CB


“Again my Lord, the defendant also approved the payment of renovation of the CBN Governors’ residence at No 2. Global road, Ikoyi Lagos to a company named; Architekon Nigeria Limited where his wife and brother-in-law are both director

“Sometime in 2020, the defendant used his position as CBN Governor to confer on his wife and brother in-law corrupt advantage by awarding their company landscaping of the CBN governor’s residence in the sum of N39,46,000 (Thirty-Nine Million, Forty Six Thousand Naira”,he said


Continuing, Michael said a contract to procure furniture items was also awarded to his brother in-law in the sum of 97,000,000 (  Ninety Seven Million Naira), and again,  a contract to procure a power line at the same CBN Governor’s residence in the sum of N68,568,740 (Sixty-Eight Million, Five Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty naira


While cross examining the witness, counsel to the defendant,  Matthew Burkaa SAN queried the witness  that though there are many signatories in the memo only his client was on trial. In response, the witness told him that the defendant was on trial because he was the approving authority, while others only minuted on the documents to justify the process, and didn’t  have the power to make such payments and approval


Burkaa also wanted to tender the defendant’s  statement at the Nigerian Police force before the court,  but Oyedepo objected, stating it was a public document and needed to be certified before it can be tendered as an exhibit.  Burkaa then withdrew the document and promised to provide the true certified copy at the next adjourned dat


Justice Muazu thereafter adjourned the matter till 25 and 26 April, 2024 for continuation of trial.


Source: EFCC

A Seventh Prosecution Witness, PW7, in the trial of a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele on Monday, March 11, 2024 told Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Abuja, how Emefiele allegedly signed and approved award and payments of contracts to April 1616 Investment Limited and Architekon Nigeria Limited, companies that allegedly belong to Sa’adatu Ramalan Yero, his wife, Margaret Emefiele and his in-law respectively.


The witness,  Agboro Michael, an investigator with the ICPC,  led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo,SAN, was part of the investigation team that comprised the EFCC, ICPC, CCB, DSS and the Nigerian Police. He testified on the count-charge of abuse of office and conferring  an unfair advantage to a public officer and relatives, preferred against Emefiel


“My Lord,  these companies were awarded about 45 contracts to supply Toyota Vehicles. We were worried as investigators as to how a particular company would get bids concurrently to supply vehicles. We did our investigation, and discovered that the company was not even accredited by Toyot


“In the companies my Lord, one has Sa’adatu’s husband and siblings as directors, and the other one has Sa’adatu as the director of the company while she is still a civil servant.


“Document ‘F1’ shows the signature and approval of the defendant to pay the sum of N854, 700,000 (Eight Hundred Fifty-Four Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira)  His signature was number three on the document",  he said.  Testifying further, Michael said in ‘F3’, the defendant approved 1, 85,700,000 (One Billion, Eighty-five million, Seven Hundred thousand) for the supply of 47 units of Toyota Hilu


While ‘F4’ was the defendants approval to purchase for the bank an armoured Toyota Avalon car at the cost of N99,900,000 (Ninety-Nine Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira), and ‘F5’ was the approval to procure two units of Toyota Hilux for the bank, and all were bought from April 1616 Investment limite


Speaking on the findings of the investigative team on exhibit P26, page 86 of 107 on November 6, 2021. Michael said; “It is a credit into the account from the CBN to the tune of N41, 943, 400, 34 (Forty-one Million, Nine Hundred and Forty-three Thousand, Four hundred and Thirty four kobo


“Page 87 was also a credit in April 2016 from the CBN, N304, 853, 50 (Three Hundred and Four Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand naira, Fifty kobo


“26 January, 2021, April 1616 Investment Nigeria limited also received N304, 853, 720, 55 (Three Hundred and Four Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty Naira Fifty-Five kobo) from the CB


“On the 10th of February, 2021, the CBN paid N201, 23, 323, 31 (Two Hundred and One Million, Twenty-Three Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty-Three Naira, Thirty-One kobo


The approval of payment of March 24, 2021 was  N304,843,720,85, April 27, 2021 was 60,976,744,17 (Sixty Million, Nine hundred and Seventy Six thousand, Seven hundred and forty-four naira, Seventeen kobo) May 31, 2021 was a payment of 60,976,744,17 (Sixty Million, Nine hundred and Seventy Six thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty-four Naira, Seventeen kobo), and February 21, 2021 was a payment of N50,547,508,30 (Fifty Million, Five Hundred and Forty-Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Eight Naira Thirty kobo) were equally approved by the defendan


The witness further told the court that the team recorded the defendant’s statement under caution and video recorded in a conducive environmen


Testifying further, the witness said; “In 2019, again,  we discovered the defendant also used his office and position to confer a corrupt advantage to one of the staff of CBN, Sa’adatu Ramalan Yero to supply  one unit of Toyota Land Cruiser V8 at the cost of N73, 800,000 (Seventy-Three Million, Eight Hundred Thousand to her company April 1616 Investment Nigeria limited where she is a director, and equally a director in the CB


“Again my Lord, the defendant also approved the payment of renovation of the CBN Governors’ residence at No 2. Global road, Ikoyi Lagos to a company named; Architekon Nigeria Limited where his wife and brother-in-law are both director

“Sometime in 2020, the defendant used his position as CBN Governor to confer on his wife and brother in-law corrupt advantage by awarding their company landscaping of the CBN governor’s residence in the sum of N39,46,000 (Thirty-Nine Million, Forty Six Thousand Naira”,he said


Continuing, Michael said a contract to procure furniture items was also awarded to his brother in-law in the sum of 97,000,000 (  Ninety Seven Million Naira), and again,  a contract to procure a power line at the same CBN Governor’s residence in the sum of N68,568,740 (Sixty-Eight Million, Five Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Forty naira


While cross examining the witness, counsel to the defendant,  Matthew Burkaa SAN queried the witness  that though there are many signatories in the memo only his client was on trial. In response, the witness told him that the defendant was on trial because he was the approving authority, while others only minuted on the documents to justify the process, and didn’t  have the power to make such payments and approval


Burkaa also wanted to tender the defendant’s  statement at the Nigerian Police force before the court,  but Oyedepo objected, stating it was a public document and needed to be certified before it can be tendered as an exhibit.  Burkaa then withdrew the document and promised to provide the true certified copy at the next adjourned dat


Justice Muazu thereafter adjourned the matter till 25 and 26 April, 2024 for continuation of trial.


Source: EFCC

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Fraudsters in Maiduguri

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Fraudsters in Maiduguri


Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, March 8, 2024 arrested four suspects for sending fake transaction credit alerts to their victims.


They were arrested within Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, following intelligence on their fraudulent acts.


Preliminary investigations showed that the suspects were operating using a Business App of a bank to purchase food and non- food items as well as collecting money from Point of Sale agents POS cashiers and sending fake transaction credits to them.


They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. 


Source: EFCC 


Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, March 8, 2024 arrested four suspects for sending fake transaction credit alerts to their victims.


They were arrested within Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State, following intelligence on their fraudulent acts.


Preliminary investigations showed that the suspects were operating using a Business App of a bank to purchase food and non- food items as well as collecting money from Point of Sale agents POS cashiers and sending fake transaction credits to them.


They would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. 


Source: EFCC 

$9.6bn P&ID Fraud: EFCC Tenders Additional Evidence Against MICAD, Nolan

$9.6bn P&ID Fraud: EFCC Tenders Additional Evidence Against MICAD, Nolan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, March 11, 2024, tendered more evidence against MICAD Project City Services Limited and James Nolan before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuj


Micad Project City Services Limited and James Nolan are standing trial on a 20-count charge of obtaining by false pretense, non-compliance with the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) and criminal conversion of proceeds of crime to the tune N151,394,328.00 (One Hundred and Fifty-one Million, Three Hundred and Ninety-four Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty-eight Naira


At Monday’s court session,  Prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga informed the court that the EFCC has filed additional evidence before the court  on February 20, 2024  and defense counsel, Micheal Ajara confirmed  that they have been served the evidenc


To this end, Sanga presented the third prosecution witness, PW3, Nnedimma Irene Eyisi, a lawyer.  She told the court how James Nolan informed her that he needed to renew himself as the Director of MICA


“Sometimes in 2016, my principal informed me that a client will give me a form to file a CAC document. Later that day,  I received a call from a client who introduced himself as James Nolan, he informed me he needed to renew himself as the Director of the company. I asked him to give me details about the directors of the company and he did.  I informed him I will prepare a CAC Form 7, so that the required directors will sign”, she sai


Narrating further,  she said, “a couple of weeks later, our Secretary informed me that I have some documents which contained CAC form 7 appointing James Nolan as the director, a consent letter accepting to be a director by James Nolan. On receiving these documents, I proceeded to CAC and  after a couple of days,  I checked back and the application was approved. I made the necessary payment and submitted. I came back days later to collect the CTC of these documents. I packaged it and gave it out for dispatch, I called the client and informed him that the documents are ready”, she sai


The witness further informed the court that she could recognize the document on sight, adding that it bears the name of James Nolan


Eyisi also said that she was invited by the EFCC in respect of the CAC form 7 and wrote a statement on August 31, 2021 which reflected her name. Sanga then applied to the court for the document to be admitted in evidence. The defense counsel did not object to the application


Justice Egwuatu admitted the document in evidence and marked it as Exhibit 

 In the course of cross-examination, Eyisi confirmed that she dispatched the form for the company and the relevant directors  to sign, adding that “CAC form 7 must return all signed and I submitted them all. All I know is that the documents were returned, signed by all directors and the new director.


The judge thereafter adjourned the matter to March 12, 2024 for continuation of hearin

 At the last session on January 18, 2024,  second prosecution counsel, PW2, Hussain Babangida informed the court how directors of Micad City Services Ltd absconded with about N39,450,224.23(Thirty Nine million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty Four Naira, Twenty Three kobo) owed as taxes to the Federal government using fake signature


Source: EFCC 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, March 11, 2024, tendered more evidence against MICAD Project City Services Limited and James Nolan before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuj


Micad Project City Services Limited and James Nolan are standing trial on a 20-count charge of obtaining by false pretense, non-compliance with the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) and criminal conversion of proceeds of crime to the tune N151,394,328.00 (One Hundred and Fifty-one Million, Three Hundred and Ninety-four Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty-eight Naira


At Monday’s court session,  Prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga informed the court that the EFCC has filed additional evidence before the court  on February 20, 2024  and defense counsel, Micheal Ajara confirmed  that they have been served the evidenc


To this end, Sanga presented the third prosecution witness, PW3, Nnedimma Irene Eyisi, a lawyer.  She told the court how James Nolan informed her that he needed to renew himself as the Director of MICA


“Sometimes in 2016, my principal informed me that a client will give me a form to file a CAC document. Later that day,  I received a call from a client who introduced himself as James Nolan, he informed me he needed to renew himself as the Director of the company. I asked him to give me details about the directors of the company and he did.  I informed him I will prepare a CAC Form 7, so that the required directors will sign”, she sai


Narrating further,  she said, “a couple of weeks later, our Secretary informed me that I have some documents which contained CAC form 7 appointing James Nolan as the director, a consent letter accepting to be a director by James Nolan. On receiving these documents, I proceeded to CAC and  after a couple of days,  I checked back and the application was approved. I made the necessary payment and submitted. I came back days later to collect the CTC of these documents. I packaged it and gave it out for dispatch, I called the client and informed him that the documents are ready”, she sai


The witness further informed the court that she could recognize the document on sight, adding that it bears the name of James Nolan


Eyisi also said that she was invited by the EFCC in respect of the CAC form 7 and wrote a statement on August 31, 2021 which reflected her name. Sanga then applied to the court for the document to be admitted in evidence. The defense counsel did not object to the application


Justice Egwuatu admitted the document in evidence and marked it as Exhibit 

 In the course of cross-examination, Eyisi confirmed that she dispatched the form for the company and the relevant directors  to sign, adding that “CAC form 7 must return all signed and I submitted them all. All I know is that the documents were returned, signed by all directors and the new director.


The judge thereafter adjourned the matter to March 12, 2024 for continuation of hearin

 At the last session on January 18, 2024,  second prosecution counsel, PW2, Hussain Babangida informed the court how directors of Micad City Services Ltd absconded with about N39,450,224.23(Thirty Nine million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty Four Naira, Twenty Three kobo) owed as taxes to the Federal government using fake signature


Source: EFCC 

How EFCC Grills 10 Suspected Oil Thieves in Uyo

How EFCC Grills 10 Suspected Oil Thieves in Uyo


The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has commenced investigation of ten suspected illegal dealers in petroleum products, who were arrested onboard a ship loaded with 100 metric tonnes of petroleum product without an appropriate licence


The ten suspects were arrested on board MT Queen Hansal Ship and handed over to the Command by the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base Ibaka, Akwa Ibom State, along with 100 metric tons of petroleum product


While handing over the arrested suspects and exhibits to the EFCC, the Naval handing over Captain Uche Aneke said the Navy will continue to perform its duty and ensure that the Akwa Ibom State and its environment remained unfavourable for oil thieves


'The vessel MT Queen Hansal was involved in suspicious activities along Exxol Mobil oil field at position Lat 04'12' 956 N, Long 007'40' 186 'E' by switching off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) such  that the Nigerian Navy in its task arrested the ship, so the vessel and the 10 crew members were arrested by NNS OJI on December 28, 2023 during inspection and brought to base on December 30, 2023", he sai


Receiving the suspects and the products from on behalf of the EFCC, Deputy Superintendent of the EFCC, DSE Ayuba Zira thanked the Navy and assured  that a thorough investigation would  be conducted and culpable suspects prosecuted accordingly. 'We want to assure the public that the EFCC is going to investigate this conclusively and everyone found culpable will face justice. The Command will continue to work with the Navy to sanitize our oil industry and waterways", he sai


Source: EFCC 


The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has commenced investigation of ten suspected illegal dealers in petroleum products, who were arrested onboard a ship loaded with 100 metric tonnes of petroleum product without an appropriate licence


The ten suspects were arrested on board MT Queen Hansal Ship and handed over to the Command by the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base Ibaka, Akwa Ibom State, along with 100 metric tons of petroleum product


While handing over the arrested suspects and exhibits to the EFCC, the Naval handing over Captain Uche Aneke said the Navy will continue to perform its duty and ensure that the Akwa Ibom State and its environment remained unfavourable for oil thieves


'The vessel MT Queen Hansal was involved in suspicious activities along Exxol Mobil oil field at position Lat 04'12' 956 N, Long 007'40' 186 'E' by switching off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) such  that the Nigerian Navy in its task arrested the ship, so the vessel and the 10 crew members were arrested by NNS OJI on December 28, 2023 during inspection and brought to base on December 30, 2023", he sai


Receiving the suspects and the products from on behalf of the EFCC, Deputy Superintendent of the EFCC, DSE Ayuba Zira thanked the Navy and assured  that a thorough investigation would  be conducted and culpable suspects prosecuted accordingly. 'We want to assure the public that the EFCC is going to investigate this conclusively and everyone found culpable will face justice. The Command will continue to work with the Navy to sanitize our oil industry and waterways", he sai


Source: EFCC 

Court Convicted Man, Two Companies in Kaduna

Court Convicted Man, Two Companies in Kaduna




Justices Darius Khobo, R. M Aikawa and Hawa Buhari of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna have  convicted and sentenced one Onoja Benjamin Ufedo to two years imprisonment for cheating and  Karamchi Motors Limited and Dawaki Motors Limited for failure to comply with the requirements of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, SCUML.


Ufedo was jailed on Monday,  March 4, 2024, after he pleaded guilty to  a lone count charge bordering on cheating upon arraignment by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


 The lone count charge reads: “that you, Onoja Benjamin Ufedo "M" sometimes in December 2023, in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did dishonestly induce one Sani Abubakar Abbas to pay you the sum of N100,000.00(One Hundred Thousand Naira), which you paid one Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq the sum of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira), to procure two false certificates of Occupancy of Chikun Local Government with numbers: CH/B/000524 and CH/B/ 000520, and you thereby committed cheating, an offence contrary to Section 306(b) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 307 of the same Law.


The defendant pleaded guilty to the lone -count charge when it was read to him.


Prosecution counsel, M. O Arumemi, relying on the guilty plea by the defendant, asked the court to convict him accordingly.


Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced Ufedo to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand naira).


In the same vein, Justices Aikawa and Buhari convicted and sentenced Karamchi Motors Ltd and Dawaki Motors Ltd to a fine of N250, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) for failing to comply with the reporting requirements of SCUML.


The lone- count charge against Dawaki Motors Ltd reads: “that you, Dawaki Motors Ltd operating the business of motor vehicle dealership, sometime in July, 2022 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did in contravention of the law, failed to submit a declaration of your activities to wit: requirements of customer’s identification and submission of returns on transactions to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML), and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 11(1) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition)Act, 2022 and punishable under Section 11(3) of the same Act.”


While the one- count charge against Karamchi Motors Ltd reads: “that you, Karamchi Motors Ltd, operating the business of general contractors and other businesses, sometime in July, 2019, at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did an act to wit, failed to report to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in writing within 7 days, your three (3) lodgments of N10,000,000.00(Ten Million Naira) which is in excess of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million naira) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition)Act, 2011 (as amended) in 2012 and punishable under Section 10(3) of the same Act.”


Ufedo bagged his imprisonment for procuring a fake certificate of occupancy for a petitioner while Dawaki and Karamchi motors limited were convicted for running afoul of SCUML’s reporting guidelines regarding thresholds in transactions.


Source: EFCC




Justices Darius Khobo, R. M Aikawa and Hawa Buhari of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna have  convicted and sentenced one Onoja Benjamin Ufedo to two years imprisonment for cheating and  Karamchi Motors Limited and Dawaki Motors Limited for failure to comply with the requirements of the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering, SCUML.


Ufedo was jailed on Monday,  March 4, 2024, after he pleaded guilty to  a lone count charge bordering on cheating upon arraignment by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.


 The lone count charge reads: “that you, Onoja Benjamin Ufedo "M" sometimes in December 2023, in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did dishonestly induce one Sani Abubakar Abbas to pay you the sum of N100,000.00(One Hundred Thousand Naira), which you paid one Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq the sum of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira), to procure two false certificates of Occupancy of Chikun Local Government with numbers: CH/B/000524 and CH/B/ 000520, and you thereby committed cheating, an offence contrary to Section 306(b) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 307 of the same Law.


The defendant pleaded guilty to the lone -count charge when it was read to him.


Prosecution counsel, M. O Arumemi, relying on the guilty plea by the defendant, asked the court to convict him accordingly.


Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced Ufedo to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand naira).


In the same vein, Justices Aikawa and Buhari convicted and sentenced Karamchi Motors Ltd and Dawaki Motors Ltd to a fine of N250, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) for failing to comply with the reporting requirements of SCUML.


The lone- count charge against Dawaki Motors Ltd reads: “that you, Dawaki Motors Ltd operating the business of motor vehicle dealership, sometime in July, 2022 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did in contravention of the law, failed to submit a declaration of your activities to wit: requirements of customer’s identification and submission of returns on transactions to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML), and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 11(1) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition)Act, 2022 and punishable under Section 11(3) of the same Act.”


While the one- count charge against Karamchi Motors Ltd reads: “that you, Karamchi Motors Ltd, operating the business of general contractors and other businesses, sometime in July, 2019, at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did an act to wit, failed to report to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in writing within 7 days, your three (3) lodgments of N10,000,000.00(Ten Million Naira) which is in excess of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million naira) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition)Act, 2011 (as amended) in 2012 and punishable under Section 10(3) of the same Act.”


Ufedo bagged his imprisonment for procuring a fake certificate of occupancy for a petitioner while Dawaki and Karamchi motors limited were convicted for running afoul of SCUML’s reporting guidelines regarding thresholds in transactions.


Source: EFCC

Alleged $6.2m Fraud: Forensic Expert Confirms forgery of Buhari, Mustapha's Signatures

Alleged $6.2m Fraud: Forensic Expert Confirms forgery of Buhari, Mustapha's Signatures


Bamaiyi Haruna Mairiga, Sixth Prosecution Witness, PW6, in the trial of a former governor of  Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,  Godwin Emefiele on Thursday, March 7, 2024 told Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court,  Abuja, that forensic examination showed that the signatures of former President Muhammadu Buhari and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF,  Boss Mustapha were allegedly  forged for the payment of $6.2million to foreign election observers in the 2023 General Election.


Led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, Mairiga, a forensic expert informed the court that forensic evaluation of the “Presidential Directive on Foreign Observers Election A” and “Presidential Directive on Foreign Observer Election A2,” which were the documents upon which the payment was made by the CBN under Emefiele, showed manifest evidence of forgery of the signatures of Buhari and Mustapha under forensic scrutiny, and a clear evidence that the seal of execution was equally fake.


“My Lord, the conclusion of the examination showed that the questioned signature marked “X-X1” had suspicious evidence of forgery or copying act, as line quality, the form, skill of execution and pen movement were found to be different from the specimen signatures marked A-A2 and B-81", he said.


Continuing, he stressed that, "specifically, the form and formation of the disputed signature marked X and specimen signatures marked 1 were different with respect to pen movement impulses, initial and terminal strokes, loops, tremors, and individual characteristics.


“This confirms that the author of specimen signatures marked B-81 did not write the signature of Muhammadu Buhari on the disputed document marked X. Also, the form and formation of the disputed signature marked X1 and specimen signatures marked A-A2 were also different with respect to pen movement impulses, initial and terminal strokes, loops, tremors, and individual characteristics. This confirms that the author of specimen signatures marked A-A2 did not write the signature of Boss Mustapha on the disputed document marked X1 and the same was produced into a report and returned to the requesting unit"

The “Presidential Directive on Foreign Observers Election A” and “Presidential Directive on Foreign Observer Election A2” were tendered in evidence and admitted by the court.


Under cross-examination by counsel to Emefiele,   Matthew Burkaa ,SAN, Mairiga revealed that he was seconded to the EFCC in 2018 from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and that NIS remained the agency of his primary employment.


After listening to the cross examinations,  Justice Muazu  discharged Mairiga from the dock, and adjourned the matter till March 11, 2024.





Earlier on Monday, February 12, 2024, Ogau Onyeka Michael, a prosecution witness, had disclosed before Justice Muazu that Emefiele approved the payment of $6,230,000 (Six Million, Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars) in cash for international election observers in the 2023 General Election.


Michael, a former Abuja Branch Controller of CBN, led in evidence by Oyedepo revealed that on January 8, 2023, a request for payment in the sum of $6,230,000  came to his office and that the documents for the disbursement of the money were approved by the then CBN governor in cash for international election observers.


Similarly, another prosecution witness, Boss Gida Mustapha, former SGF on Tuesday February 13, 2024 told Justice Muazu that neither the former President Buhari nor himself raised a memo directing the apex bank to pay the said sum to international election observers in the last general election. Mustapha told the court he never came across the transaction while he served as the SGF.


“My Lord, all through my years in service at my capacity, I never came across such a document. Having served for five years, seven months", he said. 


Source; EFCC 


Bamaiyi Haruna Mairiga, Sixth Prosecution Witness, PW6, in the trial of a former governor of  Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,  Godwin Emefiele on Thursday, March 7, 2024 told Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court,  Abuja, that forensic examination showed that the signatures of former President Muhammadu Buhari and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF,  Boss Mustapha were allegedly  forged for the payment of $6.2million to foreign election observers in the 2023 General Election.


Led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, Mairiga, a forensic expert informed the court that forensic evaluation of the “Presidential Directive on Foreign Observers Election A” and “Presidential Directive on Foreign Observer Election A2,” which were the documents upon which the payment was made by the CBN under Emefiele, showed manifest evidence of forgery of the signatures of Buhari and Mustapha under forensic scrutiny, and a clear evidence that the seal of execution was equally fake.


“My Lord, the conclusion of the examination showed that the questioned signature marked “X-X1” had suspicious evidence of forgery or copying act, as line quality, the form, skill of execution and pen movement were found to be different from the specimen signatures marked A-A2 and B-81", he said.


Continuing, he stressed that, "specifically, the form and formation of the disputed signature marked X and specimen signatures marked 1 were different with respect to pen movement impulses, initial and terminal strokes, loops, tremors, and individual characteristics.


“This confirms that the author of specimen signatures marked B-81 did not write the signature of Muhammadu Buhari on the disputed document marked X. Also, the form and formation of the disputed signature marked X1 and specimen signatures marked A-A2 were also different with respect to pen movement impulses, initial and terminal strokes, loops, tremors, and individual characteristics. This confirms that the author of specimen signatures marked A-A2 did not write the signature of Boss Mustapha on the disputed document marked X1 and the same was produced into a report and returned to the requesting unit"

The “Presidential Directive on Foreign Observers Election A” and “Presidential Directive on Foreign Observer Election A2” were tendered in evidence and admitted by the court.


Under cross-examination by counsel to Emefiele,   Matthew Burkaa ,SAN, Mairiga revealed that he was seconded to the EFCC in 2018 from the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and that NIS remained the agency of his primary employment.


After listening to the cross examinations,  Justice Muazu  discharged Mairiga from the dock, and adjourned the matter till March 11, 2024.





Earlier on Monday, February 12, 2024, Ogau Onyeka Michael, a prosecution witness, had disclosed before Justice Muazu that Emefiele approved the payment of $6,230,000 (Six Million, Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars) in cash for international election observers in the 2023 General Election.


Michael, a former Abuja Branch Controller of CBN, led in evidence by Oyedepo revealed that on January 8, 2023, a request for payment in the sum of $6,230,000  came to his office and that the documents for the disbursement of the money were approved by the then CBN governor in cash for international election observers.


Similarly, another prosecution witness, Boss Gida Mustapha, former SGF on Tuesday February 13, 2024 told Justice Muazu that neither the former President Buhari nor himself raised a memo directing the apex bank to pay the said sum to international election observers in the last general election. Mustapha told the court he never came across the transaction while he served as the SGF.


“My Lord, all through my years in service at my capacity, I never came across such a document. Having served for five years, seven months", he said. 


Source; EFCC 

WANTED BY THE EFCC – Leno Laitan Adesanya

WANTED BY THE EFCC – Leno Laitan Adesanya

 WANTED BY THE EFCC


Leno Laitan Adesanya is WANTED by the EFCC for offences bothering on economic and financial crimes. Any info on his whereabout? Please contact the EFCC offices or the nearest Police Station. 


#EFCCNigeria

 WANTED BY THE EFCC


Leno Laitan Adesanya is WANTED by the EFCC for offences bothering on economic and financial crimes. Any info on his whereabout? Please contact the EFCC offices or the nearest Police Station. 


#EFCCNigeria

Food Insecurity: EFCC Arrests 21 Food-loaded Trucks into Neighbouring Countries

Food Insecurity: EFCC Arrests 21 Food-loaded Trucks into Neighbouring Countries


Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, arrested 21 trucks loaded with food and non-food items heading towards N’djamena, Chad Republic, Central African Republic and Cameroon.


The trucks were intercepted in a sting operation at major exit routes along Kalabiri/Gamboru Ngala and Bama roads, Borno State.



Investigation showed food items cleverly concealed in the trucks that would have gone undetected, but for the eagle-eyed vigilance of operatives of the Commission.



Further checks showed that the Waybills covering the goods carried by the trucks indicated their destinations as N'djamena, Chad Republic, Central Africa Republic and Cameroon respectively.



The arrest of the trucks is expected to stem the tide of food insecurity occasioned by unscrupulous antics of smugglers across the country.


 Suspects arrested with the trucks are being profiled and would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 


Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, arrested 21 trucks loaded with food and non-food items heading towards N’djamena, Chad Republic, Central African Republic and Cameroon.


The trucks were intercepted in a sting operation at major exit routes along Kalabiri/Gamboru Ngala and Bama roads, Borno State.



Investigation showed food items cleverly concealed in the trucks that would have gone undetected, but for the eagle-eyed vigilance of operatives of the Commission.



Further checks showed that the Waybills covering the goods carried by the trucks indicated their destinations as N'djamena, Chad Republic, Central Africa Republic and Cameroon respectively.



The arrest of the trucks is expected to stem the tide of food insecurity occasioned by unscrupulous antics of smugglers across the country.


 Suspects arrested with the trucks are being profiled and would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 

Court Jails Seven Internet Fraudsters in Ogun, Oyo

Court Jails Seven Internet Fraudsters in Ogun, Oyo

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of seven internet fraudsters to various jail term


The convicts: Adio Peter Olakunle, Adebanjo Oluwafemi Samuel, Ezekiel Papi Kolawole, Lukman Olakunle Alabi, Sakiru Olamilekan Usman, Godwin Moses Abaka and Amosu Oladele Gbenon were arraigned on one -count separate charge each before Justices M.O. Ishola, O.A. Lajide of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan and S.O. Adeniyi of the Ogun State High Court, Abeokut


One of the charges reads: “That you, Amosu Oladele Gbenonu, ‘M’ on or about 12th of October, 2023 in Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud one Karl Ackman, did falsely represent yourself to be Sarah Williams, a white woman from the United States of America with google account [email protected] which representation you knew to be false, thereby committed the offence of Personation contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000


The defendants  pleaded “guilty” to the charges preferred against them by the EFC


Consequently, facts of the cases were reviewed and several incriminating documents were tendered before the courts by the prosecution counsels, urging the courts to convict and sentence the defendants accordingl


After listening to the prayers of counsels, Justice Lajide convicted and sentenced Gbenonu, Abaka, Usman and Kolawole to six months community service each, while Alabi was sentenced to two months community servic


Also, Justice Ishola convicted and sentenced Samuel to six months community service and Justice Adeniyi sentenced Olakunle to four months community servic


Furthermore, Justice Lajide ordered Gbenonu to pay the sum of N2million, Abaka to pay N1million, Usman to pay N800, 000.00k (Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) and Kolawole to pay the sum of N400, 000.00K (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) as fines alongside their jail terms respectivel


Also, the convicts were ordered to restitute their various victims and forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeri


They began their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were arrested by operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet-related offences.  They were investigated, prosecuted and convicted










Source : EFCC 

The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of seven internet fraudsters to various jail term


The convicts: Adio Peter Olakunle, Adebanjo Oluwafemi Samuel, Ezekiel Papi Kolawole, Lukman Olakunle Alabi, Sakiru Olamilekan Usman, Godwin Moses Abaka and Amosu Oladele Gbenon were arraigned on one -count separate charge each before Justices M.O. Ishola, O.A. Lajide of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan and S.O. Adeniyi of the Ogun State High Court, Abeokut


One of the charges reads: “That you, Amosu Oladele Gbenonu, ‘M’ on or about 12th of October, 2023 in Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud one Karl Ackman, did falsely represent yourself to be Sarah Williams, a white woman from the United States of America with google account [email protected] which representation you knew to be false, thereby committed the offence of Personation contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000


The defendants  pleaded “guilty” to the charges preferred against them by the EFC


Consequently, facts of the cases were reviewed and several incriminating documents were tendered before the courts by the prosecution counsels, urging the courts to convict and sentence the defendants accordingl


After listening to the prayers of counsels, Justice Lajide convicted and sentenced Gbenonu, Abaka, Usman and Kolawole to six months community service each, while Alabi was sentenced to two months community servic


Also, Justice Ishola convicted and sentenced Samuel to six months community service and Justice Adeniyi sentenced Olakunle to four months community servic


Furthermore, Justice Lajide ordered Gbenonu to pay the sum of N2million, Abaka to pay N1million, Usman to pay N800, 000.00k (Eight Hundred Thousand Naira) and Kolawole to pay the sum of N400, 000.00K (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) as fines alongside their jail terms respectivel


Also, the convicts were ordered to restitute their various victims and forfeit all items recovered from them to the Federal Government of Nigeri


They began their journey to the Correctional Centre when they were arrested by operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC for internet-related offences.  They were investigated, prosecuted and convicted










Source : EFCC 

Alleged N4bn Fraud: Court to Hear Obiano`s Motion Challenging Jurisdiction, March 7

Alleged N4bn Fraud: Court to Hear Obiano`s Motion Challenging Jurisdiction, March 7

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, February 4, slated the hearing of a motion brought by a former governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, challenging the jurisdiction of his court to hear the N4 billion money laundering charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for March 7, 2024.


At Monday’s proceedings, defence counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, filed a motion urging Justice Ekwo to quash the charges against his client “for lack of jurisdiction to hear the matter and that no prima facie case has been established against the defendant.”

EFCC counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, SAN, however, informed the court that he needed adequate time to study and respond to the motion, explaining that he was only served the motion in court Monday morning.

Based on his prayers, Justice Ekpo adjourned hearing on the motion till March 7, 2024.

Obiano was arraigned on January 24, 2024 by the EFCC on a nine-count charge of money laundering.



Source: EFCC

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, February 4, slated the hearing of a motion brought by a former governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, challenging the jurisdiction of his court to hear the N4 billion money laundering charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for March 7, 2024.


At Monday’s proceedings, defence counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, filed a motion urging Justice Ekwo to quash the charges against his client “for lack of jurisdiction to hear the matter and that no prima facie case has been established against the defendant.”

EFCC counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, SAN, however, informed the court that he needed adequate time to study and respond to the motion, explaining that he was only served the motion in court Monday morning.

Based on his prayers, Justice Ekpo adjourned hearing on the motion till March 7, 2024.

Obiano was arraigned on January 24, 2024 by the EFCC on a nine-count charge of money laundering.



Source: EFCC

EFCC Arraigns Former Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for N10bn Fraud

EFCC Arraigns Former Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for N10bn Fraud

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the immediate past governor of Kwara State,  Abdulfatah Ahmed before Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

He was arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on alleged mismanagement of public funds to the tune of N10billion.

Count one of the charges reads:

“That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while being the Governor of Kwara State) between 2015 and 2019 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court used an aggregate sum of N1,610,730,500.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Ten Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) property of Kwara State Government, meant for the security and running cost of the Government of Kwara State to charter private jets through Travel Messengers Limited on different occasions for your local travels and which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful act, to wit: Criminal Breach of Trust or Theft and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”.


 Count three of the charges reads:

“That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while being the Governor of Kwara State) and ADEMOLA BANU (while being the Commissioner of Finance of Kwara State), between January and December 2018 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired between yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: Conversion of the sum of N411,000,000.00 (Four Hundred and Eleven Million Naira) property of Kwara State Government meant for the provision of security in Kwara State, which sum you reasonably ought to have known was a proceed of an unlawful act, to wit; theft/fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act”.


 The former governor was charged alongside his commissioner for finance,  Ademola Banu who neither appeared in court nor had legal representation when the case was called.


Banu, who was listed as the second defendant on the charge sheet is facing a 10-count charge also bordering on mismanagement of public funds while he served under Ahmed’s administration as commissioner for finance.


When the matter was called,  EFCC’s lead counsel,   Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, informed the court that Banu jumped an administrative bail granted him by the EFCC and efforts to arrest him had proved abortive. He urged the court to rely on Section 83 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) to issue a summons against his surety, Salami Bashiru Ola and/or warrant of arrest against the second defendant (Banu).


The defence  led by Kehinde Eleja, SAN, did not put any defence in favour of the second defendant as he said that his appearance was for the first defendant.


In a short ruling, Justice Anyadike issued a bench warrant against Banu.


Thereafter, the court took the plea of the first defendant on each count. When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Upon his plea, Jacobs urged the court to fix a date for trial, but Eleja through an oral application prayed the court to admit his client to bail. Citing Section 162 of the ACJA, the defence counsel said all the twelve counts against the defendant are bailable. 


Therefore, he prayed the court to exercise its discretion in favour of the defendant

Jacobs in response, opposed the bail application by the defence, but conceded the fact that bail is at the discretion of the court.

After listening to the arguments and counter-arguments of both counsels, Justice Anyadike admitted the first defendant  to bail in the sum of N50million with two sureties in like sum. According to the judge, the sureties must deposit  their passports with the court's registrar. One of the sureties must have a landed property in Ilorin with the title documents of the property deposited with the Registrar of the Federal High Court. The sureties must also produce evidence of payment of electricity bills for the last three years.


In addition to the listed conditions, the judge ordered that the sum of N50million must be paid as bond into the litigation account of the Federal High Court, which will be returned to the sureties after the final determination of the case, but forfeited to the Federal Government in the event the defendant jump bail.


As part of the bail conditions, the court also ordered that the international passport of the defendant be kept with the court’s registrar, which the former governor must apply to get if the need arises for him to travel abroad for medical reasons.

The judge thereafter ordered the defendant to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the perfection of his bail terms. He adjourned to April 29 and 30, 2024 for commencement of trial.

 

Ahmed, among sundry issues allegedly spent the sum of N1,610,730,500.00 meant for the security and administration of the state to charter private jets when he held sway as governor between 2015- 2019 in contravention of Section 15(2)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) which is punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.


He was also accused of failing to make a declaration in the Assets Declaration Form offered  him by the officers of the EFCC after he was arrested contrary to Section 27(3)(c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act No. 1 of 2004, which is punishable with a term of 5years imprisonment under Section 27(3) of the same Act.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the immediate past governor of Kwara State,  Abdulfatah Ahmed before Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

He was arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on alleged mismanagement of public funds to the tune of N10billion.

Count one of the charges reads:

“That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while being the Governor of Kwara State) between 2015 and 2019 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court used an aggregate sum of N1,610,730,500.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Ten Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) property of Kwara State Government, meant for the security and running cost of the Government of Kwara State to charter private jets through Travel Messengers Limited on different occasions for your local travels and which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful act, to wit: Criminal Breach of Trust or Theft and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”.


 Count three of the charges reads:

“That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while being the Governor of Kwara State) and ADEMOLA BANU (while being the Commissioner of Finance of Kwara State), between January and December 2018 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired between yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: Conversion of the sum of N411,000,000.00 (Four Hundred and Eleven Million Naira) property of Kwara State Government meant for the provision of security in Kwara State, which sum you reasonably ought to have known was a proceed of an unlawful act, to wit; theft/fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act”.


 The former governor was charged alongside his commissioner for finance,  Ademola Banu who neither appeared in court nor had legal representation when the case was called.


Banu, who was listed as the second defendant on the charge sheet is facing a 10-count charge also bordering on mismanagement of public funds while he served under Ahmed’s administration as commissioner for finance.


When the matter was called,  EFCC’s lead counsel,   Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, informed the court that Banu jumped an administrative bail granted him by the EFCC and efforts to arrest him had proved abortive. He urged the court to rely on Section 83 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) to issue a summons against his surety, Salami Bashiru Ola and/or warrant of arrest against the second defendant (Banu).


The defence  led by Kehinde Eleja, SAN, did not put any defence in favour of the second defendant as he said that his appearance was for the first defendant.


In a short ruling, Justice Anyadike issued a bench warrant against Banu.


Thereafter, the court took the plea of the first defendant on each count. When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Upon his plea, Jacobs urged the court to fix a date for trial, but Eleja through an oral application prayed the court to admit his client to bail. Citing Section 162 of the ACJA, the defence counsel said all the twelve counts against the defendant are bailable. 


Therefore, he prayed the court to exercise its discretion in favour of the defendant

Jacobs in response, opposed the bail application by the defence, but conceded the fact that bail is at the discretion of the court.

After listening to the arguments and counter-arguments of both counsels, Justice Anyadike admitted the first defendant  to bail in the sum of N50million with two sureties in like sum. According to the judge, the sureties must deposit  their passports with the court's registrar. One of the sureties must have a landed property in Ilorin with the title documents of the property deposited with the Registrar of the Federal High Court. The sureties must also produce evidence of payment of electricity bills for the last three years.


In addition to the listed conditions, the judge ordered that the sum of N50million must be paid as bond into the litigation account of the Federal High Court, which will be returned to the sureties after the final determination of the case, but forfeited to the Federal Government in the event the defendant jump bail.


As part of the bail conditions, the court also ordered that the international passport of the defendant be kept with the court’s registrar, which the former governor must apply to get if the need arises for him to travel abroad for medical reasons.

The judge thereafter ordered the defendant to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the perfection of his bail terms. He adjourned to April 29 and 30, 2024 for commencement of trial.

 

Ahmed, among sundry issues allegedly spent the sum of N1,610,730,500.00 meant for the security and administration of the state to charter private jets when he held sway as governor between 2015- 2019 in contravention of Section 15(2)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) which is punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.


He was also accused of failing to make a declaration in the Assets Declaration Form offered  him by the officers of the EFCC after he was arrested contrary to Section 27(3)(c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act No. 1 of 2004, which is punishable with a term of 5years imprisonment under Section 27(3) of the same Act.

Subsidy: When vested interests take over, you cut off the head to cure headache!

Subsidy: When vested interests take over, you cut off the head to cure headache!

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Why is the first task Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would perform is the removal of subsidy? A clear understanding of this and the correct answer will explain why everything was done to ensure that he became President, through hook or crook – willy-nilly. Much as he would want to claim, Tinubu became President, by the handiwork and instrumentality of vested interests.


He was clearly the worst out of the three main candidates that went for the election, by every indication. He was the one making all the gaffes, the one that could not maintain steady gait at rallies, the one with slurred speech, the one that was in and out of Nigeria for medical reasons. So, why would Nigerians choose him over Atiku Abubakar or Peter Obi?


Prior to the actual election, his handlers had pointed to his records in Lagos and how he transformed a known slum into a mega-city. But, the real story was told was told on the day of the presidential election, when Lagos spoke unequivocally – passing their verdict on what they really thought about the Father of Modern Lagos, as he was described.


It was that of total rejection, if not disgrace that he was denied the same state, he claimed to have transformed in the most unequivocal manner, not by outsiders or spin-doctors, but those who actually live in the state. In fact, outside the official result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which gave victory in the state by some marginal figures, it was said that Tinubu did not win the symbolic 25 per cent in the state.


What does that say about using Lagos to campaign? With the character of voting on February 25, Lagosians, countered the narrative of Tinubu building Lagos, which discountenanced the fact that for decades, if not centuries, Lagos, had remained the pride of Nigeria, for many reasons than the Tinubu miracle. Long before Tinubu ever dreamed of coming to the city, every Nigerian had wanted to come to Lagos. Those who did, showcased it as a bragging right to those elsewhere who did not have the privilege. It was more of the reasons the Egyptian would view Cairo, the Ghanaian, Accra and Kenyan, Narobi.


So, the campaign with Lagos fell flat on its face as it should on the basis of the truth about the residents knew about the real imprimatur its former Governor left in the state. Now, the other factor he could have relied on, the ruling government of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was no less unenvious and untoward. It was indeed a no-go area and therefore, did not help either. In fact, that angle was worse, if not the worst. The shambolic government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the sufferings it offered Nigerians were enough to close that road.


So, why did Tinubu become President, regardless? The answer is what you are seeing now. Vested interests! They are the ones he has come to serve and not Nigerians. It was this vested interest that ensured that the server for the presidential election was shut down immediately they saw the first signs of verdict of the people. It was this vested interest that ensured that INEC Chairman went back 360 degrees, against what he told Nigerians, days or even hours to the election. Come to think of it, it is this vested interest that made him blame technical glitches rather than personal failures for what happened on that day. And you can be sure that the same vested interests will ensure that he keeps sealed lips over what actually transpired for the rest of his life.


For those who have an inkling on how vested interests, either as a cabal, a syndicate or a mafia works, they also know that the goading of those who lost out in the election to go to court, is not because they so much as have the littlest trust in the justice system, but the fact that they believe that they have that angle covered as well. So, it is only a judicial personnel, who would dare the consequences, in some cases, even their lives or those of loved ones, that would be bold enough to stand up to them. Everywhere in the world, where vested interests are in charge, it is a function of carrot and stick. Once you get co-opted into the system, it is either you enjoy privileges reserved for the high and mighty – money, influence and power – or you suffer the most unimaginable pains.


Read the book of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to get a glimpse of what vested interests do to those who go against them. Why do you think that Humphrey Nwosu, the man who conducted the June 1993 presidential election, which the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, went to his grave with the true story of that exercise. Why do you think that even Ibrahim Babangida, the military President, who superintended the entire regime, has also maintained sealed lips?


So, when you see a government of Tinubu announce a 300 per cent increase in the pump price of fuel, know that he is not acting because he enjoys the suffering and death of millions of Nigerians. It is a question of “either or!” If not, ask yourself, why is the government not taking other options. In the first place, does Nigeria consume 680million litres of fuel a day? How possible? But that question is a no-go area. Nobody will ask it.


Now, the beginning and end of all the arguments on why Nigerians must pay with their lives for fuel, is because it is imported. The abiding question is, why must the product be imported? Who shut down the local refineries and refused them from working despite all the money that have gone into resuscitating them? That’s where the true answer lies. But nobody will attempt to go that route in looking for solution.


In fact, the so-called financial analyst you see on television strenuously labouring to give you expert explanation on why you must pay more for fuel, could be on the payroll of the same vested interests either knowingly or unknowingly. That is how much reach they have. They are everywhere. So, they are the ones that would be quick to tell you the cost of forex needed to import fuel. But the quick question you must ask them, is must Nigerians import fuel?


Even a village hunter, without any idea of economics knows that you don’t need foreign exchange to procure crude oil and refine same in Nigeria and that the moment the local refineries are put in order, the issue of forex, which is a major factor in the entire argument, would be over. In other words, refining locally is the solution to save Nigeria from suffering and death. But going that route is undermining the interest of those intent on making billions of dollars on the blood of Nigerians.


They have already started preparing your mind. They are now telling you ahead of the coming of the so-called Dangote Fuel, that you’re not going to get it any cheaper, because the man is going to sell at global market price. It is left to you to figure out the argument. Dangote would be supplied crude from Nigeria. How are you sure that the new price regime was not announced to preempt Nigerians waiting for Dangote, so that by the time he comes and sells at N450 per litre, he becomes both a hero and overtakes Elon Musk as the richest man in the world? But one thing is sure. This is just the beginning.


Be prepared...

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Why is the first task Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would perform is the removal of subsidy? A clear understanding of this and the correct answer will explain why everything was done to ensure that he became President, through hook or crook – willy-nilly. Much as he would want to claim, Tinubu became President, by the handiwork and instrumentality of vested interests.


He was clearly the worst out of the three main candidates that went for the election, by every indication. He was the one making all the gaffes, the one that could not maintain steady gait at rallies, the one with slurred speech, the one that was in and out of Nigeria for medical reasons. So, why would Nigerians choose him over Atiku Abubakar or Peter Obi?


Prior to the actual election, his handlers had pointed to his records in Lagos and how he transformed a known slum into a mega-city. But, the real story was told was told on the day of the presidential election, when Lagos spoke unequivocally – passing their verdict on what they really thought about the Father of Modern Lagos, as he was described.


It was that of total rejection, if not disgrace that he was denied the same state, he claimed to have transformed in the most unequivocal manner, not by outsiders or spin-doctors, but those who actually live in the state. In fact, outside the official result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which gave victory in the state by some marginal figures, it was said that Tinubu did not win the symbolic 25 per cent in the state.


What does that say about using Lagos to campaign? With the character of voting on February 25, Lagosians, countered the narrative of Tinubu building Lagos, which discountenanced the fact that for decades, if not centuries, Lagos, had remained the pride of Nigeria, for many reasons than the Tinubu miracle. Long before Tinubu ever dreamed of coming to the city, every Nigerian had wanted to come to Lagos. Those who did, showcased it as a bragging right to those elsewhere who did not have the privilege. It was more of the reasons the Egyptian would view Cairo, the Ghanaian, Accra and Kenyan, Narobi.


So, the campaign with Lagos fell flat on its face as it should on the basis of the truth about the residents knew about the real imprimatur its former Governor left in the state. Now, the other factor he could have relied on, the ruling government of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was no less unenvious and untoward. It was indeed a no-go area and therefore, did not help either. In fact, that angle was worse, if not the worst. The shambolic government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the sufferings it offered Nigerians were enough to close that road.


So, why did Tinubu become President, regardless? The answer is what you are seeing now. Vested interests! They are the ones he has come to serve and not Nigerians. It was this vested interest that ensured that the server for the presidential election was shut down immediately they saw the first signs of verdict of the people. It was this vested interest that ensured that INEC Chairman went back 360 degrees, against what he told Nigerians, days or even hours to the election. Come to think of it, it is this vested interest that made him blame technical glitches rather than personal failures for what happened on that day. And you can be sure that the same vested interests will ensure that he keeps sealed lips over what actually transpired for the rest of his life.


For those who have an inkling on how vested interests, either as a cabal, a syndicate or a mafia works, they also know that the goading of those who lost out in the election to go to court, is not because they so much as have the littlest trust in the justice system, but the fact that they believe that they have that angle covered as well. So, it is only a judicial personnel, who would dare the consequences, in some cases, even their lives or those of loved ones, that would be bold enough to stand up to them. Everywhere in the world, where vested interests are in charge, it is a function of carrot and stick. Once you get co-opted into the system, it is either you enjoy privileges reserved for the high and mighty – money, influence and power – or you suffer the most unimaginable pains.


Read the book of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to get a glimpse of what vested interests do to those who go against them. Why do you think that Humphrey Nwosu, the man who conducted the June 1993 presidential election, which the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, went to his grave with the true story of that exercise. Why do you think that even Ibrahim Babangida, the military President, who superintended the entire regime, has also maintained sealed lips?


So, when you see a government of Tinubu announce a 300 per cent increase in the pump price of fuel, know that he is not acting because he enjoys the suffering and death of millions of Nigerians. It is a question of “either or!” If not, ask yourself, why is the government not taking other options. In the first place, does Nigeria consume 680million litres of fuel a day? How possible? But that question is a no-go area. Nobody will ask it.


Now, the beginning and end of all the arguments on why Nigerians must pay with their lives for fuel, is because it is imported. The abiding question is, why must the product be imported? Who shut down the local refineries and refused them from working despite all the money that have gone into resuscitating them? That’s where the true answer lies. But nobody will attempt to go that route in looking for solution.


In fact, the so-called financial analyst you see on television strenuously labouring to give you expert explanation on why you must pay more for fuel, could be on the payroll of the same vested interests either knowingly or unknowingly. That is how much reach they have. They are everywhere. So, they are the ones that would be quick to tell you the cost of forex needed to import fuel. But the quick question you must ask them, is must Nigerians import fuel?


Even a village hunter, without any idea of economics knows that you don’t need foreign exchange to procure crude oil and refine same in Nigeria and that the moment the local refineries are put in order, the issue of forex, which is a major factor in the entire argument, would be over. In other words, refining locally is the solution to save Nigeria from suffering and death. But going that route is undermining the interest of those intent on making billions of dollars on the blood of Nigerians.


They have already started preparing your mind. They are now telling you ahead of the coming of the so-called Dangote Fuel, that you’re not going to get it any cheaper, because the man is going to sell at global market price. It is left to you to figure out the argument. Dangote would be supplied crude from Nigeria. How are you sure that the new price regime was not announced to preempt Nigerians waiting for Dangote, so that by the time he comes and sells at N450 per litre, he becomes both a hero and overtakes Elon Musk as the richest man in the world? But one thing is sure. This is just the beginning.


Be prepared...

NIGERIA AIR: HOW SIRIKA RENTED AIRCRAFT FOR 'STATIC DISPLAY'

NIGERIA AIR: HOW SIRIKA RENTED AIRCRAFT FOR 'STATIC DISPLAY'

By Ismail Adebanjo


IN his desperation to remove shame of failure and convince his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, that he succeeded, Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, made a last minute deal with Ethiopian Airlines, to repaint two of its aeroplanes for a STATIC DISPLAY in Nigeria on Friday May 26.





According to our findings, this was to justify his promise to deliver Nigeria Air before May 29.


To achieve the desperate plot, Sirika had to enter into a quick agreement with his associates in Ethiopia Airlines to rent two of the aircraft on their inventory to be used to convince Nigerians that he delivered.


According to our investigations, the two aircrafts were flown to Turkey were they were repianted and furnished in Nigeria's colours before they were sneaked into Nigeria for a static display which would hold at 4pm on May 26. They are due back in Addis Ababa after the static display. 


Already, Sirika's office had sent out invitations to government officials, emirs and stakeholders to grace the static display, which would hold in Abuja.


Investigations into Sirika's desperation to close the deal which had raised many questions, show that the Minister had wanted to armtwist the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to wave all registration processes and grant the airline a licence to operate in Nigeria despite not meeting regulatory requirements. 


However, the Authority, it was gathered, insisted on strict observation of the mandatory registration processes.


According to NCAA regulations, an applicant for an Airlines Operators Certificate (AOC) must show proof of ownership of at least three aircraft, which must also be registered in Nigeria.


The NCAA insistence on strict observation of the process, we gathered, irked Sirika because his rented aircraft do not meet the requirement.


According to regulatory sources, the two rented aircraft are registered in Ethiopia and not in Nigeria as required by law.


However, Sirika was said to have begged to be allowed to fly them into Nigeria for DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT before President Buhari and his incoming successor in order to clear the shame of failing to deliver.


Though NCAA turned down the request, Sirika deviced a new terminology unknown in the industry to insist that the aircraft would be used for STATIC DISPLAY only.


According to our sources, one other hurdle facing Sirika's Nigeria Air is that it is just at the second stage of its license acquisition process, which is manual submission.


Our source said Sirika wanted the processes waived in order to remove shame of failure on him and the government.


It was further gathered that insistence by NCAA on due process forced Sirika to attempt the sack of the NCAA Director General. However, his move failed because of new regulations in the NCAA Act, which legally mandated an action by the Senate and board of the agency before the DG could be sacked.


We further learnt that his desperation to force the hands of NCAA on the project got the ire of global aviation regulatory body, the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), which warned Nigeria of dire consequences should the aviation regulation procedures be waived in favour of Nigeria Air.


Specifically. ICAO was said to have told Nigeria that it would be catastrophic for it to breach regulations for Sirika.


However, the leadership of other regulatory agencies, which were not protected by law like the NCAA, were not so lucky as Sirika fired them for insisting that due process must be observed in the creation of Nigeria Air.


Sirika's desperation has also raised questions about the actual owners of Nigeria Air. While the minister had said that Ethiopian owns 51 percent equity of the airline, industry experts are asking for full disclosure as to the value of the 51% equity.


They also want to know the share capital of the airline and have full disclosure on what other equity stakeholders contributed to it.


According to an industry operator "the minister's desperation clearly points to something shadowy. He should have put a lot things to rest by telling Nigerians who the equity stakeholders are and the monetsry value of their shareholding in the airline.


"He said that Nigeria owns only 5%. That means we are a minority shareholder. So, why are the majority shareholders not fighting for their investment to see the light of day? Or, did they just throw away the value of 51% equity shareholding? These are questions that Sirika has refused to ask which has made many Nigerians to believe, that the desperation he has shown so far, including disobeying valid court orders, are indications that this project may be his own personal slice of the cake".


Another aviation expert stated that Sirika may be moving fast to clean the shame that comes with failure in fraudulent schemes.


According to him, "the man is simply running about in a desperate show of shame and to deceitfully hoodwink President Buhari and make him feel that Nigeria Air has been achieved. It would also amount to deceiving the incoming government to believe that Nigeria Air was actually handed over to it. This is nothing else but fraud.


"The minister has been on this project for God-knows-how-long. He has waisted several billions on it without result. Now, he is in desperate chase for validation on a project that is not even on the table. Nothing else could be more fraudulent and I believe the government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu understands the game they bare up to".



By Ismail Adebanjo


IN his desperation to remove shame of failure and convince his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, that he succeeded, Minister of Aviation, Alhaji Hadi Sirika, made a last minute deal with Ethiopian Airlines, to repaint two of its aeroplanes for a STATIC DISPLAY in Nigeria on Friday May 26.





According to our findings, this was to justify his promise to deliver Nigeria Air before May 29.


To achieve the desperate plot, Sirika had to enter into a quick agreement with his associates in Ethiopia Airlines to rent two of the aircraft on their inventory to be used to convince Nigerians that he delivered.


According to our investigations, the two aircrafts were flown to Turkey were they were repianted and furnished in Nigeria's colours before they were sneaked into Nigeria for a static display which would hold at 4pm on May 26. They are due back in Addis Ababa after the static display. 


Already, Sirika's office had sent out invitations to government officials, emirs and stakeholders to grace the static display, which would hold in Abuja.


Investigations into Sirika's desperation to close the deal which had raised many questions, show that the Minister had wanted to armtwist the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to wave all registration processes and grant the airline a licence to operate in Nigeria despite not meeting regulatory requirements. 


However, the Authority, it was gathered, insisted on strict observation of the mandatory registration processes.


According to NCAA regulations, an applicant for an Airlines Operators Certificate (AOC) must show proof of ownership of at least three aircraft, which must also be registered in Nigeria.


The NCAA insistence on strict observation of the process, we gathered, irked Sirika because his rented aircraft do not meet the requirement.


According to regulatory sources, the two rented aircraft are registered in Ethiopia and not in Nigeria as required by law.


However, Sirika was said to have begged to be allowed to fly them into Nigeria for DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT before President Buhari and his incoming successor in order to clear the shame of failing to deliver.


Though NCAA turned down the request, Sirika deviced a new terminology unknown in the industry to insist that the aircraft would be used for STATIC DISPLAY only.


According to our sources, one other hurdle facing Sirika's Nigeria Air is that it is just at the second stage of its license acquisition process, which is manual submission.


Our source said Sirika wanted the processes waived in order to remove shame of failure on him and the government.


It was further gathered that insistence by NCAA on due process forced Sirika to attempt the sack of the NCAA Director General. However, his move failed because of new regulations in the NCAA Act, which legally mandated an action by the Senate and board of the agency before the DG could be sacked.


We further learnt that his desperation to force the hands of NCAA on the project got the ire of global aviation regulatory body, the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), which warned Nigeria of dire consequences should the aviation regulation procedures be waived in favour of Nigeria Air.


Specifically. ICAO was said to have told Nigeria that it would be catastrophic for it to breach regulations for Sirika.


However, the leadership of other regulatory agencies, which were not protected by law like the NCAA, were not so lucky as Sirika fired them for insisting that due process must be observed in the creation of Nigeria Air.


Sirika's desperation has also raised questions about the actual owners of Nigeria Air. While the minister had said that Ethiopian owns 51 percent equity of the airline, industry experts are asking for full disclosure as to the value of the 51% equity.


They also want to know the share capital of the airline and have full disclosure on what other equity stakeholders contributed to it.


According to an industry operator "the minister's desperation clearly points to something shadowy. He should have put a lot things to rest by telling Nigerians who the equity stakeholders are and the monetsry value of their shareholding in the airline.


"He said that Nigeria owns only 5%. That means we are a minority shareholder. So, why are the majority shareholders not fighting for their investment to see the light of day? Or, did they just throw away the value of 51% equity shareholding? These are questions that Sirika has refused to ask which has made many Nigerians to believe, that the desperation he has shown so far, including disobeying valid court orders, are indications that this project may be his own personal slice of the cake".


Another aviation expert stated that Sirika may be moving fast to clean the shame that comes with failure in fraudulent schemes.


According to him, "the man is simply running about in a desperate show of shame and to deceitfully hoodwink President Buhari and make him feel that Nigeria Air has been achieved. It would also amount to deceiving the incoming government to believe that Nigeria Air was actually handed over to it. This is nothing else but fraud.


"The minister has been on this project for God-knows-how-long. He has waisted several billions on it without result. Now, he is in desperate chase for validation on a project that is not even on the table. Nothing else could be more fraudulent and I believe the government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu understands the game they bare up to".



THE REAL REASON TUNJI SADIQ (OYO STATE LP CHAIRMAN) IS PRO- JULIUS ABURE AND ANTI-PA LAMIDE APAPA

THE REAL REASON TUNJI SADIQ (OYO STATE LP CHAIRMAN) IS PRO- JULIUS ABURE AND ANTI-PA LAMIDE APAPA


Tunji Sadiq Atayese

The Labour Party built on the collective resolve of the working masses would have transcended the mantra of the third force to the main force if a founding champion and a Labour Movement veteran like comrade Lamidi Apapa had been in charge of her national affairs years before now.


It’s unfortunate that a self-styled personality like Barrister Julius Abure whose only mission is to destroy the common interest for personal gain was championing people’s agenda at a critical time of the 2023 general elections. It was a similitude of Joseph Sterlin’s championing of a purported revolution which had been betrayed from the outset.


Tunji Sadiq like some other corrupt state chairmen were the instruments upon which Julius Abure could exploit every means for personal aggrandizement. The perjury, forgery, alteration and all other criminal charges levied against Julius Abure would not be complete if some corrupt state chairmen were not joined in the suit because Julius Abure couldn’t have succeeded without the conspiracy of some state chairmen.


In Oyo state, for instance, Atayese Tunji Sadiq is a typical example of a famished Jackal who’s offered a monumental chance to manage ranches. Everyone knows that such a person would definitely devour the affairs he’s overseeing. The unholy marriage between Atayese Tunji Sadiq and Julius Abure are a mirror of coalition of plundering interest between two cunning personalities. 


The same totalitarian approach to leadership being deployed by Julius Abure agrees with Sadiq’s. Members of the Labour Party, stakeholders and wary Nigerians couldn’t have been oblivious of dictatorial dismissal of some entire state executive structure by Julius Abure which was a sheer contravention of the provisions of the Labour Party constitution. This is the reason an illegal ‘firer’ is being fired. He is being haunted by his dubious past.


On the respective meetings convened by the two fashions of the Labour Party last Wednesday 3rd May, 2023, Tunji Sadiq cunningly neglected comrade Apapa Lamidi’s Bauchi meeting to attend Abure’s meeting in Abuja. He only sent delegations to Bauchi to spy on comrade Apapa’s fashion of proceedings. Baba Apapa who was supposed to get the full backing of Tunji Sadiq did not hesitate to suspend all the state chairmen who attended Abure’s jankara meeting.


The public should be aware that Tunji Sadiq will be loyal to Abure because the money meant for the presidential elections as provided to the party by Obi did not pass through the party’s account. Sum of fifty million naira was sent to the private account of Tunji Sadiq but he only declared seventeen million (17,000,000) naira for the party. To date, Tunji Sadiq is yet to pay majority of presidential election polling unit agents.


Tunji Sadiq only declared fifty million naira (N50,000,000) out of huge amount of money that Engr. Seyi Makinde released for the Labour Party during gubernatorial elections. The template he used to share less than 20m to some state working committee members and party stakeholdersand.  How he neglected the local government chairmen will soon be published. Tunji Sadiq only appeased greedy national chairman (Julius Abure) out of the remaining money and he pocketed the rest.


Like Juius Abure, suspended Tunji Sadiq will soon face legal tussle and he will be made to face the consequences of his nefarious activities.


Tunji Sadiq Atayese

The Labour Party built on the collective resolve of the working masses would have transcended the mantra of the third force to the main force if a founding champion and a Labour Movement veteran like comrade Lamidi Apapa had been in charge of her national affairs years before now.


It’s unfortunate that a self-styled personality like Barrister Julius Abure whose only mission is to destroy the common interest for personal gain was championing people’s agenda at a critical time of the 2023 general elections. It was a similitude of Joseph Sterlin’s championing of a purported revolution which had been betrayed from the outset.


Tunji Sadiq like some other corrupt state chairmen were the instruments upon which Julius Abure could exploit every means for personal aggrandizement. The perjury, forgery, alteration and all other criminal charges levied against Julius Abure would not be complete if some corrupt state chairmen were not joined in the suit because Julius Abure couldn’t have succeeded without the conspiracy of some state chairmen.


In Oyo state, for instance, Atayese Tunji Sadiq is a typical example of a famished Jackal who’s offered a monumental chance to manage ranches. Everyone knows that such a person would definitely devour the affairs he’s overseeing. The unholy marriage between Atayese Tunji Sadiq and Julius Abure are a mirror of coalition of plundering interest between two cunning personalities. 


The same totalitarian approach to leadership being deployed by Julius Abure agrees with Sadiq’s. Members of the Labour Party, stakeholders and wary Nigerians couldn’t have been oblivious of dictatorial dismissal of some entire state executive structure by Julius Abure which was a sheer contravention of the provisions of the Labour Party constitution. This is the reason an illegal ‘firer’ is being fired. He is being haunted by his dubious past.


On the respective meetings convened by the two fashions of the Labour Party last Wednesday 3rd May, 2023, Tunji Sadiq cunningly neglected comrade Apapa Lamidi’s Bauchi meeting to attend Abure’s meeting in Abuja. He only sent delegations to Bauchi to spy on comrade Apapa’s fashion of proceedings. Baba Apapa who was supposed to get the full backing of Tunji Sadiq did not hesitate to suspend all the state chairmen who attended Abure’s jankara meeting.


The public should be aware that Tunji Sadiq will be loyal to Abure because the money meant for the presidential elections as provided to the party by Obi did not pass through the party’s account. Sum of fifty million naira was sent to the private account of Tunji Sadiq but he only declared seventeen million (17,000,000) naira for the party. To date, Tunji Sadiq is yet to pay majority of presidential election polling unit agents.


Tunji Sadiq only declared fifty million naira (N50,000,000) out of huge amount of money that Engr. Seyi Makinde released for the Labour Party during gubernatorial elections. The template he used to share less than 20m to some state working committee members and party stakeholdersand.  How he neglected the local government chairmen will soon be published. Tunji Sadiq only appeased greedy national chairman (Julius Abure) out of the remaining money and he pocketed the rest.


Like Juius Abure, suspended Tunji Sadiq will soon face legal tussle and he will be made to face the consequences of his nefarious activities.

#2023ELECTION: - TINUBU’S MORAL OPACITY & SUNDRY FOIBLES

#2023ELECTION: - TINUBU’S MORAL OPACITY & SUNDRY FOIBLES

JAGABAN OF BORGU IN TROUBLE

BY ABEL ADA-MUSA


Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the strongman of Lagos politics and the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) is a familiar actor in stormy waters. He is known to controversy of various kinds, especially his source of stupendous wealth, age, nativity, real name and educational qualifications.


Since 1999, when contested and won the governorship of  Lagos State, these have been his Achilles heel; to wit, his political challenges. The good news, however,  is that he had always weathered the storms.


As a politician, Tinubu has often acted  as a disciple of Machiavelli and a worshipper of Mammon, than a disciple of Abraham Lincoln. He believes in coercive or authoritarian democracy. He knows all the instruments of acquiring power and how to keep it. He plays the game both fair and rough, depending on the circumstance. He is good at what he does! I count it as a plus for him, though.


His influence in Lagos is dorminant and unfettered, especially since when he became governor in 1999 till 2007. He has built political structures that made him lay hold of Lagos and its resources with a very firm grip. Rumour has it that he owns almost half of Lagos, in property and in affluence. His name looms large and easily reverberates across all political spectrum in Lagos State, especially.


But one thing that has besmeared his politics over the years, is the opaqueness of his character, lifestyle and accomplishments. 


When he was  elected governor, in 1999, one Mr. Wasiu Balogun wrote a petition against him, alleging that the information he pleaded in his Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) form CF001were false. It was a daring move that also attracted the indefatigable and firebrand lawyer late Gani Fawehinmi, who went to court to challenge Tinubu’s certain information on the INEC form. He contended that the state governor perjured; especially in the information regarding his university certificate.


He said the claim that his certificates were stolen by “unknown soldier” when they raided his house between 1994 and and 1998, in Lagos was not true. 


TheNews magazine did an investigation into the story. What it came out with was deep and damning. It was discovered that he did not attend St. Paul Children’s Home school, Ibadan. And also that the St. Paul School Aroloya, Lagos, which he quoted on the INEC form did not exist!


He also claimed to have attended the famous Government College, Ibadan between 1965 and 1968. When the Old Students of the college learned that the governor of Lagos State was also an “old student”, they proposed a grand reception for him.  But at a point, they paused to find out the actual year he graduated. His name could not be found anywhere. That was how the planned event died a natural death.


While the controversy was going on, it was rumoured that the then Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina ordered  that all documents relating to the graduates of Government College, Ibadan, be submitted and stored in his office. The principal of the college was reportedly barred from speaking with any journalist or anybody, on the matter.


What was most worrying is the conspiracy of silence on that part of his supposed  classmates, schoolmates and teachers, IF ANY. No old student of Tinuhu has ever spoken for or against him, except the ‘bad boy’ like Femi Aribisala, who has gone public to deny that Tinubu was their mate. At least, if he doesn’t have a certificate, he should have a classmate! But none! No certificates, no classmates, no former teachers.


Also punctured was his claim that he attended Richard Daley College in US, between 1969 and and 1971. The same for his averment that he studied at University of Chicago, between 1972 and 1976.


The APC presidential candidate is mature enough to know the difference between University of Chicago and Chicago State University. Recently, fact emerged that Chicago State University confirmed that he attended the institution. A sigh of relief there, I think! 


Meanwhile, the case filed by Fawehinmi was decided by the Supreme Court in 2002, in favour of Tinubu, of course. The apex court ruled that the diehard lawyer was statute barred by the immunity clause in the constitution, which said that the governor could not be sued while in office.  


So, he escaped on a technical ground, but the substance of the case remained. It should be stated here that the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom, as he is fondly called, has never lost any legal battle. But he knew then that the snake had merely been bruised, not killed, as the matter keeps resurfacing.


In 2003, Tinubu stirred further controversy, when he filled the same INEC form CF001. This time around, he removed all the educational qualifications he pleaded in 1999. In the columns meant for primary school, secondary school, university attended, he wrote NOT APPLICABLE.


The matter has recently aggravated because of 2023 election. The summary is that Tinuhu has integrity issues around  his personality. He needs to come clean of all the baggage alleged to be in his kitty? 


Tinubu’ past and present are haunting him direly. One issue that has failed to leave the front burner of presidential politics is his alleged involvement in drugs trafficking, for which he was arrested in 1990.


In the course of a sting operation, one Abiodun Agbele sold white heroin to an undercover FBI agent on November 28, 1990. The fact of the matter is that the drug  charges brought against Tinubu by the FBI, sounded very clear, detailed, and unambiguous.


Upon his arrest, he named one Mueez Akande as his drug boss. Upon investigation, it was revealed that funds from Mr. Akande’s white heroin drug cartel had found its way into Mr. Tinubu’s account and that they could not be justified by his legitimate income, then which stood at about $2400 a month.


Bola Tinubu was found to have shared accommodation with the said Mr. Akande, who had been his known associate for years. And that rather than fight the charges of laundering money for a drug cartel, Bola Tinubu entered into a plea agreement with the US Federal Government to forfeit $460,000 in drug money to the government.


These are the undeniable FACTS!


The APC presidential candidate has not come out clean on the allegation. The fact that he entered a plea bargain, did not exonerate him of the offence!


The fact that they go in and out of US is not a proof that he was exonerated. If a US permanent resident is convicted and imprisoned and serves his sentence, he can fly in and out of America without hindrance.


The grounds for inadmissibility into the United States are found in Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) and they do not apply to Bola Tinubu, who was carrying green card.


The fact remains that Bola Tinubu was involved in drug  case, and by accepting a plea bargain, in which he voluntarily agreed to forfeit his assets, rather than go to trial, he is seen in the eyes of the law to have admitted to being a drug lord.


Other controversies surrounding the Jagaban are his age, nativity and real name. Who is Tinubu? Who is his real father? Identity is very important. His identity is still shrouded in controversy.


Late Secretary General of Pan-Yoruba Cultural Organization, (Afenifere), Yinka Odumakin gave an insight into Tinubu’s origin and age. In a direct mail to him in 1999, Odumakin confirmed that he came from the same state with him – Osun. He went further to remind him that he came from Iragbiji. Odumakin, who obviously knew so much revealed that when Tinubu’s mother died, it  was Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi that led a delegation from Lagos that attended the burial, on  behalf of Tinubu. The reason was because, he had chosen another home and another family in Lagos. 


Tinubu should not be ashamed of his nativity, especially when almost every Yoruba in Lagos originated from somewhere, outside Lagos.


In 1999, Tinubu was quoted as saying that he was 66 years old. Odumakin, in the said memo to him, reminded him that one of the sons of Tinubu’s elder brother, had just celebrated his 63 years of age! And that he could not be senior to his nephew by just three years.


He also said that he saw a photograph of Tinubu taken in 1974 at the palace of Soun Ogbomoso, during the installation of the royal father. He said Tinubu was cooling off with a bottle of beer and a packet of cigarettes in his front, on the table. Odumakin rightly concluded that his age was seriously doctored, for no known reason.


The certificate controversy whirling around somebody of his stature is so unfortunate and sad. Yoruba people are very diligent when it comes to education and record keeping. It is very difficult to see a Yoruba man with questionable educational qualifications. Tinubu’s case is quite different and amazing.


Tinubu has once stated why he could not attend regular education, as other Yoruba children, citing poverty. The question is, why should he quote at all, in his 1999 INEC forms. And why should he removed them in 2003, when filling the same form? This is where allegation of perjury comes. He was not consistent with the information regarding his educational background.


Former political adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri gave insight into why Tinubu could not cite his primary school and secondary school background. He said, they could answer some questions surrounding his nativity, age and real name. Ordinarily, we don’t need this information in order to contest election. We need them for the sake of integrity and responsibility. 


Everybody comes from somewhere, no matter how poor and remote. MKO Abiola once told the world that he took egg for the first time in the house of his late wife, Simbiat, whose parents were relatively rich. Your background is who you  are. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it. It is part of accountability required of every human being and a responsible leader.


It is so sad that in this era, we are talking about academic certificate for somebody aspiring to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It means if he becomes president, we will be dealing with a leader with identity crisis. This raises many moral questions, for us, as a nation.


But who cares about morality and accountability in Nigeria, when it has to do with politics? Nobody! When will Nigeria produce a president that is a professor. When will the country have a president that is an engineer, a lawyer, a medical doctor, a surveyor, an accountant, et al?


The Buhari matter of 2015 is repeating itself in 2023, in Tinubu. Since 2015, the president of Nigeria has been submitting affidavits, in place of certificates, to INEC. Another question is, why are the presidential candidates of APC having issues with their certificates? 


Again, like Buhari his predecessor, Tinubu is dodging television or press interviews, with excuses. This is probably as a result of the various dirty  skeletons in his cupboard. Yet, this will not matter when we go to polls in 2023


 What manner of country is this?


A Professor of law, and Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo contested the APC presidential primary election with Tinubu, along with others. Osinbajo lost. Tinubu won. This is Nigeria! When you want to rule this country, you don’t need to go to school. The Nigerian electorate say, those that go to school only speak “grammar”; and that they are stingy. To be stingy as a politician, is that you don’t bribe voters with money, during elections.


This is the type of country we have. People with sound integrity and credible certificates cannot win elections


No responsible professor with his hard earned money will give $25,000 to one delegate, in order to win primary election. It is as immoral as it is fraudulent.


Tinubu is a shrew master strategist. He has always bought his way through all the challenges of his life, bearing in mind that he is grossly inadequate. Tinubu is a Mammon worshipper, like many of Nigerian politicians.


Tinubu can be likened to most of the emperor’s of ancient and medieval history, who ruled and dominated their environments by smooth plotting and brute coercion. He is a dictator par excellence. He is very arrogant!


What was his legitimate business before before 1999, when he became the governor of Lagos State? I don’t know. But we are aware that he could not properly fund his governorship election, in 1999. It was said that friends had to rally around him to help him print of his campaign materials and for other essential expenses. He had only a house in Lagos. According to Odumakin, the four cars he was using at that time belonged to one Solomon Ganiyu. There was nothing like Bourdillion Villa, in Victoria Island then.


Let us accept that Tinubu ran away from Nigeria because Sani Abacha’s military junta was looking for his head on a platter, as he claimed, being a NADECO activist. I presume that the first thing that should have naturally come to his mind after picking his transport fare was his school certificates. As we can see, he picked his bag, a few clothes and his money. And left his certificates behind, IF ANY! This is very hard to believe!


Nigeria is such an unlucky country. If Tinubu wins the next presidential election, we would be having a president we don’t really know. Buhari’s case in 2015 could be better. At least, we know that the president is from Daura in Katsina State, even though he is carrying WAEC ‘s “attestation certificate.”


The trend of voting political leaders with only affidavits should stop. In 2015, supporters of Buhari were quoted as saying that even if he was holding ‘toilet tissue paper’ or ‘NEPA bill’ as certificate, they would vote for him. And they did. We are again confronted with a similar situation, with Tinubu, in 2023. 


Tinubu’s age, nativity, real name, schools he attended have never mattered; and it will not matter in the next presidential election. We passed through this road before, up to Supreme Court. He has always won his legal cases, brought against him, as long as they are brought before Nigerian judges.


As Nigerians, we are not better than him. As the saying goes, those that vote such leaders in office are accomplices, not victims.


The issue of Tinubu’s certificates will not be on the next presidential ballot. Nobody in Nigeria wins election on the basis of integrity or educational attainment. What matters is the size and content of your bullion van. Tinubu already knows what to do in the next election. He should just deploy bullion vans to each of the 36 states of the country.


A bullion van for a state. This is the expected picture for the next presidential election.


GOD HELP NIGERIA!2023: TINUBU’S MORAL OPACITY & SUNDRY FOIBLES (updated)

2023: TINUBU’S MORAL OPACITY & SUNDRY FOIBLES (updated)

 

IN MAINSTREAM 

BY ABEL ADA-MUSA


Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the strongman of Lagos politics and the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) is a familiar actor in stormy waters. He is known to controversy of various kinds, especially his source of stupendous wealth, age, nativity, real name and educational qualifications.


Since 1999, when contested and won the governorship of  Lagos State, these have been his Achilles heel; to wit, his political challenges. The good news, however,  is that he had always weathered the storms.


As a politician, Tinubu has often acted  as a disciple of Machiavelli and a worshipper of Mammon, than a disciple of Abraham Lincoln. He believes in coercive or authoritarian democracy. He knows all the instruments of acquiring power and how to keep it. He plays the game both fair and rough, depending on the circumstance. He is good at what he does! I count it as a plus for him, though.


His influence in Lagos is dorminant and unfettered, especially since when he became governor in 1999 till 2007. He has built political structures that made him lay hold of Lagos and its resources with a very firm grip. Rumour has it that he owns almost half of Lagos, in property and in affluence. His name looms large and easily reverberates across all political spectrum in Lagos State, especially.


But one thing that has besmeared his politics over the years, is the opaqueness of his character, lifestyle and accomplishments. 


When he was  elected governor, in 1999, one Mr. Wasiu Balogun wrote a petition against him, alleging that the information he pleaded in his Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) form CF001were false. It was a daring move that also attracted the indefatigable and firebrand lawyer late Gani Fawehinmi, who went to court to challenge Tinubu’s certain information on the INEC form. He contended that the state governor perjured; especially in the information regarding his university certificate.


He said the claim that his certificates were stolen by “unknown soldier” when they raided his house between 1994 and and 1998, in Lagos was not true. 


TheNews magazine did an investigation into the story. What it came out with was deep and damning. It was discovered that he did not attend St. Paul Children’s Home school, Ibadan. And also that the St. Paul School Aroloya, Lagos, which he quoted on the INEC form did not exist!


He also claimed to have attended the famous Government College, Ibadan between 1965 and 1968. When the Old Students of the college learned that the governor of Lagos State was also an “old student”, they proposed a grand reception for him.  But at a point, they paused to find out the actual year he graduated. His name could not be found anywhere. That was how the planned event died a natural death.


While the controversy was going on, it was rumoured that the then Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina ordered  that all documents relating to the graduates of Government College, Ibadan, be submitted and stored in his office. The principal of the college was reportedly barred from speaking with any journalist or anybody, on the matter.


What was most worrying is the conspiracy of silence on that part of his supposed  classmates, schoolmates and teachers, IF ANY. No old student of Tinuhu has ever spoken for or against him, except the ‘bad boy’ like Femi Aribisala, who has gone public to deny that Tinubu was their mate. At least, if he doesn’t have a certificate, he should have a classmate! But none! No certificates, no classmates, no former teachers.


Also punctured was his claim that he attended Richard Daley College in US, between 1969 and and 1971. The same for his averment that he studied at University of Chicago, between 1972 and 1976.


The APC presidential candidate is mature enough to know the difference between University of Chicago and Chicago State University. Recently, fact emerged that Chicago State University confirmed that he attended the institution. A sigh of relief there, I think! 


Meanwhile, the case filed by Fawehinmi was decided by the Supreme Court in 2002, in favour of Tinubu, of course. The apex court ruled that the diehard lawyer was statute barred by the immunity clause in the constitution, which said that the governor could not be sued while in office.  


So, he escaped on a technical ground, but the substance of the case remained. It should be stated here that the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom, as he is fondly called, has never lost any legal battle. But he knew then that the snake had merely been bruised, not killed, as the matter keeps resurfacing.


In 2003, Tinubu stirred further controversy, when he filled the same INEC form CF001. This time around, he removed all the educational qualifications he pleaded in 1999. In the columns meant for primary school, secondary school, university attended, he wrote NOT APPLICABLE.


The matter has recently aggravated because of 2023 election. The summary is that Tinuhu has integrity issues around  his personality. He needs to come clean of all the baggage alleged to be in his kitty? 


Tinubu’ past and present are haunting him direly. One issue that has failed to leave the front burner of presidential politics is his alleged involvement in drugs trafficking, for which he was arrested in 1990.


In the course of a sting operation, one Abiodun Agbele sold white heroin to an undercover FBI agent on November 28, 1990. The fact of the matter is that the drug  charges brought against Tinubu by the FBI, sounded very clear, detailed, and unambiguous.


Upon his arrest, he named one Mueez Akande as his drug boss. Upon investigation, it was revealed that funds from Mr. Akande’s white heroin drug cartel had found its way into Mr. Tinubu’s account and that they could not be justified by his legitimate income, then which stood at about $2400 a month.


Bola Tinubu was found to have shared accommodation with the said Mr. Akande, who had been his known associate for years. And that rather than fight the charges of laundering money for a drug cartel, Bola Tinubu entered into a plea agreement with the US Federal Government to forfeit $460,000 in drug money to the government.


These are the undeniable FACTS!


The APC presidential candidate has not come out clean on the allegation. The fact that he entered a plea bargain, did not exonerate him of the offence!


The fact that they go in and out of US is not a proof that he was exonerated. If a US permanent resident is convicted and imprisoned and serves his sentence, he can fly in and out of America without hindrance.


The grounds for inadmissibility into the United States are found in Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) and they do not apply to Bola Tinubu, who was carrying green card.


The fact remains that Bola Tinubu was involved in drug  case, and by accepting a plea bargain, in which he voluntarily agreed to forfeit his assets, rather than go to trial, he is seen in the eyes of the law to have admitted to being a drug lord.


Other controversies surrounding the Jagaban are his age, nativity and real name. Who is Tinubu? Who is his real father? Identity is very important. His identity is still shrouded in controversy.


Late Secretary General of Pan-Yoruba Cultural Organization, (Afenifere), Yinka Odumakin gave an insight into Tinubu’s origin and age. In a direct mail to him in 1999, Odumakin confirmed that he came from the same state with him – Osun. He went further to remind him that he came from Iragbiji. Odumakin, who obviously knew so much revealed that when Tinubu’s mother died, it  was Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi that led a delegation from Lagos that attended the burial, on  behalf of Tinubu. The reason was because, he had chosen another home and another family in Lagos. 


Tinubu should not be ashamed of his nativity, especially when almost every Yoruba in Lagos originated from somewhere, outside Lagos.


In 1999, Tinubu was quoted as saying that he was 66 years old. Odumakin, in the said memo to him, reminded him that one of the sons of Tinubu’s elder brother, had just celebrated his 63 years of age! And that he could not be senior to his nephew by just three years.


He also said that he saw a photograph of Tinubu taken in 1974 at the palace of Soun Ogbomoso, during the installation of the royal father. He said Tinubu was cooling off with a bottle of beer and a packet of cigarettes in his front, on the table. Odumakin rightly concluded that his age was seriously doctored, for no known reason.


The certificate controversy whirling around somebody of his stature is so unfortunate and sad. Yoruba people are very diligent when it comes to education and record keeping. It is very difficult to see a Yoruba man with questionable educational qualifications. Tinubu’s case is quite different and amazing.


Tinubu has once stated why he could not attend regular education, as other Yoruba children, citing poverty. The question is, why should he quote at all, in his 1999 INEC forms. And why should he removed them in 2003, when filling the same form? This is where allegation of perjury comes. He was not consistent with the information regarding his educational background.


Former political adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri gave insight into why Tinubu could not cite his primary school and secondary school background. He said, they could answer some questions surrounding his nativity, age and real name. Ordinarily, we don’t need this information in order to contest election. We need them for the sake of integrity and responsibility. 


Everybody comes from somewhere, no matter how poor and remote. MKO Abiola once told the world that he took egg for the first time in the house of his late wife, Simbiat, whose parents were relatively rich. Your background is who you  are. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it. It is part of accountability required of every human being and a responsible leader.


It is so sad that in this era, we are talking about academic certificate for somebody aspiring to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It means if he becomes president, we will be dealing with a leader with identity crisis. This raises many moral questions, for us, as a nation.


But who cares about morality and accountability in Nigeria, when it has to do with politics? Nobody! When will Nigeria produce a president that is a professor. When will the country have a president that is an engineer, a lawyer, a medical doctor, a surveyor, an accountant, et al?


The Buhari matter of 2015 is repeating itself in 2023, in Tinubu. Since 2015, the president of Nigeria has been submitting affidavits, in place of certificates, to INEC. Another question is, why are the presidential candidates of APC having issues with their certificates? 


Again, like Buhari his predecessor, Tinubu is dodging television or press interviews, with excuses. This is probably as a result of the various dirty  skeletons in his cupboard. Yet, this will not matter when we go to polls in 2023


 What manner of country is this?


A Professor of law, and Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo contested the APC presidential primary election with Tinubu, along with others. Osinbajo lost. Tinubu won. This is Nigeria! When you want to rule this country, you don’t need to go to school. The Nigerian electorate say, those that go to school only speak “grammar”; and that they are stingy. To be stingy as a politician, is that you don’t bribe voters with money, during elections.


This is the type of country we have. People with sound integrity and credible certificates cannot win elections


No responsible professor with his hard earned money will give $25,000 to one delegate, in order to win primary election. It is as immoral as it is fraudulent.


Tinubu is a shrew master strategist. He has always bought his way through all the challenges of his life, bearing in mind that he is grossly inadequate. Tinubu is a Mammon worshipper, like many of Nigerian politicians.


Tinubu can be likened to most of the emperor’s of ancient and medieval history, who ruled and dominated their environments by smooth plotting and brute coercion. He is a dictator par excellence. He is very arrogant!


What was his legitimate business before before 1999, when he became the governor of Lagos State? I don’t know. But we are aware that he could not properly fund his governorship election, in 1999. It was said that friends had to rally around him to help him print of his campaign materials and for other essential expenses. He had only a house in Lagos. According to Odumakin, the four cars he was using at that time belonged to one Solomon Ganiyu. There was nothing like Bourdillion Villa, in Victoria Island then.


Let us accept that Tinubu ran away from Nigeria because Sani Abacha’s military junta was looking for his head on a platter, as he claimed, being a NADECO activist. I presume that the first thing that should have naturally come to his mind after picking his transport fare was his school certificates. As we can see, he picked his bag, a few clothes and his money. And left his certificates behind, IF ANY! This is very hard to believe!


Nigeria is such an unlucky country. If Tinubu wins the next presidential election, we would be having a president we don’t really know. Buhari’s case in 2015 could be better. At least, we know that the president is from Daura in Katsina State, even though he is carrying WAEC ‘s “attestation certificate.”


The trend of voting political leaders with only affidavits should stop. In 2015, supporters of Buhari were quoted as saying that even if he was holding ‘toilet tissue paper’ or ‘NEPA bill’ as certificate, they would vote for him. And they did. We are again confronted with a similar situation, with Tinubu, in 2023. 


Tinubu’s age, nativity, real name, schools he attended have never mattered; and it will not matter in the next presidential election. We passed through this road before, up to Supreme Court. He has always won his legal cases, brought against him, as long as they are brought before Nigerian judges.


As Nigerians, we are not better than him. As the saying goes, those that vote such leaders in office are accomplices, not victims.


The issue of Tinubu’s certificates will not be on the next presidential ballot. Nobody in Nigeria wins election on the basis of integrity or educational attainment. What matters is the size and content of your bullion van. Tinubu already knows what to do in the next election. He should just deploy bullion vans to each of the 36 states of the country.


A bullion van for a state. This is the expected picture for the next presidential election.


GOD HELP NIGERIA!2023: TINUBU’S MORAL OPACITY & SUNDRY FOIBLES (updated)

 

IN MAINSTREAM 

BY ABEL ADA-MUSA


Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the strongman of Lagos politics and the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) is a familiar actor in stormy waters. He is known to controversy of various kinds, especially his source of stupendous wealth, age, nativity, real name and educational qualifications.


Since 1999, when contested and won the governorship of  Lagos State, these have been his Achilles heel; to wit, his political challenges. The good news, however,  is that he had always weathered the storms.


As a politician, Tinubu has often acted  as a disciple of Machiavelli and a worshipper of Mammon, than a disciple of Abraham Lincoln. He believes in coercive or authoritarian democracy. He knows all the instruments of acquiring power and how to keep it. He plays the game both fair and rough, depending on the circumstance. He is good at what he does! I count it as a plus for him, though.


His influence in Lagos is dorminant and unfettered, especially since when he became governor in 1999 till 2007. He has built political structures that made him lay hold of Lagos and its resources with a very firm grip. Rumour has it that he owns almost half of Lagos, in property and in affluence. His name looms large and easily reverberates across all political spectrum in Lagos State, especially.


But one thing that has besmeared his politics over the years, is the opaqueness of his character, lifestyle and accomplishments. 


When he was  elected governor, in 1999, one Mr. Wasiu Balogun wrote a petition against him, alleging that the information he pleaded in his Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) form CF001were false. It was a daring move that also attracted the indefatigable and firebrand lawyer late Gani Fawehinmi, who went to court to challenge Tinubu’s certain information on the INEC form. He contended that the state governor perjured; especially in the information regarding his university certificate.


He said the claim that his certificates were stolen by “unknown soldier” when they raided his house between 1994 and and 1998, in Lagos was not true. 


TheNews magazine did an investigation into the story. What it came out with was deep and damning. It was discovered that he did not attend St. Paul Children’s Home school, Ibadan. And also that the St. Paul School Aroloya, Lagos, which he quoted on the INEC form did not exist!


He also claimed to have attended the famous Government College, Ibadan between 1965 and 1968. When the Old Students of the college learned that the governor of Lagos State was also an “old student”, they proposed a grand reception for him.  But at a point, they paused to find out the actual year he graduated. His name could not be found anywhere. That was how the planned event died a natural death.


While the controversy was going on, it was rumoured that the then Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina ordered  that all documents relating to the graduates of Government College, Ibadan, be submitted and stored in his office. The principal of the college was reportedly barred from speaking with any journalist or anybody, on the matter.


What was most worrying is the conspiracy of silence on that part of his supposed  classmates, schoolmates and teachers, IF ANY. No old student of Tinuhu has ever spoken for or against him, except the ‘bad boy’ like Femi Aribisala, who has gone public to deny that Tinubu was their mate. At least, if he doesn’t have a certificate, he should have a classmate! But none! No certificates, no classmates, no former teachers.


Also punctured was his claim that he attended Richard Daley College in US, between 1969 and and 1971. The same for his averment that he studied at University of Chicago, between 1972 and 1976.


The APC presidential candidate is mature enough to know the difference between University of Chicago and Chicago State University. Recently, fact emerged that Chicago State University confirmed that he attended the institution. A sigh of relief there, I think! 


Meanwhile, the case filed by Fawehinmi was decided by the Supreme Court in 2002, in favour of Tinubu, of course. The apex court ruled that the diehard lawyer was statute barred by the immunity clause in the constitution, which said that the governor could not be sued while in office.  


So, he escaped on a technical ground, but the substance of the case remained. It should be stated here that the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom, as he is fondly called, has never lost any legal battle. But he knew then that the snake had merely been bruised, not killed, as the matter keeps resurfacing.


In 2003, Tinubu stirred further controversy, when he filled the same INEC form CF001. This time around, he removed all the educational qualifications he pleaded in 1999. In the columns meant for primary school, secondary school, university attended, he wrote NOT APPLICABLE.


The matter has recently aggravated because of 2023 election. The summary is that Tinuhu has integrity issues around  his personality. He needs to come clean of all the baggage alleged to be in his kitty? 


Tinubu’ past and present are haunting him direly. One issue that has failed to leave the front burner of presidential politics is his alleged involvement in drugs trafficking, for which he was arrested in 1990.


In the course of a sting operation, one Abiodun Agbele sold white heroin to an undercover FBI agent on November 28, 1990. The fact of the matter is that the drug  charges brought against Tinubu by the FBI, sounded very clear, detailed, and unambiguous.


Upon his arrest, he named one Mueez Akande as his drug boss. Upon investigation, it was revealed that funds from Mr. Akande’s white heroin drug cartel had found its way into Mr. Tinubu’s account and that they could not be justified by his legitimate income, then which stood at about $2400 a month.


Bola Tinubu was found to have shared accommodation with the said Mr. Akande, who had been his known associate for years. And that rather than fight the charges of laundering money for a drug cartel, Bola Tinubu entered into a plea agreement with the US Federal Government to forfeit $460,000 in drug money to the government.


These are the undeniable FACTS!


The APC presidential candidate has not come out clean on the allegation. The fact that he entered a plea bargain, did not exonerate him of the offence!


The fact that they go in and out of US is not a proof that he was exonerated. If a US permanent resident is convicted and imprisoned and serves his sentence, he can fly in and out of America without hindrance.


The grounds for inadmissibility into the United States are found in Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) and they do not apply to Bola Tinubu, who was carrying green card.


The fact remains that Bola Tinubu was involved in drug  case, and by accepting a plea bargain, in which he voluntarily agreed to forfeit his assets, rather than go to trial, he is seen in the eyes of the law to have admitted to being a drug lord.


Other controversies surrounding the Jagaban are his age, nativity and real name. Who is Tinubu? Who is his real father? Identity is very important. His identity is still shrouded in controversy.


Late Secretary General of Pan-Yoruba Cultural Organization, (Afenifere), Yinka Odumakin gave an insight into Tinubu’s origin and age. In a direct mail to him in 1999, Odumakin confirmed that he came from the same state with him – Osun. He went further to remind him that he came from Iragbiji. Odumakin, who obviously knew so much revealed that when Tinubu’s mother died, it  was Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi that led a delegation from Lagos that attended the burial, on  behalf of Tinubu. The reason was because, he had chosen another home and another family in Lagos. 


Tinubu should not be ashamed of his nativity, especially when almost every Yoruba in Lagos originated from somewhere, outside Lagos.


In 1999, Tinubu was quoted as saying that he was 66 years old. Odumakin, in the said memo to him, reminded him that one of the sons of Tinubu’s elder brother, had just celebrated his 63 years of age! And that he could not be senior to his nephew by just three years.


He also said that he saw a photograph of Tinubu taken in 1974 at the palace of Soun Ogbomoso, during the installation of the royal father. He said Tinubu was cooling off with a bottle of beer and a packet of cigarettes in his front, on the table. Odumakin rightly concluded that his age was seriously doctored, for no known reason.


The certificate controversy whirling around somebody of his stature is so unfortunate and sad. Yoruba people are very diligent when it comes to education and record keeping. It is very difficult to see a Yoruba man with questionable educational qualifications. Tinubu’s case is quite different and amazing.


Tinubu has once stated why he could not attend regular education, as other Yoruba children, citing poverty. The question is, why should he quote at all, in his 1999 INEC forms. And why should he removed them in 2003, when filling the same form? This is where allegation of perjury comes. He was not consistent with the information regarding his educational background.


Former political adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri gave insight into why Tinubu could not cite his primary school and secondary school background. He said, they could answer some questions surrounding his nativity, age and real name. Ordinarily, we don’t need this information in order to contest election. We need them for the sake of integrity and responsibility. 


Everybody comes from somewhere, no matter how poor and remote. MKO Abiola once told the world that he took egg for the first time in the house of his late wife, Simbiat, whose parents were relatively rich. Your background is who you  are. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it. It is part of accountability required of every human being and a responsible leader.


It is so sad that in this era, we are talking about academic certificate for somebody aspiring to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It means if he becomes president, we will be dealing with a leader with identity crisis. This raises many moral questions, for us, as a nation.


But who cares about morality and accountability in Nigeria, when it has to do with politics? Nobody! When will Nigeria produce a president that is a professor. When will the country have a president that is an engineer, a lawyer, a medical doctor, a surveyor, an accountant, et al?


The Buhari matter of 2015 is repeating itself in 2023, in Tinubu. Since 2015, the president of Nigeria has been submitting affidavits, in place of certificates, to INEC. Another question is, why are the presidential candidates of APC having issues with their certificates? 


Again, like Buhari his predecessor, Tinubu is dodging television or press interviews, with excuses. This is probably as a result of the various dirty  skeletons in his cupboard. Yet, this will not matter when we go to polls in 2023


 What manner of country is this?


A Professor of law, and Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo contested the APC presidential primary election with Tinubu, along with others. Osinbajo lost. Tinubu won. This is Nigeria! When you want to rule this country, you don’t need to go to school. The Nigerian electorate say, those that go to school only speak “grammar”; and that they are stingy. To be stingy as a politician, is that you don’t bribe voters with money, during elections.


This is the type of country we have. People with sound integrity and credible certificates cannot win elections


No responsible professor with his hard earned money will give $25,000 to one delegate, in order to win primary election. It is as immoral as it is fraudulent.


Tinubu is a shrew master strategist. He has always bought his way through all the challenges of his life, bearing in mind that he is grossly inadequate. Tinubu is a Mammon worshipper, like many of Nigerian politicians.


Tinubu can be likened to most of the emperor’s of ancient and medieval history, who ruled and dominated their environments by smooth plotting and brute coercion. He is a dictator par excellence. He is very arrogant!


What was his legitimate business before before 1999, when he became the governor of Lagos State? I don’t know. But we are aware that he could not properly fund his governorship election, in 1999. It was said that friends had to rally around him to help him print of his campaign materials and for other essential expenses. He had only a house in Lagos. According to Odumakin, the four cars he was using at that time belonged to one Solomon Ganiyu. There was nothing like Bourdillion Villa, in Victoria Island then.


Let us accept that Tinubu ran away from Nigeria because Sani Abacha’s military junta was looking for his head on a platter, as he claimed, being a NADECO activist. I presume that the first thing that should have naturally come to his mind after picking his transport fare was his school certificates. As we can see, he picked his bag, a few clothes and his money. And left his certificates behind, IF ANY! This is very hard to believe!


Nigeria is such an unlucky country. If Tinubu wins the next presidential election, we would be having a president we don’t really know. Buhari’s case in 2015 could be better. At least, we know that the president is from Daura in Katsina State, even though he is carrying WAEC ‘s “attestation certificate.”


The trend of voting political leaders with only affidavits should stop. In 2015, supporters of Buhari were quoted as saying that even if he was holding ‘toilet tissue paper’ or ‘NEPA bill’ as certificate, they would vote for him. And they did. We are again confronted with a similar situation, with Tinubu, in 2023. 


Tinubu’s age, nativity, real name, schools he attended have never mattered; and it will not matter in the next presidential election. We passed through this road before, up to Supreme Court. He has always won his legal cases, brought against him, as long as they are brought before Nigerian judges.


As Nigerians, we are not better than him. As the saying goes, those that vote such leaders in office are accomplices, not victims.


The issue of Tinubu’s certificates will not be on the next presidential ballot. Nobody in Nigeria wins election on the basis of integrity or educational attainment. What matters is the size and content of your bullion van. Tinubu already knows what to do in the next election. He should just deploy bullion vans to each of the 36 states of the country.


A bullion van for a state. This is the expected picture for the next presidential election.


GOD HELP NIGERIA!




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JAGABAN OF BORGU IN TROUBLE

BY ABEL ADA-MUSA


Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the strongman of Lagos politics and the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) is a familiar actor in stormy waters. He is known to controversy of various kinds, especially his source of stupendous wealth, age, nativity, real name and educational qualifications.


Since 1999, when contested and won the governorship of  Lagos State, these have been his Achilles heel; to wit, his political challenges. The good news, however,  is that he had always weathered the storms.


As a politician, Tinubu has often acted  as a disciple of Machiavelli and a worshipper of Mammon, than a disciple of Abraham Lincoln. He believes in coercive or authoritarian democracy. He knows all the instruments of acquiring power and how to keep it. He plays the game both fair and rough, depending on the circumstance. He is good at what he does! I count it as a plus for him, though.


His influence in Lagos is dorminant and unfettered, especially since when he became governor in 1999 till 2007. He has built political structures that made him lay hold of Lagos and its resources with a very firm grip. Rumour has it that he owns almost half of Lagos, in property and in affluence. His name looms large and easily reverberates across all political spectrum in Lagos State, especially.


But one thing that has besmeared his politics over the years, is the opaqueness of his character, lifestyle and accomplishments. 


When he was  elected governor, in 1999, one Mr. Wasiu Balogun wrote a petition against him, alleging that the information he pleaded in his Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) form CF001were false. It was a daring move that also attracted the indefatigable and firebrand lawyer late Gani Fawehinmi, who went to court to challenge Tinubu’s certain information on the INEC form. He contended that the state governor perjured; especially in the information regarding his university certificate.


He said the claim that his certificates were stolen by “unknown soldier” when they raided his house between 1994 and and 1998, in Lagos was not true. 


TheNews magazine did an investigation into the story. What it came out with was deep and damning. It was discovered that he did not attend St. Paul Children’s Home school, Ibadan. And also that the St. Paul School Aroloya, Lagos, which he quoted on the INEC form did not exist!


He also claimed to have attended the famous Government College, Ibadan between 1965 and 1968. When the Old Students of the college learned that the governor of Lagos State was also an “old student”, they proposed a grand reception for him.  But at a point, they paused to find out the actual year he graduated. His name could not be found anywhere. That was how the planned event died a natural death.


While the controversy was going on, it was rumoured that the then Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina ordered  that all documents relating to the graduates of Government College, Ibadan, be submitted and stored in his office. The principal of the college was reportedly barred from speaking with any journalist or anybody, on the matter.


What was most worrying is the conspiracy of silence on that part of his supposed  classmates, schoolmates and teachers, IF ANY. No old student of Tinuhu has ever spoken for or against him, except the ‘bad boy’ like Femi Aribisala, who has gone public to deny that Tinubu was their mate. At least, if he doesn’t have a certificate, he should have a classmate! But none! No certificates, no classmates, no former teachers.


Also punctured was his claim that he attended Richard Daley College in US, between 1969 and and 1971. The same for his averment that he studied at University of Chicago, between 1972 and 1976.


The APC presidential candidate is mature enough to know the difference between University of Chicago and Chicago State University. Recently, fact emerged that Chicago State University confirmed that he attended the institution. A sigh of relief there, I think! 


Meanwhile, the case filed by Fawehinmi was decided by the Supreme Court in 2002, in favour of Tinubu, of course. The apex court ruled that the diehard lawyer was statute barred by the immunity clause in the constitution, which said that the governor could not be sued while in office.  


So, he escaped on a technical ground, but the substance of the case remained. It should be stated here that the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom, as he is fondly called, has never lost any legal battle. But he knew then that the snake had merely been bruised, not killed, as the matter keeps resurfacing.


In 2003, Tinubu stirred further controversy, when he filled the same INEC form CF001. This time around, he removed all the educational qualifications he pleaded in 1999. In the columns meant for primary school, secondary school, university attended, he wrote NOT APPLICABLE.


The matter has recently aggravated because of 2023 election. The summary is that Tinuhu has integrity issues around  his personality. He needs to come clean of all the baggage alleged to be in his kitty? 


Tinubu’ past and present are haunting him direly. One issue that has failed to leave the front burner of presidential politics is his alleged involvement in drugs trafficking, for which he was arrested in 1990.


In the course of a sting operation, one Abiodun Agbele sold white heroin to an undercover FBI agent on November 28, 1990. The fact of the matter is that the drug  charges brought against Tinubu by the FBI, sounded very clear, detailed, and unambiguous.


Upon his arrest, he named one Mueez Akande as his drug boss. Upon investigation, it was revealed that funds from Mr. Akande’s white heroin drug cartel had found its way into Mr. Tinubu’s account and that they could not be justified by his legitimate income, then which stood at about $2400 a month.


Bola Tinubu was found to have shared accommodation with the said Mr. Akande, who had been his known associate for years. And that rather than fight the charges of laundering money for a drug cartel, Bola Tinubu entered into a plea agreement with the US Federal Government to forfeit $460,000 in drug money to the government.


These are the undeniable FACTS!


The APC presidential candidate has not come out clean on the allegation. The fact that he entered a plea bargain, did not exonerate him of the offence!


The fact that they go in and out of US is not a proof that he was exonerated. If a US permanent resident is convicted and imprisoned and serves his sentence, he can fly in and out of America without hindrance.


The grounds for inadmissibility into the United States are found in Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) and they do not apply to Bola Tinubu, who was carrying green card.


The fact remains that Bola Tinubu was involved in drug  case, and by accepting a plea bargain, in which he voluntarily agreed to forfeit his assets, rather than go to trial, he is seen in the eyes of the law to have admitted to being a drug lord.


Other controversies surrounding the Jagaban are his age, nativity and real name. Who is Tinubu? Who is his real father? Identity is very important. His identity is still shrouded in controversy.


Late Secretary General of Pan-Yoruba Cultural Organization, (Afenifere), Yinka Odumakin gave an insight into Tinubu’s origin and age. In a direct mail to him in 1999, Odumakin confirmed that he came from the same state with him – Osun. He went further to remind him that he came from Iragbiji. Odumakin, who obviously knew so much revealed that when Tinubu’s mother died, it  was Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi that led a delegation from Lagos that attended the burial, on  behalf of Tinubu. The reason was because, he had chosen another home and another family in Lagos. 


Tinubu should not be ashamed of his nativity, especially when almost every Yoruba in Lagos originated from somewhere, outside Lagos.


In 1999, Tinubu was quoted as saying that he was 66 years old. Odumakin, in the said memo to him, reminded him that one of the sons of Tinubu’s elder brother, had just celebrated his 63 years of age! And that he could not be senior to his nephew by just three years.


He also said that he saw a photograph of Tinubu taken in 1974 at the palace of Soun Ogbomoso, during the installation of the royal father. He said Tinubu was cooling off with a bottle of beer and a packet of cigarettes in his front, on the table. Odumakin rightly concluded that his age was seriously doctored, for no known reason.


The certificate controversy whirling around somebody of his stature is so unfortunate and sad. Yoruba people are very diligent when it comes to education and record keeping. It is very difficult to see a Yoruba man with questionable educational qualifications. Tinubu’s case is quite different and amazing.


Tinubu has once stated why he could not attend regular education, as other Yoruba children, citing poverty. The question is, why should he quote at all, in his 1999 INEC forms. And why should he removed them in 2003, when filling the same form? This is where allegation of perjury comes. He was not consistent with the information regarding his educational background.


Former political adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri gave insight into why Tinubu could not cite his primary school and secondary school background. He said, they could answer some questions surrounding his nativity, age and real name. Ordinarily, we don’t need this information in order to contest election. We need them for the sake of integrity and responsibility. 


Everybody comes from somewhere, no matter how poor and remote. MKO Abiola once told the world that he took egg for the first time in the house of his late wife, Simbiat, whose parents were relatively rich. Your background is who you  are. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it. It is part of accountability required of every human being and a responsible leader.


It is so sad that in this era, we are talking about academic certificate for somebody aspiring to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It means if he becomes president, we will be dealing with a leader with identity crisis. This raises many moral questions, for us, as a nation.


But who cares about morality and accountability in Nigeria, when it has to do with politics? Nobody! When will Nigeria produce a president that is a professor. When will the country have a president that is an engineer, a lawyer, a medical doctor, a surveyor, an accountant, et al?


The Buhari matter of 2015 is repeating itself in 2023, in Tinubu. Since 2015, the president of Nigeria has been submitting affidavits, in place of certificates, to INEC. Another question is, why are the presidential candidates of APC having issues with their certificates? 


Again, like Buhari his predecessor, Tinubu is dodging television or press interviews, with excuses. This is probably as a result of the various dirty  skeletons in his cupboard. Yet, this will not matter when we go to polls in 2023


 What manner of country is this?


A Professor of law, and Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo contested the APC presidential primary election with Tinubu, along with others. Osinbajo lost. Tinubu won. This is Nigeria! When you want to rule this country, you don’t need to go to school. The Nigerian electorate say, those that go to school only speak “grammar”; and that they are stingy. To be stingy as a politician, is that you don’t bribe voters with money, during elections.


This is the type of country we have. People with sound integrity and credible certificates cannot win elections


No responsible professor with his hard earned money will give $25,000 to one delegate, in order to win primary election. It is as immoral as it is fraudulent.


Tinubu is a shrew master strategist. He has always bought his way through all the challenges of his life, bearing in mind that he is grossly inadequate. Tinubu is a Mammon worshipper, like many of Nigerian politicians.


Tinubu can be likened to most of the emperor’s of ancient and medieval history, who ruled and dominated their environments by smooth plotting and brute coercion. He is a dictator par excellence. He is very arrogant!


What was his legitimate business before before 1999, when he became the governor of Lagos State? I don’t know. But we are aware that he could not properly fund his governorship election, in 1999. It was said that friends had to rally around him to help him print of his campaign materials and for other essential expenses. He had only a house in Lagos. According to Odumakin, the four cars he was using at that time belonged to one Solomon Ganiyu. There was nothing like Bourdillion Villa, in Victoria Island then.


Let us accept that Tinubu ran away from Nigeria because Sani Abacha’s military junta was looking for his head on a platter, as he claimed, being a NADECO activist. I presume that the first thing that should have naturally come to his mind after picking his transport fare was his school certificates. As we can see, he picked his bag, a few clothes and his money. And left his certificates behind, IF ANY! This is very hard to believe!


Nigeria is such an unlucky country. If Tinubu wins the next presidential election, we would be having a president we don’t really know. Buhari’s case in 2015 could be better. At least, we know that the president is from Daura in Katsina State, even though he is carrying WAEC ‘s “attestation certificate.”


The trend of voting political leaders with only affidavits should stop. In 2015, supporters of Buhari were quoted as saying that even if he was holding ‘toilet tissue paper’ or ‘NEPA bill’ as certificate, they would vote for him. And they did. We are again confronted with a similar situation, with Tinubu, in 2023. 


Tinubu’s age, nativity, real name, schools he attended have never mattered; and it will not matter in the next presidential election. We passed through this road before, up to Supreme Court. He has always won his legal cases, brought against him, as long as they are brought before Nigerian judges.


As Nigerians, we are not better than him. As the saying goes, those that vote such leaders in office are accomplices, not victims.


The issue of Tinubu’s certificates will not be on the next presidential ballot. Nobody in Nigeria wins election on the basis of integrity or educational attainment. What matters is the size and content of your bullion van. Tinubu already knows what to do in the next election. He should just deploy bullion vans to each of the 36 states of the country.


A bullion van for a state. This is the expected picture for the next presidential election.


GOD HELP NIGERIA!2023: TINUBU’S MORAL OPACITY & SUNDRY FOIBLES (updated)

2023: TINUBU’S MORAL OPACITY & SUNDRY FOIBLES (updated)

 

IN MAINSTREAM 

BY ABEL ADA-MUSA


Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the strongman of Lagos politics and the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) is a familiar actor in stormy waters. He is known to controversy of various kinds, especially his source of stupendous wealth, age, nativity, real name and educational qualifications.


Since 1999, when contested and won the governorship of  Lagos State, these have been his Achilles heel; to wit, his political challenges. The good news, however,  is that he had always weathered the storms.


As a politician, Tinubu has often acted  as a disciple of Machiavelli and a worshipper of Mammon, than a disciple of Abraham Lincoln. He believes in coercive or authoritarian democracy. He knows all the instruments of acquiring power and how to keep it. He plays the game both fair and rough, depending on the circumstance. He is good at what he does! I count it as a plus for him, though.


His influence in Lagos is dorminant and unfettered, especially since when he became governor in 1999 till 2007. He has built political structures that made him lay hold of Lagos and its resources with a very firm grip. Rumour has it that he owns almost half of Lagos, in property and in affluence. His name looms large and easily reverberates across all political spectrum in Lagos State, especially.


But one thing that has besmeared his politics over the years, is the opaqueness of his character, lifestyle and accomplishments. 


When he was  elected governor, in 1999, one Mr. Wasiu Balogun wrote a petition against him, alleging that the information he pleaded in his Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) form CF001were false. It was a daring move that also attracted the indefatigable and firebrand lawyer late Gani Fawehinmi, who went to court to challenge Tinubu’s certain information on the INEC form. He contended that the state governor perjured; especially in the information regarding his university certificate.


He said the claim that his certificates were stolen by “unknown soldier” when they raided his house between 1994 and and 1998, in Lagos was not true. 


TheNews magazine did an investigation into the story. What it came out with was deep and damning. It was discovered that he did not attend St. Paul Children’s Home school, Ibadan. And also that the St. Paul School Aroloya, Lagos, which he quoted on the INEC form did not exist!


He also claimed to have attended the famous Government College, Ibadan between 1965 and 1968. When the Old Students of the college learned that the governor of Lagos State was also an “old student”, they proposed a grand reception for him.  But at a point, they paused to find out the actual year he graduated. His name could not be found anywhere. That was how the planned event died a natural death.


While the controversy was going on, it was rumoured that the then Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina ordered  that all documents relating to the graduates of Government College, Ibadan, be submitted and stored in his office. The principal of the college was reportedly barred from speaking with any journalist or anybody, on the matter.


What was most worrying is the conspiracy of silence on that part of his supposed  classmates, schoolmates and teachers, IF ANY. No old student of Tinuhu has ever spoken for or against him, except the ‘bad boy’ like Femi Aribisala, who has gone public to deny that Tinubu was their mate. At least, if he doesn’t have a certificate, he should have a classmate! But none! No certificates, no classmates, no former teachers.


Also punctured was his claim that he attended Richard Daley College in US, between 1969 and and 1971. The same for his averment that he studied at University of Chicago, between 1972 and 1976.


The APC presidential candidate is mature enough to know the difference between University of Chicago and Chicago State University. Recently, fact emerged that Chicago State University confirmed that he attended the institution. A sigh of relief there, I think! 


Meanwhile, the case filed by Fawehinmi was decided by the Supreme Court in 2002, in favour of Tinubu, of course. The apex court ruled that the diehard lawyer was statute barred by the immunity clause in the constitution, which said that the governor could not be sued while in office.  


So, he escaped on a technical ground, but the substance of the case remained. It should be stated here that the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom, as he is fondly called, has never lost any legal battle. But he knew then that the snake had merely been bruised, not killed, as the matter keeps resurfacing.


In 2003, Tinubu stirred further controversy, when he filled the same INEC form CF001. This time around, he removed all the educational qualifications he pleaded in 1999. In the columns meant for primary school, secondary school, university attended, he wrote NOT APPLICABLE.


The matter has recently aggravated because of 2023 election. The summary is that Tinuhu has integrity issues around  his personality. He needs to come clean of all the baggage alleged to be in his kitty? 


Tinubu’ past and present are haunting him direly. One issue that has failed to leave the front burner of presidential politics is his alleged involvement in drugs trafficking, for which he was arrested in 1990.


In the course of a sting operation, one Abiodun Agbele sold white heroin to an undercover FBI agent on November 28, 1990. The fact of the matter is that the drug  charges brought against Tinubu by the FBI, sounded very clear, detailed, and unambiguous.


Upon his arrest, he named one Mueez Akande as his drug boss. Upon investigation, it was revealed that funds from Mr. Akande’s white heroin drug cartel had found its way into Mr. Tinubu’s account and that they could not be justified by his legitimate income, then which stood at about $2400 a month.


Bola Tinubu was found to have shared accommodation with the said Mr. Akande, who had been his known associate for years. And that rather than fight the charges of laundering money for a drug cartel, Bola Tinubu entered into a plea agreement with the US Federal Government to forfeit $460,000 in drug money to the government.


These are the undeniable FACTS!


The APC presidential candidate has not come out clean on the allegation. The fact that he entered a plea bargain, did not exonerate him of the offence!


The fact that they go in and out of US is not a proof that he was exonerated. If a US permanent resident is convicted and imprisoned and serves his sentence, he can fly in and out of America without hindrance.


The grounds for inadmissibility into the United States are found in Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) and they do not apply to Bola Tinubu, who was carrying green card.


The fact remains that Bola Tinubu was involved in drug  case, and by accepting a plea bargain, in which he voluntarily agreed to forfeit his assets, rather than go to trial, he is seen in the eyes of the law to have admitted to being a drug lord.


Other controversies surrounding the Jagaban are his age, nativity and real name. Who is Tinubu? Who is his real father? Identity is very important. His identity is still shrouded in controversy.


Late Secretary General of Pan-Yoruba Cultural Organization, (Afenifere), Yinka Odumakin gave an insight into Tinubu’s origin and age. In a direct mail to him in 1999, Odumakin confirmed that he came from the same state with him – Osun. He went further to remind him that he came from Iragbiji. Odumakin, who obviously knew so much revealed that when Tinubu’s mother died, it  was Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi that led a delegation from Lagos that attended the burial, on  behalf of Tinubu. The reason was because, he had chosen another home and another family in Lagos. 


Tinubu should not be ashamed of his nativity, especially when almost every Yoruba in Lagos originated from somewhere, outside Lagos.


In 1999, Tinubu was quoted as saying that he was 66 years old. Odumakin, in the said memo to him, reminded him that one of the sons of Tinubu’s elder brother, had just celebrated his 63 years of age! And that he could not be senior to his nephew by just three years.


He also said that he saw a photograph of Tinubu taken in 1974 at the palace of Soun Ogbomoso, during the installation of the royal father. He said Tinubu was cooling off with a bottle of beer and a packet of cigarettes in his front, on the table. Odumakin rightly concluded that his age was seriously doctored, for no known reason.


The certificate controversy whirling around somebody of his stature is so unfortunate and sad. Yoruba people are very diligent when it comes to education and record keeping. It is very difficult to see a Yoruba man with questionable educational qualifications. Tinubu’s case is quite different and amazing.


Tinubu has once stated why he could not attend regular education, as other Yoruba children, citing poverty. The question is, why should he quote at all, in his 1999 INEC forms. And why should he removed them in 2003, when filling the same form? This is where allegation of perjury comes. He was not consistent with the information regarding his educational background.


Former political adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri gave insight into why Tinubu could not cite his primary school and secondary school background. He said, they could answer some questions surrounding his nativity, age and real name. Ordinarily, we don’t need this information in order to contest election. We need them for the sake of integrity and responsibility. 


Everybody comes from somewhere, no matter how poor and remote. MKO Abiola once told the world that he took egg for the first time in the house of his late wife, Simbiat, whose parents were relatively rich. Your background is who you  are. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it. It is part of accountability required of every human being and a responsible leader.


It is so sad that in this era, we are talking about academic certificate for somebody aspiring to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It means if he becomes president, we will be dealing with a leader with identity crisis. This raises many moral questions, for us, as a nation.


But who cares about morality and accountability in Nigeria, when it has to do with politics? Nobody! When will Nigeria produce a president that is a professor. When will the country have a president that is an engineer, a lawyer, a medical doctor, a surveyor, an accountant, et al?


The Buhari matter of 2015 is repeating itself in 2023, in Tinubu. Since 2015, the president of Nigeria has been submitting affidavits, in place of certificates, to INEC. Another question is, why are the presidential candidates of APC having issues with their certificates? 


Again, like Buhari his predecessor, Tinubu is dodging television or press interviews, with excuses. This is probably as a result of the various dirty  skeletons in his cupboard. Yet, this will not matter when we go to polls in 2023


 What manner of country is this?


A Professor of law, and Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo contested the APC presidential primary election with Tinubu, along with others. Osinbajo lost. Tinubu won. This is Nigeria! When you want to rule this country, you don’t need to go to school. The Nigerian electorate say, those that go to school only speak “grammar”; and that they are stingy. To be stingy as a politician, is that you don’t bribe voters with money, during elections.


This is the type of country we have. People with sound integrity and credible certificates cannot win elections


No responsible professor with his hard earned money will give $25,000 to one delegate, in order to win primary election. It is as immoral as it is fraudulent.


Tinubu is a shrew master strategist. He has always bought his way through all the challenges of his life, bearing in mind that he is grossly inadequate. Tinubu is a Mammon worshipper, like many of Nigerian politicians.


Tinubu can be likened to most of the emperor’s of ancient and medieval history, who ruled and dominated their environments by smooth plotting and brute coercion. He is a dictator par excellence. He is very arrogant!


What was his legitimate business before before 1999, when he became the governor of Lagos State? I don’t know. But we are aware that he could not properly fund his governorship election, in 1999. It was said that friends had to rally around him to help him print of his campaign materials and for other essential expenses. He had only a house in Lagos. According to Odumakin, the four cars he was using at that time belonged to one Solomon Ganiyu. There was nothing like Bourdillion Villa, in Victoria Island then.


Let us accept that Tinubu ran away from Nigeria because Sani Abacha’s military junta was looking for his head on a platter, as he claimed, being a NADECO activist. I presume that the first thing that should have naturally come to his mind after picking his transport fare was his school certificates. As we can see, he picked his bag, a few clothes and his money. And left his certificates behind, IF ANY! This is very hard to believe!


Nigeria is such an unlucky country. If Tinubu wins the next presidential election, we would be having a president we don’t really know. Buhari’s case in 2015 could be better. At least, we know that the president is from Daura in Katsina State, even though he is carrying WAEC ‘s “attestation certificate.”


The trend of voting political leaders with only affidavits should stop. In 2015, supporters of Buhari were quoted as saying that even if he was holding ‘toilet tissue paper’ or ‘NEPA bill’ as certificate, they would vote for him. And they did. We are again confronted with a similar situation, with Tinubu, in 2023. 


Tinubu’s age, nativity, real name, schools he attended have never mattered; and it will not matter in the next presidential election. We passed through this road before, up to Supreme Court. He has always won his legal cases, brought against him, as long as they are brought before Nigerian judges.


As Nigerians, we are not better than him. As the saying goes, those that vote such leaders in office are accomplices, not victims.


The issue of Tinubu’s certificates will not be on the next presidential ballot. Nobody in Nigeria wins election on the basis of integrity or educational attainment. What matters is the size and content of your bullion van. Tinubu already knows what to do in the next election. He should just deploy bullion vans to each of the 36 states of the country.


A bullion van for a state. This is the expected picture for the next presidential election.


GOD HELP NIGERIA!2023: TINUBU’S MORAL OPACITY & SUNDRY FOIBLES (updated)

 

IN MAINSTREAM 

BY ABEL ADA-MUSA


Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the strongman of Lagos politics and the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) is a familiar actor in stormy waters. He is known to controversy of various kinds, especially his source of stupendous wealth, age, nativity, real name and educational qualifications.


Since 1999, when contested and won the governorship of  Lagos State, these have been his Achilles heel; to wit, his political challenges. The good news, however,  is that he had always weathered the storms.


As a politician, Tinubu has often acted  as a disciple of Machiavelli and a worshipper of Mammon, than a disciple of Abraham Lincoln. He believes in coercive or authoritarian democracy. He knows all the instruments of acquiring power and how to keep it. He plays the game both fair and rough, depending on the circumstance. He is good at what he does! I count it as a plus for him, though.


His influence in Lagos is dorminant and unfettered, especially since when he became governor in 1999 till 2007. He has built political structures that made him lay hold of Lagos and its resources with a very firm grip. Rumour has it that he owns almost half of Lagos, in property and in affluence. His name looms large and easily reverberates across all political spectrum in Lagos State, especially.


But one thing that has besmeared his politics over the years, is the opaqueness of his character, lifestyle and accomplishments. 


When he was  elected governor, in 1999, one Mr. Wasiu Balogun wrote a petition against him, alleging that the information he pleaded in his Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) form CF001were false. It was a daring move that also attracted the indefatigable and firebrand lawyer late Gani Fawehinmi, who went to court to challenge Tinubu’s certain information on the INEC form. He contended that the state governor perjured; especially in the information regarding his university certificate.


He said the claim that his certificates were stolen by “unknown soldier” when they raided his house between 1994 and and 1998, in Lagos was not true. 


TheNews magazine did an investigation into the story. What it came out with was deep and damning. It was discovered that he did not attend St. Paul Children’s Home school, Ibadan. And also that the St. Paul School Aroloya, Lagos, which he quoted on the INEC form did not exist!


He also claimed to have attended the famous Government College, Ibadan between 1965 and 1968. When the Old Students of the college learned that the governor of Lagos State was also an “old student”, they proposed a grand reception for him.  But at a point, they paused to find out the actual year he graduated. His name could not be found anywhere. That was how the planned event died a natural death.


While the controversy was going on, it was rumoured that the then Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina ordered  that all documents relating to the graduates of Government College, Ibadan, be submitted and stored in his office. The principal of the college was reportedly barred from speaking with any journalist or anybody, on the matter.


What was most worrying is the conspiracy of silence on that part of his supposed  classmates, schoolmates and teachers, IF ANY. No old student of Tinuhu has ever spoken for or against him, except the ‘bad boy’ like Femi Aribisala, who has gone public to deny that Tinubu was their mate. At least, if he doesn’t have a certificate, he should have a classmate! But none! No certificates, no classmates, no former teachers.


Also punctured was his claim that he attended Richard Daley College in US, between 1969 and and 1971. The same for his averment that he studied at University of Chicago, between 1972 and 1976.


The APC presidential candidate is mature enough to know the difference between University of Chicago and Chicago State University. Recently, fact emerged that Chicago State University confirmed that he attended the institution. A sigh of relief there, I think! 


Meanwhile, the case filed by Fawehinmi was decided by the Supreme Court in 2002, in favour of Tinubu, of course. The apex court ruled that the diehard lawyer was statute barred by the immunity clause in the constitution, which said that the governor could not be sued while in office.  


So, he escaped on a technical ground, but the substance of the case remained. It should be stated here that the Jagaban of Borgu kingdom, as he is fondly called, has never lost any legal battle. But he knew then that the snake had merely been bruised, not killed, as the matter keeps resurfacing.


In 2003, Tinubu stirred further controversy, when he filled the same INEC form CF001. This time around, he removed all the educational qualifications he pleaded in 1999. In the columns meant for primary school, secondary school, university attended, he wrote NOT APPLICABLE.


The matter has recently aggravated because of 2023 election. The summary is that Tinuhu has integrity issues around  his personality. He needs to come clean of all the baggage alleged to be in his kitty? 


Tinubu’ past and present are haunting him direly. One issue that has failed to leave the front burner of presidential politics is his alleged involvement in drugs trafficking, for which he was arrested in 1990.


In the course of a sting operation, one Abiodun Agbele sold white heroin to an undercover FBI agent on November 28, 1990. The fact of the matter is that the drug  charges brought against Tinubu by the FBI, sounded very clear, detailed, and unambiguous.


Upon his arrest, he named one Mueez Akande as his drug boss. Upon investigation, it was revealed that funds from Mr. Akande’s white heroin drug cartel had found its way into Mr. Tinubu’s account and that they could not be justified by his legitimate income, then which stood at about $2400 a month.


Bola Tinubu was found to have shared accommodation with the said Mr. Akande, who had been his known associate for years. And that rather than fight the charges of laundering money for a drug cartel, Bola Tinubu entered into a plea agreement with the US Federal Government to forfeit $460,000 in drug money to the government.


These are the undeniable FACTS!


The APC presidential candidate has not come out clean on the allegation. The fact that he entered a plea bargain, did not exonerate him of the offence!


The fact that they go in and out of US is not a proof that he was exonerated. If a US permanent resident is convicted and imprisoned and serves his sentence, he can fly in and out of America without hindrance.


The grounds for inadmissibility into the United States are found in Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) and they do not apply to Bola Tinubu, who was carrying green card.


The fact remains that Bola Tinubu was involved in drug  case, and by accepting a plea bargain, in which he voluntarily agreed to forfeit his assets, rather than go to trial, he is seen in the eyes of the law to have admitted to being a drug lord.


Other controversies surrounding the Jagaban are his age, nativity and real name. Who is Tinubu? Who is his real father? Identity is very important. His identity is still shrouded in controversy.


Late Secretary General of Pan-Yoruba Cultural Organization, (Afenifere), Yinka Odumakin gave an insight into Tinubu’s origin and age. In a direct mail to him in 1999, Odumakin confirmed that he came from the same state with him – Osun. He went further to remind him that he came from Iragbiji. Odumakin, who obviously knew so much revealed that when Tinubu’s mother died, it  was Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi that led a delegation from Lagos that attended the burial, on  behalf of Tinubu. The reason was because, he had chosen another home and another family in Lagos. 


Tinubu should not be ashamed of his nativity, especially when almost every Yoruba in Lagos originated from somewhere, outside Lagos.


In 1999, Tinubu was quoted as saying that he was 66 years old. Odumakin, in the said memo to him, reminded him that one of the sons of Tinubu’s elder brother, had just celebrated his 63 years of age! And that he could not be senior to his nephew by just three years.


He also said that he saw a photograph of Tinubu taken in 1974 at the palace of Soun Ogbomoso, during the installation of the royal father. He said Tinubu was cooling off with a bottle of beer and a packet of cigarettes in his front, on the table. Odumakin rightly concluded that his age was seriously doctored, for no known reason.


The certificate controversy whirling around somebody of his stature is so unfortunate and sad. Yoruba people are very diligent when it comes to education and record keeping. It is very difficult to see a Yoruba man with questionable educational qualifications. Tinubu’s case is quite different and amazing.


Tinubu has once stated why he could not attend regular education, as other Yoruba children, citing poverty. The question is, why should he quote at all, in his 1999 INEC forms. And why should he removed them in 2003, when filling the same form? This is where allegation of perjury comes. He was not consistent with the information regarding his educational background.


Former political adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri gave insight into why Tinubu could not cite his primary school and secondary school background. He said, they could answer some questions surrounding his nativity, age and real name. Ordinarily, we don’t need this information in order to contest election. We need them for the sake of integrity and responsibility. 


Everybody comes from somewhere, no matter how poor and remote. MKO Abiola once told the world that he took egg for the first time in the house of his late wife, Simbiat, whose parents were relatively rich. Your background is who you  are. We shouldn’t be ashamed of it. It is part of accountability required of every human being and a responsible leader.


It is so sad that in this era, we are talking about academic certificate for somebody aspiring to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It means if he becomes president, we will be dealing with a leader with identity crisis. This raises many moral questions, for us, as a nation.


But who cares about morality and accountability in Nigeria, when it has to do with politics? Nobody! When will Nigeria produce a president that is a professor. When will the country have a president that is an engineer, a lawyer, a medical doctor, a surveyor, an accountant, et al?


The Buhari matter of 2015 is repeating itself in 2023, in Tinubu. Since 2015, the president of Nigeria has been submitting affidavits, in place of certificates, to INEC. Another question is, why are the presidential candidates of APC having issues with their certificates? 


Again, like Buhari his predecessor, Tinubu is dodging television or press interviews, with excuses. This is probably as a result of the various dirty  skeletons in his cupboard. Yet, this will not matter when we go to polls in 2023


 What manner of country is this?


A Professor of law, and Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo contested the APC presidential primary election with Tinubu, along with others. Osinbajo lost. Tinubu won. This is Nigeria! When you want to rule this country, you don’t need to go to school. The Nigerian electorate say, those that go to school only speak “grammar”; and that they are stingy. To be stingy as a politician, is that you don’t bribe voters with money, during elections.


This is the type of country we have. People with sound integrity and credible certificates cannot win elections


No responsible professor with his hard earned money will give $25,000 to one delegate, in order to win primary election. It is as immoral as it is fraudulent.


Tinubu is a shrew master strategist. He has always bought his way through all the challenges of his life, bearing in mind that he is grossly inadequate. Tinubu is a Mammon worshipper, like many of Nigerian politicians.


Tinubu can be likened to most of the emperor’s of ancient and medieval history, who ruled and dominated their environments by smooth plotting and brute coercion. He is a dictator par excellence. He is very arrogant!


What was his legitimate business before before 1999, when he became the governor of Lagos State? I don’t know. But we are aware that he could not properly fund his governorship election, in 1999. It was said that friends had to rally around him to help him print of his campaign materials and for other essential expenses. He had only a house in Lagos. According to Odumakin, the four cars he was using at that time belonged to one Solomon Ganiyu. There was nothing like Bourdillion Villa, in Victoria Island then.


Let us accept that Tinubu ran away from Nigeria because Sani Abacha’s military junta was looking for his head on a platter, as he claimed, being a NADECO activist. I presume that the first thing that should have naturally come to his mind after picking his transport fare was his school certificates. As we can see, he picked his bag, a few clothes and his money. And left his certificates behind, IF ANY! This is very hard to believe!


Nigeria is such an unlucky country. If Tinubu wins the next presidential election, we would be having a president we don’t really know. Buhari’s case in 2015 could be better. At least, we know that the president is from Daura in Katsina State, even though he is carrying WAEC ‘s “attestation certificate.”


The trend of voting political leaders with only affidavits should stop. In 2015, supporters of Buhari were quoted as saying that even if he was holding ‘toilet tissue paper’ or ‘NEPA bill’ as certificate, they would vote for him. And they did. We are again confronted with a similar situation, with Tinubu, in 2023. 


Tinubu’s age, nativity, real name, schools he attended have never mattered; and it will not matter in the next presidential election. We passed through this road before, up to Supreme Court. He has always won his legal cases, brought against him, as long as they are brought before Nigerian judges.


As Nigerians, we are not better than him. As the saying goes, those that vote such leaders in office are accomplices, not victims.


The issue of Tinubu’s certificates will not be on the next presidential ballot. Nobody in Nigeria wins election on the basis of integrity or educational attainment. What matters is the size and content of your bullion van. Tinubu already knows what to do in the next election. He should just deploy bullion vans to each of the 36 states of the country.


A bullion van for a state. This is the expected picture for the next presidential election.


GOD HELP NIGERIA!




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