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NEWS RELEASE: Governor Adeleke condoles with Rep Omirin over mother's passing

NEWS RELEASE: Governor Adeleke condoles with Rep Omirin over mother's passing


Governor Ademola Adeleke has commiserated with the federal lawmaker representing Atakunmosa West, Atakunmosa East, Ilesa East and Ilesa West, Honourable Sanya Omirin over the passing of his mother, Mama Aderemi Omirin (Nรฉe Abe)


Governor Adeleke who acknowledges the pain of losing a loved one, more so, a mother, urged Hon. Omirin to take solace in the life full of accomplishments lived by Mama Omirin, of which he is one.


"I sympathise with Hon Sanya Omirin on the loss of his mother. It's a tough experience to bear and urge him and every loved ones impacted by Mama Aderemi Omirin's demise to honour her legacy of good deeds," the Governor was quoted to have said in a condolences note.


"In this moment of grief, I convey my heartfelt thoughts and prayers while hoping that Rep Omirin and everyone left behind would be comforted by a life full of accomplishments lived by Mama."


Governor Adeleke prays for the repose of the soul of the departed and give everyone who mourn the fortitude to bear this painful loss. May her soul rest in peace!


Signed: 

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor


Governor Ademola Adeleke has commiserated with the federal lawmaker representing Atakunmosa West, Atakunmosa East, Ilesa East and Ilesa West, Honourable Sanya Omirin over the passing of his mother, Mama Aderemi Omirin (Nรฉe Abe)


Governor Adeleke who acknowledges the pain of losing a loved one, more so, a mother, urged Hon. Omirin to take solace in the life full of accomplishments lived by Mama Omirin, of which he is one.


"I sympathise with Hon Sanya Omirin on the loss of his mother. It's a tough experience to bear and urge him and every loved ones impacted by Mama Aderemi Omirin's demise to honour her legacy of good deeds," the Governor was quoted to have said in a condolences note.


"In this moment of grief, I convey my heartfelt thoughts and prayers while hoping that Rep Omirin and everyone left behind would be comforted by a life full of accomplishments lived by Mama."


Governor Adeleke prays for the repose of the soul of the departed and give everyone who mourn the fortitude to bear this painful loss. May her soul rest in peace!


Signed: 

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor

OPINION: Tinubu and the creation of a new society

OPINION: Tinubu and the creation of a new society

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



Nigeria is at a critical juncture; and in such a context, it is _“cometh the moment, cometh the man”._ For President Bola Tinubu, this adversity should be turned into a historic advantage which should propel him to be the creator of a new society and his place in history will be assured, not for all time but forever. Men who took advantage of their opportunity include Park Chung Hee of South Korea, Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and Luiz Inรกcio Lula da Silva of Brazil. Take it or leave it, Nigeria is in it already but this is a historic task for Tinubu to right the wrongs; and it must not be long.


In life, every day counts! Tinubu has already spent more than 20% of his four-year tenure. By May 28, 2024, he will have used 25% of his tenure as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. So, the clock is ticking and time waits for no one! Reinventing the wheel shouldn’t be an option!


It is a historic turning point for Nigeria and Tinubu has a historic opportunity to position himself as the creator of a new political economy and the builder of a new Nigeria. If he gets it right, especially by reconstructing an economy that was hitherto based on parasitic activities, the country will never look back. If he is able to midwife a production, export-led economy, the changes brought will be irreversible and Tinubu will become the equivalent of Hee, Yew, and da Silva. Then he should forget about the next election as his place in history as the creator of a new Nigeria will have been assured and cemented. It will have been signed, sealed and delivered!


According to Karl Marx, _“men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past …”_ In a word, Tinubu is asked to make history but not in ways that he would have chosen or wanted but he still has to make that history in a positive manner. In order to attract more support from the masses therefore, what is expected from our president is to understand that sermons will not quench thirst and hunger even as change is not expected to be in a day but a daily process. He must understand that dispensational factors are expected to play notable roles in the fulfillment of his agenda for the Nigeria of his vision and that the opposition and those benefiting from the afflictions confronting Nigerians are not relenting. Since they are condemned to the monstrous conventions of politics, they aren’t going to sleep either. But if the president asked not to be pitied, Nigerians are seriously asking for his pity.


Tinubu is expected to represent the progressive currents that have passed through the Nigerian space, going back to the foundation of _‘Egbe Omo Oduduwa’, Northern Elements Progressive Union_ (NEPU) and others. So, the president must return to the basic tenets of social democracy – the German-type social market and shared prosperity.


But why are his ministers not functioning and why are they not talking to Nigerians about what their respective ministries are bringing to the table to help Nigeria out of this socioeconomic morass? For reasons best known to most of them, there’s no functional, mobile and serious in-house media to help coordinate their media outlets other than the usual _‘kick-and-start’_ creation of bureaucracy. There is no meeting of minds and it’s as if our ministers are scared of taking bullets for the president, which, of course, is one of their central functions as presidential aides.


The two performing ministries in times of Balance of Payment crises ought to be Solid Minerals and Blue Economy. In the 1960s, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) alone provided not less than 42% of the Federal Government Budget, up to the end of the First Republic. Impliedly, the Marine and Blue Economy under Gboyega Oyetola should be prepared to give about 18% of Nigeria’s Budget with ease. Whether we like it or not, Nigeria has to export her way up out of the wahala in which she’s currently immersed. To respond to the Balance of Trade and currency crises, the economic strategy is to export in order to import with a view to balancing its payments.


One of the reasons the world continues to remember former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton is that, immediately after they assumed office, they set up what could be referred to as public sector targets with fixed timelines for every minister. Because they did that, the ministers were very effective, not just because they were brilliant. It’s because they had targets that were eventually met; and that’s why the two leaders ended well. In Nigeria, how do we appraise performance without targets and timelines? Therefore, Tinubu should give every minister public-sector targets with fixed timelines as it’s done in sane climes. This is very important because every hour counts! The performance evaluation team put in place by the president also has to give a dispassionate report on the ministers because Nigerians expect more from them.


If truth be told, those who have been assuring Nigerians that all would be well are not telling us something new. As we speak, the hypocrisy of the dollar remains unsurpassed even as the inflation rate is 29.9%. Yes, that terrible record is the highest in 28 years. The more reason Tinubu needs our prayers! Here’s a man who said that nobody should pity him because he asked for the job, that the current pains were products of his tough policies geared towards revamping the economy and that the situation would soon begin to smile. However, laudable as these promises may be, it is perhaps because most Nigerians see the president as being above their level that his messages seem not to be resonating with them. They don’t see him as speaking the same language with them, coming down to dance their dance or taking their brand of tea. Should the president continue this way, his reforms may become wounded and, his legacy, troubled.


As a Yoruba leader of the _Afenifere_ bent, Tinubu’s cardinal focus should be the creation of state police, restructuring and better life for all. God forbid, should he miss this rare opportunity, then there may be no hope again for the progressives and Yoruba race will be worse for it. Yes, he might have come at the wrong time but the satisfying truth is that he remains the right man for the job. He is a pro-democracy fighter and an advocate for human dignity. He has promoted self-rule with all his might and fought oligarchy and shallowness of thought in governance. He has led many situations perceived to be for the good of all and spearheaded measures aimed at restoring values and a new beginning.


So, what practical things does Tinubu want to do in practical ways that will bring practical succor to the people? If it is a four-lane road that he’s going to construct from Ijebu-Jesa, my Native Nazareth in Osun State, through Fenwa Community in Oyo State, to Daura in Katsina State, the president should let us know! If it is power, he should give instructions to Adebayo _‘Penkelemesi’_ Adelabu on how to move beyond cruising in the unmatched comfort of wattages of darkness to truly deliver on his mandate. Nigerians are no longer interested in excuses that do not edify prosperity. What Nigerians want going forward is result.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _●[email protected];_ 

 _●08098614418 - SMS only._

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE



Nigeria is at a critical juncture; and in such a context, it is _“cometh the moment, cometh the man”._ For President Bola Tinubu, this adversity should be turned into a historic advantage which should propel him to be the creator of a new society and his place in history will be assured, not for all time but forever. Men who took advantage of their opportunity include Park Chung Hee of South Korea, Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia and Luiz Inรกcio Lula da Silva of Brazil. Take it or leave it, Nigeria is in it already but this is a historic task for Tinubu to right the wrongs; and it must not be long.


In life, every day counts! Tinubu has already spent more than 20% of his four-year tenure. By May 28, 2024, he will have used 25% of his tenure as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. So, the clock is ticking and time waits for no one! Reinventing the wheel shouldn’t be an option!


It is a historic turning point for Nigeria and Tinubu has a historic opportunity to position himself as the creator of a new political economy and the builder of a new Nigeria. If he gets it right, especially by reconstructing an economy that was hitherto based on parasitic activities, the country will never look back. If he is able to midwife a production, export-led economy, the changes brought will be irreversible and Tinubu will become the equivalent of Hee, Yew, and da Silva. Then he should forget about the next election as his place in history as the creator of a new Nigeria will have been assured and cemented. It will have been signed, sealed and delivered!


According to Karl Marx, _“men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past …”_ In a word, Tinubu is asked to make history but not in ways that he would have chosen or wanted but he still has to make that history in a positive manner. In order to attract more support from the masses therefore, what is expected from our president is to understand that sermons will not quench thirst and hunger even as change is not expected to be in a day but a daily process. He must understand that dispensational factors are expected to play notable roles in the fulfillment of his agenda for the Nigeria of his vision and that the opposition and those benefiting from the afflictions confronting Nigerians are not relenting. Since they are condemned to the monstrous conventions of politics, they aren’t going to sleep either. But if the president asked not to be pitied, Nigerians are seriously asking for his pity.


Tinubu is expected to represent the progressive currents that have passed through the Nigerian space, going back to the foundation of _‘Egbe Omo Oduduwa’, Northern Elements Progressive Union_ (NEPU) and others. So, the president must return to the basic tenets of social democracy – the German-type social market and shared prosperity.


But why are his ministers not functioning and why are they not talking to Nigerians about what their respective ministries are bringing to the table to help Nigeria out of this socioeconomic morass? For reasons best known to most of them, there’s no functional, mobile and serious in-house media to help coordinate their media outlets other than the usual _‘kick-and-start’_ creation of bureaucracy. There is no meeting of minds and it’s as if our ministers are scared of taking bullets for the president, which, of course, is one of their central functions as presidential aides.


The two performing ministries in times of Balance of Payment crises ought to be Solid Minerals and Blue Economy. In the 1960s, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) alone provided not less than 42% of the Federal Government Budget, up to the end of the First Republic. Impliedly, the Marine and Blue Economy under Gboyega Oyetola should be prepared to give about 18% of Nigeria’s Budget with ease. Whether we like it or not, Nigeria has to export her way up out of the wahala in which she’s currently immersed. To respond to the Balance of Trade and currency crises, the economic strategy is to export in order to import with a view to balancing its payments.


One of the reasons the world continues to remember former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton is that, immediately after they assumed office, they set up what could be referred to as public sector targets with fixed timelines for every minister. Because they did that, the ministers were very effective, not just because they were brilliant. It’s because they had targets that were eventually met; and that’s why the two leaders ended well. In Nigeria, how do we appraise performance without targets and timelines? Therefore, Tinubu should give every minister public-sector targets with fixed timelines as it’s done in sane climes. This is very important because every hour counts! The performance evaluation team put in place by the president also has to give a dispassionate report on the ministers because Nigerians expect more from them.


If truth be told, those who have been assuring Nigerians that all would be well are not telling us something new. As we speak, the hypocrisy of the dollar remains unsurpassed even as the inflation rate is 29.9%. Yes, that terrible record is the highest in 28 years. The more reason Tinubu needs our prayers! Here’s a man who said that nobody should pity him because he asked for the job, that the current pains were products of his tough policies geared towards revamping the economy and that the situation would soon begin to smile. However, laudable as these promises may be, it is perhaps because most Nigerians see the president as being above their level that his messages seem not to be resonating with them. They don’t see him as speaking the same language with them, coming down to dance their dance or taking their brand of tea. Should the president continue this way, his reforms may become wounded and, his legacy, troubled.


As a Yoruba leader of the _Afenifere_ bent, Tinubu’s cardinal focus should be the creation of state police, restructuring and better life for all. God forbid, should he miss this rare opportunity, then there may be no hope again for the progressives and Yoruba race will be worse for it. Yes, he might have come at the wrong time but the satisfying truth is that he remains the right man for the job. He is a pro-democracy fighter and an advocate for human dignity. He has promoted self-rule with all his might and fought oligarchy and shallowness of thought in governance. He has led many situations perceived to be for the good of all and spearheaded measures aimed at restoring values and a new beginning.


So, what practical things does Tinubu want to do in practical ways that will bring practical succor to the people? If it is a four-lane road that he’s going to construct from Ijebu-Jesa, my Native Nazareth in Osun State, through Fenwa Community in Oyo State, to Daura in Katsina State, the president should let us know! If it is power, he should give instructions to Adebayo _‘Penkelemesi’_ Adelabu on how to move beyond cruising in the unmatched comfort of wattages of darkness to truly deliver on his mandate. Nigerians are no longer interested in excuses that do not edify prosperity. What Nigerians want going forward is result.


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!


 _●[email protected];_ 

 _●08098614418 - SMS only._

Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke mourns passage of nollywood actor, Sisi Quadri

Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke mourns passage of nollywood actor, Sisi Quadri


The Governor of Osun State Ademola Adeleke has described the death of a popular nollywood actor, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, popularly known as Sisi Quadri, as shocking and devastating.


The Iwo born Nollywood actor died at the age of 44 years, leaving his aged parents behind.


Gov. Adeleke made this known through a statement signed by the spokesperson to the Governor Mallam Olawale Rasheed. The Governor noted that Sisi Quadri was a delight to watch on the screen, radiating homes with laughter through his style of acting.


According to the statement, the governor commiserated with his immediate family, especially his aged father, Alhaji Oyebamiji, the people of Iwoland and the movie industry as a whole, urging them to take consolation in a life of impacts, particularly in the acting profession.


The statement reads in part;


"Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji (aka Sisi Quadri) was a delight to watch in movies. He was a great talent that illuminate homes and impart valuable messages. With his demise, the memory of the wonderful moments he created on the scenes, and more, the comical relief he inspires through his works will reverberate for years," the condolence message reads in parts.


"I mourn his loss knowing well the great talent that is gone. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, the people of Iwoland, the movie industry, and everyone touched by this devastating experience. 


"It is my sincere prayer that they get the strength to bear the hard moment his passage represents. May Almighty Allah grant him aljanah fridaos soul."


The Governor of Osun State Ademola Adeleke has described the death of a popular nollywood actor, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, popularly known as Sisi Quadri, as shocking and devastating.


The Iwo born Nollywood actor died at the age of 44 years, leaving his aged parents behind.


Gov. Adeleke made this known through a statement signed by the spokesperson to the Governor Mallam Olawale Rasheed. The Governor noted that Sisi Quadri was a delight to watch on the screen, radiating homes with laughter through his style of acting.


According to the statement, the governor commiserated with his immediate family, especially his aged father, Alhaji Oyebamiji, the people of Iwoland and the movie industry as a whole, urging them to take consolation in a life of impacts, particularly in the acting profession.


The statement reads in part;


"Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji (aka Sisi Quadri) was a delight to watch in movies. He was a great talent that illuminate homes and impart valuable messages. With his demise, the memory of the wonderful moments he created on the scenes, and more, the comical relief he inspires through his works will reverberate for years," the condolence message reads in parts.


"I mourn his loss knowing well the great talent that is gone. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, the people of Iwoland, the movie industry, and everyone touched by this devastating experience. 


"It is my sincere prayer that they get the strength to bear the hard moment his passage represents. May Almighty Allah grant him aljanah fridaos soul."

Court Jails Three BDC Operators Three Years in Kano

Court Jails Three BDC Operators Three Years in Kano

Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Kano on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, convicted and sentenced three illegal bureau de change operators to three years imprisonment for operating without a requisite licence.  



The convicts: Umar Ibrahim Muhammad, Abubakar Yakubu Garba and Muhammad Tijjani were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count   separate charges of illegal dealing in foreign currency without an appropriate licence.



The lone-count charge reads: “That you Ibrahim Muhammad, sometime in February 2024 in Kano within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did engage in a financial operation of bureau de change without a valid licence and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 (5) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020 and punishable under Section 57 (5) (B) of the same Act.”


They all pleaded “guilty” to the charge read to them in English and interpreted in Hausa, upon which prosecution counsel, Aisha Tahar Habib prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly, while the defence counsel pleaded for mercy and leniency.


 Justice Yunusa thereafter convicted and sentenced Muhammad, Garba and Tijani to one year imprisonment each with an option of fine of N100,000(One Hundred Thousand Naira) each.


Their road to jail began when they were arrested by operatives of the Kano Command of the EFCC for operating a BDC without an appropriate licence.


Source: 

Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Kano on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, convicted and sentenced three illegal bureau de change operators to three years imprisonment for operating without a requisite licence.  



The convicts: Umar Ibrahim Muhammad, Abubakar Yakubu Garba and Muhammad Tijjani were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count   separate charges of illegal dealing in foreign currency without an appropriate licence.



The lone-count charge reads: “That you Ibrahim Muhammad, sometime in February 2024 in Kano within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did engage in a financial operation of bureau de change without a valid licence and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 (5) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020 and punishable under Section 57 (5) (B) of the same Act.”


They all pleaded “guilty” to the charge read to them in English and interpreted in Hausa, upon which prosecution counsel, Aisha Tahar Habib prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly, while the defence counsel pleaded for mercy and leniency.


 Justice Yunusa thereafter convicted and sentenced Muhammad, Garba and Tijani to one year imprisonment each with an option of fine of N100,000(One Hundred Thousand Naira) each.


Their road to jail began when they were arrested by operatives of the Kano Command of the EFCC for operating a BDC without an appropriate licence.


Source: 

Northern Nigerian Group Withdraws Support For Rotational Presidency, Accuses President Tinubu Of Short-Changing Region

Northern Nigerian Group Withdraws Support For Rotational Presidency, Accuses President Tinubu Of Short-Changing Region

 

Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.



A socio-political group, Arewa New Agenda (ANA), has emerged with a focus on repositioning the northern region as a dominant force in Nigeria.


ANA, on Thursday in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, declared its opposing stance on the rotational presidency, alluding to President Bola Tinubu's "it is my turn" comment before the 2023 election.


Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.


According to him, President Tinubu had abandoned the North, which gave him the bulk of the ballots that brought him to power.


He also lamented that despite its rich endowment with both human and natural resources, the region has been plagued with the multiple challenges of poverty, illiteracy and insecurity.


Moallayidi boasted that ANA's goal is to right the wrongs of the past by mobilising the younger generation of northerners, in particular, to confront the region's myriad of challenges.


He said, "Everybody knows that here in northern Nigeria we have a lot of problems. So our focus, even before the election was that what is in it for northern Nigeria?


"Of course, when the APC was formed everybody endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari from the North. The other part of the country, especially the southwest, which came to form the alliance, asked for a lot of things which were granted; one of which was power shift to the south.


"Now that the power is there, what is in it for the North? This is what I and my colleagues have been asking but we could not get an answer. So we decided we shouldn't just sit back to continue in a turn-by-turn presidential system. 


"Turn-by-turn doesn't make sense! Turn-by-turn is not democracy, you know that; you're just shifting the mantle of leadership, not that you're doing democracy. And you also know that whatever form of government you have, you know that people must have dividends of that form of government.


"This is what Arewa New Agenda is trying to project; that in this government now what is in it for us in the North? But we were not given an answer! Of course, you know that the bulk of what forms any government in Nigeria, not just the APC, 70 per cent of it is from the North."


Moallayidi further averred that the ANA was poised to reposition the North to redefine its status as a dominant player in the country.


“We have to take our own destiny in our own hands; we'll not go begging. We'll harness agricultural potentials, livestock and other natural resources found deposited in all the states of the North," he added.


ANA was formed by notable northerners, consisting of the political elite and technocrats in the ranks of the former Head of Service of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina, among others.

 

Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.



A socio-political group, Arewa New Agenda (ANA), has emerged with a focus on repositioning the northern region as a dominant force in Nigeria.


ANA, on Thursday in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, declared its opposing stance on the rotational presidency, alluding to President Bola Tinubu's "it is my turn" comment before the 2023 election.


Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.


According to him, President Tinubu had abandoned the North, which gave him the bulk of the ballots that brought him to power.


He also lamented that despite its rich endowment with both human and natural resources, the region has been plagued with the multiple challenges of poverty, illiteracy and insecurity.


Moallayidi boasted that ANA's goal is to right the wrongs of the past by mobilising the younger generation of northerners, in particular, to confront the region's myriad of challenges.


He said, "Everybody knows that here in northern Nigeria we have a lot of problems. So our focus, even before the election was that what is in it for northern Nigeria?


"Of course, when the APC was formed everybody endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari from the North. The other part of the country, especially the southwest, which came to form the alliance, asked for a lot of things which were granted; one of which was power shift to the south.


"Now that the power is there, what is in it for the North? This is what I and my colleagues have been asking but we could not get an answer. So we decided we shouldn't just sit back to continue in a turn-by-turn presidential system. 


"Turn-by-turn doesn't make sense! Turn-by-turn is not democracy, you know that; you're just shifting the mantle of leadership, not that you're doing democracy. And you also know that whatever form of government you have, you know that people must have dividends of that form of government.


"This is what Arewa New Agenda is trying to project; that in this government now what is in it for us in the North? But we were not given an answer! Of course, you know that the bulk of what forms any government in Nigeria, not just the APC, 70 per cent of it is from the North."


Moallayidi further averred that the ANA was poised to reposition the North to redefine its status as a dominant player in the country.


“We have to take our own destiny in our own hands; we'll not go begging. We'll harness agricultural potentials, livestock and other natural resources found deposited in all the states of the North," he added.


ANA was formed by notable northerners, consisting of the political elite and technocrats in the ranks of the former Head of Service of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina, among others.

EFCC Arrests 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Kano

EFCC Arrests 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Kano


Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirteen (13) suspected internet fraudsters in Badawa area of Kano metropolis, Kano State.


The suspects were arrested following intelligence signalling a syndicate of suspected internet fraudsters perpetrating cyber- related crimes where they were arrested.


In the course of the arrest, several incriminating items were recovered from the suspects.


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


Source: EFCC 


Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirteen (13) suspected internet fraudsters in Badawa area of Kano metropolis, Kano State.


The suspects were arrested following intelligence signalling a syndicate of suspected internet fraudsters perpetrating cyber- related crimes where they were arrested.


In the course of the arrest, several incriminating items were recovered from the suspects.


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


Source: EFCC 

Two Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms in Kaduna

Two Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms in Kaduna


The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentence of Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq for cheating and Daniel John for cheating by impersonation 

before Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court.


 Both were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering on cheating and personation.



One of the count charge reads: “That you Daniel John (a.k.a Jamie Doman) male, sometime in November, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, impersonated one Jamie Doman when you pretended to be a Bitcoin online investor agent on Instagram, obtained the sum of $200 (Two Hundred Dollars) from unsuspecting persons and thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”


They both pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them. Consequent on their pleas, EFCC counsel, Y.J Matiyak prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.


 Justice Isiaka thereafter convicted and sentenced John to one year imprisonment or a fine option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). In addition, he forfeited his iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy 10 both of which were proceeds of his crime to the government, while Sadeeq was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).


The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were arrested at Fifth Chukker, Maraban Jos, Kaduna State. Investigations showed that John was using identities of different foreigners to defraud unsuspecting members of the public while Mohammed cheated his victim to the tune of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira).

 

Source: EFCC 


The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentence of Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq for cheating and Daniel John for cheating by impersonation 

before Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court.


 Both were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering on cheating and personation.



One of the count charge reads: “That you Daniel John (a.k.a Jamie Doman) male, sometime in November, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, impersonated one Jamie Doman when you pretended to be a Bitcoin online investor agent on Instagram, obtained the sum of $200 (Two Hundred Dollars) from unsuspecting persons and thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”


They both pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them. Consequent on their pleas, EFCC counsel, Y.J Matiyak prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.


 Justice Isiaka thereafter convicted and sentenced John to one year imprisonment or a fine option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). In addition, he forfeited his iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy 10 both of which were proceeds of his crime to the government, while Sadeeq was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).


The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were arrested at Fifth Chukker, Maraban Jos, Kaduna State. Investigations showed that John was using identities of different foreigners to defraud unsuspecting members of the public while Mohammed cheated his victim to the tune of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira).

 

Source: EFCC 

Osun Gov Ademola Adeleke commissions Crescendo Sports Lounge in Osogbo

Osun Gov Ademola Adeleke commissions Crescendo Sports Lounge in Osogbo

...charges youths to risk investment opportunities 



Osun State Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has commissioned Crescendo Sports Lounge in Osogbo, urging the youths to take advantage of the enabling environment of the current administration of Osun State.


He tasked the youths to take investment risks and count their gains, even in the face of economic downturn bedeviling Nigeria.


This assertion was made by the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, who represented the Governor at the commissioning of the investment project at Alekuwodo Osogbo, on Friday 23rd February, 2024.


Recall that the commissioner paid a final inspection tour to the project site barely a week ahead of the day of commissioning.


Crescendo Sports Lounge, a subsidiary of A1 Pinnacle Services Ltd, in partnership with the Osun State Government, is a realization of a dream of the current administration to turn Osun from Civil Service State to an industrialized one.


The Commissioner described the Sports Lounge as a laudable achievement of Governor Adeleke, whose yearning is wooing local and international investors, since his assumption of office, now yielding positive and physical results.


"I make bold to say that, what we are commissioning today is the first of its kind in the entire South West region. The materials, especially, the synthetic grass are of international standard. Its strategic location will no doubt attracts sports lovers within and outside the State. By this project, some of our youths will be gainfully employed and their mental alertness developed through various sporting activities. These will equally boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)", the Commissioner said.


According to the Commissioner, " the phase we are commissioning today is just the first phase. As you can see, the phase II, that will house other indoor games will equally be completed and commissioned in no distant future. Mr. Governor, as a lover of Sports, will be on ground to cut the tape".


He appealed to  the "youths and all sport lovers to use the opportunity of this facility to develop their God-given talents. An adage says 'an idle hand is the devil's workshop'. Don't just pay to watch a match, but develop your skills as well". 


"People who can risk investment are the ones to make gain in such an adventure. If there is no risk, there is no gain at the end of the day", he said.


"I want to laud the efforts of the Chief Executive Officer of A1 Pinnacle, Mr. Tunde Oladimeji, for deeming it fit to contribute his own quota to the development of our dear State. Other interested investors are assured of enabling environment to drive their businesses" Rev. Jenyo stated.


The Commissioner was accompanied by the Management team of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


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...charges youths to risk investment opportunities 



Osun State Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has commissioned Crescendo Sports Lounge in Osogbo, urging the youths to take advantage of the enabling environment of the current administration of Osun State.


He tasked the youths to take investment risks and count their gains, even in the face of economic downturn bedeviling Nigeria.


This assertion was made by the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, who represented the Governor at the commissioning of the investment project at Alekuwodo Osogbo, on Friday 23rd February, 2024.


Recall that the commissioner paid a final inspection tour to the project site barely a week ahead of the day of commissioning.


Crescendo Sports Lounge, a subsidiary of A1 Pinnacle Services Ltd, in partnership with the Osun State Government, is a realization of a dream of the current administration to turn Osun from Civil Service State to an industrialized one.


The Commissioner described the Sports Lounge as a laudable achievement of Governor Adeleke, whose yearning is wooing local and international investors, since his assumption of office, now yielding positive and physical results.


"I make bold to say that, what we are commissioning today is the first of its kind in the entire South West region. The materials, especially, the synthetic grass are of international standard. Its strategic location will no doubt attracts sports lovers within and outside the State. By this project, some of our youths will be gainfully employed and their mental alertness developed through various sporting activities. These will equally boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)", the Commissioner said.


According to the Commissioner, " the phase we are commissioning today is just the first phase. As you can see, the phase II, that will house other indoor games will equally be completed and commissioned in no distant future. Mr. Governor, as a lover of Sports, will be on ground to cut the tape".


He appealed to  the "youths and all sport lovers to use the opportunity of this facility to develop their God-given talents. An adage says 'an idle hand is the devil's workshop'. Don't just pay to watch a match, but develop your skills as well". 


"People who can risk investment are the ones to make gain in such an adventure. If there is no risk, there is no gain at the end of the day", he said.


"I want to laud the efforts of the Chief Executive Officer of A1 Pinnacle, Mr. Tunde Oladimeji, for deeming it fit to contribute his own quota to the development of our dear State. Other interested investors are assured of enabling environment to drive their businesses" Rev. Jenyo stated.


The Commissioner was accompanied by the Management team of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


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COAS COMMISSIONS PROJECTS AT NAIC HEADQUARTERS: Emphasizes the role of Intelligence Corps in National Security Effort

COAS COMMISSIONS PROJECTS AT NAIC HEADQUARTERS: Emphasizes the role of Intelligence Corps in National Security Effort


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja have today Wednesday 28 February 2024 commissioned the remodelled Quarter Guard and unveiled the newly constructed Gatekeepers Statue at Headquarters Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps (NAIC) in Asokoro, Abuja.


Addressing the officers and soldiers of the Corps shortly after the commissioning ceremony, General Lagbaja expressed gratitude for their invaluable service to the Nigerian Army (NA) and the nation at large. The COAS highlighted the Corps' pivotal role in the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities through their adept intelligence gathering. He reiterated his command philosophy and urged officers and men of the Corps to continue to work hard towards its actualisation. He appreciated that personnel of the Corps go to great lengths to carry out their role and charge them to even redouble their efforts. 



Emphasizing the crucial role played by the Corps in the broader framework of national security and intelligence operations, the Army Chief noted that the role of intelligence in combating various threats facing the nation and hence must receive paramount attention. He assured the Corps of his continued support in order to sustain its role in the NA.


General Lagbaja stressed the importance of empowering the Corps with requisite equipment, training, and technology to enhance their effectiveness in gathering, analyzing, and disseminating requisite intelligence, adding that by providing the NAIC with robust support to enable intelligence driven operations, the NA will effectively surmount security challenges bedeviling the country.



Lagbaja avered that a well-equipped and proficient Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps is essential for maintaining a safer and more secure Nigeria. The COAS called for seamless coordination and collaboration between the NAIC and other NA Corps, Sister Services, the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies, and other relevant government bodies to address evolving security threats comprehensively.


Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Military Intelligence (Army) Major General Thompson Ugiagbe disclosed that the Headquarters NAIC office complex has not received any renovation for quite a number of years, thus, prompting the remodeling initiative. He added that the Gatekeepers Statue is a common feature of Intelligence Services worldwide and symbolizes the Corps' commitment to honoring the past, inspiring the present, and securing the future through vigilant and dedicated intelligence efforts.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

28 February 2024


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja have today Wednesday 28 February 2024 commissioned the remodelled Quarter Guard and unveiled the newly constructed Gatekeepers Statue at Headquarters Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps (NAIC) in Asokoro, Abuja.


Addressing the officers and soldiers of the Corps shortly after the commissioning ceremony, General Lagbaja expressed gratitude for their invaluable service to the Nigerian Army (NA) and the nation at large. The COAS highlighted the Corps' pivotal role in the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities through their adept intelligence gathering. He reiterated his command philosophy and urged officers and men of the Corps to continue to work hard towards its actualisation. He appreciated that personnel of the Corps go to great lengths to carry out their role and charge them to even redouble their efforts. 



Emphasizing the crucial role played by the Corps in the broader framework of national security and intelligence operations, the Army Chief noted that the role of intelligence in combating various threats facing the nation and hence must receive paramount attention. He assured the Corps of his continued support in order to sustain its role in the NA.


General Lagbaja stressed the importance of empowering the Corps with requisite equipment, training, and technology to enhance their effectiveness in gathering, analyzing, and disseminating requisite intelligence, adding that by providing the NAIC with robust support to enable intelligence driven operations, the NA will effectively surmount security challenges bedeviling the country.



Lagbaja avered that a well-equipped and proficient Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps is essential for maintaining a safer and more secure Nigeria. The COAS called for seamless coordination and collaboration between the NAIC and other NA Corps, Sister Services, the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies, and other relevant government bodies to address evolving security threats comprehensively.


Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Military Intelligence (Army) Major General Thompson Ugiagbe disclosed that the Headquarters NAIC office complex has not received any renovation for quite a number of years, thus, prompting the remodeling initiative. He added that the Gatekeepers Statue is a common feature of Intelligence Services worldwide and symbolizes the Corps' commitment to honoring the past, inspiring the present, and securing the future through vigilant and dedicated intelligence efforts.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

28 February 2024

How I Manage Osun Palliatives and Resources-Governor Adeleke

How I Manage Osun Palliatives and Resources-Governor Adeleke


Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke has accounted for how Osun palliative was managed under his watch.


According to a report, Adeleke shed more light on his management of state resources including palliative measures initiated by his administration and those supported by the Federal Government.


While responding to reports and questions raised by some groups in recent days, the State Governor through his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed urged commentators to always avail themselves of publicly available facts about government programs so as not to be perceived as serving opposition interest.


He stated that; "This administration has deliberately filled the public space with its  plans and intentions across the sectors. The Governor has embraced openness and transparency. Our commentators should avail themselves of critical facts and figures instead of twisting and falsifying publicly verifiable details about state governance."


'On pallinative distribution in Osun State, we urge the civil society to always engage in thorough field review before taking positions especially as most of the questions raised could have been answered either through desk research or direct freedom of Information requests to the relevant government agencies."


"Rice distribution was handled by a non-governmental committee chaired by Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria and populated by representatives of various non-governmental groups. The inauguration of the committee and its activities were widely covered by the media."


"As for the N2 Billion palliative expenditure, we urge the group to officially contact the government if it has legal fulfillment to do so within the framework of the Freedom of Information Act especially as the group has shown mischief and refusal to accept details severally released by the government on the administration of palliative measures in the state."


"Ongoing in Osun are multiple government programmes which have at its core palliative interventions such as the wage awards for pensioners and workers that is going to run for six months, sustenance of payment of half salary and pension debt inherited from previous government, the three billion naira plus cooperative loans for artisans and small businesses, the soft medical programs like free medical surgeries for pensioners, expansion of free grants to the poor of the poor in Osun state, and expected delivery of new buses to widen transport access, and affordability."


"In the interest of educated discourse, It may interest the group to note that Osun is spending far above the said two billion naira which is a loan to states and which the Federal Government has even asked the state governments to start refunding."


"It was also false to assert that the Governor has added N2 billion to the N100 billion infrastructure fund as the state has spent far above the N2 billion in service of the needs and aspirations of her people in this hard time."


"As a responsible government, the state project account has not in any way stopped the state government from implementing many laudable palliative programs listed above."


"As to what Osun is doing with allocations to the state, we hasten to remind the group that there is an elected government in place with a mandate to govern and deliver on good governance within statutory structures and platforms and with appropriation laws to which all are bound."


"How government funds are being disposed of and expended are governed by laws and the group can reach the public account committee of the House of Assembly for the annual public account report or take hold of the 2024 budgetary act to read how state funds are allocated across sectors and projects."


"Without ascribing bias, we further educate the group to at least read of the state Governor's plan on food security which he has presented at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and for which he has impaneled a committee chaired by the Commissioner for Agriculture."


"To whoever may be ignorant of publicly available reports on state plans on food security, the agenda covers farm security, strategies for expansion of food production, unclogging farm transportation logistics, easing food access at affordable prices, and hosting a back-to-farm event with government incentives."


"On the issue of court closure, the facts are out as the implementation of the tripartite agreement for the resolution of the dispute depends on the Chief  Judge calling a meeting of the State Judicial Service Commission especially as the Governor has ordered the implementation of areas that affected the executive arm in the agreement."


"Why the group is blaming the Governor for failure to summon a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission beats all imagination and confirms again the known reality that the said group is unknowingly serving the opposition's interest. "


 Or is the group asking the Governor to intervene in a judicial matter that is clearly within the purview of the state Chief Judge?


Or why is the group so protective of the Chief Judge to the extent of lacking the courage to ask the head of the state court to call a meeting of the judicial. service commission?  


Or is the group calling for the jettisoning of the agreement to which even the national body of JUSUN was a signatory?


"On the Osun mining space, we equally remind the public that the government inherited a messed up sector with a deep level of corruption and lack of accountability."


"A reform was launched by the new mining office which is addressing issues of environmental protection, respect for community development, securing of the state mining license, and fruitful negotiation to validate Osun's shareholding in major mining firms."


"Again, the group failed to acknowledge the ongoing reforms which openly covered environmental protection and which are gradually changing the face of the Osun mining sector for the better."


"To learn more about great happenings within the Osun mining sector, we will invite the group to a forthcoming stakeholders’ forum on Osun mining reform. He concluded.



Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke has accounted for how Osun palliative was managed under his watch.


According to a report, Adeleke shed more light on his management of state resources including palliative measures initiated by his administration and those supported by the Federal Government.


While responding to reports and questions raised by some groups in recent days, the State Governor through his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed urged commentators to always avail themselves of publicly available facts about government programs so as not to be perceived as serving opposition interest.


He stated that; "This administration has deliberately filled the public space with its  plans and intentions across the sectors. The Governor has embraced openness and transparency. Our commentators should avail themselves of critical facts and figures instead of twisting and falsifying publicly verifiable details about state governance."


'On pallinative distribution in Osun State, we urge the civil society to always engage in thorough field review before taking positions especially as most of the questions raised could have been answered either through desk research or direct freedom of Information requests to the relevant government agencies."


"Rice distribution was handled by a non-governmental committee chaired by Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria and populated by representatives of various non-governmental groups. The inauguration of the committee and its activities were widely covered by the media."


"As for the N2 Billion palliative expenditure, we urge the group to officially contact the government if it has legal fulfillment to do so within the framework of the Freedom of Information Act especially as the group has shown mischief and refusal to accept details severally released by the government on the administration of palliative measures in the state."


"Ongoing in Osun are multiple government programmes which have at its core palliative interventions such as the wage awards for pensioners and workers that is going to run for six months, sustenance of payment of half salary and pension debt inherited from previous government, the three billion naira plus cooperative loans for artisans and small businesses, the soft medical programs like free medical surgeries for pensioners, expansion of free grants to the poor of the poor in Osun state, and expected delivery of new buses to widen transport access, and affordability."


"In the interest of educated discourse, It may interest the group to note that Osun is spending far above the said two billion naira which is a loan to states and which the Federal Government has even asked the state governments to start refunding."


"It was also false to assert that the Governor has added N2 billion to the N100 billion infrastructure fund as the state has spent far above the N2 billion in service of the needs and aspirations of her people in this hard time."


"As a responsible government, the state project account has not in any way stopped the state government from implementing many laudable palliative programs listed above."


"As to what Osun is doing with allocations to the state, we hasten to remind the group that there is an elected government in place with a mandate to govern and deliver on good governance within statutory structures and platforms and with appropriation laws to which all are bound."


"How government funds are being disposed of and expended are governed by laws and the group can reach the public account committee of the House of Assembly for the annual public account report or take hold of the 2024 budgetary act to read how state funds are allocated across sectors and projects."


"Without ascribing bias, we further educate the group to at least read of the state Governor's plan on food security which he has presented at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and for which he has impaneled a committee chaired by the Commissioner for Agriculture."


"To whoever may be ignorant of publicly available reports on state plans on food security, the agenda covers farm security, strategies for expansion of food production, unclogging farm transportation logistics, easing food access at affordable prices, and hosting a back-to-farm event with government incentives."


"On the issue of court closure, the facts are out as the implementation of the tripartite agreement for the resolution of the dispute depends on the Chief  Judge calling a meeting of the State Judicial Service Commission especially as the Governor has ordered the implementation of areas that affected the executive arm in the agreement."


"Why the group is blaming the Governor for failure to summon a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission beats all imagination and confirms again the known reality that the said group is unknowingly serving the opposition's interest. "


 Or is the group asking the Governor to intervene in a judicial matter that is clearly within the purview of the state Chief Judge?


Or why is the group so protective of the Chief Judge to the extent of lacking the courage to ask the head of the state court to call a meeting of the judicial. service commission?  


Or is the group calling for the jettisoning of the agreement to which even the national body of JUSUN was a signatory?


"On the Osun mining space, we equally remind the public that the government inherited a messed up sector with a deep level of corruption and lack of accountability."


"A reform was launched by the new mining office which is addressing issues of environmental protection, respect for community development, securing of the state mining license, and fruitful negotiation to validate Osun's shareholding in major mining firms."


"Again, the group failed to acknowledge the ongoing reforms which openly covered environmental protection and which are gradually changing the face of the Osun mining sector for the better."


"To learn more about great happenings within the Osun mining sector, we will invite the group to a forthcoming stakeholders’ forum on Osun mining reform. He concluded.


EFCC Arrests 36 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abeokuta

EFCC Arrests 36 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abeokuta


Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirty-six (36) suspected internet fraudsters in Ogun State.


They were arrested on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Gbokoniyin and Yetedo areas of Abeokuta in Ogun State, following actionable intelligence gathered and worked upon by the Commission.


Items recovered from them include nine exotic vehicles, fourteen (14) laptops, forty-nine (49) mobile phones and other incriminating documents.


The suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.





Source: EFCC


Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirty-six (36) suspected internet fraudsters in Ogun State.


They were arrested on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Gbokoniyin and Yetedo areas of Abeokuta in Ogun State, following actionable intelligence gathered and worked upon by the Commission.


Items recovered from them include nine exotic vehicles, fourteen (14) laptops, forty-nine (49) mobile phones and other incriminating documents.


The suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.





Source: EFCC

NEWS RELEASE: Gov Adeleke Markets Osun Cocoa Potentials, Meets Chocolate Producers and Stakeholders

NEWS RELEASE: Gov Adeleke Markets Osun Cocoa Potentials, Meets Chocolate Producers and Stakeholders






The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has urged investors to tap into the potentials of cocoa in the state, saying that his administration is already taking steps in addressing past challenges that stunted growth of the sector.


Addressing a global audience of investors in the cocoa sector in London, the United Kingdom, on Wednesday, Governor Adeleke noted that Osun brand of cocoa is highly sought after by end users providing investors with a guarantee of returns for their investments.


Governor Adeleke, who pointed out that Osun is a major cocoa belt in Nigeria to underscore opportunities, outlined ongoing efforts by his government to expand the production base and unleash the benefits of the sector for both the state and investors.


"Our cocoa is the traditional species which has the best taste in chocolate and other related products. Our brand is therefore much sought after by end users," Governor Adeleke remarked.


"Our cocoa sector faces several challenges, several of which include the need to expand the production base, ensure entrance of young farmers, ease access to finance, deepen the value chain among others.


"It was in pursuance of the above that I launched the Osun Cocoa Revival Agenda in January this year.


 The agenda focuses on assembling stakeholders to design an updated revival implementation plan; get the cocoa industry company in the state running again; put life back into the cocoa farming sub-sector through demonstration of political will; get more investors into the value chain through ease of doing business.



Others include setting up a domestic export terminal in Osun state to ease export process and access to international market; partnering with the Nigerian Railway Corporation for easy of transport; upgrading local infrastructures for farming community; setting up a modified commodity boards to strengthen stakeholders’ finance; develop partnership with financial institutions to support the cocoa farming community;


The Governor also listed the development of  relationship with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for agric tech and innovations; and establishment of  strong partnership with the Cocoa Research Institute for partnership and collaboration engagement.


The Governor said he has directed the  state Ministry of Agriculture to establish high yielding cocoa nurseries across the local governments ; prepares an action plan for the rehabilitation of old cocoa plantations in term of facilities and re-plantation; open up new cocoa estates with young farmers; introduce deliberate programme to protect cocoa farms from destructive activities of miners and mining activities.


Describing his cocoa plan as very ambitious, Governor Adeleke said his administration plans to resuscitate the State owned cocoa processing industry at Ede for value chain addition; link the cocoa revival plan with climate agenda, establish 

cottage cocoa factories across the state Under an industry cluster agenda among others.



The Governor called on "our business friends in the United Kingdom and Europe as well as North America to partner with us for mutual interest in the cocoa sector. We are widely open to investors who are interested in the value chain of the cocoa sector as well as shareholding in the existing cocoa ventures.


"Your coming to Osun is assured to be very rewarding for many reasons. Our government has enhanced the ease of doing business Osjn through an end to multiple taxation and facilitation of access to land and simplification of the approval system.


"We are open to supporting government to government, government to business, business to business arrangements. We are a willing partner and my team is here to negotiate deals and partnership", the Governor assured the cocoa conference.


Signed: 

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor






The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has urged investors to tap into the potentials of cocoa in the state, saying that his administration is already taking steps in addressing past challenges that stunted growth of the sector.


Addressing a global audience of investors in the cocoa sector in London, the United Kingdom, on Wednesday, Governor Adeleke noted that Osun brand of cocoa is highly sought after by end users providing investors with a guarantee of returns for their investments.


Governor Adeleke, who pointed out that Osun is a major cocoa belt in Nigeria to underscore opportunities, outlined ongoing efforts by his government to expand the production base and unleash the benefits of the sector for both the state and investors.


"Our cocoa is the traditional species which has the best taste in chocolate and other related products. Our brand is therefore much sought after by end users," Governor Adeleke remarked.


"Our cocoa sector faces several challenges, several of which include the need to expand the production base, ensure entrance of young farmers, ease access to finance, deepen the value chain among others.


"It was in pursuance of the above that I launched the Osun Cocoa Revival Agenda in January this year.


 The agenda focuses on assembling stakeholders to design an updated revival implementation plan; get the cocoa industry company in the state running again; put life back into the cocoa farming sub-sector through demonstration of political will; get more investors into the value chain through ease of doing business.



Others include setting up a domestic export terminal in Osun state to ease export process and access to international market; partnering with the Nigerian Railway Corporation for easy of transport; upgrading local infrastructures for farming community; setting up a modified commodity boards to strengthen stakeholders’ finance; develop partnership with financial institutions to support the cocoa farming community;


The Governor also listed the development of  relationship with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for agric tech and innovations; and establishment of  strong partnership with the Cocoa Research Institute for partnership and collaboration engagement.


The Governor said he has directed the  state Ministry of Agriculture to establish high yielding cocoa nurseries across the local governments ; prepares an action plan for the rehabilitation of old cocoa plantations in term of facilities and re-plantation; open up new cocoa estates with young farmers; introduce deliberate programme to protect cocoa farms from destructive activities of miners and mining activities.


Describing his cocoa plan as very ambitious, Governor Adeleke said his administration plans to resuscitate the State owned cocoa processing industry at Ede for value chain addition; link the cocoa revival plan with climate agenda, establish 

cottage cocoa factories across the state Under an industry cluster agenda among others.



The Governor called on "our business friends in the United Kingdom and Europe as well as North America to partner with us for mutual interest in the cocoa sector. We are widely open to investors who are interested in the value chain of the cocoa sector as well as shareholding in the existing cocoa ventures.


"Your coming to Osun is assured to be very rewarding for many reasons. Our government has enhanced the ease of doing business Osjn through an end to multiple taxation and facilitation of access to land and simplification of the approval system.


"We are open to supporting government to government, government to business, business to business arrangements. We are a willing partner and my team is here to negotiate deals and partnership", the Governor assured the cocoa conference.


Signed: 

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor

PRESS RELEASE: DHQ REFUTES ALLEGATION OF GUARDS BRIGADE PLACED ON HIGH ALERT OVER SUSPICION OF COUP PLOT IN NIGERIA

PRESS RELEASE: DHQ REFUTES ALLEGATION OF GUARDS BRIGADE PLACED ON HIGH ALERT OVER SUSPICION OF COUP PLOT IN NIGERIA


1.​The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a malicious and unfounded article published online by @SaharaReporters on 25  February 2024 claiming that the Guards Brigade has been put on high alert following unusual movements, leading to suspicion of a coup plot in Nigeria.  The publication also asserted amongst other things that the suspicion prompted emergency meeting involving President Bola Tinubu, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander of the Guards Brigade.


 2.​The Defence Headquarters wishes to categorically state that the allegation is totally false. For the avoidance of doubt, the Guards Brigade has been statutorily assigned the responsibility of protecting the seat of power (The Presidency) and by extension the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.  Hence, it is to be noted that the Guards Brigade has always been on high alert in order to effectively executive its assigned tasks.


3.​It will be recalled that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa OFR had in various fora reiterated the unalloyed commitment of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the protection and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. Therefore, the Defence Headquarters strongly condemn this unsubstantiated assertion which is just a figment of imagination of the publisher and enjoins members of the public to disregard it.

 

4.​Furthermore, the Defence Headquarters calls on relavant security agencies to immediately take appropriate action against the Sahara Reporters for this unpatriotic action.  Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters will seek legal redress on the issue which has the ulterior motive of creating unnecessary tension in the country.  


Signed:

TUKUR GUSAU

Brigadier General

25 February2024                                         

Acting Director Defence Information


1.​The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a malicious and unfounded article published online by @SaharaReporters on 25  February 2024 claiming that the Guards Brigade has been put on high alert following unusual movements, leading to suspicion of a coup plot in Nigeria.  The publication also asserted amongst other things that the suspicion prompted emergency meeting involving President Bola Tinubu, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander of the Guards Brigade.


 2.​The Defence Headquarters wishes to categorically state that the allegation is totally false. For the avoidance of doubt, the Guards Brigade has been statutorily assigned the responsibility of protecting the seat of power (The Presidency) and by extension the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.  Hence, it is to be noted that the Guards Brigade has always been on high alert in order to effectively executive its assigned tasks.


3.​It will be recalled that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa OFR had in various fora reiterated the unalloyed commitment of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the protection and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. Therefore, the Defence Headquarters strongly condemn this unsubstantiated assertion which is just a figment of imagination of the publisher and enjoins members of the public to disregard it.

 

4.​Furthermore, the Defence Headquarters calls on relavant security agencies to immediately take appropriate action against the Sahara Reporters for this unpatriotic action.  Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters will seek legal redress on the issue which has the ulterior motive of creating unnecessary tension in the country.  


Signed:

TUKUR GUSAU

Brigadier General

25 February2024                                         

Acting Director Defence Information

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๐‡๐Ž๐. ๐€๐๐ˆ๐Ž๐ƒ๐”๐ ๐Ž๐‰๐Ž ๐‚๐Ž๐๐ƒ๐Ž๐‹๐„๐’ ๐˜๐„๐˜๐„ ๐Œ๐Ž๐ƒ๐”๐๐„ ๐€๐ƒ๐„๐‹๐„๐Š๐„ ๐’๐€๐๐๐ˆ ๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐Œ๐ˆ๐’๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐‡๐„๐‘ ๐‡๐”๐’๐๐€๐๐ƒ

 Osogbo 



The Osun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Hon. Abiodun Ojo has expressed shock and extended his condolences message to Gov. Ademola Adeleke, Chief Mrs. Modupe Adeleke Sanni, and the entire Adeleke family over the sudden death of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, the husband of Yeyeluwa Modupe Adeleke. 


Hon. Abiodun described Alhaji Sanni as an embodiment of Yoruba culture, wisdom, and a man who lives a God's fearful life. 


He said, 

Even after 24 hours of his passage to the great beyond, I still find it difficult to believe that Alhaji Sanni is no more, I can't forget so soon how he stood by us during our struggling days to rescue Osun State from the immediate past holder. It's been since I know Alhaji and am aware of his philanthropist gestures which have touched so many lives. 


While we continue to pray to God Almighty to rest the soul of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni well, my heartfelt condolences to Gov. Ademola Adeleke, Chief Mrs. Modupe Adeleke Sanni, the entire family of Adeleke and Sanni, though the vacuum is irreplaceable, the damage is irreparable and the loss is too big to bear but I believe God Almighty will be with the families and friends to endure this sad and hard moment of mourning our beloved one. 

He Concluded. 


๐’๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐:

๐‡๐จ๐ง. ๐€๐›๐ข๐จ๐๐ฎ๐ง ๐Ž๐‰๐Ž (๐…๐€๐…๐€)

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐“๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ,

๐Ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ง ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”/๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’

 Osogbo 



The Osun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Hon. Abiodun Ojo has expressed shock and extended his condolences message to Gov. Ademola Adeleke, Chief Mrs. Modupe Adeleke Sanni, and the entire Adeleke family over the sudden death of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, the husband of Yeyeluwa Modupe Adeleke. 


Hon. Abiodun described Alhaji Sanni as an embodiment of Yoruba culture, wisdom, and a man who lives a God's fearful life. 


He said, 

Even after 24 hours of his passage to the great beyond, I still find it difficult to believe that Alhaji Sanni is no more, I can't forget so soon how he stood by us during our struggling days to rescue Osun State from the immediate past holder. It's been since I know Alhaji and am aware of his philanthropist gestures which have touched so many lives. 


While we continue to pray to God Almighty to rest the soul of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni well, my heartfelt condolences to Gov. Ademola Adeleke, Chief Mrs. Modupe Adeleke Sanni, the entire family of Adeleke and Sanni, though the vacuum is irreplaceable, the damage is irreparable and the loss is too big to bear but I believe God Almighty will be with the families and friends to endure this sad and hard moment of mourning our beloved one. 

He Concluded. 


๐’๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐:

๐‡๐จ๐ง. ๐€๐›๐ข๐จ๐๐ฎ๐ง ๐Ž๐‰๐Ž (๐…๐€๐…๐€)

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐“๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ,

๐Ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ง ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”/๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’

HON. TESLIM IGBALAYE MOURNS THE PASSING OF ALHAJI ADEREMI SANNI

HON. TESLIM IGBALAYE MOURNS THE PASSING OF ALHAJI ADEREMI SANNI

● COMMISERATES WITH YEYELUWA MODUPE SANNI ADELEKE.




The Secretary to the Osun State Government, Hon. Teslim Igbalaye has expressed shock over the death of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, husband of Yeyeluwa Modupe Sanni Adeleke.



In a statement signed by his media assistant, Kehinde Adeoye, the Osun SSG described late Alhaji Sanni's as a "muslim devotee" who lived an "exemplary life". 


His statement: 


"My deepest sympathy goes out to Yeyeluwa Modupe Sanni Adeleke and the entire family over the demise of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni. The news of his passing came as a rude shock. Indeed, we can't quantify the amount of pain this sad event has brought us."



"His demise has no doubt left a huge vacuum, but we take solace in the fact that baba lived an exemplary life. He was a muslim devotee who served Allah selflessly."



"Alhaji was also kind everyone around him. He preached that virtue every step of the way." 


"At this very sad time, I pray that you have the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. 


May Allah(SWT) forgive his sins and grant him Jannat-ul-Firdaus."

● COMMISERATES WITH YEYELUWA MODUPE SANNI ADELEKE.




The Secretary to the Osun State Government, Hon. Teslim Igbalaye has expressed shock over the death of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, husband of Yeyeluwa Modupe Sanni Adeleke.



In a statement signed by his media assistant, Kehinde Adeoye, the Osun SSG described late Alhaji Sanni's as a "muslim devotee" who lived an "exemplary life". 


His statement: 


"My deepest sympathy goes out to Yeyeluwa Modupe Sanni Adeleke and the entire family over the demise of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni. The news of his passing came as a rude shock. Indeed, we can't quantify the amount of pain this sad event has brought us."



"His demise has no doubt left a huge vacuum, but we take solace in the fact that baba lived an exemplary life. He was a muslim devotee who served Allah selflessly."



"Alhaji was also kind everyone around him. He preached that virtue every step of the way." 


"At this very sad time, I pray that you have the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. 


May Allah(SWT) forgive his sins and grant him Jannat-ul-Firdaus."

NEWS RELEASE: Mallam Olawale Rasheed condoles with Yeye Dupe Adeleke-Sanni over demise of beloved husband

NEWS RELEASE: Mallam Olawale Rasheed condoles with Yeye Dupe Adeleke-Sanni over demise of beloved husband



Sanni


The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor on Media, Mallam Olawale Rasheed is deeply saddened to learn of the news of the death of Alhaji Tohir Aderemi Sanni, the beloved husband of our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adelekk


Alhaji Sanni was not just a kindhearted and cheerful personality but also a reflection of the abundant opportunities that lies with a remarkable individual giving the dreams he shaped to reality and the hopes restored for the hopeles


His sudden demise is devastating and painful, filling not just the heart of family and loves with deep sorrow, but anyone who knew him while he was alive. I recalled our last engagement few days ago, benefiting from him as usual, the value of his wise counsels and word of encouragemen


My heartfelt condolences to our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adeleke over this touching and irreparable loss and everyone touched by the demise of Alhaji Sann


It is my sincere hope that his legacy of compassion and generosity will continue to inspire all those who had privilege of knowing him. May his memory be a source of strength to our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adeleke, children and all loved ones as they navigate through this period of grie


May Allah subhanawatahallah forgive all his shortcomings and grant him an abode in Aljanah fridaos while giving those left behind the fortitude to bear the excruciating pain of Alhaji Sanni's loss. Ami


Signe

Mallam Olawale Rasheed

The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governo

25/02/2024



Sanni


The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor on Media, Mallam Olawale Rasheed is deeply saddened to learn of the news of the death of Alhaji Tohir Aderemi Sanni, the beloved husband of our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adelekk


Alhaji Sanni was not just a kindhearted and cheerful personality but also a reflection of the abundant opportunities that lies with a remarkable individual giving the dreams he shaped to reality and the hopes restored for the hopeles


His sudden demise is devastating and painful, filling not just the heart of family and loves with deep sorrow, but anyone who knew him while he was alive. I recalled our last engagement few days ago, benefiting from him as usual, the value of his wise counsels and word of encouragemen


My heartfelt condolences to our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adeleke over this touching and irreparable loss and everyone touched by the demise of Alhaji Sann


It is my sincere hope that his legacy of compassion and generosity will continue to inspire all those who had privilege of knowing him. May his memory be a source of strength to our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adeleke, children and all loved ones as they navigate through this period of grie


May Allah subhanawatahallah forgive all his shortcomings and grant him an abode in Aljanah fridaos while giving those left behind the fortitude to bear the excruciating pain of Alhaji Sanni's loss. Ami


Signe

Mallam Olawale Rasheed

The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governo

25/02/2024

EFCC Arraigns Two for Alleged N35m Fraud in Enugu

EFCC Arraigns Two for Alleged N35m Fraud in Enugu




The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  has arraigned the duo of Mokawo Ahmed Yakubu and Chibuzor Okpara before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Independence Layout, Enugu State on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N35,000,000.00 (Thirty-Five Million Naira). 

 

One of the counts reads; “That you, Mokawo Ahmed Yakubu, Chibuzor Okpara and Obinna Magnus Amadi (At large) on 3rd November, 2022 in Owerri, Imo State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud, induced one Alhaji Tukur Yuguda to deliver to you the sum of N20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million Naira) under the pretence that you will supply to him (Alhaji Tulur Yuguda) five pieces of Howo Truck, Two Howo single head and other accessories which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

 

They pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them. In view of their pleas, Nuradeen Shehu Ingawa, Counsel to the EFCC prayed the court for a trial date to enable the prosecution to prove its case and for the defendants to be remanded at the Correctional facility.

 

The defence counsel, Arinze Anyigo, however prayed the court to remand the defendants at the EFCC’s facility.

 

Justice Umar thereafter adjourned the matter to March 6, 2024 for hearing of bail application. The defendants were remanded at the EFCC’s facility.

 

The defendants allegedly lured one Alhaji Tukur Yuguda, to deliver to them the sum of N35million under the pretence that they will supply to him five pieces of Howo Truck, Two Howo single head and other accessories.

 

The petitioner found out he was defrauded after making payments and all efforts made to  recover the money from the defendants proved abortive.

 

Source - efcc




The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  has arraigned the duo of Mokawo Ahmed Yakubu and Chibuzor Okpara before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Independence Layout, Enugu State on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N35,000,000.00 (Thirty-Five Million Naira). 

 

One of the counts reads; “That you, Mokawo Ahmed Yakubu, Chibuzor Okpara and Obinna Magnus Amadi (At large) on 3rd November, 2022 in Owerri, Imo State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud, induced one Alhaji Tukur Yuguda to deliver to you the sum of N20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million Naira) under the pretence that you will supply to him (Alhaji Tulur Yuguda) five pieces of Howo Truck, Two Howo single head and other accessories which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

 

They pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them. In view of their pleas, Nuradeen Shehu Ingawa, Counsel to the EFCC prayed the court for a trial date to enable the prosecution to prove its case and for the defendants to be remanded at the Correctional facility.

 

The defence counsel, Arinze Anyigo, however prayed the court to remand the defendants at the EFCC’s facility.

 

Justice Umar thereafter adjourned the matter to March 6, 2024 for hearing of bail application. The defendants were remanded at the EFCC’s facility.

 

The defendants allegedly lured one Alhaji Tukur Yuguda, to deliver to them the sum of N35million under the pretence that they will supply to him five pieces of Howo Truck, Two Howo single head and other accessories.

 

The petitioner found out he was defrauded after making payments and all efforts made to  recover the money from the defendants proved abortive.

 

Source - efcc

EFCC Arrests 27 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Bauchi

EFCC Arrests 27 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Bauchi


Operatives of the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on Thursday, February 22, 2024, arrested 27 suspected internet fraudsters.

 

They were arrested at D&D Apartment and Bubes Hotel, Yelwa, Bauchi State, following credible information on their suspected involvement in internet- related offences.

 




Items recovered from the suspects include a BMW car, iphones, Ipads, laptops and a desktop computer.

 

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



Operatives of the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on Thursday, February 22, 2024, arrested 27 suspected internet fraudsters.

 

They were arrested at D&D Apartment and Bubes Hotel, Yelwa, Bauchi State, following credible information on their suspected involvement in internet- related offences.

 




Items recovered from the suspects include a BMW car, iphones, Ipads, laptops and a desktop computer.

 

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


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.

How Ijesa Tradiional Council Endorses Governor Adeleke for Second Term (+ Photos)

How Ijesa Tradiional Council Endorses Governor Adeleke for Second Term (+ Photos)

Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Dr. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and the แปŒwa in Council have endoresed Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke for second term. A statement signed by the spokesperson to the Governor Mallam Olawale Rasheed confirmed this.


According to the reports, the Ijesa  frontline traditional ruler gave the endorsement when the Governor paid an unscheduled royal homage to the King at his palace on Wednesday in Ilesa.


".Oba (Dr.) Aromolaran described the Governor as a man of his words who fulfilled his promise to establish a world-class university in Ilesa." 


 According to him, Senator Adeleke has changed the narrative of Ilesa to a university town within one year of his assumption in office.


" Many politicians in the past have made empty promises of establishing a university in the town in deception just to curry electoral victory."


"We the Ijesas love the Governor so much and the whole world can attest to that," the frontline traditional ruler noted.


"Governor, your second term is guaranteed. The people of Ijesaland will double our result in the next governorship election" Oba Aromolaran asserted.


Speaking earlier, High Chief Araoye, while welcoming the Governor to the palace of แปŒwรก, said the entire people of Ijesaland will forever be grateful to Senator Adeleke for making good his promise to establish the long awaited University in Ilesa, saying the institution has become fully functional all within one year of Governor Ademola Adeleke in office. 


He also appreciated the Governor for appointing Ijรจsร  indigenes to key posts in his administration, saying this is unprecedented in the history of Ijesaland.


Responding, Senator Ademola Adeleke was full of appreciation to the Kabiesi, the แปŒwa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland and the entire ijesa for standing by him.


Senator Adeleke described the แปŒwa as his father who has always been supportive of his administration. 

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Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Dr. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and the แปŒwa in Council have endoresed Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke for second term. A statement signed by the spokesperson to the Governor Mallam Olawale Rasheed confirmed this.


According to the reports, the Ijesa  frontline traditional ruler gave the endorsement when the Governor paid an unscheduled royal homage to the King at his palace on Wednesday in Ilesa.


".Oba (Dr.) Aromolaran described the Governor as a man of his words who fulfilled his promise to establish a world-class university in Ilesa." 


 According to him, Senator Adeleke has changed the narrative of Ilesa to a university town within one year of his assumption in office.


" Many politicians in the past have made empty promises of establishing a university in the town in deception just to curry electoral victory."


"We the Ijesas love the Governor so much and the whole world can attest to that," the frontline traditional ruler noted.


"Governor, your second term is guaranteed. The people of Ijesaland will double our result in the next governorship election" Oba Aromolaran asserted.


Speaking earlier, High Chief Araoye, while welcoming the Governor to the palace of แปŒwรก, said the entire people of Ijesaland will forever be grateful to Senator Adeleke for making good his promise to establish the long awaited University in Ilesa, saying the institution has become fully functional all within one year of Governor Ademola Adeleke in office. 


He also appreciated the Governor for appointing Ijรจsร  indigenes to key posts in his administration, saying this is unprecedented in the history of Ijesaland.


Responding, Senator Ademola Adeleke was full of appreciation to the Kabiesi, the แปŒwa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland and the entire ijesa for standing by him.


Senator Adeleke described the แปŒwa as his father who has always been supportive of his administration. 

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