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Monday, 22 October 2018

EFCC Returns Fayose Back To Custody After Pleading Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

EFCC Returns Fayose Back To Custody After Pleading Not Guilty To Fraud Charges


The immediate past Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday appeared before a Federal High Court, Lagos, charged with N2.2bn billion fraud.

Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside his company, Spotless Investment Ltd on an 11-count charge of N30.8 billion fraud. He, however, pleaded innocence of the offences.

The defence counsel, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), who is a former Attorney General of the Federation, informed the court of a motion on notice for the bail of the accused.

He told the court that same had been served on the prosecution.

In response, the EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, confirmed service of the bail application, but told the court that he required time to reply.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, consequently, adjourned the case until Oct. 24 for the hearing of the bail application.

Meanwhile, the court had ordered the temporary remand of Fayose in the custody of the EFCC pending bail.

According to the charge, on June 17, 2014, Fayose and Agbele were said to have taken possession of the sum of N1.2 billion for purposes of funding his gubernatorial election in Ekiti State which sum they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Fayose was alleged to have received a cash payment of the sum of five million dollars, (about N18 billion) from the then Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, without going through any financial institution and which sum exceeded the amount allowed by law.

He was also alleged to have retained the sum of N300 million in his Zenith Bank account and took control of the aggregate sums of about N622 million which sum he ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Fayose was alleged to have procured De Privateer Ltd and Still Earth Ltd, to retain in their Zenith Bank and the FCMB accounts, the aggregate sums of N851 million which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

Besides, the accused was alleged to have used the aggregate sums of about N1.6 billion to acquire properties in Lagos and Abuja, which sums he reasonably ought to have known formed part of crime proceeds.

The accused was also alleged to have used the sum of N200 million to acquire a property in Abuja in the name of his elder sister, Moji Oladeji, which sum he ought to know also forms crime proceeds.

The offences, according to the EFCC, contravene the provisions of sections 15(1), 15 (2), 15 (3), 16(2)(b), 16 (d), and 18 (c) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.
Gunmen In Military Uniform Kill Several People In Kaduna Community

Gunmen In Military Uniform Kill Several People In Kaduna Community


Several persons have been killed by unknown gunmen in Narayi area of Kaduna State.

The attackers, according to report, who were on military uniform, invaded the community early this morning and opened fire on some young men who were guarding the area.

A resident of the area, who gave her name as Ene, was quoted by the Newspaper as saying that the young men had mobilized themselves to avoid any intruder from entering the community because of the curfew.

She said, “We could not sleep last night because of the gunshots. Some young men were guarding the major road leading to Narayi to avoid any attacker from penetrating but early this morning, some soldiers in white Hilux van came there and pretended to be on patrol.

“They opened fire and Killed many of them. They left with some corpses but returned to dump three of the bodies this morning.

“The fear is that some youths have mobilized themselves for reprisals. As we speak, the whole Narayi is like a graveyard.”

Source: Daily Post
Ooni’s Ex-Wife Olori Wuraola Congratulates His New Union

Ooni’s Ex-Wife Olori Wuraola Congratulates His New Union


Queen Zaynab formerly known as Olori Wuraola, took to her Instagram page to congratulate her ex-husband, the Ooni of Ife, on his wedding to Prophetess Naomi Adeyeye.

It will be recalled that Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi just got married to his new wife, Olori Shilekunola.

As a way of her congratulations, she wrote, “It was once said that there is nobility in compassion, beauty in empathy, and grace in forgiveness. Congratulations to The Ooni & his new bride, Shilekunola Naomi Moronke Oluwaseyi. May God bless your union. – HH QUEEN ZAYNAB.”

Olori Wuraola was married to the Ooni in 2016. However, barely a year after, there were hints that the marriage was in troubled waters.

This was later confirmed by the Olori as she hinted possible domestic violence could be responsible, also advising people against spreading false information about the situation.

“What I can confirm is that the Ooni and I are no more. I inhale love & exhale gratitude. My journey continues as Humanitarian aiding women and victims of domestic violence & abuse with the United Nations. No matter how much time you’ve invested, no matter the use of media to silence & manipulate, no matter the circumstance, slander, embarrassment, threats and lies: Get out and seek immediate help!” She said.
Supporter In Coma After Bicycle Ride From Owerri To Abuja For Atiku

Supporter In Coma After Bicycle Ride From Owerri To Abuja For Atiku


Uche Ohakwe, who rode from Owerri to Abuja in support of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has been hospitalized.

The graduate of Psychology from the Imo State University took six days to get to Abuja on the bicycle after he left Shoprite, Owerri on October 13.

But Ohakwe has now been hospitalized at the National Hospital in Abuja.

According to him, he went to urinate but suddenly had a shock in his head which leading to his state of coma.

“When I woke up I found myself in the hospital; the National Hospital,” he told Daily Trust.

“Series of tests were conducted and at the end of the day, my BP was about 300. But now I am getting okay.”

In addition, he revealed that “I did not do this for money, if it is for money, I know how and where to get it.

“So this is a call to all Nigerians, especially the electorate not to make another mistake.”
I Did Not Author APC Aide’s ‘Gang Up’ Statement - Oshiomhole

I Did Not Author APC Aide’s ‘Gang Up’ Statement - Oshiomhole


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole denied a statement issued on his behalf by media aide, Simon Egbebulem on Sunday.

Oshiomhole said he did not approve the statement which accused some unnamed stakeholders of the APC of plotting a vote of no confidence on him.

In a statement signed by the same media aide, Simon Egbebulem, the APC chairman said he enjoys a cordial relationship with all stakeholders of the party and will speak on the state of the party when there is the need to do so.

Egbebulem had on Sunday issued a press statement stating that some of those not happy with the reforms being carried out within the party by members of the current National Working Committee were plotting Oshiomhole’s removal as Chairman.

But on Monday morning, Egbebulem who is Oshiomhole’s Chief Press Secretary in another statement apologised for issuing the statement without the permission of his principal.

The statement reads: “On Sunday, October 21, 2018, I issued a statement on alleged plans by some stakeholders to move against the leadership of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I want to state categorically that the statement was not authorised by my principal, Comrade Oshiomhole, and I hereby withdraw the statement. And I deeply regret the error.

“As APC Chairman, Comrade Oshiomhole is enjoying the maximum support of stakeholders of the great party as shown by the reality on the ground.

“Comrade Oshiomhole will speak on the issues affecting the party when there is the need to do so.

“Meanwhile, he is busy giving leadership as the party girds its loins for the 2019 elections.”
Donald Duke Picks Running Mate Ahead 2019 Elections

Donald Duke Picks Running Mate Ahead 2019 Elections


The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Donald Duke, has picked Junaid Mohammed as his running mate ahead of the 2019 elections.

The former Cross River State Governor revealed this in a statement posted on his verified Twitter page on Sunday.

He wrote; “The Presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mr Donald Duke, in consultation with the Party have chosen Dr Junaid Mohammed as his running- mate in the Presidential election 2019.

“He was born in Dala, Kano city, on April 12 1950. He trained as a medical doctor at the Kharkov Medical Institute, USSR ( the former Soviet Union) graduating in 1976with First Class Honours with distinction in all subjects.

“Dr Junaid Mohammed is a well known academic and on the political scene as a political warhorse/ firebrand. He has served in several capacities at both the federal and state levels; including the House of Representatives 1979- 1984.

“Dr Mohammed was a founding member of the PRP in 1976 under the leadership of the late Mallam Aminu Kano and was until his nomination the SDP National Deputy Chairman for the North-West.

“Dr Junaid Mohammed brings to the SDP presidential ticket, geopolitical reach and acceptance, and in-depth the knowledge of Nigerian politics.”
We Have Recorded 172 Convictions In 2018 – EFCC Boss, Magu

We Have Recorded 172 Convictions In 2018 – EFCC Boss, Magu


The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has said that the commission recorded 172 convictions from January to date.

Magu disclosed this in Gombe at an event to mobilise the people to take ownership of the fight against corruption.

He said, “as I speak, EFCC has recorded over 172 convictions since the beginning of the year and we expect the figure to improve significantly before the end of 2018.”

The chairman said that every Nigerian should take ownership of the fight against corruption, adding that “this is the right time to act to stem the tide of corruption as the 2019 general elections
approach.

“As we move closer to the general elections where Nigerians will vote for the present government or a new leadership to take control of governance, it is time that we all must be vigilant.

“We all must be careful as citizens to ensure that only people with proven records of integrity are elected into offices.”

He then called on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) religious organisations, traditional leaders to help in sensitising voters to vote right and not to compromise.

He said “voters should not fall into the temptation of selling their votes.”

According to him, voters must be educated to realise that their voter cards represent the ticket for their future and healthy living if they use it wisely.