Party Thugs Cut Others With Matchet As Political Party Supporters Engage In Violent Clash

There was a serious clash between the supporters of opposing political parties in Ogbomoso Area of Oyo State.

 

Consequently, one person has been hospitalised after some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and Action Democratic Party (ADP) clashed in Ogbomoso area of Oyo State. The incident, which occurred Tuesday evening, saw several members of the two political parties sustained various degrees of injuries.

It was gathered Thursday morning that the fight between members of the two parties started around 6 pm at Okelerin area in Ogbomoso North local government area of the state and left several members of the two parties injured. It was learnt that one of the members of the ADP, Mr. Lati Kilani who sustained machete cut injuries on his head and other parts of the body has been hospitalised and receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Ogbomoso.

Chairman of APC in Ogbomoso North local government. Mr Bukola Badmus ,while narrating the incident told journalists that the incident occurred around 6 pm after the party held a rally in the area. He said, “We held a rally in some areas in Ogbomoso and after the program ended some of our members were attacked by ADP chieftains in Okelerin in Ogbomoso.

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“Some of our members was machet by the ADP thugs and while others were trying to challenge them they launched proper attack and some people were injured too. Already they are not comfortable with the way some of their former members moved into APC because most of where they considered as their stronghold have been captured by APC, so they are not happy and they are trying to cause crisis and scare people away from participating during the election.

“We have reliably gathered that the ADP people are planning to launch serious attack on members of APC and PDP in Ogbomoso because they consider us as threat to the chances of their candidates.”

But, a member of the state House of Assembly and ADP chieftain, Hon. Bimbo Oladeji said that it was the APC that launched an attack on some of their party chieftains and members at Okelerin area around 6 pm on Tuesday.

Oladeji said further that the attack was targeted at the person of the gubernatorial candidate of the party and former governor of the state, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala and his entourage.

She said that, “APC considered ADP a threat to their manipulation in Ogbomoso and Oyo State as a whole.”

She disclosed further that Lati Kilani a member ADP sustained machete cut injury and he is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Ogbomoso.

 

 

 

 

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Governor El-Rufai Declares That The Northern Region Is Very Ready For The Restructuring Of Nigeria

The burning issue of restructuring Nigeria has brought some top leaders of the country together to rub minds on how best to achieve the desired goal.
The Vice President, Prof.  Yemi Osinbajo, governors of Kaduna and Oyo states, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Abiola Ajimobi respectively and other prominent Nigerians yesterday stressed the need for the country to be restructured to overcome myriad of problems confronting it as a nation.
 
Speaking at the event, Governor El-Rufai stated unequivocally that people of the northern part of the country were ready to embrace restructuring which has dominated public discourse for quite a long time. He spoke in Ibadan while presenting a keynote address at the Bisi Akande colloquium with the theme “Nigeria: Achieving National Unity Through Peaceful Restructuring”, held at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. el-Rufai, who  emphasised that the view was personal said: “The coincidence of the mind-set of most of the military leaders being of Northern origin must not be confused with that of the ordinary Northerner.
 
I want to state here and now, that not only is the North ready, willing and able to embrace inclusive restructuring of our polity, but to add that those that speak loudly against it represent no one. Most of them have never held elective offices, and therefore do not appreciate that the North with its natural endowments stands to be the biggest beneficiary of restructuring.” At the colloquium which formed part of the activities marking the 80th birthday anniversary of Chief Bisi Akande, el-Rufai maintained that restructuring was an important matter, despite efforts by certain sections of the nation’s elite to trivialise it.
 
 
 
“With all sense of responsibility, I believe some Nigerians have made a career and livelihood around “restructuring” without deep thought, or a clear plan or implementation strategy. For them, it is a tool to alienate rather than convert our compatriots to the nation-building imperative that restructuring offers. Rather than the hard graft of solving our governance problems, this group would rather grab headlines and mouth sound-bites at opportunities like this. You can almost sense that this people actually dread restructuring becoming public policy, having succeeded in living off a serious national imperative for so long. We must be mindful of this class of people”, he added.
 
 
Also speaking on restructuring, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who also threw his weight behind restructuring, noted that for it to be successful it should not be made to pass through the National Assembly, but should be pursued through the law courts. He made allusion to Lagos State and the old Western Region led by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo saying, “the most important thing to bear in mind when talking about restructuring is that all of us have stressed the gains of restructuring. When we are talking of restructuring, we should look at it that it is achievable through the court system. The only way that has succeeded so far is the one done in Lagos under Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu. In the court of law using the same constitution we have today, we can get it done through the court.
 
 
Also complaining or agitation will not help, we need to go and contest these issues in the court of law.” Governor Ajimobi said, the  celebrator, “Chief Akande, best captures the essence of restructuring in one of his addresses entitled: ‘Devolution of Powers and National Restructuring’, which he delivered at the APC-USA Second Annual Convention held in Washington DC, in October, last year. He cautioned that mere sloganeering on restructuring without any clear definition, peaceful and workable strategy is an invitation to chaos.
 
However, he noted further that making appropriate amendments to the 1999 Constitution for equitable re-arrangement and redistribution of existing local government areas and states must precede restructuring. “In other words, Chief Akande was reminding those that have turned the clamour for the geo-political restructuring of Nigeria into a mere political slogan to consider the basic prerequisites for undertaking such a fundamental expedition before setting the country on a journey with no clearly defined destination. Restructuring goes beyond sloganeering. It should be rooted in conviction and clearly stated path to achieving the objective.”
 
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Top Party Abandons Own Gubernatorial Candidate And Adopts Another Party’s Candidate Few Weeks To Election

There was confusion in Oyo State as a political party announced that it has disowned its gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming election.

The leadership of Alliance for Democracy (AD) on Wednesday said it has withdrawn its support for the Oyo State gubernatorial candidate of the party, Mr. Hakeem Alao. Members of South-West caucus of the party, made this known shortly after their meeting held in Ibadan, the state capital.

The South West leaders in a communiqué signed by AD National Secretary, Pastor Akin Fasogbon; Chairman of the party in Oyo State, Pastor Akinade Alamu; Ondo State Chairman, Elder Seriki Adebobola; the Ekiti State Chairman, Mr Charles Famuseye and the Lagos State AD chairman, Mr Kola Ajayi, said that the party had withdrawn its support for the gubernatorial candidate of the party for allegedly unilaterally picking his deputy.

The leaders while disowning Alao, however, added that they had approved the adoption of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engineer Seyi Makinde, by the AD in Oyo State. The leaders in the communiqué made available to journalist on Wednesday evening, maintained that the adoption of Makinde instead of Alao was in line with the participation of the AD in the CUPP arrangement at the national level.

They also called on the new Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to be fair to all political parties before, during and after the general election.

The party leaders added that they were in support of the position of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere to back any presidential candidate that is ready to restructure Nigeria, noting that without restructuring, the ship of the country would continue to head in the wrong direction.

The leaders urged the public to discountenance the recent suspension of the South-West leader of the party, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, the Oyo State AD chairman and Mr Babatunde Tijani. They noted that those behind the purported suspension were unknown to the party and that the action should be disregarded.

They said in the communiqué that, “The party withdraws its support and disowns the candidature of Mr Hakeem Alao as its governorship candidate for unilaterally picking a running mate unknown to the AD and absconding from the party after picking its governorship ticket.” “The AD hereby expels Adeola Adepoju (Oyo), Gbenga Adesina (Lagos) and Eniola Ojajuni (Ondo) for anti-party activities.”

 

 

 

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Hoodlums Wreak Havoc As They Broke In And Robbed Senators Of Huge Money And Other Valuables

More details have emerged on how thieves stole huge amount of money from a Senator and other valuables from the Senate Complex.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Thursday, shocked his colleagues when he revealed how some thieves broke into the luxury car of a senator and stole huge sums of money. He lamented that the multi-million naira Close Circuit Television devise installed in the National Assembly was not functional as of the time of the incident.

Ekweremadu stated this while responding to a point of order raised by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, complaining about a burglary case which occurred in her office during the yuletide and New Year break.

The deputy senate president who presided over the session sympathized with Tinubu, but noted that the incident in her office was not an isolated matter because a similar incident happened in the House of Representatives. He said, “A colleague came for a transaction and left some money in his car during the Christmas break. Some people broke into the car and removed some money. “Since he parked his car close to the main Senate complex, he thought that the CCTV  camera would capture the activities of the burglars but regrettably, the CCTV did not work when it was checked and it is really embarrassing.”

He therefore directed the National Assembly management to investigate all burglary issues that had been reported so far, and furnish the leadership of the federal parliament, the outcome of its investigations as soon as possible. Tinubu, who came under Order 43 (personal explanation), had raised the alarm that the incident in her office was giving her serious concern.

She said, “My office was closed on 7th December because of my constituency engagements. My staff resumed on Wednesday January 9 and reported a case of burglary in my office.”

She urged the Senate to direct the National Assembly management to replace all the items stolen in her office.

 

 

 

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AGAIN! PDP South South Governors Team UP With Udom To Win Against Federal Might

The battle for the soul of the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State has intensified with each political party putting up their last minute plans to win.

Consequently, State governors from the South-South geopolitical zone have assured their colleague from Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, of their total support. They said federal might would fail during the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party assured Emmanuel of their support in his re-election bid. Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, who is also the Chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum, gave the assurance at the inauguration of Emmanuel’s campaign in Uyo on Wednesday.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as having said that all the governors would have been present in Uyo for the crucial event but for the fact that some of them were also involved in campaigns in their respective states. He said the South-South governors were all backing Emmanuel’s re-election bid because of his record of performance as a good product from the PDP.

The governor advised the people of Akwa Ibom State to be resolute in the bid to ensure continuity and consolidation of productive governance in the state through Emmanuel’s re-election. He stressed that as a governor, who battled and overcame federal might in his re-election bid in Bayelsa in 2015, he was aware that second term elections were fraught with betrayals which shouldn’t discourage the people. The governor said those who relied on federal might as their strongest credential to win election would fail in Akwa Ibom.

The Governor further said, “On behalf of the people of Bayelsa, and the South-South Governors’ Forum, I bring greetings and warm felicitations. All of us decided that we were going to be here to show gratitude to Akwa Ibom people for supporting a good man. A number of the governors are campaigning in their respective states, that is why I am here to represent them and convey their gratitude to Akwa Ibom.”

 

 

 

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AMAZING! Saraki Reveals His Position On The Elections Few Weeks To The D-Day

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has advised the members of the Upper Legislative Chamber of the National Assembly that the election must be seen as an affair that is not a do or die.
 
The Senate, yesterday, resumed from its Christmas and New Year recess, with its president declaring that next month’s general election is not a do-or-die affair for anybody.
 
While addressing his colleagues at plenary, Saraki said:  ‘’to those of us who are contesting, let us remember that our biggest offer is to serve. “Ultimately, the Nigerian people have a right to choose who will represent them at all levels. It is not a do or die affair. I encourage all to participate in the coming polls and I wish Nigerians a safe 2019 election.’’ Speaking further, he said:  ‘’Distinguished colleagues, it is an honour to welcome you all back after the festive break.
 
“I wish everyone of you, and your families, a very happy new year 2019. “Although the political season has swung into full gear, it is my hope that you were able to get a bit of rest and some quiet time during the break; and that you have recharged your batteries, ready to dive back into legislative work with renewed vigour.”
He added, “As evident all around us, the New Year has met our countrymen and women in an anticipatory mood. Spirits are high, because in this year 2019, Nigeria has a date with destiny. But we also know that despite all of this, the work of leadership must go on; governance must not suffer.”
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Buhari Shocked Nigerians When He Spoke About What He Would Do If He Loses The Presidential Election

President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to be very specific on whether he would concede defeat to the winner of the presidential election in the country if he loses.

The President was uncategorical when asked on Wednesday night whether he would concede defeat if he fails to score majority votes at next month’s presidential election. Asked whether be would congratulate his challenger by host Kadaria Ahmed at a town hall that aired live on NTA Wednesday night, the president said it would be almost impossible for him to lose. He said he has lost before, and challenged results in court.

Buhari also accused the Peoples Democratic Party, which held Nigeria’s centre between 1999 and 2015, of concocting election results within that period, saying that cost him the mandate thrice.

Buhari became president in 2015 after defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, in an historic election that saw the first victory for an opposition party in Nigeria’s presidential poll. He said technology played a crucial role in his victory, together with an arrogant ruling party that underestimated the potential of card readers and his political strength at the time.

Four years on, however, Mr Buhari is unable to say whether or not he would emulate Mr Jonathan and similarly concede defeat should he lose.

Analysts have advised that accepting defeat is key to ensuring a peaceful transition after the election on February 16.

Already, political and religious leaders, under the national peace committee, have drafted a peace accord for the 2019 elections which virtually all the presidential candidates have endorsed.

Buhari faces his most potent challenger in Alhaji Atiku Abubakarw ho was Nigeria’s vice-president between 1999 and 2007, who picked the opposition PDP’s presidential ticket last October. Atiku is hoping to ride on his strong business background, as well as the disillusionment of citizens towards Buhari’s government.

The president promised to improve Nigeria’s security and economy, and reign in corruption.

Many, including his erstwhile supporters, feel this had not been fulfilled, and even worse off in some cases.

The administration however insists it has done well and deserved reelection. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo appeared with the president at the town hall, which is a series organised for presidential candidates and their running mates ahead of polls next month.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi, are expected to appear on the programme at the end of this month before the election.

 

 

 

 

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IT’S GETTING HOTTER: See The Biggest Challenge President Gave To All Nigerians Few Weeks Before Election

President Muhammadu Buhari, has given all Nigerians a very big stake in the fight against corruption in the country.

 

The President urged persons or organisations with any evidence of corrupt practices against members of his administration to come forward with such evidences to him for prompt action. The president gave the challenge at a town hall meeting tagged: ‘The Candidates’ organised by the MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja on Wednesday night.

President Buhari was fielding questions on the allegations that the government’s anti-corruption crusade was skewed against a section of Nigerians, and that members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) with questionable credentials were being protected by the government. The Moderator of the programme Kadaria Ahmed, specifically cited the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal, who was relieved of his appointment over allegations of corrupt practices, but was not prosecuted, instead he had been seen campaigning for the president.

 

However, President Buhari said: “That is not fair criticism of the government. I do not think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in this dispensation which we looked the other direction. “I told you why I have to be careful; the public should help us, if there are strong allegations that are backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated and contracts awarded. “Then we will take them before the courts through the EFCC and ICPC; and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation. “If we just take people in as we did during the military and lock them up, the present democracy a multi party democracy does not approve of that.

“If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted. So, if there is strong allegations, the government may decide to ask people to go, like in the case of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, we asked him to go. “The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC.’’ He reiterated that his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, saying those making allegations should be able to provide evidence why the accused should be prosecuted.

On whether he will accept the outcome of the forthcoming general elections, President Buhari said even though he was optimistic of winning the election, he would gladly accept the results. The president narrated how he accepted the results of previous elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011 even after challenging the results at the relevant courts. He said: “It won’t be the first time I will lose election.. “I tried 2003 and I was in Court for 13 months, 2007. I was in court for 18 months in 2011 and went up to the Supreme Court. I sat down and said; `God Dey’, and for the fourth time, God and technology helped me.’’

 

 

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Justice Onnoghen Pressurized To Resign His Position Or…

A Group has called on the embattled Chief Jusitce of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Waler Onnoghen, to honourably take the exit door before its too late for him to do so.
 
 
Recall that the Federal Government among others is accusing Nigeria’s Head of the Judiciary of refusal to declare his assets in breach of the provision of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act. He was billed to appear before a Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Monday but failed to show up.
 
 
Speaking on the development, the Coalition for Change in Nigeria, said from its finding, contrary to the political, ethnic and religious coloration it is being given, the trial of Justice Onnoghen was not about President Muhammadu Buhari or the All Progressives Congress (APC). President of the coalition, Patriot Sabo Odeh, who addressed a press conference on Wednesday, called on the CJN to take the path of honour by resigning his appointment and consequently vacate his office to face trial.
 
Nigerians have again been subjected to a spectacle of shame with the ongoing but needless controversy over the arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over his alleged failure to properly declare his assets and operating foreign domiciliary bank accounts. We call the controversy a shame because it has exposed the sham in the constant agitation for a paradigm shift that some of our compatriots put up for show. We have noted that the matter, which is glaringly an open and close case, since flagrant violation of the Constitution and legislation emanating from it have been established against Justice Onnoghen.
 
 
 
But in an atmosphere that has been hijacked by a feral opposition it is not surprising that the case has been turned on its head and given all manners of colourations, all with the sole aim of allowing another person that has abused his position of trust to escape repercussions. We have since found out that the huge crowd of lawyers, 30 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) and more than 100 junior lawyers, that turned up to represent the Chief Justice were retained by members of the PDP. The governors of five south-south states, with the exclusion of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, elevated themselves above the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by directing the Chief Justice not to keep his appointment with the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
 
 
It is troubling that Justice Onnoghen deferred to the directive of the five governors thereby placing them above the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which established the Code of Conduct Tribunal and empowered it to summon public office holders that are deemed to have cases to answer before it. Without prejudice to the eventual outcome of the case filed before the Tribunal, the fact that His Lordship would rather toe the line ruled by regional governors to violate the Constitution being the Chief Interpreter of the Law has proven that he has no business occupying his current post. It is most nauseating that among those that have been hired to help Justice Onnoghen evade the law are Niger Delta militants.
 
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The militants have threatened to resume hostilities against the Nigerian state should the Code of Conduct Tribunal go ahead with the trial. Even if he was constrained to be unable to distance himself from the PDP, to the extent that the Chief Justice has refused to reject the support offered by the militants, we see their threats on several levels. The first is that the threats prove that His Lordship has all along been the Chief Justice of the Niger Delta and not that of Nigeria, which makes his continued parade as CJN untenable even if there was no charge against before the tribunal.
Additionally, any patriotic Nigerian should condemn groups that attempt to get their way by threat of violence as the militants have done by threatening to resume attacks against Nigeria. The only honourable thing Justice Onnoghen has done in the entire saga was to set the record straight by disproving the fake news deployed by one Femi Fani-Kayode and one Yinka Odumakin to the effect that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has surrounded his residence. The fact that the Chief Justice disproved the fake news is an indication that he could have also disowned the support from the Niger Delta militants and also disregard the directive from the south-south governors if he had wished to. We see him allowing this controversy to fester because he views it as an escape route from facing the consequences for his breach of the law.
 
 
 
 
The Coalition for Change in Nigeria, from the foregoing, is convinced that contrary to the political, ethnic and religious coloration it is being given, the trial of Justice Onnoghen is not about President Muhammadu Buhari or the All Progressives Congress (APC). It is about embracing the new Nigeria where there are no different set of laws for Nigerians, a country where judiciary plays its role for the sustenance of our democracy because those presiding over its affairs place themselves above board. Justice Onnoghen may wish to place a call to the Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya, Justice Philomena Mwilu, who has not only been arraigned and being tried for corruption, but was arrested prior to being charged.
 
 
 
A former Chief Justice of Nepal, Justice Gopal Parajuli, is another buddy that the Chief of Justice of Nigeria may want to interact with to find out how false declaration could hurt careers as he was sacked for false age declaration. We envisage that the recalcitrant disposition not to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal has already hurt the stability of the country because Justice Onnoghen’s behaviour and utterances of those speaking on his behalf would be interpreted as a Supreme Court pronouncement. The implication of this is that persons to be arraigned before the courts will simply cite his refusal to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal as justification for them not to be expected to do same.
 
 
 
In recent days, the Chief Justice’s case has been politicised, made to appear like ethnic persecution, has been a source of terror threat against Nigeria and the key personae has encouraged this behaviour with his silence. The preservation of Nigeria is at the core of expectations from the judiciary and if the number one person in the judiciary has shown that he is not interested in the oneness and the harmonious existence of the country there is no need to continue trusting his leadership of that arm of government. He has also compounded whatever allegations there are against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal by accepting representation from lawyers paid for by chieftains of PDP, who will be litigants before the Supreme Court in a matter of weeks.
 
 
This is a clear case of conflict of interest. His conflict of interest has been further compounded with the acceptance of support from militants that could be appealing convictions before his court. The judiciary has been compromised by someone with moral burdens of this magnitude being in charge. We therefore boldly declare that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has lost the moral standing to continue to remain in that capacity. Justice Onnoghen should therefore honourably resign before it is too late for what would left once honour has deserted him is shame.
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See The Huge Billions Former Nigerian Air Force Chief Allegedly Looted

A former Service Chief will lose a huge amount of money temporarily to the Federal Government of Nigeria in line with the ruling of a court.
 
The federal high court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of N2.24 billion reportedly seized from Adesola Amosu, former chief of air staff, to the federal government.
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Delivering a judgment at the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Mojisola Olatoregun, the presiding judge, maintained that the funds were “proceeds of an unlawful activity”. Olatoregun also ordered final forfeiture of N190 million recovered by EFCC from Olugbenga Gbadebo, a former air force director of finance and budget, and N101 million recovered from Solomon Enterprises, a company linked to Amosu.
 
In June 2018, the judge had ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the federal government following an ex-parte application by the EFCC.
 
Olatoregun had directed the anti-graft agency to publish the interim order in national newspapers for any interested part to show why the final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the federal government.
In view of this, Amosu and Bolaji Adigun, another interest party, filed a counter-application, stating that the funds were not illegal but proceeds of their personal businesses.
 
The judge struck out the applications, insisting that the parties had failed to establish that the funds were obtained lawfully. “Upon examination of the two applications from the first respondent (Amosu) and the interested party, dated July 28, 2018, and asking that the interim orders be set aside, I found nothing to set aside the order,” the judge said.
 
“The affidavits filed disclosed no reason why the order of final forfeiture should not be made; the applications are hereby dismissed. The only conclusion I can reach is that these funds are proceeds of an unlawful activity.
 
“I hereby order the final forfeiture of these sums to the Federal Government of Nigeria: N2,244,500,000, N190,828,978.15 and N101 million. The funds should be paid into the nominated GTB treasury single account of the Federal Government and an affidavit of compliance filed within 14 days.”

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