End Of The Road: I Have Ordered EFCC To Charge Babachir Lawal To Court, Buhari Reveals

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President, has stated why he relieved Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, of his duty.

Mr Lawal was sacked in 2017 following the recommendation of a three-man panel headed by Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, which investigated the allegation against the former official.
He was alleged to have awarded contracts worth N500 million through the Presidential Initiative on North-East, a rehabilitation programme under his office, to a company in which he had interests.Speaking on Wednesday at a town hall meeting, tagged: “The Candidates,” organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja, Mr Buhari said he terminated the appointment of Lawal because the allegation against him was a strong one.The president stated this while responding to questions on why the oust SGF was seen campaigning for his re-election instead of being behind bars for the crime he allegedly committed.Buhari said unlike during the military regime, he has to be careful not to arraign those accused without evidences.“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,” he said. 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 allegation, 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,” the president said.Buhari who said his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, advised those making allegations to be able to provide evidence why those they are accusing should be prosecuted.

 

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SHOCKING! Court continues to protect CJN Walter Onnoghen, see the shocking move made by another court to frustrate Onnoghen’s trial

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has extended the restraining order against the continuation of the trial of Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, to January 28.

The court, presided over by Justice N. E. Maha, gave the order after a counsel representing the respondents told the court today that his client had not been served.

 

 

The court ordered a fresh service of the court summons to the respondents and asked that the date of service be included in the proof of service before the next hearing.

Before adjourning the matter, Maha ruled that the order for parties to maintain status quo, still stands.

The implications of this order includes among other things that the trial of Onnoghen, scheduled to continue on January 22 at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), may have to be suspended, pending further directives.

The CJN is facing trial at the tribunal for alleged false asset declaration.

 

 

He was arraigned by the anti-graft agency, the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The CJN was charged, following a petition filed by a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

But several applications have been filed, resulting to court decisions suspending the trial.

After the FHC gave its interim order for the suspension of the matter till January 17 following two applications by civil groups, the Industrial court gave a similar order suspending the trial till January 21.

 

 

The applications in the instant case were brought by the incorporated trustees of two groups: the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative, and the International Association of Students Economists and Management.

Parties expected to appear in court regarding the matter include the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar; the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami; the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; the National Judicial Council, headed by Onnoghen and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

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SUCH HEARTLESSNESS! Woman who sold her baby to child traffickers to be remanded in prison

A Minna Magistrate’s Court, has ordered that one, Blessing Aluma, be remanded in prison for allegedly selling her one-week-old baby for N200,000.

The 23-year-old was also arraigned for allegedly selling her friend’s 15 month-old daughter for N250,000.

 

 

The defendant was docked alongside Oludare Prince, both of Passali Giri, Abuja, on a three-count charge, bordering on criminal conspiracy, attempted kidnapping and child trafficking.

The prosecutor, ASP Gunduma Ibrahim, told the court that Aluma conspired with Prince to sell her own baby to one Mrs Nkechi Udo of Tunga Maje, Abuja, for N200, 000.

 

When the charges were read, the first accused pleaded guilty, while the second pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, however, prayed the court to reserve sentencing to allow the accused persons lead police to the alleged buyer, so as to secure the release of the babies. Magistrate Fati Wushishi ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter until Feb. 11, for further mention.

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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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WICKEDNESS! Court slap ex-Airforce boss with property forfeiture

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of N2.2 billion said to have been recovered from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu. The money is to be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria. Also forfeited was a sum of N101 million recovered from a company linked to the former air chief.

The Presiding judge, Justice  Mojisola Olatoregun also ordered a former Director of Finance and Budget of the Nigerian Airforce, Air Commodore Olugbenga Ggbadebo, to permanently forfeit N1.9 billion recovered from him to the Federal Government.

Olatoregun agreed with the anti-graft agency that the funds were proceeds of criminal activities, and held that the defendants failed to provide any facts to show if the funds were obtained lawfully.

She, therefore, asked that the forfeited funds be paid into the government’s Treasury Single Account and asked the EFCC to show compliance with the order within 14 days.

Buhari Battle With NASS Continues As He Declines Assent To Five Bills Again

President Muhammadu Buhari has again decline assent to five bills to be passed to law this includes Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission( Amendment) Bill, 2018 among others hat were passed to him by the National Assembly.

President Buhari in separate letters to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and dated 4th January, 2019 informed the federal lawmakers of his rejection of the bills which are the Maritime Security Operations Coordinating Board ( Amendment) Bill 2018 and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill 2018. Others are the Federal Polytechnic ( Amendment) Bill 2018 and the Energy Commission ( Amendment) Bill 2018.According to President Buhari, he rejected the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission ( Amendment ) Bill because the bill will interfere with and obstruct the smooth administration of revenue generating agencies of the federal government aside other infractions on extant laws. He added that if signed into law, the Bill will confer the powers of oversight of the revenue currently vested in the President and the Minister of Finance to the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission and negate the existing provisions of Section 51 of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

For the Maritime Security Operations Bill, the President said that he refused assent to it because the proposed amendments will create distortions and duplications with the functions and operations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ( NIMASA). The President however urged the Senate to focus on passing the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Bill that was currently before the National Assembly to achieve a more comprehensive review of operations in the maritime sector, within the objective of realigning its agencies for more efficient service delivery and focus on the security of the country’s maritime frontiers. While he cited drafting errors as reason for refusal of assent to Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill, the President kicked against move to weaken his power in the approval and removal of Governing Council members of Federal Polytechnics as envisioned in the rejected bill.On the rejected Energy Commission ( Amendment) Bill, President Buhari said its provisions infringe on the Rural Electrification Agency ‘s power and mandates with particular reference to the promotion and development of unserved and under served rural communities across Nigeria. He however , transmitted to the federal lawmakers an executive bill titled : “Transmission of the Food Safety and Quality Bill 2018”, for consideration and passage.

 

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Massive jubilations as EFCC secures final forfeiture of N2.7 billion, other properties recovered from former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, for the FG

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of N2.7 billion recovered from former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, made the order today following application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in June 2018.

 

 

The court had earlier granted an interim order of forfeiture to the total sum of N2.2 billion recovered by the EFCC from Amosu, an air marshal, which it suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.

The judge had also granted an order for the forfeiture of N190 million recovered from a former Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.

Olatoregun further ordered the forfeiture of N101 million recovered from Solomon Enterprises, a company linked to Amosu.

 

 

She had directed the EFCC to publish the interim order in The Nation and Punch newspapers so that the respondents or anyone interested can show cause as to why the final order of forfeiture should not be made in favour of the Federal Government.

Amosu and an interested party, Bolaji Adigun, an air vice marshal, had filed counter-affidavits arguing that the funds were proceeds of their personal businesses and not from illegal activity.

The judge dismissed the counter-affidavits today, stating that they had failed to provide any facts as to the level of probability to ascertain if the funds were obtained unlawfully.

“Upon examination of the two applications asking the interim orders to be set aside, dated July 28, 2018. from the first respondent and the interested party, I found nothing to set aside the order, and the applications are hereby dismissed. The only conclusion I can reach is that these funds are proceeds of an unlawful activity.

 

 

“The court has an inherent power to vary or discharge an interim order given, the affidavits filed disclosed no reason why the order of final forfeiture should not be made. 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.” Olatoregun said.

Amosu, Gbadebo and Jacob, a former NAF Chief of Accounts and Budgeting, are also on trial before Justice Mohammed Idris of the same court before he was elevated to the court of Appeal.

The trial is expected to resume afresh before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.

 

 

The EFCC accused them of converting N21 billion from NAF through various companies, namely Delfina Oil and Gas Ltd, Mcallan Oil and Gas Ltd, Hebron Housing and Properties Company Ltd, Trapezites BDC, Fonds and Pricey Ltd, Deegee Oil and Gas Ltd, Timsegg Investment Ltd and Solomon Health Care Ltd.

Amosu and Adigun were said to have, between July 17 and Sept. 16, 2014, allegedly removed over N663.4million from the Nigerian Air Force accounts to purchase properties at ‪50-52 Tenterden Grove, London‬ (NW4 1TH) and at 93B Shirehall Park, London NW4 2QU, United Kingdom.

They were accused of buying 40A, Bourdillon, Ikoyi, with N900million, and a property at Sinari Daranijo in Victoria Island with N1.5billion.

 

 

The EFCC said they also bought a property named Cappadol Mall at Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Wuse II Abuja, for N750million, as well as a property worth over N1.7billion at Agobogba Street, Parkview, Ikoyi Lagos, using the airforce’s money.

Other properties they allegedly bought using Air Force’s funds include one at Salt Lake Street, Maitama, Abuja; one at Agadez Street off Aminu Kano Crescent, Abuja; ‪61A, Lake Chad Street‬, Maitama, Abuja; and one at ‪1, River Street, Wuse II Abuja‬ using alleged stolen funds.

The defendants allegedly used N428,139,539.00 removed from NAF accounts to renovate and purchase medical equipment for Solomon HealthCare Ltd situate at 24th Adeniyi Jones Street, Ikeja Lagos.

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GOOD RIDDANCE! Court orders remand of teenage pedophile in prison for defiling two sisters, refuses to take the 19-year-old plea

An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State has remanded one, Andrew Chinedu, in prison for allegedly defiling two sisters.

The 19-year-old defiled the two sisters, aged eight and six years.

 

 

The magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, said that Chinedu was to spend the next 65 days in prison pending the receipt of legal advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Kubeinje, who gave the ruling, also refused to take the plea of the accused.

Chinedu, an apprentice, who resides in Irawo, is standing trial on a two-count charge of child defilement and sexual assault.

At the commencement of the case, the prosecutor, Inspector Lucky Ihiehie, urged the court to remand the accused in prison, pending the receipt of legal advice from the DPP’s office.

 

 

He alleged that the accused committed the offences between the months of June 2018 and September 2018 at Abayomi Street, Irawo, in Ajegunle area of Ikorodu in Lagos State.

The prosecutor said that the Lagos State Domestic and Social Violence Office, which initially handled the case and confirmed the violation of the girls, referred the father to report the case to the Police.

Ihiehie said that the accused lived in the same compound with the parents of the girls.

According to him, when the older of the siblings was questioned, she claimed that the accused normally calls her into his room when her parents were not around to have sex with her.

“Any time I refused, he would beat me. He normally promises to buy me sweet but he never did,” Ihiehie quoted the child as saying.

 

 

The prosecutor also said that the six-year-old girl corroborated what her sister said and told the Police that the accused always had sex with her whenever their parents were not around and beats them if they refused.

“He would tell her he wants to show her something and carry her to his bed and remove her cloths. She said it was when her elder sister fell sick and their father took them to the hospital that she opened up to him.”

Ihiehie said that the offences contravened Sections 137 and 259 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. The case was adjourned until March 20 for mention.

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CORRUPTION FIGHTING BACK! Dismissed police officer arraigned in court for stealing motorcycles

A dismissed policeman identified as, Usman Zubairu, has been arrested for allegedly stealing motorcycles from unsuspecting riders in Lagos.

Zubairu, who was dismissed from service in 2014, operated under the guise of being an active policeman to deceive his victims.

 

 

It was gathered that Zubairu reached his limit and was arrested while he was about to play the same trick on a motorcyclist.

One of the victims, Chinda Ayuba, said he agreed to release his motorcycle to Zubairu because he believed that he was a policeman.

He stated, “A man stopped my motorcycle and introduced himself as a policeman. He told me to take him to Ijora from the Maroko area of Lagos, and I told him that I could not go there. He begged me to help him and promised that no policeman would arrest me. While on our way, he saw two boys and asked me to stop. He asked the boys what happened and they explained that some policemen had seized their motorcycles. He asked the boys to give him N1,000 each in order to assist them to get their motorcycles back. He then collected my motorcycle and asked me to wait with the two boys. I waited till sunset but he did not come back with my motorcycle.”

Another victim, Abdulmalik Isah, said Zubairu identified himself as a mobile policeman and took him to the Maroko Police Station where his motorcycle was stolen.

 

 

The 26-year-old stated, “He claimed to be a mobile policeman and made me to take him to the Maroko Police Station. On getting there, he asked me to follow him inside, which I did.

“He told me to wait for him at the station that he wanted to buy something outside. After some time, I decided to come out to check my motorcycle and I could not find it where it was parked. I waited from 2pm till 6pm before I made a report at the police station.”

Isah added that Zubairu was apprehended and handed over to the police when he tried to steal another motorcycle from a rider in his area.

The Adamawa State indigene, however, said he went into stealing as a means of livelihood after he was dismissed from the police force.

 

 

The suspect stated, “I was recruited to the Nigeria Police Force in 2001 and I was later mobilised to the Mopol 9 Squadron in Kano State. In 2014, I killed a man while on duty and I was dismissed. I was charged to court for murder and while I was awaiting trial in prison, the family of the deceased decided to withdraw the case from the court in 2017.

“I came to Lagos in August 2018 and because I didn’t have a means of livelihood, I started stealing and re-selling motorcycles. I have stolen about four motorcycles and I sell the motorcycles to one Yerima at Tin Can, Apapa, Lagos. I only get to see Yerima between 3.30am and 4.30am, because he is always on night duty.”

Zubairu was subsequently arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on two counts of stealing.

 

 

The police prosecutor, Michael Unah, said the offences contravened Section 280 and was punishable under Section 287(5)(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The charges read, “That you, Usman Zubairu, sometime in September 2018, at Ketu area of Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal one Bajaj motorcycle valued at N220,000, property of one Chinda Ayuba. That you, Usman Zubairu, on October 10, 2018, around 4pm at the Bar Beach area of Lagos State,  in the Lagos Magisterial District, did steal one Bajaj motorcycle valued at N215,000, property of one Abdulmalik Isah.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 

 

The presiding magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N80,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Fashola said the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court.

He added that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case till February 18, 2019.

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Despite court order, APGA lawmaker still not recognised by House of Assembly

The Lawmaker representing Wamba Constituency in the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Makpa Malla, Who is also the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, has argued that the Speaker and Assembly be sanctioned for contempt for declaring his seat vacant despite a court order to stop them.

Benjamin Davou, counsel to the lawmaker, who presented the prayers of his client at the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, said his client got and served the Assembly with an order from the court after following due process of resignation from his former party.

Recall that the Nasarawa State House of Assembly had on August 29, declared the member’s seat vacant for defecting from the All Progressives Congress to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, in spite of a subsisting court order restraining the Assembly.

The lawyer explained that in spite of the valid order, the Assembly went ahead to declare the seat of his client vacant on August 29.