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IN FULL: EFCC's 11 Charges Against Fayose

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 9:17am


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has listed the charges it intends to file against Ayodele Fayose, former Governor of Ekiti State.

The charges, numbering 11, include offences bothering on receiving illegal monies to fund his 2014 governorship campaign in Ekiti State, among other allegations of benefitting from proceeds of money laundering.

Fayose will be arraigned by EFCC before a Lagos High Court on Monday.

THE FULL LIST

COUNT 1

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE and MR. ABIODUN AGBELE (now facing another charge) on or about 17th June, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took possession of the sum of N1,219,000, 000.00 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Nineteen Million Naira) to fund your 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) and (4) of the same Act.

COUNT 2

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE on or about 17th June, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, without going through the financial institution received cash payment in the sum of $5,000,000 (Five Million Dollars) from SENATOR MUSILIU OBANIKORO, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 1 and 16 (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act.

COUNT 3

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE on or about 7th April, 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did retain in your fixed deposit account No: 9013074033 with Zenith Bank Plc, the sum of N300,000,000.00 (Three Hundred Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 4

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE and SPOTLESS LIMITED between 17th June, 2014 and 4th August, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took control of an aggregate sum of N317, 000, 000.00 (Three Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira) by depositing same into the Zenith Bank Plc’s Account No: 1010170969 belonging to SPOTLESS INVESTMENT LIMITED, a company controlled by you and members of your family and which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 5

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 26th June, 2014 and 27th August, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took control of an aggregate sum of N305,760,000.00 (Three Hundred and Five Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) in your Zenith Bank Account No: 1003126654 which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 6

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 18th June, 2014 and 23rd June, 2014 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did procure DE-PRIVATEER LIMITED and one ABIODUN AGBELE to retain in their Account No: 1013835889 domiciled with Zenith Bank Plc, Apapa branch, Lagos, an aggregate sum of N719,490,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Nineteen Million, Four Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira) on your behalf, which sum formed parts of proceed of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 7

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE and SPOTLESS LIMITED on or about 4th August, 2014, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use the sum of N270, 000, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Seventy Million Naira) to acquire a property at Plot 1504, Yedsema Street, Maitama, Abuja from one RABI KUNDILI, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 8

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 12th November, 2014 and 20th August, 2015, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use an aggregate sum of N1,151,711,573 (One Billion, One Hundred and Fifty One Million, Seven Hundred and Eleven Thousand, Five hundred and Seventy Three Naira) to acquire chalets 3 and 4, 6 and 9 of the property situate at Plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos in the name of JJ TECHNICAL SERVICE, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 9

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 23rd April, 2015 and 30th April, 2015 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use an aggregate sum of N200,000,000.00 (Two Hundred Million Naira) to acquire a property known as No. 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja in the name of MOJI OLADEJI (your elder sister), which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 10

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 23rd April, 2015 and 30th April, 2015 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use an aggregate sum of N270,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Seventy Million Naira) to acquire a property known as Plot 1504 Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja in the name of SPOTLESS INVESTMENT LIMITED, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 11

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE on or about 30th January, 2015 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did procure STILL EARTH LIMITED to retain in its account with First City Monument Bank (FCMB), the sum of N132,500,000.00 (One  Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) for your benefit, which sum formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity, to wit: gratification which you received from SAMCHASE NIGERIA LIMITED and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

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UNVEILED: Musiliu Obanikoro And The 16 Witnesses Who Will Testify Against Fayose

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 8:52am


Obanikoro (Left)

Obanikoro (Left)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has listed 22 witnesses who will testify in the trial of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

According to the charge sheet seen by SaharaReporters, Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister, is one of those listed as witnesses.

Five other operatives of the EFCC would also testify about their findings during the investigation. 

Here are 17 of the witnesses listed:

1. AYOTUNDE OWOPE – He was an accounts officer of Governor Ayodele Fayose. who opened an account with the bank and he will give evidence on how funds were trnasfered from one account to another account. he will give evidence and tendered documents relating to the account of Govenor Ayodele Fayose 

2. SENATOR MUSILIU OBANIKORO – He was a minister in 2014 in the Ministry of Defence during and before the Ekiti Governorship election in 2014 around June 2014. Mr. Ayodele Fayose who was then the candidate of PDP in Ekiti State called and asked if the NSA (Col. Sambo Dasuki RTD) has reached him (Obanikoro) with any information or message. Senator Obanikoro answered in the negative but promised to call the NSA and revert back to him. He spoke to the then NSA who informed him that he had a message which will be transmitted through him to Ayodele Fayose and further requested for an account in which the said message will be transferred or delivered for onward transfer or delivery to Ayodele Fayose. Senator Obanikoro then called Fayose and confirmed to him that a message will be delivered to him any moment from that time as confirmed by the NSA. He sourced for an account Slyvan Mcnamara Limited and forwarded same to the NSA, Sambo Ibrahim Dasuki. On 5th June, the first transaction of N200 million entered into the account and on 16th June, 2014, the sum of N2 Billion was transferred into the account, making it a total sum of N2.2 Billion paid into Mcnamara with Diamond Bank domiciled in Lagos.

He acknowledge the receipt of the funds to the NSA who instructed that the funds be given to Ayodele Fayose, the funds came from the office of the National Security Adviser and SAS imprest main account respectively. Ayodele Fayose called Senantor Obanikoro several times before the money eventually came and on his last call, he confirmed the transfer of the money into the account and the instruction of NSA. Ayodele Fayose said N1.2 billion of the money should be made available in cash while the balance should be converted into Dollars. These instructions were carried out by him (Obanikoro). The sum of about N1 billion was given to various Bureau De Change for conversion into dollars. The dollars that were available about $4 million plus was personally handed, delivered to Fayose Ayodele, then candidate of PDP at the time by him in Ado Ekiti at Spotless Hotel, while the balance of $1 million was later collected by his SAA late Justin Erukea who brought it to him in Ekiti which he also handled over to Mr. Ayodele Fayose.

He was not privy to the discussion between Fayose and the NSA. The balance of N1.2 billion was left and later withdrawn cash from the account in Lagos and airlifted to (Ado Ekiti) Akure where he handed over to Fayose’s associates Mr. Biodun Agbele. On arrival in Akure, he called Mr. Fayose to reconfirm, the instruction to hand over the money to Mr. Agbele who received him on arrival in Akure and reconfirmed the instructions.

He handed over the money to Mr. Biodun Agbele and instructed his ADC (Lt. Commander Adewale) to escort him (Agbele) to the bank since he indicated that he wanted to take the money to the bank. On arrival, he saw bullion vans packed to convey the money to the bank. The bullion vans were provided by the bank (Zenith bank). The bank manager was also present.

He can’t recollect the bank managers and his team since it was only Biodun Agbele that Fayose introduced to him.

3. SALISU SHUAIBU - He is the Director of Finance in the office of National Security Adviser. He was given instruction by the then NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki to remit the total sum of N2.2 Billion in two tranches in favour of Sylvan Mcmanara Nigeria Limited between 5th June and 16th June, 2014. There was no contract executed by Sylvan Mcmanara Nigeria Limited to deserve any payment from the office of National Security Adviser. He merely carry out the instruction of his boss.

4. ALEX OTTI – He was the Group managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc. he recalled that sometimes in 2014, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence came to his office in Lagos to explain that he was expecting certain sums of money from Central Bank of Nigeria into the account of Sylvan Mcmanara Limited. He called the Head of Operation who confirmed the receipt of the funds and the credit of same into the account domiciled at Apapa as specified by the transfer instrument. Senator Musiliu Obanikoro requested he needed the money or most of it in Ekiti. The bank offered to transfer the funds electronically into Ekiti but Senator Obanikoro preferred that the money be delivered cash in Ekiti. The bank then charged a fee of 5% and then made arrangement to transfer the cash to Ekiti the next day. However, Senator Obanikoro called later that his partner rejected the fee on the ground that it was too high and they would rather take delivery of the money in Lagos and fly it to Ekiti. An arrangement was made by the bank and cash were made available and the cash was taking away from Lagos. 

5. JAMILU UBA – He is the Proprietor and Director of Kofar Naisa Investment Nigeria Limited and a Bureau De Change operator. He was involved in a number of transaction with De Privateer Limited. Abiodun Agbele paid money into the account of his company and the dollar equivalent were paid to him in exchange. He will also give evidence on how he remitted money into Still Earth Limited account in the name of various persons such as Abba Uba Ahmad. He will also give evidence that it was Abiodun Agbele that instruct him to deposit N47m, N40m and N14m into the account of Still Earth Limited. He will also give evidence on how Abiodun Agbele sold $1 at the rate N208 at the material time and how Abiodun Agbele received the Naira equivalent from him

6. IMISI ILESANMI JOHN – He is a staff of the Zenith Bank Plc and a Relationship Officer. He will give evidence on how Samchase Nigeria Limited who is a contractor to Ekiti State Government issued an instruction on 30th January, 2015 to transfer the sum of N132.5million of First Bank account to Still Earth Limited 

7. ADEKUNLE ADETIMEHIN – He is the Chief Administrator of Noga Hotel Limited, the owner of property known as 100 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. He will give evidence on how chalet 3, 4, 6 and 9 were purchased forced by Still Earth Limited and later by JJ Technical Services Limited through one Barrister Kolapo Kolade 

8. JOSEPH MECHLEB – He is a Lebanese and employee of Samchase Nigeria Limited who worked as a mechanic. He, along with his brother in-law Joseph Ghossen incorporated a company known as JJ Technical Services Limited in 2007 for maintenance of machines and other technical services. He claimed that he gave the particulars of JJ Technical to his brother, Mechleb Maroun who promised to help them secure jobs or contracts. He never heard of any property purchased by JJ Technical Services Limited, the company has never done any job or any project in Ekiti.

9. JOSEPH GHOSSEN – He is also a Lebanese and the co-director and General Manager of JJ Technical Services Limited. No contract or business has been done with the company. He also confirmed that they gave particulars of JJ Technical Services Limited to engineer Mechleb Maroun over two to three years ago to help them get job or contract without any success. He did not use JJ Technical Service Limited to buy any property in Nigeria. He did not know how the property was paid for.

10. MECHLEB MAROUN – He is a Lebanese who incorporated Samchase Nigeria Limited and a contractor to some states government including Ekiti State. He carried out some construction and rehabilitation of some Roads in Ekiti State. He claimed that Abiodun Agbele contacted him if he was interested in a property in Lagos State. He admitted that he discussions with Abiodun Agbele on behaf of Governor Ayodele Fayose on the percentage to be paid as appreciation for the contract awarded by Ekiti State to his company. He agreed to payment of ten percent as appreciation. He said he will give evidence that the N132.5million paid by Samchase Nigeria Limited was part of the ten percent in appreciation to Governor Fayose. He also admitted that he gave the particulars of JJ Technical Services Limited to Abiodun Agbele to buy property in Lagos on behalf of the Governor. He claimed that he did not have personal discussion of ten percent directly with Governor Ayodele Fayose. Although, he paid N132.5million the agreement which he saw bear N40 million for the property. He admitted that he merely used the company and that the owner of JJ Technical Services Limited were not aware of any transactions involving the company. He was the one who gave the company’s particulars to Abiodun Agbele.

11. PATRICK NIMIDAM – He will give evidence as to the purchase of the property at 1504, Yedsema Street, Maitama, Abuja from one Rabi Kundili. He claimed that one Mohammed who happened to be an agent of Ayodele Fayose called to see the site of his cousin’s property situate at Plot 1504 Yedsema Street, Maitama, Abuja and that they are interested in buying the land. He met with Mohammed Sanni and the special assistant to Ayodele Fayose at the site. They spoke on the price of the land and agreed with them that they would meet Ayodele Fayose at Maitama on Gana Street at a guest house. The party agreed to the price of N27o million for the property and the money was paid and the agreement was prepared by Governor Fayose’s lawyer and was signed by Hajiya Rabi Binchan.

12. ADEYEMI OYINDAMOLA – He set up a construction and real estate company called Still Earth Company Limited with the head office in Lagos. He will give evidence on how the company received from his first bank account, various sums of money from De Privateers Limited and cash lodgement by Taofeek, Abba, Uba, Ahmed and other payment from Samchase Nigeria Limited, Huff Concept Nigeria limited and Calibre consulting. He acknowledged that his company had received over N1.3 billion from Abiodun Agbele & Associates. He will give evidence that ne Abiodun Agbele offered to buy four chalets from the company at plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage Victoria Island, Lagos where the consideration for the chalets 3 and 4 is N579, 848, 000 and that of chalets 6 and 9 is N575, 863, 573.00. Abiodun Agbele also instructed the company to transfer the sum of N200 Million through their sister company called Signachor Integrated Limited to Skye bank for the purchase of a property in 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja which was purchased in Abuja. The property was also bought in the name of JJ Technical Services Limited and the name of the company was forwarded to the company by Abiodun Agbele.

13. FALAYI OLUGBOYEGA – He is a banker and an employee of Skye Bank Plc. he will give evidence on how the bank sold Plot 1241, No. 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja 

14. TAIWO OLUMIDE OGUNDEMI – He is a Relationship Manager with the First Bank. He supplied the investigator with the account particulars of Still Earth Limited and how various sums were paid into the account by 3rd parties such as De Privateer Limited.

15. OLUKAYODE SHOKUNBI – He is a staff of Still Earth Nigeria Limited. He will also give evidence on how chalets 3 and 4, 6 and 9 located at plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island was purchased by Abiodun Agbele through JJ Technical Limited.

16. Representative of Diamond Bank Plc – To give evidence on the account of Mcnamara Limited operated in Lagos and how various cash were withdrawn on 16th and 17th June, 2014.

17. Representative of Zenith Bank – To give evidence of the account operated by Governor Ayodele Fayose, Spotless Nigeria Limited, De Privateer Limited and Abiodun Agbele and the various transactions that occurred in those accounts.

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Nnamdi Kanu Has Agreed To Work With Us To Vote Buhari Out, Says Fani-Kayode

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 8:49am


Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, has said Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has agreed to work towards voting President Muhammadu Buhari out.

He disclosed this on Saturday, after he said he received a call from Kanu.

Nnamdi Kanu resurfaced in a video on Friday, 13 months after he 'disappeared' following a raid on his residence by the Nigerian Army on September 17, 2017. See Also Free Speech Nnamdi Kanu To Address 'World Press Conference' From Jerusalem 'Within 24 Hours' 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

Fani-Kayode revealed his conversation with Kanu via a tweet that read: "I just received a call from my brother Nnamdi Kanu. I am delighted that he is alive and well. I commend his strength and courage even as I marvel at the loyalty, resilience and commitment of his lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor and IPOB. We have agreed to work together to VOTE Buhari out."

I just received a call from my brother Nnamdi Kanu. I am delighted that he is alive and well. I commend his strength and courage even as I marvel at the loyalty, resilience and commitment of his lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor and IPOB. We have agreed to work together to VOTE Buhari out.

— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 20, 2018

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EFCC To Arraign Fayose In Lagos On Monday For 'Collecting N1.3bn' From Dasuki

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 8:47am


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign the immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, at the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday, SaharaReporters can report.

Fayose would be arraigned before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun on 11 counts bothering on financial fraud and embezzlement.

The former Governor has been in the custody of the EFCC where he is being grilled.

The commission filed the 11 counts against Fayose and his hotel, Spotless Limited.

Fayose is accused of receiving about N1.3bn when he “ought to have known that the said fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), the then National Security Adviser, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

Read the charges:

COUNT 1

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE and MR. ABIODUN AGBELE (now facing another charge) on or about 17th June, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took possession of the sum of N1,219,000, 000.00 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Nineteen Million Naira) to fund your 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) and (4) of the same Act.

COUNT 2

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE on or about 17th June, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, without going through the financial institution received cash payment in the sum of $5,000,000 (Five Million Dollars) from SENATOR MUSILIU OBANIKORO, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 1 and 16 (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2) (b) of the same Act.

COUNT 3

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE on or about 7th April, 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did retain in your fixed deposit account No: 9013074033 with Zenith Bank Plc, the sum of N300,000,000.00 (Three Hundred Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 4

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE and SPOTLESS LIMITED between 17th June, 2014 and 4th August, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took control of an aggregate sum of N317, 000, 000.00 (Three Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira) by depositing same into the Zenith Bank Plc’s Account No: 1010170969 belonging to SPOTLESS INVESTMENT LIMITED, a company controlled by you and members of your family and which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 5

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 26th June, 2014 and 27th August, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, took control of an aggregate sum of N305,760,000.00 (Three Hundred and Five Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) in your Zenith Bank Account No: 1003126654 which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 6

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 18th June, 2014 and 23rd June, 2014 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did procure DE-PRIVATEER LIMITED and one ABIODUN AGBELE to retain in their Account No: 1013835889 domiciled with Zenith Bank Plc, Apapa branch, Lagos, an aggregate sum of N719,490,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Nineteen Million, Four Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira) on your behalf, which sum formed parts of proceed of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 7

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE and SPOTLESS LIMITED on or about 4th August, 2014, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use the sum of N270, 000, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Seventy Million Naira) to acquire a property at Plot 1504, Yedsema Street, Maitama, Abuja from one RABI KUNDILI, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 8

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 12th November, 2014 and 20th August, 2015, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use an aggregate sum of N1,151,711,573 (One Billion, One Hundred and Fifty One Million, Seven Hundred and Eleven Thousand, Five hundred and Seventy Three Naira) to acquire chalets 3 and 4, 6 and 9 of the property situate at Plot 100 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos in the name of JJ TECHNICAL SERVICE, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 9

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 23rd April, 2015 and 30th April, 2015 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use an aggregate sum of N200,000,000.00 (Two Hundred Million Naira) to acquire a property known as No. 44, Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja in the name of MOJI OLADEJI (your elder sister), which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 10

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE between 23rd April, 2015 and 30th April, 2015 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use an aggregate sum of N270,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Seventy Million Naira) to acquire a property known as Plot 1504 Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja in the name of SPOTLESS INVESTMENT LIMITED, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

COUNT 11

That you MR. AYODELE FAYOSE on or about 30th January, 2015 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did procure STILL EARTH LIMITED to retain in its account with First City Monument Bank (FCMB), the sum of N132,500,000.00 (One  Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) for your benefit, which sum formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful activity, to wit: gratification which you received from SAMCHASE NIGERIA LIMITED and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

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BREAKING: Shehu Sani Quits APC

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 7:36am


Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District has left the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He announced his resignation from the party in a letter dated October 19, 2018 and addressed to Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman.

He, however, did not give reasons for his resignation.

Details later...

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FLASHBACK: Excerpt Of Interview With Ogunade Confirming Who Killed Dele Giwa

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 6:16am



Dele Giwa. It's been more than 30 years since he was assassinated, yet the incident remains a mystery till this very day. The Nigerian journalist, who was killed by a letter bomb. Sumonu Oladele Giwa was born on March 16, 1947, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

From a very poor background, whose family worked in the royal abode of Oba Adesoji Aderemi, the Ooni of Ife, Giwa enrolled at Local Authority Modern School in Lagere, Ile-Ife before moving to Oduduwa College when his father got a job there as a laundry man. In 1977, he earned his BA in English at the Brooklyn College, New York City, United States of America. 

He was at The New York Times, where he worked as a news assistant before he came to Nigeria to resume at the Daily Times. Together with three other journalists, Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese and Yakubu Mohammed, he formed the Newswatch in 1984 which carved a niche for itself in investigative journalism.

On October 19, 1986, at about 12:27pm somewhere at First Foundation Hospital, Opebi, Ikeja he said his final words: “They got me!” He found himself in that hospital after he received a mail bomb which he thought "must be from the president”. 32 years after that incident, the only question still remains: 'Who killed Dele Giwa?'

In his lifetime, Giwa was married to three wives whom he married and divorced at different times of his life. First, in 1974, he married an American nurse. Then he married the Bakassi Activist Senator Florence Ita Giwa but the union lasted for 10 months. On July 10, 1984 he married Olufunmilayo Olaniyan and they were together till his death.

on Sunday, June 8, 2009, SaharaReporters conducted an exclusive interview with Professor Taiyemiwo Ogunade who spoke specifically about the role of former military administrator of Lagos State Buba Marwa, in the assassination of the journalist.

Below is an excerpt of the interview with Ogunade confirming who killed Dele Giwa:

SaharaReporters: Do you know who delivered the bomb that killed Dele Giwa?

Ogunade: I believe that Buba Marwa did it. Some Mamman Vatsa boys told the full story in New York during a visit to my college to lobby our college to accept to train Nigerian military officers. Ambassador Olusola was on that entourage. [My informant] told me Dele Giwa was killed because he was in possession of a tape containing Vatsa’s testimony before the military tribunal. For four hours, Vatsa requested to tell the full story about how the Babangida regime was operating and his knowledge of the workings of IBB’s mind. He pointed out that after Halilu Akilu and Col. A.K Togun of the military intelligence prepared the parcel it was handed over to Buba Marwa to deliver to Dele Giwa. Marwa is a well–known “IBB boy”. But I was the one who gave Dele Giwa the tape.

SaharaReporters: How did you get the tape?

Ogunade: Vatsa had a copy made by his friends in the tribunal and smuggled out to me and I “loaned” it to Dele Giwa who got on the case immediately. I still don’t know how Dele Giwa found out that I had the tape till this day.

He also later exposed Ibrahim Magu of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC) stating that “When Marwa showed up to run for president, I was the one who petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate him. He confessed to money laundering in handwritten statements to the EFCC, but today he is the ambassador of Nigeria to South Africa. The police officer that investigated him, Ibrahim Magu, is permanently suspended from the police force after he was humiliated by the EFCC. It is a shameful country".

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Verification: 2 Nigeria Airways Retirees Slump, Die On Queue

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 6:01am


Two pensioners of the defunct Nigeria Airways who were undergoing verification ahead of the disbursement of the N22.6bn pension recently approved by the federal government slumped and died on queue on Thursday in Lagos, our correspondent gathered yesterday.

A source at the venue told our correspondent that one of the deceased retirees was brought to the venue on life support.

Though details of the two pensioners could not be ascertained at press time, it was learnt that their bodies were deposited at the mortuary.

No fewer than 3, 000 retirees were slated to be verified at the Lagos centre by the officials of PICA, an agency in the Ministry of Finance. The exercise is taking place in Lagos, Kano and Enugu.

As at yesterday, out of the 3,000 slated for the exercise in Lagos, only 400 had been verified and captured on the biometric machine.

On Monday, officials of PICA had said that at least 500 retirees would be verified and captured daily, but five days after the commencement of the exercise, only about 400 had been processed.

Deputy Director, PICA, Ministry of Finance, Mr. John Waitono, who is coordinating the exercise in Lagos assured of a smooth exercise on Monday.

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Saudi Arabia Admits Critic Khashoggi Killed In Istanbul Consulate

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 5:27am


(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a “brawl” inside its Istanbul consulate, an explanation that President Donald Trump said he found credible but failed to convince top US lawmakers.

The kingdom announced the arrest of 18 Saudis in connection with their probe and the sacking of two top officials linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has faced mounting pressure over the journalist’s disappearance.

Khashoggi, a critic of the Islamic petro-state’s powerful crown prince and a Washington Post contributor, was last seen on October 2 entering his country’s consulate in Istanbul.

His disappearance had been shrouded in mystery and triggered an international crisis, with Turkish officials accusing Saudi Arabia of a state-sponsored killing and dismembering his body.

The admission of his death after vehement denials by the Gulf kingdom came amid threats of US sanctions and leaves lingering questions about whether Prince Mohammed had any role in the affair.

In the latest version of events from Riyadh, Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said Khashoggi died after talks at the consulate devolved into an altercation, without disclosing any details on the whereabouts of his body.

“Discussions that took place between him and the persons who met him… at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul led to a brawl and a fist fight with the citizen, Jamal Khashoggi, which led to his death, may his soul rest in peace,” the attorney general said in a statement.

The Saudi king also ordered the setting up of ministerial body under the chairmanship of the crown prince, widely known as MBS, to restructure the kingdom’s intelligence agency and “define its powers accurately”, state media said.

Deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and royal court media advisor Saud al-Qahtani, both top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were sacked.

‘Intense outcry’ 
The controversy has put the kingdom — for decades a key Western ally and bulwark against Iran in the Middle East — under unprecedented pressure to offer an explanation to take the heat off its rulers.

It evolved into a major crisis for Prince Mohammed, a US administration favourite whose image as a modernising Arab reformer has been gravely undermined.

US President Donald Trump said Friday that he found credible Saudi Arabia’s assertion that Khashoggi died as a result of a fight.

“I do, I do,” Trump said when asked if the Saudis’ explanation was credible, while adding: “It’s early, we haven’t finished our review or investigation.”

Trump had earlier said Washington could impose sanctions, but his administration had been notably slow to criticise the Gulf ally despite mounting evidence of what happened to Khashoggi.

The case has presented Trump with one of the most acute foreign policy crises of his nearly two-year-old presidency.

“It took an intense international outcry sustained for two weeks to acknowledge the obvious — that Khashoggi is dead, that he was killed in the Saudi consulate,” said Kristin Diwan, of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

“That gives you an idea of the immense financial and strategic interests that are invested in maintaining the US partnership with Saudi Arabia and its leadership.”

‘Deeply troubled’ 

Saudi officials have roundly denied that Prince Mohammed had any involvement.

But a suspect identified by Turkey was said to be a frequent companion of Prince Mohammed, three others were linked to his security detail and a fifth is a high-level forensic doctor, according to The New York Times.

The decision to overhaul the intelligence apparatus and sack members of MBS’s inner circle is designed to “distance the crown prince from the murder”, said analysis firm Eurasia Group.

Complicating the official narrative, Ali Shihabi, head of pro-Saudi think tank Arabia Foundation which is said to be close to the government, tweeted that “Khashoggi died from a chokehold during a physical altercation, not a fist fight”, citing a senior Saudi source.

But pro-government Turkish media have repeatedly claimed that Khashoggi was tortured and decapitated by a Saudi hit squad inside the diplomatic mission, although Turkey has yet to divulge details about the investigation.

“Each successive narrative put out by the Saudis to explain what happened to Khashoggi has strained credulity,” Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute in the United States, told AFP.

“Especially because the Saudis are still unable or unwilling to produce the one piece of evidence — a body — that could provide a definitive answer one way or the other.”

UN chief Antonio Gutterres said he was “deeply troubled” by the kingdom’s disclosure on Saturday, adding there needed to be “full accountability for those responsible.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, an influential Trump ally, said he doubted the latest admission from Saudi authorities.

“To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement,” he tweeted.

Bob Menendez, the top US Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for sanctions, saying “we need to keep up international pressure” on the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia’s admission comes after Turkish authorities widened their probe on Friday, searching a forest in Istanbul city for further clues.

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2019: Obasanjo Mocks Tinubu

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 4:38am


A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has mocked a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu.

Obasanjo said he did not know the leadership position Tinubu was occupying in the APC.

The former President was responding to questions on a programme tagged, “The Talk.”

The show was aired on a YouTube Channel, ‘Voice of the People.’

Obasanjo also discussed other national issues on the show and also talked about the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The former military Head of State recognised Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s President and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as his vice.

But when asked about Tinubu, Obasanjo said, “Oh, Bola? Bola is supposed to be the leader of the APC.

“I don’t know the position of his leadership as you and I are talking.”

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Nnamdi Kanu To Address 'World Press Conference' From Jerusalem 'Within 24 Hours'

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 4:09am


Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is currently in Jerusalem and is scheduled to address a world press conference, SaharaReporters has learnt.

He was last seen on September 14, 2017, when a raid was carried out on his home by the Nigerian Army.

However, on Friday, a video of Kanu praying in Jerusalem surfaced online, 13 months after the IPOB leader was last seen and heard of.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, confirmed to SaharaReporters on Saturday that his client was the one in the video.

He said: “Only, this morning, I received a direct confirmation from my client, hearing once from him after 13 months in captivity.

“Furthermore, the shocking tale of how he made it out alive will be made public in his scheduled world press broadcast to be beamed live within the next 24 hours.

“The world will now hear, from the horse's mouth, the gory accounts of what happened in my client's home on the 14th day of September 2017," he said.

Ejiofor maintained that it was not yet over between his client and the military, stating that they still owe the court an explanation on why they moved their Armoured Personnel Carriers into Kanu’s home on September 14, 2017, an action which he said resulted in the death of more than 50 IPOB members.

Ejiofor subsequently released a press statement, which reads:

BRIEF STATEMENT ON THE APPEARANCE OF MY CLIENT (NNAMDI KANU) IN JERUSALEM YESTERDAY.

I woke up yesterday to scintillating news making round the social and online media to the effect that  my client (Nnamdi Kanu) was sighted in Jerusalem during  a prayer session. 

Initially, I wanted to disbelieve it but for the source,  struggling at the same time to come to reality that God has kept to His Promises after the murderous invasion of his home on the 14th day of September 2017,  by rampaging  Nigerian Soldiers, that saw the horrific blood carnage witnessed in his home on this black day. 
But the God of Isaac, Abraham and Jacob has put enemies to shame, by the development of yesterday.
I cannot forget in a haste the anxiety that had enveloped me for this past 13 months .The anxiety over the  uncertainty of his safety after my last contact with him on the 14th day of September 2017. A day I can never forget for the rest of my life. 

On the face of this cheerful news staring on my face, I immediately intensified effort to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the video clip. Only, this morning, I received a direct confirmation from my client, hearing once from him after 13months in captivity. 

I  am very delighted therefore,  to use this singular opportunity to announce to the world that my client is the very person seen in the pictures /video. That i can confirm authoritatively.
Furthermore, the shocking tale of how he made it alive once again will be made public in his scheduled world press broadcast  to be beamed live  within the next 24 hours. 

The general public and indeed the world is  advised to keep a date with this broadcast. 

The world will now hear from the horses mouth,  the gory accounts of what happened in my client's home on the 14th day of September 2017, only tommorow. 

Thank you all for your prayers which had sustained him throughout the period of 13 months in captivity. 
To His most Mighty  name shall all the glory be ascribed unto. 

It's not yet over for the Nigerian Soldiers, because they are still under a compelling duty to offer explanation to the court why they moved their Armoured Perssonnel Carriers (APC) into the home of my client on the 14th day of september 2017 and the genocidal massacre of over 50 (fifty)members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in my client's home.

Thank you all. 

Bar. Ifeanyi Ejiofor
(Nnamdi Kanu's Attorney)

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Man Loses Teeth As APC, PDP Youths Clash In Makurdi

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 4:05am


APC vs PDP cartoon

APC vs PDP cartoon

Several supporters of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were yesterday left injured in the aftermath of a clash between both sides at Gyado Villa,Makurdi,the  Benue state capital .

There was an exchange of words which resulted in a fight with one of the APC boys losing two teeth.

But for the timely intervention of personnel of the Nigeria  Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) , the incident would have probably claimed lives.

APC Youth leader in the state, Tersoo Baki ,accused PDP supporters of provoking the fight by mounting a bill board of Governor Samuel Ortom on the same spot APC youths had erected one for their party.

Tersoo Baki urged youths in the area to eschew violence and bitterness in politics.

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2019: We’ll Unseat El-Rufai, Say Southern Kaduna Youths

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 3:58am


Youths from Southern Kaduna on Friday said they would do everything constitutionally possible to unseat the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, in the 2019 governorship election in the state.

To this end, the youths, under the aegis of the Southern Kaduna Youth For Progress and Development, vowed to deliver bloc votes for the candidature of Alhaji Isa Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party and his running mate, Sunday Katung.

Addressing a press conference at the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ Secretariat in Kaduna, the state capital, the Chairman of the group, Mr. Danjuma Sarki, said the group would deliver bloc votes in 11 local government areas in the state, which include eight from the Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone; two from Kaduna Central; and one from Kaduna North.

“Coming at a time when our dear state is in dire need of unity, stability and purposeful leadership, an Ashiru/Katung ticket ushers in a new dawn and brings hope to the electorate,” he said.

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N4.65bn ONSA Fund: EFCC Moves Fayose To Lagos

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 3:52am


There were indications last night that the trial of ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose at a Federal High Court may begin on Monday.

The ex-governor is facing trial in connection with N1.299 billion and $5.3 million allegedly allocated to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) from N4.65 billion slush fund allegedly shared by ONSA.

Ahead of the trial, Fayose may be relocated from Abuja to Lagos today.

EFCC confirmed last night that Fayose has been served charges and trial notice.

But the ex-governor denied collecting $5.3 million from a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro.

He was said to have only admitted knowing Obanikoro and his associate, Abiodun Agbele, who allegedly bought six choice properties for him in Lagos and Abuja.

He was also said to have confirmed during interrogation yesterday that Agbele bought the properties for him.

A source who spoke with our correspondent last night said: “We have preferred charges against Fayose at a Federal High Court in Lagos.

“He will be prosecuted for receiving N1.299 billion and $5.3 million from ONSA through a former minister, Musiliu Obanikoro.

“Although the illicit cash was released for the 2014 governorship campaign of Fayose, it was diverted to acquiring properties.

“The minister flew N1.299 billion in cash in two flights to Akure Airport for Fayose, and it was Agbele who received the slush funds from Obanikoro.

“While Fayose admitted knowing Obanikoro, he told his interrogators that he did not collect $5.3 million from the ex-minister.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The EFCC will relocate Fayose from Abuja to Lagos either on Saturday or Sunday for the trial.”

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the filing of charges against Fayose.

He said: “Fayose has been served with charges alongside his company, Spotless.”

But Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, insisted in a statement that the EFCC does not have evidence to prosecute the ex-governor.

The statement said: “With the deafening noise that they made about the evidence of corruption in their possession and even going by the EFCC ignoble tweet of July 15, 2018, in which the commission expressed its readiness to prosecute the former governor immediately he no longer enjoyed immunity, Nigerians had expected that by now, he will be facing trial in court.

“However, because the EFCC does not have any evidence against Fayose, the commission has opted to keep him in detention so as to satisfy its paymasters whose major agenda is ‘Fayose must be kept out of circulation by whatever means.’

“If not that they are just interested in keeping him out of circulation, why is the anti-graft commission not in court to prosecute him with the ‘overwhelming evidence’ it claimed to have?”

The statement clarified that Fayose denied all the allegations levelled against him by the EFCC.

The statement added: “Peter Ayodele Fayose has denied all their allegations and he won’t say anything more than what he has said on Tuesday.

“The former governor will not say more than what he has said, which is denying the EFCC allegations.

“He has also told the commission that he does not have any trust in them, having openly displayed bias against him and showed that they were persecutors instead of prosecutors.

“He is waiting to be charged to court whenever they are ready.

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Certificate Forgery: Why We Prosecute Adeleke, Spare Adeosun – Poilce

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 3:47am


The police will on October 31 arraign the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the recent Osun State election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, for alleged examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, and impersonation.

The police also accused the senator of presenting a forged birth certificate, stating that in his National Examination Council 2017 result obtained by detectives, he claimed that he was born on June 12, 1997, but in his statement to the police, the senator wrote May 13, 1960 as his date of birth.

Adeleke would be arraigned alongside his co-accused – Sikiru Adeleke; the Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau; a worker who handled the registration of candidates for NECO in the school, Mr. Gbadamosi Ojo; and a teacher who allegedly facilitated the crime, Mr. Dare Olutope.

Adeleke’s arraignment under the Examination Malpractice Act, CAP E15, 2004, failed to hold on Tuesday following his absence before Justice Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The Force had a few days to the Osun election, filed criminal charges against the PDP governorship candidate and four others at the Federal High Court and directed him to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force headquarters, Abuja, immediately to answer the charges.

The arraignment was, however, suspended by the Presidency following criticisms by Nigerians who felt that the action was politically motivated and calculated to humiliate him and frustrate his electoral chances.

The police had explained that on July 21, 2017, the Osun State Police Intelligence Bureau received and acted on an actionable intelligence about an ongoing examination malpractice involving Senator Adeleke and Sikiru at Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School in the state.

But while the police were taking steps to prosecute Adeleke, the Force failed to investigate or prosecute a former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for certificate forgery.

Adeosun resigned as minister on September 14 following an investigation which indicted her for presenting a forged National Youth Service Corps exemption certificate.

She subsequently left for London, United Kingdom less than 24 hours after tendering her resignation letter.

The police claimed that they had no idea that she was involved in the forgery of the NYSC exemption certificate.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, told our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, that there was no formal complaint against the ex-minister. He explained that Adeosun was not prosecuted for forgery because she was not investigated by the Force.

“We don’t know anything about her case because nobody reported any matter to us, we didn’t have any complaint against her, and nobody complained or reported to us. The Force has no knowledge of any case,” Moshood stated.

When told that the matter was covered by the media for months, he retorted, “Did you (our correspondent) report to us?”

Reminded that a non-governmental organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre, had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to probe the forgery allegations against Adeosun before she resigned, Moshood directed further inquiries to the NGO.

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Akeredolu 'Walks Out On' Labour Leaders During Meeting In Ondo

Sahara Reporters - 20 October 2018 - 3:08am


A meeting between Labour leaders and the Ondo State government ended with raised voices on Friday.

While the meeting was ongoing, Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, "walked out angrily".

SaharaReporters learnt that the meeting was called to deliberate on the true position of the last tranche of the Paris Club Refund.

Civil servants and pensioners in the state had protested for several hours at the entrance of the governor’s office on Tuesday, following an alleged plot by the Akeredolu-led government to divert the Paris Club Refund accurable to the state.

Sources who attended the meeting told our correspondent that trouble started when Akeredolu, who arrived late to the meeting, expressed his disappointment with the labour leaders concerning the Tuesday protest.

"Mr. Governor kept us waiting at the venue of the meeting, which is the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor's office for close to five hours. And instead of him to tender an apology, he began to frown and express his disappointment with the protest we organised on Tuesday.

"He was telling us that he really felt embarrassed by the protests as we the workers shut down the entry to his office. Before we knew what was happening, he stylishy walked out on us. Many of our leaders raised their voices in solidarity as he walked out."

Comrade Soladoye Ekundayo, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) told sources close to SaharaReporters that the union would meet to deliberate on the next line of action.

"Although, as I'm speaking with you, our labour leaders are still meeting and we are eager to know their next line of action. But the best thing is to call for an industrial action. Let all the workers sit at home and show their anger with this tyrannical government which doesn't care about out welfare," the source said.

Meanwhile, after the protest on Tuesday, Tunde Akinsanmi, the state Deputy Accountant confirmed that the state government received the alert of N20.9 billion as its own share of the last tranche of the Paris Club Refund.

Akinsanmi later added that the fund was withdrawn by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from the state treasury account because the Federal government want to verify Ondo State Statement of Account.

He noted that only Lagos and Osun states had received their own share of refund of all the states in the South West.

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NBC Threatens To Sanction AIT Over Fast-Rising, Govt-Critical Kakaaki Social

Sahara Reporters - 19 October 2018 - 12:54pm


The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned Africa Independent Television (AIT) to be careful in its usage of “user-generated content from the social media” on Kakaaki Social, a recent introduction to the early-morning show that extracts social-media comments on current political developments.

The warning was contained in a letter obtained by SaharaReporters and dated October 15, from Francisca Aiyetan on behalf of NBC’s Director of Broadcast Monitoring to the Managing Director of DAAR Communications Plc, titled ‘Social Media Segment of KAKAAKI: Need For caution’.

“It has come to the notice of the National Broadcasting Commission that a new segment was recently introduced In your flagship programme, Kakaaki, which makes use of user generated content from the social media,” read the letter.

“While this may be permissible, we advise you to ensure the utmost professionalism is employed in order to maintain editorial responsibility as indicated in our earlier letter dated 21st June, 2018 on the use of trending issues on social media.

“For the avoidance of doubt please note the following section of Nigeria broadcasting code; section 5.6.3 and 5.6.4

“Section 5.6.3: Broadcast shall take responsibility for all user generated content used on their medium

“Section 5.6.4: Material from user generated source shall meet all provision of the code.

 “Please ensure compliance to avoid sanction.”

Since premiering on AIT Kakaaki on August 7, Kakaaki Social has gained widespread acclaim, numerous viewers praising both the station and its presenter, Ohimai Godwin Amaize, for providing a refreshing platform for the amplifying of social-media voices.

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VIDEO: Naomi Oluwaseyi, Ooni Of Ife's New Queen, In 'Spiritual Action'

Sahara Reporters - 19 October 2018 - 11:13am

Since late Thursday night, the media has been agog with news of the announcement of Naomi Silekunola Oluwaseyi as the new queen of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunmusi.

Naomi, 25, is based in Akure, the Ondo State capital, where she is an evangelist and Founder/President of EN-HERALDS, a prophetic mandate and an interdenominational ministry based in Akure, the Ondo state capital.  

Talks are on about the propriety of a proponent of the Christian faith entering a union with a throne steeped in ancient Yoruba tradition.

Here’s a sample — courtesy of Ochuwa Lexie Idode — of what the new Queen looks like in her spiritual elements.

Video of Naomi Oluwaseyi, Ooni Of Ife's New Queen, In 'Spiritual Action' Naomi Oluwaseyi, Ooni Of Ife's New Queen, In 'Spiritual Action' Naomi Oluwaseyi, Ooni Of Ife's New Queen, In 'Spiritual Action'...

Not like the king minds, anyway, having already written: “I waited patiently upon the Almighty the King of kings, he eventually did it in the midst of many trials.  

"Shilekunola, Moronke, Naomi; the greatest Arsenal you can apply on this highly revered throne with many rules and regulations in the midst of undiluted tradition, heritage and culture is the 'Fear Of God In You'.  

"It is the beginning of your wisdom on this throne of Oduduwa. You are welcome home my beautiful and adorable queen, #OoniOfIfe #Otisese.”

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We'll Work With Relevant Agencies To Address Flooding In Bayelsa, Says FG

Sahara Reporters - 19 October 2018 - 9:57am


Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo has restated the Federal Government's commitment to addressing flooding in Bayelsa State.

He described the flood situation in the state as a monumental disaster, after a visit to affected farmlands, houses and communities.

Osinbajo, in the company of Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, as well as other government representatives, took a tour of a portion of Yenagoa Local Government area in a Nigerian Air Force helicopter, and viewed houses, schools, farms and churches which had been submerged by flood, and subsequently abandoned by their owners.

While at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Igbogene area of the Bayelsa State capital, the vice-president said the Federal Government would work with the relevant agencies, including the Ministry of Environment and the National Emergency Monitoring Agency (NEMA) to embark on the building of drainage, canals, and also undertake other plans to soften the effects of the flood.

In his remarks, Dickson commended the vice-president and his team for taking a tour of the flood-impacted areas of the state capital to see the extent of destruction.

According to the state governor, the extent of destruction seen by the vice-president was one out of the eight local government councils impacted by the flood.

He said: "When we heard that the state ratings for the flood was released by the Federal Government and Bayelsa was omitted, I was surprised. First, I blamed the depth of information.

"Everytime, there is flood, let it be known that Bayelsa is the most affected. The entire state is under the sea level due to its topography. There was flood in 2012 and today, you have seen another one. You have not gone to Ekeremor, Southern Ijaw, Kolokuma/Opokuma and Nembe. We are dealing with the flood disaster that is of monumental proportions."

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VIDEO: Nnamdi Kanu Filmed Praying In Jerusalem

Sahara Reporters - 19 October 2018 - 9:21am

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who was declared missing by the group, resurfaced on Friday in a video that has gone viral online.

Recorded in Jerusalem, Israel, with Kanu clad in a white cap and wrapped in a shawl, the video was shared on Facebook by user Castro Nkume, and according to the narration, it seemed to have been taken on Friday.

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Kanu's 'reappearance' comes after more than a year of his whereabouts being unknown following a raid of his residence by the Nigerian Army on September 14, 2017.

When SaharaReporters spoke to his lawyer, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, he said he could not independently verify if the video was recent, noting that investigation was still ongoing.

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BREAKING: Windscreens Cracked As Hailstones Fall On Cars In Abuja

Sahara Reporters - 19 October 2018 - 9:04am


Residents of Abuja were greeted to a shower of hailstones on Friday.

The hail, which fell in some parts of the city, caused cracks on some windscreens. It also led to traffic gridlock, as motorists were forced to park and stay in their vehicles, while the rainfall and hailstones continued.

Available shelter, such as under trees and roofed parking spaces, became hotspots for vehicle owners while the rainfall of hail lasted.

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