“the former president is the father of corruption in Nigeria, who sits on stolen wealth” says Fayose
The Ekiti State Governor said in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka. This was a response to to a recent comment attributed to Obasanjo when he said African leaders should ensure that treasury looters are exposed. Fayose noted that the former President must come out clean on his roles in the controversial $1.09 billion Malabu Oil deal, instead of warning former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke to stop mentioning his name in the deal.
Despite allegations that some state governors diverted the first tranche of London-Paris Club refunds which was released to the states last year to enable them offset the salary arrears of their workers, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday asked the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to immediately release the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to the states to ease their financial difficulties.
The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to continue in his position indefinitely, The Punch reports. Magu was rejected by the Senate on Wednesday for the second time based on a security report from the Department of State Service (DSS) questioning his integrity. It was gathered that the committee had resolved to communicate its resolution to the President in writing.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has made good its threat to sue a serving senator, Nelson Effiong, for defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The case, which came up Thursday for mention at the federal high court, Abuja, has the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as a co-defendant. Mr. Effiong, who represents Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, was elected to the Senate on the PDP platform in 2015. He is among four senators who have so far decamped, nationwide, from the PDP to the APC. Mr. Effiong had said he was leaving the PDP partly because of the lingering tussle over the national chairmanship position of the party which has divided it into two factions.
The Akwa Ibom State Chapter of PDP, which is the plaintiff in the case, is asking the court to declare Senator Effiong’s seat in the senate vacant. Goddy Umoh, the PDP legal adviser in the state, led other seven lawyers to appear for the plaintiff. The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Ini Emembong, who is also a lawyer, was part of the legal team. The senator was not in court, neither was he represented by a counsel. He did not also file any response in the court as at the time of writing this story. The court, presided over by Justice John Tsoho, adjourned the case to May 11 for hearing.
Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has expressed displeasure with the arrests of mainly Yoruba people following the clash between members of the Hausa community and their Yoruba host in Ile Ife. Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who is also an indigene of Ife, yesterday in statement titled: ‘Ife Crisis: The Hounding After and Yoruba Stand’, said the pattern of the arrest was sectional. He also lamented that apart from the fact that the recent fracas was sparked by some persons of northern extraction, the activities of some individuals is having telling effects on the social fibre of Ife people.
Justice Baba Yusuf of the Abuja High Court has said that two sets of charges brought against former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) cannot be consolidated because of so many defendants involved in the charges. The judge said the two charges, if merged would make the trial difficult for the court to manage and therefore declined to consolidate the charges. Delivering ruling in a motion argued by Dasuki, in which he prayed the court to consolidate the two charges against him so as not to suffer double jeopardy.
Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos thursday recused himself from the trial of a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, charged with N4.6 billion money laundering. Fani-Kayode was charged with a former Minister of State for Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, and a former National Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Yusuf Danjuma. Also charged is a company, Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria Limited.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had preferred against the accused, a 17-count charge of laundering about N4.6billion. They had each pleaded not guilty. Yesterday, Justice Hassan in a ruling, withdrew from the criminal trial of the accused. His withdrawal followed an application by counsel to Fani-Kayode, Mr Norrison Quakers (SAN), urging the court to step aside from the suit.