Roundup of Top Political news: Saraki accused of 3.5 Billion embezzlement, Three burnt in Zaki Ibiam, Soyinka backs IPOB, Senate ummons ABU VC over Dino

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Saraki accused of 3.5 Billion Naira embezzlement

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officially named Senate President Bukola Saraki, a former Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Robert Mbonu, alongside some others as subjects of an investigation into the embezzlement of about N19 billion that accrued as refunds to state governments that had made excess payments on loans obtained from international lenders, the London and Paris Clubs.

The EFCC wrote, “Mr. Robert Mbonu is alleged to have received the sum of N3.5 billion into his company’s account (Melrose General Services Limited) from the [Nigerian Governors’ Forum] through Account 0005892453 domiciled in Access Bank.”

The report was made available to Sahara Reporters.

Three burnt in Zaki Ibiam

At least three persons were reportedly burnt to death in a building in late Friday night attack on Tse-Chia village, near Kasar in Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of Benue State in a reprisal attack by suspected victims of last Monday’s massacre in Biam maintain town.

Eyewitness spoke to Vanguard News, saying:

“The attackers of Tse-Chia were led by some youths in Zaki Biam main town who identified and recognized all the masterminds of the Monday attack”, the eye witness said. “They know all those who participated in that massacre”, so every night since after that unfortunate incident, youths from Biam visit their villages and houses to pay them back in their own coin and, where they are not found at home, their houses are razed, that is what is going on at the moment.

“It was all about fight for supremacy, which was allowed to degenerate to the level of the mass killings of innocent people and destruction of property of a magnitude never witnessed in the state after the 2001 military invasion. “It’s pay back time and a continuos exercise, nobody is waiting for law enforcement officers to apprehend the masterminds of the massacre, the youths of Biam know who played whatever role in that attack and they will be made to pay. It is tit-for-tat because no one has monopoly of violence.”



Soyinka backs IPOB

The first black person to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Prof. Wole Soyinka in an interview with AFP at Paris Book Fair weekend, said indigenous people had a right to assert themselves as a distinct people, even within a political and geographical zone anywhere in the world.

He said: “It’s not the real estate for me that defines a nation or a people, no, it’s a history, a culture. What is a crime within an artificial entity like Nigeria? You have states being created which are not viable.”



Senate summons ABU VC

The Nigerian Senate has asked the Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garba, to appear before it today and explain his side of the story regarding the certificate scandal allegation levelled against Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West), that he did not graduate from the institution. It will be recalled that this certificate scandal was broken by Sahara Reporters and the Senator had denied the allegation.