26 May 2016

Awesome: Check out the eye-popping mansion Obama will move into after tenure (photos)

obama41President Obama and his family have reportedly decided to lease an 8,200-square-foot mansion in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood after they leave the

ADULT ONLY: Pastor caught having s&x with married woman (photos)

pastor scandal
The pair were caught when Mina’s husband Mr Thomas Adjei, walked in on both of them having sex on his matrimonial bed. The dumbstruck man who is the Managing Director of an advertising company in Osu, Accra narrated how

Jonathan was better than Obama

Editor’s Note:  Tired of the angry political arguments he saw on social media sides, Naij.com reader Elvis wrote to us explaining why the the tempo of political debate among Nigerians needs to ease up, and why we are often too hard to on our leaders, including former president Goodluck Jonathan. By Elvis

Husband Killer Case: DPP Withdraws from Case

The Oyo State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mr Tajudeen Abdulganiyu yesterday bowed to public pressure in the case of Yewande Oyediran, a lawyer in the office of the Attorney General of the State who is standing trial for the murder of her husband, Lowo Oyediran whom she stabbed to death in their Ibadan home on February 2, 2016. The DPP today announced his withdrawal from the case and appointed a private prosecutor.
As lawyers were throwing legal tangles inside the court, there was a protest outside by a womens group, Women Arise led by Dr Joey Okei-Odumakin, calling for justice for the deceased husband. The caused some tension within the court premises.The  members drawn from the Oyo state chapter of the group,  carried various suggestive placards, with  branded vests, with’’Justice for Lowo’’, inscribed on them.
At the start of the proceedings, the Director of  Public  Prosecution, Tajudeen  Abdilganiyu, announced his withdrawal from the case, and told the court that his place will   be taken  over  by a state-appointed Public Prosecutor, Sanyaolu  Akinyele, who immediately took over  the prosecution of the case.
While the  Oyediran family’s counsel, Yomi Aliu, who led 5 others lawyers to the court did not object to this move, the lead  Defense lawyer, Prince  Bioye Ashanike, deferred to  a junior counsel in his team  Bayo Adegbite, immediately objected to the appointment of a private prosecutor by the DPP.
According to Adegbite, the DPP is just a title and that only the state Attorney General has the legal backing to do so. The prosecutor at this juncture told the court that Adegbite’s objection was baseless, as he knows about three specific cases in which the defense counsel, Adegbite, as a state counsel,has argued in favour of such exercise in the past.
Yewande Oyediran
The Presiding Judge, who is also Oyo State Chief Judge, Justice Abimbola Mukhtar also said he was familiar with certain cases in which he (Adegbite) had been in favour of such exercise, when he was in the employ of the state. However, Prince Ashanike cautioned the Prosecuting Counsel against attacking his colleague personally, but to instead address the merit of the case at hand.
Adegbite, thereafter told  the court that his objection was  that the initiation of the charges did  not follow  due process. The prosecutor, in his submission cited two cases involving The Senate President, Olusola  Saraki, in his case against  the CCT and that of  General  Sambo Dsauki (rtd) in his case against the Federal Government,  that buttressed his argument that there cannot be a vacuum in the absence of Attorney General.
The defense lawyer argued that in the absence of a Attorney General  in Oyo  State, the DPP cannot appoint a prosecutor. However, the sitting Judge, Justice Muktar Abimbola, who frowned at an
attempt by the defense team, to try to bring unnecessary controversy and delay into the case, cited the necessary legal authorities, especially that of the late former Governor of Bayelsa State, DSP
Alamieseigha, to arrive at his decision to overrule the objection of the defense.
The Prince Ashanike further objected to the appearance of Mr. Bola Alabi, the lawyer that represented   Women Arise. He argued that the organization’s interest is curious, as its rights has not in anyway been infringed on by any of the actors in the case and that the Judge is bending over backwards to accommodate them.
Justice Abimbola, however overruled his objection, explaining that the organization just like in some cases involving some human rights organizations, has the right to represented.  “The principle  of application is that anybody who  believes that their rights is being breached can appear. The principles have many dimensions to them. So, I am not bending over backwards to accommodate them’’.
He warned both parties that he would not tolerate any attempt to delay the case and that he would like to wrap up the hearing of the case before July.  “I won’t entertain any delay  tactics any longer and if the prosecution is ready I will like  to proceed now’’. The prosecutor, who had earlier earned the praise of Justice Abimbola for being known for not delaying cases, proceeded to continue the case.
The  accused, Yewande pleaded not guilty  to the charge  of murder read to her and  told  the court  that she understood, the charges being read  to  her. The Prosecutor, later told  the court that he would call eight witnesses in the case and pleaded with the court to grant him some time assemble his witnesses and apprise  himself with more details about the case, as he was only told of his appointment yesterday
morning. In the absence of no objection from the counsels to the defense, deceased’s family and the  Women Arise group, the presiding Judge adjourned the case till June 23 and 27, 2016 for trial.
Dr  Okei-Odumakin addressing the press said “Injustice to one is injustice to  all. It is important to stress that justice has no gender, just as the crime committed had no gender.  Hence, to achieve lasting peace and ensure trust in our judicial system, justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to have been done’’.

Our Son’s Life In Danger - Metuh Family

"The entire Metuh family has been following the issues regarding our son, Chief Olisa Metuh and his ordeal since his arrest, detention and arraignment by the EFCC since January this year."

Yekini’s kids to convert father’s house to museum

The two children of ex-Super Eagles striker Rashidi Yekini say they want to turn the house of the fallen footballer into a museum as part of their efforts to immortalise him.

Court jails man 14 years for importing cocaine

A Federal High ‎in Abuja on Thursday sentenced a man, Mr. Anthony Chidi Ikeaba to a 14 years imprisonment for importing 1.782 kg of cocaine into the country.
Delivering judgment in the case numbered, FHC/ABJ/CR/962016, Justice Okon Abang passed the sentence after the accused pleaded guilty to the one count of importation of the prohibited substance.
The National Drug Laws and Enforcement had ‎arrested Ikeaba with cocaine at the Arrival Hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on April 20, 2016.
The convict was arrested on his arrival from the Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
The anti-narcotic drug agency on April 26, preferred against the convict, one count of importation of cocaine, an offence said to be contrary to and punishable under section 11(a) of the NDLEA Act.
‎During the review of fact of the case by the prosecution on Thursday, Ikeadi pleaded guilty and was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.
Justice Abang ruled that the sentence would take effect from ‎the date of the convict’s arrest on April 20, 2016

Seven transformers stolen during repairs

No fewer than seven transformers, which allegedly belonged to the Nigeria Electricity Management Service Agency, have been stolen from a workshop in the Ijora area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the transformers, which ranged from 300 to 500 KVAs, were kept in the workshop for auction.  They were stolen on April 3 and April 7, 2016.
Three transformers were said to have been stolen from the workshop on April 3, while four were stolen four days later.
The theft was said to have been reported at the Iponri Police Division, leading to the arrest of an official of the agency.
Our correspondent learnt that the police had recovered some of the transformers, which had been sold, while efforts were on to recover others.
Speaking with PUNCH Metro, a source in NEMSA, who did not want his name in print, alleged that security officials in the workshop were behind the theft.
He said, “An official of NEMSA also connived with the security company guarding the workshop to steal the seven transformers. One of the culprits lives in one of the official quarters and operates from there.
“An official of an electricity distribution company was also arrested. Five persons were arrested in all, while others are at large. The police are on their trail.”
The Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Damasus Ozoani, confirmed the theft, saying the police had charged the officials to court.
He said, “The case was reported by an official to the police. The transformers had developed faults and were taken for repairs when they were allegedly stolen by someone in the workshop. The police have recovered pieces of the transformers, but not all. Meanwhile, the suspects arrested have been charged to court.”
When contacted on the telephone, an official of NEMSA, who did not give his name, said he would verify the allegation and get back to our correspondent with a full report.
He said, “I have not been briefed about this. Hold on and let me get across to the security company. Then, I will give you the full details. I cannnot verify that claim for now.”

Police sergeant arrested for robbery in Lagos

A police sergeant, identified as Yusuf Bello, and an accomplice, Idowu Badmus, have been detained by the police in Lagos State for allegedly snatching motorcycles and selling them in the Iyana Iba area of the state.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Bello, who is attached to the Itire Police Division, was arrested on Monday by the Igando Police Division after a victim, identified only as Aramide, reported that he was robbed of his motorcycle at Iyana School bus stop on the Lagos State University-Iyana Iba Road.
Our correspondent gathered that the police had recovered three stolen motorcycles from the sergeant and his accomplice, while the buyer and a motor mechanic had also been detained.
Aramide had reportedly identified his motorcycle among the three recovered by the police.
Our correspondent learnt that on Sunday at about 1pm, the sergeant, who wore a black police T-shirt, and his accomplice, Badmus, who was in mufti, had accosted Aramide, at the Iyana School bus stop.
The suspects, who also came on a motorcycle, were said to have slapped Aramide, and ordered him to come down from the motorcycle.
Badmus was said to have displayed a police ID card and a pair of handcuffs.
The two allegedly told Aramide that they were from the Iba Police Division, adding that they were taking his motorcycle into the police station.
PUNCH Metro learnt that when Aramide came down, one of the two suspects started the motorcycle and rode off, while the other followed him on the motorcycle they brought.
The suspects were said to have escaped with the motorcycles instead of riding it into the Iba Police Division, where they claimed to have come from.
Aramide was said to have reported the matter at the Iba and Igando police divisions, after which he boarded a motorcycle to trace the suspects.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Badmus was, however, arrested on Sunday on Makinde Close, Ile Epo bus stop on LASU-Iyana Iba Road, while allegedly returning from another operation.
A landlord on Makinde Close, who did not want his name in print, said it was residents who arrested Badmus, and handed him over to the police at Igando.
He added that the arrest of Badmus led to the sergeant’s arrest on Monday.
He said, “I was in front of my house around 4pm. I saw a man riding a motorcycle into our close being followed by another man on a motorcycle who was shouting, ‘help help, thief, thief.’ That got everyone’s attention.
“When we stopped both motorcycles, the man, who gave his name as Idowu (Badmus) showed us an ID card, saying he was a policeman from the Ikotun division. He said he seized the motorcycle from the man at Iyana Iba.
“So, I asked him how his jurisdiction got to Iyana Iba from Ikotun. We took all of them in a car to the Ikotun division. It was at Ikotun that he was discovered to be a fake policeman and the police arrested him and transferred him to Igando.
“When they interviewed him, he confessed to have snatched about three motorcycles and identified a police sergeant in Itire as his accomplice. That was how the sergeant was arrested on Monday. We heard that there are some fake policemen working with real policemen to perpetuate crimes on the LASU-Iyana Iba Road. The police should investigate them.”
Speaking with PUNCH Metro, one of the victims, Aramide, said, “Around 1pm, I took a lady from Iyana Iba to Adolf, near Iyana School bus stop. While I was waiting to take her back in front of a pharmacy, two men on a motorcycle stopped in front of my motorcycle.
“One of them showed me a police ID card and the other slapped me. They asked me to stand up from the motorcycle. They said they were from the Iba division and they were taking it to the station.
“Immediately I got down from the motorcycle, one of them jumped it and zoomed off, while the other followed on the motorcycle they brought. They did not go to the Iba station. I was shouting, ‘thief thief’ but no one could help.
“I took a motorcycle to Obadore junction, but I could not find them. I went to my house in Akesan.”
Aramide said it was in the evening that he learnt that a suspected motorcycle snatcher was arrested and had been taken to the Igando division, adding that he went there and saw that it was Badmus.
A police source told PUNCH Metro that the suspects tampered with the motorcycles they snatched before selling them.
He said, “The suspects had removed the number plates and plastic covers of the recovered motorcycles. Badmus confessed that he usually worked with Bello, a sergeant in Itire division.”
The Lagos State Deputy police Public Relations Officer, DSP Damasus Ozoani, confirmed Badmus’ arrest.
He added that the suspect mentioned a policeman as his accomplice.
“The complaint was made against Badmus and three motorcycles were recovered from him.
“The suspect named a policeman as his accomplice. Investigation is ongoing.”

I will fulfill my promise of better Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reassured Nigerians that he remained committed to fulfilling his electoral promise of making Nigeria a better place for all.
Buhari made the promise in his Children’s Day message which was made available to journalists.
In the message which he personally signed, the President said the well-being of Nigerian children remained his administration’s priority.
He said that was why adequate provisions were made in the 2016 Budget for their immunisation against killer diseases as well as the school feeding programme.
He said despite the dwindling economy, his administration would continue to improve the quality of lives of the youth.
The President said, “I seize the opportunity of this year’s celebration which comes just two days before the first anniversary of the present administration, to reassure our children and youth that we remain fully committed to fulfilling our promise of a better Nigeria for all of our people.
“On this happy occasion for our children, I reaffirm my belief that it is the right of every Nigerian child to have access to quality and affordable education, as well as healthcare and other basic necessities for a good life, in a peaceful and secure environment.
“The good health and well-being of Nigerian children remain a top priority  on our agenda for national development and we have demonstrated our strong commitment in this regard with the allocation of N12.6 billion in the 2016 budget for vaccines and programmes to prevent childhood killer diseases such as polio, measles and yellow fever.
“Other measures in the 2016 budget, such as the school feeding programme for children at a cost of N93.1 billion, will ensure that more children go to school and enjoy the fun of learning and growing together with their peers.
“Despite the current economic and funding challenges facing our dear nation, my administration will continue to do all within its powers to achieve better living conditions and greater access to quality healthcare and education for all our youth.”

Parents of abandoned students in US solicit FG’s help

Parents of 43 Niger Delta students studying under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (special programme) in the United States have passionately appealed to the Federal Government to save the education of their children.
The parents in a joint statement on Thursday signed by Mr. Kingsley Feboke, said the children were enrolled in universities in America through the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Special Scholarship for Crisis Impacted Communities in the region.
They said the scholarship scheme was a window created by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for youths from crisis impacted to be captured under the Amnesty programme, adding that the students were sent to the United States by the PAP.
They raised the alarm that their children had been abandoned in the United States and were being treated as prisoners of war.
They alleged that the Amnesty office failure to pay the tuition, accommodation,  books and allowances of the students had almost resulted in throwing the children to the streets.
The parents urged President Muhammadu Buhari to save their children from terrible devastation and looming danger which might destroy the career of the children and the essence of the amnesty programme.
They said, “We respectfully and passionately solicit that you (President Muhammadu Buhari) save our children from the terrible devastation and looming danger which may eventually destroy our dear children and disrupt the essence of the Amnesty Programme, which we believe is serving the best interest of Nigeria, the African continent and the world at large.
“Help us to save them from this feeling of abandonment, hunger, depression and anxiety which will negatively affect their well-being and may in future affect our dear nation, as they and all other youths are the hope and leaders of tomorrow.
“We strongly believe in the ability of this Administration to put smile on the faces of our children who are citizens of this great nation.”
They solicited the continued support and willingness of the relevant authorities to resolve the issue of the payment of their children’s outstanding fees.

EXCLUSIVE: Gov Fayose Promises to kill Esabod within 7days

Gov Fayose Promises to kill Esabod within 7days. He called me today 26/05/216 at 15.30
 The current Governor of Ekiti state rang me on this nos 07030000393 and swearing like a satan on me 
Fayose or what is your name, if you don't kill me, you are a born bastard.
I don't know that esabod blog news has been hitting this man like mad
But President Buhari is your toy boy that you deprived in putting his work down.
You have made a big mistake of your life.
This is the nos he called me on  07030000393

 You rigged an election and you will soon rot in jail
Watch the video below, where he was strategizing his Ekitigate

Herdsmen recorded video of Enugu massacre – Police

The Nigeria Police Force says it has arrested five suspects for their role in the Enugu attack by suspected herdsmen which led to the death of about 20 persons in the Ukpabi Nimbo area of the state on April 25, 2016.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, said this in a statement on Wednesday.
Kolawole revealed that the police also recovered a phone from the herdsmen which had a video recording of the massacre.
She said, “The Nigeria Police Force in its renewed determination to rid the society of crimes and all forms of criminality, has arrested five of the suspects involved in the midnight raid on Nimbo community in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on April 25, 2016 as operatives of the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team based on credible technical intelligence swooped on them.
“The IGP’s IRT, based on the intelligence gathered on the attack, arrested the following suspects viz: Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Sale Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute, and recovered one Gionee L88 mobile phone with a memory card containing the video recording of the massacre in the community.”
The arrest comes three weeks after the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu, was removed over the attack on the community by suspected herdsmen.
It was learnt that scores of armed cattle breeders, reportedly numbering more than 100, stormed the sleepy community in the early hours of the day.
The police high command was said to have been angry due to the fact that the villagers had informed the state police command about the impending attack but the formation did nothing to forestall the killings.
Enugu State has experienced significant bloodshed from attacks by Fulani herdsmen and communal violence.
Many Nigerians were angry due to the fact that the police authorities had to wait for instructions from the Presidency before taking action against the culprits.
Ironically, it was reported in March that 76 residents of Ugwuneshi autonomous community in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, were arrested while attempting to rescue their wives from the captivity of the Fulani herdsmen.
Meanwhile, the police have also arrested three alleged armed robbers and kidnappers and recovered arms, ammunition, dynamites and rifle servicing tools from them.
The gang members, Gogo Ume, Ikado Michael and Ifeanyi Kalu had been terrorising Rivers, Imo and Enugu states, respectively.
Items recovered from them include three AK-47 rifles; 1 LAR rifle; 310 rounds of live ammunition; 12 rifle magazines; rifle servicing tools; cache of dynamite explosive; one Toyota Highlander; 1 Toyota Venza ; and one Ford Edge vehicle.

Omisore threatens to sue EFCC, demands N500 million

Former Osun State deputy governor, Iyiola Omisore, has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to pay him N500 million as damages for declaring him “wanted” and alleging that he failed to honour its invitation.
Mr. Omisore threatened to sue the commission, and its head of media and publicity, if the payment is not made.
Mr. Omisore is wanted by the EFCC in connection with an allegation that he received and misappropriated over N700 million from the office of the National Security Adviser.
In a letter dated 25th May 2016, addressed to Ibrahim Magu, chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Omisore, through his lawyer, Chris Uche, said the publication declaring him wanted as published in some national dailies, was both malicious and false.
Mr. Uche said the publication was not just malicious, but a total falsehood in all its material aspect.
“Our client has not refused to make himself available to the commission, but rather has proceeded to the court to seek the protection of the court when he perceived that the invitation was a deliberate plot to unlawfully arrest and detain him,” he said.
“The high court of the federal capital territory in suit number FCT/HC/CV1456/2016 had granted an interim order in the following terms, in favour of our client to wit:
“An order of interim injunction is hereby made restraining the first and second and second respondent by themselves, their agents, officers, servants, privies or anybody, howsoever described from unlawfully arresting, detaining or in any manner interfering with the fundamental rights of the applicant without following the due process of law.”
According to him, the commission was not only aware that the order protected his client from the invitation, but the commission filed a counter affidavit and a preliminary objection to challenge the order of being an impediment to the discharge of its statutory duty.
“Your commission was represented before the honourable court on the 24th of April 2016 when the matter came up, yet you are callously alleging that our client refused to honour an invitation by your commission,” Mr. Uche argued.

Buhari’s one year ‘a colossal waste’ — Fayose

Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the increment in the pump price of petrol as one of the gifts of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerians to celebrate his one year in office, describing the president’s one year in office as “a colossal waste”.
In a statement titled; “Petrol Price Increment as Buhari’s 1st Year Anniversary Gift to Nigerians” which he personally signed, the governor said the Federal Government was indirectly collecting N58.50 naira tax from suffering Nigerians on each litre of petrol they buy.”
The statement reads; “Despite his electoral promise to reduce petrol pump price from the N87 per litre that he met it, President Muhammadu Buhari increased the price to N145! With this increment, Buhari has further impoverished Nigerians.
“Nigerians should be reminded that on April 14, 2015, President Buhari’s ally and former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Prof. Tam David-West, told Nigerians that Gen. Mohammed Buhari (who was then President-elect), will reduce the fuel pump price from N87 to N40 per litre. Buhari did not debunk this statement made by his friend and major supporter.
“Also, when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan reduced the petrol pump price from N97 to N87 per litre in January 2015, former Lagos State Governor who is now Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said N10 reduction of the petrol pump price was too low and that Nigerians will get a better deal under Buhari. Fashola tweeted on January 18, 2015; ‘On PMS price reduction by N10. Now they listen. Oil the raw material drop over 50%, N10 is just about 10%. Good try but Nija can get a beta deal.’
“In rewarding Nigerians for electing him as president, President Buhari opted to increase petrol pump price by N58.50!
“The first justification of the increment was removal of subsidy. But Nigerians were later stunned when the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo said pump price of petrol was increased because Nigeria was broke!
“In other words, President Buhari increased petrol pump price because the country was broke and it needed to shore up its revenue base. The N58.50 added to the previous pump price of N86.50 was an Indirect Tax imposed on each litre of petrol purchased by Nigerians.
“Simply put, the Federal Government is indirectly collecting N58.50 naira tax from suffering Nigerians on each litre of petrol they buy. Buhari is no doubt acting like the proverbial Agbalowomeri Baale Jontolo (Aking that exploit his extremely poor subject to further enrich himself).
“It is on record that on May 2 this year, the federal government, in the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Template released in Abuja, told Nigerians that it was subsidising petrol at N12.62 per litre.
“In 2012 when the Dr Jonathan removed fuel subsidy and increased petrol price to N141 per litre, crude oil was selling at $111 per barrel.
“If not wickedness, how can petrol price be increased to N145 per litre when crude oil is now selling at $49 per barrel?
“Increasing petrol pump price by N58.50 when the federal government claimed it was subsidising the product at N12.62 per litre is clear wickedness on the part of President Buhari.
“In the history of Nigeria, increase in price of petrol has never been as high as it was done by Buhari, putting Nigerians in severe hardship as the product affects every sector of the economy.
“Too bad, those who opposed removal of fuel subsidy in 2012 and funded the Occupy Nigeria protest are the ones canvassing support for this Buhari’s wicked one year anniversary gift to Nigerians.
“The labour unions are now completely cowed, dashing completely hope of the common people of Nigeria.
“Interestingly, this is not the first election promise by APC/Buhari that have been jettisoned since they got into office. The N5,000 unemployment benefits promised the downtrodden was derisively put down by this President as “largesse” with the president spurning the emotional plea of his own wife to the contrary. To add salt and insult unto injury, he traveled abroad to make the statement.
“Despite the mindless and indefensible hike in fuel price, the commodity is still not available. Minister of state for Petroleum says there is no forex to pay for fuel import; yet there is forex to indulge Buhari’s foreign-trip profligacy.
“Presidential spin doctors and APC chieftains labouring to hoodwink the people speak glibly of how so-called deregulation will make products available, reduce cost through competition and the interplay of market forces as well as encourage private sector to build more refineries. But thank God who loves Nigerians so much, the lies of
these people was by divine arrangement, I suppose, revealed by no less a person than the junior minister Ibe Kachikwu himself when he said importation of fuel continues till 2019.
“Nigerians should be reminded that the manner of hardship being faced now was also faced during Buhari’s first coming as a military dictator when people had to queue for essential commodities. Now, Nigerians can’t even afford common tomato to prepare soup.
“So Nigerians you have heard the truth: Under Buhari/APC, it is almost certain that our suffering will continue till 2019.
“Nigerians, remember I warned you before Buhari was elected; I have been warning you since Buhari became president and I am warning now that if nothing is done urgently, the economy of Nigeria will collapse.”

Witness narrates how Saraki used own company to hide assets in Maitama

Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, purchased a property in Maitama, Abuja, in 1993, but failed to declare it in 2003 when he submitted his assets declaration form as a newly-sworn in governor in Kwara State, prosecutors told the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday.
Following a week’s break, Mr. Saraki’s alleged false and anticipatory assets declaration trial resumed Wednesday before Justice Danladi Umar and his co-chairman, Williams Atedze, with the cross-examination of star prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas.
Mr. Wetkas said in 1993, Mr. Saraki purchased the property at Plot 2482 Cadastral Zone, Maitama District, Abuja, using Carlisle Properties Limited, one of his companies, but the nation’s number one lawmaker failed to declare it in 2003 and subsequent times he completed the form while holding different positions in government.
“Saraki on 16 September, 2003, did not declare a property he purchased in Maitama, Abuja, in 1993,” Mr. Wetkas said.
Defence counsel, Paul Usoro, who led Mr. Wetkas in his testimony, said there were discrepancies in the property’s address.
“We’re yet to confirm if the property is actually located at Plot 2482 or Plot 2481,” he said.
Mr. Usoro also said Mr. Saraki’s name was not listed as the owner of the company.
“Was the name of the defendant listed as the owner of Carlisle Property Nigeria Limited, the company through which property was allegedly bought?” Mr. Usoro queried.
Mr. Wetkas responded by saying Mr. Saraki’s name was not on it, but that his wife was a shareholder in the company and, as such, should have listed it in assets declaration documents.
“No, but the defendant’s wife is a shareholder in the company. She told us the defendant is the owner of the company,” Mr. Wetkas said.
During the trial, the prosecution and defence teams sparred over the amount of time it’s taking for Mr. Wetkas to be cross-examined.
Lead prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs, said Mr. Saraki’s team is deliberately raising questions that are inconsequential to the trial in order to “let this matter drag for long until the man’s tenure ends”.
Mr. Usoro, denied the allegations, saying the judicial process allows for the defence and prosecution to grill witnesses extensively.
“They have no right to tell me what to ask the witness and for how long,” Mr. Usoro said. “They should give us enough time to ask their witnesses questions and we will also give them all the time they need to cross-examine our witnesses.”
Mr. Umar adjourned the trial till Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Again, militants blow up Chevron gas pipeline

The new militant group, Niger Delta Avenger, on Thursday claimed responsibility for another attack on a gas pipeline belonging to Chevron in Delta state.
The group announced the attack on the Escravos tank farm near the main electricity feed pipeline through which power is supplied to the oil facility.
The latest attack in the early hours of Thursday was confirmed through the group’s tweeter handle, @NDAvengers.
“We warned Chevron, but they didn’t listen. NDA just blew up the Escravos tank farm main electricity feed pipeline,” the groups said.
The NDA explained that the oil facilities were sabotaged following attempts by Chevron to carry out repairs of main Escravos crude oil pipeline it blew up earlier.
Reuters quoted sources as saying that the company’s onshore operations in the Niger Delta had been shut down following the attack, which involved the main electricity line leading to its Escravos terminal.
“It is a crude line, which means all activities in Chevron are grounded,” the source told Reuters.
After the initial attack, the group had warned against moves to repair the facility until their demands were fully met.
Spokesperson of the group, Mudoch Agbinibo, had earlier this month warned the Nigerian government of further attacks if their demands were not met.
Last week, Chevron’s Makaraba crude oil line was attacked on the offshore Okan manifold in the region.
The attack followed previous ones on the company’s facilities at Abiteye, Utunana and Makaraba platforms in Warri South-West area of Delta State resulting in the loss of over 40,000 barrels of oil per day.
The Management of Chevron Nigeria Limited declined comments on Wednesday’s attack.
Sola Adebawo, manager communications and government relation at CNL said the oil firm would not immedaietly comment.
“We are not able to comment at this time,” Mr. Adebawo said in a text message on Thursday.
Residents in the area said that an explosion occurred on Wednesday night.
Eric Omare, Spokesman for Ijaw Youths Council confirmed the incident but did not provide details.

Nigeria lacks think-tanks, thought leadership for devt — Utomi

Prof UtomiFounder, Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, Professor Pat Utomi has decried the level of decline in quality leadership in Nigeria as well as  across the globe, saying that the country lacks think-tanks, thought leadership for development. Prof Utomi Prof. Utomi stated this at the 33rd Centre for Values In Leadership’s Leader Without Title, LWT, Leadership Colloquium in honour of His Majesty Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha as part of activities to mark his 75th birthday. Entitled,  ‘Modern Traditional Leaders as Development Catalysts,’ the occasion witnessed the  gathering of eminent Nigerians which include, former Finance Minister, Kala Idika Kalu, Representative of the Governor of Anambra State, Ogbuefi Nnacheta, Igwe of Oki, Prof. Laz Ekwueme; former Ambassador of United States of America, George Obiozo; former Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch Magazine, Ray Ekpu; Executive Vice Chairman, Ibadan School of Government & Policy, Dr. Tunji Olaopa; President, Aka Ikenga, Chief Goddy Uwazuruike, among others. Utomi said: “One of the objectives of CVL is to raise the level of thought leadership today. Around the world one of the most important thing is to have thought leaders.”