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EFCC Intensifies Trial Of Top Corruption Cases

Bankole, el-Rufai, Obasanjo-Bello, Kigo, Others Affected
TOP  corruption cases on the prosecution list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), would be expeditiously  prosecuted this month, according to the anti-corruption a…

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TOP  corruption cases on the prosecution list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), would be expeditiously  prosecuted this month, according to the anti-corruption agency.

The list of cases for April, which was made exclusively available to The Guardian, indicates that most of the cases, including the alleged N4.56b Head of Service Pension Office and the N32.8 billion Police Pension Office scams have been slated for trial this month.

Also, the N10b loan scam against former Speaker, Dimeji Bankole, and the case of abuse of office by former Minister of FCT Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, are on the list for accelerated trial.

The prosecution timetable also indicates that the Commission is to hit the ground running from Tuesday April 3, with the N32.8 billion alleged corruption case against a Permanent Secretary, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, who is being charged on 16-count along with five others.

The charges border on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust; and others charged with him are Esai Dangabar, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, John Yakubu Yusufu, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula and Sani Habila Zira.

The case will be heard by Justice M. Talba of the FCT.  Kigo and the five other plaintiffs are currently being held in Kuje Prisons pending the commencement of trial.

The case of alleged N4.56 billion scam in the Head of Service Pension Office involving Dr. Teidi Shuaibu and 31 others will be heard by Justice A. Bello on April 16 and 17.

Shuaibu, who is currently on bail, had his eight choice properties seized by the EFCC, with the Commission promising to seize the properties of the other 31 accused persons in the case.

EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, told The Guardian, that Shuaibu had been to court and is now on bail and that trial had been slated for this month.

The properties seized have been placed on interim forfeiture following an order of Justice Adamu Bello of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja. The order was given on July 11, 2011.

According to Uwajaren, the court had empowered the EFCC to carry out the forfeiture. Some of the properties seized include two houses and four filling stations.

Uwajaren also noted that the court granted an order permitting the Executive Chairman of EFCC to seize and retain custody of all the properties or assets of persons (as listed in the attached schedules) though not yet charged but found to be connected with the transaction or allegation contained in charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/28/2011.

The case of alleged abuse of office against Nasir El-Rufai, will be heard by Justice Umar on April 2, 5, and 9th. A recent hearing on the case implicated a Serving senator, Philip Aduda, and Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, who served in the last senate. A former operative of the EFCC, Sunday Idowu, being led in evidence, had said that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and two of his officials, Atine Jubrin, former Director-General, Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) and Ismail Iro, former General- Manager of AGIS; unilaterally revoked some juicy plots of land and allocated same to themselves, their relatives and their companies.

Mr. Sunday Idowu indicted  nine private individuals, including two wives of the former minister, daughter of former President Obasanjo, Iyabo Obasanjo–Bello, a serving senator, Philip Aduda and the 2nd and 3rd accused persons, whom he said the parcels of land were re-allocated to.

The case against Dimeji Bankole will be heard by Justice Okorowa on April 3 and 5. Also on the list for continued trial this month are ex-minister of works, Hassan Lawal. His case will be heard by Justice A. Bello on April 24. The case against Elumelu, Ugbanne and others will be heard on April 30 by Justice A. Banjoko.

Former governors that have been slated for the dock this month include Jolly Nyame, whom a witness confessed before the court last week to have withdrawn N262 million cash; all of whom he was said not to have signed or issued receipts for.

Others are Abubakar Audu of Kogi state who will be docked before Justice S.T.Useni in Lokoja on April 2, 5 and 11.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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EFCC Intensifies Trial Of Top Corruption Cases

Bankole, el-Rufai, Obasanjo-Bello, Kigo, Others Affected
TOP  corruption cases on the prosecution list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), would be expeditiously  prosecuted this month, according to the anti-corruption a…

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Bankole, el-Rufai, Obasanjo-Bello, Kigo, Others Affected

TOP  corruption cases on the prosecution list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), would be expeditiously  prosecuted this month, according to the anti-corruption agency.

The list of cases for April, which was made exclusively available to The Guardian, indicates that most of the cases, including the alleged N4.56b Head of Service Pension Office and the N32.8 billion Police Pension Office scams have been slated for trial this month.

Also, the N10b loan scam against former Speaker, Dimeji Bankole, and the case of abuse of office by former Minister of FCT Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, are on the list for accelerated trial.

The prosecution timetable also indicates that the Commission is to hit the ground running from Tuesday April 3, with the N32.8 billion alleged corruption case against a Permanent Secretary, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, who is being charged on 16-count along with five others.

The charges border on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust; and others charged with him are Esai Dangabar, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, John Yakubu Yusufu, Mrs. Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula and Sani Habila Zira.

The case will be heard by Justice M. Talba of the FCT.  Kigo and the five other plaintiffs are currently being held in Kuje Prisons pending the commencement of trial.

The case of alleged N4.56 billion scam in the Head of Service Pension Office involving Dr. Teidi Shuaibu and 31 others will be heard by Justice A. Bello on April 16 and 17.

Shuaibu, who is currently on bail, had his eight choice properties seized by the EFCC, with the Commission promising to seize the properties of the other 31 accused persons in the case.

EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, told The Guardian, that Shuaibu had been to court and is now on bail and that trial had been slated for this month.

The properties seized have been placed on interim forfeiture following an order of Justice Adamu Bello of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja. The order was given on July 11, 2011.

According to Uwajaren, the court had empowered the EFCC to carry out the forfeiture. Some of the properties seized include two houses and four filling stations.

Uwajaren also noted that the court granted an order permitting the Executive Chairman of EFCC to seize and retain custody of all the properties or assets of persons (as listed in the attached schedules) though not yet charged but found to be connected with the transaction or allegation contained in charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/28/2011.

The case of alleged abuse of office against Nasir El-Rufai, will be heard by Justice Umar on April 2, 5, and 9th. A recent hearing on the case implicated a Serving senator, Philip Aduda, and Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, who served in the last senate. A former operative of the EFCC, Sunday Idowu, being led in evidence, had said that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and two of his officials, Atine Jubrin, former Director-General, Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) and Ismail Iro, former General- Manager of AGIS; unilaterally revoked some juicy plots of land and allocated same to themselves, their relatives and their companies.

Mr. Sunday Idowu indicted  nine private individuals, including two wives of the former minister, daughter of former President Obasanjo, Iyabo Obasanjo–Bello, a serving senator, Philip Aduda and the 2nd and 3rd accused persons, whom he said the parcels of land were re-allocated to.

The case against Dimeji Bankole will be heard by Justice Okorowa on April 3 and 5. Also on the list for continued trial this month are ex-minister of works, Hassan Lawal. His case will be heard by Justice A. Bello on April 24. The case against Elumelu, Ugbanne and others will be heard on April 30 by Justice A. Banjoko.

Former governors that have been slated for the dock this month include Jolly Nyame, whom a witness confessed before the court last week to have withdrawn N262 million cash; all of whom he was said not to have signed or issued receipts for.

Others are Abubakar Audu of Kogi state who will be docked before Justice S.T.Useni in Lokoja on April 2, 5 and 11.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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