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N5bn Pension Scam: Former Director Begs Court To Reduce Bail Bond To N100m

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Dr. Sani Teidi

Dr. Sani Teidi

Former Director of Pension Accounts in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF, Dr. Sani Teidi Shaibu, yesterday filed an application before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, seeking a variation of his bail conditions.

The court had on July 12 been granted Teidi bail after he had spent thirty-nine days in detention.

The court had ordered him to deposit the sum of N500 million as well as produce two sureties in like sum.

Trial Justice Ademola Adeniyi had in his ruling, maintained that the sureties must be owners of landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, adding that the title deeds of the property be kept with the deputy chief registrar of the court.

The court equally directed that the accused persons should deposit their travelling documents.

However, four months after, the accused persons are yet to regain their freedom, saying it has been difficult for them to secure a surety capable of fulfilling the bail terms.

Teidi was alleged to have connived with a former manager with the defunct Oceanic Bank Plc, Mr. Udusegbe Omoefe Eric, and diverted about N5 billion meant for pensioners across the federation. He is praying the court to grant him bail at N100 million in order for him to be released from Kuje Maximum Prison.

Teidi and Omoefe Eric are answering to a 22-count criminal charge that was preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

EFCC alleged that the accused persons used nine companies and siphoned pension funds.

It gave names of the companies accused of complicity in the scam as Gozinda Enterprises, Bashinta Nig. Ltd, Haleath Enterprises, Uthatak Nigeria Ltd, Krasiva Nig. Ltd, Badawulu Ventures Limited, Ebunu Attah Investment, Muha Millennium Motors Ltd and Ribaile Petroleum Ltd.

The accused persons, through their lawyers, Mr. S.I Ameh, SAN, and Mr. Adewale Adewoke, respectively, therefore, yesterday, urged the court to have pity on them and okay their release.

Teidi is begging the court to reduce his bail bond to N100 million, but his co-accused, Eric, told the court that he could only afford N10 million and one surety in like sum.

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

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