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Looted Funds: FG Dropped Charges Against Mohammed Abacha In National Interest, Says Adoke

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mohammed-bello-adoke-minister-of-justiceThe Federal Government has defended its decision to drop the money laundering charges against Mohammed Abacha, son of a former head of state, late General Sani Abacha, saying the decision was borne out of national interest and not because of selfish motive as being insinuated by some Nigerians.

A cross-section of Nigerians had expressed anger at the federal government’s decision to discontinue the trial of the younger Abacha over the funds looted by his father, who was Nigeria’s military ruler from 1993-1998.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Mr. Mohammed Adoke, explained government’s position in his address to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) annual Conference, which held in Owerri, Imo State, under the theme, “The Legal Profession in Nigeria”.

The minister pointed out that apart from the Abacha loot, the present administration had been very active in the tracing and recovery of stolen assets around the world.

He explained that the settlement the Federal Government reached with the Abacha family, which led to the significant recovery of assets in foreign jurisdictions, was a fitting testimony to the strenuous efforts being made to ensure the sufficient disgorgement of the proceeds of crime to serve as deterrence.

Adoke said: “I am aware of the negative commentaries that the settlement generated from those who were ill-informed about the details of the settlement and the underlying imperatives in the national interest.

“I however wish to reassure the Bar that every aspect of the settlement was transparently conducted and the outcome was in the national interest.

“The settlement has received commendation across the globe and is being used as model for Case Studies on stolen assets recovery.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on our colleagues with the penchant for making unguarded and baseless statements in the media to always seek information from appropriate quarters before commenting on issues”.

The minister, who also shed light on the controversial Freedom of Information Act, which appears to be observed more in the breach by government agencies in the country, said that his office had done what was necessary to ensure strict compliance with the law.

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

Also Read: No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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