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Former Jonathan Minister Actually Stole $9.3bn, Not $6bn As Alleged By Oshiomhole – Akasoba Of Kalabari

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Queen-Akasoba-of-Kalabari-Zainab-Duke-AbiolaIt seems the revelations on mind-boggling corruption that took place under the Goodluck Jonathan administration is only just starting with a prominent citizen from the Niger Delta region, where the ex-president hails from, providing further insight.
The Akasoba of Kalabari land in the Niger Delta, Queen Zainab Duke-Abiola, who is the latest to make startling revelations of fraud that took place in the oil sector under the former president, says she has evidence from the White House that a former Petroleum Minister stole $9.3 billion.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Nation, Mrs. Duke-Abiola, who is one of the late Chief Moshood Abiola’s wives, said: “According to the information available to us, the minister stole more than $9 billion; not Australian dollars, but US dollars”.
“And what I am saying is that the money should be used to develop the Niger Delta. Use this to help the impoverished Niger Deltans”, she added.
Her claims are contrary to those made by Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who put the figure at $6billion, based on what senior officials of the State Department told President Muhammadu Buhari when he recently visited the U.S on President Barack Obama’s invitation.
When asked how she could prove this allegation, the queen said she was in Washington DC during the president’s visit, and that she also met with White House officials who revealed the information to her.
“My relationship with White House is over 30 years. Americans are very eager to make sure that the money gets back. They want Nigeria to use that money for education”, she said.
Mrs. Duke-Abiola further insisted that Buhari’s delegation to Washington DC was aware of the exact amount stolen by the former minister and some others and alleged a conspiracy to give inaccurate figures because according to her some people from a section of the country are involved.
“Oshiomhole said it’s about $6 billion. Information available to me states that the minister and her associates siphoned away $9.3 billion. I’m watching the game that they’re playing. If they don’t publish the evidence, I have document to support this”, she said.
The Akasoba insisted that members of the presidential delegation were focusing on the $6 billion allegedly stolen by a minister in the previous administration, leaving out “the remaining $3.3 billion”.
“If Buhari is not sure of his fact and figures, he should go back to Washington DC. If I read in the papers that they say $9 billion, I would keep quiet. But why are they saying only $6 billion?” she queried.
The Akasoba, an Ijaw, advised that when the money is recovered, it should be used to develop the Niger Delta.
“All I want is that this money should be used to help the less privileged, especially in the Niger Delta. Give these people fishing nets. Build some bridges for them. Clean up their rivers so they can fish once more, so they can have food on their tables once more. Build cottage industries for them. Put up little clinics as much as you can. In fact, we’re talking about $9.3 billion, so build a John Hopkins hospital. Build a UCH replica in the Niger Delta. If there’s some extra money use it to help other regions”, she said.
The Akasoba spoke of her shock when she received the evidence from the White House.
“Some people said that much money couldn’t have been stolen”, she said, adding: “I was one of those who didn’t believe. When they gave me the document, I was shocked. I have sent it to the appropriate Niger Delta elders. So, we know that nobody is accusing anybody wrongly”.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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“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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