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N2.6bn Fraud: Court Sets Dec. 14 To Begin Trial Of Ex-NIMASA DG, Others

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Patrick Ziadeke AkpobolokemiJustice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday fixed Dec. 14 for trial of former NIMASA boss, Patrick Akpobolokemi and five others, charged with N2.6 billion theft.

Mr. Akpobolokemi is standing trial alongside Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Amaechi Juan and two companies; Blockz and Stonez Ltd., and Al-Kenzo Logistic Ltd., on a 22-count charge bordering on conversion and theft.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dragged the accused persons to court.

The accused were first arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu on Dec. 3, on a 30-count charge, bordering on conversion and stealing.

They were, subsequently, arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba on Dec. 4 on fresh 22 count charges, also bordering on conversion and theft.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and were each granted bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum.

The court had also ordered the accused to sign an undertaking not to unnecessarily delay the trial.

Mr. Buba then adjourned the case to Dec.14 for trial.

When the case came up on Monday, the counsel to the first accused, Joseph Nwobike (SAN), prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable him regularise and prepare for trial.

Following his application, Justice Buba adjourned the case to Dec. 14 for commencement of trial.

In the charge jointly signed by Festus Keyamo and Rotimi Iseoluwa, the accused were said to have committed the alleged offences between December 2013 and March 2014.

The prosecution alleged that in February 2014 in Lagos, the accused persons conspired to convert about N437 million belonging to NIMASA.

They were also accused of converting about N66 million to their private use on Jan. 9, 2014, and between April and August, 2014, they converted N21 million and N53 million, respectively, to their use.

The offences, the prosecution said, contravened Sections, 15 (1), 15 (3) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2012.

(NAN)

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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