Indications emerged on Tuesday that the publisher of THISDAY Newspapers, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, may have turned himself in to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over his alleged involvement in the arms deal scandal for interrogation.
Mr. Obaigbena was alleged to have received N620 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). Investigations by the EFCC linked the payment to part of the $2.1 billion arms fund that was diverted and misappropriated by the former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
However, Obaigbena had in a letter to the anti-graft commission explained that N500 million was compensation for the 2012 bombing of THISDAY offices in Abuja and Kaduna by Boko Haram while the remaining balance of N120 million was money he received on behalf of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) for the loses some of its members incurred when their newspapers and circulation vans were impounded by the military authorities in 2014.
He said the payment to NPAN was to forestall a major class action suit by the affected newspapers, which were to receive N10 million each as compensation. After deductions, the newspapers walked away with N9 million each.
However, since the disclosure and revelation that the money came from the controversial arms deal fund, some newspapers that collected compensation from NPAN refunded their share while others, on whose behalf the money was collected by Mr. Obaigbena for their loss, distanced themselves from him, denying ever receiving any money from NPAN.
It remains unknown if Obaigbena, who arrived at the EFCC headquarters about 10:00am on Tuesday, was allowed to go home at the time of filing this report.
There was also no official confirmation of the report as the Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, was unavailable to pick his calls or respond to the sms sent to his phone last night.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
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.
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.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
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.
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.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
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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