Fresh facts have emerged as to why operatives of the State Security Services barred the member representing Yagba East/West Federal Constituency of Kogi State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Sunday Karim, from traveling out of the country on Thursday.
The lawmaker was barred from boarding an Air France flight bound for the United States of America by the SSS operatives, who also confiscated his passport while trying to clear immigration at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Mr. Karim, who fumed at the discovery that the SSS’ action was based on a request by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said Nigeria had become a lawless country.
Confirming that it alerted the SSS to prevent the lawmaker from embarking on any trip outside the country, the anti-graft agency said Karim is wanted for his alleged links to the arms procurement scandal.
The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said on Friday that security agents decided to move against the Kogi lawmaker at the airport because he had been elusive for weeks.
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“We’ve been looking for him since then but we couldn’t find him”, Mr. Uwujaren said. “So we had to put his name on the watch list”.
The EFCC spokesman said Mr. Karim became a person of interest because he allegedly received up to N200 million through a company linked to him.
The firm, Atlantic Drilling Fluids, allegedly received the funds from Sylvan MacNamara, a company linked to the sons of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, the EFCC said.
Sylvan MacNamara itself has featured prominently in investigations by the anti-graft agency as it was the company used by Mr. Obanikoro to receive about N4.7billion from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to prosecute the 2014 governorship election of Ekiti State.
Mr. Uwujaren said Mr. Karim reported at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Friday afternoon, and was later allowed to go on the condition that he would return on Monday for further interrogations.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
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.
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.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says 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.
“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.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
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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