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Ladoja ordered me to give daughter £600,000- EFCC witness

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A whistle blower of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Adewale Atanda has described how the former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja sent £600,000 to his daughter, Bimpe, in London sometime in 2007.

The former governor of Oyo State, Ladoja is being tried for alleged N4.7bn fraud during his tenure as governor of the State.

The prosecution witness, Mr. Atanda, who was then Senior Special Executive Assistant to Ladoja, told the court that the money was part of a sum of N634m, which some stockbrokers contributed to forestall Ladoja’s impeachment.

According to him, the ex-governor had earlier instructed the sale of some shares belonging to the Oyo State Government to the said stockbrokers who later contributed N634m to forestall his impeachment.

The N634 million, Atanda said, was part of the commission and profit realised by the stockbrokers.

He said out of the N634 million delivered to him by the stockbrokers, he had to removed about N180 million which he had earlier borrowed and spent on Ladoja’s instructions during the heat of the impeachment.

Part of the N180m, he said, was the N80 million loan he obtained from Wema Bank Plc, which Ladoja used to purchase 22 vehicles for Oyo State lawmakers to prevent his impeachment.

Another was a loan of N80m, which he (Atanda) obtained from Lagoon Savings and Loans for the purpose of buying for Ladoja a property known as Quarters 361, which the Oyo State Government put up for sale and N13.8million which Ladoja used to buy two Land Cruiser vehicles for the state security personnel for his protection.

Atanda further said having deducted the N180 million which he borrowed on Ladoja’s behalf, he distributed the balance of the N634 million according to Ladoja’s instructions.

Among the beneficiaries of the money, he said, was Bimpe, to whom he delivered £600,000 in £50 bills in London sometime in 2007. Ladoja’s wife, Yinka, also got on different occasions sums of N20 million, N19.5 million and $13,000 Dollars.

Other beneficiaries, Atanda said, were lawyers including “Akintola and Olujinmi” who the witness said represented Ladoja in court.

Asked by the prosecutor, Oluwafemi Olabisi, under what circumstances the sum of £600,000 was paid to Bimpe Ladoja, Atanda said, “His Excellency wanted me to pay the money into his account but I had difficulty in doing it. I told him and he said he would ask his daughter to contact me. She did and I gave her the money.

“The money was mostly in £50 notes; I put it in small suitcases and handed the money over to her in London. I think it was in 2007,” the witness stated.

Atanda added that the N20 million he gave to Yinka Ladoja was probably what she had lent Ladoja during the impeachment heat. “On another occasion, they were conducting Local Government Area elections in the state. So, on the eve of the election, I think money was required to be distributed to all the local governments. I was in Lagos, she (Yinka) called me and said His Excellency said she should collect N19.5 million.
Then there was a time she was travelling and I was told to send $13,000 into her account,” Atanda added.

Under cross-examination by Ladoja’s lawyer, Bolaji Onilenla, Atanda said neither Bimpe nor Ladoja gave him anything to acknowledge the payment of the £600,000 to Bimpe.

At this point further proceedings were adjourned till April 12 and 13, 2017.

The EFCC is prosecuting Ladoja alongside a former Oyo State Commissioner for Finance, Waheed Akanbi.

The duo were arraigned on eight counts of money laundering on December 14, 2016 before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

They were accused of conspiring to siphon N4.7bn from the coffers of the state and launder same.

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

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Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari

The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.

This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.

The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.

Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:

-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;

-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;

-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force

-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;

-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation

-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government

-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.

-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.

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IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations

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IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations
IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations

IGP Mohammed Adamu

With the rising violence in the country, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF).

This is a move to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.

The IGP’s order was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba.

Also Read: Police Ban All Forms Of Protest, Gatherings In Lagos

Mba said the IGP also “ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen the security around Correctional facilities nationwide.”

“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”

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#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari

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#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigeria Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address Nigerians on the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking most parts of the country.

The Senate gave the directive during its plenary on Tuesday.

The lawmakers also ordered the Nigerian police to protect all #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.

Also Read: Police Ban All Forms Of Protest, Gatherings In Lagos

The Senate also urged #EndSARS protesters to halt their march to enable the federal government to meet their demands.

The Senate asked President Buhari to set up a judicial panel of inquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution.

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