Tuesday, December 8, 2015
One Onwuasonya Augustine was charged to court on Tuesday by the EFCC for purportedly gulping $115,000 to avoid declaring it to authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
He was charged alongside five other asserted associates, Christian Okoli, Kingsley Nwokenta, otherwise known as Buchito, Nwokenta Emmanuel, Ezenwa Ikenna and Ezenwa Uzoma for the offense of money laundering
The six were accused of four counts before Justice C.J. Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos. The agency claimed that Onwuasonya and the 5 others committed the offense on August 25, 2015, and were caught at Room 303 of a five-star inn in Lagos. The 6th accused, Uzoma, was uniquely accused of the offense of obstructing a NDLEA official, Bello Tsanya, in the release of his duty.
Be that as it may, when the charges were perused to the six accused in court, they all pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor said:
Be that as it may, the counsel for the first to fifth denounced, Mr. Victor Opara, told the court that he had filled bail applications on their behalf expressing that the second litigant had wellbeing issues, which were being dealt with while he was in the authority of the EFCC.
He requested that the court remand all the charged in EFCC care with the goal that they could have simple access to treatment and lawyers.
Justice Aneke adjourned till December 11, 2015, to take the bail applications of the charged and ordered their remand at the Ikoyi Prison.
While showing the state spending plan to individuals from the state House of Assembly today December eighth, Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose reported that starting from January 2016, N5,000 will be given to 10,000 poor inhabitants of the state as a month to month stipend
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said opposition political parties had no choice but to unite to stop the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party to save Nigeria from destruction.
Buhari said this at a public presentation of a book entitled, “From Opposition to Governing Party: Nigeria’s APC Merger Story,” written by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
Buhari noted that the leaders of major opposition political parties realised that the PDP machine could not be effectively tackled unless they set aside their differences and came together to salvage the nation.
He said, “We realised in 2015 that unless we come together, the PDP will succeed in killing Nigeria, so we had to make sacrifices.”
The President also recalled the genesis of his relationship with the author.
He recalled that his relationship with Onu dated back to his days in protective custody during the Gen. Ibrahim Babangida dictatorship.
Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has raised the alarm that Nigeria under President Mohammadu Buhari is fast becoming a “shame” while elections under his watch are ending up “inconclusive”.
According to Fayose, the failed attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to manipulate the Bayelsa state governorship election is a “clear invitation to anarchy”.
The National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, says although President Muhammadu Buhari started well, the President has lost focus.
Fasehun said Buhari’s zeal for transforming Nigeria, which restored Nigerians’ hope after his inauguration, has reduced.
The UPN leader, who said this in a statement on Sunday, advised the President to stop his frequent foreign trips and concentrate on improving governance in the country.
According to him, Nigerians want Buhari to remain at home and perform his responsibilities rather than travelling around the world.
Strong indications emerged on Sunday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is intensifying efforts to take the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and other high profile suspects arrested in relation to the $2.1bn alleged arms deal to court.
It was gathered that the EFCC 27-man Task Force in charge of the investigation was summoned to the office on Sunday to continue with the process of investigation.
A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Abu Sule, told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday how he allegedly helped a former Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, to conceal the ownership of a mansion in Asokoro, Abuja, which he said the ex-governor bought with $2.29m in November 2008.
Sule was the Managing Director of Tweenex Consociates H.D Ltd, the company allegedly used by Ohakim to conceal his ownership of the property.
Mr. Faleke is billed to be sworn in on January 27, 2016, alongside Mr. Bello.
Mr. Faleke made his position known on Monday at Kabba at a meeting of APC stakeholders from Kogi West senatorial district.
He said his stance is in furtherance of his earlier letter to the national leadership of the party not to work with Mr. Bello, the governor-elect.
Former Minister for Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said the solution to Nigeria’s power problem lies in off-grid initiatives that are climate friendly and also promotes sustainable development.
Okonjo-Iweala, who spoke at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, (UNFCCC) in Paris, Franc, said Nigeria needs to get the private sector involved in the power sector, adding that government must look at renewable and off-grid solutions like the solar power generation.
The determination of President Muhammadu Buhari to put square pegs in square holes in his ministerial appointments may have paid off as Nigeria emerges the sought after bride at the ongoing climate change negotiations in Paris, France.
Contrary to the undesirable and unenviable position of Nigeria in previous climate change talks, Nigeria has emerged as the leading negotiator for Africa and a much sought after party for other countries. This change it was learnt has to do with the international clout of the Minister for the Environment, Amina Mohammed.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has activated its structures across the country to defend the party’s mandate in a democratic manner.
Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary made the statement on Monday in Abuja while reacting to the cancellation and rescheduled governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The PDP he said, was “ready, willing and able to defend the choice of the people’’ during the rescheduled governorship poll in Southern Ijaw LGA.
“Never again will this leadership of the PDP allow our party candidates to be manipulated out of any election at any level.
Senator Gbenga Kakah, former deputy governor of Ogun State, in this interview warns that if the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari must succeed, the president should consider dropping some ministers in the next six months. He also spoke on other issues.
Now that President Buhari has constituted his cabinet, what is your impression about his administration?
Any government stands the chance of delivering on its mandate because the essence of contesting for political power is to deliver. The normal expectation is that any government that the people repose confidence in should be able to perform.
The ruling was earlier scheduled for December 1, 2015 but the presiding magistrate, Shuaibu Usman, could not sit because he was bereaved.
Findings by our correspondent on Monday showed that the ruling had been rescheduled for December 16.
The Government House Accountant, Mrs. Janet Aluga, told the commission that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Ruth Ijir, on April 10 called her to go and collect N100 million from a bank for Suswam, which she did.
Kayode, who was also the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, disclosed his plan in Akure, Ondo State, in a keynote address he delivered at the opening of the Week of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ondo State chapter.
The former minister, whose address was read by Dr Sunday Kayode, said while he would continue to contribute to the development of his environment and the state, he would not be interested in seeking any political office.
•Election cancelled in Southern Ijaw Local Govt.
Bayelsa poll Results
Local Govt APC PDP
Brass 21, 755 6,516
Sagbama 5,382 28,934
Yenagoa 14,563 24,258
Kolokuma/ Opokuma 6,896 7,619
Ekeremor 7,918 14,604
Ogbia 9,106 13,051
Nembe 6,974 10,768
Another electoral logjam surfaced yesterday —courtesy of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which failed to conclude a governorship election.
Just as it did in Kogi State last month, the agency threw a spanner in the works, declaring Saturday’s election in Bayelsa State inconclusive.
The planned spending is the first for the administration of Mr. Buhari, who took office in May 2015.
The minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, stated this while addressing State House Press Corps after an emergency Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister said the proposal was contained in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, approved by the council.
Buhari reiterated this yesterday while reacting to the public hostility towards the social media bill currently being debated by the senate.
Presidential spokesperson Malam Garba Shehu said Buhari would not assent to any legislation that might be inconsistent with the constitution of the country.
It is a truism that all is not well with the state of Nigeria's financial economy. The current situation, if the truth must be told, is that we are in dire straits. These times call for deep reflection and serious financial reengineering by managers of the public sector.
This requires creative, strategic and visionary leadership by leaders at all levels because the reality is that the resources accruing from crude oil sales are dwindling by the day on account of falling oil prices in the international market.
Above all, leadership is about the ability to take the right decisions at the right time by putting the people first.
From all corners, senators were heard shouting: “Babalawo, Kabiyesi and masquerade,” when Senator Dino Melaye walked into the Upper Chamber, last Wednesday, for the day’s legislative activities.
Melaye, who is neither a presiding officer nor a principal officer, came into the chamber together with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and principal officers of the Upper Chamber.
Traditionally, the arrival of the Senate President is announced with a shout of “Mr. Senate President,” by the sergeant-at-arms, who is the custodian of the chamber’s symbol of authority, the mace.
With the announcement, all persons in the chamber, including senators, cameramen, clerk of the Senate and his team, journalists and legislative aides are expected to remain standing until the Senate president seats.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians must learn from the socio-political history of other countries and avoid repeating mistakes of the past.
The President stated this at the public presentation of a book, titled; “From Opposition to Governing Party”, written by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.
According to him, with books such as the one presented and those written by intellectual politicians, the future generation of Nigerians will be saved the time and torture of repeating the mistakes of previous generations.
A senior White House aide on Monday branded Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States as “totally contrary to our values as Americans.”
“We have, in our Bill of Rights, respect for the freedom of religion,” one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy aides, Ben Rhodes, told CNN.
“The fact of the matter is ISIL wants to frame this as a war between the United States and Islam, and if we look like we’re applying religious tests to who comes into this country, we’re sending a message that essentially we’re embracing that frame and that is going to make it very difficult to partner with Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world to prevent the scourge of radicalization that we should be focused on.”
EKITI State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Monday, described the failed attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to manipulate the Bayelsa State governorship election as clear invitation to anarchy.
The governor, who said it was shameful that the two elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under Professor Mahmud Yakubu were inconclusive, called on well-meaning Nigerians and the international community to rise up in condemnation of the plot to destroy democracy in the country.
•Buhari, Atiku, others pay tributes to minister at his book launch
From the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu came an advice to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday: ‘Learn from the mistakes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),’ Onu is a chieftain of APC.
The minister admonished the party during the launch of his book: “From opposition to governing party: Nigeria’s APC merger story” held in Abuja.
Tracing the birth of APC and how it tried several times to form an opposition that was strong enough to sack a ruling party, Onu said three legacy political parties gave up other identities to form the largest party in Africa.
None of the nation’s four refineries of 445,000 barrels per day combined capacity has come back on stream few days to the end of the 90-day fast-track ultimatum given for their revival.
Three of the refineries in Warri, Kaduna and the 150,000 bpd Port Harcourt plant had resumed production of refined petroleum products in July after undergoing rehabilitation, but two were shut down in August, while the Port Harcourt refinery stopped operation in September.