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25.5.19

EFCC Quiet After Bullion Vans Alleged To Have Money Used To Bribe Voters Were Spotted Entering Tinubu's House

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EFCC Quiet After Bullion Vans Alleged To Have Money Used To Bribe Voters Were Spotted Entering Tinubu's House
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday declined comments about whether it had launched an investigation to find out how former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, came about the bullion vans that drove into his home in February.
 
Nigerians have mounted pressure on the anti-graft office to open money laundering probe against Mr Tinubu, after the ruling party chieftain was seen on February 22 receiving at least two armoured vehicles believed to be bearing cash.
 
The development raised controversies because it came a day to the presidential election on February 23.
 
Mr Tinubu is a senior leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and a strong ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was seeking reelection at the time.
 
Critics said there was no doubt the vehicles were conveying cash to bribe voters with, especially since such trucks are used in Nigeria almost exclusively to convey cash by banks, government institutions and cash-in-transit firms.
 
Mr Tinubu’s action was widely deemed contrary to Nigerian anti-money laundering laws, which places a cap of N5 million ( about $14,000) on cash handling by individuals.
 
The former Lagos governor admitted the next day that the bullion vans were conveying money to his house, but he defended his action as out of public’s interest because he was not a government official.
 
Transparency deferred
 
Many Nigerians expected the EFCC to investigate the incident for possible violation of Nigerian laws.
 
But the anti-graft office has declined to comment on the matter — and there is no evidence it is investigating it.
 
The first comments from the agency on the scandal came during a tweet meet on Thursday, during which the agency found a convenient opening to circumvent explanation.

“It is a matter of principle by the EFCC not to discuss in public, issues that border around investigations,” the agency said during the hour-long chat organised by the Tap Initiative in Abuja.
 
The Tap Initiative, an Abuja-based public policy think-tank, had asked whether or not the EFCC saw potential violations of anti-money laundering regulations in Mr Tinubu’s conduct.
 
The agency only confirmed that it had secured convictions over vote-buying offences, while several other investigations were ongoing around the same crimes.
 
It was unclear whether acting-chairman Ibrahim Magu took part in the tweet meet, but EFCC sources told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday night that the responses of the agency came from a senior anti-graft official.
 
Contributors dismissed the EFCC’s explanation during the tweet meet, saying the agency was reluctant to investigate Mr Tinubu because of his status as an ally of the president.
 
Martin Obono, the director of Tap Initiative, said the organisation does not engage in partisan commentary about its guests’ submission during a tweet meet, but the citizens have a right to challenge any replies they deem unsatisfactory.

“We have brought the EFCC as a guest on our May 23, 2019, edition of tweet meet, and asked questions that we believe were in the public interest,” Mr Obono said. “But if Nigerians found some of the responses insufficient, they can challenge them to move the conversation forward.”
 
It was the second time the EFCC would participate in the tweet meet, which Tap Initiative introduced in 2018 to engage public officials for updates on their activities.
 
Its first appearance came in November 2018, during which the agency similarly declined comments about Abdullahi Ganduje, the Kano State governor who was caught on video receiving wads of dollars in alleged bribes from public works contractor.
 
Source: PremiumTimes

Fulani Radio Station Is A Validation Of Obasanjo's Fulanization Claim - CAN

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Fulani Radio Station Is A Validation Of Obasanjo's Fulanization Claim - CAN
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the Federal Government acquiring a license to set up a 'strictly Fulani radio station'.

Pastor Bayo Oladeji, the special assistant to CAN President Samson Ayokunle, said the plan was a validation of comments attributed to former President Olusegun Obasanjo about the planned Fulanisation of the country by the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

He said, “It was reported in the newspapers that the government planned to give the Miyetti Allah N100bn. The government denied it only for the Miyetti Allah to own up, saying it was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Who is fooling who?

“Why didn’t they set up a radio station for farmers too? Where is the radio station for the bandits in Zamfara, or for the Niger Delta militants? No single person has been prosecuted for the killings in the North-Central. Is the allegation by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that there is a planned Fulanisation of the country not playing out now?”


“Every adult in the North listens to the radio, so why can’t they reach the herdsmen on the existing radio stations? Why do they need to set up a different radio station for them? They should stop fooling us."

Indian politician with 9 eligible family members, breaks down in tears after getting 5 votes

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Indian politician with 9 eligible family members, breaks down in tears after getting 5 votes
An Indian politician broke down in tears after he saw that he got only 5 votes following an election.

Neetu Shuttern Wala stood independently as he contested for the Jalandhar seat in Punjab. When the votes were counted, he claimed to have gotten only 5 votes and he broke down in tears, not because of his loss but because it appeared his family members didn't vote for him.

Neetu had 9 family members eligible to vote so he was distraught when he saw only 5 votes, making him believe he didn't even get his family's vote.

In a trending video, Neetu is seen granting an interview but he was too emotional to go on and he broke down in tears while expressing his disappointment with his family.

"I have a family of nine people but I still got only fie votes," he said crying.

Indian politician with 9 eligible family members, breaks down in tears after getting 5 votes

But it appears Neetu got carried away by his emotions way too early because the final counting revealed that he got a total of 856 votes. According to the official website of the Election Commission of India (ECI), Neetu was 19th on the overall list of candidates with 856 votes.

Below is the trending video of Neetu expressing disappointment in his family.

Actress Uche Elendu's Ex-Husband Set To Marry 6.4ft Tall Woman

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Actress Uche Elendu's Ex-Husband Set To Marry 6.4ft Tall Woman
Nollywood actress Uche Elendu’s ex-husband and Owerri millionaire, Prince Walter Ogochukwu Igweanyiba, popularly known as Prince Nku, is set to marry for the 3rd time.
 
Prince Nku who engaged ex-beauty queen, Sandra Chichi Ekwosiobi, after he sent Uche out of his house for alleged adultery, has found a virtuous woman to marry, according to him.
 
Prince Nku was reportedly also married before he married Uche Elendu.
 
He has now proposed to his new lover who is currently in Instanbul with him, and they will tie the knot soon, according to his above Whatsapp post obtained by Instablog9ja.
 
It would be recalled that Prince Nku and Uche Elendu had an elaborate wedding in 2012 which had political heavy weights in Imo state in attendance.
 
Uche has two kids with Prince Nku.
 
Actress Uche Elendu's Ex-Husband Set To Marry 6.4ft Tall Woman
 
Actress Uche Elendu's Ex-Husband Set To Marry 6.4ft Tall Woman

Nollywood actor Saka shares the only regret he has as he celebrates his 16th wedding anniversary

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Nollywood actor Saka shares the only regret he has as he celebrates his 16th wedding anniversary
Nollywood actor, Afeez Oyetoro popularly known as Saka, is celebrating his 16th wedding anniversary today.

According to the actor who was quite emotional with his post, 'the only regret I have is that I got married to her just only sixteen years ago and not earlier than that' he wrote.

See his full post below...
Today, (May 24 2019), sixteen years ago, Olaide Saidat said "yes" and we became husband and wife. But I have a regret. In my life, the only regret I have is that I got married to her just only sixteen years ago and not earlier than that.
It has been sixteen years of loving and mature understanding. Sixteen years of sharing same vision, dreams, aspirations as a result of divine love. We have been moving from glorious heights to glorious heights. Every time that I consider the trend of things when I got married to this woman sixteen years ago, I always regret I didn't marry her earlier, much more earlier.
May be thirty years ago, forty years ago or even fifty years ago. Well better late than never. I thank ALLAH for granting me the grace to marry this wonderful, superb, and beautiful mother of our precious kids. Glory be to ALLAH for HIS grace and favour.
Please kindly join us to celebrate our sixteenth wedding anniversary. Wishing you all a divinely blessed weekend.

CCB Gives Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Deadline To Submit Their Asset Declaration Forms

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 CCB Gives Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Deadline To Submit Their Asset Declaration Forms
The Code of Conduct Bureau has said President Muhammadu Buhari,  Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, governors and other public officers whose tenure ends on May 29 must submit their end-of-tenure asset declaration forms on May 28, 2019.
 
However, other public officers, mainly members of the outgoing 8th National Assembly,  who were inaugurated on June 9, 2015 have up till June 8, 2019, a few hours to the expiration of their tenure to declare their assets, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
 
Paragraphs 1 to 16 of the Part II of the Fifth Schedule of the Nigerian Constitution list the categories of public officers who must periodically declare their assets to the CCB.
 
But those affected with the wind-down of the 2015 – 2019 political dispensation by virtue of the constitutional provision are  the President,  Vice-President, President and Deputy President of the Senate, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Speakers and Deputy Speakers of  state Houses of Assembly and all members of legislative houses.
 
The rest are Governors and Deputy Governors, the  Attorney General of the Federation and Attorney General of each state, ministers, commissioners  and Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
 
Paragraph 11 of the Part 1 to the Fifth Schedule to the  constitution compels public officers to declare their assets to the CCB “immediately after taking office and thereafter:
 
“(a) at the end of every four years; and
 
“(b) at the end of his term of office, submit to the Code of Conduct Bureau a written declaration of all his properties, assets, and liabilities and those of his unmarried children under the age of eighteen years.”
 
The “guidelines” for assets declaration accessed on the website of the bureau on Friday says a declarant must declare  their  assets within 30 days of being issued the assets declaration form.
 
Paragraph 2, of the guidelines reads, “Every declarant is required by law to declare his/her assets/liability including that of his spouse(s) who is not a public officer and children under 18 years, honestly, sincerely and submit same to the bureau within 30 days of the receipt of the forms.”
 
Paragraph 7 of the guidelines added, “Every public officer is to note that it is the requirement of the law to declare his/her assets/liabilities on:

“(a) assumption of office;

“(b) At the end of his term of office, “(c) At interval of four years for public officers on continuous employment of government whether federal, state or local government:

“(d) and at such other intervals as the Bureau may determine from time to time.”
 
Speaking with  one of our correspondents on Thursday, the Chief Press Officer of the CCB, Mrs Charity Utok, said  the incoming political office holders were given up to three months to make their declarations to the CCB, while the outgoing ones must do so as soon as they “step out” of office.
 
She  said the implications of not making the declaration or not making it at the appropriate time would be filing charges against such defaulters at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
 
Utok  said, “They can be sworn in,  and within three months they have to declare their assets, otherwise the bureau will drag them to the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“It is applicable to all public officers, both political appointees and elected officers – from the councillors to local government chairmen, commissioners, members of the state Houses of Assembly, governors, members of the National Assembly, ministers, Vice-President and President.

“For those who are finishing their tenure, they must declare as soon as they step out.”
 
She explained that the first tenure of President Buhari and that of Vice-President Osinbajo would end on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, hence the Tuesday deadline for the two of them to submit their asset forms for the end of their first tenure.
 
He added, “Anyone who fails to declare  their assets will be taken before the tribunal.

“Those in the asset declaration section of the tribunal will compile their names and they will be charged before the tribunal for trial.”
 
CCB state directors insist no going back on deadline
 
Following the directive, state directors of the CCB in various states, who spoke with Saturday PUNCH, stated that the Bureau had said there was no going back on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 deadline set for the submission of asset forms.
 
The Director of the CCB in Bauchi State, Ibraheem Mahmood, said, “The headquarters of the Bureau has set aside Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th May as the last date they want all forms of the elected officials to be submitted to them.”
 
He said, “The outgoing governor and the deputy also assured me that they will submit their own today (Friday) because they have collected the forms and sent their people for guidance on how to go about it. We have guided them and they said they will submit it today.”
 
Also reacting on Friday, the Director of CCB in Gombe State, Panyi Baira, said, “Although the deadline is yet to pass, they are complying with the bureau. They will comply before the May 28 deadline.
 
However, sources within the bureau in the state were complaining that the level of total compliance was minimal.
 
CCB demands bank statements, title documents
 
Meanwhile, findings by Saturday PUNCH revealed that governors, ministers and other political office holders were expected to submit their six-month bank statement alongside their asset declaration forms.
 
They will be required to appear later before CCB team in their states to present title documents of some of the assets they claim belong to them in the asset forms.
 
Governors rush to meet  submission deadline
 
Outgoing and returning governors have intensified  their  efforts to meet  Tuesday deadline for  submission  of their asset declaration forms.
 
While Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Mark Longyen,  said he would meet  the deadline in response to an inquiry by one of our correspondents in Jos on Friday, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who  spoke through his media  aide, Anayo Chukwu, said he  would do the needful before leaving office.
 
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, the Chief Press Secretary to  Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Mr Enyinnaya Appolos, said the governor would summit his  form to the CCB before the expiration  on Tuesday.
 
He said, “The governor is a law-abiding citizen, he has no  problems with compiling  with  what the law says  regarding the declaration of his assets. We will surely summit the form before his second term inauguration.”
 
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said he had complied with the constitutional provision on  asset declaration.
 
The Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Tahav Agerzua,  disclosed this on Friday.
 
Senators, Reps, rush to meet deadline
 
Findings by Saturday Punch showed that elected senators and House of Representatives members had started making frantic efforts to fill and submit their assets declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau before the June 11 inauguration day for the Ninth Assembly.
 
Investigations by our correspondents during the week revealed that many of the incoming and returning federal legislators were already complying with the mandatory constitutional requirement.
 
Some of the new lawmakers who spoke with Saturday PUNCH said they would do everything possible to submit the documents before the day of inauguration.
 
It was learnt that the management of the nation’s apex legislative institution even made it easier for the incoming federal parliamentarians by procuring the forms from the CCB and distributing to them during their orientation programme held in April.
 
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Chairman, Forum of House of Representatives First-Time Members, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, said newly-elected lawmakers had started complying with the constitutional guidelines.
 
He told our correspondents on Friday that his members were doing everything possible to ensure they meet up with the constitutional requirements before the day of inauguration.
 
Tunji-Ojo said, “We are all bound by the rules and regulations of this country as law-abiding citizens. Nobody is above the law. If anybody has nothing to hide, then he or she could come clean.

“We have to declare what we have as assets and let the government have the records. It is part of fighting corruption. We must fight corruption in a pro-active manner.”
 
Also reacting to the issue on behalf of the National Assembly management, the Director of Information, Rawlings Agada, said, “It is part of the decision that we took during the orientation by making the forms as part of the requirements for their registration.

“As a matter of fact, the management was proactive by going to the Code of Conduct Bureau to collect the forms and make them available to the elected lawmakers during the orientation in April.”
 
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Source: Saturday Punch

Fresh Student Of LASU Dies On His Matriculation Day While Trying To Help Arrest A Thief

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Fresh Student Of LASU Dies On His Matriculation Day While Trying To Help Arrest A Thief
It has been reported that one Kehinde, a 100-level Human Kinetics student of the Lagos State University, LASU, has died.
 
The young man reported died after he got shot by an armed robber.
 
Local reports show that Kehinde, who had his matriculation on the same day he was killed, was allegedly trying to help arrest two armed robbers at his school’s First Gate, when one of them shot him in the neck.
 
The sad development  has left many colleagues and friends in deep shock as police wade in to investigate.

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