Category: NEWS FROM NIGERIA

ATIKU WAS SUBJECT OF UNITED STATES SENATE PROBE INTO MONEY LAUNDERING AND BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS WHILE STILL VICE PRESIDENT

Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar has for a while thrown out a challenge   Nigerians accusing him of being corrupt to come forward and prove their allegations but so far nobody has come forward.

But a story appearing in PMNEWS has detailed how Atiku was the subject of a serious bribery and money laundering probe ten years ago, by a United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin.

The report detailed how Atiku Abubakar while still the vice president of Nigeria between 2000 and 2008, used offshore companies to siphon millions of dollars to his fourth wife in the United States, Jennifer Douglas.

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Specifically, the report said Jennifer Douglas, an American citizen, helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank accounts.

In 2004, the then President Bush barred Atiku and other corrupt politically exposed persons from being issued visa to the United States.

The US Senate probe was motivated by US government concern about corruption in the Third World and its corrosive effects on the development of honest government, democratic principles, and the rule of law.

“It is also blamed for distorting markets, deterring investment, deepening poverty, undermining international aid efforts, and fostering crime. Some have drawn connections between corruption, failed states, and terrorism. Corruption also continues to be a massive problem. The World Bank has estimated that $1 trillion in bribes alone exchange hands worldwide each year,” the committee noted in its bulky report.

Atiku was not the only foreign Politically Exposed Person(PEP) probed by the committee. He had company in Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, now the 48-year-old son of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea (EG), late President of Gabon, Omar Bongo and three Angolan PEP accounts, involving an Angolan arms dealer, an Angolan government official, and a small Angolan private bank.

The committee submitted its report on 4 February 2010, three years after Atiku left office.

The report unveiled violations of US laws by Atiku and his fourth wife, Jennifer Douglas. It also included revelations about Siemens bribe paid into one of the accounts, and it possibly provided the basis for Atiku being barred from entering the United States, since then.

This Report examines how politically powerful foreign officials, their relatives, and close associates – referred to in international agreements as Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) – have used the services of U.S. professionals and financial institutions to bring large amounts of suspect funds into the United States to advance their interests. Using four case histories, this Report shows how some PEPs have used U.S. lawyers, real estate and escrow agents, lobbyists, bankers, and even university officials, to circumvent U.S. anti-money laundering and anti- corruption safeguards.

This Report also offers recommendations to stop the abuses.

Read more on this story at PMNewsNigeria

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NIGERIAN SENATE REACTS TO IMAGES OF SLAVE TRADE IN LIBYA

After reviewing the gruesome images and videos that have populated the news media, today, the Senate took action on the ongoing slave trade in Libya.

At todyas sitting, the Senate passed a Resolution calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon the Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria to discuss ending the ongoing Libyan slave trade of black Africans — many of them of Nigerian descent.

The Motion titled “Urgent Need to Protect Nigerian Citizens from the Libya Slavery Auctions” also called on Mr. President to use the opportunity of the ongoing EU-AU Summit in Abidjan to table the matter before the Libyan delegation.

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A statement by the Senate President Bukonla Saraki said “As a country it is a slap in the face if Nigerians can be treated in this manner. Other countries are taking necessary actions to bring back their citizens, we need to be doing the same”.

“In this regard, he continued. “we resolved to condemn in totality the current depravity and sheer animalism being exhibited by the Libyan slave traders, who are selling fellow Africans as slaves”.

The Senate also urged the federal government to urgently investigate how many Nigerians are affected and urgently commence the process of repatriation and rehabilitation of Nigerian citizens caught up in these despicable treatment and human rights abuses.

The Presidents Special Assistant on Diasporan Affairs abike Dabiri speaking on the worrying issues earlier twitted “I got those calls since I was in the House of reps . We brought back 24 that were to die. Under PMB almost 5000 brought back, after years stranded in Libya.. But you bring back, some still go despite warnings. Hopeful with massive evacuation, all will be back. What plans to do now is send a couple of Aircrafts to airlift ALL still remaining”

The APC also tweeted “242 Nigerians returned from Libya this evening. The aircraft touched down at around 9.10pm. Registration & profiling is ongoing by relevant agencies.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is alerting Nigerians to the dangers being faced in Libya and is warning citizens against travelling to such countries. “The Commission continues to sensitize our countrymen & women to desist from any form of irregular migration”

 

Yewande Oyediran Sentenced To 7 Years In Jail For Stabbing Her Husband To Death

A woman who stabbed her husband to death has been jailed for seven years.

Yewande Oyediran standing trial for allegedly killing her husband after a fight between them at their Ibadan home, was sentenced for manslaughter at the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, on Monday.

Justice Munta Abimbola of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Road, Ibadan, delivering judgement on the case, said the manslaughter submission was admitted because it was a marital squabble and not premeditated.

The judgement came for 29-year-old Yewande Oyediran (nee Fatoki), a lawyer with the Oyo State Ministry of Justice who was alleged of unlawfully causing the death of her 38 years old husband, Lowo Oyediran, her 38 years old husband, after counsels in the matter adopted their final written addresses.

Justice Abimbola had at the last hearing in October reserved judgment while adding that hearing notices will be served on all interested parties to inform them of the reserved date at the appropriate time while he commended the media for being objective in their report on the matter and for not engaging in sensationalism while the matter lasted.

 

Pictures From Orisefemi’s “Carnival” Wedding

 

The wedding of Nigerian dancehall music maker, Oritsefemi that took place today, was truly colourful.

The Ajegunle-born will sealed his union to Nabila Nash at a society wedding, which was open to all in Lagos,

Tagged #ON2017, Oritsefemi’s Gold and Silver themed wedding which is still ongoing at The Ark, Lekki, Lagos, as at the time of this article.

The couple had a private civil wedding in April, earlier this year

The groom has been outspoken about his love for Nabila, who is a PR expert working with Multichoice.
Earlier , Oritsefemi’s bride, had said the wedding was going to be a carnival.

Nabilla Fash made the statement while gushing over her husband when she saw their pre-wedding photos displayed on the electronic billboard on Lekki-Ikoyi roundabout.

Oritsefemi stepped out in full Niger Delta regalia, complete with a wrapper and all the accessories.

Here are some photos from the wedding.

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Meanwhile, crooner Banky W settled for a destination wedding with actress wife, Adesuwa Etomi in Capetown, South Africa.

The couple have taken the #BAAD2017 festivities down South to Cape Town, South Africa for the fourth and final leg of their wedding – the white wedding.

The couple jetted out with their close friends on Thursday to prepare for what many have termed a ‘national wedding’.

Although both weddings are being held at different sides of the continent, they have been tagged the weddings of the year.

 

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NIGERIAN ARMY PROMOTES 137 OFFICERS TO HIGHER RANKS

The Nigerian Army Council on Monday approved the promotion of 45 Brigadiers-General to Major Generals and 92 Colonels to Brigadiers-Generals.

A statement issued by the Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman ,listed some of those promoted to two star generals (Major Generals) as Brig.-Gen. H.O. Otiki, Acting Commander, Defence Headquarters Garrison; Brig.-Gen. O.O. Soleye, Acting Director Veteran Affairs and Defence Headquarters.

Others are: Acting Provost Marshal, Brig.- Gen. A.T. Hamman; Acting Military Secretary, Brig.-Gen. l. F Yahaya; Acting General Officers Commanding 3, 7 and 8 Divisions, Brig.-Gen. B.A. Ahanotu, I.M. Yusuf and S.O. Olabanji.

Also promoted to Major General are: Acting Commander, Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Brig.- Gen. J.I. Unuigbe; Brig.-Gen. A.A. Jidda, Acting Commander Nigerian Army Corps of Supply and Transport and Acting Chief of  Accounts and Budget (Army), Brig.-Gen. J.E. Jakko.

Promoted to the two star general are also Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. V.O. Ezugwu and Brig.- Gen. A.C.C. Agundu, Director, Foreign Liaison, Defence Intelligence Agency, Acting Commander, Headquarters Command Army Records, Brig.-Gen. H.E. Ayamasaowei and Brig.-Gen. M.S. Yusuf, Commander Guards Brigade, while late Brig.-Gen. B.A. Raji, was promoted posthumously.

Others elevated to Major general are: Brig.-Gen. O.F. Azinta, Commandant Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre and the Commandant Nigerian Army School of Infantry.

Brig.-Gen. J. Sarham, Brig.-Gen. T.A. Gagariga, Commander Nigerian Army School of Artillery and Brig.- Gen. L.F. Abdullahi, the Acting Commander Nigerian Army Education Corps have also been promoted Major General.

Brig.-Gen. J.G.K. Myam, Acting Director Operations and Brig.-Gen. U.S. Yakubu, Acting Director Peacekeeping Operations are now Major Generals.

In the category of those promoted to one star General (Brigadiers Generals) are Col. A. Israel,  Col. C.O.C. Ekulide of Defence Headquarters, Col. S.O.F. Olowolayemo, Col. J.T.E. Chukwu, Col. .E.E Eyong and the prolific writer, Col. D.C. Nengite.

Others are: Col. C.A. Dalhatu, Col. U.N. Babangida, Col. U.I. Mohammed, Col. N.U. Mukhtar, Col. O.G. Onubogu, Col. S.T. Shafaru, Col. G.G. Shipi and Col. A.S. Ishaq of 8 Division Provost Group.

Col. A.O.I. Kalajaiye, Col. J.C. Mbibi, Col. J.T.E. Chukwu, Col. H.A. Gambo and Col. L.B. Mohammed have been elevated to Brigadiers-General.

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FOREIGN TRAVELLERS AND DIASPORANS WARNED OF KIDNAPPING DANGERS AT NIGERIAN AIRPORTS

Anyone travelling to NIGERIA is being warned and advised to be vigilant and extra  careful at the airport.

Peiple are advised to make solid pick up arrangements before leaving London or anywhere you are travelling from and make sure you are kept informed of every detail of the plan or if any part of the plan is to change.

A lady who recently travelled from London to Lagos with her daughter came close to being abducted from the Murtala Mohammad Airport by a stranger who was waiting for them holding up a card bearing her name and all.

The guy practicality forced the lady to go with him insisting that her sister (whom she knew was on her way to pick her up and with whom she had just spoken with before disembarking from the plane) had sent him.

It took the intervention of strangers and the timely arrival of the sister, that unravelled and prevented a sinister kidnapping plot.

And do not rely on the intervention of the airport security personnel. When the incident was reported to them and even when the photograph of the would be abductor was shown to them, their attitude was “So what do you want us to do? Afterall, he didn’t succeed, did he?”
And they even told the woman off for taking the man’s picture!

Kidnapping is a major problem that are blighting the lives of many in the country and is proving a major headache for the authorities as some members of the police are sometimes found to be working with the kidnappers.

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Huge ransom demands of millions of naira are often made of family members who usually find themselves having to borrow or sell off properties in order to meet the ransom demands. In cases where the family is unable to meet the demands, the victims are simply kept indefinitely in captivity or in worst case scenarios, killed off. In other unfortunate circumstances, victims fall sick while in captivity which are usually in filthy, unhealthy and inhumane conditions and simply succumb to complications brought on by untreated illnesses.

Last week, a British optometrist and charity worker, Ian Squire died while being held in captivity.  Two other aid workers who were abducted with him were thankfully freed alive by authorities.

NIGERIAN SENATE APPROVES OGUN STATE £350M WORLD BANK LOAD

The Senate on Thursday approved 350 million dollars World Bank loan for Ogun State Development Policy Operation (DPO) as contained in the 2016-2018 Rolling Plan, PM News reported earlier today.

The approval followed the presentation of a report on the loan by Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Sen. Shehu Sani.

Presenting the report, Sani said that the committee observed that the Ogun State DPO budget for the loan had been approved by World Bank in 2016.

He added that the loan was further captured in the 2016-2018 borrowing plan as approved by the National Assembly.

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Ibikunle Amosun – Ogun State Governor

Sani noted that the committee also observed that the credit facility had an attractive low financing rate of 125 per cent interest, moratorium of five years and a five-year maturity term.

He said “the facility has already been captured in the 2016-2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

“It also has low and acceptable loan sustainability level, therefore it is eligible to borrow.

“The DPO loan will further help to enhance the capacity of the state government.

“The state has met the various conditions laid by World Bank and as such qualified for the loan.

“It has also put in place institutional framework for transparent and accountable budgetary and financial purpose.”

He explained that the projects to be funded by the facility would engender economic growth, increase revenue generation and create employment opportunities.

“The committee recommends that the Senate should go ahead and approve the loan as contained in the 2016-2018 external borrowing rolling plan of President Muhammadu Buhari,’’ Sani added.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, put the report to voice vote and was adopted by the lawmakers.