Archive for April, 2015

(Society) Igbinedion Jails For Six Years @semaotakeit

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A Federal High Court in Benin on Thursday sentenced Patrick Eboigbodin, an aide to a former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine for money laundering.
The presiding judge, Justice A. M. Liman, also sentenced a younger brother to the state ex-Governor, Michael Igbinedion, to six years imprisonment, with an option of fine of N1m for each of the three counts 79, 80 and 81, for which he was convicted.
‎Igbinedion, Eboigbodin and four companies were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an 81 counts bothering on money laundering.
‎The four companies are Gava Corporation Limited, Romrig Nigeria Limited, PML Securities Company Limited and PML Nigeria Limited, addressed as the third to sixth accused persons.
The offences were said to have been committed during the administration of the former governor.

Eboigbodin was sentenced to two years each on 10 counts, while the court orderd the closure and forfeiture of assets of the sixth acc‎used, (PML Limited) to the Federal Government.

It also mandated the company to pay the sum of N250, 000.

Justice Liman noted that the prosecution proved the alleged collaboration beyond reasonable doubts but discharged all the accused persons on other counts on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove the allegations.

The judge further explained that the prosecution only proved suspicion but failed to prove illicit origin of funds deposited in the said banks.
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Earlier, counsel for the first, third to sixth accused persons, Richard Ahonanuogho, acknowledged that the 10 counts brought against his clients ‎centred on money laundering as contained in Section 14 (1) of the Money Laundering Act (2004) and the law provided a sentence of two to three years imprisonment.
He, however, urged the court to use its discretion to award a fine or apply a suspended sentence as the first accused was a first offender, was still in his late 50’s and had not benefited from the said offence.
Counsel for the second accused, Abubakar Shamsudeen, had told the court that his client had pleaded leniency based on his age, being a first offender and victim of the system, based on the office he occupied when the offence was committed.
He, therefore, urged the court to apply an option of fine, not below N250, 000 or N500, 000 and not more than N1m in lieu of imprisonment.
‎But the counsel for the EFCC, Tayo Olukotun, urged the court not to be persuaded by the plea for leniency by the accused‎, arguing that their conviction was in line with the provision of the law and that the call for suspended sentence was not within the court’s jurisdiction.
The prosecution also submitted that the claim of non-criminal benefit by the first accused was not an issue because the crime had already been established.
He subsequently canvassed both option of fine and imprisonment.

(Politics) PDP defectors will come back with empty stomach -Jonathan @tj_shetade

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said all members of the Peoples Democratic Party who defected to the All Progressives Congress because he lost the March 28 presidential election would return with empty stomach.

He said the leaders of the APC would first settle their existing members before thinking of settling defectors.

He added that “food” may have finished before it gets to the turn of the defectors to eat.

Jonathan spoke shortly after receiving the report of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation led by Senator Ahmadu Ali at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

(Video) Oritsefemi Vs Malaika Performances Competition at Eleko Beach @tj_shetade

Who control crowd between rave of the moment, Oritsefemi and Fuji Music Star, Malaika?

 

(Politics) Unedited Statement of PDP on Adamu Mu-Azu Over Alleged Resignation Saga @semaotakeit

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There were reports in some dailies today that PDP Chairman Adamu Mu-Azu has been asked to resign and that he and other PDP National Working Committee members who attended a meeting yesterday were asked to go out  by some governors before the official end of the meeting. PDP has released a statement denying there was a dispute or that Mu’azu was asked to resign. The statement below…
The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is not in dispute with PDP Governors’ Forum or any other organ of the party.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Thursday said that the “NWC was never asked to resign by the forum of governors or any other organ of the party for that matter”

“For the avoidance of doubt therefore, the NWC states that at no time was the National Chairman of our great party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu walked out of the meeting of the governors, neither was he in any way ill-treated at that meeting contrary to reports in some section of the media.

“To put the records straight, our National Chairman upon invitation by the governors attended the meeting alongside our Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon and left after a brief and fruitful discussion with the governors. He was not at any time asked to resign and nothing close to such was ever insinuated at the meeting.

“For purposes of clarification, the National Working Committee as a duly elected organ of the party has a constitutionally guaranteed tenure which expires in March 2016. It is therefore focused on galvanizing every organ and interests within the PDP with a view to re-engineering it for the task ahead.

“To this end, the NWC is currently working hand in hand with strategic stakeholders including PDP governors towards repositioning our great party and regaining power at the center by 2019.

“In this regard, the National Working Committee in its meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2015 constituted a special committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. The committee membership is drawn from all the key stakeholders of the party including members of the forum of governors.

“Furthermore, the NWC states that it holds the PDP Governors’ Forum in very high esteem, especially its Chairman, Governor Godswill Akpabio, who has worked assiduously for the progress of the party.

“Finally, the NWC restates that it enjoys the confidence and respect of all our organs and structures across board, particularly the PDP governors who individually and collectively appreciate that the supremacy of the party is more important than anything else at this point in time.

Signed:

Olisa Metuh

National Publicity Secretary

(News) Why PHCN privatised assets Must Be Probed, TMG tells Buhari

A civil rights organisation, Transition Monitoring Group, on Thursday called on the President-Elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to thoroughly investigate all the national assets privatised by the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in Nigeria.

In doing so, the organisation said the incoming administration should beam its searchlight on the defunct National Electric Power Authority (which transformed to Power Holding Company of Nigeria), an agency, it said, “has become synonymous with corruption in Nigeria.”

The Chairman of TMG, Mr. Ibrahim Zikirullahi, at a press briefing in Abuja, also said it was also planning to “closely monitor governance processes and outcomes, using some structures and methodology to ensure that government fulfills its electoral promises to all Nigerians.”

While calling on Buhari to follow up on his promises by declaring a full scale war on corruption, TMG said it preferred that the anti-corruption agencies be strengthened and made independent to prosecute the war.

The pressure group called on Buhari to bolster the anti-corruption agencies such as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by injecting fresh and radical minds, and giving it financial and ‘prosecutorial’ autonomy.”

Zikirullahi said, “We call for the investigation of all the privatisation of our national assets by the PDP government, particularly the sale of NEPA. Indeed, this is one agency that has become synonymous with corruption in Nigeria. We also call for a comprehensive probe of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, which has over the years degenerated into stinking cesspit of official corruption.

“For us, the so called privatization of the (power) sector has ended in nothing but unmitigated disaster. It is fraudulent that an extensive privatization exercise failed to produce a reliable due diligence report proficient enough to identify and proffer solutions to the technical challenges that have dogged the sector.

“We wonder why a process that claims to have observed due diligence would result in the granting of loans to the Distribution Companies to pay for assets they were supposed to have been financially capable of acquiring in the first place.

“To spotlight the specious nature of these transactions, besides granting the DISCOs cheap interest loans not opened to other players in critical sectors, Nigerians are equally forced to pay the DISCO through monthly standing charges, not minding the erratic nature of electricity supply.

“This monumental rip-off of the Nigerian and the nation’s commonwealth has been the hallmark of the so called privatization. The President-elect will serve our nation’s interest well by revisiting the heist in the power sector that goes by the name privatization.”

(Photo) Some Rescued Girls By Military From Sambisa Forest @semaotakeit

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This Yoruba Actors Self! See Odulade Adekola in New Movie Location @tj_shetade

Odunlade AdekolaAce Nollywood Actor, Odulade Adekola features in new movie.  Can you act in this setting?

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