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A legislator may die soon – Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki

Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki, says a legislator may die soonA revelation has been reported which might take a life of a legislator.

Lots of prophecies have been unveiled about Nigerian leaders in 2017 and it appears the men of God are still revealing more prophecies. Just recently the General Overseer of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele revealed that all prosecutions are not over yet for the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

It was reported that the man of God had earlier warned Saraki in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Reacting to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over the weekend, Primate Ayodele revealed he can see a friction between the presidency and senators. He added that a legislator is likely to die.

He said: “There would still be a friction between the senators and the presidency. We must also pray against the death of a member of the National Assembly. We should pray that Nigerians would not cry. We have been saying since 2015 that corruption will fight back the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. We had also predicted in the yearly book of prophecy that a notorious kidnap kingpin would be arrested. That is contained in the 2016/2017 edition of the Warnings to the Nation.” Primate Ayodele also made a revelation about the Governor of Kogi state Yaya Bello. He disclosed that there would be serious attempts to rubbish his government.

He said: “We warned Governor Yaya Bello that there would be serious attempt to rubbish his government. Now God is telling the governor to tread softly on the tango between himself and Senator Dino Melaye.”

Speaking on the quit notice given to Igbos in Kaduna, the man of God said that: “The quit notice handed out to our Igbo brothers and sisters in the north is a strong indication that Nigeria is nearing a breaking point. It is only God that can save us from the imminent break-up and even destabilization.”Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki, says a legislator may die soon

Senate debunk plan to hike fuel price

Image result for Bukola SarakiInformation has it that President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has denied that the upper chamber of the National Assembly is proposing an increment in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) by N5 as part of measures to generate funds for road repairs and maintenance.

The Special Assistant to the Senate President on New Media, Mr. Bankole Omisore, in a statement on Saturday, denied the report that the legislature such a plan.

As part of the recommendations in the report by the Senate Committee on Works on the National Roads Fund Establishment Bill 2017, a levy of N5 will be imposed on every litre of PMS and Automobile General Oil (diesel) imported or refined in the country.

Omisore, however, explained that at the public hearing on the National Roads Fund Bill, the stakeholders were unanimous on the need to access a percentage of the funds for sustainable maintenance of roads from the pricing template of petroleum products.

He said while the unanimity was on a percentage, opinions varied as to what percentage. “Some argued for 25, 11, 7 and 5 per cent of the value of the price of the product,” he noted.

Politics: Bulletproof SUV linked to Saraki cost $298,000, not N298m – Senate

Image result for Bukola SarakiIt has been revealed that the Senate on Tuesday said the controversial armoured Range Rover Sports car bought by the National Assembly cost $298,000 and not N298m.

The car had been linked to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who, on Monday, denied buying the Sports Utility Vehicle.

The importer had, however, said the documents of the car were fake.

An online news portal, SaharaReporters, which made the allegation in a report published on March 18, 2017, said the seizure of the SUV, allegedly belonging to Saraki, was the reason the Senate was moving against the Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.).

The medium reported that the car was intercepted and impounded on January 11, 2017, by the service for allegedly having fake documents.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi, told journalists on Tuesday that reports on the car had been mischievous.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to the various false and mischievous reports in the media about the price of the vehicle, which the Senate was said to have bought as part of its convoy but was later abandoned when it got impounded by the Customs over controversy surrounding import duty payment.

“The correct price of the vehicle, when it was imported in 2015, is $298,000, which at the prevailing rate of N165 to a dollar is about N49.17m. The Senate paid N62.5m for the vehicle in November 2015. This is contrary to the mischief by those who decided to turn the  $298,000 to N298m as the price of the vehicle. For the avoidance of doubt, the price of that vehicle is N62.5m and not N298m.

“The Senate will appreciate it if all reports relating to the legislative institution, particularly on this vehicle matter, are reported with accuracy and all facts put in proper perspective. We urge journalists to avoid sensationalism. The Senate is a responsible institution and those who believe that when they have issues to explain before it,  the next thing to do is to resort to falsehood, blackmail, muckraking and mud-slinging, should know that they are just overheating the polity and undermining our democratic institution.

“Finally, the Senate wishes to reiterate our total commitment to upholding the rule of law and to work for Nigerians, in accordance with our constitution.”

While appearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Monday, the importer, Mr. Tokunbo Akindele, confirmed that the documents of the car were fake.

He, however, stated that no letter was received from the National Assembly for the clearing of the car.

He said, “There was no document received from the National Assembly for the clearing of the car. All the documents were received on receiving the car. We have the clearing documents, which we have found were fake, and these were what were given to us. We found this out in 2017, but there is no mention to the National Assembly even on the fake documents.

“No documents were submitted by the National Assembly. And there is no correlation with Senator Bukola Saraki in terms of clearing this car and the fake documents.”

Corruption rocks National Assembly, Dino,Saraki in trouble

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Developing story about the Senate, on Tuesday has it that Senate decided to investigate the allegation that an armoured Range Rover car said to worth N298m and seized by the Nigeria Customs Service belongs to the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki.

The move was based on a point of order raised by former Majority Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, who also called on the upper chamber of the National Assembly to investigate the allegation that Senator Dino Melaye did not complete his first degree in Geography at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Also, the ABU management said it would issue a statement on Melaye’s academic status on Wednesday (today).

An online news portal, SaharaReporters, which made the allegation in a report published on March 18, 2017, said the seizure of the Sports Utility Vehicle, allegedly belonging to Saraki, was the reason why the Senate was moving against the Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.).

The medium reported that the car was intercepted and impounded on January 11, 2017, by the service for allegedly having fake documents.

Ndume, at the plenary on Tuesday, said previous certificate scandals involving members of the National Assembly were probed by the lawmakers.

He said, “One has to do with the distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, and it was reported in a paper; I have it here. With your permission, I will want to, after making presentation, lay it down. It says that, ‘Senate on Vengeance After Nigeria Customs seized Senator Saraki’s bulletproof Range Rover Over Fake Documents.’

“My colleagues that are following events, particularly online, have seen, heard or read the rain of abuses on this Senate and the misconception of the fact that we invited the Customs CG based on a very unpopular policy that affects the people we represent.

“During the 4th Assembly, Salisu Buhari was accused of certificate forgery; he was investigated and his fate determined. After that, in the 5th Assembly, Bello Masari was accused of certificate forgery (secondary school); it was investigated and was cleared. In the 6th National Assembly, Dimeji Bankole was accused of not having NYSC certificate; it was investigated and he had to show his NYSC certificate.

“Now, that brings me to the second matter. In the National Assembly, here in the Senate of the 4th Assembly, Enwerem was accused and it was also investigated. Wabara was accused of collecting a bribe and it was investigated and determined. So, a lot of precedence had been set. Now, the second matter of privilege affects my colleague, Sheikh Dino Melaye, and it is in The Punch of today (Tuesday) on Page 10; I have the newspaper. In The Punch, it says, ‘Dino Melaye in first degree certificate scandal.’”

Ndume also quoted an online medium with a report titled, ‘Dino Melaye Allegedly Did Not Graduate From University.’

He added, “Therefore, accordingly, I will appeal we refer the matter to the Ethics and Privileges Committee to investigate so that our colleagues would be cleared and this Senate will stand as it is supposed to.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, referred the matter to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which was asked to report back to the lawmakers in four weeks.

Saraki, however, denied any link with the seized car.

The Special Adviser to Senate President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a statement, stated that  the allegation “lacks basis as it was outright falsehood.”

Olaniyonu said from the facts and documents about the seized vehicle, it was obvious that the Senate President had nothing to do with the importation of any vehicle.

He said, “A supplier was engaged by the Senate to supply a vehicle. While transferring the vehicle between Lagos and Abuja, it was impounded by the customs. We believe that is an issue between the supplier and the customs because the Senate has not taken delivery. So, why is somebody trying to drag the name of Saraki into the issue?

“The documents on the vehicle are there for the general public to view and make their conclusions. Now that the matter has been referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, all the facts will be out.”

Melaye, who is a member of the committee, in his reaction after the plenary, told journalists that he was ready to be probed. He also said he would suspend his membership of the panel pending the determination of the case.

He said, “I’m here to respond to the issue raised by the … senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ali Ndume. I want to say, to me, it is a welcome development. Democracy is about investigation and no senator is above investigation. To me, it is a welcome development and it will finally clear the air on all the malicious and vindictive allegations.

“To say that I did not graduate from ABU is to say that I am not a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ABU is a very prestigious university in this country and it is not possible for one to be running a Master’s programme in the university when one did not graduate from a university. I have successfully completed one and I am doing the second one.

“I want to announce that this is the eighth degree that I am pursuing. I am also a graduate of the University of Abuja, where I did Master’s in Policy Analysis. I am a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science. I am also a graduate of Harvard University. The course I am pursuing now will make it my eighth degree.”

When asked what would happen to his membership of the panel directed to probe him, Melaye replied, “Definitely, in the interest of justice, I will excuse myself from the consideration of this matter except when invited for questioning.”

He added, “I have my admission letters, results, certificate of discharge from ABU. Not only that, I was the Student Union Government President of ABU. On three occasions, I was the most popular student on campus.”

However, the Information Officer of ABU, Mr. Adamu Muhammed, told one of our correspondents that the university would issue a formal statement on the status of Melaye on Wednesday (today).

He said, “We are gathering all the facts from the faculty and the department concern and we will issue a press statement tomorrow (today).”


Politics: Oyegun meets with Saraki, others, over APC crisis

Oyegun meets with Saraki, others, over APC crisisThe leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will on Monday, December 5, meet with the Senate leadership at the secretariat of the party in Abuja.

Leadership of the APC meets leadership of the Senate to settle crisis in the Party.

The meeting which would be the first since the inauguration of the National Assembly on June 9, 2015, is aimed at laying a new solid ground on which relationships in the party can be renewed.

This Day reports that the move was part of the fresh arrangements to strengthen the renewed relationship between the executive and the legislature as well as the relationship between the party leadership and the leadership of the National Assembly.

It was gathered that this renewed move is to bury the hatchet between the party leadership and the National Assembly, sources reveal that today’s meeting will set the pace for a forthcoming meeting with the APC caucus in the National Assembly.

The meeting will cement a fresh romance between the APC caucus and leaders of the ruling APC to be led by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

It was further learnt that the planned meeting with the leadership of the party and the National Assembly will hold before the National Assembly proceeds on Christmas and New Year break. A source privy to the information told THISDAY last night that the meeting would either take place before or after the presentation of the 2016 budget.

This new move was spurred by a piece of advice to the presidency that it was not enough for President Muhammadu Buhari to commence moves to build a better relationship with the Senate leadership without involving the party leadership.

Besides Senate President Bukola Saraki visiting the Presidential Villa three times in one week, a rare development since his emergence as the Senate president on June 9, last year, the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, had recently visited Saraki in his office where he emphasised the need to chart a new course within the party.

Alleged forgery scandal: Saraki, Ekweremadu, others get bail

Alleged forgery: Saraki, Ekweremadu, others get conditional bailReports have it that the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and two others were yesterday arraigned before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Jabi, Abuja over their alleged involvement in the forgery of the 2011 Senate Standing Orders.

Saraki, Ekweremadu, former Clerk of the Senate Salihu Abubakar Maikasuwa and Deputy Clerk Benedict Efeturi were arraigned before Justice Yusuf Haliru on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and forgery.

The four defendants – each of them facing a maximum of 14 years imprisonment –  pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.

The defence team comprising Ikehwukwu Ezechukwu (SAN) for Maikasuwa, Mahmud Magaji (SAN) for Efeturi; Paul Erokoro (SAN) for Ekweremadu and Joseph Daudu (SAN) for Saraki, later argued the separate bail applications filed for each of the defendants.

They said the offences for which their clients were arraigned were ordinarily bailable and pleaded with the judge to grant bail to all the defendants in view of their status in the society and that they respected the court by turning themselves in on learning about the charge against them.

Lead prosecution lawyer Muhammad Diri did not oppose Saraki’s bail on the ground that he heads the legislative arm of the government, and that a denial of bail for the Senate President has the capacity of destabilising that arm of the government.

Diri, who is the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF), opposed bail to the three others on the ground that they earlier evaded service of the charge on them. He relied on the provision of Section 162(b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015 and urged the court to reject bail to Maikasuwa, Efeturi and Ekweremadu because they could evade trial.

Responding on point of law, the defence argued that since the defendants were already in court, what happened before their arraignment was no longer material.

Magaji noted that the provision of Section 162(b) of the ACJA relates only to where a person charged with criminal offence with punishment exceeding three years could only be denied bail where he/she exhibits the tendency to evade trial.

Daudu, Erokoro and Ezechukwu argued in a similar manner, with Daudu noting that by the positions held by the defendants, they cannot jump bail.

He urged the court to admit all of them to bail since they are all facing a similar charge, and the prosecution having elected not to oppose bail for the Senate President, who was listed as the 3rddefendant.

In a  consolidated ruling, Justice Haliru noted that the essence of bail was to ensure that the liberty of the accused person (defendant), as guaranteed under the Constitution, is protected and to ensure that such a defendant attends court to stand trial.

He added that the decision to grant bail was at the discretion of the court after considering all conditions.

The judge, who relied on the provision of the ACJA in relation to the provision that a person standing trial should be granted bail to enable him/her prepare for his/her defence.

The judge granted bail to the defendants, but on the conditions that each should produce two sureties, who must have property either in Asokoro, Maitama, Wuse 2 or Garki (all in Abuja).

He said the defendant would be remanded in Kuje prison, Abuja should they fail to meet the conditions attached to the bail granted them at the close of work yesterday.

The medium size courtroom located on the second floor of the three-floor courthouse had been  packed as at 8am. By 8.30am, a detachment of security personnel, including the regular police, riot police and men of the Department of State Service (DSS), some of who were stationed at the main entrance to the court premises, restricted access to the premises when the court house was becoming overcrowded.

By 8.45am, the defendants and some legislators, who accompanied them, entered the court premises in a long convoy of vehicles. They went straight into the court room.

When the judge emerged from his chambers around 9am, the packed courtroom became rowdy, with many politicians and lawyers struggling for the few chairs available. The judge immediately returned to his office and directed that the courtroom be cleared, a directive that became impossible for court officials to enforce.

The judge returned to the courtroom about 30 minutes later. Before the proceedings, the judge urged lawyers representing the parties and the media to be fair in their dealings in relation to the case. He promised to be just to all.

“We must do this with the fear of God in our hearts. We must remember that we are one. We must remember that God has given us the opportunity to help shape our legal process. I represent all interests. I shall do all within my best to ensure justice in this case,” the judge said.

Dressed in national attires, Saraki, Ekweremadu, Maikasuwa and Efeturi stood quietly in the dock as proceedings progressed. They were later allowed to sit around 11.30a.m. when Magaji urged the court to allow them to sit down.

The proceedings that lasted for about two and half hours, ended at 11.35a.m., when the court adjourned till July 11 for the commencement of trial.

As at 1pm yesterday, all the defendants had left the court premises, having formalised the bail process.

The statement of offence in relation to count one of the charge marked: CR/219/2016 reads: “Criminal conspiracy, contrary to Section 97 of the Penal Code Law.”

The particulars of offence in relation to the count reads: “That you Salihu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benidict Efeturi, Dr.  Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th day of June 2015 at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this court, conspired among yourselves to forge the Senate Standing Order 2011(as amended) and you thereby committed an offence of conspiracy, punishable under Section 97(1) of the Penal Code Law.”

The statement of offence in relation to count two is “Forgery, contrary to Section 362 of the Penal Code Law.”

The particulars of offence in relation to this count reads: “That you Salihu Abubakar Maikasuwa, Benidict Efeturi, Dr.  Olubukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu on or about the 9th day of June,  2015 at the National Assembly Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with fraudulent intent, forged the Senate Standing  Order 2011 (as amended), causing it to be believed as genuine Standing Order 2015  and circulated same for use  during the inauguration of  the 8th Senate of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when you knew that the said Order was not made in compliance with the procedure for the amendment of Senate Order. You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 364 of the Penal Code Law.”

Gbese! Saraki receives salary for four years after tenure

As trending news has it the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja heard yesterday that the Kwara State Government paid about N1.2million monthly as salary and pension to former Governor Bukola Saraki, four years after he ceased to occupy the office.  Saraki was governor between 2003 and 2011.

A prosecution witness in his false assets declaration trial before the CCT said although Saraki had been a senator since May 2011, after the expiration of his second term as governor, the state government only “stopped crediting his account with N1,165,466.12 monthly as salary and or pension on August 31, 2015”.

Michael Wetkas, an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), who opened his testimony on Tuesday as the first prosecution witness, continued yesterday.

Wetkas, led in evidence by the lead prosecution witness, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), testified for about five hours, during which he gave details of transactions in Saraki’s three accounts operated in naira, dollar and pound sterling with the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

The witness gave details of how several funds, which he said belonged to Kwara State, were allegedly diverted into Saraki’s private accounts both in Nigeria and overseas, with which he purportedly acquired property and liquidated some personal loans.

Wetkas, who drew the tribunal’s attention to some “suspicious” transactions in the defendant’s accounts with GTB, noted that during investigation, it was discovered that the identity of those making payments into the accounts were deliberately hidden by the bank.

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