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BUY656: Memry Savanhu: From Zimbabwe with love

SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Memry Savanhu is a Zimbabwean actress, filmmaker and an entrepreneur based in Lagos and partially London. She studied drama in London and filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi. Memry has featured in many Nollywood movies including Lagos Cougars, One Fine Day, On Bended Knees and soon-to-be-released Nigerian historical drama, 76. In this exclusive interview with Guardian Woman, she speaks why she chose to settle in Nigeria and her role in ‘76’.

You are probably the most recognised Zimbabwean actress in Nigeria? Was the transition to Nollywood deliberately?
I am unaware of any other Zimbabwean actors or actresses who have featured in Nollywood before. I would like to think that I am breaking new ground and paving the way for aspiring Zimbabwean actors and actresses who wish to further their careers. There is another Zimbabwean personality called Vimbai Mutinhiri who has ventured into movies but has made a name as a television presenter.
My transition into Nollywood was deliberate. I saw the growth and potential in African film making and wanted to be a part of it. Nollywood is the largest and most successful sector of the African film industry so naturally I felt this was the best place for me to work. I saw the potential to tell my own stories and share my talent with a wider African audience. It was also an opportunity to introduce some diversity to Nollywood.

What prompted you to relocate to Nigeria? Has it paid off for you?
For me to work in Nollywood successfully I had to be based in Nigeria not just from a practical stand-point but also from an experiential viewpoint. Being based in Nigeria allows me to engage with the people and culture which is valuable for me as an actress and a producer. It allows me to relate to the people whose culture I portray in films.

I feel that I have been largely accepted by the industry and the move has had a lot of positives. But as with anything in life I also have experienced my fair share of challenges. However, with time and experience we will improve as an industry.

How did you get to be starred in 76, a movie inspired by ? How was the experience working with Rita Dominic and Ramsey Nouah?
I had previously worked with director, Izu Ojukwu on my first ever film in Nollywood, The Distance Between, and ever since then he has become one of my mentors. As a producer, we worked together on The Distance Between, which he directed. I was very impressed with his work as a director and I felt we have chemistry. He is an amazing director and is someone who I always eager to work with. When the script was sent to me I was amazed by the storyline, but I had my doubts regarding the suitability of my strengths for the role. At the time I felt that there were other more suitable actresses. It came as a bit of a surprise when Izu informed me that I had the part.

However, because of our previous work together, I knew that he was aware of my ability and in that respect I can see why I was selected for the role.
In addition to working with Izu on The Distance Between, I had also worked with Rita on that film. She displayed a fantastic work ethic and professionalism and she continued to exhibit the same qualities on the set of 76. Both Rita and Ramsey are an absolute pleasure to work with. I have learned a lot from both of them.

One of the themes of the movie relates to strength of soldiers’ wives. Does this speak to your personal life in any way?
The film is based in the 70s and my experience of that period is through the eyes of my mother. Although she is not an army wife, she experienced the latter stages of the liberation war in Zimbabwe during that time. Those who were not directly involved in the fighting had to provide support to the guerrillas. For most women it meant providing meals as well as intelligence and my mother was one such woman. She is proud to have played her part in liberating the country and serves as an inspiration for me. In addition, the 70s were a time of struggle for most Africans politically and we are bound by that struggle; it unites us because we can relate to each other’s experiences regardless of whether you were in Nigeria or Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe, your country of origin, is facing biting poverty. Do you have plans of speaking against, and perhaps, of correcting some of the ills that led to the situation?
I do not think that poverty is confined to Zimbabwe. As a country we are going through a phase that is obviously challenging for a lot of people. I believe that this is a phase, a season. However, I also believe in Zimbabweans. We are resilient and hardworking, and will overcome our challenges as a nation. Often the biggest challenges are what builds future character. The lessons that we are learning now will equip us for future challenges.

Are there specific Zimbabwean cultural and historical narratives you wish to make into movies?
There are but nothing that I can specifically identify at present. However, I would like to bring some of my cultural and historical influences into my work in general. It is inevitable because one is shaped by their culture and experiences. I would also like to bring in other African influences, not just from Zimbabwe, because I believe that our continent is blessed with diversity of culture and history. We have a lot of shared values, cultures and experiences and also have a lot of unique qualities. There are a lot of untold stories in Africa and we have to tell those stories to the rest of the world in our own unique way.

You produce and act, which of these comes easier for you? Do you plan to specialise in either of the two later?
I am more of a producer than an actress. It comes more naturally to me and I plan to venture more into production than acting in the future. I am a story teller and that is my strength. Acting confines me to stories that are being told in the eyes of another person and I feel this limits me as an artist. I would like be free to tell stories in my own way. There are a lot of stories that I would like to share with the world. I would also like to control the process because there is a lot more to experience as a filmmaker in making a film. That is not to say that the stories that I am a part of as an actress are not interesting or engaging. 76, for example, is a brilliant story and I enjoyed being a part of telling it. However, I would like to summon all the resources that the African continent affords us including different languages and locations. There are many exotic locations that would make amazing film locations around the continent.

Having been in Nollywood for a few years, what do you think industry practitioners need to do to make Nollywood better?
Nollywood is relatively new compared to Hollywood and Bollywood, the two other titans of the film industry. We are learning and improving as we go along. There are obviously still some challenges. For me the biggest challenge as an actress is scheduling and time management. We still have challenges with time management and meeting deadlines.

The other area where I would like to see Nollywood improve is in distribution. At the moment distribution is rather limited to Nigeria and Ghana. There is growing interest on the African continent and there has to be a more concerted effort to distribute films across the continent. The market across Africa is potentially very large. Without the widespread access to the internet that Africans abroad enjoy, it is necessary to find ways of distributing films using conventional methods to all corners of the continent.

Has being a single mum impacted the way you work?
Not at all. I am just like any other person with responsibilities. I am not unique. There are other mothers and fathers out there who have a lot more to juggle with a lot less resources than I have. I feel blessed to have my children and to be able to pursue my dreams.

Who is Memry Savanhu?
I am a proud African and a child of the Zezuru tribe. Primarily I am a mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend and peer. I am people person who loves to give. I am happiest when I am giving whether as an actress or giving back to my community. I evoke people’s dreams and emotions. I raise a mirror to society while at the same time giving it hope and aspiration. I am very grounded. My mother taught me that strength does not mean losing your humility. Even though I am an actress I am very private; an introvert. When the acting and film-making is done, and all that is associated with it; the awards ceremonies, the premieres and promotional events, I prefer the comfort of my private space.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Substitute Olivier Giroud converted Arsenal’s first effort on target in the 89th minute to rescue a smash-and-grab 1-1 draw for Arsene Wenger’s side at Manchester United on Saturday.

Juan Mata’s 69th-minute strike looked to have earned Jose Mourinho’s United a much-needed win, only for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to tee up his fellow substitute Giroud for a last-gasp leveller.

The result preserved Arsenal’s six-point lead over sixth-place United, but left United falling even further behind the table leaders.

Arsenal remain without a league win at Old Trafford in 10 years and Wenger has still not beaten Mourinho in the league in 12 attempts.

But this was a draw that will have felt like a win for the Frenchman, particularly after Mourinho provocatively cited his 12-year wait for a league title in the build-up to the game.

Giroud’s goal, only his fourth of the season, extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions and left United with just two wins from their last nine league fixtures.

Mourinho, who shared an icy handshake with Wenger before and after the match, must now rouse his players for Thursday’s key Europa League home game with Feyenoord.

Alexis Sanchez came through a fitness check on a troublesome hamstring to boost Arsenal and he was his usual, buzzing self in the early stages, steering a header off-target from Theo Walcott’s flick-on.

But with Michael Carrick anchoring United’s midfield again and Antonio Valencia, back from a fractured arm, supplying drive from right-back, there was poise and purpose to the hosts’ football.

– Valencia penalty claim –

Carrick’s presence allowed Paul Pogba to get forward and he gave a glimpse of his ability by steamrollering Francis Coquelin and drilling a cross into the box that Arsenal managed to clear.

United felt they should have had a penalty in the 35th minute when Valencia nutmegged Nacho Monreal and then went down as the Spaniard leaned across him, but referee Andre Marriner said no.

Pogba then teed up Mata, who had earlier bent a free-kick wide, for a low shot that Petr Cech pushed around the post and the Arsenal goalkeeper also saved three times from Anthony Martial.

Arsenal did not register a shot of note in the first half, but as United’s momentum waned after half-time, Mourinho turned to his bench.

Wayne Rooney, aiming to redeem himself from late-night carousing while on England duty last weekend, and Daley Blind came on, with Martial and Matteo Darmian making way.

Slowly, United picked up the pace and with 21 minutes remaining they made the breakthrough.

Pogba’s pass sent Ander Herrera haring towards the byline on the right and from his cut-back, Spanish compatriot Mata arrived to send the ball past Cech with a sumptuously crisp side-foot effort.

Wenger introduced Giroud for Mohamed Elneny, which saw Sanchez, whose influence had dimmed, withdraw to the left flank, and Granit Xhaka also entered the fray.

Mourinho’s men continued to dominate, Marcos Rojo heading wide from Blind’s deep cross, only for Oxlade-Chamberlain to skin Marcus Rashford before crossing for Giroud to snatch an unlikely point.


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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: The police have arrested an eight-man gang of armed robbers said to be terrorising Abuja, Kogi and Kano states. Among them is Rekia Musa, a divorcee and Accounting graduate of the Kogi State University, who told the police that she had only been an informant for the gang for four months.

The police said the gang had links with a suspect, Zakeria Isiaka arrested recently by the Inspector-General of Police Response Team,  along the Okene-Akure Expressway. It would be recalled that on November 5, Saturday PUNCH had reported Isiaka’s claim that he could have become the Chief Security Officer of Kogi State if the late All Progressives Congress candidate in the governorship election in Kogi State, Abubakar Audu, had not die.

Others arrested along with Musa are Ismaila Abdulmumuni, Abu-Amidu Disu, Tenimu  Musa, Boniface David, Aliu Isah and Danjuma Cyprian.

A police source told Saturday PUNCH that the suspects confessed to have carried out several robbery operations, including an April 2015 operation in Abuja where about N200m was stolen from some politicians.

In her statement, Musa, popularly called Hajia, explained that about four months ago, one of her friends, Isha Mohammed, approached her and said he knew some politicians who had stolen public money and hidden them in their houses.

She said, “He asked if I could help him to get a charm that would make it possible for him to disappear, called Etubi. He said if he could disappear into the politician’s house and steal the money unnoticed, he would give me a large cut of the money.

“I then travelled to my village in Agba Local Government Area of Kogi State and met a boy called Tenimu. I told him about the plan and he promised that he could get the charm.

“But instead, Tenimu told his friends about the money. The friends were armed robbers. They then came and tricked me into taking them to the politician’s house in Kano State.”

According to Musa, when the gang got to the house in Kano, they were discouraged by the heavy presence of policemen and went back home.

However, she said she became upset because the plan did not fall through.

“I thought targetting politicians who have stolen government money was a good idea because I was broke. Few days later, Isah got another piece of information about an immigration officer based in Lagos, who had stolen government money.

“I contacted my gang and we went to the man’s house and robbed him. But we didn’t get as much money as Isah told us the man had at home.”

Police sources said the suspects came on the radar of security agents after robbing the immigration officer, a comptroller in the service.

Musa, AKA Hajia, also allegedly went around town to scout for victims for the gang before her arrest.

Twenty-five-year-old Mohammed, who brought the information about the immigration officer to the gang,  explained that it was the only operation he ever went with the gang.

The suspect, also a Kogi State indigene, explained the he was a fashion designer with a shop in Bwari area of Abuja.

He said, “It was the bad friends I met in Abuja that led me into armed robbery.  There was this customer, Ismaila, whom I made clothes for. He was the first person who told me about the money the politicians usually brought to his office at Mabuchi area of Abuja.

“He said the politicians shared the money there and he said he could rob them. I then told him about one of my customers, Dan, who normally wore a charm around his waist. I told him he could take part in the robbery.

“I also told another friend, Ismaila (Abdulmumuni). When I informed Dan about the money and the plan to rob the politicians, he said we should hold a meeting along the Duste Expressway in Abuja. He also brought some of his friends and Dan asked that we should go to the place.

“After a while, Dan said we might need guns for the robbery and that the politicians might have some powerful charms.”

Mohammed said on the day the politicians came again to share money at the location, the gang was immediately alerted by Abdulmumuni. The gang stormed the place and robbed the politicians of over N200m.

Mohammed said, “After the operation, Dan called and gave me N4.5m, which he said I should share with Ismalia. But I later learnt that we actually got more than  N200m from the robbery. Dan alone got N25m.”

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SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday urged Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos to issue a warrant for the arrest of a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, along with his former aide, Chief Waheed Akanbi, for allegedly laundering N4.7bn. 

A counsel for the anti-graft agency, Mr. Oluwafemi Olabisi, made the application on Friday following the absence of Ladoja in court for his proposed re-arraignment.

Olabisi told the court that the accused were invited to the EFCC, but that the duo did not honour the agency’s invitation and also deliberately stayed away from court.

He, therefore, urged the court to issue bench warrants against the accused, arguing that without their attendance in court, their trial could not proceed.

But Ladoja’s lawyer, Mr. Bolaji Onilenla, who said he was the one who instructed Ladoja to stay away from court on Friday, urged Justice Idris not to issue a warrant for the arrest of his client.

Onilenla argued that besides the fact that his client had not been properly informed of the re-opening of the case, his appeal against the charges at the Supreme Court was still pending.

Ladoja, who was first arraigned in 2008 alongside Akanbi, had since proceeded on appeal up to the Supreme Court to challenge the charges against him.

He also obtained an order to stay further proceedings in the case pending the outcome of the appeal.

But the Supreme Court on April 15, 2015 dismissed Ladoja’s appeal for being incompetent pursuant to the provisions of Order 6 Rule 3(2) of the Supreme Court Rules 1999.

However, Ladoja, who contended that he was not heard at all before the appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court, had on October 27, 2016 filed an application seeking to re-list the appeal at the apex court.

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Saturday, 19 November 2016 21:37

BUY656: I’ve no regrets, says Al-Mustapha

SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the Chief Security Officer of former military head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, on Friday in Enugu, said he had no regrets over his actions and subsequent travails.

Al-Mustapha was arrested and tried for the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola, following Abacha’s death in 1998. On January 30, 2012, he was convicted by a Lagos High Court and sentenced to death by hanging.

However, reprieve came his way when he was discharged and acquitted of the crime by the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal on July 12, 2013.

Speaking as a guest lecturer during the closing ceremony of the ‘Press Week’ of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Enugu State Chapter, Al-Mustapha said he did not regret anything that happened.

Responding to a question from a member of the audience, he said, “What I went through from 1998 to 2002 was nothing compared to what I went through from 2002 to 2015.

“While I was in service, I stood by my oath to serve and defend my country. I don’t have any regrets. Regret does not exist in my life. In the absence of pain there is no gain so it is all experience. I thank God for everything. Also, I don’t have any regrets for not exploiting my position to enrich myself – it is better for me to suffer than to destroy Nigeria.”

In the lecture entitled: ‘Herdsmen menace in Nigeria: The way forward’, Al-Mustapha blamed politicians for the upsurge in herdsmen attacks across the country.

He said politicians were to blame for the sophisticated weapons in the hands of the herdsmen, noting that in many instances, political thugs masquerade as cattle herdsmen to attack farmers.

“Political thuggery over the years has led to arms in wrong hands. It has been established that most of the clashes between herdsmen and farmers usually occur after elections, because the thugs are no longer active, and having been armed already, they commit crimes which are blamed on herdsmen.”

Al-Mustapha described Nigeria’s political leaders as ‘termites’.  According to him, they have eaten up the country.

“Nigeria is not a patriotic country – Nigeria’s leaders are like termites. They eat and eat until the fabric of the wood is gone; they eat everything until the inside becomes empty.

“When you look at them they are the same termites they were yesterday,” he said.

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Saturday, 19 November 2016 21:33

X365TV.COM: Leicester lose 2-1 to Watford

SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: Watford scored inside the opening 33 seconds as they defeated champions Leicester at Vicarage Road.

Etienne Capoue volleyed the Hornets into the lead – their fastest Premier League goal – before Roberto Pereyra curled in a second after 12 minutes.

Leicester pulled one back when Riyad Mahrez converted a penalty after Miguel Britos’ clumsy foul on Jamie Vardy.

But the Foxes could not score again and remain without an away league victory this season.

Leicester become only the third reigning top-flight champions, after Leeds in 1992 and Blackburn in 1995, to start a Premier League season without a win from their opening six away games.

Watford had been embarrassed 6-1 at Liverpool in their last match and boss Walter Mazzarri demanded an improved performance.

But even he could not have expected the blistering start they made as they went ahead in the opening minute.

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who had missed England’s matches against Scotland and Spain with a rib injury, gave the ball away and that enabled Pereyra to sprint down the left wing before his cross was flicked on by Troy Deeney, with Capoue volleying past Ron-Robert Zieler.

Pereyra doubled the advantage shortly after, cutting inside Drinkwater on the edge of the penalty area and curling the ball into the corner.

Leicester fought back with a penalty after only 14 minutes, but were frustrated and denied by a resolute home defence as the hosts held on for the win.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: The Federal Government will on November 21 arraign a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, before the Federal High Court in Abuja on charges of money laundering and others relating to violation of provisions of Immigration Act relating to obtaining of passports. 

Our correspondent learnt on Thursday that the case had been assigned to Justice John Tsoho.

It was gathered that the court’s registrars, had on the instruction of the judge, issued and served notices for the arraignment scheduled to hold on Monday on parties to the suit.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution on Wednesday confirmed to our correspondent that it had received the court’s hearing notice.

The amended charges with suit number FHC/ABJ/CR/232/2016, raised the number of counts from original 10 to 14.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had on Wednesday amended the charges raising fresh allegations of money laundering  involving N505m against him.

It was alleged that the sum of N505m was part of proceeds of Ngwuta’s “unlawful” activities.

The defendant allegedly transferred the total sum of N505m “denominated in naira and US dollars” to a building contractor between January and May 2016.

The prosecution alleged that the Justice of the Supreme Court transferred the total sum of N130m to Nwamba Linus Chukwuebuka, a building contractor, on January 4, 2016.

Ngwuta was also accused of transferring the sum of N165m to Chukwuebuka “on or about April 2016” and another sum of N100m to the building contractor “on or about” the same period.

He was also charged with transferring the sum of N110m to the same person “on or about May, 2016.”

The sum of money allegedly transferred to the building contractor by the judge within the five-month period totalled N505m.

The alleged offences contained in the first four counts of the amended charges were said to be contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2012 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

As alleged in the old set of charges, Ngwuta was accused in the amended charges of retaining N35,358,000; $319,596 and £25,915 during the raid on his house by the operatives of the Department of State Services between October 7 and 8.

The various sums of money were also described by the prosecution as proceeds of “unlawful” activities of the justice of the apex court.

The offences were said to be contrary to section  15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended) and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.

Apart from the money laundering charges, Ngwuta was accused of passport offences in counts eight to 14 of the amended charges.

He was accused of being in possession of two valid diplomatic passports and another two valid standard Nigerian passports, when his house was raided by DSS operatives on October 8, 2016.

He also allegedly submitted multiple applications, made false information of loss of the passports and of his age with intention to obtain multiple of the passports in violation of various provisions of the Immigration Act 2015.

According to the proof of evidence accompanying the charges, the prosecution has lined up five witnesses against the Justice of the Supreme Court.

They are Aminu N. Ibrahim, Ngo Awoikiega, Mr. Tanko Nuhu Kutana, Ogudu Nwadire and Nwamba Chukwuebuka.

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Alade-Oluseye Sunday, a prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Abiodun Agbele, an ally of Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, on Thursday, confirmed that cash deposits were made into the governor’s account before his election.

Sunday made the confirmation while being cross-examined by Defence Counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of Federal High Court, Abuja.

The witness told the court that he did not know that Fayose had an account with Zenith Bank until June 23, 2014 when N1.37 million was paid into the account.

Sunday then gave a breakdown of the monies paid into Fayose’s account before he became governor of Ekiti as; N19,209,882.92 already in the account before the payment of N1.37 million was made into that account on June 23, 2014.

“On June 11, 2014, N5 million was credited into Fayose’s account and another N5 million credited into the account on the same day.

“On the same June 11, 2014, N2.5 million was also credited into the account, while another N895,315 was also paid into the account on June 5, 2014.”

The witness added that on June 2, 2014, N1 million was credited into the account, saying that “Fayose’s account was a very busy account before he became the governor of Ekiti.”

On the alleged N1.2 billion that was brought through Akure airport to Fayose’s bank account, the witness informed the court that it took three officers of the bank 45 minutes to offload the money from the two aircraft that brought the money.

The money was allegedly from the office of former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluuck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki.

He said “it took us 45 minutes to offload the bags from the aircraft, with the assistance of one Olaolu Omotosho and some security guards of Agbele, whose names I cannot remember.

“After our discussion at the airport with Agbele, another man who introduced himself as Adewale and ADC to Obanikoro, insisted that the money must be counted.

“After we had counted the money for some days, Agbele instructed us to deposit part of the money in the various accounts he gave to us.”

The witness also told the court that N263 million was taken to Ado Ekiti on the instruction of Agbele and that it was Olaolu who took the money there.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba then adjourned continuation of trial in the matter until Jan. 25, Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, 2017.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Agbele, along with three companies on an 11-count charge bordering on money laundering.

The companies are Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, De Privateer Limited and Spotless Investment Limited.

The amount allegedly laundered was put at about N1.2 billion.

Agbele had, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, in contravention of Section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012).

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: WARRI—LAWYERS, surveyors and other professionals under the aegis of Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, APBN, have asked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to reverse his administration’s policy nullifying all Certificates of Occupancy, C of Os, in the state, describing it as “brazen violation of the law.”

The group, in a statement by Gracious Omatseye, Chairman, Victor Ezie, Secretary, and Nyerhovwo Ohre (Legal Adviser), said they took exception to the policy following media affirmation of the policy through the state Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro.

The statement read in part: “The C of O is a legal title to the piece or parcel of land described therein i.e. a leasehold agreement between the holder and the governor, with interest which can be transferred for value and or used as  collateral  for a bank loan and or other such benefits. Neither the Land Use Act nor the C of O contains any provision, clause or condition which gives powers to the governor to nullify a C of O duly executed and registered as a legal document in the Registry of Deeds. In the very unusual event of breach of any of the conditions or clauses by the holder, the governor must follow due process by serving a quit notice through the courts to take possession. It is  brazen violation of the law for the governor to nullify and or cancel, in a wholesale manner, all C of Os.

“The governor has powers to revoke individual C of O for good reason shown or for overriding public purpose only through due process as provided in the Land Use Act. In the event of revocation, fair and adequate compensation must be paid to the holder and the specific public interest for which the certificate is being revoked must be published.” Among the implications of unilateral nullification of all C of Os in the state, APBN argued it would jeopardize the state’s economy by scaring investors and discouraging banks acceptance of C of Os issues by the state as collateral for loans and violates rule of law and democracy.


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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: In what could be described as outrageous, the Edo State House of Assembly on Wednesday amended the state pension bill to provide for a N200m house for former governor Adams Oshiomhole who already has a multi-million naira mansion which he built while in office.

If assented to by Governor Godwin Obaseki, the new amendment provides for residential buildings worth N200 million for the past governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole and his deputy, Pius Odubu, N100m, as part of their pension benefits.

Adams Oshiomhole and Pius Odubu last Saturday completed two tenures of eight years as governor and deputy governor of the state respectively.

The bill titled, “A bill for a law to amend the 2007 Pension Rights of the Governor and Deputy Governor Law” was approved by the House at the committee of the whole.

The only amendment to the pension rights of the governor and the deputy governor was for the duo to enjoy residential buildings worth N200 million and N100 million respectively in any location of their choice in Nigeria.

According to the bill with the subhead titled, “provision of a house” read thus; a house in a location of choice in Nigeria of the Governor, provided that the total cost of building the house shall not be in excess of N200 million while N100 million for the Deputy Governor.”

Other benefits to be enjoyed by the governor are a pension for life at a rate equivalent to 100 percent of his last annual salary in addition to an officer not above salary grade level 12 as Special Assistant, a personal secretary not below grade level 10 who shall be selected by the former governor from the public service of Edo State.

He is also entitled to have two cooks, two armed policemen as security, three vehicles to be bought by the State Government and liable to be replaced every five years, three drivers who shall be selected by the former governor and paid by the state government as well as free medical treatment for the governor and his immediate family.

On the other hand, the Deputy Governor was entitled to 100 percent of his last annual salary as pension, a personal staff not above salary grade level 12 as Special Assistant, a Personal Secretary not below grade level 09 who shall be selected by the former deputy governor from the public service of the state, a cook, two policemen for security.

Also approved for him are two vehicles to be bought by the State Government and liable to be replaced every five years; two drivers who shall be selected by the former Deputy Governor and paid by the State Government and free medical treatment for him and his immediate family.

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