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X365TV.COM: Ex-CDS, Badeh, forfeits $1m to FG

SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: A former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Alex Badeh (retd.), has permanently forfeited $1m to the Federal Government, The PUNCH can authoritatively confirm.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, while investigating the arms scam in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, had searched Badeh’s mansion located at 6 Ogun River Crescent, Maitama, on March 6, 2016 and found $1m cash.

The house, which is worth about N1.1bn, was subsequently seized by the EFCC while the cash was taken seized as evidence.

Badeh was later arraigned before Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court for an alleged N3.7bn fraud.

The mansion and the cash were listed as evidence against Badeh in court.

However, Badeh denied ownership of the mansion and its contents.

A presidency source said, “In March, the EFCC searched the house in the presence of neighbours and other witnesses and found $1m in cash.

“Other personal items linked to Badeh were found in the mansion and everything was listed as evidence.

“However, when the matter was taken to court, Badeh denied that the property belonged to him. As you know, the mansion has been converted to Federal Government’s use. In fact, the mansion is now being used by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative headed by Gen. Theophilus Danjuma.

“As for the money, it has been deposited into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Government. Since Badeh has denied ownership of everything, the money has permanently been forfeited to the Federal Government.

“Even if Badeh is found not guilty in court, he cannot turn around to demand the $1m or the property as this will amount to perjury which is a criminal offence and carries a jail term.”

When contacted on the telephone, Badeh’s lawyer, Mr. Samuel Zibri (SAN), in a terse text message, insisted that the property did not belong to his client.

He said, “I have checked through my records. The property is not Badeh’s property. I am not aware of any interim order of forfeiture, neither am I aware of it being converted to a Federal Government office.”

Badeh also allegedly bought a commercial plot of land at Plot 1386, Oda Crescent, Cadastral Zone A07, Wuse II, Abuja, for N650m.

He was said to have paid N878m for the construction of a shopping mall at Plot 1386, Oda Crescent, Cadastral Zone A07, Wuse II, Abuja, and another sum of N304m to complete the construction.

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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: The Katsina State Government has presented a memo before the Katsina State Judicial Commission of Inquiry alleging diversion of N8.6bn by the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, and other top officials.

Counsel for the commission, Mr. Hassan Liman (SAN), stated this on Monday during the sitting of the commission.

Liman said the amount was diverted from the accounts of the Ministry of Environment, departments of Community Development, Special Duties, Girl-Child Education and Almajiri Affairs.

He explained that available records showed that the funds were allegedly diverted by the former governor and other government officials.

According to him, there was no evidence on how the funds were utilised during the period under review.

Liman, however, told the  commission that the former governor had filed a case before the Court of Appeal, Kaduna, claiming an infringement of his fundamental human rights.

He asked the commission to adjourn the sitting pending the determination of the case.

In his ruling, the chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammad Surajo, adjourned the sitting indefinitely, saying that the commission would communicate a new date to all the parties involved.

The commission also adjourned the hearing of memo on the activities of the Katsina Road Maintenance Agency and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Department, pending the determination of the case before the Court of Appeal.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Governor Aminu Masari  inaugurated the commission to investigate how some funds were mismanaged during Shema’s tenure and to advise the government accordingly.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: An official of Zenith Bank has told a Federal high Court in Abuja that $40 million was transferred from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) into the account of a company owned by a cousin of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Roberts, and his wife.

Olabode Farinola, a compliance officer with the bank, is a principal witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the ongoing trial of Mr. Roberts and his wife, Stella.

He told the court presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba that the money was transferred to OnePlus Holdings LTD from the office of the NSA according to bank description.

Under cross-examination by counsel to Mr. Roberts, Chris Uche Mr. Farinola also admitted that the NSA never complained to Zenith Bank that the $40 million was wrongly transferred.

Sambo Dasuki arriving the court premises

Sambo Dasuki arriving the court premises

“I’m not aware of the purpose of the inflow or how it was disbursed but we didn’t receive any letter from the NSA that the money was wrongly transferred”, Mr. Farinola said.

Mr. Roberts and his wife are facing a seven-count charge brought against them by the EFCC.

They were accused of diverting $40 million meant for the supply of tactical communication kits for Nigeria’s Special Forces. The funds were allegedly transferred from the account of the Office of the NSA domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

During a previous cross examination, Ibrahim Mahe, another principal witness had told the court that only the former NSA‎, Sambo Dasuki, could explain why OnePlus Holdings Limited got a $40 million pipeline security contract.

Mr. Mahe, who recently retired as Permanent Secretary, Special Services Operations (SSO) in the NSA’s office, told the court that he paid Oneplus $40 million out of the $600 million special security fund sourced from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

He however failed to tell the court the names of the companies that benefited from the remaining $560 million of the special security fund.

Mr. Farinola, while being led in evidence by Sylvanus Tahir, the prosecution counsel, informed the court that $39, 999, 985 was received by the accused persons on September 10, 2014.

The counsel, Mr. Tahir, informed the court that more witnesses would be presented at the next hearing as some of them are not currently in the country.

The case was adjourned by Justice Dimgba to November 18 for continuation of trial and cross examination.

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The former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki is dead.

SPONSORED BY 234NAIRA.COM: The late 18th Sultan died on Monday at the age of 93 after a protracted illness.

The Secretary, Sultanate Council of Sokoto, Alhaji Umar Faruk confirmed the death of the former Sultan in a statement he issued in Sokoto on Monday night.

It said that the remains of the late former Sultan would be buried at the Hubbaren Shehu, Sokoto, after the afternoon prayer (Zuhr) on Tuesday.

The statement added that the funeral prayer of the late Dasuki would be conducted at the Sultan Bello Juma’at Mosque in Sokoto.

He was the Sultan of Sokoto between Nov, 6, 1988 and April 20, 1996.

Sultan Dasuki was deposed in 1996 during the military government of late Gen. Sani Abacha.

Prior to becoming the Sultan, he held the traditional title of Baraden Sokoto.

Dasuki was the first Sultan from the Buhari line of the House of Dan Fodio.

He was influential in the founding of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and had held many positions in government

The late Dasuki was born on Dec. 31, 1923.

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President-elect Donald Trump has said that he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants immediately

SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: President-elect Donald Trump has said that he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants immediately

President-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records from the country immediately – and has insisted that he will build his wall.

In his first extensive interview since he won the White House, Trump is reassuring his supporters that he will deport or incarcerate up to three million ‘gang members’ and ‘drug dealers.’

In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that airs on Sunday evening – his first since winning the election – Trump insisted that he will build the wall along the US-Mexico border that was a vital part of his presidential campaign.

”What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said.

”But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”

Donald Trump and his family (pictured) spoke to 60 Minutes in their first extended interview since his victory

Donald Trump and his family (pictured) spoke to 60 Minutes in their first extended interview since his victory

According to an report by immigration enforcement, fewer than 200,000 undocumented immigrants were deported in 2014 who were convicted of committing crimes.

Trump didn’t specify what he would seek to do with the remaining estimated 9 to 10 million undocumented immigrants.

”After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that,” Trump said.

”But before we make that determination…it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”

Interviewer Leslie Stahl asked Trump whether the wall could be ‘part wall, part fence?’

His reply: ‘There could be some fencing.’

The nearly 2,000-mile US-Mexican border currently has high walls in some sectors, fencing in others, along with electronic and human surveillance in other portions, including vast desert areas where border officials have questioned the utility of a large physical barrier.

Trump kicked off his presidential campaign by outlining his uncompromising stance on immigration.

He proposed building a wall – and making Mexico pay for it – to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States because ‘when Mexico sends its people,’ he said, they’re sending ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals.’

Since his victory, the Mexican government has repeated that it will not pay for a border wall.

Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico’s foreign minister, said: ”We are in the business of eliminating barriers.

”That’s why we would not consider paying for any wall that puts barriers between our integration and competitiveness.’

And when asked about the wall, Newt Gingrich, who has been appointed the co-chair of Trump’s transition team, called it a ‘great campaign device.’

But when asked if he does plan to build the wall, Trump told 60 Minutes: ‘Yes.’

However, Trump stipulated that the wall – instead of being ‘big and beautiful’ like he repeatedly vowed – could end up being part-wall and ‘some fencing.’

”For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,” he said.

”I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.”

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Mrs Samira Abu Ali, wife  of Lt. Colonel Abu Ali, killed by Boko Haram terrorists, along side some soldiers penultimate Friday, has vowed to raise her three children to be like the fallen hero, saying their dad was a nice and caring husband and father.

Mrs Ali, who spoke when a non-governmental organization, NGO, called “Nigerian Fallen Heroes Project 2017”, paid her a condolence visit at her parents home in Kaduna, yesterday, spoke almost inaudibly but the pains she was still enduring was loud and clear. She said: “My children are very aware that their father is no more, I mean the older ones. “All I have to do now is to commit myself to raising them to the quality that their late father desired of them, so that they can be like him; to become persons this country can be proud of. “It is unfortunate that he left them at such tender ages. But they will always recall that he was a kind and loving father. Just like he was to me. “I don’t have anything more to say than everything is in the hands of the Almighty Allah.”

Ali left three children namely: Fatimah Abu-Ali 7,    Mohammed Abu-Ali 4, and Yasmin Abu-Ali 1.

Her father, Alhaji Haruna Adamu, also told the visitors that Ali was a good son-in-law. He said, amidst sobs: “Lt. Col. Abu-Ali was not only an in-law to me, but also a son who had done a lot for me and my family. We will greatly miss him. “He was great soldier and paid the supreme sacrifice for his country. May he find paradise,”

At the family house of Ali, located at No.10 Jabi East, Kaduna North Local Government Area, the matriarch of the family, Hajiya Abu-Ali, could not be consoled, as she wept profusely over the demise of her son. A younger sister to the slain officer, Amina Abu-Ali, in tears, urged the Federal Government to send soldiers to fight Boko haram on rotational basis so as to allow them spend more time with their families. “My brother had been in Maiduguri for the past two years, and I think the maximum they gave him was two weeks off. We missed him but there’s nothing we can say rather than that it is his time. We accept it and take it as our fate. The government should please assist the family he left behind which is a very painful thing because when you look at the children today, you lack what to tell them tomorrow,” she said.

A minute silence was observed for the fallen hero. Dr. Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, the leader of ‘Nigerian Fallen Heroes Project 2017’, assured the matriarch that her son did not die in vain. He said: “We read his last words to the whole world just before he died, ‘I’m proud that I’ve paid the supreme price for my nation’, but he added something that is so captivating: ‘I hope that my country will remember me.’

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Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:53

X365TV: Buhari bereft of ideas – Fayose

SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is bereft of ideas to revive the country’s economy

He also said All Progressives Congress would soon disintegrate because it was founded on deceit.

Fayose , who marked his 56th birthday on Tuesday, said total reliance on God was the secret of his political victory.
In a statement issued on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor said his refusal to be vengeful was the secret of his success in government.

He said, “Very soon, the APC will explode and disintegrate because it was founded on deceit. If you are in the Peoples Democratic Party, you are a pen robber, but if you joined the APC, you become a saint automatically.

“Unfortunately, Buhari cannot find a solution to hunger, unemployment, depressed economy and insecurity in the country because he is bereft of ideas. Nigerians should brace to change the change because the right president is yet to come. What we have now is an aberration.”

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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: The Presidency on Saturday dismissed media reports that 21 million dollars was paid as ransom to secure the recent release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls. 

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, stated this in a statement issued in Abuja.

Shehu enjoined members of the public to disregard the reports, saying “this loose talk is journalism at its most irresponsible and it’s most dismaying’’.

According to him, President Buhari’s administration is a responsible government that is run on the basis of the constitution and budgets duly appropriated by the National Assembly.

“We have no such money under any allocation to pay out this outrageous sum of money as ransom,’’ he said.

He said, “Beyond the call of journalism, the newspaper making this charge has a national duty to point how and where this money was paid, and to supply leads as to where the `powerful weapons` were bought by the terrorists.’’

The Presidential media aide noted that from the inception of the Buhari’s administration, the media, local and international groups, had persistently pressured the government to do everything possible to facilitate the release of the Chibok girls.

“During the election campaigns, President Buhari himself expressed commitment to this and also to bringing an end to terrorism in our country.

“We then wonder why anyone is turning the defeat of terror and return of the missing persons against the government.

“As at the time he came into power, Boko Haram occupied 80 per cent of Borno State, 40 per cent of Yobe, and a significant segment of Adamawa. Today, the group does not control any territory,’’ he added.

He also observed that the government had successfully enabled the release of 23 Chibok girls, while negotiations for the “release of more, possibly all the rest, are in progress’’.

Shehu attributed the successes recorded by the government in the fight against terrorism to collaboration between nation’s various security agencies, particularly the Department of State Services, the Police, the Civil Defense, Air Force, the Navy and the Army.

He stated that representatives from these arms of the security agencies were also involved in the process of the release of the 21 Chibok girls.

“It is, therefore, unfair and reckless of any medium to quote unnamed, allegedly disgruntled sources within the military, who now claim that the girls’ release has reinvigorated Boko Haram.

“Boko Haram operated freely before the Buhari administration came into power, before they had the Chibok girls and after the girls were abducted from their school.

“Therefore, whatever the group relies on for strength cannot suddenly be ascribed to the conditions of the negotiations brokered by the local interlocutor, the Swiss government and help from them the International Red Cross, ICRC.’’

He, therefore, appealed to the media to continue their unflinching support to the military and other security agencies as they fight to free the country from terrorism.

He maintained that terrorism and insurgency remained the biggest threat to Nigeria’s security, economy and national development.

According to him, the war against terrorism is a matter of life and death, not a marketing tool for selling more newspapers or increasing traffic to websites.

He said President Buhari had utmost confidence in the nation’s media and urged them to do more to assist and augment the nation’s internal security.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles for outstanding 3-1 victory over Desert Foxes of Algeria in the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The President, in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, joined millions of football loving fans in the country in celebrating the very-much improved national team for meeting nation’s expectations during the “entertaining and action-soaked encounter”.

The statement was signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

The President commended the team and its handlers for displaying “uncommon strength, determination and high professionalism in the onward and steady progress to the 2018 tournament in Russia.

President Buhari assured that with the six points so far gathered from two impressive wins by the team, the Federal Government, and all Nigerians would continue to support them to make the nation proud.

The President also commended the Akwa-Ibom State government for hosting the match and the fans for their good conduct and sportsmanship throughout the game.

Following the latest result, Nigeria is top in Group B with six points, followed by Cameroon with two points while Algeria and Zambia have one point each.

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Two goals from Chelsea sensation, Victor Moses and another goal from Mikel Obi gave Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles 3-1 victory against Algeria in 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Uyo, Nigeria.

The result ensured that Nigeria maintain a perfect start in the qualifiers and stands top in Group B with maximum six points from two games so far.

Nabilr Bentaleb got Algeria’s only goal of the match but it was not enough to stop the rampaging Nigerian team made up of mostly young players.

The Eagles took the lead on 25 minutes through Moses who burst into the Algerian defence before sliding a low shot past Raise M’Bolhi in goal for the visitors.

Manchester City sensation, Kelechi Iheanacho almost doubled the Eagles lead on 30 minutes but could not connect with Moses’ cross.

Algerian had a wonderful chance to equalize on 37 minutes but Nabil Bentaleb could not direct his effort to goal.

Mikel made it 2-0 on 42 minutes finishing off Oghenekaro Etebo after beating the offside trap.

Algeria almost halved the deficit in first half added time through Mahrez but Leon Balogun made a timely block for a corner.

Mahrez went close for Algeria on 48 minutes after dancing his way into the Eagles 18 yard but Balogun made a good block for a corner.

In the 59 minute Saphir Taiser aimed a straight shot from just outside the box after a poor clearance by Ogenyi Onazi but his effort went wide.

Eagles made their first change with Abdullahi Shehu replacing Kenneth Omeruo who went off injured.

Bentaleb drew a goal back for Algeria on 67 minutes rifling in a left foot strike which found the top right hand corner.

Complete Sports reportd that in the 75 minute, Brahimi took a left foot shot which flashed across the Eagles goal.

A minute later the Eagles made their second change with Ahmed Musa coming in for Alex Iwobi.

On 83 minutes the Eagles made their final change with Wilfred Ndidi replacing Mikel.

On 84 minutes Musa almost scored the third for the Eagles but could not direct his left shot towards goal.

Iheanacho had a golden chance to seal the game on 90 minutes but sent his effort narrowly off target.

Moses extended the Eagles lead on 92nd minute finishing off a brilliant counter attack and from Musa’s low cross.

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