Daily Nigerian Publisher Accused Ganduje Of Collecting 15-25% Cut From Contractors For Years

Jaafar Jaafar, Publisher of Daily Nigerian newspaper, has revealed that Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State, had been collecting kickbacks from contractors in the state for a long time.

Jaafar made the disclosure during an investigative hearing on Thursday.

A video of Ganduje collecting money from a person purported to be a contractor had been published by Daily Nigerian, and Jaafar had been summoned by the House to a hearing

In his presentation on Thursday, the publisher maintained that Ganduje had been under investigation for more than two years, when he got a hint from his contractor-friend that the governor received amounts ranging between 15 to 25 per cent of contract funds for every project executed in the state.

He said: “More than two years ago, a contractor-friend of mine complained to me that the Governor had been receiving kickbacks, ranging from 15 to 25 per cent, for every project executed in the state from contractors.

“We then agreed to plant spy cameras on his kaftan lapel so that he can capture the brazen act in hard evidence.”

Jaafar maintained that the contractor who was used to trap the Governor captured at least 15 clips, nine of which fully showed the Governor’s face, body and hands collecting bundles of dollars.

He also stated that the video was released to public domain, and its authenticity was verified, adding that it was further proven genuine by other organizations.

“In the case of the video clips in question, our in-house technical expert, the editor-in-chief and editorial adviser certified that the videos were original and not doctored contents,” he said.

“Experts from Amnesty International Nigeria, BBC and Premium Times also watched the clips and certified their authenticity before we went to press.”

Jaafar maintained that his news platform is willing to share the video without any form of editing to assist the committee in its investigation.

On October 14, 2018, Daily Nigerian published a video showing Ganduje receiving money from a contractor in foreign currency.

The video also showed him tucking these monies under his outfit, as well as putting them inside an envelope.

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Jos varsity under siege, students, staff killed on regular basis – ASUU

The University of Jos chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that the institution was under siege with staff and students killed on regular basis. Dr..Lazarus Maigoro, the chairman, who briefed newsmen on Thursday in Jos, said that the fear-stricken students and staff were always scared of the unknown while in the classes or at their residences “Everyday, when we leave our homes to come and discharge our duties, there is no guarantee that we will go back home alive.

“We make bold to say that the University of Jos has not known peace since the first major crisis that hit Plateau on Sept. 7, 2001. “That particular crisis, and subsequent ones, claimed the lives and property of staff and students.

“The recent violence, which hit most parts of Jos town, claimed the lives of two students and one member of staff. “The violence before it claimed the lives of 11 members of the family of a member of staff when his residence was  attacked by gunmen.

 

“As we speak, one student is still missing while another one is in the hospital nursing a bullet wound. “Staff and students of the institution have become major targets of hoodlums within and outside the university campus,” he said. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/10/ex-gov-sylva-denies-dumping-apc-for-pdp/ Maigoro said that as a result of inadequate infrastructure and multi-campus nature operated by the university, many members of staff and students live off campus, making them always vulnerable.

“Living in scattered directions make us vulnerable to attacks while going to, or returning from, work or school because the institution is surrounded by violent-prone communities,” he explained. The union demanded immediate reclamation of all lands belonging to the institution which had been encroached upon illegally on different fronts.

It also challenged security agencies to identify the killers of the students and staff so as to bring them to justice, and called for the creation of a permanent buffer zones around the university to guarantee security of members of its community.

 

The lecturers also called for the strengthening of the internal security apparatus within the institution for improved efficiency during crisis, and advocated a Special Intervention Fund to erect a perimeter fence around the entire land mass belonging to school. They also called for the provision of a Special Intervention Fund for the construction of more hostels and staff quarters to reduce the number of those living outside the campus. The union also called for the creation of alternative routes on campus to aid escape to safety during emergencies.

It also called for an immediate end to the grazing of cattle on the campus, saying that the menace was distracting  academic activities and causing lots of anxiety among members of the university community. ASUU also appealed to the Federal Government to release immediately, the outstanding take-off grant due to the university since its creation more than 40 years ago.

“The release of the grant will facilitate the development of needed infrastructure to bring University of Jos at par with other second generation universities in the country,” the ASUU chairman said.
Culled from Vanguardngr

Umeh, Oduah, Ekwunife, Chris Ubah Make INEC Provisional List.

Senators Victor Umeh, Stella Oduah and Uche Ekwenife were some of the names in the list of candidates published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra. INEC on Thursday displayed the list of candidates for the 2019 general election and their particulars at the INEC state Headquarters in Awka.

Speaking to newsmen, Mr Leo Nkedife, Head, Voter Education and Publicity, said the publication was in compliance to the stipulations of section 31(3) of the Electoral Act as amended. He said the list was for those of Presidential, Senatorial and House of Assembly candidates.

Today we formally publish the list of candidates as submitted by the political parties in line with section 31(3) of the electoral act as amended. “It stipulates that INEC must publish the particulars of the candidates submitted to INEC within seven days.

“In compliance to that, we hereby publish the list of candidates submitted to INEC. “These names will equally be published in all the constituencies and local government headquarters where elections will hold. “What we published are the list of candidates for Presidential and National Assembly candidates,” he said.

In Anambra Central Senatorial District, the published candidates are Mr Charles Odunukwe of Peoples Democratic (PDP), Umeh of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Ekwunife of All Progressives Congress (APC).

In South Senatorial District, Sen. Andy Uba of the APC, Mr Chukwunedum Ubah of the PDP and Chief Nicholas Ukachukwu of APGA made the list. For North Senatorial District, Sen. Margery Okadigbo of the APC, Oduah of the PDP and Chief Chinedu Emeka of APGA made the provisional list.

Nkedife said the list of state governorship and state House of Assembly candidates will be published on Nov. 2.

Culled from Vanguardngr

Ijaw Youth Tell Buhari To Cancel Army’s ‘Operation Crocodile Smile III’

Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), the umbrella body of youth in the Niger Delta, has expressed its reservation regarding the military operation the Niger Delta code-named ‘Operation Crocodile Smile III’.

A statement by Pereotubo Oweilaemi, the IYC President, noted that the exercise by the Nigerian Army will not “curb the menace of illegal oil bunkering” in the Niger Delta region.

According to the group, similar exercises by the military in the past had not done much to bring peace in the region.

The statement read: “The only success stories it can boast of in the previous exercises was the human rights abuses occasioned by the criminal invasion and destruction of Ijaw communities without provocation. When it first launched the exercise in 2016, the military used the peaceful Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West LGA of Delta State as its theater of war, thereby maiming and harassing innocent citizens which culminated into the sacrilegious invasion and looting of the sacred Gbaraun Egbesu Shrine.

“It ended up in killing High Chief Thomas Osein Ekpemupolo, the father of High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, while innocent Oporoza youth numbering about twenty, were arrested and dumped in its dungeon without trial for more than a year before they were released courtesy of public outcry.

“Again, not done with the atrocities it has committed in the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, the military went berserk by terrorising Ijaw communities in the Niger Delta. At last, Ajapa, Safarogbo and Igangbo in Ondo State were completely burnt down by the marauding Joint Task Force.

“Its second coming in 2017 was another horrible experience to Ijaw people in the Niger Delta. In the name of carrying out mop-up operations, the said trigger-happy and gun-wielding military Joint Task Force invaded and destroyed Ajakurama Community in Egbema Kingdom in Edo State, while some innocent communities were terrorised in Nembe Kingdom and environs in Bayelsa State in the name of searching for pipeline vandals. In Bennet Island in Ogbe-IIjoh Warri Kingdom, the experience was the same.

“None of these bloody exercises have curbed the menace of illegal oil bunkering, neither did they stopped the oil crisis in the region. The peace we are enjoying today in the region is because of the brain-child of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in collaboration with the leaders of the region. Military action has never addressed the Niger Delta crisis. No amount of force can stop the people from agitating for their rights.

“The military drill is not necessary at this time. If it wants to carry out social responsibility programmes in communities in the region, then the military should just concentrate its effort on that. Hiding under a primordial motive to carry out social responsibility is not acceptable. Such is a Greek gift as its mission will cause more harm than good. IYC, therefore, rejects the said Operation Crocodile Smile III and calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the military to order before it drags the region into another round of crisis.

“What Niger Delta people need now is development, backed up by community policing which should be supervised by the civil police. The region should not be unduly militarised in order to cause unnecessary tension. IYC also uses this medium to appeal to the Ijaw communities to be law abiding. We shall remain resolute, but always law-abiding at all times.”

Vote For Buhari In 2019 And Presidency Will Return To You In 2023, Fashola Addresses South-Westerners

Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has urged the people of the South-West to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election to guarantee return of power to the region in 2023.

Fahola stated this at a special town hall meeting on infrastructure, organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Orientation Agency, on Thursday.

According to NAN, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, were also at the town hall meeting with Fashola.

Fashola, who spoke in Yoruba language, said: “Did you know that power is rotating to the South-West after the completion of Buhari’s tenure if you vote for him in 2019?

“Your child cannot surrender her waist for edifying beads and you will use the bead to decorate another child’s waist. A vote for Buhari in 2019, means a return of power to the South-West in 2023. I am sure you will vote wisely.”

He also stated that the present administration had kept its promises to Nigerians on security, fighting corruption and rebuilding the economy

2019: Peter Obi meets EU and World Economic Forum And Discussed About free and fair elections

The Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP, Mr Peter Obi, on Wednesday,  in Abuja, met with delegations from the European Union and World Economic Forum to discuss the need to conduct free and fair elections in 2019 and how to grow the nation’s economy through collaboration.

Obi, who represented the presidential candidate of the party and former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku  Abubakar,  at the two separate meetings, told the EU delegation that efforts should be made to stop the APC from intimidating candidates of opposition political parties who, he said, now lived in fear.

He said the EU should insist on a level-playing field for all candidates and parties during elections in Nigeria because “there is a need to get the country back to its feet and make it better for our children.’’

He said that campaigns should be based on issues so that the electorate and the international community could come to grasp with the problems of the country as well as the solutions being proffered by each of the political parties and their candidates.

The former Anambra Governor said that judging from what happened during the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States, “INEC needs to show that it remains an unbiased umpire in future elections in the country.”

In his comments, the head of the EU delegation, Ketil Karlsen, said the election observer group had been consulting stakeholders in Nigeria to ascertain whether or not it would be necessary for the union to send a new EU election observer mission.

operating in Nigeria since 1999 and that the union had invested over 100 million Euros in Nigeria’s election process since then.

Speaking at the meeting with officials of WEF, Obi emphasised the need for a closer working relationship with African countries, especially Nigeria, because most governments on the continent did not want to work with the forum for fear of being criticised.

He said, “A lot of work needs to be done in Africa because things are tough. Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the PDP have a clear picture of what the economic priorities are and what the international community feels about the country.

“Nigeria needs to do something immediately for its economy to be put back on track and something has to done immediately.”

The leader of the WEF delegation, Nontle Kabanyane, said that the forum was ready to strengthen relationships and to implement more activities in Nigeria through a collaboration that would lead to national transformation.

Buhari’s billionaire in-law named in UK criminal conviction

Two former top executives of energy firm, Afren, were on Wednesday convicted after they were found guilty of money laundering offences in the United Kingdom, Nigeria’s Premium Times reports.

Osman Shahenshah and Shahid Ullah were found guilty of fraud and money laundering offences from which prosecutors said they personally received more than $17 million in a case involving Oriental Energy, founded by Nigerian billionaire oil magnate Muhammadu Indimi.

Elombah News reports that Muhammad Indimi is also an in-law to President Buhari. Through his Indimi Foundation Initiative, he has touched many lives especially in his home state of Borno.

Prosecutors said Mr Shahenshah, 55, the former chief executive of Afren and Mr Ullah, 58, the oil company’s Texas-based former chief operating officer, laundered $45 million by deceiving the Afren Board into agreeing a $300 million business deal.

Following a shareholder revolt which objected to their £6.6 million and £3.8 million salary packages and faced with the possibility of lower remuneration in future, the two hatched a fraudulent scheme to secretly increase their pay

Details seen by PREMIUM TIMES from the U.K Serious Fraud Office (SFO) showed that Messrs Shahenshah and Ullah created a side deal with one of Afren’s Nigerian oil partners, Oriental Energy, that would allow them to benefit from payments Afren would make.

The men recommended a transaction to the Afren Board, who then approved payments of hundreds of millions of dollars without knowing that Messrs Shahenshah and Ullah stood to personally benefit. The transaction was claimed to be necessary to maintain the business partnership, but the fact that Messrs Shahenshah and Ullah stood to benefit personally remained hidden.

In his comments, Lisa Osofsky, Director of the Serious Fraud Office, said greed motivated the crime.

“Osman Shahenshah and Shahid Ullah failed in their duties as company directors, abused their positions and lied to their board,” he said.

“Instead of acting in their company’s best interests, they used Afren like a personal bank account to fund an illicit deal, with no regard for the consequences.

“Fraud corrodes confidence, undermines trust and damages the reputation of the UK at home and abroad. It is our mission to bring those committing this crime to justice.”

Details showed that the criminal investigation into the former CEO and COO of the collapsed oil and gas exploration company began in June 2015 following a self-report by the company, with the defendants charged with four offences in September last year.

The SFO said Messrs Shahenshah and Ullah recommended that the Afren Board agree to a $300 million payment to Oriental Energy Resources Ltd, the company’s oil field partner in Nigeria. But SFO said that unknown to the Afren board, Messrs Shahenshah and Ullah had struck a side deal with Oriental which led to 15 per cent of the $300 million was then paid out to a Caribbean shell company controlled by the defendants. The men then used the $45 million to purchase luxury properties in Mustique and the British Virgin Islands.

The UK prosecutors said a smaller portion of the $45 million laundered was split between Oriental employees and a close network of Afren staff dubbed ‘The A Team’.

Oriental’s Position

In 2014, Afren dismissed the two officials after an independent review by law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LP (WFG) alleged that the duo received more than $17 million in unauthorised payments from Oriental, its Nigerian joint-venture partner and 60 percent equity owner operator of the Ebok assets, offshore Nigeria.

Oriental Energy
In the law firm review, WFG alleged that Ntiti is owned and controlled by Messrs Shahenshah and Ullah, and that they had used the vehicle to pay special bonuses to themselves and other Afren employees.

But Oriental in its reaction dismissed allegations of unauthorised payments made to its employees.

Earlier in 2012, the company said, Oriental and Afren initially entered into the Oriental Ebok Forward Sale of Crude Oil Agreement. Through the deal, Oriental said it agreed to sell approximately one million barrels of its future oil production to Afren thereby permitting Afren to book those reserves in 2012. The reason the $100 million payment to Oriental was included in Afren’s balance sheet for 31 December 2012 under the line “Prepayment and Advances to Partners” is because it was a prepayment for Oriental’s future oil production, it said.

The company argued that in October 2013, it entered into an agreement with NTITI, the Oil Field Development Optimization Services Agreement, represented by senior executives of the Ebok Joint Operating Team (“JOT”).

The statement by Amina Indimi, the company’s media contact, added that there was an agreement to pay 15 per cent of the cash flows from its joint venture with Afren into a special purpose vehicle called Ntiti BVI, which was intended to reward and retain key employees connected to the project.

“Under the Optimisation Agreement Oriental agreed to pay up to 15% of its annual net Ebok Profit Oil proceeds to NTITI for the purpose of providing incentive compensation and retention of key employees who had proven themselves to be essential members of the Ebok JOT, a group reporting to the Ebok Operating Committee and comprised of employees seconded by both Oriental and Afren, as provided by the JOA,” the company said in a press statement.

 

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Move Up By 4 Spots , Now placed 44th And 3rd In Africa.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up by four spots to the 44th in the world in the October FIFA -Coca Cola Ranking Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria thanks God for the leap in FIFA ranking In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1431 points as against 1415 it had in September.

The movement has now placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Tunisia and Senegal. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that it was during this period that the Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0 (home) and 3-2 (away) in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Tunisia is ranked 22nd in the world and Senegal 25th . Congo DR (ranked 46th and Morocco(47th) are the other African countries among the top 50.

On the global scene, Belgium are now ranked world number one, ahead of France with the narrowest of margin–just one point in the new the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking published today. The Belgians have 1733 points to France’s 1732 points. In September, the two countries were tied on the first spot. The top two remain out in front after a month in which each of them enjoyed a win and a draw, with Belgium and France beating Switzerland (8th, unchanged) and Germany (14th, down two) respectively in the UEFA Nations League.

Brazil are third with 1669 points, Croatia fourth with 1635 and England fifth with 1619 points. Leo Messi’s Argentina are ranked 12th in the world.(NAN)

Buhari arrives Rivers to inaugurate new international terminal at P/H Airport(Pictures)

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Rivers state to commission the new Port Harcourt Airport International Terminal.

terminal6.jpgPresident Buhari who arrived the state’s capital, Port Harcourt, around 12: 30 pm will commission the terminal which is one of its kind in the country.

New Port Harcourt Airport Intnl terminal He was received by the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike. The terminal project which began in 2013 with a $500 million loan taken from China, has three others in line which are those of Abuja, Kano and Lagos.

The minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, is also present at the commissioning, including other top government functionaries

US Govt Considering PDP’s Petition Against Buhari, APC – Youth Leader

The National youth leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rt. Hon. SKE Udeh-Okoye has said that the United State’s government is considering the party’s petition against President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC,  government.

PDP Youth Leader, Udeh-Okoye being presented with document by US envoy

The Youth Leader also said that it has petitioned the German, United Kingdom, France governments and the Common Wealth of Nations on what it described as the anti-democratic activities of the Buhari-led government.

In a statement by the Secretary  of the PDP national youth leader, Mr. Okah Ewah Edede, the party said the national youth leader “had visited the Ambassadors of UK and Germany where he presented them with a petition on the ongoing political intimidation, harassment, forced disappearance and gross human right abuses being perpetrated by the APC-led FG against the opposition.”

The statement said  the National youth leader  also played host to official’s from the US Embassy,  led by the political officer of US embassy ,Mr. Franz Seitz,   in his office at the party Secretariat on Wednesday where he presented  a petition  detailing “series of illegal and anti-democratic activities of the Buhari-led APC government including forced disappearance, gross human right abuses and the transformation of the police into a political hit squad to the US government.”

He said “the US government’s representative assured the PDP national youth leader of  the White House’s consideration of the party’s petition.”

According to him, “the quest  was to simply get the international community to exert pressure on the APC-led federal government of President Buhari and  the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019 and to respect the rule-of-law.”

The PDP national youth leader reiterated the position of the party and that of it’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar “to run issue-based campaign and to uplift the situation of Nigerians if elected into power in 2019.”

The statement also said that, “the PDP national youth leader is billed to meet with key members  of the international community including the UN, EU, Commonwealth of nations, AU, France and others in his quest to alert the world and world leaders of the ploy by APC to use State powers to oppress the opposition further as the general elections approach.”

Rights Activists Demand Justice For 13-Year-Old ‘Raped To Death By Father And Son

The protesters, clad in black T-Shirts bearing various inscriptions such as ‘I’m Ochanya’; ‘#Justice4Ochanya’; ‘Say No To Rape’; ‘We Demand Justice for Ochanya’; ‘Jang The Rapist’, among others, converged on the Unity Fountain on Thursday morning.

The protesters marched to the Ministry of Justice to register their grievances and demand justice from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Federation, Abubakar Malami.

The suspects, Andrew Ogbuja, a staff member of Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, and his son, Victor Inalegwu Ogbuja, a final-year student of the Federal University of Agriculture, were said to have abused Ochanya through a series of anal and vaginal rape since she joined their household when she was eight years old.

Medical examinations conducted on the victim showed that Ochiga, a student of Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Gboko, developed vesico-vaginal fistula, a condition in which she continuously dripped urine, following damage to her bladder.