Jonathan denies $1.3b Malabu oil deal bribe; EFCC finds N632.2m in ex-Enugu Chief Judge’s account; Nigeria Seeks $400m World Bank Loan to Rebuild North East; CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial to Jan. 17; Nigerian government re-arraigns Justice Ademola, wife & senior lawyer; Rivers Govt Has Sued Police Over Probe Into Rerun Election – Wike; Joe Agi SAN charged with bribing judge with N30 million & BMW; Southern Kaduna crisis: El-Rufai announces arrest of masterminds; APC welcomes Ndume’s removal as Senate Leader; Sahara Reporters publisher arrested by police; NDDC Denies N80bn Misappropriation Allegation By Militant Group; Ekweremadu, defect to remain Deputy Senate President – Senate APC caucus . . .
Jonathan denies $1.3b Malabu oil deal bribe
Ex-President Godluck Jonathan on Wednesday denied collecting $466m kickback from the $1.3 billion OPL 245 Malabu oil deal involving Shell and ENI. In a statement by his Media Adviser Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan said: “We wish to make it clear that former President Jonathan was not accused, indicted or charged for . . . bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement body the world over . . . the negotiations and transactions for the oil block deal predate the presidency of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan which began on 6th May 2010 and ended on 29th May 2015.
EFCC finds N632.2m in ex-Enugu Chief Judge’s account
EFCC agents have traced over N632.2million to former Enugu State Chief Judge Innocent Azubuike Umezulike’s account. Some of the lodgements came from lawyers, businessmen, politicians and litigants, an EFCC source said yesterday. Justice Umezulike is alleged to have been operating an account without a Bank Verification Number (BVN). Three properties allocated to the ex-CJ may be confiscated, The Nation learnt. The former Chief Judge has been invited for interrogation on January 17 on some of the “shocking” lodgments.
Nigeria Seeks $400m World Bank Loan to Rebuild North East
Nigerian government Tuesday said it was seeking $400 million World Bank loan to rebuild the North-east of Nigeria after the destruction of its infrastructure and social system by Boko Haram. Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North-east Initiative (PCNI), Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd), stated this during a visit by a Sub-Committee of the PCNI to the service chiefs in Abuja. Danjuma, represented by the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Tijani Tumsah, said the federal government was committed to rebuilding the North-east.
CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial to Jan. 17
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki to Jan 17, to enable the prosecution to present more witnesses. CCT Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, adjourned the matter following request for more time by the prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs SAN. Umar said the tribunal was following the provisions of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). “We are bound by the ACJA; we are trying to be lenient with all the parties. This matter is hereby adjourned to Jan. 17 for continuation of hearing,
Jacobs had said some of the prosecution witnesses were in Lagos and that time was needed to enable him to produce them.
Nigerian government re-arraigns Justice Ademola, wife & senior lawyer
The Nigerian government yesterday re-arraigned suspended justice of the Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola and his wife, Olabowale on amended charges bordering on gratification and illegal possession of arms. Arraigned alongside the two is Joe Odey Agi SAN, accused of bribing Justice Ademola N38m through his wife and son Ademide. The defendants pleaded not guilty. the FG plans to call 14 witnesses to prove its case when the trial commences on Monday, 16th January. Thirteen exhibits have also been filed by the federal government.
Rivers Govt Has Sued Police Over Probe Into Rerun Election – Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has announced that the Rivers state government has approached the court to challenge the setting up of the Nigerian Police Special Joint Investigation Panel on the Dec 10, 2016 rerun election in Rivers state. Wike told the panel headed by a deputy commissioner of Police (DCP), Damian Okoro, that they were established by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, with a predetermined goal, with the aim of assisting the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Election Petitions Tribunal.
Joe Agi SAN charged with bribing judge with N30 million & BMW
The federal government on Wednesday arraigned Joe Agi SAN, a judge of the Federal High Court Lagos, Adeniyi Ademola, and his wife, Olubowale, on an 11-count charge in Dec 2016 for alleged fraud. They were later granted bail on self recognisance; to pay N50 million each as bail conditions; also to submit their international passport, pending the determination of the matter. They were indicted for allegedly conspiring to collect N30 million gratification from a company belonging to Mr. Agi, Joe Agi and associates, in March 2015.
Southern Kaduna crisis: El-Rufai announces arrest of masterminds
The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced the arrest of the alleged masterminds of the attacks in the southern part of Kaduna state. El-Rufai revealed this when he visited the state Commissioner of Police – without naming names. He said his administration would ensure that all those involved in the attacks in the region are prosecuted in accordance with the law. The Nigerian military on the other hand, embarked on a cross-border patrol of Plateau and Kaduna states to prevent any spillover of recent attacks in the region.
APC welcomes Ndume’s removal as Senate Leader
APC welcomed the replacement of the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, with Ahmed Lawan (photo: right). In a statement by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, it said it views the change “as concrete expression of faith by the APC Senate Caucus in our efforts to resolve the lingering issues that have trailed the election of Senate leadership”. Sen. Lawan from Yobe State was the preferred candidate of the APC leadership to emerge as Senate President on June 9 last year, which could not happen because Dr. Bukola Saraki (photo: left) was elected the senate president against the wish of the party leadership.
Sahara Reporters publisher arrested by police
Omoleye Sowore the publisher of SaharaReporters has been arrested by the Lagos police command. The Lagos State police spokesman, SP Dolapo Badmos, on Wednesday confirmed Sowore’s arrest for alleged threat to life and blackmail on a London based journalist, Lekan Fatodun. Sowore was picked up in his home by policemen attached to Area ‘F’ command, Ikeja. after a petition by Fatodun alleging that Sowore published a story on alleged money laundry against him – alleging he was assisting politicians to move money out of Nigeria.
Sahara Reporters publisher released by police
The publisher of Saharareporters Omoyele Sowore who was arrested Wednesday by the Lagos police command in his Lagos home has been released. SaharaReporters on its twitter handle @SaharaReporters said that he has been released: ”Omoyele Sowore has been released from police detention . . . more details to follow.” Sowore was picked up in his home by policemen attached to Area ‘F’ command, Ikeja. after a petition by London-based journalist, Lekan Fatodun alleging that Sowore published a story on alleged money laundry against him.
NDDC Denies N80bn Misappropriation Allegation By Militant Group
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has denied an allegation by the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC) that the commission spent N80 billion to prosecute the election of a former governor in the South-South zone of the country. In a statement in Port Harcourt by its Head, Corporate Affairs, Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, NDDC described the allegations by the militant group published in one of the national dailies, headlined: “Another Niger Delta Militant Group Announces Resumption of Hostilities” as unsubstantiated and unverifiable.
Ekweremadu, defect to remain Deputy Senate President – Senate APC caucus
24 hours after APC senate caucus sacked Sen. Ali Ndume as Majority Leader and replaced him with Sen. Ahmed Lawan, a plot by the senators to reclaim the seat of the Deputy Senate President emerged during plenary on Wednesday. Two members of the caucus called on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to defect to the APC during the session. Sen. Ndume also hinted that the APC caucus might be planning Ekweremadu’s ouster. Ekweremadu is of the minority Peoples Democratic Party.