Otedola the Founder of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, said, that a former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan, demanded $500,000 bribe from him.
Lawan was former Chairman of the House of Representatives committee that probed the multi-billion naira fuel subsidy fraud by the seventh Assembly.
The former lawmaker is accused of receiving money from Otedola to remove Zenon from the list of oil companies allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy fraud. He was charged by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation for allegedly receiving the bribe. During the hearing of the case at a Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court in Abuja yesterday, Adegboyega Awomolo, counsel to the Federal Government, played the tape showing Lawan receiving the said sum.
While giving his testimony, Otedola said Lawan removed Zenon from the list of indicted oil companies after he collected the money, adding that $2.5 million was the balance he was expected to pay the ex-lawmaker. According to Otedola, “I could not have put him under pressure because Zenon Oil was not involved in the theft of subsidy funds.
“If he did not demand (for money), why will he collect the $500,000 and was expecting $2.5 million? He did mention to me that the $3 million was going to be shared by himself and other officers of the house. “I did not offer any $3 million.
"I was one of the biggest players in the business and I reported the matter when I found out about the scam".Read More
Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and his son-in-law Uche Nwosu, were on Wednesday dealt another heavy blow by the state High Court presided over by Justice Kemakolam A. Ojiako.
This was as the court upheld the prayers of the deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere and annulled the gubernatorial primary allegedly held on October 6, 2018, by the Governor Rochas Okorocha faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The son-in-law, whom the governor had vowed was going to be his successor, was supposed to have emerged winner of the annulled primary.
Madumere had asked the court to quash the October 6 primary election and Justice Ojiako, in his ruling on the matter, granted all the prayers sought by the Imo State deputy governor, including the prayer that the October 1, 2018, APC primary election, which produced Senator Hope Uzodinma as winner was credible, relevant and meets the parameters for the exercise.
He had also prayed the court to hold that the contestants, except the governor’s son in-law, have since accepted that the October 1, 2018, party primary, was the only relevant and valid primary electioneering process.
Justice Ojiako equally upheld that the judgment was based on the subsisting Order of the Court, granted by Abuja High Court, restraining the party from conducting any fresh primary elections until the determination of the matter before it over October 1, 2018 primary election.
Both the governor, Nwosu and those supporting them have continued to suffer defeat in the efforts to have Nwosu as APC governorship candidate for Imo State in the coming 2019 general elections.
The gang leader in the Offa bank robbery, Michael Adikwu, a dismissed police constable has died. Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kamaldeen Ajibade, SAN disclosed this at a Kwara State High Court on Wednesday, when five of the six principal suspects were brought to court.
The five suspects arraigned were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran, Punch Metro reports.
However, Michael Adikwu, the former police constable, who was said to have confessed to being the mastermind of the bloody operation was not in court during the arraignment.
No fewer than 32 people were killed in the robbery operation which involved five commercial banks on April 5, 2018.
When the case came up, Ajibade, who said that his office received the case file of the robbery operation on Monday evening said that the head of Police investigation team, Mr Abba Kyari informed him that one of the suspects, Michael Adikwu was dead.
Ajibade. who said that the police was yet to give details of Adikwu’s death said that the five suspects brought to court could not be charged until an amendment was made on the charge sheet.
According to him, “we have the names of six suspects on our charge sheet, but they brought five suspects, we cannot go on with the case until we amend the charges because we can not prosecute a dead person.
The Attorney General also said that the case could not go on because the suspects had no legal representation.
He, however, urged the court to adjourn the case so that the charges could be amended and the suspects could get legal team to represent them.
It would be recalled that two lawyers who were representing the suspects announced their withdrawal from the case last week.
Justice Halima Salman adjourned the matter till November 30, 2018 and ordered that the suspects should get a legal team.Read More
It seems like the drama in Nigeria politics grows faster than her economy.
Festus Keyamo, the spokesman of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, says one of the brand logos for All Progressives Congress (APC) “next level” campaign was designed by the opposition(PDP).
While speaking via AIT on Tuesday, Keyamo dismissed the “next level” logo, which had been tweeted by the president, and retweeted by the presidency Twitter handle.
He said the next level campaign logo advertised in many national newspapers, and used on the official brochure of the APC next level campaign is the official logo of the Buhari campaign.
The senior advocate of Nigeria added that the other logo, which has its arrow protruding from the letter V was designed by the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Look at the next level, you will see that it is totally different from what they are showing. Look at the official one released,” Keyamo said, showing the logo below:
“They themselves went to steal a logo, they themselves crafted it as if it was our own, promoted it on social media, that we stole it. Fraud, fraud, you see the fraud that is going on?”
He said the arrow that goes up in the fake “logo comes from the letter ‘V’, not letter X, as in what he regarded as the original logo.
“You see the fraud going on on social media, from the PDP supporters? You see the difference?” Keyamo added.
The Peoples Democratic Party and its supporters had accused the APC of plagiarizing the logo of a school in the US, The Rex Institute.
However, checks by TheCable shows that the logo dismissed by Keyamo was also tweeted by President Muhammadu Buhari verified personal account, @Mbuhari, as shown below:
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshimohole, has made a surprise appearance at the venue of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s book presentation. He arrived at the same time with a former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio.
Akpabio recently left Peoples Democratic Party for the APC. Their arrival at the venue also disrupted events.
Oshiomhole ensured that he took photographs with the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus.
Also present is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
He arrived at the venue at about 12.30pm. The announcement of his arrival elicited loud ovation from those in attendance. Atiku has been going around the hall to exchange pleasantries with dignitaries present.
Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), says the campaign manual unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari for his 2019 re-election bid is a “complete disaster”.
Agbakoba said this on Tuesday while speaking during a morning show on ARISE TV.
He said the president’s campaign document has no “conceptual overhang” while noting that the one unveiled by Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), addresses national needs.
Reacting to the document, Agbakoba said: “It’s a handout. It’s not a political document. It has no conceptual overhang.
“The one for Atiku is 80 percent. It’s got the right stuff in it. It needs more work, but it’s a working document. It’s something I can live with. I see nice things there. It’s a conceptual framework that creates micro-economic stability. It’s got all the nice indices in it.
“On evaluation, it is clear that the economic blueprint unveiled by Atiku addresses national needs than Buhari’s economic plans.”
The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the APC has lost the goodwill it enjoyed during the 2015 elections.
“Forget about the APC. The talk on the street is against the APC. I’ve not heard a single person saying any good thing about the APC,” he said.Read More
EEDC has driven some people to the extreme, the no light issue has gone on for as long as we can remember. While some communities don't see light for months, these particular community refuse to let it get to that.
Earlier this morning, some youths from Ugwuaji barricaded Enugu-PH expressway as a protest to not having light for two days.
They claimed the community gave their land (50 plots)to ENERGO (Energy Transmission Company) in exchange for 10 years uninterrupted electricity supply.