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Court orders seizure of Deizani’s customised gold iPhone, other jewellery worth $40m

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, ordered the interim forfeiture of Jewelry and Customised Gold iPhone, belonging to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke.

The properties are all valued at $40 million.

Court orders interim forfeiture of  customised Gold iPhone, others worth  $40m belonging to Diezani
Pure gold necklace 

Justice Nicholas Oweibo ordered that the items be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government following an ex parte application filed and moved by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Commission through its counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, said that it found and recovered the properties, which is believed to be acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities.

Court orders interim forfeiture of  customised Gold iPhone, others worth  $40m belonging to Diezani
Deizani’s diamond watch

The application, titled action in rem, had Diezani as the only defendant and it was brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act, No. 14, 2006.

EFCC said it found and recovered the properties on the premises of the respondent, adding that it reasonably suspected that the former minister acquired them with “proceeds of unlawful activities.”
The court has adjourned the case until July 22.

Ambode congratulates Oyetola on Supreme Court victory

Former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday congratulated the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on his affirmation by the Supreme Court as the duly elected Governor of the State.

Ambode, in a statement signed by his media aide, Habib Aruna, said it was a well-deserved victory and an affirmation of the mandate given to Oyetola by the people of Osun State on September 22, 2018.

“I congratulate my brother, Governor Gboyega Oyetola on this resounding victory at the apex court. It is not only a victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC), but also an attestation to the fact that the judiciary remains the last hope for the common man.”

“With this victory, I strongly believe that it would enable the Governor to focus on delivering on his campaign promises and implementing policies that would make life more comfortable for the people of Osun State,” Ambode said.


Son of UAE ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad dies partying in London

Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, the son of Sharjah’s ruler  is said to have died during a party at his London penthouse where guests had sex and took Class A drugs.

The 39-year-old businessman and fashion designer, Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi was confirmed dead yesterday.

His father is Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, who rules the city in the United Arab Emirates .

According to The Sun, new reports shows that a quantity of Class A drugs were found at the penthouse flat in Knightsbridge where Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi’s body was discovered but the police are yet to confirm or deny this.

Officers were said to have found the drugs after being called in by medics;

‘There had apparently been a party where some guests were taking drugs and having sex. It is suspected that Sheikh Khalid may have died suddenly as a result of taking drugs. As well as the police inquiry, an urgent internal probe has been ordered and staff have been ordered to keep quiet, a source told SUN.’

His father, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, has ruled Sharjah since 1972. He mourned his son in an Instagram post, saying his son was “in the care of God”.

In a statement, the fashion label said the crown prince had died “unexpectedly” but did not provide further information on his death.

Nigerians in Diaspora can now participate in pension scheme

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) has launched the enhanced contributor registration system (ECRS) which will enable Nigerians based abroad to participate in contributory pension scheme.

PenCom announced this in a statement issued on Friday.

The commission said ECRS has been integrated with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for authentication of the uniqueness of individuals seeking to register under the contributory pension scheme (CPS).

“The ECRS is an electronic platform for the submission of requests by Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) for the registration of contributors and issuance of Personal Identification Numbers (PINs). Consequently the Commission has transited from the use of the existing Contributor Registration System (CRS) to the ECRS,” the statement read.

“The ECRS provides a more dynamic and friendly user Interface and fully addresses the issues identified with the CRS. The ECRS has also The deployment of the ECRS will greatly enhance the integrity of contributors’ data and also provide a platform for the following:

“Registration of Micro Pension Plan Participants and Cross Border individuals (i.e. participants living abroad and foreigners living in Nigeria wishing to participate in the CPS).

“Electronic submission of employer code requests by Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) on employers and the full automation of the process of issuing employer codes.

“Updates and edits of contributors’ information on the National Databank maintained by the National Pension Commission by the PFAs. The deployment of the ECRS is a major step towards the introduction of the transfer widow, which will enable contributors change to the PFAs of their choice, in line with Section 13 of the Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2014.”

Osun ruling: Atiku’s comment intends to influence ongoing presidential poll suit —Presidency

The Presidency has described as “very ridiculous, and even comical,’’ the reaction of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the Supreme Court ruling affirming the election of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State.

Atiku, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election, had, in a statement, expressed reservations over Friday’s Supreme Court victory of Oyetola.

In the statement, the former Vice President had stated: “I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. In their hands, God has placed a great responsibility.

“The duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.

“Learned people know that the judiciary comes to conclusions drawing from matters of law placed before it, and not sentiments, or so-called “pulse of the nation.”

However, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, frowned at Atiku’s comments, saying, “Many things fly in the face of logic, reason, and legality in this portion of the statement.

“A pertinent question is: how does the judiciary gauge the pulse of the nation? Is it even positioned to do such?

“Is the judiciary established for that purpose, or to dispense justice, even if the heavens fall?”

Adesina observed that there was insinuation of inducement in the statement when the PDP candidate said the judiciary should ensure justice is done, “irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.”

“We see this as an attempt to browbeat the judiciary, thus causing it to entertain sentiment in the ongoing petition on the presidential election before the tribunal.

“If anybody has the tendency or proclivity to put pressure on the judiciary, Nigerians know where the finger points, and it is definitely not at President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This was a man who had thrice taken his electoral challenges to the judiciary, up to the Supreme Court. And not once was he accused of trying to influence the process, or put pressure on the courts.

“When the All Progressives Congress lost Zamfara and Rivers states, arising from judicial proclamations, then, there was no “pressure to do otherwise” by the powers that be.

“But now that the victory of the party in Osun was upheld, there is insinuation of pressure from those who have never learnt to play straight,” he said.

Adesina maintained that Buhari had always been committed to fair play, which he said was clearly evident in the last general elections.

According to him, the President remains committed to even-handedness and justice always.


NSE postpones Airtel Africa listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday postponed the planned cross border secondary listing of 3,758,151,504 ordinary shares of Airtel Africa.

The Exchange, in a mail, said that the postponement was necessitated by the need to ensure that the company met all the post NSE approval pre-requisites for listing on NSE.

“NSE will provide further communication on this issue when all the conditions for the listing in its market have been met,” NSE said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Airtel Africa listing was earlier scheduled to hold on July 5, with the listing of 3.76bn shares at N363 per share.

NAN also gathers that the company has not completed documentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the commission to approve its application for listing.

A source close to the transaction told NAN that the company “has not completed its documentation.”

“They are still running helter-skelter to complete their documentation.

“Until that is done, the SEC cannot approve. So, the ball is in their court,” the source said.

NAN reports that on June 18, Airtel Africa officially filed an application with the SEC for listing of its shares on the NSE. (NAN)

We are going ahead with Ruga, says Gombe governor

Inuwa Yahaya, governor of Gombe state, says his administration is going ahead with the implementation of the Ruga initiative.

The federal government had proposed Ruga as a means to end the incessant clashes between farmers and herders.

It, however, suspended the programme on Wednesday following public outcry, saying the initiative lacks consistency with its national livestock transformation plan.

But speaking after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, Yahaya said the state had reserved over 200,000 hectares of land to implement the scheme.

He said he is yet to agree with the suspension of the scheme because the action could be “inimical to our people”.

“President Buhari’s intention on the Ruga settlement scheme is laudable and the people of Gombe, who are predominantly Fulanis will definitely key into it,” Yahaya said.

“As I speak to you now, Gombe state government has set aside over 200,000 hectare of land for the implementation of the Ruga Settlement scheme in the state.

“So, because some states rejected the scheme doesn’t mean that Gombe state will not go ahead to implement it.

“Up till now, I don’t want to believe that the pilot scheme has been suspended. We are going to continue with it, because to us it’s a very good initiative in view of the hardship our people (herdsmen) are now facing.

“We need to find a lasting solution to their predicaments so as to save their lives because they are Nigerians too.

“So, I don’t want to believe that the president has suspended the scheme – this is worrisome and may be inimical to our people.’’



JUST IN: Benin beat Morocco on penalties to reach AFCON quarter-finals

Benin stunned Africa Cup of Nations title contenders Morocco on penalties to reach the quarter-finals for the first time after a 1-1 draw in Cairo on Friday.

Moise Adilehou put Benin ahead early in the second half before Youssef En-Nesyri equalised, but Hakim Ziyech blew the chance to seal victory for Morocco by striking the post with a 96th-minute penalty.

Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri both missed in the shootout as Benin, who reached the last 16 on the back of three draws, triumphed 4-1 on spot-kicks.


PDP suspends Elumelu over leadership crisis at house of reps

The national working committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Ndudi Elumelu and six other members of the house of representatives.

The other lawmakers are Wole Oke; Lynda Ikpeazu; Anayo Edwin; Gideon Gwadi; Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Abdul-Majid.

Their suspension was made known in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the party.

The NWC had summoned the lawmakers on Thursday over the role they were alleged to have played in the minority leadership tussle of the lower legislative chamber of the national assembly.

According to the statement, the lawmakers’ action was an act of insubordination. They were ordered to proceed on a month suspension.

“The Party noted the roles played by the underlisted members which resulted in the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, reading another list for Minority Leadership of the House other than the list submitted to him by our party, the PDP,” the statement read.

“After preliminary examination by the NWC, it was evident that the roles played by the above-mentioned members, bordered on indiscipline, insubordination and disobedience of party directives contrary to Section 58 (1)(b)(c)(f)(h) of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017), which provides that:

“Subject to the provision of this Constitution, the Party shall have power to discipline any member who says or does anything likely to bring the party into disrepute, hatred or contempt; disobeys or neglects to carry out lawful directives of the party or any organ or officer of the party; engages in anti-party activities; or engages in any conduct likely to cause disaffection among members of the party or is likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of the business of the party.

“Consequent upon this, the above-mentioned members of our party are hereby suspended for one month and this matter is hereby referred to the National Disciplinary Committee of our party, in keeping with Section 57(3) of the PDP Constitution.”

During Wednesday’s session, some lawmakers had exchanged blows over principal positions. The session got rowdy when Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, was about to announce minority principal officials.

Kingsley Chinda, a PDP lawmaker from Rivers, had said the leadership of his party had written to the speaker to inform him of its choice for the positions, asking Gbajabiamila to adopt the list sent by the PDP.

The opposition party had stated its preference for Chinda as minority leader, Chukwuka Onyema as deputy minority leader; Yakubu Barde, minority whip; and Muraina Ajibola, deputy minority whip. But Gbajabiamila said there were nine minority political parties and the PDP alone could not determine who led the minority.

He had moved to read a letter which he said was signed by 99 members of minority political parties on the leadership positions but some lawmakers left their seats and started struggling for the mace which led to a brawl.

The speaker eventually announced Elumelu as minority leader, Toby Okechukwu, deputy minority leader; Gideon Gwani, minority whip; and Adesegun Adekoya, deputy minority whip

Atiku tenders over 26,000 exhibits against Buhari at tribunal

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and his party have tendered a total of 26,175 exhibits against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential election tribunal.

The PDP candidate had through Livy Uzoukwu, his lawyer, tendered 5,196 exhibits before the tribunal on Thursday while additional ones were filed on Friday.

Atiku had gone to the tribunal to challenge Buhari’s victory at the February poll.

He is arguing that results from the individual polling units shows he got more votes than Buhari who contested under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement from Paul Ibe, his spokesman, said the exhibits comprise mainly result sheets from polling units, wards and local governments in eight states namely Katsina, Kebbi, Borno, Jigawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna and partly Kano.

Ibe gave the breakdown of the documents as: 3,378 came from Katsina; 2,106 came from Kebbi; 3,472 from Borno; 3,162 from Jigawa; 1,912 from Gombe; 3,539 from Bauchi; 3,335 from Kaduna and 5,271 came from Kano.

Yunus Usman, counsel to INEC; Mike Igbokwe, counsel to Buhari; and Charles Edosomwan, APC counsel, were all said to have objected to the admissibility of the documents.

They were, however, said to have informed the tribunal that reasons for their objections would be made at the address stage of hearing in the petition.

Uzoukwu told the tribunal that his team will begin to call witnesses after the documents have all been tendered.

The tribunal adjourned till Monday, July 8, for further hearing.

Buhari makes fresh appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced 13 fresh appointees in his new cabinet.

Among the appointees are 12 close aides; most of whom were re-appointed.

A statement from the state house said the appointments took effect from May 29 when the president began his second term.

Below are the names of the appointees:

1 Abba Kyari President’s Chief of Staff
2 Boss Mustapha Secretary to the Government of the Federation
3 Mohammed Sarki Abba Senior Special Assistant to the President (Household and Social Events)
4 Ya’u Shehu Darazo Senior Special Assistant to the President (Special Duties)
5 Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi Personal Physician to the President
6 Lawal A. Kazaure State Chief of Protocol
7 Sabiu Yusuf Special Assistant (Office of the President)
8 Saley Yuguda Special Assistant (House Keeping)
9 Ahmed Muhammed Mayo Special Assistant (Finance & Administration)
10 Mohammed Hamisu Sani Special Assistant (Special Duties)
11 Friday Bethel Personal Assistant (General Duties)
12 Sunday Aghaeze Personal Assistant (State Photographer)
13 Bayo Omoboriowo Personal Assistant (Presidential Photographer)


Bonga SW/Aparo to achieve 80% Nigerian content – SNEPCO

The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCO, has assured that its Bonga South West Aparo, BSWA, FPSO project, is aimed at achieving 80 percent local content. Bayo Ojulari, managing director, SNEPCO, said the project would surpass the 77 percent Nigerian content achieved in Total’s Egina FPSO.

Ojulari, who gave a timeline on the BSWA, said the head of terms covering dispute resolution and production sharing contract updates for OML 118 was signed in February 2019, adding that contractors are already bidding on five major EPC contracts.

He explained that BSWA is determined to harness and build Nigerian Local Content in scale as never seen in Nigerian deep water, while there will be job opportunities for local engineering and project management companies for three years employing over 500 Nigerian engineers. “The overall Nigerian Content percentage for BSWA is estimated at 80 percent from man-hours on fabrication, engineering and project management activities.

“Project will create 1200 direct employment and 5000 indirect employment during the 4-5 years project execution period. Over 150 Nigerians will be trained in offshore deepwater engineering and construction. 4500mT fabrication to be executed in-country, representing 80 percent of total project fabrication, sufficient to engage in-country fabrication yards for about four years with employment opportunities,” he said.

Speaking at the Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, Ojulari said the IOCs signed the heads of term with the NNPC in February this year, adding that the project would enable the nation’s deepwater space to become very active.

He also added that in other to make the Nigerian deepwater to work, it is important to make sure that whatever legislation that is being put in place is what will unlock the resource volume in the country.

“If we get the fiscal regime right and we make sure that the bill that is passed is the bill that enables business and investment, on my count, I expect another six FPSOs behind Bonga South West Aparo. Just imagine an environment where there are six FPSOs; there is continuity of work and activities. It is going to be a different place, and I think that is where we should put our minds in terms of what the impact of these is going to be on the economy,” Ojulari said.

BREAKING: Buhari retains Abba Kyari as chief of staff, Mustapha, SGF

President Muhammadu Buhari has re-appointed Boss Mustapha as secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).

The president has also renewed the appointment of Abba Kyari, his chief of staff.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, announced this in a statement on Friday.

More to follow…

Senator Abbo granted bail after spending night in custody

The Federal Capital Territory police command has granted bail to Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north.

According to Premium Times, Bala Ciroma, the state police commissioner, said Abbo was allowed to go home around noon on Friday after meeting “a set of administrative conditions for his bail.”

The senator had honoured police invitation over the assault of a nursing mother at a sex toy shop in Abuja.

He turned himself at the headquarters of the FCT police command on Thursday evening.

The senator has been under fire since a video where he was seen hitting an attendant repeatedly at a sex toy shop in Abuja went viral.

The video had sparked outrage, with many Nigerians calling for the prosecution of the lawmaker. Subsequently, Mohammed Adamu, inspector general of police, had ordered that a comprehensive investigation be carried out on the incident.

Ciroma did not disclose the specific terms of the bail but a police source was quoted as saying the conditions were “stringent enough to secure his return to the investigators as may be necessary”.

Another police source reportedly said it was unclear when the senator would be charged to court because preliminary findings were not sufficient to file charges.

“We need to do a forensic analysis of the CCTV footage that is in circulation, but this may take about a week or two to conclude,” the source was quoted to have said.

Adeleke congratulates Oyetola

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2018 Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke on Friday congratulated Governor Gboyega Oyetola on his victory at the Supreme Court.

Adeleke in a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, stated that his ambition to be the Governor of Osun State was never a do-or-die affair.

He said the Supreme Court’s decision, regardless of his disagreement and disappointment with it remained final.

He said, “As a democrat and law-abiding citizen, I accept the ruling no matter my misgivings.

“I wish Governor Oyetola well in the governance of Osun State.”

Adeleke added, “In all circumstances, we must thank God Almighty. We gallantly fought a good fight in pursuance of a democratic cause.

“The ideals we fought for lives on.

“Our ambition was never a do-or-die affair. We aspired to serve and deliver democratic dividends to the people of Osun state. Our ambition was altruistic. We wish Governor Oyetola the best in the governance of the state.”

Busola Dakolo files formal rape complaint against Fatoyinbo

Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer, who accused Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), of raping her has filed a legal complaint.

In a video interview that has now gone viral, Dakolo, who is the wife of Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo, alleged that the pastor had sexual relations with her when she was 16 going on 17 in Ilorin.

The Nation reports that Dakolo filed a formal complaint with the police on Thursday.

This means that the police will carry out an investigation into the allegation.

After protests to some branches of his church on Sunday and various comments, Fayotoyinbo announced that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the church pulpit.

On Thursday, a former staff of the church also accused Fatoyinbo of having sexual relations with her without her consent.

The lady, pseudo named ‘X’, said the incident happened in 2017 beyond the shores of Nigeria.

She said she was in an undisclosed country, working for the church when Fatoyinbo invited her to his house and allegedly raped her.

According to her, Fatoyinbo apologised after the alleged rape, and she had to keep working with him and the church.

X further alleged that Modele, Fatoyinbo’s wife, is complicit in the rape allegations.

She explained that she was an ordinary member of the church for about five years until Modele made contact with her and brought her (X) close to the family.

She said everything done to bring her into the family was deliberate.

Osun partners institutions, private sector for mechanised agric

Osun State government is set to partner with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and private sector to enhance mechanised agriculture.

This development is expected to boost productivity and move farmers away from unproductive usage of traditional farming implements such as hoes and cutlasses. This in turn will promote commercial agriculture and improve farmers’ income and standard of living.

Governor Gboyega Oyetola made this known in a one-day Farmers’ Field Day exhibition that took place in the state capital, Osogbo, on Wednesday.

“Under the partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the state government has provided 205.5 hectares of land in Ago Owu for the purpose of conducting researches and setting up demonstration farms for best farming practices,” he said.

Oyetola said that the state, under his leadership, is ever ready to support farmers as well as embark on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the agricultural sector. “We will also facilitate the provision of affordable access to farm machinery and equipment for farmers and youths in agriculture,” he added.

He thanked the various institutions that partnered with the state in the past. “Our administration owes a debt of gratitude to our critical development partners, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), IITA, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) and National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), and several others who have been very supportive of our dream and drive to take agriculture to the next level”, he said.

Earlier, the head of mechanization unit of IITA, Dr. Peter Kolawole said that the institute is championing the running of a programme called Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB). “We are looking at the technologies produced by Nigerians that we can upscale and transform agriculture in Africa. Further we are aiming at taking hoes and cutlasses back to the museum. This will affect both pre-harvest and post-harvest aspects of agriculture,” he said.

Dr. Kolawole explained further that there are technology compacts within TAAT, one of which is the “Cassava Compact.”

He explained that the process of transformation of cassava entails a lot of wastage, in which over 70 per cent is water. To reduce the transportation of water after cassava harvest, the compact involves moving the technology to the site of harvest where initial stages of processing are embarked upon.

Present at the exhibition are Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, wife of the Governor; Benedict Gboyega Alabi, Deputy Governor; Timothy Owoeye,  Speaker of the House of Assembly;  Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Akinola, traditional rulers, exhibitors and farmers’ groups across the state.

BREAKING: Supreme Court upholds Oyetola’s election as Osun governor

The Supreme Court has upheld Gboyega Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Osun state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Oyetola winner of the Osun governorship election after a controversial rerun in September 2018.

Dissatisfied with INEC’s declaration, Ademola Adeleke, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, filed a petition against at the tribunal.

The tribunal declared Adeleke winner of the election in March. Gboyega appealed the verdict of the tribunal.

In May, the appeal court gave judgement in favour of the APC candidate.

The court set aside the entire proceedings of the tribunal. It said the tribunal panel was not well constituted.

At the apex court on Friday, five of the seven judges on the panel were in favour of Oyetola, while two gave judgement in favour of Adeleke.