World Bank delays approval for Nigeria’s $1.5bn loan over Naira reform

The World Bank is delaying approval of Nigeria’s request for a $1.5 billion loan due to concerns over desired reforms, Reuters reports.

Unidentified sources told Reuters that the main concern being expressed by the World Bank was Naira reform.

Both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, IMF, have, in the past, advised Nigeria to float its currency and allow market forces to determine the value of the naira.

According to the report, the World Bank had aimed to bring the loan request to its board for approval this August but the approval will now be delayed till October.

“They are not convinced about the reforms,” Reuters quoted a source close to the government to have said.

Although the World Bank has not outlined any demands, fuel subsidies and electricity tariffs were also said to be a part of the discussions.

The CBN has devalued the naira twice in 2020 and the Federal Executive Council in July, approved the removal of petrol subsidy.

The finance ministry was reported to have directed queries to the World Bank and while the Bretton Wood institution said discussions had reached an advanced stage, it confirmed that the loan request had not been presented to its board.

“Of particular importance are the steps the government is taking to marshal the needed fiscal resources for a pro-poor response to the crisis and undertake the reforms that will help ensure a robust recovery,” Reuters quoted a statement by the World Bank to have read.

The World Bank has already projected that Nigeria is heading for its worst recession in 40 years, which the Finance Minister, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, reiterated last week.

To meet budgetary obligations, the Nigerian government requested for loans worth $6.9 billion from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and African Development Bank.

The IMF approved a $3.4 billion loan for Nigeria in April.

Boko Haram Takes Over Kukawa, Borno, Kills Many, Hoists Flag

Boko Haram insurgents have again attacked Kukawa town in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, killing many civilians, who returned to the community last week, military sources have told SaharaReporters.

The Nigerian Army had some weeks ago claimed it embarked on clearance operations within Baga and Kukawa in Northern Borno with a view to enabling a safer environment for returning residents.

SaharaReporters gathered that the insurgents also hoisted their flag in the town.

A resident of Kukawa, who spoke with our correspondent, said apart from those killed, several others were left with serious bullet injuries.

“The terrorists have again taken over Kukuwa, even with a statement by the army to our people that the town was safe some weeks ago. Why will the army have no plans to protect civilians In Kukawa and let them return home?,” the resident asked.

Boko Haram has become more ferocious in recent times even though the current administration had often said that the sect had been decimated.

The sect has killed over 15,000 people in Northern Nigeria since the insurgency began in 2009.

PETITION: Hundreds Sign To Bar Governor El-Rufai From Speaking At NBA Conference .

No less than 500 people have signed a new petition asking the Nigerian Bar Association to remove Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, from the list of speakers in the upcoming Annual General Conference of the NBA, The PUNCH reports.

This is just as some lawyers called on the NBA leadership to remove el-Rufai from the list of speakers due to his leadership failure in the wake up of the killings in Southern Kaduna as well as his human rights record.

The petition, which was started by Usani Odum, has garnered nearly 500 signatures barely hours after it was initiated.

The summary of the petition read, “The senseless killings in southern Kaduna must stop. The political correctness of Governor El-Rufai on national TV is diversionary. It is a reversal to have him speak to lawyers on security, when Governor (Babagana) Zulum of Borno a better person can do so.

“We may not be able to do anything to stop the killings, but we can stop the governor from speaking at the NBA-AGC to show our disapproval of the manner he has handled the situation!!”

Meanwhile, several lawyers have publicly indicated that they will not be attending the NBA conference if the leadership of the bar insists on el-Rufai.

In a letter, titled, ‘Request to Withdraw the Offer of Platform at the 2020 Annual General Conference of the NBA to Mallam Nasir el-Rufai’, and addressed to the Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning,  NBA, Prof Koyinsola Ajayi, some lawyers said the governor must not be allowed to speak at the conference.

The letter, which was signed by Silas Onu and Auta Nyada, listed 10 allegations against el-Rufai and his son, Bello, who is a Special Adviser to Kaduna Central lawmaker, Senator Uba Sani.

The lawyers recalled that el-Rufai had during the run-up to the 2019 general elections threatened that any foreigner who interfered in the election would leave Nigeria in “body bags”.

They stated that several human rights groups had ranked el-Rufai low for his intolerance for the opposition.

ECOWAS Suspends Mali, Directs Members To Close Borders .

Mali has been suspended from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decision making bodies with immediate effect.

ECOWAS decision followed the recent military forceful takeover of government in that country.

Besides, the Coupist have been denied all kind of legitimacy by the regional body, while also demanding the immediate release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who have been in detention.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, ECOWAS stated that the military action will impact negatively on the country’s socio-politically.

The regional body also closed all land and air borders, as well as a halt to all economical, trade and financial flows and transactions between ECOWAS member states and Mali, and encourages all partners to do the same;

The statement reads: “Following its statement published during the day of August 18th, 2020, reporting on an on-going mutiny within the Malian Armed Forces, ECOWAS has noted with great concern the seizure of power by Malian military Putschists.

“This seizure of power intervenes within a difficult socio-political context. Indeed, ECOWAS recalls that a mediation process has been on-going during the last two months, with a view to find a solution to this crisis. Following this power grab by Malian military Putschists, this is likely to have negative impact on peace and stability in Mali and in the Sub-Region, ECOWAS.

“Utterly condemns the overthrowing of President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita’s democratically elected Government;
“Categorically denies any kind of legitimacy to the putschists and demands the immediate reinstatement of the constitutional order;

“Reminds the military their accountability for the safety and security of President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita and officials arrested;

“Demands the immediate release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and of all official arrested;

“Suspends Mali from all ECOWAS decision-making bodies with immediate effect, as per the Additional Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, and this, until effective reinstatement of the constitutional order;

“Decides to close all land and air borders, as well as to stop all economical, trade and financial flows and transactions between ECOWAS Member States and Mali, and encourages all partners to do the same.”

Meanwhile, the Soldiers who overthrew Mali’s president in a coup d’état also on Wednesday said they were ready to restore stability and oversee a transition to elections within a “reasonable” period.

Colonel-Major Ismael Wague – a spokesman for the coup-makers calling themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People – said they acted to prevent Mali from falling further into chaos.

Wague said, “The social and political tension has undermined the proper functioning of the country for quite a while.

“Mali descends into chaos day by day (with) anarchy and insecurity because of the fault of the people in charge of its destiny. Real democracy doesn’t go with complacency, nor weakness of the s

While inviting the general public to join them in rebuilding the country, Wague assured the people that “We are not keen on power, but we are keen on the stability of the country, which will allow us to organise general elections to allow Mali to equip itself with strong institutions within the reasonable time limit.”

Wague said all international agreements will still be respected and international forces, including the UN mission in Mali and G5 Sahel will remain in place “for the restoration of stability”.

“The coup leaders also remain ‘committed to the Algiers process’ – a 2015 peace agreement between the Malian government and armed groups in the north of the country,” Wague said.

Mali: Soldiers Promise Transition To Civil Rule After Keita’s Removal

Soldiers who staged a military coup in Mali leading to the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his government said on Wednesday they plan to form a civilian transitional government that will organise fresh elections.

Keita resigned and dissolved parliament late on Tuesday hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing a jihadist insurgency and mass protests deeper into crisis.

In a statement broadcast on state-owned television early on Wednesday, a spokesman for the mutineers calling themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People said they had decided to act to prevent Mali from falling further into chaos.

Flanked by soldiers, committee spokesman Colonel Ismael Wague invited Mali’s civil society and political movements to join them to create conditions for a political transition that would lead to elections.

“Our country is sinking into chaos, anarchy and insecurity mostly due to the fault of the people who are in charge of its destiny,” he said.

The military coup has been condemned by Mali’s regional and international partners who fear Keita’s fall could further destabilise the former French colony and West Africa’s entire Sahel region.

Magu:EFCC Admits Some Of Its Officials Are Corrupt, Begs Nigerians

Nigeria’s leading anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has admitted it has corrupt elements within the agency.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has begged Nigerians to help them fight corruption after admitting that some of its officials are corrupt.

The agency said with the help of Nigerians, some corrupt elements in their midst will be flushed out and dealt with.

EFCC zonal head in Lagos State, Abdulrasheed Bawa said officials of the commission caught involved in corrupt practices are prosecuted.

Bawa stated this while responding to questions on TVC, on Wednesday.

He also urged Nigerians to help identify corrupt officials of the anti-graft agency.

“Certainly, we are not angels. There are some bad elements within the system. But we charge them to court whenever they are caught.

“We need Nigerians to help us call out any corrupt EFCC official they come across,” Bawa said.

This is coming at a time the Presidency is investigating suspended acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu over alleged corrupt practices.

Magu’s ongoing probe is an offshoot of an indictment by the Attorney General of Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Malami had accused Magu of misappropriation and corruption.

Meet Colonel Malick Diaw, The 25-Year-Old That Led The Mali Coup

A rare footage has emerged of Colonel Malick Diaw, the 25-year-old who led the coup that overthrew Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and his Government.

Marketvoices gathered that Diaw is the Deputy Head of the Kati military division. Keita’s ousting follows months of protest over corruption and economic mismanagement. But while the events have been met by jubilation inside Mali, they’ve alarmed international observers. Meanwhile, the soldiers who staged a military coup in Mali leading to the resignation of President Keita and his government said on Wednesday they plan to form a civilian transitional government that will organize fresh elections.

In a statement broadcast on state-owned television early on Wednesday, a spokesman for the mutineers calling themselves the National Committee for the Salvation of the People said they had decided to act to prevent Mali from falling further into chaos. Flanked by soldiers, committee spokesman Colonel Ismael Wague invited Mali’s civil society and political movements to join them to create conditions for a political transition that would lead to elections.

“Our country is sinking into chaos, anarchy and insecurity mostly due to the fault of the people who are in charge of its destiny,” he said. The military coup has been condemned by Mali’s regional and international partners who fear Keita’s fall could further destabilise the former French colony and West Africa’s entire Sahel region.

EXPOSED! EFCC Officials Caught on Tape Demanding N75m Bribe

A businessman has played a tape recording before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential Probe Panel on how some operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), popularly known as Magu’s boys used a lawyer to demand bribery of N75m to be paid into different accounts.

According to PR Nigeria, The businessman, Mr. Donald Wokoma of Damijay Integrated Services Limited tendered an affidavit of fact in support of a petition he wrote against ‘Magu Boys’ for extortion before unfreezing his account.

The EFCC had in 2018 refused to obey the order of Justice O.C. Agbaza to lift the restrictions on the account of Damijay Services Limited, after the firm had filed a suit for fundamental rights enforcement at the FCT High Court.

An Abuja-based lawyer, Barrister Victor Giwa who was allegedly involved in the deal, the Economic confidential gathered did not deny his voice in the 27 minutes tape recording that was played before the panel where he mentioned names of suspended Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu among other operatives over the bribery allegation.

Barrister Giwa was the former lawyer to the company on the case with the EFCC.

Meanwhile, in the affidavit sighted by the Economic Confidential, the businessman alleged that on or around 20th of May, 2020 Barrister Victor Giwa asked him to sign three blank cheques (valued at 25 million Naira each), which he would hand over to the people in EFCC to enable them unfreeze the account.

The petitioner had revealed that the said “Magu boys”, had sent three different bank accounts namely Cikin Gida Nigeria Limited with account number: 1771773211, at Polaris Bank; Black and Black Global Concept Limited with account number: 0259011841 with Gtbank and Amina Kigbu with account number: 2176716071 with Zenith Bank for the payment of the alleged bribe.

When the cheques were not honoured by the bank, the Magu boys requested that the businessman should execute an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (on the company’s official letterhead) in favour of the three bank accounts and later demanded for 40% of the money in the company’s account (which aggregates to One Hundred Million Naira) which the businessman outrightly rejected.

After rejecting their last demand, the businessman said that: “On the 9th of July, 2020, Mr. Mohammed Goje of EFCC called me to come to their office the next day being 10th July, 2020 (Friday). I honoured the invitation and stayed for long hours only for me to be informed by him (around 5: 09pm after I had left) that I have been charged to Court by sms and that I was to appear before the F.C.T. High Cout sitting at Lugbe by 8:30 am on Monday, 13th July, 2020 to be with a copy of the charge and arraigned simultaneously.

“He warned me via the sms to ‘endeavour to come to avoid unnecessarily embarrassment.’ On the 13th of July, 2020 while at the Lugbe High Court, I was served with an Amended Charge dated and filed on the 19th day of June, 2020 (exactly 2 days after I outrightly rejected their fresh demand of 40% of the total sum of the money in the company’s account).

“The said amended charge was signed by one ABBA MUHAMMED of Legal and Prosecution Department of the EFCC with Supreme Court No: (SCN046977). Upon going through the documents served on me in Court, I discovered to my chagrin that there is

an earlier charge dated the 3rd day of January, 2019 and filed on the 4th day of January, 2019 signed by one AISHA A. T. HABIB from the Legal & Prosecution Department of the EFCC with Supreme Court No: SCN014045. This particular charged of 4th January, 2019 (which is over a year and five months) was never served on me.”

It went on to add that: “After presenting the petition to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and specifically on Monday, the 6th day of August, 2020, I called Barrister VICTOR GIWA and informed him that a copy of the correspondences he has been exchanging with the operatives of the EFCC would be needed at the office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation in support of the petition.

“In response to my request as per the preceding paragraph, Barrister VICTOR GIWA told me over the phone that he has been receiving calls from agents of the EFCC and that in particular one AISHA of the EFCC was crying and pleading with him not to expose them else her career would be ruined.

“He (Barrister VICTOR GIWA) further said that some other EFCC officials, which he has been corresponding with, called him to query him on why he allowed me to write the petition to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and demanded that the said petition (Exhibit Dami 1) be withdrawn else there would be consequences after the storm currently buffeting the Commission.

“Barrister VICTOR GIWA further told me that those EFCC officials reminded him that he is a young Lawyer and that he has a lot before him and that he should not forget that what is happening at the EFCC at the time was a tussle between the Honourable AGF and the suspended Acting Chairman of the EFCC and boasted that things would soon return to normal at the EFCC. They thereafter asked him to call me so we could have a meeting where the matter would be effectively resolved.

“On 7th August, 2020, I instructed Barrister Johnmary Jideobi to call Barrister Victor and remind him of the request I made on him the previous night. Barrister VICTOR GIWA told Barrister Johnmary Jideobi that he was not going to make the correspondences yet available to me because he had those discussions with the EFCC people in confidence and that we should not join the fray of what was/is happening because no one knows tomorrow. That he would not want to offend the people who gave him the information in confidence since he should be honourable enough not to do things that would offend them. Barrister VICTOR GIWA later told Barrister Johnmary Jideobi that he would call him back and hung up but never called back again that day.”

Mali President and Prime Minister Detained

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was detained on Tuesday by soldiers on mutiny in the capital Bamako, two security sources told Reuters.

Soldiers had earlier in the day mutinied at the Kati military base about 15 km (9 miles) outside of Bamako and rounded up a number of senior civilian and military officials.

A spokesman for Keita could not be reached for comment, according to Reuters.

A mutiny in 2012 at the Kati base led to a military coup that toppled the then President Amadou Toumani Toure and hastened the fall of Mali’s north to jihadist militants, who continue to operate across the north and centre of the West African country.

Keita has faced mass protests since June calling for his resignation over alleged corruption and worsening security.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse issued a brief statement calling for dialogue and urging mutinous soldiers to stand down.

The United States, France and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) all condemned the mutiny.

Ex-Imo state governor, Ikedi Ohakim and rumored mistress allegedly fight dirty; police step in

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Former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, is reportedly at loggerheads with a lady who he allegedly had a romantic relationship with and is now reportedly threatening his life. 

According to a report by Premiumtimes, Ohakim who was in office from 2007 to 2011, was allegedly in a relationship with one Chinyere Amuchienwa who lives in Lagos and deals in luxury items. Their alleged relationship turned sour and the governor is allegedly claiming Ms Amuchienwa is threatening to blackmail him and has involved the police. The lady in question alleged that the former governor gave her a fake diamond ring as an engagement ring.

Ohakim, 63, has been married to his wife, Chioma, for 39 years and they have five children and many grandchildren.

Read the report below

A former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, is involved in a dirty fight with a Nigerian woman he had a romantic relationship with, and at some point told the police the woman assaulted him inside a hotel room in Abuja.

The woman, whose name is Chinyere Amuchienwa, is from Imo State. She lives in Lagos where she deals in luxury items.

Mr Ohakim, 63, was governor from 2007 to 2011. He lost the election in 2019 when he contested again for the seat in Nigeria’s South-East.

He has been married for 39 years to Chioma Ohakim, a lawyer. They have five children and grandchildren.

In a petition dated January 20, which he sent to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Mr Ohakim said, “On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Miss Chinyere physically assaulted me. She deceived me and lured me with a meeting request. I subsequently invited her to my hotel room at BON Hotel, Asokoro and she arrived at about 20:15 p.m.

“Directly I opened the door quite innocently, pandemonium took over, she bounced on me grabbing me by my shirt with all her strength and gave me a violent push.”

Mr Ohakim continued, “As I staggered to recover, she rushed for my phone on the table and a struggle ensured (sic). Directly I retrieved the phones from her she immediately rushed to grab something from her bag which I strongly suspected to be a gun.”

Mr Ohakim said he ran outside his room, shouting for help.

The incident, he said to the police, could be confirmed from the hotel’s CCTV.

He said he “immediately” filed a complaint at a police station in Asokoro against his estranged mistress.

The former governor told the police that Ms Amuchienwa is a 56-year-old divorcee.

He said Ms Amuchienwa has been his friend whom he “lavishly extended a lot of favour to” and that she was even involved in his failed 2019 governorship election campaign, but that the relationship went sour and since then she has been threatening to “blackmail” and “destroy” him.

He said he was “completely terrified” and wanted the police chief, Mr Adamu, to intervene in the case.

He promised in his petition to provide specific evidence to the police to back up his allegations against Ms Amuchienwa.

Mr Ohakim described himself to the police as one who holds the traditional titles of “Ogbujingidi of Igbo land and the Otumba Tomitope of Yoruba land”, including “other 51 chieftaincy titles across Nigeria,” besides being a former governor of Imo state, a businessman and a “defence and security contractor.”

The police responded to Mr Ohakim’s petition and asked him to report at the force CID for an interview on June 1. They requested him to bring along specific evidence he said he had, including any other useful information that could help in the police investigation.

The police letter was signed by Abdulkadir Jimoh, a commissioner of police.

The former governor and his estranged mistress reported at the force headquarters and were both interviewed by the assistant inspector-general of police in-charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau.

Ms Amuchienwa told PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday, that Mr Ohakim did not tender any supporting evidence or call any witness during the police interview, an assertion this newspaper could not verify.

Mr Ohakim’s phone number returned “cannot receive call at the moment” when this newspaper tried repeatedly to reach the former governor over the weekend.

A text message sent to his phone line was also not delivered at the time of filing this report.

PREMIUM TIMES, Saturday, contacted Emmanuel Ohakim, a brother to the former governor, but the call was switched off immediately our reporter finished introducing himself. He did not call back or pick subsequent calls from the reporter.

Ms Amuchienwa, on her part, tendered some documents to the police to counter Mr Ohakim’s claims.

Mr Ohakim, through his lawyers, J. N. Egwuonwu & Co., wrote to the inspector-general of police on July 20 requesting copies of the documents tendered by Ms Amuchienwa, including her account statement with Access Bank, which the lawyers said she claimed she used to transfer some money to Mr Ohakim.

Patrick Agu, a lawyer in the chambers, promised to get back to PREMIUM TIMES on the status of the case and to also let the paper know if the documents tendered by Ms Amuchienwa were released to them. But he did not call back. He did not also pick subsequent calls from the reporter.

Ms Amuchienwa, in her response to PREMIUM TIMES’ questions, admitted she was in a relationship with the former governor.

“I am an adult and I am entitled to date anybody I choose to,” she said.

Ms Amuchienwa, however, said the quarrel between her and Mr Ohakim was about some money she said the former governor took from her and was yet to pay back.

She also said Mr Ohakim visited her shop in Lagos and carted away designer’s suitcase, bags, shoes, and other luxury goods, which he has allegedly refused to pay for.

Mr Ohakim, in his petition, addressed this claim by Ms Amuchienwa. He said he got the items as gifts from her.

“Two or three times she travelled out, she bought some gift items for me purely unsolicited and in reciprocal to mine. Items such as coffee, perfume, bag and shirt,” he said.

Those were not gifts, but things Mr Ohakim picked on credit, Ms Amuchienwa said.

Ms Amuchienwa, during her interview with PREMIUM TIMES, called Mr Ohakim a “scammer”.

“I kept asking (Ohakim) every day, ‘What do you do for a living?’ The day I knew he was a scammer was the day he made a voice note and mentioned that he took my $200,000.”

Ms Amuchienwa sent the voice note to PREMIUM TIMES via WhatsApp, but this newspaper has not been able to verify if the voice is that of Mr Ohakim.

On the incident at BON Hotel, Abuja, Ms Amuchienwa disputed the claims by Mr Ohakim.

She said she was invited to the hotel by the former governor and that she accepted the invitation because she thought it was about the money he was allegedly owing her.

“I was invited to the hotel, the appointment was made (since) last year when I said I would not see him anymore…. And it’s still based on the money Ohakim is owing me. We don’t have any reason to meet anymore, we don’t even have any communication anymore.”

Ms Amuchienwa said Mr Ohakim snatched her phone, ran out of the hotel room with it when she declined to sit down with him.

She said she walked down the stairs to the hotel reception and reported the incident to the hotel officials.

Shortly after, police officers from the Asokoro police station visited BON Hotel on Mr Ohakim’s prompting.

All the items in her handbag, she said, were poured out at the reception and no gun was found as alleged by Mr Ohakim.

Both Mr Ohakim and Ms Amuchienwa were subsequently interviewed at the Asokoro police station over the incident.

Ms Amuchienwa said she declined a ride from the former governor when both of them were done and were about leaving the station.

Mr Ohakim in his petition to the police chief, Mr Adamu, said Ms Amuchienwa, accompanied by people he suspected to be hired thugs, used a vehicle to barricade the entrance to his residence in Abuja in May last year.

Ms Amuchienwa told PREMIUM TIMES the allegation was false.

She said she went only with a driver to Mr Ohakim’s residence, met with his orderly and peacefully asked if he (Ohakim) had left her money with him.

Ms Amuchienwa also responded to Mr Ohakim’s allegation that she could not account for over N100 million she received from him for the prosecution of the 2019 governorship election campaign in Ideato North Local Government Area, Imo state, where she was the co-ordinator.

She said the former governor could not provide any evidence or witness to substantiate the allegation when the police at the force headquarters requested him to do so.

“They asked him (Ohakim), ‘you said you gave her N100 million, how did you give it to her?’ He said he was the one who carried it (in cash) to her. Nobody was there? No signature?” Ms Amuchienwa told PREMIUM TIMES.

“I have never asked him for N700 million (as he is claiming in his petition),” she said. “I don’t blackmail. All I want is for Ikedi Ohakim to give me back my money.”

She, however, declined to mention the total money Mr Ohakim was owing her.

“Ikedi (Ohakim) brought land document and showed to me, he said the land belonged to him. The land is on the airport road in Lagos, he even took us there. He said he was waiting for payment from the buyer of the land and that when they pay him he would be able to pay (me my money).

“It was when this trouble started that we discovered the land didn’t belong to Ikedi Ohakim. It is this land he has been using to scam me.

“The witnesses who are aware that I gave him money have volunteered their statement to the police,” Ms Amuchienwa said.

PREMIUM TIMES asked Ms Amuchienwa if she did not consider that Mr Ohakim’s wife could have been at home when she went to meet Mr Ohakim’s orderly.

“Is he married? Why do you people want me to get into that point? Is Ikedi Ohakim married?” she responded.

Ms Amuchienwa said Mr Ohakim gave her a “fake diamond ring” as an engagement ring.

The former governor, in his petition to the police, confirmed he bought a “very expensive diamond ring” for Ms Amuchienwa. He, however, said the ring was just a gift to her and that he bought it in response to a request from her.

It is ridiculous to think I was acting when I fainted before the House of Reps- NDDC boss, Kemebradikumo Pondei

Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei,  the acting Managing Director of the Expanded Interim Management Committee, EIMC of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, says he is shocked that some Nigerians thought he was acting when he fainted while testifying before the House of Representatives public hearing on the alleged financial recklessness in the commission on July 20.

Pondei shocked Nigerians including the lawmakers when he slumped during the hearing. Pondei passed out after he failed to defend the N1.3 billion he approved to provide COVID-19 palliative for members of the Commission. He also could not defend the N640 million he approved to one clear point communications limited.  He was being asked about the money meant for students on scholarship when he passed out.

In an interview with Vanguard, Pondei said he had an unexplained and unexpected health challenge that day. In his words

”I had an unexplained, unexpected health challenge. It is ridiculous to think that people believed I was acting. I would not pray for anyone to experience what I went through. I do not run from issues. I have put all that behind me.”

Pondei who denied any wrongdoing, said the only ”sin” of his team is that they tried to clear out all existing debts incurred by the past management teams. Pondei denied allegations that the Executive Interim Management Team of the commission led by him spent N81.5 billion within the short time they came into office. According to him, the N81.5 billion was jointly spent by the former Interim Management Committee that was in office from October 2019 to February 2020 and his committee when he took over in February.

Pondei said most of the money was expended on capital expenditure.

”This is not true. The current EIMC did not spend N81.5bn. This was the joint expenditure by both IMCs from October 2019 to 31st May 2020.  The current IMC between 20th February 2020 and 31st May, 2020 spent N59.1bn. Out of this, N38.6bn was for capital expenditure, paid to contractors and other expenditure incurred by previous managements. The balance was for recurrent expenditure, including backlog of debts owed to service providers and backlog of allowances approved for staff by previous managements, but left unpaid. Our sin has been that we have tried to clean up the embarrassing debts incurred by previous managements.” he said

Pondei who has since resumed work, added ”The accusations/allegations were laughable. From N40 billion missing, the probes now became extra-budgetary spending. After accusing the EIMC of embezzlement of N40 billion, nothing was substantiated. The IMC is then asked to refund monies paid for historical debts owed contractors, service providers and allowances paid to staff.”

Mompha files N5m lawsuit against EFCC over his re-arrest

Social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha aka Mompha has instituted a N5 million lawsuit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC over his recent arrest.

CEB had earlier reported that Mompha was re-arrested last Friday, August 14 when he went to the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos to reclaim his five wristwatches, one Apple Air pod, one iPhone 8 mobile phone and one pair of sunglasses, seized by the EFCC operatives last October. Following an application by his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Justice Mohammed Liman had on July 24 ordered the EFCC to release the items to Mompha.

Mompha had gone to the EFCC to pick up his item last Friday. He had barely left the EFCC premises when operatives of the anti-graft agency waylaid him and took him into custody. EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, said Mompha’s re-arrest was connected to a fresh set of cyber fraud charges.

In a suit filed before the Federal High Court Lagos by his lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) today August 18, Mompha prayed the court to mandate the EFCC to pay him N5m for what he termed his “unlawful re-arrest and detention.” He urged the court to declare that the continued seizure of the items violated his right to own property under Section 44 of the constitution.

The court is yet to fix a date for the hearing of Mompha’s suit.

Mom faces bestiality and murder charges after having sex with her pitbull dog then hanging her young kids to death

A woman from Pennsylvania, Lisa Snyder is facing trial in court, after she allegedly had sex with her pit bull dog then killed her two children by hanging.

According to reports, Snyder, 37, was arrested last December after a lengthy investigation by police for the death of her children and for allegedly engaging in acts of bestiality with a dog.

Her children, eight-year-old son Conner and four-year-old daughter Brinley, were found hanging in the basement of their home last September by paramedics.

Mom facing murder and bestiality charges after having sex with her pitbull dog then hanging her young kids to death

One of the paramedics who responded, Eric Bubbenmoyer, has testified before the court – describing Snyder as “very anxious, very nervous,” the paper reported.

The paramedics carried the children out of the basement after seeing that they weren’t able to revive them. The kids were taken by helicopter to a local hospital where they remained for a week until they were taken off life support and gave up the ghost.

Mom facing murder and bestiality charges after having sex with her pitbull dog then hanging her young kids to death

During  investigation, police officers found Facebook messages in which Snyder gave live updates, sent photos of her sex acts with the dog and whined about the dog biting her genitals to the man she was speaking with.

“‘He’s eating my p***y daddy … He keeps moving every time the flash goes off,” the messages reportedly say.

Snyder has been charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of third degree murder, sexual intercourse with an animal and cruelty to animals — as well as charges for endangering the welfare of children.

Snyder is scheduled to appear again in court in November. She is currently being housed in Berks County Prison without bail.

BBNaija: Erica may end up with Kiddwaya’s father if he introduces her to him – Ayo Shonaiya

Media personality, Ayo Shonaiya has shared his thoughts about Erica and Kiddwaya’s relationship which has taken an interesting turn in the last few weeks. 

In a tweet he shared, Shonaiya stated that Erica might end up with Kiddwaya’s billionaire father, Terry Waya if she gets introduced to him after the reality show. Ayo Shonaiya justified the now deleted tweet by adding “that nothing is new under the sun”. 

Here’s the tweet below; 

#BBNaija: Erica may end up with Kiddwaya

Southern Kaduna leaders want money for peace to reign – Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has alleged that Southern Kaduna leaders want money for the killings in the region to stop. 

The Kaduna state Governor who said this during an interview on Channels Television, also alleged that previous governments paid leaders of the region a monthly salary they called “peace money”. 

El-Rufai insisted that he won’t appease “criminals” and further disclosed that his government have been gathering evidence against leaders of the region who have raised a spectre of genocide. He added that he is accused of taking sides because he stopped the payment of such money. 

He said; 

“Most of the people saying that have no means of livelihood were living off the governments. The governments before us were paying them money every month, they called it peace money. We stopped it. This is why they say I am taking sides. 

“Whatever they say, I take it. I am the governor of the state. If they don’t abuse me, who will they abuse Anyone that is moderate or promoting peaceful co-existence between various ethnic groups is considered a sellout.

“And for a governor like me who does not appease them because they are used to being appeased, they cause troubles, they organise these killings and then, their leaders are invited by the governor, they wine and dine and they are given brown envelopes. That’s what they have been doing for 20 years.

“And we came into office and we said no more, nobody who does not encourage peaceful co-existence will have access to the governor or the government house. I have no time for them.

“I have no time for nonsense. I will not appease criminals. I will not appease idle people who have nothing to do but to raise a spectre of genocide. They do that to get money into their bank accounts and get donations from abroad instead of standing up.

“They have come up with other things because the money they got during the election is exhausted and they can say whatever they want to say. I will not appease troublemaker.

“I will not tolerate people that incite. I will map them, we will arrest and prosecute them, that’s my style, I obey the rule of law.”

As long as Oyedepo lives and operates within the entity called Nigeria, he will live by Nigerian rules and laws – Lauretta Onochie

Senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie has slammed Bishop David Oyedepo for criticizing the application of the Company and Allied Matters Acts (CAMA) in churches, following its signing into law byPresident Muhammadu Buhari on August 7, 2020.

CEB reported earlier that the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide who questioned the rationality behind subjecting churches to same laws as companies, averred that such laws were borne out of government’s jealousy about the prosperity recorded by the church. 

Reacting to Oyedepo’s comment, Lauretta Onochie stated that as long as Oyedepo lives and operates within the entity called Nigeria, he will live by Nigerian rules and laws. She added that for Oyedepo to live by his own laws, he will have to manufacture his own country. 

Her tweet read; 

I hope this is not true. If it is, Oyedepo will have to manufacture his own country and live by his own laws. As long as he lives and operates within the entity called Nigeria, he will live by Nigerian rules and laws. He will do as he’s told by the law

Enough of lawlessness

As long as Oyedepo lives and operates within the entity called Nigeria, he will live  by Nigerian rules and laws - Lauretta Onochie
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