Wike gave Jonathan N50m for PDP stakeholders meeting – Sheriff; Anenih’s daughter owns apartment raided by EFCC – SaharaReporters; Court orders forfeiture of $43m, £27,800 & N23m found by EFCC to FG; No big deal, Buhari did not attend FEC meeting – Lai Mohammed; DSS foils Boko Haram-ISIS plot to attack UK High Commission & US Embassy; EFCC agents raid ex-governor Aliyu’s residence in Minna; EFCC agents raid Jonathan’s cousin’s premises in Bayelsa . . .
The National Chairman of the PDP Ali Modu Sheriff has alleged that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike gave former President Goodluck Jonathan N50 million to organize the last stakeholders meeting in Abuja. “This money belongs to the people of Rivers State and it should not be misappropriated at the expense of the people to whom it rightfully belonged. “We therefore call on party leaders and Nigerians to refrain from accepting these monies from Governor Wike in line with the spirit of our founding fathers”, Sheriff added. Jonathan denied the allegation, saying that he took it upon himself to convene the meeting out of his genuine concern for peace to reign in the party. Sheriff who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh at a news conference at the party’s secretariat on Thursday, said Governors Wike and Fayose recruited Jonathan into a fake peace effort pre-determined to scuttle ongoing peace initiative in the party. “The result is that President Jonathan was lured into committing a serious breach of protocol that led to the failure of the exercise which was the intended outcome”, Sheriff said.
A source has disclosed the apartment in Osborne Towers, Osborne Road, Ikoyi Lagos, Lagos State raided by the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) yesterday belongs to the daughter of PDP chieftain a.k.a. ‘Mr. Fix It’, Chief Tony Anenih.
A tweet by SaharaReporters claims that a source revealed this.
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 recovered by the EFCC from an apartment on Osborne Road Ikoyi, Lagos on Wednesday. The court, in a ruling on Thursday afternoon by Justice Muslim Hassan, ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government. The judge adjourned till May 5, 2017, for anyone interested in the funds to show up before him to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
The EFCC tweeted on Thursday that a court has now ordered an interim forfeiture of the monies to the federal government:
President Muhammadu Buhari was not on hand yesterday to preside over the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took charge. Muhammadu Buhari Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, explained that President Buhari did not attend the FEC meeting because he attended to “other issues” since the issues on the agenda were ‘’light.’’
DSS said yesterday that it uncovered a plan to attack the British High Commission and the US Embassy in Abuja. According to the federal secret police (agency), five suspects in connection to the planned bombings have been arrested. The DSS said it busted the ISIS-linked Boko Haram members based in Benue State and the FCT who had perfected plans to attack the High Commission and Embassy, and other western interests in Abuja. “During the operation to thwart this plan, five key suspects, namely Isa Jibril, Jibril Jibril, Abu Omale Jibril, Halidu Sule and Amhodu Salifu, were arrested”, a statement signed by the DSS spokesmanTony Opuiyo read. The agency said it also recorded several arrests across the country, including the one on March 22, 2017 at Fika, Yobe State, in which a 20-year-old Boko Haram member, Adamu Datti, was arrested.
EFCC agents on Thursday raided the private residence of former Niger state Governor, Babangida Aliyu, and his farm in Minna, Niger state. The Nation reports that the federal agents arrived at the residence located along Peter Seriki road in Tunga early in the morning and searched the house; some witnesses around noted that the EFCC agents spent about two hours in Aliyu’s house. The EFCC agents raided the residence in which Aliyu stayed all through his eight years tenure as the governor of Niger state. After the search of the residence, the agents proceeded to the multi-million Naira farm of the former governor which is located along Mandela road in Minna the Niger state capital. Efforts to get some of his family members and his media aide to speak proved abortive as none of them were ready to make any comment
EFCC agents on Thursday raided the facilities being developed by Robert Azibaola, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin, in Otakeme, Bayelsa State. No reason was given for the EFCC raid but it was learnt that the company premises was searched by the EFCC agents on the suspicion they would recover some hidden cash. An official of the company, who witnessed the raid, said that some containers, machines and buildings were damaged in the process of finding cash. “At about 1500 hours today, 13th April 2017, EFCC operatives invaded KAKATAR premises in Otakeme in Bayelsa State and vandalise containers, equipment and machines and damaged our buildings in the process,” a spokesman for the company, Austin Ekeinde said in a mail. The raid comes on the heels of similar ones in Lagos, Kano and Kaduna by the anti-corruption federal agency in search of cash suspected to have been stashed away by powerful and influential Nigerians, yet to come forward to claim the funds.