To APC leaders: ‘I’m Buhari’s appointee, APC cannot tell me what to do’ – Prof. Sagay; Court unfreezes Patience Jonathan’s $5.9m bank account; EFCC detains ex-Gov Aliyu over N2bn ecological fund, N3.6bn power shares cash . . .
Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, has reacted angrily to the gag order imposed on him by the APC. It will be recalled that the APC in a statement on Wednesday asked Prof. Sagay, who had been engaged in war of words with the Senate over a statement he made impugning the integrity of the lawmakers to stop talking henceforth. But according to Prof. Sagay, the party has no moral standing to tell him what to do since he was not an appointee of the party but President Buhari. Prof. Sagay who addressed journalists on Thursday in Abuja, reiterated his resolve to dishonor the Senate’s summon, adding that the APC has started to obey evil. He said: “I am not an appointee of the APC. I don’t know where they thought they had the authority to tell me what I should do. I certainly will not honor it (Senate’s summons). My view about what we are doing is in consonance with what the President is doing. They (APC) are just compromising with evil. That is what the party is doing and they certainly will not get me to do that. I will continue with the original program of Buhari to get rid of corruption in this country. I will not compromise.” The erudite Professor of law and legal luminary had insisted that the lawmakers lacked the powers to invite him.
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the EFCC to unfreeze the account of the ex-First Lady, Patience Jonathan. One of the accounts which contained $5.9m was frozen when the court presided over by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun in December 2016, had made the freezing order following an application for an interim injunction by the EFCC. The EFCC had in an affidavit deposed to by one of its operatives, Mr. Abdulahi Tukur, told the judge that suspected proceeds of crime were retained in the accounts and urged the judge to urgently freeze the accounts pending the conclusion of its investigations.
The EFCC has detained former Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, over N3.6 billion realized from sale of the state’s 16 of the 26% stake in North-South Power Ltd and N2 billion ecological fund got from the Presidency in 2015. The EFCC believes the cash from the two sources was laundered by the former governor and used for prosecution of the 2015 governorship election to enthrone one of his protégés. Vanguard sources at the EFCC confirmed that the ‘Chief Servant’ was detained since Tuesday at the headquarters of the EFCC around 10 a.m as he honored an invitation by the agency. The former governor is being quizzed on issues relating to abuse of office and money laundering and is likely to be arraigned if the outcome of the investigation indicts him. Specifically, Aliyu is alleged to have diverted the N2 billion Ecological Funds for political purposes. He is also alleged to have fraudulently sold the state’s stake in North South Power, the holding company for Kainji Dam. According to the commission, he sold 16 out of the state’s 26 percent shares in the company for N3.6billion. The agency said that out of this, N1.09 billion was paid to Government House Minna, and used for the 2015 elections, where Aliyu’s protégé, Nasko ran unsuccessfully as governor.