Ex-NNPC GMD Andrew Yakubu drags EFCC to court; House Committee calls for revocation of Centenary City R of O & C of O; Obasanjo has launched his presidential library; I travelled to India to find out my exact age – Obasanjo; Osinbajo orders oil firms to move headquarters to states where they operate; Presidency slams Soludo for blaming economic woes on Buhari; Buhari has been away longer than expected – APC spokesman; Police kill kidnap kingpin ‘Vampire’ in gun battle; Lawmakers decry high cost of law school fees . . .
Former NNPC GMD Mr. Andrew Yakubu has dragged the EFCC to court over a forfeiture order. Last week, Justice Zainab Bage Abubakar of the federal high court Kano, while ruling on an ex parte application filed by the EFCC ordered that the $9.8m and £74,000 recovered from Mr. Yakubu be forfeited to the federal government. Mr. Yakubu was dragged before Justice Zainab by the EFCC after it recovered the forex from his residence in Kaduna state. However, Mr. Yakubu has also dragged the commission to another federal high court in Kano seeking redress on the forfeiture order.
The House of Representatives Committee on FCT on Thursday recommended that Statutory Right of Occupancy revoked because of the Centenary City project be restored to original allottees. This was contained in a report submitted to the House by the committee investigating the alleged irregularities surrounding the $18.7bn Centenary City Project in Abuja.
The report submitted by the Committee Chairman Hon. Herman Hembe, recommended that the Right of Occupancy and Certificate of Occupancy granted to Centenary City Plc on April, 10, 2014 be withdrawn. and also called for the probe of ex-Secretary to Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim (photo: above), and ex-Minister of FCT, Sen. Bala Mohammed by relevant agencies.
The multi-million Naira Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) has been launched in Abeokuta, Ogun state – the first of its kind in Africa. OBJ said the project was informed by the need to preserve significant archival materials and treasures. He spoke at the 2017 International Youth Variety Day and public presentation of Olusegun Obasanjo’s children’s books held to mark his 80th birthday.
He also revealed that about 45 serving and past African presidents and foreign leaders are billed to attend the inauguration and grand opening of the OOPL in Abeokuta tomorrow. Check out what Obasanjo also said, below:
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo revealed that he traveled to India where he met with an astronomer to know the exact day he was born, to no avail. Obasanjo who acknowledged that 1937 might not be the exact date of his birth, said, he was convinced that he was born then considering the age of some of his childhood friends. He said “I do not know the date of my birth, then, I used to ask my mum that ‘mama they said we should come to school with our date of birth and my mum will say you are very stupid, you are born on Ifo market day. And whoever wants to know the date of your birth, tell them you are born on Ifo market day . . . “ she said.
Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN has directed international oil firms operating in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria to relocate their headquarters to the states where they operate in order to reduce tension in the host communities. “I think it is the right thing to do,” Osinbajo said at a town hall meeting in Uyo the capital of Akwa Ibom state, where he gave the directive. He also urged Minister of State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to begin the process of engaging the International Oil Companies on the way forward to actualize the directive.
The Presidency hit back at ex-Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo after he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of worsening the country’s economic situation. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said Buhari had ended the bleeding of the economy and was implementing reforms. “Nigerians have demonstrated that they know the Buhari administration inherited a sorry state of the economy but is working diligently to fix it . . . What even Former CBN Governor Soludo cannot deny is the fact that the Buhari administration . . . is implementing reforms.
The spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bolaji Abdullahi, said that APC acknowledges that President Muhammadu Buhari has been away from the country longer than expected. Abdullahi said this on Thursday at the end of a meeting of the party’s national working committee (NWC) with some governors in Abuja. He commended the president for transferring power to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo before his departure. Buhari has been on medical vacation in the UK since January 19.
The dreaded kidnap kingpin Henry Chibueze a.k.a. Vampire has been gunned down by the police in Omu Awa forest, Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State after a gun duel. This came barely 5 weeks after his commando-style escape from the Owerri High Court.
Police spokesman CSP Jimoh Moshood said Vampire was killed by the Police Special Forces, led by the IG’s Intelligence Response Team, at 1 am yesterday. He said 5 suspected gang members were arrested. They are Obinna Elah, Arinze Abecheta, Chukwuebuka Ikeazota, Samuel Ugochukwu and Clifford Aheana. Many AK47 rifles, munitions and charms were recovered from the gang.
The House of Representatives, on Thursday expressed worry over the high cost of school fees at the Nigerian Law School. It mandated its Committees on Justice, Tertiary Education and Services, and Finance to interface with the Nigerian Law School on the issue. The lawmakers adopted a motion by Rep. Mark Gbillah who told the chamber that the increase in fees over the last couple of years was alarming. “The prevailing economic circumstances in the country and the insistence by some legal luminaries that the profession is elitist and the training capital intensive, calls for quick intervention by the Federal Government.” he said.