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Just before you go to bed, here are the major political and crime stories you missed today
EFCC to invite Fayose's wife
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to invite Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for receiving N100m through an account which is operated by her and her husband.
According to the EFCC, the money, which emanated from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser, was paid into the Zenith Bank account of Spotless Investment Limited on June 17, 2014, less than a week to the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.
The money was paid into the company’s account with bank teller number 0540997 by Abiodun Agbele, an associate of the governor.
The two signatories to Spotless Investment Limited’s account are Fayose and his wife.
An EFCC detective told one of our correspondents, “N100m was paid into the Spotless Investment Limited account with number 1010170969 at Zenith Bank. The two signatories are Fayose, with Bank Verification Number 22338867502, and his wife, Helen Olayemi, with BVN 22298990256.”
The account has since been frozen by the anti-graft agency.
As a sitting governor, Fayose cannot be prosecuted or arrested because he enjoys immunity.
“His wife, however, has no immunity,” the source added.
Bianca Ojukwu's mum dies @ 81
Mrs Caroline Onoh, the wife of the former Governor of old Anambra State, late Chief Christian Onoh, has died in Enugu at 81. The second son of the former governor, Dr Ken Onoh, confirmed his mother’s death on Wednesday while speaking with NAN. Onoh, who is also a Special Adviser to the Enugu State Governor, said that his mother died on Tuesday at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), Park Lane, Enugu after a brief illness. He described his mother as a great and caring woman as well as a devout Catholic and prayed God for the repose of her soul. The former lawmaker said that burial arrangements would be announced in due course. Mrs Onoh was survived by four children, including Bianca Ojukwu, former ambassador to Spain and wife of late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the Ikemba of Nnewi.
41 Nigerians deported from the US today
41 Nigerian men were deported from the United States for drug, police and immigration related offences today June 22nd. The deportees landed Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos at about 12pm on a chartered aircraft operated by Miami Air International. Nine of them were deported on drug related offences, 26 for police offences while six had immigration related problems.
Aggrieved lawmakers allegedly cancel invitation to break Ramadan fast with President Buhari
Aggrieved members of the National Assembly have allegedly turned down an invitation by President Buhari to join him in breaking his Ramadan fast at the presidential villa in Abuja. According to some sources in the presidency, the lawmakers are angry with the presidency over the recent row between the two arms of government. They are against moves by the presidency to try Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, on allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Orders during the senate election in June last year.
President Buhari on Monday hosted service Chiefs to the Ramadan dinner while he hosted members of the Federal Executive Council yesterday. He was billed to host members of the National Assembly today June 22nd.
Fayose says his past election was funded by Zenith Bank
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has opened up on how his election was funded two years ago by the Zenith Bank Plc, fund raising, donations from friends and associates as well as sales of campaign souvenirs, saying;
"I have no financial transaction whatsoever with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro either by cash, cheque or electronic transfer.”
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to publish statements made by Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, his son or any other person associated with money from the NSA office where they claimed they gave him money for the election, adding that “EFCC is only acting a movie scripted, produced and directed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Mohammadu Buhari just to silence me being a major opposition voice in the country.”
On the alleged involvement of President Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari in the Halliburton scam, the governor challenged the president’s wife to visit the United States of America to convince Nigerians that she was not the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the judgment, convicting William Jefferson. He said; “it is on record that the President has visited USA three times and his wife did not travel with him. Equally, she ought to have visited USA last year September to chair a United Nation programme but she sent wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki to represent her.”
The governor said; “the management of Zenith Bank, which majorly funded my election, called me to a meeting where I was assured that fund will be provided for my election. I was asked to nomine a trusted ally to be related with and I nominated Mr Abiodun Agbele.
"All the payments into Abiodun Agbele’s account domiciled in Zenith Bank were directly from Zenith Bank. In actual fact, the account was opened by Zenith Bank hurriedly at that time and Abiodun Agbele’s identity card which ought to have been collected before the account was opened was only collected last week in the bank’s desperation to perfect the account obviously after submitting to the intimidation and harassment of the EFCC.
“Most of the funds posted into Agbele’s account were through the Ibadan, Akure and Lagos branches of the Zenith Bank and sometimes; they brought cash. “Assuming but not conceding that cash moved from Lagos to Akure as being claimed by the EFCC in its usual manner of media trial, was meant for my election in Ekiti, why was the cash not moved to Ado Ekiti branch of Zenith Bank or the cash handed to me directly? Why was it deposited into Zenith Bank, Akure and did the bank make any report on the transaction to the appropriate authorities? Why did the bank send its bullion van to move the money from Akure Airport to their Akure branch if it was illegal money?
...............But Zenith Bank denied
Zenith Bank has reportedly denied funding Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose's gubernatorial campaign in 2014. Fayose released a statement earlier today opening up on how his election was allegedly funded by the Zenith Bank Plc and some others. He denied having any financial transaction whatsoever with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
According to Sahara Reporters, Zenith Bank claims Fayose wanted them to conceal how NSA funds was laundered but they can't. All documents required to nail him have been handed over to the Econonic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and he was upset about it.
Zenith Bank confirmed that Fayose deposited huge sums of monies in suspicious transactions in 2014 and ran to them 2 weeks ago to perfect papers. They are now challenging him Fayose to publish his bank statements for all his 3 accounts at the bank for the public to see them.
70 year old woman stabbed to death in Edo
Suspected assassins have killed a 70 year old woman identified as Betsy Egbeobamwonyi, who was found with a slit throat and many stab wounds at her one room apartment at Oseye Street, off Upper Sokponba Road, Benin city Edo state this morning June 22nd.
According to The Nation, the suspected assassins left the woman in the pool of her blood after they committed the crime.
Daughter of the deceased, Dorothy, says she and her other siblings cannot find any motive behind the killing of their mother
“We don’t know who killed our mother. We don’t know who she offended. She is the landlady of the house. The day before she was killed, I bought things for her only to be told that she was killed the next day,” she said.
War against corruption will be vigorously sustained" - Pres. Buhari
While holding an Interactive Session at the Presidential Villa with members of staff of the statehouse who had assembled to welcome him back from his recent vacation, President Buhari pledged that his administration's war against corruption will be vigorously sustained in order to rid the country of the debilitating effects of the wanton looting of public funds over the years.
According to spokesman Femi Adesina in a statement released today, Pres Buhari assured them he will continue to lead the country with patriotic zeal, integrity, dedication and commitment to improving the living conditions of ordinary Nigerians. He said;
"I have never in my life believed in corruption. If we make any mistake & compromise our integrity, Nigeria will be further dragged back. We will not touch anybody that did not touch public funds. If you behave yourself, you'll sleep soundly, your families will enjoy respect. But if you have short-changed the treasury, you will be caught and you’ll have your day in court."
Killer of Yoruba leader in Kano sentenced to death
Justice Kabiru Auta of a Kano High Court on Wednesday sentenced the killer of a Kano-based business tycoon, philanthropist and Yoruba leader, Alhaji Ganiyu Akanbi Bello to death by hanging.
The accused, Abubakar Abdulrahaman (AKA Daddy, 28) was found guilty on a charge of culpable homicide, punishable with death, while he was discharged and acquitted in another charge of armed robbery.
Abubakar was accused of murdering Alhaji Bello on June 5, 2014 in his residence on the night of the fateful day at the GRA Nassarawa, opposite Kano Race Course when he stabbed the deceased in the heart with a kitchen knife.
The prosecution, led by Barrister M.M. Sulaiman of the State Ministry of Justice and assisted by the nominal complainant Counsel, J.I. Macaulay of Kehinde Olaitan Chamber called seven witnesses and tendered several exhibits.
The exhibits included, the knife used by Daddy to stab chief Bello and the Blackberry handset of the deceased, in which he inserted his own Sim card, compelling the court to indict him as part of circumstantial evidence.
Making his last plea (Alocutus) for the accused, his Counsel from the Legal Aid Council, Barrister Adama urged the court to temper justice with mercy because of his aged mother, wife and children.
In his final verdict, the trial judge, said that the accused deserved no mercy, having committed a capital offence by murdering a bread winner like him.
Halliburton scandal: Prove your innocence by travelling to US – Fayose dares Buhari’s wife
The Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose has challenged the wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, to prove her innocence in the Halliburton scam by travelling to the United States, U.S.
Fayose had on Monday stated that the President’s wife was the person allegedly indicted by a US Court for transferring $170,000 to indicted US Congressman, Williams Jefferson, in the Halliburton scandal.
Though several sources including some media organizations said she was not the one implicated, Fayose insisted that Aisha Buhari had more to reveal than she had agreed to, stressing that, that was why she had refused to travel with her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, on the three occasions he had visited the US since assuming power.
He added that rather than attend a conference to which she was invited, Hajia Buhari sent Toyin, the wife of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Speaking in a statement issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, on Wednesday, the Governor “challenged the president’s wife to visit the United States of America to convince Nigerians that she was not the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the judgment convicting William Jefferson.”
“It is on record that the President has visited USA three times and his wife did not travel with him. Equally, she ought to have visited USA last year September to chair a United Nations programme but she sent wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki to represent her,” the statement read in part.