Court Grants Former FCT Minister’s Son Bail

49 Escapee Inmates Re-Arrested In Imo stateThe son of the immediate Past Minister Of The Federal Capital Territory, Mr Samsudeen Bala, has been granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Mr Bala, who is standing trial on charges of money laundering, to the tune of 1.1 billion Naira, was granted bail in the sum of 100 million Naira and two sureties, who could either be a business man or a civil servant, not below the rank of Assistant Director, with evidence of payment of income tax in the last three years.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, who granted the bail also ruled that the sureties must possess a landed property in any part of Lagos state or the Federal Capital Territory and also deposit their travel documents with the registrar of the Federal High Court.

He added that the bail will only be approved upon a letter of verification from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), while also stating that should the EFCC decide to delay the process of verifying the bail conditions, an affidavit from any of the defendants will suffice.

Mr Bala, was arraigned alongside five companies; Bird Trust Argo Limited, Intertrans Global Logistics Limited, Diakin Telecommunications Limited and Bal- Vac Mining Nigeria Limited on a 15- count charge for allegedly carrying- out business transactions worth billions of Naira in cash thereby violation provisions of the money laundering act.

Niger Lawmaker Debunks Receiving N100 Million Constituency Fund

Constituency FundThe Federal House of Representatives member representing Kontagora, Mariga, Mashegu and Wushishsi federal constituency of Niger State, Abdullahi Garba, has debunked the allegation that the sum of 100 million Naira was given to House members as constituency fund.

He explained that no House member was given the said 100 million Naira in cash at once but what was being given to them was an intervention fund ranging from 40 million to 100 million Naira paid in installments after they had submitted works to be carried out in their constituencies.

He made the declaration at Kontagora during the handing over of brand new buses, tricycles, motorcycles, pumping machines, grinding machines worth 450 million Naira as his means of empowerment to his people.

He pointed out that the empowerment was his way of giving back to the people who elected him, for them to feel the dividends of democracy and have a sense of belonging.

While promising to do more in the coming years, he called on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items by also employing and empowering other people so that poverty can be eradicated in the constituency.

In view of this, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has applauded its elected officers in the state for giving people oriented dividends of democracy in the last one year.

The State Chairman of APC, Mamud Imam, applauded the House of Reps member for the kind gesture to his people.

The party chairman asserted that as promised during the campaigns, all elected officers from state to federal level remained on course and have continued to remain resolute in fulfilling the pledges to the people and have continued to be committed to the manifesto of the party.

DSS Rescues Cosmas Maduka’s Kidnapped Relative

DSS 1The Department of State Services, DSS and Nigerian Army have rescued a motorcycle spare parts dealer, Pius Maduka, from suspected kidnappers. The kidnapper have also been apprehended in Orlu Local Government area of Imo State.

According to the Imo State Director of DSS, Mr. Alex Okeiyi, the victim was abducted by gunmen on 4th of July at Umudim Nnewi, Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State  until he was rescued on July 14.

The kidnap suspects had demanded  ransom from the victim, who is also a relation of a prominent automobile businessman, Cosmas Maduka of the Coscharis Group, and received  N12 million before they were apprehended.

The ring leaders were Chigozie Ebere from Obowo local government of Imo state and Bartholomew Ugwu from Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area of  Bartholomew Ugwuwere paraded at the Anambra State headquarters of the Department State Services in Awka.

While the third suspect, Ikechukwu from Nwangele Local Government of Imo state was shot dead when he attempted to escape.

The suspects were paraded alongside their informant, Nnaemeka Nzekwe.

Mr Okeiyi said the combined team of the DSS and the Army swooped down on the gang in their hideout in Orlu, Imo state, rescued the victim, arrested the suspects and recovered a 607 Peugeot car used by the kidnap suspects for operation.

He added that the gang had demanded a ransom of N100 million from the victim’s family which was later reduced to N50 Million.

The family of the victim, according to Okeiyi, paid N12 million expecting the victim to be released but the hoodlums refused, insisting on the payment of the outstanding balance of N38 million when they were apprehended.