Ex-Minister, Others Arraigned For Allegedly Receiving N450m From Alison-Madueke

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke

 

A former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda; former Governor of Zamfara State, Aliyu Shinkafi and two others were on Monday arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Zamfara.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Yuguda and his accomplices on a five-count charge of Conspiracy and Money Laundering.

Others charged before Justice Justice Fatima Murtala of the Federal High Court are Aminu Ahmed Nahuche and Ibrahim Malaha.

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The anti-graft agency in a statement signed on Monday by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, allegedly that the accused received N450 million money from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

According to Uwujaren, the money was meant to influence the outcome of the 2015 general elections.

The charge sheet read: “You Ambassador Bashir Yuguda,  Aminu Ahmed Nahuche and Ibrahim Malaha on or about 27th, March 2018, at Gusau, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired among yourselves to receive cash payment of the sum of N450, 000,000 (Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira Only) from Odia Akpotune without transacting through a financial institution and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act and punishable under 16(2)(b) of the same Act.”

Upon hearing their submission, all the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.

Counsel to the prosecution Johnson Ojogbane requested the court for a trial date in view of the plea of the defendants.

The defence counsel J. C Shaka moved a motion for bail asking the court to admit the defendants to bail pending the conclusion of the matter.

In her ruling, the trial judge, Justice Murtala, granted the defendants bail in the N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira Only) each and two sureties in like sum.

She, however, stated that one of the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court while the other must own a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

According to the judge, both sureties shall be public or civil service not below grade level 16.

Also, the court also ruled that the defendants must deposit their recent passport photographs and international passports with the registrar.

The case has been adjourned to June 27 and 28, 2018 for the commencement of trial while the defendants are remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of their bail terms.

Lawyer Confirms Dasuki’s Re-Arrest  

dasukiA Senior Advocate of Nigeria and lawyer to the embattled former National Security Adviser, Mr Ahmed Raji, has confirmed the re-arrest of his client, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) shortly after he was released on bail from Kuje prisons.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent in Abuja, Mr Raji said that no reason was given by the security agents for the re-arrest of Colonel Dasuki who was granted bail by a Federal High Court and an Abuja high court.

Colonel Sambo Dasuki is currently standing trial before different courts in Abuja over alleged criminal diversion of 2.1 billion dollars meant for the purchase of arms.

The DSS took custody of  Dasuki shortly after perfecting the third bail granted him by Justice Peter Affem after two other courts had done same.

The former NSA had been granted bail by a Federal High Court and an Abuja High Court each in the sum of 250 million naira.

Dasuki, Bafarawa Others Get Bail With Conditions From Another Court

dasukiThe Former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), a former Minister for State of Finance, Bashir Yuguda, a former Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa ‎and three others have been granted bail with conditions.

Their bail was granted on Monday by another Federal Capital Territory High Court in the sum of 250 million Naira each and two sureties in like sum.

Ruling on the bail application on Monday Justice Peter Affem, ordered that ‎the sureties must be a retired or serving civil servant in a government parastatal.

One of the sureties must be resident of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, who must also own landed property worth 250 million Naira.

The ‎court also ordered the accused persons to deposit their traveling documents with the Court Registrar and in the case where this condition applies in another court, the accused persons must get a letter from the Court Registrar of the said court indicating that the passport was in the custody of the court.

Justice Peter Affem ‎also ordered that in case of further investigation, the defendants could only appear at the anti-graft agency within the hours of 9:00am to 6:00pm local time.

‎The counsels representing the accused are also to recommend in writing that sureties are of good standing.

Justice Affem ordered the accused persons to be remanded in the prison pending when they meet their bail conditions.‎

Colonel Dasuki and five other accused persons are standing trial on a 22-count charge for alleged diversion of funds, misappropriation and breach of trust to the tune of 19. 4 billion Naira.

The charges were brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Dasuki Docked Again

DasukiFormer National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, and five others have again denied the criminal charges brought against them by the federal government.

The former NSA, along with former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda and a former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa and three others are on trial for allegedly squandering huge sums of money meant for supply of security equipment.

They were arraigned on a 22-count charge before Justice Peter Affem of the FCT High Court and when the charges were read to them, the accused persons denied the charges.

This prompted the prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, to request for an adjournment till 2016 to enable him assemble his witnesses for trial.

Counsel to the second accused person, Mr Ahmed Raji raised the issue of bail for the accused persons, adding that motions for their bail had been filed and served on the prosecution.

With the consent of all the parties in the suit, the trial judge adjourned hearing in the bail application until December 16, 2015.

He also ordered that the accused persons be kept in the custody of the EFCC until the next adjourned date.

Arms Deal: Bafarawa Denies Involvement 

BafarawaThe former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, has denied involvement in the 2.1 billion dollar arms deal scandal, saying he did not receive any money from the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd)

A statement issued in Abuja by one of his aides, a former Special Adviser on Youths and Students Matters, during his term as Governor of Sokoto State, Mr Akibu Dalhatu, maintains that the former Governor had no deal with the former National Security Adviser.

Mr Dalhatu, who in the statement said he had visited Bafarawa at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), claimed that his boss was not arrested at home or anywhere else as has been reported in a section of the media.

The statement added that the former governor went to the EFCC to honour an invitation made to him by the agency while he was abroad.

He had informed them through a letter by his lawyers that he was abroad and would honour their invitation upon his return, which he did.

FG Files Fresh Application, Dasuki Denies Implicating Anyone

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The trial of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo‎ Dasuki has again been stalled following the filing of a fresh application by the federal government seeking to stop the execution of the bail granted to the accused person on November 3, 2015.

At the resumed hearing, lawyer to the federal government, Mr Oladipo Okpeseyitan said that he had just been briefed to handle the case through a fiat of the Attorney General of the Federation authorizing him to take over the prosecution of the case.

He also told the court that he has filed a new application seeking to stay the execution or further execution of the order of the court delivered on November 3, 2015.

He added that the ‎federal government was not in disobedience of the order of the court granting bail to the accused person.

Lawyer ‎to the accused person, Mr Ahmed Raji, however, objected to the hearing of the application saying it was not ripe for hearing.

He told the court that he had just been served with the motion in court, adding that he needed time to respond to the motion.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola subsequently adjourned the case till December 8.

Dasuki Denies Implicating Anyone

Meanwhile, the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), has denied implicating anyone or group during interrogation on the allegation of $2billion arms purchase deal brought against him by the Federal Government.

Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji, a senior advocate said that his client never made such statement or name anyone to EFCC. He wondered ‎where the authors got their information from.

“I was with Dasuki yesterday and wish to make a categorical statement that my client never made any statement of such nature or naming anybody or group in any statement.

“Quote me anywhere, Dasuki has not done anything like that. It is absolutely untrue. It is the figment of the imagination of the authors aimed at creating falsehood for reasons best known to them and Nigerians should disregard them.

“They are just out to scandalise the man, bring his image and character into disrepute so that his friends and well-wishers can run away from him. They want him deserted and that will fail,” Raji said.

 

 

EFCC Arrests Former Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa

BafarawaFormer Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, has been picked up by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He is being questioned for his alleged role in transferring money from the office of the National Security Adviser, between December 2014 and May 2015.

This is coming just as the former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, is spending his second day with the EFCC.

Ambassador Yuguda is being quizzed for allegedly receiving suspicious payments from the office of the former NSA. The former NSA is being investigated over two billion dollar arms deal.

Some of the monies allegedly traced to Ambassador Yuguda include 1.2 billion naira paid to him for unclear reasons.

He is alleged to have also received 775 million naira from the office of the Accountant General and another 1.275 billion naira from Stallion Group.

 

FEC Approves $400 Million Loan For Developmental Projects

FEC The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved loan facilities to the tune of over $400 million for various development projects across the 36 states of the federation.

Minister of State for Finance, Mr Bashir Yuguda, told State House Correspondents after the council meeting that the loan approvals were part of the Goodluck Jonathan administration’s commitment to better the lives of Nigerians in line with the transformation agenda.

Also approved by the FEC is the establishment of nine new private universities across the country.

They are Augustine University, Iloran, Lagos State, Chrisland University, Owode, Ogun State, Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun state, Hallmark University Ijebu Itele, Ogun State, Kings University, Odeogun, Osun State.

Others are Micheal and Cecilia Ibru University, Orode, Delta State, Mountain Top University, Makogi Oba, Ogun State, Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Summit University, Ofah Kwara State.

This was disclosed to State House correspondents by the Minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Chidoka after the council meeting.

The FEC also approved the contract for the award of contract for consultancy services and construction works of the head office complex and ancillary facilities of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board in Yenegoa, Bayelsa, for the sum of N27.1 billion.

Federation Accounts: FG, States, LGs Share N580.4bn for December

Federation AccountsThe Federal, States and Local Government Areas in Nigeria has shared 580 billion Naira, as revenue for the month of December 2014.

The Minister of State for Finance, Mr Bashir Yuguda, gave the figures on Friday at a news briefing on the outcome of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja.

He said that the shared amount comprised statutory revenue of 474 billion Naira, and 6.3 billion Naira refunded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Drop in Crude Oil

Other components of the money, according to him, were Value Added Tax (VAT) of 73.5 billion Naira, and an additional 15.6 billion Naira from the Excess Crude Account which was released to augment shortfall in revenue generated during the period.

Giving the breakdown of revenue among the three tiers of government, Yuguda said that the Federal Government received 220 billion Naira, states got 111 billion Naira, while local governments got a total of 86 billion Naira.

Figures released by the committee showed a drop in crude oil revenues from 87 million dollars in October to 77 million dollars November.

NEC Begins Approval Process For 30-Year Infastructure Framework

namadi_samboThe National Economic Council (NEC) in Nigeria has begun consideration of a proposed 30-year National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIMP) and directed State Governors to make their input before the final document will be satisfied by the Council.

The NEC Meeting was held on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa and was chaired by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

At the end of the meeting, the Vice President told reporters that the  National Infrastructural Master Plan( NIMP) (2014 to 2043) was a blueprint for accelerated infrastructure development in Nigeria in the next 30 years based on the need to raise infrastructure stock as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) from current 35 per cent to a minimum of 70 per cent.

The NIMP predominantly identifies the rehabilitation of major cross National transport links (road and rail), improvement of cross modal connectivity links
upgrading of major airports, Improvement of urban transportation, continuation of privatisation and upgrading of power assets and implementation of key gas pipeline infrastructure projects as quick-win projects to be incorporated in annual budgets.

Other aspects that the NIMP will focus on are; the development of staple crop processing zone, expansion of broadband connectivity, the development of Public Health Facilities and Diagnostic Centres, development of priority minerals, including Iron Ore and Coal, upgrading of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education Facilities, rehabilitation of Security Facilities And Infrastructure and development of mortgage markets in Nigeria.

The National Planning Minister, Bashir Yuguda, pointed out that in putting the frame work together, the ministry considered states and individual Gross Domestic Products (GDP), population, landmass and resources amongst others.

The NEC commended him for a comprehensive report but directed the National Planning Commission and States Planning, fFnance Ministries to review the document in line with comments and observations from the Governors as well as reflect the actual required funding in view of the value of Nigeria’s rebased GDP.

Other dignitaries at the meeting were Governors Gabriel Suswan of Benue State and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State.