Banky W, Adesua Engagement: Not A Financial Crime – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) says the engagement between R n B singer Bankole Wellington and Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi is not a financial or economic crime.

The commission made this known via their twitter handle when asked by a social media user, what the commission’s take is on their engagement.

The love birds took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce their engagement and express their deep affection for each other.

Banky W disclosed that in February 2017, he asked (Adesua Tolulope Oluwaseun Etomi) to be his wife and she said Yes.

His post read in part, “Dear Susu, we crossed paths 2 or 3 times since 2012, but I wasn’t paying enough attention.

“Destiny was staring me right in the face and I was too caught up in my own hustle and paper chase, to know it. In June 2015 however, God brought you my way again, and this time, I really SAW you. I was smitten by your grace, aura, and beauty.

“I asked one or two people about you.. your manager Isioma, who I’d worked with previously, and then I did some research myself. Googled you, stalked your Instagram.. the whole 9 yards, and the more I found out, the more you seemed like a breath of fresh air.”

According to him, he knew pretty early in the process that he wanted to spend forever with her and he had prayed fervently about it while he waited for her to catch up.

The singer also made reference to his music video, “made for you” in which he got engaged to Adesua, as well as their roles in hit movie, “The Wedding Party”, describing both experiences as pure coincidence. “Real life will now imitate art,” he, added.

In a bid to put away any doubts that this is indeed true, Banky said: “The timing of this, may make some people think this is promo for another video, or a movie. It isn’t.

“Ironically, everyone who has seen us together in art, or in life, always insists that we have amazing chemistry. I guess you can say we have been hiding in plain sight. I fell in love with an Actress. Now my life is a movie.”

In her response, Adesua said, I went to an event in 2015 and I suppose that was the beginning of something amazing because once banky saw me, he decided that he was going to be my biggest fan. He slid into my DM and sent the funniest message and that was how we became friends. At the time, I wasn’t interested in anything but a friendship and he was very respectful of that and so we stayed just friends for about a year and a half.

Our friendship opened my eyes to a lot of things. Opened my eyes to the type of man Olubankole is and WHAT A MAN. WHAT A MIGHTY GOOD MAN. Olubankole, Your Heart is pure and good, to the very core. You are proof that God is real, you are proof that what’s on the inside is greater and so much more powerful than what we see on the outside and you are the evidence of what I hoped for.

I bless God for entrusting my heart in your hands because I know it’s safe. You are everything i prayed for and so much more. Thank you for praying with me, fasting with me, always making time for me, laughing with me, and caring more about me than yourself. Thank you for being kind, loving and full of Integrity. And i’d like to say one more thing. I’m SO SORRY that it took me sooo long to realise that it was you. It has always been you. It couldn’t have been anyone else.

In February 2017, you said you couldn’t be without me and asked me to be your wife and I said YES cause I can’t be without you. It will be an absolute pleasure and one of the greatest blessings of my life to walk the path of life with you. Thank you for being who you are. My goodluck charm, my King, my lover, my bestfriend. I love you till eternity and beyond. No, This Is not a movie. Future Mrs W.

Senate Committee Investigates Cecilia Ibru’s Siezed Assets

senateThe Senate has begun investigating an allegation made by stakeholders that the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) failed to remit funds and assets of former Managing Director of the Defunct Oceanic Bank, Mrs Cecilia Ibru to shareholders, as well as Eco Bank, the company that took over Oceanic Bank

At an investigative hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, the committee observed that four years after entering into a plea bargain with the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mrs Cecilia Ibru is yet to remit N16.1 million to AMCON.

However, the Acting Managing Director of AMCON, Mrs Foluke Dosunmu said AMCON had not taken up Mrs Ibru over the N16.1 billion, because it had not ascertained her unwillingness to pay it, saying once it is confirmed that she’s not ready to pay, the corporation would take her back to court.

The Acting MD Also maintained that AMCON does not owe the Oceanic or Eco Bank.

The Senate Committee also faulted AMCON over its failure to follow due procedures in the sales of some recovered properties, as they revealed how the corporation had failed to advertise the property before embarking on sales as required by the rules governing sales of government property.

The Senate Committee, headed by Senator Victor Lar had entertained a petition said to have been filed by a Nigerian whose name was not disclosed, said that the sale of the properties by (AMCON) were questionable.

The seized assets, worth N569 billion, were taken over by the Federal Government, following a plea bargain entered into by Mrs Ibru. The committee said that the mode of disposal of the assets located within and outside Nigeria was shrouded in secrecy.

Senator Victor Lar said on Monday that Ibru had pleaded guilty, during the course of her prosecution and entered into a plea bargain with the government, while handing over assets allegedly bought with depositor’s funds.

Ex-Governor Joshua Dariye To Face Trial

dariyeThe Supreme Court has dismissed an interlocutory appeal filed by former Plateau State Governor, Senator Joshua Dariye, challenging the corruption charges leveled against him since 2007 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Dariye was arraigned by the EFCC on July 13, 2007 on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and other corruption charges alleged to have belonged to the Plateau State Government.

‎Dariye argued that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case on the alleged offenses involving funds belonging to the Plateau State Government.

Unmeritorious Appeal

The former governor thus argued that he ought to have been tried in Jos and urged the court to quash the entire 23 counts against him.

However, the Supreme Court said Dariye’s appeal was “unmeritorious,” saying the Court of Appeal was right to have affirmed the ruling of the FCT High Court which had dismissed his notice of preliminary objection.

A five-man panel led by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, said the scenario played out in the suit was ‎a “sad commentary on the country’s anti -graft war”.

The Judges then ordered Dariye to return to the FCT High Court in Gudu, Abuja, to face his trial.

The EFCC accused the former governor of diversion of about 1.2 billion Naira of the state’s ecological funds into the account of Ebenezer Ratnen Venture, which is alleged to be one of the companies through which he allegedly siphoned the public funds.

BPP To Prosecute Procurement Offenders

procurementOver one hundred people are being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for various offenses that is foul to the Public Procurement Procedure in Nigeria.

The Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement BPP, Engr. Emeka Eze, in an exclusive interview with Channels Television said.

Engr. Eze, while responding to questions on how the reforms in the Procurement Procedure are improving, said it is not the job of the bureau to prosecute anyone, adding that his organization would communicate with the law enforcement bodies and those found culpable would be taken to court.

Mr Eze spoke on the procurement planning software which now makes it faster and easier for ministries, parastatals and agencies to finish their planning on time for budgets to be implemented as much as possible.

Part of the recommendations, according to him, is that procurement entities should ensure early procurement planning using the BPP procurement planning soft ware.

Engr.Eze also spoke on the new approach saying there is a recommendation that there should be a central procurement for ministries, parastatals, as well as inclusion of state governments in the procurement plan which he said is gaining ground.