The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday clarified report that it recovered N170 million cash, $220,965, G-Wagon from the residence of Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Reports had it that the ICPC recovered N1.85 billion from a house and office said to belong to Buratai in Abuja.
The huge sum said to have been recovered was part of the billions of naira earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
But the spokesperson of the commission, Azuka Ogugua, denied that the house belonged to Buratai.
According to Ogugua, facts available indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.
“The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some inaccurate and concocted reports in the media about the seizure of multibillion-naira cash, dollars, Rolex watches stockpiled in an Abuja property.
“The Commission wishes to state that ICPC operatives raided a property in Wuse 2 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, 16th June, 2022 between 5:00pm and 12:00am on suspicion of money laundering. Facts available for the time being indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor,” Ogugua said.
The Commission added that it recovered N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, three Rolexes, and some property documents from the house.
BREAKING: Lagos Govt Extends Okada Ban To More LGAs
The Lagos State Government has extended the ban on commercial motorcycles,l (okada) to four more Local Government Areas and five Local Council Development Areas.
The Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, confirmed this on Thursday.
According to Oladeinde, the decision was taken after a review of the earlier ban on commercial motorcycles operation in six local councils.
The additional councils where the total Okada ban is pronounced include Kosofe Local Government, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Shomolu Local Government, and Mushin Local Government.
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Others are Ikosi-Isherri LCDA, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Isolo LCDA, Bariga LCDA, and Odi-Olowo LCDA.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered full enforcement from September 1, 2022.
We Are Being Raped By Herdsmen In Our Community – Rivers Women
Some women from Evekwu community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Wednesday, staged a protest to the Rumuji Police Division to demand urgent intervention over the activities of herdsmen.
The women, who carried placards with different inscriptions, had first marched to the Rumuji Police Station before returning to the palace of the paramount ruler to complain about how “cows have destroyed their crops” leaving them and their families with “hunger”.
The community’s woman leader, Joy Obisike called on the local government chairman, Governor Nyesom Wike and President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as security agencies, to prevail on the herdsmen to “steer clear” from their farmland.
The women threatened to deploy other means that will ensure their safety and that of their crops.
Another woman leader in Evekwu community, Salome Amakanwo alleged that their lives were being “threatened on a daily basis” by the herdsmen who “use guns and dangerous weapons” and that their woman were being “raped at gunpoint”.
She said the revenue from the crops is what they use to train their children in school.
The protesters called for urgent intervention by government at all levels and security agencies to save them from looming hunger and crisis.
A police personnel at the Rumuji Police Station, who addressed the protesters, advised them to take their complaints to the local government council secretariat for urgent intervention.
Abuja Lawyer Accuses Malami Of Plotting To Unlawfully Extradite Nigerian Citizen
An Abuja-based legal practitioner, Mr Kayode Ajulo has accused the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami, SAN, of plotting to extradite a Nigerian citizen, Adesina Lasisi to the United States of America, while the extradition request is pending at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on May 26, granted request by the AGF for the extradition of Lasisi to the USA to face corruption allegations.
The court while delivering judgment in the Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/126/2022, committed Lasisi to the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for extradition to America as a fugitive.
It further ordered him to await the order of the Attorney General for his surrender to the United States of America.
The defendant, according to Ajulo, appealed the judgment of the trial court and applied for stay of execution of the decision of the lower court.
In a statement released to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Ajulo, however, accused the AGF of unprofessional and unethical conduct by allegedly colluding with the US authorities to extradite the Nigerian citizen when the Court of Appeal has taken over the matter.
“It has come to my attention that the Attorney General of the Federation in collusion with the United States Government has continued with the extradition process of a Nigerian Citizen to the United States notwithstanding his pending appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja”, Ajulo stated.
He claimed that both the Notice of Appeal and the Application for Stay of Execution were duly served on the AGF, adding that Record of Appeal has been compiled and transmitted and the Appeal was entered on July 1, 2022 with Appeal No. CA/ABJ/CV/711/2022.
He said, “As lead counsel to the Appellant, I therefore, find it highly unprofessional, unethical and in fact, unlawful that the Attorney General, the Chief Law Officer, would take steps towards the execution of the said judgment of the trial Court, which is already a subject of an appeal.
“The law is elementary beyond citing of authorities that parties to a suit are not permitted to take any steps capable of foisting a state of helplessness on either party or the court during the pendency of an action in court and even after.
“When a suit is pending before a court, neither party is permitted to dispose of the subject matter of the suit in order not to overreach the other party. This is in accord with common sense and fair play.
“The action of the Attorney General is, therefore, akin to self-help and taking the law into one’s hand in a matter over which the Court of Appeal is already seized.
“This has been condemned in several decisions by Supreme Court.
“It has no place in a civilized society and the Apex Court has held on plethora of cases that it would not lend its judicial credence to such reprehensible act.’
He, however, urged the AGF to use the instrumentality of his office to ensure that the hallowed temple of justice is not desecrated by ensuring that the appellant is allowed to exercise his constitutionally guaranteed right of appeal, and the pending appeal at the Court of Appeal is allowed to run its course before setting in motion the machinery for execution of the judgment of the trial court, should the need arise.
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