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Witness Narrates How Saraki’s Cousin Procured 80 KVA Generators Against 100 KVA Approved By Govt

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A prosecution witness of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Adedayo Muyideen Dunmoye, has narrated how cousin to the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Ope Saraki executed contract awarded to McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited, by the previous Kwara state government.

He detailed how the defendant knowingly acquired indirect interest in the said contract.

The offence, according to the anti-graft agency is contrary to Section 12 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences, ICPC Act 2000.

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Adebayo Dunmoye, led in evidence by Sesan Ola, Counsel to the EFCC, told the court presided by Justice Adenike Akinpelu, that his company, McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited, bided for and won the contract for the supply of 13 units of 100KVA power generators for General Specialist Hospitals in Kwara state.

He, however, said contrary to the contract’s specifications, 13 units of 80KVA generators were supplied by another person/company other than his company, McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited.

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Adedayo Muyideen Dunmoye, explained that McDrive Logistics, had no business dealings with Chemiroy Nigeria limited, adding that Ope Saraki, executed the contract without his knowledge.

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“My company, McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited, bided for and won the contract. About N45m was paid into my company’s account in tranches.

“But the defendant (Ope Saraki) instructed me to bring the money that the project would be done in order of priority, which I did by issuing him cheques.

“I was actually called by one of the staff of the defendant to come to Ilorin, where I was shown the supplied generators.

“The defendant, informed me that the generators, were purchased with funds by another contractor, Chemiroy Nigeria limited.

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“No representatives of McDrive Logistics, including myself was aware of the purchase of the generators up till that moment,” he recounted.

Under cross examination by Ope Saraki’s Counsel, the witness, denied knowledge of what transpired between the office of the defendant and the office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

He declared that he was not happy that another person executed the contract awarded to his company, without his consent, expressing dismay over the defendant’s action.

DAILY POST recalls that the first prosecution witness, PW1, Clement Olagunju, who represented Jubail Bros Engineering Nigeria limited, had earlier confirmed to the court, that it was the defendant (Ope Saraki) in company of one Lukman Sani, that purchased the 13 KVA generators from their company.

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The case was adjourned till February 8,2022, for continuation of trial.

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in the ongoing trial of Ope Saraki, a cousin to the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday, narrated how the defendant executed the contract awarded to McDrive Logistics and Institute Limited, by the previous Kwara state government.

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Primary School Teacher Gets Life Imprisonment For Defiling Five-year-old

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The Jigawa State High Court sitting in Kazaure on Wednesday sentenced a primary school teacher, Makasusi Sunusi, to life imprisonment for defiling a 5-year-old pupil.

The prosecution counsel narrated that Sunusi, who was the victim’s teacher, lured the pupil and raped her in the school at Kazaure town on 4th February 2021.

He said the suspect was arrested and charged to court for the offence of rape punishable under the Jigawa State Penal Code Miscellaneous Amendment, 2014.

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The prosecution presented five witnesses and tendered a medical report to prove its case.

Presiding Judge, Justice Hussaina Adamu Aliyu said the prosecution counsel had proved their case beyond reasonable doubt and therefore found the accused guilty of the offense.

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She sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment for the offence of rape as prescribed by Section 3 of the Jigawa State Penal Code Miscellaneous Amendment, 2014.

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Father, Grandfather Arrested For Allegedly Raping 13-yr-old Daughter

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun Command, says it has arrested two persons, a father and a grandfather, for allegedly raping their 13-year-old daughter/granddaughter.

The command’s Spokesperson, Mr Adigun Daniel, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Osogbo on Monday, said that the suspects were arrested on Friday, upon the confession of the girl.

“The corps received a tip-off from an informant who disclosed that the girl opened up to her that the grandfather and father have been having canal knowledge of her.

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“The corps immediately swung to action and arrested the father.

“Upon investigation, the girl said that her father had been canal knowledge of her since two years ago. She also said that she had been living with her maternal grandmother at the age of three before she was taken to her paternal grandfather at the age of five.

“She said that her father and mother are separated and that was why she was entrusted in the care of her grandparents at different times.

“The girl also stated that at some point, she was molested by her grandfather but she could not stick to her allegation, owing to the fact that she was still living with him,” the NSCDC spokesman said.

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He, however, added that both the father and the grandfather had denied having canal knowledge of the girl.

Daniel said that the corps had given custody of the girl to the state Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, pending the conclusion of investigation on the matter.

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He further stated that the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Emmanuel Ocheja, had directed that appropriate investigation be carried out on the alleged case of incest against the victim.

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The NSCDC spokesman quoted Ocheja as saying that the girl was psychologically disturbed to give a vivid account of her ordeal, adding, however, that with tact, the corps would scoop out useful information to help her.

Ocheja said that NSCDC would not condone such act in any guise, adding that the protection of underage and females was paramount to the corps.

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JUST IN: Billionaire Kidnapper’s Co-defendant Dies In Custody

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A co-defendant with alleged billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, Chiemeka Arinze, has died in prison custody.

Evans is standing trial alongside, Joseph Emeka, Chiemeka Arinze and Udeme Upong, over the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, the Chairman of the Young Shall Grow Motors, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

They are facing a seven-count charge of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, attempt to kinda, sale and transfer of firearms.

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According to a source who pleaded anonymity, Chiemeka Arinze died on Friday, November 26, 2021.

The source said the counsel to the late defendant had filed a bail application before the court last week, over the illness of the defendant.

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The source also said that the continuation of trial in the case is coming up today (Monday), and it was slated for the bail application to be heard before they heard of the death of the defendant.

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It was gathered that Arinze, who has been sick, was rushed from the prison to a General Hospital on Friday, where he later died.

Details later…

 

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