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You can’t prosecute me for fraud – Ondo Speaker tells EFCC

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You can?t prosecute me for fraud - Ondo Speaker tells EFCC

Following his arraignment over alleged misappropriation of N2.4m belonging to the state assembly, Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oloyeloogun, has told the state High Court, sitting in Akure, the state capital, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission cannot prosecute him for alleged corrupt practices.

Oloyeloogun is facing trial alongside another lawmaker, Mr Bankole Felemu-Gudu, and a staffer of the Assembly, Mr Olusegun Kayode. The speaker is accused of signing off the money for a seminar which the lawmaker and the civil servant were supposed to attend but allegedly did not.

Kicking against his prosecution, Oloyeloogun’s lawyer, Mr Femi Emodamori told the court that his client can’t be tried for fraud by the EFCC as the state already had its own Public Complaint Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption Commission Law passed into law and signed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in January this year.

Emodamori noted that the charge against his clients was that they committed financial crimes involving the finances and assets of the state, and since the state had its own version of the law, the EFCC should leave the prosecution of the case.

Counsel for the EFCC, Mr Fredrick Dibang, objected to this, saying the court had jurisdiction because the law enacted by the state assembly was contrary to the acts of the National Assembly that established the EFCC.

Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye fixed the hearing for the objection and counter-objection to November 25, 2022, after listening to the arguments. 

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Kukah to Nigerians: “Don’t go and kill yourself for nothing for any politician”

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“Don’t Go and Kill Yourself for Them”: Matthew Kukah Reveals Secrets of Politicians to Nigerians

  • Matthew Kukah has asked Nigerians not to fight over politicians who are only after pecuniary gains
  • According to the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigerians should consider politicians as friends who should not be regarded seriously
  • Going further, he expressed concern over the surge in violence by supporters of political candidates ahead of the 2023 presidential election

A message has been sent to Nigerians over politicians. The message was sent by Matthew Kukah, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto.

According to the respected cleric, Nigerians should not fight over politicians who are after pecuniary gains, The Cable reports.

Kukah sends message to Nigerians over politicians
Matthew Kukah has asked Nigerians not to fight over politicians. Photo credit: Titi Tolani

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He made this known when he appeared on a television programme, said Nigerians should consider politicians as friends who should not be regarded seriously.

He also expressed concern over the surge in violence by supporters of political candidates ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

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He said:

“These politicians are struggling and they’ve lived their lives struggling for the national cake which they will distribute amongst themselves. It is, therefore, in the interest of ordinary Nigerians to know that they have to vote to stay alive,” he said.

“Supporters of candidates all over the country need to be a bit more restrained and wise. We ordinary people must figure out how to manage our passion when it comes to politics.

“Don’t take seriously the grandstanding of the politicians. All the things you see about them abusing themselves or quarrelling, you will think they will never shake hands. They are very good friends, and many of them drink from the same pool. So, don’t go and kill yourself for nothing. That is what that message is all about.”

Bishop with the swag: Kukah dances to Kizz Daniel’s hit song Buga at 70th birthday celebration, Video emerges

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, August 31, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto State, Matthew Hassan Kukah, celebrated his 70th birthday.

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and his counterpart from the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, Kashim Shettima stormed the event.

Also at the event was Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Tinubu’s running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima among other prominent politicians and personalities.

At the event which took place in Abuja on Wednesday, the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal who was the chairman of the occasion described Bishop Matthew Kukah as a man with an enduring love for the country.

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Amid PDP Crisis, Wike Welcomes Another Powerful APC Leader to Rivers State at Night

  • Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state received the former national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday night
  • Oshiomhole is one of the opposition members that Wike has invited to commission projects in the PDP state
  • The former governor of Edo state will commission a flyover, which is the eighth that Wike’s administration started and completed

Port Harcourt, Rivers – Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has welcomed the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to commission a flyover project.

According to Channels Television, Wike welcomed the former governor of Edo state to Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, on Tuesday night, November 15.

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What Oshiomhole will be doing in Rivers state following Wike’s invitation

The flyover Oshiomhole will commission on Wednesday, November 16, is the eighth that Wike’s administration had started and completed.

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The project is adjacent to the private residence of the governor in his country home of Rumueprikom on Ada George road in the Obio-Akpor local government area.

On his arrival, Oshiomhole was received by Wike, his deputy, Ipalibo Harry-Banigo and other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

Names of opposition member Wike has invited to Rivers

Oshiomhole is one of the guests from the opposition political party that Wike has invited to inaugurate projects started and completed in the PDP state.

Others who have been listed to commission projects in the state for the next two weeks include the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and his counterpart in the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Also, the oil-rich state will be hosting President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate some projects in the state within the stipulated time.

PDP crisis: Wike, other G5 governors have no issue with Atiku, Omokri says

Legit.ng earlier reported that a former presidential aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has disclosed that the crisis in the PDP is not about the G5 governors and Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate.

Omokri maintained that the crisis is between the aggrieved governors and the national chairman of the party (PDP).

According to Omokri, the crisis rocking the party will be solved constitutionally while expressing optimism that common ground would be founded between the governors and the party’s leadership.

Source: Legit.ng

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2023 Election: Disgrace, Dejection As Supporters Refuse to Follow APC Guber Aspirant to PDP

  • Mahmoud Maijama’a Ajiya, the APC governorship aspirant in Bauchi state, has been rejected by his supporters for joining the PDP
  • The supporters, who were led by Garba Musa Kore, said they took the resolution in the interest of Bauchi state
  • According to Kore, the supporters included members of the state house of assembly and former commissioners in the state

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Bauchi, Bauchi – The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Bauchi state, Mahmoud Maijama’a Ajiya, who recently decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been rejected by his supporters.

His steering committee, led by its chairman, Garba Musa Kore, said his members have resolved not to follow him to the PDP, Leadership reported.

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Kore said this at a press conference held at the national union of journalists (NUJ) secretariat in Bauchi on Wednesday, November 16.

He added that the decision was taken at a meeting held at the residence of Honorable Hussaini Umar (Majikiran Bauchi) on Sunday, November 13 in Bauchi.

His statement reads in part:

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“Our stand emanated from a meeting we held yesterday, 13th November, 2022 at the residence of Hon. Hussaini Umar (Majikiran Bauchi).

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According to Kore, the decision of the committee remained resolute in the interest of the people of the state.

The committee constituted members of the state house of assembly and former commissioners.

PDP crisis: Wike, other G5 governors have no issue with Atiku, Omokri says

Legit.ng earlier reported that a former presidential aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has disclosed that the crisis in the PDP is not about the G5 governors and Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate.

Omokri maintained that the crisis is between the aggrieved governors and the national chairman of the party (PDP).

According to Omokri, the crisis rocking the party will be solved constitutionally while expressing optimism that common ground would be founded between the governors and the party’s leadership.

Source: Legit.ng

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