Judiciary

£2.55bn fraud: Court remands 4 directors of  Petro Union Oil

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A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday  ordered the remand of four directors of Petrol Union Oil and Gas Company Ltd., over alleged 2.556 billion pounds fraud.


The defendants are: Abayomi Kukoyi; Prince Kingsley Okpala, Prince Chidi Okpalaeze and Prince Emmanuel Okpalaeze.

Justice Mohammed Liman ordered the remand of the defendants at a custodial centre after their arraignment on a seven-count charge of fraud preferred by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The  charge is marked /46c/2020.

The defendantss are charged alongside one Prince Isaac Okpala described as deceased.

They were alleged to have committed the offences from 1994 to 2007.

The anti-graft agency alleged that they fraudulently procured a Barclays Bank cheque for  2.556 billion pounds made payable to Gladstone Kukoyi  and Associates on the pretext that it was meant for the construction of three  refineries and petrochemical complex in Nigeria.

They were also alleged to have, sometime in April 2007, uttered a statement of account in the name of Goldmatic Ltd., purportedly issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), falsely claiming that the CBN had in its custody 2,159, 221, 313.54 pounds in favour of Goldmatics Ltd.

The EFCC also accused the defendants of forging a Barclays Bank cheque dated Dec. 29, 1994, for 2.556 billion pounds made payable to Gladstone Kukoyi and Associates, purporting the said cheque to be meant for foreign investment in the construction of three refineries and petrochemical complex in Nigeria.

The commission equally alleged that the defendants attempted  to obtain money by false pretences by demanding  2.556 billion pounds from the Union Bank of Nigeria and the CBN as proceeds of the Barclays Bank cheque.

According to the EFCC,  the alleged offences contravene the provisions of Sections 1 (2), 1 (2)(a) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act of 1990.

The commission also noted that the alleged offences contravene the provisions of Sections 467 (2)(I), 468 and 501of the Criminal Code Act of 2004.

The defendants, however,  pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

After their pleas, EFCC prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), asked the court for a trial date.

He had  prayed  the  court to remand the defendants.

The defendants, however, through their counsel, informed the court that they filed   bail applications.

The judge  adjourned the case until Feb.19, for hearing of the bail applications.

He ordered that the defendants should be remanded  pending the outcome of the bail applications.

Edited By: Ijeoma Popoola

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Group lauds Buhari on Edo Governorship poll

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The Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate (SNPM), a political pressure group, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring hitch-free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo.


Mr Augustine Chukwudum, President of the group, made  the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Monday.

“We commend our amiable President for allowing the election to be free, fair and credible. This shows that the President is a democrat that every Nigerian must be proud of.

“This was not the case when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the helm of affairs of the Federal Government between 2003 to 2009.

“We are asking PDP at national level to thank the President for providing level playing ground for all candidates at the election, ” Chukwudum said.

He, however, congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office, adding that it was a victory well deserved after a keenly contested election.

“It is widely evident that the governor performed very well for the people of Edo in the past three years.

SNPM call on Obaseki to see his victory as divine mandate to improve on infrastructure in all communities in the state.

“Once more, we congratulate him and pray that the will of God would continue to shine in Edo,’’ he added.

 

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MURIC mourns Emir of Zazzau

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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday expressed grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at the age of 84, in Kaduna.


MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement,  also commiserated with the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, the Sultan of Sokoto and the  Governor of Kaduna State over the death.

“The news of the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau is saddening.

“We commiserate with our leader, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

“Our sympathy also goes to the Zazzau Emirate Council, particularly the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Ja‘afar and the good people of Zaria.

“Shehu Idris was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council.

He added that the late Emir Shehu Idris was a diligent, pious and patriotic Nigerian.

He noted that his patience could melt Mount Everest.

“He once ordered his convoy to turn back and find another route instead of telling the police to attack a Shiite procession that refused to allow his convoy to drive past.

“May Almighty Allah overlook his shortcomings and grant him a lofty place in Al-Jannah Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the remains of the late Emir was laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State.

The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5. 35p.m. in accordance with Islamic rites.

In attendance were Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and other top government dignitaries.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation that included the Minister of Aviation,  Sen. Hadi Sirika, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,  Malam Garba Shehu, head of military and paramilitary, among others.

NAN reports that the monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36, following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.

He attended Katsina Training College and taught at Hunkuyi.

He served as private secretary to the Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu.

He became the secretary of the Zaria Native Authority Council in 1965, took the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and became the district head of Zaria and Kewaye in 1973.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Ganduje mourns Emir of Zazzau

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has commiserated with the people and government of Kaduna State over the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday at 84.


In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the Kano State governor described the death as a national tragedy and monumental blow to the nation’s traditional institution system.

He said “we lost a national hero, Alhaji Shehu Idris was an embodiment of humility, discipline, respect, statesmanship and exemplary leadership.

“His death leaves an indelible mark in the history of the Nigerian nation state.

“It is with sad note and deep sense of agony that we received the demise of this rare gem and a traditional leader of high repute with respectful global touch.”

Ganduje prayed for the reposed soul of the emir on behalf of the government and people of Kano State, to the families of the late emir, the Kaduna State government and the Zazzau Emirate.

“We pray for Allah’s blessing and forgiveness for the reposed soul of the great emir. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds abundantly.” (NAN )

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Source: NAN

 

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NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded  97 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country, bringing the total confirmed cases to 57, 242 nationwide.


The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .

It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.

Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.

The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.

Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.

According to the NCDC, the 36 states and FCT have now recorded at least one confirmed case of the virus.

“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.

NCDC stated that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, has continued  to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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