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GOV. EL-RUFAI COMMENDS NIGERIAN BREWERIES ON CONTRIBUTION TO ECONOMY

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, has commended Nigerian Breweries Plc for its role in the economic development of the state stressing that the company remains the biggest tax payer in Kaduna State.

The Governor, who was at Nigerian Breweries Stand at the just concluded Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit (KadInvest 2.0), said Nigerian Breweries plays a big role in the state as far as investment and economic growth are concerned and remains a concrete testimony of the friendly business and investment environment the state is promoting.

The Governor, accompanied by Chief John Odigie Oyegun, APC’s National Chairman; Kano State Governor, Alh. Umar Ganduje and his Zamfara State counterpart and Chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum, Alh. Abdullazeez Abubakar Yari, as well as the Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan maintained that Nigerian Breweries Plc was a shining example in corporate Nigeria and a strategic partner for development in the state given its huge investments and social intervention programmes in Kaduna.

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Earlier, while welcoming the Governor and his entourage to the Stand, the Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, said Kaduna state was a friendly environment for investment and has been home to Nigerian Breweries since 1964 when its first brewery was built in Kakuri.

Mr Ekanem thanked the Kaduna State Government for its support over the years stressing that the company will continue to be a partner for growth and development in the state in line with its commitment to supporting the development aspirations of its host governments and communities.

He commended the Governor for his commitment to the promotion of investment and economic growth in the state, pointing out that Kaduna remains a home for Nigerian Breweries given its successful operations in the state for over 50 years.

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“We want to remain an active development partner to the state and look forward to working closely with you in this regard. This is what informs our support not only for this Summit but also other initiatives designed to make the business environment in Kaduna more conducive and friendly”, he added.

Nigerian Breweries Plc is the leading and pioneer brewing company in Nigeria and the second most capitalised company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. With over 120,000 indigenous shareholders, the company supports an employment impact of over 500,000 people through its value chain. Nigerian Breweries currently operates two breweries and one malting plant in

Kaduna state and has continued to make strategic interventions in the development of education, health, water, agriculture, sports, etc in the state.

 

 

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ICPC Declares Obono-Obla Wanted

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared the former chairman of the Special Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, wanted.

The agency, The Cable reported on Tuesday, said that it took the decision because of Obono-Obla’s “repeated failure to appear before it to answer questions bordering on allegations of fraud and corruption.”

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Court Grants FG Request For Interim Forfeiture Of Maina’s 23 Properties

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an order of interim forfeiture of 23  properties belonging to Abdulrasheed Maina.

Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo gave the order on Tuesday, October 22, after hearing an exparte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Maina was the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team.

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The court also made an order directing the publication of the Interim Order of Forfeiture in any national daily newspaper inviting any person(s) or body(ies) who may have interest in the assets and properties listed in the schedule to show cause, within 14 days of such publication, why a Final Order of forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of the said assets and properties should not be made.

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The exparte motion was moved by M.S Abubakar.

It was brought pursuant to section 17(1) and (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

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Court Orders Forfeiture Of Saraki’s Ikoyi Properties

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties of Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President of Nigeria.

The properties are located at 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa local government, Lagos state.

Nnaemeka Omewa,  counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), had approached the court, seeking an order of interim forfeiture of the properties.

According to Omewa, they were acquired through “proceeds of unlawful activities”.

Part of the reliefs sought by the EFCC included “An order of this honourable Court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity”.

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According to the commission, while serving as governor of Kwara state, Saraki allegedly withdrew over N12 billion cash from the account of the Kwara government and paid the same into his accounts domiciled in Access and Zenith Banks through one of his personal assistant, Abdul Adama.

Delivering ruling on the application, Mohammed Liman, the presiding judge, ordered interim forfeiture of the two properties.

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He also instructed that the EFCC should publish the order in a national newspaper within 14 days, for anyone with interest in the properties to show cause, why they should not be finally forfeited to the federal government.

Recall that the federal government had arraigned Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) while he was Senate President.

He was accused of failing to declare his assets, an allegation he denied, before the supreme court subsequently dismissed the false assets declaration trial.

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