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N22b Paris Cash: EFCC Seizes Passports Of 34 Top Officials In Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s Government

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The international passports of 34 top officials in the immediate past government of Kwara State has been seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The officials who served under Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed  were alleged of being complicit in a fraud involving a N22 billion London-Paris Club fund.

Ten of the officials have been watch-listed to prevent them from fleeing the country, it was learnt yesterday.

The N22billion covers the N21billion drawn from the refund and the N1billion allegedly intercepted by the EFCC during the February/March elections. There are four cases on alleged mismanagement of billions of naira by some ex-office holders in the state.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “There are monumental cases of fraud already uncovered in Kwara State during the tenure of the ex-governor. We may need to call for reinforcement to be able to conduct the different dimensions of the ongoing probe. So far, we have seized the international passports of 34 former commissioners and top government functionaries during the administration of ex-Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

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“Out of the 34, about 10 former officers have been watch-listed to prevent them from escaping abroad. And if they travel out, we can effect their arrest in any jurisdiction. The list of the short-listed suspects has been sent to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to prevent them from acquiring new passports.”

 

In a statement yesterday, EFCC’s Head of Media & Publicity Tony Orilade said the agency’s Ilorin Zonal Office “has submitted the particulars of individuals on its watch-list and under investigations in the state to the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Kwara State Command.  It said the Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu made this known through the Ilorin Zonal Head of the Commission Isyaku Sharu during a visit by the Comptroller of Immigration Service, Kwara State Command Edith Onyemenam.

 

The statement quoted Magu as saying those whose passports were seized had been trying to procure police reports to deceive the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to issue them new passports. Magu said:

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“The need to familiarise the NIS with the particulars of such personalities under EFCC’s investigation became necessary following intelligence at the disposal of the commission that some highly-placed individuals undergoing corruption probe and on the commission’s watch-list in the state have procured forged police reports with which they plan to apply for new international passports to escape from the country.

“Information at the disposal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Ilorin reveals that these highly placed individuals are planning to use forged police reports to re-apply for new international passports to flee the country in other to escape prosecution and justice. The commission urges you to use your good office to place these individuals under strict surveillance.”

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OBASANJO, OSINBAJO, GOVERNORS OTHERS STORM ILE-IFE AS OONI INSTALLS ADEBUTU AS THE NEW ODOLE OODUA

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, were among top dignitaries that stormed the ancient city of Ile Ife believed to be the cradle of mankind and traditional headquarters of Yoruba race on Saturday as the Arole Oodua & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II installed the gaming business magnate, Sir Kessington Adebutu(Dodondawa) as the new Odole Oodua.
Accompanied by the Ogun state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and his son, Hon. Ladi Ada chariot, Sir Adebutu first visited the ancient Oranmiyan groove (Igbo Eeede) where he was taken through series of traditional rites by the Oranmiyan chief priest, Oba Isoro Omiwenu before he returned to the Mile Oodua palace of the Ooni to pay homage to the Arole Oodua and equally receive blessings from him.
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Returning from the groovel(Igbo Eede), Sir Kessington proceeded to Ile Ase within the palace courtyard where he took the oath of office and pledges his readiness to perform optimally as the Odole Oodua before going back to the Ooni for instruments of office.
Afterwards, the new Odole Oodua, Sir Kessington Adebukunola Adebutu danced the iconic Odole dance before the cheering crowd who clapped in admiration.
Similarly, Sir Adebutu’s wives; Chief (Mrs.) Dame Caroline Oladunni Adebutu and Chief (Mrs.) Kofoworola Aminat Adebutu were installed as Yeyemode Oodua and Yeyerewa Oodua respectively.
According to details, Odole Oodua is a special office pioneered by Oranmiyan when he was a prince in Ile Ife before he eventually became a king during his lifetime.
It is a prestigious position designed from time immemorial for the purpose of assisting the Ooni in the task of rallying all peoples of Oduduwa origin wherever they are across the world for unity, peace and progress.
Speaking during the coronation rites for Adebutu, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister for Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola described Yoruba ethnic group as great in Nigeria,
“before somebody be conferred with Odole Oodua title, such a person must be eminent and he must have contributed immensely to humanity and the society.
“I am happy that Sir Kessington Adebutu is being conferred with this title today and I pray that his reign as Odole Oodua would be eventful. I am sure you know the significance of this title bearing in mind great Nigerians, including the late sage and former Premier Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and former Attorney General of the Western Region, late Chief G.O.K Ajayi, who in the past held the title of Odole Oodua.
“We were aware of the positive impacts of these past two Odole Oodua. They ensured that there was a healthy relationship between Yoruba and other tribes in Nigeria. But I believe that you (Adebutu) would do more than that.
“You have been a philanthropist,who usually help the poor and the needy in society. As the new Odole Oodua, you should provide exemplary leadership as you have always been. I want to remind our traditional rulers to be agents of peace, unity and development in their respective domains.
“We must all strive to preserve and promote our cultural heritage. I want to commend the Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja IIfor leading the vanguard of monarchs promoting our cultural values. As Odole Oodua, you should play an active role in promoting Yoruba cultural heritage and values.”
Dignitaries at event include the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola; former governors of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Chief Segun Osoba; Senator Oluremi Tinubu and the chairman African Newspapers of Nigerian (ANN) Plc, Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu.
Others include a Yoruba leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Senator Babafemi Ojudu; Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu; Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams and General Oladipupo Diya (rtd), among others.
Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, Olu of Yewa, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle,Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, Oba Ayangburen of Ikorodu and other Yoruba monarchs witnessed the history making event.
The event was spiced by several traditional performances by different cultural groups after which the Juju king, Sunday Adegeye popularly known as King Sunny Ade entertained the guests with good music.
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marking the ceremony Odole Oodua commenced on Friday with the unveiling of the Oodua Heritage House located at the Ooni’s palace followed by a welcome dinner at the banquet hall of the palace. The Ooni’s Director of Media & Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare on Saturday morning during a press briefing disclosed the significance of the position of Odole OODUA with respect to the procession to IGBO EEDE which is the Oranmiyan’s abode saying his jurisdiction is beyond Yorubaland.
“The new Odole will work for all the descendants of Oduduwa globally because the house of Oduduwa is not limited to Yorubaland. Baba Adebutu will any moment from now proceed to the Oranmiyan Groove called IGBO EEDE where he will be taken through several traditional processes like Oranmiyan who pioneered the Odole Oodua tittle did.
Baba Awolowo and Baba GOK Ajayi did the same. He will be equipped with necessary instruments of   before returning to the palace where he will first be at the OGUN LAADIN shrine to receive Ogun’s blessings before moving to the inner chamber of  ILE OODUA for the final  blessings of assignment from the Arole Oodua Oonir’isa and be made to dance the iconic Odole dance like it was done for his predecessors including the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief G.O.K Ajayi.
These rites are must  commence his task as a substantive Odole Oodua,  before being sent to the world to work for the unity and progress of Yoruba people and the larger Oduduwa race worldwide”. Olafare disclosed.
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Air Peace Boss, Allen Onyema Honored As Ikeja City Award’s ‘Man Of Peace’

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Onyema Ugochukwu, the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Airline has emerged the dominant, most respected and most loved personality of 2019 in Nigeria.
We shall be affirming this collective societal endorsement with a great recognition at the 14th edition of Ikeja City Awards come December 8, 2019.
The secret of this overwhelming outpouring of public goodwill is obviously his undeniable heart of gold!! which is sign posted by his practical nationalism, uncommon humanity, kindness and humility.
They are desirable virtues which his exploit in evacuating distressed Nigerians from the xenophobic hellhole of south Africa. This is an unvarnished testimony.
For this reason a special recognition category has been created to recognise him: MAN OF PEACE, LOVER OF HUMANITY AWARD!! With a unique Plaque and ample attestation… We can never over celebrate such rear national ICON…
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Whither Okoi Obono-Obla?

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Okoi Obono-Obla

 

Nothing is guaranteed except death. Power and influence might last for a while, but it eventually eludes the holder.

 

This postulation is apt for the experience of the former Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla.

 

Once a very strong man due to the office he held, Obono-Obla quickly got intoxicated embarking on a campaign of abuse of office, intimidation, administrative misconduct among others.

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He created so much fear that businessmen and politicians preferred to be his friend than be his enemy.

 

But all of that happened in the past, as things have since changed for the man.

 

Obono-Obla, who was once considered a Trojan horse has since fallen off the horse, with many asking where he has been.

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In the face of an investigation and possible prosecution by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Obono-Obla appears to have gone mute, hoping his day of judgment never comes.

 

 

 

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