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Appeal Court orders forfeiture of N1.4bn obtained by company linked to Saraki, Melrose

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The Court of Appeal in Lagos, on Friday, affirmed the solicitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the last relinquishment of N1.4billion which a firm, Melrose General Services Limited, acquired from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) through false cases. Melrose is supposedly connected to active Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, whose two associates the EFCC is indicting Gbenga Makanjuola and Kolawole Shittu regarding the issue.

Equity Cecilia Olatoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on April 27, 2018, arranged the last relinquishment of the said N1.4billion to the Federal Government. Disappointed with the decision of Justice Olatoregun, Melrose General Services moved toward the re-appraising court for change, requesting that it put aside the declaration of the lower court.

However, in its judgment on the issue on Friday, the Court of Appeal rejected the intrigue of Melrose (the litigant) and settled the four quarrelsome issues for the EFCC (the primary respondent). The investigative court additionally held that Melrose advance needed legitimacy and requested the firm to pay 100,000 expense to the EFCC.

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The investigative court additionally held that Melrose couldn’t demonstrate that the said assets were legitimately earned by it. It included that area 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, 2006, which the EFCC depended on to look for the relinquishment of the said assets was sacred. As indicated by the Court of Appeal, Melrose was not denied reasonable hearing in the issue.

Equity of the Court of Appeal (JCA), Justice Tijjani Abubakar composed the lead judgment, Justice E. Tobi conveyed the understanding while Justice O. A. Obaseki-Adejumo agreed with the decision. Legal counselor to the Melrose, Mr. Olawale Akoni (SAN) contended the intrigue while the legal advisor to the EFCC, Mr. Ekele Iheanacho, showed up for the Commission.

The EFCC had guaranteed that Melrose got N3.5bn from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum by making false cases. Recorded as respondents in the last relinquishment application documented under the steady gaze of the Federal High Court were Melrose General Services Limited, WASP Networks Limited, and Thebe Wellness Services.

The organizations were blamed for mimicking a consortium of counseling firms connected by the NGF for the “check, compromise and recuperation of over-derivations on Paris and London Club Loans on the records of states and nearby governments somewhere in the range of 1995 and 2002.” However, the EFCC demanded that the first firms connected by the Governors’ Forum were GSCL Consulting and Bizplus Consulting Services Limited.‎

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Usman Zakari, the change conscience of Melrose General Services Limited, Robert Mbonu, made a bogus portrayal to the Governors’ Forum, making the gathering pay N3.5bn to his organization on December 14, 2016. Zakari said the cash was credited into the Access Bank record of Melrose General Services Limited, including that Melrose and others dispersed and laundered about N2.3bn out of the money between December 15, 2016, and January 20, 2017, leaving an equalization of N1.2bn.

Zakari said the counter join organization had likewise recouped N220m out of the washed entirety from WASP Networks Limited and Thebe Wellness Services. The EFCC had on October 13, 2017, acquired a break request from Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, setting a “Post No Debit” request on the records containing the N1.2bn and N220m.

The Judge had requested supplication by the attorney to the EFCC, Mr. Ekene Iheanacho, that it would best serve the enthusiasm of equity for Melrose and others to relinquish the N1.4bn briefly to keep them from dispersing same. The Judge, in the wake of giving a break solidifying request in 2018, coordinated the EFCC to distribute the application in a national day by day giving anybody intrigued by the assets 14 days to show up under the watchful eye of the court to show cause why the assets ought not to be relinquished for all time.

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Hence, one Prince Godwin Maduka and Linas International Limited appeared under the steady gaze of the court, asking independently that the assets ought to be relinquished to them. Maduka asserted that his firm, Udemgaba Maduka, and Associates, had been occupied with 2011 as an expert by Zamfara State Government to enable the state to recoup some hanging assets, with an understanding that it would be paid 20 percent of the recuperated assets.

He encouraged the court to relinquish the N1.4bn to his organization to cover Zamfara State’s supposed obligation to him. The EFCC contradicted Maduka, fighting that the suit was not an obligation recuperation suit and that Zamfara State was not involved with the outfit. In her decision on the issue, Justice Olatoregun maintained the EFCC’s contention and expelled Maduka’s cases.

All individual part, Linas International Limited said it was qualified for the installment of $6m from Nigeria Governors’ Forum. Be that as it may, Justice Olatoregun likewise expelled its case, holding that the suit was not an obligation recuperation suit. Having expelled the two cases, the judge requested the lasting relinquishment of the N1.4bn to the Federal Government.

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Buhari approves new appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.

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Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel

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The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.

The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”

He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.

Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.

He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.

“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”

He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.

“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”

Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”

He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.

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We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths

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After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.

While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.

The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.

“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.

“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.

“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.

“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.

“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.

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