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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Exploitation At Nigerian Embassies, Diaspora Nigerians Protest By Uzoma Ahamefule

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  • Embassy telephone lines, commercialised, call and pay

Nigerian Hon. Minister Of Interior Comrade Abba Moron Arrives Austria: Ambassador Laose Blundered Again - Global Reporters Vienna

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A Nigerian Killed With Kitchen Knife Like A Goat In Vienna

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... burried amidst tears

Okorocha Under Pressure: FUTO, Poly Nekede Students Gear Up Protest - Global Reporters Vienna

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  • Students lament poor state of Nakede Ihiagwa road and lecture halls

By our reporter from Owerri

The Monster Called Corruption - Global Reporters Vienna

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  • ... Nigeria, rich country poor people!

Written by Uzoma Ahamefule

Ex-Zambian president arrested over Nigerian oil deal

PUNCH - Former Zambian president, Mr. Rupiah Banda, was arrested on Monday by the country’s law enforcement agents over allegations of corruption and abuse of office, following a crude oil import deal with Nigeria.

Presidency berates promoters of amnesty for Boko Haram

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

IMO CHIEF CHIEF JUDGE CONSTITUTES PANEL TO INVESTIGATE AGBASO

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By Mba Ogbonna

Bribery scandal: Agbaso sues Imo House of Assembly

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By Enyeribe Ejiogu

Woman hires assassins to kill husband

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From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt

Yoruba totally ungrateful people —Ahmadu Ali

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Keshi, NFF have abandoned me – Emenike

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Alamieyeseigha still under investigation –FG, UK

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Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha



A former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, might be arrested anytime he steps out of Nigeria, as he is still under investigation in some countries.
This is notwithstanding the presidential pardon granted him by the National Council of State after a meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
Also granted pardon were a former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Gen. Shehu Musa Yar’Adua; ex-Chief of General Staff, Lt.-Gen. Oladipo Diya; ex-Minister of Works, the late Brig.-Gen. Abdulkarim Adisa; ex-Minister of Comminucations, Maj-Gen. Tajudeen Olanrewaju; Major Bello Magaji; Alhaji Mohammed Lima Biu; and an erstwhile Managing Director of Bank of the North, Shettima Bulama.
Diplomatic sources told our correspondent that the ex-governor risks arrest because the international investigation of his involvement in corruption and money laundering is still on course.
The investigation is a multilateral effort by the governments of Britain, United States, South Africa, Bahamas and Seychelles as well as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Bank under the Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative.
The STAR case against Alamieyeseigha reads in part, ““Between the start of his period of office in May 1999, to late 2005, Alamieyeseigha accumulated (outside Nigeria) known properties, bank accounts, investments and cash exceeding £10m in value. His portfolio of foreign assets included accounts with five banks in the UK and further accounts with banks in Cyprus, Denmark and the United States; four London properties acquired for a total of £4.8m; a Cape Town harbour penthouse acquired for almost £1m, possible assets in the United States, and almost £1m in cash stored in one of his London properties.
“Some of the foreign assets were held in his name and that of his wife, but the bulk of them were held by companies and trusts incorporated in the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, South Africa, and Seychelles.”
The British High Commission declined to comment on the issue on Thursday.
A terse text message sent to our correspondent reads, “We do not discuss investigations. So, we cannot comment.”
Alamieyeseigha had previously been detained in London on charges of money laundering in September 2005. At the time of his arrest, the Metropolitan Police found about £1m in cash in his London home. Later they found a total of £1.8m in cash and bank accounts.
He jumped bail in London by allegedly dressing like a woman and returned to Nigeria.
However, the Federal Government on Thursday gave the assurance that it would press ahead with the recovery of the assets and ensure their return to Bayelsa State.
The Nigerian government had through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission instituted an assets recovery suit at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London against the former governor, his wife, Margaret; some companies – Santolina Investment Corporation, Solomon and Peters Limited, Falcon Flights Incorporated, Ebco Associates Limited, Fiduciary International Limited, HBOS Plc, Royal Albatross Properties 67 (PTY) Limited; and a Swiss bank, UBS AG.
The court had on February 27, 2007 refused the Nigerian government’s attempt to obtain a summary judgment to recover immovable assets and funds in bank accounts totalling over £10m, which were allegedly held in the names of Alamieyeseigha, his wife and some corporate entities.
Justice Lewison had on February 27, 2007 refused the application on the grounds that Alamieyeseigha was not present in court to defend himself. The judge also said the evidence presented by the Nigerian government was based on testimonies to EFCC by individuals, some of whom changed their accounts.
Nothing has, however, been heard about the suit since then.
Asked whether the suit at the London high court would be withdrawn, Adoke replied said, “No. It will continue and all recoveries shall pass on to the Bayelsa State Government.”
Meanwhile, the United States, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders and a former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, have condemned the Federal Government’s pardon for Alamieyeseigha and Bulama.
Of the pardoned lot, Alamieyeseigha and Bulama were the only ones convicted for corrupt practices after their arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
However, the US Government through its embassy in Abuja decried the Nigerian government’s decision to grant pardon to officials convicted for graft.
In a post on Twitter, the US government wrote, “The USG (United States Government) is deeply disappointed over the recent pardons of corrupt officials by the GON (Government of Nigeria). We see this as a setback in the fight against corruption.”
In a swift reaction, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday summoned the Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy to protest the tweet credited to its spokeswoman, Deb MacLean.
In a statement, the ministry said it conveyed the protest via a diplomatic note, in which it “strongly condemned the comment from the US Embassy in Abuja, which it described as undue interference and meddlesomeness in the internal affairs of Nigeria.”
The statement added that it “was not the first time a government in Nigeria or elsewhere would grant state pardon to individuals who have committed one crime or the other.”
The ministry further stressed that “the pardon granted is entirely consistent with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.”
The ministry said it hoped “that the Embassy of the United States of America would henceforth desist from making unwarranted comments on Nigeria’s internal affairs which are capable of undermining the friendly relations that exist between them.”
Melaye, who is the executive secretary of the Anti-Corruption Network, described the presidential pardon on both men as a “great disservice to upcoming generations.”
In an interview with Saturday PUNCH, he predicted that the eighth Senate would have corrupt figures like Alamieseiyegha, Bode George and James Ibori.
He said, “Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by that national pardon announced his romance and marriage with corruption. It is absurd, nonsensical and signals a government that promotes corruption and corrupt persons.
Also speaking, CACOL Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, stated that the pardon given the ex-governor was proof that Jonathan lacks direction.
He said, “President Goodluck Jonathan is proving every Nigerian right by the hour that he is rudderless. It is unthinkable that a presidential pardon could be handed a man like Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who bled his state’s coffers white during his tenure as the governor because such pardon is only given for political offences, not criminal.
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One million people HIV-positive in Benue –Govt

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT OF IMPEACHMENT PROCESSES AGANIST HIS EXCELLENCY SIR JUDE AGBASO - Imo State Gov. House

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N458M CONTRACT SCAM: 25 LAWMAKERS SIGNS FOR AGBASO’S SACK

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By Mba Ogbonna
- AS IWUNZE CHIDES AGBASO DIVERSIONARY TACTICS

We are Not Ghosts, Boko Haram Tells Jonathan

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How Pardon was Granted to Alamieyeseigha, Others

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Imo’s tour de farce - By Acho Orabuchi

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Pray for me, Pope Francis 1 tells world

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Scientists record cloning breakthrough

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We hid stolen cars in church – Suspects

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Deputy gov’s impeachment saga: It’s self-inflicted –PDP

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From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, Owerri

Senate rejects immunity for N’Assembly members

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• Confirms five civil service commissioners
FROM BRIDGET CHIEDU ONOCHIE

Imo: 'I am not sure any persuasion would stop the House from impeaching me' – Agbaso

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From IKENNA EMEWU, Abuja

Outrage over presidential pardon for VIP ex-convicts

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Oshiomhole accuses Adoke of trivialising Oyerinde’s murder prosecution

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By BEN AGANDE

How To Attain Peace And Security In Nigeria (3) By Uzoma Ahamefule

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Video Schocker: Nigerian Embassy In Senegal Vandalized By Nigerians

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

King Princewill, Gov. Dickson, And The Kalabari Historical Alagba Masquerade

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By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

Imo Assembly Breaking News: Agbaso Served Impeachment Notice

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Killer cop goes berserk in court

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•Threatens to kill more after being sentenced to death
From CHUKS ONUOHA, Umuahia

NNPC yet to remit N142.7bn revenue –Reps

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•Lawmakers give GMD March 19 deadline to appear
From IHEANACHO NWOSU, Abuja

Missing N7.935bn: Reps query Nigeria Customs, CBN, FIRS

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…Officials return tomorrow for reconciliation
From Iheanacho Nwosu ,Abuja

Alison-Madueke: Crude Oil Theft Still Hurting Nigeria’s Economy

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Outrage over alleged plot to stop APC’s registration

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• ‘Controversial APC’ came before Buhari’s, Tinubu’s party, INEC insists
• Declines to reveal founders of ‘APC’

Friday, March 8, 2013

Reps endorse immunity for selves

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…Move to control proliferation of firearms
From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja

Foreign reserves: Ezekwesili tackles CBN gov •Says FG is avoiding debate with her

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Crisis hits Rivers Assembly over Amaechi

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FIFA queries Nigeria over ban on lesbian players

PUNCH - World football governing body FIFA has written to the Nigeria Football Federation over reports that lesbians had been banned from playing football in the National Women’s League.
NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari
credits: www.newnigeriannewspapers.com
A FIFA spokesman confirmed the letter but emphasised it was a preliminary inquiry,Reuters says.
Media reports have widely quoted Nigeria Women’s Football League boss, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, as saying lesbian players would not be allowed to compete.

Fashola, with Okorocha, revisits Ladipo Market

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