Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Court of Appeal in Lagos has upturned the conviction of the former Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Alhaji Bello Lafiagi.
FLASH: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told an Abuja High Court on Monday that a part of the N40bn loan facility obtained by Honourable Dimeji Bankole, when he was the Speaker of the House of Reps was deposited in his personal account.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday got the nod of the state High Court sitting in Abeokuta to proceed   through the Truth Commission and inquire into the complaints and cases of deaths, disappearance and assassination of persons during the administration of embattled former Governor Gbenga Daniel.
The Truth Commission is expected to inquire into the killing of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chieftain in Ogun, Otunba Dipo Dina, the disappearance of Age (Animashaun) Lemomu, and  gruesome killings of 65 political supporters of Amosun between 2005 and 2009.
It is also expected that the failed assassination bid on Daniel’s former Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Wale Adedayo, and spirited harassment and threats to the life of the former Ijebu East Local Government boss, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, would also get the attention of the commission.
The commission, which was established by Amosun last September 14,  is mandated to determine whether or not such deaths, disappearances and assassinations of some indigenes of the state during Daniel’s era involved the abuse of power by any person or persons holding public office.
Members of the commission are Messrs Pius Adeyemi, Abdulahi  Mustapha, Dalopo Akinsanya, Bamidele Aturu, Tunji Onabamwo and Lanre Suraj.
The commission is to also ascertain whether the above cases resulted from any person or group of persons acting under   the control or authority of such public office holder as well as identifying individuals, institutions and groups whose activities resulted in the acts so referred.
The liberty to proceed with the probe  followed the order of the State  High Court yesterday which vacated  the stay of proceeding order earlier served on the state government last October 28 over the constitution of the Truth Commission of Enquiry.
The October 28 order restrained Amosun and the Truth Commission from probing immediate past governor, Gbenga Daniel, his aides or any one that served with him.
Daniel had on October 28 challenged the setting up and the constitution of the Truth Commission of Enquiry through his counsel, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan.
The former governor told the court then that his successor, Senator Amosun, lacked the power to set up such commission and asked the court for a stay of proceeding, pending the determination of the matter and his prayer was granted.
But Justice Paul Onamade, who granted the initial restraining order, vacated same yesterday. He held that tentatively, the commission could go ahead with probing the alleged infraction of human rights, disappearance of persons and killings that occurred between May 2003 and May 2011, pending the interpretation of Section 36 (4) of the constitution by the Appeal Court.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

John Nwobodo Carpenter4:10am Nov 16
Enough of facebook or keyboard activism,Its not evrybody that can lay hands on pc ,lappie or Smartfones,I went out there to live and mingle with the real Nigerians,Those whose voice needed to be heard,the ones who are really feeling the heat of governance,Its difficult to say all I encountered,Lots of Injustice ,indiscipline and suffering is been swept under carpets,lots of Camels are passing through needles,Right from Lagos to all Towns and Vilages I visited,I doubt If Hell wont be better to the kind of Life Nigerians are subjected to ,through the carelessness,negligence and greediness of people they queued in the sun to vote for,I
hadInterviews with some Village chiefs,Local leaders,Uncountable unemployed youths who engaged themselves in series of manual labour just to make ends meet,So fortunate to come across a Local govt caretaker chairman convoy ,The man ,maybe been diplomatic,tried to explain what they face from the federal govt as well and that He cant do more than available funds.I now realise why corruption has become Nigerias third fourth religion,aside the known two and football,Govt establishments are in deplorable state just like the amenities,I visited the Oyo state secretariat in Ibadan ,you wont believe the sight and scenes inside where Our governor works its now worse than you can ever imagine and thank God there is HEAVEN,it would have been better for poor man not to be born in this our country,Even the so call rich living in the country arent finding things easy as they may pretend apart from exporting our petrol dollars,Because we all share ,up Nepa share Bad roads in common,The few that tried to fly their copter or chopper are afraid of dangling wires.Bribery now appear in proper nakedness in any of the establishment ,Police dont even care whether you are armed with smartfones or cameras again while operating,Right from the Abule Egba road till I get to the international Airport,you must settle,Even the airline officials are openly asking for settlement,One custom lady told me "you must drop something or drop you bag,But think tiwce before droppin your bag ooo"I got the message immediately,they may end up planting somethin in my bag ,or still be delayed .Who are those castigating Baba Suwe?I saw a lot of at the Nigerian Airport,lots are happening with no one to question,Where are we heading,I dont have a clue,Yesterday ,I got up to go and register my anger with the Nigerian Ambassador in Uk and relay my experience ,If theres anythin advice from him,When I got there I understand He was having a party(I think celebrating the just concluded national honour with friends and diplomats,I saw protesters outside the Nigerian Embassy,I was happy thinking it will be a good ground for me to display.I was armed pictures of bad roads,graduates selling recharge cards or gala ,dilapidated schools and hungry lookin young men as what to display,But What I saw on the placards shocked me ,Ask me what it is---------------------------
"Rights of GAYSand LESBIANS"
Im not against anybodys right,but is this the right time for that ?I just took a U turn and return home,where are we heading,who will save Nigeria.In a situation where someone that has just been given a national honour is been investigated for corruption within one week,My guys shouting or arguing on the internet wont go any where ,we need to be on the street,I tried my best ,but am just a voice out of 150m,I cant cry for Nigeria cos,I continue to stretch the neck where the future is.I have pix and videos to back all I wrote above if theres any THOMAS around here !I sincerely appologise to my friends who I promised to link up with that the situation wasnt that encouraging for me to be bubbling here and there,but I did what you sent me to do.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My monthly salary is less than N1m - Gov Aliyu
Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State said yesterday that contrary to public expectations, his monthly salary as governor is not up to N1 million. He explained that “many people don’t know that the only thing we enjoy (as governors) is free food, but the salary is less than a million naira per month.
Governor Aliyu declared this yesterday in Abuja when he delivered a goodwill message at the fund-raising dinner organised for the Kogi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Captain Idris Wada and his running mate, Arc. Yomi Awoniyi held at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
He explained that as a public official, he can’t make donation because of the activities of some mischief makers lurking around to cash on it. The governor, who donated his one month salary to the Wada/Awoniyi campaign organisation, said that it is very easy for the mischief makers to write a petition against him to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He lamented the current trend where anonymous petition writers are having a field day. “I know that civil servants in those days don’t entertain anonymous petitions. But today, if someone doesn’t like my face, I didn’t make my face bad. I have no choice. And somebody is slighting me because of that, and will be haunting me in and out, I think it is not right.”
The Niger State governor who is also the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, said: “I make my personal donation of my one month salary which is less than N1 million. Many people don’t know that the only thing we enjoy is the free food, but the salary is less than a million naira! That is my personal donation.”
The event was attended by Governors Idris Ibrahim of Kogi, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi, Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Maina; former PDP national chairman, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, his wife and Special Adviser to the President on Inter-governmental Affairs, Mariam Ahmadu Ali; former Chief of Army Staff, General Salihu Ibrahim (rtd) and General David Jemibewon (rtd), among other party chieftains and supporters.