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BMO Reacts To Orji Kalu’s Conviction

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Orji Uzor Kalu

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says the conviction and sentencing of the former governor of Abia Orji Uzor Kalu, on N7.56 billion fraud, is further proof that the war against corruption is in full swing.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju in Abuja on Thursday, BMO said Kalu, being a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was not shielded from prosecution, contrary to what opposition elements had been saying about the ruling party.

Akinsiju said that the conviction of a high ranking APC chieftain proved that the courts were indeed independent in this dispensation.

“For some time, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its supporters had been casting aspersion on the anti-corruption crusade, especially in the run-up to the 2019 elections.

“The claim then was that all a politician seeking protection from trial needed to do was to join APC.

”And this was even after two former governors who are also members of the ruling party, had been convicted and sent to jail.

“This speaks for the focus and uncompromising nature of the administration, and if a high ranking senator is in jail, then clearly a message has been sent out on the rule of law.

“So if there was any doubt about President Muhammadu Buhari’s sincerity, then the fact that a ranking member of his party has been sentenced to a 12-year jail term is proof that such doubts had been unfounded.

“We hope that the judgment delivered by Justice Muhammad Idris of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, would clear all doubts about the seriousness of the anti-graft crusade,” BMO chairman said.

He also commended Buhari for his efforts at ensuring that Nigeria had stronger institutions that could operate independently without interference.

Akinsiju said: “On his watch, the nation’s anti-graft agencies now have a new lease on life and are exceeding previous records of performance.”

“We hope that Nigerians will no longer be regaled with tales of a selective war against graft, especially when judgment day comes for some members of the previous administrations standing trial for sundry corruption charges,” he said.

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 5, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Good one, but I think they should try and look into the Tinubu Bullion van issue. So that it will be a balanced fight against corruption

  2. UMUNNA EKEKWE

    December 5, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    BRAVO TO EFCC AND THE JUDICIARY. IT IS JUST ONE DOWN AND MORE TO COME. PLEASE MOVE TO REOPEN ANOTHER FORMER THIEF GOVERNOR OF ABIA STATE: THIEF SENATOR THEODORE ORJI. HE WAS KALU’S CHIEF OF STAFF WHEN BOTH OF THEM CONSPIRED AND STOLE THIS MONEY, AND BEING A LOYAL AND OBEDIENT 2ND IN COMMAND THIEF TO HIS MATER KALU, THEODORE WAS SNEAKED INTO THE GOVERNORSHIP SEAT BY HIS CRIMINAL BOSS. THEODORE ORJI AND HIS SON, IKUKU, ARE ALSO TO BE INVESTIGATED ABOUT THE ABIA STATE TREASURY THEY LOOTED, HE THEODORE ORJI OWNS HALF IF NOT WHOLE PROPERTIES IN UMUAHIA, FORCEFULLY TOOK LANDS AND PROPERTIES BELONGING TO ABIANS, AND CONVERTED THEM TO HIS OWN KINDRED’S NAME. THE MANSION WHICH IS COSTLIER THAN THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND’S PALACE BELONGING TO THEODORE ORJI, IS SITUATED AT OHOKOBE NEAR BCA ROAD, UMUAHIA SPEAKS MORE ABOUT THIS CRIMINAL. EFCC, MAKE INQUIRIES ABOUT SENATOR THEODORE ORJI AND HIS SON IKUKU, AND RECOVER MORE STOLEN MONEY MEANT FOR DEVELOPING ABIA STATE BUT WAS SWALLOWED BY THESE CRIMINALS. SENATORIAL SEAT WILL NOT SAFE THEM.

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EFCC Is Being Ran By An Inside Cult Called ‘The Magu Boys’ Or ‘The Chairman Squad’ — Shehu Sani

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Shehu Sani, the former senator representing Kaduna central has reacted to the ongoing investigation against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu who was suspended on Tuesday July 7.

In a Facebook post the former Senator shared, he accused Magu of running a “cult” in the agency. Sani alleged that the select team of ”vicious and cruel” officers known as “the Magu Boys” or “the Chairman Squad”, operate exclusively and with impunity and only report directly to their boss.

He added that he believes a lot of revelations will be coming out from other marginalized and honest officers in the anti-corruption agency.

Sani wrote;

Contrary to the facade you see from the Outside,the EFCC has been run by an inside cult called “the Magu Boys” or “the Chairman Squad”:They are a select cream of vicious and cruel officers who operates exclusively and with impunity and only report directly to their boss.The inside cult is the dark and immoral aspect of the agency engaged in persecution,blackmail,frame ups and cruelty.The cult has been the wheel behind the ordeal of their embattled Boss.Until they are rooted out from the agency also.I believe a lot of revelations will be coming out from other marginalized and honest officers in the so called anti corruption agency.!

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2023 Presidency: Exercise Caution —Minister Tells Ndigbo

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The South-East geopolitical zone must avoid associating the desire for the 2023 presidency with their region to avoid putting off other regions that could support them, a minister of Igbo extraction has warned.

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba stated this in Abuja on Tuesday, urging Ndigbo to exercise “caution” in its quest for Igbo presidency.

According to him, other ethnic groups that had produced Nigeria’s president never associated it with the name of their tribes.

Nwajiuba advised Ndigbo to put forward a presidential candidate with national appeal to stand a realistic chance of producing Nigeria’s president in 2023.

The minister added that in no previous election was the Igbo barred from vying for the nation’s highest post.

Nwajiuba said, “Anybody talking about Igbo presidency should be careful because there was never a time we heard about Hausa presidency. When the Yoruba were contesting, we did not hear of Yoruba presidency, why is our own different?

“Remember that before Obasanjo won in 1999, he contested for the ticket against Ekwueme. There was never a time we as Igbo did not contest in the primaries, the only thing was that we were not voted.

“There is no time people involved in politics will cede a position to anybody. Up to 2015, the only tribe that did not contest for the APC primaries is the Yoruba, is it not true? The North West ran, North East ran, North Central vied, South East vied.

“If Owelle Rochas Okorocha had defeated Buhari in the 2015 APC primaries, are we going to be talking about Igbo presidency now? But what is important if the Igbo want to become president, it’s not for you to say it’s your turn.

“Anyday you bring out an aspirant that is acceptable to other Nigerians, that is the day you indeed want the position of president in Nigeria. All you need is majority. Buhari won the APC primaries with 3,886 votes.

“That’s what we counted, I was a returning officer in that election. Kwakwanso came second, then Atiku, Rochas, then Nda-Isaiah. I can still recall these things.

“So there was never a time it was ceded to Buhari. The people that voted for Buhari outnumbered others in that primaries. So when we bring out an acceptable aspirant, he will eventually win. That is what you are supposed to start searching for now. Even if the Igbo cry from now till thy kingdom come, if they don’t bring out a person that is acceptable to other Nigerians, nothing happens.”

Nwajiuba noted that in 1998, Dr Aex Ekwueme was on course to win the PDP ticket until Senator Jim Nwobodo came into the picture and shared the South East’s votes.

To avoid a similar situation in 2023, Nwajiuba said, the South-East must go on soul-searching and consultation to produce a candidate that will be acceptable by all and sundry.

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EFCC Told Me to Claim $25,000 Against Shehu Sani — Star Witness

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The case of $25,000 fraud against former senator Shehu Sani has taken a new twist as the star witness has claimed that he was coerced into accusing the former senator by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The proprietor of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda told the court at the resumption of proceedings on Tuesday that he was asked to claim that Shehu Sani defrauded him of $25,000 by the EFCC during cross examination.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over the resumed hearing on Tuesday as Alhaji Dauda made the revelation under cross examination by counsel to the former senator, Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi.

He was asked how much he gave to Shehu Sani and for what purposes. He also asked to confirm the bill of quantity for a car he sold to the accused.

He was asked further if the funds given to Sani was to bribe the EFCC and the Ministry of Justice to which he answered;

“The amount was $13,000, but the $25,000 was forced on him by the EFCC operatives as exhibit against Mallam Shehu Sani. Nobody was there when Shehu was given the $25,000 and no one was there when he refunded the money to him.

When the money was refunded to me EFCC said I must bring it, but I said no that I have recovered my money but they insisted I have been cheated that I should return the money to them.”

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