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ALLEGED N978.4M OIL FRAUD: COURT REMANDS NADABO ENERGY BOSS, ABUBAKAR ALI PETERS IN PRISON CUSTODY

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Justice Christopher A. Balogun of the State High Court sitting at the
Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, Onikan, Lagos, on Wednesday, September 25,
2019, remanded Abubakar Ali Peters, Chairman, Nadabo Energy Limited, in
prison for plotting to evade trial and abscond from the country.

Peters is standing trial on a 27-count charge bordering on obtaining by
false pretence, forgery and use of forged documents to the tune of N978,
401, 732, 09(Nine Hundred and Seventy-eight Million, Four Hundred and
One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty-two Naira, Nine Kobo (N978, 401,
732, 09) brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC.

The defendant allegedly defrauded the Federal Government of the said sum
of money by supplying 6, 505,140. 04 litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit,
PMS, instead of 19,488, 992 litres, being the quantity he was contracted
to supply.

The defendant also allegedly forged the documents that were used to
procure the product in order to conceal the exact amount he paid for it
and receive in excess money for the product supplied.

At the resumed sitting today, the defence counsel, Emefo Etudo, sought
to withdraw from the case on the grounds that his client was planning to
jeopardize the case and abscond from the country.

Etudo, in a sworn affidavit, also told the court he urged his client to
pay back the money upon realizing that he had defrauded the Federal
Government.

“My Lord, he agreed to pay the money and subsequently made some
payments.

“He, however, stopped at some point.

“He also informed me of his plans to abscond from the country without
paying back in full the money he obtained under false pretence,” Etudo
stated.

The defense counsel, in his further submission, told the court that his
client was planning to frustrate a similar case after receiving money
from parties involved.

” My Lord, my client forged his signature on the Corporate Affairs
Commission, CAC, documents and gave damaging false information about me
and other lawyers involved in the case.

“He is involved in three oil subsidy cases, although the EFCC is only
aware of two of them.

“The total money belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria, which
was siphoned abroad, is about N2billion,” he further told the court.

The defense counsel, therefore, urged the court to permit him to
withdraw from the case, saying “the defendant is a threat to national
security and will abscond if he continues on the bail he was granted by
the court.”

The prosecution counsel, S.K. Atteh, did not oppose the prayers of the
defence counsel.

Justice Balogun granted the defence counsel leave to withdraw from the
case based on the serious allegations levelled against his client.

The Judge also vacated all the undertakings made on behalf of the
defendant by the counsel’s law firm since he could no longer assure the
court that he is in a position to produce the defendant at his trial.

Consequently, Justice Balogun remanded the defendant in prison custody
and adjourned the case to October 15, 2019 for continuation of hearing.

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Meet Kazeem ‘Kasnoi’ Kuku, An Emerging Force in Real Estate Business in Nigeria

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The real estate business in Nigeria has just received a boost with the emergence of Kasnoi Luxury Homes, positioned to change the face of property business most especially in Lagos, the business hub of Nigeria.

Owned by the young, shrewd businessman in his 30s, Kazeem Kuku, alumni of the famous Ijebu Ode Grammar School and Philosophy graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Kasnoi Luxury Homes was launched over 10 years back with branches in major cities of the country.

Kasnoi, as Kazeem is fondly addressed within the business circle, is a business player who knows his onions, very focused and determined, making him one of the emerging forces in the real estate sector in Nigeria.

Kasnoi Luxury Homes is into mega construction of all sorts of buildings, though it deals mainly in the construction of detached and semi-detached structures.

The construction firm recently won the attention of residents of Lekki with the successful construction of 15 blocks of tastefully furnished detached and semi-detached houses at the Lekki Lake Golf Resort, including others at Ogunfayo Lakowe, a stone throw from Amen Estate in Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos State.

Kazeem Kuku, a passionate young entrepreneur with many years of experience, is a strategist who has spent the better part of his career in business development, innovations, and strategy.

Born of the famous Kuku dynasty in Ijebu land, Ogun State, Kazeem, we learned, is planning to expand his business tentacles in Lagos State.

Though, a socialite and strong member of the budding social age-group otherwise known as Regberegbe in Ijebuland, Kasnoi cherishes a quiet lifestyle.

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Untold Story Of How Customs Comptroller General’s New Marriage Is In Trouble

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…As Wife’s Ex-Boyfriend Demands N9Million

Controversy seems to be trailing the marriage between the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali rtd and his beautiful wife, Zainab Abdullahi as her former boyfriend, Zubairu Dalhatu Malamai is demanding the sum of N9,081,207,45 being money spent on her while their relationship lasted.

A letter was written by Zubairu’s lawyer, Sir I, I Wangida of Buba Partner and titled ‘Letter of Demand of Our Client’s Monies Giving As Loans, Investments and Other Materials Collected By You During Your Deceit, Mischievous Breach of Trust Relationship’ dated 22nd May 2020, states that Zainab had a three- year relationship with Zubairu during which he spent the said money, hoping it would culminate into marriage

Zubairu & Zainab

We gathered that prior to Zainab’s marriage to the Customs boss, Zubairu had tried to pacify her to have a rethink about dumping him but this culminated into a quarrel and Zainab allegedly said she would refund all that was spent on her

‘Be that as it may, we have our client’s brief, that you have decided to pick another man for yourself as husband and while our client congratulate you in your new home, we have our client instruction to also disclose his displeasure over your reaction few days before your new marriage by taking an unnecessary fight with him thereby insulting him and calling him all kinds of names and your claims that he calculates all you have collected from him as loans, investment and trips ticket, so you can pay him as you are no longer interested in the affairs’

Zubairu further demanded the sum of N9,081,207,45 and listed how the money was expended on flight tickets to South Africa, Dubai, the United States of America, and United Kingdom.

The letter states ‘the sum of N9,081,207,45 only being the sum spent on travels tickets for KSA on the 20th of March to 5th April 2018, UAE on 17th Feb to 27th Feb 2019, etc’

‘N1.5million loan for your investment, N200, 000 only paid for you on behalf of Dan Sanyawa, N450,00 for clothing business in the US, N280,000 for sho rent at Hanefa Plaza, Court Road, N350,000 given to your father, N350,000 house rent refund, N350,000 for your China trip, N500,000 you collected for your car purchase, N250,000 for chinchy investment, N1,763,000.00 for LEFE clothes and some other items’

To authenticate the source of the letter, we spoke to Zubairu’s lawyer, Sir I, I Wangida’s lawyer on phone, he confirmed writing the letter and added that the matter will soon be charged to court.

we also contacted Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Services, who said Hajia Zainab ‘s lawyer would reply to the letter sent by her former boyfriend.

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PDP Will Bounce Back In Edo, Says Imasuangbon

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Governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Barr. Kenneth Imasuangbon, has boasted that he would lead the party to bounce back to governance in Edo State.

Imasuangbon, popularly known as ‘Rice Man’ said he knew the strategy to defeat whomever the ruling All Progressives Congress project as its candidate.

Speaking after submitting his nomination form, Imasuangbon thanked Edo youths, traders and artisans for mobilising N10m for the purchase of the form.

Imasuangbon said he would not forget their sacrifices after electoral victory.

He also tasked leaders of the PDP to ensure the party primaries are free and fair.

His words, “Today signifies the beginning of the march towards taking over Osadebey avenue in Edo State. I assure you that the days of the APC are numbered in Edo.

“The PDP is winning the election and that can only be done if I win the primaries. There is nothing to worry about that. Edo people know me and what I can do.

“My appeal is for the PDP leadership to be fair and firm. We will not allow past experiences to reoccur. What I demand is a free and fair primaries”.

We are here on behalf of the Rice Man to submit his nomination form purchased for him by the artisan, market women and the common men in Edo state who trust in his ability to govern the state well with genuine development and move the state out of poverty”

This is a journey we have been on since the last fifteen years and I see this as the best opportunity for us to rescue the state from the misrule of the APC that have failed the people and I believe strongly that with the people by my side and the grace of God, we shall succeed.

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