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How Anambra Gov. Willie Obiano Turned the State Treasury into a milking cow……. Wife Appoints Over 200 Aides…Bribes Lawmakers With Properties in USA.

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Anambra state governor, Chief Willie Obiano appears to have been overshadowed by powers beyond him as the treasury of the state is said to have been turned into a milking cow.

According to reports , the governor has appointed over 120 aides with titles like; special advisers, senior special advisers, senior special assistants with over 80 percent of them from Aguleri, his hometown, and paying them huge salaries.

His wife is also said to have appointed about 100 aides, all at the expense of the Anambra State Government. “This is quite unlike the former governor, Peter Obi who insisted that his wife should not hire aides at the state government’s expense”, bemoaned a source in the Anambra civil service who pleaded anonymity.

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Laughable of all the appointment is the appointment by the governor of a senior special assistant on Agric and went further to appoint another as special adviser on fish matters. The Special assistant on Agric we gathered was earlier suspended over fraudulent acts, but was immediately recalled since he is from the same community with Obaino. The Anambra South and Central Senatorial district has been relegated to the background with people from there not getting any relevant position in his government.

Obiano is from Anambra North, and Anambra indigenes joke that Obiano’s is ‘a government of Aguleri people, by Aguleri people and for Aguleri people’.

Politicians who helped him to victory lamented to us that they have been left to nurse their wounds for supporting him, as he has abandoned them and brought in ‘technocrats’ who are his previous jobless friends living in the UK and US to run the government. Some of the previous supporters who spoke to us regretted supporting him and had vowed to decamp to the opposition parties if he does not change his stance.

“After all most of the politicians who helped him win the election are Nigerian based technocrats and educated men with proven background, so why will he abandon us”? Bemoaned one of our sources. It is his attitude towards the politicians in the state that made Hon. Uche Ekwunife and others to decamp from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) stated our source.

As previously reported by elombah.com, the list of the lawmakers from the House of Representatives that defected from APGA to the PDP included the former state governorship aspirant on the platform of APGA and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Environment, Hon. Uche Ekwunife; Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Capital Market, Chris Emeka Azubogu and three other lawmakers from the state.

They have also written the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ahmed Mu’azu, seeking waiver to return to the party and apparently contest the parliamentary election in February 2015.

Other members of the House who have written to the national chairman of the party were the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Victor Afam Ogene; member representing Onitsha North/Onitsha South Federal Constituency, Cyril Egwuatu and the Chairman, House Committee on Culture, Tourism, Pilgrimages and Religious Matters, Chief John Olibie. Their defection to the PDP has reduced APGA’s grip on the House.

Sources within the government who spoke to us also revealed that Obiano collects N100 million weekly as “security votes”, but this fund has been siphoned to private pockets in the name of fighting security. Obiano also pays his fellow looter, Chief Victor Ume, the ambattled APGA chairman, 40 million Naira monthly in his capacity as APGA Chairman, and the sole APGA executive officer and sole administrator at the national, state and local government level.

A reliable source noted that the security fight is only in Awka, Nnewi and Onitsha, while allowing the rest town to be ravaged by criminal elements. The contracts awarded by him in his 300 days in office we gathered are given to his friends and cronies while abandoning the ones appointed by ex governor, Peter Obi.

“Most of the contractors are related to him. Some are his friends, while others are recommended by his friends” stated a source.

Further information made available to us from sources noted that his recent sponsoring of the State lawmakers to the USA was to pacify them by allegedly buying choice houses for them in the States while also shopping one for himself.

Calls and text messages placed to his Special Adviser Media, James Eze to respond to these allegations were not picked, neither were they returned. However, just before going to press, a Senior Aide to Governor Obiano sent this text message from phone number +234-8033090972 as the governor’s official response: “I saw your famous report. We don’t join issues with such incredulous stories”.

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Controversial Sterling Bank caught in the act! CBN sanctions, parades officials for hoarding new naira notes [VIDEO]

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Officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have discovered N6 million of the new naira notes hoarded in Sterling Bank Plc, Ado Ekiti branch on Bank Road, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, having received the funds for over two weeks, THE WITNESS reports.

 

In a trending video on social media, seen by THE WITNESS, a man who identified himself as Oluwole Owoeye, a deputy director of CBN, while monitoring the distribution of the new naira notes in the state, was seen questioning the bank officials as to why they have not uploaded the funds into their Automated Teller Machines, (ATMs), despite having six of the machines in place.

 

The CBN director also announced a fine of N1 million for each day the fund was in the bank’s custody.

 

The CBN official said, “I am currently at Sterling Bank, on Bank Road as part of the new naira notes monitoring compliance with the guidelines by CBN. They have N6 million, which they collected from the bank for almost two weeks, they have not disbursed any. They said they are yet to configure their ATMs, I do not know why that and I have brought attention to the penalty clause of N1 million per day, because they have five ATMs here, they have no reason for keeping this money.

 

“The zonal service manager, Tunde Onipede promised that by 10:00am latest tomorrow (Monday), because I told him by latest 10:00 am I’ll be here and I want to see the machine dispensing this money.

 

“What is the name again? Olumide Owolabi (Service Manager, Ado) & Motunrayo Babayele. My name is Oluwole Owoeye and I am a deputy director of CBN.”

 

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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes

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A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.

 

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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.

 

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