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How AVM Omenyi Conspired With NAF Contractor to Launder N136.3m Arms Fund – Witness

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Hassan Saidu, a prosecution witness in the trial of Air Vice Marshall Tony Omenyi (rtd), who is being prosecuted on an amended 3-count charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday April 5, 2017 further narrated how Omenyi used his companies’ accounts, Huzee Nigerian Limited and Sky Experts Limited, a contractor of the Nigeria Air Force to launder arms funds.

Omenyi is standing trial alongside Huzee Nigerian Limited, for his alleged role in the diversion of over N136million meant for the purchase of arms by the military

Saidu, whose evidence started on January 23 as PW1 was led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, M. S. Abubakar.

He told the court that the investigation and prosecution of the defendants by the EFCC was triggered by a letter dated 9th December, 2015 from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, alleging that the defendants were operating suspicious accounts.

Abubakar sought to tender the letter in evidence, but Omenyi’s counsel, Chris Uche, SAN, objected to its admissibility on the grounds that the letter was supposed to have been certified by the ONSA and not EFCC.

Abubakar, however, faulted Uche’s argument citing Section 104 (I) of the Evidence Act, 2011, which states that, “it is the public officer in custody of a document that should certify it”.

Relying on the provision of the authority cited, Abubakar submitted that, “in the case at hand, the EFCC was the proper agency to certify the document”.

Justice Dimgba, in a bench ruling admitted the document as exhibit AH 12 i-xlviii.

Other documents tendered include, the account statement of Huzee Nigeria Limited in FCMB and Zenith Bank.

“Our team also asked for Sky Experts Nigeria Limited account opening package, statement of account, certificate of identification and other incorporated documents which they forwarded.

“We also requested for the personal account details of the 1st defendant (Omenyi) from Zenith Bank and it was forwarded to us”, Saidu said.

Though, Uche objected to the admissibility of the documents on the grounds that the PW1 was not the maker, his objection was however, overruled and the documents were admitted in evidence.

Other documents tendered were the report of CADEP (Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement) which came with the certificate of incorporation of Sky Experts by the ONSA.

The witness further stated, “in the course of investigation, we came across one Dr. Theresa Edu, a director of Sky Experts along with the 1st defendant (Omenyi). We interviewed the 1st defendant concerning the movement of money from Sky Experts to his company account, Huzee Nigeria Ltd. His response was that the money was a refund of loan given to Sky Experts, but there was no document to back the claim.”

Saidu went on to tell the court that, both Omenyi and “Dr. Edu” had access to the account and can withdraw money from the account at any time.

He stated that, the address of the 1st defendant and Huzee Nigeria Ltd as well as Sky Experts was the same.

“We could not trace ‘Dr. Edu’, so we wrote to the Director, DSS and the Director, Nigeria Immigration Services to place her on wanted list”, Saidu added.

Further hearing on the case has been fixed for April 26 and May 24, 2017.

 

 

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Just In: Again, national grid collapses to zero megawatts

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Nigeria’s national grid crashed to zero megawatts (MW) at 10:51am on Monday, causing power outage nationwide outage.

The collapse occurred days after electricity consumers said they had enjoyed improved supply.

The national electricity grid as of 10am on Monday had 3,712MW generated from 21 Generation Companies (GenCos) before it dropped to 0MW one hour after.

According to the information from the System Operations, a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), only Afam IV was on the grid but with zero supply as of 12noon.

As of Sunday, the highest generation was 4,100MW while the lowest was 3,652MW with the frequency hovering between 49.04 Hertz (Hz) and 50.34Hz.

Since July 1 this year, consumers said power supply had increased in their various areas.

For instance, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) recently confirmed increment in its daily allocation to over 500MW from the actual 300MW it had distributed before then.

Though the national grid had not cross 5,000MW, Daily Trust observed that level of load rejection especially around the DisCos’ networks had dropped significantly with some customers entitled to five-hour supply, recording over 12 hours daily.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had attributed the improvement in power supply nationwide to the partial activation of contracts that seeks to hold sector operators liable for deliberate incompetence.

The national grid collapsed twice, in July and in August but was quickly restored and power supply improvement was sustained before the latest system collapse on Monday.

According to records, this is the seventh system collapse this year, much more than the three recorded last year.

Although TCN, the national grid manager was yet to establish the cause of the crash, some insider said it could be as a result of a maintenance of the 330 kilovolts Jos – Bauchi transmission line maintenance slated for Monday.

Some DisCos including Kaduna Electric, Enugu, and Kano, had already communicated the nationwide outage to their customers noting that efforts were ongoing to restore supply.

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Police Deploy More Personnel To Seaports In Lagos Over Nigerian Students, NANS’ Protest

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Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced that it has deployed personnel to adequately secure seaports across the nation following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shut down commercial activities at the nation’s busiest seaports ¬¬¬¬¬¬- the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Following the ASUU strike that has kept university students across the nation at home for over seven months, NANS declared “Occupy The Airport” nationwide protest.
The aggrieved students who protested on Monday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport also reportedly threatened to ground commercial activities at the Apapa and Tin-Can Island Ports in Lagos State.
Disclosing the security beef up to Daily Trust, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Western Port Authority Command, Jonathan Towuru, said security was tightened around the Western Ports to avoid any breakdown of law and order although the student body did not show up as threatened.
The commissioner said, “People went about their businesses while operations at the terminals went on seamlessly, without any hindrance. But if the students eventually turn up, we will engage them in discussions. I must say that they conducted themselves well on Monday at the airport even though you still saw police monitoring the protest.”

 

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Evans The Billionaire Kidnapper Bags 21 Year Imprisonment

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Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday sentenced kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

They were accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos and were alleged to have captured and detained Hafia and demanded a ransom of $2m.

But they pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The judge held that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers

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