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Brazil Fan’s Village Scam Latest: Sally Mbanefo shuns probe panel!!!



Embattled Director General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Commission (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Uwechue-Mbanefo may have settled for more controversies as she has refused to honour invitations to appear before a probe panel set up to investigate her role in the failed Brazil 2014 Fan’s village.

The Minister of Culture, Tourism & National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke had on the accusation of financial impropriety and betrayal of trust against the DG by President of Za Entertainment, Mr. Azania Omo-Agege set up a probe panel to unearth the truth of the matter and report back to him.

The four member panel is co-chaired by the Director General of National Commission for Museum and Monuments, Mallam Yusuf Usman and Director of Human Resources Management in the Ministry Dr. Ochapa Ogenyi.

We learnt that Mbanefo believes that since she was appointed by the President of Nigeria the same way the Minister was appointed, the minister has no right to set up a panel to investigate her. She also believes she cannot appear before a panel headed by her colleagues in the ministry.

Our source in the NTDC disclosed that the panel also invited the Directors of Administration, Marketing, HTT, Finance and head of project unit; Fatimah Obadakin who were initially restrained from appearing before the panel because the NTDC DG ceased their invitation letters but after some other developments were released to honour the invitation.

The President of Za entertainment has told us that he and other parties in the case have since appeared before the panel and were awaiting their decisions on the matter. He also confirmed that Mbanefo was invited by the panel twice but refused to show up.

Our source informed us that while the NTDC DG informed the panel that she couldn’t appear before it on health grounds, she was busy travelling and paying courtesy calls on other agencies.

“That was the time she paid a courtesy visit on the National Planning Commission and so cannot claim to be sick,” the source said.

It is however unclear what the minister may have decided to do with this case as there are insinuations that she is relying on other contacts in the presidency strong enough to sway any recommendation from him to the President.

Society Reporters NG had reported the scuffle between Uwechue-Mbanefo and Omo-Agege in Brazil over the proposed Nigerian Fans Village which never took off. Omo-Agege claimed the DG never kept her own side of the bargain after collecting money from sponsors, while she in turn accused him of trying to defraud her. The controversy got worse when Omo-Agege alleged that the DG wanted to destroy the agreement both parties had, which led to the fight in a hotel lobby in Brazil.

In another development, we discovered that the relationship between the NTDC DG and her staff is deteriorating everyday as she deals with them without regard for the laws and regulations guiding the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria.

In a set of documents made available to us, her Personal Assistant, Mrs Ewuzie Patricia who is also an Assistant Director on August 6, 2014 in a memo (NTDC/PR 1872/1) was queried on an accusation of emotional outburst which was alleged to have embarrassed the DG and ridiculed her office.

The query signed by Acting Director Admin and Supply, B.O Eboka read: “such acts are scandalous and they constitute unruly behavior (PSR 030301 a (II) and acts unbecoming of a public officer (PSR 030402) respectively.

“You are therefore expected to make a defence within 48 hours why disciplinary action should not be taken against you.”

Ewuzie in her reply on August 7, 2014 stated that: “I wish to state that I was asked by the DG to explain why I did not inform her of the courtesy visit of Abuja Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, so that she can be officially dressed for the occasion.

“I responded that I had informed her by text on 5th August 2014 by 9.58am and the 6th morning by 9.20am. I also explained that I had reminded her verbally of the courtesy call on the evening of the 5th before she left office. The text messages are all in my phone and that is the mode of communication with my DG over similar matters.

“There was no outburst on my part; I was only trying to explain to my DG regarding the courtesy visit and her not dressing to suit the occasion.”

As the reply was received, in utter disregard for the rules, Ewuzie was suspended from office.

It reads: “In view of the seriousness of the offence, you are hereby suspended from office for one week with effect from Monday, 11th August to allow for further investigation.”

When we called Mrs Ewuzie to hear the case directly from her, the understandably terrified civil servant said: “I don’t know who told you and I don’t know you. It is a family matter and I don’t want to get into more trouble.”

When we then contacted Mbanefo to get an explanation to these allegations, she asked to be excused for an hour since she can’t talk where she was. Afterwards calls and messages made to her were not responded to.

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Ecobank Alerts Customers on Sim Card Fraud





Ecobank has once again, raised alarm on the dangers of SIM swap fraud, stressing that fraudsters could use it to impersonate them.

In a message to customers via email, the bank explained that SIM swap fraud occurs when scammers use your phone number to access your accounts.

According to the bank, “Scammers impersonate you and trick your mobile phone’s carrier into activating a SIM card, which gives them control over your phone number. It means scammers could potentially enter your username and password when logging onto your online banking platform and then receive the SMS verification code to access your account.

“Protect yourself against SIM swaps, don’t share personal information that fraudsters could use to impersonate you (such as your mother’s maiden name or birthplace) on social media. Never reveal your logins and passwords for your mobile phone, online bank, or credit card accounts to anyone. Please always report any suspicious activity”.

Ecobank also reminded the customers that the bank will not ask them to provide their personal or financial information, stressing that when they receive an email that includes a link to a website, they should ensure that the website is legitimate before visiting the site.

Ecobank further, urged customers not to respond to emails, SMS and unsolicited calls from people they don’t know asking for your personal or banking information.

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Bribery: UK court restricts Diezani’s movement, EFCC begins extradition




A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Monday, appeared before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in the United Kingdom over an alleged £100,000 bribe.

The district judge, Michael Snow, granted Alison-Madueke a £70,000 bail.

Snow further imposed other terms on Alison-Madueke including an 11 pm to 6 am curfew, an electronic tag to be worn by her at all times and a £70,000 surety to be paid before she could leave the court building.

Although she did not formally enter a plea, her attorney, Mark Bowen, informed the court that she would plead not guilty, Reuters reported.

Her next court appearance will be on October 30 at Southwark Crown Court, which deals with serious criminal cases.

In August, the UK’s National Crime Agency said it suspected that Alison-Madueke had accepted bribes in return for awarding multi-million-pound oil and gas contracts.

In a statement published on its website, NCA said the ex-Nigeria minister “is alleged to have benefitted from at least £100,000 in cash, chauffeur-driven cars, flights on private jets, luxury holidays for her family, and the use of multiple London properties.

“Her charges also detail financial rewards, including furniture, renovation work and staff for the properties, payment of private school fees, and gifts from high-end designer shops such as Cartier jewellery and Louis Vuitton goods.”

In March 2023, the NCA also provided evidence to the US Department of Justice that enabled them to recover assets totalling $53.1m linked to Diezan’s alleged corruption.

Head of the NCA’s international corruption unit, Andy Kelly, said the “charges are a milestone in what has been a thorough and complex international investigation. Bribery is a pervasive form of corruption, which enables serious criminality and can have devastating consequences for developing countries. We will continue to work with partners here and overseas to tackle the threat,” Kelly added.

Diezani was the minister of petroleum resources from 2010 to 2015 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Shortly before Jonathan handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, she left the country for the UK.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alleged that the former minister stole $2.5bn from the Nigerian government while she was a minister.

Efforts by the EFCC to arraign her have been unsuccessful as she has not returned to Nigeria since 2015. But the anti-graft agency said on Monday that it had commenced an extradition process to bring Diezani back to Nigeria to face trial.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, said, “The EFCC welcomes, with keen interest, the arraignment of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, at the Westminister’s Court in London, United Kingdom, following alleged bribery allegations.

“Although the charges preferred against her at the London court, are diametrically different from the 13 counts, bordering on money laundering that the EFCC has raised against her, it is instructive to note that criminality is criminality, irrespective of jurisdictional differences. No crime can go unpunished. The money laundering charges for which Madueke is answerable to the EFCC, cover jurisdictions in Dubai, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Nigeria.

“To bring the former Minister to trial in Nigeria, an arrest warrant has been obtained and extradition proceedings have been initiated. The commission is on course on her trial. She will soon have her day in our courts.”


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Mike Adenuga-led Conoil rewards shareholders with N1.73 billion dividend




  • Conoil Plc declares a substantial $2.2 million dividend for fiscal year 2022. 
  • Shareholders to receive N2.5 per share in recognition of Conoil’s outstanding financial performance. 
  • Mike Adenuga’s leadership drives Conoil’s profit before tax up by 60% in 2022.

Leading petroleum marketing firm Conoil Plc, headed by the third-richest man in Nigeria and multibillionaire businessman Mike Adenuga, has declared a sizeable dividend distribution to shareholders of N1.73 billion ($2.2 million).

The $2.2-million payment, which is the last dividend for Conoil’s fiscal year 2022, is equivalent to N2.5 ($0.00319) per share for all 693,952,117 of the company’s outstanding common shares.

At Conoil’s 53rd Annual General Meeting, which took place on September 22, 2023, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, shareholders accepted this choice.

According to the information reaching us, the final dividend, which recognizes Conoil’s outstanding financial performance in its 2022 fiscal year, will be deposited to shareholders’ accounts on September 29, 2023.

Conoil’s profit before tax increased dramatically under Adenuga’s direction, rising from N3.83 billion ($4.9 million) in 2021 to N6.13 billion ($7.84 million) in 2022 while confronting various obstacles and a challenging working environment. During the same period, earnings after tax rose by an equally astounding 60%, from N3.08 billion ($3.94 million) to N4.96 billion ($6.35 million).

The increasing profitability of the petroleum-marketing subsector boosted Conoil’s profits per share to N7.14 ($0.0091), a stunning 60.8 percent rise over the N4.44 ($0.00568) generated in 2021.

The company’s board of directors decided to approve a final dividend of $2.2 million, or N2.5 ($0.00319) per share, as a result of this exceptional achievement.

Conoil has strengthened its position as a major player in Nigeria’s petroleum marketing sector under the shrewd leadership of Adenuga. The business is well known for its proficiency in the marketing of a variety of lubricants sold under the “Quarto” brand, including diesel, kerosene, gasoline, aviation fuel, and other liquids.

Adenuga, a well-known telecom tycoon and one of Africa’s wealthiest billionaires, continues to have majority ownership in the oil marketing firm of 74.4 percent, or 516,298,603 shares, further solidifying his position as a key player in the continent’s oil sector.

Conoil’s dedication to providing value to its shareholders and its tenacity in overcoming obstacles in the Nigerian market are both shown by this dividend payment.

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