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Governor Kwankwaso Finally Opened Up On Why They Chose Sanusi

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Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday opened up on why Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was chosen as the new Emir of Kano among the three princes who jostled for the throne.

Sanusi, a former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, was appointed on Sunday. He beat the two other contenders who were on the kingmakers’ nomination list, namely District Head of Gwale Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero and Wamban Kano Alhaji Abbas Sanusi. Protests erupted after the new emir’s name was announced, with bonfires being set up on some streets in Kano.
Speaking during the presentation of letter appointment to the new emir, the Kano State governor said Sanusi was chosen because of his exposure, competence and experience.
“God in his infinite mercy the name of his royal highness, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was among the three people nominated by the kingmakers,” Kwankwaso said, denying reports that Sanusi’s name was not on the list submitted by the kingmakers.
“We chose him because of his exposure, competence, experience and having lineage to the throne, as the culture and the norms of the emirate provided, the Kano state government decided to select him as the new emir of Kano.
“As you have seen and heard, our meeting of yesterday (Sunday) June 8 followed the previous one held on Saturday June 7, with the kingmakers where we decided to meet again yesterday, Sunday.
“But some enemies of this state and our government went before we even met and politicised this issue and aired it on television and radio stations when we didn’t even sit down and discuss the contestants to the throne.
“My attention was drawn to the development when we are about to enter into meeting with these kingmakers who guided me and in my capacity as the governor of Kano State. I studied their recommendations and selected His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano.”
Kwankwaso said the appointment had nothing to do with politics, as is being alleged.
“Some people thought the appointment of emir is politics when it is not. Only Allah knows who has large number of supporters among those that indicated interest on the throne because this doesn’t require a vote as done in electing a governor,” he said.
“The laws and rules of selecting an emir don’t require the people to cast their vote. It is the kingmakers that will advise the governor, and the governor as Allah wishes has selected the one chosen by Allah as the emir.” Kwankwaso called on the district head, village and wards heads to accept the appointment as the will of Allah.


The governor also announced that the government has built a new home to relocate the family of the late emir Ado Bayero from the palace.
“Our government has built a house for the late emir’s family in Sharada quarters and today the commissioner of works will hand over the keys to the family of the late emir for those that are interested in living in the house,” he said.
“We are ready to build new structures in the palace for family members of the late emir that wishes to stay in the palace. We are ready to do anything possible to ensure that the family of the late monarch lives comfortably with dignity.”
On the protest over the selection of the new emir, Kwankwaso said, “I am advising those paying these young children to be setting bonfires on the street as it is not a good thing to do.
“For the past 20 years that I am in politics and having governed the state twice I never sponsored somebody to be a thug. We are warning them to desist from doing so.
“Some people are saying that His Highness name wasn’t in the list, I will like to inform them that his name was not only in the list but among the top names in that list.”

– Daily Trust

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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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N24Billion Fraud: Appeal Court Okays Trial Of Ex-Accountant General, Otunla, After Refunding N6.4 Billion To Nigerian Government

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja has set aside the judgment of a lower court barring the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from initiating either civil or criminal proceedings against former Accountant-General of the Federation, AG-F, Jonah Oguniyi Otunla.

In a judgment, a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal marked: CA/A/657/2021, on Monday, January 30, 2023, held that Otunla failed to prove that there was actually a non-prosecution agreement between him and the EFCC.

The court upheld the arguments of the lawyer for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Sylvanus Tahir, SAN, and resolved the four issues, identified for determination, in favour of the Commission.

 

Justice Danlami Senchi, who read the judgment, noted that Otunla did not provide any written commitment, except his words and that of his lawyer, that such an agreement existed.

Justice Senchi held that Otunla could not halt his prosecution by merely claiming that there was an agreement, which existence he failed to establish with any credible evidence.

 

“In the instant case, there is no evidence to support the pleading of the respondent (Otunla) that he will not be prosecuted; that criminal or civil proceedings should not be instituted or initiated against him.

“There is no plea bargain or any documentary evidence relating to the President Panel for the Recovery of Funds. On the whole, the appeal is meritorious and it is allowed. The judgment of the Federal High Court, in suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/2321/2021 delivered on the 16th day of July 2021 delivered by honourable Justice I. E. Ekwo is hereby set aside,” he said.

 

Other members of the panel – Justices Stephen Adah and Elfreda Williams-Daudu – agreed with the lead judgment.

The EFCC investigated Otunla in relation to two cases: The alleged diversion of about N24 billion meant for disengaged staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and the N2 billion allegedly received from the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.

 

In July 2021, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja upheld Otunla’s claim of an existing verbal agreement between him and the then-acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, that he would not be prosecuted if he made a refund to the Federal Government.

Justice Ekwo, in the 2021 judgment on the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/2321/2021 filed by Otunla, held among others, that, in view of the assurance given to him by Magu, which informed his refund of the money, he could no longer be prosecuted for his actions while in office between 2011 and 2015.

 

Otunla had, in an affidavit, claimed that Magu promised him that he would not be prosecuted should he return funds traced to him and companies linked to him and his associates.

He stated that sometime in 2015, he was invited by a team of EFCC investigators to probe the alleged diversion of funds from the office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, pension funds. Otunla said he later met with Magu, in the course of the investigation, when the then acting EFCC chair told him in person to “refund the monies linked to your companies and nobody will prosecute you.”

 

He said, based on Magu’s promise, he had a reconciliatory meeting with the team of investigators, where he immediately undertook to make available some funds as refunds.

In line with the agreement, Otunla said one of the companies linked to him – Stellar Vera Development Ltd – refunded N750 million, another company – Damaris Mode Coolture Ltd – refunded N550 million, while the two firms later made an additional joint refund of N2,150,000,000.00 (Two billion, One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only).

 

He added at a point, he raised several managers’ cheques for N10 million in favour of the EFCC, which he handed to the Economic Governance Section.

Otunla said, in all, he made a refund of N6,392,000,000.00 (Six Billion, Three Hundred and Ninety-Two Million Naira only) to the Federation Account through the EFCC.

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