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HOW EFCC DISGRACED EX-ENUGU FINANCE COMMISSIONER PETER MBAH ON N830M CONTRACT

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Facts have emerged on how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disgraced a former Commissioner of Finance, Enugu State, Mr. Peter Mbah over a petition which misled the commission.

Mbah, who owns Pinnacle and Gas Oil Limited, had in a petition accused a civil engineering firm,
Olyton Nigeria Limited and it’s owner Mr. Oliver Okeregwu, of “criminally diverting” N829.6 million he (Mbah) paid for the construction of a tank farm in Warri, Delta State.

In the petition dated July 17, 2014, and with reference number PLG/17072014/EFCC/0001, Mbah claimed he overpaid Oyton N301.1 million for the tank farm, but that the engineering firm failed to deliver on the project.

He alleged that Olyton initially agreed to build the tank farm for N652.8 million, but later began making further financial demands without completing the contract.

Officials of the EFCC conversant with the issue told
Pointblanknews.com that on receiving the petition, they knew it was a civil matter, but nonetheless invited Olyton’s CEO Oliver Okeregwu for questioning.

“We get hundreds of such petitions everyday. Some people think the EFCC is an agency for-hire to settle personal scores. That’s why we are often very careful whenever we receive such petitions. Most times, it is the case of petitioners trying to dodge financial obligations running to us for cover,” offered a top official.

He continued, “When Olyton CEO Oliver Okeregwu honoured our invitation, we discovered that his company indeed completed the tank farm, but that a disagreement arose over how much Pinnacle Oil should pay for additional civil works such as access roads.

“Rather than settle with Olyton Ltd., the Pinacle Oil boss Mr. Peter Mbah, we believe, managed to hire soldiers guarding neighbouring oil installations to forcefully chase out Olyton workers on their site, seizing their equipment.”

He explained, “When we visited Pinacle Oil and Gas site in Warri, we saw several earthmoving equipment of Olyton submerged in water, with armed soldiers, who initially didn’t want to give us access, standing guard. I doubt if such machines will ever be used again,” stressing, “we wondered why Mbah, who is a lawyer, could so resort to self-help.”

Pointblanknews.com gathered that, upon returning from inspecting the tank farm in Warri, EFCC officials chided Mbah for using a frivolous petition to waste the time and resources of the commission.

“We advised him to settle his outstanding liabilities with the contractor, and that as a young businessman, he should refrain from using backhand tactics to deal with his business associates,” added the official.

Contacted, Olyton MD, Okeregwu affirmed that his company had a disagreement with Pinacle Oil and Gas, and that he lost “so much money and equipment” in the process. He, however, stressed that “we are in court and as a law-abiding citizen, I would rather await the decision of the court than comment on the pages of newspapers.”

Efforts by Pointblanknews.com to get the management of Pinacle Oil officially respond to the matter didn’t yield results. Several text messages and telephone calls to the CEO of the firm weren’t responded to.

However, an official of the company who didn’t want to be quoted, conceded that they used soldiers to chase away Olyton workers, but described the disagreement as “unfortunate.”

He said, “our MD and that of Olyton have been friends right from our MD’s days as Chief of State, and, later, Finance Commissioner in Enugu State. I know that Olyton delivered several fantastic jobs for our MD. I was therefore shocked that this tank farm deal went awry, and the relationship between them so quickly degenerated.

“I think my boss (Mbah) was misled, and I believe he’s since realized that. It is a disagreement between two former close friends. I strongly believe they will reconcile their differences, and whatever my boss owes Olyton will be fully settled,” he assured.

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Kano Ward Executive Council Suspends APC Chairman Abdullahi Ganduje Over Corruption Allegations..

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Says He Must Clear His Name Of Corruption Allegations

Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been suspended by members of his ward, the Ganduje Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State.

The Executive Council of Ganduje Ward led by Haruna Gwanjo made this known during a press briefing in Kano on Monday.

Gwanjo said that the former governor has to clear his name of corruption allegations regarding his long-standing dollar case.

The Kano High Court would arraign Ganduje on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 on charges bordering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.

The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, had said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.

The Kano State Government led by Governor Abba Yusuf, which initiated the criminal suit against the eight respondents, had declared its readiness to present 15 witnesses to testify before Justice Usman Na’aba of State High Court.

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WHY IS ODUNMBAKU BABA ETO’S NAME ON EVERY LIP? 

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By Sesan Lamuye – A Political Analyst

 

Cardinal James Omolaja Odunmbaku, the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) cleric and political engineer, is one of a kind who stands in a unique class of his own.

 

His types don’t happen too commonly. Infact, in our clime, he is a rarity, to have one person clothed in celestial and terrestial robes so fittingly.

Only few of his peers can honestly say they don’t envy his sartorial elegance whenever he appears in his ecumenical garments. And when he sheds that, to adorn the political regalia, he’s also a people’s delight.

 

Few of his type readily come to mind anywhere – in Africa or in any continent. I think of Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and, elegantly speaking, Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus who ruled from both the pulpit and the polity in his life time.

 

Odunmbaku, better known as “Baba Eto”, is a mortal, but given the extraordinary gift of the garb and demonstrable style that is uniquely his own, he’s fast assuming the status of an indispensable human specie.

 

His type acquire larger than life status that is bound to attract positivity and negativity.

Those who are enamoured of him present to the world a cult-like image of him. To them, he can do no wrong. One such person, before the satanic instinct in man, reared its ugly head in him, was so fanatical of the man, Eto, he registered some of his personal vehicles “Aremo”, for which he used to tell those who cared to know, that he was “heir-apparent” to Eto. Today, that person is singing new tunes, as if his new listeners cannot decipher sychophancy and crass opportunism in his new drumbeats.

 

Another was said to have appeared at a political interview panel where, when asked what credentials she had to seek a position, she matter-of-factly told the panelists “Eto”. And when repeatedly asked what qualifications did she have to think she was fit for the job, she retorted: ” Eto ! Eto !! Eto !!!

That secured the job for her !

 

Such a person is bound to attract envy, jealousy and disdain, dislike, or even hatred to himself. That is the fate of Baba Eto !

 

There must be something extra going for the “priestly-politico” that the talent-discoverer, otherwise known as Bola Ahmed Tinubu, identified him to drive his gubernatorial campaign in Lagos State; and has ever since held on to him so fanatically that he has solely led the campaign of other guber candidates like Babatunde Raji Fashola, Akunwunmi Ambode and Babajide Sanwoolu to roaring successes.

 

If beneficiaries of Baba Eto’s gifts turn round to paint scurrilous pictures of the man, such people can only be consigned to the dustbin in which immortal Chief Obafemi Awolowo put those he described as ingrates of his large-ness of heart. As the late sage declared: ” There’s no escape for those who deny benefits”

 

Let the person without any blemish come out and cast the first stone. If we put aside belly-aching, jealousy and such-like vices, you cannot encounter Odunmbaku, Baba Eto, on the pulpit or the political rostrum and not doff your hats for this quintessential orator, mobiliser and professor of political mobilisation.

 

If some see him negatively from the positive binoculars with which Tinubu and many more view Baba Eto, then such minority must be wearing blurry blinkers in their faces.

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Just In: Bobrisky Sentenced To 6-Month Jail Term Without Option Of Fine Over Naira Abuse

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Instagram crossdresser, Idris Okuneye popularly know as Bobrisky has been sentenced to 6-month jail term by Justice A.O Awogboro of the Federal high court, Ikoyi.

 

It was earlier reported that Bobrisky was Arraigned and charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for abuse of the Naira note.

 

 

 

More details to come …..

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