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Suspect Sponsors False N10B Allegations Against EFCC Official

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More facts have emerged over allegations of corruption levelled against a senior official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Madaki claiming that he owned 474 hectares of land in Nasarawa State worth N10 billion, a N450 mansion worth of house in Wuse 2 and another N200 million worth of house for his girl friend in Wuse Zone 4,

Investigations revealed that the news report on the allegations are unfounded, cheap blackmail, total falsehood and deliberate attempt to bring the image of the official into disrepute

Findings carried out however revealed that the land at Anwan Sarkin Mada was sold to Madaki by his cousin ,Muazu Ishaq a retired Permanent secretary for N700,000 which payment was made in three installment. The land at Angwan Chediya as it was indicated in survey published in the news was purchased from one late Alh Zakari Jibirin through his friends Alh Abbas Ibrahim, Bagobiri and Abdullaziz Badamasi a.k.a Soja for N600,000 between 2011 and 2012 payment was completed.

While the land at Angwan Kyero along Madubi Road was purchased in ,2010 from Magajin Garin Bagaji, Kasimu Yahaya through his first son, Hamza kasimu for N150,000.The payment was made through Gaskiya Auta the present APC chairman Karu local Govt and the total cost of these lands was 1.45M as against the purported N10B claimed in the news report being published in some sections of the media especially the online media.This was confirmed by the vendors and some of their witnesses.

Our investigations further revealed that the lands at Angwan Monday and Angwan Saka belong to Madaki dynasty, the man behind the false report dubiously collected the survey plans from the family surveyor one Bature Musa and changed the survey name to Madaki after he had cajoled Bature that some Generals wanted to buy large hectares of lands and they preferred individual well known to represent the family preferably Alh Abubakar Aliyu Madaki.

In an interview with the Magajin Garin Keffi Alhaji Balarabe Ismaila na Kaibo who is the family Head of Maje Gunduma family, he disclosed that when he was asked to chose someone to represent the family he agreed that the name of Abubakar be used to sell the land as he, Magajin Gari is bed riden hence he chose Madaki to represent the family

He claimed that the family has vast hectares of land saying from keffi to Gitata all the land belong to Maje Gunduma include “where Army Barracks is located in Keffi is our family land you can go and cross-check the fact from the authority” The family Head said

On the N450 million mansion in Wuse claimed to had been owned by Madaki and another N200 million house bought for his lady friend, the writer failed to establish the exact address of the house in Wuse 2 as well as the seller of the house; how payment was made, which bank executed the transaction, colour and picture of the house in question among other details that would aid independent and proper investigation.

Secondly, the writer also failed to mention the name of the lady, the address of the house, mode of payment and the bank that carried out the transaction

Check revealed that Madaki has only a car and he used to come from Keffi to his office in Abuja every day while he uses his only Toyota highlander Sport Utility Van ( SUV)for his office work and for other run around activities.

One of the commission operatives who preferred anonymity said that the senior operative could not pay school fees of one of his children in the Nasarawa state University till the school closed its portal. He said when the commission chairman, Ibrahim Mustapha Magu heard of the development he shouted and felt bad

Further investigation also revealed that the poultry farms was inherited from his late Father who was a prominent farmer.Our correspondent who visited the farms reported that the farming activities there were generally declined due to financial constraints.

The poultry farm with almost ten pegs ,only three pegs were in used with 4,000 birds as against 15000-20000 that his late daddy used to rear . Indications also showed that cattle rustlers struck recently in his farm and made away with 71 cows out of 91 cows in the farms.

Investigations carried out in Madaki’s village- Gunduma and within the anti-graft commission revealed that the brain behind the purported news was a man who has some projects worth over N3B in Gunduma but the commission is investigating the source of his wealth in which he erroneously believed that it was Madaki’s who instigated the probe.

When our correspondent visited Gunduma in Karu local government reports indicated that the man’s projects was located along Keffi-Jos road after Army Barracks. The man who came to invest in the area initially told the villagers that the project was filling station, later he said bakery , at a stage he turned it to an estate but presently the man said it is a private university, the development however confused the villagers on whether the man really knows what he is doing.

A source within the commission who narrated how the man behind the purported news taught Madaki masterminded his probe said one Monday when madaki was coming to office from home in Keffi , there was gridlock and he called one of his colleagues Hamza Abdullahi in the office to hold forth for him at the meeting but later said the commission has sent him out not knowing the operative and his colleagues were going to Madaki’s village, gunduma to carry out investigation on the man .

Madaki was said to be at the meeting when the man called and told him that EFCC were in his house at Gunduma while Madaki inquired who were the operatives but he said he was in Abuja so, when he got to Gunduma he called and handed over the set to the operatives who turned out to be Hamza, Madaki told Hamza that he was going to his village for operation and he did not brief him but Hamza said he never know the place to be Madaki’s village .

According to the source ,Madaki however advised that they should do their work according to the law and not to harass anyone and he equally advised the man to corporate with the operatives. Around 4pm the man called Madaki and said that they have finished their work but they insisted they were taking him to Abuja ,Madaki pleaded with Hamza so that the man would not be detained and the man was released after writing his statement

It was gathered that the next day the man called Madaki instead of showing appreciation accused him of sending EFCC operatives to his house and madaki denied since then the man has embarked on campaigns of calumny against Madaki, vowed to ruin his name even when he sponsored the publication against Madaki, he didn’t hide it as he was sending the news report to many people including Madaki’s uncle, cousins and other relations .

Efforts to reach out to the man proved abortive as he was not at Gunduma when our correspondent visited his site and most of people at the site looked very hostile when the reporter asked of the man

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Lagos Lawyer Gboyega Adetunji Delves Into Agriculture, Floats Abundish; A Revolutionary Farm-To-Table Outfit

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Barrister Gboyega Adetunji, a Lagos-based renowned legal practitioner, has ventured into agriculture with the launch of Abundish, a revolutionary farm-to-table service aimed at transforming how Nigerians access fresh, high-quality, and healthy farm produce.

 

Abundish is committed to offtake directly from farmers and supply to consumers promoting sustainable agricultural practices, and ensuring fair market value for produce.

 

The innovative platform offers a subscription-based model, allowing customers to customize their experience and receive curated selections of fresh, seasonal produce delivered conveniently to their homes.

 

“I’m thrilled to embark on this new journey, combining my passion for sustainable living and community development,” said Barrister Adetunji, Founder and CEO of Abundish.

 

“Our goal is to empower farmers, support local economies, and provide healthy, fresh produce to consumers while reducing food wastage and promoting sustainable practices.”

 

“Abundish is more than just a bridge,” says Barr. Gboyega Adetunji.

 

“We are a movement bringing fresh, high-quality produce whether cash or food crops directly from the farm to the end consumer, cutting out unhygienic produce, reducing landing costs of produce, and the convenience of doorstep delivery it affords our customers. This does not only benefits our customers, but also supports sustainable agricultural practices, grows the naira and local economies, and also empowers the farmers who nourish our communities.

 

Reacting to what inspires his diversification, Barr. Gboyega said “I’d always wanted to have my little farm that can cater for at least 80% of my consumption, but then I realized how impactful it would be if this practice could be extended to others, hence the creation of the Abundish brand”

 

When asked what sets Abundish apart from its counterparts, Barr. Gboyega said, “Abundish offers a unique subscription model, allowing customers to customize their experience and receive a curated selection of the freshest seasonal produce delivered conveniently to their homes. By bypassing traditional distribution channels, Abundish reduces food waste, ensures peak freshness for consumers and the amount of time doing tedious work of purchase and clean up”.

 

“Abundish offer fresh farm produce at fair market value, championing food security with sustainable practices” he added.

 

At Abundish, we are not just passionate about delivering farm-fresh produce, we are committed to creating a positive impact on our world. That is why we operate with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mind, striving for a more sustainable, equitable, and food-secure future.

 

Join The Abundish Movement, visit www.abundish.info to learn more about Abundish, and subscribe to receive the freshest produce delivered at your convenience.

 

Follow Abundish on social media platforms for behind-the-scene farm footage, exclusive offers, recipes, and our social impact initiatives.

 

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US-based Nigerian Jailed 41 Months For Operating Illegal Money Transmitting Business; Funds Wired To Lagos Bank

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A Nigerian man based in the United States Oluwafemi Osinowo has been sentenced to 41 months in a federal prison after he was convicted of operating an illegal money transmitting business.

 

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. in a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana on Monday, announced that Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick also sentenced Osinowo, 35, of Miami, Florida, to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

 

According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, from December 2016 to January 2019, Osinowo operated an unlicensed money transmitting business.

 

He confessed that he conducted foreign currency exchange business without complying with required federal registration requirements.

During the course of operating the business, money was transmitted from third parties from the Middle District of Louisiana and elsewhere to bank accounts located in Miami, Florida.

 

Once the money was in the bank accounts in Miami, Florida, an individual acting as an agent of Osinowo’s business wired the money to a bank in Lagos, Nigeria. Those wire transfers included approximately 51 separate transmissions in the aggregate total of approximately $722,177.

 

 

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‘Stolen’ $6.2m: What Emefiele Told Us In Kuje Prison – Investigators

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One of the investigators handling the case of $6,230,000 allegedly stolen from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on February 8, 2023, has revealed what Godwin Emefiele, immediate past governor of the apex bank, told them at Kuje prison.

The former CBN governor, who is standing trial on an alleged 20-count amended charge, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was once remanded at Kuje prison.

He was alleged to have engaged in criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to obtain by false pretence and obtaining money by false pretence when he served as central bank chief.

In an affidavit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, one of the investigators, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, gave details of investigators’ findings and progress made so far.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police was quoted to have said: “We visited Kuje Correctional Centre, where we interviewed Godwin Emefiele, who purportedly approved the memos authorising the payment, as then CBN gov and he denied seeing, talk less of approving such memos.

“We also arrested some concerned staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who denied any involvement in the crime, before we finally arrested Bashirudeen Maishanu, who corroborated the account of Abdulmajeed Muhammad and further confessed to have been involved in the crime which, according to him was perpetrated by himself and the first to third defendants/respondents – Adamu Abubakar, Imam Abubakar and Odoh Eric Ocheme.

“Bashiru Maishanu further confessed that himself, the first and second defendants/respondents (Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar) shared the sum of $2,500,000.00 from the stolen money, while the third defendant/respondent (Odoh Eric Ocheme), being a fellow staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, kept the balance of $3,730,000.00 claiming that he had other interests to settle in the CBN.

“Bashirudeen Maishanu further confessed that both himself, and the first and second defendants/respondents jointly invested the United States dollars equivalent of the sum of N1, 440,000,000.00 into real estate business of Afrolyk Global Ltd.

“The Managing Director of the said Afrolyk Ltd, Aminu Lawal has been arrested and he confirmed the investment by Bashirudeen Maishanu, Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar, and already refunded the sum of $200 000 00 to the Special Investigator’s team as part of the money he (Aminu Lawal) received as part of the purported investment.

“Cash of about $400,000 00 has also been voluntarily returned by Bashiru Maishanu from part of his remaining share of the money in question. The money (the $6,230,000) was received in cash from the Central Bank at Nigeria and also shared in the same cash by the defendants/respondents and others, making it difficult to trace the monies without arresting the defendants/respondents.

“It was later revealed that the third defendant – Odoh Eric Ocheme – was the Personal Assistant to Godwin Emefiele as the CBN governor while the first and second defendants (Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar) are businessmen and associates of Bashirudeen Maishanu.”

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