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How Abia Assembly compromised investigative panel reports on N200m Micro Finance Fraud – Group

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A group under the aegis of Abia Integrity Group on Thursday said the Abia House of Assembly led by Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji some months ago in a widely advertised siting set up a committee headed by Hon. Barr Jerry Uzosike and others to investigate the alleged misappropriation of N200m that was meant for the Abia Small and medium scale Micro finance bank in the 17 local government areas of Abia state.

The group alleged that Abians were excited that at last the state and Abians will know the story behind the non existing Abia Micro finance bank that the government of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has always trumpeted as one the achievements towards lifting the youth out of poverty.

“We started sensing normal government efforts towards compromising the committee when the second day siting was cancelled and media representatives sent out and advised not to show up again.”

“This was followed by the man at the centre of the storm, Hon Chinenye Nwogu the Special Adviser to the Governor on inter governmental affairs and State focal person on federal social investment Programmes reaching out to concerned Abians and legislators preaching for them to see reason and calm down on their positions as some key people in government were in the picture of what transpired in the N200m scam.”

According to the group, the members of the committee especially those in the PDP were not speared of the threat from the executive. Many were told to forget about their second term ambition if they continue on the path they have chosen.”

“Our concern on this report is about the complicity of the opposition members in Abia house of assembly like Hon Obinna Ichita, Hon. Chijioke Chukwu and other members of opposition in that committee.”

“We had expected these non PDP members to use the opportunity provided by this investigative hearing to help strengthen governance structure in the state but we are not disappointed as this has confirmed our position that there is no opposition members in Abia house of Assembly, though we understand good number of these opposition members did not sign the reports, at least we are sure Hon Obinna Ichita did not sign that report as presented by Hon Jerry Uzosike.”

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“We expect a minority report from these members that did not sign or agree with that reports as submitted by Hon. Barr Jerry Uzosike.”

The Posers for the Speaker, Jerry Uzosike and his members are as follows:

1. It’s now clear that either the house committee did not understand their job which shows the level of intelligence of people we have in Abia house of assembly or they were bought over and completely compromised.

2. Abians were almost begging for this committee to send in their report after 8 months and what we are presented with is this poorly, inarticulate, uninspiring report as if all Abians are kindergarten.

The committee failed in the following ways:

a: From the report submitted by the panel to the Abia house of assembly, they stated that N200m was sort by the committee for licensing/ establishment of 17 Muti layer Micro Finance for the 17 local governments in Abia state.

b:This same panel forgot to point out that N108m out of the 200m was used to procure an old licence of a distressed Micro finance bank that had gone into liquidation.

c: They closed their eyes on the fact that new licence is not same as going to buy an old licence without changing to the new name Abia Micro Finance bank if it ever existed .

d: They did not ask for the new approval that gave the Hon Chinenye Nwogu committee the power or right to change from 17 Micro finance new licence to acquisition of old distress bank with its liabilities.

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e: This house committee failed to question why they spent 108m in acquiring one old bank against licence that would have enable Abia operate from 17 local government locations .

f: They decided to ignore the illegality of deceiving Abians especially the youths that, there was an Abia Micro finance bank when in reality and before law there was non .How can the committee ignore such deceit in their final report .

g: They ignored the submission of the Permanent secretary of the ministry of SME Mr Nkwachukwu Agomuo that the approval of the governor was to the Minstry of SME but Chinenye Nwogu committee decided to work with his committee ignoring the main Minstry in the whole disbursement of the N200m.

h: The Jerry Uzosike committee did not find it strange that then Commissioner for small and medium scale enterprise Mr Wachukwu stated in his submissions that he never knew about the existence of the bank as nothing of such was mentioned in the handover note presented to him on assumption of office 3 months earlier and was merely invited a day to the commissioning of the Abia Micro Finance bank at Aba.

i: The committee also deliberately ignored the misnomer in this committee going to the board of internal revenue (BIR)to borrow N200m from Keystone bank ltd on their behalf without recourse to Minstry of finance that is Statutorily allowed by law to borrow money on behalf of the State.

j: The committee did not summon the board of internal revenue to explain why they decided to make themselves a conduit for fruad even when they brandished governors approval for such.

K: The fraud in sourcing a loan of N200m without going through the Minstry of finance as the offical obligo to the State.

L: They failed to understand that there is a unit called Minstry of finance incorporated(MOFI) that is responsible for warehousing State,s investment and equity as done even at the federal level . It’s unfortunate that the civil service rules have gone to the winds under this administration.

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The committee cannot reference any bank statement from Keystone bank to confirm that N38m was paid as the cost of the bank.

The bank statement from Key stone bank would have shown the balance of N92m if any but the committee looked the other way since many among them have been threatened.

The N19m stated as loan repayment in that report is fake. Does it suggest that 19m was deducted from the SME account as loan repayment when BIR we are told paid back monthly from their collections.

The N11m for vechles is also questionable and vague as the number of cars were not stated .

The 8.728.000.00 for plants and equipment is conflicting with N7.263.000.00 for banking software and security infrastructure. These does not add up as some explanations needs to be made .

The 4.166.000.00 for the official commissioning is also questionable. Did they mobilize the entire 17 local government in that day.

If the Micro finance bank had worked for months before now, was it done pro bono as the statement did not mention salaries and emoluments within this period.

As professional accountant, anytime accounts are ending in round figures as seen here, note that there are hiding expense heads being covered up.

In summary, The house committee headed by Jerry Uzosike ,The Speaker Chinenye Nwogu , Emeh Okoro and the entire committee should note that Abains are not satisfied with the report as efforts were not even made to cover this fruad in an unprofessional way.

“Abians are being taken for granted as if we are all morons. We expected more from this committee members as Abians are not that docile as they think”, the statement read.

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Court Restrains Amagba Village From Trespassing On Ize-Iyamu’s Farmland

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The Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City has restrained Amagba village from meddling with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s farmland in the community.

Justice P.A. Akhihiero gave the interim injunction on 21-10-21, in a motion ex-parte filed by Pastor Ize-Iyamu and I. O. Farms Ltd. (Claimants) in the suit marked B/623/2021 with Elder J.B. Omoma and six others as defendants.

The six other defendants are Elder F. Ekhoruromwen, Elder E. Edosomwan, T. Oghadomwangbe, Uyi Emwinmandolo, Hon Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, Peter Erhimwionrose (alias Ebo Amagba) for themselves and on behalf of Amagba village).

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Justice P.A. Akhihiero restrained the defendants from further encroaching, bulldozing, selling or leasing the said land pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

The court also restrained the defendants, its servants, agents and/or proxies from meddling with the said land or demolishing improvements on the land pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

It is widespread knowledge that the farmland in question was legally acquired by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and I. O. Farms Limited between 2009 and 2014 with valid Certificates of Occupancies subsequently issued by the Edo State Government.

By this injunction, the general public is hereby advised to steer clear of the said properties as it will amount to a contempt of court not to do so.

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EndSARS: Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement Sues Lagos Government For N500m

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An Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement, has dragged the Lagos state government to Court for N500 million in Damages after he was gruesomely assaulted and beaten by Police officers and officials of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch (LSNC).

Clement was seen in already viral footage, wailing and crying as police officers pepper sprayed and beat him up before forcefully hauling him into a waiting van. Below is a full statement from Clement’s lawyer, Inibehe Effiong;

“UBER DRIVER ASSAULTED DURING ENDSARS MEMORIAL PROTEST DEMANDS N500M COMPENSATION FOR VIOLATION OF HIS RIGHTS, SEIZURE AND DESTRUCTION OF HIS VEHICLE AND PROSECUTION OF CULPRITS”

“We have written to the Lagos State Government through the Attorney General of Lagos State to demand payment of the sum of N500,000,000 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as compensation to Mr. Adedotun Clement for the gross violation of his fundamental rights to dignity of the human person, personal liberty and property and for the deprivation of his source of livelihood and the destruction of his vehicle.”

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“Adedotun Clement is the innocent Uber driver that was assaulted by some officers of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and Nigeria Police Force during the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.”

“In addition to payment of monetary compensation, we also demanded that disciplinary measures be taken against the culprits who assaulted Adedotun, and that they should be prosecuted in court in line with the Anti-Torture Act and the Criminal Law of Lagos State.”

EndSARS: Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement Sues Lagos Government For N500m

“Also, we are equally demanding a written apology from the state government.”

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“It should be noted that the vehicle of Mr. Adedotun has been returned but in a bad condition. The agents of the state government broke and damaged the front windscreen of his Toyota Corolla. The vehicle was in good condition before it was towed away on Wednesday, 20th October, 2021. But upon reaching where the vehicle was taken to on Friday, 22nd October, 2021, Adedotun saw the destruction done to his vehicle by agents of the state government.”

“The implication is that he cannot use the vehicle to earn a living until it is repaired.”

“My attention has been drawn to the public statement by the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency (LNSA) wherein it is stated that two officers of the agency were subjected to orderly room trial, found guilty of assault and general unruly behaviour and suspended for two months.”

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“While we commend the Lagos State Government for admitting that the conduct of its agents was criminal and unprofessional, we find the two months suspension meted on the two officers grossly insufficient and unacceptable. It is not a deterrence. The officers should be dismissed and diligently prosecuted in a court of law to serve as a deterrence to others.”

“Finally, we are expecting the Lagos State Government to respond to our modest demands within 48 hours or we will have no other option but to commence legal proceedings to seek redress for Adedotun.”

EndSARS: Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement Sues Lagos Government For N500m

EndSARS: Uber Driver, Adedotun Clement Sues Lagos Government For N500m

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Nnamdi Kanu: Malami Playing Politics To Divide Yoruba, Igbo People- HURIWA

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has rejected what it called the persistent double standards in federal government policies and initiatives.

HURIWA said the Federal Government through the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was trying to cause separation between the Yoruba and Igbo nations.

The group was responding to Malami’s claims that the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) was responsible for some disturbances during last year’s End SARS protests in Lagos State.

Malami had said IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu hijacked the EndSARS protest and ordered his followers to kill security operatives.

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However, HURIWA said Malami was playing a politics of divide and rule aimed at segregating the Igbos and Yorubas.

Nnamdi Kanu: Malami Playing Politics To Divide Yoruba, Igbo People- HURIWA

In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA said: “It is possible that the Minister of Justice who is a politician is playing politics of EAST/WEST DIVIDE so as to precipitate political division between Igbo people and the Yoruba and then open up the possibility of retaining power in the North.

“There is a clear evidence of double standards in the area of public prosecution of politically exposed individuals from either north or south. The government, particularly the Ministry of Justice has consistently manifested aversion or lack of enthusiasm towards bringing suspected terrorists from the Northern part of Nigeria to justice but he is always overzealous to charge other persons from the south with certain phantom allegation of of terrorism and the Justice ministry is busy conjuring up half baked allegations to hang it on the necks of either Nnamdi Kanu or Sunday Igboho.

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“A good example will suffice; Nnamdi Kanu versus Certain elements and Divisive leaders of Miyetti Allah that have been quoted in the media for supporting the activities of the armed Fulani herdsmen who are terrorists.”

HURIWA also condemned Malami’s claim about Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Igboho.

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