Today’s Headlines: Buhari Above Financial Scandal – Garba Shehu; N’Assembly leadership; APC Warns Akpabio, Abbas Against Upset

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The Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is above scandal, adding that the president does not have any bank account stashed with corrupt money.

Shehu said this while speaking on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme, noting that his principal has performed well in the fight against corruption.

Some past Nigerian leaders including the former Head of State, Sani Abacha; former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori; and many more have all been charged with financial crimes by the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Economic Financial Crimes Commission, for secretly keeping millions of funds in several accounts locally and internationally.

However, some of these monies have been recovered and returned to the Federal Government.

According to the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index report by Transparency International in January 2023, Nigeria fell four places from 154 out of 180 countries and territories in the latest ranking.

APC Warns Akpabio, Abbas Against Upset

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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Adamu, has advised the party’s endorsed aspirants for the National Assembly leadership positions to be mindful of an upset during the inauguration of the 10th legislature.

Adamu, during a meeting with Senator Godswill Akpabio, endorsed for the Senate presidency and Deputy Senate Presidential aspirant, Jibrin Barau, urged them to arrive early for the inauguration on June 13.

The two favoured candidates led a delegation of 41 senators to the national secretariat in Abuja to brief the party on the progress of their consultation with other aggrieved aspirants, stakeholders and senators in the upper chamber.

Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara in 2015 shunned the party’s directive by arriving early to contest the leadership positions and they emerged as the Senate President and the House of Representative Speaker respectively.

Recalling the incident on Tuesday, Adamu warned that such a scenario must not be allowed to repeat itself, saying ‘once bitten, twice.’

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Benue Honours Orkar, Leaders Of 1990 Coup Against IBB

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The outgoing administration of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday named a 9.7km road connecting Makurdi to Apir after the late Major Gideon Orkar, who was killed by a firing squad for masterminding a failed coup against the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) in 1990.

Orkar, who hailed from Benue State, and his conspirators seized the FRCN radio station, various military posts around Lagos and the Dodan Barracks, Lagos, the military headquarters and presidential Villa.

Babangida was present when the barracks were attacked but managed to escape by a back route.

In his coup address, Orkar called for the excision of five northern states, alleging that the Babangida regime marginalised the South.

However, the coup was crushed by the Babangida regime and Orkar including 41 other coconspirators were tried, convicted of treason and were executed by firing squad on July 27, 1990.

Court Strikes Out Racism Suit Against Seplat CEO

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The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday struck out a suit seeking the removal of the Chief Executive Office of Seplat Energy Plc, Mr Roger Brown, over allegations of racism, favouritism of expatriate workers, discrimination against Nigerians, and breach of good governance.

The suit was filed before Justice C.J. Aneke by five petitioners, namely Moses Igbrude, Sarat Kudaisi, Kenneth Nnabike, Ajani Abidoye, and Robert Ibekwe.

Apart from Brown, also listed as respondents are Seplat Energy Plc and the Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors, Mr Basil Omiyi.

In the suit, the petitioners alleged that Seplat’s affair was being conducted in a manner illegal, oppressive and unfairly prejudicial to the petitioners and other members of Seplat and in total disregard to the interest of the petitioners, other employees, and Seplat as a whole.

The petitioners alleged that Omiyi and the non-executive directors “failed in the discharge of their duties and are unfit to continue to function in the Board of Directors of the first respondent (Seplat).”


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