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N108bn fraud: EFCC keeps mum on Akpabio’s probe

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has refused to comment on the case of alleged fraud involving a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio.

Akpabio first came under investigation in 2015 following accusations that he diverted over N100bn from the oil-rich state between 2007 and 2015, an allegation which he has denied.

According to an interim report by the EFCC, the former governor allegedly gave a bank N1.4bn for unknown reasons.

A school, St. John Paul II School, in Shelter Afrique, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, allegedly belonging to Unoma, Akpabio’s wife, was subsequently seized by the EFCC in 2017.

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When contacted last week, however, the EFCC’s acting Head, Media and Publicity, Mr Tony Orilade, said he would find out if the matter was still under investigation and respond accordingly.

He said, “I have not been able to find out from the relevant officer. Please, can you give me till tomorrow (Tuesday)?”

However, subsequent calls by our correspondent were not answered.

Akpabio was alleged to have in 2013 paid N566, 883, 728.66, N441, 808,081.90 and N392, 631,943.37 as gifts to a new generation bank.

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The investigation is being handled by the Counter-Terrorism and General Investigation Section of the anti-graft agency.

The allegations against Akpabio border on the award of bogus contracts to cronies who used the proceeds to buy several properties in Lagos and Abuja.

The allegations include the alleged withdrawal of N18bn fraudulently from the state’s Federal Accounts Allocation Committee in tranches of N10m and above in a surreptitious manner to conceal their dishonest intention; spending of over N50bn state funds by the former governor during the last general elections; and alleged withdrawal of N18bn from the state’s coffers under the guise of special services, reception of very important guests and sundry items.

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The ex-governor is also under probe for allegedly acquiring of some assets through surrogates, including a multi-billion naira mansion at Plot 5, Ikogosi Spring Close, off Katsina-Ala Crescent, Maitama-Abuja; a multi-billion naira mansion at Plot 28 Colorado Close, Maitama, Abuja; 22 Probyn Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; Plot 23 Olusegun Aina Street, Parkview, Lagos and a multi-billion naira 25-storey building at Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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Edo 2020: APC admonishes supporters against violence

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday admonished its supporters in Edo against violence before, during, and after the Sept. 19 state governorship election.

Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, gave the advice in Benin at the official commencement of APC’s 2020 Edo governorship campaign.

“We are here to win and not to fight,” he said.

Buni said he and members of his entourage were in the state to present the party’s governorship candidate before the party’s teeming supporters.

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The caretaker committee chairman, who is also the governor of Yobe, added that they were also in Edo to ensure that the party takes back its mandate in the state.

He noted that with the crowd seen at the campaign ground he had no doubt that the party would be voted for in the forthcoming election slated for Sept. 19.

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Buni advised also that the supporters must ensure that their votes count.

Similarly, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said the APC Campaign Council for the election had concluded arrangements for a successful election in the state.

Ganduje who is the council chairman advised APC supporters on the need to create an enabling environment for the party’s candidate to win.

He commended the party’s election committee for a job well done.

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Also, the party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, gave assurances that they would win the election in all the state’s 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

“I thank the party’s national leadership for coming out in a grand way to identify with the APC in this state,” he said.

The candidate disclosed that the party in the state would from Monday embark on campaigning from one LGA to the other.

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Edo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 has called on political parties participating in the Edo 2020 election to go about their campaigns peacefully.

The Royal Majesty made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin on Saturday.

The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, was in Benin for the official flag-off of the party’s campaign for its Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state.

He called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.

“There is nothing as powerful as prayers.

“As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,” the monarch said.

Oba Ewuare also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.

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He said, “We remain non-partisan because of the laid down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.

“We see every candidate as our child and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.

“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.’’

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Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.

Buni was optimistic that APC would reclaim the state come Sept. 19.

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PDP State Congress: Smooth sail for all contestants in Bauchi

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Contestants in Saturday’ s State Congress of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi are having smooth sail as all of them are vying unopposed, reports the Newsmen.
No fewer than 2,153 delegates are expected to cast their votes, in spite of the lack of opponents that will slug it out to produce 39 officials to occupy various positions in the State Executive Committee of the party.
In his remarks before the commencement of proceedings, the congress  Returning Officer,  Amb. Umar Damagun assured that the process would be free and fair.
He said that all the positions being contested were unopposed but for justice and fairly, votes would be cast to enable the contestants and party delegates to exercise their franchise.
He assured that the committee would adhere to the provisions of the party constitution and standing rules.
Also speaking, Malam Ibrahim Shira, a chieftain of the PDP,  commended the party for ensuring proper organization of the congress.
NAN reports that the voting commences at about 2:00 p.m,  under tight security and in the presence of stakeholders, such as the representatives of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant bodies.
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