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Photos: CHRSJ to sue EFCC, three banks over Lagos contractor’s frozen accounts

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The Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) is set to sue the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and three Nigeria banks over an alleged illegal freezing of bank accounts belonging to one Engineer Olufemi Emmanuel Olajide, a Lagos based Contractor.

Engineer Olajide is said to be the Chairman/Managing Director, OFEM A Construction Company Limited, Ikorodu, Lagos.

A statement signed by the group’s Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, on Tuesday said the banks involved in the case are Access, Heritage and Zenith banks.

The rights group also gave 14-days ultimatum to the anti-graft body and banks to unconditionally unfreeze the contractor’s five accounts.

The statement said the group would not hesitate, after the expiration of the ultimatum, to approach the Court of Law to seek redress for Engineer Olajide, saying that since illegal frozen of the accounts, the EFCC and the Banks have made life unbearable for the contractor and his entire household.

The statement further said the EFCC’s decision to freeze the accounts without a thorough investigation amounted to an abuse of due process, diligent investigation and disrespect to the fundamental human right to a fair hearing.

It added that the EFCC and the banks’ actions were illegal, unconstitutional, satanic, ungodly and abuse of
office/power.

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Comrade Sulaiman who stated that the EFCC unjustly blocked the Zenith Bank Account with number:1012808033, belonging to OFEM A Construction Company Limited, Zenith Bank Account with number:1160025847/2002897156, Access Bank with number:0717257960 and Heritage Bank with number:1000504714, all belonging to Engineer Olajide.

Meanwhile, a Lagos based Lawyer, Barrister Nurudeen Ogbara, has written a petition to EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, over the frozen accounts.

Copies of the petition dated 23 February 2020 were made available to WuzupNigeria on Tuesday.

Part of the Petition Letter of Ogbara Law firm read thus;

“That Tuesday 5th day of February 2019, our clients were seriously astonished and greatly alarmed to discover that the aforementioned four(4) accounts were frozen by EFCC without any Court order or any prior reference to our clients.

“That our Clients were therefore compelled to immediately go to the office of the EFCC at Ikoyi to find out the reason why their said four Accounts were frozen without any lawful justification but no Staff of the Commission was able to give any clue to our clients who kept visiting the EFCC office on daily basis without any explanation for this action.

“That on Monday, the 18th day of February 2019(18/2/2019), our clients Chairman/Managing Director, Engineer Olufemi Emmanuel Olajide was traced from his office in Ikorodu and eventually arrested and taken to EFCC’s
office in Ikoyi where he was detained and subjected to a series of interrogations and deprivations as per the freezing of the aforesaid accounts.

“That our clients confidently responded to all questions he was asked in relation to all the accounts and business initiatives and he confirmed that he submitted a construction bid to the Government of Adamawa State and he was optimistic that his bid would be favourably considered and that he looked forward to doing business with Adamawa
State Government”.

The Letter added that “it was at this stage that the EFCC officers interrogating him realized that our clients were not even aware that a fraud had been committed in connection with the contract issue but the said officers still kept our clients in the dark and in detention while they claimed to continue to investigate the fraud”.

It was learnt that Engineer Olajide was transferred to the Zonal Office of the EFCC in Gombe where he was illegally detained for few days before he was given an administrative bail and since then, he has been urging the anti-graft body to defreeze his accounts through a Letter dated 12th of November,2019 because he has nothing to do with
acclaimed fraud.

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But investigation conducted by CHRSJ revealed that Engineer Olajide was innocent of the whole issue and he was just a victim of circumstances orchestrated by the immediate past Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Adamawa State,who has vested interest in the same construction contract for his friend.

But when the former Attorney- General realized that the State government had concluded arrangement to give the construction contract to the Construction Company of Engineer Olufemi Emmanuel Olajide, he just used his position then to drag EFCC into the matter that lead to the unjust arrest and subsequent interrogation of Olajide with the aim
of stopping the State government from giving the contract to the Lagos based Ofem A Construction Company which the then Commissioner for Justice was achieved.

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Sulaiman who doubles as a Convener, Save Lagos Group (SLG), therefore, urged the Acting Executive Chairman of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, to give immediate directive to the aforementioned banks to unfreezing the affected bank
accounts without delaying.

Adamawa Govt receipt NURUDEEN OGBARA LETTER 2 OGBARA LETTER 1

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COVID-19: South Africa reopens restaurants as cases rise

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“I am breathing again,” sighs Kanto Razafimandimby, on her first night out since South Africa reopened its restaurants and casinos as part of a gradual loosening of lockdown, even as the number of coronaviruses continues to rise.

“It really feels like my freedom is back,” said the 27-year-old dining with three friends at Verdicchio Restaurant and Wine Cellar in northern Johannesburg suburb of Fourways.

Saturday marked the 100th day of lockdown for South Africa, which has imposed some of the strictest stay-at-home measures in the world since March 27 in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Nevertheless, the number of infections is rising daily by the thousands and the country now has the highest number of cases on the continent — 177,124, including 2,952 deaths.

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Professor sacked for saying ‘slavery was not genocide’

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Canterbury Christ Church University has bowed to pressure from students and labour unions to sack Historian David Starkey after the visiting professor claimed in an interview that ‘slavery was not genocide’ because ‘so many damn blacks live in Africa and Britain.’

The 75-year-old academic who is a visiting professor at the university made the comments during an online interview with Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes for YouTube channel Reasoned UK.

During the interview, Starkey said:

“Slavery was not genocide, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or in Britain, would there? An awful lot of them survived and again there’s no point in arguing against globalisation or Western civilisation. They are all products of it, we are all products of it.

“The honest teaching of the British Empire is to say, quite simply, it is the first key stage of our globalisation. It is probably the most important moment in human history and it is still with us.”

The interview sparked a backlash online, even British-Nigerian historian David Olusoga reacted, tweeting,

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‘This is truly disgusting. And by the same ridiculous, twisted logic the Holocaust would not be counted as a genocide.’

The university has now put out a statement announcing the professor’s sack while apologizing to students and staff of the school.

In a statement today Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam College said:

“The Master has accepted Dr David Starkey’s resignation of his honorary fellowship with immediate effect.

“Fitzwilliam prides itself in leading the way in Cambridge in opening access to higher education for under-represented groups. Our student and academic bodies are diverse and welcoming to all. We do not tolerate racism.

“Honorary fellows have the same responsibility as all members of our college to uphold our values.”

Vice-chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University Professor Rama has also apologised.

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He said:

“Widely reported comments by historian David Starkey during a recent online interview are, in our view, completely unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our university and community. We have therefore terminated, with immediate effect, Dr Starkey’s visiting professorship.

“I would like to say sorry to colleagues and students who will have been offended and upset by such comments of this appalling nature, and in particular in these challenging and difficult times for us all.”

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My husband throws condoms used on his girlfriend in my face, wife tells court

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A 60-year-old Zambian woman has told the court that she would reconcile with her 89-year-old husband if only he undergoes an HIV test.

According to the woman, her husband throws used condoms in her face whenever he came back from having sex with other women.

“My 89-yr-old husband throws the condoms that he uses on his girlfriend in my face and tells me that I am a worthless person,” she said.

According to the Zambia Observer, the woman identified as Astridah Bwale testified that her 89-yr-old  husband, Rodrick Mwale told her that she stinks and that there were beautiful women out there who were better than her.

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She told the court that she never saw her husband’s salary and he does not buy food for the family.

Astridah alleged that Rodrick only spent money on his girlfriends.

The plaintiff narrated that her husband got his retirement package without her knowledge and that she had no idea how he used the money.

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She also complained that Rodrick had in the last four years been sleeping at his girlfriend’s house and that it was the reason that they did not have sex.

The plaintiff also said that she and her family lived in a house without a roof due to the failure by the defendant to buy roofing sheets.

She told the court that she was willing to reconcile with her 89-yr-old husband as long as he agrees to go for an HIV test.

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Problems between the couple who had nine children started in 1988 after her husband found a job.

Testifying earlier,  Rodrick told the court that problems in their marriage started in 2015 after his wife stopped washing for him.

He told the court that his wife also started starving him sexually and that the two have never had sex since 2015.

Ganerton senior presiding magistrate Nsama Banda reconciled the couple and ordered them to go for an HIV test.

 

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