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EFCC grills ex-DSS DG Ekpenyong who Daura shielded from arrest

Ten months after resisting arrest , the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arrested a former Director -General of the Department of State Services , Mr Ita Ekpenyong , who led the agency from 2010 to 2015 .

Operatives of the DSS had on November 21 , 2017 prevented men of the EFCC from arresting Ekpenyong and a former boss of the National Intelligence Agency , Ayodele Oke.

One of our correspondents, who witnessed the arrest of Ekpenyong at his residence at 46 Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro District , Abuja , reported that EFCC operatives , accompanied by over 20 armed policemen , searched the white mansion for about two hours.

It was , however, learnt that no money was found in the building .

It could not be established if any incriminating document was found in the house .

Around 3. 20 pm, however, Ekpenyong was taken away in a black Toyota Land Cruiser and driven to the head office of the EFCC in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja .
A source at the EFCC said , “The search was not as fruitful as we had expected it to be because the man had 10 months to dispose of all evidences. We are , however, questioning him and we will get more information . ”

When contacted on the telephone , the spokesman for the EFCC , Mr Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed Ekpenyong’ s arrest . He , however, declined to provide more information .

“ The former DSS boss was brought in this afternoon. He is currently in our custody , ” Uwujaren said.

Ekpenyong was , however, released a few hours later to return on Friday for another round of questioning .

Ekpenyong , it was learnt, was under investigation as part of a larger probe into how billions of naira was transferred from the Central Bank of Nigeria to the DSS and the National Intelligence Agency in the build -up to the 2015 general elections .

While $ 289,202, 382 (N57 . 8bn at the time) was given to the NIA, about N20 bn was handed to the Department of State Services .

The funds were approved by the embattled former National Security Adviser , Col. Sambo Dasuki ( retd. ), reportedly under the instruction of then President , Goodluck Jonathan , according to memos.

“ We want to know how the money given to the DSS was spent and how much Ekpenyong left for his successor ( Lawal Daura ), ” an EFCC source said .
The EFCC is working on the theory that Daura allegedly diverted the funds left behind by Ekpenyong.

“ When we tried to investigate the matter, the DSS , under the leadership of Daura , refused to cooperate with us and even threatened to shoot our men when we attempted to execute a search warrant last year. We believe he was trying to cover his tracks ,” the source said.

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Meanwhile, it was learnt that the EFCC would invite more officials of the DSS as part of investigations into the $ 2. 1bn arms scam.

Recall that the EFCC had, in a statement , last year said several DSS officials had been summoned for their alleged role in the scam but that Daura refused to cooperate.

“ In the course of investigating the arms procurement scandal , the office of the commission has had cause to request the release of officers of other security agencies , including the Nigerian army , the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Navy and now the DSS , for questioning .

All , but the DSS , have acceded to this request , ” the EFCC had lamented.
The DSS had been refusing to cooperate on the grounds that the Act establishing the agency states that the agency shall only be answerable to the Presidency and, therefore , only the Presidency can investigate it .

Osinbajo gives Magu freedom to probe DSS
It was learnt that the acting President , Prof . Yemi Osinbajo , had given the acting EFCC Chairman , Mr Ibrahim Magu, the power to investigate the DSS .

A source added , “ By the DSS Instrument 1 of 1999 , no person or agency is empowered to investigate the spending or operational matter of the DSS except the President and that is what Daura had been taking advantage of .

“ However, following the meeting between the acting President and the new acting head of the DSS , Osinbajo asked the DSS to give the EFCC full cooperation and that was why we were able to search Ekpenyong ’s house today without hindrance.

“ In the coming days , we will invite more DSS officials for questioning . ”
Security officials seize ex-DSS DG, Daura’ s passport.

Meanwhile, the dismissed Director -General of the DSS , Daura , who is currently on house arrest , has got his passport seized by security officials .
This was just as investigations continued into his role in the siege to the National Assembly complex on Tuesday.

While some police sources said the house arrest of Daura began on Wednesday evening, others said he regained his freedom from security operatives and was asked to go home on Thursday .

Reliable sources said on Thursday that while Daura regained his freedom, his passport was seized .

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A source said , “ On Thursday , Daura was asked to leave the custody , but his passport was taken from him . This is to ensure that he does not leave the country until all investigations about him are concluded.

“ Immediately after leaving the Aso Rock on Tuesday , he was taken to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad facility in the Guzape area of Abuja for interrogation . He was then taken to a facility in Gwarinpa where he had been under a house arrest .”

The police authorities which are investigating Daura have yet to provide any information officially on the matter.

The Force Public Relations Officer , acting Deputy Commissioner of Police , Jimoh Moshood , had yet to answer calls made to his line on the matter or reply to a text message sent on inquiries about Daura .

We will review detention , other cases – New DG, DSS
Daura ’ s successor and acting Director General of the DSS , Mr Mathew Seiyefa, on Thursday , promised to review past activities of the agency , which he said must have affected its perception by the public.

He also said he had yet to be briefed on the detention of the former National Security Adviser , Col. Sambo Dasuki ( retd, ).

Seiyefa spoke at a media briefing at the national headquarters of the agency in Abuja on Thursday .

Seiyefa resumed as the boss of the secret service on Tuesday when his predecessor , Daura , was relieved of his position because of the role he played in deploying masked operatives in the National Assembly on Tuesday .

Probably sensing the anger of the public against the agency over such actions, Seiyefa said that the agency would review all actions that the public perceived to be an adversary.

He said, “We are reviewing all issues that have brought about the negative perception of the service . Such issues like detention , arrest and others .

“ The perceived to be human rights abuses will be reviewed . Some of our recent actions would be reviewed in order to learn where we have taken actions that are perceived to be adversarial. ”

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FG Sends Names Of 5 Senators With Luxury Properties In UK To UK For Investigation… See List


The Nigerian government has sent a list of names of top politicians with choice properties in UK asking for them to be investigated.

The Nigerian Presidency has said it has written the National Crime Commission of the United Kingdom, UK, to assist in the investigation of five senators with properties in the UK and the British Virgin Islands, ThisDay has reported.

The names of the senators are: Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Imo state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hope Uzodinma.

Others are Senators Stella Odua, Peter Nwaoboshi and Albert Bassey Akpan.

Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigative Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, SPIP, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, disclosed this yesterday at a news conference in Abuja to highlight some of the activities of the body in 2018.

He said: “The UK has passed a law that will also help us in Nigeria fight corruption and that is the ‘Unexplained Wealth Regulation’ which entails that if you have a property in the UK that is above $50, 000, you have to explain your source of wealth, and property here does not just mean a building but even jewelries.

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“So, we have written the National Crime Authority in the UK asking them to investigate some Nigerian senators who have property in the UK and the Virgin Islands,” he said.

Obono-Obla added that if they are found culpable, they would be prosecuted in accordance with extant laws and made to forfeit such properties.

Obono-Obla, who is also the Special Assistant to the President on Public Prosecution, added that five oil companies are also under investigation for tax evasion and refusal to pay royalties to the Nigerian government.

He said: “the companies have not remitted over $1 billion to the government.

“A lot of oil companies are contributing to the economic challenges facing the country, denying Nigeria of royalties and also evading taxes, money that would have been channeled to the development of the country.

“Working with the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS, we discovered that Addax Petroleum has failed to pay tax for five years and so they are owing about N700 million. Then, thanks to a petition we received from Femi Falana SAN, Mobil which purchased an oil bloc in 2001 for $2.5 billion dollars is yet to pay about $1.9 billion of that money to the government. We have commenced our investigations too”, he stated.

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He said the panel was also looking at a petition involving a top official of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC as well as against the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN under Govs. Chukwuma Soludo and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi with regards to debt cancellations to banks.

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Go And Learn Vulcanizer, We’ll Do Freedom For You – Tinubu Takes Swipe At Agbaje


Influential politician and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has fired shots at Jimi Agbaje, for saying that he wants to free Lagos.

While speaking at the All Progressives Congress stakeholders’ meeting in Ikeja on Monday, Bola Tinubu, took a swipe at the Lagos state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, for saying he wants to free Lagos.

Recall that Jimi Agbaje in his campaigns had said he that he will free the state from Alphabeta Consulting, a company which he claims receives a percentage of every dime Lagos earns in taxes and revenues.

In reaction to Jimi Agbaje’s comments, the APC national leader, Tinubu, said: “Those who said they wanted freedom should go and learn tailoring and vulcanising and we will do freedom for them later. They do not have the people.

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“He was in the contest for the first and second times. He is in the contest for the third time. He will fail again.”

Tinubu said Lagos must deliver at least three million votes for the APC during the 2019 polls, adding that it is imperative for the ruling party to hold on to power and that its members “must vote en masse” for President Muhammadu Buhari.

The APC chieftain said: “Here in Lagos, we must maintain a strong outing for APC, a party of progress, development and economy. We must differentiate between a developmental economy and a container economy. We will not accept to get Nigeria corrupt again.

“We suffered 16 years of their failure and fake promises. We have made progress in Lagos We have become the fifth largest economy in Africa. We have six million votes in Lagos.

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“Your target should be half; three million or the entire six million. We must vote en masse for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, our governorship candidate, senators, house of representatives and assembly candidates, and later, our chairmen and councillors.”

Tinubu urged the party’s leaders to woo back those who have left the APC, charging the local council chairmen and councillors to hold meetings with those who are aggrieved.

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Commotion As Madman And Hoodlums Take Over Primary School In Ekiti


The teachers and pupils of a primary school in Ekiti state have begun to panic after a madman and hoodlums reportedly took over the school.

According to a report by Punch Metro, the occupation of AUD Primary School, Irona Ado Ekiti, by a madman and hoodlums has sparked anxiety among teachers and parents over the safety of the pupils.

Apart from the lunatic, who occupies about 10 classrooms, suspected rapists, burglars and Indian hemp smokers are said to have made the school their hideout.

It was learnt that the lunatic often chased the pupils around and threw stones at their teachers.

Some of the teacher, who spoke with Punch Metro on condition of anonymity, claimed the development had forced some of the parents to withdraw their children from the school.

The headteacher, Mrs Taibat Yusuf, who said activities of the lunatic and suspected criminals were constituting threats to learning in the school, appealed to the state government to intervene.

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Yusuf said, “We are calling on the state government to help us remove the lunatic from the school compound because of the threat he poses to the pupils and teachers.

“The lunatic chases our pupils, throws stones at teachers and threatens them anytime they are in school.

“Teachers and pupils are always gripped by fear that he may invade their classrooms at any time and this won’t make them to concentrate.

“Our school compound has been turned into a den of rapists, Indian hemp smokers and other criminals and this has led to the withdrawal of many pupils from the school.

“Besides, we want government to renovate the collapsing fence which gives easy access to the lunatic and the hoodlums.

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“Many of our classrooms are dilapidated and the school also needs a gate.”

An alumnus of the school, Alhaji Olorunkemi Ogunjobi, said, “It is a pity that my former school has become the home of a madman and criminals.”

Ogunjobi added, “We want the police and civil defence officers to come here and arrest the lunatic. Besides, the government should employ security men to guard the school.”

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