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Court adjourns trial of ex-Air Chief, Amosu, 2 others

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A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday adjourned the trial of former Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, a retired Air Marshal and two others, over alleged N21.4 billion fraud.

NAN reports that the case was adjourned until March 6 and March 7 for the continuation of the trial as the court, presided over by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke did not sit.

Amosu was re-arraigned on Nov. 13, 2018 alongside Jacob Adigun, a retired Air Marshall and Olugbenga Gbadebo, a retired Air Commodore on 13 counts, bordering on the alleged offences.

The three were first arraigned in June 2016 alongside some companies before Justice Mohammed Idris, who has been elevated to the Court of Appeal.

They were consequently re-arraigned before Aneke, who is now the presiding judge over the case.

On their first arraignment before Idris, they had pleaded not guilty to the charges, and on their re-arraignment before Aneke, they also pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Aneke had allowed them to continue with the earlier bail granted by Idris.

In the charge, the EFCC alleged that the defendants conspired to convert N21. 4 billion, being the property of the Nigeria Air Force, noting that they ought to have known that the money was part of proceeds of a criminal breach of trust.

The anti-graft agency also alleged that the defendants diverted the money, using several companies.

The EFCC said that the defendants committed the offences on March 5, 2014.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the offences contravene Sections 15 and 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.

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What Buhari told lawmakers in Katsina

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Daura told Katsina State lawmakers that leadership entails earning the trust of the people who voted you into office and consistently staying the path of honesty and fairness at all times,

Receiving the leadership of the State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Tasiu Musa Maigari, Buhari said the essence of contesting elections was to serve the people, and political actors must always remain loyal, dedicated and focused on delivering on their promises.

“Having been chosen by your people to lead, you must ensure that you remain trustworthy. Ensure fairness at all times.

“Leadership at home, community or national level is a heavy responsibility. And it must be discharged with fairness, firmness and justice,’ the President said.

He urged the lawmakers to be selfless, visionary and committed to meeting the needs of the electorate while minding their constitutional responsibilities.

In his remark, the Speaker thanked the President for providing leadership at the national level, and setting a standard on integrity and forthrightness for others to emulate.

Maigari assured the President that the Katsina House of Assembly will continue to support his policies, and ensure a trickling down in the state to favour their various constituencies.

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Court grants request to freeze ex-Zamfara governor, Yari’s accounts

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted a request by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offences Commission (ICPC) to freeze bank accounts allegedly owned by the immediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in a ruling on Friday, in an ex-parte motion by the ICPC, ordered that the accounts in Polaris and Zenith banks with funds in United States dollars and Nigerian naira, be frozen pending when the affected person shows cause why the freezing order should be vacated.

Justice Taiwo ordered ICPC to publish the order within 14 days in a national daily and for the affected parties to show cause why the funds would not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

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Kwara probe: Panel uncovers massive fraud

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has said that the government may institute legal action against some immediate-past public office holders over the illegal sales of government property in the state.

He spoke in Ilorin, when the Committee On Sales and Disposal of government Properties submitted its final report to him.

The governor Abdulrazaq said “I thank you for your time and the efforts put into the work.
“I went through the interim report and I am sure this final report would be an improvement on it.
“We would not discard the report because that would be a waste of your time and resources. We will definitely look at it. And we will find judicial solutions for the good of the state and Nigeria.

“In the interim report, that you recently submitted,we saw some abnormalities which we will not allow to stand”.

Governor Abdulrazaq said the committee might be called upon to make clarification as government looks through the report.

Earlier, Senator Suleiman Ajadi, Chairman of the committee, told the governor that several frauds and mismanagement of public funds and properties were discovered, especially in the handling of the Micro, Small and Medium scale Enterprises funds, Harmony Holdings, and others.

He urged the governor not to let the report end in the bin as it might mean the loss of at least N5bn allegedly mismanaged through the SMEs fund.

Ajadi said “The committee observed unconscionable and immoral use of public funds to buy luxury cars, which flies in the face of the poverty being faced by our people, especially because of the several months of unpaid salaries”.

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