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Corruption allegations: Like Magu, Bawa must quit now, face probe panel – Over 150 CSOs tell FG

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Corruption allegations: Like Magu, Bawa must quit now, face probe panel - Over 150 CSOs tell FG

Corruption allegations: Like Magu, Bawa must quit now, face probe panel – Over 150 CSOs tell FG

. Say EFCC not conceived as agency for settling political scores

 

 

 

Following Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State’s bombshell, on Wednesday, that he and some other prominent Nigerians have evidence of corrupt practices against the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, notable Anti-Corruption crusaders in Nigeria, numbering over 150, have said he can no longer continue to stay in office.

 

Corruption allegations: Like Magu, Bawa must quit now, face probe panel - Over 150 CSOs tell FG

 

 

The leaders of the organisations who said they had refused to be cowed into shelving their agitation for a genuine fight against corruption in Nigeria, said inasmuch as elected officials must account for their actions in office, they shared Matawalle’s view that the investigations must not be selective but all-embracing.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the activists, the EFCC is an important agency in Nigeria, established to rid the society of corruption with impunity, it was not conceived as an agency meant for settling scores for political godfathers.

 

 

 

 

Led by the Chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, Debo Adeniran, the activists said, at a press conference in Lagos, that it was the standard practice all over the world for officials who have been accused of gross misconduct to step aside while investigations are conducted to ascertain the veracity of the allegations.

 

 

 

 

They, therefore, called for a full probe into the activities of the EFCC under Bawa, saying, “His predecessor, Ibrahim Magu, was not only told to step aside when Bawa’s godfather wanted him out at all costs, he was humiliated out of office and up till tomorrow, no one knows the exact outcome of the probe against him.”

 

 

 

 

According to them, from the interraction of Journalists and CSOs with ordinary Nigerians who had been invited for one reason or the other at the Commission, “there have been several allegations to the effect that about 80 per cent of cases under EFCC investigation are not taken to court. EFCC offices now literally serve as court rooms.”

 

 

 

 

 

“There are damning allegations that some of the Commission’s officials simply negotiate with suspects, get assets and cash retrieved and do plea bargains.  This opens limitless opportunities for corrupt bargaining and self-enrichment by the operatives of EFCC under Mr. Bawa’s watch,” the anti-corruption activists alleged.

 

 

 

 

 

“This needs to be thoroughly investigated by a technical Commission of Inquiry to dig into the modus operandi of EFCC investigations in the last three years by thoroughly analysing records of arrests, investigations, outcomes and final closure of each incident and individual suspects and how the matters were eventually dispensed with,” they demanded.

 

 

 

 

 

In a speech delivered on behalf of the CSOs, their spokesperson, Olufemi Lawson, stated, “Allegations of sharp practices with confiscated assets by the Commission have refused to go away. To this end,  all seized assets need to be forensically audited with a view to recovering all assets re-looted or auctioned in suspicious circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has been convicted for contempt over his failure to comply with an earlier order of the court. As we speak, the Inspector-General of Police has not complied with a court order to commit Bawa to Kuje prison while Bawa has not deemed it fit to purge himself of contempt.”

 

 

 

 

The activists said claims by Bawa that the EFCC had secured 98.93 per cent convictions in 2022, losing only 1.07 per cent, were spurious, noting that a large chunk of the convictions were online fraudsters, while favoured political office holders were left untouched.

 

 

 

 

 

Lawson said, “We are also aware that in December 2022, the Bawa-led EFCC had announced its plan to sell forfeited properties. It also announced later in January that about 12 bids were made for those properties and, later, that six of those bids were successful. No details of this were made public, either to know successful bids or rejected ones. This was a ploy, in our opinion, to make the processes less transparent and, therefore, facilitate corrupt mismanagement of the proceeds or ensure that only their corrupt allies got the opportunity to purchase the assets at giveaway prices. The processes were rendered opaque and that’s very suspicious.

 

 

 

 

 

“The EFCC has done a selective invitation to outgoing Governors in Nigeria, reportedly exempting other government officials who have loads of petitions against them, even by Governors.”

 

 

 

 

 

“If a government agency expected to fight crime is found going about its business in a manner that mimics witch-hunt and selective justice while also being unable to deal with corruption going on within its own workforce, the Coalition of Anti-Corruption Organizations, COACOs, is afraid that the Nation may slide into some real crisis of confidence in our systems, which is bound to provoke a defunding of the EFCC by local and international donor organizations,” the activists stressed.

 

 

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BAWA CANNOT REMAIN IN OFFICE WITH DIRECT CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM. HE MUST STEP ASIDE TO BE INVESTIGATED

 

Civil Society leaders here present, fellow Nigerians, ladies and gentlemen of the Press.

As it has been already established months ago, the Coalition of Anti-Corruption Organizations is an amalgam of organizations that are focused on ensuring that public office holders are accountable, law-abiding and verifiably trustworthy, especially those charged with the responsibility of keeping watch over our collective commonwealth to ensure its protection from the roving fingers of corrupt elements in public service.

In the struggle to clean up the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and render its leadership accountable, we do not need any introductions because Nigerians are living witnesses to our patriotic advocacy for a non-corrupt, effective, impartial and transparent EFCC leadership, which we make bold to say Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa has largely messed up.

The recent direct allegations of corrupt practices in the EFCC, mismanagement of seized assets and acts of impunity without regard to the laws of the land, leveled directly against Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa by a sitting governor is a futher confirmation of all that we have been saying about the ignoble conduct of the EFCC under Bawa.

Governor Matawalle of Zamfara State was unequivocal in his direct allegations against Mr Bawa, demanding a probe into his leadership and asking him to step aside immediately. For a sitting Governor to make such far-reaching allegations publicly and saying he and others have evidence to back those allegations is not something to be overlooked by Nigerians and the Presidency especially, which has the power to appoint and fire the EFCC chairman.

Anyone given the responsibility of fighting corruption cannot be consistently floating in the waters of corruption allegations every now and then.

To this end, we in COACOs are consistently monitoring all government processes and engagements as represented by the conduct of government institutions and those put in charge of running them.

It is on the basis of our core values as a group that we have consistently advocated for ensuring that whoever would lead the EFCC must not be trustworthy but also, like Caesar’s wife, be without blemish or reproach upon which we have been demanding the removal of Mr. Bawa because he does not fit the bill of EFCC leadership. In fact, the thought of even retaining or reappointing him is natural repugnant to the sensibilities of enlightened and patriotic Nigerians.

We are aware of several anomalies that have transpired since Mr. Bawa became Chairman of the Commission and to that fact we do not think such an individual should have been made the head of a Commission that is saddled with the responsibility of keeping public and private office holders accountable.

We also wish to remind Nigerians that the Coalition of Anti-Corruption Organizations had on the 15th March, 2023 petitioned Mr President on this same issue and we wonder why no step has been taken in this regard nor an investigation carried out on the issues raised to the best of our knowledge till date.

The raison d’être of our current advocacy is informed by the following ;

1. There have been several allegations to the effect  that about 80% of cases under EFCC investigation are not taken to court. EFCC offices now literally serve as court rooms. There are damning allegations that some of the Commission’s officials simply negotiate with suspects, get assets and cash retrieved and do plea bargains.  This opens limitless opportunities for corrupt bargaining and self-enrichment by the operatives of EFCC under Mr. Bawa’s watch.
This needs to be thoroughly investigated by a technical Commission of Inquiry to dig into the modus operandi of EFCC investigations in the last three years by thoroughly analyzing records of arrests, investigations, outcomes and final closure of each incident and individual suspects and how the matters were eventually dispensed with.

2. Allegations of sharp practices with confiscated assets by the Commission have refused to go away. To this end,  all seized assets need to be forensically audited with a view to recovering all assets re-looted or auctioned in suspicious circumstances.

3. The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has been convicted for contempt over his failure to comply with an earlier order of the court. As we speak, the Inspector-General of Police has not complied with a court order to commit Bawa to Kuje prison while Bawa has not deemed it fit to purge himself of contempt.

4. In the character of the EFCC Chairman, Bawa led the commission to ignore orders of courts of competent jurisdiction.

5. We are aware that upon his nomination for the position of the Commission’s chairman, in the year 2021, several groups of Nigerians had opposed the appointment of Bawa based on what was described as his not-so-good antecedents.

6. For instance, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership,CACOL, in a letter dated 18th February 2021, asked the National Assembly to reject the nomination of Mr Bawa as the EFCC, based on several controversies that characterized his tenure in previous positions in the EFCC, given the grave implications of such on the exalted position of the EFCC Chairman.

6A. We are aware of how the EFCC, under Mr. Bawa, is also quickly becoming a cesspool of internal corruption with several reports of corrupt practices going on within the commission as alluded to by Governor Matawalle yesterday.

6B. There are allegations of age falsification to remain in office beyond the statutory limit of civil service regulations, involving very senior officers of the Commission who are said to be cronies of Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa and enjoy his protection.

7. The Bawa-led EFCC claimed that it secured 98.93% convictions in 2022, losing only 1.07%, a claim that is so spurious, considering the fact that a large chunk of the convictions are online fraudsters, leaving out favoured political office holders as if it is not a part of its core duties to investigate politically exposed persons except those its officials are hands-in-gloves with.

8.  We are also aware that in December 2022, the Bawa-led EFCC had announced its plan to sell forfeited properties. It also announced later in January that about 12 bids were made for those properties and later that 6 of those bids were successful. No details of this were made public, either to know successful bids or rejected ones. This was a ploy, in our opinion, to make the processes less transparent and, therefore, facilitate corrupt mismanagement of the proceeds or ensure that only their corrupt allies got the opportunity to purchase the assets at giveaway prices. The processes were rendered opaque and that’s very suspicious.

9. The EFCC has done a selective invitation to outgoing Governors in Nigeria, reportedly exempting other government officials who have loads of petitions against them, even by Governors.

If a government agency expected to fight crime is found going about its business in a manner that mimics witch-hunt and selective justice while also being unable to deal with corruption going on within its own workforce, the Coalition of Anti-Corruption Organizations, COACOs, is afraid that the Nation may slide into some real crisis of confidence in our systems which is bound to provoke a defunding of the EFCC by local and international donor organizations.

We agree with the position taken by Governor Matawalle that
“Bawa should explain, for instance, how he has assumed the role of the plaintiff, prosecutor and jury and how he has executed his brand of plea bargaining with suspected criminals and saboteurs of the Nigerian economy and agenda who instead of being put on trial, are walking freely all over Nigeria”.

OUR DEMANDS

1. The Presidency to commission an Enquiry into the activities of the EFCC, its present engagements and happenings within the Commission throughout Mr Bawa’s stay in office.

2. Order an immediate overhaul of the Commission and, where necessary, lobby the National Assembly to amend the EFCC Act to make the structure less prone to highhandedness and make the Chairmen answerable to the laws of the land.

3. Since there are already direct allegations against him, Bawa must step aside for investigation. This is the standard practice all over the world. His predecessor, Ibrahim Magu, was not only told to step aside when Bawa’s godfather wanted him out at all costs, he was humiliated out of office and up till tomorrow, no one knows the exact outcome of the probe against him.

 

Sgd :

Comrade Debo Adeniran

Comrade Olufemi Lawson

Sahara weekly online is published by First Sahara weekly international. contact saharaweekly@yahoo.com

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NAUB: MR PRESIDENT, WHO ARE THOSE PLANNING TO KILL THE ONLY FEDERAL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT GO ON STRIKE? By Femi Oyewale

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NAUB: MR PRESIDENT, WHO ARE THOSE PLANNING TO KILL THE ONLY FEDERAL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT GO ON STRIKE? By Femi Oyewale

 

Sahara Weekly Reveals That Higher education in Nigeria, quite frankly, is facing immense challenges including but not limited to poor infrastructure, unrealistic academic calendars resulting in extra years against stipulated durations, lack of teaching equipment, social menace, poor funding, amongst others.

 

 

NAUB: MR PRESIDENT, WHO ARE THOSE PLANNING TO KILL THE ONLY FEDERAL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT GO ON STRIKE? By Femi Oyewale

 

 

Interestingly, Nigerian Army University, Biu (NAUB) is quite unique from other federal universities in the sense that since inception, there has not been any issue of strike, cultism, protest, or anti-social conduct.

 

Rather, the university is reputed for its excellent condition of learning environment.

 

This was aptly covered by the Governor of Borno State, H.E Professor Babagana Umara Zulum through his deputy during the maiden edition of the convocation ceremony of NAUB on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at the University’s main campus ( note not temporary campus within five years of existence) in Biu, Borno State.

 

 

The Borno State governor said he was physically present at the groundbreaking ceremony of the foundation laying stone of NAUB five years ago, and he is impressed by what he has seen adding that it must take military precision and focus to put in a full-fledged and functional university on a barren land in such a short period.

 

 

The Governor further thanked the Federal Government, the Nigerian Army, the traditional rulers, scholars and academics philanthropist, industrialists, associates and men and women of goodwill from within and outside Borno State for the selfless service of gradually re-modelling the future of Borno State in particular and Nigeria in general and for putting Borno State on the path of further greatness through the Nigerian Army university, Biu.

 

Why then do we plan to abort such a great independent institution of learning known as a barrier breaker and line crosser by merging it with NDA whose missions and visions are not in tandem with each other .

 

Why cut short the dreams of such noble ideas via politics?

 

Are there those who do not want a stable educational system in Nigeria?

Are there external forces or their agents at home trying to destroy a good foundation for a stable educational system in Nigeria?

 

Is NAUB in competition with the private universities?

Are there big shots who benefit from a chaotic educational system in Nigeria?

 

Are there some subterranean forces working within the system to achieve the Boko Haram objective that “education is sin”?

The words of Governor Zulum rings a wise bell when he said that Boko Haram insurgents have achieved their objectives if the university is scrapped.

“Therefore, we appeal to Mr. President to look into this issue so that the Army University Biu would remain a university… because of the importance of education in this part of the country, where Boko Haram is saying that education is forbidden. And I think that by allowing this Army university to be scrapped, they might have achieved one or two of their objectives,” he said.

 

The governor noted that, for over a decade, Borno State has been facing a serious crisis that has denied many children access to education.

“Therefore, this university is very important to not only the people of Borno State but our neighbouring states,” he said.

 

Look at the Western countries that started with military polytechnics that propelled revolution in military equipment development.

 

Many of these developed countries collaborated jointly through civil-military research.

The Swedish Defence University established like NAUB is Sweden’s leading resource in, and first choice for, education, training and research in the management of crisis, war and periods of tension in the leadership of both civil and military agencies. The Swedish Defence University is an accredited institution for academic education for military and civilian students and researchers where different experiences, approaches, and traditions come together. It has become a hub for both national and international students.

 

It might shock you to know that American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU). APUS is wholly owned by American Public Education, Inc., a publicly traded private-sector corporation that offers associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees, in addition to dual degrees, certificate programs and learning tracks.

 

During my NYSC, I served in the Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE), Ilorin, which is a renowned military institution focused on providing high-quality education and training for Nigerian Army personnel and civilians. So why the proposed merger of NAUB?

 

Interestingly, the Nigerian Army University Biu provides such a platform for the Nigerian military towards technological innovation, research, and development in varied fields for national defence and security breakthroughs like many modern nations. In fact, instead of downgrading the Nigerian Army University, many more Army universities should be established in Nigeria. That is the way out for a caricature type of educational system that has failed to have stability over the years.

 

Who is not interested in seeing that a federal university graduates its students within the regular course time frame?

 

Must programmes of all federal universities be easily disrupted. A course of 4 or 5 years ends up taking over 6 to 7 years to complete. The worst part is that many universities end up in a crash programme to be able to cover up for the lost times. The terrible damage to these universities’ products is the very low standard of graduates.

 

Who wants the Nigerian educational system to collapse completely? These are rhetorical questions the amiable president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all stakeholders should ask those proposing the merger to answer us publicly, else should let the matter die forever in the abyss of hasty decision.

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Marcus Tibetan: A Fake Prophet Of Several Atrocities, Filled With Demonic Bitterness* (Opinion) By Gbenga Ajirere, Lagos

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Marcus Tibetan: A Fake Prophet Of Several Atrocities, Filled With Demonic Bitterness* (Opinion) By Gbenga Ajirere, Lagos

*Marcus Tibetan: A Fake Prophet Of Several Atrocities, Filled With Demonic Bitterness* (Opinion)

By Gbenga Ajirere, Lagos

 

 

 

Marcus Tibetan, a self-acclaimed spiritual leader of The Celestial Church Of Christ, Elisha Parish should be yanked-off the ‘prophet’ title by whoever gave it to him because he has never exhibited the character of one who has a prophetic call, rather, he has always constituted nuisance and continue to prove that he is a mere crook who mistakenly found his way into the ministry majorly to swindle, defraud, and manipulate unsuspecting and gullible individuals.

 

Marcus Tibetan: A Fake Prophet Of Several Atrocities, Filled With Demonic Bitterness* (Opinion)
By Gbenga Ajirere, Lagos

 

By mere observation, Marcus Tibetan appears to be someone suffering from mental disorder, psychological unrest, poverty-stricken mind coupled with serious envy and bitterness against everyone doing better than him in the prophetic ministry. He appears to be a very confused individual who doesn’t know how to navigate the ministry because he wasn’t called at first.

Every prophet is popular for giving accurate prophecies, correctly foretelling events that would come to pass but for Marcus Tibetan, He is only popular for seeing fake visions against other men of God that are successful that he can ever be. He is only popular for calling out other prophets and when he tries to prophecy, the opposite of his prophecies happen.

In 2022, Marcus Tibetan courageously told Journalists that Bishop Oyedepo would die in 2023. He went as far as saying that he has seen the colour of his coffin.

These were his words

‘’ I have told you that Oyedepo will die in 2023. They have brought his coffin and it is white. I saw the Nigerian flag on the coffin. Let us be expecting around July’’

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“Death is coming” Prophet Tibetan tells BISHOP OYEDEPO #breakingnews #viral #trending #blessingshinej #reporter #voiceactor

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If Nigeria was a very sane country, Tibetan should have been locked up in prison when this stupid statement he called a prophecy didn’t come to pass. Bishop Oyedepo didn’t even fall sick in 2023 not to talk of experiencing death. This further reveals the demonic bitterness Tibetan has for other men of God and how he is hiding under the guise of prophecy to churn out rubbish against respected men of God.

It would also be recalled that when Apostle Suleman was attacked by unknown gunmen sometime ago, Marcus Tibetan immediately called some journalist on his payroll to say God knew about what happened to the apostle and that he is not a real man of God. He accused him of being a cultist because of his fashion style and said several unprintable things about the apostle that further confirms that indeed, He (Tibetan) is very bitter towards the man of God because of his exploits.

We can’t also forget so soon when fake Prophet Marcus Tibetan accused Pastor Adeboye of sacrificing his deceased son to escape death and Pastor W.F Kumuyi of sacrificing his deceased wife to elongate his life. I really can’t imagine how such a man could even still be referred to as a prophet; someone is known for nothing other than saying lunatic words against his fellow human, desecrating the highly respected prophetic ministry, making foolish statements about individuals, giving fake prophecies that never come to pass, to mention but a few.

We also remember that before Prophet TB Joshua died, Marcus Tibetan was always attacking him in different ways, wishing him unfortunate happenings but none of them happened. Even in death, TB Joshua remains a global force as against Tibetan’s wishes.

Many of these men of God are far ahead of Marcus Tibetan in all ways and he can never walk in their shoes because he doesn’t have the capacity. He claims to be a prophet but cannot even list 20 of his prophecies that have come to pass since he started his fake ministry.

If Tibetan doesn’t trend for his attacks against men of God, it would be unrealistic prophecies about sports that never come to pass. Before the Qatar 2022 world cup final, Tibetan in a video confidently said France would defeat Argentina and when the prophecy failed, he defended himself by saying witches in Argentina changed the destiny of the match.

During the recently concluded AFCON 2023, Tibetan predicted that Nigeria would defeat South Africa 4-1 at the semi-final but unfortunately, the match ended 1-1 and later resulted in a penalty shoot-out.

In 2018, I remember how he said Fashola will become vice president, Tony Elumelu will be on a wheelchair, Saraki will be paralyzed, Babangida will find himself in Danger, Dogara will experience stroke, etc. but till today, none of these things have happened to these people he mentioned because he is nothing but a hungry fake prophet.

Going by some confirmed reports about Marcus Tibetan, it is obvious that he is using the prophetic title for illicit acts. Sometime last year, He was accused of a N65 million land scam by his church member, David Timileyin, whom he allegedly promised land near the recently inaugurated Dangote refinery in Lagos state.

Timilehin said he visited the land without Tibetan’s knowledge and discovered that it was not what was described to him by the prophet.

“The prophet told me the 30 plots of land were close to the Dangote refinery. But I have since discovered that the land is in the forest of Epe. It is largely an uncultivated land in the remote areas of Epe which can’t sell for more than N1 million per plot,”

Marcus Tibetan has a questionable character and his emergence into the prophetic ministry reeks of foul play; little wonder the Oluwo of Ode-irele revealed that he gave Tibetan spiritual powers during an interview session with the fake prophet’s former media aide, Dan Asabe.

I know prophets and men of God to be lifters of men, we know them to be helpers of destiny, they engage in philanthropic activities from time to time but Marcus Tibetan cannot point to five people that he has personally helped all his life. His elder brother who was a colonel had a little problem at some point but what did Tibetan do? He fled and that’s why till now, his family members don’t associate with him.

In the early days of his ministry, he secured a church in Dublin but he can’t even step into the country anymore not to talk of running the church, what happened? He was able to secure the property by swindling gullible followers and when his secrets got exposed, he lost control. Several politicians used to visit his church, important personalities used to attend his church but what about now? They don’t even want to hear his name because his format has been exposed.

Marcus Tibetan’s church has stopped growing, he doesn’t have good clothes, can’t even drive good cars because he can’t afford them. He keeps saying some prophets will be disgraced, embarrassed but that’s his present reality.

Marcus Tibetan lives off politician’s crumbs, tithes of church members, funds given to him to develop his church and proceeds from illegal businesses. If he thinks these are all lies, he should respond to this statement and swear with the holy bible that he has never received money from any politician.

There are so many secrets about Marcus Tibetan that are in the coffers, people should ask his former media aide, Dan Asabe why he stopped working for him despite their closeness. The truth is nobody has ever become successful by associating with Tibetan, he is bad luck personified.

I am always grateful that these prophets he abuses don’t even respond to his statements, they are not mates and responding to the words of a lunatic would make no sense. They have left him to wallow in his foolishness till eternity.

However, Tibetan needs to be cautioned because his bad records and secrets are available. If he continues on this path, many things will be exposed about him and at the end of the day, he may be forced to flee from the sight of men into the kingdom of animals where he belongs.

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JUST IN: Popular Actor, Mr Ibu Dies Of Cardiac Arrest

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JUST IN: Popular Actor, Mr Ibu Dies Of Cardiac Arrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Unveils that popular Nollywood actor, John Okafor AKA Mr Ibu has died of cardiac arrest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUST IN: Popular Actor, Mr Ibu Dies Of Cardiac Arrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was made known by the president of the actors guild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details later

 

 

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