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Mr. Ibile Breaks Silence: Challenge Defamers, Calls for Transparent Investigation

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Mr. Ibile Breaks Silence: Challenge Defamers, Calls for Transparent Investigation

 

 

 

 

Real estate magnate, Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa, aka Mr. Ibile, recently found himself entangled in a web of defamation and accusations orchestrated by his adversaries, allegedly led by Kazeem All Rounder. All Rounder, who is nursing his landgrabbing engagement with Mike Utomi, was defeated legally. The support for these actions reportedly comes from Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (BOG), who is said to still harbor resentment about his ex-wife’s business relationship with Mr. Ibile. Hon. Saheed is now speaking up about the incident

 

 

Mr. Ibile Breaks Silence: Challenge Defamers, Calls for Transparent Investigation

 

According to him, “the IGP I know, in the person of Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, is a man of integrity who doesn’t take bribe. I do not believe anyone can entice him with land to do their bidding. As a father and the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in this country, he would not see a doctored video of a hired assassin they are parading as innocent Nigerian and be happy with my person. He cannot be happy until he understands what led to the content of the video and also the characters of those criminals, which the defamatory lawyer is trying to use the media to parade as innocent Nigerians. So, I don’t blame the IGP for his reaction for appropriate investigation report before my release, but he should allow the rule of law to take its course because all the cases are already in court, and the police do not have any reason to reopen the case if not for a witch-hunt and persecution at all costs, as I have already been charged in two different courts,” he said.

 

 

 

 

On Mike Utomi, who was said to have engaged Kazeem Salami All Rounder, Ibile said, “I commit them into the hands of the almighty God because they are everywhere parading forged documents, and now that I understand that the police in FIB just want them to continue forceful taking over. I will seek redress in a court of law.”

 

 

 

 

 

In a recent press briefing, Ibile vehemently refuted allegations of assault, murder, and land grabbing propagated by his detractors.

He labeled the online campaigns as pure envy from certain elements, who cannot stand his fast success in the real estate business in Ibeju-Lekki and Epe area, and are determined to tarnish his reputation.

 

Ibile cited multiple petitions and defamatory attempts orchestrated by Dotun Hassan, including what led to what the media painted as the assault of an alleged hired assassin, Samsideen Oluwo aka Ese Olobo. Police investigations reportedly vindicated Ibile, revealing Oluwo’s ties to one of Ibile’s adversaries in person of one Murphy Adebare Ademoye aka Topaz Gardens, who was alleged and confirmed to have engaged Samsudeen Oluwo to assassinate Ibile by the police investigation report and also the DPP legal advice of which the failure led to the viral video of dehumanization.

 

Furthermore, Ibile challenged his accusers, calling for a transparent investigation, not the type of the one before the DIG Habu Sanni, who chose to detain his person to please media trial and also handed over the company properties to land grabbers while he keeps the owner in police cell for no reason, even when he is fully aware that all the cases are a duplication of what the police have fully investigated and issued opinions on.

 

 

He expressed readiness to cooperate fully with the authorities to uncover the truth. “They are bankrolling on a false kidnapping alert, lying to the police with fake witnesses just because they had been able to use media to bastardize the police management’s minds”, he added.

 

Addressing the alleged land dispute with the Awujale, Ibile maintained his innocence, affirming his respect for the monarch. He clarified that he had willingly offered a portion of his land to the Awujale, dismissing claims of conflict.

 

In a bold stance against his antagonists, Ibile asserted his commitment to seeking justice and urged the public to scrutinize the motives behind the defamation campaigns.

 

In light of the ongoing legal battles, Ibile remains resolute in his pursuit of truth and justice, vowing to defend his integrity against all odds.

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EFCC and the Failed ‘Revolution’ By Raheem Nasir (Opinion)

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EFCC and the Failed ‘Revolution’

By Raheem Nasir

If not well planned, a revolution for a good cause will not succeed, let alone a camouflaged “revolution” sponsored by suspected looters and fraudsters and others undergoing prosecutions or awaiting trials in the courts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

 

 

 

The nation was informed through social media that a massive “revolution” in the form of nationwide protests would be held against the EFCC for the most spurious reasons possible.

 

 

That apart, the proposed protests planned for July 5, 2024, were to culminate into a similitude of #Endsars protests witnessed by the nation years ago, during which tens of people lost their lives and property, mainly public-owned, worth billions of naira were destroyed; and from which the nation is yet to fully recover. The protesters’ main goal was to get the present Chairman of EFCC, Olaonipekun Olukoyede, removed while pretending to be protesting against a few reported cases of overzealousness on the part of some operatives of the commission.

 

 

The call for the head of the EFFC’s boss was not for corruption or any illicit practices like some of his predecessors, but vaguely for some overzealousness of a few EFCC operatives while carrying out their sting operations.

 

 

We want to congratulate the Chairman of EFCC on the failed protests and the recently heightened attacks on the agency in the media. It shows that Olukoyede and his team are doing well! EFFC cannot expect Corruption not to fight back. And the fact that the sponsored protests of July 5, 2024, failed does not mean Corruption will still not sponsor other protests on the streets or in the media, as usual. The machinations and shenanigans of Corruption against EFCC are well-oiled, coordinated by professional consultants and ongoing.

 

EFCC and the Failed ‘Revolution’
By Raheem Nasir

 

 

What Olukoyede and his men need to do is to stop corruption at all costs before it can perpetrated; get the operatives more professional and undeterred in their commitment to save the nation from endemic corrupt practices, economic and financial crimes and sabotage.

 

 

 

What the nation has lost to corrupt practices in private and public lives is enough to fix the huge infrastructural deficits bedevilling Nigeria. What famed corruption, internet fraud and scams popularly referred to as 419 have cost the image of this country is dishearteningly unimaginable to the extent that every holder of the green passport is suspected to be corrupt abroad and genuine investors are scared of Nigerian businessmen and women.

 

 

 

It is very heartwarming that on the day of the daggers drawn when faceless anti-EFCC blabbers expected the worst to happen to EFCC’s offices across the nation and culminating in the removal of its hard-working chairman, the organisation ironically recorded yet another major victory against corruption and its allies as the court ruled on that same day, on the N2 billion naira pension fraud case and ordered the final forfeiture of at least 20 property linked to the convicted former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

 

 

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik, in a judgment, held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt that the 20 expensive properties, located in different parts of the country, were acquired illegally.

 

 

According to Justice Abdulmalik, the applicant, EFC, effectively discharged its responsibility, under the law, to establish that the property was acquired with proceeds of crime.

 

 

The judge also held that the “various individuals, who responded to an earlier interim forfeiture order, requiring interested parties to show cause why the properties should not be permanently forfeited, failed to establish their ownership of the affected properties with credible evidence.”

 

 

 

Out of the 23 property listed in the schedule, three of them were left out. Maina’s wife, Laila, who claimed to be a citizen of the United States, and some of his relatives and associates, including Uwani Usman, Alhaji Aminu Yakubu Wambai, Haruna Mu’azu Musa and Aliyu Abdullahi, had claimed ownership of the 23 property.

 

 

 

The anti-graft agency had earlier obtained an order of interim forfeiture of 23 properties linked to Maina, currently on an eight-year jail term for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Abdulmalik agreed with the lawyer of the EFCC, Farouk Abdullah, that those who claimed to own the property failed to effectively establish the alleged ownership as they could not produce credible evidence.
She said: “It is trite in law that civil cases in non-conviction forfeiture are hinged on the preponderance of evidence. Again, I hold that the respondents have failed woefully in tilting the scale of evidential weight in their favour.”

As far as the operations of EFCC since the assumption of office of Olaonipekun Olukeyede as Chairman is concerned, the preponderance of the evidence is that there is a new Sherif in town! The agency has recorded unprecedented achievements in the fulfilment of its statutory goals in terms of recoveries of humongous amounts of money, undaunted trials and convictions of high-profile corrupt public officials.

The gang-ups and simulated attacks on EFCC are like the cry of a beaten baby; it’s not unexpected. The burbles of corruption-fight-back against the agency that is often seen in the media would fizzle out like that of a failed revolution.
Raheem Nasir, a social policy advocate, sent this piece via [email protected]

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Buratai Lauds Tinubu’s Increased Support for Counterinsurgency Operations

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Buratai Lauds Tinubu’s Increased Support for Counterinsurgency Operations

 

 

 

 

…as NDA Course 29 Reunites in Maiduguri, Reaffirms Commitment to Nation-Building

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, played host to the 29th Regular Combatant Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA as they gathered for their 2024 Annual General Meeting. The event was a celebration of their rich heritage and a reunion of old colleagues.

 

 

 

Buratai Lauds Tinubu’s Increased Support for Counterinsurgency Operations

 

 

 

The evening was filled with cultural dances, jokes, and sumptuous meals, creating a relaxing atmosphere for the members.

 

 

 

Former Chief of Army Staff and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, commended the federal government for the support in the war against insurgency.

 

 

 

 

 

“Nine years ago, we would never have had the opportunity to gather like this here in Borno and in Maiduguri in particular. Once it is 2 o’clock as someone said, everyone goes inside and remains there till the following morning probably nine or ten. The restrictions were heavy, the atmosphere was charged with so much insecurity. But today, to the Glory of Almighty God, we are thankful to God for the sustained counterinsurgency operations leading to the sustainable security being achieved and being experienced today in the Northeast,” he said.

 

 

 

“We must appreciate the previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and thank President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the increased support to the Armed Forces to prosecute the counterinsurgency operations against Boko Haram and its subsequent version of ISWAP.”

 

 

 

 

 

Buratai also praised the members for their support during his tenure as Army Chief. “You have been wonderful for over forty years precisely 44 years when we met together for the first time 3rd January 1981 and we have maintained that relationship. I want to thank you for your support to me in particular.

 

 

 

 

 

“You stood by me when I was Chief of Army Staff in a very difficult period, the time of the Boko Haram rampage and it was a period that was volatile, uncertain, complex and of course ambiguous environment and times as well. The environments were charged with so much opposition and mischief that is within the sociopolitical environment and within the geographical environment of the northeast also was tensed with the various attacks that have been going on in this area but you stood by me and supported me and together, we succeeded.” He adds.

 

 

 

 

The Betara of Biu equally applauded the Theatre Commander Major General Wahidi Shuaibu, the other components as well as troops for their resilience and sacrifice.

 

 

 

Commodore MB Teidi (Retd), President of the Association, reflected on the journey that began over four decades ago. “Let me take a moment to reflect on the journey that has brought us to this moment. The history of NDA 29th Regular Course started on 3rd January 1981 when 155 young men reported for military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy. Most of us received the Presidential Commission and thereafter were posted to various services in the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force to pursue their Military career, while some opted out of the training to pursue their next best destined options.

 

 

 

“The inaugural meeting of this association was initiated by Major TY Buratai when most of the members were on Staff Course at the Command and Staff College Jaji. It was not until 2014 after the burial of one of our course mates, that the idea of a formal body with a constitution was muted. Since then the association has enjoyed consistent yearly meetings in line with its constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

The event brought together former colleagues from across the services and the business community, including serving military personnel such as Major General Wahidi Shuaibu, Theater Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, and the Air Component Commander.

 

 

 

 

The reunion demonstrated the strong bonds and camaraderie forged during their military careers. As they reminisced about their past experiences, they celebrated their achievements and the progress made in the fight against insurgency.

 

 

 

“Nine years ago, we would never have had the opportunity to gather like this here in Borno and in Maiduguri in particular. Once it is 2 o’clock as someone said, everyone goes inside and remains there till the following morning probably nine or ten. The restrictions were heavy, the atmosphere was charged with so much insecurity. But today, to the Glory of Almighty God, we are thankful to God for the sustained counterinsurgency operations leading to the sustainable security being achieved and being experienced today in the Northeast,” he said.

 

 

 

 

“We must appreciate the previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and thank President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the increased support to the Armed Forces to prosecute the counterinsurgency operations against Boko Haram and its subsequent version of ISWAP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buratai also praised the members for their support during his tenure as Army Chief. “You have been wonderful for over forty years precisely 44 years when we met together for the first time 3rd January 1981 and we have maintained that relationship. I want to thank you for your support to me in particular.

 

 

 

 

“You stood by me when I was Chief of Army Staff in a very difficult period, the time of the Boko Haram rampage and it was a period that was volatile, uncertain, complex and of course ambiguous environment and times as well. The environments were charged with so much opposition and mischief that is within the sociopolitical environment and within the geographical environment of the northeast also was tensed with the various attacks that have been going on in this area but you stood by me and supported me and together, we succeeded.” He adds.

 

The Betara of Biu equally applauded the Theatre Commander Major General Wahidi Shuaibu, the other components as well as troops for their resilience and sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

Commodore MB Teidi (Retd), President of the Association, reflected on the journey that began over four decades ago. “Let me take a moment to reflect on the journey that has brought us to this moment. The history of NDA 29th Regular Course started on 3rd January 1981 when 155 young men reported for military training at the Nigerian Defence Academy. Most of us received the Presidential Commission and thereafter were posted to various services in the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force to pursue their Military career, while some opted out of the training to pursue their next best destined options.

 

 

 

 

 

“The inaugural meeting of this association was initiated by Major TY Buratai when most of the members were on Staff Course at the Command and Staff College Jaji. It was not until 2014 after the burial of one of our course mates, that the idea of a formal body with a constitution was muted. Since then the association has enjoyed consistent yearly meetings in line with its constitution.”

 

The event brought together former colleagues from across the services and the business community, including serving military personnel such as Major General Wahidi Shuaibu, Theater Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, and the Air Component Commander.

 

The reunion demonstrated the strong bonds and camaraderie forged during their military careers. As they reminisced about their past experiences, they celebrated their achievements and the progress made in the fight against insurgency.

 

 

 

 

The 29th Regular Combatant Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy is no doubt, a shining example of the power of friendship and service to the nation. As they look to the future, they continue to stand together, committed to their objectives and to the development of the nation.

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Economic Hardship: Pro-Democracy Group Hails Kalu,  Reps Over Salary Slash

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*Economic Hardship: Pro-Democracy Group Hails Kalu,  Reps Over Salary Slash

 

 

The Socialist Movement of Africa (SMA) has commended the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu, for advocating for a 50% salary cut among lawmakers to support the government’s efforts in addressing the economic hardship facing Nigerians.

 

Economic Hardship: Pro-Democracy Group Hails Kalu,  Reps Over Salary Slash

 

In a statement signed by its President, Dr. Apex Segun, the group also applauded the House for their collective decision to donate their salaries to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.

Segun said this selfless act demonstrates their commitment to the well-being of the people and their willingness to make sacrifices for the greater good.

Recall that the Green Chamber, on Thursday, on the recommendation of the Deputy Speaker, agreed to slash their salaries.

Kalu said: “This government is doing its best, but one year is not enough to address the challenges of this country. I want to plead with our colleagues to sacrifice 50 per cent for six months.”

In reaction, Segun said in a time of economic uncertainty, it is heartening to see leaders like Kalu putting the needs of the people above their own.

He said the actions of the Deputy Speaker and his colleagues embody the spirit of patriotism and democracy.

“The Socialist Movement of Africa (SMA) is thrilled to express its deepest admiration and appreciation for the exemplary leadership and selflessness displayed by the Deputy Speaker and the entire membership of the House,” he said.

“Their recent decision to donate 50% of their salaries for six months to support the government’s efforts in addressing the economic situation in the country is a testament to their commitment to the welfare of Nigerians.

“In a time when the country is grappling with the challenges of the high cost of living, food scarcity, unemployment, and other economic hardships, the House has shown that they are truly representatives of the people.

“Their willingness to make sacrifices and put the needs of the people above their own is a beacon of hope in these trying times.

“We commend the Deputy Speaker for his patriotic leadership in advocating for this noble cause. His selfless act is a shining example of what it means to be a true leader.

“The House has shown that they are a body of compassionate and empathetic leaders who are willing to take bold steps to address the challenges facing the nation.

“We applaud the House for their collective decision to put the needs of the people above their own. In these trying times, the SMA urges all public officers and indeed Nigerians to emulate the example of the Deputy Speaker.”

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