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Fayose’s letter to Chinese govt a display of foolishness

Youths in Ekiti state have described Governor Ayodele Fayose’s letter to the Chinese Government as a display of foolishness.

The youths, under the aegis of Ekiti Kete Youth Forum, expressed as shocking, disappointing, uncultured, unnecessary and unconstitutional, the recent treasonable act committed by Fayose against the Nigerian government and her people.

It would be recalled that Fayose wrote the Chinese government urging it not to issue loan to the Nigerian government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Ekiti youths also described Fayose’s action as insane. “The decision of the governor to attempting frustrating the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in his effort to redeeming the political image and also resuscitating, restructuring and repositioning the battered economy of the nation is not only unfortunate, but also insane,” they said.

The youths, in a statement issued and signed by Comrade Tope Idowu, Director of Media and Publicity said it has now become obvious that Fayose is not in any way working in the common interest of Nigerians and Nigeria.

“Though we are not unaware of his political hatred for President Mohammadu Buhari even before he became the president of Nigeria, but the display of such hatred should not be to the detriment of the progress of Nigeria. Initially we thought Fayose was playing a progressive opposition, aiming at putting the President on his feet and making him deliver on his electioneering promises, but his recent decision to write the Chinese government not to support Nigeria government at this very sensitive and critical period is totally insane and worrisome.

“Ordinarily, we expected the governor to know better that such act is criminal, unfair, insane and breach of oath of office under the Schedule Seven of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which he sworn to protect and uphold. For God’s sake, Mr. Fayose is not the only Governor in the opposition parties in Nigeria, and sad enough, he is the least of the opposition Governors, morally and education wise.

“We, Ekiti Youths are seriously getting worried as our governor is becoming a monumental tragedy, exposing us to social ridicule and destroying our pride as a people, that probably God has deliberately given us Governor Fayose as a punishment. But we pray that this time should pass away as quick as possible. To set the record straight, it is imperative to again reiterate our utmost displeasure over the unnecessary and frequent display of lack of intelligent by our state Governor.

“The absurdity of this act has left us with no other choice than to dissociate the entirety of Ekiti youths from the insanity. So that the people of Nigeria who mean well for this great nation, the Nigerian government and the Chinese government to know that Fayose does not represents or reflects the general view of Ekiti people.

“We of the Ekiti Kete Youth Forum wish to urge the Chinese government to disregard his letter and throw it into the dustbin of irrelevance as Governor Fayose is a man of questionable character, with no academic and moral credential. We also wish to intimate the Chinese government with the facts it should put into check before considering taken Mr. Fayose serious,” the youths said.

The body demanded an unreserved apology from Fayose over the show of shame he put up at a train station in china, saying the idea of a whole governor posing and taking selfie in a public place with the intention of fooling his people like a local champion who had never seen civilization before was the most ridiculous idea any public officer can ever conceive.

“We demand the immediate refund of the state money which Mr. Fayose spent on the fruitless and shameful trip he made to china just to take selfie at a train station. That the Anthony General of the Federation (AGF) institute a case of treason against Mr. Fayose over his breach of Schedule Seven (7) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic which he sworn to upon at all time.

“We demand in clear explanation with proof from the Governor Fayose led-government of Ekiti State on how it spent the bailout fund and the federal projects’ refunded money made by the Federal Government, as no visible capital project has been initiated and successfully completed in the state by the current administration, yet it has refused to pay the workers for many month, even when the governor gets his allowances and security vote fully paid on a monthly basis without any form of delay.

“We call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to come to our rescue as quick as possible, because with the rate at which the governor is handling the finances of the state, the state may end being poorer than a church rat,” they said.


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Chandrabose family insists on noose; compensation means nothing, says wife

THRISSUR: The quantum of sentence for beedi king Mohammed Nisham, found guilty of murder, will be pronounced on Thursday but the family of the slain Chandrabose declared outside the district court complex on Wednesday that they want nothing less than capital punishment for the killer.

“Compensation means nothing to us”, sobbed widow Jamanthy and mother Ambujakshi, touching the feet of advocate C P Udayabhanu.

They, accompanied by Bose’s son Amal Dev, were the first to reach the court a little after 10 am to witness the law catching up with the assassin.

City Police Commissioner K G Simon, MLAs V. S. Sunil Kumar and Babu M Palissery, CPI district secretary K.K. Valsaraj and BJP district president A Nagesh were also present.

Wearing a white shirt and jeans, a clean-shaven Nisham stepped out from the police van around 10.30 AM and was led into the courtroom, not far from where the bereaved family sat.

The judge then got into business, disposing of a few other cases. Nisham stood in an enclosure. In a terse one-liner, the judge pronounced Nisham guilty of murder.

When the judge sought his reaction, Nisham pleaded that his wife and child depended on him and that his mother had a pacemaker.

“Please, give me a lenient sentence... We live in a joint family, and I have huge responsibilities,” he muttered.

All the while the family sat bewildered, not knowing what had transpired. Someone told Amal Dev the import of the verdict, which he conveyed to his mother and grandmother. Tears of joy rolled down their cheeks.

Mr Udayabhanu and the defence lawyer erupted into a wordy duel, with the former demanding that Nisham pay up Rs 5 crore as compensation to the family since “he has Rs 5,000 crore”.

The day’s business ended with the judge announcing that he would pronounce the sentence on Thursday.

The victim family members and relatives filed past last. It was on the night of January 29, 2015 that Nisham rammed his Hummer on Chandrabose for not opening the gates to his apartment at Puzhakkal in Thrissur.


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Jail Term For Ibru: A Slap In The Wrist

The six months jail sentence meted out to Cecilia Ibru, for defrauding Oceanic Bank Plc of an eye-popping N191 billion while she was the bank’s managing director and Chief Executive Officer, is a slap in the wrist. The mild jail term gives the wrong impression that mega corruption pays as those who steal billions can always buy their way out.

Cecilia was sentenced last Friday to six months in prison for fraud and agreed in a plea bargain to hand over N190 billion worth of assets. The assets are made up of 94 properties scattered in many countries, including the United States and Dubai. The disgraced former top banker also agreed to forfeit stakes in 100 listed companies in Nigeria and abroad.

Some of the properties are: 4155 Chariot Way, USA, purchased for $452,508 on 12 March 2009 and registered as Anita Da Silva Ibru; 4145, Chariot Way, purchased for $440, 105 on 14 July 2009 and also registered as Anita Da Silva Ibru. 14605 Hawley Lane, purchased for $460, 703 on 22 July 2008 and registered as Janet Ibru, the banker’s daughter; 14630 Hawley Lane, purchased for $460, 703 on 17 May 2008 and also registered as Janet Ibru. 11300 Dappled Grey way, purchased for $987, 949, 000 on 7 October 2008 and registered as Cecilia Ibru; God Shepherd House, IPM Avenue, Opposite Alausa, Ikeja, and registered as Ogekpo Estate Managers. The list is not exhaustive.

The stolen assets are enough to stabilise a bank that was bailed out last year with N100 billion by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The assets will be managed by a state asset management firm set up to help recapitalise the rescued lenders and would allow Oceanic Bank to repay N100 billion it received in emergency funds.

Last year, when the CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, sacked eight of the country’s most senior bankers during an unprecedented $4 billion bailout, only few believed that they will be prosecuted. But, the prosecution and conviction of Cecilia Ibru is a good step in the right direction in the fight against mega corruption in the country.

Many others must be jailed for the breach of trust, theft and hardship they meted out to hard working hapless Nigerians.

It is absurd and excessive greed for a woman or anyone else to acquire properties that she and her great grand children will not need in their life time. With N190 billion worth of assets, Cecilia Ibru was richer than the bank she was managing. When the bank was on the brink of collapse last year, Ibru continued to acquire expensive properties in Nigeria and abroad unperturbed.

Cecilia Ibru was not only greedy, she was callous and idiotic. As the bank’s female marketers went round the country giving all they could to meet unrealistic targets set by Ibru, she used the money to acquire expensive properties all over the world.

After doing all these shameful acts with the complicity of some directors, she sat on the front row in church on Sundays and pretended to be pious. As it is now, Ibru has been sent back to a five star hospital where she is likely to spend her jail term, the same way convicted Tafa Balogun, former Inspector General of Police, who stole billions of police money, did. She may well serve her entire jail term in this hospital. This is unacceptable.

How can a person destroy so many lives and be allowed to go with such a mild punishment? Nigeria is not a banana republic where anything goes. Culprits must be punished according to the severity of their crimes to serve as a deterrent to others who engage in criminal acts.

There are many more Cecilia Ibrus out there, acquiring properties with public money. They steal and think they will never be caught. The case of a woman who killed her husband in Ibadan this week over N70 feeding allowance for the family is a pointer to what mega corruption can lead to. Corruption has created endemic poverty in our country, with many families finding it extremely difficult to feed even once a day.

We call on judges handling other cases of bank managers and other corrupt public officials to ensure that justice is done and culprits are given stiff penalties. It is only then that Nigeria can move forward. It is only then that others will be deterred.


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