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Ekiti: I Regret Joining Politics, Won’t Contest Again – ADC Gov. Candidate



Wole Oluyede, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress in Saturday’s Ekiti State governorship election,  on Wednesday, expressed regret for joining politics, following the turn of events in the poll.

Oluyede, an Australia-based medical doctor, who said he had lost hope in the electoral process in Ekiti State, said, “I am not going to run again because I think any contest now is for the highest bidder and I won’t waste my time and energy”.

The ADC candidate, who came fourth in the election, said that he deliberately refused to buy votes in Saturday’s election, adding, “I have lost hope in the entire process in the state, it is a tragedy. I didn’t buy the votes of the Ekiti people deliberately.

“I can’t use my hard-earned resources to run around talking to people on why I should be elected and I will still need to buy people, security agencies, and the Independent National Electoral Commission. It appears politics here does not mean the best will emerge,” he said.

Oluyede said he would not challenge in court the outcome of the election which he said was highly monetized, saying such would amount to time-wasting as he alleged that the entire election process including the electoral umpire and security agencies were hijacked by vote-buyers thus making it easy to induce voters without any hindrance.

He said, “Ekiti people have chosen the leader they want by collecting money to vote and they should not complain of lacking basic and social amenities in the future. The problem Ekiti has now is that the people are poor and that was why they could buy their conscience. That was what All Progressives Congress used in gaining the heart of many people.

“More worrisome is the fact that the people do not want a solution to the problem of poverty. That was why even when we came with an agenda to address the poverty confronting them, they still expected us to buy their votes before we could help them. The winner is not the best, but he is the one the people deserved.

“It was consensual. Nobody can say that the inducement was forced on them. Personally, I have learned a new lesson about Ekiti. If I had known, I would not have become a politician, much more contest for election.”

Oluyede, who denied insinuations that APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, bankrolled his campaign, said, “I have not seen Tinubu since 2018. I ran my political activities with my hard-earned fund. I was part of the South West Agenda for the Tinubu 2023 team that supported his emergence as an APC presidential candidate. I gave financial support to SWAGA”.

However, APC governorship candidate and governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji, had exonerated himself and APC from vote-buying, saying victory in the election was based on people’s trust for the party following his manifesto and Governor Kayode Fayemi’s impressive performance in office.


Court Remands Late MKO’s Wife, Maid For Assaulting Female Police Officer



A Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja has remanded the wife of the acclaimed winner of the 1993 presidential election, late M.K.O Abiola, Prof. Zainab Duke-Abiola, and her domestic staff, Rebecca Enechido, for allegedly assaulting a female officer, Inspector Teju Moses, attached to her.

The court ruled that the widow of the late philanthropist would remain in Suleja prison till next month when the case would be coming up for hearing.

They were arraigned before the court on Friday by the Abuja police command to serve as a deterrent to other Nigerians that want to assault law enforcement officers across the country.

Duke-Abiola and her maid were arraigned by the police over offense bordering on criminal conspiracy, hurt without provocation, attempt to commit culpable homicide, and an intentional insult to cause a breach of trust.

During the hearing, the court turned down the bail request presented before it by the legal practitioner and ruled that she and the maid be remanded.

Report has it that the third suspect, a male, was on the run to prevent arrest after the incident in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Duke-Abiola, a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, and her staff arrest were approved by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba, after preliminary investigations showed that the female police officer, who was attached to the Don, was assaulted for refusing to go against the ethics of her profession.

Baba, who condemned the assault through a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Thursday, described the treatment from the Don and her maid to the female inspector as grievous.

Also, the Police boss withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the female activists after the attack in Abuja.

According to the statement, Zainab Duke, an Mbaise-born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in the company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.

“It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.

“The Inspector-General of Police, who similarly ordered the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the Professor, expressed consternation at the fact that an individual who claims to be an advocate for Human Rights could stoop so low as to violate the rights of another individual, a police officer tasked with ensuring her protection”.

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Inside Ogun: Gunmen ‘Kidnap Three’ Police Officers In Wasinmi



At least three policemen who left Lagos for Ogun State for a discreet investigation are feared abducted hours after arriving in the state.

The team led by Inspector Oladipo Olayemi was said to have been abducted by some gunmen in Ogun State, who accosted them around 2:30 pm.

But a commercial driver conveying them to the target location escaped the attack.

Sources said the police officers were kidnapped on Thursday at Wasinmi, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Reports said the cops arrived in Ogun State from Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos State, and formally booked at the Police Division in Wasinmi before leaving for the place of primary assignment but never made it to the location.

It was gathered that the commercial driver, who conveyed the cops escaped by the whisker from the kidnappers.

The Divisional Police Officer in Ewekoro has led his men on a search and rescue mission for the missing policemen.

The Ogun State police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident but clarified that only one policeman was abducted.

He added that the police is on the trail of the kidnappers, assuring that the victims would be rescued.

“People were kidnapped, but only one policeman is involved,” he said.

“We are on the trail of the kidnappers. Do you think we are going to keep quiet? We will get them and rescue the victims unhurt,” Oyeyemi said.

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REVEALED: How FG Engaged US Firm To Recover Illicit Funds ‘Linked’ To Atiku, Fayose, Obanikoro In 2021



The federal government, in 2021, engaged the services of a US firm to recover illicit funds allegedly traced to the account of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to TheCable, The firm was also contracted to retrieve such funds from the accounts of Ayodele Fayose, former Ekiti governor, and Musiliu Obanikoro, a former senator.

In a memo marked HAGF/AABIOLA/USA/2021/VOL.1/1 — and dated May 31, 2021 — Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), engaged Akib Abiola as the lead recovery agent to recover the funds on behalf of the federal government.

In the letter of engagement, Malami said the stolen assets are currently under forfeiture proceedings.

“Following the proposal submitted by Mr. Akib Abiola. (hereinafter “Lead Recovery Agent”) vide letter dated 9 March and 6 May 2021 respectively, please be informed that the federal government of Nigeria has engaged you to recover the funds traced to the accounts located in the United States of America and belonging to the individuals listed in paragraph 2 of this engagement letter (hereinafter illicit funds),” the letter reads.

“The scope of the engagement is for the recovery of the illicit funds traced to Mr. Atiku Abubakar, Mr. Ayo Fayose, And Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro in the United States of America.”

Abiola was given the responsibility of “instituting an action severally or jointly against Atiku Abubakar, his family and associates towards recovering the stolen assets due to the FGN from the proceeds of crime currently under a forfeiture proceeding at the United States”.

Other responsibilities include “identifying and providing information to the undersigned (Malami) about any assets subject or likely to be subject to forfeiture proceedings in the United States of America, limited to Mr. Ayo Fayose (former governor of Ekiti States) and Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro (former minister of state for defence and former High commissioner to Ghana)”.

The lead recovery agent was also mandated to negotiate settlements, sign letters, and agreements, and work in collaboration with the AGF for the purpose of recovering the funds.

The AGF noted that “where lead recovery agent and its partner solicitors identifies any other assets (financial or otherwise) which may be pursued as a recovery prospect, it shall bring such information to the attention of the undersigned (Malami) for express approval before proceeding with any legal processes towards the recovery and repatriation of such asset”.

According to the AGF, the lead recovery agent is entitled to a “success fee” amounting to five percent of “actual recoveries made and remitted to the designated accounts” of the federal government.

“This fee shall be paid in respect of cash recovery within sixty (60) days of the collective receipt of same by the federal government of Nigeria,” the letter reads.

“The aforesaid success fee shall be deemed to cover all the expenses incurred by the lead recovery agent and any agents or associates contracted by your firm in the course of its engagement. For the avoidance of doubt, the federal government of Nigeria will not enter separate terms of engagement with such agents, associates, attorneys or sub-contractors.”

Credit: The Cable

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