For the past six days Ogun State big boy, Ibrahim Egungbohun, a.k.a Dende, has been in the custody of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) headquarters in Abuja over his alleged illegal deal of smuggling.
Dende, who is also the Chairman of IBD Hotels in Abeokuta and Ilaro, was, according to impeccable sources in Customs, invited to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Service in Ikeja, Lagos, last week Wednesday.
As at the time of filing this story, he was still being held by the Service in Abuja.
Crime Puzzle investigation revealed that Dende’s arrest could not be unconnected with his smuggling activities in the southwest, which the presidency was not comfortable with, particularly as it runs foul of its policy on prohibited items.
Confirming the development, the Customs Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deputy Controller of Customs (DC), Joseph Attah said “he is our suspect and currently in our custody over his smuggling activities”.
Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), mostly from the National Assembly have defected from the ruling party.
In an expected move on Wednesday, the members, led by Buba Galadima, a former chieftain of the APC, formed a faction known as Reformed All Progressives Congress (RAPC).
The decision follows several hours of meeting in Abuja. Galadima was named the chairman of the new group.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Galadima said: “You will recall that in the buildup to the 2015 general election, some political parties and groups came together, and formed a brand new political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“This merger was based on the strong belief that Nigeria had come of age, but was severely underperforming and unable to meet its potentials for good governance. The Nigerian people entrusted power to the APC based on its promises and potentials.
“We are sad to report that after more than three years of governance, our hopes have been betrayed, our expectations completely dashed. The APC has run a rudderless, inept and incompetent government that has failed to deliver good governance to the Nigerian people. It has rather imposed dictatorship, impunity, abuse of power, complete abdication of constitutional and statutory responsibilities, infidelity to the rule of law and constitutionalism.
“It has failed to ensure the security and welfare of our people and elevated nepotism to unacceptable height. The APC has failed to deliver on its key promises to the nation. There is no evidence of any political will to reverse the decline of our party, while leaders who have created these circumstances continue to behave as if Nigerians owe our party votes as a matter of right.”
Describing the APC as “a monumental disaster”, Galadima said the convention and congresses of the party exposed the rots in the APC.
“The APC government, has been a monumental disaster, even worse than the government it replaced. The political party that was a vehicle for enthroning the government was rendered powerless by manipulations and complete lack of due process in its operations,” he said.
“The last straw, was the congresses and convention of the APC held recently. The Congresses were intensely disputed as it was conducted with impunity, total disregard for due process, disregard for the party Constitution and naked display of power and practices that have no place in a party we all worked the very hard to put in place.”
A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has granted an order of mandamus to compel the National Assembly to begin impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari, based on some alleged constitutional breaches.
Justice Maureen Onyetenu gave the ex parte order on Wednesday, following a motion filed before her by the Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ilesa branch, Mr. Kanmi Ajibola; and a human rights activist, Mr. Suleiman Adeniyi.
The activists had, about three months ago, written to the Senate and the House of Representatives to begin impeachment process against the President, based on the continuous killings and spending without lawmakers’ approval.
However, the duo approached the court seeking an order to compel the National Assembly to begin the process following their refusal to impeach Buhari based on the activists’ letters.
They alleged that the President did not possess a certificate to be qualified as a President and should be impeached based on this and other alleged impeachable offences.
The judge, in her ruling, granted the leave to compel the National Assembly to commence impeachment process against the President.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, PhD, has assumed office as a facilitator at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), as he inspected his office space at the Abeokuta Study Centre on Tuesday.
This was disclosed in a statement by the institution’s Director, Media and Publicity, Mr Ibrahim Sheme.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, had earlier appointed the former president as a facilitator after he bagged a PhD in Christian Theology in January from the institution.
A facilitator is a part-time academic coordinator for students in the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system which open universities operate.
The Director of the Abeokuta study centre, Prof. Ibrahim Salawu, said the office allocation became necessary, following his appointment as a facilitator in January.
Salawu, who led Obasanjo and other members of staff on a familiarisation tour of the centre, said “I am very pleased to have a former President of Nigeria as a colleague in the academia.”
Obasanjo expressed satisfaction at the office space allotted to him and promised to work for the progress of the university.
Just about a year after commissioning its largest plant in Nigerian, P&G – makers of sanitary pads and diapers – is set to shut the the production plant situated in Agbara Industrial Estate, Ogun State.
The company expanded its footprint in Nigeria in June 2017 with the commissioning of the state of the art production line which reportedly cost the firm about $300 million to complete.
Sources at the firm said about 120 workers are being laid off as part of the shut down with some of them already receiving their disengagement letters which is to commence next month.
“About 30 staff will be left who may either be outsourced or deployed to our only remaining plant in Nigeria,” a company source told Premium Times.
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The P&G plant was expected to contribute to Nigeria’s economic and social development through localization of its products.
Such plants were expected to make Nigeria a key export hub for Africa and create several jobs.
They also contribute significantly to Nigeria’s non-oil revenue.
The shut down will not, however be the first of such in Nigeria.
About 272 manufacturing plants were shut down across the country in 2016,according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.
The Ogun State Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service has said it has generated a revenue of N2.6bn between January and June 2018.
The Controller of the command, Michael Agbara, stated this on Wednesday at its Idiroko border office.
He told newsmen that the command’s anti- smuggling strategy was quite effective, as its operatives also seized 215 units of smuggled vehicles popularly known as ‘Tokunbo’being ferried through illegal routes into the country.
“In the last six months, other seizures according to Agbara include a total of 15,976 bags of foreign rice 50Kg each, 1,148 kegs of vegetable oil, 24 motorcycles, 161 compressed packs of Indian hemp among others”.
Agbara, also reviewing the activities of the command within the last one month, said it generated N393.5m, seized 37 smuggled vehilces and 3,000 bags of foreign rice among others.
He disclosed that concerning the rice seizure, a particular truck intercepted around Mowe-Ibafo axis conveyed 600 bags packaged in branded bags of a local producer of rice, in order to beat the Customs’ operatives.
He said, “Ninety-nine out of these 600 bags were the local brand of the rice producer while 501 bags were smuggled foreign parboiled rice re-bagged in the bags of the local producer.
“They did this just to beat our operatives but our operatives were vigilant and were able to detect this.”
He also said one drone camera, 244 kegs of vegetable oil, 208 pairs of used shoes, 4,220 cartons of tomato paste, and 115 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit(petrol) among others.
“Interestingly, we seized a drone at our parcel post when people think they can use it. If you want to buy drone and you bought it make sure you get an end user certificate, in this case there is nothing like that. Since a month ago, we gave the person that bought it a chance to bring the end user certificate, but since he’s yet to come I dont have any other choice than to seize it, that is the directive from the government.
“Equally, I want to inform you that all these efforts are achieved through hardworking of my officers who are on patrol day and night”, Agbara said.
The controller said the smugglers usually smuggled the PMS through the creeks.
Agbara warned smugglers to desist from the illegal venture, adding that the command would continue “to go after them whether in the creeks, bush or on the road. “
He, however, said three suspects had been arrested concerning some of the seizures.
A young lawyer demanding for his salary was asssuassa by some SARS officers, allegedly on the orders of his boss who is also a lawyer.
Diamond Bank recently announced the appointment of Oluseyi Bickersteth as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective June 26, 2018.
This appointment comes against the backdrop of Bickerseth’s strong values and vision which both align with the bank’s current focus of delivering excellent performance by leveraging technology to provide financial solutions to retail markets.
Commenting on the appointment, Uzoma Dozie, GMD/CEO, Diamond Bank, said: “We are honoured to have Mr Oluseyi Bickersteth join and chair our Board of Directors. We welcome his wealth of experience and look forward to his valuable contributions.”
Bickersteth holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan and an M.Sc. in Economics from the York University in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
Prior to being the Chairman of KPMG Africa Practice and National Senior Partner of the Nigerian Practice, he was the Head of Tax and Regulatory practice and served as Engagement Partner on major tax advisory and compliance projects. Bickersteth played an oversight and coordinating role in KPMG’s delivery of professional services to companies in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroun, Angola, Equatorial Guinea & Gabon. He also heads the Oversight Committee for KPMG Africa.
He was involved in Vision 2010 of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which prepared a memorandum on the vision for Nigeria, by year 2010. He has also chaired a working group on “Nigerian Tax Reforms 2003 & Beyond” for the Federal Government of Nigeria and has served on the technical committee of the Federal Government that prepared the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for the oil and gas sector.
Bickersteth takes over from Prof. Chris Ogbechie who retired, on March 31, 2018, after completion of his tenure.
Chelsea have turned down a bid in excess of £50m for Willian from Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.
It was gathered talks are ongoing between the two clubs and representatives of the player, who is currently away on international duty with Brazil at the World Cup.
Sky Sports reports Barcelona first began efforts to lure Willian to the Nou Camp as long as three months ago.
It was reported in May that Manchester United were also interested in signing the versatile winger this summer.
It was understood that the Brazil midfielder wanted to leave Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte remained as head coach.
Willian made 55 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last season, scoring 13 goals.
However, he was left out of the starting line-up for the 1-0 FA Cup final win over United at Wembley, coming on as an injury time substitute.
In total, Willian has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.