Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has explained the rationale behind the appointments offered the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, by his administration.
The Kaduna State Government had appointed Sanusi as the Vice Chairman of the state’s Investment Board as well as Chancellor of the State University, barely 72 hours after his dethronement as Emir of Kano.
El-Rufai, while fielding questions from newsmen on Friday in Awe, Nasarawa State, when he came to visit the deposed monarch, said the Emir is a global asset that could turn around the economic fortunes of Kaduna State.
The governor said the former first class traditional ruler had been his confidant since their teens and that his visit to Awe was to encourage Sanusi in his moments of travail.
According El-Rufai, the Sanusi is a global citizen with a network of contacts around the world that can bring a lot of investment to Kaduna state.
“In his position as Emir of Kano, I couldn’t have offered him the appointment because I believe he should be attracting investments to Kano State. But once he became available, I seized the opportunity to bring that value to Kaduna State,” the governor explained.
On Sanusi’s appointment as the Chancellor of the state university, El-Rufai said it was to compensate for what he would have lost following his dethronement.
He noted the tradition in the country, where first class traditional rulers were always made Chancellors of universities, saying the appointment is to ensure he doesn’t feel any sense of loss.
The governor said: “I believe he (Sanusi) will add a lot of value to the growth of our university, which will be a multi-campus varsity with presence in seven out of the 23 local government areas of the state.
“We believe he can help a lot in implementing that road map,” he said.
The governor, who left Awe with the deposed Emir following the court order for his release, disclosed that Sanusi was heading to Lagos to be reunited with his family.
The deposed Emir departed Awe in the same vehicle with El-Rufai about 4:27 p.m enroute Abuja, where he would be flown to Lagos.
Access Bank Plc, on Friday, unveiled DiamondXtra season 12 savings promo to boost savings culture and drive Federal Government’s financial inclusion initiative.
Mr Victor Etuokwu, the bank’s Executive Director, Retail Banking, said at the launch in Lagos that it would give out N1 billion to customers in season 12.
According to him, 5,074 lucky customers will be rewarded in the promo.
Etuokwu said that the bank was looking at increasing its accounts from 41 million to 100 million by 2022.
“We are looking at bringing in up to 100 million accounts between now and 2022 as we are currently at 41 million accounts and so we are targeting Nigerians as we want every household in Nigeria to have a Diamondxtra account”, he said.
He stated that DiamondXtra savings promo season 12 had been packaged with amazing new segments and features to meet customers needs and aspirations.
The executive director said the bank had given out over N5.7 billion to over 22,000 customers since the inception of DiamondXtra savings promo initiative in 2008.
“This year will be wonderful for our Access Bank customers, especially the ones who have a DiamondXtra savings account.
“This season we are introducing several good stuffs over the last season.
“We will have over 63 winners for rent for a year category, three people winning salary for life and we will introduce a free health insurance scheme that will cover the customer, spouse and three children,” Etuokwu said.
He said that the bank had introduced a lot of loyalty schemes in the current promo.
Etuokwu noted that monthly draws would be conducted for women from March to December, where nine winners would be rewarded with N300,000 each to commemorate 2020 International Women’s Day.
He said that one of the lucky women would, apart from the N300,000, would get a shopping allowance of N100,000.
Also speaking, Mr Robert Giles, Access Bank Head, Products Insights and Capabilities, said the bank had remained committed to impacting the lives of Nigerians.
“We said we will stick to this initiative and this season we have made it bigger and better for Nigerians to participate, and we are excited about it because we are driving financial inclusion as well as savings in every household.
“This year, we will be crossing the N6 billion of prize funds which will be distributed to our customers, and we have tripled the number of people who will win in DiamondXtra Season 12.
“We are happy because we are still going to impact the lives of Nigerians in our quarterly and monthly draws”, Giles said.
Adaeze Umeh, the bank’s Head, Consumer Banking, stated that the bank would be rewarding 5,074 customers with about N1 billion and about 21 customers with a health insurance package amounting up to N1.6 million.
Umeh said new or existing customers can either open a DiamondXtra account in any one of its branches across the country or fund their account with a minimum of N5,000 to qualify for the draw.
Earlier, Mrs Pricilla Onuzulu, Deputy Director/ Coordinator, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), commended the bank for the initiative aimed at promoting savings culture and rewarding customers loyalty.
Onuzulu stated that the bank had been keeping to its promise since the introduction of the savings promo in 2008.
She assured customers that NLRC would not compromise standard, noting that the promo keeps getting better and better.
“NLRC will always be there to ensure transparency and standards are not going to be compromised,” Onuzulu added.
Mr Lawrence Amadi, Partner Technology Adviser KPMG, said the organisation had been with the bank since the inception of the promo.
Amadi said KPMG would continue to ensure that all qualified customers were included in the draw.
He said that transparency would remain the watchword in the selection process to give all eligible customers equal opportunity to win.
A Prosecution Witness, Kazeem Yusuf, on Friday, alleged that 78 companies collected various sums of money from the office of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), without executing any contract.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2015 charged former Minister of State, Finance, Bashir Yuguda, Dasuki, a former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, his son, Sagir and his company, Dalhatu Investment Limited, with 25 counts bordering on criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of public fund to the tune N19.4 billion.
Being led in evidence, by EFCC Counsel Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Yusuf alleged that sometime in November, 2015, EFCC received a petition from the ONSA’s office, signed by one A.A.Ibrahim.
He stated further that the matter was assigned to a team, including himself, set up by EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.
Yusuf stated that Dalhatu Investment Limited collected a total of N4.7 billion.
He alleged that about N1.1 billion was paid into the account of Javvama Ada Global Investment Nigeria Limited.
The witness said that investigation by the team revealed that Sagir was the director of Dalhatu Investment Limited and he was invited for interrogation.
“Sagir Bafarawa told EFCC that the money he received from Office of the National Security Adviser was for prayer.
“Later, he came with a booklet with a forwarding letter dated November 23, 2016 outlining how he expended the money.”
Among those who received from the money, the witness revealed, were All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidate in the 2015 election in Kaduna State, Muhammed Soba and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Sokoto State, Ambassador Abdallah Wali.
He alleged that Soba told EFCC that he got N85 million from Bafarawa to “help” nine of them who were members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly in the campaign for the 2015 election.
“He, however, refused to mention the names of the remaining eight people who received their own shares,” the witness told the court.
He alleged that Wali got N288 million through three companies for his gubernatorial election.
He added that from the amount, he (Wali) bought a fairly used Peugeot 406 vehicles for all the 23 PDP local government chairmen in Sokoto State for N1.3 million each.
The witness further stated that all the 23 chairmen were invited but only 17 reported.
He further told the court that they all confirmed that the vehicles were given to them to support Wali’s aspiration.
“We recovered 17 vehicles from the chairmen who reported to EFCC.
“Wali also bought bags of rice and 800 motorcycles for distribution to his supporters.
After listening to the testimony, Justice Hussein Yusuf of an FCT High Court, adjourned the matter until April 23 and April 24 for continuation of hearing.
FIFA has recommended that all international matches scheduled to be played in March and April be postponed because of coronavirus.
The global football body also said, in a statement on Friday, that clubs would not be obliged to release players for any matches which were played.
“The general football rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply for the upcoming international windows in March and April,” it said.
Bose Olasunkanmi, the woman allegedly used for fake miracles by some pastors in viral videos, shares her story with Punch
Where are you from?
I hail from Ilesa, Osun State.
How old are you?
I am 44 years old.
What religion do you practise?
I am a Muslim.
What is your educational background?
I attended Nawarudeen Primary School. I finished primary school in 1988 and came to Lagos in 1989. I lived with my mother before she died in 1990.
When did you start faking miracles for churches?
After my mother’s death, I started working with a food vendor. I worked there for nine years. In 1999, I had an accident and my leg and right hand were affected. The food vendor I was working with could no longer engage me because of the injuries. I then went to my sister’s place in Igando and I stayed with her from 2000 to 2003 when I met my husband. He married me with the injuries. We had three children together and he died on October 3, 2017. There was nothing for me again. No helper and no house for me to stay. I relocated with my children to my sister’s shop where we were living.
It was at the shop I met a girl called Fatila Musa. I begged her for money and she gave me N1, 000. She saw my hand and said if she took me to some churches I would make some money. She left and returned in September 2018. She then took me to a church in Ogba, Lagos.
What is the name of the church?
The church is Radiant Army Deliverance Ministry; I know the pastor as Tony Anthony.
How did you get to be used for fake miracle when you met him?
Before Fatila took me there, she taught me how I would act when we got to the church. We did the rehearsal at home. She taught me how to first hang my hand.
We went to the church at night. I sat when I got to the church and the pastor came. He took me to the altar. He asked me if I believe my hand could heal and I said yes. Meanwhile, the girl had already sent my picture to him and he already knew what he wanted to do.
He put a towel on my hand and prayed. He put oil on the towel to rob my hand. Immediately he removed the towel, I started putting down my hand gradually (she demonstrated). Fatila gave me N9, 000 when we left the church. Three days after, I returned to Pastor Tony Anthony’s church on Sunday. The pastor asked me to come out and he told the congregants that he helped me with N1m. But he didn’t give me anything. If he had given me N1m that day, I would not have gone to any other church again.
All the pastors were already aware of the whole thing and she was the coordinator. We would do rehearsals and she would send videos to the pastors. I would bring down the hand as they started praying for me. They knew everything was arranged because the girl had told them already.
Where else did you do the fake miracle?
I didn’t see the girl again until August 2019. I followed her to Port Harcourt (Rivers State). She took me to two churches. One of the pastors did his own (fake miracle) at a market. She also took me to a church in Abakaliki (Ebonyi State). In October 2019, she took me to the Mountain of Liberation and Miracle Ministry at Ojodu-Berger which is the last church I went to. The name of the Pastor is Chris Okafor.
As I sat in the church, the pastor called my name and I went out. I have never seen him before but Fatila had already given him all the details. She gave me N10, 000 after we left the church, Fatila called me and said one brother Henry from the church would give me N400, 000. She later sent Henry’s mobile to me and I called him. Henry asked me to send him my account number and I did. After some days, he sent N400, 000 into my account.
Why did Henry send the money to you?
He said I should not be involved in fake miracles again. He told me that the money should be used to rent a shop and an apartment. I used the money to rent a shop in Igando where police arrested me.
In your encounter with Pastor Okafor, he said your hand paralysed after you fell from the bed whereas you claimed you had an accident. Who is telling the truth?
I don’t know how the pastor came up with all he was saying about me when I was in his church. Maybe it was the Fatila that told him to say all those things.
Why didn’t you refute his claim?
What am I going to say? It is yes I would say. Why will I say no inside the church? I cannot say no because the girl (Fatila) has arranged everything.
After the service did you meet Pastor Okafor one-on-one?
No. There was no meeting. I left after the service. I didn’t discuss with the pastor; it is the girl I knew.
How much did you make from Port Harcourt and Abakaliki ‘miracle’ crusades?
The pastor in one of the two churches Fatila took me to in Port Harcourt is called Pastor Godswill Abbey. I got N11, 000 in his church. I can’t remember the name of the second pastor. Fatila gave me N7, 000 after ‘the miracle’ at the market. I got N9, 000 at Abakaliki.
Did you regret your action?
Yes, I did.
If I knew they would put my videos on the social media, I would not do it (the fake miracle). It is poverty that pushed me into it. When my husband died, I could not use my hands to do anything. I am a widow; there was no helper for me. If I knew it would lead to this, I would not have followed the girl (burst into tears).
My father has a stroke and my mother is dead. I lost one of my children and the remaining two live with my sister.
When your children heard about your plight, how did they feel?
Did they know you were going to churches to fake miracles?
They didn’t know.
Can you recount all you said before Pastor Okafor and others who performed ‘miracles’ on you?
Yes. In fact, I am ready to take the police to all the churches because I am tired. All the pastors should be arrested. I can confront them with everything I just said. They cannot deny that they don’t know me. I know I have made a mistake doing this, but I am tired. I regret doing what I did.