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Yes. he said, long-term study of 100, 60, Colo. failed to yield at the intersection of Lake Street and 2nd Avenue in Ray and hit the bus the North Dakota Highway Patrol said Other than the driver the school bus had no passengersThe driver Matthew Page 24 of Ray was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured Bement was not wearing any safety restraints and was taken to Tioga Medical Center and later airlifted by Valley Air Medical to Minot for non-life-threatening injuries Bement faces charges of driving under suspensionA chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Chief Francis Fadahunsi is a frank man any day speaking his mind on broad spectrum of issues In an exclusive interview with DAILY POST’s Timothy-Enietan Matthews the retired Assistant Comptroller General of Customs bore his mind on the 2015 general elections the perceived worsening condition of Osun State workers snail speed of the Buhari presidency National Assembly leadership and other sundry issues Excerpts: How will you appraise the 2015 general elections The last general elections were generally peaceful particularly the presidential and the National Assembly elections but unfortunately we did not have upto 60% turnout of voters It was a grave mistake on the part of the then government to have allowed the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Prof Atahiru Jega to use card readers for major elections for the first time We were shouting in the South West that he should use the House of Assembly as a test run and not the presidential election It was also a consensus in the South that card readers will not work in the North because of the attempt to short-change the Southern part of the country generally because of the level of illiteracy and the war in the North East Former President Goodluck Jonathan did not agree with us until he was held for hours trying to get accredited with the card reader For him to now tell the whole world that card readers should be discarded and incident forms should be used the election was almost gone So we had low electoral turnout in the South while in the North you had all sorts of human beings including the underage voting People like us who have traveled all over the country knew it was time up for him The election went as planned and it ended well Are you saying the election was manipulated Yes It was manipulated to favour a particular group But why was it that the government that was in power could not do anything about it I was once with the former President and his wife and I once told him that with the way he was using presidential power he will be the first President to be disgraced out of power if he did not manage it well and after that he will go to prison He is the first President I have seen that not negotiate his political exit He did not put conditionalities at all and he did not negotiate his political exit A northerner or anybody else would have done that He has also forgotten that the people taking over from him are much more politically inclined Well he has gone and prediction number one has come to pass and the second prediction is coming You can see all manner of allegations of corruption flying around Billions of dollars are alleged to have been stolen and President Muhammadu Buhari may just close his eyes and move against him We all know he has disgust for corruption Agreed that he has disgust for corruption but what about the people that Nigerians say they don’t trust that are around him Well when you talk about revolution it can come in any form Revolutionary leadership can be thrown by all kinds of human beings The important thing is that the person who was assisted by the same system people are complaining about is still the same person; it is still the same Buhari You can see that things are already happening in the polity with the way the Jagabans of this world were waved aside and Saraki came up Before they knew what was happening and rush to the National Assembly the election was already over Even though they are powerful they are not as powerful as God Are you saying the emergence of Saraki and Dogara is good for the country Better It is better because there is no single human being that will control the Senate and the House of Representatives against the executive Tinubu nominated Lawan and Gbajabiamila and if he happens to have a problem with Buhari he can just call on them to remove him but God said no There are people who say what happened in the National Assembly is wrong because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu played a major role in installing the present government… He played a major role Does he think the Federal Government is Lagos State Government or Ogun and the rest of the South West This is no regional government where his money plays enormous role where people worship money Where we have lost our integrity as Yoruba race where we play into the hands of political money bags The truth now is that with the power back in the North except the North with their assumed political majority willingly return power back to the South it will never return Chief Obafemi Awolowo tried it instead of limiting himself to the region and maintains political leadership he died frustrated Dr Nnamdi Azikwe also went the same way The same thing happened to MKO Abiola Only former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan succeeded with the backing of the North You contested in the last general election to represent Osun East at the Senate but lost; what happened There is little I can say about that election at the moment because we are at the tribunal I do not want to jeopardise the case or be seen to be in contempt of the court but every sane person in Osun East knows what transpired There was nothing on ground for the APC in the senatorial election but because the governor had decided on what to do with INEC we got what we got But the truth is that the repercussion is there for the people to see We have left everything to God and it is also in the court of the people We are waiting for the judgment of the tribunal and we know justice will prevail Osun State workers have not received salaries for six months and you are one of the people that have donated food stuff to them; what is the motivation Number one I am from Osun a political leader in my own right and I am okay with what I have When we were telling Osun people to be careful with the government in the state they thought we were blackmailing I was singled out by the governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his group blackmailing and abusing me for more than five hours He called me several names; I have the video clips He said I am not grounded Today we can all see what is happening Osun is a poor state no doubt but a reasonable government would have taken advantage of the agrarian nature of the people and invest heavily in agriculture to promote prosperity and enhance its income By now Osun would have been one of the richest in the country But because they met money they thought it will keep flowing Osun is today having problems because of misplaced priority and corruption Things are so terrible that he said they are beyond him Now if a governor can come out to say the problem of the state is beyond him and people asking him to resign; what do you think is the right thing for him to do I will not say he should resign because he said things are beyond him but I will rather appeal to the Federal government to give the states a general amnesty even if it means giving them extra money If things are left the way they are you can only imagine what will happen to the poor workers in the states But then President Buhari must ask them what they did with the money they have been receiving Even if you say Aregbesola should resign today the damage has already been done Let him stay there and carry his cross Election is coming if the people of Osun are all blind let them vote for his party again When the governor took over he met a monthly overhead cost of N18 billion and about 5000 people left the workforce either voluntarily or through sack He has not employed more than 300 people since he took over yet his monthly overhead cost has shot to over N4 billion monthly Is that not administrative and establishment fraud The overhead should have gone down and not going up Senator Omisore recently said the state government is owing about N480 billion but the governor denied that; if the state is actually owing that much how do you think it can survive The truth is that I see the state looking inwards They have started labelling houses including those that wind blew their roofs for the purpose of generating revenue The question is will they pay For me the only way out of this will be for the federal government to bail them out President Buhari was sworn in almost a month ago but up till now he has not made any major appointment; what do you think is happening I want Nigerians to know that President Buhari is not the same agile man they used to know; he is a 72 year old man He is president today by the grace of God and it is also only God that will allow his health to sustain him to carry the problems of the entire nation I would have wished he got this opportunity immediately he showed interest in 2003 But for now we have to beg God to give him wisdom with the type of people surrounding him and with the type of society he is governing It is generally accepted that Buhari hates corruption which is a major problem in our society If Nigeria does not kill corruption corruption will kill Nigeria Corruption is a creation of human beings and they are still living with it How do you kill it You have to kill human beings Democracy does not allow us to kill human beings so you have to take it easy and reduce corruption It is advisable for him to take things easy before making sensitive appointments Who is he going to appoint that has not being tarnished and tainted by corruption Who will he appoint now that Nigerians will not say look at this person Who do you want him to appoint as Chief of Staff Is it Ameachi or Fashola Who will he appoint as NSA Is it Danbazzua that is running after him everywhere But he has to put somebody What is your message to the suffering Osun workers Well Osun people should continue to pray that God will forgive the government in the state for misplacing their priority and for fake Lagos life Aregbesola is from Lagos he grew up in Lagos If he had been baptized with the poverty waters of Osun he would have known the pains of the people before taking any decision A good manager will first take care of the wages of workers so that their sweat will not dry off Their sweats are dried and they are dying They should pray for God to forgive him The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed that the sum of N27 billion part of the proceeds of the sale of Power Holding Company of Nigeria was shared among top government functionaries of the immediate past administration The EFCC disclosed this in a court paper filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 5 2017 obtained by Punch In the court paper the EFCC alleged that the total sum of N2718823220820 looted by the named officials was said to be meant for the settlement of the insurance premiums for disengaged members of staff of PHCN The then Chief of Staff to the then President Goodluck Jonathan Brig Gen Jones Arogbofa (retd); the then Accountant General of the Federation Jonah Otunla; and the then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power Dr Godknows Igali were named in the scam Others are a cousin to Jonathan Robert Azibaola; a former Director -General Bureau for Public Enterprises Benjamin Dikki; and a former Minister of State for Power Mohammed Wakil A supporting affidavit filed alongside the EFCC’s ex parte application stated how the money was shared The commission alleged that through proxies Arogbofa got N150m; Dikki N1 bn; Igali N475m; Otunla N36 bn; Jonathan’s cousin Azibaola N2 5 bn; and Wakil N118m The application alleged that of the total sum of N27 188232208 allegedly misappropriated by the government officials the sums of N6 584785 US $ 222000 and N2 028800000 worth of shares of Aso Savings Limited had been recovered from the suspects The document stated that the recovered money was being kept in the EFCC’s Recovered Funds Account domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria It added that apart from the monetary recovery 12 houses as well as two pieces of land located in Lagos Ibadan and Abuja and which were allegedly bought with proceeds of the loot had also been recovered The EFCC by its ex parte application is seeking orders of interim forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of the sums of N6 58478500000 and US $ 22200000 “recovered in the course of investigation and presently in the possession of the EFCC in its Recovered Funds Account domiciled at the CBN” It also seeks the interim forfeiture of “units of ASO savings shares worth the sum of N2 02880000000 “ recovered in the course of investigation” It said the share certificates were “ in the possession of the EFCC” The application also seeks an “order of interim forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria of the properties allegedly “ recovered in the course of investigation from several persons and bodies and presently under the control of the EFCC (the applicant)” The commission is also asking the court to direct the publication of a notice in any national daily newspaper “inviting any person (s) or body who may have interest in the funds and / or assets/properties to show cause within 14 days of the publication of the order of final forfeiture to the Federal Government of Nigeria why the said funds and assets/ properties forfeiture order should not be made” The anti-graft agency through a member of its Special Investigation Committee Madaki Yakubu who deposed to a supporting affidavit explained that it received intelligence report concerning the looted N27 bn in August 2016 The investigating officer explained that the sum of N27bn which was part of the proceeds of the sale of PHCN was released upon a recommendation by the Bureau for Public Enterprises and presidential approval for settlement of insurance premiums for disengaged staff of the company He said the money was released to Great Nigeria Insurance He said there were however hiccups that arose in the process of paying the money to GNI Plc but instead of returning the money to the treasury “some unscrupulous public officials conspired among themselves and misappropriated the funds” He added that investigation revealed “that the funds less taxes which amounted to the sum of N26 236594986 was fraudulently paid to BBIL for further sharing to the conspirators ostensibly to collate details of beneficiaries verify their claims and effect payment of group life and group accident insurance claim” On how the alleged loot was shared the document stated “That in furtherance of the fraudulent scheme BBIL in turn paid out the sum of N6 bn from the said funds to PJO Ventures Limited a company controlled by Cecilia Osipitan who doubled as the Managing Director /CEO of GNI Plc “ That further to paragraph 9 above the remaining sum of N20 bn was further shared by BBIL amongst individuals and corporate bodies who acted as proxies and nominees of top government functionaries while BBIL also retained a part of the proceeds of unlawful activity for itself “That investigation further revealed that the details of the beneficiaries of the fraudulent sharing and criminal misappropriation of the public funds are as follows: “Sunrise Estate Development Limited a company controlled by one Sami A Jaoude fraudulently received the sum of N150m out of the funds from the account of BBIL on behalf of Brig Gen Arogbofa (retd) the Chief of Staff to the then President Goodluck Jonathan for development of a personal property “Kebna Studios & Communication Limited a company in which Mr Benjamin Ezra Dikki the then DG of BPE has interest fraudulently received the sum of N1 bn out of the funds by the order of BIBL “Cheltenham Investment Services Limited controlled by one Ifeyinwa Umunnakwe Okeke fraudulently received the sum of N475m out of the funds from the account of BBIL ostensibly to invest on behalf of Dr Godknows Igali the then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power “WESAC Farms Limited and five other companies all linked to Otunla Jonah then Accountant General of the Federation fraudulently received the sum of N3 6 bn out of the funds from BBIL and used the sum of N2 0288 bn to purchase Aso Savings’ shares in the name of LAVAGRE Y Limited “Sentinel Investment & Property Limited fraudulently received the sum of N45m also from BBIL out of the misappropriated funds “KAKARTA CE Limited and its promoter one Robert Azibaola fraudulently received the sum of N2 5 bn out of the funds from BBIL “Carozzeria Nig Limited and Pikat Properties Limited both controlled by the then Minister of State for Power Mohammed Wakil fraudulently received the respective sums of N118m and N30 m from BBIL out of the misappropriated funds “Nathan Christopher Construction Limited received the sum of N475m from BBIL out of the misappropriated funds on the pretext of a loan” The commission stated that the funds ” paid in favour of the respective beneficiaries thereof represent proceeds of unlawful activity to wit criminal conspiracy criminal breach of trust criminal misappropriation and abuse of office by the public officers involved on one hand and the unlawful act of obtaining by false pretences receiving stolen property and money laundering by the companies involved and their promoters on the other hand ” It added “In the course of investigation the public officials representatives and management of some of the beneficiary companies surrendered the properties listed as items No 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 & 12 in the schedule to the Motion on Notice and refunded various amounts of money in Naira and US Dollars (the total of each is stated on the Motion paper) to the Recovered Funds Account of the EFCC domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria “That further to paragraphs 12 & 13 above in the course of our investigation we discovered that the properties listed as items No 1 2 3 & 4 in possession of PJO Ventures Limited were substantially purchased with the proceed of unlawful activities of the company and its promoters as stated in paragraph 9 above “That further to paragraphs 11(d) & 12 above the boards of Aso Savings Limited and Lavagrey Development Company Limited have respectively passed separate resolutions surrendering and forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria the said shares purchased with the proceeds of unlawful activity “That further to the foregoing paragraphs I know as a fact that the recovered funds are proceeds of the stated unlawful activities and /or unclaimed properties and that it is desirable and in the interest of justice to grant our prayers remotely 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