Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), allegedly received exotic cars worth over N310 million, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The cars were said to have been purchased for him between June 28, 2013 and November 2014, allegedly from the proceeds of “shady oil deals” under the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
Secondus became the acting national chairman of the PDP in 2015 after the resignation of Adamu Mu’azu, following the party’s defeat at the polls. Before then, he was the party’s deputy national chairman.
According to The Nation , a fact-sheet obtained from the EFCC showed that N1.28 billion was spent on acquiring exotic vehicles for Secondus and two others.
Others indicted include Muazu and Albert Bassey, senator representing Akwa Ibom north-east senatorial district.
A breakdown showed that Secondus got vehicles or gifts worth N310million-N472.5million; Mua’zu, N504, 500,000 and Bassey, N303m.
The vehicles were reportedly purchased from Skymit Motors from the proceeds of what was due to the nation from the strategic alliance agreement between Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Nigeria Limited and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company(NPDC).
Some of the proceeds were said to have been initially diverted to Expedia Marines from where payments were made to Skymit Motors.
“As part of the investigation of Strategic Alliance Agreement between Atlantic Energy and NPDC, the EFCC team discovered that part of the proceeds of crude oil lifting were diverted to Expedia Marines and from the company several payments were made to a company called Skymit, which deals in assorted vehicles,” the fact sheet read.
“About 55 vehicles were bought for Secondus as follows: 10 Hiace High Roof @N8.5million each-8/4/14;15 Hiace Mid-roof @ N8.5million each; 25 Hiace High and Mid-roof @ N210million; Range Rover Autobiography @N50million Mercedez G63 @N36m (28/6/2013; 2 Toyota Hilux(D-Cabin Pick Up) @ N14million (8/4/14).
“Secondus was invited on February 23, 2016 in respect of investigation into alleged case of fraud and money laundering. He made a statement and he was granted bail on March 2, 2016.”
Secondus, in a statement to the EFCC, said: “All these gifts came to me from the Chairman of Atlantic Energy, Chief Jide Omokore over the years.
“I am not aware of the proceeds from Strategic Alliance Agreement being used to purchase the gifts.”
Ike Abonyi, his spokesman, said on Monday that “we are already in court on some of these allegations. If anybody has anything to prove, let him go to court”.
‘Tinubu’s Ex-Wife & Mother Of His First Son Is Dead’
The National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has lost his ex-wife.
Though information about the death of the estranged wife of the political icon was shrouded in secrecy, make it exclusively gathered that the deceased died about three and a half weeks ago.
She was said to be the mother of Jide who died on November 1, 2017. Jide was said to be the first son of Tinubu.
‘I don’t believe foreigners are involved in Nigeria killings’ – French envoy contradicts Buhari
Denys Gauer, outgoing French ambassador to Nigeria, says he does not believe that foreigners are involved in the killings across the country.
The French’s envoy position contradicts that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari had said that the killings are as a result of the influx of mercenaries from the Sahel region.
“It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region,” the president had said when Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, visited him in London back in April.
But speaking with journalists on Friday in Abuja, Gauer said impunity is encouraging the killings in the country and those responsible must be punished.
The envoy spoke to journalists in commemoration of the 2018 French National Day.
“The reason for the killings is demography; some people are fighting for land, so there must be direct policy to develop agriculture and animal husbandry,” he said.
“I think impunity is encouraging the killings and those responsible must be punished. I don’t believe foreigners are involved in the killings.
“The second is justice. When there is that kind of killing, there must be proper prosecution and perpetrators must be properly sentenced. If that does not happen then, it cannot end.”
INEC: Smartphones can be used at polling units but not inside voting cubicle
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has not banned the use of smartphones around polling unit areas.
The electoral body says the rule only comes into effect once a prospective voter enters the voting cubicle to cast his or her vote.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to INEC chairman, made the clarification in an interview with NAN on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said this while reacting to a statement issued by Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), condemning the decision of INEC to ban the use of smartphones at polling booths.
Secondus had alleged that the decision was to perfect a rigging formula for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
But Oyekanmi said the challenge of vote-buying and selling had prompted many stakeholders to call on INEC to devise innovative ways to tackle the problem.
He said: “In consultation with other stakeholders, the Commission came up with new measures to solve the problem, one of which is to disallow the use of smartphones and other electronic devices in the voting cubicles on election day.
“In other words, INEC is not banning phones around the polling unit area, but the ban takes effect from the moment a prospective voter collects his or her ballot paper and enters into voting cubicle to thumbprint and thereafter drop the folded ballot paper into the ballot box.
“After that, the voter can have access to his or her phone.”
Oyekanmi urged Nigerians to disregard any attempt by any individual or group to politicise what was purely a preventive measure.
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