#Dasukigate: Obanikoro responds to EFCC probe of sons over alleged N4.8billion fraudulent payment

FILE PHOTO: Senator Musiliu Obanikoro declaring his ambition to rule Lagos
FILE PHOTO: Senator Musiliu Obanikoro declaring his ambition to rule Lagos

The immediate past Minister of State, Foreign Affairs Musiliu Obanikoro has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to sincerely publish the names of the directors and signatories to the Sylvan McNamara Limited account that allegedly received N4.8billion from the office of the National Security Adviser.

In a statement circulated on his behalf by his media aide, Jonathan Eze, Mr. Obanikoro said the EFCC should provide details of the real signatories to the account “as at when the said money was paid instead of demonising and deceiving Nigerians with vague, contrived and distorted information”.

“Obanikoro is appalled by the public political persecution embarked upon by these agencies noting that there is nowhere in the world where investigations are being conducted using the pages of the newspapers,” the statement said.

The former minister also “queried the wisdom and logic of bandying figures and associating same with his sons who are thorough bred professionals in their own rights reminding them that the court of law is and remains the judicial institution for trying cases and not whipping sentiments in order to give the dog a bad name and hang it.”

Saying he served the nation in various capacities with enviable and untainted records of public service, Mr. Obanikoro urged the EFCC to be straight and above board in its investigations and avoid speculations and conjectures that are infringing on the fundamental human rights of his sons.

The statement reads in parts, “Associating my sons to the Sylvan McNamara account that allegedly received funds from the office of the embattled National security Adviser is highly preposterous and unthinkable.

“I am particularly amazed by the fact that trials and investigations are being done using the media unconventionally just to satisfy the cravings of political entities who are desperate to rub my hard earned reputation in the mud.

“I am using this medium to challenge … the EFCC to publish in good conscience the signatories and the names of the directors of the said company and to restate that I shall conclusively pursue this injustice and infringements to a logical end.”

The former minister also attacked news website, SaharaReporters, for publishing the report indicating that an account linked to his sons received funds from the NSA office, although other news platform, including PREMIUM TIMES, also published the reports.

Reports Saturday had indicated that two sons of the former minister Babajide and Gbolahan Obanikoro, were on the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after about N4.75billion was traced to a company, Sylvan McNamara Limited, in which the two men have interest.

Operatives believe the investigation might lead to the invitation of former Minister Obanikoro himself.

The politician is currently in the United States where he is said to be schooling.

The money was allegedly paid in several tranches into the company’s account number 0026223714 with Diamond bank from the Office of the National Security Adviser account with the CBN.

According to the source, all the transfers were effected between June and December 2014, a period that coincided with the preparation for and the conduct of the Ekiti state gubernatorial election which ushered in the current administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

For instance N200m was transferred into Sylvan Mc Namara’s account on June 5, 2015, while N2billion was also wired into the account from the CBN/ Imprest Main account on June 16, 2015.

Another transfer of N700million hit the account on July 7, 2014, while N1billion was credited to the account on July 30, 2014.

Other transfers included N160m on August 8, 2014; N225m on August 22, 2014; N200m on November 14, 2014 and N200m on December 5, 2014.

Both Gbolahan and Babajide Obanikoro, sources disclosed, as directors of the company, were also signatories to its account until 2014 when one Olalekan Ogunseye was made sole signatory to the account.

EFCC sources disclosed that the payments to the company from the office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, were made without any contract.

Mr. Dasuki is being prosecuted for allegedly mismanaging $2.1billion meant for arms procurement to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-west region of Nigeria.

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  • Spoken word

    All na story.please come back to Nigeria and defend yourself.

    • Demola Anthony-Pearce

      @disqus_IU5znOohb5:disqus

      The other CBN theft case of ₦1.4 Trillion is on all fours and it
      is so embarrassing and so unfortunate for Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. It has
      ruined him forever. He can hope on hope but sooner or later President Buhari
      will have no choice than to apply the law of the land, and bring Sanusi Lamido
      into custody for trial. I have read the full audit report myself. These points here as
      highlights point to only half the picture. Sanusi Lamido presided over the most
      corrupt regime of a public institution in the history of Nigeria. The total
      amount found missing or and stolen under his irresponsible headship is a
      staggering 1.4 TRILLION NAIRA. There’s no way Sanusi Lamido can escape
      some detention for criminal investigation over this financial crime against
      humanity. He will shortly be arrested. Musliu Obanikoro is in the same boat
      as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Both men tell tall stories to wiggle out and just
      hope against hope that they will be let go with whatever cache of loot.
      Both Musiliu Obanikoro and Sanusi Lamido shall soon be arrested.

      • Paul Graham

        My friend lef story for Nollywood. For now na oga former minister and sons get query! Na turn by turn.

      • Spoken word

        lol.desperation no good o.

    • Bara

      You nailed it

    • alkali

      BUT THIS IS ALL WE KNOW………

      • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police guards
      in one year.
      • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
      • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
      • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
      expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
      • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons unknown,
      • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
      Central Bank image,
      • ₦160billion was paid out by Sanusi Lamido at Central Bank for self-determined activities,
      • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in CBN account as paid to a non-operating airline
      for charter service.

      • Bash

        We know u so dont hide u are Obanikoro son

      • joe

        And what has that go to do with Oba’nkoro

        • AFRICANER

          Believe it or not, that’s the way accusations work. If you extend innocence to Lamido Sanusi until proven guilty, you owe the same courtesy to everyone accused by EFCC or the government.

      • objective

        Excise me sir, I think your statistics is very dodgy.

        • AFRICANER

          You are ‘excised’!

      • Walter Debosky

        The virus amnesia deliberatis has infected majority of Nigerians,Fashola 135 million boreholes dey there oo,

      • Buhari4Ever

        Sanusi is sitting pretty with the last laugh!! Today, where are those who maliciously removed Sanusi from office?

      • Spoken word

        Abeg go siddon am I EFCC.

  • dhepo

    it may be a sham defence from him as is usual with our politicians however, cant Efcc also conclude their investigation and arrests before sensationalising issues? just a thought. As yet no conviction has been made on any of the cases.

    • tundemash

      I didn’t read anywhere EFCC gave the news to SaharaReporters/PremiumTimes

      • Paul Young

        exactly

    • joe

      I agree with you. I will feel better after the first high level criminal, saraki for instance, goes to jail.

    • Paul Young

      News agencies like premium times and sahara reporters are competitive business enterprises.They thrive on early reportage of news and exclusive stories thats why the newspapers themselves do investigative journalism. No government agency or official ever said anything about obanikoro and sons. ÉFCC isnt sensationalising anything. premium times and sahara reporters are free to report whatever they want. If the government stops them you will be the first to come hear and cry foul that the government is gagging the media

      • dhepo

        you dont seem to get my drift. I am in full support of trying of this high profile corruption cases and I do not support gagging of the press. My concern has always been that corruption related cases should not be sensationalised. There should be logical conclussions its no use when we hear this and that person is arrested and later they are released without convictions. Does it mean there is no evidence to convict them or have they plea bargained?

        • Paul Young

          Well good point. But dont forget that before now EFCC had a very appaling conviction record especially in high level cases of politicians. I favor plea bargains anyway. You admit you took the money, you make a statement and sign it. Then u refund the no money and get a slap on the wrist. Gunning for long prison sentences will backfire with our weak judicial system with lots of loopholes that theses expensive SAN’s will exploit easily

          • dhepo

            Well said sir, if its plea bargain the government should let us know or the investigative journalists should bring it out to public domain. However our judiciary needs ‘cleansing’

  • Julius

    There must have been a playbook where they learn how to first deny allegations which at the end they will confess that indeed they received the said money but, for a special assignment. Remember Methu ?

    • joe

      Then they fall sick, and then say the court has no juriisdiction. After that they run to another court praying for perpetual injuction against their trials. In order words, anything but facing trial..

      • Julius

        Yesssssssss. lolz. Example : SARAKI. They havent found out that Buhari is not Jonathan. Give them a minute, they will ! When they started paying Methu a solidarity visit in jail, some in red caps. lmaoooo !!

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Obanikoro, wait until the FBI arrests you and transports you to the EFCC. Come back here and answer for yourself.

    • Onike24

      He can’t be extradited easily, he is an American Citizen! How a Minister of DEFENCE can be a foreign national is utterly and totally beyond me!

      • Tunsj

        Nonsense. Do you know the meaning of EXTRADITION AGREEMENT?

        • Shugaba Nkasa

          Even if his only citizenship is American, the treaty with Nigeria stipulates that he be extradited under certain conditions.

        • Onike24

          America does not extradite its citizens to other countries, not even to its longest standing allia the United Kingdom, even though Britain extradites it’s citizen to the states. The United States does not reciprocate. Finally, before you start posting obnoxious words like ” nonsense”, you should do a bit of research.

      • Paul Graham

        America no dey harbor fugitives so if oga former minister and sons allow EFCC declare them wanted Uncle Sam will do the needful!

        • Onike24

          Which Uncle Sam?

      • persona

        With Jo na tan, anything is possible

        • TrueNja

          Not only GEJ govt, the current Senate President Saraki also has dual citizenship (British/Nigeria).

      • lukson

        very soon he will extradited, his extradition is in process. just keep your fingers cross.

  • Tunsj

    The best thing this Master Rogue can do is to return to Nigeria and defend himself.

  • javscong javscong

    Did this clown ( Obanikoro) not deny that he was involved in the Ekiti election fraud until Capt. Koli’s recording was published? Obanikoro and his sons should simply show up to be interviewed by EFCC. In any case how come father and sons are away in the US, are the sons also back to College reading history? Koro you are very, very guilty. My advise is that you come home, admit your guilt, return the loot ( may be Fayose can help you out from his security vote) and you may get away with 5 years in the “slammer”. Don’t wait to be brought back via Interpol/

  • Debekeme

    Yeye man.

    Only in a country like Nigeria could Obanikoro have held pubic office and become Minster of defense and an Ambassador.

    When the nation corrects itself people Obanikoro wont ever come near public office.

    • Olu from South Africa

      No. Only in government led Dumbo.

    • TrueNja

      I do agree with you. It’s so unfortunate, bunch of our public leaders were convicted criminals in the USA, Canada, Britain and Europe for drug, credit card scam and 419er in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

  • tundemash

    The rogue sat in United States making noise there, why not wait in Nigeria to enjoy the good roads , lights and security Dumbo and u provided the crumb catchers u left behind here. Ole Metuh shouted more than this , at the end of the day, those who helped him to change the stolen dollars to naira are now talking at the court. Did this same rogue not deny he was ever involved in the Ekiti election rigging until Captain Koli came up with the audio tape ?
    The mor0n is querying why PremiumTimes and Sahara publish the news but have same PremiumTimes and Sahara not publish his own tales by moonlight now ?

    • AFRICANER

      You have no boots to piss in, or a window to throw it out of, so you spend your day tarnishing successful people. …

      Nigerian court system is the adversarial type, people have a right to confront their accusers, before you pass any judgement. You are a primitive person.

      • tundemash

        Mr. Career Liar , so Obanikoro is successful because he stole your destiny while he left you to enjoy the good roads, health centres and electricity they provided while he was in power ?
        As u changed your moniker from eclub to AFRICANER, I am certain one day, u will eventually change it to dumbo!

        • Shugaba Nkasa

          Ignore him. We don’t know what kind of home he grew up in where they piss in boots.

          • AFRICANER

            In the home you were ‘bred’, when they say catch a word or drift, do you look in the sky, with your mouth agape, and your hands wide open?

        • AFRICANER

          There’s a chasm between those two arguments, the one I’m making is that the guy has a right to face his accusers before judgement is passed, and the one you’re making, which is that he stole money that could have been used in fixing roads or building hospitals; you are wrong on both counts. In Nigeria, one monkey doesn’t stop the show; another thief will steal the money if the monkey does not. So, na fallacy be that. Aha, but why you no want wait till they convict somebody before you call them a thief na? Abi you no go school at all?

          • tundemash

            Cl0wn no judgement has been passed. PremiumTimes provided him a platform to express himself hence u are reading his tales by moonlight here. We wished he had stayed around to enjoy the electricity, good road and health centres they provided u while they were in power and EFCC could easily have been able to walk into his house to question him instead of him paying a jobless graduate to release statement on his behalf here.

          • AFRICANER

            You failed to mention eclub, you’re losing your propaganda finesse.

            That guy is more innocent than you, at least he served his country honorably. Yes honorably until proven otherwise. So shut up your dirty mouth.

          • tundemash

            Are eclub, Mr. Career Liar & AFRICANER not one and same, dunce ?
            He served his country honourably? Mr. Career Liar, Ibori and Alamesghia did same. Tafa Balogun did same and infact Lawrence Anini and Monday Osunbor did same. Go figure mumu .

          • AFRICANER

            Nigeria is now so bad that I’ve concluded that being charged,or even convicted, should be a badge of honor for those fortunate enough to be so distinguished; it is obvious that the bad ones are hounding the good ones, just like in the land of the goons, where they eat from their anus, and sh*t with their mouth; Nigeria is a land where a former military despot that freshly committed a massacre of hundreds, is maligning the PhD holder, a civilian and a gentleman; Nigeria is the land of the goons, where the geographic area with the least education and progress, produce the best ministers and cabinet; the region without an iota of science, but a galore of mysticism provide the empirical data; where soldiers are mad men, yes being charged by EFCC makes you a PATRIOT.

          • Sincerely Yours

            “Honourably”, my where the sun does not shine.

        • AFRICANER

          For a punk that likes to call everybody “m0ron”, “mumu”, it’s quite rich of you to show curiosity about true names, or monikers. Just insult away….

      • Man_Enough

        You call obanikoro or his type successful persons? That is why stealing will never end in nigeria. Rogue worship!

        • AFRICANER

          You are DAMNED right stealing will never end in Nigeria.
          Count the oil wells, and look at the data…
          Who stole them? Aha, na him be say you no go enter heaven for your life na…

          You are unfair, brother. Nigerian thieves coveted all the oil wells, you dey here dey talk rubbish.

    • Julius

      Bro, these fools dont think at all. He is using the same newspaper to defend himself. lolz. He once said he will sue SR, that was a year ago.Nonsense.

  • JM

    Part of the shame and frustration of the Obanikoros of Naija is that they mess up while in government, and then run straight to oyinboman land the first day they are out of office. Why Koro no go study history for Unilag? And Abati with all im grammar first run go workshop at Oxford. Poor super madam oil minister run go hospital for yonder, cargo man Dikko dey drink camel nono koole for im Dubai mansion, who never run except Bode George who threatened that he would go into exile if PDP lost? Good heavens, why run from your beloved country you governed for years? Haba!

  • objective

    Now they are preparing the poor man’s son for the hangman’s noose. The poor man’s son that is probably a signatory only by reason of his employment by the rogues. EFCC I know you wouldn’t allow yourself to be fooled. Check the lifestyle of the so called signatory to determine as to whether it will be reasonable to conclude that the N4. 5 billion was spent by the signatory.

    • Olu from South Africa

      Be fooling ya self.

      • objective

        How?

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      poor man’s son eh?

  • Burbank

    “Obanikoro is appalled by the public political persecution embarked upon by these agencies noting that there is nowhere in the world where investigations are being conducted using the pages of the newspapers”

    Similar words were uttered by Metuh before he ate paper.

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      Clear as day, this is the way the heavens have chosen to alert us that it is about to begin!

      Consider Comical Fanni…that embarked on this same path (on Metuh’s behalf)…..somehow, he became aware, so he shut his mouth and went underground.

      • Burbank

        Gbam

    • Julius

      lolz. Yessssssss !!!. They using the same playbook that doesnt work with Buhari.

  • ayobamiba

    For Gods sake why should Efcc leak the particulars of their investigations to awolowo reporters for them to clone it with malicious lies and sell to Nigerians.this charade is getting out of control.
    Even the west have seen through this charade called dasukigate,a calculated conspiracy against pdp and those who refused to buy into the axis of evil party fraudulent games called CHANGE.
    But let me sincerely commend buhari for beginning to take a bold step towards the real and holistic war against corruption on his recent bill sent to NASS against corruption. May God grant him more grace ,wisdom and courage to continue on this pathway till corruption is murdered in Nigeria. My take is that we have had
    enough of all this corruption induced media dramatization, buhari should develope a clear and unambiguous anticurruption road map bill and send to Nass on the real and brutal war against corruption with a separate anti corruption agencies peopled by highly intelligent legal minds and tried and proved incorruptible Nigerians who are very passionately angry against corruption .let d duration for every corruption case be nothing more than 18 months .let specialized anti corruption courts be set up like tribunals and let them be fully independent from our normal judiciary, let them have powers to summon and stripe even the President of his immunity once prima facie case had been established against him after due diligence investigations by crack team of unbiased, untainted and uncompromising investigators.let both the anti corruption court, agencies, etc be insulated from executive, legislative and judicial pandering /interference and let them be fully independent with full powers to arrest even the President if he puts himself into corrupt practices.the appeal arising from the tribunals shall go straight to the anti corruption supreme courts which shall be solely established for that purpose and all appeals must be decided within 90 days.let total forfeiture of all life acquisitions and properties of a convicted corrupt persons and death penalty be the punishment for corrupt practices. Also corruption must be defined to include wilful marginalization or cheating of any zone or citizens of Nigeria because of their tribe,faith,religion or ethnicity in the discharge of government polices,appointments and sharing of political or government patronages in Nigeria. It is too shameful to associate this malicious bizarre almajiri dance going on with democracy and justice. corruption war in Nigeria shall not be successful when the actions and inactions of authorities concerned are tainted with bias,nepotism, wilful malicious tendencies, discrimination against citizens based on tribe /religion, political inclinations etc. A corruption war that is not fought on clear and unambiguous transparent framework is bound to pull Nigerians twards tribal,ethnic ,religious and parochial narratives. Nigeria needs an anti corruption war that is all inclusive and encompassing and must not respect age,status,tribe,race,ethnicity, religion, political affiliations etc.we need to set up an anti corruption strong door where every Nigerian citizen must have to pass through without any discrimination or application of unorthodox manipulation and whosoever that got trapped in that door must pay the greatest prize for his /her corruption. This is d way to go about this war and all patriotic citizens shall buy into that war and support it with a burning passion. May God give our President more grace , wisdom and courage to follow this pathway. It is not good that an utterly corrupt citizens shall be parading their vile bodies on the media mocking Nigerians under the guise that APC is fighting corruption when indeed they are the same people that must be fought by Nigerians as the visible corruption that destroyed our nation.this is the mischief that is irritating reasonable Nigerians and making them opposed to this charade going on in our nation today.

    • Julius

      I cant wait till you move to biafra !. Bro. Im praying for the day. If there is more that I can do, kindly let me know.

      • ayobamiba

        The holy book says that faith without works is dead while living. If you are so desirous about Biafra,please follow up your hypocritical fake prayers with action, go to pharaoh and tell him to let the Biafra go ,again if your reasons of praying for them to go is for you to loot their wealth in Nigeria ,then you are going to have a heart attack because even when they have their Biafra,they still have the rights over their wealths in Nigeria and any part of the world and they still have the right to reside in Nigeria even as ECOWAS citizens. Shame on you ,lazy twag.

        • Julius

          Blah, blah, blah , Just hurry up and leave. Abeg !. UN , ICC and now ECOWAS ? Why do you losers always claim that you are almighty but, hang your faith on others ?. Just go !!

          • ayobamiba

            You can’t even withstand the least of debate or argument, you hollow minded product of free education crap,bewitched hate bigot always cunning and crafty.you were engaging in charismatic witchcraft against Gods children and claimed you were praying. Who are the losers and who are the winners? Low life irresponsible. Where is your trophy. You are just bandying words to cover your depraved soul and your deep seated hatred,envy and jealousy against Gods children. You are not The Almighty, you are a depraved mortal and only the supreme will of the Almighty shall stand the affairs of those whom your treacherous mischievous fathers told you to hate without a cause.where are your progenitors who baptized you with this evil venom,some committed suicide, some died like a rat with rat poison in their mouths, fear God least you end like them and perish in hell where they found abode.you can’t curse those whom God have blessed. You may try but at last your labours shall be in vain because the shout of the KING is amongst them.they are blessed and can’t be cursed.let him that have ears listen.

          • Julius

            I really do not have the time to read your essay. My comment stand ! Dont respond please, you bore me .

  • Joe igbokwe

    OBANIKORO IS DOING WHAT WE CALL WHISPERING IN THE DARK. HE IS TRYING TO BE SMART BY HALF. HE IS TRYING TO MAINTAIN A BOLD FACE IN THE FACE DEVASTATING SCANDAL THAT MAY NAIL HIS POLITICAL CAREER AND FREEDOM. OLISA METUH IS PRACTICING THIS TYPE OF GAME BUT HE IS HELPLESS . THE DAY OF RECKONING IS HERE. THERE IS NO PLACE TO HIDE. PDP HELD NIGERIA HOSTAGE FOR 16YEARS AND TOOK OVER EVERYTHING – OUR FREEDOM, OUR WEALTH, OUR LIFE , OUR PRESENT, OUR FUTURE. BUT GRADUALLY , QUIETLY, AND CAREFULLY WE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK AND WE WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO RETRIEVE OUR STOLEN COUNTRY.

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      An article in ‘The Economist’ written by an APC ‘hired writer’ Tolu Ogunlesi, whose photograph is shown here is just another display of baloney being championed by Muhammad Buhari’s APC led government.

      Tolu Ogunlesi ‘Wrote The Economist Article Calling GEJ an “Ineffectual Buffoon”.

      Indications emerged on Friday that Tolu Ogunlesi co-authored an article, by The Economist, which labeled Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, an ineffectual buffoon. The article also described President Buhari’s approach to dealing with Nigeria’s economic challenges as “crude.”

      Tolu Ogunlesi, investigations revealed, has been working as a ‘ghost-writer’ for The Economist. An informed source who did not want to be named disclosed to SIGNAL that Ogunlesi has authored many of The Economist’s articles focused on Nigeria, including the one last year in which the magazine endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari shortly before the elections of March 28, 2015. Ogunlesi is also a regular contributor to foreign newspapers like the Financial Times.

      Ogunlesi’s history of anti-Jonathan rhetoric

      During the administration of former President Jonathan, Tolu Ogunlesi carved a niche for himself as a government critic writing extensively in articles on local and foreign journals criticizing the government and administrative style of the former Nigerian president.

      Ogunlesi’s disdain for Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience Jonathan just like that of many anti-government voices in the social media was unhidden. He is credited as the script-writer of the cartoon remake of “Personally” by PSquare which mocked and ridiculed the former president and his wife. Ogunlesi’s cartoon remake of the song originally done by PSquare, received the sponsorship of foreign donors like the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      Ibo man—That is left for the courts or Efcc to decide and u as an Ibo man working for the Yorubas in APC

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      Ibo man—That is left for the courts or Efcc to decide and NOT u as an Ibo man working for the Yorubas in APC

    • Romberg

      Shame on you. Is this all you could see about the PDP? How come the APC took over members from the same corrupt PDP? PDP gave Nigeria and the APC the fair election that produced the APC, the largest economy in Africa, widened the access scape of our education, we are not doing poorly compared to all African nations.

      APC ruled Lagos, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Edo, Rivers, Kwara, Kano, Adamawa…. What can you liken the scale of their impunity to? In some of these states, there has not been local government elections for nearly 6 years. Party and APC party extort their councils. How about the legacy of incompetence in Osun and Ekiti, yet the same actors are making policies for us all in the central?

      Let’s see how much APC will leave in Nigeria’s purse when they leave. Now, it’s deficit. When you consider what they want to do with the debt (as they have always done in APC states), you will cry for this nation. How will you borrow money to feed school kids when teachers will go on strike for lack of care? Why will you borrow money to celebrate 365 carnivals nationwide? Why will you borrow to finance the president’s junketing around the world? Why will you borrow money as handouts to some jobless people? If this is what you call legacy, good for you!

  • Enemona

    No problem Koro, we believe you, it is true that your overgrown toddlers, who cannot speak for themselves, were not signatories. It is now up to EFCC to arrest the signatory, tighten the noose around his neck and he would sing like canary. You know 4.8 billion is not an amount you can transport around in GMG, a trail would definitely have been left, trust, EFCC will follow it. It is a matter of time before you and your thieving boys get handcuffed. FACT!

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    Premium Times is now the clearance House for all the fake stories often published by efcc to make the fraudulent war against corruption launched by Buhari look real–Why should Efcc now form the habit of using Sharia reportere and Premium Times to launder the image of Buhari ati the Apes in APC? Sadly The NUJ which is supposed to investigate these abuses and unethnical acts is quiet–over the issue–what a shame

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    An article in ‘The Economist’ written by an APC ‘hired writer’ Tolu Ogunlesi, whose photograph is shown here is just another display of baloney being championed by Muhammad Buhari’s APC led government.

    Tolu Ogunlesi ‘Wrote The Economist Article Calling GEJ an “Ineffectual Buffoon”.

    Indications emerged on Friday that Tolu Ogunlesi co-authored an article, by The Economist, which labeled Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, an ineffectual buffoon. The article also described President Buhari’s approach to dealing with Nigeria’s economic challenges as “crude.”

    Tolu Ogunlesi, investigations revealed, has been working as a ‘ghost-writer’ for The Economist. An informed source who did not want to be named disclosed to SIGNAL that Ogunlesi has authored many of The Economist’s articles focused on Nigeria, including the one last year in which the magazine endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari shortly before the elections of March 28, 2015. Ogunlesi is also a regular contributor to foreign newspapers like the Financial Times.

    Ogunlesi’s history of anti-Jonathan rhetoric

    During the administration of former President Jonathan, Tolu Ogunlesi carved a niche for himself as a government critic writing extensively in articles on local and foreign journals criticizing the government and administrative style of the former Nigerian president……

    Ogunlesi’s disdain for Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience Jonathan just like that of many anti-government voices in the social media was unhidden. He is credited as the script-writer of the cartoon remake of “Personally” by PSquare which mocked and ridiculed the former president and his wife. Ogunlesi’s cartoon remake of the song originally done by PSquare, received the sponsorship of foreign donors like the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

    • Shugaba Nkasa

      It matters not who wrote the article. The fact of the matter is that it was published by The Economist. They do not go around publishing propaganda and their articles are generally well vetted.

      • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

        Penned by a Yoruba man on behalf of the Apes in APC—-Different if the editorials or article was the opinion of the Arab owned economist–But sadly for us it came from the stable of Liar Mohamed ati Adesina——The United Yoruba club of the south west in Aso Rock

  • Shugaba Nkasa

    These people that keep complaining about being tried on the pages of newspapers should shut up and go sit in a corner. and deliberate upon why they are trying to mount their defense on the pages of the same newspapers. Hypocrites!

    • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

      MUMU–if Efcc had not pubiished the fake story in Premium times he would never have wasted his time responding to the lies by Buhari and his Gestapo in Efcc

  • Tunji Olarewaju

    We believe you, sir ,just report to nearest EFCC office and clear your name . L’obatan

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    An article in ‘The Economist’ written by an APC ‘hired writer’ Tolu Ogunlesi, whose photograph is shown here is just another display of baloney being championed by Muhammad Buhari’s APC led government.

    Tolu Ogunlesi ‘Wrote The Economist Article Calling GEJ an “Ineffectual Buffoon”.

    Indications emerged on Friday that Tolu Ogunlesi co-authored an article, by The Economist, which labeled Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, an ineffectual buffoon. The article also described President Buhari’s approach to dealing with Nigeria’s economic challenges as “crude.”

    Tolu Ogunlesi, investigations revealed, has been working as a ‘ghost-writer’ for The Economist. An informed source who did not want to be named disclosed to SIGNAL that Ogunlesi has authored many of The Economist’s articles focused on Nigeria, including the one last year in which the magazine endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari shortly before the elections of March 28, 2015. Ogunlesi is also a regular contributor to foreign newspapers like the Financial Times.

    Ogunlesi’s history of anti-Jonathan rhetoric

    During the administration of former President Jonathan, Tolu Ogunlesi carved a niche for himself as a government critic writing extensively in articles on local and foreign journals criticizing the government and administrative style of the former Nigerian president……

    Ogunlesi’s disdain for Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience Jonathan just like that

    • Romberg

      Did Jonathan say he is not an ineffectual buffoon? When you give wisdom and power to someone and s/he chooses to lack the mental capacity to process same, isn’t that buffonous? In Jonathan’s case, his buffony lacks effect. He can’t think, he can’t respond, he lacks action…he is just a sick buffon. Whether it was said by Tolu Ogunlesi or Alhaji Lie, these facts are already in the public domain. If you choose to ignore the truth, then you are in the buffoonish family.

  • excel

    Mr koro, your untouchable metuh said so, very soon you will say something else.

    • AFRICANER

      Metuh still maintains his innocence. Being on bail doesn’t change that, it definitely doesn’t mean he is guilty. Let the process finish before you jump into conclusions.

      El Rufai, FFK, Sanusi, were all once the accused.

      • Julius

        He didnt deny getting 400 millions from Dasuki. Did he ?

    • Julius

      They all same the same thing even when they secretly refund money back to the treasury. Its their talking point.

  • True Nigerian

    This man used the army to rig election. His crimes were caught on tape. His voice was clearly heard and identified as he used the promise of an approval for a supposedly merited promotion to bribe an army general in order to rig elections. He started the conversation by saying that he was on an official assignment on behalf of the President. The president has never denied that he sent Obanikoro to rig for him and his minions in Ekiti and Osun.

    Yet, Obanikoro says he has “enviable and untainted records in public office”.

    That statement is a product of the warped mind of a delusional and conceited fellow.

    Dasuki also claimed he was being persecuted for serving his country meritoriously. But now he is totally silent as deluge of evidence confirms that he is a dangerous and mindless criminal. Olisa Metuh also claimed innoncence. But now, even after his release from jail, he is sounding like a scared cat, as avalanche of evidence incriminates him on money laundering and looting.

    Obanikoro also tries again to do his usual IGG. Listen to him:

    “I shall conclusively pursue this injustice and infringements to a logical end.”

    Hahahaha! If you don’t his records, you’d think he is about to sue the hell out of Sahara or Premium Times. But he regularly makes similar threats whenever his crimnes are published, but he ends of running into hiding with his tails between his legs. When Sahara reporters published the crimes he committed in Ekiti and Osun, the scared coward threatened to sue Sahara in the US. Sahara challenged him to sue without delay and even published more damning reports on him. Guess what! He went quiet. He has never sued. And here he is making more threats about suing. Obanikoro, please sue them for once so that your innocence can be known to all. Cowardly criminal!

    You are lucky that an old and kind Buhari is the President. If I were the president, your extradition request would be in an American court and the department of justice by now. And maybe then you would know how useless and tainted you are.

    • Julius

      Dont worry bro, the FBI will drive him to the airport soon heading to Nigeria. They may even give him an escort and take the cost out of his looted bank account before releasing the rest to the Nigeria treasury. They dont do nothing for nothing. lolz

  • tony10

    Obaigbena, Metuh, Dasuki, etc, said more than this initially. It all braggadocio we are used to in Nigeria. It does not work again. FFK has since gone quite when SR detailed how he was receiving his own share through third party. For starters companies can be registered by proxy. And EFCC is at liberty to do its job however it pleases – including so called media trials. Yours is to defend yourself and shame them that it is lying. You would come out more respected.

  • Man_Enough

    Al Capone saw himself as a public benefactor.

  • ijelejames

    Worst father ever, stealing for his children and grand children

  • SAM .A

    Stop running from city to city in US, go home and clear your name and that of your sons. You remember your statement in Ekitigate , that you have assignment from the presidency . That was the contract and the link to CBN via Dasuki gate . Kiri Kiri is beckoning onto you.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Obanikoro is equally guilty of ‘DEFENCE THROUGH THE MEDIA’. That is, if EFCC and SAHARA REPORTERS were guilty of trial by the media. Rather Obanikoro should have sued the EFCC and/or Sahara Reporters. Abi?

  • Sir Louis

    The usual braggado. In due course, the whole truth will be out the way it happened with Dasuki et al. Musiliu Obanikoro, can spare us all the sermons.

  • kingbaabu

    Notice that Obanikoro doesn’t deny payments were made to this company and he wisely shouldn’t – there is a lot of solid evidence money was funded to these companies from the NSA. When he is finally roped in proper, like Metuh you won’t hear from Obanikoro again.