EFCC quizzes Zinox Computers boss, 4 others over alleged N170 million contract fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has questioned the chairman and owner of Zinox Technologies Limited, Leonard Stanley Ekeh, and two other officials of the company over a shocking N170 million contract fraud allegation.

The Zinox boss is accused of conspiring with the other officials to hijack and illegally execute the contract awarded by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to an Ibadan-based IT firm.

Mr. Ekeh denied the allegation, and told PREMIUM TIMES the petitioner was trying to blackmail and extort Zinox.

“As a businessman, anybody can write a petition against you,” he said.

But details of the alleged fraud have shocked investigators, who are probing how Citadel Oracle Concept Limited, based in Ibadan, Oyo State, lost the FIRS contract, yet discovered over a year later that the same job had been executed in its name.

Citadel Oracle said it lost the offer after it refused to pay bribe.

The EFCC took over the case after a petition was sent to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, years after the police refused to charge the case to court, despite establishing the facts of the matter, PREMIUM TIMES understands.

The former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, said he preferred the matter be resolved through civil processes.

The Force Criminal Investigation Department of the police began its investigation in 2013, and arrested and detained suspects.

Years after, Mr. Arase advised in a May 14, 2015 letter that the “civil matter should be allowed to run its full course to prevent a miscarriage of justice”.

How things started

The alleged fraud began in April 2012 after Citadel Oracle tendered for the supply of 668 computers to FIRS at N170.3 million, the head of the firm, Joseph Benjamin, said.

On October 22, 2012, an e-mail from the secretary to the FIRS tenders board, P.B Hena, invited the company to tender for the maintenance/servicing of fire alarm systems at the western regional office.

Mr. Benjamin said shortly after being shortlisted as preferred bidder, he was introduced to the chief executive of a Port Harcourt-based IT company, Ad’mas Digital Technologies Limited, Onny Igbokwe, who claimed to have FIRS insiders who could influence the contract process.

The meeting was arranged by Princess Kama, Citadel Oracle’s appointed representative in Abuja during the bidding.

At the meeting in Lagos, Mr. Benjamin said Mr. Igbokwe spoke of his relationship with the Zinox boss, Mr. Ekeh, and how, with support from associates within the FIRS, they could decide who got the contract.

He said Mr. Igbokwe asked him to either accept N15 million and hands off the contract, or pay N85 million and execute it.

Mr. Benjamin said he rejected the offers and opted out of the deal. The company promptly disengaged Ms. Kama. It lost the contract.

But, by August 2013, over a year later, Mr. Benjamin said his company made a shocking discovery.

While at the Ibadan office of FIRS to file the company’s tax returns for the year, officials there accused Citadel Oracle of under-declaring its earnings and not including an N8.1 million withholding tax and value added tax in respect of a N170 million FIRS contract.

Mr. Benjamin said he immediately suspected Mr. Igbokwe and co, and wondered whether they had gone ahead to execute the contract using his firm’s name.

Citadel Oracle launched an investigation, and the findings were startling.

Officials said they realised those who impersonated the firm cloned its official headed paper, with which they issued an acceptance letter for the FIRS contract.

To facilitate payment of the contract sum, they said, the suspects approached the Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, branch of Access Bank where some of its officials allegedly connived and availed them original copies of documents used by Citadel Oracle to open its corporate account.

The fictitious account No. 0059202675 at Access Bank, was opened on a public holiday, Monday, October 1, 2012, PREMIUM TIMES confirmed. Meanwhile, in its original filings for the contract, Citadel Oracle used a First Bank account, and not Access Bank account.

“How FIRS came to accept the Access Bank account it paid the contract sum into and not the First Bank account, which was accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the bank management guaranteeing to provide finance to the company, remains a mystery,” Mr. Benjamin said.

After weeks of delay, Access Bank spokesperson, Abdul Imoyo, said on Monday that he would make consultations and respond to PREMIUM TIMES’ enquiry.

Also, in the documents filed for the contract, Citadel Oracle Concept Limited’s office address was listed as Suite A11 New Banex Plaza, Aminu Kano Crescent, Abuja.

This newspaper confirmed the address is the Abuja office of Ad’mas Digital Technology Limited owned by Mr. Igbokwe.

Even more alarming, Citadel Oracle found that a resolution purportedly issued by its management conferred the power of attorney on Chris Ozims, the Group Company Secretary/Legal Adviser for Technology Distribution and Zinox Group.

In the resolution, Mr. Ozims, along with Folashade Oyebode, a director of Technology Distribution, and Mr. Igbokwe, were listed as Citadel’s “directors” and signatories to the account.

In his statement after his arrest in 2013 over the contract, Mr. Ozims told the police the trio were appointed through a December 18, 2012 Citadel Board Resolution. But, none of them was either among the owners of the company or on its Board.

When PREMIUM TIMES sought to speak with him shortly after his invitation by the EFCC, Mr. Ozims declined. “The matter is currently before the court. We have to wait till the appropriate time,” he said.

Mrs. Folashade equally did not comment over her involvement in the matter. “Oga, I don’t know what you are talking about,” she said when PREMIUM TIMES called to inquire before immediately terminating the call. Subsequent calls to her were not answered.

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Ozims and Ms. Oyebode were quizzed by the commission, alongside Mr. Ekeh.

Mr. Ekeh’s wife, Chioma, was also invited by the EFCC on August 18 for questioning. But Technology Distribution wrote back to say she had traveled to the United States for a family obligation.

PREMIUM TIMES also confirmed that Mr. Igbokwe and Ms. Kama had earlier been interrogated before submitting their written statements to the anti-graft agency.

Brazen fraud

After the company submitted an Access Bank account, the FIRS made the first payment of N53.763 million into the fictitious account for the supply of 233 laptops.

Three days later, another payment of N62.531 million hit the account from FIRS account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

About 24 hours after, the N62.531 million was withdrawn from the account. The same day, another N37.842 million was lodged in the account as payment for the supply of 164 laptops.

Checks with Hewett Packard (HP), where the laptops were purportedly sourced, showed there was no purchase order No. FIRS/PD/10/12/12/564 which the so-called Citadel Oracle claimed to have been delivered to FIRS.

Mr. Benjamin said there were compelling reasons to suspect the N62.531 million transferred from the account to unknown beneficiaries may have been transferred to some FIRS officials who facilitated the fraud.

The FIRS refused to comment on the case.

A freedom of information (FOI) request by PREMIUM TIMES, seeking clarifications on the agency’s role in the controversial contract, has not been answered nearly two months after.

Further analysis showed Charles Adigwe, an accountant at Technology Distribution, had on January 25, 2013, advised the company’s managing director, Chioma Ekeh, who is Mr. Eke’s wife, to approve the transfer of N115.268 million from the fictitious Access Bank account to the company’s account at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

Another N38.057 million was approved to be transferred to Ad’mas Digital Technology’s account at Zenith Bank.

Mr. Adigwe also requested approval for the transfer of another N43.685 million from Ad’mas’ account at Access Bank to TD’s account at GTB.

The requests, which followed a similar request by Mr. Igbokwe for the transfer of N38.057 million to his account, No. 1010699686 at Zenith Bank, were approved by Mrs. Ekeh on January 31.

On February 4, 2013, as earlier approved, N115.268 million was transferred from the account to TD’s at GTB, while another N38.057 million was also transfer same day to Ad’mas’ account at Zenith Bank.

By February 28, 2013, the fictitious account was depleted to only N2, 137.33.

To push it into dormancy before abandoning it, the group withdrew N5, 200 for a curious search conducted at the Corporate Affairs Commission bringing the account to a debit balance of N3, 062.67.

Confronting the fraud

Armed with the details and the auditors’ shocking findings at the Ibadan tax office, Mr. Benjamin said he confronted Mr. Igbokwe and Ms. Kama. Both denied knowledge of the dealings.

Citadel Oracle laid a formal complaint at the police special fraud unit in October 2013, and hired Afe Babalola & Co., legal practitioners in January 2014 to write the two individuals, alongside Mr. Ozims and Mrs. Oyebode.

Similar letters were sent to Access Bank. The bank promised to investigate and revert. It never did.

Another letter to the Financial Policy and Regulations Department of the CBN regarding the role of Access Bank, received no response either. The bank also promised to investigate. It did not provide any response.

In his statement to the police after his arrest in 2013 over the scandal, Obilo Onuoha, then a Relationship manager with Access Bank, said Citadel Oracle Concept account was opened by a Board resolution executed by its promoters introduced by Zinox Technologies/Technology Distributions.

“I have not communicated with any of the Citadel directors,” he admitted. “My communication on this account was just once with the signatories on the account and the man that signed as Citadel representative, one Chief Igbokwe.”

In the letter to Mr. Ozims and Mrs. Oyebode, Afe Babalola asked how they became directors of Citadel Oracle and signatories to the Access Bank account.

The letter to Mrs. Ekeh wanted to know why she approved payments from the illegal account, which she knew was opened with a forged Board resolution and other documents.

After the letters were sent, the accused persons proposed a meeting presided by Mr. Babalola, to seek ways of resolving the case.

Mr. Benjamin said at the end of the meeting held at Mr. Babalola’s private residence in Ekiti, the accused persons, through their lawyer, Anthony Okah & Associates, offered N5.7 million as compensation to Citadel Oracle. The amount was rejected.

On February 20, 2014, Mr. Igbokwe wrote to Mr. Benjamin to raise the amount to N10 million “as our veritable olive branch for an enduring peace”, according to details seen by this newspaper.

Mr. Benjamin said the offer was also rejected.

He said his company only demanded a public apology and an undertaking by the suspects to take responsibility for any claim(s) by FIRS, Access bank and any other party against Citadel Oracle in connection with the contract, in future.

On January 22, 2014, Mr. Ozims, in his capacity as group Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, TD Limited, responded to the letter by Afe Babalola & Co. for clarification of his role in the scam.

In the letter, he did not deny his involvement. He said the Board of TD had approved their nomination to represent the company in those capacities, while Mrs. Ekeh was authorised to handle the disbursements from the illegal account.

Mr. Ozims said following a petition by Citadel Oracle to the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the police, he and Mrs. Oyebode were arrested in December 2013, and later were granted bail after their statements were collected.

Mr. Ozims described the threat by the law firm to take the matter to court as an attempt to duplicate the punishment for a case already before the SFU, urging them to await the conclusion of investigations.

The matter lingered for years, with the police in Lagos and Abuja refusing to charge the suspects to court.

Mr. Benjamin said he was instead prodded by the police investigating team to accept financial offers by Mr. Igbokwe.

When PREMIUM TIMES contacted Zinox Technologies for comments, its head, Corporate Communications, Gideon Ayogu, dismissed the allegations linking his company as false and cheap blackmail.

Mr. Ayogu promised to send a vigorous response later. Weeks after that promise, his response was still being awaited till press time.

However, Mr. Ekeh, in a lengthy response to this newspaper’s inquiries, denied any role in the case.

“The man is claiming that TD did not deliver computers to FIRS,” he said. “They (EFCC) have been to FIRS and found every equipment with serial numbers. But, he said they used his company to defraud government. That is not true. He wants to destroy me.

“He wanted me to give him money. I will not do it. Zinox has never done business with the man. FIRS confirmed they gave business to that company, and the company brought the papers to us through his agent. We have several companies we help like that.

He agreed Mr. Igbokwe has been a business partner/distributor to TD for over 15 years, but denied knowledge of the fictitious account at Access bank where the payment was lodged by FIRS.

However, bank documents seen by this newspaper showed transfers of monies between FIRS account at the CBN and the fake account as well as approvals by top officials of Zinox Technologies for disbursements from the account to Zinox banks accounts and those of the suspects.

Police Petitioner turns accused

Following former IGP Arase’s advice against the police charging the suspects to court, Mr. Benjamin’s lawyers, Enyinnaya Uwaezuoke, on June 5, 2015 accused the IGP of attempting to shield the accused from prosecution.

He issued a 21-day ultimatum for the IGP to transfer the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution, Federal Ministry of Justice, for the prosecution of the suspects.

After the encounter, the police wrote the attorney general of the federation to say the accused had already been arraigned at a Lagos High Court.

Curiously, on June 16, 2016, three days before the end of IGP Arase’s tenure, the police charged Mr. Benjamin to court, accusing him of providing false information in his petition against the accused.

The former IGP said his allegation in the petition of July 3, 2014 about the Board Resolution Citadel Oracle company used in opening the fake account in Access bank through which the FIRS paid for the contract was false.

On July 2, 2016, Mr. Benjamin was arraigned before the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja on a one-count charge of “false petitioning” IGP Arase with intention of misleading him over a case of identity theft, impersonation and criminal conversion of contracts against the accused.

Mr. Benjamin was accused of falsely alleging the plaintiffs, namely Mr. Igbokwe, Ms.Kama, Mrs.Oyebode, Mr. Ozims, Ad’mas Digital Technologies Limited, Pirovics Engineering Services Limited, Technology Distributions Limited and Zinox Telecommunications Limited, conspired to forge his signature on a fake Board resolution of his company to open an account at Access bank.

He pleaded not guilty and was granted bail by  Justice Peter Kekemeke in the sum of N200, 000. The case was adjourned to October 6, 2016 for hearing.

The EFCC took over the investigations after a petition went to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

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  • solomon olushola

    Land of criminals called Nigeria. The police, Prosecutor office or the Attorney generals and the judges cannot adequately prosecute known criminals. Land of injustice.

    • Epsilon_Delta

      + the IGP! The new saintly one for that matter.

    • vagabonds in power

      Yoruba versus Ibo ati Fulani–that is the meaning of corruption in Nigeria–since 1960

      • Julius

        I forgot that Jonathan is an Ibo man.lolz

  • Epsilon_Delta

    Corruption still rife, long after PDP left. I wonder what happened to the much touted “Anti-Corruption War”.

    • Julius

      How long do you think it will take to make things right and stop the corruption industry that Jonathan created ?

      • Patrick

        Jonathan created corruption in Nigeria? And you went to school? Seriously?

        • Julius

          For the 6 years he was the president. He took the cake. Remember that stealing isnt corruption according to your brother Jonathan. No, I did not go to school, I was in the swamp with Jonathan.

          • Kekedu

            Looooooooolsssss. School in the swamp? Nice one bro!

          • veritas

            wait why is everyone forgetting Obj the father of democratic Nigerian corruption? his Jazz must be strong that Nigerians are suffering from Amnesia. Please does anyone know his Jazz man? i need his services. jeez!

          • Julius

            Aint you a citizen ? You know you can arrest him, dont you or you are a biafraudian ?

          • veritas

            i am a patriotic citizen, a powerless citizen like you. what chances do we stand against a powerful CIA backed foreign government asset like Obj. listen to your comment and read mine. where did i attack any tribe? i mentioned a name and you call me a Biafraud and attach me to failed and inconsequential Nigerian tribes. you people have no honor or valor. The internet today has turned you all into cowards that hide and rain insults on people from a keyboard. i prefer the good old days of face to face. lets see if you can accuse me wrongly and still have your head connected to your body. And let me set the record straight here to all you Nigerians of all tribes. I dont give a rats-ass-shit about Nigerian tribes or culture. They are all failures and have contributed nothing to Homo Sapien development. I come here and pretend to be a simpleton like you humans because i wanted to look into the heads of earths mightiest creatures. Now experiment complete and i am not impressed. before now, i was afraid to admit that i have left humanity behind but now i openly say this and embrace my new genetic advancement proudly without fear. and yes i pray he lives an extra 15 years so when i become president i will arrest them all and recover our loots from 1967 till date.

        • No Bull …..

          Jonathan did not invent corruption; he institutionalised it. You probably read that his beloved wife made $20M in 6 years as a housewife and a trader. How cool is that?

        • aisha ani

          Jonathan did not create corruption but he holds the patent.

      • vagabonds in power

        U must be sick in the head to think that Corruption was created by Jonathan—that is why out of 170m Nigerian it is onkly the Ijaws who go to jail while the owners of the oil wells in the SS remain as our emirs and sultans ati Oba and Obis—-Seoaration is the only way out-we go with our thieves u remain in Nigeria with your saints–animals

        • Julius

          You notice that I dont usually comment on your incoherent garbage you post daily ? So, I wont start now. Keep your drunk delusional ass to your ddumb self.

          • Kekedu

            Good strategy. I concur.

          • Julius

            Yes sir. Be careful arguing with a lunatic because people might mistake you to be the lunatic .

      • Kekedu

        I’ll say 16 years to wipe off PDP years of atrocity.

        • Julius

          Yes bro. lolz

        • veritas

          Nope i would say 50 years to wipe off the years of the typewriter generation atrocities. PDP and APC are alphabets. Non living alphabets. People make up those abbreviations PDP, APC. same people who are pirates (ship jumpers)

      • Epsilon_Delta

        Jonathan created corruption in NIgeria? If so then you must be a six year old. Please ask your parents about Nigeria before Jonathan.

        • veritas

          well said. Thank you for pointing out sense to the tribal xenophobic Nigerians on this forum.

  • MINT65

    This is what bribe can do…. ensure life become a nightmare for the innocent. NPF….Arase is thorough bred crook.

    • Kekedu

      When the new IGP compalined in the papers that Arase went away several cars and other police properties upon retirement, Arase replied that the new IGP should have given a call so that they can ‘discuss the matter’.

      • aisha ani

        Now we know!

  • Otunba

    This Nigeria is rotten o! Who will bell the Cat now?

  • Nkem

    God!!!

  • vagabonds in power

    The United States Justice Department has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari was used as conduit in fraudulent wire transfers, from her Nigerian account in favour of Congressman Jefferson, via the ANJ Group LLC.

    The US District Court Memo, states that Congressman William J. Jefferson, between August 2000 and August 2005, sought hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of himself and family members.

    Yet Aisha Bingo Buhari remains elusive to the search for Equity and Justice——————by the Global Peace Family———Africans most especially Nigerians can now understand why———————–most if not all African Leaders from the Emerging democracies of the African Continent, often refuse to move out of office–after all these Western nations sponsored defeats in an election——They rather stay glued to their presidential palaces till death do we part——because of the witch-hunt by the trans-national leaders often installed by western nations to destroy the economies of their countries————Just————as we see Buhari and the Yoruba thieves are presently doing with their scorch earth policies against the Ijaw Nation-in the Niger delta and the country at large——————Aisha Buhari ati Yawo Abacha nko?——————

    • No Bull …..

      Fayose used to sing that song. Please come up with a new song.

    • Wale

      You can’t derail this train bro; More reasons WHY there must a country (BIAFRA).
      No business ethics, no respect for corporate governance and lack of respect for law and order.

      • DD

        Those people and stealing are like bread & butter. Shame on Solomon Arase, the crooked former PIG.

      • IZON Redeemer

        This is a fight between the Yorubas and Ibos—————–and the Ibos will be the losers—–S-o—what concerns us the Ijaws—abi agbero with overload—the the Ibos and yorubas believe they own Nigeria—so let them go slug it out among themselves——-Freedom is our goal—-with no strings attached–to our desire for separation-if this case were to be about Ijaws————————-the entire forum would have been filled with dirty comments–against the Ijaw nation——animals

        • Wale

          In that case, get your “gala and coke” sit back and watch these unfold, I ain’t seen a good fight in long time.

  • Ifeanyi

    No surprises, the Nigerian Police serves the highest bidder.

  • karik

    And some people want things to continue like this where the highest bidder does whatever he likes and gets away with it. There is a new sheriff in town justice must prevail. And no rest for the wicked says my LORD Isa. 48:23.

  • Datti

    I fear for this Benjamin man… may he not loose his life. Guys that can clone anything could do anything – he needs to watch his back. Issues like this are very common in government contracts. The civil servants with their collaborators execute the contracts, dole out change to you and ask you, the contract awardees, to go home and rejoice.
    Could we have a robust discussions on this devoid of any ethnic (dis)coloration? Someone must have been affected that you know, share his/her story. This is an opportunity to expose this type of corruption in the civil service. God bless you

    • veritas

      Yeah i have the same experience as Benjamin. Thats why i wont blame the PDP or APC or Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo etc. The fact is it happens in every state in Nigeria and We are black people (lovers and promoters of vain and vanity life)

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  • Kekedu

    Zinox!!! You too greedy! After all the billions you made from the useless laptops you supplied for the 2011 elections, you still clone company accounts with you and your wife as signatories. That alone is criminal offense sufficient to send you to a zoo jail. I thot with Yudala you have retired from hustling. You better clean your acts before the forensic investigations unearth bigger shit in your closet.

  • TrueFairGame

    It is very painful when an innocent cannot get justice. There are two set of rules one is for the poor and the other is for the rich and powerful.
    He wouldn’t have receive attention if the petition is not sent to VP. Shame on the rotten system.
    We should support this government because all this is caused by corruption in the civil service period.

  • wazobia ninja!!!!!!

    “The former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, said he preferred the matter be resolved through civil processes.”

    yeah,spoken like a true thief …………………………………………………………………………

    • Julius

      lolz. Yep !! Who the hell will settle anything with a thief through civil process ?

  • Manuel Tobby

    Nigeria: empire of thieves.

  • Colonel Mariam

    Every business transaction in Nigeria today is described as a fraud because it is unusual for Nigerians to make a healthy living. Transactions involving staggering sums of money are exclusively reserved for non-Nigerians who have always benefited form the country’s resources in collusion with some Alhajis. And you wonder why the Nigerian economy is on life-support when the reason is government meddlesome policies. Definitely something has to give and the sooner the better for the country. This must not be allowed to go on any longer. If this is the change they promised us then I want no part of it.

    • marcos avelino

      Not alhajis but pastors

    • Seyido

      Another Buhari basher…..What does the story has to do with Buhari?
      A victim has cried for justice and the current government has given an opportunity to get to the root of the case.
      May you not find yourself in this man’s shoes.

  • persona

    This is classic insatiable greed of the ruling elite:
    1- former IGP seeking settlement and turning around to haul the complainant
    2- Afe Babalola handling a slam dunk case with impunity wherein his client is offered paltry sum when the Bank, TD, Zinox and the Ad’Mas company can all be sued.
    3- Zinox that made so much from supply of now obsolete systems to INEC is neck deep in forgery?
    4- The most annoying is, why ask a man that never did the job to pay the tax? What type of evil people do we co-exist with in this country?
    Had the VP not drag EFCC in this, police will still be bought and miscarriage of justice will be the portion on the Benjamin man.
    Just a very sad situation and soon, such businesses will close down and the wailers will reel out statistics of how many companies closed down under Buhari not knowing that such heavy undercurrents keep sweeping the little guys into the recession abyss.

    • veritas

      Gbam. Well analysed. points 1 to 4. We forgot to add copyright violation (Logo, Documentation and identity). There’s more to governance that many dont understand. and as for zenox supply of derelict computer systems, i dont know. but it may be i think, that INEC have the Nigerian disease~lack of maintenance culture~. or that maybe, this same situation happening to Mr Benjamin was what lead to the presence of Zenox in that INEC fthingy you mentioned. “In the Beginning” Politicians and Governments always selected who would make it big and who wouldn’t in certain sectors of the economies of any and every country. Poor Mr Benjamin a victim like many. I know he will get justice. his case is much easy a slam-dunk for him to win than that of many, and mine. But its a complicated compensation process. Anywho, Now to the wailer’s reference, I doubt they are all gonna wail against Buhari cause am sure they all know what 2013, 2014, 2016 means. I believe they would rather talk about 2016, $, etc, Buharinomathematic? Buharinonomics? etc? forgive me, i just laugh when i read peoples comments, i dont particularly take note of satirical spellinomics?. Lol. Am i blowing your Mind?

  • Realitytalk

    Too much of thieves from every corner in the world and nigeria most especially, they will all be quizzed

  • JasV

    No doubt. There is fire here and I am seeing the smoke.

  • Wise Counsel

    This is ethnic alliance against a Biafran.



    1. Chinese speak one language
    2. Americans speak one language
    3. Germans speak one language
    4. United Kingdom speak one language
    5. Spaniards speak one language
    6. Italians speak one language
    7. Portuguese Speak one language
    8. Russians speak one language
    9. Etc, etc, etc…

    …In Europe, every country speaks one major language and has one major culture. The only exception were former Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia and the two countries fought the most brutal wars of the 21st century and broke up. Since the break ups, the emergent countries have been peacefully peaceful…And so it will be in perpetuity. In Nigeria we have 375 Languages and about 7 Major languages. So we can effectively break up into 7 countries.

    BOTTOM LINE!
    One language. one culture and one people. This is the bond. Nigeria is NOT a country. The earlier we break up the better for the living and the dead.

    • No Bull …..

      All the countries you listed are whites and not even a single black country. Oh yes! South Sudan probably speaks one language

      • veritas

        south sudan speak a few thats why they fighting. Tribal lines and differences.

        • No Bull …..

          I visited my friend in a remote part of Abakilike, I didn’t not understand the Igbo his father was speaking and the old man did not understand me either.

          • veritas

            yep that is true. That is why even in state governorship elections they are divided. i will use Anambra as my example. when its time for elections you hear “its time for Anambra north/south”. I thought they were one state.

          • No Bull …..

            The question is where do you stop the division? An Onitsha native does not identify with the rest of Ndigbo hence the phrase “Nwa onye Igbo”. Brother, Biafra is a slippery slope….

          • veritas

            we have to use the Chinese model if we want to progress. I thank my ancestors for the language and bringing us this far but truth is we now know the world doesnt end at the gorge or evil forest, we now know more about the earth. we need to eradicate all our Nigerian Languages and take up french, or pigeon English as our cultural languages and also change things like local government, state governments, eradicate traditional rulers and the old men like buhari, Obj, E C clarke and the others from the biafra war era. Then in 10 years Nigeria would be 90% as singapore is. Nigeria has no future if we still live with so many tribes and languages.

    • veritas

      Gbam. Well Said. You did you research well. I have been saying the same thing. Yugoslavia was the last multi ethnic group in europe and they committed ethnic cleansing during the war (same thing Nigerian Army are doing now) But we shouldnt separate Nigeria. we can work on this and take a que from China. China had the same problems we have now. You know what they did? they picked one language they all could speak and eradicated the old cultures and languages. today they are united. Thats how they succeeded plus massive population. For Nigeria to succeed and in 10 years and for we to end up as the top 10 economies we must eradicate our primitive failed cultures. I called them failed because if they were so successful cultures why isnt the world speaking Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Igbira, Kanuri, Tiv etc. instead we speak English, French, Spanish, Portuguese. Lets make English our 1st language and Pigeon our second, Then you shall all see success.

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      Your wise counsel has run out and you are still going with your inaccurate talking points.

  • Johnson

    What a classic case of multiple frauds. Nigeria is in need of deep cleansing. Mr Benjamin acted wisely by refusing monetary compensation-that saved him for being mentioned as an accomplice.

  • mannir

    That was the old order of PDP govt. Yet some people still want us to continue along that line. No way! Change has come to stay, no matter how tough the road may be. We shall endure, until we succeed, with Baba Buhari in the front lead.

    • veritas

      My friend it has nothing to do with Parties. I am tired of you all selling that line. The same APC people are in PDP and they were in PDP the year the issue in the report happened. APC and PDP are just alphabets and abbreviations. Its people who make up those alphabets and abbreviations. The fact is people in power are Nigerians and they are Black people. Black people are cursed. A white man does things different and in a holy fashion. I have been a victim like Mr Benjamin thats why your Political party accusation thing wouldnt catch experienced people like me. It happened during military rule, it happened during obj and it happened in Buhari’s govt. The change begins with me project came outta the same fraud. it will keep happening until we strengthen our copyright, trademark and patent law

      • mannir

        So my friend are saying it should continue, or are you happy with what is happening during the last pdp regimes. I thought that every loving nigerian would be happy hearing that such evils are being brought to daylight and the culprits are being brought to book.

        • veritas

          can you put aside your Hausa, Igbo, yoruba, APC, PDP hate campaigns and sentiments and read through my comment again. I just read my comments again and i didnt see where i said “it should continue”. like i said, i have been a victim like Mr benjamin more than once. i wrote it there. so why should i support terrible things i was a victim of?