Jonathan’s men, woman on the run

FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan
FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

A former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who evaded arrest in Nigeria was recently released from a London prison where he served term for money laundering. Mr. Ibori had escaped to Dubai to avoid being arrested in Nigeria. He was, however extradited to the UK from the UAE, at the request of British authorities.

Like Mr. Ibori, there are other former Nigerian political office holders who have fled the country to avoid arrests and potential prosecutions for corruption.

PREMIUM TIMES reviews some of these persons, most ex-public officials, who served in the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

These include ex-ministers, aides and associates of Mr. Jonathan

They left the country under differ­ent pretences, ranging from the need for medical care to pursuit of higher education abroad.

  1. DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE

Diezani Alison-Madueke held the position of petroleum minister under Mr. Jonathan. She was one of the most powerful public officials in the administration.

A former director at Shell, Mrs. Alison-Madueke was first appointed into the federal cabinet in 2007 as Minister of Transport by late President Umaru Yar’Adua. In December 2008, she was redeployed to the Mines and Steel Development ministry. After former Vice President Goodluck Jonathan became acting president, Mrs. Alison-Madueke was appointed Nigeria’s first female petroleum minister in February 2010, a position she held till May 29, 2015 when Mr. Jonathan left office. Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s tenure as petroleum minister turned out one of Nigeria’s most controversial, amidst unending allegations of corruption.

Diezani Alison-Madueke
Diezani Alison-Madueke

Corruption allegations: Under her watch, probes by independent audit firms, including the KPMG, confirmed billions of Naira of oil money was mismanaged. The then Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, alleged in 2014 that the missing money was about $20 billion.

Also, long before her time superintending the oil and gas sector, Mrs. Alison-Madueke was investigated by the Nigerian Senate on allegation she irregularly paid N30.9 billion to contractors as transport minister. In 2009, the Senate also indicted Mrs. Alison-Madueke and recommended her for prosecution for allegedly transferring N1.2 billion into a private account of a toll company without due process. The former minister consistently denied any wrongdoing.

She is also enmeshed in various scandals surrounding the sale or lease of Nigeria’s oil blocks.

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

In October last year, she was arrested in London along with others by the UK National Crime Agency. A few hours after her arrest, Nigeria’s EFCC operatives raided her Abuja home, located in the Asokoro district of the federal capital city, and sealed the property, after they reportedly recovered expensive jewelleries and other items from the building.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke is believed to be in the United Kingdom where in 2015 she received treatment for cancer.

Accomplices: Two separate intelligence reports identified one Donald Chidi Amamgbo as a key figure in Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s alleged money laundering activities. Another of her close business ally, Jide Omokore, is already being tried for corruption by the EFCC.

Other businessmen like Kola Aluko, Kolawale Akane and Walter Wagbatsoma were also named as close collaborators in the former minister’s suspected web of illicit financial activities. The former minister’s mother, Beatrice Agama; her son, Ugonna Madueke; and a Swiss, Melanie Spencer, were also among people she was arrested with in the UK.

  1. MOHAMMED BELLO ADOKE

Mohammed Adoke is Nigeria’s immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, he was appointed into the office on April 6, 2010, when the then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced a new cabinet.

As the chief law officer of the country, he wielded enormous powers,especially because he had supervisory control over prominent law enforcement agencies such as the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Mr. Adoke was one of the first set of top officials in the Jonathan administration to flee the country a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari took over on May 29, 2015.

Bello Adoke
Bello Adoke

Supposed hideout: Mr. Adoke has stated that he left Nigeria for the Netherlands to pursue a law programme at the prestigious Leiden University.

Corruption Charges: Mr. Adoke has been fingered in at least three major multi-billion dollar deals. They include the $1.1 billion Malabu oil payment deal; $2.1 billion arms fund diversion and recently, the alleged diversion of $1.6 billion local government judgment fund.

The EFCC filed charges of money laundering and fraud against Mr. Adoke and others on December 20 at the Federal High Court, Abuja, in respect of the Malabu oil deal at the centre of which is Dan Etete, a former minister of petroleum under the late Sani Abacha. Mr. Adoke, however, responded to the charges by pledging to make himself available for trial.

Alleged accomplices: Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and former petroleum minister, Dan Etete.

  1. KINGSLEY KUKU

Kingsley Kuku was Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs. He was also the Chair­man of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. He was one of those who left the country soon after President Buhari took over.

Mr. Kuku is suspected to be in the U.S. He has, however, insisted that he only travelled to on medical grounds.

Kingsley Kuku
Kingsley Kuku

The EFCC in July 2015 summoned Mr. Kuku for question­ing over alleged embezzlement and fraudulent diversion of funds running into hundreds of millions of Naira in the Amnesty Office. Mr. Kuku was asked to appear before the EFCC on July 28, 2015 but requested to be allowed to honour the invitation on September 30, 2015. A letter by Mr. Kuku’s lawyers to the EFCC said the former presidential aide was undergoing surgery on one of his knees. He has, however, continued to seek protection from the courts and has since been at large.

In his defence, Mr. Kuku alleged that investigation by the anti-graft agency into the amnesty funds was a calculated attempt to smear his name. Speaking through his media aide, Yemi Akintomide, in Akure, Mr. Kuku said the EFCC was too much in a hurry to nail him on corruption charges through media trial, even when he had not appeared before the agency’s investigators.

Alleged accomplices: Henry Ugbolue and Lawrence Pepple, both former aides to Mr. Kuku.

  1. GOVERNMENT EKPEMUPOLO (Tompolo)

Government Ekpemupolo is a former militant commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND. For years, Tompolo joined forces with various guerrilla groups in the Niger Delta agitating against the alleged exploitation and degra­dation of the oil-rich region by the Federal Government and international oil companies.

He, however, embraced the amnesty programme on October 4, 2009, to allow for peace, and for the govern­ment and the oil companies to carry out development projects in the region. Though not a public office holder under the Jonathan admin­istration, he wielded enormous powers and influence as one of the power brokers in that administration.

Corruption Charges: According to the EFCC which has since declared him wanted, the 47-year-old Tompolo is want­ed in a case of conspiracy and illegal diversion of the sum of N34, 000,000,000 (Thirty Four Bil­lion Naira) belonging to the Nige­rian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

Tompolo Photo: DailyPost.ng
Tompolo
Photo: DailyPost.ng

The former DG of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, who was said to have been nominated for the office by Tompolo, is already being prosecuted for his alleged role in the scam.

Tompolo has denied involvement in the N34 billion fraud. The denial was contained in one of his many recent open letters to President Buhari from his hideout.

“The truth of the mat­ter is that I do not know anything about the 34 billion naira EFCC is talking about. First, it was 13-bil­lion naira (N13bn) issue, now it is 34 billion naira (N34bn). I am not a signatory to any of the compa­nies mentioned in the said N34bn case, so I do not know where this one is coming from”, he said in one of the letters.

Alleged Accomplices: Mr. Akpobolokemi and his six brothers.

They are Igo Akpobolokemi, Julius Akpobolokemi, Victor Akpobolokemi, Norbert Akpobolokemi, Emmanuel Akpobolokemi and Clement Akpobolokemi. Companies listed in the charge by the EFCC are Mieka Dive Training Institute Ltd/GTE, Oyeinteke Global Network Ltd, Wabod Global Resources Ltd, Boloboere Properties Estate Ltd, Gokaid Marine Oil and Gas Ltd and Watershed Associated Resources.

They were however declared as being “now at large” when the charges were read.

  1. ABDULRASHEED ABDULLAHI MAINA

Abdulrasheed Maina, a former Chairman of Pension Reform Task Team, was a close ally of Mr. Jonathan. He is wanted by the EFCC for of­fences bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.

The EFCC on November 18, 2015 wrote the Inspector-General of Police for assistance to get the INTERPOL to issue a world-wide alert on Mr. Maina. In response, the Commissioner of Police in charge of INTERPOL, Olusola Subair, stated that the INTERPOL had placed a red alert on the fugitive at its general secretariat in Lyon, France. Meanwhile, the EFCC is of the view that Mr. Maina might be hiding at the United Arab Emirates.

Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team
Abdulrasheed Maina, Former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team

According to information on the EFCC website, Mr. Maina is allegedly complicit in the over N2 billion Pensions Biometric scam in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. He remains at large, after charges were filed against his alleged accomplices, includ­ing a former Head of Service of the Federation, Steve Orosanye.

Speaking from hiding through his lawyer, Olajide Olaoye, Mr. Maina disputed the fact that he is wanted by the EFCC for any crime. However, as at press time, his picture and details are still on EFCC website as one of its wanted suspects.

Alleged Accomplices: Steve Orosanye, former Head of Civil Service; Osarenkhoe Afe; Federick Hamilton Global Services Limited, Cluster Logistic Limited; Kangolo Dynamic Cleaning Limited; and Drew Investment& Construction Company Limited.

  1. BELLO FADILE

Bello Fadile is a retired colonel of the Nigerian Army. He was a close confidant of former National Se­curity Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and a Director of Special Duties in the office of the National Secu­rity Adviser, ONSA under Mr. Dasuki.

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Bello Fadile

Mr. Fadile is being investigated for his alleged role in the $2.1 billion arms scandal for which various persons close to Mr. Jonathan and the PDP have either been arrested or are being prosecuted.

Messrs. Dasuki and Fadile were placed under house arrest by the State Security Service, DSS, in July 2015 after which Mr. Da­suki was arrested and still remains in the custody of the SSS despite several court orders.

Mr. Fadile’s whereabouts is unknown but he is said to be currently in the U.S.

Alleged accomplice: Former NSA boss, Sambo Dasuki.

LAWYERS REACT

Two legal practitioners spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on how the suspects can be treated by the Nigerian government.

“There is nothing wrong with our legal system which comprises various institutions and laws to effectively fight corruption, especially economic crimes.,” a lawyer, Akunne Nzube, said.

“But these laws are not effectively interpreted and implemented by the requisite institutions, including the judiciary. This deficiency is apparent in the James Ibori’s trial here in Nigeria, which ended in an acquittal and his subsequent conviction in the UK.

Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja
Former NSA Sambo Dasuki and others arraigned over misappropriation at the FCT High Court in Abuja

“The renewed enthusiasm of this present administration to restore these institutions to combat graft effectively is being hampered by the difficulties in getting the suspects extradited to face trial.”

The activist said although he sees “nothing wrong with our anti-graft laws and institutions, save for issue of inefficiency.

“But in the circumstance, I’m constrained to make the following suggestions to aid this present administration in the fight against corruption: The Legal authorities should consider alternatives like using immigration laws in foreign countries to have fugitives deported as illegal immigrant.

“They can also try whether civil legal action could be taken to sue former officials hiding overseas. Nigeria must either reform the existing institutions (including the agencies and the courts) fighting corruption for efficient and effective results or establish an emergency expeditious corruption trial bill and laws and special anti-graft courts.”

Another lawyer, Frank Obi, expressed a contrary view saying the suspects remained innocent until declared guilty by a court.

“An accused person should be presumed innocent until otherwise declared by a court of competent jurisdiction.

“The duty of the prosecutor is to prosecute and not to persecute. I suggest the judiciary be allowed to perform its role quietly without undue interference,” he said.

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  • Saladin Cassandra

    Dear Editor,

    Mohammed Adoke (Jonathan’s attorney-general) could become President Jonathan’s Achilles’ heel
    for assuring Jonathan that no criminal or civil liability will follow President Jonathan’s brokerage
    of a private oil bloc deal between SHELL OIL and MALABU OIL Limited after the initial illegal
    grant of OPL 245 to Dan Etete – contrary to law.

    Mohammed Adoke had said the federal government; i.e; President Jonathan, merely acted as ‘obligor‘,
    to sound confident in public ears that no liability can ensue for President Jonathan or even for himself
    on a separate premium of $40million said in rumours to have been paid to Adoke Mohammed to buy
    his consent privately.

    But in extent that an obligor does not mean an innocent bystander – but rather means a full participant
    as counterparty to a business transaction – Mohammed Adoke may just have blundered on this transaction
    and opened up President Jonathan to possible indictment for moneylaundering abroad.

  • straight-to-the-point

    He started out
    as a destiny-favoured chap but ended up in infamy looking like a thief. The
    ruling PDP party he destroyed with his messes fully agrees to his prosecution. His
    wife too does not speak out in his defence over alleged multi-billion thefts. An
    only companion is his fellow criminal; Jide Omokore, with whom he plotted. Goodluck
    Jonathan made his terrible choices and chose money as his own God. He is today
    the most hated as the most irrelevant thing in Nigeria today. His aides are
    gone; his guards are gone, and he’s left in his rustic smells. Here lies the remnants
    of a morally dissolute man who disgraced the Ijaw nation.

    • ??????questo

      WHERE IS PRESIDENT BUHARI’s NEW YEAR MESSAGE? I HAVE NOT SEEN IT ANYWHERE!

      DOES IT MEAN PRESIDENT BUHARI HAS NOTHING TO SAY, NO ACHIEVEMENT, NO NOTHING?

      • TTT news centre

        President Jammeh of The Gambia’s New Year address……

        “Let me make very clear, we are ready to defend this country
        against any aggression. If ECOWAS did not back down the impasse will
        continue with the risk of escalation into a military confrontation. What
        we are simply and rightfully asking for is to return to the polls and
        allow the Gambians to elect who they want to be their president in a free and
        fair election. What is clearly incontrovertible is the decision of ECOWAS to
        implement the results of the December 1st 2016 election results by whatever
        means possible.

        It is totally illegal as it violates the principle of non-interference in the
        internal affairs of member states, which is an entrenched clause in the ECOWAS
        treaty. ‘‘It is in effect a declaration of war and an insult to our
        constitution. It is therefore absolutely unacceptable. This blatant, impartial
        and one-dimensional approach clearly indicates that the role of ECOWAS is not
        predicated on the pursuit of justice in the resolution of this stalemate”.

        ……………President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia
        (January 1st, 2017)

        • C.Law

          @S. Cassandra:

          First thing first. Arrest the fugitive, Adoke Muhamed, in Holland,
          where he’s hiding from the long arm of justice. Adoke Muhamed is today
          a fugitive. He must be arrested before any progress can be made on the stealing
          by tricks via the illegal deals on OPL 245.

          In June 2014, the United States Justice Department in Washington D.C
          said it has begun criminal investigation of two counter-parties to this OPL 245 transaction.
          On the wording of ‘an obligor’ the daft Muhammed Adoke inserted, ex-President Jonathan
          may just be one of the two ‘counter-parties’ now under investigation for money-laundering
          in America.

          • Akowaba333

            I THINK THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF $1.2 BILLION SHOULD BE SEIZED AND RETURNED

            TO FEDERATION ACCOUNT BECAUSE THIS OPL 245 IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

    • share Idea

      Please can you educate us on how you determined that GEJ is the most hated in Nigeria. He can be most hated by Buhari and his gullible fans but he is still my hero, same to many discerning minds both within and outside Nigeria

      • emmanuel

        Aman who is dirty will not get BVN into the system to check corruption. If not for BVN, most of the accounts traced to account of thieves by DSS and EFCC could not have been traced.
        He did TSA and TIN number registration to tie import volumes to corporate turnovers and ease in tracking tax evaders.
        Buhari and his men are not fit to be leaders. They called Jonathan clueless, but Buhari is brainless

        • Noxtradamus

          @shareidea:disqus

          My own headache is Premium Times. When we write the word THIEF in any story about Buhari,
          Premium Times will quickly take eraser to cancel it. But when other people come here from APC
          headquarters to write the word THIEF in a story about Goodluck Jonathan, the Premium Times
          people will make the word “thief” to come out in BOLD. Where is the fairness in that sort of thing?

          • emmanuel

            crooks and rogue have not place for fairness. They buy cutleries with so much and eat with so much. Same shameless fellows that cast aspersion on the last government for same issue.
            By the way, PT is an undertaker media and they exist to do just that. Ask Dapo Olorunyomi how we helped him kill PM News.
            The next is PT and SR. They have launched both malware, virues and unlockers against out machines to their shame.
            As much as we can, all organisations that advertised with them before now will finally withdraw, so they can depend on the stipends from the FG/APC

          • ‘Sho’

            DAPO OLRUNYOMI IS A MUJAHEDEEN INSIDE PREMIUM TIMES
            WHERE THE HIJAB IS COMPULSORY FACE VEIL FOR ALL THE JOURNALISTS
            IN THE NEWSROOM; AT THE GATE, IN THE TOILET, AND IN THE STAFF CANTEEN;
            TO BE WORN TO BED ALWAYS AND NEVER TO BE REMOVED EVEN IN A BATHROOM.

          • No-Comment

            “No sensible president continuously travels round the globe while his country, Nigeria,
            is in terrible hardship and economic mess. It can only happen in Nigeria where all that
            matters to the President (Buhari) is the full introduction of Islam, annihilation of his
            political opponents and the absolute extermination of the people of [Igbo] the old
            eastern Nigeria. Buhari, prior to his questionable victory at the polls as the president
            of Nigeria, made lots of promises which he has obviously failed to keep
            and in most cases denied.”

            ………….Donald Trump

            (President-elect of U.S.A)

            [August 2016]

          • Höly Wähala

            Mention the newspaper and date of publication, can you… please?

          • emmanuel

            Sorry Bayo Onanuga. Olorunyomis and PT will go like 234NEXT

          • World Wide Web

            So, it is Bayo Onanuga that is disguising himself to write all sorts of nonsense here?

          • emmanuel

            I did mentioned how we made PM News useless for Bayo Onanuga when he felt he could use his junk stuff to further lies and block useful post.
            Though Onanuga, Liar Mohammed, Garba Shehu and Adesina all visit here and harass Olorunyomi to kill our post with matching orders, yet they are all failing anf falling fast!

          • Finitri

            Why are you so pained by this article? Did you feast from the crumbs that fell off the table of these corrupt officials?

        • Mosley

          How can you compare a PhD holder to a WASC? This is only possible in Nigeria.

        • Peter_Edo

          The TSA and TIN were introduced for a full two years before GEJ finished his tenure. by the time the new admin took over, there was LESS THAN 20% COMPLIANCE. Meaning, they NEVER wanted it to work in the first place. NOW pmb HAS ACHIEVED 100% IMPLEMENTATION OF TSA, life is now harder for bad people…

          • Dgreatest

            **IMPLEMENTATION OF TSA, life is now harder for bad people.***

            Funny guy. People are still looting funds daily and don’t get deceived.

            Cos Jonathan was corrupt does not make Buhari a better option.
            buhari was only a better option during the presidential election, but with attitudes and behaviour Buhari has shown, he is worse than Jonathan. Both should be arrested and put in jail

          • Peter_Edo

            We gave GEJ 4 years to perform and he took us from debt free to debt ridden, wasted all the saved funds and political capital that we gave him, at least let PMB finish 2.5 years first before we know if to crucify him.

        • Dgreatest

          ***”They called Jonathan clueless, but Buhari is brainless”***

          Both Jonathan and Buhari are in the same class and they never should have been Nigeria’s president

      • Arabakpura

        No wonder you reason like him; after all stealing is not corruption!

        • Mosley

          You are one of those sent out to destroy and blackmail people to make Buhari look good. What is Buhari’s credentials on governance, business and politics, zero. In his private life after his forced and disgraceful retirement from the army, what was spectacular about him? Nonsense.

          • Arabakpura

            Have I quarelled with you and your opinion? It’s your entitlement just as I am entitled to mine! Why do you jealous my opinion because you know it is the truth and very bitter! Beware of acid reflux which can result as a result of excessive anger and bile!

  • emmanuel

    If this is what Buhari has to offer on January 1, 2017 (propaganda), then the FG/APC is trully a disaster. Leaders are supposed to offer their people ray of hope on this day and not to remind them of distractions.
    The only reason Obama and now Trump brought Jack Welsh into their transition teams was his track records as one of the best turn-around experts from the the 1970’s to date.
    Buhari said Nigeria was decaying and would turn her furtunes around, only to wake us up on Janaury 1, to reming us that some people who leaved in the past has led to his inability to lead.
    Nigeria in the last 12 months earned Oil revenue at slightly above budget bench mark. So where is our problem coming from? Is there an excess crude account or the difference is stolen?
    If we earned above our budget beck mark, how come we have plunged from recession to depression and moving deeper into unmitigated depression?

    • Sam

      Prosecuting this fellows is also very important to the psyche of Nigerians to discourage others from stealing otherwise you end in cyclical mess.

      • emmanuel

        This are old issues and should be tackled at security level. I know too well, that most of the media trials will end up with judgement debts against the FG. When the confused rule, the people get into mess.
        A vibrant new year speech is usually a stimulant for any economy. unfortunately, the FG/APC team knows nothing about economy, hence the depression si getting deeper.
        You are a local lot who should be taught political economics

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      Please, sir, what was the he Benchmark for oil in the 2014 budget and now?What was the production level then compared to now? Meanwhile, i don’t see what this article by Premium Times got to do with BUHARI offering excuses!
      If you have issues with Buhari treat them on a relevant topic.
      Thank you, sir.
      Yours sincerely,
      Tunji Olarewaju

      • emmanuel

        The brain is not bought in the market. I do not expect you to have a well formed brain if you grew up drinking Ijebu garri with epa in the morning and Amala with very little ewedu in the evening after skipping launch.
        Becnh mark on how much production capacity?
        By the way, is Nigeria economy not diversified with grass imported from Brazil? Is there no food sufficiency? go back December 2016 and call out how many times Buhari told us the prices of food has crashed, when in truth they did go over the roof.
        As for bench mark, if we sold at over bench mark, the government devalued naira to have more volume of local currency to fund budget, should the shortfall in production not have been made up for by large volume of exchanged above bench mark sales not lead to liquidity?
        Se how theincongroud economics of Lawyers running economic team in company of a financial neophyte and a brainless head plung us deeper daily into depression?
        I beg you in Gods name, focus on how to move ahead, not leaving in the past.
        ‘I get am before nor be property’
        Did hear we will par the Dollar to Naira? we will give 500,000 jobs every year? we will generate 10,000 mega watts of electricity in 6 months? we will end Boko haram in 6 months etc?

  • God win ooo

    PMB, the more you waist time to deal with these thieves the more they will wax strong by keeping bribing their ways out. ASAP, send international police to those countries you have international relations with to arrest all of them. Delay is dangerous, they may fight back

    • RABATI

      “You may for political reasons say you are attacking the office of the president,
      but don’t insult President Jonathan. If you try to ridicule President Jonathan,
      i am not likely to be nice to you at all. If you throw a punch, i will connect you
      with an upper cut and maybe a kick to the groin.”

      ………..Reuben Abati

      (October, 12, 2013)

      • Kekedu

        “Yesterday’s men” – Reuben Abati.

        • Abu. S

          @Kekedu:disqus

          THIS WAS THE LOWEST MOMENT IN THE NOW CHEQUERED CAREER OF REUBEN ABATI.

      • wonderboi

        Seriously, are you for real ?

    • Awilo

      @disqus_ROLpEk9eFk:disqus

      WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE between Muhamadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan?

      I don’t see any difference between a mentally retarded person, and, a kleptomaniac.

    • Dawood

      Jonathan and his 40 thieves. Meanwhile, Alibaba is running around pretending that he has any clothes on. The one who brought all this suffering on Nigeria is running around pretending that he’s not a complete fraud.

  • Ken

    Buhari is just wasting his time. What is keeping Premium Times? How do they make money? They are paid for write ups like this . Hypocrites

    • Dokoku

      @disqus_zttM2JR2Wz:disqus

      Within 60 days of his resuming as president, between June 1st and 30th July 2015;
      and with civil servants owed 6 months’ salaries in at least 22 states, President Muhamadu Buhari
      himself went straight to the Central Bank and carried away one billion Naira –
      all within 60 days of resuming office!

      President Muhamadu Buhari then stuffed the whole one billion Naira into the back pockets
      of his crony, Brigadier Buba Marwa, with a whisper and with Buhari’s forefinger firmly on his lips,
      signalling that secrets be kept secret. That first decision in office burnt up the borrowed robes
      of ‘integrity’ that Nigeria’s unthinking journalists dressed Muhamadu Buhari in.

      • GTW

        Pls check your facts and be honest

        • emmanuel

          Are you from the moon?

          • Chief Priest

            President Buhari is a complete let-down before God and Man, even on money matters; haba!

          • Jide Okisoke

            WHEN WILL THE SENATE START THE PUBLIC HEARING INTO THIS ONE BILLION NAIRA

            PAYMENT, AS PROMISED, SINCE LAST MONTH? TIME IS GOING, PLEASE HURRY UP!!

          • Shorty & Sharpy

            • Arrest ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and his proxy – Jide Omokore –

            for prosecution on criminal negligence, conspiracy, and theft, over a

            whopping sum of $4.5 billion dollars found in Jide Omokore’s pocket.

          • Elderman

            I really don’t understand what you people are arguing about? Are you saying that the MESSIAH
            of CHANGE, the one and only Muhamadu Buhari, is also a rogue and maybe a thief or what?
            I don’t quite understand this argument. All I can understand so far is that Buhari carried away
            one billion Naira from the Central Bank within 60 days of his resuming office and he gave it
            to Brigadier Marwa. Was the giving for safe-keeping or what? Or was it for the hiding sake?
            Can you please elucidate in order to be pellucid? Thank you.

          • Tunde A. Omilani

            No wonder! There’s no way you can understand the issue if you are this dim.
            You want to know if the one billion Naira President Buhari took from Central
            Bank and put in Brigadier Marwa’s pocket is for safe-keeping, right? Now,
            is Brigadier Marwa’s pocket a safer place than Central Bank’s vault for
            safe-keeping? What sort of nonsense question are you asking here?
            Why not say the whole money in Federation Account should be put
            in Brigadier Marwa’s pocket for safe-keeping too? Nonsense!

          • Kalashnikov-AK 47

            @disqus_IU5znOohb5:disqus

            WE MUST BE PRAYERFUL THAT THE STEALING IN NIGERIA DOES NOT LEAD TO WAR.

            WHERE HEADS OF STATE ARE BEING EXPOSED FOR THEFTS, DEADLY WARS FOLLOW.

          • okenwa

            Continue supporting evil.

          • E.O Noble

            @Shorty & Sharpy:

            Look, nobody is supporting what President Buhari did here.
            It is terrible that President Buhari shoveled one billion Naira into the pockets of
            Brigadier Buba Marwa. Nobody is defending Buhari for that nonsense. What people
            are saying is that Goodluck Jonathan too must face probe and criminal trial.

            If President Muhamadu Buhari took one billion Naira or Jonathan took 3 billion dollars for
            his own PDP campaign, it is Nigerians who will still suffer the consequence of both thefts.
            Therefore, both Jonathan and Buhari must now face criminal trial for criminal roguery.
            This is not about APC or PDP. This is about stealing. Can you hear me?

          • Papa Ogihwriodo

            MY CHILDREN,

            Happy new year to all of you. I just woke up this night. I took some drink at midnight
            till morning to celebrate the new year. Maybe the drink has entered the wrong place.
            I slept too much. I did not even see this new year because there is no light when
            I woke up. And there is no light till now. This Buhari government is not good.

            I am reading here that the Buhari man is now getting involved with thief-thief matter
            of one billion Naira. The Police Inspector should ask him if the Central Bank of Nigeria
            is his personal property just go and to take anyhow.

            This sort of thing you people are overlooking is your future this people are stealing
            away. You the young ones must stand up and take the one billion Naira back by
            force. What sort of bold face thief-thief is this one? You must not agree to this.
            It is better to die fighting for something good than to be killed by
            something bad for doing nothing.

          • Mufu Ola

            Which moon? That Buhari went to CBN & stuffed his pocket with 1b Naira? U people are so desperately hopeless in your thinkings & just want to drag everybody into your mud.

    • Spoken word

      i can tell you are from a corrupt family

    • GTW

      You must be a tifq

      • okenwa

        Its a paid job. Kindly point only one person who is not a thief in buhari govt. Only one person.

      • Ken

        Is that the response to what I said? Imagine DSS giving Sahara Reporters call logs. How are these online newspapers making money? How many adverts do you see on their pages? These people are thieves and deceivers. We must move away from hypocrites and save Nigeria

  • Spoken word

    corrupt bastards

  • emma

    How are these politicians Jonthan’s men? PT is indeed taking journalistic insanity to unprecedented heights. We have about 40% of present APC govt officials who were once PDP party members in Jonathan’s government but decamped on the eve of the elections to APC to keep alive their selfish political ambitions. And one wonders why PT does not refer to such undesirable elements as Jonathan’s men just because they now serve a killer politician called Buhari.

    It was $1 = N168 in May 2015 when unfortunately a dumb Buhari came in. But in 1yr 7 months it is now $1 = N510 i.e., exactly 203% increase in exchange rate. And PT is telling us useless stories about Jonathan. It is either the Editors and reporters of PT are deaf, dumb or both.
    —The economy is comatose.
    — Crimes have risen
    —Jobs lost and companies leaving for Ghana and Cameroons
    —Even state govts are sacking and reducing salaries
    —Salaries of Legislathieves remain the highest in the world (over 1.7m/year for senators)
    — No economic plan/blue print
    —Hunger everywhere, as Dog and Lizards have become sources of protein in Ekiti and Oyo states
    …………………………and all we hear on PT is Jonathan today and Jonathan tomorrow. Did people vote for Buhari so he would continue to tell us about alleged crimes committed under Jonathan? Hediots! May hell fire be the resting place for all those who are publishing diversionary stories as this useless report above.

    • emmanuel

      Over 98% of APC men and women are rogues. There is one who Uduaghan used to cream out Delta state dry – Ayiri, he is now a Buhari ally and has kept all the loot for good.
      I urge all armed robbers, kidnappers and yahoo guys to join the APC, because that is where all criminals now leave!

      • Mufu Ola

        Mr corruption,how now?

      • Ken

        But today these Apc men and women have become saints and some idiots are still celebrating them.

    • Idowu

      Hard but tru talk bro!

    • okenwa

      Gbam. Tell them.

  • emma

    It was $1 = N168 in May 2015 when unfortunately a dumb Buhari came in. But in 1yr 7 months it is now $1 = N510 i.e., exactly 203% increase in exchange rate. And PT is telling us useless stories about Jonathan. Are the Editors and reporters of PT deaf or dumb? Dont they know that:

    —The economy is comatose.
    — Crimes have risen
    —Jobs lost and companies leaving for Ghana and Cameroons
    —Even state govts are sacking and reducing salaries
    —Salaries of Legislathieves remain the highest in the world (over 1.7m/year for senators)
    — No economic plan/blue print
    —Hunger everywhere, as Dog and Lizards have become sources of protein in Ekiti and Oyo states
    …………………………and all we hear on PT is Jonathan today and Jonathan tomorrow. Did people vote for Buhari so he would continue to tell us about alleged crimes committed under Jonathan? Hediots! May hell fire be the resting place for all those who are publishing diversionary stories as this useless report above.

    • VOICES

      With this monumental corruption tell me hhow any economy will not collapse

    • Samuel Oduala

      Nigeria was ruined by Goodluck Jonathan and his men. Buhari is doing the best he can do with the deplorable economy Jonathan left. Jonathan is the dummy not Buhari.

    • Tonnero

      Even simple facts, you cannot get right. By the time Goodluck left, exchange rate was already N197/$ with Goldman Sachs asking us to devalue further else they would delist Nigeria from its emerging market bond index. You are the deaf, blind, mute person if you are still unaware that the bad economy you are facing today is due to the massive stealing from your brother yesterday. When Yar;Adua faced an oil price dip in 2008, he was able to go through it painlessly because Obasanjo had saved good money. But your drunken fisherman squandered what he met and did not save anything of his own even in the face of high oil prices. Are idiots like you expecting Buhari to manufacture dollrs overnight? Mumu.

    • Powerlessconscious

      Are idiots like you expecting Buhari to manufacture dollrs overnight? Mumu.

  • Mosley

    Buhari is always annointing himself as the Mr Clean. In his first coming, every other person in NPN including, Umaru Dikko he declared as criminals. Without court convictions, he has in his second coming started by declaring everybody who served under GEJ as corrupt. Only fools will buy these stories based on unproven allegations.

    • Mufu Ola

      Only fools will not buy the these stories.

      • Banjo Ani

        are u referring to fools who were able to at least pass WAEC exams or those who could not? Which category do u refer to?

        • Powerlessconscious

          He was referring to brigate who never went to school but richest in the world.

  • Mosexbee

    How could any reporter with eyes, ears and a head as part of his/her body refer to the EXPLOITATION and DEGRADATION of the Niger Delta people and their ecosystem as mere ‘ALLEGATION’. This is why I know that Nigeria is disintegrating very soon. Sooner than most of you think. If the PT reporters and his/her Editor have no ears to hear don’t they have eyes to see? Can’t they go to Youtube and type “Niger Delta pollution” and see for themselves the horror of Nigeria’s criminal activity and their collusion with the criminal foreign oil companies – Shell, Chevron, Exxonmobil, Agip etec to rape and destroy a people with total disregard for human, plant and animal life?

  • Mosexbee

    _Hear PT on General Tompolo : “For years, Tompolo joined forces with various guerrilla groups in the Niger Delta agitating against the alleged exploitation and degra¬dation of the oil-rich region by the Federal Government and international oil companies. “

    How could any reporter with eyes, ears and a head as part of his/her body refer to the EXPLOITATION and DEGRADATION of the Niger Delta people and their ecosystem as mere ‘ALLEGATION’. This is why I know that Nigeria is disintegrating very soon. Sooner than most of you think. If the PT reporters and his/her Editor have no ears to hear don’t they have eyes to see? Can’t they go to Youtube and type “Niger Delta pollution” and see for themselves the horror of Nigeria’s criminal activity and their collusion with the criminal foreign oil companies – Shell, Chevron, Exxonmobil, Agip etec to rape and destroy a people with total disregard for human, plant and animal life?

    • marc umeh

      Then why are the ND people not helping themselves. If they make the right moves then maybe they will gain the sympathy of other nigerians. When their leaders make moves like trooping to London to pay homage to their leader who they pay 50 million /yr while in jail , people begin to wonder.

      • Delta_Quagmire

        You guys make sweeping statements based on falsehood. Ibori is from Delta state and all you see are people from that area doing that nonsense. I am from Rivers state and you have not seen anyone from my state facilitating with corruption. Niger-Delta – geographically is whole swat of real estate straddling the coastal lines of Atlantic ocean. Get it right man!

    • Tonnero

      Shut up, my friend. We know there are operational spills but 97% of the spills are due to your thieving brothers who are stealing crude oil either to export or use in their illegal refineries or who are bombing lines to make a political point. Is it because the IOCs do not want to join issues with you? This bad behaviour of the Niger Deltan has been going on for 20 years. That is why IOCs are selling off their equity and leaving you to continue to blow the lines. You will be the ones who pay the price ultimately.

  • Mufu Ola

    The most surprising is this Bello Fadipe case. This man escaped firing squad for ‘coup plotting’ during Abacha time. Instead of him to thank his stars & be very careful about himself, he’s getting himself involved in nefarious acts. I’ve been hearing his names in unholy quarters in d past few years. And to know that he comes from the place with Jide Omokore of NNPC saga & Dino Melaye makes one believe that that area in Kogi is now achieving national notoriety for questionable characters.

    • Lukman222

      @okorometa:disqus

      IS ADOKE MUHAMMED FROM THE SAME AREA OF KOGI STATE? IF THE ANSWER IS YES,
      THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SHOULD RENAME THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENT AS THIEF TOWN.

      • Riltin

        Adoke, Anaconda, Waziri, Audu Ogbe are from Benue.

        • Mufu Ola

          Adoke is Ebira from Kogi state.

          • Riltin

            Thanks for the correction.

  • Ubong

    What about all the known corrupt former governors and ministers from former parties serving in this government. Where is former EFCC chairman. What has happened to Saraki well demonstrated case. Why is can Nigerians journalist help change the endemically corrupt mindset of our so called looters instead of unreasonably and I logically supporting and encouraging corruption in the name of playing partisan political support. Nigerians need holistic war against these criminals in government and President Buhari need the support of suffering Nigerians to fight these criminals he appointed because he has to toe party lines and reward theses criminals that looted collective wealth of states to probably fund his campaign

    • Riltin

      Abegi, relax bro, Buhari is also very corrupt. As saying goes, “birds of the same feathers flock together”.

  • AlBsure23

    Junk from Ebuka Onyeji and Premium Times is celebrating the junk in the name of publication.

  • Rommel

    In a situation where law courts are compromised,would it be wise to say that the accused should be considered innocent until pronounced guilty? what if that pronouncement never comes? this lawyer Frank Obi must be among the hustlers in that profession

    • Delta_Quagmire

      An irredeemable drunk imbecile, your education is wasted.

      • Rommel

        I asked a hypothetical question which you could have attempted to give an educated answer to but here you are behaving like a POS, am disappointed,

    • Senator D

      You always talk off point like are you being satirical or what?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Why is PT not reporting on thieves that are on ground like Bola Ahmed Tinubu?

    • Olu from South Africa

      Probably what PT is reporting is that: “they” should come and join the ones on ground.

  • JasV

    The first Nigerian indigenous lawyer was Christopher Sapara Williams called to the English bar on November 17, 1879, yet this ogogoro drunk shoeless bastard of a so called president could not find a qualified Nigerian for attorney general except this monkey looking criminal that even has to go and study law in Netherlands after finishing its term as an attorney general. UNBELIEVABLE.