EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan, Emefiele, Magu, others to be questioned by presidential panel probing N13 billion Ikoyi money

Money recovered from an apartment in Osborne Towers Ikoyi
Money recovered from an apartment in Osborne Towers Ikoyi

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; and anti-corruption chief, Ibrahim Magu are amongst some high-profile personalities that are expected to be questioned by a presidential panel investigating the mysteries surrounding the over N13 billion recovered from an apartment in Lagos last Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The panel will also question the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayodele Oke, and his predecessor, Olaniyi Oladeji.

The owner of the building where the money was found and the EFCC official who led the operation will also be questioned by the three-man panel, which was convened on Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES understands.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, who is also a member of the investigating committee is also expected to brief the committee on what he knows following reports that Mr. Oke briefed him on the NIA operation prior to the discovery of the money.

President Muhammadu Buhari named Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to lead the committee, with Attorney General Abubakar Malami and Mr. Monguno being the remaining two members, the presidency said in a statement.

The constitution of the panel came as the presidency announced the immediate suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and Mr. Oke for their respective roles in the grass cutting scandal and the over N13 billion recovered in Lagos respectively.

“The president also ordered a full-scale investigation into the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, has made a claim,” presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said Wednesday.

Mr. Adesina’s statement appears to indicate that the presidency has already accepted the NIA’s argument that the money belongs to it.

The investigative panel was tasked to unravel the “circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds, how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to the NIA, and to establish whether or not there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds,” Mr. Adesina said.

In a separate probe, the same committee is also to look into the allegations against Mr. Lawal in the grass cutting scandal.

THE IKOYI RECOVERY

Operatives of the EFCC, acting on a tip-off on April 12, said they found $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 hidden inside an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi.

The funds were valued at over N13 billion based on prevailing exchange rate set by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

But the development, which could have been another success in the ongoing campaign against graft, became problematic for the Buhari administration following conflicting reports about the ownership of the money.

A day after news of the recovery gripped the country, the EFCC approached the Federal High Court, to secure a forfeiture order.

Muslim Hassan, a judge at the Lagos Division of the FHC, granted the anti-graft agency’s request and gave any potential claimant until May 5, else the entire N13 billion would be permanently forfeited to the Nigerian government.

On April 14, according to presidency and security sources, the NIA admitted owning the money, saying it warehoused it in the Lagos apartment for an operation it is conducting.

Our sources said Mr. Oke, the NIA director general, had approached Mr. Magu to request EFCC operatives who broke into the apartment to back down while the operation was still underway, but the EFCC boss declined his pleas.

But the security chief would not comment on the purpose of the fund, telling this newspaper: “You don’t expect me to tell you that.”

On April 15, Governor Nyesom Wike said the money belonged to Rivers State, having allegedly been plundered by his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi.

“We have facts to prove that the said money belongs to the Rivers State Government,” Mr. Wike said. “The Federal Government must return our money.”

But Mr. Amaechi, now Minister of Transport, strongly denied the allegations and threatened to sue those who publicly accused him of being the owner of the money.

The uncertainties notwithstanding, President Buhari directed that the money be returned to the CBN and ordered preliminary findings into the matter.

Why Osinbajo’s panel may question Jonathan, Emefiele, others

Sources close to the panel told PREMIUM TIMES its members commenced work on Wednesday afternoon and identified some key individuals whose information would be useful to their work.

The panel, which has two weeks to conclude its activities, will invite the individuals for the unique insight they might have on the matter.

On his part, Mr. Jonathan is expected to be questioned over claims that he approved the operation for which the NIA allegedly obtained the money.

Presidency and security sources told PREMIUM TIMES on April 14 that Mr. Jonathan approved the funds for the 30-year old secret service agency after its immediate past boss, Mr. Oladeji, alerted him to the need for some “crucial and covert security projects”.

Since the presidency said the person who authorised the funds for the NIA would be crucial, it indicates that Mr. Buhari might not have prior knowledge of the operation.

A source said should Mr. Oke’s reported stance that Mr. Jonathan approved the money be found to be true, then the former president would have to be questioned.However, the former president may not be summoned, our sources said, as the committee members will arrange to meet with Mr. Jonathan, who left office in 2015, at the former president’s preferred point.

The panel will also summon Mr. Emefiele, who has led the CBN since 2014.

The apex bank is believed to have released the money to the NIA as a way of making the funding of the ‘covert operation’ entirely secret, PREMIUM TIMES understands.

The recovered funds had the packaging and inscriptions of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company on them, indicating that they might have come directly from the CBN. The dollar denominations were also itemised with serialised bar codes.

But the CBN already cast doubts about its connection to the money.

“I cannot say if the notes the NIA is claiming came from the CBN,” its spokesperson, Isaac Okorafor, told PREMIUM TIMES over the weekend.

Mr. Oke and Mr. Olajide will be grilled by the committee to explain the NIA’s roles.

Although Mr. Olajide left NIA since 2013, and handed over to Mr. Oke, security sources told PREMIUM TIMES he initiated the clandestine projects and forwarded the proposal to Mr. Jonathan for approval.

The two security chiefs are expected tell the committee about the project in detail, sources said.

Sources also said the panel will take testimonies from Mr. Monguno, even though he’s a member. This is largely due to claims by NIA sources that the NSA was briefed on the project and knew about the money.

Mr. Magu will be invited alongside his subordinate who led the operation for their respective roles in the recovery, our sources said.

One of the most widely-asked questions centred on the owner the apartment where the money was recovered in particular and the Osborne Towers itself in general.

Shortly after EFCC announced the recovery, media reports mentioned a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’azu, as the owner of the building and possible owner of the funds.

But the former Bauchi governor has since denied being the current owner the property, even though he acknowledged he built it.

“I acquired the land and jointly developed it using a bank loan, I obtained about nine (9) years ago,” Mr. Mu’azu said. “However, all the flats have been sold to prospective buyers in order to pay back the loan.”

For this reason, our sources said, the panel intends to invite the owner of the apartment. But it is not immediately clear if the members have identified the owner as at Wednesday night.


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  • Ifeanyi

    “The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, who is also a member of the investigating committee is also expected to brief the committee on what he knows following reports that Mr. Oke briefed him on the NIA operation prior to the discovery of the money”
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Babagana Monguno who according to this report should be under investigation…?, shouldn’t have been appoint into the panel investigating a matter in which he had played a role. But this is Nigeria.

    • Lanre

      A majority of Nigerians are a gullible lot. They can never reason and ask the right questions. You see them here acting like employees of Lai Mohammed’s Ministry of Information. WHO DOES AYO OKE REPORT TO? Is it not Babagana Monguno, The NSA? Who does the NSA report to? When “Agbepo” Ayo Oke ran to Babagana Monguno, what was he trying to tell him? There can be no redemption for Nigeria until the Niger Delta take their oil money away and every region develops according to the resources they have.

      • Osakue

        Which oil your papa do dreging? Ole!

      • Gibson Bosah

        Biafraud criminal.kanu must die

      • tundemash

        Who rattled your cage today ?

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        Derivation was 50/50 before Aguyi Ironsi usurped powers in January 1966, back by Zik who request for British commander of Nigerian Army was turned down by UK government.
        Niger deltans did not develop Nigeria Oil & Gas and can not claim to own it.
        With less corruption by their leaders & investment of some of their 13% revenue,from derivation there would have been less poverty in that region.
        Our commonwealth invested in crude Oil exploration would have been better spent if invested in agribusiness.
        China, India & South Korea have no crude Oil, they are better than us.

        • Ronald Gowe

          all what u have said is new to lanre… another one with low mentality…. the bad thing is that he still does not understand where u are coming from…. him and his likes are so so blind

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Thanks for your contribution.
            These people believe what they want to believe, not what make sense or true.

      • Ronald Gowe

        u see u… must u comment… or add ND to ur comment. they will think that we all think alike. meanwhile God knows that its just some few among us that still live in that utopia realm of no return.

  • Onye Obosi

    From all indications Babagana Monguno is already biased in this case, having had prior meeting with Oke. Therefore, he should recluse himself from the panel. The presidency should appoint somebody else, and I wonder why the EFCC is not represented in the panel as the anti-graft agency. What actually is the basis of the investigation if EFCC is not represented in the probe panel?

    • Benard Owobu

      I share your view

  • Bayo

    The national security adviser ought not to be in the probe panel.
    The 2 agencies embarrassing themselves i.e EFCC & NIA are under him. He should also be queried for not ensuring synergy among and within the agencies under him.

    • bayobe

      He is among the 3 panelists with Osinbajo and the AGF Malami. Shame.

  • GeeWhiz

    All this talk about Jonathan is a smokescreen. Even if Jonathan approved the money before he left office in 2015, expenditures are budgeted on a fiscal year to fiscal year basis so 2015 “approved” money should never held for use in 2017 unless re-approved and re-budgeted.

    The more important questions are 1) why was “Govt” money stored in a private residence 2) why was Mrs. Oke ferrying millions of dollars by herself without NIA financial people as part of a system of checks and balances, 3) who owns the N250 million residence and what is their connection to NIA.

    At least that northern governor wey state “government money, government house, wetin be the problem” stored govt. money in the govt. house. Now people dey claim “government money dey my personal N250m house, wetin be the problem as na for covert operation”.

  • Kallah Bature

    It is nauseating to think that such a collosal amount will be voted for an unnamed covert operation.Any reason why we should blame our economic recession on the falling price of oil? N13b can do a lot in this time of dire need for funds by the government.

  • Musikal

    Breaking News:
    ……………………

    Buhari dey perambulate and go still dey…..same same place!

    BUHARI APPOINTED ALEX OKOH AND WALE BABALAKIN LAST WEEK;

    BUHARI SUSPENDED BABACHIR LAWAL AND AYODELE OKE THIS WEEK.

    Buhari dey perambulate and go still dey……….same same place!

    • Osakue

      Agents of witches pro-corrupt groups that don’t want good to come to Nigeria I beg leave us alone we love this government

    • Gibson Bosah

      Biafraud imbecile

  • ukoette ibekwe

    I didn’t know that many Nigerians are this daft especially members of the so called ruling class. These Idiots have been looking for ways to implicate Jonathan in their anti corruption nonsense and to feed the morons that cheer them they have now staged 13b Naira scam because Jonathan approved a budget for NIA. Now to budget for a government institution is corruption. Hahaha Nigeria. It’s almost two years since Jonathan left office. If the present government cannot perform it’s oversight function on governmental institutions, who are you going to blame, Jonathan. If Buhari is incapacitated, who are you going to blame, Jonathan. If Buhari took six months vacation after being sworn in as the President and the economy tanks, who are you going to blame, Jonathan…

    • Benard Owobu

      U must be on dangerous substance.

      • Kallah Bature

        No he may simply be an agent of corruption fighting back.His futile struggle to defend his master will however be in vain.

    • Pat

      Your daftest comment just revealed the daftness in you. What a pity!

    • bayobe

      I think you are the daft one here, Jonathan name was mentioned because the NIA claimed the money was released by his government in 2015, nobody is going to implicate Jonathan if he released the fund to NIA in the interest of the country and with due process followed, this is only the reason Jonathan might be asked to give his own side of the story. If you are not Jonathan or his solicitor will you keep quiet and let the panel do their job, Jonathan is alive , hale and hearty he can defend himself if he is called upon to do so.

    • Sword of Damocles

      Thou dost protest too much, Fret not “Dr” Jonathan is not your birth father. Have you notice that the Good Dakita has gone “full radio silence” mode? Shit dey catch am. I just dey laugh, the only people who didnt suspect that this was left over money from Dumbo’s owambe tour of the 2015 elections are people of your ilk. And even now with the former President’s mouth covered with the “stew from the pot”, you “know-nothings” talk sey no be him chop am. eyes wide SHUT. let us wait for the report in 2 weeks

    • Arabakpura

      The only man that answers Ette and Ibekwe! You truly have dual sense!

      • Julius

        lolz.

    • Patriot

      Ibekwe, sycophancy is a disease, it doesn’t allow one to reason intelligently and logically. That is why those of you still defending our amiable but fantastically corrupt former leader can no longer reason beyond your nose. I know to all of you his followers, “Stealing is not corruption”

    • Osakue

      Lol. Agent of pro- corruption continue na your future you dey sell so if you no know.

    • Gibson Bosah

      Biafraud.kanu will die in prison

    • Uzoma John

      Jonathan implicated himself for allowing crooks to use him while busy drinking Johnnie Walker and Sapele water. Would’n’t say he was used but a very desperate man to return to power. The reason he acted devoid of common sense.

      • Kefas Samu

        Disgusting, tiring and of no use. Let this government wake to the work they promised and elected for rather than chasing shadows, crying wolf where none exist as time is of essence. Campaign promises of 1dolla equals 1naira, 10000magawatts of electricity, employment generation, growing the economy, halting insugence, infrastructure development etc

  • Francis Ogbonna

    SOUNDS MORE OF A PLOT AGAINST A TARGET ( JONATHAN ) ,IT IS HIGH TIME BUHARI AND HIS CABALS LEAVE NIGERIA ALONE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    • Dawood

      Even the blind beggar on the side of the street knows that Jonathan and Emefiele are knee deep in all the looting cases filtering into the news cycle. All Jonathief says when asked about this case is “not true.” That beggar and the rest of Nigerians are asking why Jonathan and Emefiele still walking around free? What special agreenest did Buhari sign with Jonathan, and why is Emefiele not expendable?

    • Patriot

      Just commenting like a baby. If PMB had wanted to jail your Jona, his case no longer needs any plotting or targeting with all the corruption cases round his neck like arms money sharing, bribery of INEC, flying money in Oritshejafor’s private jet to South Africa, flying billions of dollars 2 separate aircrafts to Ekiti to rig election, Dansuki gate, Mentu confession etc. How many shall we count, and I know many more will be revealed

    • Patriot

      You just commented like a baby. If PMB had wanted to jail your Jona, his case no longer needs any plotting or targeting with all the corruption cases round his neck like arms money sharing, bribery of INEC, flying money in Oritshejafor’s private jet to South Africa, flying billions of dollars in separate aircrafts to Ekiti to rig election, Dansuki gate, Mentu confession, 200million Malabu bribery, etc. How many shall we count, and I know many more will be revealed

      • Osakue

        Where him wife former First Lady see over $15million which contract she do?

        • No Bull …..

          That was donations from well wishers. Lol

          • Patriot

            Well wishers indeed. Well-wishers like Dansuki, and Malabu ppl

    • kinsly

      Comments of a Retard.

    • Gibson Bosah

      Edit ur comment when u wake up

    • Uzoma John

      Ndi Igbo anyi, ike ona’gwu kwa unu? Why can’t you guys be unbiased and allow Govt to carry out her legitimate duties.You mean they should let go someone who signed/approved away your future and that of your children, if you have any. I don’t blame you. I blame China for giving you access to sub-standard smartphone.

      • Julius

        Lmaoooooooo !!

      • Cincinnatus

        lol

      • Rommel

        I fear oooo! how can a man that presided over the greatest oil boom in history of OPEC yet could not account or save one dime with no projects to show be the idol for many of our people,this shame is becoming too much even some reasonable Ijaw understand that Jonathan was a tragedy.

        • Kefas Samu

          Thinking with the buttocks rather than the brain? Tell us more please.

  • Hero

    There is a roundabout verdict and decision waiting. For a more a fair decision, Babagana Monguno should recuse the appointment or the President should drop him. That money was the unspent portion that GEJ did not finish for his campaign. Hiding the money became too hot.

    • Aragon

      You obviously are a very lazy thinker.

  • Intrepid

    Ayodele Oke, the NIA Czar, wept like Diya. These people una go die because of Fed appointments.

  • Femi

    Check out Premium Times headlines: “Jonathan approved fund’, ‘Jonathan keeps mum’, ‘Jonathan to be questioned’. This is lazy journalism and mercantilism in an otherwise noble profession. It is obvious that most of PT editorial decisions are made elsewhere, definitely outside your newsroom. I voted Buhari in 2015 because I did not want Jonathan to continue in office. But I am fed up with this unending ‘lynch GEJ by all means’ posture. So Jonathan now has to be questioned for legitimate approvals to a security outfit, just because the managers misapplied the money? please tell us another thing.

    • Uzoma John

      Go run your own media outfit if you are not comfy with how Premium Times caption their stories/news. Captions endear readership to news if you don’t know. Come to the Western world and see how captions are made to appeal to readers.

    • wode

      I guess it’s just a tabloid. Journalists would use headlines that would attract attention. That’s what they sell.

  • smart G

    Wait a minute….Why is Mrs Oke not in EFCC custody.
    If she was said to be the lady bringing in the cash why is she being shielded?
    Except if all the newspaper report linking her to 7B is just a smoke screen

  • newvoice404

    Please, where are Ameachi’s haters particularity from SE (including evil twin clowns of Fayose and Wike) that were swearing on their mothers’ graves that those monies found were Ameachi’s? Have they suddenly gone deaf now that the DG NIA really on record to be vehemently claiming the monies, has been rightly suspended to allow proper investigation? Or have they now really realised that, they are just evil people that will pin anything and everything on Ameachi, because he seems to be their nemesis? Real shame!

    • utolason

      Aren’t those two evil-twin clown governors well known mad men?

    • Shahokaya

      Wike does not need any record, like the Christian ogogoro guzzling governor of Ekiti, wicked Wike has directed cash and carry pastors to engage prayer warriors for PMB to hand over the recovered cash to Wike.

  • Adekunle

    Jonathan should be summoned in handcuffs.

    • John A

      If the money was legitimately approved, there’s no need of Jonathan been among of those summoned.
      There are kept record that can validate his role in this issue.
      Mr. Oke and his agency are the first to be seriously questioned, if he chooses to to misappropriate the approved fund for his own greed.

      • Netanyahu

        What exactly did Jonathan do to the yorubas? Even awusas don’t hate the man this much. I think it serves the niger delta right. It was their brother that nominated him vice president. Yet they made sure he never won re-election. Na waa o.

    • Kefas Samu

      Sorry your oga no get the balls unfortunately for you. What are you going to do now?

  • John A

    If the money was legitimately approved, there’s no need of Jonathan been among of those summoned.
    There are kept record that can validate his role in this issue.
    Mr. Oke and his agency are the first to be seriously questioned, if he chooses to to misappropriate the approved fund for his own greed.
    Nigeria is like a polygamous man, his wives works independently for themselves and their children and not for the greatness of the husband.

    • Afo

      Due respect is being extended to GEJ as members of the committee will visit him to hear about the purpose for which he gave approval. His campaign posters were found indicating that it was part of the money he shipped to Lagos for the bribing of South West Obas and others to rig election for him. Oke, in connivance with other thieves diverted it for their pocket thereby betrayed their master. It is judgment time and the committee must be thorough and unbiased. Leaders must have the courage to punish evil and reward good deeds. God bless Nigeria.

      • John A

        I don’t want to assume that the money was for election, irrespective the campaign materials that was found till the final conclusion of the committee.
        Anyone found wanting, MUST be dealt with the highest punishment available.

    • Sincere-Voice

      No, I don’t think so. Whether there’s record or not, it would be good to hear from the former president himself. The inclusion of Jonathan as one of those that would be questioned makes this case an interesting one.

    • Julius

      Are you serious ? Suppose the NIA director is lying about Jonathan released the money to them for some supposed intelligent purposes ?. We need to hear from Jonathan. Some folks are saying it was the lost re-election bribe monies. Let him clear his role if he has any.

  • Fijabi ESQ

    I think all the accused should simply get 23 SANs to defend them in court and begin life threatening threats on the accusers so they drop the case. This is in line with the Law of precedence.

    • Kefas Samu

      Like the ones hired to defend a school cert you mean? Ka daina irin wannan zanche. Stop these kind of stuff.

  • Bantu Nzizga

    …if only Nigerian Government will set up JUST ONE panel like this to also investigate and identify JUST ONE suicide bomber in JUST ONE suicide attack of the hundreds since Buhari came to power. Eeeeeeeee.eeeeeeeeeee.eeeeeeeeeeeeee.vil men!

  • agwamba

    Please don’t call me a cynic for what I am about to say. I am of the opinion that there is no need for this Committee. The EFCC that uncovered the money should have done its due diligence and reported the facts immediately to the government. This Committee is a huge distraction. The objective for setting up the committee appears suspect. The Committee will spend a whole 14 days to do its “job” and then hand over a report to the President. Before the report is issued, we will treated to “exclusive” accounts of what will be contained in the report with many salacious and nebulous details that are intended to let readers convict the intended targets. After that, the report will be submitted to the President and the matter will be rested. That is the way of things with this government.

    • Sincere-Voice

      You’re wrong bro. For the fact that Jonathan is one of those that will be questioned makes this investigation a open one. Because thereafter, Jonathan being the father of the Opposition party would come out to say it’s own. If Jonathan Denys having a knowledge of the operation, he will come out to say it. So chill, I think the government is very honest about this case.

  • Riot500000

    Whenever Yoruba gets busted, he weeps. GENERAL DIYA, and now, Mr intelligence weeps for losing his power, even temporarily. NORTH and YORUBA fleecing Nigeria. This is why Yoruba refuses to say anything about restructuring the ZOO. Nigeria is a cheap prostitute that nobody loves.

    • ?????????

      @Riot500000:disqus

      The $50million Question

      • How did
      President Muhamadu Buhari reach the ridiculous conclusion ahead of
      investigation that the newly-minted $50million stashed away in a wardrobe
      behind a purposely built false wall inside the private apartment at Flat 7b in
      Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, is “security funds”, when the Central Bank said
      three (3) days ago that it never issued newly minted U.S dollar notes to the
      National Intelligence Agency (N.I.A)?

      • Sincere-Voice

        Please stop talking like a toddler. That’s why the CBN governor is part of those that would be summoned. Jonathan would also need to tell them if he knows and approved the operation since his name has been mentioned. And then the past and present NIA leaders will tell the committee why they choose to hide the funds in a private house if the NIA claims are true. The owners of the apartment would also be questioned.
        Is your hated for Buhari blocking your sense of reasoning? Hated does its possessor a lots of damage.

  • 360° degrees

    @Riot500000:disqus

    The Buhari government’s never had a golden moment, never got off the ground, never took off on a straight course,
    never knew a destination, never worked or jelled, in short, the Buhari government is a contradiction in terms because
    it has not appeared to most Nigerians as a government in the real sense, but rather looks more like a Police station
    of barely educated Constables….for as all else in the country collapse – including schools and hospitals bereft of
    medicines – the Buhari government makes a chase after some thieves in other political parties the sole reason
    for its own existence as government whilst letting everything else in Nigeria to go to rot, including law and order,
    as bandits and robbers routinely invade whole communities and kill en masse.

    • Sincere-Voice

      Please read again what you wrote and tell me the sense in it and how it’s related with what you read in this report. What exactly do you think the government should have done in this case? Please make some sense if you will want to reply me.

      • 360° degrees

        @amoz2amoz:disqus

        Nigeria is in the 4th quarter of negative economic growth. Nigeria under Buhari is in year-long recession.
        That is proof of the failure of thought in the Buhari so-called government because out of the 12 OPEC
        oil-exporters only Nigeria under the fumbling hands of Buhari fell into recession after crude oil price fell.
        If the proof of the pudding is in the economic destruction Buhari wrought on Nigeria, all else is moot.
        Nigeria now has 50% youth un-employment and still rising along with 17.3% inflation plus a badly
        devalued national currency – the Naira that’s lost 64% of its value after Buhari resumed office.
        Buhari has no clue or answer to these existential threats but wields batons against opponents.

        • Cincinnatus

          …and I’m sure the looting of the country’s treasury has nothing to do with it. Sold oil at over $100 a barrel for almost a decade and no money is left in the short period your wonderful president was there despite his predecessor leaving a healthy reserve. Please go and apply for MENSA membership with your wonderful brilliant mind.

          • communiqué

            @disqus_NjS3s9a6hV:disqus

            Has the Director-General of Standards Organization of Nigeria – appointed by President Buhari –
            been suspended for EFCC probe to start into current frauds under the Buhari government?
            What happened was that a group of rogue businessmen conspired with top officials of
            the Standards Organization of Nigeria (S.O.N) in January this year and obtained a
            genuine import permit, properly signed and sealed to import five (5) billion Naira
            worth of defective car tyres into Nigeria.

            The deal went through, as the consignment passed through Customs because the law
            of Nigeria does not allow the Customs to intercept defective products if the products are
            not contraband. A whistle-blower later leaked the five billion Naira scam to the press.
            Since then all hell was let loose, as the Customs press office simultaneously blew
            the alarm that Nigeria is being stolen away by creatures President Buhari himself
            appointed into public office.

          • Cincinnatus

            His successors will probe him and his appointees. We all know this government and especially the senate is filled with mentally ill people but i can tell you for certain that the president, his vice and Kemi Adeosun is clean as can be. Everybody else should be watched like a hawk. They are yet to prove themselves good people, and that includes Fashola. His fight is colossal and i can commend him for that but i can’t help but wonder if he is pressured into making deals with these savages for some peace.

          • No-Comment

            @disqus_NjS3s9a6hV:disqus

            “I think the suspensions are inevitable, and in my view, they are a journey to total disengagement.
            The SGF is a top member of the administration. He should have known that for him to award a contract to his own company is absolutely prohibited by the Code of Conduct and the Constitution. What he was doing was illegal and unconstitutional. The worse is that he didn’t even award the
            contract for relevant activity such as for food, rather it was for grass cutting, which is totally unrelated to the needs of this people for very basic life-saving materials.

            This one of Osborne Towers cash is even worse in my view. How can you hold over $40million of state money in a private apartment, without the knowledge of the head of state to whom you’re responsible? So they’ve turned themselves into a government of their own. They didn’t inform
            the present administration that they got this money from the Jonathan administration and this
            is what it was meant for and this is what is left. Once they didn’t do that, then they were all on
            a criminal conduct which should lead to what has happened now. It’s very clear that they
            intended to convert it to their private use. That’s why I said everything is inevitable.”

            ……………..Professor Itse Sagay

            (Legal Adviser to President Buhari)

            APRIL 20TH, 2017

        • L’homme Diplomatique

          The solution to Nigeria’s messes

          Nigerians should write a letter to the
          United Nations, like a petition, signed by five million people, asking for U.N
          Security Council resolution for their benighted country to be promptly
          reconstituted on separate legal footing in international law as a TRUST
          TERRITORY of the United Nations in perpetuity. Nigerians do not have the
          honesty required for constitutional rule and can’t govern themselves. That is
          the ultimate solution. Nigeria is sliding into a failed state because
          dishonesty and stealing breed fraud into a national tragedy sinking the
          country. Lies, lies, lies, every day! You cannot run a democracy on the bases
          of lies, thefts and deception. That’s why Nigeria has been in darkness with no
          electricity since December 2016. The metrics you need to run electricity must
          be founded on truth but the country is so inured in lies and frauds and likely
          to dis-appear from world map anytime soon. Those who call Nigeria a zoo only
          show disrespect to animals. Nigeria under Buhari is a wasteland with no purpose
          for being.

        • v.o.akins

          IS NIGERIA UNDER PRESIDENT MUHAMADU BUHARI NOW A FAILED STATE OR WHAT?

        • Rommel

          London based economic survey monitor just announced that Nigerian recession has ended so where from your faithless position? any country with people like like will never make progress

          • Otile

            Forget your fictitious Landan based economic survey and tell us about the reality on the ground in one Nigeria. People especially Northerners are dying of hunger in large numbers and you are there shooting from your anus about prosperity. Conduct the same survey in Nigeria and show us the results. Crooks like you are dangerous to the society.

        • Kefas Samu

          And maternal mortality and underfive mortality, poverty level and out of school children at par with war torn countries like Afghanistan, Somalia and CAR. By 2013 we had gained much ground only to relapse during the apc leadership.

    • Kefas Samu

      I need say no more. Goofing and gaffing all the Wat, though that ends with Obj as Daily trust hinted then but no goofers and gaffers are still right in Aso Rock villa, what a shame!

  • Darlington

    APC propagandists can’t stop amazing me. Must you bring in GEJ in all shenanigans? This is the worst government i have ever seen in life.

    • Frank Bassey

      AIMLESS LEADERSHIP. WHAT ELSE DO YOU EXPECT OF IT?

  • Frank Bassey

    Very clueless and aimless government. What has former President got to do with foreign and local currencies found in a private apartment in Lagos? Does the apartment belong to him? Why interrogate the owner of the building and not the owner of the apartment? Who owns the apartment for goodness sake? Why lump the two cases when the grass-cutter’s case is already investigated and findings made public? What happened to the other ‘strayed’ cash discovered in Kaduna and Lagos? Exercise dead on arrival.

    • Cincinnatus

      Well, I’m very glad your opinion is of no significance to the future of our country and our children.

    • Julius

      Moron, the Director of the NIA said Jonathan approved and released the money… Can you now see what Jonathan has to do with the mess ?. Think !!

    • Darlington

      Mind-boggling questions. Buhari is not only clueless but useless in Aso Rock.

    • STAND OUT

      My guy are still asking this kind of questions? The DG of NIA has claimed the cash now, the apartment is said to belong Oke/NIA.

  • Frank Bassey

    WHY IS PROF. ITSE SAGEY SILENT?

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  • SamPsalm

    Madam Okonjo Iweala was ignored and not given her right and entitlement to be questioned? This government hates women and do not want them anywhere anything important is happening.

    Imagine, she was Finance Minister. In charge of the nation’s money. And she was even using ‘technology to fight fraud and corruption.

    But now that her effort has yielded N13bn out of office, this Presidency would not invite her for questioning? In fact, simply behaves as if she does not exist?

    This must stop. Ngozi must be given her right. She must face questioning. There must be a woman’s voice on that panel’s radar – representing over 90million Nigerians. ‘

    • Cincinnatus

      She was compiling evidence of her objecting to Jona and Patience demand for money from the treasury. She knew what was going on but couldn’t do anything to stop it as all these Jona worshipers will have her head. Now that the whistle is blowing, if anyone calls her, she will show you all her proof she didn’t steal your money. Jonathan, Patience and all their goons did.

    • Rommel

      I hope she will be called someday, her hypocrisy has reached high heavens, coordinating minister for economy not ready to answer any question about her watch, SAD! ,maybe they want to get the facts and not some sensational dramatization from an empty woman masquerading as an intellectual

  • Otile

    This is as_stupid as it can get, two years later they brought a stash of cash and claim that Jonathan authorized it. In other words they are still waiting for Jonathan to authorize NIA to put it into use. Is the NIA still working for Jonathan all this while? Again they have not informed clueless Buhari about this huge money, not even hinting Kalamity Kemi. This is the most crooked bungling government Africa can get. This case is the undoing of this corrupt government. Wallahi

    • Rommel

      Thought you were better than this, half of Buhari is better than 10 Jonathan and madam Kemi Adeosun is someone I have a lot of confidence in which is what matters,what was FG’s money doing in PDP owned building?

      • Otile

        Who are you re? Whether you have confidence in Kalamity Kemi and your god Mohamed Buhari is irrelevant. Why is Buhari and his cabinet this clueless, this corrupt, this senseless? Two years later 13 billions is still folded in a hiding place unused Presidency feigns ignorance about it. Who can believe this beside a corrupt_idiot like you?

        • Netanyahu

          Don’t mind the faggots. Their allah buhari does no wrong. Jonathan left office two years ago and to be invited to answer for money found in an apartment in Lagos, apartment owned by a ghost. EFCC does not know the owner. It’s Osinbajo that will find out the owner of the apartment. Yeye de smell.

          • Otile

            There is no basis for this frivolous accusation in any court of law except perhaps in the zoo called Najeriya. God forbid evil. You could hear_idiots parrot – let Jonathan say something, let us hear from Jonathan, bla bla bla as if they are making any sense.

          • Kefas Samu

            Exactly, without Jonathan they’re irrelevant and you can only pull down someone above you.

      • Kefas Samu

        Really I think the reverse is the case and pmb admitted he can’t do what GEJ did. Have you forgotten soon? Now after two years has he done 1tenth of what GEJ for Nigeria in education, agriculture, roads, railway, youth empowerment, electoral reforms, etc? Please stop hallucinating about the capacity of the so called Messiah.

    • Spyman29

      Ask your GEJ to speak up to deny that he did not approve the money

      • Otile

        Ask your Imam to speak out. Since he came back from Landan hale and hearty no genuine person has seen him address his country as other leaders do. All we hear is Buhari said, Buhari said, shocking. Ask him to speak to us, we the people.

        • Spyman29

          I will reply you when you get the spelling of London correctly

          • Otile

            Your god Imam Buhari taught us that it is called Landan. Have you corrected him, hypocrite? Imam also taught us that his VP is Osibande, is he wrong? Are you greater than Imam Mohamed Buhari? A slave can be no better than his master.

          • Spyman29

            Ewu Gambia

          • Otile

            Ewure Owo Ondo

          • Spyman29

            Anu Mpam

          • Otile

            Iranko

          • Haba mallam

            The slaves in Nigeria are you and your people, you sold half your population to the whiteman in America and rest of the world, the rest in Nigeria are slaves to each other, 419 kingspins, prostitutes in Italy, drugs dealers in US, thugs in London and looters in governments. Dead to Kanu and biafruad. Shegen arne creek monkey

          • Otile

            Stinking desert donkey,
            Look at a beggar calling people slaves. What are you doing in Arabia, Yemen, and Sudan? Slavery in those places are very tough, why not serve your other masters in Morocco, Algeria or even Egypt at least you have a chance of coming back alive? Look at the hypocrite talking about 419 kingpins, how much did A Yakubu steal recently, how much did Lukman stash away, how much did Murtala Mohammed loot from the Bank of Benin, Abacha nko? Did the Emir of Gwandu not smuggle 53 heavy boxes of drugs and illicit currency notes into Najeriya, how did Imam Buhari react then? Physician heal thyself.

          • Haba mallam

            You brainless creek money

          • Otile

            Who is brainless, a dummy certificate forger who cannot pass any competitive exam? Barawo shege.

          • Olusegun Ajakaiye

            You came on this platform as if know.
            But you’re just a jackass. Otile

          • Otile

            Use your real moniker as usual. In this fake moniker(..jakai..)jackass you got zero comment and zero upvote under your belt which shows you started this stunt today to hide your usual self, shame. Your bad English betrays you, we know who you are, fuck_out_idiot.

        • Haba mallam

          Yet your lord Ojukwu surrendered to our Imam Buhari begging for mercy on his kneels, the sucker die like a dog while fani kayode was fckng his wife

          • Otile

            Imam Buhari fled to Landan when brave Avenger boys warned him to stay away from Ogoniland. Dan iska, you are becoming very vulgar in your old age, are you still a muslim?

      • Kefas Samu

        Sebi they are inviting him for questioning? The truth will come out and the innocent gentle GEJ would be vindicated to put a stop to all the propaganda trying to link him with endless corruption even as they are spineless to even mention the big goons like Obj Ibb etc as these are untouchable.
        They talked about Dasuki on and on as a way of rubbishing GEJ but to no avail and suggesting secret trial.

        • Spyman29

          I pity your sorry state of life. Keep on defending GEJ who presided over the most corrupt regime ever to be witnessed in Nigeria. I pray that somebody will come after PMB to probe him as well

          • Kefas Samu

            I ain’t defending anybody, I just equity justice and fairness to all based on rule of law irrespective of who is involved sir.
            I hate injustice and partial justice and selective justice. I’m an advocate for equal rights equal justice and rule of law.
            That’s my stand at all times and you ask those who know me personally right from childhood.
            The focus on Jonathan is unsellable given our history as a nation.

          • Spyman29

            Do the guys consider equity and Justice when they are looting these funds

          • Spyman29

            GEJ is been mentioned because these events took place during his regime. So shall it be for PMB if his regime is find wanting in any area

    • Maiyanka

      I believe that you love corruption, you were born in corrupt way without knowing your real Father, May God change your mind to love your country despite the adulterous behavior of your Mother.

      • Otile

        What is your basis for jumping to this_stupid conclusion? Express yourself with eloquent convincing ideas. Mindless insults does not cut it for your/

      • Otile

        What is your basis for jumping to this_stupid conclusion? Express
        yourself with eloquent convincing ideas. Mindless insults do not cut
        it for you.

    • Haba mallam

      cREEK mONKEY, you’re so dumb just like the rest of you in the creek, no wonder even with a PhD Jonathan couldn’t understand things. The real kalamity is Biafraud and Wawa Kanu, who must be dead by hanging or firing squad. Shege arne.

      • Otile

        Stinking desert donkey,
        I hate when lazy illiterate certificate forgers disparage educated people this way. You cannot force us to become lazy illiterates like you and your tribesmen. You have been dying to kill Great Kanu and his people to loot their belongings as you did before. Barayi banza.

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      It is not a big deal now sebi he can tell them that he did not authorize it if he did not. In any case I do not believe his authorization or not is the problem. It is good to know so as to put the whole thing in perspective and also get the facts straight. The problem in my opinion is why is this money still there two years after he authorized it, if indeed he did authorize it. Then there are myriad other questions that must also be answered. So, why don’t we thread softly and allow this investigation to lead where it may.

      • Otile

        You see this scandal is like the Panama Papers scandal. Imam was getting ready to probe the looters who siphoned Nigerian money there, but when it was discovered that many members of his relatives, cronies and close friends were involved, his wings were suddenly clipped then he ended up dropping the case with a warning that he will deal with those involved at the right time. Do you think it is in his best interest to allow this particular investigation to get to its logical conclusion? You and I know they will blame Jonathan and call it off.

        • Ajayi Ifayemi

          I am willing to wait till then. Of course they will hear from many folks if they dare bury this. I am more positive something will come out of this.

    • Kefas Samu

      You de mind these clueless apc gullibles? They are making frantic efforts to rubbish GEJ but Mr pmb knows that the day they force GEJ to spill the bin he and his government can’t stand going by serial meetings between pmb and GEJ who repeatedly informed Mr President that the very people pmb don’t want to touch are the culprits. These may likely boomerang and I bet you they won’t mess up with the former president.
      Mark it and reference it. The pack of lies used to oust GEJ is about to crumble and I can’t wait to see it happen.

  • ANONYMOUS because of Police

    @SamPsalm:disqus

    Why do I suspect Buhari regime officials as the perpetrators of this $50m scam?

    • O.K. Nelson

      I WANT TO
      APPEAL TO ALL NIGERIANS not to write off the Buhari government over this loot
      of $50million because somebody who is a thief today can still become a honest
      man after 10 years imprisonment. Let the imprisonment be done first and let’s
      be patience to see if he won’t change. tomorrow. He himself campaigned on
      CHANGE and that means he believes in change. Why can’t we be patient with him
      to serve any term a court of law will give him and see the result after ten
      years? We already know that his government has hit moral rocks over this
      $50million theft and has shattered to pieces, never to be put together again.
      We agree that the Buhari government is now as dead as dodo. We must be
      futuristic and see what will happen in ten years’ time, after sentencing and
      imprisonment to see if we will not see real change.

  • GeeWhiz

    This whistleblower letter posted on Nairaland by roselineadama: 12:54am On Jan 11, 2016 is very telling. NIA collected $258m of the Dasuki loot and then just chopped and cleaned mouth. Nobody to audit expenditure of Govt. money, Nigeria we hail thee!

    His Excellency,
    President MOHHAMED BUHARI, GCFR
    President and Commander-In-Chief
    Of the Armed Forces of Nigeria,
    State House
    Abuja

    Mr. OLADEJI and Mr. AYO OKE TENURE IN NIA AND THEIR FRUADULENT AND HATE BEHAVIOUR THAT WILL KILL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE IF NOT ADDRESSED BY PRESIDENT

    Dazuki Gate saga – In order to get Nigeria out of her present predicament, Federal government should beam light on the
    finances of so call security agencies and ensure that their budgets is being monitored in compliance to their operations. National Intelligence Agency (NIA) collected as well collected $ 258m dollars and syphoned by their directors, up till now no arrest is being made. Mr. DAZUKI director of finance Mr. SALISU IBRAHIM that act as a super ATM in distributing of arm deal fund is a staff of NIA, that seconded to NSA to perfect the act of corruption, being a specialist in fraud perpetrations. This is just to illustrate how the finance of the NIA is subject to many manipulations as there is no auditor to audit their account since inception, except those unqualified toothless in house auditor that cannot raise any audit queries.

    Need for Forensic Audit – Federal government should at once subject this super rich agency to audit, and government will surprise how their DGs has use the national resources for their benefit in name of National security and Secret service, what effort the service has made in arresting Boko Haram leader ever since and what external clue given on how Boko Haram finances its operation? But keep on behaving like a cult organization and allocating resources for themselves under the cover of secret service and NEED-TO KNOW. FG should act to block leakages from this sector.

    Over bloated in Salary to cover Up government Policy – In the time of economic downturn, NIA increase the salary for example level 8 office which was previously N220,000 in previous years to N500,000 in 2016 budget submitted to FG. The zero base budget introduce by the force the agency to hide his excess allocation syphoned previously by the DGs
    by suddenly increasing the staff salary to justify and hide the excess allocation in the preceding years. This is not revenue collection agency as there is no justification for this sudden increase in the overhead. Their sister agencies are not having this same package, Ministry of foreign affairs director salary is equivalent to level 5 officer of NIA officer. This is anomaly that government must look into as this is not in the FG gazette.

    Career Delay – Not until forced to conduct promotion exams, the agency refused to promote many staff and when conducted, the DGs and directors introduced computer based exams even for clerks which never touched computer in their entire life. The passing mark was put at 60% before you can get promoted, the process in which these
    directors never passed through before reaching to the top.

    Court Litigation – In the same vein, much litigation are waiting at the courts for various cases of many injustices, as many are gone without notice as some staff are afraid to go to court. Those who are the post never received their full allowance called OPS fund, instead they are short changed after the whole amount has been fully collected from the FG. There are many position not in FG gazette being introduced by the Agency such as SA, Deputy SA, PA Assistance etc. who are collecting over 2millons per month apart from their bogus salary.

    Staff turnover/Career Termination on personal revenge In the same vein, the agency does not behave like Intelligence set up. America CIA has their spies in all sectors worldwide and therefore have access to information worldwide. Since the era of former DG Mr.Oladeji; there has been issues of witch hunt of all their spies on the bases of them having rising
    profile in those organizations they are serving as undercover agent and having allowance from those organization thus forced many of them prematurely out of service against their consent with obnoxious rules that does not apply to intelligence services, these directors are being selfish in their thinking by killing the organisation without thinking
    of National interest. They limit their intelligence drive to only spies in embassy who are just there to enrich their pocket while the mission last.

    Inflated In-House contract allocation – Due to slush fund at the disposal of the Agency, the Agency is always embarking on many gigantic meaningless inflated projects that do not reflect the need of the agency but means of caring for their purse. Agency with less than one thousands staff with an auditorium that contains two thousand staff, embark again on another auditorium, synthetic football pitch plus retire computer centres, all these running to millions of dollars. The more
    fund is received from allocation the over bloated difference is share immediately while the project remain unattended to, except the unreasonable and over bloated synthetic football ball pitch that even National football team never have capacity to afford or play on synthetic field.

    CC;
    SGF
    Chief of Staff (Abba Kyari)
    EFCC
    Accountant GF
    Auditor GF
    Minister for Finance (Kemi Adeosun)

  • GeeWhiz

    This whistleblower letter posted on Nairaland by roselineadama: 12:54am On Jan 11, 2016 is very telling. NIA collected $258m of the Dasuki loot and then just chopped and cleaned mouth. Nobody to audit expenditure of Govt. money, Nigeria we hail thee!

    His Excellency,
    President MOHHAMED BUHARI, GCFR
    President and Commander-In-Chief
    Of the Armed Forces of Nigeria,
    State House
    Abuja

    Mr. OLADEJI and Mr. AYO OKE TENURE IN NIA AND THEIR FRUADULENT AND HATE BEHAVIOUR THAT WILL KILL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE IF NOT ADDRESSED BY PRESIDENT

    Dazuki Gate saga – In order to get Nigeria out of her present predicament, Federal government should beam light on the
    finances of so call security agencies and ensure that their budgets is being monitored in compliance to their operations. National Intelligence Agency (NIA) collected as well collected $ 258m dollars and syphoned by their directors, up till now no arrest is being made. Mr. DAZUKI director of finance Mr. SALISU IBRAHIM that act as a super ATM in distributing of arm deal fund is a staff of NIA, that seconded to NSA to perfect the act of corruption, being a specialist in fraud perpetration. This is just to illustrate how the finance of the NIA is subject to many manipulations as there is no auditor to audit their account since inception, except those unqualified toothless in house auditor that cannot raise any audit queries.

    Need for Forensic Audit – Federal government should at once subject this super rich agency to audit, and government will surprise how their DGs has use the national resources for their benefit in name of National security and Secret service, what effort the service has made in arresting Boko Haram leader ever since and what external clue given on how Boko Haram finances its operation? But keep on behaving like a cult organization and allocating resources for themselves under the cover of secret service and NEED-TO KNOW. FG should act to block leakages from this sector.
    Over bloated in Salary to cover Up government Policy – In the time of economic downturn, NIA increase the salary for example level 8 office which was previously N220,000 in previous years to N500,000 in 2016 budget submitted to FG. The zero base budget introduce by the force the agency to hide his excess allocation syphoned previously by the DGs
    by suddenly increasing the staff salary to justify and hide the excess allocation in the preceding years. This is not revenue collection agency as there is no justification for this sudden increase in the overhead. Their sister agencies are not having this same package, Ministry of foreign affairs director salary is equivalent to level 5 officer of NIA officer. This is anomaly that government must look into as this is not in the FG gazette.

    Career Delay – Not until forced to conduct promotion exams, the agency refused to promote many staff and when conducted, the DGs and directors introduced computer based exams even for clerks which never touched computer in their entire life. The passing mark was put at 60% before you can get promoted, the process in which these
    directors never passed through before reaching to the top.

    Court Litigation – In the same vein, much litigation are waiting at the courts for various cases of many injustices, as many are gone without notice as some staff are afraid to go to court. Those who are the post never received their full allowance called OPS fund, instead they are short changed after the whole amount has been fully collected from the FG. There are many position not in FG gazette being introduced by the Agency such as SA, Deputy SA, PA Assistance etc. who are collecting over 2millons per month apart from their bogus salary.

    Staff turnover/Career Termination on personal revenge In the same vein, the agency does not behave like Intelligence set up. America CIA has their spies in all sectors worldwide and therefore have access to information worldwide. Since the era of former DG Mr.Oladeji; there has been issues of witch hunt of all their spies on the bases of them having rising
    profile in those organizations they are serving as undercover agent and having allowance from those organization thus forced many of them prematurely out of service against their consent with obnoxious rules that does not apply to intelligence services, these directors are being selfish in their thinking by killing the organisation without thinking
    of National interest. They limit their intelligence drive to only spies in embassy who are just there to enrich their pocket while the mission last.

    Inflated In-House contract allocation – Due to slush fund at the disposal of the Agency, the Agency is always embarking on many gigantic meaningless inflated projects that do not reflect the need of the agency but means of caring for their purse. Agency with less than one thousands staff with an auditorium that contains two thousand staff, embark again on another auditorium, synthetic football pitch plus retire computer centres, all these running to millions of dollars. The more
    fund is received from allocation the over bloated difference is share immediately while the project remain unattended to, except the unreasonable and over bloated synthetic football ball pitch that even National football team never have capacity to afford or play on synthetic field.
    CC;
    SGF
    Chief of Staff (Abba Kyari)
    EFCC
    Accountant GF
    Auditor GF
    Minister for Finance (Kemi Adeosun)

  • Local Observers

    @disqus_PcPa31irpp:disqus

    Why Jonathan may be difficult to bring down

    Goodluck Jonathan is the only international statesman in Nigeria.
    It will be difficult for local ruffians in power to tarnish his image without
    clear and convincing proof. Barack Obama did the needful in the year 2007 by putting
    a stop to Olusegun Obasanjo’s pretence as he banned Obasanjo from all U.S
    official events till today. All other countries in Europe got the message and
    took the cue.

    General Obasanjo
    got the message a bit late and by the time it dawned on him that the game was
    up the only thing left which President Yar’Adua arranged for him as face saver
    was to send Obasanjo to the forests of Congo in 2009 to rummage and meet with a
    Congolese rebel leader ensconced there. It was better than nothing.

    Since then
    Obasanjo has been rummaging other forests inside Africa only without ever
    being invited by any foreign government in Americas, Europe or Asia to
    participate in any multilateral venture. As it is Goodluck Jonathan has no
    local rival in Nigeria on the international scene. This fact will make it hard
    for anyone in Nigeria to put a chink on Jonathan’s armour.

    • Arc_Deji_Alabi

      Its funny you are reeling out falsehood with such confidence. World Summit held in 2015 only 2 African were there Koffi Annan and Obasanjo. The same Obasanjo is the Chairman of Council of World Ex-presidents. Am not a fan of OBJ but i dont like false infomation.

      • G.G Noble

        @Arc_Deji_Alabi:disqus

        You both don’t seem to understand the actual meaning of international statesman. It is not a status
        acquired by joining a non-governmental organization like the Council of World Ex-presidents which has
        less than 34 members, half of them still active, meeting once a year like a club they voluntarily formed.
        Ex-president J.J Rawlings is a member of the same club of Council of World Ex-presidents. Does that
        make J.J. Rawlings an ‘international statesman’? Of course not. A former president of Tanzania is
        also a member. If Yahya Jammeh he could join the club of Council of World Ex-presidents.

        Will Yahya Jammeh become international statesman if he chooses to join? No! There’s no past
        Prime Minister of Britain who belongs to club of Council of World Ex-presidents. Does that
        mean that no past British Prime Minister was an international statesman? No! Even in
        America the only past president who joined is Bill Clinton. Does that make all past
        ex presidents before Bill Clinton non-statesmen? The point therefore is this: no
        membership of any voluntary club or association decides who is an international
        statesman. The standard for judging is the quality of thought of an individual.
        Based on that metric neither Obasanjo nor Jonathan is a statesman

      • anonymousbychoice

        he was a co-chairman which ended 2008 or there about….stop passing up this “i hear say” as information without at least verifying..lol

  • Gary

    Nice piece of journalism in this report by PT. Wish you would train your friends at SR to be professional rather than their sleazy, ad hominem reportage as an EFCC mouthpiece.

    From information provided so far, methinks nobody involved in this corruption saga will come out smelling like roses.
    It looks like the NIA was part of the looting spree of MDAs that took advantage of the naïveté of Goodluck Jonathan Presidency. The man was totally surrounded by crooks and conmen looking out for themselves and not much for him and the country. Buhari is experiencing same with his kitchen cabinet even if on a smaller scale.
    All anyone needed to get his approval was tell GEJ that money was needed for Boko Haram or “national security” and the man approved it. So Service Chiefs, Ministers, Security Chiefs, PDP stalwarts all joined in coming up with self-serving schemes to milk the system and convinced GEJ that critics of the PDP shenanigans were enemies of his government. Today, the APC labels Buhari’s critics as Wailers (Femi Adesina’s contribution to the lexicon of political discourse).

    So if the NIA briefed the incoming Buhari administration of ongoing operations, then whatever transpired after Jonathan left office becomes Buhari’s baby. And NSA Munguno has some explaining to do about how much he knew and supervised the activities and funds provided to the NIA.
    And where is/was the oversight functions of the National Assembly in the activities of Nigeria’s Intelligence and Security Services? Or neither chamber of the NASS has relevant committees on Intelligence and National Security and pretty much given them a blank check to operate above the laws and representatives of the Nigerian people?
    Then how much oversight does the NSA wield over the operations of the EFCC? Who does Magu report to Munguno or AGF Malami? If it’s the latter as I suspect, then Mr. Malami, another member of the panel probing this saga, also has some explaining to do about the coordination of inter-agency operations and conflicts.
    Now we have two members of the three-man panel of the Executive branch probing themselves! Certainly not good for credibility and obvious conflict of interest. The probe should be enlarged to add a retired and respected judge and/or cleric. Even if it means adding another week for them to unravel the issues.

    If the NIA told the NSA to caution the EFCC over the Osborne Towers operation, why did Mr. Magu go Nollywood with his multi-media raid on Flat 7B? Does he have such disdain for fellow agencies and supervisors that he chose to make the rest of government look inept or corrupt while boosting his own profile as a swashbuckling crime fighter?

    It would seem that President Buhari, just like his predecessor, is not receiving a full picture of goings on in his government. His trusted aides have taken it upon themselves to run the country on his behalf and not bother him with too many details of their own actions or activities until scandals break out.
    Such is the reality of the Presidential bubble: any President only knows what his aides choose to tell him. Even when they are not old and ailing like Mr. Buhari. Not everyone is a micro-manager like OBJ who also surrounded himself with competent technocrats. Even then, they learn about some issues from media reports just like the rest of us.
    I dare to guess that nobody is going to come out a hero when the dust settles of this fiasco. The only person left smiling will be the newly-minted millionaire Whistleblower when he cashes in whatever percentage they give him/her of the Osborne Towers Loot.

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      You compare apples with oranges when you compare SR with PT. SR is a citizens reporter based news outlet while PT is a standard investigative journalism type of news outlet. They operate differently, they both give great service and we need them both.

      • Gary

        I’m not familiar with the genre of journalism you’ve ascribed to SR and I know of no credible reportage that engages in flagrant defamation and slant under the cover of social crusading.
        I doubt if even Mr Sowore will agree that his website was set up as you’ve described. If it’s a registered business, then it is bound by all laws of the land and conventions of journalism. SR is not published as a campus rag.

        • Ajayi Ifayemi

          Then you are no familiar with SR

  • obiora

    So since Two Years now Buhari did not Know about N.I.A . And he is the President?. Then how is N.I.A doing their work. (Nigerian Intelligence Service)(Agency). To whom are they sending their report. As they have never briefed Buhari.

    • Gary

      Good question. Which is why we need the NASS to set up its own parallel probe of this issue and the nation’s security architecture that seems to be operating without oversight nor accountable to anyone. Not even the President, as in this case.

  • Olatubosun

    No way for corruption..

  • Olatubosun

    This administration is really working

  • Olatubosun

    Corruption must be swept out of Nigeria

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Say that to biafra miscreants & Ijaw pipelines vandals who are bent on turning Nigeria into corruption HQ of the World.

  • Olatubosun

    Jonathan needs to be prosecuted

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    PDP really messed up things in Nigeria. How can NIA have such amount and never briefed the Commander in Chief. What was in the handover note Jonathan administration gave to President Buhari

  • Sword of Damocles

    Fellow Countrymen & women, Cablenng dot com is reporting that NIA withdrew $283 million! in 2015, soon as the announcement of the postponement of the 2015 elections for “national security” matters from the NAPIM account(NNPC subsidiary) with CBN(same CBN denying this money came from them). Now we want the man with the “notorious” Ph.D” to come & elucidate how the re-election of an incumbent President constitutes the “national security” of a sovereign nation? And they wonder why people are DESPISED?

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    Everyone mentioned in the $43m scandal have come out to denial it, from the NNPC lady to Ameachi, Mu’azu, Mo and Anenih’s daughter. Only Jonathan has kept quiet. At this point silence is no longer golden, silence means concent

    • Otile

      If somebody sleeps with Buhari’s daughter and every accused member of his cabinet denies it, must you insist that Jonathan comes forth to deny it too? If he doesn’t will you conclude that his silence means consent?

      • Arc_Deji_Alabi

        If his wife mentions Jonathan’s name and Jumbo refuse to clear himself then it’s obviously him

        • Otile

          You know very well that his wife will never mention Jonathan because beautiful Imam’s daughters will never do it in front of their parents. So count Great Jona out.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Jonathan probably had no clue that $49million out of the $289million he stole from NNPC was cornered by Mr & Mrs OKE. His DG NIA.

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  • Sword of Damocles

    Premium Times is NO JOKE . They inadvertently broke this story on September 19, 2015, ironically in another exclusive not unlike this one. The pulitzer prize- winning paper of note detailed how president “Ph.D” authorized bullion vans to cart away N67.2bn cash from CBN in 2 tranches(the belief is that the Approx $44 million is part of the 2nd tranche)

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      I can not count the number of insults i received for criticizing PH’D moron since 2013.
      My biggest regret today is the number of Nigerians, who still can’t see what Jonathan did wrong.

  • roger Nuba

    May good God heal our land of corrupt leaders.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Very good that all those connected with the discovered N13b naira that EFCC recovered from a flat in Ikoyi,Lagos including former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, must all be questioned.More huge public funds looted might still be discovered along the way.Nigeria, does not need to borrow any foreign loans to implement its vital regular power,roods,modern health facilities and education-revamp.There should be not scared cow or untouchable.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Recovered money will take time to clear through the Courts, before appropriation.
      Borrowing for Power, Agriculture & Railway projects is not a bad idea. We waste $35billion per annum importing food we should be producing.

  • New Nigerian

    Time to pull the tap root of the corruption tree that bears bitter, poisonous fruits….