“Nduka Obaigbena returns to Nigeria, lies low”

Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of Leaders & Company Limited, which runs THISDAY Newspaper titles and Arise TV Network
Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of Leaders & Company Limited, which runs THISDAY Newspaper titles and Arise TV Network

The publisher of Thisday newspapers, Nduka Obaigbena, who is being investigated for receiving N670 million from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has returned to the country, a source who saw and spent time with him told PREMIUM TIMES.

On Wednesday, this newspaper reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had concluded plans to declare Mr. Obaigbena, and some former government officials as well as military officers, wanted, in relation to ongoing fraud investigations.

Mr. Nduka has denied he was involved in any criminal transaction. He explained that the money he received was compensation for Boko Haram attacks on his newspaper offices in Abuja and Kaduna, while another N120 million was on behalf of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria and 12 newspapers, compensated for a clampdown by the military.

He explained that in line with international law his newspapers were covered against terrorist attack as the Nigerian government did not declare a state of war in Abuja.

“Nduka has been around for two weeks but he didn’t want to call attention to himself,” our source who asked not to be named, said.

He explained that Mr. Obaigbena presided over a meeting of the Nigerian Press Organisation where media practitioners decided to challenge the Court of Appeal judgment on the Nigerian Press Council Act, which gives government the power to regulate the media at the Supreme Court.

“Two days ago, he was at the Office of the National Security Adviser in response to the invitation by the panel investigating the arms deal.

“In fact, the Thisday Group, led by Kayode Komolafe, a director, had appeared before the EFCC. They were asked for their chairman, they said he was not around and that if they want him they will let him know.

“They’ve answered all the questions and that they are now surprised that the EFCC is trying to criminalize him,” the source said.


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  • agbobu

    FACTS CHECKING THE FASTS CHECKERS

    • Julius

      lolz.

      • agbobu

        ANY ALLEDGED CRIMINAL OR CRIMINAL WHO IS SO DESPERATE AND TEARS UP HIS OR HER VOLUNTARY STATEMENT TO THE POLICE OR SECURITY AGENTS AND THIS SAME PERSON WANTED TO CHEW AND SWALLOW THE SAID STATEMENT AS OLISA METHU IS ALLEGDEG TO HAVE DONE, MUST NOT ONLY BE CLOSELY MONITORED, BUT MUST BE BROUGHT TO COURT BY THE AUTHORITIES HANDCUFFED IF NOT SHACKLED

  • Julius

    He will be picked up soon !

    • .Julius

      2 refineries have been shut down (Kaduna & Port Harcourt) becos of the strategic attacks by the Niger Deltan freedom fighters. They are asking for clean up of the polluted Niger Delta and for construction of bridges, industries and creation of jobs to alleviate poverty in the region. You know poverty makes people go violent like Boko haram. Not so?

      • Mama Kay

        Why did their son Jonathan not see it fit to do all those things they are asking for? After all, as Pius Adesanmi said if the Tompolos and the Dokubos and other leaders are full, then their people will be full by proxy. Which is why GEJ decided to pick a few people from Niger Delta to make rich and leave the rest of them impoverished. No infrastructure, just bogus bridges.

      • Julius

        Ask them what did they do with the huge amount of money they were given by the oil companies and the FGN. Why didnt Jonathan, their son of the soil make sure it was cleaned up ?. Majority of those drunk touts are millionaires . The only people that suffer are the poor people there.

  • Clairvoyance

    If truly is in the country why is he lying low, he should go an clear is name since he as been boasting he would honor the EFCC invitation as soon as he gets back. Nduka were are you we need our yam worth #670million you collected illegally.

    • Duru

      You and PT does not understand what is lying low . the same PT stated he Nduka Obaigbena was in a meeting and two days ago he Nduka Obaigbena was at Efcc office .then the question is where does lying low came from ? shame on you on people .

  • Bad Belle

    This is pure and unadulterated envy. Imagine how they introduced him as a publisher of Thisday newspapers. Is PT not aware that the Business Tycoon is the owner of the only African owned Cable network (ARISETV) operating from America? Bad belle people. Chief Nduka, an Igbo man collected money for compensation to rebuild his business property destroyed by the same terrorists the same way Buhari received Jeeps procured with money in Dasuki’s care. So what is the difference. If EFCC wont arrest Buhari then they should not dare Nduka. Touch him and touch fire.

    We know the plans of these alliance between Hausa and Yariba people is to kill the businesses of people from the South & East in order to silence resistance to the criminality of Buhari’s government. They want to make sure AriseTv is shut down. The same way they are harassing the owner of AIT. Shame on PT , its Hausa Fulani owners and their Yoruba Editors.

    IBB can’t explain the whereabouts of $12.7b and Buhari himself was in the Abacha’s govt that stole Billions and none in that government is arrested. Does Premium Times feel this silence will remain forever? This is time bomb. It will explode someday. Very soon. Becos you just cant say all those who stole from Nigeria from 1983-2011 should keep their loot. It won’t work.

    • Jokymama

      He is facing a court casing England for non payment of salaries of the staff of ARISETV.. Is that the Hausa/ Yoruba thing too?… Think without being so tribalistic. Tribalism is a bad cancer.

  • sugaray

    Nduka Obaigbena has no right to pocket ₦670 million – less the ₦120 million given to be shared to other newspapers.
    He may cut or dice it as he likes he’ll be picked up, detained in prison, arraigned, and likely jailed for conspiracy to steal.
    If he were to get away with this clear-cut offence, there’ll be no laws remaining in Nigeria to be enforced against anyone.
    Nduka Obaigbena’s average education is enough to have put him on notice that he was engaging in criminal activity.
    He has a silly mentality, despite going to school, to suppose that any president can gift any amount to just anybody.

    • Saltray

      Why? Did UN not get compensation? Did Waec failure in Maths – Mr Buhari not collect Jeeps bought with the money? Or what relationship does personal Jeeps of an ex-president have to do with money to buy weapons. Where is Gideon Orkar pls.

      • share Idea

        Please don’t waste your time with people that trend on gossip. Someone was in Nigeria and PT was raising false alarm from EFCC to declare him wanted and now, they are reporting another thing.Several years ago Sahara Reporters were carrying sensational news like them and today, traffic to SR has dropped drastically, same will be for PT as they are not reporting facts but propaganda.

      • tundemash

        Mor0n, how much was compensation was paid to the people of Ken saro Wiwa village for oil pollution when the court granted it? Dod Dumbo not refuse to pay ? How many people of North East whom Boko Haram kiled or destroyed their houses were paid compensation ? Is Nigerian govt. an insurance company ? How many people who suffer armed robbery attacks are paid compensation?

  • Holy truth

    All of these thieves will be smoked out of the holes dey are all hiding one by one. Dis greedy obiaghena has suddenly appeared be4 he would be bundled & delivered to Nigeria 4rm his hiding hole. One down more to show. I can’t wait to see dat big thief Adokie to be chained & put on d plane back to Nigeria. Maina & d rest of d thieves hiding in Dubai all of u will be smoked out. Day don break nowhere to hide anymore.

  • trutometer

    watchi gonna do, watchi gonna do when they come for you….

    • Abiboss

      Thank you. Bad boy bad boy watchi gonna do when they come for you

  • Nkem

    This Nduka is a real international crook. What is the meaning of all these stories? Why all this subterfuge? Why all the smokescreen? This story is suspicious and very questionable. He is trying to pull wool over our eyes by planting this fake story. He doesn’t know he is making his case worse.

  • ABAS

    EFCC, PLEASE, INVESTIGATE NIGERIA RAILWAY. HAVE MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT OUR SALARY IS BELOW 20K FOR L4G1.

  • Fadama

    Judgement day is fast approaching

  • Spoken word

    Nduka pretends to be a businessman but is just a petty thief.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    What this story reveals is that EFCC’s declaration of Nduka Obagbeina as a wanted person which was peddled by Premium Times is false, irresponsible and without basis.

    • Dan Arewa

      You really have DUMBO’s head.

      • Sincerely Yours

        Indeed, he has.