EXCLUSIVE: EFCC goes after ex-Gov. Modu Sheriff over N300 billion Borno funds, set to detain him Thursday

A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, is expected to appear before anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt Tuesday that he has been summoned by the Commission and is expected to report at the agency’s Abuja head office to respond to questions bordering on allegations of “misappropriation, embezzlement of funds and abuse of office while he was governor”.

Multiple sources at the anti-graft agency told this newspaper that should Mr. Sheriff fail to show up as directed, he would be declared wanted and then arrested.

Our sources said detectives were already on his trail and watching his movement to prevent him from fleeing.

Although the specific allegations against the former governor is unclear at this time, this newspaper gathered that the investigation is related with allegations that parts of the N300billion his administration received from the Federation Account between 2003 and 2011 may not have been judiciously spent.

The investigation began in 2012 and had been ongoing ever since, our sources said.

Mr. Sheriff ruled Borno State on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party [ANPP].

Before then, he was senator between 1999 and 2003 on the ticket of the same party.

It remains unclear why Mr. Sheriff is being invited by the anti-graft agency at the tail end of an administration formed by his own party, the Peoples Democratic Party, which he joined only last year.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached to comment for this story. He did not answer or return calls. He also did not respond to a text message seeking comment.

Mr. Sheriff too could not be reached. His known mobile telephone was switched off for most of Tuesday and Wednesday. Multiple calls to his spokesperson, Inuwa Bwala, failed to connect.

The former governor, who has since fallen out with his successor, Kashim Shetttima, dumped the All Progressives Congress, which he helped formed in 2013.

Before leaving the APC, Mr. Sheriff clashed repeatedly with some leaders of the opposition party, including a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who he accused of harbouring dictatorial tendencies. On one occasion, Mr. Sheriff had a shouting match with Mr. Tinubu at a meeting.
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Mr. Sheriff told journalists after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan last year that his defection to the PDP was in Nigeria’s interest.

Apparently because of his romance with the ruling party, the PDP Federal Government rebuffed calls for his arrest and prosecution over his alleged link with Boko Haram.

Mr. Sheriff, alongside a former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, and an unnamed Central Bank of Nigeria official, was named by an Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davies, as sponsors of the dreaded terrorist group.

Messrs Sheriff and Ihejirika strongly denied the allegations, and Mr. Davies has so far failed to provide evidence of their culpability.

In September 2014, despite the allegation against Mr. Sheriff, which the State Security Service claimed it was investigating at the time, the former Borno governor was in President Jonathan’s company during an official visit to Chadian President, Idris Deby, to discuss how to combat insurgency in Nigeria.

The opposition APC and some civil society organisations slammed the president for hobnobbing with the ex-governor.

But in defence, the president, through his media adviser, Reuben Abati, accused the opposition and other critics of creating false impression that Mr. Sheriff was part of the president’s official delegation to Chad.


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  • ceecee

    I wish a special tribunal should be established with the mandate of settling only corrupt related cases. It does not make sense that corruption cases last ages in Nigeria. This guy is supposed to be behind bars since 2012.

  • burning spear

    Here’s a known list of Tinubu’s wealth and businesses, acquired through fraud and stealing. You decide when you finish reading this “Not so long” list!
    Remember he has 15 foreign bank account including in US & UK
    1. Oriental Hotel
    2. Falomo Shopping Complex
    3. First Nation Airline
    4. Lekki Concession Company
    5. Apapa Amusement Park
    6. Maiyegun Land Project
    7. The Nation Newspaper
    8. Renaissance Hotel
    9. Tejuoso Market (Joint ownership)
    10. Ikeja Shopping Mall
    11. TV Continental
    12. Converted Lagos Poly land for TVC
    13. Owned NNPC Office building in Lagos
    14. Radio Continental
    15. Owned School of Nursing building in Lagos
    16. Tax Collector of Lagos State (owns Alpha Beta, a company Prof. Osinbajo is a director)
    17. Wife is a member of the National Assembly
    18. Son-in-law is a member of the National Assembly
    19. Daughter is the President-General of Market Women Association in Lagos (After Tinubu’s mother)
    20. Two of his nephews given tickets to Lagos State House of Assembly
    21. N4 billion government financed property for self
    at Queens Drive, Lagos.
    22. Owned Royal Gardens Estate, Lekki and a host of others including choice Lagos State Lands he connered to himself, family members and cronies.
    23. He is supporting and Financing Buhari not because he loves him or Democracy but because he wants to expand his resource grabbing to the Federal level including oil blocs of the Niger Delta.

    • Bishop

      He owns Dubai. I saw the CofO. Am dead serious.

      • And Aso Rock. He leased it to Jonathan and now to Buhari. Ode, opo’nu.

        • Bishop

          If u knew better you would’ve said better. Fellow Ode

    • Layo

      You forgot to add Bar Beach and National Stadium. Didinrin. You think through your anus.

    • tundemash

      How about Buckingham Palace ?

    • Tunde I

      You forgot to add the Taj Mahal. Hahahahaha

    • El-batuta

      And the Parthenon.

  • burning spear

    WHO IS CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE FORGERY OF BUHARIS CERTIFICATE——————–WHERE ARE THE HUMAN RIGHT NGOs———–the Falanas—-Soyinkas————————Sagay————–Junaids————–Keyamos–buhari where is your certificate—-

  • burning spear

    The ownership of choice properties and businesses by former Lagos State Governor, Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu, valued at over N9 trillion ranks him the most corrupt Politician in Nigeria, worst than self-confessed thief, Mr James Ibori, ex governor of Delta State, the People Democratic Party, PDP, has said.

    Such properties and businesses include the Ikeja Shopping Mall, Oriental Hotel, Renaissance Hotel, First Nation Airline, Vintage Publications (publishers of The Nation newspapers), TV Continental, Radio Continental, and so many others.

    The Apes in APC should “tell Nigerians how a man who was governor for eight years with fixed salary and allowances could have acquired so much money to buy almost everything in Lagos and stop insulting our sensibilities with nonsensical talks which are only aimed at covering up their non-performance and looting of treasuries in the States under their control. Start with tinubu for us to see and your certificate issue–

    • S. Ribiero

      Burning spear, if Tinubu is the most corrupt politician in Nigeria, why has the good President Jonathan not prosecuted him for the past six years of his presidency?

  • eddy

    Na waa o!!! The show don start already? Wow… we r in for a good show.

  • Zubairu Usman

    The former Governor will be now in good hands to further explain or say nothing but the whole truth.

  • Koko

    Nigeria will forever remain an enigma for as long as it maintains its present status as a pseudo country in real terms. Unfortunately, those who initiated corruption, propagated it and institutionalized corruption are the same crooks who shout most when they discover that they are not in power. The spate of killings, bombings and unprecedented electioneering animosity during the last presidential elections is a testament to this fact. Thus, the North succeeded in its objective as it terrorized and cowed a section of Nigeria to submission and becoming an ally.

    How do you go after Sheriff alone when the real thieves walk free? Some of the biggest thieves like OBJJ who presided over the most corrupt regime and over many assassinations have even assumed the pious personality of the ‘Holy spirit’ when in fact they deserve a firing squad treatment like Lawrence Anini.

    What of Dmeji Bank-Ole? That small boy steal money no be small o!
    What of Farouk who was caught on tape stealing Dollars? Have the EFCC destroyed that tape?
    What of Otedola who was involved in the oil subsidy scam?
    What of ITT fraud where it all started?
    Fela sang about all the thieves in Nigeria during his life time and we all know that Fela never lied. He spoke naked truth, the truth for which Buhari jailed him and almost killed him.

    The are those on Fela’s list of THIEVES
    1. Obasanjo Aremu
    2. Moshood Abiola
    3. Yar Adua

    Whether dead or alive, these people must be prosecuted if found guilty should face the music.

    • Bishop

      Are you sayin SAS should NOT be invited? Wish you have an idea who SAS is.

      • Koko

        …are you saying the 3 names I mentioned above should not be invited? Wish you were born when they started stealing

        • Bishop

          It’s obvious you are much older and cant understand my short line.

  • asking question

    Dear President Jonathan:

    Why arrest ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff this late if you are running away?
    And why remove the Inspector-General if you are running away, anyway,
    and not just running away, but throwing away the 1999 Constitution as
    you flee office without caring if your successor is a constitutionally valid
    candidate under the oath you took as president on May 29th, 2011?

    Less and less people now have faith or trust in your ability to think.
    You unravel everyday as impulsive, un-thinking, immoral and empty.
    If Nigerians prefer a primary six certificate holder to you, what you
    should do next is look into the mirror and you’ll see your problem.

    What will the army generals who stuck their necks out to disclose
    Buhari’s non-existent WASC certificate now think of you as a person?

    What will anybody who’s stood out in your defence in the last five years

    think of you now, since there’s no single educated decision you took in office?

  • Bishop

    Arrest him and Shekau will go broke,happy BH is comin to an end. Better late than never.

    • TIMES magazine

      But Bokohari is still there. He is a closer ally to Shekau, a co-award winner.

      • Bishop

        Call him Bokohari or anythin but he becomes our president may 29th 2015. All reports linked SAS and Bokoharam even outgoing president(GEJ) mentioned it and late Azazi said it’s a PDP thing. Forget about what Davies even said,we all know,and then GEJ made him so special,why won’t he lose? You think our God is dead? You don’t know SAS, I believe GEJ is just gettin to know that’s why EFCC can be allowed to start work on him before DSS etc. Happy we have come to end of BOKOHARAM

      • El-batuta

        EFCC should charge him as well.

  • Bishop

    Abi SAS follow chop N2tr?

    • Magenta

      These r the people that collected Jonathan money

  • Words on Marble

    President Jonathan: what will the army generals who risked their necks to disclose
    Muhammadu Buhari’s non-existent WASC certificate now think of you as a person?
    What will anybody who’s stood out in your defence in the last five years think of you,
    if there’s no single educated decision you took in office but for your personal gain?
    What will be wrong with standing up for once in your life for correctness by insisting
    that Muhammadu Buhari pass through the rule of law in court to become a legitimate
    president of the federal republic of Nigeria – from which principle again you’ve fled?

    ……………………..asking question

    (April 22nd, 2015)

    • No Comment

      “Yes, i said Muhammadu Buhari was not electable. I also said his victory will NOT
      happen. I said and and i am still insisting that Buhari has no WASC (certificate).”

      …………Doyin Okupe

      (Senior Special Assistant Media to President Jonathan)

      April 20th, 2015

      • Captano

        Neither the original copy, Certified True Copy, CTC, nor statement of result
        of Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s WASC result is in his personal (army) file.
        What I have said here is what is contained in his service records’ personal file.
        We have not added or subtracted anything.”

        ……………..NIGERIAN ARMY

        Through Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye

        (January 20th, 2015)

        • i dey hear

          • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
          presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

          …….§137 (j) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

          “A person who has reasonable grounds to

          believe that ANY information given by a

          (presidential) candidate in his affidavit or

          document – submitted to the Electoral Commission –

          is false, may file a suit at the High court

          against such candidate seeking a declaration that

          the information is false. If the court determines

          the information is FALSE, the court SHALL

          issue an order dis-qualifying the candidate from

          contesting the election.”

          ………Section 31 Electoral Act of Nigeria

          • Game Changer

            • ” WAEC cannot provide the certified true copies of Muhammed Buhari
            who attended school in Katsina Provincial Secondary School, Katsina,
            in Nigeria. The above records CANNOT be found in the archives of the
            Records and Aptitude Test Department (WAEC Headquarters), Ghana”.

            ……………………….WAEC HEADQUARTERS

            (January 28th, 2015)

        • WE WILL SOON FIND OUT HOW LONG B-G LALEYE WILL LAST IN OFFICE.

      • agwu

        AH, AH, SO THE PRESIDENCY SAID THIS THING JUST TWO DAYS AGO –
        THAT THEY KNOW BUHARI WILL BE AN ILLEGAL PRESIDENT, AND YET,
        ALL THE COURT CASES ON THIS SAME BUHARI WASC WERE WITHDRAWN
        JUST 48 YEARS AFTER? HABA! HABA! JONATHAN HAS JUST DEVALUED
        THE MEANING OF PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE COMPLETELY. THIS IS SCANDAL.

      • WITH A SPECIAL ASSISTANT LIKE THIS, WHY WON’T WE HAVE A DUMBO PRESIDENT?

  • tundemash

    All the dormant arms of government are now trying to impress incoming President Buhari …….. Modu Sheriff has been escorting Dumbo on visits out of Nigeria in the last many years, where were EFCC then ?
    It is a case of when the head is rotten ………
    We have started benefiting from getting rid of Dumbo already and President Buhari has not even spent one day in governance yet .

    • Dr. Dele Anifowoshe

      tundemash

      Goodluck Jonathan is so slack; daft and naive, history will condemn him as misfit.
      He likes to be a journalist. He will soon come to N.T.A to say he only wants peace.
      You want peace by violating Nigerian Constitution for an Islamic State to start, ehn?

      Let someone close to him tell now. The battle he’s cowardly refused to fight now,
      as Commander-in-Chief, is coming to his hiding place in Otueke where he will have
      to fight it in the swamps; in his singlet, like a guerilla. That’s the lesson of history.

      • tundemash

        lol!

      • tundemash

        He deliberately allowed Boko Haram to fester for many reasons among which is corruption !

    • yahayaomaye

      yes Tunde, all the dried bones have started working. But they must stop giving the impression that they are not part of the corruption in the land.

  • kande

    Please baba Buhari should just sanitise that thing called Efcc. Anyone that sees that agency as an anti corruption agency seriously needs help. I am begging everyone to support a properly structured agency in fighting corruption nitori olorun, not that crap pro corruption agency called efcc

  • kande

    The next dumbo that Jonathan should sack is that Larmode of Efcc

    • joe

      Agreed. Why all of a sudden EFCC are now pretending to be doing their work? Afraid of GMB? Yeah!!! Best solution for Nigeria’s ills really is to give Buhari army uniforms again, remove ‘retired’ from his name, and Nigeria will be a sweet place one year from now. If GMB is going to depend on EFCC, then four years from now we will still be talking about plans to fight corruption.

  • Repeat Again

    Dear President Jonathan:

    Why arrest ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff this late if you are running away?
    And why remove the Inspector-General if you are running away, anyway,
    and not just running away, but throwing away the 1999 Constitution as
    you flee office without caring if your successor is a constitutionally valid
    candidate under the oath you took as president on May 29th, 2011?

    Less and less people now have faith or trust in your ability to think.
    You unravel everyday as impulsive, un-thinking, immoral and empty.
    If Nigerians prefer a primary six certificate holder to you, what you
    should do next is look into the mirror and you’ll see your problem.

    What will the army generals who stuck their necks out to disclose
    Buhari’s non-existent WASC certificate now think of you as a person?
    What will anybody who’s stood out in your defence in the last five years
    think of you now, since there’s no single educated decision you took in office?

    • kukute

      WHAT ANNOYED ME MOST TODAY IS THAT THE JUDGE TOLD
      THE LAWYERS TO COME AND START THEIR ARGUMENTS ON
      BUHARI’S WASC CASE – ONLY FOR THAT REVERSIBLE LAWYER
      – CALLED MIKE OZEKHOME – TO TELL THE OPEN COURT THAT HE
      WANTS TO WITHDRAW THE WHOLE WASC CASE AGAINST BUHARI
      AND DISCONTINUE IT. THAT IS THE LOWEST ROT ANYONE CAN GO.

      • burning spear

        u foolishly came here with the so-called stories on Buhari’s certificate issue–I knew right away that u were up to something sinister-the case has really shown that Buhari has no certificate——-but like everything Nigeria—-court cases often depend on where u hail from in Nigeria— and yr tribal marks—–Jonathan was not the person who took Buhari on his certificate matter——Every Nigeria knows Jonathan SAID he will not pursue any legal action against Buhari with regards to buhari—At least we are grateful to GOD THAT JONATHAN IS MORE MATURE-THAN HE WAS WHEN HE FIRST ASSUMED THE MANTLE OF LEADERS WITH THE TRIPOD–HE FOOLED HIMSELF INTO THINKing HE WILL BE ACCEPTED AS A NIGERIANS–that is why HE FAILED TO LOOK INTO WHY Alams of BaYelsa WAS the only governor to go to JAIL IN NIGERIA -THE WISE MEN ARE IN POWER NOW LEAVE JONATHAN ALONE———-NIGERIA NOW BELONGS TO THE TRIPOD–LET IS SeE HOW U WILL WORK TO IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT——————-AMONG OTHER ECONOMIC ISSUES–Jonathan is gone—–

        • kukute

          @buringspear:disqus

          You are too obsessed with Niger-Delta to appreciate those who take a stance on principle.
          First of all, define a country, and exclude binding and enforced laws from your decision.
          I give you as much time as you might need to define a country without reference to law.
          When you try and fail you’ll concede that Nigeria ceased to be a country under Jonathan.
          If Jonathan lacks in ordinary courage to see Buhari through a rule of law test in court,
          and instead readies to foist an ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT on Nigeria, he’ll be cited
          for infamy all through history as someone that can’t be entrusted with anything.

          • phili

            kukute,

            I agree because it is for public interest cases like this that Jonathan has an attorney-general.
            He will be irresponsible to play ostrich by burying his head in the sand on this one. The rumour
            all around now is that Jonathan is a thief who asked for impunity from Buhari in exchange for
            nudging the Plaintiffs to discontinue Buhari WASC case in court
            .

          • Godwin Richards

            Are you not the same BURNING SPEAR making up some lame excuses here
            for President Jonathan? I remember you wrote here after the election that it is
            President Barack Obama who forced Jonathan out of office by supporting Buhari.
            That is nonsense! If you are right it would mean that Goodluck Jonathan is NOT
            Nigeria’s president in the first place. It would also mean that he is too much
            of a coward and too afraid to be a real president of Nigeria.

            Who is Barack Obama to interfere with the 1999 Constitution dis-qualifying
            Buhari for submitting a false WASC claim to INEC through a certificate of
            affidavit? Where did get Barack Obama get such right from? Look, your attempt
            to defend Jonathan with such silly argument only makes Nigerians sigh in relief
            that Jonathan is going in five weeks because he’s too much of a baby girl
            given only to the frills and freebies of life – a provincial local man who’s

            disgraced his Ijaw people and likely rendered his whole tribe unfit for

            high office in Nigeria for ever.

  • Lanus

    It seems someone is trying to preempt the defence budget probe by Buhari.
    We all know that Jonathan and Sheriff are quite close and Sheriff is a fraudulent arms contractor

  • burning spear

    The bastardizing of Nigeria by the mindless, who hate the nation. Monumental injustice to a people: 20 Owners Of Richest Oil Blocks In Nigeria Without the people of Niger Delta on whose soil the oil was found. They constitutes the main opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan today. Read on:

    (1) This oil block business is so lucrative that Danjuma’s Sapetro divested of its investment in Akpo condensate for $1billion dollars. This business is second to none in Nigeria. That is why any attempt to investigate the activities in this sector will always be futile. The money is so much that they give bribes in millions of dollars. A birthday gift or child naming gift from an oil block owner to a government official could be as paltry as $2million dollars, and if the official’s father died, the condolence gift could reach mere $3 million dollars. When they want to bribe legislators, it is in millions of dollars and any ongoing investigation ends within weeks. They are so confident that with excess money they can buy up Nigeria and they are succeeding

    (2) OML 110 with high yield OBE oil fields was given Cavendish Petroleum owned by Alhaji Mai Daribe, the Borno Patriarch in 1996 by Sanni Abacha. OBE oil field has estimated over 500 million barrels of oil. In layman’s language and using average benchmark of $100 dollars per barrel, translates to $50 billion dollars worth of oil reserve. When you remove the taxes, royalties and sundry duties worth about 60% of the reserve payable over time you get about $20billion dollars worth of oil in the hands of a family.

    (3) OPL 246 was awarded to SAPETRO, a company owned by General Theophilus Danjuma, by Sanni Abacha in 1998. Akpo condensate exports about 300,000 barrels of crude daily.what a shame—–

    (4) NOML 112 and OML 117 were awarded to AMNI International Petroleum Development Company owned by Colonel Sanni Bello in 1999. Sanni Bello is an inlaw to Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria.

    (5) OML 115, OLDWOK Field and EBOK field was awarded to Alhaji Mohammed Indimi from Niger State. Indimi is an inlaw to former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

    (6) OML 215 is operated by Nor East Petroleum Limited owned by Alhaji Saleh Mohammed Gambo.

    (7) OML 108 is operated by Express Petroleum Company Limited is owned by Alhaji Aminu Dantata.

    (cool OML II3 allocated to Yinka Folawiyo Pet Ltd is owned by Alhaji W.I. folaw

  • burning spear

    President Barack Obama’s decision to provide undeclared backing to the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) and General Buhari, violated a long-time American convention of non-interference in the elections of other sovereign nations.

    The series of patronizing actions, sponsored by the White House, culminated in a joint statement on March 30th 2015 by the American Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Mr. Philip Hammond, alleging that the election results “may be subject to deliberate political interference”.

    This broadside was released when the vote collation was still ongoing, thereby casting undue aspersion not only on the entire electoral process and the almost thirty million voters who participated in it, but indeed the nation itself.

    This was the second unsolicited and unwarranted diatribe by the American and British pair, the first being the denigrating joint missive authored by the same duo on March 21st 2015, precisely seven days prior to the election.

    The said election has already occurred, but the repercussions from the historic event shall continue to generate reactions for many days, weeks, months, years and perhaps for all time

  • Otile

    Ubanjigi. Oil money from SE SS have gone to corrupt politicians, dogs and murderers. Wallahi, if this money came from Arewa and Oduduwa land would awon omo Odua kuma mutane Arewa leave it to vanish like that? People east of the Niger have been imprisoned and disgraced for misusing oil money, but not omo Odua ati mutane Arewa. Najeriya, Najeriya, where is thy justice?

    Now that Islamic APC through the power of Beelzebub have knocked off President Jonathan there is bound to a huge windfall for omo Odua kuma mutane Arewa. Now poor people all over continent Nigeria are about to know hardship as never before. It is going to be, God help us.

    • mustapha Shehu

      Your wish will not be answered by the great Almighty.

      • Otile

        I do not wish my fellow Nigerians bad. I am a realist. I have seen and read horror stories how the North pillaged Najeriya over the donkey years they have been in power. To be honest, can you say that the lives of mutane Arewa kuma Ndigbo have been better under the kleptocratic governments of those Shugaban Arewa?

        • mustapha Shehu

          As a realist you should be optimistic.

          • Otile

            I am both an optimist and a realist, so I cant rely on optimism alone. Dan uwar nan ka ji ko?

        • It sure will be better than under Kleptomaniac Jonathan and his Pati Mama thieves and co.

  • Truthometer

    Election is over, Dumbo is done with him; good for him. Despite Dumbo’s investment in the election, Sheriff failed to deliver. I dey laugh ooo!!!.

  • SAM .A

    CHANGE has to start with this toothless EFCC, GMB has to scrap it and replace it with a tougher INDEPENDENT anti corrupton Agency. This present EFCC preoccupy itself chasing thieves that stole 1-10 millionNaira, while close its eyes to Bunu sheriff and his pen robber/treasury looters group of companies.
    Give me the name of one of this high value treasury looters that has been convicted and is in jail as we speak and collect $1,000 from me.There is urgent need to overhaul our admnistration of justice , a petty thief that steal a cell phone gets 8-10 years , while the full time pen robbet , politician, army, civil servant who has stolen billion Naira will get 1 year and refund some , spend 6months in hospital feign sickness.
    The Change we voted for should affect all Nigerians equally in distribution of justice. No more favoritism , nepotism or ‘bigmanism’ efcc must go with the current staff because they are compromised. they are part of the things that we want to change.

  • Town Crier

    Why does Goodluck Jonathan come out of every public issue worse off?
    He went into the the Sanusi Lamido Sanusi theft case and was worse for it.
    Sanusi Lamido Sanusi became Emir and Jonathan has now become jobless.
    If Jonathan is later detained for investigation by Buhari it will be in Kano city.
    There, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi will send Jonathan bread and sardines to eat.
    Does this President Jonathan have any shame at all? I really don’t think so.

    If he has shame, he will know that it is democracy to let the law take its course.
    He is the one everybody is now abusing as a crook trying to save himself alone.
    After Jonathan, there will be no need for a national constitution in Nigeria forever.
    Jonathan never enforced the 1999 Constitution once throughout his stay in office.
    On this Buhari WASC case too, his men have withdrawn the case and ran away.
    But what can Buhari do to Jonathan more than what Boko Haram has already done?
    Why is President so afraid he is ready to tear up 1999 constitution to save himself?

    • Town Crier

      Now people are saying Jonathan has made an agreement with Buhari.
      That is more senseless of Jonathan if it is true he made agreement.
      No court can enforce illegal agreement not to be prosecuted for crime.
      No court will ever enforce agreement not to be investigated for crime.

      I know the Hausa/Fulani people very well since the 1950s in and out.
      Jonathan cannot escape flogging once he leaves office, i’m telling you.
      If he has sense he will let the law take its course on the Buhari Wasc case.
      By withdrawing the case today Jonathan should go and look for khaki trouser.
      He will be flogged. I lived in the north since Kano riot. I know what i’m saying.

      • shorty

        NO LAW SAYS THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA SHOULD HAVE MORE STATE GOVERNORS
        THAN ALL THE OPPOSITION OR HAVE MORE SENATORS OR MORE REPRESENTATIVES.
        THE DECISION BY JONATHAN TO CUT AND RUN IS ENTIRELY BASELESS AND SENSELESS.
        IT IS FEAR, TIMIDITY, LACK OF CONFIDENCE, LOCALITY AND STUPIDITY ROLLED INTO ONE.

        • i dey hear

          Any attempt to defend Jonathan with such silly argument only makes
          Nigerians sigh in relief that Jonathan is going in five weeks because
          he’s too much of a baby girl given only to the frills and freebies of life
          – a provincial local man who’s disgraced his Ijaw people and likely
          rendered his whole tribe unfit for high office in Nigeria for ever.

          ………Godwin Richards

          (April 22nd, 2015)

          • Asari Dokubo and Tompolo for President and VP in 2019.

  • Thomas

    If the EFCC spokesperson could not be reached, why make this information public?

    • Interrogator

      REGARDLESS OF ANY CRIMINAL DEAL YOU MIGHT HAVE WITH FUMBLING JONATHAN,
      WE THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA SHALL REFUSE TO WELCOME AN ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT.

      WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUE YOU TO COURT, AS AUTHORIZED BY THE ELECTORAL ACT,
      UNTIL YOU ARE REMOVED FROM OFFICE AS AN ILLEGAL PRESIDENT, OR, UNLESS YOU:

      • i dey hear

        • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
        presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

        …….§137 (j) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

        “A person who has reasonable grounds to

        believe that ANY information given by a

        (presidential) candidate in his affidavit or

        document – submitted to the Electoral Commission –

        is false, may file a suit at the High court

        against such candidate seeking a declaration that

        the information is false. If the court determines

        the information is FALSE, the court SHALL

        issue an order dis-qualifying the candidate from

        contesting the election.”

        ………Section 31 Electoral Act of Nigeria

        • Interrogator

          ..

  • Doctrine of Necessity

    Jonathanian Doctrine of the Presidency

    Anyone who has 2.5 million more votes in any presidential election
    SHALL be immediately sworn-in: whether that person is a certified
    lunatic of a psychiatric hospital; or a teenager who is 17-years-old,
    or citizen of another country resident in Nigeria. Any contrary law in
    the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria MUST be sent asleep; null and void,
    for that person to be quickly sworn-in to usher in the Jonathanian Peace
    of the graveyard which holds that it is from a combination of illegality and
    un-constitutionality comes the peace that passseth all understanding.

    • No nonsense

      Never again in history must Nigeria have a diffident president
      who looks the other way as the Constitution is trampled upon
      by a mob described as All Peoples Progressive Congress (APC)
      en route to taking power without any constitutional right to it under
      Section 137 (j) of the 1999 Constitution – but in violation of that law –
      whilst the moping President Jonathan looks at it all askance.

      • awofalaju lanre

        Excuse me! I am a member of ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS [APC].
        We are not All Progressives Peoples Congress as you described us.
        We aresurely not a MOB either if you mean it in a highly pejorative sense.

        But yes, quite true, we are a multitude in opposition to a bad state of affairs.
        Though i reject your pejorative accusation i am not honest enough to admit
        only that we are in obvious violation Section 137 (j) of the 1999 Constitution.

        We know that Muhammadu Buhari does not have the Wasc he swore on oath.
        Otherwise, our other electoral victories in the parliament and states are no fluke.
        When next you come to Nigeria you’ll feel the vibrating pulse for CHANGE yourself.

    • garry cooper (atlanta)

      HEY GUYS!

      WHAT’S COOKING IN NIGERIA? YOU GUYS HAVE A MESS ON YOUR HANDS.
      YOU ARE BURNING UP YOUR CONSTITUTION AND REGRESSING BADLY.
      SOON YOU WILL BE AT A BEASTLY LEVEL OF RULE OF THUMB.
      NO COUNTRY JOKES WITH ITS CONSTITUTION LIKE THIS.

      • alexander ugoh

        “Nigeria is no longer a country. It is not a country where people

        can live to survive. Nigeria is a place ruled by criminals and thieves,

        as well as by those who believe in plundering and looting.”

        …….. Mbazulike Amaechi

        (Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation)

        [September 14th, 2014]

      • Red Flag 2

        The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person
        or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof,
        except in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

        ………………………….Section 1(2) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution

  • Nwa _ Africa

    So EFCC has wake up from slumber even when Jonathan is still in charge?

  • Guguru

    This is beautiful news. The Boko Haram god father, ali modu, who is best of friends with Jonathan, is about to vomit his loot.

  • Guguru

    Jonathan is now on turbo vindictiveness to get even with every slime he once romanced and who ended up ditching him at the very end. Start counting them; (1) IGP Abba (2) Ali Modu Sheriff (3) Who is next?

    No President born of man is as vindictive as Jonathan.

    • Dulles2

      President Jonathan of Nigeria

      President Jonathan walked his way into global irrelevance today; so to speak.
      Pretending not to know that he has the duty as chief executive of Nigeria to
      execute the laws of Nigeria he fell into global infamy. The rest of the world
      took note that he’s damaged his country by making his country’s constitution
      irrelevant. He became the worst type of leader in a democracy governed by the
      rule of law.

      The Nigerian Constitution says nobody must take power except in
      accordance with the spirit and letter of the Constitution. Jonathan has more
      or less cancelled that clause and did so with his eyes open and with an
      attorney-general in his shambolic federal cabinet of mediocres.

      • Dulles2

        …………(2) President Jonathan of Nigeria

        Like a criminal accomplice, President Jonathan is still busy cooking the dinner
        to be served on 28th May to Buhari – who INTENTIONALLY VIOLATED Section
        137 (j) of Nigeria’s Constitution by swearing false affidavit and submitting it
        to the Electoral Commission.

        That is why the rest of the world hissed at President Jonathan today when the
        lawsuit to uphold the Constitution against Buhari was withdrawn on a day set
        for hearing. For that infamy President Jonathan’s brief but merely flattering
        description as a ‘statesman’ ended deservedly. The world will now look at him
        as someone not be had around whenever democracy and rule of law is being
        talked about. No criminal accomplice can at the same time be a statesman –
        as President Jonathan of Nigeria proves today.

        • Red Flag

          The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person or group

          of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in

          accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

          …………………Section 1(2) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution

          • eli akhane

            WHAT IS GOODLUCK JONATHAN DOING THAT HE CANNOT DIRECT
            THE FEDERAL ATTORNEY-GENERAL TO FILE A SUIT TO PREVENT
            APC’S OBVIOUS VIOLATION OF SECTION 1 (2) OF THE CONSTITUTION?
            IS HE WAITING FOR AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO ALLOW HIM OR WHAT?

          • redflag2

            The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person or group
            of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in
            accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

            ………..Section 1(2) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution

          • redflag2

            • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
            presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

            …………………………§137 (j) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

          • freeborn

            ..

  • aderemi D. fowler

    WHAT 2015 ELECTION TAUGHT ME

    What this 2015 election taught me are three-fold. One, where free stealing is in view,
    no activists or radicals exist in Nigeria – none will disable his hands from the treasury.
    Two, the lawyers in Nigeria, especially those who describe themselves as ‘constitutional
    lawyers’ are common thieves in disguise. Three, there will continue to be military coup
    in Nigeria because there is broad consensus that Nigeria may be taken over in violation
    of the Constitution. That is the triple heritage of the All Progressives Congress – APC.

    • Ns

      Thank God is clear stated “FORGED CERTIFICATE”. What if he hasn’t present any? Please reply constitutional lawyer. Thanks

      • Dave

        @Ns:

        If he hasn’t presented any certificate INEC at its level without any court action
        shall not reflect that person’s name or party name or logo on the ballot paper.

  • Guguru

    “Plaintiffs in two of the three pending suits challenging the eligibility of the President-elect, Muhammadu
    Buhari, to contest in the March 28, 2015, presidential election have withdrawn the suits.

    Consequently, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who is presiding over the matters at the Federal High Court in Abuja,
    subsequently struck out the two cases after the plaintiffs had indicated their intention to withdraw the suits on Wednesday.”

    The Punch, April 2015, “Court dismisses two eligibility suits against Buhari”

  • sammyctu ode

    Useless EFCC under jonathan. Why are these fools going after modu sherrif now after they have been shielding him all these years under jonathan? This is a man who helped killed thousands of Nigerians because of his direct funding of BH, he stole his state blind still jonathan the most evil shielded him from all these crimes, he even insulted our pychic by giving him soldiers whenever he is going to his village. To EFCC top guns, be ready for retirement and probably prosecutions because you contributed to Nigerian killings and woes by not acting on many corruption cases under jonathan thereby causing the deaths of thousands and making us a criminal state under the most evil called jonathan. GMB will not spare any of you.

    • Guguru

      Sammy,

      Thank you.

    • peaceometer

      You have spoken well. Modu Sherif is the Pioneer financial of BH, Borno people can testify to that.

    • JayGeeEx

      You’re still not getting it. Unfortunately, the matter is too complex and your approach too basic for any proper explanation to get through to you. This is far from the childish “my daddy has come and now you’re in trouble” type of thing. The same GMB campaigned at some point in time that the onslaught on BH was a campaign against the north and he was indeed chosen be these same people as spokesman. You really need more depth, context and perspective than that which you have applied if you are to be considered honest with your submission.

  • Encore

    THE LAW JONATHAN IS VIOLATING

    The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person
    or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof,
    except in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

    ………………………….Section 1(2) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution

    • Encore

      • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
      presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

      ………………………….§137 (j) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

      • eli akhane

        @Encore:

        WHAT IS GOODLUCK JONATHAN DOING THAT HE CANNOT DIRECT
        THE FEDERAL ATTORNEY-GENERAL TO FILE A SUIT TO PREVENT
        APC’S OBVIOUS VIOLATION OF SECTION 1 (2) OF THE CONSTITUTION?
        IS HE WAITING FOR AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO ALLOW HIM OR WHAT?

        • msvivian

          It is not just to ” …prevent APC’s obvious violation of section 1 (2) of the constitution” as you said, but also to follow the punishment through in the 1999 constitution for this audacious attempt to breach the 1999 constitution by Muhammadu Buhari and his APC illiterates.

          • burning spear

            tHE GOVERNMENT IS IN THE HANDS OF THE usa AND uk GOVERNMENT—–IF U HAD SUPPORTED HIM YESTERDAY—-BUT U DID NOT-THE COUNTRY NOW BELONGS TO THE Yorubas AND fULANIS

          • Tonnero

            Guys, you better go and enjoy the little money you wer paid to go blind, dumb and deaf and sing the praises of your master though his sins be like Crimson. The game is over. Sorry o.

          • Mayflower5

            and the illiterate Nigerian THRASHED a doctorate IJAW president!

      • Ahmad

        What has that got to do with the article under discussion if not for your stupidity? Anyway, you cannot distract us from the real issue. GEJ has been giving presidential cover to criminals of all sort and now the game is up. Shouldn’t you be ashamed of your self?

        • kunskuns

          @disqus_gnbvWzCutT:disqus : Are you saying Muhammadu Buhari is also a criminal?
          I am not doubting that at all O, but just to be sure that’s what you
          mean so that i can praise you for your 100% truthfulness, that’s all.

      • DID JONATHAN FORGE HIS Ph. D.?

        • JayGeeEx

          You are leaving leprosy to treat nappy rash. Continue.

          • The fact is irrefutable: Jonathan is the Forger-in Chief. He forged a Ph. D. he did not earn.

          • JayGeeEx

            You are too pathetic for words.. Really. But please send me the link to any story that gej’s been taken to court on that “fact” you claimed. I can show you a few that GMB was taken to court on… Besides, Uniport has not said he is lying but here you are, with as much gumption as a toenail clipping, talking any how.

            Even at that, at least that means he did not forge the basic entry qualifications. Can you beat on your chest with clear conscience and say the same?

          • UNiport declared no Ph. D awarded to Jonathan Cambridge and War Colleges affirmed President Buhari’s WASc and Advanced certifications.

      • Mayflower5

        Jonathan cheated INEC with a forged certificate.

  • peaceometer

    A long overdue action. Nonsense. Making nonsense of our constitution and Nigerians integrity. EFCC, SSS, ICPC’s need total overhauling. Nonsense, very very nonsense.

  • By Popular Demand

    Jonathanian Doctrine of the Presidency

    Anyone who has 2.5 million more votes in any presidential election
    SHALL be immediately sworn-in: whether that person is a certified
    lunatic of a psychiatric hospital; or a teenager who is 17-years-old,
    or citizen of another country resident in Nigeria. Any contrary law in
    the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria MUST be sent asleep; null and void,
    for that person to be quickly sworn-in to usher in the Jonathanian Peace
    of the graveyard which holds that it is from a combination of illegality and
    un-constitutionality comes the peace that passseth all understanding.

    • Malik Isah

      Sorry eh, you are still in pain from the loss. Sorry eh!

    • Mayflower5

      There’s an opening as a psychiatric rabbit for you.

  • favourtalk

    They have have his time when his master didn’t win.
    Change has come and all that stole nigeria money will answer for the crime
    Corruption must be wiped out

  • MushinSpeaks

    This is what they call karma. Thought he is one of them; why the vindictive approach then? Well, with or without him, CHANGE has come.

  • Mr. Abdin

    But Jonathan need to help him.

  • burning spear

    The massive looting of Lagos state by the Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently conered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the Action Congress’ states.

    In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds.
    .
    Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.

    Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million.

    • BABUYANMA

      Biafrian propaganda. Thanks Tinubu for getting rid of the baifrian sympathiser DUMBO JONATHAN

    • Wura

      @buringspear:disqus, Please get a life! Looks to me like you are exhausted!

    • Mayflower5

      And a sitting President Jonathan is POWERLESS against an ex-governor Tinubu.

  • burning spear

    WHO WILL OPUT TINUBU ON TRIAL IS IT THE MAN WHOM HE FORGED HIS CERTIFICATE FOR–OR OBAMA-PDP HAS PUT THEIR GOVERNORS AND SUPPORTERS ON TRIAL-BODE GEORGE–ALAMS ATI IBIOR–LET THE PAES IN APC ALSO PUT THEIR ON TRIAL AND NOT BEMA THE SEARCH LIGHT ON PDPD—–TO COVER THIER CORRUPT IDEAS

    • Tonnero

      My friend, stop wasting our time here. If your Dumbo was so sure about all the nonesense you have been writing, what was he waiting for to put Tinubu on trial?

      • JayGeeEx

        He’s not the judge or jury, that’s why. And even then, a petition has to be forwarded. It is not a customary court affair.

    • Rommel

      The Jonathan administration should put him on trial if they can prove that the man corruptly enriched himself

    • Mayflower5

      The psychiatric ward escapee again. Buhari is President, Jonathan is out and PDP is dead and buried.

  • JayM

    So the EFCC has finally being brought back from coma. Welcome to the new Nigeria

  • burning spear

    The United States of America, by its attorney, Michael J. Shepard, United States Attorney for Northern District of Illinois, for its verified complaint of forfeiture, states as follows:

    1. This is a FORFEITURE action under 21 U.S.C , ss88 and 18, ss 981…..
    2. The DEFENDANT funds are located in the above-described accounts and wereSEIZED pursuant to PROCESS ISSUED BY THIS COURT….

    4…. beginning as early as 1998, Adegboyega Mueez Akande, WITH OTHERS OPERATED a organiszation (sic) which DISTRIBUTED WHITE HEROIN, a controlled substance under Title 21 of the United States Code.
    5…. this DISTRIBUTION OPERATION was conducted on a LARGE SCALE and thePROCEEDS of the operation SUBSTANTIAL. The defendant funds represent proceeds of this OPERATION of property involved in MONEY LAUNDERING.
    6…. the defendant funds represent proceeds of NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING … and …MONEY LAUNDERING….. the funds are therefore FOREFEITABLE to the United States….

    JUDGEMENT:
    j… Neither a claim nor answer has been filed on behalf of the defendant funds …. accordingly, it hereby
    ORDERED that the funds in the AMOUNT of $460,000 in account…. in the name ofBOLA TINUBU represents proceeds of NARCOTICS or were involved in financial transactions in violation of 18 U.S.C ss 1956 and 1957 and therefore these funds are forfeit to the United States…..

    • Mayflower5

      Toilet already?

  • hummm

    I guess Donathan has decided to have Sheriff prosecuted after he lost the election. Use them when you need them. and loose them after using them. They both deserve each other and we need our money anyways.

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  • shola

    No place to hide! No more. Bring all these bandits to book.
    They must cough out every Naira/Dollars they stole.
    Jonathan, are seeing now what damages you have caused to our fatherland?
    BRIBERY!, STEALING!,CORRUPTION, POWER ABUSE! and IMPUNITY!

  • corporal

    no paddy for jungle…

  • They say: MANY DAYS FOR THE THIEF, ONE DAY FOR THE OWNER TO CATCH HIM.

  • THIS IS THE NEW 5-week lame duck JONATHAN in overtime play.

  • Mayflower5

    Buhari is yet to be president and all the skeletons are starting to fall out of the cupboards?

  • Nigerian

    I think EFCC should also go after the govenor of the state described as ” the poorest ” in the country for about 8 yrs continuously despite its being among the old states of the federation and seat of the caliphate. The looter and his allies are now joining the self-serving GANGSTARS in the senate to evade justice. WHAT A SHAME OF INCOMPETENCE!