INVESTIGATION: How Ekweremadu, other Nigerian lawmakers ‘pocketed’ N8 Billion in failed constitution amendment

Ike Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President

Nigerian federal lawmakers, led by incumbent Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and former Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, withdrew a princely N7.75 billion of public funds in four years to purportedly review sections of the 1999 Constitution, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today.

In an investigation lasting months, this newspaper found that between 2011 and 2015, the 53-member House of Representatives Ad-hoc Constitution Review Committee and its 49-member counterpart in the Senate in the 7th National Assembly withdrew N3,250,000,000.00 and N4,500,000,000.00 respectively to purportedly execute the fourth alteration of the Constitution.

It is not immediately clear how the lawmakers spent the outrageous funds but insiders say a huge chunk of it was pocketed by members of the committees in what one source described as ‘unprecedented naira bazaar’ by a committee of the National Assembly’.

Officials of the committees continued to make withdrawal even long after the exercise was concluded. It remains unclear what those withdrawals were spent on.

The Committees, which operated independently, withdrew the monies in tranches from their accounts domiciled in an Abuja branch of the Guarantee Trust Bank.

Curiously, some of the withdrawals were made long after they submitted their final reports to both chambers for consideration and a few weeks before the general elections and the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly.

The Senate Committee was statutorily chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, while the House Committee was headed by the then Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha.

Mr. Ekweremadu was re-elected in the March 28 senatorial election but Mr. Ihedioha failed in his bid to be elected governor of his native Imo State in the April 11 election.

Documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES showed that the House Committee withdrew N500m of public funds on December 16, 2011; N500m on May 17, 2012; N250m on October 29, 2012; N250m on May 8, 2013; N250m on August 6, 2013; and N250m on November 11, 2013.

On February 20, 2014, it withdrew N250m; another N250m on May 27, 2014; N250m on August 21, 2014; N166.5m on a date not specified; and N83.5m on December 5, 2014.

The Committee further withdrew N83.33m on March 2, 2015 and the same amount on March 23, five days before the Presidential and National Assembly elections and on April 13, barely two days after this year’s governorship election.

PREMIUM TIMES checks revealed that the National Assembly was not in session at the time of the elections, and the committee had long concluded its assignments suggesting the withdrawals were dubious.

The document showed that the Senate Committee, on its part, operated two accounts, tagged “Account A” and “Account B”.

From Account A, like its House counterpart, the Committee collected N500m on December 16, 2011, the first after its inauguration.

Subsequent withdrawals it made are N500m on April 20, 2012; N250m on May 17, 2012; N250m on February 27, 2013; N250m on May 8, 2013; N250m on July 23, 2013; N250m on November 5, 2013; N250m on February 5, 2014; N250m on August 18, 2014; N83.3m on March 17, 2015 and another N83.3m on a date not specified.

The Committee also withdrew from its Account B the sum of N250m on May 22, 2014; N166.6m on November 25, 2014; N83.4m on December 5, 2014 and N83.3m on February 27, 2015.

Before the inauguration of the 7th National Assembly on June 6, 2011, the document also revealed, the Senate Committee withdrew from its Account A the sums of N125m on April 21, 2010; N250m on June 10, 2010; N125m on a date not specified; N250m on October 13, 2010; N250m on an unspecified date; and N250m on February 9, 2011.

The total amount the Committee withdrew from Account A stood at N3,916,666,667 and from Account B it withdrew a total of N583,333,333.

No proper accounting for the spent funds have been made, insiders say.

The House Committee submitted its final report in July 2013.

Its membership comprised all principal officers, except the Speaker; a representative of each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory; four representatives of the female members of the House; the Chairman of the Rules and Business Committee; and the chairman and deputy chairman of the Committee on Media and Publicity.

The Committee’s major activities during the process included a retreat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, between May 27 and 29, 2012; Peoples Public Sessions held simultaneously in all the 360 federal constituencies on November 10, 2012; and public presentation of collated results on April 18, 2013.

The committee held 25 meetings altogether while the assignment lasted. There was also a retreat for the Technical Experts on Constitution and Legal matters who produced the work-plan as well as some civil society organisations drawn from the six geo-political zones.

Members of the House subsequently voted on the various sections proposed for amendment on January 30, 2014.

The Senate Committee, on the other hand, held a retreat in Asaba, Delta State; organised zonal and national (Abuja) public hearings; conducted opinion polls; undertook study tour to the United States, Canada and India; held consultations with seasoned experts and constitutional lawyers; and organised town hall meetings in the senatorial zones.

It presented its final report to the Senate on June 5, 2013.

The Committee whose membership included the principal officers of the upper chamber who served as “members of the steering committee,” finally organised a retreat in Lagos to consider a draft bill. That was after the senators voted on the amended sections on three occasions – July 2013, April 2014 and June 2014.

But those who should know say all these engagements could not have cost the nation more than N1billion altogether. They said some of the public sessions held in states were funded by state governments.

Authorities wouldn’t comment on withdrawals

The then Senate President, David Mark, could not be reached for comment on this story. He did not answer or return multiple calls. Neither did he respond to a text message sent to him.

So also was Mr. Ekweremadu, who spearheaded most of the spending.

When contacted, Imam Imam, the media aide to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, asked this newspaper to direct all inquiries on the last constitution amendment to the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Sani Omolori.

Mr. Ihedioha, who chaired the House Ad-hoc Committee, also requested us to do the same.

“My dear, feel free to reach out to the Clerk of the House of Reps to furnish you with all details you will need,” the former deputy speaker said in a text message to one of our reporters.

Mr. Omolori could however not be reached as did not answer or return calls. He did not also respond to a text message sent to him.

Several attempts by this newspapers to also speak with the Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, failed.

The Director of Information of the National Assembly, Ishaku Dibal, told PREMIUM TIMES he was not in a position to speak on the matter.

Also, the former spokesperson of the House, Zakari Mohammed, who served in the ad-hoc committee, did not answer calls by this newspaper.

But a former senator who served in the Senate ad-hoc committee, Anthony Adeniyi, said he was not sure about how much committee members spent on the constitutional amendment.

“I can’t confirm the figure you are quoting. I don’t think we spent that much,” he told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview Thursday.

But another senator close to the constitution review committee, who requested not to be named for fear he might be attacked by his colleagues, said, “I can confirm that they withdrew more than that. Committee members were just sharing money. It was a kind of naira bazaar for them.”

After the concurrence of the 36 State House of Assembly, the draft bill “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2015,” was transmitted to former President Goodluck Jonathan for assent.

Wasted Billions

Despite the huge public funds purportedly expended on the amendment, Mr. Jonathan refused to sign the amendment into law. Instead he, on April 13, wrote to the National Assembly complaining of defects in the bill.

The National Assembly then threatened to override his veto within 30 days.

But in response, the then Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, filed a suit against the legislature seeking to annul the amendments.

Both parties were to settle out of court. The legislature agreed to delete the controversial sections and clauses which Mr. Jonathan considered offensive while the president agreed to sign the amended constitution into law before handing over to the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Despite the truce, Mr. Jonathan did not sign the bill into law before he left office on May 29.

The former president’s failure to assent to the bill rendered the amendment futile and therefore the N7.75 billion public funds purportedly spent on the exercise, was largely wasted.

But the Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Auwal Musa, lamented the huge amount of money the lawmakers withdrew for the exercise.

“There is no accountability on how the money was spent; it is outright corruption that has taken place and that was why they were fighting themselves,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

Previous Exercises

The amendment to the 1999 Constitution, handed over by the Abdulsalami Abubakar military regime, began during the senate presidency of Chuba Okadigbo in 2000.

The then Deputy Senate President, Haruna Abubakar, and the Deputy Speaker of the House, Chibudom Nwuche, were named co-chair of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitution Review (JCCR).

When they became deputy senate president and deputy speaker, Ibrahim Mantu and Austin Opara headed the joint committee.

Mr. Ekweremadu and the then Deputy Speaker, Usman Nafada, co-chaired the committee from 2007.

At the time, each of the chambers appointed 44 members into the joint committee, bringing the total number to 88.

Before 2011, the budget of the Joint Committee Constitution Review was N1 billion, which was shared equally between the two chambers.

That however changed in 2011 when the budgets of the constitution review committees of both chambers was subsumed under the larger National Assembly budgets, totalling N150 billion.

The federal legislature has repeatedly rebuffed calls on it not to operate a closed budget, but should instead subject itself to public scrutiny and transparency.

It also resisted demands for the breakdown of its budgetary allocations to its arm as obtained before 2011.

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  • REDEEM

    Buhari is becoming a mental case–a very serious trouble for Nigerians–His current acts are not different from his first outing over 30 years ago—–If Senators WERE asked to review the constitution BY GOVERNMENT, is it from the money left behind by their fathers and mothers that they will depend on for their work-?–The same old trick of trying to attract public sympathy over his frequent attacks on Jonathan—–The money used by NSA for the purchase of arms was 300m Now Buhari says it is–500trillion dollars Which do we believe?

    • Dan Arewa

      What does Buhari has to do with this? Are you insane?

      Buhari doesn’t need to do anything to attract public sympathy because he already had it. Who people (Nigerians) don’t have sympathy on are your dumbo and his cohorts. That is why we sent them packing early this year and we will no doubt follow, step-by-step, legal actions to recover the eaten yam and imprison guilty GOATS.

      • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

        let him allow the government agencies charged with such jobs–or functions do their work and not have him plant fake stories most of which have been proven to be lies–purified lies from the Apes in APC

    • Bash

      I think u are the mental case here;

  • REDEEM

    NIGERIANS GROUPS CONDEMNS TOMPOLO’S INVITATION BY EFCC, WHILE APC TROUBLE MAKERS ARE WALKING THE STREET.

    The Niger Delta Defenders Forum (NDDF), a newly formed militant group in the Niger Delta region, Thursday, condemned in strong terms the invitation extended to Niger Delta ex-warlord, High Chief Government Ekpomupolo, alias Tompolo, by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

    The NDDF made its position known in a three-paragraph press statement it issued in Warri, Delta State, while reacting to the invitation of Tompolo by the anti-graft body on Thursday.

    Spokesman of the group, General Agiligbegha Izonkuro, who signed the press statement said the invitation of Tompolo was unwarranted and unjustified. He lamented that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government was bent on creating crisis in the relatively calm Niger Delta region.

    “I want to tell you with every assurance of confidence that this government has nothing to do with Tompolo. They have revoked all his security contracts with the Federal Government when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was President. So what else do the APC government want from him?”, Izonkuro queried.

    He noted that the NDDF knew that the development was not unconnected with the APC’s quest to take over Bayelsa State, warning that the Niger Delta would boil again if anything happened to Tompolo. “We are watching them. We are closely taking stock of everything that is going on. If it is about the election then they should forget it. The NDDF has already taken its stand. We are not going to betray the Ijaw nation on the altar of politics. We are not going work people who well known to have repeatedly betrayed the Ijaw nation. Anybody that does that is on his own.

    “The position of the NDDF on the Bayelsa election is also very clear. We want the people of Southern Ijaw to come out in their numbers to massively vote and defend their votes. We will not betray our Ijaw nation to please our true enemies.”

    General Agiligbegha Izonkuro, however, stressed that Tompolo would not honour the EFCC invitation, describing it as a ploy to keep their leader out of circulation when he should be going about his lawful businesses in the Niger Delta.

    Meanwhile, the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, has given the Federal Government a week’s ultimatum to hands off its alleged plot to rig the governorship election in Bayelsa State and install the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Timipre Sylva.

    Asari-Dokubo in a statement issued in Yenagoa on Thursday, accused the Federal Government and its agencies of collaborating with the INEC to rig the election. He warned that except government steers clear of the alleged complicity, ex-militants would return to the creeks to resume agitation with consequences on strategic oil installations.

    He stated that in furtherance of this, the ex-militants have regrouped under a new formation known as the Reformed Ex-Agitators of the Niger Delta (REND), which he claimed he is now leading to press for a democratic process in determining the outcome of the election–unquiote–Pikin wey say him Fulani mama no go sleep him Yoruba papa sef no go close eye! Let my people from the Ijaw Nation go quietly–Instead of this luciferic government of the Yoruba traitors ati Fulani cows!

    • Nwa_Africa

      Too many Generals in Ijawland……………………….They are just criminals making noise………………….Tompolo is not above the law so let him go and clear himself…………………………

      • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

        @WAHALA———How many GENERAL do u have in Ibo land where u hail from–What was the rank of Ojukwu–Field Marshal abi-B4 HIS REHAB by Late Yara————–Sadly–99.9 percent of the negative comments against Jonathan are from the brain and mouth of the Ibos yet they tell the SS them want to align with them—i LAUGH-

        • Nwa_Africa

          Only a foo0lish Igbo man will trust Ijaw people because they are chameleons and low lives……………………………………..

          • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

            @wahala—————-see do not start a war with the Ijaw Nation which u cannot end! For now we are not interested in your Biafra-period–Did we ask for the help from the Ibos when we launched our war–via Boro in d 60s? Again when the militants went into the creeks to fight for resource control did any Ibo man assist them Ijaws in the Niger Delta–? But when the food became ready–did we not have Obj force the Ibos into NNDC’? u often come here to insult the Ijaw Nation for the Fulani ati Yoruba traitors-Then suddenly turn around to call us your friends—U must be mad—to expect help from us—–Were the Ijaw consulted by Ojukwu when he launched his fake, selfish Biafran war?—Are the Ibos not doing the same mistake that made the Biafran war fail?—-As far as the Ibos are concerned, Ijaws are goats—-They can with ease over-run any hour of the day them decide—to take us on–So no need sounding us on your plans—–The Ijaw Nation will never align with the Fulanis again—Not even with the Yoruba traitors–in the South west where we have a very large Ijaw population—-Monkey

          • Nwa_Africa

            We will chase you Ijaw people into Cameroon as that is where your kind belong……………………

          • Darlington

            Pls don’t mind this divide and rule agent who is trying to divide brothers using Igbo name. On Biafra we stand.

          • Nwa_Africa

            That is why you are a big foo0l……………………

  • Wale

    They were just stealing left right and center, KI LO DE? It is time all these people should be removed and held accountable. Who in there right mind will ever support PDP? The world is laughing at us. I still contend Saraki has to go! He is the figure head that will indicate if Buhari is really serious about cleaning this mess. A ba sha! How will Johnathan escape not being held accountable too-this was all under his watch as country president and PDP leader. Then all the lives lost…evil, greedy, selfish bas$tards, the while LOT!

  • Is it true that Akpabio has been sacked by the Court of Appeal?
    I saw it on SR but I’m yet to see it on major news outlets.

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      That is Buhari for u! and the Apes in APC for u–They wanted to do the same thin–in Bayelsa state–A repeat of the American wonder which led the USA to impose a monster like Buhari on us-

    • Peter_Edo

      i don’t know, Sahara reporters is carrying the news and a few other blogs… but need to get more info from more CREDIBLE SOURCES to make an informed decision if to believe the news or not

    • Jon Rhoma

      Read Vanguard. It is not true. The case was only heard by the CA today yet SR has been reporting from last night that he has been sacked.

  • Dan Arewa

    I told our so-called senators to prepare for real showdown with social media, did they think I was joking? Prepare to pay higher price for waking the sleeping dog. This is just another bite. Get ready for the next one. It may be bigger and more piercing.

  • Abilingo

    NA WA OO,NIGERIA POLITICIANS PURPOSELY EMBEZELLED MONEY .THEY HAVE GIVEN MEDIA NEWS TO WRITE. LOL!

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    NIGERIANS GROUPS CONDEMNS TOMPOLO’S INVITATION BY EFCC, WHILE APC TROUBLE MAKERS ARE WALKING THE STREET.

    The Niger Delta Defenders Forum (NDDF), a newly formed militant group in the Niger Delta region, Thursday, condemned in strong terms the invitation extended to Niger Delta ex-warlord, High Chief Government Ekpomupolo, alias Tompolo, by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

    The NDDF made its position known in a three-paragraph press statement it issued in Warri, Delta State, while reacting to the invitation of Tompolo by the anti-graft body on Thursday.

    Spokesman of the group, General Agiligbegha Izonkuro, who signed the press statement said the invitation of Tompolo was unwarranted and unjustified. He lamented that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government was bent on creating crisis in the relatively calm Niger Delta region.

    “I want to tell you with every assurance of confidence that this government has nothing to do with Tompolo. They have revoked all his security contracts with the Federal Government when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was President. So what else do the APC government want from him?”, Izonkuro queried.

    He noted that the NDDF knew that the development was not unconnected with the APC’s quest to take over Bayelsa State, warning that the Niger Delta would boil again if anything happened to Tompolo. “We are watching them. We are closely taking stock of everything that is going on. If it is about the election then they should forget it. The NDDF has already taken its stand. We are not going to betray the Ijaw nation on the altar of politics. We are not going work people who well known to have repeatedly betrayed the Ijaw nation. Anybody that does that is on his own.

    “The position of the NDDF on the Bayelsa election is also very clear. We want the people of Southern Ijaw to come out in their numbers to massively vote and defend their votes. We will not betray our Ijaw nation to please our true enemies.”

    General Agiligbegha Izonkuro, however, stressed that Tompolo would not honour the EFCC invitation, describing it as a ploy to keep their leader out of circulation when he should be going about his lawful businesses in the Niger Delta.

    Meanwhile, the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, has given the Federal Government a week’s ultimatum to hands off its alleged plot to rig the governorship election in Bayelsa State and install the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Timipre Sylva.

    Asari-Dokubo in a statement issued in Yenagoa on Thursday, accused the Federal Government and its agencies of collaborating with the INEC to rig the election. He warned that except government steers clear of the alleged complicity, ex-militants would return to the creeks to resume agitation with consequences on strategic oil installations.

    He stated that in furtherance of this, the ex-militants have regrouped under a new formation known as the Reformed Ex-Agitators of the Niger Delta (REND), which he claimed he is now leading to press for a democratic process in determining the outcome of the election

    • Jake

      PDP agent

      • Darlington

        APC agent! Ijaw nation cannot be invaded by aliens.

  • Mephistoheles

    We don’t know what the hullabaloo is all about.
    If you all can remember, during the campaign period for the last presidential election, Metuh actually said as follows”
    “The truth is that the reason why they call the PDP, ‘share the money’ is
    for us in the party, our philosophy, our ideology has always been to TRANSFER WEALTH FROM THE PUBLIC TO
    THE PRIVATE SECTOR”

    We are not kidding! Metuh actually said the above!!! He confessed to stealing!!!!

    For those of us still scratching our heads trying to understand:
    Metuh confessed that the thing they do best in PDP is transferring money from you, (the public) to his friends in the the private sector!!!!
    We are not making this up. Do a google search with “metuh PDP transfer public private” and you will read it yourself.”Why is he still roaming around free? We need to bring him in to explain his statements.

    The only reason we can fathom why he would make such a statement is that he was confident Jonathan will be re-elected and after 4 years, they would have ‘disappeared’ all the evidence.,

  • Edward

    The question is: did they do the work? Yes… was it their fault the president didn’t sign the Law… nop.

    So, Premium Times… u re Notorious report isn’t flying this time. Nonsense.

    • Jake

      The money they spend is the problem from 1billion to 7.7billions

      • Edward

        Jonathan and Adoke killed the Constitution amendment. The North didn’t want a whittled Presidential powers. So when they saw the election, they used Adoke to confuse and get a naive President to withdraw his assent. This rubbish thrown up by Premium Times is just dubious. I can guarantee u they can substantiate these figures.

        • tundemash

          “they used Adoke to confuse and get a naive President “.

          Why do u guys portray Dumbo Jo as being stup1d at every given opportunity and yet same you wanted us to vote him back in the last election?

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Finance Ministry Releases Documents Authorizing Use Of $300m Abacha Loot For Arm Purchases.

    The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Finance have released the authorization letter the then Minister of Finance wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan for the release of $300million to the office of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

    The fund was $300m not the $2.1billion as reported by the media and some government spokesmen. Here Is The Letter Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Sent To Jonathan Before Release Of $300m To Dasuki

    According to Hope For Nigeria, former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, explained yesterday through her spokesman the issues surrounding the $300m released to Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Buhari ati his Gestapo in DSS and Efcc, are gradually becoming a mental case–a very serious trouble for Nigerians–His current acts are not different from his first outing over 30 years ago—–If Senators WERE asked to review the constitution BY GOVERNMENT, is it from the money left behind by their fathers and mothers that they will depend on for their work-or the awoof oil revenue from the SS?–The same old tricks of trying to attract public sympathy by painting any who worked with Jonathan black–concerning the new campaign slogan of the Apes in APC–As it relates to their frequent attacks on Jonathan—–The money used by NSA for the purchase of arms was 300m –.Now Buhari says it is–500trillion dollars. Which do we believe? That he Buhari did not embezzle the 5.6b left in the coffers of NNPC by Diezani or what—–? These are issues–that should not attract the front page of a media house. Except they were sponsored by the REMITA group stealing Nigeria blind in APC–No a single economic blue plan on how to move the Nation forward-has been initiated by Buhari and the janjaweeds in BOKO HARAM—If the story is not about Tompolo–then Jonathan or Orubebe—–all from the creeks of the Niger Delta—-Yet the indigenes of these zones are hardly considered when it comes to sharing oil blocks-separation is the answer–not the rule of the Yoruba ati Fulanis——again

    • Peter_Edo

      wait first, you think say people dey read all this your rubbish wey dem dey pay you to type? my friend go baff!!!

    • Ologbon

      This rambling and odiferous statement can come only from a thoroughly mad and silly mind! No need to respond to a mind that is not worried or appalled by all these criminal withdrawals by the dishonorable guys. Nonesense!!!

  • agbobu

    ARE THESE PERSONS HONOURABLE PERSONS OR VERY DISHONOURABLE PERSONS? THE JURY IS OUT AND WILL DEFINITELY RETURN THAT THEY ARE VERY DISHONOURABLE PEOPLE.

    • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

      @WAHALA—-nee agbobu—Are these people Ijaws or Ibos———–?————I mean the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and former Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, who are being alleged by Buhari to have stolen billions from the coffers of the CBN—-which he Buhari said Abacha does not know where it is located in Nigeria-Separation is the answer not the planting of these fake stories——by Premium Times—–ati the Apes-in APC———Now Senator Akpabio has been sacked from the Senate by Buhari who wants to turn Nigeria into a one party state-Yet he claims there is no money–for the boys who won the under 17 world cup—-let my people go now! NOT THE RULE OF THE FULANI ATI YORUBA TRAITORS

      • agbobu

        ‘YOU JUST DEY HALA EVERY WHERE, YOU NEVER BEGIN TO HALA. THIS NA JUST THE BEGINNING. UNA GO SEE PEPER’

      • Eyesofman

        You are really behaving to type, ijaw man will call himself motor, heinieken, sounded double barrel names, all the post you are making here makes no meaning. You are just prime like the zombies which are typical of people from the creeks, go and learn how to read and understand before displaying your creeks ignorance here.

      • No Bull …..

        You are a very sick man. Get some help fast!

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Are these people Ijaws or Ibos———–?————I mean the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and former Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, who are being alleged by Buhari to have stolen billions from the coffers of the CBN—-which he Buhari said Abacha does not know where it is located in Nigeria-Separation is the answer not the planting of these fake stories——by Premium Times—————Now Senator Akpabio has been sacked from the Senate by Buhari who wants to turn Nigeria into a one party state-Yet he claims there is no money–for the boys who won the under 17 world cup—-let my people go now!

    • Darlington

      Thank my beloved brother. This is grand conspiracy against old Eastern region. The only solution to this tyrant from the North is Biafra. If Amaechi is a saint because he worked against the interest of his people, who again is corrupt? They had tried to remove Ekweremadu using Election Tribunal and forgery allegation but could not succeed. They want to use frivolous corruption allegation to blackmailed him out of that position. This is strengthening our resolve on Biafra restoration. GIVE US REFERENDUM. We want to be free from this invaders, who are only interested in our oil and gas. On Biafra we stand.

      • Jujubeans

        But this Biafran (ekweremadu) together with the other dishonourable members of the house – stole your money and mine (7.7 billion Naira = $31 million dollars). You are now advocating we split off from Nigeria and put people like him in charge of Biafra… How does that solve the principal problem which is that he’s a thief?

        • Hassan Lawal

          ….i wonder o my dear,most of these guys are just too dumb to reason straight,one of the reasons those Leaders take us for granted.

          Those two guys have made so much monies,the people behind the agitation for Biafra state would soon be unveiled,in other words,where were the Biafra agitators when the going was good-as in during GEJ,when all those guys were well placed to steal monies?

          • Darlington

            How many oil blocs do you have in your barren land of Kano or Jigawa? Bunch of ungrateful parasites! Biafra has come to stay. You will feed yourselves with money from cows and sugarcane not oil again!

        • So oju abe niko

          The stealing took place from 2010 to early 2015. The average dollar exchange is closer to 150:1, so the 7.7 billion naira should convert to $51 million.

          • Jujubeans

            Very true… I stand corrected. Thanks.

      • Julius

        Moron, you losers still clinging to this ‘old Eastern region’ bullshit. The South Southerners do not wanna be part of biafraud. You must not be following the news. Stand up on your own, separate from Nigeria by yourself. SS do not want to be biafraud. Tell your senators and member of the house of the National assembly to file for referendum. Dumb ass, thats how you do it not ranting and asking for it on the internet. How many biafraud states has oil ?. ‘our oil and gas’ nonsense !

        • Darlington

          I am Ijaw, you cannot be more South-South than me. We cannot be divided again. On Biafra we stand!

      • dareolu1

        lover of theives!

    • dareolu1

      lunatic!

  • Amir

    This matter is simple: trace their BVN and find out if the transfers and balance agrees with what they earned as National Assembly members.

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  • THE SOURCE

    The government of Jonathan still remains the best Nigeria has ever had. Senator Akpabio, lol!

    So always remember folks that, APC isn’t here to make friends with you guys. They are here to push y’all out and jail all of you.

    Since APC is controlling over 80% of the country, they can then do whatever they want without opposition.

    Cascade! Sorry, Muhammadu Buhari and APC will run you guys outta town.

  • Basketmouth

    As far as I am concerned, anybody that foments trouble in any part of the federation must be handled like the Boko harams. Any protests that results in the death of innocent Nigerians and the police must be handled with dispatch by the military. All the Biafra agitations and the militants in the creek should no longer be treated with kid gloves. Look at how much Tompolo in connivance with GEJ stole from the Ijaws. This is insane and some idiots will come foaming in the mouth on this forum supporting these miscreants who called themselves leaders. My people perish for lack of knowledge so says the Bible.

    • BABUYANMA

      THANK YOU.

  • Africa

    Nigeria is some people’s ATM…. Chai..dia is God oh

  • tundemash

    More work for Magu.
    Slowly and surely, these rogues must answer for their crimes.

  • BABUYANMA

    IBOLAS, we will not allow you to run Nigeria under. OMO JAGUDAS

  • bikky

    Executive robbery, what a shame and Nigerians youths are fighting themselves instead of waging war against corrupt leaders that system has bestowed on them.

  • JasV

    Can you see the rogue thinking deeply about the next trunch of money to steal? What do you expect from people whose parents and grand parents used to go to bed with palm kernels as dinner? Awon omo oju or’ola ri.

  • Taye

    These are indeed dishonourable people. One would imagine that with the undeserved salary they are being paid that constitution review would be done with no extra costs to the tax payers. One also need to blame the system which made such resources available to them in the first place.

    • hiro hiro

      Yet, majority of Nigerians are living from hand to mouth. How the nation survived this gang-rape by this evil cabal their equally evil club called pdp is just the grace of God. Haba, how can a nation be treated like this?

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Criminals were running Nigeria under the corrupt Jonathan administration

  • SAM .A

    Thank you Premium Times , It is now crystal clear to Nigerians that they have been electing , Folorunsho Oyenusi ,Aninni, Shina Rambo , to both Senate and House of Rep .Less than 1% of them CAN PASS INTEGRITY TEST .”Curiously, some of the withdrawals were made long after they submitted their final reports to both chambers …”

  • Okonkwo

    Why can’t we youth of this great country rise up and destroy this people.we need a revolution on this country,enough is enough.

  • Night Crawler

    pdp has ruined country… If a poor man steal less than 50, 000 naira court will quickly judge and send the accused to jail, while politicians are milking the country dry, what is this country turning into, God please intervene through PMB and send those corrupt politicians to jail or dead by hanging

  • Otile

    If all these happened in a democratic administration heaven knows how much more was stolen during the various Northern military regimes when they were accounting to nobody. The devil alone knows how much was stolen during the genocide. No wonder Nigeria cannot measure up to India, Pakistan, Brazil despite the fact Nigeria pumps more crude oil than most countries in the world. Separation is the answer so that each country can manage their own God given resources to the best of their abilities. For unproductive neighbors nothing can be easier than lavishing other people’s money.

  • Rick Eson

    We Nigerian should be very thankful to the present Goverment for creating the environment for past corruption and looting revelations. Nigerian!! just imagine if PDP worn, these revelations will be swept under the carpet that is guaranteed.
    How can GEJ the president allow such catastrophic looting of the nation fund take place under his administration. was he sleep working. God save our Nation. We must make both house accountable how they spend our money an must be regularly monitor. No Nation can survive such a gigantic looting by those we voted for and trusted to run our Nation.
    It is a great betray.

  • front man

    Nawa oooo d past Administration has finished dis country, APC nd Mr President will surely safe dis country dats I blive

    • Darlington

      APC e-rat. Work harder to earn your December salary from Lair Mohammed.

  • front man

    APC all d way

  • Binsali Owuda

    Hmmmmmm niger no de steel millions again but billions. I hail Nigeria

  • Otile

    The late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Hannibal has been kidnapped by an armed group in Lebanon, security sources say. Ia video shown on Lebanese TV, he appeals for more information concerning the 1978 disappearance of the prominent Lebanese Shia cleric Musa al-Sadr. The 40-year-old former playboy was given sanctuary in Oman in 2012 along with his mother and sister. His father Muammar was overthrown by rebels in a 2011 uprising. Al-Sadr, one of the most prominent Shia clerics of the 20th Century, disappeared along with two others during a trip to Libya in 1978. Muammar Gaddafi denied any involvement in his disappearance, but many suspect him of having orchestrated it. It is not known how long Hannibal has been in Lebanon. He was under house arrest while in Oman with his sister Ayesha and mother Safiya.

    Who knows whether the son of Jack Gowon may pay for the crimes of his father, I mean the crime of genocide.

    • Mephistoheles

      You think you can divert attention by posting complete nonsensically unrelated issues?
      Check this out, asshole!

      أمر الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين الجيش الروسي بأن يتخذ إجراءات “بالغة القسوة” ضد أي تهديد لقواته في سوريا.

      وقال بوتين لكبار قادة الجيش بأن أي أهداف تهدد القوات الروسية يجب “تدميرها على الفور”.

      ولم
      يعلن بوتين أي تفاصيل بشأن هذا الأمر، لكن هناك أزمة حاليا بين تركيا
      وروسيا بسبب إسقاط الجيش التركي طائرة حربية روسية على حدود تركيا وسوريا.

      وقالت تركيا إن المقاتلة الروسية اخترقت مجالها الجوي.

      لكن موسكو أكدت أن الطائرة لم تجتز الحدود، وأنها أبلغت الولايات المتحدة مسبقا بمسارها.

      وبدأت روسيا شن غارات جوية في سوريا في سبتمبر/أيلول الماضي، وقالت إن ذلك جاء بطلب من الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد.

      وقال بوتين أمام القادة العسكريين إن “الإرهابيين” في سوريا يشكلون خطرا مباشرا على روسيا.

      وأوضح أنه جرى تعزيز قاعدة عسكرية روسية في سوريا بوحدات جوية جديدة ومعدات دفاعية.

      ونفى
      الكرملين اتهامات التحالف الذي تقوده الولايات المتحدة في سوريا بأن روسيا
      تستهدف غالبا في غاراتها المعارضة السورية المعتدلة، ولا تركز على مسلحي
      تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية.

      شارك القصة حول المشاركة

      • Julius

        Hahahahahaha !. He is a moron of the first order. Glad you saw that in him. He is an Asshole. Da hell is he thinking of arresting Gowon son for ? His father fought and won the war. The delusional loser comparing an apple with oranges. Animal !

  • honesty

    If the political awareness in Nigeria is just 50% i am sure none of these nonentity will be voted in. We really need serious grass root education of the masses about their RIGHTS ! ! ! ! !

  • honesty

    WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

  • agbobu

    EKWEREMADU REALLY? YOU SAY THAT THERE WILL BE A REVOLOLUTION BECAUSE PRESIDENT BUHARI IS CLEANING UP THE TERRIBLE MESS THE PDP YOUR PARTY LEFT NIGERIA? BECAUSE PRESIDENT BUHARI IS BRINGING BACK SANITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, PROBITY AND COMMONSENSE INTO OUR POLITY? EKWEREMADU WE THE PEOPLE, THE MASSES SAY BRING IT ON, BRING YOUR INFANTILE AND TITTLE TATTLE REVELOTION ON AND YOU WILL BE ABYSMALLY AND PAROCHIALLY SHAMED AND DISGRACED. THE ALMIGHTY GOD IS BEHIND PRESIDENT BUHARI AND HIS ADMINISTRATION FOR THE VERY GOOD JOB PRESIDENT BUHARI AND HIS TEAM ARE DOING AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT WITH ALL YOUR RANTING AND THOSE LIKE YOU.

  • Man_Enough

    No wonder the senate wants to gag the press and muzzle the nigerian people.

  • emmanuel

    That’s why they oppose freedom of expression!! Criminals.

  • Comfortkay

    Do we really have enough honest judiciary to deal with all these Criminals because when the evidence is fresh then take them to court before they will change evevrything-