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Malami Responds To Accusation On Illegal Vessel Auction, Says Approval Was Conducted With Due Process

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The Nigeria Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, on Sunday, clarified that due process of law was followed in the approval granted to a firm, Omoh Jay Nig Ltd, to dispose of vessels. He said the approval followed the final forfeiture order obtained by his office and the presidential directive of October 25, 2018.

A statement by Dr Umar Gwandu, the Special Assistant to the Minister on Press and Public Relations, said: “As far as the  question of the criminality of Omoh Jay Nigeria Ltd is concerned, it is not before the office of the AGF and, for the  avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that the disposal of the vessels under reference was conducted with due  process,  following a report submitted by the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing on the value of these  assets.”

Malami explained that Omoh Jay Nigeria Ltd is one among the 38 auctioneers appointed by his office after being selected during the opening of the pre-qualification bid. He said the disposal of the vessels was also done following final forfeiture order obtained by his office, adding that recovered monies are paid into the Federal Government recovery account.

 

It added: “As at date, the recovered monies for the sale of MT Asteris with crude oil and content in MT Anuket Emerald  has been paid into the FGN Asset Recovery Account domiciled at CBN.” Malami said the process  that led to the purported auction in contention had its antecedence in a letter with reference number (DPR/ SM/ROM/OPS/V.2/285), dated August 11, 2009, from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, entitled, “Re: Update on the status of vessels arrested for illegal bunkering  – MT Akauda and MT HOPE.”

The statement said by letter, the Chief of Naval Staff was notified that “considering the deteriorating state of the vessels as evidenced by frequent ingress of water into the tanks, which threatens the environment as expressed in your letter referenced above, and in order to avoid possible spillage from the vessels and consequent environmental pollution, we wish to state clearly that we do not have any objection with the evacuation of the vessels.

“Evidenced by the above correspondence, it is only reasonable and logical to conclude that the process of the auction as  it relates to the vessel was at the multi-institutional instance out  of environmental concerns and the process that  ensued eventually entertained public expression of interest on account of which Omoh-Jay Nigeria Limited is one.”

Malami, in the statement, said: “I make bold to state that Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd was in no way known, associated or  related to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, either in his official or personal capacities.”

He said the publication by some news medium on July 12, 2020, alleging that he granted approval to Omoh Jay Nig Ltd,  purportedly standing trial in court for stealing crude oil, diesel to auction goods seized from it was misleading and aimed at confusing the public and tarnishing his image

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We Are Aware Of Events regarding Iskilu Wakili And Police Handling The Matter – Governor Makinde

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Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has reacted to the arrest of Iskilu Wakili, the notorious herder and Kidnapper terrorizing Ibarapa Community.

The Governor while speaking said the government of Oyo state is aware of the events that took place in Kajola, Ibarapa North local government and the eventual arrest of the Oodua People’s Congress members who were actively involved in the matter by the Police.

According to the Governor, he said the state government is actively responding to the matter, taking steps necessary to promote the interest of Oyo citizens.

Makinde stressed that measures is been taking to ensure safety of the citizens of the state.

Mr Makinde implore members of the public to endeavor to call 615 toll free when security breaches is suspected.

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Edo Politics: Court Rules In Favor Of Ize Iyamu, Gani Audu

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The Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the recently concluded election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his Running mate, Gani Audu has won the appeal case against the sitting governor in the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City.

The three member Judges of the Appeal Court, Justices O.F. Omoleye, B.A. Georgewill and E.O. Oho in their ruling set aside the judgement of High Court in Benin which declared Alhaji Gani Audu not fit to contest the election based on certificate forgery.

While reading the Judgement, he said after thorough examination, the Panel could not confirmed a forgery case against Audu.

The Judges also ruled that the matter is statute barred as the appeal was filed outside the fourteen days threshold as stipulated by the law.

The Panel therefore declared them fit to contest the election.

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Nigerians Are Disappointed With NASS For Confirming Sacked Service Chiefs As Ambassadors- Wike

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Governor Wike of Rivers State has expressed his disappointment over the confirmation of the immediate past Service Chiefs by the Senate for another National assignment as non Career Ambassadors.

Wike, while reacting to the appointment of the just sacked Service Chiefs through his social media page, said he was disappointed by the actions of the Senate who supported the call to sack them for incompetence still went ahead to confirm same set of persons for another National Job.

“You Senators sat and discuss that they should dismiss the Service Chiefs for not performing, now the same people who were not performing, you have confirmed them as Ambassadors. What kind of Country are we,” he said.

Wike said he was not saying this as an opposition to the party at the center but as a concern individual who felt what happened is unimaginable.

“I wonder why Senators who agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the Service Chiefs will still sit to confirm them for another appointment”

There were calls from different quarters for the sack of the immediate past Service Chiefs for their inability to restructure Nigeria security architecture and put an end to the activities of insurgency and banditry ravaging all parts of the Country.

Boko Haram insurgency in the North, unending banditry across the Country, hence the reasons for the Senate move to sack the service Chiefs who were later confirmed for another sensitive National assignment by same Senate.

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