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Be Sensitive To The People’s Plight, Lagos Speaker Tells FG, States

Obasa said this after Eid-el Kabir prayers at Dodan Barracks prayer ground on Friday in Lagos.


According to him, the people, who elected the leaders, have the right to hold the government accountable.


"As a people, we need to learn to live and co-exist with others to promote peace in the country. And the government should also reciprocate by ensuring that they listen to the followers.


"’Recently, agitations have been on the increase on issues such as restructuring, devolution of power and others.


"I strongly believe that the hate speech the government is guarding against would not have arisen in the first place if government had listened to the yearnings of the people.


"So, government needs to listen to the people and proffer solutions, do those which will bring about peace, development and affect the people positively,’’ he told newsmen.


On the vexed issue of restructuring, Obasa said there was need to restructure the country to make it more united, productive and peaceful.


According to the speaker, restructuring does not mean dividing the country, but making the Nigeria project work in the interest of all.


He said:"Take for instance, the issue of kidnapping and insecurity in Lagos State. Security matters are solely in the hands of the Federal Government, the state does not have control over the police.


"That is why restructuring is important. With restructuring, we will have devolution of power and part of it, is to have state police where the state will be in charge of the police and tackle insecurity headlong.


"If we can have this, the rate of crime in the state will reduce and Lagos will be totally safe for all.’’


Obasa also urged Muslim faithful to uphold the significance of the Eid celebration by being selfless and submitting to the will of Allah just as Prophet Ibrahim did.


Also speaking, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, urged Nigerians to uphold the significance of Eid-el Kabir, total submission and obedience to God by caring for people and sharing with them.


"Today’s celebration is in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s submission to the Almighty Allah, who out of faith was ready to sacrifice his son but Allah, out of his mercy, provided a ram for the sacrifice.


"The message for us as Muslims is that we submit ourselves to the will of the Almighty God. We should not just be carried away by today’s celebration but reflect on the significance of today which is total submission to God.


"As we also wine and dine, let us care and share with others, especially the underprivileged, irrespective of tribe or religion.


"This is why Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode led-administration is organising Eid celebration in the 20 Local Government Areas of the state to make the celebration an inclusive one,’’ she said.


In his message, the immediate past Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fatai Owoseni, advised residents to be security conscious and cooperate with security agents to ensure a crime-free celebration.


Earlier in his sermon, Sheikh Garuba Akinola-Ibrahim, the Chief Imam of Lagos, urged Nigerians to shun all forms of vices that threaten the peace and unity of the country.


"Let us learn to forgive and co-exist peacefully so that we do not incur the wrath of the Almighty Allah. Let us shun acts of terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes that are now serious challenges in the country.


"I also appeal to our political leaders to shun corruption, impunity and injustice. They should utilise the nation’s wealth to develop the country and make the people happy,’’ he said.

6.9.17 06:30


N9.7bn Fraud: Court Grants Suswam, 2 Others N750m Bail

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has granted bail to former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam and two others to the tune of N750million.


The two other defendants in the case dated March 23rd, 2017, with charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/48/2017, are former Commissioner of Finance under Suswam’s administration, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, and the then Accountant, Benue State Government House, Mrs. Janet Aluga.


The accused persons were arraigned yesterday by the federal government on a 32-count charge over allegation of misappropriating N9,781,602,453.8, part of which was meant for police reform programme, and Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme.


In his ruling on the bail applications filed by the defendants, the court held, "The 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby granted bail to the tune of N250million each, and one surety each in like sum".


The sureties, according to the court must be a Director or Principal Officer not less than level 12 in local, state or federal establishment.


In a situation whereby the defendants fail to get a high ranking civil servant, Justice Kolawole ordered that persons with national honour shall suffice.


The court also ordered the defendants to surrender their international diplomatic passports to the Deputy Registrar Litigation, and in the event the passports are in custody of the Federal High Court, such shall be verified by the DCR.


Justice Kolawole added that the sureties must swear an affidavit of means in signing the bail bond, as well as produce recent passport photographs.


"Fulfillment of these bail conditions shall be verified by the DCR, and if the defendants fail to meet up with the conditions today, the defendants shall be remanded in Kuje Prison."


Trial has been fixed for October 10, 17, and 19.


Part of the charges read, "That you, Rt. Hon. Gabriel T. Suswam (m), former Governor of Benue State of No. 1, Rio Negro Street, Maitama, Abuja, Omadachi Oklobia (m), former Commissioner for Finance of Flat 1, Block A13, Marathon Avenue, Games Village, Abuja and Janet Aluga (f), former Accountant , Benue State Government House Administration of David Mark Extension, Agber Village Makurdi, Benue State, between August 8, 2012 and March 16, 2015 at Makurdi, Benue State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did conspire among yourselves to transfer a total sum of about N4,135,208,404.90, from the Benue State SURE-P account number 0116099195, domiciled in Guaranty Trust Bank into various illegal accounts with the aim of concealing the money which you derived directly from corruption.


"That you, Rt. Hon. Gabriel T. Suswam (m), former Governor of Benue State of No. 1, Rio Negro Street, Maitama, Abuja, Omadachi Oklobia (m), former Commissioner for Finance of Flat 1, Block A13, Marathon Avenue, Games Village, Abuja and Janet Aluga (f), former Accountant , Benue State Government House Administration of David Mark Extension, Agber Village Makurdi, Benue State, between August 8, 2012 and March 16, 2015 at Makurdi, Benue State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did collaborate to conceal the genuine nature and origin of a total sum of about N7,110,537,823.78 wic you moved from, from the Benue State SURE-P account numbers 1013470079 to an account number 0116099195, domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank respectively into various illegal accounts being money you derived from corruption.


"That you, Rt. Hon. Gabriel T. Suswam (m), former Governor of Benue State of No. 1, Rio Negro Street, Maitama, Abuja, Omadachi Oklobia (m), former Commissioner for Finance of Flat 1, Block A13, Marathon Avenue, Games Village, Abuja and Janet Aluga (f), former Accountant , Benue State Government House Administration of David Mark Extension, Agber Village Makurdi, Benue State, on or about August 14, 2014, at Makurdi, Benue State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court commit an offence, to wit: by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N45,000,000 from Police Reform Programme Skye Bank account number 1750022970 belonging to the Nigeria Police and paid into the Benue State Government House First Bank Account number 2023289293 for your own benefit."

6.9.17 05:53


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