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Former Amnesty Chief, Kingsley Kuku Arrested In US Over Green Card Racketeering

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Former Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku has been arrested and deported from the United States (US) to Ghana for attempting to acquire Green Card status through illegal marriage.

Kuku, a former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, was allegedly caught by security operatives, after he ochestrated an illegal marriage in the US.

Kuku, who was granted asylum in the US as a persecuted politician, allegedly decided to fast-track his Green Card process by arranging a fake marriage.

He arranged a marriage with the hope that it would nullify his asylum status, secured a Green Card status, so he would be able to travel freely to Nigeria.

Under the U.S Asylum Act, you cannot travel to the country where you fear persecution if you are granted asylum status.

It was reliably gathered that Kuku was said to have opted to be deported to Ghana instead of Nigeria, where he faces corruption charges over his tenure as chairman of the Amnesty Programme.

Kuku had traveled to the US shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn- in, in May 2015. Following invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) to the former presidential adviser, Kuku’s counsel, Karina Tunyan, replied that his client was in the US for knee surgery and would not return to Nigeria until the end of September.

The letter read, “We act as solicitors to Honorable Kingsley Kuku,” he wrote in the letter. “The content of your letter reference No.CR:300/EFCC/ ABJ/EC{T7 /VOL. 25/263/ dated 22nd of July, 2015 was brought to our notice by our client through SMS yesterday with the instruction to reply same.
“Our client is currently in the United States of America to keep appointment with his doctors at the Andrew Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Centre LLC for Surgery on one of his knees. He is expected back in Nigeria at the end of September 2015 after the surgery and recuperation.
“He will definitely report in your office as a law-abiding citizen by 10.am on 30th of September, 2015, a promise he never kept until his deportation recently. The lawyer attached with his letter to the EFCC, a document from the Andrews Sport Medicine and Orthopedic Centre (LLC). Accept as always our estimate and regards.”

In 2017, EFCC declared that it wants Kuku extradited to Nigeria to answer questions over his alleged mismanagement of a N6.2billion contract during his tenure in charge of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
According to a source, “he was caught engaging in illegal marriage to obtain Green Card. He opted to be deported to Ghana instead of Nigeria where he is facing allegation of corruption.

The source said “Kuku was granted asylum in the U.S on grounds of political persecution in Nigeria. He decided to go do an arranged marriage so that it would nullify his asylum and grant him a green card status he can travel with. Under asylum he had, he is not able to go to Nigeria.

“So when he went for the arranged marriage interview, he was busted by U.S immigration officials. They revoked his asylum and deported him to Ghana his preferred country,” the source said.


Source: National Enquire

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Details of IBB’s meeting with lawmakers in Minna revealed

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Former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, on Thursday, told members of the Niger State House of Assembly, that they have met the expectations of the people.

IBB stated this when the lawmakers visited him at his Uphill home in Minna.

“I have been looking forward to meeting with you.

“I am proud to say that you have been doing well. You are meeting our expectations.

“We have heard of states lacking synergy among the arms of the government, but in Niger State that should not be your lot.

“Keep a good working relationship between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. You have been doing this and I want you to keep it up.

“You are closer to the people. It is your responsibility to know what the people need and carry them along all the time. Do not leave them outside your projects and programmes,” he said.

Speaker Abdullahi Bawa Wuse explained that they visited the former President, to get the blessings required to run the legislature effectively.

“We are here to get the blessing of our father; this is because we know your concern and commitment to the development of this state and Nigeria.

“Outside office, you have done more than you did while in office. Your role as a father in the nation has ensured that Nigeria remains indivisible,” Bawa said.

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Tribunal upholds Ikpeazu’s election, dismisses Alex Otti’s petition

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The three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, has dismissed the petition filed by 2019 APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti against the declaration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.

The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and electoral act.

Recall that Alex Otti had asked the tribunal to cancel fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas’ election results in Abia State.

Otti claimed that the respondents, PDP, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who was the governorship candidate of PDP perpetrated excessive malpractice in those LGAs in the last March 9, 2019, election conducted in the state.

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Importers Smuggling Rice In Tyres, Says Economist

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Due to the closure of Nigeria’s borders with Benin Republic, rice smugglers are seeking out more devious ways of importing the product into the country.

National Coordinator of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, Dr Oladapo Ganiyu, while speaking with SaharaReporters said that people have resulted to fitting bags of rice into tyres of automobiles. 

Ganiyu, who claims this method is carcinogenic, said the border closure was untimely.

He said, “The closure of the border now is untimely. People are now packing rice inside tyres.

“When the four tyres are rolling, will you suspect there is rice there? The way they are bringing it in, it can cause cancer.

“The people I have spoken with on commercial buses and market women, say the rice is not sweet and it takes time to cook.”

Speaking further, Ganiyu said ICEN will give the government’s new economic team six months before judging their performance.

For over 30 days, Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic and parts of its Northern border with Niger Republic had been closed.

Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, insists that the border closure will not cease until concerned West African states stop the smuggling of parboiled rice from their country into Nigeria. 

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