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How Jang’s Men Cashed N2 Billion with 111 Withdrawals from Plateau Govt Account – Witness

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The trial of a former Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang, continued Wednesday with a prosecution witness, Emmanuel Kpanja, giving details of how about N2 billion was withdrawn at various times from the Plateau State Government’s account.

Jang is standing trial on a 12-count charge along with Yusuf Pam, a cashier, for an alleged N6.3 billion fraud before Justice Daniel Longji of a Plateau State High Court. Jang is accused of abusing his office and misappropriating state funds.

Kpanja, a staff of Zenith Bank Plc, Bukuru branch, Jos, is testifying as the third witness.

Led in evidence by prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, Kpanja narrated how in 2007, the account of the Plateau State Office was opened along with that for the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, OSSG Special Cabinet Savings Account, which he became the Relationship Manager.

In his examination-in-chief, Kpanja gave details of how several sums of money were withdrawn from the state government’s account.

He said: “On 21 January 2015, N10 million was withdrawn 31 times along with N7.3 million and N3.4 million amounting to N310 million, and the following day, January 22, N10 million was withdrawn 16 times along with N5 million twice, amounting to N170 million. And on January 30, N10 million was withdrawn 21 times from Plateau State Government Project 1 Account on same day amounting N210 million.

“On March 17, 2015, there was a withdrawal of N8. 5 million and N10 million withdrawn 26 times making N268.5 million all cheques collected by Yusuf Pam.

“On March 16, 2015, there were series of transactions involving several deposits made to the account two deposits of N45 million, N75 million, N8 million, N17 million, N100 million, N165 million and all the credits came from Plateau State Government Account.

“On March 20, 2015, N150 million was withdrawn seven times totalling over N1 billion also received on the account from the Plateau State Government Account, and they were all withdrawn by Pam on the same day.

“There was also a memo dated April 2, 2015, for N150 million being a request for classified expenditure from the Government Office.

“On May 26, 2016, there was a further withdrawal of N10 million withdrawn 10 times making a debit of N100 million by Pam and the account was closed after the letter addressing all ministries, departments and parastatal to implement the Treasury Single Account, TSA by the current administration.”

Earlier in the course of proceedings, when Jacobs sought to tender in evidence, the account opening forms and letter of identification for OSSG Cabinet and Special Services Account with Zenith Bank, and OSSG Overhead Account with the same bank, counsel for Jang, Mike Ozekhome, SAN objected to the admissibility of the documents, arguing that they were not made by Kpanja.

Justice Longji, however, overruled the objection, noting that the argument that the person who signed the document must appear in court does not have any legal backing as stipulated by the Evidence Act.

“To say that we should not admit the documents in court because the witness is not the maker of the document, is like saying we should throw away the baby with the baby napkin because the napkin was soiled, and so I hereby admit the documents as Exhibits B23 and B24,” the trial judge held.

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Nigerian Army redeploys top generals

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The Nigerian Army has announced the redeployment of top generals.

Army spokesperson Sagir Musa announced the deployments in a statement on Sunday evening.

Those affected include one lieutenant general, some major-generals and brigadier-generals.

One of those affected is L.O. Adeosun who was promoted to a lieutenant general last week by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Adeosun was redeployed from being the Chief of Training and Operations to become the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army).

See the full details of the postings as sent by Mr Musa, a colonel, below.

Nigerian Army Redeploys Adeosun, Biu, top Military Officers in New Massive Postings

The Nigerian Army has just released the postings and appointments of its officers. The posting which was approved yesterday by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai is a routine exercise carried out to reinvigorate the system for greater professional efficiency.

The highlight includes the appointment of the newly promoted Lt Gen LO Adeosun, the erstwhile Chief of Training and Operations now redeployed as Chief of Policy and Plans (Army), Maj Gen AO Shodunke from Army Headquarters Department of Army Standards and Evaluation to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Logistics, Maj Gen AA Tarfa from Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre to Training and Doctrine Command Minna as Commander, Maj Gen EO Udoh from the Army Headquarters Department of Army Logistics becomes Chief of Training and Operations (Army), Maj Gen MS Yusuf who was the General Officer Commanding 81 Division is now Chief of Administration (Army), Maj Gen JI Unuigbe the former Corps Commander Ordnance becomes the Chief of Logistics (Army) while Maj Gen OF Azinta former General Officer Commanding 2 Division is appointed Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation.

Others include; Maj Gen AB Omozoje of Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans is now the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Ibadan. Also, the newly promoted Maj Gen AB Biu is substantive General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maiduguri, Maj Gen JJ Ogunlade from Defence Headquarters becomes the General Officer Commanding 8 Division Sokoto, while Maj Gen JO Irefin from Defence Headquarters Garrison is appointed General Officer Commanding 81 Division Lagos.

The erstwhile Chief of Administration (Army), Maj Gen KAY Isiyaku is now Commander Defence Headquarters Garrison Abuja, Maj Gen AA Jidda from Defence Headquarters is appointed Coordinator Peacekeeping Operations at the Ministry of Defence. Maj Gen JO Oni from Army Headquarters Department of Army Administration takes over as Director Procurement Defence Headquarters from Maj Gen OA Akintade who becomes Corps Commander Ordinance Lagos, Maj Gen OW Ali from Defence Headquarters is now Director Army Physical Training Zaria.

Maj Gen EN Njoku remains at Defence Headquarters and redeployed as Director Communications, Maj Gen CG Musa from Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited is appointed Commander Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Monguno while Maj Gen OT Akinjobi from Headquarters Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE becomes the Director Standards and Evaluation at Defence Headquarters.

Also, Brig Gen KA Kazir is to remain in Army Headquarters Department of Projects and Programmes and appointed Acting Executive Director of Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches Limited, Brig Gen AE Attu moves from Nigerian Army Resource Centre to National Defence College and appointed Acting Deputy Commandant, Brig Gen MT Usman from Headquarters 28 Task Force Brigade moves to Headquarters Guards Brigade Abuja as Commander taking over from Brig Gen UT Musa who becomes Acting Commandant Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre Jaji, Brig Gen GO Adesina remains at the Department of Policy and Plans and redeployed as Acting Director Policy.

Similarly, Brig Gen LA Fejokwu from National Defence College is now the Acting Director Personnel Services at Army Headquarters, Brig Gen EAP Undiandeye from Army Headquarters Department of Army Transformation and Innovation becomes the Acting Director Foreign Liaison at the Defence Intelligence Agency Abuja, Brig Gen JY Nimyel from Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja takes over as the Commandant Amphibious Training School Calabar from Brig Gen OO Oluyede who is now Commander 27 Task Force Brigade Buni Yadi. Brig Gen PP Malla moves from 82 Division Garrison Enugu to Headquarters 28 Task Force Brigade Chibok and appointed Commander.

Others are; Brig Gen OM Bello of Headquarters 6 Division Port Harcourt becomes the Commander 1 Brigade Sokoto, Brig Gen MA Etsu-Ndagi from Army Headquarters Garrison Abuja becomes the Commander 9 Brigade Lagos while Col RC Emeh from Defence Headquarters is appointed Assistant Director Army Physical Training at 3 Division Physical Training Group Jos. In the same vein, Col MO Erebulu who just completed a course at Higher War College Egypt is appointed Commander 2 Provost Group Ibadan, Lt Col SA Abimbola from Nigerian Army Operations Centre at Army Headquarters is appointed Commanding Officer 343 Artillery Regiment Elele whereas Lt Col SM Ahmed from 375 Artillery Regiment Baga becomes the Commanding Officer 332 Artillery Regiment Shendam, amongst others.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai whilst wishing all of them well in their respective appointments charges them to take their new responsibilities seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to Service and Nation. All the appointments take immediate effect.

SAGIR MUSA
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Acting Director of Army Public Relations

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Nigerians ‘spent N3 billion in cinemas for first half of 2019’

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Nigerians spent nearly 3, 124, 026, 959 billion Naira to watch box office movies at Nigerian cinemas between January and June.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the figures are according to data provided by cinemas and gathered by the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN).

The year opened with ‘Aquaman’, ‘Chief Daddy’ and ‘Up North’ sitting on the top three of the chart, with estimated combined earnings of 168, 263, 512 million Naira.

The movies maintained their positions until the fourth week when ‘Glass’ debuted at number one with ‘Aquaman’ taking second place and ‘Chief Daddy’, third booting ‘Up North’ to fourth place.

This led to combined earnings of 91, 409, 100 million Naira which fell to N77.2 million as January closed with Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ kicking ‘Chief Daddy’ to fourth place.

NAN reports that earnings remained low for February, making it the lowest grossing month with a total of N291.8 million.

Top spots were alternated between ‘Alita’, ‘Cold Pursuit’, ‘What Men Want’, ‘Escape Room’ and ‘The UpSide’.

By March, viewership picked up steadily and the earnings were almost doubled from that of February leading to a total of 434, 432, 431 million Naira.

‘What Men Want’, ‘Alita’, ‘Hire A Woman’, ‘She Is’, ‘Us’ and ‘Babymamas’ enjoyed a relatively good run in March but a chunk of the earnings and viewership went to Marvel’s flick ‘Captain Marvel’.

At the beginning of April, ‘HellBoy’, ‘Shazam’, ‘Little’ and ‘Us’ continued to share the top spot with ‘Captain Marvel’ until the release of the much anticipated ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

NAN also reports that with ‘Avengers: Endgame’, earnings from April climbed from 186, 929, 188 million Naira in its third week to 342, 382, 389 million Naira in its final week.’

The month, which is the highest grossing in 2019, closed with estimated total earnings of 734, 151, 060 million Naira due to (a) major boost from Disney’s ‘Endgame’.

In May, there was a massive dip in earnings similar to that experienced in February. With ‘Endgame’, ‘The Intruder’ and ‘Longshot’, it earned a total of 367, 498, 554 million Naira.

The fall in viewership is usual after a global holiday such as Christmas for December/January and Easter for April.

The numbers picked up in June with ‘John Wick’, ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Aladdin’ leading the numbers. They were supported by ‘Anna’, ‘Men In Black’, ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘Bling Lagosians’.

June opened with 161, 132, 714 million Naira but closed with 100, 663, 647 million Naira leading to a total earning of 576, 322, 779 million Naira.

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Igbos can’t be president, Nigeria will be fully Islamized in few years – Former Senate President Adolphus Wabara

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Adolphus Wabara, a former Senate President has expressed fear of Nigeria not surviving the next 20 to 30 years, a disintegration he said may not happen unless the country is fully Islamized. 

The Abia-born politician and member of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, also claimed that signs of making Nigeria a full Muslim state is already manifesting and President Buhari will not hand over to anyone who is not part of the Fulanization agenda. 

Senator Adolphus Wabara reportedly said “I believe what is happening is an agenda, it’s just that some of us, we are media friendly, but we don’t have easy access to the media to cry out every of your thought or whatever you say and we say things like that, sometimes the journalist will not take them seriously except if it comes from one with the stature of Obasanjo that you just mentioned,” Sun reported. 

“I have always been of that opinion anytime I had the opportunity of talking to the press on that particular topic. I have read how Turkey became a Muslim state, 100 per cent, so to speak Muslim state and those signs are manifesting in my great and blessed country called Nigeria.

“I foresee this country as it is today if it survives another 20, 30 years Nigeria will be a mono-religious state, a Muslim state, then Nigeria would have been Islamized and not only being Islamized because if you talk of Islam, you don’t even know where you belong and I will rather say Nigeria would have been Fulanised because even within among the Muslims they are also confused.

“You see many Muslims who will not support what the Fulani’s are doing to us today, so if you talk of Islamization they will disagree with you, so what we are getting is Fulanisation of Nigeria because those who want to Fulanize Nigeria are indeed not true Muslims, they are nomadic Muslims who do not even believe in Islamic teachings neither do they believe in Western education, no wonder President Goodluck Jonathan attempted to bring education, nomadic education to them and what happened, it failed and it has failed till today because they are not interested in any form of education except their cattle, that is what they believe in.

“But the true Muslims of the North believe in Islam and they believe in peaceful co-existence between other religions in the country, but these Fulani people, they are basically not even Nigerians, they are mainly from Mali, Mauritania, etc, so they are territorial, no wonder they are talking of moving their cattle from one end to another and in the process they will Fulanize whatever territory they are.

“So, I foresee and I want to be quoted that the way we are going, if we don’t find a solution to our problems, particularly security-wise Nigeria will become Fulanized in the next couple of years and that is why I deeply regret and I hope anyway that my party, the PDP and specifically Atiku Abubakar will thrive in the tribunal. This is because Nigerians are looking forward to his doctrine of restructuring the country that is the only way we can save Nigeria from Fulanisation.

He also shut down the prospects of having an Igbo President in 2023;

“The answer is no, if you want a sincere answer from me. You cannot be talking of the Fulanisation of Nigeria and you are thinking of an Igbo president coming in between 2023 for eight years, no. It is a project, Fulanisation of Nigeria is a project and it cannot be interrupted, I hear somebody from the Southwest is hoping to take over in 2023, it doesn’t matter whether he is a Muslim, but the truth of the matter is that he is not a nomadic Fulani, so there is no way power can shift to the South in 2023 and we the Igbo do not have what it takes to fight for it.

“As at today’s Nigeria, we don’t have what it takes to fight for it, where are we? Is it in the security apparatus of the nation? Where is the Igbo man, anything we have achieved or have been achieving is all personal efforts and in some cases community efforts.

“You hear of people stealing billions of naira, how many Igbo people have been mentioned? This is because you have to be where the money is before you can steal it.

“And this money they are using to Fulanize us, it is this money that you use to conduct an election and you know what happens with the election. So, we are not there unless you want to deceive yourself, we will not be there in 2023, mark my word.”

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