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Peacel Deal: Katsina exchanges 6 detained bandits for dozens of abductees

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dandume, Sabuwa, Faskari, Kankara, Safana, Danmusa, Batsari and Jibiya local government areas in the state have come under intense bandits attacks for long.

The situation prompted the state government to initiate dialogue with leaders of the bandits a week ago, during which agreements were reached including the release of some of the bandits held by security agencies.

Some of the abductees released by bandits as part of swap programme

Gov. Aminu Masari recalled during the handover of the six bandits that for the last one week, he and Security Chiefs had been visiting the LGAs that shared borders with Rugu forests, which served as hideout for the bandits.

Masari explained that part of the agreement was the handover of bandits in detention who had not been prosecuted.

According to him, the bandits would in return, handover to government people they kidnapped and were in their custody.

He said the process started on Monday, with the release of five people, two females and three males, while 20 more will be released before the end of Sept. 10.

He added that many more kidnapped victims would be released as part of the peace deal.

Masari expressed the hope that the process would be completed within the next one or two days, so that government would start the second phase of the peace initiatives which started with his visit to their hideouts.

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DELTA: ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL TO GOV. OKOWA CYRIL AGBELE IN ALLEGED N14BN FRAUD

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Cyril Agbele and Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

…As Governor Okowa Constitutes Secret Investigation Committee.
Hard and trying times lay ahead of Delta State Accountant General, Mr Cyril Agbele, who is set to bow out of the state civil service on Wednesday 8, April, 2020 and to handover to his deputy, Mrs Joy Enwa, Thecitypulsenews gathers

Agbeye will be answering to a probe by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a N14 billion allegation of fraud.

Contained in a petition made available to the press, Mr Cyril Agbele allegedly paid N14 billion from the state coffers to contractors who were his cronies without the State Governor’s authorization or finance commissioner’s knowledge.

According to the petition titled, “Petition to investigate N14 billion unauthorized payment by Delta State Accountant General, Cyril Agbele and sundry crimes” and dated 12th March, 2020, the Accountant General allegedly took between 10 to 20 percent from contractors (in dollars) before paying them.

A source, in the EFCC disclosed that the SFU was currently on the investigation and will be inviting Mr Agbele any moment once the road to Lagos was cleared from the COVID-19 lockdown.

Meanwhile, a source in the government house has disclosed that the state governor, apparently not happy with the development, had constituted a classified committee to probe the Accountant General.

By the same token, he said the governor, had ordered the freezing of contractors accounts with Zenith Bank, Asaba, who were beneficiaries of the alleged fraud.

In view of this, contractors who were supposed to be paid by the Accountant General in the month of March, 2020 had their cheques dishonoured by the bank, in respect to a letter written by the Commissioner of Finance, Chief Fidelis Tilije, with an order for any payment not cleared by him to be dishonoured.

However, the State Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Fidelis Tilije denied knowledge of any fraud allegedly perpetuated by the State Accountant General.

Tilije, in a telephone conversation, also stated that he was not also aware of a committee set up by the governor to probe the alleged fraud perpetuated by the State Accountant General.

According to him, “I am not aware of any petition. I am not aware of any N14 billion fraud. I am not aware of anything relating to a N14 billion naira fraud or any fraud in this government.”

This is not the first time the Accountant General, Mr Cyril Agbele is facing allegations of multiple fraud. He has been fingered, severally, for fraud of over N15 billion in cases under investigation by the EFCC.

All efforts to reach the accused Accountant General, Mr Cyril Agbele, proved abortive, as calls and a text message to his phone number, 0803**** 526 were neither answered nor replied.

Source: TheCityPulseNews.com

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War against terrorism: Buratai pours encomiums on Gen. Adeniyi for achieving results

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Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has poured encomiums on Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, for the successes recorded under his leadership as Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD).

Buratai gave the commendation at a dinner organised in honour of Adeniyi at the Military’s Command Guest House, in Maiduguri, on Saturday night.

Burutai said that the emergence of Adeniyi as the Theatre Commander was a turning point in the history of the army’s war against terrorism.

He said that Adeniyi showed high level of dedication, commitment and understanding of the operational environment, which placed him in a very good state to achieve success as the commander.

“Adeniyi came at a point when virtually most of the FOBs were falling and his coming was a turning point in Lafiya Dole’s operation.

“He never led from the rear, he is always in the front; that is the type of leadership that is required and that is an excellent attribute of a field leader. I have always emphasised that you must lead by example.

“This one; no matter the lapses, no matter the inadequacies and no matter what happened, nobody can take that away from him as part of his successes.

“He came at a time when things were already crumbling and his leadership style turned things around to bring us to where we are today.

“He never led from the rear, he is always in the front; that is the type of leadership that is required and that is an excellent attribute of a field leader. I have always emphasised that you must lead by example.

“So Adeniyi, be rest assured that you have made your mark. You are leaving the Theatre, but you will be required to share the experience you have gathered here. You will be consulted accordingly,” he said.

The COAS also lauded other security agencies for their roles in ensuring successes in the counter insurgency campaign.

Maj.-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, the new Theatre Commander of OPLD, assured the COAS that he would do his best to achieve the vision, mandate and objective of the operation.

“The Theatre is out to achieve all the directives with the orders and instructions from the headquarters,” he said.

In his remarks, Adeniyi lauded the COAS for supporting him to serve under his supervision as Theatre Commander.

“I am very happy that, to the best of my knowledge, I have done everything in my power, and that I did not let you down, sir,” he said.

Adeniyi has now been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Senior Research Fellow.

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GOING!!!: ECOBANK SETS TO SELL OBA AKINRUNTAN’S ABUJA HOTEL OVER N5BN DEBT

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The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi, Abuja, will on April 9 hear an application by Ecobank Nigeria for an order authorising it to sell the Abuja hotel belonging to Obat Oil and Petroleum Limited, owned by Oba Fredrick Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ùgbo Kingdom in Ondo State.
The bank said it has agreed with Obat Oil, which belongs to the monarch, to sell the hotel to offset N5 billion debt owed the bank by the hospitality outfit.
The hotel, Febson Hotels & Malls, is on Plot 2425 on Herbert Macaulay Way in Abuja.
Justice Hassan Babangida had adjourned to enable the parties to settle, but Obat’s lawyer, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), said “not much had been achieved” in the settlement talks.
The bank’s lawyer, Mr Kunle Ogunba (SAN) of Insolvency Forte, said the talks had broken down completely.
He added that he was yet to receive any correspondence or document on an out-of-court settlement.
The bank, in its last October 18 motion, said the agreement to offset the N5 billion debt, is contained in a consent judgment of a Lagos High Court delivered on March 15, 2017.
It said the agreement between it and Obat Oil was adopted by the court as its judgment.
The bank, however, said despite the registered consent judgment, Obat Oil prevented potential buyers from paying for the hotel by demanding unrealistic sums.
But Obat Oil, in its counter-affidavit, said the bank, in an April 5, 2017 letter, assigned its rights and interests in the case to a third party, ETI Specialised Finance Company Limited, which is Ecobank Group’s debt recovery vehicle.
The oil company accused the bank of concealing the fact before the court.
The respondent contended that by the alleged concealment, the bank “no longer had any right or interest in the judgment-debt sought to be enforced before the honourable court”.
Justice Babangida fixed April 9 for definite hearing but noted that parties were at liberty to settle.

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