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NDDC: Akpabio threatens legal action over fake news of $5m bribe to Malami to secure sole administrator

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Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has denied the news making the rounds in some media outfits that he offered a bribe of $5 million to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, to secure the appointment of a sole administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Also, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State has threatened legal action against the purveyors of the news inorder to clear his name and that of the Attorney General from the malicious publication.

The position of the Minister was contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Anietie Ekong, and made available to newsmen.

The statement read, “the attention of the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has been drawn to a piece of fake news which claimed that Senator Akpabio paid $5 million bribe to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

“We wish to state categorically that  this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief -makers. It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Senator Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law.

“The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous.

“The fact is that in a suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020 filed by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted an order restraining the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC from performing the functions of the board and accessing the Commission’s offices and files.

“The Order clearly listed the Managing Director Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Executive Director of Projects Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Mrs Caroline Nagboh and Cecilia Akintomide as those restrained. The Order also asked that “the most senior civil servant or administrator in the Commission be appointed” to take charge of the Commission.

“It was based on this order that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the elevation of the Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Effiong Akwa, being the most Senior Administrator to take over the headship of the NDDC as an Interim Administrator pending the completion of the Forensic Audit Exercise.

“It is therefore absurd for anyone to even imagine that the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio would bribe the Attorney General before an Order of the Court is complied with as the purveyors of the fake news have stated. The general public should discountenance this piece of trash.

‘It is obvious that some  persons who are scared of the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari are working tirelessly to scuttle the exercise by blackmailing the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.  Their modus operandi is to churn out fake news in a bid to stop Senator Akpabio from sanitizing the NDDC. Otherwise, how can a responsible news website make such a grievous allegation without any shred of evidence to back up its claim.

“However, we wish to state that no amount of sponsored fake news and blackmail would deter Senator Akpabio from doing the right thing as directed by Mr. President. The Minister has the overwhelming support of the impoverished masses of the Niger Delta who have borne the brunt of underdevelopment of the region over the years”, it concluded.

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Oyo Speaker decries false allegations, assures constituents of more quality representation

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The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin on Sunday said he will not deviate from his mission statement of giving and providing good and quality representation to the people of Ibarapa East Local Government, Ibarapaland in totality and Oyo State in general not minding some unfounded and spurious criticism coming from some faceless political groups.

The Speaker’s statement is coming on the heels of some comments accusing him of non-performance, planned imposition of candidate for local government election, and alleged undue influence and dominance on him by his mother, Yeye Tina Ogundoyin.

Ogundoyin described the comments and allegations as totally untrue, just as he urged the faceless group sponsoring such malicious news to at least consider and judge him by his political activities , accomplisments and vision for the good people of Oyo State and his entire constituents.

The Speaker added that rather than coming up with and suggesting ways of moving Ibarapaland and indeed Oyo State forward, the masterminds of the misleading allegations were hell bent on scoring cheap political points through peddling of false information aimed at casting aspersions on his person, discrediting and blackmailing his political status and dragging the name of his mother in the mud.

“For the umpteenth time, I don’t have any preferred aspirant out of all the five qualified persons jostling to emerge as the PDP candidate for the forthcoming Local Government election in Ibarapa East. I also wish to appeal to the group and its sponsors to leave my mother out of their dirty politicking as Yeye ,who is the Mother to all in Ibarapaland will not impose nor influence the choice of candidate for the LG election. This is democracy and the wish of the people must prevail. My mum is not involved in anything in the Local Government. She has always been reminding me of my election campaign promises to my people and the need to fulfill them. Mum is an advocate of good governance and will not compromise on this,” he said.

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According to the Speaker, because of his love and vision for education, he paid WAEC and NECO fees for hundreds of students in his constituency while another fifty benefitted from free JAMB forms , not to mention a modern and functional hospital he built in Lagaye and a place of worship requested for by the people of Oloro village.

“I have two School projects about to be completed, a block of 8 Classrooms at Temidire and another block of 6 Classrooms at Ojonamo in Lanlate . The two will be commissioned during my second year in office in May this year. As I speak, there is an ongoing construction of ten boreholes across all the wards in my Constituency while I am equally set to distribute hundreds of Motorcycles, Refrigerators, Generating Sets and others amongst my constituents. This is part of the empowerment program meant to mark my two years in office. This is not to mention my effort on the present status of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa and the facilitation of the accreditation of new courses for the Institution. ”

“Some of my Constituents have also enjoyed some employment opportunities and recommendations for appointment and other assistance through my good office. It is also noteworthy for me to mention my singular effort in the choice of Eruwa Farm Settlement by Governor Seyi Makinde for the 7.6billion naira Agricultural loan meant to develop two farm settlements into farm estates in Oyo State”

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While commenting on the activities of the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly under his watch, the Speaker said that it was unprecedented that less than two years , the House had passed about sixty laws, had one hundred and forty-two resolutions and eighty-two Motions as against seventy-four laws passed by the 8th Assembly in four years.

He added that this is aside from the oversight functions of the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly which had helped in engendering good governance, complimenting the efforts of all arms of Government and enhancing the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people of Oyo State.

“I am happy that the House of Assembly I preside over has achieved quite a lot in less than two years in office. Of note is the passage of the Open Rearing and Grazing (Prohibition) law, Oyo State security Network (Amotekun) Law, Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law.

Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency Law, Oyo State Investment & Public Private Partnership Agency Law, Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency Law, Lautech Amendment Law, Local Government (Pension) Fund Law, Tourism & Hospitality law and Child Sexual Offences Law just to mention but few. We are ready to do more as my vision is to set more records for the Oyo State House of Assembly as well as make lasting impacts in my Constituency and Ibarapaland as a whole. ” Hon Ogundoyin stated

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He again appealed to the faceless group and its cohorts to invest their energy and resources on more productive ventures and activities and desist from spreading baseless information him and his family.

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Oyo dep gov recommends bilateral meetings to resolve border disputes

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Oyo state Deputy Governor and chairman of Oyo State Boundary Commission, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan has recommended a bilateral meeting of boundary committees of territory-striving parties to facilitate effective understanding and hasten dispute resolution.

Olaniyan made the recommendations , when he led the state boundary committee to  attend the interactive session of the National Boundary Commission (NBC) alongside other Deputy Governors of the Southwest zone in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

He  asserted that a joint meeting of both parties will ensure a smooth understanding of every striving party’s background thus making it easy to compare notes, make compromises and resolve crisis without any party feeling cheated.

He further said he believes in the pattern of give and take adding that boundary dispute resolution  is not a winner takes it all but its a case of “no victor, no vanquished”.

Engr. Olaniyan enjoined the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to move to implement resolutions from dispute mediation so that all parties will know their rights, privileges and territories and crises will not rise again after a peace accord has been reached.

He pointed out that the traditional institutions have a role to play in territory marking but the government is trying to incorporate them to align with patterns of administration, stating that their roles in addressing border communities can not be relegated.

In his opening address, the Ogun state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun enjoined the delegates to draw up practical recommendations that will serve as a template for all boundary dispute resolution in the country.

He added that the people at the communities will be at the receiving end and will suffer the effects of boundary related crisis and they should try to save the people from such suffering.

The Deputy Governor of Ogun state, Engineer Noimat Salako-Oyedele said that there has been a good relationship between Ogun and Oyo states and this has helped in deescalating disputes that could have snowballed into crises.

She called on the NBC to act as an independent arbiter to review existing policies and help in resolving lingering boundary disputes that exist between both states.

In their separate remarks, Deputy Governors from Osun, Lagos, Ondo and Ekiti unanimously agreed that it is necessary to look into the boundary related issues and resolve them to engender understanding and strengthen the relationship between all states.

The chairman of the plenary,  Emeritus Professor Anthony Asiwaju said boundaries are created as a bridge and should not be seen as a wall buy a link

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‘Cyril Fasuyi was never arrested or whisked away by EFCC ‘, says Blogger Watch

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Ekiti born politician and businessman, Cyril Fasuyi was never arrested nor whisked away by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) for fraud as reported by some blogs recently according to Blogger Watch.

Blogger Watch, an independent fact-checking news platform while dismissing the media reports said, ” the story being circulated about the arrest and whisking away of an Ekiti born politician and business man , Cyril Fasuyi by EFCC for fraud has been found to be untrue, totally false, fake and a calculated attempt to destroy the personality and integrity of Cyril Fasuyi and EFCC’ .

Contained in a statement made available by Blogger Watch and signed by Stephen Moyes, the news platform submitted, ” According to the charter of our organisation we have diligently fact-checked the story and we found out that the said story  was malicious, frivolous  and fradulent  both in contents,  intention and direction “

Continuing, Blogger Watch further disclosed, ” We have contacted the EFCC and gone through its arrest list and there was no name of Mr Cyril Fasuyi on the list and no record of him being whisked by the organisation under any guise “.

The statement added that ” The purported news lacked merit and without a grain of truth because the time Mr Fasuyi was claimed to have been arrested and whisked away, he was having a business lunch with some notable personalities at Southern Sun Hotel in Ikoyi,Lagos’

The statement pointed out that , “It was a fact that Mr Fasuyi’s company and IPS Ingredis Dubai were engaged in  mutually beneficial business relationship which collided and ran into bad water due to global economic recession and which is being legally trashed out”.

Blogger Watch, however warned blog operators and influencers to always steer clear of concorted and malicious stories capable of tarnishing and maligning the integrity and reputation of individuals, corporate entities and personalities.

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