Terrorists named current Govs, Senators, Aso Rock officials as sponsors during interrogation – Ex-Naval Officer

A former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi

A former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, has said that Boko Haram terrorists mentioned names of current governors, senators and Aso Rock officials as sponsors during interrogation but the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has demonstrated an unwillingness to go after the high-profile politicians for reasons best known to him.

Olawunmi spoke on Wednesday when he featured on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme

He described as an “aberration”, Tuesday attack by bloodthirsty bandits on the Kaduna campus of Nigeria’s foremost military university, the Nigerian Defence Academy, where two military officers were killed and another kidnapped.

“It is an aberration; you don’t attack the Nigerian Defence Academy and get away with it,” he lamented, adding that the NDA, like other military environments in the country, carelessly opens its doors to everyone on Friday for Jumat prayer.

Terrorists profile security environments during Muslim prayer on Friday’


Olawunmi said terrorists and criminals profile military environments during the weekly Muslim prayer on Fridays.

He said, “In 2017, I carried out an investigation by the minister of defence that wanted me to check what was going on with the training and the security there (NDA).

I remember I spent about a week in the NDA with the commandant and the staff but something struck me: every Friday, the gate of NDA is thrown open and everybody has access to pray in the mosque.

“On Fridays, you are going to see the same thing happening across all military formations in the country…If you go to Defence Headquarters, I served at the Defence Headquarters as the Deputy Director, Defence Administration between 2015 and 2017, throughout my two years at the Defence Headquarters, I received visitors twice because of the strict security architecture there but every Friday, the gate of the Defence Headquarters is thrown wide open for everybody to come in and observe Jumat

That is the time the terrorists have the time to profile our security environment. It has always been the case. I have served the military intelligence for the past 35 years. Our problem is religion and socio-cultural.”

Furthermore, Olawunmi, a Professor of Global Security Studies, said he was a member of the Intelligence Brief at the Defence Headquarters during the leadership of the then Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.).

The intelligence expert said he told the then CDS that the centre of gravity of the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the North-East and spreading to other parts of Nigeria was the sponsors.

“I told General Olonisakin then that the centre of this problem cannot be solved the same way we solved the problem of the Niger Delta. The Niger Delta problem was solved during (Ex-President Umaru) Yar’adua basically by me and I told them that we can’t use that same template for Boko Haram.


“I told General Olonisakin to look at the centre of gravity of the problem. I was made a member of the committee in 2016-2017 including (the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim) Attahiru that died.

“I told them that the centre of gravity of Boko Haram in Nigeria is the sponsors of the programme. It was beyond us because the job we needed to do was kinetic but we cannot resolve issues of sponsors of Boko Haram that were in Buhari’s government that we know them. That was why we couldn’t pursue that aspect that could have resolved the issue (insurgency) because we need to arrest people.”

‘Why Buhari refused to prosecute 400 Boko Haram sponsors’
The PUNCH had reported that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, earlier in the year said the Nigerian Government arrested some Bureau De Change operators who were facilitating the transfer of money to Boko Haram terrorists.

Olawunmi said the government has not been able to prosecute the sponsors because it is allegedly partisan.

He said, “Recently, 400 people were gathered as sponsors of Boko Haram, why is it that the Buhari government has refused to try them? Why can’t this government bring them to trial if not that they are partisan and part of the charade that is going on?

“You remember this Boko Haram issue started in 2012 and I was in the military intelligence at that time. We arrested those people. My organisation actually conducted interrogation and they (suspects) mentioned names. I can’t come on air and start mentioning names of people that are presently in government that I know that the boys that we arrested mentioned. Some of them are governors now, some of them are in the Senate, some of them are in Aso Rock.

“Why should a government decide to cause this kind of embarrassment and insecurity to the sense of what happened yesterday (Tuesday attack on NDA)?” he queried, adding that terrorist financiers want to turn Nigeria to a Taliban type of country.

‘DSS has information on terrorism sponsors but can’t act without Buhari’s order’
Olawunmi also said that the Department of State Services has “tremendous information on terrorists but they can’t do anything except the body language of the Commander-In-Chief”.

He, however, expressed hope that the next Nigerian President in 2023 might have the willpower to bring the high-profile sponsors of Boko Haram to book.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, said in August 2020 that repentant terrorists revealed that a serving northern governor is a Boko Haram leader.

For over 10 years, the Boko Haram terror group had killed thousands of Nigerians in the North-East. The sect had also burnt down and bombed scores of villages as well as churches. The Nigerian Army and the Presidency had at several times claimed the group had been ‘technically defeated’ and ‘weakened’ but the bloodthirsty terrorist faction continues to strike with daring effrontery and crude savagery.

Source: The Punch

FG Reintroduces Tollgate Levies On Federal Highways; Nigerians to pay N500, N200 per trip

Babatunde Fashola

The Federal Executive Council has approved the reintroduction of toll collections on some selected dual carriageways across the country.

This is as it exempted diplomatic, military, para-military vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles from the scheme.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed these on Wednesday while briefing the State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The decision was made almost two decades after the Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration dismantled all toll plazas on federal roads across the country in 2003.

Fashola said his ministry presented a memo which the council approved to reintroduce tollgates on dual carriageways of the 35,000km federal roads.

These roads, he explained, amounted to only 14.3 per cent of the entire 35,000km stretch of federal roads that were dual carriageways and would be eligible for tolling with vehicles paying between N200 and N500 toll per trip, depending on their brand while diplomatic, military, para-military as well as tricycles and motorcycles would be exempted.

The minister added that dual carriageways represented only 5,050km out of the total 35,000km.

He said, “So the total network of roads today, assuming we wanted to start today, which we’re not, that will be eligible for tolling on the federal network will be 14.3 per cent of the total network. So, 85.27 per cent will not be eligible for tolling.

“We have seen that most of those dual carriageways also have alternative roads, but they are single carriageways; that’s why we left them. So, the only exception to single carriageway are some bridges and they are listed in the regulation.”

The minister said with the FEC approving the reintroduction of toll plazas on selected roads, it was now working modalities to determine how soon the tolling system would take off.

He said, “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented a policy memorandum for the approval of federal roads, bridges, tolling policy, and also a regulation that will provide a legal framework for the tolling policy.

“So, we have taken another step. So let me be clear, tolls are not going to start tomorrow. So let us be clear about that.”

Fashola stressed that the open tolling system to be introduced would not commence until the affected roads were motorable while operational agreements would have to be negotiated with relevant government agencies.

The Minister also said the toll collected would not only be used to maintain the roads but would also be used to construct new ones while the toll system would be electronically driven for transparency.

Fashola noted that FG consulted widely with public and private sector stakeholders before agreeing to reintroduce toll on federal highways.

HUSHPUPPI HAS MENTIONED A FEMALE MEDIA PERSONALITY FOR LAUNDERING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR HIM – KEMI OLUNLOYO ALLEGES

The popular Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abass is popularly known as Hushpuppi is currently facing criminal charges in the United States.

Hushpuppi has been charged for conspiracy to launder money obtained from business email, compromise fraud, and other scams.

The case is becoming more serious because if he’s found guilty in the court of law, he’s likely to spend years in prison.

(Dr. kemi Olunloyo)

The popular Nigerian Journalist, Dr. Kemi Olunloyo allegedly reveals that Hushpuppi has mentioned a female media personality for helping him launder millions of dollars for him to hide and move around for business

In Dr. Kemi Olunloyo’s message, she advises the On-Air Personality to immediately hire a US lawyer because the money laundering issue is getting serious.

Recall that, Hushpuppi was linked to the already suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari for collecting bribes from Hushpuppi

On the other hand, Abba Kyari says  He only acted as a debt collector for Hushpuppi, and did not collect  N8m bribe from him. 

The disgraced police commissioner was suspended on Saturday.

Abba Kyari on Tuesday denied collecting bribes from Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas to detain a gang member Chibuzo Vincent, saying the notorious fraudster only sent him receipts of N8 million transaction to help him recover a loan.

Mr Kyari’s comment marked a stark breakaway from his initial defence following his indictment by the United States. The police chief had initially claimed in a Facebook statement on July 29 that he had no ties to Hushpuppi, saying the con artist only sent him N300,000 to help him purchase native wears.

But following Peoples Gazette’s report of how he collected N8 million from Hushpuppi, Mr Kyari edited his Facebook post on Tuesday night and changed his story as he came under widespread public ridicule and police administrative action. He said the N8 million reported by The Gazette, which was subsequently reported by other media outlets, was for him to collect as an outstanding debt owed to Hushpuppi, and not as a bribe for him to hold Chibuzo for the scamming of Qatari businessperson to pull through as alleged by the FBI in court filings.

“Nobody demanded or collected any money from Abbas Hushpuppi. He can be interviewed Publicly in the Presence of world media by the people holding him to confirm this. He also called for another case in June 2020 and complained about a financial transaction with a second person whom he said his friend sent 8million naira to and pleaded for his friends money to be recovered.

“He sent transaction slips and other evidences to prove their case against the person, All these can be verified from the Hushpuppi since he is still in Custody. And it can be verified from person who collected the 8million naira from Hushpuppi’s friend whom they complained about is alive and is in Nigeria. Generally Whatever investigation steps/Tactics that is being taken in most cases especially on the Parties in this type of case from January to June is not for public consumption. This is the true story,” Mr Kyari said.

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Barely four hours after changing his story, Mr Kyari deleted the entire post from his Facebook page. He did not return The Gazette’s requests for comments about his decision to take down the statement.

MoreSo, Police Service Commission HAs RevealED Why Abba Kyari Could be Sacked

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has disclosed that an outright dismissal is one of the penalties that can be imposed on a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, if he is found guilty of the allegations against him.

Abba Kyari, a Borno-born Deputy Commissioner of Police, was recently indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a law enforcement agency in the United States of America.

Ramon Abbas, a suspected billionaire fraudster, also known as Hushpuppi, confessed that he bribed Abba Kyari to arrest someone who outsmarted him in a $1.1 million scam.

However, Austin Braimoh, the spokesperson for the PSC has spoken about the likely disciplinary actions that Kyari might face if he is culpable.

Austin told Channels TV that the punishment for police officers who have committed infractions includes a warning, reprimand, severe reprimand, reduction in rank, and outright dismissal.

The police officer said it is sad that crime fighters sometimes end up being entangled in negativity. But the PSC spokesperson pointed out that it is not right to conclude that DCP Kyari is guilty since he has not been prosecuted under Nigerian laws yet.

He stated that Kyari’s indictment by the US court needs to be subjected to the Nigerian laws first to verify if the police officer is guilty as alleged.

Austin noted that it will be unfortunate if the once celebrated police officer is found guilty of the indictment.

Meanwhile, Following his suspension by the Police Service Commission (PSC), the embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abba Kyari is set to more trouble.

This is as the United States has requested for the pre-trial detention of the suspended head of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

According to papers filed at the United State District Court for the Central District of California, the US government is entitled to detention hearing if the defendant risks fleeing.

The court papers sighted by Daily Trust indicates that the documents signed by Acting US Attorney, Tracy Wilkinson and two other officials were filed on Thursday, April 29.

In the same vein, a popular human rights lawyer, Chief Femi Falana, SAN has called on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, to follow and process an extradition request from the United States concerning Abba Kyari.

As the head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT),Kyari’s team burst and arrested many criminal gangs in the country which earned him a special commendation and legislative session from Nigeria’s House of Representatives..

Falana said the Special Investigative Panel set up by the Inspectior General of Police on the matter under review should do a thorough job.

Speaking during a phone interview with African Independent Television monitored by Premium Times newspaper, Falana stated that Abba Kyari is the product of a failed system.

His words:

“To put an end and close this ugly chapter, the investigation must go beyond the indictment by the FBI,the matter must be investigated locally, and Kyari shall not just be handed to America.

The Remains Of Five Prospective Corps Members Arrive Uyo By Military Aircraft

The remains of the five prospective members of the National Youth Service Corps who lost their lives in a crash on the Abaji-Kwali Expressway in Abuja on July 28 have been flown to Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom state capital for burial

The bodies of the deceased were conveyed to Uyo by an Airforce Plane.

They were traveling at night from Uyo, Nigeria’s South-south, to Katsina, in the North-west region, when the accident occurred along Abuja-Abaji-Kwali Expressway on Wednesday around 4 a.m.

Four of the victims were from Akwa Ibom State, while one was from Imo State.

The Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osura, confirmed that two of their graduates were among the dead.

The polytechnic Rector, Moses Umobong, in a statement on Thursday, identified the deceased as Innocent Ukpere and Victor Akpan, who were graduates of Mass Communication

The other three have been identified as Miracle Asuquo, graduate of Psychology; Stella Ekikoh, graduate of Sociology and Anthropology; and Ezuruike Coleman, a graduate of History and International Studies, all of the University of Uyo (Uniuyo), Nigeria.

The Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, while receiving the NYSC director-general sent his condolences to the families of the late corps members..

Dunamis Church Pastor, Enenche Punishing Five #BuhariMustGo Activists Over SaharaReporters’ Stories Against Him, Father-in-law— Source

Dunamis Church Pastor, Enenche Punishing Five #BuhariMustGo Activists Over SaharaReporters' Stories Against Him, Father-in-law— Source

The Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr Paul Enenche, has asked the Department of State Services (DSS) not to release the five #BuhariMustGo protesters arrested on the church premises until SaharaReporters delete two stories against him and his father-in-law, Professor John Ibu, a source has said.

The youths wearing #BuhariMustGo branded shirts were arrested on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

The church security team was said to have arrested the activists and handed them over to the DSS, Nigeria’s secret police.

Speaking to SaharaReporters, a top official of the DSS said the five #BuhariMustGo campaigners were still being detained because of two stories written by the newspaper against the cleric and his father-in-law.

He said, “Don’t be deceived, Dr. Enenche is actually lying about working to get them released. Backstage, he (Enenche) doesn’t want them released except SaharaReporters deletes the story written against his father in-law and another one written against the church last year, I think it was a story about a former pastor of the church accusing Eneche of sending him to prison on trumped-up charges.

“He told us it was Omoyele Sowore that sent the boys to his church and he (Sowore) should be punished by the prolonged detention of the guys.”

SaharaReporters on June 27, 2020 published that one Pastor Abraham Daniel, a former member of Dunamis International Gospel Centre revealed how Eneche falsely accused him and had him imprisoned on trumped-up charges.

Daniel claimed Eneche and other pastors were angry at him for leaving the church while also claiming that he (Daniel) publicly criticised the cleric in his Facebook posts that revealed the activities of the church.

He added that while he was in prison, he lost his business and his wife also left with their five children after being influenced by the church. 

He said, “I was ordained as a pastor in 2010. In 2014, I was posted to New Karu as the residence pastor. While I was there, we started a school. I wanted a school that would be almost free for church members but an instruction came from the headquarters that I should not run the school freely, so I had to stop the whole plan.

“I wrote on my Facebook post telling churches in Nigeria to encourage members’ development and also help members. I also wrote that Christians now celebrate pastors instead of focusing on Jesus and the teachings of the Bible.

“I later lost interest in the church, wrote a letter of resignation, it was accepted and I left. The pastor (Eneche) called me and was insulting me because I left the church. He sent his pastors to start calling my wife to pester me to return to the church.

“This put my family in disarray as my wife pestered me until I closed the ministry and ensured I returned to Dunamis Church. I left again, then suddenly things went rogue. A number called me that he needed my Uber service and we met unknowingly to me that they were police.

“They took me to Karu Police Station, saying that they arrested me because of what I wrote against Pastor Eneche.”

He added that he was moved to another police station in Abuja and the church insisted that he must be taken to court.

He was eventually charged to court and remanded in prison pending his bail application.

Daniel also said the church made false allegations while testifying in court, which made the judge send him to prison before he was granted another bail.

The newspaper in 2021 also reported how the Chairman of Benue State University Teaching Hospital and the father of Enenche’s wife, Becky, Professor John Ibu, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N24.6 million fraud.

Checks by SaharaReporters revealed that Becky was formerly known as Rebecca Inyangbe Ibu before marriage.

On June 28, the EFCC announced that its Makurdi Zonal Office arraigned her father alongside one Chief Abukenchi Suleiman and his company, ADB Motors Venters Nigeria Limited before Justice Abdu Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State.

They were arraigned on charges of conspiracy and obtaining N24, 650,000 (Twenty-Four Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) by false pretences.

The EFCC alleged that the duo obtained the said sum from the Benue State University Teaching Hospital under the guise of purchasing a Toyota Landcruiser Prado 2018 Model which was never bought.

The anti-corruption agency noted that the offence is contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Professor John Ibu, being the Board Chairman, Benue State University Teaching Hospital, you Chief Abukenchi Suleiman, being the Managing Director ADB Motors Ventures Nigeria Ltd and you, ADB Motors Ventures Nigeria Ltd sometime in July 2019 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud conspired amongst yourselves and obtained the sum of N24,650,000 (Twenty Four Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) from the Benue State University Teaching Hospital Board for the purchase of a Toyota Landcruiser Prado 2018 Model under false pretences that you have the capacity to supply which pretence you knew was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.”

Count two reads: “That you, Professor John Ibu, being the Board Chairman, Benue State University Teaching Hospital sometime in July 2019 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did use your position to confer an unfair advantage to yourself by collecting a bribe, to the tune of N10, 900,000 (Ten Million Nine Hundred Thousand Naira only), from one Chief Abukenchi Suleiman of ADB Motors Ventures Nig. Ltd, on behalf of Atirogo & Sons Enterprises, paid into Access Bank account Number 0049185884, a company you’re the Managing Director and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 19 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Act.”

However, the defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charges preferred against them.

First Bank staff, petrol station MD arrested for N900m POS fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, arraigned Naankang Dawan, his companies – Taen Nigeria Ltd and Lataen Engineering Ltd – alongside Moruf Tunji Olukanmi before Justice D. V Agishi of the Federal High Court, Jos, Plateau.

They face a 31-count charge bordering on conspiracy, money laundering and obtaining more than N908million by false pretence.

Naankang Dawan (first defendant), who inherited companies including a petrol station from his family, allegedly connived with some staff of First Bank, including Olukanmi (fourth defendant), to defraud costumers using a Point of Sale (POS) terminal allocated to him.

Dawan’s accomplices, all at large, include Doyin Adesanya, Samuel Temitope Falese, Ebenezer Oni Kehinde and Mariam Babatunde Olabisi.

The charge said between October 2017 to November 2017, they manipulated First Bank’s POS terminal issued to Taen Nigeria Limited and credited the company’s account no: 2025956973 domiciled with First Bank with the sum of N908,108,974.

EFCC told the court that the defendants committed an offense contrary to Section 30(1) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015.

Dawan and others pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Benjamin Manji, prosecution counsel, asked for a trial date and that the suspects be remanded at the correctional Centre pending trial.

A. G. Yirvoms, defence counsel, informed the court of a pending application for the bail of his clients.

After listening to both parties, Justice Agishi adjourned the case until July 26, 2021 for consideration of bail application and October 6, 2021 for trial.\

BREAKING: Chidinma Ojukwu List Those Involved In Super TV CEO Death

Following the Super TV CEO Death, Chidinma Ojukwu has confessed to killing Super TV CEO alone while naming an internet fraudster who assisted her in falsifying the deceased documents.

Chidinma Ojukwu, the 300-Level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, who was arrested last Wednesday, over the murder of Chief Executive Officer, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, in a service apartment in the Lekki area of Lagos State has revealed that she sees Usifo’s face in her dream.

This is just as more facts have emerged on how she murdered 50-year-old Usifo.

At a chance meeting with the 21-year-old lady, she said she wished she would wake up to discover that the whole drama was only a dream.

She said: “ I have never had peace since the day I was arrested. Never in my wildest imagination did I envisage I would kill a human being. I see his face in my dream every night. At times I would be scared to sleep.

“I have been begging God for forgiveness. This is not what I wanted for myself. I don’t know what fate holds for me.

“I am also begging his family to forgive me, especially his children. Ah! God, what have I done?” she exclaimed, burying her face in her palms.

While maintaining that she carried out the killing alone, Chidinma told detectives at the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Yaba that she was able to overpower the deceased because he was weak.

She revealed that late Usifo became weak after taking three wraps of Rohypnol while she took one wrap. She stated that she strangled Usifo before stabbing him.

Her claim has confirmed the Ataga family’s insinuation that Usifo’s neck was discovered to have been broken during an inspection of his body in the morgue.

Internet fraudster indicted:


Meanwhile, detectives are on the manhunt for a suspected drug addict and internet fraudster (names withheld), who Chidinma claimed to have assisted her to falsify the deceased’s documents after she escaped from the service apartment in Lekki Phase 1, abandoning Usifo’s lifeless body.

She disclosed that the deceased earlier gave her his Automated Teller Machine, ATM, card to withdraw some money to buy some clothes but that she did not withdraw much.

Thereafter, she said she contacted the internet fraudster to help her withdraw more money.

As at yesterday, the internet fraudster, who got wind of Chidinma’s arrest, had bolted from his abode. But the Police assured they would get him to answer questions on what he knew about Usifo’s death.

According to Vanguard, since Usifo’s death, his estranged wife and mother of two, Brenda, had not visited the SCIID. Vanguard was reliably informed that she would be invited for questioning, owing to information at detectives disposal.

Police beef security :
 
Meanwhile, Police have beefed up security around the suspect to avoid any situation that could truncate investigation.

Presently, only her father is allow to visit her. Journalists are also barred from speaking with her.

This move, according to Police sources, was also aimed at avoiding a situation whereby any untoward incident will happen to her. For instance, her food is served by the Police, as outsiders are barred from bringing in food for her.

Super TV: Family and His Killer Speak Up.

Chidima, the killer of Super TV Boss begs his family for forgiveness, speaks on drug use, childhood

With investigation still ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the death of the Chief Executive Officer, Super TV, Usifo Ataga, the prime suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu, during an exclusive interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday, said she doesn’t want to die over the case.

Amid cries, the University of Lagos undergraduate said, “I regret killing Mr Ataga. I don’t know what my future holds but I don’t want to die. Please, I don’t want to die because of this case. I have not killed before.

“I was just trying to comport myself to answer questions during the parade and not that I am not showing remorse. I totally regretted everything I did and I am sorry. Mr Ataga’s family, I am deeply sorry for what I did. If I had my life back, I wouldn’t do anything like that. I am deeply sorry and I hope you forgive me.”

Chidinma and Ataga reportedly lodged in a service apartment in the Lekki area of Lagos State and the corpse of the latter was discovered the next day in the room and the former fled, thus raising suspicion of her complicity in his death.

The police said they went after her and tracked her down at her father’s Alagomeji, Yaba residence.

Upon her arrest, Chidinma attributed her action to the influence of hard drugs and alcohol.

Speaking while being paraded by the police, Chidinma said she met the late Ataga about four months ago. Chidinma also said that she and Ataga were “having fun” when an argument broke out and she stabbed him twice after which she withdrew N380, 000 from his account using his ATM card.

The police had also disclosed that an Information and Communication Technology unit recently created by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, tracked the suspect, who used different SIM cards– both Nigerian and foreign ones.

Childhood

 Chidinma said her parents separated when she was two years old and she started living with her uncle, Chijioke Obi, in the Mushin area of Lagos State.

She added that while growing up, her childhood ambition was to become either a musician or an actress.

 The suspect stated, “My role models were Tiwa Savage, Beyonce, Rihanna, Genevieve, and Regina Hall. I schooled in Johnson Primary School and also a government primary school in Mushin. I later went to Sidman College in Sabo, Yaba. I was two-year-old when my parents separated, I was little, so while I was growing up, I stayed with my uncle, Mr Chijioke Obi, in Mushin. I don’t know if he bears Izu, but it was my uncle that trained me.”

Drug addiction

Upon completion of secondary school education, the suspect said she gained admission to study Mass Communication at the University of Lagos.

Asked about her assumed drug-induced lifestyle, Chidinma said, “I started smoking after I got into UNILAG.”

She also confirmed she’s the person in a trending video showing a lady puffing out cigarette smoke while soft music plays in the background.

She stated, “I am the one smoking in the trending video. I started smoking a few years ago. Old-time friends introduced me to it and we don’t talk anymore. Everything started after I entered UNILAG, but not actually when I am in school, it could be other places. But I am not the one in the other video (dissociating herself from another trending video showing a lady exhibiting her butt).”

Ataga took hard drugs, drank —Chidinma

On her relationship with Ataga, Chidinma described him as just a friend she met a few months back, faulting claims that he neither took hard drugs nor alcohol.

Narrating some of the moments she spent with the deceased, she said, “Mr Ataga was a friend and I don’t know how to elaborate more. He has not shown me pictures of his family but he sometimes acts like he was married and not that he is married (sic). I have met him up to four or five times; he takes drugs and drinks alcohol. It is not that I am trying to put anything together.’’

Also, the police said that on Thursday they released Chidinma’s father and the operator of the apartment where the incident happened, Mrs Nkechi Mogbo, on bail. The suspect’s father was arrested over what the police described as obstructing the arrest of her daughter while Mogbo had been in police custody after investigation identified her as the operator of the apartment.

Odumosu said, “Chidinma’s statement exonerated her father as she said that he was not aware of the incident. We released him. Also, the lady in our custody, one Mrs Nkechi Mogbo, who leased the flat from the property owner and used it for a service apartment, has been released on bail.

“After Magbo was arrested, she assisted the police because of the information she gave us. Now that we got the principal suspect, and the fact that the principal suspect confessed that she singularly committed the act, and equally went further to explain that she never met Nkechi Mogbo, but that she only phoned her and that they transacted all the business online, I have ordered her release on bail while we continue our investigation.’’  ,,

Family debunks police, Chidinma’s claims, states own facts

The family of the late Usifo Ataga, Super TV CEO, has spoken up for the first time since his killer lover was paraded in Lagos by the state police command on Thursday.

In a statement a spokesperson for Ataga’s relatives put out, there seems a iota of doubt in their take on the police theory—that Ataga’s girlfriend was solely responsible.

According to the police, Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), stabbed her sugar daddy after both were high on drugs and alcohol and a misunderstanding ensued over sex.

“We, the Ataga Family, are grateful to the Nigerian Police for pursuing this investigation,” the family spokesperson Isi Ataga said in the statement.

“However, like you, we have many unanswered questions. Some things don’t add up.”

Isi tried to state their own facts.

“A little over a week ago, unknown persons savagely killed our beloved son, Usifo Ataga. With no regard for him, or his family, who love him, they viciously ended his life.”

Earlier the late CEO’s friends, like the family, had debunked the sugar daddy theory, saying Ataga was a responsible family man, and he might have been assassinated following a mega deal his TV streaming company just sealed.

The online world has not been making things easy for the Atagas since Chidinma confessed.

The death has been a laughing butt the social media enthusiasts have been using to hit sugar daddies in Nigeria.

“His children will grow up to read unkind, thoughtless words from thousands of people who have joined the lynching party in the press and the blogosphere,” said Isi.

“Our aging parents must now struggle to pick up the pieces amid a cacophony of misinformation propagated by strangers.”

He urged anyone with useful information to come forward and share it with the Police.

“We ask, sincerely, that you let us grieve this terrible loss with some privacy. This past week and a half has been the worst period of our lives.”

There’ s more to Chidima’s story, I think the security men will do more justice if they invite her friend that introduced the deceased to her for questioning and I think the friend will provide vital information that will enable them to handle the case properly. There are friends that help you to achieve your dream while some lead you to your destruction.

Choose your friends wisely: is not everyone that comes your way that is worthy of acceptance. This should serve as a lesson to everybody and I believe if security men use soft hand to follow her she will reveal more.

‘Aso Rock Cabal Has Signed A Document To Take Everything From Akwa Ibom’- Apostle Suleman Reveals

” The Cabal in ASO Rock has taken all that is owned in Akwa Ibom state in a document signed by the ” who is who” in the Federal Government, it has already been signed, it remains implementation, as I speak to you, nobody in the state knows, including the governor, soon Akwa Ibom may have nothing left, not even oil, no heritage for next generation, but we can pray and change it” Apostle Johnson Suleman prophesied.

The city of Uyo was on a standstill as Mboho Mpkarawa Ibibio Hall at Udo Udoma lane, Uyo, was filled to it’ s brim as the Restoration Apostle, Apostle, Prof Johnson Suleman, the Senior pastor of Omega Fire Ministry, caused trouble in the oil city of Uyo as expected.

In the year’ s program called ” Generational Impact” which is the Apostle’ s commitment to holding crusade in all Nigerian states, and also to meet up with the vision of the commission to connect 2 billion souls to God, it was Akwa Ibom’ s turn as the Apostle of Restoration was live in Uyo from 22nd to 23rd of June, evening and morning sessions respectively.

During the evening session of the meeting, the man of God highlighted a revelation he received from God as he slept, he said he saw the Cabal in Aso Rock take everything from the state and as he speaks, it was already signed in a document awaiting implementation.

Unlike other meetings, governor Emmanuel Udom was not there, speaking further, Apostle said, ” Me and the governor are neither friends nor enemies, so you can tell him if he cares”

As he concluded, he beckoned on the sons of the Prophets with host of other indigenes of the state to observe a fast for the state so that God will reverse it. The prayers was however taken the next morning session and the man of God prayed and declared words on the state as a father and cancelled it.

FUEL PRICE HIKE: NNPC GMD says Petrol May Sell for N256 Per Litre

Mele Kyari

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mele Kyari, has said the price of petrol in the country should be N256 per litre and not the current selling price of N162 per litre.

This was made known by Mr. Kyari while speaking at a stakeholders meeting organised by the NNPC to stop fuel smuggling.

Commenting on the current PMS and subsidy payment, Mr Kyari noted that the petrol pump price should be N256 per litre given the current exchange rate.

“If we are to sell at the market today at the current exchange rate, we will be selling the product at about N256 to a litre. What we sell today is N162, so the difference is at a cost to the nation,’’ he said.

According to him, the country cannot sustain subsidy payment with the high volume of daily consumption, pointing out that the country coughs up N150 billion every month on subsidy.

The NNPC boss further explained, “As long as we don’t regulate volume until we are able to exit this current level, which I know so much work is going on, then we have to manage the volume that we are exposed to between this price of N162 and N256. The difference comes back to as much as N140 billion to N150 billion cost to the country monthly.

“As long as the volume goes up, that money continues to increase, and we have two sets of stress to face: the stress of supply and stress of foreign exchange for the NNPC. We may not see foreign exchange cheque taking place for importation.’’

Meanwhile, despite an upswing in the global price of crude oil and attendant blessings for oil-producing countries, the price of aviation fuel has spiked nationwide and much to the pains of airlines and travelers in Nigeria.

A fact-check showed that aviation fuel, also called Jet A-1, has lately sold for between N215 at airports in the South and N300/per litre in low traffic aerodromes in the Northern region of the country.

The price had risen in April 2021 to between N250 and N275 per litre, which was about a 200 per cent increase from 2016, when it was sold at N110. It rose to N200 in 2018, hovering around N160 and N170 in 2019.

An average 50 per cent surge in fuel cost, a critical component of airlines’ operation, has also forced airlines to increase airfares with an average Economy Class ticket on less than an hour flight selling for over N65,000.   

There are fears of fuel contamination in some quarters, which experts say, could threaten flight safety. Engr. Femi Adeniji of Tropical Arctic Logistics, a helicopter operator, said any jet fuel cheaper than N270 could have been contaminated.

Chairman and CEO of United Nigeria Airlines, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, decried the development, which he said, has added to the cost of operation.

Okonkwo, whose airline debuted about four months ago, said: “We started operations at N160 per litre barely four months ago and when you move from that price to over N270 within two months, you should expect whatever we are experiencing now. Aviation fuel alone takes between 30 to 40 per cent of airlines’ costs. This is cause for grave concern to everyone.”

It was learnt that the extra burden on end-user airlines and travelers alike is not unconnected with the naira-to-dollar exchange rate, logistics hiccups of importing the product through chaotic Apapa ports, and more expensive distribution to nationwide airports by road.

Aside from the multiple taxes and charges on the product, the monopoly of marketers at less viable airports has also raised the price by some notches – making the product one of the most expensive in the West African region.

Indeed, aviation fuel is the oxygen of the airline business. Though an oil-producing nation and the sixth largest producer in the world, Nigeria’s perennial inability to refine the product locally has made jet fuel susceptible to dictates of the exchange rate, and therefore expensive, accounting for between 30 to 40 per cent of airlines’ operating cost.

Of dire consequence is the recent appreciation of crude oil price to $73.5 per barrel in the world market, and Naira’s free-fall to N500/$1 at home. At these rates, the landing cost of all imported products, including aviation fuel, could only reach for the rooftop.

But the dynamics of aviation fuel is more complicated. As a deregulated arm of the dollar-dependent aviation industry, jet fuel price is directly proportional to the price of crude oil. However, during the plunge of crude oil price late last year, aviation fuel prices did not fall accordingly.

Chief Operating Officer of CITA Petroleum, a major marketer in local aviation, Olasimbo Betiku, said Nigeria is a “situational economy” where pricing is heavily hinged on logistics cost elements.

Betiku said besides the dollar and liquidity constraints, transporting the product through poor infrastructure readily keeps the price comparatively high.

He explained that the product, like others, comes into the country through the Lagos ports, while intractable congestion at Apapa causes a delay in cargo clearance of between four and seven days or more. 

Stakeholders were unanimous that for each idle day, an importer pays between $10,000 to $25,000 extra charter cost per vessel. At more efficient ports, like Cotonou in Benin Republic where clearance takes between three to four hours, such add-on costs do not apply.

The risk of conveying the product in trucks remains a challenge in the sector. Since the early 90s, moving aviation fuel from the Mosimi pipeline to Lagos airport has been abandoned for more expensive road transport. While the cost of transportation within Lagos is about N3 per litre, it is about N15 per litre travelling up North as far as Maiduguri.