How We Shared N4.7m At Sen. Ben Bruce's Silver Bird Cinema House - Suspect Confesses To ICPC
Mr. Adeolu Olugbenga Adeyanju has narrated how he and an accomplice from the Federal Ministry of Environment shared a loot of  N468, 794,613.79  earmarked for the Great Green Wall, a federal government initiative to check desert encroachment through tree planting as Silver Bird Galleria, a cinema house owned by Senator Ben Murray Bruce.

It is worthy of note to clarify that Senator Ben Bruce is not an accomplice in this saga.

Adeolu Olugbenga, in his revelation on how the cartel planned  the fraud and how the beneficiaries helped themselves to the loot told Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) interrogators that the cartel hijacked the account from the Federal Ministry of Environment and stole the sum before luck ran against them in the process of exhausting the entire allocation of over N1.392billion originally meant for the project, The Nation Newspaper reports

ICPC foiled moves to withdraw the balance of about N924million in the account and recovered it for the ministry.

Adeyanju said the N468, 794,613.79  was first converted to dollars – about $2million based on the exchange rate in 2014 – and was then shared at a popular cinema house in Abuja.

He claimed to have received $57,000 for making his company, Detwinx Global Service Limited available for the fraud.

Adeyanju has already been charged to the High Court of Justice of the Federal Capital Territory while the ICPC is on the trail of top civil servants who connived with him to loot the account.

In a statement on oath by Adeyanju, which was attached to the charge sheet and obtained from the court, he explained how the fraud was perpetrated in November 2014.

He implicated a Director of Finance and Account, Mr. Edet Akpan in the deal.

Akpan has denied ever knowing Adeyanju or having anything to do with him.

Adeyanju said: “Sometime in April 2014, I went in search of contract. I visited the Ministry of Environment in my quest to get a contract.

“I walked up to Mr. Edet Akpan at the Ministry, Mabushi where I pleaded seriously if I can be awarded any contract at all, even if it is supply or any available contract.

“He told me that he was alone on ground as at the time I was in his office. We exchanged telephone numbers in case I may be favourably considered any other time. He gave me one Airtel number 080233246….

“Sometime in July-August, he called me to meet him at Silverbird Galleria, Central Area. I rushed to meet him with the hope that I will get contract or I have been considered by Edet Akpan.

“Meanwhile, he called me with one Glo line on that day-08085…He came with his Honda Accord ash colour with Abuja number plate. He was with a driver but he excused the driver from us.

“On getting there, he told me that he wanted to use my company for a contract he will execute and the money will be paid into my account but am I sure I will not run away with the money and I answered that never, I can never run away with his money.

“Then he said he will test me to see if he can trust me. Then a sum of N5million was paid to me which I collected and gave him. And he gave me N150,000 after he showed me a document of the list of expenses on the execution of the contract that showed a gain of N450,000.

“Then he called me sometime November 2014 to meet him in his house in Wuse 2. He said that there is another contract he wanted to use my company if only I can abide by the rules. He stated categorically that he will give me a phone that we shall use in communicating only till the contract is finally executed and paid.

“He said I should not call him on any other number except from the line he gave to me. Also, I should call his Glo line alone and I should make sure I get the money out of the bank on the same day.

“I said if that was his rule, I will abide with it. As we were rounding up, a woman drove in a KIA SPORTAGE, brown colour with Abuja number plate and he greeted the woman as “honey” and he immediately dismissed me that we shall see the following day.

“This meeting was at about 8-8.30pm that day. He gave me a small Nokia phone with a Glo line of 0807…and his Glo line 0805… was saved on it.

Throwing light on how the N468, 794,613.79 was wired into his account, he said: “at about 11am on the 28th of November, 2014, Mr. Akpan called me that money had been paid into my account.

“I asked him how much was paid and he said over N450million. I moved to the bank and confirmed same.

“Immediately, I told my account officer to arranged for a Bureau De Change that I could transfer to. When he got the BDC, I returned and wrote cheques for transfer to the Bureau De Change (BDC) account and Williams delivered the dollar value of the same figure to me. I dashed him $500 and the fellow that helped him in bringing the money into the car was also dashed $500.

“Then I drove to Silverbird Galleria to wait for Mr. Akpan. He kept me waiting for close to two hours and I became uncomfortable staying in public with the huge sum and I didn’t know what was in the mind of the bankers.

“I decided to move to ASD Motors to collect the car I bought from them the same day through transfer.

“On the 28th of November, 2014, I gave over $2milliom to Mr. Edet Akpan and he gave me $57,000 only.  Mr. Williams Echechi of Zenith Bank can recall the actual amount he collected from the Bureau De Change. Mr. Edet Akpan made me to understand that he had executed contract with the Ministry of Environment.

“I returned to Silverbird Galleria where I waited for a while as well before Mr. Akpan arrived with Honda Accord car alone and showed me the list of expenses as usual and made me to understand that he shall give me $57,000 only which he did.

“He collected the Nokia phone from me and said we shall have something doing in March and he will get to me then.

“I have not heard from him. I did not know that the money was stolen or from fraud.”

But Akpan in a statement to ICPC said: “I do not know the person by name Adeolu Adeyanju neither the owner of Detwinx Global Service Limited. I do not know Adeolu Adeyanju. It is in the course of the investigation being carried out by ICPC that I got to know or hear of this name Adeolu Adeyanju and the company.

“I have never transacted any business with him. Nobody with this name has ever come to my office for any transaction.”

As at press time, it was gathered that ICPC was still on the trail of the syndicate behind the fraud.

Records indicated that the anti-graft agency had on September 15, 2015 returned N924million intercepted to the Federal

The ICPC chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, had explained how the commission burst the fraud.

He said: “On the 1st of December, 2014, we received a petition from this Ministry in respect of a fraudulent electronic funds transfer from its accounts. A forged payment mandate in the sum of N924million was presented to the First City Monument Bank Plc. Where the Ministry’s account was domiciled, the funds were diverted to different company accounts.

“The funds were meant for the Great Wall Programme of the federal government meant to check desert encroachment through tree planting.”

Plot To UNSEAT Ekweremadu Thicken As APC Chieftains Give Saraki More Condition For Peace
Ike Ekweremadu
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has not rested in its plot to unseat the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, even it will make peace with Dr. Bukola Saraki, the embattled President of the Senate.

Despite last week overture by Saraki to make peace with his party, some Chieftains of the ruling APC have urged him to ensure he unseat his Deputy if he indeed wants to make peace with the party, Punch Newspaper reports this morning.

APC was not comfortable with Ekweremadu as the deputy senate president and Saraki should look for a way of  “getting him out,” A Chief who pleaded not to be named confided in our source

He said that besides being a PDP member, the deputy senate president had not hidden his disdain for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The party chieftain stated, “We are happy with what he (Saraki) did with the committees, but Ekweremadu cannot remain as the deputy senate president.  When the PDP was in power, opposition parties did not produce the deputy senate president.”

Another APC leader who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “What Saraki has done is not enough. Ekweremadu must leave that position.”

When contacted to comment on the claim that the APC was insisting on Ekweremadu’s removal, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said, “No comment.”

Although, the APC was happy with the appointments, which the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made in the committees of the upper chamber on Thursday, the party believed that for the peace process to complete, Ekweremadu must resign or be removed.

Saraki became the senate president in June last year against the wish of the APC, which supported the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan.

The former Kwara State governor  emerged as the senate president with the support of the his loyalists under the aegis of Like-Mind Senators comprising members of the Peoples Democratic Party  in the upper chamber and most of their colleagues in the APC.

It was reported last year that one of the conditions that the PDP gave to Saraki was to concede the deputy senate president seat to one of its members.

The senate president defied the APC when he ensured that his loyalists, except Senator Sola Adeyeye (Chief Whip) became the principal officers.

But on Thursday, Saraki began a peace move when he reshuffled senate panels and appointed his critics in the Senate Unity Forum as heads of “juicy committees.”

For example, the spokesman of the SUF, Senator Kabiru Marafa, became the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), while Senator Oluremi  Tinubu was appointed the Chairperson of the Committee on the Environment.

Repeated calls to the mobile telephone number of the party’s National Secretary, Mai Bala Buni, were neither picked nor returned, a response to a text message sent to him was being awaited as of the time of filing this report.

Jones Abari, aka Gen. Akotebe Darikoro,
Jones Abari, aka Gen. Akotebe Darikoro
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One Jones Abari, aka Gen. Akotebe Darikoro, has been apprehended by the Department of State Services ( DSS)  for the alleged mastermind of a hoaxed plan to overthrow President Muhammad Buhari by the military. 

The DSS in a statement  by its spokesperson, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja explained that Abiri  was arrested on Thursday by DSS operatives.

The arrested suspect is the leader of the Joint Revolutionary Council, an arm of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, the DSS says

The statement added that the mastermind confessed to have been involved in other criminal activities like issuing a threat to launch missile attacks on selected targets in Abuja and the Presidential Villa.

The DSS said the suspect also wrote threatening letters to the management of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company and the Shell Petroleum Development Company, demanding for N500m and N250m respectively.

It added that Abiri was also accused of masterminding the vandalism of NAOC trunk line in Ogboinbiri, Southern Ijaw and the bombing of the SPDC oil pipeline.

In a related development, the DSS said it had arrested a suspected terrorist, Bulama Ramat, at the Jabi Motor Park, FCT on July 21. He said that prior to his arrest, Ramat was planning to attack the Federal Capital Territory and its environs in collaboration with other elements of an extremist cell of the Boko Haram group. Opuiyo said that the service also made other arrests within the month of July in Enugu, Ondo, Jos, Kaduna, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt and Kano states. 

The service urged all citizens and residents to remain vigilant and report all suspicious persons, parcels or vehicles to the nearest security formation. “Members of the public are further called upon to see our societal and individual safety as our collective responsibility,” he said. 

He advised the public to support security and law enforcement agencies with critical information that would assist in providing a safe environment for all to carry out their legitimate businesses.

“These included, vandalism of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company trunk line in Ogboinbiri, Southern Ijaw LGA and bombing of an oil pipeline belonging to Shell Development Company at Brass creek on 8 July, 2016, all in Bayelsa State.

“Darikoro is also the mastermind of the recently circulated hoax of planned overthrow of President Muhammadu Buhari, by the military.”

Meanwhile, local newspaper publishers in Bayelsa State stated that Abiri was not a militant while giving the state government and security agencies in the state a 48-hour ultimatum to produce Abiri, who is the publisher of Weekly Source Newspaper.

The publishers, under the auspices of Bayelsa Federated Newspapers Publishers Association, said since Abiri’s abduction by nine persons, who claimed to be security operatives on Thursday in Yenagoa, nothing had been heard of the publisher.

Chairman of the association, Mr. EasterDay Ayibatari, said the ultimatum was to enable the government and the security operatives tell them where Abiri was being kept.

Ayibatiri said, “This is because the people who ‘abducted’ the man said they were from the Department of State Services. Thus, it behoves the security agency to identify and locate where the man is being detained. Let me also make it clear that the man was on medications; he was not feeling well.”

Ayibatari, who lamented that journalists in the state were no longer safe, said armed security operatives stormed Abiri’s office in three cars with number plates: SAG 391AA, PBT 480 AA and Lagos 193 DN.

It will be recalled that last month, the Nigerian Army denied the allegation that there was a plot by the service to overthrow President Mohammadu Buhari.

The acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, had said in a statement that the Army was investigating the claim.

He said that the Nigerian Army was a professional organisation which was a product of democratic governance and would not be associated with the grave issue of truncating democratic governance.

He described the allegation as a declaration of war against the current administration by the peddlers of the claim.

The DSS also said its officers apprehended one Saidu Yahaya on Friday, during the screening of prospective Hajj pilgrims at the Muslim Pilgrims Board in Jos, Plateau State.

It added, “Yahaya has been under the radar of the service as a gunrunner who has been supplying arms to criminals, ethnic and religious bigots in Plateau, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states.

“Similarly, on July 21, one Stephen Mamayebo, also known as Oscar, a suspected militant was arrested at OMPADEC Primary School in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.”

The DSS explained that Mamayebo was arrested in connection with the kidnap of an expatriate staff of Setraco Construction Company and murder of two soldiers along Ogbia-Nembe road in April and subsequent murder of two soldiers.

Gov. Dickson of Bayelsa Panics, Lobbies APC Chieftains To Join Party Over Supreme Court Verdict On Election
The legal battle over the governorship tussle in Bayelsa state appears to have taken a new twist as Governor Seriake Dickson has reportedly reached out to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress ( APC).‎ He has reportedly relocated to the nation’s capital, Abuja in the last thirteen days.

This emerged a few hours after the nation’s apex court, the Supreme Court dismissed Governor Dickson’s appeal to delete a video evidence from the records of the governorship election tribunal.

It was gathered that the trial tribunal had awaited the decision of the apex court on the governor’s appeal ‎to fix a date for judgement as the propriety or otherwise of the video evidence was seen as a major thrust of the legal battle between Governor Dickson and the APC governorship candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, also a former governor of the state.

It could not be confirmed immediately if the governor’s move is aimed at possible defection to the ruling party. But a member of the party’s National Executive Committee(NEC) said ‘defection cannot be ruled out.’

‎”The Supreme Court decision on the 20th July 2016 is a major break through although we still await the tribunal’s final judgement. But ever since the verdict was delivered, the governor has called some of us, the reason for the call we do not know yet but he has made several attempts to see the national chairman of our party.

“We have watched the situation closely but without prejudice to what he intends to discuss, it is curious that the move was coming just after the verdict of the Supreme Court. Asked if it a move aimed at possible defection, the party stalwart said ‘defection cannot be ruled.’

The Supreme Court had Wednessday, dismissed the objection of Governor Dickson to the open court room watch of the video tapes tendered at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal by the APC and its governorship candidate Sylva to substantiate their allegation of fraud and malpractices against the election of the governor.

The Apex Court agreed with counsel to Sylva, Mr. Sebastine Hon SAN that the objection of Dickson against the playing of the video by the tribunal was misplaced, unwarranted, baseless, lacking in merit.

The court in a unanimous judgment of its full panel of seven justices delivered by Justice Chime Centus Nweze ordered the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Tribunal to play the video tape tendered in evidence by a witness of the APC candidate, to prove his petition against the governorship election conducted on December 5 and 6 of 2015 and January 9 of 2016.

The Apex Court held that the foundation for the admission of the said video tape was properly laid by the petitioners in compliance with section 84 of the Evidence Act in their petitions.

Justice Nwaeze directed that the witness, Mr. Emmanuel Ogunseye who produced the video tape should be allowed by the tribunal to demonstrate it in the open court in the interest of justice and having complied with the relevant laws.

The Apex Court held that counsel to the appellant Mr. Tayo Oyetibo’s objection to the demonstration of the video tape “rail-loaded the tribunal into unwarranted exercise adding “this is the fallacious piece of reasoning because section 84 of the Evidence Act did not require the production of two certificates before electronically generated evidence can be demonstrated in court.

“The court has no power in making a cluster enquiry outside the evidence adduced before the tribunal as far as the video tapes already admitted in evidence by the tribunal is concerned.”

Justice Nweze added that in the instant case the single certificate tendered by the witness had satisfied section 84 of the Evidence Act and therefore there was no need for any hindrance to be put forward before the exhibit in question can be demonstrated.

Justice Nweze said,“demonstrating the evidence in court will allow the applicant to link the evidence and also allow the opponent to test and contest the accuracy of the said evidence.”

”In conclusion, I found that the appeal by the appellant is wholly unmeritorious and is dismissed and that the judgment of the court of appeal delivered on June 24 is hereby affirmed.”

The court of appeal, Abuja Division, had on June 24 in a judgment ordered Tribunal to play in the open court the video tape recording tendered as evidence by former Governor of the state.

In a unanimous judgment on an interlocutory appeal filed by Sylva, the appellate court had set aside the ruling of the Tribunal delivered on May 10, 2016 which rejected the request of Sylva to play the video tape in the open court.

In the judgment delivered by Justice Onyeakachi Ottis, the court said that contrary to the decision of the Tribunal, Sylva complied with the conditions precedence stipulated in Section 84 of the Evidence Act on the admissibility of electronically generated evidence.

The court held that it was wrong of the tribunal to have misapplied Section 84 to deny the former governor the right to play the video tape in the open court to justify his petition against the election of Governor Seriake Dickson.

The court said that once the evidence has been admitted having met all the conditions under Section 84 of the evidence act, there was no need for the demand for any certificate before any computer can play the evidence.

Consequently, the court had ordered the tribunal to recall petitioners witness to play the said video tape in open court.

The court said that in the first instance the video-tape was pleaded and that it was relevant to the petition and that it also conforms with the law on electronically generated document.

The appellant had sought to have the video-tape played in the tribunal as part of evidence to prove election malpractices but he was denied the opportunity by the tribunal on the ground that there is no authority to that effect.

The appeal court said that since the video tape was admitted into evidence in line with Section 84, and the foundation for the admission was well laid and well pleaded in the petition, it is not the decision of the judiciary to supply any authority other than to follow the law in the circumstances.

The court said there ought not to be any inhibition to the playing of the video tape in the open court by the tribunal because all conditions prescribed by law have been fulfilled by the appellant.

The court also said that the video tape ought to be played as it demonstrated by the tribunal in the open court so as not to make it a sleeping exhibit by the tribunal.‎

UNBELIEVABLE: 9yrs Old Boy Ruthlessly Chained, Tortured At Ogun Church Rescued By NSCDC Officials
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Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC on Friday made a shocking discovery at the Celestial Church of Christ key of Joy Parish Ajiwo yesterday, July 22.

In what can be described as ‘child abuse’, the 9-year-old boy who had allegedly been chained for weeks on the church premises for an undisclosed offense.

The little boy identified as Taiwo Korede was rescued by the officers around 10:30 a.m in Ado Ota division 2.

According to the statement issued by the NSCDC, Master Korede was rescued while in chains, and that the case had been transferred to the appropriate authority for further investigation.

Below is the full text of the NSCDC statement as culled from Premium Times

“On the 22nd of July 2016,at about 10:30hrs at Ajibawo in Ado Odo OTA Division 2, NSCDC officers rescue a boy, named Taiwo Korede, aged nine years old, who had been chained for weeks at Celestial Church of Christ key of Joy Parish Ajiwo.

“The case has since been transfer to the appropriate authority for further investigation.”

No arrest has been made at the time of report but the Police has promised to investigate the issue and bring those involved in the criminal act to book.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Police Command have commenced a manhunt for a pastor who allegedly chained his son inside a room for over month.

Korede’s father was said to be the pastor in charge of Key of Joy Celestial Church of Christ, Ajibawo area in Atan Ota, Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.

However, his wife, who is also said to be victim’s step mother, has been arrested.

The pastor’s neighbours were said to have given the policemen a tip off about the incident.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident. He said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Abdulmajid Ali, had ordered the arrest the fleeing pastor.

Adejobi said, “The police operatives, who got a tip-off from a neighbour in the community, swung into action and moved to the said church where the victimised young Korede was chained and rescued him.

“The step mother of Korede, Kehinde Taiwo, has been arrested by the police.”

Adejobi said Kehinde had revealed that Korede’s father’s cruel act was due to the stealing habit exhibited by Korede.

Ali who condemned the pastor’s criminal and inhuman act had directed that the matter be properly investigated and that the victim be given proper medical attention.

Adejobi said, “Korede has been treated by the police and discharged. He is presently receiving every necessary attention from the police personnel in the Onipanu Division.

“The young boy will soon be handed over to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun State for necessary action.”

Ali said any parents or individuals who maltreated children or young ones in the state would not be spared.

He said the command had zero tolerance for such criminal and inhuman offences like Child Abuse,Child Labour, and Domestic Violence among others.

A former militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, otherwise known as Tompolo, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop harassment of his family members and relations allegedly by the military and other security agencies.

Tompolo, in a letter addressed to the president on Friday, in Abuja, said that he had endured attacks on his immediate family, associates and aides following the decision of the army and other security agencies to launch a manhunt for him.

The ‘retired’ militant said that he was alarmed recently when the military raided Kurutie town in the Niger Delta in search of his 84-year-old father who, he said, had his leg amputated after being brutalised.

He equally narrated how other persons, including students writing their final examinations, were brutalised in the course of the search for him.

“We managed to rescue him, took him to Warri and hospitalised him. Sadly, one of his lower limbs was amputated two weeks ago. From the doctors’ report, it will be a miracle if he survives this incident. Is this 84 years old man also a member of the Niger Delta Avengers that he was brutalised to the point of death? Will Your Excellency accept it in good faith if this was done to your father or someone of this age in your family?

“I have not heard of anyone that was treated like this even in the volatile north-eastern part of the country,” Tompolo wrote.

He insisted that his case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would not drag him into violence, as according to him, he has a good case against the anti-graft commission.

“I have said it on many occasions that the issue I am having with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will not lead me into violence or make me resort to destruction of pipelines and other oil facilities, because I have a good case,” he said.

He also accused the government of using some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to intimidate his family members and aides, adding that he was in a better position to help the country realise its objectives in the Niger Delta than many of those allegedly being used to “persecute” him.

“The latest victims of this unwarranted, misdirected and wicked act are Hon. Simeon Bebenimibo, a member of the Delta State Waterways and Land Security Committee and a driver of one of my aides, Mr Ebipade Kari, who was on an errand with a little baby. The baby was thrown away from the vehicle, as the driver was beaten to pulp by your men, as he was asked the whereabouts of his boss.

“That was not all. The military men stormed the house of one of my younger brothers and harassed his pregnant wife with guns pointed at her. This has led to complications because of the closeness to her full time of delivery. The duo who were arrested are presently in the custody of the Nigerian Army, Effurun.

“Before this incident, the navy went to the apartment of another of my aides and picked up his heavily pregnant wife as he was out of town and kept her for 24 hours in the navy base before releasing her. The mode of operation is that the military command usually decorates associates of Ayiri Emami and Michael Johnny with military uniforms and they go from door to door with a long list of names and addresses of my family members and associates with the intention of arresting them.”

In the letter titled: “The Continuous Harassment of My Family Members and Close Associates by Security Agents and Overzealous APC Members is Worrisome,” Tompolo said this might be his last open letter to Buhari on this matter.

“Your Excellency, sir, it could be recalled that this was how the military went to Oporoza town on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at about 2.00 a.m. and held the community hostage for one week. During that midnight invasion, the military carted away valuables worth several millions of naira, desecrated worship centres and took away the symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu people from the Egbesu shrine, as well as picked up 10 innocent students and palace staff, most of whom are orphans preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

“Up till now, their whereabouts are unknown. That same day, the military went to Kurutie town in search of my 84 years old father and brutalised him. We managed to rescue him to Warri and hospitalised him. Sadly, one of his lower limbs was amputated two weeks ago. From the doctors’ report, it will be a miracle if he survives this incident.

“Is this 84 years old man also a member of the Niger Delta Avengers that he was brutalised to the point of death? Will Your Excellency accept this in good faith if this was done to your father or someone of this age in your family? I have not heard of anyone that was treated like this even in the volatile north-eastern part of the country.

“I have said it on many occasions that the issue I am having with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will not lead [me] into violence or [make me] resort to destruction of pipelines and other oil facilities, because I have a good case.

“Your Excellency, sir, I have been wondering, since the beginning of my travail at your instance and I wish to ask whether this is part of the fight against corruption in Nigeria. Or was it because I supported my kinsman, former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general election? I thought everyone in Nigeria had the liberty to support whomever he or she deemed fit in an election. And as Dr Jonathan bravely accepted the outcome of the election, which brought you in as president of Nigeria today, I thought you will heal wounds as the father of the nation. And it was on this premise that I visited you immediately after your swearing-in ceremony to pledge my loyalty and readiness to work with your administration.

“I am yet to be told the reason for all these shenanigans exhibited by your security agencies and party members (Ayiri Emami and Michael Johnny). I really want to know whether this Macarbre dance is being declared by you or it is out of their volition they perpetrate this high level of hatred on my person and close associates. It has really gotten to a worrisome dimension as the situation is deteriorating by the day.

“Your Excellency, sir, I only contributed to the development of the Nigerian Maritime University. I only agreed to sell my property, Mieka International Diving School structures (19 gigantic buildings of various sizes on 12 hectares of reclaimed land), for the quick and flawless takeoff of the university. And it all went through due process. I never knew my goodwill and patriotism would lead me to where I am now.

“I have this burning desire to attract developmental strides to this difficult terrain, as it is the only thing for the people of the Niger Delta, particularly the coastal areas, to continue to have faith in Nigeria as the area has been neglected for so long a time.

“Your Excellency sir, it is instructive to state that you need me to drive this your change agenda in the Niger Delta region as I am ever passionate to improve the living condition of the people of the region.

“The truth of the matter is that I have been treated unfairly by you sir. After all these hallubalo about the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, in which I was accused of some wrong doing, you are yet to send emissaries to Okerenkoko (permanent site) and Kurutie( temporary site) of the University to ascertain the level of things on ground.

“Your Excellency sir, you are being respected today because of your integrity and sincerity of purpose; therefore, you need to consciously investigate the issues surrounding the establishment of the university. If you can send some of your trusted men to visit the sites of the university and request for documents from the Federal Ministries of Transportation and Land and Survey, then you would have succeeded in unravelling the truth behind this university controversy.

“Your Excellency would have investigated this issue of whether 13 billion naira was used to purchase a land for the Maritime University since assumption of office, owing to the fact that the entire country is your constituency.

“As it stands now, you are not abreast with things happening in this part of the country, perhaps you are only abreast with crude oil exploration activities in the Niger Delta region. I do not need to remind Your Excellency that the primary duty of any government is to seek after the welfare and security of the citizenry. Unfortunately, the people of the Niger Delta region, particularly the coastal people, are relegated to the background despite the huge revenue contribution from the area to the coffers of the country.

“Mr President, sir, I have written you several open letters. I have stated my position clearly each time I write you. This may be my last open letter to you. I believe the truth will come to stay one day. You need to do the right thing by uniting the entire country. Be wary of bogus informants. Always try as much as possible to hear every side of issues that are brought before you. By this, you will always know those who sincerely love you.”

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