One of Nigeria’s brightest chances of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Blessing Okagbare, has been provisionally suspended from the competition. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the independent body created by the World Athletics that manages all integrity issues for the sport, announced the decision on Friday.
According to the AIU, Okagbare tested positive for Human Growth Hormone. “Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules,” the AIU said in its statement.
“The AIU collected the sample from Ms. Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.
“The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo. “She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m this evening.
“The AIU will make no further comment on this matter at this time.” Okagbare and another Nigerian sprinter, Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, had earlier qualified from their respective heats for the semi-finals.
But the ban means the end of the road for Okagbare, who was participating in her third Olympics.
Her suspension is the latest blow for Team Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics. On Thursday, the AIU had disqualified 10 Nigerian athletes from the Tokyo games for not complying with out-of-competition drug testing requirements.
The Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office, says a statement signed by Commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani.
Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. The Commission has also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police on Sunday, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave.
Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, had earlier recommended the officer’s suspension to the PSC.
Kyari was indicted by the FBI in a case involving internet fraudster, Ramon Abass, also known as Hushpuppi. He was accused of collaborating with the Hushpuppi to arrest and detain one Chibuzo Vincent as well as collecting bribe to perform the task.
Ahead of the Akwa United vs MFM Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL ) match billed for 4pm today, business man and frontline gubernatorial aspirant in Akwa Ibom state, Mr Akanimo Udofia has pledged one million naira for each goal scored in the title decider.
Udofia deliverd the cheering message today through a video conference call to motivate the team as worthy Dakadda Ambassadors and citizens of the State.
In a bid to spur the team to victory, he reassured them of his resolve to develop sporting talent for export and international exposure as part of his plans for a Greater Akwa Ibom.
The Akwa United /MFM game kicks off at the Godswil Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo. The promise keepers as Akwa United are fondly called by fans need a draw from the match to clinch the 2020/21 NPFL Title.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on Saturday 31st July 2021, recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from the underwear of a lady, Okafor Ebere Edith during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire, to Monrovia, Liberia from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos. The suspect who tucked the pellets of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the Airport was however picked up for search and questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her. During the preliminary interview, she claimed her desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking.
Another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul was arrested at Gate A departure hall of the MMIA on Tuesday 27th July during outward clearance of Egypt airline to Turkey with 78grams of cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaves. On the same day, another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airport’s Gate A departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt airline with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polythene bag. Meanwhile, acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives from Kontagora Area command of the Agency in the early hours of Thursday 29th July 2021 raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state, where drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored. After a thorough search of the warehouse, 125 bags of Cannabis Sativa were recovered while a man seen praying in front of the house fled into the forest when he sighted the narcotic officers from afar. Chairman/ Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commended the commanders, officers and men of the MMIA and Niger state commands of the Agency for their continued efforts in tracking down traffickers of illicit drugs in their areas of responsibility. He charged them and their counterparts in other commands to remain focussed and resolute in pursuit of the goal to rid Nigeria of illicit substances and drug-related criminalities.
By Ayodele Ale Every Ekiti man loves Ekiti. ‘Omo ayiye l’aare’ (We are good breed) is the sing song. Ask an average Ekiti man in Australia or Japan where he wants to be buried, he won’t think twice before replying that he would love to end the journey of his life in Ekiti. Some few years back, Emeritus Professor Araoye, a man that had the appellation ‘Oracle of Medicine’ globally recoiled to Ilawe-Ekiti after his retirement and was building a standard hospital for his people, while offering them free medical care until he was called home.
When you travel from Igbara-odo, through, Ilawe to Ado-Ekiti, Ifaki to Otun, Ido to Otun and so on, you will notice the magnificent buildings that could favourably compete with the houses in Victoria Island, Lagos especially the ones at the entrance of the towns. In Ekiti tradition, you are not successful until you come to plant a building or a project in your community. This explains the reason behind the establishment of a world class university in Ekitiland by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN). One of the orthodox churches in Ikere Ekiti has the footprint of Chief Olanipekun (SAN).
Interestingly, some of the buildings are occupied by family members or aged parents, while the real owners pound the streets of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt or London or New York. BEWARE: If you come to plant churches in Ekiti, capitalising on the fine buildings at the entrance of the towns, you have made a mistake. There real owners are not around please. But they make ocassional shots to the land to attend family related programmes. When you see them, don’t be surprised at seeing the big names in Nigeria eating bush meat and drinking palm wine inside the moon-shaped calabash under the tree, while throwing banters. It is in their character. Ekitis don’t discriminate.
Ekitis are also principled people. Politicians, Professors, Lawyers, Engineers and so on. That old man playing Ayo (local game) under Odan tree can blow your brain off with his grammar. So don’t underrate him. You see, Ekiti’s also love God. The early missionaries explored this big time and planted big orthodox churches with schools to win the souls of the people. Some of the churches also planted hospitals, just to ensure that the people make heaven.
Pentecostalism is a new phenomenon. Some are die hard Catholic or Anglican church members. And their priests are not complaining. They are comfortable with seeing the congregation happy, and are used to their widow’s mite. It was when I attended a friend’s wedding many years back that I realised that coins still exist in Nigeria, as the old women unwrap their skirts to bring out their ‘offerings’. Last March, I attended a funeral programme in Ilawe Ekiti and I could see some old women dancing joyfully to the front holding their N5 or N10 high. The Rev. Fathers are also happy seeing them. They know the members by name and even visit them at home even when they are about to take their last breath.
Catholic, Anglican or Methodist parishes in Ekiti do not give business targets. So, they are filled without stress. Though at times, they organise harvest programmes and choose the old men and women as ‘Alaga’, the children are always happy to see their parents honoured and such opportunities are used nowadays to celebrate the birthdays of the aged people, even when the actual date of birth is unknown.
Ekitis are hardworking, but they are not the Hushpuppi type. So, as a church leader or bishop, if you are interested in genuine soul winning, you can come to Ekiti, but if you are searching for a religious oil block, a mining field or where to raise fund to buy a new private jet, please, sunmowaju
Omo Ayiye laare (we have good upbringing) *Ayodele Ale is a lawyer, journalist and public affairs analyst
Although there is no art to decipher the cunning of crooked cops, DCP Abba Kyari gave us many red flags to cause us to be suspicious of his policing, but many people ignored it. I, for one, have an abiding suspicion of people who are given to gratuitous self-congratulation and ostentation, who are aggressively self-promotional, and who perpetually have a need to invite the public to witness their good deeds.
I think excessive showiness often betrays an inner emptiness at best and an artful concealment of untoward impulses and deeds at worst. This sentiment is encapsulated in such enduring pieces of folk wisdom as “Empty vessels make the most noise,” “Still waters run deep,” etc.
This isn’t universally true, of course. Some genuinely ethical and kind people may be outwardly flashy and given to offensive displays of self-importance. And some businesses thrive on vulgar outward displays, so people who are in these kinds of businesses can’t help but be showy out of a professional imperative.
But policing is no show business. Governance isn’t, either. Nor is morality. And so on. For the most part, it is my experience that people who are overly exhibitionistic in the performance of morality and of such run-of-the-mill duties as policing and governance are often shady and use exhibitionism to conceal their shadiness.
Although he has been accused of being a brutal SARS operative in Lagos, Abba Kyari clearly has his good sides. I have read many accounts of his kindness to total strangers, of his pan-Nigerian cosmopolitanism, and of his dogged sleuthing that resolved knotty criminal cases. His admirable detective work attracted notice and approbation. But then he got intoxicated by praise and attention, and made it his life’s calling to hanker after the limelight— in a job that should be done in the sedate quietude of the background.
He routinely invites cameras and press people to record him doing his job. One of the absurd extremes of his exhibitionism, for me, was when he invited journalists, videographers, and photographers to show him looking for kidnappers in the bushes. Of course, he apprehended no kidnapper because those crafty monsters of depravity aren’t imbecilic sitting ducks waiting for Abba Kyari to capture them on camera. He just wanted to showboat.
And he got a lot of reputational mileage from this dumb stunt. I didn’t see any groundswell of discursive repudiation against a famed sleuthhound ignoring detective work that is central to the fight against kidnapping and instead staging a fatuous media show.
What is worse, the man who earned a reputation as a ruthless annihilator of criminals started to openly cavort with people that, at the very least, he should be suspicious of. He has been photographed with people whose source of wealth is questionable and whose conspicuous consumption should put them on his investigatory radar.
Now we know why. FBI’s charge sheet against Ramon “Hushpuppi” Abbas revealed phone chats that Kyari and Abbas exchanged in which Abbas instructed Kyari to arrest Abbas’ rival in internet fraud. It is reasonable to draw the conclusion that the wealthy but dodgy people Kyari frolics with use him as a cudgel against their enemies and rivals.
The FBI’s affidavit implicating Abba Kyari in Hushpuppi’s fraud captures this sentiment. It reads: “Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent [Abbas’ rival in crime] to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.
“Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.”
In other words, Kyari was probably initially a good cop whose excellent work earned him plaudits from his superiors, plausive publicity from the news media, and veneration from a grateful public. Then he gradually started to seek out the news media, insert himself into public consciousness, and promote opportunistically self-serving narratives about his unparalleled detective machismo with a predetermined motive to profit from it.
He parlayed his popularity and carefully cultivated larger-than-life media image into “big-men-protection” security gigs. He obviously not only protects “big men”; he also torments their less connected rivals and victims for financial gain, as the FBI’s court documents indicate.
But the fact that he flaunts his association with flashy, questionable characters without fear of consequences from his superiors suggests that he is not alone. He obviously has powerful backers in the police establishment who also benefit materially from his ethically stained exploits.
Given how morally rotten the institution of the police is in Nigeria—and the rampant crab mentality in its ranks—the fact that the only “consequence” Kyari has faced for his unconventional, publicity-seeking, show-and-tell policing and open cavorting with suspicious personages is a meteoric climb up the promotional ladder is an indication that the police establishment is in on what he does.
Unfortunately for the police establishment, Kyari’s transgressions have now transcended the bounds of Nigeria and can’t be dismissed with the same blithe impunity with which previous indiscretions were treated. For instance, on October 28, 2020, TheCable reported that a Lagos businessman by the name of Afeez Mojeed accused Abba Kyari of defrauding him of up to 41 million naira.
In a petition to the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State government to address abuses by SARS, Mojeed alleged that Kyari and his SARS team forcefully broke into his home in 2014, accused him of being an internet fraudster, seized 280,000 naira from his wardrobe, another 50,000 from his car, which they took away and never returned, detained him for 14 days, and later charged him to court but never showed up or brought any witness against him, forcing the court to strike out the internet fraud charge against him.
Mojeed also alleged that Kyari forced him to reveal the password to some of his bank cards, sign checks, and electronically transfer money to designated bank accounts, which added up to tens of millions. When Mojeed’s lawyer reached out to Kyari to resolve the matter, the petition alleged, Kyari told the lawyer that Mojeed was an internet fraudster, and that he proposed a deal with the lawyer to help him get another 15 million naira from one of Mojeed’s bank accounts. Kyari allegedly offered the lawyer a 5-million-naira reward as compensation for his cooperation, but the lawyer declined the offer.
Neither the EFCC nor the ICPC even acknowledged, much less acted on, Mojeed’s petition for a redress of what he said was gross injustice against him by Kyari. And Kyari didn’t even find it worth his while to respond to TheCable’s request to hear his own side of the story.
So, clearly, Kyari is habituated to immunity from the consequences of his transgressions and indiscretions. That happens only when you have powerful backers. But it’s different this time around. You don’t mess with the FBI and get away with it.
Court documents quote the FBI to have pointedly said Abba Kyari, “together with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, knowingly conspired to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.” This leaves no room for rigmarole. I think the game is over for the “super cop.”
I also think the Nigerian society should take some blame for nurturing personas like Abba Kyari. Our insatiable but often unmet hunger for heroes predisposes us to be susceptible to frauds masquerading as saviors. We can avoid this if we take as a rule of thumb the idea that most people who have a compulsive need to be overly showy and self-congratulatory about a virtue or a deed often have something to hide….
As the entire Brand and Marketing landscape in Nigeria continued to mourn the unexpected demise of the late Princewill Ekwujuru, who until his death, was the Chairman of the Brand Journalists Association of Nigeria (BJAN), the association has continued to receive letter of condolences from state government and other sectorial bodies.
For instance, in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor of Lagos State, Gboyega Akosile, and made available to the association in Lagos recently, Akosile said; “I received with shock the news of the unexpected and painful demise of Princewill Ekwujuru, Chairman Brand Journalists Association of Nigeria (BJAN), a thorough bred professional, veteran brand reporter, personal friend and colleague.”
According to him, “I was actually devastated by the news of his death despite efforts by BJAN and the Marketing Industry to save his life.”
“my heartfelt condolences to his wife and children as I extend prayer of comfort and relief to them at this trying moment.” He added. He also disclosed that, “may the good Lord ease the pain and Grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
“to the Executive and entire members of BJAN, I pray that the association is strengthened at this moment of grief.” He said.
Also, the management and staff of the Chenist United said that, they received with shock the painful exit of Princewill Ekwujuru, Chairman Brand Journalists Association of Nigeria (BJAN), a senior Brands and Marketing correspondent with Vanguard Newspapers and a friend of the Chenist family.
In a statement signed by Adebayo Sowemimo, Executive Director, Media Communications, Chenist United, and made available to BJAN, Sowemimo disclosed that, “we carefully monitored the events in the past two weeks when the unfortunate accident happened hoping that he will survive it. Therefore, we are saddened that, despite all the efforts put together to help him stay alive he could not make it.”
According to him, “our heart goes out to the Exco and the entire members of the association, and it’s our prayer that God will grant the association the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
“in the same vain, we convey our condolences to his wife and children and also pray that God strengthened them at this trying times.” He said
In addition, the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) expressed shock over the unexpected death of Princewill Ekwujuru.
In a condolence card, the advertising regulatory body pray that God should comfort members of BJAN, wife, children and friends of late Princewill Ekwujuru.
On their part, the Executive Council and members of ADVAN sent their sincere condolences to members of BJAN, family and friends of late Princewill Ekwujuru, noting that God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also, the British America Tobacco (BAT) sent in their condolences praying God to grant members of BJAN and the Ekwujurus the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In addition to condolences letter, the Executive Officer of FoodCo, Nigeria Lmited, Ade Sun-Bashorunsaid, “on behalf of the board and entire staff of FoodCo Nigeria Limited, I write to commiserate with the the Brand Journalists Association of Nigeria (BJAN) on the death of your Chairman, Mr. Princewill Ekwujuru.”
According to, “we will always remember Mr. Ekwujuru as a remarkable journalist who exemplified the virtues of professionalism and integrity and whose robust reportage helped elevate the discourse in Nige-ria’s consumer goods and retail space.” “he was also the rallying point of our engagement with BJAN, an Association he was clearly passionate about. Through his efforts, FoodCo was able to forge a strong symbiotic relation-ship with the body.” He added.
Meanwhile, he body of the late Princewill Ekwujuru’s body will be interned in his home town, Njaba, Imo State on the 2nd of September, 2021.
Speaking on this development in a statement made available to newsmen recently in Lagos, the chairman of the burial committee, Chief Goddie Ofose said; “Mr. Princewill Ekwujuru, chairman, Brand Journalists Association of Nigeria, will be committed to mother earth on September 2nd, 2021 in his native home, Njaba, Imo State.”
According to him, “his family needs all your support, noting that, details of funeral rites will be made available in subsequent days.”
The suspension of the Durbar is ill-advised, writes Wahab Oba
This is not politics. And it’s not funny. It’s absurd, ridiculous, provocative and contemptuous. The ongoing assault on the Emirate, the Emir and the contempt in Kwara State in the form of governance reached another horrible peak during the Ileya festival. The governor decided it was not safe to observe the Durbar; the most anticipated part of the annual Islamic rites of Eid Adha. In reaching that decision you would think he would cite the need to tackle the emerging third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic where Kwara is now on the list of states of interest. But no, the governor cited a seemingly fallacious ‘security reason’; few hours after himself and other political leaders in Ilorin and environment had observed the Eid prayers.
Though keen observers of trend of events in the last two years of this government would not be surprised by the ‘suspension’ of the people’s festival, this action further demonstrates the insensitivity to the sensibility of the people of the Emirate by our governor. Will those food vendors and hawkers who possibly have taken loans ever forgive this unilateral action of the governor? Even more sacrilegious is the shout of 4 + 4 at the prayer ground.
There is a political price for every political action! For the avoidance of doubt, our Durbar is not a government programme. It is the Emirate’s programme. The Emir should announce whatever would happen to it and not the governor.
For those who have followed the history of political dissent in this state, particularly in the emirate, our people often express their acceptance or disgust with political leaders at the Eid prayer ground. At the 2019 Eid, it was evident the people had something against the then establishment. As unethical and unreligious it was, they told their story with protest. But the then administration of Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed did not cancel the Durbar the following day. At this year’s Eidul Adha the people spoke to Dr Saraki, in a tone of apparent forgiveness, endorsement and restoration. The message was loud and clear: they have seen the ineptitude that has been foisted on our state with AA as governor and they are ostensibly rejecting it.
Was that why Abdulrahman Abdulrasak (AA) cancelled the Durbar, fearing that another appearance by Saraki, the Waziri Ngeri of Ilorin, at the event would be the ultimate burial of the AA political empire? Or was it a punishment for the loud anti-AA statement at the prayer ground? Kwarans cannot wait to see the end of this shenanigans parading our streets in the name of governance. It was a panic measure to curtail the resurgence of the Saraki enigma. But would it work? Definitely not. Not with the notoriety this governor has attracted to himself as a disappointment.
*But indeed, the governor would have needed ‘security at the Durbar. He would have needed it against the horses of APC members who are daily facing frustrations from his lacklustre style of leadership; he would have been made to answer questions by protesting Sunset workers, or local government officials. He would have been made to answer questions from supporters of the only opposition member of the House of Assembly who was suspended for asking questions about governance in a democratic government. He would have been made to answer questions on the dubious and bogus loans he has been taking which opposition parties argue have not followed due process.
I guess workers too might have used the occasion to ask him why he has not fulfilled his promise of paying them the minimum wage but resorted to the ‘Geri Gedi’ salary he once condemned. He would have been taken to task by some of his political allies on why governance in the state has suddenly become a family affair. He would have been made to answer questions on why he described Saraki as a dictator when he is now seen as worse than a dictator.
Why we must ask ourselves, is this governor up in arms against virtually everyone? Apart from Saraki, everyone knows his treachery against the palace. Even in his own political house, there is much unrest. Every day we keep hearing various stories on radio and in the newspapers about his ineptitude as a leader. The other day, the Minister of Information apologized for the error in choosing AA as a governor. Probably, people would have asked AA why did he deceive them to clinch the trophy. You see now why AA had to cancel the Durbar against all entreaties by those who matter in the emirate?
Someone has asked that if the government could not guarantee security at the Durbar in Ilorin, how would it guarantee the same across the state? The answer is simple: has the government not abandoned the pursuit of security in every part of the state? But for the gallantry of our security forces, does this administration appear to be interested in securing lives and property? Has the security situation not taken a turn for the worse in this state since the assumption of AA in office?
Truth be told, a government whose legislative arm can suspend a lawmaker for expressing an opposing view is a government that is scared of the people’s verdict. Deep down, I guess AA is afraid, even of his own shadow. Otherwise, let him organise local government elections to test the waters. If you would cancel or suspend the Durbar in 2021, what would you then do in 2022, when real politicking would have gained steam? Will you also cancel or suspend the 2023 elections as you have done to local government elections in the state?
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday honoured an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He was, however, allowed to go home at 9.15 p.m.
Spokesman of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the invitation extended to the former governor of Kwara State by the commission.
“He honoured an invitation by the commission”, he said.
A source told THISDAY that Saraki honoured the invitation shortly after attending a wedding ceremony of the daughter of former governor of Kwara State, Mohammed Lafiagi, at the Blue Velvet Marquee, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja. Uwujaren did not state why he was invited.
However, Saraki’s Media Office also last night confirmed that the former Senate President, on his own volition visited the office of the EFCC to clarify any issue that the commission would raise with him.
In a statement issued by Mr. Yusuf Olaniyonu, the media office recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the fundamental human rights case filed by Saraki during the period of the former chairman of the EFCC, which precluded the commission from investigating him until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the last hearing on July 14, 2021, pleaded with the judge that the order was preventing them from doing their job.
“Following this complaint, Dr. Saraki, as a responsible citizen, on his own volition approached the commission that at the earliest convenient date, he was willing to visit the commission’s office and clarify all issues they might want to raise with him.
“He, therefore, visited the commission’s office this afternoon and answered some questions. He is back home. He was not arrested. Dr. Saraki also assured the commission that he has nothing to hide and will always make himself available to clear all issues that may require his attention,” the statement explained.
As Senate President between 2015 and 2019, Saraki spent a considerable time facing allegations of corruption.
He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018.
In his new case with the EFCC, however, Saraki is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a network of cronies and proxy companies.
The suspected proxies, who executed purported contracts for Kwara State under Mr Saraki, allegedly made returns, for many years, to the former governor, forming an organised a network of dirty money flow.
The funds involved were huge, running into hundreds of millions in naira and hundreds of thousands in foreign currencies at various times, sources said.
Anti-graft investigators have obtained a list of the proxy companies involved and analysed a pattern of suspicious transactions between them and Saraki.
One of them has been reportedly responsible for funding Mr Saraki’s lifestyle, including paying over a hundred million to settle the bills for rent and renovation of Mr Saraki’s Maitama residence based on interviews with persons familiar with the property.
Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, is currently out of Nigeria but not hospitalised, his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, has said. Online reports (not by The PUNCH) had claimed that the governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 was hospitalised abroad. However, in a short statement sent to our correspondent on Saturday, Rahman said his principal was “hale and hearty”. The statement reads, “His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is fine. He is hale and hearty. He is not in any hospital. He has no medical problem that would require hospitalisation.
“Yes, he is out of the country at the moment. He will be back shortly. “Anytime he travels out of the country, the next thing some mischievous people would say is he is sick, hospitalised or has died. “It is shameful that perpetrators of this evil are not deterred by the fact that each time this fake news has been propagated, they have been proven wrong. “Who really is afraid of Asiwaju Tinubu? Those wishing Asiwaju Tinubu evil or dead should be careful. They should know the matter of life and death is in the hand of only God Almighty.”