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PHOTO: Fani-Kayode Re-Arrested By EFCC

PHOTO: Fani-Kayode Re-Arrested By EFCC
Few days after his wife, Precious, tried to withdraw cash from an account under watch in Ekiti State, Femi Fani-Kayode has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The anti-graft agency arrested the former Jonathan Campaign organisation's spokesman today. 

Details of his arrest were sketchy as at the time or posting, but multiple sources in Abuja and Lagos confirmed to OluFamous.Com that Fani-Kayode was indeed re-arrested.

A source said his arrest is connected to fresh discovery through BVN which indicates that he and his wife are linked to several bank accounts.

Abdulmumin Jibrin Files Fresh Suit Against House of Reps, Requests N1Billion Damages

Abdulmumin Jibrin Files Fresh Suit Against House of Reps, Requests N1Billion Damages

Former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, has filed a fresh suit against the leadership of the House.

Mr. Jibrin filed the suit at the Federal High Abuja on Friday shortly after he withdrew the one of August 9 challenging plans to stop his suspension.

The former chairman of appropriation committee is seeking N1 billion as damages for his suspension.
He had made damning allegations against the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, his Deputy, Yussuf Lasun; Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; and nine other members, accusing them of padding the 2016 budget.

Jibrin, in the fresh suit, urged the court to declare his suspension as a violation of his fundamental human right to freedom of expression.

He prayed the court to declare that the resolution passed by the House of Representatives suspending him was in breach of Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Justice John Tsoho has fixed November 22 for hearing of the suit.

Abdulmumin Jibrin Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging His Suspension By House of Reps

Abdulmumin Jibrin Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging His Suspension By House of Reps

Suspended Nigerian Lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has withdrawn a lawsuit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, challenging his suspension from the House of Representatives.

NAN reports that Justice John Tsoho, struck out the matter after Jibrin’s Counsel, Mr Chukuma Nwachukwu, told the court that his client had filed a notice of discontinuance.

Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano State, was suspended by the House of Representatives for 180 legislative days.

How MTN illegally transferred Multi-billion Dollars out of Nigeria

How MTN illegally transferred Multi-billion Dollars out of Nigeria
The amount of money which South Africa's MTN Group is alleged to have illegally moved out of Nigeria is "mind boggling", a Nigerian lawmaker said on Thursday at the start of a parliamentary investigation into the telecoms company.

Nigeria's upper house of parliament agreed last month to investigate whether the firm unlawfully repatriated $13.92billion between 2006 and 2016.

MTN shares fell 3.2 percent to more than six-year lows after Bloomberg quoted a senator as saying the amount could be "outrageously higher". The shares later pared some losses.

The accusations of illegal transfers were denied by MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Ferdi Moolman, who appeared at the hearing.

"MTN categorically denies all suggestions that its bankers in strict violation of the FEMM Act (Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Act) and Foreign Exchange Manual, repatriated $13.92 billion illegally out of Nigeria," said Moolman.

The allegation is the latest setback for Africa's biggest telecoms firm in its most lucrative but increasingly most problematic market, coming months after it agreed to pay a greatly reduced fine of 330 billion naira ($1.08 billion) to end a long running dispute over unregistered SIM cards.

MTN officials, Nigeria's trade minister and four lenders were due to appear at the parliamentary hearing, which started on Thursday.

"It is not what we can sweep under the carpet. We intend to get to the bottom of the fact, all of the fact, nothing but the fact," said Olusola Adeyeye, a senator, reading out a statement from Senate leader Bukola Saraki, said at the start of hearing.

Dino Melaye, the senator who first made the allegations in a motion passed by lawmakers last month, said he raised the issue "as a patriotic Nigerian, a whistle-blower and an anti-corruption crusader", adding that he stood by the allegations.

MTN is the largest mobile network operator in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and has the continent's biggest economy. The country accounts for a third of MTN's revenue.

It follows a row between South African hotel and gaming group Sun International and Nigeria's EFCC over its investment in a hotel operator in Lagos. The disagreement caused Sun International to pull out of Nigeria in August.

Rafiu Ibrahim, chairman of Nigeria's senate investigative panel on alleged illegal repatriation of funds, said on Wednesday that a team of international and local accountancy experts and lawyers had been assembled to look into the matter.

"Investors are nervous with what's happening with Nigeria purely because the past history has shown us that typically the government tends to move the goal posts," Independent Securities trader Ryan Woods said.

($1 = 304.5000 naira)

- by Yahoo's Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Camillus Eboh
(Additional reporting by Ulf Laessing in Lagos; editing by Jason Neely and David Evans)

Obanikoro Hid $5.37 Million in Military Trunk for Fayose – Tope Aluko

Obanikoro Hid $5.37 Million in Military Trunk for Fayose – Tope Aluko

Former Secretary of PDP in Ekiti State has revealed how Obanikoro handed over $5.377m to Fayose. He also revealed that Obanikoro put the money in a green military trunk to give nine PDP elders.

A former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dr. Tope Aluko, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of how a former Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, handed over $5.377m cash to Governor Ayo Fayose.

He said the cash, which was put in a green military trunk by the ex-minister, was given to Fayose in the presence of nine PDP elders.

He listed those who witnessed the collection by Fayose as a former Secretary to the State Government, a senator, two members of the House of Assembly, a former Director-General and others.

Aluko, it was learnt, had one-and-a half hours hostile encounter with Obanikoro.

Upon receiving the large suit case (box) and a key to open it, he said, Fayose and Obanikoro retired into an inner room of Spotless Hotel for a brief discussion.

Aluko made the revelation during a grilling by the EFCC team against the backdrop of the ongoing probe of how the ex-minister shared the N4.745billion wired to a company linked to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The N4.685billon was transferred to Sylva McNamara Limited out of which N60million ($5.377m) cash was personally given to Fayose by the ex-minister.

Obanikoro however told the EFCC team that he gave Fayose the cash in the presence of PDP elders including Dr. Tope Aluko.

According to a source, Aluko told the detectives: “The ex-minister brought the $5.377million cash to Spotless Hotel for Fayose in a green military trunk. He was accompanied by four military men.

“Obanikoro handed over the trunk and a key to Fayose in the presence of nine eminent PDP elders in the state.

“Holding a piece of paper, Obanikoro later entered into an inner room in the hotel for a brief discussion with Fayose. Maybe the paper was for Fayose to acknowledge the receipt of the cash.

“Upon coming out, Fayose opened the trunk with the key and we all saw it was filled with dollars. We had a list of how we wanted to use the money but we had not expended the Naira cash at hand.

“Fayose, who asked me to call other PDP leaders, later took the trunk to his room at the hotel for safe keeping. That was the last we heard about the cash.”

Another source in EFCC claimed that Aluko and Obanikoro had about “one-and-a half hours of unfriendly encounter” before interrogators.

The source said: “Both Obanikoro and Aluko were brought to the interrogation room by EFCC detectives. They asked if Aluko had ever met the ex-minister, the ex-PDP Secretary in Ekiti State said: ‘Obanikoro was the liaison personnel between the Presidency and Fayose.

“He confirmed that he had met with the ex-minister at a meeting in Abuja before the delivery of the money.

“Aluko also admitted that he was present when Obanikoro brought the over $5.377m cash to Governor Ayo Fayose.”

The EFCC had uncovered how Sylva McNamara, which was incorporated in November 2011, was used for the slush funds from ONSA.

HOW TRUE? Buhari Orders Probe His Wife's Family

HOW TRUE? Buhari Orders Probe His Wife's Family
...Aisha still not back to Aso Rock?
Indications are that the troubles bedeviling Nigeria's first family maybe far from over judging by the demeanor of the President and the body language instruction dished out to the anti-graft agencies.

A highly reliable source stated that the EFCC has opened a comprehensive probe on the person of the 1st lady over her interaction with many lobbyists trying to reach President Buhari for favor.

OluFamous.Com was not able to confirm these developments as most of those contacted were not ready to speak about the "sensitive" issue. But according to 247 Ureports, source revealed that the relationship between the 1st lady and Mr President had so much deteriorated to a near none existent just within days after the swearing-in of Buhari as President of the federal republic of Nigeria.

Chief on the top reasons why the President turned away from the 1st lady was her desire to play the role of the 1st lady in the manner other 1st ladies had played.

Aisha Buhari wanted to have the type of influence over her husband as the other 1st ladies before her. She wants to influence who is appointed to certain sensitive positions in the administration, and to effectively control certain aspect of the government. 

The source adds that she had already become a lobbyist of some sort. 

Buhari got to know about this and blocked her out of his daily activities.

According to a source, Buhari was not comfortable with the tale from associates concerning Aisha’s mingling with politicians and businessmen who were interested in meeting with the President. For this reason, the President decided on avoiding communication with his wife, the 1st lady.

“She is from a different generation from Buhari and she has little personal relationship with her husband to enable her relate her [money] concerns to him," the source added.

Buhari’s realization of Aisha’s brother, Musa’s interference in his government was one of the initial problems that greeted the President. Aisha’s brother had begun reaching to individuals seeking to do business with the Buhari’s administration – immediately Buhari won the presidential elections.

Reports have it that he raised Millions within a span of six month following the presidential elections. The President was not happy with Musa. He directed for Musa to be bundled out of the Presidential villa and banished from Aso Rock.

According to 247 Ureports, Mr President has given the chairman of the EFCC the go ahead to probe any of his wife's family member who is using his government to make money and take action. 

Comedian Bovi and Wife Welcome A Baby Boy

Comedian Bovi and Wife Welcome A Baby Boy
Popular comedian Bovi Ugboma and his wife Kris have welcomed a new baby. She gave birth to a baby boy in a US hospital. This is the couple's third child, they already have a boy and girl

Mother and baby are doing fine. Congrats to the family!

Painful Tears...Man Cries As Fiancé Dies Weeks To Wedding

Painful Tears...Man Cries As Fiancé Dies Weeks To Wedding
It's never easy to lose a loved one, especially the love of your life. A Nigerian, Obayi penned down an emotional tribute to his fiancée Jennifer Obayi who died in his arms, in front of his house. The couple were meant to get married in December. How sad! Read what he wrote: