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N254m car bribes: EFCC begins trial of Senator Bassey Akpan

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Senator Bassey Albert Akpan: charged with receiving car bribes worth N254m

Senator Bassey Albert Akpan: charged with receiving car bribes worth N254m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday filed a 14 count charge at an Ikeja High Court against another serving senator, Bassey Albert Akpan, for allegedly receiving 12 cars worth N254 million as bribes.

Akpan, 45, who is representing Akwa-Ibom North-East, received the vehicles between 2010 and 2014 from Olajide Omokore, a businessman and oil mogul, when he (Bassey) served as the Akwa-Ibom Commissioner for Finance.

Akpan is to face a seven-count corruption charge as a public officer and for inviting bribes as a result of his own action.

On his part, Omokore is also facing a seven-count charge bordering on offering gratification to a public officer and giving bribe on account of the action of a public officer.

However, the duo as well as their counsel were absent in court on Monday when the case was announced for mention at 4.05 pm on Monday, according to NAN.

Mrs Zainab Ettu, the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, requested a new court date to enable the anti-graft commission arraign the senator and the businessman.

“We do not have the defendants in court today, though we had earlier anticipated that we would have them in court at a later date.

“We will be asking for a further date, most preferably, after vacation,” she said.

Responding, the vacation judge, Justice Obafemi Adamson noted that the case had not been assigned to a judge, making it difficult to adjourn the case after vacation.

The judge ordered that the case file should be sent to the Registry of the High Court for assignment to a judge, who will hear it.

According to the charge sheet, Bassey received the vehicles from Omokore over a five-year period (2010-2014) in Lagos.

Akpan received the bribes while serving as the Akwa-Ibom Commissioner for Finance and Chairman of the Akwa-Ibom State Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee (IMDLCC).

On May 10, 2010, Bassey Akpan also allegedly corruptly received a BMW X5 BP worth N50 million from Omokore in December 2012 and another Infinity QX 56 BP worth N45 million from him.

On November 2013, the serving senator received a Toyota Landcruiser V8 BP valued at N40 million and in March 2014, he received a Range Rover, also valued at N40 million from the businessman as well as in September 2014, another Toyota Hiace High Roof car valued at N27 million.

Others are Toyota Hiace High Roof car valued at N16 million and six units of Toyota Hilux vehicles valued at N36 million.

The anti-graft commission claimed that the car gifts were given to Bassey by Omokore in exchange for contracts from the Akwa-Ibom Government.

The offences, according to the EFCC, contravene Sections 63 (1)(a), 64 (1)(a) and 98(1), (a), (i) of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.

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2019 presidential debate: Ezekwesili, Moghalu, Durotoye speak on Atiku, Buhari’s absence

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The five candidates present at the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), have reacted to the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar form presidential debate.

DAILY POST reported earlier that President Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku, shunned the event.

While Atiku had in a statement given Buhari’s absence as his reasons for boycotting the debate, the APC candidate, Buhari did not give any reason behind his absence.

However, candidates present at the debate; Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) have condemned Atiku and Buhari for their absence.

Reacting during the debate, Moghalu said the first reason Buhari and Atiku are not around for 2019Debate is arrogance, adding they have taken Nigerians for granted.

According to him, “There are two reasons they are not here: Arrogance: They believe Nigerians will always come to them. They have a sense of entitlement but not a record of service to the people of Nigeria.

“They cannot answer the questions to be asked tonight.

Durotoye in the other hand said “Atiku and Buhari’s absence means the future is here. “

He also connected their absence to pride, saying pride comes before a fall.

Also, Ezekwesili on her part said: “Atiku and Buhari have simply announced their exit from the governance of this country following their absence from the debate.”

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PDP speaks as Atiku boycotts presidential debate, says ex-VP ready to face Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday declared that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar was ready to face President Muhammadu Buhari in a debate any day or place.

PDP stated this while reacting to Abubakar’s failure to take part in the debate, following Buhari’s refusal to show up.

The presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) had President Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku, counterpart conspicuously absent.

While Atiku had in a statement explained his reasons for boycotting the debate, the APC candidate, Buhari was yet to make any official comment for refusing to attend.

Candidates present are; Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP)

However, PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a tweet wrote: “The peoples candidate, @atiku, cut short his trip to @usa to debate @Mubari. Sadly, @MBuhari failed to turn up

“@atiku will debate @MBuhari any day, anytime and anywhere including the Banquet Hall of Aso Rock.”

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The mother of billionaire businessman, Omofemiwa Ibrahim is dead.

The septuagenarian died in a fire accident at her Victoria Garden City (VGC) residence on Saturday.

Mrs Ibrahim was pronounced dead at the scene after the arrival of fire fighters.

Her corpse has been deposited at the morgue.

Madam Ibrahim moved to VGC to be close to her billionaire son after she was released by kidnappers in 2011.

She was kidnapped in Igbotako, Ondo State and released in Sapele, Delta State after her family paid millions of naira as ransom.

Jimoh Ibrahim has confirmed the incident.

A source close to him told DAILY POST that Ibrahim was “very sad” about the development.

Ibrahim, who is currently in London, was said to have been informed earlier in the day.

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