N25bn Alleged Fraud: Goje Denies Ever Being Charged With Story still on EFCC website

Sen. Danjuma Goje, has said that he had never faced a N25 billion corruption charge preferred by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Goje, the senator representing Gombe Central at the National Assembly, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Danjuma Goje

His denial is however running contrary to a story published by the EFCC on their website in 2013 which clearly stated that the former Gombe State Governor was standing trial along four others for 25 billion alleged fraud.

The story on the EFCC website reads in part: “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has urged Justice B.O. Quadri of the Federal High Court, Gombe, to discountenance the opposition of Sambo Muhammad Tumu to the admissibility of his statement which he claimed was obtained involuntarily.

“Tumu, a food supplier to Gombe State Government House alongside the erstwhile governor of Gombe State, Muhammad Danjuma Goje and four others are facing a N25 billion conspiracy and money laundering charge brought against them by EFCC.

“At the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th May 2013, his counsel Paul Erokoro, SAN insisted the statement of his client should not be admitted in evidence”.

However, in a statement signed by Mr Paul Erokoro, lawyer to the senator, Goje said the claim was “inaccurate and untrue.”

Erokoro was reacting to recent reports in the media that corruption charge being faced by the senator were withdrawn following his decision to step down from the Senate president race in June.

Screen shot of the story on alleged N25 billion alleged fraud against Goje posted on the EFCC website

He insisted that the actual amount mentioned in the charge was N9 billion.

“The so-called “N25b fraud” that has been bandied about in the media, never featured in the case.

“The sum total of all the monies mentioned in the charge was about N8b.

“Of that total, N5billion was a loan taken from Access Bank for completion of infrastructural projects such as the Gombe airport, waterworks, numerous roads, Gombe Jewel Hotels, schools, hospitals and rural electrification.

“The bank testified in Court that the money was properly utilised for the projects. The EFCC investigators also confirmed to the Court that the projects were all completed.”

On the N1 billion agricultural loan, he said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had testified in court that the loan was utilised in full compliance with the bank’s loan conditions.

“Other witnesses told the court that the governor never awarded any contract for the supply of food to Government House and Government Guest Houses during his tenure for the N1 billion alleged in the charge or for any other sum.

“On the N1.6 billion for the supply of English Dictionaries for primary and secondary schools, the Court was told that Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) gave its approval and that the contract was advertised in two newspapers and that reputable book publishers and suppliers tendered and that State Universal Basic Education Board awarded the contract to the lowest bidder.”

He said all the 19 counts of the charge around the above monetary issues collapsed during the trial.

He said because the prosecution witnesses completely exonerated the defendants was why the 19 counts were all dismissed by the court, on the the ground of No Case submission.

He added that the star witness of the Prosecution, a senior EFCC operative who headed the investigation, told the court that throughout their investigation, no money belonging to the Gombe State Government was traced to the Governor, his family members or associates.

He because of their embarrassing nature, the two counts of the charge were withdrawn by the Attorney-General of the Federation and not on political negotiation as being speculated.

Panic as Reno Omokri Revealed Company Behind Deleted INEC Server

Reno omokri a former Special assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on his official Twitter earlier today revealed the company behind the now deleted INEC’s server.

Reno Omokri

According to Reno, INITS Nigeria Limited, located at 16 Majaro Street, Onike, Yaba, 100001, Lagos, Nigeria is the firm behind the deleted server.

The INEC’s server which ought to ‘house’ collection data used at the last general election where incumbent Buhari was announced the winner but Atiku Abubakar insist there were many irregularities during the election and proofs were all on the server which INEC claimed was only used for testing during the election. Below are some of the headlines in the past months after the election.

Reno Omokri claimed INEC took down the server and he has evidence to prove it. He wrote “Dear @INECNigeria, If you are not guilty, why take down your server? Are you aware that @Google takes a DAILY screenshot of servers? Are you aware that I have what you WIPED CLEAN? Are you aware that I have the names of your contractors? “

Reno wrote-“This is Femi Taiwo, the man behind the now deleted INEC server. Nigerian and foreign journalists should interview him. If he denies, then I will provide more evidence. He can be reached on 08034544165 or info@initsnf.com”

Buhari Signs AfCFTA Agreement

President Buhari on Sunday signed the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), leaving Eritrea as the only member of the African Union that has not signed onto the historic accord.

” This morning in Niamey, Niger, I had the honour of signing the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), on behalf of Nigeria. I wish to assure you that Nigeria shall sustain its strong leadership role in Africa, in the implementation of the AfCFTA.”-President Buhari on July 7th 2019.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Benin’s President Patrice Talon signed the agreement on the sidelines of 12th Extraordinary Summit of the AU Heads of State and Government here in Niamey, capital of Niger.

Nigeria and Benin became the 53rd and 54th signatories of the AfCFTA agreement, which started its “operational phase” on Sunday.

The African free trade accord was launched on March 21 last year in Kigali, capital of Rwanda.

The AfCFTA agreement came into force on May 30, after the deposit of the required minimum of 22 instruments of ratification by AU member states to the African Union (AU) Commission.

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Five more instruments of ratification have since been deposited, bringing the total number of countries that have deposited their AfCFTA ratification to the AU Commission to 27. Gabon and Equatorial Guinea submitted their ratification instruments on Sunday.

Once operational, the African free trade accord is projected to boost the level of intra-Africa trade by more than 52 percent by the year 2020, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

The AU said the AfCFTA “has laid the foundation” for what could be the world’s largest free trade zone by the number of participating countries, covering more than 1.2 billion people with a combined gross domestic product of 2.5 trillion U.S. dollars.

32-Year-Old Adebo Ogundoyin Emerges Oyo Speaker

Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on Monday unanimously elected a 32-year-old lawmaker from Ibarapa East constituency, Debo Ogundoyin as the speaker of the house.

Ogundoyin, a second term lawmaker, emerged as the Speaker shortly after the Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde inaugurated the Assembly on Monday morning.

Ogundoyin came to the 8th Assembly last year after he won the by-election which was held after the death of the former Speaker, Mr. Michael Adeyemo who died on Friday, 27th April 2018.

Ogundoyin, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also won the March 9th House of Assembly election and got elected to the present 9th Assembly.

He emerged unopposed with a unanimous voice vote of the 32 members Assembly. He is an alumnus of Babcock University, football lover and fan of the Red Devils – Manchester United

He is an Agronomist by profession.

Adebebo Ogundoyin is one of the sons of the late foremost philanthropist and industrialist, Chief Adeseun Ogundoyin, a native of Eruwa in Oyo State.