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How Abba Kyari Received N8m From Hushpuppi To Arrest Rival

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The embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari received N8 milion ($20,000) from laundering suspect, Abass Ramon (aka Hushpuppi) for him to arrest and detain a “co-conspirator,” Vincent Kelly Chibuzo, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has alleged.

According to a document by the United States District Court for the Central District of California dated February 12, 2021, Hushpuppi contracted the services of Kyari after Chibuzo allegedly threatened to expose a $1.1 million fraud committed against a Qatari businessman.

“Kyari provided the account information for a bank account at a Nigerian bank, Zenith Bank, in the name of a person other than Kyari himself.” The allegation was contained on Page 59, item 145 of the document stated.

FBI Special Agent, Andrew John Innocenti, made the allegation in the ‘Criminal Complaint By Telephone Or Other Reliable Electronic Means’ filed before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Detailing the events leading to the alleged payment, the document stated, “On January 16, 2020, Abbas sent a message to Kyari on WhatsApp, and then placed five calls to another phone number (+2348060733588) that was listed as ‘Abba Kyari.’ Call records show that the last three of the calls were answered and that one of the calls lasted more than two minutes.

“Shortly after that, Abbas received a message from Kyari, confirming ‘We would pick him today or tomorrow.’ Abbas wrote, ‘I will take care of the team also after they pick him up.’ Kyari confirmed ‘Yes ooo.’”

The document averred that, based on the conversation described in paragraphs 143 to 145, Abbas planned to pay the Nigeria Police Force officers who arrested Vincent for that service.

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It alleged that “This was not the only time that Abbas arranged payments with Kyari”, adding, “On May 20, 2020, Abbas sent Kyari transaction receipts for two transactions from accounts at Nigerian banks (GTBank and Zenith Bank) of a person Abbas knew in the U.A.E.— a person also arrested with Abbas in Abbas’ apartment in the U.A.E. by Dubai Police on June 9, 2020 — to the Nigerian bank accounts of another person in Nigeria.

“The amounts on the transaction receipts totalled 8 million Nigerian Naira, which was approximately $20,600 based on publicly available exchange rate information.”

The FBI document noted that, “Attempting to reason with Abbas, on January 18, 2020, Chibuzo recounted for Abbas all the assistance he had provided in the scheme to victimize the victim Businessperson, including creating the “power of attorney” document, devising a story to tell the victim Businessperson, and facilitating the creation of the “telephone banking” number and fake Wells Fargo website.

“On January 20, 2020, Kyari sent to Abbas a biographical, identifying information for Chibuzo, along with a photograph of him. In a conversation immediately following, Abbas confirmed, ‘that is him sir.’

“Kyari stated, ‘We have arrested the guy. He is in my cell now. This is his picture after we arrested him today.”

According to the document, Kyari then sent the biographical information about, and photograph of Chibuzo to Abbas, using two different WhatsApp numbers — the second of which Kyari said was his “private number.”

“From that point on, Kyari and Abbas primarily discussed the arrest and detention of Chibuzo through WhatsApp on this ‘private number,’” the document stated further.

“After receiving the photograph of Chibuzo, Abbas stated, ‘I want him to go through serious beating of his life.’ Kyari responded, ‘Hahahaha,’ and Abbas replied, ‘Seriously sir.’

“Kyari then asked for details about what Chibuzo did on audio, which Kyari said was ‘So that we will know what to do.’

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“In response to Kyari’s question about what Chibuzo had done to Abbas, Abbas sent Kyari an audio message, which is transcribed here, describing how Chibuzo had tried to steal away a fraud victim (i.e., “the job”) from him:

“What he did is, I have one job. The job wants to pay me 500, umm, 75,000 dollars [i.e., $575,000]. He went to message the job behind me because I told him to help me make one document for me to give the job. Then he went—he has a—I gave him the details.

“Then he went to message the job behind my back and try to divert the money and in this process, he tell the job because of the documents he gave me that I gave the job, he tell the job, ‘These document they sent to you before. These people are fake. This money—is me who can help you to get it. Come to me le—bring this money you want to pay these people to me. I’m the only one who can help you,’ and all these things to divert the job for himself.

“After listening to the message, Kyari wrote, “Ok I understand. But he has not succeeded.” Abbas claimed Chibuzo had taken some money, and provided Kyari with two screenshots, one of which contained the phone number 3054405586 (the phone number Chibuzo used to contact the Victim Businessperson).

“Abbas then told Kyari, ‘Now the [Victim Businessperson] was skeptic to pay me the money cos he keep attacking the [Victim Businessperson] from his end. Now I can handle the [Victim Businessperson] correctly.”

The document further alleged that “Abbas further told Kyari that he wanted to pay money to send Chibuzo to jail for a long time, stating, ‘Please sir, I want to spend money to send this boy to jail, let him go for a very long time.’

“Kyari responded, “Ok bro, I understand; I will discuss with my team who arrested him . . . And handling the case We will do something about it.’

“Abbas responded, ‘Let me know how I can send money to the team sir. Let them deal with him like armed robber.’ Kyari responded, ‘OK I will send their account details to u.’”

“Abbas further wrote, ‘He betray me and try to take food out my mouth, this is great punishable sin,’ and Kyari responded, ‘Yeah bro.’

“Abbas then continued, ‘I want him to suffer for many years.’ Kyari responded, ‘Hahahaha! Hahahaha.’”

The document alleged that, “Approximately six minutes later, Kyari provided the account information for a bank account at a Nigerian bank, Zenith Bank, in the name of a person other than Kyari himself.

“Abbas responded, ‘Ok sir, tomorrow by noon,’ indicating that he would make the payment to Kyari’s team by the next day.

“Approximately a month later, on February 19, 2020, Kyari sent a message to Abbas, saying, ‘Hello hush with [sic] need to talk about the subject under detention with me.’

“Abbas asked, ‘Should I call u on this number sir?’ to which Kyari replied ‘Yes call me.’

“The following day, Kyari sent Abbas multiple photographs of Chibuzo to Abbas, including close-up photographs showing a rash or skin disease on Chibuzo’s torso and arms.

“Abbas responded, ‘I don pity am, make them leave am from Tuesday.’ Kyari wrote, ‘Ok bro, they just brought him from hospital. The fever and the rashes is giving him serious wahala. He got the disease from other suspects in the cell.’

“Abbas responded, ‘I see am, I no too pity am. That’s what people like him deserve, but I go forgive am for God sake.’

“Abbas then said, ‘No problem sir from Tuesday he can go,” apparently giving Kyari his blessing to release Chibuzo from custody.

“Kyari responded, ‘Ok bro. We will also keep his phone and other gadgets for some weeks.’ Abbas responded, “Yes those ones they should not give him again, those ones are gone . . . Make he no see those ones again for life.’

“Kyari responded, ‘Yes he will not see it again,” indicating that he would accede to Abbas’ request.”

Kyari has been suspended by the Police Service Commission as Head of the Intelligence Response Team based on the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba. A panel has also been established to probe the matter.

 

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Old Naira Notes Still Valid Legal Tenders –  Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has again extended the use of the redesigned 200, 500 and 1000 naira notes.

This is the second time the Supreme Court has extended the validity of the old naira notes following a botched currency redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

In October last year, the CBN began the currency swap policy that caused monumental hardship to Nigerians.

To ameliorate the difficulties, many states governments sued the federal government, urging the Supreme Court to reverse the monetary policy.

With the deadline for the affected notes nearing, the Federal government, approached the Supreme Court for another extension of the notes validity.

A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court led by John Okoro had in March ordered the CBN to continue to receive the old notes from Nigerians until 31 December, 2023.

The court had held that the directive of then President Muhammadu Buhari for the redesign of the new notes and withdrawal of the old notes without due consultation was invalid.

Emmanuel Agim, a member of the panel, who read the lead judgement, also condemned the President’s disobedience of the court’s 8 February order that the old notes should be in use.

At Wednesday’s proceedings, the Supreme Court panel led by John Okoro, ruled that the old notes remain legal tender until they are replaced with the redesigned notes.

According to Okoro, the old notes would co-exist as legal tender with the redesigned ones.

The ruling was based on a request by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), who was accompanied by the acting Director, Civil Appeals, Federal Ministry of Justice, Tijani Gazali (SAN).

The court, in the ruling, reviewed its earlier order that the old notes should cease to be legal tender by the last day of December 2023.

Okoro said “the old versions of 200, 500, 1000 naira notes/currency shall continue to be legal tenders alongside the new or designed versions until the government decides to bring the circulation of the old versions to an end after its consultation with critical stakeholders and after putting all required structures in place.”

Other members of the Supreme Court panel are – Uwani Aba-Aji, Helen Ogunwumiju, Ibrahim Saulawa, Adamu Jauro, Tijani Abubakar and Emmanuel Agim – all agreed with the ruling.

Former President Buhari and ex-CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, had pursued the naira redesign policy in disregard for the Supreme Court order halting it.

Earlier this month, the CBN announced “its desire to extend the legal tender status deadline of the old design of N200, N500 and N1,000 denominations, ad infinitum.”

The bank also indicated in its statement announcing the plan of the government to approach the Supreme Court to vacate the subsisting order on the matter.

“Thus, all banknotes issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in accordance with Section 20(5) of the CBN Act 2007, will continue to remain legal tender, ad infinitum, even beyond the initial 31 December 2023, deadline.

“The Central Bank of Nigeria is working with the relevant authorities to vacate the subsisting court ruling on the same subject,” the CBN statement had said.

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Senate Confirms Tunji Olaopa As Federal Civil Service Commission Chairman, 11 Others As Board Members

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Prof. Tunji Olaopa, the new Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission .

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of a professor of public administration ,Tunji Olaopa, as Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).

The upper legislative chamber also approved 11 others as members of the FCSC representing various states of the Federation.
This followed the presentation and adoption of a report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by the Chairman Sen. Oluwole Cyril (APC- Ekiti) at the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday.

Presenting the report, Oluwole urged the Senate to consider the request of President Bola Tinubu for the confirmation of the nominees for appointment as Chairman and members of FCSC.

He said the request was in pursuance to section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constituion of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

Oluwole disclosed that the committee during the secreening of the nominees received documents from the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate).
He listed the documents to include resumes, police clearance reports and asset declaration documents of the nominees.

According to him, the committee deliberated on the qualifications, experience and competency of the national nominees and their suitability for the appointment.

He said the nominees were eminently qualified for the appointment, saying that there was no adverse security reports and petition against them.

He said the nominees possessed the requisite qualifications, professional experience, competence and capacity to further ensure success of the FCSC.

He therefore urged the senate to approve their nominations. The Senate, thereafter confirmed their appointments.

Those confirmed as members of FCSC include:

Dr.Dauda Ibrahim Jalo representing Adamawa ,Gombe and Taraba states; Ededet Eyoma, representing Akwa-Ibom and Cross River states; and Dr.Chambalin Nweke, representing Anambra, Ebonyi and, Enugu states.

Others are Rufus Godwin representing Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers states; and Dr. Adamu Hussein representing FCT and Niger;
Aminu Nabegu representing Jigawa and Kano states; Hindatu Abdullahi, representing Kaduna and Katsina states; and Shehu Aliyu representing Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states.

They also include Odekunle Rukiyat representing Aduke ,Kogi and Kwara states; Sarah Sosan, representing Lagos and,Ogun; and Dr.Festus Oyebade representing Osun and Oyo.

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Ogun To Distribute 5000 C Of O On Friday

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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun State government will, on Friday, December 1, distribute 5000 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) to beneficiaries.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the office of the Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, said Governor Dapo Abiodun would present the certificates to beneficiaries, thus enhancing the value of their properties, as they can be used as collaterals, while house and landowners can also take advantage of the state’s proximity to Lagos to maximise value.

The beneficiaries are drawn from the Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS) and the immediate pass administration’s Home Owners Charter (HOC).

The event will be held at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

According to the statement, beneficiaries would be mandated to present valid means of identification.

They will also be accredited by the Bureau of Lands & Survey before the commencement of the distribution.

“The present administration in the state embarked on the exercise aimed at authenticating land documents of all house owners in the state with a view to adding value to the properties and getting the owners to formalize and benefit maximally from them.

“Additional 10,000 certificates of occupancy are in the pipeline for distribution within the next one year, urging interested applicants to take advantage of the opportunity,” the statement read.

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