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NDLEA Writes Malami For Approval To Seize Billions In Kyari’s Bank Accounts, Other Assets

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BREAKING: Abba Kyari's Fate Undecided As Court Sentences Accomplices In Drug Deal To Two Years Imprisonment

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has written to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to seek the confiscation of the assets of suspended former leader of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari.

The NDLEA’s request which was reportedly filed and dispatched to the office of the AGF last week, followed Kyari’s arraignment by the drug bursting agency on March 7, alongside six other accused persons following their arrest for dealing in drugs and having links with an international drug cartel.

If the AGF gives the NDLEA’s request, the assets of the ex-IRT boss that could be seized include cash and money in his bank accounts, houses, both residential and commercial, vehicles, real estate, hotels, personal effects such as wristwatches and jewellery.

READ ALSO: Court Rejects Abba Kyari’s Bail Bid

Kyari and his co- accused, ACP Sunday Ubia, who was his deputy in the IRT, ASP James Bawa, Inspector Simon Agirigba, Inspector John Nuhu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alfonsus Ezenwanne, were slammed with eight-count charges of conspiracy, obstruction, and dealing in cocaine, and other related offences at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the NDLEA.

He was also indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States over an alleged involvement in a $1.1 million scam perpetrated by international fraudster, Abass Ramon, popularly known Hushpuppi, which led to Kyari’s suspension by the police in July 2021, amidst request by the FBI for his extradition.

During its initial investigations, the NDLEA said it had traced N4.2bn to an account belonging to Kyari’s deputy, Ubua.

It was also discovered that Kyari and Ubua had received a combined N4.2bn in different shady deals while they were still in charge of the IRT team.

According to the NDLEA, the sum of N1.4bn had passed through Kyari’s accounts when he was commander of the IRT, while Ubua received not less than N2.8bn which was traced to eight bank accounts belonging to him.

The agency stated that it suspected the funds may have been from the sale of a huge consignment of tramadol seized by the team at a warehouse from the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State because the monies hit the suspects’ account at about the same period of the seizure.

READ ALSO: Buhari Will Decide Kyari’s Fate Over Deal With Hushpuppi – Minister

While confirming the NDLEA’s letter requesting the confiscation of Kyari’s assets and bank accounts, its spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said it was a normal and regular procedure for the agency to make such s request.

“It’s a normal procedure to seek approval for a no debit order on suspects’ bank accounts when suspicious transactions are noticed in such accounts,” Babafemi said in a statement.

A senior officer of the agency who preferred anonymity, also confirmed the move, stating that under the NDLEA act, the agency could not just seize a suspect’s property without the consent of the attorney-general.

“Under the NDLEA Act, the NDLEA cannot forfeit his assets unless based on the consent of the attorney-general. The NDLEA wrote last week and the AGF is considering the request.”

 

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Ex-minister Paul Unongo Is Dead

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Ex-minister Paul Unongo Is Dead

A former Minister of Power and Steel in the Second Republic, Paul Unongo is dead.

Unongo, who hailed from Jato Aka in the Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, died Tuesday morning in Jos, the Plateau State capital at the age of 87.

A strong politician, he aspired to govern Benue State in 1983 but lost to the late Aper Aku.

In 2017, Unongo succeeded Maitama Sule as the chairman of the Northern Elders’ Forum.

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A close family source, who confirmed his death to reporters on the phone in Makurdi on Tuesday, simply said that his death would be announced in due course.

“Yes Wantaregh Paul Unongo died today Tuesday but I cannot say more than that because I am not authorised to do so. But our family will issue a formal statement on the development,” he said.

Another source in the state, who did not want to be mentioned, confirmed his death.

“This morning, I called and was told that they were bathing him but about 20 minutes after they told me he passed on,” said one of Tiv prominent sons.

Until his death, Unongo was the chairman of the Governing Council of Nigerian Educational Research Development Council.

Born on September 26, 1935, Paul Unongo, belonged to the Kwaghngise-Anure-Abera ancestry, in Turan, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State.

 

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BREAKING: Court Sentences IGP To Prison

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BREAKING: Court Sentences IGP To Prison

For disobeying a valid court order, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has been sentenced to three months in prison.

The sentence came from the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice M. O. Olajuwon, held that the IGP should be committed to prison and detained in custody for a period of three months, or until he obeys an order it made since October 21, 2011.

“If at the end of the three months, the contemnor remains recalcitrant and still refuses to purge his contempt, he shall be committed for another period and until he purges his contempt”, the court held.

The IGP’s committal followed a suit that was filed by a police officer, Mr. Patrick Okoli, who was unlawfully and compulsorily retired from the Nigerian Police Force.

READ ALSO: IGP Orders Troops Deployment On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Check Insecurity

Justice Olajuwon noted that though the Police Service Commission, PSC, recommended Okoli’s reinstatement into the Police, a decision that was affirmed by the court, the IGP, refused to comply with the order.

The court had also ordered the payment of N10million to the applicant, being special and general damages for the unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional denial of his rights and privileges as a senior officer of the Nigeria Police Force from 1993 till date.

 

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14 Working-day Paternity Leave For Federal Civil Servants Begins

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14 Working-day Paternity Leave For Federal Civil Servants Begins

With the Federal Government’s approval of the 14 working-day paternity leave for federal civil servants, the implementation of the policy has taken off.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, said this on Monday in a November 25 circular with ref no: HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE/RR/650309/3.

The circular titled, “Computation of Leave Based on Working Days and Approval of Paternity Leave in the Public Service,” said that this is in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition, that the computation of all leave shall be based on working days.

“Government has also approved Paternity Leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be 14 working days. The leave shall not be more than once in two years, and for a maximum of four children.

“Where the family of a male officer adopts a child under four months old, the officer will similarly enjoy Paternity Leave for a period of 14 working days,” Yemi-Esan said.

READ ALSO: Govt Approves 14-day Paternity Leave

She said that the request for such leave shall be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s (EDD) report of the officer’s wife or evidence of approval of the adoption of the child by the relevant government bodies.

She also said that the effective date of the circular was November 25, 2022.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) in September this year approved a 14-day paternity leave for men in the federal civil service, to make men properly bond with their newborn baby or adopted one.
She said the bonding was important to help the newly-born or adopted baby properly bond with the father in the early period.

“So, that is what has been approved for men so that the men and their babies also can bond well together. It’s important because we want the young children and the youth really to bond properly with their fathers, just as they bond well with their mothers.”

 

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