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N6.3bn missing fund: Jang playing religious card –Commissioner

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By Louis Ibah

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Former governor of Plateau, Jonah Jang, has been accused of playing religious card with the recent commissioning of the 10 Commandment Prayer Altar in the state.

Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Yakubu Dati, in a statement entitled: “The two faced Janus on the Plateau,” alleged that the former governor was using the commissioning of the prayer altar to divert public attention from the N6.3 billion allegedly mismanaged while in office. He urged the people to be wise.

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“The building of the 10 Commandment Prayer Altar by former governor Jang is an attempt to use religion to pull the wool over the people’s eyes in order to cover up for the failings of his administration. It is also a decoy to take the minds of the people off the current attempt by the Governor Simon Lalong-led administration to recover monies allegedly stolen during the tenure of Jang and for which the latter is standing trial.

“The case which has been on for some time now aims at recovering a whopping N6.3 billion from the former governor and many witnesses have appeared to testify and give evidence that will facilitate justice and hopefully, repatriation of stolen funds.

“But, as the people are astonished with these testimonies, Jang tries to play on their emotions by playing the religious card,” Dati said.

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Four welders embezzle N15m disbursed by Edo govt.

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The quartet of Isaac Ogundimu, John Odaro, Andrew Egharevba, and Omorogbe Jacob has been found guilty of embezzling the N15 million disbursed by the Edo State Government.

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The money was disbursed by the Edo State Government to the Edo State Welders Association for the empowerment of welders in the state.

The four men, who are executive members of the association, then diverted the money for their personal use.

However, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin, declare the men guilty on Friday.

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Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, who confirmed the development on Monday, said the suspects were arraigned in 2017 on a 15-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing by conversion, and forgery.

Upon arraignment, the four defendants pleaded not guilty setting the stage for a full trial.

To prove the allegations against the defendants the prosecution counsel, Moses Arumemi, Austin Ozigbu, Onyeka Ekweozor and Ibrahim Mohammed, called five witnesses and tendered eight exhibits while the defendants filed a no-case submission which was dismissed by the court and they were ordered to enter their defence.

However, Justice Ohimai Ovbiagele in her judgment found the defendants guilty, convicted and sentenced them to seven years imprisonment or a fine of N650, 000 each.

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Bogoro crisis: Dogara stripped of traditional title in Bauchi 

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A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has been suspended by the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Adamu, as Jakadan Bauchi.

The suspension followed the attacks on the convoys of the Emirs of Bauchi and Dass, Biliyaminu Othman, on December 31, 2021, by hoodlums on their way to Mwari for the 21st anniversary of a late leader and crusader, Peter Gonto.

Adamu, while speaking to journalists at a press conference in his Palace on Monday, said the suspension is with immediate effect.

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The monarch, who was represented by the Galadiman Bauchi, Sa’idu Jahun, said, “More surprisingly, he did not sympathise nor showed any sign of remorse towards what happened to their Royal Highnesses, the Emirs of Bauchi and Dass.

“The Emirate Council, therefore, decided to suspend his title of Jakadan Bauchi until the determination of the case by the court.”

had reported that the convoys of the two Emirs who were on their way to a book launch/anniversary lecture and Foundation launch, of Gonto, when they were attacked after it turned violent and had to turn back to Bauchi with some vehicles in their convoys damaged. The windscreen of the Emir of Dass was among the vehicles partly destroyed.

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Dogara, who represents Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Constituency in the House of Representatives and is in his fourth term, had written a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, informing him of security threats if the event is allowed to hold.

But despite the warning, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, gave approval for the event to hold just as he ordered the full deployment of police tactical teams to provide security to lives and properties before, during and after the memorial anniversary and book launch of the grandfather of Dogara’s wife.

Shortly after the memorial lecture and book launch commenced at the Government Secondary School, Mwari in Bogoro LGA, women and youths besieged the venue of the event forcing it to end abruptly.

They later set the venue on fire burning down chairs, canopies, musical equipment and many other properties. Ten houses were later confirmed by the Bauchi State Police Command in a statement, as having been burnt during the crisis.

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