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See How N17bn Paris Club Refund Landed Obiano On EFCC’s Watch List

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Willie Obiano, the Governor of Anambra State, was placed on a watchlist by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly mismanaging over N17 billion Paris Club refund and security vote, investigations by Saturday PUNCH have revealed.

The PUNCH correspondent gathered that the governor who is presently out of the country had been under investigation for carrying out a various white elephants, including the Umueri International Airport project which cost was believed to be inflated.

It was learned that the EFCC had earlier invited some commissioners and principal officers over the alleged mismanagement of the state funds.

The Federal Government had shared N388.3bn among the 36 states and the Federal Capital as part of the reimbursement for the over-deduction on the Paris Club loan in December 2016.

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Seven states reportedly got above N14bn, four states got over N13bn, two states received above N11bn and five other states were given amounts above N10bn while the remaining 11 states got less than N10bn each.

Anambra State was said to have received N11.3bn.

The state governments had submitted their claims of over-deductions for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002 to the Federal Government due to the First Line Charge deductions from Federation Account Allocation Committee allocations.

The debt service deductions concern the Paris Club, London Club and multilateral debts of the Federal Government and the states.

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Many of the states reportedly shared their portions with their local governments mostly to settle the backlog of salaries and some of the state debts.

The FG subsequently released the second tranche of the Paris Club refund totalling N243.7bn which was shared to the states and the Federal Capital Territory following the approval of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on May 4, 2017.

Anambra State reportedly got over N6bn from the fund which was said to have been misappropriated.

The state’s loan burden under Obiano was also said to have ballooned to $111.48million. The facility was taken from China, India and other international organisations.

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Many citizens of Anambra State were said to have petitioned the EFCC, accusing the governor of allegedly frittering away the huge sums of money left behind by his predecessor, Mr Peter Obi.

They also accused the governor of burdening the state with debts without much to show for it.

The anti-graft agency had in a letter dated November 15, 2021 placed the outgoing governor on its watchlist and directed the Nigeria Immigration Service to stop him from leaving the nation through any of the international airports in the country.

The commission was said to have commenced a discreet investigation of the governor and possibly have intelligence that he plans to escape after he hands over power to his successor, Prof Charles Soludo, in March.

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Obi reportedly left billions of naira in the state’s coffers for his predecessor while handing over in 2014.

During a face-off with Obiano, the former People’s Democratic Party Vice Presidential candidate in the 2019 elections claimed he left N2.1bn in First Bank account no. 2018779464 for Oko erosion; N4.9bn in Sure-P Diamond account 0026290200; N1.7bn in Universal Basic Education Commission 1 Diamond account 0023484282; N2.1bn in UBEC 2 Diamond account 0031151473; over N4bn in many MDG accounts one of which was the N3.048bn in Fidelity Bank 5030047097 and over N35bn cash (set aside funds added) in all the banks.

Obiano also reportedly inherited $156 million in Fidelity Bank, $50m in Diamond Bank and another $50m in Access Bank, which sources said was mismanaged.

The Governor was also accused of not developing the state as residents complained of bad roads and the absence of infrastructure.

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A source said, “Take the Umueri international airport, which was being built at N16 billion. The state government initially budgeted N6billion for the project in its 2020 budget. In the 2022 budget, it allocated an additional N10bn for the same project which was located in his hometown.

“Investigators believe the project was being used to launder and siphon money from the state coffers. Apart from this, the governor is expected to explain how he utilised the Paris Club funds, the security vote and other allocations when he meets with our investigators because the money he spent doesn’t seem to be commensurate with the projects on the ground.”

But the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, claimed that the EFCC’s move against his boss was politically motivated by the All Progressives Congress.

Speaking on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television on Thursday, he stated, “Nobody invited him (the governor) to interrogate him or hear his side of the story. No petition was presented to him. He did not make any comments. But all of a sudden, the EFCC announced rather secretly…using the media as a third party…to announce that he is being watched. That is very surprising.

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“There is absolutely no reason for that. And worse, the EFCC gave the impression that the governor wants to bolt away when he has a whole four months to remain in office.

“It is unimaginable that a governor will abandon a state a whole four months to the end of his tenure. That is surprising. It just does not make sense to anyone simply because the whole exercise is politically motivated.”

The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, declined to comment on Adinuba’s allegations when contacted on Friday. “I don’t comment on such things,” he said on the phone.

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Drama As Female Preacher Aggressively Confronts Young Girls Over Indecent Dressing In A Market (Video)

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A dramatic incident has played out between a female preacher and some girls she accused of dressing indecently.

The preacher identified as Sister Kate in a video shared online could be seen aggressively confronting the girls because of how they dressed.

Sister Kate could be seen yelling at the top of her voice quizzing the girls on their reasons for dressing ‘naked’ market.

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The evangelist who did not give the ladies a breathing air enquired to know if they were believers and if their faith supports such an outfit.

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Olori Kafayat Adeyemi Dies In The US, 2months After Alaafin’s Death

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One of the wife’s of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has joined her ancestors.

The Oyo palace was thrown into mourning following the announcement of Olori Kafayat Adeyemi.

The queen was said to have died on Friday, July 1st, in the United States, barely two months after her husband, the Alaafin died in April.

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Though details of her death is still sketchy as of the time of this report, sources confirm that she died on Friday night.

The Director of Media and Publicity at the Alaafin’s Palace, Mr. Bode Durojaye, confirmed the incident on Saturday morning. He said:

”She died in the United States of America. I will give you the details later.”

Olori Kafayat Adeyemi was the fourth wife of the late Oba Adeyemi III. She was the mother of Prince Adebayo Adeyemi (D’Gov), who is the chairman of the Oyo State Local Government Pensions Board.

Before her demise, she was known as Iya Aguo or Iya Ibeji in Oyo Kingdom.

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Recall, the monarch, Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi was announced dead on April 23rd, 2022.

According to the Premium Times, Alaafin Adeyemi, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, died in the late hours of Friday, April 23rd at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.

The remains of the top Yoruba traditional ruler were brought to Oyo in the early hours of Saturday, April 24 and traditional rites began.

He was 83 years old and the longest reigning Alaafin ever, having ruled for 52 years.

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Nigerian Couple Welcome Twins After 14 Years Of Waiting

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A Nigerian couple identified as Samuel and Joy Olorunfemi have been blessed with a set of twins, a boy and girl, in June, 2022, after waiting 14 years for the fruit of the womb.

Joy’s brother, Ohimai Abraham took to his social media page to share the good news and also share photos of the proud parents.

He captioned the post;

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“IT’S LIKE A DREAM. Where do I even start from? “This woman you see here is my immediate elder sister. She was married and trusting God for the fruit of the womb since 2008.”

It has been 14 solid years of trials, temptations, mockery, disappointment, weeping, crying and dispair.

Men thought they had the final say throughout these 14 years. But Yahweh who rememberd Sarah has proven to men that Him and Him alone have the final say. He proved Himself in our lives by settling my darling sister with a balanced set of twins (a boy and a girl).

Since the news of her delivery got to me since Sunday last week I have been so overjoyed that i couldn’t even think of what to write and post. Now, I fully understand the meaning of Psalm 126:1-3:

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“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”

Indeed, what God can not do does not and can not exist. I beg make una join shout two solid Hallelujah to Jesus Christ our Lord.

Double Congratulations to my personal people Mr & Mrs Joy Olorunfemi Samuel Olorunfemi aka Papa & Mama Twins.

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Chinese Father Breaks Down In Tears After Son He Tutored Daily For 1 Year Scored 6/100 On A Math Exam

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A Chinese father was reduced to tears after the son he tutored daily for one year scored 6 out of 100 on a math exam.

The father who resides in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, received his son’s exam result on Thursday, June 23, and was filled with disappointment after seeing his math score.

A video trending in the Chinese cyberspace shows the father weeping uncontrollably upon seeing that his son scored only six points out of 100 in Math.

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He could be seen crying in a bedroom and wiping his tears while his wife could be heard laughing in the background.

“I don’t care anymore, my efforts are wasted, let him struggle by himself!” the father was quoted as saying.

According to the child’s mother, her husband taught their son math for hours every single day for the past one year and his result really broke his heart.

She said he was mainly disappointed because their son has been failing consistently in school and has been scoring between 40-50 points in previous examinations.

In other news, a heartbreaking video circulating online shows the moment a businesswoman broke down in tears after opening a bale she bought and discovered that it was filled with rags.

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In the video, the distraught woman who sells second-hand clothes also known as Okrika, could be seen crying uncontrollably as she checked the clothes in the bale.

According to her, she borrowed the money used in buying the bale and now she’s left with nothing because she can’t sell the rags.

She is heard saying, “God wetin I go do? I no get husband, children dey for school, God where are you”.

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