- N1.9bn Fraud: EFCC to Investigate Health Status of Ontario Oil MD, Ugo-Ngali
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is to investigate the health status of the Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas Ltd, Mrs Ada Ugo-Ngali, who slumped in the dock at an Ikeja High Court as judgement was about to be given in an oil subsidy fraud case.
Ugo-Ngadi had on January 13 slumped as a sentence was about to be passed after she was found guilty of N1.9bn oil subsidy fraud.
Okunnu had found the Chairman of Ontario Oil and Gas Ltd, Mr. Walter Wagbatsoma; Ugo-Ngadi and the company guilty of an eight–count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretences, forgery and uttering brought against them by the EFCC.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Oladipupo Iye, told the court that anti-graft agency intended to investigate the claims of Ugo-Ngadi’s “critical ill-health”.
He said, “We have been served with a medical report as well as affidavits sworn to by doctors in Havana Specialist Hospital and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
“We need to investigate the claims made in the medical reports as well as in the affidavits.”
Counsel to the defence, Mr. A.D. Onyeke, admitted that investigations by the anti-graft agency would be in the interest of all parties and gave assurance that the EFCC would be duly informed and carried along on the status of Ugo-Ngadi.
He said, “It will be in our best interest to carry the EFCC along, they should participate fully in their investigations to enable them to see things for themselves.
“The status of my client cannot be permanent, the doctors are trying their best to make it conducive and easy for her to attend proceedings and face all that is ahead of her.”
Onyeke pleaded with the court to grant Ugo-Ngali sufficient time to enable doctors attend to her health.
Justice Lateefa Okunnu, while adjourning the case, said:“The pending applications and sentencing proceeding stand adjourned to Jan. 26.”
The conviction is the first of its kind since the prosecution of oil subsidy fraud charges began in 2012.
Wagbatsoma had in recent months been absent in court as he was believed to have been apprehended by the Interpol during a trip to Germany on June 6, 2016.
He is currently being held in the United Kingdom on charges relating to a 12 million pounds National Health Insurance Scheme Trust Fund fraud.
University Of Ibadan (UI) Goes Digital, Releases Timetable for Virtual Academic Session
University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced it is going ahead with resumption on February 20 despite the second wave of COVID-19.
In a statement released by the school, the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence virtually on February 20, 2021.
The virtual academic session will last for 13 straight weeks and end on Friday May 12, 2021, while the matriculation ceremony will hold on Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The University of Ibadan also scheduled one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases has compelled the Senate to approve the virtual academic session in an effort to ensure the tertiary institution abides by the protocols established by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“It, therefore, agreed that the 2020/2021 First Semester lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, students will not be accommodated on campus,” a statement from the school said.
“Senate also approved the cancellation of the 2019/2020 session. The next session is, therefore, renamed 2020/2021 Academic Session. Consequently, students who have been admitted for the 2019/2020 session will now be regarded as the 2020/2021 intakes.
“Kindly note that online opening of Registration Portal and Orientation Programme for the 2020/2021 intakes may commence ahead of the Sat 20/02/21 date indicated above,” the statement said.
House of Representatives Impeached Trump Over Capitol Invasion
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for the second time after instigating the US Capitol invasion.
Led by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 232 representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted to impeach the outgoing president against 197 that voted for him to remain in the office for the next six days when he would handover to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The ten Republicans were Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Republicans, who unanimously stood behind president Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were divided this time over the attack on Capitol.
A Republican representative from California, Kevin McCarthy, said “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
US Congress Declares Joe Biden as The 46th President of The United States After Trump Mob Left
The joint congress of the United States on Thursday, January 7, 2021 certified Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States following President Trump’s mob action that disrupted the congress joint proceeding on Wednesday.
After ordering his followers to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, President Trump later announced that there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
While the certification was just a mere formality as Biden had secured enough electoral college votes (270) required to clinch the world’s most powerful seat, the refusal of Donald Trump to accept the results of the November 2020 election made the session a keenly watched, especially after Trump mob disrupted a joint session of the Senate.
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