- EFCC After me Over Saraki, Magu’s Rejection
A member of the Senate representing Delta-North Senatorial District, Peter Nwaoboshi, on Friday, alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is after him over his loyalty to President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
He alleged that the EFCC was also after him and other senators due to their opposition to the confirmation of the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, by the Senate.
The lawmaker denied the allegation that his Bank Verification Number had been linked with 20 different company and personal bank accounts, urging the EFCC to contact the firms.
It was reported on Friday that based on a petition from an undisclosed author in Delta State, the EFCC was investigating Nwaoboshi’s alleged complicity in the non-execution of N4bn contracts awarded by the government of Delta State.
The EFCC was reported to also be investigating how the lawmaker operates 20 accounts in six banks with different signatories.
He was alleged to have used a company to buy a 12-storey building in Apapa, Lagos, which belonged to the Delta State Government, for N805m.
Nwaobosho was also accused of not declaring all the companies and bank accounts belonging to him to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday, Nwaoboshi denied the allegations.
He said, “They said I have 20 bank accounts and that my BVN number is linked to the 20 accounts but my brother is the signatory to those accounts. If you have a BVN, can it be different from the signature to an account?
“Again, if it is true, what disqualifies my brother from owning 50 bank accounts for his businesses if he decides to own different accounts for his companies? What disqualifies his company from owning an account in different banks? Is there is any law that says a company should have only one bank account?
“These are just meant to malign, discredit and stop me from talking. I learnt they are planning to arrest and detain me. I am the wrong person because it will not stop me from talking and doing the work my people sent me here to do. Great men have gone into detention – those bigger than me.”
He further said it was the duty of the CCB to verify the information provided in his assets declaration form. He stated that it was not a case to be handled by the EFCC.
The Senate had rejected Magu’s nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari based on a damning report by the Department of State Services.
Nwaoboshi said, “If the power of confirmation resides here and that power of confirmation and rejection has been exercised, the appointing authority should do what is needful. That was what I said and that was what I was supposed to say. If the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, of which I am a member, takes a decision on a matter, it is binding on the members.
“I am a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Senate is an institution I must protect. I was not born a senator. I am a teacher, lawyer, businessman before becoming a senator. I have come and I will go but the institution of the Senate must be defended.”
When asked if he felt his investigation by the EFCC was due to his loyalty to Saraki, he replied, “Yes, we are paying for the alleged sins of our principal.”
The lawmaker stated that he was not in the Delta State Government during the period under which EFCC acts under investigation were committed.
He said, “EFCC can go ahead to contact the companies. I have nothing to hide and we have nothing to hide in the companies. We do business and we stand by the business because we have a name. We have nothing at all as a company to hide in this matter. Although, I am no longer a director in the company.
“For me, I don’t have a problem; they will go to court and we will go to court. All they want is what I’m telling you; they cannot stop me from saying what I believe in. What I believe in, I will say it.”
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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