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Rahama Indimi’s desperate moves backfire +Her secret romance with sacked Lawal Daura

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Negative reactions have trailed the recent post of the daughter of a Maiduguri, Borno State-born billionaire oil magnate and owner of Oriental Energy, Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Rahama over her recent post on Instagram.

Rahama had, in the post, disparaged her estranged hubby, who is a son of former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, Mohammed.

We have discovered in the course of our investigation that Rahama lied in her usual manner in her latest post on her Instagram page.

Rahama had written in the Instagram post that:

“Well, I won my case in Minna last year. But victory was short lived when Mohammed Babangida refused to accept his defeat.

“He brought his personal judge to hear the matter again in the same court instead of going to the Sharia Court of Appeal.

“I’m thinking since I’m done in Minna, I can finally move on with my life. Unfortunately, the case was re-listed. I told the court I’m not interested in doing the case. Lo and behold, the judge forced me to be the plaintiff, my lawyer said we are still not interested in the case.

“Fine, I’m forced to do a case that I know they have no jurisdiction over, against my will.

“Long short story, the judge said I’m not truthful because I have not a marriage certificate. What has customary law have anything to do with Sharia Law?

“This man changed the Sharia Law to fit to his client. He gave him exclusive custody of all the 4 kids.

“Mind you, Sharia gives my mum custody if I’m unfit to mother my children. Even, the two that are not within jurisdiction fa.

“Hey may God help our judiciary wo. Money talks and b””” shit works.

“I will continue to fight till my last breadth.

“Allah Kareem, Allah Wakil.”

A concerned observer pointed out that Rahama is a drowning fellow that is coming up with conjectures when Mohammed refused to be blackmailed.

“When she, Rahama was dating the former Director General of the Department of State Security, Mr. Lawal Daura, she got the case moved to Abuja and her ex-hubby decided to  wait for the ruling to be given, but they never did for 25 days which is against the law.

“A petition was written against the judge to the National Judicial Council (NJC), which now suspended the man. Thereafter, the case was  relisted and continued,” he said.

Our facts check revealed contrary to her claims that Mohammed started the case in court.

“The first judge assumed jurisdiction and because she was dating Lawal Daura at the time, she had him redeployed and a second judge was brought in who now ruled that he had no jurisdiction (as she wanted).

“That cause of action was in Abuja and not Minna. How does this translate to winning a custody case?

“When they requested for a copy of his ruling and by law she is to provide within seven days.

“Surprisingly, she didn’t until 23 days later after 3 reminders. “Mohammed’s counsel immediately took this up as a breach of his rights and quickly got the case relisted and a third judge was given the case.

“So taking her story hook line and sinker is dangerous because of the deception therein,” said a source.

The source added that  Rahama and Mohammed havebeen   to seven different courts during this period over the same matter.

The courts were given as Sharia court in Minna, Sharia Court of Appeal in Minna, Hiigh Court, Minna, Area Court, Abuja, Upper Sharia  Court in Abuja,  High Court, Abuja and Court of Appeal in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Another observer stressed that Rahama is not serious, and that she thinks its the way she did the first one using Daura.

“You don’t fight a lost case on the social media. If you lose as a decent person and you’re not satisfied, you approach a higher court and appeal it just like Mohammed did without any noise.

“Mohammed now has full custody of the four children and if he decides to pursue this matter further, Rahama might go to jail because she actually took the two children with her out of the country without the knowledge of their father, and wait, for this, the father has the passports of the children, but Rahama through her connections moved them out of the country

“She’s now attacking the police and the judiciary she has been using before cause this case hasn’t gone her way,” said the observer.

Sources wondered why the children of Mohammed Indimi have become a ‘nuisance’ to the society.

They gave an instance of two of his daughters, who were rude to their in-law and wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha.

It will be recalled that one of Indimi sons married a daughter of the Buharis, Zahra.

Another instance of the recklessness of the Indimis was that of one of Indimi daughters, Ameena, who was sacked by their father from his company.

Ameena seems to have become a consistent trouble maker and the most troublesome daughter of her father.

She is the wife of Mohammed, the first son of ex-Minister of Power and Steel, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, who died in a power bike accident.

It will be recalled that Ameena, who is fondly called Yataka, caused a stair during the traditional introduction ceremony of her brother, Ahmed and the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra.

Yataka insisted on taking her mobile phone into the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja, contrary to security protocol.

Ameena Indimi was removed as the Executive Vice President of the Nigerian junior Oriental Energy Resources (OER).

Her father, Muhammadu Indimi, OER founder and main shareholder, reportedly took the decision after Ameena fired several senior staff members without his consent.

It was gathered that Ameena laid off the company Managing Director and former Addax Petroleum executive, Ignatius Ifelayo, as well as several of her father’s personal financial advisors, including Michael Hailu.

It will also be recalled that the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office, recently said that two former top executives of a collapsed oil company, Afren Plc, owned by Mohammed Indimi, were sentenced to up to six years in prison after they were found guilty of fraud and money laundering offences over a $300m business deals in Nigeria.

Afren, an oil and gas exploration and production company once valued at $2.6bn on the stock market with operations in Nigeria, collapsed into administration in July 2015 after it was unable to service heavy debts.

The SFO, in a statement on its website, said Osman Shahenshah and Shahid Ullah received a total of 30 years for fraud and money laundering offences they had committed while they were chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Afren, respectively.

It noted that the men were found guilty at trial earlier this month for a scheme they created to profit from business deals Afren made with its Nigerian oil partners, without the knowledge of the board of directors.

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Wema Bank, Dana Airline in alleged money laundering scandal

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One of the nation’s topflight banking institutions, Wema Bank and Dana Air, owners of Sri Sai Vandana Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) have been fingered in a money laundering crime and may be prosecuted by the anti-graft agency.

According to a source, the airline’s inflight donation collected between 2014 and 2018 without following due process is the bane of contention.

“The EFCC will take it up. We will investigate and prosecute the crime element once prima facie is established,” the acting spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tony Orilade said.

Dana started Nigeria’s Sri Sai Vandana Foundation in 1995 and commenced the inflight donation in partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Nigeria. But after the airline suffered a major crash in Lagos in 2012 in which 153 persons died, it ceased the collaboration, ‘re-strategised’, and solely ran the inflight donations.

Reports also reveal how Dana through Sri Sai Vandana Foundation, got the inflight donations between January 2014 and October 2018, raking in millions of naira deposited into the Wema Bank account number 0121291839 without due registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), a prerequisite for complying with the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) regulations.

The EFCC official stated that the company will be sanctioned and that when there is a vacuum that is when we will lift the veil.

He further explained that by ‘lifting the veil’ he simply means “The company cannot run without humans. So, it is when everyone denies being members of the company that we go after the individuals.”

In line with the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, it is mandatory every Designated Non – Financial Institution, DNFI, to register with SCUML in order to legally operate in Nigeria.

Contravening the SCUML guidelines have some specific penalties, including “suspension or revocation of license, fines or imprisonment or both,” according to Sections 15 to 17 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended).

It stipulates a maximum of 14 years jail term for an individual but, in the case of a corporate organisation, the law says such organisation would pay “a fine of not less than 100 percent of the funds and properties acquired as a result of the offense committed” and would also have its license withdrawn.

Precisely, the law defines the unlawful act listed in subsection (2) of the Act to include “corruption, bribery, fraud, counterfeiting, and piracy of products…or any other criminal act specified in this Act or any other law in Nigeria.”

As such, Wema Bank officials involved in Dana’s account opening process may as well be prosecuted by the anti-graft agency, as soon as SCUML forwards its findings to the EFCC.

Source: ICIR

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Sanwo-Olu’s Chief of Staff, Tayo Ayinde dumps wife, …Marries millionaire’s sister

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Barely one year after the crash of his marriage, popular Lagos politician, Mr. Tayo Akinmade Ayinde has found love again. He is romantically involved with Doyin Ojora, a popular society lady. Ayinde, who presently serves as the Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, was the Director-General of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu Independent Campaign Group between 2018 and 2019.

This newspaper gathered that Ayinde ended his marriage to his first wife, Titilola, shortly before Sanwo-Olu’s gubernatorial project kicked off. Sources disclosed that Ayinde decided to end the marriage to Titilola and send her packing, for the flimsiest of excuses, which continue to elude the couple’s close friends. Not satisfied with his decision to call it quit with his first wife, Ayinde, reportedly, denied her access to their children.

Close sources disclosed that Ayinde’s decision to end his marriage with Titilola, has refused to sit well with his close friend. They can’t seem to fathom why he would dump the woman, who started from the scratch and made a lot of sacrifices to make him what he is today.

Sources revealed  that Titilola almost went into a state of depression when all efforts she made to reconcile with her family was frustrated by her estranged husband. Left with little or no option, the 49-year old lady left Nigeria and relocated to the United States, where she currently resides.

Meanwhile, Ayinde has since found love in the bosom of Doyin Ojora, a party-loving society girl. The two have since consummated the affair and now carry on as husband and wife. Doyin is in her late 30’s, and she is the niece of Otunba Adekunle Ojora, the boardroom businessman. She once worked with Ayodeji Joseph, during his tenure as Chairman of Apapa Local Government. Later, she was appointed as a caretaker of Apapa Local Council.

Ayinde, who hails from Ikorodu, Lagos State was born on the 24th of August, 1964 at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. He is an alumnus of Havard Business School, Boston, USA and University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Ayinde is a former security and intelligence personnel. He had previously served as chief security detail to the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu from 1999 to 2007.

A source close to the chief of staff, however disclosed that he and his estranged wife have been separated for about 3 years and they finally divorced last year. “It was as a result of irreconcilable differences, he’s a good man who has right to live well.

This was one of the issues that counted against him when he contemplated contesting for the governorship, Aswaju told him that “koni yawo nile,( he doesn’t have a wife) so, if he decides to do that now,is it wrong? The source said.

SOURCE: First Weekly Magazine

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Crisis rocks Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as D-G refuses to leave after tenure

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There is apprehension in the Abuja head office of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as a result of the decision of the Director-General (D-G), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, to remain in office after the expiration of his tenure.

Despite the order from the Permanent Secretary of the federal Ministry of Health, Alhaji Abdullahi, who is the overall boss of the ministry in the absence of a minister, that Ihekweazu should vacate office based on the content of his appointment letter dated August 1, 2016, he has bluntly refused to obey the instruction.

A presidency source, who is in the know of what is going on in the agency, declared that the Permanent Secretary has made an official complaint against the D-G to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

The presidency source said: “There is a complete loss of confidence in the D-G and the top officials no longer hold meetings with him”.

Aside the fact that this action may affect the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari, it may also affect the mandate of the agency to effectively respond to the challenges of public health emergencies.

NCDC Memo

The source declared that the Presidency is already shopping for a replacement “and this will be announced soon”.

The top four directors in the agency are Dr. Joshua Obasanya, Mrs. Olubunmi Ojo, Mrs. Nwando Mba and Mr. Y.Y. Abdullahi. Of these four, Obasanya is the most senior.

There are also Deputy Directors such as, Dr. John Oladejo, Mrs. Elsie Ilori, Dr. Priscilla Ibekwe, Dr. Chinwe Ochu and Dr. Olufemi Ayoola “and I can tell you for free that these top officials don’t see eye to eye with the D-G again”.

One of the junior officials in the ministry declared: “Our D-G has vehemently refused to vacate office, despite the instruction from the Permanent Secretary”.

He said Ihekweazu assumed office on August 1, 2016 based on a letter signed by the then SGF, Babachir David Lawal.

With Ref. No. SGF.6/XXI/356 and entitled APPOINTMENT OF NATIONAL COORDINATOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE NIGERIA CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (NCDC), the letter reads:
“I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved your appointment as National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of the National Office for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC).

“The appointment took effect from 25th July, 2016 and your emoluments and other conditions of service are as provided under Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances etc.) (Amendment) Act, 2008.

“I am to add that your tenure terminates at the end of this Administration unless otherwise decided by Mr. President.

“Please accept my congratulations and best wishes on your appointment”.

The source declared that Ihekweazu “pressed all the buttons” to ensure a renewal of his tenure in May and April but a fresh letter was not given to him.

“He should have left office since May 29 but he has been using delay tactics. I can tell you that the morale is down in our office. All our ogas (directors) don’t attend meeting with Dr. Ihekweazu again.

“I remember the last meeting they had with him was about two days after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for another term on May 29.

“The D-G should have left office on May 28 but he told them that he would leave office Tuesday of the following week. Twenty four hours to the day, he called them again and announced that he would leave office the following Thursday. All of a sudden, the next thing we saw was a letter from the D-G, informing all directors, heads of departments and members of staff that he would go on one-week leave from June 13 to 21”.

The letter, dated June 11, 2019, reads:
“Dear Colleagues, I will be proceeding on annual leave from the 13th to 21st of June, 2019.

“During this period, Dr. Joshua Obasanya will act in my capacity as Director-General.

“I am very grateful for the hard work and support from you all in the first half of this year. It has been an extremely busy period but with a lot of success and remarkable achievements.

“The prospects of what we can achieve in the next half of the year are very exciting. I look forward to more progress on this journey.

“Once again colleagues, thank you very much for your support.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu”

The source said the paragraph ‘The prospects of what we can achieve in the next half of the year are very exciting. I look forward to more progress on this journey’ is already causing ripples in the agency as it is believed that Ihekweazu does not want to vacate office, despite the expiration of his tenure.

The source alleged that the D-G “is still signing cheques and awarding contracts, backdating them to May 27”.

“There is a serious lacuna in our office. The sit-tight syndrome is already affecting our operations here. There is also the allegation of nepotism against the D-G. Since the D-G resumed from the one-week leave, I have not seen our ogas (directors) in his office. Now, we hear all kinds of rumours.

“There is tension everywhere. One of the ogas (directors) told me that they will not have any meeting with him. Honestly, since the Permanent Secretary advised the D-G to leave, I wonder what he is still doing in the office”.

Established in 2011, the core functions of NCDC include prevention, detection and control of diseases of public health importance.

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