ROY MOORE LOSES ALABAMA SENATE SEAT

ICHEOKU says all the effort were not enough to see himthrough the finish line. The armada of forces amassed against him was almost humanly insurmountable. Election is one crazy thing and the lynch mob successfully took down a good man who would have been great for Alabamans. The take Roy Moore out conspiracy played their last joker by fielding in a Write In ex-marine ultra conservative candidate and he snatched over 20,000 votes conservative votes which would have been more than enough to win the election. But hey, the sun will still come up tomorrow morning, regardless. ICHEOKU says congratulations to Doug Jones onhis election victory, as Alabama now switches from red Republican to blue Democrat Senate seat. Salute

ALABAMANS SHOW ROY MOORE SOME LOVE: VOTE ROY MOORE

ALABAMANS SHOW ROY MOORE SOME LOVE: VOTE ROY MOORE
ICHEOKU says the long awaited Tuesday December 12th 2017 is finally here for the people of the Great State of Alabama to tell Washington DC to mind their gaddam business and stay the heck out of Alabama's internal affairs matter. VOTE ROY MOORE.

ROY MOORE IS THE ONE: VOTE ROY MOORE

ALABAMA VOTES ROY MOORE. ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 12TH, 2017 ALABAMANS WILL VOTE TO SEND A MAN WHO FEARS GOD TO Washington DC TO HELP PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP CONTINUE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. VOTE ROY MOORE FOR SENATE !

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT
ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.

ROY MOORE: THE PEOPLES CHOICE

ROY MOORE: THE PEOPLES CHOICE
ICHEOKU says VOTE ROY MOORE. VOTE ROY MOORE. VOTE ROY MOORE. VOTE ROY MOORE. VOTE ROY MOORE. VOTE ROY MOORE. VOTE ROY MOORE

PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ARE ENGAGED: HURRAY!

ICHEOKU says they look nice together and hopefully the crazy media and their paparazzi hordes will let them be and not force them into a life of misery or accidentally run them off the cliff. Lady Di's tragic experience is still painfully fresh till this day and no one, not ICHEOKU, wants to relive or experience such awfulness again, NEVER again. May God protect and bless the duo as they take their baby steps into the journey of of so many unknown absurdities called marriage. All the best Harry and Meghan.


North Korea: A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM.

ICHEOKU says it is official, the reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jung Un has succeeded in invoking the wrath of the United States of America and now his country been put back into the list of States which sponsors terrorism. So alongside Iran, Sudan and Syria, North Korea will now pay a hefty price economically and as rightly articulated, this latest designation will further squeeze the country and force it into a better behavior.


ALEX EKWUEME IS DEAD

ICHEOKU says former Nigerian Vice President during the second republic presidency of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Dr Alexander Ifenayichukwu Ekwueme, is dead. He died of natural causes in a London hospital. He was 85 years old. May his soul now rest. Adieu Alex.


TESLA TRUCK ARRIVES: HURRAY!

ICHEOKU says while you were distracted and not paying attention, the man who has revolutionalized driving with his zero emission and zero gasoline, 100% electric Tesla cars, has added yet another vehicle to the Tesla family stable. An all electric truck that can go up to 500 miles on a single charge. ICHEOKU says congratulations to Elan Musk and group.

ALABAMANS: DONT LET WASHINGTON DICTATE TO YOU, VOTE ROY MOORE FOR SENATE.

WHO IS AFRAID OF A SENATOR MOORE?

ICHEOKU says after nearly forty years in public office and about eight elections he participated in during so many decades, nothing was heard, not even a whiff. So for this allegation to come out now is nothing short of a hatchet job, orchestrated by the NEVER MOORE crowd and their Swamp establishment sponsors who do not want a straight shooting purist in the United States of American Senate. But drain the swamp is a task that must be done and Judge Roy Moore will help see the effort through. Vote Moore for the Senate. He will represent Alabama creditably well in the Washington DC. Show them pepper Judge and please DO NOT backdown or cave in to the latest attempt to blackmail you out of running. Trump did not backdown and so should you. Salute


AMERICA STRONG!

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."


HACKS BY DONNA BRAZILE: A BOOK OF WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

ICHEOKU says the long knives are coming out and only a person with an AK47 will have an edge in the current political saga convoluting the Democratic Party, since their loss of the last presidential election. Ordinarily, this book of Hacks would have been a good window into the occultism that has become the Democratic Party, but coming from a woman who herself is an insider HACK in chief and who stole debate questions from Fake News CNN and handed them over to Queen Crooked I Love Money Too Much Hillary Clinton, to enable her gain an undue advantage over the silver haired frail grandpa Bernie Sanders, makes it a highly lethargic, loathsome read. But hey, since it takes a dog to know one of its kind, Donna Brazile's latest book Hacks might be what Americans need to read in order to understand What really Happened; despite a book of similar title by the crooked woman, Queen Crooked Hilary Clinton, which rehashed her own peculiar facts, lies and fantasies. ICHEOKU will definitely read Hacks, but will not pay a dime for it; hope you too.

THE INGRAHAM ANGLE: ICHEOKU WATCHED AGAIN.

THE INGRAHAM ANGLE: ICHEOKU WATCHED AGAIN

ICHEOKU says as promised, gave Laura Ingraham another chance at watching her new show The Ingraham Angle. Yes, it is with delight that ICHEOKU reports that Day 2 was much better and saw a lot of improvement from its debut. She is lit and her presentation was much livelier and grasping than yesterday's. ICHEOKU will be watching and observing and hopes that it will make ICHEOKU a firm believer. Kudos to Laura.

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE FOUND!

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE EMERGES!

ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY CLINTON

ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.


ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.


DAPHINE CARUANA GALIZIA MURDER: UNACCEPTABLE.

DAPHINE CARUANA GALIZIA MURDER: UNACCEPTABLE

ICHEOKU says the European Union must not allow this barbarism to go unsolved or unanswered. A journalist blogger blown up in a car bomb because of her writings and in an European Union member country is simply unacceptable. As a result the authorities in Brussels must demand a thorough investigation or better still lead the effort to unravel the monsters behind her assassination and bring justice to them. Daphine Caruana Galizia's murder must be solved and cannot be allowed to become another statistic of journalists killed to suppress freedom of speech. May her soul remain restless and haunt her killers until they are served justice. Adieu Daph.


GLAD TO BE CARRIED TO FULL TERM.

GRATEFUL TO BE CARRIED FULL TERM

ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


IPOB NNAMDI KANU: A BRITISH CITIZEN ABDUCTED BY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT!

IPOB NNAMDI KANU: A BRITISH CITIZEN ABDUCTED BY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT!
ICHEOKU says he is a British citizen leading the effort to free the people of Biafra from the clutches of the feudalistic Fulani controlled Northern Nigeria. Now, he is missing following the raid of his country home by the Fulani Army of Northern Nigeria. ICHEOKU says President Muhammadu Buhari led Nigerian government sponsored abductions and murders is on the increase and you wonder what it will take the international community to call him to order.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.
ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.

IPOB: NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - USA


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.

BIAFRA CANNOT BE WISHED AWAY BY THE FULANI/HAUSAS

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ROCKET MAN; ON A SUICIDE MISSION.



"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do." - PDJT


DONATE TODAY TO HELP REBUILD LIVES!

DONATE TODAY TO HELP REBUILD LIVES!

ICHEOKU says the Red Cross does one heck of a good job going to the assistance of the needy; so in these times of great need, occasioned by so many hurricanes, flooding and earthquake, show that you really care, donate to help the victims rebuild their wrecked lives. Remember that the Almighty rewards a cheerful giver.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.

North Korea PUT ON NOTICE

NORTH KOREA  PUT ON NOTICE: DON'T PUSH ME.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY
ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.

PDJT ISSUES A VERDICT ON ISLAMIST TERRORISTS


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


BBOB: BRING BACK OUR BIAFRA

ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.
#BringBackOurBiafra.





"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE - STEVE JOBS

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ

EVIL CANNOT BE TRULY DESTROYED.

"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


ONLY THE POOR WISH THEY HAD STUFF?

“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

THE HIT LIST - our incredible but true story series: Serie 1!


These are true stories! They did happen! Please welcome to the debut of our new Sunday page titled "The Hit List". It is a purveyor of the past week's synopsis of weird, strange, incredible but true stories and some eye-catching Kodak-moments as compiled by our team of bloggers. Happy trails!
1.
Open Marriage: is it imaginable the thought of your spouse having intimacy with another person to your knowledge? American Will Smith just admitted to that and further revealed that it has been the little secret behind his over ten years marriage with Jada Smith. How does that sound to you? Jaded, may be! Isn't this strange? According to an interview he gave to a British Magazine, REVEAL, Will Smith said " our perspective is, you don't avoid what is natural, and you're going to be attracted to people. And if it came down to it, then one would say to the other: 'Look, I need to have sex with somebody. Now, I'm not going to if you don't approve of it.' In our marriage vows, we didn't say 'forsaking all others.' "

2. Black Widows: Two women in Los Angeles, California, United States of America were convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy to murder for financial gains of two men, Paul Vados 73 and Kenneth McDavid 50. They were sentenced two life terms each without the possibility of parole. According to the prosecution, the two convicts Helen Golay 73 and Olga Rutterschmidt 75 befriended two homeless indigents, took out life insurance policies on each of them and then killed them in a staged accident of what initially appeared to be a hit and run auto accidents; and collected $2.8 million dollars proceeds of the life insurance on the two men before they were busted. Delivering his judgment, Superior Court Judge David Wesley said " the two men you killed needed only food and water and shelter. They needed a helping hand. They thought they were getting this from you. Instead these unfortunate men were sacrificed on your alter of greed." Could it get more weird than this? Such old hags (ladies) nearly pulled this heinous crimes off. What are they going to do with such a huge amount of money being so near their own graves at seventy plus years old? I don't think so; but please be the judge.
3. Lover fights dog to death: In Redwood City, California, United States of America, a man tired of sharing his girlfriend's bed with her little Chihuahua dog, kicked the dog so hard that she suffered five broken ribs, punctured lung and liver and huge blood loss. An emergency surgery at Sequoia Veterinary Hospital could not save little Chihuahua named Chiquita who died as a result of the blunt trauma. The lover was enraged that the jealous dog urinated and defecated on him while he was sleeping over at the girl friends' house. The suspect, Mr. Ariel Aspedilla of Manteca who posted a fifty thousand dollar bail, is awaiting trial for "dogicide" - the killing of little Chiquita! Incredible? Just a dog some critic will say! But not in the land of America wonder - dogs do have rights too!
4. Nigeria electoral wonder: In Nigeria, the current Senate President David Mark won in only two out of seven districts in his senatorial zone in Benue State yet he "won" the seat anyway and is today the President of the Senate as most recently confirmed by the Appellate Court! How could this be possible? Only in Nigeria where Olusegun Obasanjo single handedly installed Umaru YarAdua as President. It will also be recalled that it was the same David Mark who as chairman of NITEL bought a 33million pounds sterling golf course in Ireland; talk about a national assembly of corrupt officials and who said, Nigeria will be fixed? With these kind of shady charactered men at the helm of affairs, the situation may be near hopelessness. As if that was not shocking enough, a member of the House of Representatives Nuhu Aliyu alleged that so many of their members are criminal master minds of the 419 notoriety; today after series of threats and arm-twisting, the crusader has been intimidated into grave silence and these are still "honorable" men? Icheoku does not think so but would rather they are properly designated for whom they are - "dishonorable men"! How can an allegation of such a disparaging magnitude be made against a whole Nigerian House of Representatives alleging criminality and all the members did was to sweep it under the carpet. If this is not a cover-up, then nothing else so qualifies. Also Senator Jubril Aminu still chairs the Senate Foreign Affairs committee and you ask why the Siemens $12million dollars bribery scandal which implicated him has fallen off the radar and then you will begin to understand Nigeria. So when Nigerians are treated as pariahs all over the world, don't feign ignorance or surprise surprise as to the root-cause. A country which leadership is constituted of criminal minds by extension is populated by criminal minds also otherwise why the statusquo? Only in Nigeria! Shocked?
5. How large do you think a crocodile can grow? Take a look at this picture and say your Holy Molly! This alligator was found between Centre and Leesburg , Alabama, United States of America near a dwelling house! Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator - guess he wouldn't cooperate? Neighbors had been telling the occupants that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations. However they later realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Alabama Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast.
Joe Goff, 6'5' tall, a game warden, walks past the 28-foot, 1-inch alligator he shot and killed in their back yard.
This is the end of our this week's mind-numbing stories and until next Sunday when we shall come your way again, stay tuned. Hope this debut was worth the hype! In any event however we shall continue to improve with subsequent publications. See you on the 27th July, 2008. So long!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

A typical Nigerian 419er: Nuhu Aliyu’s shameful acts
January 31, 2008 · 2 Comments
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By Adeola Aderounmu.

Those who are hoping to hear the names of the fraudsters in the National Assembly or in the House of Reps have been fooled. In Nigerian politics, all the politicians are fraudsters. This is why I was confused when one Nuhu Aliyu threatened that he would name some 419ers in the Nigerian lawmaking assemblies.




On what moral ground would Nuhu have been making such a disclosure when all that we know about Nigerian politics is dirtiness and insanity? The governance itself headed by Umaru remains illegitimate and questionable. Was it not 419 to swear in a president without an election? What votes were counted that resulted in the emergence of all the lawmakers from all the 36 states of the Federation?




What a shame indeed! Nuhu is now the one apologizing to his brothers and sisters-in-crime for his act of bravado. He wrote a letter in which he referred to himself and all the fraudsters alike as members of the same family. This is the truth anyway, I can take that. Members of the same family and in fact birds of the same feather.




Nuhu’s lawyers have now told him that he cannot accuse anyone of being a 419er unless the court of law says so. What was he thinking before he dropped the bombshell in the House last week? Did reasoning depart from him at that time? Of course not!




What has happened is that some behind the scenes manipulations have taken place. I can only imagine that there are other people who know about his own dirty secrets and involvements in the destruction of Nigeria. Those people are also ready to reveal his shady dealings in the police to the glare of the public.




In addition, one cannot rule out the possibility of the threat to his life by some of the 419ers and their accomplices. One can assume that this threat may have been extended to his friends and family. With a den of killers like the PDP, you don’t want to mess around in Nigeria’s arena of politics.




With a very useless letter addressed to the persons like Umaru and David Mark, the shamefulness of the act becomes pathetic. But the mistake made here is that this letter is an attempt to end the controversy and sweep the case under the carpet. These men are all jokers. How could they have forgotten soon that the Nigerian media will not allow them to rest on this one?




The people may be voiceless and resilient but sometimes they have been propelled by the media and certain voices of reasoning to leave clear indicators as to the limit of acceptance of mad acts. Though we are still battling with the illegal regime of Umaru, Patricia Etteh’s saga remains a victory for the masses and the media. We are aware that our fight against corruption have not yielded expected positive outcomes, but our knowledge and understanding of the unfolding revelations in recent months have helped to enlightened us on the nature of the real evil. The Supreme Court decisions, popular and unpopular, are mild approaches to the nature of the changes that may come.




In any case, Nuhu’s outburst and shameful withdrawal are clear examples of what the politicians take us for. The people are fools, just tell them it was a slip of tongue and let’s move on with business as usual, abi na their papa or mama vote for you? No be we arrange you to come this house? We no send you here to come put sandsand for other people garri. Chop your own make you comot. Infact, clean your mouth on your way out! Hun! Na so we dey do things here. Make you no come play super ex-cop for here at all. Wey your name sake Ribadu today?




Tomorrow, somebody will come and tell us that Nuhu Aliyu should not have made such a reckless statement in the House. They will tell us that there are due processes and the rule of law. What they will not tell us is that that is the last we shall hear of the controversy or claims. There are so many National cases and scandals that are pending or forgotten. Why? Because we always move on with our lives! Because we have extremely short memories! Because as a people we are not sincere! Because majority of Nigerians who are critics and writers are waiting for opportunities to scrape from the corridors of power from the level of the local government to Abuja.




Nigeria remains in a serious dilemma. Other nations are making progress and building on what they have. We have refused to make progress and we continue to destroy every fragment of our society and country. If Nuhu cannot reveal the 419ers in the House, shame on him. For real, shame on the useless National House of Assembly! Shame on the House of Representatives! Shame on Umaru’s clumsy approaches! One thing cannot be overrule and that is the fact that all these people were not elected. They were selected in the notoriously evil wuruwuru dictatorial arrangements. They have not disappointed me by their actions. Afterall, it is business as usual. Carry go!

Anonymous said...

EFCC Reopens Probe Into Siemens 10m Euros Bribe
*Set To Prosecute Those Involved In Scandal

By Sam Akpe, Deputy Editor, Abuja

Ranking Nigerians mentioned in the Siemens 10 million Euro bribe scandal which rocked the nation, last year, will soon face interrogation and possible prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Sunday Independent confirmed on Friday that the anti-graft commission has re-opened investigations into the issue and would soon invite all those involved to answer questions.

Last December, the EFCC, under its pioneer chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, took over the case from the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), but nothing was heard of the matter afterwards.

There were speculations later that President Umaru Yar'Adua was bent on protecting some powerful people named in the scandal and had directed that the case be transferred to those who would do what he wants.

Various top ranking Nigerians, including former ministers of communications and notable politicians were alleged to have demanded and collected huge sums from the company before facilitating award of contracts.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to unravel the bribe scandal.

All the payments were allegedly made in euros. Most of those mentioned in the scam were rankled by newspaper reports and had proceeded to deny involvement.

Until now, they must have thought the matter had been swept under the carpet.

The President had on Tuesday, December 27, 2007, through his former chief of staff, Mohammed Abdullahi, demanded that the case file hitherto controlled by the ICPC be handed over to the then chairman of EFCC.

Thereafter, EFCC was said to have only questioned Cornelius Adebayo, a former Communications Minister and ex-governor who was among those mentioned in the scandal.

Although details of Adebayo's statement were not made available to Sunday Independent, sources said "the case was ordered closed by the former EFCC boss after that interview while others also mentioned were left unattended to."

Among those alleged to have been bribed but who have denied the allegations are Senator Jubril Aminu; Tajudeen Olanrewaju, David Oyegun, a former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Ahmed Datti, formerly of Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL).

But sources said on Friday that the new leadership of the EFCC is ready to execute the investigation to conclusion and that those found to have been involved would be prosecuted immediately.

EFCC head of media and publicity, EFCC, Femi Babafemi, confirmed that the case has been re-opened and that since the contract dates back a long time, there were a lot of documents to examine.

Babafemi noted that the culture of documentation in Nigeria is relatively poor and for that reason, some of the documents on the case were not readily available.

He said, "some of the documents have actually disappeared" since the investigation commenced last year and was later suspended.

The EFCC spokesman said because the scandal and the contracts involved had international links operatives of the EFCC would travel to Germany to also look at files at that end.

Gratification by Siemens AG was said to have been given between 2002 and 2003 when most of those mentioned left offices either as ministers or bureaucrats.

Siemens was last year quoted as admitting in a court in Germany that it actually bribed Nigerian officials in spite of great efforts at denial by those mentioned in the scam.

Thereafter, the Federal Government, at a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, revoked a huge contract hitherto awarded to Siemens.

Government also barred the company from getting any fresh contracts in Nigeria until the bribe scandal is resolved.

Siemens International had in November 2007 made effort to meet with Yar'Adua to explain its situation to him and seek forgiveness to continue business in Nigeria. The firm had written a letter to the president on November 21, 2007 through one Rudi Lamprecht, a member of the Siemens Management Board.

Siemens which has been operating in Nigeria since the 1950s, had its last contract before 1999- the 250,000 fixed lines Lagos job awarded by NITEL before it was privatised.

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