ICHEOKU says they did it, deservedly and rightly earned; the boys from Paris. ICHEOKU says congratulations.



ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”

Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.


“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.


America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.



ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute



ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.



ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.

ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?



"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.


ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.


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.


"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."



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 she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.



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.



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.


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.


“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.



"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 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.



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.


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.


"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.


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.

"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


“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


"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)


“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.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


And you are wondering why Nigeria is stunted when this man is a representative of the kind of men that preside over its affairs! Nigeria Saturday Sun Newspapers is reporting that about one billion Naira ($100,000.00) was invested in a voodoo (juju) project by a Nigerian government official and this is in a country where more than 80 percent of the population lives below abject poverty line (on less that 50 cent a day). At the centre of the storm is Mr. Sam Edem (pictured here right) a former diplomat and chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), an agency responsible for Niger Delta. What manner of man would engage in juju in this day and age of IPhone and Ipod, with men living in Space Stations? Addressing newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Monday, August 4, Mr. Edem admitted that a medicine man collected money running into hundreds of millions of Naira from him. And in a handwritten statement to the police, Mr. Sam Edem volunteered that the amount of money the "fraudster" collected from him was about N800 million Naira".
But the medicine man claimed that it was payment for a job he did for Mr. Sam Edem and by him. According to his statement to the police, the medicine man claimed that Mr. Sam Edem contracted him to eliminate or incapacitate, by diabolical means, Mr. Timi Alaibe, Managing Director of NDDC and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa-Ibom State as well as “work on the Vice President, Jonathan Goodluck (so that he can always obey him (Edem) and always support him if there is any plan to remove him from office)”. Continuing the medicine man said,that the petitioner used his own hands to burn the sum of two hundred and seventy million Naira while naked in a cemetery in Port Harcourt as part of the ritual. Based on the seriousness of the task he asked me to perform, I charged him N570 million wherein he paid N310 million deposit leaving a balance of N260 million. But after the expiration of the period within which the said Timi Alaibe was to die, the petitioner came to ask why the charm did not work and I told him that his (Alaibe’s) spirit is too strong. On Governor Akpabio, Mr. Edem demanded a charm of influence which I prepared for him. I told him clearly to use the charm to touch Akpabio’s drink after which he should use it to touch the ground. Th charm affected the governor adversely that he was flown abroad for treatment. Being afraid that the governor may die, Mr. Edem came back for me to dilute the spell for which I charged him extra 50 fifty million Naira to secure the governor's life, which he gladly paid.

Denying the allegations, Mr. Edem retorted, the whole thing has a lot to do with 2011, which
they think I will contest the gubernatorial election. But I had told the governor that I will be one of those to lead him back to the government house in 2011. I will be a fool to try to destroy the governor whom I helped to bring to power. I don’t believe in pull-down syndrome. Akwa Ibom should rise as a group and condemn this syndrome. There is a campaign of calumny to smear my name. I can’t start now at 58 to plan killing somebody.”

Many people in Nigeria are outraged and scandalized that at this age, the country's leaders remain avid patrons of juju practitioners. Government by jujumen in Nigeria is the rock-bottom of a society dangerously accelerating towards a precipice. Not too long ago, Nigerians were treated to a macabre drama when the then godfather of Anambra State politics, Chris Uba told a bewildered nation that pursuant to making Dr. Chris Ngige governor of the state, the governor took an oath of loyalty at the notorious Okija shrine in Ihiala, Anambra State. Also a photograph showing the present
governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji in a fetish mode (here left pictured) going through power rituals in a shrine is equally instructive of the abysmal crass leadership Nigerians are punished with. One commentator said that the juju saga is a sad commentary on the country’s leadership-content. Continuing, it is indeed a great tragedy that in this 21st century where contest of ideas make the difference, those occupying offices in this part of the world still pander to the queer and mundane. It is even more confounding when you consider the fact that many of the juju patrons are "educated" people, "enlightened" people who ought to know better. To which Icheoku asks what manner of primitive leaders do Nigerians have in their country?
According to reports reaching, the Federal Governmentt has directed the police and the EFCC to thoroughly investigate how the NDDC chairman, Mr. Sam Edem made the kind of money he allegedly lost to the sorcerer. It was gathered that the Presidency reasoned that if Edem could spend such amount, it means he has much more money than that while the people of the Niger Delta are wallowing in abject penury which feeds the militancy.


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Disbelief, Shock Trail Arrest Of NDDC Chairman

Pays N150m To 'Juju' Man

Shock, Disbelief Trail Arrest
From John-Abba Ogbodo (Abuja) and Ayoyinka Olagoke (Uyo)
THE South-South parliamentary caucus of the House of Representatives yesterday expressed shock over the arrest by the police of the chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Sam Edem.

Fielding questions from The Guardian on telephone yesterday, the chairman of the South-South parliamentary caucus in the House of Representatives, Andrew Uchendu, described the incident as strange.

But he urged the police to thoroughly investigate the matter and if found to be true, "the law should take its course."

Similarly, Senator Effiong Bob, representing Uyo senatorial district, where Edem hails from, implored that the law should not be spared on the matter.

The police, at the weekend, stated that Edem was arrested over alleged money paid out to some native doctors to carry out some unlawful missions for him.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Agbrebi Akpoebi, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), the police said Edem was arrested following an allegation that he paid the sum of N150 million out of an agreed sum of N800 million to one Dr. Perekambowei Oga, a sorcerer.

This was to spiritually influence the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, to award him (Edem) juicy contracts and influence the Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan, to give him protection in the event of any problem.

The police also said that the contract involved the killing of the Managing-Director of the NDDC, Timi Alaibe.

According the statement, Edem and his alleged contractor had a disagreement over non-performance and failure to pay the contract sum in full, adding that the case was under investigation.

However, Uchendu said the development came to the members of the South-South Caucus as a shock, stressing he would not think that the NDDC chairman could get himself involved in that kind of attitude.

"It sounds strange to us," he said. "It is difficult to understand what will lead him to such action as alleged. But if it turned out to be true, it would be difficult to understand."

He said nobody had talked to the Caucus about it yet but emphasised that, "I will not think that he (Edem) could engage in that kind of thing."

"If the police carry out investigation and find out that he actually did it, then the law should take its course. But like I told you, we are yet to be briefed," he said.

Meanwhile, a member of the South-South caucus, Ike Chinwo, has appealed to the Federal Government to pay its debt to the NDDC, which, he said, could have achieved more if its funding had been properly done.

Chinwo, who expressed concern over the pathetic situation of the Niger Delta people, said it was saddening to note that the government was yet to pay its contribution to the commission amounting to about N240 billion.

He said: "As of now, Federal Government is yet to release the N240bn due to the commission. It is, indeed, very sad to note that such amount, which is due to the commission for the development of the Niger Delta, is yet to be released in spite of the developmental needs of the region as well as the challenges facing the commission."

The House member, who represents Obio/Akpo federal constituency in Rivers State, noted that though the commission had done well, the challenges facing the Niger Delta were still enormous.

Hence, he called on all stakeholders to prevail on the Federal Government to properly fund NDDC "so that peace can return to the region."

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Don’t Politicise the ‘Vodoo Scam’, Group Warns Politicians

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Michael Dibie

A non-governmental organisation, the Concerned Niger Delta Citizens, has warned some political groups in the region to desist from politicizing the unfortunate voodoo scandal involving the suspended Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ambassador Sam Edem.

In a statement signed by Mr Duoye Diri, former Sports Commissioner in Bayelsa State, the group noted "that the ploy by a once-discredited group" called Patriotic Niger Delta Mothers to resume their campaign of calumny against other top members of the NDDC is nothing but malicious mischief.

It argued that "the unfortunate and unsuccessful plot of Ambassador Edem to kill Timi Alaibe cannot now be used as a ploy to visit him (Alaibe) with another kind of death by the so-called Patriotic Niger Delta Mothers.

"if they are truly mothers worth their breasts, they should rejoice over the failure of the plot, not introduce this base and dehumanizing politics into a matter as serious as life and death."

The Patriotic Niger Delta Mothers had in a paid advertisement yesterday claimed that the scam involving Edem was a vindication of their claim that the commission was corrupt and should be probed. The same group, three months ago, had made allegations against the commission in paid advertisements.

But Diri, in the statement, pointed out that there is no direct correlation between the "fetish quest" of Edem and the accountability or lack of it in the NDDC, and so "the ignoble plan of Edem, a part-time member of the Board, cannot now be used to justly undermine the commission and its operations," stressing that the NDDC has been executing its mandate dutifully.

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Edem’s Case Didn’t Affect NDDC Funds – Abia
From Ahamefula Ogbu in Port Harcourt, 08.15.2008

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Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Bassey Dan Abia, yesterday said that the alleged N1 billion fraud perpetrated against their former Chairman, Ambassador Sam Edem, did not involve the Commission’s funds.
In a press statement made available to newsmen at the Corporate Headquarters of the Commission yesterday after the maiden but prolonged meeting of the Board under his direction, Abia stated that he wanted to assure the stakeholders that their objectives would not be affected by the development.
“We wish to state that there is no financial involvement of the Commission in the matter and we wish to reassure our stakeholders, as well as the public, that the accounts and operations of the Commission have passed all checks and balances and have been found to be in order”.
" Indeed, we hereby restate that we will continue to conduct the affairs of the commission with utmost decency, probity and transparency and respect to due process and the rule of law”, he said.
His clarification came as a militant group, Reformed Grand Alliance of Niger Delta, commended the operations of the commission, saying it was a good example of developmental efforts which should be supported rather than criticised or dumped.
President of the militant group, Prikoli Iwo and Secretary, Commander Samuel Ebiye, made the commendation and sought for more support for it to deliver more on its promises.
They expressed delight that the fraud on the former chairman did not affect the funds of the commission.

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Police arraign suspended NDDC Chairman, Edem
From Lemmy Ughegbe and Florence Oretade, Abuja

THE Nigerian Police yesterday arraigned the Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Sam Edem, before an Abuja High Court for allegedly stealing N800 million from the commission.

Edem pleaded not guilty before the trial Justice, Olasunmbo Goodluck, who was informed that two of his alleged accomplices - Pere Kambowei Ogah and Kakas Amgbari - were at large.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Agbarebi Akpoebi, who confirmed Edem's arraignment in a statement made available to reporters in Abuja, said the police was closing in on the suspected fugitives.

Meanwhile, The Guardian learnt yesterday that pressure is being mounted on the EFCC not to charge officials linked to the diversion of unspent and received N1.7 billion of the National Judicial Institute (NJI) to court.

The quartet - a top-shot of the NJI, the late chief administrative officer, chief accountant and a principal engineer - had allegedly kept the unspent N1.7 billion in a commercial bank in violation of the President's directive that all unspent funds before December 28 be returned to the national treasury.

The officials had, in January this year, allegedly awarded 21 contracts back-dating same to December 10, 2007 as a way of circumventing the return of the fund.

The EFCC had swung into action when it received petition against the four but discovered that the N400 million mentioned in the petition was only a fraction of the total N1.7 billion.

Last Sunday, the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi, confirmed the development, but could not give details of the amount recovered.

An official claimed that the big guns at the Bar and Bench were on the commission's neck to drop the case, more so that three of the officials were said to have been dismissed whilst the top official was reported to have been sent on compulsory leave.

However, the EFCC Chairman, Mrs. Farida Waziri, may have ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of principal actors mentioned in the scandal.

Investigation by The Guardian revealed that the officials involved have already had their appointments terminated following their suspension and discovery of their alleged diversion of the fund.

Earlier, sources had disclosed that the arraignment of the chairman of the institute and three others would soon be effected as investigation had been concluded on them.

One of the suspects was alleged to have returned part of the money after being quizzed by the investigation unit of the commission.

However, Babafemi who declined comment on the chairman's directive said that since the matter was within the mandate of the commission, the next line after investigation would be arrest and prosecution.

He explained that before the media report, the commission was already working on arrangements to prosecute the suspects mentioned in the scandal.

A report detailing the investigation of the unspent fund dated May, 2006 had listed nine officials of NJI as collaborators in the plot.

The same amount was posted to the Consolidated Account of the Federation. EFCC discovered that the Institute also recorded their overhead as N605, 596, 456.59 while personnel and capital account were N30, 157, 348.07 and N1.224, 284, 841.70 respectively.

The report concluded that the alleged January meeting held was a mere fabrication as Mr. A. Tambawal, representative of the Judicial Due Process and also a Deputy Director, Research Planning and Statistics at the National Judicial Council was never at the purported meeting but was lobbied to accept he attended.

The contracts awarded were for the supply of cars, computers, office furniture, television sets, water sprinklers, refrigerators, photocopy machines, internet facilities, rugs, air conditioners, window blinds, car tracking systems, construction of generator house and waste evacuation, among others.

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NDDC chairman docked for N800m theft
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ambassador Sam Edem
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After his arrest and detention at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, suspended Chairman of the Niger-Delta Development Commission [NDDC], Ambassador Sam Edem, was on Monday arraigned before an Abuja High court for stealing N800 million belonging to the Federal Government. Following his arrest by the police, President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua ordered his suspension. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation [SGF], Ambassador Baba Gana Kinggibe, had in a statement ordered his suspension following the allegations leveled against him.

According to the SGF, Edem “incurred expenditure on a large-scale, which cannot be accounted for by his own personal legitimate source of income.” Following his suspension, President Yar’ Adua further approved that the Akwa Ibom representative on the NDDC, Mr. Baasey Dan-Abia, act as the Chairman of the Commission.

The suspended NDDC boss was also arrested for alleged conspiracy to murder the NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Timi Alaibe, and attempt to ‘spiritually influence’ Vice President Goodluck Jonathan and the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, to take some decision in his favour. He was also alleged to have paid the sum of N510 million out of the N800 million to a sorcerer, Dr. Perekambowe Ogah (alias Matthew Sonoma and Kakas Amgbari), who are both at large.

According to the police, “the sorcerer was to spiritually influence Governor Akpabio to award juicy contracts to Ogah and kill Mr. Timi Alaibe, the NDDC Managing Director, whom Edem believes to be an obstacle to having his way on decision-making in the commission. The spell was also meant to work on the Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan, to protect him [Edem], in the event of plans to remove him from the board of NDDC.

According to the police, Edem, having been frustrated by the inability of the sorcerer to fulfill his part of the bargain, reportedly demanded for refund of all the money he paid to the sorcerer, which he put at about N800 million. But on Monday, he was arraigned before Justice Olasumbo Goodluck over allegation that he spent about N800million to secure the services of a sorcerer to enable him secure contracts from the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godwill Akpabio. Although he pleaded not guilty to the offence, the police said the case is still under investigation as two of the suspects are yet to be arrested.
According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Agberebi Akpoebi, the suspended NDDC Chairman was charged to court in line with the provisions of the law.

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Voodoo mess in NDDC
By Sun Publishing
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Erapi G.E.
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President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has taken an initially apt and right action in suspending Ambassador Sam Edem, the Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from office on account of grave allegations of financial turpitude and moral bankruptcy of multi-dimensions. Sam Edem is alleged to have squandered sums close to a billion naira on voodoo and sorcery.

He is said to have, in instalments, given a sorcerer and quack doctor, Perekabowei Ogah, alias Matthew Sonoma, about N800 million for various purposes, including the retention of his job as Chairman of NDDC, which was alleged to be on shaky grounds, the murder of Timi Alaibe, the Managing Director of NDDC as well as the inducement of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan and the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, to soften their hearts towards him on some pending decisions.

It is gratifying that the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have already taken some practical steps of physically apprehending and detaining this high-ranking official for the scandalous and irresponsible acts which are not only tantamount to impropriety, gross mismanagement of public funds, murderous conspiracy against a chief executive of a federal parastatal, and voodooistic actions to spiritually demobilize the Vice President of this country and the chief executive of a State. He was also alleged to have personally burnt the sum of N270 million for fetish and ritualistic ends!
The seriousness of these scandalous actions of Edem requires no over-emphasis and the inherent implications are grave.

There is the issue of financial recklessness implicit in the suspected deployment of public funds, meant for the development of the Niger Delta, a critical security flash-point of this nation, for untoward and mean ends of self-preservation in office. The ease with which these funds are diverted calls to question the efficacy of the instrument of control of the disbursement of public funds through the Authority to Incur Expenditure.

The fact that these huge sums are being expended on sorcery and witchcraft alone—and a prima facie case has been established that Edem has expended sums to the sorcerer exists, by the evidence of his own confessions—shows that colossal NDDC funds may have been diverted by this officer through kleptomania and corrupt devices. However, it is gratifying to note that the Governing Board of the Commission has assured Nigerians that there is no financial involvement of the commission on the matter.

This caveat from the commission makes the source of Edem’s voodoo funds doubly questionable. The insensitivity, callousness and crass abuse of office involved in this nefarious act warrants a prompt prosecution and conviction of Edem as a deterrent for such acts which have become rampant among well-placed Nigerians who abuse public trust and confidence.

The practice of voodoo and maraboutism has become a common practice among Nigerians in sensitive leadership positions for self- perpetuation in power by invidious and fetish means and at all costs. The roundly condemnable case of Sam Edem, a man who has previously represented this country in diplomatic positions should be utilized as a warning for other highly placed Nigerians involved in mindless ritual practices involving the sacrifice of the lives of other Nigerians to secure and retain power.

Without pre-empting the outcome of the findings of the various security and judicial agencies handling the matter, there is the need for a prompt determination of Edem’s case, leading to a retrieval of all his loots and his conviction will assuage public outrage about his reprehensible actions. His accomplice, and co-swindler, Perekabowei Ogah, who is a prototype, no doubt, of mere con-men and advanced fraudsters, who manipulate gullible power and wealth seekers to defraud the nation, should also be prosecuted.

It is essential that the matter be rapidly concluded as nauseating sentiments have begun to be mounted by idle image launderers who are mounting puerile defence for Edem as a victim of sponsored image destroyers. A prima facie case of guilt has been provided by Edem himself, through confessional statements to the police. No effort should therefore be spared, in the national interest and in the interest of the anti-corruption crusade of government, to promptly bring Sam Edem to book.

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N 800m voodoo: Edem knows fate Sept. 16

An Abuja High Court today adjourned till Sept. 16, ruling on a bail application filed by Perekabowei Ogah, the second accused in the N800 million NDDC scam.

Ogah who is said to be a traditional doctor, filed the motion through his counsel, Mr.

Albert Akpomudja (SAN), following his arrest and detention by the Police.

He was arrested over an allegation of conspiracy and theft of N800 million belonging to NDDC, which also involved the former chairman of the commission, Sam Edem.

At the resumed hearing of the motion, Akpomudja urged the court to grant his client bail on the ground that no charge had been preferred against him.

He said the accused, arrested and granted bail in June by Zone 5 Police Headquarters, Benin, was re-arrested through an invitation at the Force Headquarters.

Akpomudja criticised the detention of his client on the ground that the Police

lacked the constitutional right to detain an accused beyond 24 hours, as stipulated by law.

``My client has been in the Police custody since Aug. 26 when he was re- arrested by the Police.

``The allegation against my client is that he defrauded Edem the N600 million he allegedly stole from NDDC.

``My Lord, the allegation is baseless because since Edem has not admitted stealing such money, there is no reason why my client should be in the Police custody.

``I therefore urge the court to grant my client bail because the prosecution has failed to give reasons why charges have not been preferred against him," Akpomudja said.

The Prosecution counsel, Mr. Simon Lough, in his argument, urged the court to discountenance the application of Ogah’s lawyer, on the ground that it lacked merit.

Lough told the court that there was the likelihood of the applicant jumping bail, considering the nature and the magnitude of the offence.

``The applicant had jumped bail in Zone 5 Headquarters and in a bid to avoid re-arrest, changed his name from Matthew Sonona to EJoor Tuwere Matthew and it took Police extra efforts to get him arrested.

``My lord, granting the applicant bail will jeopardise Police investigation aimed at recovering the stolen money and properties bought with part of it," Lough said.

Justice Olasumbor Goodluck therefore adjourned the matter to Sept. 16, for ruling

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Native doctor saga: Suspended NDDC boss opens up
By Jacob Edi, Abuja
Monday, September 29, 2008

Sam Edem
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Embattled Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), Ambassador Sam Edem said in Abuja at the weekend that his ordeal was a high profile political conspiracy and propaganda to destroy, dehumanize and simply to get rid of him as chairman of the NDDC by a combination of forces.

These forces, he claimed, were resident in Port-Harcout, Uyo and Abuja. Edem described as false all the allegations against him and appealed to President Umaru Yar’Adua and the Inspector-General of Police to institute a high level independent enquiry into his ordeal, saying that it was the only way of getting to the truth about his case.

Similarly, he denied allegations that he was planning to kill Timi Alaibe and Governor Godswill Akpabio, but said that they “played on the intricate power-play in the NDDC between the Chairman and the Managing Director and in other to provoke the MD’s wrath against me, they created and sold the dummy in which the native doctor was to confess that he was actually engaged and paid by me to kill Timi Alaibe.”

Edem, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja, refused to call specific names when pressed to do so but rather said that he was “a victim of a booby rap set for him by very powerful forces using his SSS details, Mr. Dennis Okenyi, whom I trusted, loved and treated like my own child.”
Speaking for the first time since the beginning of the crisis involving him in the native doctor saga, the suspended NDDC chairman insisted that his SSS detail was at the centre of a grand conspiracy with a fraud syndicate to dupe him.

He said: “It all started with a strange prayer proposal sent to me by a man who introduced himself as a pastor. This was at the instance of Okenyi. The supposed man of God came with a bible, a cross and a holy oil. Never in my widest imaginations did I know that I was dealing with a dangerous native doctor and fraudster until the bubble burst,” Edem said.
He continued: “One prayer session led to another. One prophesy led to another. Before I came to my senses, like any other victim of 419, I had been swindled a huge sum of money running into millions of naira.”

In addition to the possibility of a spell, the embattled Edem said the fraudsters were able to make a huge success of their scam simply because they were able to penetrate and recruit some of his most trusted aides.
Edem said he never imagined that Okenyi could be an enemy, and an informant insisting that Okenyi was also central to the conspiracy between the police and his political detractors in embarking on the destructive blackmail and propaganda designed to frustrate him in seeking justice.

According to Edem, the very day he was released on bail and arrested and detained by the police in Abuja was the day Okenyi escaped from Nigeria to an unknown country in Europe from where he has been calling him and asking for forgiveness.
In a desperate effort to convince his audience about his story, Edem said if he had any skeleton in his cupboard, or if he had any hidden dimension in the whole episode, he would never have taken the matter to the police, but Edem said he ran to the Zone 5 Police Command in Benin to report the fraud and to seek justice.

He alleged that after providing a graphic detail of the entire transactions and pleading with the Police to swing into action to recover the money and the cars, property and other items acquired with his money, including a hotel and a Saving account in one of the new generation banks, which the fraudsters used for the transaction, nothing was done by the police authorities.

He said his worries started when AIG Udom declined to commence investigation "on a fraud of this magnitude involving such a highly placed citizen and a fellow indigene of Akwa Ibom complaining that he lacked the necessary logistics to mobilize his men to swing into action."
Edem lamented that the police frustrated the case and assisted in turning it on him as all the vehicles- 10 newly acquired luxury Jeeps, and properties impounded from the native doctor, which should have remained as exhibit with the police, were released to him.

"The hotel was not taken over by the police and he was allowed to go to the Bank to pull out the millions of naira, which the police found in the account," he said.
On the allegations that he burnt cash amounting to about N270 million in a cemetery, Edem said the allegation was false and sought to know which bank paid out the money or how the said money was transferred.

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Edem: Native Doctor Arraigned

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The Police yesterday arraigned a 34-year-old native doctor, Mathew Sonoma, alias, Perekam-bowei Ogah, before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for defrauding ex--Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ambassador Sam Edem to the tune of N761million.
The second accused, Kakas Amgbari, is still at large.Sonoma pleaded not guilty to the charge but the judge ordered him remanded in Kuje prisons. The accused is facing a 15-count charge.
One of the counts on the charge sheet alleged that Sonoma sent many text messages threatening to kill Ambassador Edem and members of his family with his power if Edem failed to pay the monies demanded from him.
The native doctor was alleged to have fraudulently attempted to conceal the money extorted from the former NDDC chairman, through a transfer order, issued to his bank, Oceanic International Bank.
He had ordered the bank to transfer N152 million from his account, where the N761 million was paid, into another account belonging to him, under a different name, in the same bank.
The native doctor pleaded not guilty on all the 16 counts.Justice Gabriel Kolawole ordered that Sonoma be remanded in Kuje Prison and issued a bench warrant on Kakas Amgbari to enable law enforcement agents apprehend him whenever he appears, and bring him to court for trial.He adjourned the case till 22 October, 2008, for the native doctor’s bail application to be heard, while the trial proper was fixed for 19 November, 2008.