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DAMNING VERDICT in INDONESIA: ‘MUHAMMADU BUHARI would be ousted in the 2019 election’-Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigeria’s president …Says: “Nigeria President will be voted out for poor performance and inaction on urgent matters that offer economic benefit for all” * Lament: ‘Buhari’s hands are too Weak’ *Assures: ‘We will soon have a newly elected president that will be able to sign International engagement and opportunistic deal for Nigeria’ BY BIDEMI OLUMIDE/DIPLOMATIC REPORTER in Indonesia

DAMNING VERDICT in INDONESIA: ‘MUHAMMADU BUHARI would be ousted in the 2019 election’-Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigeria’s president …Says: “Nigeria President will be voted out for poor performance and inaction on...

‘We Will Return President BUHARI to power in 2019 Elections’-Nigeria’s former Minister, YUSUF Suleiman …’SOKOTO state is home to APC. We will elect all APC candidates in Sokoto Insha Allah’ * ‘Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Third Force political movement is a convergence of people without political direction’ BY LUKMAN HALIRU/REPORTER in Sokoto

‘We Will Return President BUHARI to power in 2019 Elections’-Nigeria’s former Minister, YUSUF Suleiman …‘SOKOTO state is home to APC. We will elect all APC candidates in Sokoto Insha Allah’ * ‘Ex–President...

‘If I am Elected NIGERIAN President, I will develop Capacity for Women and Empower Children’-DAVID Mark …Says the future of this country depends on women and youth development *Vows: ‘I would accept the outcome of the PDP presidential primary’ BY HAMMAN RILWAN/POLITICAL REPORTER, KOGI

‘If I am Elected NIGERIAN President, I will develop Capacity for Women and Empower Children’-DAVID Mark …Says the future of this country depends on women and youth development *Vows: ‘I would accept the outcome of the...

LAWLESSNESS: ‘Former Bayelsa Governor, Sylva’s Security Adviser, Richard Kpodo Raped me without a Condom ‘-26 year old victim tells Court in details * Reported to her Uncle (a policeman), undergoes HIV test, prescribed drugs * Kpodo Charged on two counts of unlawful detention and rape of the victim * ‘I was invited by Kpodo to his office in the hotel at about 8 pm where he locked the doors and forcefully had sex, I shouted and also pleaded and he said he would not leave me until he was satisfied. So when he finished, he asked me to clean myself and bring his food. I was injured. He removed my trousers and I kept struggling with him until he finished’-Victim cries in her testimony * ‘The patient complained that she was raped by her boss and I examined her in the presence of a female nurse and there were bruises in her vulva and due to the pains she did not allow me to touch her vaginal area. There was also whitish discharge which I suspect to be semen although did not conduct any further tests, the observations tallies with the complaint of violent sexual assault. She walked with difficulty’-Dr Ikenna Nwanna, Diete Koko Memorial Hospital, Opolo, Yenagoa BY TIMEYIN ABULIME/CRIME REPORTER in Yenogoa, Bayelsa

LAWLESSNESS: ‘Former Bayelsa Governor, Sylva’s Security Adviser, Richard Kpodo Raped me without a Condom ‘–26 year old victim tells Court in details * Reported to her Uncle (a policeman), undergoes HIV test, prescribed...

‘NIGERIA’S Senate President, BUKOLA SARAKI maliciously Prosecuted by APC, I’m the Happiest Man that he’s back in PDP’-ATIKU ABUBAKAR, former Nigeria’s Vice president …Subjected to the most degrading treatment despite his status as the nation’s number three citizen * ‘If elected Nigeria’s President in 2019, I have vowed to devote 21% of the Federal budget to education’ BY YEKINI AHMED, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR, ABUJA

‘NIGERIA’S Senate President, BUKOLA SARAKI maliciously Prosecuted by APC, I’m the Happiest Man that he’s back in PDP’-ATIKU ABUBAKAR, former Nigeria’s Vice president …Subjected to the most degrading...

WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA: ‘We’re Prosecuting ORJI UZOR KALU for STEALING N7.6billion Abia State Funds’-EFCC ….As Governor between 2001 and September 2006 you procured Slok Nigeria Ltd, Retained N7.2billion in Inland Bank Plc account * ‘You collaborated with Udeh Jones Udeogu Slok Nigeria and Emeka Abone (at large) in concealing the genuine origin of an aggregate sum of N7, 197,871,208.70…’ * ‘I am Innocent, not GUILTY to the amended 39-count charge read to me before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos’-KALU * ‘The alleged offence violates Section 17(c) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004, and was liable to be punished under Section 16. It breached Section 427 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap 77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990’ BY CHINWE OBINAKA/CRIME WRITER, LAGOS

WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA: ‘We’re Prosecuting ORJI UZOR KALU for STEALING N7.6billion Abia State Funds’-EFCC ….As Governor between 2001 and September 2006 you procured Slok Nigeria Ltd, Retained N7.2billion in...

NEW DEVELOPMENT: ‘LET No Harm befall our son, Senator ENYINNAYA ABARIBE’-Igbo Canadian Community Association …Warns BUHARI Government: ‘Enough of your intimidation towards Ndigbo’ *Condemns State Security Services for humiliating lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial District * ‘We find the arrest of our senator few hours after he exposed an insertion of an illegal addition of N30billion into the budget of the power sector questionable, undemocratic and a criminal attempt to cover up the monumental corrupt acts perpetuated by the Presidency ‘-Chief Ugochukwu Okoro, President of the socio-cultural, political group in Toronto * ‘We are demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Sen. Abaribe with no harm whatsoever befalling him. We’d like to use this medium to sound this warning to President Muhammadu Buhari’ * ‘The DSS had on Friday arrested Sen. Abaribe in of Abuja without disclosing the reason for his arrest. They also have sealed his home’-Ahaoma Kanu, Public Relations Officer, Igbo Canadian Community Association BY SAMSON SHOAGA/GROUP MANAGING EDITOR & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

NEW DEVELOPMENT: ‘LET No Harm befall our son, Senator ENYINNAYA ABARIBE’-Igbo Canadian Community Association …Warns BUHARI Government: ‘Enough of your intimidation towards Ndigbo’ *Condemns State Security Services...

The LOOTING OF AKWA IBOM STATE:NIGERIA’S Senate Minority Leader, BASSEY AKPAN faces Ban from entering United Kingdom…as Nigerian authorities request Britain to freeze all bank accounts and assets linked to lawmaker *Acquires stupendous wealth with taxpayers’ money to fraudulently purchase properties in the UK and other countries *Served as immediate past finance commissioner in Akwa Ibom during the administration of Godswill Akpabio *Purchased landed properties in Britain through Barclays Bank of London financed mortgage to the tune of £1million *Presently under investigation in Nigeria by presidential investigation panel for recovery of public properties on illicit acquisition of assets and money laundering * “I am writing to bring to the notice of the Home Office Secretary, the fraudulent acts of Mr. Bassey Albert Akpan which include money laundering activities, assets stealing, forgery, tax evasion and extortion. It is kindly requested for the Right Honourable Home Office Secretary to use her powers to issue an Exclusion Decision on Mr. Bassey Albert Akpan from the United Kingdom and its territory pursuant to the Home Office”-Okoi Obono-Obla, chairman of the special, presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public properties BY RICHARD IYARE/CRIME REPORTER, ABUJA & GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

The LOOTING OF AKWA IBOM STATE: NIGERIA’S Senate Minority Leader, BASSEY AKPAN faces Ban from entering United Kingdom…as Nigerian authorities request Britain to freeze all bank accounts and assets linked to lawmaker *Acquires stupendous...

DEVELOPING STORY: ‘I Am Appealing against my Conviction in United Kingdom, British Police Stinks of Corruption’-JAMES IBORI, Nigeria’s millionaire politician …Argue: ‘I Want my 90 million pounds ($130 million) of assets, earlier confiscated, frozen for years, released to me by British authorities’ * ‘True, we confiscate James Ibori’s assets, plan to return them to the Nigerian state, but if his conviction were overturned he would regain control of them immediately. At the time of his arrest he was in the process of buying a $20 million private jet’-British Government * ‘ONE of the British police officers who investigated him took bribes in 2007 from a private detective, hired by a British law firm working for Ibori, in return for inside information about the police investigation’-Ibori’s lawyers in UK * Ibori gives evidence via video-link from Nigeria, and he appeared briefly on a screen in court, but the connection was lost and could not be restored. The court was told a power cut in Nigeria was the reason for the glitch BY STELLA IBADE/STAFF WRITER, UNITED KINGDOM

DEVELOPING STORY: ‘I Am Appealing against my Conviction in United Kingdom, British Police Stinks of Corruption’-JAMES IBORI, Nigeria’s millionaire politician …Argue: ‘I Want my 90 million pounds ($130 million) of...

MUTUAL-COOPERATION BETWEEN NIGERIA & AMERICA: DONALD Trump Invites Nigeria’s President, MUHAMMADU BUHARI to WASHINGTON April 30…Meeting to be on ways of enhancing strategic partnership and advance shared priorities * Boko Haram in Trouble, as discussion focus mainly on fighting terrorism, threats to peace and security, building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader * “The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity”-WHITE HOUSE BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

MUTUAL-COOPERATION BETWEEN NIGERIA & AMERICA: DONALD Trump Invites Nigeria’s President, MUHAMMADU BUHARI to WASHINGTON April 30…Meeting to be on ways of enhancing strategic partnership and advance shared priorities * Boko Haram...