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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Connected Offences Commission (ICPC) arrested a retired Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mohammed Ladan Tsamiya, for allegedly demanding N200 million bribe from Mr. Nnamdi Orji, in exchange for a favourable judgement in a National Assembly election case that was pending just before the Imo State Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal.
According to ICPC Head of Media and Information, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, ":The offence which violates Section 10 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Connected Offences Act, 2000 was alleged to have been committed in 2015, when the retired Justice asked Mr. Orji who was the candidate for All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) for Arochukwu/Ohafia federal constituency, to give him N200 million to enable him influence the court’s selection in his favour.
"Mr. Orji had approached the Court of Appeal, Imo State Division to seek redress in a case involving an alleged inflation of the outcome of election in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, which he had earlier lost to his opponent, Mr. Nkole Ndukwe, at the National Assembly Election Tribunal."
She explained that "Mr. Tsamiya was alleged to have convinced the appellant of receiving a favourable judgement from the court upon the payment of the funds.
"Justice Tsamiya has since been granted bail by the Commission upon the fulfilment of his bail situations, even as investigation continues.
Also, ICPC has recovered two high-rise buildings inside the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and N18 million from civil servants in the Workplace of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) and undeserving beneficiaries more than alleged breach of the monetisation policy.
Okoduwa stated that "in 2005, beneath the monetisation policy of ex-President Olusegun Obansanjo, sold some of its houses occupied by federal civil servants to them, in order to cut down the price of governance.
In current instances, ICPC has been inundated with petitions from patriotic Nigerians, drawing the focus of the commission to allegations of widespread abuse of the policy by beneficiaries and some government workers.
The Commission, even though acting on the petitions, found via preliminary investigation that a number of civil servants in OHCSF, who benefited from the policy had not paid for the homes considering that 2005. Although some had fully defaulted, other individuals are owing sizeable balance of the cash.
The investigation additional revealed that 32,305 homes had been captured by the committee on the sale of government properties while 24,345 have been ultimately sold to beneficiaries.
Having said that, civil servants in some government agencies notably OHSCF and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) have allegedly turned the policy into a shoddy enterprise with the aim of defrauding the federal government.
The investigation has so far yielded fruitful result with the recovery of N18, 031,000 from some civil servants and a host of providers including Montgomery & Campbell Ltd and SICCONS, which has been paid into the coffers of the government. ICPC assures Nigerians that any individual discovered guilty of contravening the law would be charged to court upon conclusion of the investigation.
Meanwhile, the defence counsel for Maimuna Aliyu, a former Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans Plc, Joe Gadzama, SAN, has undertaken to bring her to court on a new date set for her arraignment.
Maimuna, who was supposed to be arraigned by the (ICPC) before Hon. Justice M. A. Nasir of FCT Higher Court No 16 sitting in Jabi, Abuja for allegedly defrauding the bank of a big sum of funds, was absent from court even as her defence counsel latched on to non-service of hearing notice by the prosecution.
The ICPC counsel, Ekoi Akponimisingha, argued that the date of the arraignment was recognized to the defence as her lawyer was present when it was fixed at an earlier arraignment which did not hold and at which Maimuna was also absent.
He additional stated that the investigating officer had mentioned he informed Maimuna of the date when he served the charges on her.
The commission in a 3-count, is charging Maimuna for allegedly applying her position as the Executive Director of Aso Savings and Loans Plc, to confer corrupt advantage upon herself when she received the sum of N57, 000,000 being the proceeds of the sale of three plots of land in Jabi District, Abuja and failed to remit the said quantity to Aso Savings and for also making false statement to officers of the Commission thereby contravening the provisions of Section 19 and 25 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Maimuna is also becoming accused of criminal breach of trust when she allegedly diverted the N57,000,000 to individual use, an offence that is contrary to Section 311 and punishable beneath Section 312 of the Penal code.
The trial Judge, Hon. Justice M. A. Nasir, in her ruling adjourned the arraignment to Thursday 14 December, 2017.
The talented actor spoke to Sunday Sun about the special bond with his mum, her death, the birth of his child, his return to the screen and much more in this interview.
Basically, I came to the point in life where I needed to take down a complete assessment of my life and understand where I am going to next. I just had my son, I was at that point where I had to be either there for him or continue on the path that I was going. I was now at a whole different point in my life when I had this little human that is dependent on me 100 per cent. It was quite difficult for me too but like they say, it takes a birth or death to completely change someone. Moreover, both event occurred in my life within the same time. When I lost my mum, I didn’t really have a direction in my life at that point.
She was ill, she had stroke, it was a long term illness, and we went from one specialist to the other. From London to India, to some of the best here, a couple of pastors here and there, at the end of the day I think God wanted our mother more than we did.
My mum was in her early 60’s; she was 62 when she passed on.
Our own bond was very special. My dad is the typical loving African Igbo dad. For him it was about acquiring all the degrees, get your doctorate and so on. But my mum was in a different light, she understood the specifics of how I thought things through and knew that the life in entertainment and business were perhaps what I was made for. She supported me at every turn. I come from a very peculiar family, I have six sisters and I’m an only son, so you know what mothers and their sons are like.
My mum didn’t spoil me. My dad was more of the cool parent, we all chilled out with him and we all expressed ourselves with dad. When I was much younger, I couldn’t find that stand in my mum. My siblings and I saw my mum as a disciplinarian. The hard headed one, the one that would institute law and enforce it. But she mellowed down as we got older, we came to understand each other more, she assumed the role of a comforter, a friend and a mother.
It’s amazing, probably like the second biggest achievement of my life. Like I said, to have someone 100 per cent dependent on you is something that probably causes everything that you believe in as a person, every projection you’ve had in life, every circle that you have travelled, it defeats everything that’s beyond biology, sociology, spirituality, physicality as well, you would have to completely sacrifice. For that person you literally shut life down, I did that for a year for him.
No, that is my greatest regret of course. Funny enough she had passed and few months later, Diana told me she was pregnant. That’s why I guided it jealousy, I still do, and nobody has my son’s picture anywhere. I still intend to keep it that way because I feel my son’s birth saved me. In the sense that I didn’t have anything emotionally to give to anyone, that is why I had series of relationships in and out at that time, of course, we all knew from Ghana to New York. I didn’t really have anything. I was just floating through my life emotionally and psychologically. It’s for that reason, you can’t take even what you can’t give, so I’ve always been extremely lucky with love but at that point in my life giving it back was sort of hard for me. So when he came, he rejuvenated me. It was work then, I was consulting for a number of companies and taking on two extremely busy business mentors. I had already decided to leave the stage completely and focus on life or business which is practically what I was trained for.
Well even if I were I would rather not talk about it. I would like to keep people guessing. I could be married; I may not be married, who knows?
I want to explore other platforms, I have been doing that and business has been good to me. From real estate, to strategic management of many businesses. I have been involved in fashion to travel, it’s been an amazing life. Juxtapose that with my passion, it would be unfair because acting is my first love while entertainment in this country truthfully is so lucrative that it pays your bills and probably affords you an extremely comfortable lifestyle. I’m in the phase of sowing on diverse platforms to insure my next generation a comfortable place under the sun.
I was very much alone; I was that kind of person that was constantly into TV and books. Don’t forget I had eight women at home and the original topic of the day, every day were handbags, boyfriends, their husbands and all that, I couldn’t continue with that lifestyle.
No, I left home really early and my teenage was spent already in university so I was away a lot and she was an incredible mother. My mum did not really spoil anyone as a matter of fact, she spoilt my last sister more than she ever spoilt me. I think she understood the challenges I was going to meet in life, taking care of my siblings and just being the man of the house, so she knew there was no room for weakness.
One singular thing: women are input and output. What you put in is what you would see. If you treat a woman well, if you treat a woman like she’s the only person that exists in your life, you would get a queen. If you treat a woman like a mother, she would treat you like her son. If you treat her like nobody, she would regard you as nothing.
That would be oha soup, bush meat and pounded yam. Nobody has been able to cook it better than her. My people would tell you, I’m not even hoping, I have given up and I firmly believe nobody would equal that cooking.
Amazing. You know for a long time we couldn’t tell my nieces and nephews that she had passed on. When my mum was in Manchester, she ran a daycare, so my mum is gifted with kids and it was always her thing. I think what I would probably go to the grave with is the regret that she didn’t meet my son. He missed out on probably one of the greatest women of his life.