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Clean Bill: IG clears Captain Hosa Okunbo of stealing, diversion of funds allegation

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit, Abuja, has cleared the Chairman of Ocean Marine Security Ltd, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, of the allegations of stealing and criminal diversion of company funds made by his former partner, Dr Tunde Ayeni.

It said the documentary evidence provided by Okunbo clearly showed that he lawfully acquired Ayeni and his wife’s interest in Ocean Marine Security Ltd, contrary to the latter’s claims.

The unit’s Head, A. A. Elleman, in a March 16 letter to Okunbo’s counsel, Mr Austine Alegeh SAN, described Ayeni’s allegation of criminal diversion of company funds made against Okunbo as ‘baseless, malicious and false’.

Ayeni had made the allegations in a December 7 petition to the IGP through his counsel Mr Femi Falana, SAN.

Following an investigation, the police published its findings via a letter, titled: “Request for Certified True Copy (CTC) of the investigation report in respect of petition written by Falana & Falana’s Chambers on behalf of Dr Olatunde Ayeni against Capt. (Dr) Idahosa Wells Okunbo and Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd.

It said: “The brief fact of this case as contained in the petition submitted is that sometime in September 2007. Dr J. O Ayeni, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, Admiral Joe Aikhomu represented by his father – Chief Alfred Aikhomu and Garth Dooley came together and formed a company called Ocean Marine Security Ltd which was incorporated by Dr J.O. Ayeni, and now known as Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd with the following shareholding; Capt. Idahosa Wells-Okunbo – 46%; Dr. Tunde Ayeni – 35 per cent; Garth Dooley-14 per cent; Admiral Augustus Aikhomu – originally has five per cent which was subsequently re-acquired by the duo of Capt. Idahosa Wells Okunbo.

“The complainant further alleged that he discovered a lot of stealing and diversion as well as mismanagement of large sums of money belonging to the Company, hence his petition.

“All the documents submitted by the suspect (Capt Idahosa Wells-Okunbo were perused, scrutinised and forensically investigated and were found to be genuine and they were all endorsed by the parties (Dr Ayeni and Capt. Idahosa Wells-Okunbo) to the transactions.

“Also during the investigation, it was revealed that all those documents were distributed and copied by the parties to all the stakeholders and relevant agencies. A letter of invitation was written and dispatched to Dr Ayeni who reported on 1 February 2021 for his explanatory statement and adoption of his petition. Also, letters of invitation were endorsed to companies relevant to the investigation, they all reported, made statements and submitted relevant documents for further investigations.”

The police said its investigations showed that Ayeni and Capt. Okunbo “were long-time friends since 2003 which led to a lot of business relationship.”

It said the business relationship led them to establish Ocean Marine Security Ltd which later became Ocean Marine Solutions Limited and other Companies, with Wells-Okunbo and Ayeni becoming chairman and vice chairman respectively.

It added: “The Complainant – Dr Tunde Ayeni voluntarily and legally transferred his shares and of his wife from Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMS) & its subsidiaries to Captain Idahosa Wells-Okunbo in consideration of the total sum of N2 billion which the Complainant (Dr. Tunde Ayeni) acknowledged receipt of same and resigned his membership from the Board of Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMS) and its subsidiaries.”

According to it, the allegations of stealing and criminal diversion of company funds as alleged by the Ayeni against Wells-Okunbo “could not be established as there was documentary evidence provided by Capt. Idahosa Wells-Okunbo which clearly shows that Capt. Idahosa Okunbo has lawfully acquired Dr Tunde Ayeni’s interest in Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMS) for a valuable consideration of N2 billion.

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2023: APC Reacts To Zoning List In Circulation

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a 2023 zoning list in circulation, saying it is yet to zone its offices ahead of the forthcoming national convention.

There is a list in circulation indicating that the APC has zoned its 2023 presidential ticket to the South and chairmanship to the North, among others.

But reacting, Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Sen John James Akpanudoedehe, in a statement on Wednesday, described the list as the handiwork of speculators who are interested in running for various offices.

“People who are interested in running for one office or the other can speculate.

“As far as I am concerned, the last Caretaker Committee meeting we had, we did not discuss that [zoning].

“That is not what we are concerned with now. What we are concerned with is data collection; how to collect data without making mistake.

“We are not going to be pressurised because of sentiment and we do the wrong thing.

“Let me say that zoning is not for the Caretaker Committee alone.

“It has to do with the President, it has to do with other major stakeholders, it has to do with a lot of people.

“I want to mute the speculation. The list is not from us [Caretaker Committee].

“The President is not in town. There is no way such decision will be taken without consulting with the President, consulting with the governors and other major stakeholders,” he said.

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Moses Omo-Ikirodah Felicitates With Muslims As Ramadan Fast Begins

Moses Omo-Ikirodah has appealed to Nigerians especially Muslims to use the Holy period of Ramadan to pray for the unity of the country and also seek God’s intervention to the end of the spread of the coronavirus.

He gave the advice in his message to felicitate with the Muslim community in Nigeria as they join other faithful across the world to commence the Holy month of  Ramadan.

According to him, the current insecurity ravaging the country has made it imperative that Muslims who are engaged in the Holy month of prayer and fasting should make it a point of duty to seek God’s forgiveness and mercy upon Nigeria.

He also urged the Muslim community to seek Gods intervention in curbing the menace the coronavirus pandemic has brought upon mankind.

Moses Omo-Ikirodah urged Muslims to live and act according to the importance of the Holy Month, reminding them not to lose the essence of Ramadan which is to get closer to God and a way to become more compassionate to others.

“As I wish my Muslim brothers and sisters a happy and blessed Ramadan I urge them to be God-fearing and also  remember the less privileged during this holy period while showing love towards one and another ”

 

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2023: 6 Nigerian Female Politicians to Look Out For

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The Nigerian political environment is not friendly to female politicians as patriarchy reigns supreme in the polity. This has affected the number of women folk in active politics in the country, but some are bracing the odds and proving that they are capable of even surpassing the unsatisfactory performances recorded by their male counterparts.

Legit.ng has compiled the names of 6 female politicians distinguishing themselves in politics and paving the way for greater responsibilities as the 2023 general elections draw near.

1. Senator Abidoun Olujimi The 62-years old former deputy governor of Ekiti is an example of an irrepressible politician who has seen it all and continues to break new grounds in her distinguished political career. Olujimi had made a name for herself as a broadcaster and journalist before venturing into the murky waters of politics. Currently representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, she is expected to contest for the governorship election of the state in 2022.

2. Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Popularly called Binani, the senator representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly came into the national political scene in 2015 and she is already a force to reckon with. Even before her foray into politics, Binani had made a name for herself in the highly competitive Nigerian business environment.

3. Natasha Akpoti 41-years old Akpoti ran for the post of Kogi Central Senatorial District seat under the Social Democratic Party and contested in the Kogi state governorship election under the same party all in 2019. She lost both contests in controversial circumstances, but more importantly, cemented her place in Nigeria’s politics as a fearless and solid politician with an unrivalled ability to mobilise people from the grassroots.

4. Gbemi Saraki At 55, Saraki is following the footsteps of her father Olusola and brother, Bukola who are both widely-respected political juggernauts in Nigeria. She is currently the minister of state for transportation and former senator who was elected to represent the Kwara Central Senatorial District in the year 2003. She is expected to flex her political muscles in 2023.

5. Senator Uche Ekwunife At just 50-years old, Senator Ekwunife has come of age in politics and keeps breaking new grounds in what has been a distinguished political career so far from the House of Representatives to the Nigerian Senate. Ekwunife will have the chance to prove her doubters wrong long before 2023 as she seeks the PDP ticket in the 2021 Anambra governorship poll.

6. Hadiza Bala Usman 45-years old Hadiza is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority. She was previously the chief of staff to the governor of Kaduna state from 2015 to 2016. Despite the current position, her constant foray into politics are well-documented as she continues to serve in several committees within the ruling All Progressives Congress. Her thriving political career is expecting to take shape in 2023

Meanwhile, a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly skeptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country. With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.

Some prominent leaders of thought have also expressed fear that the people’s desire for a smooth change of leadership in the 2023 general elections could be marred by violence and other forms of criminalities if left unattended to by the Buhari administration.

Source: Legit

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