New judge takes over Saraki’s aide fraud case
A new judge has taken over the fraud case of Gbenga Makanjuola, an aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The EFCC yesterday re-arraigned Gbenga Makanjuola, before the Federal High Court in Lagos for an alleged fraud of N3.5bn.
Gbenga Makanjuola was re-arraigned alongside Kolawole Shittu, Obiorah Amobi and a firm, Melrose General Services Limited,
The four defendants were re-arraigned before Justice Maureen Onyetenu on 11 counts.
This followed the transfer of the criminal case from Justice Babs Kuewumi to Justuce Onyetenu, following Justice Kuewumi’s transfer from the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.
In the charges, the EFCC alleged that;
“took control of N3.5bn, transferred from the Nigeria Governors Forum’s account into an Access Bank Plc account number, 0005892453, operated by Melrose General Services Limited when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund represented the proceeds of unlawful activities to wit: conspiracy, stealing and fraud.”
How Bukola Saraki celebrated with women
Today is the 2019 International Women’s Day celebration, and Senate President Bukola Saraki has shared photos of he celebrated with women.
Women’s day is a celebration which is done on the 8 of March every year.
The women’s day celebration is geared towards the movement for women’s rights. The 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually, after the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909, in New York.
The Senate President of Nigeria was not going to be left out of the celebration. Taking to his Twitter page, he wrote;
“Today, I join the world over, in celebrating the great achievements of women across Nigeria and the world who continue to play transformative roles in various spheres of influence that impact our future. #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay”
Senate will probe Bukola Saraki – APC
According to ranking senators of the APC, Senate President Bukola Saraki will be investigated over his tenure when a new Senate is inaugurated in June.
The senators, who won a return to the upper legislative chamber in last week’s presidential and National Assembly elections, told Daily Trust that the Senate would be interested in knowing how Saraki managed its resources and handled national budgets over the four years he held sway as its president.
A ranking senator told Daily Trust yesterday that the outgoing Senate President maybe probed if infractions were established against him during the four years he superintended over the Senate.
To stop that from happening, the lawmaker said Saraki would be willing to support a candidate that would not yield to demands to probe him for the Senate Presidency.
“There’s a possibility of probing him (Saraki) if there are infractions. But we know he would prefer a person that won’t probe him. So, among the contenders, it’s possible for Saraki to go for somebody he believes is close to him.
“But the truth of the matter is that if there are established infractions, we will push for a probe of the Saraki Senate Presidency, except if we don’t have our way.
“We’ll look at issues related to how budgets were handled and how our internal budget was spent within his four years,”
When contacted to react to the likelihood of a probe of the Saraki Senate Presidency, his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, declined comment, saying he did not have answer to the inquiry.
Adams Oshiomhole mocks Bukola Saraki
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomole, has taken a dig at Bukola Saraki, after he lost his bid to return to the Senate.
Adams Oshiomole is obviously elated over the defeat of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in the Kwara Central Senatorial District which held last Saturday February 23rd.
Speaking to state house correspondents yesterday February 27th, Oshiomole said Saraki’s defeat is a welcomed development, adding that residents of Kwara state have buried Saraki and his political career.
“As much as we want to be magnanimous in victory, there are a couple of things that have happened that show that the Nigerian people know how to reward those who are extremely arrogant. People who came to the Senate with less than 100,000 votes, and began to hold the country to ransom; their own people have recalled them home.
“While we were saying that we would impeach them, their people said they would rather bury them. Politically, now, they are out. It shows the power of democracy; it is a leveller; you cannot be bigger than the people.” he said
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