NaijaPundit has just received highly reliable information that the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the House of Representatives is likely to clear Hon. Farouk Lawan of the Otedollar saga in a matter of days. Information reaching us is that some members of the Committee are in favour of clearing Farouk.
The view of the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Gambo Dan Musa, is likely to carry the day. It would be recalled that the Cahirman is already biased. In July he had insulted Otedola when he said “He refused to say anything and he was just laughing. It was very stupid of him and we are not happy too” he said angrily as other members of the committee on ethics, gave a Yes! chorus one after the other, in response to the name calling.
It would be recalled that Farouk was chair of the House Adhoc Committee probing the Fuel Subsidy regime but he fell into troubled water when one of those he ws investigating, Femi Otedola, Chairman of Zenon Oil, alleged that Farouk asked for a bribe, a charge that Farouk denied until Otedola provided a video of the incidence following which Farouk changed his story and first said the image in the video was a 'carricature' and later said he took the money to set up Otedola.
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The Federal Government has sacked the Bi-Courtney Consortium from its Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement to reconstruct the Lagios-Ibadan Expressway, citing breaching of the terms of the concession agreement signed by both parties on May 26, 2009.Bi-Courtney, ownded by billionaire businessman, Wale Babalakin, had been the butt of complaints by the government and the public due to the slow space of works on the road which had often caused long stretches of traffic between Lagos and Ibadan. Add a comment
Boko Haram: Nigeria Prepares For Electronic Border Monitoring
As plans are underway for joint border patrol between Nigeria and Niger republic, the Nigerian government is reported to have concluded plan for an extensive electronic monitoring of her long northern borders just as controversy rages over an alleged execution of captives by Nigerian military in the ongoing war against Boko Haram.Muslim clerics from five countries including Nigeria have formed a new group with the objective of combating extremist Islamic ideology across the Sahel region at a recent meeting, held in Algiers, the capital of Algeria. Add a comment
How Buhari Confronted Lam Adesina Over Death of Fulani
Lam Onaolapo Adesina
By Kehinde Olaosebikan
Alhaji Lam Onaolapo Adesina, Oyo State Governor from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2003, passed onto glory peacefully on Sunday, 11th of November after over 73 years of a very successful sojourn on earth. Adesina rose to the pinnacle of all his callings in life. He got to the zenith of his career as a teacher; as a social crusader he got state recognition and was tagged “prisoner of war”; and politically he did not only realise his ambition of becoming the governor of his state, he achieved the extra-ordinary by installing a governor, not while in power but eight years after he had left office. Add a comment
Members of the Coalition of Northern Patriots have faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s assertion that the Goodluck Jonathan administration was weak because it did not confront the Boko Haram menace the same way he handled the violence in Zaki Biam in Benue State and Oddi in Rivers State during his tenure.Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, Ali Abacha and Engr Ibn Ahmed Mohammed, chairman and secretary of the group, said it was unfortunate that Obasanjo was advocating, yet again, the “callous destruction of the innocent citizens and their property as a mark of strong leadership.” Add a comment
North Sustained Nigeria Economical
ly Before Oil was Discovered -Ango Abdullahi
Prof Ango Abdullahi, spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), and the former Special Adviser to President Obasanjo and ex-vice-chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, is very angry with the onshore offshore dichotomy which he wants reversed as he claims it is unfair to the North which sustained Nigeria economically before the discovery of oil.
Below are excerpts of the interview he gave the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA)Residents of the oil-rich states are complaining that oil exploration is destroying their environment. What is your take on this?
It is actually true that the drilling is destroying all these things, and that is why they are being allocated 13% of the budget. I am part of those who reluctantly agreed on the 13% in 1994 at the constitutional conference. The late Shehu Yar’Adua pleaded with us to agree on 13% because of the destruction on their farms, fishing places and homes. Add a comment