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Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Thursday 31 May, 2018.
 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
The wages of crime came yesterday for a former governor .
 
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Gudu, Abuja sentenced former Taraba State Governor Jolly Nyame to 28 years in prison. He was not given an option of fine.
 
Justice Adebukola Banjoko convicted the ex-governor on 27 out of the 41 counts contained in the charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in July 2007.
 
Nyame was governor from 1991 to 1993 and 1999 to 2007.
 
 
 
The breakdown of the sentence is as follows: 14 years upon conviction for criminal breach of trust; seven years for receiving gratification; five years for obtaining valuable public properties without consideration, and two years for criminal misappropriation.



The judge said the sentences would run concurrently, implying that the ex-governor is to spend 14 years in prison.
 
Justice Banjoko, who said the defendant betrayed his claim to be a clergyman and Reverend, wondered why it was only the ex-governor that was prosecuted in view of the level of impunity displayed while Nyame was in office.
 
The judge, in the over 300-page judgment, which she read for over six hours, said after carefully examining all the evidence tendered by the prosecution, she had no option but to conclude that it was “either Nyame entered into office without a corrupt mind, but later became corrupt or he was corrupt ab-initio”.
 
The judge said: “There was such a crazy level of corruption in the air in Taraba State Ministry of Finance. It is, however, amazing that none of the officials was arraigned.”
 
She said the evidence before the court showed that while officials that served under the defendant were returning their loot to the EFCC after they were questioned, Nyame “was still busy committing more crime”.
 
 
 
The judge noted that one of such crimes included the N100m the defendant withdrew from the state’s coffers, ostensibly  to host former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who paid a one-day visit to Taraba State in 2007.
 
Justice Banjoko said there was a nexus between Nyame and the fictitious N250 million  contract that was awarded for the bulk purchase of stationery and office equipment. 
 

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Thu, 31 May 2018

On March 6, 2017, a Yola High Court in Adamawa State sentenced former Adamawa State Governor Bala Ngilari to five years imprisonment. He was convicted for abuse of office during the seven months he was in the saddle.
 
Justice Nathan Musa found Ngilari guilty of violation of the state’s Public Procurement Act, in the award of contract for the purchase of 25 vehicles valued at N167 million for commissioners. A total of 17 criminal charges were levelled against him.
 
 
 
But, the Yola Division of the Court of Appeal last July 10 overturned Ngilari’s conviction. Justice Olayomi Folashade quashed all charges against Ngilari for lack of merit and sufficient proof of allegations against him.
 
Ibori
 
Former Delta State Governor James Ibori was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment on April 17, 2012, by by Southwark Crown Court for corruption. Among possessions confiscated from him were a house in Hampstead, north London, for £2.2m; a property in Shaftesbury, Dorset, for £311,000; a £3.2m mansion in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa; a fleet of armoured Range Rovers valued at £600,000, £120,000 Bentley Continental GT, and a Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62 bought for €407,000 cash that was shipped direct to his mansion in South Africa Sue Patten, head of the Crown Prosecution Service central fraud group, said Ibori had acquired his riches “at the expense of some of the poorest people in the world”.
 


Before then, Justice Marcel Awokulehin of the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State capital, acquitted him on December 17, 2009, of all 170 charges of corruption.
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday heard that a former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja allegedly did not return his share of the funds he received from sale of the state’s shares.
 
Ladoja is on trial for allegedly converting N4.7 billion from the state treasury to his personal use.
 
But he denied the allegation.
 
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with Waheed Akanbi, his commissioner for Finance, for alleged graft.
 
 
 
An EFCC investigator, Abubakar Madaki, who testified, averred that the former governor gave instructions in 2007 that the shares, worth N6.6 billion, be sold at discounted rates without the Executive Council’s (Exco’s) resolution.
 
The witness said the money allegedly went to Ladoja, his family and friends.
 
According to the investigator, Ladoja engaged Fountain Securities as a portfolio manager to sell the shares at a discounted rate.
 
The shares were acquired by McLace Securities.
 
“In the course of our investigation, about N500 million was recovered from McLace Security, Fountain Securities and other stockbrokers,” Madaki said.
 
According to him, Ladoja promised to return his share of the money, but never did

Thu, 31 May 2018
THE Federal Government has begun moves to dismiss 750,000 striking members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).As part of the plan, it has directed governing boards of government-owned hospitals to invoke the provisions of Public Service Rule 030413 on the workers for failing to report for duty.The government also instructed the governing boards to restore services in their various hospitals with immediate effect, saying nobody has the right to shut down any government hospital.The Nation 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday said his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal was never part of Mondays reconciliation talks between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP).He said he was prepared to allow his trial to run its full course at the tribunal instead of engaging in any negotiation.Also, the chairman of the nPDP, a bloc within the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alh. Abubakar Kawu Baraje, warned against comments and disclo 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Governors of the South South states yesterday called for the payment of 13 per cent component of the $1billion withdrawn by the federal government from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to buy security equipment.The governors took the decision at a summit yesterday hosted by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.In attendance were Governors Ifeayi Okowa (Delta), Seiake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Udom Emmanuel (Akaw Ibom).Edo State Deputy Governor Phillp Shaibu also attendedThe communique read by Dickson sai 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Oil prices steadied yesterday after slipping prices on concerns that Saudi Arabia and Russia will pump more crude in response to falling global crude inventories and rising consumer prices.Saudi Arabia and Russia have discussed raising the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC oil production by one million barrels per day (bpd) to counter potential supply shortfalls from Venezuela and Iran.Brent crude was up one cent at $75.40 a barrel.U.S. West Texas Intermediate cru 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has praised the Aliko Dangote Foundation for donating fully fitted 150 operational vehicles to the PoliceThe vice-president said the vehicles would assist in combating crime and described the Foundation Chairman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, as a rare entrepreneur who has done so much to grow the nations economy.He said the government needed people like Dangote to join hands with it to grow the economy and provide jobs for the youths.He said: There have been a lot of talks 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
It is one sore point on the capital market. And it came about because of regulatory failures and market bubbles of the past. But now, the issue of fictitious and multiple names on firms registers is being addressed. Capital Market Editor TAOFIK SALAKO reports that amnesty for shareholders with multiple and irregular names and accounts to harmonise them may be the way out of some of the markets problems.His formal identities-national drivers licence, international passport, national identity card 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
The barriers faced by People With Disabilities (PWDs) in the electoral process as voters, candidates, observers and staff within the commissions structure, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Mahmood Yakubu, has assured.Prof Mahmood Yakubu made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja at a one-day meeting on Mainstreaming PWDs into Political Parties Activities.Represented by a National Commissioner, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Ahmed Tijjani Muazu, Yakubu said a framework on access and 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the minister of Mines and Steel Development.Fayemi, who spoke yesterday at a valedictory media briefing in Abuja, the nations capital, said the President accepted his resignation to enable him pursue his governorship ambition.According to him, he is leaving office with a deep sense of pride about his contributions to the landmark achievements he and his team achieved in the sector and is transitioning out with his he 


 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to rig the July 14 governorship election in connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).Addressing reporters in his office Fayose alleged that APC and INEC had struck a deal to disenfranchise 50 per cent of the electorate by heavily preloading the smart card readers.He alleged that thousands of voters would be disenfranchised in Ikere-Ekiti, the hometown of the Peoples Demoratic P 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
THE Ekiti State governorship flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Kolapo Olusola, has assured the people that their welfare would be his first priority, if he wins the July 14 election.Olusola, who is also the incumbent Deputy Governor, said God sent him on a divine mission to Ekiti State to cater for the welfare and interests of the people.He spoke in his office yesterday, while addressing representatives of teachers, local government staff, staff of government parastatals a 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
A group, the Ekiti South Solidarity Forum (ESSF), yesterday said that President Muhammadu Buharis decision to assent to the Not Too Young to Rule Bill enable the youths to play leadership roles.The group said the move will boost the chance of the All Progressives (APC) governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the poll, adding that the youths will respond by voting for the party.Also, APC stakeholders in Ikere-Ekiti have urged the president to appoint a new minister from the Ekiti South Senat 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
Former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva, has reacted to allegations that he was plotting to destabilize the state saying there was no truth in the claims.Sylva in a statement signed by his media office said the allegation by the Bayelsa Government was strange and contained zero truth.The statement said: As usual, the strange claim is not supported with any facts and there is zero truth in it. The hallmarks of the government of anxiety, blame, accusation, and irresponsibility, which Governor 
 
Thu, 31 May 2018
The Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt and presided over by Justice Chiwendu Nwogu, has nullified the re-scheduled ward, local government and state congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held on May 19, 20 and 21 respectively.Justice Nwogu also stated in his ruling on Wednesday that the process that led to the emergence of youthful Ojukaye Flag-Amachree as Rivers Chairman of APC was fraudulent.The presiding judge stated that the congresses had to be declared null and voi