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Orji: EFCC Was Mute Under Magu -Ubani Reacts To Former Abia Gov’s Arrest

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Former Vice Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) remained mute in going after ex-governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji, despite the startling evidence presented to it.

Ubani was reacting to the arrest of Orji by the EFCC on Thursday evening.

Recall that Orji was arrested alongside his son, Chinedu by the anti-graft commission at the Abuja airport to answer questions relating to allegations of misappropriation of Abia State resources during his reign as Governor of the state.

In a piece titled “Abia’s Too Many Drama’, Ubani, an indigene of the State berated Magu, saying that the former anti-corruption czar turned blind eye to the many sins of Orji despite all his efforts at the court to ensure the former Governor faces prosecution for his misdeeds in office.

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ABIA’S TOO MANY DRAMAS

Theodore Orji, former Governor of Abia State was said to have been arrested at Abuja Airport yesterday by EFCC over alleged billions of naira of Abia resources he and his cohorts, including his son Chinedu Orji squandered while he held sway as the governor of the State.

This development is not the first, as he and his son had been previously arrested and released under questionable circumstances despite sufficient evidence provided by EFCC in press releases. Till date, no charge has been preferred against him and his son despite the sordid revelations of their findings.

EFCC under Magu remained mute over the saga of T.A. Orji and son until he was booted out disgracefully recently.

Many Abians including my humble self have raised posers to EFCC on their grave silence concerning alleged stealing of T.A. Orji and his cohorts despite widely publicised evidence they provided with account details. Were these revelations lies?

I had to go to court seeking their intervention to compel EFCC to prosecute T.A. Orji and his son for the alleged misappropriation of Abia’s funds in the light of the evidence they provided to the public after their investigation.

In a ruling delivered on the 22nd of February, 2021 Justice I.E. Ekwo struck out my application on the ground that I lacked sufficient interest to file the application despite my evidence that I am a human rights lawyer, anti-corruption crusader with a mandate of promoting transparency, accountability and exposing corrupt and fraudulent practices in government and most importantly that I am a legal practitioner and an Abian who has been adversely affected by the alleged fraudulent activities of the governor and his son. The federal hight Court judge Abuja was unmoved by these facts as averred by my humbleself and struck out my application for mandamus.

I have proceeded on appeal over that ruling, believing that EFCC will wake up one day to demand accountability from T.A. Orji whose handling of Abia finances as the governor had remained questionable and unsatisfactory.

The news of the arrest yesterday was greeted with excitement by those Abians who demand that Theodore Orji should give account on why Abia State remained retarded when he was the governor of the State despite huge sums of money his government squandered.

The story of Abia is known to Abians and non-abians and does not deserve too much elucidation here. It remains the worst governed State, and TA Orji has refused to allow Abia develop like other states surrounding the state in the East. A visit to a neighbouring State like Ebonyi that does not produce oil as Abia will throw any sane Abia into uncontrolled mourning. Abia’s state is pathetic!

The sad path is that despite the fact that every national newspaper worthy of its status and some notable bloggers have broken the news of TA Orji’s arrest, all the bloggers, radio, television houses and newspapers in Abia have all taken sleeping tablets over this story. They are whispering the story in their offices but not READY TO INFORM ABIANS OF THIS STORY. I weep over Abia.

It is saddening that an Abian will be bold to criticise President Buhari, will be ready to call others names and be ready to analyse and spew out all manner of blames and criticisms against other people, but will develop “mouth cancer” and go mute on social media when the alleged stealing and infractions of the law involve TA Orji and his son, Chinedu. I am aware that they are afraid of their lives and do not want to suffer any discomfort, blacklist and blackmail. Sad!

If your radio station and television house are not bold enough to report the arrest of TA Orji and his son because you are afraid of your life, you have no reason to hold unto that license you are given to inform, educate and hold government accountable as granted you by the 1999 constitution. Return the license immediately as I AM ASHAMED OF YOU ALL, COWARDS!

As for EFCC, I will never believe that EFCC and by extension this government is fighting corruption until TA Orji and his son are arraigned and prosecuted for the alleged misappropriation of Abia’s finances. I will not be surprised or shocked if tomorrow it is reported that TA Orji and his son are released without any formal charge or arraignment. I am aware that there will be a telephone call, directing that they should never be touched or tried. It has happened before and may happen again.

“Conscience is an open wound, only truth will heal it”. One thing I am sure as a child of God is that no evil done by any man against his fellow man or against God will go unrewarded. THERE MUST BE A DAY OF ACCOUNT, NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES WHETHER HERE ON EARTH OR YONDER. Giving account of God’s own State resources is inevitable. I am a keen watcher of this drama and how it will end.

Dr Monday O. Ubani
An Abian.

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I’ll Retire From Football When My Legs Are Tired, Ronaldo Declares

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Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has ruled out international retirement.

The Portugal captain, 36, became the all-time top scorer in international football last month.

Ronaldo – who lifted the Euro trophy in 2016 – is hungry for more ahead of the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar in December next year.

Quizzed by Sky Sports on international retirement, he said: “But why? I think it’s not my time yet. It’s not what people want, it’s what I want.

“It’s when I feel that I’m not capable to run, to dribble, to shoot, if the power is gone… but I still have that stuff so I want to continue because I’m still motivated.

“It’s the main word – [motivated] to do my stuff, to make people happy and my family happy and the fans and myself. I want to put the level even higher.

“You speak about Portugal but in the Champions League I have the most goals, the most wins, assists… everything.

“But I want to carry on. I like to play football. I feel good to make people happy.”

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I’m Ready For Sunday’s El Clasico Against Barca, Says Courtois

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is excited ahead of the El Clasico against Barcelona.

Real Madrid go to Barca on Sunday for the first El Clasico of the season.

Courtois said: “The Clasicos are one of the most watched games in the world. You feel when you go to play it, even before you are here. They are games that all the players watch.

“And we are happy that the fans are back in the stands. That gives a plus to a Clásico. It’s going to be a very intense game, with rivalry, clashes on the field …

“In the end it is going there to the death, to defend yours. Sometimes when heat arises in the game, there may be a clash, but always with the utmost respect, because we are professionals. But that is cool in these games, let there be a little fire.”

Asked if he’s happy Lionel Messi is no longer with Barca, Courtois added: “No, because we like to face him. It’s always cool when you can face the best. I remember a game the first year I arrived that he didn’t play and we lost 5-1. I don’t want to remember that, but that’s the way it is.

“Barça have quality, new young stars: Ansu Fati, Pedri … It’s going to be a great game because they have a lot of quality.”

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Senator Afikuyomi Greets Mustapha On Turbaning As Turaki Of Ilorin

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The Royal Turbaning of Alhaji Saliu Mustapha as the Turaki of Ilorin by His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR, is a worthy recognition of Alhaji Mustapha’s contribution to nation-building, according to Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, a long-term associate of the new Turaki.

Afikuyomi stressed in a statement that Alhaji Saliu Mustapha has been conscientious in politics, and painstaking in humanitarian services, not just around the people of Ilorin Emirate alone, but in the entire Kwara State and in Nigeria as a whole.

According to the Senator, who once represented both, Lagos Central Senatorial District, and Lagos West Senatorial District. Mustapha’s decent politics, maturity and candor have combined to portray him as a rare breed amongst the pack, which is why he is often welcomed in any circle he has pitched tent with.



“He has a great sense of fairness, comportment and is also result oriented. A loyal friend, with a god-fearing disposition, he passes as one of the most respectable public figures from Kwara State,” Afikuyomi added.

The senator summed that with his turbaning as the Turaki of Ilorin, he was confident that he will impact on the people of the peace-loving emirate, in line with the vision of His Royal Highness, and the expectations of citizens.

“May God almighty give him the wisdom, good health and longevity to deliver the much-needed goods for his people, his fans and for humanity at large. Congratulations to a good friend,” the Senator concluded.

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