Secret Reporters

An aggrieved former aide to Hon. Monday Igbuya the Former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly who was impeached this year has defied all odds to boldly accuse his former boss of defrauding him to the tune of over 9 million Naira while he was the House Majority Leader.  Mr. Frank Itua Abiodun who was a legislative aide to the impeached former speaker recently petitioned the EFCC on how his former boss lured him into giving him his monthly salary and allowances for over 3 years under the guise of helping him save for the purpose of furthering his studies abroad.

In his petition to EFCC made available to Secret Reporters, Mr Frank stated:”When I received the first payment in 2012, Hon. Monday Igbuya whom I took as a father called me to his house at Sapele and advised me to save my monies very well. He insisted that he would help keep the monies for me until the end of his tenure wherein he will hand over the entire money to me to enable me travel out of Nigeria for further studies”

Following investigation made by Secret Reporters, the aide earned the sum of N256,000 (two hundred and fifty six thousand) monthly as salary as a legislative assistant, plus allowances. At the end of each month, upon receiving his salary he was deceitfully compelled by the former speaker to keep the sum of N30,000 (thirty thousand naira) to himself and pay in the remaining amount to his personal account. He reportedly paid the sum of N226,000 (two hundred and twenty six thousand naira) monthly for three consecutive years into the devious former speaker’s GT Bank account number 0032375304 and other accounts provided he provided with relevant bank tellers of the transactions made available to us, totaling  N2,712,000 annually and  N8,136,000 for the duration of three years.

At the expiration of the Hon. Monday Igbuya’s term as a House Member in 2015, Mr Frank made a request for his money but was vehemently denied by the mischievous and fraudulent Igbuya who suddenly became evasive and refused taking his calls.

Secret Reporters also gathered from the former Aide that the nefarious impeached speaker regularly boasts of being untouchable by any individual, group or government agency at the state and federal level.

He has been invited by the EFCC according to our insider sources, but boasted that he will buy off the Port Harcourt Zonal Head to kill the case.

All efforts made to reach the perfidious Hon. Monday Igbuya proved abortive as he declined taking calls on his two phone lines 08033027091 and 08023361401 and didn’t respond to numerous text messages sent to both lines by our reporter.


For much of the past year, Nigeria’s economy, the largest on the continent, has been mired in a recession. Shocked mainly by a fall in the price of oil, the country’s biggest export, and a resumption of militancy in the Niger Delta region which hobbled oil production, Nigeria’s economy ended 2016 on course for a full year of negative growth.

In recent weeks economists across the globe said that Nigeria will get its economy back on track in 2017 if it makes politically risky reforms. The London-based World Economics report declared Nigeria’s economy is showing prospects and it will recover from the recession by months to come.

Investigation by Per Second News shows a ‘dangerous cocktail of new threats’ by three of president Muhammadu Buhari’s appointees that have undermined Nigeria’ economic recovery, according to investigations.

The trio of ministers of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; minister of trade and investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelama; embattled comptroller general (CG), Nigeria Customs Service Col Hammed Ali are advocating vigorously for the floating of the Naira and the lifting of the ban on 41 prohibited items by the Federal Government, according to sources in government.

The 41 items banned from benefitting from foreign exchange at the Nigeria foreign exchange window are rice; cement; margarine; palm kernel/palm oil produce/vegetable oil; meat and processed meat products; vegetables and processed vegetable products; poultry-chicken, eggs, turkey; private airplanes/jets; indian incense; tinned fish in sauce (Geisha)/sardines; cold rolled steel sheets; galvanized steel sheets; roofing sheets and wheelbarrows.

Others are head pans; enamelwares; steel drums; steel pipes; wire rods deformed and not deformed); iron rods and reinforcing bars; wire mesh; steel nails; security and razor wire; wood particles boards and panels; wood fiber boards and panels; plywood boards and panels; wooden doors; furnitures; toothpicks; glass and glassware; kitchen utensils; tableware; tiles-vitrified and ceramic; textiles; woven fabrics; clothes; plastic and rubber products, cellophane wrappers; soaps and cosmetics; tomatoes/tomato pastes; and euro bonds/foreign currency bond/share purchase.

According to a source in the know, “Their argument is that since Nigerians are facing difficult times now, these 41 items should be removed from the prohibited lists. They are embarking on campaign of blackmail to convince Mr. President to compel the CBN governor Mr. Emefiele to rescind the ban order. They are employing every means to achieve their selfish aims but I can tell you that the president would not agree to this temporary relief measure,” the source said.

The source who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity argued that those urging the CBN boss to let the ban on the prohibited items are “selfish and self serving”, adding that an attempt to lift the order on the 41 items would help to compound Nigeria’s economic problems.

Lamenting the roles of the three Buhari appointees in undermining the president’s economic recovery programme, a presidency source said “It is sad that Adeosun, Enelama, Ali and some unnamed traditional rulers are calling for this reversal. Who are they really working for? For the Nigerian people or for a few cabals serving their interests? This is the tragedy of our country. I can’t imagine a minister or any political appointee of this government calling for the unbanning of the 41 items under the prohibition list? This is really sad”.

Economists claim that if the CBN bows to pressure and lift the ban on the 41 items, the nation’s economy would be doomed, adding that the farmers and stakeholders in the small and medium scale sector who are gradually finding their feet in the country would be unable to function thus fast-tracking the nation’s journey to total economic collapse.

“The president strongly supports the CBN anchor borrowing program designed to grow the agricultural sector and we are having positive results. Kebbi and Lagos are growing rice. Other states are following suite. And from statistics available, Thai rice Farmers were only able to import about 58,000 metric tons of rice to Nigeria in 2016 because we are gradually becoming self sufficient in rice production. This is the direction we should be looking and not going back to urban the 41 items that we can produce locally,” said a Lagos based economist speaking under the condition of anonymity.

Per Second News gathered that the refusal by the CBN governor to buckle under pressure and rescind the decision has led to pressure on President Muhammad Buhari to relieve Mr. Emefiele of his job as the apex bank’s boss.

CBN, our investigations revealed is insisting that the ban on the items will help conserve foreign reserves as well as facilitate the resuscitation of domestic industries and improve employment generation.

The trio and some powerful traditional rulers in the country have been linked to call for the removal of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Mr. Godwin Emefiele for his refusal to bow to pressure to lift ban on the 41 items.

Source: Per Second