WHEN THE DEVIL IS BETTER: NIGERIAN POLICE FALSIFIES MAN’S AGE FROM 73 YEARS TO 42 YEARS AND SENT HIM TO JAIL FOR INABILITY TO PAY N500,000 BAIL MONEY IN EDO STATE

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The phrase, ‘Bail is free’ in Nigeria is a farce, despite several declarations by the authorities that bail is free, people are still charged outrageous sums as bail.

Secret Reporters has reliably learned that an old man was sent to jail just because he couldn’t stump up N500 thousand as payment for bail to the police.

Mr Anthony Omosigbo, who hit his cousin with a stone on the head following a minor family dispute on the 13th of November 2017 was arrested and remanded in custody despite the case having been settled in the family.

Three weeks after, the said cousin passed on and Mr Omosigbo was arrested and taken to the State CID,Homicide Section and along the line, both families resolved the issue through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and the complainant wrote an official letter to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police and also swore a court affidavit to legalize the process.

The old man was recommended for bail but the IPO in charge of the case, Srgt Linus demanded a whooping sum of N500 thousand as bail before Mr Omosigbo would be released. The poor family could not afford the money and offered to pay N50 thousand but the IPO refused and compiled up charges before the court who sent the man to jail.

On January 28, 2018, the IPO reduced the man’s age from 73 years to 42 years and arraigned him at Ehor Magistrate Court after spending 25 days in police custody without proper investigation. The magistrate declined jurisdiction and ordered a duplication of the case file and sent it back to the Department of Public Prosecution for advice and immediately gave an order for the remand of the old man in custody.

Secret Reporters research shows that the Oko Maximum Prison was built in 1906 to contain 230 inmates, but there are currently 864 prison inmates in the prison.

 

 

COW GOVERNOR: SHARIA TAKES OVER AKWA IBOM AS GOV. UDOM THROUGH HIS SYRINGE FACTORY MD GULABI FORCES WORKERS TO GO TO MOSQUE AND WORK ON SUNDAYS

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Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right of every citizen and it’s fiercely protected by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Sadly, that right has been trampled upon by the management of the Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Company in Akwa Ibom state.

This has been the fate of staff and workers of the company as their right to religion is being bastardized. Secret Reporters undercover journalist who visited the company authoritatively reported that staff of the company are being forced to work on Sundays even when they’re supposed to be worshipping in church on the said day.

Speaking to our reporter, one of the staff who doesn’t want her name in print stressed that the management, led by Mr Zubeyir Gulabi, a Turkish national who is a Muslim, has made it compulsory for workers to be at work on Sunday and failure to report for work attracts severe punishment. She also maintained that they are encouraged by the fearsome MD to join them in the mosque for prayers on Fridays.

This is a clear infringement on the rights of the workers to religion and apparently, they’re being prohibited from worshiping on days set aside by their religion, which is Christianity.

It’s rather amusing that a Muslim is the head of a supposed government company in a Christian state. Contrary to popular belief that the syringe factory is owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government, our sources revealed that it’s owned by the Turks with only 5% ownership belonging to the state. This account for the reason why the government is not bold enough to name it Ibom Syringe factory, as customary with its sole project like Ibom International Airport, Ibom Hotel and Resorts, Ibom E-Library and Ibom Specialist Hospital.

The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary and Commissioner for Information in their tradition refused to pick calls to respond to our enquiries on the issue.

EXCLUSIVE: HOW OLOGBOTSHERE OF WARRI, AYIRI EMAMI CONNIVED WITH A UK BASED NON EXISTING COMPANY AND FRANK OMARE TO DUPE DELTA STATE OF N8 BILLION AND ABSCONDED

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The date was 15th December 2011, when the then Commissioner for Works, Mr Solomon Funkekeme wrote back to his counterpart in Environment, Mr Frank Omare  who had earlier written that Funkekeme and his team visit the site for the construction of Foreshore wall for Aruoton, Manadgho, Adjudiabo and Akpakpa communities in Warri South West.

A seventy five page documents exclusively obtained by Secret Reporters detailed how the contract award started with fraud and breach of contract rules from the very beginning. It’s a glaring investigation into how the Prime Minister of Warri also known as the Ologbotsere, Ayiri Emami swindled the state of millions without lifting a sand to site.

One of the documents with Ref No: CE 6031/138 by Funkekeme explained how they carried out investigation on the site on October 27th 2011 by nine team members, with four from Ministry of Works, One from Environment, two from one MBHH Nigeria Ltd and curiously one Mr Mutu Dominic, the CEO of Obode Consultancy Ltd  who happened to be the consultant engaged by the State and finally, Andrew Emami as the community representative and ironically the younger brother of the Delta born corrupt millionaire, Ayiri Emami, who was given the contract without proper bidding.

 

The beginning of the fraud

Fifteen months after the visit to the site, we gathered that former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan directed his Deputy, Amos Utuama who heads the State Tenders Board to unilaterally award the job to Easy Quest Nigeria Limited. To stop tongues from wagging in the office where the award letter was typed, the address of Easy Quest was changed to 12, Idimi Jakpa Quarters, Okere, Warri. Investigations by us revealed that no company of such is sited there. The real address was to come out later.

With Ref No: STB 10/T/60, the letter stated that the award was for N1.694 billion against the N1.7 billion that Easy Quest ‘bidded’. The board agreed for “50% down payment as mobilization fee subject to the provision of an Advance Payment Guarantee (APG) from a reputable financial institution and a completion period of 24 months”.

Of course, Easy Quest Limited accepted and the whooping sum of N847,105,875 million hit their bank account. The Obode Consultants also smiled away with N75,709,652 as their fee for actually doing nothing. What Deltans and indeed Nigerians never knew was that there was a conspiracy between Uduaghan, Easy Quest (found later to be owned by Ayiri), Frank Omare, Funkekeme and the so called Obode Consultants to divert the cash. The truth as investigated by Secret Reporters is that Obode was owned by a twenty six years old boy, Dominic Mutu, who floated the company in UK for fraud and was non existence even till date, when the government ‘gave’ him the consultancy job. The fraud just began.

Seven months after, exactly October 3rd after accepting the contract and not going near the site, Ayiri conspired with the twenty six years old ‘owner’ of Obode Consultancy Limited and mandated his Easy Quest Company to draft a letter directly to Uduaghan to increase the contract to N7 billion and demanded that the slush sum of N3.491 billion be paid to them as part of the 50% advance payment. On this, our sources confided in us that Uduaghan refused, and chose to ignore them. The next month of November 27th, Obode decided to write to Omare, explaining the need to modify the scope and specification of the project to enable the contractors commence.

 

FRANK OMARE TAKES OVER THE FRAUD GAME

With the defiance of Uduaghan to listen to the duo of Ayiri Emami and the Twenty Six years old boy London fraudster masquerading as Obode Consultants, the Commissioner for Environment, Omare, was drafted in with alleged assurance of kickback to officially write Uduaghan on the urgent need to pay Ayiri another sum of N3.523 billion as 50% and the eye popping sum of N146 million to Dominic Mutu as consultancy fees. Omare through File No: MOE/EC/838/6 pleaded with Uduaghan to “direct the ministries of Finance and Economic Planning to release the sum of N457.2 as mobilization fees being the 25% of the difference between the initial and the new contract sum to the contractor”. Again Uduaghan refused!

UNCOVERED FRAUD

Since the Delta State Government led by Ifeanyi Okowa told the world how Ayiri got contract through Easy Quest but refused to mobilize to site, the millionaire born Itsekiri through his ‘boys’ has denied being the owner of the company.

Secret Reporters days of investigations however punctured Ayiri’s lies. One of the letters sent to the company via Ref No: MOE/EC/T2/02 was addressed to The Managing Director, EasyQuest Nigeria Limited, No. 1 Swiss Cottage Road, Boundary Ubeji, Warri. This address is incidentally the country home of Ayiri.

Deep investigations by Secret Reporters required this medium paying $500 which we did, to get into the files of Obode Consultancy Limited where we trailed it to the United Kingdom.

We can authoritatively report that Obode with Company No. 07242770 was registered in the UK with initial office address as 173A, Walesgrave Road, Stoke Coventry City, England, West Midland, England, CV2 4HH on 4th May 2010.

It had only one Director as at the time of registration that happens to be Dominic Mutu, born on January 1st 1982 and was 26 years old when he duped the Delta State Government. His rented apartment where he stays was where he filed as the office address.

Unable to transact any business with it, a letter was sent to him on 30th August 2011 warning clearly of the intention of the British Government to strike the name of its register after three months, if no evident of legitimate business leading to tax payment is made.

Three months after the warning, not one Pound business was done by Mutu and Obode Consultancy Limited was finally dissolved on 13th December 2011, leading to its permanent death.

Ironically, two years after takeover of the company by the Queen of England, Delta State Government decided to give a consultancy job to a boy that had never done such work all his life. The bigger fraud is that no Dominic Mutu ever existed as search by our private investigators in the United Kingdom, Nigeria and USA revealed that the company may just have been opened to commit fraud like this.