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EFCC begins probe of Obasanjo’s daughter

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission may have been silently working on a petition brought against the daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, over a controversial N3.5 billion power project contract, even before the issue was made public by the Nigerian media on Thursday.

An Austrian firm, M. Schneider GMBH & Co., had petitioned the commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over alleged underhand dealings by Iyabo and her business associate, Prince Albert Awofisayo, in the handling of the said contract, in which the firm was their partner.

The petition to the anti-graft commissions was dated August 30. Nigerian Tribune gathered from a source in the EFCC on Thursday that it would be wrong to think that the commission was not doing anything about the petition, adding that the investigators were looking into the petition to establish the seriousness and genuineness of the issues raised in it, before making further moves on it.

The source pointed out that it was necessary to establish that the petition was not borne out of mischief, malice or frivolities, before the investigation could move to the level of questioning or getting the public to know about the findings of the commission.

Nigerian Tribune further gathered that the commission’s investigators who were looking into the petition would be moving straight into the heart of the probe once the petition was found not to be frivolous.

When the ICPC was contacted on the matter, its Resident Consultant (Media), Mr. Folu Olamiti, said he was not in the office and would need to do some checking when he resumed in the office, to be able to say anything on the matter.

The petitioner claimed in the petition that Iyabo acted unethically with the “sole consideration of shielding her father, former President of Nigeria, from being perceived as having breached relevant laws in the award of power projects indirectly to his daughter.”

M. Schneider urged the EFCC to investigate the case with a view to ascertaining whether Nigeria’s laws were broken by Obasanjo-Bello “acting either for herself or on behalf of the then president.”

The petitioner further alleged that Obasanjo-Bello travelled to Austria to sign the contract papers while posing as Mrs. Damilola Akinlawon.

The International Court of Arbitration, Paris, is set to examine a claim by two of the parties involved in the deal, Prince Albert Awofisayo and Akiya Nigeria Limited, said to be owned by Mrs. Obasanjo-Bello, which filed a breach of contract case against the Austrian firm.

Awofisayo had sued the Austrian firm at the arbitration court over a disagreement on money sharing and control of the Nigerian branch of the company, which was registered to handle power project contracts.

But the Austrian firm petitioned the Presidency and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), complaining about what it referred to as Obasanjo-Bello’s “fraudulent, corrupt and criminal nature.”

Claiming that the impersonation was carried out while Obasanjo-Bello was “serving as a commissioner with the Ogun State government”, the firm alleged that she “fraudulently” presented herself as Mrs. Akinlawon while entering into a contract to float a company which bid for contracts in the power projects embarked upon by the government then headed by her father.

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Ade Bendel,Ajudua,etc all used fictitious names to do their business.They promised people contracts and received ina dvance fees for these services.The contracts never materialised.Mrs.Okalanwon(Formerly Senator Iyabo obasanjo) promied M.Schneider a contract for which 1 million dollars exchanged hands.

The difference between Ade Bendel and Mrs.Okanlawon is that one is a serving Senator who happens to be the daughter of a former president,while the other grew from GRASS to (dis)GRACE.

Ade Bendel is serving a 6 year term now,My bet is Mrs.Okanlawon will be elected for a second tenure as a Senator.

This is the face of Nigeria's anti-corruption.

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Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello quizzed

Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, daughter of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was on Thursday quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with N3.5 billion energy contract scam.

An Austrian firm, M. Schneides GMBH & Co had alleged recently in a petition to the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies that Obasanjo-Bello was corrupt.

Obasanjo-Bello was, among other allegations, said to have concealed her identity, while serving as a commissioner in Ogun State and a partner in a deal to secure power projects for the Austrian firm.

A source close to the EFCC told Daily Sun that Senator Obasanjo-Bello honoured an invitation to the Abuja office of the anti-corruption agency on Thursday in connection with investigations to the contract scam.

According to the source, the lawmaker spent several hours with EFCC interrogators and was allowed to leave in the late evening. Although full details of the interrogation were not available at press time. Senator Obasanjo-Bello was believed to have maintained her innocence and described the allegations as an attempt by the foreign company to discredit her.

Thursday’s visit, it was gathered, was the second by the senator over the controversial energy contract.

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At this rate, I think the price of beans will go up, because many seem to be preparing to start eating black beans.

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N3.5bn Scandal: Iyabo Obasanjo risks 3 years in jail - Lawyers move to initiate trial

SENATOR Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello may be sentenced to three years in prison on her alleged involvement in a N3.5 billion deal with an Austrian firm, M. Scheneider, some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), have said.

Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, Mr. Wole Olanipekun, Rickey Tarfa and Rotimi Akeredolu, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), said that section 484 of Criminal Code Laws of Nigeria prescribes three years jail term for any one found culpable of cases of impersonation.

Commenting on the case of Obasanjo-Bello, Olanipekun said the senator must be tried and found guilty of the allegations against her first before any one could think of jailing her.

He said, however, that Iyabo should be presumed innocent of the allegation against her, in the face of section 484 of the criminal code of the law of Nigeria, adding that so far, no one had initiated a move to ensure her trial.

In the same vein, Mr. Tarfa said the Section 484 was inapplicable in the case of Obasanjo-Bello at the moment, since the section was merely presumptuous.

He said the constitution of Nigeria is replete with such presumptions, a reason he said an offender of any act must first be found guilty before the law could take its course.

He said it was possible for the senator to be sent to jail on the basis of allegations against her but only after she had been found guilty after proper investigation and trial in court.

Mr. Akeredolu also spoke in the same vein, although he stressed that the purpose of an act of impersonation by a person and the weight of the effect of such act should be taken into consideration first.

An Abuja based lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, in a press statement he signed and made available to the Nigerian Tribune, said by disguising to sign the controversial contract, Senator Obasanjo-Bello had committed a criminal act, and was liable for prosecution in line with Section 485 of the Criminal Code, Laws of the Federation.

He disclosed to the Nigerian Tribune the resolve by himself and his colleagues in Abuja to initiate legal proceedings against the senator over her alleged involvement in the N3.5 billion deal on power projects in Nigeria.

Ajulo, one of the counsel to Delta State Elders Forum, said in the press statement that the senator risks being jailed for not less than three years if found guilty on her reported deal with the Austrain firm.

The daughter of the former President of Nigeria had admitted using a false name, Mrs. Damilola Akinlawon, in signing contract papers with M. Schneider on a supposed power project in Nigeria.

He quoted Section 484 of the Criminal Code Laws of Nigeria thus, “Any person who, with intent to defraud any person, falsely represents himself to be some other person, living or dead, is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for three years.

He said he and his other colleagues had been investigating the former Commissioner for Health in Ogun State and have been able to get documentary evidence likely to be useful in the process of her trial.

The lawyer, however, charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to shield the senator from being tried having in the past proved active in trying, people like Tafa Balogun, Maurice Ibekwe, Ade Bendel and others.

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Thanks McKren for the update. The Malam boy need to go back and get his facts straight.

WAS anyone ever probe under your father IBB? BIGB1?

All of a sudden you want everyone probe and the useless toothless dictator is still there enjoying his ill gotten wealth

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For the records, Etteh did not step down as an MP. She only stepped down as speaker

Besides that 3 Senators of Federal Republic of Nigeria who were ex-governors have cases of corruption going on in courts, they are yet to step down. On what premise are we then asking Iyabo Obj to step down when her case is still being investigated.

If a case of corruption is established against her she should be prosecuted, but asking for her to resign as MP is simply victimization.

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First of all, she should be forced to immediately step down, the same way Etteh was pushed out of the house. The difference between Etteh's allegation and this one is not that much.

I am calling on the senates to force Senator (Mrs) Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello (alias Mrs Damilola Akinlawon) to step down before the end of the year.

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N3.5bn scam: Obasanjo’s daughter received Jeep as PR – Firm

The mind-boggling contract scam involving Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, daughter of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has taken another dimension with the allegation that she received a Toyota Land Cruiser as bribe to help secure contracts in the power sector.

This is coming as an Abuja based legal practitioner, Barrister Kayode Ajulo has disclosed that Senator Obasanjo-Bello risked a five-year jail term if convicted of the allegations of felony against her by the Austrian company, which accused her of corruption.

An Austrian firm, M. Schneider GMBH & Co, had alleged, in its petition to the Presidency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies complaining about what it described as “Obasanjo-Bello’s fraudulent, corrupt and criminal nature.”

Some of the exhibits attached to the petition contained vital information to the effect that a gift of Toyota Jeep was offered to the senator by one Prince Albert Awofisayo, a Lagos businessman as public relations (PR) so as to secure a contract through her.

The vehicle, which was eventually bought from Elizade Nigeria Limited was delivered to Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, No. 383 Agege Motor Road, Mushin, Lagos with a letter of delivery signed by Tunde Fagbolagun.

The quotation and proforma invoice from the car company, referenced, Saju-001, gave the description of the vehicle as Toyota Land cruiser VX AHC Patrol engine, automatic transmission, leather seat, power steering, central door lock, wood finish A/C cool box, airbags, roof ral sun proof, double extra tyre, ABS, radio/cassette CD player, alloy wheel with side step.

A Union Bank of Nigeria Plc cheque of N11, 660, 00.00 was issued in favour of Elizade Nigeria Limited at its Abuja branch, at UAC building on November 15, 2005 and the vehicle, with Engine no. 2UZ-9151608 and Chasis No. JTEHT05J302086528, was delivered to Iyabo Obasanjo at No. 383, Agege Motor Road, Mushin, Lagos with a covering note signed by Tunde Fagbolagun, an assistant manager (delivery) of Elizade Nigeria Limited on November 25, 2005.

It was revealed that when the Austrian firm was approached to buy the vehicle for Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello as “PR,” by Albert Awofisayo, the company turned down the request on the grounds that Awofisayo should be responsible for such gesture.

In a note to Albert Awofisayo on the subject matter, the company noted: “Dear Albert, sorry, but we are not in position to satisfy this request. We have many obligation to fulfill along with the project. PR is yours.”

The N3.5 billion contract scam was blown open following a letter written by M. Schneider and dated 3 August 30, 2007, which was delivered through DHL to the EFCC, the office of President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, Austrian ambassador, Attorney-General of Federation and Minister of Justice, chairman, Senate, Committee on Ethics and Privileges, chairman, ICPC and the chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau.

Signed by Andreas Altenhuber, the petition further revealed that the EFCC had, sometime in 2006, conducted an investigation involving directors of M. Schneider Energy Nigeria Limited.

“The underlying dispute culminated in our being frustrated out of Nigeria after investing in excess of one million Euros. This resulted in litigation in different jurisdictions. One of the proceedings will be before the International Chamber of Commerce Paris on 3rd and 4th September, 2007,” the firm said.

The company claimed that it attached a copy of the court papers and other exhibits in the letter to the commission to substantiate various allegations against the senator.

“Contained therein are allegations of a fraudulent, corrupt and criminal nature involving Senator (Mrs) Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello (alias Damilola Akinlawo) then serving as a commissioner with Ogun State government and which concealment of her identity, in our view, was driven by the sole consideration of shielding her father, the former president of Nigeria, from being perceived as having breached relevant laws in the award of power projects indirectly to her daughter,” it said.

The company stated that the hearing of various cases on the matter has the potentials of placing the Federal Government in bad light before the international community.

It said: “We would therefore be grateful, without prejudice to the judicial process, if you would kindly cause your commission to investigate same with a view to ascertaining whether your enabling laws or any other related Nigerian laws were broken by Senator (Mrs) Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, acting either for herself or on behalf of the then president.”

The documents also listed details about Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello’s trips to Austria, narrating how she joined Prince Awofisayo in Singapore after her trip to Jakarta, Indonesia in February, 2006.

When contacted by a national newspaper over the contract scam both Dr. Iyabo-Obasanjo Bello and Prince Albert Awofisayo had described the allegations as false and an attempt to tarnish their image. Senator Obasanjo-Bello said she was not directly involved in the business.

She said: “I know Prince Awofisayo. Sometimes ago, he invited me to be part of a business he wanted to do. Some of these proposals work, other times they don’t. Prince said I should not worry, that he would fund the entire project. I told him since I was a commissioner it could raise issues of conflict of interest. We agreed to go into the business all the same. Prince formed a company and did all the ground work.

We agreed that I should use a different name, yes, because in law there is nothing, wrong with that…”

On his part, Prince Awofoisayo said he was out of the country but would speak on the controversy as soon as he returned. He said the Austrian company had resorted to blackmail because of its failure to prove its case in a court of law.

Meanwhile, an Abuja based legal practitioner, Mr. Kayode Ajulo said Dr. Obasanjo-Bello risks a five-year jail term if convicted of the allegations of felony against her.

In a statement in Abuja, the lawyer said: “The macabre expression and approval of misdeed of misdemeanor by the first daughter of the erstwhile President (General Obasanjo), the one-time commissioner of Ogun State and presently the distinguished Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello aka Damilola Okanlawon, disguised nothing but an admittance of guilt of impersonation, corruption and to cover up palpable commission of crimes.

“Although her spin-doctors and fellow voyagers may delude her and equally want Nigerians to lap into the distorted conjecture that she is not liable for criminal misdeed, it is pertinent to point out that Section 484 of Criminal Code, Laws of the Federation provides that: ‘Any person who, with intent to defraud any person, falsely represents himself to be some other person, living or dead, is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for three years.’

“Bearing in mind the novelty and inventiveness of her misdeed as those she falsely represented in this instance are allegedly her sister (Damilola) and mother (Ms. Okanlawon) vis-à-vis the fact that at the time of the commission of the crime Dr. Iyabo was a serving commissioner in Ogun State, holding a position of public trust and bound by provisions of Code of Conduct rules, Public Officers rules and other related statutes.

It is therefore indispensable that to appreciate the full weight of her criminal liabilities, a combined reading of the provisions of Chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution, Public Officers Rules, ICPC and EFCC Acts will reveal an imposing commission of offence sanctionable by our laws.

“Section 15 (5) of the Constitution provides thus: ‘The State shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of powers.’

“The reasons for the impersonation are not far fetched. What else must be the reason for the daughter of a president and commissioner of health of a state to turn himself to LAGBAJA for pecunial gains?

“To circumvent the law and the system, to besmirch it, defile it and make fools out of the whole world with a full fledged premeditated conspiracy to cover up a perceptible crime.

“The theory of LAGBAJAISM as propounded by Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello PhD holds no water. It is patently cynical, contemptuously jaded, which is, in itself, a dishonoured affirmation from an apparent corrupt psyche.

“Corruption has no other name than corruption either in private business or public office and not a soul should be allowed to hide under any assumption of legality to escape chastisement.

“In the case of A.G. Ondo State Vs. A.G. Federation reported in 2002, Hon. Justice Mohammed Uwais (retd) stated the true position of the law and the mind of the Supreme Court when he held thus: ‘Corruption is not a disease which afflicts public officers but society as a whole. If it is therefore to be eradicated effectively, the solution must be pervasive to cover every segment of the society.

“One is somehow interestingly surprised by the timid position of the government and its law enforcement agencies since the receipt of the complaint against Dr. Iyabo. If the EFCC, ICPC and others are of the opinion that Dr. Iyabo has no case to answer then EFCC should, without hesitation, tender apology to Tafa Balogun, the late Maurice Ibekwe, Ade Bendel and Co. as they have no business being in prison.

“The Federal Government and her agencies should be guided by the dictum of Hon Justice Mohammed of the Supreme Court, in the above mentioned case reported in the Nigerian Weekly Law Report (Part 772) at page 347, where the noble law lord stated:

‘It is quite plain that the issue of corruption in Nigerian society has gone beyond our borders. It is no more a local affair. It is a natural malaise, which must be tackled by the government of the Federal Republic. The disastrous consequences of the evil practice of corruption has taken this nation into the list of most corrupt nations on earth…, ’

The battle over which promoter has direct business dealings with an Austrian firm, M. Schneider GMBH, among CPL Industries Limited, Falcony Nigeria Limited and Akiya Nigeria Limited, which is the company of ex-President Obasanjo’s children, shifted to Paris, France as one of them, CPL Industries Limited, took the matter to the International Court of Arbitration in Paris.

The legal battle started in July last year when M. Schneider GMBH and five others instituted a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Other plaintiffs in the matter were: M.Schneider Energy Nigeria Limited, Falcony Nigeria Limited, Andreas Tenhuber, Michael Tenhuber and Olu Obikoya.

The defendants in the suit were Prince Albert Awofisayo, CPL Industries Limited Akiya Nigeria Limited (firm of Obasanjo’s children), Ms. Damilola Akinlawon and Mr. Richard Awofisayo.

However, Falcony Nigeria Limited and Schneider GMBH were said to have instituted another suit at the High Court of Lagos State, while arbitration discontinues in the one filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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EFCC Probes Iyabo Obasanjo

By Nosike Ogbuenyi, 12.22.2007

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The Economic and Fina-ncial Crimes Commis-sion (EFCC) has commenced investigation of the N3.5 billion contract row involving Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, daughter of former head of state, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, an Austrian company, M. Schneider Limited and one Prince Albert Awofisayo.

The commission said yesterday in a statement by its Head, Media & Publicity, Osita Nwajah, that following the submission of new facts before it by the petitioners, the EFCC re-opened an inquest into the matter with a view of determining whether a crime that falls within its purview has been committed in which case, the commission would take prompt action.

Ostensibly nudged into action by a barrage of media reports on the allegations of the contract scam involving the senator representing Ogun Central, the anti-graft agency clarified that the matter was not entirely a fresh case before it, as it was first brought to its attention in July last year. It said in the first petition, the name of Senator Obasanjo-Bello was never mentioned.

The EFCC statement reads in part: “The attention of the EFCC has been drawn to several media reports on allegations of a contract misadventure said to involve Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello. The dispute was first reported to the EFCC in July 2006 via a petition from Rickey Tarfa & Co., acting on behalf of M. Schneider (Nig.) Ltd., among which directors, was Prince Albert Awofisayo.

“In the course of investigation, the parties to the dispute were invited and they made statements to the Commission. At that time, there was not a single mention of Senator Obasanjo-Bello by anyone. The result of EFCC’s investigation was that what was reported was a case of contractual disagreement between businessmen and no crime was disclosed or unearthed.

“The commission consequently advised the disputants as to the nature of the matter and that it being civil in nature, they should settle between themselves. It would seem that they heeded the commission’s advice and sought local and international arbitration. However, virtually the same complaint, but with new information alleging impersonation by Senator Obasanjo-Bello, has just been forwarded to the EFCC.

“Following the submission of the new petition to the commission, the EFCC is looking into the matter with a view to determining whether a crime that falls within its purview has been committed in which case, the commission would take prompt action.”

However, in commencing investigation into the matter afresh, the EFCC drew attention to an alleged plot by those it dubbed local and international crooks to drag the commission into politics as an instrument of blackmail.

It decried such underhand schemes to drag it into fields well outside its mandate, saying the intention of those behind them was to make it lose focus and derail the war against economic and financial crimes.

The lid was blown off Senator Iyabo Obasanjo’s involvement in the messy contract deal through a detailed report by the media on Thursday.

According to the report, the senator’s business partner, M. Schneider, an Austrian company, wired petitions to the presidency and the EFCC over what it called the “fraudulent, corrupt and criminal nature involving Senator (Mrs.) Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello (alias Mrs. Damilola Akinlawo).”

She allegedly presented herself fraudulently as Mrs. Damilola Akinlawo while entering into a contractual agreement with M. Schneider to float a company, which put in bids for contracts in the power projects embarked upon by the Olusegun Obasanjo (her father’s) government.

She was at the period serving as a commissioner with the Ogun State government. The Austrian company has taken the case before the International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France.

In the fresh petition dated 30th August, 2007 and copied to other ant-corruption agencies such as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, M. Schneider of Austria alleged that Iyabo-Obasanjo concealed her identity and presented herself as Mrs. Damilola Akinlawon with the “sole consideration of shielding her father, former President of Nigeria, from being perceived as having breached relevant laws in the award of power projects indirectly to her daughter.”

The company pleaded with EFCC and the other anti-corruption agencies to investigate the case with a view to ascertaining whether Nigeria’s laws were broken by Iyabo acting either for herself or on behalf of her father, the then President.

The news of the contract scam involving the ex-President’s daughter has elicited angry reactions from several quarters, with many persons and groups calling on EFCC to investigate it and ascertain the level of Senator Obasanjo’s involvement.

In its reaction, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere noted that there had been allegations against former President Obasanjo essentially premised on the fact that his children could not distinguish between Nigeria and Otta Farm owned by their father. Afenifere spoke through a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin.

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EFCC will use good English to close the investigation just like

QUOTE IBB

Annulled has a different meaning from cancelled

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because a public officer attempting to set up a company with spurious names is more or less against the Code of conduct of her office than anything else, especially when the deal did not pull through.

Possibly EFCC may not have Jurisdiction to prosecute her under the Economic and Financial Crimes Act.

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I will not be suprised if after investigation EFCC decides to pass her case to Code of Conduct Bureau for further actions.

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This is a test and a great opportunity for EFCC to clean up their OBJnism image, and show Nigerians that they are for real.

McKren, I could just tell in advance that the out-come of this test will definitely turn us against each other once again.

I promise you, I will keep my eyes on this one!

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I dont think EFCC will truly[/i] probe Iyabo Obasanjo.

I think EFCC [i]will probe Iyabo Obasanjo, for the sake of keeping up appearances and other related matters.

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depends on what you are expecting, all Ribadu can do is charge Iyabo to court if he thinks there is enough evidence.

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FYI: the chick has admitted using a fake identity.

The question is: can EFCC be sincere during this investigation or is it going to be the same old story (half job well done)?

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BIGB1 SHUT the hell up dude. wasn't your brother MUHAMMAD BABANGIDA accused of the same crime for investing multi million in GLO with falsify information?

What happened to that investigation? NADA. Just like the presidency said it will not intervene on this case, I for one don't see EFCC or anyone prosecuting IYABO OBASONJO. The big boys will talk behind close doors and kill the deal.

YAR ADUA said he will not shield his son if found guilty of corruption before he took over the office of the presidency. This is a perfect time to redeem himself and establish non partisan prosecution.

It is unfortunate that IYABO was caught, but this practise is common in government ministries.

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I am calling on CIA, FBI, ICPC, CID, EFCC, KGB and others to brutally probe, agonize, torment, discombobulate, torture, capture and cage this chick; the same exact manner her vindictive greedy carnivorous daddy victimized many innocent Nigerians.

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We won’t intervene in Senator Obasanjo-Bello’s case unless the FG was defrauded - Presidency

The Presidency said it would only intervene in the N3.5bn power project contracts controversy involving Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello if the Federal Government was defrauded.

The firm, M. Schneider, had written a petition to the Presidency and the EFCC, accussing Obasanjo-Bello of travelling to Austria to sign contract papers in a different name, Mrs. Damilola Akinlawon, in order to ‘shield her father from being perceived as having breached relevant laws in the award of power projects.’

The Presidency source said, “I do not think that the government will dabble in the matter, especially when it is in court.

“We think it is a business gone awry. We can only intervene if there is a proof that the government was defrauded.”

The source also said that the Austrian firm was encouraged to write the petition due to the current wave of reversal of Obasanjo administration‘s policies and review of contracts.

“The owners of the firm have expressed their willingness to come to Nigeria to testify before any probe panel,” he added.

Another source in Abuja said, “I can tell you that the AGF has called for briefing from the EFCC and the ICPC .

”The commissions are expected to submit preliminary reports on how far they have gone with investigations since they received the petition.

”The reports will determine how the Presidency would relate with the International Arbitration Panel in France on the issue.

”It is too early for the Federal Government to react to the petition against the daughter of the former President.”

The Senate has also said it would not act on Obasanjo-Bello’s issue until the facts were presented clearly.

But Afenifere, has called for a probe of the senator saying that her involvement in the alleged scandal was an indication of the former President‘s ”weak moral standards.”

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Contract scam: Afenifere wants Iyabo Obasanjo probed

 

Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, yesterday demanded immediate probe of the N3.5 billion contract involving Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, a senator and daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.[/b]

[b]An Austrian energy firm, M. Schneider, had alleged that the senator used false identity to do business with it in a bid to secure contracts in the power sector in Nigeria.

The company had specifically alleged that Obasanjo-Bello, then a commissioner in Ogun State, fraudulently presented herself as Mrs Damilola Akinlawon, a director in Akiya, a company owned by her and her sibling, Busola, while entering into contractual agreement with it to float a company which bidded for contracts in the power projects embarked upon by the government headed by her father.

The deal, which went awry following a disagreement over money sharing and control of the company by the parties, has been a source of litigation both in Nigeria and Austria.

The Austran company had contended that Obasanjo-Bello and Prince Albert Awofisayo, a businessman and friend to the former president, wilfully deceived it and contravened several aspects of the Nigerian law with the “sole consideration of shielding her father from being perceived as having breached relevant laws.”

Reacting to news of the scam which blew into the open yesterday, Afenifere called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately launch a probe into it.

The group noted that there has been grave allegations that while Obasanjo was president, his children could not distinguish between Nigeria and Otta farm, pointing out that: “The Austrian scandal involving Iyabo Obasanjo Bello is a confirmation of this allegation and reflected Obasanjo’s weak moral standard.”

Afenifere in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin recalled that: “There have been calls for Obasanjo’s probe in the last six months, which have been largely ignored. If Obasanjo still enjoys ‘immunity’ and cannot be brought to book for various allegations brought against him, we do not think that Iyabo has the same status. So we call on Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately apprehend her and carry out a thorough investigation. If she is found to have committed this heinous crime, she should be charged to court immediately and be made to vacate her seat at the National Assembly.”

It added: “Since this allegation against Iyabo is just a reflection of Obasanjo’s scandalous years, is it not high time that we carried out a comprehensive probe of Obasanjo himself?

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