Hearing of the fraud charges levelled against former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, began last week Monday at the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. The commission tendered documents exposing how Fayose “diverted” N860 million meant for poultry projects during his tenure through his wife, Feyi; his deputy, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi; and others. EFCC has been pursuing a case of N1.2 billion fraud against the former governor.
An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution witness, Adeniyi Adebayo, on Monday narrated before a Federal High Court, Lagos, how the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, collected millions of naira in cash from the House under various headings.
Adebayo did the narration while continuing his testimony at the ongoing trial of Ikuforiji and his personal assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, for alleged money laundering.
This may not be the best of time for the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. Although it successfully conducted its 10th delegate conference this year where its national president, Abdulwaheed Omar was re-elected unopposed, for another four years in office, the crisis rocking the congress over the forced leave of its national secretary, John Odah is threatening the peace at the labour house.
Bhutan police are raiding homes of smokers in a search of contraband tobacco and are training a special tobacco sniffer dog in a crackdown to honor a promise to become the world’s first smoke-free nation. Buddhist Bhutan, where smoking is considered bad for one’s karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005, but with a thriving tobacco smuggling operation from neighboring India, the ban failed to make much of an impact.
The Washington winner of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot planned to discuss his windfall, while officials in Idaho waited for another lucky ticket-holder to come forward and claim half of the $380 million prize. Washington Lottery spokesman, Scott Kinney said the Washington ticket, purchased at a supermarket in Ephrata, was sold to a retired man who planned to bring his family to claim the winnings. The holder of the other winning ticket, purchased just 125 miles away in Post Falls, Idaho, remained unknown.