The newspaper review for Monday, September 17, focuses on the moves by EFCC to place Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state on a watch list to prevent him from leaving the country among other stories
The Nigerian Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has placed Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state on a watch list to prevent him from leaving the country through any land, air or sea border.
The Punch reports that the customs service took the decision following a request from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The newspaper states that the NCS has granted the request and circulated the EFCC directive to its area and zonal commands, directing that the governor be monitored as requested.
The request from the EFCC was made by its acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, in a letter dated September 12, to the customs’ comptroller general’s office, stating that Fayose was under investigation and there was a suspicion that he might leave the country to evade the commission’s investigations.
In another report, the EFCC has accused foreign bank, HSBC, of helping Nigeria’s late military dictator, General Sani Abacha, to launder over $100million.
This Day reports that EFCC accusation came after the multinational banking and financial services organisation rated the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s economic performance poorly.
The anti-graft agency also accused the bank of assisting 50 other Nigerians, including a serving senator to keep unspecified amount of illicit funds.
“HSBC Bank Plc is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC’s international network comprises around 7,500 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa,” the EFCC said.
“Since inception, HSBC is synonymous with money laundering and has paid billions of US dollars in fines across the world.
“In Nigeria, the bank laundered more than $100 million for the late dictator, late Gen Abacha, in Jersey, Paris, London, Switzerland and Geneva.
“The bank is also involved with laundering proceeds of corruption for over 50 Nigerians, including a Nigerian serving senator.
“Part of Abacha Assets yet to be recovered are, $12 million in HSBC Fund Admin Ltd with account number S-104460 in Jersey; $20 million in HSBC Life (Europe) with account number 37060762 in U.K and $1. 6 million in HSBC Bank plc with account number 38175076 in UK.
“We shall not rest on our oars until every penny belonging to the Federal Republic of Nigeria is repatriated to Nigeria so as to improve the lives of the people.”
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In other news, Vanguard reports that the second term bid of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state remains uncertain as his subordinate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is reportedly trying to get the APC governorship ticket for the state.
Sanwo-Olu is currently an appointee of Governor Ambode, after been appointed by the embattled governor as managing director of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSDPC).
The Nation reports that Sanwo-Olu on Sunday, September 16, announced his bid for the job, noting that his governorship bid would bring change for progress in the centre of excellence.
Speaking at the City Hall in the heart of Lagos Island, the aspirant said the time to take the state to a greater level had come.
“I declare that, I, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu shall be a true party man in the real definition of the word by running an inclusive government, according to the ideology of the APC and the long-term benefits of the great citizens of Lagos State. Loyalty is the currency of politics. I shall be loyal to the people of Lagos State, the organs and the leadership of the party,” he said.
“I call on party members and citizens to join me to elevate our State in all facets of human endeavour through improvement, enlightenment and development.”
Meanwhile, the disappearances of two Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft formerly used by Topbrass Aviation Services Limited, a local operator, from the the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) is causing unease in the aviation sector.
The Guardian reports that the which have been the airplanes have been the focus of a legal tussle between the lessor, Seagold Investment Limited, and Topbrass Aviation Services, were reportedly acquired by some interested parties in the presidency contrary to the orders of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
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