Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dramatic U-turn! EFCC Reduces N1B Subsidy Charges Against Abdulai Alao To N116M

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A funny episode is playing out at the court of law over the dramatic twist by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to reduce the One Billion Four Hundred and Seventy One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty Nine Thousand Sixty Hundred and Forty Three Naira Thirty One Kobo oil subsidy theft charge against the son of late islamic cleric, Alhaji Abdulazeez Arisekola Alao, Abdulai to One Hundred and Sixteen Million Naira for lack of substance.

Information pieced by Papermacheonline revealed that the anti corruption agency’s triumph in the celebrated cases of oil theft that became public knowledge some years ago was reduced to mere figment by the report of a private forensic firm which faulted most of the allegations by the EFCC against the Axx Energy boss and the confession of a major witness who claimed he was made to bear witness against Abdulai under duress.

A report by a daily newspaper, Daily Independent also lend credence to the dramatic turn of events where the prosecuting agency could not provide solid evidence to back up the charges against Abdulai.

A part result by the prosecution witness, Okechukwu Opo alleged he was threatened by the EFCC to deny his earlier statement that he indeed signed the Empty Tank Certificate of MT Brave Vessel.

Mr Opo, a surveyor at the General Marine Oil Services gave details of how he was intimated by the EFCC to give a false report that he didn’t sign the Empty Tank Certificate.

A source within the commission disclosed to papermache that ‘Abdulai is just a victim of circumstance and a fall guy used to cover up the dirty deals of other influential individuals who are the principal actors in the oil subsidy case’.

The new development in the case of Abdulai was said to have raised the hopes of others who claimed they had been wrongfully accused and suffered similar fate as Abdulai.

The emerging fresh facts bring a little succor to Abdulai and his counsels who have been putting up a good show at the court to establish his innocence.

The vilification and humiliation he had suffered in the wake of the oil subsidy scandal is likely to be over if his counsels can further convince the court of the faulty charges against him.

‘What I Told President Muhammadu Buhari’ -Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, let me confess that in over 30 years of writing no President has ever reacted directly or positively to my constant admonitions, lamentations or commendations. Rather, most of the time, their aides, cronies and acolytes used to fire darts and barbs at us from every direction. We were called unprintable names that our parents did not give us and by now we are so used to being abused and harassed by those who can never learn useful lessons from the past. You can thus fathom a guess as to how I must have felt when Femi Adesina’s call sneaked in on me like a thief in the night.

I had written an article titled “A Desperate Memo to President Buhari” in which I tried to let the President feel the pulse of the people, especially those who felt he was being too sluggish about running the affairs of state. This memo to the President came on the heels of an earlier intervention titled “In Search of Patience” which unfortunately failed to achieve its objective. My mission had been to persuade my fellow citizens about giving the President some time to settle in before they start complaining about the pace and tempo of governance. I soon realised that rather than the dust settling down matters actually got exacerbated. In the desperate memo, I then attempted to tell the President some home truth about the things he could do urgently and without much ado. I took that chance because of the fact that I knew him to be a voracious reader of news, especially if it pertained to him. The gamble certainly paid off.

Monalisa Chinda Launches Talk Show

Nollywood’s top talent, Monalisa Chinda has taken a bold step in the
right direction as she successfully completes production of her
innovative talk-show.

Produced to world-class standard and targeted at millions of viewers
across leading television and online media platforms globally, ‘You
and I with Monalisa’ is an eccentric show created to address pressing
and trending social issues in the most refreshing perspectives.

“It’s great to be challenged again at this exciting phase of my career
with the priviledge to present something fresh and original,” Monalisa
said of the state-of-the-art talk show. “We’re dealing with everything
engaging, enriching and life-changing including some of the pitfalls
we get into as a people, and ultimately how do we get out of them?”

Proudly supported by the Niger Delta Development Commission, ‘You and
I with Monalisa’ is scheduled to go live on African Independent
Television, Television Continental and other platforms in the coming

The multi-award winning thespian and force behind Arise Monalisa
Foundation has also unveiled her new uber stylish website – and her foundation’s official website –

SSS, Police Fight Over Arrest Attempt On Niger Governor’s CPS

The attempt by the SSS to arrest the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, Ibrahim Dooba has pitched the security outfit against the State police which also constitute a larger part of the government’s security.

From information sourced by papermache, the Governor’s CPS, Dooba some days ago attacked an operative of the SSS who is attached to the office of the State’s Deputy-Governor.

The SSS officer was said to have denied Dooba an entrance into the Deputy-Governor’s office and was slapped and beaten by the Governor’s media aide.

The wounded officer was said to have reported the attack to his superiors who ordered the arrest of the CPS.

The CPS’s arrest was said to have been prevented by Governor Bello’s ADC who reportedly gave the CPS some armed security and ordered him to be driven to a safer place.

This action was said to have irked the SSS officials who went into hot argument with the police officers who felt slighted that the police prevented them from arresting Dooba.

The SSS was said to have written to the Governor to sack Dooba so he can be arrested and prosecuted for assaulting a Federal officer.

Governor Abubakar Bello was said to have pleaded to the SSS to give him time to investigate the matter personally and decides on what to do.

In the mean time the CPS is said to be in hiding as his phones have been switched off for the fear that the SSS could trace his where about from the calls he makes or receives.

Inmates Beg Lamido, Sons For Ramadan Meal

The arrival of the former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and his two sons, Mustapha and Aminu in Abuja prison was greeted by wild jubilation from inmates in the Abuja prison.

Lamido and sons are facing trial in a case filed by the EFCC for money laundering, abuse of public office and subtle bribery amounting to N1.351billion.

The trio were ordered to be remanded in Kano prison last week when Justice Evelyn Anyadike adjourned the case to September 28 for formal trial.

The ex-Governor and his sons were for unknown reasons moved from the Kano prisons to Abuja prison.

A source informed papermacheonline that officials of the Abuja prison were scared when they got an information that the politician and his two sons have been transfered based on the fact that the facility is presently filled with boko haram suspects who are awaiting trials.

But their fears were said to have vanished when some of these inmates identified the suspects and began shouting their names, welcoming them to the prison in Hausa language.

Lamido and his sons were said to have been moved to a clean cell where they were said to have observed their prayers immediately they arrived.

It was said that the noise of ‘ka ba mun abinchin’ which translates to ‘help us with food’ enveloped the prison yard when it was time to break the fast.

The ex-Governor and his sons were said to have made arrangement for their meals with a warder and ignored the pleas of the inmates who are mostly boko haram suspects.

The suspects were said to have been moved to Abuja prison for reasons based on the efforts by their lawyers who are working out modalities to secure a bail for them in a Federal High Court in Abuja which is to be presided over by a Vacation Judge today.