Exposed: Shady&Highly Corruption in Nigeria’s Oil Deals 36:Oil worth $13.7 billion stolen under NNPC, says NEITI

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed, on Wednesday said between 2009 and 2012, about 160 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7bn was stolen under the watch of the national oil giant, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

She also said that subsidy payment from 2005 to 2012 indicated that $11.63bn had been paid to the NNPC but that “there is no evidence of the money being remitted to the federation account.”

The NEITI boss, who called on the Federal Government to privatize the refineries, stated this during a courtesy call on Governor Nasir el-Rufai, at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, on Wednesday.

El-Rufai is among the four governors appointed by the National Economic Council to scrutinise the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Excess Crude Account managed by the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

Part of the terms of reference was to unravel the N3.8trn not remitted to the Federation Account by the national oil giant between 2012 and May 2015, as well as $2.1bn said to have been deducted from the Excess Crude Account. Governors of Akwa-Ibom, Edo and Gombe states were members of the team.

Hajiya Ahmed said, “Crude product swap of $866m was lost from 2009 to 2011 and $8243m in 2012. Total amount expended in subsidy payment from 2005 to 2012 as captured $11.63bn have been paid to the NNPC. However, there is no evidence that these amounts were remitted to the Federation Account,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai disclosed that since he called for the scrap of the NNPC, the corporation has being sponsoring articles in the media to attack him to fight on till NNPC will be killed. He added that the corporation would be made to pay all monies it owed before its final death. El-Rufai said, “NNPC has become a monster that is too powerful. I will continue to fight NNPC till it dies for Nigeria to survive.

“It is either Nigerians kill NNPC or NNPC will kill Nigeria.

“Since, I called for the death of NNPC, the corporation has sponsored articles attacking me, but I am telling them my skin is thicker than an elephant.”

EU bans food exports from Nigeria

NIGERIA’S economy, which is going through a turbulent period from reduction in oil income, is set to further unravel. Why? The European Union has just suspended some agricultural food exports from Nigeria. The food items banned from Europe till June 2016 are beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil. This is a setback for a nation that desperately needs to expand its export basket to boost domestic agricultural activities and create jobs.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, the rejected beans were found to contain between 0.03mg per kilogramme to 4.6mg/kg ofdichlorvos pesticide, when the acceptable maximum residue limit is 0.01mg/kg. The embargo is a reflection of our inability to adhere to global standards, and this has come to haunt us at the international level again. Overturning the ban requires a firm approach to enforcing standards at all times.

But the ban is not a bolt from the blue. For some time, the EU has been warning Nigeria that the items constitute danger to human health because they “contain a high level of unauthorised pesticide.” The pesticide is applied when the products are being prepared for export. The EU said it had issued 50 notifications to Nigerian beans exporters since January 2013. It is baffling that the Nigerian authorities didn’t take any significant steps to reverse the situation. Likewise, the United Kingdom also issued 13 border rejection alerts to Nigerian beans exporters between January and June 2015. Our lax system will continue to hamper the economy from appropriating the benefits derivable from a revived export programme.
It confounds many that this problem has been with us for some time and nothing strategic has been done to deal with the situation. In 2013 for instance, 24 commodities of Nigerian origin exported to the UK were rejected, while the figure climbed to 42 food products in 2014. Some of the items were said to have been contaminated by aflatoxins, making them unfit for consumption.

The excuse by Paul Orhii, the Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control that exporters caused the problem by not complying with regulatory requirements for semi-processed and processed commodities is untenable. NAFDAC has not conducted its regulatory oversight properly and needs to put stringent measures in place to monitor our products and guarantee them as safe for export before the next EU review in 2016. The Ministry of Agriculture did not pay sufficient attention to the problem either.

The ban on Nigerian foods provokes some questions. First, how do we preserve the foods that we eat locally? Second, how safe are the foods we import into the country? With our predilection for manipulating the system, Nigerian consumers might be susceptible to poisonous food imported from overseas. Take for example, the imported semi-processed poultry products and meat: several studies conducted by researchers and public agencies in markets in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt are revealing. A study by Okiomah Abu, a nutritional enzymologist, says “poultry products imported into the country contain toxic and heavy metals that can worsen the occurrence of food-borne diseases” because of the combination of feeds the animals eat. Ayoola Oduntan, the President of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, said, “It has been discovered that smuggled poultry products contain (a) high level of bacteria. Also, toxic chemicals and solvents are used in preserving them so that their owners can get them into the country to be sold at prices cheaper than we (PAN members) are selling.”

We should be wary. In March 2014, Akinwunmi Adesina, the then Minister of Agriculture, had to personally order the destruction of a large consignment of contaminated imported frozen fish stored in a warehouse operated by Indians in Lagos. In a 2015 report, the World Health Organisation said, “Food contaminants, such as harmful parasites, bacteria, viruses, prions, chemical or radioactive substances, cause more than 200 diseases – ranging from infectious diseases to cancers.” The global health body added that unsafe food is linked to the death of about 2 million people annually.

However, a report in this newspaper said the Nigerian Customs Service had recently started enforcing the ban on imported poultry products, which are massively smuggled into the country. But government at the three tiers should also make policies to boost poultry and fish farming in the country to meet local demand and for export.

As a way forward, we could follow the standard practice in other climes like India, the UK, China and the United States, which operate effective food safety and regulatory agencies that monitor products stringently. US authorities are still battling China, South Korea, Mexico and South Africa to review a ban placed on American poultry and egg imports over the avian flu scare that broke out in December 2014. Last month, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ordered Nestlé, the Swiss multinational, to withdraw its instant noodles from the market over safety concerns.

The Ministry of Health, NAFDAC, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria and the newly inaugurated National Food Safety Management Committee should see the EU ban as a wake-up call to sanitise food imported into Nigeria, and those being consumed at home.

The EU action suggests that our unfavourable balance of trade position with our international partners will worsen as we cannot export more agricultural goods. The first quarter figures (2015) released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed that crude oil and gas accounted for 89.2 per cent of our total export of N3.23 trillion with other exports constituting only 10.8 per cent. The nation imported goods and services worth N1.64 trillion within the same period. We should reverse this dependency on imports and harness our natural resources to become self-reliant in food production.

Full credits: Naijarchives

Current Naija music is meaningless

Shoki hey hey Shoki!” cries a voice from the radio to the beat of a nerve-wracking pandemonium that seems designed to drive you insane.

A quick flick of the dial and “Shakiti bobo” is playing. The worse thing is that the raucous noise emitted by the artiste is no match for the loud, odious din coming from the beat. The lyrics are completely lost – which may not be regrettable to some – but the whole tumult sounds more like bad static than music.

I tuned the dial again. This time it was Olamide screaming “VANESSA VANESSA.”

As the last strains of the song died away, the OAP cheerfully and enthusiastically breaks in, “Yes, that’s for all you listeners out there. That’s the way we do it right here at your cool station. We personalise our playlist to make you feel cool.”

Cool kor, cooler ni…. I felt like telling the OAP that his choice of songs made me feel SICK.

This is simply today’s Nigerian music! Something is terribly WRONG with it! Yet millions around the country – especially the young people – listen to it by the hour. WHY?

What is there about this music that is so gripping? How can something so meaningless hold millions under its spell? Why does it serve as a common denominator – as “the tie that binds” – for so many youths?

Judging from how and what they’re saying and singing, it is easy to conclude that some of these artistes should be taken for mental evaluation! Music mirrors our emotions; it reflects our thoughts; it echoes our activities – it shows us the way we really ARE!

Most Nigerian artistes are confused and bewildered – or they wouldn’t sing songs about not being able to tell right from wrong, or songs which purposely don’t say or mean anything, or which try only to “embody an emotional state that points indirectly to marijuana and crazy sex positions.”

Music – just like other forms of art – is like a social barometer. A strong and healthy society produces dynamic and stimulating music; a diseased and decaying society produces sick and decadent music.

It’s a simple matter of cause and effect!

This is now a SICK SOCIETY and, therefore, it produces SICK MUSIC. It’s just that simple! Both parents and the young people are to blame. My point is, we all don’t have to be a part of this sick society – or its sick music.

Even talking about today’s gospel songs, many are lacking in purpose and quality. The gospel singers are forgetting that God believes in QUALITY. Look at the universe He created! He also believes in human improvement and GROWTH. “Become ye therefore perfect” (Matt. 5:48) and “Grow in grace and knowledge” (II Pet. 3:18), He commands.

God wants His people to grow in the right kind of culture – the right kind of appreciation for the finer things in life. He says that mature Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to DISCERN both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14).

God wants us to EXERCISE our five physical senses. He wants us to learn what the true values for the enjoyment of the senses are. One of these senses is hearing. And one of the ways we need to exercise our hearing sense is in the appreciation of quality music. Quality in music involves, first of all, the way it is composed or arranged. Secondly, it involves how the music is performed. And thirdly, the setting (the place and occasion) in which the music is heard.

You attend a concert only to see artistes with a hodgepodge of idiotic noise played from a CD and the audience seated at round tables like they are in a canteen, screaming with mouthful of small chops and ‘samosas’ as every new song is introduced by the performer. What utter nonsense! What is WRONG with us? How did we completely lose our sense of value regarding music? Do we even know the purpose of music?

A mother justifies her daughter who’s listening to an obscene song by saying, “If you listen to the words of that one, it’s pretty rough. But it has a real good beat. My daughter says she doesn’t pay any attention to the words anyway.” Are we really that naïve? What erroneous reasoning! Go along with the crowd – even if the crowd is on the way to suffering, misery, pain, extinction? Do we think that these songs have no part in the tidal wave of promiscuity, venereal disease, illegitimate babies that are all over the country today? If you are one of those who like today’s Naija music, you ought to honestly and truthfully ask yourself WHY.

Full Credits : Etcetera

5 things women NEVER tell their men

Okay, we know the most common one: most women lie about the “O” word. But there are other things besides that the modern woman lies about. Very often!

THEIR first gig

For most adult women, the first sexual experience is unforgettable and probably the best ever. Even if they have not kept in touch with their first man, they remember him with fondness if he did not leave them pregnant and stranded with a baby.
But will they ever tell their man this? Never.
Studies show the average woman lies about the age at which she was disvirgined, adding anything between 2 and 10 years to the age. For instance, if a woman got disvirgined at 14, she is likely to put the figure at 20 to her current man. Men, on the other hand, openly boast about their earlier sexual conquests.
That they check out other men
A man might be so close to the girl in his life that he would point out other women’s body parts that he finds attractive and everybody would have a good laugh. On the other hand, a woman would never do that. If she thinks the guy next door has a cute ass, she never, ever mentions it to the man in her life. Not only would she not mention it, she would never ever even make the blunder of oogling the attractive derriere when their man is around. Studies show women make lewd jokes about other men when they are with girlfriends just as much as men do, and they even fantasie but are great about hiding it.

That she hates cooking

A few years down the line, many relationships run into crisis on this account- many many women just do not like to cook.
In our part of the world, girls are raised not only to learn how to cook but to happily cook for other people for the rest of their lives, three times a day. If they cannot live up to that ‘simple’ responsibility, they are complete failures, especially in relationships.
Women are therefore happy to pretend to be kitchen genies at the beginning of relationships and would never admit to not just absolutely loving cooking. Rather, they prefer to give their man the impression that they live just to feed him as many times as possible in a day. Unfortunately, that impression is bound to waste when she insists of going out for dinner every so often when the relationship is established.

She feels insulted when he gives her money

Of course nothing makes your man feel grander than knowing he has met his woman’s need and probably even exceeded her expectations, especially if he had to bend over backwards to do it. Studies show the average woman is actually disappointed almost every time their man gives them a gift, especially when it is money.
Truth is, today’s working women have developed very sophisticated tastes that their men can barely keep up with, and they are ready to work very hard when it’s necessary to do so. But would a woman ever complain her man has not even scratched the surface when he gives her cash? Never.

She does not trust him

For all her freedoms and liberation, a woman is far less likely than a man to voice her insecurities in a relationship that the other way round.
She has watched her mother look the other way more often than not. She has heard her aunt tell her uncountable times of how it’s a man’s world. She has been called names just for showing a flash of jealousy and she has been told by the census that there are more women than men.
Her girlfriends are telling her to be wise and hold on to her straying man and so while he snoops and snoops and finds nothing, she makes minimal efforts and finds everything but does she ever mention it? Never.
The reason that hot new househelp gets a shaven head and the girlfriend is told jokingly to do her top buttons up is not because she does not trust her girlfriend or the maid but because she certainly does not trust her man.
Her man might ask the question a dozen times- “honey, do you trust me?” and her answer would be a big fat lying “Yes”

How Tinubu humbled, dealt with &disgraced a political opponent : A lesson to all Tinubu’s political opponents

I’m an ardent follower of political event in my country – Nigeria,in the past&present. This has made me to have a very clear and accurate history &view of political events. Without being boastful, I’ve made very accurate predictions of political scenario which all came to pass with pin-point accuracy. I was in a discussion with a friend of mine&he raised up this issue primarily because he thinks it’s relevant to present happenings& secondarily because he loved the way I narrate it each time. It happened in Lagos over 10yrs ago, probably 13 or 14. I feel it’s also relevant for me to share it here:

It was a hot sunny day. The humidity was quite high. It’s past noon and I was slowly walking home after going to different places that morning. I had to,anyway. It was one of those periods inbetween an end of posting exam&beginning of a new posting in medical school .Since we don’t have any breaks,I gave myself a week’s break to go home and do many things in Lagos, including collecting the cheque of one of the numerous companies that awarded me schorlarship (oil companies inclusive). The road was relatively less busy. I had walked past the zombies to my left. It appears they were oblivious of me.They were busy with themselves. Having walked past and crossed to the other side of the street to buy my favorite “senegalese bread”, it appears they’ve been jolted to action. “Stop there! Give way !” Shouted three of the madmen to four passersby. It was obvious one of their big ogas (maybe an AIG or DIG judging from the size of the convoy) was about entering. I was used to that. Afterall it’s Kam Salem House (fmr police HQ now HQ annex in Obalende, Lagos). That’s what they know how to do, harrass innocent civillians . They had to even be stopped by the previous military administrator from harrasing ladies wearing trousers and “shaba” skirts.

After my purchase, as I walked along the very long Igbosere road,I was thinking of “bigmanism” in Nigeria. The rich oppressing the poor, the powerful oppressing the weak. As I made to turn towards Strachan street where my family house was located, I saw a danfo commercial bus with the conductor shouting ” Tom Jones Tinubu! Wole Tinubu! Wole Tinubu !”. The bus was bound for Tom Jones area and Tinubu Square! Tinubu referred not to the then Lagos governor – Bola Tinubu but Madam Tinubu, that amazon of a woman with many great achievements,including being the first woman in Nigeria to own a car. That jolted my mind to events that happened that morning at the Lagos Island Local Government (LG) Secretariat where I went to pay my tenament rate tax. Then each house used to pay tenament rate tax to their respective local governments then unlike now that most taxes that were being paid to the local councils have now been hijacked by the state government. Now we pay (cheaper) Land use to the state govt rather than tenament rate. There was a slight but temporary pandemonium in the local council that morning. One of my primary school classmates who was a councillor then,despite his sleepy eyes,narrated all what happened accurately to me. The Local Government Chairman Prince Luqman Ajose had just been impeached by the local govt legislative council that morning&was replaced by his vice – Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King. What led to his impeachment is what I’m about to narrate.

Before the state govt hijacked some taxes payable to local councils, Lagos Island Local Government council was making the highest IGR (internally generated revenue) in Nigeria,making well over a billion naira monthly. It’s IGR was more that even 10 small states IGR combined together. Despite all that and it’s division into 3 (or 4) smaller LCDAs, it still generates the highest IGR by any local govt in Nigeria. Then what it generated was more than what 10 small states generated and could make any local govt chairman proud and pompous. That was what happened to Luqman Ajose. There was a clash of ego between him and the state governor – Tinubu. Furthermore he clashed with some political leaders, and market women. Rmr then Gov.Tinubu’s late mother – Habibatu Mogaji was the iyaloja-general of all market women,not only in Lagos Island or Lagos State or SW but the whole Nigeria. His clash with the traders too had to do with (over) taxation of market stalls etc.

Let me frankly say categorically here that I’ve not been nor am I a fan of Tinubu nor of his politics. However,I doff my hat to respect his political sagacity in overcoming political challenges thereby making an enigma for himself. He isn’t merely Jagaban of Borgu or Asiwaju of Lagos (Island). He’s Jagaban of Nigeria& Asiwaju of Africa. I stand by my statements.

Unlike now when state chief judges, state high court judges and the state houses of assembly legislator are mere rubber stamps of state governors,with some of them even postrating before the governors to address them; it wasn’t like that before. All attempts to settle the conflict btw the governor and the local govt chair all proved abortive. The governor suspended the local govt chair but this suspension was reverted by the courts. The governor had no right to unilaterally suspend a local govt chair,who is a member of a third &”independent” arm of govt – the LG. The governor’s attempt to remove the governor through the state house of assembly was rebuffed by them. It appeared the governor had suffered a bloodied nose twice. Then Tinubu was silent on the matter. Very silent. His silence is what his political opponents should fear because it isn’t mere silence but political strategizing and restrategizing to strike his opponent when he least expected with a very deadly fatal blow. It’s not an issue of a great state ludo player not able to play national chess. That’s an errorneous impression.

One day,Tinubu also obvious of the small differences of the LG chair with his 10 councillors over choice of supervisory councillors summoned the 10 councillors for a meeting at the state house,lagos- his official residence. The meeting was scheduled for 6.00pm and it looked like a 6- 8 or 9 pm meeting. They were gathered but the governor didn’t meet with them at that time.The governor is busy with some “urgent” state matters but will meet with them,they were told. 6pm became 10pm and became 12 midnight. They waited and waited. Many got tired. Some slept off. At exactly 2.00am the governor entered the venue of the meeting. He listened to their grievances. He convinced them of the need to remove Luqman Ajose. By 6.00am the meeting ended. The councillors resolved to remove him. But to make sure things went his way ,he decided it should be a surprise attack. They were implored to go to the council chambers,hold a legislative meeting and legally remove him. That’s what they did. Those were the days GSM was just starting in Nigeria. By 7.00 am, the local legislative council met and impeached the chairman and replaced him with his vice. Before anybody could inform him and he could mobilise his supporters and “thugs” to disrupt any attempts to remove him,he was removed. It was surprising and a very fatal attack ! That’s the way lions attack their preys.

Luqman Ajose fell from grace to grass and became politically irrelevant. He was even jailed for at least 2yrs, about 5 yrs ago over embezzled council funds. This shows the political sagacity of Jagaban of Nigeria, Asiwaju of Africa, the Lion of Bourdillion and he’s a smooth operator. It’s a lesson for his political opponents.

Am watching keenly the Nat Assembly & Senate crisis and what some people have termed the Lion of Bourdillion vs Tiger of Ilorin vs Dongari Bauchi vs wolf of yola. I’m awaiting how all will end.

What Nostra II sees while sitting or lying down, a vast majority won’t see even if they climb telecomm masts !

Disregard Nostra II to ur peril !!

God rules in the affairs of men !!!

GLORIA OKON, The Story of Nigeria’s Most Mysterious Drug Pusher


GLORIA OKON, The Story of Nigeria's Most Mysterious Drug Pusher Biography Profile Photo Life Story History

Gloria Okon was caught in 1985 with heroin in Nigeria and died in very controversial circumstances.

FULL NAMES (alternate names): Miss Gloria Okon


She was born in 1950.


On the 22nd April, 1985, a petite society lady, Gloria Okon, was about to board a Nigeria Airways aircraft WT840 (Lagos-Kano-London) at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano State when she was arrested with substances suspected to be heroin and other hard drugs (the National Security Organization, NSO or Nigeria’s secret intelligence agency is often mentioned in her arrest). Tucked in internally were 56.70 grammes of the substances. She was also caught with the sum of N20,000, 60 pounds sterling, $301 and 19,000 Italian lira. The customs officers and drug law enforcement agents were very excited to have nabbed her, not because they had caught her alone but because they would also be stars of the show for a while as all the arrests were being made by their counterparts at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. But their jowls of excitement were pangs of sheer agony for the 35-year-old Okon. Why?

The year was 1985 and anyone caught with drugs would face the death penalty, no stories. That was the provision of the Decree 20 put in place by the junta of General Muhammadu Buhari . She was going to die, and she knew it. Stunned and stupefied at her sudden stare at death, Okon became an unwilling and helpless star before the nation’s news-thirsty media. Newspapers and magazines contained her story and the radios gave the chilly broadcast. For many who read the story or heard the announcement, it was not a big deal they thought, she was going to be executed like others. But then, there would be a twist in Okon’s story that would turn her into the most mysterious drug pusher in Nigeria’s history. What happened next still remains very bizarre even 30 years after.


On the 28th April, six days after her arrest, the most unexpected happened: Gloria Okon died in custody. From an ordinary ‘heroin suspect’, the sudden demise of Okon led to what is now one of the most enduring narcodramas in Nigeria. She did not just die, she died in very questionable and mysterious circumstances. The Buhari regime would not bury the case and an investigation was launched into the matter, with a judicial commission of inquiry given the complicated task of unraveling all the circumstances surrounding the very suspicious death of Okon who gave up the ghost at the Aminu Kano Hospital, Kano.


The judicial commission of enquiry working on the Okon case was headed by Justice CNO Ubbaonu of the Kano High Court. It began its sitting in Kano almost three months (precisely 5th Monday, August) after she died. Other members of the panel were:

  • Wing Commander PG Asemota
  • Tunde Oloko, a university don
  • JI Obianwu, who was the secretary

The case was so serious that the Inspector-General Etim Inyang was mandated to ensure there is a reasonable conclusion to the case and to make sure all the mysteries are solved. The commission was to carry out three main tasks:

  • Make proper inquiry as to the arrest and death of Gloria Okon
  • Determine whether during the period of her arrest and custody, if any person(s) contributed to her death through acts incidental to the case
  • Make suitable recommendations

But that would never happen: on the 27th of that same August, the military regime of Buhari was toppled by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and till date, no one knows how it all ended and the demise remains a mystery. However, it must be stated that before she died, Okon reportedly confessed and revealed a ‘big baron’, as a matter of fact, a customs official said of her revelation:

If carefully handled, she may lead us to the big brains behind the business.

But before Okon could even mention the name of her mentor or sponsor, she was stone-dead. According to those who investigated her case and questioned her, the only clue she left was simply the name ‘Bassey’. Ibrahim Coomasie was the commissioner of police for Kano State and he stated that it was almost impossible to track her mentor because Okon did not give the second name of Bassey or even an address, so the investigation met a dead end.

However, it must be pointed out that although Okon was just one of the many female carriers arrested, she was the only drug mule very willing to cooperate and say it all, revealing all information on her sponsors. But before she could utter anything, she was gone. An autopsy conducted stated the cause of death as food poisoning. There was no time Okon showed any sign of ill-health, she was quite healthy when she was arrested as the public inquiry found out but according to Misharck Okitiakpo, a customs officer who kept her in custody, Gloria Okon fell ill just a day after she was arrested. Okitiakpo also explained that on the day she was arrested (22nd), Okon made a request for rice and beans which she was given. But on the 23rd and 24th, she was rushed to the hospital after she complained.

But that is where Okitiakpo’s accounts stopped. He did not explain or was unable to explain what happened from the 25th to the 28th when Okon finally breathed her last. Okon had been in the custody of the Customs until the 25th when she was handed to the police. Therefore, it is not precisely clear whether she was poisoned while with the customs or under the police custody where she eventually died. In an interview with The Guardian in May 1985, Coomasie said Okon had changed saying:

…the late suspect was not talking when she was brought to the police and did not make any statement to the police, when the police took custody of Okon, she looked weird and neither ate nor talked.

But later, she was given some egusi soup by the police (egusi with what? Abi she drink the egusi ni, police no tell us that one). The police also said she took some bananas and tea after the egusi. Amazing food combination: egusi, banana and tea.

The mystery of Okon’s case was further deepened when no one showed up to claim her, not even one relative showed to identify her as a suspect or even her corpse. According to Babadisa Ciroma, an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) who was in charge of Okon’s interrogation said no one paid her a visit while in custody or even when she was admitted at the hospital. That was not all, 39 days after her death Okon’s corpse remained unclaimed at the Murtala Muhammed Hospital Mortuary where it was deposited. This prompted the police force Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to issue a notice that her remains might be treated as unknown if it not claimed after seven days of warning to the general public. Apparently embarrassed by the mysterious death of Okon in custody and to prevent a repeat, the government compelled state police commands to transfer suspects and exhibits in cases of hard drugs to the Force CID Headquarters in Lagos by ‘the most expedient means’.

The Nigerian nation was supposed to hear from the judicial commission of inquiry by the end of August and shed light on the case but by the end of August, a new leader was in place and he was a military president: IBB. The late lawyer Gani Fawehinmi attempted to resurrect the case but this put him on a path of direct clash with Haliru Akilu and Kunle Togun, two of IBB’s most dreaded security agents. No one was ever charged over the death of Gloria Okon.


  • In the absence of a conclusive investigation, so many tales have been spun by many so as to fill in the gaps. According to some, Okon never died, the corpse presented was all a ruse and part of a grand conspiracy. In June 2009, Professor Taiyemiwo Ogunade, in an interview with THE NATION said of the Okon case:

‘Gloria Okon is actually Chinyere, that’s her real name. She married Charles “Jeff” Chandler, the fellow who killed Nzeogwu and was killed a day later. Chinyere, Maryam and Princess Atta were young friends who hung out together. They all married into the military, because the military was a proud and respectable profession then. Charles Chandler, who was Tiv, married Chinyere who I think is from Imo State. IBB married Maryam from Asaba and Mamman Vatsa married the princess. So Chinyere became a widow and resorted to trading between UK and Nigeria. And then she was caught with drugs; Mamman Vatsa was the person who put Chinyere on the next available flight from Kano to London – and then claimed that she was dead by parading a dead woman picked out of the mortuary. Dele Giwa later found out that she was in London having delivered a baby by another man. He sent a French photographer to the place and they saw Maryam Babangida at the event. Kayode Soyinka brought back the photographs. Dele was sitting across the table from Kayode examining the photos taken of “Gloria Okon” (Chinyere, Richard Chandler’s wife) at the naming ceremony in London. Maryam Babangida was there. And then a letter parcel was delivered to him and he said excitedly that it must be from “Mr. President” referring to the discussions he had with IBB days earlier. The bomb exploded and severed his lower abdomen; he died a few hours later.’

  • Some others say Dele Giwa knew that Okon was Maryam Babangida (or even IBB)’s drug mule and wanted to blackmail IBB, which is why he was killed. Newswatch has denied any link between their late founder who was killed by a parcel bomb in 1986.
  • Tom Mbeke-Ekanem in his book, Beyond the Execution: Understanding the Ethnic and Military Politics in Nigeria insisted the corpse sent to Calabar to Okon’s family was a fake corpse and that the family returned it saying it was not the corpse of their daughter, but that the authorities insisted the corpse was that of Okon. The claim was that the real Okon was freed to go live overseas and replaced with an unclaimed corpse brought in from the mortuary. The crazy controversies around the case prompted the Federal Government to make attempts to unearth everything thus launching the public commission.
  • According to others, she was a drug mule for the former Nigerian First Lady Maryam Babangida shuttling between the USA and Britain and she was killed so she would not squeal. As it is now, the truth is hanging somewhere, and the only way I think Nigerians will eventually get to know the truth is when a government comes and re-opens the case and declassifying all the documents relating to the case. Whether that will take 10 or 100 years, no one knows. But before then, the story of Gloria Okon is one eerie chapter that will continue to haunt the world’s largest black nation.






Josephine Agwu : The honest but poor cleaner who returned 12 million naira


Miss Josephine Agwu The Airport Cleaner Who Returned N12 Million To The Owner

Josephine Agwu is an airport cleaner who returned the sum of N12 million naira to the owner in January 2015 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. She attracted the attention of the whole nation for her act of honesty.

FULL NAMES (alternate names):

Miss Josephine Agwu


She is Igbo from Obonkpa in Enugu State.


Agwu is a cleaner with Patovilki Industrial Services, the outfit in charge of cleaning of the departure terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.


On the 23rd of January 2015, while cleaning a toilet near the screening point of the departure area of the airport, she found the money, a total of N12 million ($28,000 and some other foreign currencies) and she picked it up and took it to the security post. Later, the owner came and the security returned the money with the explanation of how Miss Agwu found the money and submitted it at the security post. The owner counted the money, made sure the money was complete, took a good look at Agwu and simply walked away. That was Miss Agwu’s THIRD time of returning lost bags that contained huge sums of money. She explained the incident to Saturday Vanguard as follows:

“I am from Enugu State, from Obonkpa in Nsukka Local Government. I live at Agbotukunyo in Agege. The incident happened on the 23rd of January 2015. I was on morning duty. So as I was sweeping around 6:30pm, I saw the bag on the ground and there were some passengers there so I thought that the bag could belong to one of them. But as I closed at 7:20pm, the person to relieve me on duty came that time.”

“I was going to the toilet again, I saw the same bag there. Then I told the passengers sitting there that they should be mindful of the bag because once they announce the flight they may forget it. They replied   that the bag did not belong to them. Three of the passengers left, so I then picked the bag and took it to the FAAN security people. At first, they put the bag on the screening machine, before they opened the bag and discovered that there were many envelops in the bag containing money in different currencies including dollars.”

“As they were counting it, I saw an NDLEA woman accompanied by one man and both of them were coming towards us. They said that the man could be the owner of the bag. So when they came in, they interviewed the man and the man mentioned the amount of money and the colour of the bag. Before then, they had counted the money and it was exactly the amount that the man said.”

“Then they carried the money and gave to the man for him to count. After counting, they asked him if the money was complete, he said yes and they snapped him picture. They asked him again about three times and they told the man that, ‘look at the woman that picked your bag’, and the man was looking at me. His name is Mr. Obinna Samuel. They told him that he should thank his God that if it were another person, that person would have run away with the bag but this woman didn’t do that. So I left and the man took the money and put inside the bag and went away.”

“Then FAAN security personnel called me back, and they took my number On-Duty-Card (ODC) and my name. That was how it happened. People are praising me, FAAN said that they are going to give me automatic employment but I have not heard from them till now.”

She advised Nigerians:

“People should appreci­ ate what they have. People do a lot of bad things because they are not happy with what they have. With the little I earn, I try to manage it well. If I can’t manage that small money that I earn, even if I begin to earn N1 million, I will still not know how to manage it. So, I am telling every Nige­rian to be happy in any situation they find themselves. Don’t be faster than your shadow because so many things will go wrong. Sometimes things get bad because people want to be like others. All fin­gers are not equal. It is true that God promised those who serve him riches, but people should be careful how they go about it. I am telling people to have pa­tience. It is because people want quick money that is why some people become thieves. On the part of my management, in fact they are happy, all my supervisors. In short they are doing good things for me, even they are carrying me like egg, even my MD. They have added money to my salary. In short, my manager, Madam Eunice has been doing many things for me since the incident, praising me. She said that she knows that she can trust me, and that I cannot see anything that does not belong to me and I take it away.”


“On the part of my management, they are happy, all my supervisors. In short, they are doing good things for me. Now, they carry me like egg, even my MD.”


Many described her as a fool while some others called her all sorts of unprintable names. The rain of criticism fell even harder as the owner did not show any appreciation in return. However, despite the barrage of abuses, mockery and insults, Miss Agwu said she is happy and satisfied as she did the right thing. Her employers were very delighted with her. Mrs. Eunice Anumudu who is the Manager of the Airport Zone, said:

“My own impression as a manager is that she did well because that is what we told them at the initial time that she was searching for the job. We told her that as you are looking for this job, the salary is too small. Can you do the work? She said ‘yes’, so we told her that anywhere we put you, you have to behave well because this is an airport. We have many ogas here, you don’t know who is who. If they ask you question that you cannot answer, you look for the supervisor or the manager to answer the question.  Wherever we post you and anything that you see there, don’t take it home. Take it to the security because that thing does not belong to us. It is the passenger that has it. You know, some of the passengers, when they travel, some of them will leave their bags and sometimes phones in the toilet. So, we told them to behave well, respect everybody. Since this incident happened, she has not been promoted to a supervisor or other higher position, but we contacted our Managing Director and what she did was to increase her salary. The MD was happy about what Miss Josphine Ugwu. She has agreed to increase her salary from N7,800 to N15,000.”


Although the owner did not return her kind gesture, Miss Agwu was recognized and honoured from several quarters. Her employers have doubled her salary from N7,800 to N15,000 per month (that’s about $75). She works 12 hours a day as a cleaner.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has also perfected plans to invite and honour her. The House had just returned from recess and tabled the request before the Clerk of the House, Mr. Segun Abiru. The issue was raised on the floor of the House by Honourable Abiru Rotimi Abiru under the Matter of Urgent Public Importance. She also stated that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) promised to employ her automatically but as at the time of writing this, she was yet to hear from FAAN.

Now, that’s how true Nigerians behave, that’s the spirit of true Nigerians. If we don’t celebrate our own Miss Agwu and reserve her own slot on Naijarchives, who will? 😉 We must learn how to celebrate the right people, the real heroes and heroines, the silent warriors, the true patriots and the countless Miss Agwus. Long live Nigeria and all true Nigerians.




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Things You Never Knew About AISHA BUHARI, The President’s wife


Aisha Buhari.

Aisha Buhari.

Aisha Buhari is the wife of Nigeria’s current president, President.Muhammadu Leko Buhari.

FULL NAMES (alternate names): Hajia Mrs. Aisha Buhari


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She is Fulani from Adamawa State.


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She was born on the 17th of February, 1971 to the family of Mallam Halilu Ahmed Ciroma, who happened to be the nephew of Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu, Nigeria’s first minister of defence. She is the grand daughter of the Chiroman Adamawa, the first person to hold this traditional title.


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Following her marriage as a teenager, her education received the full support of her husband who did not only encourage her but also got her a private tutor. She later proceeded and got a National Certificate in Education (NCE) from the National Teachers Institute (NTI) and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ambrose Alli University (Kaduna Satellite campus). Tall, elegant and bespectacled, she holds a masters degree in international affairs and strategic studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna. She also got a diploma in Beauty Therapy from the Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy, Windsor, United Kingdom and did a certificate course at the French Beauty School, Esthetique Academie in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Mrs. Buhari is:

  • Member, Vocational Training and Charitable Trust, VTCT, United Kingdom.
  • Member, International Health and Beauty Council.
  • Resource Person (Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). At NBTE, she was actively involved in the curriculum for small and medium scale enterprises.

A business woman and entrepreneur, she is the Founder and Managing Director of the Hanzy Spa and she is also the Principal of the Hanzy Beauty Institute, one of the consultants on Youth Empowerment and Skill Acquisition Programme of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company.
General Buhari is particularly supportive and interested in his wife’s educational advancements and in order to ensure this goal was met, he hired a special English teacher from the Command Secondary School in Kaduna who gave her the necessary tutorials at home as hinted earlier. Thereafter, she enrolled at the Distance Learning Programme of the NCE at the National Teachers Institute, NTI, Kaduna. From there, she was off to the Ambrose Alli University where she enrolled in the undergraduate programme and received lectures with other students at the Leventis Building Satellite Campus in Kaduna, some months ago, she graduate from the NDA with her masters degree. Gingered by her husband and her own academic success, Mrs. Buhari is noted for contributing to and encouraging many other people, some of which were family members  and non-relatives too, to pursue education to the highest level possible.


On the 2nd of February, 1989, a couple of months before her 19th birthday, she got married to Nigeria’s former head of state and military ruler, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). She is the only wife of the general but she is not his first wife. General Buhari was married to the late Hajia Safinatu Buhari whom he divorced legally for more than two years before tying the knots with Aisha. Their marriage is blessed with five children namely Halima, Yusuf, Zahra, Aisha and Amina and two grand children one of whom is her namesake. Below are photos of her family (Credits: George Okoro):

(Bottom-row-From-left): Safina Buhari, Mrs Aisha Buhari, Halima Buhari Sheriff,(top-row-from-right), Noor & Mohammed Sheriff.

(Bottom-row-From-left): Safina Buhari, Mrs Aisha Buhari, Halima Buhari Sheriff,(top-row-from-right), Noor & Mohammed Sheriff.

Safina Buhari with her kids.

Safina Buhari with her kids.

Mohammed Sheriff with wife, Halima Buhari Sheriff.

Mohammed Sheriff with wife, Halima Buhari Sheriff.

Halima Buhari Sheriff and daughter, Laraba.

Halima Buhari Sheriff and daughter, Laraba.




  • In 2003, she was not able to vote for her husband, General Buhari, who was then the presidential aspirant of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP. Why? Her name disappeared from the INEC voter register.
  • She speaks Fulani and English fluently.
  • When rumours were flying round that she is a foreigner, she responded on the 23rd of January via Deborah Iliya, an APC chieftain at the launch of a book titled “Wind of change: 72 leadership qualities of Buhari” in Kaduna:

“Let me use this opportunity to deliver a message because there may not be another opportunity to deliver it. We know what is going on in the country today. It has reached the stage that people are hunting for Buhari not to reach that day of election. They have also said that Aisha Buhari is not a Nigerian. Aisha said I should tell everyone that she is a Nigerian. Does it even matter if she is not a Nigerian? What has that got to do with what is happening in this country? “Aisha said she is pleased because the author is a young man; this is an indication that our youths have always understood the problems of this country and they are really pulling us together to fight a common front and that is change.

“We need change in Nigeria. For the past six years, we have been suffering; I wish a woman has been President we wouldn’t have been in this mess. So women, she (Aisha) has asked that I should encourage you to come out and be part of nation building. We are powerful; we are strong and stronger than the men.

“Please support women and next time we will have a woman President in Nigeria.”

Her daughter, Zahra, caused a storm on the Internet.

Her daughter, Zahra, caused a storm on the Internet.


Watch her speak in the videos below:

2011: Raising funds for CPC female candidates.


In an interview with ThisDay Style, she said of her husband, General Buhari:

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“Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is a very humorous person and enjoys listening to comic stories. Whenever he cracks jokes you will laugh till you shed tears. He also likes taking people by surprise. My husband is a family-oriented person. He has very close relationships with his children, grandchild, and entire members of the family. He is very caring and protective of us. My husband believes in women’s education. He encouraged me to pursue my educational goals. I’m sure Nigerian women know the truth that he is a gender sensitive leader and will vote for him against all the political propaganda to discredit him. He insisted during his time as Head of State, that every council should have a female representative.”

ON BEING A FIRST LADY: While in Abuja during the inaugural meeting of the APC women’s presidential campaign initiative, she said:

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 “If the office of the first lady is constitutionally recognised, he (Buhari) will not tamper with it, but if it is not that’s okay. For me, I will perform my duties and role as the wife of the President of Nigeria traditionally.Wives of presidents have some traditional roles, like receiving guests, visiting orphanages, helping the less privileged people. They also lead in the fight for the right of women and malnourished children, infant mortality rate, kidnapping and girl-child trafficking.”

  • At an APC mega rally in Edo State, she told the wife of the President of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan should not be afraid of jails. Mrs. Jonathan had earlier said she could not be taking food to her husband in prison and instructed Nigerians not to vote for the APC because they will all be imprisoned.

ON HOW BOLA TINUBU ASSISTED HER HUSBAND: On the 18th of March, 2015, at the 14th edition of the Lagos Central Senatorial District Town Hall meeting, she said:

With Tinubu.

With Tinubu.

“My husband, General Muhammadu Buhari has been contesting presidential elections for over a decade now, but this particular election is unique because our leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu jettisoned his personal interest for the sake of Nigeria. In my life, I have never seen an incumbent President that is afraid of elections and PVCs before. Upon all the money the donor agencies contributed to the development of this new technology called PVC that will eliminate rigging, this government is running away from the elections. This is a month of clean hands, and you must go to your constituencies, wash your hands as if you are fighting Ebola virus, everybody should wash their hands because of the fingerprints. You must carry methylated spirits to clean your hands before voting. The PDP is afraid, and it is because they don’t have people.”. 

Below are some of her other pictures.

With Atiku Abubakar in Abuja.

With Atiku Abubakar in Abuja.

Halima & Aisha in Ogun State for the APC rally.

Halima & Aisha in Ogun State for the APC rally.

Mother and daughter in Lagos.

Mother and daughter in Lagos.

With daughter, Zahra, in London.

With daughter, Zahra, in London.

Meeting with the 92-year-old woman who donated N1 million naira to General Buhari's campaign.

Meeting with the 92-year-old woman who donated N1 million naira to General Buhari’s campaign.

Governor Tanko Al-Makura, Hajia Aisha Buhari and Hajia Mairo Tanko Al-Makura, Chair person of the chair person of the APC Presidential Campaign Women Initiative town hall meeting in support of the presidential candidate of General Muhammadu Buhari in Lafia, Nasarawa State on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Credits: Odua News.

Governor Tanko Al-Makura, Hajia Aisha Buhari and Hajia Mairo Tanko Al-Makura, Chair person of the chair person of the APC Presidential Campaign Women Initiative town hall meeting in support of the presidential candidate of General Muhammadu Buhari in Lafia, Nasarawa State on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Credits: Odua News.

And she battles on for her husband.

And she battles on for her husband.





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10 Longest-Reigning African Dictators

In Africa, good governance is growing in demand. Citizens are insisting that their leaders honor constitutionally mandated presidential terms. Philanthropic and business leader Mo Ibrahim and his foundation reward good governance with millions of dollars, incentivizing leaders in the process to step down once their terms are complete. In Nigeria’s recent election, former President Goodluck Jonathan received kudos for handing over power peacefully following his defeat by Muhammadu Buhari.

Of the world’s 30 dictators who have most successfully held onto power, 14 are in Africa. These are 10 of the longest-reigning African dictators.

1. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea, 35 years, 8 months

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been ruling the tiny, oil-rich West African nation since overthrowing his uncle Marcias in August, 1979, in a bloody palace coup. And While Equatorial Guinea has one of the world’s highest per capita incomes, it ranks quite poorly on the U.N. Human Development Index with the majority of the population lacking basic necessities like clean drinking water.

2. Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, Angola, 35 years, 8 months

Seizing power after the natural death of his predecessor, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos lags just one month behind the No. 1 dictator on this list, and he comes with an equally unsavory human rights record. According the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), for instance, Angola is sub-Saharan Africa’s second-largest oil producer and the seventh-largest supplier to the U.S.. The country is also the world’s fourth-largest producer of rough diamonds. Yet despite these plentiful resources, the people of Angola not directly related to the president remain desperately poor with 68 percent of the population living below the poverty line and life expectancy topping out at 41 years.


3. Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe, 34 years, 5 months

Mugabe has been running Zimbabwe since the country gained independence in 1980 – first as prime minister and then from 1987 as president. Despite his age -nearly 90 – Mugabe has vowed he will not step down from his post.

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4. Paul Biya, Cameroon, 32 years, 7 months

Cameroon’s president took over from President Ahmadou Ahidjo in November 1982 and has been in power of the oil-rich nation in Central Africa ever since.

5. Denis Sassou Nguesso, Republic of the Congo, 31 years, 2 months

If he hadn’t lost control of the Congo for five years in 1992, Sassou Nguesso would be at the very top of this list. He first seized power of the country in a February 1979 coup, but lost the country’s first multi-party elections in 1992. After a 1997 civil war, however, he was back in control and was re-elected in 2004 for another seven-year term.


6. King Mswati III, Swaziland, 29 years, 1 month

Sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch has been ruling his landlocked country since he was crowed King in April 1986 at the age of 18. At the time he was the world’s youngest ruling monarch.

Presidents Kenyatta (Kenya), Museveni (Uganda) and-Kagame (Rwanda)

Presidents Kenyatta (Kenya), Museveni (Uganda) and Kagame (Rwanda)

7. Yoweri Museveni, Uganda, 29 years, 4 months

Yoweri Museveni seized power in January 1986 following a five-year guerrilla war and declared himself Uganda’s president. Shortly after taking power he banned multiparty politics, although he re-introduced the system again in 1996. Not that it particularly mattered, as Museveni won a fourth term in office in 2011 despite third-time opponent Kizza Besigye’s cries of foul play.


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8. Blaise Compaoré, Burkina Faso, 26 years, 1 month

Blaise Compaoré ran Burkina Faso after deposing his predecessor Thomas Sankara in an October 1987 coup. Subsequently he won “landslide victories” (contested by the opposition) in the presidential polls – taking 80 percent of the vote in 2010. Although a law in Burkino Faso was passed in 2005 prohibiting presidents from serving more than two terms, Compaoré said he didn’t have to abide by it as his country’s constitutional court ruled it could not be applied retroactively. Then he changed his mind, or had it changed for him. Compaoré resigned on Oct. 31, 2014.

9. Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Sudan, 25 years, 11 months

In June 1989, Bashir overthrew the democratically elected civilian government and appointed himself president in a bloodless coup. Since he took office his country has been in a state of civil war with more than 1 million reported dead. In March 2009, the International Criminal Court in the Hague issued an arrest warrant for Bashir — a first for a sitting head of state — for genocide and crimes against humanity.



10. Idriss Déby Itno, Chad, 24 years 3 months

Déby seized control of Chad during a rebellion against then-President Hissène Habré in December 1990. He has since managed to survive a number of attempts to overthrow him.





The Woman, Her Illness and The Society


So I am to write about the nuances of living with HIV as a woman in Nigeria. My first thought was ‘ do you have time’? The issues leading up to and concerning the HIV + Nigerian women are many and multi-dimensional but they all point to one thing: culture. I will look at it from different angles, peppering it with true-life stories as we go along.

People I have told about my illness always ask the same question initially: How did you get it? My answer is always I do not know. I was not particularly cautious about not sharing blades or clippers, etc., so it could have been contracted through those means. But if truth were to be told, I was not particularly careful about my sexual dalliances either. And this is my first ‘port of call’ on this topic: Prevention.

I had sex with various people for…

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