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‘My father handed over money Sen. Sani returned to the EFCC as exhibit’, witness tells court



‘My father handed over money Sen. Sani returned to the EFCC as exhibit’, witness tells court

Mr Mohammed Dauda, a prosecution witness on Wednesday told the Federal High Court Abuja that his father handed over  the money Sen. Shehu Sani, returned to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as exhibit.

The EFCC  charged Sani with two counts bordering on alleged bribery.

Dauda, a prosecution witness and son of Alhaji Sani Dauda, Chairman of ASD Motors, who had earlier testified in the matter, made the assertion during cross examination by defence counsel, Mr Abdul Ibrahim, SAN.

When asked by Ibrahim if he was part of any discussion where money was to be given to anybody, Dauda told the court that he was there when his father gave money  to the EFCC as exhibit.

Dauda also told the court that he was not aware of any case his father had with the EFCC.

Earlier, while being led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr Abba Mohammed, Dauda told the court that the former senator met his father in Nov. 2019.

The witness said that Sani told his father that the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the EFCC were rendering some help to him (his father) and that if a token of gratitude was given, it would be appreciated.

Dauda further told the court that since the former senator collected money from his father, his father never heard from him again as he neither answered his father’s calls nor called him.

The witness added that Sani contacted his father only after his father reported the matter to the EFCC.

“My father returned from Saudi Arabia and went to the EFCC and that day, at the EFCC, was the first time Sani called him and said if he knew he was around he would have returned his money.

He also told the court that following the instructions of the EFCC, he always set a recorder each time Sani met with his father from then on to record their conversation.

The witness further testified that the EFCC asked his father to handover to the commission, the money which Sani returned to him, which was a total of 25, 000 dollars.

Another witness, Fatima Umar, a digital forensic analyst with the commission, also giving evidence, said that she extracted data from three phones, one belonging to Sani and the others belonging to the complainant.

She, however, said that Sani was not present when the data was being extracted.

Umar added that the request to extract data from the phones was accompanied by signed consent forms.

The prosecutor also tendered some documents through Umar which were admitted and marked as exhibit 1 to 24.

The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, adjourned the matter until July 9 for continuation of trial.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Late Sen. Osinowo displayed unwavering commitment to better Nigeria- Folarin



Sen. Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central) has described the death of Sen. Adebayo Osinowo (APC-Lagos East) as a loss of a patriot, who displayed unwavering commitment to a better Nigeria.

This is contained in a tribute he signed and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Sen. Osinowo died on Monday.

“Distinguished Sen. Osinowo was unwavering in his commitment to a better Nigeria. He made a huge difference in the lives of millions of people in Lagos East Senatorial district and Nigeria at large,” he said.

Folarin, a former Senate leader, recalled late Osinowo’s great impressions on him as regards religious tolerance, efficacy of prayers and service to humanity during the 2019 Hajj they performed together.

He said that Osinowo’s demise was a bitter pill for members of the 9th National Assembly, the people of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The sudden demise of my colleague and brother, Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo is, undoubtedly, a bitter pill for members of the 9th Assembly, the people of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and APC,” he said.

Folarin expressed his condolences to Osinowo’s family, the Nigerian Senate, APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the good people of Lagos and Ogun States.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and associates worldwide as we grieve over the loss of such an extraordinary individual.

“I pray that in this difficult time, God give us the strength and courage to bear the irreplaceable loss.

“The wonderful memories of Sen. Osinowo’s unique personality will be celebrated by all for a very long time. May Allah grant him Al-Jannah Fridauz,” he said.

Edited Edith Bolokor/Adeleye Ajayi



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Orelope-Adefulire, lawmaker, council chairmen mourn Sen. Oshinowo



Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sustainable Development Goals, has expressed shock over the death of Sen. Bayo Oshinowo, representing Lagos East Senatorial District.

Orelope-Adefulire, in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday, described the sudden death of the senator as sad and shocking.

The former Lagos deputy governor said that the death of the senator had thrown many Lagos residents, members and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state into deep mourning.

“Sen. Osinowo was not just a brother; he was a faithful associate with a long history of commitment to development and growth of Nigerian democracy.

“He was also a great grassroots mobiliser with uncommon dedication to the welfare of his constituents as he demonstrated as a member of Lagos State House of Assembly between 2003 and 2019,” she said.

According to her, he was a stabilising force, providing the leadership and support needed by the executive to push the state forward.

“His popularity and wide acceptance among the people was demonstrated when he was elected to represent Lagos East Senatorial District in 2019.

“He was already proving the stuff he was made of as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries before his life was brutally cut short,” Orelope-Adefulire added.

She prayed for the repose of the soul of the late senator and condoled members of the family and the Lagos residents and Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, the Executive Chairman Agege Local Government, said Osinowo’s death did not only come as a rude shock but a great loss to members of APC and Lagos State residents in general.

He prayed God almighty to grant his departed soul eternal rest and also grant his family and the people of Lagos East Senatorial District the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Mr Oluyinka Ogundimu, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) also in his condolence message, sympathised with the families, friends and APC members in the state over the demise of the senator.

Ogundimu, representing Agege Constituency II, said Oshinowo had been a good leader with a listening hear, a bridge builder and a peacemaker.

“A great man has left this earth but will forever be in our hearts. Your great memories will live on,” he said in a statement.

Mr Johnson Babatunde, Chairman Orile Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA), in his condolence message, described the death of the senator as a great loss to the APC family and the entire people of Lagos State.

He prayed God Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest and also grant his family and the people of Lagos State the fortitude to bear the loss.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Sen. Oshinowo died on Monday, June 15 and has been buried according to Islamic rites.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Sanwo-Olu expresses sadness over Sen. Osinowo’s death



Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, who passed away on Monday at the age of 64.

Osinowo, who died after a brief illness, was representing Lagos East Senatorial District at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, described Sen. Osinowo’s death as a rude shock.

He said Osinowo’s death came at a time when the state and indeed the entire nation had just started benefiting from his wealth of political and administrative experience.

The governor said that Osinowo’s demise had thrown the state into mourning.

He urged Lagos residents, whose interests the late lawmaker represented at the National Assembly, to use his death as a reminder that the battle against the ravaging coronavirus pandemic was far from being won.

”The death of Sen. Osinowo is painful. He died at a time when we have just begun to consolidate on our successes and see a ray of hope in our fight against the COVID-19.

”We must not allow his death to deter us from forging ahead in our quest to finding a lasting solution to the dreaded disease.

”I am saddened by the death of this fine gentleman; a loyal party man and committed democrat, with a deep understanding of the state’s social and political landscape.

”Sen. Osinowo was an extremely loyal politician, who started his political journey with the progressives and remained in the fold until his unfortunate exit today.

”There’s no doubting the fact that he would be missed by the entire political class, particularly his immediate constituents in Kosofe, the Lagos East Senatorial District and the state as a whole,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor said that the best honour to give the deceased would be for the government to speedily achieve a turn around in the state’s health sector, by ensuring that no single life was lost on the account of poor health.

”We will continue to give priority attention to our health sector, improve on service delivery, trainings and other critical areas in the sector, so as to ensure that no life is lost due to poor health facilities,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu condoled with the immediate family of the deceased, ex-governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and president of the Senate, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan over the loss of a ”dear colleague”‘.

The governor also sympathised with members of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos and at the national level, as well as the Lagos State House of Assembly.

”I pray that Almighty Allah grants the soul of our beloved Bayo Osinowo eternal rest and grant him a place in Aljannah firdaus,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)


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APC mourns Sen. Osinowo



The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed shock over the death of Sen. Sikiru Osinowo, representing Lagos East at the Senate.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, made the assertion in a statement in Abuja on Monday while commiserating with the Osinowo’s immediate family and political associates.

“We join other Nigerians, the entire National Assembly, the good people of Lagos East in particular and Lagos State in general to mourn the passage of a democrat, who had contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State as a lawmaker in the House of Assembly and Nigeria as a Senator.

“Though his tenure in the Senate was brief, our great party appreciates the loyalty of Sen. Osinowo to the cause of the APC-led government.

“Fondly called “Pepperito” by friends and associates, he was a four-term member of the Lagos House of Assembly, where he represented Kosofe Constituency.

“In the 9th Senate, Osinowo chaired the Senate Committee on Commerce, Industries and Investment.

“We commiserate with his immediate family, political associates in Lagos State and beyond; and the Senate for this irreparable loss.

“We pray that the Almighty God grants the deceased peaceful and eternal rest,” he said.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
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