Tech company drags D’banj to court over bounced cheques, unpaid debt

MindHub Technologies, a technology company has dragged pop star and Apple’s Beats by Dre Africa ambassador, D’banj to court for allegedly owing them the sum of $240,000 and another N15 million.

MindHub alleges that D’banj refused to pay the debt as at when due, but later issued them two post-dated cheques which bounced when they tried to cash them.

The company now says they only talk with D’banj through their lawyers because “all efforts made by them for him to repay his debt has proved abortive.”

According to MindHub Tech, the case with D’banj has been in court since 2013 and he has only paid them the sum of N8,600,000 out of the N15 million owed, and has not paid a single penny from the $240,000.

A letter addressed to D’banj from the company’s lawyers reads: “We act as Solicitors to MINDHUB TECHNOLOGIES LTD (hereinafter called “OUR CLIENT”), and on whose instruction we write you this letter in the manner stated hereunder.

“It is our brief that sometime in January 2013 in Lagos, you signed a Personal Guarantee/Memorandum of Undertaking with our client wherein you agreed/undertook to pay our client the investment fund of N100,000,000.00k (One Hundred Million Naira Only) given to D KINGS MEDIA LIMITED by our client, should the latter default in payment of the debt.

“The said debt is made up of Nigerian and United States of America’s currencies.”

According to reports, the case is already due for hearing in a Lagos High court but it has been impossible for the notice to be served to D’banj as he has been out of the country.

D’banj, however, took to Twitter to respond to the allegations.

He tweeted, “Silence….Hear (SIC) is my response to the false rumors”

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Taraba Assembly Gets New Speaker

     

The Taraba state house of assembly has elected Mark Useni representing takum one constituency as the new speaker of the house.

This follows the resignation of speaker Josiah Sabo Kente earlier yesterday.

Mr Kente who said he resigned in the interest of peace in the state was elected speaker in November 2013 following the death of his predecessor, Haruna Tsokwa.

Meanwhile, the house has reaffirmed the reinstated deputy governor Danladi Sani Abubakar as the acting governor of Taraba state.

 

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The Making of a Tyrant: President Goodluck Jonathan

The Making of a Tyrant: President Goodluck Jonathan
Ogundana Michael
PoliticsNovember 2014
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” – Charles de Montesquieu

Plato and Aristotle define a tyrant as; “One who rules without law, looks to his own advantage rather than that of his subjects, and uses extreme and cruel tactics against his own people as well as others” and that is who President Goodluck Jonathan is!

The seeds, which produce a tyrant, like the seeds that generate other abnormal aberrations, are planted in the early life of an individual. In the case of President Goodluck Jonathan, it is not easy to assess his potential as a ruthless tyrant because of his naturally innocent and calm looking face but the actions displayed by the people working under his commands speak more of him than does his look.

It has been said that a country and people get the type of government that they deserve, but the rise of Jonathan to power has been a complete disaster conceivable for Nigeria, even for Africa and for the rest of the world.

The mistaken belief that we are democratic because we have an elected government is an extremely cruel myth. This cannot be overemphasized considering the recent commotion that happened on Thursday, 20th November 2014, at the National Assembly, the very birthday anniversary of the President. When heavily armed security operatives prevented the Speaker of the House of Representative- Aminu Tambuwal from gaining access to the House to preside over the deliberation on the extension of the emergency rule in the North Eastern part of the country. The invasion of the security operatives on the House will well go down in history and President Goodluck Jonathan, will never be forgotten for the wrongful use of force to intimidate the opposition in a perceived democratic society.

Tyranny does not start in a day; President Goodluck Jonathan became a tyrant before now, but we were deluded with the belief that democracy does not begat tyrants that was why we ignored his actions.
As a leader, once you become aware that something wrong or evil is afoot; your choices are limited to taking corrective actions. If you choose to look the other way, the guilt of knowing and living with your choice to do nothing is evil and you`re not in any way different from a tyrant.

What happened at the National Assembly was an abuse of power by the Presidency. The use of state agents to harass, intimidate and humiliate perceived opponents of the President is such tyrannical and not even expected in a nascent democratic setup like ours.

It started long time ago, but we did nothing about it. The Former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva has repeatedly stated that his trial was motivated by his political disagreements with President Jonathan and he was the one that prevented him from running for a second term in office who then imposed upon the state, his protege, Seriake Dickson as governor. Then it moved to Rivers State when five renegade lawmakers loyal to President Jonathan out of the 23 lawmakers of the House attempted to impeach the State Speaker- RT. Hon. Otelemaba Amachree. While in Ekiti, seven lawmakers from the People Democratic Party (PDP) out of the 26 lawmakers in the house impeached RT. Hon. Dr. Adewale Omirin the Speaker of the House and appointed Mr. Dele Olugbemi as his replacement. These three events including that that happened at National Assembly explain the above definition of a tyrant as defined by Plato and Aristotle.

The only difference between the strategies used in River States, Ekiti State and National Assembly was that that of Ekiti State was successful. They were all well crafted ideas and never a coincidence.
If the president claims he is not involved in all of these, and knows nothing about it, he should have called to order those barbaric behaviors from his boys and brought to book those involved in perpetrating these evils and such would not have repeated itself. But he absolutely did nothing about it and kept mute as if the information didn’t get to his hearing.

So many questions at this point; on whose orders did those Policemen act? What genuinely prompted the unwarranted search in the first place? Does the unwarranted stop and search necessarily have to prevent the lawmakers from entering into their chamber? And many others.

Democracy goes a long way in protecting the human rights of everyone, and in a sane society democracy does not end at the ballots but here it does. What we have is a perfect government committed to disgusting and treasonous acts against its people.

The fact is our democracy is still very much fragile and so polarized along religious and ethnic lines. Having a tyrannic leader will only do more harm to our system and us and aggravate the already tensed polity of the country.

What we need; is a just, limited and caring government. A practically working democratic government that respects the people and holds the interests of the nation at heart. A government that will cleanse the different institutions in the nation of all venal and corrupt officials and proceed immediately to addressing the current national insecurity in the country. After which moves into the full industrialization of the nation; mobilizing all inactive capitals, and submitting these mammoth tasks to experts and men of absolute competence and integrity and not to political machines.

As it stands now the level of corruption in the system, the tyrannical behaviour and uncaring attitude displayed by the presidency make the formal military dictator- General Sani Abacha looks innocent by comparison. If he was to be alive he might have demanded an apology from Nigerians for regarding him as the worst leader Nigeria ever had.

The president really just has to reconsider his actions and retrace his steps. The tyrannic route he has chosen is sure a route that leads to destruction. Hence, for his own good and the best interest of the nation he must stop the use of force and continuous intimidation of the opposition. He must know that to truly become a great leader, one has to stand with his people and not above them.

He must also understand that the use of the policeman or other military personnel by any leader as a mere instruments for firing teargas to the people, for selfish purposes, degrades the people and such is a tyrannic act and nothing else describes him better than being a tyrant if he continues to do that.

God Bless Nigeria

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Opinion: Tambuwal And His Shameful Law-Breaker Supporters

Have you ever heard the parable of a man who stole a goat and was arrested and prosecuted? When brought before the judge, his line of defense was that others had stolen goats in the past but had not been prosecuted. How does that absolve him of guilt? The man is a thief, pure and simple.

When one talks of the treachery of Aminu Tambuwal’s defection from the PDP to the APC, his apologists trot out opposition-party legislators and governors that also defected to the PDP in the past. So what? All such defections are equally treacherous and morally indefensible. What we have today is the glorification of treachery for political reasons. The honorable thing for any defecting politician to do is to resign his or her seat in the legislature and then seek a fresh mandate under the new party through a by-election.

Dishonorable politics

In 1983, Abubakar Rimi resigned as Governor of Kano when he defected from the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP) to the Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NPP). He did this because he was an honorable man; a true progressive. In 2014, Aminu Tanbuwal defected from the PDP to the APC but has refused to relinquish his seat in the National Assembly. He did this because he is not an honorable man; neither is he a true progressive. Tambuwal has been Speaker for four years, and yet he has not championed one single piece of progressive legislation in all that time.

With his defection, some busybody parliamentarians with 27.5 million naira to burn bought the APC nomination papers for Tambuwal so he can contest for the party’s presidential ticket. Almost immediately, he was touted as a spoiler for Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential ambitions and was shamelessly courted by the Tinubu brigade in the APC. Realising that his hopeless candidacy would only be used to foment problems within the APC, Tambuwal wisely resigned from the contest, forfeiting the millions paid.

As a face-saving device to camouflage his signaled readiness to ditch Buhari for Tambuwal, Bola Tinubu went public to congratulate Tambuwal for deciding not to contest for the APC presidential nomination. He said: “This sacrifice you have made will not be in vain. It must be noted by all democrats across the country as an act of great patriotism.”

Trouble-maker Tambuwal

This is really neat. Tinubu’s definition of patriotism applies to the APC and not to Nigeria. Tinubu forgot to mention that while Tambuwal decided not to cause trouble in the APC; at the same time, he decided to be a trouble-maker at the national level. Should this man who has the good sense to withdraw as APC presidential candidate “as a sacrifice for the cohesion and unity of the APC” not also have the good sense to resign from the National Assembly now that he has defected from the PDP for the sake of national peace and cohesion? Apparently not!

According to the Godfather of the APC, a patriot can be a trouble-maker at the national level, as long as his trouble-making is in the interest of the APC. That, in a nutshell, is the crux of the problem with the APC. It is a party of trouble-makers. The APC does not really believe it can win the 2015 elections. Therefore, it is determined to cause as much mayhem as possible; even threatening to create a parallel government when and if it loses the election.

The Tambuwal saga is the latest example of APC mischief. The party’s strategy is to achieve power immorally and illegally. It is a party of treacherous defectors. It even went to Obasanjo, a former PDP president, asking him to defect to the APC. Instead of attracting its own membership, it gathers together a coterie of treacherous defectors. All its presidential candidates have jumped from party to party.

It is now encouraging Tambuwal in his treachery of attempting to defect to the APC with the position of Speaker. However, the APC remains a minority party in the National Assembly. The position of Speaker belongs to the majority party. The APC cannot receive by subterfuge what rightly belongs to the majority PDP.

Tambuwal knows he can no longer be Speaker. He knows that APC cannot win a majority of the seats in the legislature in the coming elections. He knows the “mago mago” he used to become the Speaker cannot be duplicated in the next House of Representatives. Therefore, in defeat, he has picked up the nomination form to contest as Governor of Sokoto under the APC ticket.

Show of shame

Since this is the new reality confronting Tambuwal, the man should stop causing trouble and simply resign his seat in the House. But rather than resign, and with his security detail removed, Tambuwal drove with a convoy of “thugs” to the National Assembly. This led to a show of shame that was televised and broadcast to the whole world. The fact that Tambuwal led this brazen display of lawlessness at the National Assembly shows that he is unworthy of being the number four citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, had this to say: “The speaker came with thugs, refused to be searched and six of the hoodlums attacked a police man, after which the police tear-gassed the Speaker and his riotous crowd so as to restore order. Everybody has seen that somebody was even beating somebody; somebody was pushing a policeman from the car. Somebody was removing road blocks mounted by police.” Those “somebodies” are supposed to be Nigeria’s law-makers.

In effect, championed by Tambuwal, our law-makers became law-breakers. Impeded by the police from entering the House, some climbed the gate. The Speaker himself flouted the directives of the police. He forced his way inside. Later, in disgrace, he sent his media aide with the statement that: “The honorable speaker wishes to state that he is a law-abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who has no immunity against arrest and prosecution.” This is what is called “campaigning after failure to be elected.” The video of his lawlessness had already gone viral on the internet.

Time to resign

There is nothing left for Tambuwal to do now than to resign from the House of Representatives and save Nigeria from all this “wahala” he has created. Defecting from one party to another is against the spirit and the letter of the Nigerian Constitution. Section 68 (g) of the 1999 Constitution says: “A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected…”

Tambuwal’s name did not even appear on the ballot-paper when he was elected to the House of Representatives from his constituency in Sokoto. It was the PDP that was on the ballot. That is how Rotimi Amaechi became Governor of Rivers State. He was not even the candidate who ran for the office. However, the courts ruled that he should have been the PDP candidate. Since the PDP won the election, Amaechi became the Governor of Rivers State even though he did not campaign in the election for the post.

The only proviso in the Constitution for Tambuwal to remain in the House is if his defection to the APC is as a result of a division in the PDP or the merger of the PDP with another political party, or the faction of another party. This situation does not exist, except in the imagination of APC supporters. The courts in Nigeria have ruled that the PDP is not divided and is not bedeviled by any factions. Everyone in Nigeria knows this in any case.

Some people say it is not the business of the executive to determine if Tambuwal should remain as Speaker or not: it is a matter for the courts. However, the courts don’t execute laws: the executive does. The Constitution says if a man defects from his elected party to another party, he automatically loses his seat. Tambuwal resigned; therefore he has lost his seat. The executive has implemented that loss.

If Tambuwal has a problem with that, the onus is on him to go to court. The onus is not on the executive. Until the courts say otherwise, Tambuwal can no longer be a member of the House of Representatives; and someone who is not a member of the House cannot be the Speaker. We borrowed our political system from the United States where it is well understood that the Speaker of the House cannot belong to the minority party.

Attempted coup

Tambuwal, the Speaker, is APC. Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Speaker, is PDP. This situation is unacceptable, especially given the fact that the mandate for leadership in the House was freely given by the electorate to the PDP and not the APC. You cannot have a situation of minority rule, when in actual fact it is the majority that has the mandate.

Indeed, at the national level, the APC is unknown and has yet to be recognized by the Nigerian electorate. The APC has never presented a candidate to the electorate at the national level. Therefore, the APC cannot come out of nowhere to commandeer the major office of the Speaker. These shenanigans have gone on for too long. The APC did not win any seat whatsoever in the House of Representatives in the 2011 elections. Therefore, it cannot provide the Speaker of the House.

Tambuwal should have known that by resigning from the PDP while hanging on to the position of Speaker he is bound to generate unnecessary political tension. If he did not know this before, he knows this now. Failure to resign from the House now only portrays him as a shameless troublesome opportunist. Tambuwal needs to redeem his battered image soonest. He should do the honorable thing and resign from the House without further delay.

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Article written by Femi Aribisala
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Plot To Impeach President Jonathan Thickens, APC & PDP Senators Begin Moves

Some Peoples Democratic Party’s senators on Monday started impeachment moves against President Goodluck Jonathan over what they described as the high level of impunity and corruption allegedly being condoned by his administration.

Investigations by PUNCH revealed that the PDP senators had started compiling impeachable offences against the President.

An All Progressives Congress member of the Senate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, explained that his aggrieved PDP colleagues in the upper chamber had started reaching out to the opposition senators.

He said, “I was personally consulted this evening over the issue and I also cross-checked from my colleagues who also told me that they had been contacted.

“The grouse of the lawmakers, according to the person that contacted me, was that Jonathan’s handling of the last week Thursday’s invasion of the National Assembly by the police was carelessly handled by the Jonathan administration.

“From the look of things, the proceedings will start on Tuesday because some signatures had been collected already.”

Another senator from the PDP, who also craved anonymity, also confirmed the development to our correspondent stating that it was certain that the President was not capable of superintending over a free and fair election in 2015.

He said, “Our President is not in charge. We have seen that he had allowed the governors to hijack powers from him. He is just like a puppet and the earlier we act fast, the better for us.”

Meanwhile, opposition members in the Senate have threatened to raise the issue of the last Thursday’s invasion of the National Assembly by the security operatives, when the Senate resumes plenary today (Tuesday).

The spokesperson for the group, who is also the member representing Ekiti Central on the platform of the APC, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, gave the hint in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Abuja.

Ojudu said his colleagues were very annoyed with the ways they were maltreated and molested by the policemen, who were deployed in the National Assembly on the orders of the Inspector – General of Police.

He said majority of his members were of the opinion that the IGP should not be allowed to enter into the chambers, but should be asked to resign for allegedly ridiculing the federal lawmakers who had done nothing wrong other than going to carry out their lawful legislative activities.

He said, “We (APC Senators) are holding a crucial meeting this (Monday) night to take a final decision on the matter because majority of us are really angry. Some are even of the opinion that we should demand the resignation or sacking of the IGP.

“I can assure you that the issue of the National Assembly invasion by the police would be raised when we resume sitting tomorrow (Tuesday ), but we are going to take a single position on the matter at our meeting tonight,” he added.

However, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, had in an interview with our correspondent, on Saturday, maintained that the Senate would not be thrown into any chaotic situation over the Thursday’s invasion of the National Assembly complex by security operatives.

He had admitted that the IGP would appear before the Senate but assured the public that the matter would be handled with maturity.

He had said, “The Senate will discuss the invasion of the National Assembly by security operatives when it reconvenes on Tuesday. Already we have invited the Inspector – General of Police to find out who gave the order for the harassment of federal lawmakers last Thursday.

“So, I do not anticipate any form of stormy session during our sitting next Tuesday. I can assure you that the Senate is made up of gentlemen and women who are very senior citizens of the Nigerian society.

“Therefore, you cannot expect the Senate to act, except in a decorous manner.”

Abaribe also said that the Senate would still go ahead with deliberations on the emergency rule in the three north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe contrary to insinuations that the matter had ended since the period of emergency had lapsed.

He said, “We had invited the service chiefs and we will find out from them, the update on the insurgency situation in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe so that we can address the issue of the state of emergency requested by President Goodluck Jonathan.”

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LAGOS: Fashola presents 2015 budget proposal to House

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Monday presented a budget proposal of N489.69 billion for the 2015 fiscal year to the Lagos State House of Assembly for approval.

The budget which is the last to be presented by Fashola is the same as that of 2014, which stood at N489.69 billion.

The proposed budget comprises capital expenditure of N249.232 billion and a recurrent expenditure of N239.948 billion.

While presenting the budget, the governor said the budget retains its zero deficit in order to ensure that the next government does not inherit a deficit.

The capital to recurrent ratio of 51:49 for 2015 is the same as that of last year.

According to a breakdown of the budget, the Economic Affairs has the highest allocation of N146.305 billion, followed by General Service (N107.69 billion), Housing and Community Amenities (N82.14 billion), Education (N49.033 billion), Health (N44.619 billion) and Environmental Protection (N34.953 billion), Public Safety and Order (N15.547 billion), Recreation, Culture and Religion (N3.118 billion), Social Protection (N1.589 billion), Planning Reserve (N2.26 billion) and Contingency (N2.448 billion).

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Why We Raided The APC Data Office – DSS Marilyn Ogar Explains

The Department of State Security (DSS) has said its operatives invaded the data office of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos on Saturday following a petition it received about some activities of the company.

A text message by the spokesperson of the DSS, Ms. Marilyn Ogar on Sunday issued to press men said the petition alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission’s permanent voter’s cards were being cloned at the outfit.

According to Ogar, the petition alleged that the “cloning” of the cards was with the intention of hacking into INEC’s data base, corrupting it and replacing them with the “cloned” data.

The statement said : “A petition was received by this Service about some activities at No. 10, Bola Ajibola Street, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.

“Based on this information, the Service placed the building under surveillance; and having been convinced that some unwholesome activities were going on in the building, it undertook a raid of the premises.

“In the process, some persons were arrested while a server, three hard drives, and 31 Ghana must go bags of hard copy documents were recovered and taken away for further investigation.

“It must be noted that the said location had no sign post indicating whether it was a private or government office”

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