We Warned el-Rufai Against Quoting Wrong Figures On Kajuru Killing, Says Kaduna CP

We Warned el-Rufai Against Quoting Wrong Figures On Kajuru Killing, Says Kaduna CP

Ahmad Abdulrahman, Kaduna State Police Commissioner, has faulted Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, for giving out wrong figures of the death toll in the attack at Kajuru Local Government Area.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Ahmad warned the governor against citing any figure until an investigation has been concluded to ascertain the number of those killed.

The settlements affected include Ruga Bahago, Ruga Daku, Ruga Ori, Ruga Haruna, Ruga Yukka Abubakar, Ruga Duni Kadiri, Ruga Shewuka and Ruga Shuaibu Yau.

The Commissioner of Police, stated that the Police were unaware of the attack “until when the Fulani themselves came out to tell us after we have secured the place in conjunction with the military, that they approached to accompany them to their hamlet in order to bury their dead relations.”

He continued: “I told the governor that figures in a crisis of this magnitude should be left until all investigations have been concluded and all the areas where we are getting information from are covered.

“You cannot come up with a figure otherwise you will quote a particular figure now and quote another later.

“This is what is happening now. As far as the police are concerned, we are investigating and the investigation is still in the embryonic stage, until the time we covered all the areas, we cannot quote any figure.

“The crisis occurred in a terrain that was full of hamlets, which were difficult to assess with our vehicles. We are still uncovering areas where nobody had visited. We are now at the stage of crisis management, which is very delicate.

“That is why nobody should stampede our investigation. If the governor tells you that the casualty figure is 200, he is just quoting figures.

“It could be more than that or less than that. For example, the place where 36 people were said to have been buried, was not at the purview of the security agencies at the commencement of the investigation.

“There was a mix-up in the assertion by the Fulani that the policemen took pictures of the corpses they buried one after another.”

CP Ahmad added that the military had to visit the place the bodies were buried aforehand due to the difficult terrain of the place.

“That very hamlet where they talked about burying 37 corpses was discovered by the military.

“The terrain was very terrible and we could not even identify areas affected by the crisis between February 10 and 11 when it started. So, no policeman went ahead of the military.

“It was the military that went there first to assist the native Fulani that were affected and help them bury their dead relatives.”

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Africa: Should Aid Work Stop When Militants Move In?


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Development groups grapple with the insecurity that limits help for those who most need it in fragile states

When jihadists on motorbikes surrounded a village in Mali’s Toubakoro commune last October, a U.S. aid group helping local farmers improve their incomes found itself in a bind.

After their one staff member left the area for security reasons, reporting on the project’s progress to its British government funder was going to be tough.

Episodes like this expose a conundrum Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) is trying to solve, said government climate resilience advisor Vincent Gainey at a Nairobi gathering of aid workers and researchers this week.

As the world’s third-largest national aid provider ramps up its backing for efforts to build resilience to climate extremes, it is seeking to identify which fragile states are stable enough to receive assistance, he said.

In Toubakoro, aid group Blumont International quickly found a solution to its problem.

It temporarily swapped its female employee for a man – a quick fix so it could carry on working without the jihadists shutting down the operation, said David Benafel, who runs the Wati Yelema Labenw (Action on Climate Change) project in Mali.

An inability to report to funders in such situations “hasn’t become an issue now, but it could”, he added. “If we’re being blocked, or if we can’t hold meetings … then we have to reconsider going in there.”

Incidents like these open up larger questions by exposing how “fragility is a really limiting factor” for resilience investments, said DFID advisor Gainey.

“We have to show the money we’re investing is having tangible positive impacts,” he said on the sidelines of the meeting.

“Unfortunately, in the cases where we can’t demonstrate that, then people come back to us saying, ‘Well, you’ve been wasting our taxpayer money’.”

There is not much point in setting up new irrigation schemes or improving the productivity of sorghum or millet “if perennial conflict undermines all of those development gains”, he added.


More than 80 development workers and government officials are meeting this week in the Kenyan capital to discuss lessons learned from a flagship DFID aid programme, now in its fourth year, called Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED).

Last year, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the country would lead on climate resilience at the United Nations Climate Summit to be held this September.

In war-torn countries like South Sudan and Somalia, poor governance and conflict can undermine development efforts, said Gainey. In those cases, life-saving humanitarian relief can be the more appropriate response, he added.

Yet on a “sliding scale”, some other countries DFID classifies as fragile states – such as Uganda – are enjoying a certain level of stability, meaning “the resilience model starts to become more workable”, he said.

But even emergency aid should sometimes be re-imagined to include plans for tackling longer-term vulnerabilities to stresses and shocks so as to protect people better in the future, said Alan Brouder, senior resilience advisor at Irish charity Concern Worldwide.

That would be a suitable approach, for instance, when providing support for people displaced nearly permanently by protracted conflicts, such as in Somalia, he added.

Reporting by the Thomson Reuters Foundation on BRACED is funded by DFID.

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Vynn Capital snags investment from Malaysia’s MAVCAP for its maiden Southeast Asia fund – TechCrunch

Vynn Capital snags investment from Malaysia’s MAVCAP for its maiden Southeast Asia fund – TechCrunch

Vynn Capital, a new entrant to Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem, is gearing up to close its maiden fund after it landed an undisclosed sum from Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd (MAVCAP) as one of its anchor LPs.

Founded by former Gobi Ventures VC Victor Chua and Singaporean investor Darren Chua (no relation) one year ago, Kuala Lumpur-based Vynn is targeting a $40 million fund for Southeast Asia. The firm has already made four investments and, on the LP side, gone after traditional businesses and Southeast Asia’s family corporations. Landing MAVCAP — which is Malaysia’s largest investor has backed VC funds including Gobi — is a major coup for a debut fund.

“The investment from MAVCAP is a very good validation for Vynn Capital,” said Victor Chua, who is Malaysian. “Personally, having been active in the local and regional ecosystem, I’ve benefited from the growth trajectory of the ecosystem and am now able to launch a new fund that is addressing the need of the traditional businesses to be innovative.”

“The thesis of the fund is Southeast Asia, but through our investment we are focused on how it will be invested in Malaysian deals,” MAVCAP’s Shahril Anas told TechCrunch in an interview. “We have some carry and expect returns that we can invest into local entrepreneurs in Malaysia, we are also keen to look at how other countries’ economies interact with startups.”

Anas said the approach is to be very hands-off, MAVCAP has various other fund investments, but he reiterated that there may be specific data or insight that the organization looks to glean.

Southeast Asia is emerging from the shadows of China and India to become a target market for startups and, by extension, the investors who write the checks to finance them.

Beyond a cumulative population of over 600 million people, the region’s ‘digital economy’ is tipped to grow to $240 billion by 2025 from $31 million in 2015, according to a report from Google and Singapore sovereign fund Temasek.

Some of the other investors vying for a slice of the opportunity include new funds from Openspace Ventures ($135 million), Indonesia-focused Intudo ($50 million), Qualgro ($100 million) and Golden Gate Ventures ($100 million) and Sequoia India ($695 million).

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Police Arraign Delta Lawmaker’s Brother, Two Others Who Invaded CBN With Firearms

Police Arraign Delta Lawmaker’s Brother, Two Others Who Invaded CBN With Firearms

For attempting to break into the Asaba branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with firearms and cart away sensitive electoral materials belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Police in Delta State have arraigned the younger brother of Chief Peter Okagbare Uviejitobor, the member representing Udu Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Police in Delta State on Wednesday arraigned one Akpevwe, a younger brother to Uviejitobor, for illegal possession of firearms.

He was arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Asaba, the Delta State capital, alongside two other suspects identified as Alfred Joseph and David Ukiri, all from Udu Local Government Area of the state for the same offence.

The three suspects, SaharaReporters reliably gathered, were caught with firearms last week by Police detectives at the Asaba branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), where INEC had kept sensitive electoral materials for onward distribution to the various LGAs in the state.

Our correspondent gathered that Akpevwe had allegedly made a confessional statement to the Police that his lawmaker brother gave him the gun and Sienna vehicle carrying the official number plate of the state House of Assembly with which he had gone to attack the apex bank branch in Asaba, before he was caught.

It was also learnt that the suspects, who claimed to be members of the Udu Vigilante Group, were said to have also been detailed by the local government chairman to ensure safety of electoral materials for the council before their arrest.

In a statement obtained by SaharaReporters confirming the arraignment of the suspects, Chuks Oresewezie, the Delta State acting Police Public Relations Officer, said the decision to arraign the suspects was to serve as deterrent to vigilante members diving into security and electoral matters in the state.

The statement read: “The three suspects were today (Wednesday) arraigned at Chief Magistrate Court, Asaba, to serve as a deterrent to who would be offenders and as well as to inform members of the public that the sole responsibility of securing INEC materials, INEC offices/officials, polling units, collation centres, rests squarely on the Police in collaboration with other approved security agencies as mentioned in the earlier press release.

“The Police authority will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any offender according to the law, while assuring members of the public of its commitment to the security and safety.”

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Africa: Burundi Rejects AU's Troop Pullout Decision

Africa: Burundi Rejects AU’s Troop Pullout Decision

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African Union Mission in Somalia peacekeepers from Burundi patrol after fighting between insurgents and government soldiers on the outskirts of Mogadishu (file photo).

For the 5,400 Burundian soldiers fighting in Somalia, it’s time to go home, the African Union says. Burundi’s President Nkurunziza disagrees and is fighting the decision.

Burundi and Somalia have called for an emergency summit to discuss the pullout of 1,000 Burundian troops from the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) before the end of the month. The African Union (AU) had announced in 2017 that the Burundian soldiers must leave by the end of February. The force is to be gradually scaled back as Somalia’s armed forces are trained to replace them.

The decision did not please either Burundi or Somalia, according to Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza. Burundi’s participation in AMISOM is an important source of foreign currency in the country – every quarter, the AU pays around 18 million US dollars (€15.7 million) as compensation for the soldiers. AMISOM pays soldiers $1,028 each per month, $200 are deducted by their respective governments for administrative costs.

‘Burundians not pleased’

Burundi has seen donor funding cut since a political crisis broke out in 2015 when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a third, unconstitutional term. His decision sparked a wave of opposition and violent repression which led to a conflict that shows little sign of resolution. Over 400,000 Burundians have fled the country.

Since December 2007, Burundi has been receiving large sums of money deducted from the salaries of six rotating battalions comprising about 5,500 troops deployed to fight al-Shabab militants in Somalia. After meeting with Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Nkurunziza said the decision to withdraw Burundian troops was not welcomed. “We discussed the role of Burundian troops in Somalia; how they work hard to stabilize that country. The decision taken by the African Union’s Peace and Security Commission didn’t please Burundian people.” The two countries are now calling for an urgent summit of troop-contributing countries in Somalia, in the hope that the decision might be reconsidered “for the benefit of all,” Nkurunziza said.

Up to 1,000 Burundian soldiers killed

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said he admired the bravery of the Burundi national defense force. “I thank the government and people of this great nation for your pan-Africanism to help your fellow African brothers and sisters in Somalia. Since 2007, Burundi soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice, and I assure the people of Burundi, your soldiers’ sacrifice will not go in vain,” he said. Burundi has the second-largest contingent in AMISOM with 5,400 troops, after Uganda, which has 6,200 men. Other contributors are Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia whose troops are deployed in six sectors covering south and central Somalia. In total, the AU has a 21,500-strong force to support Somalia’s government and fight al-Shabaab jihadists who are held responsible for a number of attacks. Burundi is estimated to have lost between 800 and 1,000 soldiers in the conflict.

The Somali president paid tribute to the AMISOM troops in his country, saying: “Burundi and other African troop-contributing countries in Somalia will be part of our national history, and a history that all Africans will be proud of, a history where we can find African solutions to African problems.” Africa, he said, should understand that the continent’s future is interdependent. “Our cooperation will not be limited in the field of security, but we need to explore economic cooperation between our two nations.”

Money for fidelity

Teddy Mazina, a Burundian human rights activist and journalist, thinks the pullout is justified. “It has been a long time since those soldiers have been there. People think that the government is keeping the troops only there for business, not for aid. I think the government wants to keep the troops in Somalia because they need that money until the additional aid is back,” he said in an interview with DW, referring to the funding cut. He sees the presence of the troops in Somalia as the last regular income for the Burundian government, reason enough for it to reject the pullout. “They’ve been asking why they’ve been chosen. And they feel like it is a punishment. It is the first time we hear a country say: I do not want to pull out,” he said.

Mazina is sure that there is more to the AU’s decision to take this step than just the Somali army stepping in. In his opinion, the call to remove the troops from Somalia has something to do with the Nkurunziza government’s behavior inside its own country. “Burundi has so many problems and has created so many enemies for itself. The government is internationally isolated […] and I think that is why the AU chose Burundi,” Mazina said. After the national crisis started in 2015, the country’s main problem would have been where to find the money to maintain its economy, but as aid from the international community was then cut, Burundi started to cooperate with the government of Somalia.

The withdrawal will have serious consequences for Burundi, Mazina says: “First it is a defeat for the government, for what they say and promise every day. And secondly, it will affect the economy and the economy of the government itself. People are already in a very bad economic situation, it won’t change anything for them. But for the government itself it will, because they use that money to buy people’s fidelity.” Burundians would feel that the government is securing its domination with the money coming from the troops in Somalia, he says. “The government is using that money for the wrong purpose.” For that reason, he considers the troop withdrawal to be a good step. For Somalia, things should not change, since “Somalia is not paying, the money comes from the AU. And there will still be other troops in the country when it comes to security.”

Apollinaire Niyirora contributed to this article

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Uber is reportedly close to making a tactical exit from India’s food delivery industry – TechCrunch

Uber is reportedly close to making a tactical exit from India’s food delivery industry – TechCrunch

Uber has said adamantly that it won’t exit India (or any more markets) following a hattrick of retreats from China, Russia and Southeast Asia, but does that include its food delivery business?

The answer could well be yes. If media reports are right, Uber is on the cusp of a tactical exit from India’s food delivery industry.

India’s Economic Times is reporting that Uber is in the final stages of a deal that would see Swiggy, the food delivery service that recently raised $1 billion and expanded to general deliveries, eat up Uber Eats in India in exchange for giving the U.S. ride-hailing firm a 10 percent share of its business. Swiggy was most recently said to be valued at $3.3 billion following that billion-dollar round, which was led by Naspers and added Tencent to its cap table.

Uber Eats is touted as a major revenue generator for the company, The Information previously reported that it grossed $1.5 billion in sales in the first quarter of 2018 alone, and the company has pushed expansion hard in Asia. Uber Eats landed in India nearly two years ago but it finds itself in the middle of a dogfight between Swiggy, which raised capital three times last year, and Zomato, which is backed by Alibaba.

Already, the battle has taken its toll on peripheral players that include FoodPanda, the service acquired by Uber rival Ola in late 2017. Ola is reported to have slashed costs at FoodPanda and shift the focus to a more sustainable cloud kitchen strategy. Yet Zomato and Swiggy continue to be aggressive.

Based on that backdrop, and Uber’s upcoming IPO, it would make sense to consolidate costs and yet retain a stake in the market. Uber did exactly that through its exit deal with Grab in Southeast Asia, which saw it hand over its transport and food delivery businesses in exchange for a 27.5 percent stake in Grab. That deal, which I argued was a win not a loss for Uber, got the company out of an expensive subsidies war and gave it a stake in a growing business. It could well be a recipe that Uber repeats for India’s food delivery space.

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Court Admits More Evidence Against Ex-NHIS Boss Faji Over $2million 'Fraud'

Court Admits More Evidence Against Ex-NHIS Boss Faji Over $2million ‘Fraud’

Justice Ayokunle Faji of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has admitted more evidence against Martins Oluwafemi Thomas, a former Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The evidence was tendered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday.

Thomas was re-arraigned alongside one Kabiru Sidi, a Bureau De Change Operator, on June 28, 2017, on an amended six-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of $2,198,900.

He was alleged to have conspired with his wife to make a cash payment to one Ibitoye Bamidele at their residence on 20, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos. Sidi was also said to have lied to an EFCC investigator, Afeez Mustapha, that he was the owner of the money.

One of the counts against the defendants read: “That you, Kabiru Sidi, on or about the 15th day of July, 2015, at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Lagos zonal office, Ikoyi, before the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, made a false statement to Afeez Mustapha, an investigating officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 39 2(b)and punishable under Section 39 (2)(c)of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004.”

Emmanuel Egwu, a prosecution witness who is also the Director of Finance of the NHIS, gave a breakdown of total amounts of the entitlements, salaries and emoluments received by Thomas, while he worked at the NHIS between November 2013 and May 2015.

Egwu, who is also the third prosecution witness, while being led in evidence by Ekele Iheanacho, counsel for the EFCC, revealed that the total money Thomas received in his official capacity was a sum of N62,919,154.75.

When Egwu sought to tender the said documents as evidence, there was no objection by counsels for the defendants.

The documents were, thereafter, admitted in evidence as exhibits F1 and F2 respectively.

When Collins Ogbona, counsel to the first defendant, asked the witness during cross-examination, if he knew the first defendant personally and all his sources of income, the witness said: “I only know the first defendant in his official capacity as well as only his official income.”

Consequently, Justice Faji adjourned the case till March 8, 19 and 20, 2019 for continuation of trial.

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Africa: Gates Foundation Announces New Africa Director

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday announced Cheikh Oumar Seydi as the new Africa Director.

A statement on Thursday said Mr Seydi joins at a critical time for the foundation’s work in Africa.

A Senegalese national, he joins the Gates Foundation from the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he was the regional director for sub-Saharan Africa, based in Nairobi.

He also served as IFC’s director for eastern and southern Africa and as its global director of human resources covering IFC offices worldwide. He originally joined the IFC in 1997 as an investment officer.

In his role as Sub-Saharan regional director for IFC, Mr Seydi managed the corporation’s investment and advisory operations covering the region’s 49 countries. In 2018, the Africa region became IFC’s largest annual investment program, reaching $6.2 billion in long-term investments, including more than $4 billion leveraged from other institutions for the private sector.

Prior to the IFC, Mr Seydi was a manager at Ernst & Young in New York, where he advised corporate clients on restructuring, reorganization, corporate finance and business valuation.

He also spent five years with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and began his career working for a variety of private banks and a commercial auditing firm in Senegal and Belgium.

Mr Seydi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“Oumar brings extensive experience working across Africa, leading high-performing teams through extensive growth and partnerships across both the public and private sector,” said Chris Elias, president, Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“He will play a central role in the foundation’s work across the world’s second largest continent.”

Reacting to the announcement, Mr Seydi said he looks forward to working with partners and exploring new strategies that will help increase the foundation’s impact on the continent.

“This is a critical time in Africa’s development and I am excited to join an organization that is committed to supporting African countries in meeting their development goals,” he said.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has recently grown its Africa presence, doubling its Africa-based staff over the past two years.

It continues to deepen its work in Ethiopia and Nigeria and strengthen its engagement across sub-Saharan Africa, including building an ecosystem of partners – both public and private – to help scale its increasingly integrated work towards addressing healthcare challenges, eradicating poverty and facilitating economic growth.

According to its 2018 Goalkeepers’ Report, the Foundation believes Africa is the most important priority for the world. “We believe Africa is the world’s most important priority for the foreseeable future,” it said, in 2018.

“What happens to the large number of young people there will be the single biggest determinant of whether the world makes progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals–that is, whether life on this planet keeps getting better.”

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Watch SpaceX launch the first private moon landing mission – TechCrunch

Watch SpaceX launch the first private moon landing mission – TechCrunch

Calling all lunatics — the first fully private moon landing mission is about to take off from Cape Canaveral. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying SpaceIL’s Beresheet lander is set to take off about an hour from now, at 5:45 Pacific time. Watch it right here!

The launch isn’t just the lander — in fact, the lander is only a small part of the payload. The primary passenger is Nusantara Satu, an Indian communications satellite that will provide connectivity to rural areas in the country difficult to reach by ordinary means. Once it gets to its geosynchronous orbit it will deploy the U.S. Air Force Research Lab’s S5 experimental satellite, which will track objects and debris around that altitude.

But by the time those deploy (about 44 minutes after launch), Beresheet will be well on its way; it’s entering a transfer orbit with an eye to lunar insertion and touchdown on the surface there in April.

Should it accomplish its task, the Israeli satellite will be the first private mission to land on the moon. So far it’s just been us, Russia and China — others have passed by or orbited, to be sure, but no one has made a soft landing and taken pictures, as Beresheet intends to do.

It was originally planned to do this for Google’s ill-fated Lunar Xprize, which went unclaimed despite serious interest — the truth is it was just a bit too ambitious for its own good. But several of the companies and teams that entered are still going strong, moving forward at their own paces.

At around $100 million, Beresheet will be the cheapest moon landing mission by far, and as the first to do so on a privately engineered and built (not to mention previously flown) rocket, as a secondary payload and with a private launch coordinator… let’s just say that it’s likely to set records all over the place if all goes well.

The first thing that needs to happen, of course, is takeoff. So tune in below at 5:45:

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Ex-Finance Minister Nenadi Usman Accused Of N4.9bn Fraud Allowed To Travel Abroad

Ex-Finance Minister Nenadi Usman Accused Of N4.9bn Fraud Allowed To Travel Abroad

The Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has granted permission to Nenadi Usman, a former Minister of State for Finance, to embark on a trip to the United States.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa, on Thursday, ordered that Usman’s passport be released to her so she could embark on the trip.

The former minister, who is being tried for an alleged fraud of N4.9billion, had dropped her passport in the court’s custody as part of the conditions attached to the bail granted her.

Usman is facing 17 counts of money laundering and theft alongside Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, and one Danjuma Yusuf with a company, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting them in connection with the campaign funding for the failed re-election bid of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

At the proceedings, Norrison Quakers (SAN), counsel to Fani-Kayode, opposed the attempt by the prosecution to tender a set of 108 Zenith Bank cheques as exhibits against his client.

The prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, had sought to tender the 108 cheques through the third prosecution witness, Shuaibu Shahu, an investigator with the EFCC.

Oyedepo had told the court that the 108 cheques were relevant to proving the allegations against Fani-Kayode, noting that they were recovered by Shahu and his team, while investigating the case.

However, Quakers urged the judge to reject them on the basis that they did not comply with Section 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and the Practice Direction of the Federal High Court 2013.

Justice Aikawa, after listening to arguments from both sides, adjourned till March 15, 2019 for ruling.

In the charges, Fani-Kayode, who was the Director of Publicity of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign organisation for the 2015 election, was accused of conspiring with the others to, directly and indirectly, retain various sums which the EFCC claimed they ought to have reasonably known were proceeds of crime.

In one of the counts, Fani-Kayode and others were accused of conspiring among themselves to “indirectly retain the sum of N1,500,000,000.00 which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: stealing.”

The four were also accused of indirectly retaining N300million, N400million and N800million, all proceeds of corruption, according to the EFCC.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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