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Abacha loot: US embassy threatens Nigeria

The United States of America has threatened to ensure that the over $308million looted and laundered abroad by former Head of State, late Gen Sani Abacha, is not re-stolen in Nigeria again.
The warning was a sequel to the February 4, 2020, repatriation pact the Federal Government signed with the US, and the government of Jersey to return the money. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which was also involved in the pact, said the US government warned against the money being re-looted.

The Anti- Graft Agency’s Secretary, Mr. Olanipekun Olukoyede, said this in Lagos last Friday during an anti-corruption walk organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Olukoyede said: “Two weeks ago, I was privileged to be on the team that went to recover $308million for Nigeria. They are from Washington.

“You know what the Oyinbos told us when we wanted to sign the treaty? They had the audacity to look into our eyes and said: ‘If you people steal this money again, we will collect it back from you.’ “I stood up against them, I said: ‘We are not a corrupt nation. A few people might have stolen money, but Nigeria is not a corrupt nation. We have a lot of youths who are not corrupt. And you know it is not their fault, (they said that) because they have seen recovered loot being looted again.”

Public money looted by Abacha during his five years in power is estimated to be about $5 billion. The anti-corruption walk, Themed: “Nigerian Youth Walk against Corruption” held simultaneously across the country, the Lagos zone, walk across Lagos Island and Ikoyi, included EFCC staff, NYSC members and officials, among others.

Olukoyede urged the youths to shun corruption and be diligent in whatever they do. He said: We have arrested so many youths. If we keep putting youths in jail, what is going to be the future of Nigeria? “So, we want to encourage you; where ever you see corrupt practice, say no to it. Resist it. If anyone is trying to lure you to it, say no. You can win by integrity. Integrity pays.

“Very soon as Youth Corp members will start job-hunting. But where are the jobs? Why aren’t you getting the jobs? A few people have plundered the country’s resources. ‘But let me assure them that at the EFCC, we are not relenting. Let corruption fight back, we will stand against it. We will fight corruption. We will send them to jail. We are not going to give them any chance again in Nigeria.”

“I want to implore you, this is just the beginning. We will soon be calling and inviting you to join us for more battles against corruption. Nigerian youths don’t believe in those engaging in 419 (fraud). 419 does not pay. You’ve seen some of the ones we’ve arrested. For instance, Mompha. Would you be proud to be like him.”

“Anyone you see displaying wealth on social media is corrupt and a thief. One day, the arms of the law will catch up with them. It’s only a matter of time. So, don’t fashion your life after theirs. If you’re diligent in what you do, you will make it. The EFCC Chairman is diligent, look at where he is today. Diligence pays. Hard work pays, “He said. Olukoyede said “Do you know that some of the buildings built with taxpayers’ money, corrupt people are buying those buildings and privatising them? We will monitor them, profile them, we will find out where that money came from. If they cannot justifiably defend it, we will take it back from them.

“The assets we recovered from corrupt people are going to be justifiably used to develop our infrastructure, I can assure you of that. All the assets we are recovering, nobody is sitting on those assets. It is going back into the budget, into infrastructure. “Now we have a president who has the will to fight corruption. He is not a corrupt man, I can tell you that. So, if we can support what the EFCC is doing, what the NYSC is doing, then we can create a new future for Nigeria.


COVID-19: US embassy in Japan announce removal of citizens from virus floating prison

The US Embassy in Japan announced that Americans aboard the Diamond Princess – a luxury cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan after a coronavirus outbreak on board – will be flown back home on a chartered flight on Sunday.

About 380 Americans are aboard the ship, which has docked at Yokohama, a port city southwest of Tokyo.
So far, 218 people from the ship have tested positive for the new virus, reports France24.

Japan’s Health Ministry allowed 11 passengers to disembark Friday, saying that those above 80 years of age, with underlying medical conditions as well as those staying in windowless cabins during the 14-day quarantine can stay at a designated facility on shore.

The Diamond Princess’ passengers have reported feelings of anxiety and ennui: “It’s not going to be a luxury cruise, it’s going to be like a floating prison,” passenger David Abel said in a video posted on Facebook at the start of the quarantine nearly two weeks ago.

“How do we cope with it? We can either be creative and thinking positive things or we can be dragging ourselves down into the gutter.”
Other passengers posted images of sparse meals, crew in face masks and once bustling common areas now eerily deserted.


We did not ban Oyedepo’s visa – US Embassy ..

The United State Embassy in Nigeria has described report that it denied Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State and Living Faith Church Worldwide, visa as false.

Thisday had reported that the US Embassy denied Oyedepo Visa and that the preacher blew hot over the denial of visa.

But the US Embassy in Nigeria, in its verified Facebook page said the report published by Thisday was fake news as it never happened.

“#FalseNews Alert! Be advised, the reports making the rounds about a visa being denied to Nigerian Bishop Oyedepo are false.

“If you have seen this manufactured item in the media, help defeat this #misinformation by communicating to everyone that it is completely false,” it said.



Oyedepo’s visa ban: Winners Chapel, U.S Embassy react ..

Both the Embassy of the United States of America and Winners Chapel have thrashed reports that Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, was denied US visa.
Reports widely credited to Thisday emerged on Friday that the embassy denied Oyedepo visa and that the flustered bishop flew into a rage at the Embassy.

The Winners Chapel said the bishop still has a valid visa and was no where the Embassy on Thursday.

The United States embassy on its official Twitter page, @USEmbassyAbuja, described the reports as ‘false’.

”#FalseNewsAlert!’’ Be advised, the reports making the rounds about a visa being denied to Nigerian Bishop Oyedepo are false.

”If you have seen this manufactured item in the media, help defeat this #misinformation by communicating to everyone that it is completely false.”

The Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel International, in a statement by the Chairman, Editorial and Media Board of Winners, Prof. Sheriff Folarin, further debunked the report.

According to him, the Bishop was at no time denied an entry visa into the US.

He also explained that Oyedepo still has a valid US visa on his passport and would not have applied for another one yesterday (Thursday).

He said, “Mainstream and online media spaces this morning (Friday) were abuzz with the news that Bishop David Oyedepo was denied an entry visa to the United States on Thursday, January 30, 2020. We wish to put it on record and categorically submit that this piece of information is not true. At no time was the Bishop denied a visa, nor did he create a scene at the US consulate in Lagos, as purported by some mainstream and online newspapers.

“The Bishop renewed his visa, last year, without any initial denial or drama, or scene. The Bishop was not at the Embassy or Consulate yesterday or even anytime this year. Bishop has been in Canaanland all this week. The last time he applied for a visa, which was last year, he was issued without delay.”

He also explained that the US Embassy had denied the reports, uring journalists to verify their facts before publishing.

“We have contacted the US Embassy and they are as surprised as we are about this FAKE NEWS, which some media houses decided to spread.

“We encourage the Nigerian media to always follow the line of due diligence before rushing to press and try to at least reach the church from time to time, whenever items try to pass through the rumour mill.

“Professionalism and wisdom require this so as to maintain integrity and make the media trusted in society, particularly in this age that fake news has become the news.

“Bishop Oyedepo is a good friend of the US government and has a very good relationship with US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria. He is a social entrepreneur, who has touched so many lives in Nigeria, Africa, United States and all around the world.”