MUSIC: Jiron Ft. Olamide - Asalamale (Prod. By Puffy-Tee)

Jiron Ft. Olamide - Asalamale (Prod. By Puffy-Tee)

MUSIC: Qwerty Hanky Ft. Olamide - Hustle

MUSIC: Qwerty Hanky Ft. Olamide - Hustle

MUSIC: Adekunle Gold Ft. Simi - No Forget + Ariwo Ko || BUY "GOLD" ALBUM NOW!!!

MUSIC: Adekunle Gold Ft. Simi - No Forget + Ariwo Ko || BUY "GOLD" ALBUM NOW!!!

Audio + Video – Blakemon@blakemonmusic – Sumo Mi

Audio + Video – Blakemon@blakemonmusic – Sumo Mi

Blakemon – “Ojoro” ft. Seriki

Blakemon – “Ojoro” ft. Seriki

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Music : Asiko - 12Thday Records Ft. J12 X TEMMY T X DJ KHOLOW



Music :  Asiko - 12Thday Records Ft. J12 X TEMMY T X DJ KHOLOW
12THDAY RECORDS is an indigenous imprint which introduces itself to the Nigerian Music Industry with this new tune tagged: ASIKO featuring its official signee: J12 X Temmy T X Dj Kholow.

IG: @twelfthdayrecords
@iam_j12
@temmytekitiboi
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Music : Big Nazy - Owuite


                                                       Music : Big Nazy - Owuite

Big Nazy drops another single titled Owuite. This song gives you that club and chill vibe you have been looking for and at the same time sends out messages that inspires if you pay attention. Download share and thank me later.
Follow big nazy @onebignazy and watch out for owu-ite visuals.

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Friday, 28 June 2019

Music : Yxng Zila - Asake


After the successful release of Open & Close, the versatile Yxng Zila who has been working on the low drops his brand new and debut single Àsàké. The new piece is a potential hit song perfectly arranged and delivered to your listening pleasure. It was produced by Elvinbeats, it’s another beautiful song to good music lovers around the world. Share your thoughts.
Connect with Yxng Zila on.
Instagram: @zilaofficial__
Twitter: @zilaofficial
Snap: @zondeck

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

MUSIC: Topflite Ft. Bisa Kdei - Love

                      MUSIC: Topflite Ft. Bisa Kdei - Love

AVIS RECORDS act; TOPFLITE recruits the services Ghanaian hip-life star; BISA KDEI in brand new single dubbed; LOVE.

The song was produced by AVIS Records in-house producer; WILLYF BEAT and is guaranteed, a classic.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

All You Need To Know About New Talented & Promising Act “tJay”

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Real names “Tejiri Ochuko Ibihwiori” better known by his stage name “tJay” is multitalented personality Doubling as talented song writer, singer, performer and a business tycoon being the CEO of his newly established record label “GreenLife Entertainment”
Being a promising and zealous person who is ready to stop at nothing to make a huge statement in the Nigerian music scene there is a strong need for his fans to have a clearer picture of his life and times before taking his carrier to the next level.
On that note we will be taking you through his profile and biography as we prepare you ahead for and huge number of projects you will be served with in the coming weeks.
Artiste Profile:-
Tejiri ochuko Ibihwiori  (born  6th-October-1992) better known by his stage name ”tJay” is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and performer based in dallas US with a classic style of music .
The Niger Delta born is an Afro Hip hop artiste that started music from his secondary school days in unity secondary school agbarho.
He is currently one of the household names in Nigeria music scene in diaspora especially in U.S where he’s based.
Early Life:-
tJay was born in Isiokolo ethiope east local government, Delta-Nigeria just like every young kid growing up “tJay” grew up in a family who had a keen interest in music art and culture as his dad would always play his local music band other times gospel songs which indeed form the basics of his early beginning as a singer as he would mine most of the songs been played.
tJay

Music Career:
Having decided to take his career professionally tJay begun his musical journey, with influences ranging from local to foreign artistes who played a major role in building his ideology as an artistes, his Personal music compositions began as early as the primary school stages,impressing,thrilling and entertaining friends and family members.
However years passed and tJay’s addiction to music grew. In the early 2000
tJay  Being encouraged by friends and family to learning how to play a music  instrument and such as the piano.
Over the years, he came to create and master his own unique sound which helped him understand his sound and craft better.
In 2018 he dropped his first official single titled: Tooth Fairy (Audio+Video).
which enjoy massive Air play on radio across the nation and heavy rotation on local and cable TV stations in the country.
Over the years, tJay has wowed fans as a singer, song writer and performer, performing his own songs at gigs where he was continually showered with praises as an artiste.
tJay is currently signed to Greenlife Ent, an entertainment outfit owned by him
He promises to unleash a countless number of joints back to back which is already piled up in the studio.
tJay
Musical Influence:
tJay Had the privilege of been influenced by some music icons and legends such as late
Bob Marley, Eric Donaldson, Wyclef Jean, Mumford & Son’s, 2face Idibia to mention But a few.
TJay Is definitely here to stay for a long time while Entertaining Lovers of good music and his fans all over.
I suggest you keep you fingers crossed and follow him closely he unfolds the stuff he’s made of.
Connect with him via his social media handles below
Twitter:- @ @holatjay
Instagram:- @holatjay

Poco Lee, Xtacy, Kemen and more light up 2019 Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship Lagos Auditions



Poco Lee, Xtacy, Kemen and more light up 2019 Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship Lagos Auditions

Music and Sports mixed beautifully over this past weekend as over 40 freestyle footballers participated at the 2019 edition of the African Freestyle Football Championship organised by Feet ‘n’ Tricks under the authority of World Freestyle Football Association commenced on a colourful note at Rowe Park on Saturday in Lagos.
The audition was hosted by Street dance hotshot ‘Poco Lee’ with support from Xtacyand judged by three time Ghanaian Freestyle Football Champion ‘Joel Asare, Kemen (of Big Brother Fame) and Abass Suara.
The rather intense auditions were punctuated by fun Zanku challenges spearheaded by Pocolee as well as performances by crowd favourites Raybekah and Brainee.
John Benjamin emerged winner of the Lagos Regional Championship following a keenly-contested final with Larry Etuduvwun while Taiwo Oni finished third.
Damilola Adeshina emerged the as the first female winner while Augustina Unamba and Mariam Olaobi came second and third position respectively.
Super Falcons forward, Rasheedat Ajibade, who is the defending champions of the women’s event of the championships, will be aiming for her third straight title when the crème-de-la-crème gather in the final later on September 14th and 15th this year.
The event also witnessed a colourful addition of Panna championship with 16 athletes locked in battles that saw Oscar Ifeanyi emerging as Regional Champion.
For the endeavour, the top three in both the male and female categories when home with the sum of N100,000, N75,000 and N50,000 for first, second and third place position.
Feet ‘n’ Tricks Chairman, Valentine Ozigbo, expressed delight at the growing enthusiasm of youths to freestyle football stating it was getting bigger in terms of participation and awareness across the country.He also revealed that the Championships would be covered live across the Continent and beyond on multiple terrestrial and digital channels.
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The Lagos auditions mark the start of the four regional championships in Nigeria with Delta State, billed as the next port of call for the ball juggling extravaganza on Sunday June 30 at the Brownhill Event Centre, Warri.
Owerri, the capital of Imo State, will then hold the penultimate regional championship on July 6 at Cubans Lounge before the series will climax in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja on July 13 at Central Park.
The grand finale is scheduled for Lagos on September 14 and 15 with over 100 participants representing about 30 countries expected to participate. All the regional auditions will be hosted by Poco Lee while Joel Asare is confirmed as the lead judge for same.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

VIDEO & AUDIO: OTike - Dey For Your Body

                              

            VIDEO & AUDIO: OTike - Dey For Your Body

OTike has announced the releases of his new single and music video for Dey For Your Body under OMA Records. The video was directed by the young and talented Ovie Etseyatse. The video has a fantastic story line never before seen in the music of afro beat genre. Setting a new and unique approach to creative music video. OTike also known as Ezekiel Moses Okonoboh Jr is a graduate of Business Management from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML). OTike was born in Surulere Lagos Nigeria, he is also a citizen of the United States. Check on it!
Facebook: otikemusic, Instagram: @otike Twitter: @OTikemusic  Snapchat: Otike

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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Music : DJ Bode Ft Ola Dips - God's Will


                                                 Music : DJ Bode Ft Ola Dips - God's Will

Dj Bode and Oladips is back with an inspirational jam "God's Will". This is a collaboration between one of the fastest rising Djs in the USA and one of the most talented artist in Nigeria Oladips. This is a song for everybody. Download, Listen and Enjoy!

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Saturday, 22 June 2019

VIDEO & AUDIO: Tamara - Scatter (Prod By Spellz)

 VIDEO & AUDIO: Tamara - Scatter (Prod By Spellz)

Music Geeks Records Presents "Scatter" By "TAMARA"

Tamarameiyayeifa Bunuzigha better known by his stage name “TAMARA” is an Afro singer, song writer, stage performer and recording artiste with a unique sound who hails from the south-south part of Nigeria. 
He is currently signed to Music Geeks Records. He started recording music at the early age of 16 and released his first official single “Party Today” in 2016 and had a great follow up with “Everyday” and “ Put It On Me” in 2017 and 2018 respectively and is set to release his new single “Scatter”. which is produced by award winning music maestro "SPELLz"  and the video was shot and directed by "Director Q" 

TAMARA has performed in major events in Nigeria like DJ Kaywise Joor concert, Graduation for The Federal Amnesty Program Of Niger Delta 2019 and many more. His Afro fusion contemporary style is fresh and with his simple easy to follow lyrics makes him a force to be reckoned with.

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Friday, 21 June 2019

Government officials are planning to defraud Nigerians again with “eGov Master Plan”

 

Government officials are planning to defraud Nigerians again with “eGov Master Plan”

 
According to Galaxy Backbone and Ministry of Communication, Govt plans to roll out its eGovernance platform very soon. It is based on a MasterPlan that the Korean Governnent spent $500m to develop. Also, Shittu the former Minister of Science and Tech had during  the Launch of the eGov Master Plan on 24 May 2019 said it would run on a NIPOST platform and a private company has been incorporated to manage the effort. This is shaping up to be another Mega Failure already. It is built by government officials trusted to do the best for the country but seem to lose sight of that fact somewhere along the way. There are so many fundamental issues wrong with this; too simple and too many to contemplate. Let’s look at a few
Firstly,  have everything Nigerian eGov running on one single platform is a serious security vulnerability. How? To incapacitate the Nigerian government, all you have to do is to take that platform down and it would be over. The single NIPOST platform would attract many such attack attempts and eventually one such attack attempt would be successful and bring down the entire Federal Government. Each Ministry is supposed to be allowed to develop it’s own assets whilst all that is developed is a framework for communication between the ministry platforms. Security is everything. This single point of convergence is a guarantee for failure
Secondly, nations protect their masterplans, especially technology plans and yet government officials of Nigeria received $500m of “aid” from a foreign power for something as sensitive as this? With all the IT skills domiciled with Nigerians, was it not possible for these officials to call a series of conferences for these skilled Nigerians and build a team to work with????? Again security is everything.
Thirdly, whatever the justification, it is manifestly inappropriate to register a private company to run eGovernance Services. It is the culmination of the commercialisation of Govt services which all have budgetary appropriation from the commonwealth of Nigerians. Why make us pay for it again? and then still involve a commercially registered company. When did government need commercially registered firms to render service, regulate the nation, form policy or even collect money for its services? And worse still, one  commercial entity to represent ALL Government MDAs under NIPOST platform???
Fourthly, why NIPOST platform? A NIPOST under Bisi Adegbuyi that has not achieved any Transformation of NIPOST? We are now to entrust such with the responsibility of hosting the  eGov service of the entire nation? Who is Bisi Adegbuyi?  he was once an Ogun State delegate for Jonathan in PDP and now turned out to be an appointee of APC from Oyo State. Despite all entreaties can not make headway for or account in respect of all the stamp duties running into Trillions which NIPOST along with other agencies is accountable for. Attempted to collect 1,000 naira every year from Nigerians for a digital addressing framework that is free globally. Violated Executive Order Number 5 of President Muhammadu Buhari. Misled the National Assembly, Presidency and Ministry that NIPOST had signed a contract with a  Foreign Company for digital addressing when no such thing had been done because in reality, it was his friends private company mData Technologies that had actually signed the contract for the whole of Nigeria instead of NIPOST. Now this same person has things to do with national eGov and suddenly a private company has been registered to handle the eGovernance through NiPOST platform? Once again, the word scam is beginning to ring bells around this eGovernance program. If it walks, clucks and looks like a chicken, it usually turns out to be a chicken. The eGov project will be a disaster on a massive scale if steps are not taken to reorient its course.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Music : Allgist9ja - My Mind On My Money Ft Sakeez






                                   Music : Allgist9ja - My Mind On My Money Ft Sakeez       


Prominent " AllGist9ja Blog " teams up with Ever-blazing record trail blazer "SakeeZ" on this new effort titled " My Mind On My Money " #MMOMM
 
This track speaks about the everyday struggles of the ghetto boys, their survival techniques and their road map to greatness.
 
This track is produced, mixed and mastered by the young vibrant Champagne Beatz.
 
Sure to be a street anthem in due time ....
 
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VIDEO & AUDIO: Bawizo - Ibadi


                                               VIDEO & AUDIO: Bawizo - Ibadi
                                           
We've stayed expectant for so long and we're glad our wait was not in vain. Music Crooner Bawizo who has made a name for himself in the industry, recently released an EP The EP titled "The other side of Bawizo" consists of Eight different amazing tunes.
Among the songs in the EP is "Ibadi" .One that would definitely get you grooving and vibing.
He didn't let us recover from the fever of how amazing the EP was before blessing us with the video of the song "Ibadi".
Bawizo definitely outdid himself as this is a video you'd definitely want to see cause he brought his A game and also featured a lot of performing acts that would leave you awed.
You can watch it on YouTube and all other major platforms.

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Music : Ti-Boy Ft Ty-king - Ododo


                                                       Music : Ti-Boy Ft Ty-king - Ododo

Nigerian music is becoming a global genre & choice of music, one can't sing her praise without attributing or crediting her artiste. 
 Ti-boy teams up with Ty King on his new song titled "Ododo" which means "Enchantment of beauty and endowment of a lady", both artiste hail from Obubra local government in Cross River State, Nigeria. 
Download, share and enjoy this amazing song produced by XL , Mixed and Mastered by E-Vibes.
 
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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Music : MKess - Adura



                                                          Music : MKess - Adura

Kessiena Ochuko a.k.a MKess is a 20 Year-old Nigerian singer and songwriter from Delta state.
She started music professionally 5 years ago though she's been a singer from a tender age and by October last year She was signed to Gbesi Entertainment.
This is her first official single titled "Adura under the company. 
The song was produced by Magic Boy,  And mixed and mastered by Ace Music Engineer Brain On The Mix.

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Poco Lee, Raybekah And More Confirmed For Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship Lagos Regional Auditions At Rowe Park




Poco Lee, Raybekah And More Confirmed For Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship Lagos Regional Auditions At Rowe Park


Freestyle Football and music lovers in Lagos will have cause to celebrate as the South-West regional edition of the Nigerian Freestyle Football Championship will hold at Rowe Park on Saturday, June 22,2019.
The audition will be hosted by viral street dance sensation ‘Poco Lee’ and will also feature appearances by ‘Raybekah’ and Brainee. The audience will also be treated to various side attractions specially curated by the Feet ‘n’ Tricks team.



The auditions were announced by Feet ‘n’ Tricks after its re-appointment as host of the 2019 edition of the African Freestyle Football Championship. The announcement comes on the heels of the successful hosting of the 2018 edition by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International.
The best male and female freestyle footballers at every regional audition will go home with NGN 100,000 each (One Hundred Thousand Naira each) while the second and third place winners will win NGN 75,000 (Seventy Five Thousand Naira) and N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) respectively.
The championship began in 2017 and witnessed major growth in 2018 as it morphed into the African Freestyle Football Championship with the support of major Nigerian brands and a larger discovery and participation of freestyle footballers from across Africa.
Freestyle Football is described by the WFFA as “the art and sport of juggling a football using all parts of the body to entertain audiences and outperform opponents; a fusion of tricks with a ball, dance and music.”
Registration for this year’s tournament is currently open to both male and female freestylers of African descent who wish to attend, and can be done via the body’s website www.feetandtricks.com.
The Nigerian contestants will be shortlisted through four (4) Regional Championships that will be hosted in Abuja, Warri, Owerri and Abuja in June and July this year, at the following venues and dates – at Rowe Park Yaba, Lagos on June 22; Brownhill Event Centre, Warri, on June 30th; Cubana Lounge, Owerri on July 6th and at the Central Park, Abuja on July 13th.
The shortlisted participants who emerge from the qualifying rounds will contest at the finals which will hold on September 14th and 15th, 2019, at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.
Chairman of Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, who spoke ahead of the event, said, “We are pleased about making progress in sustaining the drive to pave a new direction for freestyle football in Africa. We are also scouring the grassroots to discover potential talent. So far, we have been to National Stadium, various points in Yaba, Ajegunle, Obalende and Okokomaiko and will still visit other grass root points across Nigeria. Freestyle Football has so many developmental potentials which include job creation and recreation. ‘We will work on the continuous development of African freestyle talent and continually exploit all available resources to create more awareness for the sport.’ he added.
The Championship this year will be covered live by Startimes in 30 countries in Africa where they are present and also on their digital channels. There will also be a host of other media partners at the events.
Freestyle football is one of the fastest growing aspects of the soccer game worldwide.
More information about Freestyle Football opportunities and the 2019 schedule can be accessed via the organization’s website www.feetandtricks.com

VIDEO: Remmy XO Ft. OBT - Call Me


               VIDEO: Remmy XO Ft. OBT - Call Me

After few months of releasing the audio for Remmy XO dance-hall single titled "CALL ME" featuring the fast-rising act OBT which they both had good deliveries on the song.

Remmy XO has decided to bless his fans with an amazing visuals directed by Durti Films. 

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Sunday, 16 June 2019

INTERVIEW: Our roles in the controversial Malabu OPL 245 saga – Ex-Minister Adoke


In this third and final part of his interview with PREMIUM TIMES, former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, speaks about the roles he and some other officials of the Goodluck Jonathan government played in what has become known as the Malabu OPL 245 saga. He also opens up on his next plans.

Read the first part of the interview with Mr Adoke HERE. And the second part HERE.
In that first part, Mr Adoke spoke about how his government took the decision to prosecute APC leader, Bola Tinubu, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, how he and his colleagues persuaded former President Goodluck Jonathan to concede defeat in 2015, how he was abused and called a useless attorney general by Mrs Jonathan, among other issues.

In the second part, he spoke about the Justice Ayo Salami saga, the Halliburton bribery scandal, the controversy over the Pfizer drug trial and his relationships with Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Olarenwaju Suraju and the Abacha family.

PT: Let’s now talk about the Malabu OPL 245 issue. Your name is repeatedly mentioned everywhere for your role as the Attorney General of Nigeria who sealed the contentious deal with Shell and Eni.
Adoke: I didn’t seal the deal.

PT: You signed the agreement. Is that not the case?
Was I the only one that signed the agreement? I have been maligned. I’ve been persecuted, I’ve been destroyed virtually by those who want to destroy me using a cocktail of lies and misinformation, and unfortunately using so many platforms including your platform. This is an issue I have discussed extensively in my book, but I will give you a summary.

First, today they carry the story as if Jonathan government awarded the OPL 245 to Malabu. That is not true. The allocation of that oil bloc was done in 1998. It was not the only oil bloc, there were several oil blocs that were allocated at that time, and based on the policies of the government which was to encourage indigenous participation in the upstream sector of the oil and gas sector. There was OPL 246 given to South Atlantic, there was OPL 245. Find out, do your investigation about that. There were all these allocations that were done. In the process, General Abacha died and General Abdulsalami’s government came in.

General Abdulsalami revoked some of the oil blocs but never revoked OPL 245, OPL 246 and even the one given to (Folorunsho) Alakija, and some others. Then President Obasanjo came in in 1999 and continued with the transaction until 2001 when suddenly, due to reasons best known to the actors of that time, they revoked the oil blocs. And after revoking they called on certain oil majors to come and bid. Shell bided for it at a signature bonus of $210 million dollars as opposed to the $20 million discretionary allocations that were given to these select indigenous participants to enable them to have a say in the oil and gas sector.

After the revocation of these oil blocs, Chief Dan Etete has always been the face of Malabu. Nobody saw anything wrong with it at that time. He even petitioned the House of Representatives at that time and there was a public hearing. Nobody challenged the propriety or otherwise of a former minister getting an oil bloc allocated to him by the then Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

The House of Representatives under the speakership of Ghali Na’Abba came up with a resolution saying that the revocation was wrongful, illegal, and should be returned to Malabu. There was nothing wrong about that. When the government did not implement on time, Malabu went to court. They were in court for a long time until there was a settlement which was reduced into a consent judgement in 2006. Nobody saw anything wrong with it.

Shortly after the consent judgement, President Obasanjo left office, the Yar’Adua government came in, Shell and co. tried to peddle their influence to get this bloc again because they claimed they had already de-risked the bloc and invested over $550 million, and nobody said anything about it at that time.

By that time, Shell had paid a signature bonus of $1million into the account of government and paid $209 million into an escrow account pending the outcome of the litigation. The question any reasonable person would ask is: “who was the official of government that gave Shell the go-ahead to “de-risk” the bloc that created the problem for Nigeria? Because if Shell had not gone ahead to de-risk or given the mandate to de-risk, it wouldn’t have had any claim or nerve to go for arbitration. But nobody is asking this vital question. Now, they were given the mandate and they went ahead and de-risked. And what did Yar’adua do? He tried to resolve the matter by setting up an inter-ministerial committee headed by Chief Michael Aondoaka as chairman. There were so many other people in that committee, including Hon. Minister of State on Petroleum, Odein Ajumogbobia, and some other people.

Then a resolution was reached. In that resolution, a certain amount of money was to have been paid by Shell to Malabu. They were supposed to be given a certain percentage in the transaction. President Yar’Adua died at the time the agreement was to be signed. After we came in, the issue resurfaced. Shell was already in arbitration claiming over $2 billion from the government. While they were claiming this $2 billion, we implemented the out-of-court settlement.

So it was not an allocation. The Attorney General does not allocate oil bloc. It was a dispute and the settlement was domiciled in the office of the Attorney General right from the time of Chief Bayo Ojo, Kaase Aondoaka, until it came to my time. I want you to look at this transition. Everybody has cut away this historical trajectory because they were not working for a credible answer, including your good self. I mean Premium Times. This was the issue up till that time.

When there was a breakdown in communication between Shell since it was the earlier agreement to be approved by President Yar’Adua but couldn’t be approved before he died. They then came to insist on its implementation because they have been given the bloc 100%. Look at the term of the settlement, it was 100%. What did Shell do? Shell used their dominant position in the market to enter a caveat worldwide that nobody should deal with Malabu on OPL 245 because they have an interest. So, there was a catch 22 situation for all of them.

At the end of the day, Shell came with ENI and ENI approached the government to say “look, we are trying to deal with Malabu and OPL 247 and Shell has an interest and we want to go with Shell on a joint venture to acquire this bloc from Malabu”.
The most irresponsible thing that Shell and ENI did was to deny knowing that they were dealing with Malabu. It was the most bizarre and most scandalous thing to do ever. I still feel bitter for that kind of white elephant lie.

Now, who did they discuss with? They came up with a resolution agreement. We said “No, that is not the way we work in government”. As a professional, knowing my limit, I sent the resolution agreement they came up with to DPR (Department of Petroleum Resources). Dr. Obaje now listed out his observations. As a result of that observation, we then said “fine, we cannot go on with this transaction until there is an inter-ministerial committee to renegotiate the resolution agreement and take cognisance of all the issues that Chief Obaje had identified”

So, a committee from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, NNPC, DPR, Ministry of Finance, FIRS and Ministry of Justice sat down and negotiated this resolution agreement and came up with resolution agreement and that was how the issue of government trying to buy into the bloc was inserted. That was the outcome of the negotiation. Even after they negotiated the resolution agreement, myself and the ministers that signed did not sign until it was sent to the president, and the president gave his approval. So, where have I gone wrong? How did that amount to allocation of oil bloc? I didn’t allocate an oil bloc. The State House counsel also represented the president in negotiating this agreement and all these people are alive.

Does it not beat your imagination that out of all these people, it is only Adoke that was singled out for attack? After the whole transaction was done, with all the presidential approval, you saw the JP Morgan report, you saw all those who authorised payment. Did you see Adoke’s name there? But because everybody was working to a preconceived answer, they must get a top government official to use as a scapegoat. So that the matter will die down and everybody will go home. But Adoke will not sit down and allow himself and his generation yet unborn to be destroyed. I needed to state my story.
Now you can begin to put things together on why they desperately wanted me and why it is at the expense of my life.

Now, when the money was paid, there were those who claimed to have worked with Malabu to source ENI to acquire the interest. They went to court in London and the court gave a restraining order saying that a certain amount of money, I think it was about $280 million should not be disbursed. JP Morgan wrote to me in my capacity as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. Was I supposed to tell JP Morgan not to obey the order? I told JP Morgan ‘Obey every court order given to you until set aside. If it does not affect the rest of the money, give it to the beneficiaries.’ That was all I did.

You have seen the various letters of the current Attorney General. You have also seen my court judgment. I went to court not because I want to challenge the government but I wanted to establish the limits of the president’s power, and I think that has been well defined. The court not only said the president has the power but it said that the instructions carried out by me were lawful instructions of Mr President.

PTThe expectation was that you were going to advise the administration to simply nullify the allocation of the block to Malabu because the company had a fictitious character as director from the start.
Adoke: How can I advise? I would not have advised that. How can I advise the president to nullify by executive fiat a judgment of the court?

PT: But you could have advised the president to reconsider the transaction especially given that Etete had used fictional characters in the incorporation of Malabu.
Adoke: That was not in our knowledge and even if it were in our knowledge the only thing to do was to go to court because the court had already given a consent judgment. We were implementing a judgment of a court. I was not giving administrative advice. This man had been the face of this thing all this while. These characters that are now talking they knew all this but did not bring it to the knowledge of the government until, like in all situations, it was time to share and they had difficulties. Then they started saying it was a fictional character.

PT: So, are you saying you never knew Etete’s name has never been in the list of directors or shareholders of Malabu?
Adoke: Whether he is in the list of directors or shareholders or not, who has always been the face of Malabu? Please, let us not drag on too far. Etete has always been the face of Malabu. Those who claim that they have a stake, why didn’t they challenge it at that time? Why didn’t they place a disclaimer on him? The law says equity aids the vigilant, and not the indolent. One of the people claiming equity now, why didn’t he use his full name? Why was he using the fictitious name? He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. He who seeks equity shall do equity.

PT: So you are saying in all of these, you did no wrong?
Adoke: If I did any wrong, I will own up to it and apologize to the whole nation. And if I am confronted with the same situation that I was confronted with again, and given the directives by the government, as attorney general, I will do exactly what I did. I told you something which you need to go and dig deeper. What led to the crisis in OPL 245? You are acclaimed investigative journalists. Go and find out what led to the precursor of what happened? Go and find out the precursor of what happened with OPL 245.

PT: Why not help us with some clarity on that?
Adoke: What you are going to investigate for now is not meant for the consuming public. Before it gets to the public you need to investigate first. Go and find out the circumstances under which those oil blocs were awarded and who are the real owners of those oil blocs.

PT: You said you did nothing wrong. After the money was paid to Malabu, the funds were distributed in a way that suggested Malabu gave money to some officials.
Adoke: Did you see my name? Let me tell you something. The matter is subjudice. It is in court. Like I say, be patient to read my book.

PT: Are you saying you did not benefit from all the money shared by Malabu?
Adoke: I did not. And by the special grace of God I have not done anything wrong, and time and events will prove this.

PT: But the EFCC is alleging that you had a transaction with Alhaji Aliyu of AA Oil through whom Malabu spread money to some suspicious accounts.
Adoke: This is what I am telling you. Look, I showed you the mortgage transaction I had. I bought a house from him. When I became a minister, my SSS people said my house is not safe and I told them that it is their duty to secure us. If I wanted to build a house, how long would it take me to build a house? So I needed to buy. I started looking for a house to buy and I saw a house and they said it belonged to a man I know. I called him and he said he was going to sell it to me at N500million and I agreed because of the location.

I didn’t have that amount of money then. I approached my bankers, Unity Bank. I told them this is the transaction I have and this is what I wanted. They agreed to fund the transaction. I was to pay an equity contribution of N200million. I had a plot of land that was given to me by Bala Mohammed (then FCT minister) in my name. The bank paid directly to Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar. They paid it directly to his company, not that the money came to me.

Somewhere along the line, timelines were not being met to pay back the loan and I couldn’t even sell the land to pay the N200million equity participation and at the same time the loan was going bad and I have to be paying interest. It was a five-year term loan. So, the owner of the property came to me, which was still under construction and said since I cannot pay him the N200 million, CBN wants to buy the house and said he should sell it to them since I don’t have proprietary on the property yet. He asked for the certificate but I said I don’t have the certificate. I directed him to the bank, Unity Bank, who paid him the money and took the certificate.

I called the MD of the bank and thanked him for the loan offer while asking him to take the cash from Alhaji Aliyu and release the property’s certificates in the custody of the bank. The man paid the bank directly. Whether he paid them in dollars I don’t know. It was not me that went to the bureau de change. It was the bank that called the bureau de change people to change the money. They calculated how much the cost of a dollar was at the time. They collected the money and the bank released the certificate to Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar. Aliyu Abubakar sold the house to CBN. He had already sold the house. I think it was part of the money CBN gave him that he used because they needed to get the certificate from him.

The question you should be asking yourself is: They said he laundered money for me, he paid for my mortgage, then where is the proceed of the money? Where is the house? Why is it that the EFCC did not attach the mortgage or go for forfeiture of the house? That is the question you should have asked. That is what we call investigative journalism. That is the money laundering they said I committed.

PT: So, beyond that, there was no transaction between you and Alhaji Aliyu?
Adoke: He is from my village. All of us are from Okene. He is from Ihima area, I am from Nagazi. But beyond that, there is no transaction of money between us. But then somebody must get you. It would interest you to know that the person who wrote the petition on the mortgage issue was brought by one Suraj Olanrewaju who is close to the diminutive so-called human rights lawyer I mentioned earlier. They are working hand in hand to unnecessarily disparage me.

PT: When are you returning home? The EFCC says you have a case to answer in court.
Adoke: That is a very important question and to be frank with you I am eager to come back. As I told you, I had a very serious health challenge. I am not a man that would be going about talking about it to generate pity. I don’t want to be pitied by anybody. I don’t want pity, I want justice. I want to face prosecution, not persecution.

The issue is: if I had come back to Nigeria at the time they wanted me to come, it is possible that my health would have deteriorated, and I would not have been able to address it. I am having surgery very soon and immediately after that I would head back to Nigeria. If I am not in Nigeria by the end of July, I should be back by September. I am coming back to Nigeria. I am not going to go anywhere.

PT: There were others like you who were on some kinds of exile. But they seem to have negotiated their way back to Nigeria. Don’t you have such a window?
Adoke: Negotiate what? I am not on political exile. I am not a politician. I was a professional in government. So, when people call me a politician, I laugh. I was not a card-carrying member of the PDP.

On the issue of negotiation, let me tell you this. I have been very badly damaged worldwide. I was a member of the International Law Commission. I am sure you know how prestigious that body is. It is a 34-member body of the United Nations responsible for the progressive development and codification of international law.

With that, if they malign you and you are in Nigeria unable to state your side of the story and all they do is to continue to churn out one-sided story, you will be in trouble. This is why I wrote my book. Like I said, I am very proud that I have written my book. It is one of the best achievements I have had.

Also, with the kind of lies that people like Olanrewaju Suraj and his Global Witness people are spreading about me, one need to clarify issues. If you notice, whenever they are telling the story (of Malabu OPL 245), they take it from the middle. They don’t give the history and the trajectory of the transactions from 1998. They take it from where it pleases them, and I have found time to address all that in my book.

I have suffered tremendously. I have suffered. But I am grateful to God that I am able to address the issues and by the grace of God, I will be fine. And certainly I am looking forward to returning to Nigeria at the most by the end of September.
Source: Premium Times