Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Jonathan to strip off National honours from convicted leaders ? Tafa Balogun, Bode George, Cecilia Ibru, Akingbola on list

Indications arising on Monday reveals that President Goodluck Jonathan had ordered the compilation of the names of holders of national honours awards who had been convicted or were facing trial for criminal offences. gathered that the directive was preparatory to having the honours withdrawn from such awardees. also learnt that Jonathan’s directive was contained in a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim on Sunday in Abuja.
Further investigation reveals content of the letter, “Mr. President has given instruction that the names of the people should be compiled to bring them out. As soon as the list is out, the President will do something about their case. The SGF is sorting out the names of those who were indicted and have national honours.
“For instance, the former Managing Director of Oceanic Bank Plc, Mrs. Cecilia Ibru, falls within the category. So also is the ex-MD of Intercontinental Bank, Mr. Erastus Akingbola.”
George, a one-time Vice-National Chairman of the PDP, was sentenced in 2009 to a 30-month jail term by Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of the Lagos High Court. Oyewole found George guilty of contract splitting and inflation when he was the chairman of the Board of Nigerian Ports Authority.
Balogun, however pleaded guilty to eight counts of money laundering charges in 2005 and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by Justice Binta Nyako.

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