Certainly, 2016 witnessed some incidents in the country that brought disgrace to some people and greatly offended the moral sensibilities of the citizenry. ENCOMIUM Weekly brings you some of the shocking scandals that rocked the country in 2016.
CHIDINMA OKEKE SEX TAPE SCANDAL
The world was agog in October 2016, when a two-part video of Chidinma Okeke leaked online in a racy scene with her fellow pageant winner, Adaobi Nzekwe. She was allegedly seen using a cucumber as a penetrative toy with Nzekwe who later joined her in the act.
Okeke swiftly denied the allegation with claims that it was the work of trick photography but was however unlucky after a lengthier part of the tape gave a dearer picture of her which was released a week later.
The sex tape received extensive press coverage in Nigeria and abroad and it was on the top most searched items on Google Nigeria for weeks. An adult film website on November 3, 2016, expressed their interest in Okeke asking her to join them in their next casting.
SEUN EGBEEGBE IPHONE THEFT
One of the biggest scandals of 2016 was in the early morning of Tuesday, November 27, at Computer Village (Ikeja, Lagos) where embattled producer and socialite, Seun Egbeegbe was arrested for allegedly stealing 9 IPhone handsets worth over N2 million.
This, however, followed a repeated denial of his defence was that he wanted to fetch the money from his vehicle before the sales boy screamed for help and was beaten to a pulp by a mob. He was later granted bail, with two sureties guarantees who have at least N2 million in their bank accounts and property in Ikeja, Lagos. The case was adjourned to February 18, 2017.
DIEZANI ALLISON-MADUEKE MONEY LAUNDERING AND BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS
Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison Madueke was alleged to have looted some funds, house raided and charged to court on different occasions. She was alleged to have looted $20 million. On June 11, 2016, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged to have seized her house in Abuja worth $18 million.
Also she was allegedly linked to $1.8 billion loot which covers a wide range of business dealing involving the illegal transfer of Nigeria oil assets which later led to the freezing of the $1.8 billion assets owned by two Nigerians businessman, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore and their company, Atlantic Energy.
Also on April 5, 2016, Diezani was charged at the Westminster Magistrate Court in London over money laundering and bribery allegations.
Former first lady, Patience Jonathan was not left out on the list of prominent Nigerians who were relatively disgraced. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly found $175 million in the account of four companies that were linked to her. In another case, she dismissed the allegation that additional $25 million was traced to her medical bills.
These, however, led to the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordering the freezing of her multiple accounts as suspected proceeds from crime.
ORITSEFEMI’S FRACAS WITH CLUB QUILOX
In the early alleged hours of Friday, November 11, 2016, Oritsefemi was alleged to have been attacked by a bouncer because he was trying to stand for an older colleague and a friend at club Quilox. In a statement released by MSN, his record label, it claimed that Oritsefemi was attacked which made him defend himself by fighting back the bouncer. The statement also claimed that jewellery worth N8.5 million was stolen.
However, in a statement signed by the PR and Marketing Manager of Quilox, Jessica Ulo Oputa, the club refuted the artists claims. The statement said that Oristefemi came into Club Quilox without prior reservations or table bookings. Tables were said to be allocated to customers who have made payment in advance of their arrival.
Oritsefemi was said to have attempted to sit eight of his quests at the table which could only accommodate a maximum of six people. The patron rejected such and invited the bouncer guarding the floor to intervene. The bouncer politely approached him and in a provoked rage, Oritsefemi slapped the bouncer then proceeded to breaking a glass on his hand and stabbing him in the eye.
This followed a fracas where other bouncers and crowd intervened, had the artiste taken out and beaten till the arrival of the police. The bouncer insisted on pressing charges but it was resolved at the Bar Beach Police Station, where Oristefemi accepted his offense and pleaded mercy.
Oritsefemi was later granted bail. He also tendered an apology to Quilox boss, Shina Peller and the victim for his unruly behavior at the club.
THE SENATE, DSS AND EFCC BOSS, IBRAHIM MAGU SAGE
The rejection of the nomination of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman resulted in exchange of words and controversies over certain allegations by the Department of State Service (DSS).
President Muhammadu Buhari in July, nominated Magu to the board of the commission and forwarded their names to the Senate for confirmation. This was followed by different allegations by the Department of State Service (DSS) that Magu lived in a rented apartment of N40 million at N20 million per annum, which was not paid by the EFCC.
He was also accused of cultivating the habit of flying first class which was against the directive of Buhari. In another case, the report addressed to the Senate claimed that he had been indicted by the Police Service Commission and was once removed from the EFCC over an alleged misdemeanor. He was also accused of illegal possession of sensitive documents which led to his detention in the past.
BABACHIR LAWAL MONEY LAUNDERING SCANDAL
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, was alleged to have awarded a spurious contract of N220 million for the removal of wild grass and the provision of 115 hectares of simplified village irrigation in Yobe State.
The Senate passed a resolution seeking the investigation and resignation of Lawal over allegations of misappropriation of funds in respect to the contract award by the President Initiative on North-East (PINE).
Lawal however, castigated the Senate saying they were talking ‘balderdash’ and that their attacks on him were a calculated attempt to have him pulled down.
- OLADOYINBO DANIEL