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Arthur Eze insists he gave Andy Uba N50m loan



Billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Prince Arthur Eze, has faulted Senator Andy Uba’s denial, insisting that he gave the former senator a N50 million loan, which was not repaid, hence he want to get a court judgment, in a bid to recover the money.

In an earlier judgement by Anambra State High on March 6, 2017, in a suit filed by Oranto Petroleum Limited against Senator Uba, Justice C.N Mbonu Nwenyi held that the defendant (Senator Uba) had not denied that he received an interest free loan from the plaintiff (Oranto Petroleum owned by Prince Eze.

The judge held that having gone through the statement of defence, the defendant had not disclosed any good defence to the suit and in such circumstance the plaintiff was entitled to the judgment.

Justice Mbonu Nwenyi had ruled” “The Plaintiff has sufficiently shown that she granted interest free friendly loan to the defendant which has not been denied and since have not been repaid.”

Oranto Petroleum had gone to the FCT High Court with a motion exparte on May 5, 2022 to ask for an order for the execution of the judgment. It subsequently got a nod of the court on June 30, 2022 “to register the certificate of judgment of the High Court of Anambra State in the Aguata Judicial Division holden at Ekwulobia and delivered by Hon. (Justice) C.N. Mbonu-Nwenyi on the 6th day of March, 2017 in suit no. AG/94/2016: Oranto Petroleum Ltd Vs Senator Nnamdi Emmanuel Andy Uba as the judgment of this Court;

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an order of this Honourable Court deeming the judgment of the High Court of Anambra State in the Judicial Division holden at Ekwulobia and delivered by Hon. (Justice) C.N. Mbonu-Nwenyi on the 6th day of March, 2017 in suit no. AG/94/2016: Oranto Petroleum Ltd Vs Senator Nnamdi Emmanuel Andy Uba as the judgment of this Court is hereby granted; an order of the Honourable Court directing the cost of the registration and execution of the judgment to be recoverable from the Defendant/Judgment Debtor/Respondent to an amount assessed by the Court in the circumstances of this case is hereby granted.”

The execution order was eventually carried out on August 23, 2022, with FCT High Court officials and the police storming the Abuja home of Senator Uba and seizing three vehicles.

Reacting to this, Senator Uba had denied obtaining a loan from Oranto Petroleum or Prince Eze, saying the money in question was a donation to his political campaign in 2015.

A statement by him said: “For the avoidance of doubt, I never borrowed N50 million from Prince Arthur Eze. Both of us only attended church service at St. James Anglican Church, Uga, during my senatorial campaign in the build-up to 2015 general election.

“In the course of the said church service, Prince Arthur Eze donated N50 million to support my senatorial political campaign on the alter and the entire congregation was erupted with joy and happiness, which made the officiating priest extend a warm handshake of the gratitude and appreciation for this kind gesture and I equally sent a letter of appreciation dated 22/2/2015 to Prince Arthur Eze.

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“I was dumbfounded, surprised and flabbergasted having learnt that my bosom friend and brother, had, through his company, Oranto Petroleum Limited, through which the said cheque of N50m was drawn had filed an action one year after at the High Court of Anambra State, Aguata division sitting at Ekwulobia in suit No: AG/94/2016, through what they called (undefended list) Procedure or liquidated money demand or summary judgment procedure.

“The pertinent question on the lips of many people would be, do people go to the rooftops to praise or thank others for granting them loan facilities? How many people have you seen that secured a loan facility from a bank or an individual and went to church praising the creditor for granting them such a loan facility which would only be repaid?”

Senator Uba stated that he had appealed the judgement against him, but withdrew the case following “an intervention by some Anambra stakeholders and I was approached by Prince Austin Ndigwe (Uzu-Awka) who is a mutual friend of myself and Prince Arthur Eze for an amicable settlement of the matter out of court.”

Apparently trying to answer Senator Uba’s questions, the principal media consultant to Oranto Petroleum and Prince Eze, Chief Oliver Okpala, in a statement yesterday, said: “It is on record that Prince Arthur Eze was a guest of the church, St. James Anglican Church, Uga, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State, which Senator Uba is now using as a ploy, during their thanksgiving ceremony.  Senator Uba, as an indigene of the place, was also at the occasion. Prince Arthur Eze made a donation to the church in the presence of Senator Uba. Now that he is embattled, he wants to manipulate the minds of the public, by claiming that the loan he took is part of the donation Prince Eze made to the church.

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“This was a loan that was given to him in Prince Eze’s house and not at the church, via a cheque issued through Oranto Petroleum Ltd.’s account- Prince Eze’s company. Senator Uba’ s name was written on the cheque. If it was a donation to the church as now being claimed by Uba, why was the cheque issued in his name? If it was a donation to the church, why was Senator Uba the one who went to withdraw the money and kept it for himself without giving it to the church?

“It should be noted that the cheque was issued to him in February and he withdrew the money that same month, while the Thanksgiving Ceremony took place in April. Senator Uba should tell the world the nexus between these two months regarding the loan he took. Do people who want to make donations to a political campaign have to go to the church to make such donations? Is the church a political play ground or a field for holding political rallies?” (Daily Sun)



Reactions trail Enugu tribunal judgement affirming Gov. Mbah’s election



Governor Peter Mbah and Chijioke Edeoga

Reactions have begun to trail the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal judgement on Thursday, which dismissed the Petition of the Labour Party and its candidate, Mr Chijioke Edeoga, against the election of Mr Peter Mbah of the PDP.

The Enugu Governorship Election Tribunal chairman, Justice Kudirat Akano during the Judgement, struck out all the petitions by LP and upheld the election of Mbah as the duly elected governor of Enugu State.

Edeoga’s application had sought to disqualify Mbah over alleged forgery of the NYSC certificate.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone on the judgement, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Aka Eze Aka said the judgement was expected.

“You can see the jubilation everywhere which is enough evidence that the people actually voted for Mbah.

“That goes to prove that the people of the state love him, hence, they voted massively for him,” he said.

Aka said the victory means that the government would now concentrate on the various projects lined up for the development of the state.

In the same vein, a legal practitioner and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, Mr Chidi Okeke, described the judgement as a welcome development.

“We did not expect anything less. It is a sweet victory,” he said.

However, the State Publicity Secretary of Labour Party, Mr Onuora Odo, described the Judgement as a “sham and a pervasion of justice”.

Odo, a legal practitioner, vowed that the party would surely move to a higher Court to seek justice.

“Our legal team is going to study the judgement carefully and advise on the next line of action.

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“But be rest assured that we will seek justice in a higher court, that Judgement cannot stand,” he said.

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Tribunal verdict, victory for democracy and Enugu, says Gov Mbah



Enugu State Governor, Dr Peter Mbah

…extends hands of fellowship to opposition
…restates commitment to campaign promises

Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has lauded the decision of the Enugu State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which dismissed the petitions of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and the Labour Party (LP) candidates challenging his victory in the March 18, 2023 governorship election, describing the decision as victory for democracy and the people of Enugu State.

Dr. Mbah, who also extended hands of fellowship to the opposition candidates and their political parties, said the task to build Enugu remained a collective one, adding that he was committed to working with all, irrespective of political persuasions.

The tribunal chaired by Justice Kudirat Akano, had earlier in the day dismissed the petitions of the governorship candidate of the PRP, Chris Agu, and the candidate of the LP, Chijioke Edeoga.

Addressing the state, at the Government House, Enugu, Mbah said: “This is another memorable day in the anal of our dear state, as the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal affirmed the mandate, which you freely gave to us on 18th of March this year.

“This is victory for Ndi Enugu. It is also victory for democracy.

“It is a victory for massive development for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for exponential growth for Ndi Enugu. It is a victory for Enugu’s greatness. It is a victory for the ban on Monday sit-at-home. It is also victory for our determination to restore water in all your homes in the next 68 days”.

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While thanking God for making the victory possible, Dr. Mbah also commended the tribunal for painstakingly dissecting the petitions and “for coming out with fair and just decision that resonates with Ndi Enugu”.

According to him, “the verdict has further strengthened our confidence in the judiciary as the temple of justice and the last hope of the common man”.

Extending hands of fellowship to his opponents, Mbah said: “There is time for everything under the sun. There is time to strive and time to unite. We all put ourselves forward to serve Ndi Enugu. The people have spoken and the tribunal has also affirmed. If service was the motivation, then it is time to rise above partisanship and come together because there is so much work to be done.

“Our arms are wide open and I beckon on my brothers, who ran this race with us, to join us in the onerous task of building a new Enugu State of our dreams.

“In the same vein, I enjoin all our supporters to be magnanimous in victory. Politics is over. Governance began on 29th May when we were inaugurated. It is time to unite”.

Governor Mbah, who reiterated his resolve to deliver on his campaign promises, further stressed that the tribunal’s decision was an elixir to do more, and urged the people to hold him to account on those promises.

“Once more, I immensely thank the good people of Enugu State, who not only believed in us, but also vested their mandate in us. Above all also above, they have stood by us every step of the way.

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“I want to assure them that I will work for them with every fibre of my being. I stand by every campaign promise I made as espoused in our Statement of Purpose. I also stand by the Citizens Charter that I executed on my first day in office. The Enugu people should hold me to account. I will not let them down”, he concluded.

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Gunmen kill ASP, Inspector in Enugu



Gunmen yet to be identified have allegedly killed two police officers in Enugu State in an ambush.

The officers were killed when the hoodlums ambushed a mobile police patrol team Wednesday evening.

The incident happened at about 7:30 pm along the Udi-Ozalla Road as the Operation Restore Peace Enugu team was on routine patrol.

The victims were identified as Danjuma Joseph, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Inspector Abu Elamaje.

The source hinted that they were rushed to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Ituku-Ozalla for treatment but were confirmed dead by doctors on duty.

Another officer, Inspector Udeme Udomeng, who sustained bullet wounds, was treated and discharged.

Daily Sun quoted a source in the command as saying that “MINE and other command tactical teams reinforced at the area of incident on cordon and search operation for possible arrest of suspects. Further development shall be communicated.”

It is unclear whether the policemen were killed by the kidnappers who have been on rampage in different parts of the State or another set of hoodlums.

The Advocate reports that about eight security operatives were ambushed and killed in Imo State last weekend.

Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Enugu State Police Command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe on the development was unsuccessful by press time as he did not answer the calls.

A text message sent to him has also not been replied as of the time of filing this report.

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