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DR. DAUDA LAWAL, MUDSLINGERS AND LIMIT OF CALUMNY

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BY IDRIS BALA GUSAU

Scratch the surface of a true leader, or look beneath his or her personality, and you’ll find character.” 

This pithy observation by Brian Cooper, which contains a general truth, aptly captures the life of the Former Executive Director of First bank, Dr. Dauda Lawal.

It was yet another day for intolerable calumny of dazzled traducers of Dr. Dauda Lawal, who were brought up on a diet of political propaganda and have sworn to perpetually feed Nigerians in particular the people of Zamfara State with same.

 After serially failing in the past to perfect their clandestine attempts to smear, scandalize and blackmail the hard earned image of this leading financial expert, they have resorted to hallucination of bringing back a case closed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

In their latest antic, this army of self-appointed mischief makers found a veritable platform in newspapers and online platforms to publish a fabricated story of a group asking the Federal Government to probe Mr. Lawal’s $40m fraud allegation. 

The said report mischievously alleged that “an anti-corruption group, Nigeria Public Transparency Initiative Group (NPTIG) has called on the Federal Government and other Anti-graft agencies to investigate the source of $40 Million allegedly traced to a former Executive Director of First Bank, Dauda Lawal.”

What is worrisome however is how desperation led a confused Chief Executive of a state to fully sponsored lies of such magnitude, and for the news platforms incapacity to apply due diligence in authenticating the veracity of the issue at stake.

Their claim is as preposterous, spurious and callous as it is entirely a tissue of lies. The story should be told to the marines, instead of any rational being. It is a sponsored campaign of calumny premeditated at rubbishing the legal system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

For the record, the allegation of illegal acquisition of the sum of $40 Million and the subsequent “confiscation” by the EFCC, the available records confirm that the Order of Final Forfeiture made by the Federal High Court (Lagos Division) was set aside by the Court of Appeal in Appeal No: CAILAG/CV/480/2019; DAUDA LAWAL v. EFCC & ANOR by its Judgment dated 25th March 2020.

The appeal by the EFCC against the Judgment of the Court of Appeal referred to above, was dismissed by the Supreme Court for lack of merit in a unanimous Judgment delivered on 12th March 2021 in SC/CR/21212020; EFCC v. DAUDA LAWAL; thereby, upholding and affirming the earlier Judgment of the Court of Appeal in the matter.

The above Judgments are matters of public record and are easily verifiable by any reasonable person. A seeker of truth can make the expected investigation on the subject matter before jumping to conclusion.

If you don’t know, ask. Asking will save you the embarrassment of looking stupid. The money and properties in question were justified as legal by the appeal and apex court of our Dear country! 

The Salami led Presidential panel investigating Magu had exposed how the embattled former EFCC Chairman on different occasions requested for a tip from Mr. Lawal, for the commission to clear and withdraw his case. 

Lawal curiously refused to succumb and decided to fight for his right through the legal means.

Lawal has passed all sorts of intimidation from the mischief makers, when EFCC failed to establish facts against him. There was a time when the Nigeria Custom was used to investigate the validity of the duties of his fleets of cars. 

His Kaduna residence was ambushed by Custom officers, what was the outcome? To their greatest shock all his cars has proper documents as required by the law.

How many of such people do we have in Nigeria, than can be subjected to a certain scrutiny and come out clean? Remember that this is a man who is not under any obligation to declare his asset, because he is not a public servant.

There is certainly no time for distractions from enemies of Zamfara State who will never see anything good about Mr. Lawal. 

What is clear is that the ghost group is in a haste to push any form of libelous content to justify the position of some disgruntle politicians bent on bringing Dauda Lawal down where they belong.

For the umpteenth time, it is important to drum this fact into the ears of these disgruntled elements, that no amount of campaign of calumny will lower the increasing popularity of Dr. Dauda Lawal in Zamfara State.

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ZMHA AMEND LAW ON AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.

 

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ZMHA SCREEN FMR. BBC STAFF, TWO OTHERS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS.

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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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BILL ON ZAMFARA ANTI-THURGGERY AGENCY SCALES THROUGH FIRST & SECOND READING

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.

 

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