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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

$2.1bn arms deal: We didn't know compensations were from arms fund - Nduka Obaigbena

Chairman of ThisDay newspapers and president of Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) Nduka Obaigbena has written to EFCC on allegations he received part of the controversial arms deal money. In a letter yesterday, Obaigbena said his company and NPAN didn’t know that the N670million compensation they got from the office of the National Security Adviser were from arms purchase fund. Obaigbena disclosed this in his reaction to EFCC on the payments his company and the 12 other newspapers received from the NSA in 2015. In a letter sent to EFCC, Obaigbena said;

"When the ONSA (Office of the National Security Adviser) said that they had approval to pay us, but would rather not set a precedent by paying THISDAY directly, we nominated a member company of the THISDAY Newspapers Group, called General Hydrocarbons Ltd., to receive the payments on behalf of the group of companies, given that the assets of General Hydrocarbons Ltd – mainly generators – were also destroyed in the bombings;
“We did ask our insurance consortium to pay compensation but they said we were not covered for war and or terrorism risk. Until that time, we never knew we needed war or terrorism insurance in Nigeria as the government had not officially declared war. With the power of hindsight, we now know better.
“We simply used the compensation funds to defray some 30 per cent of the N1.7 billion we already paid to 3rd party printers for services in lieu of the Abuja press, while we went to our banks for refinancing printing presses, computer-to-plate and other facilities.”
"We never participated in any arms purchase in any shape or form and only demanded compensation for a horrendous terrorist act against us. In the same way, the United Nations and others who may have received some compensation could not have known the line budget items for the funds being used for the reconstruction of the UN Abuja buildings. Even the Nigerian Guild of Editors, which may have received donations for their secretariat from the ONSA, could not have known which subhead it was paid from. We simply cannot know or be expected to speculate which line item the spending was made from by the ONSA. There is simply no nexus between payments made for compensation, to us victims of terrorism as well as to newspapers in compensation for an unprovoked attack on free speech, and any arms purchase budget'
We do not deserve further trauma because some official(s), outside of our control, may or may not have followed due process. All victims of terrorist attack deserve a fair and just compensation. The fact that we have received some remedy should be reason to accelerate compensation for all victims of Boko Haram attacks across Nigeria however big or small,” he said.

107 comments:

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Dafizy Flamezy said...

Now u know. So refund d money. #IamMe

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

What i don't understand in all this is what are they getting compensated for actually?!!

Kate Ubochi said...

My people una don see as the money dey go na.

HUMBLE EVE said...

One chance, Oya make una return

Maxwell Akalonu said...

Wish my dad was involved in this..I for dey flex the money inside one gold plated Chevrolet camaro or mustang

Kate Ubochi said...

Na so them go dey open there own yash, me I no dey even hope on government for anything my hope dey on God.

Teddy said...

Were did they think the money was coming from?.Goodluck's personal account or Wat. whether they admit it or not they knew it was diverted funds maybe for what projects they might not know.but even a leyman will know it's diverted funds..so make them go rest..#my2cents

Juliet Iwuno said...

Well he has a point. Dasuki should stop dragging everyone into his mess. Linda take note!

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Hmmm noted

Anonymous said...

U go hear am

Ahon Christabel said...

Nigeria I hail

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

Am tired of this arms deal shit!!! Buhari should look for other things to do...






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anita gold said...

You people have start again.

GHOSTFACE said...

They Thief, Loot & they share

Dinma Peace said...

Hia

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Hmmmmm


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tosisochukwu said...

Leave trash foe LAWMA





























































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2Face said...

Story to gods..... jail

Enyinnaya Dimgba said...

Laye!..Laye o
ALHAJI_NATTY

Babylawyer. said...

Whatever that's their problem they should deal with it. Afterall nobody really cares about the source of money before collection

@Lindaikeji No. I FAN

Alphanovember said...

Ignorance is no excuse bros!!! return the loot and go and answer questions in court.

SHORTEST DUDE said...

You can never know

merit edeki said...

OK

Dammy Grace said...

Okay

aunty linda Enter your comment...

Tyokever joy said...

Were did you think it was from...Linda show us your boyfriend

vivalavida100 said...

Lol...Mehn same set of human beings looting us. Same type of probe. The youths are on the streets hungry AF. No Job, Opportunities are minimal and I wake up to this....God bless Nigeria. i no know if e go better but no harm in hoping

Kingsly Anyaegbu said...

They shuld apprehend immediately..No stories!











#linda give me 1bo#

Kingsly Anyaegbu said...

They shuld apprehend immediately..No stories!











#linda give me 1bo#

Mayberry said...

Ojoro people

Anonymous said...

Okay, you didn't know the money was meant for purchase of arms , Now you know please kindly return the dough! Thank you Sir.

Miss P. said...

In normal circumstances, he should have asked questions. But because of greed, he didn't. Now he is making excuses for everything. They are all thieves!!
























#GLORY2GLORY#

Miss P. said...

In normal circumstances, he should have asked questions. But because of greed, he didn't. Now he is making excuses for everything. They are all thieves!!
























#GLORY2GLORY#

Adenike Bamigboye said...

Thieves

debby tiles said...

Lies everywia

ProudlyDeltan15 said...

Oh I see....ProudlyDeltan

Nwariaku Munachi said...

I believe him.

BEAUTIFUL9JADELTA said...

BEAUTIFUL9JADELTABABE.. o ya make una start to dey confess now bcos of u people they r punishing innocent military officers wicked Nigerians hmm anyway me am Justsayingmaownohh via ma LATEST TECNO F7.
@lindaikeji d lindus am still waiting ohh

Nwariaku Munachi said...

I believe him.

eunymz said...

See them

MZ EUEU

Samuel O Ogunyemi said...

Lol they didn't know the money is from the Arm deals story for the gods#Konisewu

Uzodave Startech said...

They should follow the foot step SUN newspaper and return the money (loot), that will help to keep their reputation. #IRepLIB

merit edeki said...

Liars.....

john Bobo said...

If I hear say u nor know where the money come from, Big lie, na be say people way dey stay for Borno State and IDP go collect 1 billion each as compensation. Your lawyer done advice you to write this letter. Let EFCC carry this man and his colleagues for more invastication.

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY. HOW WAS BUHARI SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT HIS ENTITLEMENT WAS FROM ARMS DEAL MONEY?? THAT DASUKI SHOULD EXPLAIN WHAT HE DID TO BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT MONEY THAT NOW MADE HIM TO USE OUT OF THE ARMS DEAL TO PAY FOR BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT? THE BIG QUESTION IS; WAS BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT MONEY ALSO LOOTED THAT THEY NOW HAD TO USE FROM THE ARMS DEAL TO COVER THE LOOT? OYA DASUKI START TO EXPLAIN.....

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY. HOW WAS BUHARI SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT HIS ENTITLEMENT WAS FROM ARMS DEAL MONEY?? THAT DASUKI SHOULD EXPLAIN WHAT HE DID TO BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT MONEY THAT NOW MADE HIM TO USE OUT OF THE ARMS DEAL TO PAY FOR BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT? THE BIG QUESTION IS; WAS BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT MONEY ALSO LOOTED THAT THEY NOW HAD TO USE FROM THE ARMS DEAL TO COVER THE LOOT? OYA DASUKI START TO EXPLAIN.....

Anonymous said...

EXACTLY. HOW WAS BUHARI SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT HIS ENTITLEMENT WAS FROM ARMS DEAL MONEY?? THAT DASUKI SHOULD EXPLAIN WHAT HE DID TO BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT MONEY THAT NOW MADE HIM TO USE OUT OF THE ARMS DEAL TO PAY FOR BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT? THE BIG QUESTION IS; WAS BUHARI'S ENTITLEMENT MONEY ALSO LOOTED THAT THEY NOW HAD TO USE FROM THE ARMS DEAL TO COVER THE LOOT? OYA DASUKI START TO EXPLAIN.....

favour ezeh said...

This old gist again #Abi#

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

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QUI OO. said...

YOU DON ENTER BE THAT.

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

Starboy Wizkeed said...

Now u know, do the needful




#LibGotMeUpAllNight

Monemi said...

Who to believe and who not to believe, only God knows all

Anonymous said...

Have they compensated the families of the chibok girls? Why should they compensate only newspaper company for terrorist attack? This is bull shit.

Anonymous said...

Na BUHARI him send the letter to you fool...

safiu muhammed said...

Now that you know sir kindly act accordingly and as a true patriot

Sena Job said...

Enough on this crap jhooor

Anonymous said...

Did they compensate all those that have been bombed by boko haram? Did they compensate owners of personal houses that were burnt down by boko haram? Why should they compensate only newspaper companies? It is obvious that they paid the newspaper companies for election campaigns. Do they think they are talking to primary school children? Nigerians are wiser now. This is not the 1960 era of politics. PDP people are just looting bastards.

Anonymous said...

Did they compensate all those that have been bombed by boko haram? Did they compensate owners of personal houses that were burnt down by boko haram? Why should they compensate only newspaper companies? It is obvious that they paid the newspaper companies for election campaigns. Do they think they are talking to primary school children? Nigerians are wiser now. This is not the 1960 era of politics. PDP people are just looting bastards.

Anonymous said...

Did they compensate all those that have been bombed by boko haram? Did they compensate owners of personal houses that were burnt down by boko haram? Why should they compensate only newspaper companies? It is obvious that they paid the newspaper companies for election campaigns. Do they think they are talking to primary school children? Nigerians are wiser now. This is not the 1960 era of politics. PDP people are just looting bastards.

Anonymous said...

Have they compensated the families of the chibok girls? Why should they compensate only newspaper company for terrorist attack? This is bull shit.

Anonymous said...

then get your self a lawyer.

michael said...

All this Ajala story please!!!! Do d needful!! That's all...

Lola Williams said...

Abi, since he now knows.

BiggieSmalls said...

#moretocome

michael akapo said...

I wonder why government paid for explosions not caused by it,was un also paid compensation for their bombed building in abuja,he has a lot of questions to ans.

Amafonye Dorothy said...

I get ur point sir its clear that most of these people dint know that the money they received was meant for something else.

susan chukwuka said...

Hmmmmmm #NSATHINGS

Victor Emeka Isaac said...

Hehehehhe.... Now you know... Shine your eye o






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businessanswers said...

MR. YD
I really don't know who is fooling who. It appears there is still a lot we don't know about these arms deal.

waheed adams said...

Dey r on their own

temitope faizat said...

What did you do that they are compensating you thief?

numero uno said...

So when you knew it was from the arms deal,y didn't u return it? Punch didn't collect the money cus they knew it was bribe. Oga #leavetrashforlawma. EFCC better arrest him

Alabede olaide said...

All of una be thieves.. just return the money and stop giving stupid excuse..

Anonymous said...

Hmmm jw's comment

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

should government pay compensation for damages not caused by them or its agents? Na wa for us oooo, clever thieves.

Pesin Pikin said...

Making excuses for something if he had done right would not have warranted all of these. Crap!!!

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

Too late to cry, face the law.

ossyd2 osamede said...

Dem just dey share our money like akara,d rich getting richer and d poor getting poorer!!!

Emmanuel Nnorom said...

Na from crayfish deal ndi ara

Tomi Abike said...

Refund the money now

Roland Walter said...

What a dumb excuses. Refund the money oga

Jamila Shaibu said...

Hahahahahahahha....

chinelo igbokwe said...

Ghen ghen

Anonymous said...

Plz, the money should be returned

Benedicta Emmanuel said...

Jungles don matured...
"NeVeR SaY NeVeR"

emmanuella onwudinjo said...

Hmmmmmmmmm!

Angel Makiz said...

thieves, how can u know..2016 year of vomiting whatever u stole...angelmakiz@yahoo.com

Attah Andrew Attah said...

story for d gods..

Anonymous said...

So unintelligent!!! What is he answering in court???

Anonymous said...

Who are the families of the chibok girls? It's so funny how this chibok story died down immediately Buhari came into govt. So with all d release of hostages in d Boko Haram camp, not one of them is a chibok student. Even the girls that were kidnapped before d chibok girls have been released. My bro think abt this. This story was just a campaign thing.It's surprising how d parents of all d girl's have suddenly forgotten their daughters.

Concerned citizen said...

This guy's kids need to advise this BASTARD that we are not fools. GEJ might be but the generality of Nigerians aren't. How on earth would you receive 670m in the name of general hydrocarbons and tell us in broad day light that they were also affected by the bombings? What should the millions of displaced people then receive? Generations after you are cursed. Enough said.

femobafem@gmail.com said...

Not your fault sir

EDITH CHUKWUMA said...

We are becoming almost stupid here. I read most comments and i see band Wagon effect. When a Boko Haram suicide bomber drove into Thisday Headquarters in Abuja, killing People and virtually Blowing the place open, did people realize in anyway that Thisday was a Company owned by One Man. To be fair to this Man, His Company (Thisday) deserves to be compensated.

izy 2 nv said...

THIEVES. I THINK THIS MN IS JUST PLAYING THE "I'M INNOCENT" CARD. BUT IF TRULY HE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE SOURCE OF THE COMPENSATION, THEN MAYBE SOME POLICY HAS TO BE PUT IN PLACE TO EXONERATE HIS COMPANY FOM THIS WHOLE SAGA

lilian chinomso said...

Huh!!

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 1:55PM If you claim there are no chibok girls, who then were the girls shown on CNN by boko haram all wearing Hijabs? And who were the parents of the supposed chibok girls shown on TV being hosted and consoled by Aisha Buhari and Mrs Osinbajo? Could all these be fabricated? My dear i dont believe you one bit. Buhari is too mature for such cheap pranks pls.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 1:55PM If you claim there are no chibok girls, who then were the girls shown on CNN by boko haram all wearing Hijabs? And who were the parents of the supposed chibok girls shown on TV being hosted and consoled by Aisha Buhari and Mrs Osinbajo? Could all these be fabricated? My dear i dont believe you one bit. Buhari is too mature for such cheap pranks pls.

Anonymous said...

@EDIT CHUKWUMA Nobody is saying thisday newspaper should not be compensated. But how come the past administration did not also compensate families of those killed by boko haram in the North East? People lost their properties and houses and were never compensated. Why only thisday newspaper? Why? chibok girls nkor? Did they compensate their families?

CONNIES ANGELS said...

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