ThisDay Newspaper Publisher Nduka Obaigbena Admits Dasuki Gave Him N850Million

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December 12, 2015 – ThisDay Newspaper Publisher Nduka Obaigbena Admits Dasuki Gave Him N850Million

Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman and Publisher of ThisDay Newspapers Group on Friday admitted that he collected the sum of N550 million from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, as compensation for the Abuja and Kaduna offices of the media group bombed by the insurgent group Boko Haram and another N300 million for Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, as a compensation for their publications seized by the military in 2013.

Obaigbena who has been invited by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over the ongoing investigations into the mismanagement of the sum of $2.2 billion budgeted for procurement of weapons for the armed forces when Sambo Dasuki was the NSA said this in a statement he released on Friday as published on the website of his newspaper.

While denying that he received any form of suspicious funds from the office of the NSA, Obaigbena in a response to the letter of invitation from the EFCC dated 8th November 2015, stated that all funds received from the office of the NSA “are payments for compensation to mitigate the dastardly Boko Haram twin bombings of the ThisDay Newspapers offices in Abuja and Kaduna on Thursday, April 26, 2012.”
Obaigbena said four lives were lost in addition to the buildings’ full colour gloss printing towers, three (3) pre-press Computer-to-Plate and anciliary equipment and other property it valued at over N2.5 billion during the attack.

In the December 9, 2015 letter, Obaigbena said his company received the sum of N150,000,000 each twice and N250,000,000 respectively in August, November and February 2014 as compensation for the Boko Haram attack from the office of the NSA.

He stated further in the letter that he received N100,000,000 and N20,000,000 in March 2015 for Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and 12 newspapers “who demanded compensation for the brutal and unlawful seizure of newspapers and stoppage of circulation by armed soldiers in Abuja and several cities. As President of the NPAN, it was my duty to lead media leaders to hold discussions with President Goodluck Jonathan to avert a class action lawsuit against the Armed Forces and the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“On both occasions, President Jonathan said he did not wish to lay precedence and in our case, he specifically said there were many victims of Boko Haram. I had to confront President Jonathan on the issue when I learnt of approvals for the reconstruction of the Abuja United Nations Building, since we were the second major organisation to be attacked by Boko Haram after the UN attack. He therefore directed me to meet the National Security Adviser who processed the 3 payments in question.

“Please find attached a copy of our letter to President Jonathan as well as correspondence with the then NSA on the Newspapers’ payment. I will be make my way to Nigeria to meet with you should you require further information,” the letter stated.

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10 thoughts on “ThisDay Newspaper Publisher Nduka Obaigbena Admits Dasuki Gave Him N850Million

  1. These Nigerian media crooks delight in broadcasting falsehood just for monetary gain. They have all violated ethic and rules of good ,fair and balance journalism just because of what to eat from our corrupt politicians. Criminal Nduka Obaigbena claimed that the N850 millions he received as bribe from Badluck Jonathan reelection campaign has a damage compensation for the bombing of Thisdays Newspaper office by Boko Haram. This is the dumbest and most ridiculous reason I have seen from any executive of any company. Can anyone tell me the amount of monetary compensation paid to the families and thousands of victims of Boko Haram horror by criminal Badluck Jonathan administration? The answer is none. These animals in human skin are living a very expensive lifestyle as shown in the above picture while millions of hardworking Nigerians are living in abject poverty. If the federal government wants to compensate all victims of terrorism or other disasters, there will be no money left to carry out the duty of governance. Mighty establishment or Businesses are supposed to buy protection plans from Insurance company for any damage to their properties in the case of terrorism, fire outbreaks and other unforseen circumstances. They looted money that was budgeted to protect lives and properties of Nigerian for election bribery, bribes to corrupt media like AIT, Thisdays and other corrupt media. They sent our young men and women serving in the army to fight a losing war against enemies that are better armed with modern equipment. President Badluck Jonathan is the worst president in Nigerian history, and Nigerian people are extremely lucky that that Animal and his barbaric wife were voted out of Aso Rock Villa few months ago. All the media criminals like Raymond Dopesi, Nduka Obaigbena and host of other should return all the stolen money back to federal account or face the option of liquidating all their evil properties to pay for their loots. Badluck Jonathan, his fake pastors, his heartless political allies and those that caused Nigerians great setbacks, poverty and serious hardship will not escape God’s divine judgements before living this earth. Badluck Jonathan six years as president was nothing but a wasted and disastrous admn. He left PMB with insecurity, bankrupt economy, shattered education, most corrupt administration, and a declining economy. There is God oooooooooo!

  2. Another interesting question that these corrupt media crooks should be asked in the court is: “did your newspaper or television station published or report those compensation or monetary transaction to Nigerian masses or to your viewers or readers?” THE ANSWER WILL BE CAPITAL “NO”. They should refund their various loots and also jail for violating ethics and rules of fair and balance journalism. They are disgrace to other media outlets in Africa. Good journalism where facts are been reported or broadcast instead of personal opinions is a must to good governance and to sustain our young democracy.

  3. EVEN IF THEY RETURN,IT WILL STILL GO-MERRY-ROUND AMONGS THEM THEM.THEY WILL NEVER USE IT TO BETTER D STUDENT HOSTELS OF OIL PRODUCING AREAS WHERE ALL D MONEY WAS STOLEN FROM .THEY WILL NOT USE 4 LOW-COST HOUSES 4 EVERY NIGERIAN ALL OVER AND REDUCE TAXES 4 WORKERS. WITH ALL THIS TOOOOOMUCH MONEY , GOODLUCK DIDN,T DO ANYTHING 4 HIS STATE BUT GAVE ALL D EGO TO HIS POLITICAL COMPANIONS. BUHARI SAID HE CAN REPAIR NIGERIA , THAT WAS WHY HE WAS VOTED IN, WHY ARE YOU COMPLAINING NOW ? YOU WILL REPAIR D ONE YOU CAN AND LEAVE D REST 4 ALLAH .THEY,VE EATEN THEIRS , THEY,LLNOT SEE MORE TO EAT SHIKENA !GET WORKING. YOU,VE SEEN NOW THAT DAME PATIENCE WAS VERY CORRECT WHEN SHE SAID ” THERE IS GOD OOOOOOOOOO !

  4. All these so called media houses who claim to be fighting for the poor masses are nothing but the worst enemies Nigerians have.

  5. You can imagine Raymond Dokpesi who collected #2.1billion just for publicity. We then need to ask him, did he publicise the hosts of heaven? He even paid some empty headed people to go and protest at the EFCC office for his release. I expect Thisday publisher to be ashamed of his obvious lie statement. As giant as your firm is, are your properties not insured? Why tax payer’s money should responsible for your damages, the money meant for the safety of innocent soidiers facing Boko Haram and for the safety of lives of thousand of Nigerians falling victim everyday. These people should be ashamed of their bribery and corruption act. These are the people we call the mouth piece of the poor masses. May God save Nigeria from corruption.

  6. @omokehinde Keep calling the former president names , I,m still watching ur buhari on what he promised Nigerians.

  7. Hello JAMOON (GBS), I have no idea of your true identity, but I want to believe that you are either one of those that benefited from Jonathan’s corruption and money laundering operations that are legacies of his disastrous reign. If you fit in that category, then u have the right to defence your benefactor. But if you are ordinary Nigerian who is living in serious hardship and abject poverty due to unemployment, poor electricity supply, high cost of rent and transportation, lack of basic social amenities, insecurity and declining economy with no growth and development; then something is not right with your mode of thinking . Corruption, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds and unpatriotic altitudes of our past presidents and Head of State are the reasons why Nigeria and her people are struggling and suffering in the mist of plenty. They have destroyed our education and send their own children abroad for a better and stable education. They have destroyed have hospitals and go to abroad with their families for better medical checkups and treatments. They have destroyed our water supply system and hindered our electricity supply, but they have mighty and noiseless generators for their convenient and comfort. They have embezzled billions of dollars from our treasure to buy private properties in Europe, USA and in Dublin. The list goes on JAMOON. President Badluck Jonathan administration was corruption on steroids, he publicy states that stealing of public funds should not be called corruption but common stealing. That dumb zoologist is a disappointment, and a national disaster. I have no idea how you feel bad whenever I called a criminal a criminal; a Looter a looter, a dumb a dumb, and his six years brought nothing but badluck, suffering, hardship, insecurity and poverty to all Nigerians including the Southsouth people. I wish that PMB inherit the same economy and conditions that Jonathan inherited from late President Yaradua on May 28th, 2015.

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