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20 lottery winners who lost every penny Even if it does pan out, winning the lottery will not solve all of life’s problems. Many people’s lives became notably worse after they hit the jackpot.

20 lottery winners who lost every penny

Even if it does pan out, winning the lottery will not solve all of life’s problems. Many people’s lives became notably worse after they hit the jackpot.

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  • The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record high $868 million after nobody won on Tuesday.
  • While it may be tempting, buying a lottery ticket is almost certainly not worth it.
  • History has shown us countless examples of lottery winners whose lives took a turn for the worse after hitting the jackpot.

The Mega Millions jackpot reached a record-high $868 million after nobody won Tuesday’s drawing.

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The announcement gives hope to lottery players across the country who dream of striking it rich with a few lucky numbers.

While buying a ticket may seem tempting, the numbers suggest that it almost certainly isn’t worth it.

But even if it does pan out, winning the lottery will not solve all of life’s problems.

In fact, many people’s lives became notably worse after they hit the jackpot, as you can see from the following cautionary tales.

Lara and Roger Griffiths bought their dream home … and then life fell apart.

Lara and Roger Griffiths bought their dream home … and then life fell apart. play Lara and Roger Griffiths bought their dream home … and then life fell apart.

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Before they won a $2.76 million lottery jackpot in 2005, Lara and Roger Griffiths, of England, hardly ever argued.

Then they won and bought a million-dollar barn-converted house and a Porsche, not to mention luxurious trips to Dubai, Monaco, and New York City.

Their fortune ended in 2010 when a freak fire gutted their house, which was underinsured, forcing them to shell out for repairs and seven months of temporary accommodations.

Shortly after, Roger drove away in the Porsche after Lara confronted him over emails suggesting that he was interested in another woman. That ended their 14-year marriage.

Bud Post lost $16.2 million within a nightmarish year — his own brother put out a hit on him.

Bud Post lost $16.2 million within a nightmarish year — his own brother put out a hit on him. play Bud Post lost $16.2 million within a nightmarish year — his own brother put out a hit on him.

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William “Bud” Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988, but he was $1 million in debt within a year.

“I wish it never happened,” Post said. “It was totally a nightmare.”

A former girlfriend successfully sued him for a third of his winnings, and his brother was arrested for hiring a hit man to kill him in the hopes he’d inherit a share of the winnings.

After sinking money into family businesses, Post sank into debt and spent time in jail for firing a gun over the head of a bill collector.

“I was much happier when I was broke,” he said, according to The Washington Post.

Bud lived quietly on $450 a month and food stamps until his death in 2006.

Martyn and Kay Tott won a $5 million jackpot, but lost the ticket.

Martyn and Kay Tott won a $5 million jackpot, but lost the ticket. play Martyn and Kay Tott won a $5 million jackpot, but lost the ticket.

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Martyn Tott, 33, and his 24-year-old wife, from the UK, missed out on a $5 million lottery fortune after losing their ticket.

A seven-week investigation by Camelot Group, the company that runs the UK’s national lottery, convinced officials their claim to the winning ticket was legitimate. But since there is a 30-day time limit on reporting lost tickets, the company was not required to pay up, and the jackpot became the largest unclaimed amount since the lottery began in 1994.

“Thinking you’re going to have all that money is really liberating. Having it taken away has the opposite effect,” Kay Tott told The Daily Mail. “It drains the life from you and puts a terrible strain on your marriage. It was the cruelest torture imaginable.”

Sharon Tirabassi is back in the working class after winning $10 million 11 years ago.

Sharon Tirabassi is back in the working class after winning $10 million 11 years ago. play Sharon Tirabassi is back in the working class after winning $10 million 11 years ago.

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In 2004, Sharon Tirabassi, a single mother who had been on welfare, cashed a check from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for more than $10 million Canadian dollars.

She spent her winnings on a “big house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties, exotic trips, handouts to family, loans to friends,” and in less than a decade she was back “riding the bus, working part-time, and living in a rented house.”

“All of that other stuff was fun in the beginning, now it’s like, back to life,” she told The Hamilton Spectator.

Luckily, Tirabassi put some of her windfall in trusts for her six children, who can claim the money when they turn 26.

Evelyn Adams gambled it all away in Atlantic City.

Evelyn Adams gambled it all away in Atlantic City. play Evelyn Adams gambled it all away in Atlantic City.

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Against all odds, in the mid-1980s, Adams won the lottery twice, once in 1985 and again in 1986.

The New Jersey native won $5.4 million, but AskMen.com reports that she gambled it away in Atlantic City.

Adams also told The New York Times in 1993 that the publicity she received led to a bombardment of requests for financial assistance.

“I was known,” she said, “and I couldn’t go anywhere without being recognized.”

Tonda Lynn Dickerson was forced to pay gift tax.

Tonda Lynn Dickerson was forced to pay gift tax. play Tonda Lynn Dickerson was forced to pay gift tax.

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Tonda Lynn Dickerson, a former Waffle House waitress, got served a big plate of karma when she refused to split her winnings with colleagues and was forced to pay the taxman $1,119,347.90.

How did it happen? Dickerson placed her winnings in a corporation and granted her family 51% of the stock, qualifying her for the tax.

Gerald Muswagon ended up feeling sorry for partying.

Gerald Muswagon ended up feeling sorry for partying. play Gerald Muswagon ended up feeling sorry for partying.

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In 1998, Gerald Muswagon won the $10 million Super 7 jackpot in Canada.

But he couldn’t handle the instant fame that came with winning the grand prize, according to Canada’s Globe and Mail.

“He bought several new vehicles for himself and friends, purchased a house that turned into a nightly ‘party pad’ and often celebrated his new lifestyle with copious amounts of drugs and alcohol,” The Globe and Mail reported. “In a single day, he bought eight big-screen televisions for friends.”

Muswagon also poured money into a logging business that failed because of low sales.

He was eventually forced to take a job doing heavy lifting on a friend’s farm just to make ends meet, according to The Globe and Mail. Filled with remorse, Muswagon hanged himself in his parents’ garage in 2005.

Suzanne Mullins couldn’t dig herself out of debt.

Suzanne Mullins couldn't dig herself out of debt. play Suzanne Mullins couldn’t dig herself out of debt.

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Suzanne Mullins won $4.2 million in the Virginia lotto in 1993.

She split the yearly payments three ways with her husband and daughter, leaving Mullins with about $47,000 a year. She quickly found herself in debt — her lawyer said she shelled out $1 million for her uninsured son-in-law’s medical bills.

“It’s been a hard road,” Mullins’s lawyer Michael Hart told the Associated Press in 2004. “It’s not been jet plane trips to the Bahamas.”

She used future payouts to take out a $200,000 loan with a company that served a specific market — lottery winners who need their money faster.

Mullins later switched to a lump-sum payout, but never paid back the debt. The loan company filed suit and won a $154,000 settlement that was all but worthless. Mullins had no assets.

Americo Lopes quit his job, lied about winning, and then got sued.

Americo Lopes quit his job, lied about winning, and then got sued. play Americo Lopes quit his job, lied about winning, and then got sued.

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Construction worker Americo Lopes won the New Jersey lottery, quit his job, and lied about it, claiming that he needed foot surgery, reports The New York Times.

After coming clean to a former coworker, he and a few others ganged up on Lopes for not splitting the winnings as promised. In a fraud suit, the coworkers claimed they had all pitched in for the winning ticket.

The court ordered Lopes to split the prize.

Ibi Roncaioli was murdered by her husband after she squandered her winnings.

Ibi Roncaioli was murdered by her husband after she squandered her winnings. play Ibi Roncaioli was murdered by her husband after she squandered her winnings.

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Ontario resident Ibi Roncaioli walked away with $5 million in a 1991 Lotto/649 drawing, but she didn’t tell her husband how she decided to spend it.

When Joseph Roncaioli, a gynecologist, found out Ibi gave $2 million of her fortune to a secret child she’d had with another man, he poisoned her with painkillers, the Toronto Star reports.

He was found guilty of manslaughter and reportedly asked Ibi’s family to help foot the bill for her funeral.

Michael Carroll lived in the fast lane and blew it all.

Michael Carroll lived in the fast lane and blew it all. play Michael Carroll lived in the fast lane and blew it all.

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Michael Carroll was just 19 when he won Britain’s £9.7 million— $15 million — jackpot in 2002, the Daily Mail reports.

But a penchant for crack, parties, prostitutes, and cars put him back at square one in five years.

Last we heard, the former garbageman was hoping to get his old job back.

Andrew Jackson Whittaker Jr. was undone by robberies and a casino lawsuit.

Andrew Jackson Whittaker Jr. was undone by robberies and a casino lawsuit. play Andrew Jackson Whittaker Jr. was undone by robberies and a casino lawsuit.

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In 2002, West Virginia building contractor Andrew Jackson Whittaker Jr. walked away with $114 million, after taxes, on a $315 million multistate Powerball draw.

That was just about his last stroke of good fortune.

Thieves ran off with $545,000 that Whittaker had stashed in his car in 2003. And he lost $200,000 the same way a year later. He was also sued by Caesar’s Atlantic City, which said Whittaker had bounced $1.5 million in checks.

Within four years, his fortune was gone.

Billy Bob Harrell Jr. had his prayers answered, but his luck ran out after he couldn’t say no.

Billy Bob Harrell Jr. had his prayers answered, but his luck ran out after he couldn't say no. play Billy Bob Harrell Jr. had his prayers answered, but his luck ran out after he couldn’t say no.

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A Pentecostal preacher working as a stock boy at Home Depot got his prayers answered when he hit the $31 million Texas jackpot in 1997.

At first life was good, with Billy Bob quitting his job, traveling to Hawaii, and buying a ranch, six other homes, and new cars. He donated 480 turkeys to the poor, according to Time.

But like many others who win the lottery, he just couldn’t say no when people asked for a handout. He also ran into financial trouble with a company that gave lottery winners lump sums in exchange for their annual checks, but it left him with far less than what he’d won.

Later he divorced and committed suicide. Shortly before his death, he told a financial adviser that “winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

Willie Hurt’s crack addiction did him in.

Willie Hurt's crack addiction did him in. play Willie Hurt’s crack addiction did him in.

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In 1989, Willie won a $3.1 million jackpot in the Michigan Lottery.

Two years later, Hurt was divorced, lost custody of his children, and was charged with attempted murder — and picked up a crack-cocaine addiction.

The habit sucked away his entire fortune.

Denise Rossi didn’t disclose the jackpot in her divorce filing.

Denise Rossi didn't disclose the jackpot in her divorce filing. play Denise Rossi didn’t disclose the jackpot in her divorce filing.

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When Denise Rossi won $1.3 million in the California lotto, she kept the news to herself and abruptly demanded a divorce from her husband Thomas without a word, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Thomas was shocked but agreed to divorce her anyway. During the proceedings, Denise continued to keep her good fortune a secret.

Two years later, Thomas intercepted a letter at his new Los Angeles home revealing the truth.

He sued Denise for not disclosing her winnings in the divorce, and the judge awarded Thomas every cent.

Even Denise’s lawyer admitted to People that Denise could have kept half her winnings if she had been honest with her then husband. “Her failure to disclose was a fraud,” the lawyer said.

Meanwhile, Thomas Rossi is enjoying his $48,000-a-year payouts.

“If it wasn’t for the lotto, Denise and I would probably still be together. Things worked out for the best,” he said.

Janite Lee spent it all on charity and political donations.

Janite Lee spent it all on charity and political donations. play Janite Lee spent it all on charity and political donations.

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After winning an $18 million lottery jackpot in 1993, Janite Lee saw her winnings gone within a decade.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lee, a wigmaker from South Korea, blew it on charity.

A reading room was named after her at Washington University’s law school, and she was a major donor for the Democratic Party.

But her giving hand, coupled with a little gambling and a lot of credit-card debt, reportedly did her in. She filed for bankruptcy in 2001.

Luke Pittard wound up flipping burgers at McDonald’s.

Luke Pittard wound up flipping burgers at McDonald's. play Luke Pittard wound up flipping burgers at McDonald’s.

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Welsh-born Luke Pittard won a £1.3 million jackpot — $1.9 million — in 2006, but spent almost all of it on a trip to the Canary Islands, a wedding, and a house.

A year and a half later, Pittard was forced to return to his job at McDonald’s.

“They all think I’m a bit mad but I tell them there’s more to life than money,” Pittard told the Telegraph in 2008. “I loved working at McDonald’s before I became a millionaire and I’m really enjoying being back there again.”

Rhoda and Alex Toth both landed in court for tax evasion.

Rhoda and Alex Toth both landed in court for tax evasion. play Rhoda and Alex Toth both landed in court for tax evasion.

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Alex and Rhoda Toth hit the $13 million jackpot in Florida in 1990. Within 15 years, they were destitute.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the couple spent heavily on a three-month trip to Las Vegas, which included stays in a $1,000-a-night penthouse suite at the Mirage. Back home, they bought 10 acres of land.

The two were eventually accused of tax evasion by the IRS after it was discovered they filed for bankruptcy protections and falsely reported gambling losses. At the time of their indictment they were said to owe the IRS $2.5 million.

Alex died before his case went to trial; Rhoda served two years in prison.

Vivian Nicholson was a clotheshorse who couldn’t stop shopping.

Vivian Nicholson is not pictured. play Vivian Nicholson is not pictured.

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Daily Mail UK reports that Vivian Nicholson got a taste of the good life when her husband Keith won a fortune — £152,300 — in Britain’s football pools in 1961.

She famously promised the media she would “spend, spend, spend” following the windfall — and she kept her word.

The couple blew much of Keith’s winnings on haute couture, sports cars, and a new home, their extravagant lifestyle becoming the stuff of headlines. When Keith died in 1965, Vivian was hit with a huge tax bill and declared bankruptcy.

She struggled with alcohol and depression before her death in 2011 — two years after a West End musical celebrated her life in the play “Spend, Spend, Spend.”

Teen mom Callie Rogers was too young to spend her money wisely.

Teen mom Callie Rogers was too young to spend her money wisely. play Teen mom Callie Rogers was too young to spend her money wisely.

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Callie Rogers was just 16 when she won £1.9 million — about $3 million — in the UK’s lottery in 2003, and she was too young to know how to manage her money or where it would lead her, according to Gawker.

After briefly vowing to manage her winnings responsibly, Rogers made quick work of her fortune. She reportedly spent millions on vacations, clothing, cars, breast implants, and according to British tabloid The Sun, more than $300,000 on cocaine.

She also reportedly spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on a bungalow and house for her mother.

Now a 29-year-old mother of three, Rogers is teaching her children to be careful with money.

“I’m glad they’ll grow up knowing the value of money,” she told The Sun in February.

“I was too young to win the lottery. It nearly broke me, but thankfully, I’m now stronger than ever.”

This is an updated version of an article including reporting from Pamela Engel, Mandi Woodruff, and Michael B. Kelley.

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ABOMINATION – 21-year-old boy strangles mother to death, makes love to her corpse in Edo

In a bid to get rich, a 21-year-old boy has reportedly killed his mother and had multiple sex with her corpse in Edo State.

The bizarre incident occurred in their rented apartment at 8B Market road, Ologbo in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State on Monday, October 29, this year.

The suspect, Samuel Emobor Oghenekporboro, allegedly strangled his 58-year-old mother, Mrs Christiana Ighoyivwi, and had sex with her lifeless body with the expectation that money would gush out in the process.

The victim’s mother, Mrs Maria Gabriel, reportedly discovered the ugly incident when she went to her daughter’s residence about 6 a.m. to invite her to a nearby church for morning prayer, Sun reports.

The old woman was said to have knocked repeatedly on her daughter’s door without getting any response.

This prompted her to peep through an opening in the window when she saw the lifeless body of her daughter and raised the alarm.

Consequently, the son, Samuel, was said to have swiftly opened the door and attempted to escape but was held by neighbours who handed him over to the police at Ologbo.

Police investigators recovered semen-stained pants belonging to the suspect and his late mother from the room as exhibits.

Confirming the incident, spokesman for the Edo State Police Command, Chidi Nwabuzor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said investigation was ongoing, adding that the suspect would be arraigned soon.

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Nigerians Resist Buhari Certificate Photo Explanation On WAEC Attestation . READ ON !

Buhari in military uniform was taken in 1975, the Buhari with bald head was taken in 1961. The Buhari in 1961 is older than the Buhari in 1975.
God is still working miracles!

Your President is a Fraudster!

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Meche Oswald

Wale, in 2015, WAEC said they couldn’t find the record of Buhari’s WASC. Suddenly, the same WAEC issued an attestation. We are not dumbs, if you are!
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Meche Oswald

Wale Adedira if you are a dumb, I am not. In 2015, WAEC made it clear that they couldn’t find the record of Buhari.
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One funny thing about the Buharists is that sin is… More

Agboola Olatunji Abiodun

Let’s enlight ourselves:

1. Is it possible to get another certificate to replace the lost one?

Answer : No

2. How come that WAEC presented another certificate to PMB?

Answer:

WAEC never presented
another certificate to PMB but Attestation based on request.

3. What is the difference between attestation and certificate or Why Attestation instead of certificate?

Answer:

Attestation is a validity of any result upon which a certificate can be issued or has been issued.

4. What happened to PMB original WAEC result?

Answer : Ask the Army headquarter ( IBB)

5. Why should WAEC issue him with attestation? Is it because he is the president?

Answer :

WAEC can issue anyone with attestation irrespective of the person background upon request by the individual and backed up with a police report and court affidavit.

6. How come the certificate looked new with recently taken passport photograph as displayed on the PMB WAEC CERTIFICATE?

Answer :

What was issued is not certificate but attestation which normally comes with an embossed recently taken passport photograph in accordance with the WAEC rules and regulations that guide the conduct of their examination and issuance of attestation which is most often referred to as CONFIRMATION OF RESULTS.

I believe that with this enlightment, many will stop making mockery of their ignorance.

Thank you.

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Clap for yourself! But, wait a minute, does WAEC… More

Helen Edet

Is all about change. Buhari is changing miraculously. What do l say.
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David Eze

Now, if you look at both pictures the first one shows you when your President was alive while the second one shows your President obituary picture, so forget about WAEC this WAEC that, thank you.
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Grace Ekpo

Whn writing WAEC exams ur face on d passpot will change (o corruption)
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Abayomi Adeleke

Why are the people crying about the certificates,even Jonathan with his PhD looted our treasury with his cohorts,please let the sleeping dog lies
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Yakubu Saidu Garba

Hahahahahahahaha Abeg leave Papa Bubu finish all dis shame shame things.
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Joshua Ribadu

The only common Simple truth is that 85% Nigerian in this Country called Nigeria, can’t do with out Fraud, From the Presidency to the Common Man in the Street loves Fraud ,
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Oh boy, you are on ur own, I can do without fraud! 😂😁😀

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Bianca speaks as rumour trails Ojukwu’s son’s death

Ojukwu’s son has been reported dead – Debe was said to have died in a Lagos Hospital – The Ojukwu’s family is yet to confirm the report A son to the late dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu has been reported dead. Debe Ojukwu was said to have died in the early hours of Saturday, November 3, at a Lagos hospital. However, speaking on the matter Bianca, Ojukwu’s wife and stepmother to Debe said, she cannot confirm the death of the son of the late Igbo leader. READ ALSO: No discrepancy in Buhari’s ‘Attestation of Result’ – WAEC clarifies Punch reports that Bianca said it was not her duty to make announcements in the Ojukwu family. According to her, Nnewi, their home town is guided by traditions and customs.

 

Bianca said: “According to our tradition, it is not my role to make such announcements. We have elders in the family, who have such duties and functions. It’s not part of my duties.” Also, call to Emeka Ojukwu for a confirmation of the story were not picked. Debe’s said was previously reported by 247report and some other online media organisation. Meanwhile, retwtr.com

previously reported that Bianca’s hope to represent the people of Anambra South senatorial district was dashed on Thursday, October 4, as Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu from Nnewi South local government area clinched the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) ticket for the zone.

 

PAY ATTENTION: Download our mobile app to enjoy the latest news update In the APGA primary held in the state, Bianca was floored along with another aspirant, Anselem Enyimba. retwtr.com noted that Bianca, the wife of the late veteran warlord, Dim Ojukwu, was a former Nigerian ambassador to Spain. Let’s Talk About Salaries of Nigerian Senators

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Atiku under fire over ‘extravagant trip’ to Dubai with Obi, Ben Bruce, 400 others !

 

 

A group has condemned a strategy meeting hep by Atiku Abubakar in Dubai – The group said the venue of the meeting has shown Nigerians Atiku’s extravagant lifestyle unsuitable for a president – According to the group, the Dubai meeting is an indication to Atiku’s dangerous tendency to hand Nigeria over to foreign interests with Dubai being his latest preference A civil society organisation has condemned the strategy meeting held by former vice president and Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, and members of his team in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The New Agenda for Positive Change said the development was a sad reminder of the former vice president’s extravagant lifestyle. The group led by Raymond Amuna said the meeting in Dubai is an indication to Atiku’s dangerous tendency to hand Nigeria over to foreign interests with Dubai being his latest preference. Amuna also challenged the PDP presidential candidate to explain to Nigerians how he intends to run a domestic-oriented economy for the masses with the kind of lavish lifestyle of taking his strategy team with over 400 members to Dubai.

 

‘ He said:“There are various exotic venues in Nigeria that he could have used and have members of his team spend money to boost the local economy but he decided to expend his N20 million annual income in ferrying Peter Obi, Secondus and other clowns in his circus to Dubai for the strategy session. It is therefore not surprising that his team issued the statement castigating the government for planning to use the proceeds of privatization to fund the national budget.

 

The first thing of note is that Atiku Abubakar, a onetime Vice President (1999 to 2007) and by default the chairman of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the time, was the originator of privatization or in layman’s term selling government owned enterprises, businesses and assets. It was under him that the chant of “government has no business in business” or “government is incapable of managing businesses” first gained ground and have remained a part of our collective psyche today,” Amuna said. “This is why even as the nation continues to explore the diversification of its revenue source under President Muhammadu Buhari, people have been conditioned to the point that no one is thinking of creating enterprises that will address unemployment and revenue sources simultaneously.

 

PAY ATTENTION: Get the Latest Nigerian News Anywhere 24/7. Spend less on the Internet! “Secondly, Atiku Abubakar spoke from experience. He is not sure that the national assets in question would be allocated to him and his cronies as it was done under his watch when he held sway over the privatization of most of the country’s assets.

“He is therefore definitely waiting until such a time when he is certain that he can acquire the same assets for pittance. His media organization ranted on about how the assets to be sold were built by the PDP without being able to list a single one of them, which implies that the PDP candidate is claiming what he did not achieve,” Amuna added. Meanwhile, retwtr.com previously reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, had said that former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, does not pose any threat. Tinubu spoke on Wednesday, October 31, after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Is Atiku the Right Man to Defeat President Buhari? 2019 Election Read more

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Corruption: The US Senate report that finally nailed Atiku Abubakar

Sunday, December 3, 2017 6:13 pm

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has for a long time been challenging Nigerians who accused him of being corrupt to come forward and prove it. So far nobody has come forward.

Well, PMNEWS has received a report on how Atiku was the subject of a probe ten years ago, by a United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Carl Levin.

The report detailed how Atiku Abubakar while still the vice president of Nigeria between 2000 and 2008, used offshore companies to siphon millions of dollars to his fourth wife in the United States, Jennifer Douglas.

Specifically, the report said Jennifer Douglas, an American citizen, helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank accounts.

In 2004, the then President Bush barred Atiku and other corrupt politically exposed persons from being issued visa to the United States.

The US Senate probe was motivated by US government concern about corruption in the Third World and its corrosive effects on the development of honest government, democratic principles, and the rule of law.

“It is also blamed for distorting markets, deterring investment, deepening poverty, undermining international aid efforts, and fostering crime. Some have drawn connections between corruption, failed states, and terrorism. Corruption also continues to be a massive problem. The World Bank has estimated that $1 trillion in bribes alone exchange hands worldwide each year,” the committee noted in its bulky report.

Atiku was not the only foreign Politically Exposed Person(PEP) probed by the committee. He had company in Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, now the 48-year-old son of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea (EG), late President of Gabon, Omar Bongo and three Angolan PEP accounts, involving an Angolan arms dealer, an Angolan government official, and a small Angolan private bank.

The committee submitted its report on 4 February 2010, three years after Atiku left office.

The report unveiled violations of US laws by Atiku and his fourth wife, Jennifer Douglas. It also included revelations about Siemens bribe paid into one of the accounts, and it possibly provided the basis for Atiku being barred from entering the United States, since then.

This Report examines how politically powerful foreign officials, their relatives, and close associates – referred to in international agreements as Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) – have used the services of U.S. professionals and financial institutions to bring large amounts of suspect funds into the United States to advance their interests. Using four case histories, this Report shows how some PEPs have used U.S. lawyers, real estate and escrow agents, lobbyists, bankers, and even university officials, to circumvent U.S. anti-money laundering and anti- corruption safeguards. This Report also offers recommendations to stop the abuses.

Here is a summary of the report:

Atiku Case History.

From 2000 to 2008, Jennifer Douglas, a U.S. citizen and the fourth wife of Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and former candidate for President of Nigeria, helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank accounts.

In a 2008 civil complaint, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Ms. Douglas received over $2 million in bribe payments in 2001 and 2002, from Siemens AG, a major German corporation.

While Ms. Douglas denies wrongdoing, Siemens has already pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges and settled civil charges related to bribery and told the Subcommittee that it sent the payments to one of her U.S. accounts.

In 2007, Mr. Atiku was the subject of corruption allegations in Nigeria related to the Petroleum Technology Development Fund.

Of the $40 million in suspect funds, $25 million was wire transferred by offshore corporations into more than 30 U.S. bank accounts opened by Ms. Douglas, primarily by Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., LetsGo Ltd. Inc., and Sima Holding Ltd.

The U.S. banks maintaining those accounts were, at times, unaware of her PEP status, and they allowed multiple, large offshore wire transfers into her accounts. As each bank began to question the offshore wire transfers, Ms. Douglas indicated that all of the funds came from her husband and professed little familiarity with the offshore corporations actually sending her money.

When one bank closed her account due to the offshore wire transfers, her lawyer helped convince other banks to provide a new account. In addition, two of the offshore corporations wire transferred about $14 million over five years to American University in Washington, D.C., to pay for consulting services related to the development of a Nigerian university founded by Mr. Atiku Abubakar.

American University accepted the wire transfers without asking about the identity of the offshore corporations or the source of their funds, because under current law, the University had no legal obligation to inquire.

Executive Summary

Combating corruption is a key U.S. value and goal, due to its corrosive effects on the rule of law, economic development, and democratic principles. In 2001, the Patriot Act made the acceptance of foreign corruption proceeds a U.S. money laundering offense for the first time, and required banks to apply enhanced scrutiny to private banking accounts opened for senior foreign political figures, their relatives, and close associates. In 2003, the United States supported the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, now ratified by over 140 countries. Also in 2003, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) formed an investigative group dedicated to combating foreign corruption by PEPs. In 2004, President Bush issued Presidential Proclamation 7750 denying U.S. visas to foreign officials involved with corruption, and Congress later enacted supporting legislation. A 2009 study sponsored by the World Bank analyzed PEP controls worldwide and recommended stronger measures to reduce corruption.

The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Subcommittee) initiated this investigation to learn how U.S. laws apply to PEPs utilizing the domestic financial system, and examine how foreign senior political figures, their relatives, and close associates may be circumventing or undermining anti-money laundering (AML) and PEP controls to bring funds that may be the product of foreign corruption into the United States. It is the latest in a series of Subcommittee hearings examining foreign corruption and its U.S. aiders and abettors.

During the course of its investigation, the Subcommittee staff conducted over 100 interviews, including interviews of lawyers, real estate agents, escrow agents, lobbyists, bankers, university professionals, and government officials. The Subcommittee issued over 50 subpoenas and reviewed millions of pages of documents, including bank records, correspondence, contracts, emails, property records, flight records, news articles, and court pleadings. In addition, the Subcommittee consulted with foreign officials, international organizations, financial regulators, and experts in anti-money laundering and anti-corruption efforts.

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The full transcript of Oyedepo’s warning to Fulani herdsmen

Here’s the transcript of the message for Nigeria by Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith World Outreach aka Winners Chapel. Recall he had over the weekend spoke about how herdsmen have been killing citizens and how dangerous it is. Read….

Prophets have a duty to warn people, nation against impending danger.

I am sent as a prophet to the nation and God grants me access to divine confidentialities of nations.

I have this wake up call for a nation in a state of slumber.

Insurgency is spreading across the country under the guise of Fulani herdsmen. Danger is looming.

For example, how many of these killers have been brought to book since their campaign of carnage, death and destruction began, one may ask?

A nationwide crisis is in the offing than may be worse than anyone around knows.

Tell me the morality behind some strangers who are doing their business as cattle rearers overrunning your farm with your labour and graze their cattle on your crop and when you challenge them, they kill you.

Where are the leaders of thoughts in Nigeria? Where is the government and that continues unabated. We are sitting on a keg of gun powder. There is volatile reaction coming and God revealed this to me as far back as 1992, clearly written in my diary.

Nigeria shall not be destroyed. God shall trouble all that trouble the peace and progress of this nation.

The destiny of our nation has never been under the threat of survival as it is today. People may soon be forced to take the law into their hands. The security apparatus of the country has obviously failed to defend the property and lives of these poor farmers.

While we are claiming to be curtailing Boko Haram, we are on the other hand aiding and abetting herdsmen and their murderous acts.

Nigeria is a nation at war with ourselves. No external aggression from aggressors, no ethnic crisis, no natural disaster, yet we are doing mass burial. What a nation in a state of slumber.

Hear the voice of God through this prophet, the soul of Nigeria is near the point of death.

Citizens of these nation are fast becoming endangered species, God have mercy.

Let me ask these pertinent questions that borders on the conscience of a nation and its leaders.

Is cattle business government business?

Should farmers be killed for Fulani herdsmen to live?

Should all the farmers leave their farms today for fear of Fulani herdsmen?

As the last time I knew, Nigeria still produces less than 20 percent of what it consumes and ask me what it the contribution of herdsmen to the GDP of this country. What is come to this country?

There is more to this low response of government to addressing this issue which is definitely a time bomb

Does Nigerian land belong to Fulani herdsmen?

There has never been this kind of assault on the intelligence of the people like we are having now.

Should you allocate my father’s land to Fulani herdsmen? No.

Are they now the customary land owners of every state, town, cities, villages and hamlets in Nigeria?

There is danger in the offing; every community may soon set up their own security system to defend themselves against the insurgency of the Fulani herdsmen.

Can the citizens still trust the security agencies of this nation to protect them? You will be vulnerable for life.

When citizens cannot trust the security a state of anarchy is in view. Insurrection may also be on the way. These largely unchecked activities of the Fulani herdsmen may eventually choke the soul of Nigeria to death, God forbid.

Is Nigeria project still working?

Without justice there cannot be peace. You don’t step on my toes and say let’s have peace. We can’t have peace but exchange of blows.

Caution, let politicians be warned, don’t sell off the destinies of men for your ambitions.

True leaders mind the coming generations. Nigeria is rescued. Let no religious bigot say to me what is your concern?. By the grace of God, one out every 150 Nigerian is under my apostolic coverage. You are not a leader by elective office; you are a leader by the number of people you have responsibility for.

I am answerable to God on what happens to them. You can’t kill their fathers and mothers in the name of being in power. It is enough. When prophets speak God confirms it. These wicked forces will be visited by vengeance.

Is our sense of value for human lives still alive? I don’t know. What I know is that it is not alive.

Today human lives are now being slain for cattles without any drastic interventions from relevant security agents.

Should men and women continue to lay their lives down for cattles ?

There is no nation on the earth where the defense of cattle is more than the defense of human lives.

How are these killers making away with their murderous acts? They must have the backings of some powers that be. Any right thinking Nigerian will speculate same.

Is Boko haram not spreading strategically across the nation?

How many cows will a Fulani man sell to buy a AK47? which now cost about N3m a piece.

A cow, the fattest is N180-200,000. To buy five riffles, equals N15m.

You don’t hire security guard in a room and parlour. Some fellows supply these guns and you cannot tell how much stockpiles of arms they have.

Nigeria is becoming an endangered nation where any group of persons may attempt to overrun the nation. Caution, Caution, Caution Caution to everyone responsible for the affairs of this nation.

God has sent me to warn this nation, a flood of evil is at the door.

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Daughters of billionaire, Indimi at war as one sets to wed the other’s ex ! were they having Sex Before ?

Daughters of billionaire, Indimi at war as one sets to wed the other’s ex

 

The Indimi family is known to be in-laws to the high and mighty in the society including the Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari. Their wedding ceremonies always speak class and exude opulence. But this oil-rich family from Maiduguri is experiencing an internal strife because of the children, especially the step-sisters.

Daughters of billionaire business mogul, Mohammed Indimi are reportedly at loggerheads because one of his daughters is about the marry the ex of another of the daughters.

The wedding of Hauwa Indimi to Mohammed Yar’Adua, who is the son of late NNPC Managing Director Abubakar Yar’Adua, was recently announced. 

Mohammad was said to have been enjoying a warm romance with Hauwa’s sister, Fatima Indimi, who was once at the center of some nude pictures mess which shook the social media a couple of years back. Mohammad was said to have felt terribly bad about the backlash from the scandal that he walked out of the relationship only to resurface with Zahra Buhari.

Mohammad dated Zahra Buhari for two years before the latter’s father became President.The relationship blossomed all through the first year of Buhari’s presidency when Mohammad was believed to have proposed to Zahra. By then, Zahra who seemed to have gotten used to her new status did not see herself marrying him and she told him plainly. Disappointed but not to the point of desperation, Mohammed moved on while Zahra went ahead to marry Indimi’s son, Ahmed Indimi, in a wedding that belied the austere status of the father.

Hauwa’s enagagement to Mohammed has reportedly been met with mixed reactions from her sisters. Most of them have not celebrated the engagement on social media as they are known to do whenever any member of their family is getting married. Asides Adama Indimi, who just returned from Hajj with Hauwa, and has been everywhere to make sure things go right. Most of the Indimi sisters have been silent about the upcoming wedding.

Adama was the first to release alluring pre-wedding images of the couple on the social media, while others have ignored and continued to mind their respective businesses which was quite unlike them.

This upcoming wedding has created some bad blood among the sisters, as they have been polarised in support for and opposition to the planned wedding which is to take place in July.

Indications of an imminent hostility among these siblings emerged in March this year when Hauwa got engaged with Mohammed.

Her engagement did not appear to have gone down well with few of her sisters and the messy affair was taken to Instagram where they threw shades at one another. Rahmayi, who is former wife to Mohammed Babangida, was the first to fire a shot when she registered her displeasure at the impending marriage with foul language on Instagram. In her words, “…

“This is f—k, he’s an ex for a reason and now you will go and bring the f—k back to my life. Nahhhh. I won’t support it. There’s a code for this. Friends and family ex’s should be off the table.”

Apparently, Rahmayi was answering an innocuous question posed by a northern-based blogger, “Northern Hibiscus” on Instagram: ”YOUR SISTER IS MARRYING YOUR EX AND YOU ARE YET TO MARRY. WILL YOU SUPPORT IT?It was as if this was the necessary tonic to bring out the beasts in the sisters, they went for each other’s throats.

Rahmayi’s sister Zahra Yakaka, who owns Tulip Bistro echoed her sister’s sentiment. She wrote:

“If my sister is marrying my ex, she was never my sister in the first place.” 

A fan page with the username hauwaindimis_lovers miffed at their public outburst, responded and berated Rahmayi, advising her to respect her age, show love and be happy for her kid sister, Hauwa.

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2019: Atiku picks Peter Obi as running mate

Former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi has been picked as the running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) , Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 general election.

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22 Responses to 2019: Atiku picks Peter Obi as running mate

  1. Beatrice Awu October 12, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    A Southeast Vice President since 1999. This is the way towards National Integration and Unity. This team means business

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  2. Ijeoma O. October 12, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Perfect

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  3. Udofia James October 12, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Obi is an Economic expert.. coming from a financial background will do well in steering the economic team of Nigeria

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  4. Femi October 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    This is great news… I remember listening to Peter Obi during our last independence day on Channels.. the guy was brilliant…

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  5. Aliyu October 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Atiku’s choice of VP is indicative of what his cabinet will look like… Only the best will make the team to making Nigeria work again..

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  6. Ifeanyi Maduako October 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Peter Obi’s resume is intimidating,he performed excellently well as Anambra governor and any good president will be proud to have him as vice president.I commend our incoming president,Atiku Abubakar,for this fantastic selection.In any case,no living politician rivals Peter Obi in the whole of southeast at the moment.But,PDP should give the yorubas the assurance of Senate Presidency seat or Speakership Seat.We need Yoruba votes,at least half of all the votes,to win this election.

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  7. Onochukwu S. October 12, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you HE Atiku Abubakar for picking Peter Obi as your running mate.
    Nobody can call Peter Obi corrupt; he will tell you you’re wasteful and you can’t respond.
    Let’s win this once and for all.
    Peter Obi has more integrity than everyone in this Admin. Verifiable integrity.

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  8. Sandra Igbokwe October 12, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Make no mistake: Peter Obi’s emergence as running mate is not about the Igbos just as Atiku’s is not about the Fulanis – this is about Nigeria becoming a Nation, about reclaiming the Buhari-tainted reputation of Fulanis and shutting down some anti-Nigeria threat to Nationhood

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  9. Ibiang Ere October 12, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Peter Obi is an Egghead when it comes to economy. ”square peg in a square hole”

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  10. Philip Azangwu, Chairman – THE MOVERS. October 12, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Congratulations to our Vice president to be come 2019- Chief Peter Obi. Waziri Adamawa is a God’s sent and THE MOVERS for Atiku 2019 in particular and Nigerians in general will vote massively for Atiku Abubakar come feb. 2019.

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  11. Phillip Azangwu October 12, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Great, picking Chief Peter Obi as a running mate is NOT a mistake ,rather a match hence wealth would be created enough for Nigerians. Waziri is a distribalise and diverse Nigerian.

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  12. Oseloka Obaze October 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    #Nigeria- prayer answered is answered. HE VP @Atiku Abubakar has made the right choice in picking Peter Obi as his running mate. Atiku has just the exhibited the ability to make hard-headed decision required of purposeful leaders. Let’s get Nigeria working again. God bless Atiku

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  13. Patrick Okpebholo October 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Dr. Peter Obi, chosen VP to Presidential candidate A.ATIKU in 2019 is well embraced. Obi is pan-nigeria, like wise atiku, Dr.peter obi is of impeccable records and seasoned administrator. OMG. Atiku is a wise man, both will re-arrange Nigeria to its enviable state. Both are not ethnic rail-roaded, Thanks goodness, PDP of this time, 34 is on fast lane. Congratulations in advance 2019!!

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  14. Bankole October 12, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Wow. The #ATIKULATED man has made the right choice of a Vice. This is geared towards National unity. I’m happy the South Eastern Nigeria are incorporated into the whole deal. Now sir @aatiku @atiku , we need the South western vote. What do we do in this regard? I’m confident because you are ATIKUlate. Your Excellency, Incoming President of the FRN, GCFR

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  15. Uzochukwu Ojukwu October 12, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Even without Peter Obi as Atikus running mate,the south east and south south will still vote massively for Atiku. Picking someone from south west would have mathematically increased his chances of winning since they already have the Vp slot in Osibanjo.Peter obi is actually a very good choice and PDP will win the presidential election come 2019 with Atiku and Obi. Atikulation2019

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  16. MarcPatrick Efevuriri October 13, 2018 at 5:58 am

    @Uzochukwu Ojukwu, I thought so. However, picking the VP from South West would have been the same as serving the same pie which the opposition has already served. The South West should be given the PDP national chairman. It is my hope that the South-West would vote for Atiku massively for national interest reason.

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  17. Ucheji samuel October 13, 2018 at 6:32 am

    This is a great team……I see them bringing back Nigeria to life……I love this march

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  18. Ikouwem Nya October 13, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Pls Nigerian youths let us not hersitate to cast our vote 4 HE ATIKU AND OBI 2019 and also evangelise the good news of our presiden and vice awaiting swearing in come may 29 2019 . President MB is a failure to all nigerians remember Nigerian youths are lazy lets use our laziness to vote him Out cme 2019. Joint ATIKU REHOBOTH TO SPREAD THE NEWS.Contact: 08022075041

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  19. Inengite Jeremiah October 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Great team to steer a drowning ship like naija OUT of being stuck in muddy waters.Atleast now some rabble rousers will be educated more that naija na for all. tks to GodAlmighty4prayers anwsered.

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  20. Jude Nnoruom October 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Nice combo for a better Nigeria

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  21. Salihu Saka, Ojenya October 14, 2018 at 12:31 am

    We would all vote @atiku for the best man must come and save Nigeria now from treats of imminent disintegration

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  22. Eze Ogbonnaya October 14, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Nigeria is back to take His leading role in Africa with Atiku and Obi . So congratulation Nigerians because God has ans our prayer

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