Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara
says he is ready to go to jail if the All Progressives Congress (APC)
can establish any form of links or connection between him and Hushpuppi.
This is coming barely 24 hours after the governing party, on Saturday,
through its deputy spokesman, Yekini Nabena called for probe of Dogara,
former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President Bukola
Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye.
The call by the APC followed the arrest of Nigerian alleged internet
fraudster, Raymond Igbalodely alias Hushpuppi by the Dubai police and
his subsequent extradition to the United States for trial.
Some pictures of Hushpuppi and notable PDP chieftains had gone viral
following the development. This sparked some reactions on social media,
including the APC linking Hushpuppi to the PDP chieftains.
But in a statement made available to Igbere TV via mail on Sunday, in
Abuja, Dogara, a 2019 ‘Igbere TV Leadership Excellence Awards’ awardee
denied any links or connection to the alleged internet fraudster.
The former speaker said he has agreed to wave his rights for trial and
ready to go to jail if the APC can prove its allegations. He, however,
wondered why similar allegations were not levelled against some
governors of the APC, who had appeared in similar photos with an alleged
money launderer, Mompha.
The statement entitled, “The fatuous and infantile statement by the
smellfungus called Yekini Nabena”, signed off and sent to Igbere TV by
Turaki Hassan, on behalf of Office of Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, reads;
“The statement issued by one Yekini Nabena on behalf of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) desparetly seeking to link Rt. Hon. Yakubu
Dogara to suspected cyber criminals on the basis of a group picture
taken at a public event, is to say the least; infantile, rash and
“This smellfungus, called Nabena should have known that it is share
mindlessness to attempt to execute mischief and blackmail in plain sight
before the public some of whom are better informed. Who is that fool
that links people to criminal activity simply because they appeared in a
group picture at a public event comprising of people from different
walks of life?
*If appearing in a group photograph is what Nabena is now using to
establish a link or connection to crimes or alleged criminals then why
didnt he issue such a statement in the wake of the arrest of a suspected
money launderer by name Ismaila Mustapha, AKA: Mompha whose pictures
with notable personalities including some APC Governors are all over the
social media? Is Nabena guilty of selective amnesia or share perfidy?
Who is Nabena scared of? Who is he trying to fool?
“For the records, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara has agreed to wave his right to a
trial and go to jail if Nabena establishes any form of links or
connection between him and the alleged cyber criminal before the event
where the picture was taken and after the event until now. For Rt Hon
Yakubu Dogara, that picture was just another picture among the
thousands, if not hundred of thousands of such pictures with Nigerians
from all walks of life.
“If the said Nabena is worth his salt, next time he speaks he should
speak to issues affecting the welfare of our union which are well known
to all discerning Nigerians. Nabena should or ought to know that there
is no honour in speaking about group pictures taken at public events
when the nation is bleeding and most Nigerian families are struggling