Thursday, 12 November 2015

New Niger Delta Minister Usani Committed Murder In 1996 – Report

Newly appointed Minister for Niger Delta, Pastor Uguru Usani Uguru,
allegedly murdered one Mr. Iwara Osuaya, a Chairmanship contestant in May

1996, in Cross River State, according to a petition to the Oputa Panel in

The petition signed by Jenny Iwara Osuaya, wife of the deceased, alleged
that Usani and others murdered her husband in 1996.

Usani, who allegedly supported another candidate in the election, was said
to have promised offsetting Osuaya’s election expenses. But when Osuaya
went to collect the promised compensation, a fracas ensued which resulted
in his death.

The now Minister for Niger Delta appointed by President Mohammadu Buhari
and screened by the Senate, with few unnamed persons allegedly killed
Osuaya, rolled him up in the blood stained rug carpet in his sitting room,
carried the body into his car, drove into the bush, poured acid on the
body to conceal evidence.

At the Justice Chukwudifu Oputa Commission in Port Harcourt, former Chief
of General Staff, Lt-General Oladipo Diya and former Military
Administrator of Cross River State, Group Captain Gregory Agboneni were
linked with helping Usani to cover up the alleged crime and forestall the
prosecution of the former Information Commissioner.

Usani served as Commissioner for Information under Agboneni.

PETITION NO 673 to the Oputa Panel reads:

The petitioner was the wife of one Mr. Iwara Osuaya [deceased). The
petitioner alleged that her late husband was murdered by Mr. Usani Uguru
Usani & Others. The assailants were arrested by the police Mr. Usani who
was a member of the Cross Rivers State Executive Council used his
influence to suppress investigation into the matter The preliminary
investigation report of the matter indicted Mr. Usani and others but the
police did not prosecute them. The preliminary report was admitted in
evidence as Exhibit 2.

The Commission ordered the Inspector-General of Police to constitute
another panel to conduct fresh investigation into the matter.

Sources close in the Force Headquarters told that the
case had remained a “cold case” after the Oputa Panel.

Pastor Usani, Usani Uguru was born in 1961 In Nko, Yakurr Local Government
Aýrea of Cross River State.

Married with children, Usani is currently a PHD student with the Nigerian
Defence Academy, NDA Kaduna State with a thesis topic on Economic Growth
and Human Development in Rural Communities of Karu Local Government Area
of Nasarawa State.

He attended Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London between
2004 – 2005 were he obtained an M.Sc degree in Globalization and
Development. He was a student of Rivers State University of Science and
Technology, Port Harcourt between 1998 – 2003 were he also obtained ýa
Masters degree in Environmental Management.

An Alumni of University of Calabar, Usani also obtained a Master of
Business Administration (MBA) from the school between 1995-1997ý.

The minister is a graduate of the University of Jos with a Bachelor of
Science, B.Sc in Geography and postgraduate Diploma PGD in Management
between 1982 and 1986 and 1990-1991 respectively.

Usani Uguru Usani until his new appointment was the Chairman of APC in
Cross River State. He was also the state coordinator of National Unity
Club (one of the associations that formed the Grassroot Democratic
Movement (1994).

In 1998 and 1999 when the current political dispensation came into being,
Usani was one of the pioneer members who formed the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP in Cross River State, he however left the party in 2001 due to
irreconcilable differences within the party, based on principle.

He contested the seat of Governorship of Cross River state in 2003 and
2012 under the opposition political platform of National Democrats ND and
Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.

Commissioner, Cross River State Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social
Development July, 1995– Dec 1995


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