It has been described as nothing short of comical, the fact that Nigerian delegates to welcome the United Nations [UN] chief, Ban Ki-Moon to Nigerian is headed
by none other than Ambassador Usman Sarki, Nigeria’s ambassador to the UN, the man suspected to have aided and abetted a fraud activity in conjunction with a certain Alhaji Abdulrauf Olarenwaju Iliasu.
[Photo: Ambassador Sarki in the middle with Alhaji Iliasu (in white) to his left during the meeting with unsuspecting Nigerian Investors who they defrauded ]
Interestingly, Alhaji Iliasu Olanrewaju Abdul-Rauf was, on Monday, 24th August, 2015, declared wanted by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over fraud cases exposed by Elombah.com in conjunction with Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International, Inc. [ERPDI].
Alhaji Iliasu Olanrewaju Abdul-Rauf was the National Coordinator, Federal Civil Service Staff with Disabilities Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Abuja, before he was flung away by the past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ironically, Ambassador Sarki was caught in the act when he allowed Alhaji Abdul-Rauf to use his UN office in the US to fraudulently host unsuspecting investors whom he eventually swindled of the sum of One N1.7Billion under the guise of awarding contracts for the establishment of rehabilitation centers in the states of the Federation.
Incongruously, Ambassador Sarki is today, leading Nigerian delegation as they welcome UN’s Ban Ki-Moon during his three-day working visit to Nigeria.
It is also remarkable that Ambassador Sarki was on Friday, August 21, grilled for hours on end by the EFCC over his alleged involvement in the Alhaji Abdul-Rauf fraud saga.
Ambassador Sarki was accused by Persons with Disabilities International of “knowingly or deliberately and intelligently conspiring with Alhaji Abdulrauf Olarenwaju Iliasu to engage into corruption and defrauding innocent Nigerian investors of more than 4 billion Naira.”
As it was gathered by Elombah.com, Ambassador Sarki was ordered to appear before the EFCC on September 8, 2015, however, in order to avoid the popularity that might follow the invitation, he went to the EFCC earlier.
Ambassador Sarki did not come to Nigeria to Answer the EFCC’s request for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to bring him on the 8th of September 2015 for questioning/interrogation on his direct conspiracy with Alhaji Iliasu to engage in corrupt and fraudulent acts.
ERPDI has earlier written an official complaint to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, against Ambassador Usman Sarki, who advised them to file such complaint direct to the President of Nigeria because they cannot directly address it due to the UN Ethics and Values rules, with barred them from directly interfering with National issues.
According to ERPDI President, Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, “it is sad and shameful for Ambassador Sarki, who the UN Secretary General already knew that he was/is one of those known and recognized corrupt and fraudulent Nigerians, became the highest Nigerian Diplomatic, who led the Nigerian Team with the UN Secretary General, from our Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Headquarters, New York, during this official visit to Nigeria.
“This made us to keep on thinking about how President Buhari can successfully, truly fight war against corruption, if he is surrounded by same corrupt government officials and Politicians, who were directly involved in several corrupt acts during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.”
Attached is the petition submitted by ERPDI to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon:
January 25, 2015
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
1st Avenue, 32nd-47th Street
New York, NY 10017 United States
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon,
RE: OFFICIAL Complaint Against H.E. Ambassador Usman Sarki, DPR, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, New York and Nigeria
We, the Nigerians with Disabilities, our family members and healthcare providers Living in the United States want to first say, thanks to you, UN DESA and the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, for your excellent Services, to the World, especially, to us more than 25.5 Long-neglected Nigerians, 57 million Americans, millions of Africans and 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide. We thank you and the United Nations for ensuring that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was successfully negotiated with state parties, adopted, entered into force and being implemented worldwide.
L-R: Ambassador Chijioke Wigwe, Ambassador Obi-Okoye, Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, representing 25.5 Million Nigerians with Disabilities, during the signature signing ceremony on March 31, 2007 and Nigeria’s HMFA Ambassador Prof. U. Joy Ogwu, signing the CRPD.
Our members and organizations, were Nigerian-American members of the then, International Disability Caucus (IDC), International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), Consortium of African Diaspora in the United States (CADUS), Nigerian Global Foundation, Houston Texas, NIDO and the Rehabilitation International (RI), which is a global network of more than 1000 organizations of persons with disabilities, service providers, agencies, professionals and experts in a broad range of disability-related issues. International Disability Caucus, Rehabilitation International and its members that included both able bodied people and persons with disabilities, were actively involved in the negotiations toward the Convention and today, we continue to promote universal ratification and implementation of the CRPD. We continued to protect and promote the rights and human dignity for more than 25.5 million Nigerians, 57 million Americans, Millions of Africans and 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide. Our members, were the ONLY Nigerians with Disabilities, who directly represented Nigeria, during several years of the UN Ad Hoc Committee Sessions to the CRPD, its adoption, Signature Signing Ceremony, entry into force, 1st -3rd Sessions of the Conference of State Parties. We continued to attend the 4th-6th Session of the Conference of State Parties, including the High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development with the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”.
Since November 25, 2014, we unsuccessfully made several attempts through our multiple complaints, filed against H,E. Ambassador Usman Sarki, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations and his co-conspirator, Alhaji AbdulRauf Olarenwaju Iliasu, to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, The Presidency’s Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Development Matters and Special Duties; EFCC, Inspector General of the Nigerian Police, President Goodluck Jonathan.
Despite this UN Security Council and Peacekeeping Committed member, our Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, The Presidency’s Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Development Matters and Special Duties; EFCC, Inspector General of the Nigerian Police, President Goodluck Jonathan, being aware that our complaints are true, no positive actions was taken by them, and as a result today, H.E. Ambassador Usman Sarki, is still working in and out of the United Nations Headquarters New York, as Nigeria’s Deputy Permanent Representative and Alhaji Abdulrauf Olarenwaju Iliasu is still rooming the streets of Nigerian with more than 10 Nigerian Police Force, with automatic weapons, securing him 27/7, while he continued with their known and recognized financial fraud, crime sprees and abuse of Nigerians with Disabilities. We Officially informed Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, The Presidency’s Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Development Matters and Special Duties; EFCC, Inspector General of the Nigerian Police, President Goodluck Jonathan that because of their failure to address our complaints, which led to more abuse, intimidations, retaliations and fraudulent acts, we will be filling grievance against them to the United Nations, whose duties it is to directly questions their members of the UN Security Council and Peacekeeping Mission’s, undiplomatic, unethical, immoral and criminal acts.
Therefore, per the above, this OFFICIAL complaint is being filed against the Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Ambassador Usman Sarki, of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, for knowingly or deliberately and intelligently, grossly violating, the United Nations, Diplomatic Professional, Ethics rules and regulations, and Nigeria’s memberships to the elite UN Security Council, UN Peacekeeping Mission and other UN memberships mandates, which the United Nations set for EVERY member to abide by and obey in full, at all times and places.
H.E. Ambassador Usman Sarki, DPR, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, who regularly, directly, represents and attends UN Security Council, Peacekeeping missions and other UN meetings, on behalf of Nigeria, abused his diplomatic office and privileges given to him by the United Nations and the United States, were he, undiplomatically, unprofessionally, unethically, immorally, knowingly or deliberately and intelligently, conspired with Alhaji AbdulRauf Olarenwaju Iliasu, to use the names of the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, and Nigerians with Disabilities, to mislead and misinform unsuspecting, innocent Nigerians investors that the United Nations, will be giving them the sums of over $1.5 billion for use in building Inclusive Rehabilitation Centers for Independent Livings, in six Geographical Zones of Nigeria. They thereafter, knowingly or deliberately and intelligently conspired with each other to fraudulently collected over 4 billion Naira from those unsuspecting Nigerian Investors.
On July 17, 2013, during the 6th Session of Conference of State Parties to the CRPD, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative, H.E. Ambassador Prof. U. Joy Ogwu, arrived at the General Assembly, UN Headquarters New York, to perform her duty and present Nigeria’s statement, but was shocked to find out that her name was not written on Nigeria’s Statement to be presented, but the name of her Deputy, Ambassador Usman Sarki. See the attached and UN Archive for details. She immediately stud up from the Nigerian seat and walked away. As one of the leaders of Nigerians with Disabilities, Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, also, stud up and followed Ambassador Ogwu and Dr. Amina Smaila, to question why her sudden departure from the General Assembly.
On July 17, 2013, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, General Assembly, during the 6ths Session of Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this member of the UN Security Council and Peacekeeping mission’s representative, Ambassador Sarki, who is very familiar with the United Nations, Diplomatic Ethics Rules and Regulations, walked into the General Assembly, sat on same Nigeria’s seat, which Ambassador Ogwu angrily refused to seat on. Ambassador Sarki, knowingly or deliberately and intelligently, representing Nigeria, in Nigeria’s statement, mislead and misinform the world and more than 25.5 million Nigerians and 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide and unsuspecting innocent Nigerian investors, the following incorrect that;
“In order to make like meaningful for Nigerians living with disabilities, the Government has approved the construction of a National Rehabilitation Institute and Resource Center. When Completed, the Centre is expected to become a hub for the West-African region in the area of research pertaining to the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities,” Said Ambassador Sarki. Please see the attached and UN Archive for details.
According to some of those unsuspecting Nigerian investors, who were victims of Ambassador Sarki and Alhaji Iliasu’s fraudulent acts with the names of the United Nations and Nigerians with Disabilities, Alhaji Iliasu was able to successfully convince them about Nigeria’s intention to construct National Rehabilitation Institute and Resource Centers, which copies of Ambassador Sarki’s above statement at the UN Headquarters.
Middle R & L: Ambassador Usman Sarki and Alhaji AbdulRauf Olarenwaju Iliasu and unsuspecting Nigerian Investors who they defrauded over 4 billion Naira
This OFFICIAL Complaint is also, being filed against the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Central Bank of Nigeria, and Federal Republic of Nigeria for their inactions to our multiple complaints filed against Ambassador Usman Sarki and his coconspirator, Alhaji Abdul-Rauf Olarenwaju Iliasu, with volumes of valid, debatable and verifiable evidence, which are proves beyond reasonable doubt showing how Ambassador Sarki, knowingly or deliberately conspired with Alhaji Abdulraud iliasu to commit over 4 billion Naira fraudulent acts, with the name of the United Nations.
ON OCTOBER 30, 2013, THE PRESIDENCY’S OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT ON ETHICS AND VALUES WROTE TO THE HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION AS FOLLOWS;
“I hereby wish to notify and inform your office that Alhaji Iliyasu AbdulRauf, who was a volunteer National Coordinator Ethics and Values Cooperative, was impersonating the Special Assistant (SA) to the Special Adviser to the President (SA-P) on Ethics and Values. He Also defrauded one Chief Eluobi of Aknaton Limited of over Twenty Million Naira (N20,000,000.00).”
“This was done without any authority by the SA-P for a None-Existing Contract of our Proposed Community Transformation Centres and Community Farms (CTs & CFs) nationwide, which are meant to serve as teaching Laboratories on Civics, Ethics and Mentoring at the grass-roots/communities, formally & informally.”
“NB: This case was reported to the Special Anti-Corruption Squared of the Police Force. He was detained, prosecuted and the case is still in Court.”
“This caused shocking Embarrassment to this office. This office by duty, according to the Schedule of duties of this office feels it is grossly unethical and criminal.”
“We learned he is now the Chairman of a program of the Less-Privileged Centres in the HOS Office.”
“We look forward to having an officer from the HOS that will liaise with this office for further consultation of urgently needed collaboration on Ethics and Compliance in the Civil/Public Service at all sectors and levels/Tiers.”
“This will ensure effective attainment of the Transformation agenda via Ethics and Value, which is logically indispensible to the success of all human endeavors.” By Dr. Sarah Jibril, Special Adviser, the Presidency’s Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values. Please see copy attached.
ON OCTOBER 31, 2013, WITHOUT ANY ATOM OF WASTE OF TIME, THE OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION TOOK DRASTIC, PROPER AND APPROPRIATE ACTIONS AS REQUIRED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND WROTE TO ALHAJI ABDULE-RAUF OLARENWAJU ILIASU AS FOLLOWS
“EMBARASSING ACTIVITIES OF YOUR SOCIETY”
As earlier brought to your attention, the head of the civil service of the Federation gave your society one room office space within the Federal Secretariat complex, Phase II, Abuja, to assist Federal Civil Savants with Disabilities.
2. The Reports reaching the Head of Service of the Federation have shown that;
i. Your Society continues to use the names of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) and Presidency on your letter headed paper without approval and when advised to stop, you refused to desist.
ii. No NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) assisted by the Government with accommodation within the Federal Secretariat complex including the Staff Co-Operative Thrift and Credit Society accommodate within the complex abuse the use of the names of the OHCSF and the Presidency.
“iii. It is hoped that you are well aware, that it is a gross misconduct for Public Officers (able or disabled) to hide under the guise of any association or co-operative society to embark on the award of contracts to unsuspecting Nigerians.”
“iv. By Letter dated 12the September, 2013, the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation brought to your attention the embarrassments your society has caused the office of the Head of service of the Federation and the Presidency arising from the use of their names on your letter headed papers from contracts and requested you desist from those practices forthwith.”
“v. In Paragraph 13 of your response with reference number PWP/ABJ/0180/013, dated 17th September, 2012, You , you had stopped using the names of the office of the Head of Service of the Federation and the Presidency on your letter headed paper.”
“3. Despite your stance mentioned above, facts reaching the head of the civil service of the Federation that;”
“i. You continued to award contracts of several millions of Naira to unsuspecting Nigerians on letter headed papers hat create impressions as if those contracts are from head of service of the Federation or the Presidency contrary to the advice of this office to you and your purported correction. Photocopy of such contracts you awarded after your reply to head of service repeating same embarrassing letter headed paper is attached.”
“ii. In addition, information from the Office of the Special adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, reaching the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation showed that, Alhaji Iliasu Abdulrauf who purported to be the National Co-Coordinating Chairman/CEO, of your co-operative Society acted as Volunteer, National Co-Coordinator, Ethics and Values Co-operatives and in that Capacity impersonated the Special Assistant (SA) to the Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values to the Embarrassment of Presidency;”
“iii. The he defrauded one Chief Eluobi of ARNATO Limited of over twenty million Naira (N20,000,000,00).”
“4. In view of the Facts in Paragraph 3 above I am directed to inform you as follows;”
“i. That the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has withdrawn the approval given to your Society to occupy ground floor block E, Room 020, Federal Secretariat Phase II, with effect from 1st November, 2013 and you are to surrender possession of same in tenantable condition on or before Wednesday, 6th November, 2013.”
“ii. That Your continued use of the names of the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) and the Presidency on letter headed papers for the awards of contracts of several millions of Naira as if those contracts are from the OHCSF is not acceptable to the Government and you should desist from same without further delay.”
“iii. This letter is copied to the inspector General of Police, the Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Director General State Security Services (SSS) and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs whose Ministry oversees the activities of persons with disabilities in the Federal Civil Service” HOS see the attached.
H.E. Ambassador Usman Sarki, who is part of the Nigerian Government, and who represents Nigeria at the UN Security Council, Peacekeeping and other UN meetings, despite the above very clear instructions given by his members of the Nigerian Government officials, Dr. Sarah Jibril, the Presidency’s Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, whose office is in charge to, “Ensure effective attainment of the Transformation agenda via Ethics and Value and compliance,” in the Civil/Public Service at all sectors and levels/Tiers, which is logically indispensible to the success of all human endeavors,” and the Presidency’s Head of Service of the Federation, Ms. Omotunde Ellen Thompson and other decisions, barring Alhaji Iliasu, from continuing to use the names of persons with disabilities and the United Nations to commit fraud, Ambassador Sarki disregarded them and continued to, undiplomatically, unethically, immorally, knowingly or deliberately and intelligently, conspire with Alhaji Abdulrauf Olarenwaju Iliasu to use the names of UN and Nigerians with Disabilities to commit fraud, in violations of the UN, UN Security Council’s and Peacekeeping missions, mandatory Diplomatic Ethics.
We humbly and respectfully request for your direct intervention and investigate our valid and arguable complaint against the Deputy Permanent Representative, H.E. Ambassador Usman Sarki, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations and Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Thanks so much for timely addressing this arguable complaint.
Chief Eric Ndubueze Ufom, President
CC: H.E. President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Sarah Jibril, Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, ICPC, DSS, NIA, Transparency International of Nigeria, Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP), Transparency International World Headquarters, Nigerian National Human Rights Commission, Platinum Project, Global Construction Electric Works Ltd, Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III, Ms. Ekaete Umoh, President JONAPWD, Mr. Danlami Basharu, NIDO, FCSSWDMPCS, Leaders for more than 25.5 million Nigerians with Disabilities and other interests groups.
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