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Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by ThatFairGuy1: 6:11pm On Jul 27, 2020
Dr. Abyssinia Akweke Nwafor Orizu (1920-1999) being a crook should never have held any political office had Nigeria been a proper country.
In 1946, Orizu presided over a new form of heartless fraud. Families and whole villages in the East sold their possessions to send a single student from their village to university because like Awolowo, they were passionate about the benefit of a good education.
Orizu, a PhD holder, formed an agency, American Council on African Education (ACAE) to process these village students' admission into American universities. He collected the maintenance funds from their parents and other sponsors and diverted them partly or totally to other personal and business schemes.
In 1947, two prominent African-America
ns Alain Locke and George Schulyer resigned over Orizu’s conduct of affairs.
Horace Mann Bond, the African-American president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania who provided Orizu’s agency with many tuition-free scholarships complained regularly and bitterly about Orizu’s failure to financially support the students whom Orizu had placed in his school.
The 32-year-old Orizu was found out and on the 2nd of February 1953, he was arrested.
Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mbonu Ojike, and Kola Balogun went to bail him out. On 9th February, his brother Joseph Onyekusi Orizu was arrested in Gusau and taken to Port Harcourt.
On 12th February both brothers were charged in a statement that read:
“That you between May 1, 1946, and December 31, 1951, at Port Harcourt, in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, conspired together with other persons unknown to defraud such person as might be induced to deposit money with you as officers and agents of a body known as the American Council on African Education Incorporated, and you thereby committed an offence punishable under the Criminal code.”
When their lawyer told the court that Orizu was an honourable man, a PhD holder, a royal Prince in Nnewi, a member of the regional legislature, and also Azikiwe’s nominee for Minister of Local Government, Magistrate Dickson retorted:
''This court is not a department under the Government and it is not subject to any political party.”
Orizu was later jailed for 7 years. On Tuesday 22nd September 1953, he arrived at the Lagos Prison by train under escort to serve his term.
At the House of Commons debate of April 29, 1953, James Johnson the MP for Kingston upon Hull West berated Oliver Lyttelton, the Secretary of Colonies for taking so long to arrest the Orizu brothers:
“Is not it somewhat disgraceful that it has taken so long to investigate this case of defrauding parents and students? Hence allowing him to cause untold hardship to his own people?''
The logic behind the rule was that the government was a sacred job; if crooks were allowed to determine the destiny of the people, the people would suffer indefinitely.
Mbonu Ojike, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ozumba Mbadiwe started to entrench the false narrative that Orizu was convicted by the British colonial government not for embezzlement but as a revenge for his fiery anti-colonial speech given at the 1947 Enugu Coal riots rally.
Never mind that more important figures such as H.O. Davies also gave fiery speeches at the rally too but were not fraudsters hence not fated for conviction by the colonial government. But in the case of Orizu, colonialism became the excuse for a crook to be turned into a national hero.
Azikiwe made Orizu whole by nominating him unopposed to represent Nnewi in the Federal elections of 1959 that ushered in self-rule.
The existence of colonialism provided Nigeria’s moral system the perfect excuse to develop and strengthen the disdain for the objective perception of value on which any civilised society must rest. When colonialism expired in 1960, the disdain remained alive and thriving through the force of habit.
In 1961 for instance, Dr. Okejukwu Ikejiani the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan was caught lying about a certificate he never had.
A visiting scholar from the University of Toronto who happened to be from the same department which allegedly awarded Ikejiani’s certificate was the first to point out that Ikejiani never had that esteemed Doctor of Science degree.
Ibadan erupted and there were calls for Ikejiani to resign and be prosecuted. To Azikiwe who was the Head of State, the visitor to the university and in charge of such appointments, Ikejiani was being “persecuted” because he, Azikiwe, had dared to appoint another Igbo after Francis Ibiam as the Pro-chancellor and head of the governing council of a flagship Federal University in a non-Igbo region in particular when the Vice-Chancellor was already an Igbo.
Before departing Toronto University where he rightly earned his undergraduate medical degree, Ikejiani seduced and frequently unhooked the lovely secretary at the Vice-Chancellor’s office until she embossed a Doctor of Science certificate in his name complete with authentic signatures but with no education behind it.
After the Toronto University investigation into the matter, the secretary realised her wrongdoing and quietly accepted her dismissal. But that was Canada.
In Nigeria, one of the criteria of eligibility for being considered a national hero was to be a bonafide crook.
When Ikejiani was forced to finally resign, being a medical doctor, Azikiwe made him whole like Orizu by appointing him to the State House as one of his personal physicians. He was not done: Azikiwe then reappointed him again to his former unfilled post less than two years later. He still was not done: In 1964, Azikiwe decorated him with the national honour – Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) – pun unintended – ‘for his service to the nation.’

Source: The News Magazine, June 19, 2016.

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by ThatFairGuy1: 6:11pm On Jul 27, 2020
Where is Ispitoncowards when you need him

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by illicit(m): 6:23pm On Jul 27, 2020
Nobody holy
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by Golan007: 6:24pm On Jul 27, 2020
Na so dem dey do am.
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by Bodexman(m): 8:22pm On Jul 27, 2020
ThatFairGuy1:
Where is Ispitoncowards when you need him

This guy, you eventually rooted this thing up.

Well, I hope the table you're about to shake is very strong.
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by ThatFairGuy1: 8:35pm On Jul 27, 2020
Bodexman:


This guy, you eventually rooted this thing up.

Well, I hope the table you're about to shake is very strong.
Its legs are not strong at all, hence they're viewing and avoiding the thread grin.
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by hajimosho(m): 11:10pm On Jul 27, 2020
Aa
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by kettykin: 11:23pm On Jul 27, 2020
please how is taking a maintenance fee or commission fraud , how come these stuff is coming out now and not when he was alive , i cant believe the extent some folks will go to tarnish another image of someone who did not steal but take a commission
if this was fraud many of our grand uncles would not have made it to US for their education

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by Nobody: 11:24pm On Jul 27, 2020
This place is totally undeserving of any form of attention, 'cos it's filled with hocus pocus in the form of disjointed and unsubstantiated pigments of someone's imagination, This thread will fare better in the jokes section, Tag me when it moves there

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by ThatFairGuy1: 6:04pm On Jul 28, 2020
kettykin:
please how is taking a maintenance fee or commission fraud , how come these stuff is coming out now and not when he was alive , i cant believe the extent some folks will go to tarnish another image of someone who did not steal but take a commission
if this was fraud many of our grand uncles would not have made it to US for their education
Imagine your hypocrisy! Someone was convicted and jailed, you say he isn't a thief. But Tinubu that wasn't convicted at all is thief to you all. Very anyhow people

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by ThatFairGuy1: 6:08pm On Jul 28, 2020
IspitonCowards:
This place is totally undeserving of any form of attention, 'cos it's filled with hocus pocus in the form of disjointed and unsubstantiated pigments of someone's imagination, This thread will fare better in the jokes section, Tag me when it moves there
Despite all the evidences, it's still unsubstantiated? Well, it's good to save one's head off shame.



"Mbonu Ojike, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ozumba Mbadiwe started to entrench the false narrative that Orizu was convicted by the British colonial government not for embezzlement but as a revenge for his fiery anti-colonial speech given at the 1947 Enugu Coal riots rally".

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by Nobody: 6:20pm On Jul 28, 2020
Afonjas always cooking up false stories with their lagos-ibadan fake media centres

We know their ways

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by adadike(f): 6:25pm On Jul 28, 2020
Please, he is waiting for you on the other side. Kindly commit suicide , kill yourself so you can go to where he is and arrest him. Person wey dey do you is very much alive and holding your father by the blokos. Yet you are busy looking for tiled road in the wilderness . When it comes to iberibe, afonja people are the undisputed champion

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by meccuno: 6:43pm On Jul 28, 2020
ThatFairGuy1:

Dr. Abyssinia Akweke Nwafor Orizu (1920-1999) being a crook should never have held any political office had Nigeria been a proper country.
In 1946, Orizu presided over a new form of heartless fraud. Families and whole villages in the East sold their possessions to send a single student from their village to university because like Awolowo, they were passionate about the benefit of a good education.
Orizu, a PhD holder, formed an agency, American Council on African Education (ACAE) to process these village students' admission into American universities. He collected the maintenance funds from their parents and other sponsors and diverted them partly or totally to other personal and business schemes.
In 1947, two prominent African-America
ns Alain Locke and George Schulyer resigned over Orizu’s conduct of affairs.
Horace Mann Bond, the African-American president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania who provided Orizu’s agency with many tuition-free scholarships complained regularly and bitterly about Orizu’s failure to financially support the students whom Orizu had placed in his school.
The 32-year-old Orizu was found out and on the 2nd of February 1953, he was arrested.
Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mbonu Ojike, and Kola Balogun went to bail him out. On 9th February, his brother Joseph Onyekusi Orizu was arrested in Gusau and taken to Port Harcourt.
On 12th February both brothers were charged in a statement that read:
“That you between May 1, 1946, and December 31, 1951, at Port Harcourt, in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, conspired together with other persons unknown to defraud such person as might be induced to deposit money with you as officers and agents of a body known as the American Council on African Education Incorporated, and you thereby committed an offence punishable under the Criminal code.”
When their lawyer told the court that Orizu was an honourable man, a PhD holder, a royal Prince in Nnewi, a member of the regional legislature, and also Azikiwe’s nominee for Minister of Local Government, Magistrate Dickson retorted:
''This court is not a department under the Government and it is not subject to any political party.”
Orizu was later jailed for 7 years. On Tuesday 22nd September 1953, he arrived at the Lagos Prison by train under escort to serve his term.
At the House of Commons debate of April 29, 1953, James Johnson the MP for Kingston upon Hull West berated Oliver Lyttelton, the Secretary of Colonies for taking so long to arrest the Orizu brothers:
“Is not it somewhat disgraceful that it has taken so long to investigate this case of defrauding parents and students? Hence allowing him to cause untold hardship to his own people?''
The logic behind the rule was that the government was a sacred job; if crooks were allowed to determine the destiny of the people, the people would suffer indefinitely.
Mbonu Ojike, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ozumba Mbadiwe started to entrench the false narrative that Orizu was convicted by the British colonial government not for embezzlement but as a revenge for his fiery anti-colonial speech given at the 1947 Enugu Coal riots rally.
Never mind that more important figures such as H.O. Davies also gave fiery speeches at the rally too but were not fraudsters hence not fated for conviction by the colonial government. But in the case of Orizu, colonialism became the excuse for a crook to be turned into a national hero.
Azikiwe made Orizu whole by nominating him unopposed to represent Nnewi in the Federal elections of 1959 that ushered in self-rule.
The existence of colonialism provided Nigeria’s moral system the perfect excuse to develop and strengthen the disdain for the objective perception of value on which any civilised society must rest. When colonialism expired in 1960, the disdain remained alive and thriving through the force of habit.
In 1961 for instance, Dr. Okejukwu Ikejiani the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan was caught lying about a certificate he never had.
A visiting scholar from the University of Toronto who happened to be from the same department which allegedly awarded Ikejiani’s certificate was the first to point out that Ikejiani never had that esteemed Doctor of Science degree.
Ibadan erupted and there were calls for Ikejiani to resign and be prosecuted. To Azikiwe who was the Head of State, the visitor to the university and in charge of such appointments, Ikejiani was being “persecuted” because he, Azikiwe, had dared to appoint another Igbo after Francis Ibiam as the Pro-chancellor and head of the governing council of a flagship Federal University in a non-Igbo region in particular when the Vice-Chancellor was already an Igbo.
Before departing Toronto University where he rightly earned his undergraduate medical degree, Ikejiani seduced and frequently unhooked the lovely secretary at the Vice-Chancellor’s office until she embossed a Doctor of Science certificate in his name complete with authentic signatures but with no education behind it.
After the Toronto University investigation into the matter, the secretary realised her wrongdoing and quietly accepted her dismissal. But that was Canada.
In Nigeria, one of the criteria of eligibility for being considered a national hero was to be a bonafide crook.
When Ikejiani was forced to finally resign, being a medical doctor, Azikiwe made him whole like Orizu by appointing him to the State House as one of his personal physicians. He was not done: Azikiwe then reappointed him again to his former unfilled post less than two years later. He still was not done: In 1964, Azikiwe decorated him with the national honour – Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) – pun unintended – ‘for his service to the nation.’

Source: The News Magazine, June 19, 2016.
Theses are the real crooks......ask Fela he would know better. grin grin grin

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by IronMan077(m): 7:34pm On Jul 28, 2020
Ok
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by IamWonderful: 7:35pm On Jul 28, 2020
Can you imagine, celebration of corruption.
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by IamWonderful: 7:49pm On Jul 28, 2020
azmanaty02:
Afonjas always cooking up false stories with their lagos-ibadan fake media centres

We know their ways
A simple Google search will have spare you this show of shame, even it is on his Wikipedia page, he was arrested for fraud

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by Nobody: 7:55pm On Jul 28, 2020
IamWonderful:
A simple Google search will have spare you this show of shame, even it is on his Wikipedia page, he was arrested for fraud

Abeggi, make we hear word. Anyone can edit wikipedia pages. We know how ur irks and tribesmen work
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by IamWonderful: 7:56pm On Jul 28, 2020
meccuno:
[s][/s] Theses are the real crooks......ask Fela he would know better. grin grin grin
I am sure they weren't arrested for stealing, scamming, swindling and fraud that you people are known for, unfortunately you people gat no shame, your humanity is completely eroded, two of your heroes was arrested for defrauding poor family without human and the other with fake certificate and one Nnamumudi that suppose to be an exemplary leader was a shady grave of corruption and bigotry aiding and abetting crime and criminals

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by IamWonderful: 8:05pm On Jul 28, 2020
azmanaty02:


Abeggi, make we hear word. Anyone can edit wikipedia pages. We know how ur irks and tribesmen work
Check Vanguard newspapers, it is there
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by articleme(m): 8:07pm On Jul 28, 2020
hmmm
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by meccuno: 8:10pm On Jul 28, 2020
IamWonderful:
I am sure they weren't arrested for stealing, scamming, swindling and fraud that you people are known for, unfortunately you people gat no shame, your humanity is completely eroded, two of your heroes was arrested for defrauding poor family without human and the other with fake certificate and one Nnamumudi that suppose to be an exemplary leader was a shady grave of corruption and bigotry aiding and abetting crime and criminals
Awolowo and several disciples were arrested, charged, convicted (of treason), and jailed for conspiring with the Ghanaian authorities under Kwame Nkrumah to overthrow the federal government. grin grin grin grin grin
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by ThatFairGuy1: 9:49pm On Jul 28, 2020
meccuno:
[s][/s] Theses are the real crooks......ask Fela he would know better. grin grin grin
They're Freedom fighters, you're enjoying what they fought for today. Free education and today's democracy. Unlike Nwafor Orizu who was convicted, jailed for fraud and got bailed out by another fraudstar(zik)
Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by meccuno: 3:32am On Jul 29, 2020
ThatFairGuy1:

They're Freedom fighters, you're enjoying what they fought for today. Free education and today's democracy. Unlike Nwafor Orizu who was convicted, jailed for fraud and got bailed out by another fraudstar(zik)
ex convict freedom fighters.
1. treason.
2. I.T.T international thief thief

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Re: Nwafor Orizu: Crook, Convict Turned Senate President by meccuno: 3:51am On Jul 29, 2020
azmanaty02:
Afonjas always cooking up false stories with their lagos-ibadan fake media centres

We know their ways
imagine........when thier National leader is a drug baron. grin grin grin

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