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August 14, 2018

Another ex-Nigerian Governor convicted of fraud

Court convicts former Governor of Plateau State

  Few weeks after a former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, was jailed 14 years for fraud, the Federal Capital Territory High Court has found former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, guilty of fraud and sentenced him to 14 years. He is currently a senator on the platform of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, to which he decamped in 2016. He was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr Dariye was charged for allegedly diverting about N1.2 billion while he served as governor of the North-central state. He was brought to court on a 23-count charge for the alleged…

Looters list, a welcome idea but…

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Any plan to name and shame all those who have brought Nigerians to their current level of poverty is a welcome idea. But a better plan is one which not only names the thieves but reclaims the loot and punishes the looters, to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigerians have heard so much about “how” their money was looted and actually is being looted, and “who and who” are looting it, but it makes no sense just to publish the names of a few. What is needed is a comprehensive list of looters, without respect for party affiliation,…

What kind of Democracy?

Nigerians are hungry for a people – centred government but they do not have it yet, despite having maintained a semblance of democracy for 18 years. When they celebrate Democracy Day, they are not celebrating the democracy they have but the one they wish to have, in the hope that it will come to pass one day. Nigerians observed another Democracy Day, last week Monday and the second anniversary of the Buhari administration, with the majority counting their losses, rather than blessings and wondering where “this great nation” which inspired so much hope at independence is heading. Nigeria remains a…

Looting and whistle blowing Policy

Those who fought for Nigeria’s political independence had a dream of a country where tribe and tongue will not count and where no man shall be oppressed. It was with pride, and great sense of nationalism and patriotism that they looked forward to a country that will stand shoulder to shoulder with other nation states. Theirs was a dream of building a country where corruption and its attendant vices, are banished; a country where human life is sacred and respected, and where the rights of the individual are protected. But alas what we have today as a nation is a…

Looters now bury cash in burial grounds, forests – FG

The Federal Government has described its whistle-blower policy as an effective tool of fighting corruption in Nigeria, just as it disclosed that looters had resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards, thick forests and graveyards. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement assured that government would continue to protect the identities of those with useful information on looted funds, while at the same time ensuring that they get the stipulated reward for their efforts. The minister said the recent successes recorded in the recovery of looted funds in many currencies showed that Nigerians really supported…

Buhari’s Whistle-blowing policy working wonders

President Buhari’s corruption sledgehammer has eventually fallen on two heavy weights in his government.  Ambassador Ayodele Oke, Director-General Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, have been suspended. Ayodele is being investigated for a whopping N13 billion loot, (comprising $43 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million) found in an apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, frequented by his wife, Folashade, while the SGF is being investigated for allegations of violating the law and due process in the award of contracts, amounting to billions of naira, under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE)….

Buhari suspends SGF, NIA DG

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, have been suspended from office and placed under surveillance, by President Muhammadu Buhari. Their suspension Wednesday followed an alleged involvement in corruption. Daily Sun gathered that the movements of the duo are being monitored, as investigation into their cases commences. Their suspension, which would last pending the outcome of the investigations, was contained in a statement issued by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina. The SGF is being investigated following allegations that he violated law and…

Ex-NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu allegedly claims $9.8m, £74, 000 found in his house were gifts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has quoted a former Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, as saying the $9.8m and £74, 000 found in his house were gifts. Recall that operatives of the EFCC, had penultimate Thursday raided the home of Yakubu in Kaduna city where it discovered the huge sum. In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency disclosed that the money was found in a hidden fire-proof safe. The spokesman noted that the raid of Yakubu’s house was sequel to an intelligence which the commission received,…

FG recovers $151m, N8bn looted funds through whistleblower policy

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government’s Whistle blowing policy has yielded $151million and N8billion in looted funds. In a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the Minister, Alhaji Mohammed said the looted funds were recovered via the clues provided by three whistleblowers who gave actionable information to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation. The biggest amount of $136,676,600.51 was recovered from an account in a commercial bank, where the money was kept under an apparently fake account name. This was followed by the recovery of N7…

Towards a Transparent and Independent Judiciary

The survival of any democracy depends on the integrity of the Judiciary.  Therefore, a transparent, free and independent judiciary is not negotiable. It is supremely important in any sensible Government because when you interfere with the judiciary; you interfere with society’s nerve centre and virtually everything else is affected. The pain and agony Nigeria is experiencing today as a nation is not unconnected with the state of its judiciary and lack of respect for the rule of law. Sadly our courts are under siege by money mongers who are supposed to be judges. Our nation’s judiciary has long been compromised….

Mrs Jonathan to drag EFCC before West African Court

Former first lady, Mrs Patience Ibifaka Jonathan has concluded plans to drag the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the African Commission of Human and Peoples Right in Gambia. Sources close to the legal team said they took the decision to seek legal redress in a court free from manipulation. Already a new group, The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB) has thrown its weight behind the decision to drag the EFCC before the African Commission of Human and Peopless Right over its case Mrs Jonathan. The group, in statement by its spokesman,  Chima “Phillip Effiong” Osuji,  condemned what…

Patience Jonathan claims ownership of frozen $31.4m

Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has claimed that the $31.4 million involved in an alleged fraud case where the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had issued a No Debit/Freezing Order belongs to her. Counsel to the first defendant in charge, Mr. Gboyega Oduwole informed the Federal High Court in Lagos that Mrs. Jonathan had filed a fundamental application against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), claiming ownership of the money. Mrs. Jonathan, in the application filed on September 6, 2016, with file number FHC/L/C5/1233/16, is asking the court to make an order for the enforcement of her…

Corruption: FG launches major war against Senators, Reps …begins probe of N200bn constituency projects

The Federal Government has started compiling the list of legislators in both chambers of the National Assembly over constituency projects earmarked for them in the 2014 and 2015 budgets, which were not executed. The sum of N100bn was earmarked for constituency projects in each of the 2014 and 2015 budgets. The worth of constituency projects totalled N200bn for the two years. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), told one of our correspondents on Sunday that the compilation was being done by the police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent…

Arms scandal: Buhari orders probe of Ihejirika, Minimah, 52 others

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the probe of two former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah. The two generals are among 54 persons to be investigated for their roles in the arms scandals that saw billions of dollars meant for the procurement of arms for the Nigerian military for the prosecution of  the war against Boko Haram diverted to private pockets. Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Armed Forces, AVM Jon Ode (retd.), said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday,14 July. The order…

The Subtle Dissimulation of Corruption (1)

In an article published in the Leader of Sunday, October 11, 2015, at page 6, titled WHO ARE THE NIGERIANS? The following was written: “ After Buhari was declared elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the ubiquitous press descended on him. A story supported by pictures, soon surfaced in the Internet that Buhari was the alleged owner of a multi-billion naira mansion located at No 9 Udo Udoma street Asokoro Abuja. The property was valued at 2.1 billion naira. Furthermore, the eagle-eyed media snoopers spotted the beautiful wristwatch that Hajiya Aisha Buhari wore in a clear flaunting manner…

Selective Justice

Nigerians agree that there is an intolerable level of corruption in the land, for which a drastic measure is needed in order to move the country forward. They also believe that because our kind of corruption is “systematic and endemic”, investigations and prosecutions of offenders must be all embracing, thorough and totally devoid of any iota of discrimination, double standards, favouritism or selective justice. Well meaning citizens of this country, who appreciate the harm corruption has wreaked in our socio-political and economic development expect the long arm of the law to catch up with everyone who has plundered our wealth,…

I’m not afraid of EFCC – Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has debunked reports in the social media and a national daily that he had fled Nigeria because of investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into how some of his aides allegedly  diverted N2 billion bailout funds for the state. The EFCC had penultimate week reportedly arrested Okorocha’s aides for pocketing the bailout funds. The aides, Obi Paschal Chigozie, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Uzoho Casmir, Director of Finance and Iheoma Kenneth, Treasurer, Government House, landed in the anti-graft agency’s net for allegedly diverting N2billion bailout fund meant for payment of salary…

Ndigbo condemn Olisa Metuh’s court appearance in handcuffs

More condemnations have continued to trail the treatment given to the PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, by the Nigeria Prison Service. Metuh, who is standing trial over an alleged fraud of N400 million, was brought to the Federal High Court in Abuja in handcuffs – the only one so far among the prominent persons accused in the Dasuki case to be so handcuffed. On online platforms, in telephone conversations and personal interactions, many prominent Igbos, ordinary citizens and Igbo forums alike have condemned what they call the “humiliation and unfair treatment” meted out to Metuh by arraigning him in…

Nwobodo, Ekwunife, others dump PDP for APC

…They’re “food-is-ready politicians” The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday lost its top leaders in Enugu State to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The defectors are Senator Jim Nwobodo, who was the first executive governor of old Anambra State, Senator Fidelis Okoro, who was a senator between 1999 and 2007. The duo declared for APC at a stake- holders meeting convened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Onyeama January 8, 2016. Nwobodo was recently named by embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) among those who benefited from the multi-billion Naira arms deal, being investigated…

Dasukigate: A case of Institutionalized corruption

Had former President Goodluck Jonathan and his team still been in power, it would have been business as usual for the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and his crew. Most Nigerians would never have known the extent of recklessness, abuse of power and gross misappropriation of public funds which took place under Dasukki. President Muhammadu Buhari, last December in his first media chat aired live on the NTA vowed that Dasukki now standing trial over alleged diversion of $2.1 billion, meant for purchase of arms for the military to fight Boko Haram insurgency, would not be…