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COVID-19 Testing: Clarifications On Corruption Allegations By Prof. Akin Abayomi
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COVID-19 Testing: Clarifications On Corruption Allegations By Prof. Akin Abayomi

@followlasg and @LSMOH consider it pertinent to make the following clarifications on account of series of unfounded corruption allegations supposedly against officials @LagosBiobank and IDH, Yaba It is imperative to clarify that public laboratories are only obliged to conduct #COVID19 tests on individuals who either have symptoms of infections or who have contact with positive cases of #COVID19 including patients undergoing further medical or surgical procedures. On the other hand, private laboratories mostly attend to people desiring #COVID19 tests for purposes of travelling, school resumption and other certification reasons that may not be requiring immediate medical attention.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, 84, rushed to hospital 
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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, 84, rushed to hospital 

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is currently in hospital in a 'serious but stable' condition. Reports in Switzerland claim the 84-year-old was rushed to hospital on Thursday, January 7. According to Blick, Blatter 's state of health is considered serious, but he is not believed to be in life-threatening condition His daughter Corrina confirmed in a statement he is getting better every day as she asked for privacy. She told Blick: "My father is in the hospital and is getting better every day. He needs time and rest. On behalf of my family, I ask for privacy." This isn't the first time the Blatter has been hospitalised, with the Swiss suffering health problems in November 2015 and July 2016. Blatter became the eighth president of FIFA after he secured the role in 199...
SERAP Wins Battle Forcing Lawan, Gbajabiamila To Publish Details Of Corruption
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SERAP Wins Battle Forcing Lawan, Gbajabiamila To Publish Details Of Corruption

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday gave SERAP a victory in round one of our attempt to secure the release of completed public hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly since 1999. Justice Ogunbanjo gave SERAP the permission to apply for judicial review and seek an order of mandamus directing and compelling the leadership of the National Assembly to publish completed public hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly since 1999. The order by Justice Ogunbanjo has now cleared the way for SERAP to advance our case against @nassnigeria @DrAhmadLawan @femigbaja The suit followed recent public hearings by the National Assembly on corruption allegations in ministries, departments and agencies, including NDDC, and NSITF. Reports of several public...
N1.08bn Corruption Scandal Hits Debt Management Office
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N1.08bn Corruption Scandal Hits Debt Management Office

The Debt Management Office, DMO is currently enmeshed in corruption scandal, Saturday Vanguard can report. Money amounting to N1.08 billion is alleged to be lost from 2017 till date, thereby raising corruption cases the country is battling. It was learnt that the large-scale financial wrongdoings in the office would likely draw the attention of anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The corruption is allegedly being perpetrated through various means ranging from awards of contracts, operating on temporary files, unauthorized overseas trips, organization of fictitious events, production of fake transport receipts and destruction of official documents. Chronicle of frauds In December, 2017, the office requested the then Minister of Finance, Kemi Ade...
Salami Panel Asks Buhari To Fire, Prosecute Magu For Corruption
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Salami Panel Asks Buhari To Fire, Prosecute Magu For Corruption

The presidential panel probing Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has recommended his sack, TheCable understands. In its interim report submitted on Wednesday, the panel headed, by Ayo Salami, retired president of the court of appeal, also recommended that Magu should be prosecuted over allegations of corruption and abuse of office. Magu is also accused of violating the code of conduct law by allegedly failing to declare his assets when he assumed office in 2015. TheCable understands that the panel also recommended the appointment of a new chairman for the anti-graft agency “without further delay”. In a letter dated July 3, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the panel to submit its “interim reports to ...
Corruption: Do Your Job Without Fear, Ganduje Tells Anti-graft Agency
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Corruption: Do Your Job Without Fear, Ganduje Tells Anti-graft Agency

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has charged the state’s Public Complaint and Anti Corruption Commission, not to compromise in the fight against corruption no matter who is involved.Ganduje gave the charge while on a visit to the commission’s office in Kano on Saturday. According to him, the Federal Government cannot alone fight corruption hence the replication of the anti-graft agency at the state and local government levels. He said: “Whosoever falls into the commission’s trap should face the consequence. I will have nothing to do with it. I will not interfere with any case whosoever might be involved. “With the way corruption is fighting back and the fight against corruption being an agenda of President Muhammad Buhari, the federal government cannot fight it alone.“It ...
‘I Owned Lucrative Businesses’ — Malami Writes Buhari Over Corruption Allegation
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‘I Owned Lucrative Businesses’ — Malami Writes Buhari Over Corruption Allegation

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, denying the allegations of corruption levelled against him. A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) had asked the president to probe Malami over “14 high-profile corruption cases”. The CSOs listed “financial fraud” and “influence peddling” among the allegations levelled against the AGF, while calling for his resignation. Malami was also accused of “illegally” auctioning sea vessels holding crude oil seized by the federal government. Reacting to the allegations, Malami said he needed to write to the presidency in order to clear his name, and that he would also seek redress in court. According to Vanguard, the minister said in his letter ...
Fighting Corruption Will Get More Difficult in Nigeria – Osinbajo
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Fighting Corruption Will Get More Difficult in Nigeria – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the ongoing fight against Corruption might get difficult in coming days. Speaking at the 20th-anniversary regional webinar organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC) on Tuesday July 14, the Vice President stated that aside from the difficulties, many people will also get frustrated for standing against corruption. Osinbajo who spoke on the topic “Combating corruption and illicit financial flows: New measures and strategies", said; “The fight against corruption is nuanced and hydra-headed, it is not going to get easier by the day; as a matter of fact, it will get more difficult by the day and many will become discouraged in standing up against corruption. “…Over the years, massive public re...
Mexican Ex-Governor, Cesar Duarte Arrested in United States
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Mexican Ex-Governor, Cesar Duarte Arrested in United States

Cesar Duarte, a fugitive ex-governor of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua was arrested in Miami on Wednesday July 8. The Governor who fled in 2017 after he was accused of embezzling public funds, now faces extradition to Mexico where he faces corruption charges for allegedly diverting about $52 million in public funds. Asides being accused of stealing hundreds of cows imported by the state to help small-scale Mexican ranchers replace their herds after a devastating drought, he is also accused of living a lavish lifestyle and using an official helicopter to fly friends and family to his ranch on weekends. His arrest came after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador paid an official visit to the US for talks with President Trump. Duarte who is expected to appear ...
Mohammed Umar Reportedly Takes Over as Acting EFCC Chairman
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Mohammed Umar Reportedly Takes Over as Acting EFCC Chairman

Following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu who is being investigated over allegations of Fraud, Mohammed Umar has reportedly taken over as the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC. Until this appointment, Umar was the Head of Operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the second most senior operative at the Commission. An investigation has been launched into Magu's activities as the chairman of the antigraft agency after the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, wrote a letter to the President, asking for Magu's removal and accusing him of corruption including diversion of recovered funds. He was suspended on Tuesday, July 7 to allow him attend the Justice Ayo Salami panel investigating th...
Nicki Minaj and 6ix9ine Release New Collab “Trollz”
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Nicki Minaj and 6ix9ine Release New Collab “Trollz”

After the duo success on ‘Fefe’ and his release from prison, Nicki Minaj and Tekashi 6ix9ine have just released a new song titled, Trollz. As we all know, 6ix9ine recently released “GOOBA,” his first new song since his early release from federal prison due to coronavirus. After the song debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard chart, he called out Billboard and No. 1-charting artists Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, claiming corruption in how the charts are calculated. Billboard responded, outlining how they determined that week’s chart positions. Earlier this week Nicki Minaj announced that a “portion” of the proceeds and merch sales will be going directly towards the Bail Fund Inc. She said;“ A portion of the proceeds from #Trollz including merch items, will be going directly to...
Lagos Assembly Passes A Vote Of Confidence On Speaker Obasa Amid Corruption Allegations
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Lagos Assembly Passes A Vote Of Confidence On Speaker Obasa Amid Corruption Allegations

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday threw their weights behind their Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, passing a vote of confidence on him. This followed the presentation of the report of a 9-man fact finding Adhoc committee of the House on allegations of corruption levelled against the Speaker by Sahara Reporters, headed by Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo constituency 1) during plenary. The committee was saddled with the responsibility of investigating all the allegations of corruption levelled against the Speaker including the one bothering on operating 64 bank accounts with different banks with different names. The committee, in its report stated that all the allegations were frivolous, unfounded and that the Speaker followed due process in all the dealings. ...
LAHA Plans To Clear House Speaker, Obasa Of Fraud Allegations
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LAHA Plans To Clear House Speaker, Obasa Of Fraud Allegations

The Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) has reportedly concluded plans to clear the embattled Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, of allegations of financial misconduct and corruption. A source said another lawmaker would preside on Monday where a motion on the floor of the House for the clearance of the Speaker would be moved. “After that, other members would vote in support of the motion to effectively end the various allegations of corruption levelled against the Speker,” the source added. Obasa faced a panel of enquiry on Saturday to answer the corruption allegations against him recently published by an online medium. Among other things, he was accused of opening 64 bank accounts alleged to be linked to his Bank Verification Number with which funds were being siphoned. His wi...
Buhari, Nigeria and the eighth May 29
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Buhari, Nigeria and the eighth May 29

“I have never supported Buhari. I have been against him because I felt he was not competent to handle the job and I have been proved right.” Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, PUNCH, May 21, 2020, back page. On May 29, 1984, 1985, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2020, Buhari was the Nigerian Head of State. When he leaves office on May 29, 2023, he would have led us on that date in the calendar more than any other leader except former President Obasanjo. As he clocked the eighth May 29 as the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Nigeria Incorporated, with only three more to go, Nigerians and Buhari himself should be asking questions about the legacy he would leave for posterity. Right now, there is nothing positive to report. “Even God cannot change the past.” Agathon, Greek playwright, c400BC. ...
Lagos Speaker, Obasa Finally Reacts To Corruption Allegations Against Him (Video)
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Lagos Speaker, Obasa Finally Reacts To Corruption Allegations Against Him (Video)

Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, reacted to allegations of gross corruption against him by saying "money is for spending". Obasa made the remarks in an Instagram Live interview with Dele Momodu, Publisher of Ovation Magazine. SaharaReporters had in recent weeks exposed embezzlement and financial misappropriation carried out by the Speaker and some of his allies at the Lagos Assembly. Obasa while responding to questions from Momodu said, "Money is for spending. I was Chairman, House Committee on Rural, and thank God Dr Kasali who was the comissioner is still alive. "I became the Chairman, House Committee on PHC, and we still have 57 local governments and most of the chairmen then are still arround. We have Akabueze who was the Comissioner for Econom...
People Talk: On FG school feeding programme during lockdown
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People Talk: On FG school feeding programme during lockdown

To be candid, the whole idea behind the School Feeding Programme is commendable, and the fact that it targets the children makes it lovely one. “However, I really do not think that’s what Federal Government should be prioritizing at present.” -Oladotun Roy, Consultant “The school feeding programme has been a scam scheme from day one. It was never done transparently and the few children fed were fed like animals. “For the feeding of children at home, we all know this is another dimension of corruption by the federal government since many of the children cannot be located.” -Oni Ayoyinka, Facility Manager “The minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, could be likened to Diezani Maduekwe. The school feeding programme she is piloting is a monumental fraud, a misplaced prio...
Supreme Court’s Judgement which Nullified the Trial of Orji Uzor Kalu and his Co-defendant, Ude Jones Udeogu is Shocking – Sagay
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Supreme Court’s Judgement which Nullified the Trial of Orji Uzor Kalu and his Co-defendant, Ude Jones Udeogu is Shocking – Sagay

Professor of law, Itse Sagay (SAN) has shared his thoughts on the Supreme Court judgment of May 8 which nullified the trial and conviction of a former Governor of Abia State Orji Kalu, and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance in Abia State Government for N7.1bn fraud. Udeogu had been handed a 10 year jail sentence by a federal high court which also handed a 12 year jail sentence to Orji Uzor Kalu on December 5, 2019. The apex court in the judgment nullified Section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 which had enabled the then President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa (retd) to issue fiat to Justice Mohammed Idris, who was elevated to the higher bench in June 2018 to return to the Federal High Court to conclude the case. A ful...
General Buhari was more democratic than President Buhari
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General Buhari was more democratic than President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari was Military Head of State from 1984-85. His claimed principles including a zero-tolerance for corruption and fierce patriotism in that era partly propelled his return as a two-term elected – not necessarily democratically elected – President. He encapsulates Karl Marx’s assertion  that: “History repeats itself; first as a tragedy, then, as  farce.” He was known as a tough and determined general who as the    General Officer Commanding the Third Division in Jos, without permission, led troops to clear Chadian troops who had occupied some Nigerian islands in the Lake Chad area. Tragically, as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, he has in the past five years Nigeria, presided over a country under continuous Islamist terrorist attack...
I Missed 2014 W/Cup Squad Because I Refused To Pay Bribe- Chinedu Obasi
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I Missed 2014 W/Cup Squad Because I Refused To Pay Bribe- Chinedu Obasi

Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi, a former Super Eagles player and ex-youth international has revealed the cankerworms he had to live with as a Super Eagles player. Obasi, speaking with Kelechi Bernard on an Instagram Live Chat said he was asked to pay a bribe to make the Brazil 2014 World Cup squad despite his quality and form at the time. The team, which had many newbies, perhaps players of far less quality than the former TSG Hoffenheim attacker, got to the Round of 16 stage where they lost to France. Obasi currently plies his trade with AIK in Sweden, but revealed he has been through a whole lot, part of which is his experience of the corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of Nigerian football. “I was playing for Schalke, I was playing in the Champions League and I was doing we...
“We Won’t Campaign During 2023 Elections” – PDP
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“We Won’t Campaign During 2023 Elections” – PDP

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday in Katsina said that it will not campaign in the 2023 elections, due to the failure of the present APC administration at the center, which has made it easy for its takeover of political power at the end of the present tenure. The National Secretary of the party, Senator Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri told newsmen during a briefing in preparation to the ward congress election which held on Saturday that the Buhari administration has failed Nigerians in the past 5 years as demonstrated in the present sufferings they are going through He said ’’every Nigerian whether resident in Aso villa or anywhere else in Nigeria will certainly admit that the present administration has failed, as they couldn’t even deliver their three point agenda: economy, sec...
Algerian Protest Movement Faces New Threat: Coronavirus
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Algerian Protest Movement Faces New Threat: Coronavirus

Algerians are watching to see whether a global epidemic will do what the ruling authorities they describe as le pouvoir – the powers that be – have failed to achieve, and quell a year of mass protests. The street demonstrations in Algiers and other cities take place on Fridays and Tuesdays, and protesters contacted by Reuters were divided over whether to march this week. On Thursday, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered schools and universities to close after health authorities said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen to 24 with one person dead. The government has already decreed measures to stop the disease spreading, including a ban on spectators at sports events, and on political, social and cultural gatherings. However, the authorities have not said wh...
Nelson Mandela’s Wife Pen Down Solidarity Letter to Sanusi
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Nelson Mandela’s Wife Pen Down Solidarity Letter to Sanusi

Gracia Machel, Nelson Mandela’s third wife, wrote a solidarity letter to Muhammedu Sanusi II. Muhammedu Sanusi dethroned this week, and presently held in hostage by Kano State government. Grace Machel revealed in her letter how sad she is by the turn of events. Furthermore, she reassured him that he not alone in the fight to confront corruption. See the letter below
I Still Insists Coronavirus is Caused by Corruption- EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu
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I Still Insists Coronavirus is Caused by Corruption- EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, is still insisting that Coronavirus is caused by Corruption. Last week, the EFCC boss trended after he was caught on camera making the claim. After the video went viral, the media team of his agency came out to deny he ever said that, arguing that his statement was misconstrued. Well, held a press briefing where he insisted that Cornona virus is caused by corruption. In his words The corruption viruses was a creation by a corrupt mind. Somebody actually created corruption viruses, i mean Coronaviruses. Somebody actually sat down in the lab and came up with the creation of the coronaviruses with the view to infect and destroy other people. Who else can be more corrupt than that. It is created by...
Death Sentence Won’t Stop Corruption, It’s In Blood Of Nigerians – Robert Clarke
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Death Sentence Won’t Stop Corruption, It’s In Blood Of Nigerians – Robert Clarke

Robert Clarke, a senior advocate of Nigeria, says death sentence will not stop corruption because the act of stealing runs in the blood of Nigerians. In an interview with the Punch, the lawyer said good governance remains the solution to curbing corruption and improve the economy. He said corruption is strengthened by the perception of some Nigerians who view political positions as a “money-spinning venture”. “Whether it is capital punishment or not, a crook would always be a crook. Most of these things are in the blood,” he said. “Somebody who wants to steal has it in the blood and some Nigerians have imbibed the custom of believing that when they are working for government, they are there to steal. If you are made a commissioner tomorrow, all your relations are looking fo...
Magu Never Said Coronavirus is Caused by Corruption- EFCC Insists
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Magu Never Said Coronavirus is Caused by Corruption- EFCC Insists

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, is still insisting that its acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, never said that Coronavirus otherwise known as Covid19 is caused by corruption. Magu trended last week after a video of him making the said comment at the commission's passing out ceremony in Kaduna, surfaced online. In the video, Magu could be heard saying “Corruption is the biggest strategy to human kind. Your Excellency, corruption is worse than all the diseases now running about. And I strongly believe, Your Excellency, that even the coronavirus is caused by corruption.” The commission initially denied the allegation. Today, the commission has issued a statement insisting that Magu never said Coronavirus was caused by corruption. In the statement titled, ‘Covid 19...
U.S allegedly exposes and opposes Buhari administration’s plan to Hand Over $100m Abacha Loot to APC Governor, Abubakar Bagudu
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U.S allegedly exposes and opposes Buhari administration’s plan to Hand Over $100m Abacha Loot to APC Governor, Abubakar Bagudu

Bloomberg reported that while the U.S. Department of Justice said Bagudu who spent six months in federal detention in Texas while awaiting extradition to the Island of Jersey was involved in corruption with Abacha, Buhari’s administration is insisting there is a 17-year-old agreement which entitles Bagudu to the recovered funds. Documents made available by the US Department of Justice revealed that the Kebbi State Governor who is a close ally of President Buhari was handed over to criminal trial in Jersey before he agreed to return $163m to Nigeria. He was subsequently released on bond to Nigeria where he was supposed to be prosecuted for money laundering, but that trial never took place. In the case involving Bagudu, the U.S. in 2013 initiated a forfeiture action against a host ...
Fani-Kayode Shocked Over Magu’s Comment On Corruption, Coronavirus
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Fani-Kayode Shocked Over Magu’s Comment On Corruption, Coronavirus

Fani-Kayode has expressed shock over the statement by Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that deadly Coronavirus is caused by corruption. The anti-graft agency boss made this statement at the passing out parade of cadets from the agency on Tuesday 18th of February 2020. The statement has led to the bashing of Magu on social media. Reacting to the statement, the former minister who expressed his shock at the statement said that he was at a loss for words. See his post below: "Corruption is the cause of coronavirus"- Magu, Chairman of EFCC. I am at a loss for words! pic.twitter.com/CuBVIwtHD2 — Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) February 19, 2020
Video: Coronarvirus Is Caused By Corruption – EFCC Boss, Magu Tells Buhari
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Video: Coronarvirus Is Caused By Corruption – EFCC Boss, Magu Tells Buhari

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, says he strongly believes coronavirus is caused by corruption. Mr Magu said this at the passing out parade of 281 cadets of the EFCC Detective Inspector Course-5, at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, on Tuesday. He said “Corruption is the biggest strategy to human kind. Your excellency, corruption is worse than all the diseases now running about. “And I strongly believe, Your Excellency, that even the coronavirus is caused by corruption,” Mr Magu said. Coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, broke out in Wuhan in Hubei province of China in December last year. The disease has infected over 1716 medical workers in China alone and over 73,000 infected persons in 25 countries, causing not ...
Sudan Agrees to Hand Over Deposed President Omar al-Bashir to ICC for War Crime Charges
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Sudan Agrees to Hand Over Deposed President Omar al-Bashir to ICC for War Crime Charges

Sudanese authorities on Tuesday February 11, announced that it will be handing over its deposed President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face genocide and war crimes charges. Bashir will be facing a tribunal at The Hague to answer to charges that came off a conflict that broke out in Darfur in 2003 and led to the deaths of 300,000 people. A senior government source who spoke to CNN after the announcement which was made amid peace talks between Sudan's government and rebel groups from the Darfur region, said all Sudanese wanted by the ICC would be handed over. Mohammed Hassan Eltaish, a spokesman for the Sudanese government said; "Justice cannot be achieved if we don't heal the wounds. We agreed that everyone who had arrest warrants issued against them...
Anglican Priests from Kenya Boycott UK forum over Presence of Gay Church Leader
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Anglican Priests from Kenya Boycott UK forum over Presence of Gay Church Leader

Some Anglican clergies from Kenya have boycotted the Lambeth Conference in the UK, in protest over the presence of gay senior church leaders. Speaking on the boycot, Anglican Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit (pictured) says the Church is opposed to homosexuality. “We are having the Lambeth Conference in the West this year, but some of us have boycotted because of the invitation of practising gay bishops. We can’t be mixed,” he told worshippers on Sunday, during the consecration of Kerugoya St Thomas Anglican Cathedral in Kirinyaga County. The conference is usually held after 10 years to discuss theological and social issues that affect the Anglican communion worldwide. Issues such as ordination of women as priests, gay relationships and corruption, which divide the Church, feat...
Nigeria Would Have Been Dead And Gone If Buhari Wasn’t Elected – Femi Adesina
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Nigeria Would Have Been Dead And Gone If Buhari Wasn’t Elected – Femi Adesina

Each time he itemizes the three focal areas of government, President Muhammadu Buhari follows the same order: we shall secure the country, because you have to first secure a country or institution before you can efficiently manage it. We will revive the economy, and create jobs, particularly for our teeming youths, and then, we will fight corruption. The order above shows the priority that the President gives to security, as well as law and order in the country. But each time there’s a glitch or snafu (situation normal all fouled up) in the country, some naysayers scream and wail as if nothing is being done. But the hard truth is that a lot has been done in terms of security, and is still being done by the Buhari Administration. When he came in May 2015, what did he meet? A count...
Mbonu Meets US Ambassador to Nigeria in Washington
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Mbonu Meets US Ambassador to Nigeria in Washington

Executive Director of Nigerian-American Council (NAC), and Former Presidential Aspirant in 2019 election Dr. Okey Samuel Mbonu, yesterday met with the new US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, in Washington DC, to discuss matters concerning Nigeria’s security challenges. Mbonu in a statement at the Washington DC think-tank, Center for Security and International Studies (CSIS)”, event said, “the current government in Nigeria may have abdicated its duty to protect its citizens, especially Nigerian Christians, of which images of horrific murders, by Nigerian terrorists, are now at the center of the world attention”. “where the government fails to live up to its primary responsibility, of ensuring the safety and security of citizens, they may leave citizens with no option but to...
Buhari is Right, We Are All Corrupt – Jonathan’s ex-aide
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Buhari is Right, We Are All Corrupt – Jonathan’s ex-aide

Doyin Okupe, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s views on corruption in Nigeria but frowned at his approach in tackling the menace. Okupe noted that corruption was the reason for the recent defection of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP lawmakers to the All Progressives Congress, APC, following the Supreme Court judgment that sacked the PDP government in Imo State. Recall that the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, alongside seven other members from the PDP, had defected to the APC. He also noted that what happened in Imo will likely happen in majority of the states of the federation, adding that churches and Mosques are not left out in the issue of corruption. The politicia...
Amotekun Must Fight Ritual Killings, Traditional Corruptions – Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Akanbi
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Amotekun Must Fight Ritual Killings, Traditional Corruptions – Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Akanbi

The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has revealed an important role the newly established security outfit in the South West, Amotekun, must play. The monarch said the South West governors must ensure that Amotekun is also made to fight ritual killings and “traditional corruptions” in the region. This was contained in a statement by his press secretary, Ali Ibrahim, on Saturday. The paramount ruler said ritual killing is deadlier and more recurrent than the heinous activities being perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen. “Amotekun as an institution should be made to fight traditional corruption, most especially ritual killings which consume our children’s blood daily. “There is blood of innocent people in the street. It is a failure on the part of governm...
60,000 Ghost Workers in FG Payroll Uncovered by IPPIS – Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami
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60,000 Ghost Workers in FG Payroll Uncovered by IPPIS – Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy,  Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has announced that the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) has uncovered 60,000 ghost workers in Federal government payroll. Pantami disclosed this at the 29th convocation lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna in Niger state titled ‘Datification of social economic and security issues in producing and using public and private data in Nigeria.' The Minister who expressed determination of the federal government to set the record straight on corruption in Nigeria, further revealed that N24 billion has been saved since the government began the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA). He also stated that the IPPIS and TSA were introduced ...
Amotekun Should Fight Ritual Killings, ‘Traditional Corruption’ – Oluwo of Iwoland
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Amotekun Should Fight Ritual Killings, ‘Traditional Corruption’ – Oluwo of Iwoland

The Oluwo of Iwoland Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, yesterday called on Yoruba stakeholders to use the regional Amotekun to checkmate what he called the incessant traditional corruption and ritual killings. The royal father said politicians should be held responsible for trading their game with kidnapping. In a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, Oluwo said: “Amotekun as an institution should be made to fight traditional corruption most especially ritual killings consuming our children’s blood daily. There is blood of innocent people in the street. It is a failure on the part of government, traditional institution and other stakeholders that no severe legislation is enacted to punish ritual killers and their accomplice” “I want to charge all the stakeholders to strea...
FG Not Fighting Corruption To Impress Transparency International – Lai Mohammed
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FG Not Fighting Corruption To Impress Transparency International – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has reacted to Transparency International's recent report which ranked Nigeria 146 out of 180 corrupt countries, with a total of 26 points out of a possible 100 points.   In an interview with some international media organisations in London, the Minister stated that the Federal Government is not fighting corruption to impress Transparency International but to develop the country. He added that they are already winning the fight.   Lai Mohammed said;   “In any event, we are not fighting corruption because we want to impress any organisation. We are fighting corruption because we believed that without fighting the menace, the much-sought development will not happen and we have results to show for fightin...
Trump’s Legal Team Launches All-out attack on the Bidens and Obama
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Trump’s Legal Team Launches All-out attack on the Bidens and Obama

Trump's legal legal team on Monday night opened up an all-out attack on Hunter Biden, son of former US Vice president Joe Biden and Barack Obama on the second day of its defense of the president. The defense team unleashed White House advisor Pam Bondi to accuse Hunter of cashing in on his powerful father as vice president to take on the role of a board member in a corrupt Ukrainian oil firm, even though Hunter had no previous knowledge or experience in the oil sector. Trump is being tried in the senate over allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of congress after he allegedly withdrew military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into his political rival - Joe Biden in a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine's president Zelensky. Trump in releasing the tr...
ICPC Statement On The 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index 2019
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ICPC Statement On The 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index 2019

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) finds it necessary to issue a statement on the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index released recently by the Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption watchdog. The report ranked Nigeria 146 out of 180 countries with a score of 26 out 0f 100 and painted a dismal picture of the country’s anti-corruption efforts by placing Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in the West African region. ICPC hereby states categorically that the report is unfair and untenable as Transparency International has consistently failed to recognise the efforts of the government to tame corruption. These efforts include increasing number of cases filed in court and jail terms secured in several convictions agains...
Nigeria Ranks 146 Out of 180 on the Annual Corruption Index
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Nigeria Ranks 146 Out of 180 on the Annual Corruption Index

Nigeria has been ranked at 146 out of the 180 countries considered on the annual corruption index published by Transparency International. The report released on Thursday shows that Nigeria dropped two places from its previous position to become the 146th most corrupt country out of 180. According to the report released by Transparency International, "the index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. "It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43." Nigeria scored 27 out of 100 points in this year's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which is way be...
N2m Kola That Began Father Mbaka’s Romance With Uzodinma
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N2m Kola That Began Father Mbaka’s Romance With Uzodinma

prophecy as fake.   Father Ejike Mbaka Your preachers cover up for the politicians by pretending to have received visions and special revelations. They say: “This is what God, the Master, says . . .” when God hasn’t said so much as one word. Ezekiel 22:28. The Message Translation. This denunciation of fake prophets especially caught traction on social media after Father Ejike Mbaka at the beginning of the year proclaimed that the Supreme Court would replace Emeka Ihedioha with Hope Uzodinma as governor of Imo State. While Mbaka was persistent in spite of the incongruity of the fourth-placed candidate achieving that feat, other so-called men of God openly dismissed him and his prophecy as fake. The contention among the men of God easily brings to light the fac...
I’ve Been Vindicated Because Nigeria is Still ‘Jaga Jaga’ – Singer Eedris Abdulkareem
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I’ve Been Vindicated Because Nigeria is Still ‘Jaga Jaga’ – Singer Eedris Abdulkareem

Singer, Eedris Abdulkareem, was a guest on Channels TV on Sunday January 12th where he said he feels vindicated 18 years after he released his hit song, ‘Nigeria Jaga Jaga’. The song “Jaga Jaga”, which projected corruption and suffering in Nigeria, was released in 2002 and caused a lot of controversies. The song was banned from radio by the Federal Government but was still played at nightclubs. ‘Jaga Jaga’ is a term which has been used to describe something in a state of chaos or disarray. During the interview, Eedris said “In 2002 I dropped Nigeria Jaga Jaga, and the ex-president came on the National TV and said that boy wey sing that song, na him papa and him family jaga jaga. I was very happy that my message got to the president. I was very happy that the president talked b...
Nigerian Police Reacts to video of Policeman Spotted with a POS While Asking a Young man for his ATM card
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Nigerian Police Reacts to video of Policeman Spotted with a POS While Asking a Young man for his ATM card

The Nigerian police has reacted to a viral video of one of its officers who was spotted with a POS while asking a young man for his ATM card on a busy road. In a statement released by the Nigerian Police Force, the security agency announced that it has commenced investigations to unravel the authenticity of the video, location of incident and identity of some of those spotted in the video. It assurred the general public of its commitment to bringing to book any officer found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties. Read the statement below; “The Nigerian Police Force has commenced investigations to unravel the authenticity of the video, location of incident and identity of persons captured in the viral video where some persons in Police uniform were captured, allegedly wi...
We Didn’t Completely Plug The Loopholes In Fight Against Corruption – Jonathan
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We Didn’t Completely Plug The Loopholes In Fight Against Corruption – Jonathan

Immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his administration did not plug all loopholes in its bid to end corruption in the country. The former President, however, said it was wrong to assume that the economy would have been in a worse shape if he was not kicked out of power in 2015. Jonathan spoke at the Eagles Square, Abuja on Saturday during the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, non- elective national convention. He was flanked by his former deputy, Namadi Sambo, some serving and former governors, and chieftains of the party. Jonathan also pointed at the 2012 flood in the country as a major set back to his government. According to him, “Though we didn’t completely plug the loopholes in the fight against corruption, but we did well. “I learnt that some p...
UNIBEN New VC, Lilian Salami Seeks EFCC Collaboration To Fight Corruption & Yahoo Boys
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UNIBEN New VC, Lilian Salami Seeks EFCC Collaboration To Fight Corruption & Yahoo Boys

The new Vice Chancellor of the Universality of Benin, UNIBEN, Professor Lilian Salami, has paid a visit to the state’s EFCC chapter to seek a collaboration. The official twitter handle of the anti graft agency made this known while revealing the purpose of her visit. The second female VC of the university declared her intention to collaborate with the EFCC to ensure better performance of their duties which include fighting corruption and fraud. The twitter page wrote: The newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Lilian Salami on Monday, January 6, 2020, paid a courtesy visit to the Benin Zonal Office of the EFCC.The VC said the purpose of the visit was to seek EFCC collaboration in terms of knowledge sharing. “We are here to seek for collaborati...
Why We Are Backing Northern Presidency In 2030- Northern Youth
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Why We Are Backing Northern Presidency In 2030- Northern Youth

some northern youths under aegis of the Arewa Youth Consultative Movement on Thursday said they were supporting southern presidency in 2023 because political elite of northern extraction had failed the region and Nigeria . They said , “Insecurity , strangulation of government work , corruption, disregard for the rule of law , marginalisation , nepotism and the trampling of the fundamental human rights of the ordinary citizen has become the order of the day .” Against this background, the group has therefore reiterated its resolve to settle for South- South presidency in 2023. A coalition of youth groups in the region had also on Wednesday clamoured for power to shift to the southern part of the country , particularly , the South- South geopolitical zone in the 2023 presidential poll...
No Discrimination In Fight Against Corruption – AGF, Abubakar Malami
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No Discrimination In Fight Against Corruption – AGF, Abubakar Malami

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami has debunked claims of the Buhari-led administration fighting a discriminatory fight against corruption.   Speaking in Abuja on Thursday December 19, Malami said he was impressed with the speedy way the judiciary handled election cases and also paid attention to high-profile cases.   He disclosed that 22 ex-governors are either under probe or on trial following the implementation of the whistle-blowing policy which has led to recovery of stolen assets in Nigeria.   Malami said;   “Our fight against corruption is total, comprehensive and dispassionate devoid of any political or ethnic sentiments or inclination. “One of the multiple institutions involved in t...
‘Buhari Not Fighting Corruption’ – Ango Abdullahi
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‘Buhari Not Fighting Corruption’ – Ango Abdullahi

Ango Abdullahi stated categorically that, “we have now seen corruption on a massive scale, and nobody is doing anything about it”. He stated this while fielding questions from Journalists on Tuesday in Kaduna shortly after opening ceremony of a public lecture entitled, “Education as an instrument for national integration: The northern Nigerian Crisis.” According to the elder statesman, if President Buhari was committed to fighting corruption, the nation’s courts and prisons would have been congested with corrupt politicians. He said many corrupt politicians are going about freely because APC has forgiven their sins, pointing out that the case that readily came to mind is that of Senator Danjuma Goje whose ‘sin’ was allegedly forgiven by APC. He said, “The President said he ...
Kenyan court grants bail to Nairobi governor charged with corruption
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Kenyan court grants bail to Nairobi governor charged with corruption

Kenyan court granted bail on Wednesday to the Nairobi County governor charged with multi-million dollar corruption in one of the most high profile cases in the government’s anti-graft push. The move was opposed by the prosecution, which argued Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was likely to interfere with witnesses and obstruct the investigation. Sonko, an elected official from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party known for his flamboyant lifestyle, was arrested on Friday. He has denied charges of conspiracy to commit corruption, conflict of interest, failure to comply with procurement laws, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering.
We Inherited An Almost Bankrupt State From Ajimobi – Seyi Makinde
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We Inherited An Almost Bankrupt State From Ajimobi – Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has said his administration inherited an almost bankrupt State from his predecessor, Abiola Ajimobi. He urged Nigerians to join hands with anti-corruption agencies to fight corruption and stamp it out of the country, stressing that without eradicating corruption, no Nigerian citizen could experience dividend of democracy. Makinde stated this on Monday in Ibadan during a rally organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office to commemoration the International Anti-Corruption Day themed, “Zero Tolerance to Corruption”. The Governor, who pledged his support to EFCC in fighting corruption in Nigeria to a standstill, said that he inherited an almost bankrupt state due to the poor management of the state’s re...