Stella Oduah, Senator representing Anambra North, has debunked report that she bought a $1.2m house in England while she was a Minister. Oduah is alleged to have procured the property using someone else’s name. Oduah said, “Of course, the allegation is not true, it cannot be true.” She said, “It is unfortunate that we have a country where journalists will copy a story without verifying the authenticity of that story. “When you read my statement on it later, then it will be for you to make up your mind. But, categorically it is untrue and it is unfair.” Oduah recalled how she was once accused of purchasing two BMW cars when she was a Minister. She said, “In fact, bullet proof cars were never a transaction that was not approved. “They were two vehicles that were on higher p
Names of some high profile individuals being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have been revealed. Punch, in a report, said a list it obtained contained the names of Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen; Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State; his predecessor and the current Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; and the immediate past Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The names are in the list of high-profile cases involving over 100 politically-exposed persons and top-ranking public officers still being investigated by the EFCC as of August 2017. The list was recently sent by the EFCC to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minis...
Workers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), have debilitated to leave on strike over non-installment of N665million unsubstantiated staff claims. The issue of unsubstantiated cases has been creating pressure between the administration and the laborers of the organization. While NEMA specialists are requesting installment of the N665 million, falling flat which they will go on strike, the administration is demanding the check of the cases. The ACSN is also protesting the transfer of the secretary of the Women Commission Member of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Shaibu Afusatu, to Lagos and has demanded that she should be reposted to NEMA headquarters in Abuja. But the Director-gen...
Fresh revelations have emerged about how five officials diverted about N3.2bn belonging to Local Governments of Nigeria in Benue State within 71 months. The Attorney General of the Federation’s office had on August 1, 2017, charged Solomon Wombo, who was an aide to a former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, and two other former top civil servants in the state, with diversion of about N16.6bn belonging to the 23 local government areas of the state. However, in a fresh six counts, which were filed before the Federal High Court in Makurdi, Benue State, on August 7, 2017, five persons, whose official positions were not disclosed in the charges, were accused of fraudulently diverting N3,212,216,000 belonging to ALGON between January 2011 and November 2014. The five def
According to Sahara Reporters, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, is “fighting tooth and nail” to stall the confiscation of his assets in the United Kingdom. Remember that in 2012, a UK court convicted Ibori of money laundering, with most of his property in the country risking confiscation. He, however, appealed the conviction. In the latest edition of its monthly media publication, EFCC ALERT, the anti-graft agency said Ibori is on a “campaign of calumny” targeted at UK police officers in retaliation of his conviction. The report, written by Segun Adeoye, an assistant editor of the publication, also accused him of employing media propaganda to paint himself as “a victim of persecution”. “One of such, published
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has turned out to disclose why it returned to Timipre Sylva , the 48 houses it seized from him. In a progression of tweets on its official Twitter handle the Anti Corruption Agency claimed that Justice Adeniyi Ademola was the person who foiled the case in a disputable decision. The EFCC had recently come under fire for returning the seized houses to the Sylva who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The EFCC wrote, “He [Sylva] was facing 42 charges before Justice Mohammed of the FHC Abuja. The said properties were forfeited as part of the trial. “The EFCC applied to consolidate charges against him before Justice Mohammed after the DPP, on June 1, 2015, withdrew its own charges. “On June 10, 2015, rather than hear
Bala Mohammed and his son, Shamsudeen,Cecilia Ibru and Diezani Alison-Madueke, are reportedly among those that will lose their Dubai assets. This followed the signing of six agreements by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Nigerian government. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had traced eight choice assets to Mrs. Ibru and two to the ex-Petroleum Minister, while profiling of more than 25 Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) is ongoing. An EFCC source told The Nation: “Following due diligence by the EFCC, the Federal Government has already compiled a list of first batch of suspects with houses in Dubai, whose assets ought to be attached. “The government will soon formally apply to the UAE for the seizure of the assets traced to these Nigerians. “Despite
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to led the Federal government team to negotiate with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has described the war on corruption in Nigeria as almost lost, saying a lot needs to be done to revive it. Speaking with journalists in Abuja on today, Mr. Magu said corruption was fighting back. “The way we are going we have already failed. I am telling you we have almost failed. It is almost lost. The battle against corruption is not only evil, it is a poison,” “Regardless of the challenges that we have faced and continue to face, I am happy to report that we are making progress,” “Many of you are aware of the achievements that we have recorded in the fight against corruption especially in the area of assets recovery. Two days ago, we got the court to forfeit to the Nigerian Government a sum of N7.6
We learnt from sources that N13bn belonging to the Oyo State Government was said to have been lodged in some secret accounts in Heritage bank. An EFCC source also said: “We recently got information about some suspicious accounts in Heritage Bank. We believe the funds in the accounts are part of the proceeds of crime, particularly money laundering and outright diversion of public funds. “We received intelligence reports from some concerned citizens that the money, which is about N13bn was diverted from Oyo State between January to April of 2015 and the money found its way into some secret accounts fraudulently manipulated by top management of Heritage Bank on behalf of some prominent government officials of Oyo State. However, the state government said it had no knowledge of such alleg