Ribadu Hands Over Cars For Buhari’s Re-Election Campaign Amid Controversy

 

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu has said he is committed to mobilising the people and stakeholders of Adamawa state to ensure the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. 

Ribadu announced his commitment in Yola while presenting 40 vehicles donated by his support group for the mobilization of voters in Adamawa state for President Buhari

Speaking at the ceremony to unveil the Black Cap Revolution Movement for President Buhari and his running mate, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Ribadu said, “Adamawa is 100 percent in support of Buhari”.

The former EFCC boss said he will make sure Buhari is re-elected because he (Buhari) deserves another term to continue the work he has started for Nigeria.

He said his appointment as Director General Field operations is to campaign for Buhari, adding that his support group promised the president a hundred percent support in Adamawa state.

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“We have decided to convert everything we had for Buhari’s campaign, the meeting here is a dedication and a donation of everything – officers, vehicles and good committees for the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Ribadu said.

The former anti-graft chief said the presidential election in 2019,  is a referendum between a past “that should forever be forgotten and a new chapter of probity and accountability”.

Patriotism Meets Controversy

Meanwhile, some members of the Nuhu Ribadu Organization have distanced themselves from the organisation’s decision to campaign only for President Buhari.

The aggrieved members decided not to attend the event at the Nuhu Ribadu campaign office in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

Represented by Yusuf Danumma, the stakeholders said Ribadu’s action was against their position, arguing that they will campaign for all candidates of the APC, not President Buhari alone.

“By our meeting, our position on which I stand to be corrected is that we are going to vote for the entire candidates of the party,” Danumma said.

Also reacting to Ribadu’s decision to campaign for Buhari alone, Ahmed Lawan said the former EFCC chief was going against the will of the party.

Lawan. the organizing secretary of the APC in Adamawa said, “If you say you are only working for Mr. President, then you are committing anti-party, and we have it in our constitution that anyone commits anti-party, the party will take actions against him.”

Alleged Money Laundering Case Against Ize-Iyamu, Four Others Stalled

File photo of Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

 

The alleged fraud case brought by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and four others has been stalled.

The case was stalled due to the absence of the first and fourth defendants in court on Wednesday.

The EFCC through its lead counsel had filed an eight-count charge of money laundering under the money laundering prohibition act of 2011 against the accused persons including PDP chieftain, Tony Anenih who they claim is at large.

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Speaking to Channels Television, counsel to the fourth defendant, Pascal Ugbome said the missing defendants in court had travelled out of the country before the EFCC prepared the case.

He insisted that they would have been available by the May 22 but the date was not convenient for the court.

He added that the defense counsel had already filed a bail application in anticipation of the court case on the instructions of their clients.

In her ruling, at the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital, Justice Patience Ajoku fixed June 11, 2018, for hearing on the case.

Buhari Inaugurates New EFCC Headquaters In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally inaugurated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Head Office in Abuja.

This was after he left Dutse, the Jigawa State Capital after his two-day working visit to the state.

President Buhari while inaugurating the head office which is located at Jabi area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said his administration never intends and is not engaged in witch-hunting in its fight against corruption.

He also called on the legislature to review what he calls archaic provisions in the country’s laws as well as proactive legislation to help fight corruption.

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Alleged N650m Fraud: EFCC Refutes Claim Of Torturing Akinjide, Others

 

An operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Usman Zakari has told a Federal High Court in Lagos that the commission does not torture suspects.

Zakari was testifying in a trial within trial ordered by the court to determine if statements made by former Federal Capital Territory Minister Jumoke Akinjide and her co-defendants were voluntary.

At the last sitting of the court, Akinjide had disowned five extrajudicial statements which she allegedly made at the EFCC.

The other defendants – a former Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District Ayo Adeseun, and a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader in Oyo State Chief Olarenwaju Otiti – also claimed they did not make their statements voluntarily.

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Akinjide’s lawyer, Olusegun Williams had also opposed moves by the EFCC’s counsel Rotimi Oyedepo to tender the statements in evidence on the basis that they were obtained under duress.

During the proceedings, on Monday, the EFCC operative insisted that the defendants were not forced to make their statements. He also added that some of the statements were made willingly in the presence of their lawyers.

Justice Hassan has adjourned until Tuesday for continuation of cross-examination of the EFCC witness.

The EFCC had charged the defendants with conspiring to directly take possession of N650million, which they reasonably ought to have known was part of proceeds of an unlawful act, and without going through a financial institution.

The commission said the defendants allegedly received the money ahead of the 2015 general elections,from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was named in the charge as being at large.

The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Court Adjourns Case Against Dele Belgore Till May 31

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned to May 31, 2017 the hearing of a motion seeking to terminate the charge against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore and a former Minister Of National Planning, Professor Abubakar Suleiman.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Mr Belgore alongside Professor Abubakar Suleiman for alleged money laundering.

Both men were accused of conspiring to take possession of the sum of 450 million Naira, which the EFCC claims forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.

The defence council filed the application seeking to terminate the proceedings on the grounds that the prosecution did not file an affidavit to show it had not completed investigation on the matter.

The prosecution, however, argued that if an application is brought after a plea has been taken as to the validity of a charge, it can be considered alongside the substantive matter.

After listening to both counsels, Justice Reliwan Aikawa agreed that the motion could be heard alongside the substantive matter, and therefore adjourned the matter to May 31.

Court Strikes Out Obanikoro’s Application Against EFCC

Musiliu Obanikoro, EFCC, Ekiti election, ObanikoroA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has struck out a 100 million Naira suit instituted by Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, and his family against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over allegations of property seizure.

Justice AbdulAziz Anka held that the suit lacked merit.

The Senator, his wife, his two sons, Gbolahan, Babajide and his daughter-in-law, had dragged the EFCC before the judge over allegations bordering on what they considered a breach of their fundamental rights.

Specifically, the plaintiffs had asked Justice Anka to make a declaration that the forceful seizure of their personal effects by the EFCC amounted to a gross violation of their rights.

The judge was equally urged to issue an order, setting aside the forceful detention of their property during a raid on June 14, 2016.

They also made a demand for an “unreserved public apology”, as well as the sum of 100 million Naira as general damages from the anti-graft agency.

The Obanikoros also wanted the court to issue an order restraining the anti-graft agency from arresting, detaining or harassing them or entering their premises again to seize their property.

On their part, the EFCC argued that Senator Obanikoro got suspicious payments from the Office of the National Security Adviser through some companies linked to the family.

The anti-graft agency argued that $1,018,000 was transferred from the office of the NSA to Mob Integrated Services on March 18, 2015.

The family through their counsel, Lawal Pedro (SAN), however told the judge that the said documents and property seized by the EFCC had nothing to do with the office of the NSA.

Justice Anka’s ruling subsequently held that the application of the Obanikoros lacked judicial procedure and was incompetent.

He also noted that the applicants’ houses were searched by the EFCC based on search warrants secured by the anti-graft agency from the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court.

The judge further said he could not declare the recovered items as null and void, so as not to foreclose the possibility of the EFCC tendering them as exhibits in imminent criminal cases against the Obanikoros.

He added that if the claimants decide to make a case of breach of their rights, they could do so during the criminal trial.

Niger Govt. Claims N6bn Found With Ex-commissioner

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello says the six billion Naira found in the account of a former commissioner in the state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), belongs to the state government.

The EFCC had weeks ago announced the discovery of two bank accounts containing two billion Naira each with the funds suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

The governor told journalists in Abuja that an additional two billion Naira had been traced to the ex-commissioner, bringing the total amount discovered to six billion Naira.

According to the governor, the funds are believed to have been siphoned through inflated Hajj subsidies offered by the state government to pilgrims.

The governor, who commended the EFCC for its efforts in recovering stolen funds, promised that the funds would be deployed to developmental projects.

The EFCC has since declared the ex-commissioner wanted.

Updated: Buhari Suspends SGF, NIA DG

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal.

President Buhari has also ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the SGF in the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).

Also, pending the outcome of the investigation into the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a residential apartment at Osborne towers, Ikoyi, Lagos state, the President has suspended the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

According to the statement, the investigation is also to enquire into the circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds, how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to the NIA, and to establish whether or not there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.

Emotional Moment

A three-man Committee comprising the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the National Security Adviser, headed by the Vice President, is to conduct both investigations.

The committee is expected to submit its report to the President within 14 days.

In the interim, the most senior Permanent Secretary in the SGF’s office, and the most senior officer in the NIA, are to act, respectively, during the period of investigation.

Meanwhile, Mr. Osinbajo has held a closed door meeting with the SGF, Mr. Lawal. The NIA DG, Mr. Oke, who had been turned back earlier, in an emotion-laden moment and denied attempts to speak with the VP, was later granted an audience.

Presidency Seeks To Strengthen Whistle-blower Policy

Presidency Seeks To Strengthen Whistle-blower PolicyThe Presidency has commenced efforts to strengthen the mechanism of the Whistle-blower Policy, following breakthroughs recorded in the war against corruption and unaccounted wealth.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the enthusiastic response of Nigerians to the Whistle-blower Policy has boosted the tempo of the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He told State House correspondents on Wednesday that the government is considering ways of enhancing the structural capacity of the whistle-blower mechanism.

Mr Shehu noted that government is also considering empowering the mechanism by either bringing it under the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), or some other body to imbue the process with a strategic national purpose.

“In a word, government thinks that the whistle-blower mechanism is too important to be left without a strategic, national direction,” he observed.

Worst Betrayal Of Voters’ Mandate

The President’s spokesman commended the zeal and patriotism of Nigerians for responding positively to the whistle-blower incentive policy, aimed at exposing hidden looted funds across Nigeria.

According to him, “no public policy can succeed or go far enough without public support and participation”, and “when the citizens realise they are victims of corruption, they may feel encouraged to join the efforts to expose looted funds”.

Mr Shehu explained that the recovery of huge amounts of looted funds through the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and whistle-blowers “is a revelation about the mindless, callous and reckless scale on which Nigeria had been robbed by unpatriotic and egregiously selfish public officials”.

He said President Buhari’s election in 2015 was “a divine intervention in response to the desperate cries of Nigerians for urgent change”, adding that “stealing by officials under a democratic government at the expense of people’s welfare is worst betrayal of voters’ mandate”.

Presence Of Illegal Weapons

The President’s spokesman also disclosed that government was getting suggestions to bring the issue of illegal weapons in the hands of citizens that are used to fuel intra and inter-communal violence under the purview of the Whistle-blower Policy.

“Yes, it is true, the Presidency has received suggestions that call for the Whistle-blower Policy to be extended to the possession of illegal weapons by powerful individuals in the country.

“The government will look at all that and make a pronouncement. Nigerians would be encouraged to expose the presence of illegal weapons in the homes of powerful politicians and other public figures who may use those deadly arms for sinister political agenda,” he said.

Shehu stressed that those exposing looted funds deserve all the encouragement and protection to sustain their enthusiasm, with a view to encouraging more citizens to participate in what he called the “major aspect of the anti-corruption crusade”.

Commending Nigerians for their support, the Buhari administration assured the citizens that all recovered funds would be applied to their welfare and happiness, adding that no country can achieve progress with corruption.

Wike Claims Money Recovered In Lagos Belongs To Rivers

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the huge sums of money, uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in an apartment in the Ikoyi area of Lagos on Wednesday, belong to Rivers state.

Governor Wike made this known during a press conference at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Lagos, has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the fund, (43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira and 27,000 Pounds), to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The court said the monies should be in the Federal Government’s custody until May 5, for any interested party in the funds to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited.

Amaechi Denies Ownership Of Funds Recovered In Ikoyi

Amaechi Denies Ownership Of Funds Recovered In IkoyiAs the controversy over who owns the huge sum of money uncovered in a luxury apartment in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State continues, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has denied any connection to the cash.

In a statement issued from his media office on Saturday, Mr Amaechi dismissed claims that the said funds recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) belonged to him.

He urged Nigerians to disregard such claims, noting that he does not know who owns the money or the apartment where it was found.

“For clarity and emphasis, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is not the owner of the $43 million and the Ikoyi apartment in which the money was recovered from.

“Amaechi has no business, link or connection to the money or property. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi does not know who owns the money or Ikoyi apartment,” he said.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Governor Nyesom Wike said the recovered money belongs to the Rivers State government, and asked the Federal Government to return the funds.

The EFCC recovered 43 million Dollars, 23 million Naira, and 27,000 Pounds on Wednesday, April 12, following a tip-off by a whistle-blower regarding some suspicious movement of bags in and out of an apartment in Ikoyi.

The discovery came days after the anti-graft announced the recovery of 547,730 Euros; 21,090 Dollars and 5,648,500 Naira from a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos.

Consequently, a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Justice Muslim Hassan gave till May 5, 2017 for any interested party in the funds to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

Electoral Fraud: INEC Partners EFCC To Prosecute Erring Staff

Electoral Fraud: INEC Partners EFCC To Prosecute Erring StaffThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute any of its staff member found to have committed any offence related to its mandate.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the appeal during a meeting with the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, at the anti-corruption agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The called followed the suspension of 205 members of staff of the electoral body, for their alleged involvement in fraud during the 2015 general elections.

Professor Yakubu said it took the INEC about four months to thoroughly investigate all the allegations contained in the interim report it received from the anti-graft agency, before a final decision could be reached.

He asked the EFCC to commence the prosecution of any staff without waiting for the conclusion of INEC’s internal investigation, if it has sufficient evidence to do so.

“If we get our elections right, we will get our democracy right; and if we get our democracy right, we will attain real development as a nation,” he told Mr Magu.

He assured the EFCC of INEC readiness to join it in creating more awareness on the consequences of corruption as a preventive measure.

According to the INEC Chairman, sensitisation is a cheaper way of fighting corruption, since it is capable of discouraging potential offenders from taking dangerous risks.

“We shall look at ways of partnering with the EFCC on this,” he said in statement issued by his spokesman, Rotimi Oyekanmi.

In his response, Mr Magu said the EFCC regards corruption as “a crime against humanity”, lauding Professor Yakubu for cooperating with the anti-graft agency in the cases involving some INEC staff.

“We are already prosecuting some INEC staff in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano and Gombe states. In the future, before we take any such case to court, we will inform INEC and share details of the Charge Sheet with you.

“And if you have anybody in your Legal Department that wants to join our prosecution team, such persons are welcome. This will add value to work,” he noted.

The EFCC boss also commended the INEC management for its decisive action on the allegation, saying: “When you take actions like these, you are reducing our work and as far as the fight against corruption is concerned, we (EFCC and INEC) are on the same page”.