PHOTOS: President Meets With Members Of Buhari Media Organisation

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received members of the Buhari Media Organisation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

During the session, the President claimed that the opposition looted so much money before he assumed office, that his administration may not be able to recover.

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Below are photos from the meeting.

 

Corrupt Politicians Must Return Looted Funds – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari and Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar wave at residents who came out to welcome him to Bauchi State on Thursday, April 26

 

President Muhammed Buhari says there is no going back on anti-corruption war and all politicians who looted public funds must return such monies back to the nation’s treasury.

He also reaffirmed his resolve to run in the 2019 general elections before a mammoth crowd at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi where he flagged off the distribution of tractors and other farm implements to farmers.

The President, who is in the state on a two-day official visit, told the crowd he is delighted that so many people have embraced agriculture and the business is thriving in Nigeria.

President Buhari had arrived in Bauchi on Thursday morning to a warm reception by Governor Mohammed Abubakar, other government officials and people of the state who came out in thousands for the visit.

As part of his activities for the day, he inaugurated the 261 Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital, 2.5 km Awalah Round-Giwo Road which was rehabilitated and dualised and also the reconstructed 2.5 km Gombe Road.

During a stop at the Emir of Bauchi’s palace, President Buhari promised that he would continue to do justice while steering the affairs of the country.

See photos of the President’s visit below:

 

Court Rejects Andrew Yakubu’s Application To Recover Forfeited $9m

File Photo: Andrew Yakubu

A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, on Wednesday failed to recover the $9.8m seized from him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Mr. Yakubu had filed an application before a Federal High Court in Kano asking the court to overturn an interim order of forfeiture secured by the EFCC in February for the cash.

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Nigerian Government Hails Whistle-Blower Policy

Nigerian Government Hails Whistle-Blower Policy
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has been reflecting on its whistle-blower policy, insisting that progress is being made in the recovery of looted funds in many currencies across the country.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the policy is showing the depth of support among Nigerians for the fight against corruption.

He therefore thanked Nigerians for what he described as the enthusiasm and commitment that they have shown in helping the government to tackle the hydra-headed monster of corruption through the useful leads they have been providing to appropriate government agencies.

In his word, ”Since we launched the whistle-blower policy, we have received immeasurable support from Nigerians. Yes, there is monetary reward for any information that leads to recovery of looted funds, but from what we have seen, most of the Nigerians who have come forward with useful leads were driven by patriotism rather than reward.”

He therefore reassured Nigerians who have useful information on looted funds that the government would protect their identities and also ensure that they get the stipulated reward for their efforts.

2016 Budget: Adeosun, Udoma Appear Before Appropriation Committee

Adeosun, Udoma, senate committe on appropriationThe Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and Minister of National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma have appeared before the Senate committee on Appropriation, to give a breakdown of the level of implementation of the 2016 budget in terms of releases.

The Minister of National Planning, Udo Udoma, says so far 753 billion has been released for capital expenditure while 1.2 trillion is for personnel cost.

He said that the Federal government is short of funding and has not been able to release 100% funds for overhead.

Senator Udoma stated that the Federal Government has only released up to eight months for overhead cost.

Mrs Adeosun said that although the government is recovering looted funds almost on a daily basis, it has been facing legal constraints in recovering looted funds stacked abroad.

Gov. Ortom Rededicates Benue To God, Seeks Refund Of Looted Funds

Benue, Ortom, Looted FundsGovernor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to quickly investigate the alleged looting of over 151 billion Naira by officials of the previous administration and ensure its recoveries.

Mr Ortom made the call at a service for the rededication of Benue State and its people to God in the face of mounting economic and security challenges.

The interdenominational service, which held at the IBB Square to seek repentance before God, marked the end of a two-week state-wide prayer and fasting to seek lasting solutions to its socioeconomic challenges.

The rededication service commenced with a praise and worship session as the Governor and the congregation danced before God.

Founder, Dunamis International Gospel Church, Paul Enenche, preached on the significance of dedication and submission to God as the states seeks to break free from its challenges.

Also taking into account, the cooperate repentance of the state and her people, the Catholic Bishop of Makurdi, Bishop Wilfred Anagbe, charged the people to return to agriculture and shun idleness.

Governor Ortom then made the passionate appeal to the EFCC to help recover funds looted from the state.

In the end, he led the state exco members and some federal legislators to God as he prayed to break unholy ancestral covenants.

This led to joyous celebration among the participants.

Zuma Promises To Return Confiscated Funds To Nigeria

zumaSouth African President, Jacob Zuma, says his government will do everything possible to ensure that the monies confiscated by South Africa during Goodluck Jonathan’s regime are returned to Nigeria.

Mr Zuma made the promise while addressing reporters after bilateral talks with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

For over two hours President Buhari and the South African President discussed several issues aimed at deepening the relationship between the two countries.

They also reviewed the over 30 bilateral agreements the two countries had signed over the years.

President told the reporters that the Nigerian and South African governments were working on the matter and that the relevant structures were already recovering some of the loots.

Th South African leader also told reporters that investigations were ongoing to ensure that anything that was illegally taken to South Africa would be returned.

South Africa and Nigeria have good bilateral relations, and strong historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle, but issues of xenophobia is threatening this relationship.

The South African President described xenophobic attacks recorded in his country as ‘unfortunate’, promising to address it ones and for all.

“Africans should realise that they are the same and should avoid conflicts and attacks on each other,” he stressed.

The Nigerian leader also addressed reporters, touching different issues.

On the fine imposed on a South African company in Nigeria, MTN, President Buhari says the Federal Government was worried about the security implication of incident and not the fine imposed.

According to the President, several lives could not have been lost if the MTN carried out the instructions by the regulatory body.

He, however, expressed joy that the South African company had agreed to pay the fine imposed on them.

President Buhari also emphasised the continent’s quest for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, saying “Africa deserves a place in the Security Council seat of the United Nations”.

He also sympathisesd with South Africans on the unfortunate building collapse that claimed some lives in Lagos and promised to do all to consolidate the relations between the two countries.

The South African leader is in Nigeria for a two-day state visit.

He is expected to address the National Assembly later on Tuesday.

Both leaders will also address the South Africa Business Forum before the end of the visit.

In President Zuma’s delegation are the Minister of Trades and Industry, Rob Davies, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister for Energy, Tina Joemat-Peterson, Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane.

Magu Meets UAE Envoy To Deepen Anti-corruption War

Ibrahim-MaguThe Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Wednesday met with the United Arab Emirate (UAE) Ambassador to Nigeria, Mahmud Muhammad Al- Mahmud, to deepen the anti-corruption war.

At a meeting in Mr Magu’s office in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, both men discussed further cooperation that would see stolen funds returned to Nigeria.

The meeting came barely two weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari signed a Mutual Legal Assistance agreement with the UAE on the repatriation of stolen funds and extradition of indicted officials.

At the meeting, the EFCC boss called for the strengthening of the existing relationship between Nigeria and the UAE, with a view to effectively tackling corruption within the African continent.

Mr Magu said: “The fight against graft requires the collaborative support of all and sundry, most especially the international community for it to be won”.

Ssafe Haven

According to the EFCC boss, the present administration in Nigeria was poised to recover the nation’s commonwealth looted and laundered in foreign countries by corrupt elements.

He said the Commission had intelligence that the UAE was considered a safe haven by corrupt politically exposed persons in Nigeria.

“I have come to seek your support and cooperation just as we had in the case of Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, James Ibori, among others to get the mission accomplished,” Magu told the UAE envoy.

On his part, the UAE Ambassador, Al- Mahmud, pledged the support of his country to Nigeria’s anti-graft war.

“No country can be an island on its own without the support of others,” he stressed.