EFCC Seeks Synergy With Sister Agencies

EFCC Seeks Synergy With Sister AgenciesThe Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says all government agencies tasked to fight corruption must work in greater synergy for the benefit of all Nigerians.

The anti-corruption czar said this at a time when division among sister agencies has come into full public view.

This follows the rejection of his nomination as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC by the Nigerian Senate, on the basis of an indicting report from the Department of State Services.

Speaking at an anti-corruption summit hosted by Commission, Mr Magu tasked all stakeholders on collaboration.

On his part, the House Committee Chairman on Anti-corruption, Honourable Kayode Oladele, said political culture must be checked.

While a senior advocate, Mike Ozekhome, alleges official hypocrisy, former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, says behaviour tolerated by Nigerians is behaviour approved by the citizens.

The summit, themed ‘Building an Anti-Corruption Consensus in an Inter-Agency Environment’, took place on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Appear Before Me Or Face Dire Consequences, Judge Tells Ekiti Speaker

Appear Before Me Or Face Dire Consequences, Judge Tells Ekiti SpeakerA Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday ordered the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole to appear before it on Wednesday, December 7 and explain why he refused to obey the order to swear in legislator-elect, Mr Toyin Obayemi or face a contempt charge.

At Monday’s proceeding, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that the Speaker must comply with his order to inaugurate Obayemi as member representing Ado Ekiti Constituency 1, which was delivered on July 4, failing which appropriate steps will be taken to protect the integrity and powers of the court.

Obayemi is preferring a contempt charge against Oluwawole for disobeying the court order that he (Obayemi) be sworn in immediately as the legislator to replace Musa Arogundade who was removed by the Court and ordered to refund all salaries and allowances collected since June 5 when the Fifth Assembly was inaugurated.

The Court had annulled  Arogundade’s election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Obayemi a Certificate of Return holding that the latter was not validly nominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the April 11, 2015 House of Assembly election.

The Jurist maintained that the proper thing must be done and the court order complied with by the Speaker who he said must consult with his lawyer on the implication of disobeying court order.

“The Speaker must obey the order of this court, the proper things should be done. For the avoidance of doubt, the Speaker should consult with his counsel against the next adjourned date most especially as court record shows that he has been served.

“I will never be intimidated by anybody, somebody was here before. Even if I die the Bench lives on,” he said.

He subsequently adjourned the case till December 7 for further hearing.

Earlier, the counsel to the Plaintiff, Mr Olayinka Sokoya, had told the court that he received a letter from the law chambers of a Senior Advocate, Mike Ozekhome, dated November 18, a day after the last day of sitting.

Sokoya explained that Ozekhome who is seeking to take over the defence of Oluwawole is praying the court for an adjournment of the case.

Court Adjourns Bribery Case Against Nwobike To April 21

NwobikeThe Lagos State High Court sitting in the Igbosere area of Lagos Island has fixed April 21 for the commencement of trial in the case of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Nwobike.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi fixed the date following a request by the counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, seeking more time to produce their witnesses in proof of the charges against the senior advocate.

On March 9, the EFCC had arraigned Mr Nwobike on allegations that he gave the sum of N750,000 to Justice Mohammed Yunusa of the Federal High Court to influence the judge to pervert the course of justice.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on self-recognizance by the court.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Monday April 11, Counsel to Mr Nwobike, Wale Akoni (SAN) informed the court that the charges against his client were unconstitutional and he intended to make a “no case submission”.

Mr Akoni also denied the claim by the prosecution counsel that the defence had filed “a harvest of motions”. The defendant’s lawyer insisted that his client looked forward to a speedy trial so he could clear his name.

The judge adjourned the case till April 21 and 22 for the prosecution to open its case.

National Conference: Some Delegates Are Taking Issues Personal – Lawyer

vlcsnap-2014-04-29-12h11m48s158A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Moyosore Onigbanjo has said that most of the delegates in the national conference have descended to taking some of the issues personal.

His comment is coming just a day after two committees of the conference rejected the idea of state police.

Mr Onigbajo suggested that at the end of the conference, recommendations that would be taken should be done by consensus and not by voting before sending same to the committee for approval.

On Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Tuesday, Mr Onigbanjo suggested that instead of delegates having disagreement, each delegates should bring up ideas in groups. This he said would enable them  discuss the issues affecting the nation appropriately before presenting same to the committee.

He mentioned that issues of ethnicity, tribe, religion has gone to the fore which seems to perimeter why certain people were there to protect their tribe or religions, pointing out that if there is no law and order in the way things are done, all the protections will fall into pieces.

He further noted that there was a lot of tribal differences amongst the delegates which he said was not good for the progress of the nation.

Mr Onigbanjo cautioned that the conference should not be an ethnic thing and called on delegates to come to a compromise.

“Rather thank carrying an ethnic interest at heart, why don’t i say; is this in the interest of the nation? The good of the nation is the good of all,” he stated.