NAFDAC Boss Says Allegation Of Abuse Of Office Is ‘Unsubstantial’

Paul-OrhiiThe Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii, has described allegations against him as ‘Unsubstantiated, Mindless and Spurious’.

Mr Orhii was at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) earlier on Monday for interrogation over the allegations of abuse of office and contract scam.

His invitation for questioning followed allegations of supplies made at NAFDAC, linked to his personal company.

He was granted administrative bail, but he is expected to re-appear before the EFCC.

‘Unsubstantiated, Mindless And Spurious’

In reaction to claims that he was arrested, Mr Orhii in a statement by his Director of Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, denied being arrested by the EFCC, saying he went there on his own volition.

He explained that a former Director of Finance and Accounts of NAFDAC, Mr Demola Mogbojuri, had initiated a corruption allegation against him and that the claims were ‘unsubstantiated, mindless and spurious’.

Mr Orhii said that there was nothing unusual about his visit to the office of the anti-graft body.

He is the latest high-profile Nigerian that the EFCC has invited for questioning over allegations of corrupt practices since President Muhammadu Buhari took over office on May 29.

On July 28 the wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, was at the headquarters of the EFCC for questioning over an alleged case of corruption.

After about five hours with the officials of the anti-graft agency indoors, Mrs Saraki left the premises with her supporters.

Earlier on July 8 the Former Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Steve Oronsaye, was arrested by the EFCC and was few days later brought before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, to answer charges of corruption, bordering on 1.2 billion Naira fraud.

EFCC Questions Senate President’s Wife, Toyin Saraki

toyin SarakiThe wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, was at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  for questioning over an alleged case of corruption.

On Tuesday, 

Mrs Saraki was accompanied by dozens of politicians including some serving Senators and some of her supporters to the EFCC’s office in Abuja.

After about five hours with the officials of the anti-graft agency indoors, Mrs Saraki left the premises with her supporters.

Neither the accused nor officials of the EFCC briefed waiting reporters of the latest development.

Mrs Saraki had been accused by the EFCC of an alleged involvement in a multi-million Naira misappropriation of bank loan and laundering of funds from the Kwara State Government while her husband served as the Governor of the state.

However, Senators of a group called ‘Like Minds’ in a statement signed by Senator Dino Melaye, said although, they did not want to make any hasty conclusion, they were surprised that about five years after Senator Saraki left the Kwara State Government House, the EFCC suddenly realised the need to invite the wife for questioning.

They urged the Commission to perform its lawful duties without any form of external control.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in reaction, described the invitation of the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, EFCC as politically motivated.

Senators Express Reservation Over EFCC’s Invitation Of Mrs Saraki

SarakiSenators who are members of the group called ‘Like Minds’ have described as curious, the decision of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to invite the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, in connection with an unknown investigation.

The senators, in a statement signed by Senator Dino Melaye, stated that they hoped that the invitation of Mrs Saraki was not politically motivated or linked with the ongoing leadership tussle in the Senate.

The lawmakers stated that although they did not want to make any hasty conclusion, they were surprised that about five years after Senator Saraki left the Kwara State Government House, the EFCC suddenly realized the need to invite the wife for questioning.

They urged the EFCC to perform its lawful duties but warned that it should not return to the dark days when the anti-graft agency was frequently and flagrantly used as a political weapon.

Aisha Buhari Meets With APC Women, Youths

aishaThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has held a reception for women and youths of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The reception was an appreciation of the overwhelming support given to the APC in the last general elections.

Present at the reception were wives of state governors, members of the National Assembly and party faithful.

The APC Women Leader, Hajia Ramatu Tijani and wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo Osinbajo, advised that the party leadership must ensure they deliver on the change they promised Nigerians, which includes the rescue of Chibok girls and women.

Prominent persons who also attended the dinner included; former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Ameachi who was the Chairman of the occasion and wife of Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Hajia Asmau Yari.

Others were wife of the Imo State governor, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha, Dr. Hajon Sani, wife of the APC National Chairman, Victoria John Oyegun, wife of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gimbia Dogara, wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki and Bola Tinubu who was represented by Femi Ojudu.