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Buhari Explains Pardon Granted Ex-Gov
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Buhari Explains Pardon Granted Ex-Gov

Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame President Muhammadu Buhari says his anti-corruption war is on course despite the pardon granted to two former State chief executives. Former Governors of Plateau (Joshua Dariye) and Taraba (Jolly Nyame) were recently given a clean bill years after conviction for graft. Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu clarified the recent note presented to the Council of State after the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy (PACPM) report. His statement Wednesday night said it was a culmination of a process begun by the convicts and others concerned in line with the constitution. Shehu maintained that Section 175 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) empowers the President to exercise his constitutional powers to grant a pardon. ...
Pardoning Corrupt Persons Impairs Existence Of Anti-Graft Agencies – Wike
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Pardoning Corrupt Persons Impairs Existence Of Anti-Graft Agencies – Wike

Nyesom WIke Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, insisted that the presidential pardon for persons prosecuted on corruption charges only suggests that there “is no need to have anti-corruption agencies in the country.” He wondered how to explain the embarrassment the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) is made to suffer by the action, as they have been made to be irrelevant. A statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the governor spoke during an interaction with delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State, as part of his ongoing consultations ahead of its May 28 and 29 presidential primary. Wike said: “This is the same government that complained that the judic...
I Weep For Nigeria, SAN Faults Pardon Of Nyame, Dariye
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I Weep For Nigeria, SAN Faults Pardon Of Nyame, Dariye

Justice A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Jibrin Okutepa, has faulted the presidential pardon granted to former governors of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye; and Taraba State, Rev Jolly Nyame. The lawyer noted that he wept after hearing that Dariye and Nyame were pardoned. The National Council of State had on Thursday endorsed the pardon of Dariye, Nyame and 157 other convicts following the recommendation of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy. The 12-member committee, inaugurated by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2018 is headed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. Dariye and Nyame were jailed for stealing N1.16bn and N1.6bn, respectively. He wondered why the Presid...
Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of Diezani Allison Madueke’s Land In Lekki To FG
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Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of Diezani Allison Madueke’s Land In Lekki To FG

Justice Akintayo Aluko of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, directed the Federal Government to permanently take over a vacant plot of land linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke. Justice Aluko’s order of the final forfeiture of the land located at Plot 13, Block I, Oniru Chieftaincy Family Private Estate, Lekki, Lagos, after listening to an application to that effect from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The application was filed by Ansalem B. Ozioko on behalf of the Head of Legal Section of the EFCC and argued by Abbas Mohammed, a Legal Officer in the Commission. It would be recalled that Justice Babs Kuewuni of the same court had on May 15, 2018, granted an interim forfeiture of the said land. In his rul...
EFCC Official Reveals AGF Malami’s Role In Unfreezing Accounts
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EFCC Official Reveals AGF Malami’s Role In Unfreezing Accounts

In a leaked audio, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mohammed Idris, has revealed how the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, compromised cases of corruption in the country. Mr Malami had recommended the appointment of the current EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, to President Muhammadu Buhari in February this year. In one of the multiple audio recordings exclusively obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN and verified by some insiders, the EFCC operative was discussing with one Abdulbari Yusuf, a younger brother to a retired Rear Admiral and former Director of Navy Accounts, Tahir Yusuf, who was facing charges of corruption. Mr Idris, who is a lawyer, was also heard giving Mr Yusuf’s brother hints on how to defeat the anti-graft commission at th...
Femi Fani-Kayode Docked Over ‘Forgery Of Medical Report’
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Femi Fani-Kayode Docked Over ‘Forgery Of Medical Report’

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has been docked before Justice O. Abike-Fadipe of Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja for alleged forgery. Fani-Kayode was charged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 12-count charge bordering on fraudulent use of false documents. According to the prosecution, Femi Fani-Kayode on October 11, 2021, in Lagos fraudulent representation procured one Dr Ogieva Oziegbe to execute a document titled: “MEDICAL REPORT ON Olufemi Fani Kayode 60 YEARS/MALE/HOSP. NO.00345” and purported same to have been issued by Kubwa General Hospital. EFCC noted that procuring and execution of documents by false pretence is contrary to section 369 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. See Also: EFCC Charges Kenneth ...
Kogi Government Sues EFCC, Demands ₦35 Billion In Damages
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Kogi Government Sues EFCC, Demands ₦35 Billion In Damages

The Kogi State Government has finally dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to court over allegations that it fixed N19.3 billion bail-out funds received from the Federal Government. This came as Justice J. Majebi of a Kogi State High Court also granted an interim injunction restraining the EFCC from issuing further official or unofficial publications over the issue involving a new generation bank (namewithheld) with Account No. 0073572696 or any other account purportedly belonging to Kogi State Government. The Kogi State Government, Accountant-General of the State, Momoh Jibrin; and Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Asiwaju Mukadam Asiru, were claimants in the suit, while the EFCC, a new generation bank and Central Bank of Nigeria were listed as ...
Buhari Asks Nigerians To Join Anti-Graft War To Make Country Great
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Buhari Asks Nigerians To Join Anti-Graft War To Make Country Great

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said that for Nigeria to achieve greatness, Nigerians must join the anti-corruption war, which he says the government alone cannot win. He urged Nigerians to entrench a culture of discipline, hard work, honesty, and inspiring leadership. The president described education as the bedrock of national development while stressing that its importance could not be over-emphasised. He reiterated that no country had all the resources to provide jobs for every graduate, adding that Nigerian youths should be prepared and determined to contribute their quota, by engaging in creative and innovative ventures. Buhari, who was represented by a top official of the Federal Ministry of Education, Hajia Rikayat Gambo-Iliyasu, spoke at the remodelled Akin-Deko A...
Obi Cubana Spends Second Day With EFCC, Passport Seized
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Obi Cubana Spends Second Day With EFCC, Passport Seized

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reportedly confiscated the passport of a popular socialite and businessman, Obinna Iyiegbu, aka Obi Cubana, who was arrested on Monday for alleged money laundering and tax fraud. It was gathered that the seizure of his travel document was to prevent him from leaving the country while under investigation. Checks revealed that the anti-graft agency quizzed the Anambra-born social media influencer for the second day on Tuesday at its Abuja, Jabi headquarters. A source stated, “Obi Cubana has not been released, he is still having quality sessions with investigators over alleged money laundering running into millions of naira and tax fraud. See Also: EFCC Arrests Obi Cubana Over Alleged Money Laundering He will be released when he ...
Kyari Not Recalled By IGP Usman Baba – Force PPRO, Frank Mba
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Kyari Not Recalled By IGP Usman Baba – Force PPRO, Frank Mba

The Nigeria Police Force has debunked reports that suspended Deputy-commissioner of Police Abba Kyari has been recalled to resume work. The spokesperson for the police, Commissioner Frank Mba dismissed the report. “How can the police recall an officer suspended by the Police Service Commission? he said. Kyari who was formerly OC SARS and commander of the Inspector-General of police Intelligence Response Team (IGP-IRT) had been under investigation after being indicted in a scam case involving Abbas Ramon, commonly known as Hushpuppi. The FBI alleged that Kyari connived with Hushpuppi to defraud a Qatari businessman of $1.1m. See Also: ASUU Rejected Planned N1m Undergraduate School Fees, Says Osodeke Giving an update on DCP Kyari’s case on Thursday, the IGP said the embattl...