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2023: Shettima decries Professor Sagay’s comments on Gov. Yahaya Bello’s presidential ambition
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2023: Shettima decries Professor Sagay’s comments on Gov. Yahaya Bello’s presidential ambition

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has expressed reservation with the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, for rejecting the reported 2023 presidential ambition of incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello. Professor Itse Sagay believed that Kogi governor has no records to show to warrant him aspire for the of the country. Yerima Shettima is of the opinion that Prof Sagay is economical with the truth. Alhaji Yerima Shettima expressed confidence that the young Kogi Governor is capable of defending himself any day, adding that he is exercising his freedom of expression as a stakeholder of the Nigerian project. According to Yerima Shettima, “I think it is quite unfair to make pretentious comments about Kogi State, which is the m...
Malami Asks President Buhari To Disband Itse Sagay’s PACAC
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Malami Asks President Buhari To Disband Itse Sagay’s PACAC

Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-Gen­eral of the Federa­tion and Minister of Justice, has recommended the disbandment of the Pres­idential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) headed by Prof. Itse Sagay to President Muhammadu Bu­hari. Sources said Malami’s argument was that the com­mittee has outlived its useful­ness and should be disbanded like the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) formerly under the supervision of Okoi Obo­no-Obla. President Buhari disband­ed the SPIP in September 2019 and transferred the du­ties of the panel to Malami. PACAC was established in August 2015, with the mandate to promote the reform agenda of the gov­ernment on the anti-corrup­tion effort, and to advise the present administration in the pro...
Malami Won’t Let Bawa Succeed As EFCC Chairman – Sagay
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Malami Won’t Let Bawa Succeed As EFCC Chairman – Sagay

Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), says he is worried that Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, may interfere in the duties of Abdulrasheed Bawa, newly-appointed chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The senate on Tuesday, confirmed Bawa as substantive chairman of the EFCC after screening him for over two hours. In an interview with The PUNCH, Sagay who described Malami as a politician said the power of the AGF must be checked so as not to control the activities of the anti-graft agency. He faulted the fact that Malami and Bawa come from the same state, adding that both might even be related. “This issue is a very big question because I noticed that they both come from the same s...
Supreme Court’s Judgement which Nullified the Trial of Orji Uzor Kalu and his Co-defendant, Ude Jones Udeogu is Shocking – Sagay
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Supreme Court’s Judgement which Nullified the Trial of Orji Uzor Kalu and his Co-defendant, Ude Jones Udeogu is Shocking – Sagay

Professor of law, Itse Sagay (SAN) has shared his thoughts on the Supreme Court judgment of May 8 which nullified the trial and conviction of a former Governor of Abia State Orji Kalu, and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former Director of Finance in Abia State Government for N7.1bn fraud. Udeogu had been handed a 10 year jail sentence by a federal high court which also handed a 12 year jail sentence to Orji Uzor Kalu on December 5, 2019. The apex court in the judgment nullified Section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 which had enabled the then President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa (retd) to issue fiat to Justice Mohammed Idris, who was elevated to the higher bench in June 2018 to return to the Federal High Court to conclude the case. A ful...
Itse Sagay Says He Adviced Oshiomole Against His Agressive Behaviour
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Itse Sagay Says He Adviced Oshiomole Against His Agressive Behaviour

Professor Itse Sagay SAN, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) on Saturday said the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, ignored his advice on the need to be less combative in his approach to dealing with people. Speaking in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Sagay, who is also a chieftain of APC, said Oshiomhole’s aggressive approach has cost the APC some states in the country. He said: “I have advised Oshiomhole rather unsuccessfully to stop being combative, to stop punching and all these aggressive behaviour. “In a leadership position, you need to stoop to conquer, you need to be restrained. Even when people are wrong and you want to correct them, you need to show that you are not after humiliating th...
“The First List Was A Fraction, The Second List Is Coming” – FG Set To Release Fresh List Of Looters
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“The First List Was A Fraction, The Second List Is Coming” – FG Set To Release Fresh List Of Looters

The Federal Government is reportedly preparing a fresh list of looters that will correct the errors of the first two. Recall that Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had on Good Friday, March 30 and Easter Sunday, April 1 released two lists containing 29 names of alleged looters of the nation’s treasury. Following the release of the list, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the government of bias, saying FG deliberately listed many of the party’s members to damage its chances in the 2019 election. However, according to reports, the new list will contain names of former governors and ministers, many of whom decamped from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Bankers that facilitated the looting processes are also said to b...
Nigeria’s Chief Justice Sets New Rules For Judges
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Nigeria’s Chief Justice Sets New Rules For Judges

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has ordered judges to resume at 9 a.m. and close 4 p.m. daily in all courts. Mr.Onnoghen said this at a function on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The event was organised by the Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption. Mr. Onnoghen’s directives was part of 13 reforms aimed at fighting corruption and ensuring speedy and transparent delivery of justice in the Nigerian judicial system. “Backlog of cases, delayed proceedings and corruption allegations against officers are some of the stains the institution has been battling to remove,” he said. “In the recent past, the judiciary has been accused of corruption along with the allegation that when complaints of corrupt practices and unprofessional cond...
Itse Sagay: Nigeria Will Regret Having Youth As President
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Itse Sagay: Nigeria Will Regret Having Youth As President

As the debate on leadership in Nigeria – in view of the 2019 election – continues to gather momentum, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has warned that the country would be embarking on a dangerous journey if it elected a youth as president. In a chat, on Monday, Sagay said there was no evidence that youths were better than elders in leadership. He argued that anyone thinking youths would perform better in positions of authority in Nigeria was shallow-minded. While urging the youths to come out and fight for power, he argued that power was not served a la carte, adding that the older generations would not willingly hand over power to youths on a platter of gold unless the younger generations worked for it. The co...
Nigeria Practising Democrazy – Itse Sagay
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Nigeria Practising Democrazy – Itse Sagay

The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay, has described Nigeria’s system of government as ‘democrazy’. He said Nigeria is not yet ready for liberal democracy while lamenting that people in positions of authority often abuse all the privileges of rule of law, human rights and democracy. Sagay called on the federal government to apply strength and discipline in operating the democratic dispensation to speedily develop the country. Sagay made the call on Wednesday at the 27th convocation lecture of the Federal University of Technology Minna. The lecture was titled ‘Nigeria: The Travails of An Animal Kingdom’. He said Kuan Yew applied the method in Singapore and rescued the country from poverty, misery, chaos, and underdevelopment b...
Obasanjo’s Letter To Buhari Insulting – Sagay Reacts
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Obasanjo’s Letter To Buhari Insulting – Sagay Reacts

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to run for second term as insulting   Reacting to the development, Sagay in a statement urged Obasanjo, who he said sought for third term, to show Buhari some respect.     He said: “I saw Obasanjo’s comments and I could not believe my eyes, that a man who tried to get a third term is discouraging someone else from getting a second term. It doesn’t make sense.   “I think Obasanjo should try and respect other people. He has achieved a lot. He is a great man and I respect him. But he should learn to respect other people and think of them as being, at least, as good a...
Nigerians Criticising Buhari For Appointing Dead Persons, ‘Stupid, Senseless’ — Sagay
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Nigerians Criticising Buhari For Appointing Dead Persons, ‘Stupid, Senseless’ — Sagay

A Nigerian legal scholar and supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday launched an attack on those scolding the president for offering federal appointments to dead persons. Itse Sagay Chairman, a law professor, who now serves as the chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, said the fallout that greeted the appointments was unnecessary and those expressing outrage are “senseless” and “stupid.” But a pro-democracy activist fired back at Mr. Sagay in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday morning, raising concerns that the law professor’s age might be taking a serious toll on his ability to the alacrity that comes with modern governance. Mr. Sagay spoke with Daily Independent on Monday, three days after the presidency released the grossly erro...
Ikoyi Whistle-blower Receives N421m; Jets Out Of Nigeria
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Ikoyi Whistle-blower Receives N421m; Jets Out Of Nigeria

The Federal Government says it has paid the whistle-blower that provided information which led to the recovery of N13bn from an Ikoyi apartment. It was gathered that the whistle-blower was paid N421m by the government, and his lawyer, Yakubu Galadima, confirmed the development. Galadima lauded the government for paying the money and joked that his client did not run mad as insinuated in some quarters. “My client confirmed to me that he had received a credit alert from the Federal Government. He travelled out of the country this morning (Wednesday morning),” the lawyer told Punch. “He has been paid the first instalment but there were many tax deductions. Yes, we are happy. I will give you more details later but I can confirm now that he has received some money. “As you can see, my clie...
We Don’t Want Ikoyi Whistle-Blower To Run Mad – Itse Sagay
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We Don’t Want Ikoyi Whistle-Blower To Run Mad – Itse Sagay

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), says the Federal Government does not want the whistle-blower who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the N13bn in an Ikoyi apartment to run mad. Sagay said the government believed he needed to be adequately counselled and this was the reason his commission was delayed The senior advocate said this during an interview on Monday. Sagay said if the commission, which the whistle-blower claims is N860m, was given to him immediately; he probably would have squandered it within a month or two. Sagay said, “What I gathered from my inquiry is that the man is not sufficiently stable to receive such a huge sum of money. He is like someone who will almost run mental when he gets t...
Officials Who Aided Abdulrasheed Maina Are Under Investigation – Presidential C’ttee
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Officials Who Aided Abdulrasheed Maina Are Under Investigation – Presidential C’ttee

The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption said on Friday that the Federal Government had not swept under the carpet the case of officials involved in the scandalous reinstatement and subsequent promotion of the Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina. Maina has been missing since news broke about his controversial return to the country after he was initially declared wanted in 2013 over corruption allegations. President Muhammadu Buhari has also directed that he should be sacked shortly after the ‎news of his reinstatement surfaced in the media. PACAC said in Abuja on Friday that government officials who aided and abetted Maina were being investigated, urging Nigerians to exercise patience to allow government to do a ...
Aisha Buhari Wailing Because Of High-Level Fraud – Ex-Governor Sule Lamido
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Aisha Buhari Wailing Because Of High-Level Fraud – Ex-Governor Sule Lamido

The immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has noted that the level of corruption in the current administration has sent the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari and her daughter Zahra wailing. The former foreign affairs minister said this in an interview with Vanguard where he also noted that Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Itse Sagay, is also being frustrated. Lamido, who is in contention for Presidency in 2019 on the aegis of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said the APC had shown it was more corrupt than the PDP. “And thank God, today, because of their high-level fraud, the First Lady of the country (Aisha Buhari) too is wailing; even her daughter is wailing. “The wailing is spreading so much so that the ...
There Was Too Much Delay In Sacking Babachir Lawal – Itse Sagay
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There Was Too Much Delay In Sacking Babachir Lawal – Itse Sagay

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, on Monday said the sack of the suspended Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, was overdue. Sagay said this in reaction to the sack of Lawal by President Muhammadu Buhari. He said: “I think there has been a consensus on this and that was overdue, there has been too much delay. “Although I will like to put a caveat that government usually has a lot more information than the rest of us as the delay might have been discretionary due to the information they had. “I was patient and I definitely endorse the final decision that has been taken.” On the appointment of Boss Mustapha as the substantive SGF, Sagay said he had a very long history of political activities, adding that h...
Itse Sagay Faults Delayed Action On Suspended SGF Babachir Lawal, NIA Chief Ayo Oke
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Itse Sagay Faults Delayed Action On Suspended SGF Babachir Lawal, NIA Chief Ayo Oke

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, has faulted the delay of the Presidency in deciding the fate of the suspended Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke. In an interview on Channels Television, Sagay said that action had been “much too slow” and called for definitive steps. Despite faulting the slow pace of action in prosecuting alleged corrupt members of the Buhari administration, Sagay said he had no doubt about the commitment of the government in fighting corruption. “I have no doubt in my mind that the present government is actually fighting corruption in accordance with its mandate and promises. There is no question about that...
I’m Optimistic Of Victory In Anti-Corruption War – Sagay
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I’m Optimistic Of Victory In Anti-Corruption War – Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, on Thursday expressed optimism that the Federal Government will win the ongoing fight against corruption. Sagay who is also a constitutional lawyer, made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. The Lagos-based lawyer spoke on the backdrop of recent directives to judges by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, during an event to mark the new legal year. Sagay said the CJN should undertake in-depth study of judicial officers, with a view to fishing out “bad eggs”, so as to give the war against corruption the needed push to succeed. He noted that the war was multifaceted requiring thorough work, and expressed optimism that the government would s...
Reps Have No Right To Order Unfreezing Of Patience Jonathan’s Account – Sagay
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Reps Have No Right To Order Unfreezing Of Patience Jonathan’s Account – Sagay

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has asked banks to ignore the demand by the House of Representatives’ panel to unfreeze accounts of former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, in six banks. The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, had on Tuesday ordered banks to unfreeze accounts belonging to former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan. According to them, the freezing was carried out without no specific restriction orders from any competent court of law. The affected banks were: Union Bank, First Bank, EcoBank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank and Skye Bank. Sagay while reacting, said the House lacked the legal right to order a bank to unfreeze an account which was frozen by a court or by the EFCC. The senio...
Biafra: Nigerian Army Right To Label IPOB As Terrorist Organization – Sagay
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Biafra: Nigerian Army Right To Label IPOB As Terrorist Organization – Sagay

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), on Monday backed the military’s declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a “terrorist organisation”. Sagay, however, admitted he was not sure if the military authorities complied with legal requirements before making the pronouncement. The PACAC chairman stated that IPOB has exhibited characteristics that justified the “terrorist organisation” tag. “Whilst I’m not sure of the legal parameters of that declaration, in practice I agree. If you look at it, we were very lucky that this thing did not get out of hand. “They (IPOB) were coming in their thousands, establishing road blocks, bringing out Northerners – for what, I don’t know – to kill some of them? If tha...
Nigerian Senate A Merciless, Ruthless Organisation – Sagay
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Nigerian Senate A Merciless, Ruthless Organisation – Sagay

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay, has described the Nigerian Senate as “a merciless and ruthless organisation” with no value. Mr. Sagay who also added that the lawmakers behaved ”like locusts” said this on the sidelines of the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation Reunion Symposium held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday. Mr. Sagay, a Professor of Law, has in recent times lambasted Nigerian federal legislators over the allowances enjoyed by the senators and House of Representatives members. Speaking in Lagos on Thursday, Mr. Sagay said Nigerian senators should not be addressed as “distinguished” because they have no honour, vision, and integrity. Earlier, Abdullahi Sabi, the sp...
NLC, TUC Plan Rallies Against Diversion Of Bailout Fund By States
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NLC, TUC Plan Rallies Against Diversion Of Bailout Fund By States

Plans are underway by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart to stage rallies in states that are allegedly diverting the bailout fund into other uses apart from payment of salaries, gratuities and pensions of workers. Speaking yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, at the opening of the NLC annual Rain School, Congress President, Ayuba Wabba, explained that both the NLC and TUC would hold their National Executive Council (NEC) meetings in Abuja between August 24 and 25, 2017 to fix dates for the rallies. His words: “The bailout fund was released by the Federal Government to state governments to pay workers’ salaries, gratuities and pensions. We know that while some states have been using this money to pay workers, there are many others that diver...
Osinbajo Drops Two ICPC Board Nominees Under Probe
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Osinbajo Drops Two ICPC Board Nominees Under Probe

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has dropped two persons nominated to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission. They were dropped for reportedly being under investigation by the same commission. Osinbajo had last week named a new chairman and board members for the commission. The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed on his Twitter handle on Sunday that the nomination of the affected persons had been stepped down. Akande wrote, “We are stepping down two of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission as this presents a conflict. “While existence of allegations or petitions against someone shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them fro...
55 Govt Officials, Businessmen Diverted N1.35 Trillion From 2006-2013 – Sagay
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55 Govt Officials, Businessmen Diverted N1.35 Trillion From 2006-2013 – Sagay

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, has revealed that a study has shown that 55 top Nigeria government officials and private businessmen illicitly diverted a total of N1.35 trillion between 2006 and 2013. Sagay, who spoke at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, during the Conference on Promoting International Co-operation in Combating Illicit Financial Flow and Enhancing Asset Recovery to Foster Sustainable Development, revealed that at least one trillion naira was lost to fuel subsidy scam in the country and millions of dollars stolen by an ex-minister from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) coffers to bribe election officials in 2015. According to him, one-third of the stolen money could have been ...
Buhari’s Aides Tense Over Babachir, Oke Suspension
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Buhari’s Aides Tense Over Babachir, Oke Suspension

President Muhammadu Buhari’s bombshell of Wednesday, April 19, which stripped the erstwhile Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Security Agency (NIA) Ayo Oke of their titles, has at the same time unleashed a floodgate of intrigues as to how the president will handle other crucial people in his administration. Many Nigerians applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending Babachir Lawal to facilitate unfettered investigations into alleged infractions. His fate had been unclear since October 2016, shortly after the Senate constituted an ad hoc committee to investigate utilization of funds released to the Presidential Initiative on the North-East (PINE). Analysts over the past several months have placed Pr...
If The Senate Insists On Summoning Me, They Are Foolish – Sagay
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If The Senate Insists On Summoning Me, They Are Foolish – Sagay

THE Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay, has fired blistering remarks at Nigerian Senators after they summoned him for reportedly describing the Senate as ‘childish and irresponsible’ and one ‘filled by people of questionable character’. The Senate, Tuesday, suspended the confirmation process for two weeks within which they demanded Mr. Magu’s sack. But Mr. Sagay was reported by Punch on Wednesday to have said: “That action is childish and irresponsible. Do they think Buhari is a man that can easily be threatened? My God! How can people of such character occupy the highest legislative office in the country? Nigeria is finished. “It is a great mistake and they will regret it.” The Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Na’Allah, on Wednesday read M...
Nigerian University Suspends Professor Caught Cheating In Exams
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Nigerian University Suspends Professor Caught Cheating In Exams

The University of Jos (UNIJOS) has suspended one of its academic staff who was allegedly caught cheating while writing an examination on May 4, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. Benedicta Daudu, an associate professor of law and former head of the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law of the Faculty of Law in UNIJOS, was allegedly caught copying from a prepared answer during an examination for a Master’s degree in Research and Public Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the same university. The development was exclusively reported by PREMIUM TIMES on May 21, frustrating what some staff and student described as a plot by the university to cover up the matter. After the report, Mrs. Daudu’s membership of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption was immediate...

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