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Reps To Probe Payment Of ‘High Acceptance Fees’ In Public Varsities
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Reps To Probe Payment Of ‘High Acceptance Fees’ In Public Varsities

The house of representatives has asked its committee on tertiary institution and services to investigate “high acceptance fees” charged by some government-owned tertiary institutions in the country. Acceptance fees are usually paid by students offered admission in universities. The resolution of the house to order an investigation into the payment of “high acceptance fees”, followed a motion moved by Julius Ihonvbere, lawmaker from Edo, during plenary session on Wednesday. Leading the debate, Ihonvbere said arbitrary high acceptance fees charged by some public universities for new students across the country has become a matter of great concern to many families. The lawmaker noted that acceptance fees in some institutions of learning have become “mere internal revenue-gener...
PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Seeks Minister’s Sack
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PDP Asks DSS To Probe Pantami, Seeks Minister’s Sack

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday called on the Department of State Service to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over his alleged affiliations with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The Party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, also demanded that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), should immediately sack the minister, given the sensitivity of the issue at stake. The party said its position was predicated on the heightening concerns in the public space and in the international arena of possible compromises by the communication minister. It noted that Pantami had access to sensitive government documents and information, in addition to data of all individua...
SERAP Writes Buhari, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦106Bn In 149 MDAs In 2018”
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SERAP Writes Buhari, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦106Bn In 149 MDAs In 2018”

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, and appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate allegations that N106bn of public funds are missing from 149 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), as documented in the 2018 annual audited report by the Auditor-General of the Federation.” SERAP said: “Anyone suspected to be responsible should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, and any missing public funds should be fully recovered.” SERAP also urges him “to direct Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to create a system of public announcements to name and ...
Emir Of Kano, Aminu Bayero Under Probe Over ₦1.3 Billion Land Scam
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Emir Of Kano, Aminu Bayero Under Probe Over ₦1.3 Billion Land Scam

Barely a year after his installation, the emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero is enmeshed in financial scandal involving the sale of 22 hectares of land to the tune of N1,295,000,000. DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, PCACC, is investigating the monarch alongside his top aides for allegedly diverting parts of the money to personal use. The chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji, on Friday confirmed the probe to DAILY NIGERIAN, saying the commission would not spare anybody found culpable. The agency had investigated the immediate-past emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II, over a similar issue and its report was used by the state government to remove the emir. DAILY NIGERIAN gathered reliably that the land in question had been und...
Police begin probe as suspected herdsmen kidnap five in Anambra
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Police begin probe as suspected herdsmen kidnap five in Anambra

One of the victims, Francis Onwuachu, is the President-General of Omor community. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Haruna, confirmed the incident. He said he was not aware of the number of victims as of press time, adding that the report he got was that the president-general of the community was kidnapped. Haruna said the command had commenced investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. He said until investigation was concluded to ascertain what led to the incident and those behind it, he would not be able to say if the abductors were locals or Fulani herdsmen. A former Chairman of the local government area, Udoji Amedu, said Onwuachu’s car had been recovered by the police. He stated, “Apart from the PG, we heard that four other p...
Senate To Probe Governor’s Role In ₦6.25 Billion NDDC Palliative Scam
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Senate To Probe Governor’s Role In ₦6.25 Billion NDDC Palliative Scam

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, on Tuesday, said it would extend its N6.2bn Covid-19 palliative fund probe to the nine governors of the Niger Delta region, who were said to have collected N100m each from the Niger Delta Development Commission. The committee has also given the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa, 48-hour grace to produce members of the Prof. Daniel Pondei-led interim committee of the agency or risk arrest. The panel had on February 22 resolved that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, be contacted by the executive arm of government through the Senate leadership to produce Pondei and his team before the Ethics Committee on March 9. Briefing journalists on the issue on Tuesday, the Chairman of the panel, Senat...
EFCC Probe: Tinubu Shouldn’t Expect Any Support From Us – Afenifere
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EFCC Probe: Tinubu Shouldn’t Expect Any Support From Us – Afenifere

Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Wednesday said it will not meddle in the plans by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to go after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary in a chat with Daily Independent said Afenifere’s focus now is lasting solution to the siege on Yorubaland by Fulani herders and bandits. An online news medium, Peoples Gazette had reported that The EFCC has written a letter to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB), requesting copies of Tinubu’s asset declaration form. A copy of the letter revealed that the investigation into Tinubu began last year after the removal of erstwhile Chairma...
Oshiomhole Should Stop Panicking Over Probe Of N30b Storm Water Project – Idahosa
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Oshiomhole Should Stop Panicking Over Probe Of N30b Storm Water Project – Idahosa

Chief Charles Idahosa, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state has advised Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo state governor; Clem Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning and the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to panic over moves by the Edo state government to probe the N30b Edo Storm Water project. Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki had last week declared that the N30b Benin stormwater project embarked upon by the Oshiomhole administration was a ploy to defraud Edo people. He said the stormwater project, conceived by the Oshiomhole administration, was designed not to work for the benefit of the Edo people, adding that his administration will probe the project and recover all the money stolen through it. Speak...
SERAP Writes Adamu, Seeks Probe Of ‘Missing Billions’ In Water Ministry
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SERAP Writes Adamu, Seeks Probe Of ‘Missing Billions’ In Water Ministry

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a Freedom of Information request to the Minister of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman Adamu, urging him to “clarify the action that his Ministry has taken to address and find the alleged billions missing from the Ministry and its agencies, and if there is relevant admissible evidence of corruption and mismanagement, to refer the allegations to appropriate anti-corruption agencies for investigation and prosecution.” The organisation is also urging him to “ensure the full recovery of any missing public funds, revealed in the 2017 annual audited report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.” In the FoI request dated 27 February 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization...
Proda Probe: Reps Refer Fabian Okonkwo To EFCC, ICPC For Prosecution
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Proda Probe: Reps Refer Fabian Okonkwo To EFCC, ICPC For Prosecution

The House of Representatives Committee on Procurement yesterday said it would engage the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other financial Crimes Commission to ascertain the level of procurement breaches in Project Development Institute. This was decided at the end of the committee’s investigation into alleged breaches of procurement process, staff victimisation and management problems in the institute. Speaking after submissions by the BPP, the chairman of the committee, Nasir Ali Ahmed, said the acting Director-General of the institute, Fabian Okonkwo, was culpable in the violation of the Public Procurement Act 2007 by arbitrarily cancelling and awarding contracts without recourse to BPP and the laws. “We’ll use you as an example. I ...
N30bn Benin Stormwater Project Is A Fraud – Obaseki Vows To Probe It
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N30bn Benin Stormwater Project Is A Fraud – Obaseki Vows To Probe It

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki (second right) and Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie inspecting the Textile Mill Road catchment of the Benin Stormwater project in Benin City…yesterday. Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, declared that the N30b Benin stormwater project embarked upon by the previous administration was a ploy to defraud Edo people. Obaseki stated this while inspecting the Textile Mill Road catchment of the project in Benin City. He said the stormwater project, conceived by the previous administration, was designed not to work for the benefit of Edo people, adding that his administration will probe the project and recover all the money stolen through it. “The stormwater project was a fraud. It was a contract to defraud Edo people. ...
Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS
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Kagara: SERAP Asks Buhari To Probe, Recover Billions Missing From UBEC, SUBEBS

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari “to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN to work with appropriate anti-corruption agencies to promptly probe allegations of corruption in the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) between 2004 and 2020, including missing N3,836,685,213.13 documented in the 2017 Annual Report by the Auditor-General of the Federation.” The organization also urged him to “direct Mr Malami and the anticorruption agencies to make public the outcome of any investigation, and to prosecute suspected perpetrators if there is relevant admissible evidence, as well as fully recover any missing public funds...
Those Calling for the Prosecution of the Service Chiefs are Unpatriotic- Lai Mohammed
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Those Calling for the Prosecution of the Service Chiefs are Unpatriotic- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described Nigerians calling for the probe of the immediate past service chiefs as unpatriotic. Mohammed express his displeasure about the calls by the Nigerians when he spoke during a Radio Nigeria programme, Politics Nationwide, on Tuesday morning February 2. Last week, President Buhari had appointed four new service chiefs and relieved his former Service chiefs, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff); Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff). Shortly after the military officers were relieved of their jobs, the Peoples Democratic Party and some other Nigerians called for their probe. Reacting t...
SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦4.4Bn NASS Funds”
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SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦4.4Bn NASS Funds”

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.” In the open letter dated 30 January 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “By exercising strong and effective leadership in this matter, the National Assembly can show Nigerians that the legislative body is a proper and accountable watchdog that represents and ...
IGP Orders Probe Of The Sack Of Unmarried Pregnant Policewoman In Ekiti
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IGP Orders Probe Of The Sack Of Unmarried Pregnant Policewoman In Ekiti

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has called for an investigation into the report of an unmarried police officer, Olajide Omolola, who was recently dismissed from service for getting pregnant. Omolola who passed out of the Police Training School on April 24 2020, was sacked because she got pregnant out of wedlock and a letter with reference number CJ:4161/EKS/IY/Vol.2/236, DTO:181330/01/2021, was sent to an OC in Ekiti state for her to be made to return all police properties. The letter also asked that her salary should be stopped immediately. Her dismissal was hinged on a section of the Police Act that bars unmarried policewomen from getting pregnant while in service. The section has since been repealed in the amended Police Act that was signed into law by President ...
I Call On The ICC To Probe The Tenure Of The Former “Disservice Chiefs” – Fayose
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I Call On The ICC To Probe The Tenure Of The Former “Disservice Chiefs” – Fayose

  Though coming after persistent pressure from Nigerians, President Buhari's removal of the Service Chiefs and their replacement is a right step in the right direction. It is yet another victory for the people of Nigeria. The sacked Service Chiefs only served themselves and their pockets and can at best be described as "Disservice Chiefs" under whom Nigeria became completely insecured. It is my call to the ICC and other relevant authorities that tenure of the "sacked" Service Chiefs should be investigated, most importantly human rights abuses and extra judicial killings under their watch and commands. The new Service Chiefs should learn from their immediate predecessors and remember nothing lasts forever.
IGP Didn’t Order Probe On Me – Apostle Suleman Reacts To Alleged Sex Scandal
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IGP Didn’t Order Probe On Me – Apostle Suleman Reacts To Alleged Sex Scandal

President of Omega Fire Ministries International Apostle Johnson Suleman has denied being under probe for alleged misconduct and threat to life. Media reports stated that the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu ordered the probe in a letter addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Intelligence Bureau, Garki, dated January 5, 2021. The letter, with reference number CB:7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/Vol.515/561, was signed by the Principal Staff Officer II to the Inspector-General of Police, ACP Iliya Doma. The letter is sequel to a petition written by V.C Ezenagu & Associates on behalf of the aggrieved Pastor Mike Davids. But in a tweet on Monday, Suleman urged the public to discard the report, saying there was no such thing. “IGP orders probe on me? Wher...
Paternity Scandal: FCMB MD, Adam Nuru Goes On Leave As Probe Begins
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Paternity Scandal: FCMB MD, Adam Nuru Goes On Leave As Probe Begins

The Managing Director , First City Monument Bank Limited, Adam Nuru, has been forced to go on leave to enable the bank to investigate the paternity allegations against him. This was disclosed in a statement by the bank on Tuesday. The statement read, “ We are aware of several stories circulating across several media platforms about our bank’ s Managing Director, Adam Nuru; a former employee , Mrs Moyo Thomas, and her deceased husband , Mr Tunde Thomas. “ While this is a personal matter, the tragedy of the death of Mr Tunde Thomas and the allegations of unethical conduct require the bank’ s board to conduct a review of what transpired, any violations of our code of ethics and the adequacy of this code of ethics . “ This is already under way . During the period of the review, the...
Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels
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Police Withdraw Suit Against EndSARS Probe Panels

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has applied to withdraw the suit it filed to stop various panels probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of impunity by police officials, particularly men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020 was filed on November 9, 2020 by the NPF, through its lawyer, O. M. Atoyebi (SAN). In the notice of discontinuance filed early on Friday by a lawyer to the NPF, Festus Ibude, reads: “Take notice that the plaintiff herein intends to and doth hereby wholly withdraws its suit against all the defendants.” Listed as defendants in the case include the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the attorneys-general of the states and chairmen of the panels set u...
Police Ask Court To Stop Probe Of Abuses By Judicial Panels
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Police Ask Court To Stop Probe Of Abuses By Judicial Panels

The Police have initiated a move to stop various panels probing allegations of rights abuses and other acts of impunity against police officials, particularly operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). State governments have raised the panels to investigate alleged infractions by SARS operatives, following nationwide #EndSARS protests by youths. The panels have since been sitting in almost all the states. But, the Police have approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking among others, an order restraining the Attorneys-General of the 36 states and the panels of inquiry they constituted, from proceedings with their investigation of the activities of the police and their officials. The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1492/2020, filed for the NPF by its lawyer,...
EndSARS: Court Orders Police To Probe Davido, Wizkid, Falz, Tiwa Savage, Others
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EndSARS: Court Orders Police To Probe Davido, Wizkid, Falz, Tiwa Savage, Others

A Magistrate Court in Abuja on Friday ordered the Police to investigate 50 End SARS protesters. They are accused of playing active roles in the agitaion. They include Aisha Yesufu, David Adeleke – Davido, Ayodeji Balogun – Wizkid, Deji Adeyanju, Sam Adeyemi, Ayo Sogunro, Tiwa Savage, Dipo Awojide, Folarin Falana – Falz, Modupe Odele – Moe, Feyikemi Abudu – FK. Micheal Ajereh – Don Jazzy, Peter Okoye, Paul Okoye, Rinu Oduala, Innocent Idibia – 2baba, Kanu Nwankwo, Joe Abah, Kiki Mordi, Tope Akinyode, Adebola Williams, Yul Edochie, Bankole Wellington. Also on the list are Oseyi Etomi, Jola Ayeye, Japhet Omojuwa, Pamilerin Adegoke, Kelvin Odanz Adekunle Temitope, Layo Ogunbanwo, Ayodele Makun, Uche Jombo, Yemi Alade, Ojabodu Ademola. The order to investigate the protesters wa...
South-West Ministers Demand Probe Of Military Over Lekki Shooting
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South-West Ministers Demand Probe Of Military Over Lekki Shooting

Ministers from the south-west who were directed to relocate to their home states to douse the tension created by the #ENDSARS protests have presented their report to the federal executive council (FEC). In the report presented earlier on Wednesday, they demanded a thorough investigation into the Lekki toll plaza shooting incident, particularly the role of the military. Armed men in military uniform had invaded the protest ground at Lekki tollgate in Lagos to forcefully disperse protesters. The incident sparked an outrage within and outside the country, with controversy on whether people were killed or not.
EndSARS: They said I’m under probe, passport still seized – Moe Odele
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EndSARS: They said I’m under probe, passport still seized – Moe Odele

A lawyer Modupe (Moe) Odele says her passport is still with federal authorities. The End SARS advocate was stopped from boarding her international flight on Sunday. Odele said she was detained and her passport seized by officers. Meanwhile earlier in the day, the Ministry of Interior said it was not targeting citizens. “The Ministry of Interior did not, has not and will not generate any no-fly list. Ignore fake news, please!”, it tweeted.
Lekki Shootings: Olowu Of Kuta Demands Probe Of Amnesty International
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Lekki Shootings: Olowu Of Kuta Demands Probe Of Amnesty International

The Olowu of Kuta in Ayedire Local Government area of Osun state, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama has called for a probe of the Amnesty International for announcing that it tracked troops of the Nigerian Army from Bonny Camp to the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos state on Tuesday, October 20. Oba Makama made the call in a statement made on Thursday while also appealing to Federal and state governments to intensify the implementation of programmes and policies designed to empower millions of struggling youths across the country. Amnesty International had on Wednesday released what it called the ‘timeline of troop movements to the Lekki Toll Gate during the EndSARS protests’. The Oba, who said Amnesty International had the right to operate legally anywhere, however, contended that as an inte...
Probe Panel Will Get Lekki Shootings CCTV Footage – Sanwo-olu
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Probe Panel Will Get Lekki Shootings CCTV Footage – Sanwo-olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised that the Closed Circuit television footage obtained from the Lekki toll plaza will be handed over to the panel of inquiry looking into the shootings. Sanwo-Olu made the promise while featuring on the ‘Connect the World with Becky Anderson programme’ on CNN on Monday, while responding to questions on the shootings at the Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. The governor said no blood stains were seen at the Lekki toll plaza when it was inspected, but added that two persons had been reported dead. He said, “Two dead bodies, that is what we have seen from all the morgues, that’s what we have seen going to hospitals, that’s what we have seen as record. "What has happened is that there have been so many footages t...
Omo-Agege Calls for Probe of Extrajudicial Killings by SARS
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Omo-Agege Calls for Probe of Extrajudicial Killings by SARS

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has called for a thorough investigation of two recent extra judicial killings by operatives of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in his home state, Delta. Omo-Agege, who condemned the activities of SARS in a statement on Sunday, also expressed concern over the incessant cases of extrajudicial killings, harassment, illegal arrest and extortion of defenceless citizens by some officials attached to SARS in different parts of Nigeria. He particularly mentioned the alleged shooting of a man by operatives of SARS in his constituency in Ughelli, Delta State over the victim’s alleged refusal to allow the operatives to search his phone as well as another shooting of a youth in the town by men of the ‘Operation Delta Safe’ over the ...
Lauretta Onochie Asks EFCC, ICPC To Probe FFK Over N2bn Missing Aviation Fund
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Lauretta Onochie Asks EFCC, ICPC To Probe FFK Over N2bn Missing Aviation Fund

The insult Femi Fani-Kayode recently made at a Daily Trust journalist appears to have opened his page again on the corruption allegation made against him as Aviation minister. According to reports, President Buhari's media aide, Lauretta Onochie has called for an immediate probe into the ex-minister’s dealing while in office. She made the call on Saturday, August 29, by urging the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to look into an allegation levelled against him by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. Amaechi who claimed that FFK, as he is popularly called, made away with N2 billion made for a runway construction in Port Harcourt. Speaking during an interview with Channels TV, the Transport minister s...
16,000 Sign Petition Demanding Tinubu’s Probe
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16,000 Sign Petition Demanding Tinubu’s Probe

Over 16,000 people have signed a petition on Change.Org calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu. The petition, which was started a week ago by Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, had garnered 16, 243 signatures as of 9.30 am on Friday. The petition is titled, ‘Calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate Bola Tinubu for contravening the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2011, by having bullion vans ferry alleged large sums of money into his house on the eve of the 2019 Presidential election’. Omokri wrote, “Dear citizens of Nigeria, let’s take our country back by signing this petition to compel the EFCC to investigate and prosecute Bola Tinubu f...
NASS’s Many Probe Reports Gathering Dust In Presidency
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NASS’s Many Probe Reports Gathering Dust In Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari’s insistence on retaining the nation’s service chiefs despite opposition to it is just one out of the many instances the executive arm of government undermine efforts by the National Assembly to contribute to the security and wellbeing of Nigerians. The House of Representatives had, in February, asked the president to declare a state of emergency on insecurity and sack all the service chiefs for not living up to expectation. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Ahmed Wase, who spoke on the vexed issue of insecurity, expressed regrets that in spite of the vote-of-no-confidence passed on the service chiefs, they were yet to be sacked, just as the security situation keeps getting worse in communities and states across the country. “How do we survive as a ...
$500 Million Chinese Loan Already Approved, Probe Unnecessary – Reps
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$500 Million Chinese Loan Already Approved, Probe Unnecessary – Reps

The House of Representatives on Monday defended its decision to suspend activities of its standing and ad hoc committees, saying there was no hidden agenda. It also faulted its Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements for investigating the $500m loan facility Nigeria recently secured from China, saying it had already been approved by the National Assembly and captured in the 2020 Appropriation Act. But before activities of the committees were suspended on Thursday, the Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements had written the Ministry of Transportation, demanding documents containing loan agreements with China from 2000 to date. Among the facilities the committee is probing is the $500m loan secured from China-EXIM Bank to finance railway projects under the Minis...
Fear Of Probe Made Military Manipulate 1999 Election In Obasanjo’s Favour – Falae
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Fear Of Probe Made Military Manipulate 1999 Election In Obasanjo’s Favour – Falae

Chief Olu Falae, a former Min­ister of Finance and Secretary to the Government of the Fed­eration (SGF), said on Wednes­day that fear of probe was pri­marily responsible for why the military foisted former Pres­ident Olusegun Obasanjo on Nigerians in 1999. Falae, who said he won the presidential election, claimed that the military hierarchy who organised the election then preferred one of their own to win in order to protect their interests and shield them from investiga­tions. According to the result re­leased by the Independent Na­tional Electoral Commission (INEC), Obasanjo, who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), de­feated Olu Falae, who was the joint candidate of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD). Speaking in a...
NDDC Probe: PDP Reps Split Over Alleged Cover-up By Gbajabiamila
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NDDC Probe: PDP Reps Split Over Alleged Cover-up By Gbajabiamila

A member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Caucus of the House of Representatives, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, has distanced himself from allegations by some members of the opposition in the House that Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila is shielding some of his colleagues from allegations of contracts Sleaze at the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. Nnolim who is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, “faulted the media report accusing the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila of shielding some members of the House listed by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio as beneficiaries of the Niger Delta Developments Commission (NDDC) contracts”. He described the news report “as untrue and didn’t repres...
IG orders probe of D’Banj over rape allegation
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IG orders probe of D’Banj over rape allegation

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a probe into the allegations of rape levelled against Music Icon, Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj. This is contained in a letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IG, DCP Idowu Owohunwa. The letter was addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja. The IG’s letter was in response to a petition written to the IG by Mr. Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, a lawyer to Miss Seyitan Babatayo, who accused D’Banj of raping her in 2018. The letter written by the IG is titled, ‘Re: Petition Against (1) Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Aka D’Banj) for Rape Indecent Sexual Assault, Attempted Assault on Miss Seyitan Temidayo The ...
IGP Orders Probe of D’banj Over Rape Allegation
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IGP Orders Probe of D’banj Over Rape Allegation

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered a probe into the rape allegation against superstar singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’banj. The order was given by the IGP in response to a petition Mr. Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, a lawyer to Miss Seyitan Babatayo who accused D’Banj of raping her in 2018 wrote. The letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 which was written by the Principal Staff Officer to the IG, DCP Idowu Owohunwa and addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, came after the singer was accused of intimidating the alleged rape victim by getting her arrested. It read in part;  ‘Re: Petition Against (1) Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Aka D’Banj) for Rape Indecent Sexual Assau...
Probe Against Former Emir, Sanusi Will Continue – Ganduje
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Probe Against Former Emir, Sanusi Will Continue – Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said that the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) will continue with the probe of the deposed emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Ganduje made this known on Monday, June 15, during an interactive session with newsmen in Kano. The commission is investigating Mr Sanusi over an alleged N2.2 billion land racketeering in Gandun Sarki area of Kano. Other Kano Emirate Council members being investigated over the matter are Sarki Ibrahim, the Makaman of Kano, and Shehu Dankadai, the Sarkin Shanun Kano. Ganduje said at Monday’s media interactive session held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, “When we wanted to bring on board reform to our traditional institution, the former emir did not cooperate wi...
Here’s Why Police IG Ordered Probe Of E-Money, Withdrew His Escorts
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Here’s Why Police IG Ordered Probe Of E-Money, Withdrew His Escorts

In the midday of Tuesday, May 12, 2020, reports came in that Nigerian Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered withdrawal of escorts and probe of the Chairman, Five Star Group, Emeka Okonkwo better known as E-Money. E-Money, who is known to be younger brother of music star, Kingsley Okonkwo also known as KCee was said to be under probe over his flamboyant lifestyle and blatant abuse of police escorts. According to MCI, an order was issued by Police IG to the Lagos State Police Command to withdraw the six policemen attached to E-Money. A top police officer stated, “We received a signal from the Force headquarters on Monday that the police detail of music executive, E-Money, be immediately withdrawn and an investigation into the man be launched. “The IG was sur...
COVID-19: Goat, Sheep, Pawpaw Test Positive In Tanzania; President Orders Probe
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COVID-19: Goat, Sheep, Pawpaw Test Positive In Tanzania; President Orders Probe

President Magufuli says tests were found to be faulty after goat, sheep and pawpaw samples test positive for COVID-19. Tanzania's President John Magufuli has dismissed imported coronavirus testing kits as faulty, saying they returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw. Magufuli made the remarks during an event in Chato in northwestern Tanzania on Sunday. He said there were "technical errors" with the tests. The president, whose government has already drawn criticism for being secretive about the coronavirus outbreak and has previously asked Tanzanians to pray the coronavirus away, said he had instructed Tanzanian security forces to check the quality of the kits. They had randomly obtained several non-human samples, including from a pawpaw, a goat and a s...
Sanwo-Olu Won’t Escape Probe After COVID-19 Pandemic – PDP
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Sanwo-Olu Won’t Escape Probe After COVID-19 Pandemic – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos state chapter has said Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu will be made to account for monies spent during the Coronavirus pandemic. The party also said it has raised almost N500m in cash and materials as part measures aimed at cushioning the lockdown in the state due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The party in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani also described as a ruse the relief packages provided by the Lagos state government to the people of the state. We agree that having physical contacts be eliminated or greatly minimised to stop the pandemic, COVID-19. Unfortunately, this style of lockdown was copied from Europe with a better welfare system for citizens and residents, whereas the Lagos state government has rather ...
Presidency Ordered Probe Of Anthony Okolie Using Hanan Buhari’s Old Line – DSS
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Presidency Ordered Probe Of Anthony Okolie Using Hanan Buhari’s Old Line – DSS

The Department of State Services has said the Presidency ordered the investigation of a trader, Anthony Okolie, who was using a telephone line previously owned by the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari. The DSS said this in a counter-affidavit in response to the originating motion filed by Okolie. The DSS position seems to be at variance with that of Hanan who had said in her own counter-affidavit that she never reported any case to the agency. Okolie, who was detained for 10 weeks by the DSS, dragged the DSS and the President’s daughter as well as MTN Nigeria before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State. The applicant is seeking N500m in damages for his ordeal. In a counter-affidavit deposed to by one S.M Kayode on behalf of the DSS, the agency said it had the righ...
FBI accuses Prince Andrew of ‘zero co-operation’ in Jeffrey Epstein child sex case
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FBI accuses Prince Andrew of ‘zero co-operation’ in Jeffrey Epstein child sex case

Prince Andrew has failed to help the FBI’s Jeffrey Epstein probe, a top US prosecutor claimed on Monday night. In a bombshell announcement, state attorney Geoffrey Berman accused the Queen’s son of providing "zero co-operation" despite a request for an interview. Two months ago Andrew pledged to "help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations" into Epstein, the paedophile financier who killed himself last year. Speaking on the steps of Epstein’s New York mansion, Mr Berman suggested the prince had rebuffed all attempts by federal prosecutors to interview him over the affair despite a high-profile investigation into Epstein’s "co-conspirators". The revelation threatens to blow open the furore over Andrew’s links to Epstein once again. The 59-year-old has...
I Am Not Against Probe, But Don’t Intimidate Or Harass Me – Okorocha To Uzodinma
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I Am Not Against Probe, But Don’t Intimidate Or Harass Me – Okorocha To Uzodinma

Rochas Okorocha, ex-governor of Imo state, has said that he is not against being probed, adding that he what he doesn’t want is political intimidation or harassment. Okorocha was reacting to the order by Hope Uzodinma, his successor, that the financial status of the state from May 2010 be sent to him. Uzodinma, who gave the order on Wednesday while delivering his inaugural speech, gave the accountant-general of the state a four-day deadline to submit the report to him, The Cable reports. He also ordered all the permanent secretaries of all the ministries in the state to forward to him the status of all the contracts awarded, while halting the payment for all ongoing contracts. The former governors who ruled the state within the time span are Ikedi Ohakim (2007-2011), Okoroc...
Governor Hope Uzodinma Orders Probe Of Ohakim, Okorocha, Ihedioha’s Tenure
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Governor Hope Uzodinma Orders Probe Of Ohakim, Okorocha, Ihedioha’s Tenure

Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma with immediate effect has ordered the probe of the tenures of his predecessors, Ikedi Ohakim, Rochas Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha. The Governor Uzodinma who gave the order shortly after he was sworn into office this evening. The Governor, also ordered that within the next four days, the Accountant General of the state should send him the comprehensive financial status of the state from May 29, 2010, till date. He ordered that payments for all ongoing contracts within the state, be suspended.
Nigeria Listed for Possible War Crimes by ICC
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Nigeria Listed for Possible War Crimes by ICC

The office of the prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) has listed Nigeria among 11 countries currently under probe for alleged war and international human rights crimes. The probe was announced in ICC's end of the year report on preliminary examination activities. Nigeria which was listed for possible war crimes alongside Venezuela, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Palestine, Republic of Philippines, Ukraine and Bangladesh/Myanmar, is reportedly in phase three of the investigation stages dealing with admissibility (the last stage before the conclusion of investigation). A wide range of crimes allegedly committed in Nigeria since 2010 is currently being examined as disclosed in the report dated December the 5th, 2019. The intergovernmental organization and internat...
UK government probe uncovers massive fraud in Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy
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UK government probe uncovers massive fraud in Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy

After a five-year-long investigation into the finances of United Kingdom (UK) branch of Christ Embassy, founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the UK Charity Commission has indicted the church’s board of trustees of a wide range of fraudulent practices including illegally paying more than N827 million (£1,767,250) to entities and organisations it shares close relationships with. According to the outcome of the inquiry published by the Charity Commission on its website last month, the church’s board of trustees was incriminated for shoddy management of the church’s account, arbitrary and curious payments, failure to comply with its grant-making policy, inadequate recording of its decision making processes and serious misconduct and/or mismanagement in the charity’s administration. In...
Senate To Probe CBN, NIBSS Over N20 Trillion Unremitted Stamp Duties
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Senate To Probe CBN, NIBSS Over N20 Trillion Unremitted Stamp Duties

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to probe the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and its subsidiary, the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) over an allegedly failure to remit N20 trillion revenue to the Federation Account. CBN reportedly collected the amount as stamp duty from banks and financial institutions in the country. The resolution follows a motion by Senator representing Ondo central, Ayo Akinyelure. “The Central Bank of Nigeria and NIBBS have technically refused to comply with the presidential directives for the recovery of over N20 trillion revenue into the coffers of government,” “The CBN and NIBSS deliberately failed to cooperate and comply with the directives of Mr President for the realisation of over N20 trillion revenue due from stamp duties collected fo...
Probe of Air Peace CEO, Allen Onyema’s $44.9m wire deal link with Amnesty cash begins
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Probe of Air Peace CEO, Allen Onyema’s $44.9m wire deal link with Amnesty cash begins

A probe to establish a link between the $44.9 million wire deal traced to Air Peace chairman Allen Onyema in the United States and the Presidential Amnesty Office has reportedly began. It was learnt that after the U.S. Government released indictment charges against Mr. Onyema and the airline’s Chief Finance Officer Ejiroghene Eghagha, a former top officer of the Amnesty Programme sneaked out of the United States to evade arrest. Four firms/Non-Governmental Organisations involved in the wire deal scandal reportedly have links with the Amnesty Programme Office and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) according to preliminary findings, and investigators have also found the wire deals to have the imprints of some former political office holders. One of the firms is Foundation...
Jonathan Compromised Bayelsa Poll To Avoid Malabu Oil Scam Probe – Sule Lamido
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Jonathan Compromised Bayelsa Poll To Avoid Malabu Oil Scam Probe – Sule Lamido

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of working against the interest of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the just-concluded governorship election in Bayelsa State. In a short Facebook post sent by his media aide, Mansur Ahmed, the former governor said Mr Jonathan supported the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC candidate in order to avoid probe in the famous Malabu oil scam. “And finally compromising Bayelsa State with the Malabo oil 1billion Dollar scam for his freedom!,” Mr Lamido posted. Malabu Oil Deal The Malabu oil scandal involved the transfer of about $1.1 billion by Shell and ENI through the Nigerian government to accounts controlled by a former Nigerian petroleum minister, Dan Etete. About ...
Ambode Fights Back, Drags Lagos Assembly To Court Over Probe
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Ambode Fights Back, Drags Lagos Assembly To Court Over Probe

Former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has dragged the Lagos State House of Assembly to court over its ongoing probe of the ex-governor for allegedly procuring 820 buses worth over N7 billion without budgetary approval. Ambode is due to appear before the House Committee probing the allegation on Wednesday. The House had placed adverts in some newspapers inviting the former governor to appear before it as he was alleged to have previously failed to appear on two occasions when he was invited. However, the former Governor had instituted a suit against the Assembly at the Lagos High Court in Ikeja to contest the constitutionality of the probe of the buses which were procured by his administration. Based on the suit, the Lagos High Court in Ikeja on Tuesday ordered the Spea...
Mass murder probe after 39 bodies are found inside a lorry in Essex
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Mass murder probe after 39 bodies are found inside a lorry in Essex

A murder probe has been launched after 39 dead bodies - including a teenager - were discovered in a lorry in Essex. Paramedics rushed to the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays at 1.40am this morning. When they arrived they found the bodies of 39 people in the back of the vehicle. It's believed the victims are 38 adults and one teenager, but emergency services have not identified any of the bodies yet. The horrific find has sparked one of the biggest murder investigations in British history - and was described by police as an "absolute tragedy". Detectives believe the vehicle was travelling from Bulgaria and entered the UK three days ago via Holyhead in Wales - one of the main port for ferries from Ireland. A 25-year-old lorry driver from Northern Ireland has been arreste...

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