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Fighting Corruption: HEDA writes a letter to President Buhari over ignored top corruption cases worth N900b.



President Muhamadu Buhari has received a list 25 top corruption cases linked with stolen or mismanaged funds worth N900b.

In a letter delivered to Buhari this week, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) warned that the country was sliding into the red light district of corruption and vice. The group also alerted that corrupt people were taking over critical institutions undermining the country’s anti-corruption profile.

The letter titled “Re Awakening the Anti Corruption Drive” and signed by HEDA Chairman, Mr Suraju Olanrewaju, the group said the volume of money linked to ignored corruption cases since 2015 when President Buhari assumed office was not less than N900b. The anti-corruption group regrets that many cases of corruption involving prominent people have been scuttled by government self-appointed gate keepers.

HEDA said the top corruption cases that appeared to have been swept under the carpet suggest that some N900b may have gone into the covers of corrupt officials.

“This only affects top corruption cases, yet we have many other smaller cases that have met institutional road blocks” HEDA said in the letter addressed to the President.

The cases include but not limited to the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo during the 2015 General Elections arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly receiving $115million in cash from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, the Executive Director of First Bank Plc, Dauda Lawal, tried by the EFCC for allegedly handling the sum of $25m of $153m rolled out by Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria, former Comptroller General of Customs, Mr. Abdullahi Dikko was alleged to have stolen over N40 billion, who was asked to return N1.5 billion to the Federal Government, former Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla, linked to a N2 billion graft.

Others were the dubious payment of $16.9 million fees to two friends as new lawyers for the recovery of the loot traced to a former Nigerian Head of State, Sanni Abacha, after a Swiss lawyer hired and fully paid by the previous government, Enrico Monfrini.

Apart from cases involving cash, HEDA documented cases of influence peddling involving top government officials that used their seats to upturn justice in favour of politically exposed individuals.

HEDA listed official interfering in the investigation of a multi-billion Naira fraud in Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NISRAL) through a letter ordering the EFCC and the ICPC, the DSS and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to halt investigating the financial misappropriation in NIRSAL.

There were also the attempt to reinstate Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) while the Attorney General, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) discontinued a N25 billion Naira criminal charge against Senator Danjuma Goje without any justification.

HEDA also mentioned the allegation that the former Chief of Army Staff, General Yusuf Buratai bought properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates using suspended corrupt means as the Procurement Officer of the Nigerian Army.

The group said the cases are well known and recorded by Nigerians and foreigners against the Buhari government adding that they are considered as failure to match your words and professed commitment against corruption with actions by your government.

“We believe that the manner in which the above cases were handled, indirectly or directly, portray the Nigerian government and her mandate to eradicate corruption in bad light in the global space” HEDA wrote in the letter.

Suraju said beyond the return of the culture of impunity into governance and management of public resources, the few corrupt and compromised elements have taken over the reign of power in government and supplanted leadership of both institutions and reversing the anti-corruption gains.

He said Nigeria is facing fast declining reputation, as evidence in the negative Transparency International’s perception reports in the recent years.

The group said the self-professed cardinal agenda of Buhari’s government and popular mandate of Nigerian citizens to fight corruption and restore the integrity of Nigeria amongst comity of Nations faces a huge threat.

HEDA said “Your Excellency, whereas this agenda of fighting corruption was vigorously pursued, albeit with some negligible shortcomings and international sabotage by some of your appointed officials and aides, significant results were recorded by the government and overwhelming supports received from local partners and international stakeholders, resulting in return of recovered stolen assets and aggressive investigation of several cases of past corruption cases by anti-corruption agencies, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Presidential Panel on Recovery of Public Property.

HEDA is a leading global partner in the fight against corruption at the local and international levels. The group provided agencies of government with human resources and technical support in their accountability, good governance and anti-corruption mandates. Many of the group’s efforts led to the recovery of illicit funds from local and international crooks.

Suraju said the latest letter was informed by the position that assist Buhiari’s government still retain genuine interest to fight corruption as a guiding principle.

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22-year-old man to die by hanging for robbery




A 22-year Kehinde Olajide has been sentenced to death by hanging for armed robbery in Ekiti State.

A High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday sentenced Kehinde for involvement in robberies.

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He was docked for arming himself with dangerous weapons to rob Dayo Folorunsho, Saka Yusuf, Adeoye Oluwatosin, Adeola Oluwatobi, Olayemi Aremu, Hambali Ojo and Ayodele Oluwafemi of their belongings.

Justice Lekan Ogunmoye who pronounced the judgement, said that “the prosecution had proved ingredients of armed robbery against the convict without any reasonable doubt

Ogunmoye said, “He is hereby sentenced to death by hanging until he is dead. May God almighty have mercy upon his soul”.

The convict and others who were involved in the alleged robbery were charged with nine count charges bordering on conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and robbery.

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The three other men involved in the robbery include, Kareem Azeez (24), Bamisile Lateef (28) and Adebayo Basiru (25).

The Judge, however, acquitted them for lack of proof of the offence they were charged for.

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Census: Kano Government to count Fulani Herders, Household owners



Kano State Government said it will create a system to count Fulani Herdsmen and household owners in the state.

Director General Bureau of Statistic, Baballe Ammani stated this in an interview with Correspondent, Umar Idris Shuaibu.

Ammani said it’s imperative to tackle the security challenges facing Northern part of the country, and to improve means of livelihood.

Earlier on, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje built Ruga Settlement for Fulani Herdsmen purposely to bring an end to the traditional system of going to the southern part of this country, which comes with challenges.

“You see Fulani community in Kano tried well to gather themselves, bury their particular differences to confront His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to over look what he can do to improves the system in which they are operating, help their children to attain highest level in life as every Nigerian.

“He agreed and ordered us to conduct the census, that will give chance for Government to know actually what they can to assist their plight”, Baballe Ammani said.

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The Director General Bureau of Statistic also noted that census of household will be conducted too, to know the actual number of Kano residents especially when it comes to developmental projects.

“You know targeting social amenities to a community is not easy if you didn’t predict the number of populace, with this we’ll achieve more in the remaining years we have”, Ammani stated.

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It’s no more a news Herdsmen and Farmers clash in the country, ethnic or religions problem that lead to the killing of both parties, loss of wealth amongst others.

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Ganduje Commiserates With AIG Bello Over’s Death




Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state condoles with the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone One, Sadiq Bello over the death of his father, Alhaji Muhammad Bello Jega (Maikaji).

In a statement by Abba Anwar
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State said ” When the information about the death of the father of AIG Zone One reached us, we received it with shock. A real community leader, whose good name was a true blessing to his people and all other neighbouring communities, has passed away,”

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He sympathised that, “Ours is to now pray for Allah’s Blessing and Forgiveness for the soul of the departed gentleman. His was indeed a good and exemplary life.”

Governor Ganduje said, “It is therefore on behalf of the government and good people of Kano state, that I am commiserating with the families of Alhaji Bello, whose good training and unrelenting commitment in raising good family, saw AIG Sadiq Bello, coming from this respected and respectful family.”

Closing t

hat, “May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. May Allah forgive all his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with Jannatul Fiddaus. May his family follow his footsteps in their endeavours.”

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Governor Ganduje has since sent a powerful delegation to Jega to officially commiserate with the family of the deceased. The delegation has Hon Nura Muhammad Dankadai, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro and Engineer Shehu Fari.

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