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Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Embrace The Spirit Of Reconciliation, Dialogue In The Overall Interest Of The Party – Oyetola Urges APC Members

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Embrace The Spirit Of Reconciliation, Dialogue In The Overall Interest Of The Party – Oyetola Urges APC Members

The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has called for greater dedication to the unity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from party members and stakeholders in the State, reiterating his commitment to the party’s growth and sustained influence in the state and even beyond.


In a statement made available by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode , at the end of the week’s State Executive Council meeting, Mr Oyetola said only commitment to the party will ensure its growth both in number and influence.


Oyetola also commended party members across the 332 wards of the State for the peaceful and well coordinated party ward congress last Saturday.


Governor Oyetola spoke during the State Executive Council meeting, on Monday. He also extended an olive branch to aggrieved members within the party.


The governor called on all members to embrace the spirit of reconciliation, dialogue and cooperation in the overall interest of the party.


“The All Progressives Congress, especially in the State of Osun, is reputed for well coordinated outings, and last Saturday’s ward congress further gave credence to the party’s reputation.


“I must commend the important contributions of party members and stakeholders to Saturday’s peaceful process, especially the state’s party chairman and his team, members of the State’s Executive Council, party chieftains, and a host of other critical actors.


“I congratulate the new executives at ward level, and call on them to be magnanimous in victory. In the interest of our great party, I call on you to work for the party so that it can continue to deliver its progressive ideals to citizens.


“I am committed to the unity, stability and progress of the All Progressive Congress in the State of Osun, and I believe that these ideals should be paramount to any party faithful, and placed over and above all personal interest.


“I believe strongly that what we need at this time is to be constructive rather than being destructive. Violence in any form is unnecessary and we must avoid it in Osun. I commend all stakeholders for ensuring that our state did not record any casualty on Saturday. That is the path we must continue to toe because lives lost cannot be brought back’’.


“I implore us to embrace peace and unity and l am positive that the All Progressives Congress will continue to grow and thrive”, Oyetola said

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COVID-19: Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Oyo, Rivers placed on red alert

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COVID-19: Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Oyo, Rivers placed on red alert

The federal government has put six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on red alert as the third wave of COVID-19 rages.


On Monday, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) listed Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Rivers, Kano and Plateau.


Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said more African countries were reporting more fresh cases of the pandemic.


The PSC Chairman confirmed that Nigeria recorded about 500 cases daily in the last seven days.


The SGF said Lagos alone accounts for over 50 percent of the cases, adding that the development calls for great caution.


Mustapha urged Nigerians to keep observing the Non Pharmaceutical Intervention (NPIs) and also ensure they get vaccinated.


“Vaccination prevents severe cases and reduces hospitalisation and deaths, but does not eliminate contracting it, hence the need to religiously observe the NPIs,” he said

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ASUU : FG To Pay N30bn Revitalisation Fund To Varsities By Next Week - Ngige

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ASUU: FG To Pay N30bn Revitalisation Fund To Varsities


 Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige has announced that the Federal Government will distribute N30 billion to institutions as a revitalisation grant next week.


The money, which was paid in January, is still with the Central Bank of Nigeria pending the completion of the audit report of the Implementation Committee on the use of previous funds disbursed to universities by the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission, according to the government. It will be deposited into university accounts soon.


The Minister added the monies will be paid to successful universities based on the evaluation report of the committee while those with shortcomings will be made to make up before accessing the fund.


The revitalisation fund is among seven key issues evaluated at a meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday.


According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, both parties at the meeting expressed satisfaction with the implementation stages of what Ngige termed “work in progress.”


The Minister said some of the items in the Memorandum of Action (MOA) were nearly done hundred percent within the timeline.


He explained the National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA) was directed to expedite action on the integrity test on the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) which if successful, will eliminate the challenges posed by the peculiarities of the university system to the current payment platform.


“The report has been turned in , deliberated upon and both the Education Ministry and the NUC have promised to write to the Accountant General of the Federation next week for the release of the money to the NEEDS Special Account for onward disbursement to universities shortly,” Ngige said.


He further disclosed apart from the N40B Earned Allowance which the Federal Government has already paid, the Budget Office of the Federation showed evidence that N22B Earned Allowances for year 2021 is already captured in the 2021 supplementary budget of the federation, and will soon be accessed .


“On the proliferation of State universities , a bill has been sent to the National Assembly by the NUC to strengthen its arms in terms of delisting universities where funding and other parameters are inadequate. This effort was commended as all the parties agreed that mushrooming and proliferation of state universities, some of which mock the ideals of an ivory tower, should stop.


“The inconsistencies in the IPPIS payment was also discussed. There was good interaction and documents were exchanged between IPPIS and ASUU. ASUU is to go back to its members so that we can have a proper update on the extent of the inconsistencies in payment.


“We expressed our displeasure that these things are happening – amputation of salaries, not-too-clear, foggy things happening over peoples monthly emoluments. So we have asked IPPIS and ASUU to work together over this ,” the Minister said.


He also said that evidence was presented to show that promotion arrears have been paid to some universities while the Budget Office of the Federation and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation were asked to liaise with ASUU to sort out the rest, noting that the standing committee on the matter has been expended to include National Income Salaries and Wages Commission .


“A situation where a university professor is paid N107, 000 out of mistake or over deduction is unacceptable,” Ngige declared.


ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting and promised that the union will reach out to its members.


Ngige has expressed shock that the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has embarked on strike after holding a similar successful evaluation meeting with him, last week.


Those at the meeting include; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Peter Tarfa and the immediate Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Rasheed Abubakar.

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IGP appoints Tunji Disu to replace Abba Kyari as IRT Head

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IGP appoints Tunji Disu to replace Abba Kyari as IRT Head

 The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has appointed DCP Tunji Disu as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT)


He replaces DCP Abba Kyari who was suspended following a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indictment.


Kyari was linked with Ramon Abbas a.k.a. Hushpuppi, a Nigerian facing trial for fraud in the United States of America.


Force spokesman, Frank Mba announced Disu’s posting in a statement on Monday.


Mba said the Police took the decision to “refocus the IRT for better service delivery”.


Baba charged bring his professional competence to the new role.


Disu was formerly Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State.


He was also the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja.


Disu previously served at the State CID, Rivers State as the Deputy Head of the Unit.


He was also a former Commander of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the African Union (AU) Peace Keeping Mission in Dafur, Sudan.


Disu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Lagos State University (LASU) and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State.


He attended several professional courses including Small Arms Smuggling Training in Botswana; Internet Fraud Training at the Cambridge University, UK; Strategic Leadership Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos; Forensic Investigations and Criminal Intelligence Course at the University of Lagos, amongst others.


He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations and Chattered Institute of Personnel management, among other.

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Arteta puts 6 Arsenal players up for sale after Chelsea defeat

August 03, 2021 0

Arteta puts 6 Arsenal players up for sale after Chelsea defeat

 Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has put up at least six players for sale ahead of the 2020/2021 season.


The Gunners are undergoing a squad overhaul, after finishing in eighth place for two consecutive campaigns.


Arteta’s men will also not play in Europe for the first time in 25 years.


Ben White has arrived from Brighton, along with Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi from Benfica and Anderlecht respectively.


While Arsenal have gone big in the market so far, their transfer business is not yet done, as Arteta wants to add a new goalkeeper and fill the creative midfield void left by Martin Odegaard, who has been retained by parent club Real Madrid.


However, before any extra new signings are unveiled at the Emirates, he will need to free up more space in their squad.


The Daily Express says the Gunners have transfer listed six first team stars as they look to generate more transfer funds.


They are Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Willian.


Arsenal lost 2-1 to Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, with the hosts giving away cheap goals.


This has led to Arteta more than determine to shape up his team ahead of their league opener against Brentford.

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Monday, 2 August 2021

Nationwide Strike: FG Doesn’t Negotiate Until We Go On Strike – Resident Doctors Lament

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Nationwide Strike: FG Doesn’t Negotiate Until We Go On Strike – Resident Doctors Lament

Resident doctors have lamented over negligence by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

 

Dr. Akanimo Ebong, President of the Association of Resident Doctors at the National Hospital in Abuja on Monday said that the Federal Government barely negotiates with health workers until an industrial action is introduced.

 

Ebong, who is also the Senior Registrar at the National Hospital’s Department Of Obstetrics And Gynaecology, made the remark while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

 

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had resumed its industrial action on Monday over unpaid salaries and benefits.

 

The doctors are also demanding the immediate withdrawal of a circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service.

 

They had embarked on an earlier strike in April, leaving many patients unattended across government-owned hospitals in the country.

 

The strike was suspended 10 days later after they met with Federal Government representatives.

 

But very little progress has been made since then, Dr. Ebong said.


“Usually there is no negotiation done, until we go on a strike,” he said.


“We have resumed our strike today. We never called it off, we only suspended it to give time for negotiations.


“But since we called off the strike on April 10, barely nothing has been done.


“When we are back at it, you know we’ve given a lot of time; we’ve tried to negotiate, we’ve tried to make the system work. But unfortunately, we are here again.”

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Photo: DSS Finally Produces Sunday Igboho’s Aides In Court

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Photo: DSS Finally Produces Sunday Igboho’s Aides In Court

Following a court order, the Department of State Services has produced aides of Sunday Igboho they arrested on July 1 before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

The aides were presented before the court on Monday.

 

They were arrested when DSS officials raided Igboho’s home on July 1, but have sued on grounds that their fundamental human rights were being infringed on.

 

A lawyer to the arrested aides, Pelumi Olajenbesi, sued the DSS, claiming that his clients have remained underground for weeks.

 

Ruling on the suit, Justice Obiora Egwuatu had ordered the DSS to produce the 12 aides on July 29.

 

But on court day, the DSS failed to honour the directive.

 

The judge issued another order and adjourned the case to August 2.

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ASUU Strike: FG Meets With Union Over Proposed Industrial Action Today

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ASUU Strike: FG Meets With Union Over Proposed Industrial Action

Some students have expressed concerns over a planned industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, as the union meets the Federal Government Monday.


DaOptimistic reports that the FG through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has scheduled to meet with the leadership of the union over the looming strike action.


Recall that the union had on June 19, threatened to embark on another strike over the alleged deliberate refusal of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, to pay the salaries and remittance of check-off dues of over 1,000 staff for 13 months.


Dr Lazarus Maigoro, the ASUU chairman, University of Jos who made the revelation in a press statement accused the AGF of fanning the embers of discord between the Federal Government and the Union.


In a move to forestall the imminent industrial action, the Federal Government would meet with the union 2pm today to look at the unending issues.


Recall that the union had on March 23, 2020, embarked on an industrial action which lasted for over 9 months, the longest of its strike in 10 years over the inability of the Federal Government to address the issues and implement some agreement the two parties entered years ago.


Following the fresh development, some students spoke with Newsmen to register their grievances over incessant strike actions in Nigerian Universities.


Miss Martha Onuh, a 300 level student of the Benue State University, Makurdi, lamented the current move by ASUU, urging the union to put the interest of the students at heart.


She said, “After staying at home for a while during academic calendar year in 2020, you think I will be happy hearing that ASUU may still embark on strike? Sometimes I don’t even care to know who is at fault and who is right. The Federal Government and the union should put our interest at heart.


“I applied for 4 years course, this is my 5th year in the university yet I’m in 300 level. It’s bad,”she said.


Similarly, James Onome, a final year student of the University of Nigeria, Nnsuka in a chat with our correspondent, appealed to both parties to find a means of settling their differences without industrial action.


“Most times, ASUU would say that they are fighting for the benefit of the students but at the end, the students who they claim that they are fighting for are the ones losing.


“Is there no other way for a union to register its grievances without a strike action? The incessant industrial action by the union, to me has crippled Nigerian universities,” he added.


Also, a Master’s Degree student in the university of Abuja, Adebayo Micheal urged the Federal Government and ASUU to settle their differences once and for all.


He said, “We can not be talking about strike every year. It’s quite shameful that our education system is never stable. I think even if it would take them one whole year to settle their differences and end it forever, it would be better for the students.

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Sunday, 1 August 2021

Hushpuppi: Why Police May Not Release Kyari To FBI

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Hushpuppi: Why Police May Not Release Kyari To FBI

According to a report by The PUNCH, there are now strong indications that the Police authorities may not hand over the Commander, IGP  Intelligence Response and Monitoring Team, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, to the United States for criminal prosecution.


It was gathered that the battle to extradite Kyari to the US for trial for alleged involvement in a $1.1m Internet fraud would be fought hard at the courts.


Already, the DCP has been advised to constitute a strong legal team to challenge and, possibly, frustrate the extradition request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in court.


An FBI criminal complaint lodged at the United States District Court in California had listed Ramoni Abass, alias Hushpuppi, and Kyari among six suspects indicted in a $1.1m international fraud conspiracy.


The other suspects include AbdulRahman  Juma (Abdul); Vincent Kelly Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka (Bolamide).


Kyari, who is popularly known as ‘super cop,’ had been under fire since the FBI Wednesday released a 69-page court document showing that he had been under investigation by the FBI for his alleged link to Hushpuppi, who had pleaded guilty to fraud.


In the case marked 2:21-cr-00203, USA VS Abba Alhaji Kyari dated April 29, 2021, the FBI asked a US District Court in California to order the arrest of Kyari for 10 days.


The US Department of Justice in a statement said Hushpuppi admitted during interrogation that he paid bribes to Kyari to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1m fraud involving a Qatari businessman.


According to the FBI, Hushpuppi asked Kyari to arrest “co-conspirator,” Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, after both were involved in a dispute over the $1.1m scam.


It was stated in the court document that in September 2019, Kyari travelled to Dubai and was picked by Hushpuppi’s driver.


Sunday PUNCH gathered on Saturday that Kyari, who had earlier denied the allegations in social media posts on Instagram and Facebook, had been ordered to respond officially to the FBI indictment.


Our correspondent gathered that Kyari was given a few days to tender his defence.


Sources explained that the DCP was also advised to get a strong legal defence team to assist him on the matter.


A source said, “The battle promises to be long and full of legal fireworks, but it is not certain that the Police authorities would readily hand over Kyari to the US for trial.


“Will the FBI allow any of their officers to be extradited to Nigeria for criminal prosecution?


“Kyari has been advised to get a vibrant legal team to fight the extradition request and the team is expected to start work immediately.”


Recall that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, had ordered a review of the allegations against the IRT commander.


The Police Service Commission had also said that it would determine Kyari’s fate and not the Police leadership.


The commission noted that Kyari might face dismissal or demotion, and prosecution if found culpable of the allegations.

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How Ex-Senate President, Saraki Was Arrested After Wedding Ceremony In Abuja

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How Ex-Senate President, Saraki Was Arrested After Wedding Ceremony In Abuja

Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President, on Saturday attended a wedding function in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, after which he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, according to SaharaReporters.


Saraki attended the wedding ceremony of the daughter of a former Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Shaaba Lafiagi, in Abuja.


According to Daily Post, the event was disclosed in a tweet by one of Saraki’s close aides, Banks Omisore.


“Dr. @bukolasaraki at the wedding celebration of Alhaji Shaaba Lafiagi’s daughter. Today in Abuja Saturday, 31st July 2021,” Omisore tweeted.


 



SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the EFCC held Saraki in its custody over allegations of theft and money laundering.


SaharaReporters had learnt that Saraki was arrested on Saturday and was being interrogated at the Abuja office of the EFCC.


“Yes, Saraki has been arrested. He is going to be released later tonight and ordered to return again tomorrow. He is being interrogated at the Abuja office,” an authoritative source had told SaharaReporters.


As Senate president between 2015 and 2019, Saraki spent a considerable time facing allegations of corruption and false declaration of assets. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018.


However, in his new case with the EFCC, Saraki is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a network of cronies and proxy companies.


The suspected proxies, who executed purported contracts for Kwara State under Saraki, allegedly made returns, for many years, to the former governor, forming an organised network of dirty money flow.


The funds involved were huge, running into hundreds of millions in naira and hundreds of thousands in foreign currencies at various times, sources said.


Anti-graft investigators have obtained a list of the proxy companies involved and analysed a pattern of suspicious transactions between them and Saraki.


One of them has been reportedly responsible for funding Saraki’s lifestyle, including paying over N100million to settle the bills for rent and renovation of Saraki’s Maitama residence.

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BREAKING: IGP Recommends Abba Kyari For ‘Immediate’ Suspension Over Hushpuppi Scandal

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BREAKING: IGP Recommends Abba Kyari For ‘Immediate’ Suspension Over Hushpuppi Scandal

Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, has recommended the “immediate suspension” of the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, from the Nigeria Police Force, The PUNCH reports.


The recommendation states that DCP Kyari’s suspension will be on pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigations into his indictment for alleged involvement in a $1.1m internet fraud by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The IGP, in a letter to the Police Service Commission dated July 31, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer was in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force.


A Special Investigation Panel comprising four senior police officers, headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Joseph Egbunike, was also set up to investigate the allegations against Kyari.


This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, titled, ‘FBI indictment: IGP recommends suspension of DCP Abba Kyari.’


The FBI criminal complaint lodged at the United States District Court in California had listed Abass Ramon, aka Hushpuppi; and Kyari among six suspects indicted in a $1.1m international fraud conspiracy.


The other suspects include AbdulRahman Juma (Abdul); Vincent Kelly Chibuzo (Kelly); Rukayat Motunrayo Fashola (Morayo); and Bolatito Tawakalitu Agbabiaka (Bolamide).


Kyari, who is popularly known as ‘super cop,’ had been under fire since the FBI, last Wednesday, unsealed a 69-page court document showing that he had been under investigation by the Bureau for his alleged link to Hushpuppi, who had pleaded guilty to fraud.


In the case marked 2:21-cr-00203, USA VS Abba Alhaji Kyari dated April 29, 2021, the FBI asked a US District Court in California to order the arrest of Kyari for 10 days.


The IGP in the statement said Kyari’s suspension was expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against him without interference.


It reads, ” The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.


“The SIP comprising four senior police officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department.


“The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


” The SIP is also to obtain detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations levelled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force leadership on the matter.”


Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the rule of law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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EFCC Released Saraki After Interrogation - Spokesperson Reveals

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EFCC Released Saraki After Interrogation - Spokesperson Reveals

Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Spokesman for former Senate President Bukola Saraki, says his boss visited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to clarify certain issues, adding that the former governor of Kwara State had since returned home.


The Spokesman said this in a statement on Saturday while reacting to reports that his principal was arrested.


A social media aide to Saraki, Bamikole Omisore, had earlier denied that Saraki was in EFCC custody, claiming that the former Senate President was attending a wedding.


In a subsequent statement, however, Saraki’s media office explained that indeed the former Senate President had gone to the EFCC office in Abuja but was only to clarify issues.


The statement read in part, “The Media Office of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will like to confirm that this afternoon, Dr. Saraki on his own volition visited the office of the EFCC to clarify any issue that the commission may want to raise with him.


“It will be recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the fundamental human rights case filed by Dr. Saraki during the period of the former chairman of the EFCC which precluded the commission from investigating him until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the last hearing on July 14, 2021, pleaded with the judge that the order was preventing them from doing their job.


“Following this complaint, Dr. Saraki, as a responsible citizen, on his own volition approached the commission that at the earliest convenient date, he was willing to visit the commission’s office and clarify all issues they might want to raise with him.”


According to the statement, Saraki answered questions from the commission and has since returned home.


“He was not arrested. Dr. Saraki also assured the commission that he has nothing to hide and will always make himself available to clear all issues that may require his attention,” the statement further read.

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Why Saraki was in our office – EFCC

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Why Saraki was in our office – EFCC

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has clarified the reason for having the former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki in its custody.


Reports on Saturday had it that EFCC allegedly arrested the former Senate President.


But EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Saraki was invited for questioning over allegations of corruption and money laundering.


He stated that the immediate past Senate president was in the commission’s custody for continuation of interrogation.


Meanwhile, Saraki in a statement explained that he was not arrested but on his own volition went to the EFCC’s office.


Part of his statement read: “It would be recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the Fundamental Human Rights case filed by Dr. Saraki during the period of the former chairman of the EFCC which precluded the commission from investigating the former senate President until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the last hearing on July 14, 2021, pleaded with the judge that the order was preventing them from doing.


According to Saraki, he had nothing to hide and was at the commission’s office to clear the above matter.


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EFCC Arrests Ex-Senate President, Saraki Over Renewed Allegations Of Corruption

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EFCC Arrests Ex-Senate President, Saraki Over Renewed Allegations Of Corruption



A former president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


The ex lawmaker is in EFCC custody over allegations of theft and money laundering, according to PREMIUM TIMES.


Mr Saraki, a former Kwara State governor, was detained on Saturday, sources familiar with the development said, a situation that may trigger another episode of troubles for the politician.


 



As senate president between 2015 and 2019, Mr Saraki spent a considerable time facing allegations of corruption and false declaration of assets. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018.


However, in his new case with the EFCC, PREMIUM TIMES understands, Mr Saraki is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a network of cronies and proxy companies.


The suspected proxies, who executed purported contracts for Kwara State under Mr Saraki, allegedly made returns, for many years, to the former governor, forming an organised a network of dirty money flow.


The funds involved were huge, running into hundreds of millions in naira and hundreds of thousands in foreign currencies at various times, sources said.


Anti-graft investigators have obtained a list of the proxy companies involved and analysed a pattern of suspicious transactions between them and Mr Saraki, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.


One of them has been reportedly responsible for funding Mr Saraki’s lifestyle, including paying over a hundred million to settle the bills for rent and renovation of Mr Saraki’s Maitama residence, PREMIUM TIMES’ investigation showed, based on interviews with persons familiar with the property.

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Friday, 30 July 2021

Gani Adams Slams DSS For Failing To Produce Igboho’s Aides In Court

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Gani Adams Slams DSS For Failing To Produce Igboho’s Aides In Court

 Gani Adams, The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, has slammed the Department of State Services (DSS) over its failure to produce all the 12 aides of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho before the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday.


Recall that the operatives of the secret police had invaded the home of Sunday Igboho in Soka, Ibadan, killed some of his aides during a gun duel and arrested about 12 of them.


The DSS had on Thursday, said it had only three of the aides in custody as against the initial 12 reported in the media.


Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi said the conduct of the secret police truly showed a complete affront on human rights.


Adams pointed to the section of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which says that anybody arrested must be taken to court, latest 24 hours after arrest, while such a person’s rights must be protected under the law.


The Yoruba leader said it was sad and most unfortunate that the security agency had arrogated to itself covert power that usually reminded Nigerians of the inglorious years of the military where citizens rights were jettisoned.


“Our constitution is clear about the rights of every citizen that anybody arrested must be taken to court latest 24 hours after his arrest and such rights must be protected under the law. It is sad and most unfortunate that the DSS had arrogated to itself covert power that usually reminds us of the inglorious years of the military where citizens rights have no basis in their law,” he said.


“Therefore, the DSS failure to present Igboho’s aides in court for the second time was a flagrant display of lawlessness and gross injustice. Ideally, it is only the president and the vice president of the country that have that immunity as provided by our constitution. So why is the DSS finding it too difficult to allow the constitution to take its course as it is done in other climes?” he queried.


Adams, however, urged the DSS to be transparent in the discharge of its responsibility, adding that the case against Igboho was so sensitive in nature that the secret police as an institution could not claim to be above the law.


Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho is currently undergoing trial in Benin Republic after he was arrested over two weeks trying to escape to Germany.


Sunday Igboho, who was declared wanted by the Nigerian authorities had attempted to escape the country through Benin Republic and was captured in Cotonou along with some of his family members

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