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ABUJA — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has indicated that it secured its highest-ever number of convictions within one year in 2021. The anti-graft agency disclosed this in a publication that highlighted its activities in 2021. EFCC noted that it lost 122 cases and secured 2,220 convictions. This figure, according to the agency is the highest in the history of the commission, beating its previous record of 1,282 convictions in 2020. “From January...

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The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ombi 1 Lafia, Nasarawa State, SP Ugochukwu Theodore was removed on the order of the Commissioner of Police in the State, Adesina Soyemi. Theodore was alleged to have demanded N40, 000 to carry out some electrical work and welding. It was alleged that the DPO wrote to all hotels within his jurisdiction, demanding N240, 000 from each of them to repair the official Toyota Hilux given to him for...

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ABUJA — 1,144 suspects linked to cases of corruption and fraud have been convicted between January 2 and November 14, 2021 according to the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad. Muhammad said this at the third summit on diminishing corruption in the public sector, organized by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). The chief justice said the committee set up to handle corruption and financial-related cases has propelled an...

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ABUJA — The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON)  Mr. Ahmed Lawan Kuru has submitted names of the top 1,000 loan defaulters to the National Assembly in another deft strategy to intensify its debt recovery drive. Kuru made this known to members of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency at the retreat of the committee in Lagos. He said the country’s bad debt bank has a high number...

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ILORIN — The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has said the plan by the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, to come back in 2023 to rule the state, is a wild goose chase. He said Kwara was blacklisted for the looting of the UBEC funds in 2013 by the former PDP administration. The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Monday said the “criminal diversion of funds” meant for...

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ABUJA — Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF), has asked the house of reps to allocate some percentage of recovered loots to his minister, saying the ministry is in dire need of improved funding. Malami made the demand on Monday when he appeared before the house of representatives committee on justice to defend the 2022 budget proposal of the ministry of justice. According to him,  poor funding is dangerous for...

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ABUJA — The House of Representatives committee on culture and tourism has vowed to probe into the alleged deduction of N1.1 billion from the 2021 budgetary allocation for culture and tourism. The committee reached the resolution on Thursday during a sitting in Abuja. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, chairman of the committee, confirmed the committee’s resolution to set up a sub-panel would be probe into the alleged alteration in the 2021 budget. He assured that the committee will...

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The Senate on Tuesday commenced investigation into alleged illegal payment of N19bn to four federal agencies, by the Budget Office. Officials of the Budget Office did not appear before the Senate Public Accounts Committee. SPAC, relying on the 2016 report of the Auditor General for the Federation, alleged that the N19bn was paid to four agencies through a verbal directive by the Director-General of the Budget Office in 2015. The Chairman of the Senate panel,...

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Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has denied reports by the Pandora Papers linking him to multi-billion naira business and property ownership overseas. The Pandora Papers is an investigation carried out by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which exposed shady deals as well as hidden wealth owned by hundreds of politicians and serving heads of governments in countries across the world. According to the investigation, Oyetola was said to have bought a multi-billion naira...

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YOLA — The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has criticised the alleged diversion of children learning materials in Adamawa. Mr. Joel Isiah, UNICEF Consultant for education in Adamawa, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Yola, described the development as “sabotage”. “The UN organisation received credible information that UNICEF learning materials supplied and meant for vulnerable children were being sold in markets in the state. ” UNICEF is shocked by...

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