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SOKOTO — Five management staff of the Sokoto state Primary Staff Pension Board have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting N553.985,644.1. The staff includes Abubakar Aliyu, Hassana Moyi, Haliru Ahmad, Kabiru Ahmad, and Dahiru Muhammad Isa who are Secretary, Director of Finance and Supply, deputy Director of Finance, and Supply, Accountant and Cashier of the board respectively. The money was meant for the payment of retired teachers’ gratuities...

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ILORIN — Kwara State Government has suspended two senior officials of the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML-PforR) for alleged financial irregularities and inconsistencies in the handling of funds. They are the SOML-PforR state Programme Manager, Dr. Ibrahim Omar, and the programme accountant, Alabi Rahman Olalekan. According to a statement signed by the Press Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, in Ilorin on Wednesday, Falade Gbenga Tayo that their suspension is connected...

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LAGOS — The former MD of a defunct PHB bank, Francis Atuche has been convicted by an Ikeja high court over a N25.7 billion fraud. The banker was convicted on Wednesday by Lateefat Okunnu, the judge, in a hearing that lasted hours. The court also convicted Ugo Anyanwu, a former chief financial officer (CFO) of the bank. Atuche’s trial dates back to 2009, when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), under the leadership of Sanusi...

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ABUJA — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the immediate past governor of Kwara, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, for questioning. His invitation is in connection to the diversion of N9 billion from the coffers of the Kwara State government, while he was governor and when he served as the Commissioner for Finance in the administration of former Governor Bukola Saraki. Ahmed had governed the state between 2011 and 2019 The spokesperson for the...

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ABUJA — The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC) has declared Gimba Kumo, former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria a son-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, and two others wanted over alleged misappropriation of $65 million National Housing Funds. In the notice signed by its spokesperson Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC declared Mr. Kumo wanted alongside Tarry Rufus and Bola Ogunsola over the alleged fraud. “The persons whose pictures appear...

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denounced the report of offering a financial reward of ₦1 million for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of an internet fraudster, also known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo.’ The anti-graft agency stated this in a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren on Friday. The Commission stated that the “clarification became necessary following phone calls by citizens wanting to cash in...

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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, to step aside from her role. The suspension of Usman came as the Ministry of Transportation, headed by Rotimi Amaechi, set up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the management of the NPA. Mrs. Usman is to be replaced by Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, who is an Executive Director at the NPA, for the duration of the investigation. This...

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Politicians are popularly seen as the biggest challenge and problem in Nigeria’s progress but Charles Omole has posited that such is a wrong perspective and that the biggest challenge before the country is the civil servants, not politicians. Omole, who is an international legal scholar and consultant, maintained this position on Saturday during The Platform, a programme facilitated and hosted by the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade. Omole noted that the civil...

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One major defect of our federalism is resource control. Resource control has consistently been discoursed and still under discussion by the Nigerian elites but the Nigerian government and lawmakers have been turning deaf ears to the yearning of many Nigerians. And recently, the Federal Government set to lay claim to Ibori loot, which by extension, is a wealth of Delta State. It is quite unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has recently shown its unconsciousness...

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ABUJA — The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has called on Nigerians to unite against insecurity and corruption as well as other challenges hindering development in the country. This is contained in a statement by Mr. Charles Akpan, Deputy Director Press and Public Relations of the ministry, and issued to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja. Ngige made the call while felicitating with Christians on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ngige...

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