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ABUJA — The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulraheed Bawa, to re-engineer and restore professionalism in the anti-graft agency. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday in Abuja urged Bawa to avoid the pitfalls of his immediate predecessor. Ologbondiyan advised him to resist all-partisan pressures to use the agency as a tool for political...

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Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has directed the Governor’s Monitoring Team (GMT) to commence thorough security checks of any vehicle marked with the Osun State Government official number plates to ascertain the genuineness or otherwise of the issuing authority and its users. The Governor’s directive was contained in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Oluwole Oyebamiji. According to the governor, any vehicle found or caught with Osun State Government...

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says the final forfeiture of $919,202.07 fraudulently kept in an interest-yielding bank account by some staff of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt in Rivers State has been retrieved. This was disclosed in a statement made available on the agency’s website on Thursday. The release state that the staff of the Federal High Court involved in the illegal transaction includes the Chief Registrar and Deputy...

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OWERRI —  The Orlu Political Consultative Assembly (OPOCA), a political body in Orlu Senatorial District of Imo,  has advised Sen. Rochas Okorocha to apologise to Imo Government over his action on the government’s sealed property. The group made the demand at a news conference in Owerri and threatened to recall Okorocha from the National Assembly if he failed to apologize to the state. Mr. Rex Anunobi, OPOCA National President, said that Okorocha behaved in a...

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The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Rasheed Abdulbawa as the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Bawa is replacing Ibrahim Magu, the former chairman who was suspended in July last year to face the Salami panel which probed allegations of insubordination and corruption levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami. The upper legislative chamber confirmed Bawa’s appointment on Tuesday after a screening that lasted for over...

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A former governor of the Imo state, Rocha Okorocha has been arrested by some operatives of the State police command on Sunday. He was arrested alongside Ijeoma Igboanusi and Okafor-Anyanwu. Igboanusi was the deputy chief of staff (Domestic) while Okafor-Anyanwu was the Commissioner for Transportation during Okorocha’s administration. The Senator representing Imo West was arrested after unsealing Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi. The ex-governor had gone to the estate with his supporters,...

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The Nigeria Police Force has said that the extension of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu’s tenure, was not paid for. President Muhammadu Buhari last week extended the tenure of the IGP by three months. According to the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, the extension was necessary to give room for the proper selection of a predecessor. However, in a statement issued on Monday, described a report published by some media that the tenure...

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A presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu has said the poor ranking Nigeria has on Transparency International’s corruption perception index is a reflection of the Nigerians’ performance and not Buhari. On the 2020 index which was released on Thursday, Nigeria dropped to 149 out of the 180 countries surveyed after scoring 25 out of 100 points. While speaking on Channels TV Sunrise Daily, Shehu claimed the index is a reflection of corruption by Nigerians and not by...

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The trial of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and five others began on Wednesday in an FCT High Court in Jabi, Abuja. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)   called its first witness. The prosecution witness, a relationship manager in the Sales Department, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Mohammed Babansule, tendered the statement of account of one of the companies, Josmon Technologies Ltd., the sixth defendant. Some other documents...

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Sequel to public outcry over the extortion of citizens at some NIMC enrolment centres in Bauchi and Kaduna State offices, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami, has directed the immediate suspension of the accused officers. The directive was contained in a press release signed by Kayode Adegoke, head of corporate communications. The suspended officials were accused of perpetuating fraudulent activities inimical to policies, directive of the Federal Government which requires mobile network...

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