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ABUJA — Former Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, has admitted that he was interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over charges bordering on abuse of office, and misappropriation of public funds during his eight-year rule of the state. Dickson whose administration spanned through 2012 and 2020 said he had presented himself to the EFCC office in Jabi, Abuja on Tuesday following an invitation by the anti-graft agency. He was questioned over assets declaration,...

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday declined an application by the former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, asking the court to restrain the Imo State Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from confiscating his properties. Okorocha who is entangled in corruption allegations by the Imo State Government had sought an interim order from the court while it was on vacation. At the hearing on Wednesday, counsel to Senator...

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ABUJA —The Police Service Commission  (PSC) has suspended Abba Kyari, the deputy commissioner of police over an alleged relationship with Instagram celebrity and fraudster, Hushpuppi. The commission order his suspension after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a document linking the Kyari to the embattled fraudster. The Bureau disclosed how Kyari allegedly collaborated with Hushpuppi to jail one of his associates after a dispute over a $1.1 million scam on Qatari businesspeople. According to...

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the probe of the allegations against Abba Kyari, a deputy commissioner of police. The development was disclosed in a statement issued by Frank Mba, the police spokesman. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had earlier uncovered how the DCP had been brided by an embattled Instagram celebrity and fraudster, Hushpuppi to jail one of his associates over a $1.1 million scam. The FBI also noted...

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Some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have dismissed corruption allegations against the Northeast Development Commission, NEDC, and its Managing Director, Mohammed Goni Alkali. A statement jointly signed by Comrade Lawrence Audu and Comrade Bassey Ukpong for the Good Governance and Advocacy Network (GGAN), said the embezzlement allegation against Alkali was based on assumption, without evidence. The CSOs described those behind the allegation as demonic forces, making politics with the lives of Northerners, explained that the NorthEast...

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ABUJA — Ebisintei Awudu, former surveyor-general of the federation is to be arraigned today (Monday) by the  Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over an offence bordering on the theft of public asset. He had been ordered to appear before the federal high court in Abuja by Olusegun Adeniyi after missing the initial date the court scheduled, July 5. The arraignment was stalled as a result of his absence and that of...

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ABUJA — The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit, asking the court “to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to disclose spending details of the overdrafts and loans obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) since May 29, 2015, including the projects on which the overdrafts have been spent, and repayments of all overdrafts to date.” The rights group is also seeking an order to compel the president to explain “explain and clarify...

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LAGOS — The Federal High Court, Lagos, has fixed October 7, for hearing of an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), seeking an order for final forfeiture of $5.78 million and N2.4 billion linked to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. The presiding judge, Tijjani Garuba Ringim, fixed the date, after hearing the submissions of the counsel to the parties in the matter. EFCC had filed the application for forfeiture...

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ABUJA — The House of Reps has begun investigating an alleged $30 billion revenue leakage caused by payments on account of foreign currency-denominated contracts by companies. The committee members were led to commence the investigation on Monday in Abuja, by the chairman of the House committee on finance, James Faleke alongside Victor Nwokolo, chair, House Committee on Banking and Currency. According to Faleke, the committee would also investigate foreign exchange allocation to companies from sources...

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MAIDUGURI — Governor Babagana  Umara Zulum of Borno State has accused the United Nations and other international non-governmental organizations (INGO) of diverting some of the funds donated for assisting persons affected by the ongoing armed conflict in the northeast of Nigeria. The UN said because of the over a decade-old conflict, “over 3.2 million individuals are displaced, with 4.4 million food-insecure people at crisis and emergency levels and millions of civilians subjected to extreme hardships.”...

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