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Yahaya Bello: Lawyers drag EFCC Chairman to UN, UK, threatens Visa ban

Yahaya Bello: Lawyers drag EFCC Chairman to UN, UK, threatens Visa ban

By Dansu Peter 

Some legal practitioners in the country have dragged the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Olanipekun Olukoyede to the United Nations, United Kingdom and other international nations.

At a press conference on Friday in Abuja, the lawyers accused the EFCC boss of flagrantly disregarding valid court orders and breaching the constitutional rights of Nigerians. 

In his address, Barr. Emmanuel Agada said the team have already began measures to institute visa ban on Olukoyede should he continue to trample on the rights of Nigerian citizens, the way he did to former Governor Yahaya Bello.

Agada said that the lawyers are also considering blocking international funding and support to the EFCC should Olukoyede continue on this path.  

The statement reads: “As young lawyers, we envisage a judiciary where justice is not only done but manifestly seen to be done. It is in our patriotic quest to always pursue ventures that guarantee an independent judiciary that dispenses justice without fear nor Favour that we formed this civil society of lawyers. 

“It is in the pursuit of this mandate that we have written to the United Nations High Commission For Human Rights, the United States of America, through its embassy in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, through its Nigerian embassy and the European Union as bastions of democracy and Human Rights to investigate the flagrant disregard of a valid Court Order and breach of constitutional rights of Nigerian citizens by the EFCC chairman, Mr. Olanipekun Olukoyede and caution him. 

“As you know, we have already written to Mr. President who has started on a good trajectory and began to enjoy the massive support of overwhelming majority of Nigerians, to call the EFCC chairman in order not to allow his desperation to use the institution to pursue political objectives to bring this administration to public odium and opprobrium. 

“In our petition to the above mentioned bodies, we were strong in our call for the EFCC chairman to be cautioned and should he continue to disregard Court Orders and Injunctions, and trample on the rights of Nigerian citizens, the way he did against former Governor Yahaya Bello, a comprehensive and total Visa Ban must be implemented and international organizations who support the commission via funding must be enjoined to stop forthwith until the commission purges itself of every unconstitutional approach in exercising their constitutional mandate. 

“We are aware that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) provides expertise, guidance and support to UN human rights teams. These teams have recorded huge success in many countries through coordinated human rights sustainability initiatives. It is why we have called for their intervention to help strengthen our institutions and safeguard human rights and dignity of Nigerian citizens.

“Nigerians must begin to take hard decisions to shape our country and its institutions for the better. We must not allow individuals to corrupt the very institutions that brought so much reprieve when corruption ate deep into the very fabrics of our existence. 

“Our main objective as lawyers is to push for the respect of the judiciary and stronger institutions whose mandate will never be dictated by political or social affiliations. “
By Dansu Peter 

Some legal practitioners in the country have dragged the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Olanipekun Olukoyede to the United Nations, United Kingdom and other international nations.

At a press conference on Friday in Abuja, the lawyers accused the EFCC boss of flagrantly disregarding valid court orders and breaching the constitutional rights of Nigerians. 

In his address, Barr. Emmanuel Agada said the team have already began measures to institute visa ban on Olukoyede should he continue to trample on the rights of Nigerian citizens, the way he did to former Governor Yahaya Bello.

Agada said that the lawyers are also considering blocking international funding and support to the EFCC should Olukoyede continue on this path.  

The statement reads: “As young lawyers, we envisage a judiciary where justice is not only done but manifestly seen to be done. It is in our patriotic quest to always pursue ventures that guarantee an independent judiciary that dispenses justice without fear nor Favour that we formed this civil society of lawyers. 

“It is in the pursuit of this mandate that we have written to the United Nations High Commission For Human Rights, the United States of America, through its embassy in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, through its Nigerian embassy and the European Union as bastions of democracy and Human Rights to investigate the flagrant disregard of a valid Court Order and breach of constitutional rights of Nigerian citizens by the EFCC chairman, Mr. Olanipekun Olukoyede and caution him. 

“As you know, we have already written to Mr. President who has started on a good trajectory and began to enjoy the massive support of overwhelming majority of Nigerians, to call the EFCC chairman in order not to allow his desperation to use the institution to pursue political objectives to bring this administration to public odium and opprobrium. 

“In our petition to the above mentioned bodies, we were strong in our call for the EFCC chairman to be cautioned and should he continue to disregard Court Orders and Injunctions, and trample on the rights of Nigerian citizens, the way he did against former Governor Yahaya Bello, a comprehensive and total Visa Ban must be implemented and international organizations who support the commission via funding must be enjoined to stop forthwith until the commission purges itself of every unconstitutional approach in exercising their constitutional mandate. 

“We are aware that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) provides expertise, guidance and support to UN human rights teams. These teams have recorded huge success in many countries through coordinated human rights sustainability initiatives. It is why we have called for their intervention to help strengthen our institutions and safeguard human rights and dignity of Nigerian citizens.

“Nigerians must begin to take hard decisions to shape our country and its institutions for the better. We must not allow individuals to corrupt the very institutions that brought so much reprieve when corruption ate deep into the very fabrics of our existence. 

“Our main objective as lawyers is to push for the respect of the judiciary and stronger institutions whose mandate will never be dictated by political or social affiliations. “

Group calls for immediate dismissal of Mahmood Gidado from NSCDC

Group calls for immediate dismissal of Mahmood Gidado from NSCDC

By Dansu Peter 

A Group, the Citizens Initiative Against Corruption  has called for an mmediate dismissal of Assistant Commandant General (ACG) Mahmood Gidado Fari from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

 In a letter addressed to the Minister of Interior, Tunji Ojo, dated May 7th, 2024, and signed by its National President, Comrade Hussain Danladi, the organization levied grave allegations against ACG Fari, including gross misconduct, abuse of office, and rape, among others.

The scathing letter alleges a litany of offenses committed by ACG Gidado, asserting that his actions flagrantly violate the Public Service Rules. Described as a personification of serial arrogance and misconduct, ACG Gidado stands accused of multiple transgressions, ranging from insubordination to abuse of human rights.

Of particular concern is the allegation of sexual assault, with ACG Gidado purportedly being implicated as a serial rapist who targets female officers under his authority. This egregious behavior directly contradicts the principles upheld by the NSCDC and undermines its commitment to enforcing constitutional provisions, including those relating to gender equality and human rights.

Furthermore, the letter highlights ACG Gidado's suspension for gross insubordination towards the Minister and the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire, and Immigration Board. Despite his suspension, ACG Gidado allegedly continues to engage in malicious activities, including sponsoring defamatory articles against the NSCDC and engaging in partisan political endeavors, in violation of Public Service Rules.

The allegations against ACG Gidado extend beyond his conduct within the NSCDC. It is claimed that he has a history of involvement in illicit activities, including recruitment and arming of terrorist groups during his tenure as State Commandant in Nasarawa State. Additionally, he is accused of financial impropriety, fraudulent behavior, and evasion of promotion exercises over a decade.

Despite his self-proclaimed academic credentials, ACG Gidado's integrity is called into question, with allegations of academic deceit and moral bankruptcy casting a shadow over his purported qualifications.

The Citizens Initiative Against Corruption contends that ACG Gidado's continued presence in the public service not only undermines the integrity of the NSCDC but also poses a threat to the administration's efforts to combat corruption and restore trust in government institutions. They argue that his dismissal would serve as a deterrent to others with similar inclinations and send a clear message that misconduct will not be tolerated.

As calls for accountability grow louder, the fate of ACG Mahmood Gidado Fari hangs in the balance, with the government facing mounting pressure to take decisive action in the face of such serious allegations. In the quest for a renewed hope and integrity in governance, the swift and resolute handling of cases like this is imperative to uphold the principles of justice and transparency.
By Dansu Peter 

A Group, the Citizens Initiative Against Corruption  has called for an mmediate dismissal of Assistant Commandant General (ACG) Mahmood Gidado Fari from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

 In a letter addressed to the Minister of Interior, Tunji Ojo, dated May 7th, 2024, and signed by its National President, Comrade Hussain Danladi, the organization levied grave allegations against ACG Fari, including gross misconduct, abuse of office, and rape, among others.

The scathing letter alleges a litany of offenses committed by ACG Gidado, asserting that his actions flagrantly violate the Public Service Rules. Described as a personification of serial arrogance and misconduct, ACG Gidado stands accused of multiple transgressions, ranging from insubordination to abuse of human rights.

Of particular concern is the allegation of sexual assault, with ACG Gidado purportedly being implicated as a serial rapist who targets female officers under his authority. This egregious behavior directly contradicts the principles upheld by the NSCDC and undermines its commitment to enforcing constitutional provisions, including those relating to gender equality and human rights.

Furthermore, the letter highlights ACG Gidado's suspension for gross insubordination towards the Minister and the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire, and Immigration Board. Despite his suspension, ACG Gidado allegedly continues to engage in malicious activities, including sponsoring defamatory articles against the NSCDC and engaging in partisan political endeavors, in violation of Public Service Rules.

The allegations against ACG Gidado extend beyond his conduct within the NSCDC. It is claimed that he has a history of involvement in illicit activities, including recruitment and arming of terrorist groups during his tenure as State Commandant in Nasarawa State. Additionally, he is accused of financial impropriety, fraudulent behavior, and evasion of promotion exercises over a decade.

Despite his self-proclaimed academic credentials, ACG Gidado's integrity is called into question, with allegations of academic deceit and moral bankruptcy casting a shadow over his purported qualifications.

The Citizens Initiative Against Corruption contends that ACG Gidado's continued presence in the public service not only undermines the integrity of the NSCDC but also poses a threat to the administration's efforts to combat corruption and restore trust in government institutions. They argue that his dismissal would serve as a deterrent to others with similar inclinations and send a clear message that misconduct will not be tolerated.

As calls for accountability grow louder, the fate of ACG Mahmood Gidado Fari hangs in the balance, with the government facing mounting pressure to take decisive action in the face of such serious allegations. In the quest for a renewed hope and integrity in governance, the swift and resolute handling of cases like this is imperative to uphold the principles of justice and transparency.

Yahaya Bello: 'lily-livered' 'White Lion', By Richard Odusanya

Yahaya Bello: 'lily-livered' 'White Lion', By Richard Odusanya

By Richard Odusanya 

Yahaya Bello is a chicken hiding under the costume of a Lion. 'Chicken Hearted Man' pretending to be a Lion. The story of Yahaya Bello is laced with controversies. The phrase “the chickens are coming home to roost” is well-known and often attributed to African American, anti-imperialist, revolutionary leader Malcolm X following the assassination of President  Kennedy in 1963. This refers, of course, to mean that the wrongs committed by an individual or political entity will likewise have a boomerang effect and come back to punish the wrongdoing party in a similar vein.

First, Yahaya Bello is a PhD holder in criminality and stealing. His atrocities surpassed Godwin Emefiele, who is in the same category as General Sani Abacha and Diezani Alison-Madueke. GYB replicated most of the criminalities of self-styled Field Marshall Idi Amin Dada, a Ugandan military officer and politician who served as the third president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. He ruled as a military dictator and is considered one of the most brutal despots in modern world history.

Secondly, his worldview revolved around multiple concepts: power-mongering, recklessness, and profligacy. GYB epitomizes the essence and character of Adolf Hitler, an Austrian-born German politician who was the dictator of Nazi Germany from 1933 until his suicide in 1945. Sadly, the likes of Yahaya Bello are a typical example of the reason youths cannot be trusted with power in Nigeria. He crippled the confluence State in a manner that can better be described as a ruthless dictator.

Thirdly, he is; a lily-livered coward, the lawlessness of Yahaya Bello, and his thuggery nature in Kogi state are legendary. He can be best considered a gusto of degenerated mind - stealing with boldness. In this vein, for political sustainability and strategic self-interest, sub-national statecraft should point toward a world consistent with its values. They said they should relinquish power to the youth. Look at what Yahaya Bello did with the opportunity given to him. Suffice it to mention that, he was a bad example of the youths.

Yahaya Bello atrocities have been fully established - now that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the self-styled 'White Lion' wanted. EFCC issued the public notice declaring GYB, wanted after he failed to appear for his arraignment on N80 billion money laundering charges scheduled to take place at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday 18th April 2024. EFCC Chairman Mr Ola Olukoyede, narrates how former Governor Yahaya Bello allegedly moved $720,000 from the state government’s account to a BDC and used some of it to pay his child’s school fees in advance. This is separate from the sum of N80,246,470,089.88, fraudulently converted to his personal use.

Lest I forget, the criminalities of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo and his Predecessor, Yahaya Bello, Aiding and Abetting. Street Vybz – like the relationship of Euripides with Archelaus is also important as an illustration of the role played by absolute rulers in the creation and dissemination of tragedy. A growing interest in the reception of tragedy by Greeks outside Attica has prompted scholars to reassess previous “Athenocentric” interpretations of tragedy, especially the assumption that fifth-century drama was primarily created by and for Athenian citizens as a political institution within the democracy.

In conclusion, permit me to share with you the profound words of Joseph Marie, comte de Maistre, a French Savoyard philosopher, writer, lawyer, and diplomat. Joseph Marie, philosophically posited: "Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man."

Finally, empirical evidence shows that corruption is considered one of the main contributors to Africa’s development challenges, but less is known about the determinants of corruption and why the levels of corruption vary between countries. For example, Nigeria is a nation floundering under high-scale corruption, especially among public officeholders. The legacy of corruption is numerous:

Jim Obaze, accused Godwin Emefiele of unlawfully lodging billions of naira in at least 593 bank accounts across the United States, United Kingdom, and China.

Nigeria Air: EFCC arrests ex-aviation minister, Sirika over N8bn fraud

A former Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris stole a whopping #109 billion.

A total sum of N37,170,855,753.44 was allegedly laundered in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under former minister Sadiya Umar-Farouk/Betta Edu and some other government officials.

Sale Mamman, a former minister of power under former President Buhari, was last month arrested and detained by the commission in connection with an alleged N22 billion fraud related to power projects and many others.

Richard Odusanya
By Richard Odusanya 

Yahaya Bello is a chicken hiding under the costume of a Lion. 'Chicken Hearted Man' pretending to be a Lion. The story of Yahaya Bello is laced with controversies. The phrase “the chickens are coming home to roost” is well-known and often attributed to African American, anti-imperialist, revolutionary leader Malcolm X following the assassination of President  Kennedy in 1963. This refers, of course, to mean that the wrongs committed by an individual or political entity will likewise have a boomerang effect and come back to punish the wrongdoing party in a similar vein.

First, Yahaya Bello is a PhD holder in criminality and stealing. His atrocities surpassed Godwin Emefiele, who is in the same category as General Sani Abacha and Diezani Alison-Madueke. GYB replicated most of the criminalities of self-styled Field Marshall Idi Amin Dada, a Ugandan military officer and politician who served as the third president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. He ruled as a military dictator and is considered one of the most brutal despots in modern world history.

Secondly, his worldview revolved around multiple concepts: power-mongering, recklessness, and profligacy. GYB epitomizes the essence and character of Adolf Hitler, an Austrian-born German politician who was the dictator of Nazi Germany from 1933 until his suicide in 1945. Sadly, the likes of Yahaya Bello are a typical example of the reason youths cannot be trusted with power in Nigeria. He crippled the confluence State in a manner that can better be described as a ruthless dictator.

Thirdly, he is; a lily-livered coward, the lawlessness of Yahaya Bello, and his thuggery nature in Kogi state are legendary. He can be best considered a gusto of degenerated mind - stealing with boldness. In this vein, for political sustainability and strategic self-interest, sub-national statecraft should point toward a world consistent with its values. They said they should relinquish power to the youth. Look at what Yahaya Bello did with the opportunity given to him. Suffice it to mention that, he was a bad example of the youths.

Yahaya Bello atrocities have been fully established - now that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the self-styled 'White Lion' wanted. EFCC issued the public notice declaring GYB, wanted after he failed to appear for his arraignment on N80 billion money laundering charges scheduled to take place at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday 18th April 2024. EFCC Chairman Mr Ola Olukoyede, narrates how former Governor Yahaya Bello allegedly moved $720,000 from the state government’s account to a BDC and used some of it to pay his child’s school fees in advance. This is separate from the sum of N80,246,470,089.88, fraudulently converted to his personal use.

Lest I forget, the criminalities of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo and his Predecessor, Yahaya Bello, Aiding and Abetting. Street Vybz – like the relationship of Euripides with Archelaus is also important as an illustration of the role played by absolute rulers in the creation and dissemination of tragedy. A growing interest in the reception of tragedy by Greeks outside Attica has prompted scholars to reassess previous “Athenocentric” interpretations of tragedy, especially the assumption that fifth-century drama was primarily created by and for Athenian citizens as a political institution within the democracy.

In conclusion, permit me to share with you the profound words of Joseph Marie, comte de Maistre, a French Savoyard philosopher, writer, lawyer, and diplomat. Joseph Marie, philosophically posited: "Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man."

Finally, empirical evidence shows that corruption is considered one of the main contributors to Africa’s development challenges, but less is known about the determinants of corruption and why the levels of corruption vary between countries. For example, Nigeria is a nation floundering under high-scale corruption, especially among public officeholders. The legacy of corruption is numerous:

Jim Obaze, accused Godwin Emefiele of unlawfully lodging billions of naira in at least 593 bank accounts across the United States, United Kingdom, and China.

Nigeria Air: EFCC arrests ex-aviation minister, Sirika over N8bn fraud

A former Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris stole a whopping #109 billion.

A total sum of N37,170,855,753.44 was allegedly laundered in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs under former minister Sadiya Umar-Farouk/Betta Edu and some other government officials.

Sale Mamman, a former minister of power under former President Buhari, was last month arrested and detained by the commission in connection with an alleged N22 billion fraud related to power projects and many others.

Richard Odusanya

FOI: Rights Group Writes NNPC, Seeks Probe Of Asabe Waziri's Multi-million Naira Homes In Abuja, Lagos

FOI: Rights Group Writes NNPC, Seeks Probe Of Asabe Waziri's Multi-million Naira Homes In Abuja, Lagos

By Dansu Peter 

A prominent Abuja based human rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has written the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited, Mr Mele Kyari, to seek the status of one of its staff, Ms Asabe Waziri, who is said to have purchased muliti-million houses in Abuja and Lagos. 

The letter, dated April 19, 2024 written under the Freedom of Information Act, FOI, seeks clarification on the employment status of Ms Waziri. 

Amina Mohammed, director of public media relation of HURIWA, who signed the letter said her organisation decided to write the oil company to ascertain the veracity of the allegation against Ms Waziri. 
She said HURIWA recently became aware of a matter involving Ms Waziri, 
who is alleged to have engaged in an alleged misconduct related to the acquisition and occupancy of residential property in Abuja.

Mohammed said, "We have recently become aware of a matter involving a citizen who is reportedly your staff member by name Asabe Waziri, who is alleged to have engaged in an alleged misconduct related to the acquisition and occupancy of residential property in Abuja. Specifically, it has come to our attention that Abeh Signatures Limited has accused Ms. Waziri of flouting agreements and engaging in behaviors inconsistent with the standards expected of a public servant.

"To assist us in better understanding Ms. Waziri's employment status with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited and to ascertain the veracity of the allegations against her, we kindly request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

"Employment Status: Please provide details regarding Asabe Waziri's current employment status with NNPC Limited, including her position, department, and any relevant employment records.

"Salaries and Benefits: Kindly disclose Ms. Waziri's salary scale, benefits package, and any additional compensation she receives from NNPC Limited.

"Date of Enlistment: Provide the date when Asabe Waziri was enlisted as a staff member of NNPC Limited, along with any records indicating her length of service.

"Acquisition of Property: We seek clarification on how Ms. Waziri, as a public servant, allegedly acquired two units of residential property (specifically, units 3B and 3C, Abeh Signatures Apartments, 1 Mekong Close, Maitama Abuja FCT) valued at N260 million, as detailed in the aforementioned allegations. Sir, We would also be interested to ascertain the veracity of an unverified allegation that she made a purchase of a prized housing asset in Lagos. Kindly avail us of this information if this is credible and provable. 

"We believe that transparency in this matter is crucial for accountability and public interest. We trust that your esteemed office will provide the requested information promptly and following the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2011). 

"Sir, these sets of information requested is to satisfy our avowed commitment to assist the federal government to provide citizens collaboration to eradicate alleged abuse of office and corruption, just as thus is why we assure you that any details provided will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and used solely to investigate alleged potential breaches of ethical standards and ensure accountability.

"Furthermore, we are aware of the reported court order allegedly  instructing Ms. Waziri to vacate the premises and the subsequent refund of funds by Abeh Signature Limited. If there are any additional actions or disciplinary measures taken by NNPC Limited concerning this matter, we kindly request disclosure of such information. This will also help us to enlighten Nigerians about the mantra of the new management  of the NNPCL which as we are told is focused on promoting greater transparency  and accountability as a national brand with the objective of becoming a reputable global brand in the shortest possible period."
By Dansu Peter 

A prominent Abuja based human rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has written the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited, Mr Mele Kyari, to seek the status of one of its staff, Ms Asabe Waziri, who is said to have purchased muliti-million houses in Abuja and Lagos. 

The letter, dated April 19, 2024 written under the Freedom of Information Act, FOI, seeks clarification on the employment status of Ms Waziri. 

Amina Mohammed, director of public media relation of HURIWA, who signed the letter said her organisation decided to write the oil company to ascertain the veracity of the allegation against Ms Waziri. 
She said HURIWA recently became aware of a matter involving Ms Waziri, 
who is alleged to have engaged in an alleged misconduct related to the acquisition and occupancy of residential property in Abuja.

Mohammed said, "We have recently become aware of a matter involving a citizen who is reportedly your staff member by name Asabe Waziri, who is alleged to have engaged in an alleged misconduct related to the acquisition and occupancy of residential property in Abuja. Specifically, it has come to our attention that Abeh Signatures Limited has accused Ms. Waziri of flouting agreements and engaging in behaviors inconsistent with the standards expected of a public servant.

"To assist us in better understanding Ms. Waziri's employment status with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited and to ascertain the veracity of the allegations against her, we kindly request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

"Employment Status: Please provide details regarding Asabe Waziri's current employment status with NNPC Limited, including her position, department, and any relevant employment records.

"Salaries and Benefits: Kindly disclose Ms. Waziri's salary scale, benefits package, and any additional compensation she receives from NNPC Limited.

"Date of Enlistment: Provide the date when Asabe Waziri was enlisted as a staff member of NNPC Limited, along with any records indicating her length of service.

"Acquisition of Property: We seek clarification on how Ms. Waziri, as a public servant, allegedly acquired two units of residential property (specifically, units 3B and 3C, Abeh Signatures Apartments, 1 Mekong Close, Maitama Abuja FCT) valued at N260 million, as detailed in the aforementioned allegations. Sir, We would also be interested to ascertain the veracity of an unverified allegation that she made a purchase of a prized housing asset in Lagos. Kindly avail us of this information if this is credible and provable. 

"We believe that transparency in this matter is crucial for accountability and public interest. We trust that your esteemed office will provide the requested information promptly and following the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2011). 

"Sir, these sets of information requested is to satisfy our avowed commitment to assist the federal government to provide citizens collaboration to eradicate alleged abuse of office and corruption, just as thus is why we assure you that any details provided will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and used solely to investigate alleged potential breaches of ethical standards and ensure accountability.

"Furthermore, we are aware of the reported court order allegedly  instructing Ms. Waziri to vacate the premises and the subsequent refund of funds by Abeh Signature Limited. If there are any additional actions or disciplinary measures taken by NNPC Limited concerning this matter, we kindly request disclosure of such information. This will also help us to enlighten Nigerians about the mantra of the new management  of the NNPCL which as we are told is focused on promoting greater transparency  and accountability as a national brand with the objective of becoming a reputable global brand in the shortest possible period."

REVEALED: How Emefiele's cronies impersonated SGF, forged Buhari's signature to order CBN to pay crony $6.2m cash

REVEALED: How Emefiele's cronies impersonated SGF, forged Buhari's signature to order CBN to pay crony $6.2m cash

By Dansu Peter
The prosecution of the embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele took a fresh twist when the immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, revealed on Tuesday that the $6.2m released from the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2023 was done using a forged document. The money, he said, was allegedly released for foreign observers ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mustapha alleged that the former CBN's cronies, now at large forged a letters purportedly from him and the former president, Buhari to order the CBN made payment of a certain $6.2m cash which was paid to one of his cronies, Jubril Abubakar. 

In a fresh account of the Punch Newspaper, Mustapha stated this when he appeared as the fourth prosecution witness in the ongoing fraud trial of the immediate-past CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.

Recall the EFCC arraigned Emefiele on amended 20 counts bordering on forgery, criminal conspiracy,  conferring undue advantage, and breach of trust, among others.

Specifically, the EFCC accused Emefiele of impersonating the SGF  to illegally obtain a sum of $6.2m from the CBN.

The Punch's report said the EFCC alleged that on February 8, 2023, Emefiele connived with one  Odoh Ocheme, who is now on the run, to obtain $6.2m from the CBN, claiming that it was requested by the SGF “vide a letter dated 26th January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.”

According to the EFCC, Emefiele allegedly claimed that the SGF requested the CBN to release “a contingent logistic advance for $6,230,000.00 in line with Mr. President’s directive.”

The anti-graft agency alleged that Emefiele, in January 2023,  forged a document titled: “RE: PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE ON FOREIGN ELECTION OBSERVER MISSIONS,” dated 26 January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.

At the resumed trial on Tuesday, the ex-SGF was led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN).

Mustapha told the court that the document with which the $6.2m was moved out of the CBN came neither from his office nor from the office of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mustapha said, “All through my service year as the SGF, I never came across these documents claimed to have been signed by Buhari. From the face value of this document, having served for five years and seven months as SGF, this document did not emanate from the President for the following reasons:

“A correspondence that has the seal of the Nigerian President does not carry a reference number. The seal is the authority.

“Secondly, I have looked at it and read the document. FEC decisions are not transmitted by letters. They are transmitted through extracts after conclusions are adopted.

“Thirdly, I am the custodian of FEC; the President will not refer executives’ conclusions to me.


“Also, in all the five years and seven months, I never heard of the terms ‘special appropriation provision’ referred to. The term known to me, My Lord, is ‘appropriation’ as provided by the Appropriation Act normally passed by the National Assembly and when the government finds a gap it brings supplementary appropriation.

“In all the correspondences I have received from Buhari, it has never had ‘please accept the assurance of my highest regard’. I am his subordinate, my correspondences do not carry that.

“And lastly, looking at the signature, it is a failed attempt at reproducing Buhari’s signature. I will leave that to the experts.”

Mustapha also told the court that the Federal Government had no business with foreign election observers.

He said,  “Nigerian government has no business with foreign election observers. I have managed two election cycles and I know that for a fact. INEC has the sole responsibility for that. “

Furthermore, the ex-SGF pointed out that the approval for the $6.2m was never on the agenda of

He said,  “My Lord, there was a meeting on January 18. The Vice President presided over the meeting. My role as secretary was to prepare the agenda of the meeting and on that, there was a 16-point agenda. There was no agenda for payment to foreign election observers. Consequently, if it was not an item on the agenda, it can’t be discussed and it will not appear in the conclusion of the meeting of January 18. There was no such approval, conclusion, or transmission for the payment of the money.”

Continued on www.punchng.com
When the prosecutor asked him to confirm if the letter conveying the presidential directives for the approval of the money emanated from him,  Mustapha responded in the negative.

He also said Abubakar Jubril who was said to have received the money in cash was never a staff of his office.

Mustapha said,  “To the best of my knowledge, this letter did not emanate from the OSGF. I did not sign it. My Lord, I said it didn’t emanate from me for the following reasons: I am not privy to the operations of the Central Bank. The heading is defective, it presupposes, that there was a previous correspondence before you will say RE. I am not aware of the content of this letter. There was no FEC approval.

“Thirdly, there were references where I was said to have introduced a principal officer, I am not aware of the special task force on logistics set up by govt.

“I do not know Jubril Abubakar, a principal officer who was alleged to be the coordinator of this task force. I didn’t introduce Jubril. The letter does not conform to the standard with which we write our letters at the OSGF. The reference number is always very clear, so you will know the department the letter is from. We paragraph our letter and number them. I can only end my letter with ‘please accept my assurances’ if I am writing to a superior officer. I could not have written to the Governor of the CBN using those words. I also wouldn’t have addressed him as Dear Sir. “

When the prosecutor asked if the $6.2m  paid to Jubril Abubakar was received by the SGF’s office, Mustapha said, “Not one dollar was brought to my office. Not the amount and no part of it was brought to me.”

During cross-examination, the counsel for the defendant,  Mathew Bukkaar (SAN), asked if there was any memo to make payments to any government agency.

In response, the ex-SGF said, “No My Lord, if it is related to this transaction. There could have been others, but not this.”

Emefiele’s counsel then asked if it was a practice in the OSGF to send staff to any bank to receive cash for whatever purpose.

Responding,  the former SGF said,  “It is not a usual practice. I have six permanent secretaries if there is a need. They would have done that.  “

Earlier, during cross-examination, Ogbu  Michael, a Deputy Director at the CBN, who was formerly a Branch Controller at the time, told the court that he authorised the payment of the $6.2m after the approval from the banking services department.

He said the money was paid in cash and was expected to be refunded in the second quarter of 2023.

When asked by Burkaa if he authenticated the identity card used for the payment of the money,  Ogbu said,  “I went by the payment instructions and did not go beyond the identity card attached to the document. The money was paid in USD cash to Jubril. “

Bukaar further asked if the identity card presented was either the national identity card,  driver’s licence,  passport or voter card,  Ogbu stated that none of the identity cards was attached to the document.

He said,  “The instructions were to pay with the ID indicated.”

Burkaa asked if Ogbu was aware the former SGF,  Buhari,  and the CBN Deputy governor were standing trial on the matter,  he said he was not aware.

Justice Hamza  Muazu adjourned till March 7, 11, and 25 for continuation of trial.

Excerpted from Punch Newspaper 
By Dansu Peter
The prosecution of the embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele took a fresh twist when the immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, revealed on Tuesday that the $6.2m released from the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2023 was done using a forged document. The money, he said, was allegedly released for foreign observers ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mustapha alleged that the former CBN's cronies, now at large forged a letters purportedly from him and the former president, Buhari to order the CBN made payment of a certain $6.2m cash which was paid to one of his cronies, Jubril Abubakar. 

In a fresh account of the Punch Newspaper, Mustapha stated this when he appeared as the fourth prosecution witness in the ongoing fraud trial of the immediate-past CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.

Recall the EFCC arraigned Emefiele on amended 20 counts bordering on forgery, criminal conspiracy,  conferring undue advantage, and breach of trust, among others.

Specifically, the EFCC accused Emefiele of impersonating the SGF  to illegally obtain a sum of $6.2m from the CBN.

The Punch's report said the EFCC alleged that on February 8, 2023, Emefiele connived with one  Odoh Ocheme, who is now on the run, to obtain $6.2m from the CBN, claiming that it was requested by the SGF “vide a letter dated 26th January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.”

According to the EFCC, Emefiele allegedly claimed that the SGF requested the CBN to release “a contingent logistic advance for $6,230,000.00 in line with Mr. President’s directive.”

The anti-graft agency alleged that Emefiele, in January 2023,  forged a document titled: “RE: PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE ON FOREIGN ELECTION OBSERVER MISSIONS,” dated 26 January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.

At the resumed trial on Tuesday, the ex-SGF was led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN).

Mustapha told the court that the document with which the $6.2m was moved out of the CBN came neither from his office nor from the office of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mustapha said, “All through my service year as the SGF, I never came across these documents claimed to have been signed by Buhari. From the face value of this document, having served for five years and seven months as SGF, this document did not emanate from the President for the following reasons:

“A correspondence that has the seal of the Nigerian President does not carry a reference number. The seal is the authority.

“Secondly, I have looked at it and read the document. FEC decisions are not transmitted by letters. They are transmitted through extracts after conclusions are adopted.

“Thirdly, I am the custodian of FEC; the President will not refer executives’ conclusions to me.


“Also, in all the five years and seven months, I never heard of the terms ‘special appropriation provision’ referred to. The term known to me, My Lord, is ‘appropriation’ as provided by the Appropriation Act normally passed by the National Assembly and when the government finds a gap it brings supplementary appropriation.

“In all the correspondences I have received from Buhari, it has never had ‘please accept the assurance of my highest regard’. I am his subordinate, my correspondences do not carry that.

“And lastly, looking at the signature, it is a failed attempt at reproducing Buhari’s signature. I will leave that to the experts.”

Mustapha also told the court that the Federal Government had no business with foreign election observers.

He said,  “Nigerian government has no business with foreign election observers. I have managed two election cycles and I know that for a fact. INEC has the sole responsibility for that. “

Furthermore, the ex-SGF pointed out that the approval for the $6.2m was never on the agenda of

He said,  “My Lord, there was a meeting on January 18. The Vice President presided over the meeting. My role as secretary was to prepare the agenda of the meeting and on that, there was a 16-point agenda. There was no agenda for payment to foreign election observers. Consequently, if it was not an item on the agenda, it can’t be discussed and it will not appear in the conclusion of the meeting of January 18. There was no such approval, conclusion, or transmission for the payment of the money.”

Continued on www.punchng.com
When the prosecutor asked him to confirm if the letter conveying the presidential directives for the approval of the money emanated from him,  Mustapha responded in the negative.

He also said Abubakar Jubril who was said to have received the money in cash was never a staff of his office.

Mustapha said,  “To the best of my knowledge, this letter did not emanate from the OSGF. I did not sign it. My Lord, I said it didn’t emanate from me for the following reasons: I am not privy to the operations of the Central Bank. The heading is defective, it presupposes, that there was a previous correspondence before you will say RE. I am not aware of the content of this letter. There was no FEC approval.

“Thirdly, there were references where I was said to have introduced a principal officer, I am not aware of the special task force on logistics set up by govt.

“I do not know Jubril Abubakar, a principal officer who was alleged to be the coordinator of this task force. I didn’t introduce Jubril. The letter does not conform to the standard with which we write our letters at the OSGF. The reference number is always very clear, so you will know the department the letter is from. We paragraph our letter and number them. I can only end my letter with ‘please accept my assurances’ if I am writing to a superior officer. I could not have written to the Governor of the CBN using those words. I also wouldn’t have addressed him as Dear Sir. “

When the prosecutor asked if the $6.2m  paid to Jubril Abubakar was received by the SGF’s office, Mustapha said, “Not one dollar was brought to my office. Not the amount and no part of it was brought to me.”

During cross-examination, the counsel for the defendant,  Mathew Bukkaar (SAN), asked if there was any memo to make payments to any government agency.

In response, the ex-SGF said, “No My Lord, if it is related to this transaction. There could have been others, but not this.”

Emefiele’s counsel then asked if it was a practice in the OSGF to send staff to any bank to receive cash for whatever purpose.

Responding,  the former SGF said,  “It is not a usual practice. I have six permanent secretaries if there is a need. They would have done that.  “

Earlier, during cross-examination, Ogbu  Michael, a Deputy Director at the CBN, who was formerly a Branch Controller at the time, told the court that he authorised the payment of the $6.2m after the approval from the banking services department.

He said the money was paid in cash and was expected to be refunded in the second quarter of 2023.

When asked by Burkaa if he authenticated the identity card used for the payment of the money,  Ogbu said,  “I went by the payment instructions and did not go beyond the identity card attached to the document. The money was paid in USD cash to Jubril. “

Bukaar further asked if the identity card presented was either the national identity card,  driver’s licence,  passport or voter card,  Ogbu stated that none of the identity cards was attached to the document.

He said,  “The instructions were to pay with the ID indicated.”

Burkaa asked if Ogbu was aware the former SGF,  Buhari,  and the CBN Deputy governor were standing trial on the matter,  he said he was not aware.

Justice Hamza  Muazu adjourned till March 7, 11, and 25 for continuation of trial.

Excerpted from Punch Newspaper 

Which anti-corruption efforts are, then, likely to be effective?, Trending now on corruption...

Which anti-corruption efforts are, then, likely to be effective?, Trending now on corruption...

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KNOWLEDGE BREAKS BARRIERS…AFRICA CREATES BRIDGES

This month, on the New ODI Development Policy Review Virtual Issue on Corruption and Accountability in Development is Out


Which anti-corruption efforts are, then, likely to be effective?


Oluwafemi Senu , in “A critical assessment of anti-corruption strategies for economic development in sub-Saharan Africa” [38/5] points out that most governments across sub-Saharan Africa have ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), although it appears to be honoured more in the breach than the observance. Kenya and Nigeria explored the convention’s potential to address the failure of existing anti-corruption institutions, the respective governments showed little real commitment to tackling, much less rooting out, endemic corruption. As Senu concludes: “Less-developed or emerging economies with little respect for the rule of law or enforcement of anti-corruption laws are likely to be the most affected by corruption as it can greatly affect data collection, economic development and impede justice for all. The setbacks in anti-corruption laws or strategies are deeply rooted in systemic social corruption.”

Michael Mbate [36/S1], in “Who bears the burden of bribery? Evidence from public service delivery in Kenya,” also looks at the factors affecting the propensity to engage in bribery to obtain public services. He finds that it declines with high social capital but increases when there are strong political networks—which suggests that the frequent reliance on bribes to obtain public services falls disproportionately on the poor, who depend on basic amenities such as health and education. Further, finding that almost none of his respondents reports corruption through official means “due to fear of reprisal,” he recommends that citizens’ organisations, coupled with a free media, could help exert pressure “by investigation and reporting on government corruption.”

Rajiv Verma, Saurabh Gupta, and Regina Birner ask “What do (future) civil servants think of bribery and corruption? Evidence from India” [41/3], focusing on elite candidates destined for highest echelons in the state bureaucracy. The authors used simulations to explore situations that might deter (or encourage) the participants from accepting or offering bribes. What emerged from these games and discussions is that the broad social acceptance of bribery—everyone knows that everyone does it, so what difference does it make if one individual refrains—combined with the low rate of convictions, means that vigilance without sanctions is ineffective. The best deterrent, participants agreed, is the likelihood of “high public loss and strict punishment.”

Conversely, Linnea Cecilia Mills in “Catching the ‘big fish’: The (ab)use of corruption-related prosecutions across sub-Saharan Africa,” [35/S2] finds that far from ending impunity for corruption among high-ranking politicians, prosecutions are themselves frequently politicized in an abusive fashion; namely, “that corruption-related cases are used in order to eliminate political rivals.” Even more worrying are the perverse effects, “such as incumbents holding onto power to avoid being prosecuted by the next incumbent when immunity is lifted, and political actors not holding the executive and each other to account for fear of being prosecuted themselves.” For that matter, such practices are hardly unknown in mature democracies, either.[4]

June 2016 – AFROLEAKS: Understanding Africa’s Scale of Corruption – A Review of the Anti-Corruption Summit London 2016 [Part IV]: https://nactpvs.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/afroleaks-understanding-africas-scale-of-corruption-a-review-of-the-anti-corruption-summit-london-2016-part-iv/

June 2016 – AFROLEAKS: Understanding Africa’s Scale of Corruption – A Review of the Anti-Corruption Summit London 2016 [Part III]: https://nactpvs.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/afroleaks-understanding-africas-scale-of-corruption-a-review-of-the-anti-corruption-summit-london-2016-part-iii/

June 2016: AFROLEAKS: Understanding Africa’s Scale of Corruption – A Review of the Anti-Corruption Summit London 2016 [Part II]: https://nactpvs.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/afroleaks-understanding-africas-scale-of-corruption-a-review-of-the-anti-corruption-summit-london-2016-part-ii/

June 2016 – AFROLEAKS: Understanding Africa’s Scale of Corruption – A Review of the Anti-Corruption Summit London 2016 [Part I]: https://nactpvs.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/afroleaks-understanding-africas-scale-of-corruption-a-review-of-the-anti-corruption-summit-london-2016-part-i/

May 2016 – AFROLEAKS: Do Anti-Corruption Initiatives Pose a Success or Challenge to Nigeria’s Modern Democracy? [Part II]: https://nactpvs.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/afroleaks-do-anti-corruption-initiatives-pose-a-success-or-challenge-to-nigerias-modern-democracy-part-ii/

May 2016 – AFROLEAKS: Do Anti-Corruption Initiatives Pose a Success or Challenge to Nigeria’s Modern Democracy? [Part I]: https://nactpvs.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/afroleaks-do-anti-corruption-initiatives-pose-a-success-or-challenge-to-nigerias-modern-democracy-part-I/

May 2016 – AFROLEAKS: What exactly are we talking about when we say ‘fight against corruption?’ [Part II]: https://nactpvs.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/afroleaks-what-exactly-are-we-talking-about-when-we-say-fight-against-corruption-part-ii/

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KNOWLEDGE BREAKS BARRIERS…AFRICA CREATES BRIDGES

This month, on the New ODI Development Policy Review Virtual Issue on Corruption and Accountability in Development is Out


Which anti-corruption efforts are, then, likely to be effective?


Oluwafemi Senu , in “A critical assessment of anti-corruption strategies for economic development in sub-Saharan Africa” [38/5] points out that most governments across sub-Saharan Africa have ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), although it appears to be honoured more in the breach than the observance. Kenya and Nigeria explored the convention’s potential to address the failure of existing anti-corruption institutions, the respective governments showed little real commitment to tackling, much less rooting out, endemic corruption. As Senu concludes: “Less-developed or emerging economies with little respect for the rule of law or enforcement of anti-corruption laws are likely to be the most affected by corruption as it can greatly affect data collection, economic development and impede justice for all. The setbacks in anti-corruption laws or strategies are deeply rooted in systemic social corruption.”

Michael Mbate [36/S1], in “Who bears the burden of bribery? Evidence from public service delivery in Kenya,” also looks at the factors affecting the propensity to engage in bribery to obtain public services. He finds that it declines with high social capital but increases when there are strong political networks—which suggests that the frequent reliance on bribes to obtain public services falls disproportionately on the poor, who depend on basic amenities such as health and education. Further, finding that almost none of his respondents reports corruption through official means “due to fear of reprisal,” he recommends that citizens’ organisations, coupled with a free media, could help exert pressure “by investigation and reporting on government corruption.”

Rajiv Verma, Saurabh Gupta, and Regina Birner ask “What do (future) civil servants think of bribery and corruption? Evidence from India” [41/3], focusing on elite candidates destined for highest echelons in the state bureaucracy. The authors used simulations to explore situations that might deter (or encourage) the participants from accepting or offering bribes. What emerged from these games and discussions is that the broad social acceptance of bribery—everyone knows that everyone does it, so what difference does it make if one individual refrains—combined with the low rate of convictions, means that vigilance without sanctions is ineffective. The best deterrent, participants agreed, is the likelihood of “high public loss and strict punishment.”

Conversely, Linnea Cecilia Mills in “Catching the ‘big fish’: The (ab)use of corruption-related prosecutions across sub-Saharan Africa,” [35/S2] finds that far from ending impunity for corruption among high-ranking politicians, prosecutions are themselves frequently politicized in an abusive fashion; namely, “that corruption-related cases are used in order to eliminate political rivals.” Even more worrying are the perverse effects, “such as incumbents holding onto power to avoid being prosecuted by the next incumbent when immunity is lifted, and political actors not holding the executive and each other to account for fear of being prosecuted themselves.” For that matter, such practices are hardly unknown in mature democracies, either.[4]