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Information reaching ABUJAPRESS says that Buhari Bags Global Integrity, Anti-Corruption Award Of Excellence

President Muhammadu Buhari, has bagged the Global Integrity and Anti-Corruption Award of Excellence.

This is to recognize his lifetime outstanding commitment to the fight against corruption and selfless service with exceptional integrity.
 
Buhari has been honoured with the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria (CIFCFEN) GLOBAL INTEGRITY AND ANTI CORRUPTION AWARD OF EXCELLENCE.

A statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity stated that the President was presented with the Award on Tuesday in Abuja by the Chairman Governing Council CIFCFEN Board of Trustees, Dr Iliyasu Gashinbaki.

The award is the highest honour of the Institute reserved for only African Heads of States with impeccable character and unimpeachable ideals.


 
The Nigerian leader is the first African leader to be bestowed with the award. Receiving the award, President Buhari thanked the Institute for the honour, saying:

"This recognition further imbues in me hope that we will as individuals and citizens of this country begin to live right and imbibe the ideals and ethos of the founding fathers of this great nation."

The President pledged "to look into and assent accordingly" a bill seeking the formal establishment of CIFCFEN, acknowledging that the Bill is presently before him.

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He commended the Institute for working and effectively complementing the efforts of law enforcement agencies, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Police.

He directed the anti-corruption agencies to continue partnering with the Institute for the benefit of the country.

 
Furthermore, the President directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to work with the Institute in areas of providing technical assistance and capacity building to all revenue generating agencies and regulators in the public sector.

The President lauded the Board of Trustees for issuing the first independent review of graft fighting strategy of the country, adding that he is pleased to receive copies of the latest flagship publication, the Annual (2021) CIFCFEN Country Report, themed around the review of the Country's National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017-2021.

"This is the first independent review of graft fighting strategy and I commend the Institute for this initiative."

Justifying the importance of forensics and fraud examination in the fight against corruption, President Buhari said:

"The need for forensic experts arises in educating, preventing, detecting and prosecuting fraudsters, while fraud examination helps mitigate vices like embezzlement, money laundering, misuse and mismanagement of public resources.

"Many Nigerians, who are serious about eliminating corruption in our country, will welcome this review of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy midwifed by the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption in 2017 and supported by our International friends.

"This has been our flagship effort in fighting corruption and we did this by distilling all previous strategies geared towards fighting corruption into a single strategy, while this review comes with recommendations that will be carefully reviewed by the Office of the Attorney General and adopted in our 2nd National Anti-Corruption Strategy that will be unveiled shortly.

"This effort by the Institute to undertake the review of the national anti-corruption strategy is highly commendable and it has shown the usefulness of partnerships with professional bodies and my administration will continue to partner with the Institute and as well as other private institutions, the academia and other stakeholders in the fight to stop sleaze and mitigate corruption.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Rochas Okorocha, former Imo governor.

He was whisked away at 6:48pm on Tuesday.

The senator representing Imo west had earlier declined to be taken away by the operatives, insisting that he will not submit himself to the anti-graft agency without a warrant.

But security operatives had broken the entrance doors to get into the home of the former governor.

In a statement on Tuesday, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC's spokesperson, said they were at the house in order to bring the former governor to stand trial before a federal high court in Abuja.
 
At the residence, things took a different turn after supporters of the Imo west senator thronged the premises, singing and chanting Okorocha's praises.

The security operatives then fired into the air after the supporters refused to leave when they were asked to.

The operatives also chased everyone away, including staff of the senator and journalists.

The EFCC had, on January 31, filed a 17-count charge against the former Imo governor before a federal high court in Abuja.

According to the EFCC, the former Imo governor who is seeking to contest the presidency, allegedly conspired with others, including a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and five companies to steal N2.9 billion in public funds.

Aside from Okorocha, other defendants listed are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.

A socio-political group, Etsako Grassroot Mobilization Network has drummed support for emergence of comedian and Entertainment Entrepreneur, Roland Igbadumhe, better known as Youngest Old Man as candidate of APC for Etsako Federal Constituency of Edo state. 

They said he possesses the qualities the people need at a time like this to move the constituency forward, adding that he has the appeal, network and track record to link the constituency to national politics. 

In a statement on Monday, leader of the group, Agbudumeh Nelson therefore called on delegates of the APC for the constituency to massively vote for Youngest Old Man to fly the flag of the party ahead of the 2023 general election, expressing optimism that it will be the dawn of a new era in the constituency. 

He said, "This is a clarion call on the delegates for Etsako Federal Constituency to vote a young man with vision and agility to represent our people. They must as a matter of service to our people key into this great vision. 

"Our son, Roland Igbadumhe, better known as Youngest Old Man is a fulfilled professional in the entertainment industry who has carved a niche for himself. He has the appeal even beyond our constituency to make visible changes for the benefit of our people. 

"We are also optimistic that this will usher in a period when our people will enjoy closeness to the federal government of APC with Roland as a point of contact" he said. 

Youngest Old Man who is said to be the youngest aspirant in Edo State APC is a popular face in the entertainment industry. 

He was a senior special adviser on Entertainment to the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, a position he capitalised on to attract development projects to his Ward 9, comprising Imiegba, Itsukwi and Imiakebu communities.

He is anchoring his campaign on accessibility, fair representation, health care & education, women and youth empowerment, care and welfare for the aged.

Though this is not the first time he is making attempts to represent his people, he insists he is more determined now.

In 2019, he was the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, but lost his bid to represent the Etsako East constituency following the declaration of Kingsley Ugabi of the All Progressives Congress, APC winner of the election.

Born to the late James Ebui Igbadume, a school principal and an alumnus of the University of Ibadan, Roland started off as a comedian at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, providing top-notch entertainment on campus and neighbouring communities.

The hope of Senator Dino Melaye to return to the National Assembly was on Tuesday evening dashed by delegates who voted more for his political rival, Hon. Tajudeen Yusuf

Dino failed to secure the People's Democratic Party (PDP) ticket when he polled 99 votes against TJ Yusuf who is currently representing Kabba/Bunu Ijumu Federal constituency, who polled 163 votes.

TJ Yusuf, a three terms House of Representatives member had levelled with Dino on Monday night when they both scored 88 votes apiece; leading to a rerun.

But at the rerun on Tuesday, TJ was able to secure a majority of the votes.

While TJ was rooting for Nyesom Wike in the state, Dino Melaye was backing Atiku Abubakar, turning the game to a royal rumble of two influential presidential candidates of the party.

TJ however was able to draw sympathy from the camp of the former governor Ibrahim Idris whose favourite candidate, Sam Aro, polled 72 votes on the first run of the senate primary on Monday.

The Sam Aro bloc vote swung the election in favour of TJ Yusuf and permanently sealed Dino Melaye's fate as far as 2023 Senatorial ambition is concerned.

Terrorists, locally described as bandits has attacked Gakurdi village in the Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State on Tuesday, killing atleast 15 farmers in the area.

According to DailyTrust, the victims were killed in their farms.

According to a source who is a resident in the community, the terrorists came around 8:30am today (Tuesday), using four motorcycles and they started shooting at the people.


"Three were killed on the same farm and eventually it was discovered that up to 15 were killed on different farms," he said.
 
Another source said there was an exchange of gunfire between the criminals and the security agents during the attack.

Reacting, the police spokesman in Katsina, SP Gambo Isah, said, "Right now, we are there with the CP to access the situation."


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday stormed the residence of former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Channels TV reports.

The anti-graft agency operatives stormed the residence of the former governor in the Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to arrest him.

According to Channels, the EFCC operatives were seen in a video operating within the premises of the former governor.

They insisted that Okorocha, who is seeking to contest the presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), should submit himself for arrest or honour a long-standing invitation to their office.

STATEPRESS reports that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has dissolved the State Executive Council.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, the dissolution takes effect from today, Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor and Senior Special Assistants have also been relieved of their offices.

The Governor commended the members of Rivers State Executive Council for "their service and contribution to the development of the State" and "wished them the best in all their future endeavours."

He also directed the former cabinet members to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective offices.

A former House of Representatives member and Governorship Aspirant in Anambra State, Chuma Nzeribe was on Monday in Abuja convicted in the 4- count criminal charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

The former federal lawmaker was convicted by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory FCT in Abuja on impersonation, possession of Federal Government documents and using same to fraudulently acquired at Maitama, Abuja.

Nzeribe could, however, not be sentenced to prison following his absence in court when the judgment on the criminal charges against him was delivered.

Justice Halilu Yusuf while delivering judgment said he would reserve the sentence till the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC operatives and police arrest the convict and bring him before the court for a deserved justice.

The Judge ordered that the land in Maitama acquired with the forged documents be taken over by the owner, Mr Ishaya Madi with immediate effect.

Nzeribe had stunned the court for the third time for his absence without any cogent reason.

Instead, Nzeribe wrote the EFCC a Memorandum of Understanding MoU surrendering the land he fraudulently acquired to the real owner, Ishaya Madi

Details later....


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted 24 parcels of cocaine concealed in 12 tyres of lawnmowers imported into the country through the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA).

Mr Femi Babafemi, NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, said  this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said that a Brazilian returnee, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, who has just finished serving his jail term for drug trafficking in the South American country, was arrested.

He said that the 45-year-old ex-convict from Idemili South LGA, Anambra State, was arrested at the Port Harcourt Airport on Saturday, May 7 upon his arrival from Brazil via Doha onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.

Babafemi also said that preliminary investigations revealed that Okechukwu, who was arrested and convicted in Brazil for drug offences, completed  his jail term in March.

The NDLEA added the Okechukwu then decided to return to Nigeria with three new lawnmowers, in which  he concealed 24 parcels of cocaine weighing 4.56kg.

“Curiously, each parcel concealed in the tyres of the three lawnmowers bears some unique inscriptions, which are believed to be means of identification of the owners of the drug.

“The two parcels in one of the tyres of the first lawnmower bear “O LORD” and “HAVE MERCY”.

“The parcels in one of the tyres of the second mower bear the inscription; “IN GOD” and “WE TRUST”, while the third mower has “IJIOMA” and “186.6” inscribed on the two parcels hidden in one of its tyres, ” he said.

Babafemi said that the suspect claimed that one of his church members gave him the lawnmowers to deliver to his brother in Port Harcourt.

He quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as saying that the war against drug abuse and trafficking was one that must be won.
In a suit marked as fhc/abj/cs/676/2020, popular facebook influencer and blogger has sued the Nigeria police force, The Aig in charge of Interpol in nigeria, Agf and one Maryam shehu Ifa separately for the sum of #100,000 billion naira each for violating her consitutional right to freedom of speech, expression , and for publishing and declaring her wanted vide a special gazzeted police bulletin and by placing her name and picture at the fcid notice board without a valid court order  backing same from  from the 1st August 2021 to 29th september 2021 and from from 8th February 2022 till date in that regard.  In the suit filed at the federal high court Abuja by an Abuja based activist and human rights lawyer,  messers Samuel Ihensekhien jnr esq as the lead counsel alongside other team of lawyers, Blogger ogechi njaka sought for  ten different reliefs and prayers from the federal high court and the said new filed suit is in the main  seeking the federal high courts interpretative powers to declare null and void the trending online wanted declaration notice and Nigeria police/ red notice Interpol special gazzeted notice declaring her ogechi njaka wanted for a non criminal offense of defamatory issues between her ogechi njaka and one madam Maryam shehu ifa in this regard. 
In the filed suit by ogechi njaka, she is contending that the federal high court of Abuja, per coram justice I. E Ekwo of federal high court, which struck out all the court proceedings in suit Fhc/abj/cs/901/2021 filed by the Igp and the interpol against ogechi njaka, where the Nigeria police force and Interpol obtained a court remand order against her for 60days , she was never in the custody of the Nigeria police force and the Interpol.
Which by virtue of  Justice I E Ekwo Ruling of on 7th February 2022, due to the undiligence and non appearance of either the Igp and Interpol lawyers ,all court proceedings, remand order, arrest warrant, and court processes as regard the above case filed by the Interpol was struck out by the honourable court, ogechi njaka in her newly filed suit  against the Igp and Interpol, now contends that she is now surprised that ,for the non criminal offense of defamation.The Interpol and Nigeria police force will still declare her wanted and take steps to illegally publish her picture as a wanted person in an Interpol special gazzeted police bulletin.
Ogechi njaka also in her newly filed Case, urge the court to uphold the constitutionality of freedom of information dissimenation and free speech, as decided by the court of appeal in nwankwo Vs state as cited in 1985) 6 NCLR 228  .Where the then Olatawura JCA as he was then known ,stated, reasoned and in his specific words, held inter alia:
“We are no longer the illiterates or the mob society our colonial masters had mind when the law was promulgated…To retain Section 51 of the Criminal Code, in its present form, that is even if not inconsistent with the freedom of expression guaranteed by our Constitution will be a deadly weapon to be used at will by a corrupt government or a tyrant…Let us not diminish from the freedom gained from our colonial masters by resorting to laws enacted by them to suit their purpose.”

The laws enacted by “our colonial masters” and imposed on the country include the Official Secrets Act and the provisions of the Criminal Code relating to sedition and criminal libel. As criticism is indispensable in a democratic society Olatawura J.C.A charged the Nigerian people to defend their hard won freedom of expression at all times. According to his lordship:

“The decision of the founding fathers of this present constitution which guarantees freedom of speech which must include freedom to criticize should be praised and any attempt to derogate from it except as provided in the Constitution must be resisted. Those in public office should not be intolerant of criticism. Where a writer exceeds the bounds there should be a resort to the law of libel where the plaintiff must of necessity put his character and reputation in issue.
As at time press time by 4:00pm on 17th May 2022 being yesterday,  attempts were being made by counsels to ogechi njaka to serve the Nigeria police police force, the Aig in charge of _Interpol_ , the agf, and counsels to madam Maryam shehu ifa.







A social and youth inclusiveness advocate, Barr. Nazeef Babaji Aliyu has emerged the House of Representatives candidate for Shira/Giade Federal Constituency of Bauchi on the platform of New Nigeria People's Party, NNPP. 

This follows the successful conclusion of the House of Representatives primary election of  the party in which he emerged victorious. 

The party which has its leader as Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano State has been making massive waves across the country. 

It has witnessed mass movement of PDP and APC leaders, including members of State and national Assembly in Kano, chief of staff to Kano State Governor and other top political leaders.

Kwankwaso who is the presidential candidate of the party has vowed to rescue the country from the misrule of PDP and APC.

Nazeef Babaji Aliyu is coming into the race with a lot of experience in administration as he was robbed of his Victory the last election.

Information reaching ABUJAPRESS says that N1.5 Trillion, $9 Million Looted Funds Trace To NIMASA Boss, Bashir Jamoh's Personal Accounts

United Kingdom investigators have bursted another corruption scandal in the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration involving the Managing Director, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh, where various sums including N1.5 Trillion and another $9,557,312.50 have been traced to his personal accounts.

Shockingly the Fidelity account with N1, 505,890,450,000.67 has Hamza Ibrahim Jamoh with BVN 22151837650 and Cell phone number 08034517410. While the BVN number revealed a different identity, the cell phone linked to the account is linked to the DG of NIMASA, Jamoh.


 
Further investigations revealed that the N1.5trillion was after few months cleared from the account to avoid investigations on the lodgment of such huge amount.

In a four page document titled due diligent report on Bashiru Yusuf Jamoh, the Director-General NIMASA, the report exposed another lodgment of $9,557,312.50 into Access Bank account 0710814478 also belonging to him.

The investigation also exposed other infractions by the agency's boss which also include award of contracts to companies which he has interest in.


 
Looted Funds

The investigation, according to the report focused on fraud, money laundering and breach of the Nigeria code of conduct act. This same investigation, it stated spans across all the Agencies under the Ministry of Transport having started with the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.

GLOBAL INVESTIGATORS UNITED KINGDOM, the investigation agency that signed the report investigated the bank transactions of Alhaji Jamoh focusing on inflows/Credit and Debits on his bank statements.

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It found the transaction's records of BASHIR YUSUF JAMOH showing the payment of $9,557,312.50 (Nine million, five hundred and fifty-seven thousand, three hundred and twelve dollars and fifty cents) into his personal accounts from Central Bank of Nigeria in violation of the Treasury Single Account, TSA.

"Most baffling is that CBN transferred millions of dollars into the personal account of BASHIR YUSUF JAMOH.


 
"Records shows the withdrawal of $5,425,200.00 (Five million, Four hundred and twenty-five thousand and two hundred dollars only) by CASH WITHDRAWAL from ACCESS Bank, Burma Road, Apapa, Lagos.

"BASHIR YUSUF JAMOH set up a company TALENT EXPERTISE INTL. LIMITED with RN: 1488830 to solicit for jobs from NIMASA. Being the director of a company and awarding contract to own company in violation of the code of conduct act section 3 part of the Third Schedule of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and code of conduct for public officers involved in procurement, Part X1, section 57, Sub-section (2) of the Procurement Act, 2007."

According to the report, BIXBY OIL LIMITED has also paid money into his account, and the following payment into the account of the company was captured.

BANK: GUARANTEE TRUST BANK PLC

ACCOUNT NO: 0423084514

ACCOUNT NAME: TALENT EXPERTISE INTL. LIMITED CUSTOMER ADDRESS: 6, EKET CLOSE, AREA 8 GARKI, FCT ABUJA CURRENCY: NAIRA

TRANSACTION DATE: 06/06/2019

TRANSACTION AMOUNT: N37,516,363.63 MILLION TRANSACTION DESCRIPTION: CREDIT/INFLOW


 
FROM: R 304741016 DEPARTMENT NIMASA

PURPOSE: COURSE FEE FOR CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING TRANSACTION REF: 930474101602050146461375163636

SERIOUS SUSPICIOUS TRANSACTIONS

ACCESS BANK PLC

ACCOUNT NO: 0710814478

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CURRENCY: UNITED STATES DOLLARS

TRANSACTION DATE: 05/02/2019

TRANSACTION AMOUNT: $9,557,312.50 MILLION TRANSACTION DESCRIPTION: CREDIT/INFLOW

FROM: B/O CBN NIMASA CURRENT COLLATION US TRANSACTION REF: S069035198A701 INFLW/GT19/07972

ACCESS BANK PLC

ACCOUNT NO: 0710814478

CURRENCY: UNITED STATES DOLLARS

TRANSACTION DATE: 20/02/2019

TRANSACTION AMOUNT: $5,425,200.00 MILLION TRANSACTION DESCRIPTION: DEBIT/WITHDRAWAL WITHDRAWN BY: BASHIR YUSUF JAMOH BY CASH PMNT @ BURMA ROAD APAPA BRANCH

TRANSACTION REF: 6464979


In an effort to touch their lives and improve their living standards,  President, World Women Leading Change Nigeria and Ex Beauty Queen, Ogenna Walter Ekwubiri at the weekend gave widows reasons to smile by visiting them with relief materials. 

This was part of activities marking her birthday celebration. 

The charity outreach which took place at St. Peter's Anglican Church Karu Abuja had the widows smile home with items such of  food items , clothing materials and some stipends. 

Some of the widows could not hide their joy as they released blessings upon her and prayed for God's provision for her. 
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Hadiza Aliyu whose husband died in 2002 said such outreach brings hope to them, showing them that society still cares about them, praying that God will bless Ogenna abundantly. 

The former beauty queen has been at the forefront of influencing young people through mentorship and support. 
At an event recently in Abuja, she highlighted that beauty queens across Nigeria have the capacity to unify young people, women and bring hope to the common man. 

According to her, beyond being beautiful faces, winners of pageantry shows can help inspire and ginger the spirit of can-do in young people to let them know they can achieve all they aspire in life irrespective of gender and background. 
Ogenna who was recently appointed Director of Queens Affairs and Related Matters Committee of Association of Beauty Pageants, Fashion Exhibition Organisers of Nigeria, ABPFEON also said her committee will create an enabling environment for mentorship, sponsorship, development, integration, growth and leadership. 

Ogenna Walter Ekwubiri is also the founder of Motivating African Youths Initiative which is a Pan African Movement geared towards securing a better future for women and youths

She was  Miss Tourism Nigeria 2016/2017, Queen of Aso International 2014 and she is also a public speaker.




















A former House of Representatives member, Hon. Ned Nwoko is edging to emerge the Senator to represent Delta North Senatorial District in 2023 following his emergence as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP. 

At the primary election which took place today, the philanthropists and anti-malaria campaigner floored his opponent Paul Osaji with 242 to 67 votes. 

The wide margin therefore indicates he is the popular choice to represent the people of Delta North in the Senate. 

Ever since his victory was announced, women and youth groups from the constituency have exploded in wide jubilation to celebrate the victory of Hon. Nwoko. 

He is to slug it out at the general election with the candidate of APC and other political parties at the general election next year.

Ned Nwoko is believed to be popular among his people, stemming from massive humanitarian campaign he has embarked upon, not only in Delta North but the state and country at large.

He has improved their living standard through job opportunities, youth empowerment, improved health care and access to education.

Recall that not long ago, his university, Sports University in Delta recently secured operational license from National Universities Commission in readiness for commencement of admission.

With a large platform in the offing, he is expected to use his Senatorial seat to broaden the horizon of his humanitarian campaign and affect the lives of his people even better.

He enjoys a wide acceptability among his constituents..