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CACOL backs Senate decision to probe ‘N3 billion FMBN contracts’

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has thrown its weight behind the Nigerian Senate in its bid to unravel the mystery surrounding the alleged irregular award of N3 billion contracts in four phases at the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State and the Chairman, Cross River Basin Development Authority, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh has said the root cause of underperformance and corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC and other public institutions was faulty leadership recruitment.

Nigerian senate a retirement social club of ex-governors – ex-House member

Nigerian National Assembly is said to have lost focus recently because the Senate has become a retirement social club of former governors while the House of Representatives is populated by the protégées of the governors.
Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Citadel Global Community Church (formerly, The Latter Rain Assembly), has announced the donation of two church buildings to the Lagos State Government for use as isolation centres.

Pastor Bakare: Those opposing restructuring are enemies of Nigeria

Serving overseer of The Citadel Global Community Church, formerly Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, said that those opposing the restructuring of Nigeria, are enemies of the country.
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US offers Ukraine ‘unwavering support’ in faceoff with Russia

U.S. President Joe Biden used a first official phone call with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday to offer staunch support in Ukraine’s standoff over Russian troops near its border.
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CACOL hails INEC for diligent prosecution election fraud

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has commended the ruling of a High Court in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa-Ibom State, which sentenced a Nigerian educationist, Professor Peter Ogban, to three years in prison for election fraud.

ICPC warns against false alarm, witch-hunt

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has warned members of the newly inaugurated Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State against shun false alarm, abuse of office, witch-hunt and victimization of innocent staff.
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has said thugs intimidated voters, election observers and journalists on a scale it said would affect the integrity of the governorship election in Kogi State.

CDD: Monitoring and evaluation vital in tracking fight against corruption

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) says monitoring and evaluation is vital in tracking the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

CACOL commends judiciary for upholding Senator Dariye’s jail term

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, (CACOL), has hailed the Supreme Court ruling upholding the 10-year imprisonment of former Plateau State governor, Senator Joshua Dariye, upon his conviction for criminal breach of trust.
The Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Mohammed Isah, has called for strict compliance with extant laws establishing the bureau, in other to fulfill its mandate.

Asiwaju Tinubu: CCB dismisses report of missing assets declaration record

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has dismissed as baseless, malicious and mischievious the fake reports that its officials are jittery over the alleged disappearance of records relating to Bola Tinubu’s asset declaration from its custody.
Washington – The United States on Monday reimposed curbs on an Israeli billionaire accused of corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reversing a move by Donald Trump during his last days in office.

US cracks down on Israeli billionaire over DRC corruption, revoking Trump-granted licence

The United States on Monday reimposed curbs on an Israeli billionaire accused of corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reversing a move by Donald Trump during his last days in office.

CACOL wants Oba of Lagos investigated over ‘stolen $2 million, N17 million’

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has called on the anti-corruption agencies to investigate the sources of the sum of $2m and N17m allegedly stolen from the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, met with the new Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the State House, Abuja.

APC tasks new EFCC boss to be guided by President Buhari’s corruption stance

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has tasked the new chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, be guided by the stance of President Muhammadu Buhari in the quest to tackle corruption in the polity.
The Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative, ARDI, has expressed satisfaction with the confirmation of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa by the Senate as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

ARDI: Abdulrasheed Bawa best for anti-graft war

The Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative, ARDI, has expressed satisfaction with the confirmation of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa by the Senate as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
President Muhammadu Buhari has written formally to the Senate seeking its confirmation of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nigeria’s Senate approves president’s nominee for anti-corruption chief

Nigeria’s senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a new anti-corruption chief nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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Putin critic Alexei Navalny loses sentence appeal

The Russian opposition leader, an anti-corruption campaigner and President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic, was sentenced earlier in February for allegedly violating parole charges.
FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Russia expels three EU diplomats

Russia on Friday expelled three diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland for allegedly joining protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the foreign ministry of the eastern Europe country said Friday.
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Nigerian government berates Amnesty International over call for service chiefs’ prosecution

Speaking on “Politics Nationwide,” a Radio Nigeria programme monitored by newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, Mohammed said the global human rights protection organisation should “shut up because it had no proof of crimes committed by the Nigerian military’’.
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Coalition: Ibrahim Magu probe partly responsible for Nigeria’s poor TI rating

A coalition of anti-corruption groups in Europe and Nigeria has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release the report of the panel set up to investigate the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”

SERAP writes National Assembly leadership, seeks probe of ‘missing N4.4 billion funds’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has tasked Commanding Officers to brace up, be more proactive and ensure immediate deployment of personnel for aggressive sensitization of the motoring public on the need to observe maximum safety precautionary measures in the face of the recent threat of the second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

FRSC boss urges public to report unprofessional conduct

Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has called on the public to leverage on the “Flagit” Anti- Corruption App, to report unprofessional and professional conducts exhibited by FRSC staff for punishment and reward where applicable.
Mr Debo Adeniran, Chairman of Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has charged anti-graft agencies to ensure that all those who aided Abacha loot must be prosecuted.

CACOL applauds General Marwa’s NDLEA appointment

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has given a pat on the back to the President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing former Governor of Lagos and Borno state, Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) as the Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has observed that the dismissive statement by the Presidency that Nigerians should ‘wait on God’ for solutions to the insecurity in the country is a direct admission of failure by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Presidency explains why pigeons released by President Buhari refused to fly

Social media users read all kinds of meanings into the incident as you would expect; and 'pigeons' trended for most of that Friday as most couldn't miss an opportunity to poke fun at the presidency.

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Mele Kyari, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says buyers were begged to purchase Nigeria’s crude oil at $9 per barrel in April.

NNPC boss: Fuel queues will disappear soon

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has frowned at the re-emergence of petrol queues across the country, assuring that the situation will normalize in hours.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, says to reduce the over 2.5 million acutely malnourished and stunted children, the Federal Government is implementing innovative policies and strategies that are appropriately funded, data-driven and sustainable.

Minister: No constituency projects in economic sustainability plan

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, has dismissed a claim by a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Etsako Federal Constituency, Johnson Oghuma, that he appropriated some of his constituency projects.

South Arabia donates food items to Borno, Yobe, Zamfara IDPs

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated assorted food items worth 1.1 million dollars for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara States.
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NSCDC arrests 45-year-old man for raping 10-year-old girl in Kwara

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara Command, has disclosed that it had received a suspected rape case against one Muhammadu Mailemu.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN boosts non-oil export with N500 billion facility

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set up a N500 billion non-oil export stimulation facility with the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) to enable exporters process agriculture commodities into other markets in Africa and globally.

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European powers warn Iran over ‘dangerous’ uranium enrichment move

The European countries party to the Iran nuclear deal told Tehran on Wednesday its decision to enrich uranium at 60% purity, bringing the fissile material closer to bomb-grade, was contrary to efforts to revive the 2015 accord.
Kaduna state government has said further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicated that 39 students are currently unaccounted for.

Bandits issue death threats to 29 abducted Kaduna students

Bandits yesterday threatened to kill the remaining 29 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, still in their custody, following the refusal of the Kaduna State Government to meet their demand of N300 million ransom.
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SERVICOM trains desk officers on Open Governance

The Service Compact with all Nigerians (SERVICOM), has kick-started a two-day training of desk officers on Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative tagged, ‘Charter Development/Review Workshop for OGP Pilots MDAs’.
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Health official alleges ‘sexual slavery’ in Tigray; women blame soldiers

The young mother was trying to get home with food for her two children when she says soldiers pulled her off a minibus in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, claiming it was overloaded.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

PDP debunks suspension of ex-Governors Kwankwaso, Aliyu

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday debunked media reports of the purported suspension from the party of Rabiu Kwakwanso and Babangida Aliyu, former governors of Kano and Niger states respectively.