EFCC Rejects Ekweremadu As Anti-corruption Ambassador, Disowns National Assembly Officer

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has denied decorating Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy senate president, as its anti-corruption ambassador.

In a statement Wednesday, the commission said reports widely circulated in the media on Tuesday, quoting its National Assembly liaison officer as bestowing the award on Mr. Ekweremadu, was of no consequence as the officer acted on his own.

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The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to some reports in the print and online media, on April 20, 2016 claiming that the anti-graft agency has decorated the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as “Anti-Corruption Ambassador”.

According to a statement issued to the press by the Special Adviser to the Deputy Senate President, Uche Anichukwu, the purported decoration, was carried out by the EFCC National Assembly Liaison Officer, Suleiman Bakari, who was quoted to have said: “On behalf of my acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the entire management and staff of the EFCC, decorate you as an Anti- Corruption Ambassador and formally present this frame, as a token of our appreciation to your person and office, and as a symbol of the institutional partnership between the EFCC and the National Assembly”.

The EFCC totally dissociates itself from the purported action of Sulaiman Bakari as he acted entirely on his own. He clearly acted outside his brief as a liaison officer as the management of the Commission at no time mandated him to decorate Ekweremadu or any officer of the National Assembly as Anti- Corruption Ambassador.

The statutory mandate of the EFCC is the investigation and prosecution of all economic and financial crimes cases, which does not include the decoration of individuals as anti-corruption ambassadors.

The Commission is not in the habit of awarding titles to individuals. And those enamoured of titles, know the quarters to approach for such honours, not the EFCC.

Members of the public and stakeholders in the fight against corruption are enjoined to disregard the so-called decoration.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

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PDP Congratulates David Mark As APC Disowns Congratulatory Message

PDP has congratulated its candidate, David Mark, for winning the Benue South Senatorial rerun election.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said Mr. Mark’s victory signalled the support it still enjoyed with Nigerians.

“It is instructive to note that the PDP had won 70 percent of all the polls conducted since May 29, 2015, a development that underlines the fact of its deep roots and popularity as a brand, irrespective of the transitory setback of the 2015 general elections,” the party said.

While the PDP congratulated Mr. Mark, the ruling All Progressives Congress has denied congratulating the former Senate President.

The APC said the twitter handle @APCNigeria, which congratulated Mr. Mark, was not an official one. The handle had been used to tweet APC messages in the past.

Mr. Mark, who has been in the Senate since democracy returned in 1999, was declared winner early Sunday morning amid protest by his main challenger, Daniel Onjeh of the APC, who demanded that the election be declared inconclusive.

The former senate president scored 84,192 votes, leaving a margin of 12,571 votes between him and Mr. Onjeh, who garnered 71,621 votes.

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Presidency Disowns Official Who Reportedly Said Buhari Is Shy Around Women

The Nigerian presidency has released the statement disowning an official who reportedly said President Muhammadu Buhari is shy around women.

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“The claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is shy around women, purportedly made by one Gideon Samani yesterday and published by a national newspaper today is totally fallacious.

“The subsequent attribution of the supposedly “low number” of female ministerial nominees to President Buhari’s alleged shyness around women is therefore baseless and a figment of the imagination of the said Mr. Samani, who was falsely described as the “Senior Special Assistant (Political Matters) to the President.

“The assertion by the alleged Presidential Aide that President Buhari is “very shy dealing with the opposite sex” because “he has been interacting mostly with men,” was received by the President with shock and consternation.

“For one thing, there is no Senior Special Assistant, Political Matters, in the office of the President for now and Mr. Samani who was said to have spoken as the Representative of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation at a public function yesterday, is not an aide of the President.

“Mr Samani is certainly not an official spokesman of the President. Therefore, he could not have spoken on behalf of President Buhari, who is the President of all Nigerians, men and women alike.

“President Buhari has a wife, many daughters and female relatives whom he loves dearly. He also had a mother that he adored. How then could he be shy in the company of women, to the point of allegedly not appointing them into public offices, on account of not being comfortable in their company?

“Nigerian women can be assured that the President holds them in the highest esteem and will always give them due consideration in the discharge of his official responsibilities.

“The statements attributed to Mr Samani are untrue and unauthorized. They should therefore be disregarded.”

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Uwazuruike Disowns Radio Biafra Boss

The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, on Monday disclosed that the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who was arrested on Sunday by the Department of State Security (DSS), does not belong to the movement.

Uwazuruike, who spoke through his Assistant Director of information, Mr.  Sunday Okereafor, in Owerri, Imo State, described Kanu as a rebel who had long been expelled by MASSOB for inciting violence among members.

“Kanu’s arrest has nothing to do with the struggle for a sovereign state of Biafra,” the MASSOB leader stated.

He continued that Kanu broke the group non violence approach and was summarily dismissed.

Uwazuruike, however, dismissed the allegation that MASSOB was behind the arrest of the Biafra Radio boss, adding that the movement cannot meddle into unnecessary matter.

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Akpabio Disowns Twitter, Facebook Accounts

Senate Minority Leader, Godwsill Akpabio, yes­terday disowned Twitter and Facebook accounts credited to him, warning members of the public to desist from setting up social media accounts on his behalf.

The former Akwa Ibom State governor insisted that he neither owns the Twitter accounts nor did he send out messages already in the public domain.

Akpabio’s media assistant, Deacon Jackson Udom reiterated in a statement yesterday that, “Senator Akpabio has disowned Twitter and Face­book accounts opened on his behalf and has advis­ing those who are doing so to desist from such, as he has not authorised or cause to be opened, any Facebook or Twitter account on his behalf…”

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APC Disowns One Meal A Day Billboard

The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Tuesday disowned a billboard in the social media purporting to prove that the governing party authorized two documents in which the then Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari allegedly promised to achieve certain milestones in his first 100 days in office.

“Anybody can produce a billboard and display. We know nothing about it,” he said.

President Buhari’s spokespersons, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, as well as Alhaji Mohammed, have separately disowned the documents.

The billboard, which bears large portraits of the then candidate Buhari and his running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and three bold faces of pupils in school uniforms, has a banner that reads in capital letters: “ONE MEAL A DAY.”

The provision of one meal daily to pupils in public schools is one of the 100-day campaign promises of the documents, entitled: “My Covenant With Nigerians” and “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do In 100 Days.”

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PDP Disowns Senate President

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied putting forward any candidate for the Senate Presidency. The party noted that it is not behind the plot to present incumbent Senate President David Mark as a candidate for the Senate Presidency.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the party has no plan to take away the position from the All Progressives Congress (APC) which formed a majority in the Senate.

He stated that the senators are matured with vast experience and can determine who leads them in the assembly without external influence. He denied that the issue of the election of Senate President and the deputy was discussed during the retreat organized for the party’s senators-elect.

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GEJ Disowns Ex- Militants

President Jonathan, reacting to threat by some ex-leaders of Niger Delta militants, including Tompolo and Dokubo-Asari, that there would be war if Jonathan is not re-elected to serve his second term, he  said he will vacate seat if he looses the election.

 Speaking through the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, Jonathan said it was reprehensible for people to threaten the country with violence if their candidates lose in the forthcoming election.

He said he has not left anybody in doubt as to his preparedness to conduct a free, fair, credible and transparent election.