Bureau To Investigate Buratai For Alleged False Asset Declaration

The Code of Conduct Bureau has pledged to invite Nigeria’s Army Chief, Tukur Buratai, for questioning as it verifies his asset declaration to determine whether or not he is culpable of false asset declaration.

Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, was enmeshed in asset declaration scandal after evidence emerged that he owned property in Dubai.

The Nigerian Army in June admitted that Mr. Buratai owned property in Dubai but said they were legal and he declared them in his asset declaration form.

“It is a fact that the Buratai family have two properties in Dubai that were paid for instalmentally through personal savings three years ago,” the army spokesperson Sani Usman said. “This, along with other personal asset have consistently been declared by General Buratai in his Asset Declaration Form as Commander Multinational Joint Task Force Commander and as Chief of Army Staff”.

Dissatisfied with the army’s response, as well as concerned with more reports suggesting the army chief violated Nigerian laws in  acquiring the property, a civic group asked the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, to investigate and prosecute Mr. Buratai for false asset declaration.

“Evidence of payments (payment tellers of Skye bank) made on behalf of General Buratai and published by Sahara Reporters shows that one of the properties was purchased after the assumption of office by General Buratai as Chief of Army Staff. The payment was effected and contract consummated between July 24 and August 17, 2016,” the Civil Society Network against Corruption, CSNAC, wrote in its petition to the CCB.

“It would be important for your Bureau to investigate the source of this acquisition and the differences between the General’s most recent asset declaration and the penultimate one,” CSNAC’s head, Olanrewaju Suraju, wrote while calling for Mr. Buratai’s prosecution.

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House To Investigate Budget Padding Allegations

The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to conduct an investigation into the allegations of tampering with the 2016 budget by some of its members.

This followed a point of order brought under Matters of Privilege by the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Rep. Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

It would be recalled that former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin, accused the Speaker of the house, Mr Yakubu Dogara and some principal officers of padding the 2016 budget.

Jibrin (APC-Kano) also demanded that Dogara should resign to allow investigations to be conducted into the matter.

Moving the point of order, Oker-Jev called for the suspension of Jibrin, describing his allegations as “sundry act of misconduct’’ against the members and institution of the House of Representatives.

According to him, Jibrin embarked on campaign of calumny and denigration by making publications in the media and internet against the entire membership of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly as an institution.

He said, “Jibrin’s comments were contemptuous of the House of Representatives and a breach of collective privileges of the members of the house.”

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Senate To Investigate Recession As Saraki Calls For Collaboration On Economy

Concerned by the worsening conditions of Nigerians as a result of the economic recession, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said tuesday in Ilorin that the Senate upon resumption next week, would probe the cause of the recession, stating that it was necessary to know why in spite of budgetary provisions, many more citizens have receded below poverty line.

“The Senate on resumption will respond to the economic crisis with a number of measures including getting managers of the economy to give account to the people, making tough recommendations to the president on needed changes, formulating necessary legislative framework for economic recovery and undertaking wide consultations across the private sector,” he told journalists at his residence during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

Worries about the ailing economy were shared also by a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who offered some tips on the way out of the woods, saying effective handling of spiralling inflation, foreign exchange problem, fiscal deficit and debts control were key to resolving the current economic crisis.

Okonjo-Iweala who spoke on Aljazeera TV programme, The Stream, said focusing on the basic issues of macroeconomic stability was crucial to fixing the country’s economic challenges.

Saraki, in his intervention, explained why the legislative interrogation of the executive management of the economy had become necessary: “We need to know why the promises of external borrowing have not materialised, why devaluation has not helped to strengthen the naira, why inflow of foreign currency has continued to dry up and interest rate is still very high? Doing this will help us to understand where we are, so that we can determine where exactly we want to go from here.”

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Group Asks EFCC To Investigate Buratai Over Alleged ?Purchase Of Properties In Dubai

An anti-graft coalition, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, over alleged diversion of funds to purchase properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In a petition forwarded to the anti-graft commission and signed by the group’s chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, the group said such act was a violation of the law of public service.

According to the group, ?if the revelation is found to be true, based on evidence adduced by a newspaper, then the actions of the COAS is a great disservice, an act of sabotage against the Nigerian State and a violation of the law prohibiting public officer from investing or participating in any other business safe for farming.

Taking a cue from a publication of June 24, 2016, by Sahara Reporters, an online newspaper, the group said the newspaper revealed how the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Buratai and his two wives were alleged joint owners of a Dubai Property that was paid for in one transaction.

“The funds for the said properties were alleged to have come from a vehicle contract scam, executed while Mr. Buratai was the Director of Procurement at the Army Headquarters. “Our correspondents discovered that the Nigerian Army had awarded an apparently bogus contract for the supply of vehicles and motorcycles for the use of troops involved in an anti-terrorism offensive in Nigeria’s beleaguered northeastern zone”.

According to the publication, “The allegation that General Buratai might have pilfered funds meant for the purchase of military vehicles has sparked outrage among soldiers and officers, especially those from the northeastern part of the country. Two military sources disclosed that irate officers had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to order an investigation into the contract scam”.

“In the petition, exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, the aggrieved soldiers and officers, under the umbrella of Concerned Soldiers and Officers from the North East, had accused the COAS of executing the contract through a proxy. According to the petitioners, the proxy’s name is Usman Gamawa, founder of Baggash Investment Limited. The petition stated that, rather than supply new vehicles, as contained the contract awarded, Mr. Baggash allegedly purchased second-hand vehicles and motorcycles from Niger Republic.

“On arrival in Nigeria, the vehicles were said to have been refurbished at Mogadishu Cantonment under the supervision of Staff Sergeant Dadan Garba. SaharaReporters said some of the vehicles and motorcycles had since broken down.”

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Police, DSS To Investigate Illegal Diversion Of IDPs Rice

Governor Kashim Shettima at the weekend directed the Borno State Police Command and the Department of State Security, DSS, to investigate and arrest anyone found culpable in the alleged diversion of rice meant for Internally displaced persons which were said to have been supplied by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

The governor’s directive follows the circulation of video clips and still pictures on the social media in the last couple of days which show some bags of rice purportedly from NEMA being re-bagged by officials of Borno State Emergency Management Agency. Shettima spoke at the Government House when he hosted heads of all security and paramilitary organisations in the state alongside members of Borno State Executive Council for Ramadan Iftar.

The governor explained that whereas he would await the outcome of the investigation and quick arrest by the police and the DSS, he was aware that a group of Abuja-based politicians who hail from Borno State had sworn to bring down his administration using all kinds of mischief, including the one of May 29, 2016 when hundreds of his posters were dubiously produced and pasted along strategic points in Abuja and Kaduna claiming that he was aspiring to be President in 2019 with the Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, as his running mate. Said Shettima: “When Borno wasn’t safe, they retired to Abuja and completely stayed away and left us but now that peace is emerging, they have lost relevance in their party, the PDP, and they have started their brand of politics.

“They know that they can’t take us in terms of performance and their party is crumbling so they have set up an office in Abuja with another one in Maiduguri with some youths hired to foment mischief.

“They don’t care if the whole of Borno goes up in flames so long as they bring Shettima down. They are coming up with all kinds of mischief including trying to set me up against the Presidency; they don’t care if doing that obstructs our success against Boko Haram.”

Shettima recalled that campaign posters with his picture allegedly aspiring for the 2019 Presidency were produced by the political group and pasted on strategic places in Abuja and Kaduna knowing that President Buhari has associates in Abuja, mainly to cause disharmony between the Borno State Government and the Buhari Administration even when they know that doing that can affect the success in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

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Pakistan Prime Minister To Investigate Panama Papers Claims

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced Tuesday the formation of a commission to investigate allegations made in the so-called Panama Papers that linked his family to a series of offshore companies.

“I have decided to set up a high level judicial commission headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court. This commission will decide after its investigation that what is reality and how much weight these allegations should be given,” Sharif said in a TV address broadcast nationwide.

The leaked papers, comprising 11.5 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, exposes how some of the world’s most powerful people have secreted their money offshore, and also implicated Sharif’s sons Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.

“Some of my friends advised me that because there are no allegations against me and that both of my sons are adults and responsible for their own affairs, I should remain separate from this issue… but my dear compatriots, I want the facts to be presented before the nation and every Pakistani should be aware of the reality of the allegations,” he said.

Among those named are three of Sharif’s four children — daughter Maryam, who has been tipped to be his political successor, and sons Hasan and Hussain — with the records showing they owned London real estate through offshore companies administered by Mossack Fonseca.

“I would ask those who repeat these stereotypical allegations and stage everyday a circus, that they go in front of this commission and prove their allegations,” Sharif said, while emphasising that his family’s wealth had been hard earned and they were being victimised.

Sharif’s son Hussain has also denied the allegations saying his family had done “nothing wrong”.

“Those apartments are ours and those offshore companies are also ours,” he said.

“There is nothing wrong with it and I have never concealed them, nor do I need to do that. It is according to British law and laws of other countries that it is a legal way to avoid unnecessary tax via offshore companies,” he told local tv channels when the Panama Papers were first released.

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Military To Investigate Killing Of Its Personnel In Rivers – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Friday said the military has commenced investigation into the death of two of its personnel in Rivers state.

 

He made the statement while addressing troops at the 34 Artillery Brigade headquarters, Obinze, Owerri.

 

Buratai, who described the incident as `unfortunate,’ said the military had brought the situation in the area under control.

He said: “the situation in the Niger Delta is presently being addressed.

“The activities of pirates, criminals and bandits will be checked; our troops are fully on ground and they have arrested the situation.

“The unfortunate incident of Thursday in Rivers state is something that we are currently investigating.

“We will deal with the situation as investigation unfolds in the area.”

On the security situation in Imo, Buratai commended the efforts of the troops in containing criminality in the state.

He assured the troops of government’s commitment to improve the condition of facilities in the barracks.

 

Buratai said the welfare of troops and their families would be given priority by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai also inspected facilities at the barracks in Obinze.

 

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Police To Investigate Alleged Abduction Of Another Underage Girl

The Inspector General Of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has directed the Sokoto State Police Command to immediately commence investigation into another case of abduction of a teenage girl who was last seen by her family members on August 12, 2015.

Mr Arase was in Makurdi, the Benue State capital for a peace meeting between Agatu farmers and Fulani herdsmen, following outbreak of hostilities where hundreds of lives were lost and properties worth millions destroyed.

He seized the opportunity of his chat with journalists after the meeting to comment on the alleged abduction and there he gave the directive.

Mr Arase acknowledged a petition written by a family member of the victim, Miss Patience Paul Adaji, an indigene of Benue State who resides with his relatives in Sokoto State.

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Lawmakers To Investigate Removal Of Kogi Speaker

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has mandated an ad hoc committee to investigate the alleged removal of the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

In a motion moved by a lawmaker from Kogi, Honourable Sunday Karimi on Tuesday, the House described the alleged removal as illegal and unconstitutional.

During the extensive debate that followed, members encouraged the House of Representatives to intervene in the matter to help safeguard democracy in the country.

Five lawmakers in a 20-member House sat on Tuesday, February 16, and purportedly removed the Speaker, Honourable Momoh Jimoh.

The lawmakers also chose Umar Imam as the new Speaker of the House.

Mr Friday Sanni, who briefed reporters about the impeachment, said the Speaker was impeached for not carrying other members of the House along in the affairs of the House.

He also claimed that since the new Governor, Yahaya Bello and the Speaker are both from the same senatorial district, the Speaker should vacate the seat.

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Army Asks EFCC To Investigate 12 Officers

The Nigerian Army has forwarded the names of 12 officers to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said three serving and one retired Major Generals, three Brigadier Generals, four Colonels and one Lieutenant Colonel were in the list.

The Army stated that at the end of the Commission’s investigations those found culpable would be tried by a military Court Martial.

No reason was given for the submission of the officers’ names to the anti-graft agency, but the agency has of late heightened the fight against corruption, taking top government officials of the past administration to court for money laundering and other related charges.

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Lawmakers Investigate Fresh Hostilities In Niger Delta

The House of Representatives Committee on Defence is to investigate the immediate causes of fresh hostilities in the Niger delta region of Nigeria.

The decision was taken on Thursday after lawmakers deliberated on a motion moved by Honourable Julius Pondi, regarding the recent destruction of petroleum facilities in the Niger delta.

Nigeria Gas Company’s pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos in Delta State was attacked last week and its impact is beginning to reflect on other sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The House of Representatives is also urging the military high command to search for the perpetrators and also protect the innocent citizens in the area.

After the attack, the Ministry Power, Works and Housing said it would impact negatively on the Olorunsogo NIPP plant, with 600 megawatts capacity and other Power Plants.

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Reps Investigate Illegal Refineries Destruction In Niger Delta

The House of Representatives on Tuesday commenced investigation into activities of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta. NAN reports that the house is investigating alleged burning and destruction of equipment seized from illegal refinery operators in the area by the task force.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja on the investigation, Mr Sule Garo (Kano-APC), Chairman, Ad hoc Committee on Illegal Refineries, said that the house was worried about the environment in the area. Garo explained that the intentions of the house was to bring an end to the despoliation of the Niger Delta environment through burning of equipment confiscated from illegal operators of refineries.
He said that the JTF, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), and affected communities had been invited to testify.
“Others invited to give insight before the committee include Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment on steps they are taking to forestall further despoliation of the Niger Delta environment,” he said. He said that while setting up the committee, the house had noted that communities in the region routinely suffered from the effects of indiscriminate burning and destruction of equipment seized from illegal refineries.

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Investigate Invasion Of Govt. House, Akwa Ibom Lawmakers Task Buhari

Members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Sunday asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly to investigate Thursday’s raid of the state’s Government House by operatives of the State Security Services.

In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday and signed by all members of the Assembly, the lawmakers said the raid on the governor’s official residence was an attack on the entire people of Akwa Ibom state.

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South African Police Investigate ‘Snake Pastor’ Church Raid

South African police are investigating the raid of a church run by a self-styled prophet accused of making his followers eat snakes, rats and hair.

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party activists disrupted a service near the capital, Pretoria, and a tent was burnt down in the fracas.

Pastor Penuel Mnguni gained notoriety after photos showed him dangling a live snake into a man’s mouth.

However, police withdrew charges of animal cruelty against him.

Police spokesman Mathews Nkoadi said in July that there were no witness statements and insufficient evidence to bring a case.

Dubbed the “snake pastor”, Mr Mnguni runs the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria.

The EFF said that they had raided a service on Sunday because they wanted Mr Mnguni to “lead by example” and eat snakes and rats.

But EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi tweeted that the pastor “ran away” so they were unable to confront him. Mr Mnguni has not commented on the raid.

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People at the service on Sunday ate leaves
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They were also offered toilet paper

EFF activists advanced on the church carrying mice and small lizards, South Africa’s Pretoria News reports.

“We are fighting corruption and this man is [allegedly] a prime example of that,” EFF official Mandisa Mashego is quoted as saying.

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Investigate N600m Bribe Allegation Offered To REC In Rivers, APC Asks Jega

The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has appealed to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to investigate the Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the State, Mrs. Gesila Khan. The APC is making the appeal over allegations that Khan received a N600 million bribe from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.

Chairman of the APC in Rivers State, Davies Ibiamu Ikeanya at a media briefing argued that the investigation would help INEC determine the level of rot Khan had superintended as INEC boss in Rivers State.

The party argued that the allegation alone was sufficient to disqualify the REC, Gesila Khan from holding such a sensitive public office, or, in fact, any other office of trust.

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Police Investigates Ihiala Violence In Anambra

The Anambra police command has begun an investigation into violence that erupted at the Ihiala Local Government Headquarters on Sunday. Anambra Police PR Officer Uche Ezeh confirmed yesterday that two police officers were injured while attempting to restore peace in the area.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an eyewitness said a group of politicians and thugs stormed the headquarters with the intention of beating up workers at the collation venue.

According to the witness, four people sustained bullet wounds, while one was feared dead. Martin Ezenna, another witness at the scene, described the incident as shocking.

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Rivers Elections: INEC Sets Up 3-Members Investigation Committee

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday set up a three-member investigation committee to ascertain allegations of discrepancies in the conduct of  the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers.

The information is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Commission, Augusta Ogakwu, in Abuja on Monday. “This committee is in furtherance to the allegation made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the call for the cancellation of the March 28 elections,” the statement said.

The statement said the panel comprised three National Commissioners –  Thelma Iremirem, Colonel M. K Hammanga and Professor Lai Olurode, Supervisory National Commissioner for Rivers.

It stated that the committee would advise the commission and the Chief of Commissioner/Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections. “They have departed for Rivers State and it is expected they will submit their report before the end of the collation of results of the states.

“Following consideration of their report, the commission will make its decision known,” it said.

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