Nigerians face arson in Johannesburg – Report; Whistleblower Policy Yields $151m, N8bn Looted Funds – Lai Mohammed; Rivers rerun: Police panel looks for N238m bribe cash balance; Magu to defend EFCC budget allocation of N17.2bn tomorrow; I’ll return to Nigeria when my doctors are satisfied – Buhari wrote; Ngwuta’s trial: I fired prosecutor, he didn’t withdraw – AGF . . .
Nigerians face arson in Johannesburg – Report
More than a dozen houses belonging or rented by immigrants, especially Nigerians wereburnt by angry residents in Rosettenvile, south of Johannesburg. Africa Review reports on Sunday that some shops belonging to foreign nationals including Nigerians were looted. Allegations that Nigerians had taken over most properties and turned them into drug and prostitution dens and havens are rife. The African Diaspora Forum (ADM) chairperson, Mr Marc Gbaffou, confirmed the attacks and blamed Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, for his inflammatory comments.
Whistleblower Policy Yields $151m, N8bn Looted Funds – Lai Mohammed
The whistleblower policy introduced by the Buhari administration to track down looters of public treasury has yielding results with the recovery of $151m and N8bn looted funds respectively according to Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Mohammed said $9.2m cash allegedly belonging to ex-GMD of NNPC was recovered. He also said $136,676,600.51 was recovered from a commercial bank where the money was kept under an apparently fake account, followed by N7bn and $15m from another person and N1bn from yet another person.
Rivers rerun: Police panel looks for N238m bribe cash balance
The police panel investigating the Dec 10, 2016 legislative rerun polls in Rivers State is trying to recover the balance of the N350m bribe, which the panel alleged was given to INEC officials. The panel alleged that the cash was given to about 23 INEC officials by the Rivers State Government in order to rig the election. The panel had indicted 6 dismissed policemen for misconduct and misuse of arms. They are Eyong Victor, Peter Ekpo, Oguni Goodluck, Orji Nwoke, Okpe Ezekiel and Tanko Akor. The panel is headed by Damian Okoro, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Magu to defend EFCC budget allocation of N17.2bn tomorrow
Acting chairman of the EFCC Ibrahim Magu will tomorrow defend the agency’s budget despite his non-confirmation by the Senate according to reports. It will be recalled that the Senate is yet to confirm Magu’s appointment and the re-submission of his name for confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari is still being awaited. Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti- Corruption and Financial Crimes, Sen. Chukwuka Utazi told Vanguard that Magu would appear before the committee to defend EFCC 2017 budget. He said EFCC submitted its documents, adding that committee members are ready to proceed.
I’ll return to Nigeria when my doctors are satisfied – Buhari wrote
President Muhammadu Buhari said in a Feb 5 letter to Senate President Bukola Saraki: “Further to my letter dated 18th January 2017 in which I notified the Distinguished Senate of taking part of my annual leave. During my leave, I took the opportunity to have routine check-ups and consult my long standing doctors in London . . . I am therefore notifying the Distinguished Senate that I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out. In the circumstances, the vice president will continue to act on my behalf . . . ”
Ngwuta’s trial: I fired prosecutor, he didn’t withdraw – AGF
The Attorney General (AGF) (photo: above) on Sunday debunked claims by Mr. Charles Adeogun-Phillips that he withdrew in protest as the lead prosecuting counsel in the trial of Supreme Court Justice Sylvester Ngwuta on corruption charges involving N500m. The AGF Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) said in a statement on Sunday that he fired Adeogun-Phillips because of his “unprofessional conduct”. Adeogun-Phillips (photo: left), an ex-prosecutor at the ICJ in The Hague, appeared before Justice John Tsoho of a FHC in Abuja on Thursday and “announced” his withdrawal from Ngwuta’s trial on money laundering charges.