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Jailing corrupt people a waste of time, says Sagay

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, has commended the All Progressives Congress administration under President Muhammadu Buhari for stepping up the fight against corruption in the country in a bid to ensure good governance and development.

But he lamented that jailing corrupt people was a desperate and wasteful effort given the weakness in the country’s judicial process.

He spoke during a workshop organised by the PACAC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency which held in Jos on Wednesday.

The programme with the theme, “Value re-orientation and the fight against corruption “was attended by top government officials, including permanent secretaries, traditional rulers as well as leading civil society organisations and political activists.

Sagay said, “Corruption has primarily been fought by the Federal Government in the country. There is too much focus on financial corruption but the truth is that nepotism is a more serious problem.

“After our evaluation in the fight against corruption, we discovered that jailing people is a desperate and wasteful effort. It is going to be difficult to have convictions because of the weakness in the judicial institution. And that is why we have concentrated more on asset seizure of corrupt people as the way to go.”

Sagay who was represented at the occasion by a member of the PACAC, Prof. Etannibi Alemika, further maintained that for the country to win the war against corruption, there must be value re-orientation among its citizens.

According to him, a situation where promotion of values that abhorred hard work, accountability, transparency and commitment to common good had become the norm among Nigerians was not good for the country.

He urged the citizens to expose corrupt individuals in their midst irrespective of their political, social or religious affiliations in the interest of the country’s development.

Governor Simon Lalong who declared the workshop open, said his administration would not spare anyone found to be engaging in acts of corruption.

He noted that corruption had done more harm than good to the country’s socio-economic progress and urged Nigerians to join hands with the APC administration in the anti-corruption fight.

Kano anti-corruption agency withdraws invitation to Sanusi’s wife

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission has withdrawn its earlier invitation to the wife of Muhaammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, and two widows of Ado Bayero, the former emir of Kano.

This was conveyed in a letter dated June 20, 2019, and signed by Salisu Tahir, director of public complaints and mediation of the commission.

The agency had alleged that over 30 people benefitted from the N3.4 billion said to have been misappropriated under the watch of Sanusi.

The commission had asked those invited to report to its office on June 24.

In an interview with NAN, Muhuyi Magaji, chairman of the commission, said the commission found it necessary to withdraw the invitation following the discovery of the name of the wife of the emir on the list of those invited for investigation.

According to him, the commission will now request for the documents on and limit itself to the expenditures that the agency is probing.

“More than 30 people have been pencilled down for invitation because we have information that whenever we requested for information or document they used to deny us and they engage in producing same apparently in anticipation of a court case,” he said.

“Therefore, we decided to invite those necessary based on the available facts at hand. The recent issue is for medical trip overseas and we decided to invite the beneficiaries because even the accountant was not allowed to come to us. So we don’t have anybody to ask.

“The issue of the emir’s wife and any other person, apart from the district heads, we don’t know them. It didn’t even come over any one of us that the emir’s wife will be among those to benefit from medical assistance.”

The agency revived its probe of Sanusi after the monarch fell out with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state.

The commission had earlier recommended the suspension of Sanusi, prompting the state government to query the monarch.

However, there are efforts to reconcile Ganduje and Sanusi. The governor spoke about this at Aso Rock on Tuesday.

Lawan withdraws Festus Adedayo’s appointment

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has withdrawn the appointment of Festus Adedayo, a columnist.

The senate president had appointed Adedayo as his special adviser on media and publicity and also retained Olu Onemola and Tope Olowoyeye, former aides of Bukola Saraki, his predecessor.

But in a statement on Thursday, Mohammed Isa, special assistant on media to the senate president, said Lawan had decided to rescind Adedayo’s appointment.

“The office of the President of the Senate has reviewed the appointment of Mr. Festus Adedayo as Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President of the Senate and decided to rescind its decision on the appointment, and wishes Mr. Adebayo the best in his future endeavours,” Isa said.

Some supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had kicked against the appointments.

On Thursday morning, a group known as APC stakeholders had accused the senate president of rewarding enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Abu Andrew, spokesman of the group, had said the appointments  were “glaring” reward to people who have insulted Buhari.

“No doubt, the appointments are glaring reward for people who have not only insulted the person of President Muhammadu Buhari but also severally maligned the integrity of the office he occupies,” Andrew had said.

Aisha, wife of the president, also hinted that she was not in support of the development, tweeting a video of a protest of the group against the appointments.

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Aisha M. Buhari

@aishambuhari

“You cannot drive an agenda with people who don’t believe in that agenda…how will you achieve your purpose If you bring in people who fought against your agenda.”

@Ayourb

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Omo-Agege appoints Otive Igbuzor, Yomi Odunuga, Lara Wise as top aides

 

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has approved the appointments of Dr. Otive Igbuzor as his Chief of Staff and Yomi Odunuga as Special Adviser, Media and Publicity.

He also announced the appointment of Lara Owoeye-Wise as Senior Special Assistant on Electronic and New Media.

Omo-Agege, in a statement personally signed by him and released by his office on Thursday in Abuja, explained that the appointments which take immediate effect are based on merit.

Igbuzor is Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD). He was once the International Head of campaigns of ActionAid International and Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria. He was also an honourable Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC).

He was a Programme Co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an independent research, information and training institution dedicated to policy oriented scholarship on questions of democratic development and peace building in the West African sub-region.

Previously, he was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Lagos Centre and has published many scholarly articles on democracy, gender, politics and development. He is a versatile writer, researcher and author of several publications.

His specialties include but not limited to Strategy Formulation, Programme design, implementation and evaluation, Policy Analysis, Leadership Training and Research.

Odunuga is the Abuja Bureau Chief and Deputy Editor (Nation’s Capital) of THE NATION Newspapers.

Born on June 2, 1966, Odunuga a poet, lyricist, reporter and columnist, started his journalism career with THE PUNCH Newspaper over two decades ago.

He was, for several years, the State House Correspondent of the paper where he maintained two columns–Life in Abuja and the popular weekend treat called Inside Aso Rock.

His insightful and critical analysis of the intriguing politics of that period earned him accolades and recognition which later saw him being promoted to the position of Abuja Bureau Chief at PUNCH newspaper.

In 2006, he was elevated to the position of Group Political Editor of The PUNCH where he later joined THE NATION Newspaper as an Assistant Editor and Bureau Chief in Abuja.

At THE NATION, his rested PUNCH Newspaper column, Knuckles transformed into Knucklehead which offers him the opportunity to continue his weekly interrogation and critique of the socio-political developments in the polity.

The 1990 best graduating student of the then Olabisi Onabanjo State University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, has attended several journalism courses in Nigeria and outside the country.

The widely-traveled journalist is married to Toyosi Odunuga and the couple is blessed with children.

A graduate of Religion and Philosophy from the University of Jos (UNIJOS) Plateau State, Owoeye-Wise is a multiple award winning journalist whose experience has spanned over two decades and has spread between the print and the electronic media.

She has worked at THE PUNCH Newspapers, The News Magazine, AM News and TEMPO tabloids.

She crossed over to the electronic media as a pioneer staff for Silverbird TV, a pioneer staff of the resuscitated Minaj Broadcast International (MBI), and was Deputy Head of Presentation, Senior News Editor, news anchor and chief correspondent at Africa Independent Television (AIT) before her appointment as Senior Assistant, Media to the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Lara has had a working stint with the Voice of America (VOA), Washington DC and KSTP Channel 5, Minnesota.

Alleged corruption: FIFA to take over CAF on eve of Cup of Nations

A drastic and dramatic overhaul of African football is expected to be announced on Thursday, the eve of the kickoff of the African Cup of Nations, in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football.

The CAF executive committee took a stunning decision on Wednesday to cede control of the running of the organisation and have FIFA general secretary, Fatma Samoura parachuted in as “FIFA High Commissioner for Africa”, according to sources.

No announcement has been made by African football’s governing body but CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad is scheduled to hold a press conference in Cairo on Thursday at 0900 GMT.

Ahmad, who is the subject of an ethics investigation by FIFA after allegations of corruption and sexual misconduct, proposed the idea in a document shared with colleagues on the executive committee, the sources said.

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Samoura is to lead a FIFA team that will conduct “a root-and-branch review of governance of the confederation, oversee operational management of the organisation, and recommend where needed a series of reform efforts,” the document read.

“This will be done in order to put CAF itself on a modern and sound footing, improve its image and reputation and thus ensure that CAF is better equipped to face future challenges and to grasp future opportunities.”

FIFA are to also undertake a forensic audit of the monies they have been giving CAF.

The idea of sending Samoura to Africa is said to have been put together by FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CAF vice president Amaju Pinnick in the wake of Ahmad’s brief detention by French police last week for questioning on corruption allegations.

Ahmad, who is seeking to hold onto some semblance of power or even walk away from his post without sanction, had been forced to accept the deal and then propose it to his own colleagues, CAF sources told Reuters on Thursday.

With FIFA seeking to improve football’s image, the Ahmad controversy has come as major embarrassment to Infantino, who has been claiming a new-look, clean and corruption-free FIFA.

 

Woman tells husband: to return her virginity, good health as condition for divorce

A 28-year-old woman, Toriola Suliat, on Wednesday told her husband, Toriola Lateef, that she would only consent to his request for the dissolution of their marriage if he returns her virginity and good health, as she was two years ago before the union.

Suliat stated her conditions before an Iseyin Grade C Customary Court, where the husband had gone seeking for the dissolution of the marriage over “frequent public embarrassment.”

He told the court that Suliat was in the habit of harassing him at his work place and social functions attended by his friends and relatives.

The husband said he had to move out of their matrimonial home due to the unbearable development.

Responding, Suliat said she was charmed by Toriola before she agreed to marry him.

“Ideally, I will not marry this type of human being, if not for the charm he used on me.

“I was looking for charm to help my business grow and he told me that he will need to get some hairs from my private part and also make love to me, that was how I found myself married to him.

“When I got to his house, my business boomed and he also made a lot of money too and we got it renewed twice but now my health is deteriorating and he now moved out of the house.

“He must look for a way to return my virginity and my health, before he can say he wants to leave me.”

Ruling on the matter, the President of the Court, Chief Raheem Adelodun, said the case would be put on hold until the health condition of Suliat improves.

He ordered the families of the estranged couple to seek urgent medical help for Suliat and update the court every 15 days

Ex-minister’s son regains freedom

Dayo, abducted son of Isaac Adewole, former minister of health, has regained freedom.

He was abducted at his farm in Iroko, Akinyele local government area of Oyo state around 6pm on Tuesday.

Shina Olukolu, commissioner of police in Oyo, confirmed the release of the minister’s son on in an interview with NAN.

Olukolu said the information he got was that the victim had regained freedom and had been reunited with his family.

The commissioner said the only suspects arrested so far in connection with the incident were three of the victim’s farm workers.

He, however, gave an assurance that more updates on the incident would be made public soon.

In his reaction, the former minister expressed gratitude to God for the safe release of his son .

In a statement he personally signed, Adewole also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo, security agencies, traditional rulers and all those who stood by the family during the ordeal.

Earlier on Wednesday, Leye Oyebade, assistant inspector general of police in charge of Zone 11, Oyo state, had said the state police command had arrested three suspects in connection with the abduction.

Oyebade said the suspects arrested were Gbenga Ogunleye, the victim’s driver employed a few days ago; Sodiq Adebayo, the farm manager, and another worker on the farm.

He had assured the public that said the police had launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, adding that the victim would be rescued soon and the perpetrators unmasked.

 

Buhari appoints new NNPC GMD, seven chief operating officers

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mele Kolo Kyari as the new group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

A release today in Abuja by Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC group general manager, Group Public Affairs, stated that President Buhari also appointed alongside Kyari, seven new chief operating officers.

Until his new appointment, Kyari, a geologist, was group general manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC and also doubled, since 13th May, 2018, as Nigeria’s national representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.

President Buhari has directed that the New GMD and the newly appointed chief operating officers work with the current occupiers of the various offices till July 7, towards a smooth transition on July 8, when their appointments would take effect to ensure a smooth transition.

However, the appointment of Farouk Garba Said (North West), who is replacing a retiring chief operating officer, is effective from June 28.

The newly appointed officers are Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-South), chief operating officer, Upstream; Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North Central) – Chief Operating Officer, Refining and Petrochemicals; Yusuf Usman (North East) – chief operating officer, Gas and Power and Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (South East), chief operating officer, Ventures.

Others are Umar Isa Ajiya (North West), chief financial office, Adeyemi Adetunji (South West), Chief Operating Officer, Downstream and Garba Said (North West), chief operating officer, Corporate Services.

Ughamadu stated in the release that NNPC group managing director, Maikanti Baru, had congratulated the new appointees.

Kyari is a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in Petroleum Economics and crude oil and gas trading.

In the last 27 years he had traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry, with exceptional records of performance.

Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes, the release by the NNPC spokesperson, stated.

Kyari would be the 19th group managing director of the national oil company