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Police kill notorious armed robbery suspect in Abia

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The Police in Abia on Tuesday gunned down a suspected notorious armed robber identified as Sampson Nwokocha, aka `Grave’ who has been terrorizing residents of Umuahia and its environs.

 

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon, who made this known to newsmen in Umuahia, said that he was shot dead after a gun battle with his men following a tip off.

 

He said that Nwokocha, who was recently released from prison, had been on the watch list of the command following his alleged numerous criminal activities.

 

He said, “It would be recalled that on Nov. 6 and 10, 2019, Nwokocha and his gang invaded a hotel and robbed staff and guests.

 

“During the operation, one policeman on duty was shot dead and his rifle carted away.

 

“Also on November 10, 2019, Nwokocha and his gang robbed attendants and customers of a filling station on Bank Road, Umuahia.

 

“On different occasions, he led a gang that snatched vehicles from their owners within and outside of the capital city at gunpoint.

 

“He also robbed other locations and planned to attack the Correctional Service Centre (Prison) in Umuahia to liberate his mother and other inmates.”

 

Okon warned criminals to desist from their nefarious activities or relocate as the command would not spare them.

Edited & Vetted By: Maureen Atuonwu
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NASS will help turn Nigeria into military power house in Africa — Defence committee

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Kaduna, Dec. 9, 2019 The House of Representatives Committee on Defence, says the 9th National Assembly will work towards turning Nigeria into a military power house in Africa.

The Committee Chairman, Mr Babajimi Benson, said during  an oversight visit of committee to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) Defence and Defence Industries  Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), in Kaduna on Monday. 
 
“The 9th assembly has for the first time put military in its agenda. 

“One of the things we put is to encourage home grown  production of military hardware and software. 
 
peaceful country is a wealthy country.” 
 
pleased with what  it saw in the various institutions.

“Today we are here and we have seen outstanding feat by Nigerian army.

“They created MRAP they named after it Ezugwu who created it as a serving Major General.

“We have started manufacturing and producing them locally, and definitely we are in right projection.”

The committee chairman assured that the NASS will push for the to release of funds appropriated to all defence institutions and formations to enable them execute new projects and complete ongoing ones.

Benson aknowledged the development being achieved in the institutions and pledged that more funds would be appropriated for effective training and retraining of military personnel.

Earlier, the Commandants, AFCSC, AVM Lawal Alao and NDA,  Maj.-Gen, Jamil Sarham, as well as the Director General DICON, Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu told the committee that the money budgeted for them was judiciously used. 
 
They urged the committee for more funds to complete ongoing  projects, training, innovations and researches.
 
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the committee inspected completed and the ongoing projects at the three military institutions.  
 
 
Edited by: Maharazu Ahmed
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Police arrest wanted kidnap kingpin, others in Katsina state

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The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a 20-year-old notorious kidnap kingpin, Aliyu Sani of Sabuwar-Unguwa quarters, Katsina.

The Command’s Relations Gambo Isah made the disclosure to newsmen at a news briefing on Monday in Katsina.

He said that the suspect was apprehended on Wednesday, Dec.4, in Katsina, following a tip-off.

Sometime in April, the suspect conspired with one Abdulrahman Danfillo, 25, of the same address, now at large, deceived and abducted one Abubakar Muhammad and Aliyu Ahmed, all of Sabuwar-Unguwa, Katsina.

The suspects took their victims to bandits at Gora forest, Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State as kidnap victims.

The father of Abubakar Muhammad was compelled to pay the sum of N150,000 as ransom before his release, while Aliyu Ahmed is able to escape from the den of kidnappers,” he said.

He said that investigation was ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the syndicate.

Isah also said that the police were able to arrest three persons for sending threat messages and made several phone calls intimidating one Shua’ibu Bala, 36, of Gozaki in Kafur Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the suspects threatened to kidnap the victim or any member of his family if he failed to pay them N150,000 as requested.

According to him, the Operation Puff Adder led by DPO, Kafur succeeded in arresting the syndicate at Unguwar Iliya village, Kafur when the suspects went to collect the ransom of N150,000 as demanded.

He said that during investigation, 23 cows suspected to have been stolen by the suspects were recovered from them.

The police spokesman said that the suspects confessed to have committed the crimes and that they would be charged to court after investigation.

Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/ Tukur Muntari.
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ICPC, EFCC sensitise Sokoto residents to zero-tolerance for corruption

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences and the Economic and Crimes on Monday staged separate rallies in Sokoto to solicit for a collective support against all forms of corruption.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the commissions organised the rallies in Sokoto metropolis as part of activities to celebrate the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day.

The day is observed every Dec.9 since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on Oct. 31, 2003 to raise public awareness against corruption.

In his message, ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said the theme for the year, ‘United Against Corruption’, was not limited to anti-corruption agencies alone, but to every eligible Nigerian.

According to him, fighting corruption is an obligation of every citizen, in view of the fact that the after effects of corruption are not limited to those directly involved, but to all citizens.

Therefore, for the fight against corruption to succeed, you, the Nigerian citizen, need to contribute your quota,” he said.

Owasanoye, who was represented by ICPC Commissioner in Sokoto State, Mr Musa Alkali, also identified some of the effects of corruption on a nation.

When a country’s institutions are weakened by corruption, for instance, its security forces will not be trusted; its borders will become porous, criminality will fester and insecurity may be internationalised.

The key question to be asked here is, ‘What are the immediate causes of corruption and its debilitating effects on the society.

Would it not be better if the entire society join hands to tackle it.

The battle against corruption is currently raging and it is our belief that it is not the sole responsibility of the ICPC or government alone, but the collective responsibility of each and everyone of us as citizens of this great country, Nigeria.

As we explore the options of collaboration and cooperation in the fight against corruption, we shall intensify activities to detect and investigate acts of corruption, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of office,” he said.

On his part, the EFCC head in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mr Abdullahi Lawal, said the zone had made tremendous impact in the course of its operations over time.

According to Lawal, the zone has 151 cases still under investigation, while 49 were already in its legal department.

He said the commission had also secured four convictions out of 20 prosecutions from the 236 petitions it received.

We have recovered over N910.9 million monetary recoveries, four vehicles and 53 tricycles on investigation; and five houses and two shops marked from our various operations between January to date,” he said.

Lawal, while noting that the dangers of corruption were enormous and negative to national development, said the fight against corruption was one for every patriot to join hands and bring to an end.

Edited by: Moses Solanke and Abdullahi Yusuf
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Ikoyi Passport Office to go tough on touts — Yari

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Control , Ikoyi Passport office, Lagos, has said the office will no longer tolerate the activities of touts within the office vicinity

Yari told Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Lagos, while appreciating the Immigration for the award given to him on Dec.7 in Abuja during the service’s end of the year dinner and awards night.

NAN reports that Yari was given the award of the service in exemplary leadership that entailed ability to simplify passport issuance process.

Yari, appreciating the NIS, said the office aimed to eliminate totally the activities of the touts in the year 2020.

The touts usually double cross innocent citizens on their way to the centre promising to get them international passports.

Such promise, most times, never worked thereby ending up in duping the citizens,” he said.

The PCO, therefore, pleaded with Nigerians, who were desirous of obtaining international passports to visit the centre directly.

He further said the Passport Office would strengthen its existing structures to improve service delivery in 2020.

He said, “the particular area we plan to intensify effort on is curbing the activities of quacks who hijack applicants.

The office had taken some measures already but the measures would be intensified come year 2020.

Yari further promised to exceed 2019 delivery by issuing more passports to applicants in 2020.

“Since the issuance of e-passports started in Ikoyi more than 50,000 passports have been issued to applicants for passports with both five years and 10 years validity,’’ he stated.

Edited /Donald Ugwu

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EFCC secures 1,900 convictions, recovers N794bn in 4 years — Magu

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Abuja, Nov. 9, 2019 Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), says the commission has so far secured 1,900 convictions and recovered N794 billion in four years.

Magu disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day with the theme:  “Zero Tolerance for Corruption”.

Our scorecard in this regard speaks volumes; for the four years that I have been in-charge of the commission, we have secured about 1,900 convictions, including top government officials.

Former governors; captains of industry, oil subsidy merchants and scores of players in the private sector.  Former military chiefs and civil servants have also been convicted as well as many illegal oil bunkerers in the Niger Delta.

On recoveries, there is no law enforcement agency in Africa that has equalled the phenomenal recoveries that the EFCC has made.

In the four years under my watch, we have recovered more than N794 billion and have ensured hundreds of properties forfeited to the government, “ he said.

He added that in the Port Harcourt Zone of the EFCC, a total of 244 trucks were forfeited to the government owing to illegal oil bunkering activities in the region.

As a commission, we are not unrelenting in our determination to completely eradicate corruption from Nigeria through our fight against corruption.

Those who doubt our resolve must sooner come to terms with the fact that the EFCC is a marathoner and when it comes to the fight against corruption, we never give up.

This was recently demonstrated last week when, after 12 years of legal hide and seek that took us to the Supreme Court and back, the long convoluted trial of former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu (ended).

 

This trial was brought to closure with his conviction and sentence to 12 years imprisonment without an option of fine for stealing over seven billion naira from the treasury of Abia State Government.

This brings to three, the number of former state governors that were convicted of corruption within one year on my watch, “ he said.

Magu said the commission would go into partnership with various sectors in the fight against corruption as  everybody needed to be involved in the fight to achieve a sustainable result.

We have chosen to partner with various sectors because we want to go into not only fighting corruption alone but select very notorious sectors and partner with them.

“Let us go into sectoral approach in the fight against corruption. We will go with the health sector first because there is a lot of problem in the hospitals with the doctors. This approach might change the narrative. ’’

Edited /Chukwudi Ekezie

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EFCC secures 171 convictions in Ibadan Zone

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The Economic and Crimes , Ibadan Zonal Office, says it secured 171 convictions out of the 268 corruption related cases prosecuted in the last 11 months.

Mr Friday Ebelo, the Head of the Commission’s Zonal Office in Ibadan, made the disclosure on Monday in Ibadan during a news conference to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that some countries of the world came together under the auspices of the United Nations to pass the Against in December 2003.

In the last one year, particularly from January 2019 till date, the zone received 691 petitions; 213 of these were returned unapproved as issues raised therein did not fall under the purview of our mandate.

‘’In the course of investigations, the zone arrested 878 persons out of which 268 were prosecuted and 171 convicted,” he said.

Ebelo said that the zonal office of the commission also recovered huge sums of money in both local and foreign currencies from January till date.

These include a total of N211,134,927.26 (Two Hundred and Eleven Million, One Hundred and Thirty-Four thousand, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Seven, Twenty-Six kobo).

For the foreign currencies, we had $136,289 (One Hundred and Thirty-Six Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty-Nine United States Dollars), €2000 (Two Thousand Euros) and £765 (Seven Hundred and Sixty-Five British Pounds).

Our investigations also led to temporary freezing of 1044 bank accounts, while 56 automobiles and 14 houses were impounded.

‘We equally have several laptops, android phones and many other electronic devices confiscated in compliance with court orders,” he said.

The EFCC Zonal head called on Nigerians to stand to be counted in the fight against corruption, saying “corruption poses existential threat to individual and nation’s survival.

We must personalise the fight against the monster if we truly desire a corruption-free Nigeria. We can’t sit on the fence and expect success in this campaign.

We must all get involved. It is a winnable war if only we show doggedness and commitment,” he said.

Ebelo said that the last one year witnessed a beehive of activities with unprecedented successes, adding the zone contributed its modest quota to the global fight against corruption.

He said that the event was global and the essence was to enlist all stakeholders to collectively and individually get involved in the fight against corruption for the good and progress of mankind.

“As you all know, much more than before, the EFCC has upped the ante of the anti-corruption campaign in our country with verifiable evidence to prove that our efforts are yielding positive results,” he said.

(Edited by: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo)
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Fight against corruption: NSC emphasises importance of technology 

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Abuja, Dec. 9, 2019 Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, has emphasised the importance of technology in the country’s fight against corruption.

Bello spoke during a walk/summit to mark the UN International Anti-Corruption Day on Monday in Abuja.

The summit was organised by the NSC in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other agencies of the Ministry of Transportation.

The theme of the summit was: “Zero Tolerance for Corruption’’.

One of the things to do to get rid of corruption is deployment of appropriate technology.

The moment you have that technology, then it will be transparent, it will be faster, with no delays, no human interface, so that is what we are trying to do.

The next focus is technology to drive away corruption in our system,’’ Bello said.

He said the event was to support the Federal Government’s effort in the fight against corruption, especially in transportation and maritime sector of the economy.

According to Bello, the sector is key to the growth and development of the nation and ought to be free from corruption.

He urged the various agencies to employ conscious efforts to ensure corruption was eradicated in the sector and the country.

Bello reiterated efforts by the Ministry of Transportation to audit the various agencies as a way of eliminating corrupt practices in the sector.

He said:“the Minister of Transportation has already started an audit, we are auditing our processes, procedures and even our staffing and that is how it is supposed to be; we have to be accountable.

Lack of accountability is why we have corruption. We think, if we unburden transport from corruption, other sectors will follow suit.

We are partnering with all anti-corruption agencies, ICPC, EFCC and the like, so that we can have a kind of enforcement and standard operating procedure.

“We are saying each agency must have a standard operating procedure and the shippers council will enforce that.’’

The Acting Chairman, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said the commission was focusing on the maritime sector to completely eradicate all forms of corrupt practices.

We are not looking at just the maritime sector but all sectors; we are looking at corruption in itself.

But the emphasis today is the transportation and maritime sector, we are moving to other areas too as there is a change of heart in fighting corruption.

There is a lot of corruption in the maritime sector and so we need to address it.

Corruption has become systematic, anaemic, and so we need a holistic approach in the fight against corruption in the maritime industry.

The most important thing is to encourage people to report corrupt practices to the appropriate authorities,’’ Magu said.

In his remark, Dakuku Peterside, Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said the event was to awaken the attention of citizens to the negative impact of corruption to development.

According to him, Nigeria depends largely on import and export for survival and by extension, growth.

He said: “If that sector is riddled by corruption, it affects the cost of goods and services and there is always an opportunity cost for corruption.

“Corruption normally benefits a narrow few and makes lots of us suffer. That is why we are making efforts to raise awareness on its negative impact, especially in the maritime sector,’’ Peterside said.

Edited by: Oluyinka Fadare/Ismail Abdulaziz
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We’ll fight corruption with full powers of law -ICPC

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on Monday said it would fight corruption according to the full dictates of the law.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, state this in Kaduna after a walk to mark the 2019 International Anti-corruption Day.

Represented by the ICPC Commissioner in Kaduna Office, Malam Shehu Yahaya, he said the commission would ensure that the anti-corruption crusade positively affect governance and well-being of Nigerians.

The days of impunity is over and the warning must be given loud and clear, that the corrupt will be dealt with firmly with the degree of ruthlessness that the law permits.

The battle against corruption is currently raging and it is our belief that it is not the sole responsibility of the ICPC or government, but a collective responsibility.

As we explore the option of collaboration and cooperation in the fight against corruption, we shall intensify activities to detect and investigate acts of corruption, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of office,” he said.

The ICPC boss explained that the objective of the walk was to raise awareness among the public on the ills of corruption and mobilise public support in the fight.

He added that the commemoration of the day provided a platform for exchange of ideas that would aid the fight against corruption for the development of the country.

Similarly, Yahaya said that the commission had received several petitions from January to date in Kaduna state.

Yahaya added that 24 cases were currently before the courts and urged members of the public to desist from all forms of corrupt practices in the country.

Edited by: Modupe Adeloye/Ismail Abdulaziz
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EFCC receives 580 petitions, convicts 27 in Kaduna zone -Official

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The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Kaduna Zonal Office, has received over 580 petitions and convicted 27 from January to date.

The Zonal Head, Mailafiya Yakubu disclosed this after a walk from the EFCC Office as part of activity to mark the 2019 International Anti-corruption Day.

Yakubu also said that the office currently has about 100 cases ongoing in courts, adding that more would be convicted before the end of the year.

He said that close to N300 million had been recovered and returned to people that have been defrauded within the period.

Not only that, we have gotten interim forfeiture of 15 houses acquired through illicit means and currently working towards getting final forfeiture.

That we have been able to receive over 580 petitions in 11 months is an indication of public confidence in  EFCC.

So far so good. We have gotten reasonable conviction and still counting and we will continue to arrest and prosecute, even on Christmas day,” he said.

He explained that the objective of the walk was to enlighten the public on the ills of corruption and its negative effect on the society.

We want the people to know that corruption is evil, dangerous and disastrous and the public must join the fight against all forms of corruption.

“I am happy that we have gotten the public on our side. This is a good achievement in the fight against corruption in the country,” Yakubu added.

Edited by: Joseph Edeh/Ismail Abdulaziz
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