The Maina Saga: Brickbats still on

The Maina saga is a saga that has refused to go away. Recently, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had accused the former pension boss, Abdulrashid Maina, of using his son’s account to Launder money, insisting that N1.7bllion was lodged in he son’s account. Maina has been declared a fugitive since stories started going round that the Bornu state borne civil servant, who has been dismissed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration for corruption, and has been living at Dubai since, was secretly brought…

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SEC: CACOL petitions presidency, EFCC

SEC-Security and Exchange Commission-is under scrutiny due to an ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. This followed a Presidential Directive to the commission based on petitions against Mournir Gwazo. Gwazo was accused by a Human Rights group, Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership,CACOL, of corruption to the tune of N104 million, a sum he allegedly paid himself as severance package, and award of contracts to firms he has interests in. “On January 2, 2013,” Adeniran wrote, “Mr. Mournir Haliru Gwarzo was appointed an Executive Commissioner in…

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Husband Killer, Yewande Oyediran Bags Seven Years Imprisonment

A female Lawyer, Yewande Oyediran, who was accused of killing her husband Lowo, was on Monday sentenced to seven years in prison by Justice Muntar Abimbola for manslaughter. The former staff of the Department of Public Prosecution in the Oyo State of Ministry of Justice, was accused of killing her husband with a knife after a disagreement on February 2, 2016, at their residence in Akobo area of Ibadan.  The couple had no child.   Details later…

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CUSTOMS: Ali’s ‘Men’ Head For Showdown

By Bayo Bernard The story of how three Controllers of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, landed the most lucrative commands in Lagos can never be exhausted. But what is now agog within top officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS  is the looming confrontation among the three controllers believed to be very close to the Controller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali(rtd).   The controllers are Jibril Musa , Yusuf Bashar in charge of the Apapa and Tin can Customs command, and Muhammed Uba Garba of the Federal Operations…

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EFCC under pressure to account for recovered loots

EFCC-The Economic and Financial Crimes commission- is currently under intense fire for not being able to account for recovered loots that was handed over to them. Moreover, the commission is more and more entangled in corruption scandals themselves. In the recent case of the discredited pension Boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, has been one of the high profile cases that the commission is belatedly investigating. Maina was dismissed by the immediate past government on charges of corruption. The Source reported last October how Maina was used as a fall guy and how…

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‘How I Ended The Badoo Menace’ – CP Imohimi

Barely three months after his appointment as Lagos State Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal, speaks to Chidiebere Onyemaizu, Bayo Bernard and Uche Nwosisi on the challenge of policing Nigeria’s Commercial capital. The suave speaking Lagos police boss opened up on how he led the team that cracked Badoo, the dreaded cult group that terrorized Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos for months. Excerpt: Lagos is a peculiar state, it’s a mini Nigeria, and for a man to be posted to police the state is not an easy task. So, how has it…

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Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency, a disaster foretold

Muhammadu Buhari has his presidency moving from one scandal to another in quick succession in recent times. But the foundation was laid a long time ago. The similarity between the current presidency and his first coming in mid 80s has been well documented. but his failing health and age crisis has rendered the country a banana republic where the country is run by proxy. It is believed that the main persons who run the country even hold him in contempt, and this has become so bad that the belief of…

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A Whistle-Blower to Get Over N300m

There are indications that the man who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the $43m, N23.2m and £27,800 (N13bn) recovered from an Ikoyi apartment in April, may be given about N325m in the light of the Federal Government’s whistle-blower policy. The whistle-blower policy states that any whistle-blower whose information leads to the recovery of over N5bn will attract a 2.5 percent reward. The acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, who did not disclose how much would be given to the whistle-blower, said the commission was already counselling…

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2019: FOU Impounds Anti-Ballistic Vehicles.

By Bayo Bernard The President Muhammadu Buhari government has ensured that some unscrupulous politicians do not have their way with the government, particularly when it comes to payment of duties on imported vehicles. This is more so when the politicians are planning to use such vehicles for the 2019 elections. To this end therefore, the federal government has unleashed the Federal Operations Unit, FOU Zone A, Lagos to rein in duty evaders no matter how close they are to the corridors of power. Compared with immediate past, the FOU, sometimes…

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EFCC Returns N11.9 Million Stolen By RCCG Deacon

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has handed over two cheques totalling N11.9m to a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Rivers State. The amount was said to have been stolen by a deacon of the RCCG, Cyril Idakwoji. The South-South Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, explained on Wednesday that Idakwoji, a former employee of Access Bank, was the account officer of the church for the bank. He said the suspect diverted the church funds to private use instead of transferring them to the…

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Maina: The story behind the story

Maina has become the buzzword in the Nigerian media space. Prior to this period, nobody mentioned Abulrashid Maina even though he has been known to be around in the country by to government functionaries. His is a story of intrigues, power play, and diversion by the powers that be to possibly divert attention from the Kachikwu-Baru saga. Unfortunately, it ended up as the greatest embarrassment this government has had so far in terms of anti corruption war. The Maina story is typical of the conspiracy among top Nigerian political class.…

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Abang to bailiffs: Serve summons to Jonathan in five days

Abang, Justice Okon, the Judge Presiding over the money laundering case of former PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metu, has asked the court bailiffs to within five days serve former President Goodluck Jonathan writ of summons. In the same breathe, he ordered the prosecution to produce the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in court. Metu has been accused of money laundering to the tune of N400million. a charge he requested the appearance of the former president in court to help his case. he was accused of receiving N400million from Dasuki. But…

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Piracy: IMB Faults NIMASA

By Bayo Bernard The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA projected Zero pirates’ attacks have been greatly challenged by upsurge in number of sea robbery that took place on Nigerian coastal waters in the last few months. The latest attack came last Saturday, October 21 when six crew members, including the captain, were kidnapped from the Liberian-flagged containership Demeter while the ship was sailing some 50 nautical miles south-west of Bonny. An armed group of eight pirates managed to board the box ship after an exchange of fire, a…

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Arms Importation: Buhari Meets Turkish Leader

By Bayo Bernard High level diplomatic talks are currently on going between the Nigerian government and its Turkish counterpart. The meeting taking place in Ankra, the Turkish capital, the magazine learnt was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had arrived Turkey, yesterday October 18 where he was expected to take part in the 9th summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) tomorrow.. The relations between the two friendly nations have recently been challenged by incessant importation of dangerous arms into the country. Four times within the last eight months…

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Evans changes plea, pleads not guilty

Evans, whose real name is Chukwudumem Onwuamadike, whose kidnapping exploits shook the foundation of society, today pleads not guilty to charges leveled against him, which includes but is not limited to conspiracy and kidnapping.He is facing 52 charges in 14 different cases in courts in Lagos and Edo States. The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, led the prosecution of the first arraignment. According to him,Evans  and his team, including those at large, committed the offenses between February 14 and April 12, 2017.In in his earlier appearance…

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Man Caught With Human Skull & Body Parts

A large number of residents of Mowe, between Lagos and Ogun, nearly lynched a middle-aged man on Thursday after he was allegedly caught with a human skull and other body parts. It was gathered that the man, who was beaten up by the mob, was rescued by policemen from the Mowe Police Station, who took him to the station. Within few minutes many people stormed the police station. Policemen at the division were almost overrun by the crowd, some of whom climbed the fence to catch a glimpse of the…

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Tagbo’s Death: Davido Re-Invited By Police

The Lagos State Police Command says the ace hip hop artiste, David Adeleke, aka Davido, is inconsistent in his statement on the death of his friend, Umeike Tagbo. The command subsequently invited him again on Wednesday, although he was not allowed to talk to journalists. The magazine learnt that Davido’s driver – Tunde Yusuf, and two friends of the artiste, Agbaje Olaoye and Idris Busari – who dumped Tagbo’s corpse on the premises of the Lagos Island General Hospital and fled had been arrested. This is just as the autopsy…

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Poison Scare in Lagos Govt

Tragedy nearly struck last week following an attempt by some persons in the Lagos state government to poison a top civil servant in the state. The magazine leant that one Mrs Olubusola Ajibola Abidakun, Director , Administration a d Human Resources almost lost her life to plot by some disgruntled individuals in the government to get rid of her. Though the details of the allege attempt on her life still remained sketchy, it was leant that she survived the plot by sheer dint of fate. The latest attempt was one…

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N3.2 Billion Fraud: ANLCA Begs Jukwe

By Bayo Bernard President Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agent, ANLCA Prince Olayiwola Shittu may have been embarrassed by the association’s sudden changed of gear over allegation of mismanagement of the Council funds against Registar and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria, CRFFN, Sir Mike Jukwe. ANLCA had in August this year accused Jukwe of mismanaging over N3 billion belonging to the council. The spokesman of ANLCA, Kayode Farinto raised the allegation while addressing journalists on the directive by the Minister of…

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Untold Story Of Arms Syndicate

By Stephen Ubanna The last may not have been heard about the Nigeria Arms syndicate based in Turkey who ship Arms to Nigeria. The syndicate , according to Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, investigation preside over the export of a haul of Pump Action rifles from Turkey to Nigeria  Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is still working round the clock to to get to the root of the matter using his military background. He had initiated a meeting with Hakan Cakil, the Turkish Ambassador…

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