Category Archives: Corruption

High-profile Angolan journalist acquitted


One of Angola’s most well-known journalists Rafael Marques de Moraies and editor Mariano Bras Lourenço have been acquitted by a court in the capital, Luanda.

Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenço, who is the editor of the weekly newspaper O Crime, were charged on 21 June 2017 for publishing an article alleging illegal land acquisition involving former Attorney General João Maria de Sousa.

A verdict and sentencing were expected to be read out today.

A Human Rights Watch official has tweeted a picture of the two journalists and comments from the presiding judge saying: “We can’t punish messengers of bad news.”

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“Buhari is a joke of the century” – Ghanaians reacts to Buhari’s promise to help Ghana fight corruption



​It was remembered that President Buhari who arrived Ghana on Monday to honor the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary gave a speech as a Guest of Honour.

President Buhari while speaking at the Special Guest of Honour Speech during Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary Parade at the Black Star in Accra, applauded Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo and assured him that he will help Ghana fight corruption.

“I congratulate you on your efforts to fight corruption which has eaten into the public fibre…Your Excellency I can assure you that you have a good partner in me in tackling endemic corruption,” the President Buhari said.

However, in his bid to be of help to Ghana in fighting corruption in the country, Ghanaians have expressed their furiousness over the statement of President Buhari.

Many Ghanians who blasted Buhari warned him to leave Ghana with his people who they accused to have corrupted their country.

Many others reacting to the statement from Buhari told the President that he should not bring snakes, and monkeys to swallow Ghana’s money.

See the reactions in photos below;

Source: kingsleyiwu.com.ng

​Reps order probe into alleged N2b, $3.8m fraud by banks


           House of Representatives
• To investigate registration of underage voters

• Buhari pledges support for Ghana’ s anti – graft fight

The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to probe the alleged loss of over N 2 billion and $ 3 . 8 million as a result of the non – payment of interest by banks from sale proceeds of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN ) successor firms .

The House resolved to set up a committee to investigate the matter and report back within six weeks.

The decision followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Mr. Chukwuka Onyema (PDP, Anambra ) at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara .

Onyema noted that the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 unbundled PHCN into 18 successor companies , comprising six generation companies, 12 distribution companies and a transmission company .

He said : “Following the divestiture of the Federal Government from PHCN through privatisation , the company was divided into separate companies known as Local Electricity Distribution Companies.

“The successor companies made payments to the Federal Government through Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity Bank, Stanbic IBTC , Access Bank, FCMB, Skye Bank, Sterling Bank, Zenith Bank and Unity Bank. ”

Onyema noted that the banks , in collaboration with officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, allegedly diverted the interest of N 2 billion and $ 3 . 8 million that should have been paid to the Federal Government .

The House also resolved to set up a committee to investigate the alleged registration and issuance of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to underage persons by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ).

The committee has five weeks to submit its report .

The decision followed a motion by Johnbull Tiemlong Shekarau (PDP, Plateau ).

Shekarau noted that Section 12 (1 ) of the Electoral Act 2010 provides that a person shall be registered as a voter , if such an individual has attained the age of 18 years.

He said : “Reports from the social , print and electronic media indicated that there were incidents of underage voters who presented themselves at polling units with PVCs in the recently conducted local government election in Kano State.

“The Director of Publicity and Voter Education at INEC , Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, while responding to questions on Africa Independent Television on the matter on February 15, 2018, said the underage voters were registered because the lives of the registration officers were being threatened . ”

Shekarau described the report as a national embarrassment , a threat to democracy and a danger to the lives of INEC officials . He also warned that the matter could undermine the credibility of forthcoming elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari , meanwhile , has pledged Nigeria’ s support to Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo – Addo , in the fight against corruption.

He made the disclosure in a speech at Ghana ’ s 61 st independence anniversary in Accra yesterday .

He said : “Your Excellency can be assured that you have a good partner in me , as I look forward to any form of collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana in tackling the menace of endemic corruption.

“Given all these public policies, it becomes reassuring that with the right leadership , Africa ’ s drive to eradicate poverty and entrench democracy is on course . ”

Buhari , who was the special guest of honour , recalled the historic and cultural ties between Nigeria and Ghana , urging the citizens of both countries to maintain the bond.

“It is, therefore , my strong desire that we owe it a duty to ensure that our good peoples continue to live in each other ’ s countries unhindered, ” he said , noting: “ Our newly rejuvenated Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation has already provided us with a good platform in resolving any differences, while focusing on our main developmental objectives . ”

Commenting on peace and security in West Africa , the president commended Akufo -Addo ’ s contribution to peace in neighbouring Togo .

“Permit me to put on record Ghana’ s untiring efforts in brokering peace in Togo by bringing all the warring parties to the negotiation table . I am appealing to the opposing parties in Togo to please come together and resolve their differences, so that Togo will move forward .

“In the same vein , I wish Nigeria and Ghana continue to provide the impetus in realising the objectives and ideals of the founding fathers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to ensure security, peace and development of our region , ” he said .

A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu , quoted Buhari as commending Akufo -Addo on his achievements in the first year in office, and praising his fight against corruption with the passage of the Special Prosecutor ’ s Bill .

He said : “From Nigeria, I have watched closely your achievements, ranging from your ingenious approach to creating jobs for the teeming youths through various initiatives, including the repositioning of agriculture for modern farming , ‘ Farming for Jobs and Food’ , Senior High School ( SHS) free education , One- District – One- Factory, and One- Village – One- Dam , as well as the improvement being recorded in the republic’ s macroeconomic indicators .

“All these efforts , I am aware , have made Ghana to become a good destination for foreign direct investment , just like Nigeria. Accept my congratulations !”

Corruption will return automatically if PDP wins in 2019 – Minister


Amaechi.jpgAmaechi says the PDP is hungry for money and not power.Amaechi says the PDP is hungry for money and not power.

The minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi says corruption would return automatically if the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) returns to power.

Speaking to Pulse correspondent and other journalists in Abuja on Thursday, February 15, 2018, Amaechi said the PDP is not hungry for power but money.

“If we don’t win, corruption will come back automatically,” Amaechi announced.

“The way it will come back because the people (PDP) are out, they have been out for four years. They have never been out of government before. PDP never left government so now they are hungry, not hungry for power.

“In fact if you tell them that I want to keep power and I will give you money, they will say take power and give us the money,” he added.

The minister said Nigerians expected too much from the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

“The problem was expectation. In fact, the president got worried and he called me and said ‘Amaechi go and reduce the expectation’ and I said ‘Oga I’m not a magician’.

“If we are not borrowing to pay salaries, it means we are generating our own money. I hope Nigerians remember under the past government oil was at $110, $120. But when we came oil was $58 per barrel.

“The highest that we have gotten is the mistake that happened in the last two weeks that it rose to &70 or 80 after one day it came down to a little over $50, instantly,” the minister said.

Amaechi admitted that the APC has made some mistakes but expressed optimism that the party would deliver on its mandate to Nigerians if reelected.

“Are we perfect? No. Have we made mistakes? Yes. Can we overcome the mistakes, we have made? Yes. Can we surmount the challenges we met in the office? Yes. But again we need more than four years to do that,” Amaechi announced.

When asked if the President has appointed him as the director-general of his campaign, Amaechi said: “That question is for the President to answer not me”.

source: Pulse.ng

​In Gambia 27 government officials sacked over corruption allegations


Authorities in Gambia have sacked 27 government officials including 10 permanent secretaries on suspicion of having fraudulently acquired official cars and other items, state television said on Tuesday.

The officials are being investigated by the National Intelligence Agency, a government source said.

President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia, a small country almost encircled by Senegal, for two decades since seizing power in a bloodless coup.

Gambia is due to hold elections in December, when Jammeh will run for a fifth term.

Itse Sagay, pecial courts to try corruption cases – Presidential adviser says


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Sagay also dismissed allegations that President Buhari is using the anti-corruption fight to get back as supposed political enemies.

The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption,
Itse Sagay, has expressed shock at the number of corruption cases revealed by anti-graft agencies recently.
Sagay said “The amount of corruption cases unearthed in this country in the last nine months has been unprecedented and mind-boggling.
“How is it possible for the welfare of Nigerians to be improved when we are digging ourselves out of a hole created by the past administration.
“If this government had not taken over when it did, we would have been treading the path of Zimbabwe in terms of inflation.”
The Presidential adviser also disclosed that special crime courts will be established to prosecute financial crimes.
He said “ My committee has concluded the drawing up of the Special Crimes Act for judges who will be specifically selected to adjudicate special crimes such as financial crimes, kidnapping, cyber crimes and drugs.”
Adding that “We have created a new manual for prosecution of financial cases which will give prosecutors a step by step process for prosecution.
“We have recommended that for effective prosecution, the prosecution should be made up of a team comprising an investigator, prosecutor and other lawyers.
“A series of workshops have been organised by the committee for 180 prosecutors across the country in which we brought in a number of experts to teach them how to draft charges to prevent the charges being faulted in court.”
He also dismissed allegations that
President Buhari is using the anti-corruption fight to get back as supposed political enemies.
Sagay said “I am involved in the anti-corruption struggle, I have never received a call from the President giving me instructions on anything, he has assigned responsibilities and he is facing the governance of the country which is what he was elected for.
“We regard corruption cases from the last administration as low hanging fruits because they are the most obvious and have the most impact in terms of resolution.”
Prof. Itse Sagay recently called on President Buhari to reject the planned bill by the National Assembly (NASS) » proposing a life pension and immunity for its principal officers.

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Source: Pulse

Fayose, Governments of Ekiti State says Buhari, wife are corrupt


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The documents showed that in some of the exhibits tendered in convicting Mr. Jefferson of bribery, a Mrs. Buhari was mentioned as transferring $170,000 to the American politician using a firm as proxy.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose
» has accused the Nigerian President,
Muhammadu Buhari » and his wife,
Aisha Buhari » of corrupt practices following EFCC » ‘s action on his bank account.
The controversial governor turned the case against him by the EFCC saying even President Buhari can’t claim to be clean neither can his wife claim a corrupt-free bill.
ALSO READ: EFCC freezes Fayose’s bank account »
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said President Buhari was far from being corrupt-free.
“Even the President cannot claim to be an angel. The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal (sic). When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialize the judgment for people to see and read, ” Fayose claimed.

The documents showed that in some of the exhibits tendered in convicting Mr. Jefferson of bribery, a Mrs. Buhari was mentioned as transferring $170,000 to the American politician using a firm as proxy.
“ Government Exhibits 36-87 (6/26/02 $170,000 wire transfer from account in Nigeria in the name of Aisha Buhari to an account in the name of The ANJ Group, LLC, identifying “William Jefferson” as Beneficiary),” the U.S. Government Sentencing Memorandum said on page 22.
Fayose revived the controversy surrounding the role allegedly played by Aisha Buhari in the Haliburton Scandal hours after the Ibrahim Magu led EFCC froze his Zenith Bank account for alleged involvement in the Arms Deal fraud.

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