By Jude Obuseh, Online Editor
Let me go straight to the point: if you have not heard that Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is out on bail and that he has refuted all the allegations against him, then you must have been vacationing in Honolulu.
How about the allegation by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, helped Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, launder looted funds? Or are you aware that a Nigerian woman, Nneka Ede has become the first black woman to own a European football club?
Today’s news recap will give you snippets of the aforementioned news stories and more. If you are reading for the first time, News Recap is a simulacrum of the top stories on agendawatchdog.com during the week. Happy reading!
Following trending allegations of massive corruption against him in both traditional and social media circles, the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police to conduct a thorough investigation into the injurious assassination of his character and integrity. According to Malami, in the petition signed by his counsel, Sunday Ibrahim Ameh, SAN, he had been the subject of a coordinated media campaign meant to impugn his integrity, despite his unparalleled contributions to the war on corruption.
For reportedly gaining entry without valid travelling documents, about 42 Nigerians were deported from Niger Republic, according to Abdullahi Dalhatu, Acting Controller, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Katsina State, who disclosed this via a statement on Friday. According to the statement, the deportees were repatriated to Nigeria through the NIS control post in Kongolam, and that twelve of them were arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Katsina, presided over by Justice Hadiza Shagari, charged with evading Immigration clearance while crossing Nigerian border to another country through illegal routes.
The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has harped on the need for security agencies in Nigeria to make it compulsory for their operatives to undergo drug tests to determine their suitability to carry fire arms. According to Aregbesola, who made the appeal at the flag-off of substance abuse test, tagged, “The test begins with me”, by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Thursday in Abuja, the call became necessary due to the need to ensure that any security operative bearing fire arms was not under the influence of hard drugs or other psychotropic substances, thereby constituting threats to themselves and the public.
Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has denied that, contrary to trending news stories, N40 billion was not missing from the commission’s coffers, nor has it been misappropriated. The acting Tsar of the NDDC made the rebuttal during a media chat in Abuja, where he disclosed that the commission operates only one account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which made it impossible for such a huge sum to be withdrawn without the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation’s approval.
Following his release from detention, Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has labeled the allegations leveled against him as “trumped- up charges meant to muddy his spotless stewardship in the country’s apex anti-graft body. Speaking with The Nation following his bail, Magu said he was perplexed at the baseless allegations against him, which was “a case of dog eats dog”, adding, however, that that was “one of those risks of the job”, asserting that he would not be deterred.
Nigeria, during the week, lost its first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, who died eight months following her commissioning, at the age of 23.The sad news was contained in a statement signed by Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola. According to the statement, Tolulope, who died on 14 July 2020, consequent to head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna, was prior to her demise commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, and was the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service.
Following ongoing investigations into the activities of the country’s apex anti-corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended all the senior officials of the agency, whose offices have been locked to prevent loss of any crucial evidence, reports the Daily Post. According to the report, a presidency source revealed that the Commission’s executive Secretary Olanipekun Olukoyede was among the senior officials suspended by President Buhari for alleged fraudulent misdemeanours, adding that their suspension was meant to give room for an unhindered investigation of the plethora of allegations leveled against the anti-graft agency.
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has alleged that Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, helped Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, launder looted funds. Kanu, in a speech monitored on Radio Biafra, accused the late Kyari, who died on April 2, 2020, of embezzling N13.5 billion Allocation meant for the Aso Rock Clinic, and of running the NNPC, alongside his family members, like a private business concern.
Following series of meetings, consultations, and deliberations with relevant groups, associations, and stakeholders on key areas of concern as the government plans to reopen schools, consequent to the COVID-19 pandemic-induced shutdown of academic institutions in the country, the Federal Government has formally released guidelines for the safe reopening of schools In the country.The Guidelines for Schools and Learning Facilities Reopening after COVID-19 Pandemic Closures, which was published on the official website of the Federal Ministry of Education, contains actions, measures, and requirements needed for the safe reopening of schools after the containment of the virus, and outlines key strategies for implementing safe and efficient and equitable plans for school reopening and operations, and focuses on attendance, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning, and non-pharmaceutical interventions for safe and healthy school activities and programs.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, his wife and daughter have recovered from COVID-19. Okowa announced the good news via a tweet on his verified handle on Tuesday morning. The governor, his wife, and daughter had gone into isolation following the confirmation of their positive COVID-19 statuses.
As ongoing probe of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, continues, the embattled anti-graft Tsar sought to make clarifications on the supposed accrued interest from the N550 billion recovered fund kept in the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, via the Treasury Single Account (TSA). Magu, in a statement by his lawyer, Wahab Shittu on Sunday, denied that he placed N550 billion recovered loot into a deposit account, adding that recovered funds, which are kept in the CBN’s custody, do not generate interest, stressing that the allegations were baseless as there was no transaction in the proceedings prelude to the Salami panel. The statement added that reports of the said transaction were fake as Magu was never confronted with such an allegation by the investigative panel.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari are averse to corrupt practices of any form and will come down hard on anybody found culpable. According to the APC, which was reacting to the insinuations of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that it condones corruption, the former ruling party’s allegations are baseless and mischievous, adding that it is common knowledge that the PDP was “the founder of corruption in Nigeria, to the extent that the evil practices were made an official way of life during its 16 wasteful years”.
Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, has alleged that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are the godfathers of Ibrahim Magu, the embattled suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. According to Fani-Kayode, who spoke via his verified Twitter handle on Sunday evening, Magu did not work for President Muhammadu Buhari while at the helm of the anti-corruption body, but did the bidding of Osinbajo and Tinubu, adding that the current ordeal of the deposed EFCC boss, who is being probed over allegations of financial impropriety and abuse of office, was a culmination of a plan that was hatched years ago.
Nneka Ede, a Nigerian business woman, has made history by becoming the first African woman to own a European club after she acquired Portuguese side, Lusitano Ginásio Clube, Futebol, SAD, a 108-year-old team, which is in the Portuguese third division. Nneka’s bid to acquire the club began in June, 2020, according to a statement from the Campeonato de Portuguese side which disclosed that her acquisition of the club followed months of negotiations, describing Nneka as “passionate and fiery about football.”Nneka, following the acquisition, said that she hoped that the sporting ties between Nigeria and Portugal would be strengthened by the new development, which had opened a new chapter in her life, and that the club would serve as a breeding ground for young Portuguese football talents.
Following the release of the deposed boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, from police custody, the Presidency sought to make some clarifications on some of the grey areas concerning his ongoing probe. The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while speaking on Wednesday that contrary to insinuations in the press, Magu was being investigated over allegations of corruption and not being tried because a prima facie case had not yet been established against him.
That’s all for news recap this week. See you next week. Pax Vobiscum!