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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has withdrawn the nomination of two board members of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission, ICPC, five days after they were nominated. The nominees withdrawn are Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu. And another, a former military governor of Ogun State, Sam Ewang may also suffer the same fate as past indictments of abuse of office have been dredged out. The two nominees were exposed in a damning report by ICIR(International Centre for Investigative Reporting), as being unfit for the job as they have corruption cases to answer. The ICIR report published last Friday was too detailed to be ignored by the government. It said while Alanamu is being investigated on corruption charges allegedly committed while he headed several institutions in Kwara State, Aliyu has a longstanding case of abuse of office, misappropriation and diversion of public funds against her. “In fact, the ICIR learnt on Friday that charges were already being prepared against her by the ICPC in preparation to taking her to court when her name was announced as a member of the new board of the commission. “Apart from the ICPC investigation, our investigations also show that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Police have investigated several corruption cases against Aliyu, a former Executive Director of the Aso Savings and Loans. “In fact, in May, a police investigative report indicted her and recommended her for prosecution. The investigative report dated May 31, 2017, and signed by Taiwo Oyewale, a Superintendent of Police, for the Deputy Commissioner of Police, IGP Monitoring Unit, said that Aliyu illegally converted to personal use a total of N58 million being proceeds of three plots of land belonging to her employers, Aso Savings and Loans. “Police investigations showed that as Executive Director, Marketing, Aliyu got approval to sell three of the bank’s landed properties in Abuja. The plots were offered for N19 million each. Aliyu is said to have sold the lands for N58 million but refused to hand over the money to the bank. “The police investigations commenced after Aso Savings and Loans wrote a petition in November 2016 alleging that Aliyu, who had by then retired from the bank for three years, had refused to hand over the proceeds of the land sold. “The same month, the bank also wrote a petition against her to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the EFCC and the ICPC “In one of the investigations, it was discovered that Aliyu actually sold the three plots of land entrusted to her by the bank at N40 million each (instead of N19 million) totalling N120 million and held on to every penny. “Apart from the N120 million allegedly misappropriated by her, the bank also lodged several complaints of abuse of office and conversion or diversion of its funds, totalling nearly N1 billion”. But in a series of tweets on Sunday, Laolu Akande, the spokesperson to Mr. Osinbajo, said government had decided to withdraw the nominations of the affected persons. “We are stepping down two of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission as this presents a conflict. “This case presents a peculiarity as we have confirmed that the agency in which they are to serve is indeed investigating the two of them. Akande said, “While existence of allegations or petitions against someone should’nt necessarily disqualify them from considerations for appointments, A basic check showed no court convictions against them. But when weighty petitions come up, this administration ‘ll always do the right thing.” Meanwhile, another publication has also called into question the eligibility of Sam Ewang, as a member of the board of the anti-graft agency. In an online publication, Mr. Sam Ewang, a retired Group Captain from the Nigerian Airforce, was indicted by a probe panel set up by the Chief Olusegun Osoba’s administration of embezzlement of N28million

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has withdrawn the nomination of two board members of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission, ICPC, five days after they were nominated. The nominees withdrawn are Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu. And another, a

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ECOWAS to set up solidarity fund to rebuild North East

Mr. Edward Singhatey, the Vice President, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission says that plans are on-going to establish a solidarity Fund for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the North-East. Singhatey made this known on Tuesday in Abuja

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FG appeals CCT acquittal of Saraki

The Federal Government has appealed a court ruling that acquitted the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of charges of corruption and false declaration of assets. The Court of Conduct Tribunal last week cleared the Senate President of 13-count charge of corruption

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MUSLIMS FAITHFUL PRAYI

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Monday said the appearance of the first astronomical lunar crescent for June 2017 will be recorded in Nigeria on June 25, 2017, between 6: 29p.m and 8:40 p.m., the Nations newspaper

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Tell Buhari to restructure Nigeria, Nwabueze urges Osinbajo

Revered lawyer and elder statesman, Prof . Ben Nwabueze (SAN ), has advised acting President Yemi Osinbajo to appeal to his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, to embrace fiscal federalism and regionalism. Nwabueze said this during the public presentation of his

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Shut up or I expose your wife, Amaechi threatens Wike

The Minister of Transportation , Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday verbally attacked his successor , Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State , and threatened to expose the governor ’s wife “ if he (Wike) does not shut up his mouth. ”

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FG donates N35m sports equipment to Katsina primary schools

The National Lottery Commission in conjunction with National Lottery Trust Fund on Tuesday donated sports equipment worth N35 million 60 primary schools in Katsina State. The sporting facilities purchased by the government are football, volleyball, lawn tennis, basketball, athletics, badminton,

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Economy sinks deeper into recession

Goods and services produced in Nigeria between July and September 2016 have dropped lower as the nation grapples with economic slow down. Companies and other economic agents in the country are producing far below their capacities as Nigeria’s economic slump

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Govt alone can’t bring about needed development — Ekweremadu

DEPUTY Senate, President Ike Ekweremadu, has stressed the need for well- meaning Nigerians to support in the provision of social amenities, saying government alone could not engender development. According to him, it has become imperative for individuals to assist government

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Buhari signs 8 Bills into law

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assented to 8 bills passed by the National Assembly into law. His special adviser on National Assembly matters (senate), senator Ita Enang made the disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents at the presidential villa, Abuja.

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Federation account: FG recovers N4.2bn from collecting banks

The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) yesterday said it had recovered N4.2 billion in remittances from collecting banks into the federation account. Mr Shettima Gana, the commission’s acting Chairman, said this while inducting the lead consultants and other

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APC denies executive, legislative rift over ambassadorial list rejection

Following last Tuesday’s decision of the Senate to reject the non-career ambassadorial list sent to it by the Presidency, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied reports of a face-off between the lawmakers and President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement

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Senate commences work on Buhari’s plan to fund NYSC, Amnesty

The Senate has commenced work on President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid to remove N180.83 billion from the 2016 budget to fund the Amnesty and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programmes. The Senate, on Wednesday in Abuja, directed its committees on

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Baru Pledges Support for Nigerian Gas Association

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru on Thursday pledged the support of the NNPC to help the Nigerian Gas Association achieve its objectives of ensuring that the country derives maximum benefit from its

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ASUU: LASU, ATBU join strike

Lecturers of the Lagos State University (LASU) on Wednesday complied with the one-week nationwide warning strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). This is even as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of the Abubakar

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NNPC, Police Pledge Collaboration to Curb Attacks on Oil and Gas Facilities

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have pledged towork more closely together to tackle the incessant attacks on oil and gas facilities across the country. The two agencies made this commitment on Wednesday when

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INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR THE SELECTION OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT TO ORGANISE THE NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL OIL AND GAS SUMMIT (NIOGS), ABUJA NIGERIA

  FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES (MPR) IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)     INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR THE SELECTION OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT TO ORGANISE THE NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL OIL

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Niger Delta militants frustrating government’s dialogue option – Presidency

The Presidency has regretted that despite the Federal Government’s good faith in pursuing dialogue with the Niger Delta stakeholders, the militant groups have not reciprocated the government’s good gesture in finding peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis in the oil-producing

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NNPC DISMISSES PURPORTED PLAN TO HIKE PUMP PRICE OF PETROL

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it is not empowered statutorily to tinker with the pricing template of petroleum products as erroneously reported in some national dailies. In a press statement on Monday, NNPC stated that the price

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Buhari, Jonathan, Jega meet in Abuja tomorrow

Perhaps for the first time, President Muhammadu Buhari and the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, will meet under one roof after the election midwife by Jega. The point of convergence of the trio

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