N585m fraud: “N30bn recovered by EFCC not mine” – Betta Edu

Betta Edu

The suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Betta Edu, has said the N30 billion recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), does not belong to her. Recall that on January 8, President Bola Tinubu suspended Edu following allegation of N585.2 million fraud. Tinubu also directed the EFCC “to conduct a thorough investigation into all aspects of the financial transaction” involving her ministry. However, the anti-graft agency disclosed that N30 billion has been recovered, while over 50 accounts were being investigated. In its bulletin titled “EFCC Alert,” the anti-graft Commission…

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Alleged Bribery: Kano court fixes April 17 for Ganduje, wife, son’s arraignment

Abdullahi Ganduje

A Kano State High Court has fixed April 17, 2024, for the arraignment of the immediate past governor of the State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, his wife, son, and five others, for alleged bribery. Ganduje and the others will be arraigned on eight counts bordering on a $413,000 bribery allegation, diversion, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N1.38bn, among others. Recall that it had earlier reported that the Federal High Court in Kano ruled that the Kano Public Compliant and Anti-Corruption Commission lacks the power to investigate Ganduje over…

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Edu, Shehu: EFCC recovers ₦30bn, probes 50 bank accounts

Edu, Shehu 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), says it has recovered N30 billion for the Federal Government, and is currently probing 50 bank accounts relating to the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, and the former CEO of the National Social Investment Programme Agency, (NSIPA), Halima Shehu. The Commission’s Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede,, who disclosed this yesterday, also revealed that progress was being made in the investigation, while highlighting the seriousness of the case and urged Nigerians to be patient. He said, “We have laws and…

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N585m Scandal: “I’m fighting corruption; my hands are clean” – Suspended Betta Edu claims

Suspended Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Minister, Betta Edu, says her hands are clean, and she is committed to fighting corruption amid uproar on her illegal request to wire funds into a private account. Ms. Edu made this statement in a Facebook post she addressed to N- Power beneficiaries. “Dear N-Power Beneficiaries, I want to assure you all to remain calm and steadfast amidst the recent accusations and suspension I am facing. My heart and hands are clean, and I am committed to fighting corruption,” Ms. Edu said. She added,…

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Alleged Corruption: Tinubu sacks NSIPA NC/CEO, Halima Shehu after 3 months in office

…Appoints Ondo-born Egbuwalo   President Bola Tinubu has relieved Halima Shehu of her job as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the National Coordinator of the National Social Investment Programme Agency, (NSIPA). VoL also learned that the President approved her suspension immediately and ordered an investigation into the activities of the multi-billion-naira federal government agency. It was gathered that the President has also approved Akindele Egbuwalo, the current National N-Power Programme Manager, as the acting National Coordinator NC and CEO pending the conclusion of the investigation. Her suspension is coming about…

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Tinubu’s anti-graft chief indicts Gambari, Zainab Ahmed for looting N17.3tr with Emefiele

President Bola Tinubu’s special investigator probing the books of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Jim Obazee, has accused Ibrahim Gambari and Zainab Ahmed of involvement in mismanaging over N17 trillion in public funds in connivance with Godwin Emefiele. The two officials, who served respectively as Chief of Staff and Finance Minister under former President Muhammadu Buhari, were blamed for a series of questionable use of ways and means instrument of the CBN that left the country unable to account for N17.3 trillion. “Stealing of public funds through advances to…

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‘Over 40% of high-ranking political positions in 3 Arms of Govt. tainted by corruption’— ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence Commission (ICPC) has raised alarm over the prevalence of corruption, asserting that 42% of high-ranking positions within the three arms of government and the private sector have been plagued by corruption between 2022 and 2023. Speaking at the validation meeting of the Nigeria Corruption Index (NCI) Survey in Abuja, the Provost of the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, Prof. Tunde Babawale, highlighted that the findings revealed a disturbingly high level of corruption across the Legislature, Judiciary, Executive arms of government, and the private…

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“Probe missing NNPC $15bn oil proceeds, N200bn for refinery repairs” – SERAP urges Tinubu 

President Bola Tinubu has been urged to probe the grim allegations that over US$15 billion of oil revenue, as well as the N200 billion budgeted to repair the NNPCL refineries, which have been reported as missing between 2020 and 2021.  Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) made the call yesterday, on the heels of a report by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, (NEITI).  SERAP urged Tinubu to “name and shame anyone suspected to be responsible for the missing and unaccounted for public funds, and to ensure their effective prosecution…

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Massive corruption rocks railways’ ticketing system – Report

…We lack capacity for E-payment’ – NRC As the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Railway Corporation, (NRC) was said to have generated about N5bn revenue from the Lagos-Ibadan train services in 2022, investigative report published has revealed that the number could have been much higher if the corporation had blocked all leakages, especially fraudulent ticket racketeering. According to the report, data gleaned from NRC showed that nothing has affected the dwindling revenue of the railway more than the internal sabotage of ticket racketeering. Earlier earmarked for completion by 2016, but it…

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Former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke charged to court over bribery – UK Police

Former OPEC President Diezani Alison-Madueke has been charged with bribery related to her time as the oil minister of Nigeria, according to the UK National Crime Agency, (NCA), yesterday. Alison-Madueke, who was in office from 2010 to 2015, was the first woman to be oil minister in Nigeria and the first female president of the global oil cartel OPEC. The head of the NCA’s international corruption unit, Andy Kelly, in a statement, said: “We suspect Diezani Alison-Madueke abused her power in Nigeria and accepted financial rewards for awarding multi-million-pound contracts”.…

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