N423bn probe: “Prepare your defence”, Kaduna Assembly tells el-Rufa’i’s aides

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Kaduna State House of Assembly yesterday requested aides to the immediate-past governor of the State, Nasir el-Rufa’i to prepare towards defending themselves before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Commission, (ICPC), or court. The State Assembly expressed concern over the former political appointees’ futile attempt to ‘rubbish’ the probe report which indicted the former administration’s alleged mismanagement of N423bn State funds. Recall that el-Rufai’s former aides said that Sani’s administration has been drawing from the various foreign loans facilitated by the…

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Alleged N80.2bn fraud: EFCC uncovers Yahaya Bello’s plan to escape Nigeria

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…Immigration put him on watchlist The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has uncovered the plan of ex-Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, to leave Nigeria for Morocco via Cameroun amid the N80.2 billion fraud allegation against him. Recall that Bello, who is currently on the run, faces a 19-count charge, including allegations of money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of public funds amounting to about N80.2 billion. Despite denying the allegations, he has repeatedly failed to appear before Justice Emeka Nwite on scheduled dates. On Thursday, June 27, the defendant failed…

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Court orders ex-minister, Sadiyya Umar Farouk, to account for N729bn payment to poor Nigerians

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The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, in a landmark judgment, has ordered Ms. Sadia Umar-Farouk, former Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development to account for payments of N729bn to 24.3 million poor Nigerians for six months. The court also ordered the former minister to provide the list and details of the beneficiaries who received the payments, the number of states covered, and the payments per State. Recall that the judgment was delivered in June by Justice Deinde Isaac Dipeolu following a Freedom of Information suit brought…

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H/Reps. summon Minister over alleged diversion of N1.5bn

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The House of Representatives has launched a probe into the N1.5 billion meant for the payment of contractors, but allegedly diverted by principal officers of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs. The House Committee on Women Affairs commenced the probe in Abuja against the backdrop of petitions by contractors over non-payment of contracts executed. Chairman of the committee, Rep. Kafilat Ogbara, said that the ministry initiated new contracts not captured in the 2023 Budget and diverted N1.5 billion being funds for old contractors. She added that the ministry, while owing…

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Alleged N423bn corruption: Protesters besiege Kaduna Govt.House,demand arrest, prosecution of el-Rufa’i

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…Urge Gov. Uba Sani to involve EFCC Hundreds of demonstrators under the auspices of the Kaduna Citizens Watch for Good Governance, (KCWGG), yesterday descended upon the Government House in Kaduna demanding  for the arrest and investigation​ of former Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i. The protestors called on the current Governor, Uba Sani, to enlist the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other relevant agencies to address allegations of financial misconduct amounting to N423 billion during el-Rufa’i’s tenure. Chanting solidarity songs, the demonstrators carried placards with messages such as: “We will occupy all MDAs…

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“Kaduna Assembly yet to report ₦423bn misappropriation on el-Rufa’i” — EFCC, ICPC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC), have confirmed that they have not received any formal report or petition regarding the alleged ₦423 billion misappropriation by the administration of former Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i. Recall that the Kaduna State House of Assembly had previously established a 13-man panel chaired by Deputy Speaker, Henry Ɗanjuma, to investigate el-Rufa’i’s tenure. This followed claims by the current Governor, Uba Sani, about inheriting a significant debt burden that he detailed during a…

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​’How el-Rufa’i misused $758m loans, paid ₦11.8bn into private accounts” – Report

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A fresh report from the Kaduna State House of Assembly, sent to the State Government, has revealed how former governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i,‘s borrowing and spending spree left the State with a colossal debt burden. The final report of the Assembly’s Ad-hoc Committee set up to investigate the tenure of the ex-Governor accused the former governor of several corrupt practices. In the 175-page report submitted to Governor Uba Sani on Thursday, the lawmakers accuse the ex-governor of syphoning billions of Naira through proxy companies and individuals. Under “General findings on all…

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Suspended SPIP Chairman, Okoi Obono-Obla, alleges corruption during Buhari administration

Obono Obla

…Says Nigeria lost over $500bn Suspended Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, has dropped a bombshell on how key actors within former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration looted funds recovered from public officials and also blocked avenues to recover for government, property illegally acquired by high profile government officials. Obono-Obla revealed that $2 billion and 850 million gold bars were found in the home of a minister during the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration; brand new 87 armoured-plated Mercedes Benz S Class and…

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EFCC seeks new forfeiture order on $4.7m, ₦830m linked to ex-CBN Gov. Emefiele after court reversal

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After a Federal High Court in Lagos, presided over by Justice C.J. Aneke, had on May 14, 2024, vacated an interim forfeiture order sought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on monies domiciled in Nigerian banks and properties allegedly linked to Godwin Emefiele, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), on December 4, 2023, Nigeria’s anti-graft agency has approached another Federal High Court in Lagos to secure another interim forfeiture order on the same sums of $4,719,054, N830,875,611, and properties allegedly linked to Emefiele. Certified…

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EFCC files fresh charges against Emefiele over printing of Naira notes

Emefiele EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has brought a fresh four-count charge against Godwin Emefiele, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN). The charges, which include accusations of “illegal” printing of naira notes, will be heard by a judge at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, today, Wednesday. According to the charge sheet, the EFCC alleges that Emefiele “disobeyed the direction of law with intent to cause injury to the public” by approving the printing of naira notes without “strict approval” from former President Muhammadu…

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