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  •  The Economic Financial Crime Commission EFCC has expressed worry over the declining number of whistleblowers across the country inspite rewards offered to informants Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa Chairman of the Commission made the assertion on Thursday in Awka at a meeting on strengthening the capacity of stakeholders on whistleblowing policy organised by the African Centre for hellip
    Corruption: EFCC expresses worry over declining number of whistleblowers
     The Economic Financial Crime Commission EFCC has expressed worry over the declining number of whistleblowers across the country inspite rewards offered to informants Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa Chairman of the Commission made the assertion on Thursday in Awka at a meeting on strengthening the capacity of stakeholders on whistleblowing policy organised by the African Centre for hellip
    Corruption: EFCC expresses worry over declining number of whistleblowers
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    Corruption: EFCC expresses worry over declining number of whistleblowers

    The Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has expressed worry over the declining number of whistleblowers across the country inspite rewards offered to informants.

    Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the Commission, made the assertion on Thursday in Awka at a meeting on strengthening the capacity of stakeholders on whistleblowing policy, organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, (AFRICMIL).

    The programme, which was supported by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with Anambra Civil Society Network (ACSONET), had the theme “Role of Community-Based Organisations in Entrenching Whistleblowing Policy at the Grassroots^.

    Bawa, who was represented by Mr Oshodi Johnson, Enugu Zonal Commander, EFCC, said  the whistleblowing policy had helped the agency to recover huge stolen public funds across the country.

    He, however, lamented that some challenges were undermining the policy’s effectiveness in the country.

    According to him, ignorance of the legal and administrative frameworks of the policy as well as difficulties and bureaucratic processes for claiming the advertised incentives, are some of the challenges.

    “It is also not impossible that the few false informants or whistleblowers who were prosecuted for wanting to turn a serious programme to memes, unnerved some other would-be informants.

    “Whatever the challenges are, it is imperative that there is fresh awakening to sustain the flow of critical intelligence to Nigerian law enforcement agencies, ” he said.

    Bawa said that the Commission was committed to the success of the whistleblowing policy, saying it was a critical peg of Federal Government’s anti-corruption framework.

    He promised to partner with AFRICMIL and other community-based groups in strengthening their capacities to identify and quickly report suspected cases of corruption in their communities.

    Also speaking, Mr Kennedy Ebhotemen, Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner at the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Enugu, said that corruption thrived in secrecy.

    He urged the public to speak out by reporting any act of corruption or unethical practices to anti-graft agencies.

    In his remarks, Mr Chris Azor, Chairman, ACSONET, urged EFCC and ICPC to establish their offices in Anambra state to aid easy access to Whistle-blowers.

    Earlier, Dr Chido Onumah,
    Coordinator, AFRICMIL, said that whistleblowing policy had proved to be the most direct method of exposing corrupt acts.

    Onumah, who was represented by Mr Kolawole Ogunbiyi, Programmes Manger, identified early detection and exposure of mismanagement of public fund, bribery, fraud, theft of public funds and other illicit acts as effective strategy in the fight against corruption.

    He said: “We all are aware that corruption thrives in multiple forms in our communities, but most visibly in the misappropriation of funds and abandonment of projects that could bring development and meaningfully turn around the lives of the people.

    “We are both morally and legally bound as citizens not to keep silent about any act of corruption or wrongdoing whenever we see one”.


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  •  The Human and Environmental Development Agenda HEDA Resource Centre has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN Justice Tanko Muhammad This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman HEDA Mr Olanrewaju Suraju on Wednesday in Lagos Suraju hellip
    HEDA petitions ICPC over allegations against ex-CJN
     The Human and Environmental Development Agenda HEDA Resource Centre has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN Justice Tanko Muhammad This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman HEDA Mr Olanrewaju Suraju on Wednesday in Lagos Suraju hellip
    HEDA petitions ICPC over allegations against ex-CJN
    Environment7 days ago

    HEDA petitions ICPC over allegations against ex-CJN

    The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the allegations against the immediate past Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman, HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, on Wednesday in Lagos.

    Suraju, in a letter to the Chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, urged the commission to stand tall over the allegations of corruption, maladministration and incompetence levelled against Muhammad.

    “As a leading anti-corruption organisation in Nigeria and non-partisan human rights and development league, we call on the ICPC to commence investigation into the budgetary allocation, utilisation and development process of the judiciary with a view to sanitisation of that critical arm of government,” he said.

    Suraju said it was widely reported that the immediate past CJN responded to the allegations brought against him by 14 Justices on the aforementioned allegations.

    “It is unarguable that the judiciary is the last hope of the helpless and its judges are only meant to be heard and not seen.

    “However, these allegations made by fellow Justices of the apex court against the CJN cannot be overlooked as it is weighty and must be diligently investigated by the commission in order to protect that vital institution.

    “If the Supreme Court of Nigeria is infested with corrupt persons, then our democracy is doomed, ICPC and others relevant bodies should rise and act fast to redeem the temple of justice from possible collapse,” HEDA said.


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  •  A traditional ruler in Osun the Olowu of Kuta Oba Hammed Makama has warned against the campaign of calumny against the former Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai Oba Makama while addressing a news conference on Tuesday in his palace in Kuta town said that a smear campaign against Buratai that huge cash and hellip
    Stop malicious campaign against Buratai, traditional ruler warns critics
     A traditional ruler in Osun the Olowu of Kuta Oba Hammed Makama has warned against the campaign of calumny against the former Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai Oba Makama while addressing a news conference on Tuesday in his palace in Kuta town said that a smear campaign against Buratai that huge cash and hellip
    Stop malicious campaign against Buratai, traditional ruler warns critics
    General news1 week ago

    Stop malicious campaign against Buratai, traditional ruler warns critics

    A traditional ruler in Osun, the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Makama, has warned against the campaign of calumny against the former Army Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.Oba Makama, while addressing a news conference on Tuesday in his palace in Kuta town, said that a smear campaign against Buratai, that huge cash and other luxury items were recovered from his Abuja residence by ICPC, was malicious.The traditional ruler said though the ICPC official statement had confirmed that Buratai had no link with the property, it was necessary to correct the misinformation in the public domain.” After several unsuccessful attempts to get him removed, attempts to get him removed before his time, they have now begun to run a smear campaign against him.They are doing this “by ascribing the ownership of a house in Wuse, Abuja, where operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices raided and recovered huge cash and other luxury items to him”.” The misinforming reports, I stand to confirm, are purely malicious and another fabricated tale published to tarnish Buratai’s brilliant image.” But this has failed because the ICPC’s official public statement has confirmed that Buratai has no link with the said property or the cash and other items found in the building,” he said.The traditional ruler said that credible information had it that several faceless NGOs had been paid to embark on a campaign of calumny and destruction against Buratai.” I make bold to say that Ambassador Buratai remains a man of immense honor.Therefore, he needs the support of all well-meaning Nigerians to succeed in his current assignment, notwithstanding the avoidable distractions.” Ambassador Buratai has and still serving Nigeria without any blemish despite the unwarranted attacks, having chosen to serve without bias, which is fetching him a recommendation,” he said.Oba Makama, however, called on Nigerians to support Buratai in his new assignment as an Ambassador, rather than joining in the ‘pull him down’ antics against his honor and dignity.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB on Tuesday sought the support of security agencies in its bid to enforce the Nigerian Content Act in the oil and gas industry Executive Secretary NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote made the appeal at a Nigerian Content Sensitisation programme for law enforcement agencies at the NCDMB Towers Yenagoa hellip
    NCDMB seeks collaboration of security agencies to enforce Nigerian Content Law
     The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB on Tuesday sought the support of security agencies in its bid to enforce the Nigerian Content Act in the oil and gas industry Executive Secretary NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote made the appeal at a Nigerian Content Sensitisation programme for law enforcement agencies at the NCDMB Towers Yenagoa hellip
    NCDMB seeks collaboration of security agencies to enforce Nigerian Content Law
    General news1 week ago

    NCDMB seeks collaboration of security agencies to enforce Nigerian Content Law

    The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Tuesday sought the support of security agencies in its bid to enforce the Nigerian Content Act in the oil and gas industry.

    Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, made the appeal at a Nigerian Content Sensitisation programme for law enforcement agencies at the NCDMB Towers, Yenagoa.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme has the theme “Deploying Multi-Institutional approach to Nigerian Content Enforcement in the Oil and Gas industry.

    The event was attended by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC).

    The Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, the Department of State Services, DSS, the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, among others.

    According to Wabote, the board is already working with immigration service on expatriate quota system.

    He explained that it was pertinent for all security agencies to understand their roles in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGICD), to foster collaboration and effective implemetation.

    He said that building collaboration with institutions was one of the mandates of the Board, adding that the EFCC, ICPC, and others had statutory roles in enforcement of the NOGICD Act.

    He said: “I think the two most important significant one is to  enlighten stakeholders on what we do.

    “How we do it and the results we have been able to achieve.

    “The second is giving the participants the law enforcement agent.

    “As you can see it is also to highlight to them the roles to play that they are required to play (because) intervention is needed.

    “In order to help us prepare the provision of the Act, we have Customs, EFCC, ICPC, DSS. These are all law agents that all have roles to play as we implement the Act, so those are the significance of the workshop.

    “For example EFCC law provides for people complying with laws and laws are laws and if there is a breach, you need the authority to help you  go after these people, so that is part of the law that most of them maybe DSS, ICPC as the case maybe.

    “Expatriate quota, we don’t give quotas but we endorse in accordance with the law; we approve requests from the oil and gas industry.

    “People like immigration we work with them to ensure that the expatriates that we give approval to are those that are needed, and we go through the biometric process to ensure that we monitor those that were approved.

    “Custom to this role again, there are certain items that are banned from the oil and gas industry that we cannot import.

    “So, we work hand in hand to ensure that if those items are brought into the country, they are impounded to ensure the implementation of the Act and we need to collaborate with them to  be successful with what we do,” he said.

    The Head of NCDMB Legal Services, Mr Naboth Onyesoh, said the “Essence of the workshop is to assure and ensure that they are able to bring in relevant stakeholders to support in local content implementation and enforcement.

    He said the idea was that local content was like a “big load” which no single entity can carry.

    He said local content was a national economic agenda geared towards employment, creating industrialisation, ensuring capital  retention in the country and so many activities revolving around the oil and gas industry.

    He said: “We know oil and gas remains the mainstay of our economy, so it is important that other agencies that are connected with economic activities understand what the mandates of the board are and where they can support to ensure compliance with relevant requirements.

    “With the oil and gas industry, that is the very essence of bringing in the relevant law enforcement agencies so that they will be able to partner with the board and collaborate to achieve collective impact in local content in the oil and gas industry.”

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  •  The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC has called for stronger collaboration with the ICPC on implementation of the National Anti Corruption Strategy NACS in the corporation A statement by Mr Bashir Nuhu the Director Communication and Public Affairs Department of the Corporation said Mrs Ronke Sokefun the Chairman of the Corporation s Board said this in Abuja hellip
    NDIC seeks collaboration with ICPC on anti-corruption strategy
     The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC has called for stronger collaboration with the ICPC on implementation of the National Anti Corruption Strategy NACS in the corporation A statement by Mr Bashir Nuhu the Director Communication and Public Affairs Department of the Corporation said Mrs Ronke Sokefun the Chairman of the Corporation s Board said this in Abuja hellip
    NDIC seeks collaboration with ICPC on anti-corruption strategy
    Economy1 week ago

    NDIC seeks collaboration with ICPC on anti-corruption strategy

    The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), has called for stronger collaboration with the ICPC on implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) in the corporation.

    A statement by Mr Bashir Nuhu, the Director, Communication and Public Affairs Department of the Corporation, said Mrs Ronke Sokefun, the Chairman of the Corporation’s Board said this in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Sokefun said at a sensitisation seminar for Board members and management of the Corporation, that the drive toward deepening anti-corruption practices in the Corporation informed the invitation of the NACS secretariat to host the seminar.

    She said the collaboration through effective sensitisation on the NACS, particularly the National Ethics and Integrity Policy and the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, would enhance the ownership of the anti-corruption campaign in government agencies.

    Sokefun said the board and management of the Corporation had always strived to uphold the core values of integrity and professionalism in the discharge of the NDIC mandate.

    She said that it was a welcome development to learn new and better ways of enhancing the anti-corruption mantra through the NACS.

    The chairman stressed the total commitment of the board and management of NDIC to sound corporate governance.

    Nuhu also quoted Mr Bello Hassan, the Corporation’s Managing Director, as lauding the sensitisation initiative of NACS.

    Bello was represented by the Executive Director (Operations), Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim.

    Mr John Ode, the Deputy Director, Public Institutions Ethics and Values of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), said the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACTU) of the NDIC was the most active among other public institutions.

    He charged the Corporation to further imprint its anti-corruption campaign messages on all its communication channels as a way of reinforcing the conduct of staff.

    Ode said the collaboration with NACS and emergence of NDIC as overall best agency in the 2021 ICPC Ethics and Integrity Scorecard among over 300 public institutions was testaments to the Corporation’s commitment to mainstreaming anti-corruption policies and practices in its operations.

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