Former FCT Minister, Mohammed, remanded in Kuje Prisions

Former FCT Minister Bala Mohammed has been remanded in Kuje Prisons by an Abuja High Court, which is hearing a suit brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) bordering on fraud and gratification. The EFCC has accused the former minister of receiving N550million and other forms of gratification while he was minister of the federal capital. He is also accused of failing to declare properties belonging to him. Mohammed pleaded not guilty to the charge. After taking his plea, the application for bail was heard and…

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NSA probes N15bn recovery

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Mohammed Monguno (rtd), has begun an investigation into the recovery of about N15 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is as President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to submit a report on the recovery. The EFCC had, last week Wednesday, recovered $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million totalling about N15 billion from a private apartment at the Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. New Telegraph was informed…

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Karamajiji: A forgotten beggars’ colony

Some years ago, the then Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nasir el-Rufai considered beggars a nuisance on the streets of Abuja and decided to forcefully evacuate them to a “special location”. The idea was to give Abuja, the Capital City, a facelift. However, many years after, the vision appears to have been derailed. CALEB ONWE reports     Karamajiji, a sprawling ghetto is home to both Gwari aborigines and other tribes, especially, low income earners. It is hidden right behind the National Military Cemetery, a few metres…

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New chair for Trustfund

The Acting Managing Director/ Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Mr. Ismail Mohammed Agaka, has been appointed as the chairman, Board of Directors of Trustfund Pensions Limited. Until his appointment as the acting managing director/ chief executive NSITF last February, he was the pioneer general manager, social security development department from September 2015. The new chairman obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in international studies from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1983 and a diploma in social security financing from the International Training Centre of…

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Fawehinmi: Why Senate can’t compel FG to sack Magu

Mohammed Fawehinmi, scion of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi law dynasty in this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, speaks on the Senate, Presidency’s face-off, rejection of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, former Adamawa state’s governor, Bala Ngilari’s post-conviction bail, democratization of SAN award and sundry issues     There seems to be a crack in the Senate, Presidency relationship over the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu’s rejection as the agency’s czar by the Senate. What does this portend…

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Building insurance gains traction from regulators, lawmakers

With regulators and lawmakers putting modalities in place to fully implement building insurance in the country, victims of subsequent disasters are set to get paid for losses. Sunday Ojeme reports     Effort by the Federal Government to ensure Nigerians embrace all aspects of Compulsory Insurances is gaining strength following insurance regulators and lawmakers’ synergy on public building insurance. The latest determination, which began two weeks ago with a meeting between the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Nigerian Insurers’ Association (NIA) and Federal Fire Service, was given another traction last week…

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Treasury looters bury funds in cemeteries – FG

  The Federal Government has praised its whistle-blower policy, and said it has led to discovery of funds hidden in deep forests and burial grounds. In a statement Sunday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, government, however, observed that it not necessarily the monetary reward but the patriotism of Nigerians that has led to the successes recorded in the recovery of looted funds through the whistle-blower policy. “Since we launched the whistle-blower policy, we have received immeasurable support from Nigerians. “Yes, there is monetary reward for…

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