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Corruption: EFCC declares plan to investigate Nigeria’s SDG offices, request crucial documents

  • The government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals will soon be under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
  • An emerging report confirms that the EFCC has requested crucial documents to aid the investigation
  • It is believed that the investigation will be bordering on money laundering, fraud and abuse of office

Government offices saddled with the responsibility of actualizing and driving the course of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

As reported by Premium Times, the EFCC sent a letter of inquiry to the SDGs office dated Monday, October 17, to commence the routine process of the investigation.

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The EFCC in a letter sent to the SDG office requested a series of documents to commence investigation. Photo: EFCC

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The letter of inquiry, signed by Ahmed Ghali of EFCC’s Lagos Zonal Command, revealed that the investigation would be conducted on issues bordering on money laundering, fraud and abuse of office perpetrated by SDG officials.

Reacting to the position of the EFCC, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said the activities of the anti-graft agency were normal while noting that the commission’s letter only interprets a routinary inter-agency communication and not crime investigation.

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As contained in the EFCC letter titled, ‘Investigation Activities: Request for information, six companies alleged to have executed contracts under the umbrella of the SDGs office between 2017 and 2020 were stipulated in the letter.

These companies were, namely, Nurla Consulting Serv. Ltd, Value Builders Nig. Ltd, Metrics Integrated Solar Service, Jacodi Nigeria Limited, Hisense Technology Ltd, and Prismvisa Contr. Nig. Ltd.

What EFCC is demanding for investigation

As contained in the letter, the EFCC reeled out a couple of items needed to commence the investigation, ranging from documents of contracts awarded within the said time frame.

Similarly, the SDGs office was urged to provide certificates of the completion of projects, payment vouchers, and soft copies of the detailed document of the contracts awarded to companies.

To back its request, the EFCC said the exercise was in line with the statutory provisions of the law, which can be seen in sections 38(1) and (2) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishments) Act, 2004 and Section 24 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2022 as amended.

Meanwhile, Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC’s spokesperson, did not respond to calls and texts sent to his known phone number.

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2023: End of Tinubu’s certificate talk as PDP chieftain finally releases letter sent to him by Chicago State University

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Reno Omokri Shares Letter Chicago State University Sent Him after Asking if Tinubu Attended School

Reno Omokri, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again commented on the certificate saga of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Omokri, the former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, declared that Tinubu attended the Chicago State University, contrary to claims on social media.

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Reno Omokri Shares Letter Chicago State University Sent Him after Asking if Tinubu Attended School. Photo credit: @renoomokri

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The PDP chieftain had earlier said he was convinced Tinubu attended the American university after investigating the claim that the former Lagos governor lied about graduating from the school.

He said he “believed the lie” that Tinubu did not attend the school and “wasted $4000 plus flying to Chicago to investigate in person!”

As the issue refused to die down, Omokri again on Monday, November 28, shared the copy of a letter the university allegedly sent to him to confirm Tinubu graduated from the varsity.

“Dear Nigerians,

“Thanks all for your feedbacks. To those who feel the letter is fake, you may also either travel to @ChicagoState University, or contact them via their contact details which I hereby provide again (email CSU-Registrar@csu.edu. Phone +17739952000),” Omokri tweeted as he shared the letter.

Tinubu certificate: Chigaco State University Letter shared by Omokri

The letter, dated June 7, 2022, allegedly sent by the Chicago State University to Omokri read:

“To Whom It May Concern:

“Please be advised that Bola A. Tinubu attended Chicago State University from August 1977 through June 1979. He majored in accounting and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Honors on June 22, 1979.

“Sincerely,

“Office of the Registrar”

Chicago State University letter: Nigerians react

Rufai Oseni, an Arise TV journalist, said:

“Reno claims he visited Chicago state University on the 19th of September, and the document he presented is dated 27th of June.Can he kindly explain further?”

Jude Udoh, @TuShots, said:

“The next thing to do now is request the full name behind the Abbreviated letter “A”. I think that will go a long way to solve the problem.”

Engr. Kingsley, @_realkingsley, tweeted:

“How did Reno went from supporting Atiku to defending Tinubu, going all the way to Chicago State University just to snap with sign board. Seems Atiku did him dirty in US the other day. He is shameless sha.”

Michael Zucci. , @MichaelOkwegba, said:

“Rufai and Reno are doing the Lord’s work. If you feel Tinubu didn’t attend Chicago State University, send an email or call the phone number to confirm. Over flogging a stale and dead issue is embarrassing. Alternatively, go to Chicago like Reno did. Stop being mischievous.”

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Atiku in trouble as another influential chieftain dumps PDP, defects to APC in key northern state

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2023 Elections: Another Popular PDP Chieftain Dumps Party, Joins APC in Key Northern State

  • The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost another strong chieftain, Alhaji Haladu Mohammed, to the APC in Yobe state
  • Mohammed was formally received into the ruling party by the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, ahead of the 2023 elections
  • Before the latest defection, the PDP had also lost Alhaji Abbagana Tata, a former chairman and governorship aspirant of the party, to the APC

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Yobe state – A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Haladu Mohammed, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The former PDP chieftain was received into the APC fold by the Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni, according to a statement by Mamman Mohammed, his media aide.

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Governor Mai Mala Buni received PDP chieftain Alh. Haladu Mohammed into APC in Yobe state. Photo credit: Alhaji Umar Ibrahim Kalli

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Defections hit PDP ahead of 2023 elections

Legit.ng gathers that the PDP had earlier lost Alhaji Abbagana Tata, a former chairman and governorship aspirant of the party, and Hajiya Masafaram, the strong woman of Yobe North politics.

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They defected along with thousands of their supporters to the APC.

Tata and Masafaram had been loyal members of the PDP for 23 years but joined APC to support Governor Mai Mala Buni’s administration in the task of building the state.

Daily Independent also reported that some of the remaining members of the PDP in the state have also indicated an interest in moving into the APC.

“We are making some few consultations, l assure you we will also join APC very soon,” an anonymous PDP member was quoted as saying.

2023 elections: Governor Tambuwal’s Special Adviser, PDP chieftain defect to APC

In a similar development, Bello Malami, a special adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, dumped the PDP for the APC ahead of the 2023 general election.

Malami, who was in charge of the Marshall, the state-owned security outfit, explained that he joined APC because of the way it was gaining acceptance in the state, Daily Trust reported.

He was received into the APC fold by the party’s leader in the state and senator representing Sokoto-North Senatorial zone, Aliyu Magatakarda, Wamakko and the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, at the former’s residence at Gawon Nama on Saturday, November 26.

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Police finally open up about arrest of student who said Aisha Buhari ‘ate poor people’s money’

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Police Speak on Arrest of Student Who Said Aisha Buhari ‘Ate Poor People’s Money’

  • The Jigawa state police command has said it is not aware of the arrest of Aminu Azare, a student of the Federal University, Dutse
  • Azare was reportedly arrested over a tweet accusing the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, of “eating poor people’s money”
  • Meanwhile, the parents of the students have appealed to the first lady to forgive and release their son

Jigawa – The Jigawa state police command has said it has no hand in the arrest of a 500-level student of the Federal University, Dutse.

The student, identified as Aminu Azare, was reportedly arrested for posting a tweet accusing the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, of “eating poor people’s money”.

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The Jigawa state police command said it was not involved in the reported arrest of Aminu Azare over his anti-Aisha Buhari comment. Photo credits: Baba Azare, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari

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The tweet, which was written in Hausa and accompanied by a photo of the first lady, read in English:

“Mama has eaten poor people’s money and is now full.”

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The student was reported to have been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), a development that led to a backlash from Nigerians on social media.

While DSS has not reacted, other media reports also claimed the police arrested Azare.

Aminu Azare’s arrest: I was not aware, says Jigawa police spokesman

The Punch reported that the Jigawa police spokesman, DSP Lawan Shiisu, said he was not aware of the arrest.

“We didn’t make the arrest. An arrest cannot be made in my area without me being informed,” he was quoted as saying.

Aminu Azare’s arrest: Nigerians react

Segun Banton Oguntuyi said on Facebook:

“But they said all sorts of things about Patience Jonathan. We will never have a more tolerable first family like the Good Lucks.”

Adam Ahmad Mohammad said:

“God bless Mama patience and her humble husband Good luck Jonathan. We missed them.”

Tinu Faboya said:

“It’s a dangerous situation for the boy if even the police deny knowing his whereabouts! Urgent action please to see the boy released to his parents. People in public domain should have thick skin as concerns criticism.”

Agness Musa Jacob said:

“Such things are normal with politics…God bless Patience Jonathan for her level of tolerance.”

Felix Kalu said:

“Patience Jonathan is still the best 1st lady ever in the history of Nigeria.”

Parents of student arrested for saying Aisha Buhari ‘ate poor people’s money’ beg for forgiveness

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the parents of Azare, called on the first lady to forgive and release their son.

The uncle of the arrested student, Shehu Baba-Azare, reportedly said the family was pleading with the president’s wife to forgive their son.

He said the family had no knowledge of the arrest until five days later when their son’s colleague told them he had not been seen for days. The uncle said further that the family had been thrown into a state of confusion with their son’s arrest.

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