FG LAUNCHES CENTRAL DATABASE FOR RECOVERED LOOTS – THISDAY PG.5 BLUE PRINT. PG.5, NEW TELEGRAPH PG.4, PILOT PG.5, AND VANGUARD PG.8
The federal government yesterday launched two tools – the Central Database on Recovered Asset and the Central Criminal Justice Information System (CCJIS) to enhance transparency in its fight against corruption in the country. The tools, offshoot of the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations, 2019 and the National Anti-Corruption Strategy,
were to give a bite to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s war against corruption by preventing the re-looting of recovered assets and win international collaboration towards checkmating illicit financial flow and other crimes.
GBAJABIAMILA SEEKS MEASURES TO DETER STEALING OF RECOVERED ASSETS – NATION PG.6 PUNCH PG.7, THISDAY PG.5, SUN PG.6,
House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has urged the Federal Government to adopt strict measures to prevent the stealing of recovered public assets by those in charge of them. Gbajabiamila spoke yesterday in Abuja at the launch of the Central Database under the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations (ATRM), 2019; and the Central Criminal Justice Information System (CCJIS), under the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2017 – 2021.
AGBAKOBA BACKS FG ON PROCEEDS OF CRIME ASSETS RECOVERY AGENCY – THISDAY PG.11
A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), yesterday praised the federal government on its decision to establish the Proceeds of Crime Assets Recovery Agency. Agbakoba said the agency would reduce the workload of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which, hitherto, handled that activity.
MONEY LAUNDERING: 13 RICH NIGERIANS UNDER PROBE – SUN PG.25
Less than two weeks after it froze accounts of 38 companies over foreign exchange(forex) infractions, the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) has again ordered banks to provide details of the domiciliary account statements of some high profile customers and other accounts linked to them through their Bank Verification Numbers. In a letter to all the banks referenced, ‘BSD/DIR/GEN/LAB/13/063, dated September 15, and titled ‘Request for Statement of Accounts’, signed for the Director of Banking Supervision, by Z. Marcus, the Deposit Money Banks were ordered to send details to five listed email addresses by the CBN after listing the names of 16 individuals in the letter. Some of the individuals recently had their company’s bank accounts frozen over forex infractions.
GOVS DIRECT STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL TO REVIEW WATER BILL – THISDAY PG.1&9, DAILY TRUST PG.8
Governors of the 36 states of the federation have called on their Attorneys General to review the controversial National Water Resources Bill before they would take a position on it. The governors have also resolved to play more active roles in the revival of the Nigerian economy and would schedule a meeting with state commissioners of finance, budget and planning.
SINGAPORE’S APPEAL COURT FREES NIGERIAN SUSPECT AFTER NINE YEARS – NATION PG.3
The Court of Appeal in Singapore has discharged and acquitted a Nigerian man on death row for drug trafficking, nearly a decade after he was arrested. The country’s apex court reversed itself and found Ilechukwu Uchechukwu Chukwudi not guilty, five years after the same court convicted him of the offence.
TRAFFICKED MINOR REUNITES WITH PARENTS – NATION PG.3
A six-year-old boy Marvelous Heness stolen by traffickers has been found and reunited with his parents in Abia State. The boy was stolen from his parents’ Port Harcourt, Rivers State home and was with his abductors for two months before he was rescued with the help of the Abia State government.
BUHARI SIGNS NIGERIA POLICE BILL INTO LAW – SUN PG.3
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigeria Police bill 2020 into law. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement said “the Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well organised Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources.”
ICPC QUIZZES AGENCY BOSS, THREE DIRECTORS -PUNCH PG.10, THISDAY PG.11
Four top officials of the Rural Electrification Agency on Thursday appeared before the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to defend themselves over allegation of abuse of procurement laws on four projects. Those who appeared before the commission, according to sources, are the Managing Director; Director, Procurement; Executive Director, Technical Services; and Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund.
P&ID AND ITS NIGERIAN CONSPIRATORS – THISDAY BP
Finally, the fog surrounding the fraudulent motivation behind the failed Gas Supply Processing Agreement (GSPA) between Nigeria and Process & Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) is being cleared gradually by a United Kingdom Commercial Court, which has established a prima facie case of fraud against P&ID. The Nigerian conspirators are being exposed and men who had long presented themselves as the epitome of civility and patriotism have been outed in court records in a foreign land and pronounced dishonest. They have become the shame of our country and the legal profession that for far too long has rewarded rent and cant with the nobility of its silk.
TEEN BLASPHEMY: WE CAN’T INTERVENE IN COURT CASES, KANO REPLIES UNICEF – DAILY TRUST PG.45
Kano state Attorney General and commissioner for Justice Musa Abdullahi Lawan said it is wrong for United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) to ask the state government to intervene in a court judgement that sentence a minor to 10 years in prison for alleged blasphemy. Unicef’s country representative in Nigeria Peter Hawkins had called on the Nigerian Government and the Kano State Government to urgently review the case with a view to reversing the sentence.
CONSTITUTION REVIEW: ABUJA NATIVES DEMAND FOR STATE, MORE SENATORIAL, FEDERAL CONSTITUENCIES – DAILY TRUST PG.10
The indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT Abuja) joined the league of other Nigerians Thursday seeking for alteration of provisions of the 1999 Constitution for specific demands. The indigenes, who came under the aegis of Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDA) submitted memorandum seeking for far reaching alteration of provisions of the Constitution for actualisation of their demands.