EFCC: FOUR GROUPS WRITE BUHARI, SAY MAGU CAN’T GET JUSTICE FROM SALAMI PANEL – NATION PG.6, THISDAY PG.12
Suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu cannot get justice before the commission of inquiry probing the activities of the anti-graft agency, a Nigerian-based anti-corruption group – Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) – and its three international partners said in a letter to President Muhammadu.
Citing the conduct of the panel, the group said it has become obvious that Magu cannot get fair hearing from the Justice Isa Ayo Salami-led panel.
UNITE AGAINST CORRUPTION, ICPC TELLS NIGERIANS – DAILY TRUST PG.4
The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has called for national unity in the fight against corruption and other sharp practices in the country. Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye made the call during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) led by its Managing Director, Mr Buki Ponle, to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
ICPC DECRIES NIGERIA’S LOSS TO ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS – DAILY TRUST PG.46
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), says Nigeria is losing about 60 per cent of its financial income to illicit financial flows. Owasanoye said this when a delegation of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) led by its Managing Director, Mr Buki Ponle, visited the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
FALANA APPEALS TO JUDGES, MAGISTRATES TO VISIT POLICE STATIONS, DETENTION CENTRES – THISDAY PG.11, PUNCH PG.11
Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, has appealed to judges and chief magistrates to conduct monthly inspection of all police stations and other detention facilities in the country with a view to releasing detainees. Falana equally called on the members of the human rights community, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to assign their accredited representatives to accompany the judges and chief magistrates during the monthly inspection of police stations and other detention facilities in Nigeria.
#ENDSARS: I WAS A VICTIM OF POLICE BRUTALITY IN 2014 –FAYEMI – PUNCH PG.14, DAILY TRUST PG.6, SUN PG.5, THISDAY PG.11
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi said on Sunday that he was a victim of police brutality even as a governor while seeking re-election in 2014. Fayemi, who said the #EndSARS protest embarked upon by the younger ones was a noble cause, which was believed would help the police to focus, said that there was a need for the governments to partner the youth for sustainable peace and development.
STOP TREATING #ENDSARS PROTESTERS AS TERRORISTS — AFENIFERE, OHANAEZE – SUN PG.8
Apex Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere; umbrella Igbo group, Ohanaeze; Middle Belt Forum and other prominent Nigerians, yesterday, demanded that the Federal Government stop treating promoters of #EndSARS protest as terrorists, warning that the continued crackdown on the protesters could spark off an uprising that would be more devastating and difficult to contain. They also flayed the Federal Government’s failure to identify and freeze accounts of sponsors of Boko Haram and other terrorists groups while finding it easy to go after the finances of peaceful EndSARS promoters.
BAKARE CONDEMNS FREEZING OF #ENDSARS PROMOTERS’ ACCOUNTS – NATION PG.8, DAILY TRUST PG.6, THISDAY PG.11, PUNCH PG.14
Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has faulted the freezing of the accounts of #EndSARS promoters. In a special service on Sunday in Lagos at the church, formerly called Latter Rain Assembly, Bakare said every policy against #EndSARS promoters and protesters is unacceptable for the peace and progress of the nation.
SULE SUSPENDS 62 NASARAWA DIRECTORS OVER ALLEGED N600M SCAM – PUNCH PG.11
No fewer than 62 Director of Personnel Management and Directors of Finance across the 13 local government areas and 18 council development areas of Nasarawa State have been directed to embark on a three-month suspension for allegedly inflating the salary package of local government workers in the state by N600m. The suspension came after a committee set up by Governor Abdullahi Sule indicted the directors.
NIGERIA’S CONSTITUTION NEEDS REPLACEMENT, NOT AMENDMENT – OLANIPEKUN – PUNCH PG.41, THISDAY PG.12
Legal icon, Chief Wole Olanipekun, has disagreed with calls in some quarters for the amendment to the country’s constitution with a view to have a new Nigeria. Olanipekun said rather, what the constitution needed was “a total overhaul, a redrafting, a re-crafting and a total replacement, starting from the preamble to the definition schedule”.
GROUPS ALLEGE PLOT TO DIVERT NDDC FUNDS WITH EFCC – PUNCH PG.41
Concerned groups in the Niger Delta region have alleged a plot to divert revenues of the Niger Delta Development Commission presently in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The revenues running into millions of dollars were reportedly remitted by International Oil Companies to the EFCC for the past six months following directive by the Federal Government to stop remitting directly to NDDC until the ongoing investigation of the financial affairs of its Interim Management Committee was over.