Latest news in nigeria today (March 15, 2017 archive)

NASS-NCS Impasse: NCS Suspends Motor Duty Payment

Following the unnecessary tension generated as a result of misconception and misrepresentation of the Nigeria Customs Service planned motor duty payment, the leadership of the National Assembly and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) met with a view to resolving the impasse.

They both agreed that the proposed motor duty payment, though in line with the provision of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C.45, LFN 2004 should be put on hold while the Senate Committee on Customs & Excise interfaces with the NCS for further discussions.

While payment of duty on vehicles or indeed any dutiable imported item remains a civic responsibility of every patriotic Nigerian, NCS Management has directed that the exercise be put on hold while expressing readiness to engage the Senate Committee on further discussions to bring them on board to understand the importance of the exercise to national security and economy.

EFCC Intercepts N49m at Kaduna Airport

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna zonal office, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 intercepted a sum of N49million in five large black 150kg colored BUHU sacks following a tip off.

During a routine baggage screening, five sacks were sighted unattended and without tags containing fresh bulk items suspected to be money.

Upon examination, the bags were found to contain fresh crispy naira notes of N200 denomination in 20 bundles totaling forty million naira and N50 denomination in 180 bundles totaling nine million naira with seal purportedly emanating from the Nigeria Security and Minting Plc (NSPM) as seen in the labeled sealed packs.

Investigation into the case is in top gear to unravel the culprits behind the attempted illegal movement of the cash.


The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, has approved the release of the promotion of Rank and File who are due for promotion to their next rank.

The promotion is part of on-going measures in the Force geared towards boosting the morale of Police personnel towards effective and efficient service delivery.

The promotion is based on merit, seniority, commitment and dedication to duty. The breakdown of the promotion is as follows:

i. Sergeants to the rank of Inspectors 7,628,

ii. Corporals to the rank of Sergeants 20, 667

iii. Police Constables (PC) to the rank of Corporals (CPL) 332.

ICPC Arraigns Ex-banker over N78.5m Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has charged a former staff of Skye Bank, Mr. Yemi-Aris Olaniran, to court for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government of N78.52 million.

The Commission, in a 24 count-charge preferred against the ex-banker before Justice Babatunde Quadri, of the Federal High Court 10, Maitama, Abuja, accused him of allegedly transferring N78, 521, 431.61 from the Federal Government Pension funds into private accounts held by non-pensioners in contravention of Section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering Act 2011.

The alleged offence is punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

Adoke Insists Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan Endorsed Malabu Agreement

The former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) has insisted that the controversial Malabu oil Block Agreement was endorsed by the previous administrations of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

In an official letter written to his successor and the current Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Adoke, said “I believe it is your responsibility to explain to the public who are being sold a fiction that the transaction started from President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR under whose administration the Terms of Settlement were brokered with Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN, as the then Attorney General who executed the Terms of Settlement before the tenure of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR who approved the final implementation of the Terms of Settlement and my humble self who executed the resolution agreements. This is more so as the Settlement and its implementation were situated in the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Nigerian Prisons Accommodate 68,259 Inmates in March 2017

The Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) has disclosed that over 68,000 inmates are accommodated in the prison facilities through the country as at March 2017.

The Controller General of Nigerian Prison Service, Jaafaru Ahmed who made the disclosure in an interview with the Economic Confidential said that the agency has reopened prison farm centres towards self-sufficiency in food production.

Yobe Govt Constructs Solar Powered Borehole at Gashua Prison

Yobe State Government has constructed and donated a solar powered borehole at Gashua prison to address water scarcity in the area.

The project would alleviate shortage of portable water being faced by inmates and the communities around the prison.

Commissioning the project, the Commissioner of Water Resources in the state, Engineer Mohammed Suraj Wakil explained that the state governor, Ibrahim Geidam directed the immediate construction of the borehole after being briefed about the challenge and lack of access to clean and portable drinking water.

The Controller of Prisons Yobe State Command, Alhaji Isa Sabo Kashuri who was represented by the officer in charge of Gashua prison, CSP Abdulhameed B Shehu commended the state government for the gesture and promised to manage the borehole effectively.

EFCC Re-arraigns Three Directors for Over N100m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 re-arraigned three directors, Gregory Eriyanremu, Frank Ugen and Harriman Isa Oyofo before Justice T. O. Uloho of the Delta State High Court sitting in Warri on an amended 5-count charge bordering on stealing.

The trio were arraigned alongside their company, Partsmaster Oil and Gas Limited.

They are alleged to have at different times converted over N100million meant for payments of contractors who executed contract job for Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, to personal use.

Yakubu’s Rights Enforcement Suit: EFCC Challenges Court’s Jurisdiction

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 9, 2017 asked Justice Ahmed R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court to strike out a fundamental rights suit brought by Andrew Yakubu, former Group Managing Director, GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, against the Commission for lack of jurisdiction.

Operatives of the EFCC had on February 3, 2017, stormed a building belonging to the former NNPC boss and recovered a staggering sum of $9,772,000 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand United States Dollars) and £74,000 (Seventy Four Thousand Pound Sterling) stashed in a huge fire proof safe following which he reported to the Commission’s Kano Zonal Office on February 8, 2017 and admitted being the owner of both the house and the money recovered.

In a dramatic turn, Yakubu, in a suit filed through his counsel, Ahmed Raji, SAN, is challenging his detention since February 8 and demanding the enforcement of his right to dignity of person, personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of movement, private and family life and to acquire own property.

4 Bags Five Years Jail Term for Fake Currency Possession

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today March 9, 2017 secured the conviction of four counterfeit currency dealers before Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court Kebbi on a four count charge of conspiracy and possession of counterfeit currency.

The convicts, Usman Ahmed, Isiyaku Mohammed, Mohammed Abubakar Badadi and Rilwanu Abdullahi were arrested by officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at Birnin Kebbi while in possession of a sum of N583,000 (Five Hundred and Eighty Three Thousand Naira Only) in fake one thousand Naira notes.

The case was eventually transferred to the commission for further investigation.

NEMA/BOSEMA registers 22,463 Returnees from Niger Republic

Officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and Borno State Emergency Management (BOSEMA) in collaboration with Nigerian Immigration service have registered 22, 463 returnees from Niger Republic to Damsak Town in Mobar L.G.A Borno state.

The influx of the returnees displaced by insurgency is as a result of an Agreement signed between Nigeria, cameroun and Niger for the safe and dignified return of the displaced persons. Over 10000 returnees are also expected to be registered upon return in the next few days. The team also conducted a needs assessment to facilitate the provision of aid and relief intervention . The International Red cross is providing food for the returnees, while UNICEF is providing medical care supported by officials of Mobar Local government.

As a proactive measure preparations are being made to receive and register more returnees expected to arrive from cameroun through Banki town in Bama LGA and Ngamboru Ngala in Ngala LGA.

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