ICPC BOSS REVEALS WHY IT WAS DIFFICULT ARRESTING VOTE BUYERS

Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), says checking vote purchasing is an overwhelming errand because of the vast number of individuals engaged with the demonstration. Owasanoye expressed this in a meeting with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in New York. Commercial According to him, vote purchasing is so uncontrolled and across the board in the nation that it was hard to capture and indict wrongdoers. Moreover, endeavors to achieve vote purchasers at surveying units more often than not prompt…

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COURT RESTRAINS EFCC, ICPC, DSS FROM PROBING SARAKI

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other agencies  involved in  the probe of  Senate President Bukola Saraki over corruption allegations. Saraki  on Friday   filed two separate fundamental rights enforcement suits before the court to challenge the decision of the EFCC to seize  his houses. Ruling on an ex parte application filed along with the substantive suit by Saraki, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, on Tuesday ordered the  anti-corruption body  and the other five respondents to the suit to stay…

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COURT ORDERS ICPC TO UNFREEZE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY’S ACCOUNTS, RELEASE SEIZED ASSETS

The Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered the anti-corruption agency, ICPC, to immediately unfreeze bank accounts and released seized assets belonging to Blaid Construction Limited and its director, Ochuko Momoh. This is contained in an enrolled order in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/132/2019 and made available to journalists on Sunday in Abuja by Ade Adedeji, a counsel for both the firm and Momoh. The presiding judge, Binta Nyako, also held that the anti-corruption body should release all the seized properties of the plaintiffs to them. The judge said the ICPC went…

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MANY LAWMAKERS HAVE RETURNED TO SITE FOR CONSTITUENCY PROJECTS – ICPC CHAIRMAN

Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, earned a degree in Law from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) at 21, a master’s degree in Law at 24 and became a Professor of Law at 38. He tells OLUFEMI ATOYEBI that the agency’s fight against non-execution of constituency projects is not designed to hunt legislators There has always been a mix-up between the roles of the ICPC and the EFCC. What is the difference? In term of concept, the ICPC was established first…

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NBC BOSS, KAWU CHARGED TO COURT OVER 2.5BIL FRAUD

THE Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Dr Ishaq Moddibbo Kawu will be docked, tomorrowho, Wednesday, over his alleged complicity in the misapplication of the N2.5 billion seed grant for Digital Switch-Over (DSO) programme of the federal government. Kawu, alongside the Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Mr. Lucky Omoluwa and the Chief Operating Officer of the same company, Mr. Dipo Onifade, will be arraigned on 17th April, 2019 before Justice F. O. Giwa of the Federal High Court, Abuja by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences…

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VOTE-BUYING HAS DISTORTED ELECTORAL OUTCOMES IN NIGERIA FOR OVER 20YEARS – ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have said that buying of votes during elections has distorted the outcome of elections in the country since its return to democracy. The Provost of ICPC Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), Sola Akinrinade who stated this at a news briefing in Abuja in preparation of ACAN’s 1st Anti-Corruption Policy Dialogue Series, regretted that the true preferences of the people were never really reflected when vote-buying took over the process.Akinrinade said that the academy would support INEC in creating an enabling…

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3 POLYTECHNIC RECTORS ARRESTED FOR FRAUD BY ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested the chairman and three top management members of the Committee of Federal Polytechnic Rectors (COFER) for allegedly being in possession of N10.2 million bribes. The arrested rectors are Abubakar Sadiq Yahaya (Federal Polytechnic Mubi), who is the chairman of COFER; John Taiwo Adekolawole (Federal Polytechnic Ede), and Arch. Waziri Sanusi Gumau (Federal Polytechnic Bauchi). They were said to have been arrested at the premises of the National Board…

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ICPC REVEALS HOW EX-GOV JANG WITHDREW 5BIL SUBEB MONEY

As the case  of financial misdemeanour against the former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang resumed on Tuesday at the Plateau State High Court, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission ICPC has told  the court how former Governor  withdrew N2 Billion from Small and Medium Enterprises fund and N3 billion from Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB respectively. The ICPC investigator Taiwo Olorunyomi told the court that the Commission received a petition from Plateau state government over alleged abuse of office, embezzlement of public funds, misappropriation and several corrupt practices against the…

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CORRUPTION IN THE EXECUTIVE MORE THAN THOSE IN THE LEGISLATURE AND JUDICIARY COMBINED – ICPC

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, has said corruption in the executive is far more than that of the legislature and judiciary combined. He said this was because the executive spends a far bigger chunk of the money appropriated. The anti-corruption agency boss also said that the public perception of the National Assembly members as being corrupt would not go away until the legislature throw open its yearly budget to the public. The Spokesperson for the Commission, Mrs. Rasheedat A.…

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14 YRS LATER, COURT FREES FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT, 2 OTHERS OF CORRUPTION CHARGES

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Maitama, has discharged and acquitted former Senate president, Adolphus Wabara, and two others of allegations of bribery levelled against them by the federal government in 2005. The court presided over by S.E Aladetoyinbo in its ruling seen by PREMIUM TIMES, said the prosecution lacked witnesses to prosecute the defendants: Mr Wabara, and the two other former senators, Ibrahim Abdulazeez and John Mbata. Mr Aladetoyinbo, therefore, discharged the three defendants in pursuant to Section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJA) Act 2015.…

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