How I was deceived by EFCC – Ex-NIMASA DG

A former Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna BabaJauro, has narrated how some officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ‘played the fast one on him’ while on an investigative mission to the agency sometimes in July 2015. He made the disclosure while testifying in a trialwithin- trial ordered by Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos to determine the voluntariness of a statement he wrote at the commission’s office while being investigated over an alleged N304.1 million…

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Building insurance gains traction from regulators, lawmakers

With regulators and lawmakers putting modalities in place to fully implement building insurance in the country, victims of subsequent disasters are set to get paid for losses. Sunday Ojeme reports     Effort by the Federal Government to ensure Nigerians embrace all aspects of Compulsory Insurances is gaining strength following insurance regulators and lawmakers’ synergy on public building insurance. The latest determination, which began two weeks ago with a meeting between the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Nigerian Insurers’ Association (NIA) and Federal Fire Service, was given another traction last week…

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Constituency projects not drain pipes – Saraki

  Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, says contrary to criticism, constituency projects allocated to federal lawmakers are not avenues for siphoning public funds. Indeed, Saraki,  while speaking in Ilorin, Kwara State, soon after he was turbaned  as Baba Adini  of Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria, insisted that provision  should be made for constituency projects for execution by lawmakers across the country because it would allow them to impact on the lives of their constituents. The Senate President, who also inspected the sites of his ongoing constituency projects across the…

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Treasury looters bury funds in cemeteries – FG

Lai Mohammed

  The Federal Government has praised its whistle-blower policy, and said it has led to discovery of funds hidden in deep forests and burial grounds. In a statement Sunday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, government, however, observed that it not necessarily the monetary reward but the patriotism of Nigerians that has led to the successes recorded in the recovery of looted funds through the whistle-blower policy. “Since we launched the whistle-blower policy, we have received immeasurable support from Nigerians. “Yes, there is monetary reward for…

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Nigeria is not ripe for Diaspora, electronic voting -Rep Garba

Hon. Abubakar Kannaike Garba represents Ilorin East/Ilorin South Federal Constituency of Kwara State and is the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Works. In this interview with PHILIP NYAM, he speaks on a wide range of issues including the delay in the passage of budget, the problem associated with credit facilities for farmers and SME’s and the use of card reader and electronic voting system in the country   The issue of late passage of the budget has remained an albatross in the country and the 2017…

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What we do with dogs, monkeys, dolls – Commercial drivers

An ancient traditional practice of sacrificing live dogs on the altar of Ogun, the god of Iron, by commercial drivers in search of protection is still being practiced today, mainly by truck and commercial bus drivers. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports A very experienced driver, who has been a commercial transport driver for over 30 years, Mr. Akinrede Ephraim, who is in his early 60s, said that the practice of deliberately killing dogs with a vehicle for protection against accidents does not work for him. Rather, he believes strongly in drivers praying…

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