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EFCC Chairman: No hiding place for corrupt Nigerians

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has assured that there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons in the country.

Olukoyede said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by the EFCC Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale.

The EFCC chairman said this when the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Dr Musa Aliyu, SAN paid him a visit in Abuja.

Olukoyede said that given the political will of President Bola Tinubu to frontally tackle economic and financial crimes and other acts of corruption, there would be no immunity for corrupt persons.

According to him, Tinubu is offering the right atmosphere for anti-graft activities, both for the EFCC and ICPC and no Nigerian is immune to investigations for any corruption allegation.

“We believe that with the kind of President we have, who is ready and willing to do the right thing and from what we have seen in recent times and in the last 48 hours.

“It is clear that he has provided the political will and leadership and created the atmosphere for us to work. So, there is no hiding place for the corrupt.

“We must give our best; we must be committed and give the President the right support he needs. Nobody is too big to be investigated in this country. Once you are not playing according to the rules, we will investigate you,” he said.

He added that the engagement with the ICPC was sending the right signals to the entire country that the anti-corruption agencies were coming together and extending hands of comradeship and fellowship to each other.

The chairman recalled that there was a subsisting Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both agencies.

“Today, the MoU is in place. It is going to be a living document that we can review from time to time to accommodate mutual interest,” he said.

Olukoyede pointed out that the enormity of cases both agencies are handling justified their independent existence.

“Even with five anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria, we hardly can do more than scratch the surface. One anti-corruption agency in the U.S. has staff strength of about 35,000.

“I am not sure the staff strength of the EFCC and the ICPC put together will be up to 7,000.

“Though people have been talking of duplication of responsibilities between the EFCC and ICPC, I don’t see it from that perspective. I see it from the perspective of the enormity of the work on our hands.

“When you are limited by staff strength and resources and there is still so much to be done, it becomes important to work together and see if we can move the country forward,” he said.
In his opening remarks, the ICPC boss, Dr Musa Aliyu, stressed the need for understanding and synergy between his commission and the EFCC.
“It is very important for us to work together. And we cannot work together without having a good relationship.
“That’s why I decided to extend hands of friendship to the EFCC so that we can see how we can work closely in helping this country to fight corruption.

“I am aware that there is an existing MoU between the ICPC and the EFCC. ICPC is very much ready to collaborate and partner with the EFCC,” he said.

He expressed delight at the existing relationship between the two agencies and urged for sustenance of the relationship.

“I also hope we will be meeting on a regular basis to review what we are doing together to see how we can strengthen our relationship.
“May God help us in the discharge of these onerous tasks,” he said.

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Lagos clampdown on illegal estate development

The Lagos State Government has clamped down on illegal estate developments around the Epe corridor of the state.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, said this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.

He stated that he led a special joint exercise to the axis on Thursday and Friday, based on the directive of the state executive council.

He mentioned some of the areas covered during the exercise to include: Alaro City, Okorisan, Igbodu, Molajoye, Shaala, Ketu, and Epe.

Olumide said notices were also served on estate developments such as Patriot Bay Estate, Smart City Estate, the Legend and Hilton Royal Garden.

Others are Greenland Estate, Legacy City, Isinmi Lagos, Dominion City, Topview Estate, and Ibi Alafia, among others.

He pointed out that erring estate developers were requested to visit relevant authorities to perfect their documents.

According to him, under no circumstances should any developer go ahead to start the development of estates without obtaining layout approval, planning permit, and fencing permit as may be required.

The commissioner added that the requirements were necessary to ensure the attainment of an organised, livable and sustainable built environment.

Olumide explained that layout approval was required for proper arrangement of the estate to give room for appropriate services and infrastructure, while the planning permit addressed the planning requirements on individual plots in the estate.

He urged property up-takers and buyers to be wary of investing in estates without approval, to avoid needless embarrassment from government officials.

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Police detain ADC to Fmr. Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

The aide-de-camp (ADC) to former Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has been arrested and detained by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The Female police officer and others were arrested days after the former governor evaded arrest by EFCC operatives on Wednesday, April 17.

The officers were taken into custody on suspicion of aiding and abetting Bello’s escape from EFCC operatives.

The anti-graft agency had stormed Bello’s house to arrest him over allegations of money laundering and financial misconduct while in office.

The Nigeria Police Force has yet to release an official statement regarding the arrests, but police sources say the officers could face charges related to obstruction of justice or conspiracy to hinder a law enforcement operation.

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Zamfara govt suspends commandant state security outfit over allegations of poor funding

The Zamfara State Government has suspended the Commandant of the local security outfit, Community Protection Guards, CPG, Colonel Rabiu Garba (retd).

This is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mallam Abubakar Nakwadahe and made available to newsmen in Gusau, the State capital.

The statement said in part, “This is to inform the general public that, Zamfara State government has suspended Colonel Rabiu Garba as Commandant of the state Community Protection Guards”.

“The suspension takes immediate effect”.

According to DAILY POST no reason for his suspension was given but it was gathered that the suspension may not be unconnected with the radio live program he granted where he accused the state government of poor funding of the Community Protection Guards.

In a radio live program at the Vision FM radio Gusau, Colonel Garba said the state government has failed to give financial support to the Protection Guards.

He lamented that since their inauguration, the state government has not provided them with any takeoff grant.

Garba also said the officials of the protection guards were paid their salary only once since they were appointed four months ago.

He said members of the Community Protection Guards have been suffering from poor funding from the state government, a situation which he said has been crippling their activities in the fight against banditry.

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