SSS writes Senate again, insists Magu lacks integrity

The State Security Service has insisted the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, is not fit to head the anti-graft agency because he lacks integrity, a lawmaker has said.

The SSS said this to the Senate in a fresh report dispatched Tuesday evening.

The content of the report was raised by a senator, Dino Melaye, after it had appeared Mr. Magu would scale the Senate hurdle, after answering a wide range of questions at his confirmation hearing still underway.

“In the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government,” the SSS report, read by Mr. Melaye, stated.

An earlier report by the SSS had prevented the Senate from confirming Mr. Magu as EFCC chairman earlier.

The current confirmation hearing is still underway.

Details later…

Bill to establish EFCC Court passes second reading in House of Reps

A bill to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has Act passed second reading on Wednesday in the House of Representatives.

The bill which seeks to establish an EFCC Court to provide quick recovery procedures for stolen asset was sponsored by Bede-Eke Uchenna, a Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker from Imo, and four other lawmakers.

Leading the debate, Mr. Uchenna said the bill also seeks to implement active pursuit of cases, build capacity and improve trust and co-operation with foreign counterparts.

“The bill seeks to ensure adequate funding of the commission, make it more independent and effective in the enforcement of laws and to establish an Economic and Financial Crimes Court.” Mr. Uchenna said.

The lawmaker said the bill will generally enhance the effectiveness of the Act.

In his contribution, Mohammed Monguno (Borno-APC) said that the bill was as a result of the delay-attitude of the regular courts in the administration of justice.

“Rather tha

EFCC intercepts N49m at Kaduna Airport

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna zonal office, on Tuesday, intercepted N49 million at the Kaduna Airport.

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The money was packed in five large black 150 kilogramme coloured BUHU sacks.

Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity of EFCC said the interception was carried out following a tip off.

In a statement, he said, that during a routine baggage screening, the 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 totalling forty million naira and N50 den

Disarm all herdsmen, Reps tell Nigerian govt.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday Called on the Federal Government to urgently constitute a presidential task force to disarm all herdsmen in Buruku Federal Constituency, other parts of Benue State and throughout the Federal republic of Nigeria.

This was contained in a motion jointly sponsored by the Benue State caucus in the House of Representatives.

Speaking on behalf of the lawmakers, the Chairman, Rules and Business, Orker Jev (APC), lamented that communities in Buruku local government area of Benue State, especially Binev Council ward, was invaded by “armed and strange herdsmen”.

“The herdsmen destroyed farms, plundered yam barns and looted houses deserted by innocent and armless villagers,” Mr. Orker said.

Mr. Orker said the marauding herdsmen started indiscriminate attacks and killings on Saturday around the communities of BerAwuna, Dogo, Ortese – Mbashian, Tse Igyu, Tse Gebe, Anbighir, Tse Iwa, Gbaikyo, Agudu, Nyorum,Shonto and Abuku in three major k

86 associations seek registration as political parties

By Emmanuel Oloniruha

Ahead of 2019 general elections, 86 political associations have applied for registration as political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday.

At the commission’s quarterly meeting with leaders of political parties at INEC headquarters, Abuja, the Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, described political parties as important vehicles in the management of the country’s democracy.

“The number of applications for registration of new associations as political parties now stands at 86,” he said.

He congratulated the 10 political parties recently re-registered after being deregistered following their performances during the 2015 general elections.

The political parties, according to him, are Better Nigeria Peoples Parties (BNPP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Peoples Progressives Party (PPP), Democratic Alternative (DA), National Action Council (NAC) and National Democratic Liber

Customs C-G begs Senate, says he is bereaved

By Ifeanyi Nwoko

The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, NSC, Col. Hameed Ali has written another letter to the Senate begging them to schedule his invitation the the upper chamber to another day.

In the letter signed personally by the Col. Hameed Ali and dated March 14, 2017, the C-G explained that he was currently bereaved and could not appear at the time.

On the issue of wearing Uniforms, he urged the Senate to give him time as he was seeking legal advise on the matter to avoid running foul of the laws of the land.

The letter reads in part: “Regarding the wearing of uniform, I wish to advise that the Senate avails itself of the legal basis of its decision to compel me to wear

Governor Ortom gives herdsmen 48 hours to leave Buruku LGA

By Nicholas Dechi

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue state has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of the state a two-day ultimatum  to leave the area.

Ortom gave the order on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh during a visit  to ascertain the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen.

The visit followed the weekend attacks  by the herdsmen.

Eight bodies have been recovered, while three persons are missing, according to the Sole Administrator for the council area, Mrs Justina Sorkaa,

Sorkaa’s account was contradicted by the state police commissioner, Bashir Makama. He said six persons died in the attack.

Ortom  said that he had directed security agencies as a matter of urgency to lead herdsmen out of the area for peace to reign.

He said the herdsmen must leave since they  were not welcomed by the unarmed  inhabitants of the area.

Most people in Benue state were disarmed t