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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday present a report on Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) of Nigeria’s e-Government Systems at a training orga ised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Acting Chairman of the commission, Mr Musa Abubakar, told newsmen ahead of the three-day training for Heads of anti-corruption agencies of member-countries of African Union (AU).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that e-payment systems are platforms deployed to the public sector to check corruption.

They include Treasury Single Account (TSA), Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) and Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Abubakar said that the workshop was aimed at building capacity for Nigerians across various sectors to prevent and confront corruption.

“This will also be in furtherance of the declaration of President Buhari as the African Union’s Anti-Corruption Champion for 2018,’’ he said.

The chairman said that the training would help to build the capacity of beneficiary countries’ anti-corruption agencies on corruption-prevention strategy.

He explained that corruption risk assessment involved identifying the weaknesses found in government systems.

“Whatever we find out as a result of our assessment, we inform the stakeholders to proffer solutions to the problems identified so that people cannot manipulate the system.”

He said that CRA reinforced the strength of systems of the institutions against corruption vulnerabilities and consequently protected their integrity.

Abubakar explained that corruption had been in the country for ages, saying that there were measures put in place to prevent people from manipulating the system.

“We have been having ghost workers even with the IPPIS. We have people that change their date of birth in order to penetrate the system.

“These are issues we are trying to find out what allowed operators of these systems to inject ghost workers into the system.

“It is feasible to prevent corruption but you cannot wipe it altogether,” he said.

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2019: Atiku speaks on S’East development commission bill, tells Igbo senators what to do

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The Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has commended senators from the South East for working hard to realise the South East Development Commission, SEDC, which bill was passed recently.

He gave the commendation yesterday in a terse statement by the Abia State coordinator of the Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya in Umuahia.

Recall that the Bill co-sponsored by Senators Stall Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.

Against that backdrop, Atiku urged the senators not to relent but to fight further to ensure that the commission takes off and was well funded.

According to him, “the commission if well funded would go a long way in solving some of the infrastructural deficiencies being suffered by the people of the South East.”

He also called on all his support groups, political action groups, civil society organisations and the general public to an interactive session with him and his Vice Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, scheduled for today, in Aba.

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Gov Emmanuel charged as EFCC arraigns NBA president, Paul Usoro over Akwa lbom’s N1.4bn

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) at a Federal High Court in Lagos, for an alleged N1.4 billion fraud.

Usoro, who pleaded not guilty, was docked before Justice Muslim Sule Hassan on a 10-count charge, bordering on the alleged offences.

He was alleged to have conspired to convert N1.4 billion, property of Akwa Ibom State Government.

Others charged with him are: Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance, Nsikan Nkan; Accountant-General Mfon Udomah; Attorney-General Uwemedimo Nwoko and Margaret Ukpe said to be at large.

Also named in the charge was Akwa Ibom State Governor Emmanuel Udom, who the EFCC said was “currently constitutionally immune from prosecution”.

Usoro was in court with 13 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

Olanipekun opposed his client’s arraignment pending a transfer of the case from Justice Hassan.

He told the judge that the defence had written a letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, seeking a transfer of the case to Uyo, Abuja or any other jurisdiction of the court away from the judge.

Olanipekun said: “I owe a duty to advise the court that the defendant made available to his lawyers, a copy of a letter dated December 17, 2018, addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court praying for the transfer of the case to any judicial division between Uyo and Abuja or if in Lagos to any other judge apart from my lord presiding.

“The application is very innocuous and was written by virtue of the legal right of the defendant.

“We understand that a copy of the letter has been served on the court and since the letter is before the Chief Judge, the proper thing is to await his decision as a mark of respect for him.”

But, the EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed him.

Oyedepo prayed the court to discountenance Olanipekun’s submissions on the ground that the ruling of the court fixing yesterday for arraignment of the defendant had not been set aside.

According to him, Section 9 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) governs the place of trial and enquiry, and requires that the charge be filed in the jurisdiction, where the alleged offence took place.

He argued that sufficient facts which would lead to a transfer of the case to Uyo or Abuja were not available.

“It was not the contention of the defence that the ingredient of the alleged offence did not take place in Lagos. The events that will lead to the transfer of the case to either Uyo or Abuja Division are not available,” Oyedepo said.

Justice Hassan held: “I have listened vehemently to the submissions of counsel and I have also read the letter written to the CJ.

“The issue in view is narrowed down to whether the defendant can take his plea in the circumstance.”

The judge held that although it was not in dispute that the CJ reserved the right to transfer cases, the instant case was already assigned to his court.

Justice Hassan admitted the defendant to bail for N250 million, with one surety in the like sum.

The court added that the surety must be owner of landed property within the court’s jurisdiction or a civil servant not lower than the rank of a Director in the Federal or State civil service.

The NBA President was further ordered to deposit his international passport with the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR), which will be verified for genuineness.

He adjourned the case till February 5, March 5, and March 6, 2019 for trial.

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Plateau unrest: Military taskforce accuses elites of manipulating, misguiding youths into violence

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The Special Military Taskforce code named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), saddled with the responsibility of maintaining peace in Plateau State, on Tuesday blamed elites in the state of manipulating and misguiding youths into perpetuating violence.

Commander OPSH, Major General Augustine Agundu, made the disclosure in Jos at a youth summit organised by OPSH and Civil Military Relief Initiative to foster unity and peaceful coexistence.

Agundu said within his five months as OPSH Commander, he was able to interact with different groups (ordinary/elite) and he understood the true situation of things.

“My deduction here on the Plateau is that the youth have been manipulated and misguided into violence.

“Some mischief makers are exploiting the vulnerability of the youth population to unleash mayhem on law abiding citizens,” he stated.

The Commander said, according to UNICEF figures, 45.8 percent of Plateau population are youth under the age of 30 years.

According to him, with almost half of the population being youth, it therefore means that the youths should be prepared to take up leadership responsibilities and not indulge in the act of violence.

“Some claim to be representing you, but in truth they prosper in atmosphere of chaos and bloodletting”, he explained.

“May I arouse your consciousness and urge you to never allow yourselves to be used as agents of disintegration.

“This crises on the Plateau has lasted for too long and must stop now if we all agree in unity of peace purpose,” he added.

He said, “An average Plateau youth is energetic, vibrant, hardworking, focus and result oriented.”

Agundu urged them not to allow anybody to belittle their capacity to positively change the society.

He appealed to them not to indulge in drugs, stating that the crises is perpetrated as effect of drug consumption.

The Commander expalined that the summit by OPSH, is a non kinetic approach to entrench enduring peace in Plateau.

According to him, he convened the meeting so that eyeball to eyeball, the youth who have bore the brunt of most crises, and were most often used to foment the trouble to understand that it would take them no where.

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