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Suspect Sponsors False N10B Allegations Against EFCC Official

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More facts have emerged over allegations of corruption levelled against a senior official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Madaki claiming that he owned 474 hectares of land in Nasarawa State worth N10 billion, a N450 mansion worth of house in Wuse 2 and another N200 million worth of house for his girl friend in Wuse Zone 4,

Investigations revealed that the news report on the allegations are unfounded, cheap blackmail, total falsehood and deliberate attempt to bring the image of the official into disrepute

Findings carried out however revealed that the land at Anwan Sarkin Mada was sold to Madaki by his cousin ,Muazu Ishaq a retired Permanent secretary for N700,000 which payment was made in three installment. The land at Angwan Chediya as it was indicated in survey published in the news was purchased from one late Alh Zakari Jibirin through his friends Alh Abbas Ibrahim, Bagobiri and Abdullaziz Badamasi a.k.a Soja for N600,000 between 2011 and 2012 payment was completed.

While the land at Angwan Kyero along Madubi Road was purchased in ,2010 from Magajin Garin Bagaji, Kasimu Yahaya through his first son, Hamza kasimu for N150,000.The payment was made through Gaskiya Auta the present APC chairman Karu local Govt and the total cost of these lands was 1.45M as against the purported N10B claimed in the news report being published in some sections of the media especially the online media.This was confirmed by the vendors and some of their witnesses.

Our investigations further revealed that the lands at Angwan Monday and Angwan Saka belong to Madaki dynasty, the man behind the false report dubiously collected the survey plans from the family surveyor one Bature Musa and changed the survey name to Madaki after he had cajoled Bature that some Generals wanted to buy large hectares of lands and they preferred individual well known to represent the family preferably Alh Abubakar Aliyu Madaki.

In an interview with the Magajin Garin Keffi Alhaji Balarabe Ismaila na Kaibo who is the family Head of Maje Gunduma family, he disclosed that when he was asked to chose someone to represent the family he agreed that the name of Abubakar be used to sell the land as he, Magajin Gari is bed riden hence he chose Madaki to represent the family

He claimed that the family has vast hectares of land saying from keffi to Gitata all the land belong to Maje Gunduma include “where Army Barracks is located in Keffi is our family land you can go and cross-check the fact from the authority” The family Head said

On the N450 million mansion in Wuse claimed to had been owned by Madaki and another N200 million house bought for his lady friend, the writer failed to establish the exact address of the house in Wuse 2 as well as the seller of the house; how payment was made, which bank executed the transaction, colour and picture of the house in question among other details that would aid independent and proper investigation.

Secondly, the writer also failed to mention the name of the lady, the address of the house, mode of payment and the bank that carried out the transaction

Check revealed that Madaki has only a car and he used to come from Keffi to his office in Abuja every day while he uses his only Toyota highlander Sport Utility Van ( SUV)for his office work and for other run around activities.

One of the commission operatives who preferred anonymity said that the senior operative could not pay school fees of one of his children in the Nasarawa state University till the school closed its portal. He said when the commission chairman, Ibrahim Mustapha Magu heard of the development he shouted and felt bad

Further investigation also revealed that the poultry farms was inherited from his late Father who was a prominent farmer.Our correspondent who visited the farms reported that the farming activities there were generally declined due to financial constraints.

The poultry farm with almost ten pegs ,only three pegs were in used with 4,000 birds as against 15000-20000 that his late daddy used to rear . Indications also showed that cattle rustlers struck recently in his farm and made away with 71 cows out of 91 cows in the farms.

Investigations carried out in Madaki’s village- Gunduma and within the anti-graft commission revealed that the brain behind the purported news was a man who has some projects worth over N3B in Gunduma but the commission is investigating the source of his wealth in which he erroneously believed that it was Madaki’s who instigated the probe.

When our correspondent visited Gunduma in Karu local government reports indicated that the man’s projects was located along Keffi-Jos road after Army Barracks. The man who came to invest in the area initially told the villagers that the project was filling station, later he said bakery , at a stage he turned it to an estate but presently the man said it is a private university, the development however confused the villagers on whether the man really knows what he is doing.

A source within the commission who narrated how the man behind the purported news taught Madaki masterminded his probe said one Monday when madaki was coming to office from home in Keffi , there was gridlock and he called one of his colleagues Hamza Abdullahi in the office to hold forth for him at the meeting but later said the commission has sent him out not knowing the operative and his colleagues were going to Madaki’s village, gunduma to carry out investigation on the man .

Madaki was said to be at the meeting when the man called and told him that EFCC were in his house at Gunduma while Madaki inquired who were the operatives but he said he was in Abuja so, when he got to Gunduma he called and handed over the set to the operatives who turned out to be Hamza, Madaki told Hamza that he was going to his village for operation and he did not brief him but Hamza said he never know the place to be Madaki’s village .

According to the source ,Madaki however advised that they should do their work according to the law and not to harass anyone and he equally advised the man to corporate with the operatives. Around 4pm the man called Madaki and said that they have finished their work but they insisted they were taking him to Abuja ,Madaki pleaded with Hamza so that the man would not be detained and the man was released after writing his statement

It was gathered that the next day the man called Madaki instead of showing appreciation accused him of sending EFCC operatives to his house and madaki denied since then the man has embarked on campaigns of calumny against Madaki, vowed to ruin his name even when he sponsored the publication against Madaki, he didn’t hide it as he was sending the news report to many people including Madaki’s uncle, cousins and other relations .

Efforts to reach out to the man proved abortive as he was not at Gunduma when our correspondent visited his site and most of people at the site looked very hostile when the reporter asked of the man

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NASRE Advises FG On Food Crisis, Forex Shortage Amid Calls To Suspend Import Ban

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As Nigeria finds itself at a critical crossroads, grappling with simultaneous challenges of a food crisis and a foreign exchange (forex) shortage.

 

This is even as the nation seeks solutions to mitigate these pressing issues, the debate over whether to open its borders for importation has intensified.

 

The food crisis gripping Nigeria has raised concerns about food security and access to essential nutrition for millions of citizens.

 

Adverse weather conditions, supply chain disruptions, and other factors have contributed to dwindling food supplies and soaring prices, placing a significant strain on households and exacerbating the vulnerability of already marginalized communities.

 

Meanwhile, the forex shortage has hampered Nigeria’s ability to import essential goods and raw materials, further exacerbating supply chain disruptions and exacerbating inflationary pressures.

 

Industries reliant on imported inputs, including agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare, have been particularly hard hit, impeding economic growth and development.

 

In response to these challenges, some stakeholders advocate for opening Nigeria’s borders to facilitate the importation of food and other essential commodities.

 

Proponents argue that increased importation could help alleviate immediate food shortages, stabilize prices, and provide relief to vulnerable populations facing hunger and malnutrition.

 

However, others caution against the potential risks of opening borders amid a forex shortage. Critics raise concerns about the impact on domestic production and self-sufficiency, as well as the long-term consequences of relying heavily on imported goods. They emphasize the need to prioritize investments in domestic agriculture and infrastructure to build resilience against future crises.

 

As Nigeria navigates these complex issues, the government faces the daunting task of balancing short-term relief efforts with long-term strategies for sustainable development and economic resilience.

 

Proffering suggestion on how the government can address the unending inflationary pressures, Forex shortages, food prices hike and revitalise the nation’s economy, the Nigerian Association of Social and Resourceful Editors (NASRE), has advised the Nigerian government to adopt collaborative efforts involving policymakers, industry stakeholders, civil society organizations, and international partners to identify holistic solutions that address both immediate needs and underlying structural challenges.

 

On the debate over whether Nigeria should open its borders for importation amid the food crisis and forex shortage, the President of the advocacy group, Mr Femi Oyewale, underscores the urgency of coordinated action and innovative thinking.

 

According to him, now more than ever, solidarity, cooperation, and forward-thinking policies are needed to ensure the well-being and prosperity of all Nigerians.

 

“The question of whether Nigerian borders should be opened for food importation in the face of a food crisis is complex and multifaceted. However, there are factors to consider, which basically, Domestic Agricultural Capacity. Because opening borders for food importation could undermine domestic agricultural production by flooding the market with cheaper imported goods.

 

“However, if domestic production is insufficient to meet demand, importing food may be necessary to avoid shortages,” he said.

 

On the economic implications of borders opening, the President of NASRE, Oyewale, said: “Importing food can have economic ramifications, both positive and negative. On one hand, it can provide access to a wider variety of foods and potentially lower prices for consumers. On the other hand, it may negatively impact local farmers and exacerbate trade imbalances.”

 

The resourceful editors, while commenting on Food Security, pointed out that relying heavily on imported food leaves a country vulnerable to supply chain disruptions and price fluctuations in the global market. Therefore, it urged the federal government to develop a robust domestic agricultural sector, which is crucial for long-term food security.

 

According to Oyewale, the Nigerian government must consider its broader economic and agricultural policies when making decisions about food importation. This includes evaluating subsidies, tariffs, and investment in agricultural infrastructure.

 

“Importing food often involves long-distance transportation, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation. Promoting local production can help reduce the carbon footprint associated with food consumption.

 

“Food is not just a commodity; it is essential for human well-being. Government policies should prioritize ensuring access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food for all citizens, particularly those most vulnerable to food insecurity,” he added.

 

The Nigerian Association of Social and Resourceful Editors, NASRE, therefore, noted that the decision to open Nigerian borders for food importation during a food crisis should be approached cautiously, taking into account the country’s domestic agricultural capacity, economic implications, food security goals, environmental concerns, and social welfare considerations.

 

“A balanced approach that supports both domestic production and responsible trade practices may be necessary to address immediate food shortages while also promoting long-term food security and sustainability,” the Association stated.

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Lagos State Government to prosecute 11 suspects for extortion

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The Lagos State Government said 11 suspects arrested at the Ibeju-Lekki junction and Akodo area of the state will be prosecuted to serve as deterrents to others extorting residents and motorists in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Olawale Musa, disclosed this while addressing journalists on Wednesday.

He added that the suspects parade themselves as enforcement officers to extort unsuspecting motorists and residents in the state.

Musa said, “Lagos State Government has declared zero tolerance for extortion of unsuspecting residents, especially motorists, by miscreants parading themselves as enforcement officers at the Ibeju-Lekki junction and Akodo area of the state.

“We have announced severally that nobody is allowed to collect money for the local government on the street of Lagos, and the government has set up a team to ensure that anybody that does that is picked up and from that Lekki axis.

“They will be charged to court to explain themselves, and I want to sound a note of warning to others that do the same thing that we will not relent; the government is all out for them.”

He noted that it is unlawful for any local government area within the state to place personnel to conduct such operations on the highways.

“If you have any issues, you call us, and we will come and address them, but when you have people coming on the road on the guise that you want to have revenue at this hard time, collecting money from motorists on the road is not fair, and it is illegal in Lagos State to resist it.

“It is illegal for any local government area in the state to deploy people on the roads as it negates the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, Section 18, 2018, which empowers only the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority to carry out such operations on the roads,” he added.

In March 2023, The PUNCH reported that the Lagos State Government arrested four suspected hoodlums in some parts of the state over extortion.

The suspects were arrested in the Amuwo-Odofin area of the state while attempting to extort motorists.

 

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N10bn fraud: EFCC to arraign Abdulfattah Ahmed, ex-Kwara Governor Friday

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will arraign the immediate-past governor of Kwara State, Abdulfattah Ahmed, for alleged N10bn fraud on Friday, The PUNCH has learnt.

Credible sources in the anti-graft agency said the ex-governor would be dragged before the Federal High Court in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

“He is going to be arraigned on Friday at the Federal High Court in Ilorin for diversion of funds, amounting to N10bn,” the source told our correspondent.

The ex-governor has been detained by the EFCC since Monday when he honoured an invitation for interrogation.

His Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji AbdulWahab Oba, confirmed his principal’s visit to the EFCC office on Monday, stating that it was only “procedural and routine”.

“Dr Ahmed’s visit to the EFCC is procedural and routine. He was invited and he honoured them as he’s always done. He’s always ready to respond to any query or question regarding his tenure as a governor of the state.”

On Tuesday night, Oba lamented that the EFCC was still holding on to Ahmed, saying he was given stringent bail conditions.

“Yes, he is still with the EFCC and we are now in a dilemma over the issue because they keep changing the goalpost during the match. The case is taking a new dimension, which we don’t really understand for now.

“Initially they said they wanted him to produce two sureties who are federal directors. The sureties came and were asked to provide landed properties in Abuja. We see this as a contradiction. The case was initially handled by the EFCC office in Abuja before it was transferred to Ilorin over the issue of jurisdiction. Additionally, he has been denied access to his doctors, medication and direct access to his cook,” Oba said.

Meanwhile, members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara State on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest to the EFCC zonal office in Ilorin, where Ahmed was being detained.

The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions, expressed displeasure over Ahmed’s detention.

Led by the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olusegun Adewara, the party members alleged that the All Progressives Congress in the state was behind Ahmed’s troubles.

Some of the inscriptions on their placards read: “EFCC should stop being a tool in the hands of Abdulrazaq led-APC”, “Governor Ahmed was very transparent”, “EFCC is not a department in the APC, EFCC, stop the harassment”, “The opposition cannot be silenced”, “Maigida will not join the APC no matter the persecution”, “EFCC, don’t instigate political crisis in Kwara State”, “No to illegal detention. Respect the rule of law”, among others.

But addressing the protesters, the zonal commander of the EFCC, Michael Nzekwe, said Ahmed had been given an administration bail but he could not meet the conditions.

“We’re wrapping up. Once we wrap up, the law will take its course. The anti-graft agency, being a creation of law, would not go contrary to law.

“Everything we’ve done is within the ambit of the law. The former governor is cooperating with us and we’re making good progress following rules of law. As I speak, he’s with his lawyer, a SAN; he attends to everyone who comes to see him, and he has a doctor who has attended to him. He eats what he wants to eat. I urge us to allow the law take its course. We’re not partisan nor prompted by anybody. This body is solely sponsored by the Federal Government,” Nzekwe said.

 

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