Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Nigerian FA official banned for taking bribe

A senior Nigerian football official and a club administrator have been banned for 10 years following their involvement in corruption, the country's football authority has announced.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) banned the chairman of its own disciplinary committee, Olaleye Adepoju, for 10 years for taking a bribe from a club.
The NFF emergency committee also handed Dapo Lam-Adesina same sanction for his role in the scandal, excluding both men from all football-related activities following an investigation.
The football authority also referred to police an allegation that the chairman of Enugu State Football Association, Chidi Ofo Okenwa, was an imposter.
Okenwa was told to step down from his role pending the outcome of the police probe.
"The sanctions handed down by the committee are entirely fair and should act as a deterrent to any club or individual who might consider breaching the rules," NFF board member Chris Green told BBC Sport.
"We've handed out a severe sanction to one of our own, another clear pointer to the fact that no-one is above the law.
"Our football must be clean, fair, rid of dirty dealings and professionally run.
"Every corruption or bribery scandal is damaging to the credibility of the sport, but the NFF will continue to work hard to prevent this ugly spectre of scandal from destroying our beautiful game."
Adepoju was a member of the NFF executive committee and also the chairman of the football association in Oyo state, south-west Nigeria.
He was alleged to have received a cash payment of 1.5 million naira ($9,400) before a disciplinary hearing against Shooting Stars, from the Oyo state capital Ibadan, after they abandoned a league match against Sunshine Stars earlier this year.
He was said to have received money to find in favour of Shooting Stars after their players refused to take the field in the second half when the score was 0-0, claiming that one of their officials had been attacked.
However, the NFF rejected Shooting Stars' account and suspended Adepoju from his role in charge of its disciplinary committee.
Adepoju, a lawyer, claimed he took the money for giving legal advice.
Shooting Stars were fighting relegation at the time. A subsequent hearing awarded Sunshine Stars the three points from the match.
"We are prepared to put up with the pain of deep investigations if it keeps the game cleaner," Green said.
Match-fixing and corruption is a problem in Nigerian football and has led to sanctions against a number of clubs, referees and officials.
The NFF's former secretary general Taiwo Ogunjobi was also banned for 10 years last month.


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

1 in 5 Africans forced to pay bribes for police, health care, education

Sale of refineries may not be transparent – Experts

There are fears in the Nigerian oil industry that the planned sale of the four government refineries, with a combined capacity of 445,000 barrels per day, may not be transparent.
Sources in the industry, who spoke with our correspondent in confidence on Sunday, said the three-month window within which the assets were expected to be sold was too short to allow for global best practices and transparency.
There are, therefore, strong indications that the assets might be sold in a hurry to friends of the government.
Some of the intended beneficiaries, it was learnt, might be some indicted persons in the fuel subsidy scam, who had yet to be cleared.
The Federal Government had set the first quarter of 2014 as the deadline for the sale of the four refineries.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, last week confirmed in London that the refineries would be handed to the private sector.
She stated, “Government does not want to be in the business of running major infrastructure entities and we haven’t done a very good job at it over all these years.”
By the timetable of the Federal Government, it is expected that within the set period, the evaluation of the assets, expression of interests of would-be investors, the technical and commercial bidding processes, as well the short-listing of successful bidders and final handover of the assets, will be concluded.
Alison-Madueke said a Presidential audit of the facilities had last year recommended the sale of the refineries due to inadequate government funding and their unimpressive performance.
Although Nigeria is one of Africa’s top crude exporters, it still imports fuel to meet more than 70 per cent of its local needs.
The refineries operate at a fraction of their capacity because of poor maintenance and aging equipment.


Jonathan Under Fire for Nominating "Corrupt" Ex-Gov. Muazu As PENCOM Boss

The Transition Monitoring Group has kicked against President Goodluck Jonathan's nomination of Adamu Mu'azu, former Bauchi State Governor, as the Chairman of the Nigerian Pension Commission, PENCOM.
The group accused the president of appointing a candidate who was still under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for corruption.
Last week Wednesday, President Jonathan forwarded Mr. Mu'azu's name - alongside Mfon Akpan as Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service - to the Senate for confirmation.
"The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, is astonished and peeved by this move of the President, especially in the light of the fact that the former Governor is yet to be cleared by the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of the corruption charges he is facing for allegedly defrauding the coffers of Bauchi State to the tune of N19.8billion when he was Governor of the State," the group said in a statement on Monday.
"This and other similar acts of Mr. President, particularly his penchant for surrounding himself with famed corrupt individuals, makes his government's so-called anti-corruption efforts a laughing stock, for it is patently obvious from his antecedents that President Jonathan endorses corruption.
"The EFCC is investigating Mr. Mu'azu for allegedly stealing billions of naira belonging to Bauchi State during his term as governor between 1999 and 2007.Other names forwarded to the Senate for confirmation as Commissioners of PENCOM include Chinelo Anohu-Amazu (South East), Reuben Omotowa (North Central), Mohammed Ka'oje (North West), and Adesojo Olaoba-Efuntayo (South West).But the group said that appointing Mr. Mu'azu to head the commission is in line with his practice of shielding corrupt individuals.
"TMG recalls that in the heat of the corruption charges against the same Mu'azu Adamu, President Jonathan appointed him in 2011 as Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)," said the statement signed by Ibrahim Zikirullahi and Eddy Ezurike, the group's Chairman and Publicity Secretary respectively.
"It was with the President's nod that Business Mogul, Mike Adenuga and his wife, Titi Adenuga in late 2010 walked free from the EFCC charges they were facing for reportedly collecting bribes from Siemens officials; and it was this same attitude of Presidential Romance with alleged corrupt individuals that enabled controversial Lawyer, Dele Oye to walk scot free from EFCC charges of allegedly acting as front for the defunct Oceanic Bank CEO, Cecilia Ibru; and aiding her to loot tens of billions of Naira in Bank assets.
"The Nigerian people of course will not forget in a hurry how this same President granted presidential pardon to a notorious convicted corrupt former Governor and his kinsman, DSP Alamieyeseigha, and other criminals, including a paedophile.
"Those who recently looted the Police Pensions Board, including its former Director are yet to be brought to book. The list is endless; yet Jonathan's regime talks about fight against corruption. The attitude of Mr. President in recycling corrupt individuals in public places is worrisome and does not inspire confidence at all.
"In fact, on issue after issue, he has shown that he will never combat corruption but will rather aid, abet and shield corrupt officials.
"The group called on President Jonathan to withdraw, immediately, Mr. Mu'azu's nomination and take "creative steps" to rebuild confidence and imbue confidence in the anti-corruption war.
"This is the only pathway to redemption, prosperity and development in this country," the statement added.

Obi bribes candidates to oppose cancellation of Guber elections

victor umeh and governor obiYesterday afternoon, Anambra State Government unrepentant about how much damage they have caused to the reputation of the State last Saturday’s elections invited some candidates to the government house and made jumbo offers to them to sign a prepared text by APGA and the government. In fact the statement was prepared by a Deputy Director General in the APGA
campaign who is a serving member of the state cabinet.
While five of the candidate fell for the hook, we are proud of the greater number –over seven of them towed the path of Sxza\honour by rejecting the offer and calling for a total cancellation of the results in line with the dictates of their conscience.
We commend these seven candidates namely : Chief Basil Onuora Onyeachonam (Social Democratic Party ,SDP), chief Dennis Oguguo (KOWA Party),Chief Anayo Arinze (African Democratic Congress ,ADC),Hon. Basil Iwuoba (Peoples Party of Nigeria PPN), Chief Chuka Nwankwo ,Accord), chief Patrick Ibeziako (African Peoples Alliance ,APA), Professor Ben Akanegbu (United Peoples Party ,UPP).
History is repeating itself in Anambra State, and we are proud that there are still persons who can say no to impunity irrespective of whether they are frontliners in the race. We commend them and cannot but note that these seven have written their names in the Anambra State Hall of Fame, which for the time being resides in our minds. When the political history of Anambra State is written, these candidates will take their place.
Their call for total cancellation brings to 18, out of 23, the number of candidates that have voted for the total cancellation of the elections. Some other candidates however have taken the money offered by the Peter Obi led State Government whose succeeding mission is to do personal business with Anambra State apparatus, no matter what odium the state faces as a result of these mercantile actions, which includes procurement of November 16, 2013 elections.
The candidates who did not receive the blessing of their party and supporters but fell for the offer include Godson Okoye (United Democratic Party, UDP), Engr. Tony Anene (Action Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN) , Dr. Webster Okonkwo (National Conscience Party, NCP), Leonard Uchendu (New Nigeria People Party, NNPP) and Pastor Simon Okafor (MMMP.
These minorities will have their say, but we now know where they are coming from. However it is not so much the number as much as the fact that what INEC conducted in Anambra State is a an unlawful elections that brazenly contravened many sections of the Electoral Act and disfranchised so many, witnessed intimidation of voter, violence, intimidation and outright denial of voting materials.
We restate our stand, now shared with seventeen other campaigns that only fresh elections would be acceptable to the generality of Anambra State, and see the current divide as an opportunity for Ndi Anambra to identify their enemies, who wish that they should not vote so that their governors will be appointed from the ranks of the corrupt and inept.
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Chris Ngige campaign Organisation
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Corruption kills 80% of SMEs in Nigeria, Africa - ACCA

A new report by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), may have corroborated experts’ view that bribery and corruption is a major contributor to the demise of 80 per cent of  Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs),within the first five years of their establishment in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.
77 per cent  of accountants in sub-Saharan Africa, surveyed for a global study, believe that bribery is a major concern for businesses in the SMEs sector, and 64 per cent  said it had a  negative impact on the business environment as a whole.
Commenting on the report, Toyin Ademola from ACCA Nigeria, said: “While sub-Saharan Africa is a huge place, it is clear that there is a consensus among respondents that bribery and corruption damages a business’s reputation and makes it harder to attract investment. The big question for accountants here in Nigeria is: How do we tackle bribery and corruption?  The research respondents said the most effective methods would be whistle blowing laws and more high profile prosecutions.”
The newly published research from ACCA further stated that more than 60 per cent of respondents did not support the idea that the law should treat bribery and corruption more leniently in the SMEs sector than in the large company or public sectors; but should be tackled across board.
The report, “Combating Bribery in the SMEs sector” was conducted by ACCA among 1000 of its global members.
Toyin Ademola reiterated: “This report has a clear message for accountants, SMEs and the government here in Nigeria. The full restoration of trust and confidence in the business sector can only be achieved when people believe that business is being conducted fairly and transparently.
“By adopting a value-based approach, businesses can help themselves and, indirectly, help to achieve the wider goal of enhancing confidence in the business sector as a whole. Accountants, who have twin responsibilities to give best advice to their employers or clients and an obligation to act in the public interest, have a major part to play in this process.”
The findings reveal a concern that many SMEs are not taking the right steps to mitigate the risks of exposure to bribery and corruption. It also suggests that many businesses have been willing to mis-state financial statements to cover up for bribery and corruption and that recourse to such practices has been exacerbated by the global financial crisis.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Extortion: Fashola Reads Riot Act To LASTMA Officials

Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola,yesterday warned personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA) to desist from extorting money from motorists, saying any erring official found culpable of extortion will be prosecuted.

Fashola who spoke at the induction of the new Special Traffic Mayors and meeting with LASTMA personnel held at the LTV8 Blue Roof, Agidingbi, Ikeja, urged the officials to focus on the free flow of traffic in the state metropolis rather than arrest of erring motorists.

The governor emphatically urged LASTMA officers to allow traffic offenders to go scot free if their apprehending an offender will further cause traffic congestion.

While harping on the circulating video clip in the social media showing a junior LASTMA personnel caught by cameras demanding N8,000 bribe from a motorist for violating traffic law, Fashola assured that the erring official now at large will be prosecuted.

He said, ” If making arrest will create more traffic, let the offender go. If somebody is impeding the traffic, it is your job to let him go so that you can do your primary job. The longer motorists stay on traffic the more fuel they burn. Traffic offenders must not defeat the purpose for which you are on the road.”

Fashola urged the traffic management personnel to always report all the pot holes on the roads in the areas they are assigned to enable government rehabilitate them , saying the state Public
Works Corporation was established for this purpose.

He said, “Let us commend the citizen for exposing the fellow in the LASTMA who was demanding bribe. We will get him as soon as possible. I am sure he will have days in court. He is a bad egg that does not represent the good ones among us.”

He noted that the Lagos Traffic Law 2012 had been able to reduce accident rates in the state from 646 cases recorded to 111 monthly.

“The law has worked. Death from motorcycles was 15 monthly before but it has now dropped to 1 monthly. I am happy to inform you that from August 2013 to October 2013, no death was recorded. My first duty as a governor is to protect your lives and properties”.

Fashola revealed that plans are in the offing by his administration to convert LASTMA personnel who are contract staff to full public service staff so that they can enjoy other benefits that a permanent civil servant in the state enjoys.


Thursday, 14 November 2013

VIDEO: LASTMA Official Caught On Tape Collecting Bribe

An official of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA) has been caught red-handed demanding bribe from a motorist who is suspected to have broken the Lagos traffic law deliberately to expose corrupt law enforcement agents in the state.

The motorist, driving on Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos state, was stopped at the Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant junction, recorded an amateur video and sent it to the iWitness platform of Channels Television.

The yet-to-be identified LASTMA official accused the motorist of beating the traffic light.
As penalty, the motorist was charged the sum of N8,000 and was escorted to the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) to withdraw the cash to settle the officer.

It will be recalled that a police officer, Chris Omeleze, caught on film soliciting for inducement by an unknown motorist was dismissed by the Nigerian Police Force.

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CLO accuses three soldiers of extorting N200, 000 from Bayelsa residents

The CLO petitioned the Defence Headquarters over the actions of the soldiers.
By: Arodiegwu Eziukwuin

The Bayelsa Chapter of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has petitioned the Defence Headquarters over alleged case of misconduct and extortion by some soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force operating in the state.

The human rights group alleged that three soldiers on escort duty in the creek had forcefully demanded and extorted N200, 000 from some indigenes of Atonyekiri community, near Nembe in Bayelsa.

The Bayelsa chairman of the organisation, Nengi James, who disclosed this in Yenagoa, said that a formal complaint has also been filed with the Unit Commander of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Brass Island.

Mr. James, who is also the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of Nembe Kingdom, said that the accused soldiers carried out the alleged crime on Tuesday at about 3 p.m.while on an escort duty for Agip.

According to him, the soldiers were escorting Agip workers who were undertaking a repair work at a crude oil leakage site close to Atonyekiri community in Brass Local Government Area of the state.
“While the Agip staff and some Nembe Oil and Gas Committee members were at the site of the oil spillage to effect the repairs, they left behind the soldiers on the gun boat provided for the escort duty.
“The three soldiers, whose names have been given to the JTF Commander of the Brass Unit disembarked and invaded the Diesel Pump station within the community with the accusation of illegal bunkering.

“They demanded for the sum of half a million naira but when the people refused, they brought out a Jerry can of fuel and sprayed it on the houses in the fishing settlement and threatened to burn down their homes,” Mr. James said.

He alleged that the diesel dealer and the indigenes of the community raised N200,000 and gave it to the soldiers. He said that following the soldiers action, the Agip officials present quickly filed a complaint with the JTF Unit commander in Brass.

“We also filed our complaint, and have decided to take it further by writing the Chief of Army Staff,” Mr. James said.

He called on the military authorities to order an investigation into the incident and ensure that the soldiers involved are made to face justice.

According to him, “if proper investigation is not done, it will further discourage communities to work with the security agents on the needed campaign against oil bunkering.

“This is a crime against humanity and the people of the Niger Delta. If not investigated, it will mean that the top brass of the Nigerian Military are involved in the rising cases of extortion and threats.”
When contacted on the development, the spokesperson of the JTF, Onyema Nwachukwu said its headquarters has not received any official complaint from the groups, nor briefing from its Unit Commander in Brass.

“But let me assure you that if such reports are received, it will investigated and those involved would be judiciously dealt with if there are found wanting,” Mr. Nwachukwu, a Lieutenant Colonel, said.

Source: Premiumtimes

1 in 5 Africans forced to pay bribes for police, health care, education

Nigerian Catholics pray and worship during morning mass April 12, 2005 in Kano, Nigeria. Kano is part of Nigeria's primarily Muslim north, but devoted Catholic minority participates in frequent Masses in local cathedrals. Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria is considered a leading contender to become pope in the aftermath of the death of Pope John Paul II.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Nigerian Catholics pray and worship during morning mass April 12, 2005 in Kano, Nigeria. Kano is part of Nigeria's primarily Muslim north, but devoted Catholic minority participates in frequent Masses in local cathedrals. Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria is considered a leading contender to become pope in the aftermath of the death of Pope John Paul II. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Almost one in five Africans were forced to pay a bribe in the past year just to get basic public services, a major survey said Thursday.

In Sierra Leone — the worst affected country — almost two thirds of people said they had given money to public officials for permits, access to health care and school, according to the “Let the People Have Their Say” report by Afrobarometer. Morocco, Guinea and Kenya were close behind.
To compile the report, Afrobarometer surveyed 51,000 Africans across 34 countries.

The institution rated most corrupt across the whole continent was the police. Alex Vines, head of the Africa Program at Chatham House, said the figures displayed a policing “crisis” in Africa. Nigeria, Kenya and Sierra Leone rated the worst for police corruption.

“If you were to take a group of young people in Africa and say, ‘Someone has burgled your house,’ the majority would not phone the police,” he said. “They would rather go to someone else they might know who could sort it out.

“Policing across much of Africa is in crisis. So you get informal police forces in place of the official ones which aren’t doing their job. Vigilante policing provides the protection that the police fail to do.”
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Illegal fees collection: Niger govt suspends 5 principals

FIVE principals of some public secondary schools in Niger State  have been placed on suspension by the state government over allegation of collecting illegal fees from  the newly admitted students into their schools.

According to a press statement signed by the state’s Commissioner  for  Education, Alhaji Danladi Umar Abdulhameed, a copy of which was made available to  the Nigerian Tribune at the weekend, in Minna, the state capital, stated that  the actions of the affected principals  contravened  the Free Education Policy of the incumbent administration of Dr Muazu Babangida Aiiyu- led government in the state .

The release added that the affected schools included the Day Secondary School, Tunga, Army Day Secondary School, Minna, Day Secondary School, Madalla and Halidu Adamu Junior Secondary School , Suleja.

It stated further that the suspension took effect from Wednesday, October 23, as the affected principals were directed to hand over the administration of their schools to the vice principals administration or next in the administrative hierarchy.

Abdulhameed  has, however, warned other principals in the state to desist  from such acts and should ensure adequate compliance with the Free Education Policy  of the PDP-led administration in the state, which the release pointed out was still in force.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that the state’s Ministry of  Education had recently received complaints from some concerned citizens residents in the state of some principals, who allegedly indulged in charging illegal  fees, especially from  the new students in their respective schools, which violated the generosity of the Muazu  Babangida Aliyu-led government on free education policy in the state.
The release affirmed that it had no other choice than to wield  big stick  against the affected principals with the view to forestall a recurrence of the illegal  actions of the suspects.
Source: Tribune