The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offices Commission (ICPC) has discredited a report by Daily Trust Newspaper which claimed that a plan had been hatched to exonerate offenders tagged “loyalists” and those it claimed have been recruited under the current Board.
The anti-corruption agency made this known in a statement by its spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua.
The statement reads:
“The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offices Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to an inaccurate report titled “Certificate, Age Scandal Rocks ICPC” published on Monday, 15th November, 2021 by the Daily Trust Newspaper.
“The Commission strongly refutes in its entirety attempts by the newspaper to malign the Hon. Chairman and Board members with spurious claims that a plan had been hatched to exonerate offenders tagged “loyalists” and those it claimed have been recruited under the current Board.
“This is therefore to set the record straight regarding the ongoing certificate verification exercise by the Commission, as the report by the Daily Trust seems intended to undermine the reforms being undertaken by the current leadership of the ICPC.
“The certificate verification exercise commenced in 2019 with the request by the current Board for screening of all officers by the Department of State Services (DSS). The verification by the DSS is aimed at making the process independent and transparent. The exercise is on-going and not yet concluded. Verification exercises have been conducted in the past by the DSS, and therefore the current exercise is not a new one.
“Another routine verification exercise in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) was commenced by the Federal Government through the IPPIS earlier in the year, to clear discrepancies in public service personnel records.
“The Commission created an in-house team to carry out verification of its staff records as supplementary to the one set up by the Government.
“This internal verification exercise is still on-going and no report of anomaly has yet been received from the Committee by the Board. That being the case the issue of “soft landing” therefore does not arise and the Daily Trust’s report is preemptive and erroneous.
“The Commission will act on the findings and recommendations of its Verification Exercise Committee, including prosecution of offenders, where necessary.
“The newspaper’s claim that “agitations for the Commission to beam its searchlight on its staff also heightened with the case of an ex-female staff that left the ICPC to join the NDIC but was later sacked upon discovery that she was parading forged credentials” is also inaccurate. It needs to be unequivocally stated that the case of the ex-female staff occurred prior to the assumption of office by the current Board.
“The ICPC will not be distracted by sponsored reports in the media, and threats to the Board as it will continue to execute its mandate and reforms in the Commission without fear or favour.
Two Men Stabs RCCG Pastor To Death After Giving Life To Christ In Lagos
Suspected hoodlums have attacked and killed a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in FESTAC Town, in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Punch reports that the victim, Pastor Babatunde Dada, was killed inside the RCCG Chapel of Resurrection on 13 Road, 6th Avenue, FESTAC Town.
The killing, which happened on Thursday, December 2, was saidd to have been perpetrated by two new converts who came to the church for the first time a Sunday before the incident.
The two youths were said to have come out during an altar call and surrendered their lives to Jesus.
The church accommodated them on its premises after they claimed to be stranded.
They had barely spent a week in the church when they reportedly stabbed the cleric to death.
A senior pastor in the church, Akin Odejare, declined comment on the incident.
However, the wife of the pastor, Bose, narrated the incident to newsmen she said she called her husband on the day of the incident and he promised to come home to rest.
She said, “My husband was killed on December 2 at the church. He was the admin/accounts officer, as well as the parish pastor. I was not with him when he was killed, but I was told that they collected money from him. I heard that those who killed him were new converts.”
A family member, who is also a security expert, Mr Abolarinwa Olatunbosun, said the pastor was killed after withdrawing money from a bank.
He said, “The pastor went to a bank to withdraw some money and went to rest on the first floor of the church. Two persons said to be new converts went to meet him upstairs, broke his head and killed him.
“The matter was reported to the police and one of the suspects, who ran to Ilorin, has been arrested.”
Olatunbosun said the killing might be for ritual purposes, adding that the assailants were suspected Internet fraudsters, aka Yahoo boys.
The expert said criminals were beginning to attack churches and pastors because they believed there was money in church.
He advised religious centres to be security conscious and put in place strategies that could stop criminals from killing, kidnapping and robbing leaders and worshippers.
A friend of the slain pastor, Fred Enemigin, who is the founder, Highflyers International, Lagos, said in a Facebook post that the pastor was stabbed multiple times.
He wrote, “Two boys had come to church last Sunday and they responded to the altar call by giving their lives to Christ. After church service, they waited to see the head pastor and told him that they were stranded without any place to stay.
“On compassionate grounds, the pastor allowed them to stay somewhere within the church premises pending when they would be resettled. Pastor Tunde Dada, who had for almost a decade been the accountant of RCCG Chapel of Resurrection Parish, was assigned to provide needed welfare for the boys until their matter would be sorted.
“On the fateful Thursday, Tunde was seated in his office and the boys targeting that they were alone on the church premises with him, entered his office and attacked him with knives and other sharp weapons. He was stabbed multiple times and places until they had him killed right there on the spot.
“Our minds are still searching for what the rift between the boys and Tunde was considering the fact that the Tunde we knew was a very gentle soul. Could they have asked for more welfare than what was approved for them and Tunde declined? What on earth would warrant this brutal killing by those who were recipients of a server of the church’s benevolence? There are many more questions that we have not found answers to.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said he had yet to be briefed about the case.
Six Students Expelled From Kwara State Poly For Submitting Fake OND Result
Kwara State Polytechnic has expelled six Higher National Diploma (HND) students for submitting fake Ordinary National Diploma (OND) certificates.
The school management made the announcement on Wednesday.
A statement by the Principal Assistant Registrar, Academic Matter Board, Mr Onikoko Saliu, accused the affected students of forging their ND certificates.
The statement read in part, “Sequel to the discovery of your involvement in the submission of fake/forged National Diploma certificates, contrary to the matriculation oath you swore to, the Kwara State Polytechnic management has approved your immediate expulsion from the polytechnic.
“Your expulsion is in line with the provision in the reviewed Students’ Information and Regulation Handbook, 2019.”
“You have therefore ceased to be a student at the polytechnic and should hand over all polytechnic properties in your possession to the Head of Department or the appropriate polytechnic officials.
The affected Students include Jessey Osariemhen, Department of Estate Management (HND19ETMFT137); Quadir Toheeb Olamilekan, Department of Business Administration (HND19BAMFT600); and Eyeowa Tomiwa Oluwakemi, Department of Public Administration (HND19PADFT592.)
Others are Yusuf Zainab Abake, Department of Public Administration (HND19PADFT592); Lawal Abdulrahman Lawal, Department of Banking and Finance (HND19BFNFT380); and Adeyeye Ademola Blessing, Department of Banking and Finance, (HND19BFNFT555).”
The polytechnic also advised the affected students to strictly comply with the directive so as to avoid litigation.
EFCC arraigns lawyer for N4.2m land fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal Command today, December 8, 2021 arraigned one Hussaini Mohammed Hussaini, a legal practitioner before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the State High Court sitting in Maiduguri on a one count charge of land fraud to the tune of N4, 200, 000.00 (Four Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira).
The defendant allegedly swindled the nominal complainant over sale of two plots of land which he claimed he had the owners’ instruction to sell.
However, investigation revealed that the defendant was neither a custodian of the land nor acquainted with the owner.
The charge reads: ‘‘That you, Hussaini M. Hussaini sometime in September, 2021 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently induced Suleiman Abiodun by deceiving him to deliver the total sum of Four Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N4, 200, 000.00), being money allegedly for the payment of two plots of land measuring 200ft by 100ft lying and situated at 44G Damboa Road, between Federal Road Safety Office and Federal Metro Radio Station, via Bank transfer from his Zenith Bank account number 2083694059 to account number 2119265725 domiciled at UBA, with account name; Alhassan Sanusi, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State 1994 and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.’’
The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge.
Upon his plea, prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Mohammed asked for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in the Correctional Centre. Attempt by counsel to the defendant, Ernest Bayo to move oral bail application for his client was refused as Justice Kumaliya insisted that bail application must be filed and served on all parties including the court before his prayer could be heard.
She adjourned the matter till January 17, 2022 for commencement of trial.
The defendant was remanded in the Correctional Facility.
In a similar development, one David Osigbe Irumekhai was also arraigned before Justice Kumaliya for his alleged involvement in a N9, 900, 000.00 (Nine Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira) contract scam.
David obtained the money from his victim under the guise of financing five ‘Purchase Orders’ purportedly emanating from Terres Des Homme, International Medical Corps and International Organization for Migration and promised to pay back once the contracts were executed.
He however converted the money for his own use, deploying a huge chunk into funding his sports betting account.
The charge reads: ‘‘That you David Osigbe Irumekhai sometime in November, 2020 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly converted to your own use the total sum of Nine Million Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (N9, 900, 000.00) being money belonging to Nuhu Titus and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State 1994 and Punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.’’
He pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Mohammed asked for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant in prison.
Justice Kumaliya adjourned the matter till January 25, 2022 for commencement of trial and remanded the defendant in the Correctional Centre.
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