The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says the conviction and sentencing of the former governor of Abia Orji Uzor Kalu, on N7.56 billion fraud, is further proof that the war against corruption is in full swing.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju in Abuja on Thursday, BMO said Kalu, being a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was not shielded from prosecution, contrary to what opposition elements had been saying about the ruling party.
Akinsiju said that the conviction of a high ranking APC chieftain proved that the courts were indeed independent in this dispensation.
“For some time, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its supporters had been casting aspersion on the anti-corruption crusade, especially in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
“The claim then was that all a politician seeking protection from trial needed to do was to join APC.
”And this was even after two former governors who are also members of the ruling party, had been convicted and sent to jail.
“This speaks for the focus and uncompromising nature of the administration, and if a high ranking senator is in jail, then clearly a message has been sent out on the rule of law.
“So if there was any doubt about President Muhammadu Buhari’s sincerity, then the fact that a ranking member of his party has been sentenced to a 12-year jail term is proof that such doubts had been unfounded.
“We hope that the judgment delivered by Justice Muhammad Idris of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, would clear all doubts about the seriousness of the anti-graft crusade,” BMO chairman said.
He also commended Buhari for his efforts at ensuring that Nigeria had stronger institutions that could operate independently without interference.
Akinsiju said: “On his watch, the nation’s anti-graft agencies now have a new lease on life and are exceeding previous records of performance.”
“We hope that Nigerians will no longer be regaled with tales of a selective war against graft, especially when judgment day comes for some members of the previous administrations standing trial for sundry corruption charges,” he said.
11 Killed, 4 Women Kidnapped As Bandits Raid Niger Communities
11 persons have been killed and four women kidnapped as gunmen attacked five communities in Shiroro local government area.
Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala Makera and Dnalgwa communities were attacked in the early hours of Saturday.
The bandits were said to have moved from house to house to carry out their activities.
The attack is coming barely one week after eight communities were sacked by bandits in the same Shiroro local government where a village head and 16 others were killed.
One of the victims of the attack, Saidu Yisa, said that two of his wives were raped by four of the bandits in his presence before he was shot at a close range.
The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District Alhaji Sani Musa confirmed the latest attack saying that the situation is getting out of hand.
The Senator lamented the incessant killings and called the federal government and security agencies to up their strategies.
“As the attacks continued, more villagers in my constituency are awaiting their fate as no sign of succor seems to be coming their way. It is confirmed that the bandits are attacking all through the night to this afternoon and most communities are in grave danger,” he said.
Why EFCC Rejects Petitions — Magu
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Saturday, January 25, 2020, shed light on why some petitions sent to the anti-graft agency are returned.
According to him, every petition received by the commission passes through the Screening Committee who considers the content and determine whether it falls within the scope of its constitutional mandate.
The EFCC chairman made the explanation while featuring on “Talk Radio”, a morning programme of the Ibadan-based Inspiration 100.5 FM.
“Before we commence investigations on any petition, we give them to the Screening Committee for review. The committee will look at the content and advise accordingly on what to do.
“If it is something we should handle, we launch into action. If not, we guide the petitioner on the appropriate place to take it to,” he said.
Polygamy Is Major Cause Of Poverty In The North — Emir Of Kano, Sanusi
Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, says polygamy is the major cause of poverty in Northern Nigeria.
The monarch said this while moderating a paper presentation session on ‘the role of universities in nation building’ at the maiden convocation of the Federal University, Gusau, in Zamfara state, on Friday January 24th.
Represented by one of his aides, Usman Bugaji, the monarch said the culture of polygamy is what makes the north a major area of poverty in the country, unlike in the south where the poverty level has reduced.
“There are people who cannot afford to feed one wife but are ready to marry three wives and have more children than they can feed, talk less of paying for their school fees.
“The poverty level of the North is 80 percent, while in the South, the percentage is 20 percent, simply because of the culture of marrying many wives and producing many children who, at the end, are left on the streets to beg for what to eat,” he said.