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Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed Awards N3.6 Billion Contract To His Own Company

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Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, has awarded a N3.6 billion shady contract to a company reportedly owned by him.

This, according to a report by Premium Times, is in clear contravention of Code of Conduct and Public Procurement laws.

The contract was for the supply of a whopping 105 “officials vehicles” for the use of the governor and other government officials.

Just like the award of the contract, delivery by the contractor remains controversial with allegations of shady execution.

Officials familiar with the issue said the contract awarded to Adda Nigeria Limited, a company in which Mr Mohammed retains a 20 per cent stake, was one of his first actions as governor.

The former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was elected governor of the northeastern state in a poll that was seen as a referendum against the then incumbent Mohammed Abubakar who sought a second term.

Prior to his election as governor, Mr Mohammed was standing trial for alleged corruption during his stay as the FCT minister.

The anti-corruption agency, EFCC, first filed six-count charges against Mr Mohammed on October 10, 2017. He was accused of abuse of office and land racketeering. He denied the charges.

In April 2019, weeks after his election as governor, the agency slammed amended charges on Mr Mohammed before the FCT High Court, accusing him, among other things, of receiving a house valued at N550 million in gratification.

He was also accused of failing to disclose his ownership of some property.

With his inauguration as governor on May 29, the EFCC halted Mr Mohammed’s prosecution, in deference to the constitutional immunity from prosecution enjoyed by holders of such positions in Nigeria.

Mr Mohammed is now engrossed in a fresh scandal from his first days as Bauchi governor.

The controversial contract is among government contracts awarded by the governor prior to constituting the state executive council.

Other required procedures were also ignored as the paperwork was only hastened months after the actual contract award.

Contracts of this nature are expected to follow standard bidding processes through open competitive bidding, according to the Bauchi State Public Procurement, Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Agency law.

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EFCC Told Me to Claim $25,000 Against Shehu Sani — Star Witness

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The case of $25,000 fraud against former senator Shehu Sani has taken a new twist as the star witness has claimed that he was coerced into accusing the former senator by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The proprietor of ASD Motors, Alhaji Sani Dauda told the court at the resumption of proceedings on Tuesday that he was asked to claim that Shehu Sani defrauded him of $25,000 by the EFCC during cross examination.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over the resumed hearing on Tuesday as Alhaji Dauda made the revelation under cross examination by counsel to the former senator, Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi.

He was asked how much he gave to Shehu Sani and for what purposes. He also asked to confirm the bill of quantity for a car he sold to the accused.

He was asked further if the funds given to Sani was to bribe the EFCC and the Ministry of Justice to which he answered;

“The amount was $13,000, but the $25,000 was forced on him by the EFCC operatives as exhibit against Mallam Shehu Sani. Nobody was there when Shehu was given the $25,000 and no one was there when he refunded the money to him.

When the money was refunded to me EFCC said I must bring it, but I said no that I have recovered my money but they insisted I have been cheated that I should return the money to them.”

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Security Agents Storm Magu’s Homes

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A combined team of riot policemen and operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) are currently searching the residence of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Recall that Magu was suspended as Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday.

President Buhari had set up the panel to probe various allegations levelled against Magu, following a petition by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of State Service (DSS).

Meanwhile, a source close to the presidential panel set up to investigate Mr Magu said operatives were detailed to conduct searches at Mr Magu’s private home in Karu and his official residence in the Maitama District of the Nigerian capital.

“As I speak with you our men are on their way to Maitama, having finished with his house in Karu,” the source said.

A domestic staff at the residence confirmed the presence of the security men as of 7:30 pm.

He said the security operatives arrived in four vehicles and spent over an hour searching the house.

“They searched the house but found nothing so they wrote a report and both of us signed,” said a security guard in the house who was not authorised to speak.

Mr Magu was arrested in front of the EFCC office in Abuja by security officials on Monday, over allegations of corruption, insubordination and abuse of office by Attorney-General Abubakar Malami.

He was driven to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he appeared before a presidential panel investigating alleged corruption and insubordination.

After his appearance before the panel, he was taken into custody by the police, where he was held overnight by detectives.

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Magu’s Suspension: Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Fight Political — Moghalu

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Kingsley Moghalu, the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and presidential candidate in 2019 election has insinuated that the anti-corruption war under President Muhammadu Buhari is not independent of politics.

His position came in reaction to the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday.

Multiple sources had confirmed Magu’s suspension to The Nation after he faced the Presidential panel on corruption at the Presidential Villa on Monday morning over the allegation of corruption, insubordination and abuse of office — charges recently reported via memo by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to the President.

The ex-deputy governor of CBN on Twitter Tuesday evening said: ‘News of the suspension of EFCC Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu by President Buhari, and all the “factional” controversy surrounding him since his appointment, goes far beyond Magu.

‘Our “fight” against corruption in Nigeria has been more of politics and power play.’

While suggesting that the politics may responsible for reasons why concrete measures have not been implemented in tackling corruption, Moghalu, however, maintained neutrality on the allegations Magu is being probed for.

“I take no position on whether or not Magu is guilty as alleged or not. But I think all the controversies indicate that control of EFCC is a “prize” that is being contested by powerful interests. This may be why we have not taken the real, PREVENTIVE measures necessary,” Moghalu noted.

Aside from the call for the sack of Magu contained in Malami’s memo to Buhari, it is also on record that the 9th Senate led by Dr. Bukola Saraki refused to confirm the suspended EFCC chief as the chairman of the anti-graft agency on the account of questionable integrity.

He only served in acting capacity throughout.

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