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Making ‘Africa Rising’ a Reality in Nigeria

By Muhammadu Buhari Until a few years ago, Africa Rising was a dominant theme in conversations about the global economy. That enthusiasm has since cooled, so that in newsrooms and think tanks and conference panels, “Africa Rising!” has given way to a more questioning “Africa Rising?” While some of that pessimism may be justified, we do

Patience Jonathan’s cash: Houseboy, driver’s names used to open $15m accounts

Dame Patience Jonathan Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested four domestic servants, including a driver and a houseboy, whose names were used to open bank accounts for Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Sources within the anti-graft agency said on Sunday that the companies’ accounts

Corruption is a tough addiction to break, says Trevor Manuel

BY STAFF WRITER Trevor Manuel. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON A LIFE lived on “ill-gotten” gains is harder to ditch than drug addiction‚ former finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Tuesday. In a series of podcasts and video clips aired by Eyewitness News‚ Manuel said of the issue of state capture and corruption: “We are [at a]

Diezani forfeits N4.8b Abuja houses to govt

Diezani forfeits N4.8b Abuja houses to govt By: Yusuf Allion Diezani_Alison-Madueke EFCC detectives probe five choice assets in Port Harcourt Detectives have been deployed in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, in the ongoing probe of former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Of interest are five choice houses believed to be Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s.

Fuel Subsidy Gulps $35bn Spent In 5 Years, Say Ex-NNPC Director

By Ebriku John Friday A former acting group executive director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Tim Okon, has revealed that Nigeria spent an estimated $35bn as subsidy on petroleum products out of the $300bn earned from crude oil from 2010 and 2014. This is just as experts from the oil sector have

Naija police …

“The situation is worse on the roads where people drive with impunity and ignore traffic signs. In fact, people who observe the traffic rules put your life in danger. Driving an expensive car is a licence to use your mobile phone while driving. The policeman is afraid of the big man.” If you survive a

Even the gods don’t drink palmwine

By Dare Babarinsa   PHOTO: It is getting clearer by the day that the Nigerian economy may be sicker than we earlier thought. The indices are there for all to see. Many factories have closed down or are producing below capacity. About 30 per cent of Nigerians below the age of 35 are unemployed,

Buhari re-launches War Against Indiscipline Brigade in Abuja

Buhari re-launches War Against Indiscipline Brigade in Abuja [PHOTOS]By Seun Opejobi on August 8, 2016 The fight against corruption took a new twist on Monday with the re-introduction of the War Against Indiscipline, WAI, Brigade in Abuja by the federal government. Unveiling the brigade, the Buhari-led Federal Government explained that the body will aide civil

Why Babangida, Gusau removed me from power – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was removed from office 31 years ago because he was planning to purge the military hierarchy of corruption. Mr. Buhari, who has not spared the military even in his ongoing anti-corruption war, said senior military leaders, led by former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Aliyu Gusau, removed

EFCC arrests ex-Customs boss, Dikko, for N40bn fraud

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja A former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for allegedly diverting N40bn from the coffers of the NCS. Dikko, it was learnt, had been on the radar of the EFCC for several months but his whereabouts had remained unknown.

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