‘We Stand By Nigeria’ – Transparency International Praises EFCC Chair, Magu


Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International, TI, has said that the anti-corruption body will stand by Nigeria to get rid of the menace called corruption in order to improve the lives of people.

Rubio made the assertion during a courtesy visit to the EFCC Headquarters, Abuja on May 23, 2018. The visit comes a few days after Ibrahim Magu, the acting EFCC Chairman emerged as the new Chair of the Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa.

“We are here to stand by the anti-corruption fighters and also learn from the work the EFCC is doing,” Rubio said.
While offering her support to the EFCC, Rubio, who is visiting Africa for the first time, noted that her choice of Nigeria as first stop was recognition of the country’s efforts in fighting corruption.

“I am familiar with the problem and I am familiar with EFCC’s fight against corruption in Nigeria as you are working in a difficult context,” Rubio added.

On his part, Auwal Rafsanjani, Head, Transparency International Nigeria/Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, offered the support of TI to help Nigeria in curbing corruption and commended the EFCC exploits in the area of assets recovery.

“Transparency International recognises the efforts of the government under the leadership of the present acting Chairman to address the lapses in our policy, party and legislation that make corruption thrive and is interested in addressing the menace called corruption,” he said.

Magu appreciated Transparency International for the visit and its support and promised to continue to put in place measures that will ensure that Nigeria received better ranking in TI’s future ratings.

“We are not disappointed by the Transparency International ranking, we have seen the ranking and Nigeria has moved five points ahead of the previous ranking and we as an institution are doing well and hope to improve,” he said.

He urged the Transparency International to work together with Nigeria to understand how the ratings work in order to change the perception of Nigeria as being “fantastically corrupt”.

“As an institution, one of our strategies is to improve the country’s image, to encourage investors to come and invest in a very favourable environment and that is why EFCC has not left any stone unturned in dealing with Advance Fee Fraud (419),” he added.


Group Asks Court To Jail JOHESU Officials For Failing To Suspend Strike

The incorporated trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International on Wednesday made true its threat to commence contempt suit against top officials of the Joint Health Sector Union for allegedly disobeying an order of the court directing them to suspend their ongoing strike.

A contempt suit prescribes imprisonment as penalty for disobedience to a court order.
The President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, had in the Abuja Division of the court on May 17, 2018, granted KFHRI’s ex parte application by ordering the principal officers and representatives of JOHESU to suspend the strike within 24 hours.
The strike which commenced on April 17, 2018, paralysing health institutions across the country is now about five weeks.

KFHRI, through its lawyer, Mr. Okere Nnadmi, had on May 18, 2018, a day after the court made the allegedly flouted order, threatened to commence a contempt suit against the union’s officials if the disobedience to the said court order continued.

In making real it’s threat, the group on Wednesday applied to the National Industrial Court in Abuja, for the issuance of Forms 86 and 87, the two notices for the commencement of contempt proceedings against alleged violators of the court order.

Both the Form 86 (notice of consequence to court order) and Form 87 (notice to show cause why the violators should not be jailed) were targeted against JOHESU’s President, Mr. Josiah Biobelemoye, and the union’s vice-president, Mr. Chimele Ogbonna, representing the entire union.

The Form 86 carried a threat of likely imprisonment against Biobelemoye and Ogbonna, should they continue to disobey the court order directing them to suspend their ongoing strike.

“Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in this order you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison,” the court paper read in part.

The Form 87 stated that KHRFI would at about 9am on June 4 or thereafter “apply for your committal to prison for having disobeyed the court order of interim injunction of this court made on May 17, 2018…”


See What Happened After Fight Between Hausa Man And Igbo Men In Onitsha Market

A man has narrated how violence would have erupted today at Onitsha Main Market in Anambra state after a Hausa man allegedly fought with a group of Igbo men following a disagreement. Ekwegbalu Nnamdi who witnessed the incident – took to Facebook to narrate what happened. Read below;

An ordinary incidence would have deteriorated into a violent demonstration today in Onitsha Main Market. And the incidence was as follows: a certain Hausa man allegedly was said to have been beaten by a group of Igbo men, reason being that he allegedly threw a metal pipe at a group of persons merely because they had asked him to carry his load with ease. Angrily some of those men resorted to fighting the Hausa man.

The Hausa man however, speedily ran to the barracks to bring military men. The soldiers without hesitation landed in the market and bundled a certain unsuspecting man into their truck. The man allegedly wasn’t part of the incidence, but was unlucky to have been found at the scene of the incidence as of the time the soldiers arrived.

In response to the action, the people demonstrated that truly “Igwebuike” {Unity is Strength}. They quickly rallied round the military truck and refused that it would bundle this innocent Civilian to the barracks with them.

The soldiers however started threatening to invock violence. The matter would have gotten exponentially worse, as the people were determined to see to it that the worse happened, citing the injustice which daily is being meted on the Igbo race: from Boko Haram attacks, to the onslaught by Fulani Herdsman. They then wondered, how it is that these soldiers who were heavily armed responded quickly, merely because it was there fellow Hausa who brought the complaint.

As the tension continued to escalate and more people gathered to the scene, whereas the soldiers were equally undeterred. The chairman of Onitsha Main Market, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu swiftly intervenened, by descending to the arena like a Lion, requesting that the matter be brought to his office without delay, and with wisdom presided over the issue.

Long story cut short, the man was eventually not taken to the barracks as planned. Lesson to learn, when there is a strong leadership it acts as a deterrent to chaos. But then a point to ponder: Do these soldiers really react this speedily when a man who is not their kinsmen brings a report of an injustice to them or was it merely motivated by ethinic sentiment?

Source; https://www.nationalhelm.co/2018/05/man-reveals-what-happened-after-fight-between-hausa-man-and-igbo-men-in-onitsha.html

Actress Mimi Orjiekwe Rumored To Be Pregnant For Warri Billionaire, Mike Ikuku

Nollywood actress and single mother of one Mimi Orjiekwe is reportedly pregnant with Billionaire Mike Ikuku, SDK reports.

In the Rumour Has It section of the SDK blog, the actress whose daughter just clocked one is in a steaming affair with the Billionaire and is presently pregnant.

The reports have it that Mimi whose marriage crashed shortly before the birth of her child had already moved into the Banana Island mansion of Mike Ikuku who had also been linked romantically with several other top actresses in the industry.

SDK’s source reveals that Mimi is already showing and only posting old pictures. She was also reportedly spotted in Ikoyi where she went for a medical check with her best friend.

Although the news has not been confirmed or debunked by the actress, a trip to her page, however, shows she hasn’t been posting her photos lately.

If the reports are true, congratulations are in order for Mimi.

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