Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says that the Nigerian Government is not deluded to think the fight against corruption has been won.
The VP while speaking during a summit on corruption organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), on Tuesday, said although the government has made progress in its effort to free the country of corruption, the menace is far from being wiped out of the system.
Anti-corruption war is the focal point of the Buhari-Osinbajo led government. The administration has spent 4 years in office and has been reelected for a second term.
He said: “And since 2015 much has been done in this battle against corruption. But we are not even slightly deluded into thinking that we have won the battle, certainly not.
“We are still very far away but we must admit that we are much closer to finding solutions than when we began.”
He added that their policy was to tackle grand corruption first.
‘By this I mean the stealing of huge public resources directly from the treasury, usually at the behest of the highest levels of executive authority. And the stealing of budgeted funds through various schemes.
“How did we go about this – the enforcement of TSA, the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, and even ensuring that most civil servants are on the IPPIS electronic platform (which simply is our way of ensuring that there are no ghost workers by putting all public officials including those in the Armed Forces and the police on the electronic payment platform) and this has greatly reduced ghost workers and ensured that all of our human resources are accounted for electronically.
“The judiciary also moved a little in recent times. The Supreme Court in a lead judgment recently held that forfeiture under Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act is a civil matter.
“So, it neither requires the criminal conviction of the property owner nor his innocence. This opens the door for forfeiture of assets that the purported owner cannot explain, whether or not there is an allegation of corruption,” he said.
Teenager, man drown in Kano within hours
Spokesman for the Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano, that 18-year-old Murtala drowned at 5pm.
“We received a distress call from one Abubakar Aliyu at 5pm that Murtala’s body was found floating in a pond.
“On receiving the information, we sent our rescue team to the scene at 5:15pm.
“The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
“Murtala was found dead and his corpse was later handed over to his father, Alhaji Murtala Salisu,’’ the spokesman said.
In another development, the fire service spokesman added that 20-year-old Mohammed Shaharali drowned when he fell into an open pool of water on Sunday morning at Ladanai in Nasarawa LGA of Kano State.
The spokesman said that the service received a call from one Mr Ishaiaku Yaro, at 9:22am who said that a body was found floating on the water.
“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our rescue team to the scene at 9:30am.” he said.
According to him, the deceased was rescued unconscious but later confirmed dead.
The spokesman said that his remains were handed to the Head of Hotoron Arewa Central Ward, Alhaji Murtala Mohammed.
He advised the general public to be careful while bathing in pools, ponds and other sources of water.
NAN reports that there have been increased cases of drowning since the commencement of the heat season in Kano about a month ago.
Kaduna: ECWA pastor, daughter, 16 others kidnapped
The Nation reports that the Pastor and 16 others, among whom were his daughter and son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church, were seized by gunmen within the church premises during service on Sunday.
Zaria DCC Secretary of the church, Rev Nath Waziri said “It is sad to inform you that one of our pastors, his daughter and 15 other members of ECWA Church Dankade were kidnapped in the early hours of today.
“The church hosted a combined choir fellowship Saturday night to early hours of today. Then, this morning (Sunday), kidnappers stormed the church, when the gunmen came, they asked everyone in the church to surrender his or her phones and demanded the whereabouts of the pastor.
“After threatening the choristers they became afraid and showed them the pastor’s home. They took him away and his daughter with 15 others, including the son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church.”
He added that as at 10 p.m. on Sunday, no contact has been established with the kidnappers.
Kwara: Gov. Ahmed speaks on ‘moving’ State-owned property out of Government House
The Government, in a statement to DAILY POST on Monday, dismissed the story making the rounds in some quarters as false news.
It was reported that Gov Ahmed and some other government officials in the Government House, Ilorin were moving government property just few days to the end of their tenure.
However, in a brief statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Dr Muyideen Akorede, the government said what was being erroneously circulated were images of a truck load of charity (Zakat) items provided by Alhaji Aliko Dangote through his foundation which were being taken out of government house for distribution to people in keeping with the annual practice.
The statement added, “Clearly, those were not government property. For the record, all government property inside government house are bar-coded and contained in an inventory which will be handed over to the incoming government.”
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