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  • EFCC ta tabbatar da binciken jaridar Daily Trust da Dubawa dangane da rigar maman lu’u-lu’un Diezani

    Kasa da makonni biyu bayan da jaridar Daily Trust da Dubawa suka wallafa sakamakon bincikensu dangane da ko akwai rigar maman lu’u-lu’un da ake zargi ita ce mafi tsada a cikiin kayayyakin da tsohuwar ministan man fetur da ma’adinan karkashin kasa Diezani Alison-Maueke za ta yafe, hukumar EFCC ta tabbatar da gaskiyar sakamakon wannan binciken.

    Rahoton da wata jarida ta wallafa ya yi zargin cewa daga cikin kayayyakin da tsohuwar ministar wadda ake zargi da sama da fadi da dala biliyan biyu da rabi, har da “gidaje a Banana Island da ke jihar Legas.” Ya kara da cewa akwai rigunan aure 125, kananan rigunan saw a 13, rigunan maza 11, dammarar tumbi 41, rigunan mama na musamman 11, da sauransu.

    To sai dai masu amfani da soshiyal mediya sun yi gaban kansu har suna zargin cewa daga cikin kayayyakin ma akwai rigan maman da aka sanyawa lu’u-lu’u kuma irin shi ne mafi tsada a duniya domin farashin shi ya kai dalan Amirka miliyan goma sha biyu da rabi.

    Binciken da jaridar Daily Trust da Dubawa suka wallafa ranar 7 ga watan Oktoba, 2021, ya bayyana cewa zargin wai tsohuwar ministar man fetur na da rigar maman da ya fi tsada a duniya karya ne.

    Binciken ya yanke wannan shawarar ne bayan da ya bi diddigin gano tushen tarihin rigar mama mafi tsada a duniya zuwa wata rigar mama mai suna “heavenly star bra” a turance, wanda aka kirkiro a shekarar 2001 a kamfanin Victoria Secrets wani kamfanin rigunan mata na Amirka wanda Heidi Klum, bajamushiya kuma shahararriya a fanin kawa ta sanya lokacin wani bukin kwalisa a shekarar 2001.

    Binciken ya gano cewa masu zargin Madam Alison Madueke da mallakar rigar maman sun yi amfani da hotunan daya daga cikin wadanda kamfanin Victoria Secret ya kirkiro ne. Wanda ya rubuta wannan labarin kuma ya nemi karin bayani dangane da batun daga ofishin Antoni Janar na kasa wanda ke kula da irin wadannan kayayyakin.

    Mataimakin Antonin a fanin watsa labarai Malam Umar Gwandu wanda ya yi mana karin bayanin ya karyata zargin.  A yayin da shi kuma shugaban hukumar EFCC Abdulrasheed Bawa ranar laraba ya fayyace batun a daya daga cikin shirye-shiryen tashar TVC mai suna “Your View” inda ya ce: “Sau da yawa kuna zargin mu da gudanar da shari’a a kafofin yada labarai amma a tunani nay a kamata a rika kamanta adalci wa kowa da kowa. Babu wata rigar mama. Masu amfani da soshiyal mediya ne kawai suka kulla wannan sharrin.”

    Ya kuma kara da cewa: “Zan iya gaya muku wannan kyauta tunda ni ne jagoran binciken kuma ban ga wani abu kamar haka ba. Idan da akwai, da na sani. Ya kamata a ce na sani tunda ni na jagoranci binciken. Shi ya sa na ce daya daga cikin manyan matsalolinmu it ace halayarmu. Ya kamata mu canza dan a sami gyara.” 

  • Aboubakar Hima defrauded Nigeria of arms funds in past administration, not in Buhari’s govt

    Claim:  A viral message on social media claims that Buhari’s regime declared a foreign national from Niger wanted for defrauding Nigeria of arms funds approximately $400 million, N400 million and €10 million.

    While it is true that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have declared a Nigerien wanted for defrauding Nigeria of arms funds, it is not true that the deal took place under President Buhari’s regime and the exact amount of the deal is $394million, €9.9million, and N369 Million.  So, this information is misleading.

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    The Chief Executive Officer of Societe D`Equipment Internationaux (SEI), Aboubakar Hima, a military contractor and Niger Republic citizen, was declared wanted, in July 2020, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), in a case of criminal conspiracy, contract scam, misappropriation of public funds, money laundering and fraud.

    The EFCC alleged that Aboubakar, received the funds for the purchase of equipment for the Nigerian military and that investigations have revealed discrepancies in the supply of the equipment. Having failed to honour invitations from the Commission. Hima is currently evading investigation, thus the need to declare him wanted.

    Recently, a viral message surfaced on Whatsapp claiming that Buhari’s regime declared a foreign national from Niger wanted for defrauding Nigeria of arms funds in the amounts of approximately $400 million, N400 million and €10 million.

    It reads: ” No one has been fired or prosecuted for this mega fraud. The service chiefs under whom this mega looting occurred have been rewarded with ambassadorial appointments. The National Security Adviser is still in office”.

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    The link below the post directed Dubawa to a Facebook page called US Nigeria Law Group that published the story on the 3rd of July with 44 comments and 295 shares.

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    Dubawa first checked EFCC website to confirm the authenticity of the message, and it revealed that Aboubakar Hima was actually declared wanted but it was for a case of criminal conspiracy, contract scam, misappropriation of public funds, money laundering and fraud to the tune of $394 million, €9.9 million and N369 million, not $400 million, N400 million and €10 million as claimed by the message.

    Screenshot of EFCC website

    Dubawa went further to run a word search and  discovered that the arms procurement saga started in 2015 when president Muhammedu Buhari came into power, and ordered the investigation.

    Barely three months after he assumed office in 2015, Buhari inaugurated a 13-man panel to probe the procurement of arms and related military contracts between 2007 and 2015, the panel ordered the arrest of the National Security Advisor under president Goodluck Jonathan (June 2012 – July 2015) Col. (retd.) Sambo Dasuki; who was allegedly the lynchpin in the saga, on the 17th  November 2015

    The panel said in a report that between 2007 and 2015, there had been ‘extra-budgetary interventions’ for arms procurement, However, very little arms was obtained.

    The actual saga took place under the rule of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government of President Umaru Yar’Adua, who ruled from 2007 until his death in 2010, and Goodluck Jonathan, Yar’Adua’s vice president, took over in 2007 and subsequently won re-election in 2011.

    Dasuki, from March 2012 to March 2015, effectively controlled military procurement during his period in office with no supervision and virtually no input from the Ministry of Defence, so it is not during Buhari’s regime, nor the service chiefs that were rewarded with ambassadorial appointments, and not the current National Security Adviser.

    Conclusion

    While it is true that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have declared a Nigerien wanted for defrauding Nigeria of arms funds, it is not true that the deal took place under President Buhari’s regime and the exact amount of the deal is $394million, €9.9million, and N369 Million.  So, this information is misleading.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the 2021 Kwame Karikari Fact-checking Fellowship partnership with JAY 101.9 FM Jos to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country

  • New EFCC boss did not direct INEC to stop selling nomination forms to aspirants under investigation

    Claim: A Twitter user claims that Abdulrasheed Bawa, the new EFCC boss, has directed INEC not to sell forms to any aspirant who has a file with the agency.

    The claim that Abdulrasheed Bawa, the new EFCC boss has directed INEC not to sell forms to any aspirant who has a file with the agency is false. No sufficient evidence backed the information and EFCC has distanced itself from the information.  

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    The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has been a predominant agency fighting against financial corruption  mostly perpetrated by political officeholders in Nigeria. While the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the agency saddled with the responsibility for conducting elections and  vetting political aspirants. It is on the basis of the relationship these two agencies share, that a user on    Twitter (@idowu553) claimed that Abdulrasheed Bawa has directed INEC not to sell forms to any aspirant who has a file with the agency.

    With almost 550 reactions and over 250 retweets attributed to the claim, (@adinoyi12) one of the almost 120 commenters argued that:

    “Fake news….Section 36 subsection(5) of the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999 amended provides that every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he/she is proved guilty by competent court of jurisdiction”

    Another user  (@omoniyen) Added that “This may be fake news. Is there any judiciary  department at efcc? cos Nuhu Ribadu  did  same in 2007. All amounted to nothing and vacated by a court of competent jurisdiction.” Regardless of the prevailing views around the claim, DUBAWA seeks to uncover the reality of the information. 

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    DUBAWA first  reached out to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission through its head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, via phone call, he simply clarified that the report was false. 

    He said that “the Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has not directed or advised the Independent National Electoral Commission against selling forms to persons with a file with the agency who are aspiring to contest in 2023 general elections”.

    He further stressed that “the EFCC chairman neither met with INEC officials nor made any pronouncement related to the election since he was appointed. “Even more, the claimant  has failed to provide the source of the information or state exactly where and when the EFCC chairman made the statement. 

    Even as newsworthy as the information appears to be,  no relevant media has  reported on it or even made suggestions around it. 

    Also, according to the Section 31(1)(6) of Electoral Act 2010 as amended,  INEC cannot refuse to accept a party’s list submitted within the stipulated time neither can it disqualify any candidate. The law stipulates that only a court of law can disqualify a candidate, not EFCC. 

    Conclusion

    The claim that Abdulrasheed Bawa, the new EFCC boss has directed INEC not to sell forms to any aspirant who has a file with the agency is false. There is no available evidence that points to the validity of the information. 

  • Does a diplomatic visa offer immunity to arrest?

    Pulse Nigeria claims that Diezani, former petroleum minister’s Dominican diplomatic passport made her immune to arrests. 

    Although findings show that a diplomatic passport is capable of providing immunity from arrests, in Diezani’s case, nothing is concrete yet.

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    A recent Facebook post, captioned “She lobbied for a diplomatic passport and got one. Now, she can’t be arrested” had been making the rounds. The link on the post further leads to a report on PulseNigeria on how Diezani Alison-Madueke allegedly ‘escaped Nigeria and became Commissioner in Dominica.’  The opening paragraph reads, “Fresh details have emerged of how Nigeria’s former Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, plotted her escape from Nigeria in the twilight of the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2015.”

    PulseNigeria aired the news on Sunday, May 7th. On the same day, Diezani trended on Twitter for the same reason – her appointment with the Dominican Republic. And while the Facebook post was just a link to the website that contains the whole story, it has garnered 866 reactions, 421 comments and 143 shares. 

    In addition, PulseNigeria named the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as the source of its intel; further stating that her foreign appointment and new diplomatic status in Dominica explain the reason the EFCC has not arrested her.

    Vanguard also published the story. 

    Who is Diezani?

    Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke was a famous Nigerian politician. She had taken different federal government appointments from 2007 through to 2010; first as Minister for Transportation, Minister of Mines & Steel Development, and finally Minister of Petroleum. The latter was during ex-President Jonathan’s administration.  In her time in Nigeria, Mrs Alison-Madueke recorded many achievements, one of which was being the first woman to head the ministry of petroleum. 

    However, it all came crashing down at the beginning of the Buhari-led administration. First were the EFCC manhunts on accounts of money laundering and corruption cases, home and abroad. She is yet to have her day in the Nigerian courts as she reportedly fled the country to the United Kingdom where the British government arrested her for alleged bribery and money laundering.

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    A keyword search provided us with a series of results from last year, indicating that this story is not “fresh”, but reinvented. 

    Old story, new fame

    As we got deeper into our search, findings show that the report about Diezani and the Dominican appointment is not new. The first revelation came when an Aljazeerah investigation titled Diplomat for Sale was published. It revealed how Diezani got a diplomatic passport from Dominica.

    In a December 2019 report, Premium Times revealed that Mrs Alison-Madueke met Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in London where the latter brought her a Dominican diplomatic passport and an appointment letter as Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Dominica. This meeting reportedly happened on May 23, 2015, while Mrs Madueke was still in her position as Nigeria’s petroleum minister.

    Similarly and more recently, in the bid to clear the air on the Diezani controversy, a BBC publication also acknowledged that the report was not new and that the former minister had denied the allegation that she paid for the passport with an apartment in New York. 

    Does Diezani hold a Dominican Diplomatic Passport?

    Based on the information shared with Premium Times by her lawyers, Mrs Alison-Madueke holds the diplomatic passport. It was also revealed that she took up the appointment but wasn’t earning anything from the role. 

    Mr Skerrit, the Dominican president also corroborates this fact, saying, “the passport was issued “after due diligence” and before corruption allegations against the former minister became public.”

    Do Diplomatic Passports give immunity from arrest?

    A diplomatic passport is given to civil servants whose role involves representing and negotiating for their government in the international domain.  In some cases, the family of a diplomat enjoys the same privilege as the diplomat if they are travelling on the same mission. It further ensures diplomats safe passage, offering them immunity to lawsuits or prosecution under the host country’s laws; although they can still be expelled.

    For better clarity, we contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specifically their spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwoye. He said, “It depends, there are certain things you can do that will amount to undermining your host country, then your immunity can be waived. But generally, if you are a diplomat, you can not be arrested like that. They will give you a Persona non grata then 24 hours to leave the country or they waive your immunity and charge you. It depends on the weight of your offence, but generally, diplomats can not be just arrested like that.”   

    Next, we narrowed our search to legislation. Article 41 of  The Vienna Convention of 1963 states that “Consular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trial, except in the case of a grave crime and pursuant to a decision by the competent judicial authority.”

    Also, Article 29 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations1961 has it that “The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity.”

    While the possession of a diplomatic passport limits law enforcement and judicial actions against the holder, Mrs Alison-Madueke’s situation continues to generate debate. 

    In March 2019, the EFCC, in a Vanguard report, said that “We are intent on bringing Diezani to justice and despite the spirited efforts of the commission in ensuring that she returns to Nigeria and face trial, she has been held back in the UK by an investigation that has spanned almost four years without any signal about when she will be available in Nigeria for prosecution.” 

    Also, the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, had in May 2020 urged Nigerians in the diaspora to put pressure on the UK government to release Diezani for trial.

    When we reached out to EFCC for an update on Mrs Alison-Madueke’s case, spokesman to the anti-graft group, Mr Dele Oyewale, said: “There is nothing new other than the fact that we are trying to extradite her and we are asking Nigerians in the diaspora to mount pressure on the British authorities, they should form pressure groups and pressure the government to release her for trial in Nigeria.” 

    In addition, we asked Mr Oyewale whether her diplomatic status had anything to do with the delay in her arrest. He was economical with his response: “I don’t have any comment about that.”

    Conclusion

    In light of the allegations against Mrs Alision-Madueke by the claim-author, Dubawa has confirmed, to be true, her possession of a Dominican diplomatic passport and the assumption of a post in the Caribbean country without pay. However, even as our findings have shown, a diplomatic passport is capable of providing immunity from arrests, in Diezani’s case, nothing is concrete yet.

  • Orji Theodore NOT Facing Capital Punishment!

    A viral post says the F.C.T Federal High Court sentenced Ex-Governor Orji Theodore Ahamefule to death by hanging for an alleged fraud of 150Billion. 

    Yes, the former governor of Abia state and current serving senator of Abia central is under trial for corruption charges. Still, no courts sentenced Orji to death.

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    A viral post acquired via Facebook says that the Federal High Court FCT sentenced to death former Governor of Abia state, Theodore for alleged 150billion naira fraud.

    Excerpt of the post with red flags highlighted

    However, following the sensational headline, one thing stands out. The body of the story is devoid of any, raising questions on the credibility of the post.

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    Dubawa checks revealed that Theodore Ahamefule, serving senator representing Abia central is just facing corruption trial. A petition filed against him accused him of diverting… 

    “N383 billion revenue from the Federation Account and N55 billion Excess Crude revenue, N2.3 billion Sure-P revenue, N1.8 billion ecological funds, N10.5 billion loan, N12 billion Paris Club refund, N2 billion agricultural loan, and N55 billion ASOPADEC money while in office.”

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    Further, a Premium Times correspondent conversant with the case told Dubawa that Mr Orji has not been arrested. Our source also confirmed that he is yet to appear in courts. Hence,  the claim that he was sentenced to death by the court is FALSE.

  • Coronavirus is NOT a Function of Corruption!

    Ibrahim Magu attributed corruption as the reason for Coronavirus.

    Coronavirus recently named Covid-19 by the World Health Organisation is a disease. Further, health authorities surmise it emanated from the wet markets in China; being a zoonotic disease. And while the jury’s out on the full clinical picture for Covid-19’s, no evidence suggests it to be a function of moral misconduct or the activities of corrupt individuals.

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    Yesterday, Ibrahim Magu, the serving chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) said he firmly believes that corruption caused Coronavirus.

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    The serving EFCC chairman made this statement while giving his speech at the 281 passing out parade of the EFCC Detective Inspector Course-5, at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

    “Corruption is the biggest strategy to humankind. Your excellency, corruption is worse than all the diseases now running about… And I strongly believe, Your Excellency, that even the coronavirus is caused by corruption”

    Mr Ibrahim Magi

    COVID-19 Vs Corruption

    Coronavirus, which was renamed Covid-19 by the World Health Organisation is a common virus that infects humans, leading to an upper respiratory tract infection. The World Health Organisation defines it as a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to a severe disease named Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-COV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ( SARS-CoV).

    These viruses are zoonotic, that is to say, transmission occurs between animals and humans.

    Covid-19 first broke out in Wuhan Hubei province of China in December 2019. The disease so far has infected over 1700 medical workers in China and 73,000 affected persons in about 25 countries. 

    Conversely, corruption is the dishonest behaviour of people; with the most impact when said people hold positions of power. It is, therefore, human behaviour and a function of choice and chance. It is also not restricted to any location, ethnicity or race. 

    Coronavirus which broke out in Wuhan Hubei, while not restricted to location, is not a function of corruption. Health authorities surmise it emanated from the Chinese wet marketsHence, to suggest that the viral outbreak was a function of moral misconduct is a stretch. 

    We surmise the acting EFCC chairman’s statement to be mere sentiment and not fact!

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    On Thursday, the Nigerian Senate declined to confirm the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chair of the country’s premier anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Read More »

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