Corruption Fight and Libel Suit

Badeh Laundered N1.4bn NAF Funds – Witness 

Badeh . Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh

At the resumed trial of Air Chief Marshal Alex S. Badeh (rtd), Air Commodore Mohammed Lawal Sini, the 6th witness for the EFCC told the Court how N558million of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) funds was converted to personal use by Badeh.

Badeh is being prosecuted by the EFCC before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Sini, who is currently a director in NAF gave details of what transpired when he was the NAF Camp Finance Officer, CFO, 106 Camp, in 2012. His statement reads, inter alia:

“I took over . . . from Group Captain Ifeobu . . . I reported for duty . . . he told me that a certain part of the RCA taken from personnel emolument, specifically N558,200,000, was meant for the official administrative maintenance of the office of the Chief of Air Staff and that I was to report to the DFA for details of disbursement . . .

. . . he said that I should be converting the amount to forex on a monthly basis . . . I was to reconcile and convert the remaining balance to dollars and handover same to him . . . from November 2012 to December 2013, I was making those conversions and monthly reconciliations . . . transfers were made to the accounts of the BDC operators. Other times, cash were withdrawn and paid for currency. Such monies were then transferred into accounts of companies or individuals as instructed.”

The documents were admitted in evidence and marked as Exhibits B6 and B7 respectively while the matter was adjourned toWednesday, October 12, 2016.

Reps Clear Colleagues Accused Of Sexual Misconduct In US

Reps . House of Reps

The House of Representatives has cleared the three lawmakers, Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo, Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah and Hon. Samuel Ikon, accused of sexual misconduct by the United States government of any wrong doing.

It will be recalls that Mr. James Entwistle, former American ambassador to Nigeria, had written to the House in June, accusing the three lawmakers of sexual misconduct while they were attending a leadership program in Cleveland Ohio, US.

All three lawmakers denied the allegation, while the house set up a joint committee of ethics and privileges and foreign affairs to probe the matter. Mr. Entwistle was invited by the committee to produce evidence of the accusations. He failed to appear before the panel.

On account of the then ambassador’s absence, the Joint House Committee delivered its recommendation exonerating the lawmakers. This was accepted by the House in plenary – for want of evidence.

Dr. Odili Slams N6bn Libel Suit against Dr. Peterside

Peter Odili

Former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili (photo: left), has filed a suit against the governorship candidate of the Rivers APC in the 2015 governorship election, Dr. Dakuku Peterside (photo: below), to the state High Court for defamation, demanding N6 billion as damages.

At the sitting  on Tuesday of the court presided over by the State Chief Judge, Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra, neither the defendant, Peterside, who is currently the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), nor his counsel was present.

Dakuku Peterside

According to the suit, Peterside had alleged in a press conference after he lost the election that Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike, during his victory thanksgiving service in a church in Port Harcourt, stated that Odili helped Gov. Wike to secure the Supreme Court victory he got.

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Arrest of Judges: Nobody is above the law – AGF

Judges were arrested on reasonable suspicion . . .

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice (MOJ), Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Tuesday, justified the arrest and detention of some senior members of the bench – by the DSS, saying: “no one is or should be above the law”.

Speaking after inaugurating the “country expert review committee for the second cycle of the review of implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.” Mr. Malami said in reply to questions about the Gestapo-style storming of some senior judges’ homes and their subsequent arrest:

AGF . Abubakar Malami SAN

“Was there an allegation of crime? Was there relevant provision of criminal procedure responsible for investigation?

Is there an allegation of corruption? If there is, no body, no matter how highly placed will be spared. “The right to investigate has not been taken away from the constitution. The allegation boarders on criminality and no one is or should be above the law. “Neither the judiciary or the executive will be exempted from investigation”

Abubakar Malami SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice

Osinbajo justifies arrest and detention of judges by DSS

Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo on Tuesday justified the arrest and detention of some senior judges across the country by the DSS, saying judges must be held accountable. Osinbajo, who spoke at the 46th yearly Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in Abuja, said courts remained public resource, hence, the need for judges to be accountable.

The Vice President who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening ceremony of the conference said:

Osinbajo . Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

“Part of the reasons why things are not working well in Nigeria as they ought to is the inability to hold officials accountable for their tasks. Holding a public official to account for their responsibility going forward is going to be a key way to increase performance.

Those who handle public or private resources must account for their performance because lack of performance can hold down a country. Courts are a public resource, therefore judges and lawyers like every other public and private official must be held accountable for their responsibilities. We must be able to hold ourselves accountable for the responsibilities that we are charged with.

If you look at the environment, sometimes, the administration of justice; processing cases is so slow. A lot of people in the local and international business community complain that we can’t resolve a case within a reasonable time; it goes on and on and the problem with that is that it slows business and discourages investments because you can hold up major decisions because the court has not made a pronouncement . . . “

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

AGF Issues Fiat To State AGFs To Prosecute Federal Offences

AGF . Abubakar Malami SAN

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has granted a fiat to State Attorneys General to prosecute Federal offences in their respective states on his behalf. This is contained in a press statement issued on Tuesday and made available to the media by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Mr. Malami.

According to the statement, Mr. Malami made this known in his opening address at the occasion of the meeting of the Body of Attorneys General on the proposed National Policy on Prosecutors in Nigeria jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja on 6th October, 2016.

He disclosed that at the meeting, the AGF expressed the need by the federal, states and other stakeholders in the justice sector to continuously collaborate to promote the reform of the justice system as it remains a veritable tool to driving the reform of the justice sector and inspire public confidence in the system.

© 2016 Legal Report

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