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THE BRUTAL AND SENSELESS MURDER OF LASTMA OFFICER IN APAPA IS CONDEMNABLE

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The attention of the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has been sorrowfully drawn to the painful, gruesome, despicable, barbaric, senseless and criminal murder of one Mr. Tajudeen Bakare, an officer of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) by a mob in Apapa area of Lagos state.

We are saddened and condemn this act of criminality in all its ramifications as we call on the government and the security agencies to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for this murder of a Nigerian whose life was terminated in the course of his official duty.

We recognize that under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the right to life is a fundamental and constitutional right which must not be assaulted or violated by the state or individuals except by a court order based on the rule of law.

It is in this regard that we frown at the resort to self-help or jungle justice by individuals, groups or even the state for redress on perceived injustices and hereby implore all to adopt civilized and constitutional means for resolving conflicts or crisis which cannot but arise in the course of human engagements.

Our heartfelt condolences goes to the family of this slain officer as we pray God to grant him eternal rest and the family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

We also condole with the management and staff of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) over this great loss and urge them not to be intimidated and deterred from the discharge of their statutory responsibility of keeping Lagos traffic moving with dignity which they have always carried out creditably for the collective interest of Lagosians.

We condole with the government and people of Lagos state who are the collective victims of this barbarism and call for a state burial for Mr. Tajudeen Bakare in order to send out a clear message to the society that service to the people is a service to humanity which will be recognized either alive or posthumously.

We equally call for a posthumous award to late Mr. Tajudeen Bakare who died in active service as well as payment of necessary compensation to cushion the effect of his loss to his immediate family.

Thanks.

Yours Sincerely,

Nelson Ekujumi,

Executive Chairman.

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Malami (SAN) is our icon for the second quarter of the year – Group

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The Network of Progress and Good Governance (NOPAGG) has described the current Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN). Mr. Malami (SAN) as a man of excellence.

Dr Rasheed Ahmed, the Convener Network of Progress and Good Governance NOPAGG in a statement Wednesday 15 July, 2020 noted that NOPAGG has over the years maintained a habit of celebrating successful and worthy ambassadors of Nigeria, around the world, adding that on this occasion the spotlight has fallen on the current Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).

According to Ahmed, “Mr. Malami (SAN) has proved himself to be a man of excellence. The Honorable Minister for Justice has over the years shown a high level of discipline and decorum. He has been involved in so many government projects and has always ensured that the fight against corruption is well executed.

He reeled out some of the successes of Mr. Malami to include “the implementation of Executive Order No. 6. He worked with other enforcement authorities – the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), among others – to ensure that assets connected to corruption, belonging to anyone linked to corruption related investigation or prosecution, are duly protected. Malami also worked to ensure the launch of the document called the National Judicial Policy (NJP), which points the nation’s direction in justice administration, particularly as it relates to criminal justice.”

“Malami can be credited with aiding the success of the Federal Government’s initiative deployed to address the challenge of dealing with the army of arrested Boko Haram suspects, who were kept for years in various detention centers and unattended by the previous government. Malami also facilitated the repatriation of $321 million Abacha loot; the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between World Bank, Nigeria and Switzerland for the early return and transparent management of $322.5m stolen assets from Switzerland, which has since been repatriated back to Nigeria and is now being managed by the National Social Investment Office under the supervision of the World Bank.

Recall that Mr Malami who has been pushing the Federal Government’s anti-corruption drive, once said “the Federal Ministry of Justice, under my watch, released the National Anti-Corruption Strategy Framework (NACSF) for collaboration by all the relevant agencies.”

Malami explained that the NACSF revolves around five pillars which include – prevention of corruption, public enlightenment, campaign for ethical re-orientation, enforcements and sanctions/recovery of proceeds of corruption.

“Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) is our icon for the second quarter of the year. We encourage him to remain steadfast and keep up the good work. His stand with Mr. President, President Muhammadu Buhari, on the fight against corruption, has made him stand out as one of the most outstanding Northerners and we appreciate him for that. Keep the flag flying” the Dr Rasheed enthused”

Signed

Dr Rasheed Ahmed

Convener Network of Progress and Good Governance (NOPAGG)

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Corruption Is Fighting Back at Me, says Akpabio

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The Honourable Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, has said that the events of the last few days at the National Assembly were a clear indication that corruption is fighting back at him.

Senator Akpabio who was a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and one-time Senate Minority Leader was speaking in reaction to allegations levelled against him by a former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nunieh. He said he was being vilified for his determination to end the sleaze in the system.”My decision to reduce the illegal cash flow at the NDDC to corrupt individuals through the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari is the reason for these attacks”, said Akpabio.

The Minister noted that the NDDC had bled for too long in the hands of politicians who reduced it to their cash cow, adding that those who are incensed with him and the Interim Management Committee are fighting back to stop further blocking of the leakages in the system.

The NDDC has over the years been enmeshed in a cesspool of corruption and failure to deliver on its core mandate to the people of the Niger Delta region. Consequently, whereas the order by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe her activities in the last 20 years has attracted commendation from key stakeholders in the region, those who are uncomfortable with the reforms are fighting back with everything to destroy or discredit the Honourable Minister and the leadership of the Interim Management Committee led by Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei.

Akpabio observed that in the last couple of months, he and the NDDC IMC have come under a barrage of attacks in a fierce fightback by politicians wounded by the forensic audit. These attacks which manifest in sponsorship of petitions to the National Assembly and media blackmail by politicians who are evidently hurt by the efforts to sanitise the Commission has continued unabated and constitute a huge distraction to the work of the Minister and the NDDC management as directed by the President.He however assured that he would not be deterred in his resolve to lead the desired change at the Commission to justify the confidence of President Buhari as well as the support and goodwill of patriotic citizens of the Niger Delta region, noting that “forensic, forensic and forensic alone is the way forward to give the NDDC back to the people for which the agency was created”.

He concluded on an optimistic note by assuring that with the successful conclusion of the forensic audit of the NDDC, the Commission would in future be free from the profligacy of the past and the Niger Delta itself would no longer be a museum of abandoned projects.

Barr. Sogbeye C. ELI

SA, Technical to Head of Women, Youth, Sports & Culture,

Niger Delta Development Commission,

Port Harcourt.

 

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Lawyer raises alarm over N15 billion NDDC payments

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A legal practitioner, Mr. Godwin Ojeh, has lamented what he called corruption of self-enrichment in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Nigerian Senate , Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to stop the payment of N15 billion to contractors.

‘’The Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission has thrown caution to the winds. It is about to pay for jobs not done. The committee is processing the payment of a whooping amount of N15billion on spurious contracts in the name of ‘’Desilting of Waterways’’.

He particularly decried the misappropriation in the management of the funds of the commission.

‘Is the 2020 budget of the commission ready? Where are they spending from? ’Recently, the Senate set up an ad hoc committee to probe the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over alleged mismanagement of N40billion. The Senate also requested for 2019 budgetary performance. The commission doesn’t have power to expend public money. There is no budgetary provision’’.

In a tone suggestive of his hatred for corruption, the Benin based lawyer asked the National Assembly and the executive arm of the government to stop the commission from wasting the country’s resources.

In a statement in Benin, Ojeh described the intention of the NDDC Interim Management Committee as ‘’a move that will endanger development of the region

‘’There is no greater danger to the development of the Niger Delta region than the payments for fictitious contracts’’ the statement said.

He also harped on the need for transparency in government organizations, saying ‘’it is necessary for the National Assembly and the executive arm of government to adopt a collective position on the allegation of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)’’.

 

Credit: Ebireri Henry Ovie

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