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JAMB: EFCC Vows To Deal With Money-Swallowing Snake |The Republican News

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                                  EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that it will “show no mercy” to the alleged ‘snake’ that recently “swallowed” the sum of N36m at the Makurdi, Benue State office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

An employee of JAMB, Philomina Chieshe, had, during an interrogation by a committee set up to audit the sale of UTME forms before the board started online sales, said that a “mystery snake” sneaked into its accounts office and made away with the cash.

Reacting to the development on its verified Twitter handle on Monday, the EFCC vowed to ensure a thorough investigation of the case.

At 6.30pm on Monday, the tweet had attracted 5,349 retweets, 5,286 likes and over 1,000 comments.

The post, which has generated intense debate among Nigerians on Twitter, was accompanied with the image of an eagle preying on a snake.

Some Nigerians who reacted to the tweet urged the EFCC not to be political in its investigation of the matter.

While some hailed the agency, others warned that the ‘snake’ should not be allowed to defeat the eagle.

One of them, who tweeted as @UtdFan4, wrote, “The eagle picks its prey and then flies to a safe location. If it eats the prey, we don’t know. If the prey gives the eagle bribe, we don’t know. If it’s all a camouflage, we still don’t know. In everything let’s just give thanks and appreciate nature.”

Another commentator, identified as Yucan Fukof, pleaded that the “swallowed money” should be recovered. He tweeted, “So the eagle will eat the snake with the money?”

The comments were, however, flooded with pictures showing snakes supposedly having money in their wombs and pictures of snakes clashing with an eagle, among others.

Meanwhile, the JAMB through its Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, said that it had suspended Chieshe over the matter.  (Punch)

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Nigerian Girl Quits Relationship With Boyfriend Who Eats Human Feces For Success In Online Fraud

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By Ike A. Offor

A Nigerian girl has shocked the Nigerian online community with a very disturbing confession from her date, who apparently eats human feces, recommended by native doctors, for success in online scam, known as Yahoo Plus.

Barbie Ulonna who posted the narrative of ordeal to Rant HQ, a Nigerian group forum on Facebook, shocked many readers with her story.

In her own story as posted in the Facebook group she belongs to:

I posted a story sometime ago, about kissing someone I just started dating and when I got home, I had sores all over my gum, I didn’t think it was something serious since the first sore went away after 2 days.

Well, reading comments here made me really scared, some people suggested I had herpes, so I had to rush to the hospital the next day…. Doctor ran a check on me, and thankfully, it wasn’t herpes but oral thrush..

Now, here’s the main gist…

I visited le boo (now ex boyfriend or date), with the intention of discussing what I noticed with him, and to know what he actually eats that causes me to have those sores.
On my way to his house, I perceived a very awful smell at just outside the gate, I felt that it’s normal refuge smell, so I didn’t take it to mean anything.

Few minutes after I visited, his friend also came visiting, and we were all just in the parlour (living room) gisting, before the power outage. Lee boo went to turn on the generator and his friend went with him, I also decided to go to the kitchen to find something to drink, that was when I overheard their discussion.

My people, it turned out Lee boo was telling his friend that the last excreta (shit or feces) they brought was smelling very terribly, he said he just managed to use little amount to eat bread and then threw away the remaining in the neighbour’s trash. His friend was laughing and then told him to just tell the guys that bring it not to bring the one that smells too much.
I fainted and woke up, I couldn’t believe my ears, what????

He was into Yahoo plus???? I don’t understand, I know where he works and besides, I wasn’t even dating him for money, I was devastated, it didn’t make sense, why would he be involved in such?

Anyway, I quickly ran back to the parlour, sat down and pretended not to have heard anything. As soon as he came out, I just told him I needed to go, he was surprised because I only just got there. But, I gave one excuse and he let me go, with promise I was to see him the next day. He saw me off to the car and I drove off, that’s the last time I’d ever see set my eyes on him again, thank God he doesn’t know my house. God forbid bad thing.

I’m still petrified, may God save us ladies from evil ooh, there’s a lot out there, one can’t be too sure anymore.

But you see, before I date anybody again; he has to do HIV test, mouth swab, mental check and spiritual check. I’m done with relationships for now.

This was the recount by Barbie Ulonna to her Facebook group about dating a guy who eats human feces for success in online scam known as Yahoo Plus. it is really inconceivable and must be shocking to many readers.

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N919m NHIS Fraud: EFCC, ICPC Begins Probe Of Suspended Boss |RN

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Suspended Executive Secretary of NHIS, Prof. Usman Yusuf

Niyi Odebode, Olalekan Adetayo and Eniola Akinkuotu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begun investigations into allegations of misappropriation of funds and abuse of office levelled against the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf.

The EFCC stated this in a letter dated December 21, 2017, which was addressed to the current acting Executive Secretary of the NHIS.

The investigations by the commission started five months after Yusuf was suspended by the Federal Ministry of Health.

The ministry, four months ago, submitted the report of a panel on the allegations against Yusuf to the Presidency. In its report, the panel accused the suspended NHIS boss of N919m fraud.

The EFCC’s letter was titled ‘Investigation into activities of Prof. Usman Yusuf –suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme’.

Besides the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission is investigating the suspended executive secretary and four other officials of the NHIS.

The ICPC, in its letter dated December 11, 2017, and addressed to the acting executive secretary of the NHIS, stated that the officers were being investigated for “alleged violation of the provisions of the Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Act 2000.”

The ICPC added, “Pursuant to Section 45(3) of the cited Act, you are hereby directed to recover the money advanced to the five officers (of the NHIS) and two staff from the Ministry of Health for the aborted trip to the Netherlands.

“You are further required to furnish the commission with the evidence of compliance by each of the beneficiaries.”

On its part, the EFCC stated that it was investigating suspected cases of fraud and misappropriation levelled against Yusuf during his tenure as the executive secretary of the NHIS between July, 2016 and July, 2017.

In its letter, with reference number CR: 3000/EFCC/ABJ/CTGI.2/VOL.15/ 237, and signed by its Director of Operations, Umar Abba, for the Acting Chairman, the EFCC is seeking information on, “All necessary documents relating to local and international training programmes sponsored by the scheme from July 2016 to July 2017.

“All documents relating to payment made to Katamaya First Call Hospital.

“All procurement documents relating to the e-library project of the NHIS. Documents relating to all NHIS-sponsored foreign trips embarked upon by the suspended executive secretary.

“All payments relating to the fuelling of the suspended secretary’s official vehicles. Disbursement of NEED assessment funds between July 2016 and July 2017.”

The EFCC requested documents relating to the audit verification conducted during the tenure of the suspended executive secretary.

The commission also said the NHIS should confirm if four other persons it mentioned in the letter were members of staff of the scheme and their current status.

The persons are Nasir Shinkafi, Shuab Mohammed, Suleiman Ilu and Yusuf Abdullahi.

The anti-graft agency stated that it was making the requests “pursuant to Section 38 (1) and (2) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004.”

However, there were indications on Tuesday that the suspended executive had begun moves to return to his post.

It was gathered that Yusuf had contacted members of a cabal in the Presidency to reach out to the President.

A Presidency official, who confided in The PUNCH, said, “He has the sympathy of members of the cabal, who have assisted him in reaching out to the President. He feels that he is being victimised.”

The panel, set up by the Federal Ministry of Health to probe the suspended NHIS boss and other activities at the NHIS, had presented a damning report to the Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

The report was submitted to the President in August.

The report was received by the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, on behalf of the President but the Presidency had remained silent on the report.

A top government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told one of our correspondents that the Presidency had so far not taken action on the report of the investigation initiated by the health minister because “a procedural error” was noticed.

The source claimed that contrary to the normal procedure, the Ministry of Health went ahead to prepare a White Paper on the report before forwarding it to the Presidency.

He said, “What I am aware of is that the ministry did not stop at investigating him, it prepared a White Paper on the report of the investigation. The Presidency has noticed this procedural error and has called the ministry’s attention to it.

“I don’t know if a fresh committee will be set up to investigate the matter all over again.”

The source added that the Presidency was also taking its time to ensure fairness in the case.

“You know that there are two legs to the issue. The suspended man has also made an allegation against the minister.

“He said he ran into trouble with the minister because he refused to provide a particular amount of money that he was asked to bring for the send-off of the ministry’s permanent secretary.”

When asked if the Presidency would investigate the minister before taking a stand on the matter, he said, “Like I told you earlier, I don’t know if a fresh committee has been set up yet.”

Presidential spokesmen, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, could not be reached on the telephone as of the time of filing this report.

In the report, which was compiled by senior officials of the health ministry, the Department of State Services and the ICPC, the suspended NHIS boss was accused of perpetrating fraud to the tune of N919m.

The panel described Yusuf as a public servant who “portrayed a holier than thou attitude but at the background, milked the agency dry” by conniving with others to perpetrate fraud to the tune of over N919m.

According to the panel, the N919m was dubiously given as payment to consultants for staff training.

The committee said as the head of the agency, Yusuf was personally responsible for all administrative, procurement and financial lapses.

The panel noted “his (Yusuf’s) deceitful attitude coupled with ‘name dropping’ of Mr. President as having sent him to sanitise the NHIS, but he caused more harm than good to the scheme.”

The committee, therefore, recommended that the EFCC probe the agency for diversion of funds and contravention of the Procurement Act of 2007.

The report states that Yusuf contravened the Procurement Act of 2007 through nepotism and other irregular award of contracts and should be sanctioned in line with the provision of the Act.

Explaining how the alleged staff training scam took place, the committee said in some instances, the number of trainees was far more than the entire number of employees at the agency.

It noted that in other instances, some employees were registered for the same training in two different states at the same time.

Most of the consultants were said to have charged about N250,000 per participant.

Yusuf insults minister, correspondent

When the suspended NHIS boss was contacted for comment on Tuesday, Yusuf decided to rain insults on one of our correspondents and the minister, asking the reporter to put his vulgar language in print.

The following conversation ensued between The PUNCH and the embattled professor:

The PUNCH Good evening sir, my name is Eniola Akinkuotu, a reporter with The PUNCH.  I’m calling in respect to your probe by the minister…

Prof. Yusuf: (Cuts in) Are you listening to me? You and the minister, f**ck you. Can you put that in print?  (Punch)

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Senate Summons Fashola To Answer For Monumental Fraud In Power Sector |RN

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Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

By Ike A. Offor

The upper chamber of the national assembly, the Senate summons the minister for Power, Works and Housing to answer for what the senate called ‘monumental fraud’ in the power sector of his ministry.

This was contained in the second motion of the day in the senate, which was put forward by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West senatorial zone.

In replying to the senate, Senator Gbenga Ashafa speaks on the alleged pretext of the ministry acting under a purported presidential approval put forward by Dino Melaye, saying that the Babatunde Fashola and his ministry should be allowed to further clarify on the issue before establishing such allegation.

The senate at the plenary resolved to do the following: It is noted that both resolution were merged into one

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  1. Mandate the Senate Committee on Power; Public Accounts; to invite the minister of Power, Works and Housing to render a detailed account in terms of public funds spent on the Fast Power Projects (Afam Fast Power Project in particular); evidence of feasibility study indicating the viability of the projects, and requisite appropriation by the Nationals Assembly as required by the Constitution; and the controversial presidential approval for the project;
  2. Mandate the Senate Committee on Power; Public Accounts; to investigate and consider summoning the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA); Nigerian Electricity Bulk Trading Company (NBET) etc, to generally establish the status of the funds ($350million) and report back to senate within two weeks time frame.

Additional prayers by Sen. Mohammad Hassan is the Senate mandates the Committee on Finance to investigate the actions of  Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) inclusive of the issue raised in this motion. He further prayed the Senate to look into how decisions are made on policy making and the reports is to be submitted in two weeks.

Sen. Ogola said that Senate Committee on Public Accounts should be mandated to ascertain and investigate balance of $650million from the Eurobond transaction in the TSA.

Sen. Ohuabunwa said that the Senate Committee on Judiciary should be mandated to review the present NSIA act and this was seconded by Sen. Aliyu Sabi.

The Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki said that the prayers should be handled by Committee on Power and Public Accounts stating that this is not the first time issues on power and funding is being raised.

He said: ‘I really believe that the Committee on Public Account should lead the investigation to get really down to the bottom of the matter’.

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Fashola’s Ministry Allegedly Involved In $1.035B Fraud|The Republican News

Tunde-Fashola-2          Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

…Senate may commence probe next week

From: FRED ITUA, Abuja

Ministry of Works, Power and Housing, headed by Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has been fingered by the Senate in a $350 million fraud. According to the upper chamber, Fashola’s Ministry ‎got about $1 billion from the Euro bond issued by the Federal Government in 2013.

Sen. Dino Melaye, relying on Order 42 of the Senate Standing Rules, raised the alarm, on Thursday, on the floor of the Red Chamber.

He sought the nod of the Senate President Bukola Saraki to sponsor a substantive motion at the next legislative day. He was given the leeway to bring a motion, next Tuesday.

According to Melaye, the sum of $350 million was given to IBEX in 2014 by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. He said the said money is being stolen installmentally stolen by officials of the Ministry.

“In line with the anti-corruption posture of this chamber especially now that our cries and observation are yielding evidence as expressly manifested in the case of Babachir Lawal, Today I bring to the attention of this Senate, a monumental fraud in the power sector.

“In July 2013, the FG raised N1 billion from a euro bond issue. From the proceed, the sum 350 million dollars was given to IBEX in 2014. This money is installmentally stolen,” Melaye alleged.

The Kogi State-born lawmaker further alleged that in 2016, Fashola’s Ministry came up with a project, named Fast Power. He said the Ministry, under the project, was supposed to build new generating plants to add to power grid.

He said the National Assembly did not approve any expenditure by the Ministry. He said officials of the Ministry are spending without the approval of the parliament.

He added: “As I speak to you, Mr President, sometime last year again, the Ministry of Power came up with the project they termed Fast Power. This indigested project is supposed to build new generating plants to add power to our grid.

“There are few questions I need to ask to bring a substantive motion up in another legislative day. Up till date, there are no details to build this new generating plant or feasibility study. There is no appropriation by the National Assembly for this project.

“The Ministry has spent $35 million on the affirmed Fast Power project that has no appropriation or no detailed feasibility study. How and when was this money appropriated? Out of this money, $29 million was purportedly paid to General Electric for turbines, while $6 million was paid to others. This amount, amongst others, is a monumental fraud. We need Senate to investigate this after moving a substantive motion,” Melaye said.   (The Sun)

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Buhari Knew Of Maina’s Reinstatement, I Warnd Him – HoS In Leaked Memo |RN

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Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita

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The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita,  has said  President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of the reinstatement of a former Chairman  of the Pension Reforms Commission, Mallam Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service.

She however said she warned the President against it.

Oyo-Ita said that her warning was based on the implications such reinstatement would have on the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.

Related: BREAKING NEWS: Buhari Fumes, Fires Abdulrasheed Maina From Service |RN

The HoS stated this in her memo to the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari.

The memo, with reference number HSCSF/HCSF/LU/COR/FCSC/750/T, was dated October 23, 2017.

The memo, titled, “Re: Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina,” was received in the office of the Chief of Staff to the President on October 23.

A copy of the memo was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

The President had directed the HoS to investigate the circumstances that surrounded the return of Maina to the civil service.

He gave the directive following the public outcry that trailed Maina’s reinstatement.

Maina, whose whereabouts is still unknown,  has been accused of embezzling pensioners’ funds running into billions of naira and is currently under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Explaining further, the HoS said she met the President after the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday,  October 11, where she verbally warned Buhari against bringing Maina back to the service.

She, however, did not say what the response of the President was after briefing him.

Oyo-Ita said, “Please, note that the OHCSF was never in agreement with the reinstatement and consequently never conveyed the approval of the FCPC to Mr. A. A. Maina, nor approved his posting to the Ministry of Interior or any other MDA

“Rather, I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr. President on Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration.”

The letter partly read, “Further to your letter Ref. SH/COS/100/A/1570 dated 23rd October, 2017 on the above subject matter, I write to inform you of the circumstances leading to the irregular recall of Mr. Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina.

“I wrote to place on record the following facts as it permits to Mr. A. A. Maina who was dismissed from service on 21st February, 2013.

“The move to recall Mr. A. A. Maina was at the instance of a series of letters from the Attorney General of the Federation to the Federal Civil Service Commission requesting the commission to give consequential effect to the judgement that voided the warrant of arrest issued against Mr. A. A. Maina which formed the basis for the query and his eventual dismissal.

“The letters herewith attached as Annexes I-III are:

(a)  Ref. HAGF/FFCSC/2017/VOL.1/1 dated 19th January 2017,

(b) Ref. HAGF/FFCSC/2017/VOL.1/ 2 dated 21st February 2017; and

(c)Ref. HAGF/FFCSC/2017/VOL.1/1 dated 27th April 2017.

“The FCSC thereafter requested that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation should advise the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior to consider the AGF’s letter and make appropriate recommendations to the commission and this was so communicated to the Ministry of Interior.

“The Ministry of Interior took the matter to the Senior Staff Committee of the ministry and recommended the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina into the service as Deputy Director.

“The OHCSF forwarded the recommendation to the FCSC which has the constitutional responsibility for appointments, promotion and discipline for further action.

“The FCSC in consideration of the letter from the AGF and the recommendations of the SSC of the Ministry of Interior consequently approved and conveyed the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina with effect from 21st February, 2013 vide letter herewith attached as Annex IV.

“(vi) The letter of reinstatement, as communicated to HCSF Ref. FC. 4029.82/Vol. III/179 dated  18th September, 2017 attached herewith as Annex IV, ostensibly also copied the Ministry of Interior which is the one erroneously used to document Mr. A. A. Maina on a claim that he has resumed work since 28th September, 2017. The Ministry of Interior informed the OHCSF of this development vide letter Ref. MI/1436/II/24 dated 16th October, 2017 from Ministry of Interior stating that Mr. A. A. Maina has resumed with effect from 28th September, 2017 is attached as Annex V.

“Please note that the OHCSF was never in agreement with the reinstatement and consequently never conveyed the approval of the FCSC to Mr. A. A. Maina nor approved his posting to the Ministry of Interior or any other MDA. Rather, I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr. President on Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration.

“However, I have requested the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, to provide any documentary evidence to support the claim of reinstatement and posting of Mr. A. A. Maina by OHCSF, since after his dismissal.

“The letter to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior is attached as Annex VI. The foregoing is accordingly submitted for your information and further consideration.

“Please accept the assurances of my best regards.”

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Missing Pension Boss, Maina Speaks From Hideout (Video) |The Republican News

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The embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, has finally broken his silence.

Maina in a video already trending on social media, said he has not left Nigeria.

The former pension boss said there’s no money missing anywhere, adding that he went into hiding because some people were trying to assassinate him.

Maina said he was not a thief and has not stolen anything rather, he has documents that would expose the real thieves.

According to him, “We know where these monies are.”

He called on Nigerians not to believe the rumours about him, saying that he never stole N195 billion and alleged that N300 million was being stolen every day.

He thanked the TV station that granted him the interview.

 

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