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100 billion probe: NECSO’s, VYO’s pass vote of confidence on NEDC

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100 billion probe: NECSO’s, VYO’s pass vote of confidence on NEDC

100 billion probe: NECSOs,VYOs pass vote of confidence on NEDC

Members of the coalition of North East Civil Society Organisations (NECSOs) and Voluntary Youth Organisations (VYOs) have passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the North East Development Commission(NEDC).

The members passed the resolution during a World press conference held in Abuja on Monday

The NECSO’s and VYO’s were led by Comrade Adam President Northern Youth Association of Nigeria (NYAN) and Comrade Haruna Abdulsallam Conference of Civil Society Organization (CCSO)

They group called on the National Assembly to tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians for misleading the general public by alleging that N100 billion was misappropriated and diverted from the North East Development Commission (NEDC) within one year of its existence.

They particularly enjoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Rep. Ndidi Elumelu, who moved the resolution for the probe of the NEDC, to equally publish an apology letter in one of the reputable national dailies.

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Comrade Adam said Elumelu’s action had created unnecessary, avoidable confusion and distraction on the attention of the leadership of the commission with a malicious allegation against the organization.

We believe that NEDC has performed credibly well and still contributing immensely to infrastructural and socioeconomic development of the north east region.”group said

“The coalition described the action of the lawmaker as a smear campaign against the Commission and to the north east which according to them will eventually fail in its entirety

“We wish to emphasize, categorically,that the resolution was also an attempt to smear and dent the image of the commission’s leadership and by extension the north, despite the fact that the commission. had performed beyond expectations, the group said

They appeal to legislators to concentrate their energy in their constitutional role of law making and oversight functions, to enhance transparency and accountability in governance

“They also emphasized that the management of NEDC has maintained a harmonious relationship with the House of Representatives Committee on North East Development Commission.

They added that when the allegation came up, the leadership of the commission approached the law makers and admonished them to quickly investigate the lingering issue to ensure that Nigerians have first hand information about how the commission is been manage .

“Our investigation has revealed that the NEDC never receive or get up to N100 billion allocation, since its inception to date and wonder how the NEDC spent what it doesn’t have.

“Comrade Haruna Abdulsalam elaborated that the NEDC was inaugurated in May 2019 and did not get funding or allocation till in November, 2019.

“Members of the coalition collectively dismissed the allegation of high handedness in the process of contract award in the commission.

“We see these allegations as a direct attack on the leadership of the commission for their refusal to favour company of some law makers in the award of contract executed by the commission.

“It is on record that all the contracts awarded by the NEDC were subject to public procurement act and other due processes, with a view to upholding the anti-graft crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“The NEDC is an open commission, anybody can go to the organisation to verify the facts rather than resorting to blackmail and character assassination.

‘The NEDC operates TSA Account since its inception and all its funding pass through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“This clearly shows that all contract process and expenditure of the commission are subjected to the Governing Board of the commission which has the mandate to give all neccassary approval

” So we cannot imagine how somebody will unilaterally withdraw the sum of N5 billion to procure anything as alleged by the House of Representatives

“We are aware that in September 2019 during the North East Security Conference held in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital, a communiqué was issued and one of the recommendations and resolutions of the security conference was that, the commission should assist to buy vehicles for the security agencies.

“This is to make their Job easier and enhance their operational efficiency.

“Our investigation reveals that a presentation was made and and the board approved, thereafter channeled to the appropriate procurement processes and eventually, vehicles were procured and distributed to the security agencies.

“The coalition, therefore, passe a vote of confidence on the management of the commission under the leadership of Alhaji Mohammad Goni Alkali who has been working tirelessly to ensure that the commission discharges its mandate effectively.

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Omoyele Sowore appears in court with a Native Doctor in Abuja (photos)

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There was a mild drama at the Wuse, Zone 2 Magistrate Court Abuja this morning March 2, as a traditional spiritual leader dressed in full regalia accompanied human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore in solidarity for the commencement of his trial.

Sowore was arrested alongside four others on December 31st 2020, for organizing a candlelight procession and charged for alleged criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and inciting public disturbance. The commencement of his trial was scheduled for today.

Native doctor follows Omoyele Sowore to court in Abuja (photos)

The native doctor was seen waving his horsewhip and gourd in the air while chanting some incantations ahead of the commencement of trial.

Native doctor follows Omoyele Sowore to court in Abuja (photos)Native doctor follows Omoyele Sowore to court in Abuja (photos)Native doctor follows Omoyele Sowore to court in Abuja (photos)

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EFCC arraigns Dutch couple and company for $330,000 oil vessel fraud (photos)

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EFCC arraigns Dutch couple and company for $330,000 oil vessel fraud (photos)

The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a Dutch couple identified as Peiter Borremans and Nkechi Borremans alongside Lagon Trade Limited before Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for suspected fraudulent dealings involving a marine Tanker Vessel to the tune of $330,000 (Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand United States Dollars).

They were arraigned on two- count charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretenses contrary to Section 1(1) (a) and (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

EFCC arraigns Dutch couple and company for $330,000 oil vessel fraud (photos)

One of the counts reads

“That you, Peiter Borremans, Nkechi Borremans, and Lagon Trade Limited, on or about the 31st day of July, 2014 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars ($330,000:00) only from Jackkyson Multi Services Limited and Alot General Services Limited, as advance payment meant for the purchase of Marine Tanker Vessel, a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) and (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to them.  In view of their pleas, prosecuting counsel, N. A. Dodo prayed the court for a date for commencement of trial and for the defendants to be remanded in a Correctional Centre.

Defence counsel, C. A. Okowanya informed the court of oral applications for the bail of his clients and prayed that the defendants be remanded in EFCC custody due to the second wave of Covid-19.

Justice Obile adjourned the matter till March 31, 2021 for the commencement of trial and remanded the defendants in EFCC custody.

Trouble started for the couple when a petitioner alleged that his company: Jackkyson Multi Services Limited and Alot General services Limited, offered to purchase a Marine Tanker Vessel from  Lagon Trade Limited (belonging to Peiter Borremans and Nkechi Borremans) for One Million One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars(  $1,100,000) and made a part payment of Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars ($330,000:00).

The defendants allegedly vanished into thin air after collecting the money and all efforts to get a refund or delivery of the Vessel proved abortive.

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5G might expose Nigeria to “eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage” – NSA

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The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has expressed its fear with the deployment of 5th Generation (5G) technology in the country.

Bala Fakandu, director of communications in NSA who appeared before the senate committee on communications on Thursday February 25, said they are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment, which according to him might expose Nigeria to “eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors.”

Fakandu also asked the ministry of communications and digital economy to carry them along in the formulation of the policy that would guide the use of 5G in the country.

He said;

“We are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment.

“That is one of the key concerns we have and this will make the infrastructure highly susceptible to eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors.

“We understand these are things that will be put in place particularly in the policy the minister has talked about.

“I need to emphasise it so that the stakeholders in the telecommunications industry will understand where we are coming from because the national security concerns is the concern of the office of the national security adviser and of the president as well.”

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