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  • 117 Million Bribes Paid In Nigeria Yearly

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    A survey by the National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that 117 million bribes are paid in the country annually.

    According to an excerpt of the report published by PUNCH on Friday, Nigerians pay bribes equivalent to six per cent of their yearly income.

    “In 2019, Nigerian bribe-payers paid an average of six bribes in the 12 months prior to the survey, or one bribe every two months, which is virtually the same as the average of 5.8 bribes paid per bribe-payer in 2016.

    “As a result, it is estimated that some 117 million bribes are paid in Nigeria on a yearly basis, the equivalent of 1.1 bribes per adult,” the publication said.

    The value of the bribes paid in 2019 amounts to N675bn the research claimed.

    The survey carried out by both agencies, found that persons either paid bribes without a demand or public officials actually made the demand.

    “More than 93 per cent of all bribes paid in 2019 was paid in cash, a slightly larger share than in 2016. According to the 2019 survey, the average cash bribe paid is N5,754, a sum equivalent to roughly $52 in purchasing power parity.

    “Overall, it is estimated that a total of roughly N675bn was paid in cash bribes to public officials in Nigeria in 2019, corresponding to 0.52 per cent of the entire Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria.” 

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  • I Didn’t Take Rumour Of Buhari’s Marriage Seriously –President’s Wife, Aisha


     

    Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that she did not take the rumour that her husband was taking a new wife seriously.

    Speaking on Television Continental, Aisha said that she was really worried when social media was awash with reports on the death of her husband but said she never took the marriage rumour seriously.

    She said, “I didn’t take it seriously because even my husband didn’t know what was happening,

    “Both of us didn’t know what was happening; they just decided to bombard social media with it. They are now taking to social media to bring down the government itself.

    “I think that we should not allow people that are nothing to override the innocent; I don’t know why people that are supposed to be in charge should remain mute while bad people take over the country from us. It is impossible and totally unacceptable.”

     

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  • N6.9bn Fraud: Court Grants Fayose Permission To Travel Abroad For Medical Care


     

    The Federal High Court in Lagos has granted permission to a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, to travel abroad for medical treatment.

    Fayose is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for an alleged N2.2bn fraud.

    Following an application by his lawyer, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), Justice C.J. Aneke for the second time, granted Fayose permission to go abroad for treatment.

    The judge had in July first granted Fayose permission for a foreign medical trip.

    The prosecuting counsel for EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), did not oppose Friday’s request.

    After granting the travel permission, Justice Aneke adjourned till January 16, 2020 for continuation of trial.

    Fayose is being prosecuted alongside a firm, Spotless Limited.

    In the charges, the EFCC alleged among others, that Fayose, on June 17, 2014, “Took possession of the sum of N1, 219, 000,000 to fund your 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit criminal breach of trust/stealing.”

    The ex-governor was also alleged to have on the same day “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 1 and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act.”

    The defendant pleaded not guilty.

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  • Nigeria Files Fraud Charges Against P&ID In UK Court


     

    The Nigerian Government has sued Process and Industrial Development Ltd for fraud in a United Kingdom court.

    This was revealed to Reuters by a spokesperson for the country’s Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

    Nigeria can only set aside the award, which has now climbed to $10bn if it is able to prove in the foundation of the contract that corruption was at play.

    “Nigeria’s new filings with the English court is an act of desperation to try to undo the court’s sound conclusion that P&ID’s $10bn award is enforceable,” a spokesperson for the British Virgin Island registered company claimed.

    In September, Nigeria received permission to appeal the award judgment but was told to pay a bond of $200m if it intended to enforce a stay of execution while the appeal was in motion.

    The government made the guarantee payment last week and added a British chamber to its legal team.

    The trial is over a failed 2010 gas processing contract.

    Details have since emerged accusing Michael Quinn, co-founder of being involved in several military scams and tax forgery.

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has made two arrests over the corruption so far.

     

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  • Sowore: Nigerian Bar Association Demands Immediate Suspension Of DSS Boss


     

    The Nigerian Bar Association has demanded the immediate suspension of the Director-General of Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, over the style used in rearresting Omoyele Sowore in court premises.

    Operatives of the DSS had stormed the Federal High Court on Friday to arrest Sowore.

    The invasion of the courtroom forced Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to abandon sitting and judicial activities for the day.

    The NBA in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kunle Edun, said it was “greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law by the agents of the DSS”.

    The body of lawyers in the country also said that it finds it disgraceful that this ‘court riot’ occasioned by the high-handedness and insensitivity of the security operatives interrupted judicial proceedings and made the presiding judge to abandon judicial proceedings because of safety concerns.

    NBA urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “ensure that the Federal Government and agencies under it obeyed court orders,” as the display of “disrespect of the court by the DSS is legendary and unrivalled”.

    The organisation called on all Nigerians to stand up and ensure that no government or any of its agencies disrespected the constitution of the country.

    The statement added, “We call for the immediate suspension of the Director-General of the Department of State Security from office.

    “We make this demand bearing in mind the fact that the DSS under his leadership had established itself as a brutish and irresponsible agency that derives immense pleasure from violating the fundamental rights of Nigerians and disrespecting court orders.

    “The National Assembly should review the laws setting up the DSS and indeed all security agencies in Nigeria with a view to repositioning them to be more responsible and responsive to the public.”

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