Fredrick Nwabufo

    The Igbo crime culture (2)

The Igbo crime culture (2)

In the heat of the lynching of Igbo citizens in Asia in 2013 over alleged criminality, I wrote an essay entitled, ‘The Igbo fallacy’. In it, I appealed to the Igbo to de-emphasise the culture of profligacy, decadent opulence and vanity which fuels the pursuit of crime by their own. I also suggested the need for value re-orientation – a [...]

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    ‘God doesn’t forsake his own’ — Iwu quotes Bible over N1.2bn fraud trial

‘God doesn’t forsake his own’ — Iwu quotes Bible over N1.2bn fraud trial

Maurice Iwu, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says God has not abandoned him in his ordeal with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).The EFCC arraigned Iwu on four-count charges of money laundering to the tune of N1.23 billion.The agency accused him of complicity in concealing N1.23 billion public funds between December 2014 and March 2015.He [...]

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    20 days in DSS pits of silence: We must not forget Sowore

20 days in DSS pits of silence: We must not forget Sowore

It has been 20 weary days since Omoyele Sowore was taken into a hovel of silence by the DSS. The outrage over his abduction and detention is tapering off; dissolving with every quotidian day. It is human nature to quickly glide past shock, happenstance or pain after sometime, but in Sowore’s case we must bring this weakness into capitulation and into [...]

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    IN DETAIL: North-west gets 10 senior portfolios, south-west 5, south-east 3

IN DETAIL: North-west gets 10 senior portfolios, south-west 5, south-east 3

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted  his cabinet of 44 portfolios - but there is a certain "familiarity" about the composition. Hinging on zonal distribution, some regions have more junior ministerial positions than others, just as another region takes a large slice of the senior positions.Out of the 44  positions, the north-west alone, Buhari's zone, has 10 senior ministerial portfolios (including the [...]

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    Ambode: EFCC hasn’t contacted me on any matter

Ambode: EFCC hasn’t contacted me on any matter

Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, says the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has not reached him on any subject matter.In a statement issued on Tuesday by Habib Aruna, his media aide, the former governor while confirming the search on his residence said he was willing to respond to any correspondence from the anti-graft agency.He asked his supporters [...]

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    Ambode is under investigation, says EFCC

Ambode is under investigation, says EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, is under investigation.Agents of the anti-graft agency raided the residence of the former governor on Tuesday.Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, had told TheCable that the presence of the operatives at the home of Ambode was ‘’part of the investigation’’.In a statement, the EFCC spokesman, however, said [...]

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    EFCC raids Ambode’s residence

EFCC raids Ambode’s residence

Agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided the residence of Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos state, in Epe area of the state, on Tuesday.Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, confirmed this to TheCable.He said the anti-graft agency had received petitions against Ambode, and that it was investigating his administration.''Yes, we received petitions regarding the governor, and we are [...]

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    IMN: FG wanted to kill El-Zakzaky in India

IMN: FG wanted to kill El-Zakzaky in India

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has alleged that the federal government intended to kill Ibraheem El-Zakzaky in India ‘in the name of ‘medical treatment’.El-Zakzaky was returned to the country after he refused to be treated by doctors provided by the government.In a statement issued on Sunday, Ibrahim Musa, spokesman of the movement, said the Islamic cleric did not plan [...]

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    Beating of Ekweremadu and the stones awaiting others

Beating of Ekweremadu and the stones awaiting others

There is pain. There is anger. And there is collective rage in the land. Nigerians are empty of options and are seeking avenues for a purge; for catharsis. The season of retribution may be upon us sooner than we imagine. The physical abuse of former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu at an Igbo forum by some young men in Germany, though [...]

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    ‘We’ll continue to look up to you for guidance’ — Buhari hails IBB on 78th birthday

‘We’ll continue to look up to you for guidance’ — Buhari hails IBB on 78th birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ibrahim Babangida, former head of state, on his 78th birthday, saying the country will always look up to him for guidance.In a statement issued by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, on Saturday, the president also thanked the former head of state for playing the role of a statesman to the country.“On behalf of the federal executive [...]

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    EL-ZAKZAKY VIDEO: ‘I was free in Nigeria, lived next to senate president, never in police detention…’

EL-ZAKZAKY VIDEO: ‘I was free in Nigeria, lived next to senate president, never in police detention…’

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), has returned to Nigeria after a 'medical stalemate' in India.Before his return, he alleged that the Nigerian government was making it difficult for him to get the needed treatment at Medanta hospital, India, and that he was being treated like a prisoner in the country.In a video shared with TheCable, [...]

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    Community service for minor offences — 6 highlights of the new prisons law

Community service for minor offences — 6 highlights of the new prisons law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the prisons bill, 2018, into law effectively changing the Nigerian Prisons Service to the Nigerian Correctional Service.The bill was read a first time on May 26, 2016; a second time on October 26, 2016, and it was passed on December 20, 2018.The law is significant for the sweeping reforms it seeks to entrench in the [...]

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    Has corruption ‘buried’ Obono-Obla?

Has corruption ‘buried’ Obono-Obla?

Before he was given the heave-ho, Okoi Obono-Obla, ex-chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of Public Property (SPIP),  bagged notoriety as a ''serial power abuser'' and a ''carefree violator'' of due process.Obono-Obla’s success is, perhaps, more in the aspect of motoring controversy and bringing attention to the public property recovery panel than in fighting corruption.In March [...]

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    INTERVIEW: Yahaya Bello hasn’t completed a single project since 2016, says Kogi dep gov

INTERVIEW: Yahaya Bello hasn’t completed a single project since 2016, says Kogi dep gov

Kogi state has been the ''confluence'' of political intrigues lately. Yahaya Bello, the 44-year-old governor of the state, is crossed with Simon Achuba, his deputy who says the governor does not deserve to be re-elected.  In this interview, Achuba tells TheCable the whys and wherefores of this unfolding drama.TheCable:  What led to the breakdown of the relationship between you and [...]

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    ‘You are completely out of touch’ — Ezekwesili hits Buhari over directive to CBN

‘You are completely out of touch’ — Ezekwesili hits Buhari over directive to CBN

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a "completely out-of-touch leader" over his directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for food importation.In a statement issued on Tuesday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the president said he had asked the CBN to stop issuing foreign exchange for food importation [...]

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    Buhari asks CBN to halt forex for food importation

Buhari asks CBN to halt forex for food importation

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for food importation.In a statement issued on Tuesday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the president said the directive is to ensure the steady improvement in agricultural production and attainment of full food security.The president, who hosted All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to [...]

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