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    Lagos lawmakers clear Obasa of corruption allegations

Lagos lawmakers clear Obasa of corruption allegations

The Lagos state house of assembly has cleared Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker, of corruption allegations levelled against him. Obasa had been accused of embezzling public funds and abusing his office. SaharaReporters had carried out an investigation on the speaker who allegedly owns more than 60 bank accounts. He was accused of using his office to misappropriate funds and allocate contracts to himself through third party sources, [...]

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    HEDA: Obasa will be cleared of corruption allegations – probe is a smokescreen 

HEDA: Obasa will be cleared of corruption allegations – probe is a smokescreen 

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has asked the Lagos state house of assembly not to assume the position of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the probe of its speaker. According to HEDA, a petition has been submitted to EFCC to investigate Mudashiru Obasa, the Lagos assembly speaker, who has been accused of embezzling public funds and abuse [...]

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    Lockdown: Govt not doing enough to reach the poor with palliatives, says HEDA

Lockdown: Govt not doing enough to reach the poor with palliatives, says HEDA

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) says government at all tiers is not doing enough in reaching the poor with palliatives during the  COVID-19 lockdown.  In efforts to curb the spread of the virus, President Muahammadu Buhari had locked down the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos, and Ogun states. Some governors also ordered lockdown in their states.  At the beginning of [...]

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    CSOs ask govt to release guidelines on distribution of relief materials

CSOs ask govt to release guidelines on distribution of relief materials

A coalition of civil society groups has asked the federal and state governments to release guidelines on relief materials donated to cushion the effect of the lockdown on citizens. The coalition includes Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre), Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Centre (WARD-C), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and HELP CENTRE. Others are Civil Society Network Against [...]

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    HEDA asks FG to prosecute sacked FIIRO DG

HEDA asks FG to prosecute sacked FIIRO DG

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has asked the federal government to prosecute Chima Igwe, former acting director-general of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Lagos state (FIIRO). In a statement on Sunday, Olanrewaju Suraju, HEDA chairman, said the organisation in its petition to Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), gave the federal government a 30-day ultimatum to [...]

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    HEDA asks Malami to scrap new asset recovery rule or face court action

HEDA asks Malami to scrap new asset recovery rule or face court action

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has given Abubakar Malami, minister of justice, a 14-day ultimatum to scrap the new rule on asset recovery. Malami had signed a new regulation titled “Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations, 2019”, which empowers the federal government to determine procedures anti-corruption agencies must adopt to manage recovered assets. The new regulation which took effect on November [...]

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    Report: UK receives £90bn stolen funds from Nigeria, African countries yearly

Report: UK receives £90bn stolen funds from Nigeria, African countries yearly

The United Kingdom (UK) receives about £90 billion illicit funds from Nigeria, Africa and countries in third world every year, according to report by Christian Erikson and Lionel Faull, anti-corruption advocates. The advocates disclosed this in a joint paper tagged, 'Obtaining Property Information Overseas' presented at the anti-corruption training organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (Heda Resource Centre) in [...]

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    HEDA asks CBN to prosecute Melaye for ‘abusing the naira’ at mother’s burial

HEDA asks CBN to prosecute Melaye for ‘abusing the naira’ at mother’s burial

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to prosecute Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, for breaching the bank's rules at his mother's burial in July. A video of the event showed the senator spraying Yinka Ayefele, an artiste, with local and foreign currency has since gone viral. In a petition sent to [...]

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    CSOs ask Buratai to speak on ‘theft of billions’ by soldiers

CSOs ask Buratai to speak on ‘theft of billions’ by soldiers

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre/Transparency International (CISLAC) say it is unfortunate that Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, has refused to speak on the "theft of money running into billions" by soldiers.  On Sunday, Premium Times reported that five soldiers were declared wanted by the Nigerian army after they absconded with a large amount [...]

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    Obono-Obla: We’re investigating PEF GM over alleged money laundering

Obono-Obla: We’re investigating PEF GM over alleged money laundering

Okoi Obono-Obla, chairman of the special presidential investigation panel for the recovery of public properties, says investigations are underway into allegations of money laundering against Goddy Nnadi, general manager (corporate services), at the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (Management) Board. Obono-Obla was speaking at a news conference in Abuja, on Tuesday. He said the investigation became necessary after a non-governmental organisation (NGO) had, through a petition, [...]

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    HEDA asks FG to prosecute Goje or face court action

HEDA asks FG to prosecute Goje or face court action

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre has given the federal government a 14-day ultimatum to prosecute Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe state, for alleged money laundering. The centre asked the federal government to prosecute the current senator whose case has just been withdrawn from the court, or face court action. The corruption charges against Goje was discharged by [...]

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    Falana asks Buhari to apologise to Nigerians for saying Abacha didn’t steal

Falana asks Buhari to apologise to Nigerians for saying Abacha didn’t steal

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise to Nigerians over his comment on funds diverted by Sani Abacha, the late military dictator. Buhari had said Abacha did not loot the country. Last year alone, the federal government recovered $321 million Abacha loot from Switzerland. Speaking at a conference organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) [...]

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    HEDA asks FG to sanction those who conspired with Abacha

HEDA asks FG to sanction those who conspired with Abacha

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), a civil society group, has asked the federal government to identify and sanction those who assisted Sani Abacha, former head of state, in "looting the nation's treasury". The group said the federal government has the moral obligation to explain to Nigerians questions surrounding illicit funds traced to Abacha. Recently, the British crown dependency of Jersey seized £211 million said [...]

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    HEDA demands ‘high-level probe’ of CBN’s leaked audio

HEDA demands ‘high-level probe’ of CBN’s leaked audio

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), a civil society group, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order an investigation into the allegation stolen N500 billion in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). An audiotape of an intercom telephone conversation between Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor; Adamu Lamatek, the deputy governor of the apex bank, and other top officials CBN, was leaked [...]

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    HEDA asks Malami to stop meddling with corruption cases

HEDA asks Malami to stop meddling with corruption cases

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), a civil society group, has asked Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), to stop meddling with corruption cases. In a statement on Sunday by Olanrewaju Suraju, HEDA's chairman, the group accused Malami of frustrating critical corruption cases embarked upon by law enforcement agencies. The group said the AGF’s office should be in the forefront [...]

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    Falana: Courts have legitimised vote buying

Falana: Courts have legitimised vote buying

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the courts have legitimised vote buying. Speaking on Wednesday at the ninth forum of the anti-corruption situation room in Abuja, Falana said since 1999, the purchase of votes has been the order of the day. He said measures should be put in place in a bid to reform the country's process "in a way that we [...]

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