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Magu: Forfeited Assets Auctioned To FG Agencies With Presidential Approval

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Magu: Forfeited Assets Auctioned To FG Agencies With Presidential Approval

Suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu has accused Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami of sabotaging efforts made by the agency to transparently dispose of vessels forfeited to the Nigerian government.

Magu made these charges while responding to an enquiry by the presidential probe panel investigating allegations of corruption leveled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami

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In his letter to the panel, Magu revealed that some of the vehicles recovered by the EFCC were auctioned to the presidential villa, the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development as well as the Federal Inland Revenue Service and other agencies.

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The letter was in response to an earlier report by the presidential committee on audit of recovered assets in which Magu was accused of being unable to account for the interest accrued on N550bn recovered funds as well as recovered vehicles and houses.

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Magu says some of the houses permanently forfeited by looters to the federal government have also been handed over to some government agencies like the Voice of Nigeria, North-East Development Commission and the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

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FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday

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FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday

It’s another Independence Day tomorrow when the country will celebrate sixty years of freedom from colonial rule.  To mark the occasion, the federal government is giving everyone a day off from work.

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Announcing the public holiday, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola said on Tuesday Nigeria is the world’s leading black nation.  He said Nigeria’s warmth, welcoming spirit and abundant wealth in human capital and richness of the land, makes the country Africa’s pride and beacon of hope.

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He assured the nation of the government’s commitment to socio-economic transformation.

Aregbesola says the country’s independence celebration this year will be low-key because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UN Experts Call For Release Of Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

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UN Experts Call For Release Of Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

United Nations human rights experts have called for the immediate release of the young Nigerian musician who was sentenced to death by a Kano sharia court for “blasphemy.”

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Twenty-two-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu got into trouble when he released on social media a song that was considered blasphemous.

The UN experts have called on Nigerian authorities to overturn the death sentence that was pronounced on Sharif-Aminu last month.

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In a joint statement, the experts said they are deeply concerned over what they call “serious lack of due process in the case.”

They want the federal government to guarantee his safety and due process rights while he appeals his conviction.

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36 States File Suit Against FG Over Courts’ Funding

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36 States File Suit Against FG Over Courts' Funding

All the states in the federation have hauled the federal government to court challenging the presidential executive order signed in May on the funding of the courts.

The states are asking the Supreme Court to declare president Muhammadu Buhari’s executive order as unconstitutional.  The executive order is placing the burden of funding capital and recurrent expenditures of the State High Courts, Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal to state governments.

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The states attorneys general call the president’s executive order a clear violation of the constitution that places the responsibility for funding the courts on the federal government.

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The 36 states say they have been funding the capital projects in those court since 2009 and would like the Supreme Court to order the federal government to refund them.

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