Monday, 14 December 2015

ABUJA — As investigation into the looting of funds meant for the
acquisition of arms for the Nigerian armed forces continues,
operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are
in a dilemma over what to do with the former Central Bank of Nigeria,
CBN, Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Sanusi II Sanusi, who was removed
from the bank by former President Goodluck Jonathan for accusing the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, of not remitting $20
billion of oil proceeds into the national treasury, later become the
Emir of Kano, an influential traditional and religious post that
carried more weight in the northern part of Nigeria than the CBN. The
operatives are keen on interrogating the emir on the numerous
disbursement of funds to the office of the fo rmer National Security
Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), who is being tried for money
laundering, breach of public trust and diversion of public funds.
Findings by Vanguard, however, showed, weekend, that the operatives
were in a fix on what to do in order to get the revered traditional
and religious ruler to speak to them on what he knows about the huge
sums of money taken away from the nation's apex bank under the guise
of security. The commission, it was gathered last night, is
contemplating whether to invite Sanusi or go to meet him quietly to
interview him on the funds moved from the bank to the National
Security Adviser, during his tenure and why such disbursement were
never questioned or declined by him. A source in the commission hinted
that they were keen on getting first hand information from the emir
but in a way that would not raise any eyebrow or bring the commission
into trouble with any individual or group. It was learnt that the
commission's top official had already visited Kano and would possibly
try to seek an avenue to discuss with the emir quietly and return to
Abuja. Set to grill Emefiele, others But a source said that other CBN
governors, including the incumbent Godwin Emefiele, would soon be
invited to explain their roles in the arms sandal, which is very
embarrassing to the nation. One of the sources said that it was a
matter of time before the top bank officials would be summoned to
clarify their roles in the national financial scam. The spokesman for
the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for comments in
the latest development in the arms scam probe. His telephone lines
indicated that they had been switched off when our correspondent
called on Sunday evening. NGE backs FG on moves to recover stolen
public funds The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has thrown its weight
behind the efforts of the Federal Government to recover stolen public
funds and commended the courage behind it. While urging the government
to respect the fundamental human rights of the suspects in the
process, the Guild asked the government to thoroughly investigate
every corruption case and pursue same diligently and to logical
conclusion. In a communiqué issued at the end of its 4th quarterly
Standing Committee meeting, weekend, in Abuja, the guild advised
judges to be circumspect in granting injunctions and be more
painstaking in the adjudication of corruption cases. The guild, in the
communiqué signed by its President, Garba Deen Mohammad and General
Secretary, Victoria Ibanga, further warned state governments not to
renege in the payment of the N18,000 minimum wage and urged them to
improve on their internally generated revenue, reduce the cost of
governance and ensure due process in the award of contracts. According
the communique,"the Guild is alarmed by the downward slide of the
Naira which is impacting negatively on the purchasing power of
Nigerians and wants the Federal Government to diversify the country's
revenue base to shore up the value of the national currency. "The
Guild also noted with concern the perennial fuel scarcity in the
country and called on the Federal Government to find a lasting
solution to the problem." While reiterating its warning against any
attempt to gag the press or tamper with the freedom of expression of
Nigerians, the editors urged the Senate to retrace its steps with
respect to the Frivolous Petitions Bill which is against the freedom
of the press. The editors, therefore, urged the National Assembly to
expunge Section 24 of the Cyber Crime Act which is considered to be
more obnoxious than the Frivolous Petitions Bill.

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