March 24, 2017

Video footage of Lawan, Otedola bribe transaction revealed; is this the smoking gun?

Video footage that reportedly shows beleaguered former lawmaker Farouk Lawan collecting bribes from oil mogul Femi Otedola has been published on YouTube by a Johnson Sarah. It is watermarked www.justdey.com, but we couldn’t access the site. The 8 minute long video clip shows Otedola, owner of Zenon Oil and Gas, handing over what appears to be bundles of dollars and arranging for a time to drop an additional $2.5 million. In June 2012, Otedola claimed that Mr. Lawan, during his time as chairman of of the House of Representatives adhoc committee on fuel subsidy management, had demanded a $3 million ...

Read More →

Nigeria’s political parties, police force among the most corrupt in the world – report

We are combating security challenges in the north and struggling with oil theft in the south, and sure our educational system and basic infrastructure leave a lot to be desired, but when it comes to corruption, Nigeria’s political parties and police force take the lead. According to Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer, Africa’s most populous nation ranks among the top 51 countries with perceived corrupt politicians. The report states: “In 51 countries around the world, political parties were seen to be the most corrupt institution. The worst results were reported in Greece, Mexico and Nepal, where political parties scored ...

Read More →

Local hospital in Zimbabwe charges women extra for screaming during childbirth – Transparency International

Mothers, is the exquisite pain of childbirth so severe you want to scream your head off? Well, don’t! Especially in Zimbabwe where screamers pay extra. No joke! The Washington Post gleaned this bizarre (and we must add, criminal) trend from the Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer. According to the extensive report (download here), corruption is so ingrained in the southern African country that it affects the lives of its citizens from “birth until death”. The report states: “In Zimbabwe, women giving birth in a local hospital have been charged US $5 every time they scream as a penalty for ...

Read More →

Jailed Ibori loses appeal to shorten his sentence

Former Delta State governor, James Ibori, who is currently serving out a 13-year jail term in the UK for embezzling 50 million pounds, lost a legal appeal on Thursday to reduce his prison sentence, Reuters reports. His lawyers argued that the original judge on the case had indicated he would receive a shorter sentence. Judge Anthony Edwards-Stuart, who rejected the appeal, said Ibori’s crime fits the time and should attract close to the maximum 14-year sentence. Ibori pleaded guuilty to 10 charges of fraud and money laundering in February 2012. A Nigerian court had failed to find him guilty of ...

Read More →

Widespread corruption thriving under President Jonathan, US human rights report states

The United States Government on Friday condemned the widespread corruption that continues to thrive under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. In its 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, released on Friday evening, the US government stated that agencies and government officials in Nigeria frequently engage in corrupt practices with impunity. The U.S. Department of State especially condemned the Nigeria Police Force. The 2012 report accused the Nigerian government of failing to “implement the law effectively” and giving corrupt officials a free pass on corruption. “Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government and the security forces. The constitution ...

Read More →

Gov. Akpabio admits to electoral fraud on video? Watch this!

It is being called a “barefaced confession to electoral fraud” by Premium Times online news portal. A video of the controversial Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state boldly admitting to colleagues and press that he manipulated the results of a senatorial election results has been published online. Mr. Akpabio was addressing a Good Governance Tour in Uyo, led by Information Minister Labaran Maku, when he stated: “I used my own hand to strike out the name of the person who has won before, and I said it is important for me to give that region a Senator in 2007, ...

Read More →

$620,000 bribe scandal: House sacks Lawan at last

The House of Representatives has officially relieved Mr. Farouk Lawan of his duties as Chairman of the House Committee on Education. The former lawmaker who was accused of demanding bribes from businessman, Femi Otedola, the owner of Zenon Oil, was suspended in June 2012 and has been under investigation. Otedola alleged that he has proof the lawmaker, who headed the ad-hoc committee on fuel subsidy management, demanded a $3 million bribe in order to drop Zenon Oil from the list of fraudulent oil companies. The Zenon boss says he paid $500,000 to Lawan and another $120,000 to secretary of the ...

Read More →

Nigeria’s government lacks the will to fight corruption – Buhari

Major General Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria’s weak central government is facing a losing battle against corruption. The former head of state said this during the fourth British-African Diaspora Conference with the theme, “Stable Democracy and Nigeria’s Economy”. Speaking at the British House of Parliament, Buhari said corruption was so deeply rooted in all facets of the country and will impede the economic growth. Buhari made reference to a statement by ICPC chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, who told the Daily Trust last month that the nation’s leaders lacked the “political will to fight corruption in Nigeria”. The head of the ...

Read More →

Nigeria is the most fraudulent nation in Africa according to a KPMG report

During his last Presidential Media Chat, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan took great care to assure the media and the public of his administration’s progress in fighting corruption, which is so prevalent at every level of government in Nigeria. While the President assured of success in the war on corruption, however, a recent report from global audit and financial advisory firm, KPMG has ranked Africa’s most populous nation as the most fraudulent on the continent. According to a Premium Times report, KPMG said Nigeria “accounted for the highest number of fraud cases on the continent in the first half of 2012.” ...

Read More →

ACF wants capital punishment for corruption; what that could mean for many Nigerian govt. officials

Northern political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, has recommended to the National Assembly that the sin of corruption so prevalent in every level of government in Nigeria be punishable by death. According to a Punch report, the ACF explained that the “law classifies crimes according to severity of their consequences both on the individual victim, the community or the country,” and nothing, the group says, has had a more destructive impact on the nation than corruption. The ACF’s demands that individuals found guilty of corruption be killed isn’t without precedent. In China, corruption attracts the capital punishment. The forum in ...

Read More →