7 corruption spectacles unfolding in Nigerian politics right now

Nigerians have been so bombarded with politicians stealing that any form of accusation means guilty and a good explanation is just a smart cover-up.

In other words, as a Nigerian politician if you are accused it means you’re guilty explaining your innocence only makes it worse.

These are the corruption stories making headlines right now.

  • IGP Accused of buying two cars for Aisha Buhari:

Bauchi senator Isa Misau has accused the IGP of police Mr. Idris of donating two SUVs to the First Lady under unclear but alleged illegal circumstances. Mrs. Buhari in her twitter handle denied receiving cars from the IGP of police insisting that she is still using her personal cars.

The police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement that the allegation was “baseless and outright falsehood”.

According to him, the vehicles given to the wife of the president was for movement of police and security personnel in her convoy and not for her personal use as alleged by Misau”,

Senator Isa Misua who made the allegation has been a long running dispute with the IGP.  He accused the police boss of nepotism, tribalism, favoritism, cash for promotion and diversion of funds.

He was recently charged to court for defamation of character and peddling of falsehood by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF.

  • Patience Jonathan 15.5million dollars scandal:

Over the years there has been so much money traced to Patience Jonathan. Last year 5million dollars was traced to her account. EFCC operatives froze the money. After some legal fireworks in May this year she was able to operate the account again.

Last year, EFCC discovered another company worth 175million dollars traced to her. According to EFCC detectives, the company called Pluto property and investment was opened on November 30 with number 2110002238.

EFCC is probing how the deposits worth 175million dollars hit the company’s account barely two years after it was registered and without executing any major contract.

Most recently, EFCC is in court again with patience Jonathan over a separate 15million dollars found in her account. The case has been adjourned till November 22 2017

Either EFCC or the presidency is hesitant to prosecute the former first lady of corruption or she is using money to shut down the system.

  • Maina scandal rages on

The Abdulrasheed Mania Scandal is getting more interesting.

Garba Shehu, stated on Wednesday night that high ranking officials of the Jonathan-led government benefitted from the funds Maina allegedly stole from pension funds in 2013.

They claim they have shocking evidence and would release it with time. They blamed The PDP administration for orchestrating his return into Nigeria

Jonathan’s spokesperson has called Buhari’s administration uncoordinated and rudderless for attempts to connect him to the controversial return.

As the argument rages on, the family of embattled Maina said the ex-pension boss was never a fraudster but a messiah whose efforts had put smiles on the faces of pensioners in the FCT and other parts of the country.

The AGF words was even more interesting. According to him “I believe that Nigerians are entitled to know the truth in the entire saga and I am ready to speak directly to them when I appear before the Senate since I have been summoned by the legislature, which is investigating the matter.

“I will not however talk until I get clearance from my principal on the matter and I look forward to addressing anxious Nigerians on the matter when I appear before the Senators.”

Right now, everyone is waiting for the presidency to give us their big reveal. Hopefully, it’s not a strategy to allow the matter blow away.

  • Olisa Metuah 400 million naira scandal

Remember Olisa metuah. The well-spoken national publicity secretary of PDP.  Well he is still facing a seven-count charge of alleged diversion of N400 million from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The case took another dimension when Former president Jonathan was invited as a witness in the trial.

Mr. Metuah submitted that the said fund was transferred from the office of the former NSA to an account belonging to his company, Dextra Investment, on the directive of Mr. Jonathan.

Dasuki was also asked to appear before the court as a witness but his lawyer Ahmed Raji rejected the motion.

The Judge has ordered Goodluck Jonathan to appear as a witness for Olisah Metuah trial but of course he did not show up. Clearly, ex-presidents in Nigeria are untouchable.

  • Chief Alex Badeh:

Former Chief of defense staff Badeh, alongside a company incorporated by him, Iyalikam Nigeria Limited are standing trial on a 10 counts of money laundering bordering on alleged fraudulent removal of about N3.97bn from NAF’s account.

This was disclosed by Abubakar Madaki, an operative of the EFCC while testifying as the 18th prosecution witness at an Abuja Federal High Court.

Madaki, while being cross examined by the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, alleged that the sum of $900,000, was deposited in Badeh’s accounts with First Bank between 2012 and 2013.

On a monthly basis, a sum of N558.2m was been withdrawn from the Nigeria Air Force account and set aside for Badeh, the EFCC investigator told the court

He also had two lucrative properties, one in Asokoro Abuja and another at Yola and sources of funds were traced to Nigeria air force accounts

  • Kaichukwu and Baru: NNPC crude contract fraud allegation

Nigerians were busy minding their own business when a letter that Ibe Kachikwu’s wrote to the President was leaked to the press.

In the letter he alleged gross insubordination by the Group MD of NNPC Maikanti Baru. He also alleged that contracts worth billions of dollars were executed without approvals from him or the board.

As usual a social media storm ensued, Nigerians and opposition PDP summarized the story: Baru was stealing and Kaichukwu was exposing him.

NNPC in its response to the issues raised by Kaichukwu declared that the presidency is aware of the appointments made and contracts awarded.

Vice president Yemi Osibanjo confirmed this through his Publicity secretary in a series of tweets that the contracts were approved after due diligence by the Vice President. Hence the presidency was aware of the billions of dollars spent and appointments made.

Clearly, the summary of the story is that Ibe Kaichukwu has been made redundant and feels left out. But some Nigerians and opposition groups have a different theory.

Cover-ups, lies, someone was definitely stealing. PDP even insinuated that Buhari was gathering money for 2019 elections.

The 1.1 billion Malabu oil scam:

When former Attorney General of the federation Adoke raised alarm over EFCC’s plot to arrest and forcibly drag him back to Nigeria, the Malabu oil scandal started making headlines again

All I can say about this Malubu oil scandal is that it’s a full story for another day. It involves multiple oil companies and even then British government has a few questions to answer.

EFCC has charged Adoke, Shell & Eni oil for their roles in the scandal

Shell & Eni paid 1.1billion into a Nigerian government account in London for OPL 245, an oil block considered one of the richest in Africa. Mr. Adoke then authorized the transfer of the funds into private accounts of former petroleum minister, Dan Etete, in controversial circumstances. Over $800 million of the money was eventually transferred.

Most of the money is believed to have ended in private pockets of officials of the Goodluck Jonathan administration including Mr. Adoke, who has, however, denied any wrongdoing.

Besides this is just what’s trending now, it excludes Dizeani, Dasuki gate, Past State Governors facing corruption charges, cases dropped because it dragged on for too long…God help us.

 

 

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