Connect with us

News

Falana says Its EFCC’s job, not DSS to Investigate Emefiele

Published

on

Falana says Its EFCC’s job, not DSS to Investigate Emefiele

Femi Falana, a prominent Nigerian lawyer, urged on Sunday that Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), be transferred to the EFCC for an inquiry into his suspected involvement in economic crimes.

 

NaijaNews reports that Emefiele was suspended by President Bola Tinubu on Friday night, and he was thereafter taken into custody by the Department of State Service (DSS).

 

The secret police have been on the CBN governor’s trial for alleged terrorism financing since December last year.

 

In a statement he signed, the rights activist stressed that the DSS lacks the power to investigate and prosecute Emefiele for alleged money laundering and other economic crimes and demanded his transfer to the EFCC for diligent prosecution.

 

Falana said: “A few months ago, the State Security Service (SSS) leveled grave allegations of terrorism financing, money laundering, and other economic crimes against Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). At the material time, the attempt by the SSS to arrest, investigate, and prosecute Mr. Emefiele was frustrated by the erstwhile Buhari administration.

 

“However, following the suspension of Mr. Emefiele as the Governor of the CBN by President Bola Tinubu, the SSS quizzed him in Lagos and flew him to Abuja yesterday (Saturday).

 

“According to media reports, the investigation of the suspect by the SSS has commenced. Although the SSS, which initially denied the arrest, has since turned around to admit that Mr. Emefiele is in its custody.

 

“In the case of Dr. Bukola Saraki v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2018) 16 NWLR (pt. 1646) 433-434, the Supreme Court ruled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission lacks the vires to investigate and prosecute the appellant for the breach of the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. It was for that principal reason that Senator Saraki was freed by the apex court.

 

“In line with the principle of law enunciated by the apex court in Saraki’s case, the SSS lacks the power to investigate and prosecute Mr. Emefiele in respect of allegations of money laundering and other economic crimes.

 

“Therefore, after investigating the alleged involvement of Mr. Emefiele in terrorism financing, the SSS should transfer him to the EFCC to investigate the allegations of money laundering and allied offenses. Otherwise, the investigation of the case will be bungled by the SSS!”

 

Continue Reading

News

Govt, Labour Congress meeting ends in deadlock.

Published

on

By

Govt, Labour Congress meeting ends in deadlock.

Govt, Labour Congress meeting ends in deadlock.
Details of the meeting between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have emerged.

The meeting ended in a deadlock on Monday.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, called the meeting, which failed to address any of the issues raised by the Union.

However, the minister expressed optimism that the issues raised by the Nigerian workers would be addressed.

He said the FG would resolve the issues before the deadline.

“We must also recognize the economic realities that confront us.

“As we address the concerns of our workforce, we must be mindful of striking a balance that promotes economic growth and secures sustainable progress for our nation.

“Today, I call upon each one of you to join hands in an open-minded and constructive dialogue, enabling us to bridge any gaps that may exist between the interests of workers and the ultimate goal of driving economic advancement,” he said.

NLC President Ajaero said: “In the ultimatum we gave and in the NEC resolution, the issue of NURTW was clearly stated, and at the time, the issue had not degenerated the way it is now. That was why we had to bring it along.

“On the other issues, you can see that there was no agreement on any; there is no CNG anywhere, and refineries are not working, nor gas.

“Nothing has been done on the issue of wage awards, cash transfers, or the ASUU issues. However, we believe that between now and the next few days, when the ultimatum expires, something will happen.”

Ajaero said there was no going back on the planned indefinite strike if no progress was made before the expiration of the union’s ultimatum.

Continue Reading

News

Breaking News: Dramatic Rescue as Fire Engulfs Lekki Shanty

Published

on

By

Breaking News: Dramatic Rescue as Fire Engulfs Lekki Shanty

In a heart-wrenching incident that unfolded earlier today, a shanty settlement in the upscale area of Lekki, Lagos, was engulfed in flames, leaving residents scrambling for safety and hope.

The fire, a relentless force of destruction, threatened to consume everything in its path, but amidst the chaos and despair, two lives were miraculously saved.

The Lekki shanty, like many informal settlements around the world, was a tightly-knit community where people, despite facing severe economic hardships, found a sense of belonging and resilience. However, this morning, their lives took an abrupt turn as plumes of thick, acrid smoke filled the sky, darkening the once-vibrant neighborhood.

The response from local authorities and good Samaritans was swift. Firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service rushed to the scene, battling against the raging inferno.

Their courage and determination were on full display as they fought valiantly to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading further.

As they worked tirelessly, the streets echoed with the panicked cries and prayers of those who had lost everything.

 

READ ALSO: Ecobank Introduces “EPAC Studios” To Promote Africa’s Creative Industry

 

Amidst the chaos, the heroism of two individuals shone brightly. Mr. Ade, a middle-aged resident of the shanty, emerged as a true savior.

Risking his own life, he braved the flames to rescue his neighbors trapped in their burning homes. With unwavering resolve, he helped carry an elderly woman and a young child to safety, earning the gratitude and admiration of the entire community.

The rescued woman, Mrs. Okonkwo, spoke tearfully of her harrowing experience. She expressed her gratitude to Mr. Ade and the firefighters who had come to their rescue. Her story serves as a poignant reminder of the strength and resilience of ordinary people in the face of adversity.

As the hours passed, the firefighters’ efforts finally paid off, and the flames were brought under control. While the shanty had suffered extensive damage, the worst had been averted.

Thanks to the rapid response of the authorities and the bravery of Mr. Ade, the community had not suffered any casualties, save for the trauma of witnessing their homes reduced to ashes.

The aftermath of this devastating fire serves as a sobering reminder of the vulnerabilities faced by informal settlements and marginalized communities. It underscores the urgent need for improved safety measures and infrastructure in such areas to prevent such disasters in the future.

In the midst of tragedy, the resilience and heroism displayed by the residents of the Lekki shanty, as well as the valiant efforts of the firefighters, provide a glimmer of hope.

It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of unity in the face of adversity.

While the road to recovery will be long and challenging, the Lekki community will undoubtedly emerge stronger, their bonds forged even tighter in the crucible of this fiery trial.

Continue Reading

News

‘Cold War’ Between NAPIMS Boss, Bala Wunti And NNPC Head Honcho, Mele Kyari Rages On

Published

on

By

‘Cold War’ Between NAPIMS Boss, Bala Wunti And NNPC Head Honcho, Mele Kyari Rages On

 

During conflicts, being truly brave can be hard to find. Friends can drift apart, and bonds can suffer. This is why Bala Wunti and Mele Kyari need to protect their special friendship.

 

Unfortunately, these two Northern brothers had a big fight a few months ago. Unlike small arguments, they must resist the urge to turn against each other and keep their good relationship intact.

 

As they handle their roles, the lines between their authority and influence often get blurry. This can lead to problems that affect both of them and their jobs. If troublemakers get their way, they’ll make the leaders of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) and National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) doubt each other.

 

Naijanewsngr reports that the Group Managing Director of NNPC accused the Managing Director of NAPIMS of not following orders, and NAPIMS tried to tell the President about NNPC’s unfair and unclear actions, causing tension between these organizations.

 

To understand, Nigeria’s investments in the oil sector depend a lot on NAPIMS. It makes sure Nigeria gets a good deal from joint ventures and production sharing contracts, among other things. With so much at stake, some people can act bossy.

 

But during Wunti and Kyari’s time in charge, all these problems from the past disappeared. They trusted each other completely, which frustrated people with hidden agendas in both agencies.

 

No matter how hard troublemakers try, they won’t succeed in making Wunti and Kyari doubt each other. Their friendship is like a healing force for the government’s troubled parts.

 

Source: omonaijablog

 

Continue Reading

Trending