By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Barely few weeks after the State House Clinic shot into limelight over lack of drugs, similar allegation is rocking the National Assembly Clinic. The National Assembly Clinic caters for lawmakers, their aides and families. LEADERSHIP checks revealed that the hospital has recorded malfeasance, including scarcity of drugs, disappearance of medical items which are allegedly diverted to private pharmacies. Despite the budgetary allocation to the hospital,  the clinic is gradually becoming a shadow of its former self. A staff that spoke on condition of anonymity narrated the level of stress she had undergone, as a result of lack of doctors and equipment to work with it. She said , “Doctors are hardly enough. But even if they are, there will be no equipment to work with. It is either the ones available have broken down after months of acquisition and usage with promises of fixing or changing them or that the...

A’Court Sends Saraki Back To CCT

By Kunle Olasanmi and solomon ayado, Abuja The Court of Appeal in Abuja yesterday remitted three count charges bordering on alleged assets declaration to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to conduct a retrial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki. The appellate court okayed three-count charge against Saraki out of the 18-count brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) so as to enable him defend himself properly on the charges. The CCB had dragged Saraki before the tribunal over alleged false asset declaration. In dismissing the 15 out of 18-count charges brought against the Senate president by the federal government, the court described the charges as being incompetent in the face of the law. In the appeal filed by the federal government against the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, which discharged and acquitted Saraki on the 18-count charge in a ruling on no case submission delivered in June this...
BY AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja The United Nations (UN) has raised the alarm over proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, saying there are no less than over 350 million in circulation in the country. It said out of the estimated 500 million of such weapons said to be circulating in West Africa, 70% of them is domiciled in Nigeria. Director of UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Mr Anselme Yabouri, disclosed this startling statistics at the ongoing Physical Security and Stockpile Management Standard Operating and Administrative Procedures Validation Workshop in Abuja. Speaking at the workshop organised by the UNREC and Presidential Committee on Smalls Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), Yabouri stated that the country has been flooded with illicit weapons, which have found their way into unauthorised hands of non-state actors threatening the existence of the country, as well as lives and properties of the...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Paris The World Bank disclosed yesterday that it is partnering with the Global Covenant of Mayors to lend $4.5 billion to ensure Nigeria and 149 other countries get the funds to implement initiatives to increase sustainability and resilience in the fight against climate change. This is even as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Paris declared that some fundamental restructuring of the economy is required to fight climate change. He appealed to the international community to support Nigeria’s commitment to reducing the negative effects of climate change. Buhari spoke at the One Planet Summit in the French capital attended by over 60 heads of state and governments, as well as representatives of non-governmental and private organisations, with the theme, ‘Climate Change Financing’. At the Summit, the World Bank noted that its investment of $4.5 billion would ensure cities battling the increasing threats of climate change have the required funds to implement sustainable...
By Kingsley Alu, Mark Itsibor, ABAH ADAH and Tunde Oguntola, Abuja - The federal government will this week release another N750 billion capital vote from the 2017 budget to ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) for execution of capital projects in the country. Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who disclosed this yesterday said the sum of N450 had been released for capital expenditures within the last five months of passage of the budget. “Last year, we released about N1.3 trillion of capital. So far this year, we have released N450 billion. But this week we will release another N750 billion. That will take us again to about N1.2 trillion by the end of the year”, the minister said while addressing a business delegation from France in her office in Abuja. Adeosun told the delegation led by Philip Labonne that, while Nigeria is on the part to recovery, “it’s a new type of economy...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja - The newly elected national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday resumed office, declaring that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its propaganda will not distract the opposition party under his watch. He further described the governing APC as a broken government, asserting that Nigerians now know the truth that it is a party of propaganda. Secondus who stated this during the handover ceremony at the party’s national secretariat described former national chairman of the party, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, as a hero for being firm in managing the party at its most trying period. The new PDP chairman however assured that he has already started the process of reconciling party members who feel aggrieved with the outcome of his emergence last Saturday. Noting that his emergence is divine, Secondus stressed that there are no barriers to former party members who left for whatever reason and...
By Olugbenga Soyele and Mbachu Godwin - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday said it will appeal against the ruling of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, which  held that the agency lacked powers to investigate or prosecute serving judicial officials except where such officers have been dismissed by the National Judicial Council. A statement by the spokesman, Wilson Uwajuerau, said the commission considered the ruling a dangerous precedent that had no basis in law. The anti graft agency said it was  confident that the Supreme Court will upturn the judgment. “Criminal trial takes precedence over administrative procedures and it is strange that the Court of Appeal wants to put the cart before the horse. This is ridiculous! The appellate court simply wants to confer immunity on public officers from prosecution for corruption, it will not stand.” The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal had, earlier yesterday, struck...
by Sam Egwu, Lokoja - Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for stabilising the economy and stamping out graft. Speaking in Lokoja through his director general, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, the governor said the 2019 presidential election will clear the doubts of some self-centered leaders who think Nigerians will choose corruption over transparency. According to Governor Bello, President Buhari has removed the country’s economy from the woods of corruption and corruption-driven recession, saying the president’s fiscal responsibility has cured the nation of the irresponsible economic policies of the past. “President Muhammadu Buhari stands tall among transparent leaders around the world. He is an example of a leader who is incorruptible and impeccably transparent. Nigerians will clear the doubts of those who think four years is enough to forget the rot of the past. “Nobody is underestimating the importance and strength of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. He was a part...
By Tunde Oguntola and Nzor Ernest, Abuja - The United Kingdom has disclosed that about $32 billion was lost to corruption during the six-year administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Head of Office of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) Nigeria, Debbie Palmer, stated this at the expression undergraduate debates challenge to celebrate this year’s international anti-corruption day. The event was organised by Youngstars Foundation Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, in Abuja. Palmer said the huge amount represented 16 per cent of the previous government’s resources that could have been channeled to development. She noted that millions of dollars tied up in legal challenges remained in other countries. Palmer said, “An independent report estimates that up to $32 billion was lost to corruption under the previous government. This is around 15% of state resources during the period and could well be an under-estimate. So, the estimate is that nearly 16 per cent of the previous government’s...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Andrew Essien, Abuja and Tope Fayehun, Akure - The newly sworn in national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has expressed apprehension and uncertainty about the party’s return to power in 2019, saying it is going to be herculean a task. He however noted that it is achievable, just as he assured that he would ensure internal democracy is enthroned in the party. Secondus, a former deputy national chairman of the PDP was sworn in as the new chairman of the party in the early hours of yesterday after defeating all the aspirants who contested the coveted position with him in the party’s national elective convention held at Eagle Square, Abuja. Protests had trailed his victory, with two aspirants, Prof Tunde Adeniran, former minister of Education, and media mogul, Raymond Dokpesi, rejecting the outcome of the contest. Before then, former deputy national chairman of the PDP, Chief...