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Governor Ortom accuses EFCC of fighting ‘selective war’ against financial crimes

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Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to shun selectiveness in its fight against corruption.

According to Nathaniel Ikyur, his chief secretary, Ortom spoke on Friday when he received a delegation of the executive intelligence management course 15 participants from the National Institute for Security Studies.

The participants were on a study tour to Benue state.

Ortom expressed displeasure over the freezing of the account of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) by the EFCC.

The governor said the funds in the account are “meant to take care of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state”.

He questioned the rationale behind the action of the EFCC, saying the funds were donations from individuals and corporate organisations “who were deeply concerned about the plight of the IDPs”.

The governor alleged that the EFCC has exhibited the height of impunity by its selective war against financial crimes in the country.

He said a situation where the EFCC harasses innocent citizens on politically motivated grounds is unacceptable.

Ortom asked the EFCC to beam its searchlight on officials in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who he alleged “have turned the purchase of the presidential nomination forms of the APC into a bazaar”.

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NDLEA reacts to trending video of officers in a minibus

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, wishes to disclaim a trending video of some persons wearing red jackets similar to the ones used by officers and men of the Agency for operational purposes, operating in a minibus.


The Agency has so far established, following series of public enquiries, that the video with screenshot pictures attached to this statement is a skit and not a video of officers of the Agency on duty.

The skit maker has also been confirmed to be one Mathew C Eze who lives in the Lekki area of Lagos.


The confusion this video has created in the minds of members of the public underscores the need for some social media content producers to show restraint, responsibility and decorum in how they misuse paraphernalia of law enforcement officers to avoid misconceptions and insinuations.


The Agency will however continue to monitor the activities of this particular skit maker with a view to establishing his motive as the latest is his second in the misuse of NDLEA’s official jackets.

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EFCC releases Patricia Etteh on bail

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released Patricia Etteh, former speaker of the house of representatives, from its custody.

The former speaker was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly receiving a suspicious payment of N130 million.

The money was allegedly paid to Etteh by an unnmaed contractor of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) who was awarded a solar-powered electrification project in Akwa Ibom state.

In a statement on Saturday, the anti graft agency said Etteh was released after fulfiling her bail conditions.

The commission said the former speaker is expected to report to its office “periodically to assist further investigations”.

“Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on suspicious and shady financial involvement with Phil Jin Projects Limited, has been released by the Commission,” the statement reads.

“She was released on Friday, May 20, 2022 upon fulfilling bail conditions offered her by investigators working on her matter.

“She is to report periodically to assist further investigations.”

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Buhari appoints Antonia Simbine as NISER DG — first woman to ever lead the institute

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Antonia Taiye Simbine as the director-general of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER).

Sufuyan Ojeifo, special assistant, media, minister of state, budget and national planning disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The appointment will take effect from June 1, 2022.

Simbine is to take over Folarin Gbadebo-Smith whose tenure expires on May 31, 2022.

Following the appointment, she becomes the first woman to be appointed director-general of the nation’s apex research institute.

According to the statement, Simbine is a professor of political science and international relations and currently heads the knowledge management development department at NISER.

Prior to her appointment, she was a researcher at NISER in Oyo state.

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