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Older Persons Day: Eight months after law’s passage, Nigeria’s Senior Citizens Centre still out of sight

By 'Kunle Adebajo ON a Friday, January 26, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed eight bills into law. But of all, one stood out prominently: the Senior Citizens Centre Bill, finally signed two years after it was first introduced into the House of Representatives.  The older persons law came with the promise of a…

Yemi-Osinbajo

DEVELOPING: Nigerian govt. moves to replace persons under investigation nominated to ICPC board

By Dayo Aiyetan The federal government will most likely replace the two persons nominated to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, who have since been discovered to be under investigation by the agency. The ICIR exclusively reported Friday that two persons announced as…

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SHOCKING: Two ICPC board members appointed by Osinbajo under investigation for ‘multi-million naira corruption’

By Dayo Aiyetan Two of the 14 members announced to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC) are being investigated by the anti-corruption agency for alleged corruption in the region of N1billion, the ICIR is reporting. The two nominees are Maimuna Aliyu and Sa’ad Alanamu.…

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INVESTIGATION: Nigeria’s Central Bank in foreign PR contract scandal

By Tajudeen SuleimanThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has given itself a new mandate and it has nothing to do with money matters. It does not even have anything to do with stabilising the foreign exchange regime or strengthening the naira, desirable as that task is. The new role of…

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How Nigerian govt imposed ‘illegal’ electricity tariff on citizens

The new increased electricity tariff rolled out on February 1 by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, was illegally imposed on consumers, an icirnigeria.org investigation has shown. The agency implemented the new tariff, which increased charges for electricity consumption by 55 per cent to 65 per cent, in defiance of…

Shocking details of how Oronsaye, Maina, others allegedly stole N1 Billion from pension funds

By Dayo Aiyetan In a little over a month, the sparks will start to fly in what might turn out the most celebrated trial of this year as the prosecution of the former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Steve Oronsaye; former chairman of the Pension Reform Task…

How civil servant allegedly stole N103 million meant for feeding students in Federal Govt. Colleges

By Tosin Omoniyi An official of the Federal Pay Office, Abeokuta, is currently assisting investigators from the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to recover over N100m meant for the use of three government colleges in Ogun State, which he diverted for personal use. The suspect, Olusegun…

Trial of extradicted Nigerian, Jerry Okafor, begins in London

The trial of Jeffery Okafor, the 23-year old Nigerian arrested in Asaba in September for the murder of a teenage university student, commenced in London Friday. Mr. Okafor was extradited to London and handed over to prosecutors in the case on Thursday, November 6, icirnigeri.org can authoritatively report. An officer…

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How Immigration Officers aid drug couriers, visa racketeers, other criminals

Some unscrupulous officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, have been supplying passports in hundreds to criminals, including drug traffickers, visa racketeers and fraudsters trying to escape the long arm of the law, using the names of prominent Nigerians and their family members, a long running investigation by the icirnigeria.org has revealed.…

INVESTIGATION: Minister Abba Moro in fresh scandal; defrauding Nigerians of billions

Controversial Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has devised a fresh scheme to fleece Nigerians. Using the increase in the new fees charged for the Nigerian passport, he has formulated a new policy that would effectively extort billions from unsuspecting Nigerians every month. Beginning in August, the minster illegally contracted a…

INTERVIEW: I Can Use Constituency Allowance As I Want – Hon Baba Ibaku

Following the Nasarawa governor's claims that one percent enjoy 90 percent of the state's revenue, in an interview with International Centre for Investigative Reporting, clarification was sought from Mohammed Baba Ibaku, chairman, Committee on Media and Information, Nasarawa State House of Assembly. Here are his responses. How do you react…

INTERVIEW: Only one percent take 90 percent of Nasarawa revenue – Al Makura

Compared to other states created along with it, Nasarawa still remains largely undeveloped. Why? It is a great pity that since the state was created the people that handled the affairs lost sight of the kind of vision citizens of the state had in the agitation for it to be created.…

How Nasarawa Legislators Suck State Dry

Legislators in Nasarawa State see their election as a money making opportunity. On Wednesday, August 14, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly summoned some key officials of the state government to appear before it, ostensibly, to give an account of how they run their agencies. The three officials invited were…

INVESTIGATION: How FCT robs residents through illegal parking policy

By Kevwe Ebireri The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCT, has for over a year been generating revenue by forcing an illegal and dubious electronic parking policy on residents of Abuja, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting is reporting. The administration registered four companies last year and authorized them to generate revenue through the enforcement…

Wanted pension task force boss, Maina, asks court to halt police arrest

The chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, PRTT, Abdulrasheed Maina, has sued the Senate and the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, alleging breach of his fundamental rights, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting is reporting this evening. Mr. Maina is wanted by the police for failing to…

REVEALED: How judge, who freed pension thief, tricked EFCC

Justice Abubakar Talba, the Federal High Court, Abuja, judge who sentenced John Yusufu, former director in the Police Pension Office, to two years in prison with an option of N250,000 fine on each of the three counts, breached an agreement reached by parties in the case. In the controversial ruling delivered on January 28, Mr.…

Ex-Presidential candidate arrested for fraud

A former presidential aspirant under the platform of the Nigeria Liberation Party, NPL, Osita Emmanuel Okereke, has been arrested and interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for operating an illegal task force, running a recruitment racket, extortion and  obtaining money by false pretense. Mr. Okereke is allegedly the brain behind a syndicate…

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Refugees take over UNIABUJA as varsity remains shut

The University of Abuja, UNIABUJA, shut down in November 2012, remain closed and is now home to Fulani herdsmen As academic life returns and picks up in tertiary institutions across the country, students of the University of Abuja, UNIABUJA,  are still unsure of when the institution would resume as the gates remain shut. The…

National Assembly, INEC, ignore controversial judgment on federal lawmakers

A controversial High Court ruling meets with resistance The controversial ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja, reinstating two senators and eight members of the House of Representatives, has been ignored by the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, which…

Untold reasons Comptroller General of immigration, Rosemary Uzoma, was fired

The Comptroller General of Immigration, Rosemary Uzoma, was sacked on tuesday due to prolonged disagreement between her and interior minister, Abba Moro, over the day to day running of the Service, according to a report by the International Centre for Investigations Reporting. Sources in the Immigration Service and internal affairs ministry told icirnigeria.org that…

High Court judge stirs fresh judicial controversy, dares Supreme Court

The Federal High Court 4, Abuja,  is about to stir controversy and debate as its presiding judge, Gladys Olotu, is set to deliver judgment in an election petition case which the Supreme Court has said no court has jurisdiction to entertain. Lawyers on both sides as well as other members of the…

INVESTIGATION: How oil minister, Alison-Madueke, runs NNPC, oil ministry, like personal estate

Nigeria's controversial oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke's management style, which is disrupting the governance structure of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is causing concern in the state oil giant and the industry, a joint investigation by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting   and PREMIUM TIMES has shown. The powerful oil minister has rendered…

Unknown gunmen kidnap Auditor General, wife, children

The auditor general of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Administration has been kidnapped by unknown persons, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting is reporting this evening. A source told ICIR the auditor general, Fred Omaka, was kidnapped Sunday  along with his wife and an unspecified number of children when the family was…

EFCC to arrest Catholic priests over Atuche’s N45 million tithe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is set to arrest reverend fathers and leaders of the two Catholic Churches in Delta State which received from Francis Atuche, former managing director of Bank PHB, money believed to be stolen depositors' funds, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting has reported. Mr. Atuche, who is standing…

JTF arrests Nigerian security operatives working for Boko Haram

The Joint Task Force, JTF, has arrested some officials of Nigerian security services who are believed to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the BBC has reported. According to a BBC report published Saturday evening, Sagir Musa, a colonel and spokesman of the JTF confirmed that “a number of officials” had been arrested for “carrying out attacks for an…