Former Senate President Pius Anyim to remain in EFCC custody

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim

A former Senate President, Pius Anyim, will most likely spend Friday night in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
 
Mr. Anyim was still being “interviewed” as at 9 p.m. on Friday and is expected to remain there till at least Saturday, a top official of the commission said. 
 
The source also confirmed that Mr. Anyim, who also served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation under the Goodlcuk Jonathan administration, has been in EFCC custody since Thursday, meaning he would spend at least two nights in custody.
 
The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, earlier confirmed the former official was being held by the commission.
 
Mr. Anyim is being questioned on his role in the alleged mismanagement of ecological fund while serving as SGF. He has also been accused of illegalities in the handling of the multi-billion dollar centenary city project in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
 
While in office in 2012, Mr. Anyim was linked to shortfalls of about N396 billion in the Ecological Fund.
 
Mr. Anyim’s detention makes him arguably the highest ranking official of the Jonathan administration to be so detained.
 
Several ministers, presidential aides and other officials of the past government have been investigated for alleged corrupt practices with some being prosecuted and others in hiding.
 
Some of those being prosecuted include the former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and former minister of state for finance, Nenadi Usman. Some on the run include former justice minister, Mohammed Adoke, and former presidential adviser, Kingsley Kuku.


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  • Tijani

    The “common sense” at efcc that arrests Pius Anyim dares not even invite Babachir or Baru for questioning. The common sense at efcc refuses to extradite looter Diezani to Nigeria. Efcc’s “common sense” can arrest Anyim but cannot arrest Murtala Mohammed’s daughter Aisha Mohammed Oyebode that collected hundreds of millions from ONSA in the false name of boko haram victims. The same common sense can invite Stella Oduah but is blind to Mariam Mattar that siphoned billions as neighbour to neighbour. And that same common sense has refused to investigate UN Scribe Amina Mohammed’s $300 milliom illegal sale of endangered protected Nigerian rosewood to China. Fantastically selective fantastically corrupt common sense.

    • Frank Bassey

      All these discriminatory and selective justice will boomerang. NEMESIS must play its role because a man who hides a former SGF and pretends nothing happened will surely be visited by NEMESIS, it may tarry; but it must surely happen.

      • kinsly

        Keep crying.

      • Tijani

        Seconded. Nemesis is eagerly awaited

        • pambegua

          Let’s nemesis catch all currupt people but please allowed nemesis to catch the past PDP kwarupt officials first rather than wailing that it is one sided, it is witch Hunt,

          • Tijani

            The fact that you state “past pdp” is in itself clear evidence of hypocritical one sidedness in the fake anticorruption witch hunt. Which is failing for its insincerity. Pdp or no pdp, PMB will never win another election in Nigeria except his election to exit to the great beyond.

      • david

        I pray so… but u know nemesis only bites when u have done wrong…

      • pambegua

        That is what the masses needed. We will continued praying that they should be confusion in the enemies camp. You people are supporting corruption of PDP by saying APC us one sided. My prayers is this I pray anything another Govt comes they should jailed all the APC members that were found to be currupt and I WILL SURELY SUPPORT THEM. I may not belong to any party but I belong to any party who make any little effort in fighting KWARUPTION

    • kinsly

      Go and sleep.

      • Tijani

        Some fake pastorian dullardeen apologists should be incinerated

    • david

      Are you ok… Invite Dieziani to Nigeria?…. U can keep on wailing bro… when Buhari’s tenure is over the next government can do the needful

  • Straight face

    @disqus_fV9nEiMJb0:disqus

    Let Goodluck Jonathan take a private moment to think. He’s out of power now
    and he can see the horrors fastly trailing his appointed officials. Let Jonathan ask
    himself if this tragedy could not have been avoided if he took certain sensible steps
    to rein in these officials whilst he had the power to act. Had Goodluck Jonathan
    gone into office with a moral compass in the year 2010, and resolved within himself
    to bring past thefts to justice, and penalize all the corrupt acts in government
    offices, he’d have set such a high standard that would have left Muhamadu
    Buhari for dead in the following 2015 election, with nothing for Buhari to
    campaign on.

    But alas, Goodluck Jonathan left the barn door open with almost reckless
    indifference. Had Goodluck Jonathan made the smart move in the year 2011 or
    shortly after to undertake a forensic probe of Lagos state government accounts,
    Bola Tinubu would not have been available as a coalition partner four years
    later for the APC tragedy which later befell Nigeria. And now, with little or
    no public sympathy Goodluck Jonathan’s family and his appointed officials are
    being stripped of all financial assets, good name and put to shame in detention
    for one theft charge or another, like just deserts for reckless indifference.

    • Dawood

      Jonathan was the thief. He couldn’t help himself; he invited other thieves to the party. Jonathan was the problem.

      • Frank Bassey

        Just the way the immediate former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was stealing and cutting grasses for his Ogas, and today, he is walking freely because there are sacred cows here. Fools.

        • kinsly

          When another Govt comes let them prosecute the grass-cutter but for now We catch those we can catch.

          • Tijani

            What a poor attitude. Why not promptly stop the rot?

          • pambegua

            We are slowly stopping the rot. When you come you can speedily stop the rot too at your own pace. But you don’t have any justification to demand anybody to stop any rot. If your GEJ had started the war 6 years ago pmb would have continued from where he stop. For now you are allowed to complained but pmb is also allowed to use his pace and style to fight corruption

          • Tijani

            My GEJ? I don’t abide with slowpoke unwitting incompetence or hapless ineptitude, irrespective of where they hail from.

          • pambegua

            Then appreciate those who made little effort. You may not like the effort been made but show some courtesy. Think for a second if it were your PDP since you denied GEJ ‘what do you think PDP would’ve done with the GRASSCUTTER?

          • Frank Bassey

            Then one day, you will catch your mother’s concubine.

    • Frank Bassey

      So, EFCC can now arrest a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation? All these are for a while. NEMESIS will visit all those that are qualified for its visit.

    • Tijani

      Goodluck Jonathan era is over. Buhari-Osinbajo is currently committing it’s own crimes of actions and omissions.

      • pambegua

        Use your past to prepared for the future. If you refused to take lesson from you past YOU WILL FAIL. We must compare the past regime of GEJ to determined weather the present regime us improving or not. On corruption this Govt performed better than PDP. On security this Govt performed better than PDP. On economy the devaluation of our economy us better put into action now than during GEJ whose Govt Depend on oil price as for me our economy is better prepared than during GEJ now. On completion of project this Govt performed better than PDP

        • Tijani

          Keep comparing. You will still be comparing when you are voted out of office in 2019. Blame game dullardeens.

  • Screw-em

    You all can wail till hell freeze over, the surreptitious financial support funneled to the hopeless delusional biafraud agitator in the name of that hideous coward Kwanu is part of what drew the attention of the dreaded Magu to this bloated frog. Just watch, Ekweremadu is next in line. Una say una won break up 9ja abi? Una go vomit horse shit soon enough. Buhari shook your hands at the rally in Ebonyi a few days ago, see where you are now. Play with a political scorpion and get stung into EFCC dungeon……lol

    • Tijani

      That is Buhari for Nigerians. Takes their help then bites them.

      • Screw-em

        Sai Baba Buhari believes in one 9ja like every true patriot. Any one that objects DIES!!!!

        • Tijani

          Buhari? One Nigeria? Even Sai Babarians cannot deny that Buhari is the most divisive bigot to ever befall the presidency.

          • Screw-em

            You’re entitled to your opinion. He is far from divisive. Buhari only embraces Patriots. If you smell a wiff of unpatriotism, he will give you a wide berth and eventually rope you in just like the bloated frog Ayim. Where is Tompolo and Kwanu by the way?… lol

          • Tijani

            Buhari wouldn’t know a patriot even if one jumped out and bit him on the arm let alone embraced him. Nationalism yes, ethnicism evidently, tribalism habitually, parochialism always, but patriotism never. Buhari does not possess an atom or iota of patriotism in his ideology or dna. No patriot would ever absolve Abacha of stealing or deny Abacha was a thief. Buhari is no patriot. Even calling him Baba is paying him an undeserved compliment, nothing fatherly let alone avuncular in Buhari the unreformed arrogant sadist of a military dictator.

          • Screw-em

            Your avowed disdain for Buhari cannot be questioned, that said, Buhari remains the only true or objectifiable representative of a true fighter of impropriety bar none in modern day Nigeria. Sentiments aside, l see no one on the horizon to unseat him, if he decides to contest the presidency come 2019.

          • Tijani

            Mugabe too saw nobody on the horizon. Lessons to be learnt.

          • Screw-em

            Your avowed disdain for Buhari cannot be questioned, that said, Buhari remains the only true or objectifiable representative of a true fighter of impropriety bar none in modern day Nigeria. Sentiments aside, l see no one on the horizon to unseat him, if he decides to contest the presidency come 2019.

          • Tijani

            Your argument failed as soon as you added “modern Nigeria”. A shamelessly misguided electorate revived a 1980’s parochialist yet expected change. Buhari is corrupt to boot.

          • pambegua

            What is patriotism? My dictionary defines patriotism as LOVE FOR A COUNTRY and BUHARI loves this country that he did not allowed people like KANU(IPOB) to device it due to their lack of patriotism. Another of my dictionary define PATRIOTISM as DEVOTION TO THE WELFARE OF ONES COUNTRY and BUHARI has shown he is patriot as when he comes workers were owed salaries and he assisted the Govs with parish club monies (Though some Govs still refused to pay their workers which was not BUHARI fault as the constitution does not allowed him to pay the state workers directly. One of my old dictionary defines patriotism as THE PASSION WHICH INSPIRED ONE TO SERVE ONE COUNTRY DILIGENTLY and BUHARI has shown that by slashing his salaries and introducing prudent spending to the Nigerian populace

          • Tijani

            Patriotism is not dividing the country on ethnic tribal and religious hegemonistic lines as Buhari has done. Patriotism is not “making Nigeria ungovernable” as Buhari declared. No need to go on. Buhari is not a patriot.

        • Tony Ani

          Stop the poisonous bitterness Sir.

    • marc umeh

      Tell me who has been jailed for corruption in nigeria. Don’t get carried away by all this noise- making.
      Open your eyes !!!

      • Funsho Ibrahim

        It is the courts that can jail them, not the executive. With some of the judges being richer than Bureau de change, you can see where the problems lie-the judiciary

      • Manuel Tobby

        Nobody will be jailed as long as the judiciary staff also doubles as buraeu De Change .

      • A Aminu

        Let me help Screw-em here. Quite a number of people have been jailed for corruption. Just recently in Kebbi state, an accountant general of the state is jailed for 7 years. Of course he has appealed to the Supreme Court. It was an Appeal court decision. Several civil servants have been convicted. Many many cases are at 75% conclusion stage. What is important the fear in people especially civil servants and political office holders towards corruption. There is sufficient fear. Our greatest problem is corruption in the legislature. Even corruption in the judiciary has significantly reduced.

        • marc umeh

          Thank you. I can’t argue with you there. There is now fear of the consequences of corruption. And that may be the begining of wisdom and our salvation. But more need to be done even within the APC itself. We need to lift this dark cloud that has retarded the development of a once promising nation.

          • pambegua

            Agreed. Good point and I believed PMB will surely do his best as steps are been taking everyday. No hiding place for kwaruption. You may fight the fight but TRUTH will overcame kwaruption

  • KBE

    Where is the grass gutter Babachir Lawal. Until he is arrested and taken into custody Buhari and his government remains an irresponsible, hypocritical and deceitful government.

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Ayinm is said to have stolen N13billion a few years earlier and Babachir is said to have stolen N250million only recently. He has been sacked and his prosecution is in process.
      Why should Babachir case matter to people like you, than that of the bigger thief Ayinm who should have remain a freeman if. PDP was not voted out by people like us.
      You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • KBE

        In everything you are on the defensive. In your opinion there is a big thief and a small thief. What makes you different from Jonathan? If you are doing things the old way where is the change?. If people did not shout do you think your party would have sacked Babachir Lawal? That is the reason smart looters are crossing over to your party because it guarantees protection from prosecution. I don’t care who is involved as long as the rules are applied equally. That is the change you promised.

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          I voted for Jonathan in 2011 and defended him until I realized that he was a desaster.
          Buhari is not perfect. He is fighting corruption more than anyone president before him.
          He is fighting smugglers destroying our economy.
          He has invested in Rice and Wheat production than anyone before him.
          Most of are ignorant. You wished all your problems could be solved in one day.
          Things don’t

    • Funsho Ibrahim

      Babachir Lawal is being processed for prosecution. EFCC needs to do a painstaking job before taking such suspects to court to avoid bungling the case. The suspects have so much money to hire professional looters defenders called SAN who are too ready to share proceeds of the crimes

      • A Aminu

        Besides Funsho, what most discussants fail to understand is that whenBabachir was invited by the EFCC, he presented himself promptly and respectively. Anyim refused to respond to the EFCC invitation, as such he was arrested. Once arrested, EFCC will not let you go until they are done with you, and charge you to court.
        The problem with our law makers and lawyers in Nigeria is that they are the greatest law breakers. Anyim happens to be both. It serves him right.

    • pambegua

      For the fact that the GRASSCUTTER/IKOYI DOLLARBIRD were booted out within a year when it was discovered they were cutting our taxpayers money MEANS this Government is fighting KWARUPTION compare to PDP who PROTECTED KWARAPTION(Dezieni,Oduah,Obanikoro, Fayose, Dasuki,Anenih, Amosun,Bade) for 6years even when WHISTLEBLOWER then CBN Gov now Emir of Kano SANUSI blowed a bigger whistle that $100billion dollar is missing rather GEJ alias PDP sacked the blower and PROTECTED those kwarupt goats. No matter how slow this Govt may be in fighting kwaruption(due to kwarupt judges and few PDP kwarupt converters who joined APC and are slowering the FIGHt) it is 100% better than PDPigs

      • KBE

        Sinusi Lamido a witsleblower? Are you serious?. Your man was alleged to have spent 4 billion of emirate money and was to be probed but your government stopped it. Maina was secretly reinstated but for the fact that we shouted. Your government is hiring consultants from Malaysia for a project Nigeria can handle. All looters association that is what APC has become.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Pius may die in detention, he is fat and has a heart condition. They had better bail him quick,once he starts sleeping off , then there is trouble.

    • 45Degree

      IF he wan die make he die. Of what use is he anyway? BUT before he dies, EFFC should quickly seize all the properties he acquired through fraud.

  • Kalofy

    EFFC isn’t investigating the biggest heist of all Pius Anyim’s brigandage in government, the Abuja Centenary City. When the anti-graft agency eventually opens the Centenary project books, they’d see that that is the biggest robbery in Jonathan’s government.

    • Ubong

      Many Nigerian support corruption war. However is the partisan and lopsided nature of this wonderful government policy. Anyim in custody while babachair lawal is at home. Two former SGF but different treatment. Baru $25billion contracts brushed aside by alison Maduake hunted. Mainagate/malami/Dambazzu brushed aside. Pls we support President Buhari but he must show that leadership and integrity and treat all suspects same.

      • A Aminu

        Mr ubong if you are the objective one, we can talk. Buhari did not brush aside Maina. He is in hiding and wanted by the EFCC. Malami and Danbazau are serving ministers, wait and see how the new cabinet will look like.
        As for babachir lawal, he was invited by the EFCC. He presented himself, was grilled and asked to report back which he did. In the case of Pius Anyim, it was reported in the premium times, he was invited and he refused to report himself to the EFCC, hence his arrest. And once arrested, EFCC will not release you until they charge you to court.
        You see, the problem with lawyers and law makers in Nigeria, is that they are the greatest law breakers. A him is both a lawyer and was a lawmaker who prides in law breaking. And this serves him right.

        • Ubong

          Thanks for educative analysis. My prayer is that President Buhari should make sure citizens are trested fairly and the corruption war and good leadership we votrd him to effects is not truncated by few of his loyalists surrounding him. Am not a fan of any Nigerian opportunist called politician but a great fan of good leadership based on fairness and equity guided by lsw.

          • pambegua

            Good one

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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Pius is afflicted with a heart condition which makes him fall asleep while farting profusely, they better bail him quick before he gives up the ghost there. Meanwhile sorry for those EFCC guards , they will need gas masks around Pius.

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