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I’ll Resign If Asked To Compromise; Rule Of Law, Fear Of God Shall Be My Guiding Principles —- EFCC Boss Bawa

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said that he will resign if he’s asked to compromise.

This is as he vowed to ensure that corruption in Nigeria is gotten rid of, saying the “rule of law and fear of God shall be his guiding principles.”

The EFCC boss said this on Friday, March 26, 2021, when he featured in a Nigerian Television Authority interview programme One-on-One.

His words were disclosed in a statement titled ‘We’ll rid Nigeria of corruption – Bawa Vows,’ which was issued on the official Twitter handle of the EFCC.

“We need to change our attitudes in Nigeria,” Bawa was quoted to have said.

“We are in the habit of worshipping people that have money in the society, but never bother to ask questions about their source of income. In winning the fight against corruption, we are engaging all stakeholders including religious leaders, community leaders, and others.

“We are going to embark on massive public enlightenment to sensitize people on the need to shun corruption in all its forms.”

The EFCC boss continued, “I will continue to do what is right.

“The Commission under my watch will continue to abide by the rule of law. If anybody asks me to do anything contrary to my conscience or against the rule of law, I will resign my appointment.”

He stated that fighting corruption was an onerous task that should not be left in the hands of EFCC alone and urged Nigerians to stop glorifying corruption and corrupt people in the society.

The EFCC boss vowed that the Commission under his watch would not relent in its determined efforts to bringing all corrupt elements, high or low in this country to justice.

“We have just created Directorate of Intelligence.

“We need to re-engage ourselves with all our stakeholders in the fight against corruption because this is something we cannot do alone, all hands must be on deck,” he said.

On the directive that all bankers should declare their assets before June 1, 2021, the anti-graft boss said there is no going back on the directive noting that, “laws permit the Commission to investigate assets of public officers including bankers”.

“There is a law called Bank Employee Declaration of Assets, Act 1986. We are not saying they should declare their assets to us. What we are saying is that they should declare it to the statutory bodies. We are going to be calling for it.

“As a Commission, we need to know what you have as a banker. Come June 1, 2021, we are going to be asking for it.” Bawa insisted.”

Responding to another question on the ongoing corruption cases in various Courts across the country, he said the Commission is making steady progress by securing the conviction of offenders and getting them to restitute their victims of whatever they had illegally acquired.

“Our lawyers are doing well and the judiciary too is marvelous”, he added.

On alleged media trial by the EFCC, Bawa said that “there is nothing like media trial.

“It’s part of our responsibilities to let the public know about our activities and what we are doing to sanitize the country. This is enshrined in Section 6 of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004.”

He further stated that any case filed in court is a public document that anybody can apply to the court to access.

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Okorocha To FG: Give Me N76billion And I’ll Create One Million Jobs From Cattle Business

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Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo state, says he can create one million jobs from cattle rearing if provided with the financial capital.

In recent times, Nigeria has witnessed a spate of farmers-herders crisis in many parts of the country, which has led to the loss of lives and property.

As a result of the crisis, 17 southern governors, last Tuesday, resolved to ban open grazing in their region, after a meeting in Asaba, Delta state.

Speaking on the development in an interview on Sunday Politics, the senator representing Imo west said the country should look into the business of cattle rearing, noting that billions by not handling it well.

“Let me talk to Nigerians for the first time as a businessman. Do you know how many billions of dollars this nation is losing by not handling this business of cattle well in the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

“This business of cattle can create one million jobs for Nigerians, if well-managed. I wish Nigerians can call me or the government will call me and say Okorocha this seventy-six billion.

“We want to give you, it is your share, take it and fix the cattle business. If I do not create one million jobs within the shortest time, just know I’m not Rochas.

“This is business. See money and people are just joking with it. We used to be exporters of leathers, skins. What about dairy products and milk?

“Assuming we have this business, do you know how many welders and fabricators will build body carriers for the cows, while we import the head from China and fix it.”

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Daily COVID Tracker: NCDC Records Seven Infections ,Lowest Single-Day Count In 5 Months

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the country recorded seven fresh coronavirus infections on Sunday — representing the lowest single-day count so far in 2021.

The latest cases of COVID-19 were recorded in two states, according to the agency’s update for May 16, 2021.

States that recorded new positive samples are Niger (5) and Rivers (2).

The NCDC reported zero death from COVID-19 complications on Sunday, leaving the death toll at 2,066.

Also, one person was discharged on Sunday after recovering from the infection.

Out of a total of 165,709 COVID-19 cases now confirmed across 36 states and the FCT, 156,413 patients have recovered.

 

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JUST IN: Yoruba Nation Protesters Storm Osogbo [VIDEO]

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Scores of youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United have stormed the streets of Osogbo capital of Osun State to agitate for the Yoruba nation.

The protesters converged on November 27 bridge in the Africa area, Osogbo for the protest.

They marched from the November 27 bridge through Ogo-Oluwa, Aregbe junction, Fakunle, Ola-Iya, and Odi Olowo areas.

The protesters carried placards, banners chanting secession songs, and distributing handbills to people along the streets.

They are heading to Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Old Garage.

The Nation had reported there was heavy security presence in major junctions of Osogbo as men of DSS, Police, JTF, Amotekun and other local operatives were on the ground.

Details shortly….

 

Credit: The Nation

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