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EFCC Set To Takeover Fayose’s N1.35bn Properties
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun plans to seize some properties worth up to N1.35 billion connected to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
The houses to be confiscated by the anti-graft agency include, four duplexes at Victoria Island in Lagos State and one located at 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.
The Punch quoted a source on Thursday as saying that the houses were allegedly purchased with illegitimate funds, stating that the EFCC could invoke the Assets Forfeiture clause to seize the properties in line with sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13 (1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004.
11 Nigerian Governors Dragged To International Court Over Unpaid Salaries
A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has dragged 11 Nigerian state governors to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for failing to pay workers.
In a petition dated July 7, 2016 and signed by SERAP Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organisation said it was seriously concerned that non-payment of workers’ salaries by several state governments in Nigeria had made life impossible for the workers and their families.
The group called on the prosecutor of ICC, Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, to investigate allegations of collective punishment and crimes against humanity – against tens of thousands of Nigerian workers – as a result of non-payment of their salaries for several months.
Candidates To Now Pay N2,500 As Post-UTME Screening Fee
The Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in the tertiary education sub-sector have agreed on N2,500 as the fee for post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening
The agreement is contained in a statement issued by Prof. Michael Faborode, the Secretary-General, Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to the Faborode, the agreement was reached after a deliberation of officials of the ministry, federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
Avengers Flaunts New Twitter Account, Says ‘You Can’t Stop Our Struggle’
Notorious militant group in Niger Delta, Avengers, has on Tuesday launched a new Twitter account after its previous account was shut down, on Monday, following the group’s announcement on the micro-blogging site that it had carried out five attacks on key oil installations in the last few days.
Although Twitter does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, a spokesman for the site disclosed that the militant group’s account was suspended in line with the company’s policy, which detailed specific rule pertaining to violent threats.
The rule stated that “you may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.”
Court Grants N250m Bail Each To Fani-Kayode And 3 Others
The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has granted a N250 million bail each to a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and three others charged with money laundering.
Also granted bail in the same sum by the presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, are Nenadi Usman – who is a former finance minister – Danjuma Yusuf and the Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had last week Tuesday arraigned the four accused persons on a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, corruption and making cash payments exceeding the amount authorized by law.