The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alerted the general public of the alleged move by some governors and other politicians accused of corruption to flee the country ahead of the May 29 handover. EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren raised the alarm in a statement issued on Friday night.
EFCC Probes Zamfara Governor, Matawalle Over N70bn Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is currently probing Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, for “N70bn fraud”. The anti-graft agency also confirmed that a former Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, who was recently arrested by the operatives of the commission over alleged N22bn fraud, is still in detention. Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja, Director of Public Affairs, EFCC, Osita Nwajah, said Matawalle was under investigation by the anti-graft agency over “allegation of monumental corruption, award of phantom contracts and diversion of over N70 billion” from the coffers of the state. Nwajah said the money, which was sourced as loan from an old generation bank, purportedly, for the execution of projects across the local government areas of the state, was, allegedly, diverted by the governor through proxies and contractors, who received payment for contracts that were never executed.
DSS, Army, Police Raids Suicidal Terrorist Cell
The Department of State Services (DSS), alongside other sister agencies which included personnel from the Nigerian Police, and the Military have been able to raid a terrorist cell located at the Kaduna Millennium City, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State. According to reports, in the early hours of Monday 16th May 2023, the security operatives trailed a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber to his place of cover, however, the bomber blew himself up with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), to avoid being arrested.
NDLEA Apprehends 34 Suspects Over Drug Trafficking In Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Thursday, revealed that it arrested 34 suspects during its raids on illicit drug dens in the territory. The agency’s FCT Commander, Kabir Tsakuwa, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Abuja. Tsakuwa said that the operation was necessitated due to the urgent need to combat drug abuse, especially as Nigeria prepares for handover to a new administration. He explained that the command initiated “Operation Tsaro” on May 8, to shut down drug centres and apprehend dealers in the FCT
The commander said the operatives successfully confiscated variety of illicit substances, including Cannabis Sativa, Methamphetamine, Tramadol, Codeine, Rohypnol, and other psychotropic substances.
Doctor Sedated, Raped Patient In Kwara state
The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Paul Odama, on Friday, paraded a medical doctor, Ayodele Joseph, for allegedly sedating and raping a nurse on May 5, 2023. Joseph was reportedly performing an operation on the nurse in his hospital in Ilorin, Kwara State, when the u fortunate incident happened. The medical doctor was paraded alongside 13 other suspected criminals in what seems to be another wave of arrests of suspected criminals in the state within two months under the watch of CP Odama.