Monthly Archives: November 2012

Our Religious Leaders And Corruption

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Fighting Corruption

Corruption is characterised by extreme immorality and dishonest exploitation of power or wealth for personal gains. Today, its modes are endless and exists in almost all spheres of the society and among all levels of authority.
Children lose their innocence readily to corruption in examination rooms, right from the primary school levels. It continues to eat them up as they grow into secondary schools and subsequently higher institutions. Afterwards, they become full blown corrupt adults who, by the way, have always been adherents of one faith.

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Why EFCC can’t convict big thieves – Lamorde

IG Abubakar and Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC chairman

Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, Thursday , told the Senate that the commission finds it difficult to convict those it termed high profile thieves who have looted the nation’s wealth because they have huge sums of money and resources to delay court processes.

Speaking when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes to defend the 2013 budget, Lamorde, who expressed dismay with the development, said  it was against this backdrop that the commission established a strong assets forfeiture unit that would seize their property leaving those arrested with no money to spend. Continue reading

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Nigeria: Why demands for new states persist

Senate President David Mark

In spite of the difficult hurdles needed to be surmounted before new states can be democratically created those pushing for new states, especially in the South-East, are not relenting in their quest.

Demand for the creation of at least one more state in the South Eastern geo-political zone dominated proceedings at the zonal public hearing on constitution amendment held in Enugu penultimate week. South East leaders at the hearing took turns to insist that the zone must get at least one additional state to bring it at par with other zones. Continue reading

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Money Laundering: Babalakin, Others Charged To Court

Bi-Courtney top shot, Dr. Wale Babalakin

Chief Executive Officer of Bi-Courtney Limited, Dr. Wale Babalakin, may spend up to five years in prison, if convicted over money laundering charges being pressed against him by the Federal Government.

This emerged, as the details of the 27-count charge, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, filed at the Lagos High Court against the businessman and four others, were unfolded, yesterday. Continue reading

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Jonathan appoints another acting Appeal Court President

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday approved the appointment of another Acting President of the Court of Appeal as Justice Ayo Salami remained suspended.

A  statement by the Deputy Director, Information, National Judicial Council, Mr. Soji Oye, said Jonathan approved Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa as acting PCA, following the expiration of Justice Dalhatu Adamu’s term in the office on Friday (today). Continue reading

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Pope questions date of Christ’s birth

A new book by Pope Benedict VI has cast doubts on the date of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The book, ‘Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives,’ says Jesus was born several years earlier than has been acknowledged.

The book is the third and last volume of his biography of Jesus Christ, a touching and highly personal work written under the pope’s own name of Joseph Ratzinger. Continue reading

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CJN bows to pressure, to swear in Jombo-Ofo

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, on Wednesday agreed to swear in Justice Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo, as a Justice of the Court of Appeal, after the National Judicial Council unanimously endorsed her swearing-in.

The CJN has been under intense pressure to swear in the female judge after dropping her at the last minute during the swearing-in of new justices of the Court of Appeal on November 5, 2012. Continue reading

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