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Group wants EFCC to fast track probe of ex-petroleum minister, Sylva



Group wants EFCC to fast track probe of ex-petroleum minister, Sylva

The Centre for Human Rights and Socio-Economic Justice has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to speed up investigations of its petition, requesting probe of Mr Timiore Sylva, immediate past minister of state for petroleum.

Recall that the group in a petition to the commission on July 10, demanded that Sylva be probed for alleged corruption while in office.

Addressing newsmen on Friday in Lagos, Convener of the group, Mr Declan Ihekaire disclosed that the petition which contained several reports of allegations of corruption, including contract inflation, abuse of office among others, against Sylva, while in the office.

Ihekaire said recent revelations and credible reports had raised serious concerns about Sylva’s conduct and decisions during his tenure.

He recalled how the 10th Senate uncovered that the ministry under the supervision of Sylva, allegedly spent N14 million for Biros and N46 million for letterhead papers, in an inexplicable manner.

The convener said their findings revealed, that the petroleum ministry allegedly spent N14.5 million for the supply of Schneider Biros, N46 million for the ministry’s letterhead, and N56 million for supply of toner.

The convener said it was demanding a comprehensive and independent investigation into the allegations against the immediate past minister of state for petroleum from the commission.

“We wish to inform Nigerians, that there are allegations of misappropriation of funds, kickbacks, and preferential treatment of certain companies within the petroleum industry.

“These include allegation of illegal takeover and reallocation of oil block. These allegations strike at the heart of our nation’s economic progress and erode the public’s trust in our institutions.

“Today, we, as patriotic Nigerians, demand from the EFCC, a comprehensive and independent investigation into these allegations.

“Our nation’s commitment to transparency and accountability requires that no one is above the law, regardless of their position or influence.

“It is on the above premise, that we have decided to inform you all, that we have petitioned the EFCC,” he said.

Ihekaire said Sylva held a position of immense responsibility, overseeing a crucial sector that directly impacted negatively on the economic well-being of the nation and the livelihoods of millions.

He said transparency was the cornerstone of a functioning democracy and it believed that the truth must be uncovered, and justice must be served.

According to him, the reputation of our nation is at stake, and only a thorough probe can restore public faith in our governance.

Ihekaire, therefore urged the EFCC, to as a matter national importance, give due attention to its petition, and ensure that the investigation was conducted with the highest level of impartiality and diligence.

He said: “It is also important that the investigation process should be free from any undue influence or political bias.

“In conclusion, the allegations surrounding the tenure of Sylva, are deeply concerning and demand our collective attention.

“We, the concerned citizens of this nation, stand united in our demand for a thorough and transparent investigation into these allegations.”

Ihekaire said the country’s democracy, its economy, and the future depended on their collective responsibility.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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