The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) Thursday said the bulk of estimated USD90 billion that leaves Africa through illicit financial flow annually is from Nigeria.
This is even as the commission alleged that Benue legislators were diverting constituency projects for personal use.
Chairman of the ICPC, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye stated this in Makurdi during the commemoration of the African Union Anti-Corruption Day, with the theme The Opportunity Cost of Corruption and the Value of Asset Recovery.
Represented by Benue ICPC Commissioner, Mr Adebayo Obaniyi, Owasanoye stated that the commission was at the moment tracking all constituency projects from 2015 till date across the country.
He stated that the commission has discovered so many issues in the course of tracking constituencies’ projects in the state, adding that a Benue legislator diverted a constituency community borehole project to building his personal house.
He said the commission also discovered a situation in Benue South senatorial district where a constituency road project was completed on paper but not executed.
Owasanoye said negative impacts of corruption on the continent’s economic development were very obvious.
“It is even sad that the bulk of an estimated USD90billion that leave Africa through illicit financial flow annually might have come from Nigeria.
“The continent as a whole, certainly receives less than that amount in development assistance from countries of Europe and America yearly.
“Since proceeds of crime end in assets, stashed mostly abroad, it is good that Nigeria adopts the strategy of asset recovery and return to the source as one of the cardinal points of her national anti-corruption strategy.”
Man who accused wife of demanding bribe for sex secures divorce
A mother of four, Risikat Adegboyega, has lost her 16-year-old marriage as an Igando Customary Court in Lagos granted the request of her husband to dissolve the union because she allegedly demands a bribe before sex.
The court President, Adeniyi Koledoye, held Thursday that since the petitioner insisted on divorce in spite of interventions, the court is left with no option other than to grant his wish.
“The court hereby dissolves the marriage between Pastor Abayomi Adegboyega and Mrs Risikat Adegboyega; you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.
“Each of you should go his or her separate ways unmolested. The court wishes both of you well in your future endeavours.
“The custody of the first and third children of the marriage are awarded to the petitioner while that of the second and fourth children are awarded to the respondent, their mother.
“The petitioner must be paying N10, 000 monthly for the feeding of the two children in the woman’s custody and must be responsible for their education and general welfare,” he held.
Koledoye also ordered that the petitioner should pay N200,000 to the woman for her to move on with her life.
The 48-year-old Adegboyega had sought divorce on grounds that his wife demands `bribe’ from him before sex.
“My wife starves me of sex. She will never allow me to sleep with her unless I give her money or buy her a gift,” he had told the court.
He vowed to kill himself if the court would not dissolve the union which produced four children.
“Risikat should never come near me. I do not want to have anything to do with her again.
“She is irritating me, I will kill myself if the loveless marriage is not dissolved,” he said.
The embittered husband also alleged that his wife cooked his food late and tarnished his image in public.
However, 39-year-old Mrs Adegboyega, denied all the allegations and accused her husband of threatening her life with charms.
“My husband told me that he would use charms to destroy my life. Indeed, after few weeks, I was very sick; everywhere my family took me to, they said it was a spiritual attack,” the trader told the court. (NAN)