Keeping Bishop Kukah on track

January 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Instead of Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto on a special day like Christmas telling the Christian faithful that they should hold their faith aglow amid the conflicting elements of the troubled world, that those who delivered the early Christians from the furnace of Jewish and Roman persecutions in the early beginnings of the Christian history, Read More

NAAT denies IPPIS bribe allegations

January 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

The leadership of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has denied reports that it asked members to pay bribes before getting their dues from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). NAAT, in a statement by its public relations officer, Comrade Mufuyai Godwin said the report carried by an online newspaper(not Blueprint) was misleading and did not reflect Read More

Anti-graft Day: ICPC vows to deal with corrupt persons

December 18, 2020 Oyibo Salihu 0

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has said it would not rest on its oars in intensifying efforts to detect and investigate acts of corruption, embezzlement and abuse of office with a view to bringing offenders to book. The Commission’s commissioner in Kogi state, Chile Ogwuegbu, stated this in Lokoja during an anti-corruption debate organised for Read More

Group sues for peaceful co-existence in Nigeria

December 16, 2020 Blueprint 0

A group under the umbrella of Yoruba Council of Youth and Yoruba Council of Women world (Igbinmo Apapo Yoruba lagbaye) has called for peaceful co-existence among each other and also the fulani groups across the country. The President of the group, Aare Oladotun Hassan, in a statement issued in Abuja Wednesday expressed dismay when he read on various platforms the Read More

Only fear of God can end corruption in Nigeria – Islamic scholar

December 16, 2020 Blueprint 0

The director, Ali Institute for Quar’an Memorisation, (AIQM) Ibadan, Mallam Ali Abdussalam, has identified lack of fear of God as the root cause of rampant cases of corruption in Nigeria. Mallam Abdussalam stated this Monday while speaking at the 2nd graduation ceremony of Complete Memorization of the Noble Quar’an held at the institute’s permanent site, Olunde area of Ibadan. He Read More

The withdrawal of police orderlies from VIPs

November 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

The recent directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for the immediate withdrawal of police personnel attached to some personalities, namely, billionaire businessman, Emeka Offor; former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode; some clerics and companies across the country, is the right foot forward in the ongoing reform of the Nigeria Police Force. The directive, which affected 60 individuals, corporate and Read More

FRSC: Gridlock over tenure limit

November 23, 2020 Peter Oworu 0

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is currently embroiled in a management gridlock as the tenure of its corps marshal nears its end without commencement of transitional process by the 60-year-old corps marshal whose retirement takes effect from November 26, 2020. Tension has been mounting in the hierarchy of the corps triggered by strong speculations that the corps marshal has Read More

Magu: Buhari receives Salami probe panel final report

November 20, 2020 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received the final report of the Justice Ayo Salami-led probe panel on alleged infractions by the suspended Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu. The report containing four boxes of exhibits were presented to the president at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja. The Salami Panel, which was Read More

PDP stalwart blasts politicians for ‘squandering’ Nigeria’s future

November 20, 2020 Uko Etim 0

The first chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uyo local government area, Akwa Ibom state, Elder Enefiok Ekefre, has accused political leaders of squandering the future of unborn generation. Ekefre, who made the accusation recently during an interactive session  with newsmen in Uyo, the state capital, asserted that leaders in positions of authority in the country are there to Read More

You are part of corruption, Senate tells Auditor General

November 17, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Senate on Monday directed the Acting Auditor – General of the Federation, Mr. Adolphus Aghughu, to make the focus of the office as far as yearly auditing is concerned,  more on bigger government agencies than smaller ones . This is even as it accused the Office of Auditor General of the Federation ( OAuGF ) , as part of Read More

‘Clampdown’ on #EndSARS promoters, social media: Bakare breaks silence, warns of ‘daring’ consequences

November 15, 2020 Editor 0

The lead Pastor of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) Pastor Tunde Bakare has condemned arrest and freezing of account numbers of EndSARS protesters days after nationwide protests. Bakere who is also the convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG) spoke extensively against federal government’s planned control of social media in an address he delivered on Sunday in Lagos. Read the full Read More

Senate President to flag off 2020 Anti-Corruption marathon race in Abuja

November 12, 2020 Lekan Olaseinde 0

Senate President, Distinguished Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is expected to flag off this year National Anti Corruption Marathon Race in AbujaThe race is slated for December 9 is in commemoration of United Nations International Anti Corruption day.Making the disclosure Thursday in Abuja, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, Grassroots director, Dr. Ademola Are when top echelons officials of the marathon Read More

Expert partners EFCC, FIRS in fight against corruption

November 11, 2020 Paul Okah 0

A financial expert and CEO of Forensic Insight International Ltd, Mr. Tunji Aworinde Wednesday lamented the negative effects of corruption in our national economy. Speaking during a 3-day conference on financial crime, cross-border crime and illicit substance abuse in Abuja, Aworinde said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is making meaningful contributions in the fight against corruption, but that a lot Read More

Checking corruption in driver’s license production

November 5, 2020 Blueprint 0

The national driver’s license is incontrovertibly not just a permit or authorisation to drive a vehicle on Nigerian roads, but a highly valued identification and security document as well. Since its inception in 1990, the National Driver’s Licence Scheme (NDLS) has evolved with successive leadership in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to make such a document relevant to national Read More

Alleged N3.9bn contract scam: Immigration drags Ministry of Interior officials, contractor to EFCC

October 29, 2020 Taiye Odewale 0

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS)   Wednesday said it had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the Ministry of Interior officials and a private firm,  Messrs Continental Transfect Technique Limited on their involvement in the N3.9billion contract  for the production of Combined Residence Permit Alien Card(CERPAC). The Comptroller General of NIS,  Muhammad Babandede, made the declaration  before Read More

#EndSARS: GOs as protest puppet masters

October 19, 2020 Editor 0

We may just be nearing the end in the head scratching search for the financiers of the gourmet food being served on a daily basis to the #EndSARS protesters. The protesters have persisted on staying on the streets even after government has agreed to meet their five-point demand for reforming the police. The offer of food and other freebies, like Read More

Oil and Gas: 60 years after, Nigeria not yet there?

October 12, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The petroleum industry in Nigeria has passed through difficult periods since 1960 when the country got its independence. Despite it being among the world’s leading crude producers, many continue to wonder whether the industry has progressed or not? BENJAMIN UMUTEME reports.  Oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1956 at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta after half a century of exploration.   Nigeria joined the Read More

EFCC arraigns Army Captain, 4 others for land ‘fraud’

October 8, 2020 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal Office, Thursday, arraigned a retired Army Captain, Prince Adeniran Owen Alao, and four others for alleged land fraud before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos. A press statement by EFCC, head media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, Thursday in Abuja, said: “Alao, who is also the Read More

Join the fight against corruption, group urges Christians

October 8, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Priests Peace & Justice Initiative (PPJ), a platform for accountability for Christians in government Thursday called on Christians and believers to shun all forms of Corruption.  The group submitted that Christians in the country have critical role to play in the fight against corruption. The theme of the meeting; “promoting Christians ethics in governance; the Role of Christians in Shunning Read More

Promotion: NUJ urges Benue to probe extortion of civil servants

October 7, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Benue state council Wednesday frowned at alleged extortion of money from civil servants by some government officials vested with the responsibility of handling staff promotions in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The union in a communiqué issued Wednesday after the monthly congress meeting noted with dismay that the act was against the civil service Read More

Magu Probe: Why Malami should not appear before panel – Group

September 23, 2020 Editor 0

The Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN) has called for caution onn plans to extend invitation to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. AbubKar Malami, SAN, to appear as witness before the Justice Isa Ayo Salami Panel. The Justice Salami Panel is currently probing allegation of corruption against the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Read More

Magu: CSO asks Nigerians to ignore media war against Justice Salami panel

September 16, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

A coalition of the Civil Society Organization, Citizens Voice Against Corruption, CIVAC, Wednesday, asked Nigerians to ignore what it described as a media war against the Justice Ayo Salami Panel.  It warned against any attempt to derail the process, adding that the integrity and incorruptible nature of Justice Salami has shown his true character as an anti-corruption champion.  CIVAC further Read More

Ex-president faces new money laundering charge

September 15, 2020 Blueprint 0

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces a new charge of money laundering as part of the investigations into the largest corruption scandal in Latin America. The former president, known as Lula, is accused of accepting 4 million reais (759,000 dollars) worth of bribes disguised as donations, according to a Monday statement from prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Read More

2023: For fairness, let South East give it a shot – Mustapha Kano

September 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Alhaji Shuaib Mustapha Kano, is a former political adviser to Malam Ibrahim Shekarau when the latter was governor.  Now, he is the national president, Association for Promoting Democracy and Good Governance. In this interview, he told MUHAMMAD TANKO SHITTU why next Nigeria’s President must come from the South-east in 2023. What are the mandates/aims of your association? The association has Read More