Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), revealed in Kaduna yesterday, that they have the mandate to investigate every government official, including ministers, irrespective of political party affiliations, News Punch has reliabl learnt

According to Daily Sun, Magu, said the mandate was part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s measures towards winning the war against corruption, disclosed that, “every  government official is under investigation without them knowing it.”

News Punch had earlier published that President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered a comprehensive investigation of the transport minister and former Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi over judiciary bribe saga ravaging the ruling All Progressives Congress

He said this during a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the National Union of Textiles and Garment Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), in Kaduna.

However, Magu dispelled insinuations in some quarters that EFCC operations was one-sided in the fight against corruption.

“We have course to investigate; in fact, we are investigating those in government without them knowing. Not only that, the president has given me the mandate to investigate every corrupt Nigerian leader irrespective of his political affiliation. I don’t think we have the monopoly of knowledge to tackle corruption. But, more than that, the fight against corruption is designed and structured to boost confidence in the economy as well as to attract investors both within and outside the country,” Magu added.

The EFCC boss also described corruption as a crime against humanity.

He said, before now, there was no hope for Nigeria, but President  Buhari had shown “demonstrable political” will to deal with corruption.
“Corruption affects everybody, that is why everyone is a major stakeholder in the fight. That is why I have the passion, zeal and courage to lead the fight against corruption,” Magu said.

In his remarks, NUTGTWN General Secretary, Issa Aremu said the EFCC should be empowered to invite those living above means to explain their sources of wealth.

Aremu said if investigating agencies were not satisfied with explanations by suspects about their sources of wealth, such persons should be prosecuted.

Mikel Obi
Nigeria's Senior national team captain, but Out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder  Mikel  Obi has held showdown talks with  Blues  manager  Antonio Conte  after being  frozen out of the team by the Italian.

The Nigeria captain  has yet to play a single  Premier League match for the Stamford Bridge side  since the beginning  of the season.

Mikel revealed  on Monday  that  he had been working hard to  play his way back into the team.

“Fighting every day for my place, like all the guys are. Focus, work hard,” the 2013 Europa League winner  wrote  on Twitter.

Former Italy manager Conte is allegedly not happy with the 29-year-old for opting to represent Nigeria at the Rio  2016 Olympic Games, where he helped the national Under-23 team win bronze (Nigeria’s only medal at the competition).

Mikel, who was signed from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo by the then manager of Chelsea Jose Mourinho  in 2016,  has  however  turned in a pair of impressive performances for  the Super Eagles, guiding them to a 1-0 victory over Tanzania in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo in September   followed by  their 2-1 win against Zambia in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ndola on October 9.

With criticisms flying from all directions for his lack of match action at his London club, the 2012 UEFA Champions League winner, who got  plenty of playing time under Dutchman  Guus Hiddink, has apparently moved to save his club career.

Mikel is competing with in-form N’Golo Kante and  Nemanja Matic for a role  in defensive midfield and the player, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,  confirmed on Tuesday he had  spoken to Conte about his frustrations at the club.

“I hope I will get some playing time against West Ham, but it is down to the manager,”  the Evening Standard quoted him as saying.

“He has been open and honest with me. I respect him for that. He has explained the situation and I totally understand.

“When you have been at a club for a long time, these things happen where a club wants to move forward.

“I just have to be professional, work as hard as I can to try and get into the team. I work twice as hard every day and it’s because I appreciate this club.”

Excerpts From Punch Newspaper

Our Party'll Collapse By January UNLESS .... - APC Spokesman
The acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Timi Frank on Tuesday warned that unless President Muhammadu Buhari takes urgent action, the ruling party would collapse by January 2017.

He gave this warning in Abuja while appraising recent developments in the party, revealing that several realignments were presently going on in the country which could make the APC cease to exist totally by 2019.

“You are aware that there are several realignments going on now in the country and my party has only now and January 2017 to put its house in order.

“If we don’t harmonize all the contending interests, some of us would be exploring new avenues to pursue our various political agenda,” he said.

Frank said the only way to rescue the party would be for the president to intervene and support calls for the resignation of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as the national chairman of the APC.

He reminded the President of how Chief Odigie-Oyegun as chairman of ANPP frustrated him (Buhari) out of the party, forcing him to go and form the defunct Congress for Progressive Change CPC.

“The same thing is now happening in the APC and Mr President has to act fast because that same thing that drove him out of the ANPP then is also about to drive some people out of the APC because of Oyegun,” he stated.

Frank who claimed he was speaking the mind of most members and other stakeholders of the party, asserted that “at the appropriate time, more leaders of the party would speak out”.

He said he would soon write formally to the President and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as the leadership of the National Assembly to seek their audience in other to adequately brief them on the circumstances that have necessitated the calls for Odigie-Oyegun’s resignation.

“I will also consult the governors (of our party) to make them understand the danger inherent in their silence in the face of the wave of crisis that has enveloped the party.

“This is like a rescue mission I am about to embark on. This struggle to rescue our party is not personal. It is because I love this party so much and I am a very loyal party man and I believe in this party.

“I am also going to pay a visit to our former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; I will also visit Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and all the past national chairmen that made the merger to work. I am going to pay visit to my own former national chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, of the then New PDP, Chief Bisi Akande of the then ACN, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu of the then ANPP, Chief Tony Momoh of defunct CPC and Gov Rochas Okorocha who led a section of the APGA to make the APC. This visit is one that I will start anytime soon,” he said.

The acting spokesman of the party explained that he decided to first visit Baraje “since he was the chairman of the New PDP that led us to join the APC”.

10 quotes from President Goodluck Jonathan's speech at Oxford University
  1. “What could a leader do to effectively lift a people out of the depths of poverty, and enable them to achieve prosperity? After much soul searching, I concluded that: wealth is a creation of the human mind properly prepared by education.”
  2. “Most violent crises in Africa can be traced to a lack of education and opportunities among its teeming youth population. The issue of youth entrepreneurship in Africa is very critical, as Africa is the only continent in which we will witness a population boom”
  3. “Any nation that does not spend its wealth and resources to develop the capacity of its youth will be forced to use them to fight insecurity.”
  4. “As a leader, you can decide through your policies to educate the youths, or face the consequences of failing to do so.” 
  5. “Despite incredible challenges, Nigerian youths are achieving great things and placing Nigeria positively in the world map. They inspire us. We identified Nollywood as a sector that can employ many young people and provided a grant of $200 million to boost the industry. As a result, Nollywood became a major contributor to our GDP and in 2014, the industry contributed 1.4% to our GDP”
  6. “Under my watch, Nigeria was projected by CNN Money to be the third fastest growing economy in the world for the year 2015. Nigeria was rated as the largest economy in Africa and the 23rd in the world by the World Bank and the IMF, with a GDP above US$570 billion. A growth that proved the truism that a nation's wealth is not underneath the ground but between the ears of her people.” 
  7. “As a leader, you need resources to develop your nation and sometimes you have to navigate through the competing interests of western powers.”
  8. “While serving as President of Nigeria, I worked for the next generation and not for the next elections. I have no regrets for what I did. Somebody must sacrifice and work for the next generation otherwise your children's children will suffer the same predicaments as you have.”
  9. “On the issue of corruption, you are aware that several matters are pending in court and I would not like to interfere with the legal processes. We reformed the institutions and introduced various mechanisms to stop the corruption problems in our country without publicity.” 
  10. “I urge contemporary African leaders to see youth entrepreneurship as a collective project transcending national boundaries.” 
Excerpted From Daily Trust

Auwal Danjuma,
Auwal Danjuma,
By Akeem Busari. 

Auwal Danjuma, a foremost grassroots football promoter has blamed the NFF over the lack of funds to execute its programmes. 

Speaking with the press in his expansive office in Apapa, Lagos, the Managing Director of Trans - Asmad Nigeria Limited, Auwal Danjuma, attributed the perennial paucity of funds to the inability of the country's football administrators to attract foreign and local investment to Nigerian football. 

"Football is big globally. It is a multi billion dollars business and unfortunately, we have not been able to take advantage of it," Danjuma lamented. 

The businessman who is also the President of Lagos based non league side, Unique Sport football club, admonished the NFF to move away from its complaints and become proactive by coming up with attractive and sustainable programmes that would inevitably attract investors to help the development of the local game. 

"The NFF needs sponsorship. You can't continue to wait on the government for funds every time you have a programme. The fact is that before corporate bodies would come into any sort of venture, it must be convinced beyond reasonable doubts that your programmes are workable. 

He continued ; " Therefore, the NFF must equip its marketing department with experienced and result - oriented people. It is no gain, saying that money is the name of the game all over the world. Let's not blame the likes of Dangotes who want to invest in foreign teams like Arsenal, "he added. 

Speaking further, the Kano born sports philanthropist commended the efforts of the LMC on the improved Nigerian football league, that has also attracted local and foreign partners to the local game. 

" I believe the local league has improved tremendously and l want to commend Mallam Shehu Dikko and the LMC. Despite the global economic downturn and particularly,the recent recession in the country, the LMC have been able to attract partners to help the growth of the league. Maybe, the NFF should borrow the same template in order to reduce its financial pains, " Danjuma added.

SHOCKER: INEC Defies Court Order As Jimoh Ibrahim, Olusola Oke Names MISSING On Final Guber Candidate List, See Full List
It appears the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shunned the court order that asked it to recognize business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim of the Senator Sheriff’s faction of the People’s Democratic Party as the authentic governorship candidate of the party ahead of the November governorship election.

On the list, Akin Enoch Zerubabel Olowookere and his 72-year old running mate, Yahaya Ipinloju was listed.

Similarly, the former legal adviser of PDP, Olusola Oke also lost out in the power tussle within the Alliance for Democracy (AD) as his name was missing in the list released by the electoral body. Oke who had last year pitched his tent with the All Progressives Congress (APC) came distance third in the governorship primary of the APC behind Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN and Tinubu’s loyalist, Dr Abraham, but had to abandon the progressives train again to pick the AD’s ticket.

Though the state executive of the AD allegedly gave him the ticket the national working committee of AD rejected him, hence his failure to make the eventual final list of governorship candidates.

The released list according to INEC is the final list of the candidates participating in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

On the list, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) is seen as the flag-bearer for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Conspicuously, the names of Jimoh Ibrahim and Olusola Oke were omitted from the final list released by the commission.

Ibrahim is the factional candidate of the PDP while Oke is the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD)

It would be recalled that a Federal High Court had ordered INEC to recognize Ibrahim as the PDP candidate in the Ondo election.

Ibrahim had on Sunday accused an INEC official of demanding $1 million bribe from him before his name can be accepted

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