N2.67bn meant for COVID-19 school feeding money discovered in personal accounts – ICPC | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has declared that the sum of N2.67 billion paid to some Federal Colleges for school feeding during the COVID-19 lockdown had ended up in private bank accounts.

ICPC Chairman, Bolaji Owasanoye, made the disclosure in his keynote address at the second national summit on diminishing corruption in Abuja on Monday.

“Nevertheless, we discovered payments to some federal colleges for school feeding in the sum of N2.67 billion during lockdown when the children are not in school, and some of the money ended up in personal accounts. We have commenced investigations into these finding,” Owasanoye said.

States ask Supreme Court to repeal Buhari’s order on judiciary funding

The 36 states of the federation have requested that the Supreme Court repeals the Presidential Executive Order No. 00-10 of 2020 which mandates state governments to fund the judiciary.

President Muhammadu Buhari on May 22 signed the order granting financial autonomy to the legislature and the judiciary in the 36 states of the federation. The order empowered the Accountant-General of the Federation to deduct funds for the state legislature and the judiciary from the federal allocations to the states.

In the suit file by their respective Attorneys-General, the states are contending the constitutionality of the executive order.

UN experts urge Government to release Kano musician sentenced to death

The United Nations human rights experts have urged Nigerian authorities to release  22-year-old singer, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, sentenced to death over an allegedly blasphemous song shared on social media.

The experts made the call on Monday in a joint statement titled ‘UN rights experts urge Nigeria to overturn death sentence for singer who shared song on WhatsApp.’

“We are deeply concerned over the serious lack of due process in Mr Sharif-Aminu’s case so far, especially reports that he has been held incommunicado and that he did not have access to a lawyer during his initial trial, a trial that was not open to the public,” they said.

Yahaya Aminu Sharif, 22, was condemned to death on August 10 by a Khadi Allyu Muhammad Kani of the Kano Upper Sharia Court after he shared on WhatsApp a song considered to have blasphemed Prophet Mohammad.

Court slams senator Abbo with N50m fine for assaulting woman at sex-toy shop

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has ordered Adamawa Senator, Elisha Abbo, to pay N50 million as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate for assaulting her.

The incidence had taken place earlier in 2019, when Abbo was caught on CCTV camera inside an adult toy shop, assaulting a lady. The police arraigned Abbo before a magistrate court in Zuba, on a one-count charge for assaulting Warmate at a sex-toy shop but the magistrate upheld the no-case submission filed by the lawmaker and dismissed the case.

Delivering judgment on Monday, the presiding judge, Justice Samirah Bature, found Abbo guilty and ordered him to pay N50 million to the complainant.

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