The Big 5: Skales says he didn’t copy Olamide in his video, Adeosun extols the whistleblower policy and, other top stories

Good morning.

Here are the top 5 stories you should be monitoring today:

Abdulrasheed Maina, a former pension boss, got fired from his job recently after allegations of about N100billion pension fraud he partook in 2013 resurfaced. But, as if that was not enough, Maina has once again been linked to another N17 billion pension fraud, according to a report.

However, it appears Maina wasn’t alone on this one. The report claims several high-profile individuals benefited from the loot.

The cash is said to be from the N24billion budgeted by the Federal Government for payment of pension liabilities … and were reportedly stolen [within] five years from 2008 to 2013 in tranches of N2.7billion and N14.374billion respectively.

Reacting to all the corruption cases being exposed lately, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said that the “anti-corruption bodies Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) became politicised after he left office.

Nigerian singer, Skales has said he didn’t try to copy anyone in his video – ‘Agolo’ – and he would not go against anyone who says he is copied fellow singer Olamide.

He added that both of them had inspired each other and Olamide is not the first to shoot a ‘street video’.

Read the details here.

On the whistleblower policy, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun has highlighted that more recoveries have been made, that have exceeded expectations.

Adeosun added that the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system had assisted the government in consolidating thousands of accounts scattered across Deposit Money Banks into a unified system that was transparent and easy to centrally monitor and track.

In what might seem like a herculean task, the Labour Party said they have put strategies in place to oust the ruling APC and the main opposition party, PDP, in the 2019 general elections.

They have their significant reasons.

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