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Tribunal judgements: PDP, NNPP lawmakers dominate certificate forgery scandal

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Allegations of certificate forgery have been a recurring issue in Nigeria’s political scene since 1999. The trend continued in the recent 2023 general elections, with some members of the National Assembly being sacked by tribunals over certificate forgery.One of the most notable cases was that of Idris Dankawu of the NNPP, who was sacked from the House of Representatives for forging his West African School Certificate, WAEC. Dankawu’s opponent, Munir Babba Danagudi of the APC, had filed a petition alleging that Dankawu presented a fraudulent secondary school certificate to gain admission into Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Kaduna.The tribunal ruled in favor of Danagudi, finding that Dankawu had indeed forged his WAEC certificate. The tribunal also instructed INEC to set aside the Certificate of Return previously awarded to Dankawu and instead, declared Danagudi as the winner of the Kumbotso Federal Constituency poll.Another notable case was that of Muktar Umar Yerima, also of the NNPP. Yerima’s election was declared invalid due to the alleged forgery of his primary school certificate. The petitioner in the case, Hafizu Kawu of the APC, had challenged Yerima’s eligibility and presented evidence proving the forgery allegations.The tribunal found in favor of Kawu, ruling that Yerima had indeed forged his primary school certificate. The tribunal also held that the NNPP had no candidate in the election and that all the votes that were cast for Yerima were wasted votes.The tribunal directed INEC to retract the certificate of return that had previously been issued to Yerima, effectively stripping him of his elected position.In addition to Dankawu and Yerima, several other members of the National Assembly were sacked by tribunals over certificate forgery. These include:

  • Aminu Ahmadu Chindo (PDP, Katsina State)Ismail Dalha (PDP, Katsina State)

The cases of Dankawu, Yerima, and the other affected lawmakers are a reminder of the need for vigilance and transparency in Nigeria’s electoral process. It is also important to note that these cases are still ongoing, and the affected lawmakers have the right to appeal the tribunal rulings.

The spokespersons for the NNPP and CRRAN have both condemned the cases of certificate forgery, and called for the appropriate authorities to take action against those found guilty. It remains to be seen whether the perpetrators of these crimes will be held accountable, but the cases serve as a reminder that certificate forgery is a serious offense that should not be tolerated.

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Rwanda set to establish relationship with Ogun on industry, education, others

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The Rwandan Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Christophe Bazivamo, expressed his country’s readiness to forge economic and educational ties with Ogun State, aiming for mutual benefits. Following a meeting with Governor Dapo Abiodun in Abeokuta, Bazivamo highlighted Ogun State’s advancements in education and industrialization, underscoring the potential for Rwanda to glean insights from these achievements.

Bazivamo elaborated on his participation in a trade event organized by the state government, where he engaged with the governor and now seeks to exchange developmental strategies. Emphasizing Rwanda’s commitment to South-South cooperation, Bazivamo praised Ogun State’s industrial and educational progress.

In particular, he highlighted the importance of industry development in a youthful population, noting its role in job creation and the stimulation of local economies through increased consumption of domestic products.

Looking ahead, Bazivamo outlined Rwanda’s aspirations to bolster its industries, providing opportunities for youth empowerment. He discussed plans to foster collaboration between Rwandan and Nigerian businesses, citing potential partnerships with the Ogun State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture.

Bazivamo disclosed that Rwanda and Nigeria have already established a Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation, awaiting the finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize collaboration efforts.

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Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of partnership within the African Continental Free Trade Area, emphasizing the need for mutual learning and innovation exchange. Bazivamo praised Ogun State’s local production initiatives and expressed a desire for Rwandan entrepreneurs to learn from them, potentially replicating successful models back home.

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EFCC returns recovered assets to Enugu Gov, Mba

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, handed 14 recovered assets over to Governor Peter Mba of Enugu State.

The Chairman of the commission, Ola Olukoyede, during the handing over ceremony held at the EFCC Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja, on Wednesday, revealed that the assets recovered by the commission were forfeited to the Federal Government.

Olukoyede further said that the EFCC began an investigation into the development since 2007, and had achieved the conviction of persons in relation to the matter.

He also noted that the President, Bola Tinubu, ordered the handover of the assets which includes – real estate, radio and television transmission equipment, and medical facility, amongst others, to the Enugu State Government, following a request by the EFCC.

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Nigerian govt targets $10bn investment in oil & gas sector

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The Nigerian Government aims to attract approximately $10 billion in investment by implementing the consolidated guidelines for Fiscal Incentives in the Oil & Gas Sector.

According to a statement released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Finance, these guidelines, a key aspect of the Presidential Directives, are intended to boost the global competitiveness of Nigeria’s oil & gas sector and stimulate economic growth.

The signing ceremony for the guidelines took place at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, presided over by the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun.

The statement highlighted that the Presidential Directives, spearheaded by the Special Adviser to the President on Energy, Mrs. Olu Verheijen, aimed to establish a competitive framework for the Nigerian oil & gas industry.

Collaboration across various governmental bodies, including the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, was crucial in developing these consolidated guidelines for fiscal incentives.

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Verheijen emphasized that these measures were designed to generate a competitive Internal Rate of Return for Oil & Gas Projects and attract over $10 billion in new investments within the next 12-18 months. She also stressed Nigeria’s commitment to reaching its long-term oil production target of 4 million barrels per day while improving the reliability of gas supply to bolster export earnings and fuel industrialization.

Among the signed guidelines was the NUPRC Guideline on Hydrocarbon Liquid Content in a Non-Associated Gas (NAG) Field, essential for accurately assessing and quantifying the hydrocarbon liquid content in these fields.

Minister Edun reiterated the goal of creating a conducive environment for international competitiveness to attract foreign direct investment into the sector.

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