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Lawyers Kick Against Bill To Allow Public Office Holders Own Foreign Bank Accounts

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foreignSome prominent lawyers in Lagos on Thursday kicked against a bill seeking to allow public officers operate foreign bank accounts.

The lawyers, in separate interviews, said that it would further encourage corruption in the country.

The bill on Wednesday passed the second reading at the House of Representatives.

Under the extant Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, 2004, it is criminal for a public officer to operate a bank account outside Nigeria.

The bill seeks to amend the law “so as to make the leave of the Bureau necessary for a public officer to maintain or operate a bank account outside Nigeria.”

Commenting on the bill, the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, Mr Onyekachi Ubani, said it would negate the fight against corruption.

“This bill cannot be a good measure in fighting corruption.

“Some public officers will now be able to steal and stash the money in foreign accounts if it is passed into law,” Ubani said.

He said the lawmakers should focus on bills that were of benefit to ordinary Nigerians to justify the mandate given to them.

Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), said the bill contravened the Code of Conduct for Public Officers Act.

Mumuni said:”What the legislators have done is a direct encouragement for people looking for ways to loot our resources and stash them away in foreign countries.

“It is a retrogressive step and every well-meaning Nigerian must condemn it.”

On his part, a human rights lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, said it would send a wrong signal to the international community about the nation’s seriousness in tackling corruption.

Aturu said it would also weaken Nigerian banks because more money would now be transferred outside the country by public office holders. (NAN)

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  2. Eddyfirstwind

    November 22, 2013 at 7:30 am

    What is the wisdom on this bill? Is this not an avenue to repatriate the commonwealth of this nation to foreign land. Only corrupt politicians will support this bill. They are the same people that will shout that Jonathan is not fighting corruption. Let all of them know that the common man does support this bill. It is mearnt to regularise our stolen funds abroad. Am so ashame of our legislators for even considering this bill. They should know that curses does not grow on a true but on humans. One day Nigeria shall be free!

  3. Eddyfirstwind

    November 22, 2013 at 7:32 am

    What is the wisdom on this bill? Is this not an avenue to repatriate the commonwealth of this nation to foreign land. Only corrupt politicians will support this bill. They are the same people that will shout that Jonathan is not fighting corruption. Let all of them know that the common man does support this bill. It is mearnt to regularise our stolen funds abroad. Am so ashame of our legislators for even considering this bill. They should know that curses does not grow on a tree but on humans. One day Nigeria shall be free!

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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