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Femi Branch celebrates 25 years as a Nollywood actor and director – Reflecting on his career, the actor shared details of his relationships with Genevieve, Fathia Balogun and Kate Henshaw among others
Over the years, Femi has earned a sort of controversial reputation in Nollywood for his roles in movies among other things Nigerian entertainer Femi Branch is currently celebrating 25 years in Nollywood and he has shared details of his relationship with Genevieve Nnaji, Fathia Balogun and Kate Henshaw.
The actor and movie director opened up on his relationship with fellow movie star Fathia Balogun saying he almost caused some issues in her marriage. According to the controversial actor, his work relationship with Fathia has seen them both play roles as couples and this didn’t completely go well with her ex-husband Saheed Balogun.
The 45-year-old thespian shared this on Instagram on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 stating that the movie Elebute particularly started the allegations on his relationship with Fathia. Elebute was directed by Nollywood veteran Oga Bello and filmed at a location in Ikorodu, Lagos. He wrote about the entire situation saying:
Femi Branch and Fathia Balogun pose for a picture. Credit: Instagram “LET ME TALK ABOUT” – (FAITHIA BALOGUN) – Faithia or ‘Igwa’ as she is also called was the first actress to play my wife in a Yoruba movie, that was in the movie ELEBUTE by Oga Bello. We connected instantly on the Ikorodu set and I believe I got her into trouble with her former husband Saidi then when I said I wanted to try the famous Ikorodu barbecued fish and she, Funso Adeolu and the late Diallogue Director, Alhaji Lateef I think, offered to take me to one of the popular fish spots in town. I think Saidi somehow found out she had left set with some men and came after her.
It was not funny I swear but we became friends since then. Despite the obvious distraction from her domestic life then, she displayed such professionalism that I found myself wondering how she pulled dat off (she had enough practice I guess)
We have done countless jobs since then and been married on more occasions that I can recall. I dare say @faithiawilliamsbalogun is one of my favorite screen wives and no doubt someone I look forward to working with all the time. All hail Igwaa!!! #FemiBranch25YearsActing.”
Femi also spoke on his first ever encounter on set with star actress Genevieve Nnaji saying she had an adorable personality which he loved while they worked together in the ’90s. He wrote:
Credit: Instagram “LET ME TALK ABOUT” – (GENEVIEVE NNAJI) – My first and only working experience with @genevievennaji till date was in her very first Muson stage performance way back in d 90s.
Tho many felt she might have taken the stage for granted then which might have affected her performance (maybe I thot so then too 😀) but there’s no denying the fact that what she lacked in presence then on that stage, she made up for with a whole lotta heart! We were feeling cool back then cos it was like we stage actors versus the screen goddess herself! But she was the one that walked off with the largest cheque, so the joke was on us! What I loved about her was dat, at the end of the day, she was just Genny. She was herself, annoyingly adorable and almost making me miss my lines while I was scoping her… c amebo pple don dey open ear 😂#FemiBranch25YearsActing.”
On his acting relationship with Kate Henshaw, he stated that they both had a great partnership and would get the job done whatever the pressures on stage. He wrote: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Nollywood star Kate Henshaw.
Credit: Instagram “LET ME TALK ABOUT”
(KATE HENSHAW) – Kokpinated kokpins is what I call @k8henshaw We are like fire and gasoline, u don’t want us together in your paper factory! 😂 Kate is one very phenomenally effervescent human being. DOMINO was our first encounter, no matter how bad the pressure on set is, u can always trust Kokpins to milk out some amusement from the situation! With that 40kva smile of hers and her laughter that sounds like dat of a drunken agbero, she melts ur heart everytime.
Kate is always interested only in the way forward, and when I was wise to cast her in the female lead role of my movie AWAY FROM HOME in 2005, she not only killed the role but helped all those girls in this picture with her (her goons) to deliver their best despite being greens. With Kokpins, our connection is not just on set but also on the dance floor. Abeg if u see Kate and I enter any Club tomorrow, just respect urself and leave d dance floor or karaoke mic. A word is enof for d wise! Kpo Kpo Kpo! I hail u!
#FemiBranch25YearsActing#MyGoons4Life.” Born into a family of teachers in Sagamu, Ogun state, Femi started acting at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun state. He has spent 25 years in the Nigerian movie industry which has given him reason to celebrate prompting his recent Instagram messages.
He has featured in more than 100 movies till date including critically acclaimed soap operas such as Blaze Of Glory, So Wrong So Wright, Domino and Out Of Luck among others. Fathia Balogun is a renowned Nollywood actress who was married to fellow actor and producer but their relationship ended after a fall out reportedly centred on infidelities and irreconcilable differences.
Genevieve Nnaji and Kate Henshaw are movie stars and brand ambassadors who have played major roles in improving the local movie industry in Nigeria with their various contributions.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a remand order to keep a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, in custody for the next two weeks.
The remand order is, however, renewable after 14 days depending on the outcome of investigations.
Fani-Kayode is being investigated by the EFCC for allegedly receiving N840m when he was the Director of Publicity for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in 2015.
The money, which Fani-Kayode confessed to receiving, was said to have emanated from the account of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The commission had recently frozen the ex-minister’s Zenith Bank account with number 1004735721 domiciled at Maitama, Abuja.
Fani-Kayode had told our correspondent that the PDP leadership gave him the impression that the money was sourced from private individuals.
He said, “I served as the director of publicity of the Jonathan campaign organisation and I was told to set up an account for the directorate, which I did. I never received money from the CBN but like all the other directors, we received money from the director of finance.”
However, a detective told our correspondent that the EFCC was working on the assumption that the ex-minister might have received more than N840m.
The source said, “Besides the N840m that Fani-Kayode admitted to receiving, we believe he got more. Thanks to BVN (Bank Verification Number), we can trace all other accounts that he has. We will trace the transaction history and see how much he truly received and how much was from the public funds.
“There are other petitions against the former minister and he will be grilled. In the coming days, we will reveal the outcome of investigations.”
When asked if the investigation of the former minister was a witch-hunt as alleged, the detective said such excuses were not tenable in court.
He recalled that Fani-Kayode was arraigned in court for several offences between 2008 and 2015, noting that this was under the PDP administrations.
“The issue of a witch-hunt does not apply here. Fani-Kayode faced a criminal trial under (late President Umaru) Yar’Adua and (former President Goodluck) Jonathan. Did it mean they also hated him?” the detective said.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the commission might seize some of the ex-minister’s properties as investigations continue.
“Section 29 permits the assets of a person arrested under Section 28 to be seized by the state. The Recovery of Public Property Special Provisions Act Cap R42004 Laws of the Federation also empowers the EFCC to seize assets,” the source added.
Witness insists Senate President made anticipatory asset declaration
Senate President Bukola Saraki said yesterday that he was “extremely rich” before he became Kwara State governor in 2003.
He said he had $22million, about £12million, 2.6m Euro and about N4billion in cash in his various accounts.
Aside the liquid asset, Saraki said he also possessed landed property estimated at N2billion and 15 vehicles valued at about N263.4m.
He gave details of the vehicles he acquired as at 2003 to include: Mercedes X320, valued at N16m; Mercedes X500 worth N20m; Mercedes G500, valued at N6m; Mercedes V220 worth 2m and Ferrari456GT, valued at N25m.
Others are: Navigator, N15m, MN240 worth N8.5m; Peugeot 406, valued at N2.9m; Mercedes CLK 320 worth N9m; Mercedes E320 valued at N11m; Mercedes G500 bullet proof worth N45m; Mercedes X500 worth N300m; Lexus jeep bullet proof valued at N30m and Lincoln Navigator bullet proof worth N25m.
Saraki’s lawyer, Paul Erokoro (SAN), made these public yesterday at the resumption of the Senate President’s trial for alleged false asset declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja.
Erokoro, who was cross-examining the first prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas, identified the assets as claimed by Saraki in the asset declaration form he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in 2003.
Erokoro said he needed to point out that his client was very rich before he became Kwara State governor to erase the wrong impression created by the prosecution that he could not have acquired the property he claimed to have without obtaining loans from banks
The lawyer was, however, silent on the source of his client’s wealth and how he came about all the property and cash he claimed to have possessed before he became governor in 2003.
Saraki’s profile, in “Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia,” indicated that he was born on December, 19 1962 and studied at the London Hospital Medical College of the University of London from 1982 to 1987, when he obtained his M.B.B.S (London).
He worked as a medical officer at Rush Green Hospital, Essex, from 1988 to 1989 and was a director of Société Générale Bank (Nig) Ltd from 1990 to 2000. The bank founded by his now late father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, had its operating licence withdrawn in January 2006 by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In 2000, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Saraki as Special Assistant, a position he held until he became governor.
When asked if it was possible for Saraki to have made anticipatory declaration of asset, Wetkas insisted it was not about whether or not such practice was possible, but that investigation and evidence showed that the Senate President actually engaged in anticipatory asset declaration.
The witness pointed out that, in the asset declaration form submitted to the CCB by Saraki in 2003, he claimed to have acquired houses Nos 15A and 15B Macdonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos when, in actual fact, such property did not exist.
Wetkas, a detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said the only property with a similar description was No15 and Block 15 Flat 1 to 4 Mcdonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.
“In the course of our investigation, when we came across this No.15 A and B, Ikoyi, Lagos, we wrote to the Presidential Implementation Committee on the disposal of Federal Government Landed Property. We also wrote to the Lagos Land Registry.
“The Lagos Land Registry said they do not have records of No.15A and B, McDonald. The Presidential Committee said the record they have on their system is No.15 Mcdonald, which was sold to the company, TinyTee Ltd, and Block 15, Flat 1 to 4 Mcdonald Ikoyi, which was sold to another company, Bitti Oil Ltd.
“The evidence I gave was that No: 15 Mcdonald was sold to TinyTee Ltd, belonging to the defendant, which we did not see declared as part of his assets in all the declaration forms, about six in all.
“In my testimony on 5th April 2016, I had said the defendant declared in his asset declaration form – Exhibit 1, in appendix 3, that he bought No: 15A and B, McDonald, Ikoyi, Lagos sometime in 2000 through his company called Calile Properties Ltd, whereas our findings revealed that No:15 was actually purchased by his company, TinyTee, not Calile, sometime in 2006.
“We also found that the second property: Block 15 Flat 1 -4 was sold to Bitti Oil Ltd. Investigation is yet to link the defendant with that company,” Wetkas said.
As Wetkas testified, Saraki, who wore a white agbada and a cap, sat quietly in the “accused box”.
At a point, Erokoro attempted to discredit the form submitted by Saraki in 2003, which he signed on September 16, 2003, by claiming that it must have been tampered with.
Erokoro hinged his suspicion on his belief that it was impossible for Saraki to have contemplated as at 2003 buying the Ikoyi property in 2006 and thereby include it in his 2003 asset declaration form.
Reacting to Erokoro’s position, Wetkas said only Saraki, who signed the document, admitting his claims on it, could explain the reason for what Erokoro thought to be impossible.
“The Exhibit 1 (the 2003 form) was signed and dated by Saraki on September 16, 2003. As far as I am concerned, Exhibit 1 was duly signed and dated by the defendant on September 16, 2003.
“I did not insert the properties in the form. Asset declaration form is not just any document. The person declaring his assets is expected to go before a high court judge to swear an oath. They swear to affidavit, so it is believed that all he swore to, and appended his signature to is the truth. I do not need to see him in person or confront him to believe that his declaration in the form is true,” Wetkas said.
Earlier, the witness, who was handed an electric calculator by Erokoro to calculate the value of Saraki’s asset, as stated in the 2003 form, said an inquiry into some of his bank accounts and those of some members of his immediate family revealed that Saraki was worth more than N1.5billion as at 2003.
“By Appendix 7A of Exhibit 1, the defendant’s wife’s account in Ecobank, showed N1,500,000 as cash balance.
“At page 6 of Exhibit 1: Cash at bank in Nigeria added up to N1,100,000 in Société General Bank, in the name of Tosin and Seni Saraki (his children below 18 years as at 2003).
At 3.30 pm, lead defence lawyer Kanu Agabi (SAN) sought an adjournment, which the tribunal Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, reluctantly agreed to.
Justice Umar reminded Agabi that parties had agreed at the commencement of proceedings, that the tribunal will only rise at 4pm.
The tribunal chairman, however, changed his mind when other defence lawyers, including Paul Usoro (SAN), supported Agabi’s request.
Only about three senators were identified at yesterday’s proceedings as against the practice in the past when up to 20 were always attending every sitting.
The regulars: Dino Melaye (who occasionally served food and drinks to other senators when they attend proceedings), Samuel Anyawu and Tayo Alasoadura were absent at yesterday’s proceedings.
Ajibola Oluyede, the lawyer, who suddenly appeared in the defence team at the previous proceedings to move a motion seeking Umar’s disqualification, was also absent yesterday.
He has described corruption as a “hydra-headed monster” and said Nigeria is committed to sign the Open Government Partnership. While being asked about David Cameron, British Prime Minister, comments that Nigeria is fantastically corrupt he says:
“I’m not going to demand an apology from anyone, what I’ll demand is a return of assets.”
The president said: “By the end of our summit tomorrow, we should be able to agree on rules-based architecture to combat corruption. Corruption does not differentiate between developed and developing countries. It is a serious threat to good governance, peace and security. I call for establishment of an anti-corruption infrastructure that will trace and return stolen assets to their countries of origin. “Unfortunately, repatriating stolen assets is tedious, time-consuming, costly. It entails more than just signing of bilateral agreements. “The anti-corruption agencies have been revitalized to tackle the monster… A radical departure from the past. Our administration has zero tolerance for corruption…We have strong reserve to tackle it, even if many feathers would be ruffled.”
Global leaders from civil society, business and government who are championing the fight against corruption gathered for a major conference.
The leaders are set out their commitments to end impunity, prevent corruption, empower victims and support activists, in an effort to bolster good governance and transparency and support sustainable development.
The conference precedes the Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016 on Thursday May, 12, hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, which aims to agree a package of practical steps to expose and drive out corruption. Buhari has so far traveled out of the country up to 30 times since his inauguration as the president on May 29 last year. NAIJ.com findings show that since June, there was no month that the leader of the nation did not travel out of the country on official engagements.
As Nigeria’s immediate past minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, continues with her battle to wade off the series of corruption allegations against her, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has demanded that she be repatriated from the United Kingdom (UK) to defend herself.
The demand for her repatriation comes ahead of the international anti-corruption summit in the UK for which Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is a participant.
Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum
Some allies of Alison-Madueke are currently answering questions relating to their roles in the huge financial mismanagement and corruption that rocked the government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
SERAP believes that the charges she is currently facing in UK court do not sufficiently capture the gravity of her alleged crimes and the increasing allegations of corruption against her in Nigeria.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had recently announced it was commencing special investigation into the how some banks got involved in the N23 billion allegedly shared to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigerian electoral umpire, by officials of Jonathan’s government during the 2015 general elections.
Executive director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said on behalf of the rights group: “The anti-corruption summit in London provides an important opportunity for the UK government to support the ongoing fight against corruption in Nigeria, and to send a powerful message that the UK will not provide sanctuary or condone impunity for corrupt public officials.
“As a state party to the UN convention against corruption, the UK government can use the convention as a basis for the extradition of Alison-Madueke back to Nigeria.
“We urge the Nigerian authorities to without delay submit a request to the UK authorities for the extradition of Mrs Alison-Madueke, explicitly making the point that Nigeria will guarantee her a due process-trial.
“If the UK refuses the extradition request, Nigeria should consider submitting the matter for arbitration and if this cannot resolve the case, refer it to the International Court of Justice for adjudication. The Nigerian authorities should also consider filing a civil action against Mrs Alison-Madueke in the UK court.
“By sending Mrs Alison-Madueke back to her country, the UK will be sending a message that high-level official corruption will not go unpunished no matter where the suspected perpetrator hides and thus contribute to the fight against impunity for grand corruption.
“The UK indeed has an obligation to extradite Mrs Alison-Madueke through international cooperation and collaboration in good faith with Nigeria.
“We believe that effective prosecution in Nigeria is feasible and this will bring justice closer to Nigerians who are direct victims of corruption.
“Extraditing Mrs Alison-Madueke back to Nigeria is equally important for allowing easier access to witnesses, evidence, victims of corruption; creating a deep connection between Nigerians and the impact of the trial; and empowering victims of corruption.”
The statement continues: “SERAP believes that there is probable cause that Mrs Alison-Madueke participated in the extraditable acts involving some banks in Nigeria, whether directly or indirectly. The allegations of corruption against her are strong enough for Prime Minister David Cameron to facilitate an extradition proceeding.
“The UK shouldn’t be a country of refuge for corrupt officials if it is to avoid a miscarriage of justice in high-level corruption cases. But if Mrs Alison-Madueke is not extradited, the UK will have a responsibility to amend her charges to include the fresh allegations against her and to try her on the merits under the UK laws as if she had committed the crimes there.”
Recently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly released the chief executive officers of two Nigerian banks.
According to Sahara Reporters, the men regained freedom after they returned billions of naira they had illicitly acquired from political slush funds during the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
The EFCC sources revealed that Yemi Adeola, the Sterling Bank’s CEO, was released on Friday, May 6, after he deposited a payment of N5 billion.
According to one of the sources, the money returned by Adeola was in partial restitution for a transaction of $88 million he received from Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of petroleum resources.
The police in Lagos state has arrested a suspected robber and serial killer, Sunday Ukpe, who escaped with gunshot wounds and undergoing treatment in a hospital.
Ukpe, 33, fled to the state after sustaining gunshot injuries in Akwa Ibom state during an operation.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the state police command had launched a manhunt for him.
The suspect who was said to be on the list of suspected criminals terrorising Akwa Ibom was apprehended on Monday by operatives from the Ajangbadi division while he was treating himself at an undisclosed hospital in Orisha Imude in Ajangbadi area of the state.
He was eventually arrested while applying medication on the injuries which also affected his private parts.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect had confessed to the crime.
She said, “Ukpe is a wanted armed robbery suspect and kidnapper who escaped from Akwa Ibom State with gunshot injuries.
“He was arrested at Orisha Imude, Ajangbadi, while he was applying native medication on his private parts. He confessed to have been shot in Akwa Ibom State.
“Due to the critical nature of the gunshot, which damaged part of his testis, he was taken to a private hospital.
“Investigation was extended to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command and it was confirmed that the suspect is a serial killer and armed robber who has been on the wanted list of the state SARS.
“Effort is ongoing to hand him over to the command for discreet investigation,” Badmos, a Superintendent of Police said, adding that the command would continue to clamp down on criminals.
A political group in Osun state, the Osun PDP Youth Mandate has warned the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose against interfering and meddling in the affairs of Osun PDP.
The group, in a statement issued in Akure, the Ondo state capital and signed by the chairman and secretary Mr Oguntunmbi Adebowale and Alao Adeolu, said Fayose is unnecessarily interfering in the affairs of Osun PDP because of his relationship with the interim National Chairman of the PDP, Sen Ali Modu Sherrif .
According to the statement “it is a known fact that Fayose and ,the National Chairman of PDP are friends and he (Fayose) has been ridding on that to cause crisis in Osun PDP citing the example of the Ward congress that was recently annulled by the National Chairman.”
The group accused Fayose of mounting pressure on the National Chairman to cancel the Ward congress, wondering what Fayose stands to gain from the cancellation.
The release stressed that Osun PDP is one big Family and has been able to weather the storms that it has faced at different occasions, threatening that if Fayose does not keep away from sowing seeds of disunity in Osun PDP, he might not like the consequence of his action.
The group said the National Chairman of the PDP should maintain its stand as father to all as this is not an era of trying to satisfy a particular politician. It maintained tha all hands must be on deck to ensure that PDP takes over the mantle of leadership in Osun state come 2018.
The statement claimed that the problem of Osun PDP started when Otunba Iyiola Omisore openly declared that he would scuttle the peace and tranquility being enjoyed by Osun PDP if his anointed aspirant for the PDP Chairmanship position is not picked as a sole aspirant, a move, it noted, was rejected by majority of party faithful.
A seventy-two-year old Daljinder Kaur delivered a healthy baby boy after 46 years marriage and about 20 years after menopause.
Kaur’s wish to have a child was fulfilled through the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF-test tube) technique, wherein the eggs and sperm are fertilised outside the womb, in a test tube.
Kaur’s 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, had been travelling with her from Amritsar in Punjab to Hisar in Haryana since 2013 to ensure the success of the treatment, according to Hindustantimes.
In July 2015, Kaur finally conceived after two failed IVF cycles.
Embryologist and owner of the National Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre in Hisar, Dr Anurag Bishnoi, explained that Kaur first came to him alone in 2013, after reading about the centre in newspapers.
Kaur own case is the second at the centre where a 70-year-old woman was delivered of a baby girl successfully through IVF.
Bishnoi said, “Our track record in handling IVF in older women has been fairly good, but not everyone is fit to conceive. In her case, she looked visibly frail too, so I had to refer her to a cardiologist to get clearance for the procedure and a battery of other tests to ascertain fitness levels.
“We started work within two months in 2013 but the first attempt failed, which is normal. After six months, another attempt was made and that also didn’t succeed. Finally, the third attempt was successful.”
The husband blames his wife’s inability to have a child on a lack of awareness and a family feud that was on for years because of which they didn’ t get time to see a doctor.
He said, “It was embarrassing to not be able to produce a child, no doubt, but we have been busy with litigation all our life and hardly had time to think it over.
“After we got a little free a few years ago, we thought of trying for a baby. The newspaper article was spotted at an opportune moment.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that the war against corruption currently being waged by his administration was not an easy task, but expressed his readiness to prosecute the war to a successful end even if it means stepping on toes.
He explained that his resolve to successfully prosecute the anti-corruption war can be seen in the manner he had so far allowed anti-graft agencies in the country to operate without interference unlike what used to be the case.
Buhari stated this on Wednesday in his keynote address he delivered at the Commonwealth event tagged “Tackling corruption together: A conference for civil society, business and government leaders” held at the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.
The President argued that unlike what obtained earlier, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB and the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, have being revitalised and made more proactive in going after perpetrators of corrupt practices, not minding their social status and political persuasion.
Describing corruption as a hydra-headed monster and a cankerworm that undermines the fabric of all societies, Buhari told the gathering that the menace does not differentiate between developed and developing countries.
The text reads in part,
“Corruption is a hydra-headed monster and a cankerworm that undermines the fabric of all societies. It does not differentiate between developed and developing countries. It constitutes a serious threat to good governance, rule of law, peace and security, as well as development programmes aimed at tackling poverty and economic backwardness. These considerations informed my decision to attend this event as well as the Anti-Corruption Summit organized by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. David Cameron that will be held tomorrow. I expect that today’s event would feed into the discussions that will be held tomorrow at Lancaster House.
“In 2003, when the world came together to sign the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) that entered into force in 2005, it was with a view to tackling the growing threat that corruption had become to many nations. Little did we know that eleven years since then, the problem would still continue unabated, but even become more intractable and cancerous.
“Permit me to share with you our national experience in combating corruption. I intend to do this by placing the fight against corruption in Nigeria within the context of the three priority programmes of our Administration. On assumption of office on 29th May 2015, we identified as our main focus three key priority programmes. They are, combating insecurity, tackling corruption and job creation through re-structuring the declining national economy.
“Our starting point as an Administration was to amply demonstrate zero tolerance for corrupt practices as this vice is largely responsible for the social and economic problems our country faces today. The endemic and systemic nature of corruption in our country demanded our strong resolve to fight it. We are demonstrating our commitment to this effort by bringing integrity to governance and showing leadership by example.
“Tackling the menace of corruption is not an easy task, but it is possible even if many feathers have to be ruffled. Our Government’s dogged commitment to tackling corruption is also evident in the freedom and support granted to national anti-corruption agencies to enable them to carry out their respective mandates without interference or hindrance from any quarter including the government.
“Today, our frontline anti-corruption agencies, namely, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), have become revitalised and more proactive in the pursuit of perpetrators of corrupt practices, irrespective of their social status and political persuasion. This is a radical departure from the past.
“We have implemented the Treasury Single Account (TSA) whereby all Federal government revenue goes into one account. This measure would make it impossible for public officers to divert public funds to private accounts as was the practice before. Through the effective application of TSA and the Bank Verification Number (BVN), we have been able to remove 23,000 ghost workers from our pay roll, thereby saving billions that would have been stolen.
“We are also reviewing our anti-corruption laws and have developed a national anti-corruption strategy document that will guide our policies in the next three years, and possibly beyond.
“I am not unaware of the challenges of fighting corruption in a manner consistent with respect for human rights and the rule of law. As a country that came out of prolonged military rule only sixteen years ago, it will clearly take time to change the mentality and psychology of law enforcement officers. I am committed to applying the rule of law and to respecting human rights. I also require our security agencies to do the same.
“I admit that there are a few cases where apparently stringent rules have been applied as a result of threats to national security and the likelihood that certain persons may escape from the country or seek to undermine the stability of Nigeria. It is for this reason that we are seeking the support of many countries for the prosecution of certain individuals residing in their jurisdictions. Of course we will provide the necessary legal documents and whatever mutual assistance is required to secure conviction of such individuals, as well as facilitate the repatriation of our stolen assets.
“Unfortunately, our experience has been that repatriation of corrupt proceeds is very tedious, time consuming, costly and entails more than just the signing of bilateral or multilateral agreements. This should not be the case as there are provisions in the appropriate United Nations Convention that require countries to return assets to countries from where it is proven that they were illegitimately acquired.
“Further, we are favourably disposed to forging strategic partnerships with governments, civil society organizations, organized private sector and international organizations to combat corruption. Our sad national experience had been that domestic perpetrators of corrupt practices do often work hand-in-hand with international criminal cartels.
“This evil practice is manifested in the plundering and stealing of public funds, which are then transferred abroad into secret accounts. I therefore, call for the establishment of an international anti-corruption infrastructure that will monitor, trace and facilitate the return of such assets to their countries of origin. It is important to stress that the repatriation of identified stolen funds should be done without delay or preconditions.
“In addition to the looting of public funds, Nigeria is also confronted with illegal activities in the oil sector, the mainstay of our export economy. That this industry has been enmeshed in corruption with the participation of the staff of some of the oil companies is well established. Their participation enabled oil theft to take place on a massive scale.
“Some of us in this hall may be familiar with the Report released by Chatham House, here in London, in 2013, titled “Nigeria’s Criminal Crude: International Options to Combat the Export of Stolen Oil.” The important findings of the Chatham House document are illuminating and troubling. Part of the Report concluded that: a) Nigerian crude oil is being stolen on an industrial scale and exported, with the proceeds laundered through world financial centres by transnational organized criminals.
b) Oil theft is a species of organized crime that is almost totally off the international community’s radar, as Nigeria’s trade and diplomatic partners have taken no real action. c) Nigeria could not stop the trade single-handedly, and there is limited value in countries going it alone.
“It is clear therefore, that the menace of oil theft, put at over 150,000 barrels per day, is a criminal enterprise involving internal and external perpetrators. Illicit oil cargoes and their proceeds move across international borders. Opaque and murky as these illegal transactions may be, they are certainly traceable and can be acted upon, if all governments show the required political will. This will has been the missing link in the international efforts hitherto. Now in London, we can turn a new page by creating a multi-state and multi-stakeholder partnership to address this menace.
“We, therefore, call on the international community to designate oil theft as an international crime similar to the trade in “blood diamonds”, as it constitutes an imminent and credible threat to the economy and stability of oil-producing countries like Nigeria. The critical stakeholders here present can lead the charge in this regard.”