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Watch Signature News Highlight: EFCC to push for special court, asset forfeiture, witness protection

Budget: Buhari fails to fulfil London promise, education gets 5.3%

President Buhari made a promise during the Global Education Summit which was held in London, United Kingdom recently

The President in the summit had joined other world leaders in making a commitment to increase funding of the education sector.

Buhari in his 2022 Appropriation Bill currently before the National Assembly did not fulfil his promise to increase the annual domestic education expenditure by 50 per cent over the next two years.

In the proposed bill, the sector got a 5.3 percent allocation which falls below last year’s percentage of 5.6 per cent.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation had in the Education for All Report for 2000 to 2015 tagged, ‘The Dakar Framework for Action,’ called for significant increase in financial commitment by national governments and donors to the education sector to accelerate progress towards the EFA goals. #


EFCC to push for special court, assets forfeiture, witness protection

As part of effort to strengthen and reposition the service for better service delivery, The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission plans to push for the creation of special courts for corruption cases, legislation on civil asset forfeiture, whistleblower and witness protection within the next five years.

This was contained in the EFCC Strategic Plan 2021-2025 presented to stakeholders a few days ago in Abuja, on Friday.

The plan comprised five strategic objectives: To increase public engagement in the fight against economic and financial crimes; improve systems and processes for the prevention of economic and financial crimes; improve intelligence-driven investigation, prosecution, and assets recovery and management.

Others are improved law enforcement coordination and collaboration with relevant stakeholders, and enhance institutional capacity and human capital development.

The anti-graft agency said the strategies, if implemented faithfully, would enhance systems and processes for investigation, prosecution, and witness protection while strengthening forensics services and capacity.


#EndSARS: Lagos Commissioner of Police warns against planned protest

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Hakeem Odumosu, on Monday warned against any planned protest in the state.

A statement signed by the State Police Command’s Spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, revealed that the command had received information of a planned protest to mark one year of the #EndSARS protest.

The spokesman warned that the police would not hesitate to use all legal means to stop the protest from taking place following the experience of the last #EndSARS protest.

Ajisebutu also urged parents and guardians to advise their children against participating in the planned protest.

He said individuals or groups sponsoring such a protest were also warned to desist from such unpatriotic plan or face the full wrath of the law.


Andy Uba sued over secondary school certificate

Barely one week after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the final list of candidates for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Andy Ubah, has been dragged to court over the school certificate he allegedly submitted for the election.

Also sued are the APC, the INEC and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

In a suit filed on October 8, 2021 at Federal High Court, Abuja, a political party participating in the election alleged that the Form EC9 submitted by the APC (1st respondent) and Uba (2nd respondent) to INEC (3rd respondent) was full of false information.

According to the political party, in its affidavit in support of Originating Summons, the Senior School Certificate Examination May/June 1974 Statement of Result purportedly issued by Union Secondary School, Awkunanaw, Enugu, Enugu State under the Enugu State School System and allegedly bearing the name of Uba Emmanuel Nnamdi with Candidate Number 05465/089 is false.

It therefore asked the court for an order disqualifying Uba from contesting the 2021 Anambra State gubernatorial election for allegedly giving false information to INEC.


Igbo coalition tasks government on peaceful poll 

A coalition of Igbo groups consisting of Igbo Public Affairs Foundation, Nkponani Foundation and Igbo Consciousness League has charged the government to put measures in place to ensure peaceful election in the November 6, Anambra governorship poll.

The coalition also urged the people of Anambra to participate massively in the forthcoming election in the state.

It noted that a boycott of the election, as being canvassed by a group in the South East, will not be in the interest of the state.

The coalition, in statement read by the convener, Uzoh George-Tiga, at a press briefing, in Abuja, also urged the Federal Government to jettison the idea of a state of emergency in Anambra State, ahead of the gubernatorial poll.


Election will hold despite IPOB threats –Group

Anambra State Indigenes Lawyers Forum(ASILF), has frowned at the alleged threat by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to disrupt the November 6 governorship election in the state.

Speaking at an emergency press conference on the state of affairs in their home state, the president of the forum, Joe Nwokedi said that whether anybody likes it or not, there must be an election in Anambra State and a peaceful one at that.

According to him, IPOB must not scare or try to disrupt the election, adding that doing that would even work against them.

He said that what IPOB should be concerned about is electing credible people as governors and members of the National Assembly so that they would legitimately champion the Igbo cause and bring justice to the people.

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