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EXPOSED! How ex-gov Matawalle awarded over N2billion contracts to his company, purchased N1billion vehicles

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Former Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, awarded a contract to purchase vehicles to be distributed to the state ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) at the cost of N1,149,800,000 but left none in office for his successor, Dauda Lawal-Dare, according to SaharaReporters.

This was also as the governor awarded over N2billion contract to his own company, BESBELMON, which handled at least three projects, according to a document sighted by SaharaReporters.

The contract by Matawalle for the purchase of the vehicles was awarded to Hafkhad Properties and Facilities Management Nig. LTD.

The money was released for the purchase of a Toyota Lexus VIP Bullet Proof 2021; Toyota Land Cruiser VIP Bullet Proof 2021; Toyota Prado V6 2021 Model; Toyota Prado V4 2021; Peugeot 508 2021 Model; Toyota Hilux 2021 Model; Toyota Land Cruiser Bullet Proof 2021; and Toyota Lexus 2021.

According to another source, Tanimu Salihu Mafara, the Chairman of the Zamfara Alternative Forum, in an article sent to SaharaReporters on Sunday, Matawalle’s own company, Besbelmon was awarded contracts to construct a two-story building, with 5 bedrooms as the governor’s residence and with a 75% payment of the amount of N1,221,242, 968.93.

With the mismanagement of these funds, a few days ago, before the expiration of his tenure as the Zamfara State governor, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared that it would arrest Matawalle and charge him for N70billion fraud.

Mafara said, “Recall that many misdoings of Former Governor Matawalle were in the media and public space. It is on the record how he allegedly plots to sell the Kaduna Liaison office complex to one of his associates at a paltry sum of 600 million Naira.

“All other allegations range from the contract for the construction of Governors Lodge across the 14 local government areas of the State to the contract for the supply of medicines to hospitals. They were contracts awarded to different contractors, in most cases complete funds were disbursed to the companies without following due process.

“Zamfara is the worst state, with a 92 percent poverty rate, according to data from the Oxford University Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) “Nigeria Country Briefing,” 2017.

“The OPHI data indicate that the region, with vast landmass, posted as the worst performing in the “multidimensional poverty index data bank.”

“The region, according to states ranked, posts an average of 85.36 percent in the poverty rate in the period under review (year-to-date, 2017), with six northern states ranked as “worse states.” With Zamfara topping.

“This is a state that has over 80 percent of its population engaged in agriculture. A state blessed with massive land for farming and other natural resources. But a state wrecked by bad leadership since the return to democracy in 1999.”

“Recently, the Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State accused Bello Muhammad Matawalle, of stealing 17 government vehicles and looted items from the state government residence, including televisions, air conditioners, and cookers among other valuables.

“An official document resurfaces where a contract was awarded by the former governor, for the purchase of vehicles to be distributed to dignitaries and other ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) at the cost of One Billion, One Hundred and Forty-Nine, Eight Hundred Million Naira (1, 149, 800, 000.00). The contract for the purchase of the vehicles was awarded to Hafkhad Properties and Facilities Management Nig. LTD.

“The money was released for the purchase of a Toyota Lexus VIP Bullet Proof 2021; Toyota Land Cruiser VIP Bullet Proof 2021; Toyota Prado V6 2021 Model; Toyota Prado V4 2021; Peugeot 508 2021 Model; Toyota Hilux 2021 Model; Toyota Land Cruiser Bullet Proof 2021; and Toyota Lexus 2021.

“The new government of Dauda Lawal has entered government to find no single official car in the government house. All luxury cars bought were nowhere to be found.

“It is disheartening to uncover more details of the corruption of the outgone administration of Matawalle. BESBELMON is the company of former governor Bello Matawalle, and a document exposed how he awarded a contract to the same company on the 7th of July 2021 for the construction of the office of the governor and Residence at the sum 1, 865, 052, 982.85. the sum of 1, 819, 170. 816.33 was paid to the company.

“Furthermore, on the 17th of August 2022, another contract was repeatedly awarded to BESBELMON for the construction of the office of the governor and Residence at the sum of 442, 535, 351.73, of which the total amount was disbursed.

“On the 6th of September 2022, former governor Matawalle’s company, BESBELMON was awarded a contract to construct a 2-story building, with 5 bedrooms as the governor’s residence. A 75% payment of the amount 1, 221, 242, 968.93.

“On the 15th of July 2022, additional funds were disbursed to Matawalle’s company, BESBELMON, for the construction of the office of the governor and Residence. A total sum of 500, 001, 210.33 was released to the contractors from the Zamfara State treasury.

“None of the said offices and residences are near completion, despite the complete withdrawal of funds meant for the project. This is a clear case of mismanagement of public funds. It is high time for the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to do the needful in the case of former governor Matawalle. He is not covered by any immunity at the moment, and it would be the height of recklessness for the administration of President Tinubu to shield a person who committed such financial offences.”

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How to apply for N50,000 federal govt grants, loans for Nano business

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The Federal Government of Nigeria under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, is rolling out two

The Federal Government of Nigeria under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, is rolling out two initiatives – the Presidential Conditional Grant Programme & the Presidential Palliative Loan Programme.

The minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite said the programmes aim to alleviate the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.

Nano businesses will receive N50,000 grant, while MSMEs and manufacturers will access loans up to N1 million and N1 billion respectively.

The target beneficiaries are 70% women and youth, 10% people with disabilities, and 5% senior citizens, while the remaining 15% is distributed to other demographics.

Who Can Apply?

Businesses that fall into the six categories below can apply.
1. Traders
2. Food services
3. ICT
4. Transportation
5. Creatives (makeup artists, fashion designers and dry cleaners.)
6. Artisans (vulcanizers, shoemakers, painters, repairers).

Grant Eligibility Criteria

1. Own a nano business.
2. Operate a business with progressive economic potential, and desire to grow the business.
3. Be willing to engage at least one additional staff member if turnover increases
4. Be willing to provide proof of residential/business address in the Local Government Area
Provide relevant personal and bank account information, including Bank Verification
(BVN) for verification of identity
5. Meet the application submission deadline.

Eligible applicants should visit the website fedgrantandloan.gov.ng and click ‘apply for grant.’

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Yahaya Bello steps on big toes in presidency – Source

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Investigation has revealed that embattled former Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has stepped on big toes at the presidency and that is one

Investigation has revealed that embattled former Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello has stepped on big toes at the presidency and that is one of the reasons why the anti-graft agency opened his crime file as a means to tackle the former governor.

Sources revealed that the former governor reached out to President Bola Tinubu for urgent intervention but all efforts proved abortive, as the president also interested in the case.

“Yahaya Bello has stepped on toes in the presidency, he’s plotting against the presidency. But I can reveal to you that President Tinubu is aware of everything, and Yahaya Bello must be try, no going back,” said the source.

Mr. Bello Yahaya is alleged to have misappropriated over ₦85 billion naira and has been currently declared wanted by the EFCC after several attempts to have him arrested failed including the recent incidence in Abuja where the current Governor of the State and his loyalist was accused of breaching the security cordon to whisk the accused away.

Meanwhile, A coalition of Kogi Youths under the banner of Network of Professional Kogi State Youths has called on the former Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello to immediately vacate the Kogi State Government House where he’s currently hiding from the clutches of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a press release signed by Comrade Abdulquadri Shuaibu and distributed to journalists in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on behalf of Network of Professional Kogi Youths over the weekend, the group frowned at the former Governor’s disregard for the rule of law including evasion of a lawful arrest, describing it as regrettable, disgraceful and embarrassing.

According to the release, “as a former Governor, we expected some degree of decorum and respect for the rule of law from him. The recent confrontation between the EFCC and Governor Yahaya Bello at his Abuja residence is a regrettable episode that is an embarrassment to Kogi people and Nigerians at large. We unequivocally condemn the former Governor’s conduct and insist that justice must take its course.

“As a united Coalition representing the citizens of Kogi State, we issue a 24-hour ultimatum to Governor Yahaya Bello to vacate the Government House and surrender to the EFCC or the nearest Police Station. Failure to comply, we will occupy the Government House in a mega protest to ensure Governor Bello’s accountability and safeguard the integrity of our judicial system.

On the role played by Alhaji Usman Adodo, the current Governor of the State who is also an associate of the former Governor in aiding his continuous evasion of arrest, the Coalition called on his immediate resignation, failure of which, the State House of Assembly will be compelled to commence impeachment proceedings against him.

“By choosing to shield an alleged criminal who squandered the commonwealth of Kogi people, Governor Usman Adodo’s immediate resignation is imperative. Failure to do so within 14-day period, we will compel the Speaker of the Kogi House of Assembly to initiate impeachment proceedings against him for obstructing law enforcement and undermining the administration of justice”, the statement added.

The youth group also hailed the efforts of individuals, law enforcement agencies and state institutions in ensuring that justice is done and the looted funds belonging to the good people of Kogi State are returned to facilitate the development of the state.

“We commend the EFCC for declaring Governor Yahaya Bello wanted and express solidarity with the Attorney General of the Federation’s unwavering commitment to combatting corruption. Indeed, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s steadfast dedication to this cause is commendable, and we implore him to persevere in his efforts.

“Furthermore, we applaud the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for withdrawing police protection from Governor Bello. While this is commendable, we urge the IGP to do everything within his powers to ensure that Yahaya Bello is arrested and handed over to the appropriate authorities for investigation and prosecution”, the statement concluded.

 

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Tinubu appoints SEC chairman, board members

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of seven persons to the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission. ⁣

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of seven persons to the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission. ⁣

The Presidency announced the appointment on Friday in a statement signed by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, titled ‘President Tinubu appoints board of Securities and Exchange Commission.’ ⁣

They include Mr Mairiga Katuka (Chairman of the Board), Mr Emomotimi Agama as Director-General, Frana Chukwuogor as Executive Commissioner (Legal and Enforcement) and Mr Bola Ajomale as Executive Commissioner (Operations).⁣

Others are Mrs. Samiya Usman as Executive Commissioner (Corporate Services), Mr. Lekan Belo and Mr. Kasimu Kurfi as Non-Executive Commissioners. ⁣

Ngelale said the President anticipates that all members of the Board will “bring to bear their wealth of experience and competence in advancing the commission’s core mandate of developing and regulating a capital market that is dynamic, fair, transparent, and efficient, to bolster investor confidence and contribute immeasurably to the nation’s economic development.”

 

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NAMA Director Abba emerges Vice President of IFATCA

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The Director in charge of Special Duties at the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Alhaji Ahmad Abba has emerged the new Executive

… hails Keyamo, NAMA MD

The Director in charge of Special Duties at the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Alhaji Ahmad Abba has emerged the new Executive Vice President for Africa and Middle East Region of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA) at the 63rd Annual Conference of the global Air Traffic Controllers body which ends today Friday April 19th in Singapore.

Before his election into the new position, the Borno state born Alumni of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, was the Regional Vice President for IFATCA in the Western Sub region.

Speaking to journalists on his victory at the poll, Abba, an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) certified Instructor and Auditor said his election is an affirmation of the confidence the global body has in Nigeria affirming that the country and especially the Air Traffic Controllers will benefit immensely from it.

The Air Transport Management Specialist and Search and Rescue expert commended the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, the Managing Director of NAMA, Engineer Farouk Ahmed and the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) for the role they played in ensuring that Nigeria is recognise on the global body of ATCs.

Speaking of his vision for the African and Middle East Region of the association, the Air Navigation Services Regulator and Air Transport Service incident and accident investigator said “I will be dedicated to enhancing formal partnerships and collaborations with regional representatives of organisations such as ICAO, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisations and other relevant bodies”

He added that “my team and I will advocate for increasing the presence of women in leadership position among ATCs in our region. Through mentorship programme, we will connect experienced women air traffic controllers with aspiring professionals, providing guidance, support, and avenues for career growth”

“My goal is to enable air traffic controllers to fully leverage these opportunities for continuous growth and skill development. A well trained and up to date air traffic controller is the cornerstone of a safe and efficient airspace.” He told journalists.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages have continued to pour in over the NAMA Director’s election at IFATCA.

President, Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), Ambassador E.O Okafor and the National Executive Committee of the body congratulated Alhaji Abba on what they described as a well-deserved election.

In an electronic document made available to journalists, the association said “AANI joyously extends its heartfelt congratulations to the esteemed Alhaji Ahmad Abba mni FCPA, an exemplary luminary in our ranks, on his momentous election as the Executive Vice President for the Africa and Middle East Region of the IFATCA.

“In celebrating his ascension to this prestigious position, it is imperative to reflect upon the profound depth of his contributions to the aviation industry in Nigeria and indeed, to the broader landscape of national development in the country.

“His life, characterised by an unwavering commitment to excellence and service, stands as a testament to his indomitable spirit and dedication to advancing the aviation sector.

“Beyond his illustrious career achievements, Alhaji Ahmad Abba mni FCPA embodies the quintessence of wisdom and knowledge, honed through years of experience and his participation in the esteemed Senior Executive Course at our cherished alma mater, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru.

” Born on September 16, 1970, in Gamboru-Ngala, Borno State, Alhaji Ahmad Abba mni FCPA’s academic journey commenced at Gamboru Central Primary School, culminating in his attainment of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with First Class Honours in Geography from the University of Maiduguri.

”His relentless pursuit of knowledge further saw him earn advanced degrees in remote sensing applications, disaster risk management, and development studies.

“His professional trajectory as an air traffic controller, marked by continuous learning and expertise enhancement, exemplifies his commitment to excellence. From completing the ICAO Standard Diploma in Air Traffic Control to attending numerous specialized courses both nationally and internationally, his dedication to mastery is unparalleled.

Alhaji Ahmad Abba Mni FCPA’s leadership roles within NATCA, his pioneering initiatives, and his service as Director of Special Duties at NAMA underscore his profound impact and influence within the aviation community.”

“Our association AANI stands proudly alongside Alhaji Ahmad Abba Mni FCPA, rejoicing in his achievements and offering our unwavering support as he embarks on this new chapter of leadership within IFATCA.

“We extend our warmest congratulatory message to him and his loving family, wishing him continued success and confidence in his ability to elevate IFATCA to unprecedented heights.

Congratulations, Alhaji Ahmad Abba mni FCPA, Director of Special Duties at NAMA, on this unprecedented pioneering feat, your well-deserved election as the Executive Vice President, Africa and Middle East Region of the International Federation of IFATCA!” the alumni body further said.

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Yahaya Bello: Kogi Assembly told to begin impeachment process against Ododo

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A human rights lawyer, Deji Ajare, has urged the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Umar Yusuf, to begin impeachment proceedings

A human rights lawyer, Deji Ajare, has urged the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Umar Yusuf, to begin impeachment proceedings against the Kogi State Governor, Usman Ododo, over allegations of misconduct and abuse of office.

Ajare made the call in a letter addressed to the speaker, through the clerk of the House on Friday.

According to him, the use of the governor’s motorcade to ferry away the embattled former governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, amounted to the harbouring of a fugitive, obstruction of justice, and the misuse of state resources.

The PUNCH reported that the Governor had whisked away his predecessor at about 4:20 pm on Wednesday, after operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission besieged the latter’s Abuja residence, to arrest him in connection with an N80.2bn money laundering case.

Following his escape, the EFCC declared the ex-governor wanted while the Nigeria Immigration Service placed him on its watchlist. The Inspector General of Police also has directed the withdrawal of all Police units attached to the former Governor.

Ajare, in his letter, also called on the assembly to cooperate with the EFCC and ensure all individuals involved are available for questioning and investigations.

“In the light of the above allegations and the inherent potential breaches of statutory duties imposed by the Constitution and other relevant laws of our country, these actions, if proven true, amount to gross misconduct and warrant immediate investigation and commencement of impeachment proceedings.

“I hereby call on the Kogi State House of Assembly under your leadership to initiate a thorough inquiry into these allegations by Section 188 of the Nigerian Constitution, to ascertain the truth and to hold Governor Usman Ododo accountable if the allegations are found to be true.

“I also urge the Kogi State House of Assembly to cooperate with national law enforcement agencies, including the EFCC, to ensure all individuals involved are available for questioning and to facilitate a smooth investigation”, he said.

He further implored the House of Assembly to take swift and decisive actions, noting the effect of the “misgovernance implied in these allegations” on the people of the state.

“I thank you as I look forward to your urgent attention to this issue. I trust in your commitment to uphold the Constitution and the laws of our land for the betterment of our state and its people”, the letter also read.

However, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mohammed Yabagi, who spoke to our correspondent via telephone, said neither the Clerk nor the Speaker had received such a letter.

Yabagi added that the House had not seen any valid reasons to begin impeachment processe against the governor and that there was no evidence that the governor prevented security agencies from arresting Yahaya Bello.

“Anybody in the public has their perception of the matter. But the House has not seen any reason, none of the members of the House were there, and none of them saw the governor trying to prevent the security agencies from doing their job. As far as the Assembly is concerned, the Assembly supports all constitutionally recognised security agencies. We have not seen any reason why the House should commence any impeachment processes.

“For context, as far as the Executive is concerned, the immediate past governor was not even at his Abuja residence, and there’s no concrete evidence that the Executive Governor prevented them from doing their constitutionally recognised job. The House is yet to receive such a letter, and the Speaker is yet to have any knowledge of such a letter,” he said.

Meanwhile, all efforts to reach the Special Adviser on Media to the Kogi State Governor, Ismaila Isah, proved abortive, as his number was switched off.

However, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, debunked reports that Ododo helped Bello, beat security operatives who wanted to arrest him.

Fanwo in an interview with Channels TV on Thursday said the governor was committed to upholding the laws of the country, including respecting its legal processes.

“Governor Ododo did not assist in Bello’s departure from his residence; the EFCC’s claims are misinformation aimed at furthering their objectives. Bello is not evading anyone; the existing court injunction protects his fundamental rights,” he said.

 

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NAFDAC raids Sahad Stores, Markets mn Abuja, seizes counterfeit products worth N50m

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has raided some stores and markets in Abuja for allegedly

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has raided some stores and markets in Abuja for allegedly selling counterfeit products.

NAFDAC Head of Investigation and Enforcement/Federal Taskforce, FCT, Abuja, Embugushiki-Musa Godiya, said the raid covered a popular supermarket, Sahad stores, H-Medix in Wuse 2 and Gwarinpa, 3rd Avenue, as well as Utako market.

He said the agency had earlier raided the Kugbo market in Nyanya and Mararaba axis in Nasarawa State on Tuesday.

Godiya, who noted that the three-day operation was carried out based on intelligence reports, said, “We have been able to successfully recover some of the counterfeit products and evacuate them for destruction. Our concern is one of the products, purported to be a NIVEA NAFDAC-regulated product, but it is not.

“The most shocking to me is that such substandard NIVEA cream and other cosmetics are even more expensive than the ones approved by NAFDAC, this is criminal.

“The market value of what we have seen so far for drug hawking is N5 million, and for the NIVEA products, other cosmetics and other products, including Jik bleach, Harpic toilet cleaner and Airwick room freshener, all counterfeit in large quantity, valued at N45 million. The total value of all the goods seized during the operation is N50 million.”

Godiya called on Nigerians to be careful with the kind of products they buy, and always watch out for NAFDAC registration numbers before they buy as such counterfeit products could cause cancer to the body, rashes and damage the kidney.

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