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Reality check from Shekarau

Ibrahim Shekarau, a one-time presidential candidate, who was a minister for education and governor of Kano State, injected a much-needed dose of reality to the fanciful claims of President Muhammadu Buhari. Shekarau told newsmen in Abuja yesterday: “Buhari has said that he has come to right the wrongs of 16-year mess by the PDP. So, I said, ‘Mr. President you …

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Buhari, is Ngige the “change” Nigerians voted for?

The long-awaited ministerial list of President Muhammadu Buhari was finally aired yesterday, and the president’s choices confirmed many Nigerians’ worst fears that his campaign slogan of “change” was just one big con. “Change” for Buhari clearly means something different from other people. “Change” for Buhari must be changing from being a former military dictator and cattle farmer in Daura to …

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Amaechi is the final nail on Buhari’s anti-corruption coffin

President Muhammadu Buhari’s posturing as an anti-corruption crusader was laid to rest today. The list of ministerial nominees that took five months to compile was finally read out in the Senate today. This was a list that the president claimed was delayed because he had to vet the nominees for the potential to embarrass him with corruption skeletons in their …

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Diezani was about to buy an expensive apartment in London

The UK tabloid, The Sun, reports that Diezani Madueke, the former oil minister who was arrested in London on Friday, was “looking at buying a massively expensive apartment at One Hyde Park”. One Hyde Park, in London’s knightsbridge, which was built by property developers the Candy Brothers, is the most expensive apartment block in the world. The blurb on their …

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Nasty Nas el-Rufai didn’t practice what he preached

Nasir el-Rufai, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor of Kaduna State, tweeted on Independence Day about the profligacy of the Goodluck Jonathan administration. He highlighted what he called “The APC/PMB change we voted for” by listing the costs of Independence Day celebrations for the past five years: 2011 – 13bn naira 2012 – 15bn naira 2013 – 14bn naira 2014 …

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Nigerian officials bringing documents against Madueke to London

Diezani Madueke, the beleaguered former oil minister, who was arrested on Friday in London by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), is facing the prospect of more incriminating evidence from Nigeria being added to the case against her. The NCA stated (without mentioning her name) that the arrest was in relation to bribery and money laundering and that the investigations …

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Aisha Buhari and the Halliburton bribery scandal

A source, who was involved in a House of Representatives committee investigation into the Halliburton bribery scandal in the early 2000s, has indicated that Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari was paid $1.8m in bribes. The Halliburton bribery scandal started from 1994 when the Nigerian government kicked off plans to build the Bonny Island Natural Liquefied Gas Project. …

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Diezani and the “air convoy”

Diezani Madueke, the former oil minister, who was arrested by the UK’s National Crime Agency in London on Friday on bribery and money laundering charges, was said to have used two or three private jets as an “air convoy” during her days as a minister in the Goodluck Jonathan administration. A source informed us that Madueke was not content with …

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Investigations into Madueke by National Crime Agency started in 2013

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) have provided further information on the dramatic arrests of former oil minister Diezani Madueke and four others yesterday. A statement on their website said: “On Friday 2nd October, the National Crime Agency’s recently formed International Corruption Unit arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences. …

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Diezani Madueke and the long arm of British law

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA), its equivalent of the FBI, announced yesterday that its “recently formed International Corruption Unit has arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences”. The NCA didn’t name those arrested, but the editor of the BBC’s Hausa Service reported that the family of the former petroleum minister …

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