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Insecurity: Probe ‘misuse’ of security votes by govs, SERAP tells Buhari

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to “direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN to probe the alleged systemic mismanagement of security votes by state governors since 1999.

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SERAP said, “Anyone suspected to be responsible should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient admissible evidence, and any mismanaged public funds should be fully recovered.”

Buhari had in his 2022 New Year Message raised concerns about “the persistent insecurity in certain parts of the country,” and promised to “remain resolute in our commitments” to give “utmost attention to the problem.”

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In the letter dated 1 January 2022 and signed by SERAP deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said, “The most satisfactory and effective way to demonstrate the oft-repeated commitments to address the insecurity in the country is to promptly and thoroughly probe persistent allegations of corruption in the spending of security votes by state governors.”

SERAP said, “Probing the spending of security votes and ensuring accountability for any cases of corruption would improve the ability of your government to deliver on the promises to ensure the security of Nigerians, and to keep them safe.”

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The letter, read in part, “Ending impunity for allegations of corruption in the spending of security votes and recovering any mismanaged public funds are matters of public interest.

“As revealed by a recent report by Transparency International (TI), most of the funds appropriated as security votes are spent on political activities, mismanaged or simply stolen. It is estimated that security votes add up to over N241.2 billion every year.

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“On top of appropriated security votes, state governments also receive millions of dollars yearly as international security assistance.

“Longstanding allegations of corruption and mismanagement of security votes have hugely contributed to the growing insecurity in the country, and the failure of authorities to effectively discharge their constitutional responsibility to ensure the security and welfare of their own people.

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“Pervasive tendency by public officers to regard or treat security votes given to them for security of the state as their personal entitlement or funds is antithetical to the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended] and international standards. Security votes should be used for improving the security situation in the states or returned to the public treasury.

“Successive governments have failed to effectively discharge their primary and constitutional responsibility to protect the lives and property of the Nigerian people. This is patently contrary to Section 14(2)(b) of the Nigerian Constitution, which provides that: ‘the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government’.

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“Against the background of well-documented cases of abduction, killings and ongoing security challenges in several parts of the country, the time has come to end the culture of impunity for allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public funds meant to ensure the security of life and property of Nigerians.

“Similarly, your government’s responsibility to guarantee and ensure the security and welfare of the Nigerian people is interlinked with the responsibility under Section 15(5) of the Constitution to ‘abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of office.’ This imposes a fundamental obligation to ensure accountability for the spending of security votes by state governors.

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“While sitting state governors may enjoy immunity from arrest and prosecution, they do not enjoy immunity from investigation. Any allegations of mismanagement of security votes against sitting governors can and should be investigated pending the time they leave office and lose immunity. The findings of such investigation can also be the basis for initiating impeachment proceedings against any indicted governor.

“SERAP urges you to instruct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to jointly track and monitor spending of security votes by the 36 state governors.

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“SERAP notes that in your 2022 New Year Message to Nigerians, you raised concerns about ‘the persistent insecurity in certain parts of the country,’ and the effects on the socio-economic conditions of millions of people, as well as promised to ‘remain resolute in our commitments’ to give ‘utmost attention’ to the problem, and to address ‘human security at the grassroots.’

“SERAP also notes your expressed commitment to give ‘the utmost priority to fighting corruption and other related offenses’ in any part of the country.

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“We would be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, the Incorporated Trustees of SERAP shall consider appropriate legal actions to compel your government to comply with our request in the public interest.”

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Skitmakers, comedians should collaborate not compete – Bovi

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Popular comedian, Bovi Ugboma has stated that there should be no competition amongst skit makers and stand up comedians.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop, he said the two professions are similar yet different so they should collaborate instead of seeing themselves as competitors.

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When asked if the rise of online skit makers have affected stand up comedians, he said, “Why should it affect them? They are two different crafts. We should learn to be more collaborative instead of competitive.

“Anytime I get that question, I get worried because what they do is online, and there is a market for it. What we do is offline and there is a market for it as well.

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“They have a different genre, so we should encourage them and the fact that they can make money out of it. The fact that it is now a booming business is a plus to the entertainment industry.”

Bovi talked about what makes his crafts unique. He said, “I just do me and I make sure I always challenge and reinvent myself. I also constantly evolve so people would not get bored.

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“If one does not reinvent oneself, people will find one predictable.”

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BBN Alumni Lie Too Much! It’s Getting Quite Toxic – Venita Akpofure

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BBNaija star, Venita Akpofure, has said that some of the ex-housemates lie too much and this is getting quite toxic.

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Without mentioning names, Venita wrote;

”BBN alumni Lie toooooooooo Much! It’s getting quite toxic. The average person will be susceptible to some very unrealistic pressures thanks to social media propaganda and your fairytales.

Disclaimer: Not applicable to ALL”

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Actress Sikiratu Sindodo debunks new child rumour

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Nollywood actress, Tayo Odueke, also known as Sikiratu Sindodo, has debunked rumours about her welcoming a child.

The actress took to her Instagram page to address the rumour because she has been getting congratulatory messages and of course families attacking her for keeping her good news from them.

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Sikiratu said it’s not true and the account that posted it is a fake account. She said she was never pregnant recently so the news is utterly false.

According to her, a fake account with the name of another actress, Kemi Afolabi, had posted an edited picture of her (Sikiratu) with a baby.

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. also congratulated the actress for her newborn.

She said, “Only on Facebook tori olohun. Even my family members are angry I didn’t tell them I gave birth …….without being pregnant ….I was even given an Arabian baby (omolomo)

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“Disclaimer. After receiving numerous calls since 3days ago, I had no choice than to come out …I am in no way connected to this cute baby.”

 

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