JUST IN Anti-corruption CSOs, constitutional lawyers petition Buhari, demand probe of EFCC under #Bawa
JUST IN Anti-corruption CSOs, constitutional lawyers petition Buhari, demand probe of EFCC under #Bawa
. Allege ‘Bawa’s modus operandi causing serious concerns among Commission’s officials’
. Ask President to direct IGP to effect his immediate arrest
. Uncover EFCC’s plan to sponsor launch of ‘attack organisation’ against perceived enemies
Scores of Anti-corruption Organisations and constitutional lawyers in Nigeria, on Thursday, submitted a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, protesting what they described as brazen disobedience of court orders by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa; alleged reckless politicisation of the Commission under his watch and his continued stay in office, in spite of a court order committing him to prison for contempt.
In a press statement signed by Spokesperson for the over 130 CSOs, including more than 20 Constitutional lawyers, Olufemi Lawson, the activists disclosed that they had also submitted a copy of the petition to the Inspector-General of Police.
This, according to them, is “to intimate the Police authorities that a convict cannot be allowed to be walking freely without being reined in as ordered by the Courts.”
They called on President Buhari to immediately suspend Bawa to restore confidence in the capacity of the commission to truly fight financial crime; direct the IGP to effect his arrest in line with a court order; and commission an enquiry into the workings of the EFCC, its present engagements and happenings within the agency.
The activists said, being anti-corruption crusaders themselves, they could not stand by while the EFCC boss allegedly makes a mess of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, noting specifically that his modus operandi in the Commission was reportedly “causing serious concerns and disgust among the top hierarchy of the Commission.”
In the petition, a copy of which was made available to the press, the activists stated, “It is on the basis of the continued perpetration of illegality in the EFCC, that we promptly alerted the Nation to it, issuing a 7-day ultimatum to the Inspector-General of Police to effect Bawa’s arrest and make him face justice.
“It is worrisome that weeks after we issued this ultimatum, Bawa is still walking free, continuing the perpetration of illegality that has become the identity of the EFCC.”
They listed the alleged unruly activities of the EFCC under Bawa to include “arrests without valid warrants, detention of suspects beyond the duration allowed by the courts, seizure of properties belonging to suspected persons before any such declaration by a court of competent jurisdiction, rascally handling of suspicions of financial crime that appear like witch-hunting, and brazen disobedience of court orders, among others.”
“Aside from the above, the EFCC under Bawa is also quickly becoming a cesspool of internal corruption with several reports of corrupt practices going on within the Commission.
There are allegations of age falsification to remain in office beyond the statutory limit of civil service regulations, involving very senior officers of the commission.
“If a government agency expected to fight crime is found going about its business in a manner that mimics witch-hunt and rascality, while also being unable to deal with corruption going on within its own workforce, we fear that the Nation may slide into some real crisis of confidence in our systems,” the petition said.
The anti-corruption activists also disclosed that they had uncovered plans by the EFCC to sponsor the launch of a faceless organization, led by “discredited activists”, for the purpose of laundering Bawa’s tainted image before the incoming administration takes charge.
“At the said launch of the organization, the plan is to call on the Commission to seek the services of INTERPOL to harass perceived opponents of some political godfathers and other unpatriotic government officials, to whom we believe Bawa defers,” they said.
They recalled that, upon his nomination for the position of the Commission’s chairman in 2021, several groups of Nigerians had opposed the appointment of Bawa, based on what was described as his antecedents.
According to the petition, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), in a letter dated 18th February 2021, had asked the National Assembly to reject Bawa’s nomination as EFCC chair, based on several controversies that characterised his tenure in previous positions in the EFCC, giving the grave implication of such, on the exalted position.
In the light of the aforementioned, the anti-corruption CSOs urged President Buhari to: “Direct the Inspector-General of Police to immediately effect the arrest of Abdulrasheed Bawa in compliance with a subsisting order of the court and make him face the full consequences of his actions, based on court orders that we are sure he is aware of, but has refused to act upon.
“Commission an enquiry into the workings of the EFCC, its present engagements and happenings within the commission.
“Immediately suspend Mr Bawa as head of the Commission to restore confidence in the capacity of the commission to truly fight financial crime and purge itself of bad elements while discharging its job.
“Order an immediate overhaul of the commission and where necessary lobby the National Assembly to amend the EFCC Act to make the structure less prone to high-handedness and make the Chairmen answerable to the laws of the land.”
The ‘Bawa Must Go’ protests, which continued on Tuesday are being led by CACOL Chairman, Debo Adeniran; Executive Director, Zero Graft Centre, Kolawole Sanchez-Jude; Chairman, Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance, Toyin Raheem; Executive Director, Centre for Public Accountability, Olufemi Lawson; Spokesperson for the Transparency and Accountability Group, Ayodeji Ologun; Director, Activists for Good Governance, Declan Ihehaire; and Ahmed Balogun of Media Rights Concern, among over 120 notable leaders of Anti-corruption CSOs.
Barr. Mogbojuri Kayode of the Citizens Rights Advocacy Group (CRAG), is also leading over 20 constitutional lawyers in the protest.
BAWA NOT FIT TO REMAIN EFCC CHAIRMAN
In continuation of our advocacy for the maintenance of the sanctity and inviolability of the rule as related to our nation’s judiciary, we have submitted a petition to the office of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, today, March 16, 2023, in Abuja, to further drive home the point that impunity cannot be allowed to thrive at any level of governance institutions.
A copy of the said petition has also been submitted to the Inspector-General of Police in order to intimate the Police authorities that a convict cannot be allowed to be walking freely without being reined in as ordered by the Courts.
For the umpteenth time, we wish to reemphasize that our primary interest is in protecting our Judiciary from heads of government agencies with anarchist mentality of reckless impunity. Such opprobrious indiscretions have no place in a democracy.
It is in this regard that we appreciate and commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his decisive action on the recently contrived complications vis-a-vis the Supreme Court judgment on the Naira swap policy. Mr. President’s exemplary stand against purveyors of impunity in his government shows him as a true Democrat and an astute statesman.
It is in this same wise that we call on him to ensure that all renegades against the rule of law in his government are firmly reined in, the latest example being the outgoing Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, who seems to be totally oblivious of the workings of governance with regard to separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary while his modus operandi with the Commission is allegedly causing serious concerns and disgust among the top hierarchy of the Commission.
We are not unaware of the targeted sponsored attacks by the Commission against our patriotic interventions, including the planned launching of a faceless organization, led by discredited activists whose stomachs are their God, for the purpose of continuing to launder Bawa’s tainted image. At the said launch of the organization, the plan is to call on the Commission to seek the services of INTERPOL to harass perceived opponents of some political godfathers and other unpatriotic government officials, to whom we believe Bawa defers.
As veteran credible activists, no amount of threats or compromising overtures can dissuade us from the genuine cause that we have embarked on to ensure that our Judiciary is not rubbished by power in the service of political machinations, and to ensure that politics has little or no space in the discharge of EFCC’s duties.
Bisbam CEO, Abisola Bamidele, Bags Owu Chieftaincy Title..Becomes Erelu Borokini Of Owu Kuta
Come Friday, December 1, 2023, His Royal Highness, Oba Hameed Adekunle Oyelude Makama, CON, Tegbosun III, will install Mrs Abisola Bamidele as first Erelu Borokoni of Owu, Kuta.
All roads lead to Kuta, which promises to be a high society event laced with tradition.
To ensure that the chieftaincy ceremony is given a touch of class and panache, Mrs Bamidele fondly called Lady BisBam by her admirers, who have put all the finishing touches to make it a memorable day.
Abisola Bamidele, a visionary and an accomplished female entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born on 4th of July, 1970 in Epe, Lagos.
Lady BisBam, as she’s popularly known, from an early age, her curiosity and determination set her on a path of innovation and social impact. Her advocacy for preservation of culture and tradition had fueled her brand as “Alaga Iyawo” (Traditional Wedding MC) for over thirty years and still counting, she’s known and recognized home and abroad for excellence and her height of exposure even as “Alaga Iyawo”.
She stands as a luminary in her field. She has raised and still building brands (people) in her own capacity.
After records of accomplishment and success as Alaga Iyawo, Abisola Bamidele embarked on her entrepreneurial journey. Well over ten years now, she founded BISBAM GLOBAL VENTURES (BisBam Place), a groundbreaking venture that stands as a testament to her dedication, offering a one stop sanctuary for Aso Oke, Aso Ebi, and resplendent traditional bridal ensembles. Complementing this, her brainchild “Arewa Jewellery Shop” adorns individuals with the finest pieces, celebrating the heritage of Nigerian culture. Her ability to identify market trends and adapt to evolving industries quickly propelled the company to success.
Known for her leadership acumen, Abisola Bamidele served as a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs, especially women in business. She became an advocate and a pioneer of an online Family Building Forum called HOME BUILDERS, which has close to 80,000 members. Driven by a desire to mend fractured families, this thriving community now unites nearly 80,000 members across the world, serving as a testament to its impact on the lives it touches.
Not content with personal success, Lady Bisbam established the “Alaga Academy,” popular called “THE RISING STARS.” This esteemed institution imparts invaluable mentorship and guidance to budding talents, serving on the Board of Trustees and acting as Matron. This organization nurtures emerging talents, fostering a legacy of empowerment, producing over 150 accomplished graduates. These graduates are now well established and are doing exploits in their respective areas.
Her dedication to supporting women facing cancer is a cornerstone of her philanthropic efforts. Through her work with numerous government agencies and not for profit organizations, Lady Bisbam has provided crucial resources, emotional support, and advocacy for women navigating the challenges of cancer.
In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavours and philanthropic initiatives, Lady Bisbam demonstrated a profound commitment to fostering spiritual and communal well-being. Recognizing the importance of faith and community, she dedicated herself to singlehandedly constructed two places of worship, a church and a mosque in two distinct communities. The impact of Abisola Bamidele’s generosity and vision for spiritual spaces transcended the physical structures themselves. Both places of worship became catalysts for community engagement, fostering connections, and promoting a sense of belonging among diverse groups.
Her commitment to constructing places of worship underscored [Entrepreneur’s Name]’s holistic approach to philanthropy, emphasizing the importance of addressing spiritual and communal needs alongside economic and social challenges. Through these endeavours, she left an enduring legacy of compassion, unity, and a deep respect for the diverse fabric of communities she touched.
Her achievements have not gone unnoticed. With over 100+ national and international awards to her name, Lady Bisbam is a true exemplar of excellence. In her leadership roles, be it as Chairperson of the Wonderful Women Foundation Network, or her integral position in Wauve Foundation, Nigeria, she has made significant strides in advancing causes dear to her heart.
As a matron of the Gleam Foundation (The Renewed Tribe Foundation) for the Less Privileged, she has been instrumental in providing support and opportunities for those in need. Her work in this area revolves around providing quality education for less privilege. Her advocacy work with African Women Cancer Awareness USA has been a beacon of hope for many.
In addition to her business achievements, Abisola Bamidele earned recognition for her philanthropic efforts. Awards and honors, such as OUTSTANDING FEMALE ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR 2022 (Nigerian Outstanding Leadership Award Platform), City People Awards – FEMALE ACHIEVERS AWARD 2023 to mention but a few, highlighted her dedication to creating positive change beyond profit margins.
Lady Bisbam’s online presence is nothing short of a digital phenomenon. With over half a million dedicated followers across various social media platforms, her influence resonates far and wide. This vast community is a testament to the depth of connection she cultivates through her work and advocacy. It’s not just a number; it’s a thriving network of individuals inspired by her message and leadership. Through these platforms, Lady Bisbam continues to amplify her mission, reaching hearts and minds with her empowering vision for a stronger, culturally enriched Nigeria.
In Lady Bisbam’s remarkable journey, we witness a fusion of grace, unwavering commitment, and boundless resilience towards her community. Her story is a tapestry woven with threads of cultural preservation, education, and the nurturing of a close-knit community. Lady Bisbam stands as a guiding light of leadership, with a steadfast dedication to uplifting Nigerian women and preserving their cherished heritage.
Father of 11-year-old boy buried alive on the run
Father of 11-year-old boy buried alive on the run—-Mr Oshodi, the father of the 11-year-old boy allegedly buried alive by his stepbrother at Apamsede, in Kogi, is said to be on the run, the newsmen reports.
Newsmen gathered that the shovel and the cutlass allegedly used to perpetrate the dastardly act by the stepbrother were also missing.
Passers-by rescued the 11-year-old on Wednesday after he had been buried by his stepbrother in a bush at the Silo community in Zango Daji, the Adavi Local Government Area of the state.
The 11-year-old boy was alleged to have stolen N1,000 belonging to his stepmother who instructed her son to punish him.
In meting punishment to the 11-year-old, the 17-year-old took his stepbrother into the bush where he allegedly buried him alive.
The Police Public Relation Officer, Kogi Command, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, had told NAN that Oshodi travelled and that the police were waiting for him to return for his own side of the story.
When NAN visited Apamsede community on Saturday, it was revealed that the father of the victim had absconded and that when the incident happened the father of the victim was at home.
The district head of Apamsede, Malam Garba Ahmed told NAN that on the day of the incident, the father of the 11-year-old boy, the stepmother and the stepson were summoned to the palace of the traditional ruler on what led to such act.
“When they came to the chief’s palace, Mr Oshodi, the father of the 11-year-old boy was present at the palace when both the stepson and stepmother gave reasons for their action,” the district Ahmed explained.
“The boy’s father probably ran away when we insisted on inviting the police to handle the matter.
“The stepmother and her son, Goodness, had confessed to committing the dastardly act.
“But the traditional council of our community has decided not to harbour such people in our land.
“Once the stepmother and her son finished facing the wrath of the law, we shall banish them from this land.
“But before we banish them, we will ensure that the family offer a sacrifice to cleanse the land,” he said.
NAN reports that the police team who brought the boy’s stepmother to their house in Apamsede on Saturday morning discovered that the shovel and cutlass allegedly used in burying the teenager were missing.
Although the house was under lock and key, the police team observed that there were some changes in the environment unlike what they saw on Friday during their visit.
“Somebody must have entered this your house. Yesterday, when we came here the house was locked and the window curtain inside wasn’t down as we can see now.
“Some of the things that we met outside here yesterday are no more here. Somebody must have come around here.”
The police who had to break the lock and key to gain entrance into the house when the woman claimed that she had no key to the house, alleged that most of the things inside the house had been taken away.
“Where’s the shovel and cutlass you said were in the house? This is because nothing is here. Somebody must have packed the valuables here,” one of the officers said.
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