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$12.2M bribe: Former CDB chairman pleads guilty

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A former top banker in China pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally receiving over $12 million after being caught last year in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping campaign against corruption.

Hu Huaibang, former party secretary and chairman of the China Development Bank, had taken advantage of his positions to illegally receive money and goods worth a total of 85.5 million yuan ($12.2 million) between 2009 and 2019, heard a court in northern Chengde city.

The accusations included using his status — and staff in other countries — to help obtain and increase bank credit lines, set up an auto finance company, and assist with job promotions, reported the state-run People’s Daily.

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Hu pleaded guilty at the hearing attended by more than 30 people including national, provincial and municipal people’s congress representatives, the report added.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

More than one million officials have been punished in Xi’s crackdown on corruption, though critics say it has also served as a way for him to purge political rivals.

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Hu had worked his way up China’s financial sector, moving between regulatory positions and state-owned companies before landing the top job at the Bank of Communications.

Hu Huaibang, former chairman of China Development Bank, is currently under probe, according to China’s top anti-graft authority. AFP

In 2013 he became chairman of China Development Bank and held the position until September 2018.

But his connection to fallen Chinese oil tycoon Ye Jianming, chairman of CEFC China Energy, appeared to have landed him in trouble.

In Hu’s roles at the Bank of Communications and the CDB, he allegedly helped CEFC secure billions in credit lines for its overseas deals.


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Uganda bike rider set himself ablaze over bribe

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A 29-year-old motorbike rider in Uganda has died after setting fire to himself inside a police station.

Hussein Walugembe’s bike was seized in the south-western district of Masaka, about 135km (85 miles) from the capital, Kampala, on Monday.

Some riders allege that officers had demanded a $40 (£32) bribe from Walugembe to release his vehicle.

A police spokesman says the entire traffic department is now under investigation for bribery.

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It is also reported that Walugembe had been living in police quarters and been supplying food to the force.

Riding motorbike taxis – or boda bodas as they are known in Uganda – is a common source of income for unemployed young men in countries across Africa.

But in Uganda, they have been banned from carrying passengers as part of efforts to control the spread of coronavirus.

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Boda boda riders are only able to operate between 06:30 and 17:00 local time and can only transport cargo.

According to the police, Mr. Walugembe had lent his motorbike to a friend, who was caught ferrying a passenger on Monday.

Mr. Walugembe reportedly became frustrated with the police after visiting the station several times to demand they release his bike.

On Thursday, he locked himself into a room at the station and set himself alight using petrol concealed in a water bottle.

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Officers at the station ferried water in jerrycans to put out the fire.

An officer who was with him at the time suffered minor injuries and several files and computers were destroyed.

Regional police spokesperson Paul Kangave said an investigation had been launched into the self-immolation and into the conduct of the entire traffic department.

He said the force’s Professional Standards Unit would be looking into allegations that the officers were demanding bribes after vehicles were impounded for flouting lockdown restrictions.


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Man faces trial in Italy over $500m


An Italian judge has ordered a Nigerian businessman, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar to stand trial for alleged international corruption relating to a Nigeria oil graft case involving Eni and Shell, a judicial source and his lawyer said on Wednesday.


Milan prosecutors allege that Abubakar, a reclusive billionaire and chairman of AA Oil, played a central role in one of the oil industry’s biggest scandals in years, handing out more than $500 million in cash to powerful Nigerian government officials.

The money is alleged to come out of the $1.3 billion licence fee paid by Eni and Shell for access to the OPL-245 offshore oilfield located in the southern Niger Delta.


Abubakar’s Italian lawyer, Davide Pozzi, said his client, who lives in Nigeria, denies any wrongdoing in the case.

“Mr Abubakar will clarify his position in the appropriate place,” he said.


The famous house of Aliyu Abubakar in Abuja. he once said he bought the land for N1billion in 2005

Italian prosecutors allege that Eni and Shell bought the oilfield in 2011 knowing that most of the purchase price would be siphoned off to middlemen and local politicians.


Both firms and the managers accused in the Milan court case, including Eni’s current chief executive Claudio Descalzi, have denied any wrongdoing.

Abubakar, an influential Nigerian businessman, was already under investigation but prosecutors were unable to locate him to serve the necessary deeds to put him on trial until he appeared in the case as a witness via a video linkup in February 2019.

The start of his trial has been scheduled for May 14 before a Milan court, Pozzi said. However it is unclear whether he will actually appear.

In the main part of the multi-strand case, prosecutors are due to begin summing up and setting out sentencing requests for Descalzi and other defendants beginning on March 25.


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Report survey says only 30% Nigerians bribe government officials in 2019.

…presented by the Nigerian Government in

A new survey on corruption in Nigeria has revealed that 30 per cent of citizens in the country paid bribes to public officials in 2019.

The report was presented by the Nigerian Government in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Statistician-General, Dr Yemi Kale, of the National Bureau of Statistics, said that out of all Nigerian citizens, who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey, 30 per cent paid a bribe to or were asked to pay a bribe by a public official.

The 2019 survey shows also a notable increase in the overall proportion of Nigerians, who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the survey. Nigeria is ranked one of the world’s most corrupt countries in the world.

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Nigerians react as court dismiss suits to investigate Gov. Ganduje’s bribery video.

Nigerians are reacting to the decision of the Federal High Court in Kano to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a lawyer, Bulama Bukarti, asking the court to order the EFCC to investigate the viral video purportedly showing Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, collecting wads of dollar notes from a road contractor in his state

Journalist Jafaar Jafaar shared series of videos in October 2018 purportedly showing the governor receiving kickbacks from contractors employed by his government.

The court presided over by Justice Egwuatu, dismissed the suit saying it lacked merit. According to the judge, the evidence that must be brought to the court must be cogent and verifiable.

Well, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to react to the news. Many are expressing shock at the decision of the court.

Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video

Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video

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Court sentence two INEC officials to prison.

…Diezani’s bribe

…N362Mn

A Yola High Court, presided over by Justice Nathan Musa, has sentenced two officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to 21 years imprisonment each for receiving N362 million bribe from former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Maduekwe, during 2015 general election.

NobleReporters culled that the convicts, Ibrahim Mohammed and Sahabo Iya-Hamman, were arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside Maduekwe (still on the run), under the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

Delivering judgment yesterday, Justice Musa averred that going by testimonies from 15 witnesses who appeared before the court and the suspects’ responses, it was clear that they were guilty of the offence.

The judge noted that although N362 million was received by the officials, they only shared five per cent of the money to other workers of the commission, leaving the balance unaccounted for.

He said following plea by their counsel, they were sentenced to seven years each on each of the three count charges, adding that the sentence will run concurrently.

The judge also urged Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammad Adamu to liaise with the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to arrest the third respondent (Alison-Maduekwe) so she can face her charges.

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NBS – Nigeria Bribery Rates Annually To N117Mn – UNODC

…likelihood of citizens being approached

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) yesterday, said that an estimated 117 million bribes are paid in Nigeria on a yearly basis.

Healthcare professionals, namely doctors, nurses and midwifes, and public utility officials are the two types of public officials with whom the largest share (31 per cent each) of Nigerians had at least one contact in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey. Police officers came a close third, with 30 per cent. The 2019 corruption survey conducted by NBS and sponsored by UNODC shows a notable increase since 2016, from 52 to 63 per cent, in the overall proportion of Nigerians who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the survey.

This, the survey, said, can be seen as a positive sign for the provision of public services in Nigeria. Most encouragingly, the prevalence of bribery in relation to several types of public officials has decreased significantly since 2016, the report, said.

The greatest change is in relation to police officers, meaning that the share of people who paid a bribe to a police officer out of all those who had at least one contact with a police officer in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey decreased from 46 to 33 per cent.

The prevalence of bribery in relation to prosecutors decreased from 33 to 23 per cent, judges/magistrates from 31 to 20 per cent, customs and immigration officers from 31 to 17 per cent and embassy/consulate officers from 16 to 8 per cent.

“The survey assesses the likelihood of citizens being approached for the payment of bribes as well as the frequency of such requests and actual payments. It provides insights into citizens’ attitudes towards corruption, their readiness to refuse requests for bribes and to report corruption incidents. It also provides data on bribery and nepotism in public sector recruitment as well as the phenomenon of vote buying.

“The survey found that out of all Nigerian citizens who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey, 30 per cent paid a bribe to, or were asked to pay a bribe by, a public official. This means that, although still relatively high, the prevalence of bribery in Nigeria has undergone a statistically significant decrease since 2016, when it stood at 32.3 per cent.

“Although a smaller percentage of Nigerians that had contact with public officials paid bribes, or were asked to pay bribes, in 2019 than in 2016, those who did pay bribes continued to do so quite frequently: in 2019, Nigerian bribe-payers paid an average of six bribes in the 12 months prior to the survey, or one bribe every two months, which is virtually the same as the average of 5.8 bribes paid per bribe-payer in 2019” the Outreach Communications Officer of UNODC, Mr Sylvester Atere, said.

In a remark, the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive of National Bureau of Statistics, Dr Yemi Kale said that this second comprehensive survey on corruption in Nigeria provides the government and the people of Nigeria an opportunity to assess, not only the achievements that have been recorded in the process of tackling corruption, but also the framework for evaluating the impact of related progress. Also, the Country Representative of UNODC, Oliver Stolpe, observed that while the prevalence of administrative, mostly low-value bribery has decreased, the survey suggests that the government’s anti-corruption agenda is yet to affect this type of bribe-seeking behaviour more fundamentally.

“Consequently, greater efforts might be needed to eradicate small scale corruption which continues to have a profound effect on the lives of Nigerians” he said.

Stolpe further expressed his hope that the survey will make an important contribution in the fight against corruption in terms of further enhancing its effectiveness and benefits for the people of Nigeria. The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr Dayo Apata, stressed that to fight corruption more effectively, there is a need to improve understanding of its different manifestations as well as to develop evidence-based anti-corruption policies and measures. “Therefore, surveys like this one and other methodologies become imperative” he noted.

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Ondo police officer who killed truck driver for not giving him N100 bribe accept guilt.

Idowu Omosuyi, the police officer that reportedly shot and killed a truck driver along the Akure-Owo Expressroad, Ondo State has finally surrendered himself to the police authorities.

According to reports, Sergeant Omosuyi showed up at the Ondo Police Command headquarters on Thursday, December 5th barely twenty-four hours after he was declared wanted by the police authorities.

Omosuyi, who is attached to the Federal Highway Patrol, had on Monday, allegedly shot Ado Saleh in the head at a security check point after the latter refused to pay him a bribe. Saleh died on the spot.

The Police Spokesman in Ondo state, Femi Joseph, who confirmed his appearance at the police headquarters said that the police officers would face a disciplinary panel. Joseph explained that the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Udie Adie, had already set up a panel to investigate and also prosecute the erring officer.

“The officer (Sergeant Omoniyi) would now have to face a panel of investigation that was set up by the Commissioner of Police on the case.

“We have repeatedly said that the case would not be swept under the carpet and just as we have assured members of the public that the Nigeria police shall continue to abide by the laws and protect the lives and properties of the people,” he said.

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