A civil society group, the Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI) has called on the Federal Government to restrain the excessive powers of the Chairman, Governing Board of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), Alhaji Ibrahim Gwarzo. This is informed by the fact that CWAI discovered that Alhaji Ibrahim is unilaterally running the institute of government as his private property. In addition, he has appropriated all the tools of governance and administration to himself by administering FIIRO as a Military Administrator (MILAD). He takes no orders, instructions or initiatives from the supervisory ministry – the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
CWAI discovered to its dismay that, Alhaji Ibrahim Gwarzo has changed the signatories to the accounts of FIIRO and keeps on bragging to the ears of anyone that cares to listen, that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha is his godfather and mentor. As such, he can do anything legally or illegally and nothing will happen to him so long as Mustapha remains the SGF. CWAI gathered from reliable sources at FIIRO that Gwarzo has bragged in notable places and in the institute that as long as Boss Mustapha remains the SGF, his (Gwarzo’s) sins at FIIRO are covered and he remains untouchable.
It will be recalled that Dr Chima Igwe, the suspended Acting DG has not been reinstated despite clearance from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, the Independent Corrupt Practices (and Other Related Offences) Commission (ICPC) and other governmental organizations. Though the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology ordered for his reinstatement since May 2020, this directive has not been carried out. This lacuna has given the Chairman unfitted access to the treasury of the institute for unethical contract awards and commissioning. He has wilfully delayed the reinstatement of Dr Igwe as Ag DG of FIIRO in the past few months, due to this delay, a lot of insider dealings have overtaken the foremost institute.
In a press release signed by the Executive Secretary of Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, CWAI wondered what must have kept the governing board of FIIRO from reinstating the Ag. DG after the Ministry had given the directive to the Chairman of the board and after the orchestrated investigation carried out had declared his innocence to all allegations.
While it is public knowledge that the grand standing of Gwarzo is linked to his senatorial ambition in Kano State, trying to show his people he has the muscle to thwart the efforts of the management at FIIRO as a result of his perceived closeness to the SGF.
CWAI insists that Nigerians are aware that it was the office of the SGF that brought about a stop to the arbitrary sacking of the Directors-General of MDAs by Ministers of the Federal Republic through the enactment and description of the extant laws and rules but the same SGF is now seen as aiding and abetting the sins of Alh Ibrahim Gwarzo at FIIRO to the detriment of the institute in particular and Nigerians in general.
CWAI therefore calls on the SGF to reign his power on the FIIRO governing board to stop forthwith all the shenanigans and unethical practices, contract racketeering that are on-going at FIIRO. CWAI is of the view that the friction of the governing council was clear and insisting that “among the many functions listed therein, none empowers the board/council to even oversee the daily running of the affairs of the institute, as being witnessed under the current board headed by Gwarzo.”
CWAI therefore calls on the Presidency, the Minister and Board of Science and Technology to look into this issue dispassionately and thoroughly and call the Alh Ibrahim Gwarzo-led governing board to order and prevail on the cabal at FIIRO to reinstate Dr Chima Igwe as Acting Director-General and stop all the unethical practices going on.
In conclusion, CWAI warns that if this step is further delayed, the organization will be forced to seek redress in the courts of law.
Tailor Defence: Travel To U.S. If You Are Sure , Falana Tells Abba Kyari
Femi Falana, Human rights lawyer has challenged Nigeria’s deputy police commissioner Abba Kyari to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the District Court in the United States if he is not guilty of allegations against him.
Mr Kyari had denied any wrongdoing on Thursday after the news of his embroiling with Nigerian Internet fraudster Ramon Abass known as Hushpuppi, in a multimillion-dollar fraud.
Court documents revealed an order to arrest and detain Mr Kyari after Mr Abbas pleaded guilty to large-scale cyber fraud in the U.S. recently. The documents also exposed how Mr Abbas bribed Mr Kyari to arrest one of his gang members following a dispute presumably over the proceeds of crime. The police officer arrested and detained the gang member.
Claiming no wrongdoing, Mr Kyari, in a statement on Facebook, narrated how Mr Abbas called him two years ago to complain about a person threatening to kill his family.
He said the suspect was released after discovering there was no threat to anyone’s life, “and they are longtime friends who have money issues between them.
“Nobody demanded a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi,” claiming that he only introduced Mr Abbas, who paid N300,000 to his cloth vendor.
“Later, he saw some of my native clothes and caps on my social media page, and he said he likes them, and he was connected to the person selling the clothes, and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account,” added Mr Kyari. “The native clothes and caps (five sets) were brought to our office, and He sent somebody to collect them in our office.”
Reacting to Mr Kyari’s claims, Mr Falana said, “The United States and Nigeria have an extradition treaty which covers the offences allegedly committed by CP Abba Kyari.”
“If the police officer insists on his innocence, he may want to submit himself to the jurisdiction of the district court in the United States. Once the request is received by the federal government, the attorney general will commence extradition proceedings in the federal high court.”
Additional details in the indictment file contained how Mr Kyari left his job as a police officer and travelled to Dubai to enjoy a good time with Mr Abbas, who lived at Palazzo Versace in the Emirati commercial capital.
Banditry: We Are Available to Help, Boris Johnson Tells Buhari
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the UK is available to assist Nigeria in its war against terrorism.
Johnson stated this while holding bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London on Thursday.
President Buhari had earlier reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand.
“We are available to help,” he said.
At the meeting, the two leaders agreed that in a bid to bring the various forms of terrorism to an end, then it is important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.
According to a communique by the President’s special media aide, the two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, the leadership of the Commonwealth going forward, and other matters of mutual interest.
Nigeria’s power needs and efforts which are being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security, were also brought to the table.
IGP Orders Action on FBI’s Allegation Against Abba Kyari
The Inspector-General of Police has ordered a review of the allegations against Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Kyari has been accused of being bribed by suspected billionaire fraudster, Abbas Ramon, also known as Hushpuppi, but he denied the allegation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had also asked Nigerian authorities to track down Kyari over an allegation that the cop received money from Hushpuppi to help jail his associate.
Spokesman of the police, Frank Mba, in a terse statement, made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered an internal review of the allegations.
The statement read, ”Sequel to the receipt of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered an internal review of the allegations.
”The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.
”Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly.”
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