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ICPC Arraigns PRODA DG For Alleged Procurement Fraud Of N23.5m

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned the Director-General of Project Development Institute (PRODA) Enugu, Engr. Dr. Charles Agulanna, before Hon. Justice Buba Ibrahim of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, for allegedly committing procurement fraud.

A statement signed by Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, spokesperson, ICPC, and made available to newsmen, said Engr Agulanna is facing a one count-charge boardering on procurement fraud.

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The statement alleged that the defendant committed procurement fraud by awarding a contract for the revaluation of land belonging to PRODA in the sum of N23,500,037.50 to T.O. Thomas & Co sometime in August, 2017 or thereabout, while being the Director General of

The ICPC said the company was not a registered surveyor/valuer and did not submit any memorandum of understanding with any registered surveyor/valuer in its tender bid, saying the offence contravened section 58(4)(b) and punishable under section 58(5) of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

When the charge was read to the defendant, Engr. Dr. Agulanna, he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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The defense counsel, G.D. Joshua Esq, who had earlier submitted a written bail application, prayed the court to grant his client bail, stating that his client was a man of credible personality that would not jump bail.

The ICPC counsel, O.J. Ochigbo did not oppose the bail, but said the court should grant him bail with stringent conditions.

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The Presiding Judge, Justice Buba Ibrahim therefore, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N5m and two reliable sureties in the like sum.

Justice Ibrahim also asked the defendant and his sureties to submit 2 passport photographs each to the court, and thereafter adjourned the matter to the 21st of October 2021 for hearing.

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Inflation: Governors To Meet Buhari Over Economic Woes, Insecurity

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Worried by the economic woes in the country, the 36 governors will on Wednesday, 17th August, 2022, meet at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, to discuss the way forward.

Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the Director, Media and Public Affairs of Nigeria Governors’ Forum Secretariat, in a statement, on Tuesday, declared that the state of the nation’s economy will dominate conversations during the meeting.

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According to the statement, “several governors reasoned that it is high time to tell each other the bare truth by confronting each other on the situation and brainstorming on it.”

Continuing, the statement noted that: “This formed the basis for resorting to an in-person meeting which since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has been relegated by the states’ executives.

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“Two things will feature prominently in the conversation: the economy and security. This will be the first time in the year, contrary to media reports that Governors had collectively advised the president on the weeding of fifty-year-olds from the federal civil service and other spurious suggestions meant to impose further hardship on the people, that governors will collectively meet to consider a total overhaul of the nation’s economy.

“The meeting which, according to the invitation issued by the Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, will commence at 2 pm. It begins with the launch of the Primary Health Care Leadership Challenge Fund, followed by the launch of the World Bank SFTAS charter before the real conversation on the state of the economy begins.

“There will also be such regular updates as the CARES program and the Chairman’s remarks. All governors are warmly welcome.”

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10 Things To Know About Kenya President-elect, Ruto

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The head of Kenya’s election body on Monday declared William Ruto the winner of the country’s close-fought presidential election, despite several commissioners rejecting the results.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 per cent) against 6.94 million (48.85 per cent) for his rival Raila Odinga in the August 9 vote.

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Here are 10 things to know about Ruto:

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1. Born December 21, 1966, in Sambut village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County in the country, Ruto had all his primary, secondary and tertiary education in Kenya. He bagged a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi, graduating in 1990. Ruto proceeded to obtain a Masters degree in Plant ecology, and graduated in 2011, topping it with a Doctorate degree from the University of Nairobi, and graduating on his birthday, December 21, 2018.

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2. Ruto worked as a teacher in the North Rift region of Kenya from 1990 to 1992, where he was also the leader of the local African Inland Church Choir.

3. He began his political career as the treasurer of the YK’92 campaign group that lobbied for the re-election of President Daniel Moi in 1992. He was believed to have learnt about Kenyan politics from there and also accumulated some wealth.

4. Ruto became a Member of Parliament in 1998.

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5. He was made Minister of Home Affairs in 2002 in the country and served for five months.

6. In January 2006, Ruto announced his intention to vie for the presidency in the 2007 Kenyan general election. This was said to have been met with condemnation from some of his colleagues including former President Moi. However, in the formation of the Cabinet in 2008 after the election was won, amid heated political crises, by Mwai Kibaki, Ruto was appointed the Minister for Agriculture.

7. Ruto was was among the people indicted to stand trial at the International Criminal Court for their involvement in Kenya’s 2007/2008 political violence.

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8. Ruto also became the Eldoret North’s Member of Parliament from 2008 to March 4, 2013.

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9. In the 2013 presidential election, Ruto was elected the Deputy President alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta and served till 2022. He served as the acting President of Kenya between October 5 and 8, 2014 while President Kenyatta was away at the Hague.

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10. The 55-year-old is married to Rachel Chebet and they both have seven children. ​

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JUST IN: Ruto Wins Kenya Presidential Election

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The head of Kenya’s election body on Monday declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the country’s close-fought presidential election, despite several commissioners rejecting the results.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) against 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga in the August 9 vote.

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Ruto becomes the fifth president-elect of Kenya.

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