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Court can’t shield you from EFCC’s investigation, judge tells el-Rufai

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been told by the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Binta Nyako that he cannot stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating him.

This came after El-Rufai sought the court’s determination as to whether he adhered to the regulations of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the sale of government houses from 2005 to 2007 while he was the the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He also sought the court’s decision on whether the proceeds of the sale of federal government houses in the FCT between May 2005 – May 2007 were properly accounted for.

Even more, apart from seeking the court’s opinion on whether the sum of N32 billion is missing from the proceeds of the said properties within the time-frame, El-Rufai also asked the court for a declaration that the sale of the houses in Abuja was conducted in accordance with the FEC.

Defendants in the suit filed by the governor include among some others, EFCC, FCT minister, Attorney General of the Federation an the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Responding to the governor’s suit, the anti-graft agency claimed that he is trying to stop them from investigating his alleged fraudulent activities while he was a minister.

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On his part, Justice Nyako held that no court can prevent the EFFC from carrying out its investigative functions.

He said: “No court, including this one, will allow itself to be used to shield anybody from being investigated by the 1st respondent.”

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N50,000, N30,000 To Be Distributed Among 433,000 Nigerians, Businesses By FG

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Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to  President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.

NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.

The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.

Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’

Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.

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He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.

“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’

The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.

At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.

He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.

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