The Nigerian government has approved reward of five per cent of the recovered loot to whistleblowers, who provide relevant information leading to recovery of funds stolen from public treasury.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, made this known to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.
She said the approval of a Whistle Blowing policy by the council was aimed at consolidating the ongoing anti-corruption campaign embarked upon by the present administration.
The minister pointed out that the policy would soon be supported by a bill already receiving due attention of the National Assembly.
She added that adequate measures were being put in place to protect the lives and identities of whistleblowers.
“If you whistle-blow in public-spirit and in good faith, you will be protected.
“If you feel that you have been treated badly because of your report, you can file a formal complaint.
“If you have suffered harassment, intimidation or victimisation for sharing your concerns, restitution will be made for any loss suffered”, she stated.
Revelations have emerged about how Justice Juliet May of the Royal Court of Justice, Queens Court 1, London saved former Delta State Governor, James Ononafe Ibori from further incarceration.
It would be recalled that on 27 February 2012 Ibori pleaded guilty to ten counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud at Southwark Crown Court, London. Ibori was accused of stealing US$250 million from the Nigerian public purse.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, Ibori was sentenced to 13 years by Southwark Crown Court for his crimes. Among possessions confiscated were:
- A house in Hampstead, north London, for £2.2m
- A property in Shaftesbury, Dorset, for £311,000
- A £3.2m mansion in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa
- A fleet of armoured Range Rovers valued at £600,000
- A £120,000 Bentley Continental GT
- A Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62 bought for €407,000 cash, that was shipped direct to his mansion in South Africa.
Mr Ibori served out his term in the midnight of Tuesday, 20 December 2016.
A twist was added by the UK Home Office who sought his further incarceration on the ground that his confiscation hearings are still on-going.
A statement by his spokesman, Mr Eluemunor read: “In a curious move, the British Home Office, instead of releasing Ibori on December 20, informed him that he would be detained on the grounds that his confiscation hearing had not been concluded.
“So, in court, Ibori’s lawyers exposed the injustice in the indefinite detention the Home Office had planned for Ibori. They told the Judge that there were no grounds in law under which Ibori could be detained and that his detention for one day by the Home office was unlawful”.
Mr Ibori’s team was led by Ian McDonald, the leading QC on immigration.
Ibori’s spokesman further said that the visibly irritated Judge, who could not understand the Home Secretary’s position, was critical of the move to detain Ibori any further.
“Justice May rejected the Home Secretary’s requests for conditions to be imposed and ordered Ibori’s immediate release,” the statement further read.
Nigeria Police launches portal for automated tinted glass permit, firearms licence, Police character certificate applications
The Nigeria Police Force has launched an electronic platform called the Nigeria Police Force Central Information System (NCIS) through which applications for tinted permit, Police character clearance and firearm license can be done online.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase fdc,NPM while launching the platform stated that “there will be a three months window for the revalidation of the Firearms License and the Tinted Permit. Consequently, with effect from 18th March, 2016, the current Firearms License and Tinted Permit will become invalid and holder may be liable to arrest and prosecution.”
Process of Applying for a permit
Log on to www.npf.gov.ng, click on tinted permit and
1. Fill the Application form on the right to obtain an Application ID.
2. Complete the Application Process by Login in with email provided and the Application ID shown below.
3. Complete the Bio-Data form when logged-in and provide the details of the Vehicle you want to obtain a Tinted Permit for.
4. Take the Print-out to any Police Command, to capture your biometrics and collection of your Tinted Permit Certificate.
5. For more information contact us: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants wishing to apply for the new automated firearm license,tinted permit and Police character clearance must have the National Identification Number (NIM)
See the full remarks of the IGP after the cut.
It is with a sense of strong professional fulfilment and internal joy that I welcome you to this ceremony marking the launch of the Nigeria Police Force Central Information System (NCIS) which warehouses the Automated Tinted Permit, Police Character Clearance and Firearms License Process Units.
2. Until now, Character Certificate, Tinted Glass Permit and Firearms License were processed manually with no central database of applicants or holders. This analogue process was not only cumbersome and fraught with corrupt practices; the integrity of the documents issued were also subjects of forgery.
3. Even more worrisome is the realization that under this analogue system, it has been practically difficult to engage best international practices to vet firearms applicants, monitor the extent of compliance of licensees with extant firearms laws, and address the challenge of firearms proliferation. All these gaps impact negatively on the ability of the Nigeria Police to effectively attain its core Mandate of preventing and detecting crimes, and protecting the lives and property of the citizens.
3. Consequently, in line with my strategic policing plan touching on technology-driven policing practices, the concept to digitalize the process was evolved with intent to addressing these challenges. Indeed today, I feel rewarded that the dream I have nurtured in the past months has come to fruition with the launching of this new system. I am particularly delighted at this launch because it will also optimally utilize the pool of young ICT professionals in the Nigeria Police Force to drive the process. This is even more so that we pride ourselves as one government institution with the highest concentration of ICT professionals.
4. Ladies and Gentlemen, with the clear statement being made today, I indulge on the public to visualize this initiative as one that will propel the entrenchment of global best practices in policing, and one that will advance the capacity of the Nigeria Police to combat crimes. This is because henceforth, the biometric details of any citizen applying for Firearms License, Police Character Certificate, or Tinted Glass Permit will be electronically captured, processed, cross-referenced and digitally stored to support the vetting process.
5. In this regard, with effect from 1st January, 2016 all holders of Tinted Permit will be requested to revalidate them, while with effect from 18th January, 2016, all holders of Firearms License will be requested to also revalidate their License. Similarly, with effect from 1st January, 2016, application for Character Certificates must be processed through the electronic platform of the Nigeria Police Force Central Information System (NCIS). I am to clarify that there will be a three months window for the revalidation of the Firearms License and the Tinted Permit. Consequently, with effect from 18th March, 2016, the current Firearms License and Tinted Permit will become invalid and holder may be liable to arrest and prosecution.
6. It is my expectation that the members of the public will avail themselves of the benefits of the scheme in processing and obtaining requests for tinted permits, Firearms License, and Character Certificates while assisting the Nigeria Police to build a strong database that will help in addressing abuses associated with the analogue process which is being phased out with effect from today.
5. I thank the ICT department and the young professionals therein who have demonstrated exceptional intellectual competence and professional zeal in driving the vision of effectively migrating the Force from the analogue policing pedestal to digital policing heights. I am proud of you and assure you that I will keep motivating, supporting and utilizing you to advance my technology-driven policing initiatives.
6. I thank the Force Management team for sharing this Vision with me and making the required sacrifices needed to make this initiative a reality. I thank you your attention and pray for God’s divine security over our beloved country as we walk with national passion into the New Year
7. As I proceed to commission this landmark Centre, I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
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