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SCANDAL: ICPC Exposes N400bn Budget Padding, N50bn Ghost Workers’ Salaries

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SCANDAL: ICPC Exposes N400bn Budget Padding, N50bn Ghost Workers’ Salaries

SCANDAL: ICPC has exposed N400bn Budget Padding, N50bn Ghost Workers’ Salaries.

News ToGo learned that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission on Thursday said the 2021 and 2022 budgets were padded with duplicated projects worth N400bn by ministries, departments and agencies.

It also said N49.9bn was earmarked as salaries for ghost workers in the first half of 2022.

ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, stated this during an interactive session with the Senate Committee on Finance in preparation for the 2023 budget at the National Assembly, Abuja, Daily Trust reports.

Although he did not name the agencies involved, he said duplicated projects worth N300bn were inserted into the 2021 budget; and N100bn projects in the 2022 budget.

Owasanoye said ICPC’s thorough scrutiny of approved budgets for various MDAs saved the government from wasting billions of naira on fictitious projects.

He said: “N300bn would have been wasted by the federal government on duplicated projects inserted into the 2021 budget and N100bn for same purpose in the current fiscal year if not tracked and intercepted by ICPC.

“The same pre-emptive move saved the country from spending N49.9bn for salaries of ghost workers put on fictitious pay roll by the fraudulent MDAs between January and June this year.

“Names of MDAs involved in project duplications running into intercepted billions of Naira and fictitious pay rolls are available and will be forwarded to the committee .

“The good thing about the pre-emptive moves made by us is that monies for the fraudulent acts were prevented from being released to the affected MDAs and it’s gratifying that the Finance Ministry and Accountant General Office cooperated with us,” he said.

He urged the relevant committees of the National Assembly to watch out for such projects duplication in the proposed N19.76trn 2023 budget.

“From our own end, detection of such projects is done by verifying their locations and names, upon which we tell the appropriate authorities not to release wrongly budgeted monies to them,” he added.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, said the operational cost of the ICPC would be increased from N1.8bn in the coming 2023 budget.

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JUST IN: TB Joshua’s Emmanuel TV Channel Removed

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JUST IN: TB Joshua's Emmanuel TV Channel Removed

YouTube has removed the primary channel associated with the late founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua—Emmanuel TV.

News ToGo reports that the channel, which broadcasts the religious activities of the church, was taken down following allegations against the late preacher. This action comes after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired controversial documentary reports about allegations of torture and rape linked to TB Joshua.

The termination of Emmanuel TV’s channel on YouTube is a response to the platform’s policies against hate speech, cyberbullying, and harassment, particularly targeting survivors of sexual violence. The move follows openDemocracy’s report on more than 50 abusive videos amplifying attacks against Joshua’s accusers.

The documentary by BBC World Service, in collaboration with openDemocracy, featured whistleblowers who made on-the-record allegations of sexual and psychological torture, financial fraud, and criminal negligence by Joshua. In a disturbing backlash, YouTube accounts promoting SCOAN shared archival video footage depicting experiences of these abuse survivors, leading to the termination of Emmanuel TV’s channel.

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Wife Runs For Her Life After Discovering Her Husband Plans To Use Her For Ritual (VIDEO)

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Wife Runs For Her Life After Discovering Her Husband Plans To Use Her For Ritual (VIDEO)

A Nigerian woman has detailed the reasons behind her decision to end her marriage shortly before their third wedding anniversary.

News ToGo gathered that in a TikTok video, she revealed that she severed ties with her husband to save her life after uncovering his involvement in alleged ritualistic activities. She also disclosed that her husband was intending to use her for money rituals.

The woman, who smashed a mug she had crafted for their anniversary in the video, claimed that their daughter was substituted in her stead for the purported money ritual.

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Moment Lagos Govt Officials Stormed Market, Ignored Pleading Women and Seized Their Goods (Video)

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Moment Lagos Govt Officials Stormed Market, Ignored Pleading Women and Seized Their Goods (Video)

On Friday, January 5, the Lagos state government carried out the confiscation of goods displayed by traders along the highway.

News ToGo reports that a video circulated online captured the traders pleading for leniency as their merchandise was being seized.

Sharing the video on social media, the state Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, emphasized the need for enforcement without sentiment. He highlighted previous warnings to traders against displaying or selling items on walkways, setbacks, or main roads, as such practices deface the city and pose safety concerns for the public.

Wahab stated, ”We cannot be emotional about enforcement. We have severally warned that traders should desist from displaying or selling things on the walkway, setbacks, or main road. It defaces the city and majorly for people’s safety.

Early Friday, Special operatives of KAI/LAGESC again dislodged street traders operating on Agege Motor road, Old Secretariat GRA Ikeja, Awolowo way, Alausa Secretariat, Agidingbi Jakande road inward LTV 8, Ojodu Berger, Fagba road.”

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