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We recovered N117bn in 8 months – ICPC

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has recovered over N117 billion between January and August 2022.

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The ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the disclosure during the commission’s defense of the 2023 budget proposal before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Anti-Corruption and Appropriation in Abuja on Thursday.

While speaking on the 2022 budget performanc, Owasanoye gave a breakdown of the recoveries to include N1.413 billion and $225,965 in ICPC/TSA recovery account and N1.264 billion cash through tax intervention.

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According to him, other recoveries include plots of land, completed buildings, vehicles, electronics and jewelries valued at N679.13 million, N2.603 billion, N81.1 million, N1.55 million, and N195,500 million, respectively.

The ICPC boss added that the commission restrained N49.9 billion through System Study and Review intervention, N6.435 billion cash through budget tracking, N53.91 billion through ICPC advisory, and N614.2 million in other accounts.

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Apart from the recoveries, the Chairman also highlighted other accomplishments of the commission during the 2022 budget cycle to include the completion of 672 investigations as well as 565 non-petition-led investigations, securing of 15 convictions, and 538 projects tracked under Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking Initiative (CEPTI), among others.

On his part, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Nicholas Shehu, lauded the ICPC Chairman and his board members for providing dynamic and visionary leadership, noting that their leadership style has turned around the fortunes of the commission to a vibrant and viable anti-corruption agency.

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Shehu further enjoined them not to relent but to continue to soar higher

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to release the remnant of the commission’s 2022 budget to enable it to accomplish its target.

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The committee chairman also urged ICPC to develop a whistleblowing mobile app so that Nigerians can take advantage of it to report acts of corruption.

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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