We finally expose the 2015 NASS Appropriation Bill. Check how billions of Naira are siphoned off in your name!

We published this informant/eye witness report on 19/10/2015:

“Sir, every lawmaker is given at least N500 million for Constituency and Senatorial projects, and some principal officers are given over N1 billion. Most of them don’t do anything. And for those that are captured in the appropriation act (This is the act that permits money to be paid to Senators and Reps for local development), they personalize the things they do and over flaunt the monies paid to them.

It is either that the government stops giving money for constituency projects and channel it directly to the people or cancel the appropriation act. I don’t see the sense in giving a lawmaker N1 billion and he spends only N20 million for a constituency project that is not worth just N5 million, which would not impact positively on the lives of the citizens of his constituency.

Sir, please I would like it if this information reaches everybody in Nigeria, so that they start to hold these lawmakers responsible.”

Download the 2015 NASS Appropriation Bill here: 2015 Appropriation Bill
May God ave Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen!

Dr. Idris Ahmed.
CUPS.
30/10/2015.

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Exposed! – How Ex-Governor Isa Yuguda and his accomplices siphoned off billions of Naira from Bauchi state coffers!

On 28/8/2015, we published an introductory synopsis titled “How Isa Yuguda cleared the coffers of Bauch state government.” We then promised to publish the full story at a later date. Three months down the line, having completed our thorough investigation over the matter, we are now in a position to share the 10 pages document with fellow Nigerians. This document was prepared for the former President Goodluck Jonathan. It proves the point that there is no honour among thieves. The document can be downloaded here: Isa Yuguda Financial Crimes

This case of grandeur theft running into billions of Naira, as committed by Isa Yuguda and his cronies demonstrates the calamitous level of moral and spiritual bankruptcy that is prevalent among the Nigerian ruling elite. Billions of Naira belonging to the masses of Bauchi state was systematically siphoned off with the connivance of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), the Accountant General, Special Adviser to the governor on projects, Memebers of the Bauchi state House of Assembly, and commercial bank managers.

This authentic document shows in details how Isa Yuguda audaciously took fraudulent loans to the tune of N14 billion from FIN bank [Bauchi State Branch], approved N2.5 billion refurbishment of college of Islamic studies Bauchi, approved N1.1billion refurbishment of Sa’ad Zungur Primary School Bauchi, and secretly stashed away N6oo million in a FIN Bank account under the name Excalibre, which a private company owned by Isa Yuguda himself.

It is a pity how Governor Isa Yuguda treated Bauchi state treasury as his personal bank account, and the state’s assets as his personal property. It can be recalled that the present Bauchi state government constituted a committee, to recover stolen assets from the leaders of Yuguda’s administration. The committee recovered 22 vehicles from Yuguda’s wives, and Embraer 145 aircraft hidden away in Morocco, worth N4.12 billion, among others.

Having had the privilege to review the case files of Bukola Saraki, Isa Yuguda and many former Nigerian state governors, the trend we discovered is shocking. For the first time ever, we at CUPS have started contemplating whether to start agitating for life imprisonment as punishment for the type of grandeur financial crimes committed by our corrupt leaders.

Beyond any doubt, these high level philandering of state resources are considered war crimes, according to international law. It is heartbreaking to see one individual stealing billions that he and his entire clan may never be able to spend for the rest of their lives. Meanwhile we the masses are left to languish in misery, insecurity, abject poverty, illiteracy, and disease. This situation is no longer sustainable in the new Nigeria that we have fought for. We must find a sustainable solution.

Ministerial nominee, Barrister John Ocholi (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), attested during his recent ministerial screening at the Senate that the Nigerian Criminal Justice System is broken down and does not work. Due to manifest corruption by the prosecutors, judges, lawyers, and even the prison service, there is no deterrent in the system to discourage the kind of lunacy we see in our corrupt leaders when they lay their hands on state resources.

Whatever solution that we as a nation finally conceive for dealing with cases of grandeur theft, it has to be a holistic one. The creation of special courts made of distinguished judges to try financial criminals is a welcomed development from his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. The suggestion by Barrister John Ocholi, to modify our education curriculum to incorporate patriotism and citizenship, right from nursery school all the way to university level, is a credible idea worth considering.

May God save Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen.

Dr. Idris Ahmed.
Twitter: CUPS_Nigeria
24/10/2015.

The time is right to play the diplomatic card to shut down Radio Biafra – An Open Letter to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Your Excellency,

As you might have been briefed by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the State Security Service (SSS), and the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), to the effect that Radio Biafra operating under the aegis of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a terrorist organisation, whose sole aim is to cause civil disorder and the eventual disintegration of Nigeria, we write you on this matter of grave national importance.

Your Excellency, it is rather unfortunate and regrettable that some fellow Nigerians are so disenfranchised, such that their capacity for common sense reasoning seems to have gone obsolete. Otherwise, how does one explain this bizarre phenomenon whereby a criminal with zero ideology and twisted morals, like the proprietor of Radio Biafra, can have a following of any description in Nigeria?

Today, Radio Biafra broadcasts lies, abuse, and hatred, with a view to causing civil unrest and eventual destruction of Nigeria. Cursing Nigerian leaders, calling Nigeria a “Zoo” and Nigerians as “Animals” is nothing but provocation and grandeur treachery. The attempts so far made by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to jam the treacherous Radio Biafra has not been successful. In any case, we are of the view that jamming the pirate station is like taking medicine to cure the symptoms of an illness, rather than curing the root cause of the illness itself.

The British Police and MI5 cannot deny knowledge of the threats posed to the corporate existence of Nigeria by this pirate radio station and its criminal proprietors. We have already witnessed senseless demonstrations and riots in certain states in the South South and South East. We have also heard how enemies of the Nigerian state, who brought us misery, death, and destruction over the last sixteen years are already taking advantage of this volatile situation to cause even more confusion among the population.

Your Excellency, we at CUPS contend that it is better to deal with this matter decisively while it is in infancy, before things get out of order. We strongly believe that following diplomatic channels to shut down Radio Biafra is the most effective solution under the current circumstances.

To this end, it is our humble opinion, your Excellency, that you summon the British High Commissioner in Abuja to make Nigeria’s stand clear on the matter. Nigeria’s stand on IPOB and Biafra is no different to Britain’s stand on dealing with the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and its stand on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom.

Your Excellency, Nigeria is a major diplomatic and trading partner with Britain. This strategic relationship can be brought to bear, in order to bring this matter to an amicable conclusion.

May God Save Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen.

Dr. Idris Ahmed.
Twitter: CUPS_Nigeria
21/10/2015.

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Code of Conduct Bureau’s Investigative Report that nailed Bukola Saraki!

Report by PREMIUM TIMES.
Published on 21/10/2015.

A verification report prepared by the Code of Conduct Bureau in July 2006 is key to the ongoing prosecution of the President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, for corruption and false declaration of assets, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today.
The report, which was a product of a detailed verification of the assets he declared when he assumed duties as governor of Kwara State in 2003, specifically accused him of giving the Bureau false information on the status of some of his properties in Lagos and Abuja.

The verification was carried out on July 19, 2006, by a team headed by Ikechi Iwuagwu, then a deputy director at the CCB, and comprising Garba Adamu of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Geraldine Longtsen of the State Security Service. The team was, at the time, mandated to verify Mr. Saraki assets as listed in his Form CCB 1. The team also verified the assets declared by a former governor of Lagos State and a leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

The Investigative Report:

According to the CCB Investigative Report, obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Saraki’s properties verified by the team were those on Plot 212 Musa Yar’adua, Victoria Island, Lagos; Plot of land at Lekki Phase 1 in Block 72; Plot of land at Ibatun near Ajah, Lagos; No. 42 Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; No. 19 Ruxton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; No. 62 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi; No. 15A & B MacDonald, Ikoyi and No. 6 Volga Street, Maitama A6, Abuja.

This newspaper had exclusively reported that the senate president, on September 6, 2003, put the total value of the eight properties, which he acquired between December 1991 and March 2000, at N2.3 billion.
According to him, the property on Musa Yar’Adua Street, Victoria Island, owned by his company, BAS Trading, was valued at N700 million while the plot of land in Lekki, he acquired in his name in February 1992, was valued at N7 million.

Similarly, the plot in Ajah he got in November 1992 had a value rate of N5 million; the property at 42 Gerrard Road, Ikoyi owned by Skyview Properties Ltd was valued at N750 million property; the one at 19 Ruxton road, Ikoyi, owned by Skyview Properties Ltd was valued at N500 million; the property at 62 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi also owned by Skyview was valued at N100 million; while Carlisle Properties Ltd, one of his company owned the property at No 15A & 15B McDonald Road, Ikoyi worth N160 million.

The property in Maitama District in Abuja was N160 million.
Mr. Saraki also declared the rental incomes of five of the properties.
However, the team, in the report, said it could not locate the two plots of land Mr. Saraki mentioned in his assets declaration form because he did not supply the particulars. “The team tried to locate the two plots of land mentioned in the Assets Form of the Governor without success as the basic particulars were not supplied,” the report said.

On the property on Plot 212 Musa Yar’Adua Street, Victoria Island, the report said it was a five-storey building complex with additional one storey adjacent to the main complex and that the cost posted by Mr. Saraki on the property was N500 million. “Our view is that this is certainly overvalued at that cost. The property is properly fenced with high walls for purely residential purpose and managed by Carlisle Properties Ltd,” it said.

On the property at No. 42 Gerald Road, Ikoyi, the team reported, “The property was verified; however our findings show that it is a new two story building still under construction. “We also confirmed through interview that by the year 2003 it was a vacant land, development commenced just about 2 – 3 years ago. It is an uncompleted building with a low unpainted fence. “The irony here is that the declarant claimed that he earns N110 million as annual rent on this property. Certainly this is false declaration and the property was valued at N750 million. “To say the least, this is a clear case of anticipatory declaration because at the time of declaration, there was no building in the vacant land talk less of someone making an income of N750m from the property. Thus the declaration here is at best bogus and phony.”

On the property at 19 Ruxton Road, Ikoyi, the team said although Mr. Saraki declared that it was valued at N500m, its verification revealed that the building was a relatively new complex. It further stated that its inquiry revealed that the old building was demolished and a new one built there. It said the property was fenced and was a complex built for residential purpose. It recommended that the “title deed of the property should be demanded from the governor”.

On the property at No. 62 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, the team said it consisted of a three-storey building undergoing renovation.
“It is a very old structure whose value is very far from the N100m claimed by the declarant,” it added.

In its report on the property at No. 15A & 15B MacDonald, Ikoyi, the team said, “While the property at 15A is a big one painted and fenced the other one at 15B is unpainted and lacks character, although it is also fenced. The properties are for residential purposes and we established that the declarant owns them.”

On the property at No. 6 Volta Street, Maitama A6, Abuja, the team said, “This property is a cream and brown coloured duplex with boys’ quarters. At the time of visit there were no obvious sign of occupation. The declarant valued this property which he claims to have acquired in 1996 at N60 million.”

The Senate President in the dock:

Mr. Saraki was docked by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on a 13-count charge on September 18 for alleged corruption and false declaration of assets. He was specifically accused of deliberately manipulating the asset declaration form he submitted prior to his assumption of his current position as senate president. He pleaded not guilty to the charges even as he subtly attributed his predicament to his emergence as senate president on June 9 against the wishes of his party, the All Progressives Congress. Mr. Saraki returns to the CCT Wednesday (today) as the Tribunal has fixed October 21, 22 and 23 for hearing.

CUPS Remarks: With this compelling evidence against him, it is no surprise that Bukola Saraki showed up at the Code of Conduct Tribunal with an entourage of 80 Senators. This shameless celebration of corruption and show of camaraderie is nothing but brinkmanship that amounts to nothing.

Nigerian masses refuse to be intimidated. We are now wiser than we have ever been in our history. We now know that we have the constructional powers to recall erring and corrupt Senators like Bukola Saraki and the rest of his Mafia cabal in the Senate. If you have not done it, please join us at the “Democracy in Action” Facebook page for the latest news on recalling Senators and good governance. We are also on Twitter: CUPS_Nigeria.

May God save Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen.

Dr. Idris Ahmed.
Twitter: CUPS_Nigeria.
21/10/2015.

Download NASS Recall Signatures Document now!

We at CUPS are happy to inform our teaming supporters/followers that, a standard template for recalling Senators/House of Representatives has been designed. Please download the document here: NASS Recall Signatures

We’re therefore calling on all Nigerians at home and in diaspora to join us at CUPS to strengthening our democracy by bringing democratic dividends to the common man walking down the street.

We have no other country to call our country than Nigeria, so together we shall remain to salvage it from tyrants and tyrannical governance. Join us at the “Democracy in Action” Facebook page for more information.

God bless Nigeria.
 
Jibrilla Madu Gadzama
CUPS
11/10/2015

Learn about screening Ministers, according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic.

Following the dubious suggestion by Senator Dino Melaye that at least two Senators from the state of origin of a ministerial nominee must endorse the nominee to pass the ministerial screening, we decided to do a research on the matter. We found four pertinent provisions in the constitution and one Senate Standing Rule relating to appointment and screening of ministers. None of these laws referred to the compulsory endorsement of a nominee by at least two Senators from the nominee’s state of origin. Our investigation focused on sections 147(1-3, 6) of the constitution, and section 120 of the Senate Standing Rules. For ease of readership, we have endeavoured to explain these laws into three parts as discussed below:

Part 1: Section 147 of the Constitution:

(1) “There shall be such offices of Ministers of the Government of the Federation as may be established by the President.”

(2) “Any appointment to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President.”

(3) “Any appointment under subsection (2) of this section by the President shall be in conformity with the provisions of section 14(3) of this Constitution:-

Provided that in giving effect to the provisions aforesaid the President shall appoint at least one Minister from each State, who shall be an indigene of such State.”

(6) “An appointment to any of the offices aforesaid shall be deemed to have been made where no return has been received from the Senate within twenty-one working days of the receipt of nomination by the Senate.”

Part 2: The Senate Standing Rules:

Section 120: “That the Senate shall not consider the nomination of any person, who has held any public office as contained in Part 2 of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution prior to his nomination unless there is a written evidence that he has declared his assets and liabilities as required by Section 11(1) of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; such declaration shall be required for scrutiny by the senators.”

Part 3: Explaining the legal jargon:

Section 147(1) is the relevant section of the Nigerian constitution that empowers the President to appoint ministers in the first instance. Section 147(2) stipulates that the President’s nominees as ministers shall be confirmed by the Senate. Section 147(3) stipulates that the President should appoint at least one minister from each of the 36 states of the federation. Even though Section 147(3) empowers the Senate to confirm the President’s nominations, section 147(6) empowers the President to ratify the nominees if the Senate fails to confirm them after 21 days of submission of their names to the Senate.

The constitution has clearly favoured the President over the Senate in this matter. This explains why the Bukola Saraki cabal in the Senate has been restless, and misleading the public about an illegal compulsory endorsement of a nominee by two Senators of the nominee’s state of origin. Note that when Dino Melaye addressed the press regarding this issue on Thursday (29/9/2015), he explained sections 147(1-3). However, section 147(6) was conspicuously missing from his explanation.

Despite the fact that the Senate President himself is at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for grandeur theft, money laundering and failure to declare his assets, which makes him hardly a role model for the ministers, for the sake of transparency, integrity and accountability of the screening process, we the masses strongly endorse a strict enforcement of section 120 of the Senate Standing Rules eluded to above.

We however reject the preposterous suggestion that the nominees must be endorsed by at least two Senators from their state of origin. We contend that imposing this bogus condition under the current political climate will simply introduce avenues for bribery, corruption, and unnecessary delay ratifying the ministers.

We at CUPS believe that it is possible to reclaim Nigeria from tyrants and tyranny through democratic means. This is why we created the “Democracy in Action” Facebook page. If you have not yet done so, please join us at to learn more about using democratic tools to fight tyranny and enhance good governance in our country. You will also learn the latest progress made on recalling treacherous Senators like Bala Ibn Na’Allah, who recently went on rampage unlawfully arresting his electorate, to stop them signing his recall petition.

May God save Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen.

Dr. Idris Ahmed.
CUPS.
10/10/2015.

Important information for recalling Senators and Reps! – Must read and share!

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We at CUPS have been inundated by Nigerians from all parts of the country, who want to recall their Senators and Reps. We are privileged and honoured to be the pioneers of this democratic movement of making our Senators and Reps not only accountable for their actions, but also making them show respect to us the electorate masses, who put them in the office in the first place.

We have posted at the “Democracy in Action” Facebook page the legal/constitutional process of recalling Senators and Reps. It is important that our people at grassroots level read this document. It is also important that they organise themselves into lawful bodies before they embark on this struggle. This is partly because these Senators and Reps who are targeted for recall are likely going to fight back. When they do, it helps that they discover they are up against a well organised grassroots democratic process.

To this end, we suggest the following points/steps, which are immensely useful for efficient management of your recall process and also for transparency:

1. Before you initiate a recall process on any Senator or member of Reps, make sure that you have in place a representative Civil Society Organisation (CSO), whose activities among others include espousing for good governance. If you don’t have such organisation, you need to create one ASAP. You don’t have to come all the way to Abuja to do this. You can register your CSO at the Corporate Affairs Commission office in your state capital. The last time we did this for CUPS in Kano, the fee was just N7,000, and it was done for us there and then.

2. You need to open a bank account in the name of your CSO. This is very important. Try opening the account with one of these modern banks that have online banking facilities. This allows for ease of access, management, transparency, and accountability. Every recall process will eventually need money for paying the lawyers and other errands. If you cannot raise this money locally, we at CUPS are happy to make an appeal on your behalf. However, we cannot help you unless you are properly registered and have a bank account in your organisation’s name.

3. Using your organisation as a platform, conduct several consultation meetings with community leaders and stakeholders. Organise brainstorming sessions to decide whether it is really necessary to recall your Senator or Rep. Allow the knowledgeable folks among you to take the lead and manage your affairs. You must not allow personal grudges, envy, and score-settling to be the deciding factor in your decision making process. You cannot fight tyranny with tyranny. Your community’s best interest must be the final deciding factor.

4. Don’t just start collecting signatures without formally informing the targeted Senator or Rep as to why you think they should be recalled. Clearly outline the offences you think they committed in your complaint letter. Give them at least two weeks to respond. Send a copy to INEC and CUPS. We are happy to screen your complaint letter and advise you accordingly. It might be the case that your Senator or Rep may not need a recall at all. It is important for your struggle to be seen by all as transparent, fair, and just. You risk being accused of witch-hunting if you miss this step.

5. Make sure that you know the correct format of how to collect the voters’ signatures for the recall. You are required by law to collect the full names, addresses, signatures, PVC numbers or Codes of the signatories. This must be verified by INEC against their master register before it is accepted as valid.

Finally, we wish all those wishing to recall their erring Senators and Reps the very best of luck! For once in our history, the common man is being taught how to use democratic instruments to hold elected officials to account. This is the new Nigeria that we have been yearning for. In few years time from now, even primary school children will be taught in Social Studies how to recall Senators and Reps. Glory be to God. Change is here to stay! Join us at the “Democracy in Action” Facebook page for more updates.

May God save Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen.

Dr. Idris Ahmed.
CUPS.
5/10/2015.