This is contained in a statement on Sunday by the Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju.
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The bank in its engagement with some Civil Society Organizations regarding the planned $800 million loan to the Nigerian Government from the World Bank is subject to the approval of the National Assembly of Nigeria before its disbursement will take effect. HEDA argues that the loan represents an indebtedness trap agenda for Nigeria and condemns the World Bank’s approach to addressing poverty alleviation.
This followed a request from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to withdraw the charge against the HEDA boss.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday and signed by its Executive Director, Daisi Omokungbe.
Recall that on Monday, March 28, 2022, five armed men armed invaded the home of Suraju and carted away belongings such as: car, phones, laptops, jewelry, bank tokens, documents, and other valuables, after disabling security equipment in his house, gaining access to his gadgets, threatening to kill him and physically assaulting him and his wife, both of whom had to be later hospitalized.
In a statement delivered by the chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, the civil group hopes that the progressive provisions contained in the Act would facilitate the conduct of free, fair and credible elections going forward.
HEDA Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju in a letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari and the president of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, ordered Emefiele to yield its call, if he is interested in the contest or disassociate himself publicly from such speculations and stay focus on his job.
The presiding judge Justice Binta Nyanko while ruling Friday on the bail application filed by his lawyer, Muiz Banire SAN, held that Suraju be released to his lawyer on self recognizance and on the order that his lawyer must deposit the cheque of N7million to the court registrar.
When the matter was called, the prosecuting counsel, A.O. Shuaibu told the court that the business of the day was the arraignment.
The firm, identified as Emostrade Engineering Limited, the group alleged in its petition that owing to misappropriation, abandoned the public project unfinished.
In a statement signed by the Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, co-founder of Corner House, Nick Hildyard, and Programme Director of RE: COMMON, Antonio Tricarico, the groups said in order to guarantee confidence in the outcome of the inquiry, a thoroughgoing, independent investigation into the alleged fraud should be set up, hence it’s unwise for one to investigate oneself.
This was disclosed by organisers of the Award, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre).
Former Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke, one of those accused of and charged with fraud in the OPL245 scam, also referred to as Malabu scandal, had petitioned the police, accusing those behind petitions resulting his prosecution for corruption and money laundering of circulating fabricated evidence against him to unduly incriminate him in the multi-million dollars scandal.
The organization noted that the said media report by the Cable was based on a report by the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
The bank in August had announced its technical partner for its Digital Currency Project after what it described as a competitive bidding process.
In a statement signed by its chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, HEDA said the suspension of Magaji was a conscious attempt by the political leadership of the state to muzzle the commission and undermine its independence.
The former FIIRO Acting Director was caught in a web of dirty scam after submitting a Ph.D certificate that was later discovered to be false.
HEDA said certain sections contradict the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Immigration Act and law on Traffic in Human Persons.
In a letter addressed to the President, the world’s leading anti-corruption coalition expressed deep concern that the political interference in the operation of the EFCC and inability of the Nigerian authorities to release the report was partly responsible for the recent drop in Nigeria’s anti-corruption rating by Transparency International.
The request was contained in a petition dated December 7, 2020 to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, a copy of which was sent to President Muhammadu Buhari.