Organization to partner with Media on anti-corruption reportage

Salihu Ali, Abuja

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A Non-Governmental Organization in Nigeria, known as the Centre for Media Policy and Accountability (CMPA) is to work with the media to ensure a harmonised way of reporting corruption and Anti-corruption performance in the country.

This will go a long way in enhancing better Anti-corruption reporting in the country.

The Executive Director of CMPA and Project Manager Dr Suleiman Suleiman made this known in Abuja while interacting with Journalists reporting Anti-corruption activities in the country.

While advocating for a harmonized reporting template to address disparities in reporting anti-corruption cases, Dr Suleiman stressed the need for greater synergy between the media and Anti-corruption civil society organizations. Nigeria.

“We want to find a harmonize and standardised way of knowing how much Anti-corruption work is going on in Nigeria.” Dr. Suleiman said.

He urged Anti-corruption reporters in Nigeria to support the implementation of the Nigeria Anti-Corruption Performance Public Reporting (NAPPR) project.

Dr. Suleiman said that the Centre for Media, Policy and Accountability (CMPA) is also partnering with CLEEN Foundation in implementing the Nigeria Anti-Corruption Performance Public Reporting (NAPPR) project funded by MacArthur Foundation.

He added that the two organisations also agreed to work on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) in Nigeria.

The Centre for Media Policy and Accountability (CMPA) focuses on anti-corruption, research, public policy analysis, transparency and accountability to strengthen social, economic and democratic governance in Nigeria.

Money Laundering

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned one Saadatu Ramallan Yaro before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on separate charges of money laundering to the tune of over N140billion.

In the first charge, a 25-count charge, the defendant is accused of failing in her duty as director of Tsami Babi Resources Limited, a Designated Non-financial Business, to make submissions of activities of the company that enabled financial transactions into the company’s account with a new generation bank to the tune of over N100billion to the Ministry of Commerce.

In the second 12-count charge, Ramallan-Yaro is charged alongside M.A.Y Fine Fragrance Limited, a Designated Non-financial Institution for money laundering to the tune of N40 billion Naira.

The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges when they were read to her.

Prosecution counsel Faruk Abdullah, prayed the court to set a date for the prosecution to open its case against the defendant.

However, the defence counsel, J.B Daudu, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail.

Justice Egwuatu granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100m with two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties must be a public servant and the other a relation.

The defendant is to further deposit her international passport with the court.

The judge adjourned till July 12 and 13, 2023 for the commencement of trial.

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