The FG has approached the National Assembly for more powers to freeze and seize stolen public funds and assets. In a letter to the House of Representatives which Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila read at the plenary on Wednesday, President Buhari formally sought the creation of a Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Agency. The letter partly read, “The Proceeds of Crime Bill is essential and critical in building an enduring and sustainable foundation for the fight against corruption, money laundering and illicit movement of stolen funds through the banking system and across the Nigerian borders.” The bill will also improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize, freeze and confiscate stolen assets in Nigeria while observing all related constitutional and human rights laws. Most importantly, according to the President, the agency will ensure that Nigerians can benefit from proceeds of crime by ensuring that once recovery is made, the properties and assets will be secured and that the final forfeitures granted through a court order can be paid into the Confiscated and Forfeited Account to be domiciled in the CBN. Buhari said the funds will be used for development projects approved by the National Assembly under the annual Appropriation Act and also support the work of the law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies.
Agriculture minister, Sabo Nanono, says the FG will ban milk importation by 2022. Nanono made the announcement at an event to commemorate 2020 World Food Day. He explained that the ministry is making deliberate plans to ensure the availability of resources for milk production. “We are planning in this ministry and watch my words, in the next two years we will ban the importation of milk into this country. And ask me why: we have 25 million cows in this country to produce five million litres per day. “The issue is now logistics, which we have started by setting up milk processing plants across the country. I see no reason why we should import milk in the next two years. We should stop the importation of milk”. The agriculture ministry had estimated that Nigeria spends $1.2 – 1.5 billion annually to import milk and other dairy products. In 2019, the CBN restricted foreign exchange for milk and cassava products in a bid to encourage local production.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Police Act 2020 is unconstitutional, saying that it breaches the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. According to Ikechukwu Ani, the spokesperson of the Police Service Commission (PSC), the court ruled that the Police Act 2020 signed into law by President Buhari violates the constitutional mandate that established the PSC. In the ruling, the Court of Appeal nullified the recruitment of 10,000 constables who have already graduated into the Nigerian Police Force. In the ruling, the country’s second-highest court held that paragraph 30 of Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution “which empowers the commission to appoint persons into offices in the Nigeria Police Force except for the Office of the Inspector-General of Police,” has been breached by the act. The PSC said that as contained in the certified copy of the judgement, the Court ruled that ‘no Act of the National Assembly can take away or curtail the power’ of the PSC as stated in the constitution. The PSC and the Inspector General of the Police Force, Muhammad Adamu, have been at loggerheads over the recruitment of 10,000 police constables earlier in 2019. Following the power tussle, Buhari signed the Police Act 2020 earlier in September vesting the power to recruit police constables in the hands of the IGP.
Somalia’s spy agency, the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), says it has seized 79 tonnes of sulphuric acid smuggled into the country for use by al-Shabab militants to make explosives. The agency added that investigations were ongoing and the suspects will be arraigned later in court. It did not reveal when the seizure was made. The announcement comes as Somalia marks the third anniversary of the 14 October 2017 bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed more than 600 people. Al-Shabab did not say it carried out the attack, although it frequently stages attacks in the capital. The UN Security Council had in June warned that al-Shabab was capable of smuggling explosives-making components into the country.