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Senate Confirms Aisha Dahir-Umar’s Appointment As PenCom Boss

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Senate Confirms Aisha Dahir-Umar's Appointment As PenCom Boss

The Nigerian Senate has finally confirmed the appointment of Aisha Dahir-Umar as the substantive Director-General (DG) of the National Pension Commission Board (PenCom). This is in spite of the protest from some lawmakers at the red chamber.

After President Muhammadu Buhari’s request was read by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, the Senate minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, argued that the nomination was in breach of the law setting up the commission and of the federal character principle.

According to Abaribe, section 20(1), section 21(1), and (2) of the PENCOM Act stipulate that a DG must be appointed from the same zone as the past DG to complete an outstanding tenure.

The former director-general is from the south-east.

But Lawan said any petition against the nomination of Dahir-Umar, who is from Adamawa, should be sent to the committee in charge of screening the nominee.

On the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday, Mpigi Barinada, vice-chairman of the establishment committee, said Abaribe’s submission is not applicable in the situation because the former board was dissolved.

“It is not an intermittent vacancy but a new governing board after the dissolution of the former board,” Barinada said.

Also speaking on the appointment, Lawan added that there was no basis for the minority leader’s argument.

“The entire life of the board has finished,” the senate president said.

“But there is no basis for this argument because it will fall flat on its face.”

Until her confirmation, Dahir-Umar, from the North-East geopolitical zone, held the position in an acting capacity.

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e-Naira: CBN Alerts Public Of Fraudsters On Social Media

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e-Naira: CBN Alerts Public Of Fraudsters On Social Media

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised Nigerians to be wary of fraudsters who have been posting fraudulent messages relating to the e-Naira launched recently.

Mr. Osita Nwanisobi, Director, Corporate Communications, said in a statement posted on the bank’s website on Wednesday, that the bank was not disbursing e-Naira currency to citizens as claimed by the fraudsters.

“Following the formal launch of the eNaira on Monday, Oct. 25, the attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to criminal and illegal activities of some individuals and a fraudulent Twitter handle, @enaira_cbdc purported to belong to the Bank.

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The impostor handle and fraudulent persons have been posting messages related to the e-Naira with the intent of wooing unsuspecting Nigerians with claims that the Central Bank of Nigeria, among other falsities, is disbursing the sum of 50 Billion e-Naira currency.

“These impostors are bent on defrauding innocent and unsuspecting members of the public through the links attached to their messages for application to obtain eNaira wallets and become beneficiaries of the said 50 billion e-Naira currency.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Central of Nigeria is not the owner of that Twitter handle (@enaira_cbdc) and indeed suspended its presence on Twitter following the Federal Government’s ban. In effect, the Bank is not disbursing e-Naira currency to citizens,’’ Nwanisobi said.

He urged Nigerians to always endeavor to seek clarifications on information about the eNaira either by visiting the e-Naira website: www.enaira.gov.ng or calling the e-Naira contact center on 080069362472 or visiting any CBN Branch nearest to them.

He also advised anyone seeking clarity to visit the digital currency’s current official social media handles: www.facebook.com/myenaira; www.instagram.com/myenaira and www.youtube.com/myenaira.

Nwanisobi urged that suspicious activity by members of the public should be reported to the CBN using helpdesk@enaira.gov.ng or to relevant law enforcement agencies. 

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Corrupt Immigration Officers Removed After Comptroller’s Investigation

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Corrupt Immigration Officers Removed After Comptroller’s Investigation

Following an undercover investigation by Isa Jere Idris, the acting Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), which uncovered corrupt practises, some officials of the service have been removed from their respective offices.

As reported on Newsrand, Idris ordered the arrest of some NIS corrupt officials after he disguised as a passport applicant on Monday, October 18, 2021.

In a follow-up to the undercover investigation, some officers were removed from their offices, leading to a shakeup in the service.

Amongst those affected was the passport control officer at the Ikoyi passport office under the Lagos State Command of the NIS, Ibrahim Liman, a deputy comptroller of immigration.

Liman’s counterparts at the Ikeja and FESTAC Town passport offices of the NIS, N.J Dashe and Adeola Adesokan respectively, have also been removed from their offices.

While Liman and Adesokan have been transferred to the service headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Dashe has been transferred to the zone ‘A’ command of the service which covers both Ogun and Lagos states.

A deputy comptroller of immigration service, Abolupe Oladoyin Bewaji, has been appointed as Liman’s replacement while Dashe and Adesokan were replaced by R.L Bukar and S. Umar, both of whom are also deputy comptrollers of immigration.

The new posting is contained in an internal memo.

The memo, signed by the deputy comptroller general of NIS in charge of human resources, A.B Yarima, noted that the new posting is with immediate effect.

“I am directed to convey approval for the following posting with immediate effect,” the memo reads in part, listing eight officers concerned.

Also affected in the new reshuffle include A.I Bambale, who has been moved from zone ‘A’ command to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Bambale, a comptroller of immigration service, was replaced by Sunday James, who was moved from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to zone ‘A’ in Lagos.

James is the immediate past spokesperson for the service who was replaced in June by an assistant comptroller of immigration, Amos Okpu.

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