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EXPOSED: How Former Acting Registrar Of NECO, Gana, Siphoned N368m Registration Fees In Six Months

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President Muhammadu Buhari had in May 2018 appointed Gana as Acting Registrar of NECO following the suspension of Charles Uwakwe for various offences bordering on financial impropriety. 

Abubakar Gana

Abubakar Gana

Abubakar Gana, former Acting Registrar of National Examinations Council, is currently enmeshed in a corruption saga involving the misappropriation of about N368,875,000.00 belonging to the examination council, a document seen by SaharaReporters has shown.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in May 2018 appointed Gana as Acting Registrar of NECO following the suspension of Charles Uwakwe for various offences bordering on financial impropriety.

He was reverted to his position as a director in the council following the appointment of Godswill Obioma as substantial Registrar on May 14, 2020.
According to the document seen by SaharaReporters, Gana connived with some senior officials of NECO to divert about N368m generated by the council from the 2018 June/July SSCE registration fees between June and December 2018.

A source said the former Acting Registrar in collaboration with the Director of Finance and Accounts, Jacob Samuel Ekele, and the then Acting Director of Examination Administration, Mustapha K. Abdul, diverted the money from the council’s coffers under the pretence that the amount represented a revenue loss as a result of ‘missing’ 32,500 units of 2018 June/July SSCE registration cards (worth N368,875,000) in NECO office Ibadan, Oyo State. 

SaharaReporters gathered that the trio persuaded the Governing Board into believing that a former Oyo State officer and one director conspired to sell the cards and misappropriated the money.

“The two officers were painfully dismissed from service without a fair hearing and due process. Whereas the fact of the matter, as thoroughly investigated by us show that NECO did not lose a kobo to that incident. That the allegation against the dismissed Officers was completely false and baseless,”
 the source said.

The source said that aside from the sacking of the former Oyo officer alongside a director, Gana also misled President Muhammadu Buhari into heaping the blame for the “missing cards” among other things on Uwakwe, a former Registrar of NECO.

“NECO Office Ibadan was burgled on 18th December 2017 during which 32500 units of 2018 June/July SSCE Registration cards worth N368, 875,000.00 were stolen. At the time of the incident, the then state officer was said to be in Minna on annual vacation, just like every other NECO staff at the time. 

“On getting the information, the state officer called one of his Oyo State office staff to report the incident to the nearest police station in Ibadan on the same 18th December 2017. The state officer also informally informed the affected director and the South-West Zonal Coordinator (all via phone calls). 

“The director on the other hand also informed the then Registrar, Prof Charles Uwakwe, verbally (via phone call) on the same day. Therefore, the cards got stolen not ‘missing’ as falsely alleged by the Acting Registrar.

“Upon resumption from the annual holiday in January 2018, the state officer formally reported the incident to the Registrar via a letter dated 17th January 2018 but received at the headquarters of NECO on 29th January 2018. 

“The report was speedily acted upon by the affected director on the same 29th January 2018 as evidenced by minute “A” on the report and the register below.

“The report, which recommended the blocking/tracking of the cards, eventually got to the Acting Director, ICT Department, on 23rd February 2018, as indicated on the attached out-going despatch register. 

“The then Acting Director, ICT Department, had all the 32500 stolen cards completely “blocked” thereby rendering them completely useless. A new set of cards were issued to the then-new Oyo State officer, in replacement for the stolen but blocked cards.

“On assumption of duty as Acting Registrar on 10th May 2018, Mr Gana did not deem it fit to verify from or query the Director that treated the case or look at the evidence in the case file or the explanation given by the state officer before reporting the two officers to EFCC in July 2018.

“Without waiting for EFCC report on the level of culpability or otherwise of the two officers, the Acting Registrar conspiratorially convinced the Chairman of the Board, Dr Abubakar Sadiq, to wrongly cause the dismissal of the two officers in July 2019 on the ground that their negligence had caused a revenue loss of N368, 875,000 to the council. Whereas no money was lost by NECO from the incident since all the stolen cards were rendered useless.

“With the dismissal of the two officers, Abubakar M. Gana, in collaboration with Director, Finance and Account, Dr Jacob Samuel Ekele and the then Acting Director, Examination Administration, Mr Mustapha K Abdul, successfully siphoned the sum of N368, 875,000 out of the 2018 June/July SSCE registration fees; under the criminal pretence, that the amount represents a revenue loss as a result of the stolen 32500 units of 2018 June/July SSCE registration cards,”
 another source told SaharaReporters.

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Source: SaharaReporters

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Man ends it all in Kano over ‘family troubles .

One Ibrahim Abubakar, retailer along Zoo Road in Kano city, ended it all on Thursday night.

His body was found swinging from a rope in his shop.

His child, Abdussalam Ibrahim, told newsmen that his dad was combating with mental illness which further declined by homegrown duties he was unable to deal with, including the wedding of his little girl that is coming up soon.

He said: “Our father was battling with psychological trauma and he is also poverty-stricken. More so, my sister is due to be given out in marriage soon. We performed the evening prayer with him after which he went back to the shop and hung himself. He gave up the ghost despite attempts to save him when he was discovered.”

In his reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, expressed that examination concerning the case is on to figure out what really occurred. In the interim, the essential report shows that the man was discovered hanging in his shop at night.

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has encouraged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to demonstrate to Nigerians that he is prepared to fulfill the masses needs.

The lead representative said the President will set the nation ‘ablaze’ by not actualizing a portion of the solicitations voiced out by pioneers during the ongoing conversations with the official designation drove by the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari.

The PUNCH had revealed that Gambari drove lawmakers and government officials to gatherings with heads of the six international zones as a method of tending to concerns brought up in the outcome of the #EndSARS protests.

Gambari and the official appointment had met with lead representatives and heads of the South-South international zone in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Tuesday. At the gathering, the South-South pioneers including the Rivers State governor requested the rebuilding of the nation in accordance with the guideline of genuine federalism, saying it will ensure harmony, security and soundness in the nation.

Giving a report on the gathering on Thursday morning, Wike said the President actually has the opportunity to execute the desire of individuals and engraving an inheritance for himself.

The governor talked today on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program.

He said, “I am not a pessimist. I don’t believe that because you didn’t do what you agreed to do yesterday, therefore, you will not do what you agree to do today.

Even if he (Buhari) has not done what he told Nigerians he would do, he can say, look, I promised Nigerians yesterday, I didn’t do that and that is affecting my integrity and so, for people who know me, I will implement what I have said.

“People have raised the issue that they don’t think anything will come out of the dialogues. I don’t agree with them. I believe that if the President does not do it, given the opportunity he has now, he will be putting Nigeria on fire.” Continuing, Wike said political will to implement what the people want is key in governance.

According to him, the President has to show leadership by listening to Nigerians and by adhering to their wishes and proposals. “He may not necessarily implement everything the people may want but let the people see the concrete evidence that under President Buhari, he has been able to implement one, two, three, four demands by the people.

“If he (Buhari) doesn’t take this opportunity now to implement some of these requests, I don’t think it will be very good for Nigerians and for his legacy,” the governor added.

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Best WASSCE candidate of 2019 dies of cancer.

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Enugu state student who passed 2019 WASSCE with 7As dies of malignancy.

Chisom Chukwuneke, an understudy who arose the best 2019 candidate of the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, WASSCE, in her school, has died subsequent to fighting leukemia.

Douglas Ifeanyi Uzochukwu, Principal of Graceland College in Enugu where she moved on from a year ago, affirmed the sad news to TheCable Lifestyle yesterday.

Uzochukwu said chisom, 17, kicked the bucket after a delayed treatment in South Africa.

“I’m not her father. I can’t speak much on that but she passed on from leukemia after prolonged treatment in South Africa,” he added.

In a statement written via the school’s Facebook page, he wrote: “Forever in our hearts! Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint you left in our Hall of Fame. A truly outstanding student! Rest In Peace Chisom!”

Felix Chukwuneke, a Nigerian professor identified as the father of the deceased, also took to Facebook to explain how Chisom’s sickness started as pain in her leg.

He said this had prompted him to fly her to South Africa for medical care. “ It was just like a dream but the realities are crystal now. Just a pain on the leg that snowballed to a devastating episode, the battle started earnestly.

I hear you call, ‘daddy my leg is paining me’. I watch as you lie abed with pain,” he said in a long tribute to the deceased.

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