US Government Dismisses Nigeria’s War Against Corruption As Hot Air

US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
By SaharaReporters, New York

The United States has again dismissed Nigeria’s anti-corruption efforts as mere talk, describing the Goodluck Jonathan era as one in which the government is not implementing the law, and officials engage in corrupt practices with impunity.

“Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government and the security forces,” it said of Nigeria in its 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which was submitted to Congress by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The department submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations Member States to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.

“There was a widespread perception that judges were easily bribed and that litigants could not rely on the courts to render impartial judgments,” said the report in its segment on Nigeria. “Citizens encountered long delays and alleged requests from judicial officials for bribes to expedite cases or obtain favorable rulings.”

It described the efforts of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) as “largely ineffectual,” and stated that President Jonathan in November 2011 removed the EFCC Chair, Farida Waziri, after credible allegations appeared that she was engaged in corrupt practices.

“Public officials, including the president, vice president, governors, deputy governors, cabinet ministers, and legislators (at both federal and state levels), must comply with financial disclosure laws, including the requirement to declare their assets before assuming and after leaving office,” noted the report.  “Violators risked prosecution, but cases rarely came to conclusion.”

Notable here would be President Jonathan, who has refused to declare his assets, igniting speculation as to the depth and spread of his wealth, and how that may be responsible for his fear of confronting corruption, including prosecuting Mrs. Waziri after firing her for “credible allegations” of corrupt practices.

On other subjects, the performance of the government was also indicted.  For instance, on “Respect for the Integrity of the Person,” the report stated that the government or its agents committed numerous arbitrary or unlawful killings.  This would corroborate the argument of many Nigerians about the inability of the security forces to solve crime, and that the government is responsible for them.

“During the year the Joint Task Force (JTF)...conducted raids on militant groups and criminal suspects in the Niger Delta and Borno State, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries to both alleged criminals and civilians,” said the report.  “According to credible eyewitness accounts, the JTF committed illegal killings during attempts to apprehend members of the extremist group Boko Haram (“Western education is anathema,” in Hausa) in Borno State and surrounding areas.”

Similarly, the report said that security service personnel, including police, military, and State Security Service (SSS) officers, regularly tortured, beat, and abused demonstrators, criminal suspects, detainees, and convicted prisoners. “Police mistreated civilians to extort money. The law prohibits the introduction into trials of evidence and confessions obtained through torture; however, police often used torture to extract confessions.”

The loudest and most damaging comment in the report is to be found in three words: “at/by year’s end,” in the sense of futility and the Nigerian government’s penchant for long, drawn-out, inconclusive activity, such as prosecution or investigation, during 2011.

Examples:

    The Code of Conduct Tribunal commenced the trial of former governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu...There was no decision in the case by year’s end;
 

In October the EFCC arrested four former governors...Ogun governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Oyo governor Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Nasarawa governor Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma, and former Gombe governor Muhammed Danjuma Goje. Their trials began in December and continued at year’s end.
   

In May 2010 authorities arraigned former PDP national chairman Vincent Ogbulafor on 17 criminal counts of corruption and money laundering in the amount of 2.3 billion naira ($14 million). Ogbulafor filed a petition to dismiss the charges. There were no new developments in the case by year’s end.

In August 2010 Attorney General Mohammed Adoke announced that the government could not authenticate the Pius Okigbo Panel report on former military president and General Ibrahim Babangida, which charged that Babangida mismanaged 12.4 billion naira ($76 million) during his administration. The civil society group Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) accused the attorney general of a cover-up. A federal high court was scheduled to announce a ruling on July 28, but did not do so by year’s end.

Civil society groups introduced a number of cases at the national and state level to test the FOIA during the year. For example, in September the SERAP brought a case against the Oyo State government after being denied access to information on state funding for primary education. The case continued at year’s end.

On September 12, members of the police unit Operation Famou Tangbei (OFT) raided the home of Freddie Philip Ockiya in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Members of the OFT arrested Ockiya and took him to the local police station. His family searched for him until September 21, when his body was discovered at the morgue. The family filed a suit against members of the police and government in a federal high court. The inspector general of police disbanded the OFT in late September, but authorities did not arrest any members of the OFT in connection with Ockiya’s death by year’s end.

In April 2010 the Maiduguri High Court found that in 2009 police detained and subsequently killed Baba Fagu, the father-in-law of then Boko Haram leader Muhammad Yusuf, following violent clashes between police and militant members of Boko Haram in four northern states in 2009. The court ordered the federal and state governments to pay 100 million naira ($617,000) as compensation to Fagu’s family. The Borno State government challenged the Maiduguri High Court’s decision and appealed the judgment. At year’s end the case remained in the Court of Appeals in Jos, Plateau State.

In 2009 soldiers arrested Muhammad Yusuf. Credible media reports claimed that police executed Yusuf, whose bruised body subsequently was seen at state police headquarters with multiple bullet wounds. While police initially admitted killing Yusuf in custody, they subsequently claimed he died while trying to escape.

Buji Fai, a former state government official suspected of funding Boko Haram, also reportedly died in custody along with Fagu. Later that year, then president Yar’Adua pledged to conduct a full investigation of the Boko Haram uprising, including the circumstances surrounding Yusuf’s death, but authorities had not publicly released the results of the investigation by year’s end. On July 19, five police officers were arraigned in the federal high court in Abuja for the murder of Yusuf. The court granted bail to four of the officers, while one remained in custody. The case continued at year’s end.

A panel established by Plateau State to investigate the killings of approximately 700 civilians by security forces in the Jos North local government area in 2008 attributed the violence to provocation by religious leaders as well as violence by political parties and local government officials. The panel’s full report, released in April 2010, linked persons wearing uniforms to impersonate police with many of the killings; the report did not find definitive evidence of police or military involvement in extrajudicial killings. By year’s end authorities had neither charged nor punished anyone for the killings. In February 2010 President Jonathan called for a second investigative committee following an outbreak of violence earlier in the year. In September 2010 this body, known as the “Lar Committee,” submitted its recommendations... However, the committee’s recommendations had yet to be implemented, and neither the federal nor the Plateau State government set up truth and reconciliation committees by year’s end.

Police use of excessive force, including live ammunition, to disperse demonstrators resulted in numerous killings during the year. For example, on February 11, Ekiti police reportedly shot and killed five persons protesting the announcement of the relocation of a federal university to Oye-Ekiti that the state governor previously had promised would be located in the Ado-Ekiti community. Authorities had neither charged nor punished anyone for the killings by year’s end.

On August 14, police in Anambra State reportedly shot five persons at a roadblock after they would not pay a bribe of 20 naira ($0.13). One of the passengers reportedly died at the scene, while the other four were rushed to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Eyewitnesses stated that the driver claimed to already have paid 20 naira but could not produce a receipt that the policeman demanded. When the driver attempted to leave, the police opened fire. A police representative confirmed that one person was killed and three were rushed to the hospital. There were no developments in the case by year’s end.

For example, on October 16, police reportedly shot and killed Victor Emmanuel in Bayesla State after he criticized the police for extorting money from passing motorists on the road from his church. On October 28, police officials announced that the accused officers received an “orderly room trial” that could lead to dismissal or prosecution; however, the case remained pending at year’s end.

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Nigeria's problem is imperialism and not just corruption

Fellow Nigerians, let us not be mis-guided, the truth is gradually being exposed ,the Nigerian problem is not just corruption,corruption is the branch and imperialism is the root cause of all the spate of violence and mishaps in this country,this people feed on us and use the gains from us to develop their economies,this same set of people still classify us as third-world countries.I still appreciate the concern of relentless Nigerians and was so impressed to find out astonishing articles and propaganda when i followed this link: https://www.facebook.com/voiceofnigerianyouths

Stop being delusional and

Stop being delusional and face facts, these are all true. We have major problems and WE need to sort them out.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU,THIS IS

MAY GOD BLESS YOU,THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SAY!

How do you vote the thieves out?

Very funny when I read what you wrote. How do you vote thieves out when his opponents are also thieves? From the primaries of each political parties in this country, thieves are pitched against themselves to contest elections because they are the only ones who have the financial muscle to buy nomination from any of the political parties. If anything must be done about them then it has to be from the party primaries and that my friend, you have no power over...lol.

Was it jonathan who asked the

Was it jonathan who asked the judges to free tinubu of all the charges brought against him in court. And enjoined him to conceal his foreign bank account..are the Italians germans, and french not slugging it out with the Swiss in court over millions of such accouns held by their citizens switzerland? So the americans did not know that tinubu was a drug baron and a certificate forger before he became a governor--were the americans sleeping when they encouraged buhari to contest elections when they knew he was the person who freed mohamed dantata whom they nabbed over drug related offences in the USA and handed over to him? What happened to dantata? Was he not released into the public domain by buhari? Theirs is about the control of the oil industry with their doctored petroleum bill and not to tell us who stole 17b meant for electricity-or how much crude oil Shell and chevron has stolen form us--animals

the americans should stop sowing the seed of discord in africa

Its not in the palce of USA to tell any of the emerging democracies how to run their governments. USA should stop behaving like the police man of the world. We are all aware of the millions being spent to sponsor the oppostion in Syria. What type of people does the USA expect those corrupt seeds she is sowing in the 3rd world would to produce? Is the USA hoping to have saints control the system that she is using fake dollar bills to establish in the middle east & africa. Every top Gov official in 9ja is known to have worked for the CIA one way or the other..Why is the USA planting evil ideas amongst the elites in africa-- And why has it not been able to export the ideals that democracy stands for to any part of the globe..the corruption the americans are talking about is in the oil industry..which started operations in 1958 and not 2011. The idea is for them to sow the seed of confusion as usual to help overthrow the government of jona the same way they used IBB in Nicaragua

Very Damning Report

GEJ so who is fooling who?
Aluta Continua

SPLIT NIGERIA INTO MANAGEABLE COUNTRIES.THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE LEf

If the US is really interested in the human beings in Nigeria; and not just the geographical entity called Nigeria with its natural resources, it should have seen the handwriting on the wall that Nigeria is not governable as one country by any human being. Millions of people have been killed and are still being killed daily arising from the imperfections and impossibility of One Nigeria. It aint no use beating about the bush talking about corruption, extra judicial killings and human rights abuse emanating from Nigeria when it is known worldwide that since Nigeria was founded, these problems have bedevilled Nigeria. The problems are not solvable because they are hinged on the ever disagreeing diverse ethnic groups and cultures forced together in one country. Having France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, in one country is easier than having people in Nigeria in one country.

I WEEP FOR NIGERIA MY COUNTRY

I weep because; Nigeria is a country where judges and lawyers aid and abet corrupt politicians to escape justice.Lawmakers break the very laws they've made.Judges compromise their consciences to deliver ridiculous rulings in favor of the highest bidder.Political office holders devour their people and their wealth with impunity.Civil servants steal with impunity.Bank chairmen cart away cash and aid corrupt Governors in money laundering activities.Mischievous politicians employ militant to kill and destroy the lives of innocent citizens.It does appear there is no way out.This is why I weep for Nigeria.end

Eddy

You spoke my mind.

You spoke the truth. You spoke my mind. You spoke the minds of all credible and truthful Nigerians. Thank you.

Constructive Solutions required not this stories

Te US should stop telling us that we are corrupt but help us in fighting corruption. they should bar all goverment officals (Local government to federal) from travelling to the US while in Government, no medical leave or investments, they should champion anti corruption crusade for Nigerian to the EU and Asian countries. when our leader have no route to escape and are forced to invest all there stolen loot in Nigeria, things will begin to look up!

Year END Indeed

Year END INDEED PT2.
All politicians that have ever served Nigerians in the last 25years must be barred from contesting any post at any level. THESE LOT ARE CORRUPT AND DONT INTEND TO CHANGE. Why should we have people that have served in a dictatorship military govt now be in position of power in a civilian govt. These guys just find ways of making themselves relevant. (It all comes down to the mighty "NAIRA", ADDICTION TO POWER"). These guys are too many to mention so lest we name any names. Same treatment to any politician that has served under different past govts. As pointed above a scandal, corruption cases, unlawful killing, bribery happens in Nigeria, and the attitude of the govt, not only the current but previous ones as well is "NOTHING", yeah nothing changes. I recommend this link to these politicians.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wivgDck1l88

"Year End Indeed"

Year END INDEED PT1.
This is not embarrassing to the Nigerian Govt, that is if you call the system in Nigeria a govt. A very damning report. But these people (govt) that its aimed at, hold no shame. They are the sort that will get defensive rather than put their house in order. Look at when the US GOVT said BOKO HARAM should be tagged a terrorist organisation, the so called govt came out defensive, claiming the US govt is over the top on the matter. Yet Boko Haram continue to kill. IF THIS COUNTRY HAS ANY PRIDE LEFT, this govt will call for a new election. Allow CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS such as Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)to put in place a new Electoral formula that is functional and will allow Nigerians to elect genuine candidates that are eager to serve their country.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Try as much as they want, the corrupt Nigerian Government, they cannot fool the world , especially the American Government, and soon the whole world will see that the current leaders are doing all they can to destroy Nigeria.

Sahara reporters site continues to be the most honest assessment site to visit if eager to find out' opinions of Nigerians, on the state of Nigeria.

Pls dont make them to regret,

Pls dont make them to regret, encourage them to vote for GEJ in 2015 and have more of the fresh air.

RE: Deri(USA has every right to talk about corruption in Africa)

There is no country where corruption doesn't exist but Deri, you should never say USA > Britain > China are the most corrupt. FYI Nigeria is the worst country on earth when it comes to corruption. Those countries you mentioned still have safety nets designed for the people so they don't hit rock bottom. Stealing from investors like in the Madoff case should NEVER EVER be compared to stealing from the people. First, the common wealth gets to the common man, there are infrastructures & institutions that support the common man, the environment is great, people eat and then think of investing/saving what is left. In Nigeria's case nothing..0 safety nets, only the corrupt are eating... The country thrives on the notion "GET RICH BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY OR DIE TRYING" Nigeria is the worst country on earth. The police, courts, Pub Off Holders, immigration, the air, people like you . everything's corrupt in Nigeria. Nigeria needs to outsource governance probably back to the white people.

True, GEJ is not fighting

True, GEJ is not fighting corruption, but the other arms of govt are not helping matters. The legislators have the powers to remove an inept and corrupt Executive. The Judiciary has the powers to make independent rulings to counter the Executive. The have the powers to pronounce on rigged elections. So when these two arms over-indulge the Executive, you get the kind of corrupt and inept Executive we've had since 1999. And finally, the mumu electorate that will tell you 'i voted for GEJ and not PDP'

yes

USA know Nigeria system of government very well..it is truth..more news and gist here at www.gistyinka.blogspot.com

Jonathan is there to protect PDP intention

Nigerians are reaping the rewards of been sentimental. It was abundantly cleared that Goodluck Jonathan did not fit for the job of president. The man has nothing to offer interm of governance, leaderships and infrastructural development.

It was the intention of the PDP to continue looting the nation's hard earn treasury, and Jonathan is there as the president to protect the PDP intention ONLY not for governance.

That is just the simple true.

Nigeria Arise

It is really up to Nigerians to demand accountability from those that govern them. Nigeria's problem is not ethnic based, no. Our government acts without accountability and believes they can always get away with it. It is up to Nigerians to arise and demand for accountability. Corruption is causing unimaginable distortion in Nigeria's socio economic system. Nothing is likely to change in our governance until a demand is made on it. Our prayer should be that God should give us the courage to arise.

Chopchop Democracy

Thank God that while the stench of corrupt
ion and lies permeate this nation, objective review can still get us from far away land. Where are those who anointed JEG on tchurch altars and political rallies. Can they still say this the god-sent ebele who had no shoe-fools. This regime will go down as one of the most wasteful in time, resources and lives. Buyy all indices we are living in a failed state -govt has turned its back on the people while the commonwealth is shared among few heartless rogues. If James Ibori were here, it will still business as usual but in saner climes, he is a common thief serving his time. When will our story change-my people won't stop to ponder!

Chopchop Democracy

Thank God that while the stench of corruption
and lies permeate this nation, objective
review can still get to us from far away land. Where are those who
anointed JEG on church altars and political rallies. Can they still say this is the god-sent ebele who had no shoe? fools. This regime will go down in our anals as one of the most wasteful in time, resources and lives. By all indexes we are living in a failed state -govt has turned its back on the people while the commonwealth is shared among few heartless rogues. If James Ibori were here, it will still be business as usual but in saner climes, he is a common thief serving his time. This report shows that there is a significant relationship btw moral decadence and underdevelopment and Nigeria is a clear case study. When will our story change. when will my people stop to ponder?

SONG OF CURRUPTION IS JUST A PLOY BY D USA

What lessons was the USA teaching leaders in the 3rd world, when they went about sponsoring coups in Africa and assassination our leaders? Why was Awo, Abiola and anti coruption crusaders, such as late Gani among other leaders like great Zik not able to win elections in 9ja? What were they doing planting corrupt ideas that made the fulani north, present the remains of abiola in the presence of Susan Rice? I was told months b4 the death of Abiola was announced that he has been turned into a vegetable in prison. Through the instrumentality of the global powers who did not like his reparation song of liberation. Also told abiola wld not come out alive by a man I met at Edo line twice. The issue of Abiola drinking tea and all that rubbish are tales by the moon light. Abiola was killed long b4 his death was announced with the help of the USA. Now its d turn of GEJ to die via d same route abi!? Hence the story to confuse our thoughts-enroute the tree of corruption

we could have voted for Gani-but fulanis via USA wanted OBJ

What lessons was the USA teaching leaders in the 3rd world, when they went about sponsoring coups in Africa and assassination our leaders? Why was Awo, Abiola and anti coruption crusaders, such as late Gani among other leaders like great Zik not able to win elections in 9ja? What were they doing planting corrupt ideas that made the fulani north, present the remains of abiola in the presence of Susan Rice? I was told months b4 the death of Abiola was announced that he has been turned into a vegetable in prison. Through the instrumentality of the global powers who did not like his reparation song of liberation. Also told abiola wld not come out alive by a man I met at Edo line twice. The issue of Abiola drinking tea and all that rubbish are tales by the moon light. Abiola was killed long b4 his death was announced with the help of the USA. Now its d turn of GEJ to die via d same route abi!? Hence the story to confuse our thoughts-enroute the tree of corruption

Murtala, Buhari, IBB, Abacha all came via d USA 2 fight corrupti

What lessons was the USA teaching leaders in the 3rd world, when they went about sponsoring coups in Africa and assassination our leaders? Why was Awo, Abiola and anti coruption crusaders, such as late Gani among other leaders like great Zik not able to win elections in 9ja? What were they doing planting corrupt ideas that made the fulani north, present the remains of abiola in the presence of Susan Rice? I was told months b4 the death of Abiola was announced that he has been turned into a vegetable in prison. Through the instrumentality of the global powers who did not like his reparation song of liberation. Also told abiola wld not come out alive by a man I met at Edo line twice. The issue of Abiola drinking tea and all that rubbish are tales by the moon light. Abiola was killed long b4 his death was announced with the help of the USA. Now its d turn of GEJ to die via d same route abi!? Hence the story to confuse our thoughts-enroute the tree of corruption

teacher ddont teach me nonsense-what beyond ibori and alams

The USA is one of the most corrupt nations in the world. Second to Britain and China. We are yet to have am Madoff who stole over 50b from investors in the USA. The thieves in 9ja, are like Ants when compared to the goliaths who work as corporate thieves in the USA. Take Iraq where USA officials stole over 17b while George Bush was looking the other way. The same is happening in Afghanistan with her Defence contractors. The USA can only talk about how they will implement their imperialist agenda in 9ja via BH to the nitwits and gullible 9jas, who buy into the rubbish they publish to deceive us in africa. Any wonder why most believe the USA is behind BH. They want to end corruption yet use corrupt ideas to instigate crisis in Syria and Libya. By arming the opposition with their rusty weapons and fake dollar bills in the name of democracy. Africa is not about corruption.But how to get rid of the multi nationals oil firms who want to turn the continent upside down 4 dem surrogates

USA has no moral right to talk about corruption in africa.

The USA is one of the most corrupt nations in the world. Second to Britain and China. We are yet to have am Madoff who stole over 50b from investors in the USA. The thieves in 9ja, are like Ants when compared to the goliaths who work as corporate thieves in the USA. Take Iraq where USA officials stole over 17b while George Bush was looking the other way. The same is happening in Afghanistan with her Defence contractors. The USA can only talk about how they will implement their imperialist agenda in 9ja via BH to the nitwits and gullible 9jas, who buy into the rubbish they publish to deceive us in africa. Any wonder why most believe the USA is behind BH. They want to end corruption yet use corrupt ideas to instigate crisis in Syria and Libya. By arming the opposition with their rusty weapons and fake dollar bills in the name of democracy. Africa is not about corruption.But how to get rid of the multi nationals oil firms who want to turn the continent upside down 4 dem surrogates.

Nigeria does not need an anti-corruption WAR-lord

Noise Makers! That's what all of you are, including your police of the world (America). Corruption was the reason for the first coup in 1966 and several other coups, including that by Buhari. Despite these several "anti-corruption" interventions, corruption seems to hav gotten WORSE. Anyone using eradication of corruption as the sole reason for seeking political power in this country like we saw in 1966, is a FOOL. What we need now is not an anti-corruption WAR-Lord like Buhari apostles want us to believe but technocrats that'll build SYSTEMS and INSTITUTIONS to minimise corruption and reduce DIRECT govt involvement in running businesses. Govt can partner with private sectors in form P-P-P with equity participation and proper REGULATIONS. We must understand ourselves &find solutions to our UNIQUE problems. Nig as a country is an ORPHAN owned by no one. Rather what we have are people that would rather identify with their TRIBE than with Nig. Therefore we'r ALL tempted to plunder Nig

US comments on Nigeria

You guys abusing yourselves are not better than than the Greek parliamentarian who last-night rained blows on his political opponent - a woman for that matter.
The question is how do we move forward? Election is around the corner - States and National. Let vote them out.

Somthing is really WRONG the Nigeria system of Government

Yes, it's really interesting that The US government knows about this, but it will be more interesting if the US government would come up with proactive measures that will help the Nigeria Government fight, i mean really FIGHT corruption in NIGERIA. The POOR MASSES are really in hell and the PEN ROBBERS continues to do their evil.

With all this findings and facts on ground if the US will not help, then I will suspect that the US government seems to be benefiting with the stolen funds from Nigeria.