Secret Reporters

Secret Reporters can authoritatively report that the Executive Governor of Kogi state, Mr Yahaya Bello has lately been having sleepless nights over the appointment of Mustapha Boss as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Before his appointment as SGF, Boss was Managing Director, Nigerian Inland Waterway Authority in Kogi State. While serving in the state, he reportedly made several unsuccessful attempts to meet with the governor who deliberately refused to give him attention. His proposed meeting with the governor was not unconnected with the outcry of workers and pensioners in the state who’ve been owed over 24 months salary.

Also, heads of federal government agencies in each state are expected to familiarize with the governors of the respective states so as to ease their administration.

While MD of NIWA, the SGF was privy to a lot of information concerning worker’s welfare in the state and the governor is worried he will relay those experiences to President Buhari who cherishes such first hand information from people who have been part of the system, as the new SGF reports directly to the President.

The governor, as a result, has been making several attempts to meet the new SGF, but has not been successful due to the fact that the SGF is occupied with State House administration and this has caused sleepless nights for the governor.

Secret Reporters learnt that his attempts to meet the SGF has to do with trying to convince him to key into his pattern of administration of the state which obviously is not working, to the detriment of the citizens. The governor is reportedly jittery the SGF will divulge such information to the President, something the governor doesn’t want to happen.

Being that the new SGF is also a member of the ruling party, the President would have no option than to believe whatever he says concerning the state as he has been there and therefore experienced it himself.


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As Mr Ighoyota Amori starts his political consultation towards his 2019 Senatorial bid, Secret Reporters has uncovered how he bought multi million Naira choice properties outside the shores of the country.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart who rigged his way to the National Assembly in 2019 but was kicked out by the Court of Appeal in Benin is not just a millionaire but a billionaire, multiple sources confided in Secret Reporters.

Few months after rigging his way to the Red Chambers and before his swearing in, the Urhobo born political tactician took the next available flight to London to purchase a property, paying out rightly on June 3rd 2015.

Various documents sighted by this medium shows the property bearing Ighoyota G Amori, located in Flat A, 64 Queens Grove, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 6ER,

The property was bought for a whooping £612,000 which when converted to Nigeria’s falling currency amounts to N279.4 million.

A typical Nigerian politician, the Mosogar richest man has not done any notable business to warrant him becoming a billionaire, as he has been in politics almost all his life, engaging in government contracts and kickbacks, sources alleged. He was Ex Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan Political Adviser.

He is eyeing the Delta Central Senate seat again for 2019 to kick out the current holder, Mr Ovie Omo-Agege who won under Labor Party but has since defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Calls made to him were not answered before press time.


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In 2011, the Freedom of Information Act was enacted under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan after over a decade of serious and unending debates about its viability in Nigeria.

The Act, as the name implies,arms citizens with the right to seek and get information about government activities in the country. But more than 5years later, the law is yet to gain a foothold in the country as several government information is shrouded in secrecy from citizens.

The latest examples of cases of the law being truncated are cases constituted as FHC/ASB/CS/62/2017 and FHS/ASB/CS/79/2017 between Anti-Corruption Integrity Forum and the Accountant General of Delta state on the one hand, and the Anti-Corruption Integrity Forum against the Delta State Tenders Board wherein the plaintiff prayed the Federal High court, Asaba to compel the Accountant General of Delta State and the Delta State Tenders Board to give information in respect of some contracts awarded by the State Ministry of Works. The plaintiff also sought an order directing the Attorney General of Delta State to prosecute the Accountant General for failure to release the information requested.

In both cases, the Federal High Court, presided by Justice T.B. Adegoke astonishingly struck out the two cases on the grounds that the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the case being that the subject matter does not fall within the parameters of the provisions of Section 251 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and that the plaintiff did not comply with procedural rules.

This is seen as a ridiculous decision by Justice T.B. Adegoke. Common sense would require that the judge should pass on the case to a court of competent jurisdiction since the Federal High Court does not have the said “jurisdiction”, rather than striking out the case entirely. It is pertinent to stress the well-established position of the law by virtue of Section 22 of the Federal High Court Act, LFN 2004 that the proper order the Federal High Court ought to make where it finds that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain the case is to transfer the case to a court with jurisdiction and not to strike out the case.

This is clearly a case of subversion of justice against the Anti-Corruption Integrity Forum by the Justice T.B. Adegoke led Federal High Court in Asaba, and it also makes a mockery of the validity of the Freedom of Information act which was enacted in 2011.

Nowhere in the Freedom of Information Act 2011 is it stated that an Applicant requesting for information from a state government cannot apply to the Federal High Court when the same Act clearly provides in Section 1(3) thus: “Any person entitled to the right to information under this Act, shall have the right to institute proceedings in the court to compel any public institution to comply with the provisions of this Act”. Section 30 then defines Court to mean “a High Court or Federal High Court respectively”.

In determining its claim of jurisdiction, the Honourable Court ought to have restricted itself to the definition of the word COURT in Section 30 of the Act instead of basing its decision on the fact that since the defendant is not a Federal Government agency, the Federal High Court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the case when Section 251(1),252(1) and (2) have conferred additional jurisdiction on the Federal High Court.

It is expedient that, in an era when Nigeria seeks to get rid of the monster called corruption, the courts should treat these kind of issues with diligence in the dispensation of their judicial duties.

The decision of the Federal High Court, Asaba in the Anti-Corruption Integrity Forum cases runs against the tide of judicial and statutory authorities and renders useless, the enforcement of the Freedom of Information Bill.