CACOL view as counter-productive, retrogressive and suspect the recent move by the Senate in the resolutions passed asking the Federal Government to urgently terminate the 2013 contract between the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and SystemSpecs. According to reports, one of the resolutions also called for the halting further deductions the Federal Government could have paid of the N25 billion contract sum to the platform provider based on the charge of one per cent transaction fee for all collections.

Reacting to the development, Mr. Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) said “the Senate’s plan is akin to ‘killing’ the Treasury Single Account (TSA) initiative and this is tantamount to unplugging the holes of corruption that has already been plugged by the very effective strategy that has helped the country to check fraud and promote accountability’’.

“In six months the Federal has been able to save about 2.2 trillion naira through the TSA initiative, an amount that is about half the budget for 2015; this huge sum of money would have ended up in private pockets without trace. Why then would anyone want to kill the TSA or undermine the idea if it has been so beneficial to the country? It is our opinion that most of those opposed to the TSA initiative are those who were beneficiaries of the leakages that the TSA has been able to block’’ Mr. Adeniran continued.

CACOL holds the belief that the controversies over TSA are unwarranted; just like the whole anti-corruption war is coming under attacks, the TSA is facing a similar fate, it is corruption fighting back. We believe it is not really the contractor or the contract awardee that is at the bottom of these controversies but the recalcitrant attitude of those that want the old ways of corruption to be sustained.

Mr. Adeniran clarified further that, “one would have expected the Senate in playing its’ oversight functions to convincingly expose any foul play or discrepancies and violations with facts and figures over the TSA in relation to the contract signed; proffer its’ alternative which must be better and above all ensure that the country does not backslide in terms of losing the gains of the TSA strategy so far. Anything short of this is suspect and may amount to an attempt to hoodwink Nigerians to achieve ends that are not clear to Nigerians and may not be in favour of national development.’’


Wale Salami

Media Coordinator, CACOL


February 26, 2016.






The National Publicity Secretary of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Olisa Metuh pleaded not guilty to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, 18 February to the seven-count charge of fraud and money laundering the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has charged him with. Metuh has been standing trial since January 2016 for fraudulently   receiving N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser in November, 2014 and money laundering involving about $2m.

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) hold the belief that this latest move by Metuh with the no-case submission and the other pleas; are all legal technicalities or tactics to achieve the truncating the course of justice or to delay the final judgment on the case, despite all the glaring evidences gathered by the EFCC to corroborate the prosecution.

According media reports, Justice Okon Abang the presiding Judge, granted the permission to Metuh who is being prosecuted along with his company, Destra Investment Limited, to file a written address to the no-case submission and equally ruled that Metuh should continue to enjoy the bail earlier granted him in the same terms and conditions.

Mr Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman of CACOL in responding to the development, called on Justice Okon Abang, “not to concede to any form of bias or compromise on his judgment irrespective of pressure from any quarters but do the right thing by ruling on the case and administering justice in line with the laws of our country without fear or favour’’.

‘’At this stage of the anti-corruption war; the nation need to guard and guide against elements that are bent on relying on the weaknesses of our laws to get away with their crimes. The corrupt amongst us have through primitive accumulation acquired huge resources to influence, alter or subvert justice when they are caught pants down! This situation must be corrected and the path to do that is via eternal vigilance’’ Mr Adeniran added.

Corruption is indeed fighting back and we must collectively as nation and people ensure that the on-going anti-corruption war is sustained to salvage our country.


Wale Salami

Media Coordinator, CACOL


February 22, 2016.




The revelation that Mr Rickey Tarka (SAN) paid a bribe to tune of N225, 000 in to the account of a Lagos Federal High Court Judge; Justice Mohammed Yunusa is quite an explosive exposition that gives credence to the position of our Coalition, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL); that some lawyers and Judges abet and aid corruption.


According to news reports, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, in a counter-affidavit to the suit filed by Rickey Tarfa to challenge his alleged unlawful arrest and detention by the EFCC on February 5 for hiding two suspects of financial crimes in his Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and thereby willfully obstructing the arrest of the suspects. An operative of the EFCC stated in the affidavit that a check carried out into the Access Bank account of Tarfa’s Law firm revealed that a sum of N225, 000 was sent to Justice Mohammed Yunusa’s Bank account, a transaction the Judge acknowledged with appreciation through a text message which said ‘Thank you, my senior advocate’.


To highlight the relationship between Mr Tarfa and Justice Mohammed, the EFCC counter-affidavit further revealed that Rickey Tarfa’s lawyer firm has habitually been asking the Chief Registrar of the Lagos Judicial Division of the Federal High Court to assign his cases to Justice Mohammed Yunusa.


Mr Debo Adeniran, Executive Director, CACOL, when reacting to the revelations said, ”Nigerians need no further testimony to underscore the position of our organisation; that of the EFCC and the Presidency on the ignoble roles some members of the Bar and the Judiciary play in frustrating the war against corruption. The President said the Judiciary was the headache in the war against corruption while EFCC avers that some lawyers do not only aid and abet corruption but they tutor corruption criminals on how to escape justice.’’


‘’That 90 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) can queue behind a colleague with such disgusting baggage to appear in court is indeed very shameful; and it speaks volumes about the level of immorality and rot in the system. Even, the presiding Judge in the case described the appearance of the SANs as ‘’tantamount to harassment and intimidation’’, following the appearance of the SANs at the court.’’Mr Adeniran added


And as if to add insult to injury Rickey Tarfa has publicly admitted that he paid the N225, 000 in to the Judge’s account but that it was for some burial expenses of Justice Mohammed’s late father! Nigerians are not fools, assuming without conceding, that the story is true, what is the explanation for the frequent requests from Tarfa’s law firm for his cases to be assigned to Justice Mohammmed’s court? CACOL is determined to expose the lies of these abettors and perpetrators of corruption; shame all corrupt elements and together with forces that are ready to be unpretentious about the fight against corruption kill the corruption!



“We hasten to add that our position is not a blanket condemnation of the Bar and the Judiciary. In fact CACOL is calling on the Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to make conscious, spirited and determined efforts to sanitize the Judiciary and the Bar with goal of enhancing the expedient and prompt treatment of corruption cases given the malaise the monster have wreaked on our National existence.’’ Mr Adeniran said.


If we are to fight corruption to the point of killing the seemingly undying monster, then all hands must be on deck in the battles within the war against corruption. Forward to the war against corruption!



Wale Salami

Media Coordinator, CACOL


February 20, 2016.



The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has applauded the move by Presidency to effect an overhaul of the Budget office by purging it of all identified corrupt officials through the secretary to the Federal Government, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.

Following the avalanche of errors, paddings and discrepancies discovered in the 2016 Budget; President Buhari has ordered the mass sack of members of a “Budget Mafia” in the budget office, who masterminded the discrepancies and inflated figures featured in the 2016 budget in a bid to scuttle the new innovations of the current administration and cause national embarrassment to the Buhari Government.

According to latest reports, the “Mafia” was alleged to have proposed a budget of N9.7tn for capital and overhead spending, excluding personnel cost, as against the President’s initial estimate of about N8tn.The Mafia also proposed N3tn as overheads alone out of the N9.7tn, a figure the president later slashed to N163bn.

CACOL calls on the President to go beyond the sack of Mr. Yahaya Gusau, the Director General of the Budget Office others by sacking the Minister of Budget and National Planning who failed to properly peruse such an important national document to identify the paddings and cleanse it of errors before passing it to the President for assent. ‘’We find the appointment of a new Special Adviser on National planning for the Ministry as uncalled for and can only be regarded as a “pat on the back” for the Minister’s inefficiency; for fairness and equity in the overhaul of the Budget Ministry, the Budget Minister should be sacked, to serve as deterrence to intending lethargic Ministers who act like ministerial position is a “chop and sleep“affair.’’ Mr. Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman averred

CACOL hastens to call on President Buhari to withdraw the Budget and tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians for also failing to properly scrutinize the budget before its presentation. Having been in possession of the budget for two weeks, it is quite negligent of the Office of the Presidency not to have thoroughly perused through and identified defects in the budget before its onward presentation to the National Assembly.


Wale Salami

Media Coordinator, CACOL


February 19, 2016.


A critical and objective look at, and appraisal of the state of the Nigerian Nation at this moment reveals fogginess and confusion as the country remain in that situation where the poor ordinary working and toiling people which constitute the majority are writhing in pains almost on all plains; with a rich ruling class and their underbellies that are impervious to this reality and apparently does not ‘give a damn’.
More than 8 months after the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal government, it is pertinent to come to terms with what is real and what is fad or farce. The worst thing may not be so much about where we are coming from but much more about in which direction we are going, we dare say. And the way things stand, Nigerians are more concerned with the direction the Nation are moving. The ordinary Nigerian wants to be able to feed; to be sheltered, to be gainfully employed, to be educated, secured and to live in harmony, as simple as that!
Starting with the brouhaha over the Nigerian 2016 Budget; the episode has brought to the fore what the ‘sceptics’ and deep discerners have espoused about the APC led Federal government on its capacity to deliver on the mantra of change upon which it rode to power on one hand and total insensitivity for the fate of Nigerians whose life are directly affected by the intrigues, unwarranted disagreements between Arms of government, buck-passing etc. by the government over a document that is so fundamental to National planning on the other hand.
The so-called ‘Budget of change’, in spite of the anti-corruption stance of the APC government has turned out to be a budget of corruption; it has revealed several ‘paddings’, ‘inflated figures’, hidden thievery, bare-faced and audacious thievery inclinations, bloated and unnecessary expenses. In all these, all the Arms of government, civil servants, bureaucrats and career politicians are involved; the Presidency came up in the budget with its tomfoolery that it needs to spend 4.8 billion naira on Aso Rock VIP Clinic; the Legislators insist they must ride in luxury cars that will cost billions of naira, and 795 million naira million naira website upgrade for the Solid Minerals Development Ministry even though the Ministry claim that the ‘’WEBSITE UPGRADE’’ is to be done through the deployment of an Enterprise Resource Planning solution across ten agencies does not attest to frugality that the government lay claim to as a virtue.
To think that a budget is a planning instrument for the development of society and witnessing the intrigues playing out over such an important document for National planning, it is no gainsaying to assert that this scenario is a not a departure from the agonising past and non-readiness to abandon the ways of the old that Nigerians vehemently voted against in 2015. The issues that are significant; that can transform the excruciating condition of living of the poor, working, toiling and oppressed masses are not even on the ‘scale of preference’ in the so-called ‘Budget of Change’!
We condemn in entirety these proposed outrageous and frivolous spending, we call on the government to prone down their expenditure in line with what it preaches! There are more pressing needs before us as a people and country that should be prioritized above frivolities and wastage in terms of the scale of preference of our challenges.
With the present economic crisis; the free fall of the naira against the dollar; the plummeting prices of crude oil (Nigeria’s economic mainstay) globally, we believe it is dialectical that the spending of government should be frugal and prudent.
That unemployment, poverty, infrastructural decay with the education and health sectors in quagmire amongst other challenges pervades our country is like stating the obvious. That our country got to this stage of precarious existence is directly linked to corrupt and sharp practices including misappropriation, embezzlement, extravagance, Contract cost inflation, and misplacement of priorities is also stating the obvious.
It was in recognition of the situation of the country and the prerequisite need for fundamental change in their situation of existence that Nigerians voted massively to elect the present government to move the country out of doldrums by abandoning the culture of malfeasance in government and corruption.
While Nigerians are expecting humane treatment; the government have conspired against the poor, working and toiling people to increase the sufferings of the majority by jerking up the tariff on electricity by 45% in a reality where Nigerians in their majority do not get supply of electricity and are not metered! This is in spite of public outcry against hiking the tariff, a government that rode on the crest of public outcry and anger against a hitherto existing rot has turned out to be so un-listening, what a contradiction we dare say!
We make bold to say with every sense of responsibility that it’s the PHCN, the DISCOs, NERC that owe Nigerians money and apologies for not rendering services that they received money for and continue to receive money for, albeit, forcefully. Therefore we reject this hike in electricity tariffs in totality, we demand that, power supply should be made available and accessible to all and a billing system that will be transparent, reasonable and commensurate to consumption.
We lend our voice, support and solidarity with every oppressed Nigerian; we are saddened that even Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Boko Haram ravaged region in North East, Nigeria, who are yet to get over their trauma can still become victims of the death they struggled to escape under the watch of government, it a real shame that government cannot protect IDPs; we condemn the massive sack of workers by Governor Rochas Okorochas of Imo state and commend the Labour and Civil Society organisations for rising up and standing firm against irrationality!
We remain recalcitrant in our stand to stand against corruption, we strongly support the anti-corruption war of the government; we commend and celebrate the wins so far. We reiterate our disgust for corruption. On no account should the anti-corruption war be abated; diligence in investigations and probes, diligence in prosecution and punitive against corrupt elements to serve as deterrents to others must continue. Enabling laws to facilitate the enabling environment and funds must be availed for all anti-corruption agencies to strengthen the on-going anti-corruption war.
CACOL identifies with the positions of the EFCC and President Buhari on the factors encumbering the anti-corruption drive in terms of the roles of some lawyers and the Judiciary. It’s a truism that no matter how glaringly evident the crimes of some class of people are; some of our lawyers do wilfully abandon morality for monetary gains hiding behind what they describe as ’professionalism’ or ‘am only doing my job’. If we are not to play the Ostrich and be realistic, Nigerians have witnessed several cases of corruption where culprits exploit corrupt tendencies in the Judiciary system to facilitate their escape of justice or to get the ‘slap on the wrist’ kind of judgement.
Recognising a challenge in the process toward achieving a goal is being honest with oneself; a sign of strength and commitment to the achievement of the goal.
We situate the recent appearance of 90 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) in a show of shame in court behind their colleague, Rickey Tarfa, who is being charged for wilfully obstructing justice by preventing the arrest of two suspects by the EFCC as a very good example that strongly buttresses the position of the EFCC that some lawyers do not only aid and abet corruption but they tutor corruption criminals on how to escape justice. Even, the presiding Judge in the case described the appearance of the SANs as ‘’tantamount to harassment and intimidation’’.
The government must be told and emphatically too, that when government forces the poor to bear the brunt of the malfeasance and insolence of governance as perpetrated by the ruling class and their cronies, it is nothing but CORRUPTION!
We call for more funds to be deployed into Education, Health, Security and Power sectors, and infrastructural development beyond Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) for legislators, Aso Rock Clinic renovation and horrendous feeding expenses, Website Upgrades, a Presidential Fleet with 10 jets and some many other frivolities.
Government should fulfil the very reason why it was instituted in the first place! The primary question to pose; is to ask, what is the general and specific purpose of governance or of government? General in the sense of why do we as a society need a government and what kind of governance do we need in general? And specific in the sense of what is the specific goal, objective and socio-economic program of this new regime, this new government?
Government is a social contract between the governed and the government as espoused in Chapter 2 of the Nigerian Constitution explicitly. The government is supposed to (constitutionally empowered) to harness the resources of the society for the provisioning of social welfare for the (majority) people, including their security and harmony.
We say no to deceit, we say no to dishonesty. For us, corruption is ‘any act of dishonesty’. Name, Nail, Shame and Shun corrupt leaders anywhere, everywhere.



CACOL had suspected that Mr. Mohammed Adoke Bello (SAN), was going to abet corruption even before he assumed office as Minister of Justice;based on this we had advised the Goodluck Jonathan led government not to ‘’appoint proven incompetent  people’’ as ministers. Adoke as the Attorney General of the Federation AGF; exhibited arrogance of impunity when he moved round the country to withdraw cases that the anti-graft agencies were painstakingly pursuing in the courts in a bare-faced effrontery to create escape routes for corruption criminals whose cases were in the courts. He actually acted like a hatchet-man who was on a mission to kill the anti-corruption drive of the country. His antecedents even earned the notorious nickname, ‘Nolle Adoke’, for his ignoble role in seeking nullifications of several corrupt cases.
Our suspicion came to bolder relief in year 2010 when we stumbled on information that the former Minister coordinated bribery scandals where spurious ‘legal fees’ involving up to about $26 million USDwere paid to prosecution counsels even though the accused were never prosecuted in any court which led CACOL to play its’ role as a patriotic organisation with an objective to combat corruption; by blowing the whistle on Mr Adoke through protest marches backed with petitions to the EFCC and ICPC submitted on 26th July, 2011 at their Head Offices in Abuja.
The re-opening and resumption of activities on the Halliburton and Siemens bribery scandals with the aim of bringing those culpable in the bribery and money laundering scandals to book and putting the case in the limelight again by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) thus deserves commendation as the war against corruption continues.
CACOL is indeed vindicated considering that as a coalition; we blazed the trail in the efforts to bring the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mr.Mohammed Adoke Bello (SAN) to book for his role in the Halliburton and Siemens bribery scandals by our protests and petitions in which CACOL specifically requested EFCC ‘’to as a matter of urgency and national interest investigate that Hon. Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Bello Adoke coordinated a bribery scheme that extorted $26 million USD from about 10 multinational companies involved in the Siemens and Halliburton scandals in the last quarter of 2010’’.
As a Coalition focused on its objectives; with the fight against corruption at the centre of these objectives, we remain consistent on our position on the Siemens and Halliburton scandals and still by our petition to the EFCC on 26 July, 2011.
‘’We are urging the EFCC to continue along this path and to vigorously pursue the case or cases to logical conclusions within the ambit of the law. The EFCC should even look beyond the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Joseph Daudu (SAN); the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), Mr. Damian Dodo (SAN), and Mr. Roland Ewubare for their alleged involvement in the $182m Halliburton scandal. Everyone else involved in the Halliburton and Siemens scandal must pay for their crimes, no matter who they are’’, Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr. DeboAdeniran said when speaking on the EFCC’s decision to re-open the Halliburton and Siemens scandals, describing it as ‘long overdue’.
‘’We reiterate the need for diligence in investigations, prosecutions and procedure; the situation where culprits of corruption escape justice based on wobbly prosecutions or investigations must be left in the past if the anti-corruption will be effective for our national development.When the culprits of corruption do not get punitive due to them for their crimes to serve as deterrent, then at best, the whole anti-corruption garb; of the present government, the agencies and citizens could described as a big charade.’’ Mr Adeniran added
It is our desire to see the agencies treat all suspected corruption criminals in the same way in order to send appropriate message to innocent Nigerians that corruption is a shameful act. This is in line with CACOL’s perpetual advice through its pay-off line – Name, Nail, Shame and Shun corrupt leaders anywhere, everywhere.
Mr. Wale Salami
Media Coordinator, CACOL
February 16, 2016.


The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), finds the insensitive hike in the tariff for electricity very provocative and illogical. We note that in spite of public outcry against any hike, the Power sector under the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing superintended upon by Mr. Babatunde Fashola, former Governor of Lagos State has gone ahead to illegally impose a tariff hike on electricity on Nigerians for services not rendered to them. This is flagrant and audacious corruption in a situation where the government is pontificating that it is against corruption and illegality.

“Mr. Babatunde Fashola, should be told that the Ministry he superintends over is not meant for the kind of antics that he got away with in Lagos state when was governor and trampled roughshod on the peoples’ right and public opinion, this is Nigeria, this is National and it is hugely above the microcosm that he evolved from.’’ The Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran said.

We make bold to say with every sense of responsibility that it’s the PHCN, the DISCOs, NERC that owe Nigerians money and apologies for not rendering services that they received money for and continue to receive money for, albeit, forcefully. Therefore we reject this hike in electricity tariff in totality, we demand that, power supply should be made available and accessible to all and a billing system that will be transparent, reasonable and commensurate to consumption. The DISCOs and NERC can take a cue from Telecommunication sector by providing meters; fixing the cobweb-like cables that dangle over the heads the people, mount poles etc. first, any other approach is like putting the ‘cart before the horse’ and therefore illegitimate and irrational!

Speaking further, Mr. Adeniran said ‘’every Disco should be enforced to meter all its customers. The demand by the distribution companies for cost reflective tariff so as to remain in business should be placed side by side with effective service delivery, after which the issue of tariff increase can now come. Until we fix our power sector, all the talk about the industrial revolution plans and creating jobs/wealth for Nigerians, will just be mere talks and a waste of time. The power issue is overly dragging and by now ought to have been a thing of the past. All hands must be on deck to make sure Nigerians have stable power/electricity supply.’’


We therefore enjoin the activist community, the masses, the Labour Movement and all that abhors exploitation and oppression to rise and resist the demonic and unjustifiable hike in electricity tariffs. We must move against the ‘change’ we did not vote for, to protect our being, and the struggle for a humane society.


Macjob Temitope

Media Officer, CACOL


February 8, 2016.



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The Beko Rights Klub (BRK) has lined up activities to commemorate the 10 year Anniversary of the passage of its’ Mentor, Dr. Bekololari Ransome Kuti who passed on February 10, 2005.

Activities lined up for the commemoration will witness the laying of Wreaths at the Graveside of the late Hero of the masses; a rally at Anthony Village (Anthony Oke) in Lagos, where the Beko Ransome Kuti Garden is located and a Motorcade rally to the Lagos state House of Assembly (LAHA) and the Governor’s Office where letters of plea will be handed to the Speaker and the Governor for onward transmission to the National Assembly and Presidency. The BRK will call on the Honourable members and the Lagos government to lend their voices to the passionate plea of the Klub to the Federal government and President Muhammed Buhari for a National Pardon for the son of Dr. Kuti, Brigadier General Enitan Ransome Kuti.

Convenor of the Beko Rights Klub, Mr. Debo Adeniran said ‘’the Klub is utilising the occasion of the commemoration of Beko’s passage to call on the Nigerian government to grant Brigadier General Enitan Ransome Kuti, son of our late Hero, National Pardon with regard to the case of ‘mutiny’ against him following the decision of the Military to Court martial him after the Baga massacre carried out by Boko Haram Insurgents in January 2015. Brigadier-General Enitan remains in imprisonment till date, even though history has absolved him.’’

‘’We are strongly convinced that the revelations reeled out from the Arms procurement scandal and the DasukiGate confirm his innocence and patriotism. In fact, we believe with those expositions, the actions of Brigadier General Enitan and others are justiciable, reasonable and dialectical.’’ Mr. Adeniran added.


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Date: 10 February 2016


Time: Procession starts at 9 AM from Obalende to Ikoyi Cemetery for laying of Wreaths, then Procession to Beko Ransome Kuti Garden, Anthony Village (Anthony Oke) by 11 AM for Speeches

Theme: Human Rights Democracy and the Rule of Law: Any Conflict with Anti-Corruption War?



Debo Adeniran,

Convenor, Beko Rights Klub




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