Central banks, intelligence agencies and cash, by Ogannah

Watchers and followers of American history would readily admit that one of the most enduring scandals of the Ronald Reagan Administration was the clandestine sale of arms to Iran, at the time a sworn enemy of the US, with some of the proceeds sent to a South American Rebel group in cash. This scandal, generally referred to as the Iran-Contra Affair, More...

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By Bar and Bench On Monday, May 1st, 2017
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Covenant University as domain of “Sadducees and Pharisees”, by Owei Lakemfa

Some might argue that students who do not accept the theocratic proclivities of a chancellor, can go to other universities. This will be standing logic on its head; it is the chancellor that has the option of not More...

By Bar and Bench On Monday, April 24th, 2017
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The dangerous implications of Presidency’s insistence on Magu, by Uju Okeke

The EFCC is not one of the Federal Executive bodies specifically mentioned and created in Sections 153-169 (listed in third schedule) which appointment and removal is provided for in Section 171 of the Constitution. More...

By Bar and Bench On Monday, April 24th, 2017
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The CBN is winning but pessimists still complain, by Dele Sobowale

The principles of supply and demand break down when desperate people are prepared to buy a commodity – including dollars – at any rate. That is not how reasonable people behave. Yet, the market is meant for More...

By Bar and Bench On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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The ultimate whistle-blower, by Kola Omotosho

Suddenly piles and loads and millions upon millions of moneys are being discovered in water tanks, in dry soak aways, in unoccupied slum buildings and in stylish most expensive sky scrapers. These are not really More...

By Bar and Bench On Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Sanusi: Herdsman, iconoclast or pretender?, by Azubuike Ishiekwene

Like the herdsman anxious to save the flock from danger, Sanusi’s comment was a wake-up call. If, however, like Frederik Willem de Klerk, he becomes the battering ram that deals the fatal blow on his privileged More...

By Bar and Bench On Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Whistle-blowers among weasels, by Fola Ojo

Stories told from and about Nigeria are often disheartening and dispiriting. The grotesqueness of many of these tales is capable of sparking off a pirouette in the human head; and a dazzle and rattle in fleshly More...

By Bar and Bench On Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
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Lord Lugard, his dirty shoes and his successors, by Dare Babarinsa

But budgeting is an important instrument of government. All the seven British governors (or governors-general) who ruled Nigeria before Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe became the first African Governor-General in 1960, took More...

By Bar and Bench On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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And Buratai shakes Naija with Shekau’s capture, by Anthony Kolawole

He went into an eerie state, after a hard day’s work, stretching himself on his camp bed.  His heart shook violently and beads of sweat covered his forehead, but eventually, he fell asleep. The theatre commander More...

By Bar and Bench On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
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Forex: Nigerian banks in the dock, by Tayo Oke

Ask anyone in a random survey about the profession they find most trustworthy. The answer would most probably be: “bankers, of course”. They are ranked only behind people in the medical profession in some surveys. More...