A group, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN), has warned the Federal Government against advancing the sum of N100 billion to Miyetti- Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for any form of compensation or to halt purported criminality among herdsmen. National Chairman of the group, Alhaji Sale Bayari, disclosed this at the weekend while speaking with journalists in Jos, Plateau State.
He said if the report and speculation about the Federal Government advancing N100 billion to Miyetti Allah was true, then there were better ways to empower herdsmen than dealing with a particular group that had become political, which it said would not help the situation.
Bayari said if the report was true, it would set a dangerous precedent, because any association that wanted to be relevant would now arm bandits to qualify for government patronage.
“I have been hearing that the Federal Government is dealing with Miyetti- Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). The report said that the government wants to compensate herdsmen who have lost their means of livelihood, which are cattle.
The meeting took place in Birnin Kebbi and I understood that the Director- General, State Security Service (SSS), the Director- General, National Intelligent Agency (NIA), the Inspector-General of Police, Governor of Kebbi State and the Minister of Interior, were all there.
Channels TV reporter shot covering Police, Shiites clash in Abuja
Reports reaching New Telegraph from Abuja are indicating that there is sporadic shooting around the Federal Secretariat in the nation’s capital as police battle members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also called Shiites, after their ‘Free El Zakzaky’ protest turned violent.
Meanwhile, Channels TV is reporting that one of its reporters covering the event has been hit in the stomach by a “stray bullet”.
However, the Lagos-based private television station did not disclose the name of the reporter.
Ortom swears-in 15 commissioners
- Warns against stealing funds
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom Monday inaugurated 15 new commissioners and warned them against converting funds meant for the execution of public projects.
The governor said he will not hesitate to use what he called “the big stick” against anyone caught diverting government funds to their private pockets.
“I wish to emphasise that all public servants under this Administration should not dare to convert funds meant for the execution of public projects for the people’s welfare and wellbeing into private pockets. This is unacceptable and contrary to public fiscal responsibility and we shall not hesitate to use the big stick against such conduct,” he said.
Ortom, who spoke during the swearing-in ceremony at the Government House in Makurdi, said his administration had embarked on aggressive internal revenue generation with a view to meeting his campaign promises.
This he said has accounted for the current re-organisation of the machinery of government in some sectors for effective service delivery, and implored every appointee to perform satisfactorily in order to continue to be part of his administration.
Northern govs condemn increased banditry in N’west
The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has condemned the increasing wave of armed banditry in the North West region of the country.
Lalong, in a strong worded statement issue and signed by his Deputy Director of Press and Public Affairs Mr Solomon Gujor and made available to news men in Jos on Monday, expressed shock over the killing of 37 innocent citizens in Sokoto State by armed bandits in Goronyo Local Government of the state.
Lalong who commiserated with his Sokoto State counterpart, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the good people of his state over this ugly development, said what is happening in the states of North-west region in the area of insecurity has become a source of concern other governments and people of the region in general.
He expressed his determination and that of his other Northern counterparts in conjunction with the Federal Government to bring to an end this senseless bloodletting.
Lalong described the perpetrators of the evil acts in the North as enemies of God and of humanity whose evil desires have beclouded their sense of reasoning.
FG, Siemens agree to boost power
Nigeria and German company Siemens have agreed a roadmap to increase Nigeria’s “reliable” power supply to 11,000 megawatts by 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday.
The president of the West African country said that at present, “only an average of 4,000 megawatts reliably reaches consumers”. He said Nigeria would work with Siemens to achieve “7,000 megawatts of reliable power supply by 2021 and 11,000 megawatts by 2023”.
Alleged assault: Court fixes Aug. 20 for Sen. Abbo’s trial
A Zuba Chief Magistrates’ Court Abuja, on Monday fixed Aug. 20, for the trial of Sen. Elisha Abbo who allegedly assaulted a nursing woman in Abuja.
The offence that bordered on criminal force and assault which is contrary to section 263 and 264 of penal code.
The Magistrate, Abdullahi Ilelah, also ordered the prosecution counsel, to supply the defendant’s counsel with all the materials he intends to rely on in to defend his client.
Ilelah adjourned the case until August 20 for hearing.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, told the court that Abbo was arraigned on July 8, based on preliminary investigation.
Idachaba told the court that he received the case file late and the video that has gone viral is an electronically generated video which needed to be properly investigated.
He prayed the court to grant him an adjournment to complete investigation in the matter and to enable him serve the defendant counsel all the materials he intend to rely on.
He cited Sections 350 (2) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act 2015 adding that it is mandatory for the prosecution to serve the defendant counsel with all the prove of evidence before a trail commence.
He prayed the court to grant him date to open his case against the defendant and to enable him comply with the order 350(2) of ACJA 2015.
Mr Adegbite Adeniyi, Counsel to the Senator Abbo did not oppose the oral application made by the prosecution counsel.
Adeniyi, prayed the prosecution to serve him with all the evidence which he intend to rely on before the adjourn date.
Sen. Abbo who represents Adamawa North senatorial Zone was docked on July 8 for allegedly assaulting a nursing mother, one Warmate Osimibibra
The police alleged that the Senator committed the offence on May 11 at Pleasure Chest Shop FA 45 Located at Bannex Plaze Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II Abuja.
He also alleged that Abbo slapped the complainant severally on her face and forcefully dragging her shirt without provocation.
S’west govs, political bigwigs storm Ondo to bid Olakunri farewell
Babatope Okeowo, Akure
Governors of the Southwest geo-political zone converged on Akure, the Ondo State capital on Monday for the burial ceremony of Mrs Olufunke Olakunri, a daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Led by the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, others present included Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, were in Akure for the burial ceremony of Mrs Olakunri who was killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen along the Akure-Ore road last week.
Also in the church service, which held at Saint David Cathedral, Ijomu, were the immediate past governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, former Ekiti State governor, Chief Segun Oni, former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Prof Pat Utomi, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Chief Judge of Ondo State, Mrs Olanrewaju Akeredolu and former Minister of Communication, Mrs Omobola Johnson.
Besides, Afenifere members, including Chiefs Supo Sonibare, Kole Omololu, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Chief Clement Faboyede and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, President of Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Aguda Taiwo and top government officials, were present to bid Mrs Olakunri farewell.
In his sermon, the Anglican Bishop of Akure Diocese of Church of Nigeria, Simeon Borokini said Christians should not be scared of death as everybody would die at the appointed time.
Borokini said everybody would give an account of his or her stewardship on earth when they face their creator in heaven.
The cleric called on governments at all level to do the needful in tackling insecurity in the country.
Shooting in Abuja as Police, Shiites clash
Reports reaching New Telegraph from Abuja are indicating that there is sporadic shooting going on around the Federal Secretariat in the nation’s capital as police battle members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also called Shiites, after their ‘Free El Zakzaky’ protest turned violent.
Xenophobia: Union confirms killing of Nigerian teenager in S’Africa
As Nigerians mourn Mrs Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, a Nigerian Insurance chief, who was murdered in South Africa, the country again is grappling with the ruthless assassination of a teenager in that country.
The latest killing brings to about 200 Nigerians killed in xenophobic attacks between 2016 and this year.
South Africa is home to about 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, according to unofficial records.
Ndubisi-Chukwu was the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) and was killed on June 13 in her hotel room.
The teenager, Chinonso Dennis Obiaju, 17, a Nigerian still in high school was shot dead in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, who confirmed the killing to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the deceased student lived in Roodeprt, Johannesburg with his guardian.
Olubajo told NAN on telephone that his guardian, Mr Mike Nsofor, disclosed that he was shot at about 6.30 p.m.
“He went to buy from a shop with his friend and someone chased and opened fire on them, killing him,’’ he quoted the guardian as saying.
He added that the family would be burying him in South Africa, noting that the union’s leaders in Johannesburg would be contacting him on developments.
Olubajo said they were going to the Police on Monday to finalise on the registry and provision of his papers.
“He was born here I learnt and the mother is in the U.S.
“I have spoken to Mike Nsofor to pass the Nigerian community’s condolences and call for justice to be served in this case as anybody who hunts down a young school boy couldn’t have any justifiable reasons,” Olubajo said.
He implored the Federal Government to urgently protect Nigerians in the Diaspora.
Kenya Finance Minister to face corruption charges
Kenya’s Finance Minister Henry Rotich and more than two dozen other officials are expected to be arrested after the director of public prosecutions alleged they were involved in corruption.
Noordin Haji said they would be charged with “conspiracy to defraud, failure to comply with guidelines relating to procurement” among other things.
The charges relate with plans to build two dams in the country at a large expense, reports the BBC.
Haji said “this kind of crime… enslaves us with unnecessary debt and mortgagees our future generations”.
He added: “The persons we are charging today… deliberately breached [the public’s] trust… they ensured the funds did not come into the consolidated fund – guaranteeing no-one had oversight over its use.
“Colossal amounts were unjustifiably and illegally paid out through a well-choreographed scheme by government officers in collusion with private individuals and institutions.”
N2trn spent on constituency projects without results – ICPC
T he Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said the nation had spent about N2 trillion on constituency projects without commensurate development at the grassroots.
The commission’s spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, quoted the chairman as saying this at the induction of newly-qualified members of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors in Abuja.
Owasanoye, while making emphasis on the ongoing tracking of constituency projects by the commission in 12 states, said that the exercise was not to witch-hunt anyone.
He said that tracking the projects was an important assignment for ICPC as the nation had spent about N2 trillion on the funding since 2000 without commensurate impact at the grassroots.
Owasanoye, however, said that ICPC would not hesitate to prosecute any contractor that has failed to deliver on the projects, including accomplices.
He said that ICPC commenced the Constituency Projects Tracking Group (CPTG) initiative to ensure proper implementation of funded projects at the various constituencies across the nation.
He further said that the initiative was already yielding positive results as some contractors had gone back to site to complete unfinished projects.
He, however, noted that the commission was collaborating with the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) in the on-going exercise.
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