Probe Amosun, suspended council chairmen ask EFCC, ICPC

Twenty suspended local government chairmen in Ogun State on Monday asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to probe the allocation of local government funds under the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun. Under the aegis of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), the suspended chairmen alleged that all revenues were taken over by ministries and parastatals at the behest of the former governor “who governed with fiat.” Addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, the ALGON…

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President: Corrupt individuals sponsoring insecurity

…says Africa loses $60bn annually from illicit financial outflow   President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the rising insecurity crisis in the country and Africa at large was being sponsored by individuals who benefit from illegal financial activities. The President, yesterday, called on security agencies in the continent, especially the intelligence community, to tighten the loop against illicit financial flows. Buhari stated this while delivering a keynote address at the opening session of the 16th Conference of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) in Abuja. The…

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Eko Disco kicks as customers’ assault on staff worsens

Man faces prosecution over knife attack on Disco’s staff The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Thursday kicked as physical assaults on staff of the utility firm by its customers worsened.   A customer of the Disco, Mr. Sulaiman Quadri, is already in police custody over alleged knife attack on a staff of he company and Head, Media and Communications, EKEDC, Mr. Sulaiman Aledeh,  who confirmed the attack, begged  “all customers to desist from assaulting staff of the company.” The incident, Aledeh said in a statement on Thursday, occurred on Thursday…

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Buhari directs military, paramilitary, hospitals to source uniforms from local textile firms

Military and paramilitary institutions, including hospitals henceforth must source official uniforms of their personnel from the local textile firms in line with the dictate of Executive Order 3. This was the directive of President Muhammdu Buhari as disclosed yesterday by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele. Emefiele stated this during a meeting with Service Chiefs and heads of paramilitary agencies as part of efforts to revamp textile and garment industries from total collapse. The CBN governor said he called for the meeting based on information…

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Buhari lauds private sector support for poor Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commended the Chanrai family for their commitment to the development of Nigeria through long-term investments, and humanitarian services, providing free health services to the underprivileged. The President stated this yesterday at the commissioning of the Tulsi Chanrai Hospital in Abuja. Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying that the family’s investments in the country since Nigeria’s independence clearly showed a dedication to the wellbeing of Nigerians, especially by channeling resources into making life better for…

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TCN recovers 775 stranded containers

    … Targets 10000MW wheeling capacity The Managing Director Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr.  Usman Gur Mohammed on Wednesday night in Abuja revealed that the company has recovered 775 stranded containers from 800 units abandoned for over 10 years at the ports, adding that the contents have been used to complete several substations including the brand new Damaturu, Maiduguri and Ilashe substations. He said with this completion the Company would raise the wheeling capacity to 10,000 megawatts (MW) by re-conductoring seven critical lines nationwide this year. According to him,…

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I did my best to address security challenges in Zamfara, says Yari

Former Zamfara Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, on Monday defended his handling of the security situation in the state, saying he did his best to tackle the problem. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yari made the remarks in Talata-Mafara at a meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders from Gusau, Maradun and Tsafe local government areas. “I am using this opportunity on behalf of the entire APC members in Zamfara state to condole people of Maradun and Tsafe local government areas over recent bandits’ attacks in their communities. “We…

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PHOTOS: Protest in Taraba as youths rejects FG’s Ruga settlement for herdsmen

Youths in Jalingo, Taraba state, have taken to the streets, rejecting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government’s planned Ruga settlements in the state. The federal government’s National Livestock Transformation Scheme plans to establish ranches in Lau, Zing, Ibi and Sarduana local government areas of the state. The protesting youths insisted that the ranching model proposed by Governor Darius Ishaku was the panacea to real peace in the state. They, therefore, urged the state government to enforce the anti-open grazing and ranching law established in 2017.

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Court orders arrest of Amaju Pinnick, other NFF officials over alleged $8m fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, as well as four other officials of the organisation accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the football body. According to reports, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order after defendants were absent in court. Ojukwu also ordered the arrest of NFF Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.

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Sen. Ndume weeps as he urges IDPs to return home

Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno) has urged all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwazo taking refuge in Maiduguri, to return home, assuring them of their safety. Ndume made the call on Monday while addressing the IDPs in Bakassi and Gubio camps in Maiduguri. The lawmaker, who was intermittently wiping tears with handkerchief, expressed disappointment that the IDPs from Gwoza had yet to be resettled even when normalcy had returned to the town. He said that insurgency had reduced many people in Gwoza to almost beggars and they had to wait to…

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