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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January 05, 2022

FG Finally Declares Bandits As Terrorists


 

By Ifreke Inyang 


The Federal Government has finally declared bandits as terrorists.


The declaration is contained in a gazette proscribing their existence and restraining any person or group of persons from participating in activities of bandit groups.


This follows weeks of footdragging, after Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, granted an ex parte application for Yan Bindiga (Hausa word for gunmen) and Yan Ta’adda (Hausa word for terrorists) to be declared as terrorists


The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has now gazetted the court judgement.


States in the North-West geopolitical zone including Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina have been ravaged by banditry in the last year.


The bandits have murdered hundreds of innocent persons and kidnapped several others for ransom.




Monday, January 3, 2022

January 03, 2022

I Never Asked Anyone To Vote For Buhari - Rev. Fr. Mbaka, Says There Are Plots To Asassinate Him


Catholic priest, and spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka has denied asking anyone to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 general elections.


He claimed that he only declared a revelation he received, about Buhari becoming President in 2015.


Mbaka who said this in his 2022 new year message also raised an alarm of a plot to kill him after a row with the Catholic Diocese of Enugu in May last year.


This came after the Catholic Priest who was known as an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, asked the President to resign or be impeached for “bad governance”.


In response, the Presidency alleged that Mbaka was angry because his request for government contracts was rebuffed.


Giving his new year message, Mbaka recounted how he was asked to shut down his Adoration ministry in Enugu for one-month and embark on a retreat by Catholic Bishop of the Enugu Diocese, Callistus Onaga who cautioned him against meddling in politics.


Addressing his followers on New Year Day, Mbaka said;


You know they gave me order (at the time) not to come here (Adoration Ground) again till 30 days. Somebody that was summoned to a meeting,” he said.


“It was the meeting I went for, but I didn’t know it was a panel. It was in that panel that they gave me an order not to conduct adoration again until 30 days and that I won’t enter my house until 30 days.


“I was asked to just move somewhere else other than Adoration ground or my house."


He claimed that he obeyed the Bishop’s order, but that the Holy Spirit ministered to him that he should not park “anywhere”.


Mbaka added;


“I didn’t know I was being tracked that night. Before the next day you people started searching for me.


“Their plan was to capture me that night and drag me to Cubana (Hotel) and take me to Mobil where prostitutes stay and then take me around (there) and then, show video of me in the place (Brothel) so that people would ask what Mbaka was searching for in brothel.


“Then, they will again, drag me to Igboeze, another spot for Prostitutes. That’s where they planned to naked themselves, not me. So, then people would begin to ask what I am doing naked in prostitutes’ spot. Then, they will take me to Abuja and the story will be much, they will kill themselves, not me.”


Speaking further, Mbaka said he has reviewed his initial apology to the church leadership and realised it was people who treated him badly that ought to apologise to him.


The Catholic Priest warned people fighting his ministry to steer clear of it.


Mbaka who also maintained that he has never spoken ill of the Bishop in the Adoration ground, stated that he takes him as a father and should also be taken as a son.


Speaking on Buhari's presidency, Mbaka said;


“When I was saying that Buhari would be President, there was nobody I told to vote Buhari.


“People were quoting me out of context. I said it was revealed to me that Buhari would be President (in 2015), does that mean I said you should vote him? It is vision, but I said if he begins to mess up, that I will attack him. It is in the tape. And he messed up and I started attacking him."




Thursday, December 16, 2021

December 16, 2021

President Buhari To Depart Nigeria Today For Turkey

 



President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday leave Abuja for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Republic of Turkey.


According to the organisers, the theme of the Summit is ‘‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity’’ and the agenda includes reviewing the cooperation between African countries and Turkey since the last Summit in 2014.


This was disclosed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, on Thursday morning.


The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit is coming on the heels of President Erdogan’s recent State visit to Nigeria during which several agreements in the fields of energy, defence industry, mining and hydrocarbons were signed to expand existing bilateral ties.


The Turkish leader had during the visit to Nigeria, affirmed his commitment to immediately expand the volume of trade between the two countries to 5 billion dollars and the Nigerian delegation will seize the opportunity of the gathering in Istanbul to enhance cooperation with other partners for more trade and investment opportunities in the country.


It is expected that the Summit would provide guidelines and direction for cooperation with African countries for the next five years.


President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by his wife, Aisha Buhari; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd); FCT, Mohammed Bello; Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar; Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd); and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.


The President is expected back in Abuja on Sunday, December 19.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

December 09, 2021

All FG Workers Will Get Their December Salaries Early, Report On Delay Of Salaries Fake - FG


 

The Presidency has dismissed the claims in some quarters that public servants will not get paid in December due to a shortfall in budgetary allocations.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a circular purportedly issued by the Federal Government advised police officers and federal civil servants to spend their November salaries wisely because their December salaries may be delayed till January 2022.


However, Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who spoke to State House correspondents on Thursday in Abuja, dismissed the circular, saying President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration “takes the issue of payment of salaries more seriously’’.


According to him, the Buhari administration attaches great importance to the welfare of its workers, especially the payment of their wages.


“I have not been briefed about this issue but what I can tell you is that nobody takes the issue of payment of salaries more seriously than President Muhammadu Buhari.


“To give you an example, only two weeks ago or so, the National Economic Council announced that the President had approved this huge amount of money over N18 billion to each state of the federation to take care of outstanding pensions and salaries.


“So, logically speaking, if the President will help States to pay; he has done this many times, from 2015, he saw it as a national crisis.

 

“He did this kind of support to States not less than three times before this one,” he stated.


He, therefore, advised workers, especially public servants, not to be upset with such circulars but remain calm, as their salaries would be paid.


Shehu added: “So, if he will help States to pay, why would President Buhari decline to pay salaries?


“For the president, salary is so important that he is looking beyond the Federal and he is holding the hands of the States to join him in doing so, please, people should not be unnecessarily upset.’’


(NAN)




Sunday, December 5, 2021

December 05, 2021

Bayelsa: Nine Die In Fatal Accident On Their Way From Wedding, Including Groom's Parents, Brother


 

Tragedy hit the family of a newlywed couple in Bayelsa after nine persons, including the groom’s parents and his sibling, died in an auto crash.


The accident occurred at the tollgate along Glory Land drive in Igbogene axis of Yenagoa, the state capital.


According to an eyewitness, the deceased were returning to their base in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state after the wedding ceremony when the unfortunate incident happened.


Sources said that the bus which the deceased passengers boarded collided with an upcoming vehicle returning from Warri in Delta state.


The vehicles were reportedly trying to divert to the East-West road when the unfortunate incident happened, according to witnesses.


The cause of the accident may not be unconnected with the deplorable state of that axis of the East-West road, a witness said.


Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) told Daily Trust at the scene of the incident that they had early evacuated four persons who sustained injuries to a hospital in Yenagoa, but one later died.


He said the commission will come out with official statement at the end of the operation since investigation is still ongoing.


Police Public Relations Officer in Bayelsa, SP Asinim Butswat, said the Command has commenced investigation into the incident.


He said, “The unfortunate accident occurred on Saturday 4th December, 2021 at about 1700hours, along the Glory Land drive, Igbogene, involving a Toyota Hiace Bus with Reg No. AKL 652 YP and a Toyota Forerunner Jeep with Reg No. KMK 923 AA.


“Sketch marks of the scene were taken, the accidented cars were also evacuated to the Igbogene Division for further inspection.


“The corpses of the victims were deposited at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri while the injured passengers are responding to treatment at the same facility.”



Tuesday, November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021

States To Get N656.1 Billion From FG


  

 

By Emma Ujah


The Federal Government has provided a N656.1 billion bridging facility to state governments to cushion the effects of resumed bail out deductions.


The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this at the 2021 conference of the National Council on Finance and Economic Development, NACOFED, in Lagos yesterday.


The Acting Director (Information), Mr. Olajide Oshundun, in a statement quoted the minister as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the bridging facility, adding that the modalities had been worked.


She disclosed that the facility would be for a period of six months.


The minister said Nigeria’s economic recovery, after the COVID-19 pandemic, had been sustainably good, noting that the recent past had been very challenging for the nation and indeed the entire globe.


She, however, noted that Nigeria’s rate of recovery from the pandemic had been very encouraging as according to her “things are now looking up for us and our economy is bouncing back to normal.”


Mrs. Ahmed said the conference provided a veritable platform for stakeholders in the public and private sectors financial management to brainstorm on issues relating to the impact, implications, challenges and opportunities created by the pandemic.


She disclosed that the Federal Government had concluded arrangements with the World Bank to further make available another $750 million as additional financing for states under the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability, SFTAS, programme.


Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, in his keynote address, thanked the Federal Government for its implementation of various initiatives to boost the economy, adding that all hands must be on deck to rebuild from the destruction occasioned by this COVID-19 pandemic.



Sunday, November 14, 2021

November 14, 2021

Video: Woman Who Had 10 Kids With 10 Different Men Buried In Penis-Like Casket



A really curious video has emerged online showing how a woman was laid to rest in a casket that was designed to look like a man's private part.


Ghanaian media practitioner and lawyer, Gabby Otchere-Darko shared the video online and further revealed that he was told the deceased had 10 children with different men hence the male organ-shaped casket.


It was also learned that the burial ceremony took place in a Ga community.


Watch the video below:




 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

November 11, 2021

Release Nnamdi Kanu n 21 days or We'll Kill You – Armed Group To Southeast Govs, Senators


 

By Seun Opejobi (Daily Post)


An armed group known as the Angry Vipers has given Southeast Governor 21 days ultimatum to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.


The group vowed to declare all Southeast governors, Senators, traditional rulers, and other political office holders dead if Kanu is not released within 21 days.


Their ultimatum was disclosed in a video of what resembled a ritual where the vipers sang and made incantations.


The video has gone viral online currently.


In the video, the group also called on traditional rulers to ensure Kanu’s release and that Fulanis vacate the Southeast.


A voice speaking in the video said: “We The angry Viper has noticed that Southeast governors, Senators, local government Chairman have concluded to play pranks with the lives of youths of the Eastern region.


“We, hereby, give you 21 days ultimatum to ensure that Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally and resigns from the opposition without further delays.


“Failure to do so, we shall have no other option than to declare you wanted, dead.


“All kings and chiefs who have decided to reduce themselves to used sanitary pads and all themselves to be toiled about with by uncircumcised Fulanis due to your idiocy and bribery; we the Angry Vipers are giving you 21 days to leave our land unless Nnamdi Kanu is released.”


Kanu is currently locked up by the Department of State Services, DSS, following his rearrest in Kenya and repatriation to Nigeria.


He was brought back to Nigeria and arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Federal High Court.



Sunday, October 24, 2021

October 24, 2021

Buhari To Travel To Saudi Arabia Tomorrow


By Johnbosco Agbakwuru


President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow (Monday) depart for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the investment conference organized by the Future Investment Initiative Institute.


A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja, Sunday, stated that Buhari will be joined at the 5th edition of the flagship investment event by business executives from Nigeria, bankers, Captains of industry and energy experts to discuss issues on the future of investments across the globe.


According to him, “The three-day event, with the theme, INVESTMENT IN HUMANITY, which will host global executives and asset managers, will deliberate on progress and prosperity with energy; true final frontiers in investments; science in action; and impact of climate change on communities among others.


“President Buhari will perform the lesser Hajj in Madina & Makka before returning to the country on Friday.”


The statement further stated that the President will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb Zubairu Dada, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen Babagana Monguno, Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Managing Director of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Uche Orji and Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.


Some participants from the private sector include: Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Tope Shonubi , Wale Tinubu, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, Hassan Usman, Omoboyode Olusanya, Abubakar Suleiman, Herbert Wigwe and Leo Stan Ekeh.



Sunday, August 8, 2021

August 08, 2021

Police Arrest 29 Suspected ESN Members In Their Camps, 3 Women Arrested


 

The Imo State Police Command on Sunday, paraded 29 suspected members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, allegedly planning to attack the State ahead of the Sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Monday.


The State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, who paraded the suspects at the Command’s headquarters in Owerri, said they were arrested at the various camps of ESN, in the State.


Yaro, said the Police got intelligence of the planned attack and deployed the tactical teams of the command to apprehend the suspects from their hideouts.


Also, among the arrested were three women who were alleged to be offering catering services to the members of ESN.


According to Imo CP, “We got information that they have concluded their plans to launch an attack in the State as a way to enforce their sit-at-home order and we moved our men to action and unfortunate for them all, they were captured in their different camps of ESN, in the State. Also, arrested were some women who offer them catering services.”


“I am glad to report Imo has remained largely peaceful. We have security measures to ensure everything is secured.


“We are not unaware that there are some people bent on trying to destroy it. However, a lot of mileage has been scored and Imo still remains a leading light. We are not relenting. We must always be ahead of them.”


In another development, one of the paraded suspects, who was masked confessed to being a member of the ESN. He claimed that “I am a member of ESN, the Police arrested me in Orlu, I have repented from all the evil things I have done and I have decided to work with the Police to expose the activities of members of ESN in Orlu local government area, especially the killings going on there.”




Friday, July 2, 2021

July 02, 2021

See Weapons, Charms DSS Claimed To Have Recovered From The Home Of Yoruba Activist, Sunday Igboho As 2 Are Confirmed Dead

Weapons allegedly recovered from Sunday Igboho

 



The department of state security services has issued a statement on a raid it carried out in the early hours of Thursday at the home of activist and pro-secessionist, Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a Sunday Igboho.

In a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, Igboho and his boys engaged DSS officials in a gun battle.

The statement read; "In the early hours (about 0134 hours) of today, 1st July, 2021, a joint team of security operatives raided the residence of Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo a.k.a. SUNDAY IGBOHO at Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State. This was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place. On approach to the residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine (9) men, suspected to be IGBOHO’s guards. Six (6) of them were armed with AK-47 gun and Three (3) others, with Pump-Action riffles."

"In the course of the exchange, two (2) of IGBOHO’s armed men were gunned down while the rest were subdued and arrested. Only one operative who was shot by the assailants on his right hand sustained injury. He has however received medical attention and is very stable."

"Afterwards, the team procedurally searched the house and subsequently recovered the following among others:
i. Seven (7) AK-47 assault rifles;
ii. Three (3) Pump Action guns;
iii. Thirty (30) fully charged AK-47 magazines;
iv. Five Thousand (5,000) rounds of 7.62mm ammunition;
v. Five (5) Cutlasses, One (1) Jack knife, One (1) Pen Knife
vi. Two (2) Pistol holsters;
vii. One (1) binoculars
viii. A wallet containing Five (5) US Dollars in one (1) Dollar denomination; local and international driver’s licences in his name, ATM Cards, a German residence permit No. YO2N6K1NY bearing his name;
ix. Two (2) whistles;
x. Fifty (5) Cartridges;
xi. Eighteen (18) Walkie-Talkies;
xii. Three Voodoo charm jackets/traditional body armour;
xiii. Two (2) Laptops (One (1) Toshiba and One (1) Compaq); and
xiv. His International Passport and those of many others (as displayed here). Further exploitation and forensic analysis are ongoing.

Aside the items recovered from the building, about thirteen (13) suspects including twelve (12) males and one (1) female were arrested and brought to Abuja. While one suspect is being profiled, the other twelve (12) paraded here are:

i. Abdulateef OFEYAGBE
ii. Amoda BABATUNDE aka Lady K (female)
iii. Tajudeen ERINOYEN
iv. Diakola ADEMOLA
v. Abideen SHITTU
vi. Jamiu NOAH
vii. Ayobami DONALD
viii. Adelabe USMAN
ix. Oluwafelumi KUNLE
x. Raji KAZEEM
xi. Taiwo OPEYEMI and
xii. Bamidele SUNDAY.

"This is Inform Nigerians and the world that Sunday IGBOHO and his group, in the guise of campaign for self-determination, have become well-armed and determined to undermine public order. This, the arrests and seizures are, no doubt, a confirmation of a grand plan by IGBOHO and his cohorts to wage a violent insurrection against the Nigerian State."

"Alert foreign missions and licencing authorities within and outside Nigeria about this development and the possibility that IGBOHO could declare some of his personal permit and identity cards missing in order to seek their replacement."

"Apprise stakeholders that the Five (5) AK-47 assault rifles recovered from the building are suspected to be those collected by IGBOHO’s men from Nigerian Customs and Immigration personnel at Idi Iroko, Ogun State."

"The gun duel which lasted for an hour offered IGBOHO the chance to escape. Sunday ADEYEMO a.k.a Sunday IGBOHO is now on the run. IGBOHO may run as far as he can. He may hide as long as he wants. He might have attacked security operatives as his strength carried him. But this will be the end of his shenanigans. Soon, he will not have a hiding place. His strength will sure fail him. And the law will catch up with him. The law may be slow. But it will be steady."

"Consequently, ADEYEMO/IGBOHO is advised to turn himself in to the nearest security agency. Those cheering and eulogising him may appeal to or advise him to do the needful. He should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities. He or anyone can never be above the law. Meanwhile, those arrested will be charged accordingly."










Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

FEC Approves New Retirement Age For Teachers


 


By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a range of new incentives for Nigerian teachers, including an upwards retirement age review and special allowances for inconvenient posting.


This was disclosed to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Executive Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.


Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who joined three other colleagues of his, including the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to the media briefing, said the ultimate goal of the new incentives is attracting the best brains the teaching profession.


According to him, the bill tagged ‘Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill (2021)’, would be transmitted to the National Assembly for required legislation and enactment into law.


Describing the approval as a giant step in the ministry’s reform race, Adamu said the ongoing process, which is aimed at giving works done so far a legal backing, is the biggest stage so far.


Speaking about the key item of the bill, the Minister said the proposed law would review teachers’ retirement age from the current 60 years mark to 65 years of age, while years of service will now be reviewed from 35 years to 40 years.


“This memo that was approved for education is a giant step towards what we set out to do towards the end of last year with the approval by Mr President of some special packages for teachers.


“So, at the meeting today, the council approved that bill, which will be called Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2021 to be sent to the National Assembly for enactment into law. So, all the promises the President made and all the approvals that he has given me will now begin to be put into effect because this is a legal backing that is required for it.


“I want to assure teachers that this government will do to them what has never been done. This is the first biggest step.


“The intention is to attract the best brains to the teaching profession. For that, the President approved the reintroduction of bursary awards, which I told you here last year, improving teacher quality, and funding teaching practice, now from TETFUND, he approved an enhanced entry point for teachers.


“Then, he approved that there should be some special allowances that will allow teachers to be posted to places you can consider ‘hardship postings’, rural posting allowance, science teacher allowance, and of course we have Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) under us that has professionalized the profession.


“Those are the highlights which you already know. But this is the biggest stage now. We are getting legal backing for all these things.


“The essence of the bill is to seek approval so that there is legal backing for the new retirement age of 65 years for teachers and the service period being extended to 40 years for teachers. This is the main issue while all other issues are ancillary to it,” he said

Thursday, December 24, 2020

December 24, 2020

Former PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh Regains Freedom

Olisa Metuh

 

By Taiwo Jubril


Former National publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh has secured his release from the Kuje Correctional Centre where he was serving his 7-year jail term since conviction in February on charges of money laundering. 



His release followed last week’s court of appeal Judgement which nullified his 7-year sentence and set aside his conviction on grounds that the proceedings at the federal high court were tainted with bias.  


The appeal court justices also noted that the trial judge Okon Abang made disparaging comments in the course of the trial that betrayed his mindset against the defendant.


The proceedings were therefore declared a nullity with an order for the case file to be returned to the chief judge of the Federal High Court for re-assignment to another judge.


Saturday, October 31, 2020

October 31, 2020

If I Had My Way, I'll Order Ayade To Step Aside For An Interim Govt, He Doesn't Know What Administration Is - Obong Of Calabar Blasts C'River Governor


 

The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu (V) has blamed the governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, for the massive looting, destruction and vandalism of public and private properties in Calabar and other parts of the state last weekend, suggesting that the governor lacks administrative skills.


The Obong made the statement on Friday when he received former Governor Liyel Imoke and his delegation in his palace.


The monarch blamed the governor for not holding regular security meeting, which he believed was partly responsible for the incident.


He said:

“Why is this happening to us? It is because politicians have failed. And if I had my way, I could have said, this governor, should wait, let’s set up an interim administration then he starts learning on how administrations are actually done,”


“He should be holding security meetings regularly. This thing would not have happened if he had called the security people together after hearing what happened in Lagos and other places; if he had called them together and tell them, look my friends; nothing should happen in my state. The calamity would have been averted.


“The key is that there has to be a change of attitude, every one of you should have access to the governor. Now that we have professor and professor in administrative set up, we expected that we should have the best. The governor should be able to open his door for people to come in, and should work with everybody.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020

FG Begins Payment Of N30,000 Grant To Artisans


 By Oalekan Adetayo

The Presidency on Tuesday said the payment of N30,000 one-time grant to 330,000 artisans across the country under the Economic Sustainability Plan has commenced.


The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement titled “Payment of N30,000 grants to 330,000 artisans under ESP begins.”

Akande said the payments were being made to sets of verified beneficiaries of the Artisan Support Scheme, a track under the MSMEs Survival Fund.

The statement read, “In the first stream of payments starting today (Tuesday), beneficiaries are being drawn from the FCT, Lagos, Ondo, Kaduna, Borno, Kano, Bauchi, Anambra, Abia, Rivers, Plateau and Delta States.

“They form the first batch of applications for the scheme submitted between October 1 and October 10.

“The MSMEs Survival Fund scheme is a component of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan which was developed by an Economic Sustainability Committee established by President Muhammadu Buhari in March 2020. The President asked his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to head the committee which produced and is overseeing the implementation of the plan.

“Under the ESP, the Survival Fund is generally designed to among other things, support vulnerable MSMEs in meeting their different obligations and safeguard jobs in the sector.”

Akande added that enumeration for the second stream of states under the scheme has also commenced with enumerators in various states compiling the lists of artisans through their association leaders.

He said all artisans are expected to liaise with their association leaders to document their details.

He added, “The registration of applicants for Stream 2 began on October 19, 2020. States under Stream 2 are: Edo, Ogun, Ekiti, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Enugu, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Taraba, Bayelsa

“In the same vein, enumeration and verification of the documents of applicants under the Survival Fund Payroll Support scheme is still ongoing. Dates for the commencement of payment would be announced in due course.

“The application process for the payroll support scheme, which began on September 21, had ended on October 15, 2020. Accepted applications are categorised by industry sectors, including Education and Hospitality, among other sectors.

“However, there may be an extension for applications for some states that have not met their quota on beneficiaries. The Artisan Support Scheme is to benefit about 9,000 Nigerians per state and FCT.”


October 28, 2020

Calabar Looting & Vandalism: My House Was Not Badly Damaged - Senator Gershom Bassey Reacts

Senator Gershom Bassey

 

The senator representing Cross River South in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Gershom Bassey has reacted to the looting and vandalization of his house in Calabar by hoodlums.


GRASSROOT REPORTERS had reported that last week, hoodlums went on rampage in Cross River State, looting and vandalizing private and public properties, including that of the senator.


Reacting to the incident, the senator said his house was not badly damaged and that recoveries of the looted properties are being made.


He said: "We are still assessing the extent of damage but today, a number of those things are being recovered. My house was not badly damaged but we are recovering them, we are assessing them.


"We need to strive towards good governance. It is good governance that would deliver these dividends of democracy, so for us in the National Assembly, we must continue to play our role in order to ensure that the executive delivers the dividends of democracy. Dividends such as employment etc. We must create wealth for our people."

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019

Why I Dealt With Former CJN, Justice Onnoghen - Buhari Reveals


President Muhammadu Buhari says he was left with no choice but to suspend Nkanu Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of the Federation in the first month of the New Year.

Onnoghen was suspended by the president as Chief Justice on January 25, 2019, after the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) commenced investigations on him for alleged corruption and non-declaration of suspicious monies in different currencies traced to his domiciliary bank accounts.
On June 9, 2019, President Buhari accepted Onnoghen's resignation and retirement from service following his arraignment at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

During a meeting with the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and chieftains of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, at the presidential villa on Tuesday, June 25,
President Buhari said he wonders what kind of conscience men like Onnoghen possess.
“What I do is when a person cannot justify what he has or fails to declare as the constitution specifies… some of them swear to almighty God that their property doesn’t belong to them until we show them their bank accounts and their companies, right then we have some peace.
“Anybody who cannot account for what he has and for refusing to declare, we will have to do something about it. I will tell you Afenifere leaders that that was why I had to deal, though reluctantly, with the former Chief Justice of Nigeria because there were millions of dollars, euros not to talk of naira which were not declared.

“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have. How can you sit and preside and lock people up for years and even sentence some to death and yet you are not doing what the constitution says you should do by occupying that vital institution?”, Buhari asked rhetorically.

Onnoghen's trial

The following amounts of monies were reportedly found in Onnoghen’s bank accounts by intelligence agencies during the investigation stage.
USD account from October, 2012 to September, 2016 — $1,922,657.00
GBP (£) account from 2012 to September, 2016 — £138, 439.00
Euro account as at September 30, 2016 — €55,154.00
Naira account from September, 2005 to October, 2016 — N91, 962.362.49
The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and other security agencies like the Department of State Security (DSS) were also believed to possess dossiers of Onnoghen’s illicit financial dealings and records of his phone conversations with individuals intent on perverting the course of justice.

Cross River State born Onnoghen is 68 years of age. He was appointed acting CJN on November 10, 2016.
In April 2019, Justice Onnoghen was convicted by the code of conduct tribunal for false declaration of assets. He was also banned from holding public office for 10 years and ordered to forfeit monies in his bank accounts to the federal government.

It would be the first time a Chief Justice of Nigeria would be put on trial and convicted.
Buhari’s suspension of Onnoghen at the time was considered suspicious. The CJN was suspended only weeks before the nation’s general elections.
President Buhari was accused of meddling with the judiciary in the event that the outcome of the presidential election—in which he was a major contestant--was challenged in court.
Buhari would go on to win the February 23 presidential election on the platform of the governing APC. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the opposition PDP is currently challenging the result of the election in court.
Justice Tanko Mohammed was named by the president to succeed Onnoghen in January.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

June 06, 2019

Banditry: Zamfara Govt suspends traditional ruler

Gov. Muhammad Bello

The Zamfara Government has announced the immediate suspension of a first class traditional ruler, the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, over alleged involvement with bandits in the state.
Dr Muhammad Bello
The suspension is contained in a statement signed by Mr Yusuf Idris, Director-General to the governor on Press Affairs, and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Thursday.

The statement also announced the suspension of Alhaji Ahmed Lawal, the District Head of Kanoma.
Recalled that Kanoma was attacked during the Sallah celebration leaving no fewer than 16 persons dead and 14 others wounded.
“His Excellency, the Zamfara State Governor, Hon. (Dr) Bello Mohammed, has approved the suspension of the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika Ibrahim (Banagan Maru)
“The governor also approved the suspension of the District Head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal (Bunun Kanoma),” the statement read in part.
The statement said the Ibrahim and Lawal would “remain suspended pending the conclusion of an investigative panel soon to be set up by the state government”.

According to the statement, the suspensions followed series of complaints from the communities regarding the traditional rulers’ alleged dealings with bandits.
The statement directed the suspended Emir to handover his official vehicle and all other government property in his possession to the most senior district head.
“The district head is also directed to handover same to the most senior village head in the area,” it statement said

Thursday, May 9, 2019

May 09, 2019

Banditry: Police IG orders transfer of 6,000 officers from Lagos to Zamfara

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate transfer of over 6,000 senior policemen and rank and file out of Lagos State.
According to sources who spoke to Eagle online, this is part of Adamu’s plan to reinvigorate the Force in Lagos State amid escalating crime rate.
It is also believed that most of these policemen have made the state their comfort zone and running their personnel businesses instead of policing.

In the first phase, which has begun, 1,001 senior police officers have been transferred out of the state.
The ranks of those affected are Assistant Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police and Chief Superintendent of Police.
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After this phase of transfer, the IGP is also expected to transfer over 5,000 ranks and file out of Lagos.
In a signal dated May 2, 2019, Adamu instructed that the 1,001 officers should be warned and released to head to their new commands immediately.

Zamfara State, which had been caught in mindless bloodletting, will be receiving over 50 policemen from Lagos.
Incidentally, that happened to be the largest number in the transfer list.
At least 22 officers, among 1001, will report to Abia State.
Others are Adamawa State 43; Akwa Ibom, 11; Anambra State, nine; Bauchi State 31; Benue State, 32; Borno State, 24; Balyesa State, 14; Cross River State, 20; Delta State 10; Ebonyi State, 43; Ekiti State, 42; Enugu State, 29; and the Federal Capital Territory, five.
Also included are Gombe State, 24; Imo State, 30; Jigawa State, 34; Kebbi State, 47; Kaduna State, 35; Kogi State, 23; Kano State, 32; Katsina State, 41; Kwara State, 20; Nasarawa State, 22; Niger State, 14; Ondo State, 14; Osun State, 26; Oyo State, 41; Plateau State, 32; Rivers State, 37; Sokoto State, 29; Taraba State, 40; Yobe State, 35; and Zamfara State, 53.
Officers from other state commands are already in Lagos and taking over the offices vacated by the outgoing officers.