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Monday, May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

NDDC Cancels Some Projects In Niger Delta, Orders Contractors To Refund Monies Given To Them


 

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has revoked contracts awarded between 2000 and 2019 and abandoned by contractors.


The NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Dr. Ibitoye Abosede, announced this in a statement issued on Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.


She said the Presidency ordered the cancellation of the projects following recommendations by forensic auditors appointed by the Federal Government to undertake forensic audits of the commission since 2001.


The director said: “Consequently, all affected contractors are advised to note that all monies earlier received by way of mobilisation for any of the projects are to be promptly refunded.



“The contractors are to refund the monies to the commission’s account with the Central Bank of Nigeria.


“This is to bring to the notice of all contractors engaged by the NDDC, as well as stakeholders and the general public, the implementation of the forensic audit report.


“The Presidency has directed that all contracts awarded by the NDDC from 2000 to December 31, 2019, for which the beneficiary contractors are yet to mobilise to site, are cancelled.


“The cancellation is also in line with the terms of the contracts for the award of the said projects.”









Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022

Fatal Motor Accident Claims 11 Lives In Jigawa


 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, says eleven persons lost their while others sustained varying degrees of injuries in a motor accident Taura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.


Spokesman of the Jigawa State NSCDC Command, CSC. Adamu Shehu, confirmed the incident to DAILY POST on Sunday.


He said the incident happened on Saturday evening at Kwanar Kangal along Kano- Hadejia road in Taura.


Adamu said the accident happened when the driver of Golf 3, gray in color with Reg. Number AA 177 GML, lost control and rammed into a bush.


He said the NSCDC officers and policemen visited the scene after receiving the report and rushed the victims to Ringim General hospital for urgent medical attention.


According to him, six out of the victims died on the spot, while five died while receiving treatment.


Eyewitness also told DAILY POST that the accident happened as a result of overloading and recklessness.






May 22, 2022

Muslim Body Says Osun Pastor Has Blasphemed Against Islam, Vow To Sue Him


 


The Osun State Chapter of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called the attention of security agencies and well-meaning Nigerians to the misdemeanors of Pastor Akintaro Joshua Ojo over his recent utterances which are capable of plummeting Osun and the entire South West Nigeria into chaos and religious war.


Just few days into mourning Deborah whose brutal killing MURIC condemned along with her senseless and audacious act of blasphemy, and as if that was not enough, a pastor by name Akintaro Joshua released an audio tape raining insults on Allah (The Supreme Creator), Islam, the Qur’an, and The Noble prophet of Islam Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him (SAW), an effrontery far more dangerous than one could imagine and which no sane Muslim can stomach.


Some of his provocative utterances as heard in the audio-visual clip are: *‘We are not as stupid as your Muhammad’*; *‘Your Muhammad is a sinner’*; *‘There is nothing called Allah or Jibril*. *Muhammad is the one bearing those names’*; *‘Go and tell your leader, Muhammad’s brain is dark and he is daft’*; *‘Why call Muhammad ‘holy’, He is not Holy Prophet’*.


Akintaro did not only release his rancorous and venomous audio, he also went ahead to include his two mobile numbers which are: 08034201859 and 08188898410 for whoever wants to attack him but nay, we won’t take laws into our hands and we urge all Muslims in Osun State to allow the security agencies to handle this man’s case.


The South West Nigeria is a more delicate area because of its fair share of both Muslims and Christians and any religious war in the zone could possibly wipe out millions of lives.


MURIC has continued to wonder what actually Akintaro wants to achieve in the South West by uttering such slanderous, heinous, malicious,derogatory, and egregious statements about our Lord, Allah, our Prophet Muhammad (SAW), our religion, Islam, and our book, the Glorious Qur’an.


Is it to incite Muslims against Christians? Is it to catalyse another jungle justice? Is it to frustrate the coming elections in Osun? Is it to mar the economic activities in the region? Or is it to destroy the infrastructures in place by inciting a religious war? All these questions and more keep begging for answers.


The Osun State chapter of MURIC calls for calm among several Muslim communities in the state. Please do not take the law into your hand but remain law abiding.


We call on the Osun State Police Command and other law enforcement agencies to quickly wade in lest we witness another mayhem and loss of lives in the South West.


The Osun State chapter of MURIC and the entire Muslim community in the state will not allow Akintaro to mismatch our gentility for cowardice nor heat the polity of Osun especially, when the State election is around the corner. Therefore, instead of organising mob attack, we will allow the law to take its due course.


In line with MURIC’s avowed motto which is ‘Dialogue, No Violence’, MURIC headquarters in Lagos has directed that we should sue Akintaro. He will meet us in court. This is apart from whatever action the security agencies will take against him.


We hereby, call on the Government of the State of Osun, the DSS, all security agencies and most especially, the Commissioner of Police to immediately arrest the said culprit and charge him to court for his blasphemous positions on Allah (The Creator), our Prophet Muhammad, The Qur’an, and Islam. Akintaro must be arrested for attempting to plunge the state into chaos.


Action against Akintaro by the security agencies must be swift and transparent in order to placate angry Muslims. It is the failure of security agents to take action against such blasphemers and trouble-makers in the past which made Muslims in the country to lose confidence in them. It eventually led to self help, jungle justice and mob action which MURIC will never encourage because we are a peace-loving and law-abiding organization. It is our hope that the security agencies will do the needful.


Above all, the man needs to be in protective custody because his highly explosive audio-visual messages have gone viral on social media. Security agents will be helping him if he is quickly arrested because Muslims in the state are already provoked, and rightly so. They are most likely to get more angry if they see him walking freely on the streets.


This is to enable justice be served on Akintaro Joshua and to possibly tame others in his shoes before another religious war erupts.


Dr. AbdulAzeez Ademokoya,

Chairman,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Osun Chapter.






May 22, 2022

18 C'River Council Chairmen Behind Illegal Taxes, Tolls - C'River Anti-Tax Boss Cry Out

Dr Emmah Isong


Judex Okoro (Daily Sun)


The Chairman of the Cross River State Anti-tax Agency, Bishop Emmah Isong, has disclosed that council chairmen are behind the collection of illegal taxation and tolls in Cross River state.


Isong, who doubles as the Publicity Secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), said it is high time traders resisted the illegal tax collectors who come to harass them for levies.


Speaking at the second anniversary activities of the agency held in Calabar at the weekend, he said: “Council chairmen are the chief perpetrators of illegal taxation.


Politicians are using levy collection points as settlement of the boys (thugs) after elections. So, you can see that Illegal taxation has been institutionalised.”


He said Governor Ben Ayade set up Anti Tax Agency to prevent the collection of taxes and levies from low income earners, adding that “two years after the agency was established, it has reduced illegal taxation by 40%, and vowed that the agency must make sure that illegal taxation is wiped out of Cross River state.


“We will continue to preach against those who frustrate and milk our state for their selfish gains. This agency is the first of its kind in Cross River state and Africa.


“We know other government agencies have also encroached into our constitutional duty and now we face threats.We therefore, call on traders to reaisit illegal tax collectors who come to harass them. Once there is a mob action against illegal tax collectors, their activities will stop.


“In addition, some politicians who engage in illegal taxation should be punished and not be allowed to enter public offices.


“We are not yet where we are supposed to be but we are not where we used to be.The tears of Ayade will not be in vain. We are not just a food on the table agency. We are a post COVID-19 palliative.”


“So, we call for adequate funding of the agency and recruitment of more workers as most of them are volunteers so that the agency could do more.”


He noted that taxation is the oldest form of revenue generation in the world, but regreted that most people are hiding under government agencies and public offices to abuse taxation.”


To fight the illegal tax menace, Isong siad the agency is not discouraged by this and is becoming well positioned to address the menace.


He added that local government representatives have been employed and deployed to the 18 local government areas of the state and we have also liased and interfaced with other arms of government.


The agency was established in 2020 to prevent illegal taxation in order to promote small scale businesses and entrepreneurship in Cross River state.







Saturday, May 21, 2022

May 21, 2022

129 Nigerians Repatriated From Niger Republic


 

Not less than 129 Nigerians stranded at Agadez, Niger Republic have been repatriated back to the country in three luxury buses organised by the International Organisation on Migration, IOM.


The stranded Nigerians were received by officers of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA in Kano on Saturday.


Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, who received the returnees said they were on their way to Europe before they were stranded in Niger Republic.


“The returnees were brought back through a voluntary repatriation programme for those who left Nigeria to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not get to their destinations and became frustrated,’’ Abdullahi said.


The coordinator added that the returnees included 125 male, two female and two toddlers.


According to him, the returnees are from different parts of Nigeria; some from Kano, Gombe and Anambra states.


He added that they would be trained for four days to be self-reliant and would be given grants to start new lives.


The returnees were given toiletries and clothes and fed on arrival


One of them, Ummi Aliyu from Kano State, a widow and mother of nine, said she travelled with two of her kids up Algeria for greener pasture.


“I am a widow; that was why I left my seven other children in Nigeria to travel outside the country to get enough money to take good care of them,’’ she said.


Another returnee, James Kelechi from Anambra, said that he operated a medicine store before he left Nigeria in search of greener pasture.


“My business was not moving fine; that was why I decided to travel to Italy in search of greener pasture,’’ he said. (NAN)


May 21, 2022

Head Of Governor Soludo's Lawmaker Who Was Kidnapped Found, Body Missing

Hon Okechukwu Okoye

 

The head of the member representing Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s constituency, Hon Okechukwu Okoye, who was kidnapped last week was found today at Nnobi in Idemili South local government area of Anambra State.


His body was not there and indications were that the killers removed the body.


Okoye and one other person were kidnapped at Aguata, abandoning his Toyota Sienna car.


The police later recovered the car and said that they had deployed operatives to rescue the lawmaker and begun manhunt to track the kidnappers.

 

While presenting the state’s revised budget to the state lawmakers on Friday, Governor Soludo informed them that their colleague who was representing him in the House of Assembly was still in the kidnapper’s den.


” I regret that one of you, the member representing the good people of Aguata II Constituency in the House of Assembly (my own representative) – Hon. Okechukwu Okoye, is still in the custody of the kidnappers.

 

“The security agencies are working very hard and round the clock to secure his freedom. God is on the throne and Anambra will win. Let me leave it at that”, the governor said at the House of Assembly.


But the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Tochukwu Ikenga told Vanguard last night that Okoye had been killed.


“His head was found along Nnobi road today (Saturday). There is no suspect in custody yet” the PPRO said.


Vanguard



May 21, 2022

Buhari Has Not Signed Newly Amended Electoral Bill Into Law - Presidency


 

The presidency has debunked speculations purporting that President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the reviewed Electoral Act Amendment Bill.


Recall that as of Saturday evening, there were insinuations that the President who proceeded on a trip to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates may have signed the bill into law, a development that was raising concerns in some quarters.


An online platform had on Saturday, published a story claiming that the President had already signed the bill, which was transmitted to him last week Friday.


But sources within the presidency told DAILY POST correspondent that the information was false.


Clarifying the true position, the source pointed out that the bill could not have been signed in secret, especially when the president was out of the country and is expected back later today from UAE.


Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who just returned to the country with the President, said the news of the signing, which had already gone viral on social media, was not to his knowledge, saying “it is news to me too”.


In a related development, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, House of Representatives, Umar El-Yakub, also debunked the information, stressing that the viral news could not be true, citing reasons for his conclusion.


According to El-Yakub, referring to the President on the bill, said “he couldn’t have signed it yesterday because he was out of the country and he couldn’t have signed already because he’s just entering the country.


“I also cannot tell you that he will still sign it or will not sign it. He’s the President. But if it will be signed later, we will all know”, he said.





May 21, 2022

Buhari Returns To Nigeria From UAE


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after a two-day visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


The President, who left the country last Thursday, landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around 4 pm, along with the members of his entourage.


In Abu Dhabi, President Buhari met the new President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to whom he conveyed his and Nigeria’s condolences on the passing of the former president and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


He also joined the new President for Jummah prayers where supplications were said for the repose of the soul of the late President of UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Friday.


During a short interaction with Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, the new President of the UAE, President Buhari expressed his condolences and that of Nigeria on the demise of the late President Sheikh Khalifah and congratulated the new President on his election.


President Buhari expressed the hope that under Sheikh Mohamed the two countries will continue to actively champion a vision of sustainable security, strengthen counterterrorism cooperation, facilitate trade and investment, and promote prosperity and development.


President Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.


Other members of his delegation were the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno (Rtd) and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.


Daily Trust

May 21, 2022

DSS Arrests 2 Suspects In Connection With Kano Bomb Blast, Recovers Bombs, Weapons


There are indications that the Department of State Services, DSS, has arrested two Boko Haram members in connection to the bomb explosion in Kano State.


Eons Intelligence reported that the DSS recovered some explosive items from the arrested Boko Haram members.


According to the report, four AK-47 rifles, two pistles, suicide vests, and several Improvised Explosive Materials, IEDs, were recovered from the suspects.


Eons tweeted: “KANO BOMB-BLAST: Reports indicate that following intelligence operations, DSS has arrested 2 #BH Terrorists over the Kano bomb blast incident. Items recovered include 4 AK-47 rifles, 2 Pistols, Suicide Vests & several IED making materials.


“This latest development supports eyewitness accounts that the explosion was a suicide bomb attack. This is also coming just a few hours after @elrufai @GovKaduna announced that #BH #ISWAP has taken over 2 LGAs in Kaduna State. This successful Ops by DSS might have just saved Kano from a major doomsday.


“ADVISORY: Increased BH/ISWAP/Ansarul activities in NW in recent times suggest a shift of focus of the group to the region. Public infrastructures like airports, Rail lines, Roads & Schools have been targeted. Active situational awareness is expedient. Report all unusual activities.”


It would be recalled that a suspected suicide bomber had detonated a device near a school in the Sabon Gari area of Kano.


The incident claimed many lives and injured an unspecified number of school children. Casualty figures are expected to rise.


However, there has been a discrepancy on the actual cause of the incident as some eyewitnesses who visited the scene alleged that a suicide bomber attacked the area.






 

May 21, 2022

Photos: Nigerian Army Storm ESN/IPOB Training Camp, Kill 2 Notorious Members


 

The Nigerian Army on Saturday says, troops of 34 Brigade in conjunction with operatives of the Department of State Service on Friday 20 May 2022, dislodged a training camp of the proscribed Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) at Okporo in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State. 


Army spokesperson l, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement revealed that the troops dislodged the training camp after exchanging fire with the dissidents, neutralizing two notorious members of the group, who have been on the wanted list of security agencies and have been terrorising residents in the general area of Orlu, Orsu and Njaba. 


Nwachukwu added that the troops equally destroyed the training shed and other facilities used by the separatists, including a shrine, which members of the outlawed group reportedly use for spiritual fortification. 


A local factory for fabricating weapons wa also discovered and destroyed. 


A search of the factory uncovered , three dane guns, one locally fabricated pistol, one live round of 7.62mm, one live cartridge, two used shells of 7.62mm (special) and objects suspected to be charms, among other dangerous weapons. 







May 21, 2022

Blasphemy: How Another Christian Girl Escaped Lynching In Bauchi

File photo

 

Barely two weeks after Deborah Samuel was killed in Sokoto over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (SAW), some youths in Katangan Wargi, headquarters of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State have launched a manhunt for another Christian lady.


Our correspondent gathered the unidentified lady allegedly posted a video of someone who renounced Islam on a WhatsApp group, which did not go down well with her co-workers who are predominantly Muslims.


However, the girl was whisked to safety by fellow Christians who got wind of the impending danger.

 

But the irate Muslim youths allegedly started destroying properties belonging to Christians after the planned attempt to lynch the girl failed after Jumma prayers on Friday.


“We were at home Friday evening when we heard shouts from Muslim youths in their hundreds wanting to attack the ECWA church but Christian youths and others resisted and repelled them but after they had already set the shops attached to the church on fire,” a member of the ECWA church, who pleaded anonymity said.


He added: “In the process, one of the pastors of the ECWA Church was seriously wounded as I am speaking to you, efforts are on to save his life as he lost much blood due to the injuries inflicted on him.”


He however pleaded with the Christian community in the State not to allow the situation to degenerate into a full-blown crisis.


But Bauchi Police Command is yet to confirm the incident as of press time.


Police Bauchi pokesman, SP Ahmed Wakili, did not pick up calls and SMS by The Nation.


The Nation




Friday, May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Graphic: Herdsmen Butcher 5 In Benue


At least five persons have been reportedly killed in a fresh attack on Tse Alashi Kaambe communty in Guma Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue state by suspected armed herdsmen.


A source who spoke with Vanguard  in the area said that the marauders, in an unprovoked attack, stormed the community Friday afternoon at about 1pm when the victims were busy in their farms and brick moulding site.


He said: “The Fulani herdsmen stormed Tse Alashi, Kaambe communty this (Friday) afternoon around 1pm when the people were in their farms and their petty business places, and butchered their victims like animals without any provocation.


“They killed three people who were working on their farms and also moved to where some people were moulding burnt bricks and killed two others after which they retreated.


“It is sad because this is another unprovoked attack, just when our people are trying to cultivate their farms in order to get food for their families. They just want our people to vacate their ancestral homes for them because as we speak women and children are already fleeing from the community.”


Confirming the development, Chairman of Guma LGA, Mr. Caleb Aba said, “the incident happened around 1pm today (Friday) afternoon. Armed Fulani herders invaded a community called Tse Alashi and killed three people who were working on their farm.


“They also moved to a place where people were laying burnt bricks and killed two people without any provocation whatsoever.”


The Chairman who explained that he had already informed Police about the invasion said apart from the five recorded deaths there where no cases of injuries.


Contacted, the Security Adviser to the State Governor, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (retd.) also confirmed the killings.


He said: “It was an unprovoked attack; the people were working in their farms when the herders surrounded them and killed them.”


The State Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene confirmed the attack but said she was yet to receive details of the incident.


“We have received information on the attack but I have not heard of any killing until the team drafted to the place arrive,” she said.






 

May 20, 2022

President Appoints New Statistician General Of The Federation


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeyemi Adeniran as the substantive Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), with immediate effect.


This is according to a statement issued on Friday by The Special Assistant (Media) to the Honourable Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Sufuyan Ojeifo.


This appointment follows the demise of the former Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Simon Harry, on 13th April, 2022.


Mr Semiu Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.


Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).



May 20, 2022

Photos: Danish National, Peter Nielsen Sentenced To Death For Killing His Nigerian Wife & Daughter

A Lagos high court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square has convicted Peter Nielsen, a Danish national, for killing his wife and daughter.


The state government had, on June 13, 2018, arraigned Nielsen before the court on a two-count charge of murder — the offence is contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2015.


He was alleged to have killed his wife, Zainab, also known by her stage name as Alizee and his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter on April 5, 2018, at about 3.45 am at their Banana Island residence in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.


Giving the ruling on Friday, Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile, the presiding judge, sentenced Nielsen to death by hanging on both counts.







 

May 20, 2022

Deborah Samuel: Sokoto State Governor Lifts Curfew, Bans Processions

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State

 

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Friday lifted the curfew imposed on the state capital.


Recall that the curfew was imposed on Saturday due to protests by youths calling for the release of the suspected killers of Deborah Samuel, a Christian student of Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE), murdered over alleged blasphemy.


Tambuwal in a statement issued by the Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Isah Galadanci, banned all forms of processions in the State until further notice.


The statement reads in part: “Acting on enabling powers under Section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, sections 1, 2 and 4 of the Public Order Act and Section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, Mutawallen Sokoto has after due consultations, lifted the curfew imposed on Sokoto metropolis with immediate effect .”


He, therefore, urged residents of the state to be law-abiding and stressed the need for peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians.


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