Newsdiaryonline Breaking News, Latest News, Investigative Stories,Analysis,Opinions,Interviews About Nigeria Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:57:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Marginalisation of Nigerians ,By Jibrin Ibrahim Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:57:26 +0000 Given the current outcry on “marginalisation” following the commencement of political appointments by the Buhari Administration, I think its useful to republish verbatim my column of 17th December 2012 hoping it will lift the level of the debate (Jibrin Ibrahim). I have over the past few weeks; 29th October to 10th December published six narratives [...]

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Presidency replies Jonathan’s ministers: No retreat or surrender on Buhari’s anti-corruption drive Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:46:29 +0000 Buhari-US-Chamber-Commerce 600

The Presidency has reacted to a statement by former. ministers who served under ex President Good luck Jonathan,insisting that no regime could have ignored the brazen theft of public assets Nigeria witnessed recently.

A statement Sunday evening said the presidency has asked the country's latest trade union formation, the Association of Ex-Jonathan Ministers to do a bit of self-reflection on the sort of government they handed to President Muhammadu Buhari back in May to determine for themselves if it would have been right for any incoming government, not just this one to ignore the issue of the brazen theft of public assets, perhaps the first of its kind we have ever seen in this country,

The Presidency also said it was emphatic on the earlier statements made in this regard that there is no witch hunt or malice against anyone in the pursuit of the county's stolen assets. This war against corruption knows no friend nor foe. There is no intention to deny anyone of their good name where they are entitled to it and that President Buhari reserves the highest regards for the country's former leaders including Dr Jonathan Goodluck who he continues to praise to the high heavens for the way and manner in which he accepted defeat in the last election. This singular action remains a feat that has earned the former president and Nigeria as country befitting commendations all over the world, the latest coming from Mr Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations who visited a week ago.
For the purpose of emphasis, issue of fighting corruption by President Buhari is non negotiable. It is sine qua non to the overall reconstruction of the economy and social systems which suffered destruction and severe denigration under the last administration. President Buhari will not be deterred or blackmailed into retreat and surrender.

"No one in the PDP can accuse President Buhari of undermining the economy when all they handed over to him is at best, a tottering economy hobbled by corruption and the absence of due process. All he has been doing while around is to put things together, organizing to defeat Boko Haram, paying outstanding salaries, cleaning up the mess left behind, improving security and restoring our relationships with neighbors and the world.

" So what are former ministers afraid of in these things? Have they become a new trade union?

"Let this collection of ex-VIPs allow the President the peace he needs to handle the reconstruction of the economy and the nation in a manner that most serves Nigeria's best interests. President Buhari does not need these types of distraction presented by the so-called association of former ministers..

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Jonathan’s regime ‘ did not encourage corruption ’ – Ex Ministers Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:44:07 +0000 Jonathan-200.jpg-600

Ministers who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan have risen in defence of their regime against what they described as vilification that is “ill-intentioned, unduly partisan, and in bad faith”.
A statement signed by Dr Abubakar O. Suleiman ,former minister of national planning “For and on behalf of Ministers under the Jonathan Administration” pointedly claimed that Jonathan’s administration did not encourage corruption,an assertion that seems contrary to the multi-billion naira revelations of looting under the last regime as revealed by presidency officials and the All Progressives Congress,APC.

But Jonathan’s said on Sunday that “Contrary to what the APC and its agents would rather have the public believe, the Jonathan administration did not encourage corruption, rather it fought corruption vigorously, within the context of the rule of law and due process. For the benefit of those who may have forgotten so soon, it was the Jonathan administrationthat got rid of the fraud in fertilizer subsidies, which had plagued the country for decades. This helped to unleash a revolution in agricultural production and productivity.

“It was also the Jonathan administration that supported the institutional development of strong systems and mechanisms to curb corruption in the public service and plug revenue leakages. These included the development of the Government Integrated Financial Management Platform, The Single Treasury Account (TSA), and the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Management Systems (IPPIS), in addition to the biometric registration of civil servants and pensioners which saved the country over N100 billion paid to ghost workers and ghost pensioners.

“To ensure greater transparency and integrity in the oil and gas sector, the Jonathan administration ordered investigations and put mechanisms in place to check the theft of Nigeria's crude oil. It was also under the Jonathan administration that a Nigerian Content policy was introduced, which opened up that sector to Nigerians in a manner that was not previously the case. It was also the Jonathan administration that mobilized and secured the support of our neighbouring countries to ensure a robust multinational response to the menace of terrorism and insurgency, resulting in notable advancements in the fight against terror. President Jonathan personally initiated the collaboration that led to these advancements and ensured that Nigeria provided the needed financial support for the Multinational Joint Task Force.

The statement began by saying “We, the Ministers who served under the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration, have watched with increasing alarm and concern the concerted effort by the Buhari administration and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to condemn, ridicule and undermine the efforts of that administration, in addition to impugning the integrity of its individual members.

“While we concede that every administration has the right to chart its own path as it deems fit, we nevertheless consider the vilification of the Jonathan administration,to be ill-intentioned, unduly partisan, and in bad faith. The effort that has been made to portray each and every member of the Jonathan administration as corrupt and irresponsible, in an orchestrated and vicious trial by media, has created a lynch mentality that discredits our honest contributions to the growth and development of our beloved nation.

“We are proud to have served Nigeria and we boldly affirm that we did so diligently and to the best of our abilities. The improvements that have been noticed today in the power sector, in national security, and in social services and other sectors did not occur overnight. They are products of solid foundations laid by the same Jonathan administration.

“It was the Jonathan administration that repaired and rehabilitated over 25, 000 kilometres of our nation's roads. Nigeria also became a profitable and preferred investment-friendly destination. It was under President Jonathan, for example, that Nigeria's electric power sector became more competitive and attractive to local and foreign investments.

“The same administration promoted the rule of law, free speech,fundamental human rights, and a robust freedom of information regime.Women's rights to participate in public life and the Federal Character principle as well as other Constitutional principles were also respected. In every respect, our administration promoted inclusive governance and encouraged all stakeholders including the private sector to play key roles in the transformation of Nigeria.

Jonathan’s ministers said “It should also not be forgotten that the Jonathan administration strengthened electoral institutions and created a peaceful environment for democracy to thrive. On this score, it is sad and ironic that the chief beneficiaries of that same legacy are the most vociferous today in condemning President Jonathan and his team.
“Perhaps the new administration and the APC would be sincere enough to publish the details of the hand over notes they received.

In addition, the Buhari administration should be fair enough to acknowledge the good works of the “Jonathan administration. No administration can be either completely bad or completely good. President Jonathan's achievements in moving this country to greater heightsdeserve to be duly acknowledged. We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to build on these achievements.
“We also urge him to press on with the anti-corruption fight, but in a fair and non-partisan manner, in line with due process, and not as a political witch-hunt.

“The various lies and fabrications being peddled by some self-appointed spokespersons of the administration may entertain the unwary, but such sensationalism may achieve the unintended effect of de-marketing our country within the international community. All such persons playing to the gallery for whatever gains should be called to order. The name-calling of members of the Jonathan administration and the trial by news media should also stop.

“We encourage President Buhari to continue with the probes, but this must be in strict accordance with his oath of office to treat all Nigerians equally and with the fear of God.
“We have reserved our comment until now, in the fervent hope that once the euphoria that may have inspired the various attacks on the past administration wears off, reason will prevail. But we are constrained to speak up in defence of the legacy of the Jonathan administration, and shall do so again, for as long as those who are determined to rubbish that legacy, are unrelenting in their usual deployment of blackmail, persecution, and similar tactics”the ex-ministers said.

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IYC to Buhari: Excluding Obasanjo’s regime from weapons purchase probe unfair Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:21:30 +0000 The Ijaw Youth Council ,IYC has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the probe of military weapons procurement to 1999 instead of 2007 till date which he ordered recently. IYC described exempting Obasanjo’s regime from probe as unfair. A statement by Udengs Eradiri,President IYC Worldwide said “”While we are not against any effort of [...]

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NAF Dornier-228 aircraft crash: Buhari commiserates with families of victims Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:16:44 +0000 President Muhammadu BUHARI  650

President Muhammad Buhari has commiserated with the families of the ill-fated Donnier-228 which crashed in Kaduna on Saturday. The President who spoke through the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Ismaila who was also the head of Federal Government delegation, visited the site of the crash and the families of the victims.

The President who described the incident as colossal loss not only to the family but to the Nigerian nation as a whole, extend his condolences on behalf of the Federal Government and the good people of Nigeria over the unfortunate loss of the officers and men whom he described as gentlemen and intelligent personnel whose loss could not be quantified especially now that their services are much needed. The President prayed for the repose of their souls and also prayed Almighty God to grant the families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

Similarly, the chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin who was also in the Presidential entourage, consoled the families on behalf of the Armed Forces and described the late officers as fine, loyal and patriotic gentlemen who died gallantly while serving their fatherland. To this he said, "Though you are gone, but your memories will be with us for a very long time to come", he added.

It will be recalled that a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Dornier-228 aircraft, with call sign NAF030 crashed into a house at Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna shortly after take-off.

The highlight of the condolence visit was the observance of one minute silence in honour of the departed colleagues and visits to the individual families of the victims. Among the entourage were the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Maj Gen Adeniyi Oyebade, Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Kaduna, AVM Alkali Mamu, Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, Maj Gen MT Ibrahim, Chief of Defence Communications, Defence Headquarters and other senior officers on the entourage of the head of Federal Government delegation.

Meanwhile an investigation panel headed by an Air Vice Marshal to unravel the cause of the accident has been constituted and has commenced sitting.

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Governor Ahmed tasks women on development Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:07:27 +0000 abdulfatah_ahmed- 600

Kwara State Governor, Dr.Abdulfatah Ahmed has advocated the return to traditional values of integrity, fairness, diligence, good neighbourliness and honesty espoused in Islam and Christianity to address challenges confronting the nation.

The Governor made the call at the formal opening ceremony of the 30th Annual National Conference of the Federation of Muslim Women's Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) held at the University of Ilorin.
Ahmed who identified lack of leadership, poverty and good education as factors for insurgency in Nigeria stressed the need to imbibe religious values with a view to guaranteeing good governance and national integration.

Governor Ahmed called on Nigerians to build on the heterogeneity of the country as a source of strength as exemplified by the United States of America.
According to him, Islam preaches peace, love and good neighbourliness, "therefore, ethnic plurality should constitutes a source of strengthen for national integration rather than a division."

The Governor Ahmed who congratulated FOMWAN for the choice of Kwara called on the Association to conduct a critical examination of family's role in building national integration .

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, at the conference charged Muslim women to make themselves relevant by lending their voices to national issues.

Alhaji Abubakar encouraged FOMWAN to advocate the eradication of corruption and girl-child education in order to ensure national development.

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NGE: Senate President congratulates Muhammad , others Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:54:18 +0000 Nigerian-Guild-of-Editors-NGE

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Sunday congratulated Mallam Garba Deen-Muhammad on his election as the President, Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).

He also hailed the emergence of Mr. Steve Ayorinde as the Deputy President and Mrs. Funke Egbemode, Managing Director and Editor-In-Chief of the New Telegraph, who was elected Vice-President (West) of the NGE respectively.

The Senate President stated that though the requirements of their new responsibilities are daunting, he is convinced that the new officers have what it takes to effectively and efficiently lead the organization.
He specifically urged Deen-Muhammad and the entire leadership of the NGE to lead the needed change in the journalism profession in the country with the aim of making it more responsive and development focussed.

Saraki said: "Your take-over of the leadership of the Guild happened at a time the entire nation is desirous of a new thinking in the management of her affairs. I am confident that you are well-equipped to contribute to the realization of a new NGE, the development of the journalism profession and emergence of a progressive Nigeria in general, during your tenure."

He also urged the NGE to join hands with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other relevant stakeholders to rid the noble pen profession of quacks and impostors whose activities undermine the credibility of the true professionals.

While wishing Deen-Muhammad, Ayorinde, Egbemode and their colleagues in the NGE executive a successful tenure in office, the Senate President urged them to deploy their rich experience in further uplifting and expanding the frontiers of the body of Gatekeepers in the newsrooms.

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Saraki leads delegation to 4th UN Conference of Parliamentary Heads Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:47:53 +0000 Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, will on Monday lead the Nigerian delegation to participate in the 4th Unite Nations Conference of Parliamentary Heads holding at the organisation's headquarters in New York, United States.

This year's conference which will be declared open by the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will feature presentation of reports and general debate on "placing democracy at the service of peace and sustainable development."

Other issues billed for debate include 'Challenges facing Parliaments today', 'Parliamentary Oversight: challenges and opportunities ', while a bi-lateral meeting with Dr. Saraki is expected to be hosted by theSpeaker of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), Mr. Yuli-Yoel Edelstein.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and selected Heads of Parliaments (GLOBE International Representation) are also expected to meet on the sidelines of the conference.

Saraki  is billed to address the session of the world forum on Wednesday September 2 and later hold a press conference immediately after the speech.
He  is accompanied on the trip by Senators Andy Uba, Shehu Sani and Dino Melaye.

Others on the entourage include Special Adviser to the Senate President on Economic Matters, Dr. Uchendu Okoye and Special Assistant on Public Partnerships.

The Senate President and his team departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for New York on Saturday ahead of the conference which begins on Monday 31st August 2015 and ends on Wednesday September 3, 2015.

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Fayose urges South West PDP leaders to contest National Chairmanship Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:22:34 +0000 Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has called on notable leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest to be prepared to contest the party National Chairmanship position next year, saying the Southwest zone deserved the chairmanship position and all stakeholders must forge a common front to get it. The governor, who also [...]

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DSS arrests Boko Haram commanders in Lagos ,Kano ,Enugu, Plateau, Gombe Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:17:04 +0000 sss-solo2

Nigeria’s Department of State Service,DSS has announced the arrest of “notable commanders and frontline members of the notorious group from different parts of the country”.

A statement by Tony Opuiyo for DSS said “a number of them have been arrested in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe States between 8th July and 25th August, 2015”.

The DSS statement also identified the names of the Boko Haram commanders and the roles they played in some of the recent attacks in northern part of the country.

The statement reads: "In line with the Department of State Services' (DSS) re-strategised Counter Terrorism measures to combat the menace of the Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria, the Service has continued to make significant breakthroughs in this direction. This followed the rounding up of notable commanders and frontline members of the notorious group from different parts of the country. It should be noted that the group's new pattern of movement and spread is necessitated by the pressure being put on them in their core areas of strength in the North East.

“Consequently, a number of them have been arrested in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe States between 8th July and 25th August, 2015. Of particular note was the arrest on 8th July, 2015 in Gombe State of those responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos. They are:
Usman Shuaibu (a. k. a. Money): Shuaibu revealed that he coordinated the attacks under reference with the sum of five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000.00), which was provided by his Amir, one Isa ALI. He claimed that the said Isa ALI has links to the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar SHEKAU, from where he collects monies to fund operations undertaken by their Markaz. Also, he revealed that he has participated in several Boko Haram attacks, including the attacks at Gwoza Divisional Police Station in 2014.

Shuaibu admitted being the leader of the team of nine (9) sect members that was dispatched from Sambisa Forest to carry out the attacks. He disclosed that four (4) out of the nine (9) of them were used as suicide bombers in executing all the (Suicide) attacks.

Ahmed Mohammed (aka ABUBAKAR): Suspect, an IED expert, confessed to the preparation of the IEDs used for the mentioned attacks. He also averred that he (ABUBAKAR) was the one who strapped the suicide bombers, notably SULE and his wives, with IED vests, which they used in the attacks in Jos.

Adamu Abdullahi (aka Babpa) Suspect confessed that Usman SHUAIBU motivated him to work closely with Ahmed MOHAMMED (aka ABUBAKAR) in the preparation of the IEDs used in the attacks under reference.

Ibrahim Isa: Suspect confessed that he was the one who carried out reconnaissance on the targets in Jos ahead of the attacks.

Muttaqa Yusuf (aka Mohammed SANI/Mudtaka): Suspect disclosed that one ALIYU, believed to be Aliyu GOMBE, in Sambisa forest, was the one that ordered the serial attacks which the syndicate carried out. He further confessed that he assisted Usman SHUAIBU in planning and executing the said attacks.

Other arrests include:Bakura Modu:- He was arrested on 20th July, 2015, at Kara, Isheri Berger, Ikeja LGA, Lagos State;

Mustapha Alli Jamneri:- He was arrested on 24th July, 2015, at Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Alimosho LGA, Lagos State;

Abuyi Sherriff:- suspect was arrested on 7th August, 2015, at Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland LGA, Lagos State;

Babagana Ali and Babagana Koloye:- were arrested same day (7th August, 2015), at Eric Moore, Bode Thomas Street, Surulere LGA, Lagos State;

Abba Modu Sagma: He was arrested on 9th August, 2015, at Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Lagos State;

Grema Abubakar And Tijani Bagudu: were arrested on 10th August, 2015, at Amukoko, Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Lagos State;

Baba Alhaji and Abass Ibrahim:- were arrested earlier on the same day (10th August, 2015), at Alaba International Market, Alaba, Ojo LGA, Lagos State;

Ibrahim Audu: Suspect was arrested on 19th August 2015, at New Artisan Market, Enugu, Enugu State;

Ibrahim Haruna: The 30-year old suspect from Kanawa village, Sumaila LGA, Kano State was arrested on 21st August, 2015, at Kwomi village, Kwami Local Government Area (LGA), Gombe State;

Mal Ali Mohammodu: The 33 year old suspect was arrested on 22nd August 2015, at Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Fagga LGA in Kano State;

Adam Wakil Abdul Jilbe: was arrested on 23rd August 2015, at Obanikoro Area, Mushin LGA, Lagos State; and

Mohammed Usman: was arrested on 25th August, 2015, at Atuashe Estate, Gbagada, Kosofe LGA, Lagos State.

“Nigerians and indeed the general public have to note that the arrest of Usman SHUAIBU aka Money and the core members of his cell, stemmed the spate of bombings by the extremist sect. It would be recalled that MONEY and his group were arrested on their way to Bauchi State where they had planned to execute another heart-rending bomb attack and this was frustrated by the arrest. Furthermore, the sudden influx of Boko Haram members into Lagos State points to the determination of the sect to extend its nefarious terrorist activities to the State and in fact, other parts of the country. The arrest of these confessed terrorist elements has however helped in no small measure to avert devastating attacks in the area. However, the Service is making efforts to conclude its investigations and commence prosecution of the suspects.
“Drawing from the above, the DSS reiterates its avowed determination to work with other stakeholders in the fight against terror and other forms of criminality in our country. Citizens and residents are therefore called upon to rise to the occasion by volunteering useful information to the Service and relevant security agencies.

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IDPs: NEMA shifts attention to rehabilitation, reconstruction Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:37:49 +0000 nema-dg

The liberation of most of the communities in the North-East from the occupation of Boko Haram insurgents, coupled with the massive return of Nigerians from the Republics of Cameroun and Niger have changed the humanitarian outlook from emergency relief intervention to rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of the affected persons and communities,says Nigeria’s emergency management agency through a statement by Sani Datti ,NEMA’s senior information officer

According to the statement,Director General of National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi disclosed this at African Union Regional Consultative meeting for West Africa for the development of a common African position on the World Humanitarian Summit held in Abuja at the weekend.
He said the agency in collaboration with State Emergency Management Agencies with the support of the UN System has undertaken damage and loss assessment of the affected communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state and has made submission to the government for appropriate intervention by line Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Sidi noted that the humanitarian outcome of the insurgency has equally impacted the contiguous states of Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau and Taraba and the neighboring Republics of Niger, Chad and Cameroun.
He said there were about 57,743 Nigerian refugees in Cameroun, Chad and Niger, with Cameroun having 40,366 who were taking refuge in Minawayo, Mora, Fotocol, Limani, Amchide, Douala, Kentzou and Garoua Bouali refugee camps; 15,000 in the Republic of Niger who were taking refuge in Diffa, Bosso, Maine and Kablewa, and 2, 377 in Chad taking shelter in Ngouboua, Lake Chadi region.

Responding to questions, the Director General lamented how about 12,000 Nigerian refugees were expelled by the Camerounian authorities and dumped at the border while UNHCR was watching. "I expressed my concern to UNHCR when Nigerian delegation went to Chad, Niger and Cameroun for assessment of the condition of Nigerian Refugees which was misconstrued as forceful evacuation by UNHCR".

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AGF : TSA will boosts revenue collections as FAAC shares N511bn Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:28:11 +0000 Ahmed Idris AGF 2

The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has said that the introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA) will boost revenue collections against leakages and ensure timely disbursement of funds to beneficiaries of the Federation Accounts among others.

The Accountant General of the Federal, Alhaji Ahmed Idris made the disclosure during separate courtesy visits to his office by managements of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Access Bank and Zenith Banks in his office.

He said the TSA is part of the reforms of the government to institutionalize a more effective and transparent management of public finances in the country.

Ahmed Idris added that the compliance to the Presidential directive on the implementation of TSA is to promote transparency and facilitate compliance with sections 80 and 162 of the 1999 Constitution as it paves way for the timely capture and payment of all due revenues into government coffers.

The TSA is a unified structure of government bank accounts enabling consolidation and optimal utilization of government cash resources. It is a bank account which the government transacts all its receipts and payments and gets a consolidated view of its cash position at any given time. The system also eradicate loss and leakages of legitimate revenue meant for the Consolidated and federation accounts.

Meanwhile, the Accountant General of the Federation has disclosed that there had been noticeable improvement in Non-Oil revenue against Mineral Revenue in July 2015 which were shared last week at the meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).
In a Communique he issued at the FAAC in Abuja, Ahmed Idris presented a total sum of N511 billion for distributions to the beneficiaries of the Account.
The allocation comprised the month's Net Statutory revenue of N411.866 billion, Value Added Tax of N71. 947 billion and an Exchange gain of N6.409 billion.

In the net statutory allocation, Federal Government received N202 billion (52.68%); State governments received N102billion (26.72%); Local Government Councils received N79 billion (20.60%); while the Oil Producing States received N28.209 billion as 13% derivation revenue.
On the Net Revenue from the Value Added Tax (VAT) of N71.947 billion, the Federal Government received N10.792 billion (15%); States received N35.974 billion (50%) while the Local government Councils received N25.181 billion (35%).

Other allocation made at the meeting included the Refund of N6.33bn by Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Exchange Gain of N6.409bn among others.
Ahmed Idris attributed recent shortfall in the oil revenue to shut-down and shut-in of production for maintenance and emergency repairs as well as declaration of Force Majeure by SPDC.

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CSOs write ICPC,demand prosecution of Okiro over indictment for fraud Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:16:24 +0000 okiro

A coalition , the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has written a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission,ICPC demanding the prosecution of Chairman Police Service Commission, Mr. Mike Okiro on his indictment for fraud.

In its petition to ICPC,the coalition’s Chairman ,Olanrewaju Suraju said the group is “demanding thatMr. Mike Okiro be charged to court and prosecuted for the offences allegedly committed, so that the appropriate court can make the necessary pronouncements. This will go a long way in deterring other officer and a reminder to all that public offices are not and should not be an avenue for ill gotten wealth. It will also strengthen the confidence of Nigerians that the commission is truly prepared to carry out its mandate of stemming the tide of corruption in the Police in Particular and Nigeria in General.

The letter to ICPC titled “Request For The Prosecution Of Chairman Police Service Commission, Mr. Mike Okiro On His Indictment For Fraud” recalled that “Following a petition by an employee of the Police Service Commission, Solomon Kaase, alleging fraud against the PSC to the tune of N275million by the Chairman, Mr. Mike Okiro, the Commission conducted an investigation into the allegations. In a report released on the 6th day of August, 2015 signed by the Commission's Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, the Commission directed that Mr Okiro should remit N133, 413,845.99 of the N350, 000,000 he received from the Federal Government for staff training and physical monitoring of police personnel during the last general elections, to the Federal Treasury through the ICPC recovery account at First City Monument Bank, amongst other directives.

Suraju said further “While we commend your Commission for the swift investigation and conclusion of same, we however wish to state that the directives issued by the ICPC failed to uphold the true intent and spirit of the mandate given to the ICPC by its establishing Act. A careful perusal of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 will reveal that the actions of Mr. Okiro contravened several provisions of that law and attract sanctions/penalties. In particular, the following sections of the ICPC Acts were violated:

“Section 16 of the Act provides as follows:"(16) Any person who, being an officer charged with the receipt, custody, use or management of any part of the public revenue or property, knowingly furnishes any false statement or return in respect of any money or property received by him or entrusted to his care, or of any balance of money or property in his possession or under his control, is guilty of an offence, and shall on conviction be liable to seven (7) years imprisonment"

The coalition believes that “From the above stated section, it is clear that Mr. Okiro's act of inflating the number of employees of the Police Service Commission from 391 to 900 in order to receive N350,000,000 constitutes an offence under this section with corresponding penalty.
“Also, the investigation revealed that Mr. Okiro collected money for two conferences that ran simultaneously in Dublin and Orlando, Florida, expending ticket fare for the Dublin trip only. However, he had written to the Presidency to expend the ticket fare for Abuja-Orlando-Abuja on another trip coming up in October, 2015. This clearly contravenes Section 25(1) (a) & (b) which prohibits making statements which are false or intended to mislead to public officers or officers of the Commission and also providing penalties for such acts.

“It provides as follows: (25)- (1) Any person who makes or cause any other person to make to an officer of the commission or to any other public officer, in the course of the exercise by such Public officer of the duties of his office, any statement which to the knowledge of the person making the statement, or causing the statement to be made- (a) is false, or intended to mislead or is in true in any material particular; or (b) is not consistent with any other statement previously made by such person to any other person having authority or power under any law to receive, or require to be made such other statement notwithstanding that the person making the statement is not under any legal or other obligation to tell the truth, shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand Naira or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two (2) years or to both such fine and imprisonment.

According to the anti-corruption coalition, “the sanctions provided by these sections are such that only a court of competent jurisdiction, in this case, a superior court of record can pronounce. It is our opinion that the mere directives issued by the Commission does not do fair justice to the matter in any form. It is beyond doubt that the directive that Mr. Okiro remit the said amount constitutes an indictment and is enough ground for prosecution.

It also said “Furthermore, a review of Bureau for Public Procurement response to the Police Service Commission's Chairman clearly objected to the expenditure undertaken by the Chairman. This is contravention of section 58 (4(b)) and Section 5(a-c) of the BPP Act, attracting prosecution and imprisonment on conviction of the Chairman.

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Kogi guber race: Titanic battle ahead as Audu wins APC primaries Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:42:17 +0000 Audu 600

By Abdullahi Mohammed

Prince Abubakar Audu, former governor of Kogi State has won the All Progressives Congress,APC gubernatorial primaries conducted today in Lokoja.He will thus be party's flagbearer in the forthcoming election.

Audu polled 1,109 votes to defeat 28 other aspirants.His closest rival ,Alhaji Yahaya Bello polled 701 while Senator Nurudeen Abatemi came third with 400 votes.A total of 29 invalid votes were recorded during the exercise.

Report from Lokoja listed the votes scored by the aspirants thus : Alhaji Yahaya Bello ,701; Senator Nicholas Yahaya Ugbane ,8; Haliru Sani Shaibu ,1; Hon. Suleiman Baba Ali ,28; AVM Saliu Atawodi ,183;Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed , 11; Prince Abubakar Audu , 1,109,Senator Nurudeen Abatemi ,400;Hadiza Ibrahim , 0; Alhaji Yakubu Mohammed – 4; Rt. Hon. Clarence Olafemi ,7; DCP Abutu Ejeh (rtd) , 2; Engr. Sunday Ejigbo 1; Colonel Ahmed Usman (rtd),6; Dr. Tim Nda Diche , 13; Dr. Hakeem Habib ,8; Prince Rotimi Obadofin – 16; Barrister Babatunde Iruekera ,0, Olusula George Olumoroti ,58; Enejo James Ocholi (SAN) – 90;Ojo Onukaba Adinoyi – 2; Pharmacist Aliyu Zakari Jiya 0; Senator Alex Kadiri , 1; Alhaji Sadiq Adabara – 0; Hussein Idris Kazim 0; Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar 309; Edris Danjuma 5; Edris Maiyanga ,2 and Invalid votes – 29.

The national secretariat of the party last week insisted that primaries must be held and that no consensus arrangement would be accepted by the party.

Senator Osita Izunaso while inaugurating the Nasir El –Rufai led committee on Kogi primaries said the people’s vote must count.He also urged the committee to file a written report at the end of its mandate.
Addressing the committee members Izunaso said “Do not be intimidated.The necessary materials would be given to you from here and anything contrary should be discarded.

“All aspirants are supposed to have their agents because the committee should deal with the aspirants or agents directly.

“Every agent must sign before the declaration of the winner . Nothing like endorsement, we don’t endorse anybody because everything is in the hands of Kogites.

“The exercise is for the people of kogi state to decide the winner of the primary.

“An appeal panel will be set up for those that are aggrieve by the outcome of the primary.

“The chairman must bring written document, everything must be in writing because no verbal comments or report would be accepted”Izunaso also said.

Audu ,the winner of today's APC primaries is expected to be the main challenger to incumbent Idris Wada who has also picked  the nomination form to recontest for election on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party,PDP.It promises to be a titanic battle.

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APC lists new cases of looting, says PDP mess must be cleared for Nigerians to enjoy better life Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:08:16 +0000 The All Progressives Congress (APC) has listed new instances of the insane looting of the treasury by some officials of the Jonathan Administration, saying the corruption mess that characterized the Administration was so pervasive that until it is cleaned, Nigeria will not be able to actualize its potentials. ”Those who would rather give comfort to [...]

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