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Attack On Buhari: Group Berates Asari Dokubo

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The president of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujarhedeen Asari-Dokubo, has come under fire over his comment on the terror attack on former head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
A group, Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged (CENTREP), has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to call Asari-Dokubo to order.
Asari-Dokubo in a recent statement alleged that Buhari masterminded the terror attack on his convoy in Kaduna to kill innocent Nigerians in a desperate bid for him and his group to take over power from Jonathan in 2015.
Reacting to the allegation, CENTREP’s executive director, Mr Oghenejabor Ikimi, described Asari-Dokubo’s statement as “childish.”
Ikimi, in a statement issued in Warri, Delta State, yesterday, asked Nigerians to condemn the statement and urged the Presidency to disassociate itself from the statement.
Ikimi said the statement could polarise and threaten the corporate existence of the country.
He said, “In as much as I do not hold brief for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, I submit that remarks such as the one made by Alhaji Dokubo-Asari are capable of further polarising our polity to the detriment of the vulnerable and underprivileged Nigerians and I call on all well-informed Nigerians to condemn same, and in particular for the Presidency to dissociate itself from the above vexatious and inflammatory statement owing to the closeness of its author to President Goodluck Jonathan.”
“We are all living witnesses of the Sheikh Lemu’s Committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan after the 2011 general elections to probe the electoral violence that took place in the north during the general elections. The Committee’s report subsequently exonerated Gen Muhammadu Buhari of any wrongdoing. We are also not oblivious of the fact that three years after the Committee submitted its final report to President Goodluck Jonathan, his administration is yet to implement same, so it would be foolhardy to associate a man of Gen Buhari’s standing with violence.”
Meanwhile, the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Alhaji Mujahidý Asari-Dokubo, yesterday declared that he never believed in the Nigeria project, adding that the country will soon go the way of Soviet Union and the rest that have broken up.
This is even as the former warlord came down hard on President Goodluck Jonathan over his statement that Nigeria would have boiled if former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, had died in last Wednesday’s bomb blast in Kaduna.
Asari-Dokubo said the President’s statement was unnecessary, adding that placing the life of one Nigerian above another is wrong.ý
He said: “I do not work for Jonathan.
“What the President said was wrong.
“The life of Buhari is not more important than 87 people that died in that blast.”
Asari-Dokubo, who addressed newsmen in Abuja, also debunked the insinuation that he paid the alleged mastermind of the blast N5 million to kill Buhari.
He revealed that beginning from next week, he will lead a protest in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, to demand and ensure that Buhari is arrested by the Department of State Security.
He said: “I did not pay anybody to carry out any assassination attempt on Buhari.
“I do not have anything against him.
“He is not a threat.
“He will fail in 2015.
“For the records, I do not operate a Twitter ýaccount and anyone saying I tweeted that there will be more attacks is only using my name.”
Asari-Dokubo raised the alarm that all the calculated attacks on him are geared towards shutting him up ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
He said: “They want to silence me because they know the role I will play in 2015.
“They have also sponsored reports in Benin Republic that I am the person financing Boko Haram.
“Another Islamic scholar also said I am the one sponsoring Boko Haram to destroy the North on behalf of President Jonathan.
“The deputy leader or deputy minority in the House of Representatives said I spoke on behalf of President Jonathan.
“That means Buhari is the commander-in-chief of Boko Haram in the North.
“His allies came out and made inflammatory statements during the 2011 elections.”

Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi presenting certificate of participation to one of the women at the Obio/Akpor Empowerment ceremony while Government House Chief of Staff,Tony Okocha watches.

Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi presenting certificate of participation to one of the women at the Obio/Akpor Empowerment ceremony while Government House Chief of Staff,Tony Okocha watches.

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90% Of Money Laundered Via Real Estate, EFCC Reveals

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says about 90 per cent of money laundering is done through the real estate sector.
The commission’s Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, stated this while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, yesterday,
According to him, although the sector is monitored via the special control unit, more needed to be done.
According to Bawa, “One of the problems we have now is the real estate. 90 to 100 per cent of the resources are being laundered through the real estate.”
He said there are so many issues involved, but that they were working with the National Assembly to stop what he called “the gate keepers” as there would be reduction in looting if there is no one to launder the money.
Bawa, the EFCC boss, gave an example of a minister who expressed interest in a $37.5million property a bank manager put up for sale.
He said, “The bank sent a vehicle to her house and in the first instance $20million was evacuated from her house.
“They paid a developer and a lawyer set up a special purpose vehicle, where the title documents were transferred into.
“And he (the lawyer) is posing as the owner of the property. You see the problem. This is just one of many; it is happening daily.”
The EFCC chairman also revealed that he receives death threats often.
Asked to respond to President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent “Corruption is fighting back” expression, Bawa said he was in New York, USA, last week, when someone called to threaten him.
“Last week, I was in New York when a senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation.
“The young man said, ‘I am going to kill him (Bawa), I am going to kill him’.
“I get death threats. So, it is real. Corruption can fight back,” he said.
On corruption in the civil service, he said there were a lot of gaps, especially in contracts processing, naming “emergency contracts” as one.
Bawa said, “A particular agency is notorious for that. They have turned all their contracts to emergency contracts.”
However, he said, EFCC has strategies in place to check corruptions, one of which is “corruption risk assessments of MDAs”.
According to him, “I have written to the minister and would soon commence the process of corruption risk assessments of all the parastatals and agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to look at their vulnerability to fraud and advise them accordingly.”
Asked if the scope of corruption in the country overwhelms him, Bawa, the EFCC boss said, “Yes, and no.”

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We’ve Spent N9bn To Upgrade RSUTH, Wike Confirms

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, says his administration has spent N9billion in upgrading structures and installation of new equipment at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH).
He said the fact that 40 per cent of the 2021 budget of the state is dedicated to provision of quality healthcare delivery was a further demonstration of the priority placed on the sector.
Wike made the explanation at the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of a Renal Centre at RSUTH, last Friday.
The governor said he made promise to Rivers people that the best would be provided to them in all sectors of the society within his capability because of the mandate they gave to him.
“As we came on here, I just looked around and I see the changes in this teaching hospital. I can say that we have put not less than N9billion in this teaching hospital.
“If you look at the budget, the health sector alone, what it’s taking from the Rivers State Government is not less than 40 percent of the 2021 budget.”
Speaking further, Wike said the state government cannot afford to implement free medical service programme in the present economic circumstance.
While dismissing the request for a subvention for RSUTH, Wike, however, commended the chief medical director and his team for their commitment to turnaround the fortunes of RSUTH.
“I have never seen anywhere that health services can be totally free. They’re telling me that people who come here can’t pay. I have never declared that this state is going to take over the health fees of anybody.”
Also speaking, the former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, who performed the flag-off, noted that Wike’s achievements in the health sector in particular, surpass what former governors of the state had done.
Sekibo said that the governor has given equal attention to every section of the health sector by providing complete health infrastructure that was positioning the state as a medical tourism destination in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for his interest in the health of Rivers people.
He noted that the renal centre, when completed, would become another landmark development project in the health sector that would handle and manage all kidney-related ailments.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Friday Aaron, commended Wike for approving the renal centre.
Aaron explained that chronic kidney disease was a major burden globally with estimated 14 million cases in Nigeria.
According to him, over 240,000 of these cases require renal replacement therapy in the form of dialysis and renal transplant.
The CMD said the building that would house the centre was expected to be completed in six months and consists of two floors.
The ground floor, according to him, would house the haemodialysis unit with eight haemodialysis machines.
He further explained that the first floor of the centre would house the surgical component where most of the sophisticated equipment for kidney transplant would be installed.
Aaron said Wike has released the funds required to build, equip the centre as well as for the training of personnel locally and internationally.

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Power Generation Falls 23% To 3,172MW

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Power supply in Nigeria has failed to improve on last week’s performance, as it fell by 22.9 per cent from peak generation of 4,115Megawatts on Saturday to 3,172.20MW as at 5pm, yesterday, latest data from the System Operator has shown.
According to the data, most power plants were operating far below capacity due to gas shortage with Olorunsogo Power Plant 335MW capacity; and Sapele Power Plant, 450MW capacity; completely out.
Egbin was generating at 746MW; Omoku 37.20; Omotosho (NIPP) at 105MW; while Afam was generating at 80MW.
The data showed that on the average power generation in the past seven days were 4,120.9MW on Sunday, June 6; 4,249.4 on Monday, June 7; 4,000.9MW on Tuesday, June 8; 3,720.7 on Wednesday, June 9; 3,517 on Thursday, June 10; 3,765MW on Friday, June 11; and 4,115MW on Saturday, June 12.
The International Oil Companies (IOCs), had last warned that despite Nigeria’s huge gas reserves a lot needs to be done to attract investment to the sector to develop gas reserves to boost power generation in the country.
Speaking at the just concluded Nigeria International Petroleum Summit, the Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria/MD SPDC, Osagie Okunbor, said with 203trillion Cubic Feet of gas reserves, what was needed in the country is to deliver projects that would produce the gas.
“The challenge is not just growing the reserves but in producing these reserves for the benefits of our country. Essentially growing the reserves and delivering on the production is a function of two or three elements.
“I like to see infrastructure that is required for the development of these resources at two levels. Soft infrastructure is often the one that is more important than and that is the one that is actually drives most of what you see at site.”
“Soft infrastructure refers to the enabling environment and nothing pleases me as much seeing both the Senate President and the speaker of the house give very firm commitments about trying to pass the PIB this month.
“That is probably the big one of the enabling environment to provide the kind of stability we also need all sorts of other issues we need to that we have discussed severally in terms of sanctity of contract, stable policies and collaboration and I think we are well on our way there”, he added.

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