The Nigerian Senate yesterday directed the Minister of Finance to release the sum of N15 Billion (fifteen Billion Naira) balance in the 2016 appropriation Act for further funding of the Amnesty Programme for Niger Delta ex militants .
The Senate has also mandated it’s committee on Niger Delta to investigate the circumstances leading to funding constraints currently destabilizing the Amnesty programme with a view to avoiding re-occurrence.
These resolutions of the upper chamber followed a Motion titled: “The monumental challenges facing the amnesty programme due to Paucity of funds” sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi representing Delta North in the upper Chambers.
Senator Nwaoboshi in the motion raised issues of serious concerns currently besieging the presidential Amnesty Programme leading to huge debt burdens and uncertainty of the future of the program and the beneficiaries .
According to him the program is already being marred by delayed funding or staggered release of funds by the ministry of finance as captured in the 2016 Budget.
The motion raised concerns that the financial challenges facing the programme is already threatening the ‘well conceived Amnesty Programme,’ and its objectives
According to Senator Nwaoboshi about thirty thousand beneficiaries of the N65,000 , Monthly allowances are being owed 5 months in arrears among other backlog of unpaid debts for the education and training aspects of the programme both home and abroad.
Details from the Motion moved by Nwaobushi indicates that the fund appropriated in the 2016 budget for the Amnesty programme was about N20 billion ýwith an additional supplementary appropriation of N35 Billion Naira in late 2016, adding that the sum of fourty Billion has soo far been released by the Finance Ministry leaving a balance of the sum of N15 billion.
His words “educational programme (offshore) is suffering the same fate as unpaid in-training allowances for 750 students between 2016 and 2017 amounted to US$4, 200, 000 equivalent of N1, 332, 000, 000 and unpaid tuition fee for 350 students amounting to. the sum of US$17, 500, 000 equivalent of N512, 500, 000
”If the planned protest by students in United Kingdom to the Nigerian High Commission is carried out over the nonpayment of tuition fees and allowances, it would bring Nigeria to ridicule and opprobrium before the comity of nations”,
The Senate also acknowledged the fact that there is a need to act fast because the situation is fast creating further tension in the already volatile region of the Niger Delta
The Senate equally expressed worry as the said tension ýand threats are capable of bringing the Nigerian government into disrepute nationally and internationally.-
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki said the N35billion supplementary budget was approved by the upper legislative chamber to address the financial challenges faced by the amnesty office and to ensure peace in the Niger Delta region.
The committee on Niger Delta was also mandated to investigate cases of impersonation, and an alleged low representation of some other states like Abia.
The Committee is expected to report report back to the Senate in two weeks.
Gunmen Kidnap Three, Kill Three Policemen, Three Others In Three States
Suspected Fulani herdsmen have kidnapped students of Abia State University, Uturu, Abia State; shot and killed a student of Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu; while another group also attacked ECWA church in Kogi State, killing one person and kidnapping two others.
Also, gunmen, yesterday, killed three policemen on duty in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State, and further injured two others before setting their patrol vehicle ablaze.
The Fulani herdsmen also robbed motorists and passengers who were en route to Port Harcourt from Enugu and from Okigwe town to Enugu, respectively.
In a statement, yesterday morning, Marist confirmed the killing of one of its students.
The statement read, “Some students from Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu, Abia State, were attacked by armed bandits around IhubeRoad in Okigwe LGA on their way from a final religious procession of some Marist brothers.
“In the course of the robbery attack, one student in the person of Edeh Donald was shot and he later died.
“Three other students were injured. They are receiving treatment and they are responding to the treatment.
“We pray God to guide and protect Nigeria citizens.”
When contacted, the police spokesperson in Imo State, MichaelAbattam, said that the police had swung into action.
Abattam said it was a robbery attack and not a kidnap operation.
Our correspondent, who visited the scene, yesterday, observed that fear had engulfed the area.
Suspected Fulani had June 10, 2020, kidnapped scores of travellers on the same spot.
They were en route to Owerri from Enugu when the bandits struck.
They had also in April kidnapped a Catholic priest, IzuchukwuOnyeocha, who is a professor of Sociology at Imo State University in Owerri.
The priest, who was released days later, confirmed that he was kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen.
Similarly, unknown gunmen had attacked ECWA church in Kogi State, killing one person and kidnapping two others.
The church is located at Okadayo-Kabba, along OkeneRoad, in Kogi State.
The attack is coming barely few days after a jailbreak at the Federal Minimum Correctional Centre located in Kabba and the abduction of three poultry farmers in their farm, all in the same area.
It was gathered that the yet to be identified gunmen opened fire on the worshippers as church service was going on, killing one person on the spot.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said two other person who were shot are currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
According to him, the pioneer Provost of College of Education Technical,Kabba, Chief J.O.T.Oshadumo, and one other were kidnapped, while his wife and some students sustained gunshot wounds.
The Chairman of Kabba-Bunu Local Government, Moses Olorunleke, who confirmed this to newsmen, said details of the attack would be made public soon.
Efforts to get more information from the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, proved difficult as he was said to be in church.
Also, gunmen, yesterday, killed three policemen on duty in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra State.
They also injured two others before setting their patrol vehicle ablaze.
According to sources, the incident happened around 9am on Ukaegbu/Ezeiweka Road in the commercial hub of the state.
It was not clear what led to the dastardly act and who the killers could be.
This came less than two weeks after the former traditional ruler of Mkpunando community in Aguleri, Anambra East LGA of the state, Chief Alex Edozieuno; and his driver, Chukwuemeka, were killed by yet to be identified persons along Ezu Bridge, Otuocha.
Edozieuno was one of the 12 monarchs suspended last year by Governor Willie Obiano for visiting President MuhammaduBuhari in Abuja with Prince Arthur Eze, an international oil mogul.
He was subsequently dethroned by the governor.
A video trending on social media showed the patrol vehicle of the policemen on fire even as somebody in police wear was seen lying on the tarred road.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP TochukwuIkenga, said that he was yet to get the details of what actually transpired.
FG Not Sincere With Fight Against Insecurity, Catholic Cleric Alleges
The Lagos Catholic Archbishop, Alfred Adewale Martins, yesterday, said that the administration of President MuhammaduBuhariwas not sincere with the fight against insecurity as it continues to hinder willing groups and not equipping the security forces.
Martins stated this in Lagos State at the grand finale of the 60th anniversary celebration of a Catholic group, Knight of Saint Mulumba, adding that breakdown in the policy and values has led to emergence of unpatriotic leaders.
Martin, who coincidentally celebrated his 38th priestly ordination, said that Nigerian politicians have lost faith on service to humanity, and were in search of personal gain.
He related it to the trending case of Femi Fani-Kayode, who recently joined All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Insecurity is the major problem we have in Nigeria currently; places of worship are not safe.
“The government is supposed to have access to experts who will bring in their expertise to solve the problem but that is not so. When you hear the kind of complains and dissatisfaction from the military and different sides you will know that there is inadequate sincerity by the government. There are inadequate arms supplied to the security.
“One of the things about Nigerian politicians is inconsistency in goals and principles. When Fani-Kayode was criticizing Buhari it was not based on principles of not he would not join or switch to APC. It is not surprising that we are where we are today because we have people like him who are inconsistent,” he stated.
Hushpuppi: IGP Queries Abba Kyari Over Infractions
Indicted super cop and former commander of the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Abba Kyari, has been queried by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
The query follows the submission of the report by the police panel set up by the IGP to look into the alleged indictment of Abba Kyari by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Kyari was queried over infractions noticed in his communication with Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi, a suspected internet fraudster.
“The IGP has issued a query to Abba Kyari based on the findings of the panel.
“The panel discovered that there was communication between Kyari and Hushpuppi, as well as infractions on the part of the cop, which is against the procedure of engagement of the police.”
The panel did not recommend the extradition of Kyari because it could not establish that the police officer committed any crime in the US.
“There is no proof that he committed any crime on the soil of the US to warrant his extradition.
“He will be sanctioned by the appropriate authorities here. However, it is for the AGF to advise if there is a ground to extradite him to the US, which is very unlikely”, the source said further.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force, Frank Mba, however, said that the IGP has forwarded the recommendations of the panel to the Police Service Commission (PSC) for appropriate action.
Reportedly, the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation is also looking into the request of extraditing the indicted Cop to the United States of America.
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