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Troops Chase Boko Haram Fighters Out Of Borno Town

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Soldiers, yesterday, prevented Boko Haram fighters from mounting a barricade on Damaturu-Maiduguri highway in Borno State.

The soldiers reportedly engaged the insurgents in a gun battle around Mainok and Jakana towns.

A commercial driver said that the incident happened shortly after the usual daily road closure was eased in the morning.

Troops usually close the road in the evening and open it at 7am, every day.

The driver said suspected insurgents who were about to mount road barricades and attack travellers were overpowered and driven away by soldiers.

“We were on our way to Maiduguri after spending the night in Damaturu when we were stopped by soldiers at a place after Mainok.

“We were earlier asked to turn back and later we were told to stay there. Shots were later fired ahead of us, which sounded like gunfire exchange. We were asked to proceed after about thirty five minutes,” he said.

He said extra patrols were stationed along the road.

Boko Haram has made life a hell for those who ply that route.

It was on the route that a newlywed bride was abducted last week but she was freed 24 hours after.

Before decorating the new service chiefs, last Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari gave them a few weeks to tackle the widespread insecurity in the country.

 

 

 

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Customs Generates N466.1bn Revenue In First Quarter

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated N466.1 billion revenue in the first quarter of 2021.
The statistics obtained by The Tide source from the office of the Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Joseph Attah yesterday, showed that the revenue was generated from January to March.
The data indicated that the NCS realised the highest revenue in March with N169.4 billion followed by January with N157.6 billion while the sum of N138.9 billion was generated in February.
The document showed that customs realised the highest revenue of N216.9 billion within the period under review from import duty.
According to the statistics, the import duty is followed by customs VAT which is N105.2 billion and non-federation accounts levies of about N55.5 billion.
The document showed that N50.8 billion was generated from federation account levies while N34.5 billion was gotten from excise duty as well as N2.8 billion from fees.
Similarly, the statistics revealed that within the period under review, the service made a seizure of different contraband goods valued at N1,996,145,258.
The document indicated that the customs confiscated 37,206 bags of imported rice from January to March.

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Senate Receives Buhari’s Request To Confirm Garba As FCT CJ

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Senate, yesterday at plenary received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari, to confirm the appointment of Acting Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, as substantive Chief Judge.
Buhari’s request is contained in a letter read by President of Senate , Ahmad Lawan.
Buhari, in the letter said his request was made pursuant to Section 256 subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The letter reads in part: “Request for the confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi as the Chief Judge for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
“Pursuant to Section 256(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“I hereby request for the Senate’s confirmation of the appointment of Hon. Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, the acting Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, as substantive Chief Judge of the Court.
“I trust that the Senate will favorably confirm Hon. Justice Salisu Abdullahi as substantive Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, in the usual expeditious manner.”
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, inaugurated Garba as the acting Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Garba hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State.
He was called to the bar in 1984, and he completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in 1985.
Garba was appointed as a magistrate of the FCT High Court in 1989.
In 1997, he became the chief registrar of the FCT High Court, and was appointed a judge of the FCT High Court in 1998.

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…To Investigate CCT Chairman For Alleged Assault On Security Guard

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The Senate yesterday mandated its standing Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the alleged assault on a security guard, Clement Sargwak.
The assault was allegedly committed by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, at Banex Plaza, Wuse II, Abuja.
Sagwak, had petitioned  the Senate through his Sen. Istifanus Gyang (Plateau North).
President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan asked the Committee on Ethics and privileges headed by Sen. Ayo Akinyelure to investigate the matter and report back in four weeks.
The Senate investigation was premised on the fact that the petitioner was yet to seek   redress in Court.
Earlier presenting the petition at plenary, Gyang said the petitioner was seeking for justice, given the assault on him by the Tribunal Judge, while carrying out his duty.
Gyang said the petitioner alleged Umar assaulted him, asked him to kneel down and also slapped him.
In another development, the Senate has mandated its Committee on Special Duties to liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to supply relief materials to Olamaboro communities in Kogi, which were affected by rainstorm.
The resolution was sequel to a Point of Order raised by Sen. Isah Jibrin (APC-Kogi) during Tuesday’s plenary.
The motion was titled: “Urgent need for rehabilitation of communities affected by rainstorm in Olamaboro Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi”.
Speaking on the motion, Jibrin said over 200 residential buildings were destroyed across the communities in the LGA by rainstorm on April 9.
“Apart from destruction of residential buildings, the devastating rainstorm also ravaged crops, farmlands, schools, worship houses, clinics and businesses in several communities in the LGA,” he said.
Contributing, Sen. Yakubu Oseni (APC-Kogi) urged the Federal Government to provide succor to the affected communities through relief materials.
The Senate thereafter, mandated its Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Investment Programme (SIP), to liaise with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to provide minimal seed capitals for the victims in the affected communities.

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