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AC Wins Edo Assembly Re-run Election

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The re-run election into Akoko-Edo Constituency 1 seat of the Edo State House of Assembly held yesterday was won by candidate of Action Congress (AC), Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto. He polled 5,345 votes to beat his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Mr. Anslem Agbabi, who polled 3, 637 votes.

Although, characterised by shooting, ballot snatching and allegations of rigging in some of the wards in the five local government areas that the election took place, the exercise was adjudged to be fair in most of the 74 polling units.

Trouble started, according to The Tide investigation at Aiyegunle Unit 8 of ward 7, when supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged that an aide of the Edo State Governor snatched ballot box meant for the unit.

This made irate supporters to descend on the alleged ballot box snatcher and he was about to be lynched when policemen brought in by House of Representatives Leader, Hon. Tunde Akogun, started shooting sporadically, thus forcing people to run helter skater.

Journalists covering the election were not left out as many of them were harassed by youth of Aiyegunle community who barricaded the entrance to the community amid shout of “go , go, we don’t need them here”

Similarly, PDP supporters at Lampese Unit 1, Ward 3 alleged rigging of the election and cited the arrest of nine thugs suspected to be agents of the Action Congress who they said stormed the centre with a Peugeot Wagon marked AP 768 ABJ as evidence of the alleged rigging. The exercise, was however peaceful and orderly in other units and wards monitored.

Against the backdrop of rigging allegations, the duo of Senator Yisa Braimah representing Edo North in the Senate and Anslem Agbabi , PDP candidate for the election have called for cancellation of the election, claiming that the exercise was a charade.

In a swift reaction however, Senator Roland Owie, AC leader in Edo State said that in spite of little skirmishes the election was free and fare.

According to him, the skirmish was as a result of voters who he alleged were thumps printing in Honourable Akogun’s house in Aiyegunle.

Another AC Chieftain, Mr. Emmanuel Momoh debunked the allegation of snatching of ballot box by Governor Oshiomhole’s aide.” Nothing like that happened. It was Akogun’s security and some cult boys that chased us away”, he said.

Our correspondent also reported that major roads into the city were barricaded by security men while vehicles coming from Auchi were prevented from entering the town.

For instance materials to Aiyegunle, the Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mr Tunde Akogun’s zone were said to have been taken away and election disrupted in his polling unit.

One Ariyo Osakpawan told newsmen that there have been reported clashes between AC and PDP supporters, the two parties involved in the election.

When contacted at his residence, Akogun, however, refused to comment on the situation.

With Akogun in his residence were Braimah and other PDP chieftains.

Our correspondent also noticed that notable PDP members had converged in Akoko-Edo to give solidarity to their candidate.

The Chief of Staff to Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, Osarodion Ogie, however, told newsmen that election rigging was no longer attractive in the state.

He said the re-run election would be a liberation for the people of Akoko-Edo.

Ogie, who spoke at the material distribution centre at Igarra, said:“This will be the first time the people will be seeing ballot papers.”

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FG, States, LGAs Share N736.782bn In Oct

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The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has disbursed N736.782 billion from October 2022 Federation Account Revenue to the Federal Government, States and Local Government Councils.
This amount was augmented by an additional N70 billion distributed to the three tiers of government.
Federal Government received N36.876 billion, States got N18.704 billion, Local Government Councils received N14.420 billion.
An extra N30 billion Augmentation was made from non-oil revenue and distributed, with Federal Government getting N15.804 billion, States getting N8.016 billion, and Local Government Councils getting N6.180 billion.
According to the communiqué at the end of the FAAC, at the meeting for November 2022, the N736.782 billion total distributable revenue was made up of N417.724 billion distributable statutory revenue; N213.283 billion Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue; N5.775 billion Exchange Gain revenue.
In October 2022, the total deductions for cost of collection amounted to N33.555 billion and total deductions for transfers, savings and refunds was N186.749 billion.
The balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) still remains at $472,513.64.
The communiqué confirmed that from the total distributable revenue of N736.782 billion, the Federal Government received N293.955 billion, the State Governments received N239.512 billion and the Local Government Councils received N177.086 billion.
The total sum of N26.228 billion was shared to the relevant States as 13 percent derivation revenue.
Gross statutory revenue of N622.270 billion was received for the month of October 2022. This was lower than the sum of N825.710 billion received in the previous month by N203.440 billion.
From the N417.724 billion distributable statutory revenue, the Federal Government received N206.576 billion, the State Governments received N104.778 billion and the Local Government Councils received N80.779 billion. The sum of N25.591 billion was shared to the relevant States as 13 percent derivation revenue.
For the month of October 2022, the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N229.041 billion. This was higher than the N203.960 billion available in the month of September 2022 by N25.081billion.
The Federal Government received N31.992 billion, the State Governments received N106.642 billion and the Local Government Councils received N74.649 billion from the N213.283 billion distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue.
The N5.775 billion from the Exchange Gain revenue was distributed as follows: the Federal Government received N2.707 billion, the State Governments received N1.373 billion, the Local Government Councils received N1.058 billion and the relevant States received N0.637 billion as 13 percent derivation revenue.
According to the Communiqué, in the month of October 2022, Value Added Tax (VAT) and Companies Income Tax (CIT) increased significantly while oil and gas royalties, Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and Import Duty recorded considerable decreases.

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$1bn Looted Funds Recovered Since 2015 – Malami

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Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has revealed that the current administration has so far recovered about $1 billion looted funds till date.
Malami disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents after the week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He also disclosed that Council has approved a new Anti-corruption Strategy Document to strengthen anti-graft campaigns in the country.
He said the recovered assets had been deployed to various sectors of the economy, including poverty alleviation.
Malami also expressed government’s concern over cases of budget padding, which he described as worrisome, noting that every necessary measure would be explored to address it.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, had blamed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, for adding N206bn to the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry’s budget.

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Nigeria Loses $2bn To Oil Theft In Eight Months 

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The ad-hoc committee set up by the Senate to investigate oil theft and consequent damage on the nation’s economy has said Nigeria lost   $2 billion (an equivalent of N1.3trillion) to oil theft between January and August this year.
The committee’s report, which was adopted by the Senate in plenary on Tuesday, made far-reaching recommendations for stemming the tide.
It, however, failed to name a single person or corporate entity carrying out the oil theft.
In one of its findings, the committee said, “Nigeria lost over $2bn to oil theft between January and August 2022, with consequent loss of revenue that would support the country’s fiscal deficits and budget implementation.”
The report indicated concerted efforts being made against the crime by all stakeholders, saying that they had started yielding results, with Forcados Terminal now producing 500,000 barrels per day as against zero production in the first six months of the year.
“Bonny Terminals was also producing 87,000 barrels of oil per day now as against zero production a couple of months ago due to activities of economic saboteurs”, the report stated.
The 16-point recommendations of the committee as adopted by the Senate stated in part: “ the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited should stop undermining Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and Nigerian Midstream and  Downstream  Petroleum Regulatory Authority from performing their functions.
“The provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act should be adhered to by NNPCL as regards functions of the established agencies.”
The report called for an immediate streamlining of agencies present at the terminals in line with the relevance of their PIA-delineated upstream and midstream/downstream statutory functions.
According to the report, the NUPRC should fast-track the upgrade of the National Production Monitoring Systems to enable real-time monitoring of flow station and terminal activities.
The NUPRC should expedite the deployment and strict enforcement of the Advance Crude Oil Cargo Declaration solution for the detection and mitigation of illegal movement of vessels to ensure adequate revenue generation and optimal crude oil production, it stated further.
It continued that the Bureau of Public Procurement should expedite all processes of procurement for NUPRC to ensure immediate deployment of an online real-time monitoring system by the commission across all upstream oil and gas production platforms for accuracy in measuring production volume by producers.
The report further said the NUPRC should resume full regulatory oversight of all existing crude oil terminals in Nigeria, including integrated ones, crude oil pipelines, issuance of loading clearance, and processing of export permits in line with section 8(d) of the PIA, as regulatory activities at crude oil terminals are interdependent and contingent.
It also faulted what it called undue interference of the Minister of State in the operations of NUPRC as shown with letters made available to it by the agency, stressing that both the minister and NNPCL should allow PIA to function.
“The PIA as signed into law by the President, must be allowed to function by all stakeholders in the sector as an amendment on it now, will send wrong signals to the International community”, it stated.
Recall that the Senate on April 14, 2022, constituted a 13- member Ad – Hoc Committee on Oil Lifting, Theft, and the impact on Petroleum Production and Oil Revenues under the chairmanship of Senator Akpan Bassey, who is also the chairman, of the Senate Committee on Petroleum ( Upstream).

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