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Benue

Gunmen have killed a cleric Rev. Gideon Adoor at his residence in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

The late Adoor who was an uncle to former chief of Army Staff Gen. Victor Malu (rtd), was allegedly shot around 2.am by the suspected killers.

The murder of the cleric who is an Assistant Pastor with NKST Church Gboka road Markurdi, and an employee in the ministry of land and survey, was received with shock by his congregation.

The Late Adoor’s son Kenneth who narrated the incident in an interview with newsmen said that three gunmen stormed their residence around 2a.m and went to his room and forced the door opened.

“They forced me to take them to my father’s room, on getting there, they asked me to tell my father to open the door, when my father opened the door, the gunmen shot him twice in the chest.”

Kenneth who wept profusely said the killers did not take anything when they were learning.

He however regretted that his father was taken to the federal medical centre for treatment, where doctors requested for police report before he could be treated.

“We have to run to the police headquarters to get a policeman but before he arrived, my father gave up the ghost” he said.

Benue state police commissioner Ibrahim Mohammed confirmed the incident.

 

Ogun

A Head of the 2011 elections, an Action Congress (AC) chieftain in Ogun State, Prince Kayode Tejuoso, has declared his intention to run for the governorship.

He described the AC as the party that can restore the lost glory of the Gateway State and make it realise its potentials.

Tejuoso, son of the Osile of the Oke-Ona, Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, told reporters in Abeokuta, the state capital, that he would return the state to its  glorious era of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Bisi Onabanjo and Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

“What we need in Ogun State are free education, free health care centre, full employment, affordable housing, rural development and women empowerment”, he said.

 

Sokoto

The Sokoto State Government has earmarked N12 million for the sponsorship of 13 indigenes for post-graduate diploma in Geo-Informatics and Environmental Management respectively at the prestigious Reginal Centre for Training in Aerospace Survey (RECTAS),  Ile-Ife in Osun State.

The amount also covers the cost of training six others who earlier completed 18-month Technician Diploma in Geo-information Management and production programme at the cetnre. Four other indigenes from the state are currently at the meteorological and Research Training Centre, Oshodi Lagos on the sponsorship of the state government to study meteorological Assistant course.

Special Adviser to Governor Wamakko on scholarship and students’ matters, Dr. Muhammed Ali Iwiama said in a press  release signed by the Department’s PRO, Mallam Isah Abubakar Shuni that the training is aimed at meeting the manpower demands of the state particularly in related areas.

He said those for the post graduate training in Geo-Informatics and Environmental Management included members of staff drawn from the state ministry of Lands and Survey and Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.

He explained that government is doing this to improve the standard of education in the state and ensure adequate representation of the state in specialised tertiary institutions.

Iwaiame said further that his department was committed to discouraging the notion that the state is educationally disadvantaged.

“We will ensure that our students are every where to study relevant and critical courses which the state is lacking and needs.”

 

Ekiti

Suspected armed robbers yesterday stormed  Isaki-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State where they reportedly killed two persons during a raid on a first generation bank.

The victims included a mobile policeman and a priest. Source in the community said two members of the gang died in an accident as they made to escape. They were pursued by policemen after leaving the scene. The bandits, who were said to be seven, stormed the bank very close to the town’s roundabout at about 10.00 a.m. one of them, who was suspected to be the leader of the gang, drove into the banks premises in a sport utility vehicle (SUV).

An eyewitness said the robbers dispossessed a traditional ruler of his vehicle which they rode into the bank.

When the hoodlums opened fire, bank workers, customers and bystanders reportedly scampered for safety to avoid being hit by stray bullet.

The gang leader reportedly shot in the air to signal their arrival.

The robbers escaped after operating unhindered for several minutes.

It could not be ascertained whether they went away with any cash from the banks vault.

The robbers were said to have fled the scene on learning that the operatives of the special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were on their trail. They escaped  through Isaki-oye-Ikole  Road. In their escape bid, they were also said to have snatched a kia mini-bus owned by a former chairman of Ido/Osi Local Government Area.

The Mini-bus somer-saulted on the cutskirts of Ikole, with two of the robbers killed on the spot. One member of the gang was injured.

Police spokesman Mohammed Jimch said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

 

Kwara

An Action Congress (AC) Chieftain in Kwara State, Alhaji Bolaji Edun, has opposed capital punishment being recommended by the Governors’ Forum for kidnappers.

Edun, a former commissioner for Special Duties also decried the invitation of Ghanaian electoral chief by the National Assembly to educate the lawmakers on what helped Ghana to conduct a free and fair election.

He said that Nigeria should embrace the recommendations of Justice Mohammed Uwais Committee report on electoral reform.

Edun, who was the former  AC secretary, was the guest on a radio Kwara programme. “The platform”, in Ilorin, the state capital yesterday.

The party chieftain said instead of inviting Ghanaian electoral chief, voters should be encouraged to monitor collation of election results.

On the injection of N300 billion by the National Economic Council (NEC) to nation’s economy, Edun doubted the sincerity of the council, stressing that such move would not brighten the economy.

The development, according to him, would also increase capital flight since the money was not anchored on any specific project.

 

Bauchi

A Bauchi High Court has adjourned for hearing the 10-count charge levelled against the former Alkaleri Local Government Area chairman, Mr. Bello Arabi, for allegedly defrauding the council of over N10 million.

He was the council chairman between 2003 and 2007.

Arabi was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of misappropriating and transferring the council’s funds to private bank account in 2006.

According to the EFCC counsel, Mr. Faruk Abdallah, various sums ranging from N1.5 million to N4.8 million which amounted to over N10 million were transferred to the defunct Bank of the North account number 000500112 said to belong to one Bello Gidado.

The charges were brought under section 309 of the penal code.

When the case came up yesterday for hearing, Arabi’s lawyer, victor Dalbata told the court that he was not ready for the case because the prosecution had not provided statements of witnesses scheduled to testify as prescribed by law to enable him prepare  his defence.

But Abdullah insisted that the accused was duly served.

Justice Rabi Mustapha urged the EFCC counsel to provide prove of service to the accused person.

He adjourned the case till November 10

 

 Osun

The Action Congress (AC) has accused  the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of persecuting one of its chieftains, Senator Felix Ogunwale.

He is being held by the police over his alleged involvement in the killing of hunchback for ritual purposes in Iragbiji. In a statement in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Ogunwale’s real offence is that he dared to defect from the PDP to the AC in July, 2009.

The fact that the killing of the hunchback, Mrs Taibat Oseni, was allegedly carried out in a building which Ogunwale abandoned over five years ago does not make him liable for the murder. It is like finding a dead body in a car which someone has taken to the mechanic for repair and then blaming the owner,” AC said.

The party said while it supports police investigation into the murder of the hunchback. It calls on the inspector-General of police to direct that the case be transferred to the force CID, instead of leaving it in the hand of “the clearly partisan Osun police, who are only doing the bidding of Governor Olagunsaye Oyinlola”. “This is nothing short of political persecution of senator Ogunwale for daring to abandon the sinking PDP ship in Osun”, the party said.

 

Kano

Despite the unfavourable economic climate that characterised the global financial meltdown and other variables affecting business operations, the Nationakl Salt Company of Nigeria (NASCON) has returned a turnover of N9,8 billion for the 2008 financial  year.

The company also made a profit after tax of N1.298 billion, while its profit before tax stood at N1.89 billion, representing a growth of 26 per cent NASCON chairman, Alhaji Alike Dangote, however lamented that the wonderful result achieved was below its expectation for the year. He said: “The economy performed below expectation in 2008.”

The world economic crises witnessed towards the end of the year, coupled with increased crises in the Niger Delta, saw to the continued decline in crude oil exploration and production by the country”.

Dangote who was represented by one of the directors, Mr. Olakunle Alaki, said: “This meant that National finances deteriorated in the year. In addition, the poor state of the country’s infrastructure and the devaluation of the Naira in the last quarter of 2008, further worsened the economic environment –this devaluation, led to higher cost of production, which impacted negatively on businesses in general within the country” he stated.

Dangote, who equally revealed that NASCON financial target was also affected because it  imports its major raw materials from Brazil, nevertheless announced that, “the challenges of the business of the year under review notwithstanding, our company posted a  turnover of N9.8 billion reflecting a percentage growth of 26 over the previous year.

He stated: “Operating profit before tax was N1.896 billion, while our after tax profit was N1.298 billion, showing a modest growth over the past year”. He said the performance reflected the impact of the operating environment and the company’s response by way of measures and policies put in place to ensure that it remained profitable.

Speaking on the 2009 prospect, Dangote, told shareholders that NASCON is committed to maintaining its leadership position in the salt industry, adding that two sachet of salt production lines with  a rate capacity of 180,000 tonnes per annum have been installed.

He said plans are underway to establish tomotoe packing operations outfit in Nigeria following the two years of importation of the petti brand into the country.

“We believe that our plans should come to fruition in 2010 when we introduce the locally  packed Dangote brand into the Nigerian market,” he added.

 

Plateau

As the legal battle between Prof. Dakum Shown-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, and the national headquarters of the party is pending in the court, former factional leaders in the state have alleged that Prof. Dakum Shown, State Chairman, seized the existing party membership registers.

Prof. Shown had gone to court to stop the inauguration of Chief Abu King Shuluwa-headed state caretaker committee, set up by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). The committee was expected to oversee the affairs of the party in the state, pending the conduct of the state congresses.

Besides, the Chief Emmanuel Mangni-led group further alleged that Shown was secretly registering only those loyal to governor Jonah Jang, formerly All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) members. Jonah Jang, himself had in 2003 contested the governorship on ANPP platform.

In a petition to the party’s national chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, titled “Re­dissolution of State, Local Government and ward executives of PDP in Plateau State “, the petitioners lamented that Prof. Shown was still parading himself as the State Chairman.

The group lamented that Prof. Shown was registering former ANPP members at the detriment of former Action Congress (AC) members, who according to them were willing to be registered PDP members.

The ex-factional leaders noted that while the two factions subsisted, the party witnessed a massive return of its members, who had earlier been deregistered in the 2006 controversial registration exercise.

Stressing the need for a level playing ground for all the members, the Chief Mangni-Ied group, called for fresh and genuine registration exercise in order to have authentic membership registers. It commended the Chief Ogbulafor-led National PDP for its courage in dissolving the state, local and ward executive councils. Besides, it gave the PDP leadership a pat on the back for the “inauguration” of Chief Shaluwa-headed caretaker committee.

According to the group, the emergence of the committee has brought peace and confidence within the party in the state. Consequently, it advised that everything should be done to ensure that the achieved peace did not suffer a set back

 

Lagos

The  Ikotun-Igando Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Chairman, Monsurudeen Asamu Ola, has narrowly escaped death following an attempt on his life by unidentified gunmen.

Our Sources revealed that the incident was the third on his life and that two supervisory Councilors (names withheld), have been accused of being the masterminds of the attack.

The Source further revealed that, the chairman, after Consulting with the security committee of the LCDA, which include royal fathers and community leaders, reported the case to the police.

The Tide learnt that the case was reported to the lkotun Police Station on Saturday, after the Supervisor for Environment, Hon Salako Adams was attacked in Similar Circumstance and injured two weeks earlier.

A Senior police Officer at the lkotun Police Station who does not want his name in print confirmed that the case is still under investigation while another source close to the Council Chairman also confirmed the assassination plot on the chairman, stressing that the official vehicle assigned to the suspected supervisory councilors had been withdrawn by the LCDA.

In recent times the rate of assassins and robbery incident in Lagos state has given the police authority a sleepless night as lagosians slept with one eye’s open.

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EFCC Re-Arrests Fani-Kayode

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A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has been re-invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following investigations into alleged document falsification
Fani-Kayode alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenandi Usman, is standing trial on alleged N4.6billion money laundering, before Justice Mohammed Aikawa.
Other defendants are Yusuf Danjuma, a former chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Ltd.
They are facing a 17-count charge of money laundering preferred against them by the anti-graft agency.
They had each pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bails.
The trial had begun before Justice Aikawa and witnesses were still being led in evidence until Aikawa was transferred out of the Lagos division.
The charge was consequently, re-assigned to a new judge, Justice Daniel Osaigor, and the defendants were scheduled for re-arraignment on October 27.
Meanwhile, at the last adjourned date, FaniKayode was absent from court and the defence counsel who appeared on his behalf, Mr Fred Ajudua informed the court that he was on admission at Kubwa General Hospital in Abuja.
He had prayed for an adjournment on that ground on behalf of the second defendant
But, the EFCC prosecutor, Mrs BilikisuBuhari, informed the court that the same tactics had always been adopted by the defendant whenever he does not want to attend court.
After going through the court’s records, Justice Osiagor noted that it was clear that the defendant had issued a similar letter of excuse five times.

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Abiodun Presents N350.74bn 2022 Budget To Ogun Assembly

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Governor Dapo Abiodun has presented the 2022 appropriation bill of N350.74 billion to the Ogun State House of Assembly.
Abiodun, yesterday, presented the bill, tagged ‘Budget of Restoration’ to the lawmakers at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Addressing the assembly members at a ceremony presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, Abiodun reiterated his determination to give priority attention to the completion of existing projects, projects with revenue potential and projects that can enhance employment generation.
According to the governor, the total state funding is estimated at N350.74 billion in 2022.
This, Abiodun said, “includes Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS) estimates of N56.30 billion and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) estimated at N96.87 billion totaling N153.17 billion. Statutory allocation (i.e. FAAC and VAT) is expected to be N73.01 billion while the capital receipt is estimated at N124.56 billion (i.e. Internal and External loans including Grants and Aids etc).”
On planned expenditure, Abiodun explained that “the aggregate expenditure of N350.74 billion is proposed for the State Government in 2022.”
Under recurrent expenditure, a total of N75B is to be expended in paying salaries and allowances in MDAs; N28b on debt service obligations and N51b on total overhead costs of MDAs and government-owned enterprises.
For capital expenditure, Abiodun said N170 billion is budgeted, being an increase of N10 billion over the 2021 approval of N160 billion.
He added that a total sum of N7.7billion is provided for transfers to the Stabilization Fund to insulate and position the State towards unprecedented activities or economic shocks.
Of the entire budget, Education gulps N56,071.21b, representing 16 percent; while Health takes N35,073.51b, being 10 percent.
Infrastructure takes the largest share of N77,775.77, which is 22 percent of the budget.
The Assembly is expected to legislate on the appropriation bill and return a clean copy to the governor for his assent.
The Speaker assured Abiodun of a speedy and thorough legislative process on the proposed budget with a view to sustaining the tradition of its passage on record time to comply with the January to December cycle in line with the international financial standards.

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ICPC Uncovers N20bn Project Duplication, Personnel Budget Fraud In MDAs

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) says it has uncovered gross abuse of personnel budget as well as duplication of projects by some federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) amounting to over N20.138 billion.
The duplication and padding occurred in the implementation of the 2021 budget and involved about 257 projects, the anti-corruption agency said its review shows.
The anti-graft agency said it is investigating the Ministry of Labour and the University College Hospital Ibadan as well as corrupt staff members in other MDAs suspected of massive illegal recruitment.
ICPC chairperson, Bolaji Owasanoye, made the disclosure in his welcome address at the 3rd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Service and Presentation of Public Service Integrity Award on Tuesday.
Themed, ‘Corruption and the Cost of Governance: New Imperatives for Fiscal Transparency’, the event was held at the State House Conference Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Many dignitaries including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, were in attendance.
In his address, Owasanoye said ICPC, through its projects tracking, found out that skyrocketing personnel in many MDAs was attributable to massive budgetary scam, including illegal recruitment, unilateral increase in wages, indiscriminate travels, among others.
“The high cost of governance and rising personnel budget in Nigeria is as a result of illegal recruitment, illegal and unilateral increase in wages and remuneration by some MDAs, indiscriminate local and international travels, unreasonable demands by some political appointee board members of MDAs without regard for extant circulars on cost management; procurement fraud, budget padding, etc,” he said.
“This has continued to reflect in the huge wage bill on personnel and operational cost standing at about 70 per cent of annual budget”.
According to Mr Owasanoye, the “malfeasance” the anti-graft agency uncovered in the recruitment process by some MDAs including the labour ministry is perpetrated with the connivance of some staff members of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). He noted the cases and officials involved were under investigation.
“At another level, a syndicate of corrupt individuals within the service corruptly employ unsuspecting Nigerians, issue them fake letters of employment, fraudulently enrolling them on IPPIS and post them to equally unsuspecting MDAs to commence work”.

 

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