It’s Not FG’s Problem If Nigerians Don’t Have Light – Fashola

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It’s Not FG’s Problem If Nigerians Don’t Have Light – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that it is not the Federal Government’s problem if Nigerians don’t have electricity.

The minister, who disclosed this while speaking at the Nextier Power Dialogue on Wednesday night in Abuja, also told his listeners that there were problems in the power sector, Punch reports

He, however, reminded them that it was not the Federal Government’s problem if citizens in the country do not have electricity, especially since the sector was privatised.

He said, “There are problems without a doubt and we must deal with them. But let me remind you, all of the assets that the Ministry of Power used to control for power have been sold by the last administration before I came. And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. Let us be honest.

“The people who are operating the power sector, generation and distribution are now privately owned companies. I am here because I am concerned. If your telephone is not working, it is not the minister of communication that you go to. Let us be very clear.”

 “So for those of you who want to weaponise electricity, face the businessmen who have taken it up. Let us be honest. If your bank over-charges you interest, is it the minister of finance you go to? So let’s be clear. This is now a private business by Act of parliament 2005.

“My role is regulatory, oversight and policy, but I have a problem which is the fact that I can’t see a problem and turn my back, so I’m getting involved. So the people you should be talking to about transformers is not me, the ministry doesn’t supply transformers anymore.”

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LAUTECH Final Year Student Stabs Boyfriend To Death

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LAUTECH Final Year Student Stabs Boyfriend To Death

The Oyo State Police Command yesterday paraded Abiodun Olabisi, an undergraduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend, Lekan Adegun, to death.

The 23-year-old female final year student and the deceased, a fresh graduate of the institution awaiting call-up for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, were said to be living together as a ‘couple’ at Phonix Area, Stadium Road, Ogbomosho until the unfortunate incident.

Briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarter in Eleyele, Ibadan, the state Police Commissioner, Abiodun Odude, while parading the suspect said the incident happened following a quarrel between the two as a result of petty jealousy.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect and the deceased were cohabiting in the usual student’s tradition of trial marriage at Phoenix area, Ogbomoso. The incident happened on November 21 at about 8:00p.m. following a quarrel arising from petty jealousy.

“The victim, a graduate of Transport Management, was stabbed in the chest and was rushed to Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso , but died before he could be attended to,” Odude said, adding that:

“The kitchen knife used to commit the murderous act has been recovered and the suspect has also been arraigned in court.”

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NYSC Reveals Plan To Establish Radio Station

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NYSC Reveals Plan To Establish Radio Station

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has revealed that it is currently working on establishing a radio station for the scheme to enhance its relationship with the public.

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The Director-General of NYSC, Major-General Suleiman Kazaure, said this known on Tuesday while speaking at a workshop organised for the scheme’s Public Relations Officers’ nationwide in Abuja.

He said: “I am happy to inform you that in furtherance of management’s resolve to expand our public relations tools and get Nigerians to be more aware of our operations and achievements, we are exploring the establishment of a radio station for the NYSC.”

“This is part of our communication strategies in response to the rapid growth in corps population and increased stakeholder expectations.”

“Given the fact that the scheme has recorded significant achievements in recent times, there is also the need to attract louder applause from the public through enhanced publicity.”

He charged the participants to use the forum to analyse NYSC’s public relations strategies and come up with ideas that will help improve them for better results.

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Nigeria’s Petroleum Agency Speaks On Plan To Increase Petrol Price

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Nigeria’s Petroleum Agency Speaks On Plan To Increase Petrol Pump Price

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has disclosed that the federal government has no plan to increase the pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.

The Executive Secretary of PPPRA, Abdulkadir Saidu, gave the assurance on Tuesday.

He further pleaded with Nigerians to disregard speculations that there would be an increase from the current price of N145 per litre.

Saidu also urged marketers to avoid distorting the pump price of petrol in their various retail outlets, adding that the PPPRA will keep monitoring prices in depots and filling stations across the country.

According to him, the agency will ensure strict adherence to the regulated pump price in order to curb “sharp practices” engaged in some retail outlets.

The PPPRA executive secretary said any marketer who fails to comply with the directive would be “sanctioned adequately”.

While commending petroleum product marketers for entering into dialogue with the federal government to resolve the issue of outstanding fuel subsidy arrears, he appealed that both parties reach a compromise on the matter.

The Executive Secretary also cautioned consumers against panic buying, while restating the PPPRA’s commitment to “service delivery and uninterrupted petroleum product supply and distribution” in the festive period and the months to come.

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Nigeria’s Minister Of Environment Ibrahim Jibrin Resigns

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Nigeria’s Minister Of Environment Ibrahim Jibrin Resigns

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, has resigned from the President Muhammadu Buhari led cabinet.

Jibrin’s resignation was announced on Wednesday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

His resignation came after his selection as the new 12th emir of Nasarawa in his native Nasarawa State.

The Federal Executive Council held a valedictory session in his honour.

Speaking with the cabinet, Mr Jibrin recalled his time as minister saying he travelled the entire length of Nigeria and has “seen the devastation caused by climate change” and effect of conflict in the North-east.”

He said in the South-south, he saw “fish being fried with crude oil” which made him make up his mind to work with the administration to stop oil pollution in the region and ensure the clean up of Ogoni part of Rivers State.

“Tomorrow the 13 of December, there will be a project meeting in Port Harcourt in which project site will be handed over to contractors

Before now, he said, oil companies were reluctant to release anything, but a commitment by government forced them to changed their mind and $180 million has now been paid.

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Gunmen Waylay 18-Seater Bus, Kidnap All Passengers

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Gunmen Waylay 18-Seater Bus, Kidnap All Passengers

Some unidentified gunmen have reportedly hijacked a commercial bus and abducted all the 18 passengers on board of the vehicle in Rivers State.

It was gathered that the incident took place on Tuesday around 7a.m on Evekwu area of the East-West road, Emohua Local Government Area of the state.

The bus was said to be travelling along the East-West Road from Ahoada town to Port Harcourt when the incident occurred.

The Guardian reports that having successfully intercepted the bus, the gunmen then diverted all the 18 passengers into the bush.

A source, who knew about development, told Vanguard, that commuters on the road were stranded for over 40 minutes before security operates arrived the scene.

Awuse said the armed criminals also attacked the car he (Awuse) was travelling on and vandalized it after hijacking the other.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP. Nnamdi Omoni, at press time said he has not been briefed on the development.

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Academic Activities To Shut Down As ASUP Commences Indefinite Strike

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Academic Activities To Shut Down As ASUP Commences Indefinite Strike

The academic activities are expected to be shut down in polytechnics across the country as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) begins its indefinite nationwide strike today.

The union had on Tuesday said there was no going back on its planned indefinite strike beginning on December 12 in all the nation’s polytechnics.

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The National President of the union, Usman Dutse, who made the declaration in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said the strike became necessary following the failure of the federal government to implement the 2009 and 2017 agreements reached with the union.

According to him, we are commencing our strike tomorrow (Dec. 12) as scheduled. Everything is set and there is no going back.

“There is an invitation for a meeting on December 17, but we will still commence our strike on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what will happen at the meeting or what they have decided, but until we meet with them, we cannot predict.

”I don’t know what they plan to present until we meet with them,” he said.

Mr Duste said the strike would be comprehensive and total, until all issues raised were adequately addressed by the government.

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He said the union had issued a notice directing all members nationwide to comply and down tools by midnight of December 12.

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Police Recruitment: In 12 Days, 104,000 Nigerians Apply For 10,000 Slots | Register Here

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Police Recruitment: In 12 Days, 104,000 Nigerians Apply For 10,000 Slots

The Police Service Commission (PSC) says it has received 104,289 applications towards the recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force.

The Commission had received 21,878 applications on December 4, five days after the recruitment portal was opened.

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President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the recruitment of 10,000 police constables to beef-up the strength of the force.

A statement by the commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, on Tuesday in Abuja, said the applications came 12 days after the recruitment portal was opened on November 30.

Mr Ani said the applications hit the 104, 289 mark at 1.30 a.m on Tuesday.

“The portal is expected to close on Jan. 11, 2019 in line with the Federal Character requirement of six weeks,” he said.

He said Niger State had the highest number of applications of 7,985, followed by Kano with 7, 513, Katsina, 6,820, Bauchi, 6,204 and Kaduna, 5,729 applicants.

The spokesperson said Bayelsa State had the lowest applications of 347, Lagos State, 516, Ebonyi, 600, Anambra, 605, Abia, 733 and Imo, 870.

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Mr Ani said out of the 104,289 applications received so far, 93,871 were males while 10,418 were females.

He said the commission was committed to a transparent exercise that would abide by the rules and regulations of the Public Service.

(NAN)

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Buhari Writes Senate, Reveals Why He Won’t Sign Electoral Bill

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Buhari Writes Senate, Reveals Why He Won’t Sign Electoral Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to explain why he refused to assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

The President’s letter was read by the Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Tuesday Plenary.

President Buhari’s letter to the senators reads:

“Pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision on 6th December 2018 to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

“I am declining assent to the Bill principally because I am concerned that passing a new electoral bill this far into the electoral process for the 2019 general elections, which commenced under the 2015 Electoral Act, could create some uncertainty about the applicable legislation to govern the process.

“Any real or apparent change to the rules this close to the election may provide an opportunity for disruption and confusion in respect of which law governs the electoral process.

“This leads me to believe that it is in the best interest of the country and our democracy for the National Assembly to specifically state in the Bill that the Electoral Act will come into effect and be applicable to elections commencing after the 2019 General Elections.”

 “It is also important for the following drafting amendments to be made to the Bill:

”A. Section 5 of the Bill, amending section 18 of the Principal Act should indicate the subsection to which the substitution of the figure ’30” for the figure “60” is to be effected.”

“B. Section 11 of the Bill, amending Section 36 should indicate the subsection in which the provision is to be introduced.

“C. Section 24 of the Bill which amends Section 85(1) should be redrafted in full as the introduction of the “electing” to the sentence may be interpreted to mean that the political parties may give 21 days’ notice of the .. intention to merge, as opposed to the 90 days provided in Section 84(2) of the Electoral Act which provides the provision for merger of political parties.”

“D. The definition of the term “Ward Collection Officer” should be revised to reflect a more descriptive definition than the capitalized and undefined term “Registration Area Collation Officer.”

 “Please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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British Council Set To Host The Future Awards Africa 2018 Nominees

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The Future Awards Africa is partnering with the British Council to host nominees of the 13th edition of the Awards on Wednesday, 12 December, 2018 in Ikoyi, Lagos.

As one of the main activities leading up to the main event on 16 December, 2018, the nominees’ reception presents an opportunity to acknowledge the inspiring young Nigerians making a difference through social enterprise, social good, and creativity.

“We are pleased to be hosting The Future Awards Africa nominees’ reception particularly as our programming and strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa focuses on creating opportunities for young people by connecting them to each other and to knowledge, experiences, and networks in the United Kingdom,” said Ojoma Ochai, Director of Programmes, British Council.

“We congratulate all the nominees and hope we can engage with them and other young people as we continue to work in the arts, education, youth participation, social justice, leadership development, and other areas,” she added.

The Future Awards Africa annually celebrates a new class of innovators, philanthropists, activists, technocrats, and creators promoting the shared values of creativity, social good, and innovation and making an impact in diverse sectors.

The official hashtags for 2018 is #TFAA2018 and #NigeriasNewTribe

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CBN Vows To Deal With Abusers Of Forex On 42 Restricted Items, Adds Fertiliser

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CBN Vows To Deal With Abusers Of Forex On 42 Restricted Items, Adds Fertiliser

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday vowed to deal with individuals and businesses engaging in clandestine activities to frustrate the restriction of foreign exchange on the importation of 41 items into the country.

This is just as the apex bank added fertiliser to the list of items it can no longer allocate forex for its importation into Nigeria – making it 42.

In a statement issued by Ahmed Umar, director, trade and exchange department of the CBN, the bank said the list of the 42 items became effective from December 7, 2018.

Also speaking, the CBN director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Kevin Amugo, lamented that the policy was fast being circumvented through the importation and dumping of the goods and services.

Unhappy about the development, Mr Amugo said the Economic Intelligence Unit of the apex bank in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would start the immediate investigation of corporate accounts and entities suspected to be abusing the policy.

The apex bank in a letter to all banks also warned that it would not hesitate to impose severe sanctions on all the culprits and perpetrators of these abuses.

According to Amugo, such sanctions include blacklisting the corporate entities and their directors; closure of their bank accounts, and restricting them from maintaining any bank accounts in any bank under the CBN supervision.

“Banks that provide their platforms for such economic sabotage and abuses would be appropriately sanctioned,” the CBN said.

In June 2015, CBN listed 41 items it said were ineligible for allocation of foreign exchange for their importation, on grounds that they could be competitively produced within the Nigerian economy.

They include rice, cement, margarine, palm kernel, palm oil products, vegetable oils, meat and processed meat products, vegetables and process vegetable products, poultry, tomatoes/tomato paste, soap and cosmetics, and clothes.

Other items included private airplanes/jets, Indian incense, tinned fish in sauce, cold rolled steel sheets, galvanised steel sheets, roofing sheets, wheelbarrows, head pans, metal boxes/containers, enamel ware, steel drums and pipes, wire mesh, steel nails, wood particle boards and panels.

Also included were security and razor wire, wood particle and fibre boards and panels, wooden doors, furniture, toothpicks, glass/glassware, kitchen utensils, tableware, tiles (vitrified, ceramics), textiles, wooden fabrics, plastic/rubber products, polypropylene granules and cellophane wrappers.

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Another Strike Looms In Nigerian Universities As SSANU Declares 3-Day Nationwide Protest

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Another Strike Looms In Nigerian Universities As SSANU Declares 3-Day Nationwide Protest

Another strike action appears to be imminent as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has declared that it will embark on a three-day nationwide protest from December 17 to 19 to press home its demands.

Mr Abdussobur Salaam, National Public Relations Officer, said this in Abuja on Monday, December 10.

It should be noted that SSANU, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT) had embarked on a nationwide strike on Dec. 4, 2017 and suspended it in March.

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige had also said the Federal Government would source for eight billion naira within five weeks to pay the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of NASU.

According to Salaam, the protest is about the non-implementation of the agreement reached with the government.

“The protest was a decision reached at the union’s 35th National Executive Council (NEC) of SSANU meeting held at Enugu State University on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.

”In view of the above, the National Executive Council of the union resolved that branches should organise a three-day national protest across the country.

“The nationwide protest should commence between Monday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 19, ” Salaam said.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been on a nationwide strike since November 4.

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Strike: FG, ASUU Have Reached Partial Agreement

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Strike: FG, ASUU Have Reached Partial Agreement

The federal government of Nigeria has reached a partial agreement with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), those were the words of Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, on Monday, December 10.

The minister made the announcement at a reconciliation meeting aimed at finding ways of resolving the strike which commenced on November 5.

He said: “We have finished our deliberation for today. I am happy to report that we touched some areas of understanding in implementation from the memorandum of action which we agreed to in 2017.

“Some of these areas we have substantial compliance and some other areas have not been fully dealt with.

“Like the issue of shortfall in salaries of some federal universities’ workers and lecturers, ASUU has given a list to the accountant-general’s office and we have agreed that by Wednesday that list should be cross-checked by the presidential initiative on continuous auditing.

“So, the accountant-general’s office is to get back to us by Wednesday.

“We also have the issue of earned allowances, revitalisation, these are issues of 2009 agreement and partial implementation and we have agreed on the modus operandi to look into the fund situation, this is due to low revenue on the part of government.”

 “We have agreed on what we are going to do to make sure that the outstanding amount is handled in a way that all parties will be properly accommodated.

“We also discussed the issue of state universities and agreed also that even if education is on the concurrent list, the universities should be properly funded and staffed so that we do not produce half-baked students from those universities.

“In realisation of this the ministry of education will set up a committee, that would engage the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, and the minister of education has taken steps in that direction to formalise the interaction.

“Thus discussion are fruitful and we do hope that in the next adjourned date we would have had the requisite result on the few agreements reached today.”

He said the next meeting would be at 4p.m. on Dec. 17.

Also speaking,  Abiodun Ogunyemi, ASUU national president, said:

“Our own understanding is that we heard promises made on the part of government, we shall await the report on all the issues, which they have made the promises.

“Only after that, we can get back to our members to take a decision.”

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Oil Marketers Suspend Planned Shutdown Of Operations, Give FG 5 Days To Pay N800bn Debt

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Oil Marketers Suspend Planned Shutdown Of Operations, Give FG 5 Days To Pay N800bn Debt

The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) has suspended its planned shutdown of depots across the country from Sunday midnight, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

The directive, which has saved Nigerians at least momentarily from fuel crisis, was conveyed in a statement issued by DAPPMA Executive Secretary, Olufemi Adewole, at about 1.20 a.m. on Monday in Lagos.

Mr Adewole said: “Recall the association had issued a shut down directive to our members following the continuing indebtedness of the Federal Government to the petroleum marketers.

“However, following the intervention of well meaning Nigerians including the National Assembly as represented by the Senate Committee of Petroleum Downstream and constructive engagement of the Federal Government team by the labour unions most affected by the disengagement of our personnel, namely, PENGASSAN, NUPENG NARTO, PTD,and DAPPMA.

“The union has resolved to recall its disengaged personnel for five days to give the Federal Government’s team the opportunity to conclude its process of paying marketers the full outstanding of N800 billion with the first tranche being the amount already approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“The association has acted in good faith to avoid unnecessary hardship which could befall Nigerians during the Yuletide season and we hope that government would make good its promise to see that those issues are resolved by Friday, Dec., 14, 2018 as promised.

“To this end, our disengaged personnel would be recalled on Monday, Dec. 10, and considering the reactivation time or hitherto shut down system, all depots with fuel stock should be fully active same day,’’ he said.

Mr Adewole said the conclusion of the debts payment would curtail the continuing wastage of public funds as interest accruing on the over N800 billion debt.

“DAPPMA depots are, therefore, advised to commence loading operations immediately and await further notification in respect of our long overdue payment,” he said.

On Sunday, at about 8.30 p.m., DAPPMA had directed its members to shutdown all loading operations by midnight, adding that oil marketers had disengaged employees due to their inability to pay salaries.

It said the association took the step to stop the “financial hemorrhaging” of its members by disengaging them, after unsuccessfully engaging with the government for over three years to secure the payment of all subsidy-induced debt owed marketers.

DAPPMA said to avoid owing staff without any hope of pay, it agreed that since all our staff had been disengaged, all their depots were not in a position to operate hence the planned shutdown.

DAPPMA said that the decision of the government to settle N236 billion out of the outstanding N800 subsidy arrears was not acceptable to its members.

The association explained that the decision of the government to pay the N236 billion through promissory notes was equally rejected by the oil marketers.

‘‘As the name suggest, promissory note is a payment instrument that is post dated. Based on this, when you approach the banks with the instrument, you don’t get the actual value on it.

“About 30 per cent is knocked off because government will be making the payment at a later date which ties down the bank’s capital,’’ the association said. (NAN)

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EFCC Invades Atiku’s Sons’ Apartment In Abuja

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EFCC Invades Atiku’s Sons’ Apartment In Abuja

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were reported to have raided the apartments of Aliyu and Mustapha Atiku-Abubakar, two sons of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in Maitama, Abuja.

The Punch quoted Mr. Paul Ibe, the Head of the Atiku Media Office, as saying this on Monday,

According to him, EFCC conducted the search on the apartment where Aliyu and Mustapha reside on Saturday. He added that they found nothing incriminating on Atiku’s sons.

The raid on Aliyu and Mustapha’s residence comes a day after claims emerged that Mr Abubakar’s running mate, Peter Obi, had his bank accounts frozen by federal authorities.

The building also houses an apartment occupied by Chiemeka Orji, son of ex-Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji.

Premium Times also quoted a source as saying that “when the EFCC officers arrived on Saturday, they met Theodore Orji’s sons at home, because they both live in the same building.”

“They asked to see the apartment of Aliyu and Mustapha Atiku-Abubakar but Theodore Orji’s sons refused to show them, saying their friends are out of the country, anyway.”

“The EFCC operatives then said they have intelligence that a large cache of dollars had been kept in the apartment which they had come to recover,” the source said.

“They forcibly searched the apartment, but there was no hard currency or anything that could be construed as fraudulently damning.”

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ASUU Blasts Bisi Akande, Calls APC “Party Of Vagabonds”

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ASUU Blasts Bisi Akande, Calls APC “Party Of Vagabonds”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party of vagabonds.

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Daily Trust reports that union also described the former national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande as the grandfather of half-baked government for accusing striking lecturers of producing vagabonds and unemployable graduates.

According to ASUU, it was unfortunate that a supposed leader of Akande’s status could render a statement with warped logic.

Chief Akande had previously condemned the strike embarked upon by ASUU in Oke Ila Orangun where he went to commission one storey classroom donated to Abolarin college recently.

He was reported to have said the union is destroying the country with demands that are not genuine.

Reacting to this, the ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, said it was shameful that Chief Akande by age and previous offices held in the country before now is qualified to be called an elder statesman.

“The same Bisi Akande who himself was a teacher during the free education programme of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo sacked hundreds of teachers and left Osun state education in tatters now claims to value  quality graduates while shying away from adequate investment in education.

“It is on record that during Akande’s time as governor all the higher institutions in Osun State were closed down due to the anti-masses policy of his administration on education.

“It is even self-indicting for the leader of a ruling party who is destroying public education with chronic underfunding of the existing institution but busy itself to mushrooming of new universities without any funding plan to still be talking in public. The budget for education in the current year was wickedly cut down to seven percent to demonstrate their hatred for public funded education,” Dr. Omole said.

ASUU said it was because of the likes of Akande who were interested in killing public education to allow for their children and grandchildren to dominate and oppress the children of the masses that they go on strike.

“It is only in Nigeria that those who should not open their mouth to talk speak. But as the Yoruba proverb says, ‘a compromised mind cannot speak the truth’. Akande should tell the country how many of his grandchildren attend public primary, secondary and university?

“He should tell Nigeria how much Ghana is voting for education and how much his party is putting into education?

“You cannot build something on nothing. If Akande wants full baked graduates, he should tell his party and President Buhari to implement agreements government reached with the union and see if there will not be change. He should pay lecturers what they pay lecturers in South Africa,” it added.

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ASUU Blasts Bisi Akande, Calls APC “Party Of Vagabonds”

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ASUU Blasts Bisi Akande, Calls APC “Party Of Vagabonds”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party of vagabonds.

Strike: FG Set New Date For Fresh Talks With ASUU

Daily Trust reports that union also described the former national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande as the grandfather of half-baked government for accusing striking lecturers of producing vagabonds and unemployable graduates.

According to ASUU, it was unfortunate that a supposed leader of Akande’s status could render a statement with warped logic.

Chief Akande had previously condemned the strike embarked upon by ASUU in Oke Ila Orangun where he went to commission one storey classroom donated to Abolarin college recently.

He was reported to have said the union is destroying the country with demands that are not genuine.

Reacting to this, the ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, said it was shameful that Chief Akande by age and previous offices held in the country before now is qualified to be called an elder statesman.

“The same Bisi Akande who himself was a teacher during the free education programme of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo sacked hundreds of teachers and left Osun state education in tatters now claims to value  quality graduates while shying away from adequate investment in education.

“It is on record that during Akande’s time as governor all the higher institutions in Osun State were closed down due to the anti-masses policy of his administration on education.

“It is even self-indicting for the leader of a ruling party who is destroying public education with chronic underfunding of the existing institution but busy itself to mushrooming of new universities without any funding plan to still be talking in public. The budget for education in the current year was wickedly cut down to seven percent to demonstrate their hatred for public funded education,” Dr. Omole said.

ASUU said it was because of the likes of Akande who were interested in killing public education to allow for their children and grandchildren to dominate and oppress the children of the masses that they go on strike.

“It is only in Nigeria that those who should not open their mouth to talk speak. But as the Yoruba proverb says, ‘a compromised mind cannot speak the truth’. Akande should tell the country how many of his grandchildren attend public primary, secondary and university?

“He should tell Nigeria how much Ghana is voting for education and how much his party is putting into education?

“You cannot build something on nothing. If Akande wants full baked graduates, he should tell his party and President Buhari to implement agreements government reached with the union and see if there will not be change. He should pay lecturers what they pay lecturers in South Africa,” it added.

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Buhari Approves Bill That Allows NOUN Graduates Participate In NYSC, Law School

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Buhari Approves Bill That Allows NOUN Graduates Participate In NYSC, Law School

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Amendment Act, to allow the institution to operate as all other universities in the country.

The assent literally means graduates of the NOUN can now participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Nigerian Law School.

The Presidential Assistant on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, announced the assent of the President while addressing State House reporters on Friday in Abuja.

He said: “President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures eliminating possible discrimination as some use to want to have on its products and programmes.

”It has also allowed the establishment of some centers to be called study centers and given conditions for the establishment of such study centers.”

The National Assembly had passed a bill for An Act to Amend the National Open University Act Cap N6 LFN 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2017’.

The same day he assented to this bill, the president declined assent to the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment bill and returned it to the National Assembly.

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Buhari Approves Bill That Allows NOUN Graduates Participate In NYSC, Law School

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Buhari Approves Bill That Allows NOUN Graduates Participate In NYSC, Law School

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Amendment Act, to allow the institution to operate as all other universities in the country.

The assent literally means graduates of the NOUN can now participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Nigerian Law School.

The Presidential Assistant on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, announced the assent of the President while addressing State House reporters on Friday in Abuja.

He said: “President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures eliminating possible discrimination as some use to want to have on its products and programmes.

”It has also allowed the establishment of some centers to be called study centers and given conditions for the establishment of such study centers.”

The National Assembly had passed a bill for An Act to Amend the National Open University Act Cap N6 LFN 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2017’.

The same day he assented to this bill, the president declined assent to the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment bill and returned it to the National Assembly.

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Lagos CP Orders Investigation Into Alleged Brutalization Of Nollywood Actor Gideon Okeke

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Lagos CP Orders Investigation Into Alleged Brutalization Of Nollywood Actor Gideon Okeke

The Commissioner of Police attached to Lagos State, Edgal Imohimi, has ordered an immediate investigation into the alleged brutalization of a Nollywood actor, Gideon Okeke, by officers of Maroko police station, Lekki.

According to spokesman of the command, Chike Oti, Edgal, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State CID to investigate the allegation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

He said: “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, has been drawn to a video on the Instablog9ja in which one Gideon Okeke, an actor, was seen alleging that some policemen attached to Maroko Division, brutalised him after a minor road accident involving him and one Mrs. Mosunmola Ilori.

“Sequel to the allegation, the CP in his usual professional approach to matters of this nature, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba to investigate the matter and turn in her report within one week for appropriate action.”

“The CP assures that nothing will be swept under the carpet and urged all parties in the matter to fully corporate with the investigators. The CP further assures that findings made during inquisition into the matter will be made public as usual.”

Okeke had previously shared online a video of himself recounting his ordeal in hands of men of the Nigeria Police Force.

He said: “Yesterday, after I had finished from a scheduled meeting with Charles Otudor, I left Eko Hotel and joined the gradually building traffic leading on to Lekki.

“Only a few minutes from my meeting, I unfortunately ran into a minor collision with another driver, Mrs. Mosunmola Ilori, at the Lekki Phase 1 roundabout. We both inspected the damage(s), conferred and thought first, to get off the road for oncoming traffic.

“Just less than 10 feet away from all this were the LASTMA and police officers. All I asked was their assistance in getting some barricades off the road for us to park properly and this scenario I have just described turned into a full blown fiasco, when four police officers pounced on me and two others on Mrs. Ilori and her niece.

“To the full glare and amazement of pedestrians, I was ruffled up, beaten and dragged on the ground. The leading man was one officer Ideh Donatus, who severally pointed a gun in my chest. I have come off this incident with stitches in my mouth and chin.”

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FAAN Quits Operations With Lagos, Warri And Gombe Airports

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FAAN Quits Operations With Lagos, Warri And Gombe Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has informed airlines of the withdrawal of its services to Osubi Airport, Warri, Gombe Airport and Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) over alleged indebtedness.

The general manager for corporate communications of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said the agency had given notices to the operators of the airports and affected state governments before the decision was reached.

It is understood that the notice is effective from midnight Sunday, December 9.

“We gave them one month notice to pay up their debts; we even advertised in newspapers informing them about the debts but they failed to comply. So, we are withdrawing security and fire service from the airports, without which planes cannot operate,” she said.

Confirming the incident, Adebanjo Ola, Arik Air’s communications manager, said the airline has suspended flights to Gombe and Warri airports.

“In a Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) issued on Dec. 8, FAAN stated that it will be withdrawing Aviation Security, firefighting and rescue operations from Osubi, Gombe and MMA2 from midnight of Dec. 9.

“Consequently, Arik Air will be suspending its flights to Osubi Airport, Gombe Airport and move Port Harcourt flights out of MMA2 from December 10, until further notice,” Mr Ola said.

He advised Warri passengers to use Benin Airport as an alternative while Gombe passengers are to use Bauchi airport.

“All Arik Air flights to Port Harcourt Airport, Omagwa, will as from the same date operate from Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal One otherwise known as General Aviation Terminal (GAT).

“Arik Air regrets any inconvenience the closure of the three airports may cause its esteemed customers.

“The airline hopes the issue between FAAN and the airport authorities will be resolved soonest,” he said.

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Despite Endorsing Atiku, Obasanjo Says He Won’t Campaign For Anybody

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Despite Endorsing Atiku, Obasanjo Says He Won’t Campaign For Anybody

Despite endorsing Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a former President Olusegun Obasanjo said he would not campaign for any particular candidate or political party.

Speaking in Iwo, Osun State at the 27th annual Owu National Convention on Saturday, the ex-president also urged Nigerians to vote wisely in 2019 general elections.

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He said Nigerians must vote only leaders that had capacity to drive the growth and development of the country.

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He added that only credible leadership would promote good governance, hence the need for Nigerians to choose wisely in the poll.

Obasanjo, who spoke in Yoruba said, “This is not a political gathering, but we can talk politics a little. Last year, we had this event in Ibadan. This year, we’re having it here in Iwo. Next year, we may go to Kwara because we also have Owu people in Kwara.

“Another election is near, open your eyes and vote wisely. Vote only the party that won’t add to your suffering. The economy must return to a better state. Look at parties that have governed this country and choose that one that will return Nigeria’s economy to a better state.

“I am not campaigning for any party or candidate and I won’t do that. But I urge you to open your eyes and vote wisely. Only credible leadership can guarantee good governance and that is what the country needs now.”

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Two Soldiers Killed In Borno

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Two Soldiers Killed In Borno

Two soldiers were killed when suspected Boko Haram fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau attacked a military base in northeast Nigeria, security sources told AFP on Sunday.

The twin gun and suicide attacks happened early Saturday evening at Gulumba village, in the Bama district of Borno state.

The use of human bombs is a hallmark of the Shekau faction, which is known to operate in the area. Last month, Shekau released a video claiming attacks against troops in Gulumba.

“We lost two soldiers and two more were injured in the attack by the Shekau faction,” said one military source.

“The terrorists came in nine gun trucks with a suicide bomber at about 5:50 pm (1650 GMT) and attacked the base.”

A second source said the suicide bomber tried to infiltrate the base but was “neutralised” by troops. He also said two soldiers were killed and two others were injured.

“The terrorists faced stiff resistance and were forced to withdraw,” he added.

Neither source wanted to be identified as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Attacks by fighters loyal to Shekau have reduced considerably in recent months, which sources attribute to the firebrand leader’s ill health.

Instead, the IS-backed Boko Haram faction Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has been blamed or claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks against the military since July.

ISWAP split from Shekau’s faction in mid-2016 in protest at the latter’s indiscriminate targeting of civilians, and pledged to hit only “hard” military or government targets.

AFP has reported 22 other attacks on military bases since mid-July, including two last Thursday and Friday in the Rann and Bama areas of Borno.

Eight soldiers were killed in an attack on December 1 in the village of Buni Gari, in neighbouring Yobe state.

The attacks have increased pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected in 2015 on a promise to defeat the Islamists and has repeatedly said they are virtually defeated.

Also on Saturday, three civilians were killed in fighting between troops and ISWAP in Jakana, 30 kilometres (nearly 20 miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

More than 27,000 people have been killed since 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless. The fighting has triggered a humanitarian crisis in the wider Lake Chad region.

AFP

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Oil Workers In Nigeria Speak On Nationwide Strike

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Oil Workers In Nigeria Speak On Nationwide Strike

The Oil workers unions under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have reassured the Federal government that its members would not go on strike over the threat of depot owners to shut down services over issues on payment of outstanding subsidy claims.

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The unions made this known in a joint statement signed by their presidents Messrs Francis Johnson and Willians Akporeha, in Abuja on Saturday.

“After series of engagements with government representatives and marketers, coupled with the on-going meetings, consultations and negotiations between the government and oil marketers, we have been assured by government that the first part of the debt payment will be made not later than 14th December.

“With this commitment and firm assurance from the government representatives, the leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN have resolved to hold down on taking any action on the issues to allow government fulfill its pledge.

“Our members should therefore remain calm and continue to provide their services as required always,’’ it said.

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I Only Robbed Yahoo Boys – Robbery Suspect

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I Only Robbed Yahoo Boys – Robbery Suspect

A two-man robbery gang terrorising Idimu, Ikotun and Igando areas of Lagos State has been arrested by the men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Adeniji-Adele Annex.

The suspects, Sunkanmi Emmanuel, aka Federal, 30 and 28-year-old Ahmed Agunbiade, aka Omojoyibo, were apprehended last week in the Igando area while they were reportedly going for a robbery operation.

It was learnt that the suspects specialised in robbing club goers of their belongings, including motorcycles in the communities.

A certain Dotun Ogunsanya, aka Dotman, was also arrested for buying stolen phones and motorcycles from the syndicate while a commercial motorcycle rider, Nurudeen Agbeyewo, was nabbed for allegedly taking Federal and Omojoyinbo for operations.

Speaking with The Punch, Sunkanmi, a native of Ondo State, and father of five, admitted to being a robber and a cult member.

He, however, said his targets were Internet fraudsters (popularly known as Yahoo boys), claiming that he did not rob innocent people.

He said, “I came to Lagos in 1998. I was an apprentice mechanic. In 2003, the government demolished my boss’ shop and he went back to his village. I became a commercial motorcyclist. After some time, it was seized by the police. I joined Eye confraternity in 2015. Our leader bought a gun for me. He is dead now.

“I started using the gun to rob. I would go to clubs on Fridays and mingle with Yahoo boys who spent lavishly there. As they were leaving, I would follow them. On getting to a deserted place, I would point the gun at them and collect their money and phones.

“I usually freed Eye cult members among them once they told me they did not have money. I have collected about six phones and sold them to Dotman. I got to him at Totowu area, where I live. I don’t rob innocent people. It is Yahoo boys who have money that I rob. I use the money I get to take care of my family. I have five children from two wives.”

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