NASU, SSANU To Begin Warning Strike On Monday

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Non-academic unions in the Nigerian universities say they will on Monday embark on a five-day warning strike over the inability of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreements with the unions.

The unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions in a statement stated that the warning strike became necessary in order for government to fully implement the 2009 FGN/Non-Teaching Staff Unions Agreements it freely entered into with the unions.

JAC said that a letter of the warning strike signed by Mr Samson Ugwoke, SSANU President, Mr Sani Suleiman, President of NAAT and Chris Ani, NASU President had been send to the Minister of Education.

JAC said that the letter was also copied to the Minister Labour and Employment, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission and President of Nigeria Labour Congress.

The statement quoted the committee as saying that “the University system is challenged by poor governance and administrative lapses which needs to be addressed holistically.

“Poor funding of our universities, shortfall in payment of staff salaries, increasing corruption in the university system should be addressed.’’

It also listed as among the problems that required attention of the government was inadequate physical infrastructure and abandoned projects which they said had reduced the capacity and output of its members.

Other areas were lack of adequate teaching and learning facilities which had reduced the productivity of members and the non-payment of Earned Allowances being product of the 2009 Agreement, among others.

Meantime, JAC had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over what it described as the “continued industrial unrest at Federal University of Technology, FUTA, Akure: the need for decisive government action concerning the university’s Vice Chancellor.”

In a letter to President Buhari, JAC said that arising from issues of serious disagreement between labour unions in the institution and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi Gregory Daramola, there had been continuous industrial unrest.

“It is noteworthy that the university has been experiencing serious industrial disharmony since Oct. 6, 2016 as a result of workers demand for the removal of the VC on grounds of alleged corruption and maladministration.

“Sir, it is on record that the Vice Chancellor has a case to answer at the EFCC. He is however yet to be arraigned. Indeed, the allegation of corruption against the VC is substantial.

“It is the candid opinion of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) unions of NAAT, NASU and SSANU that a government which is bent on fighting corruption in all ramifications should not turn a blind eye under these circumstances.

“So, it will be in the interest of justice and industrial harmony that the VC be prosecuted by the relevant government agencies so that normalcy can be restored in the university,’’ it said.

NAN

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NASU, SSANU To Begin Warning Strike On Monday

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Non-academic unions in the Nigerian universities say they will on Monday embark on a five-day warning strike over the inability of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreements with the unions.

The unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the unions in a statement stated that the warning strike became necessary in order for government to fully implement the 2009 FGN/Non-Teaching Staff Unions Agreements it freely entered into with the unions.

JAC said that a letter of the warning strike signed by Mr Samson Ugwoke, SSANU President, Mr Sani Suleiman, President of NAAT and Chris Ani, NASU President had been send to the Minister of Education.

JAC said that the letter was also copied to the Minister Labour and Employment, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission and President of Nigeria Labour Congress.

The statement quoted the committee as saying that “the University system is challenged by poor governance and administrative lapses which needs to be addressed holistically.

“Poor funding of our universities, shortfall in payment of staff salaries, increasing corruption in the university system should be addressed.’’

It also listed as among the problems that required attention of the government was inadequate physical infrastructure and abandoned projects which they said had reduced the capacity and output of its members.

Other areas were lack of adequate teaching and learning facilities which had reduced the productivity of members and the non-payment of Earned Allowances being product of the 2009 Agreement, among others.

Meantime, JAC had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over what it described as the “continued industrial unrest at Federal University of Technology, FUTA, Akure: the need for decisive government action concerning the university’s Vice Chancellor.”

In a letter to President Buhari, JAC said that arising from issues of serious disagreement between labour unions in the institution and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi Gregory Daramola, there had been continuous industrial unrest.

“It is noteworthy that the university has been experiencing serious industrial disharmony since Oct. 6, 2016 as a result of workers demand for the removal of the VC on grounds of alleged corruption and maladministration.

“Sir, it is on record that the Vice Chancellor has a case to answer at the EFCC. He is however yet to be arraigned. Indeed, the allegation of corruption against the VC is substantial.

“It is the candid opinion of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) unions of NAAT, NASU and SSANU that a government which is bent on fighting corruption in all ramifications should not turn a blind eye under these circumstances.

“So, it will be in the interest of justice and industrial harmony that the VC be prosecuted by the relevant government agencies so that normalcy can be restored in the university,’’ it said.

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Borno State Govt Bans Sales Of Charcoal, Firewood

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The Borno State Government has banned the sale of charcoal and firewood on major streets in the metropolis to prevent pollution in the city.

The ban was made known in a statement issued by Alhaji Kakashehu Lawan, the Commissioner for Justice, on Sunday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Borno Prohibits Prostitution, Sale Of Alcohol

Lawan said that sellers of the commodities were expected to relocate to a new market on Damboa Road designated for the sale of charcoal and firewood.

“Sales of charcoal and firewood along major streets is hereby banned.

“All those engaged in the business should relocate to the Charcoal and Firewood market along Damboa Road in Maiduguri,” he said.

The commissioner further gave a two-week notice to all sellers to either relocate to the market or face prosecution.

He said that the operation of charcoal and firewood sellers on major streets had constituted environmental hazard in the state.

“Government action is based on the fact that the sales of these items on our streets has become a source of pollution as well as health hazard to the public,” Lawan said.

He said that government had also concluded plans to demolish all illegal structures and shanties in markets across the state.

“All illegal markets are hereby banned and owners are advised to relocate to recognised markets like Bolori, Abbaganaram, Gamboru among others.

“They have two weeks within which to relocate as such structures will be demolished in the next two weeks,” Lawan said.

He explained that government action was based on the fact that those places were being used as hideouts for criminals.

“Such places not only deface the environment but often serve as hideouts or spots for suicide bombers, criminals or criminal activities,” Lawan said.

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Borno State Govt Bans Sales Of Charcoal, Firewood

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The Borno State Government has banned the sale of charcoal and firewood on major streets in the metropolis to prevent pollution in the city.

The ban was made known in a statement issued by Alhaji Kakashehu Lawan, the Commissioner for Justice, on Sunday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Borno Prohibits Prostitution, Sale Of Alcohol

Lawan said that sellers of the commodities were expected to relocate to a new market on Damboa Road designated for the sale of charcoal and firewood.

“Sales of charcoal and firewood along major streets is hereby banned.

“All those engaged in the business should relocate to the Charcoal and Firewood market along Damboa Road in Maiduguri,” he said.

The commissioner further gave a two-week notice to all sellers to either relocate to the market or face prosecution.

He said that the operation of charcoal and firewood sellers on major streets had constituted environmental hazard in the state.

“Government action is based on the fact that the sales of these items on our streets has become a source of pollution as well as health hazard to the public,” Lawan said.

He said that government had also concluded plans to demolish all illegal structures and shanties in markets across the state.

“All illegal markets are hereby banned and owners are advised to relocate to recognised markets like Bolori, Abbaganaram, Gamboru among others.

“They have two weeks within which to relocate as such structures will be demolished in the next two weeks,” Lawan said.

He explained that government action was based on the fact that those places were being used as hideouts for criminals.

“Such places not only deface the environment but often serve as hideouts or spots for suicide bombers, criminals or criminal activities,” Lawan said.

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Super Rich Churches In Nigeria Must Pay Tax – Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Ahmad

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The Chief Missioner Ansar-ud-Deen Nigeria, Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, has said that super rich churches in the country must pay tax, adding that religious leaders in churches and mosques are answerable to God and the government.

In an interview with The Punch, the Islamic cleric revealed that a certain law was enacted during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, regarding the church tax issue.

When asked: Do you think the regulations of the Financial Reporting Council are specifically targeted at churches?

He said: I think nothing can be farther from the truth. Arguments or thoughts like that are very reckless, illogical and unfair. I am not a political apologist and I do not belong to any political party. This was a law that was enacted and passed during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan when a Christian, Senator David Mark, was the Senate President. At the time the law was passed nobody said anything; there was no complaint or call for public hearing. There was no apparent criticism of the regulations. It is now only when the implementation was about to start that people are now saying various things. It is satanic to read religion into the codes. Let us look at the fact of the matter; there is the need for transparency and accountability where public funds are involved. In churches and mosques – and churches to a very large extent – public funds are being expended.

It is common knowledge that some of these churches are super-rich with their total worth running into billions of naira, even billions of dollars. Some of them also have businesses. If they are involved in businesses, running universities and expensive secondary schools among other business ventures, then it is only fair for them to be taxed as other Nigerians are taxed. Religion should not be a shield and nobody should hide under the cover of religion to evade tax. Also, it is said that every Sunday there are a number of bullion vans that go to certain churches to take up offerings (money contributed by congregants) and that’s a lot of money.

It is not a bad idea at all that the government should look into this money. It is charity; even funds of charities should be scrutinised. It should be seen that people are giving freely because they are cheerful givers and the question is: is the money used for the purpose it is meant for? I don’t think that should create any problem for either the mosque or the church. It is about transparency. It is about accountability. It is about responsibility. The only area that may appear contentious (in the FRC codes) is when government wants to directly regulate the administration of religions; that will be contentious.

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Super Rich Churches In Nigeria Must Pay Tax – Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Ahmad

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The Chief Missioner Ansar-ud-Deen Nigeria, Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, has said that super rich churches in the country must pay tax, adding that religious leaders in churches and mosques are answerable to God and the government.

In an interview with The Punch, the Islamic cleric revealed that a certain law was enacted during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, regarding the church tax issue.

When asked: Do you think the regulations of the Financial Reporting Council are specifically targeted at churches?

He said: I think nothing can be farther from the truth. Arguments or thoughts like that are very reckless, illogical and unfair. I am not a political apologist and I do not belong to any political party. This was a law that was enacted and passed during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan when a Christian, Senator David Mark, was the Senate President. At the time the law was passed nobody said anything; there was no complaint or call for public hearing. There was no apparent criticism of the regulations. It is now only when the implementation was about to start that people are now saying various things. It is satanic to read religion into the codes. Let us look at the fact of the matter; there is the need for transparency and accountability where public funds are involved. In churches and mosques – and churches to a very large extent – public funds are being expended.

It is common knowledge that some of these churches are super-rich with their total worth running into billions of naira, even billions of dollars. Some of them also have businesses. If they are involved in businesses, running universities and expensive secondary schools among other business ventures, then it is only fair for them to be taxed as other Nigerians are taxed. Religion should not be a shield and nobody should hide under the cover of religion to evade tax. Also, it is said that every Sunday there are a number of bullion vans that go to certain churches to take up offerings (money contributed by congregants) and that’s a lot of money.

It is not a bad idea at all that the government should look into this money. It is charity; even funds of charities should be scrutinised. It should be seen that people are giving freely because they are cheerful givers and the question is: is the money used for the purpose it is meant for? I don’t think that should create any problem for either the mosque or the church. It is about transparency. It is about accountability. It is about responsibility. The only area that may appear contentious (in the FRC codes) is when government wants to directly regulate the administration of religions; that will be contentious.

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Nigerian Govt Rejects BBOG Conditions “To Join Sambisa Forest Search”

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The Nigerian Government has turned down the conditions presented before it by the Bring Back Our Girls group (BBOG) to join in the search for the missing Chibok girls in Sambisa Forest.

The rejection was made known in a letter addressed to the convener of the group, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, which was made available to the media on Sunday.

Chibok Girls: BBOG Reacts To Invitation By Nigerian Govt To Search Sambisa Forest

In the letter dated January 14, and signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the government said it was unable to postpone the trip as scheduled.

It reads: “Thank you for your letter, dated January 13, which is in response to ours of January 11, requesting that we change the date of the proposed guided tour of the North-East to accommodate a Pre-Tour Meeting between your organisation and some top officials of the Federal Government.

“We have also noted the conditions you gave for embarking on the trip which include the said Pre-Tour Meeting and the retraction of some remarks allegedly made by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, which the #BBOG finds to be slanderous.

“We regret, however, to inform you that we are unable to postpone the trip as scheduled. ’’

The government insisted the team would proceed on the trip on Monday as scheduled because of the narrow window available to have a good weather on the day.

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Chibok Girls: BBOG Reacts To Invitation By Nigerian Govt To Search Sambisa Forest

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The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has reacted to an invitation by the Federal Government to join in the short trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.

Boko Haram Releases 21 Chibok Girls To Nigerian Gov’t

In their reaction, the BBOG outlined a set of conditions to be met by the Nigerian government before accepting its invitation for a trip into the dreaded Sambisa forest.

Chibok Girls: BBOG Reacts To Invitation By Nigerian Govt To Search Sambisa Forest
Chibok Girls: BBOG Reacts To Invitation By Nigerian Govt To Search Sambisa Forest

The group, in their letter dated January 13th and signed by Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, stated that:

 “We had an emergency meeting of our Movement to discuss your invitation to embark on a ‘guided tour’ of the Nigerian Air Force Command (Yola) and Sambisa Forest with officials of the government.”

“However, before proceeding with further discussion on the proposed visit, we propose a pre-tour meeting to discuss pertinent issues that will help inform our decision to proceed.

“We believe that this prior meeting would help provide first-hand knowledge of, and answers to questions that our movement wishes to raise ahead of the guided visit.”

The group proposed that participants at the meeting include the National Security Adviser, the Minister of Defence, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Chief of Air Force.

What President Buhari Told The Just-Released 21 Chibok Girls (Full Remarks)

The group accused the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, of endorsing a statement by “a certain group” visiting him which described the BBOG movement as engaging in “social media terrorism”.

“It is puzzling that the reported said visit happened less than 48 hours before our Movement received your letter asking us to travel in the company of the same Chief of Army Staff to Sambisa Forest,” the group stated.

“We demand therefore that ahead of the pre-tour meeting we have proposed herein, that the Chief of Army Staff retracts and apologizes for endorsing such slanderous attacks against our Movement #BringBackOurGirls and specifically at some of our leaders.

“Such a step would communicate that it is with goodwill that the Federal Government is asking us to entertain the visit proposed in your letter.”

The Federal Government had invited members of the Bring Our Girls Back group to a short trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.

The Federal Government had invited members of the Bring Our Girls Back group to a short trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.

The Federal Government had invited members of the Bring Our Girls Back group to a short trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.

The letter, dated January 11 and signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and addressed to Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of the group, was made available to the media on Saturday.

In the letter, the government asked the BBOG to nominate three of its members to join on the guided trip on January 16 in recognition of the unwavering commitment of the group to the release of the girls.

“The trip being planned by the military will see the ministers of defence and information, the Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Army Staff joining the invited BBOG members and a select group of journalists.

“They will first go to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Command Centre in Yola to witness firsthand the efforts being made to search for the girls by NAF and then join the day and night sorties with the BAF to the Sambisa Forest.

“Please note that due to limited seats on the search plane, only two of the invited BBOG members will join the NAF sorties.

“After the sorties, the team will return to Yola for bidding by the NAF on their daily search for the girls as well as all those who have been abducted by Boko Haram.

“Departure is scheduled for 8.30a.m. at the Air Force wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Monday the Jan. 17, 2017,” the letter reads in part.

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UNIOSUN VC Sends Strong Message To Students Who Invested “Institution Fees” On MMM

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Students Must Pay N2bn Debt If MMM Returns Their Investments Or Not – UNIOSUN VC

The Vice Chancellor of Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Prof. Labode Popoola, has declared that the institution would collect the over N2bn debt students owed it whether they are able to recoup their money invested in the controversial ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox (MMM), or not.

Speaking on Saturday, he said:

“Some of them (students) used their school fees to invest in MMM. But whether MMM comes back or not, it is their headache. I have told them that we are not going to open the portal. If I see that a critical mass of the students pay, then we will decide to open the portal just for about 48 hours. But they must pay first.

“This is how we accumulated a debt profile of over N2bn, we cannot continue this way. They just have to pay the money.”

This declaration is coming at a time when MMM ‘investors’ have not been able to get their money back

In a chat with an MMM representative, one Juliana ‘Consultant’, told The Punch that payment had not begun on Saturday but that the scheme would “pay soon.”

“Some accounts are frozen and ‘GH’ have commenced,” she said.

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13 Boko Haram Members Killed In Borno

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The Nigerian Army on Sunday confirmed that it soldiers killed 13 suspected Boko Haram members during clearance operations in Bomboshe and Sinbaya in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, in Maiduguri.

10 Boko Haram Fighters Killed As Nigerian Troops Repel Insurgents’ Attack

He said the operations were carried out on Thursday and Friday.

Boko Haram: Missing Lt-Col, 15 Other Soldiers Found Dead In Borno

According to him, the troops also discovered and destroyed the insurgents’ night market at Boboshe and neutralised five terrorists.

He said: “The Army troop also rescued 58 persons comprising 35 women and 23 children held in captive by the terrorists.”

“During the operations, the troops met stiff resistance from suspected terrorists, eight of whom were neutralised around Sinbaya.

“As part of the clearance operations of remnants and fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, troops have continually carried out raids, patrols and cordon operations.

“It is in that regards that troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Brigade, Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole, conducted joint operations with vigilantes and civilian JTF in suspected terrorists hide outs.”

“In the last two days, the troops have carried out patrols and clearance operations in various villages and towns in Dikwa Local Government Area.

“On Thursday, Jan. 13, with the assistance of some local vigilantes and civilian JTF, the troops carried out fighting patrols and clearance operations in Awada and Sinbaya villages.

“They also carried out similar clearance operation at Anaduwa village where they removed Boko Haram terrorists’ flags and recovered four Isuzu vehicles and three motorcycles.

“Yesterday (Saturday), they also carried out a joint patrol to Agulari, Kirinari, Gubdori and Yale villages, including Talwari village, which served as harbour for the terrorists.

“Although the terrorists have abandoned the locations, the troops observed traces of their activities such as hoisted Boko Haram flags in the area.

“Troops also arrested the terrorists’ food store keeper and recovered two Isuzu vehicles, grinding machines and vehicles workshop tools.

“They recovered five Pump Action Guns, two pumping machines, eight vehicle tyres and one battery.

“The troops proceeded to Dagumba, Boboshe, Kajeri, Boskoro and Saleri and cleared the areas.

“The patrol recovered one Toyota truck at Kajeri and arrested one Boko Haram terrorist in Boskoro village.

“However, one soldier sustained injury during the operation and is receiving medical attention.”

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Nigerian Air Force 2017 Recruitment Exercise Is Ongoing | Register Here

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Nigerian Air Force 2017 Recruitment Exercise Is Ongoing | Register Here

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

1.         Nationality: Applicant must be of Nigerian origin.

2.       Age: Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 22 years for non-tradesmen/women, 17 and 24 years for tradesmen/women by 31 December 2017. Those applying as drivers must be between the ages of 18 and 28 years by 31 December 2017.

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3.         Marital Status: All applicants must be single.

4.         Height: Minimum height is 1.66 meters or 5.4ft for males and 1.63m or 5.3ft for females.

5.       Medical Fitness: All applicants must be medically fit and meet the Nigerian Air Force medical and employment standards.

ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION

6.         Non-Tradesmen/women: Applicants must possess a minimum of 3 credits including Mathematics and English Language in SSCE/NECO/GCE/NABTEB. In addition, applicants are also required to possess their school’s testimonials.

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7.         Tradesmen/women:

a.         Applicants must possess ND (with minimum of Lower Credit), NABTEB, RN/RM/NCE or City & Guild Certificate.

b.         Candidates with only Trade Test Certificate (including Drivers) are required to also have a minimum of 3 passes in GCE/SSCE/NECO including English Language.

Note that applicants with HND or First Degrees/Post-Graduate Certificates, University Diplomas and Grade II Teacher’s certificates will not be considered for recruitment as airmen/airwomen into the Nigerian Air Force and should not apply.

8.         Attestation Forms: Applicant’s attestation form must be signed by a military officer from the same state as the applicant and not below the rank of Squadron Leader or equivalent in the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy, and Police Officer of the rank of Assistant CP and above. Local Governments Chairmen/Secretaries, magistrates and principals of government Secondary Schools from applicants’ state of origin can also sign the attestation forms. The signees passport photograph and either photocopy of drivers licence or international passport must be attached. In addition, applicants are to bring with them Local Government Indigene Certificate to the Zonal Recruitment Centers and final selection interview.

9.         Requirements: Applicants are advised to carefully read the requirements below before filling the form:

a.         Medical Records: ND Medical Records.

b.         Nursing: RN-RM.

c.         Lab Technician: ND Medical Lab Science.

d.         X-Ray Technicians: ND X-ray Technology.

e.         Dental Technician: ND Dental Technology/ Dental Therapy.

f.          Pharmacy Technician: ND Pharmacy Technology.

g.         Environmental Technician: ND Environmental Technology.

h.         Biomed Technician: ND Biomed Technology.

i.          Optometry Technician: ND Optometry Technology.

j.          Statistics: ND Stats.

k.         Assistant Chaplain: ND Christian Religious Study.

l.          Assistant Imam: ND Arabic/Islamic Studies.

m.        Engineering Technicians: ND Mechanical Engineering/Electrical Electronics Engineering /Air Engineering Technology.

n.         Meteorologist: WMO Class III Meteorology Assistant Certificate, Certificate in ATCA/Base Operator, and Fire.

o.         Domestic Electricians: ND Electrical Electronics, ND/Trade Test Certificate 1,2,3 Domestic Electrician, Works.

p.         Building Technology:  ND Building Technology/Quantity Surveyor/ Land Surveying/ Civil Engineering.

q.   Public Relations/Info: ND Mass Communication/Trade Test Certificate in Videography/Photography.

r.         Secretarial Assistants: ND Office Technology Management.

s.         Library Assistants: ND/NCE Library Science.

t.      Music: ND Music. In addition, playing experience in any recognised Band will be an advantage.

u.         Driver/Mechanic: Trade Test and current driver’s license with practical experience.

v.     Works: Trade Test Cert in Welding/Carpentry/Painting/Sign Writing/Plumbing/Mason/Domestic Electrician/Refrigeration and Air Conditioning/Tailors.

w.        Computer/Space Tech: ND/Computer Hardware Engr/Tech, Software Engr/Tech, Satellite Image Interpreter/GIS Tech, SatCom Hub Installation Tech, Fiber Optic Tech, Network Tech, Cyber Security Tech, Web Designer/Master and Software Developer.  Possession of recognized certifications will be an advantage.

x.        ND Physiotherapy

y.         ND Medical Supply

z.     Sports: Certificate of participation/Medals in National and International sporting competitions and in addition ND/NCE Physical Education can be an added advantage.

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aa.       Catering: ND Catering Services/Catering Certificate.

ab.    Education: NCE Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English, Home Economics, Nigerian Languages, French, Business Management, Fine Art, Basic Science/Integrated Science, Computer Secience, Music, Technical Education/Basic Technology, Christian Religious Knowledge, Islamic Regligious Knowledge.

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 QUALIFYING RECRUITMENT TESTS

10.       Qualifying Recruitment Tests will hold in the following Centers:

a.         Makurdi: Nigerian Air Force Base, Makurdi.

b.         Ilorin: 303 MAG – Nigerian Air Force, Ilorin.

c.          Lagos: Sam Ethnan Air Force Base, Ikeja – Lagos.

d.         Enugu: 155 Nigerian Air Force Base, Enugu.

e.         Port-Harcourt: 115 Special Operations Group, Nigerian Air Force, Port-Harcourt.

f.          Benin: 107 Air Maritime Group, Nigerian Air Force Benin.

g.         Kaduna: Nigerian Air Force Base, Kawo – Kaduna.

h.         Kano: 403 Flying Training School, Kano.

i.          Maiduguri: 105 Composite Group Nigerian Air Force Base, Maiduguri.

j.          Ipetu-Ijesha: 209 Quick Response Group, Ipetu-Ijesha.

k.         Sokoto: 119 Forward Operation Base Mabera, Sokoto.

l.          Yola: 103 Strike Group, Nigerian Air Force, Yola.

m.        Jos: 451 Nigerian Air Force Station, Jos.

n.         Bauchi: 251 Nigerian Air Force Base, Bauchi.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS

11.       Applicants will be required to submit for scrutiny, the original copies of their documents at the recruitment centers and during the final selection interview. Applicants will be required to present following documents if selected for the zonal recruitment test:

a.      Two recent passport size photographs to be stamped and countersigned by officer of appropriate rank specified, Local Government Chairmen/Secretaries and other specified officers in Paragraph 8.

b.         Photocopies of:

(1)       Birth Certificate/ Declaration of Age (Any age declaration done later than 4 years to this exercise will not be acceptable).

(2)        Educational/ Trade Certificates.

(3)        Indigeneship certificate from applicant’s State of Origin.

12.       Any applicant suspected to have impersonated or submitted false document(s) shall be disqualified from the selection exercise. Also, any false declaration detected later may lead to withdrawal from training. Such applicants will be handed over to the Police for prosecution. The Nigerian Air Force will not entertain any enquiries in respect of applicants whose applications have been rejected. Interested applicants are to note that the online registration is free of charge.  Applicants are required to fill valid email addresses and Telephone numbers in the appropriate spaces provided in the application form.

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13.    On completion of the application forms, applicants must print out the Acknowledgment Slip.

14.   Technical Support: For Technical Support, please call: 09064145533, 08043440802, 08053440802 or Email: recruitment@airforce.mil.ng

Online Registration starts on 14th January 2017 and closes on 17th February 2017.

Note: All phone lines are available between 8:30AM and 5:30PM

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NNPC: Nigeria’s Refineries Resume Production Of Kerosene, Diesel

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The three refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt, and Warri of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have resumed production of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), otherwise known as diesel and kerosene respectively.

This disclosure was made by the Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), Engr. Solomon Ladenegan, while speaking on the production level of the Warri refinery.

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Ladenegan also said the plant had been doing well since the Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) was revved up on Saturday, 7 January 2017.

He added that the refinery resumed production last Saturday at about 10:22hrs, with the plant’s CDU functioning.

NNPC Resumes Loading Of Petroleum Products In All Its Depots Nationwide

The refinery MD stated that the plant now refines 2 million litres of kerosene and 3 million litres of diesel daily.

“This morning, we have pumped the products to PPMC and they have started loading. They are going to load up to 1 million litres of DPK and AGO. The products are there in the tank and we are doing everything to get them to the market,” Ladenegan said.

The resumption of refining of AGO and DPK is expected to balance the disequilibrium in demand and supply of the white products being experienced in recent times in parts of the Country.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Dr Bafred Enjugu, said Port Harcourt Refinery was producing 3 million litres of AGO daily, in addition to millions of DPK being churned out by the refinery daily.

No Single Drop Of Kerosene In All Lagos Depots -NUPENG

Enjugu enthused that his operators were thrilled having rehabilitated the old Port Harcourt Refinery where production of AGO was being carried out by themselves without foreign expertise deployment.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna Refinery has also roared into action, producing millions of litres of white products to ease out the situation in supply and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.

 

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NNPC Resumes Loading Of Petroleum Products In All Its Depots Nationwide

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The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, says the corporation has resumed loading of petroleum products in all its depots nationwide.

Ughamadu made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

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He said that the resumption of activities at the depots across the country followed the suspension of strike by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.

He further said that the current petroleum products, stocked for supply by the corporation, would be sufficient for over 37 days.

According to him, with the resumption in production of diesel and kerosene by the nation’s three refineries, Nigerians can be assured that the current seamless flow of petroleum products will be sustained.

No Single Drop Of Kerosene In All Lagos Depots -NUPENG

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs further assured Nigerians that NNPC would sustain the prevailing harmonious relations with industrial unions.

He called on Nigerians not to engage in panic buying, promising that there was adequate supply of petroleum products nationwide.

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Ughamadu also called on members of the public and stakeholders to refrain from any act capable of impeding the supply and distribution of petroleum products in the country.

(NAN)

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Blood Thirsty Nigerian Police On Rampage

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Blood Thirsty Nigerian Police On RampageBayo Oluwasanmi

I knew this was going to happen sooner than later. Now that Aso Rock and the President’s men, the senators, the reps, and the judges are feeling the scorching heat from Sahara, they are crying and acting like puppies being taken away from their mother.

This piece was written by Bayo Oluwasanmi. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, SaharaReporters (SR) Publisher Omoyele Sowore was waylaid at GRA Ikeja by Lekan Fatodu and his friend “Andre.” According to Sowore, the two men tried to kill him but the attempt was foiled by the public. He was later taken to “F” precinct of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on a trumped up charges of “criminal defamation.”  “My attack by Fatodu was organised with the police, but as they were unable to arrest me directly,” says Sowore, “he was given the cover to carry out an attack that would give the police their needed tonic to take vengeance on me,” Sowore recalls.

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“I was asked to sign for my bail on Self-recognizance, but I declined, insisting I had not been arrested by the police and were that the case, that I preferred to be booked and shown an arrest warrant. After a short argument, I was let go without signing a bail bond, but was asked to return to the Panti Police station on Thursday at 2p.m.” says Sowore. Sowore has since been released.

The illegal arrest of Sowore by the NPF on fabricated charges by miscreants underlies the brutality of a moribund police force and primitive policing system under a democratic government. The police are the closest agency of the government that citizens are most likely to see and have contact with. Every society uses police to control crime and contribute to public order. The police are subject to the rule of law rather than the wishes of a powerful leader or party. The police can intervene in the life of citizens only under limited and carefully controlled circumstances. The police are publicly accountable.

However, a defining characteristic of police is their mandate to legally use force and to deprive citizens of their liberty. This power is fiercely opposed from those who are subject to it. This latitude is an incentive for great temptations for abuse. Yet, the police are important to maintaining civil law and order. Therefore, a delicate balance between liberty and order must be maintained in a democratic policing. Ironically, police are both a major support and a major threat to a democratic society. When police operate under the rule of law, they certainly protect democracy by their example of respect for the law and by suppressing crime.

Nigeria is a nation at war with herself. Nigeria occupies a pride of place among failed nations battling diverse and different crimes, vices, political unrest, economic recession, and social malaise. That the NPF is moribund is an understatement. That the rank and file of NPF comprise crooks, thieves, aiders, abettors, charlatans, illiterates, swindlers, and barbaric species of homo sapiens is to be stingy with the truth. That NPF is professionally efficient as death inducers, killer squads, is mincing words. That the NPF must kill to stay relevant and sustain their brutality, is a short changed description.

The only badge worn by men and women of the force is a badge of dishonour earned from killings, woes, anguish, sufferings, and sorrows caused directly or indirectly to innocent Nigerians. Samples of NPF as bloodthirsty and killer corps from the archives: March 30, 2001, The News reported that on February 7, 2001, Corporal Rabiu Bello of Kaduna State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), asked one Haliru Slau Agaba, a young apprentice, to buy him a stick of cigarette. Haliru told Bello he didn’t have money to buy any cigarette. Bello shot him dead.

According to PANA Press in March 4, 2001, three corps – Benhamin Oyakhire, Jimo Michael, and Gerson Soba – erected illegal road block. They robbed traders of amount totaling $100,000. As if that was  not enough, two of the traders were set ablaze to hide the crime. In March 2001, the PM News reported one Mrs Iroh, a Lagosian, while “roasting plantain by the roadside, was killed by a stray bullet from the police. In 1999, a Nigerian star athlete Dele Udoh, based in the US, was mercilessly gunned down by the police in Lagos. Fuji star artist, Adewale Ayuba, was shot in the leg by the police for “refusing to give a reasonable settlement.” The list goes on.

I can assure Sowore that this is not going to be his last encounter with the NPF. The NPF is on a rampage to clamp down hard and even eliminate any powerful and influential critic of the barons of corruption industry in Nigeria. Any given opportunity will send NPF into a rage to kill. The big whales and sharks of corruption in Nigeria are working feverishly behind the scenes, and are using the NPF as a cover to carry out their clandestine cleansing of critics that inform and educate the Nigerian people by providing timely, accurate, and damaging reports of their corrupt activities. Because Sowore enjoys high visibility and a recognised name as Publisher of SR, he would have been quietly and easily declared missing by the NPF. And you know what that means in the vocabulary of the Nigeria police. Can you imagine how many unknown and unheard Nigerians that have been declared missing during police encounters and in police custody? Many.

To be sure, the NPF is not really a police system. It doesn’t operate according to the rule of law and is not accountable to the Nigerian public. It’s a trigger-happy force. The modus operandi of the NPF is summary punishment, uses overt surveillance, stop, search, and arrest innocent Nigerians. With the NPF, crime is on the increase because of its inability to respond effectively. The NPF incompetence, misconduct, and corruption have fueled, rather than reduce crime and violence. Hence relations between the NPF and Nigerians continue to be characterised by suspicion and mutual hostility.

The NPF bleeds from shortage of manpower, poor salary, and benefits, use of outdated weapons, lack of adequate and modern telecommunication equipment, lack of vehicles, shortage of funds for operation, poor training, ill-oriented, ill-motivated, corruption, poor accommodation, political interference and poor recruitment practices. Internal and external accountability is weak, ineffective, or non-existent. Citizens’ contacts with the NPF are almost involuntary, restricted to law enforcement encounters.

Nigerian society is corrupt. The NPF is a product of a corrupt society and system. The Police Service Commission and other law enforcement agencies have been corrupted by politicians and hard criminals like Fatodu. Decentralisation of the Nigeria policing system is clearly badly needed. Pumping millions of naira into the NPF is not the solution. It is like a man who suffers from headache but was recommended to get a new hair cut and wear a new hat. NPF as an institution needs urgent dismantling. We need local and state police to shape the institution into a 21st-century institution capable of preventing and fighting crime.

Through superb investigative journalism and thought-provoking articles, SR has been able to dramatise and accurately portray the fate that awaits Nigerians if the corrupt ruling class continues to operate as business as usual: siege, enslavement, and a very close shave. SR has uniquely demonstrated the axiom to stay true and pure of the time honoured journalism creed: see it clearly, show it creatively, and say it constantly. Despite verbal attacks on Sowore and several attempts to yank SR off the radar by the coalition of thieves ruling Nigeria, SR has managed to stay true to its editorial core values and mission: “…of citizen journalists to report ongoing corruption and government malfeasance in Africa…”

Is there any hope for this lawless and hopeless nation?

This piece was written by Bayo Oluwasanmi. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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10 Boko Haram Fighters Killed As Nigerian Troops Repel Insurgents’ Attack

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At least 10 fighters of notorious terror group Boko Haram were killed on Friday after troops of the Nigerian Army repelled an attack on their location in the northern part of Borno State.

The spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, who made this known, said the insurgents attempted an attack on troops location in Kangarwa village of Kukawa local government.

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The Army spokesperson also said troops foiled the attack with the support of the Nigerian Air Force which promptly deployed Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes.

Mr. Usman further stated that the troops dealt the attackers “a decisive blow”.

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The attack lasted hours, from the evening of Friday to late night, as troops battled to repell the Boko Haram fighters until the airforce jet came to bolster the offensive by ground troops, Mr. Usman said.

“The resilient troops repelled the incursion and in the process killed 10 insurgents and wounded several others,” he said.

“They recovered, 1 Pulemyot Kalashnkova Machine (PKM) Gun, with 67 rounds of ammunition, 1 AK-47 Riffle with 18 rounds of ammunition, 2 AK-Rifle top covers and 3 Dane Guns with 1 cartridge.

“Others include, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube with 3 bombs, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade charger and smoke grenade, 1 Hand Held (HH) Motorola Radio an antenna, 1 copy of Holy Quran and Boko Haram terrorists flag.

“Unfortunately, three soldiers paid the supreme price in the course of the encounter, while 27 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries. The bodies of the gallant soldiers and those injured have since been evacuated for treatment.”

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Naira Depreciates Further As CBN Prepares To Resume Sales Of Dollar To BDCs

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The Naira on Friday depreciated further at the parallel market as dollar scarcity worsened, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

NAN reports that the Naira may be seeing its worst times as the CBN will be resuming dollar sales to Bureau De Change, BDC, operators next week.

The Nigerian currency exchanged at N497 to a dollar at the parallel market, losing two points from Thursday’s posting; while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N597 and 515 respectively.

At the BDC window, the Naira was sold at N399 to a dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N600 and N515, respectively.

Trading at the interbank market window saw the Naira close at N305.00 to a dollar.

Aminu Gwadabe, President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria, expressed hope that the Naira would bounce back next week.

Mr. Gwadabe said that the CBN would be selling about $25 million to BDCs next week and this would definitely help in reducing liquidity challenge in the Market.

He urged Nigerians not to panic as the CBN was working closely with the BDCs to ensure that the Naira recovers quickly.

NAN

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Jim Obazee And Accounting For God’s Money On Earth

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Jim Obazee And Accounting For God’s Money On Earth, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Jim Obazee

Jim Obazee

Jim Obazee, the recently sacked Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria is a man with unlimited capacity to provoke agency. He got an alarmed President Buhari only a few hours to leap into action and sack him over an impending war he was provoking between the Administration and Nigeria’s Christian Community when people woke up to realise that the revered general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was not retiring from office due to divine revelation but due to injunctions from Mr. Obazee.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

It would be recalled that when the Emir of Kano was governor of the Central Bank and made major revelations of mega corruption against the then Jonathan Administration, in the comfort of law which guarantees the tenure of central bank governors, it was the same Mr. Obazee who emerged out of no where to create conditions for the sack of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Obazee had no qualms or fear in accusing him of financial recklessness and seeking to interrogate him.

In October 2015, the FRC under Obazee also suspended Atedo Peterside as the chairman of Stanbic IBTC, citing infractions in the 2013-14 financial statements of the bank as the reason for its decision. He directed the bank to restate and to re-issue its 2013-14 financial statements and imposed a fine of N1 billion on the bank. He also suspended Sola David Borha, the group managing director and other staff. He is a man with no fear of action, even if often the actions he takes are misguided or not clearly thought out.

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One of Obazee’s most dramatic actions was in relation to civil society and religious organisations. Late last year, he directed not-for-profit organisations, including churches and mosques, to comply with a corporate governance code stipulating a maximum term of 20 years for heads of such entities. It was a decision that normally should have been considered and taken by the Corporate Affairs Commission, which regulates charities in Nigeria, but as they were not willing to act, Obazee acted. On the basis of his action, Enoch Adeboye, who had spent over 20 years as the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), decided to hand over the baton to Joshua Obayemi to head the Nigerian church. When people realised that the change of guard was an Obazee, and not a spiritual, revelation, there was deep anger, which President Buhari understood immediately, and for once acted fast by removing Obazee and approving the reconstitution of the board of FRC. The government also immediately suspended the Corporate Governance Code issued by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria pending a detailed review and extensive consultations with stakeholders.

His rashness aside, Mr. Jim Obazee has raised issues of accountability that should not be disregarded in the review process that is to follow. He argued that: “In keeping other peoples’ money, you have to prepare accounts. That is why churches fought me so badly, took me to court as a person and then my office too. Mosques and orthodox churches freely complied, but those Pentecostal churches called me to ask questions. They said: ‘This church is church of God and we are accountable to God.’ And I told them: ‘Very good, so you must take this church to heaven, you can’t operate it here’. When public funds are involved, government needs to ensure proper accountability.” We should think about this.

In this regard, it’s worthwhile recalling the story of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, general overseer of a pentecostal church then based in a disused cinema in north-east London. He was running one of the United Kingdom’s richest religious institutions, the Kingsway International Christian Centre, in Walthamstow. It emerged in 2009 that he had filed company accounts, which revealed a £4.9 million profit over the previous 18 months. It also had asset of £22.9 million – more than three times the amount held by the foundation, which maintains St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. As the boss, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo had placed himself on a salary of £100,000 in conformity with his preaching that God wants his people to be rich. The British asked some questions. The Church was registered as a charity and its wealth was derived mainly from its 8,000 congregation that gave £9.5 million in tithes and offerings in the 18 months to April 2008, dwarfing the £33,000 that the average Church of England congregation gave over the same period. Maybe the British were jealous. While British Churches were dying, this Nigerian Church was flourishing with active members who were paying money to the Church.

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The British Charity Commission objected to how the Church leadership was using the money of the Church, which they believed belonged to members and not the leadership. They ordered Ashimolowo to repay £200,000 after it emerged he used church asset to buy a £13,000 Florida timeshare and £120,000 on his birthday celebrations, including £80,000 on a car. The Charity Commission ordered the Church to appoint new trustees and removed Ashimolowo as chief executive of the Church. The Charities Commission also queried Ashimolowo for earning royalties from sermons published in books and on DVDs through his own company – Matthew Ashimolowo Media Ministries, which was making a lot of profit. They insisted that as Churches were charities, it was public money for the benefit of members and people in need not Church bosses. Obazee’s script was therefore not totally crazy. Nigeria however is not the UK and Ashimolowo moved back to Nigeria and God blessed his Nigerian Church with even more wealth than the one he left in the United Kingdom.

Nigeria, according to Forbes, is the world leader in terms of the wealth of pastors. They claimed three years ago that our richest pastor is Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel with an estimated net worth of $150 million. He is followed by Chris Oyakhilome of Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy with an estimated net worth of $30 million to $50 million. Then comes Temitope Joshua of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) who is worth $10 million to $15 million. They are followed by Mathew Ashimolowo and Chris Okotie. There is a debate to be held in Nigeria about the accountability of public resources collected by religious organisations. Can such resources just be disbursed as the boss decides?

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A professor of Political Science and development consultant/expert, Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Chair of the Editorial Board of PREMIUM TIMES.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Boko Haram: Missing Lt-Col, 15 Other Soldiers Found Dead In Borno

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday confirmed that it had recovered corpses of “one officer and 15 soldiers” earlier declared “missing in action” during an operation to dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents from Gashigar Area in Borno State, on October 16, 2016.

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Speaking at a press conference at the Military Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Lucky Irabor, said the remains of the 16 soldiers, who were part of the 46 officially declared missing more than six weeks ago, were recovered on January 5, 2017, at about 7:45pm, by soldiers in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

He said: “On January 5, 2017, at about 0745hrs, our troops in conjunction with CJTF conducted clearance operation along Damasak–Gashigar Road. The troops successfully cleared Duoma, Asaga, Gashigar and other surrounding villages. At Asaga village, our troops encountered and dislodged some Boko Haram terrorist elements.

“Subsequently, the troops recovered corpses of one officer and 15 soldiers earlier declared missing in action, during their dislodgment from Gashigar on October 16, 2016. The corpses were recovered along Kamadugou River line. Among the recovered corpses was that of Lt-Col. K. Yusuf, the former Commanding Officer of 223 Tank Battalion. They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery, with full military honours,” he said.

“About 83 soldiers manning a Forward Operation Base in Gashigar, Borno State, went missing in a major Boko Haram attack in the evening of October 16, 2016. After initial resistance, the troops abandoned their base and scampered for safety.

“As they retreated, some soldiers jumped into River Yobe to escape the advancing insurgents. The terrorists opened fire, nonetheless, killing some of the troops and wounding others.”

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Boko Haram: Missing Lt-Col, 15 Other Soldiers Found Dead In Borno

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday confirmed that it had recovered corpses of “one officer and 15 soldiers” earlier declared “missing in action” during an operation to dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents from Gashigar Area in Borno State, on October 16, 2016.

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Speaking at a press conference at the Military Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Lucky Irabor, said the remains of the 16 soldiers, who were part of the 46 officially declared missing more than six weeks ago, were recovered on January 5, 2017, at about 7:45pm, by soldiers in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

He said: “On January 5, 2017, at about 0745hrs, our troops in conjunction with CJTF conducted clearance operation along Damasak–Gashigar Road. The troops successfully cleared Duoma, Asaga, Gashigar and other surrounding villages. At Asaga village, our troops encountered and dislodged some Boko Haram terrorist elements.

“Subsequently, the troops recovered corpses of one officer and 15 soldiers earlier declared missing in action, during their dislodgment from Gashigar on October 16, 2016. The corpses were recovered along Kamadugou River line. Among the recovered corpses was that of Lt-Col. K. Yusuf, the former Commanding Officer of 223 Tank Battalion. They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery, with full military honours,” he said.

“About 83 soldiers manning a Forward Operation Base in Gashigar, Borno State, went missing in a major Boko Haram attack in the evening of October 16, 2016. After initial resistance, the troops abandoned their base and scampered for safety.

“As they retreated, some soldiers jumped into River Yobe to escape the advancing insurgents. The terrorists opened fire, nonetheless, killing some of the troops and wounding others.”

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204 Persons Killed In Southern Kaduna Crisis – NEMA

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday disclosed that 204 people were killed in the Southern Kaduna crisis.

Although, the figure was in contradiction to what was earlier announced by a Catholic Church, this is the first time a government agency will be providing a figure of the attacks since they began last year.

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The Catholic Church had earlier said 808 people were killed as of December 2016, a figure disputed by the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris.

The Religious body also said 1,422 houses, 16 Churches, 19 shops, and one primary school were destroyed.

However, the Zonal Coordinator NEMA North West, Musa Ilella, told told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that the figure was for two Local Government Areas affected by the crisis, namely Kafanchan and Chikun LGAs.

Mr. Ilella added that the figure was for October, November and December, 2016 and early January, 2017.

“Four districts in Kafanchan LGA namely: Linte,Goska,Dangoma and Kafanchan town recorded 194 deaths.

“Chikun LGA on the other hand recorded about 10 deaths, making a total of 204 so far,” he said.

Reacting to the killings, Governor Nasir El Rufai had said the attackers were foreign Fulani herdsmen, who were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock.

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The clashes between Fulani herdsmen and locals in southern Kaduna have lasted months with the state and federal governments accused of not doing enough to end the carnage.

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Lagos Court Convicts Fuel Subsidy Suspects

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Lagos Court Convicts Fuel Subsidy Suspects

Fuel Subsidy: Walter Wagbatsoma arrives Lagos Court for trial

Fuel Subsidy: Walter Wagbatsoma arrives Lagos Court for trial

A High Court sitting in Lagos State has convicted Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi, and their company Ontario Oil and Gas on an eight count amended charge of fuel subsidy fraud.

The defendants were found guilty on each of the eight-count charges filed against them on Friday, January 13, 2016.

The third defendant, Babafemi Fakuade, was, however, discharged and acquitted.

Details later….

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MMM Nigeria Returns With A Bang, And A Couple Conditions

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According to a statement by their official twitter account, money doubling scheme, MMM Nigeria is back from its brief hiatus.

Even thought the Ponzi scheme was meant to return on January 14th, it seems they decided coming back a day earlier will add to the shock value. “This is to officially inform you that MMM Nigeria is open for business a day earlier than promised! Let’s go there Nigerians,” the Twitter post said.

However, this time around the money doublers are back with new conditions, which includes encouraging its members to use bitcoin for transactions.

Upon resumption, MMM says its members will now be able to pay and receive money in bitcoins, the worldwide accepted digital currency. MMM cites bitcoin’s steady growth in value as a reason for participants to adopt the currency.

“In a month, not only 30 percent will be added to your initial amount, but, it can increase itself due to Bitcoin price growth,” MMM’s letter to its participants partly reads.

MMM Nigeria suspended its operations on December 14, it had over 3 million participants in the country since making inroads into the Nigerian investment market in 2015. The suspension threw millions of Nigerians into utter panic especially as the media and government agencies were greatly against the scheme.

Here’s a copy of the statement posted on Twitter

MMM Nigeria

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WATCH: Bishop Oyedepo Invokes Curses On Sponsors Of Southern Kaduna Killings

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Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder and presiding Bishop of the megachurch, Living Faith Church Worldwide International, AKA Winners Chapel, has invoked God’s curses on those sponsoring the Southern Kaduna killings.

Speaking at a ministration on Sunday in Otta, headquarters of his ministry, the Bishop also declared that God should break up Nigeria now if it is His will.

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The apparently peeved Oyedepo, in the message, said that God sent him to this continent as His apostle of liberation to stop it from decadence.

He said:  “God sent me as His apostle of liberation to this continent to stop it from decadence.

“I heard from God and He has proved it beyond measure. Therefore, every occultic root, every political root of this uprising is cursed today!

“All the northern forces that are sponsoring this uprising and killings, I decree the curse of God upon them.

“Lord, if it is your will to break up Nigeria, break it now!”

“Come on, pray in the spirit everybody. Pray in the spirit; open fire, call down the Holy Ghost fire to descend on the camp of the enemy. Enough is Enough!

“If Nigeria wakes up, wait for the church to rise, there will be no more nation, what nonsense.”

“What demonic devils. What Islamic demons. If Nigeria waits for the church to rise, Nigeria will disappear as a nation.

“You mean God cannot protect people? What a mess!

“Every agent of destruction in Government today, call fire down on their head, call fire down on their head.

“Everyone sponsoring evil against the nation, let your fire fall on him!

“A Boko Haram agent was captured and they said he escaped. Everyone connected to his escape, fire consume them, consume them, consume them!

“Fire of the Lord consume them!

“I was even told from report that they were targeting this church. I said what? Even if I was asleep, if you see anybody here kill him! Kill him and spill his blood on the ground. I am saying that to you, what nonsense, what devil. You think our God is an idol?

“If I put fire on your tail to overrun the city, you will do it in one minute. What is that? What devil?

“I stand today with every authority on me, and I declare the Boko Haram camp cursed!

“I declare their collaborators cursed! I decree their sponsors cursed!

“I declare their collaborators cursed. I decree their sponsors cursed!

“Must the north continue to rule?

“What devils!

“God has anointed me to lead a revolution against the Islamic jihadist and as the Lord liveth and as the anointing of Jeru-Baal that’s on me, we declare them extinct in the name of Jesus! Amen!

“You catch anyone that looks like them, kill him!

“There is no reporting to anybody. Kill him! Pull off his neck! And we spill his blood on the ground. What nonsense.

“They said why should Christians say they could defend themselves, hold it! What stupid statement, why should Christians say they could defend themselves? So, they should watch for you to put a knife to their necks?

“You think we are dummies? What! What?

“All those zeros census they are fake. Where are the human beings?

“Where are they? We go around the place. Where are they?

“We’ve never had a successful census in this country. Where are they?

“Don’t mistake only those in politics as in power. The anointed in the Lord are the ones in power. By divine ordination, don’t mistake that.

“There was a king in the land but Elijah was determining the events of the nation.

“If i say it will not rain here for three years, it will not drop. What nonsense!

“Who born their mother, who born their father? They are too small.

“Come! Get excited and walk in confidence. Any devil that misbehaves around you will be slain by the fire!”

The congregation reportedly chorused ‘amen’.

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BREAKING: Scores Dead As Multiple Explosions Hit Adamawa

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Scores of people were reported dead as three bombs exploded in Madagali town in the northern part of Adamawa State.

Daily Trust quoted eye witnesses as saying that the three explosions occurred this morning at a crowded motor park on the outskirt of the town.

It was gathered that the casualty figure remains unclear as volunteers and security men were evacuating bodies from the scene.

A local official who did not want his name published confirmed the attack, saying there was yet no detail of casualty and that it was not clear whether the attack was suicide.

More details later…

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“Kano And Kaduna State Must Account For My Donations” – Dangote

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The President of the Dangote group, Aliko Dangote, has given both the Kano and Kaduna State Governments until the 31st of March to produce an audit report of how funds donated by both his foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for polio immunization in the state last year were spent.

According to him, this was to ensure accountability and transparency in the management of the funds released under a tripartite agreement involving the state and the two foundations. “All expenditure in the exercise must be verified by external auditors and the report tendered to partners in the tripartite agreement by the end of next March 31,” Dangote said on Tuesday evening during a video conference at the Government House, Kano.

The conference involved the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, officials of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and other development partners.

Mr. Dangote however commended the state government for providing world-class cold chains, and urged the government to continue to work closely with traditional authorities and local government officials to achieve a Polio free society.

In his comments, Mr. Bill Gates lauded the Kano and Kaduna state governments on the war against polio, stressing that total eradication of the disease is possible if the states maintained their zeal. He also added that there was a need for accountability in managing donor funds released for immunization, Mr. Gates advised both states to ensure timely release of funds to the basket fund, to keep things moving.

On his part, Governor Ganduje added that “Although a milestone has been reached recently in immunization in the state, which hitherto was the chief host of Polio, Kano state government will emphasize public enlightenment and cooperation with religious and traditional leaders to make the set goal achievable”.

He thanked the foundations and other donor agencies for supporting Kano to attain landmarks on immunization and maternal/child health.

In his remarks, Mr. El-Rufa’i requested scientific devices to help Nigeria generate accurate and comprehensive data for immunization and other development purposes. He assured that his state would duly provide its audited 2016 immunization report.

Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations had in 2012 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kano State government on routine immunization. The tripartite accord was meant to lapse in 2015 but was extended by one year. Kaduna state government signed a similar agreement with the foundations in 2015.

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