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Monday, 3 September 2018

NIGERIA NEWS TODAY

APC FIRES BACK AT PDP OVER BUHARI’S COMMENT ON NIGERIANS MIGRATING TO EUROPE
                                     

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is committed to mitigating the migration crisis Nigerians are facing, particularly in Libya and in the Mediterranean Sea.


The party stated this in a statement issued by Yekini Nabena, its National Publicity Secretary, in reaction to comments made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the issue.

He condemned attempts by the PDP to politicise Buhari’s statement on illegal migration and trafficking of Nigerians during the recent visit of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to Nigeria.

Nabena said: “The PDP in its typical insensitive and unguarded stance on matters affecting the country is exploiting an issue that borders to on the lives of Nigerians, mostly youths.

“It is a known fact that many Nigerian families have suffered grief as a result of deaths and other inhuman treatment that have befell relatives attempting migration to Europe and other parts of the world.

“Through support of international agreements and efforts towards curbing illegal migration, repatriation of stranded Nigerian migrants and addressing root causes encouraging illegal migration of Nigerians, the President Buhari administration has demonstrated the political will to check the scourge”.

He recalled the presidential directive for Nigerians to be evacuated from Libya and other locations and be returned home safely.

Nabena said the administration had already put in place several interventionist programmes to enable such persons start new and productive lives in the country.

He noted that with unemployment and poverty identified as one of the root causes of illegal migration, the Buhari administration was using initiatives to check the ugly trend.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LAUDS FG OVER TRIAL OF BOKO HARAM SUSPECTS
Amnesty International, a London based non-governmental organisation focused on human rights has commended the federal government over trial of suspected Boko Haram terrorists. Amnesty International described the ongoing litigation as good progress for the justice sector.

Country director of the human rights organisation, Osai Ojigho, in a letter addressed to the attorney general of the Federation, minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), expressed satisfaction with the legal process. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement said a copy of the letter was made available to his office. According to the statement signed by his special adviser, Mr Segun Adeyemi, the minister noted that delegates of Amnesty International were invited to observe the proceedings.

He explained that Amnesty International confirmed that its delegates, who were invited to observe the proceedings at the third phase of the trial at Wawa Military Cantonment, Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State, between 8th and 11th July, 2018, certified that the suspects were treated with respect and decorum. The letter reads in part: “Amnesty International has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the attacks by members of Boko Haram.

We have repeatedly urged the Nigerian government to conduct thorough and independent investigations into the alleged human rights violations and abuses, with a view to bringing suspected perpetrators to justice in a fair trial without recourse to the death penalty and this indeed is a good progress for the justice sector.” The organisation, however, expressed the hope that it will also be invited to observe future trials.

WORLD LEADERS WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH NIGERIA - LAI MOHAMMED

The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed says Nigeria is getting global attention because of the incorruptible leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister stated this on Sunday when he appeared as guest on a Nigeria Television Authority programme, "Stepping Up".

"What we have witnessed recently have shown beyond doubt that Nigeria is today an investors' destination.

"Last week we received British Prime Minister, Theresa May. During the visit, several bilateral agreements were signed.

"Friday of the same week, we received German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Several bilateral agreements were also signed

"The global leaders are coming to Nigeria because this government is providing good leadership in the areas of security and infrastructure.

"The perception globally about the government is that it is providing an incorruptible leadership, a government that you can do business with, without fear."

"In one year alone, we climbed 24 steps in the ladder of ease of doing business.

"These are all the things they have seen that are attracting them to cone to partner and invest".

The minister said the three cardinal goals driving the administration's success were, "focus, discipline and integrity"

CHOLERA OUTBREAK - DEATH TOLL RISES TO 47 IN KATSINA
About 18 people are feared dead in Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State, while 24 others are currently hospitalised following the outbreak of cholera in the council. The current casualty brings the figure of the dead to 47.

The outbreak, which had recently claimed 29 lives and about 181 cases, were recorded in Funtua, Kusada, Kaita, Ingawa, Katsina and Kankia Local Government Areas of the state.

The recent outbreak, which occurred on Saturday, had caused panic among residents in the affected communities.

Other villages affected by the deadly outbreak in Charanchi Local Government included Malole and Manye where eight persons tested positive and are responding to treatment at the Comprehensive Healthcare Clinic, Charanchi.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Charanchi Local Government, Yusuf Abubakar Radda, who confirmed the outbreak to newsmen in a statement in Katsina, Saturday night, however, said the council had procured medication to support the patients.

Radda reaffirmed that the officials of the state Ministry of Health and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) were still making efforts to curtail the spread of the disease in the 34 local government areas of the state.

His said: "We have provided drugs to the victims. Those that are in the hospital are responding to treatment. Arrangements are on the pipeline to ensure that those receiving treatment survive. Therefore, I am calling on the state government to come to our rescue."

He called on the state government under the leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari and other relevant authorities to come to the aid of the local government by providing additional vaccines, considering the devastating effect of the disease.

The caretaker committee chairman further admonished residents to embrace personal hygiene in order to avert future occurrence of the incident.

FG OKAYS $1.3BN FOR LAGOS-IBADAN EXPRESSWAY, 4 OTHER PROJECTS

The Federal Government has set aside $1.3bn (about N468bn) from the National Sovereign Investment Fund to finance five critical infrastructure projects.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Sunday when he appeared as guest on a Nigerian Television Authority programme, “Stepping Up”.

The minister said the five ongoing projects to benefit from the funds included the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway construction, the second Niger bridge and the East-West road construction.

The other two are the Abuja-Kano Expressway construction and the Mambilla power project.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was committed to infrastructure development across Nigeria and would continue to revive and complete all abandoned projects inherited from previous administration.

The minister said, “We believed that rather than starting new projects, it will benefit Nigerians to complete all inherited abandoned projects.

“To appreciate the commitment of the administration to infrastructure, in 2014, Nigeria spent N14bn on transportation, N34bn on water resources and agriculture and N106bn on power, works and housing.

“In 2017, this administration spent N107bn on transportation, N130bn on agriculture and water resources and N325bn on power, works and housing.

“The administration, in a manner unprecedented in the history of the country, spent a total of N2.7tn on capital projects in 2016 and 2017 alone.”

Thursday, 30 August 2018

NIGERIA NEWS TODAY


1.FAYEMI HIRES 35 LAWYERS FOR DEFENCE
Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Kayode Fayemi, has filed his defence to the petition by the candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and outgoing Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka.

Fayemi in a 2,558-page defence with over 3,000 documents as exhibits, averred that he won the gubernatorial election of July 14, 2018 and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition of Professor Eleka.

The statement added that the team of lawyers with 3,500 exhibits and 1,009 witnesses were on Tuesday led to the tribunal by three Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Hakeem AfoIabi, Yomi Aliyu and Kayode Olatoke.

Olatoke after filing the petition on Tuesday told journalists that Eleka's petition was a waste of time claiming that it lacked substance and was sure that the case would be dismissed by the tribunal.

"The third ground is on deliberate voiding of votes as alleged by Eleka but in actual fact, majority of the voided ballots were votes meant for Fayemi, while the fourth ground is on vote buying which is baseless as it was, Eleka's sponsor, Fayose that was guilty of this.

2.THERESA MAY VISITS NIGERIA AS BREXIT TRADE MISSION CONTINUES
Theresa May is visiting Nigeria on the second day of her trade mission to boost ties with Africa after Brexit.

Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said Mrs May's "warm words" rang hollow as her government had cut Border Force staff and police officers, who were "the frontline in the fight against modern slavery".

Mrs May's three-day trip to Africa is aimed at deepen economic and trade ties with growing African economies ahead of Britain leaving the EU in 2019.

Arriving in South Africa on Tuesday, Mrs May - who is accompanied by a team of business delegates - said she wanted the UK to overtake the US to become the G7's biggest investor in Africa by 2022.

On Thursday, she will finish her tour in Kenya, where she will hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta and attend a state dinner, visit a business school and meet British troops.

3.NIGERIA MUST ACCOUNT FOR VICTIMS OF ‘ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE’, SAYS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
In a statement issued on Thursday to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the human rights group accused the government of holding several persons in secret detention facilities without charge or trial across the country.

She added, "It's time the government did the right thing - and either release these detainees or charge them with a recognisable criminal offence in a fair trial without recourse to death penalty."

Using the case of a journalist, Abiri Jones, who was detained for more than two years without trial, the director said, "At the beginning, the government denied detaining him, only to later release him following pressure from civil society organizations."

Ojigho said according to figures provided by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), the fate of at least 600 of their members has been unknown since the Shiites clashed with the military in December 2015 in Zaria.

She alleged that several people suspected of being associated with Boko Haram, Niger Delta agitators, and pro-Biafra activists in the country were arbitrarily arrested and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) in recent years.

4.THE UK’S POSITION IS THAT NIGERIA CANNOT ️BE TRUSTED WITH MONEY, SAYS QUEEN’S COUNSEL
Philip Hackett, a Queen’s Counsel, has expressed the reservations of the United Kingdom, when it comes to returning looted funds to Nigeria.

Speaking on the theme: ‘Institutionalising the War against Corruption – New Approaches to Assets Tracing and Recovery’, at the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja on Wednesday, Hackett said the issues with accounting for the funds also contributed to the UK’s hesitation on returning looted funds.

He said: “How much money has been recovered? Practically nothing. Nigeria has recovered so little.

“The UK’s position is that Nigeria cannot be trusted with its money. That’s what underpins it (poor asset return rate), and it has to be addressed.”

The session was chaired by Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Executive Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), and featured the presence of Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), who was represented by Chile Okoroma, EFCC’s Director of Legal and Prosecution Department.

In his address, Magu lamented “poor record keeping system”, noting that it is difficult to estimate how much has been looted from the country.

He said: “It is difficult to estimate what Nigeria has lost because we have poor record keeping system.

“Lawyers have been involved in money laundering; laundering of proceeds of crime. When they were asked to register with the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SVUML) for regulation, they went to court. NBA said it could regulate itself. But how far has NBA gone in regulating itself? That is the issue.

“I think the NBA Disciplinary Committee should be up and doing. I get embarrassed when NBA descends heavily on lawyers who are not considered to be significant, but they turn a blind eye to what big-time counsels are doing.

“I think they have to do their work without looking at faces, no matter whose ox is gored. That is the only way that we can have confidence and respect for the disciplinary committee."

5. POVERTY, NOT CORRUPTION IS NIGERIA’S GREATEST PROBLEM
The report entitled, “A new taxonomy for corruption in Nigeria,” was quoted to have offered as follows: “Kleptocratic capture of political party structures is a sine qua non of gaining power and thereby unlocking corruption opportunities across a range of other sectors.

Little distinguishes Nigeria’s two main political parties in this regard. Both are constellations of fluid national, state, local elite networks. Both are almost identically structured non-ideological organisations. Both rely on misappropriated public funds to finance elections campaigns. Neither values internal party democracy, allowing money and high-level interference to corrupt candidate selection processes.”

It diagnosed further that: “… Corruption in Nigeria runs the gamut from the jaw-dropping, to the creative, to the mundane. It encompasses the oil minister who diverted billions of petro-dollars in just a few years.

It includes the local official who claimed a snake slithered into her office and gobbled up $100,000 in cash. And it involves the cop shaking down motorists for 25 cents apiece at makeshift checkpoints.”

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

NIGERIA NEWS TODAY



[1] THREE YEARS AFTER GRADUATION, DAVIDO REGISTERS FOR NYSC
Three years after obtaining a Bachelors degree in music, popular Nigerian Musician, David Adeleke better known as Davido, is the latest corps member in town as he registered to join the National Youth Service Corp on Tuesday.

In a post on his Instagram story, the 'Fia' crooner said: “I just registered for NYSC kamming.”

Although it is not sure which state he was posted to, Davido expressed delight in serving his fatherland. Davido graduated from Babcock University, Ilisan- Remo, Ogun State, in 2015 after completing his course in music. His graduation ceremony was graced by Don jazzy and a host of other Nigerian artistes.

The National Youth Service Corp is a one-year mandatory service any Nigerian graduate of tertiary institutions below the age of 30 must go through.

[2] NIGERIA HOUSES POOREST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, SAYS THERESA MAY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has branded Nigeria home to the "poorest people in the world". The statement is coming a day ahead of her scheduled visit to the country. The Prime Minister made the assertion while delivering a speech in South Africa, Cape Town, on Tuesday.

May, scheduled to visit Nigeria on Wednesday, added that Africa has the highest number of poor people in the world, with Nigeria being the poorest. She said: “Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world."

According to her, the focus is to achieve "inclusive growth", noting that UK would invest in Africa to create more jobs to combat poverty and at the same time tackle global challenges.

[3] BUHARI, OSINBAJO, GOVERNORS, AKPABIO, UDUAGHAN PRESENT, AS APC CAUCUS MEETS IN ABUJA
President Muhammad Buhari is currently presiding over a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in Abuja. Also present at the meeting are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Lai Mohammed; Babatunde Fashola; Senator Godswill Akpabio, among others.

Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Delta State Governor, was also spotted at the meeting, giving credence to speculations that he may soon defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. The meeting started at about 8:30 pm, and is holding at the State House, Abuja.

[4] NIGERIA BEAT SIERRA LEONE TO WIN ICC U-19 DIVISION 2 QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT
Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone by 137 runs to dominate African division two of the ICC under 19 World Cup qualifier tournament in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The opening partnership of 148 runs between Olaleye Elijah and Samuel Mba, gave Nigeria a dream start. The opening batsman struck a majestic 110, as he and Samuel Mba 62 put on 148 for the first wicket, and pulled his side clear in the final.

That alliance was enough to put Nigeria out of sight, as Sierra Leone were overwhelmed by the opening stand, which lasted 34.1 overs. Beyond that opening partnership, only Segun Ogundipe made a meaningful contribution, as Nigeria’s total petered out to 242 for nine, assisted by 21 extras. In response, Sierra Leone served up their worst batting performance of the tournament. They were bundled out for just 105, with skipper George Ngegba fighting a lone battle with 31.

Not for the first time, Peter Aho was the surgeon for Nigeria, with another five wicket haul, which cut the chase in the bud. The damage inflicted on the middle-order was terminal, and Nigeria ran out 137 run winners. Aho took the final wicket, fittingly, to spark wild celebrations from the strongest team in the competition. For their part, Sierra Leone could console themselves with a place in the first division, and a chance to go again for a place in the 2020 tournament proper.

[5] THANK GOD TRUMP IS NOT A NIGERIAN, SAYS FAYOSE
Peter Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, has added his voice to the reactions to the statement credited to US President Donald Trump, which described President Muhammadu Buhari as "lifeless". Fayose lamented that if it were him, or any other Nigerian, "national security supremacy would have applied".

He also wondered "when President Buhari will charge 'undiplomatic Trump' for this international 'hate speech.'" Tweeting via his handle, he wrote: "Just wondering when President Buhari will charge "undiplomatic Trump" for this international "Hate Speech" because if it were to be Fayose uunnm!! ...... Thank God Trump is not a Nigerian.... National security supremacy would have applied."

[6] 1,331 NIGERIANS DIED IN ROAD CRASHES WITHIN THREE MONTHS – NBS
Not less than 1,331 Nigerians died in road crashes in the second quarter of 2018. This is according to the figure contained in the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Road Transport Data (Q2 2018) report released on Tuesday. NBS said 1,257 of the 1,331 Nigerians that got killed, representing 94% of the figure were adults while the remaining 74 Nigerians, representing 6% of the figure were children.

The figure also revealed that “1,047 male Nigerians, representing 79%, got killed in road crashes in Q2 while 284 female Nigerians, representing 21% got killed.” The NBS in the report identified speed violation as the major cause of crashes in the three months under review. “The Q2 2018 road transport data reflected that 2,608 road crashes occurred within the quarter under review. Speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in Q2 and it accounted for 50.65% of the total road crashes reported.

“Tyre burst and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 8.59% and 8.40% of the total road crashes recorded,” NBS said. NBS said further that a total of 8,437 Nigerians got injured in the road traffic crashes recorded in the second quarter of 2018.
[8] NASARAWA LAWMAKER DUMPS APC, SECURES COURT INJUNCTION AGAINST ASSEMBLY
The lawmaker representing Wamba constituency in the Nasarawa State House Of Assembly, Makpa Malla, has defected from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He confirmed this on Tuesday.

In a letter to the Speaker of the Assembly, he said the defection was because of the division in the party which led to a faction called the R-APC, being created. The Lawmaker also obtained a court order restraining the Assembly from declaring his seat vacant.

[9] BUHARI SCARED OF KWANKWASO’S POPULARITY — CUPP
Less than 24 hours to his presidential declaration on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, erstwhile Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, confirmed yesterday that the Federal Government has barred him from using the Eagle Square, despite paying for same. Kwankwaso had announced a few days ago that he would make his presidential declaration today (Wednesday) at the Eagle Square.

But in a swift reaction, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Bello asked the former governor to produce evidence of approval to use the facility and who approved it for him. Speaking with Vanguard, Special Assistant, Media, to the Minister, Abubakar Sani, said: “Did the former governor apply to use the place? Let him show us the letter, the person he addressed the letter to, and who approved it.”

The Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation, in a statement made available to journalists yesterday, expressed disappointment that the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) suddenly turned down a request earlier approved owing to “some flimsy reasons.”

[10] BUHARI ‘LL SIGN ELECTORAL ACT BILL, SAYS PRESIDENCY
The Presidency yesterday allayed fears over the Electoral Act Bill. Ahead of the expiration of the 30 days constitutional provision for the Presidential to assent. It said: no cause for alarm. The Bill was transmitted to the President for his assent on August 2, after the corrected version was passed by the National Assembly on July 24. The 30 days expires on Sunday. If the President fails to assent the bill or returns it to the parliament at the end of the 30 days, the National Assembly may override his veto.

But the Presidency is sure that it will not get to that level. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said: “We will do the needful before the Bill expires.” Enang, who recently dismissed the allegation that the President again refused to sign the bill, explained that it was being studied by the President’s team.

He had said: “The final clean copy of the Bill which was received by President Muhamamdu Buhari on the 2nd of August, 2018, is still undergoing thorough scrutiny by the President. Mr President has not vetoed the bill. What some people are not aware of was that when the second copy was received after the initial rejection, it was discovered that there were typographical errors which the National Assembly needed to correct and they did it and sent it back on the 24th of July and this is still being studied before presidential assent.”

[11] APC WILL WIN 2019 ELECTIONS: EUROPE-BASED ZEUS POLLS
Polls conducted by an independent body have favoured All Progressives Congress (APC) having a landslide victory in the 2019 governorship elections. The polls were conducted by Europe-based pollsters Zeus Polls. The Zeus Polls had earlier predicted the victories Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano and Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi.

The polls posited that in spite of a seemingly voters’ antipathy to the APC in the upcoming 2019 general elections, the party is favoured to win the 2019 governorship elections in key states. It noted that 51 per cent of voters polled in Kaduna State expressed a desire to return incumbent Gov. Nasir el-Rufai come 2019.

Statements from the report:
65 per cent of voters polled in Lagos State want incumbent Governor Ambode returned in 2019 while 58 per cent of voters polled in Edo State say they will return incumbent Gov. Godwin Obaseki. In the PDP-held Rivers State, 65 per cent of voters polled do not want incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike back in 2019, as over 47 per cent of polled voters said they will vote, a riverine aspirant of the APC if he picks the party’s ticket. In Kano State, only 43 per cent of voters polled are in favour of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje returning in 2019, as 60 per cent say they will vote for any candidate supported by former Governor Kwankwanso’s Kwankwasiyya Movement,” it stated.

Friday, 17 August 2018

NIGERIAN NEWS TODAY

[1] Vote Buying Is Cancer To Our Elections – INEC Chairman
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has described votes buying as “cancer” to Nigeria’s electoral process. Yakubu stated this on Thursday at the presentation of certificates to 21 out of the 23 newly registered political parties in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “Votes buying is cancer to our elections that we must work together collectively to stamp out,” he said.

According to the INEC boss, the commission is deeply worried about a situation whereby political agents woo voters with cash during elections; a development local observers said characterised the Ekiti Governorship polls on July 14. In view of its negative effect of vote-buying on the electoral process, Professor Yakubu said he was committed to curbing it. He vowed that INEC would not tolerate vote buying in the forthcoming Osun State governorship exercise slated for September 22, 2018.

In doing this, the electoral umpire will collaborate with security agencies in identifying, arresting and prosecuting both givers and receivers of cash inducement in the election.
[3p2] FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Public Holidays For Eid-El-Kabir
The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22, as public holidays for the celebration the 2018 Eid-el-Kabir. Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau announced the decision on Thursday, a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mohammed Umar, said.

The minister wished Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration and urged them to embrace the virtues of love and sacrifice for the unity and development of the country. He also called on Nigerians to support the Federal Government as it is determined to foster peace and unity in the country.


[3] “ The Press Is Not the Enemy of The People,” Senate Declares in Resolution
The Senate unanimously passed a resolution by Democrats on Thursday condemning attacks on the free press and affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people," President Trump's label for the media.

The move came as more than 300 newspapers and other media outlets joined The Boston Globe in publishing editorials Thursday promoting freedom of the press and refuting Trump's denouncements.

"We can't let statements by the president declaring the press is the enemy of the people go unchallenged," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. "Both parties complain about the media but who would argue with Thomas Jefferson who wrote that “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., joined Schatz in introducing the resolution, which passed with unanimous consent by voice vote.

[4] We Didn’t Pay A Dime To Free Dapchi Girls, FG Reacts To UN Report
The Federal Government has rejected a report by the United Nations, which claimed it paid a “large ransom” to secure the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, denied the claim in a statement on Thursday night. He challenged anyone with evidence of such payment to publish it.

”It is not enough to say that Nigeria paid a ransom, little or huge. There must be a conclusive evidence to support such claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is: a mere conjecture,” the Minister was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser, Segun Adeyemi. A United Nations report submitted to the Security Council had detailed how Boko Haram was funded and indicated that the payment of ransom and the predominance of cash economy aided the terrorists.

The report, dated July 27, 2018, was called ’22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team’ and it contained information about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – ISIL – (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities.

[5] FG, Governors Ready To Decentralise Police – Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal and state governments are committed to the decentralisation of policing in Nigeria. According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, the objective of the decentralisation is to improve the level of policing and security in the country.

The statement was released on Thursday night, hours after the National Economic Council (NEC) backed the Federal Government’s plan to decentralise the police. Apart from backing the plan, the NEC set up a committee comprising state governors and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to ensure its actualisation.

Other issues discussed at the meeting include the remittance of tax by state governments, the development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and an update on the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee. Read the full statement from the office of the Acting President about the NEC meeting below:

[6] Benue University Shut Over Violent Protest
The management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, has shut down the institution indefinitely. This followed a violent protest by students of the institution in reaction to an accident which reportedly claimed the lives of some of their colleagues on Wednesday in the Benue State capital. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Richard Kimbir, informed reporters that the incident forced the school authority to closure the institution.

He said, “This morning (Wednesday), I got an information that there was an accident on campus, and a student died. So, I rushed there but I only saw the vehicle.” “So, I rushed to the clinic where I was told that that the accident claimed one life, one of the students and the others injured were moved to the Federal Medical Centre.” Professor Kimbir said the protests that followed turned violent and vehicles, offices and the school clinic where vandalised.

But some of the students who spoke to Channels Television insisted that three of their colleagues died, contrary to the figure given by the VC. They said the victims were on their way to the ICT centre on the campus before vehicle conveying them had an accident.

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