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BREAKING: Court sentences former NIMASA DG, Omatseye to five years imprisonment

BREAKING: Court sentences former NIMASA DG, Omatseye to five years imprisonment

Mr. Raymond Omatseye

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Mr. Raymond Omatseye, to five years in prison for a N1.5bn contract scam.
The former DG was arraigned on a 27-count charge of alleged bid rigging and contract splitting worth over N1.5m by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

This anti-graft agency said the offences contravened Section 58(4) (d) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

Details later…
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No Girl was Kidnapped from Chibok - Ex Militant, Asari Dokubo Blast Viral News of Rescued Girls

No Girl was Kidnapped from Chibok - Ex Militant, Asari Dokubo Blast Viral News of Rescued Girls

Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo

Former Niger Delta militant leader, Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, a man that needs no introduction, has lambasted the praises been heaped on the Buhari-led federal government over the rescue of Chibok schoolgirls.

In a statement on his official Facebook page, former militant warlord and the leader of the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Front (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, insists that no schoolgirl was kidnapped from Chibok and that the widely reported news of girls being rescued by the military and joint task force (JTF), is a scam.

Below is what he wrote;

No Girl was Kidnapped from Chibok - Ex Militant, Asari Dokubo Blast Viral News of Rescued Girls

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Biafra not only for Igbo-speaking people – IPOB

Biafra not only for Igbo-speaking people – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has stated that Biafraland is not only the areas inhabited by the Igbo-speaking people of the country.

The IPOB claimed that Biafra spans from Itsekiriland on the western boundary with Oduduwa to Bakassi on the eastern boundary with the Cameroons, and also stretches from Idoma and Igala land on the northern boundary with Northern Nigeria to the Bight of Biafra which is South of the island of Bonny.

This is contained in a statement by the spokespersons of IPOB, Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, where they pointed out that in the present-day Nigeria, Biafra consists of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers states as well as Igbanke in Edo State, Igala in Kogi State, and Idoma in Benue State.

It said the above revelation showed that Biafra is not populated by the Igbo-speaking people, adding that the last head of state and commander-in-chief of Biafra was not from the Igbo-speaking area of Biafraland.

The spokespersons said, “During the war of genocide levied on Biafra by Nigeria and Britain, there were brave Biafran soldiers, field commanders, scientists, civil servants, technocrats, musicians/artists, and astute journalists/broadcasters who were not from Igbo-speaking areas of Biafraland.

“Biafra is a nation where different languages are spoken but irrespective of the varying languages, the people have a common value system, four market days, and a unique traditional clothing (two-piece wrapper) for every Biafran woman.

“It is instructive to note that Igbo is just one of the languages in Biafraland. Even the Igbo language has different dialects as someone travels from one community to the other or from one state to another state.

“Biafra is not about the Igbo alone but Biafra is a blessed nation of people with common value system.

“The public must ignore and stay away from anyone or group that equates Biafra with Igbo.

“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is not for only Igbo-speaking people and will never be for only Igbo-speaking people.”
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Farmers/herdsmen clash: No attack recorded in FCT – CP

Farmers/herdsmen clash: No attack recorded in FCT – CP

The Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, has said that the command has not witnessed any clash between farmers and herdsmen in the territory.

Inalegwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday that this was because of the timely intervention and proactiveness of the command.
“We don’t have incident of clash between the farmers and herdsmen in the FCT because of timely intervention and proactiveness of the command.

“We had a situation around Waru, but it was quickly nipped in the bud, in fact they didn’t allow it to get to the police,’’ he said.
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No weapon was found in Dasuki’s guest house – DSS

No weapon was found in Dasuki’s guest house – DSS

Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd)

The Federal High Court in Abuja was yesterday informed that no weapon was found in the guest house of the residence of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), when it was searched by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, last year.

At the resumed trial of Dasuki on charges of unlawful possession of firearms, the government witness, Mr. Samuel Ogbu who was under cross examination confirmed no incriminating items was found in the guest house.

Ogbu, who is an operative of DSS, was cross-examined by counsel to Dasuki, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) and insisted that the only weapons recovered was in the house of the ex-NSA.

The witness told Justice Adeniyi Ademola that some money was found in Dasuki’s house but that he would not know whether the defendant committed money laundering offence or not because he does not know the definition of money laundering under the law.

Further trial has been adjourned till June 8 and 9 2016 at the instance of Dasuki’s lawyers.
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Shocking!!!! How a Man Defrauded Villagers of N56 Million in Anambra (Photo)

How a Man Defrauded Villagers of N56 Million in Anambra (Photo)

Emmanuel Emelife

A man is being made to answer after he was found out to have defrauded people from his village of a whopping sum of money.

The man identified as Emmanuel Emelife has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on Thursday, May 19, 2016, on a 16 count charge bothering on conspiracy, diversion of funds and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N56,000,000.00.

He was arraigned before Honourable Justice D. A. Onyefunu of Anambra State High Court, Awka.

The case was reported via a petition by Oba Sir Larry Nwagwu who is a member of Uruoji Village Unon , Nri, Anambra State alongside other concerned villagers.

They alleged that on assumption of office as Chairman of the Union on the 5th of May, 2012, they observed with dismay that the sum of N56,000,000.00 has been plundered by the suspect, the former chairman and his treasurer, Fabian Nwonwu who is now bedridden from Village Meeting accounts domiciled in Nri Micro Finance Bank and Union Bank Awka respectively without due process between January 2009 to December 2011.

According to the petitioner all effort made for the suspects to officially handover and render accounts of their stewardship for over twelve years proved abortive.

Investigations carried out on the case revealed that there was huge inflow of funds to both accounts following various dues ranging from N15,000,000 to N30,000,000 levied on every adult allegedly for land parcelation and legal fees respectively.

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Nigerian music icon, 2Baba, has announced he will take some fans to Nairobi, Kenya on an all-expense paid, week-long trip. He will select the fans via a dance competition tagged “Trip and Treat Trip 2016”.

He announced this through a video posted on his instagram page. He is doing something away from the norm with this competition. Instead of the usual ‘pick the winner based on likes accrued’, he wants to give every fan an opportunity, whether the person has a huge social media following or not. Therefore, fans with the best dance videos will be selected as winners. He also stated that there would be multiple entry platforms for the competition to cater to a wider range of fans.

2Baba first hinted of the competition last week when he asked fans to suggest the number of people to take to Kenya with him. The responses were overwhelming, as he stated in the video, with some saying he should take as many as a thousand people.

2Baba has been on an incredible run this year releasing three singles and bagging several endorsements. Earlier in the week, he announced that he would be headlining the Lagos leg of “Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless: The Disruption” this year. His latest single entitled ‘Oya Come Make We Go’ features fellow Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless headliners, Sauti Sol, and was released last month.

To enter the contest, fans are asked to video themselves doing a cool dance move to the chorus of 2Baba’s new song with Kenya’s Sauti Sol entitled “Oya Come Make We Go” and post them on Instagram and tag @official2Baba, @hypertekdigital and @officialhiptv.
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State Governments seeking $3.25bn loan from World Bank because we are broke – El-Rufai

State Governments seeking $3.25bn loan from World Bank because we are broke – El-Rufai

Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday declared that state governments in the country were broke.

This was as he disclosed that governors of the 36 states are putting machinery in place to access a $3.25bn loan from the World Bank in a bid to survive the current economic downturn in the country which has made it difficult for some of them to pay workers’ salaries.

Briefing State House Correspondents about the decision to approach the World Bank at the end of a meeting of Nigeria Governors’ Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, El-Rufai explained that the loan being sought after is capable of turning around the fortunes of the states.

“The World Bank portfolio for the states for this year is $4.25bn and out of that, $3.25bn is lying there undisbursed, which means the states are not meeting their conditions or not moving fast enough to draw this $3.25bn.

“You know $3.25bn can do a lot to improve the lives and livelihood of our citizens in the states, and the World Bank has expressed its flexibility to look into the challenges we are facing as well as the procedure to ease accessing this money. The World Bank wants us to withdraw the money as quickly as possible so that our citizens will get the benefits from health to education, agriculture and the revival of livestock and water supply.

“These are the areas for which most of these funds are dedicated and we all need the money, because we are all broke. So, we are going to work very hard to try to get the money in trust,” he explained.
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I can swear Buhari will not steal Nigeria’s money, he is a straightforward, honest man – Tinubu

I can swear Buhari will not steal Nigeria’s money, he is a straightforward, honest man – Tinubu

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has described President Muhammadu Buhari as an honest and straightforward man who would not loot the country’s treasury.

The former Lagos State Governor gave this assurance on Friday at the headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Abuja.

The APC chieftain explained that he was at the union’s headquarters to appeal to the NLC to shelve the strike.

“I cannot say, I’m a part of the decision that created the situation. I can only say I noticed the communication gap. And I cannot say you are enemies of this government.

“‎Today, we came here to appeal to you. Go back to history, we worked real hard to bring Nigeria on progressive path. For me a progressive government is all about the welfare of the people.

“Mr president, the former president of NLC, and senators are here to make it clear that you are not an enemy of a government that is progressive.

“This is by the way, we must introduce history… the political history of the country is not being taught in schools anymore.

“Buhari is straightforward. We didn’t say we won’t have problems with him, but he has integrity.

“They brought in SURE-P, but the only thing about SURE-P is corruption.‎ It was sure stealing, sure diversion….

“Buhari will listen to us‎; we will work together to make this change possible.

“I can swear that Buhari will not touch a penny for personal gain. He has that character and integrity to steer Nigeria.

“Let us look at a new mechanism of doing things.

“Let us work together for a government that we know is honest. My mission here is for peace, for us to return to the negotiating table.

“Let us build Nigeria, let us make it the centre piece of Africa.

“Let us call off this strike. I c‎ome to beg on behalf of my party.”

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End Time!!!! What a Man was Caught Doing with His Baby Will Shock You (Photo)

What a Man was Caught Doing with His Baby Will Shock You (Photo)

The man in question and the baby

A viral picture online shows a man or assumed father in a questionable position with his baby in the absence of his wife.

A man was pictured 'breastfeeding' a baby probably out of desperation to pacify the toddler that was crying aloud in the absence of the mother.

Nursing mothers on social media have reacted bitterly to this act as they feel it isn't hygenic as the sweat on the human body harbours bacteria that could harm the child.

Meanwhile, the child looked comfortable with her futile efforts to extract milk from his father's nipple.
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Japan Comes to the Rescue of IDPs...See Staggering Amount of Money Offered

Japan Comes to the Rescue of IDPs...See Staggering Amount of Money Offered

Some of the IDPs soon to benefit from the gesture

People living in states ravaged by Boko Haram now have hope of new life as the Japanese government has offered a staggering amount to help in the provision of food and agricultural materials.

People at the Internal Displaced Persons camps will have cause to smile as Japan has extended a grant of $1.5 million to support food distribution and provision of agricultural victims and host families in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe ravaged by Boko Haram.

The news was contained in a statement from Mr John Nwankwo, Senior Assistant/Advisor on General Affairs, Information and Culture of the Embassy of Japan in Abuja on Friday.

It quoted the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, as saying that the “gesture will to a large extent assist in reducing the risk of food shortage and malnutrition in the affected communities.”

The statement explained that the funding would be used to provide direct food assistance to selected 3,000 families of approximately 36,000 people over a period of six months.

”The implementing organisations are to collaborate with state government agencies and international and national NGOs to implement the activities which are part of the Nigeria Humanitarian Plan for 2016.

”The project would provide food assistance through obtaining food items from local markets and would facilitate efficient and effective distribution on a monthly basis to identified and registered IDPs and host families.

”The selection of IDPs and host families would be on the basis of vulnerability with a focus on women and children.

”The project would also support identified and registered IDPs and host families with access to land and water with agricultural inputs to engage in generating revenues from vegetable production and marketing.

“In addition, a further 2,315,407 people across the three North East states are in a crisis food situation and need humanitarian assistance.

“This figure is expected to increase to 2,690,946 people towards the lean season of June to August 2016.

“In addition to providing immediate food security to families, it is expected that this intervention will provide a spring board for host families to cope with their depleted food stock and revive their livelihoods,” it added.
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New militant groups are criminal, don’t dialogue with them – Ex-agitator warns FG

New militant groups are criminal, don’t dialogue with them – Ex-agitator warns FG

The National President, National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, Israel Akpodoro has cautioned the Federal Government against engaging in any dialogue with resurgent militant groups like the Niger Delta Avengers and Red Egbesu Water Lions.

The former militant, who spoke yesterday in Abuja, said any effort to dialogue with the resurgent militant groups will upsurge others.

He noted that rather than advise the Federal Government to dialogue with the militants, elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark should make it a responsibility to persuade the militants to lay down their arms, adding that Clark should justify his advice by producing ‎Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, who had failed to honour several summons by the Federal Government.

Akpodoro claimed that the resurgent agitators were drawn from the league of ex-militants, who were directly under the then leadership of Tompolo.

He said, “‎The neo militant groups were directly under the command of accused Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a. Tompolo, so those calling for dialogue should produce him to the FG before having the moral rectitude to call for dialogue.

“Acting like father to economic saboteurs and forming protective ring around criminals in the region won’t do us any good at this critical period of our nationhood. The call by Chief E.K.Clark, to say the least came as a rude shock and unbecoming of a man who would always want criminals of Ijaw extraction protected in the name of calls for dialogue.

“Nigerians would want to know from Chief Clark who are the avengers? Who are the sponsors and what are they avenging at this critical period in our nationhood?

“Hiding under the cloak of dialogue to part criminals on the back by giving them amnesty is a dubious thing to ask for. How many times have youth in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Imo State…blown up pipelines to stampede federal government into granting them amnesty? The FG should dialogue, the army should go all out for these crooks who festers on cheap and free money.”

Describing the new agitators who have been attacking pipelines as criminals and evil doers bent on fomenting trouble and stampeding the government into bankrolling amnesty programme, the ex-militant leader insisted that the call for dialogue by some Ijaw leaders is a ploy to arm-twist the Federal Government.
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ANOTHER ONE!!! FG to Withdraw Subsidy on Another Major Product

FG to Withdraw Subsidy on Another Major Product

Mr Audu Ogbeh

The removal of subsidy in Nigeria is set to be extended to the agricultural sector as announced by a federal minister.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh, has announced plans by the Federal Government to withdraw subsidy for fertiliser procurement in Nigeria.

The Minister explained on Thursday at a forum in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital that the government’s decision would ensure the availability of fertiliser to farmers.

He said there were plans to ensure that farmers access loans at single digit rates to meet the growing demands for agricultural produce.

The Director of USAID Nigeria, Michael Harvey, and Director of IFDC West and North African Division, Robert Groot, suggested the increased lending to farmers.

They also called on the government to ensure that members of the private sector were involved in the distribution of fertiliser.

The Speakers noted that this would provide income for farmers and ensure food security for all.

Besides all of these suggestions, leaders in the West African region are also expected to back all policies that affects fertilizer production and distribution with action.
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Omg! Woman Strips Half-n*ked and Uses Her Breasts as Weapon to Fight Security Man Inside a Shop (Photos)

Omg! Woman Strips Half-n*ked and Uses Her Breasts as Weapon to Fight Security Man Inside a Shop (Photos)

The woman pictured taking off her top

A woman has shocked observers with her rather weird fighting style after she stripped half-n*ked to fight a security man.

The shocking moment a woman appears to use her breasts as a weapon in a fight with a security guard after she was allegedly forbidden from smoking in a shop has been caught on camera.

CCTV footage caught the woman whipping off her top and throwing it at the guard after she was told to stand outside the betting shop if she wanted to smoke.

It is believed the strange fight took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The scene starts with the woman walking into the shop with a lit cigarette.

The security guard follows her inside and promptly tells her that smoking is banned inside the premises.

In response, the woman charges at the security guard - who is twice her size - and pushes him into a corner, apparently trying to tackle him.

Omg! Woman Strips Half-n*ked and Uses Her Breasts as Weapon to Fight Security Man Inside a Shop (Photos)

She then lashes at the security man with her breasts

With little other choice, the security guard then picks her up, throws her over his shoulder, and carries her outside.

But she defiantly returns five minutes later with a cup of water.

Splashing it in his face and reportedly saying: "Now try to lay your hands on me, I’ll see you in court if you do!"

When that attack manoeuvre does not work, the woman takes of her white top, revealing her breasts. She then tried to hit the security guard with her breasts.

The man appears to be confused about what to do next. He picks up her top and tries to cover her up, all the while ushering her out of the building once more.

Neither the security guard or the woman have been identified.

Local police have not commented on the incident and it has not been reported whether the girl was arrested for her antics.
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Commotion as Senator Ita Enang Reveals That Northerners Own Over 80% of Oil Blocks in Nigeria

Commotion as Senator Ita Enang Reveals That Northerners Own Over 80% of Oil Blocks in Nigeria

Senator Ita Enang

Ita Enang has bemoaned the lack of equity in the distribution of oil blocks in the south-south part of Nigeria which is leading to disaffection among locals.

Supporters of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) pushed their case further yesterday at the Senate, with startling facts on the sector.

Senator Ita Enang (Akwa Ibom North East) described the opposition to the 10 per cent host community fund by mostly northern senators as “misplaced”.

Enang, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, said that those opposed to the fund should know that over 83 per cent of oil blocks are owned by northerners, but he did not give the number of oil blocks Nigeria has.

Senator David Mark, who seemed to have been shocked by what Enang said, said the Akwa Ibom lawmaker should not be distracted (some senators were grumbling) because he was making an important point. Mark asked Enang whether he could substantiate his claim.

Enang promptly pulled out a document from his folder and reeled out oil blocs and their owners.

He said he did not intend to divide the country but to guide those who wanted to contribute to the debate to be truly informed.

He listed northerners who own oil blocks to include Alhaji Mai Deribe, Borno State and owner of Cavendish Petroleum, which operates OML 110 with an average of about N4billion monthly.

He also listed Seplat/Platform Petroleum, operators of the ASUOKPU/UMUTU Marginal Field with Mallam (Prince) Sanusi Lamido, Kano , as a major shareholder and director.

South Atlantic Petroleum Limited (SAPETRO) established by General T. Y. Danjuma, Taraba State , who is also chairman of Eni Nigeria Limited.

SAPETRO partnered with Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and Brasoil Oil Services Company Nigeria Limited to become operators of the OPL 246.

AMNI International Petroleum and Development Company is owned by Alhaji (Colonel) Sani Bello of Kontangora , Niger State.
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Singer, Asa's Mother Finally Revealed...Looks So Much Like Her Daughter (Photo)

Singer, Asa's Mother Finally Revealed...Looks So Much Like Her Daughter (Photo)

Onyeka Nwelue and Asa's mother

This is the never-seen-before photo of Asa's mother. Many people have been wondering what the mother of the singer looks like. See it all here.

The mother of singer, Bukola Elemide popularly known as Asa has been revealed. According to LeadershipNG, Asa's never-seen-before-mother was at her concert tagged Asa Live In Lagos.

It was gathered that France-based author, Onyeka Nwelue took a selfie with her and shared the photo on her instagram page.

She wrote on it "The song, Beautiful was written for this beautiful woman by her daughter, Asa. Seeing her daughter on stage, she broke into tears. She’s also shy. Told me she never takes pictures with anyone – she begged me but I can be persuasive. What a load of awesomeness she is. Thank you, @onyekaa"

Asa and mom look so much alike.
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Fuel price hike: Group blasts NLC over failed strike

Fuel price hike: Group blasts NLC over failed strike

A group known as the Coalition of Civil Society Against Corrupt Persons in Nigeria, CCSACPN, on Friday criticised the Comrade Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, over the failure to make workers comply with the planned strike against Federal Government’s decision to hike fuel price.

The coalition’s President, Linus Ejilogo, in a statement said NLC’s failure to force workers to down tools is an indication that they are not in tune with the thinking and yearnings of Nigerians.

Ejilogo said the days when labour leaders ride on popular demands to blackmail and extort the government for personal interests are over.

He accused the union of working with elements of the past administration to unsettle the current administration by sabotaging its efforts at remedying the mess it inherited.

“Labour’s inability to accept that Nigerians refuse to join the bandwagon by a cross section of self-serving labour and CSO leaders to further compound the current economic hardship is unfortunate.

 If they can open their eyes to recognize the truth they will realize that their failed protest have confirmed that no group of persons could drag us back to the Egypt where past administrations in this country have held us,” Ejolgo said.
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Although I support Buhari, I’m not a sycophant – Sani

Although I support Buhari, I’m not a sycophant – Sani

Sani Shehu

The senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Sani Shehu, has ridiculed the threat by the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to expel him from the party, noting that although he is a hundred percent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, he will always air his opinion on issues in the country.

The party had on Thursday accused Sani of anti-party conduct for criticizing the new price of fuel introduced by the federal government last week, which jacked up the pump price of the product from N86 to N145 per litre.

Reacting to the threat on Friday through his Special Adviser on Politics and Ideology, Suleiman Ahmed, the senator described the party’s threat as mere hallucination.

Sani said although he remained “one hundred percent a supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, but he is neither a sycophant nor a hypocrite who will not speak his mind when there is the need to do so.”

He alleged that the state APC is a tool in hand of the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led Kaduna government.

He said, “It will be interesting for the general public to know that even the so-called state headquarters of the APC is a building owned by a top PDP chieftain in the state.”

“The press conference and threat of expulsion made by one Tanko Wusono of Kaduna APC against comrade Senator Shehu Sani for objecting to the increase in pump price of petroleum products stands unambiguously condemned.

“Kaduna APC as it exists today is simply an extension of El-Rufai’s government.”
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FG to provide 1billion eggs for school feeding programme – Lai Mohammed

FG to provide 1billion eggs for school feeding programme – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed

The federal government has said its decision to deregulate the downstream sector of the petroleum sector would improve on its school feeding programme.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated this yesterday, when a federal government delegation, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal, met with members of the National Working Committee and State Executive Committees of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja.

He said, “The first is the employment of 500,000 unemployed graduates, the second is the employment of 100,000 non graduates, technicians and artisans. The third is the one meal a day programme targeting 5.5 million pupils all over Nigeria. This is the most exciting of all our programmes.

“Even if we are going to give these children one egg a day, it means we will need 5.5 million eggs and in a calendar year of 200 days, we will need over a billion eggs. You can imagine what this will do to agriculture.

“We have the enterprise scheme which is a system of revolving loan. We are targeting one million market women and men, 460,000 artisans and technicians and 200,000 agricultural workers to be given loans through their cooperatives to start their own businesses. We have the N5,000 conditional cash transfers to one million most vulnerable Nigerians as a first phase.

“Then finally, we have bursaries, scholarships for all students in Nigeria studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said such meetings would be convened on a regular basis so party members would understand government’s policy.

He said: “What this does is to arm everyone of us from the national and state levels so that we can speak with confidence, in addition to whatever passion we can muster about what is going on at the national level and go away with the conviction that things are not just happening capriciously with the conviction that we promised change.

“Change is a process, it is not an event, not something that happens the day after the government was sworn-in.”

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Boko Haram commander rescued with Chibok girl, Amina Ali, is a sexual exploiter not husband – Community

Boko Haram commander rescued with Chibok girl, Amina Ali, is a sexual exploiter not husband – Community

Members of the Chibok community under the aegis of Kibaku Area Development Association, KADA, yesterday said the rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali, has no husband.

Chairman of KADA, Tsambido Abana, while speaking with reporters, said Mohammed Hayyatu who was rescued alongside Amina should be referred to as a sexual exploiter not a husband because Amina had no husband before she was abducted.

Abana said, “We condemn, in strong terms, the calling of Mohammad Hayyatu as Boko Haram husband of our daughter; rather, upon confirmation by the Nigerian military, he should be referred to as ‘a Boko Haram sexual exploiter’.

“Amina had no husband and whoever that was rescued with her should not be referred to as her husband for any reason. They should be treated separately until Amina is fully rehabilitated.

“We will not support discussion with the government or any agency of government in company of Mohammad Hayyatu.

“We are strongly calling on government to set up a team of expert investigators to probe Mohammad Hayyatu’s involvement in Boko Haram that led him to be the sexual exploiter of our daughter Amina so as to allow the law to take its proper course.

 He should be treated based on what investigations will reveal, not to conclude from the start that he was also an abductee. Even if he was also abducted and forced to marry her, he should not be referred to in any way as her husband, because there was no consent.

“All stakeholders, parents, Chibok Community, BBOG etc should be involved in any process of discussing and relevant actions relating to Amina and her colleagues that we are expecting their rescue soonest, for the purpose of transparency and confidence building.

“We are insisting Amina Ali’s mother/guardian and the Parents’ Association Chairman, Mr. Yakubu Nkeki, should be part of the decisions that concern her well being.

“We are asking for a safe haven to be provided for Amina, her mum and her baby. A safe home that is controlled by her family with the reasonable amount of security support but not overbearing.

“The Chibok community wishes to be involved in any further decisions on our daughters. We are dissatisfied with the approach of the military, and the government in shutting us out of verification process.

 We therefore refer government and its agencies to the Verification, Authentication and Reintegration System that BBOG designed with the participation of our community.

 It lays out the proper process for handling the return of our daughters. That was not done in this case and we would not want any recurrence.”
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Alleged N3.9bn fraud: Badeh gave me an appreciation gift of N15m — Witness tells Court

Alleged N3.9bn fraud: Badeh gave me an appreciation gift of N15m — Witness tells Court

The third prosecuting witness in the ongoing trial of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, Useni Umar yesterday told a Federal High Court in Abuja how the former military chief gave him a N15 million cash gift as an appreciation.

Umar, an estate surveyor who is also a legal practitioner, explained that Badeh gave him the money in appreciation for assisting him purchase two choice properties which he said was located at 6 Ogun-River Street, Maitama and 14 Adzope Crescent, off Kumasi Crescent, Wuse II, both in Abuja.

He told the court that the property at Ogun-River Street was purchased by Badeh for N260m, while that of 14 Adzope Crescent was purchased by the defendant from one Hon. Bature at the sum of N330m.

Umar alleged that Badeh gave him the money through the former Director of Finance and Accounts at the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Commodore Abdullahi Yushau (retd) who had also testified against the former military Chief in the ongoing trial.

He added that while Yushau was handing the money to him, he said it “was an appreciation from the Chief”.

The estate survivor, during cross-examination from Badeh’s lawyer, Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN, stressed that Badeh paid for the house through Yushau, adding that the money was brought to him in installments.

He said, “It was the Yushau that asked me to conduct a search on the property. He was also the person that brought money to me for the purchase. He paid me the purchase money instrumentally within seven and ten days.

 He paid the money three times. I collected all the title documents, we went to the defendant’s house, then I gave the documents to the Yushau who in my presence, handed it to the defendant.

“I went to the Air House which was the then official residence of the defendant with the PW-1. When we got there, we met the defendant with a man who he introduced to us as his childhood friend.

“However, I did not put all these in my statement at the EFCC. I only gave a summary statement of my own part of the story. At that time, I wouldn’t have recollected everything that happened. I am a human being and can make mistakes. In making my statement, I was concerned with my role on the two properties vis-a-vis the instructions from the defendant. It was Yushua that gave me instruction to look for the house on behalf of his boss.”

Umar further claimed that Badeh instructed that title deeds for the two properties be registered in the name of a company, Yalikam Nigeria Limited.
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Traditional rulers declare support for FG on new fuel price

Traditional rulers declare support for FG on new fuel price

The Association of Royal Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (ARTRN) has thrown its weight in support of the Federal Government’s hike in the pump price of petrol to N145 per litre.

President of ARTRN, His Royal Highness, Eze Thomas Obiefule while briefing newsmen on the development after a meeting of the association in Abuja, said the increase would benefit the country in the long run.

He noted that the payment of petroleum subsidy in the past benefited only a few individuals and urged a faction of the organised labour to discontinue its nationwide protest.

The traditional ruler urged Nigerians to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to reposition the economy of the country for the overall benefit of everybody.

Eze Obiefule admitted that Nigerians were undergoing hardship due to the sharp increase in the pump price, but assured that if given the chance, the new price regime would crash in few months to come.

“Yes, we agree that Nigerians are going through some hardship at the moment, but I want to assure as a businessman of over 30 years, that in the next three months the price will crash.

“This is because many people are now free to bring in the product and that is why we urge restraint; the hardship of today will lead to a tomorrow of bliss for all Nigerians,” he said.

Eze Obiefule commended the president for the ongoing fight against corruption, saying that his zeal in recovering the huge sums of money slashed away by some “greedy’’ Nigerians was laudable.

The body of royal fathers also urged the British government to ensure that all the stolen money hidden in their banks by some Nigerians were quickly returned.
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BREAKING: Governor Ortom’s aide assassinated in Benue

BREAKING: Governor Ortom’s aide assassinated in Benue

Some yet be identified gunmen have shot dead the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Benue State on Security Matters, Hon Igbana Denen.
DAILY POST gathered that the gunmen invaded his house around 2:30am and shot him dead.

More to come.‎..
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My salary is enough, nobody should pay bribe into my accounts – EFCC boss warns

My salary is enough, nobody should pay bribe into my accounts – EFCC boss warns

Mr Ibrahim Magu

Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has warned fraudsters to stop using his name to extort money from Nigerians in their bid get detained persons released.

This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), by EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the statement, “It has come to the knowledge of the EFCC that some persons have been using the name of its Chairman fraudulently.’’

It said the fraudsters also claimed that they had his permission to ask for payments to secure the release of suspects under investigation by the commission.

“The commission warns the public to be wary of the activities of these fraudulent individuals who have no relationship whatsoever with Magu and the EFCC.

“I have not mandated anybody to collect money on my behalf from any person or organisation; It is not in my character to do so, otherwise I will not be in this office.

“I am contented with what I am paid at the end of the month”, Magu was quoted as saying.

He called on members of the public, especially relatives and friends of persons under investigation by the commission to report any person who approached them to collect bribe on his behalf for the release of their loved ones.

“Anyone caught trying to tarnish my hard earned reputation and integrity must be prepared to face the music.

“I have accounts in three banks and, on no account should anybody make lodgment into any of my accounts without my knowledge”, the EFCC boss warned.

NAN reports that there has been an upsurge in the activities of scammers who parade themselves as having links with leadership of the commission and capability to release suspects.

Some of the scam calls sent to members of the public across the country, conveyed the commission’s purported readiness to “play ball, release suspects as long as reasonable settlement is arranged.”

Magu also promised that the commission will discharge its duties, “guided solely by the fear of Almighty God, the overriding interest of our fatherland, Nigeria and the rule of law and not any pecuniary motive.”

The statement advised the public to report calls from suspected scammers and forward the callers’ numbers to the EFCC via:,

“The Commission could also be reached on: 09-9044571, 09-9044572, 09-9044573.’’
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Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Pictures: Kim K’s Sister, Kylie Jenner Buys $6Million House In California

Less than two month after she broke up with Tyga, Kim K’s sister Kylie Jenner has bought herself a new mansion.

The 7,000sf home located in Southern California’s affluent neighborhood costs a whopping $6million.

Her mother and sister own homes in the same Hidden Hills neighborhood.

See more photos of Kylie Jenner’s new mansion below

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Photos: Inside Kylie Jenner’s New $6Million Mansion In California

Last year, she bought a $2.7million home in Calabasas.
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Actress Adunni Ade blasts Toyin Aimakhu on instgram

Actress Adunni Ade blasts Toyin Aimakhu on instgram

Yesterday actress Toyin Aimakhu had some advice for baby mamas as she told them “Don’t let s*x turn you into a mother until love turns you into a wife.”

Actress Adunni Ade blasts Toyin Aimakhu on instgram

Her fellow actress Adunni Ade has seemingly replied. The single mum of two posted on Instagram:

“I take it personal when a person feels like they’ve got the right to speak on a person’s lifestyle, relationship status or what not. Just because some choose to be quiet about your dirty laundry does NOT give you the right to speak about another.

 Just like every other single mother or so called “Baby Mama” , it’s either a choice of being in a miserable relationship or getting out and keep pushing for their Child(Ren) P.S so you know, a lot of single parent (male or female) do a great job providing for themselves and children than you who sits in a miserable, horrible, heartbreaking relationship.

 We are not to be defined by our relationship status! Your dedication, hardwork, persistence to your existence in this world should be your focus. Just because a lot of us don’t share our life story to the public does not mean we are not survivors. Face your life! Face your work! Be a great example to others! Be remembered more for the good and not bad.”
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Another Chibok girl ‘rescued’ from captivity

Another Chibok girl ‘rescued’ from captivity

Miss Serah Luka

More girls have fled Boko Haram captivity after military operations, the army said on Thursday night.

In a statement circulated by PRNigeria, Usman Sani Kukasheka, colonel and army spokesman, confirmed the development.

The name of the Chibok schoolgirl now with the Nigerian army was given as Serah Luka (pictured), and she was quoted as saying three other girls ran from their captors following the military operations.

“At about 11.00am today, Thursday, 19th May 2016, troops of 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment (AR), Detachment of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) 2, Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Team and Civilian Vigilante group of Buratai, conducted clearance operations at Shettima Aboh, Hong and Biladdili general area in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State,” the statement said.

“During the operations, the troops killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered several arms and ammunition and other items. In addition, they rescued 97 women and children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.

“We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok Government Secondary School girls that were abducted on 14th April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists. Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls. She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka.

“During debriefing the girl revealed that she was a JSS1 student of the school  at the time they were abducted. She further added that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa State. She averred that she reported at the school barely two months and one week before her unfortunate abduction along with other girls over two years ago.

“She added that there (are) other three girls who fled from Shettima Aboh when the troops invaded the area earlier today which led  to their rescue.  She is presently receiving medical attention at the medical facility of Abogo Largema Cantonment, Biu, Borno State.”

This is coming a day after the first girl, Amina Ali, was rescued in Sambisa forest.

She met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.
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Jonathan’s SURE-P was a monumental fraud, says Tinubu

Jonathan’s SURE-P was a monumental fraud, says Tinubu

Bola Tinubu

Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the Subsidy Re-Investment Programme (SURE-P) of the immediate past administration as a “monumental fraud.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan established the scheme in 2012, explaining that the money realised from the savings of fuel subsidy removal would be spent on critical infrastructure projects and social safety net programmes.

However, Tinubu said the programme was used as an avenue to exploit the country.

“They offered no programmes of valid compensation to the people. Instead, they instigated a policy of monumental fraud known as Sure-P,” he said in a piece.

“However, the only thing sure about it was that its architects would siphon the public’s funds to fatten their own wallets. They wanted to save money (for themselves) yet expend the people for no good reason at all.

“The decision to end the subsidy was hard but it was also inevitable. It had distorted into a system where wrongdoers benefited at the expense of the innocent.

“The bogus supplier was paid for supplying nothing while you sweated in long lines for fuel that was never there. The smuggler secreted fuel across the border while our economy crossed the border into fuel scarcity. As the price stayed fixed at a low level, investors were apprehensive about fixing existing or building new refineries.

“Our petrochemical industry remained unfertilized because potential investors could not decipher how they could make a decent return under such a pricing regime. Because of these imbalances, we were forced to export hard currency and many jobs to purchase fuel and other products abroad. While the price of fuel was cheap in paper, these were the hidden costs that made the subsidy regime an expensive and heavy yoke the nation could ill continue.”

Tinubu also advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to monitor the oil sector in order to prevent a situation where the liberalisation of the sale of petrol will be abused.

He expressed the belief that the policy would serve the interest of the people and put an end to the alleged distortion and manipulation in the downstream sector.

Tinubu added that he had observed some faults in the policy, but said nothing on earth could be perfect.

“To construct the right building sometimes means we have to tear down the wrong one standing in our way. Our economic development hinges in equal measure on saying good bye to debilitating and corrupted old practices as it does on embracing efficient, wealth creating new ones,” he said.

“As political progressives, we are anchored by a healthy and strong regard for the positive role government must assume in ensuring fair play and the just allocation of wealth and benefits within our political economy. We understand that the so called free market is not always fair. This is the major reason that we advocate a comprehensive policy of economic development projects coupled with social programs. These development projects will build the infrastructure and create jobs that were beyond the ability and rationale of our private sector to do.

“The social programmes will bring succor to those the dynamics of the free market would have otherwise left behind. Yet, as progressives we must be pragmatic and not allow ourselves to become blinded by or render ourselves subservient to ideological bias. Ideology is meant to serve us, not us to serve it. As such, we must recognise that there are certain things the workings of the market perform better over the longer arc of time than government may perform.

“Establishing the most efficient price for what is essentially an economic commodity is one such thing better left to the interplay of supply and demand. While short-term exigencies may at times call for government action to stabilize markets and prices, government’s long-term determination of such economic prices, although initiated with the finest intentions, often contorts into something ugly and callous. It tends to transmute into corruption, waste and distorted pricing signals that cost the economy more than they benefit the people.

“Against this background, we must assess the recent decision to allow the workings of supply and demand to determine the price of fuel. Most of us have called this process one of deregulation. This is an inaccuracy that should be promptly corrected. This decision should end arbitrary government price fixing. By ending this price fixing, government regulation of this market will not be eliminated. It will simply change from its emphasis on maintaining a subsidized price to ensuring that the market remains free and devoid of collusion so that sufficient supply is available at a defensible and affordable albeit higher than subsidy price.

“Government must still monitor this market to ensure against unjust enrichment that comes from attempts at price fixing. However, we should not lament the departure of something just because of its longevity particularly when that very policy had ceased to serve us long ago.”
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SARS arrests suspected kidnappers’ cook in Rivers

SARS arrests suspected kidnappers’ cook in Rivers

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, Aba Area Command, has arrested a 20-year-old female cook, suspected to be a member of a kidnapping gang, terrorising Abia and other South East states.

Abia Commissioner of Police, Joshak Habila told newsmen on Thursday in Aba, that the cook was arrested at the kidnappers den at Eberi Omuma Community in Rivers.

The commissioner said that other members of the gang fled before the arrival of the police.

Habila said that a female victim and her child earlier kidnapped in Aba by the gang were rescued unhurt.

He said that the SARS team after rescuing the victims carried out an operation in the area and recovered a pistol, welding machines and 25 pieces of unexpended live ammunition.

Habila said that police investigation showed that the gang whose members are spread across other locations in South East and South South, had been linked with several kidnappings and robbery operations within the zones.

He also alleged that the group was involved in bank robbery operations and breaking of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) vaults in the zones.

Narrating how they invaded the Eberi Omuma Community, the Aba Area Commander, ACP Peter Wagbara, said that the hoodlums had abducted two persons at Clifford and Ngwa roads in Aba respectively.

Wagbara further stated that the Police on a tip off, stormed the place where the victims were kept in Eberi Omuma, Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers.

“We stormed the community, but the hoodlums had advance information that we were coming and fled. But we were able to rescue the victims.
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Dele Momodu Shares Gripping Deathbed Photos of His Late Mother as He Pens Emotional Tribute

Dele Momodu Shares Gripping Deathbed Photos of His Late Mother as He Pens Emotional Tribute

In emotional tributes alongside some gripping deathbed photos, veteran journalist and Ovation magazine boss, Dele Momodu, has remembered the passing away of his mother.

Multi-award winning media personality, Chief Dele Momodu, has taken to his Instagram page to mark the 8th anniversary of the death of his mother who passed away at the age of 84, as he writes tributes and also shared some deathbed photos.

"About this time on May 18, 2007, I landed in Lagos from London, on British Airways, and got my worst call ever: MAMA IS IN COMA. I froze and prayed my Mum would survive," the Ovation magazine publisher wrote alongside a photo shared on his page.

Dele Momodu Shares Gripping Deathbed Photos of His Late Mother as He Pens Emotional Tribute

The publisher recounted how his late mother raised them after the death of their father when he was only 13. The late Madam Momodu, through petty trading, saw her children through school, and when Momodu failed to make WAEC the third time, she still encouraged him, adding that he went on to gain admission into the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife.

Dele Momodu Shares Gripping Deathbed Photos of His Late Mother as He Pens Emotional Tribute

Now, he remembers his mother, and penned this touching tributes to her.
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FG fires 106 university staff

FG fires 106 university staff

No fewer than 106 workers of University Staff schools in the country have been allegedly sacked by the Federal Government.

Another 76 members from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Osun State were also said to be on the waiting list for disengagement.

This was disclosed yesterday at the SSANU’s ongoing NEC meeting at the Michael Imoudu National Institute for a labour Studies, MINILS, Ilorin, Kwara State.

The Deputy President of SSANU, Comrade Moses Adeniyi-Aogo, who represented the President of the association, Comrade Samson Ugwoke said that the staff of university staff school at the OAU may be given the way out next month by the Federal Government.

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We are holding Dasuki for his own safety, says FG

We are holding Dasuki for his own safety, says FG

Sambo Dasuki

The federal government of Nigeria says it is keeping Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser (NSA), for his own safety and that of the country.

Dodo Kabiru, counsel to the government, made the submission while trying to justify the continued detention of the former NSA, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS)  since he was arrested in December.

Dasuki, who got a court ruling in his favour, fulfilled his bail conditions, but the government refused to release him, forcing him to file a suit against the government at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court.

The court had asked the government to justify the continued detention of Dasuki.

However, Kabiru said allowing Dasuki to leave custody would not be in the best interest of the country.

“The Federal Republic of Nigeria has justified, with the evidence it has placed before the court, the detention of the applicant on ground of his own safety, and for the safety of other Nigerians by virtue of the security report received by the DSS,” he said.

“The position of the defence, which is not controverted by the applicant, is that the arms and ammunition recovered during the search is not the only arms and ammunition in the possession of the applicant.

“There is fear that he has more. There is intelligence report that some are yet to be recovered. That we fear he has more is a ground to hold him. There are on-going investigations which are revealing fresh facts concerning him.

“The right of an individual cannot supersede the security of a country when there is intelligence report to suspect the conduct of the individual. The applicant did not deny that these guns were recovered from his house.

He went on to say the federal government was justified to keep Dasuki for his own safety, owing to arms in his position.

“By Section 3 of the Firearms Act, CAP F28 LFN 2004, part one of the Schedule thereof prescribes the arms that cannot be licensed for individual’s possession. The arms found in his house fall into this category of prohibited arms.

“Since they were illegally kept by the applicant, the deduction is that they were kept for illegal purposes.”
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IMF: Nigeria’s economy will grow faster than Saudi’s in 2016

IMF: Nigeria’s economy will grow faster than Saudi’s in 2016

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Saudi Arabia’s economy will grow by 1.2 percent in 2016, slower than Nigeria’s 2.3 percent projected growth.

The IMF team led by Tim Callen held discussions from May 1 to May 12 on the 2016 Article IV Consultation with Saudi Arabia.

At the conclusion of the mission, Callen said: “The decline in oil prices is affecting the Saudi Arabian economy”.

“Real GDP growth is projected by IMF staff at 1.2 percent this year, down from 3.5 percent in 2015. Lower oil revenues have resulted in current account and fiscal deficits which are projected by IMF staff at around 9 and 14 percent of GDP, respectively, in 2016.

“Nevertheless, the financial assets held by the government remain high, providing a substantial cushion. The decline in bank deposits and the resulting tightening of liquidity conditions and rise in interbank interest rates have not yet impacted credit growth.”

At the conclusion of a similar mission to Nigeria in March, the executive board of the IMF projected a GDP growth of 2.3 percent in 2016 – lowest since democracy returned in 1999.

The board added that Nigeria’s government deficit will rise to about 3.7 percent of GDP, lesser than Saudi’s nine percent to 14 percent.

“Lower oil prices have significantly affected the fiscal and external accounts, decimating government revenues to just 7.8 percent of GDP and resulting in the doubling of the general government deficit to about 3.7 percent of GDP in 2015,” IMF said in Nigeria.

The IMF said the Saudi government policy of using a combination of deposit drawdowns and international and domestic debt issuance to finance the fiscal deficit is appropriate.

“The establishment of a Debt Management Office (DMO) is a positive step and should be accompanied by the introduction of an efficient and market-based process for debt issuance,” the organisation said.

“Further reforms to the fiscal framework that sets the annual budget in a medium-term framework and clearly establishes fiscal policy goals would support fiscal adjustment.

“Staff welcomes the establishment of the macro-fiscal unit (MFU). Given the plans for the sale of a stake in Aramco and for a greater role for the Public Investment Fund, it will be appropriate to enhance their transparency and integrate them into the fiscal framework.”

Unlike Nigeria, IMF said: “the exchange rate peg to the US dollar continues to serve Saudi Arabia well given the structure of the economy”.
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