Mimiko Canvasses Support for Akeredolu

Outgoing governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has urged the people of the state to support the incoming Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration.

The said this support is necessary so that the legacies and gains of his own administration, particularly in the health sector and in the reduction of maternal mortality can be maintained.

He said, “As God has given us the zeal and commitment to achieve all these feats in the health sector, I pray that God will put in the heart of the incoming government to continue with these good works.

“Don’t think that Mimiko is no longer the governor, you all have to cooperate with the incoming government to build on these successes for the benefit of our people.

“I know that the next government too likes good things and I am so sure that he (Akeredolu) will cooperate with you. I too will not relent in the bid to advise Akeredolu on Agbebiye because what is good is always good.”

Mimiko encouraged Akeredolu to keep his (Mimiko’s) administration health programmes and policies running.

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Whistleblowers rake in $160m, N8b for Nigeria

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says the Federal Government’s Whistleblowing policy has yielded $151million and N8billion in looted funds.

In a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the Minister, Alhaji Mohammed said the looted funds were recovered via the clues provided by three whistleblowers who gave actionable information to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.

The biggest amount of $136,676,600.51 was recovered from an account in a commercial bank, where the money was kept under an apparently fake account name.

This was followed by the recovery of N7 billion and $15 million from another person and 1 billion Naira from yet another.

The recovered loots do not include the $9.2 million in cash allegedly owned by a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, which was also a dividend of the whistleblower policy, All the monies recovered so far totalled over $160million.

”When we told Nigerians that there was a primitive and mindless looting of the national treasury under the last Administration, some people called us liars. Well, the whistle-blower policy is barely two months old and Nigerians have started feeling its impact, seeing how a few people squirrelled away public funds. It is doubtful if any economy in the world will not feel the impact of such mind-boggling looting of the treasury as was experienced in Nigeria.

”Yet whatever has been recovered so far, including the $9.2 million by the EFCC, is just a tip of the iceberg,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He appealed to Nigerians with useful information on looted funds to continue to provide the authorities with such information, saying confidentiality will be maintained with regards to the source of the information.

The Minister also reminded Nigerians of the financial reward aspect of the policy, saying ”If there is a voluntary return of stolen or concealed public funds or assets on the account of the information provided, the whistle blower may be entitled to anywhere between 2.5% (Minimum) and 5.0% (Maximum) of the total amount recovered”

NAN

Lesser Hajj: I Prayed For Nigeria, Leaders- Aisha Buhari

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Saturday in Abuja prayed for peace, stability and progress of Nigeria.

She made the prayer shortly after her arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Saudi Arabia where she performed the lesser Hajj.

Mrs Buhari, who arrived the Airport at about 3:15 p.m. local time urged Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and good deed for Nigeria to prosper among the comity of nations.

The wife of the President, who expressed her gratitude to God for the successful trip, also prayed for Nigerian leaders and for peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.

”I thank God for a journey mercy, I prayed for Nigeria and Nigerian leaders and we should not relent in prayers and good deed.” she said.

She also expressed her gratitude to Nigerians for their support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration; urging them to sustain the tempo.

”I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for the goodwill and support for my husband and Nigeria in general,” she said.

She was received by the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs Pauline Tallen and aides of the wife of the President.

Also on hand to welcome the wife of the president are the wives of the service chiefs.

The wife of Chief of Army staff, Mrs Ummu Kulthum Buratai, Mrs Theresa Ibok Ibas, Mrs Omobolanle Olonishakin, Mrs Hafsat Sadiq and wife of Inspector General of Police, Mrs Asma’u Idris.

Also, at the Airport to welcome the wife of the president are the wives of the governors including Mrs Zainab Bagudu of Kebbi State and Mrs Rashidat Bello of Kogi State.

El-Rufai Decries Destruction of Military Battalion Structure in Southern Kaduna

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has decried the destruction of the foundation laying structure of the proposed Nigerian Army Battalion in Southern Kaduna.

In a statement on Saturday by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, El-Rufai described the situation as “unfortunate that conflict entrepreneurs are determined to create obstacles and setback to our stabilization and peace building efforts.”

“I received the news with shock over the unfortunate destruction of foundation laying structure of the proposed Nigerian Army battalion in Southern Kaduna.

focused and resolute in overcoming antics of forces of darkness and evil.

“Those that did this are determined to derail the contributions of security agencies, having failed to spread their tentacles of hate, bigotry and penchant for divisiveness.

“I want to use this medium to appeal to all men and women of conscience, to remain firm and optimistic, while government in collaboration with security agencies, civil society, religious and traditional institutions will continue to work for peace and security of lives and property.

“Finally, all those that have their hands in the destruction of this structure will not go free,’’ he said.

According to him, the security agencies will fish out the perpetrators and those found to be involved, or engaged in omissions that led to the destruction of public property, will be brought to justice.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and Gov. El-Rufai had last week, laid the foundation for the establishment of the battalion at Ungwan Yashi area of Zangon Kataf Local Government, as a response to incessant killings occurring in Southern Kaduna since 1980.

NAN

Boko Haram Attack- Soldiers Killed

Boko Haram militants on Friday ambushed soldiers close to Mafa about 52 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno State, killing at least seven soldiers, according to agency reports.

One female soldier was reportedly abducted by the insurgents.

Many of the terrorists were also killed during the attack.

The troops were said to be on their way to Dikwa at about 9:00 a.m. when they unexpectedly came under fire from the terrorists.

 

Credit: The Nations

I Will Not Join APC For Any Reason-Iwuanyanwu

Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has debunked reports alleging that he defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC), He as a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustee member.

He maintained that nobody, including Governor Rochas Okorocha, has approached him to join the ruling APC.

He stated this when he addressed the founding fathers of the PDP in Abuja.

Iwuanyanwu explained that in his capacity as the President-General of Owerri Peoples’ Assembly (OPA), he was bound to attend and socialize at events organized by members of the APC from Owerri.

The business tycoon said at the age of 75, he has no need to dump the PDP he helped to build and position to acquire political power at all levels of government.

He said: “I want to observe that in some rumours and speculations it is said that I have joined APC.

“I want to say it clearly today that nobody in APC has approached me to join the party. Nobody has approached me. The governor of Imo state has never made an approach. So, people who say they are approaching them are telling lies. They are people who want to go away.

“They have never approached me. Of course, they know that they cannot approach me.

“In Imo state, I’m a political leader; I’m a social leader, I’m an economic leader. Imo people belong to all parties. I’m for example the President General of Owerri People’s Assembly, which is non-political.

“If any member of OPA, irrespective of party affiliation is hosting an event, I will go there, Please be convinced that I am in PDP.

“At the age of 75, I don’t want anything in politics. I don’t want any appointment. I have enough money to keep me going for the rest of my life. I’m here because of my belief in the ideology.

“I want to thank you very much; we pray God almighty to bless us and keep us.”

 

Credit: Today News

“No Hiding Place For Criminals in Kogi” – Governor Bello Talks Tough

In the wake of pockets of crime and security challenges in parts of the state, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has restated his commitment to rid the state of criminals and reduce the incidence of crime to the barest minimum.
In a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Petra Akinti Onyegbule, the Governor expressed genuine concern over the incident stressing that criminals can never have a conducive environment in Kogi State.
According to the statement, Governor Bello has yet again shown leadership by paying a visit to the crime point to condole with the Nigeria Police and the families of Sergeant Nurudeen Audu Richman, Inspector Oga Festus and Mallam Sadiq Salawu, two police officers and a community leader who fell to assailants in Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA.
The unfortunate incident which occurred on Thursday, February 9th, is currently being investigated for possible connection to a Boko Haram affiliate group reportedly embedded in the state for several years now.
In recent times, effective crime fighting and prevention methods have drastically reduced the spate of armed robberies and high profile kidnappings in Kogi, which used to be a source of funding for these terrorists. Consequently, they have now resorted to random kidnappings, relying on small ransoms they demand for their unfortunate victims.
“But because the lives of all Kogites and residents in the state are sacred under my watch, we do not intend to rest on our laurels. My team in consonance with the security agencies in the state will stop at nothing to make Kogi crime free, irrespective of who is directly affected.”
Calling on members of the public to remain vigilant and continue to partner with law enforcement by availing them of any useful information they may have, Governor Bello seized the opportunity to remind Kogites of their important role in crime fighting as the need to ensure security is everyone’s business.
“The strong conviction of my administration about the importance of combating crime at community level explains the ongoing training and strengthening of local vigilante groups. Adequate vigilance in our immediate neighbourhoods and communities will make it that much tougher for terrorist cells and any other form of criminal enterprise to take root.”
While appreciating the Federal Government for its very strategic role in ensuring calm and stability in the state, including deploying the military whenever the need arises, Governor Bello appealed that those efforts be consolidated on, especially given the strategic geographical position of the state.
“Considering the strategic position of Kogi State as a major transit route in the country, and as the most interconnected of all the 36 states, effective policing and crime control in the state will have a positive ripple effect in neighbouring states and the country at large. Crucially, it will help prevent the spread of Boko Haram as their fighters flee from the northeast where they have suffered crushing defeat at the hands of federal forces.”
To buttress the importance of keeping the state safe, the Governor also visited the training ground of the Kogi State Vigilante Service where he congratulated trainees on their selection and prepared their minds for the task ahead. Governor Bello issued reminders about the nexus between security and economic development, stating that his New Direction vision will be a lot easier to achieve if lives, property and investments in the state are safe and secure.

NYSC DG Declares North Safe for Corps Members

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, has admonished corps members to stop seeking relocation from the North to other states, saying the region is no longer volatile.

Addressing the 2016 Batch B Stream 2 corps members at the Niger State Permanent Orientation Camp in Paiko on Friday, Kazaure urged the corps members to keep an open mind and give the North a chance.

Kazaure, who was represented by the Director of Information and Communications Technology, Mrs. Christy Uba, said, “Do not dwell on the negative things you have heard about the North; do not seek relocation.

“I want to assure you that the people of the North are peaceful and friendly. Keep an open mind and give it a chance and a trial. Your being posted here was not by mistake; stay here and make some impact on the people of the state.”

The DG then encouraged the corps members to share their challenges with state and local government coordinators and desist from taking their grievances to the social media.”

In her address, the Niger State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Theresa Arokoyo, lamented the security challenges being faced at the camp, while calling on the state government to give corps members a permanent orientation camp that will be more secure.According to him, more than 50 per cent of corps members sent to the North usually seek relocation to other parts of the country.

According to Kazure, over 50 per cent of Corps members posted to the North usuall reloctae, and this does not encourage the main goal of NYSC: fostering national unity.

Armed Off-Duty Soldier Arrested in Mosque as Barrow Prays

Security operatives have arrested a non-duty soldier of The Gambia Armed Forces after he was arrested with a pistol inside the main mosque in Banjul where new President Adama Barrow was performing Friday prayers.

APA reports that the solider has been identified as Baboucarr Njie who is being interrogated by personnel of the ECOWAS Military in The Gambia (ECOMIG) over his motive for carrying the pistol inside the mosque.

The incident took place at Banjul’s main King Fahd mosque where the Gambian leader had joined Muslim worshippers for congregational prayers on Friday afternoon.

Security sources, say ECOMIG are not ruling out foul play.

Reports quoting eyewitnesses said the suspect was searched by ECOMIG troops as he entered the mosque during which a gun was discovered inside a bag he was carrying.

It is not known if the gun was loaded.

Although his motive still remains unclear, he reportedly told his interrogators that he was with the intention of handing the pistol over to President Barrow’s military aide, Massaneh Kinteh who was not at the mosque at the time of the incident.

Other worshippers who witnessed the incident said President Barrow had left the mosque immediately after the congregational prayers as the suspect was handcuffed and led away.

It comes days after ECOMIG commanders said they were scaling back the number of foreign intervention troops in the country from 7, 000 to 500, citing an improved security climate following a protracted political crisis sparked by the disputed results of the December 1 election.

Barrow’s predecessor Yahya Jammeh had refused to concede the election despite his defeat by the former, plunging the country into a nerve-racking political crisis.

Jammeh, Gambia’s repressive leader since 1994 only bowed to diplomatic pressure and flew into exile last month following threat from the regional grouping ECOWAS to oust him by force.

APA

350 Imams Pray for Buhari

Three hundred and fifty Imams led Thousands of Muslims in prayers across Borno State Friday to offer special prayers for the full recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently vacationing in the UK.
The special prayers at the Jummat service were at the instance of the Chief Imam of the state ,Alhaji Liasu Ahmed following a letter from Governor Kashim Shettima.

The 350 mosques are those allowed by the security challenge in the state to function from the 542 Jumma’at mosques in the state. Ahmed reportedly mobilised his colleagues after receiving the governor’s letter. William Naga, chairman of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno, received a similar letter entitled, ‘Request for Intensification of prayers for the complete recovery of Mr President’.

The governor in the letter requested the Chief Imam and the CAN to “kindly request Imams of all Jumma’at mosques and leading pastors in all churches across Borno state to lead Muslim and Christian worshipers today (Friday) and coming Sunday, to intensify prayers for the quick and full recovery of our dear President, Muhammadu Buhari.

“We believe any good Nigerian living in Borno is already praying for the president, this is why we requested for the prayers to be intensified.” It was signed by Religious Affairs Commissioner Mustapha Fannarambe.

Fannarambe, in a separate statement said: “The prayers started today (yesterday) with Jumma’at mosques and we have monitored some here in Maiduguri and Jere and I was informed there were similar prayers in other Jumma’at mosques in Biu, Bayo, Shani, Kwaya-Kusar were residents were never internally displaced and places like Gwoza, Konduga, Monguno, Damboa, Dikwa, Askira, Kaga and many other parts of the state,” Fannarambe said in a statement.

“Prayers were offered in IDP camps where Jumma’at services take place because all the camps have citizens that include existing Imams of Jumma’at Mosques in different parts of the state affected by the insurgency. “From our estimation, not less than 350 Jumma’at Mosques are currently functional out of 542 that we have across the state.

“I actually attended one of the Friday prayers in Maiduguri while Governor Shettima went to Bama with the visiting minister of environment.”

The Nation