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Breaking: Buhari suspends RUGA settlement projects

Following public outcry and the seeming misconception about the Ruga Settlement Projects, an idea designed to stem the tide of herdsmen/farmers clashes across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have suspended the idea pending further notice, THISDAY has learnt.

The president, after consultations with stakeholders, THISDAY gathered, has resolved to put away the idea for a thorough review and well acceptable approach to the menace constituted to national security by the constant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

A presidency source that hinted at this development, said the announcement would be made any moment from now with detailed explanations, going forward.

Details later…

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Senator Abbo’s wife declares Husband innocent on assaulting Lady

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Senator Elisha Abbo‘s wife, Emily Eric, has declared that her husband is innocent of all allegations levelled against him.

TriotiNaija had reported that Senator Abbo (PDP-Adamawa North), Nigeria’s youngest senator, was caught hitting the woman after she begged him not to assault the shopowner whom the lawmaker accused of insulting him.

It was gathered that the assault occurred on May 11 a month before he was sworn in on June 11.

The assault was reported on May 14 at the Maitama Area Command Headquarters on Nile Street, but the police told the victim to go look for the Senator’s telephone number or they would not be able to do anything about it.

Reacting in a post that has since been deleted from Facebook, Emily backed her husband.

She wrote: “I stand with you babana. And we will always stand for truth.

“My husband is innocent of what people are saying against him.”

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Minimum Wage: Labour Disagrees With FG, may result in Nationwide Strike

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The organised labour have hinted that they could embark on industrial action if the current state of affairs regarding the issue of consequential adjustment arising from the new national Minimum wage of N30,000 per month remains unchanged.

The organised labour is operating under the aegis of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC); the eight Unions in the Public Services of the Federal and 36 State Governments.

In a press statement in Abuja on Monday, the TUS Acting Chairman, Anchaver Simon, and the Secretary, Alade Lawal, expressed disappointment with the government’s effort to derail the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage.

“As things are right now, the government side is only prepared to pay peanuts to workers as an adjustment under the pretext that it will soon be undertaking general salary review in the Public Service.

“The committee on Consequential Adjustment of Salary agreed to set up a technical body to work out different scenarios in respect of salaries that would be paid to workers who are in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that draw their emoluments from the government treasury.

“The technical committee met severally and series of computations that were to be presented for the plenary for consideration were developed.”

The labour leaders stated that the TUS had initially proposed that since the minimum wage was increased by 66.66 per cent; from N18,000.000 to N30,000.00, salaries for officers on Grade Levels 01-17 should be adjusted accordingly to maintain the relativity that exists in the salary structure in the Public Service.

“But when the Government side argued that such increase across board would raise the total wage bill too high, the TUS side reviewed its demand downward and eventually settled for 30 per cent for officers on Grade Levels 07-14 and 25 per cent for those on Grade Levels 15-17.

“The Government side on its part was insisting on 9.5 per cent salary raise for employees on Grade Levels 07-14 and 5 per cent for those on Grade Levels 15-17.

“The two sides then agreed to capture the two positions in the technical committee’s report which will now be presented for discussion at the plenary.”

According to the TUS, it received a rude shock at the last meeting of the Technical Committee when the government side began to hold on to a non-existent position that the Technical Committee’s term of reference was to base its assignment in respect of salary adjustment on what was provided for it in the 2019 budget.

It regretted that the implication of Government’s position was that the Technical Committee cannot go beyond what the Government was pushing for which is 9.5 per cent salary increase for officers on GL 07-14 and 5 per cent for those on GL 15-17.

“With this turn of event, it is quite clear now that some fifth columnists in this administration are hell-bent on pushing President Muhammadu Buhari to enter into a collision course with millions of Nigerian workers in the Public Service. This is very sad,” the Union stated.

The TUS recalled that after the Ama Pepple committee recommended N30,000 monthly new National Minimum Wage, the Government Side went to the press to announce that the negotiation was inconclusive.

It thereafter sent N27,000 and N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage proposal to the National Council of State and the National Assembly.

“The latter approved N30,000 as the new monthly National Minimum Wage before President Buhari signed it into law on April 18.

“It is indeed perplexing that political office holders whose monthly take-home pay runs into millions of Naira are the ones working behind the scene to ensure that Public Service employees especially core Civil Servants continue to receive starvation wages.

“This is why the eight Trade Unions in the Public Service have resolved that enough is enough and that if the Federal Government fails to call its officials to order and direct them to negotiate openly the issue of Consequential Adjustment arising from the new National Minimum Wage, millions of workers at the Federal and 36 States Public Services will have no other alternative than to take some necessary Trade Union actions to seek redress.

“The time for President Buhari to act is now,” the Union emphasised.

Meanwhile, a meeting of officials of the TUS of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council across the Federation is being arranged with the sole aim of setting the records straight.

At the same time, TUS is preparing for appropriate Trade Union measures to be deployed to get justice for public service employees.

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Breaking: Buhari has not released ministerial list – Garba Shehu

The official spokesman to the President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has denied news making round that the president has sent the ministerial list to the National Assembly.

“I have no breaking news on the appointment of ministers because I have not been briefed about it,” SHehu tweeted on Tuesday.

“Ignore the report they are attributing to me, please,” he added

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Just In: Names of Senate ninth principal officers as announced by Lawan

Nigeria’s Senate President Ahmad Lawan Tuesday announced the list of principal officers sent to him by the leaderships of the All Progressives Party and the Peoples Democratic Party.

Lawan, read two separate letters to the hearing of his colleagues.

He said by those letters, the entire Senate leadership stood constituted.

As he began to read the names, there was absolute quiet in chamber.

Although nobody voiced out any official opposition to the names as read, there were cases 11th hour replacement and removal in the lists sent by both parties.

Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (APC , Kebbi State) emerged the Senate Majority Leader while a former deputy governor of Abia State, Senator Ehinnayya Abaribe (PDP, Abia State) was named the Senate Minority Leader.

Also, a former Abia State governor, Senator Orji Kalu, (APC, Abia State) became the Senate Majority Whip just as Senator Philip Aduda(PDP, FCT) was named as Senate Minority Whip.

Accordingly, Senator Aliu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger State ) is the Senate Deputy Majority Whip just as Senator Robert Ajayi Borofice(APC, Ondo State) became the Deputy Majority Leader of Senate.

Also, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP, Taraba State) became the Deputy Minority Leader while Senator Sahabi Yau(PDP, Zamfara State) was named the Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate.

The announcement of those names by President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, was shocking to some Senators just as it was very pleasing to the ears of others.

Former Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Adamu, whose name had been in the news as the preferred candidate of the APC for the position of Senate Majority was calm on the floor while Lawan read through the list.

Similarly, the name of Sahabi Yau who was announced in replacement to that of Senator Clifford Odia (PDP, Edo State), was another source of surprise.

But Lawan explained that the names were contained in separate letters sent to him by the leadership of APC and PDP.

In their acceptance speeches, the new principal officers of Senate canvassed peaceful cooperation among Senators.

Senate Majority Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, said:

“I am humbled. Never in my life have I ever dreamt of coming this far. It’s a lifetime achievement. My own responsibility is to provide the kind of leadership that will unite the entire Senate. Once we come here, we are senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We will support the leadership of the National Assembly to ensure we deliver on our campaign promises to the people.”

In his own acceptance speech, Abaribe stated:

“I agree with the Senate majority leader that once we are here, we don’t see ourselves as party members. We see ourselves as statesmen here to solve the problems of Nigeria.

At anytime we step here, we have three duties. We have a duty to our constituents. Then a duty to Nigeria and thirdly, it’s a duty to God. If we can do that, I not sure there will be any problem we can’t resolve on this floor.”

“From this side of the aisle, we will give you our cooperation. We expect the same cooperation from the other side of the aisle.” he added

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Buhari’s Aide reveals what Nigerians should be doing As COZA’s Fatoyinbo ‘Steps Down’

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Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, has asked Nigerians to call on the police to invite the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, over allegations of rape against him.
Onochie made the call hours before Fatoyinbo announced that he had taken a “leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.”

This was after Protesters had marched to the COZA headquarters in Abuja on Sunday, calling on the preacher to step aside over the allegations that Fatoyinbo raped Busola, wife of popular singer Timi Dakolo, when she was a teenager.

But the presidential spokesperson said calling on the police to investigate the matter was the right move rather than asking him to step down.

“What I don’t understand is why Nigerians are calling on the alleged rapist, Biodun Fatoyibo to step down as a Pastor.Pastors are above board & above suspicion. He was never a Pastor. What we should be doing, is calling on the @PoliceNG to invite him for questioning,” she tweeted on Sunday.

Busola, during an interview with YNaija, alleged that the clergyman raped her twice in Ilorin, Kwara state.

But the clergyman has since denied the allegation, saying that he has never raped anyone in his life.

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Breaking: 50 die, 70 injured in Benue tanker explosion

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A tanker explosion in Ahumbe village, Gwer local government area of Benue state on Monday, July 1, have left 50 people dead.

The explosion reportedly occurred while resident in the area were scooping fuel from the tanker which had an accident.

Also, 70 others who sustained injuries are currently receiving medical attention in various hospitals in the state.

Over 50 people have reportedly lost their lives in a tanker explosion at Ahumbe village, Gwer local government area of Benue state on Monday, July 1.

Daily Independent reports that the explosion took place while residents of the area where trying to scoop fuel from the tanker.

The tanker which was said to have been coming from Alade was involved in an accident in the area prompting locals to engage in scooping fuel.

An official in the local government area, Christopher Avi, said 50 people were burnt to death while 70 other sustained various levels of injuries

Avi said those who sustained injuries have been taken to different hospital for medical attention.

He also said that those affected by the incident were mainly residents of Ahumbe.

Some houses were also affected. Confirming the incident, the state’s police spokesperson, said she was yet to get the exact figure of victims.

She added that the tanker had entered a ditch and tumbled and spilled the fuel in the process.

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Names of immediate past Ministers that could return to Buhari’s cabinet

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Report has it that President Muhammadu Buhari could submit his cabinet list to the Senate, this week, as senators resume sitting on Tuesday, July 2.

According to the report, some immediate past ministers are set for a return to the Federal Executive Council.

Presidency sources quoted in the report said a number of former cabinet members would make the list.

The cabinet list, according to one of the source, will reach the Senate, barely one month after President Buhari’s inauguration; to give senators ample time to screen the nominees before they commence on summer break on Friday, July 26.

Buhari had, on Monday, May 6, upon his arrival from London, where he spent 10 days on a private visit, said he would not disclose those who will be part of his cabinet in his second term to anyone yet.

President Buhari, however, in a special interview aired on NTA, on Tuesday, May 28, said he may retain some ministers, as his first term wound down.

Some names said to have been considered, in Plateau state, are Mr. Solomon Dalung, immediate past minister of youth and sports.

From Kebbi state, it was gathered that Mr. Abubakar Malami, immediate past attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, who is one of the five members of the kitchen cabinet of the president, is likely to be re-appointed back.

There were hints that President Buhari may retain Mr. Hadi Sirika, the immediate past minister of state for aviation, who is from his home state of Katsina.

Also, Adamawa state’s representative in the last cabinet and immediate past minister of the FCT, Mr. Mohammed Musa Bello, may make the list, as the factors that necessitated his appointment earlier have not changed.

The two female ministers representing Kaduna and Sokoto states are believed to have got favourable consideration for the new cabinet. There are similarities in the factors which necessitated the appointment of the FCT minister and the two female ministers.

Immediate past minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau, from Kano state, who is a strong political associate of President Buhari, may also have made the list.

Meanwhile, a group, Ibom Integrity and Servant Leadership Culture Initiative has reiterated its call that President Muhammadu Buhari should not appoint former Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio as a minister in his cabinet.

The group in a statement by its executive vice president, Dr. Asuquo Edidem Etim said it stands by its earlier petition to the president, stressing that its complaint echoes the inner thoughts of many members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom and the entire south-south states.

The group had earlier petitioned the president on the need not to appoint Akpabio into the federal executive council, describing the former governor as a politician with no recognizable political structure

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Just In: DPO, three other officers killed as hoodlums set police station ablaze

A divisional police officer and three other officers have been killed in Bayelsa State, the police have announced.

The incident occurred on Monday morning when hoodlums raided a police division in Agudama Ekpetiama, near Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Two other police officers were also announced injured in a statement by police spokesperson Frank Mba. The motive of the attackers was not immediately learnt.

Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu has been alarmed by the incident and ordered an urgent crackdown on suspects.

Mr Adamu also paid tributes to the departed officers and expressed deep condolences to their loved ones.

The police chief also said the people of Agudama Ekpetiama should remain calm and be helpful with information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of those who took part in the violence.

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Breaking: Court Orders Arrest of NFF Chairman and Officials

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Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four other officials of the organisation accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the football body.

Concise News reported that the Federal Government had earlier this year filed a 17-count charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, before the court, in which it accused the NFF officials of alleged misappropriation of $8,400,000 belonging to the football body.

It was gathered that the money was said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group state of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The defendants are also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn” belonging to the NFF without the consent of the NFF.

Justice Ojukwu gave the order for the arrest of the defendants upon an oral application by the prosecution lawyer, Celcius Ukpong when the case was called and the defendants were absent.

Also, those affected by the arrest order are NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh

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Breaking: COZA pastor Biodun Fatoyibo ‘steps down’

The embattled pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly Biodun Fatoyinbo Monday said he is taking “leave of absence” from the church, a day after protesters demanded his resignation.

“I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church,” Fatoyinbo said in a statement posted to his Instagram page.

“It is in the interest of the flock of Christ that issues concerning me do not become a distraction to their worship of their Lord.”

The pastor, who said the past few days have been very “sobering”, said he took the decision after he was advised by the Christian leaders and that of the church leaders.

He added that although, the decision breaks his heart, it was the “right thing to do at this time.”

Fatoyinbo was accused by Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of singer Timi Dakolo, of raping her twice in a week when she was still a teenager.

Fatoyinbo has denied ever raping Busola or any other person. His wife, Modele, also spoke in his defence.

“Not even as an unbeliever will my husband rape someone,” Mrs Fatoyinbo said during the church service on Sunday.

Despite Fatoyinbo’s denial, hundreds of protesters marched on COZA premises in Lagos and Abuja, demanding the resignation and prosecution of the pastor.

An obviously hired crowd also held a pro-Fatoyinbo march in Abuja. A protester told newsmen that he was given N10, 000 to stomp for the pastor.

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Bandits Beg Governor For Amnesty

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Group of bandits in the forest between Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State and Birni Gwari in Kaduna State have begged Governor Aminu Bello Masari to grant them amnesty.

Speaking to newsmen at primary school located at Dankolo Village in Sabuwa Local Government Area, leader of the bandits, Malam Idris Yahaya, said his members were tired of violence and suffering from deprivation imposed on them by the local security vigilance groups.

“We are tired of violence. Again, we have discovered that the real benefactors of this violence include highly placed government officials and security personnel, who will want it to go on for their pecuniary benefits. We want Governor Masari to talk directly to us,” he said.

He also pleaded with Governor Aminu Masari to help with the release of two of their leaders arrested at an airport two years ago.

In a related development, the Katsina State Police Command warned the bandits to surrender and repent or face the full wrath of the law.

In a statement to newsmen, the Police Command disclosed that its operatives have intensified security checks on the activities of the bandits.

“In a couple of weeks to come, there will be no hiding place for any bandit. They should either surrender or face the consequences.

“The strategy put in place by the security agencies, couple with the cooperation of the public in giving out actionable intelligence, is yielding results,” the statement reads in part

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BBNaija 2019: Check Out Full Profile Of 21 Housemates

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TriotiNaija has obtained the State of Origin, name and age of the twenty-one housemates of the 2019 Big Brother Naija.

It was reported earlier that BBNaija 2019 kicked off on Sunday, June 30 at exactly 7 pm with twenty-one housemates as contestants.

This online news platform understands that the housemates or “BBNaija Pepper Dem“ edition include: Avala, Khafi, Omatshola, Frodd, Ike, Ella, Nelson, Kimophra, Isilomo, Jackye, Tuoyo, Sir Dee, Seyi, Esther, Telma, Gedoni, Diane, Mercy, Tacha, Jeff and Mike.

Below are the names, state of origin and age of “BBNaija Pepper Dem” housemates…
1. Avala – 30-years old, from Ogun state [Female]

2. Khafi – 20-years-old from Ekiti state [Female]

3. Omatshola – 38-years-old from Delta state [Male]

4. Frodd – He is 28years old, hails from Anambra state [Male]

5. Ike – 26-year old, hails from Imo state. He is a model and promises to give Nigerians drama. [Male]

6. Ella – 30-years-old, hails from Anambra state. She is single but not available. [Female]

7. Nelson – 26 years old, hails from Rivers state.[Male]

8. Kimophra – 23- years old, She is single and tells Nigerians to watch out for lot of manipulation.

9. Isilomo – She is 27 and hails from Edo state.[Female]

10. Jackye – She is 23-years-old and hails from Anambra state [Female]

11. Tuoyo – Delta state [Male]

12.Sir Dee – 28 years old, from Kogi state [Male]

13. Seyi – 30-years-old, He is from Ogun state and also the grandson of Obafemi Awolowo [Male]

14. Esther -22-years-old, from Lagos state [Female]

15. Telma – 26- years-old [Female]

16. Gedoni – 31-years-old, He is single and ready to mingle [Male]

17. Diane– 23-years-old, hails from Kaduna state [Female]

18. Mercy – 26-years-old, Single but not available [Female]

19. Tacha – 23-years-old from Rivers state. She is a social media sensation [Female]

20. Jeff – 30-years-old from Anambra state. He is single and comes with no strategy [Female]

21. Mike -28-years-old athlete, married and hails from Lagos state.[Female]

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Fatoyinbo’s Wife defends husband against rape allegations

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The wife of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly global senior pastor, Modele Fatoyinbo, Sunday said the rape allegations against her husband were untrue.

“Not even as an unbeliever will my husband rape someone,” Mrs Fatoyinbo said during the church service broadcast and monitored from inside the Lagos branch of the church in Ikeja, Lagos.

But Biodun Fatoyinbo stopped his wife from talking further about the rape allegations.

Biodun Fatoyinbo was alleged to have raped Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of Nigerian singer Timi Dakolo, when she was a teenager.

Modele’s denial of the allegations is a re-echoing of her husband’s Friday statement.

“I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this,” Fatoyinbo said in a statement posted to his Instagram page on Friday.

However, the allegations have generated widespread condemnations, controversies and prompted protesters to storm the Abuja and Lagos premises of the church demanding the Fatoyinbo should vacate his position as the leader of the church.

But the presence of the armed policemen deterred the marchers from moving close to the church.

A protester told The Guardian that the protest was necessary to free and give other rape victims voice to speak up.

“This protest is not against COZA or the church of God, it is to give rape victims voice,” the protester said.

A right activist Segun Awosanya told The Guardian on Saturday that there were more than 30 alleged victims who will testify against the pastor.

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Singer Mayorkun Involved In Motor Accident

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Nigerian singer, songwriter and pianist, Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, popularly known as Mayorkun, was on Saturday involved in a motor accident.

It was understood that the Nigerian singer escaped the accident unhurt.

Mayorkun shared a tweet early Saturday morning to confirm his accident but in his tweet, he noted that he was safe and went ahead to thank God for sparing his life.

Mayorkun was returning from a club where he had gone to entertain his fans before he had the crash.

The Nigerian artiste also took to his Twitter handle to share a clip of his performance at the club shortly before the crash.