Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says President Buhari will henceforth begin to work from his home in the Presidential villa Abuja. President Buhari for the third time in weeks, was absent from the Federal Executive Council meeting today April 26th.
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has disclosed that they have recovered over N17billion in the last four months.
Magu stated this, while speaking at the 2017 Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) Week/Award Day on Saturday at the FCT Archive Building, Abuja.
The Acting EFCC chairman said the anti-graft agency recovered N521,815,000.00, $53,272 747.00, £122,890.00, and €547,730.00.
Magu also revealed that the commission recorded 62 convictions in the first quarter of the year.
“Apart from several other recoveries running into several billions of naira, the recent whistleblower policy has led to the recovery by EFCC of N521,815,000.00, $53,272 747.00, £122,890.00, and €547,730.00,” he said.
Mrs Winifred Oyo – Ita Head of Service of the Federation has promised to give a house to the couple who recently delivered quintuplets at the National Hospital Abuja.
Oyo – Ita made the promise while visiting the children on Saturday in Abuja.
She said that the house will be given under the Federal Integrated Staff Housing ( FISH) Scheme.
She also promised Mr Imudia Uduehi, father of the quintuplets who is a graduate from the University of Ilorin, Kwara state a job with the Federal Civil Service.
Uduehi, at the moment is unemployed.
She described the children as great blessings given to the couple by God on a platter of gold. She said the job offer to Uduehi would enable him cater for the children.
“I am very happy for you and I am standing here this afternoon representing the entire civil service of Nigeria. Today is a day of joy for all of us.
“Indeed you are a couple that has been so blessed by God. You have been married for just two years and God has blessed you with five children at once.
“I want to tell you that the Federal Integrated Staff Housing programme will be made available to you, we will give you a house that can accommodate you , your husband and your five children. ”
Oyo – Ita also presented cash gifts and diapers to them, thanking the doctors for their efforts in ensuring the babies and mother are alive.
She applauded the medical team for taking care of the mother through the period of pregnancy and delivery.
Mrs Oluwakemi Uduehi, mother of the children who spoke on behalf of her family thanked the Head Of Service for her kind gesture.
She is a staff of the National Population Commission.
Dr Bunmi Ladipo who delivered the babies said they were delivered through caesarean section and there was no complication.
The operatives of the Department of State Service has raided the office of the National Pension Commission (PenCom) in Abuja.
The action followed the refusal of the former Director General of the commission, Mrs Chinelo Anohu- Amazu, to hand over to her successor.
Anohu-Amazu was on Wednesday sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to reports, the ex-PenCom DG was still in charge as of Friday despite her disengagement.
Daily Times reports that when the DSS operatives stormed the PenCom office Saturday morning, Anohu-Amazu evaded arrest and went into hiding.
However, the DSS had ordered that she appears in the office on Monday.
Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Friday said that the N6 billion discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) as proceeds of crime were stolen from Niger State Government account .
The governor made this known to newsmen after joining President Muhammadu Buhari and hundreds of other Muslim faithful to perform the 2 – raka ’ at Juma ’ at prayer , at the Aso Rock Mosque , Abuja.
The EFCC uncovered two bank accounts containing N2 billion suspected to be the proceeds of crime.
Mr Wilson Uwujaren , EFCC spokesman , said the money which belonged to a former deputy governorship candidate in Niger State , was discovered following a tip – off by a whistle – blower .
The governor, however , disclosed that an additional N2 billion had been uncovered by the EFCC from the same source , bringing the total amount of the discovery funds to N6 billion .
According to Bello, the funds are believed to have been siphoned by the suspects through inflated Hajj subsidies offered by the state government to Pilgrims within the periods he (suspect ) served as the Chairman of the Niger State Pilgrims ’ Agency .
The governor, who commended the EFCC for its efforts in recovering stolen funds , expressed the hope that the recovered N6 billion would be transferred to the state ’ s accounts to enable his administration embark on developmental projects .
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has distributed 136,476 bags of rice to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country in the last one year. This was disclosed by Joseph Attah, NCS public relations officer, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, April 18, Vanguard reports. According to Attah, the move was in line with the presidential directive on seized perishable items.
Customs distributes over 136,000 bags of seized rice to IDPs on Buhari’s order.
Attah said that the reinstatement of the ban on rice importation through the land borders few months after lifting it in 2016 was to stem the tide of rice smuggling. He said: “I can assure you that our anti-smuggling strategy is yielding positive dividends in the last three months, we made a total seizure of 136,506 50kg bags of rice. “The last one year, we made a seizure of 205,825 bags with a duty paid value of more than N1billion; that is just rice alone. “To build another layer of policing, we have what we call the compliance team that in the last three months alone, made a total of 921 seizures with a DPV (that is Duty Paid Value) of more than N1 billion. ‘’Most of these seizures are rice and vehicles.” Attah also said that customs in its relentless war against rice smugglers had record successes and paid great prices through the loss of its officers. The distribution of relief materials by the NCS to the IDPs across the country was in compliance with the presidential directive to distribute seized perishable items to IDPs in the Northeast
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 18, commended the Ministries of Transport, Power, Works and Housing and the security agencies over the successful completion of work on the runway and re-opening of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. This was disclosed in a statement by Femi Adesina, Buhari’s special adviser on Media and Publicity. The president also lauded the efforts of Kaduna state government, the contractor, Julius Berger, and others, on the successful completion of the airport project, 24 hours ahead of the time limit.
Buhari hails completion of Abuja airport Buhari said that he looked forward to such display of inter-agency cooperation and efficiency in the operation of the entire federal government machinery. He also thanked Ethiopian Airlines for cooperating with the Nigerian government during the period of the closure of Abuja airport. The president described it as a good example of intra-African cooperation. Buhari hails completion of Abuja airport reports recalls that when the Abuja Airport was closed on March 8 for repairs on its runway and flight operations were diverted to Kaduna International Airport, Ethiopian Airlines was the first to land its new Boeing 787 in Kaduna. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja was shut from the midnight of Tuesday March 7 to the Wednesday March 8 for the purpose of repairing the failed portion of the airport runway. However, the airport was re-opened today after a closure for repairs on the runaway which lasted six weeks. A test flight from Kaduna international airport landed in Abuja on Tuesday April 18.
The Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government of running Nigeria like a gestapo state. According to the PDP, Nigeria is fast drifting into a dictatorship and possible anarchy under the Buhari administration. This was contained in a statement distributed to the media by the party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adyeye.
PDP factional chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi The PDP lamented that prominent individuals that held public office in the last administration are being arrested and detained indefinitely without trial.
“For instance, the former governor of Benue state, Mr Gabriel Suswam was arrested by men of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and has been in detention for over two months now without trial. “Also, the former governor of Niger state, Dr Babangida Aliyu was arrested on April 5, 2017 by officers of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and like the others, he has been in detention and yet no case has been filed against him in any court by the anti-graft agency. “Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki has been in custody for about two years now without trial.
Similar brutality, arrest and mindless detention went on with other PDP leaders and members that were arrested by either the DSS or the EFCC. “It is also very clear in the Constitution of Nigeria that no security agency has the right or power to detain suspects more than 48 hours without trial. “Ironically, while former leaders and members of the PDP are being arrested indiscriminately and detained without trial, other former office holders of the ruling APC who have been accused of various corrupt practices are yet to be arrested.
Instead, they are compensated with juicy ministerial appointments -double standards. “We are in a constitutional democracy and as such, the present APC administration must lead by example and obey court orders. It is on record that most of these suspects have been granted bail by the courts of the land and the ECOWAS Court in the case of Col. Sambo Dasuki .This is sheer lawlessness!” The PDP accused the Buhari-led government of not respecting laid down rules .
The statement reiterated that the PDP is not against the anti-corruption campaign of the federal government, but warned that the Buhari administration must follow due process in dealing with issues of corruption as the PDP did during its governments. The party also called on the government to charge all those in detention to court and those grant bail to those the courts have freed. The party vowed to deploy all constitutional means both domestic and international to seek redress against what it described as gestapo rule, adding that Nigerians are fed up with the undemocratic rule of the APC-led government. “We advise this government to stop forthwith; all actions that tend to heat up the system and push citizens into taking extreme measures in self defence. “The economic hardship brought upon Nigerians by APC misrule is bad enough, abridging the people’s rights on top of that is like adding salt to injury”, the statement added. Meanwhile, the youth wing of the PDP has said that factional leader Senator Ali Modu Sheriff must tender an apology to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. The call comes on the heels of an incident in which Sheriff walked out on Jonathan at a peace meeting in Abuja recently.