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Maina Reveals Where He Is, Says Magu Is Aware by sunshine [ f ] at 11:56AM on Dec 19, 2017

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Abdulrasheed Maina, embattled former Chairman of the defunct Presidential Pension Task Team, has declared that the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu knows his whereabouts.

Maina said the EFCC boss is aware that he is in Nigeria and working with the anti-graft agency to apprehend pension thieves.

The embattled former Pension boss made the claim while reacting to a question that Magu went on air saying he would go to Dubai, United Kingdom, UK, America and ensure he was arrested and brought back to face justice.

Speaking with The Sun, the elusive ex-Pension boss said, “That day I laughed. You know why I laughed. I laughed because Nigerians were being taken for a ride. How could Magu that I respect so much say that?

“But he lied. How can you say you are going to fetch me in Dubai, USA, UK when you know I am here in Nigeria with you. When you know I have been in Nigeria for ages.

“When you know I have been working with you; common, common. I am tired of this and I feel I am not getting justice.”

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The Nigerian military yesterday defended the Federal Government’s plan to spend $1bn on fighting insurgency.

Speaking during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, explained that among other things, the fund will help to phase out the military’s obsolete weapons.

He explained that specifically, it will enable the military’s air, land and sea forces to purchase more sophisticated weapons and machinery.

According to him, this would help in stepping up its fight against insurgency as the military until now used obsolete weapons.

He said, the “$1bn fund will enhance what we have been doing and it will enable the armed forces to come to the level that has been expected earlier than now, sooner than expected.

“Take for instance, you have 10 days to achieve an objective, I tell you, if you make your effort 10 times what you have, you are going to achieve that objective in one day.

“We’ve been using the AK 47 to prosecute a special war, whereas the AK 47 is used to prosecute a conventional operation,” he stated.

Mr Enenche who came along with a sample of the AK 47 which he said the military currently uses, as well as another “more sophisticated” weapon, noted that the latter was what should be used to prosecute the war in the north east.

The Military Director also noted that despite having substandard equipment, they (the military) had made reasonable progress with the fight against insurgency, stressing his point that if given more sophisticated weapons, it will do much more.

“If it were to be in Russia for instance, this is supposed to be the personal weapon that the soldier uses now to confront insurgency and terrorism, Yet the Armed forces of Nigeria has been prosecuting with the AK 47 of the second world war and we have achieved this far.

“It is a lot of money but when you look at the advantages of what we stand to gain, in the time that we need to eliminate terrorism,” he stated.

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I Don’t Know How To Make Money – Buhari by sunshine [ f ] at 11:53AM on Dec 19, 2017

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said his major weakness lies in not knowing how to make money.

He also disclosed that he even borrowed money to build his three houses in Daura, Abuja and Kaduna.

The President made this known while speaking on his assets during an Interview with Sun Newspaper.

According to him, “When Murtala/Obasanjo regime came, they made sure that certain grades of public officers must declare their assets when they assumed that office and they must declare when they were leaving. So, when I was sworn in as governor of North East, I declared my assets.

“I declared surprisingly, even the number of my cows then. Even if they were supposed to be producing every year, but I declared them the time I was there. And when I was leaving governorship, I became petroleum minister.

“When I was leaving to go to War College, I declared my assets. I could recall General Jemibewon then, was the Adjutant-General of the Army. He rang me and said he was sending me asset declaration form, that I must fill it, sign it before I left for the United States. And I did.

“General Jemibewon is still alive. And when I became head of state eventually, I declared my assets again.

“So, if you people are serious and interested about political officers becoming multi-billionaires, you can find out from Murtala downwards. And those of us who were not very good in making money you should pity us.

“Everybody likes money but I am not very good at making money. Let me put it that way. I borrowed from the banks to build the house in Daura and the one in Abuja that you mentioned and the one in Kano. The bank then was Barclays, now Union Bank. Kaduna State or North Central then housing scheme and the Federal Mortgage Bank for the house I am in and AIB, which was, I think, terminated by Central Bank. So, when you go through the records, you find out that the houses I built, I borrowed from there.”

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said the Senate is pushing for laws that will tackle the menace of drug abuse in the country.

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, had earlier called for the enactment of a law that will compel public officers and traditional rulers to undergo drug test in the country.

Saraki noted that the National Assembly decided to take decisive actions against drug abuse in Nigeria through the roundtable, as part of moves to finally tackle the menace.

He said, “If we continue to be a society that ignores laws and do as we wish, we are not far from being a failed state.

“But in the Senate, we are firm in ensuring that what is right is done to protect the nation. We want to see here before we finish the two-day roundtable in Kano that some pharmacies are closed down for violating the rules. Then we will know we are serious about it.

“There is no sense in calling agencies to fight drugs when we are not funding them. It doesn’t make sense.

“We must make a commitment that we are ready to do away with these problems. We should not be discouraged in the fight, as political leaders, we must have political will in the fight.”

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Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinba has disclosed that he and President Muhammadu Buhari are poorly paid for their services to the nation.

The Vice President also criticised the private sector for not respecting the national minimum wage law, which puts the lowest pay at N18,000.

Osinbajo spoke at the end-of-year seminar of the State House Press Corps at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Prof. Osinbajo, added that he earns about N1.5m as Vice-President while President Buhari earns about N1.75 million.

The senior lawyer said the pay is not commensurate with the offices they occupy.

He also expressed misgivings about the remuneration of journalists and lawyers, saying journalists’ case is unique because many media owners make big revenue but simply refuse to pay good wages.

He said, ”I realised first of all that this (journalism) is not a profession from which one could make a decent living in the first place unless you find a really good way of doing so.

”But more importantly for me is that you are just on your own. Journalism as a profession is so wide open.

”There are a few reasons in my view why remuneration is poor.

”The first is that it is just simply cheating. There are owners of media that are just cheats. They just want to get something from nothing and that is not uncommon, it is a general malaise, it is not necessarily restricted to the media.

”It is also the same in the legal profession. There many lawyers if they tell you what they earn, you will certainly not want to be a lawyer.

”The private sector does not respect the minimum wage. Even if a minimum wage is set nationally, it is not necessarily respected by the private sector and this is something that should be factored in to the status of a company and whether a company is even complying with the requirements.

He said, “It is important to note that a good retirement plan starts the very day you are employed, knowing that whatever has a beginning has an end; 35 or 60 mandatory years of service are certainly not eternity.

”It must also be stressed here that it is not too late to plan even where you have just few years to retire from service.

”The most important thing is that you have a plan either of money saved or of the job you intend to carry on after retirement. Put every other factor in place such as your age, strength and the mental capacity to carry on.” he advised.

He added, “It is important to state, therefore, that the uncertainty on payment of entitlements has continued to worry Nigerian workers, making them fear retirement.”

Donald Trump Banned From Entering UK Town by sunshine [ f ] at 11:48AM on Dec 19, 2017

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Donald Trump has been banned from entering the United Kingdom town of Greenwich by the Councillors.

Reuters reports that the Councillors in Greenwich, have voted to bar Trump from the borough ahead of his proposed state visit.

The Labour-run council called on the Government to abandon its plans to host the President in the new year.

Greenwich Council said that it had adopted a motion for the state visit not to go ahead, and that “should a state visit go ahead, President Trump would not be welcome in the Borough.”

The council expressed “alarm at the decision of President Trump to retweet islamophobic propaganda” and showed “sadness at the President’s bigoted attitude towards women and ethnic minorities.”

The leader of the council, Councillor Denise Hyland, said, “On a daily basis we work hand in hand with residents from all communities to ensure this borough is a peaceful and welcoming place that celebrates difference and diversity, but in the case of President Trump we are willing to make an exception.

“We are one of 32 London boroughs, all different, all individual but all home to people from across the world.

“This diversity strengthens our borough. It enriches our lives on a daily basis. And it reminds us all that we have so much more in common than divides us.

“As one of the most multi-cultural London boroughs, we are a place that has worked tirelessly to break down barriers. We have no time

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Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, over the weekend raised a fresh alarm over Nigeria’s rate of population growth.

According to him, if the rate was unchecked, the explosion in the nation’s population would impact negatively on the country’s economy and welfare..

To this end, Adewole called for the use of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS) to address the problems of shortage and misdistribution of manpower needed for the provision of access to family planning services in rural communities and other hard to reach areas.

He made the call in Abuja while speaking on the topic: “The Relevance of Operations Research in Family Planning Programming in Nigeria” during the formal presentation of the report of a study by a non-governmental organisation, Marie Stopes Nigeria.”

The study assessed the provision of implant contraceptives by Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWS)

The Minister, represented by the Director, Family Health Department in the ministry, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, said: “We all know that we cannot continue with the rate at which our population is increasing. It is expedient for us to task-shift the delivery of family planning services in Nigeria to CHEWS.

“CHEWS are to be regarded as an important cadre of contraceptive implant providers readily available for the expansion of access to family planning services in Nigeria.”

While expressing his delight with the result of the study by Marie Stopes Nigeria, which provides evidence needed to demonstrate that CHEWS can safely provide implants to their clients, Adewole urged stakeholders to join hands with the Federal Ministry of Health to expand access to contraceptive implants and to ensure that the country makes quantum leaps in the use of evidence-based interventions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran is ready to restore its relations with Saudi Arabia if the kingdom end its “friendship” with Israel.

The Islamic Republic would “have no problem” with Saudi Arabia if it stops “bowing to Israel” and relies on itself, Rouhani said at a parliamentary meeting.

“We want Saudi Arabia to stop two things, the misguided friendship with Israel and the inhuman bombardment of Yemen,” he stressed.

Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran in early 2016 in protest against the attacks against Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran following the Saudi execution of a Shiite cleric.

The firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh by the Houthis in November led to renewed tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Rouhani’s remarks came amid media reports that Riyadh has been seeking closer ties with Israel in a bid to counter the rising influence of Iran, a common enemy to Saudi and Israel.

On Nov. 25, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman compared Iran’s growing regional influence to Germany’s hegemonic policies in the Hitler era.

“We learned from Europe that appeasement would not work. We do not want the new Hitler of Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East,” he said.

A Saudi-led military coalition has been fighting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015 to support President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by the Houthis in September 2014.

The Houthis have seized control of much of Yemen’s northern areas, including the capital Sanaa since 2014.


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Pro-SARS Protest Rocks Rivers State by sunshine [ f ] at 4:53PM on Dec 11, 2017

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Protesters have shut down Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, calling on the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to stop criticizing the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Nigeria Police Force.

Meanwhile another set of protesters have also stormed Abuja and Warri, Delta State, demanding the end to SARS.

The counter protesters are demanding the end of intimidation and brutality by the police unit.

Recall that Governor Wike, in a statement last week, alleged that the Federal Government was set to use operatives of the Anti-Robbery Squad to rig the 2019 election, particularly in his state.

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Pro-SARS protest rocks Rivers State by sunshine on

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The Acting chairman of the Independent corrupt practices and other related offenses commission ( ICPC) Bako Abdullahi, has described corruption as an epidemic frustrating Nigerian democracy, saying it has undermined security and erodeD stability.

Abdullahi stated this in Lokoja on the sideline of the 2017 International Anti Corruption Day with the theme, ‘ United against corruption for development, peace and security.’

He noted that corruption frustrates human right, block provision of infrastructure and denies those who are eligible, gainful employment.

The acting ICPC chairman who was represented at the occasion by the Head of Department, Investigation, Mr Adedayo Kayode further stated that corruption create mutual distrust, sabotages the country’s economic growth, and hampers all spheres of the society such as health education, politics, business, social life and places of worship.

Abdullahi said ” The Economic recession which the country has exited is unanimously agreed to have been caused by years of mismanagement and misapplication of the public funds in the years of abundance thereby depicting our poor vision and want of zeal to save for rainy days. This is a classical case of what corruption can do.

“It is because of the damages corruption wreck on nation, humanity and the potentials it has to destabilize world peace that the international community over the years has made the fight against corruption of its major focus.

” The international Convention Against Corruption is the first single comprehensive platform for fighting corruption. It is unique in the sense in the sense that it serves as lightning rod for global efforts to combat graft, provide a platform for raising public awareness and commitment to curbing corruption.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the President Nigeria Institute for industrial Security, Ozi Salami warned Nigerians to stop the act of celebrating people convicted of corruption.

According to him, much emphasis should not be placed on enforcement but public enlightenment on the need to put an end to corrupt practices in Nigeria.

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