Alleged N109bn Fraud: Suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris, seeks plea bargain – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday hinted Justice Adeyemi Ajayi, of the High Court sitting in Abuja, that the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, and his co-defendants have reached out to the Commission for a plea bargain to avoid trial. Idris and the other defendants are being prosecuted by the Federal Government over allegation of frittering the sum of N109.4 billion belonging to the Federal Government. This was revealed by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), at the resumed hearing before the High Court, in…

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Nigeria, 3 others top World Bank debtors’ list

Nigeria has been ranked the fourth country in the world with the highest debt according to the World Bank’s newly released financial report for the fiscal year of 2022 audited financial statements for the International Development Association, (IDA). Nigeria, which has the highest IDA debt stock in Africa, increased its debt to $13bn since June 30, 2022, from $11.7bn in June, 2021 Other countries in the top five position are India in the first position, Bangladesh in the second position, Pakistan in the third position, and Vietnam in the fifth…

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Kaduna Train Attack: How Gumi secured release of seven more abducted passengers

Disturbed by the gory videos images of four children of the same family viewed in the last video released by the attackers of the Abuja-Kaduna bound train, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi, has reached out to the abductors consistently and pleaded with them to consider the release of the poor children and their innocent parents. Recall that a train heading from Abuja to Kaduna was attacked by terrorists who opened fire on 362 passengers on board, killing eight persons and whisking away an unspecified number of people on March 28. This…

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Insecurity: “Impeaching Buhari voters’ job, not politicians” – US politician

A United States (U.S) Republican politician, Saul Anuzis, yesterday, said impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari is not the prerogative of opposition politicians, but the electorates. This was as he affirmed that politicians who take on such a role are undermining democracy itself. Anuzis, a former Michigan Republican Party Chairman, disclosed this in an article published in the US Washington Times newspaper on Tuesday, titled: ‘America’s newest export: Impeachment Proceedings.’ However, the Presidency issued the piece in a statement yesterday, titled: ‘Senior U.S. Republican mocks attempt to impeach President Buhari’. Anuzis blamed…

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Insecurity: “We can’t bear it anymore” – Katsina Assembly plan to meet Masari, Buhari

The Katsina State House of Assembly has resolved to meet Governor Aminu Masari and President Muhammadu Buhari over the deteriorating insecurity in the State. The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Ali Abu Al-Baba, stated this while addressing newsmen in Katsina. Al-Baba said that the assembly was worried over the rampant reports of banditry in the State. According to him, the current insecurity in the state is worrisome and unacceptable. He pledged that the assemblymen would meet the president on the need for decisive measures against the bandits. “Something…

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National Security: Northern group threatens national protest until Buhari sacks NSA

Worried by the dimension the insecurity bedevilling the country is taking, a northern group, Arewa Youth Assembly, has threatened to embark on a nationwide protest until President Muhammadu Buhari sacks his National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd). According to the group, the NSA whose primary responsibility is to counsel Mr. President as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces on the best approach to secure lives and property in Nigeria, in addition to citizens’ welfare has not been able to deliver creditably on his responsibility, hence, the need for…

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Escalating Insecurity: “Set up security outfit in Kaduna”, SOKAPU tells el-Rufa’i

Against the backdrop of the insecurity bedevilling the country, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has urged the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufa’i to set up a security outfit like the governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom did. According to an issued statement signed by SOKAPU’s acting president, Awemi Dio Maisamari, “We also believe that if governor el-Rufa’i and others should welcome and implement the Volunteers Guards initiative of Governor Ortom, the thousands of captives in the dens of kidnappers would be rescued and the culprits brought to…

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‘How govt. officials facilitated $1.2bn crude oil, gas theft’ – Source

Security sources have disclosed that the real looting of Nigeria’s crude oil and its by-products is neither through illegal bunkering, refining, nor pipeline vandalism, but via highly placed government officials-enabled undocumented shipments of large-scale hydro-carbon products worth over $1.2 billion to Europe and the Americas. The sources noted that while all eyes are on the fight against illegal oil bunkering and pipeline vandalism, top government officials of agencies expected to perform supervisory and due diligence roles in the sale and shipment of the nation’s vast hydrocarbon resources are trading away…

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2023 Muslim-Muslim APC Ticket DG: “Pope hasn’t told me I’m wrong” – Gov. Lalong

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has lambasted Christians who oppose his acceptance to serve as the Director-General (DG) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation, saying that, as a Catholic with the highest Papal award, the Pope has not told him that what he is doing is wrong. The Governor, who met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja yesterday, while fielding questions from newsmen, said that as an awardee of the United Kingdom (UK)’s Knight of Saint Gregory, he remains a staunch Catholic despite…

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Insecurity: Air, Ground troops intensify operations along Kaduna-Abuja highway to flush out terrorist

Nigerian Army troops of ‘Operation Thunder Strike’ and that of ‘Operation Puff Adder’ of the Nigerian Police have intensified patrols and operations along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and surrounding communities. This is part of efforts to flush out bandits and provide adequate security on the highway and the general area. Speaking during an assessment tour of the on-going security operations on the highway, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said that contrary to insinuations that motorists have abandoned the highway because of insecurity more vehicles…

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