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Maina arrest: Anti-graft war not respecter of individuals –APC UK

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The United Kingdom Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would not spare anyone engaged in corrupt practices, no matter how highly placed.

Mr Ade Omole, leader of the chapter, who said this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja, was reacting to the recent arrest of Abdul-Rashid Maina, former Chairman Pension Reform Task Force.

He said Maina’s arrest had reconfirmed the stance of Buhari’s administration to the crucial battle against corruption in the country.

President Buhari has shown character, and has displayed leadership; the re-arrest of Maina is an affirmation to this.

“The APC administration has made its stance known to Nigerians, and as we can see, President Buhari has not changed, the fight against corruption in the country is no respecter of individuals.

“I can assure you, more of the hard rock will continue to fall on corrupt individuals in the country,” Omole said.

Mr Jacob Ogunseye, the chapter’s Public Relations Secretary, also praised Buhari for the intervention in the xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa.

He said Buhari’s decision to honour the invitation of his South African counterpart, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, was the best option to address the situation.

He expressed optimism that the visit would enhance bilateral relations between the two Africa’s strongest economies.

NAN reports that Maina was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) following corruption charges.

According to the DSS, the arrest which was carried out at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja followed a request by the EFCC to assist in the apprehension of the suspect.

A statement issued by Mr Peter Afunanya, DSS Public Relations Officer, said Maina was arrested in company of his 20 years old son, Faisal Abdulrasheed-Maina, a final year Telecoms Engineering student of Canadian University of Dubai.

The statement said Maina’s son even pulled a pistol against the security agents involved in the operation, but was disarmed and arrested.

The statement said items recovered from the suspects included a pistol with live ammunition, a bullet proof Range Rover SUV, a BMW Saloon car, foreign currencies, a phantom seven drone and sensitive documents. (NAN)


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(NAN)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola/Ismail Abdulaziz

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I was not placed under house arrest — Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has denied reports that he was placed under house arrest in Edo

Oshiomhole debunked the reports while briefing newsmen at his residence shortly after receiving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who defected to APC

“I saw that they wrote a story that I was placed under house arrest. You can see l am here and not under any house arrest.

“I stayed away from Ize-Iyamu’s rally to sustain the peace of the party . I did not want to be blamed for any violence.

“God knows my heart, and he will help me and he has been helping me. We will sustain the governance of this state under the APC.

“With Edo people as our principals and our ultimate employers we are grateful for the support they have given us in spite of any weaknesses.

“Our party does not believe in rigging. We have entrenched the culture of one-man-one-vote, and the name of the game is persuasion not violence,” Oshiomhole said.

He, however, urged members of the party to enchew all forms of violence in order to sustain peace adding that there was no limit to being a member of APC.

He noted that while there was limit for being chairman, governor and tenure of president, there was no limit for being a member of the party.

According to him, once the members are united and comfortable, we will sustain the path of peace.

“That is why I stayed away from the rally.”

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

(NAN)

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Lagos Assembly screens Sanwo-Olu’s 3 commissioner-nominees

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday screened three commissioner-nominees   submitted by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The eight-member Ad-hoc Committee of the House also screened eight others nominated for the House of Assembly Service Commission and Lagos State Civil Service Commission.

The three commissioner-nominees screened by the House committee on Friday included Mr Ganiyu Ayuba, Mr Olugbenga Oyerinde and Bamigbose Martins.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the assembly had on Aug. 16, rejected three of the cabinet nominees presented to it for approval by Sanwo-Olu, necessitating their replacement.

Those rejected by the house included  Mr Ajayi Bembe, Mr George Obafemi and Prince Olanrewaju Sanusi.

The Committee’s Chairman, Mr Rotimi Abiru (Somolu II) said a total of 11 nominees were submitted by the governor to the assembly for screening and confirmation.

He said the eight other nominees included three for the state House of Assembly Service Commission while five for state Civil Service Commission.

Among those screened for the Assembly Service  Commission included Mr Akeem Bello, former member of the 8th Assembly, Mr Kabiru Lawal,  a member from 2007 – 2011 and Mr Richard Osungboye.

The nominees screened for the state Civil Service Commission were Mr Babatunde Seriki, Mr Avoseh Suru, Mr Adesina Odeyemi, Mrs Olubunmi Fabanwo and Mr Kamalrudeen Olorunoje.

NAN reports that other members of the screening committee were Mr Victor Akande (Ojo I), Mr Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi-Isolo I), Mr Desmond Elliot (Surulere I).

Others were Mr Bisi Yusuf (Alimosho I), Mr Noheem Adams (Eti-Osa I) , Mr Folajimi Lai-Mohammed (Ikeja I), Mr Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland I).

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi

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Obaseki not ready for settlement — Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday said that Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo was not ready for amicable resolution of the crisis rocking the party in the state.

Oshiomhole made this known while briefing newsmen in Benin shortly after receiving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in his residence in Benin

Oshiomhole said “the governor has been refusing and avoiding an all-inclusive meeting where all issues would have been tabled and resolved.

“Four governors volunteered to attend the meeting but he has consistently refused to attend the meeting.

“The only way to iron out issues is to sit down and listen to complaints.

“He should not worry about the ticket but how to win the heart of Edo people.

“The name of the game is persuation not violence.

“The men whose cars were burnt yesterday will never vote for them again. It is unheard of to refuse somebody into your party; politic is a game of numbers,” he said.

According to Oshiomhole, l have said it before that the deputy governor is doing damage to his principal.

“I have to pay the price by staying away from the APC rally,” he said.

The APC Chairman explained that he avoided the rally so that some persons would not have any excuse to go and  kill people and blame it on him.

“We will not go to their level; blood for blood is not our mantra,” he added.

The South South Vice chairman of the Party, Mr Hillard Etta, while presenting Ize-Iyamu to the national chairman of the party, said he was delighted to welcome lze-lyamu back to the party.

“I never imagined that one day I will be performing this function because lze-lyamu was my boss. I did not see this coming,” he said.

Also speaking, Pastor Ize-Iyamu thanked the national and state leadership of APC for welcoming him back home.

Ize-Iyamu said “l have always said that l am not coming to cause confusion in APC but to come and join in strengthening the house l helped to build.”

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

(NAN)

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Gov. Umahi presents N178 bn budget for 2020

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Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi on Friday, presented a budget of N178.1 billion for 2020 to the state House of Assembly.

The budget was lower than the 2019 figure of 188.4billion.

Umahi while presenting the budget, tagged ‘budget of growth, consolidation and transformation, expressed appreciation to the House and other critical stakeholders who ensured the effective implementation of the 2019 budget.

The governor said that the budget has a recurrent expenditure of N46.08 billion representing 25.8 per cent and capital expenditure of N132 billion representing 74.1 percent.

“The increase in the capital expenditure is due to the borrowing from the African Development Bank (ADB) for the construction of the state ring road.

“It is pertinent to state that the fund is still with the ADB and not paid into the state’s accounts as the contractors will generate certificate and get paid directly from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),” he said.

Umahi said personnel cost in the budget was N18.4billion with provisions for payment of the new minimum wage for workers in the state.

“I use this opportunity to urge the organised labour to hasten its negotiations with government on the minimum wage for its implementation.

“I have maintained that the minimum wage starts with the Local Government Areas (LGAs) because a chain is as strong as its weakest link.

“Whatever is agreed at the LGA level is what we will pay and I maintain that no LGA should spend more than 60 per cent of its earning on paying salaries.

“The World Bank has instructed that citizens must be part of budgeting which means that they must be accommodated in it with every fund of the state belonging to them,” he said.

Umahi noted that works and infrastructure has been allocated N54.1b (30.8 per cent) education—N27b (15. 21 per cent) health—N15.4b (8.6 per cent) human capital development and commerce and industry—N8.b (4.5 per cent).

“Agriculture will receive N3.7b ( 2.1 per cent) security—N2.6b (1.5 per cent) as the government desires to enhance the agricultural capabilities of the state and improve its general hospitals,” he said.

Mr Francis Nwifuru, the Speaker commended Umahi for painstakingly implementing the 2019 budget and its preceding ones and assured of the House continued collaboration for the good of the state.

“I urge my colleagues to ensure expeditious passage for the governor to consolidate on his infrastructural and other dividends of democracy bequeathed on the people,” he said.

Edited by: Ali Baba-Inuwa

(NAN)

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PDP extols Gov. Wike’s virtues

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers as an exceptional leader, with extraordinary commitment and sacrifice towards national stability and well-being of Nigerians.

PDP said this in a goodwill message issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja to congratulate Wike on his birthday.

“Wike is a fearless leader, whose staunch stand for justice, equity and fairness to all, has been a boost to the collective struggle by Nigerians for the restoration of democratic values and rule of law in the country.

“The PDP notes with delight that over the years, he has distinguished himself as a leader whose only interest in governance has been the well being of the people,” he said.

He prayed God to continue to bless Wike with many more years in good health for the people of Rivers and Nigerians at large to continue to benefit from his selfless service to the nation.

Edited by: Ali Baba-Inuwa

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