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CO-ORDINATING Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said her mission in government is to fight corruption by plugging wastages and ensuring more transparency…

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CO-ORDINATING Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said her mission in government is to fight corruption by plugging wastages and ensuring more transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

Meanwhile, the former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Olisa Agbakoba, told the committee that Nigeria’s economic problems stemmed out from her inability to enforce its laws.

Expressing disappointment over the delay in implementing the KPMG report, which was submitted last September, Agbakoba urged the House to demand its full implementation.

Pledging her commitment to co-operate with the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the petrol subsidy issue, the minister declared: “We must get at the truth because the country needs every kobo we can find. I will not invent any answers to shield anybody.”

Okonjo-Iweala also stated that subsidy was not an ideological issue and that the challenge is to ensure that subsidies are properly targeted to get to the people who need it most.

She added that her ministry was determined to re-introduce an oil and gas monitoring unit to watch over the sector and ensure strict compliance with extant laws and regulation as well as adhere to transparency principles. She recalled how a similar unit which she set up during her previous stint as Finance Minister got some international oil companies to pay the country $1.2 billion following a study of their contractual obligations.

Fielding questions at her second appearance before the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management yesterday, Okonjo-Iweala described the campaign to pin the decision on subsidy removal on her as “unfair and incorrect,” because as President Goodluck Jonathan had said, it was a government decision and not something one individual took.

According to Agbakoba, “if the recommendations of the KPMG audit report are judiciously implemented, the country would generate about N5 trillion while the implementation of the oil and gas content law is capable of yielding N10 trillion annually.”

Agbakoba said that those behind the mismanagement of the subsidy regime should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said that the KPMG audit report, which has exposed ‘embarrassing sharp practices’ in the nation’s foremost petroleum corporation, has the antidote to reveal the “thieving elements” in the oil sector.

According to him, ‘the KPMG report is so embarrassing and a big disgrace. A substantial part of the work of this committee had been done by the KPMG and it is very unfortunate that ever since that audit was done, nothing was done with the report. The KPMG report should be fully implemented.”

He urged the Federal Government to further empower the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to effectively carry out its functions.

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  1. Seun

    January 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    This is really commendable. We need more of the likes of Dr, Iweala to create the needed change in Nigeria,

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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Our mission is to check graft, waste, says Okonjo -Iweala

Agbakoba wants  audit report implemented
CO-ORDINATING Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said her mission in government is to fight corruption by plugging wastages and ensuring more transparency…

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CO-ORDINATING Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said her mission in government is to fight corruption by plugging wastages and ensuring more transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

Meanwhile, the former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Olisa Agbakoba, told the committee that Nigeria’s economic problems stemmed out from her inability to enforce its laws.

Expressing disappointment over the delay in implementing the KPMG report, which was submitted last September, Agbakoba urged the House to demand its full implementation.

Pledging her commitment to co-operate with the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the petrol subsidy issue, the minister declared: “We must get at the truth because the country needs every kobo we can find. I will not invent any answers to shield anybody.”

Okonjo-Iweala also stated that subsidy was not an ideological issue and that the challenge is to ensure that subsidies are properly targeted to get to the people who need it most.

She added that her ministry was determined to re-introduce an oil and gas monitoring unit to watch over the sector and ensure strict compliance with extant laws and regulation as well as adhere to transparency principles. She recalled how a similar unit which she set up during her previous stint as Finance Minister got some international oil companies to pay the country $1.2 billion following a study of their contractual obligations.

Fielding questions at her second appearance before the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management yesterday, Okonjo-Iweala described the campaign to pin the decision on subsidy removal on her as “unfair and incorrect,” because as President Goodluck Jonathan had said, it was a government decision and not something one individual took.

According to Agbakoba, “if the recommendations of the KPMG audit report are judiciously implemented, the country would generate about N5 trillion while the implementation of the oil and gas content law is capable of yielding N10 trillion annually.”

Agbakoba said that those behind the mismanagement of the subsidy regime should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said that the KPMG audit report, which has exposed ‘embarrassing sharp practices’ in the nation’s foremost petroleum corporation, has the antidote to reveal the “thieving elements” in the oil sector.

According to him, ‘the KPMG report is so embarrassing and a big disgrace. A substantial part of the work of this committee had been done by the KPMG and it is very unfortunate that ever since that audit was done, nothing was done with the report. The KPMG report should be fully implemented.”

He urged the Federal Government to further empower the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to effectively carry out its functions.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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Our mission is to check graft, waste, says Okonjo -Iweala

Agbakoba wants  audit report implemented
CO-ORDINATING Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said her mission in government is to fight corruption by plugging wastages and ensuring more transparency…

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okonjo-iwealaAgbakoba wants  audit report implemented

CO-ORDINATING Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said her mission in government is to fight corruption by plugging wastages and ensuring more transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

Meanwhile, the former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Olisa Agbakoba, told the committee that Nigeria’s economic problems stemmed out from her inability to enforce its laws.

Expressing disappointment over the delay in implementing the KPMG report, which was submitted last September, Agbakoba urged the House to demand its full implementation.

Pledging her commitment to co-operate with the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the petrol subsidy issue, the minister declared: “We must get at the truth because the country needs every kobo we can find. I will not invent any answers to shield anybody.”

Okonjo-Iweala also stated that subsidy was not an ideological issue and that the challenge is to ensure that subsidies are properly targeted to get to the people who need it most.

She added that her ministry was determined to re-introduce an oil and gas monitoring unit to watch over the sector and ensure strict compliance with extant laws and regulation as well as adhere to transparency principles. She recalled how a similar unit which she set up during her previous stint as Finance Minister got some international oil companies to pay the country $1.2 billion following a study of their contractual obligations.

Fielding questions at her second appearance before the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management yesterday, Okonjo-Iweala described the campaign to pin the decision on subsidy removal on her as “unfair and incorrect,” because as President Goodluck Jonathan had said, it was a government decision and not something one individual took.

According to Agbakoba, “if the recommendations of the KPMG audit report are judiciously implemented, the country would generate about N5 trillion while the implementation of the oil and gas content law is capable of yielding N10 trillion annually.”

Agbakoba said that those behind the mismanagement of the subsidy regime should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said that the KPMG audit report, which has exposed ‘embarrassing sharp practices’ in the nation’s foremost petroleum corporation, has the antidote to reveal the “thieving elements” in the oil sector.

According to him, ‘the KPMG report is so embarrassing and a big disgrace. A substantial part of the work of this committee had been done by the KPMG and it is very unfortunate that ever since that audit was done, nothing was done with the report. The KPMG report should be fully implemented.”

He urged the Federal Government to further empower the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to effectively carry out its functions.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

Lekki, Ikoyi tolls will rise on February 1 – LCC - Ivory NG

According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

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Our mission is to check graft, waste, says Okonjo -Iweala

Agbakoba wants  audit report implemented
CO-ORDINATING Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said her mission in government is to fight corruption by plugging wastages and ensuring more transparency…

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okonjo-iwealaAgbakoba wants  audit report implemented

CO-ORDINATING Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said her mission in government is to fight corruption by plugging wastages and ensuring more transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

Meanwhile, the former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Olisa Agbakoba, told the committee that Nigeria’s economic problems stemmed out from her inability to enforce its laws.

Expressing disappointment over the delay in implementing the KPMG report, which was submitted last September, Agbakoba urged the House to demand its full implementation.

Pledging her commitment to co-operate with the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the petrol subsidy issue, the minister declared: “We must get at the truth because the country needs every kobo we can find. I will not invent any answers to shield anybody.”

Okonjo-Iweala also stated that subsidy was not an ideological issue and that the challenge is to ensure that subsidies are properly targeted to get to the people who need it most.

She added that her ministry was determined to re-introduce an oil and gas monitoring unit to watch over the sector and ensure strict compliance with extant laws and regulation as well as adhere to transparency principles. She recalled how a similar unit which she set up during her previous stint as Finance Minister got some international oil companies to pay the country $1.2 billion following a study of their contractual obligations.

Fielding questions at her second appearance before the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Management yesterday, Okonjo-Iweala described the campaign to pin the decision on subsidy removal on her as “unfair and incorrect,” because as President Goodluck Jonathan had said, it was a government decision and not something one individual took.

According to Agbakoba, “if the recommendations of the KPMG audit report are judiciously implemented, the country would generate about N5 trillion while the implementation of the oil and gas content law is capable of yielding N10 trillion annually.”

Agbakoba said that those behind the mismanagement of the subsidy regime should be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said that the KPMG audit report, which has exposed ‘embarrassing sharp practices’ in the nation’s foremost petroleum corporation, has the antidote to reveal the “thieving elements” in the oil sector.

According to him, ‘the KPMG report is so embarrassing and a big disgrace. A substantial part of the work of this committee had been done by the KPMG and it is very unfortunate that ever since that audit was done, nothing was done with the report. The KPMG report should be fully implemented.”

He urged the Federal Government to further empower the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to effectively carry out its functions.

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

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According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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