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We Haven’t Received Directive To Refund Applicants’ Money – NIS, Ministry Of Interior

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Paradang-and-Moro-There are indications that the Federal Government may not refund the N1, 000 application fee that was paid by each of the over 500, 000 job-seekers that applied for various vacancies advertised by the Nigerian Immigration Service.

However, following the ill-fated recruitment exercise on Saturday, March 15, which resulted in the death of at least 19 applicants, the FG after its weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, announced the cancelation of the exercise and subsequent refund of the application fees.

But the Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Mr. Emeka Obua, on Saturday said that the top echelon of the service had not received any directive on the refund of the money.

He said such a directive would come from the Federal Government to Minister of the Interior, Mr. Abba Moro.

Also, the Ministry said no directive had been given to it from any quarters to refund the money to applicants.

The Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mr. George Ubong, in a telephone interview with one of SUNDAY PUNCH’s correspondents, said no such directive had been received in the ministry.

“We have not received any directive to refund any money”, he stated.

Ubong also denied the allegation that the contracting firm, Drexel Nigeria Ltd., which handled the exercise, was single-handedly picked by the minister, saying the firm had been registered with the Ministry of Interior as a contractor long before the appointment of Moro.

“The man has been a contractor with the ministry of interior before the advent of the minister. The minister doesn’t know him”, he said.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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