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$9.3million Scandal: ACF Calls On NASS To Set Up High Level Investigative Panel

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ACF-chairmam-Ibrahim CoomasieThe National Working Committee of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday rose from its meeting, held in Kaduna, with a call on the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency, set up a high level panel of inquiry to investigate the alleged $9.3million scandal, involving the private jet of President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

ACF said the alleged shoddy arms deal contravened established due process procedure of arms and weapons procurement and also a breach of the laws of Nigeria, South Africa and the United Nations.

A statement issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, stated further that, laid down procedure of arms procurement must be followed to avoid illegal arms importation into the country.

According to the statement, “the meeting examined the alleged $9.3million scandal, which an aircraft belonging to the CAN President, was used to ferry this huge amount of money in cash  out of Nigeria to South Africa, for the purpose of purchasing arms and ammunitions on the orders of the Federal Government.

“This shoddy arms deal contravened established due process procedure of arms and weapons procurement and also a breach of the laws of Nigeria, South Africa and the United Nations.

“While ACF appreciates the effort of Government to contain the insurgency in the Northeast and other parts of Nigeria, laid down procedure of arms procurement must be followed to avoid illegal arms importation into the Country especially now, that we are faced with many security challenges of insurgency and unnecessary killing of innocent persons.

“ACF calls on the National Assembly to institute a high panel of inquiry to investigate this scandal especially the involvement of the CAN President, the Israelites and the Government officials and bring the culprits to book no matter their positions, to serve as deterrent to others and equally protect the integrity of Nigeria”, It read.

On the security situation, the statement said, “The Forum deliberated extensively on the current security challenges in the country and in particular the recent attacks on the students of Federal College of Education, Kano, some villages of Sanga LGA of Kaduna state and in Shinkafi and Maradu villages of Zamfara states, where many innocent lives and property. The Forum resolved to issue the following statement;

“In reviewing the general security situation, the meeting while appreciating the efforts of Government, the security and intelligence agencies in combating the insurgency in the Northeast region, however condemns in strong terms the continued attacks and killing of innocent people by unknown gunmen and suspected cattle rustlers without counter action from the security agencies.

“Furthermore, suspected sponsors and financiers of such atrocities have continued to enjoy Government protection and cover, while innocent Nigerians are being killed. This situation is unacceptable as it erodes people’s confidence in Government and its cherished security institutions.

“The meeting noted the various comments and views expressed by individuals and groups on the ACF open letter to Mr. President on the Security situation in the Country. ACF wishes to reiterate its position that it is not only  the  recognized  voice of the North but also a rallying point for Northerners to broadly consult on issues of common interest that affects the region and its people, especially security matters, unity, peace and development.

“ACF will therefore continue to express concern and speak out on the inadequacies of government, regarding security and the need for Government to protect Nigerians and their property”, It read.

On the Independent National Electoral Commission’s plan to create additional 30,000 Polling Units nationwide, the forum called on the Attahiru Jega-led commission to do justice to all by ensuring that the best known practices and standards based on scientific and statistical data are used in creating the new Pus, which have now become a source of controversy between the North and South.

“The issue of landmass and distance should also be considered and states that do not qualify for new additional polling units based on INEC criteria should not unjustifiably be favored against the Northern states”, Said ACF.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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