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ICPC Quizzes Okiro, Others Over Alleged N275.5m Fraud

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Mike-OkiroThe Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday interrogated Mr Mike Okiro, the Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC) and five others over alleged N275.5 million fraud.

The commission also interrogated Insp. George Todonu, Okiro’s Orderly and Mr A.A Bisala, Chief Accountant of PSC, who reported at the ICPC headquarters, Abuja, in connection to the alleged fraud.

Mr E.C Ibe, Mr B. Bello and Mr Raymond Imiobi were also at the ICPC headquarters for interrogation in connection to the alleged fraud.

Okiro arrived at the commission at about 9.51 a.m. in a Black Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep with registration number T98 01FG (PSC).

A source at the ICPC headquarters who preferred anonymity said the invitation of Okiro and other staff of PSC followed a petition published in one of the national dailies.

He said the petition titled “Attempt to Swindle the Police Service Commission to the tune of N275.5 million”, was written by Mr Aaron Kaase, a Principal Administrative Officer at PSC.

The petitioner had accused Okiro of diverting N350 million sought from the office of the National Security Adviser for staff training ahead of the 2015 general elections to his personal use.

He said claims by Okiro that the training programmes were held in three separate lots for Abuja, Kano and Lagos staff of the commission were frivolous, adding that such trainings were never organized.

Kaase faulted Okiro’s claims on the ground that the staff strength of the commission was less than 400 as against 900 said to have benefited from the training.

He also accused Okiro of claiming DTA for journeys never embarked upon for himself and his aids. (NAN)

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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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