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ICPC Indicts Okiro-led PSC, Orders Commission To Refund N145m

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FROM LEFT: CHAIRMAN, POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC), MIKE OKIRO; COMMISSIONER FOR MEDIA, SOUTH-EAST ZONE, COMFORT OBI AND COMMISSIONER FOR WOMEN AFFAIRS, AISHA TUKUR, AT A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE ALLEGED N275M ELECTION-MONITORING FUND'S FRAUD ROCKING THE PSC IN ABUJA

FROM LEFT: CHAIRMAN, POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION (PSC), MIKE OKIRO; COMMISSIONER FOR MEDIA, SOUTH-EAST ZONE, COMFORT OBI AND COMMISSIONER FOR WOMEN AFFAIRS, AISHA TUKUR, AT A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE ALLEGED N275M ELECTION-MONITORING FUND’S FRAUD ROCKING THE PSC IN ABUJA

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, has ordered the Police Service Commission, to refund N145.16 million, out of the N350 million election monitoring fund to the Federation Account.

This is contained in a document signed by the Chairman of ICPC, Ekpo Nta, in Abuja on Tuesday.

“The total amount of N133, 413,845.99 from the N350 million 2015 election monitoring exercise domiciled within FCMB be remitted to the Federal Treasury through the ICPC recovery account at Zenith Bank,” it said.

The commission also directed all staff who took part in the election monitoring to refund the N11.7 million paid to them as two-way return ticket and airport taxi within the FCT to the Federal treasury through ICPC recovery account.

“The Police Service Commission paid DTA to all staff including those based in Abuja that participated in the training progarmme held within Abuja.

“The investigation has not revealed any criminal infraction against Mike Okiro as all issues outlined above are administrative in nature”, he said.

It was confirmed that Mr. Okiro collected five days each for two conferences that ran simultaneously in Dublin and Orlando, Florida.

“However, it was discovered that he expended the entire 10 days on the trip using the ticket-fare for Abuja-Dublin-Abuja”, it said.

According to the document, Mr. Okiro has written to the Presidency to expend the ticket-fare for Abuja-Orlando-Abuja on another trip coming up in October.

It said that if the presidency approved his request, the matter would be considered by the commission.

“However, if approval is refused, the fund thereof should be returned to the Police Service Commission and ICPC so informed”, he said.

The document said that the commission accepted the explanation by PSC that due process could not be strictly adhered to because of time constraint.

A staff of PSC, Aaron Kaase, had petitioned the ICPC that Mr. Okiro swindled the PSC of more than N275 million from the N350 million meant for training of its staff to monitor the conduct of the 2015 election.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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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

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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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