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Gov. Bello Set To Unleash EFCC, ICPC On Former Niger Political Office Holders

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Abubakar Sani Bello-Babangida Aliyu

The Niger State Government says it will use the services of the anti-graft agencies to recover public funds misappropriated in the state.

Dr. Ibrahim Dooba, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello, stated this on Saturday in Minna while reacting to the poor financial status of the state.

He said setting up a commission of inquiry would amount to time-wasting and unnecessary waste of public resources which, in the long run, might not achieve the desired result.

Dooba spoke in reaction to the position of the state House of Assembly which asked the Executive Arm of government to institute a commission of inquiry to probe the last administration of Dr. Babangida Aliyu.

The CPS added, “Instead of setting up a commission of inquiry, the state government would make good use of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to recover any stolen public money from former political officeholders.

“The Commission of Inquiry will delay the recovery of the loot from the past government, hence ICPC and EFCC will bail us out fast.

“Even though the state is clamouring for the commission of inquiry, it will not help matters, it means spending the little money we have again on the one we are looking for”.

The governor was quoted recently as saying that after payment of salaries, the administration was left with between N100m and N200m”, an amount not enough to provide dividends of democracy to the people”.

Dooba, however, assured the people that in spite of paucity of funds, the government would continue to strive to implement policies and programmes that would uplift the lives of the ordinary people of the state.

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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

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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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