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Agric Minister, Audu Ogbeh Reveals How Agro-Dealer Nearly Defrauded FG of N600m

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Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has revealed how he, two weeks ago, foiled an attempt by an agro-dealer to defraud the Federal Government of N600 million.

Ogbeh made this disclosure at an interaction with newsmen after he inaugurated a working group on the integration of Universities of Agriculture with the ministry, in Abuja, last weekend.

According to the minister, “Two weeks ago, somebody submitted invoices to us under the GES arrangement; and asked for N600 million on fish fingerlings and so on.

“When I saw it, I said ‘no, this is too much.’ So, we went into very thorough investigations and he settled for N15 million, from N600 million.

“So, things happen. In spite of what we are trying to say, people are still insistent that this is their chance to make a kill.”

Ogbeh, however, expressed hope that President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrangement with the Moroccan Government, for the supply of phosphate, will make the product more affordable and accessible and disclosed further that government is reaching out to the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), in a bid to check product diversion, while efforts are also on to keep the price of the commodity at below N6, 000 per bag.

“In the GES scheme, there was a person who was carrying fertiliser from here and selling in Cameroun, generating invoices and coming back to claim money. We are trying to get hold of NARTO, to appeal to them; it’s very difficult to check trailer drivers. The last time we sent food to the North East, some fifty-something trucks were stolen.

“Even in the face of this trouble, people still stole trucks; one of them has been with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The commission has seized all his property.

“There was a time they delivered bags of sharp sand to one state government and they are still in the warehouse there and they got paid.

“Let me say something to you; the degree of rottenness in our society is not limited to government only,” the minister added.

Source: Dailypost

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Rifle allegedly seized from drunk policeman (video)

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A drunk policeman identified as Garba Salisu is currently the talk of social media.

Passersby who saw a drunk police officer carrying a gun, seized the gun from him then poured water on him to help revive him.

In a video shared online, people are seen surrounding the police officers and commenting about the fact that he was inebriated already at that time of the day.

A man is seen pouring a sachet of water on the policeman’s head.

Voices in the video are heard saying the policeman was seen at about 4pm on Saturday, Nov 28, at CBN Junction, close to Abuja Police Command Headquarters.

Watch the video below:

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Settling down is not easy when you are a babymama — Actress Bisola Aiyeola

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Former Big Brother Naija housemate cum actress, Bisola Aiyeola, has said it hasn’t been easy raising a family.

The multi-talented TV star, in an interview with Sun News, revealed that getting married and building a new home might not be a bed of roses for someone who already has a child.

“There’s the urge to have that close nuclear family unit and then there’s the reality; it’s not that easy having another child and building a new home. I’ve heard from other people’s experiences too. Somehow, I’ve been able to manage all these years with my daughter.

I am proud of her; she’s in secondary school now. I just want to work on giving her the best. I won’t say that I am using torchlight to look for a family now, but if it does happen, I’ll embrace it with all of me. But the reality of it is that, it’s not as beautiful as it sounds,” she said.

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Nurse who is HIV positive, reveals how she’s been keeping her husband safe from the virus

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A nurse who is HIV positive is currently making rounds on social media and has taken to social media and revealed how she’s been keeping her husband safe from the virus.

The South African lady identified as Angela Motsusi disclosed this in a recent post she made on her Facebook wall.

According to her, HIV patients who take their ARVs daily, attend all clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled are safe of have sex with a negative partner.

She wrote on Facebook, “Living testimonies of #UequalsU , it’s simple really, if you are HIV positive, take your ARVs daily and attend all your clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled, by taking your treatment everyday you will be virally suppressed and with a sustained, suppressed viral load you CANNOT sexually transmit HIV to your partner, I am positive and he is negative. #normalizinghivchallenge #uequalsusouthafrica”

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