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Police sergeant arrested for selling ammunition to militants

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The Lagos State Police command has arrested a police sergeant that was  attached to the Ipakodo Police Division after the sergeant  confessed to selling police arms and ammunition to suspected militants in Lagos State.

PUNCH Newspaper  exclusively gathered that the suspect, identified as Sergeant Sunday Odu, attempted to shoot himself dead at the station, but was prevented by a team inspecting the armoury.

According to reports,  the sergeant had been detained and put in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, where the case was being investigated.

According to a source of Punch Newspaper, he said , “A police audit team, led by an assistant commissioner of police, went to the station on Thursday. It was a verification exercise to know the situation of arms and ammunition at the station.

“They attempted to bribe the team, but they insisted on doing their job and going on with the inspection of the armoury.

“During the audit, they discovered that they had sold many of the arms and ammunition. To be precise, about 162 arms had been sold.

Immediately the situation was discovered, the armourer, a police sergeant, cocked his gun and wanted to kill himself.

“But the team quickly seized the gun from him and handcuffed him. He has been taken to the SCIID. After much interrogation and beating, he confessed that he sold the arms and another policeman was involved,” said the source.

Also, a source at the SCIID confirmed that the policeman was in custody, adding that the number of ammunition sold was large.

He said, “I don’t know if he sold arms. But I am aware that he sold bullets to militants. The bullets he sold cannot be exhausted by a police division for one year. I was told the Divisional Police Officer, who checked the armoury, discovered that where they kept bullets were filled with stones. The bullets had developed wings. The DPO reported his findings to the state commissioner of police, who then ordered that he be detained and transferred to the SCIID. He is in the cell now.”

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered from a detective that the suspect confessed that he sold the bullets to militants, adding that the police command was already looking into the case.

He said the command was bothered about how militants were getting access to arms and ammunition and the spate of killings in the Ikorodu area.

“It will not be right to continue to protect these bad cops that are spoiling the name of the police force and I do hope that, with this discovery, others doing such terrible things would stop,” another source said.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, did not pick his calls and asked our correspondent to send a message.

He had yet to reply to the message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

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2020 Finance Bill Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax: Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the recently proposed 2020 Finance Bill will exempt workers earning the minimum wage from paying tax.

Buhari disclosed this on Monday in a speech delivered virtually by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the opening session of the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference themed: “Building Partnerships for Resilience.”

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria’s Economy On Way To Recovery, Says Osinbajo’s Aide

“We are proposing in the new Finance Act that those who earn minimum wage should be exempted from paying income tax,” he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

“These provisions which complement the tax breaks given to small businesses last year will not only further stimulate the economy but are also a fulfilment of promises made to take steps to help reduce the cost of transportation and the impact of inflation on ordinary Nigerians.”

 

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Nigeria Will Exit Recession By First Quarter Of 2021 – Finance Minister

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Nigeria Will Exit Recession By First Quarter Of 2021 – Finance Minister

Zainab Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has revealed that Nigeria would emerge from recession in the fourth quarter of this year or by the first quarter of 2021.

Recall that on Saturday, Nigeria officially went into recession for the second time under President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration.

Speaking on Monday at the ongoing 26th Nigerian Economic Summit organized by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab said the current recession would be short-lived.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria’s Economy On Way To Recovery, Says Osinbajo’s Aide

She blamed COVID-19 for the current recession, saying it followed the pattern across the world where many countries had entered an economic recession.

“Nigeria is not alone in this, but I will say that Nigeria has outperformed all of these economies in terms of the record of a negative growth,” Ahmed said.

 

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Court Remands Nigerian Senator, Ali Ndume, In Prison

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Court Remands Nigerian Senator, Ali Ndume, In Prison

Ali Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial district has been ordered on Monday by a federal high court to be sent to prison.

The order follows his inability to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, whom he stood as surety for in his corruption and money laundering trial.

The high court, sitting in Abuja was presided over by Justice Okon Abang and ordered Senator Ndume to be remanded in Kuje correctional centre.

Also Read: Alleged Money Laundering: Court Orders Arrest Of Abdulrasheed Maina

Justice Abang, however, gave three conditions upon which Ndume can regain his freedom namely payment of N500m bail bond into the Federation Account of the Federal Government and present evidence of such payment in court or the FG sells the property situated in Asokoro, Abuja which Ndume pledge as security for the bond and present evidence of sale and payment of the N500m realised into the Federation Account or he (Ndume) produces Maina, who is believed to have now jumped bail, in court.

Shortly after the pronouncement by the Judge, Senator Ndume was led away from the courtroom by security operatives.

 

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