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Adamawa Speaker debunks alleged hijacking of pilgrims’ flight

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The Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Kabiru Mijinyawa, has denied reports that he hijacked a return flight for pilgrims from the state to board his alleged cronies.

There was tension in the Adamawa camp in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, leading to an attempt by some enraged pilgrims to attack Mr. Mijinyawa, for alleged bias in handling the return of pilgrims back home.

Reports said the speaker was angry that some pilgrims were challenging his decision and almost engaged some of them in a physical fight.

But reacting to the allegation in a phone interview from Mecca, Mr. Mijinyawa told journalists that the real flight schedule by the National Hajj Commission indicated that Adamawa pilgrims will be flown back to Nigeria from September 24.

“But due to a proposed speakers conference to be hosted in Adamawa, I personally approached the chairman of National Hajj Commission who allocated a flight to me for conveyance of lawmakers and some government officials back home last Saturday,” he said.

Continuing, Mr. Mijinyawa stated that when some pilgrims from Mubi and Gombi heard of the development, they protested vehemently until they were handed over to security officials and the National Hajj Commission for cautioning.

However, some pilgrims from Mubi and Gombi local government areas who were expected to return on the first flight that returned on Saturday accused Mr. Mijinyawa of nominating his fellow lawmakers and “cronies” on the flight.

“We are disappointed with the way this Amirul Hajj is handling this exercise, particular this return exercise where he selected his lawmaker colleagues and some cronies to board the first flight back home instead of pilgrims from Mubi and Gombi.

“We complained to him but instead of giving us an explanation, he resorted to abusive language to the extent of threatening to engage in a physical fight with some pilgrims,” said a pilgrim who simply identified himself as Ibrahim.

Another pilgrim who identified himself as Mohammad from Mubi said he was not surprised by the Amirul Hajj’s conduct, alleging that he had been harsh on the pilgrims right from the start in Yola.

“Right from Yola before we came here, he was harsh on pilgrims, accusing us of being unruly. He threatened to deal with us and I am not surprised at his behaviour.”

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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.”

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“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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