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Nnamdi Kanu’s Brother Wants Buratai Jailed, Insists Army Killed or Kidnapped IPOB Leader

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As whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, remain unknown, his younger brother, Emmanuel has reiterated the family’s belief that the Nigerian military either killed or kidnapped leader of the now outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Emmanuel Kanu told newsmen on Saturday that Nigeria’s chief of army staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai had shown through a recent counter-affidavit filed before a court in Abuja that the army knew the whereabouts of Kanu.

Buratai had in the counter-affidavit being referred to, said soldiers chased a truck laden with weapons into a house belonging to Kanu’s father in Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State.

Kanu’s brother also said Buratai should be jailed for allegedly lying in a Federal High Court in Abuja concerning the invasion of their house by soldiers at Afara Ukwu.

From the look of things, everyone now knows that Nnamdi Kanu was either killed or taken away by the military,” he said.

Emmanuel insisted that if the army had traced someone who had a truckload of ammunition to their house, the COAS should tell the world who the person was, when it happened, and the evidence to show that the military traced the person with dangerous weapons to their house.

What is Gen. Buratai talking about? The question I am asking is why should Justice Binta Nyako listen to such lies? If she fails to jail Buratai, it means the judicial system in this country should not be trusted for any reason. He should be jailed for telling such cheap and childish lies,” Emmanuel said.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in Abia State, Mr Geoffrey Ogbonna, has denied claims that IPOB members were arrested by soldiers in Aba and handed over to the state police command.

Punch reports that Ogbonna said the state police commissioner, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, also urged residents of the state to ignore IPOB members and go about their lawful duties.

Source – Punch

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has apologised to Nigerians for the breakdown at the Abuja-Kaduna railway which occurred between November 18 and November 20.

The former Governor of Rivers State stated this at the Moniya rail station on Monday while inspecting the ongoing rail project in Ibadan.

Amaechi pointed out that the Chinese have been called to attend to the problem as the federal government does not expect any mechanical fault at this early stage.

Also Read: $656m Needed To Complete Lagos-Ibadan Railway – Amaechi

Ameachi said, “I want to apologise to Nigerians over what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station.”

“We now have new locomotives, and we’ve called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage.”

“On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), we apologise to Nigerians, and I’ve instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese.”

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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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