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Police informant murdered in Nasarawa State

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Unknown gunmen have killed an official of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Nasarawa State Chapter, Yakubu Mama.

It was gathered that the gunmen attacked and murdered Mama on the claim that he exposed members of a crime syndicate operating along the Keffi-Karu-Abuja axis.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Command, DSP Idrisu Kennedy, who confirmed the incident to Northern City News during a phone interview, however, said one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Kennedy added that the command was doing everything possible to arrest the other culprits and bring them to justice.

The state chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammed Hussaini, said the unknown gunmen invaded the deceased’s residence last Tuesday and took him to a nearby bush where he was killed.

He said MACBAN officials, vigilance group members and police Special Anti- robbery Squad helped in the recovery of Mama’s body which was later interred in Karu.

According to him, the deceased had passed important information that had assisted security operatives in tracking down armed robbers and cattle rustlers in Keffi, Karu and Abuja areas.

Husseini said Mama had also provided useful tips that had prevented conflicts between herders and farmers in Keffi and Karu local government areas of the state.

Meanwhile, MACBAN said it had held a security meeting with the Chairman of the Awe Local Government Area of the state and security agencies to find solutions to the perennial herders and farmers crisis.

Hussaini said a committee had been set up by MACBAN and farmers to check criminal elements among the herders in the local government and those coming from far North to foment trouble.

“The Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura, is a man of peace. We want peace and the governor advised us to always live in peace with one another,” he said.

He explained that the security meeting was meant to educate herdsmen passing through the state about the anti-open grazing law enacted by the Benue State Government.

He cautioned herders against grazing their animals on farms in the state and equally pleaded with farmers not to trespass on cattle routes to enable the herders to graze their livestock.

Source: ( Northern News  )

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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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