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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 13 January, 2021)

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan

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No more excuses, Lawan tells Nigeria leaders

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan has said that amidst the various challenges confronting the country, leaders across Nigeria should no longer have excuses, but must have the political will to nip in the bud, these problems.

According to Lawan, it has become very imperative and absolutely necessary for all the leaders in Nigeria to apply themselves and solve these problems that include armed banditry, Boko Haram, Kidnapping, terrorism, among others.

Speaking with Journalists Tuesday in Abuja when he played host to the media and his staff as part of activities to mark his 62nd birthday celebration, the President of the Senate said, “it is absolutely necessary and incumbent on all of us leaders, today to apply ourselves fully to address the various challenges facing Nigerians.

Buratai to Army Recruits: You’ll go to Sambisa at the end of your training

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that all Army Recruits currently undergoing training at the Falgore forest in Kano state will be sent to Sambisa Forest at the end of their training.

This is just as he said the Nigerian Army will uphold thoroughness in its recruitment processes to ensure that only qualified persons are recruited henceforth.

Buratai made the remarks during the final screening for 80 regular recruits at Falgore forest training camp on Monday in Kano State.

Funding power sector, major challenge, minister tells UN Sec Gen, others

The Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jedy Agba, has identified funding as the major challenge facing Nigeria’s Power Sector Reform. Agba stated this on Tuesday during a virtual Global Power Sector Players Conference (GPPC), presided over by the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

The Conference, which provided Nigeria the opportunity to showcase herself as the strategic gateway for investment in the power sector in Africa, had stakeholders in the power sector from across the globe.

He urged the United Nations to continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to improve power generation and transmission while wooing other global investors to the power sector.

N197.2m theft: EFCC slams 21-count charge against 2 female bankers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has preferred a 21-count charge against two female bankers, Olawunmi Audu and Glory Michael Sado, before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja, for allegedly stealing about N197.2 million from the account of a customer.

The anti-graft agency alleged that the Defendants conspired and transferred the sum of N197.2 million from the account of De Chimex Aluminium and Steel Company Ltd with number: 0772745307, which was domiciled with Access Bank Plc. It told the court that the 2nd Defendant, Glory, who was the Relationship Manager of the company, is currently at large.

According to the charge which bordered on forgery and theft, the Defendants had between May and June 2018, allegedly transferred the funds to the account of a firm, Mikuch Global Ltd, which was operated by the 2nd Defendant. They were alleged to have forged a document titled: “Access Bank Fund Transfer/Standing Order Form” with different serial numbers, with a purported signature of one Paschal Nwabueze Innocent, the MD of De Chimex Aluminium and Steel Company Ltd.

Afenifere, PANDEF, M-Belt kick, as Miyetti Allah seeks inclusion of Fulani, others in Amotekun

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, yesterday, called for the inclusion of its members and other ethnic groups in the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, in Oyo State, to overcome the language barrier, which sometimes causes misunderstanding.

The call by MACBAN, however, elicited angry reactions from other ethnic groups like the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and the Middle Belt Forum.

The leader of the Fulani herders in Oyo State, Ibrahim Jiji, made the call, while speaking with newsmen at the Ibadan palace of Sarkin Sasa Sardaunan Yamaa, who is also the Chairman, Council of Arewa Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, in the Southern states.

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