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Bauchi Gov: I’m Consulting On 2023 Presidency
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has urged a political pressure group, the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), to give him three weeks to make consultations on the 2023 presidency.
The governor stated this, on Wednesday, when he was presented with the letter of demand to declare interest in the presidency.
The executive members of NYLF led its National Chairman, Elliot Afiyo, met him at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Bauchi. “I will not categorically give you an answer. I will have to make consultations across all political divides after which I will come out with my position. I rely on the leading of Allah and my political Constituency. Just give me between 2 and 3 weeks and I will get back to you with a definite answer.
N/Assembly Complex Overdue For Rehabilitation – Lawan
Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the National Assembly Complex is overdue for rehabilitation. “The fact that there was a leakage to me is a clear testimony, confirmation and vindication of the position the national assembly took initially. Everyone knows that this place is overdue for rehabilitation. We went to see Mr President and he was gracious and he asked us to meet with FCTA, the owners of the building.
He asked Nigerians to stop bashing the National Assembly management for the parliament’s leaky roof. “If this place leaks we are not holding our democracy with the respect it has. We expect the press to inform the people responsibly. This house is the house of Nigerians. It belongs to Nigerians and it deserves to be rehabilitated.”
Following Tuesday’s heavy downpour, it was discovered that the roof of the White House, which houses the two chambers, was leaking, letting in rainwater and flooded parts of the lobby.
‘N4.5bn Fraud’: EFCC Re-Arraigns FIRS Directors
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned three directors and some other officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, (FIRS) over allegations of N4.5 billion fraud.
The officials are Peter Hena, a former Coordinating Director; Mohammed Bello Auta (Director of Finance) and Amina Sidi (Finance and Account Department).
Others are Umar Aliyu Aduka (Internal Audit), Mbura Mustapha (Deputy Manager), Obi Okeke Malachy (Services Group), Obaje Napoleon Adofu (Head of Budget), Udo-Inyang Effiong Alfred (Officer II) and Benjamin Jiya (Assistant Director). EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who disclosed this, said their re-arraignment followed the transfer of the former trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.
Stop Denigrating The Military, Army Warns Gumi
The Nigerian Army has described as ”sad and unfortunate”, the comments made by a renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, that security personnel are colluding with bandits.
When he appeared on ARISE TV on Wednesday, Gumi accused some security personnel of giving armed gangs wreaking havoc across the country a soft landing. He said gunmen would not have had access to weapons without the support of some security personnel.
But reacting to the allegation, Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, described it as a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of the troops. Nwachukwu called on the opinion leaders to demonstrate patriotism and build peace across the country ”rather than being agents of distabilisation, thereby aggravating the current security challenges facing the nation.”
Fetish Object Placed In Front Of Abia Police Station ‘To Ward Off Gunmen’
Residents of Bende road in Umuahia, capital of Abia State, woke up on Tuesday morning to a sight of a fetish object in front of the Police Area Command.
Our correspondent, who was at the scene, saw the object placed in the area where human and vehicular movements have been restricted.
Some residents, who discussed in hushed tones, said it was placed there to protect security operatives from a series of attacks.
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