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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 26 June, 2021 Edition)

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DSS Didn’t Invite Me, Says Sheikh Gumi

Renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has denied being invited by the Department of State Service (DSS).

Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman, had said the scholar was invited by the agency. “Sheikh Gumi was invited by the Service. It’s not out of place for the Service to invite any person of interest,” he had told Daily Trust.

But in an exclusive chat with this newspaper, Gumi said nobody invited him. “Nobody invited me. it’s the media that is trying to cause confusion but they will not succeed God willing. We are in contact with the heads of security but I was not invited,” he said.

Parents Of Abducted Tegina Pupils Barred From Media Interviews

Twenty-six days after the abduction of an unspecified number of pupils from an Islamiyya school in Tegina, Niger State, there is the silence of the graveyard in the agrarian community as parents, teachers and local authorities have been directed by the powers that be not to speak to the media.

Anxious parents have been forced to stop voicing out their frustration or appeal to relevant authorities to push for the release of their children who have been in the enclaves of bandits for 26 days.

Before the incident, Tegina, a sprawling community sandwiched between Zungeru and Kagara, the headquarters of Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State, never went to bed as people used to carry out their commercial activities deep into the night.

But all that changed following the abduction of dozens of schoolchildren at an Islamic school on Sunday, May 30. Fear and anxiety have enveloped the community following the sad incident as residents now close shops and retire to their houses as early as 8pm. Apart from commercial and business activities, residents said farming activities had also been affected as farmers no longer go to their farms for fear of being attacked. Many residents spoken with said there was threat of famine in the community.

N/D Ministry Officials Sold N90m Vehicles For N2m – Audit Report

The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs sold six vehicles worth N90 million at a “ridiculous sum” of N2.1 million less than a year after their purchase, an audit report has revealed.

The Auditor-General of the Federation, in a 2015 report, said the vehicles were purchased in June and August, 2014, and sold in May, 2015. It was, however, silent on the identities of those who bought the vehicles. The audit report was submitted to the Senate Committee on Public Accounts which is probing the finances of government agencies from 2015 to 2018.

The report reads in part: “The ministry disposed a total of 22 vehicles to various beneficiaries in May, 2015, and realised a total sum of N5.2 million. Out of the 22 vehicles, eight were purchased on 23rd June and 18th August, 2014, at a total cost of N106.5 million and duly paid for. Less than one year after acquisition, six vehicles costing N90.8 million were sold at a ridiculous sum of N2.1 million.”

Buhari: APC Back To Life After Crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has bounced back to life after the crisis that engulfed the party. “With the work done by the committee the party has bounced back to life. I have listened with great interest the remarkable job you have done so far. We are all witnesses to the crisis that engulfed the party leading to litigations and presented a picture of selfishness and division,” Buhari said.

Buhari said this at the meeting of the APC National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) at the State House, Abuja.

The President, who said the APC had been revived, energised and repositioned for its national convention and future elections, commended the CECPC, led by Governor of Yobe State, Malam Mai Mala Buni.

APC Extends Buni’s Tenure

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended the tenure of Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.

Mamman Mohammed, Director-General, Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni, confirmed this in a statement on Friday. Daily Trust had earlier reported that the tenure of the committee would be extended by six months.

Buni had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock, where he presented a report of the committee to him. Speaking after receiving the report, Buhari said the APC has been revived, energised and repositioned for its national convention and future elections.

He commended the Buni committee. “With the work done by the committee the party has bounced back to life. I have listened with great interest the remarkable job you have done so far. We are all witnesses to the crisis that engulfed the party leading to litigations and presented a picture of selfishness and division.”

Buhari Postpones London Trip For Undisclosed Reason

President Muhammadu Buhari has postponed his medical trip to London indefinitely

Femi Adesina, Presidential spokesman, announced this in a statement on Friday. “The medical follow-up visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to United Kingdom earlier scheduled for today, Friday, June 25, 2021, has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course,” the statement read.

No reason was given for the development which was announced hours before the scheduled medical trip.

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