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Buhari Signs N982bn 2021 Supplementary Budget
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday signed a supplementary budget of N982.7bn for 2021 to address urgent security and COVID-19 needs of the nation.
President Buhari who signed the Supplementary Appropriation Act, 2021 in his office at the State House, Abuja commended the National Assembly for the expeditious consideration and approval of the supplementary budget. He assured that the executive arm of government would ensure the timely delivery of capital projects to achieve the laudable objectives of the budget.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity said of the amount, N123.3 million is for recurrent (non-debt) expenditure while the sum of the N859.3bn is for contribution to the Development Fund for the capital expenditure for the year ending on the 31st day of December 2021.
APC Will Loss Many Govs, Others After Congresses, Convention — PDP
The people’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said many governors, senators and other bigwigs elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would dump the party after its congresses and national convention because of intense crisis that will hit the party.
The PDP also expressed optimism that some of its governors who left in recent time would fail to actualise their ambitions in the APC and return before the 2023 general poll.
Gale of defections have hit the PDP as critical stakeholders including governors have continued to jump ship to the ruling party. Speaking with Daily Trust in a telephone interview yesterday, the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi said the chances of the PDP reclaiming power in 2023 were still bright.
Many Killed As Bandits Hit Yet Another Village In Zamfara
Bandits invaded Jaya settlements in Boko district of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Monday, killing residents. Jaya is a cluster of villages located few kilometers east of Boko community.
Witnesses told Daily Trust that the armed men invaded the village on over 100 motorbikes. “They also made away with cows and other animals. I saw three injured persons being ferried to a hospital in Boko community. They were shot on arms, legs and thighs. They were however referred to a bigger medical facility. Few days ago, the armed men had attempted to attack one community there, but were ambushed by vigilantes who had got the wind of attack by the armed criminals. The armed bandits beat a retreat after several of them were killed.
“This apparently angered the bandits, they therefore reinforced and invaded the communities. Reports say they came on more than 100 motorcycles and when they laid siege, it was drizzling and people were taking shelter inside their houses. Several women and children had fled the communities and some of them arrived at Boko community this evening, despite the incessant rainfall,” a resident, Ali Aminu, told our correspondent.
Suspended Kano Anti-Graft Boss In Police Custody
Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, suspended chairman of state’s Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), is currently in police custody.
Daily Trust gathered that he was invited by the police over alleged forgery of a medical report. Daily Trust had reported how the state assembly recommended his arrest and prosecution over an alleged forged medical report that his lawyer presented to the house.
The lawmakers had summoned Rimi Gado but his lawyer had presented a report that he could not honour the summons because he was ill. Daily Trust gathered that the police are currently investigating two petitions against Rimin Gado, one of which is on the alleged forgery reportedly written by the state assembly while the second is said to have been written by the Office of the state’s Accountant General.
Secession: Kanu To Remain In DSS Custody As Igboho’s Fate Hangs
The cases of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho resumed on Monday in Abuja and Cotonou, Benin Republic.
While Kanu’s trial was stalled over the failure of the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce him in court, a Beninese court hearing the case against Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, was still in session as of the time of filing this report at midnight.
The Federal High Court presided by Justice Binta Nyako declined request by Kanu’s lawyer to transfer him to Kuje Correctional Centre from his present custody at the DSS.
Court Orders Release Of ‘BuhariMustGo’ Worshippers, Sowore’s Associates
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to release five persons arrested at a Church while adorning T-shirts with ‘BuhariMustGo’ inscriptions.
Ben Manasseh, Anene Udoka, Henry Nwodo, Samuel Larry and Samuel Gabriel were on July 4 arrested during a Sunday service at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre Headquarters in Lugbe, Abuja. Justice Anwuli Chikere on Monday, while ruling on an ex parte application, issued an injunction that the DSS immediately release the detainees before the next adjourned date of August 2.
In the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed on their behalf by their lawyer, Tope Temokun Esq., they are seeking an order of court against the DSS DG, President Muhammadu Buhari, the church’s pastor-in-charge, Pastor Paul Enenche, and Attorney General of the Federation for alleged unlawful arrest and detention. The detainees, associates of convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore, are further demanding the sum of N10 million each, in damages, for the violation of their fundamental rights.
PDP Govs Ask N/Assembly To Entrench E-Transmission Of Election Results
Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Sokoto State governor and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, have asked the National Assembly to entrench electronic transmission of election results in order to guarantee free, fair and credible elections in the country.
The Senate had approved electronic transmission of results during elections provided that; “The national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secured by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and approved by the National Assembly.”
But the governors said the electronic transmission of results should be entrenched. The governors at their meeting held in Bauchi, equally condemned what they described as “use of underhand tactics to arm twist” some PDP governors and other stakeholders to join the APC.
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.