Ondo 2020: Akeredolu, Deputy bicker over public fund.
Ondo Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi, continued their exchange of banters over public fund on Friday.
Ajayi had accused Akeredolu of causing underdevelopment of coastal areas through mismanagement of 13 percent derivation meant to develop the region.
Akeredolu replied by accusing Ajayi of being a major contractor of Ondo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Commission (OSOPADEC) as well as betraying him despite receiving N13m monthly.
Ajayi, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Allen Sowore, said the N13m claim by Akeredolu was not a gift for his personal use.
He said he used to collect N12m monthly, which included imprest of his office, allowances of staff, fuelling of vehicles, care of his residence and welfare of his aides.
The Deputy Governor said it was nothing when compared to what Akeredolu and members of his family collect from the state coffers on a monthly basis.
But Akeredolu, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, said the N750m security vote allegation was a true reflection of the unstable and treacherous content in Ajayi.
N2bn fraud: I can’t find Maina – Senator Ndume tells court.
Ali Ndume, Senator representing Borno South, on Friday, told a Federal High Court in Abuja, that he cannot find former chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulraheed Maina.
Ndume is standing as bail surety for Maina, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 12 counts of money laundering involving about N2billion.
Maina has been absent in court for three times in a row within one week.
In line with terms and conditions of the bail which the judge Justice Okon Abang gave in January 2020, Ndume gave legal commitment to accompany the defendant to court every trial date and provided the court with the title documents of his property worth N500m in a choice area of Abuja as a guarantee.
But both Maina and Ndume were absent for the proceedings scheduled to hold on September 29.
The senator, who subsequently showed up in court on September 30 without Maina explained to the judge on Friday, that he was absent from the September 29 proceedings due to Boko Haram’s attack on the convoy of the Governor of Borno State.
He said he did not know Maina’s residence in Abuja, but he knew the one in Kaduna.
The senator pleaded for more time to enable him to find the defendant.
Africa needs productive, policy push to transform agric — Obasanjo.
Forrmer Nigeria President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that Africa needs simultaneous productivity push and policy pull to transform farming from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.
Obasanjo, who is the chair, Africa Food Prize Committee, made the observation in Kigali, Rwanda, today , while congratulating the winners of this year’s , Dr. André Bationo and Dr. Catherine Nakalembe.
They were both announced as the 2020 winners of the Africa Food Prize (AFP) for their exceptional contribution towards the promotion of food security across the continent.
The Africa Food Prize exists to reward pioneering efforts to overcome obstacles across the agriculture value chain including limited access to high quality agricultural inputs, difficulties in accessing markets as well as the negative impact of climate change.
Bayelsa: Gov Diri applauds Appeal Court’s decision upholding his election.
Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has reacted to the Court of Appeal’s decision to set aside Judgment, which nullified his election as the state governor, NAN reports.
DAILY POST had reported that that the Appeal Court, overturned the Aug. 15 tribunal judgment in favour of the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), which had nullified Diri’s Nov. 16, 2019 election.
The court, on the same day, also dismissed the Liberation Movement’s appeal against the deputy governor.
Reacting, the Governor in a press release by his spokesman, Mr Daniel Alabrah, thanked God for the victory and applauded the panel of Justice for upholding the law.
He, however, called on the political class to exercise caution and desist from divisive politics, particularly as the senatorial by-elections were fast approaching.
2020 UTME: Policeman Arrested For Impersonation.
A policeman, Etim Israel, has been arrested for impersonation at the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Israel, a constable with Akwa Ibom State Command, was arrested for paying someone to take the UTME examination on his behalf.
The policeman, according to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, registered for the exam with his name but had his impersonator did the biometric identification and face capturing.
Admitting to the act, Israel confessed to have paid N30,000 to engage the services of the mercenary (a teacher), one Emmanuel, said to be on the run, to sit for the examination as he was away on special duties, PUNCH reports.
After scoring over 240 in the exam, he was said to have decided to commence the admission process but couldn’t sail through because of the disparity in the photograph.
The difficulty was said to have prompted him to visit the JAMB office for correction but landed in trouble.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, said Israel would be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
We are going through hell – Gov Bello tells Buhari.
The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that the people in his state are living in hell, following the collapse of two bridges along the Minna-Bida road and Bida-Wushishi-Zugeru road.
Bello met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday.
Speaking to State House Correspondents afterwards, the Governor noted that the poor state of federal roads has made life difficult for commuters and is threatening to cut them off from the rest of the country.
He also lamented that floods have destroyed acres of crops, particularly sugar plantations.
IGP Deploys DIG, AIG, Eleven CPs For Ondo Governorship Election.
Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Oyabade, to oversee general security arrangements for the election in the state.
This was made known in a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Friday.
Also deployed to assist the DIG are AIG Karma Hosea Hassan, Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Federal Operations, Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, and 11 Commissioners of Police.
Meanwhile, the IGP has warned that no security aide would be allowed to accompany VIPs or political appointees on the day of the election, noting that severe punishments would be meted out to anyone, who violated the order.
Police kill six armed robbers in Akwa Ibom.
The Police Command has confirmed the killing of six suspected armed robbers that specialised in car snatching in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.
The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Amiengheme Andrew, disclosed this while displaying the remains of the suspects in a police Hilux van, at Ikot Akpan-Abia in Uyo on Friday.
He said that the armed robbers were ambushed while operating along Itu/Calabar highway.
He further revealed that the robbers were on their way to Abia to sell the car they had earlier snatched from a Calabar based medical doctor.
He said that the deceased had already contacted a buyer for the stolen Toyota Camry car, registered LSR 690 BM, and an unregistered motorcycle.
According to him, three locally made pistols, ten live cartridges, four expended cartridges, one pump action gun, one unregistered motorcycle, military camouflage cap and a Toyota Camry belonging to the medical doctor were recovered from them, NAN reports.