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EFCC INVADES FANI-KAYODE RESIDENCE 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) invaded the residence of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode despite the fact he is still in their custody. Speaking to Jude Ndukwe, his media adviser, he said, the EFCC violated the fundamental rights of Fani-Kayode by forcing their way into his house.

The media adviser explained the act of the EFCC as executive lawlessness, harassment and intimidation. He called on the EFCC to carry out their function within the area of the law and stop betraying the fact that Chief Fani-Kayode is under persecution.

 

FIRS SEALS NICON HOTEL OVER N6.2 BILLION TAX EVASION 

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), yesterday, sealed the head offices of NICON hotel and other businesses owned by Jimoh Ibrahim over tax liability in excess of N6.2 billion. The FIRS stormed the NICON luxury hotel, where members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were said to be having a meeting. They were, however, given till 3:00pm to round off their meeting, after which officials of BIRS shut the gate.

The FIRS spokesman, Wahab Gbadamosi said the shut down was part of the nationwide enforcement by FIRS for tax compliance, but NICON Insurance Acting General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Kunle Adewale, could not be reached as he was on a transit to Lagos.

 

NEW PETROL PRICE ILLEGAL –  FALANA

A Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has lamented that, the pump price of petrol from N86.50 to N145.00 is illegal and contemptuous. He advised the Federal Government to cancel the new development and consult stakeholders before any implementation.

Falana recalled that, Dr. Kachikwu had announced barely a month ago, that fuel subsidy had been removed. He urged the Minister of State Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to tell Nigerians what prompted the removal of fuel subsidy on Wednesday, if it had been removed over a month ago.

 

FG ORDERS AUDIT OF MILITARY PAYROLL

Following the trial of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the Minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has directed that investigation be carried out into the payrolls of the Air Force, the Navy and the Army by the audit team of the Federal Government.

The minister of finance said the new measure had become necessary as part of the ongoing reforms in the public finance management system of the Federal Government. Mrs. Adeosun said the Director of Special Projects in the ministry of finance, Mr. Mohammed Kyari Dikwa will head the Continuous Audit Team.

 

CAMERON WAS BEING HONEST ABOUT CORRUPTION –  BUHARI

Following David Cameron’s comments about Nigeria being fantastically corrupt, President Muhammadu Buhari in support of the British prime minister, said the British prime minister was being honest and as a matter of fact, he had nothing to apologize for because he is talking about what he knows.

At the opening of the Anti-corruption summit on Thursday, Buhari said when it comes to tackling corruption, the international community has looked the other way for too long. He further stated that, Nigeria is calling on this submit to trace and recover stolen funds, adding that, he is not demanding an apology from anyone rather he is demanding a return of assets.

 

POLICE ARREST SIX HOMOSEXUALS IN EDO 

Police have apprehended six men engaging in the illicit act of homosexuality in the Benin Area of Edo State. Although they were held on May 9 , 2016, they were  paraded on Thursday by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 5, AIG Musa Dara.

It was revealed that the suspects had been into the act since 2006 until they were caught recently. The AIG described the act as absurd, inhuman and abominable. He said the perpetrators would be charged to court on Friday (today).

 

N350 BILLION RELEASE FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS BEGINS TODAY

The Federal Government yesterday had said that, the N350 billion set aside for capital projects as contained in the 2016 budget will be released today. The minister of budget and national planing, Senator Udo Udoma disclosed that, the release  by the ministry of finance, would be made available to finance projects ready for execution.

He further stated that it will not be possible to release the N350 billion at once because not all the projects would be ready for execution. Udoma stated that the desire of the government was to ensure that the budget process was completed before the beginning of each year and to achieve this, his ministry had started working on the 2017 budget.

 

EFCC QUIZZES FORMER MINISTER, SHEKARAU

The former governor of Kano state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, yesterday, was interrogated in the office of the anti graft commission in the state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), from the intelligent special operation squad of the commission over disbursement of 2015 election campaign funds.

The former governor denied any complicity in the N950 million shared in his Kano residence. As at yesterday evening, an operative said,  Shekarau was still in their office but his media aide, Mallam Sule Yau Sule claimed his principal had since left the office.

 

BOMB BLAST KILLS SUICIDE BOMBER, 5 ORDERS IN MAIDUGURI 

A bomb blast suspected to be caused by a male suicide bomber, yesterday hit the Musa Usman Secretariat main gate in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, leaving four civilians including the bomber and two policemen dead, with many injured persons.

The incident which took place at about 11:40am was carried out by a suicide bomber who claimed to be a lunatic but due to heavy security check point, he was restricted from entering, as a result he detonated the explosive device. The area was condoned off before the arrival of governor Shettima and other top officials. The Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, have evacuated the bodies to the State Specialist Hospital.

 

FG URGES STATES TO IMPLEMENT CHILD RIGHTS LAW, NATIONAL GENDER POLICY

The Minister of women affairs and social development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, speaking during a courtesy call on governor Ifeanyi Okowa, stressed the need for the Implementation of the Child Right  Law and National Gender policy as part of efforts towards issues affecting children, women and the vulnerable in the society.

The minister who was ably represented by permanent secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Dinta Bello, called for care, development and integration of persons with disabilities, praising Mrs. Sola Williams, the Delta state commissioner for women affairs and social development in the state for her good work. In his brief remarks, governor Okowa commended the Minister for the advocacy visit.

 

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