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Top 10 Stories of Wednesday, November 8, 2017

  1. EFCC ISSUES STATEMENT ON REPORTED FEUD WITH DSS

The Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has explained the reason it summoned several officials of the State Security Services, SSS, as well as its reported feud with the agency.

In a statement on Tuesday by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC said it was not strange for the EFCC to invite officers of other law enforcement agencies alleged to be complicit in any case being investigated by the commission, “for questioning”.

He added that EFCC had no agenda to rubbish other security agencies in the country. Mr. Wilson said the arms procurement investigation ”is a national issue in view point of the alleged culprits cutting across the military, security establishments as well as the political class. It is not targeted at any institution.”

 

  1. BUHARI PRESENTS N8.612 TRILLION 2018 BUDGET TO NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presented a budget estimate of N8.612 trillion for 2018 financial year before a joint session of the National Assembly. Presenting the budget tagged” budget of Consolidation”. the president promised Nigerians of better days ahead. He assured the national assembly of his administration’s commitment to ensure full implementation of the estimate.

Earlier in his address, Senate President Bukola Saraki tasked the federal government over the 2018 budget; saying how the budget is implemented will be the defining moment of the Buhari Administration. He counselled the Federal Government to eliminate what he described as “unnecessary waste” in the budget implementation.

 

  1. ‘COMMRADE THE FIGHTER’, ‘THE LION KING’ – BUHARI, SHEHU SANI EXCHANGE WORDS

President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna central senatorial district on Tuesday exchanged words shortly after the 2018 budget presentation. Mr. Buhari, according to the Senator described him as ‘comrade the fighter’.

It would be recalled that Senator Shehu Sani had during the President’s sick leave portrayed the Buhari’s administration as that of the Lion kingdom.

He had also described the President of using deododrant to fight corruption within kitchen cabinet and uses insecticide on others outside the cabinet.

Senator Sani while commending the President for a good budget presentation said: “ On a lighter note, the President on his way out, along the aisle called me “Comrade the Fighter” and I conferred on him ” The Lion King”.

 

  1. LIBERIAN PRESIDENT TO GET CHIEFTAIN TITLE, ROAD FROM IMO GOVERNMENT

The Imo state government has announced the impending arrival of the Liberian President, Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf in the state.

According to the state government, she will be conferred with a chieftaincy title and a road will be named after her in the state as well.

A statement by governor Rochas Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said:

“On arrival on Thursday, Mrs. Sirleaf would be taken to the Palace of Eze Imo to be accorded the African way of receiving an august visitor like her and the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Samuel Ohiri will be expected to decorate her with a Chieftaincy title.

Meanwhile, the Liberian President will be expected to deliver a lecture to Imo women at Imo International Convention Centre ,IICC, and the topic will be women in politics.

Mrs. Sirleaf is the first female President in Africa.

 

  1. NDLEA NABS POLICEMAN PROVIDING ESCORT SERVICES TO TRUCK OF WEED IN KOGI 

The Kogi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested a mobile police officer for escorting a vehicle loaded with 30 bags of weeds out of Lokoja, Kogi state.

According to the State Commander of the Agency, Mr. Idris Bello, the policeman was in a red Toyota Picnic car, with Kogi State registration number KNA 185 LG when it was intercepted at a road intersection around 2:30pm.

Bello said the driver escaped arrest, but the NDLEA officials were able to apprehend the mobile policeman.

He didn’t reveal the identity of the policeman, but said the NDLEA was in the process of notifying the Police headquarters of the development.

 

  1. JERSEY ISLAND SAYS NO TO INVOLVEMENT OF 3RD PARTIES IN THE RELEASE OF $300M ABACHA LOOT

Authorities of Jersey Island have given the Nigerian government a stringent condition for the repatriation of $300m state fund stolen by ex-head of state Gen. Sani Abacha.

The Attorney General of Jersey Island, Robert MacRae QC, gave the condition on Tuesday during the on going 7th Session of Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, holding in Vienna, Austria.

Speaking at a side meeting with the Nigeria delegation led by acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, he expressly stated that negotiations in respect of repatriation of the USD300 million being part of the Abacha involving Jersey, Nigeria and the United States, “must be government to government cooperation”.

 

  1. 11 PERSONS SHOT DEAD, 4 INJURED IN PLATEAU

About eleven person where Tuesday night shot dead while 4 inured by gunmen along Rim, Riyom Local Government Area of northern Plateau State. The Police Public Relations Office of the Plateau State Police Command, Terna Tyopev, confirmed the incident on Wednesday morning.

“Eleven people who were returning from a weekly village market of Makera were shot dead at about 7:30 p.m., four others are injured.”

He said police are on the trail of the attackers.

“No arrest yet, but investigation are ongoing, and we shall definitely get to the roots of this,” the spokesperson said.

 

  1. OSINBAJO IS A ‘PERNICIOUS LIAR, SELF-SERVING DWARF’ – FANI-KAYODE

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has described the vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as a pernicious liar and a sanctimonious, self-serving dwarf over his comment of Former President, Goodluck Jonathan on the nation’s resources.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had on Monday during the legislative economic summit described incredible things Jonathan did before 2015 general elections as unbridled waste and corruption.

But in a series of tweets on Tuesday, the PDP cheiftain, while reacting to Prof. Osinbajo’s statement that “100 billion and $289 million was withdrawn in cash by former President, Jonathan in 2 weeks before the presidential election,”  Fani-Kayode said “Leave Jonathan alone and clean up ur filthy mess!”

 

  1. WHY WE SUSPENDED PLANNED PROTEST AGAINST BUHARI – PDP LAWMAKERS

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House of Representatives have explained why they suspended their planned protest against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The party chieftains said they decided to shelve the planned protest because of the respect they have for the office of the president and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The lawmakers had earlier boasted of their plan to protest when the president will present the 2018 appropriation bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.

According to the lawmakers, they were not happy with the pace of implementation of the 2017 budget.

They added that it was not just the PDP lawmakers who planned the protest, but also members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

 

  1. CAN TELLS BUHARI TO REMOVE NIGERIA FROM INT’L ISLAMIC ORGANIZATION

Prominent Christian leaders in Nigeria including General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and the Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, have urged the Nigerian government to exit all international Islamic organisations it was part of.

The leaders, in conjunction with the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, made the call at the Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos state on Tuesday.

The forum condemns in a strong term government’s decision to lead Nigeria into being member of Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism through executive fiat, Nigeria’s participation in the International Islamic Sports Federation, Nigeria’s membership of International Islamic Financial Institution of which our present Governor of the Central Bank is the chairman.

 

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