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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Breaking: Former Chief Of Defence Staff Alex Badeh Killed

Breaking: Former Chief Of Defence Staff Alex Badeh Killed

 Former Air Chief of Staff and one time Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Sabundu Badeh is dead.

Reports reaching Aledeh revealed that the retired four-star flag officer of the Nigerian Air force was shot and killed in an ambush along Keffi – Abuja Expressway this evening.

He is currently facing trial for his involvement in the arms scandal fraud under the last adminstration.

The Federal government and military high command are yet to confirm or issue a statement on the incident

Nigerian Air Force Confirms Incident


‪It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, who died today, 18 Dec 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road.‬

On behalf officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest. Details later.

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Yinka Ayefele Made INEC Ambassador

Yinka Ayefele Made INEC Ambassador

Gospel artiste Yinka Ayefele (MON), has been named an ambassador for the Independent National Electoral Commission

A letter signed by Mrs Lakunya Dorothy Bello, Deputy Director, Civil Society Division, Voter Education and Publicity Department of the Commission in Abuja, stated that Dr Ayefele is expected to use his strong, integrity-based social influence to assist INEC in making a success of the coming 2019 elections and future electoral activities.

The conferment ceremony, which was held at an elaborate ceremony in Lagos on Saturday, was attended by INEC’s top management staff and the entertainment community.

An elated Ayefele described the position as a welcome development while assuring the commission of his commitment to voter education. “I’m happy to be one of INEC’s ambassadors. I see this as a task that must be accomplished. It is my duty as an ambassador to educate Nigeria eligible voters on voting right. Already, we have a jingle dedicated to this course on my radio stations in Ibadan and Abeokuta where we educate Nigerians on how to cast their vote and how not to sell their conscience.
FG Opens Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Commuters

FG Opens Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Commuters

The construction area at the Lagos-Sagamu end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway has been opened to commuters by the Federal Government.

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The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, said on Tuesday morning that it was done to ease traffic during the festive period.

“Contruction works will resume in January,” he said.
Buhari Rejects National Assembly Approval Of N488.7bn Refund To States

Buhari Rejects National Assembly Approval Of N488.7bn Refund To States

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has rejected the sum of N488.7 billion approved by the National Assembly as a refund to state governments for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

The President communicated the decision through a letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday’s plenary. President Buhari said he rejected the National Assembly’s approval because it violated the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

The President noted that whereas the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a total of N487.8 billion for the purpose, the National Assembly jerked up the figure to N488.7 billion.

Buhari said the amount approved by the lawmakers was N890 million higher than that approved by FEC.

He said a review of the National Assembly’s approval, communicated through a July 27, 2018 letter, also revealed discrepancies in the number of states submitted by FEC and those approved by the lawmakers.

His words: “While FEC approved reimbursement to 25 states, the National Assembly approved reimbursement to 21 states.

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“The National Assembly did not approve any reimbursement to four states, that is Bauchi, Delta, Kogi and Taraba, whereas FEC approved reimbursement for them.

“And note that the amount approved by the National Assembly for reimbursement to 21 states is higher than the amount approved by FEC for reimbursement to 25 states.”

President Buhari added that the amount approved by the lawmakers for each of the 21 states was higher than that approved by FEC for each of them, except for Adamawa, Jigawa, Kano and Niger.

The president urged the Senate to note that the Public Procurement Act 2007 empowers the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to approve vendors for contract sums.

Buhari said the amounts presented to the National Assembly for approval were duly certified for reimbursement by the BPP before they were approved by FEC.

“This was after the projects had been inspected through a programme under the chairmanship of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

“Since the BPP is charged with the responsibility of approving contract sums, and there is need for compliance with the Public Procurement Act 2007, I wish to request that you forward to us details relating to the amounts approved by the National Assembly for the 17 states in excess of what was certified by BPP, for necessary verification and approval.

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“Furthermore, I wish to request for a review of the reimbursement earlier submitted in favour of Bauchi, Delta, Kogi and Taraba states,” he said.

President Buhari told the lawmakers that the Federal Government would proceed with implementation on the reimbursement on certain grounds.

The President said where the amount approved by the National Assembly is the same as the amount approved by FEC, the jointly approved amounts would be refunded.

President Buhari identified Adamawa, Jigawa, Kano and Niger state as the states in this category.

President Buhari furthered that where the amount approved by the National Assembly was higher than the amount approved by FEC, the amount approved by FEC would be paid.

Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ebonyi, Benue, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Plateau and Zamfara state are the states benefiting from this.

The President, however, said the four states (Bauchi, Delta, Kogi and Taraba) excluded in the NASS approval would not be refunded until their consideration by the lawmakers.
SGF Honors 16 Retiring Directors In Abuja

SGF Honors 16 Retiring Directors In Abuja

The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Special Duties Office (SDO), on Tuesday honoured 16 of its members of staff retiring from the civil service in Abuja.

The Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office (SDO), Mr. William Alo, said that the retirees deserved to be celebrated for their meritorious service to the nation.

According to him, one of the major desires of any civil servant was to retire from service unblemished, and that the 16 retirees had put in their best in their service years.

“The most important days for a civil servant is the day you receive your appointment letter and the day you exit service. It is always a thing of joy to spend 35 years or clock 60 years successfully in service and exit peacefully, in spite of all the challenges that comes with civil service.

“It is not easy to grow through the ranks in service, because civil servants are paid peanuts and paying your bills as a civil servant is always a miracle. So I want to commend your resilience throughout the years,” Alo said.

A retired Director, Department of Policy Implementation and Monitoring of Government Decisions, Mrs Nkechi Asugha, who spoke on behalf of others, thanked the Permanent Secretary for celebrating them.

She also commended him and the entire staff for their sacrifices in making the day a reality and for giving them the opportunity to share love together.

She also urged serving civil servants to be dedicated and committed to their jobs, praying that they all retire meritoriously like them and others before them.

The retirees were also presented with gifts in appreciation for their hard work and commitment to service, apart from the party organized for them.
EFCC Declares War On Online Fraudsters, ‘Yahoo Boys’

EFCC Declares War On Online Fraudsters, ‘Yahoo Boys’

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has launched an absolute war on online fraudsters otherwise known as “Yahoo Boys.”

The EFCC made this known in a statement by its acting Spokesman Tony Orilade.

The commission revealed the name of the operation as “Cyber Storm”, and it will involve its operatives monitoring suspicious transactions especially by youths who cannot explain their source of wealth.

It says it will also deploy its agents in nightclubs and concerts where youths usually go to “pop” expensive champagnes.

The anti-graft agency will also be monitoring social media accounts of suspected fraudsters who usually show off their expensive cars and houses.

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As part of the operation, the EFCC has already arrested over 50 suspected online fraudsters in the last 10 days in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Ibadan.

“We have declared a total war on Yahoo boys who have done nothing but given Nigeria a bad name home and abroad. We know their methods of operation. Be assured that in the coming days we will make more arrests,” it said.

“Those who live honest lives will not be touched.”

Meanwhile, the EFCC has arrested three suspected internet fraudsters at No 24, 1st Avenue, Fort Royal Estate, Airport Road, Abuja.

The suspects are: Marvin Nwankwo, Prince Ojenike and Jude Olatekobowale. They allegedly created a Facebook account with the following names: Rodney David; David Rodgers and Carlos David, respectively.
Let My People Go....Jimi Agbaje Tells Bola Tinubu

Let My People Go....Jimi Agbaje Tells Bola Tinubu

The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has responded to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who mocked him for adopting the ‘freedom’ slogan for his 2019 aspiration.

Tinubu had, while addressing members of the All Progressives Congress on Monday, said, “Those who said they want freedom should go and learn tailoring and vulcanising and we will do freedom for them later.”

However, in a statement on Tuesday, Agbaje likened Tinubu to the biblical Pharaoh of Egypt who refused to allow the children of Israel to leave but kept them in bondage until God sent down 10 plagues that forced Pharaoh’s hand.

“Pharaoh, you must let our people go!” Agbaje said.

“Apparently, the APC leader has lost touch with reality,” Agbaje said in a press statement by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina.

“Otherwise, he would know that, like the children of Israel, Lagosians are groaning under the taskmaster that Tinubu and his cronies have turned themselves into in this state that should rate as Nigeria’s foremost,” he added.

Recalling that the biblical Pharaoh finally granted liberty to the Israelites only after several vicious plagues, Agbaje said, Lagosians would be liberated after the people might have delivered an electoral disgrace to the APC in 2019.

He also said that his campaign slogan mirrored the same spirit that moved Nelson Mandela to declare his long walk to freedom in an apartheid South Africa.

Agbaje said, “We identify with our vulcanisers, tailors and all craftsmen who have the joy of duly-earned freedom after their apprenticeship.

“But it is apparent that, unlike them, those who have gotten used to filthy lucre and the dividends of corruption cannot savour the joy that comes with the legitimate sweat and labour of hardworking artisans.”

He argued that Lagos State must be freed from the era of nepotism and corruption that saw a private firm maintaining a stranglehold on the state’s funds, contrary to global best practices.