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Here are the headlines
Nigeria doesn’t know how to resettle IDPs
Boko Haram Attack: 9 dead, many wounded
UN frees child suspects held by Nigerian Army
Uptill September Nigeria only spent half 2016 budget
Why we’ve not arrested Jonathan
800 herdsmen arrested so far
How cattle rearers’ chief was killed in Kogi
They want to kill Shiites and Christians – Islamic Movement
“Go and tweet that I am here” – Abba Kyari
Billionaire Mike Adenuga Receives Highest National Honor in Ghana; has $8b assets in Ghana alone!
Nigeria Has No Technical, Institutional Framework To Resettle IDPs – Ndume
Even as President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNEI), Chaired by General T. Y Danjuma, Senator representing Borno South had state that Nigeria do not have the technical know-how to achieve a smooth settlement of Internally Displaced Persons in the North East.
Ndume who was speaking during the daily sit-out of the #BringBackOurGirls group stated that though the federal government is committed on the case of the IDPs, there were issues which needed to be taken care of.
He lamented that the rate of humanitarian crises in the North East was high that if nothing is being done, it will continue to become worse.
“There is a need to address the impending humanitarian crises in the North East. The world had a big shock when Bama was open. Many communities in the North East are affected. People are trapped and ar dying of hunger malnutrition and poverty,” he said.
The senator added that greatest challenge was how the IDPs can resettle in their various communities.
“The biggest challenge is to get people back to their land but we do not have the technical know. Unless we have an institutional frame work, it won’t be as easy. Government is committed but there is no technical and institutional framework to handle this.
“So much money was wasted during the past administration. This is the challenge we have. We are open to all forms of ideas for the way forward. All hands will be on deck. The first thing to take care of is hunger, malnutrition of th people,” he said.
He also expressed shock that even when the IDPs were suffering for lack of food, some Nigerians have resorted to stealing foods made for them
“Out of 113 trucks, 53 were only delivered. 29 were traced back to Minna and we made sure it was delivered. We were able to apprehend the culprit. They know they were going to be arrested. They know that they will just spend 24 hours and they are bailed. That is what the law says. They know that and that’s why they have the courage to do that. I went complaint. And we were able to get 12 trucks. I will keep lodging complaints until we get all the trucks,” he said.
From Leadership Newspaper
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Suicide Bombers in Nigeria Kill at Least Eight in Two Attacks
Nigerian city hit by two suicide bombings
Police arrest 14 over attempt to disrupt Friday prayer in Kaduna
Sokoto recruits 500 for refuse evacuation
Wike suggests use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for electoral disputes
Army arrests fake officer in Ondo
Police arrest 14 over attempt to disrupt Jumat prayer in Kaduna
Twin bomb blasts hit Maiduguri, ‘kill 6’
‘Female suicide bombers behind Maiduguri attacks’
Finally, Senate Begin to Debate On PIB Next Week
Workers Threaten Showdown With Govt Over Planned Airport Concession
Govt Validates National Employment Policy
Campari to host biggest cocktail festival in Nigeria
Suicide bombers kill at least nine in double attack
Two suicide bombers kill at least 8 in northeast Nigeria’s Maiduguri
Ondo election has been rigged in advance, Fayose alleges
Winners Chapel pastors fight over profit from land sale
At least 9 people killed in two bomb blasts in Nigeria
Maiduguri explosions kill 9, injures 24 — NEMA
9 Die, 24 Injured as Explosions Rock Maiduguri
2 Suicide Bombers Kill over 5 in Northeast Nigeria
Female suicide bomber followed fuel tanker in Maiduguri blast – Military
Us Election: Clinton Asks Fbi To Release Complete Information On Email Scandal
NPA Urges Operators to Collaborate for Greater Efficiency
Constitution of Republic of Biafra would be collective – IPOB
EFCC to confiscate Patience Jonathan’s property nationwide
INTERVIEW: Why Nigerian Shiites should be allowed to fully practise their faith — U.S. Envoy
and in Ghana,
Nigerian billionaire Mike Adenuga has been conferred with the Ghanaian national award of ‘Companion Of The Star of Ghana’, the highest national honors in Ghana.
At a ceremony in Accra, Ghana on Saturday, Ghanaian President John Mahama bestowed the honor on the Nigerian tycoon in recognition of the immense contributions he has made to Ghana’s economic growth. Adenuga, who is referred to as ‘The Bull’ in Nigerian business circles, has assets worth more than $8 billion in Ghana alone, according to a citation read during the ceremony by President John Mahama.
“Throughout Africa, you are acclaimed as one of the most astute and successful entrepreneurs and investors, controlling one of the continent’s largest business empires, comprising oil and gas, telecommunications, aviation, banking and real estate,” President Mahama said.
Adenuga’s companies are also among the largest corporate taxpayers in Ghana.
Apart from Adenuga, the only Nigerians who can lay claim to such an honor from Ghana are former Presidents of Nigeria. Adenuga hence becomes the first Nigerian outside government to receive Ghana’s highest national honor.
Adenuga, 63, is the founder of Globacom, Nigeria’s second largest mobile telecoms company with more than 25 million subscribers. He also owns Conoil Producing, Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil exploration company, as well as Conoil PLC, a leading oil marketing company in Nigeria. He is also the single largest property owner in Nigeria and also owns an extensive property portfolio in Ghana, South Africa, France, U.K and the United States.
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Nigeria licenses 6 slots to expand broadband penetration
Suspected militant sends torn underwear to lawyer from Army cell
Twin blasts blamed on Boko Haram suicide bombers kill at least 8 in northeastern Nigeria city
Obanikoro refunds 100 million Naira to EFCC, may get bail
U.S. admits own election could be violent, assures foreign journalists of protection
Buhari cannot take Nigeria out of recession – Ex-PPPRA boss, Rasheed Gbadamosi
Stop fighting Tinubu – Kinsmen warn Buhari
Very soon PDP will have nothing to tell Nigerians – Segun Oni
DSS rescues colleague from kidnappers’ den
We have totally defeated Boko Haram – CDS boasts
Surrender your arms or face the consequence – Rivers government warns two unrepentant cultists
UN frees 876 children arrested for alleged Boko Haram ties
Boko Haram: Why I joined Civilian JTF? – Borno LG chairman
Boy, 7, four others dead as truck rams into market in Benin Republic
Ohanaeze condemns media war among Igbo leaders
Abati still in EFCC custody, unable to meet bail conditions
7 killed as herdsmen in military uniform attack Southern Kaduna
Rivers declare two cult members enemies of state
Buhari determined to address Niger Delta crisis, says Lai Mohammed
Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Kyari dismisses suspension rumors
Dismissed FRSC official arrested for killing former colleague
Niger Delta Development and the fierce urgency of now
How PENCOM defied Court orders to seize pension firm, triggering prolonged battle
Police rescues 12-year-old from kidnappers in Ogun
From BBC News
Nigeria Boko Haram: Army ‘releases child suspects’
The children were allegedly held after army operations to recapture territory from Boko Haram
The UN says it has negotiated the release of 876 children in Nigeria, who were being held by the army over possible links to Islamist militants.
The children, who had previously lived in areas controlled by Boko Haram, were held in a military barracks in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, a UN spokesman told the BBC.
Details of the children’s ages and the length of their detention have not been given.
The army has not made any comment.
Human rights groups argue that there is no proper legal process for civilians, including children, who are detained by the army as part of their counter-insurgency operations.
“We fear that there are still kids who are being at least temporarily detained because they are being released from Boko Haram areas by the army but then kept for a while,” Manuel Fontaine, regional director for the UN Children’s fund (Unicef) in Central and West Africa, told Reuters news agency.
Earlier this month, 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram two years ago were released and reunited with their families.
Nigeria has been fighting a seven-year insurgency against Boko Haram, with the army retaking much of the territory under the Islamist militants’ control in the past 20 months.
And here are some news headlines
Nigeria: Sweden Seeks Increase in Trade Volume With Nigeria
Bomb Blasts in Nigeria Kill At Least 9
APC says Nigeria economy will soon bounce back
Government Plans Buy-Back From Farmers to Boost Food Security
AfDB Reiterates Infrastructural Needs for Sustainable Growth
Nigerians Responsible for U.S. $9.3 Billion in Global Loss to Cybercrime’
Army Arrests Fake Military Officer In Ondo
Reps issue query to TCN for engaging foreign firms in power contracts
Army recovers 23 skeletons from militants
Nearly 900 Children linked to Boko Haram freed under UN-Army negotiation
?Bribery: EFCC goes after more SANs
I have no apologies as a cabal in Buhari’s govt’ – Babachir Lawal
NFF pays Siasia, keeps assistants waiting
Borno Employs 1000 Female Idps As Street Vanguards
Ondo 2016: Mimiko coercing Deji of Akure to incite traders, women to protest half naked – PDP
Nigeria: Stockbrokers Task Govt On Economic Recovery, Development
NNPC, police to collaborate against attacks on oil and gas facilities
Enugu Gives 24-Hour Ultimatum to Railways to Replace Malfunctioning Facilities
Communications Ministry to Partner Agencies in Curbing Cybercrimes
40MW Kashimbila dam to provide electricity to communities in 6 states – Fashola
Nigeria: SON to Check Production of Substandard Blocks
Govt Moves to Plug Revenue Leakages, Review Agreements With Port Operators
Nigeria: Economy Won’t Recover Without Fighting Corruption – Lai Mohammed
Nigeria slow to embrace gas as vehicular fuel – Stakeholders
From Yahoo News
Two suicide bombers kill nine in North East Nigeria: emergency services
Two suicide bombings rocked Nigeria’s northeast city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least nine people and injuring scores of others, emergency services said.
One explosion happened outside a gas station, while the other was near the Bakassi camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), underscoring the continued threat from Boko Haram jihadists who are suspected of being behind the attacks.
“Two suicide bombers riding in motorised rickshaws this morning detonated their explosives 10 minutes apart, with one of them targeting the Bakassi IDP camp on the outskirts of the city,” Mohammed Kanar, spokesman for Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said.
“One of the bombers tried to enter the Bakassi IDP camp but the explosives detonated at the gates, killing four people,” Kanar said.
“The explosives on the other one detonated minutes later as he rode with two other people towards the (Bakassi) IDP camp near the fuel depot.”
Following the blast, one of the yellow rickshaws burst apart in half, while the ground was littered with metal shards.
“Nine persons lost their lives with twenty-four persons injured and evacuated to various hospitals,” NEMA said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Boko Haram has devastated northeast Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamist state, killing over 20,000 people and displacing 2.6 million from their homes.
Since taking up arms against the Nigerian government in 2009, Boko Haram has disrupted trade routes and farms.
Now nearly 50,000 children are facing death by starvation if they don’t get food and almost 250,000 more are severely malnourished in Borno state, according to UNICEF.
Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent, Peter Lundberg, acting United Nations Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, warned last week.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has led a successful offensive against the insurgents since coming into office last year, but Boko Haram is still capable of carrying out deadly attacks.
In October, Boko Haram attacked a town near Chibok, where in 2014 it kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls, drawing global attention to the insurgency.
Later this month, the jihadists claimed that they killed 20 soldiers in “fierce clashes” in the Ghashghar area of northeastern Nigeria.
The violence is spilling into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, with Niger early in October declaring two days of national mourning after 22 soldiers were killed in an attack blamed on the jihadists against a camp sheltering almost 4,000 refugees.
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I Vehemently refused to Support Buhari, the man who Jailed my Father – Femi Kuti
CENTRE protests alleged extortion, dehumanizing treatments? by soldiers in Warri
Ganduje: I”ll Not Probe Kwankwaso
Chairman of Fulani Herdsmen Association Assassinated
Gunmen assassinate Kogi Miyetti Allah Chairman
Ganduje speaks on feud with Kwankwaso?, rules out probe
Benue begins construction of 38 billion Naira cargo airport
Bus crushes two to death, injure seven in Ogun
Iraq forces launch operation to cut Mosul off from Syria
Two Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Kill 9 in Maiduguri Sahara Reporters 16:40
Dogara calls on classmates to make sacrifices
Courts convict 245 persons in Benin over violations of Sanitation Laws
Monarch asks Buhari to intervene in Ondo protest
Court orders Buhari, DSS to appear over arrest of judges
Boko Haram suspected in deadly Nigeria bomb attacks
At least nine killed in suicide attack on Nigerian refugee camp
National Assembly plotting another round of budget padding – Jibrin
President Buhari congratulates Africa’s first female TV presenter, Anike Williams at 80
Lesbian video: Group wants Miss Anambra beauty pageant banned
Military to launch operation against violent herdsmen – Defence Spokesman
#GovernorsGo2Work Trending: Governors under fire as Nigerians charge them to work
86 percent of pharmacies, patent medicine stores in Kaduna, illegal
Clashes in Central African Republic leave 25 dead
Nigerian military to launch operation against violent herdsmen
Breast cancer second leading cause of death in women — Gynaecologist
Eko Disco apologises to consumers over outage
Customs Finally Absorbs 888 Immigrants involved in Recruitment Saga
Enforcement of speed limit device on private vehicles to commence in 2017
I won’t probe Kwankwaso’s administration, says Ganduje
Rotimi Amaechi like Sunday Oliseh will be disgraced out of Office – Nnamdi Kanu
Twin terror blasts rock Northern Nigeria, kill 9
Nigeria records 100,000 new breast cancer cases yearly — Gynaecologist
Buhari has brought Hardship on Nigerians, Biafra is the Solution – Ralph Uwazuruike
Nigeria ‘rickshaw bombs’ kill seven
Appeal Court to rule on Makarfi faction’s applications
Buhari congratulates first African female broadcaster at 80
Borno employs 1000 female IDPs
Lagos to employ Graduates as Bus Conductors, monthly Salary of 50,000 Naira
Nigeria lost 2 trillion Naira to militancy, pipeline vandalism this year — NNPC
Kano targets 10 billion monthly revenue – Ganduje
Military to launch operation against violent herdsmen
Kano Govt to resuscitate Triumph Newspapers
Senate seeks proper probe of Lagos 2 billion Naira cocaine seizure
Wizkid, Falz, Lil Kesh grab 2016 Outstanding Young Achievers Awards nominees
NEMA confirms 9 dead, 24 injured in Maiduguri twin explosion
PDP says Buhari lied concerning ban on officials flying first class
Abubakar Shekau Dead or Alive, Boko Haram Is 100% Defeated
Adeosun says 30% of forex spent on fuel imports
Nigeria Customs To Export Farm Produce To Europe
The Nigeria Custom Service says it will begin to export farm produce to Europe from some Northern States. The Comptroller in charge of Kano and Jigawa States, Abutu Mathias, made this known on Thursday during the quarterly stakeholders’ forum in Kano.
Mr. Mathias said that the aim was to complement the efforts of the Federal Government towards boosting the non-oil sector to revive the nation’s economy.
He said that the process was set to begin during the November and December harvest of 2016.
The officer revealed that some of the produce to be exported are sesame and gum arabic grains among other types of exportable grains.
The comptroller appealed to all agencies involved to give the effort a maximum cooperation to achieve the desired goals.
On the achievements recorded by the command this year, Mr. Mathias noted that the revenues collected so far in every month of this year exceeded the revenues generated in the corresponding months of the year 2015.
He expressed optimism that the command would maintain the tempo in order to meet up with the 2016 target.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Kano and Jigawa states command of the Nigeria Custom Service, had conducted its quarterly stakeholders’ forum in Kano where vital issues were discussed to improve the services of the NCS.
News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Nigeria to spend US$10b to end oil war
Nigeria will invest US$10b (£8b) in its oil-rich south to end an insurgency by militants, the oil minister has said.
The money would be used to build infrastructure, including roads and railways, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said.
Militant attacks have severely disrupted oil production, fuelling a recession in the West African state.
The militants have been demanding that the government spend more of its oil wealth on tackling widespread poverty in a region, known as the Niger Delta.
They also accuse multinational firms of polluting the environment, destroying the livelihoods of farming and fishing communities. (BBC)
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Ondo Poll: Protests Against INEC’s Action Persist as Assembly, PDP Chieftains Join
Sani Bello installs new Emir of Borgu
Ondo guber: Buhari’s government, judiciary want to rig our candidate, Jegede out – PDP
Terrorism: Nigerian Community in France, Law Abiding, Says Envoy
Only 2 Points Separate Clinton, Trump in Latest Tracking Poll
Damilola Taylor: From Lagos to London
Gunmen assassinate Miyetti Allah Chairman in Kogi
Ondo Gov Election: Elegbeleye Dumps Pdp
Mark Zuckerberg blocked our Faceboook group after visit to Buhari – IPOB
Obasanjo makes order for ‘Made-in-Aba’ shoes
Boko Haram: France, EU Donate €35.5m for Lake Chad’s Development
Report: Poor Funding of Budget Lines Fueling Malnutrition in Nigeria
No Burials in Benin Kingdom until January 1st, 2017
Mothers Should Give Children Sex Education – Rccg
INEC can conduct election in Sambisa forest, but can’t do same in Rivers – Governor Wike
NDDC to Prioritise Regional Integration, development
UN GETS RELEASE OF 876 CHILDREN DETAINED BY NIGERIA MILITARY
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – The United Nations has negotiated the release this year of 876 children detained at a Nigerian army barracks holding suspected collaborators of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group, the U.N. Children’s Fund announced Friday.
The agency fears hundreds more children are still being held at the barracks in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the UNICEF spokeswoman for Nigeria, Doune Porter, told The Associated Press.
This is the first time the U.N. has reported negotiating the releases, though Nigeria’s army routinely reports how many minors are among the hundreds of detainees it frees after interrogations it says establish they have no links to Boko Haram.
Some of the 876 children released since December had been living in areas held by Boko Haram and were detained when those areas were liberated, according to Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s director for West and Central Africa.
Porter said many of the freed children were under 5 years old, some still being breast-fed, and were detained because their parents were suspects. Nigeria’s military and police routinely lock up children along with parents suspected of a crime.
In the biggest single release negotiated by UNICEF, 560 people were freed in September, including 430 children and some of their mothers, Porter said.
Those detained have been held in Maiduguri, the city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram and the home of the Nigerian army’s Giwa Barracks. All of the detainees at the barracks are held because of suspected support for Boko Haram.
The Associated Press has documented the deaths of thousands of detainees in unsanitary, overcrowded and inhumane conditions at Giwa Barracks in recent years. Amnesty International has said 8,000 detainees died there between 2011 and 2015. This year, Amnesty called for the detention center’s closure, saying babies and children are among the many detainees dying from disease, hunger, dehydration and untreated gunshot wounds.
Ministry of Defense spokesman Brig Gen. Rabe Abubakar has called the charges by the London-based human rights group “a distraction,” insisting that “our duty is to protect lives, and that is what we have been doing.”
Once freed from detention, the often malnourished and traumatized children face other challenges, Porter said. “All of the people who have been held in territories that were occupied by Boko Haram face a lot of distrust and fear from their communities, so they have been widely regarded with suspicion.”
Boko Haram’s use of child suicide bombers, often females, has contributed to the fear.
The extremist group’s seven-year uprising has killed more than 20,000 people, spread across Nigeria’s borders and forced 2.6 million from their homes.
That was from the Associated Press
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Nigerian student, Chinemenma emerges UN Schools’ first female President
Two suicide bombers kill at least 8 in Nigeria
Wike Chides INEC for Failure to Conduct Rerun Election in Rivers
Author lauds President Buhari’s fight against corruption
FG to purchase 2 additional satellites for NigComSat at $550m – Shittu
Kano Govt. reduces cost of governance; cuts salaries, allowances
Buhari has no clues when it comes to economic matters – Rasheed Gbadamosi
Clinton On Defensive After Surprise Fbi Email Announcement
Films or not, I still dream of leading Rivers state someday – Prince Tonye Princewill
Two female ‘Boko Haram’ bombers kill at least seven in suicide blast in Maiduguri
Emotions as Emir of Borgu Remembers Late Father at Coronation Ceremony
Nigeria Police Dismiss Six Senior Officers
The Police Service Commission, has dismissed six senior officers for impersonation, forgery, insubordination, negligence and disobedience to lawful order.
The dismissals involved Superintendents of Police, Assistant Superintendents and a Chief Superintendent of Police.
The commission at its plenary meeting on Thursday in Abuja, also rejected the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for special promotion of 12 officers.
These were part of the decisions taken by the Commission on 55 disciplinary cases brought before it, a statement on Thursday in Abuja by the Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, stated.
It explained that the commission rejected the recommendation for special promotion of one Deputy Superintendent of Police and one Inspector and also returned the recommendation for the appointment of a Deputy Commissioner of Police on acting capacity for proper presentation.
“It also withheld the special promotion of nine other senior police officers for failure of the police to provide convincing reasons for such promotions,” the statement added.
The PSC however promoted 135 officers, including four Deputy Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Commissioners, adding that the CPs had earlier appeared before the commission, where they were subjected to questions on the change agenda of the Nigeria Police Force.
The new CPs are, Posi Ajunwa; Akinsanmi Ayo; Kenneth Ebrimson and Akpoebi Egbuson.
The commission also elevated 17 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners and 78 CSPs to Assistant Commissioners of Police.
The two-day meeting, presided over by the Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Mike Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police, also endorsed the promotions of one SP to CSP; 12 DSPs to SPs and one ASP to DSP.
“Two CSPs were also appointed ACPs on acting capacity, two SPs to acting CSPs, two DSPs to acting SPs, six ASPs to acting DSPs and 12 Inspectors to acting Assistant Superintendents of Police,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the IG has canvassed for a better funding of the police, noting that the force needed more than 10,000 personnel to fill the vacuum created by those who died or retired.
Idris, who stated this when the Senate Committee on Police Affairs paid him a visit at the Force Headquarters, also suggested that the judicial system be improved to avoid delayed trials and prison congestion.
Buhari cannot take Nigeria out of recession – Ex-PPPRA boss, Rasheed Gbadamosi
Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, a former chairman, Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, says he was not surprised when the federal government declared that the country was in recession.
“I was not surprised. It had to happen but it was a question of when it would happen. It was meant to have come a long time ago,” he told Punch.
“I was not surprised because before Buhari’s regime, we had anticipated that the recession would come. It was something that was anticipated but what did we do?
“There was a feeling that somehow it would not happen and we would be able to weather the storm but that was not the case. Poor mother Africa was hopeful that the cross would pass over us but it did not seem to be so.
“There was a feeling that Olusegun Obasanjo could have averted such a situation if it happened during his time.”
Asked if he has confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari could take Nigeria out of recession, he responded “When we talk about the awful turning point in the economy, I don’t think Buhari can do anything about it, to be frank.”
Gbadamosi, a former Minister of National Planning, stressed that the current recession was a bomb waiting to explode.
“Nigeria was not prepared It is not just a question of Nigeria saving, we were not totally prepared. I think we threw caution to the wind.
“Look at what happened to some other nations of the world, they had been through this but they weathered the storm. I think Nigerians thought the world owed us a meal, they believed the world owed us a living”, he added.
From Daily Post
Nigeria spent only half its budget through September, ministry says
Nigeria spent only a little more than half its budget for 2016 through September, even though the year is three-quarters over, the budget ministry said on Friday.
However, the ministry also said it had faced “unanticipated revenue shortfalls”. It did not give details on the shortfalls.
At the end of September, the ministry said, 3.6 trillion naira ($11.82b) of this year’s 6.06 trillion naira budget had been spent.
Of that, 754 billion naira went for capital expenditures to help drag Africa’s biggest economy out of recession, exceeding 2015 levels, the ministry said in a statement.
Debt service has been met on schedule, it said, adding that 1.14 trillion naira had been spent on domestic and foreign debt.
The ministry gave no figures for revenue, but it said the unspecified shortfalls were caused by militant attacks on oil facilities, which temporarily cut output by more than half.
The West African nation has seen oil revenues slump, eroding public finances and its currency.
The government has been seeking to fund a 2016 deficit of 2.2 trillion naira from foreign and domestic debt. So far, only a $1b loan from the African Development Bank has been confirmed.
Nigeria is currently trying to sell Eurobonds worth $1b, for which it has received commitments worth $500m, its finance minister said on Thursday.
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has responded to calls by some Nigerians for the arrest of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration does not arrest “anybody, anyhow”.
Answering a question at a session in the United States on Friday, on when Mr. Jonathan would be arrested, Mr. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration was not in the business of arresting just anyone anyhow.
He said all the Buhari administration does is to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs, without the administration trying to teleguide them.
He also added that the fight against corruption in the country was not fought on ethnic, hasty or premediated grounds.
“Corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone, the culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest,” he said.
He frowned at a situation where for instance as much as $15 billion has disappeared from the national coffers into private pockets, saying no responsible government would wave that aside so as not to offend people.
Mr. Osinbajo also said that security agencies in Nigeria have arrested about 800 suspected violent herdsmen across the country.
Why we’ve not arrested Jonathan — Osinbajo
Mr. Osinbajo said this in Houston, Texas in the United States at a Townhall event where he interacted with U.S.-based Nigerians who asked questions live at the event and also via the internet, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.
The vice president fielded about 30 questions at a well attended townhall event moderated by Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters and Nimi Wariboko of Boston University.
Asked about the issue of Fulani Herdsmen attacks in certain states across the country and what the Federal Government was doing to curb the problem, the Mr. Osinbajo said “the President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in the country but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms”.
He added that “there are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in custody.” The vice president however decried the slow pace of the criminal justice system that affects the prompt trial of such suspects.
Mr. Osinbajo reminded the audience however that the issue of killings by such violent herdsmen has been a perennial issue especially as grazing lands continue to disappear over the years and the cattle feed on peoples crops on the farmlands. He said that the matter just did not crop up when President Buhari assumed office.
Vice President Osinbajo urged against the tendency of interpreting the herdsmen issue as a religious issue, stressing that it is important for all Nigerians to refuse such divisive narratives and tendencies.
He reminded his audience that there has always been conflict between herdsmen and communities across the country and that people should disabuse the notion that the problem has just started because President Buhari, a Fulani, is currently at the helm of affairs in the country.
Answering a question on the need for community policing, the Vice President said that community policing via state police is indeed a cardinal program of the ruling APC. He said the party’s agenda cannot be introduced until there is an amendment to the nation’s constitution.
The current situation where police activities are controlled at the federal level sure has some limitations, he said, adding that “ the federal government is currently working to introduce community policing that would be in line with the constitution.”
Commenting on the recent arrest of judges in the country, Mr. Osinbajo told his audience that impunity could be very dangerous in any sector and that the federal government was only exercising its executive function in attempting to check excesses.
He said the important thing was that due process was followed as the judges were released about 24 hours after their arrest and once they had given their statements.
The Vice President also responded to a question on the state of the nation’s economy and attributed the current recession to the loss of about 60 percent of government revenue due to pipeline vandalisation and endemic corruption in the system.
He however said that getting back oil production is a sure way to get out of the recession and the federal government is working to sort it out.
Islamic Movement in Nigeria disclose evil plot to kill southern Muslims and Christians
(AhlulBayt News Agency) – Southern Muslims and Christians have been warned by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) that there is a plot to kill them and that the planned killing will displace them.
The group in a statement signed by its Media Forum President, Ibrahim Musa, said that plans have been concluded to disrupt its annual ”Arbaeen trek.”
In the statement, reports were made that some of its members have been marked for assassination during the course of its annual ritual event.
The statement reads, “It has come to our notice that security agents have perfected plans to cause mayhem during our annual symbolic Arbaeen trek, commemorating a similar trek the Umayyad ruler Yazid subjected family members of Prophet Muhammad (AS) to, from Karbala to Damascus in the year 680AD.
“This trek is a religious duty, which the faithfuls embark on, as a mark of answering of the call to help of Imam Hussein (AS) on the plains of Karbala, which many quotations of our Prophet (S) enticed faithfuls to answer, even if it were to be by crawling. It is purely symbolic and is done by millions of faithfuls worldwide.
“In Nigeria however, opponents who do not want anything of that tyranny against the family of our Prophet (AS) remembered and exposed had always used various plots and evil schemes to demonize the symbolic trek and even stop it by hook or crook means and the use of force.
“We have observed that the idea of trekking to mark or celebrate an event is not alien or new after all. Several people trekked much longer distances to celebrate the victory of President Buhari at the polls last year with pomp and pleasantries. That was a political trek. Ours is a solemn trek and a religious duty. We never force anyone to embark on it, we never molest anyone from start to finish and we must be allowed to exercise our religious obligation.
“This year however, credible sources have confirmed to us that they plan to attack the trekkers in various guise at multiple locations and also burn residences and business premises of the trekkers back in their towns while they are away on the trek. This evil plot involves the use of thugs along all the routes, who would attack especially at night while the trekkers take a rest in camps, kill as many as possible and raze their temporary shelters. Transporters will also be threatened with destruction of their vehicles if they allowed them to be used in anyway for the symbolic trek.
“Part of the plot also involves telling hospitals not to accept victims of their planned attacks for treatment. A list of very prominent members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has also been drawn, and the later are to be targeted for assassination in this devilish scheme. It has been arranged that southerners both Muslims & Christians that reside in the north will be killed in order to create an influx of refugees from North to Southern part of the country. All these are what the exposed plot called measures to be taken in the short term.
“The long-term plans involve the continued use of paid preachers, who would intensify the hate preaching against IMN, and these will be availed with various facilities to ease their assignment. Furthermore, it was also agreed that more civil organisations will be bankrolled to keep denting the image of IMN in and outside the shores of this country.
This they said must be taken seriously because the IMN is garnering sympathy and support from unexpected quarters in and outside the country, which they resolved to halt and reverse by all means possible.
“The Islamic Movement in Nigeria would however once more like to assure the general public and well meaning Nigerians as well as the international community that the annual symbolic Arbaeen trek, which comes up in few weeks time, remains a peaceful religious duty to be conducted by faithfuls as have been done in the last five years since it was started. It is on record that not even last year, when security agents under the cover of Boko Haram detonated a bomb killing 32 persons along the Kano axis, was the trek even disrupted talk less of turning violent.
“In spite of the spurious allegations of blocking roads, an unjustified charge, we do not prevent motorists and other road users from using the roads. It is also on record that we lost quite a number of persons in previous years who were knocked down by reckless drivers during the trek, which would not have happened if we blocked the roads or prevented others from using the roads.
“IMN is being vigorously persecuted by all levels of government, using all coercive apparatus of state, clearly in flagrant violation of our right to religious gathering and association. These efforts by security forces to scuttle the annual symbolic Arbaeen trek must be seen in that light. We therefore draw the attention of the public and the international community that whatever happens to IMN members during the trek, the Nigerian authorities must be held responsible.
“Lastly, we still demand for the unconditional release of our incarcerated leader, Sheikh Zakzaky and all those in detention since the December 2015 Zaria massacre by the Army.”
Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Kyari, faults suspension claim
The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, on Friday taunted those who are behind recent online reports that he had been suspended when he resumed for duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
On his way to the President’s office, Kyari stopped by at the Press Gallery of the Council Chamber and jokingly told reporters he saw that, “go and tweet that I am here.”
On his way back to his office, Kyari repeated the same message.
When some journalists asked him to formally react to the reports of his suspension which were mainly on the social media, Kyari said by virtue of his office, he does not grant press interviews.
When probed further, the Chief of Staff asked, “Can’t I go on leave?”
Kyari had cracked a similar joke with State House correspondents on Tuesday.
There have been reports that Buhari suspended the Chief of Staff over an allegation of bribery levelled against him in connection with the reduction of the fine imposed on a telecommunication firm, MTN Nigeria, by the Nigeria Communication Commission.
From Punch Newspapers
Chairman of Fulani Herdsmen Association Assassinated
The Chairman, Kogi State Chapter of Wuro Miyetti-Allah Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, has been assassinated by unknown gunmen, who invaded his residence in the early hours of Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the unknown gunmen numbering about eight, invaded the Peace Community, Road 3, Ganaja road, Lokoja residence of Abubakar at about 2:05 Saturday morning to carry out the dastardly act.
Residents of the area, who spoke with newsmen, said they were gripped with fear when they started hearing gunshots from the residence of the chairman of Fulani socio-cultural group in the operation that lasted over an hour.
They said that the gunmen passed through “unfamiliar routes” to gain access to the deceased’s residence, beating the ‘C’ Division Police Station route where they could have been spotted and questioned.
A neighbour who identified himself simply as Musa, said there were some strange faces in the vicinity much earlier before the incident, not knowing they had a sinister motive.
Musa said the gunmen shot at the door to the room of one of the deceased’s two wives and gained access into the house, macheted the deceased on the neck and other parts of the body and later shot him severally.
A medical practitioner with the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Dr Sam Alhassan, who lives a close to the victim’s residence said: “I was in my room which is just steps away to his house and I started hearing gunshots.
“Then I rose up from my bed and looked through the window. I saw a group of bandits in two lines. At least I saw eight people, and they started shooting, shooting and shooting.
“The next thing that I saw was that a bullet hit the overhead tank and water started running down. Later I and my family went quiet for a while; then the wife of the deceased came out shouting, ‘they have killed my husband.”
Alhassan said that he later came out with his landlord and went into the deceased’s house to ascertain the truth, only to find him lying in the pool of his blood with machete cuts and bullet holes in his lifeless body.
The medical practitioner said it was unclear if the gunmen took cash or property from the house.
He, however, called on security agencies to be proactive in crime prevention and detection mandate to avoid loss of innocent lives.
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Williams Aya told NAN that the command had got the report, adding that the incident was a clear case of assassination.
Aya said investigation into the matter had commenced adding that the Police was yet to make any arrest in respect of the assassination. (NAN)
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