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Nigeria: Shiites’ anger escalating
5000 youth to get 1 hectare each for wheat farming
Five terrorists, one soldier die in failed suicide attack in Borno
Nigeria frees Muslims accused of murder over blasphemy
Democracy in Nigeria is now contest against INEC – Fayose
Almighty NASS! In one week Senate blocked Buhari’s bid to borrow $30b, accused Buhari’s aides of incompetence, and now in another blow, rejects Buhari’s “empty” fiscal proposals
Please check Northern Emirs and their love for underage Christian girls, CAN tells Buhari
Buhari’s ministers scheme 7 billion for APC candidate in Ondo elections – Oke
National Mirror has this, CAN urges Buhari to wade into abduction of Christian girls
Northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the reported abduction, conversion and forced marriage of under-aged Christian girls with the involvement of Emirs.
The visit of the group from 19 Northern states and Abuja, followed the recent controversy over the abduction a 14-year-old Christian girl, Habiba Isiyaku, allegedly endorsed by the Emir of Katsina, AbdulMumin Usman.
Speaking with State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with the President, chairman of the group, Yakubu Pam, said Buhari has promised to look into the issue.
While congratulating Buhari on the recent marriage of his daughter in Katsina, Pam said the group appealed to him to convince other northern leaders to emulate such dignified way of contracting marriages.
Pam said: “We came to present ourselves as the Northern CAN chapter to the President and to tell him some of the challenges that Northern Christians are passing through.
“One of those challenges is that we are having difficulties expressing our faith in the northern part of the country. “We have also told him some of the difficulties we are passing through with the Fulani herdsmen.
“The farmers need to be protected and, in fact, we told the President that we have been encouraging our youths to go into farming and they need to be protected; when they come into the city, there is no employment; that is why farmers must be protected.
“We also talked on the issue of girl-child abduction in the North.
In some Northern states, some young girls and children are being abducted at 12 years old and the parents will just hear that the girls have been married to traditional rulers and emirs.
“This is gathering a cloud of crisis already and if that is not taken care of it will lead to a serious crisis. These are the issues we told the President.
“We congratulated him on the wedding of his daughter, the fight against corruption and Boko Haram war as people have started returning to their homes; as well on the return of the Chibok girls.”
During the meeting, Buhari told the group that he would keep faith with his oath of office while pledging to treat all Nigerians equitably.
A statement issued by the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari equally pledged to restore peace to all parts of the country.
From Reuters, Violence and political pressure anger Nigeria’s Shi’ites
Blackened walls and piles of rubble are all that is left of the house of a leader of Nigeria’s Shi’ite minority after it was burned down by machete-wielding youths in the tense northern city of Kaduna.
A wave of attacks on members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Shi’ite sect combined with a security crackdown by the authorities is worsening sectarian rivalries in northern Nigeria, where the army is already fighting Boko Haram, a Sunni militant group that has killed thousands.
The violence risks radicalising the sect, creating another problem for President Muhammadu Buhari as he struggles with an insurgency in the Niger Delta oil region, secession calls in the southeast and Nigeria’s first recession in more than 20 years.
The clashes erupted after the Kaduna state government declared the Shi’ite sect unlawful on security grounds, angering its adherents as anyone convicted of being a member could now be imprisoned for up to seven years.
Shi’ites say the ban effectively invited local Sunni youths, who have complained about the sect staging processions in public, to take on the IMN while it marked the holy day of Ashoura mourning last month.
“Young men armed with machetes came looking for IMN people that day, burning houses and chasing away those who hadn’t already run away. They came to kill,” said Musa Abubakar, a driver who witnessed the clashes in Kaduna’s Tudunwada district.
“Those they caught were badly beaten,” he said, adding that dozens of men chased away outnumbered police officers. Two Shi’ites were killed elsewhere in Kaduna state in the clashes.
Anger has been rising in the sect’s strongholds in the north since the army killed 347 IMN members in the city of Zaria. They were buried in mass graves after clashes in December 2015, according to a judicial inquiry.
Since then Shi’ite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has been imprisoned at an unknown location without being charged. His followers have daubed “Free Zakzaky” on walls in Kaduna.
“We feel repressed,” said Abdul Giwa, an IMN spokesman. “We have the freedom of religion. What the government should do is tolerate and understand us.”
Security analysts draw parallels with Boko Haram, whose insurgency began in 2009 after security forces killed hundreds of its members and its leader Mohammed Yusuf died in custody. Zakzaky was badly wounded in the December clashes.
Posters calling for Zakzaky’s release were quickly torn down, said Giwa who was speaking to the press because the group’s spokesman had gone into hiding.
Africa’s most populous nation of 180 million combines a predominantly Christian south and mainly Sunni Muslim north.
Shi’ites are estimated at less than 4 million, according to a 2009 report by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center, although there are no official figures. Human Rights Watch estimates that IMN has around 3 million members.
The IMN was founded in the 1980s after the revolution in mainly Shi’ite Iran in 1979, which inspired the sect’s founders.
Kaduna officials, made up like Buhari and other northern elites of Sunnis, see the sect as security threat.
“The IMN is more of a political organisation than a religious organisation,” said Kaduna governor Nasir El-Rufai, adding that the IMN was declared an “unlawful society” because it constitutes “a threat to the security and good governance of the state”.
“Over the last 30 years they have been engaged in all kind of violations of Nigerian law, from murder to abduction of young children to blocking of highways to forceful acquisition of property of their neighbours,” El-Rufai said. “And they also operate a military wing.”
He rejected the comparison with Boko Haram as a “simplistic analogy” because the Sunni group’s leader was subjected to an extra-judicial execution. In contrast, Kaduna state would bring charges against Zakzaky in court, if he was suspected of wrongdoing after he was released, he added.
Buhari’s two spokesmen refused to comment on Zakzaky’s detention, saying it was a matter for the justice minister. He did not answer repeated phone calls.
Buhari, a former military ruler, said in August he would study a judicial inquiry report recommending that soldiers who killed hundreds of Shi’ites in December should be put on trial, but no decision has been announced.
A Western diplomat said that Islamic State, the militant group which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, could use Boko Haram to stir up sectarian strife between Shi’ites and Sunnis in Nigeria.
“Their standard approach is to find religious fault lines and play on them,” he said.
Signs of sectarian tension are already emerging in Kaduna, a major city in the north where poverty, corruption and unemployment have helped Boko Haram and hardline Islamists recruit angry youths.
Many IMN members say the police and army, institutions that in the north are dominated by Sunnis, were behind the bloodshed that marred the Ashoura processions.
“The police escorted the thugs,” said Giwa, adding that he believed authorities were being influenced by Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia’s official ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim school that often labels Shi’ites as heretical.
“We feel they are the ones who might have influenced the government into this action,” he said, leaning forward.
Kaduna’s police denied any involvement in attacks on IMN or any other Shi’ites in the state. Kaduna state police spokesman Aliyu Usman said “hoodlums taking advantage of the situation” were responsible for the attacks last month.
“We’re protecting them. We know what members of the public want to do to them,” he said, adding that 11 people had been charged with offences in the wake of the violence.
In the rundown district of Tudunwada, just a few metres from the graffiti calling on Zakzaky’s release, local Sunnis had little sympathy for members of the Shi’ite sect.
“Everybody has the right to practice their own religion, but not if you impede other people’s rights,” said Muhammad Salis, a 32-year-old carpenter.
Abdullahi Ahmed, a 43-year-old civil servant, went further. “They take the law into their own hands,” he said, accusing the sect’s members of blocking roads during religious gatherings.
From the DailyPost, FG employs 200,000 graduates, places them on 30,000 Naira monthly salary
The Senior Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Media, Laolu Akande, on Friday disclosed that the Federal Government has employed 200, 000 graduates to work as teachers and agricultural extension workers in the country.
Speaking at the second Presidential economic communication workshop in Abuja, the Vice President’s aide said those employed will earn 30,000 Naira monthly.
Disclosing that the new employees would work in their states of residence, the VP’s media aide said their local governments would be in charge of their supervision.
Akande said the selection process was completed “a couple of weeks back,” but BVN screening for the candidates delayed the exercise.
According to Akande, “We have selected 200,000 graduates out of 500,000. This is the first batch.
“One hundred and fifty thousand will work as teachers while 50, 000 will work as extension workers.
“Their pay which is 30,000 per month, will go directly into their account.”
briefly on the economy, Nigeria’s manufacturing want one billion dollars forex allocation
The naira gained against the dollar in the parallel market to 465 today. Meanwhile, according to the manufacturers association of Nigeria, the manufacturing industry requires an injection of about one billion dollars to enable it contribute significantly to the economy.
News Agency of Nigeria reports Israel has pledged to assist Nigeria in tackling cyber-crime and internal security through the use of latest technology.
Israel’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Guy Feldman, made the promise at a Conference on Homeland and Cyber Security in Abuja on Friday .
The envoy, who decried the menace of cyber-crimes across the world, stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to address the trend in Nigeria.
He said Israel, although a small country, had vast experience in cyber security due to its technology and human capital development.
Feldman described Nigeria as the “Lion of Africa’’ which deserves all the supports from the international community to evolve a virile and prosperous nation.
“Israel as a country has suffered from cyber-attacks, but it is not a problem for us but a challenge. This is because we have the technology and human resources to deal with the challenge’’, he said.
He emphasised the need to deploy hi-tech technology, surveillance cameras and security gadgets to strategic financial and oil sectors.
He said both countries were already discussing on how to strengthen ties and enhance business/security relations. He said that Nigeria could use the current recession and drop in oil prices to diversify its economy and focus on agriculture.
“Nigeria is blessed with a lot of arable land, water, natural resources and population unlike Israel which is a small country’’, he said.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau stressed the need for cyber security to safeguard the nation.
Represented by retired Brigadier General Saleh Bala, Dambazzau said Nigeria would continue to collaborate with Israel and other foreign countries to develop the nation.
Mr Aviad Marco, an Israeli security expert, who delivered a lecture on Tackling Cyber Crime, described the phenomenon as a new form of terrorism.
Marco said that the activities of hackers, especially on sensitive database of a country could bring a country down if not checkmated.
He said Israel was ready to support Nigeria in fortifying its sensitive data base and protect critical national assets, using the latest technology.
Marco said that Israel had collaborated with the Lagos state government in addressing some of its security and traffic issues and was ready to do same with the Federal Government.
The conference which was jointly organised by the Israeli embassy and the Ministry of Interior was attended by security experts and Non-Governmental Organisations.
Reuters reports Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state is close to agreeing a $625m deal with an Indian consortium to build a light railway and also plans two new power plants, its governor said.
Development in Africa’s biggest economy has been held back for decades by a mismanagement, graft and lack of investment in its road, rail and power network.
Northern states, many of which have suffered a seven-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, have lagged behind the oil-producing south in terms of development, which has helped radicals recruit poor youths.
Nasir El-Rufai, governor of one of the largest northern states Kaduna said a deal to build a 44 km-long light rail line in the state had almost been reached.
“We have gone through a procurement process. We are on the verge of concluding agreement with an Indian consortium, Indo-Kaduna Metro joint venture,” he said in an interview, adding that rail consultant Systra and Indian power firm Skipper were part of the project.
“This is going to be funded by the Indian Exim bank, $625m. The application is already being processed by the Indian exim bank. It is more or less a done deal,” he added, without naming more firms involved.
The governor, one of the most high-profile members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party, said work would begin in January lasting for 30 months.
President Muhammadu Buhari has prioritised infrastructure spending but weak oil prices have left it struggling to fund a record 6.06 trillion naira ($20b) 2016 budget.
Buhari’s administration wants to boost manufacturing to cut the country’s reliance on costly imports and lower unemployment.
But chronic power shortages remain a major obstacle in a nation that produces less than 4,000 megawatts but requires 10 times that to guarantee power for its 180 million people.
El-Rufai said the state wanted to build two power plants to encourage investment and revive Kaduna’s textile industry, whose heyday was in the 1960s and 70s. “Most of the textile factories went down when electricity became too unreliable.”
Some 250 megawatts would be supplied by a power plant he said was “about 95 percent complete” using a mix of gas, crude oil and diesel. A hydroelectric power plant elsewhere in the state would provide another 30MW.
He added the state had signed three solar power purchase deals that would each produce 100MW-200MW and were expected to be operational in the last quarter of 2017.
In line with Buhari’s emphasis on agriculture, a mainstay before the discovery of oil, El-Rufai said his state had launched a wheat farming programme.
“In a state where 89 percent of the population is below 35, the most important agenda items for us is jobs,” he said.
Under the programme, 5,000 young adults would receive one hectare each of farmland, seeds, fertiliser to produce wheat for Flour Mills of Nigeria.
Also in Northern Nigeria, Troops have foiled two suicide bomb attempts targeted at a military location in Yamtakei in Gwoza Local Government Area in Borno on Thursday and killed five terrorists involved in the attempts.
One soldier also died in the failed attempts.
According to a statement by the army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, issued in Abuja on Friday, at about 9:45 pm a suspected female suicide bomber attempted to enter the military location in Yamtake, but a vigilant sentry on duty gunned her down and she died instantly.
Usman explained that the failed attack was followed up with another attempt by terrorists, but “was decisively dealt with by troops”.
“The troops killed all the four attackers, including two suicide bombers and recovered two AK-47, three magazines, 109 rounds of 7.62mm (Special), one torchlight, one water bottle, three magazine carriers, one illuminator pyrotecnic and some quantity of drugs.
“Unfortunately, we lost a soldier in the process,” Usman said.
Nigeria frees Muslims accused of murder over blasphemy
The five men were accused, along with six others who are on the run, of killing 74-year-old Bridget Abahime on June 2 after she allegedly insulted Islam.
Northern Nigeria is predominantly Muslim while the south is largely Christian and Kano city has been plagued by religious violence in the past.
A court in northern Nigeria has freed five Muslim men accused of killing an elderly Christian woman for alleged blasphemy. The court in the city of Kano discharged the five men on Thursday on the legal advise of the prosecution. “The legal advice presented to the court, dated June 24, states that there is no case to answer as the suspects are all innocent and orders the court to discharge all the suspects,” the judge said in his ruling.
The five men were accused, along with six others who are on the run, of killing 74-year-old Bridget Abahime on June 2 after she allegedly insulted Islam.
The suspects had pleaded not guilty of the charge.
The victim, an ethnic Igbo trader from the southeast and wife of a pastor, was beaten to death, sparking outrage across the country with President Muhammadu Buhari calling the killing “utterly condemnable”.
Northern Nigeria is predominantly Muslim while the south is largely Christian and Kano city has been plagued by religious violence in the past.
In one notorious case in 1996 a trader, also an ethnic Igbo Christian, was beheaded by suspected Muslim youths who accused him of desecrating the Koran.
Again on the economy, IMF warns Africa: cut deficits, raise taxes
Struggling with the weakest growth in two decades, sub-Saharan Africa should consider increasing taxes and removing subsidies to improve economic growth, according to the IMF
From Vanguard, Judiciary must save democracy in Nigeria says Fayose
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has called on the judiciary to rise in defence of democracy by doing justice fearlessly, speedily and with honesty in the Ondo State election cases and other political cases before the courts. Fayose Governor Fayose, who hailed the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa for the swift composition of a new panel to hear appeals over the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, urged the panel to be mindful of delay tactics by the same people who wrote frivolous petition to impugn on the integrity of the initial panel. In a statement issued on Friday, by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose urged the new Appeal Panel to “do justice unto God and not unto powers that be and be mindful that justice delayed is justice denied.” The governor condemned the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the Ondo State matter, saying, “Silence of the president on a matter that poses serious threat to democracy in the country is highly disturbing.” He said, “No doubt, democracy in Nigeria is being threatened by the open collaboration of the APC led federal government with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and only a God fearing judiciary can save the situation from getting out of hands. “In its desperation to distract the PDP and rig the Ondo State election in advance for the APC, INEC has chosen to abandon its own law by endorsing someone who did not emerge through any known electoral process as the candidate of the PDP, thereby plunging Ondo State into crisis. “There is no doubt that all other political parties in Nigeria except the APC are now contesting elections against INEC. But like every afflictions of the Israelites, this too will not endure forever. “The new Appeal Panel must therefore do its job speedily and timely so that the rez is not destroyed and in the process destroy what is remaining of our democracy. The panel should remember the Biblical Solomonic judgment that saved that harlot and her child and must not allow enemies of democracy to use delay tactics to frustrate the case.” Speaking further, Governor Fayose said it was worrisome that in its bid to turn Nigeria to a one-party state, the judiciary was being harassed and intimidated to submission. “We are at a critical junction in our history as a nation, noble men are becoming helpless daily and we need God to intervene through the judiciary. “If the judiciary fails to rise to this perilous situation and save our democracy from the hands of the APC cabal, it will not survive the onslaught that will be brought on it sooner than later,” he said. While calling on the people of Ondo State to stand up and defend democracy in their State, Governor Fayose assured that anti-democracy elements trying to manipulate the November 26 election in advance will be defeated by the collective will of the people. He charged the APC led federal government to put food on the tables of Nigerians instead of preoccupying itself with its political expansion agenda.
From the Premium Times I bring the report titled: In another blow, Senate rejects Buhari’s “empty” fiscal proposals
The Senate on Thursday dismissed the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Sustainability Paper sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the documents as “empty” and not worth considering.
Senate’s action is coming two days after it rejected the president’s plan to borrow $29.690b to execute key infrastructural projects across the country between 2016 and 2018. It said the plan lacked detailed information.
It also came on the same day the Senate denounced presidential aides as being “incompetent”, saying they failed to present a comprehensive proposal on Mr. Buhari’s bid to borrow $30 billion.
Mr. Buhari had on October 4 sent the MTEF and FSP, ahead of the 2017 budget, to the Senate and the House of Representatives for consideration.
The Senate complained that the details of the fiscal proposals, which in Nigeria’s public finance architecture are the precursors to the annual budget, were not attached to the president’s letter requesting the consideration.
At plenary on Thursday, the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, raised a point of order drawing the attention of his colleagues to a newspaper report with a headline, which suggested that the National Assembly was to blame for failure to meet the October target for the submission of the 2017 budget proposal.
He said the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, was quoted as saying in the publication that the suspension of debate of the MTEF/FSP had stalled the ministry’s plan to transmit the 2017 budget to the legislature.
Mr. Ndume expressed displeasure that the executive arm had resorted to blaming the legislature over the avoidable delay.
He said, “As the Leader of this Senate and I am responsible for presenting communications, bills from the Executive. You will recall that we received the MTEF on 30th September. Instead of submitting it according to law not later than 1st of September, that is not even the problem.
“I went through and the copies have been circulated. I talked to some experts. Even in this chamber, we have people that you can call experts. If you look at this document that they call MTEF, it is empty. And it doesn’t contain anything. If you have nothing how do you consider nothing?”
Mr. Ndume said on October 19 he wrote Mr. Udoma and his Finance counterpart, Kemi Adeosun, seeking the details of the MTEF/FSP but that he was yet to get any response from the duo.
He said he invited both ministers to meet with the Senate on November 1 to review the MTEF from holistic perspective but that they failed to turn up.
He further explained that in the letter he requested that a comprehensive report on the implementation of the 2016 budget as of third quarter as well as the fiscal rates taxes and charges used to derive the projected revenue.
“Up till now, there is no communication to that,” the senate leader lamented.
Mr. Ndume warned that the legislature could not afford to begin the 2017 budget process with blame game.
He said, “We cannot afford to start the 2017 budget process with this blame game. This Senate is Nigerian Senate. We have the opposition that is co-operating with us and we have the majority in this Senate.
“So, it is not like we are working against the government but we know what we are doing. And we should do it right.
“When they bring nothing and we ask for something so that we will do it properly, they run to the newspaper to start blaming the National Assembly.”
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said he called Mr. Udoma on phone to discuss the matter and that the minister was ready to retract what he reportedly said about the MTEF and the blame on the legislature.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Gas, Albert Bassey, also said, “I called the Minister of Budget and he confirmed that he was quoted out of context that he will address this.”
On his part, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, gave assurance that the Senate was ready to consider the 2017 budget provided things were done right.
“We are ready to take the budget presentation anytime … in doing so, the executive must be reminded that everything must be done right. All arms of government must live to its responsibility. The issue of blame game should be put behind us,” he said.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Udoma, denied snubbing the Senate.
In a statement by his media aide, Akpandem James, Mr. Udoma expressed surprise at the accusation by Mr. Ndume.
He said the proposed meeting with the Senate was eventually moved by agreement; and wondered why Mr. Ndume would go on the floor of the upper legislative chamber to say he failed to turn up, when he was aware that the meeting was rescheduled.
“Senator Udoma was equally surprised that even after the newspaper that published the story, which quoted him as blaming the National Assembly for the delay in the presentation of the 2017 budget, has published that the reporter never spoke with the Minister, Senator Ndume still went ahead to make an issue out of the matter on the floor of the Senate,” his aide said.
Helpnet Security has this on 419: Nigerian scammers: Then and now
The image that the expression “Nigerian scammer” conjures up in most people’s heads is still that of the confidence man behind the keyboard, convincing victims that they have the opportunity to get a hefty sum of money if they only send some first, or pretending to be a man or woman in love with the victim and needing money to get out of some difficulty or another.
But most modern Nigerian scammers have abandoned these approaches, and are now more interested in perpetrating business email compromise (BEC) scams, and are putting their faith in commodity malware to help them rake in money.
A recently released report by Palo Alto Networks reveals that Nigerian cyber actors have become a formidable threat to businesses around the world.
“They have learned how to successfully apply simple malware tools with precision in order to create substantial losses ranging from tens of thousands up to millions of dollars for victim organizations, and they have broadened their scope well beyond targeting unsuspecting individuals,” the researchers noted.
The scammers have lately been mostly using the Predator Pain, ISR Stealer, Keybase, ISpySoftware and Pony malware families, to gain remote access to the victims’ system or to steal login credentials. But their main trick for bypassing AV defenses is to try out the latest crypters (packing software) available to obfuscate malicious code, and changing the crypter they are using every few weeks.
To prevent the malware from being quickly detected they are also avoiding massive email spam campaigns. They prefer a more targeted approach, and especially like targeting organizations in high technology, higher education and manufacturing.
They are known for creating sites for fake organizations such as financial institutions and charities to help then defraud victims, and for impersonating legitimate organizations (either by compromising company email accounts or spoofing them) in order to defraud them or their partners.
“Overall in 2015, there were 30,855 victims of 419/Overpayment scams, resulting in losses in excess of $49 million. While those numbers are significant, the gains achieved through current malware and BEC schemes appear to be far greater,” the researchers noted.
Modern Nigerian scammers
The number of people engaged in these scams has expectedly risen. They often boast about the results of their work on Facebook, while using Google+ to network with their criminal peers, potential collaborators, malicious tool sellers, etc.
Technically skilled individuals that know how to register the malware infrastructure, provide training on the tools, and so on, often gather teams of scammers around them. The latter ultimately do most of the work, but these team leaders naturally get a piece of the pie.
Nigerian scammers range in age from late teenage years to adults in their mid-40s, and are often well educated, with technical degrees from local universities.
They live comfortably, and aren’t worried too much about hiding what they do or who they are.
“The culture within Nigeria tends to provide a permissive environment for these types of illicit activities. Scams, fraud and corruption are viewed as a way of life, and as a result, the majority of these actors apply little effort toward maintaining anonymity,” the researchers pointed out. This is the reason why researchers often manage to discover their real-world identities without too much effort.
And on the Ondo State election,
The Olusola Oke Campaign Committee has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari on the alleged plans by members of his cabinet to surreptitiously release the sum of Seven Billion Naira to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, from a bogus 10 billion Naira infrastructural contract slated for Owo community of the State to perfect plans to rig the November 26, 2016 election in the State.
According to the Olusola Oke Campaign Committee, the contract sum was perfected and released without going through due process and the money has now been earmarked as part of the war chest to be used by the APC to rig the election later this month.
“The APC members in Ondo have been preaching this strange gospel of rigging and we are now amazed by this latest antics to win the election with the award of a strange contract for a whopping 10 billion Naira for Owo community where Akeredolu hails from with a view to releasing a whopping sum of 7 billion to him to make the rigging plan a reality.
“The pertinent question to ask now is that, why a contract in Owo, which has one of the best road networks in Ondo State? Who approved this contract sum and why did it not go through due process such contracts had to go through?
“We want to assure them that the people of Ondo State are watching them and the consequences of rigging election here await perpetrators. Winning election should not be a do-or-die affair,” the Committee posited in the Statement.
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FG pays 81 months pension arrears
Afenifere mourns Olaniwun Ajayi
Nigeria to provide farmers in northwest state with subsidies
Niger Delta leaders who met Buhari are vultures, dead wood – Mend
Nigeria: Death Toll in Kogi Cassava Flour Meal Reaches Nine
Nearly three million people need urgent help in Northeast Nigeria
Lagos will not discriminate on tribe or creed – Ambode
Former Imo Speaker flays Senate for amending CCB Act
Rogue militant attacks Nigerian oil pipeline
Ambode mourns passage of Elder Statesman, Olaniwun Ajayi
Court jails man 7 years without option fine for 400,000 Naira fraud
Crackdown on Nigerian Shiite Muslims influence of Wahhabism
Torrid Third Quarter Just the Beginning of Nigerian Firms’ Woes
Patience Jonathan: South-East, South-South youth groups vow to shut down Lagos, Abuja
Building Africa: GE records localisation landmark with major gas turbine repair in Nigeria
NYSC: Three Corps members to repeat service year in Sokoto
Nigerian operating environment too harsh for survival – British Airways
Money laundering: Court grants nursing mother, two others 12 million Naira bail
Nigeria: Incessant Fire Outbreaks At Lagos Airport
Navy arrests two cattle rustlers in Kaduna, recovers 312 cattle
Tension as customs officers, soldiers clash in Lagos
Albarka Airlines payments under investigation
Women should belong in presidency not in kitchen or the other room – Dino Melaye
3,000 young Nigerian film-makers to get Canadian backing
Nigeria: 16 States Yet to Comply With Pension Reform Act 2014
Young Graduate Sets Up Fufu Processing Outfit Worth 75,000 Naira, Engages 3 Workers
Obasanjo’s Appalling Arrogance
Investigation of Judges: Wike, APC bicker over Amaechi’s role
Nigeria: Expert Decries Rising Cases of Stroke in Nigeria
Presidency Lauds Saraki Over Reform of Budget Process
Nigerian govt charges Supreme Court Chief Registrar, others for 2.2 billion Naira fraud
Nigeria Shias: Crackdown smells of Wahhabism
Nigeria: Govt Earmarks 2.8 Billion Naira to Rehabilitate Three Hospitals
Senate Committee threatens to revoke port concession agreement with defaulters
Nigeria will soon be deleted – MASSOB
Nigerian migrants struggle to leave Europe for home
Kano Court jails man 88 years for stealing 21 million Naira
Boko Haram survivors sexually abused by government officials at ‘safe’ camps
No plans to spiritually rig Ghana presidential election – T.B Joshua
Militants attack Niger Delta pipeline
Nigerians no longer need lawyer to register their businesses – CAC
Emirates closes Abuja services
Herdsmen attacks shaking our faith as Christians – CAN
Fayose frees cows, says herdsmen must obtain permit
Reps threaten Finance Minister, CBN gov, DMO boss over 600 billion Naira bail-out fund
Expert calls for training of government security agents at Airports
It would have been great for Nigerians if Buhari absconded from being President – BBOG Aisha
Notorious robbery kingpin nabbed in Enugu
Nigeria seeking investment ‘to develop gas-based industries hub’
Nigerian militant group MEND claims attack on Trans-Forcados pipeline
NNPC to purchase crude oil from Niger for Kaduna Refinery
PIB: Why Senate is introducing Host Community devt legislation— Saraki
Nigerian govt. charges Supreme Court officials for 2.2 billion Naira fraud
FG is committed to developing Niger Delta – Baru
Nigerian Government Signs Agreeements For 500MW Power Project
Violence and political pressure anger Nigeria’s Shi’ites
My government not responsible for Nigeria’s economic recession – Buhari
Robbers lead woman to ATM, withdraw 90,000 Naira
Thousands of PDP, AD members decamp to APC in Ondo
Afenifere chieftain, Olaniwun Ajayi is dead
Njc Bars Judges Under Probe From Judicial Functions
NJC Suspends Indicted Judges
Tens of Thousands of Nigerians Attempting Suicide, By ‘Tope Fasua
Bala Mohammed ill, meets bail condition
House of Reps denies passing Sharia Bill
No land hijack in agric city, Ogbeh assures
Association seeks CBN’s power intervention fund on renewable energy
75% of newly recruited EFCC operatives hail from the North
Dasukigate: I have no money to refund – Abati tells EFCC
Kill ‘unbelievers,’ make their blood flow as rivers – ISIS leader orders
Suspected Ritualists Kill 3 In Taraba
Land Racketeering Lands Man In EFCC Net
Ondo Election: Sheriff heads to Supreme Court over constitution of new appeal panel
MASSOB to Buhari: You’re acting like Pharaoh
NNPC stations increase fuel pump price
Prison Congestion: Lagos CJ Frees 11 Awaiting Trial Inmates
Nigeria Tomato Plant Closes, Embarrasses President
Ekiti INEC Secretary kidnapped
Nigeria gives reassurance it will not leave the ICC and urges countries ‘to work together’
Osinbajo calls on leaders to stand firm against corruption
Olisa Metuh Shared 400 million Naira according to directive of Goodluck Jonathan – Witness
Nigeria: ‘Only Two Operating Airlines May Survive Till End of 2017′
IG sets up team to probe sexual abuses in IDPs camps
NNPC Seeks $51b Investment In Gas Sector
Aliyu Suleiman Sentenced to 195 Years Imprisonment for 21 million Naira Fraud
NUT blasts Ogun teachers over conduct, begs Amosun for clemency
Abati in jail over 50 million Naira but Amaechi stole 235 million and became minister – Omokri
Only private sector can take Nigeria out of recession – Saraki Daily
Phanes Group to develop 300MW of solar projects in Nigeria
Around 800,000 women die of breast and cervical cancers in developing nations, including
INEC recognition of Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP candidate can’t stop me – Jegede
Serial killer, most wanted kidnapper arrested in Kogi
Faro crematorium to advance as plans are revealed for animal cemetery in Lagos
Timi Frank dismisses APC panel report, vows to pursue his rights in court
Oyo council poll to hold in 33LGs, 35LCDAs – OYSIEC Chair
Assembly summons Kwara revenue chairman over issuance of certificate of origin
Nigeria, World Bank sign deal to add 500MW to national grid
Governor to leverage power of music to promote national re-orientation campaign
NUC boss tasks varsity staff on academic qualifications
Troops, Boko Haram in gun battle along Monguno-Brimari road
EFCC rejects Obanikoro’s offer to refund 100 million Naira
Stop intimidating us with 1983 crisis – Ondo APC tells PDP
Bribery allegation: Ondo PDP disowns Poroye
Lagos received more investments in 16 months than in last decade, says Ambode
Bauchi Governor Pardons 20 People who Stoned him
APC reveals ‘bigwigs’ allegedly behind Amaechi bribery saga
Lagos asks Supreme Court to uphold Al-Mustapha’s death sentence
Violence mars Ekiti State NUT election
Abraham denies supporting Akeredolu, insists on mandate
IMN decries detention of women, minors, demands release of El-Zakzaky
CAN meets Buhari, seeks intervention in forced marriage of Christian minors
PDP Disowns Petition against Justice Jummai Sankey Panel
Nigeria will not quit ICC
INEC secretary, son, driver kidnapped
NIBSS, banks, telcos target 80% financial inclusion by 2020
WHO recommends 29 ways to stop surgical infections
Lagos-Badagry rail, road projects to be completed in 2019
NDLEA Confirms Seizure of 215 Kg of Cocaine
INEC fixes dates for rerun polls in Lagos, FCT, Rivers
Fayose releases detained cows, signs peace pact with herdsmen
IG opens special investigation into abuse of IDPs
U.K. stops visas for health tourists after a Nigerian incurs £145,000 bill
How to mitigate impact of cybercrime in Nigeria, by experts
Lalong urges respect, protection for journalists
Dolapo Osinbajo tasks govt on illiteracy
INEC scribe, Omoleke kidnapped in Ekiti
Nigeria investigates reports that officials raped displaced women
Increase Investment In Infrastructure, Nbcc Advises Fg
Manufacturers’ Association Wants $1b Forex Allocation For Industrialists
‘Low purchasing power limits sale of agro products’
World Bank supports 10,845 tomato farmers in Kano
FG seeks partnership to boost rubber production
Restructuring yielding dividends, says Diamond Bank
FG should encourage telecoms, power firms to list — Shareholders
22 Stocks Decline, Nse Capitalisation Sheds 61 billion Naira
Economic recovery plan ready by December – FG
2017 Budget: ‘Empty’ Mtef Causing Delay, Says Senate
$29.96b loan: Presidency hopeful of Reps approval
Senate to introduce oil community development bill
Release our son now, Ibori kinsmen tell British govt
Police keep mum over detained cop
Navy warns pirates
Enugu Cmd Summoned
Suspended monarch apologises to Edo State govt
Loan: Kaduna Asks Efcc To Prosecute 725 Defaulters
Nde Trains Youths In Self-employment
‘FG’ll use music to drive change campaign’
Lagos PDP, others disagree over warning to Buhari about Fashola
Presidency, Senate row deepens over expenditure framework
EU’s grant to Nigeria may top €1.5b by 2020
Nigeria saving $4.5m daily from PMS deregulation— FG
NJC finally bars judges under investigation from duties, officials charged in Abuja
Senate orders refund of 264 billion Naira diverted from education fund
Alternative Dispute Resolution better for election cases – Prof Jega
NJC bows to pressure, asks arrested judges to step aside
Nigeria’s petroleum minister expects oil prices to rebound
December deadline for Rivers rerun polls
Nigeria’s alarming maternal mortality rate
Why insurance dividends are being delayed, by NAICOM
PenCom realises 5.9 trillion Naira from 7.2 million contributors in 12 years
MDAs electricity debt profile rises to 100 billion Naira
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